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Sunday 28th July 2019

Skegness and District runners braved the extreme weather this week

A total of 84 runners braved the heat to take part in what was the last of the three Bolingbroke Breaker runs for the year. The Bolingbroke Breaker series takes in some of the challenging hills around Old Bolingbroke, near Spilsby, and are hosted by Skegness and District each year. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their continued participation and support for these races.

Out of the 84 runners, 31 of these were from Skegness and District. First back for the club was Paul Jackson in 38min 52sec, who finished the race in first place, followed by Mark Lyon 44.56 and Andy Shelton 47.37. The first female back for the club was Angela Thompson in 47.07 followed by Leanne Rickett 50.05 and Gail Davies 51.28.

With a complete change in the weather, Saturday saw a very wet Heckington 10-mile road race. Eleven runners from the club took part, despite the weather, with one even managing a PB. First back for the club was Leanne Rickett in 1hour 19mins 11secs who also came 5th in her age category. Second back for the club, and first male was Ian Kocko in 1.19.12. Martin Beagley had a great run and was third back for the club, finishing in 1.23.14. Managing to bag a fantastic 6-minute PB despite the less favourable conditions was Rebecca Grice 1.34.12.

Other finishers were Katie Thomas 1.32.13, Guy Hatton 1.32.13, Julie Goodwin 1.34.21, Sarah Thomas 1.39.12, Shawn Thomas 1.39.13, Elaine Mitchell 1.46.17 and Alex Mitchell 1.46.17.

On Sunday, again in torrential rain, was the inaugural Gnome Roam in Northampton. The event is a six hour timed challenge with participants completing as many 5.17mile loops as they wish within the time limit. The course is a mix of bike paths and grassy trails along the River Nene and around several flood reservoirs, so plenty of wildlife and views to be seen. Four runners took on the challenge from the club with Jimmy and Emmajean Hearn becoming Ultramarathon runners, completing a total distance of over 30 miles. Barry and Janet Norton also did incredibly well, running four laps of the 5.17mile course, meaning they clocked up a total mileage of over 20 miles each. Fantastic running from all four of you! What an excellent achievement!

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