Two years in and organisers Tape 2 Tape can already reflect on what has been a remarkable rise to prominence for the Dong Energy Great Grimsby 10K. Over 2300 runners competed in Sunday’s (30 July) race, a figure that represented an upturn of more than 1000 extra competitors than 2016.
Tape 2 Tape, the team behind the popular North Lincs Half Marathon and Gruesome Twosome races, have translated this success into their most recent venture in Grimsby. The 10k, which also included a Fun Run, saw participants take on an attractive, fast course that moved through the town’s closed roads.
26-year-old Lucian Allison, who works at the Lincolnshire Runner store in Lincoln and has been running for just two years, put in a PB performance (and course record to boot) to take the title in 30:21, just eight seconds ahead of Alastair Watson (30:29). Lewis Jagger was third, for the second consecutive year, with a time of 31:17.
Allison’s clubmate of Lincoln Wellington, Natalie Burns defended her title in style and crossed the line first in 36:12, one second quicker than her winning performance in 2016. City of Hull’s Carla Stansfield took second in 36:44, with Naomi Bright third (41:22). The midplaced runner crossed the line in 1:03:14, while the last competitor came home in 1:39:33.
A recent post on the event website from organisers Neil and Nicola Pattison read: “Wow, what a day that was for Great Grimsby. The feedback has been overwhelming. A massive team effort to make this a superb community event for Great Grimsby has paid off, over 350 volunteers made this happen for you. See you on 29th July 2018 for the third Great Grimsby 10K.”