Skegness runners take on ‘Gruesome Twosome Half Marathon’ in Lincs Wolds

The Skegness runners.
The Skegness runners.

Twenty representatives from Skegness took part in the second Gruesome Twosome Half Marathon at Swallow on Saturday.

The 10 teams of two were made up of 19 Skegness Coasters and one member of the Skegness Triathlon Club.

The Gruesome Twosome Half Marathon sees participants take on a challenging multi-terrain half marathon race run in pairs over the Wolds countryside.

“It certainly was a challenging run,” said a spokesperson for the Coasters. “The inclement weather helped the race live up to its name, creating boggy terrain underfoot, and high winds and rain during the open field sections of the course.

“Naturally, as the course is situated in the Wolds, it also offered some challenging hills.

“The management of the event was nothing short of excellent, and all of the volunteers, marshalls, tea-makers, soup distributors etc helped to make the day a definite highlight of the year,” they added.

A total of 148 teams of two competed. The Skegness contingent had a successful day. The first team home from the resort were Andy Shelton and Stewart Needham, finishing in a time of 1:37:23.

The formidable team made up of Peter Nicholl (Coaster) and Rich Vincent (Skegness Tri Club) finished on a high in 2:03:14 as Peter gave Rich a piggy back over the finish line. The rules state the pairs should finish together and they made sure they did.

The rest of the Coasters who braved the elements once again were Nathan Fisher & Mark Wheeler, Judy Homer & Ben Peel, Michael Hawkesford & Jackie Rhodes, Martin Ross & David Freeman, Fiona Fisher & Julie Hawkesford, Tracey Gill & Sharon Wilson-Leary, Michelle Howard & Annabel Bradley and Helena Shelton & Martina Honour.

“A special mention also to the team of Helen Blair and William Fisher for their support before, during and after the race,” added the Coasters’ spokesperson.