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Coasters Vicky Lewis, Carole Tumber, Ben Peel and Peter Fulwood before the ABP Coastal Half.

* Saturday 3rd September saw the inaugural ABP Coastal Half come to fruition. Four Skegness Coasters took part in the event; it was both Vicky Lewis and Peter Fulwood’s first half marathon race. The 13.1 mile race covered a variety of terrains and was very well organised. The race started right next to Cleethorpes Pier, followed the coast down towards Thorpe Park, out into the rural areas of Tetney, before heading back northwards to the pier. Each runner received a medal, a technical running t-shirt and a celebratory ice-cream. Vicky Lewis reflected on her very first half marathon “it was very challenging but I would definitely do it again.”

Times: Ben Peel 2:12:12, Peter Fulwood 2:13:12 PB, Carole Tumber 2:22:19, Vicky Lewis 2:54:23 PB.

 

Jackie Rhodes and Michael Hawkesford on completion of the Louth Triathlon

* Louth Triathlon was held on Sunday 3rd September and was organised by SBR events in conjunction with Louth Triathlon Club. The event is the third and last triathlon in the local series which included Skegness Triathlon and Woodhall Triathlon. Two keen Coasters took part in this year’s event, which comprises of a 400 metre swim, a 13 mile bike ride and a 5k run starting from the Meridian Leisure Centre in Louth. The run and bike routes were undulating and took place around the roads of Louth. Michael commented that “it was quite windy which made it a tough race.” Jackie Rhodes completed the race in 1:45:34 and Michael Hawkesford in 1:49:56.

* Coaster Andy Bailey ran the inaugural Asda Foundation Leicester 10K on the same day. The well organised event boasted a flat city centre course, 1500 participants and a brilliant technical top and medal for all finishers. Andy commented “it was good fun; I enjoyed seeing how much of the city has changed since I left 7 years ago.” Andy completed the race in a great 1 hour 15 minutes and 20 seconds.

 

Skegness Coasters after the Bolingbroke Breaker

* On Wednesday 20th August, the second-to-last event of the annual summer series was the popular, well-organised Bolingbroke Breaker. The event started at Bolingbroke village centre before challenging runners to a selection of quite steep hills. Throughout the race runners were treated to beautiful Lincolnshire scenery and at the end a sweet treat awaited.

* The Skegness 10K is now open for entries. This year’s race will take place on Sunday 19th November and will raise funds for RNLI Skegness. For more information please visit: www.skegness10k.com We are in need of marshals on the route and volunteers at race HQ; to help on race day. If you are able to help, please also visit the website.

* Our next free, C25K course begins on Thursday 21st September. For more information visit our C25K Facebook group or email theskegnesscoasters@yahoo.com

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