I do like to be beside the seaside

John Osborne (left) and Wayne Kew (right) reach their desitination 13-and-a-half hours later EMN-150707-092334002
John Osborne (left) and Wayne Kew (right) reach their desitination 13-and-a-half hours later EMN-150707-092334002

Mablethorpe Running Club chairman Wayne Kew and friend John Osborne tackled 14,500ft of climbing as they rode coast-to-coast....in a day!

The pair joined a field of 825 riders for the 150-mile cycle ride from Seascale on the Irish Sea coast, in Cumbria, to the North Yorkshire town of Whitby.

John Osborne (left) and Wayne Kew (right) at the start of their coast-to-coast ride EMN-150707-092324002

John Osborne (left) and Wayne Kew (right) at the start of their coast-to-coast ride EMN-150707-092324002

They passed through three of the country’s most stunning national parks – the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors – and climbed through the infamous Hardknott and Wrynose passes.

The challenge is taken up by hundreds of riders every year, but usually over four or five days.

Yet Wayne and John completed the epic challenge in a shade over 13-and-a-half-hours to earn a bronze finishers’ medal.

* Another keen Mablethorpe RC cyclist Guy Willey joined a field of 2,000-plus riders for the Lincoln Impsport Championship Sportive.

Guy tackled the 76-mile course – the second-longest option – leaving the city via Cherry Willingham.

The entrants took on 2,850ft of incline over the Lincolnshire Wolds via Minting, Harrington, Tetford, Cadwell Park, Donington-on-Bain, Faldingworth, Scampton and Burton before heading back into the city for the finish outside the iconic Lincoln Castle.

Guy completed this challenge in a very respectable 5hr 51min 33secs.

* Last Wednesday evening, club members Sharon Wheatley Margarson and Elaine Wilson returned for the third of the six-race Croxby Crawl series.

The event, hosted by Cleethorpes AC, is in its 33rd year of racing the challenging courses around the hamlet of Croxby, situated five miles from Caistor in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds.

A field of 67 competitors were tested not only by the 4.44-mile course, tackled twice, but also exceptionally hot conditions which forced a few runners to drop out after the first lap.

But despite the heat, both Mablethorpe RC ladies persisted and were happy with their performances, Sharon finishing 54th in 1hr 27min 25secs, and Elaine a place and 36 seconds behind.

The race was won by William Strangeway (Lincoln Wellington AC) in 54min 15secs, and first female runner home was Natalie Burns (Lincoln Wellington AC) in 1.01.26 for seventh overall.

* The club meets at Mablethorpe Athletics Club on Sherwood Fields at 6.30pm every Monday and Thursday.

Mondays is for both seniors and juniors (aged 7 to 16), and Thursdays is for seniors only. Everyone, regardless of ability, is welcome to run.

Visit www.mablethorperunningclub.org.uk for more details