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2015 News

December:-

Mablethorpe Running Club have been busy in the run up to Christmas with our members avoiding the weekend Christmas shopping trips going racing instead:

Lincolnshire Runner XC League Match 4
Before Christmas, the fourth and final match of The Lincolnshire Runner Cross Country League took place on the hilly terrain at RAF Cranwell. With wet & muddy conditions, it made for ideal cross country running.
Of the 241 competitors that braved it, 9 were from Mablethorpe Running Club:

(U13 Girls) – 2900m – Ellie Rainbow – 13m 41s.
(U15 Girls) – 3700m – Ella Hawse – 17m 52s.
(U20 & Senior/Veteran Women) – 4900m – Janine Stones – 20m 16s.
(U13 Boys) – 2900m – Colby Hawse – 16m 45s.
(U15 Boys) – 3700m – Archie Rainbow – 13m 16s.
(U20 & Senior/Veteran Men) – 9800m – Rob Hawse – 34m 56s. Chris Rainbow – 37m 31s. Carl Holmes – 44m 14s. Nigel Booth – 45m 53s.

Pictures attached are of father & son Chris & Archie Rainbow warming up for the event and the other of Rob Hawse taking on a challenging hill on this leafy but muddy course. These pictures are used with the courtesy of Adrian Royle.

Photograph by Adrian Royle
Photograph by Adrian Royle
Photograph by Adrian Royle
Photograph by Adrian Royle

The County Championships are scheduled to take place at Biscathorpe, Louth on Sunday 10th January after which League medals & shields will be awarded at the presentation.

The Seaside Santa Fun Run & Walk
This year’s annual Skegness Santa Fun Run, organised by the Rotary Club of Skegness, was a great success. The annual community event raises funds for the Air Ambulance and other local charities. It is made possible by all those who organise, take part, volunteer, sponsor or help in any way.
Of the 275 Santa suited entrants who set off from the Lifeboat Station around the Foreshore course of approximately 5km, husband & wife Carl & Lisa Musson from Mablethorpe Running Club were there as they have been in previous years.
A mixture of keen runners, joggers and walkers and even runners with a pet on a leash or a toddler in a pushchair took part.
Instructors from Fresh Fitness Gym were on hand to lead the warm-up before the starters horn was sounded when hundreds of Santas headed off towards the Clock Tower.
The Jolly Fisherman put in an appearance as the Mayor handed out course medals to all the finishers as they crossed the line.
Carl & Lisa thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are pictured below at the event with their daughter Charley. (L-R are Charley-Carl-Lisa).

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Newark Showground Christmas Challenge (Half & Full Marathon)
1 week before Christmas, Mablethorpe RC runners Paula Downing & Roger Blake were at the first ever Newark Showground Christmas Challenge. Organised by Adam Holland of Notfast RC (MaraMile Events) it was named a challenge as opposed to a marathon as the multiple lap course was difficult to measure precisely.
The full marathon of 7 laps of the showground perimeter was close to 27 miles and the half marathon 13.5 miles. Each lap was chip timed and recorded for entrants to refer to later.
The lap point served as a drinks/food station with plenty of snacks, sweets, fruit, energy gels, chocolates etc on offer to replenish the lost calories. Excellent support around the course and first aid on site should it be required.
48 runners completed the full marathon which was won by Paul Richardson of North Shields in 3h 13m 29s.
Paula, an experienced marathon runner who has clocked up almost 60 marathons, was the 1st woman back (8th overall) in 3h 38m 25s.
Roger was more than happy with his fourth marathon of 2015 in a time of 3h 50m 42s finishing 12th overall.
There were also 37 runners that completed the half marathon.
All runners received a commemorative spitfire medal for their efforts and a hand made plate went to the overall winners.
Holland said that it was a great success and he is looking forwards to hosting a similar event next year.
Paula & Roger are pictured below after completing the marathon.

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Every year Mablethorpe Running Club hold a presentation evening where we recognise and award our members for their achievements with the results as follows:

Club Person Of The Year: Carl Musson
Carl shows tremendous team spirit to all his fellow members. On a training night Carl will always loop back for the last in the group and encourage them along. Carl is sometimes unable to run but, in these instances, will be on his bike alongside.

Outstanding Achievement: Paula Downing
Of her many many achievements Paula’s most outstanding this year was knocking 15 minutes off her marathon time with a new PB at the Mablethorpe Marathon of 3h 15m 17s.

Best Veteran Female Performance: Janine Stones
Janine ran a 3000m on the track at an open meeting at national level in Grimsby earlier this year with a new 3k PB of 11m 32.1s.

Best Veteran Male Performance: Rob Hawse
Also at national level, Rob came back from the BMAF indoors Championships with a gold medal having run 3000m in 9m 38.16s on the track at the British Masters in London this year.

Most Improved Member: Andrea Mettam
Andrea’s goal to break the sub 1h barrier for a 10k is looking very promising for 2016. Due entirely to her persistence & determination, she has brought her 10k time down from 1h 09m 16s to 60m 39s in 5 races in just 2 years.

Chairman’s Award: Kev Harrison
This award by the Chairman (Wayne Kew) was given to Kev in recognition of his outstanding performances this year. He has run x3 10k’s in sub 43m and the Mablethorpe Half Marathon in 1h 32m 13s. Kev is 60 years young but certainly proves that age is no barrier.

Snail Award: Selina Elson
Selina often doubts her ability. She may not be one of the fastest runners but this has never stopped her completing more marathons, half marathons and 10k’s which add to the many she has already completed.

The junior members of Mablethorpe Running Club continue to grow from strength to strength with great enthusiasm and we recognised that every one of them achieved something for which they were duly rewarded.

Community Award: Amy Tinkler
Mablethorpe Running Club paid a visit to Amy Tinkler of Sandilands to give her some gift vouchers in recognition of all the sand clearing that she has done over the years. Amy (nominated in the Adult Louth Leader Awards) tirelessly clears sand manually using a shovel to make the coastal paths more accessible to one and all. She does so for the benefit of the community and also for Mablethorpe Running Club’s East Coast Classic 10k race. We are very grateful as I am sure are the entire community.
(Amy did not wish to be photographed).

 

November:-

Cleethorpes Parkrun
Parkrun are popular free-to-enter, casual but timed 5km events held in parks and green areas across the UK (and around the world). They are organised and staffed entirely by volunteers. They are open to everyone and are safe and easy to take part in.
This event takes place in Cleethorpes Country Park, Park Lane, Cleethorpes, DN35 0PB.
Training partners Sharon Wheatley Margarson & Elaine Wilson were of the 111 that took part in a recent one. Coincidentally, although they ran separately, they both achieved a new 5km PB.
Sharon was 41st in 24m 21s.
Elaine was 53rd in 25m 44s.
Kevin Michael Green (Cleethorpes & District AC) won in 16m 09s.
Lizzi Laming (unattached) was first female (27th) in 22m 47s.
Cleethorpes Parkrun takes place every Saturday at this location at 0900am.
For more information and locations see their website:
www.parkrun.org.uk

Bolton Hill Marathon
Renowned in the running world to be one of the toughest in the UK, the Bolton Hill Marathon route follows some of the most beautiful trails and country roads on the West Pennine Moors. Runners pass up and over Winter Hill, past White Coppice and along the famous Anglezarke Reservoir, past Rivington Pike and Barn, through Barrow Bridge village and down the famous miners 63 steps on a stunning 26.2 mile journey with a total ascent of 2997 feet. Due to the nature of the environment, the course can be boggy on the trails and the weather can turn at any moment. Bolton Mountain Rescue were there on standby such is the risk taken by competitors.
This is exactly the sort of challenge that experienced ultra runner Paula Downing looks for in a race. This year she was among the 191 finishers. Despite taking a nasty downhill tumble just a couple of miles from the finish, determined to go on, she refused medical intervention crossing the line bleeding with multiple bruises to her hands, arms and knees.
Paula was extremely pleased with her finish time of 4h 03m 57s (48th).
Steven Snape (unaffiliated) won in a staggering 3h 07m 28s.
Caitlin Rice (Glossopdale Harriers) was first female in only 3h 30m 12s (8th overall).

Skegness 10k
Last year the Skegness Coasters launched their brand new 10k road race. Such was the popularity and success that it was equally so this year. It took place on quiet back roads in the open countryside just outside Skegness. The event start and finish was at the Southview Hotel and Leisure Park.
318 runners finished the course of which 4 were from Mablethorpe RC:
First back for Mablethorpe was Kev Harrison in 41m 59s (24th) (1st V60 Male).
Hot on his heels, Janine Stones in 42m 31s (27th) (2nd V40 Female).
Debbie Jinks came 128th in 51m 29s (10k personal best).
Andrea Mettam was 201st in 57m 17s (10k personal best).
Ben Evison (Skegness Coasters) won in 34m 37s.
Beverley Wilson (Cleethorpes & District AC) was 1st female in 40m 40s (13th).

Clowne Half Marathon
Last Sunday, Mablethorpe Running Club Chairman Wayne Kew returned to the Clowne Half Marathon on the races’ 30th anniversary which he ran for the first time last year.
Situated between Worksop and Chesterfield, the race is organised by Clowne Road Runners. Starting and finishing in Clowne town centre the course has a little over 500 feet of climbing. Leaving Clowne towards Bolsover Moor and a picturesque route through the villages of Whaley, Elmton and Creswell. Then uphill through Whitwell before returning to Clowne for the finish.
Despite this being his first half marathon of 2015, he ran an incredible time of 1h 33m 22s (82nd).
(Wayne’s last half marathon was at Clowne a year ago in which he ran 1h 37m 01s).
This year there were a record number of 632 runners.
Stuart Spencer (Notts AC) won the event in just 1h 10m 58s.
Laura Allen (Totley AC) was first female in only 1h 23m 39s (24th overall).

The Lincolnshire Runner XC League 2015/2016
As the winter kicks in, for many runners that means just one thing – XC season!
The Lincolnshire Runner Cross Country League continues with a further 2 matches having taken place in November in Boston and most recently Gainsborough.
Mablethorpe Running Club were well represented as follows:
Match 2 – Anton’s Gowt, Boston
Of the 237 competitors, 12 were from Mablethorpe RC:
(U11 Girls) – 1420m – Lana Doles – 8m 23s.
(U13 Girls) – 2540m – Ellie Rainbow – 11m 51s / Phoebe Willey – 12m 45s.
(U20 & Senior/Veteran Women) – 5820m – Diane Holmes – 45m 53s / Helen Rice-Mundy – 46m 15s.
(U11 Boys) – 1420m – Lewis Leader – 6m 25s / Woody Dales – 7m 35s.
(U15 Boys) – 4480m – Archie Rainbow – 17m 14s.
(U17 Men) – 5820m – Joseph Rice-Mundy – 24m 34s.
(U20 & Senior/Veteran Men) – 10160m – Chris Rainbow – 41m 56s / Carl Holmes – 50m 49s / Nigel Booth – 54m 52s.
Match 3 – Gainsborough Academy
Of the 253 runners, 6 were from Mablethorpe RC:
(U13 Girls) – 2687m – Ellie Rainbow – 17m 13s / Phoebe Willey – 17m 33s.
(U20 & Senior/Veteran Women) – 5970m – Janine Stones – 21m 40s.
(U15 Boys) – 4437m – Archie Rainbow – 16m 19s.
(U20 & Senior/Veteran Men) – 9160m – Chris Rainbow – 34m 44s / Carl Holmes – 41m 53s.
Pictures attached of our runners in action with the permission and courtesy of Adrian Royle.

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White Rose Ultra Marathon
Earlier this month Paula Downing went to Huddersfield to take part in the White Rose Ultra Marathon. This 30 mile multi-terrain course is very much an endurance event in which participants must carry all of their own kit. Given the very nature of the beautiful but rugged countryside surrounding Huddersfield, the starting point was around 850ft with a further 800ft of climbing during the ascent over Nettleton & Scapegoat Hills, Pole’Moor, Bradshaw & Marsden.
Paula reports that this was fell running with not only boggy but marshland to contend with. Although well sign-posted, she and two others ran the wrong way due to kids moving the direction arrows. Paula estimates they actually ran 33 miles.
Despite this, of the 169 finishers, Paula was in the top quarter in 38th place in 5h 47m.
The winner was Matty Brennan in 4h 17m.
The first female was Fiona Lynch in 4h 54m (7th overall).

Boston Poppy Run 2015
Boston and District Athletics Club’s annual 5 mile Poppy Run first took place in 2003 and has since raised thousands of pounds for The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. As the name might suggest, the event took place on Remembrance Sunday. This year there were 121 runners of which Debbie Jinks & Andrea Mettam from Mablethorpe Running Club.
Debbie was pleased to finish 54th in a time of 41m 44s (2 minutes faster than last year).
Andrea, on her first timed 5 mile race, finished 80th in 46m 52s.
The race was again won by Iain Bailey (Sleaford Town Runners) in just 27m 15s.
The 1st female was Fallon Lafferty (Boston and District AC), 17th overall in 34m 49s.
The picture attached is of Andrea & Debbie (L/R) after this race.

Cleethorpes AC’s Winter 5k Series
This week saw the 1st run of the annual series of winter evening 5k events which take place on the main promenade which are hosted by Cleethorpes AC. Of the 172 entrants mainly but not entirely from local clubs, 4 were from Mablethorpe with their results as follows:
Carl Holmes: 91st – 23m 26s.
Sharon Wheatley Margarson: 104th – 24m 16s.
Carl Musson: 119th – 25m 28s.
Elaine Wilson: 122nd – 25m 32s.
The race was, as with many last year, won by Nick Martin (Caistor Running Club) in a phenomenal time of 16m 11s.
The 1st Female was, as last year, Natalie Burns (Lincoln Wellington AC) (6th overall) in 17m 21s.
There were two wheelchair athletes in this race:
Jamie Carter (Clee AC) finished in 15m 17s.
Martin Thomley (unaffiliated) in 26m 28s.

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October:-

Last weekend was the beginning of the winter XC season (The Lincolnshire Runner Cross Country League 2015/2016). As in previous years, Mablethorpe Running Club were there as were 246 runners from 21 other clubs from the Lincolnshire & Humber regions.
The first of these events (Match 1) took place at London Road in Louth last Sunday.
9 of our runners took part with results as follows:
(U13 Girls) – 3000m – Ellie Rainbow – 16m 24s.
(U17 Women) – 5300m – Tayla Anderson – 31m 18s.
(U20 & Senior/Veteran Women) – 5300m – Janine Stones – 22m 44s. Lisa Musson – 34m 00s.
(U15 Boys) – 3700m – Archie Rainbow – 13m 49s.
(U17 Men) – 5300m – Joseph Rice-Mundy – 22m 58s.
(U20 & Senior/Veteran Men) – 9700m – Chris Rainbow – 40m 15s. Nigel Booth – 50m 25s. Carl Musson – 55m 15s.
Pictures attached of our runners in action with the permission and courtesy of Adrian Royle.

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Belgium National Marathon Relay
Mablethorpe RC Chairman Wayne Kew was in Belgium earlier this month for an exclusive event at the national King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels. It involved around 1600 teams of 6 people with each one doing either a 5km or 10km leg with a 7.195km leg to complete the marathon distance of 42.195km (26.218 miles). Wayne was running with team mates from his employer (DS Smith) who had 10 teams entered from various sites around europe. From DS Smith’s Louth site were Wayne, Ian Wilcox-Crowe and Keith Vickers. Of the 1576 teams that finished, they were delighted to be 376th in 3h 29m 05s.

Boston Parkrun
Parkrun are popular free-to-enter, casual but timed 5km events held in parks and green areas across the UK (and around the world). They are organised and staffed entirely by volunteers.
Janine Stones was in Boston this weekend for the inaugural Boston Park Run which was held at Witham Way Country Park.
Of the 107 runners, Janine came 7th in a time of 20m 36s.
In 1st place was Mark Harvey (Skegness Coasters) in 18m 13s.
Boston Parkrun will take place every Saturday at this location at 0900am.
For more information on this and all other Parkrun events see: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/

Worksop Halloween Half Marathon
For the fifth year running (pun intended) Roger Blake returned to Worksop this Sunday for the annual Halloween Half Marathon. Organised by Worksop Harriers Athletic Club, this is an extremely popular race which takes place every Halloween weekend. First run in 1982, it continues to attract competitors from all over the UK and many regulars from overseas too.
Starting and finishing in Worksop town centre the course has many inclines (almost 700 feet of climbing overall) and equally challenging declines. At the halfway point it follows a loop of the tree-lined leafy paths of Clumber Park before returning to the roads back into Worksop.
Although chilly to start, the morning was exceptionally warmer than previous years, the sun made a welcome appearance later on.
Roger was aiming for a sub 1h 35m finish but lost momentum uphill from mile 11-12. Of the 1984 finishers, he finished 301st in 1h 35m 16s.
As with last year, the winner was Stuart Spencer (Notts AC) in a staggering time of 1h 09m 31s.
The 1st Female was Nicola Gleadall (unaffiliated) (49th) in an impressive 1h 21m 34s.

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Market Rasen 10k
Last Sunday, 260 athletes flooded the streets of Market Rasen for the annual 10k.
The race starts and finishes with a glory loop of the famous Market Rasen Racecourse then 3km into the course a slight incline along Legsby Road through the dirt tracks of Dog Kennel Woods. A complete loop around the woods before heading back to the Racecourse on the same route.
From Mablethorpe, only Nigel Booth took part finishing 81st in 47m 25s.
As last year, the winner was Shane Robinson (Lincoln Wellington AC) in only 32m 35s.
The 1st Female was Laura Wilkins (also Lincoln Wellington AC) (15th) who pipped the 40m marker in just 39m 41s.

McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k
Sharon Wheatley Margarson was in Scarborough last weekend for the McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k.
An almost entirely flat route with just 10 metres of climb throughout, the course takes in many of the resort’s sights: the Spa Complex onto South Bay foreshore. Then Sandside, Marine Drive and around the Castle Headland through Northstead Manor Gardens (past a miniature railway station). Through the fantastic new open air theatre out onto the North Bay promenade to the Sealife Centre where the turning point is to proceed back directly along the promenade past the brightly coloured beach chalets to the finish at the Spa Complex.
Of the 1562 finishers, Sharon enjoyed her run finishing in the top third. She was 466th in 50m 30s.
The winner was Jay Ferns (Loftus & Whitby AC) in 32m 57s.
The 1st Female was Jo Maddick (Kingston Upon Hull AC) in 37m 20s (18th overall).

Gruesome Twosome
This is a half marathon challenge with a difference! With over 800 feet of climbing, the Gruesome Twosome is an enduring multi-terrain & cross-country race which is run in pairs around the beautiful & scenic but brutal hills of The Lincolnshire Wolds.
From the start & finish in the lovely village of Swallow near Caistor, the course takes on some exceptionally difficult hills. Most are off-road through ploughed fields and/or on public footpaths, some of them were just mud & chalk.
Typically the weather is cold, sometimes wet & windy which is why the race organisers (Tape2Tape) provide soup & rolls (and an exclusive embroided beanie hat) at the finish! This year however, it was warmer than usual, the sun even made an appearance and many runners ran in just a vest & shorts.
Despite the lovely scenery (and weather) this race tests the fitness & stamina of competitors.
This Saturday morning was the 4th year that this extremely popular event has taken place attracting 251 Teams of 2 plus 5 individuals who were forced to run alone as their partners were unable to partake.
5 pairs of Mablethorpe RC were up for the challenge with 2 Teams ending up on the podium:
Brothers Chris & Dennis Rainbow led, running strong all the way. They finished 20th in 1h 40m 09s.
Paula Downing & Roger Blake kept them in their sights. They were 24th in 1h 41m 39s. (2nd Mixed Team).
Sheryl Hawse & Janine Stones ran an excellent race which saw them finish 44th in 1h 47m 05s. (3rd Female Team).
Sharon Wheatley Margarson & Elaine Wilson returned for their 3rd year as a Team. They were 146th in 2h 12m 42s.
Debbie Jinks & Andrea Mettam got stuck into their first off-road half marathon. They finished 194th in 2h 22m 41s.
It was an extremely good day for Mablethorpe Running Club as you can see from the pictures attached.
The winners were Joe Fowler & Alex Jordan Plant (Sheffield AC) in an outstanding time of 1h 20m 16s.

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Denis Lumbard Memorial open meeting
For the second time this year, Grimsby Harriers were hosts to an open athletics meeting which took place at the King George V Stadium in Grimsby. The events were track & field and there was well over a hundred competitors across all age groups, juniors & seniors.
For the second time this year, Archie & Ellie made their return to this popular day.
Ellie (Under 13 Girls): ran 100m in 16.18s (7th). She also ran her first timed 800m in 3m 24s (9th).
Archie (Under 15 Boys): recorded a fabulous new 800m PB in 2m 25.6s (3rd) knocking 11s off his previous best.

Lincoln Wellington AC Summer Race Series
Both Ellie & Archie have been competing in the Lincoln Wellington Athletic Club Summer Series.
In the most recent (race 4) Ellie ran 1k in 4m 30s (22nd). Archie ran 3k in 11m 06s (4th).
After all the series race results were combined they both deservedly achieved places on the podium:
Ellie was 3rd in her age category recording her best 1k time of 4m 13s.
Archie came 2nd in his age group recording his best 3k of the series in 10m 42s.

Louth AC Open Cross Country
Hosted by Louth Athletics Club, this popular Open X Country took place last weekend. There was a great attendance of many keen runners. No surprises that Archie & Ellie were there with their parents. Dad Chris was also running at this one too.
On these gruelling off-road, multi-terrain courses the Rainbow’s were undeterred and did extremely well:
Chris ran 9.7km (6.03 miles) in 40m 34s (14th).
Ellie ran 3km (1.86 miles) in 16m 32s (8th).
Archie ran 3.7km (2.30 miles) in 13m 51s (3rd).
(Please see attached pictures of Ellie & Archie in action at the Louth XC. Pictures are used with the full knowledge, permission & courtesy of Adrian Royle).

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Mablethorpe Running Club had a busy weekend racing on home turf at the town’s full & half marathon this weekend …

Mablethorpe Marathon & Half Marathon 2015
Yesterday was the 9th annual running of the Mablethorpe full & half marathon. Organised by the Mablethorpe Marathon Foundation (nothing to do with Mablethorpe Running Club) but we were keen to make an appearance and turned out in numbers.
As well as many Lincolnshire & Humber runners, the events attracted entrants from Exmouth, London, Falmouth, Bungay, Stowmarket, Cambridge & Leicester among many other places.
A massive age range from 18 years up to half a dozen runners who were in their seventies!
A perfect morning with some mist to start with cooling things down for runners although the sun did break through the clouds eventually by mid-morning.

In the full marathon, Paula Downing & Roger Blake were of the 170 finishers.
Paula ran a personal best (PB) on her 54th marathon in 3h 15m 27s. She was 3rd lady (25th overall).
Roger ran a course best on his 4th attempt at the Mablethorpe Marathon finishing 38th in 3h 22m 49s.
The marathon was won by Ryan Snell (Exmouth Harriers) in an amazing time of 2h 41m 42s.
The 1st lady to finish was Kate Mills (Springfields Striders) in 3h 03m 26s. (11th overall).

In the half marathon of the 427 finishers, 11 were from Mablethorpe RC – a debut half marathon for some and many with personal bests, brilliant club results as follows:
Janine Stones – (34th) – 1h 32m 04s – 1st V40 female award winner
Kev Harrison – (35th) – 1h 32m 13s – PB & 1st V55 male award winner
Nigel Cross – (61st) – 1h 38m 17s – debut HM & PB
Debbie Jinks – (179th) – 1h 53m 55s – PB (12 minutes off last year’s time)
Sharon Wheatley Margarson – (228th) – 1h 59m 09s – PB
Elaine Wilson – (229th) – 1h 59m 10s – PB
Lisa Musson – (305th) – 2h 09m 59s
Andrea Mettam – (307th) – 2h 10m 04s – debut HM & PB
Ellie Norman – (373rd) – 2h 22m 29s – PB (22 minutes faster than last year)
Louise Willey – (388th) – 2h 27m 46s – debut HM & PB
Diane Holmes – (389th) – 2h 28m 05s – PB (11 minutes off her previous best)
The half marathon was won by Paul Makowski (Royston Runners) in a mere 1h 17m 12s.
The 1st female was Charlie Hayward (unattached) 26th overall in 1h 29m 47s

(Unfortunately we were all spread out before and after the race so had no opportunity for our usual club team photograph). I have attached one of Paula Downing (3rd lady) with her trophy and a small group after photo with two of our debutant half marathon runners – L-R – Louise, Diane, Debbie & Andrea).

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September:-

Tennyson 8 mile trail race
Last weekend was the 5th running of the Tennyson 8, a multi-terrain, mainly off-road but on public footpaths, running race that raises money for many charities. Starting and finishing in the village of Hagworthingham, the race runs through the heart of The Lincolnshire Wolds taking in (among other places) Somersby – the birthplace of Lord Alfred Tennyson – hence the name “Tennyson 8”.
From Mablethorpe, Chris Rainbow finished in the top 10% of the 112 that completed this tough run.
Chris finished 11th in 54m 30s. (Picture attached courtesy of Sarah Burton).
The race was won by Alan Oliver (Sleaford Striders) in 47m 12s.
The 1st female was Jill Otley (Cleethorpes AC) in 58m 39s (24th overall).

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Anna Verrico Isle of Axholme Half Marathon
The Isle of Axholme Half Marathon is a flat scenic route starting in the village of Epworth along country roads to Owston Ferry following the bank of the River Trent to West Butterwick before returning to Epworth for the finish.
Named in memory of Anna Verrico, a Scunthorpe wife and Mother who sadly lost a courageous battle with breast cancer in 2013. All proceeds go towards Team Verrico who in turn support cancer research and support those whose lives are being affected by cancer.

This weekend Mablethorpe’s Roger Blake returned for his third attempt at this event on what is usually a very warm and sunny day. However, although pleasant by temperature there had been heavy mist early in the morning which remained in situ for much of the race.
Of the 247 runners this Sunday. Roger had one of his better HM runs and was very happy to finish 49th in 1h 34m 57s. Almost 4 mins faster than last year and his course best, around 90 seconds away from his half marathon PB. (Picture attached courtesy of Steve Green).
The race was won by Aaron Scott (Notts AC) in just 1h 08m 49s.
The 1st female to finish was Becky Keri Pearson (City of Hull AC) (17th) in 1h 25m 49s.

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Louth Triathlon 2015
The first Louth Triathlon took place last year. Earlier this month Wayne Kew was made his return this year along with the other 165 competitors. Starting at the Meridian Leisure Centre for the swim, the race left the picturesque town centre heading North through the villages of Alvington, Yarburgh and Covenham St. Mary before the turn-around heading back on the same route. The race consisted of a 400m swim, 22km bike and a 5km run.
Not only did Wayne beat his time from last year but he also came 1st in his (Senior Male 50) category with the following results:
Swim: 9m 24s
Bike : 43m 28s
Run : 23m 11s
Wayne’s overall position was 36th with a finish time including changeover 1h 17m 34s.
As with last year, the winner was Ross McGregor (Louth Tri Club) in 1h 00m 31s.
The 1st female to finish was Natalie Burns (Lincoln Wellington AC) in 1h 14m 16s (22nd overall).

Lincoln Children’s Tri 2015
Brother & sister Archie & Ellie Rainbow were among over 300 that recently completed the Lincoln Children’s Tri at and around the Yarborough Leisure Centre. The swim took place in a 25 metre indoor pool, the bike on a fantastic purpose built tarmac cycle track and the finish with a flat run on a mix of grass and tarmac entirely within the leisure centre grounds. They did their best and are showing great enthusiasm to follow in their parents athletic footsteps.
Archie (aged 14) completed the 300m swim in 7m 54s, the 6400m bike in 13m 13s and the 2400m run in 10m 30s. Total finish time including changeovers 32m 50s.
Ellie (aged 11) completed the 200m swim in 8m 50s, the 4000m bike in 14m 26s and the 1800m run in 9m 40s. Total finish time including changeovers 33m 52s.
Archie knocked 5 mins off last year’s time and it was Ellie’s first triathlon so credit to both of them.

The Hull Marathon
Last weekend Paula Downing completed her 53rd marathon at Hull. On this occasion she was one of the 792 finishers of this very popular event. An overwhelmingly flat course according to the race organisers but it does rise to a maximum elevation of 42 metres. From the city centre the route took in many of the city and surrounding highlights: East Park, Queen Victoria Square, Anlaby Road, the KC Stadium, the Humber Bridge, Hessle, Pickering Park, the docks and the marina before the finish at the iconic Wiberforce Monument.
Paula was 109th in a time of 3h 26m 53s.
The winner was Matthew Jones (unattached) in 2h 35m 26s.
The 1st female was Helen Mulhall (Bearbrook Running Club) in 3h 01m 30s (27th overall).

Mablethorpe Running Club are delighted to report the success of this weekend’s East Coast Classic 10k race with a 3k fun run. The 10k run achieved record entrants full to capacity of 300 but accounting for no-shows and those who did not finish, there were 258 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 conditions were typically warm & sunny for our event although perhaps it was a little uncomfortable running in the heat for some runners. Whilst many were local, that is to say Mablethorpe, Skegness, Louth, Cleethorpes & Grimsby (among other places), we did have entrants from further afield. Our youngest competitor was 15yrs old and the eldest was in his eighties, a veteran runner of many races around the world.
The race was won by Ben Evison (Skegness Coasters) making light work of the course in just 33m 37s.
The 1st Female was Lucy Holt (City of Stoke AC) completing the 10k in 38m 28s (19th overall).
Many Mablethorpe Running Club members also competed:
Janine Stones (44th) 41m 56s
Roger Blake (53rd) 43m 07s
Debbie Jinks (117th) 49m 55s
Tayla Anderson (187th) 59m 50s
Carl Musson (190th) 59m 53s
Andrea Mettam (204th) 1h 01m 52s
Ellie Norman (221st) 1h 05m 26s
Diane Holmes (233rd) 1h 09m 07s
Helen Rice-Mundy (243rd) 1h 13m 53s
Loey Hewson (244th) 1h 14m 14s
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August:-

Halifax Marathon
Paula Downing recently travelled to West Yorkshire to take part in the Halifax Marathon. This was Paula’s 52nd marathon. On this occasion she was one of the 82 finishers of this gruelling multi-terrain course. A mixture of hilly tarmac roads with dirt trails & tracks with spectacular views. From Halifax, the route follows the greenery of Shroggs Park then a climb up Mount Tebor. Alongside Mixenden Reservoir heading to the village of Ogden. Looping round through Ambler Thorn and Catherine Slack heading back into the town centre for the finish.
Paula was 28th in a time of 3h 56m 16s.
The winner was Jason Cherriman (Leeds City AC) in 2h 47m 20s.
The 1st Female was Sarah Conway (unattached) in 3h 30m 45s (9th overall).

Wolds Dash 2015 Race 5
Mid-week the fifth and final race of the Wolds Dash Series 2015 took place with a great turnout for many clubs, not only Mablethorpe. Hosted by Louth AC, the Wolds Dash are a series of off-road runs which take place at the picturesque area of natural beauty, Hubbards Hills to the West of town.
Mablethorpe RC results:
Under 13 Girls (3.22km) – Hope Midgley – 18m 12s. Phoebe Willey – 18m 42s. Rebecca Millward – 20m 30s.
Under 15 Girls (4.23km) – Alice Hockham – 23m 38s.
Under 17 Girls (5.24km) – Paige Midgley – 26m 07s. Emily Hockham – 32m 07s. Tayla Anderson – 34m 34s.
Veteran Men (7.13km) – Leon Hockham – 31m 05s. Carl Musson – 39m 05s.
Senior Women (7.13km) – Ellie Norman – 42m 00s.
Veteran Women (7.13km) – Debbie Jinks – 35m 59s. Sharon Wheatley Margarson – 36m 11s. Elaine Wilson – 38m 20s. Lisa Musson – 43m 03s. Andrea Mettam – 45m 35s. Diane Holmes – 48m 25s. Loey Hewson 49m 19s. Louise Willey – 50m 14s. Helen Rice-Mundy 50m 14s.
The results are collectively scored over the 5 races on a points system with 4 of our runners awarded trophies at the end of the series:
Alice Hockham was 2nd in the Under 15 Girls.
Paige Midgley was 1st and Emily Hockham 2nd in the Under 17 Girls.
Debbie Jinks was 3rd Veteran Woman
A picture is attached of our runners at this final event.

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Croxby Crippler Half Marathon
Last weekend, friends & training partners Sharon Wheatley Margarson & Elaine Wilson returned for the finale of the 2015 season of The Croxby Crawl events hosted by Cleethorpes Athletic Club. The finale being the Croxby Crippler Half Marathon. As the name would suggest, this is a gruelling half marathon which appeals to only the hardy given the challenging nature of the course. Only 45 runners completed the event.
Sharon & Elaine ran the race together finishing 38th & 39th in a great time of 2h 10m 59s (9th & 10th female respectively).
The race was won by Gary Thomas (Wolds Vets) in 1h 21m 59s.
The 1st female to finish was Jill Otley (Cleethorpes AC) in 1h 35m 37s (7th overall).

Grimsby Triathlon Club Duathlon
Last weekend Grimsby Tri Club held another duathlon consisting of a 1 mile run, 10 mile bike ride, finishing with another 1 mile run. As with many events the venue was the hilly area of Clickem at Swinhope near Grimsby. This is a relatively low key event, an introduction to multi-sports.
From Mablethorpe RC, Sharon Wheatley Margarson took part with 21 other participants. Sharon ran mile 1 in 7m 36s, biked 10 miles in 41m 13s then ran the final mile in 8m 14s. Total finish time: 57m 03s. This was only Sharon’s second ever duathlon so she was very pleased to have taken part.
The winner (Tom Sannigar) ran 5m 34s, biked 28m 58s, ran 6m 16s – total finish time: 40m 48s.

Yorkshire Wolds Way
(As described by Leon Hockham):
A 79 mile route from the Humber estuary to the dramatic Cleveland coast through the hills of the Yorkshire Wolds in typical downland scenery. Chalky grassland, patches of woodlands and dry valleys. The trail was originally an initiative of the Ramblers Association and went on to become the tenth National Trail launched by the then Countryside Commission.
Following the River Humber north around the western edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, in woods and across arable land through Thixendale. Then the northern escarpment of the Wolds which rises over 600ft. On ridges and through dry valleys and sheep pasture to reach the coast at Filey and the headland of Filey Brigg. At Filey it meets the Cleveland Way National Trail, enabling walkers to take a longer continuous route on these two National Trails.
Ultra runners always looking for such adventure Leon Hockham, David swift, Dennis Rainbow & Chris Rainbow completed the whole route – 79 miles over 2 days.
Alice Hockham, Treana Harfield, and Katy Marris did parts of the run.
The run was supported by Rory Harfield.
This was not a race nor an organised event but a group of friends with a mutual love of running & adventure. They actually did the Trail in reverse starting at Filey Brigg and finishing at the Humber Bridge.
(Pictures of their feat attached).

Croxby Crawl
Keen to complete this series of events, Elaine Wilson once again returned to the 5th (of 6 scheduled) of the 2015 Croxby Crawl events. Hosted by Cleethorpes AC, now in the 33rd year of a series of runs around the same location. Races now total over 125 since it began back in November 1983.
There were 152 competitors at this 4.44 mile (x 1 lap) event.
The hamlet of Croxby is situated 5 miles from Caistor in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds which always proves to be a challenging course.
Elaine was delighted to run a PB finishing 112th in 39m 45s.
The race winner was Nick Martin (Caistor RC) in 24m 25s.
The 1st Female finisher was Natalie Burns (Lincoln Wellington AC) in 27m 14s (10th overall).
The 6th and final event (The Croxby Crippler Half Marathon) is scheduled to take place on Saturday 5th September.

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July:-

Wolds Vets Click’em Inn 5 Mile Race
Hosted by Wolds Veteran Runners Club, the third of the 2015 series of Clickem Inn road races held at Swinhope near Grimsby took place last week.
4 Mablethorpe ladies returned, they were among the 151 finishers as follows:
First back was Janine Stones (34th/3rd F) in 33m 58s with Sheryl Hawse hot on her heels (35th/4th F) in 34m 06s. Sharon Wheatley Margarson (96th/21st F) in 40m 09s. Elaine Wilson next (124th/36th F) in 44m 17s.
The winner once again was Nick Martin (Caistor RC) in an amazing time of just 26m 18s.
The 1st Female was Natalie Farrow (Lincoln Wellington AC) 10th overall in 29m 36s.

Reach Mansfield 10k
Starting from Titchfield Park then looping and winding through the historic, traffic free streets of Mansfield with a sprint finish into the market place. The compact nature of this course meant that there were spectators throughout.
From Mablethorpe, Andrea Mettam took part along with 586 other athletes from various Clubs local & national.
Although not a PB, Andrea ran the course in 1h 01m 39s (475th) and enjoyed this exceptionally well organised event.
The winner was Mark Johnson (Mansfield Harriers) in 32m 09s.
The first lady was Emily Collinge (unaffiliated) in 34m 04s (6th overall).

Prudential Ride London 2015
Ride London is a world-class festival of cycling. It is Britain’s biggest celebration of cycling with 6 events taking place: Free Cycle, Grand Prix, Brompton Bike Race, London-Surrey Classic, Handcycle Classic and the key race; the London-Surrey 100.
2015 was the third edition of this weekend festival and attracted thousands of participants & spectators from all over the world who landed on the nation’s capital for this extraordinary event. Every kind of cycle & cyclist that you can imagine including folding bikes, recumbents, trikes, unicycles as well as classic road racers (among many others). Riders included celebrities & olympians as well as professional & amateur athletes.
From Mablethorpe, Louise Willey and her daughter Phoebe were there and took part in the Free Cycle. Aimed at families, this was a 10 mile route on entirely closed roads around the centre of London. They thoroughly enjoyed the ride and the experience of this marvelous weekend.

Bassetlaw Sprint Triathlon
Wayne Kew was recently in Worksop for the Bassetlaw Sprint Triathlon which consisted of a 400m pool swim followed by a 20km ride then finishing the race with a 5km run (both of which were on a mix of town & country roads). Hosted by the Bassetlaw Tri Club there were 218 finishers at this event.
Wayne easily came within thetop quarter in 33rd place with these times: swim – 9m 09s / bike – 40m 29s / run – 21m 03s – total finish time (including changeovers) was 1h 12m 28s.
(The winner was Andy Tarry (unaffiliated): swim – 5m 44s / bike – 33m 28s / run – 17m 02s – total finish time including changeovers was 57m 22s).

Wolds Dash 2015 Race 4
During mid-week the fourth of 5 took place of this season’s Wolds Dash Series. Hosted by Louth AC, the Wolds Dash are a series of off-road runs which take place at the picturesque area of natural beauty, Hubbards Hills to the West of town during summer evenings.
Mablethorpe RC results:
Under 13 Girls (3.22km) – Hope Midgley – 16m 59s. Rebecca Millward – 19m 55s.
Under 15 Girls (4.23km) – Alice Hockham – 21m 54s.
Under 17 Girls (5.24km) – Paige Midgley 26m 35s.
Senior Men (10.15km) – Andrew Tomlin – 44m 02s.
Veteran Men (10.15km) – Carl Musson – 56m 09s.
Senior Women (10.15km) – Ellie Norman – 65m 06s.
Veteran Women (10.15km) – Debbie Jinks – 53m 16s. Sharon Wheatley Margarson – 53m 29s. Elaine Wilson – 56m 26s. Lisa Musson – 60m 04s. Andrea Mettam – 65m 06s. Diane Holmes – 72m 23s. Louise Willey – 75m 44s. Helen Rice-Mundy 75m 44s.
The final Wolds Dash is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 02nd September – enter on location on the night.

Croxby Crawl
Sharon Wheatley Margarson & Elaine Wilson once again returned to the fourth (of six scheduled) in the 2015 season of The Croxby Crawl. Hosted by Cleethorpes AC this event is now in the 33rd year of a series of runs around the same location and races now total over 125 since it began back in November 1983.
There were 129 competitors at this 4.44 mile (x 1 lap) event.
The hamlet of Croxby is situated 5 miles from Caistor in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds which always proves to be a challenging course. As the warm weather continues this does add to the challenging nature of this race. However:
Sharon finished 76th in 37m 11s.
Elaine finished 99th in 39m 49s.
The race was won by Nick Martin (Caistor RC) in 24m 04s.
The 1st Female to finish was Jill Otley (Cleethorpes AC) in 31m 41s (25th overall).

Race to the Stones 50k Ultra
Ultra-runner Leon Hockham travelled to Oxfordshire for this well respected and extremely tough non-stop event. Race to the Stones is the largest ultra-marathon in the UK. It attracts some of the best runners in the world to take on the ancient 50k or 100k routes along the chalk path ridgeway with accents of between 800-2300ft to the Neolithic 5,000 year old stone circle henge monument at Avebury. There were 4 events. Leon took part in the 50k non-stop course on the Saturday from Oxfordshire to Berkshire. He was not just one of 67 finishers that completed this gruelling course … he won it! This was Leon’s first win of which he is understandably very proud and we are very proud of him.
Leon finished the race in 5h 15m 52s – 8 minutes ahead of the next man.
(For comparison, in 2nd place was Peter Spice (M) in 5h 24m 04s / 3rd was Cat Simpson (F) in 5h 25m 56s).

Charnwood AC Open Meeting
Janine Stones & Rob Hawse joined athletes from all over the country at Loughborough University for this open outdoor track event. They both ran the 1500m although in separate races in groups of between 7 & 15 in mixed age groups.
Janine ran 5m 18.34s.
Rob ran his season’s best in 4m 24.69s

British Masters Athletic Federation Championships
As he did last year, last weekend Rob Hawse returned to the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham to participate in the British Masters AF Championships. These were also outdoor track events but the weather was not good for the runners as it was wet & windy for the weekend’s events.
These are very tightly contested positions at National level so Rob did well to be there among 100 plus of the best athletes who had attended from all over the country.
Rob took part in two races coming 5th in both:
M35 – 1500m – 4m 26.89s – (The winner, Matt Hibberd, ran 4m 22.17s)
M35 – 800m – 2m 10.43s (less than 0.5 of a second from his pb) – (The winner, Paul Grange, ran 1m 56.11s).

Bolingbroke Breaker 10k (No. 2)
Hosted by Skegness & District Running Club, last Wednesday was the second of the two Bolingbroke Breaker 10k’s of 2015 which start & finish in the village of Old Bolingbroke. The route around the Lincolnshire Wolds has a couple of significantly challenging hills but the scenery is nice. They report a record 77 runners from 10 different clubs plus 13 unattached competitors. They even had a runner from Australia taking part!
8 runners from Mablethorpe RC were there:
As with the BB (No. 1) 1st back, (12th) Joseph Rice-Mundy in 43m 47s.
1st Female (of the race!) was Sharon Wheatley Margarson (44th) in 52m 52s.
Debbie Jinks (48th) in 53m 31s.
Elaine Wilson (56th) in 55m 26s.
Andrea Mettam (71st) in 64m 45s.
Diane Holmes (73rd) in 70m 04s.
Louise Willey (74th) in 72m 34s.
Helen Rice-Mundy (75th) in 72m 35s.
All of our runners achieved PB’s at this race!
Pictures attached (provided with courtesy of Sarah Burton) are Joseph Rice-Mundy & Sharon Wheatley Margarson.
The winner was Martin Waite (Newark AC) in 36m 54s.

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Spilsby Show 6
Earlier this month, 8 Mablethorpe runners took part in the 6 mile road race at the annual Spilsby Show. The first race to be held at the show was back in July 1998, originally planned as a fun run, it has grown into a fully affiliated race attracting almost 100 entrants this year. Despite the extraordinary heat, it proved yet again to be one of the most popular events at the show. Mablethorpe results as follows:
Joseph Rice-Mundy (12th – 42m 01s).
Nigel Cross (22nd – 44m 54s).
Debbie Jinks (45th – 49m 44s).
Andrea Mettam (79th – 60m 28s).
Ellie Norman (81st – 62m 55s).
Diane Holmes (90th – 68m 21s).
Helen Rice-Mundy (91st – 68m 49s).
Louise Willey (92cnd – 68m 49s).
Photographs of our runners attached below at the start & finish (finish minus Nigel Cross who left immediately after racing).
The event was won by Simon Saxby (Wolds Vets) in 33m 30s.
The 1st Female to cross the line was Rebecca Dawson (Skegness & District Running Club) in 43m 59s (17th overall).
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Normanby Park Duathlon
The Normanby Park Duathlon took place at Normanby Hall Country Park. This Sprint Triathlon consisted of a 5k Run/20.5k Bike/2.5k Run. From Mablethorpe, Sharon Wheatley Margarson went to her first ever duathlon persuading her husband to team up with her to do the bike ride. Of the 118 finishers they were 60th with times of Run1: 23m 45s – Bike: 42m 02s – Run2: 12m 04s – Total finish time: 1h 17m 51s.

Scunthorpe 10k
The Scunthorpe 10k is an evening road race hosted by Scunthorpe & District Athletics Club attracting an impressive 290 finishers. For the fourth year in a row Sharon Wheatley Margarson & Elaine Wilson returned to this race and both achieved course bests. Sharon was 158th in 52m 57s. Elaine finished 178th in 54m 41s.
The winner was Jordan Skelly (Gainsborough & Morton Striders) in only 33m 07s.
The 1st Female was Charlotte Ward (City of Hull AC) 38m 22s – 12th overall.

Lincoln Parkrun
Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the UK (and all over the world). They are open to everyone, free and are safe and easy to take part in.
Last Saturday, Janine Stones & Sheryl Hawse were of the 278 that took part in the Lincoln Parkrun.
Janine achieved a new PB, she was 19th in 19m 48s.
Sheryl also gained a PB finishing 27th in 20m 28s.
The winner was Greg Southern (Sleaford Town Runners) in a time of 16m 45s.
The 1st lady was Abbie Donnelly (Lincoln Wellington AC) 7th in 17m 56s.

Emma-Jayne Memorial Fund Bikeathon 2015
Since Emma-Jayne passed away in December 1998, her parents Ruth & Tony Knowles have been fund raising in her memory. The fund to date stands at £141,705.94 which goes towards all equipment related to the diagnosis & treatment of brain tumours. The very first bikeathon took place in July 2000.
Last weekend Guy Willey, Chris &Archie Rainbow joined the many many that took part in the 30 mile bike ride whilst Tammy walked the 3.5 mile fun walk with daughter Ellie and their dog Elsie.

Wolds Vets Click’em Inn 5 Mile Race
Hosted by Wolds Veteran Runners, this is the second race of the 2015 series of Clickem Inn road races held at Swinhope near Grimsby.
Another warm summer evening last week but that did nothing to deter 146 runners, of them 4 Mablethorpe RC ladies.
First back was Janine Stones (33rd/2nd F) in 33m 24s with Sheryl Hawse hot on her heels (34th/3rd F) in 33m 45s. Sharon Wheatley Margarson (101st/17th F) in 40m 55s. Elaine Wilson next (110th/22nd F) in 42m 25s.
The winner was Nick Martin (Caistor RC) in an amazing time of just 26m 55s.
The 1st Female was Bev Wilson (Cleethorpes AC) 20th overall in 31m 52s.

June:-

The East Trans Sting In The Tail Caistor 10k
This is a popular annual event organised by Caistor Running Club. A 10k loop race entirely on the roads starting and finishing in Caistor town centre. The course has a little over 300ft of climbing. Last weekend 303 runners took it on despite the exceptionally hot weather we have been experiencing. 2 ladies from Mablethorpe RC were there: Sharon Wheatley Margarson & Elaine Wilson.
Sharon ran the course in 55m 15s (169th).
Elaine finished in 56m 07s (177th).
The race was won by Nick Martin (Caistor RC) in 33m 40s.
The 1st female to finish was Beverley Wilson (Cleethorpes AC) in 40m 47s (18th overall).

Wolds Dash 2015 Race 3
Once again, in the mid-week several Junior & Senior members of Mablethorpe Running Club joined the many athletes taking part in the third of 2015’s Wolds Dash. Hosted by Louth AC, the Wolds Dash are a series of off-road runs which take place at Hubbards Hills in the summer evenings.
Mablethorpe RC results:
Under 11 Boys (2.21km) – Lewis Leader – 10m 12s. Sam Lowes – 11m 11s.
Under 13 Girls (3.22km) – Hope Midgley – 16m 40s. Rebecca Millward – 19m 49s.
Under 15 Girls (4.23km) – Alice Hockham – 21m 54s.
Under 17 Girls (5.24km) – Paige Midgley 25.53s. Tayla Anderson – 28m 37s. Emily Hockham – 29m 12s.
Senior Men (11.87km) – Andrew Tomlin – 51m 44s.
Veteran Men (11.87km) – Nigel Cross – 57m 06s.
Senior Women (11.87km) – Ellie Norman – 1h 49m 22s.
Veteran Women (11.87km) – Debbie Jinks – 1h 03m 47s. Sharon Wheatley Margarson – 1h 05m 19s. Elaine Wilson – 1h 06m 55s. Andrea Mettam – 1h 49m 22s.
The next Wolds Dash is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 12th August.

Rugby Half Marathon
Lisa Musson & Selina Elson travelled to Rugby this Sunday joining 802 competitors that took part in Rugby’s new half marathon. The Rugby Half Marathon, organised by Always Aim High Events, kicked off at 9.30am and was followed by a 5km fun run shortly afterwards. The route took runners from the market town of Rugby, past the famous Rugby School before heading out into the Warwickshire countryside. Participants reached as far as Kilby and Barby during the lengthy route. Runners then returned to Rugby where a special event village had been set up which was filled with spectators, music and entertainment.
In exceptionally warm conditions, Lisa finished 503rd in 2h 10m 53s and Selina was 770th in 2h 49m 04s.
The race was won by Toby Spencer (Coventry Godiva Harriers) in 1h 08m 56s.
The 1st female was Amy Sarkies (Rugby Triathlon Club) in 1h 28m 12s (20th overall).

Coast to Coast in a day
A stunning 150 mile road ride with a staggering 14,500ft of climbing including the infamous Hardknott and Wrynose passes. Through 3 of the country’s most stunning National Parks: the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.
Beginning in Seascale on the Irish Sea coast in Cumbria. From there over the mountainous Western Lake District, through the Yorkshire Dales, across the flat Vale of York and finally the Northern Valleys of the North York Moors, finally finishing by the sea in Whitby.
An iconic route cycled by hundreds of people every year, usually over 4 or 5 days.
But how about doing it in just 1 day? 825 riders were bold enough to sign up for this amazing feat.
Of them, Mablethorpe RC Chairman Wayne Kew, along with his friend & DS Smith work colleague John Osborne.
With true team spirit, Wayne & John rode this extremely challenging course, starting & finishing together.
13h 30m 48s & 13h 30m 44s respectively (both qualifying for the bronze finish medal).
Attached below are pictures of John (left) and Wayne (right) at the start & finish of this extraordinary event.
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Lincoln Impsport Championship Sportive
Also as a keen cyclist, Guy Willey last weekend was one in a field of 2000 plus riders that took part in the Lincoln Impsport Championship Sportive. This event had 4 different distances which consisted of: 97 Mile / 76 Mile / 58 Mile / 30 Mile routes.
Guy took part in the 76 Mile course leaving the city via Cherry Willingham heading for 2,850ft of incline over the Lincolnshire Wolds: Minting, Harrington, Tetford, Cadwell Park, Donington on Bain, Faldingworth, Scampton and Burton before heading back into the city for the finish outside the iconic Lincoln Castle.
Guy completed this challenge in a very respectable 5h 51m 33s.

Croxby Crawl
Last Wednesday evening Sharon Wheatley Margarson & Elaine Wilson once again returned to the third (of six scheduled) in the 2015 season of The Croxby Crawl events. Hosted by Cleethorpes AC, now in the 33rd year of a series of runs around the same location and races now total over 125 since it began back in November 1983.
There were 67 competitors at this 8.88 mile (x 2 lap) event.
The hamlet of Croxby is situated 5 miles from Caistor in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds which always proves to be a challenging course. This combined with the exceptionally hot weather that we have been experiencing led to a few runners dropping out after the 1st lap.
However, despite the heat both our ladies persisted and were happy with their performances:
Sharon finished 54th in 1h 27m 25s.
Elaine finished 55th in 1h 28m 01s.
The race was won by William Strangeway (Lincoln Wellington AC) in 54m 15s.
The 1st Female to finish was Natalie Burns (Lincoln Wellington AC) in 1h 01m 26s (7th overall).

Woodhall Spa Triathlon
Now in its 9th year, the Woodhall Spa Triathlon took part earlier this month in & around Jubilee Park. Over the years this event has grown from under 200 competitors to well over 600. The triathlon consists of a 400m pool swim followed by 24k on the bike finishing with a 5k run.
Wayne Kew was one of the 656 that completed the course this year. Wayne did the swim in 8m 59s, the bike ride in 44m 37s and the run in 19m 55s giving a total finish time (including changeovers) of 1h 15m 14s. He was 108th.
In 1st place was Joshua Jones (Lincsquad) finishing in an incredible 59m 34s (5m 39s/36m 27s/16m 07s respectively).

Grantham Summer Solstice 10k
Hosted by Grantham RC, the Summer Solstice 10k takes part 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.
There were a massive 669 competitors at this popular event, 3 from Mablethorpe RC: Kev Harrison, Debbie Jinks & Andrea Mettam with the results as below:
Kev (91st) 41m 47s.
Debbie (334th) 50m 39s.
Andrea (547th) 1h 01m 55s.
The winner was Shane Robinson (Lincoln Wellington AC) in 31m 30s.
The 1st lady was Emily Foran (Sleaford Town Runners) in 38m 16s (37th overall).

Macmillan Seabank Marathon
Not for the faint hearted, this is a gruelling & brutal marathon course which from the streets of the Market Place in Boston joins the sandy banks of the River Haven. After a few miles the route becomes quiet on country lanes and then onto farmland for a while. Then joining the often long grassy areas up to the knees (or waist depending on your height!) along the seabank that keeps the The Wash out of Lincolnshire. Due to challenging terrain and the rural areas of the course runners can feel somewhat isolated requiring them to dig deep in order to carry on. Back on the tarmac before finishing on the seafront in Skegness.
This charitable event is now in its 37th year with all proceeds being split between Macmillan Cancer Support and entrants own choice of charity.
113 individuals completed this race of which 6 were from Mablethorpe Running Club:
Paula Downing (2nd) 3h 49m.
Tammy Rainbow (5th) 3h 59m.
Andrew Tomlin (10th) 4h 30m.
Roger Blake (11th) 4h 32m.
Paul Stupple (23rd) 4h 53m.
Elliot Stones (42nd) 5h 37m.
The winner was Mark Sands (Sleaford Tri) 3h 00m.
The team event ran as a controlled relay passing a baton at each checkpoint. Team entrants each run between 2.5 and 4.2 miles. Of the 11 relay teams, 2 were from Mablethorpe:
Team 1: Nigel Booth, Chris Rainbow, Archie Rainbow, Carl Musson, Julie Martin, Janine Stones, Shez Hawse & Rob Hawse – finishing 2nd in 3h 12m.
Team 2: Nigel Cross, Helen Rice-Mundy, Louise Willey, Lisa Musson, Andrea Mettam, Ellie Norman, Diane Holmes & Joseph Rice-Mundy – finishing 7th in 4h 08m.
The winners were the Skegness & District Men’s Team in 3h 03m.
Attached below are 4 pictures from this event:
: Individuals prior to the start of the SBM.
: Paula Downing who finished her 51st marathon in 2nd place.
: Team 1 after the race.
: Team 2 after the race

Click’em Inn 10 Mile Race
Friends & training partners Elaine Wilson & Sharon Wheatley Margarson were representing Mablethorpe at the first of the Clickem Inn 10 mile road races held on summer evenings at Swinhope near Grimsby hosted by Wolds Veteran Runners Club.
A warm & pleasant evening, conditions were nice. However, only 66 runners finished the race.
Elaine & Sharon ran together completing this challenge in 1h 36m 17s (57th & 58th).
The winner was Ben Evison (Skegness Coasters) who finished in 58m 19s.
The 1st Female was Rachel Portlock (Wolds Vets) 27th overall in 1h 16m 25s.

Cancer Research UK Louth Run For Life
Yesterday was the 10th Anniversary of the event which sees combined runners & supporters in excess of 2000 lining the streets of Louth. Last year was a record of almost 1500 entrants raising in excess of £40,000 which is amazing news. This year the organisers hope to beat that. They are hoping to reach their target of £250,000 raised for CRUK in the 10 years that the event has been going.
Of the thousands, there was a fantastic attendance from Mablethorpe Running Club. This is a personal favourite day out for many of our members. This year over 20 of our juniors & seniors took part wearing the uniform club blue vest but in the true spirit of the CRUK Run For Life, also ran in pink tutus!
Pictured below are most (but not all) of our runners on the day.

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Skegness Triathlon Club Go Tri
Last Saturday, Skegness Tri Club hosted the second of their very cleverly named “Go Tri” duathlons. This casual and friendly introductory event consisted of a 1 mile run then 6.2 miles on the bike followed by another 1 mile run.
Of the 24 competitors, from Mablethorpe, Carl Musson completed the course in 4th place in 35m 12s. (Carl did the 1st Tri in 35m 26s finishing 5th in April).
Attached below are pictures of Carl in action at the Go Tri.
The event was won by Joseph Stubbs in 34m 30s.
The next Go Tri is scheduled to take place on Saturday 12th July.

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32nd Wolds Dash Series 2015 Race 2
Hosted by Louth AC, the Wolds Dash are a series of off-road runs which take place at Hubbards Hills, an area of natural beauty directly West of Louth. Junior & Senior members of Mablethorpe Running Club joined athletes both local and from further afield taking part in the second of 2015’s with these excellent results as follows:
Under 9 Girls (1.20km) – Emily Whiffing – 6m 17s.
Under 11 Boys (2.21km) – Sam Lowes – 10m 53s.
Under 13 Girls (3.22km) – Hope Midgley – 16m 29s. Rebecca Millward – 19m 06s.
Under 13 Boys (3.22km) – Oliver Whiffing – 18m 36s.
Under 15 Girls (4.23km) – Alice Hockham – 20m 58s.
Under 17 Boys (5.23km) – Joseph Rice Mundy – 20m 28s.
Under 17 Girls (5.23km) – Paige Midgley 26.12s – Emily Hockham – 29m 11s – Tayla Anderson – 29m 52s.
Senior Men (11.69km) – Andrew Tomlin – 51m 03s.
Veteran Men (11.69km) – Nigel Booth – 55m 37s – Carl Musson – 72m 24s.
Senior Women (11.69km) – Ellie Norman – 80m 03s.
Veteran Women (11.69km) – Debbie Jinks – 65m 27s – Elaine Wilson – 65m 55s – Andrea Mettam – 77m 38s – Diane Holmes – 83m 33s – Louise Willey – 84m 50s – Helen Rice Mundy – 84m 50s – Lisa Musson – 72m 24s.
The next Wolds Dash is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 8th July.

Lincolnshire Wolds Tough Ten
Since 1983 there has been a “Lincolnshire Wolds Tough Ten” mile race. Nowadays organised by the fabulous team at Tape2Tape. As the name suggests, this is a tough multi-terrain course with an overall climb of 459ft. Fortunately, the weather was not as bad as it had been forecast and the thunderstorms held off if only a few showers. Starting and finishing in the lovely village of Swallow near Caistor, the course takes on some exceptionally difficult hills. Most of which are off-road through fields and/or on public footpaths although many of them are on mud and chalk.
The rain did little to dampen the spirits of three Mablethorpe RC ladies who were of the 212 runners that took part. They all achieved PB’s having raced here before:
Tammy Rainbow finished 65th in 1h 13m 58s (over 90 seconds off last year’s time). (2nd Vet 40, 6th lady).
Sharon Wheatley Margarson was 172nd in 1h 32m 46s.
Elaine Wilson finished in 176th place with a time of 1h 33m 39s.
The winner was Ian Kimpton (Luton AC). His time was incredible, just 53m 19s.
The 1st female to finish was Keri Pearson (City of Hull AC) who completed the course in 1h 05m 39s (18th overall).

Croxby Crawl
Relentless in their pursuits, training partners Sharon Wheatley Margarson & Elaine Wilson returned to the second running of The Croxby Crawl of 2015. This a tough 4.4 mile course on the undulating Lincolnshire Wolds which they completed a few weeks ago. However, this time it was 8.8 miles, 2 laps of the same course. Hosted by Cleethorpes AC, this is the 33rd year of the event (part of a series of runs around the same location). Races now total over 125 since it began back in November 1983.
There were 99 competitors at this summer’s evening event.
Given the difficult terrain which is twice trodden, both ladies did extremely well:
Elaine finished in 78th place in 83m 05s (PB).
Sharon finished in 80th place in 83m 17s.
The race was won by Nick Martin (Caistor Running Club) in a mere 51m 54s.
The 1st Female to finish was Rachel Portlock (Wolds Vets) in 67m 45s.

Woodhall Spa 10k
Eight Mablethorpe runners were of the 990 entrants that turned out for the extremely popular Woodhall Spa 10k road race this Sunday. A very well organised event, the weather conditions were warm and sunny complementing the beauty of the town and of the event.
Mablethorpe athletes had an exceptional day with almost all achieving PB’s as follows:
63rd – Joseph Rice-Mundy – 40m 06s (debut & PB, an exceptional run by Joseph) (picture attached)
93rd – Kev Harrison – 41m 42s
95th – Janine Stones – 41m 44s
412nd – Debbie Jinks – 51m 54s (PB)
737th – Andrea Mettam – 1h 00m 39s (PB)
851st – Louise Willey – 1h 06m 43s (PB)
852nd – Loey Hewson – 1h 07m 17s (debut & PB)
865th – Helen Rice-Mundy – 1h 07m 31s (PB and almost 10 mins faster than last year).
The winner was Matt Bowser (Lincoln Wellington AC) who made light work of the course finishing in just 30m 17s.
The 1st Female to finish was Natalie Burns (Lincoln Wellington AC) who finished in 36m 20s.
Picture attached of our Mablethorpe runners (except for Janine Stones who was probably warming-up) ready to take on Woodhall. The two juniors were doing the fun run but there have been no results published for this as yet). Picture No.3 is of Kev Harrison with Janine Stones hot on his heels.

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May:-

Grimsby & Cleethorpes Open Meetings
Many of our athletes travelled over to the King George V Stadium in Grimsby on the first & last bank holidays of May to take part in the Kit Bell Memorial Open & Cleethorpes AC Open respectively.
Their excellent performances (many in the finals) were as follows:
*Ella Hawse (U15 girls) came 2nd in the 1500m – 6m 17.0s.(PB).
*Ellie Rainbow (U13 girls) ran 200m in 36.1s (PB) and 100m in 15.90s.
*Joseph Rice Mundy (U17 men) ran 800m in 2m 15.8s.
*Colby Hawse (U13 boys) ran 100m in 19.2s.
*Archie Rainbow (U15 boys) ran 200m in 27.6s (PB) and 300m in 44.6s.
*Alice Hockham (U15 girls) ran 200m in 30.6s and 800m in 2m 54.3s.
*Emily Hockham (Senior Women) ran 300m in 51.0s.
*Janine Stones (Senior Women) ran 3000m 11m 16.4s.
*Sheryl Hawse (Senior Women) ran 300om in 11m 55.4s.
*Rob Hawse (Senior Men) ran 3000m in 9m 52.8s.

Croxby Crawl
Earlier in May, Sharon Wheatley Margarson & Elaine Wilson once again returned to the first running of the 2015 Croxby Crawl. Hosted by Cleethorpes AC, this is now the 33rd year of a series of runs around the same location and races now total over 125 since it began back in November 1983. There were 112 competitors at this summer’s evening event.
As can be expected of the Lincolnshire Wolds, the course takes on 4.44 miles of undulating and uneven terrain so, once again, both ladies were happy with their performances.
Elaine finished 92nd place (41m 49s).
Sharon finished 94th place (42m 00s).
The winner was Nick Martin (Caistor Running Club) in 24m 52s.
The 1st lady was Sarah Edwards (Cleethorpes AC) in 32m 02s.

Eye 10k Road Race
This annual event in Cambridgeshire is put on by Eye Community Runners and raises hundreds of pounds for various charities. 513 runners took part of which Andrea Mettam was the only one from Mablethorpe. Andrea ran this course in 63m 26s (417th). Not a pb but she was very pleased just to finish.
The winner was Sam Godfrey (West Suffolk AC) in 32m 45s.
The first lady was Rebecca Cole (Chelmsford AC) in 39m 39s.

Wolds Dash Series 2015 Race 1 (Picture of our runners attached below).
Many Junior & Senior members of Mablethorpe Running Club have joined athletes both local and from further afield taking part in the first of 2015’s Wolds Dash. These are a series of off-road runs hosted by Louth AC which take place at Hubbards Hill in the town with some great results as follows:
Under 9 Girls (1.2km) – Emily Whiffing – 6m 14s.
Under 11 Boys (2.21km) – Lewis Leader – 9m 39s.
Under 13 Girls (2.21km) – Hope Midgley – 16m 52s. Rebecca Millward – 19m 14s.
Under 13 Boys (2.21km) – Oliver Whiffing – 17m 47s.
Under 15 Girls (3.22km) – Alice Hockham – 20m 45s.
Under 17 Boys (4.23km) – Joseph Rice Mundy
Under 17 Girls (4.23km) – Paige Midgley 29.02s – Emily Hockham – 29m 06s – Tayla Anderson – 30m 47s.
Senior Men (7.13km) – Andrew Tomlin – 30m 56s.
Veteran Men (7.13km) – Nigel Booth – 32m 47s.
Veteran Women (7.13km) – Debbie Jinks – 38m 10s – Elaine Wilson – 38m 23s – Andrea Mettam – 46m 14s – Loey Hewson – 47m 35s – Diane Holmes & Louise Willey, Helen Rice Mundy & Cara Dixon – 51m 07s.

Lincolnshire T&F Championships
Keen as ever to race on the track, Rob Hawse took part in the Lincolnshire County Championships held at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre where he achieved his season’s best time ever for the 1500m event which he won in 4m 32.4s. Rob aims to continue with his success on the track both indoors & out.

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Bolingbroke Breaker 10k (Picture of our runners attached below).
73 runners turned out for the first of two Bolingbroke Breaker 10k’s hosted by Skegness & District Running Club. This is a tough 10k race starting and finishing in the village of Old Bolingbroke. Despite the lovely scenery this is a hilly, challenging multi-terrain course. 10 clubs were well represented and of the 73 entrants, 9 were from Mablethorpe RC:
First back finishing 9th was Joseph Rice Mundy in just 40m 50s.
26th – Tammy Rainbow – 46m 28s. (Also the first female to finish).
30th – Nigel Booth – 46m 49s.
37th – Paul Stupple – 47m 50s.
57th – Elaine Wilson – 55m 37s.
70th – 73rd: Cara Dixon – Helen Rice Mundy – Louise Willey & Diane Holmes all ran together in 70th, 71st, 72nd & 73rd respectively all crossing the finish line in a time of 72m 48s.
The race was won by Alan Wheeler of S&D AC making light work of the course in a mere 37m 11s.

Lincoln & Scunthorpe Parkruns
Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the UK (and all over the world). They are open to everyone, free and are safe and easy to take part in:
Lincoln
Janine Stones & Sheryl Hawse were of the 296 runners at one of the equally popular Lincoln Parkruns. Janine was the first female to finish for which she ran a season’s best finishing 21st in 20m 10s. Sheryl came in 33rd in 21m 05s. The race was won by Greg Southern (Sleaford Tri/RAF) in 17m 11s.
Scunthorpe
Of the staggering 305 runners that turned out for the most recent parkrun, Rob Hawse came in second place in a time of 17m 17s just 21 seconds behind the winner – David Robinson (Scunthorpe & District AC) in 16m 56s. The first lady to finish was Molly-Anne Welton (City of Sheffield AC) 16th in 19m 46s.
Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the UK (and all over the world for that matter). They are open to everyone, free and are safe and easy to take part in.For more information and locations see their website:
www.parkrun.org.uk

Covenham 10k
In what can only be described as driving rain two Mablethorpe RC ladies were of the 91 runners that took part in the Covenham 10k road race hosted by Cleethorpes AC on an wild wet evening last week.
Sharon Wheatley Margarson was 65th (53m 33s).
Elaine Wilson achieved a course and a 10k PB in 70th place (53m 56s).
The winner was Nick Martin (Caistor Running Club) finished in a fabulous time of 33m 10s.
The 1st female to finish was Jill Ottley (Cleethorpes AC) who completed the course in 43m 01s (24th overall).

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April:-

Keswick Parkrun
As reported two weeks ago Mablethorpe runner Rob Hawse won the Hull parkrun. Last weekend, whilst on holiday in the area, Rob called in on the Keswick parkrun in which he came second to a regular local. This event attracted 71 runners and is a popular because of the scenic location.
Rob was second in 18m 08s, a mere 5 seconds behind the regular winner, Sam Stead of Keswick AC who won in 18m 03s.
The first lady, Hannah Horsburgh (also of Keswick AC) was third in 18m 41s.
Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the UK (and all over the world). They are open to everyone, free and are safe and easy to take part in.
For more information and locations see their website:
www.parkrun.org.uk

North Lincolnshire Half Marathon
This Sunday Tammy Rainbow was the only Mablethorpe runner to take part in the extremely popular North Lincolnshire Half Marathon. Starting close to and finishing with a glory lap of Scunthorpe United FC’s stadium at Glanford Park. Organised by Tape2Tape, the event is now in its’ fourth year and was full to capacity of 1900 entrants.
Leaving Scunthorpe, the course follows alongside much of the Trent River Bank through the villages of East Butterwick, Althorpe and Gunness, among others.
The weather was horrendous with runners battling wicked wind and relentless rain. It was wet and cold but Race Director Nicola Clifford says the weather did nothing to dampen spirits.
Tammy fought the heavy rain and felt cold all the way round. Despite also having to run into headwind, Tammy finished 272nd in 1h 37m 40s. This meant that she was the 21st lady and the 4th female Vet 40 category. Quite an achievement given the horrible conditions.
The winner was former Scunthorpe man, Matthew Nutt (Wimbledon Windmilers) in an incredible time of 1h 13m 24s.
The 1st Female to finish was Tori Green (Ripon Runners) undeterred by the rain, she finished in 1h 23m 14s (47th overall).

Colin Moody 5 Mile Road Race
Cleethorpes AC are hosts to the annual Colin Moody Memorial 5 mile road race. Held in the resort town, this year’s event attracted 85 participants from a wide age range. The youngest entrant being 17yrs and the oldest 71yrs.
From Mablethorpe RC there were a quartet of ladies: Elaine Wilson & Sharon Wheatley Margarson, Tammy Rainbow & Janine Stones.
Janine finished 16th in 33m 08s (2nd lady).
Tammy finished in 27th place in 36m 15s.
Training partners Sharon & Elaine came in 67th & 68th respectively with times of 43m 29s & 43m 30s.
The race was won by Nick Martin (Caistor RC) in 27m 23s.
The first lady back as last year was Natalie Burns (Lincoln Wellington AC) in 29m 05s (4th overall position).

Skegness Triathlon Club Go Tri
On Saturday, Skegness Tri Club hosted the very cleverly named “Go Tri” duathlon. This casual and friendly introductory event consisted of a 1 mile run then 6.2 miles on the bike followed by another 1 mile run.
There were 24 contestants including from Mablethorpe Carl & Lisa Musson.
Carl completed the course in 35m 26s (5th place).
Lisa finished in 40m 36s (14th overall but 2nd lady) and this was despite having a flat tyre on the route.
Attached below are pictures of Carl & Lisa in action at the Go Tri.
The event was won by Sam Bradley in 30m 44s.

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Virgin Money London Marathon 2015
This weekend four Mablethorpe runners joined the masses of +/- 40 000 athletes pounding the pavements and roads of the nation’s capital for the 35th London Marathon. Widely regarded around the world as one of the greatest city marathons, this is the third largest running event in the UK.
Debbie Jinks made her debut to marathon running in which she managed to finish in a much admired time of 4h 32m 07s.
Debbie ran for the sponsorship of Keira’s Dream. Keira Wrenn is a wonderful 6 year old girl from Alford. In August 2014 she was diagnosed with a very rare brain tumour known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (D.I.P.G). The sponsorship money for Keira is so that she can live all her dreams as her future is uncertain
Sharon Wheatley Margarson & Elaine Wilson’s first attempt at the London marathon which they ran together and actually crossed the finish line in a pack of 6 with the BBC Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans.
Sharon had some training setbacks due to injury but still came in 4h 38m 01s officially.
Elaine achieved a marathon PB of 4h 38m 02s.
They ran the event for the Breast Cancer Campaign. This is a cause very close to their hearts as a friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. They have £3,900 so far but are determined to reach a total of £4,000.
A link to help Sharon reach her target
A link to help Elaine reach her target
Selina Elson is no stranger to marathon running having done Edinburgh and also ran the London marathon last year. She came back again this completing the course in 5h 22m 04s.
To help with any sponsorship of the above please contact us via the website or search for Mablethorpe Running Club via Facebook.

 

Kingston Upon Hull Spring Open Meeting
Held at the Costello Stadium in Hull last weekend, this was an open athletics meeting which attracted slightly over 450 competitors across all activities. With various distances on the outside track as well as long jump, high jump and pole vaulting this was more of an event of events.
Keen to continue with his track running, from Mablethorpe Robert Hawse ran the 3000m.
Battling winds of up to 35mph Rob fought for second place finishing in 9m 50.6s.
The winner of this race was Gregan Clarkson (Kingston Upon Hull AC) in 9m 35.1s.

Hull Parkrun
On Saturday, Robert Hawse was racing once again, this time at East Park for the Hull Park Run. This is a popular location and a favourite of Rob’s. Also running were two of Rob’s children, Liam & Ella. This week there were 529 participants.
Despite not feeling 100% Rob won this race with a clear 10 second lead in first place in 16m 52s. This is Rob’s fastest parkrun time of any location and makes him Hull parkrun’s 41st fastest runner. It’s 10 seconds quicker than he ran it last year and put him 10 seconds ahead of second placed Carl Stainton.
Son Liam was a first-timer at Hull and achieved a PB of any parkrun finishing 41st in 20m 36s. Whilst daughter Ella made her first parkrun and finished 257th in 27m 13s
Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the UK (and al over the world). They are open to everyone, free and are safe and easy to take part in.
For more information and locations see their website:
parkrun UK

ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon

This Sunday, Leon Hockham, Andrew Tomlin & Roger Blake, 3 Mablethorpe RC members, were of the 7811 that completed the 2015 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon. The race 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 works its way through Trafford Park, Stretford, Sale, Timperley, Altrincham and Urmston returning via Stretford for the spectacular finish.
Roger achieved a marathon PB knocking 12 minutes off a previous best marathon time: 1361st in 3h 19m 42s.
Andi is no stranger to the GMM. Although not a best, he was pleased with his time on little preparation: 2131st in 3h 32m 43s.
Leon is used to trail runs and ultra running is more his forte. This was his first city marathon for which he was: 3071st in 3h 47m 41s.
The race was won by Paul Martelletti (Run Fast) making nothing of the 26.2 miles in 2h 17m 44s.
The first female to cross the line was Georgie Bruinvels (Aldershot, Farnham & District AC) in a mere 2h 37m 16s (26th overall).

The Cross Britain Way

The Cross Britain Way is a new long distance path, officially opened last summer. It is not known how many people have completed this new track, walking or running, but last week Mablethorpe ultra-runner Chris Rainbow and his friend Dave Swift who is also an experienced distance runner set off on this incredible 280 mile journey. It was not a race nor a large group of people, just Chris & Dave with support from their families for the love of running.
The route starts from Boston, and heads westwards across the middle of England before finishing at Barmouth on the Welsh coast. It goes through some lovely but challenging countryside – the Vale of Belvoir, the Leicestershire Wolds, the Soar Valley, the National Forest, Cannock Chase, the Ironbridge Gorge, the Shropshire Hills, the Welsh borders, the Berwyn mountains and the Snowdonia National Park.
Chris & Dave decided to run it in the opposite direction – Barmouth to Boston as this would mean they were heading for home.
Leaving Barmouth on Saturday 04th in the morning, they arrived in Boston at around 6pm on Friday 10th. They covered an incredible 40 – 47 miles per day. Their GPS tracker actually recorded the miles they’d done as 295 rather than the 280.
It was extremely tough but Chris says they were certainly helped by the great weather. Being experienced distance runners they were able to deal with the blisters which were the main problem of this epic feat.
(Dave & Chris are pictured attached below at the start and finish of their trip).

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Friskney Half Marathon
This Sunday, 6 Mablethorpe runners were of the 121 entrants that took part in the 17th Friskney Half Marathon. Hosted by Boston & District AC this race has high Personal Best potential as it is a totally on the roads and takes in the lovely scenery of the Lincolnshire flatlands. The conditions were far from perfect though with winds being strong enough to blow runners off their feet at times.
Roger Blake came 29th with a course best of 1h 35m 30s.
Guy Willey dug deep finishing 58th with a half marathon PB of 1h 49m 18s.
Debbie Jinks made her return to this course knocking 2 mins off last year’s time in 81st place in 1h 59m 10s.
Lisa Musson wouldn’t let the wind stop her and finished 100th in 2h 12m 48s.
Andrea Mettham made her debut to half marathon running in 108th position in a fantastic time of 2h 20m 33s.
Selina Elson struggled but battled on through the wind in 117th place in 2h 36m 46s.
The race was won by Steven Robinson (RAF AAA) in 1h 15m 33s.
The first female back was Rachel Cave (Higham Harriers AC) in 1h 23m 15s (8th position overall).

March:-

The Scunthorpe Open

Last weekend Archie Rainbow (U15 boys) was at Quibell Park, Scunthorpe to take part to take part in a track & field event. Also known as the Winter Warm Up, it was hosted by Scunthorpe & District AC and held on their newly re-laid track. Across almost 40 track & field events there were over 200 competitors.
For Archie, this was only his second time on the track but he was undeterred and came a respectable second in all three of the events he was in:
80m in 11.1s
300m in 44.8s
In the Long Jump he did 3.74m
This was the first of The Scunthorpe Open and more meetings are planned for the future.

The Wakefield Hospice 10k
This Sunday Malcolm Brine & Janine Stones travelled to West Yorkshire for the 20th annual 10K which also celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Wakefield Hospice which supports patients and their families in Wakefield. Last year’s 10k raised a staggering £40,000.
The 10K is a popular straight out and back road route. Starting in Thornes Park and finishing in neighbouring Clarence Park. Although a wild & windy day and a hilly course, this did not deter a record 1706 runners from taking part.
Malcolm was 111th in 41m 04s.
Janine was not far behind her coach finishing 117th in 41m 19s (8th lady overall / 1st in her own age category V45).
The race was won by Ben Marriott (Bingley Harriers AC) in 32m 17s.
The first lady to finish was Jenny Latham (Wakefield & District Harriers) (26th overall) in 36m 58s.

East Hull 20
Earlier today, Jane & Maurice Lammiman (wife & husband) were of the 421 competitors that ran this year’s East Hull 20 mile road race. This is an annual return for Jane who has ran the course many times before improving her time on each attempt. But for Maurice who’s unaffiliated, running is an occasional pastime, more of a rare challenge than a hobby (although he has run the Virgin London Marathon before).
Organised by the East Hull Harriers AC this race is often referred to as “the ideal warm-up for the London Marathon”. The conditions on the day were very pleasant to say the least with the sun shining. The course is renowned for being “fast and flat”. It follows many quiet country roads. It is very scenic and that adds to the appeal of the race. The route is fast due to the absence of any major elevation changes.
The race starts at East Hull Harriers and Athletics Club’s clubhouse in Saltshouse Road and follows a circular figure of 8 route out of the city taking in the villages of Swine, Benningholme, Arnold and Long Riston before returning to Sutton along the disused railway track.
Maurice rose to this extraordinary challenge, his first timed 20-mile road race, finishing 389th in 3h 27m 42s.
Jane once again got a Personal Best (knocking almost 7 minutes off last year’s time) finishing 421st in 4h 10m 52s.
The race was won by Aaron Scott of Notts AC in an incredible time, just 1h 45m 13s (which breaks down to staggering approximate of 5m 40s per mile).
The first lady was Helen Livingstone (unattached) finishing 33rd overall in an equally impressive 2h 12m 31s.

Grantham (Newton’s Fraction) Half Marathon 2015
This very popular event is now in its’ 10th year and reached full capacity long before the day. Organised by Grantham AC the race has a fantastic start and finish with a lap of the South Kesteven sports stadium. The race heads out of Grantham into the scenic Lincolnshire countryside then onto the picturesque Grantham to Nottingham Canal towpath for nearly 3 miles which leads to Woolsthorpe by Belvoir. Back on the roads, there are a couple of particularly testing hills at miles 6 and 11 which test runners to their limits before returning back into the stadium for a ‘grandstand’ finish.
3 Mablethorpe RC runners were of the 430 that took part in this tough course with results as follows:
Roger Blake finished 90th in 1h 37m 51s (a course best of 6yrs).
Lisa Musson was 362nd in 2h 11m 54s (only Lisa’s second ever half marathon so far).
Selina Elson was 420th in 2h 31m 17s (Selina’s first race of 2015).
(Picture attached L-R: Lisa Musson, Roger Blake, Selina Elson).
The race was won by Ian Bailey of Sleaford Town Runners in 1h 14m 46s.
The first female back was Sian Thomas of Chiltern Harriers in 1h 23m 54s (17th position overall).
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The Third Grand Tour of Southwell
Endurance ultra runner Chris Rainbow travelled to Nottinghamshire to take part in the “Third Grand Tour of Southwell”. This was organised by Southwell Running Club. Although 33 miles of tough and muddy off-road countryside taking participants through some of the best trails in Nottinghamshire this is a low-key ethos event with the emphasis being on competitor self-reliance to find their way round. The course is marked and marshalled but competitors were provided with a map and they were expected to know how to use it. Perhaps the cakes provided on the route kept them going and the veggie hot pot at the finish is something for the runners to look forwards to.
There were 22 finishers (including a Half Tour of Southwell).
Chris came joint first winning the event with Rob Jackson setting a new course record of 4h 15m.

Couch to 5k programme
Mablethorpe Running Club are pleased to be offering a gentle (and free) introduction to the joys of running with a couch to 5k programme. No matter how slow you go, it really doesn’t matter, you’re still lapping everybody on the couch!
Every Monday through March at the clubhouse at 6.30pm.
Simply turn up, see our website or call Paul on 01507 463580 for more information.

Cleethorpes AC’S March 5k
Cleethorpes Athletics Club are hosts of regular events on the town’s promenade. On the first Spring evening of last week their 5k seafront run attracted 130 runners from many local clubs and some runners from much further afield.
Mablethorpe Running Club’s Sheryl Hawse, Janine Stones and Malcolm Brine took part finishing within just 45 seconds of one another:
Malcolm – 22nd – 19m 34s.
Janine – 26th – 19m 44s. (1st Lady).
Sheryl – 29th – 20m 14s.
The winner was Anthony Whiteman (Shaftesbury & Barnet AC) in an incredible 15m 15s.

The CAU Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships
The UK Counties Athletics Union (CAU) Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships took place at Cofton Park, Birmingham on Saturday. The Inter County Championships are recognised as the highest level of team competition available to athletes below International level and are an important step for athletes to aspire to the highest level of achievement. In recent years the Cross Country Championship has acted as a trial for the World Championships.
Entry is by strict qualification criteria only so Mablethorpe Running Club are proud and delighted that Archie Rainbow (U13 boys) and Sheryl Hawse (Vet35 Women) qualified to represent Lincolnshire.
In typical hilly, windy & muddy XC conditions both Sheryl & Archie excelled and gave it their all:
In a field of 300 runners over a distance of 3km, first-timer at the champs, Archie finished 257th completing the challenging course in 14m 16s.
(The winner was Tommy Dawson of Leeds City in 11m 48s).
In a field of 275 runners over a distance of 8km, Sheryl finished 255th in 33m 45s. In 2012, Sheryl ran the same course in 37m 17s so a huge improvement from then.
(The winner was Lily Partridge of Aldershot Farnham & District in 25m 07s).
Please see the pictures attached of Archie & Sheryl in action at the XC provided with courtesy of Adrian Royle.

British Masters Athletics Federation Championships 2015
The BMAF Championships took place at Lee Valley in London on Sunday.From Mablethorpe, Robert Hawse came home with a gold medal (pictured). Rob is now the indoors British Masters Champion (Vet35) completing 3000m (3km) in 9m 38s. Although this is actually 2 seconds away from his PB.

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Retford Half Marathon
The annual half marathon of the small market town of Retford (also known as East Retford) in Nottinghamshire took place on Sunday attracting almost 700 competitors and equally if not more supporters. Hosted by Retford AC, the race start & finished at the Retford Oaks Academy. As the town is situated in a valley the route takes on the somewhat undulating country roads of Barnby Moor and Babworth. Although there are no big hills as such to contend with they were frequent & long up & downs involving 277ft of climbing. The weather was pleasant for this time of year, a lovely Spring day.
Of the 627 finishers, Roger came 132nd in 1h 36m 45s. Although just average for Roger’s recent half marathons, he did manage to beat last year’s time on the same course so was quite happy with that.
The winner was Gareth Lowe of Clowne Road Runners in 1h 10m 43s.
The 1st female was Helen Beck of Wakefield District Harriers & AC in 1h 26m 45s (40th overall).
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Barton & District AC Cross Country
The 35th annual Barton & District AC Cross Country took place yesterday in Baysgarth Park. With thirty acres of recreational space in Barton-Upon-Humber this usually tranquil public park was host to around 400 runners from clubs far & wide. It may have been the first day of Spring but the weather for this event was cold & windy.
From Mablethorpe, Tammy, Archie & Ellie Rainbow were flying the flag:
U11 Girls
Of the 41 runners Ellie finished 23rd in 10m 03s.
(The winner was Eve Jones of Skyrac in 7m 10s).
U13 Boys
Of the 22 runners Archie finished 9th in 16m 34s.
(The winner was Luke Stonehewer of Scunthorpe & District AC in 13m 49s).
Junior & Senior Females
Of the 62 runners Tammy finished 15th in 28m 13s.
(The winner was Natalie Burns of Lincoln Wellington AC in 23m 08s).

Couch to 5k programme

Mablethorpe Running Club are pleased to be offering a gentle (and free) introduction to the joys of running with a couch to 5k programme. No matter how slow you go, it really doesn’t matter, you’re still lapping everybody on the couch!
Every Monday through March at the clubhouse at 6.30pm.
Simply turn up, see our website or call Paul on 01507 463580 for more information.

The club meets at Mablethorpe Athletics Club on Sherwood Fields in Mablethorpe at 6.30pm every Monday and Thursday. Anyone, whatever your age or ability, are most welcome to come and run with us.
Visit our website for more information: www.mablethorperunningclub.org.uk

February:-

Cleethorpes Park Run
Park Runs are increasingly popular free-to-enter, casual but timed 5km events held in parks and green areas across the UK which are organised and staffed entirely by volunteers. Last weekend three Mablethorpe runners enjoyed great results at the Cleethorpes event.
Malcolm Brine, Janine Stones & Sheryl Hawse were among the 140 entrants for this Saturday morning run.
Malcolm was 5th in 19m 56s (29 seconds away from his PB).
Janine was 9th in 20m 18s (1st Female).
Sheryl was 12th in 20m 42s (Sheryl set a Vet35 course with this run).
The winner was Tom Sanigar (unaffiliated) who finished in only 18m 42s.
For more information on these fantastic events see www.parkrun.org.uk

5 Mablethorpe runners were among the 577 competitors that completed the annual Sleaford Half Marathon. Hosted by Sleaford Striders AC, the event start and finish is at the Sports Pavilion of RAF Cranwell. The rural course is somewhat challenging to say the least featuring undulating roads but also a very muddy mile or so of farm track a few miles in. At approximately 12 miles there is the much feared “Cardiac Hill” so called because it is probably the most challenging part of the route and only a mile or so from the finish. In previous years we have had snow on the ground and icy patches to contend with. However, although fine this year the wind was brutally cold which we had to run into head on in places.
Given the difficult conditions, Mablethorpe runners were pleased with their results as follows:

Roger Blake – 102nd in 1h 35m 19s
Guy WIlley – 273rd in 1h 50m 18s
Sharon Wheatley Margarson – 381st in 1h 58m 45s
Debbie Jinks – 426th in 2h 03m 26s
Elaine Wilson – 453rd in 2h 08m 12s

The race was won by Chris Nicoll (Derby Tri Club) undeterred by this challenging event in just 1h 14m 58s.
The first woman back was Philippa Taylor (Nene Valley Harriers) (31st overall) in only 1h 27m 58s.
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Alsager 5 Mile Road Race
After their recent achievements at Park Runs and at Championships on the track, today husband & wife Robert & Sheryl Hawse were of the 896 participants that travelled to Alsager, near Stoke-On-Trent, to partake in what is said to be one of the fastest 5 mile road races in Great Britain.
Rob & Shez both did this race last year and once again finished in the first 25%. Although this year the weather was far from favourable with a very cold wind to contend with.
Rob finished 86th securing a new 5 mile PB in a time of 29m 04s.
Shez was 264th in 34m 19s which although not a 5 mile PB is a course PB as she was faster than last year.
The winner was Ieuan Thomas of Cardiff AC in a superfast 24m 03s.
The first female back was (as last year) Helen Clitheroe (Olympian) of Preston Harriers in a time of 27m 14s (47th position overall).

February Mablethorpe RC Free Trial Run
Mablethorpe Running Club are still offering free coaching to anyone interested during February.
We are a local UK Athletics (UKA) affiliated club and would warmly welcome both seniors and juniors who have the slightest desire to run, no matter what your capabilities may be.
We have UKA level 1 &/or 2 Coaches (CRB/DBS checked) who can work with you if you’d like a formulated programme or you can just come along for a casual run and make some new friends. There is no pressure to join straight away, please feel free to come along for a few sessions and see if you like it.

January:-

City Of Hull AC have organised a road race around North Ferriby every year since 1954. 33 runners completed the first course back in 1954 but in this weekend there were a staggering 720 competitors.
The race takes place in the surrounding area of Skidby windmill, an iconic Grade II listed building – Yorkshire’s last working four-sailed tower mill built in 1821 by Norman and Smithson of Hull.
3 hardy Mablethorpe RC ladies ran the course last year and returned to try again this. The course is undulating to say the least and there is a much-feared uphill finish. Although there was not the the rain, sleet & snow experienced last year, the ladies report it was equally as bitterly cold wind which made an already difficult course ever more trying.
However, Tammy Rainbow again secured a 10 mile PB finishing in 170th position in 1h 12m 48s.
Sharon Wheatley Margarson finished 436th in 1h 25m 43s.
Also securing a PB (over 13 minutes faster than last year) Elaine Wilson completed the course in 1h 30m 21s (513th position).
As with last year, the race was once again won by Carl Ryde of Doncaster AC who flew around the course in an amazing time, just 53m 59s.
Ben Evison (Skegness Coasters) came very close in second place with a PB of 55m 37s.
Third place went to Gavin Mann (Scunthorpe/Lincsquad) also with a PB of 55m 41s.
The first female back was Helen Cross (unattached) who finished in 34th position overall in a time of 1h 01m 48s.

Northern Indoor Championships
This weekend Robert Hawse went to the English Institute of Sport (EIS). This state-of-the-art stadium in Sheffield was the venue for the 2015 Senior Indoor Championships.
These are very tightly contested positions at regional standard, Rob was competing against the best amateur athletes.
Rob ran the Senior Men 3000m (3km) Final which is 15 laps of the track.
Rob finished 8th of 9 in a time of 9m 49.85s. Rob’s 3km PB on the outdoor track is 9m 36s so he was satisfied with the indoor performance and of the experience.
The winner was Richard Weir (Derby Athletic Club) who ran 8m 07.85s.

February Mablethorpe RC Free Trial Run
Almost 3 weeks into 2015 now, are there any joggers, returning runners or absolute beginners out there who are struggling to keep to their new year’s resolutions to keep fit and active? Well, it’s not too late! …
Mablethorpe Running Club are offering a month’s free trial in February with coaching if you would like it.
We are a local UK Athletics (UKA) affiliated club and would warmly welcome both seniors and juniors who have the slightest desire to run, no matter what your capabilities may be.
We have UKA level 1 &/or 2 Coaches (CRB/DBS checked) who can work with you if you’d like a formulated programme or you can just come along for a casual run and make some new friends. There is no pressure to join straight away, please feel free to come along for a few sessions and see if you like it.

The Lincolnshire Cross Country Championships
Last weekend was the finale of this season’s cross country which took place at Riseholme College, Lincoln. In ideal weather conditions, of the 249 competitive runners from all parts of the county, 7 were from Mablethorpe RC, both juniors & seniors with the results as follows:

(U15 Girls) – (3700m) – Alice Hockham – 17m 53s.
(Senior Women) – (8100m) – Janine Stones – 41m 45s. Sheryl Hawse – 42m 27s. Tammy Rainbow – 43m 10s.
(U13 Boys) – (3000m) – Archie Rainbow – 12m 26s.
(U15 Boys) – (3700m) – Liam Hawse – 15m 51s.
(Veteran Men) – (9600m) – Chris Rainbow – 45m 54s.

The Mablethorpe Senior Women won their category.
Attached to this email are several photographs of the winning ladies in action at the XC Champs including one collage photo with (L-R), Sheryl Hawse, Tammy Rainbow & Janine Stones.
(Photographs are with courtesy and permission of Adrian Royle).

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For his performances, Archie Rainbow qualified for the Lincolnshire U13 boys inter-counties championships to be held in March. Archie is pictured below with his proud Mum Tammy with their qualifying letters in hand.
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During the Christmas & New Year’s holidays several Mablethorpe runners continued with their schedule and the dedication certainly paid off for Rob & Shez Hawse:

Cleethorpes Parkrun
It may have been Christmas but they do enjoy their 5k Parkruns. Last weekend Robert (Rob) & Sheryl (Shez) Hawse were of the 70 competitors that turned out for the Cleethorpes parkrun. These friendly timed but casual, free-to-enter 5km events are organised and staffed entirely by volunteers and are ran in parks and green areas all over the UK.
Although not PB’s for either of them, Rob won the race and Shez was the 1st Lady!
Rob was a 1st timer at the Cleethorpes run and finished the course in just 18m 01s.
Shez finished 13th overall in only 21m 07s.
For more information see www.parkrun.org.uk

New Year’s Day 10k
Cleethorpes Athletics Club are hosts to the New Year’s Day 10k on the town’s promenade. This year an impressive 418 runners from near & far were up early in the morning to take the challenge along the seafront.
Longtime training partners Sharon Wheatley Margarson & Elaine Wilson from Mablethorpe RC gave it a go:
Sharon finished 224th in 50m 59s, Elaine was 289th in 54m 55s.
The race was won by Matthew Bowser (Lincoln Wellington AC) who made light work of the course in 31m 53s.
The 1st Female was Natalie Burns (also of LWAC) (16th overall) in an impressive time of 37m 43s.

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