Skegness Coasters round-up

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Carole Tumber ran the Yorkshire Marathon recently.

The race started and finished at the University of York’s Heslington campus.

Its route travelled through the historic city centre – passing through the medieval walls – and taking runners north eastwards out of the city.

Participants travelled through, or close by, Stockton on the Forest, Grange Wood, Upper Helmsley, Stamford Bridge, Gate Helmsley, Turkers Wood, Murton, Osbaldwick and back towards Heslington.

Carole crossed the finish line in 5 hrs, 32 minutes and 54 seconds.

Carole Tumber running the Yorkshire Marathon

Les Arrowsmith took part in the Stilton Stumble, a 10K race around the Nottinghamshire countryside. The route includes the villages of Cropwell Bishop, Colston Bassett and Long Clawson, where traditional Stilton is made. Les completed the run in a fantastic 1 hour, 15 minutes and 47 seconds; setting a new course PB!

Les Arrowsmith mid-race at the Stilton Stumble 10K.

The ‘Gruesome Twosome’ event, a challenging race for even the most hardened of runners, took place this past weekend. With two distances to choose from, 10K or a half marathon, the race took participants, running in pairs, through a variety of stimulating terrain. Each finisher received the infamous ‘Gruesome’ beanie hat! Two Coasters pairs took part in the 10K and one pair in the half marathon.

Skegness Coasters at Gruesome Twosome!

Julie Hawkesford and Debbie Galloway Cussons, named ‘The Burgh Babes’, took part in the 10K.

Debbie commented:

“It was a lovely but hilly route, on a beautiful day. We may do the half marathon next year!”

Julie and Debbie finished in 1 hour and 11 minutes.

Jackie Rhodes and Helen Kennedy completed the 10K in an impressive 1 hour and 8 minutes.

Teresa Arnold and Lou Mills participated in the half marathon event. It was Teresa’s first half marathon. Teresa reflected:

“It was a tough course, however a combination of great weather, fantastic scenery and some laughs along the way made it all the more enjoyable. I loved every gruesome minute of it!”

Lou stated:

“It was my first race with the coasters! It was a great race with amazing scenery but tough terrain! My awesome ‘gruesome’ partner Teresa made the day and the marshals were great encouraging us all the way! Roll on next year!

They finished in a brilliant 2 hours and 52 minutes.

Teresa Arnold and Lou Mills – Gruesome Twosome Half Marathon.

Six Skegness Coasters also travelled to Doncaster to take part in the ‘Run for Wildlife 5K’ event. The event raises funds for conservation projects at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. The route takes runners past the animal enclosures, onto some back roads near the park, before finishing outside the lion enclosure in ‘Lion Country’.

Andy Wilkinson said:

“There were very entertaining course views (the fascinating animals) and I was happy to avoid getting eaten by a lion/tiger/polar bear!”

Times: Nathan Fisher 25:37, Andy Wilkinson 26:28, Rachel Shinn 34:27, Claire Parker 39:51, Jeanette Blythe 39:51, Rebecca Porter 39:52.

Skegness Coasters, with their medals, after the Run for Wildlife 5K.

Sue Smith ran the TCS Amsterdam Marathon.

The race is known for its fast and beautiful course. The start and finish took place in the historical Olympic Stadium. The marathon course followed a part of the Olympic route along the Amstel River, past stately homes and a few windmills. Other famous landmark highlights included Vondelpark (the largest public park in Amsterdam) and Rijksmuseum.

Sue reflected:

“It was a crazy weekend. The route was fantastic….there were jet ski hover boards on the canal, great bands and plenty of water stations. It was extremely hot, however I still enjoyed the run!”

Sue finished her 7th marathon in a fantastic 4 hours 29 minutes.

The Skegness 10K is now FULL, but organisers are still very much in need of marshals on the route and volunteers at race HQ; to help on race day.

If you are able to help, please visit the website:

This year’s race will take place on Sunday, November 19 and will raise funds for RNLI Skegness.


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