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).
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
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
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).
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.
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).