Busy weekend of events for the Skegness Coasters

The Skegness Coasters running club at the Lincoln 10K
The Skegness Coasters running club at the Lincoln 10K

Skegness Coasters enjoyed a great weekend of running in all corners of the country.

On Saturday, September 7 a group entered the Keswick 15K Trail Challenge and Run plus two others competed in the inaugural Yorkshire Tough Mudder.

On Sunday, September 8 another group took part in the annual East Coast Classic 10K organised by Mablethorpe Running Club.

The Keswick Race/Challenge was the first time a few Coasters had participated in running over that sort of terrain which is somewhat different to traversing the flat lands of the east coast.

“Despite the rain and muddy bogs in places it was a thoroughly enjoyable event with some breath taking views,” said a spokesperson.

Helena Shelton said of the event, “Wet, wet, wet but brilliant.”

First home for the Coasters in the challenge, which started an hour before the race, was Nathan Fisher in 1:26.29 followed by Fiona Fisher 1:26.24, Ben Peel 1:33.53, Rebecca Greenham 1:44.55. Helena Shelton and Annabel Bradley both crossed the line in under two hours and ten minutes. In the race Stephen Bark finished in 1:08.51 followed by Andy Shelton in 1:14.24.

Also braving the mud and elements were Peter Nichols and Mark Wheeler who took part in a 12 mile cross country Tough Mudder including 19 different obstacles in the North Yorkshire moors finishing it in three hours with all impediments completed.

The East Coast Classic 10K was held under somewhat sunnier skies and is an out and back course along the sea front towards Sutton-on-Sea allowing good conditions for personal bests to be achieved. First Coaster home was Helen Blair in 49:10 followed by Kelly Galloway 51:02 (pb), Janet Harmston 51:53 and first veteran lady over 55, Samantha East 53:21, Glen Hillaby 57:41, Sharon Wilson-Leary 58:32, Debra Cussons 58:45. Tina Hill and Sally Bullock both finished in 83:50.

“It was a fantastic weekend of running all round with some great results and achievements which everyone can be very proud of and it makes the aching limbs all the more bearable,” added a spokesperon.

Skegness Coasters, which is the town’s only England Athletics affiliated running club, meets every Tuesday at The Welcome Inn at 6.30pm and caters for all abilities