Skegness Coasters Colour Dash

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PIC: After the Colour Dash 5K – Elly Rutherford, Sharon Waterfall, Gillian Shaw, Debbie Cumberworth, Tracy Sands, Sharon Cooper, Rochelle Cooper, Rebecca Porter.

After 8 weeks of hard work and determination our most recent C25K group graduated from our free course and completed their timed 5K at our weekly club night. To celebrate, the C25K graduates, run leader Rebecca Porter and supportive Coaster’s members Elly Rutherford and Tracy Sands signed up to the Colour Dash 5K. The colourful 5K run, in its third year, took place on Saturday 13th, at Lincolnshire Showground and raises vital funds for St Barnabas Hospice, based in the county. As the runners ran through the start line they were pelted with powdered paint (environmentally-friendly). Tracy Sands commented “it was lots of fun getting splatted with different coloured paint at each kilometre checkpoint and I would definitely take part again.” Sharon Waterfall said “there was a great, fun atmosphere as we ran through the colour fog!” At the finish the participants ran through the inflatable arch and were covered in even more paint than before.

They were then greeted with their medals and goody bags. Rebecca Porter stated: “Julie Hawkesford and I (C25K course run leaders) are so proud of the C25K graduates. They are a motivated and cheerful group who continue to grow and push themselves further. It has been an absolute pleasure leading them into the beginning of their running journeys.”

Finishers: Elly Rutherford, Sharon Waterfall, Gillian Shaw, Debbie Cumberworth, Tracy Sands, Sharon Cooper, Rochelle Cooper, Rebecca Porter, Julie Holmes, Michelle Taylor.

If you would like to sponsor our C25K graduates please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Skegness-Coasters-C25K-Group-17

PIC: Michael Hawkesford on the cycling section of Skegness Triathlon.

Skegness Triathlon, an SBR event, took place on Sunday 14th May. Skegness Coaster Michael Hawkesford took part in the event, based at Fresh Fitness at Richmond Holiday Park in Skegness. Michael firstly swam 16 lengths of the 25m pool, before transitioning onto his bike for the 12 mile relatively flat course. The biking section journeyed along Drummond Road, on a 2-lap loop between the Holiday Park and Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve. To finish, Michael ran along a 5km trail route from Richmond Holiday Park and along a private road to the Skegness Eco Coastal Centre; taking in the beautiful wooded areas before returning back to the park. Michael completed his very first triathlon in a great time of 1 hour and 38 minutes. Michael said “it was a lovey event – challenging but very enjoyable. It had left me feeling like I want to try out more triathlons.”

PIC: Craig Tarrant, Aaron Stevens, Neil Mitchell, Mark Harvey, Andy Wilkinson, Martin Ross, Danny Evison, Janet Harmston, Carl Clark, Julie Hawkesford, Mark Battersby at the Wolds Dash.

The second race of the Summer Series was the Wolds Dash, a 4.4 mile, very undulating route, starting and finishing at Hubbards Hills in Louth. Eleven Coasters took part in the race, organised by Louth Athletics Club, with great times recorded.

Times: Mark Harvey 26:58, Aaron Stevens 29:24, Neil Mitchell 28:41, Carl Clark 31:56, Martin Ross 32:42, Craig Tarrant 33:43, Janet Harmston 37:53, Andy Wilkinson 40:50, Julie Hawkesford 41:19, Danny Evison 44:17, Mark Battersby 47:27.

PIC: Danny Evison

Danny Evison, always up for a challenge, took part in ‘Menace in May 10K’ on Sunday 14th; a race organised by Lunacy Runs. The route involved a 1 mile run around fields, a log run, hill slaloms, and a messy mud pit followed by even more hill slaloms. From there runners headed into the woods for three gruelling laps of the ‘Hill of Doom’, which ascended another steep hill to compete the netting section and the final log run. “All of this in the name of fun of course….and a cool 10K medal! I loved it!” Danny stated.

*Skegness Coasters caters for all abilities and meets every Tuesday at 18.30 at The Welcome Inn, Skegness.