24th June 2018
Skegness and District runners were out in force across the county this week braving the heat and smashing PBs in the process.
On Wednesday, 20 June there was the Click’em Inn 10-mile at Swinhope, part of the Wolds Vets series. Six club runners took part, first back for the club were Will Kelly and Paul Jackson who both finished in 1:00:25. Other finishers were Phil Horton 1:14:14, Ian Russell 1:19:36, Helen Blair 1:27:32 and Richard Barnett 1:32:46.
Runners celebrated the Summer solstice on Friday, 22 June at the Grantham running club Summer Solstice 10k race. A total of 24 runners from the club took part, including Lora Hawkins who was competing in her first 10k and finished in a brilliant 1:01:44. Smashing their 10k personal bests were Ed Crawford 39:25, also first back for the club, Sarah Thomas 59:00 and Ben Turner who took a huge 8 minutes off his previous PB, finishing in 1:03:08.
Four runners took part in the Louth 5k Race for Life on Sunday, 24 June. Angela Thompson was first back for the club and came 6th overall, finishing in 23:27, followed by Chris Hurst 23:35. Beating their previous 5k PBs at this race were Dawn Allen 28:55 and Jade Kirman 33:40.
Sunday was also the date of the 10k at Normanby Hall, raising money and awareness for the plight of our bumblebees. Six runners took part, first back for the club was Ian Russel 46:18, closely followed by Andy Shelton 46:19. The other finishers were Ian Kocko 47:06, Helen Blair 51:18, Samantha Fox 55:07 and Victoria Edwards who finished in 57:44 despite spraining her ankle in the first 100-yards.
Three runners took on the Humber half marathon, Emma Marshall-Telfer, who is coming back from injury, completed the half in 1:54:01, Anna Watson knocked 12-minutes off her time from last year finishing in 2:21:05 and Will and Carol Dualat both got new half marathon PBs of 2:32:39 and 2:42:05 respectively.
Meanwhile there was the Grimsthorpe Gallop in the grounds of Grimsthorpe Castle, which consisted of 10k, 10-mile and half marathon distances. Nine runners in total took part; Maria Yuill, Barry Norton, Janet Norton and Steve Freun took on the 10k race. Natalie Mitchell and Craig Tuplin completed the 10-mile race and Leanne Rickett and Mark Sands took on the half marathon challenge with Leanne winning her age category despite only recently coming back from injury.
Other runners flying the Skegness and District flag this week were Alistair Frost who completed the Orwell 10k near Cambridge, finishing in 46:21 and Sally Cadle who went to Clumber Park for their 10k race, finishing in 1:02:13.
Skegness and District running club are hosting the second of their 2018 Bolingbroke Breaker series on Wednesday, 27 June. This time it’s the 8-mile challenge, consisting of challenging hills on quiet country lanes. The cost of entry is £4, all entries are taken on the night, and registration is at the Black Horse Inn from 6pm with the race starting at 7.15pm.