Sunday 21st July
On Saturday, 3 members of Skegness and District Running Club travelled to Nottingham for the inaugural 401 Running Festival at Sherwood Pines. It is a full weekend of running where participants can run up to 26.2 miles throughout the weekend. The event was run by Ben Smith who ran 401 marathons in 401 days a few years back, where he was supported by a few members of the club during some of his marathons.
First race of the day was the 5km, and a spur of the moment decision, Rebecca Grice ran the 5km at 2:30pm followed by the half marathon at 4:30pm and was joined by Emmajean and Jimmy Hearn. Emmajean absolutely smashed the off road half marathon, knocking a huge 9 minutes off her PB and getting under that magical 2 hour bracket, finishing in a time of 1:59:46. Jimmy also finished in style with a PB time of 2:08:30 knocking 1min19 seconds off his previous half marathon time. Rebecca finished in 2:29:48.
Alistair Frost went to support the Emma-Jayne Memorial Country 10km Run on Sunday based in Little Cawthorpe near Louth. Alistair ran in a time of 48:02, thoroughly enjoyed the event and met lots of nice people supporting a great cause raising over £2000 for the Neurosurgical Ward at Hull R.I. Alistair also ran with Laura Allworthy who runs at Horncastle sometimes! Fantastic running from both of you
The ASDA Foundation, Jane Tomlinson 10km took the next stage to Burnley. Dave Kenyon flew the flag for SADRC in this one. The race is based around Towneley Park and even though it is not the biggest of the Jane Tomlinson races, it claims to be the friendliest. Dave finished in a time of 50:28 and 22nd in his age category.
Elsewhere on Sunday, The Round Donny Run took place. It is a multi-stage trail race which will sees runners undertake a scenic 9 stage 21 mile course on footpaths and trials taking in many of the beautiful parks around Doncaster. It is all very secret, and once you are invited to a Facebook Group you find out more and more information. Helen and Charlie Luff took part in this 30km challenge as a combined team and came in just under 3 hours which is fantastic. Helen said “it is great scenery and great support….would defiantly recommend it.”
Last but not least, Sunday saw the fourth edition of the Orsted Great Grimsby 10k, which has a growing reputation for its excellent atmosphere and superb organisation (with thanks to the army of volunteers who make it possible), it's popularity was demonstrated by a huge attendance of 57 runners from Skegness and District Running Club. The first club male to complete the fast and flat road run was Mark Sands in a time of 35:13 claiming 22nd place overall and the 1st place prize for the MV45 category. Darren Weston was 2nd SADRC male (42:14) with Brian Darrington in 3rd (42:37).
For the ladies Angela Thompson continues to go from strength to strength for 43:47 for a pb and 3rd place in fv45 category. Gail Davies also posted a new PB (48:03) and was 2nd club lady home. 3rd SADRC lady was Leanne Rickett in 49:17. There were a host of personal bests achieved over the 6.2mile distance despite the rising heat of the day including Darrell Brown (43:12) and Guy Hatton (49:34).
Charlotte Armsby (52:23) Georgina Bache (52:30) and Sarah Millburn (52:47) gave credit for their trio of new pbs to fellow club member David Sydenham (52:24) who paced them round the course. Amy Lambley is close to achieving that sub55 with a PB run of 55:01 and Craig Tuplin beat his PB of 2years and improved his time on this course in 2018 by 6 and a half minutes (57:51). Abby Herdman ran in club colours for the first time to set her future target at 1:14:30.
For information about the Sadrc club nights at Skegness, Boston, Horncastle and Spilsby visit the website at www.skegnessanddistrictrc.co.uk or Facebook.