£800 raised for charity and new course record set at fourth Tennyson 8

Tennyson 8 organisers Paul Jackson on the left and Mick Dean on the right EMN-140928-211257001
Tennyson 8 organisers Paul Jackson on the left and Mick Dean on the right EMN-140928-211257001

More than £800 was raised for charity and a new course record set at the fourth running of the Tennyson 8 running race last Sunday.

Notts AC runner Ben Livesey set a blistering pace to seal the win and set a new course record in 45.51.

Livesey’s time was even more impressive given the challenging nature of this multi-terrain course.

The Tennyson 8 follows a stunning eight-mile route through the Lincolnshire Wolds, starting and finishing at the George and Dragon in Hagworthingham, and passing the poet Tennyson’s former home in Somersby.

All proceeds from the race are donated to LIVES and the amount raised this year was £800

The total amount raised from the running of all four races now stands at more than £2,000 for this worthwhile cause.

Organisers Mick Dean and Paul Jackson, both from the Horncastle area and members of Louth AC, thanked all the volunteers who’d supported the event and Martyn and Jackie from the George and Dragon pub, the race headquarters.

Mick said: “We had a fantastic day. It’s great to see so many people willing to help.”

Paul added: “LIVES is a great charity that could benefit any one of us. Look out for us again next year.”

More than 100 runners raced over rough tracks, grassed footpaths, several steep climbs and even a stile, but were rewarded with some stunning views over one of the most picturesque parts of the county.

Louth Athletic Club’s Kerry Stainton took the top spot in the women’s race in a quick time of 58.45.

Second woman was Jill Otley, of Cleethorpes AC, in 59.16 and third was another Cleethorpes athlete, Lisa Foster, in 59.47.

Second man home was Skegness Coaster Ben Evison in 47.56 and third was an unattached runner from Horncastle, Carl Emmerson, in 53.21.

Cleethorpes AC were the winning men’s team and Louth AC the winning women’s team.