Mablethorpe Running Club on form at Gruesome Twosome half-marathon

The Mablethorpe Running Club team at the Gruesome Twosome EMN-151019-161418002
The Mablethorpe Running Club team at the Gruesome Twosome EMN-151019-161418002

Mablethorpe Running Club grabbed a podium double at the Gruesome Twosome Half-marathon, near Caistor.

The club fielded five pairs at the multi-terrain, cross-country race which is run in pairs around the brutal hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds, and two of them ended up on the podium.

Sheryl Hawse and Janine Stones EMN-151019-161407002

Sheryl Hawse and Janine Stones EMN-151019-161407002

The event, in its fourth year, started and finished in Swallow and featured a course which included some exceptionally difficult hills, ploughed fields and public footpaths.

The popular race attracted 251 teams plus five individuals, and for Mablethorpe, brothers Chris and Dennis Rainbow led the way, running strongly throughout to finish 20th in 1hr 40min 09secs.

Paula Downing and Roger Blake kept them in their sights, finishing 24th in 1.41.39 to win the second mixed team prize, while Sheryl Hawse and Janine Stones ran an excellent race to finish third ladies’ team and 44th overall in 1.47.05.

Sharon Wheatley-Margarson and Elaine Wilson returned for their third year and were 146th in 2.12.42, and Debbie Jinks and Andrea Mettam got stuck into their first off-road half-marathon and crossed the line 194th in 2.22.41.

Joe Fowler and Alex Jordan-Plant (Sheffield AC) won in an outstanding time of 1.20.16.

* A field of 260 athletes flooded the streets of Market Rasen for the annual 10k.

The race starts and finishes with a loop of Market Rasen Racecourse and included the dirt tracks of Dog Kennel Woods and a complete loop around the woods.

Nigel Booth was Mablethorpe’s sole representative, finishing 81st in 47min 25secs, while Shane Robinson (Lincoln Wellington AC) won for the second year running in 32.35.

* Sharon Wheatley-Margarson was in Scarborough last weekend for the McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k.

The event was run on an almost entirely flat route with just 10 metres of climb throughout and took in many of the resort’s sights.

Of the 1,562 finishers, Sharon enjoyed her run, finishing in the top third, 466th overall in 50min 30secs.

Jay Ferns (Loftus and Whitby AC) won in a time of 32.57, and first female finisher was Jo Maddick (Kingston Upon Hull AC) in 37.20 (18th overall).