Report by Rebecca Porter courtesy of The Skegness Siren.
Local running club Skegness Coasters took on the challenge of organising a 60-mile summer relay on Sunday, June 25.
Mark Harvey devised the 60-mile route which included a mixture of flat country roads and hilly, multi-terrain sections.
The club hadn’t undertaken a relay challenge like this since 2012 so was very eager to make it a success.
The route of the relay.
On the day, over 30 members of the seaside club took part in at least one leg of the event; some enthusiastic runners even opting to complete four legs of the event simultaneously (26.2 miles – marathon distance).
The relay started at the club’s base, The Welcome Inn, in Skegness, where members meet every Tuesday for their weekly club training session.
The legs were as follows:
Leg 1 – The Welcome Inn to Burgh Market Place (3.9 miles), Leg 2 – Burgh Market Place to the top of Mill Hill (4.4 miles), Leg 3 – Mill Hill to the top of Fordington (4.3 miles), Leg 4 – Fordington to Somersby (6.1 miles), Leg 5 – Somersby to Ruckland 4.5 miles, Leg 6 – Ruckland to Little Cawthorpe (7.4 miles), Leg 7 – Little Cawthorpe to South Thoresby (7.5 miles), Leg 8 – South Thoresby to Farlesthorpe (6.8 miles), Leg 9 – Farlesthorpe to Huttoft (6.2 miles), Leg 10 – Huttoft to Chapel St. Leonards (5.6 miles), and finally Leg 11 Chapel St. Leonards to The View, Winthorpe (4.1 miles).
Secretary of the running club, Elly Rutherford, reflected on the event: “It was great running with friends, in parts of our beautiful county that our trainers had not seen before.”
Member Carl Clark added: “The event was fantastic and showed one of the many things I love about Skegness Coasters; that we are all supportive of each other’s abilities. Today made me realise running isn’t about how fast you can run a mile in, it’s about encouraging one another along the way.”
Nathan Fisher said: “I can’t wait for the next one!”
“Thank you to all involved in organising the event and making it such a success, and a huge thank you to The View, at Winthorpe, for hosting us for our finish line ‘get-together”, said Press Co-ordinator Rebecca Porter.
On Wednesday, June 14, Janet Harmston ran the Wolds Dash, a 7.3 mile route based in Louth.
She completed the race in 67 minutes and 4 seconds, placing 5th in the veterans category.
On the following Wednesday (June 21) Janet also took part in the Click’em Inn 10 mile run; another local Summer Series event.
Janet finished in 1 hour, 34 minutes and 20 seconds.
Skegness Coasters caters for all abilities and meets every Tuesday at 18.30 at The Welcome Inn, Skegness.