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12 July 15 W
e have our very own English Schools' Champion!!
Amy Hunt ran a new PB of 12.11s to win the junior girls' 100m at Gateshead on Saturday.
That time now puts her top of the UK rankings for her age group. What a remarkable effort in her first year in this category.
I honestly think it could not happen to a more deserving family.  Many many congratulations.
Praise should also go to Zoe Lucas who also ran a PB of 14.63s in the final of the Senior girls' 100m hurdles and finished a very creditable 4th. Well done. I am sure there is more to come.
Grantham AC should be proud.
Ian Richards

10 Apr 15 The summer training sessions start next week.
Ages 9 and 10: Wednesdays 6-7pm, Sports Stadium. Training fee £2
Age 11 upward: Wednesdays 7-8:30pm, Sports Stadium. Training fee £2.50

17 Feb 15 Congratulations to the following athletes who were selected to run at the British indoor trials at Sheffield on 15th February:
Naomi Collier, SW 1500m, came 9th in heat in time of 4:33.36
Zoe Lucas, SW 60mH, came 6th in heat in time of 8.78.
Very well done to you both.


10 Feb 15 Congratulations to the following Grantham AC athletes who attended these games.
Amy Hunt U15g 200m in 25.89 which was equal best time of the day and 60m in 8.06 which was the 3rd best time of the day. Staggering when considering her age!
Naomi Collier Sen W 1500m in time of 4.33.36  which was the 6th best time if the day and a new PB by some margin.
Zoe Lucas U20w 60m H in time of 8.80 which was the 3rd best time of the day.
Also present was a certain Josh Brown representing Millfield School. He ran 60m in 7.35 and 400m in 51.84.
Well done to you all. Good to see the Grantham AC vest mixing it with the best!!!!

03 Feb 15 Congratulations to Zoe Lucas, Naomi Collier, Lewis Davey and Michael Burr on their performances in the North of England Indoor Championships held at E.I.S. Sheffield.
All four set new club records in their respective events.
In the U20 Women's 60m Hurdles Zoe Lucas's time of 8.78s.gained her the silver medal.
Lewis Davey gained the bronze medal in the U15 Boys 800m with a time of 2m.20.00s. In the heats of the 60m he set a new club record with a time of 8.34s.
Michael Burr was 5th in the Senior Men's Triple Jump with a distance of 12.43m.
Naomi Collier took 8th place in the Senior Women's 1500m in a time of 4m.44.95s

25 Jan 15 GAC's Newton' Fraction Half Marathon entries are approaching 300 and that’s well above on last year.  With the Fraction listed in the top 50 half marathons by Runner's World there is a real buzz about the race this year.  Brooks are our main sponsor with Asda, Brewster's brewery and Hills polyprint also contributing. It looks to be one of our most well-resourced races for its tenth year of running (in this format).

To make the race the success it is requires volunteers.  I am seeking nearly 80  volunteers for Newton's Fraction and Little Apple in the stadium and on the course.  For most it would take up 5 hours max (a few - 8 hours) out in sunshine, rain, snow and ice; it is on March 15!    Over the next two weeks I will be asking for volunteers.  If you fancy helping out please stop me and say so, or drop me an email (via  p.garner4@ntlworld.com).  This year  we have the support from the East Anglian Regiment (running and volunteering) and Inspire + sports ambassadors.  There will be an Army display during the day.

Thank you for considering this request.  I look forward to hearing from you. My best wishes.
Philip Garner, Vice-Chairman and Honorary Treasurer

11 Sep 14 Athlete of the Month for August is Sophie Stanley for completing the 40-mile Grim Reaper challenge at Grimsthorpe Castle.

14 August 14
Athlete of the Month for July is Amy Newell. Amy (U17W) has decided to take up Pole Vaulting and is progressing very well!

14 July 14 Oliver Williams (U17M) achieved a very creditable 3rd place in the English Schools' Athletics Championships with a Long Jump of 6.62m.

11 July 14
Athletes of the Month for June: Abbie Byron for 300m, Janice Anderson for age-related 5km.

12 June 14
Athletes of the Month for May: Amy Hunt, ranked 4th in the UK for 150m &
Keith Measures for excellent recent age-related performances in 10km (etc.) road races.

09 May 14.
Athlete of the Month for April is Chris Bainbridge for his U20 Hammer Throw of 39.50m and William Lumsden for his U17 Javelin Throw of 45.23m.

11 Apr 14.
Athlete of the Month for March is Adam Madge for his excellent performance in our Newton's Fraction half-marathon, finishing in 10th place in a time of 1:25:23.

14 Mar 14 February's Athlete of the Month is Helen Braybrook for her excellent performance in her first year of U13 cross country

20 Feb 14 Training at the Table Tennis Centre for Monday 17th March is CANCELLED

14 Feb 14 January's Athlete of the Month is Jake Richardson for his excellent recent performance in cross country, including his17th place in the U17M Northern Championships.

17 Jan 14
Saskia Hunt has been awarded November's Athlete of the Month for her excellent recent performance and commitment to cross country running.
Similarly, George Hatton has been awarded December's Athlete of the Month for his excellent recent performance and commitment to cross country running.

06-Jan-14 On behalf of the club committee, a big, big thank-you to all those club members and their families who helped in any way with yesterday's successful hosting of the Lincolnshire XC County Championships at Caythorpe Court.
Several of us braved the rain on Saturday to set up the course and many more faced the freezing cold conditions on Sunday to complete the setting up of the courses, marshalling, officiating, results recording, etc. Twenty five GAC athletes strapped on their spikes and competed. Ten of them won County badges!

Congratulations go to the following athletes:

U13B George Hatton - individual Silver
U13B Team Gold - George Hatton, Lewis Davey & Aaron Hunt
U17M Jake Richardson - individual Silver
U17M Team Bronze - Jake Richardson, Josh Lord & Max Butler
U13G Helen Braybrook - individual Gold
U13G Team Silver - Helen Braybrook, Isobel Hobday & Phoebe Richards-Cole
U20W Naomi Collier - individual Silver

10-Dec-13 The final Match of the Lincolnshire Runner XC league took place on Sunday at Louth. On a windy day a number of athletes were competing to secure their final placing in the league. The U13 age group has been dominated by Grantham AC and this continued with Aaron Hunt taking the win having lead from the start. In the U13 girls Helen Braybrook and Isabel Hobday continued their progress with seasons best placing, taking 2nd and 5th respectively. In the U15 age groups Ethan Richards-Cole and Jack Mills achieved their best results coming in 4th and 7th. The girls' U15s also put in strong performances with Letitia Barrowcliff equalling her previous best with 5th and Saskia Hunt 7th. The U17 boys' matches have been dominated by Jake Richardson who followed his three wins with a second in the final match. Josh Lord (5th) and Max Butler (7th) completed the U17 team with good runs to secure an overall placing. In the senior and veteran men’s race Arthur Short continued his great form to come 13th in a large field of 60 athletes. 

All the excellent performances throughout the league have contributed to the great final placing achieved by Grantham AC. Individual wins were achieved by George Hatton in the U13 boys and Jake Richardson in the U17 men. In the team event Grantham AC collected  1 ‘gold’ and 5 ‘silver’ which is a great team effort. 

Results are summarized below:

Individuals :
U11G – 5th Hollie Smith
U13G – 3rd Helen Braybrook, 6th Isabel Hobday, 8th Abbie Smith
U15G – 3rd Saskia Hunt, 5th Letitia Barrowcliff, 9th Hannah Sharp
SenW – 4th Sophie Hunt
U11B – 4th Peter Braybrook, 5th Ewan Rodell
U13B – 1st George Hatton, 2nd William Tucker, 3rd Aaron Hunt
U17M – 1st Jake Richardson, 3rd Josh Lord, 5th Max Butler
VetM – 6th Arthur Short, 17th Mark Gray, 20th Mark Tucker, 28th Dave Eldridge, 29th Bill Lord, 30th Phil Hall

U13G 2nd Grantham AC
U15G 2nd Grantham AC
U13B 1st Grantham AC ‘A’, 2nd Grantham AC 'B'
U15B 2nd Grantham AC
U17M 2nd Grantham AC
SenM 7th Grantham AC, 10th Grantham AC 'B' 

15 Nov 13 Athlete of the Month for September is Josh Brown for reaching the English Schools' Combined Events Final. Well done Josh.

Athlete of the Month for October is not an individual, but a team - the U13 Boys' Cross Country Team!
Well done to Will Tucker, George Hatton, Aaron Hunt, Lewis Davey, Rori Rodell and Angus Sharp.

03 Oct 13 18 local primary schools took part in the annual three-race Mike Bundy Cross Country League, which concluded yesterday at The Meres. Results: individuals  teams

13 Sep 13
Athlete of the Month for July is Zoe Lucas (U17W) for reaching the semi-final of the 80m Hurdles at the recent English Schools' Championships; ditto for August is Lewis Davey (U13B), ranked 2nd in the UK for High Jump, 1.58m 

29 Aug 13 Sadly, Grace Plant died on the 27th, aged 54, following a short battle with cancer. Her funeral was held on 9th September at Great Ponton Holy Cross Church. Donations to Macmillan Cancer Support.

12 July 13 Athlete of the Month for June is Oliver Williams for his excellent 1st- place in the Lincolnshire Schools' Championships U17M Long Jump, 6.35m.

5 June 13 Athletes of the Month for May are Laura Evans for her excellent club record and ranking 3rd in the East Midlands for 34.20m Discus Throw and Arthur Short for his excellent age-graded performance of 3:05:19 in the recent Milton Keynes Marathon, his best time in the last ten years!

07 March 13 Athlete of the Month for February is John Ellerby for his excellent age-related time of 1:35 in the recent Sleaford ½-Marathon.

15 Feb 13 Athlete of the Month for January is Jake Richardson. Jake has been very consistent in this season's Cross Country and was 42nd in the U17 Northern Championships.

13 Jan 13 Athlete of the Month for December is William Tucker. William has performed consistently very well in this season's Cross Country events and was 1st U13B in the Lincs XC League.

30 Dec 12 Congratulations to all of the Grantham AC Newton’s Fraction team – the 2012 race is in the TOP-TEN HALF-MARATHONS as voted by Runner’s World readers (page 103, Feb 2013 edition). This is an excellent accolade for Grantham AC and a testament to the hard work put in by all the club members who help in any way to make it the success that it is, particularly those club members who work so hard throughout the year giving their time to the NF committee.

28 Nov 12 There was an excellent turn-out at our annual Presentation Night. Guest of Honour Chris Cohen gave an interesting insight to the "back-room" activities at the 2012 Olympics & Paralympics. A summary of the awards can be found via the links at the top of this page.

12 Nov 12 Yesterday three GAC members took part in the Remembrance multi-terrain 11k run over an undulating course through the scenic Fineshade Forest, south of Stamford.  Caryn Garner completed the course in a commendable time of 54.50 mins (100th overall; 4th Fv50);   Grace Plant 63.12 mins (169th) and Philip Garner 63.37 mins (174th).

06 Nov 12 Athletes from Grantham AC had a very busy weekend as they took on the challenge of the National Relays on Saturday followed by Match 2 of the Lincs league at Skegness on Sunday.

02 Nov 12 Athlete of the Month for September is Josh Brown for his 6th place in the English Schools’ Combined Events Championships. Well done Josh.

Athlete of the Month for October is Jordan Seetul-Drew for his 1st place in last weekend’s U11 XC race at RAF Cranwell. Well done Jordan.

20 Oct 12 A new Road Results page has been added to the club website. Click here or on the Results link at the top of this page or within the Road or the Results page.

19 Oct 12 This year’s Presentation Night will be held on Wednesday 28th November, 7:00pm for 7:30pm, in the Bar above the stadium foyer. There will be no training at the stadium that evening.

Guest of Honour will be Chris Cohen CBE. Chris has a long and illustrious association with athletics, having officiated at seven Paralympic Games, five Olympic Games and numerous World Championships, and is the ex-Chairman of the International Paralympics Committee.

Awards are made according to a range of criteria. The bulk of them fall into the following three categories:

Ability – best performance in specific events in each age group when representing the club;
Commitment – competing in at least two of the league matches available to each age group and to a very good standard;
Loyalty – turning out in all weathers to all matches of specific leagues, regardless of the results attained.

Award-winners will be invited individually in the next week or so, but ALL CLUB MEMBERS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND so that we can all celebrate the club’s successes over the last 12 months.

 11 Oct 12 Louth Open XC Report 2012.

Grantham Athletic Club on top of the Wolds!

On Sunday 7th October a number of GAC athletes took the opportunity to compete in the Louth Cross Country Open 2012. This course has always been challenging with the climbs associated with the Wolds countryside, 2012 lived up to expectation. William Tucker started the Grantham success, having moved up to U13 competition for the first time he came home to take third place over the 3.3km course. Next to represent Grantham was Jake Hornby in the U17 Men’s race. After a great season on the track, Jake was hoping to continue this into the cross country season. In the Louth sunshine he did just that, leading the race from start to finish well clear of the rest of the field. At the same time Mark Tucker and Mark Gray took on the gruelling 9.7km course in the Vet Men category. In the battle of the Mark’s, Mark Gray came out on top finishing in 21st, whilst Mark Tucker came in 23rd. Next to compete in the last race of the day, were the Junior Ladies, Naomi Collier and Sophia Tucker. This again represented a first for them as they moved up an age group and with it to the new distance of 6.1km. Naomi pushed out from the start to take on the lead whilst Sophia battled with three other athletes for third position. Naomi continued to set the pace going on to win, whilst in the last kilometre Sophia broke away to secure a deserved third place ending a successful day for Grantham Athletic Club.


U13 Boys 3rd William Tucker 12.33

U17 Men 1st Jake Hornby 19.59

Junior Ladies 1st Naomi Collier 31.56, 3rd Sophia Tucker 33.21

Vet Men 21st Mark Gray 45.05, 23rd Mark Tucker 45.42

Picture from left to right: Sophia Tucker, Jake Hornby, William Tucker, Naomi Collier

04 Oct 12 Results of the Mike Bundy XC League are now available: Teams Individuals

03 Oct 12 This year's AGM will be held on Thursday 18th October, 7pm, in the first-floor bar, Meres Leisure Centre.

07 Sep 12 Athlete of the Month for August is Helen Gilbert for her season's best performances in Shot and Javelin and for throwing the Hammer over 40m.

24 Aug 12 Details and entry form for the Mini-Games being held on September 12th (aimed at 8 to 11 year olds) are now available.

14 Aug 12
1. Grantham AC won the final Northern Senior League match last weekend and have been promoted. Well done to all our athletes and officials who played their part in the successful season.
2. We are currently also in top place in the Lincolnshire T&F League in all four sections – Boys, Girls, Men & Women. If we can get a good turn out in the final match (Sunday 2nd September, Grantham) we stand a very good chance of achieving a clean-sweep across the four sections! So, please make a note of the date in your diaries and do your best to attend.

02 Aug 12 Athletes of the Month for July are Zoe Lucas (3rd in the recent Regional Combined Events) and Jac Heanen (1st in Hurdles and 2nd in Long Jump at the recent Northern Championships).

25 June 12 Josh Payne (U17M Pole Vault) & Hannah Payne (U15G Long Jump & 4x100m Relay) have also been selected for the Northern Inter-Counties T&F Competition on Saturday.

19 June 12 Congratulations to the following club members who have been selected to compete in the Northern Inter-Counties T&F Competition:

Aimee Kettle U17W 400m & Long Jump
Hannah Cook U15G 75mH
Illana McMahon U17W Pole Vault
Jake Hornby U17M 3000m
Josh Brown U17M 100mH, 100m, Long Jump & High Jump
Morgan Lee U15B Shot Put & Javelin
Oliver Williams U15B 100m, Javelin & Long Jump
Ryan Carley U17M Javelin, Long Jump & High Jump
Savannah Dowse U17W Shot Put
Tilly Ireland U17W 400m, Shot Put & Long Jump
Zoe Lucas U17W 80nH, 100m & High Jump

06 June 12 Athlete of the Month for May is Hayden Richards for his excellent U20M Javelin PB of 56.13m in the Lincolnshire T&F County Championships.

24 May 12 Lincolnshire Runner is closed until 6th June while it moves up the road closer to town. The new address will be 115C High Street, Lincoln, LN5 7PR, opposite Cycle Sport. There will be some opening offers for a few days. Don't forget to show your GAC membership card to get 10% off non-sale items.

03 May 12 Athlete of the Month for April is Catherine Payne for her PB and 2nd in age group at the Friskney 1/2 Marathon.

11 March 12 Grantham’s Local Success – Newton’s Fraction Half Marathon

On Sunday 11th March Grantham Athletic Club organised the annual `Newton’s Fraction` half marathon attracting 400 athletes, with a range of ages from 18 to 73 years, from across England.  This popular, fast 13.2 mile race is becoming increasingly renowned:

`If you have negative preconceptions on the mention of Grantham, then forget them. Stunning scenery and first rate organisation made this my best race for years`

` My first time at this race, and it won't be the last! Very friendly, very well organised, enough challenges for everyone; beginner or seasoned half-marathon runner. Lovely, scenic course, very friendly and supportive marshals. Super technical t-shirt, super goody bag, went home very happy. The one you'd want to do again and again...`

Competitors, Runner’s World, 2012

Starting from the South Kesteven Stadium and spreading out into the Vale of Belvoir, the race includes two  ‘much feared and gruelling’ Lincolnshire hills at Woolsthorpe and Casthorpe;  the race can take as little as 1 hour 10 minutes or up to 3 hours to run. 

It was a fabulous day, the weather was stunning, the atmosphere was brilliant! The race itself was a good mix of road and canal path, as for the hills.... huumm...!!

Competitor, Runner’s World, 2012

This year’s winner was Geoff Knight from Boston in 1 hour 13 minutes.  First woman home was Tanya Taylor from Nene Valley Harriers in 1 hour 32 minutes.  The race has prizes for all age groups and teams. The full results can be found at www.granthamac.com/nf/results.htm

So successful was this year’s race that it now features in the Runner’s World magazine rankings – one of the Top Ten Races in the UK for March.  Athletes reviews rate the event at 95% (out of 100%) overall and 96% of reviewers would do this race again.  The scenery, local facilities, value for money and the organisation of race are rated highly.

Whilst the main race was underway the Little Apple fun run took place.  This year over 120 fun runners and walkers completed the three kilometre course.  First young male home was Jake Hornby from Grantham AC in 8 minutes 59 seconds; and the first young female was Letitia Barrowcliff, also from Grantham AC, in 11 minutes 31 seconds.  The runners’ entry fees and the sponsorship they raise will go towards donations for two local charities – St John’s Ambulance and Help for Heroes.  Over £400 to-date will be donated this year.

On the day over 700 people experienced the Newton’s Fraction and Little Apple whether it was as runners and volunteers participating, spectators cheering and encouraging, or organisers planning and running the day. It’s clearly a local success story.

08 Mar 12 Athlete of the Month for February is Jake Hornby for his excellent performance in the U15 Boys race in the English National Cross Country Championships (58 out of 366).

13 Jan 12 Athlete of the Month for November is Josh Lord for his hard work, good results and return to competition after injury.

06 Dec 11 Lincolnshire Sports Partnership Photograph competition:
Poster   Rules    Entry form

05 Dec 11 Presentation Night was held on Wed 30th November, with Guest speaker Dr. James Hopkinson, Squad Doctor for the 2011/12 GB Short Track Speed Skating Team.

02 Nov 11 Athlete of the Month for October is Sophia Tucker for her very good form in cross country and for her long-standing overall commitment to various club activities.

22 Oct 11 Athlete of the Month for September is Josh Brown for his 7th place in the recent English Schools' Combined Events Championships. Well done Josh.

09 Oct 11 95 girls and 124 boys from 19 primary schools took part in the Mike Bundy Cross Country League. Results: Individuals   Teams

26 Sep 11 This year's AGM will be held on Wed 19th October, 8:30pm, in the Meres Leisure Centre. Nominations for officers must be received by 28th Sep.

26 Sep 11 U11 County Sportshall is being planned.

08 Sep 11 This year's Club Meal will take place on Saturday 8th Oct at Grantham Ask (George Centre). Please contact Adam Madge to reserve your seats.

07 Sep 11 Athlete of the Month for August is Millie Cooper - she is the North of England U17W 80m Hurdles Champion. Well done Millie.

10 Aug 11 Athlete of the Month for July is Jac Heanen for his 8th place in the English Schools' Long Jump Championships.

07 July 11 Athlete of the Month for June is Arthur Short for his excellent VetM result in the Woodhall Spa 10km road race.

02 June 11 Athletes of the Month for May are Mark Gray and Josh Brown for their excellent performances in the recent Combined Events Championships.

23 May 11 There were some excellent performances from our club athletes at the weekend's County Combined Events Championships held at Boston:
Tilly Ireland won the U15G Pentathlon, with Zoe Lucas a few points behind in 2nd place. Hana McMath and Aimee Kettle competed for their schools.
Josh Brown won the U15B Pentathlon.
Mille Cooper was 4th in the U17W Heptathlon.
Amelia Wood was 2nd in the U20W Heptathlon, as was Judith Jagger, VetW.
Finally, Mark Gray was 2nd in the SenM Decathlon.
Two of our 2nd-claim members, Chelsea Brockett (U20W Heptathlon) and Stephan Brockett (U20M Decathlon), won their respective events.

06 April 11 Athlete of the Month for March is Naomi Collier for finishing as 3rd lady in the Grantham Cup.

20 March 11 Today's Newton's Fraction half-marathon attracted a record number of entries (460) and nearly 400 turned up and completed the race.

04 March 11 Wednesday training fees for the 7-8:30pm sessions at the stadium will rise to £2 in April. The 6-7 session will remain at £1.

03 March 11 Athletes of the Month for February are:
Savannah Dowse,
Winner in age group, Regional Sports Hall Shot Put Championships;
Catherine Payne, 1st in age group, Sleaford half-marathon and Peterborough 10-mile.

03 Feb 11 Athlete of the Month (January) is Jake Hornby, who finished in 3rd place in his age group in the Lincolnshire Schools' XC Championships.

Congratulations to the 5 GAC athletes who competed in the Northern XC Championships:
U17W Naomi Collier finished in a creditable 8th place, with Sophia Tucker 53rd.
U15B Jake Hornby finished in 64th place.
Sen Man Athur Short finished in 228th place & Phil Hall was 449th.

17 Jan 11 Well done to Millie Cooper who has won the U17W 60mH at the NoEAA Indoor Championships at Sheffield in a time of 9.16s. Naomi Collier finished 3rd in the U17W 800m and Joe Madge ran the U20M 400m in 52.24s.

12 Jan 11 Our U17W won team GOLD at Sunday's Lincs Cross Country Championships:
2 Naomi Collier (SILVER), 6 Polly Atherton, 8 Sophia Tucker. Results and photos.

Nov 10 Athlete of the Month is William Tucker for his excellent recent cross country performance: 7th overall as a year-5 racing against year-6 boys in the Mike Bundy XC League and finishing 2nd as a 1st-year U11 in the Lincs XC League at RAF Cranwell.

21 Oct 10 A record turnout of club members (almost a 1/4 of the current membership) at last night's AGM voted unanimously in favour of the new Executive Management Committee structure which will hopefully allow more fresh blood to get involved with the day-to-day running of the club.

10 Oct 10 Ex-Grantham AC athlete Vikki Hubbard has just finished 4th in the Women's High Jump in Delhi with a height of 1.83m. She tried the next height of 1.88m, but only three other ladies managed to clear it. The winning height was 1.91m. 

Coached originally by the late Mike Bundy at the club when she was a teenager, Vikki moved on to Birchfield Harriers to gain more experience and to get UKA funding. 

Vikki's mum and dad, Lynn and Trevor (who are still club members), will no doubt be just as pleased as we all are at the club. 

Well done Vikki, and best wishes from GAC.

09 Oct 10 The Mike Bundy Cross Country League. This was its 15th year and it continues to grow in popularity. In 1996 eight schools competed (Allington & Sedgebrook, Cliffedale, Gonerby HF, Great Ponton, Isaac Newton, St. Mary's, The National and St. Sebastian's) and we are particularly pleased with the loyal support of those schools.

This year 17 schools took part, sending 120 boys and 94 girls to compete.

The medals were eagerly contested, with eight schools staking claim to individual and team awards:
Girls:1. Holly Sparks (Grantham Prep), 2. Chloe Baxter (Cliffedale), 3. Letitia Barrowcliff (Huntingtower).
Boys: 1. Ben Whinney (Harlaxton), 2. Ethan Richardson-Cole (Cliffedale), 3. Kyle Seetal-Drew (Dudley House).

Girls: 1. Cliffedale, 2. St. Mary's, 3. Allington & Sedgebrook.
Boys: 1. Cliffedale, 2. Ropsley, 3. St. Mary's.

Through the South West Lincolnshire School Sports Partnership, Les Stewart and his squad of Kings boys were a great help in matches 1 & 2 setting up / dismantling the course and taking charge of the team warm-ups (I don't think that I've ever seen a Jag loaded-up with 100 muddy cross-country stakes on the back seats!).

Finally, Grantham AC is particularly grateful to KGGS, Central School (by its old name) and Leisure Connection for their continued support of the league. Without the generous use of their facilities the league couldn't take place. Results: Teams   Individuals

19 Sep 10 Details of the forthcoming AGM (20th October) and proposed changes to
the committee structure are available via the AGM page. 
11 Sep 10 The results of the final Lincs T&F League match can be viewed on the
Grantham Journal web site. At the meeting Arthur Short won the County Championships
10km race and Matt Smith was the U17M 5km County Champion.  
08 Sep 10 Athlete of the Month for August is U17M Oliver Dove for his excellent
performance in the recent North of England Championships and the new club
record of 1.82m for the High Jump. 
29 Aug 10 Grantham AC members made up a third of the team representing Lincolnshire
in the North of England Inter-Counties match at Gateshead International Stadium on
Saturday, 28th. August. In spite of a long day which entailed leaving Grantham Stadium
at 6.00a.m. and returning at 10.30p.m., the athletes acquitted themselves well in helping
Lincolnshire achieve their highest placing of 4th. in this annual fixture. The Lincolnshire
team were first in the aggregate competition for points scores compared with
county population in both the male and female sections.
Team scores:-
I. Yorkshire 702
2. Lancashire & Isle of Man 662
3. Merseyside 485
4. Lincolnshire 434
5. North East Counties 410
6. Humberside 405
7. Gtr. Manchester 229
8. Cumbria 57
9. Cheshire 22
10. Derbyshire 0
Grantham athletes gained first places in:
U17 Women's 80m. Hurdles - Millie Cooper,
U15 Girl's 75m. Hurdles- Alice Macgowan, 
U17 Men's High Jump-Oliver Dove and 
Senior Women's Javelin-Helen Gilbert.

Personal best performances were achieved by: 
Naomi Collier U17 Women's 300m., 
Oliver Dove U17 Men's High Jump, 
Jac Heanen U17 Men's Long Jump and Triple Jump. 
Helen Gilbert had a season's best performance in the Senior Women's Shot.
Grantham AC results:-
Under 15 Girls
Alice Macgowan - 100m. 6th. 13.48s., 70m. Hurdles 1st. 11.61s., Long Jump 5th. 4.52m.
Under 17 Women
Millie Cooper  - 80m. Hurdles 1st. 11.75s., High Jump 4th. 1.45m., Long Jump 6th. 4.81m.
Naomi Collier - 300m. 3rd. 43.87s., 800m.2m.21.66s.
Sophia Tucker - 1500m.  6th. 5m.32.34s.
Senior Women
Helen Gilbert - Shot 3rd. 9.96m., Javelin 1st 28.41m.
Under 15 Boys
Josh Brown - 80m. Hurdles 6th 14.22s., Javelin4th 30.78m.
Under 17 Men
Oliver Kiy - 100m. 6th 12.35s., 200m .5th .25.16s.
Oliver Dove - 100m. Hurdles 5th 15.42s., High Jump 1st 1.80m.
Christian Dove - 400m. 5th. 60.84s, Javelin 7th 28.99m.
Jac Heanen - Long Jump 4th 6.14m., Triple Jump 12.22m.

27 Aug 10 15 year old Millie Cooper competed in the England Athletics Under 17 Championships at Bedford International Stadium on Sunday, 22nd. August.

In her heat of the 80m. Hurdles she gained second place in a time of 11.96s. which gave her automatic qualification for the final. In a high quality final in which the winner equalled the championship record of 11.02s. Millie was placed eighth in a time of 11.91s.
Congratulations go to Vikki Hubbard who has been selected for the England Athletics' team to compete in the Women's High Jump in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi from October 6th. - 14th.

08 Aug 10 It may seem a long way off, but there's some news hot off the press regarding this year's Guest of Honour at our annual Presentation Night. It will be none other than BBC commentator Paul Dickenson!!

 He is one of the best known voices in BBC Sport having commentated at all of the major Track and Field events for the last 20 years as well as BBC productions such as the World's and Britain's Strongest Man, the Lord Mayor's Show, Comic and Sport Relief, Superstars, the Teachers' Awards Blue Peter, etc.

As a schoolboy he won 5 English Schools' titles as a Hammer thrower and set 2 Championship records.
He has held British and Commonwealth records for the Hammer and has a personal best of 73.20m.
He competed in the 1976 and 1980 Olympics and has Captained the England and Gt. Britain teams.
He is the present British Champion for Men 60 Hammer, last month throwing 50.07m in the British Masters' Championships staged at Cardiff.

Thanks to Joyce Bundy's connections and the high esteem in which she and Mike have been held over many decades, Paul has agreed to take time out from his busy schedule to celebrate this year's achievements with us.

Please make a note in your diaries/calendars that Presentation Night will be held on Wednesday 8th December. This is slightly later than usual, but Paul will be working abroad in November.

04 Aug 10 July's Athlete of the Month: Rebecca Hall for a new club record in the Shot, 11.69m, at the recent National U23 competition.

02 Aug 10

The final match in the North of England League was hosted by Grantham A.C. at the Meres Stadium on Saturday, 31st. July.
Holidays, injuries and a conflicting road relay affected the number of athletes competing for the club in the middle distance events but did not prevent the club winning the match by a resounding 87 points.
Grantham went into the match with a two point lead on league points over their nearest rivals Wombwell. With Wombwell only managing a 4th. place in this final match Grantham are division champions and gain promotion to division 3 for next year's fixtures.
Rebecca Hall improved her club record in the Shot to 11.49m. Personal best performances were achieved by Millie Cooper in the Long Jump, 5.04m.,and High Jump 1.49m; Sarah Garner in the Hammer, 23.71m; Jac Heanen in the Long Jump, 6.09m. and Mark Gray equalled his pb in the Pole Vault with a clearance of 2.50m. The Women's 4x400 Relay set a new club record of 5m.57.3s.
Season's best performances were gained by Helen Gilbert in the Shot and Hammer, 9.65m. and 38.01m. respectively, and Phil Garner with a a throw of 27.13m. in the Discus event.
The final Lincolnshire League match will take place at the Meres Stadium on Sunday, 5th. September. This match will also include the County Championships for 10k. and 5k.

08 July 10 Latest Athletes of the month:
May: Mark Gray for his County Champs Decathlon;
May: Laura Evans for a new club record in the W35 Discus;
June: Joe Madge for breaking Alistair McFarlane's U20M 400m record which stood unbeaten for over 14 years!

26 April 10 Five GAC runners completed yesterday's London marathon - well done to all of you:
Tony Madge 3:03.53    photo
Algie Audas 3:33.42    photo
Mark Hillson 3:40.24    photo
Helen Brown 3:43.45    photo
Geoff Collier 3:50.47    photo

18 April 10 The results of today's inaugural Grantham Cup (10km trail run, staged in the grounds of Belton House) are available here. Picture of the start.

08 April 10 The latest Athletes Of The Month are:

Jac Heanen (Indoor Triple Jump) and Polly Atherton (Cross Country)

07 March 10
Today's Newton's Fraction1/2-marathon had an excellent turnout of 357 runners on a lovely early-spring day. The fastest time for the challenging, hilly course was 1:10.08, Edward Mitchell. results.

15 Feb 10 GAC won Team Silver in the U15 Girl and U13 Boys Lincolnshire Cross Country Championships, held yesterday at Riseholme College, Lincoln. Naomi Collier also won Individual U15 Girl Silver. U15G team photo 

25 Nov 09 The guest of honour presenting the awards at this year's Presentation Night was local lad Rod Bradley ('Spartan' of UK Gladiators) whose speech encouraged our young athletes to set their goals high and take whatever sporting opportunities present themselves. 

19 Nov 09 The structure of the Lincs T&F League is to be reviewed. Please read the open letter and pass any comments on it to Jackie Bainbridge before the Christmas break.

10 Nov 09 The Athlete of the Month page has been added to the website


 All club members and their families will be glad to hear that the new trophy to commemorate Mike’s dedication, commitment and loyalty to Grantham AC, has now been suitably named and engraved.

 After careful thought and consideration by Joyce and committee members, the Quaich has been named and hand engraved in script as follows:

 “The Mike Bundy President’s Cup”

 A plaque onto which recipients’ names can be engraved has also been attached to the base, with Ian Charles’s name being the inaugural inscription.

 Unlike other award winners, Ian was unable to see his name on the trophy on Presentation Night 2008, but as you will see from the photograph, a “second presentation” was made recently by Joyce to Ian on a Wednesday training night. 

 The engraved trophy has now been returned to the cabinet where it can be seen just in front of the framed photo of Mike and Joyce.

27 April 09 London Marathon

Just to let you know that I finished the London Marathon in 3.55.35 which I was pleased with as my target was 4 hrs!!  It was hard to get into the stride for the first five miles due to volume of runners and in narrow stretches around Greenwich but the crowds were fantastic, largest I have ever seen for the London Marathon.
Dave Eldridge

Other GAC runners (well done all of you!):

Arthur Short MV40 3:14.22
Algie Audas MV50 3:15.26
Alison Marvel WV45 4:23.56
Martin Neal MV40 4:26.52

Phew that was hot and tough ,but I am really chuffed as I wanted to run 3:15 to get a good for my age automatic entry next year, once again the day was brilliant and the crowd seems to get bigger than ever each year. Well done to all the others . 
Kind Regards
Algie photo


Well done Dave.  

I agree with you about the size of the crowds - largest I have ever seen.  My time was slower than I expected but it was the most enjoyable London I have done so far.   I had a great time and felt really good all the way round, despite the heat.
See you at the track in a couple of weeks!
Well done again.

Best wishes


28 March 09 Matt Smith wins his age group at the ATC XC at RAF Cranwell

21 March 09 Naomi Collier ran a brilliant race to finish 23rd Junior Girl in today's ESAA English Schools' Cross Country Championships at Stamford Hall, Leics. Well done Naomi. The Lincs team was placed 25 out of 44.

08 March 09 Today's confirmed Newton's Fraction results are now available.

03 Feb 09 'We Are Grantham' DVDs

A limited supply of the 'We Are Grantham 2008' video clips as displayed at the November Presentation Night are now available for purchase in DVD format.

Dedicated to Mike Bundy, the videos are designed to capture something of the spirit of the Club and the enthusiasm and commitment of our members. It is also a unique opportunity to acquire some invaluable archive footage of yourself or your child competing for Grantham.

Each DVD includes both video clips, and costs just £6. Proceeds will be used to purchase a GAC sail flag, which will provide a focal gathering point at future athletic meetings.

If you would like a copy, please speak to Tony Woollard, Chris Bainbridge or Geoff Collier.

4 Dec 08 The Woollard Christmas Cross-County Handicap race has been reintroduced on Sunday 21st December. 

09 March 08 Newton's Fraction results. Fun Run results

06 March 08 It is with great sadness to announce that club President, Chairman and co-founder of Grantham AC, Mike Bundy, died peacefully yesterday.

Mike picked up a chest infection last month, shortly after his 80th birthday. He developed pneumonia which eventually overpowered his resistance to fight it. Tributes to Mike can be made via the Grantham Journal. Details of the funeral arrangements will be posted here as soon as they are known.

Mike: Good-bye, God-bless and thank you for all you have done for athletes and athletics.

14 Feb 08
The club has presented President and Chairman Mike Bundy with a solid silver commemorative badge to celebrate his recent 80th birthday and to thank him for the decades he has devoted to athletics, not just with the club, but with the County and at International level.