THREE Louth Athletic Club athletes travelled to Cranwell to take part in the Sleaford Half Marathon, an event used by many county runners as part of their preparation for the various spring time marathons held in April and May.
As the 400 strong field set off, conditions were far from ideal with a chilly north westerly cutting across the open heath, slowing everyone down and dashing hopes of fast times.
The first Louth Athletic Club athlete home was Paul Jackson, recording a time of one hour 20 minutes and looking very relieved to reach the welcoming shelter of the finish area.
Debbie Simpson, who had entered the race at the last minute, battled hard to record a very creditable time of one hour 45 minutes and Helen Gladingbowl, just back from injury, ran well above her expectations, clocking one hour 48 minutes.
The next race on the Lincolnshire circuit is the Gainsborough 10K on Sunday March 4, a new event in the county programme with a flat course where Louth runners will be looking to set some fast times.
The club meets on Tuesdays at 6pm at Cordeaux School and Thursdays at the leisure centre.
n Details: Call John Jaines on 07775 291072.