Last weekend people of all ages and all abilities came together to take part in the Skegness 10K.
Runners ran for a host of different reasons or personal enjoyment and or triumph and the Skegness 10k organised by the Skegness Coasters was this year run on quiet back roads, in the open countryside along a route just outside Skegness.
This year, the race started and finished at the Butlins Holiday resort with most of the route taking place in a traffic free environment, run to UKA regulations.
Race day came on Sunday, November 19 and the much anticipated, fourth annual Skegness 10K got underway at 10am.
The new venue for this year meant that the number of runners, which has tripled since the launch of the Skegness 10k in 2014; with 700 runners meant that the needs of those taking part were well tended to.
And now, after a week to reflect, organisers have hailed the race a huge success, especially after months of planning and organising by the volunteer Skegness 10K committee.
The race started in the grounds of Butlins Caravan Park before heading out onto a beautifully scenic, course, through Skegness Water Leisure Park.
The race culminated back at Butlins where runners were met with shout-outs from the County Linx bus, rapturous applause and cheers and Butlins canvas bag full of goodies and a lifeboat-themed medal which was handed to runners by lifeboat crew.
Some of the funds from this year’s race will be donated to Skegness RNLI, hence the themed medal and the brilliant lifeboat-themed t-shirts which were available to purchase.
Skegness Coaster Carl Clark said:
“It was a well organised event. You would have thought it had been run at this venue for years. A massive shout out to the marshals who were fantastic all the way around the route. I was really pleased with my new PB of 42 minutes and 29 seconds….a great course for a PB!”
Julie Croft said:
“The venue is fab with really good pre and post-race facilities. It was good how the course looped back so that you could give and receive encouragement with other runners, either faster or slower than yourself.”
The race has now become quite a community spectacle and alongside running and completing the race, therer were many stories and fundraising efforts attached the the reasons and causes people were taking part:
One of the charitable causes came from a Skegness man called Thomas Higgins.
On the day, Sally Higgins wrote proudly on Facebook:
Today my stepson ran Skegness 10K – 6 months ago he struggled to get out of bed!!…………Mind matters and thankfully he spoke up and reached out!!…. Please be generous and support Mind ………….it would mean so much to him and us!! #proud ??❤️
Tom ran for donations to the Mind charity in order to help them continue to assist people with mental health difficulties.
And raised an incredible £262.27
Find his fundraising page here:
RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager Dan Cooper and RNLI lifeguard Courtney Fear ran the Skegness 10K, along with RNLI crew member James Porter who ran the full route in full lifeboat gear.
“It was tough (and very hot) running in my lifeboat kit but very enjoyable, and for a great cause. Thanks to the organisers and the marshals for a great event,” said James.
A total of 64 runners also took part from the the neighbouring Skegness and District Running Club.
At the end of the race, Natalie commented: “We smashed it!”
Posted by Debbie Galloway Cussons on Sunday, November 19, 2017
Prizes were awarded to the following people:
1st – £25 + £20 ‘Lincolnshire Runner’ voucher – John Wadelin (Erewash Valley RC) 33:52
2nd – £15 + £15 ‘Lincolnshire Runner’ voucher – Ben Evison 34:36
3rd – £10 + £10 ‘Lincolnshire Runner’ voucher – Chris North (Sleaford Striders) 34:43
1st – £25 + £20 ‘Lincolnshire Runner’ voucher – Helen Cladingbowl 40:30
2nd – £15 + £15 ‘Lincolnshire Runner’ voucher – Judith Broadbent (Lincoln Wellington AC) 41.32
3rd – £10 + £10 ‘Lincolnshire Runner’ voucher – Abbey Young (Boston Triathlon Club) 42:00
M40 – £10 – Richard Hustwayte (Erewash Valley RC) 40:30
M50 – £10 – John Siddens (Sleaford Striders) 36:16
M60 – £10 – Kevin Harrison (Mablethorpe RC) 43:18
M70 – £10 – Ernie Bradshaw 55:26
F40 – £10 – Jill Otley (Cleethorpes & District RC) 42:07
F50 – £10 – Julie Bass (Stilton Striders) 46:05
F60 – £10 – Margaret Crummack (Team Manvers) 55:07
Men Affiliated – Cleethorpes & District RC
Women Affiliated – Cleethorpes & District RC
Mixed Unaffiliated – Boston Community Runners
The volunteer Skegness 10K Committee (Julie Hawkesford, David Freeman, Ian Bailey, Carole Tumber, Phaedra Bryant) would like to extend a big thank you to:
Brown & Co, Butlins, Skegness Water Leisure Park, Lincolnshire Runner, Lincolnshire Co-op, The National Grid, Skegness RNLI, County Linx Radio, Skegness Carnival Queen and Princesses, Skegness Sea Scouts, Skegness Air Cadets, Stuweb RFID Timing Solutions, St John’s Ambulance, Harry Ralph, volunteers who helped to set up on the day and last but by no means least, the encouraging marshals who gave up their time to hand out water, cheer on, whoop, high-five and support the runners along the route; you were all superb!
The Skegness 10K was Sharon Cooper and Donna Hill’s very first 10K race.
They did fantastically well finishing in 1:07:04 and 1:08:39 respectively.
For Coaster Jeanette Blythe it was only her second 10K event. She superbly knocked over 12 minutes off her previous 10k time.
Claire Parker who only set a new personal best last weekend at the Market Rasen 10K, took another 1 minute and 56 seconds off that time at the Skegness 10k; a fantastic achievement! Over half of the Skegness Coasters who ran the race gained a new personal best; a testament to how good a flat PB course it is!
Skegness Coasters times:
Mark Harvey 38:35, Neil Mitchell 38:44, Carl Clark 42:29 PB, Nathan Fisher 50:32, Alex South 51:08 PB, Teresa Arnold 56:49 PB, Emily Avison 57:34, Helen Kennedy 58:14 PB, Julie Croft 1:00:28, Debbie Cumberworth 1:02:07 PB, Danny Evison 1:06:35, Sharon Cooper 1:07:04 PB, Rachel Shinn 1:07:52, Donna Hill 1:08:39 PB, Tracy Sands 1:09:12 PB, Claire Parker 1:13:02 PB, Jeanette Blythe 1:13:02 PB, Les Arrowsmith 1:14:51 (PB=Personal Best).
* Skegness Coasters caters for all abilities and meets every Tuesday at The Welcome at 6.30pm. Visit www.skegnesscoasters.org.uk for more information.