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Coasters clock up 60 miles in one day

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).

Leg 5 underway – Somersby to Ruckland
There was tremendous support from members of the club, family and friends; who assisted with driving between the transition points to transport runners, much-needed drinks and snacks and for morale support also. There were a few obstacles to overcome on the day including: nettles, corn, a field full of curious cows and a wrong turn or two, but it all added to the running adventure.

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.

Extra challenge on leg 6 – How many runners can you fit in a phonebox?

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.


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