Seabank marathon from Boston to Skegness has a global appeal

The Savona Striders relay team at The Seabank Marathon
The Savona Striders relay team at The Seabank Marathon
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An annual marathon which helps raise thousands of pounds for charity has not only attracted hundreds of local competitors to take part, but also runners from America and South Africa.

In the 35th year of the event, 220 runners took part on Sunday, including; Clayton Foutch from San Francisco, who ran in the Boston USA Marathon and Johanette Jacobs from South Africa who recently took part in the Paris Marathon, earlier this year.

Mark Sands first with Mayor of Skegness Jim Carpenter and Mayoress Kath Cullen with Chris Rainbow who came second.

Mark Sands first with Mayor of Skegness Jim Carpenter and Mayoress Kath Cullen with Chris Rainbow who came second.

“The atmosphere was very good and we even had a competitor from America and South Africa, it’s great to be attracting runners from overseas to the event,” said Simeon Disley chairman of the Seabank Marathon.

“The American runner says he wants to come back with 20 of his friends next year to take part and is hoping to get into the London Marathon, he was also surprised to have met two mayors in one day, nevermind just one,” he added.

This year, the start of the route was changed to Boston Market Place rather than beside the river and Mr Disley feels it added even ‘more atmosphere’ to the event.

“We were very pleased with the day and at the start in Boston, we used the Assembly Rooms and the Mayor of Boston was on the balcony,” he said.

The Skegness Coasters

The Skegness Coasters

Crowds lined the routes as dedicated runners, one as old as 73, chased their way to victory.

“There were crowds of people all day and the Mayor of Skegness greeted people for about five hours which was really good,” he added.

Organisers of the event, which helps to raise for Macmillan, also introduced a relay category this year, which allowed teams of up to eight to take part in a three to four mile stretch of the 26 mile marathon.

And Skegness proved itself triumphant in this category, with one of Skegness’s newest running clubs, The Savona Striders, taking first place out of seven relay teams that entered, finished an overall ninth place in the marathon.

Carol Silverwood, founding member and relay team member, said: “I am so pleased and I just can not believe how well we all ran getting an overall place of ninth and a time of there hours 55 minutes.

“It is not bad going, seeing how most of my runners had never run before coming to the club which has not even been going a year yet. Good supportive running goes a long way in training and all are looking forward to upping there distance now.”

Rich Vincent and Lola Sharrock both of the Savona Striders, also took part in the full marathon.

The Skegness Coasters also did the town immensely proud, with 21 members taking part this year, five of whom ran the whole distance and two teams of eight completed the relay.

Jackie Rhodes was fifth lady in, completing the full course in four hours 50 minutes. Andy Shelton, Craig Tarrant, Mark Harvey and Neil Mitchell stuck together for the full 26 miles and completed in three hours 55 minutes.

The relay teams, Roller Coasters and Just Coasting, completed the course in shorter bursts, each runner tackling between two and four miles along the course. Just Coasting (Annabel Bradley, Ben Peel, David Freeman, Sharon Wilson-Leary, Michelle Clow, Helen Blair and Karen French) were the second relay team to finish and Roller Coasters (Tracey Gill, Nathan Fisher, Julie Hawkesford, Martina Honour, Samantha East, Tina Sparkes, Michael Hawkesford, Tamsie Duffin) were in third place.

Overall, Mark Sands crossed the finish line first, Chris Rainbow came second and Trudy Brown was the first lady across the line.