Grimsthorpe Castle 10k
The Grimsthorpe 10k is set in the beautiful grounds of Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire. The event is run in conjunction with the Grimsthorpe carnival so the day out not only consist of the run but also provides music by some good bands, numerous stalls and many various activities plus a wonderful collection of classic cars and motorbikes which transported the boys back to their childhood. The start of the race is down a steep long grassy slope and then hits some hard hills up to the 5k point and the second half isn’t much easier either with quite a few uphills too. The finish is up the hill you started on so all in all it is a pretty tough course. The weather was unbelievably hot with quite a few drop outs along the way but the 4 Jags who ran stuck to their guns and actually seemed to enjoy the pain but I suppose they are used to it in training!! Lawrence Wade had a great run finishing 5th overall and missing out on a prize by just one place in 38.22. Ady Jay on one of his many come back runs really struggled with the heat and nearly collapsed at the end but still finished in 46.24. Sarah Jay was strong on the hills and finished second in her 45+ age group missing out on first place by just 1 minute in 51.11. Brenda Hutcheon having not run a 10k for as long as she can remember (but that could have been yesterday) finished 1st in the 65+ age group in 61.11. Many thanks to Dave Hutcheon who was the baggage man and team support on the day. Believe it or not everyone is looking forward to next time. It would be good to get a few more Jags out and aim for a possible team prize.