Mablethorpe Running Club members find form in new year races

Janine Stones finished within the top 90 at the New Year's Day 10k EMN-160701-100003002
Janine Stones finished within the top 90 at the New Year's Day 10k EMN-160701-100003002

While many of us may have spent New Year’s Day shaking off a fuzzy head, Mablethorpe Running Club members were out in force.

A five-strong Mablethorpe contingent hit the road to Cleethorpes for the New Year’s Day 10k.

Kev Harrison (406) took the second veterans 60 prize at Cleethorpes on New Year's Day EMN-160701-100014002

Kev Harrison (406) took the second veterans 60 prize at Cleethorpes on New Year's Day EMN-160701-100014002

The traditional race took its 462 entrants from the promenade along an out-and-back seafront course, braving a chilly coastal wind in the process.

Mablethorpe RC’s Kev Harrison came in strongly, finishing 79th in a time of 41min 26secs to take the second vet 60 prize.

Wayne Kew was hot on his heels, crossing the line six seconds back in 81st, and Janine Stones was just six runners behind and clocked 41.57.

Training partners Sharon Wheatley-Margarson and Elaine Wilson made their return to the race, Sharon finishing 293rd in 51.39, and Elaine 330th in a course personal best 54.14.

Paula Downing receives her award from Flitch Way Marathon race director Lindley Chambers EMN-160701-100025002

Paula Downing receives her award from Flitch Way Marathon race director Lindley Chambers EMN-160701-100025002

The race was won for the second successive year by Matthew Bowser (Lincoln Wellington AC) in a mere 30.09, and first female finisher was Natalie Burns, also for the second year in succession, in an impressive 35.38.

* Experienced and dedicated marathon runner Paula Downing travelled down to Essex to race in the Flitch Way New Year’s Day Marathon.

The out-and-back 26.2-mile course was set mostly along a disused railway line between Bishop’s Stortford and Braintree, but included muddy and wet sections.

Paula was the leading lady up to halfway, but after taking a wrong turn, had to push hard for the next six miles to regain her status and recover some of the estimated 20 minutes she lost.

The effort paid off and of the 40 runners to complete the course, Paula was the first female finisher, crossing the line caked in mud seventh overall in 3hr 58min 56secs.

David Goodwin won in a time of 3.23.37.