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Runners storm castle races

More than 200 runners helped to make one of the most picturesque events in the region a huge success on Sunday.

Some 99 children and adults - and a dog - took part in the 3k fun run while 109 competitors tackled the much tougher 10k race on a windy day at Grimsthorpe Castle.

Lisa Richardson, chairman of Bourne Town Harriers, thanked volunteers for helping to stage the popular day out starting and finishing in front of the stunning medieval country house.

Lisa said: “The event had been in jeopardy and without the help of volunteers and athletes turning up on the day we wouldn’t have had the success we had.

“We’ll increase the profile of the event as it becomes well known again as a great multi-terrain race with fantastic scenery and undulations.”

The 3k entrants dived into the woods by the adventure play park and climbed the hill for a fantastic view of the lake as they headed out on the challenging course.

Talented schoolboy Connor Ely, 14, who runs for Bourne Town Harriers, was thrilled to win it in an impressive 11 minutes 2 seconds.

Connor’s Harriers team-mate, Tilly Manning, 13, was first female home as she clocked 14 minutes 34 seconds.

Lisa said the 10k race tested runners’ stamina with two steep hills, long grass, a trail around a lake capped by a lung-busting surge to the finish.

Jake Richardson, 21, of Lincoln Wellington Athletics Club, won in a cracking 35 minutes 20 seconds as Emily Ostler took female honours finishing in 47 minutes 21 seconds.

“We’d like to thank Grimsthorpe Castle staff for such a great venue,” said Lisa.

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