Great North and East Coast classic triumphs

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Sunday , September 10 was a packed morning of chilliness, running and banter for the Skegness Coasters at the East Coast Classic 10K.

Fourteen Coasters participated in the East Coast Classic 10K, which is brilliantly organised each year by Mablethorpe Running Club.

Coasters preparing for the East Coast Classic 10K.

Starting from Mablethorpe Lifeboat Station, runners paced out towards Trusthorpe, making their way to Sutton-On-Sea, before turning back on themselves along the promenade.

Each finisher received a fabulous medal engraved with Mablethorpe donkeys, to remember the race in 2014 where donkeys ran alongside runners on the promenade.

Runners were also treated to an ice-cream after the race, provided by Farmer Brown, and a brilliant goody bag which included locally produced Fairburn’s eggs.

It was a particularly special occasion for Jeanette Blythe; who was taking part in her first ever 10K event.

Jeanette graduated from the club’s C25K course a year ago and with hard work and determination has built her way up to the 10K distance.

Jeanette said:

“It was a really great feeling crossing the finishing line of my first 10K race.”

Tracy Sands commented:

“The support and motivation from marshals along the route was brilliant and really spurred you on”.

Times: Carl Clark 44:55, David Young 48:23 PB, Paul Whitley 54:10, Peter Fulwood 54:50 PB, Nathan Fisher 55:00, Emily Jane Avison 57:15, Debbie Cumberworth 1:04:15, Tracy Sands 1:09:20 PB, Les Arrowsmith 1:16:49, Vicky Lewis 1:20:26, Rebecca Porter 1:20:28 CPB, Jeanette Blythe 1:25:44 PB, Claire Parker 1:25:44, Sarah Hawkins 1:37:08.

Coaster Phaedra Bryant (centre) celebrating with friends after the Great North Run.

The well-known Great North Run, which takes place in the city of Newcastle each September, was attended by Coaster Phaedra Bryant. Phaedra stated:

“This was my third Great North Run. It was tough going at times but the amazing support throughout the race was a real boost. I finished in 2:19:13 which is a course personal best, beating my previous time by 4 minutes!”

*Coaster Les Arrowsmith took on the Mansfield 10K on September 17.

The race started in Mansfield Market Square, looping and winding through the historic, traffic free streets of Mansfield and ended with a sprint finish back into the beautiful market place.

Les finished in a fantastic 1 hour 20 minutes and 1 second.

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: 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.

The next free, C25K course begins on Thursday, September 21.

For more information visit the C25K Facebook group or email

Skegness Coasters caters for all abilities and meets every Tuesday at 6.30pm at The Welcome Inn, Skegness.