Mid way through the year!...and what a week to finish the first half off!
83 runners from around the region attended last Wednesday evenings 2nd (of 3) Bolingbroke Breaker races, this time was the 8 mile route, hosted by Skegness and District Running Club. SADRC's Mark Sands from Boston took top spot in 46:18. 2nd was fellow SADRC runner, Paul Jackson in 48:51 and hot on his heels for 3rd place was Steven Dowse (unattached), who clocked a time of 48:56 . First lady to cross the finish line was Lincoln Wellington's Natalie Burns (50:41) who claimed overall 6th place. 2nd lady to complete was SADRC's own Angela Thompson (1:00:43) . Ruth Edison from Louth AC was 3rd lady home with a 1:02:44 time. Leanne Rickett and Gail Davies from the host club put in strong performances for 2nd and 3rd club ladies to complete the challenging hilly course in 1:04:27 (31st oa) and 1:05:17 (36th oa) respectively. The club Committee would like to extend their gratitude to all those who attended and also to club members and friends who gave up their time to act as Marshalls, race officials and man water stations etc. We couldn't do it without them.
Graham Farley tackled the Lakeland Trail run at Ambleside in the Lake District on Saturday, which Graham coined 'one of toughest I’ve done - including marathons, but without doubt the most scenic' . 3000ft of climb on scree, rocks and slate with some steep descents made the route technically challenging and some errant way marking adding 3k of unnecessary climbing to an already tough course.
Guy Hatton continues his journey towards 100 marathons, racking up number 49 at a 24hr race, Endure 24 in Leeds. He completed 14 laps totaling 71miles in 23:12:53. Fantastic running, and we look forward to reading abut number #50 next week!
Another gentleman who swapped the Boston hills for the Derbyshire Hills was Andrew Glendhill. Andrew went to the dales and thoroughly enjoyed the race despite the hot conditions. Well Done, the scenery looked beautiful which must have helped the running!
The Humber half marathon celebrated its 20th anniversary on Sunday. An undulating course, which crosses the Humber Bridge twice was made all the more challenging by the weekend's heat. Mark Sands was first SADRC male to finish the race in 1:41:28. Mark Haynes put in a sterling performance for 1:48:50 with Lee Cook 3rd club male for 2:12:42. 1st lady home for SADRC was Rebecca Grice with a personal best time of 2:12:02 with Mickaela Crane close behind and running her first ever half marathon with a fantastic time of 2:12:27. Cheryl Pawson continues to progress her comeback from injury with a creditable 2:17:13 chip time whilst Natalie Mitchell showed real team spirit when fellow club runner Lora Hawkins took an unfortunate stumble, picking up a knee injury at mile 7. Lora trooped on to complete the full 13miles and the pair rallied together and crossed the line together in 2:36:03.
Alistair frost made a comeback from recent niggles to test the legs at Run Orwell 10k and it looks to have gone very well. Alistair completed the mostly off road countryside route in 51:19 meanwhile Chris Hurst joined the Run for Life in Louth for a reflective 5k and managed to knock more than 1min off last year's time (22:36).
Last but by no means least for a 'buzzy' weekend our Katy Cridland (née Taylor for results) and Lauren Wilson ran at the Normanby (or 'Norman Bee') 10k. The route takes in the annual Burton in Bloom Festival raising awareness of bumblebees. Katy clocked up 1:10:40 with Lauren just behind on 1:10:53.
The next Bolingbroke Breaker will be the 10k route on Wednesday 24th July. All welcome. £4 to enter on the night. For information about the Bolingbroke Breaker and Sadrc club nights at Skegness, Boston, Horncastle and Spilsby visit the website at www.skegnessanddistrictrc.co.uk.