Marathon attracts over 200 runners

JUST over 200 people took part in this year’s Seabank Marathon between Boston and Skegness at the weekend.

Continuing its thirty year long association with this Marathon, Skegness Grammar School entered a significant number of pupils and staff to mark the occasion.

Thirty-four boys and girls and Miss Sian Owens, a staff member from the PE department, crossed the start line at 9am in cold and windy conditions to prove that ‘the Marathon’, especially in an Olympic year, still has a huge attraction.

The strong headwind didn’t help anybody’s cause and finishing times between 3 hours 47 minutes and 8 hours 35 minutes were the order of the day.

“Parental support along the route was excellent and there were many very tired but very happy faces evident at the finish,” said a spokesperson for the school.

“An added bonus for the school was the performance of Miss Sian Owens, a teacher in the PE Department who recorded a memorable victory for the fairer sex winning the overall ladies section and taking the trophy for the first lady home in the event, much to the delight and admiration of her fellow pupils.

“Arguably the hardest part remains, to extract the sponsor money from all those well meaning, occasionally disbelieving, sponsors to seal in the best way possible a memorable day which for some may be the first and last time this feat is ever undertaken but for many marks the start of a long association with Marathon events,” they added.

The school’s organiser Mrs C. Roylance, Head of Year Eight, and herself a past participant, stated her pride in the achievements of the pupils and her colleague.

She added that she hoped that the fantastic efforts on display would spur others to take up the challenge in future years, thus continuing the tradition of the school in supporting this event.