Hotfooting it at Grimsthorpe
The event had an earlier start time due to the heat.
The weather gods must have a soft spot for the Grimsthorpe Gallop as once again, it was dry and sunny at this multi-distance event that is popular with two and four legged runners. Sunday’s (13 June) soaring temperatures meant a change to the start time that was moved forward for safety reasons – especially important for the Canicross entrants.
Canicross was one of several entry options at the 2021 Grimsthorpe Gallop along with the 5K, 10K, 10 Miles and Half Marathon races and a Nordic Walking option too. It was another triumph of organisation and duty of care from SBR Events who had taken the current heatwave into account as part of their race preparations.
Those in the Canicross category had the option to downgrade their distance due to the conditions or run without their faithful friend. This was appreciated by the dog owners who liked the 8.30am start time to avoid the risk of heatstroke.
People were also keen to avoid the risk of dehydration as they completed their chosen distance on an undulating course consisting of fields, woodland, grass, tarmac and water (the lake). The marshals at SBR Events are known for their enthusiasm and willingness to help and they lived up to their reputation on Sunday, cooling down the participants with hose pipes as they passed them en route. Well spaced out water stations kept fluid levels topped up.
Results from all races can be viewed at the RunABC Midlands Race Listings page.
The event was held in the grounds of Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire and this attractive setting
was also an ideal place for runners and their families to sample the food and drink on offer in the race village. The ice cream van did a roaring trade!
SBR Events are launching a new race called The Bun Run on Saturday 11 September. Entries open this Friday.
Image courtesy of Dave Kenyon.