Skegness Coasters wade through mud in wild and wet conditions

Members of the Skegness Coasters Running Club at the annual Conti Lightning Run at Catton Park, Derbyshire.
Members of the Skegness Coasters Running Club at the annual Conti Lightning Run at Catton Park, Derbyshire.

Rain and mud were on the menu this week at Catton Park, Derbyshire, for the annual Conti Lightning Run.

This is a 12 hour event in which teams and individuals complete a challenging 10k course in relays (or alone if running solo).

The torrential downpours which the country suffered on Saturday and Sunday made some of the already challenging hilly course into a mudbath.

The route took the runners through woods, up and down hills, over grass and path.

To top it all, runners had to camp overnight in tents which meant no warm baths after their runs.

The Skegness Coasters entered three teams of five into the event.

Carry on Camping - (Annabel Bradley, Jackie Rhodes, Katie Green, Sheila Wright and Tracey Gill) were the seventh ladies team to finish.

Fuelled by Profiteroles - (Mark Harvey, Neil Mitchell, Nathan Rippon, Craig Tarrant and Sam Bradley) were the fourth male team and fifth overall.

The third Skegness Coasters team were a mixed team called JD’s Allstars - (Joanne Dembrey, Gary Dembrey, Nathan Fisher, Rachel Shinn and Richard Bradley).

Laura Kirk (S & DRC) and Emma Latham, ran as a duo and managed four laps each, to make a total of 80k.

Three members also took on the Solo challenge and Rob Bateman completed seven laps (42k), Martina Honour completed six laps (36k) and Andy Bailey completed eight laps (48k).

Nearer to home and just as wet and wild, Robert Rennie competed in the North East Lincolnshire Half Marathon, his first race at the 13.1 distance and gained a fantastic Personal Best time of one hour forty (1:40) mins.