2018 News

September news
Ikano Bank Robin Hood Half Marathon (30th September)
Last weekend almost 9000 runners were in Nottingham for the Ikano Bank Robin Hood Half Marathon. Set on their way from the Victoria Embankment Recreation Ground by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Liaqat Ali and Richard Whitehead MBE. The course starts with a loop of the city centre passing Nottingham Castle, then the entire outskirts of tree-lined Wollaton Park proceeding back towards the city passing Castle Boulevard and Trent Bridge prior to the finish back at Victoria Embankment.
Attracting huge crowds of spectators and a carnival-like atmosphere, it’s no wonder that runners report how phenomenally uplifting they find the support whilst running in this city race. The weather this year was favourable too, neither hot nor cold with a light breeze.
Lisa Musson & Cara Dixon travelled from Mablethorpe to take part and they were not disappointed with the professionally organised race nor their results and they were very happy with the quality of the finish medals to add to their collections.
Lisa finished her race in 2h 16m 54s and Cara crossed the finish line in 2h 38m 43s, great times for both ladies.
(Pictures attached below of Lisa & Cara).
The race was won by Chris Rainsford from London in an amazing time of only 1h 07m 54s.
The first woman was Katherine Wood from Manchester who finished in just 1h 17m 34s (20th overall).
Cleethorpes Parkrun (29th September)
We attend and report on Parkrun frequently and it was only this week that Parkrun made not only the national press but national tv as it has become something of a global phenomena. The free-to-enter, casual but timed 5km events held in parks and green areas across the UK (and all over the world) organised & staffed entirely by volunteers to encourage the public of all ages & abilities to engage in physical activity.
Last weekend at the Cleethorpes Country Park, Malcolm Brine & Janine Stones were joined by Sharon Margarson & Elaine Wilson.
Of the 231 finishers:
Malcolm: 19m 59s (6th)
Janine: 20m 39s (10th) (1st Female)
Sharon: 25m 44s (83rd)
Elaine: 28m 33s (128th)
Here are photos of Janine, and Sharon & Elaine from previous races
For more information about parkrun, visit their website at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/
The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running (23rd September)
Quoted from their website: “Training prepares you for the race, Nothing prepares you for the scenery”!
Quite possibly one of the most stunning marathons in the world with spectacular scenery, a fantastic atmosphere and a truly memorable experience … it’s no wonder The Loch Ness Marathon was voted in the top 10 UK marathons by Runner’s World readers in 2016.
The Loch Ness Marathon takes a spectacular route alongside world famous Loch Ness, starting in an atmospheric moorland setting continuing through stunning Highlands, then along the south-eastern shores of Loch Ness across the River Ness, to finish in Inverness, capital city of the Highlands.
Debbie Jinks & Zoe Parkes travelled 475 miles from Mablethorpe to take part, they were among around 4000 competitors that flocked to the Highlands for this truly remarkable event. Debbie & Zoe have been training hard for this race, for Zoe a debut marathon but not so for Debbie. They ran together encouraging each other for the whole 26.2 miles and we are very proud that they completed the course in 5h 02m 28s / 2171st for Zoe and in 5h 02m 29s / 2172nd for Debbie.
(Pictures attached below as labelled in Jpeg title).
The marathon was won by Mohammad Aburezeq (Altrincham & District AC) in only 2h 22m 56s.
The first woman to finish was Sheena Logan (Fife AC) in a mere 2h 51m 11s (21st overall).
The Wilkin Chapman Lincolnshire Wolds Tough 10 (22nd September)
Hosted by Caistor Running Club and this year supported by Wilkin Chapman among other local businesses.
The first Tough 10 happened back in 1983 and has been a popular event in runner’s diaries ever since.
The Tough Ten is exactly that! 10 miles around an undulating course, from the start & finish in the lovely village of Swallow near Caistor, this is an endurance challenge around the beautiful & scenic but brutal hills of The Lincolnshire Wolds.
Of the 174 successful finishers, Paula Downing made her return not only knocking almost a minute off last year’s time but also finishing 2nd lady (28th overall) only 9 seconds behind the leading lady crossing the finish line in an amazing time of 69m 20s.
(Photos attached below of Paula courtesy of John Rainsforth).
The race was won by William Strangeway (Lincoln Wellington AC) who ran a PB on this course, an outstanding time of 54m 10s.
The 1st lady was Beverley Wilson (Cleethorpes AC) who finished 24th in only 69m 11s.
ABP Humber Coastal Half Marathon (16th September)
After a sold out debut event last year, this success was repeated as the 2018 ABP Humber Coastal Half Marathon organised by the small team at Tape 2 Tape also sold out. Close to 1400 runners not only started but finished the course which took over the promenade & roads of the seaside resort of Cleethorpes claiming fabulous coastal & country views with flat closed roads and a promenade start/finish with hundreds of spectators along the route.
Two Mablethorpe RC ladies returned (as they were there for the debut last year). Despite the windy but warm seafront conditions, both improved on their times by a minute or more:
Andrea Mettam ran brilliantly finishing the course in 2h 05m 04s (809th).
Paula Downing ran determined as always finishing in 1h 31m 29s (83rd).
(Photos from this race attached below, courtesy of John Rainsforth).
The winner was William Strangeway (Lincoln Wellington AC) in 1h 10m 47s.
The first female was Charlotte Ward (Hallamshire Harriers) in 1h 24m 21s (24th overall).
Here’s Andrea …
… and a couple of Paula
LincsBOx 10k (LincsBOx Event Cross Country Run and Mountain Bike Adventure Trail, 16th September)
The 2018 Belchford & Oxcombe bike/walk/run is a non commercial event supported by the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service, working to protect and enhance the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This community event held for the benefit of the local community welcomed around 150 cyclists, ramblers, dog walkers, joggers and runners on the beautiful & scenic Lincolnshire Wolds fields & tracks. Undeterred by the hills or muddy areas, there was plenty of energy & enthusiasm amongst the entrants with a lunch afterwards.
From Mablethorpe RC, cross country aficionados Janine Stones & Paul Stupple thoroughly enjoyed taking part.
The results have as yet not been published.
Derby Sportive (16th September)
Not only a keen & talented runner but also a very competetive cyclist, Club Chairman Wayne Kew was one of the hundreds who took part in the Derby Sportive. A 100 mile route taking on the tough terrain of the Derbyshire Dales & Peak District with around 9000ft of climbing! As if that wasn’t challenging enough, the conditions were wet & windy. Wayne completed the 100 miles in 6h 29m moving time (half an hour faster than he did it in 2016) or 6h 55m including stops.
(Library photo of Wayne from the archives attached below).
East Coast Classic 10k (9th September)
Mablethorpe Running Club are very pleased that this weekend’s East Coast Classic 10k race with a 3k fun run was once again a great success. The 10k run was booked full to capacity of 300 but accounting for no-shows etc, there were 274 that completed the course.
Starting at the lifeboat station at Mablethorpe heading towards Trusthorpe – Sutton-On-Sea – Sandilands Promenade before the 5k turn around point heading back again to finish at the lifeboat station.
The 3k fun run was 1.5km out and turnaround for 1.5km back on the same route.
Cooler than usual for our race but hundreds of runners embraced the seafront challenge.
Dominated by local runners from Mablethorpe, Skegness, Louth, Boston, Cleethorpes & Grimsby (among other places) but also from Ripley, Warrington and further afield, some returning year after year.
The race was won by Tom North (unattached) who finished in just 33m 56s.
2nd was Martin Troop (Lincoln Wellington AC) in 35m 01s.
3rd was Gregan Clarkson (Kingston Upon Hull AC) in 35m 30s.
The 1st female was, as with the previous 2 years, Lucy Holt (Notts AC) completing in 40m 14s (19th overall).
2nd female was Lucy Taylor (Ripley RC) in 42m 01s (26th).
3rd female was Bobbie Lomax (Warrington Road Runners) in 42m 51s (30th).
x4 Mablethorpe Running Club members also competed:
First back, Paige Midgley gave another superb performance finishing in 50m 39s (88th).
Next, three ladies who only began running on a casual basis at our social runs:
Sarah Stevenson in 1h 08m 16s (222nd).
Katrina Needham in 1h 10m 40s (235th).
Felicity Berry in 1h 14m 16s (249th).
The 3k Fun Run had just 11 entries of determined youngsters. Please see below for the results.
The race organisers wish to express their gratitude to all the runners and supporters for attending today, in turn making this event possible. To the many marshals and volunteers who gave up their time. Our sponsors and suppliers for their kind support also. We look forwards to welcoming you back next year.
For more information, full results and photographs see:
Grantham (Newton’s Fraction) Half Marathon (2nd September)
Voted by Runner’s World readers as one of the Top 50 Best Races in the UK, it comes as no surprise that it was sold out in 2015, 2016 & 2017. Last weekend marked the 13th edition which was rescheduled as it was cancelled earlier in 2018 due to the snow. Run under UK Athletics rules on an accurately measured 13.1 mile route, the race is one of the county’s most popular road races.
Organised by Grantham Athletic Club the race starts and finishes with a lap of the track inside the South Kesteven Sports Stadium. The race heads out of Grantham into the Lincolnshire countryside onto the Grantham to Nottingham Canal towpath for nearly 3 miles to Woolsthorpe by Belvoir with particularly testing hills at miles 6, 8 & 11 along the way before returning back into the stadium for a ‘grandstand’ finish.
With temperatures hitting plus 20 degrees, it was a very hot day for running but that did not deter a trio of Mablethorpe RC ladies or any of the 306 finishers.
Andrea Mettam & Debbie Jinks were there for their third consecutive year with Zoe Parkes making her debut at this event. Great efforts all round as once again Andrea & Debbie ran the course together. They were 249th & 248th in 2h 23m 39s & 2h 23m 38s respectively. Zoe beat the heat crossing the finish line 227th in 2h 19m 34s.
The race was won by Ben Evison (Skegness Tri Club) in a remarkable time of only 1h 16m 58s.
The 1st female back, as last year, was Natalie Teece (Stilton Striders) in just 1h 30m 16s (18th overall).
Photos below of:
Zoe, Andrea and Debbie at Newton’s Fraction
Debbie and Andrea in the race
August news
Alford Colour Run (26th August)
Hosted by Alford Town Football Club, this was a non-timed 5km fun run, walk or skip with a little difference – those who take part get covered in colours at every station! As well as getting covered, those at this fun event also received a t-shirt, sunglasses and a wristband.
Benjamin Ailsby was there with his family, also Lisa Musson, Felicity Berry, Katrina Needham and Sarah Stevenson – they thoroughly enjoyed being targets for those in charge of brightening up the entrants!
(Pictures attached below).
Ben’s sister (sorry, I don’t know your name), Ben, Lisa & Felicity
Clockwise from top left: Sarah, Felicity, Lisa,  Katrina
Cleethorpes Parkrun (25th August)
We attend and report on Parkrun frequently – the free-to-enter, casual but timed 5km events held in parks and green areas across the UK (and all over the world) organised & staffed entirely by volunteers to encourage the public of all ages & abilities to engage in physical activity.
Janine Stones & Sheryl Hawse were joined by Lisa Musson on her debut Parkrun at the Cleethorpes Country Park.
Of the 197 finishers:
Janine: 21m 05s (20th) (2nd Female)
Sheryl: 22m 47s (41st)
Lisa: 27m 56s (113th)
For more information about parkrun, visit their website at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/
July news
Prudential RideLondon (29th July)
Enthusiastic cyclist & runner (also Club Chairman) Wayne Kew completed another distance cycling event: the Prudential RideLondon. This was the second part of a double charity effort as Wayne also ran the London Marathon back in April, both for Bloodwise.
Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympics, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 started from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside before returning to the finish at The Mall in central London. As you can imagine, there were thousands of participants and thousands of spectators too.
With leg-testing climbs and a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists, Wayne was not at all deterred by the awful conditions – strong winds & driving rain. He completed the 100 miles in 5h 20m!
Wayne’s sponsorship for both London events raised over £1300 for Bloodwise which is, of course, fantastic news.
(Picture of Wayne attached below).
Cleethorpes Parkrun (every Saturday)
Parkrun are popular free-to-enter, casual but timed 5km events held in parks and green areas across the UK (and all over the world) organised & staffed entirely by volunteers to encourage the public of all ages & abilities to engage in physical activity.
Janine Stones has been participating in parkrun since 2012. She ran the first ever Cleethorpes parkrun at the Country Park 4 years ago in 19m 56s (which still stands as the VW40 category record).
(Janine’s personal best for a parkrun is 19m 21s clocked in Hull in 2012).
Earlier in July, Janine was joined on her 38th parkrun at Cleethorpes Country Park by Nigel Booth in his debut parkrun among 196 finishers:
Janine was, once again, 1st female in 20m 29s (11th overall).
Nigel ran his 1st parkrun in a great time of 23m 36s (44th).
2 weeks later Janine introduced her brother Julian along with his family visiting from Thailand to the joys of parkrun. Four of them thoroughly enjoyed their debut at Cleethorpes.
Picture attached below (L-R) Alison George-Jones, Janine Stones, Jeremy George-Jones, Julian Hadden, Jay Hadden (dark blue shirt) Max Hadden and Mix Hadden with Lilly the dog.
Jay ran a brilliant time of 25m 01s.
Max next not far behind in 26m 51s.
Julian came in at 29m 48s.
Jeremy ran 32m 56s.
Janine in the run
For more information about parkrun, visit their website at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/
Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k (22nd July)
Organised by the small but experienced team at Tape2Tape in partnership with Ørsted and numerous sponsors, made possible with the help of over 450 volunteers. The third year of this event was, as with the debut in 2016, sold-out raising vital funds for numerous local charities.
It may have been 28 degrees in the blistering sunshine but that did not deter almost 4000 runners from taking part in the 10k or 2k fun run. The race organisers are delighted with this amazing day and it would seem that opinion was shared by the runners who turned out in the thousands.
Starting outside Grimsby Town hall, the traffic-free route took runners out to Nun’s Corner, through Scartho towards New Waltham before returning into Grimsby via Peaks Parkway and finishing in the stunning surroundings of People’s Park.
Of the 3077 finishers, 13 were from Mablethorpe RC, results as follows:
Wayne Kew – 43m 42s – 283rd.
Joseph Rice-Mundy – 47m 48s – 556th.
Gareth Lay – 47m 48s – 557th.
Debbie Jinks – 50m 38s – 861st.
Guy Willey – 51m 05s – 911th.
Zoe Parkes – 53m 41s – 1164th.
Andrea Mettam – 57m 16s – 1544th.
Lisa Musson – 1h 00m 28s – 1894th.
Debbie Kew – 1h 08m 36s – 2475th.
Louise Willey – 1h 08m 56s – 2499th.
Selina Elson – 1h 09m 01s – 2503rd.
Cara Hockham – 1h 13m 27s – 2691st.
Helen Rice-Mundy – 1h 20m 35s – 2919th.
Joseph & Gareth ran the course in costume in aid of the RNLI – picture attached below.
More pictures attached below.
First, all the Mabo crew
Debbie Kew
Zoe Parkes
Louise Willey
The winner was Alastair Watson (Notts AC) in an astonishing time of 30m 12s.
The 1st female was Elizabeth Mcternan (Unattached) in only 32m 57th (7th overall).
Spilsby Show 6 (8th July)
Last weekend a trio of Mablethorpe RC ladies were of the 92 finishers in the 2018 Spilsby Show road race which has taken place annually as part of the show since July 1998. Originally planned as a fun run, it has grown into a fully affiliated race. Perhaps the extraordinary heat deterred some as numbers were half of the previous year’s participants.
However, Mablethorpe RC results were:
Janine Stones – 16th – 43m 33s – 2nd F
Debbie Jinks – 42nd – 51m 08s – 2nd F50-54
Andrea Mettam – 60th – 57m 37s – 5th F50-54 (also a course best time for Andrea).
(Pictured below, Andrea, Debbie and Janine).
As last year, the winner was Mark Sands (Skegness & District Running Club) in 33m 51s.
The 1st female was Sarah Williams (Unattached) in 41m 02s (12th overall).
The ‘Sting In The Tail’ Caistor 10k (8th July)
Caistor Running Club have been hosts to their annual challenge which is now in its’ seventh year. A tough 10k loop race in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds, although entirely on the roads starting and finishing in Caistor town centre. The ‘Sting In The Tail’ course has a tad over 300ft of climbing.
Last weekend, 612 runners successfully completed the course, despite the scorching temperatures.
Four ladies from Mablethorpe RC were of them:
Lisa Musson – 432nd – 1h 06m 01s
Debbie Kew – 524th – 1h 12m 52s
Selina Elson – 525th – 1h 12m 52s
Cara Dixon – 571st – 1h 19m 01s
The race was once again won by Nick Martin (Caistor RC) in 32m 42s.
The 1st female to finish was Sophie Lee (City Of Hull AC) in 40m 08s (17th overall).
June news
The Lincolnshire Runner XC – Prize Presentation
The Lincolnshire Runner Cross Country (XC) League takes place over several matches during the winter months with hilly terrain and wet & muddy grassed areas to tackle.
Veteran runner Janine Stones was recently able to accept her prize for 1st Senior/Veteran Woman which was delayed due to illness of the organisers.
Janine is pictured below (centre) be presented with her shield by the Lincolnshire Runner retailer and her coach, Malcolm Brine (right).
Cancer Research UK Louth Run (Race) For Life (24th June)
The Louth Run For Life is affiliated to Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life. It’s a Run For Life as opposed to the Race For Life as the fun run is not only open to women but to men & children also. Last weekend was the 13th year of Louth’s event which sees combined walkers, runners & supporters in excess of 2000 pounding the pavements for charity. Many thousands of pounds are raised year upon year to support the amazing work of CRUK.
This is a favourite day out for many of our members at Mablethorpe RC. For some they have lost loved ones to cancer so it is very personal and poignant. Despite the scorching temperatures we have been experiencing lately, 20 plus of our juniors & seniors with their families & friends took part as they/we have for many years. A special mention to Sia-Jessica who ran with her Mum, Zoe Parkes.
Pictured attached below are some (but not by any means all) of our runners on the day.
Norfolk 100km Ultra Marathon (23rd June)
Paula Downing may well have achieved her ambition of completing 100 marathons earlier in 2018 but that has not stopped her running nor from pursuing further achievements.
The Norfolk 100km (a staggering 62.1 miles) is an ultra marathon of over twice the distance of a standard marathon. Not only that but the course itself is mostly off-road including hills, trails, sand dunes and beaches.
Departing Castle Acre the route followed the Peddars Way to the coast at Holme-next-the-Sea before following the coastal path all the way to Sheringham and the finish at Beeston Hall School.
There was a 17 hour time limit for this event in which 55 hardy athletes started and an impressive 51 successfully completed this incredible feat.
For Paula, this was a personal goal to run her furthest race distance to date.
It was a hot day, very uncomfortable. But as we have come to expect of Paula, nothing seems to get in her path. Not only did she successfully finish this gruelling course but she was joint second/first female in an astonishing time of 11h 31m 46s.
No pictures from this day unfortunately but please see library photos of Paula (attached below).
Phil Twite (unaffiliated) was also second in 11h 31m 46s.
Benjamin Letzer (Coltishall Jaguars RC) won the event in 10h 18m 16s.
Grantham Summer Solstice 10k (22nd June)
A quartet of Mablethorpe RC runners were of the 822 that successfully completed the hugely popular Grantham AC Summer Solstice 10k which takes part annually in the evening of the longest day of the year. A fairly flat course with just 33m of ascent and 33m of descent. The start & finish is from Long Bennington and takes in the villages of Woodside & Staunton in the Vale returning on a loop to race HQ.
Andrea Mettam & Debbie Jinks have taken part previously for many years and Janine Stones has completed this run before too. This year they were joined by Malcolm Brine.
Their results were:
Malcolm (99th) 42m 44s
Janine (109th) 43m 02s.
Debbie (456th) 54m 38s.
Andrea (457th) 54m 38s.
(This was a CB/course best for Andrea).
The winner was Martin Dawson (North Derbyshire RC) in 33m 35s.
The first female to cross the line was Emily Foran (Sleaford Striders AC) in 38m 40s. (29th overall).
(Attached below is a photo of Debbie & Andrea at the Summer Solstice 2018).


Skendleby Scramble for Sweet Treats (10th June)
This was a 5 mile challenging yet beautiful route intended as a fun run or walk with all the proceeds from entry and sales of refreshments afterwards going to Skendleby Playgroup where the run started & finished.
This fabulous community event near Spilsby was well supported with over 50 participants.
6 Mablethorpe ladies were there and thoroughly enjoyed the fun event.
Louise Willey, Helen Rice-Mundy, Katrina Needham, Cara Dixon, Sarah Stevenson, Lisa Musson.
(As pictured L-R below).
 Woodhall Spa 10k (3rd June)
The Woodhall Spa 10k is a non-profit event organised by local volunteers. The race has established itself as one of the premier runs in the region with athletes coming from all across the Midlands and from across the entire country to compete on this flat course through the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside.
Ten Mablethorpe runners were of the 1145 finishers on what was probably one of the hottest race days of 2018 so far.
Mablethorpe athletes finished as follows:
300th – Debbie Jinks – 50m 11s
406th – Guy Willey – 53m 28s
495th – Andrea Mettam – 56m 16s
557th – Zoe Parkes – 57m 57s
752nd – Lisa Musson – 1h 03m 22s
839th – Ellie Norman (Skegness Tri) – 1h 07m 51s
870th – Pheobe Willey – 1h 09m 37s
972nd – Cara Dixon – 1h 12m 37s
1006th – Helen Rice-Mundy – 1h 14m 19s
1007th – Louise Willey – 1h 14m 19s
The winner was Matthew Bowser (Lincoln Wellington AC) with a phenomenal finish time of 30m 42s.
The 1st Female to finish was Cloe Hubbard (Newark AC) who finished in 37m 22s (23rd overall).
Mablethorpe RC newcomer Felicity Berry continues with great enthusiasm. She took part in the Fun Run which is an unmeasured route of approximately 3 miles which is not timed as it is purely for fun.
(Picture attached of Debbie Jinks, 1st back for Mablethorpe RC and another of Guy Willey (photos by John Rainsforth) and a group photo of our Mablethorpe runners at the Woodhall 10k).
The Tour of Cambridgeshire 80 Mile Sportive (3rd June)
Keen cyclist & runner, Mablethorpe RC Chairman Wayne Kew was recently out on another challenging cycle ride although this time with Andy Stones & Elliot Stones. They joined thousands of cyclists who successfully completed this extraordinary course of a tad over 130km. Starting and finishing at Alwalton slightly south west of Peterborough heading through Folksworth, Steeple Gidding then Alconbury cross-country to Ramsey Saint Mary’s & Ramsey Forty Foot. Then it’s Benwick, Pondersbridge, Yaxley and back to Peterborough.
On can what only be described as an exceptionally hot day, Wayne completed his latest ride with 1640ft of ascent in 3h 36m 15s. Andy crossed the finish line in exactly 3h 50m. (I cannot be exact with Elliot’s finish time as the online results are currently unavailable).
(Picture of Elliot *4849 / Wayne *7832 / Andy *6675 attached below).
East Coast Classic 10k 2018 – 9th September
Mablethorpe Running Club are pleased to announce that the 10th East Coast Classic 10k race with a 3k fun run is scheduled to take place on Sunday 09th September at 10.30am (09.30am for the fun run which accepts entries on the day only from race HQ).
NOTE: NEW VENUE FOR RACE HQ THIS YEAR. It is much closer to the Start/Finish line than in previous years.
Race HQ – Beach chalet between the Fairground and the RNLI Lifeboat Station on the Promenade (postcode LN12 1AL). Pedestrian access is onto the prom by the main entry point opposite the end of High Street, turn right (south), walk the back of the fairground, Race HQ is the first chalet you come to.
Our 10k race is very popular and as such places are filling up FAST so anyone interested should enter online asap as there are no entries on the day.
Our chip timed race starts outside the Lifeboat Station on Mablethorpe’s prom and follows the seafront past Sutton-On-Sea and Sandilands before turning back again to finish at the Lifeboat Station.
Please do come along if you are able to and this is a request to your readers also who might like to come along to spectate and support the runners along the route.
All race information & entry can be found via:
You do not have to be a member to come and run with us! Try a few sessions, see if you like it. We are a very diverse Club with a wide range of members across all abilities. We invite you to come along if you have the slightest interest in running, we can help!
Mablethorpe Running Club no longer meet at the Athletics Club in Sherwood Fields, Mablethorpe.
These are our meeting arrangements for the foreseeable future: Mondays at 6.30pm at Sutton On Sea Social Club and on Wednesdays at 6.30pm at The George in Alford for social runs.
May news
May was a month of sweltering sunshine & relentless rain, neither of which deterred our runners. Here is a summary of Mablethorpe RC activities from May.
Market Rasen 5k (20th May)
The streets of Market Rasen were dominated by runners for the town’s May 5k.
The race starts on Church Street in Market Rasen, travels along Waterloo Street, out of town on Walesby Road and loops back to the finish via the same route.
Newcomer to running via our social runs in Alford, Felicity Berry did herself and the Club proud. She was 95th/6th in her age group in 36m 49s. Congratulations to Felicity.
The winner was Rick Harris (Wolds Veteran RC) in 17m 27s.
The 1st Female was Mary Craig (also Wolds Veteran RC) (14th) in 20m 57s.
Lunacy Runs (20th May)
Lunacy Runs are extreme off-road running events ranging from 6 miles through to ultra marathons across undulating terrain with natural obstacles, hills and water crossings via man made rope swings and bridges.
May’s Lunacy Run was held just outside the village of Hatcliffe in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds – 10k of undulating terrain with hills, woodland, water, ropes, and climbs on all natural obstacles.
These type of events are increasing in popularity with enthusiasts and that includes with us here at Mablethorpe RC. We had a dozen runners (members and/or friends/family of) in a field of 260 finishers:
Helen Rice-Mundy, Louise Willey & Cara Dixon completed the assault course together in 2h 33m.
Lisa Musson & Lucy Rice-Mundy were just a few minutes over the 2h mark in 2h 04m.
Debbie Jinks, Andrea Mettam & Zoe Parkes also ran/swam/climbed as a trio in 1h 59m.
Ellie Norman (Skegness Tri Club) was very happy with 1h 56m.
Roger Blake thoroughly enjoyed the challenge finishing in 1h 26m.
There was family rivalry between Janine Stones and her son Elliot as thay both managed to finish seconds apart (9th & 10th respectively) in 1h 06m. Janine was once again the 1st Female
Completion awards all ‘Lunatics’ fully fledged Lunatic status with unique handmade wooden finishers’ medals.
(See x2 attached pictures below from this race).
The winner was L.Piercy in exactly 1h.
Another Lunacy Run (The Sufferance 30) is due to take place in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds, Cabourne Parva on Saturday 22nd September. Entries via http://www.sportsystems.co.uk/
Janine with her winner’s trophy
The MRC “Lunatics”
Bolingbroke Breaker 10k (16th May)
The first of two planned 2018 Bolingbroke Breaker 10k’s organised by Skegness & District RC has taken place recently. This tough but popular 10k race starting and finishing in the village of Old Bolingbroke attracted 143 runners. Although lovely scenery this is a hilly, challenging multi-terrain course. Local clubs were well represented and flying the flag for Mablethorpe RC were half a dozen as follows:
Social runner Gareth Lay gave a phenomenal performance given that he is a newcomer to running crossing the finish line in 44m 14s.
Hot on his heels, Joseph Rice-Mundy gave a sterling finish in 44m 36s.
Maintaining her pace throughout, Lisa Musson next in a finish time of 63m 18s.
Louise Willey, Helen Rice-Mundy & Cara Dixon crossed not only the start but also the finish line together encouraging one another all the way in 75m 57s.
(Photo attached below of our 6 at the event).
The winner was Mark Sands (Skegness & District RC) in only 34m 36s.
The 1st Female was Chloe Ogley (Cleethorpes AC) in 48m 38s (45th overall).
The second Bolingbroke Breaker is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 25th July.
Tealby Trail Run  (13th May)
Situated on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, the historic village of Tealby (3 miles north of Market Rasen) is the ideal location for this challenging event which has been hosted by Wolds Veteran Runners Club for many years, funds of which raised go towards their designated charity, the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.
The 8.8 mile route has beautiful scenery but very demanding hills!
2 Mablethorpe veteran runners were there of the 100 finishers: Janine Stones & Paul Stupple.
As last year, Janine earned 1st Female place with a fine performance – 16th in 1h 18m 18s.
In his first race for some time, Paul had a excellent run – 30th in 1h 28m 14s.
The winner (as last year) was Nick Martin (Caistor RC) who in 1h 01m 35s knocked almost 2 minutes off his winning time in 2017.
Impsport Lincoln Grand Prix Sportive 2018 (12th May)
The Lincoln Festival of Cycling 2018 brings a host of sporting events to the city.
Keen cyclist & runner, Mablethorpe RC Chairman Wayne Kew joined over 1000 cyclists who successfully completed this extraordinary long ride of a tad over 101 miles. Heading out of the city on the closed road cobbled climb of Michaelgate towards Market Rasen & Caistor then an undulating loop of the tough but picturesque hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds leaving them behind at Horncastle, this is the final test before finishing in Castle Square at the bottom of the imposing Lincoln Cathedral.
Wayne completed yet another epic challenge; this 101 mile ride with an astounding 4770ft of elevation, in exactly 5h 25m.

Wolds Dash Series 2018 (Race 1 – 9th May)

The 35th series of the Wolds Dash is now underway. Hosted by Louth AC, these off-road runs take place at the Hubbard’s Hills recreational area to the West of town on summer evenings.

In the 1st of 2018’s races which brought close to 200 athletes across all age groups to the area, 12 were Mablethorpe RC/friends of.
Our results were as follows:
Under 15 Girls (4.23km) – Hope Midgley – 23m 14s. Rebecca Millward – 25m 46s.
Under 15 Boys (4.23km) – Keelen Guerin – 23m 54s. Ben Ailsby – 23m 11s.
Senior/Veteran Females (7.13km) – Helen Rice-Mundy – 51m 40s. Cara Dixon -51m 40s. Katrina Needham – 50m 29s. Sarah Stevenson – 46m 21s. Andrea Mettam – 43m 33s. Zoe Parkes – 38m 24s. Debbie Jinks – 36m 32s. Paige Midgley – 33m 02s.
(Attached below is a photo of Mablethorpe RC runners at this Wolds Dash).
Race 2 of the 2018 series is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 13th June at 7pm.
North Lincolnshire (Scunthorpe) Half Marathon 2018 (6th May)
Now in its’ seventh year, this extremely popular race organised by the small team at Tape2Tape continues to be a hit with runners coming from all over the country to take part. No longer using Scunthorpe United FC’s stadium at Glanford Park as HQ, this year’s start & finish, as last year, being from nearby Quibell Park. The course was otherwise largely unchanged leaving Scunthorpe, this extremely flat course on mainly closed roads follows alongside much of the Trent River Bank through the villages of Messingham, East Butterwick & Burringham.
With temperatures in the mid-twenty degrees, it made for very difficult uncomfortable running. It would be fair to say that it was not a day for PB’s and the heat certainly slowed many (although by no means all) down a little.
Of the 1561 who successfully beat the heat finishing the North Lincs Half, 8 were Mablethorpe RC & friends:
Roger Blake 1h 49m 57s (475th).
Zoe Parkes 1h 59m 20s (728th).
Debbie Jinks 2h 03m 09s (821st).
Andrea Mettam 2h 13m 29s (1054th).
Lisa Musson 2h 24m 45s (1272nd).
Ellie Norman (Skegness Tri Club) 2h 26m 16s (1304th).
Sarah Stevenson (unaffilliated) 2h 27m 41s (1328th).
Cara Dixon 2h 49m 12s (1515th).
(Photo attached below of our runners afterwards).
The winner was Daniel Kestrel (Rotherham Harriers & AC) in just 1h 10m 42s.
The 1st female was Rachel Robinson (Marshall Milton Keynes AC) in an also outstanding time of 1h 20m 29s (21st overall).
April/May news
Cleethorpes Parkrun (21st April and 5th May)
Parkrun are popular free-to-enter, casual but timed 5km events held in parks and green areas across the UK (and all over the world) organised & staffed entirely by volunteers to encourage the public of all ages & abilities to engage in physical activity.
From Mablethorpe RC, Janine Stones & Malcolm Brine led our friends & newcomers to running in their debut parkruns among 212 finishers:
Katrina Needham in 32m 48s.
Sarah Stevenson in 29m 39s.
Corey Stones in 23m 00s.
Malcolm ran 20m 31s.
Janine ran 20m 10s (1st female).
2 weeks later Mablethorpe RC were back flying the flag for our coastal resort once again.
Of the 247 finishers were:
Corey Stones in 23m 36s.
Janine Stones in 20m 35s.
Gareth Lay debuted in 20m 31s.
Joseph Rice-Mundy also debuted in 20m 13s.
(Janine ran the first ever Cleethorpes parkrun at the Country Park 3 years ago in 19m 56s which still stands as the VW40 category record).
For more information about parkrun, visit their website at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/
April news
Authorpe 10k Fun Run (29th April)
This is a fantastic annual 6 mile charity fun run staged by the local community for the benefit of the local community (primarily the village hall fund but also distributed to local charity). The start & finish of this undulating course is from the Authorpe Village Hall where runners can refuel once done with delicious homemade cakes & refreshments.
On a fine sunny day, of the 87 finishers, 17 were from Mablethorpe RC (& friends of). Some walked the course, some ran a debut, a few raced but all thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful hospitality of the locals, a bespoke medal upon finish and, of course, the homemade cakes!
Highlights were:
Felicity Berry, Katrina Needham* & Sarah Stevenson* were debutantes to a 10k which they successfully completed.
Phoebe Willey at 16 years old also ran her debut 10k, a determined performance in under an hour! (58m 53s).
Gareth Lay* & Joseph Rice-Mundy finished in the top ten! (8th & 7th in 44m 07s).
(Picture attached below of many of our group at the Authorpe 10k and Phoebe, who seems to have missed out on the group photo). *unaffilliated
The run was won by Adam Dalton (Louth AC) in 34m 11s.
1st female was Kerry Stainton (Louth/Cleethorpes AC) in 44m 51s.
London Marathon 2018 (22nd April)
A quartet of Mablethorpe RC runners completed the 2018 London Marathon.
As we now know, the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon was the hottest race day since it began back in 1981 with temperatures in the Capital recorded at 24 degrees C in St. James’s Park according to Met Office figures. As temperatures were so hot it was unrealistic for many to go out and smash their PB’s. Rather more sensible to go out and enjoy the carnival-like experience.
One of the top six world major marathons, regarded by many as the greatest city marathon in the world. It is a ‘must do’ for many amateurs, professionals & elite runners alike as well as thousands of charity entrants. Some consistently chase their PB and thousands raise millions of pounds for their chosen charities. Whatever their reasons may be it was yet another great success and an inspiration to many.
There were an estimated 750 000 spectators scattered all along the route supporting the 40 000 plus athletes who began the race from the Blackheath area pounding the pavements & roads of the nation’s capital for the 38th London Marathon last Sunday. Four of those athletes were from Mablethorpe RC: Paula Downing & Wayne Kew, Sharon Margarson & Elaine Wilson. None of them are virgins to marathon running and indeed they have all completed the London Marathon before, more than once.
For Paula who earned Championship entry this year, it was a very significant race as she became a marathon “centurion” completing her long planned mission, her 100th marathon in 3h 23m 38s.
Wayne also earned Championship entry. He ran for his chosen charity, Bloodwise. He used years of running experience to deal with the heat crossing the finish line in 3h 34m 43m.
Sharon & Elaine once again ran for Breast Cancer Now, a charity very close to their hearts since a friend was diagnosed with the disease. Sharon finished the gruelling course in 4h 53m 51s.
Elaine crossed that all important finish line in 6h 16m 15s.
Given the exceptionally hot conditions all who completed the London Marathon should be very proud of themselves. We at Mablethorpe RC are certainly proud of them.
Paul & Wayne before the race
Wayne and his chosen charity
Pictured with Sharon & Elaine is Graham Burns who, for the fourth year in a row, ran the entire 26.2 mile course whilst singing karaoke and carrying the heavy machine raising thousands of pounds for Breast Cancer Now.
Paula receiving a presentation from Mablethorpe Running Club to celebrate her 100th marathon
Grantham 10k Cup (15th April)
The Grantham Cup 10k trail race which is hosted annually by Grantham Running Club is integrated into the world-renowned 3 day Belton International Horse Trial event. The 10k cross-country is run through the beautiful grounds of the Belton House Estate. The route is undulating and offers some stunning views from the heights of Belmont Tower as well as passing through the majestic deer park.
Janine Stones returned as she has ran there in previous years. Of the 309 finishers, Janine was one of 47 doing canicross (CaniX = running with dogs). She raced with Lily which she has been introducing to running over the past year. They thoroughly enjoyed it and achieved a great result: Janine was 2nd female/27th overall/8th in the CaniX in 47m 58s.
(Picture attached of Janine & Lily below).
The race was won by Alan Oliver (Sleaford Striders) in 39m 38s.
The 1st female was Emma Bailey (Biggleswade AC) in 40m 46s (3rd overall).
Boston Marathon (UK) (15th April)
Arranged to coincide with the world famous Boston Marathon over in the USA, the Boston Marathon (UK) took place on Sunday which also incorporates a half marathon and a 5k fun run. Although not the thousands of competitors as in the US, the 3rd year of the event was sold out with 532 successful finishers (including a runner from China, one from the USA and many Europeans) in the full marathon, 439 completed the half marathon and 88 in the fun run. It was made possible due to the year of preparation by the Boston Marathon Association Committee, a small army of volunteers & marshals along with sponsors Tesco & Boston Big Local among many others.
Starting from the Market Place passing the Blackfriars Theatre out towards Skirbeck, Freiston, Butterwick and Leverton Outgate heading back to Boston via Freiston Shore and Fishtoft. With the exception of Boston itself this course was quite isolated out on the fens requiring runners to dig deep to get through.
It was a cold morning to start, overcast and not looking like it would change. However, the sun made an appearance shortly after the race started and if anything it turned out to be a very warm day for marathon running.
Paula Downing gave yet another sterling performance finishing in 3h 14m 58s which earned her a place on the podium as 3rd female (48th overall). This was her 99th marathon and the time is a championship qualifier for the London Marathon next year should she want it.
(See pictures attached below).
The race was won by Benjamin Harris (Retford AC) in 2h 36m 47s!
The 1st female was Fiona Davies (Rotherham Harriers) (8th overall) in 2h 50m 39s!
Boston 5k Fun Run (15th April)
3 Mablethorpe ladies were of the 88 who completed the fun run: Cara Dixon, Felicity Berry & Lisa Musson.
Lisa back first crossing the finish line in 28m 43s (3rd F40-49).
Newcomer Felicity ran especially superbly in 35m 04s (1st F60+) supported by Cara also over the line in 35m 04s (8th F40-49).
(Pictures of our ladies below).
The winner was Tyler Howard in 20m 12s and the 1st female was Paige Elding in 23m 31s.
Felicity and Cara in action
Lisa in action
Lisa, Cara and Felicity with their medals
Colin Moody 5 Mile Road Race (11th April)
The annual Colin Moody Memorial 5 mile road race hosted by Cleethorpes Athletic Club which is held on the second Wednesday evening of April in the resort town attracted 87 participants from a wide age range. The youngest entrant being 17yrs and the oldest 68yrs.
A duo from Mablethorpe Running Club there were among them – Malcolm Brine & Janine Stones.
Janine had a fantastic run, she was 18th in 33m 46s (2nd lady) (just 2 seconds behind the leading lady)!
Malcolm was pleased with 25th in 34m 40s,
The race was won by Adam Dalton (Louth AC) in 27m 13s.
The 1st lady back was Beverley Wilson (Cleethorpes AC) in 33m 44s (17th overall).
Sandy 10 Mile Road Race (8th April)
Paula Downing has been a regular returning participant of this popular annual 10 mile road race held in the small market town of Sandy in Bedfordshire organised by Biggleswade AC. Starting from the Sandy Sports Centre, the loop route follows closed roads up through the villages of Everton & Gamlingay Heath touching the edges of Potton before returning a slightly different way to the finish.
Biggleswade AC have supported charities from the money raised from this event and are delighted to say that surplus race proceeds will once again be donated to St John’s Hospice & Sue Ryder Care.
Of the 496 finishers, Paula averaged an impressive 6m 50s per mile finishing 58th in 68m 25s. (1st FV45/.
The winner was John Eves (Bedford & County AC) in a mere time of 53m 23s).
The 1st lady was George Schwiening (Cambridge & Coleridge AC) in just 60m 10s (13th overall).
ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon (8th April)
Sharon Margarson & Elaine Wilson travelled to the 42cnd ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon, their third time there and their 9th marathon to date.
The Greater Manchester Marathon claims to the flattest (and friendliest) marathon course in the UK, with only 54 metres (177 ft) of elevation. A superfast course with a parade atmosphere, great entertainment throughout, outstanding crowd support and a glorious finish at Manchester United Football Club. The start leaves White City and passes a number of famous Manchester landmarks then it winds its’ way through Trafford Park, Stretford, Sale, Timperley, Altrincham and Urmston returning via Stretford for the spectacular finish.
The streets of Manchester were, unsurprisingly, packed tight with runners ready to take over the roads – 9521 entrants to be precise. Of the 9521 that started, 9340 crossed the finish line.
Great determination, as always, by the dedicated duo:
Sharon was back in 4h 42m 20s.
Elaine ran a finish time of 5h 17m 53s.
(Picture attached of Elaine & Sharon below with their fantastic medals after the race).
Not much of a rest for the ladies as Sharon & Elaine are running the Virgin London Marathon in 2 weeks time!
Friskney Half Marathon (8th April)
Closer to home, the 20th Friskney Half Marathon hosted by Boston & District AC took place on Sunday. It is unfortunate that the number of entrants is on the decline for this fabulous local race as it has high Personal Best potential. It can be used as a training run for the upcoming Boston & London Marathons. The quiet rural roads take in the lovely scenery of the Lincolnshire flatlands. Although most of the course is exposed to the elements, conditions were perfect. Overcast, not hot or cold and the rain held off until about 10 minutes after the race was over!
Of the 35 finishers, five were Mablethorpe RC (& friends of) …
Roger Blake, in his first half marathon of 2018, more than happy with 16th in 1h 42m 10s.
Zoe Parkes (unattached) next, she had a fabulous race, 24th in 1h 53m 05s which awarded her a trophy for 1st FV35 (2nd female overall).
Debbie Jinks was hot on her heels, 26th, a course best of 1h 53m 41s and also 1st FV45 trophy.
Andrea Mettam for her third year in a row, another course best, 29th in 2h 04m 33s.
Vivienne Martin (unattached) next in with a very determined effort, 30th in 2h 09m 37s.
(Pictures from the race below labelled accordingly).
The winner was Brian Corleys (Bushfield Joggers) in 1h 18m 18s.
The 1st female was Rebecca Carey (unattached) in 1h 52m 18s.
Zoey, Debbie, Roger, Viv & Andrea
Zoey & Debbie with their trophies
March news
Gainsborough & Morton Striders 10k (25th March)
Organised annually by Gainsborough & Morton Striders AC and regarded as one of the most popular 10k’s in England due to the flat closed roads increasing the possibility of a PB. Last weekend for the seventh running of this event there were 756 finishers (almost 50 of them were Gainsborough & Morton Striders) who, considering the brutal weather we have had lately, were lucky to have spring conditions on an anti-clockwise route on countryside roads from Morton to East Stockwith, Walkerith and back to the finish line in Morton.
This has been a favourite race of Mablethorpe runner Kev Harrison who returns year after year.
Kev as always enjoyed the event in which he ran exactly 45m 00s (150th).
The winner was, as last year, Lewis Jagger (Sheffield & Dearne/St. Mary’s Uni) in 31m 16s.
The 1st female was Sarah Garbutt (St. Theresa’s/York St. John Uni) in 35m 53s (19th overall).
East Hull Harriers 20 (25th March)
Another popular annual event is the East Hull Harriers 20 mile road race. The course is flat & fast using rural roads and part of the railway line located in the Holderness area. Starting from race HQ to the north-east of the city heading north skirting the edges of Ganstead Park, Benningholme Hall & Arnold Manor then completing a 3 mile loop around Long Riston before the return leg, mainly on the same route except the finish was at Sutton Park.
This is the ideal ‘warm up’ for the London Marathon which is exacly what Club Chairman Wayne Kew took on the race for. Wayne was really pleased with his result (and so he should be) as of the 405 finishers Wayne finished in the first quarter, 100th with a PB time of 2h 28m 02s.
(Pictures attached below of Wayne before & after the race).
The winner was Mike Hargreaves (East Hull Harriers) in a phenomenal 1h 53m 10s.
The 1st woman to cross the finish line was Susan Lewis (Roundhay Runners) in an impressive time of 2h 13m 20s (34th overall).
Normanby Hall Adventure Race (25th March)
Also last weekend more than 1000 athletes took to the challenge of running through mud, water and navigating obstacles at the Normanby Hall Adventure Race which takes place annually at Normanby Hall Country Park near Scunthorpe.
Organised by Curly’s Athletes, from the start to the finish this race has something of an equestrian cross-country theme, where competitors were met with mud, sand, grass, water and numerous horse obstacles complete with big bale jumps and crawl nets, before the runners headed into the trees and over more bales then repeating a second lap, approximately 10km in total.
The event started with a junior race then two adult waves got under way, over a thousand runners in all.
Five Mablethorpe RC runners/friends of were there (picture attached below L-R: Julie Martin, Andrea Mettam, Debbie Jinks, Zoe Parkes, Janine Stones).
They all had a splashing time undeterred by the wet & mud completing in the PM Wave in which there were 482 finishers:
Janine gave a determined effort earning 1st female (9th overall) in 55m 21s.
Julie next in the first 10% of finishers, she loves a challenge, 45th in 1h 03m 34s.
Debbie, Zoe & Andrea crossed not only the start but finish line together, laughs & encouragement all the way. They were 175/176/177th in 1h 21m 50s.
The winner of this Wave was Ryan Morris in 45m 35s.
Enigma Running Week At the Knees 2018 (13th March)
As you know from previous reports, Paula Downing is on a mission to complete 100 marathons and last week she was in Milton Keynes for which she signed off Number 98.
Enigma Running specialise in organising ultra running events. For this annual challenge in Milton Keynes, they put on 7 marathons in seven days for which participants can enter whichever they wish.
Paula picked off day 2 (13th March) which involved running 9 laps of Willen Lake to the North-East of Milton Keynes. Willen Lake has many rare and scarce migrating birds which are often seen on the north side of the lake. Many common bird species breed on the spit. This area of natural beauty is appreciated by birdwatchers, runners, walkers and a wide range of visitors.
Paula was pleased that the weather was favourable and ran the repeat lap course confidently finishing in 3hours 31minutes.
Full results are yet to be published so I cannot give any more information than that.
The Vitality Big Half (4th March)
London Marathon Events Ltd in partnership with Sported hosted the inaugural Vitality Big Half earlier this month aiming to be a truly global but uniquely local in a celebration of the wonderful cultural diversity of the great city of London.
Around 20,000 people participated in events which included:
The Vitality Big Half: a half marathon starting at Tower Bridge and finishing in Greenwich, passing through the boroughs of Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham & Greenwich.
The Little Half: a fun, family friendly mass participation event which welcomed around 4,000 people who came together to take on the 2.4 mile course.
The Big Relay: exclusively open to community groups from the host boroughs. Participants were able to run as a relay in teams of four, over distances ranging from one mile to five miles before changeover.
The Vitality Big Festival: a celebration of London’s diverse culture, food & music which took place throughout the day in Greenwich Park.
Sharon Margarson & Elaine Wilson were there. They ran the course together (as they more often than not do) and were running for their long supported charity, Breast Cancer Now who provide much needed support to patients and those affected by this devastating disease.
Elaine & Sharon thoroughly enjoyed their day crossing not only the start line but the finish line together in 2h 29m 52s.
(Picture attached of Elaine & Sharon below ready to race in the capital).
February news
Marriott’s Way (Trail) Marathon (18th February)
Open to walkers, cyclists and horse riders, Marriott’s Way is a long-distance foot, cycle path and bridleway between Norwich and Aylsham in Norfolk. The name of the route originates from the chief engineer and manager of the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway (M&GNJR), William Marriott who held this position for 41 years. Total length is 24.6 miles (39.5 km). The path uses the trackbeds of two former railway lines so as such is over a mixture of surfaces; tarmac, compacted gravel and mud; with a couple of miles added on, it is perfect for a trail marathon!
From the start at Aylsham Station to the finish at Sloughbottom Park, Norwich the race was well marshalled, supported and spectated.
Paula Downing was there again as she was for the debut of this event last year.
Paula had another successful day at her 97th marathon crossing the finish line in 3h 37m 16s, 17th overall, 3rd female, 1st FV50.
Just another three and counting until she reaches the milestone of 100 marathons!
There were 123 finishers at this challenging off road marathon.
The winner was Jay Macdonald (Watford Harriers AC) in 3h 02m 20s and the 1st female was (as last year) Susan Matthews (Ryston Runners AC) in 3h 19m 44s (8th overall).
Mitja Marató de Barcelona (Barcelona Half Marathon) (11th February)
Sheryl (Shez) Hawse travelled to Barcelona with friends Les Ball, his daughter Megan Ball and her boyfriend James Toohey earlier this month. Over 15000 runners from all over the world arrived to pound the pavements of the city streets taking in many of the sights on this 13.1 mile/21.08km loop course which was extremely well organised and supported by thousands of spectators. The carnival-like atmosphere in temperatures of around 14 degrees c made it ideal running conditions, not too hot or too cold.
For Shez, her last half marathon on the road was back in 2009 so it was a huge surprise to her when she realised that she was on course for a PB so continued with the solid pace which she maintained finishing in an amazing time of 1h 43m 17s, rightly pleased!
Les, James & Megan  who run with Lincoln Wellington AC & Liverpool Running Club had excellent runs:
Les finished in 1h 22m 14s.
James in 1h 29m 21s.
Megan in 1h 29m 22s.
St Valentines Day 30k (11th February)
Every year on the Sunday closest to St Valentine’s Day, The Stamford Striders’ St Valentine 30K Race takes place. It is recognised nationally not only as a tough event (providing a good training run for those planning a spring marathon) but ranks 9th in the Runners World list of 100 Top UK Races from feedback. This event is so popular that it’s usually sold out within a month of opening.
This year was their 25th anniversary so you can imagine the surprise of Andrea Mettam & friend Zoe Parkes who had put their names on the reserve/waiting list and managed to get in. With no distance running preparation as such the ladies supported each other every step of the way running the 18.64 miles crossing the finish line together more than happy with 3h 16m 48s.
(Picture of Andrea & Zoe with their medals after the race below).
Starting & finishing at the Welland Academy School in Stamford, the course winds its way in a rural setting through the villages of: Little Casterton, Tolethorpe, Ryhall, Careby, Pickworth and Great Casterton on a challenging undulating route on which the event organisers say there are “a few modest hills”!
There were 609 finishers in 2018.
The race was once again won by Aaron Scott in a phenomenal time of 1h 40m 46s.
The 1st female to finish was Rachel Wood crossing the line in only 2h 04m 06s.
January news
Waterway 30 (27th January)
Organised by Hobo Pace, a 31 mile circular route along the banks of the River Trent & towpaths of the Chesterfield Canal.
From South Wheatley (near Retford) for 3 miles through challenging field edges and track before meeting the Chesterfield Canal towpath. On more runnable ground at Drakeholes continuing on to West Stockwith to immediately pick up the River Trent for Gainsborough. The Trent Valley Way is a real challenge, muddy underfoot but a sense of freedom and solitude. From Gainsborough back down the river bank on a few inclines and declines to the finish at South Wheatley Village Hall.
For Roger Blake, this should have been his debut “ultra” marathon (greater than a 26.2 mile standard marathon). However, for the first time in 10 years Roger pulled out of the race recording a dnf (did not finish). The brutal cold winds combined with rain got the better of him. Ready to call it a day at 15 miles, Roger decided to go on but struggled to walk yet alone run to the next checkpoint at 19 miles (Gainsborough). It was then obvious to all that his race was over.
Naturally disappointed but Roger will return to racing in the near future.
Paula Downing’s 95th & 96th marathons, 14th & 27th January
Paula continues on her “quest for the vest” – membership to the 100 Marathon Club, for which you must meet strict criteria by not only completing 100 regulated marathons but also by following their procedures & requirements. This month, Paula completed 2 marathons (well, actually 2 ultra-marathons) …
Marathon Number 95 Cold Christmas 50k (14th January)
A demanding scenic 50km (31 mile) race from Cold Christmas, Hertfordshire to High Easter, Essex, organised by Springfield Striders Running Club. Approved by the Trail Running Association, this route is 95% off-road with narrative instructions (supplied at registration) using footpaths, bridleways, tracks and minor roads. Due to the nature of the course, participants were required to carry certain supplies/equipment and register with marshals at 3 manned checkpoints.
Of the 73 successful finishers, Paula managed to secure, once again, 1st lady position, 14th overall in a fabulous time of 5h 37m 16s.
The winner was James Bosher (Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners) in 4h 08m 55s.
Marathon Number 96 Peddars Way Ultra Marathon (27th January)
The Peddars Way is 46 miles (74km) long and follows the route of a Roman road which runs from the Suffolk border to the North Norfolk Coast. It starts at Knettishall Heath in Suffolk (4 miles East of Thetford) and it links with the Norfolk Coast Path at Holme-next-the-Sea. Combined with the Norfolk Coast Path, it forms the Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path National Trail, one of 15 National Trails in England & Wales.
Another off-road course requiring participants to navigate their own way checking in at set points along the way and also carry mandatory kit such as waterproof clothing, hat & gloves, food & fluid etc. Paula thrives on these type of challenges, despite being tough going, she thoroughly enjoyed it.
Of the 110 finishers, Paula completed this epic race in 23rd place in an amazing time of 8h 24m 05s.
The winner was Steve Claxton (Poole Runners) who set a new CR (course record) in 6h 19m 27s.
Also setting a female CR, the 1st lady back was Susan Matthews (Ryston Runners) in 6h 59m 46s (5th overall).
 We don’t have any pictures from these 2 races but here’s one from one of Paula’s earlier marathons!
New Year’s Day 10k (1st January 2018)
Cleethorpes Athletics Club have been hosts to the traditional New Year’s Day 10k on the town’s promenade for many many years.
For some, New Year’s Day is spent recovering from a night on the town, for others the traditional roast dinner with family. But it was another day at the races for four dedicated Mablethorpe RC runners. They were of the 567 that braved the wintry conditions on this out & back 10k seafront course. Not only a frosty morning but bitterly cold winds to contend with.
Kev Harrison came in strong within the first 100 finishers, 99th in 42m 47s.
Wayne Kew next back. Despite an ongoing injury he was 118th in 43m 58s.
Sharon Margarson in her sixth year at the event finished 356th in 54m 27s.
Elaine Wilson also back for the sixth year in a row, she was 431st in 59m 37s.
The winner was James Straw (Lincoln Wellington AC) who made it around the course in only 31m 09s.
The 1st Female was Sophie Cowper (Rotherham Harriers) in an impressive time of 35m 32s. (12th overall).

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