North Lincolnshire (Scunthorpe) Half Marathon (5th May)
Organised by the small team at Tape2Tape (Nicola & Neil, both runners themselves).
For the 8th year this extremely popular race continues to attract runners from all over the country and other nationalities too who come over to take part.
Starting from Quibell Park 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.
Usually temperatures here are in the mid-twenty degrees. However, we seem to be experiencing a much colder than usual snap this weekend – it was unseasonal, barely 15 degrees!
Of the 1545 finishers of this years North Lincs Half, a quartet of ladies from Mablethorpe RC:
Paula Downing : 1h 29m 25s (141st)
Zoe Parkes : 1h 53m 37s (734th)
Debbie Jinks : 2h 00m 26s (961st)
Andrea Mettam : 2h 04m 26s (1027th)
Photos attached below of, left to right, Debbie, Zoe & Andrea (sorry, no photo of Paula).
The winner was William Strangeway (Lincoln Wellington AC) in 1h 07m 53s.
The 1st female was Laura Kaye (Lincoln Wellington AC) in a time of 1h 23m 01s (50th overall).
Boston Half Marathon (UK) (14th April)
This was the 4th year of the Boston Marathon (UK) which is arranged to run around the same time as the world famous Boston Marathon over in the US. The Boston Marathon (UK) also incorporates a half marathon and a 5k fun run. By no means the thousands of competitors as in the USA, but the event was, once again, sold out with 635 successful finishers in the full marathon, 563 completed the half marathon and 109 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 Boston Seeds, Lidl, Drayton Motors plus many many more.
For the half marathon, starting from the Market Place out towards Freiston, Butterwick and Freiston Shore heading back to Boston via Fishtoft and Skirbeck for the finish.
The 5k route was the same route but a little under 2km out before circumnavigating Skirbeck for the return leg of a further 2km.
Mablethorpe Running Club did not have any entrants in the full marathon this year but one of our ladies completed the half and another did the 5k:
Paula Downing had taken some time out to recover from injuries but no sign of any lapse of ability as she gave yet another sterling performance finishing 48th in 1h 32m 35s/1st FV50.
The race was won by Sean Fitzpatrick (Kent AC) in 1h 13m 04s.
The 1st female was Emma Hodson (Oxford Uni) (12th overall) in 1h 21m 34s.
Felicity Berry (who joined us on the Couch to 5k programme a couple of years ago) continues to go the distance. She was of the 109 who completed the 5k. She had a great run, we are very proud that Felicity was 38th in 34m 22s/1st FV60.
The 5k winner was Carl Endersby (unattached) in 22m 19s.
The 1st female was Paige Elding (unattached) (5th overall) in 24m 12s.
Friskney Half Marathon (14th April)
More locally a much smaller but long running event, the 21st Friskney Half Marathon hosted by Boston & District AC took place this Sunday. The number of entrants is sadly on the decline but it is a fabulous local race with tea & homemade cakes in the village hall afterwards. Always 2 weeks before the London Marathon, the quiet rural roads in lovely scenery of the Lincolnshire flatlands. Most of the course is exposed to the elements and although it is the middle of April this year we were hampered by bitterly cold winds.
Of the 45 finishers, 4 were from Mablethorpe RC plus local veteran runner, Vivienne Martin from Sutton On Sea:
Zoe Parkes was leading the Club back, a determined effort, 19th in 1h 56m 57s.
Roger Blake’s first half marathon of 2019, he was quite happy with 24th in 1h 59m 27s.
Debbie Jinks overcame sickness finishing the course 19th in 2h 03m 31s.
Andrea Mettam for her fourth year in a row, another course best, 34th in 2h 04m 01s.
Vivienne Martin (unattached) next, 35th in 2h 05m 14s which awarded her a trophy as 1st FV55.
Here’s Roger, Zoe, Viv, Debbie and Andrea after the race
And here’s Viv with her trophy for 1st FV55
The winner was Chris Cope (Boston & District AC) in 1h 12m 07s.
The 1st female was Rebecca Witton (Bushfield Joggers) in 1h 43m 46s (10th overall).
ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon (7th April)
Last weekend the streets of Manchester were buzzing with a carnival-like atmosphere as thousands of spectators were there to support the 13,672 runners that took on the 43rd ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon. Of the those that started, 13,372 crossed the finish line and of those finishers, Sharon Margarson & Elaine Wilson were there for the fourth year in a row, both running for their chosen charities: Alzheimer’s Society & Anthony Nolan respectively.
The Greater Manchester Marathon claims to the flattest (and friendliest) marathon course in the UK, with only 54 metres (177 ft) of elevation. 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 dedicated duo did themselves, their charities and Mablethorpe Running Club proud:
Sharon was back in 4h 49m 59s.
Elaine crossed the finish line in 5h 14m 29s.
(Picture attached of Elaine & Sharon below with their superb medals after the race).
Gainsborough Morton Striders 10k (24th March)
Organised annually by Gainsborough Morton Striders AC, the eighth running of this 10k was dedicated in the honour & memory of Helen Robinson, a much respected GMS athlete who sadly recently passed away after a long battle with cancer. There was a minutes applause at exactly 09:58 starting at the front to celebrate the life of Helen.
Highly regarded as one of the most popular 10k’s in England due to the flat closed roads increasing the possibility of a PB. There were 830 finishers who completed the anti-clockwise route on countryside roads from Morton to East Stockwith, Walkerith and back to the finish line in Morton.
Two Mablethorpe RC ladies were there; Sarah Stevenson & Katrina Needham:
Sarah finished in 65m 03s
Katrina crossed the line in 69m 10s
(Picture attached below of our contented runners Sarah & Katrina post race with their medals).
The winner was Rob Payne (Caistor Running Club) in 32m 45s.
The 1st female was Laura Wilkinson (Lincoln Wellington AC) in 36m 06s (8th overall).
Cleethorpes Parkrun (23rd March)
Free-to-enter, casual but timed 5km events held in parks and green areas across the UK organised & staffed entirely by volunteers to encourage the public of all ages & abilities to engage in physical activity.
Janine Stones got a group of Mablethorpe runners together (many of them first timers) for her birthday celebration in the form of a parkrun!
Of the 264 runners at Cleethorpes Country Park this weekend, 11 were from Mablethorpe RC:
Janine was, as per, on exceptional form. She was the first female to cross the finish line in 20m 28s (10th overall).
Guy Willey: 25m 36s
Nigel Booth: 26m 54s
Debbie Jinks: 27m 13s
Andrea Mettam: 27m 14s
Andy Stones: 27m 46s
Phoebe Willey: 30m 05s
Helen Rice-Mundy: 32m 52s
Louise Willey: 33m 00s
Felicity Berry: 36m 14s
Jeanette Phoenix-Bratkowski: 36m 14s
(Picture attached below).
For more information about Parkrun, visit their website:
The Vitality Big Half (10th March)
After their inaugural event success last year, The Vitality Big Half took place earlier this month aiming to be, once again, a global but uniquely local celebration of the wonderful cultural diversity of the great city of London.
Around 20,000 people participated in the 13.1 mile race which starts by Tower Bridge and finishes at the iconic Cutty Sark. Participants were supported every step of the way from the thousands of cheering crowds and live music along the route.
Sharon Margarson & Elaine Wilson were there in 2018 and returned for the 2019 event. They ran the course together (as they more often than not do) and were running for their chosen charities; The British Heart Foundation and Epilepsy Action respectively.
They knocked over 8 minutes off last year’s time of VBH in 2h 21m 52s & 2h 21m 53s
(Picture attached of Elaine & Sharon in their charity vests pre-race).
Boston Parkrun (9th March)
Boston parkrun is held on the leafy tarmac & muddy trail paths through the Witham Way Country Park, of 137 runners Janine Stones enjoyed yet more success as she was first female to cross the finish line in 21m 26s (6th overall).
Cleethorpes Parkrun (2nd March)
Held at Cleethorpes Country Park earlier in March, there were 256 runners.
Of them, Janine Stones was the second female in 20m 39s (7th overall).
Not only was this Janine’s 50th Parkrun in varied locations but she also completed the very first Cleethorpes Parkrun when it began back in May 2014! On that day she ran 19m 56s setting the inaugural VW40-45 record, which remained the record for 4 years!
She has run 19 of the 50 Cleethorpes parkruns at the Country Park.
(Picture attached below).
Presentation of cheques from our 2018 East Coast Classic event
On Sunday 3rd March a few Mablethorpe Running Club members were delighted to hand over cheques from the profits of our annual 10k race to the RNLI and to athlete Liz McTernan.
In the words of our Chairman, Wayne Kew:
“We’re quite a small running club, with fewer than 50 members. We’ve been organising the 10k race for 10 years. We like to ‘give something back’ to the community and what better way than by donating to the RNLI and top local athlete (and world champion ‘iron man’ triathlete) Liz McTernan. We raised £1600 in last year’s race, so are donating £800 each to RNLI and Liz”.
Please see the photographs attached below.
Couch To 5k programme
Our Couch to 5k project has been in action for a few weeks (see photo below – but remember it will soon be light for the runs). We would like to invite more to come along. Perhaps you are wanting to go out for a steady jog in the company of others? Whatever your reasons, if you have just the slightest interest and/or desire to run, we can help!
*Free for adult beginners
*Couch To 5k Course
*Sutton On Sea Social Club 6.30pm
*Get Fit, Have Fun & Make Friends …
Simply turn up or contact Cara Hockham for any more information:
Knights Of 7 Lakes Torch 10k (23rd February)
By popular request, Nicola & Neil (the founders of Tape2Tape events) organised a super off road night time 10k race from the fantastic 7 Lakes Country Park near Crowle. Deemed to be an ideal setting to host a head torch race. It has some lovely wooded area, grass tracks and footpaths for all to enjoy.
Of the 203 runners that completed this unique event, Sheryl Hawse & Janine Stones were there representing Mablethorpe and they certainly enjoyed it.
Both finished within the first quarter:
Janine came 18th in 46m 53s (2nd female).
Sheryl was 48th in 51m 18s.
The winner was Thomas Christie (Scunthorpe & District AC) in 39m 41s.
The 1st female was Sarah-Jayne Van den Bos (Barton & District AC) in 45m 56s (16th overall).
The hosts at 7 Lakes organised some lovely soup and a roll for afterwards and there was a fabulous long sleeved technical tee shirt provided for all participants.
The Lincolnshire Runner Cross Country League (10th February)
Match 4 – Ostler’s Plantation
150 runners from 19 clubs across the Lincolnshire & Humber regions took part in the fourth match of Lincolnshire XC which was rescheduled from a cancellation earlier in 2019 due to adverse weather conditions.
Ostler’s Plantation, Woodhall Spa is a Forestry Commission owned woodland area with public access which lies to the west of an open area of heathland, the Kirkby Moor Nature Reserve.
Paula Downing ran in the Senior/Veteran Women category. She was second in her race running 5.76km in 25m 29s.
*This was the final match in this XC series. As Paula had participated in all, she was declared 1st Veteran Female (50) for her overall performance*.
Run Your Heart Out (RYHO) Valentines 10k (10th February)
1600 runners were feeling the LOVE at the first ever race of the ‘Run Your Heart Out’ Valentines 10k organised by Tape2Tape (Nicola & Neil and their team). The weather was kind, maybe a little chilly, but the runners soon warmed up as they set off on this brand new flat and fast course which had an “everyone’s a winner” sensational finish in the Quibell Park Athletic Stadium. Awaiting them on completion was the finish medal and a much deserved Valentine themed cup cake!
Of the 1600, Sharon Margarson from Mablethorpe RC & Vivienne Martin (unaffiliated) were there for the debut run.
Sharon & Viv ran the course together (photo attached below) which they completed 857th/858th positions in 58m 45s.
The winner was Shaun Robinson (unattached) in 30m 53s.
1st female was Gemma Steel (Charnwood AC) in 34m 31s (13th overall).
Market Rasen Racecourse Parkrun (9th February)
Mablethorpe RC runners frequently attend these 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 (Shez) Hawse along with Ross Kew (unaffiliated) recently made their latest attendance to the Parkrun scene completing the event at Market Rasen Racecourse.
Of exactly 100 finishers:
Janine was 1st female (4th overall) in 21m 55s.
Shez was in the first quarter, 16th in 24m 41s.
Ross made an excellent return to running with a debut Parkrun, he finished 25th in 25m 27s.
(Picture of the trio attached below courtesy of Parkrun).
For more information about Parkrun, visit their website at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/
Lymington Parkrun (5th January)
Our Club members have frequently commended & attended these 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.
Whilst in the New Forest district of Hampshire, Helen Rice-Mundy and her son Joseph recently made their debut to the Parkrun scene completing the event at Lymington.
Of the 97 finishers:
Joseph made an absolutely superb debut finishing 8th in 22m 23s.
Helen also gave a jolly good effort, she was 85th in 34m 39s.
For more information about Parkrun, visit their website at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/
New Year’s Day 10k
Cleethorpes Athletics Club have been hosting the extremely popular New Year’s Day 10k on the town’s promenade for many many years.
New Year’s Day may be for some spent recovering from a night on the town or for others the traditional roast dinner with family. But it was another day at the races for a quintet of dedicated Mablethorpe RC runners.
The promenade was on the receiving end of the onslaught of 413 runners that braved the wintry conditions with bitterly cold winds on this out & back 10k seafront course.
Guy Willey was first back for the club in a time to be proud of 52m 46s.
For Sharon Margarson, her seventh year at the event, finished 3 minutes quicker than in 2018 in 52m 55s.
Elaine Wilson was also back for the seventh year, she was 2 minutes faster than last year in 57m 23s.
Louise Willey next starting her race year with a finish time of exactly 69m 00s.
Helen Rice-Mundy crossed the finish line determined in 77m 12s.
(Pictures from our runners at this 10k attached below. First picture shows Louise and Helen, second picture Elaine, Guy and Sharon).
The winner was Lewis Jagger (Sheffield Running Club) who completed the course in only 30m 19s.
The 1st female was Jo Williams (Lothian RC) in an impressive time of 36m 48s. (16th overall).