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Committee Meeting

January 11 2017

At the Committee meeting last night it was decided to leave the London Marathon club criteria unchanged so please see below for details.

Also please do remember that club colour vests whether the old or new style need to be worn at races. We do still have some of the new design in stock should anyone wish to purchase one. Please see Neil Stocks​. Also Rochelle Hawksley​ was voted in as the new Welfare Officer who will take on that role along with Neil Stocks. So if you have any worries or concerns about anything and wish to speak in confidence please approach one of them who will act on it accordingly and with discretion. You can also  speak to any other committee member on any matter whether it be a suggestion or an idea.

To remind you the Committee is

Ian Bailey​ – Chair
Ben Peel​ – Vice Chair/Website and FB Admin
Sue Smith​ – Treasurer
Elly Lucy Rutherford​ – Club Secretary
Martin Ross​ – Membership Secretary
Julie Hawkesford​ – Couch to 5K Co-ordinator/Race League Admin/Website and FB Admin
Rebecca Porter​ – Press and Publicity/Website and FB Admin
Neil Stocks – Club Kit Co ordinator/Welfare Officer
Rochelle Hawksley – Welfare Officer
Rebecca Sylvester​
Katie Moore​
Mark Harvey​

The criteria for a club place in the VLM is as follows:
• 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 the previous year
• 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
Thank you
The Committee

Social Media

The website now has Share/Link functions to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Twitter account feed is also on the homepage and the Instagram account feed will soon be added. Thanks to Rebecca Porter for sorting the feeds. If you interact with any of them please do so responsibly. Thank you.

Skegness Coasters Christmas Meal and Awards 2016

Well done to all the winners and runners up at the annual awards held on December 9 at The Welcome. Thanks to Ian Bailey for presenting them and to Elly Rutherford and Rebecca Sylvester for all their hard work in organising it.

Skegness Coasters 2016 Awards

Funny Awards

Sue Smith – International Races Addict
Jane Upsall – Running a marathon in two countries whilst sightseeing at the same time
Edward Peel – Coaster to enter the most northerly half marathon and win a prize in his age group

Summer Series League

Male Winner

Andrew Wilkinson

Runner up

Ben Peel

Ladies Winner

Janet Harmston

Runner up

Julie Hawkesford

Local Race League

Male Winner

Martin Jessop

Runner up

Ben Evison

Ladies Winner

Janet Harmston

Runner up

Julie Hawkesford

Most Improved Newcomer

Male Winner

David Young

Runner up

Les Arrowsmith

Ladies Winner

Rochelle Hawksley

Runner up

Anita Ullyatt

Most Improved

Male Winner

Andy Wilkinson

Runner up

Robert Rennie

Ladies winner

Elly Rutherford

Runner up

Rebecca Sylvester

Runners Runner

Julie Hawkesford

Services to Coasters presented by David Lilley

Ben Peel

Skegness Coasters 10K 2016


Report by Rebecca Porter courtesy of the Skegness Standard.

The much anticipated third annual Skegness Coasters 10K was held at Southview Leisure Park last Sunday. The race was a huge success after months of planning and organising by the volunteer Skegness 10K committee.The race started at the rear of the Southview complex where runners completed a small loop of the caravan park before heading on to Everington’s Lane. From there, participants raced along a big loop of country roads – Hide’s Lane, Ingoldmells Road and Younger’s Lane – before heading back to Southview Leisure Park to finish their run. Finishers were met by the infamous Jolly Fisherman and the Skegness Carnival Queen and Princesses, who happily handed over the well-earned medals.

Beci Goodrick, a non-affiliated runner from Spilsby, commented: “The event was so well organised, everything seemed so smoothly-run, and all the marshals were so lovely and incredibly supportive. I am looking forward to next year.”Skegness Coaster Rebecca Porter added: “This annual event makes me proud to be part of the Skegness Coasters – such a friendly, supportive bunch of people and a truly inclusive running club.

Times: Ben Evison 34min 51sec, Robert Rennie 41:43 (PB), Martin Jessop 49:15, David Young 52:03 PB, Janet Harmston 52:06, Suzy Wain 53:01, Andy Wilkinson 53:34 (PB), Michael Hawkesford 53:41, Nathan Fisher 53:53, Paul Whitfield 56:15, Debbie Cussons 58:55 (CPB), Katie Moore 59:45 (CPB), Helen Kennedy 1:01:09 (PB), Sandra Colman 1:02:25 (PB), Rachel Shinn 1:02:33 (CPB), Linda Ingram 1:02:59, Elly Rutherford 1:03:00 (PB), Carole Tumber 1:03:01, Sally Higgins 1:06:53, Barbara Odling 1:09:15, Rebecca Sylvester 1:15:59 (CPB), Les Arrowsmith 1:17:19, Sarah Hawkins 1:17:30, Tracy Sands 1:17:32 (PB), Anita Ullyatt 1:19:34 (CPB), Kelly Galloway 1:22:13, Zara Stones 1:22:13 (PB), Joanne Perzhilla 1:22:15 (PB), Rebecca Porter 1:24:24 (CPB), Claire Parker 1:24:30 (CPB). PB: Personal Best; CPB: Course Personal Best

The Skegness Coasters 10K Committee would like to extend a big thank you to Skegness Town Council, The Lincolnshire Runner, Lincolnshire Co-op, the Mayor for his support, Southview Leisure Park for letting them host the event on their grounds, Chris Epton for use of his field for parking, to all the local running clubs who participated and made the event so successful, 159 Regiment Royal Logistics Corp, Air Cadets, Sea Scouts, the Jolly Fisherman and the Skegness Carnival Queen and Princesses, the County Lincs Bus, Barry Robinson, St John’s Ambulance, volunteers who helped to set up on the day and last but by no means least, the encouraging marshals who gave up their time to cheer on, high-five and support the runners along the route; you were all superb!



Winter Training Schedule


1. Relays around the estate

2. Bleep test

3. Shelter relays

4. Lampposts

5. Pyramids

6. Half mile intervals

7. Fartlek

8. Timed mile

9. Circuits in skatepark

10. Steady run

Skegness Coasters 10K 2016


After an evening and morning of torrential rain the conditions finally cleared and allowed 423 runners to take part in the third Skegness 10K organised by Skegness Coasters. We have had some terrific feedback from runners about the organisation of it and the friendliness of the marshals so thank you to all the Coasters who volunteered their time to make it such a successful event and well done to all the Coasters who took part with some running a 10K for the very first time. You have all done the club proud.

Mablethorpe and Lincoln Half Marathons 2016

Skegness Standard report by Rebecca Porter.

Winter Running


As the nights are fast drawing in please dig out your high viz reflective gear and check those head torches for batteries. The training tops are very good to wear for being seen and staying safe. Thank you.

New Club Vest Orders


The club is now looking to start taking orders for the new Coasters running vest and hope to place an order in the next week or so but are just waiting for some changes to be made to the sample shirt.

The tops are £20 each and ideally the club would prefer the money upfront so we can place the order without using club funds.

Please see the above size guide and comment on the Facebook post.

Both male and female versions are available.

Thank you

The Committee


New Club Kit Vest












Last night saw the unveiling of the new club kit vest which after a few minor tweaks we hope to have available to club members very shortly. The vest style hasn’t been altered since the club was first formed in 2010 so the Committee all hope that the new design will be welcomed by everyone and that it will stand out much more at races. Members can continue to wear the old top as we can register two designs with England Athletics but if we ever enter a team event at a race then all competitors must wear the same vest.

Thank you

The Committee

East Coast Classic and Great North Run


Report by Rebecca Porter courtesy of the Skegness Standard.

Tuesday 13 September 2016

Sunday brought a packed day of running, fun, and sun for the Skegness Coasters both around the county and further up north. A total of 14 Coasters took part in the East Coast Classic 10K which takes place annually, hosted by Mablethorpe Running Club.

Starting from Mablethorpe Lifeboat Station, runners pace out towards Trusthorpe, making their way to Sutton-On-Sea, before returning back on themselves along the promenade. Coaster Ben Evison finished an second behind winner Nick Martin (Caistor RC) in a great time of 34min 07secs.

Rebecca Porter said: “The marshalls were incredible; they kept you going and we had a bit of light-hearted banter with them on the way round.“Cara Hockham was a particularly fantastic support for us ‘tail runners’, cheering us on from her bike throughout the race.”

Freya Evison, daughter of Carly and Coaster Ben Evison, took part in the 3K fun run at Mablethorpe and was the first girl over the finish line in her age category. Times: Ben Evison 34min 07secs, Martin Jessop 49.16, Janet Harmston 51.05, Andy Wilkinson 55.46, Sue Smith 56.21, Katie Moore 1hr 01min 46secs, Sandra Colman 1.04.42, Les Arrowsmith 1.12.11, Barbara Odling 1.13.21, Rebecca Sylvester 1.16.22, Anita Ullyatt 1.21.52, Sarah Hawkins/Claire Parker/Rebecca Porter 1.26.04.

* The Great North Run, which takes place in Newcastle each September, was also attended by three eager Skegness Coasters. They finished with excellent times, Nathan Fisher clocking 2hr 16min 51secs, Rachel Shinn 2.28.56, and Phaedra Bryant 2.29.08.Phaedra said: “It was incredibly hot and I did get a little sunburnt. We had amazing support all around the route. It was a really fantastic event to be a part of!”


Skegness Coasters Code of Conduct

Skegness Coasters Code of Conduct

Adapted from England Athletics Welfare Policy and Procedures Codes of Conduct (Revised September, 2013)

As a responsible athlete you will:

⦁ Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every athlete, coach, technical official and others involved in athletics and treat everyone equally.

⦁ Uphold the same values of sportsmanship off the field as you do when engaged in athletics

⦁ Cooperate fully with others involved in the sport such as coaches, technical officials, team managers, doctors, physiotherapists, sport scientists and representatives of the governing body in the best interests of the yourself and other athletes

⦁ Consistently promote positive aspects of the sport such as fair play and never condone rule violations

⦁ Anticipate and be responsible for your own needs including being organised, having the appropriate equipment and being on time

⦁ Inform your coach of any other coaching that you are seeking or receiving

⦁ Always thank the coaches and officials who enable you to participate in athletics

As a responsible Athlete, when participating in or attending any athletics activities, including training/coaching sessions and competition events you will:

⦁ Act with dignity and display courtesy and good manners towards others

⦁ Avoid swearing and abusive language and irresponsible behaviour including behaviour that is dangerous to yourself or others, acts of violence, bullying, harassment and physical and sexual abuse

⦁ Challenge inappropriate behaviour and language by others

⦁ Report any suspected misconduct by coaches or other people involved in athletics to the club welfare officer as soon as possible

If an incident does occur then an individual whether a spectator or a participant could be subject to the disciplinary procedures of the club and cannot necessarily expect the support of the club if the matter is unconnected to it.

Club Kit at races

As an England Athletics affiliated club we have to have a race vest/T shirt registered with them which is the blue and white one with ‘Skegness Coasters’ on it. The green T shirts are just training tops so please could all members ensure that when they are representing the club at races whether it be a marathon or a summer series race that they are wearing the blue and white top.

 Thank you

 The Committee



London Marathon Club Place Criteria

Skegness Coasters will be applying for a club place again in the 2017 London Marathon. The criteria for a club place is as follows:

  • 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 October to September. Please list six races if you wish to enter the club ballot
  • Must not have been in a receipt of a club place the previous year
  • 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

Thank you

The Committee

Skegness Coasters Stride On


Report by Rebecca Porter courtesy of the Skegness Standard.

Wednesday 31 August 2016

Several members of Skegness Coasters took part in the annual Sleaford Striders 10km last Friday. On a warm summer’s night, they assembled at Scredington Community Centre to get race ready. The race took place on country roads through Scredington, Burton Pedwardine and Northbeck, not far from Sleaford. Neil Stocks was quickest of the Coasters’ contingent, finishing in 49min 3sec. He commented: “It was a lovely route on a fairly warm sunny evening, and we all had tasty cakes to greet us at the finish.”

Also taking part in the well-marshalled event were (49:03), Janet Harmston (51:45), Julie Hawkesford (55:01), Rebecca Sylvester (1:15:32) and Anita Ullyatt (1:26:13). Rachel Stacey gained a new personal best, finishing in a fantastic 1:06:44. On Wednesday, Janet Harmston also participated in the Bolingbroke Breaker 10km, part of the local ‘Summer Series’ at Spilsby.  Janet completed the run in 55:34.n Skegness Coasters caters for all abilities and meets every Tuesday at The Welcome at 6.30pm. The latest, free C25K course is starting on Thursday, September 29, at The Welcome at 6.15pm. All abilities very welcome.

Coasters duo compete in Newark Half Marathon

newarkReport by Rebecca Porter courtesy of the Skegness Standard.

Wednesday 17 August 2016

Two keen Skegness Coasters took part in the newly-reinstated Newark Half Marathon on Sunday. The last Newark Half was held back in 2011, but the event returned this weekend with a new, faster and more scenic flat route, starting at Sconce Park, edging past East Stoke, through Elston before returning back to Sconce Park to complete the race. The Half Marathon raised money for Beaumond House Community Hospice, which provides supportive and much-needed palliative care. Ben Evison finished in 1 hr 16 mins 27 secs, coming 11th in a field of more than 1,000 participants, a fantastic achievement.

Sue Smith finished in a brilliant 2 hrs 11 mins. She said: “It was a good course, we received a great T-shirt and a medal at the end.“ I will definitely run it again next year.”

Outlaw Triathlon and Grimsby 10K

outlawReport by Rebecca Porter courtesy of the Skegness Standard.

Tuesday 09 August 2016

Skegness Coasters running club members have been busy over the last couple of weekends, both in the county and further afield. Martin Jessop took part in the testing seventh annual Outlaw Triathlon in Nottingham.

An event not for the faint-hearted, it includes a 2.4-mile swim and a 112-mile bike ride followed by a marathon. There are transition breaks in between each activity to change and take on nutrition, but these are counted towards the total triathlon time.

Martin completed the swim in 1hr 22mins, the cycling in 7hr 26mins and the marathon run in 5hr 6mins for an overall time of 14hr 32mins.“It was a thoroughly enjoyable day, even though it was quite challenging,” he said. “I managed to keep a steady pace throughout so I didn’t burn out before the end. “My family were fantastic – I got to see them cheering me on at several points on the course which was a great boost. “Even though the event was pretty hard it wouldn’t put me off doing it again.”

Several Skegness Coasters participated in the inaugural Great Grimsby 10K. The run started outside Grimsby Town Hall and finished in People’s Park. Coasters taking part included Mark Harvey (42min 52secs), Neil Mitchell (42.52), Nathan Fisher (52.45), Julie Hawkesford (53.15), Debbie Cussons (1hr 00min 12secs), Rachel Shinn (1.06.14) and Rebecca Sylvester (1.17.11). Elly Rutherford gained a new personal best, finishing in 1.05.47.

Coasters Dare to try Duathlon


Report by Rebecca Porter courtesy of the Skegness Standard

On a warm but breezy morning, 16 people took part in the third Go Tri duathlon, organised by Skegness Triathlon Club.

The event, based at Fresh Fitness, consisted of a one-mile run to the Eco centre, a 6.2-mile bike ride to Gibraltar Nature reserve and back to the transition area for the last one-mile run to the finish line.

The event attracted both absolute beginners and experienced triathletes, who used the event as a training session.

It was a very friendly and low-key event, but still had marshalls along the course and a qualified England Triathlon coach on hand for tips and advice.

Coasters taking part included Craig Tarrant (32:00), Neil Mitchell (32:10), David Freeman (38:14), Andy Wilkinson (38:57) and Claire Parker (47:43).

Skegness Coaster Julie Hawkesford was the first woman to finish in a time of 39 mins 15 secs.

After much running experience, Julie fancied a new challenge so decided to give a duathlon a go.

She said: “It was tough, but on reflection I really enjoyed it and would love to do it again.

“The support from spectators and marshals was spot on.

“The event was well organised – a real credit to Skegness Tri Club.”

The club’s next duathlon is to be held on Sunday, September 25, involving a 5km run, 18km bike and 2.5km run.

Sting in the Tail


A group of eager Skegness Coasters took part in the annual Sting in the Tail 10k on Sunday.

The race, which is held in Caistor, starts on Castle Hill and finishes in the market place.

The majority of the race is fairly flat, until the the last 2 kilometres which features three short but stiff inclines and a final tough uphill section to the finish.

Janet Harmston (53:59), David Young (54:47), Rochelle Hawksley (55:08), Sue Smith (56:21), Andy Wilkinson (1:03:48), Helen Kennedy (1:05:38) and Claire Parker (1:28:05) all participated in the event.

Claire said: “The race marshalls were all friendly and encouraged you on, and the event was very well organised.”

Martin Jessop, also of Skegness Coasters, took part in NotFast 10K on Sunday, gaining a time of 48:43.

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

Pictured are Skegness Coasters, from left, Helen Kennedy, Claire Parker, Rochelle Hawksley, Andy Wilkinson and David Young.

Liverpool and Edinburgh Race Report

Read the Skegness Standard’s report into the races in Liverpool and Edinburgh.


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