Athletics: Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners enjoy Manchester Marathon test

Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners Dan Reynolds

Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners Dan Reynolds - Credit: Archant

Four members of Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners were among 13,000 finishers at the Greater Manchester Marathon on Sunday.

The UK’s second biggest marathon follows a flat route, leading to fast times, and was won by Aaron Richmond (Bideford AAC) in 2:21.34.

Dan Reynolds was fastest for GFDR in a personal best of 2:47.51, just ahead of James Bosher (2:48.51), as Karen Pickering (3:31.19) and Tony Karas (3:37.33) also set new bests.

Claire Hall competed in the British Duathlon Championships at Bedford Autodrome and was first in the F45-49 category in 2:13.06, after a 10k run (40.56), 39k bike ride (1:08.19) and additional 5k run (22.26).

Closer to home, four GFDR members took part in the Centenary Circle 20-mile race, following the circular footpath created in 1988 to mark the 100th anniversary of the granting of borough status to Chelmsford.

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The event attracted 47 runners and was won by Colin Harper (Little Baddow Ridge Runners) in 2:40.55, while GFDR’s Kerry Harrington (3:26.24) was 15th along with Lee Prowse (3:26.28), as Glenda and Colin Jackson came home in 4:30.19.

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