There was a trail treat for runners, walkers and canicross at Sunday’s (23 June) Grimsthorpe Gallop. They made the most of the scenic setting at Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire.
Back for the third year and organised by SBR Events, the Grimsthorpe Gallop had something for everyone including man’s best friend. This historic house and private grounds including a 50 acre lake were a beautiful location for this eventt, open to families as well as individuals.
The 5K was suitable for children as well as adults or for anyone wishing to go further there were 10K, 10 Mile and Half Marathon options to choose from. Nordic walkers and Canicrossers had a choice of a 10K or 10 Mile with the latter starting first to protect their dogs from the heat. All races started and finished on the driveway in front of the castle.
Runners set off towards the lake and along an undulating to hilly course complete with tree-lined tarmac avenues, woodland, farm tracks, fields and a railway cutting. There were water stations en route for human and canine runners and walkers and plenty of support from cheerful volunteers.
Nicholas Cooper was first man home in the 10K in 42:09; Danielle Smith of Heanor RC was the first female in 46:02.
Mark Page of Sleaford Striders AC won the 10 Mile in 1:09:11; Paula Downing of Mablethorpe RC was the winning lady in 1:11:24.
In the Half Marathon, Philip Boak was the winner in 1:21:10; Caroline Woods of Yaxley Runners & Joggers won the women’s race in 1:32:44.
Everyone was presented with a bespoke medal featuring the distinctive blue and gold gates of Grimsthorpe Castle.