Marathon efforts

Pete Nicholls.
Pete Nicholls.

Runners from the Skegness area put in sterling efforts to complete the London Marathon this weekend.

Here we take a look at some of those involved in our round-up....

Mark Sands, Kerry Bennett, Stuart Cragg.

Mark Sands, Kerry Bennett, Stuart Cragg.

Five Skegness Coasters took part in the London Marathon on Sunday.

Neil Mitchell won this year’s club ballot place and finished in 3 hrs 15 mins, a personal best time.

Neil Stocks only began running a year ago when he joined the Coasters’ Couch to 5k course and completed the run in 4 hrs and 2 mins.

He has used his place to raise funds for Epilepsy Uk.

Neil Stocks and Jackie Rhodes.

Neil Stocks and Jackie Rhodes.

Husband and wife team Samantha and Anthony East were raising funds for Down’s Syndrome, they finished within 10 minutes of each other, Anthony in 4 hrs 29 mins and Samantha in 4 hrs 39 mins.

Jackie Rhodes won a charity place with the Notts and Lincs Air Ambulance Trust and has currently raised in excess of £2,000, running three marathons in three months.

She finished London in 4 hrs 34 mins.

A little further south, Paul Whitfield competed in the Southampton Half Marathon, finishing in a time of 2 hrs 08 mins despite a knee injury.

Coaster Martin Jessop also competed in a spring marathon last week, finishing the Manchester Marathon in a time of 3 hrs 51 mins.

Skegness & District Running Club had six runners heading to London for the marathon.

Stuart Cragg crossed the line in 2 hrs 49 mins 57 secs, just ahead of Mark Sands, who finished in 2 hrs 52 mins 38 secs.

Helena Shelton knocked 10 minutes off her previous marathon time, coming home in 5 hrs 07 mins 50 secs.

Helena followed home Beckie Dawson and Jayne Wallis.

Beckie clocked 3 hrs 36 mins 20 secs and Jayne - running her seventh London Marathon - came home in 4 hrs 41 mins 01 secs.

Kerry Bennett clocked 6 hrs 55 mins 38 secs, raising more than £1,000 for charity Living Paintings.

Peter Nicholls, a member of Skegness Triathlon Club, completed his first London Marathon at the weekend.

He has trained hard all winter and achieved a fantastic finish time of 3 hours 53 mins 24 secs.

Pete’s wife Heather was there to see him over the finish line.