Early start for Coaster

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Rich Vincent of Skegness Coasters took part in an ultra-marathon in Rochdale on Sunday, March 23. It was a 5.30am start in the morning, with registration at 6.30am for the Canalathon Ultra Marathon.

A 31-and-a-half-mile marathon (50km) race followed from the Rochdale Canal from the centre of Manchester to Sowerby Bridge.

Runners crossed the border of Lancashire and West Yorkshire, running through two counties. The weather was overcast and cold at the start but thankfully the sun soon came out and warmed things up.

“My aim was to run it in under six hours”, said Richard. “The ground underfoot was a mixture of trail, cobbles and at times boggy mud.

“The scenery became ever better as we left the built-up area of Manchester behind and ran through the hilly moorland”, he added.

“Towards Sowerby. thankfully, as we were following a canal, it remained reasonably flat for most of the run. I was hit by a few short sharp sleet and snow showers along the way but this didn’t dampen my spirit,” said Richard.

“I reached 28 and a half miles in five hours and 25 minutes and my pace had slowed from 10 minute miles to 14 minute miles, as the soreness took hold,” continued Richard.

With 35 minutes to complete three miles and hit his goal, Richard needed to find some energy and strength from somewhere to get his pace back to at least 11-minute miles in the challenging conditions.

Richard found the extra strength needed to find he had completed the distance in five hours 58 minutes.

Richard said: “It was an amazing day, although walking after was a bit of a struggle. Funny how the mind knows when to keep things going and when to shut down. Would I do another? Perhaps not tomorrow, but most definitely again soon.”

Richard’s also set up a charity run for the Ryan Smith Foundation in the near future and several members of the Skegness coasters will also be taking part in the upcoming London and Manchester Marathons later in the year.