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Updated Skegness Coasters Welcome Pack

New Committee member Mark Shaw has very kindly updated the Skegness Coasters Welcome Pack for the club and we are most grateful for his time and effort in doing so. Please do take a look at this very informative document which can also be found via the link on the ‘About’ page.  As always any feedback and comments are always appreciated.

Coasters present £7,500 cheque to Skegness RNLI

Photo courtesy of County Linx Radio.

The Skegness Coasters presented the Skegness RNLI with a cheque for £7,500 last weekend.

The money was raised from their annual 10K run.

All roads lead to Rome

Coasters David Young, Janet Harmston, Carole Tumber and Ben Peel before the Cleethorpes 10K.

Report by Rebecca Porter courtesy of the Skegness Standard.

On New Year’s Day four members of the Skegness Coasters Running Club took part in the annual Cleethorpes 10K, which is organised by Cleethorpes Athletics Club. The fast, flat race was held around the streets of Cleethorpes and Humberston. Each finisher received a great technical running top for their efforts. Ben Peel reflected: “The course was much improved this year with total road closures for the first time.

“The unseasonably warm weather made for a great day’s running too.” Results: David Young 49.15, Janet Harmston 52.06, Ben Peel 54.14, Carole Tumber 1:00.32.

Two keen Coasters travelled to Italy to participate in the Rome 10K on New Year’s Eve. The course took in the Colosseum, Spanish steps, the Trevi Fountain and other famous sights.

Sue Smith and Ian Bailey finished in 57 mins 26 secs and 57 mins 57 secs respectively. Ian commented: “It was a fantastic course and perfect weather – 2,700 runners ran and the streets were lined with spectators cheering you on.”



London Marathon Criteria

During the last Committee meeting the criteria for the London marathon club place was discussed and updated as it always is on an annual basis. So this is no reflection on anyone but we felt that we needed to make it fairer for more people who haven’t run it before to have a chance of gaining the club place.

The committee decided the criteria will be altered for 2018’s club draw so that anyone who has run the marathon using the club place in the previous 3 years cannot enter the draw.

The rest of the criteria remains the same though.

• Must produce a rejection letter from the general ballot entry
• Must be a fully paid up member before the ballot opened
• Must have represented the club at least six times in organized races by running in club colours during the last year. The year runs from the beginning of October to the end of September. Please list six races if you wish to enter the club ballot.
• Must not have been in a receipt of a club place in the previous three years
• The club secretary will register the place on behalf of the winner and they are responsible for paying for it. The place can be deferred if the winner becomes injured or unable to take part for any other reason but it cannot be transferred as it is not like a normal entry to any other race
• The lucky runner who receives the club place must wear the Skegness Coasters colours (vest or T-shirt) on race day as they will be representing the club


Compass Points Coasters to Classic Runs

Report by Rebecca Porter courtesy of the Skegness Siren.

Sunday , September 10 was a packed morning of chilliness, running and banter for the Skegness Coasters at the East Coast Classic 10K.

Fourteen Coasters participated in the East Coast Classic 10K, which is brilliantly organised each year by Mablethorpe Running Club.

Starting from Mablethorpe Lifeboat Station, runners paced out towards Trusthorpe, making their way to Sutton-On-Sea, before turning back on themselves along the promenade.

Each finisher received a fabulous medal engraved with Mablethorpe donkeys, to remember the race in 2014 where donkeys ran alongside runners on the promenade.

Runners were also treated to an ice-cream after the race, provided by Farmer Brown, and a brilliant goody bag which included locally produced Fairburn’s eggs.

It was a particularly special occasion for Jeanette Blythe; who was taking part in her first ever 10K event.

Jeanette graduated from the club’s C25K course a year ago and with hard work and determination has built her way up to the 10K distance.

Jeanette said:

“It was a really great feeling crossing the finishing line of my first 10K race.”

Tracy Sands commented:

“The support and motivation from marshals along the route was brilliant and really spurred you on”.

Times: Carl Clark 44:55, David Young 48:23 PB, Paul Whitley 54:10, Peter Fulwood 54:50 PB, Nathan Fisher 55:00, Emily Jane Avison 57:15, Debbie Cumberworth 1:04:15, Tracy Sands 1:09:20 PB, Les Arrowsmith 1:16:49, Vicky Lewis 1:20:26, Rebecca Porter 1:20:28 CPB, Jeanette Blythe 1:25:44 PB, Claire Parker 1:25:44, Sarah Hawkins 1:37:08.

The well-known Great North Run, which takes place in the city of Newcastle each September, was attended by Coaster Phaedra Bryant. Phaedra stated:

“This was my third Great North Run. It was tough going at times but the amazing support throughout the race was a real boost. I finished in 2:19:13 which is a course personal best, beating my previous time by 4 minutes!”

*Coaster Les Arrowsmith took on the Mansfield 10K on September 17.

The race started in Mansfield Market Square, looping and winding through the historic, traffic free streets of Mansfield and ended with a sprint finish back into the beautiful market place.

Les finished in a fantastic 1 hour 20 minutes and 1 second.

The Skegness 10K is now open for entries. This year’s race will take place on Sunday 19th November and will raise funds for RNLI Skegness. For more information please visit: We are in need of marshals on the route and volunteers at race HQ; to help on race day.

If you are able to help, please also visit the website.

The next free, C25K course begins on Thursday, September 21.

For more information visit the C25K Facebook group or email

Skegness Coasters caters for all abilities and meets every Tuesday at 6.30pm at The Welcome Inn, Skegness.

Coasters keep on running county wide

Report by Rebecca Porter courtesy of the Skegness Siren.

Coasters Vicky Lewis, Carole Tumber, Ben Peel and Peter Fulwood before the ABP Coastal Half.

Sunday 3rd September saw the inaugural ABP Coastal Half come to fruition. Four Skegness Coasters took part in the event; it was both Vicky Lewis and Peter Fulwood’s first half marathon race. The 13.1 mile race covered a variety of terrains and was very well organised. The race started right next to Cleethorpes Pier, followed the coast down towards Thorpe Park, out into the rural areas of Tetney, before heading back northwards to the pier. Each runner received a medal, a technical running t-shirt and a celebratory ice-cream. Vicky Lewis reflected on her very first half marathon “it was very challenging but I would definitely do it again.”

Times: Ben Peel 2:12:12, Peter Fulwood 2:13:12 PB, Carole Tumber 2:22:19, Vicky Lewis 2:54:23 PB.

Jackie Rhodes and Michael Hawkesford on completion of the Louth Triathlon

Louth Triathlon was held on Sunday 3rd September and was organised by SBR events in conjunction with Louth Triathlon Club. The event is the third and last triathlon in the local series which included Skegness Triathlon and Woodhall Triathlon. Two keen Coasters took part in this year’s event, which comprises of a 400 metre swim, a 13 mile bike ride and a 5k run starting from the Meridian Leisure Centre in Louth. The run and bike routes were undulating and took place around the roads of Louth. Michael commented that “it was quite windy which made it a tough race.” Jackie Rhodes completed the race in 1:45:34 and Michael Hawkesford in 1:49:56.

Coaster Andy Bailey ran the inaugural Asda Foundation Leicester 10K on the same day. The well organised event boasted a flat city centre course, 1500 participants and a brilliant technical top and medal for all finishers. Andy commented “it was good fun; I enjoyed seeing how much of the city has changed since I left 7 years ago.” Andy completed the race in a great 1 hour 15 minutes and 20 seconds.

Coaster Andy Bailey ran the inaugural Asda Foundation Leicester 10K on the same day. The well organised event boasted a flat city centre course, 1500 participants and a brilliant technical top and medal for all finishers. Andy commented “it was good fun; I enjoyed seeing how much of the city has changed since I left 7 years ago.” Andy completed the race in a great 1 hour 15 minutes and 20 seconds.

On Wednesday 20th August, the second-to-last event of the annual summer series was the popular, well-organised Bolingbroke Breaker. The event started at Bolingbroke village centre before challenging runners to a selection of quite steep hills. Throughout the race runners were treated to beautiful Lincolnshire scenery and at the end a sweet treat awaited.

Helping The Welcome

Are any Coasters available please to help out with an activity we could run at The Welcome on Saturday September 2nd? They have been very good to us in letting us meet there every week so it would be great if we could give something back to them. And if anyone wants to attend the Saturday morning sessions before then the details are below.

Join us
Slimming world, in conjunction with Katie Amos pt trainer and the Welcome, Oceanique invite you to join us in raising awareness for cancer research but while doing something good for charity, you will improve your own health and fitness. How every Sat morn from 12th Aug to the 2nd of sept we will have an hours get fit class 8:30 til 9:30 am on the grounds of the welcome. For each class you will give a donation so please involve your family members, and get sponsors to raise awareness and help this worthy cause.
On Saturday 2nd September you will do a self challenge on the grounds, finishing with a colour dash, BBQ and entertainment.
Let’s do this! A bit of summer fun xxxx woop woop
Are you up for the challenge? Collect your sponsor forms from the Welcome Inn, your local Slimming World consultant or Katie Amos pt

The Sting is in the Tail for Coasters

Report by Rebecca Porter courtesy of the Skegness Siren

Skegness Coasters headed to Caistor on Sunday, July 2 for the sixth running of the popular Caistor ‘Sting in the Tail’ 10K.

The event, which is organised by Caistor Running Club, hosts a field of 500 runners competing over the glorious Lincolnshire Wolds.

This year’s race, which coincided with Caistor’s annual street party ‘Caistor goes…Mardi Gras!’ is renowned for its ‘sting’ before the finish line.

Coaster Sue Smith said: “I had a brilliant run up to the 8K mark, it was a fast course, but then you turn a corner and you face the gruelling ‘sting’; an amazing array of quite dramatic climbs”

Sue also commented that along with her fellow Skegness Coasters, she ran with “a banana, a yellow chicken, a panda, and a bride and groom.”

It was Sue’s third time running this course, completing it in 52 minutes and 16 seconds; a new course personal best.

Club run leader Jackie Rhodes said:

“It was the hardest, hottest and hilliest 10K I have ever done…will I be back next year? Of course!”

First Coaster in and taking part in the race for the first time was Robert Rennie, in an impressive 43 minutes and 20 seconds.

Janet Harmston finished in 52 minutes exactly, closely followed by David Young in 53:09.

Andy Wilkinson beat the hour, gaining a course personal best of 59:34.

First timer Carole Tumber finished in 1:01:23, Phaedra Bryant in 1:01:44 and Helen Kennedy with a course personal best of 1:01:58.

The Skegness 10K is now open for entries.

This year’s race will take place on Sunday, November 19.

For more information, visit:

Marshals are needed on the route and volunteers at race HQ to help on race day.



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.


Jubilation for Coasters at Woodhall Spa 10K

Report by Rebecca Porter courtesy of The Skegness Standard

Skegness Coasters made the yearly trip over to Woodhall Spa for the much-loved Woodhall Spa 10K. The course starts and finishes at Jubilee Park, taking in one loop of the surrounding scenic, countryside roads.

Robert Rennie led the Coasters home with a new personal best of 40.55 to placed 82nd in a field of more than 1,000 runners. Carl Clark was the second Coaster to cross the finish line in an impressive 44.37, placing 158th. Alex South gained a new PB time of 54.26.Coaster Emily Jane Evison finished her hometown race, with a new 10K PB in 59.39.

New course personal bests were achieved by Elly Rutherford (1:04.36), Tracy Sands (1:15.48) and Rebecca Porter (1:15.49).Rebecca knocked eight minutes off of last year’s finishing time at Woodhall Spa 10K. Carol Rippin completed her first-ever 10k alongside Claire Parker and Sarah Hawkins in 1:37.55.

Results: Robert Rennie 40.55 PB, Carl Clark 44.37 PB, David Young 49.39, Martin Jessop 49.44, Neil Stocks 49.44, Janet Harmston 51.15, Sue Smith 52.45, Sheila Wright 54.24, Alex South 54.26 PB, Tracey Gill 57.40, Andy Wilkinson 58.14, Carole Tumber 58.21, Emily Jane Avison 59.39 PB, Jackie Rhodes 59.50, Julie Hawkesford 1:00.39, Debbie Galloway Cussons 1:00.32, Julie Croft 1:02.05, Helen Kennedy 1:02.06, Emma Dewey 1:02.40, Paul Whitfield 1:04.25, Michael Hawkesford 1:04.31, Elly Lucy Rutherford 1:04.36 CPB, Annabel Bradley 1:05.23, Les Arrowsmith 1:15.37, Tracy Sands 1:15.48 CPB, Rebecca Porter 1:15.49 CPB, Zara Stones 1:21.49, Joanne Perzhilla 1:21.49, Rebecca Sylvester 1:24.25, Sarah Hawkins 1:37.55 CPB, Claire Parker 1:37.55, Carol Rippin 1:37.55 PB.

Coasters feel the heat of competition

Report by Julie Hawkesford courtesy of the Skegness Standard

Skegness Coasters members were out and about this week, facing the searing heat and sunshine to compete in various races. The Liverpool Rock & Roll Series was attended by Rachel Shinn and Rebecca Porter.

Rachel took part in the 5k race on Saturday along with Rebecca, who also competed in the half marathon the following day. Rachel finished the 5k in a respectable 34.42 and Rebecca finished in 34.55, which was a new personal best for her.

Rebecca (pictured above with her three medals) then took on her second race of the weekend on the Sunday, finishing her very first half marathon in 2:56.36. She received medals for each event and an extra medal for competing in both. She said of the half marathon: “Even though it was tough at times, I enjoyed it so much.”

Carl Clark took part in the Nottingham 10k on Sunday, clocking a commendable time of 47.01. He finished in 315th place out of 2,249 finishers, 53rd in his age category.

Last Wednesday evening saw Coasters turn out for the Covenham 10k, which is part of the local Summer Series race league. Organised by Cleethorpes AC, this is a flat two-lap course on the roads alongside the Covenham reservoir. Mark Harvey was first in for the Coasters, finishing in eighth place overall with a time of 39.19.

Neil Mitchell came in 15th place with 40.49 and Janet Harmston finished in 53.42.

No half measures for the Coasters

Ben Peel, Helen Kennedy, Julie Croft.

Report by Rebecca Porter courtesy of the Skegness Standard.

Members of Skegness Coasters took on two different half marathon-length events over the weekend.

The Sleaford Half, which had a new and improved route for this year, took place through the picturesque countryside and villages of Kirby La Thorpe, Ewerby, Howell and Evedon. This was a new experience for Coasters Julie Croft and Helen Kennedy. Helen commented: “I really enjoyed it, it was a nice route with lots of friendly marshals who gave loads of support and encouragement. Results: Janet Harmston 1:56.05, Ben Peel 2:06.18, Julie Croft 2:15.43, Helen Kennedy 2:15.43.

David Young, Carole Tumber, Phaedra Bryant, Julie Hawkesford, David Freeman, Rochelle Hawksley, Sue Smith, Jackie Rhodes, Robert Rennie

The second 13.1-mile event was the annual North Lincs Half, which starts and finishes in Scunthorpe. Nine Coasters participated in the flat race. Julie Hawkesford and Phaedra Bryant took part as a relay team.

Julie completed the first 6.8 miles before Phaedra took over to finish the last 6.2 miles of the race.Results: Robert Rennie 1:30.37 PB, Sue Smith 1:52.20, Rochelle Hawksley 1:55.17, David Young 1:55.17, Julie Hawkesford/Phaedra Bryant 1:57.12, Jackie Rhodes 2:12.04, David Freeman 2:14.08, Carole Tumber 2:17.50.

Andy Wilkinson, Neil Stocks, Carole Tumber, Mark Battersby, Julie Hawkesford

The Summer Series kicked off, comprising of several different runs organised by running clubs in the local area on Wednesday evenings.The majority of the races are challenging, hilly routes.

The first event was the 4.4-mile Croxby Crawl.Results: Neil Stocks 37.36, Janet Harmston 38.12, Andy Wilkinson 40.48, Julie Hawkesford 41.29, Carole Tumber 43.46, Mark Battersby 47.02.

Capitally well done Coasters

Report by Rebecca Porter courtesy of the Skegness Siren

The UK Boston Marathon (half/full) took place on Monday, April 17.

The route started at the market place in Boston town centre and wound through local villages, including Freiston, Butterwick, Wrangle and Fishtoft, before finishing at Boston College.

Robert Rennie ran the 26.2 mile route in a personal best of 3 hours, 6 minutes and 7 seconds, placing 24th out of 406 marathon finishers.

He stated that “it was really good running weather and a nice flat course.”

Three Coasters took on the Boston half marathon route.

Janet Harmston completed the race in 1:55:20, Sue Smith in 2:00:47 and Jackie Rhodes in 2:17:08.

Jackie thanked supporters: “The jelly babies that were handed out on route were great and much needed.”

This year’s Skegness Coaster’s club place for the London Marathon, on Sunday, April 23, was allotted to Martin Jessop.

Martin has been training hard over the last few months for his 26.2 mile challenge.

He achieved a great time of 3:55:36.

Martin said: “There was a great atmosphere once again at the London Marathon. It was my third quickest marathon and I was very proud to represent the Skegness Coasters at the event.”

Other Coasters taking part were Ben Evison who finished in a superb 2:52:09 and Jimmy Clark in a fantastic 5:29:40.

Carole Tumber enjoyed the beautiful setting of the Thoresby Longhorn Half Marathon, also on Sunday 23rd.

Carole said: “Despite it being very warm it was a lovely event,  and best of all there was cake at the water stations to keep us going.”

Carole finished in a brilliant 2 hours, 24 minutes and 13 seconds.



Coasters Rock up to races

Report by Rebecca Porter courtesy of the Skegness Siren.

This weekend Skegness Coaster Martin Ross travelled to Brighton for his marathon length race.

The route winded through the city streets before finishing up on the spectacular Brighton seafront, renowned for its ‘buzzing’ atmosphere and roaring crowd support.

Martin completed the race in a great time of 4 hrs 19 mins, despite the extremely hot weather.

Skegness Coaster Sue Smith fancied a race further afield and opted for the Zurich Marathon, on April 9th.

The event is a fantastic backdrop for Zurich’s charming old town, the elegant Bahnhofstrasse and the beautiful lake Zurich.

“It was a reasonably flat course around the lake and there was beautiful scenery and it was very well organise. We all got a great medal and a bright orange finisher’s top at the end. I would run it again but today’s temperatures (highs of 25 degrees and no breeze) were not ideal for running but all in all it was a good experience with lots of support and shouts of ‘Come on Skeggy’ from ex-pats, along the route.”

Sue achieved a fantastic marathon time of 4hrs and 18 mins; gaining a new personal best.

The ‘Tealby Trail Challenge’ was attended by four Skegness Coasters also on Sunday April 9.

The 9-mile race was organised by Wolds Veteran Runner’s Club and raised money for their designated charity ‘Lincs Air Ambulance’.

Neil Stocks, Ben Peel, Jackie Rhodes and Carole Tumber enjoyed the race and the sweet treats for all finishers.

“The trail run was very hot, very hilly and very hard work, but the cake (especially the rocky road) at the end was lovely,” said Neil.

“There was beautiful scenery along the route and it was one of the best races I’ve ever been in” added Jackie.

No Couch Potatoes here!

Report by Rebecca Porter courtesy of the Skegness Siren.

The club’s C25K group completed their first timed 5K and graduated from the free beginners course.

The ten, dedicated, apprentices to running, have worked incredibly hard over the last nine weeks; building up gradually from 60 seconds of running, to achieving their 5K distance goal.

The group celebrated with a delicious meal at The Welcome where the club meets to start their runs.

All C25K graduates were awarded with a certificate and medal for their superb achievement.

On Sunday, April 2, 14 Skegness Coasters took part in the City of Lincoln 10K – an annual ‘Run For All’ event.

The race route takes in some of Lincoln’s historic landmarks including the cathedral and the city’s Roman walls. Leading the Coasters pack to the finish, was Neil Mitchell in an impressive 38 minutes 58 seconds, placing 131st out of 4802 finishers – a brilliant accomplishment!

Six of the Coasters achieved personal bests at the event.

Emily Avison knocked off a whopping 5 minutes 32 seconds off her previous PB time.

Rebecca Porter shaved off 2 minutes and 24 seconds of her previous 10K PB time and a great 7 minutes and 5 seconds of her course record from last year.

Sally Higgins pipped her previous time by a cool 34 seconds, Carole Tumber by a brilliant 1 minute 24 seconds and Phaedra Bryant was also “really pleased” to get a sub-55-minute time.

Rebecca Porter commented:

“It was a brilliant event…crowds of charity supporters and members of the public lining the streets along the entire route added a special touch….a great community atmosphere with runners spurring other runners on if they were having a tough few minutes…it’s what running is all about!”
Times: Neil Mitchell (38:58) PB, Neil Stocks (52:04), Lee St Quinton (54:06), Paul Whitfield (54:08), Phaedra Bryant (54:13) PB, Carole Tumber (58:04) PB, Emily Avison (1:06:14) PB, Sally Higgins (1:06:19) PB, Sharon Houghton (1:07:11), Kirsty Teasdale (1:07:12), Rebecca Porter (1:14:01) PB, Tracy Sands (1:14:12) PB, Claire Parker (1:22:08), Anita Ullyatt (1:29:50).

Danny Evison participated in a 10 mile obstacle run, also on Sunday, April 2, organised by ‘Rough Events’.

The race based in Grantham offered a mix of woodland running along with hills, steep embankments, climbs and water obstacles and not forgetting ‘lots of mud’; a course not for the faint-hearted!

Danny completed the run in a fantastic 1 hour 52 minutes and 15 seconds stating:

“It is the longest distance I’ve covered at an event….it was a good, enjoyable run with water, mud, sand, sweat and lots of sun!”

The Grantham Cup, Grantham’s premier cross country challenge at the Belton International Horse Trails also took place on April 2.

The race was a mix of terrain; some rough grass and some wooded tracks.

Coaster Annabel Bradley completed the event in a fab 1 hour, 25 minutes and 39 seconds.


Cracking results for competing Coasters

Report by Rebecca Porter courtesy of the Skegness Siren.

Two Skegness Coasters took part in the annual Retford Half Marathon on Sunday 12th March. Martin Jessop and Sue Smith both enjoyed the race; Martin stated that it was a “murky morning but weather good for running in.” Martin placed 391st and Sue Smith placed 546th in a field of 1200 runners, with times of 1:49:23 and 1:55:45 respectively.

On the following Sunday (19th) a Coasters ‘clan’ travelled north of the county to participate in the Gainsborough and Morton 10K; a flat, rural road race that started in Morton and took in the beautiful villages of East Stockwith and Walkerith. The route was very scenic and was lined with brilliantly supportive, motivating marshals which added to the overall community atmosphere.

Robert Rennie led the Coasters in a brilliant 41 minutes and 41 seconds. There were lots of personal bests (PBs) gained at the event, including Sue Smith who celebrated a PB on her birthday. Other great PBs included Carole Tumber, Helen Kennedy, Mark Battersby, Tracy Sands and Rebecca Porter, and a course PB (CPB) for Phae Bryant. Coaster Mark Battersby who was taking part in his first running event commented “I loved it…when I got the text through with my time it made all the training worthwhile. It felt great having all of the marshals and residents cheering us on at the sides of the roads.”

Times: Robert Rennie 41:41, David Young 49:08, Rochelle Hawksley 49:45, Sue Smith 51:56 PB, Janet Harmston 52:06, Paul Whitfield 54:27, Phae Bryant 55:25 CPB, Andy Wilkinson 55:45, Julie Hawkesford 56:54, David Freeman 58:36, Carole Tumber 59:30 PB, Debbie Galloway Cussons 59:49, Michael Hawkesford 1:00:40, Helen Kennedy 1:00:58 PB, Ian Bailey 1:01:24, Jackie Rhodes 1:02:17, Mark Battersby 1:02:31 PB, Elly Rutherford 1:08:51, Sally Higgins 1:08:56, Tracy Sands 1:16:25 PB, Rebecca Porter 1:16:25 PB, Claire Parker 1:25:29.

On the same day, Ben Evison and Martin Jessop competed in the East Hull 20, a flat course on rural roads and partly run on the railway line located in the Holderness area. Despite the wind and the rain both runners gained impressive times of 2:11:21 and 2:58:01 respectively. Martin Jessop stated “it was a great event to take part in in the lead up to the London Marathon….we were rewarded with a good buffet spread after too.”


Coasters brave elements in Cambridge and Grantham

Report by Rebecca Porter courtesy of the Skegness Siren.

On a blustery and rainy Sunday morning two members of the Skegness Coasters running club competed in events.

One in the county and one further afield.

Janet Harmston participated in the ‘Newton’s Fraction Half Marathon’, which is organised by Grantham Athletic Club.

The race started on the track at Kesteven Sports Stadium before heading out into the Lincolnshire countryside and onto the Grantham to Nottingham towpath.

The route went through Woolsthorpe and Belsvoir, taking on some tough hills along the way, before heading back to the race track for the finish.

Each finisher was rewarded with a finisher’s top, medal and goody bag.

Janet said: “It was the hardest race I have ever run in, because of the harsh weather conditions.”

Janet completed the half marathon in an impressive two hours, 1 minute and 50 seconds (2hrs:1min:50secs).

On the same day, Carole Tumber ran the Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon.

The marathon heads through the centre of Cambridge, passing some of the city’s finest buildings.
Carole was over the moon with her finishing time.

“Despite the poor weather, I got a PB and shaved 12 minutes and 54 seconds of my Lincoln Half Marathon time, so I am very happy,” she said.

Carole completed the course in 2 hours, 12 minutes and 58 seconds (2hrs:12mins:58secs).


Coasters star and stride on in Bowiethon and Stamford 30K

Report by Rebecca Porter courtesy of the Skegness Standard.

Skegness Coasters took on the Valentine’s 30k in Stamford. Sue Smith and Carole Tumber both enjoyed the scenic route which starts and finishes at Stamford’s Welland Academy. The course winds its way through Little Casterton, Tolethorpe, Ryhall, Careby, Pickworth and Great Casterton and is recognised nationally as a challenging race. Sue finished in 2:53.28 and Carole in 3:27.53.

“It was very hilly and very cold, with snowflakes to start with, but mainly just drizzle,” said Sue.“ It really was a beautiful place for running. “The marshals were great and we were kept going with plenty of jelly babies.”

On the same day, Andy Bailey took part in the Bowiethon at Gravesend Cyclopark, a Music Legends Challenge dedicated to David Bowie. Andy was treated to Bowie music and Bowie-themed fancy dress was the order of the day. He had six hours to complete as many miles as possible, totalling 15.9 miles in just more than four hours.“ There was a super friendly atmosphere and everybody got into the Bowie spirit,” Andy said.

Coasters take on Waterway 30

Neil Mitchell, Craig Tarrant and Mark Harvey at the start of the Waterway 30 which wends around the scenic rural countryside of Nottinghamshire using a combination of the two main local waterway tow paths; The ‘Cuckoo Way’ (Chesterfield Canal), ‘Trent Valley Way’ (River Trent). They finished in a fantastic time of just over six hours.

Coasters handover cheque to charity

Members of Skegness Coasters presenting a cheque of £2000 (a donation from the proceeds of the 2016 10K) to the local charity ‘Alive and Kicking’.

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