Sunday 28th April 2019
Even the lure of chocolate eggs didn’t stop Skegness and District Running Club on Easter Monday, with 3 members taking to the road. The Peak Rail 7 organised by Matlock AC was attended by Stuart Cragg and Angela Thompson. This multi-terrain out and back race includes bridges and steps along gravel, dirt and tarmac paths that run alongside the Peak railway line. The aim was to beat the steam train, which they both managed to do with 5-6 minutes to spare. Angela Thompson did really well in hot conditions to finish 38th out of 215 competitors in a time of 50:06, and won a prize for being the 3rd lady home. Stuart finished 52nd in a time of 51:20.
In addition, Rebecca Grice traveled up north to take part in the Ackworth Half Marathon. The race was undulating to say the least, and very hot but Rebecca finished in a time of 2:20:47, her 2nd fastest half marathon time. Rebecca described the race as "well organised, very scenic, and very beautiful but a challenging half marathon!”
Last week continued with a superb display of endurance and strength over long distance starting with Paul Wilson on Saturday. Paul completed the Highland Fling. A 6am start for the 53 mile ultra-marathon that follows the West Highland Way, Scotland’s oldest official long distance footpath, through the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Parks. Paul finished in an incredible time of 11:19:36. Just WOW!
Sports people and general public alike cannot fail to have noted that Sunday was the world famous running of the Virgin London Marathon. This year SADRC had 10 members amongst the tens of thousands on the start line. Conditions considerable more favourable than the soaring temperatures of 2018. Leading the way for the club in spectacular fashion was William Kelly (2:37:05), knocking 4mins 41secs off his Manchester Marathon time from only 3 weeks ago. Hot on his heels was Mark Sands (2:39:11), who put in a phenomenal effort despite recent 'niggles'. Third to complete for SADRC was Paul Jackson (2:53:39) followed by Mark Lyon. Mark made this year worth the wait after having to defer his place last year due to injury and subsequent surgery by posting an impressive result of 3:33:18. Ian Russell took this opportunity to use his efforts to help raise funds for a charity important to him, Dementia Revolution and certainly did them proud with a 3:50:24 result.
Bob Green (4:09:22) claimed one of the club ballot places and it couldn't have been more perfect that so did wife Kerry Bird Green (4:34:55). Gail Davies (4:22:43) was the first of the SADRC ladies to pass Buckingham Palace and head for the finish line on the Mall to complete her fund raising efforts for Breast Cancer Now. Sam Fox (4:31:59) faced her first marathon confidently and also raised more than £1000 for her charity, The Ovarian Care Fund, a cause close to her family's heart and finally Steph Scott, raising money for Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance (4:45:21) loved the experience of her first marathon.
Meanwhile, back in Lincolnshire, four club runners took on the Authorpe 10k fun run hosted by Louth Athletic Club. First back for the club and fifth overall was Martin Chapman in 44.33, knocking 3mins off last years’ time too. Robin Harrison and Susie Jackson ran together, finishing in 55.00. Robin is on day 517 of his running streak with only 8 days left to go until he reaches his 525 consecutive days running. Next back for the club was Elaine Broomfield in 1.07.58 smashing her course PB from last year by 2mins.
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