December 2018/January 2019
The Great Barrow Challenge (28 December 2018)
In 2018 Paula Downing completed her 100th marathon earning membership to the exclusive 100 Marathon Club.
She has exceeded 100 marathons now and recently returned to Suffolk to complete the challenge she first attempted in 2017.
The Great Barrow Challenge hold a series of challenging off-road/multi-terrain marathons from their HQ in Barrow between Bury St Edmunds & Newmarket. The routes are signposted with checkpoints but the runners must have their wits about them to navigate their own way cross country on the uneven chalky trails, over ploughed fields and through miles of forests.
As always, Paula enjoys the nature of this type of race, undeterred by the terrain nor the climate.
Competitors were almost threefold on last year with 140 runners successful at completing the event.
Paula knocked almost 40 minutes off last year’s time crossing the finish line in 13th position – 3h 49m 11s (3rd female).
The winner was Jay Macdonald in 3h 22m 05s and Kimberley Morrison was the 1st female in 3h 24m 53s (3rd overall).
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).
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/