ATHLETICS: Louth duo take their marathon best to Brighton

Lisa Harkess and Steve Windsor at Brighton Marathon EMN-150419-205703001
Lisa Harkess and Steve Windsor at Brighton Marathon EMN-150419-205703001

Louth Athletic Club runners Lisa Harkess and Steve Windsor travelled to Brighton last weekend to compete in one of the most popular marathons in the country.

Lisa ran strong to smash her marathon personal best by almost an hour and finish in 4.18.24. This was her fourth marathon and her previous best time was 5.11.

Louth AC runners at Belchford 10k (winner Nick Marsh is pictured on the far left). EMN-150419-205735001

Louth AC runners at Belchford 10k (winner Nick Marsh is pictured on the far left). EMN-150419-205735001

Lisa said: “It felt good, really good. I’ve been following a training plan put together by our coach, John Jaines, for the past few months and it clearly paid off.

“Brighton is a great race and the course was really good.”

Steve, who’s completed four marathons to date, wasn’t far behind in 4:29:43.

He said: “I had a really good day and as Lisa says we stuck to a training plan from John, we as a club are very proud of what Lisa has achieved by taking off 53 minutes from her last marathon.”

Both Steve and Lisa can now enjoy a short break before training resumes for their next marathon in Hull in September.

As they ran through the city streets of Brighton fellow club members were racing closer to home in the very breezy Belchford 10k.

Louth-based Lincoln Wellington athlete Natalie Burns set a new women’s record for the challenging, hilly course finishing in 39.34.

Natalie finished second overall with Louth AC’s Nick Marsh taking first place in 38.07.

A total of 70 runners completed the race.

Wednesday May 13 sees the first race in the 32nd Wolds Dash Series from Hubbards Hills.

The series kicks off with a 7,137 metre run following a loop from Hubbards Hills past Hallington and back.

There are also races ranging from 1,200m to 4,230 metres around Hubbards Hills for juniors.

All races start at 7pm and can be entered on the night at the Hubbards Hills café.

Louth AC has members of all abilities from the occasional jogger to the competing athlete.

Fancy a jog? Want to start training for the Louth Run for Life? Louth AC starts a new Couch to 5K course tailored to beginners on Thursday April 30 at 6.15pm. Meet at the club’s grounds in London Road. There will be a £15 pound charge to cover prizes for those that complete the eight week course. Details at www.louth-ac.org.uk.