Coasters take on inaugural Riverbank Challenge

Pictured (from left) are - rear - Anthony East,  Ben Peel, Michael Hawkesford, Paul Whitfield, Sharon Wilson-Leary; Front - Tracey Gill, Annabel Bradley, Fiona Fisher, Samantha East.
Pictured (from left) are - rear - Anthony East, Ben Peel, Michael Hawkesford, Paul Whitfield, Sharon Wilson-Leary; Front - Tracey Gill, Annabel Bradley, Fiona Fisher, Samantha East.

The Skegness Coasters were well represented at the inaugural Riverbank Challenge at South Kyme on Sunday.

There were about 40 runners at the inaugural Riverbank Challenge, nine of whom were from the Skegness group.

Although a flat course, it was extremely difficult as the terrain was very similar to the Seabank Marathon and a head-on gusting wind that lasted for miles also made the going tough.

Not only were there long stretches of stinging nettles but also stiles to climb over, and one stile had a couple of stubborn horses next to it.

“The course length had been given as approximately 14 miles but ended up being nearer 15,” said a spokesperson.

“Even though it was hard work with some people vowing ‘never again’, and one member even declaring she would rather give birth than run it again, once it was over there was a satisfactory feeling of achievement and that nothing easy is worth doing.

“First home for the Coasters, and indeed first lady home, was Fiona Fisher in 2:11 who not only had her entry refunded but was given free entry for life. First male Coaster was Michael Hawkesford in 2:24,” they added.

Full Coaster results were - Fiona Fisher 2:11, Michael Hawkesford 2:24, Ben Peel 2:25, Paul Whitfield 2:25:52, Samantha East 2:28, Anthony East 2:28, Sharon Wilson-Leary 2:43, Tracey Gill 2:49, Annabel Bradley 2:59.

- Pictured (from left) are - rear - Anthony East, Ben Peel, Michael Hawkesford, Paul Whitfield, Sharon Wilson-Leary; Front - Tracey Gill, Annabel Bradley, Fiona Fisher, Samantha East.