Chris’ top-10 finish in off-road trail

Roger Blake.
Roger Blake.

Mablethorpe Running Club’s Chris Rainbow competed at the Tennyson eight-mile trail race.

The event is a multi-terrain, mainly off-road race that raises money for many charities.

Chris Rainbow.

Chris Rainbow.

Starting and finishing in the village of Hagworthingham, the race runs through the heart of The Lincolnshire Wolds, taking in Somersby - the birthplace of Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Chris finished in the top 10 per cent of the 112 who completed this tough run, claiming 11th spot in 54 mins 30 secs.

The race was won by Alan Oliver (Sleaford Striders) in 47 mins 12 secs.

Mablethorpe RC teammate Roger Blake competed in the Anna Verrico Isle of Axholme Half Marathon.

The race - on a flat and scenic route, starting in the village of Epworth and running along country roads to Owston Ferry following the bank of the River Trent to West Butterwick before returning to Epworth for the finish - is named in memory of Anna Verrico, a Scunthorpe wife and mother who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2013.

This weekend Roger returned for his third attempt at this event.

Of the 247 runners this Sunday, Roger had one of his better runs and was very happy to finish 49th in 1hr 34 mins 57 secs, almost 4 mins faster than last year and his course best.

His time was also around 90 seconds away from his half marathon PB.

The race was won by Aaron Scott (Notts AC) in 1 hr 08 mins 49 secs.

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

Anyone, whatever their age or ability, is welcome to attend.