Running news: December (and January 2018)
New Year’s Day 10k (1st January 2018)
Cleethorpes Athletics Club have been hosts to the traditional New Year’s Day 10k on the town’s promenade for many many years.
For some, New Year’s Day is spent recovering from a night on the town, for others the traditional roast dinner with family. But it was another day at the races for four dedicated Mablethorpe RC runners. They were of the 567 that braved the wintry conditions on this out & back 10k seafront course. Not only a frosty morning but bitterly cold winds to contend with.
Kev Harrison came in strong within the first 100 finishers, 99th in 42m 47s.
Wayne Kew next back. Despite an ongoing injury he was 118th in 43m 58s.
Sharon Margarson in her sixth year at the event finished 356th in 54m 27s.
Elaine Wilson also back for the sixth year in a row, she was 431st in 59m 37s.
The winner was James Straw (Lincoln Wellington AC) who made it around the course in only 31m 09s.
The 1st Female was Sophie Cowper (Rotherham Harriers) in an impressive time of 35m 32s. (12th overall).
The Great Barrow Challenge (28th December)
Paula Downing was recently in Suffolk continuing with her determined quest to run 100 marathons.
The Great Barrow Challenge hold a series of challenging off-road/multi-terrain marathons from their HQ in Barrow between Bury St Edmunds & Newmarket. The routes are signposted with checkpoints but given the nature of these courses there is an onus on runners to navigate their own way cross country on the uneven trails, through fields and forests.
Paula thoroughly enjoys this type of race and was undeterred by the freezing conditions. This was marathon No. 94 which she successfully completed in 4h 28m 40s.
There were 50 competitors at the event, the winner was Scott Hill in 3h 39m 09s and Hannah Pollard was the 1st female in 3h 59m 40s.
Lincoln Santa Fun Run (17th December)
Sponsored by the University of Lincoln, the Lincoln Santa Fun Run was back in the city for the 12th year yesterday (Sunday). Thousands of people took part despite the wet & cold conditions. This year, the route passed through Castle Square before turning left onto Drury Lane and then right onto Union Road returning to Castle Square for the finish.
Of the 3000 plus suited santas that created a sea of red & white throughout the city, Mablethorpe RC Jnr member, Willow Van Landeghem completed the fun run with her family. They report that it was a fabulous event, fun by name and fun by nature.
(Picture attached of Willow, 2nd from right with her family).
Newark Showground Christmas Challenge (16th & 17th December)
Mablethorpe runners Roger Blake & Paula Downing returned for their 3rd year at the Newark Showground Christmas Challenge. Organised by Adam Holland (MaraMile Events) himself an experienced marathon runner, this is a double day challenge, held last Saturday & Sunday. With a choice whether to do one day or both and to complete as many (or as few) of the 3.28 mile laps as you want (or are able to). With a 6 hour time limit, 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.
The lap point served as a drinks/food station with sweets, fruit, energy gels, chocolates etc on offer to replenish the lost calories. Excellent support around the course considering the conditions.
Roger was among the 70 runners who took part on the Saturday. It was -1° C and icy underfoot to start and not much above zero as the day went on but Roger completed the 8 laps equivalent of a full marathon of 26.24 miles in 3h 55m. This was his 15th and he is very pleased with the result.
Paula was of the 50 runners who were there for the Sunday. It was bitterly cold and persistent rain throughout but that did not seem to deter Paula nor any other runners. Continuing with her marathon mission, Paula completed the 8 laps, marathon distance in 3h 42m. This was her 93rd marathon for which she was 1st female to finish.
All runners received a marvellous bespoke crafted medal for their efforts.
Holland was delighted that this event increases in popularity and he is looking forwards to hosting a similar event next year.
(Pictured separately below, Paula & Roger at this event).
The Skegness Santa Fun Run & Walk (10th December)
Organised annually by the Rotary Club of Skegness, the 10th Santa Fun Run & Walk was again a great success. Cancellation was a possibility due to the forecast of snow. However, on the day it was raining and very cold. Nevertheless, 300+ suited Santas braved the weather on the 5km course which set off from the Lifeboat Station and paraded around the Foreshore. The community event raised around £3000 for many local charities which the Rotary Club are committed to supporting. It is made possible by all those who organise, take part, volunteer, sponsor or help in any way.
Mablethorpe RC were there with family & friends: Debbie Jinks & daughter Jodie, Andrea Mettam & son Jay, Cara Dixon & son Keelan, Zoe Parkes & daughter Sia-Jessica and Lisa Musson too. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves despite the dismal weather. (X2 pictures attached below).
Everyone was a winner as each finisher received a medal.
Club Presentation Evening 2017 (9th 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 …
Junior members of Mablethorpe Running Club continue with great enthusiasm and excellent results in many different race types and distances. Over the past year they have shown exceptional discipline and we recognised all of their achievements not only whilst competing but in training too. Their efforts at this year’s Wolds Dash events were all awarded.
However, in particular as below:
Lucy Holt (City of Stoke AC) has been the 1st female of our East Coast Classic 10k for several years. She kindly contacted Mablethorpe RC to offer to sponsor an award to be given to a junior member annually for outstanding efforts and/or achievements.
Lucy Holt Award: Keelan Guerin
Keelen always gives 100% in training as well as during a race so no surprise he gets great results.
Most Improved Female (Jnr): Keira Mager
Keira has continued to excel in all events often winning or runner-up in her age group category.
Most Improved Male (Jnr): Jensen Windsor
Among other achievements, Jensen was the outright winner of the East Coast Classic 3k Fun Run.
Club Person Of The Year: Paul Stupple & Kev Harrison
Not only as secretary & treasurer respectively, but Paul also coaches juniors and Kev has had some exceptional results within his V60 race category.
Male Outstanding Performance: Rob Hawse
For many years Rob has had numerous outstanding achievements but his PB of 28m 43s at this year’s Alsager 5 mile was/is quite frankly superb.
Female Outstanding Performance: Paula Downing
As Paula rapidly approaches her goal of 100 marathons, almost a dozen of them in 2017 for many of which she was 1st female, she had a particularly brilliant performance at the 2017 Boston Marathon (UK) finishing with a PB in 3h 12m 22s.
Most Improved Member: Cara Dixon
Cara has completed numerous events this year but particularly notable is that she has brought her 10k PB down from 74m (Mablethorpe 2015) to 65 mins (Woodhall 2017).
Members Award: Felicity Berry
This new idea was to award a member from the members. Felicity is new to running and we are all not only impressed but pleased to see that she is embracing the introduction.
Chairman’s Award: Wayne Kew
Wayne has been the Chairman for 9 of the 11 years since Mablethorpe Running Club was established. Without his dedication & time we simply would not function. We wanted to show our appreciation to him for that.
(Unfortunately not all members were at the presentation. However, please see various pictures attached below).
Cara getting her prize from Wayne
Felicity getting her prize
The junior prize-winners
Keelan, then Colby and Ella
Some of the juniors were not at the Presentation Evening so they got their trophies at the next club run. Photos below show, in order, Lana, Woody, Rebecca, Keira, Onyx and Macy getting their prizes, plus a photo of all the juniors.
Rudolph’s Romp 2017 (2nd 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 25 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. As if that is not enough, there had been a lot of snowfall in previous days which provided the setting for the time of year.
There were 322 runners or walkers that successfully completed the “Romp”.
Mablethorpe Running Club members Sharon Margarson, Elaine Wilson & Debbie Jinks took part along with friends Vivienne Martin & Zoe Parkes. Despite the bitter cold wintery conditions, they report that although it was indeed an endurance event, they had a lot of fun in the process including snowballing! They ran the entire course together crossing the finish line in 7h 33m.
(x2 pictures attached below).
The winner was Matthew Hayes who ran it in 3h 10m and the 1st woman was Jessica Marrison in 3h 53m.
Running news: November
Colworth Hare & Tortoise 2017 (26th November)
Also no stranger to marathon running, Paula Downing recently travelled down to Bedfordshire to take part in the Colworth Hare & Tortoise which, as the name might suggest, is a running or walking race depending on your pace! Hosted annually by Colworth Striders, this is a full marathon of 26.2 miles, x5 laps of +/- 5.22 miles on public rights of way and footpaths through woodland and fields such as Barwick Wood, Ash Hill Spinneys, Round Wood & Antonie Spinney.
One step closer to 100, this was Paula’s 92nd marathon. Of the 60 finishers, Paula was the 1st female (11th overall) crossing the line in 3h 49m 31s. Paula reports that she thoroughly enjoyed this low key event.
(Picture attached of Paula at this recent run).
The winner was Robin Webb (Ely Runners) in 3h 02m 48s.
Maravan Festival of Running 2017 (19th November)
Cleethorpes Maravan first happened back in 2014 and has proven to be extremely popular with runners every year 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 87 finishers spread over the weekend.
From Mablethorpe RC, great friends and regular running partners Sharon Margarson & Elaine Wilson were of the 36 that completed the Sunday event. No strangers to marathon running, this was their 8th marathon crossing the line 21st & 23rd respectively. Sharon’s finish time was 4h 56m 20s & Elaine’s 5h 08m 45s.
(Picture attached of Elaine & Sharon on this rather unique run).
The Saturday winner was Rob Payne (Caistor Running Club) in 2h 58m 42s.
The Sunday winner was Mark Sands (Skegness & District AC) in 2h 58m 10s.
Skegness 10k (19th November)
The Skegness Coasters launched their 10k road race in 2014 and it has been a sold-out event ever since. The popularity with runners is proven in that this year there were an incredible 659 athletes pounding the quiet open countryside back roads just outside Skegness. The event start and finish was from the Butlins Holiday Resort and most of the route was on a traffic free course.
Proceeds from this event have always been donated to charity and this year the chosen charity was the RNLI Skegness.
Of the 659 finishers, 13 Mablethorpe RC (& friends of):
Kev Harrison – 43m 11s (62nd) (1st MV60)
Debbie Jinks – 47m 52s (146th) (2nd FV50)
Zoe Parkes (Unaffiliated) – 52m 20s (269th)
Guy Willey – 53m 51s (282nd)
Vivienne Martin (Unaffiliated) – 58m 14s (388th)
Ellie Norman (Unaffiliated) – 60m 05s (450th)
Lisa Musson – 64m 03s (521st)
Louise Willey – 64m 06s (522nd) PB!
Selina Elson – 64m 55s (531st)
Debbie Kew – 66m 07s (545th)
Helen Rice-Mundy – 70m 13s (586th)
Cara Dixon – 70m 25s (589th)
Lucy Kew (Unaffiliated) – 70m 39s (590th)
(Before & after MRC team race photographs attached below).
The winner was John Wadelin (Erewash Valley RC) in 33m 51s.
The 1st female was Helen Cladingbowl (Unaffiliated) in 40m 26s (34th overall).
Boston Poppy Run (12th November)
Boston & District Athletics Club’s annual 5 mile Poppy Run first took place back in 2003 and has since raised thousands of pounds for The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. As the name suggests, the event takes place on Remembrance Sunday. This year there were 51 finishers from clubs across the county and a few from slightly further afield. From Mablethorpe RC & friends (friends not members but local runners nonetheless) there were 8 runners combined:
First back with a fantastic new PB having completed this race many times before, Debbie Jinks was 15th in 41m 38s. Not only was she 1st FV50 but she was 2nd female overall.
Next to cross the finish line, Zoe Parkes (U/A) was 27th in 44m 56s, 3rd FV40.
Andrea Mettam also achieved a new PB, she finished 31st in 45m 45s, 2nd FV50.
Hot on her heels also with a PB, Sutton-On-Sea runner Vivienne Martin (U/A) was 33rd in 46m 09s, 1st FV60.
Guy Willey is gaining strength after injuries, he was 35th in 47m 25s.
Ellie Norman (U/A) next to finish, 40th in 51m 38s.
Cara Dixon & Louise Willey ran the course together crossing the line 49th & 50th respectively in 60m 39s.
(Picture of Viv & Debbie with their awards and a couple of team photos attached below).
The race was won by Chris Cope (Boston & District AC) in 31m 29s.
The 1st female was Cathy Threadgold (Eye Community Runners), she was 11th in 38m 30s.
Kings Forest 50k (11th November)
Positive Steps supported by the Trail Running Association were hosts to the Kings Forest 50k. The Kings Forest is just 4 miles outside Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. The traffic free course is off road using footpaths & tracks across breckland and in the forest. The start & finish at the former Anglo-Saxon settlement which has been converted into what is now West Stow Country Park. At 31.05 miles, this is considered to be an ultra marathon, x4 repeat laps of 12.5km.
Paula Downing travelled there which was for her marathon No. 91!
As always, Paula not only embraced but thoroughly enjoyed this challenge. Of the 126 that successfully completed this race, Paula crossed the finish line in 19th place in a time of 4h 36m 30s for which she was also 2nd female. Her 12.5km laps were chip timed at: 1h 06m 48s/1h 09m 42s/1h 09m 56s/1h 10m 03s. All finishers were presented with a specially commissioned medal.
(Paula is pictured below with hers as well as her 2nd female prize).
The winner was Richard Ebbs (Ryston Runners AC) in 3h 50m 29s.
The 1st female to finish was Rebecca Evans (Sudbury Joggers) in 4h 26m 51s (15th overall).
The 3 River Challenge (5th November)
This unique circular route with a start & finish from South Kyme near Lincoln is a real challenge combining between 14 – 15 miles of road running and cross country with some 70% of the race being off road. Thus named because the majority of the route is on the scenic river banks & paths of the Kyme Eau, the Skirth and on the River Witham. The event goes from South Kyme – North Kyme – Billinghay – Tattershall Bridge – Chapel Hill – South Kyme.
This informal low key event organised by a fantastic team of volunteers and marshals from South Kyme & nearby villages is growing from strength to strength each year with 45 runners of varied abilities taking part this year.
Despite not particularly being a fan of off road/cross country running, Mablethorpe RC’s Roger Blake wanted to support this fairly local race and was there to give it a go … Imagine his surprise as he crossed the line in 9th position in 1h 57m 51s.
(Attached below Roger is pictured with friend & winning female, Emma Marshall-Telfer).
The winner was Mark Sands in a phenomenal time of 1h 29m 05s.
The 1st woman was Emma Marshall-Telfer in 1h 52m 34s (5th overall).
Sales from delicious homemade cakes, biscuits, snacks & drinks afterwards raised £532 for the village hall & community which is fantastic news.
The Lincolnshire Runner Cross Country League 2017/2018
The Lincolnshire Runner winter XC season is now underway which sees hundreds of runners from the Lincolnshire & Humber regions take on some very challenging but picturesque routes around the county.
League Event 2 – Castledyke Equestrian Centre (5th November)
Castledyke Equestrian Centre is set in the rural Lincolnshire countryside, Gipsey Bridge near Boston which was the host location for the 2nd League event.
There were 253 competitors from 22 clubs.
x5 Mablethorpe RC ladies took part in the (S/V Women) category running 5.8km results as follows:
Janine Stones – 3rd – 26m 59s.
Debbie Jinks – 23rd – 31m 56s.
Diane Holmes – 58th – 52m 27s.
Helen Rice-Mundy – 59th – 52m 27s.
Cara Dixon – 60th – 52m 27s.
(Picture attached of our ladies at this XC. Left to right: Janine, Helen, Diane, Cara, Debbie).
October news from MRC
The Lincolnshire Runner Cross Country League 2017/2018
The Lincolnshire Runner winter XC season is now underway which sees hundreds of runners from the Lincolnshire & Humber regions take on some very challenging but picturesque routes around the county.
League Event 1 – West Common (29th October)
The first of these events took place at West Common, Lincoln. West Common is an area of some 100 hectares in Witham Valley Country Park. It has excellent views of the Cathedral and the historic hilltop. It represents eleven percent of the City’s neutral grassland and marsh resource, and supports a population of skylark.
There were 306 runners from 26 clubs.
Of the 306, 2 were there from Mablethorpe RC there, Jenson Windsor & Janine Stones.
Jenson (U15 Boys) had an excellent debut at the winter XC. He ran 4.65km in 18m 05s.
Janine (S/V Women) was 3rd in her race running 6km in 26m 17s.
Worksop Halloween Half Marathon (29th October)
Organised by Worksop Harriers Athletic Club, the Worksop Halloween Half Marathon has been held annually on the nearest Sunday to Halloween since 1982.
For operational reasons the course changed slightly from 2016 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.
It’s an extremely popular race which continues to attract runners not only from all over the UK but from around the world also. An amazing turnout of 2500 runners pounding the streets, many of whom return year after year encouraged by hundreds of spectators who come out to support.
From Mablethorpe RC, Roger Blake returned for his seventh year. Although far from his best performance there, Roger was quite content to have finished 556th in 1h 42m 05s. (photo below of Roger after the race)
The winner was Harvey Speed (Coventry Godiva Harriers) in a phenomenal time of 1h 13m 00s.
The 1st Female was Stephanie Burns (Rotherham Harriers & AC) in a superb time of 1h 21m 46s (30th overall).
The Stort 30 Mile Ultra (29th October)
Challenge Running organise and host a variety of events for all abilities but notably specialise in trail races through the countryside. The Stort 30 is a very pretty out and back 30 mile route (15 each way) along the River Stort Navigation Channel in Hertfordshire. The route is mostly grassy trail or graded footpath with only the first half a mile on footpaths/tarmac and the last half mile on the way back. This race also incorporated the UK Trail Running Championship so attracted some top class runners.
Paula Downing travelled down to Bishop’s Stortford to take part in her 90th marathon (although this is over marathon distance, it still counts). Of the 247 that successfully completed the gruelling 30 mile course, Paula was in the top 10% of athletes. She finished 22nd in only 4h 06m 19s for which she was 1st Female Vet 50 category.
(Picture attached of Paula below after the race).
The winner was Jack Oates (unaffiliated) in 3h 01m 16s.
The 1st Female was Alice Hector (Evo Tri Club) in 3h 32m 15s (7th overall).
Thoresby 5km (22nd October)
Hosted annually by SBR events, the Thoresby 5km (with also a 10km and a 10 mile route) are held at Thoresby Park in Ollerton, Nottinghamshire. These autumnal trail runs in the beautiful grounds of Thoresby Hall Estate. All routes involve 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!
From Mablethorpe juniors, Willow Van Landeghem returned as she raced there last year. Across all age groups there were 183 finishers in the 5km race. Willow finished in the first 50% as she ran 34m 34s, 75th home, 39th female and 8th in her category (FU16). Considering that Willow was overcoming injuries throughout the summer, she was pleased with the way it went given she (thankfully) experienced no pains afterwards.
(Picture attached below of Willow on the 5km route).
The winner was Wayne Lowe (M40-49) in 19m 56s.
The 1st female was Amber Wilkins (FU16) in 23m 11s (5th overall).
Lunacy Runs – The Ogre of October (22nd October)
Lunacy Runs are extreme off-road running events combined with obstacle courses ranging from 6 miles through to ultra marathons hosted in various locations around the UK.
The Ogre of October was held just outside the village of Hatcliffe in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds. 10k of natural obstacles scattered among the hills & woodland, wading waist-deep through water, swinging on ropes and assorted climbs. Runners should expect to get very muddy indeed!
There were 315 ‘Lunatics’ who completed the course this year. All were awarded with fully fledged Lunatic status and a unique handmade finishers’ medal.
From Mablethorpe RC with friends (friends, not necessarily members) there were 8 in all:
Julie Martin – 65th in 1h 20m 40s.
Roger Blake – 92nd in 1h 27m 00s.
Zoe Parkes – 173rd in 1h 46m 30s.
Ellie Norman – 174th in 1h 46m 30s.
Andrea Mettam – 177th in 1h 48m 30s.
Debbie Jinks – 178th in 1h 48m 30s.
Cara Dixon – 237th in 2h 07m 40s.
Kendra Dixon – 238th in 2h 07m 40s.
(Various pictures from this event attached below, most courtesy of John Rainsforth).
The winner was William Davies in 59m 48s.
The 1st Female, as last year, was Louise Hobson in 1h 08m 35s.
The Mabo Gang
Cara and Kendra
Debbie and Andrea
Ellie and Zoe
Julie and Roger
Leicester Half Marathon 2017 (15th October)
For Diane Holmes the Leicester Half Marathon marked her return to racing after the most part of a year off. Diane was running for Keeping Abreast Leicester and managed to raise around £150 for the charity.
A loop course starting at the University of Leicester then the surrounding suburbs of Thurmaston, Wanlip & Birstall prior to going through the grounds of Abbey Park & De Montfort University to the finish back at the University of Leicester.
Diane was very proud not only to have crossed the finish line in 3h 05m 22s but to have buddied up with another runner on the course with encouragement helped Di who in turn encouraged her new friend to gain a PB.
(Diane is pictured below ready to race).
There were 2105 finishers.
The race was won by Nathaniel Walker (West End Runners) in a phenomenal time of 1h 14m 30s.
The 1st female was Anne Holyland (Charnwood AC) in only 1h 20m 09s (6th overall).
Spires & Steeples Challenge – Marathon (15th October)
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 & Leasingham Moor before arriving at the finish point in Sleaford.
Paula Downing took part in this unique annual event hosted by local councils in partnership with the local communities.
Of approximately 500 runners/walkers at the event, Paula was pleased to complete her 89th marathon in 3h 43m 18s for which she was 1st female. As a community event, all runners receive the same “goody bag” & finish medal, no special category prizes.
(Paula is pictured below after the event).
Unfortunately the results of the Spires & Steeples never seem to be fully published online so I am unable to give you any further information.
Gruesome Twosome Half Marathon & 10k (14th October)
Organised by Nicola & Neil (Tape2Tape) this is a half marathon challenge with a difference which started back in 2012 and has frequently been a sold-out event. 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.
This 6th year that this extremely popular event has taken place attracted 207 Teams of 2 plus 7 individuals who were forced to run alone as their partners were unable to start or finish.
Of those finishers, 3 pairs were Mablethorpe RC (& friends, not necessarily members):
First set back, Debbie Jinks & Andrea Mettam, 133rd in an impressive 2h 23m 14s.
Sharon Margarson & Elaine Wilson next. They have ran every GT race together since it started. They were 158th in 2h 31m 12s.
Ellie Norman & Zoe Parkes ran through and tackled the course together finishing their mission 191st in 2h 51m 35s.
The winners were Gary Thomas (Wolds Vets AC) & Nick Martin (Caistor RC) in an outstanding time of 1h 25m 41s.
Last year the organisers introduced a 10k option of the above which covered the most of the second half of the half marathon route which proved to be a success so was repeated for 2017 with 173 Teams of 2 plus 5 individuals forced to finish alone due to no start or finish partner.
4 sets from Mablethorpe RC:
Janine Stones & Sheryl Hawse had a fantastic race. Last year they were the 1st Ladies Team but this year were equally as happy to earn 2nd Ladies Team (15th overall) in a time of 49m 24s (although faster than last year)!
Selina Elson & Debbie Kew next completing this gruelling course in 1h 15m 09s (134th).
Following in their footsteps were Lisa Musson & Cara Dixon who were pleased to finish 141st in 1h 26m 15s.
Louise Willey & Helen Rice-Mundy were not to be beaten by the terrain, they finished 167th in 1h 25m 05s.
The winners were Luke Stonehewer & Adam Plows (Scunthorpe & District AC) in an incredible 38m 42s.
The Mablethorpe RC Gruesome Twosomes! (sorry, Sharon & Elaine are not in the picture)
Sharon & Elaine
Selina & Debbie
Louise & Helen
Debbie & Andrea
September news from MRC
The Princebuild Lincolnshire Wolds Tough 10 (30th September)
Hosted by Caistor Running Club, the first event happened back in 1983 and has been growing from strength to strength ever since.
As the name suggests, the Tough Ten is far from easy. An undulating course, from the start & finish in the lovely village of Swallow near Caistor, this is an endurance challenge around the beautiful & scenic but brutal hills of The Lincolnshire Wolds.
Of the 183 successful finishers, a trio of Mablethorpe RC ladies all taking on this course for their first time:- Andrea Mettam, Debbie Jinks & Paula Downing.
Paula was 40th in a fabulous time of 1h 10m 42s.
Andrea & Debbie ran together crossing the line 151st & 152nd in exactly 1h 35m.
(Picture attached below of Debbie, Paula & Andrea at this event).
The race was, once again, won by local Nick Martin (Caistor RC) who ran the course in an astonishing time of 54m 13s.
The 1st Female was Martha Hanby (Barton & District AC) who finished 10th in an amazing time of 1h 03m 27s.
Hull Marathon (24th September)
For their 7th marathon, good friends & training partners Sharon Margarson & Elaine Wilson once again teamed up and ran the course together.
According to the race organisers this is an “overwhelmingly flat course” but it does rise to a maximum elevation of 42 metres. From the city centre the route took in some of the city & surrounding sights such as 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.
Sharon & Elaine crossed the finish line in 4h 45m 49s & 4h 45m 50s respectively.
There were 855 successful race finishers.
The winner was Ben Sadowyj (Barton & District AC) in 2h 32m 42s.
The 1st female was Helen Mulhall (Bearbrook Running Club) in 3h 05m 39s (29th overall).
Anna Verrico Isle of Axholme Half Marathon (24th September)
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 from Epworth, who sadly lost a courageous battle with triple-negative breast cancer in 2013 shortly after completing the fun run at the same event. All proceeds go towards Team Verrico established after Anna passed away who in turn support cancer research and support those whose lives are being affected by cancer. See their website for more information:
Mablethorpe’s Roger Blake has been at the event every year since 2013 and returned for his fifth attempt last weekend. Being somewhat familiar with the background and significance of the Anna Verrico half, Roger was honoured to be one of an army of around 50 fundraising runners clad in Team Verrico colours. Such camaraderie and a tremendous sense of community spirit not to mention satisfaction. Roger’s family & friends put around £360 in sponsorship towards Team Verrico.
It was an exceptionally hot & sunny September morning as temperatures reached 22 degrees C.
Of the 197 runners last Sunday. Roger was happy to finish 59th in 1h 51m 24s.
(Picture attached courtesy of John Rainsforth).
The race was won by Dan Garbutt (Durham/Leeds Beckett Uni) in just 1h 14m 53s.
The 1st female to finish was Gill Hoole (Scunthorpe & District AC) (17th) in 1h 32m 50s.
LincsBOx 10k (LincsBOx Event Cross Country Run and Mountain Bike Adventure Trail – 17th September)
The 2017 Belchford & Oxcombe bike/walk/run is a low key, non commercial event supported by the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service, working to protect and enhance the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This community event held for the benefit of the local community welcomed around 150 cyclists, ramblers, dog walkers, joggers and runners on the beautiful & scenic Lincolnshire Wolds fields & tracks. Undeterred by the hills, deep muddy areas and huge puddles left by heavy rain the previous week, there was plenty of energy & enthusiasm and a lunch afterwards.
From Mablethorpe RC, Lisa Musson, Andrea Mettam, Louise Willey & Janine Stones all thoroughly enjoyed it (picture attached below). Janine was the 1st Lady back but no results have as yet been published.
Mansfield 5k (17th September)
Starting in Mansfield market square, looping and winding through the historic, traffic free streets of Mansfield with a sprint finish back into the market place. The compact nature of this race meant that there were spectators at every step of the way.
From Mablethorpe RC, Rob Hawse was there of 153 that were pounding the pavements of the town. He had a great run earning himself 4th place and a new PB to boot. Rob crossed the line in 16m 39s.
The winner was Kristian Watson (Sutton-in-Ashfield Harriers & AC) in 15m 34s.
The 1st female was Claire Watson (Sutton-in-Ashfield Harriers & AC) in 18m 50s (9th overall).
Lincoln Kids Triathlon 2017 (16th September)
There were 361 finishers at this very popular event for kids held at the Yarborough Leisure Centre in Lincoln.
Of the 361, Phoebe Willey competed in the Youth category (age 15-16) which consisted of a 400m swim, 8000m bike and a 3000m run to finish.
Phoebe completed the swim in 10m 50s, the ride in 20m 26s and ran a time of 16m 14s giving her in total a fabulous finish time of 49m 02s (including transition).
Phoebe should be very proud of herself as are we and is pictured below after the event.
Thetford Iceni Marathon (10th September)
The Thetford Iceni Marathon is an out and back route from Thetford to Euston using one of the oldest Roman roads in Great Britain, Icknield Way which goes from Norfolk to Wiltshire. The area has Roman interest as it is said that the Queen of Iceni (Boudica) led an uprising against the Roman forces. The organisers say it is an interesting and historical marathon crossing over two counties – Suffolk and Norfolk in one day. The event required basic navigational skills but written instructions were provided and there were 5 checkpoints.
Paula Downing was of the 59 finishers. A fabulous result for her 88th marathon as not only was she 1st Lady (6th overall) in a time of 3h 58m 34s but she also set a female course record!
The winner was Ben Letzer in 3h 23m 45s.
(Paula pictured below with her trophy after the race).
East Coast Classic 3k Fun Run (10th September)
The results of the increasingly popular 3k Fun Run held last weekend (alongside the 10k) are now available and we can confirm that there were 25 finishers.
The winner was 13 year old Jensen Windsor in 11m 34s.
2nd to cross the line was 12 year old Ashwin Kumar in 12m 00s.
3rd was 13 year old Billy Waubank in 12m 13s.
13 year old Colby Hawse was the first to cross the line for Mablethorpe RC in 14m 09s.
14 year old Hope Midgely (also Mablethorpe RC) was the 1st girl in 14m 14s.
Lots of photographs and full news of our event available online at
East Coast Classic 10k (10th September)
Mablethorpe Running Club are very pleased to report the success of this weekend’s East Coast Classic 10k race with a 3k fun run. The 10k run was booked full to capacity of 300 but accounting for no-shows, there were 232 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 and the 3k fun run was 1.5km out and turnaround for 1.5km back on the same route.
The weather was misty and much colder than usual but this did not seem to deter the hundreds of runners taking part. Whilst many were local, that is to say Mablethorpe, Skegness, Louth, Cleethorpes & Grimsby (among other places), we did have many returning entrants from further afield. Our youngest competitor was 16yrs old and the eldest was in his seventies.
The race was won by Gregan Clarkson (Kingston Upon Hull AC) covering the course in just 34m 18s.
2nd was Martin Troop (Lincoln Wellington AC) in 34m 39s.
3rd was Jack Johnson (Cleethorpes & District AC) in 35m 43s.
The 1st female was, as last year, Lucy Holt (Notts AC) completing in 38m 09s (8th overall).
2nd female was Hannah Holmes (Gainsborough Morton Striders AC) in 38m 20s (9th).
3rd female was Wendy Mullineux (Heanor RC) in 39m 38s (14th).
Three Mablethorpe Running Club members also competed:
At only 18 years old, Paige Midgley gave a sterling performance finishing in 48m 32s (58th).
After 20 years of running, Mike Nelhams intends this to be his final race before retirement in 48m 59s (65th).
In his first race of 2017, Carl Holmes crossed the finish line in 51m 41s (83rd).
We are very grateful to all the runners and supporters today for making this event possible, our sponsors and suppliers for their kind support also. We look forwards to welcoming you back next year.
Pictures from the race
Runners in the early stages of the race
Winner, Gregan Clarkson (Kingston upon Hull AC)
Winner of women’s race, Lucy Holt (Notts AC)
Chris Stevenson, raising funds for Macmillan while he runs
Jimmy Dutch from Cleethorpes & District AC
Mablethorpe runner Paige Midgley
Vicky Lewis and Rebecca Porter of Skegness Coasters
Wolds Dash Series 2017 (6th September)
Hosted by Louth AC, these are extremely popular off-road runs which take place at the Hubbard’s Hills recreational area to the West of the town. This is the 34th series since it began.
Mablethorpe Running Club have, more often than not, had a regular presence and the dedication has certainly paid off for three of our younger members. As the overall series results have now been compiled, we are very proud to confirm that:
Keira Mager was 2nd/runner-up Under 15 Girls.
Paige Midgely was the winner of the Junior Ladies category.
Joseph Rice-Mundy won the Junior Men category.
(Joseph is pictured below with his trophy).