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.
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
Photo 2: Left to right – Debbie, Roger & Selina – with their medals)
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).
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)
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.
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.
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.