Mablethorpe Marathon: Home runner grabs podium spot with fabulous PB

Mablethorpe Running Club members after the Mablethorpe Half-Marathon. From left - Louise Willey, Diane Holmes, Debbie Jinks and Andrea Mettam EMN-150510-165617002
Mablethorpe Running Club members after the Mablethorpe Half-Marathon. From left - Louise Willey, Diane Holmes, Debbie Jinks and Andrea Mettam EMN-150510-165617002

Mablethorpe Running Club celebrated some brilliant performances at their hometown marathon and half-marathon on Sunday.

The ninth annual Mablethorpe full and half-marathon, organised by the Mablethorpe Marathon Foundation, saw the club turn out in numbers, joining runners from across the county as well as Exmouth, London, Falmouth, Bungay, Stowmarket, Cambridge and Leicester.

Paula Downing who won the third lady prize at the Mablethorpe Marathon EMN-150510-134920002

Paula Downing who won the third lady prize at the Mablethorpe Marathon EMN-150510-134920002

In the full marathon, Mablethorpe RC’s Paula Downing and Roger Blake were among the 170 finishers with Paula running a personal best time of 3hr 15min 27secs in her 54th marathon to finish third lady and 25th overall.

Roger ran a course best on his fourth attempt at the event, finishing 38th in 3.22.49.

The marathon was won by Ryan Snell (Exmouth Harriers) in an amazing time of 2.41.42, and first lady home was Kate Mills (Springfields Striders) in 3.03.26 (11th overall).

Of the 427 half-marathon finishers, 11 were Mablethorpe RC members with Janine Stones just edging out clubmate Kev Harrison to be the club’s first runner home.

Janine finished 34th in 1hr 32min 04secs to win the first Vet 40 female prize with Kev just a place and nine seconds back in a personal best time, earning him the Vet 55 male award,

Nigel Cross clocked a fine 1.38.17 on his half-marathon debut to finish 61st, while Debbie Jinks (179th) recorded a PB, knocking 12 minutes off last year’s time with 1.53.55.

There were further PBs for Sharon Wheatley-Margarson (1.59.09 - 228th) and Elaine Wilson (1.59.10 - 229th), while Lisa Musson crossed the line 305th in 2.09.59.

Debutants Andrea Mettam (2.10.04) and Louise Willey (2.27.46) finished 307th and 388th respectively, and there were marked improvements for Ellie Norman (2.22.29 - 373rd) and Diane Holmes (2.28.05 - 389th).

Ellie finished 22 minutes quicker than last year, while Diane Holmes knocked 11 minutes off her previous best.

The half was won by Paul Makowski (Royston Runners) in 1.17.12, and Charlie Hayward (unattached) was first female home, 26th overall in 1.29.47.