2017 News

December news: Club Presentation Evening 2017
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
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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).
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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).
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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.
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Gruesome Twosome Half Marathon & 10k (14th October)
(Half Marathon)
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.
(10k)
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)
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Sharon & Elaine
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Selina & Debbie
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Louise & Helen
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Debbie & Andrea
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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
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Winner, Gregan Clarkson (Kingston upon Hull AC)
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Winner of women’s race, Lucy Holt (Notts AC)
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Chris Stevenson, raising funds for Macmillan while he runs
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Jimmy Dutch from Cleethorpes & District AC
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Mablethorpe runner Paige Midgley
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Vicky Lewis and Rebecca Porter of Skegness Coasters
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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).
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ABP Humber Coastal Half Marathon (3rd September)
This brand new half marathon organised by the small team at Tape 2 Tape sold out in under 2 weeks!
1000 runners pounded the promenade & roads of the seaside resort of Cleethorpes claiming fabulous coastal & country views with flat closed roads and a promenade start/finish.
6 Mablethorpe RC runners took part in this debut event:
Andrea Mettam ran consistently finishing the course in 2h 07m 18s.
Sharon Margarson & Elaine Wilson completed together in 2h 06m 47s.
Debbie Jinks gave a great performance, a half marathon PB for her finishing in 1h 50m 18s.
Kev Harrison had a sterling run in a time of 1h 36m 50s.
Paula Downing was as strong as always finishing in 1h 32m 23s.
The winner was Shane Robinson (Lincoln Wellington AC) in 1h 11m 39s.
The first female was Nicola Jayne Curtis (unaffiliated) in 1h 28m 15s (36th overall).
Photos from the race:
1 Paula
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2 Kev
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3 Andrea, Sharon, Elaine & Debbie before the race
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4 Debbie, Andrea, Sharon & Elaine after the race
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August events
Insomnia 24H Race (26/27th August)
Insomnia 24H is an off-road 9-10km loop around the scenic Cattows Farm in The National Forest, Leicestershire. The event is aimed at all abilities to complete as many laps as they so wish over 24 hours. Participants could take part as a solo, in pairs, or in teams of 3-8. Insomniacs were to expect a challenging but fun, fully supported, friendly but sleep deprived weekend.
For Paula Downing, her objective was to complete 50 miles which would be her 87th marathon (albeit an ultra marathon at almost double the distance). Paula achieved her goal running 9 laps of the course (52 miles) in 9h 15m 39s.
(Picture attached below of Paula on completion).
(There were 7 relay teams and 28 solo runners who ran for at least 4h 30m right up to the full 24h period – Pete Faulkner ran a phenomenal 190km in 24h 09m 29s)!
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Hull ParkRun (26th August)
Last weekend Rob & Shez Hawse and Janine Stones completed the Hull ParkRun.
Rob ran strong, he was 2nd in just 17m 27s.
Janine next, 22nd (2nd female) in 20m 36s.
Shez was 38th in exactly 22m.
A very popular ParkRun, there were 423 finishers.
For more information about ParkRun, visit their website at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/
Boston ParkRun (19th August)
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.
Mablethorpe RC’s Janine Stones completed a Boston ParkRun recently accompanied by her dog Lilly who ran alongside.
Of the 142 finishers, Janine was 1st female (10th overall) in 21m 43s.
(Picture attached of Janine & Lilly below).
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Sleaford Striders Summer 10k (11th August)
Hosted by Sleaford Striders, this friendly & relaxed summer evening 10k & 3k fun run took part on quiet rural Lincolnshire lanes around Scredington, Burton Pedwardine & Northbeck near Sleaford. All finishers were rewarded with a medal, a slice of cake and a cup of tea/coffee with all profits raised going to local charities and good causes.
In the 2017 race there was a mixture of sunshine & showers. Of the 204 who completed the course, two of them were ladies from Mablethorpe Running Club:
Debbie Jinks had a fantastic run finishing 46th in 48m 23s (2nd Female Veteran 45).
Andrea Mettam also had a good run, she finished 117th in 57m 47s (14th Veteran Female 45).
(Please see below picture attached of Debbie & Andrea at this race).
The winner was Ben Livesey (Notts AC) who flew around the course in 32m 02s.
The 1st female was Holly Durham (Grantham Running Club) in a brilliant time of 42m 07s (21st overall).
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 Wolds Dash Series 2017 (Race 4 – 9th August)
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 on this occasion, of around 100 runners, 14 were from Mablethorpe RC.
Our results were as follows:
Under 11 Boys (2.21km) – Woody Dales – 10m 34s.
Under 13 Girls (3.22km) – Onyx Clancy – 19m 08s. Lana Dales – 19m 39s. Willow Van Landegham – 20m 42s.
Under 13 Boys (3.22km) – Benjamin Ailsby – 17m 49s.
Under 15 Girls (4.23km) – Keira Mager 18m 10s. Hope Midgley – 21m 57s. Rebecca Millward – 23m 41s.
Senior/Veteran Females (10.15km) – Paige Midgeley – 49m 34s. Debbie Jinks – 51m 27s. Elaine Wilson – 58m 54s. Sharon Margarson – 67m 47s. Andrea Mettam – 60m 51s.
Senior/Veteran Men (10.15km) – Joseph Rice-Mundy – 49m 27s.

The Maverick Buff X-Series North York Moors Marathon (5th August)

The Maverick Buff X-Series of events are designed to test runner’s resolve and take them to the upper limits of their abilities. The North York Moors is no exception to this. The route from Dalby Forest near Pickering is good enough for the UCI MTB Downhill world cup which says a lot about the toughness of the terrain! Dalby Forest is heavily wooded with beautiful scots pines and dramatic Moorland. The multi-terrain route to Langdale End and back into North Riding Forest is immersed in a world of wildlife.
There were just over 100 ultra athletes who took part over 3 race distances: 44km/27.3 miles 22km/13.6 miles 13km/8.07 miles.
The X-Series is not for the faint hearted. Paula Downing thoroughly enjoys this sort of challenge as she seems to thrive on opportunity in every difficulty. Paula travelled to Pickering to take on her 86th marathon for which she was, once again, 1st lady finishing the 44km course in 4h 56m 50s.
(Pictures attached below of Paula at the X-Series).
The winning male in the 44km race was Mark Kearney in 3h 58m 39s.
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July events

Dong Energy Great Grimsby 10k (30th July)
The Dong Energy Great Grimsby 10k took part last weekend. Organised by the experienced team at Tape2Tape in partnership with numerous sponsors and made possible with the help of over 350 volunteers, the event was, as with the debut in 2016, a sell-out and a great success.
Starting outside Grimsby Town hall, the traffic-free route took runners out to Nun’s Corner, through Scartho towards New Waltham before returning into Grimsby via Peaks Parkway and finishing in the stunning surroundings of People’s Park.
Of the whopping 2303 finishers were 5 Mablethorpe RC members with the results as follows:
Kev Harrison 215th 43m 18s.
Debbie Jinks 465th 47m 51s.
Andrea Mettam 1041st 55m 19s.
Carl Musson 1256th 58m 23s.
Lisa Musson 1704th 1h 03m 58s.
The winner was Lucian Allison (Lincoln Wellington AC) in an astonishing 30m 21s.
The 1st female was, again as last year, Natalie Burns (Lincoln Wellington AC) in only 36m 12s (27th overall).
**There was also a 2km Great Grimsby Fun Run which many of our junior members completed but the results are yet to be published. Should the results go live I will inform you in due course.
Heckington Show 10 mile road race (29th July)
The Heckington Show is the largest village show in England which can trace its’ roots back to 1863 with it being held annually at the same venue since 1867.
The road race is the oldest known in the Midlands with the first being held back in 1965.
It is hosted by volunteers of the Heckington Show in association with Sleaford Striders Athletics Club.
This year’s event attracted 218 entrants, all of which completed the course despite the uncomfortable heat of the day.
Of the 218 finishers, Paula Downing was there from Mablethorpe. Yet another determined performance from her for which she was the 1st female in an impressive 1h 09m 03s (36th overall).
The race was won by Shane Robinson (Lincoln Wellington AC) in a staggering time of 52m 36s.
Grim Reaper Ultra Marathon (28/29th July)
Sharon Margarson & Elaine Wilson have completed hundreds of race miles over varying distances from 5km to 10 mile road races, off-road half marathons and the world famous London Marathon. Of their many many achievements over the years, this was their greatest challenge so far … successfully completing a 40 mile Ultra Marathon non-stop through the night!
In the superb surroundings of Grimsthorpe Castle on the Grimsthorpe Estate, runners were to complete 4, 7 or 10 laps consisting of a 10 mile loop so 40/70/100 mile options. The route is said to be beautifully varied incorporating hard limestone trail, grass trail and tarmac trail with fantastic scenery and wildlife on show. Each competitor carried an electronic timing chip which verified the laps completed. All competitors were expected to manage their own time, deciding how best to rest and refuel during the event.
Of the 98 runners that completed the 40 mile route, Sharon & Elaine finished only 10 seconds apart:
Sharon was 45th in 9H 21M 55S
Elaine was 47th in 9H 22M 05S
Picture attached below of L-R Lisa Harkness, Sharon Margarson & Elaine Wilson after the race.
(Lisa runs with Louth AC, she finished 49th in 9H 24M 52S).
Will Raybould (Human Energy AC) won in 5H 36M 17S.
The 1st female was Gisela Payne (Fab 40) in 6H 13M 17S. (4th overall).
15 runners successfully completed the 70 mile route and 25 finished the huge feat of 100 miles non-stop.
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Lincoln Wellington Athletic Club 5k Race Series (25th July)
Every year Lincoln Wellington Athletic Club (LWAC) host a series of 5k (for seniors) and 3k (for juniors) events (x4 per year). These take place on a flat, fast, traffic-free course at the Yarborough Leisure Centre.
There were 91 runners at the most recent race, from Mablethorpe RC, Janine Stones is a regular. She ran 5k in 20m 54s (47th), her second best time at these 5k events.
The winner was Joe Wilkinson (Lincoln Wellington AC) in 15m 01s.
The 1st female was Jenny Blizard (Rotherham) in 17m 44s (14th overall).
Emma-Jayne Memorial Fund Bikeathon/Run/Walk (23rd July)
Since Emma-Jayne sadly passed away as the result of a brain tumour on the 19th December 1998, six days before Christmas and two weeks before her 23rd birthday, her parents Ruth & Tony Knowles have been fund raising in her memory. The fund to date stands at £150,766.24 which all goes towards equipment related to the diagnosis & treatment of brain tumours via Hull Royal Infirmary.
The annual Bikeathon (30 mile or 12 mile routes), Country Run (10k) & Fun Walk (4.5 miles) are very popular and well supported. They start & finish in the picturesque countryside location around The Royal Oak Inn (The Splash) at Little Cawthorpe near Louth.
Janine Stones has in previous years taken part in the bikeathon but this year enjoyed the 10k Country Run route.
Scunthorpe 10k (19th July)
Hosted annually by Scunthorpe & District Athletic Club, the very popular Scunthorpe 10k is an evening summer road race which attracted 259 finishers. Starting from Brumby Wood Lane, the course then takes to the lush green tree-lined paths of Central Park for a lap before runners dominate Doncaster Road and Kingsway then returning to Brumby Wood for the finish. Despite the last mile being uphill, this is a favourite race for Elaine Wilson.
For their sixth year in a row Mablethorpe RC’s Sharon Margarson & Elaine Wilson made their return as did Vivienne Martin, an independent runner from Sutton On Sea. The trio finished within seconds of one another:
Sharon was 137th in 56m 27s.
Elaine finished 140th in 56m 46s.
Viv came 143rd in 56m 55s.
(Picture attached below of L-R – Viv, Elaine, Sharon on completion of the 10k).
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The winner was Tommy Horton (Hallam Harriers) in only 32m 02s.
The 1st Female was Charlotte Ward (City Of Hull AC) in 39m 24s. (8th overall).
L’Étape Du Tour (16th July)
Club Chairman Wayne Kew also has a passion for cycling and incorporated spectating the fabulous Tour De France with the opportunity to complete a phenomenal 178km Stage of the TDF with over 3500m (12000ft) of climbing over the French Alps. As if that weren’t challenging enough, Wayne reports that it was 27 degrees on the day!
Of the massive 16000 riders, Wayne completed the Briançon – Izoard, 112 mile Stage in only 8h 49m 23s.
(Wayne is pictured with his trusty bicycle ready to take on the challenge below).
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And here are some more pictures from Wayne’s adventure
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Pretty Muddy Lincoln 5k (15th July)
The Pretty Muddy Lincoln 5k took place last weekend. This Race For Life charitable event was for women of all abilities to walk, jog or run with all funds raised going to Cancer Research UK. The circular route course around the Lincolnshire Showground followed part of the racecourse track. With its picturesque setting, the organisers managed to squeeze lots of fun wet and muddy obstacles on an otherwise flat but grassy course for competitors to splash their way through hence the name ‘Pretty Muddy’.
Mablethorpe Running Club members Loey Hewson with mother & daughter Jane & Lana Dales took on and successfully completed the challenge in ‘wave 1’ as did in ‘wave 2’ Willow Van Landeghem (accompanied by her sister Phoenix and their friend Lily Belsher).
(Picture attached below of L-R – Lana, Loey, Jane – complete with muddy faces)!
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(Picture attached below of L-R – Phoenix, Lily, Willow – as you can see, very muddy)!
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As this was a charitable event, no times were taken or recorded.
Walkington 10k (14th July)
Beverly Athletic Club are hosts of the Walkington 10k. This locally organised event is a loop course from Walkington through Market Weighton village & Market Weighton Common.
Training partners & friends Sharon Margarson & Elaine Wilson were of the 623 athletes who descended upon Walkington Village in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Sharon ran 10k in 52m 46s (315/623).
Elaine ran 10k in 55m 12s (383/623).
The winner was James Kraft (Scarborough Athletic Club) in 32m 45s.
The 1st woman to cross the finish line was Emma Ballantyne (City of York AC) in 38m 25s (15th overall).

Spilsby Show 6 (9th July)

A quartet of Mablethorpe RC 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 with an amazing 179 finishers this year. Despite the extraordinary heat, it proved yet again to be one of the most popular events at the show.
Mablethorpe RC results were:
Janine Stones – 26th – 42m 11s.
Debbie Jinks – 58th – 47m 25s.
Guy Willey – 121st – 55m 06s.
Andrea Mettam – 147th – 59m 58s.
The winner was Mark Sands (Skegness & District Running Club) in 34m 04s.
The 1st female was Caroline Wheelhouse (Doncaster AC) in 41m 41s (21st overall).

Croxby Crawl (5th July)

In the third in the series of the Croxby Crawl 2017, this is a tough 4.4 mile course on the undulating Lincolnshire Wolds. On this occassion it was 2 laps of the very same challenging course so 8.8 miles of multi-terrain running. Hosted by Cleethorpes AC, this is the 35th year of the event (part of a series of runs around the same location). Races now total around 150 since it began back in November 1983.

There were 98 athletes who completed the race on a warm Summer’s evening.
Elaine Wilson was there just 3 days after the Caistor 10k. She crossed the finish line in a time of 86m 42s knocking almost 45 seconds off her last performance on the very same course.
The race was won by Paul Jackson (Skegness & District RC) in 54m 29s.
The 1st Female to finish was Rowan Booth (Caistor RC) in 66m 44s (31st overall).
The ‘Sting In The Tail’ Caistor 10k (2nd July)
This popular annual event organised by Caistor Running Club is now in its’ sixth year. A tough 10k loop race entirely on the roads starting and finishing in Caistor town centre. The ‘Sting In The Tail’ course has a little over 300ft of climbing and is reputed to be a challenge hence the name.
Earlier in July, 461 runners dominated the Market Place and surroundings despite the exceptionally hot weather we have been experiencing.
Three Mablethorpe RC ladies were there, two of which have been for several years previously:
Sharon Margarson & Elaine Wilson returned with Debbie Jinks making her debut at this particular race.
Sharon ran the course in 56m 25s (253rd).
Debbie made great progress, finishing in 58m 40s (288th).
Elaine finished the loop in 59m 14s (302nd).
The race was once again won by Nick Martin (Caistor RC) in a phenomenal time of 32m 52s.
The 1st Female to finish was (also as last year) Beverley Wilson (Cleethorpes AC) in just 42m 16s (29th overall).
(Picture of Sharon & Elaine attached below).
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(The) Great Barrow Challenge (29th June – 8th July)
Organised & marshalled by The Suffolk Academy, The Great Barrow Challenge is an extreme sporting event 8 miles away from Bury St Edmunds. The concept of this extraordinary challenge attracts hundreds of ultra athletes over a period of 10 days with a marathon being held each day. The courses consist of road and/or multi-terrain. Participants may take part in as many or as few as they so wish. Many entrants are on a mission to complete 100+ marathons as is Paula Downing from Sutton On Sea …
For her 84th marathon Paula completed a GBC ultra marathon which is a further 6 miles on top of the traditional 26.2 miles. Paula finished the 32.2 miles in an astounding time of 4h 07m 34s.
Paula returned to Barrow just 5 days later for marathon No.85 in which she completed the 26.2 miles in just 3h 50m 09s, yet another remarkable achievement!
(Picture of Paula atached below).
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June news from Mablethorpe RC
Cancer Research UK Louth Run (Race) For Life (25th June)
The Louth Run For Life is affiliated to Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life. It is a fun run open to women, men & children. The most recent last weekend was the 12th year of this particular event which sees combined walkers, runners & supporters in excess of 2000 lining the streets of Louth. Many thousands of pounds are raised year upon year to support the work of this amazing charity.
This is a favourite day out for many of our members at Mablethorpe RC. This year 20 plus of our juniors & seniors took part as they/we have for many years wearing our Club coloured blue vests
Pictured attached below are some (but not by any means all) of our runners on the day.
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Grantham Summer Solstice 10k (23rd June)
A trio of ladies from Mablethorpe RC were of the 836 that completed the annual Grantham AC Summer Solstice 10k which 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.
Janine Stones joined Debbie Jinks & Andrea Mettam who have raced here many times previously.
Their results were:
Janine (93rd) 42m 30s.
Debbie (240th) 48m 37s.
Andrea (529th) 57m 20s.
The winner was Shane Robinson (Lincoln Wellington AC) in 31m 46s.
The first female to cross the line was Rebecca Gallop (Newark AC) in 37m 53s. (20th overall).
(Attached below is a photo of Andrea & Debbie after the race)
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Click’em Inn 10 Mile Race (21st June)
Frequent runners at this particular event (among the many others which they do) Elaine Wilson & Sharon Margarson were representing Mablethorpe at the first of the Clickem Inn road races held on summer evenings at Swinhope near Grimsby hosted by Wolds Veteran Runners Club.
This 10 mile route was held on a very warm evening that we have been experiencing lately. Nevertheless, 84 runners completed the race.
Elaine was 71st in 1h 39m 31s.
Sharon came 75th in 1h 45m 21s.
The winner was Ben Evison (Skegness Tri Club) who finished in 60m 04s.
The 1st Female was Tracey Gibson (Wolds Vets) in 1h 15m 18s (30th overall).
(Picture attached of Sharon & Elaine at this race).
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Wakefield Marathon (18th June)
For her 83rd marathon Paula Downing travelled to the Wakefield Marathon organised by White Rose Marathons who specialise in ultra running events. They boast that they have “the toughest, the most rewarding road marathons & half marathons in the UK”. The Wakefield Marathon is a multi-terrain course sandwiched between Walton Colliery Nature Park & Fitzwilliam Country Park which included not only country lanes, paths and trails but sections of roads also. Just what Paula looks for in a race, she embraces any challenge!
In the midst of the hot spell we were experiencing this did little to deter or limit Paula as she was, once again, 1st Female. Not only that but she was 3rd overall managing to hold her position just 11 seconds ahead of the fourth place runner. Paula finished marathon No.83 in 3h 36m 21s.
2nd place went to David Cremins (100 Marathon Club) in 3h 35m 58s.
The winner was Terence Forrest (Cairngorm Runners) in 2h 55m 17s.
(There were just 23 finishers of the full marathon but around 200 that finished the half held concurrently many of which requested to drop from the full to the half).
 
Wolds Dash Series 2017 (Race 2 14th June)
Hosted by Louth AC, these off-road runs take place at the Hubbard’s Hills recreational area to the West of town on summer evenings. These are poplular events with athletes locally as well as from further afield. This is the 34th series since it began. Of approximately 150 runners, 22 were from Mablethorpe RC with 12 Juniors & 10 Seniors.
Our results were as follows of which we are particularly proud of our juniors for their efforts:
Under 11 Boys (2.21km) – Woody Dales – 09m 55s.
Under 13 Girls (3.22km) – Lana Dales – 19m 39s. Willow Van Landegham – 20m 15s.
Under 13 Boys (3.22km) – Colby Hawse – 14m 58s. Onyx Clancy – 17m 04s. Benjamin Ailsby – 17m 27s.
Under 15 Girls (4.23km) – Keira Mager 18m 32s. Hope Midgley – 21m 41s. Rebecca Millward – 23m 27s. Phoebe Willey – 23m 41s.
Under 15 Boys (4.23km) – Keelen Guerin – 22m 32s.
Senior/Veteran Females (11.68km) – Debbie Jinks – 61m 24s. Paige Midgeley – 62m 05s. Sharon Margarson – 67m 47s. Andrea Mettam – 73m 25s. Elaine Wilson – 77m 02s. Cara Dixon – 81m 09s. Lisa Musson – 83m 16s. Louise Willey – 83m 16s.
Under 17 Boys (5.24km) – Zak Rowan – 26m 38s.
Senior/Veteran Men (11.68km) – Joseph Rice-Mundy – 56m 29s. Guy Willey – 65m 10s.
(Attached below is a photo of Mablethorpe RC runners at this Wolds Dash).
Race 3 of the 2017 series is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 12th July at 7pm.
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Bloodwise Rugby & Coventry Bikeathon (11th June)

Bloodwise bikeathons are some of the best charity bike rides in the UK and give people the opportunity to get involved and raise money to help beat blood cancer. This bikeathon was organised by Rugby Round Table. There were three cycle routes of 65, 26 or 10 miles. All have at least one pub along them, to enable a ‘pit stop’ if required! All cycle routes are on public roads and cross through beautiful countryside with checkpoints along the way to track & monitor progress.
From Mablethorpe, Selina Elson returned to the town from where she hails, Rugby, where she met with her sister Kerry Horsman-Gray. On Sunday they completed the 26 mile route in a fraction under 2h 40m which is very respectable given that there was over 1000ft of ascent and plenty of sunshine on the day too.
(Photograph below of L-R Kerry & Selina).
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Cleethorpes ParkRun (10th June)
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.
From Mablethorpe RC, Janine Stones completed her 25th ParkRun this weekend at the Cleethorpes event along with her ‘middle’ son Wesley Stones.
Of the 197 finishers, Janine was 1st female of all the 81 ParkRun women that ran clocking 20m 34s (15th overall).
Janine ran the first ever Cleethorpes ParkRun at the Country Park 3 years ago in 19m 56s which still stands as the VW40 category record.
Wesley made his debut at Cleethorpes finishing 7th in 19m 37s almost a minute faster than his previous Sewerby ParkRun.
For more information about ParkRun, visit their website at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/
(Picture below of Wesley & Janine).
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Croxby Crawl (7th June)
Sharon Margarson & Elaine Wilson are regulars at the challenging Croxby Crawl events, this time back for the second of 2017. This a tough 4.4 mile course on the undulating Lincolnshire Wolds which they completed earlier in May. However, this time it was 8.8 miles, 2 laps of the very same challenging course. Hosted by Cleethorpes AC, this is the 35th year of the event (part of a series of runs around the same location). Races now total around 150 since it began back in November 1983.
There were 93 competitors at this summer’s evening event.
Given the difficult terrain which is twice trodden combined with the heat, our ladies ran the entire course.
Sharon finished 83rd in 86m 14s.
Elaine finished 86th in 87m 18s.
The race was once again won by Nick Martin (Caistor Running Club) in a mere 49m 05s.
The 1st Female to finish was also as last year Rachel Portlock (Wolds Vets) in 67m 43s (38th overall).

Woodhall Spa 10k (4th June)

The Woodhall Spa 10k Community Road Race is a non-profit event organised by local volunteers. The race has established itself as one of the premier runs in the region with athletes coming from all across the Midlands and indeed the entire country to compete on this flat course through the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside.
Seven Mablethorpe runners were of the 1018 finishers in what can only be described as exceptionally hot weather conditions with several achieving Personal Best’s …
Mablethorpe athletes finished as follows:
276th – Debbie Jinks – 49m 09s (PB)
388th – Guy Willey – 52m 02s
601st – Andrea Mettam – 59m 27s
602nd – Carl Musson – 59m 27s
793rd – Cara Dixon – 1h 05m 25s (PB)
796th – Louise Willey – 1h 05m 29s (PB)
801st – Loey Hewson – 1h 06m 15s (PB)
The winner was Tom Straw (Lincoln Wellington AC) who had a phenomenal performance on the course finishing in 31m 26s.
The 1st Female to finish was Sophie Darling (Lincoln Wellington AC) who made light work of the course finishing in 38m 22s (35th overall).
Mablethorpe RC runner Lisa Musson took part in the Fun Run which is an unmeasured route of approximately 3 miles which is not timed as it is purely for fun.
(Picture below of Debbie Jinks, 1st back for Mablethorpe RC (photo by John Rainsforth) and a group photo of our Mablethorpe runners at the Woodhall 10k).
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May news from Mablethorpe RC
Liverpool Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon (28th May)
From Mablethorpe RC, husband & wife Andrew & Selina Elson along with Debbie Kew ventured to Liverpool last weekend for the hugely popular Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon. This event attracts entrants from all over the world with every type of runner from professional & amateur athletes to charity & fancy dress runners with many different reasons for participation. Many thousands of pounds was raised for numerous charities by thousands of runners.
8244 runners successfully completed the course spurred on all the way by the tremendous crowd support and the festival-like atmosphere.
First to cross the finish line, Andrew was extremely pleased with 2h 09m 36s.
Debbie & Selina ran the course together with encouraging conversation all the way, they came in at 2h 39m 43s & 2h 39m 45s respectively.

 Women Can Marathon(28th May)

Paula Downing continues with great enthusiasm & dedication on her mission to complete 100 certified marathons with 2 in the space of 2 weekends.
Only a week after her success in the Meridian 50k ultra marathon, Paula Downing travelled all the way down to Devon for marathon No. 82.
Starting & finishing in the village of Tipton St John, the 26.2 mile course takes in the breathtaking scenery of the Otter & Sid Valleys and a section of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site in East Devon. As well as runners, the event also welcomed Nordic walkers.
Women Can was a one-off 50th anniversary marathon to celebrate Kathrine Switzer’s achievement as on the 19th April 1967, Kathrine made global headlines by officially entering and completing the Boston Marathon. Only able to do so because on the entry form, she’d signed her name as KV Switzer. The organisers therefore had no idea that she was a woman until two miles into the event and when officials eventually did spot her, they tried to physically pull her off the course. The images went around the world and prompted a change in attitudes within the sporting community.
Paula had yet another fantastic result as she was 4th of the 205 women that successfully completed this exclusive marathon. Paula’s finish time was 4h 03m 20s.
The winner was Elizabeth Dyson in 3h 20m 28s.
(See picture of Paula attached below).
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Covenham 10k (24th May)
Four Mablethorpe runners were of the 105 finishers at the annual Covenham 10k road race hosted by Cleethorpes AC at and around the Covenham Reservoir. Built on the Lincolnshire coastal marsh, the sides of the reservoir offer views of surrounding farmland, the coast and the Lincolnshire Wolds. Our ladies return to this event year after year and were undeterred by the particularly hot conditions on this Spring evening.
Our runners results were:
52nd – Debbie Jinks – 49m 50s.
71st – Sharon Margarson – 55m 12s.
75th – Elaine Wilson – 56m 17s.
95th – Andrea Mettam – 65m 16s.
The winner was Gary Thomas (Wolds Vets) who finished the course in 35m 33s.
The 1st Female to cross the line was Emma Marshall Telfer (Skegness & District RC) who completed the course in 44m 34s (32nd overall).
(Picture attached below of 3 of the 4 Mablethorpe runners (L-R) Sharon – Andrea – Debbie).
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Meridian Ultra Marathon 50k/100k National Championships (21st May)
Approximately 15 miles East of Hull, Patrington village in the East Riding of Yorkshire was the event HQ. It is associated along with Winestead, as a seat of the ancient Hildyard/Hilliard/Hildegardis family. The race started less than two kilometres from the Greenwich Meridian Line which in 1884 became the Prime Meridian of the World; Longitude 0º. Every place on earth is measured in terms of its distance East or West from this line.
This was an open 100k/50k measured road race, incorporating the British 100k road championship and the England Ultra distance championships for 50k. The 50k (31.1 miles) is one of only two certified accurately measured 50k road events in the UK in 2017. This race was open to runners of any ability who could meet the time limits and experience requirements.
Paula was certainly able to meet such entry criteria. She was one of only 24 that completed the 50k event. For this, her 81st marathon, Paula received a gold medal as she was the 1st female (6th overall) in 4h 08m 19s.
The winner was Adam Holland (Notfast Running Club) in 3h 18m 59s.
(See picture attached below of Paula & Adam with their gold medals).
(37 runners successfully completed the epic 100k (62.2 miles) race which was won by Lee Grantham in 6h 42m 42s. The 1st female was Sue Harrison in 8h 01m 22s (11th overall).
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White Peak Trail Run (21st May)
Janine Stones was recently near Ashbourne for a trail running event on the footpaths, tracks and trails within the spectacular surroundings of the Southern Peak District including Thorpe, Dovedale, Milldale plus the Tissington Trail.
Janine was of the 98 finishers in a 10.5km/6.5 mile run (there was also a 25.7km/16 miler happening on the same route).
She had an exceptionally good run and despite the heat, she came 3rd in 52m 42s!
2nd place went to Hayley Gill in 51m 18s.
1st place went to Aaron Jones in 46m 32s.
Tough Mudder Belvoir Castle (20th May)
Just 3 days after taking part in the Bolingbroke Breaker, Guy Willey plus three workmates from their employer CLAAS Eastern took part in the world renowned “Tough Mudder” which combines running with wet & muddy obstacle courses.
Tough Mudder Midlands presented by Merrell took part in the majestic 16,000 acres surrounding Belvoir Castle near Grantham. It was once again host to hundreds of entrants taking on miles of the tortuous course and a twisted collection of new and classic Tough Mudder obstacles. 10 – 12 miles with 20+ obstacles required some serious mental grit to make it around this course which promised lung-busting hills in addition to woodlands, water and tons and tons of mud!
Guy & his team completed the challenge in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
If you would like to support them, their online fundraising page is:
(See attached photo and you can appreciate just how muddy the course actually was).
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Bolingbroke Breaker 10k (17th May)
Hosted by Skegness & District Running Club, the first of two scheduled 2017 Bolingbroke Breaker 10k’s was once again full to capacity with 118 runners that turned out despite the heavy rain before, during and after! This is a tough 10k race starting and finishing in the village of Old Bolingbroke. Although lovely scenery this is a hilly, challenging multi-terrain course. Many local clubs were well represented, but this time just 1 runner flying the flag for Mablethorpe RC.
Guy Willey took part having recently returned to running after a long period off recovering from injury. So with this in mind he did exceptionally well as he finished 76th in 53m 31s.
The race was won by Phil Williams (Lincoln Wellington AC) in a mere 34m 48s.
The 1st Female was Claire Cooney (unaffiliated) in just 42m 31s (25th overall).

Skegness Triathlon 2017 (14th May)

Hosted by Swim Bike Run (SBR Events), Fresh Fitness at Richmond Holiday Park offered a great venue to start the 1st race in The Lincs Tri Series.
Beginning with a swim in modern pool of 16 x 25m lengths exiting the pool onto grass & enter transition to kit up in helmet with shoes and onto the bike. This ride consisted of a 2 lap course between the Holiday Park & Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve on a relatively flat and straight 18km in total. After transition, the run element is a 5km trail run from Richmond Holiday Park along a private road to the Skegness Eco Coastal Centre. Part of the course was around the wooded areas of the beautiful Eco Centre.
Selina Elson has completed many triathlons to date but this was her first of 2017.
Selina’s performance:
Swim: 10m 17s
Bike: 42m 49s
Run: 32m 29s
Of the 139 finishers, Selina was 105th with a finish time (including transitions) of 1h 27m 30m.
The winner was Ross McGregor in 52m 09s.
The 1st female to finish was Rebekah Ward in 1h 01m 56s (13th overall).
Eye 10k Road Race (14th May)
This annual event to the East of Peterborough is put on by Eye Community Runners and raises hundreds of pounds for various charities. Despite the temperatures reaching in excess of 20 degrees, 507 runners completed the course.
From Mablethorpe RC, Andrea Mettam returned to this race with Debbie Jinks returning for the second time. Given the heat both ladies were quite rightly delighted with faster times, both of which were PB’s:
Debbie ran 50m 15s (190th).
Andrea ran 58m 41s (338th)
The winner was Ben Heron (Peterborough AC) in 34m 35s.
The 1st Female was Chloe Finlay (Unaffiliated) in 41m 09s (38th overall).
(Please see attached photograph of (L-R) Andrea – Debbie at the Eye 10k).
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Lunacy Runs Mayhem in May (14th May)
Lunacy Runs are extreme off-road running events ranging from 6 miles through to ultra marathons across undulating terrain with natural obstacles, hills and water crossings via man made rope swings and bridges.
Mayhem in May was held just outside the village of Hatcliffe in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds – 10k of undulating terrain with hills, woodland, water, ropes, and climbs on all natural obstacles.
From Mablethorpe RC, Cara Dixon, Lisa Musson & Carl Musson, Sheryl Hawse and Janine Stones were of the 256 other ‘Lunatics’ – (Completion awards all finishers fully fledged Lunatic status with a unique finishers’ medal).
Janine’s debut at a Lunacy run, she was 1st Female (3rd overall) in 1h 03m 30s.
Sheryl also made here 1st attempt at this obstacle course, she was 30th in 1h 18m 50s.
Carl is no stranger to these challenging runs, he was 62nd in exactly 1h 25m 00s.
Lisa accompanied Cara on the course which they jointly finished in 1h 53m 30s(206th/207th respectively).
The winner was Dan Warvill in 1h 01m 00s.
(See attached picture of (L_R) Cara, Lisa, Carl, Sheryl, Janine).
Another Lunacy Run (The Ogre of October) is scheduled to take place at the same location on 22/10/2017. Entries via http://www.sportsystems.co.uk/
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Wolds Dash Series 2017 (Race 1 – 10th May)
We had 10 Junior & 8 Senior Mablethorpe RC runners who were of 188 athletes both local and from further afield who took part in the first of 2017’s Wolds Dash (the 34th series). Hosted by Louth AC, these off-road runs take place at the Hubbard’s Hills recreational area to the West of town on summer evenings.
Our results were as follows:
Under 11 Boys (2.21km) – Woody Dales – 10m 38s.
Under 13 Girls (3.22km) – Lana Dales – 20m 26s. Willow Van Landegham – 20m 28s.
Under 13 Boys (3.22km) – Colby Hawse – 14m 52s. Benjamin Ailsby – 16m 38s. Onyx Clancy – 18m 18s.
Under 15 Girls (4.23km) – Keira Mager 19m 01s. Hope Midgley – 21m 34s. Rebecca Millward – 23m 45s.
Under 15 Boys (4.23km) – Keelen Guerin – 22m 06s.
Senior/Veteran Females (7.13km) – Paige Midgeley – 32m 58s. Debbie Jinks – 35m 39s. Sharon Margarson – 38m 01s. Elaine Wilson – 40m 25s. Andrea Mettam – 43m 53s. Helen Rice-Mundy – 54m 16s. Cara Dixon – 54m 16s.
Senior/Veteran Men (7.13km) – Joseph Rice-Mundy – 32m 04s.
(Attached below is a photo of Mablethorpe RC runners at this Wolds Dash).
Race 2 of the 2017 series is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 14th June at 7pm.
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North Lincolnshire (Scunthorpe) Half Marathon (7th May)
Organised by the small team at Tape2Tape, the event is now in its’ sixth year and was once again full to capacity.
There had to be a slight change to the course as the usual grandstand lap finish of Scunthorpe United FC’s stadium at Glanford Park was occupied due to a scheduled match. So it was necessary to change the course slightly with this year’s start & finish being from nearby Quibell Park. The course was otherwise largely unchanged leaving Scunthorpe, this extremely flat course on mainly closed roads follows alongside much of the Trent River Bank through the villages of Messingham, East Butterwick, Burringham, Althorpe and Gunness.
The weather has been horrendous in previous years but with temperatures in the high teens this year, it added to the challenge but the people of Scunthorpe came out of their homes to support which was much appreciated.
Of the 1583 who completed the extremely popular race, 5 had made the journey to participate from Mablethorpe with fabulous results all round as follows: 
Paula Downing ran 1h 28m 55s (126th) – 1st Vet 50 Female and a half marathon PB.
Roger Blake ran 1h 37m 39s (292nd) – Best half marathon time so far this year.
Debbie Jinks ran 1h 50m 29s (676th) – 7 minutes off last year and a Course Best (CB).
Andrea Mettam ran 2h 03m 41s (1041st) – Also a well deserved half marathon PB.
Vivienne Martin ran 2h 08m 06s (1151st) – Vivienne is an unaffiliated (not a club member) but nevertheless a local runner from SoS.
The winner was Mohammed Ahmed (unaffiliated) in just 1h 07m 31s.
The 1st Female was Natalie Burns (Lincoln Wellington AC) in an also outstanding time of 1h 19m 54s (30th overall).
(There is a photo attached of our runners donning their race shirts and finish medals afterwards. Pictured L-R are: Vivienne Martin, Roger Blake, Paula Downing, Debbie Jinks, Andrea Mettam).
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Cleethorpes ParkRun (6th May)
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.
Mablethorpe Running Club veteran, Janine Stones took part at the Cleethorpes event last weekend in which she had an exceptionally good run. She finished in 20m 20s (11th overall) for which she was 2nd female.
For more information about ParkRun, visit their website at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/
Croxby Crawl 2017 (3rd May)
The Croxby Crawl is hosted by Cleethorpes AC. This is the 35th year of a series of runs around the same location and races now total over 140 since it began back in November 1983.
Having completed these events year after year, Sharon Margarson & Elaine Wilson once again returned to the first running of the 2017 Croxby Crawl.
There were 138 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 both ladies were happy with their performances, each knocking off 1 minute from last year’s result.
Sharon finished 98th place (38m 20s).
Elaine finished 125th place (42m 01s).
The winner was, as previous years, Nick Martin (Caistor Running Club) in 23m 23s.
The 1st lady was Natalie Burns (Lincoln Wellington AC) in 27m 26s (12th overall).
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April events for MRC…

Langtoft 10k Road Race & Fun Run (30th April)
This well established annual village event began in 1988 to raise funds for the Langtoft Playgoup. Over the years many village projects have benefited from the village runs. These include; New gates for St Micheal’s Church, a basketball net for the playing field, donations to Langtoft Pre School, Langtoft Football Club, the Village hall committee and the Red Cross.
The original 6.7 mile run started from the pub car park and from the playing field at East end for the 2 mile fun run. These races proved very popular, attracting runners from all over the county and even further afield. In 1991 the races became metric and moved the start/finish area to the sports pavilion.
This year there were a staggering 339 runners that took over the normally quiet village roads. Of those 339, from Mablethorpe RC, veteran runner Janine Stones had another great run, she finished in 43m 22s (3rd Female, 60th overall).
The winner was Aaron Scott (Lincoln Wellington AC) in 32m 10s.
The 1st Female was Philippa Taylor (Nene Valley Harriers) in 38m 14s (15th overall).
Authorpe 10k Fun Run (28th April)
Four Mablethorpe runners recently took part in the charitable Authorpe 10k Fun Run which raises funds for LIVES First Responders and the Village Hall.
This annual 6 mile fun run start & finish is from the Authorpe Village Hall where runners can refuel once done with homemade cakes & refreshments.
This is a fun charitable run and not an official race as such so I have not as yet been able to ascertain finish times. However, please see the attached photo of our runners below. L-R: Andrea Mettam, Louise Willey, Guy Willey, Debbie Jinks.
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The Longhorn 5k (23rd April)

Recently there were multiple events collectively know as ‘The Longhorn’ 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon or 60k Ultra set in private areas of Sherwood Forest & the beautiful grounds of Thoresby Hall; a Grade 1 listed 19th Century country house in North Nottinghamshire.
Of the hundreds of runners across all events, Mablethorpe RC Junior Willow Van Landeghem took part in the 5k. Willow was undeterred by the hills and coped well with the warm conditions. She should, as we are, be proud to have finished in 32m 39s. She was 5th in her age group and 37th female home.
Please see attached photo below
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Virgin Money London Marathon 2017 (23rd April)
The iconic London Marathon is one of the top six world major marathons, widely regarded as the greatest city marathon in the world. It is a ‘must do’ for many amateurs, professionals & elite runners alike as well as thousands of charity entrants. Some aim just to cross not only the start but the finish line, some take part only for the fabulous experience, some chase that PB and thousands raise millions of pounds for their chosen charities. Whatever their reasons may be it was yet another great success and an inspiration to many.
Of the record breaking 40 000 plus athletes pounding the pavements & roads of the nation’s capital for the 37th London Marathon on Sunday, there was a trio from Mablethorpe RC: Paula Downing, Sharon Margarson & Elaine Wilson.
Having only completed her last marathon 6 days ago, Paula thoroughly embraced the experience of her 80th marathon finishing in 3h 16m 37s.
Sharon & Elaine are no strangers to marathon running either. They ran on Sunday for the charity Breast Cancer Now. This cause is very close to their hearts since a friend was diagnosed with the disease. They have made excellent progress with their fund raising activities over the years. Any further sponsors gratefully received via http://www.justgiving.com/e-wilson2
Sharon was rightly delighted with an all time marathon PB of 4h 31m 06s.
Elaine crossed that all important finish line in 5h 03m 20s.
(Picture attached of Elaine & Sharon attached below).
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Boston Marathon (UK) (17th April)
On Easter Monday the second running of the Boston Marathon (UK) took place, arranged to coincide with the world famous Boston Marathon over in the USA. Although not the thousands of competitors as in the US version (probably as expected) there were a pleasing 407 finishers in the full marathon and 312 finishers in the half marathon. The marathon was welcomed and ran by many from within the county, from various parts of the country and reportedly by international runners too. It was made possible due to the year of preparation by the Boston Marathon Association Committee, numerous sponsors, volunteers & marshals and the main sponsor Boston Big Local.
Starting from the Market Place passing the Blackfriars Theatre out towards Skirbeck, Freiston, Butterwick and Leverton Outgate heading back to Boston via Freiston Shore and Fishtoft. With the exception of Boston itself this course was quite isolated out on the fens requiring runners to dig deep to get through that isolation.
A trio from Mablethorpe Running Club were there: Paula Downing, Roger Blake & Mike Nelhams
Veteran marathon runner Paula gave a sterling performance completing her 79th marathon in 3h 12m 22s. This was an all time PB for which she was 3rd female (40th overall)
For Mike this was to mark his return to marathon running as although he has ran many before, this was after a 12 year absence. Mike was running for the Alzheimer’s Research UK charity. Mike & Roger set off together … and ran the entire course supporting each other all the way to cross the finish line. Roger was very pleased with 3h 42m 37s and Mike was equally happy with 3h 42m 38s (151st/152nd respectively).
(See pictures attached of our runners at the marathon. Use with courtesy & knowledge of John Rainsforth).
The race was won by Adam Holland (Notfast AC) (which is ironic) as he flew around the course in 2h 29m 35s! The 1st female was Myra Jones (Valley Striders AC) in 3h 02m 07s (18th overall).
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Colin Moody 5 Mile Road Race (12th April)
The annual Colin Moody Memorial 5 mile road race hosted by Cleethorpes Athletic Club took place last Wednesday evening. Held in the resort town, this year’s event attracted 80 participants from a wide age range; the youngest competitor being 17yrs and the eldest a mere 75yrs old!
From Mablethorpe Running Club, this is a favourite race of Sharon Margarson & Elaine Wilson. They were both delighted to cross the finish line with PB’s having run this race many times before.
Sharon finished 51st in 42m 16s.
Elaine finished 57th in 43m 13s.
The race was won by Gary Thomas (Wolds Vets) in 27m 43s.
The first lady back was Natalie Burns (Lincoln Wellington AC) in 29m 26s (5th overall).
(Photos attached below of Sharon & Elaine in action, pictures courtesy of Sarah Edwards).
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Tealby Trail Run  (9th April)
Situated on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, Tealby is the ideal location for this challenging event which has been hosted by Wolds Veteran Runners Club for many years, funds of which raised go towards their designated charity, the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.
The 9 mile route has beautiful scenery but very demanding hills which, combined with the heat, test runners to their max. However, these factors did little if nothing to deter Mablethorpe RC veteran runner Janine Stones … she finished 10th in 1h 17m 35s – this achievement gave her 1st Female also!
The winner was Nick Martin (Caistor RC) who made light work of this challenging terrain finishing in 1h 03m 52s.

 Friskney Half Marathon (9th April)

This Sunday was the 19th Friskney Half Marathon hosted by Boston & District AC which takes in the lovely scenery and quiet but open country roads of the Lincolnshire flatlands. On the hottest day of the year so far, it was 24 degrees with no chance of shade, the only relief was a strong breeze at times.
Unfortunately turnout was much lower than usual this year with just 34 runners completing the course in this brutal heat.
Roger Blake was first back for Mablethorpe, 12th in 1h 41m 50s.
Debbie Jinks not only ran a course PB but was 1st Female Vet 45, 26th place in 1h 56m 03s.
Vivienne Martin (not a Mablethorpe RC member however an enthusiastic & dedicated independent runner from SoS) was 1st Female Vet 55, 30th in 2h 07m 07s.
Andrea Mettam also ran a course PB, she finished 32nd in a fantastic time of 2h 15m 41s.
The race was won by Peter Duncan (Lincoln Wellington AC) in 1h 23m 44s.
The first female back was Sylvia Parkinson (Lincoln Wellington AC) in 1h 39m 27s (9th position overall).
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Viv, Roger, Debbie and Andrea
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Debbie and Viv with their trophies
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Debbie, Andrea, Viv and Roger with their medals
Grantham 10k Cup (2nd April)
Hosted annually by Grantham Running Club, the Grantham Cup 10k trail race is integrated into the world-renowned three day Belton International Horse Trial event. It is a 10k cross-country race, run through the beautiful grounds of the Belton House Estate. The route takes in a mixture of gradients and offers some stunning views from the heights of Belmont Tower as well as passing through the majestic deer park.
Janine Stones was of the 248 finishers. She thoroughly enjoyed the challenging nature of the course and the event itself. Janine was 42nd in 48m 55s (2nd female).
The race was won by Sam Mitchell (Notts Athletic Club) in 35m 54s.
The 1st female was Anna Jaques (Mvh Tri Club) in 45m 31s (25th overall).
Any profits from the race were going to Foxdale Equine Assisted Learning (FEAL), a fantastic organisation operating locally at Oasby. FEAL offers support and help to young people and families living with life limiting or life threatening conditions.
Temple Newsam (Trail) Marathon (1st April)
As featured in the Domesday Book, Temple Newsam is a Tudor-Jacobean house with huge landscaped grounds which are open to the public and are host to many sporting events. Regarded by many as “the Hampton Court of the North” as it is situated just to the East of the City of Leeds.
Last weekend the spectacular grounds hosted a festival of running of sorts as there were four races being run simultaneously (6.7 / 13.1 (half marathon) / 20 / 26.2 (marathon) miles respectively). This was an off-road trail run in laps of just over 6-and-a-half miles.
Across all races there were around 200 runners. Paula Downing was among the 32 finishers of the 4 lap full marathon. Despite the wet & muddy conditions, Paula took the miles completely in her stride enjoying great success once again. In this, her 78th marathon, she was 1st lady in 3h 50m 40s (4th overall).
The winner was Terry Forrest (Cairngorm Runners) in 3h 17m 24s.
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Races in March:

 Sandy 10 Mile Road Race (26th March)
This weekend Paula Downing travelled down to the small market town of Sandy in Bedfordshire for their annual 10 mile road race organised by Biggleswade AC. Starting from the Sandy Sports Centre, the route follows closed roads up through the villages of Everton and Gamlingay Heath touching the edges of Potton before returning a slightly different way to the finish.
After the 2016 race the race organisers gave £850.00 to St John’s Hospice. Biggleswade AC are delighted to say that surplus race proceeds will once again be donated to St John’s Hospice and Sue Ryder Care in Moggerhanger.
Of the 419 finishers, Paula averaged an impressive 6m 49s per mile finishing 49th in 67m 51s. For this she brought home another trophy (1st in her age category/6th lady/49th overall).
(Picture attached below of Paula (R) with Wendy Walsh (L) of St. Albans Striders who was 2nd (same age cat.) female in 69m 24s/58th overall).
The winner was Will Green (Serpentine Running Club) in a superfast time of 53m 09s.
The 1st lady was Rebecca Mayles (Redway Runners) in just 63m 49s/27th overall.
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Sewerby ParkRun (25th March)
ParkRun arrange free, weekly, 5km timed runs in parks and on green areas all around the UK (and all over the world for that matter). Organised & staffed entirely by volunteers, they are open to everyone and easy to take part in.
Whilst visiting Flamborough Head with her family, Janine Stones decided to take part in the Sewerby ParkRun. Not only that but she persuaded 2 of her sons (occasional runners) to have a go too.
Janine came in 18th in 21m 17s (3rd lady).
She was beaten by her son Wesley who came 9th in only 20m 22s.
Another son, Elliot, managed a very respectable 22m 42s (39th).
The winner was Jason Merrick (Driffield Striders) in 18m 16s.
The 1st lady was Deborah Church (Driffield Striders) in 20m 40s (13th overall).
This event attracted 204 runners.
For more information and locations see their website:
 
 Stowmarket Half Marathon (19th March)
Mike Nelhams recently returned to his former hometown of Stowmarket in Suffolk to take part in the 2017 Stowmarket Half Marathon organised & hosted by the Stowmarket Striders (Mike’s former running club).
Starting on the outskirts of Stowmarket in Great Finborough, the route is a loop via closed roads through the villages of Buxhall, Mill Green, and Poystreet Green then looping back to the finish at Great Finborough. With just shy of 50m of ascent this is reportedly otherwise a fairly flat road race.
In Mike’s first half marathon since relocating to and running in a Mablethorpe vest he was quite rightly pleased to have managed a hugely admirable time of 1h 42m 49s (101st overall) of the 402 finishers.
The winner was Michael Eccles (Norfolk Gazelles) in 1h 13m 30s.
The 1st Female was Odette Robson (Saint Edmund Pacers) in 1h 23m 47s (13th overall).
 
Gainsborough & Morton Striders 10k (19th March)
This is one of the most popular 10k’s in the country due to the flat road terrain and often favourable weather increasing the possibility of a PB. This year there were a record number of racers for the sixth running of the Gainsborough & Morton 10k organised by the town’s Striders RC. With 763 finishers (over 60 of which were Gainsborough & Morton Striders) tackling the head wind on an anti-clockwise route on closed countryside roads from Morton to East Stockwith, Walkerith and back to the finish line in Morton. 
Two veteran runners from Mablethorpe RC were there, Paula Downing (V50) and Kev Harrison (V60).
They both had great results as they were both 2nd in their relevant categories:
Paula ran 41m 33s for which she was 76th.
Kev ran 42m 12s for which he was 89th.
The winner was Lewis Jagger (Sheffield & Dearne/St. Mary’s Uni) in 32m 30s.
The 1st Female was Natalie Burns (Lincoln Wellington AC) in 36m 30s (10th overall).
 
Grantham (Newton’s Fraction) Half Marathon (5th March)
Organised by Grantham AC and now in their 12th year this sell-out race has a fantastic start/finish with a lap of the South Kesteven sports stadium. Leaving 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. There are a challenging hills at miles 6, 8 and a particularly testing one at mile 11 pushing runners to their limits before returning back into the stadium for a ‘grandstand’ finish.
The weather conditions were far from ideal with rain on & off for the duration of the event but the runners were not put off by this in the slightest.
3 Mablethorpe RC runners were of the 406 finishers: Paula Downing made her debut at this event with Debbie Jinks & Andrea Mettam who made their return having ran it for the first time last year.
Paula not only ran a half marathon PB but she was also 2nd female, 54th in a fantastic time of 1h 32m 48s.
Debbie & Andrea ran the course together, refusing to let the wet weather dampen their spirits. They were 341st & 342nd in 2h 11m 54s.
The race was, as last year, won by Adam Holland (Notfast RC) in a remarkable time of just 1h 12m 27s.
The 1st female back was Natalie Teece (Stilton Striders) in 1h 29m 27s (38th overall).
Pictures attached below, one of Paula accepting her award afterwards and Debbie & Andrea with their finish medals after the event (this photo courtesy of Martin Jinks).
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February events
The 2017 Saucony National Cross Country Championships (25th February)
The picturesque setting of Wollaton Park in the heart Nottingham was the venue for The 2017 Saucony National Cross Country Championships. Not only home to abundant deer and other wildlife but to Wollaton Hall, Nottingham Natural History Museum and many other fine architectural & historical buildings.
A mild day but typical XC conditions of rain, wind & mud did little to deter an astounding 8116 athletes from across all age groups who descended upon the park from running clubs all over the UK.
Keen XC enthusiasts, brother & sister Archie & Ellie Rainbow were there representing Mablethorpe.
Archie (U15 Boys) ran 4.5km, a great effort and finish time of 16m 47s (157th of 379).
Ellie (U13 Girls) ran 3km with a determined performance and finish time of 17m 11s (387th of 467).
Sadly, this is Archie & Ellie’s last run in a Mablethorpe RC vest as they move clubs to train and represent Nene Valley Harriers. However,  we understand their reasons for doing so. We are very proud of their achievements over the years and wish them every success for the future years.
(Ellie & Archie are pictured together at The 2017 Championships below).
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Marriott’s Way (Trail) Marathon 2017 (19th February)
Marriott’s Way is a long-distance foot, cycle path and bridleway between Norwich and Aylsham in Norfolk. The name of the route originates from the chief engineer and manager of the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway (M&GNJR), William Marriott who held this position for 41 years. Open to walkers, cyclists and horse riders, its’ total length is 24.6 miles (39.5 km). The path uses the trackbeds of two former railway lines so as such is over a mixture of surfaces; tarmac, compacted gravel and mud; with a couple of miles added on, it is perfect for a trail marathon!
From the start at Aylsham Station to the finish at Sloughbottom Park, Norwich the race was well marshalled, supported and spectated.
The debut running of the event this year (which also saw a half marathon taking place alongside) was hailed as a great success by the race organisers and a marvelous contribution to Norfolk tourism with runners of all abilities from near & far taking part. (95 successfully completed the marathon and there were 141 finishers for the half).
Paula took the miles completely in her stride enjoying the race finishing 12th overall (2nd female) in 3h 31m 09s.
The winner was Chris Mickleburgh (Norwich Road Runners) in 2h 50m 51s and the 1st female was Susan Matthews (Ryston Runners AC) in 3h 26m 42s (8th overall).
Armagh International Road Races (16th February)
Rob & Shez Hawse with their daughter Ella recently flew the flag for Mablethorpe by travelling to Northern Ireland to race at the Armagh International among hundreds of athletes from all over the world:
5k
Rob has tried for a number of years to get into this elite race (need to run under 17 minutes for 5k which he qualified for at the Doncaster 5k last summer).
Rob was a bit disappointed with his time of 17m 02s but thoroughly enjoyed the great experience running in an elite field, with competitors from the USA, Scotland, Finland and quite a few running in national vests from other parts of the world. The winner ran an astonishing 13m 55s and 77 finished in under 15 minutes!
3k
Shez ran in the SW (female) 3k and produced a new Personal Best in 12m 20s (88th overall).
1400m
Ella was happy to have taken part in an International 1400 meter race, she came 12th so was really pleased with that.
(Picture attached below of Ella at Armagh).
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St Valentines Day 30k (12th February)
The Stamford Striders’ St Valentine 30K Race is their Club’s flagship event. It is run each year on the Sunday closest to St Valentine’s Day, 14th February. It is recognised nationally not only as a tough event (providing a good training run for those planning a spring marathon) but ranks 9th in the Runners World list of 100 Top UK Races from feedback.
Now in their 24th year in what can be described as dismal weather (very cold, windy & wet) there were 589 runners that no only braved the elements but crossed the start & finish lines of the 2017 race.
From Mablethorpe RC Sharon Margarson & Elaine Wilson were there.
Starting & finishing at the Welland Academy School in Stamford, the course winds its way through what on a nice day would be pleasant rural running through the villages of: Little Casterton, Tolethorpe, Ryhall, Careby, Pickworth and Great Casterton on a challenging undulating route on which the event organisers say there are “a few modest hills”!
Sharon’s debut at this particular event saw a determined & deserving effort for which she finished 485th in 3h 05m 47s.
Elaine ran here last year and undeterred by the weather was delighted to knock over 9 minutes off her time. She finished 508th in 3h 11m 07s.
The race was once again won by Aaron Scott in just 1h 39m 56s.
The female to finish was Sophie Kelly (39th overall) in only 2h 02m 56s.
(Sorry, no photo from this event as the ladies explained that it was far too cold to stand around)!
Do you want to go out to run in the company of others? Whether you have never run in your life, have a moderate interest or want to return to running, we can help!
Please see attached below our new brochure.
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.
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Alsager 5 (5th February)
Earlier in February Rob Hawse travelled to Alsager, near Stoke-On-Trent, to take part in what is said to be one of the fastest and, as such, most popular 5 mile road races in Great Britain, hence there were 954 competitors.
Rob gave one of his strongest performances yet finishing in the first 10%.
He was 55th with a Personal Best of 28m 43s.
The winner was Jack Martin (Stockport Harriers & AC) in 23m 44s.
The first female back was Lauren Howarth (Leigh Harriers & AC) in a time of 27m 23s (31st overall).
(Picture of Rob racing here attached below).
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January events
Waterway 30 (28th January)
Organised by running enthusiast Ronnie Staton and his team at Hobo Pace events, this 31 mile clockwise circular waterway route along the picturesque banks of the River Trent and towpaths of the Chesterfield Canal with plentiful bird and wildlife all around.
As described by Ronnie on the event website:
From the start at South Wheatley Village Hall (near Retford) heading out towards the Chesterfield Canal for the initial 3 miles through challenging field edges and track. On more runnable ground through Drakeholes continuing on all the way to West Stockwith, the end of the Chesterfield Canal, to immediately pick up the River Trent to head towards Gainsborough. The Trent Valley Way is a real challenge underfoot after the smooth canal towpaths but is rewarded with a real sense of freedom and solitude at times by the Trent. From Gainsborough continuing down the river bank towards Littleborough before pushing hard on a few inclines and declines to the finish at South Wheatley Village Hall.
Last weekend 3 Mablethorpe RC members were of the 156 finishers of this extraordinary event:
Paula Downing completed her 76th marathon in 4h 53m 47s for which she gained another trophy – Second Female (18th overall).
Wife & Husband Tammy & Chris Rainbow ran the course together with Tammy completing her longest race ever despite only recently recovering from a chest infection. With Chris giving motivational talk along the way from his many hundreds if not thousands of miles ran. Tammy relieved to cross the line in 5h 54m 56s (62nd) and Chris proud to follow in 5h 54m 57s (63rd).
The race was won by Steven Lord (unaffiliated) in 3h 49m 54s.
The 1st Female was Sarah Richards (Balanced Performance) in 4h 44m 36s (15th overall).
Cleethorpes ParkRun (28th January)
As described before, ParkRun are popular free-to-enter, casual but timed 5km events held in parks and green areas across the UK which are organised & staffed entirely by volunteers to encourage the public of all ages & abilities to engage in physical activity.
This Saturday 3 Mablethorpe RC members were of the 188 that finished:
Keira Mager made her debut finishing an impressive 34th in 22m 26s.
Ella Hawse, also a first-timer, finished a few places ahead, she was 30th in 21m 53s. (Also a Club record for Ella in her age group).
Janine Stones, a regular at the Cleethorpes event, was 18th in 21m 05s (3rd lady).
The run was won by Ben Plumpton (Cleethorpes & District AC) in 18m 50s.
The 1st lady was Lea Meinecke (Caistor Running Club) in 19m 34s (4th overall).
For more information about ParkRun, visit their website at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/
Here are some photos from Saturday
Keira in action
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Ella in action
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Runners and supporters [l-r: Shez & Colby Hawse, Keira, Ella, ‘guest runner’ Steve Beverley and Janine]
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(Pictures by Colin Wright & Steve Green).
The Lincolnshire Runner XC League Match 4 (15th January)
The fourth and final match of The Lincolnshire Runner Cross Country League took place in January at Hubbards Hills, a picturesque area of natural beauty to the West of Louth. The grassed area had been rained on and combined with the hilly terrain it made for typical cross country conditions. Of roughly 200 runners that turned out on this bracing and wet morning, a great turnout of 11 from Mablethorpe RC, both juniors (many of them first-timers) & seniors.
(Sorry, unable to ascertain the varied distances for the various age groups but times as follows) …
(U11 Boys) – Woody Dales – 9m 56s.
(U11 Girls) – Macy Clancy – time uncertain.
(U13 Girls) – Ellie Rainbow – 12m 22s. Onyx Clancy – 15m 01s. Lana Dales – 15m 30s. Willow Van Landeghem – 16m 12s.
(U15 Girls) – Ella Hawse – 9m 50s. Keira Mager – 10m 10s
(U15 Boys) – Archie Rainbow – 11m 40s.
(U17 Women) – Alice Hockham – 29m 01s.
(U20 & S/V Women) – Janine Stones – 24m 00s.
The Lincolnshire Cross Country Championships (8 Jan 2017)
Last weekend The Lincolnshire Cross Country Championships took place at Biscathorpe near Louth.
Although a picturesque area of natural beauty this is an exceptionally difficult & challenging XC course with multiple river/stream crossings and large muddy areas to contend with (as you can appreciate from the pictures below)!
Of the 218 competitive runners from all parts of the county, 6 Mablethorpe RC juniors and 1 senior were there with excellent results as follows:
(U13 Girls) – (3.5km) – Ellie Rainbow – 18m 21s
(U15 Girls) – (4.5km) – Keira Mager – 19m 02s / Ella Hawse – 23m 54s
(U17 Ladies) – (5.7km) – Alice Hockham – 32m 01s
(Veteran Women) – (5.7km) – Janine Stones – 25m 32s (1st place)!
(U13 Boys) – (3.5km) – Colby Hawse – 21m 13s
(U15 Boys) – (4.5km) – Archie Rainbow – 14m 46s (3rd).
3 photographs from the XC Champs attached below (Archie Rainbow, Ellie Rainbow, Janine Stones) with the permission & courtesy of Adrian Royle, a good friend of all at Mablethorpe RC.
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Cleethorpes ParkRun (1 Jan 2017)
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.
Mablethorpe Running Club juniors brother & sister Archie & Ellie Rainbow made their debut ParkRun at Cleethorpes on New Year’s Day.
Despite the icy conditions there were 156 finishers on New Year’s Eve.
Archie had a particularly outstanding result winning the event outright in 18m 35s.
Ellie also made an excellent debut effort, she finished 33rd in 24m 09s (6th female).
For more information about ParkRun, visit their website at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/
 

New Year’s Day 10k

Cleethorpes Athletics Club have been hosts to the traditional New Year’s Day 10k on the town’s promenade for many years. 418 runners started their 2017 taking on a chilly coastal wind to take on this out & back 10k seafront course.
From Mablethorpe RC, three of our members made their return having ran the course many times before:
Kev Harrison came in strong once again, he finished 83rd in 42m 37s (2nd Vet 60).
Training partners Sharon Wheatley Margarson & Elaine Wilson represented the Club once again.
Sharon finished 270th in 54m 36s.
Elaine was 309th in 57m 39s.
As with last year the race was won by Matthew Bowser (Lincoln Wellington AC). He made it around the course in only 31m 07s.
The 1st Female was Natalie Burns (also as last year and also of LWAC) (18th overall) in an impressive time of 36m 39s.

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