Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners continue to embrace the racing miles

Glenda Jackson of Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners

Glenda Jackson of Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners at the Hatfield 5 on Bovingdon Airfield. - Credit: GFDR

Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners have continued to embrace the return of actual races with plenty venturing out and about.

Four members headed west to tackle the Hatfield 5 which had to be relocated to Bovingdon airfield to allow for COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing.

Colin Jackson of Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners

Colin Jackson of Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners at the Hatfield 5 on Bovingdon Airfield. - Credit: GFDR

Glenda Jackson completed the five-mile course in 46 minutes 32 seconds to place first in her age category while Colin Jackson⁩  got round in 38:18 and Martin Atkinson in 36:02.

Martin Atkinson of Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners

Martin Atkinson of Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners at the Hatfield 5 on Bovingdon Airfield. - Credit: GFDR

The quickest of the quartet was Declan Evans⁩ in 29:50.

Declan Evans of Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners

Declan Evans of Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners at the Hatfield 5 on Bovingdon Airfield. - Credit: GFDR

Ian Lawson opted to take on two marathons, competing in the Phoenix Running Double the Force Marathon before tackling the VE Day 75th anniversary event, both held over from last year.

Ian Lawson of Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners

Ian Lawson of Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners with his two marathon medals. - Credit: GFDR

That proved doubly poignant as it also brought up his 75th official run over the 26.2-mile distance.

He completed the first over a relatively flat course along the Thames towpath in 4:49:25 while the much hillier second run around Denbies Vineyard in Dorking took 5:14:50.

Gillian Robertson of Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners

Gillian Robertson of Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners with her Global Marathon medal. - Credit: GFDR

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Gillian Robertson meanwhile kept it virtual with the Global World Marathon, finishing in 3:49:05.

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