2016 News

 Here’s a roundup of late 2016  news.
Liverbird Marathon 2016 (Dec 31 2016)
The Liverbird (Double) Marathon is an annual opportunity for those dedicated runners to run a marathon on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day (or both)!
Paula Downing began 2016 running a marathon on New Year’s Day elsewhere and finished it running this one on New Year’s Eve.
The route follows Liverpool Riverside Promenade along the River Mersey. The 26.2 mile traffic-free route is very flat and as such reputedly very fast. A 3.27 mile out-and-back stretch along the river which is repeated 4 times. The course is very exposed and has had horrendous wind & rain to contend with in the past. However, Paula reports that the weather was unbelievably kind.
Of the 147 finishers on 31/12/2016 Paula was 15th (3rd lady) in 3h 21m 57s. This was her 75th marathon.
(Picture attached of Paula on the Promenade after the event).
The winner was Terence Forrest in 2h 31m 31s and the 1st lady was Melanie Edwards in 3h 17m 16s (12th overall).
The funds raised from the events are split between two charities: MACS (supporting children born without eyes or with under developed eyes) and The Veterans Charity (who give immediate needs support for veterans of all generations facing hardship and distress).
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ParkRun
ParkRun are popular free-to-enter, casual but timed 5km events held in parks and green areas across the UK (and all over the world) organised & staffed entirely by volunteers to encourage the public of all ages & abilities to engage in physical activity.
Christmas may be a time for some over indulgence, but Mablethorpe Running Club’s Janine Stones ran at two over the festive/new year period.
Cleethorpes (24th December)
Of the 218 finishers at Cleethorpes PR on Christmas Eve, Janine was 20th in 21m 21s.
Boston (31st December)
Of the 125 finishers at Boston PR on New Year’s Eve, Janine was 1st Lady finishing 14th in 22m 02s.
For more information about ParkRun, visit their website at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/
Newark Showground Christmas Challenge (18th December)
Mablethorpe RC runners Paula Downing & Roger Blake were at the first ever Newark Showground Christmas Challenge last year. They made their return this weekend to the multiple lap course around Newark Showground. Organised by Adam Holland of Notfast RC (MaraMile Events) this is a double day challenge with a difference. The event was held on Saturday & Sunday. Each participant could choose whether to do one day or both and the idea behind it was to complete as many (or as few) of the 3.28 mile laps as you want (or are able to). There was a 6 hour time limit but the majority had x4 laps for a half marathon or 8 laps for a full marathon as a target in mind. 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.
Paula & Roger both took part on the Sunday and were among 60 runners on the course and of the 34 that completed the equivalent of a full marathon of 26.24 miles which was won by Jon Ward in 3h 12m 46s.
Paula seems to have taken a wrong turn somewhere on this course so in order to ensure that she ran the full distance in this her 74th marathon she was obliged to complete a 9th lap taking her distance to between 29-30 miles for which she was 16th in 4h 13m 27s (much faster minus the wrong turn and excess 3 miles).
Roger completed just the 26.24 miles, very happy with his 13th marathon in a time of 3h 52m 35s finishing 14th overall.
All runners received a marvelous bespoke crafted medal for their efforts.
Holland said that it was once again 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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Danelaw Way, Lincolnshire & Rutland (17th December 2016)
Ultra runners Leon Hockham & Chris Rainbow recently completed an epic trail run. They are experienced masters of the art of ’empty miling’. This was not an organised event or a race nor were any other runners present. Their objective was simply to complete (another) long distance path. Here Leon describes the experience:
The Danelaw Way links the two ‘burghs’ of the ancient Viking Danelaw, Lincoln & Stamford. The route passes through peaceful Lincolnshire countryside, via Ancaster and Corby Glen, then straying briefly into Rutland for a section associated with the poet, John Clare. The walk was designed as five stages of between 9 & 14 miles and there are minor variants, with the total distance ranging from 56.5 – 61.5 miles and includes a short circular route option from Ryhall. The route has been developed by Lincoln Ramblers Group but its originator, Brett Collier MBE, a tireless local footpaths campaigner, passed away in 2005.  With this Way, their wish for a linear route ending in Stamford was achieved, as the Viking Way which passes through Lincoln ends in Oakham, rather than Stamford as originally envisaged.
Leon & Chris took around 16hrs complete this route which included many ploughed fields!
(Attached below is a photograph of Leon & Chris en route). (Leon’s dog joined them also)!
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The Skegness Santa Fun Run & Walk (11th December)
Organised by the Rotary Club of Skegness and once again sponsored by Fresh Fitness Gym, this year’s Skegness Santa Fun Run & Walk was a great success with around 300 suited Santas having taken part on a course of approximately 5km which set off from the Lifeboat Station and paraded around the Foreshore. The annual community event raised around £3000 for many local charities and the Rotary Club are committed to supporting the local Community through this event. It is made possible by all those who organise, take part, volunteer, sponsor or help in any way.
Many entrantas both young & old ran and/or walked along the Seafront as part of their 5k and spectators were good enough to cheer them on throughout the route.
From Mablethorpe RC, husband & wife Carl & Lisa Musson were of the 300 and made their return as they have taken part in this event for many years. Once again, as you can see from the photo attached below, they thoroughly enjoyed it!
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There were a host of local persons of importance: Rotary President Robin Wilkinson was joined by the Mayor, Cllr. Dick Edginton, The Jolly Fisherman, The Town Crier, Steve O’Dare and Captain Hook with Peter Pan from the Pantomine at the Embassy Theatre.
It was fabulous to see Ryan Smith who assisted the Mayor & President Robert handing out the Medals.
Everyone was a winner but the first one home was Race No. 266 David Allworthy.
Club Presentation Evening 2016 (10th December)
Every year Mablethorpe Running Club hold their annual presentation evening where we recognise and award our members for their achievements throughout the year with the results as follows:
The fifteen junior members of Mablethorpe Running Club continue to grow from strength to strength with great enthusiasm and excellent results in many different race types & disciplines from on the track to cross-country, triathlons to 5k road races. We recognised that each & every one of them achieved for which they were duly awarded.
(Photograph of all juniors attached below).
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Club Person Of The Year: Sheryl Hawse
Sheryl gives a lot of her free time not only to coaching the junior members but also to the general running & upkeep of the clubhouse.
Outstanding Performance: Rob Hawse
Rob has raced outstandingly throughout the year but the Doncaster 5k was most impressive in an incredible time of 16m 41s.
Best Veteran Female Performance: Paula Downing
Of all the marathons that Paula has completed during 2016, she had a particularly brilliant performance at the 2016 Boston Marathon (UK) finishing in a time of 3h 15m 58s.
Best Veteran Male Performance: Kev Harrison
Of his many achievements of 2016, Kev ran the Cleethorpe’s 10k in just 41m 26s.
Most Improved Member: Debbie Jinks
Debbie’s determination has showed in her many excellent results, the most prominent being at the Grimsby 10k in 49m 29s.
Chairman’s Award: Wayne Kew
Of the 10 years since Mablethorpe Running Club was established, Wayne has been the Chairman for 8. Without his dedication & time we simply would not function so recognised him for that.
(Various pictures are attached below: Shez, Rob, Kev and Debbie getting their awards from Janine. Wayne getting his from Tammy, Elaine and Sharon getting theirs from Shez)
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Mablethorpe Running Club Juniors 1 Mile Time Trial (5th December)
As part of their training, the Juniors of Mablethorpe RC recently took part in a friendly 1 mile time trial with nearly all achieving PB’s, great improvements on their previous times and outstanding efforts all round:
Ella Hawse ran 6m 05s. (PB).
Zak Rowan ran 6m 40s. (PB).
Keira Mager ran 6m 43s. (PB).
Woody Dales ran 7m 12s (PB).
Hope Midgley ran 7m 27s. (PB remains at 6m 43s).
Phoebe Willey ran 7m 45s. (PB remains at 7m 21s).
Colby Hawse ran 7m 51s. (PB).
Rebecca Millward ran 7m 58s.
Onyx Clancy ran 8m 04s. (PB remains at 7m 53s).
Lana Dales ran 8m 27s (PB).
Macy Clancy ran 8m 35s. (PB).
Are you looking to run off those extra pounds you may acquire over Christmas? Perhaps wanting to go out for a steady jog in the company of others? We can help!
The club meets at Mablethorpe Athletic Club on Sherwood Fields in Mablethorpe at 6.30pm every Monday & Thursday. Anyone with the slightest interest in running would be very welcome to come and run with us. Come along for a few sessions, see if you like it, no pressure to join.
Rudolph’s Romp 2016 (3rd December)
The East Yorkshire Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) are key organisers of this annual traditional end-of-the-year challenge over the scenic Yorkshire Wolds on a classic 24 mile route which provides a full mix of woodland, hills & dales with sweeping views of the Vale of York and the River Humber. It involves over 2100 feet of ascent so a challenge is to say the least. Supporting Yorkshire Air Ambulance in Memory of Glen Hood this event was open to 400 competitors most of which run in pairs.
Of the 331 finishers, from Mablethorpe RC, wife & husband Tammy & Chris Rainbow encouraged one another along and finished in the top 10%! They were 32nd & 33rd in 4h 01m & 4h 02m respectively.
The winners were Daniel Jones & Michael Hargreaves who ran it in 2h 58m.
Mid-November Races
A wide variety of events for you to choose from in November news from Mablethorpe RC …
Skegness 10k (20th November)
The Skegness Coasters launched their 10k road race in 2014 and since it has been great success. Such was the popularity that this year there were 424 runners pounding the quiet open countryside back roads just outside Skegness.
The event start and finish was at the Southview Hotel and Leisure Park.
7 runners were from Mablethorpe RC, the first two were winners in their respective age categories:
Kev Harrison – 42m 44s (35th) (1st V60 Male)
Debbie Jinks – 49m 33s (109th) (1st V50 Female)
Andrea Mettam – 55m 15s (176th)
Andrew Elson – 55m 30s (182nd)
Selina Elson – 64m 31s (323rd)
Helen Rice-Mundy – 70m 55s (375th)
Louise Willey – 70m 55s (376th)
Liam Rabjohn (Richmond & Zetland) won in 33m 52s.
Jill Ottley (Cleethorpes & District AC) was 1st female in 41m 47s (28th).
(Two pictures from this event attached below – 1. Mablethorpe RC group photo, 2. (L-R) Debbie Jinks & Kev Harrison V50 & V60 winners).
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Lunacy Runs – The November Nutter (20th November)
Lunacy Runs are extreme off-road running events combined with obstacle courses ranging from 6 miles through to ultra marathons in various locations around the UK.
The November Nutter was held just outside the village of Hatcliffe in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds. 10k of natural obstacles scattered among the hills and woodland, wading through water, swinging on ropes and assorted climbs.
From Mablethorpe RC, Carl Musson returned having successfully completed the ‘Mayhem in May’ event earlier this year.
There were 243 ‘Lunatics’ who completed the course this year. All were awarded with fully fledged Lunatic status and a unique finishers’ medal.
Carl completed this challenge in 1h 22m 02s (58th)
The winner was Dan Hand in 51m 49s.
1st Female was Louise Hobson in 1h 07m 32s.
(Picture attached of Carl below waist deep in one of the many challenges on this event).
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Maravan Festival of Running 2016 (19th/20th November)
The first Cleethorpes Maravan happened in 2014 and has been a great success since. Quoting the organisers (Vigilantes Running) “The Maravan is a unique double marathon event run on almost entirely empty roads of a virtually deserted caravan park”. This regulated event is a 7 lap route through Thorpe caravan park and on the paths of the nearby golf course. With one 26.2 mile marathon on the Saturday and the same again on Sunday plus a half marathon also. Run by individuals or by teams as a relay, one day or both, the choice was entirely down to the runners of which there were 103 over the course of the weekend.
From Mablethorpe RC, Paula Downing’s quest to complete 100 marathons continues, she did the Saturday marathon. In this, her 73rd marathon, she was not put off by the 7 lap course, once again 1st Female (8/36 overall) in 3h 44m 50s.
Escape from Meriden – 24hr endurance race (19th November)
How about this for an epic challenge? …
Traditionally Meriden in the West Midlands has been regarded as the centre of England. The origins of the tradition are however unclear but as far back as 1821. It is probably a cross between speculation and educated guesswork.
From the said point marking the centre of England, at Midnight on the 17th November, 100 shadows fled monitored by a sophisticated Race Drone GPS tracking device. Many ran solo, others ran in pairs as a team. The principle was simple: participants may run any way they choose for 24hrs! The further they run, the richer their reward:
Less than 30 miles – Certificate
Less than 60 miles – Silver
Less than 90 miles – Gold
Greater than 90 miles – Black
They were watched to ensure that routes taken were legal (not on private land) and that the entire journey was taken on foot. It was entirely down to runners to feed themselves by any means they possibly could.
Two experienced Mablethorpe ultra runners, Leon Hockham & Chris Rainbow, were not only of the 100 that started the race but also of the 71 that finished this epic challenge:
56th overall/46th solo (Silver) Leon Hockham (crow flies miles) 36.7 (actual miles) 44.1 (elevation +) 2387 (elevation -) 2181
3rd overall/2nd solo (Gold) Chris Rainbow (crow flies miles) 87.5 (actual miles) 101 (elevation +) 853 (elevation -) 912
(Below for comparison)
2nd overall (Black) Ian Ferguson (Solo Male Winner) 90.4 102 500 575
1st overall (Black) Wilcock and Baynham-Hughes (Pairs & Great Escape Winner) 91.8 105 475 912
Scunthorpe Open XC (13th November)
Scunthorpe & District AC were hosts to the annual Open XC which took place mid-November at Quibell Park. It attracted 223 competitors across all age groups running varying cross country distances.
From Mablethorpe, Mother & Son, Tammy & Archie Rainbow were there and each put in a great performance.
Ladies (all ages) – 6.4km – 37 runners. Tammy, having only recently returned to racing after recovering from injury, finished 11th in 32m 20s.
U15 Boys – 4.5km – 9 runners. Archie put in a very determined effort and won the race in a brilliant time of 17m 53s.
(Picture of Archie attached below).
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Boston Poppy Run 2016 (13th November)
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 takes place on Remembrance Sunday. This year there were 90 runners that finished. From Mablethorpe RC, Nigel Booth plus Debbie Jinks & Andrea Mettam who have been regulars at this event for several years. Local lady Vivienne (Viv) Martin is an unaffiliated runner from Sutton-On-Sea who has also run it many times before.
First back, Nigel finished 23rd in 39m 04s.
Next Debbie was in 39th in a time of 42m 30s.
Andrea achieved a PB today, she finished 53rd in 46m 29s.
Hot on her heels, Viv was 54th in 46m 30s.
The race was again won by Iain Bailey (Sleaford Town Runners) in just 28m 55s.
The 1st Female was Emily Foran (Sleaford Striders AC), she was 3rd in 32m 49s.
Pictures attached of (L-R) Debbie-Viv-Andrea after this race.
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 Late October/Early November
The Lincolnshire Runner Cross Country League 2016/2017
The Lincolnshire Runner winter XC season is upon us which sees hundreds of runners from the Lincolnshire & Humber regions take on some very challenging but picturesque routes around the county. The Rainbow family have always been keen off the beaten track runners:
League 2 – Belton House (6th November)
The second of these events took place last Sunday in the grounds of Belton House, a Grade I listed country house near Grantham where 276 runners encountered a large number of stag & deer also running freely.
Ellie Rainbow (U13 Girls) ran 3300m in 14m 21s for which she was 5th.
Archie Rainbow (U15 Boys) was 3rd finishing 4600m in 17m 48s.
Tammy Rainbow (Senior/Veteran Women) ran 6600m in 30m 13s for which she was 16th.
League 1 – Bourne Woods (30th October)
The first of these events took place at Bourne Wood, a quiet ancient woodland with hundreds of mixed conifers and semi-natural broadleaf trees.
There were 279 runners from 23 clubs.
From Mablethorpe RC, Ellie Rainbow (U13 Girls) made a fantastic return to the XC scene improving on last year’s time by over a minute. She ran 3000m in 15m 28s for which she was 9th.
Worksop Halloween Half Marathon (30th October)
The Worksop Halloween Half Marathon has taken place annually since 1982 with this being their 35th anniversary. Organised by Worksop Harriers Athletic Club, this is an extremely popular race which continues to attract competitors from all over the UK and many regulars from overseas too.
For operational reasons the course has changed slightly with the start & finish being the Outwood Acadamy Portland as opposed to Worksop town centre. Otherwise the course remains as was which includes many inclines (almost 700 feet overall) and equally challenging but speedy 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.
The morning was exceptionally warmer than previous years despite being somewhat overcast.
Of the 2421 finishers this year there were 3 Mablethorpe RC runners – Roger Blake, Debbie Kew & Selina Elson as well as independent veteran runner Vivienne Martin from Sutton On Sea.
1st back, Roger ran his PW (Personal Worst) at Worksop of 6 years finishing 896th in 1h 51m 40s.
Debbie & Selina have run many many half marathons but this was their debut at the Worksop half in which they supported each other all the way round:
Debbie finished 2129th in 2h 25m 06s.
Selina finished 2130th in 2h 25m 07m.
Local lady Vivienne (Viv) is an unaffiliated runner with hundreds if not thousands of race miles to her name. However, this was also her 1st time at Worksop. She finished 1587th in 2h 04m 01s.
As with the previous 2 years, the winner was Stuart Spencer (Notts AC) in a staggering time of 1h 10m 05s.
The 1st Female was Natalie Burns (Lincoln Wellington AC) (27th) in an impressive time of 1h 20m 47s.
Photo 1: Left to right – Viv, Roger, Debbie & Selina
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Photo 2: Left to right – Debbie, Roger & Selina – with their medals)
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Norfolk Coastal Trail (Happisburgh) Marathon (29th October)
Paula Downing was recently down in Norfolk following the newly extended English Coastal Path from Happisburgh to Great Yarmouth. This 26.2 mile course follows the national trail signage. It involved 46 metres of incline over chalk paths, sand dunes, banks and through long grass.
This is exactly the sort of challenge that marathon enthusiast Paula looks for in a race. This year she was among the 122 finishers with the determination to not only compete but complete the course.
Paula was once again 1st Female (11th overall) pleased with her finish time of 3h 46m 33s. This was Paula’s 72nd marathon!
Alan Darby (Ely Runners) won in a staggering 3h 13m 24s.
Thoresby 5km (23rd October)
Last weekend one Mablethorpe RC junior member, Willow Van Landeghem, had a fantastic result at the Thoresby 5km at Thoresby Park in Ollerton.
As well as the 5km there was also a 10km and a 10 mile route. These autumnal trail runs in the beautiful grounds of Thoresby Hall, north Nottinghamshire involved running along old military roads, cleared tracks through ancient woodland and grassed paths around the country estate. The reserve is also the site of Europe’s oldest oak tree plantation, containing over 1000 oaks most of which are over 500 years old!
Willow was among the 74 finishers on the 5km route. She had a superb run at such a young age, finishing not only 17th overall but also the 4th Female Open in 29m 25s.
(Picture attached below of Willow in action courtesy of her extremely proud mum Jo).
The winner was Jamie Boot (Male Open) in 20m 06s.
The 1st Female Open was Amber Wilkins in 26m 20s (6th overall).
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Mid-October

Spires & Steeples Challenge Marathon (16th October)
On Sunday, the day after the Gruesome Twosome Half Marathon (see next report), Paula Downing took part in this unique annual event. The Spires & Steeples trail from Lincoln Cathedral to St Denys’ Church, Sleaford. The name refers to the Spires of the churches being the landmarks and to the rural sport of Steeple chasing. This is also a tough multi-terrain course much of which is off-road and undulating to say the least. Mainly public footpaths and bridleways passing through and around many villages leaving Lincoln: Washingborough, Branston, Nocton, Metheringham, Blankney, Scopwick, Ruskington and Leasingham Moor before arriving at the finish point in Sleaford.
Despite 18 miles of horrendous driving rain, determined & dedicated Paula did not let that dampen her spirits and although slowed to walking pace she was not stopped by boggy ploughed fields which were unrunnable.
Of approximately 450 runners/walkers at the event, Paula was proud & relieved to complete her 71st marathon in 4h 16m for which she was 2nd Lady.
(Unfortunately the full results of these races never seem to be published online so I am unable to give you any further information as I usually would).
 
Gruesome Twosome Half Marathon & 10k (15th October)
(Half Marathon)
Organised by Nicola & Neil (Tape2Tape) this is a half marathon challenge with a difference which started back in 2012. With over 800 feet of climbing, the Gruesome Twosome is an enduring multi-terrain & cross-country race of which the idea is to 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 using bridleways through woodlands, partially ploughed fields and/or on public footpaths, much of the route consists of mud and/or chalk.
Despite the lovely scenery (and unusually warm weather this year) the race tests the fitness & stamina of competitors.
This Saturday morning was the 5th year that this extremely popular event has taken place attracting 223 Teams of 2 plus 13 individuals who were forced to run alone as their partners were unable to start or finish.
Of those finishers, 4 pairs of Mablethorpe RC were up for the challenge:
Paula Downing & Roger Blake teamed up again and were first back, 40th in 1h 48m 57s.
Husband & wife Tammy & Chris Rainbow next, particularly impressive from Tammy having recently returned to racing after 15 months off injured, 56th in 1h 53m 25s.
Sharon Wheatley Margarson & Elaine Wilson have ran every GT race together since it started. They were 157th in 2h 18m 51s.
As last year, Debbie Jinks & Andrea Mettam ran together but faster than 2015 by over 2 minutes. They were 161st in 2h 20m 11s.
The winners were Richard Buckle & Matthew Hayes (East Hull Harriers & AC) in an outstanding time of 1h 23m 37s.
10k
New for the 2016 fifth anniversary, the organisers introduced a 10k option of the above which covered the most of the second half of the half marathon route.
This proved to be a success with 76 Teams of 2 plus 1 individual forced to finish alone due to no start or finish from the other half.
Janine Stones & Sheryl Hawse from Mablethorpe RC had a fantastic race. They were the 1st Ladies Team (5th overall) in a time of 49m 35s.
The winners were Sean Barkes & Marc Thorpe (Lincoln Wellington AC) in an impressive 39m 59s.
X3 photos attached below, one of the Mablethorpe half marathoners and the others (L-R) Sheryl Hawse – Janine Stones during their race and afterwards with their trophies.
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Cleethorpes Beach Cross-Country (9th October)
Cleethorpes Athletics Club recently held their annual beach terrain cross-country meeting on firm sand, grass & dunes on the North (pier side) of Cleethorpes Leisure Centre. There were various distances according to age categories and the day attracted hundreds as it included Primary School Cups.
Mablethorpe RC results as follows:
(U13 Girls) – Distance (2000m) – Ellie Rainbow – 9th – 9m 42s.
(U15 Girls) – Distance (2800m) – Ella Hawse – 12th – 12m 06s.
(Sen/Vet Women) – Distance (5000m) – Janine Stones – 3rd – 23m 56s. Tammy Rainbow – 13th – 25m 24s.
 
The Curbar Commotion – Fell Race (8th October)
Veteran runner Chris Rainbow is always looking for a challenge and seeking such recently went to Curbar, a Derbyshire village of which the surrounding area is popular for rock-climbing. From the start at Curbar Primary School this is a 9 mile route which uses a variety of paths & tracks around Curbar, Frogatt and Baslow in the Peak District. Over exceptionally challenging undulating hills, runners were required to negotiate not only a number of gates & stiles but also close encounters with cattle & horses!
Of the 215 finishers, Chris came in the first quarter, 47th in a time of 1h 17m 32s.
The winner was Chris Arthur (Bolan AC) in just 59m 33s.
 
Lincoln Half Marathon (2nd October)
OSB Events launched the new Lincoln Half Marathon which took place for the first time last Sunday, 2nd October. The race hub, start & finish was at the Lincolnshire Showground, with the closed road route heading into Lincoln, past some of the city’s historical highlights and then circling the vibrant harbour of the Brayford Waterfront.

Along with Cancer Research UK, proceeds from the event were supporting a local charity – The Ethan Maull ‘Up Yours to Cancer’ Foundation aiming to fund a home in Lincoln where families can stay whilst their children receive cancer treatment. 

From Mablethorpe Running Club, Katy Marris (our newest newcomer) raced an incredible debut. Of the 1500 finishers, Katy was 585th in 1h 48m 48s.
(Photo of Katy attached below, centre in the blue top, at this race).
The winner was Matt Bowser (unaffilliated) in 1h 08m 10s.
The 1st woman to cross the line was Abbie Donnelly (Lincoln Wellington AC) in 1h 24m 15s (24th overall).
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