Harriers are flying high after a successful week

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BOURNE Town Harriers have good reason to celebrate this week after hosting the annual Grimsthorpe Run and receiving a Clubmark Award from England Athletics.

Athletes came from far and wide to race in the annual Grimsthorpe 10k organised by Bourne Town Harriers on Monday.

Club membership secretary Richard Lomas-Brown, said: “We had a lot of regulars for the 10k, which is never an easy course. I took part myself and there were about 380 people running in it.”

First Harrier home was Matthew Grace in 11th place, who finished in a time of 39:11. He was closely followed by Vaughan Roberts (39:45).

Bourne’s first woman to complete the race was Clare Steels in 41st place in a time of 42:29.

l THE club’s hard work has also been rewarded by the presentation of the Clubmark Award from England Athletics.

The award reflects three years of behind the scenes work at Bourne Town Harriers. Steve Moore, club and coach support officer for England Athletics said: “Bourne Town Harriers have worked incredibly hard to achieve Clubmark accreditation and I’m very pleased they have now accomplished it.

“Successfully completing Clubmark means the club is a safe, accessible and proactive place to take part in athletics and demonstrates that the club strives to develop the highest levels of coaching practice.

“This is a fantastic achievement for the club and they are now one of only four athletics clubs in Lincolnshire to have achieved the status.

“Lisa Richardson and her team of volunteers at the club should be congratulated in particular for their hard work and perseverance.

“Although a small club they definitely punch above their weight and have shown what a great club they are.”

To receive the award, the club has had to meet a range of criteria covering its management, involvement in the community and its work towards safeguarding and protecting club members.