About Gravesend Road Runners and Athletics Club
Welcome to the Gravesend Road Runners and Athletics Club website.
We are a friendly running club based in Gravesend, Kent and we are proud to say that the club has been running since 1983. We meet every Tuesday evening at 7pm at the Cyclopark, Wrotham Road, Gravesend, DA11 7NP. Runs start promptly at 7:15pm.
New members are always welcome.
We usually run in three different groups of runners on club runs to ensure that as a club we can support all club members over different paces and distances.
These include a beginners 5k (3 miles) group, an intermediate 10k (6 miles) group and a faster 12-13k group. Club runs are usually between 30 minutes to an hour.
All Gravesend Road Runners enjoy the benefits of weekly training runs, cross-country runs, road racing, trail racing and a social club.
We are affiliated with UK Athletics.
Club Membership Form
Please find below a copy of our club membership form that can be printed off and completed and should be returned to our club Membership Secretary Robin Heel.
Our club membership prices are as follows for competing or non-competing club members:
Competing members £37 per year
Non-competing members £21 per year
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Hudsons return to racing - Woodchurch 5 Mile
Posted on 22nd October 2020
The perennial racing couple Eileen and Richard Hudson took part in the Woodchurch 5 Mile race last week. As Richard said in his Facebook post not only course record for them both but unsurprisingly it was a season best too! Full results are shown in race results section
4 Castles, Kent Spring and Saxon Shore Half Marathons
Posted on 14th October 2020
Well it has been several long months since the website has been updated. The Covid-19 situation has put paid to races and parkruns throughout 2020. But, at last, thanks to Phil Garrod, Paul Moss and Peter Granger we have some race results to report.
Congratulations to both Paul and Peter on their half marathon PBs at the 4 Castles and Saxon Shore half marathons respectively. To bashful Phil too for a great 16th place finish in the Kent "Spring" half marathon held in October - guess it is Spring down under.
Paul completed a cold, windy run from Deal to Dover in 1:50:37 to claim 28th position. Peter then had equally inclement weather to smash his PB by 7 minutes to finish the Saxon Shore half marathon in 2:12:33.
Well done guys for getting the club colours back out again!
Posted on 14th October 2020
The annual President's 10 time handicapped race took place on Sunday 20 September 2020. Unfortunately there were no female runners taking part. Congratulations to debutant George Whittaker who won the men's race. Finish times below:-
Results: (times in brackets are running times)
1st George Whittaker - 1:39:35 (1:16:35)
2nd Sukh Khunkhun - 1:40:49 (1:13:49)
3rd Paul Moss - 1:43:15 (1:20:15)
4th Warsmith Gos - 1:44:29 (1:29:29)
5th John Crockford - 1:49:08 (1:28:08)
6th Robin Heel - 1:49:56 (1:30:56)
7th Peter Granger - 1:51:34 (1:46:34)
8th Gavin Terry - 1:54:46 (1:54:46)
Lenham Cross Winter Marathon
Posted on 23rd February 2020
Great performances from Oliver Northern and John Whittaker in Lenham Cross
Winter Marathon. Running together in tough, muddy and very windy conditions to
finish in the symmetrical time of 4:44:44. Well done to Annabelle Stearns who acted
as tail walker/runner.
Race success for GRR at Vigo Tough Love
Posted on 17th February 2020
Storm Dennis had followed Ciara in wreaking havoc but this did not
stop the popular local race organised by Vigo Runners going ahead.
The 10 mile ish Tough Love lived up to its billing and reputation.
Some very hardy souls braved the very muddy, flooded conditions in
the wind and rain. It turned out to be quite an eventful day.
Big congratulations to John Whittaker on winning the race in a time of
1:17:08. John together with Phil Garrod and Oliver Northern also won
the team prize. Well done to the other GRRs and guest who took part
especially those insane enough to sign up on the day!
Commiserations to Robin Heel who sadly had to abandon the race 2.5 miles in
following a major hamstring pull. In other racing news well done to Eillen and Richard
Hudson for doing the Headcorn Half Marathon in equally inclement conditions.
GRR in Gibraltar
Posted on 6th February 2020
GRR were represented by John Crockford in a Gibraltar Rock Runners league race.
A beautiful sunny and warm day for the end of January for a 10km race. Finishing
79th out of 133 runners in a time of 50:19
AGM - Subscriptions
Posted on 22nd January 2020
The Club Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 14 January 2020.
Full details of the AGM to follow but a reminder for all that the annual club
subscriptions are now due. £37 for competing UK Athletics affiliated members and
£21 for non-competing members. Payment to be made into club account by BACS.
KFL - Minnis Bay
Posted on 22nd January 2020
A very enjoyable day out by the seaside was enjoyed by
those who made the trip to Minnis Bay for the penultimate
Kent Fitness League fixture of the season.
The results are shown below but special mention must
be made for James Gostick (known simply as Gos) who
was the subject of a retweet by BBC newsreader
(and fanatical runner) Sophie Raworth.
Runner Time Place
Ross Evans 42:58 71
Paul Moss 47:19 155
David Wright 49:19 204
Robin Heel 49:58 219
John Crockford 50:15 231
KFL Home Fixture - Shorne Country Park
Posted on 10th January 2020
Having hosted our home fixture at Nurstead previously we held this yer's event at Shorne Country
Park on Sunday 5th January 2020. Big thanks to the main organisers Peter Granger and Annabelle
Stearns for all their hard work leading up to the event and on the day. Also many thanks to the club members, family and friends who turned up to help with marshalling. This enabled several members
to take part and their results are shown below. The event was a great success with nearly 500
runners taking part and lots of positive feedback from other clubs.
Runner Time Place
Ross Evans 38:05 66
Phil Garrod 39:50 102
Paul Moss 43:29 184
David Wright 45:41 237
Robin Heel 47:03 262
John Crockford 47:59 284
Warsmith Gos 48:37 297
John Kelly 51:43 347
Will Woodrow 52:59 368
Dan Mantle 53:14 372
Gavin Terry 58:23 449
Club Xmas Meal and Annual Awards
Posted on 18th December 2019
A thoroughly enjoyable last Sunday 15th December for the occasion of the club Xmas meal and the annual club awards presentation. Great to see so many people there
for an evening of good food, conversation and fun. The winners of the awards are
shown below but special mention should go to Annabelle Stearns. Annabelle was awarded a memento of her achievement at the Western States 100 earlier this year.
The artwork depicting the route is also recognition of all the efforts that Annabelle
puts into the club.
PRESIDENT’S 10 LADIES - Zara Williamson
PRESIDENT’S 10 MEN - Jayesh Patel
LADIES 10K (FASTEST) - Eileen Hudson 53:44 at Vitality London 10000
MENS 10K (FASTEST) - Phil Garrod 42:29 at Darent Valley 10K
HALF MARATHON (MOST IMPROVED) - Sarah Terry pb at Saxon Shore 2:04:29
HALF MARATHON (MOST IMPROVED) - Peter Granger pb at SaxonShore 2:19:49
LADIES SERIES CUP - Eileen Hudson
MENS SERIES CUP - Phil Garrod
LADIES VETERAN SERIES CUP - Eileen Hudson
MENS VETERAN SERIES CUP - John Crockford
TRAIL SERIES SHIELD - Phil Garrod
CHRISTINE & COLIN SHIELD (MOST IMPROVED) - Oliver Northern
CLUB MEMBER OF THE YEAR (VOTED BY CLUB MEMBERS) - John Crockford
PETER BAGSHAW MARATHON CUP - Sukh Khunkhun 30 min pb at London
LADIES 5K - Julie Turk
MENS 5K - Paul Moss
LADIES CROSS COUNTRY - Sarah Terry
MENS CROSS COUNTRY - Phil Garrod
INSPIRATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Rebekah Louise Pashley
Kent Fitness League - Fixture 3
Posted on 5th December 2019
Mud glorious mud! A cold but bright day for it though. Well done to all the runners who trawled through the mud and up the hills. Special mention to our debutant Kate.
Results below :-
Runner Time Placing
Paul Moss 47:45 206
David Wright 49:16 244
Warsmith Gos 50:14 259
James Mullan 50:18 260
Robin Heel 50:21 262
Will Woodrow 53:59 315
Posted on 27th November 2019
Well done to Richard Hudson on finishing the Firenze
(Florence) Marathon in under 5 hours and his 2nd fastest
ever marathon time. Interestingly, the results only show
placings for Italians. Anyone from any other country
is not given a place!
Richard was ably supported by Eileen and they both did
Firenze Parkrun the day before. One of very few parkruns