A RECORD number of runners are set to descend on Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea this weekend for the sixth annual Mablethorpe Marathon and Half Marathon.
This year’s event which takes place on Sunday, October 7, will also incorporate the Lincolnshire Marathon Championships for the very first time and will be the coast’s very own mini Olympic event.
Terry Stow, Chairman of the Mablethorpe Marathon, gives the Leader his thoughts on this year’s upcoming event.
He said: “This year’s event is one of many firsts.
“We already have a record number of entrants for the marathon and we’re very excited to include the Lincolnshire Marathon Championships into the event for the first time.”
Everyone on race day has the chance to be a Race Maker by giving all the runners a warm welcome and cheering them on around the course throughout the duration of the event.
Terry continued to say: “We’re praying that the weekend will bring good weather for our runners and hope lots of people turn out to support them.
“Our legendary race marshals will be at strategic points and will ensure the safety for the runners and the public. Safety measures are always our top priority.”
A number of runners are travelling a great distance to participate in this year’s event, including two runners from Australia. Not forgetting those inspirational individuals and groups that will take part in the marathon, raising funds for worthy charities.
The Running for Robbie team will be raising awareness for the PAPYRUS charity, a charity that helps to prevent young peoples’ suicide. They are running in memory of local man Robbie Timmins who died in June this year.
Individual Alex Mountain will also take part in the full marathon, carrying a 40lb rucksack and will be raising money for the Afghan Heroes Charity.
During the day’s event there will be a number of road closures and restrictions to help make the day run as smoothly as possible.
Half of Victoria Road will be closed between 9.15am and 10am and Seaholme Road will be closed between Seacroft Road and Harris Boulevard from 10.45am until 4pm.
In addition, there will be speed restrictions in Alford Road before Mile Lane, Mablethorpe, Main Road, Trusthorpe, Rossa Lane, Trusthorpe and the A1111 from Beesby Road junction to Marina Avenue West.