There’s no place like home proved to be true for Lewis Jagger. The locally-born 21-yeard old won the fourth Ørsted Great Grimsby 10K (Sunday 21 July).
A successful track athlete, Jagger is becoming equally as proficient on the road with several wins at 10K distance. He came third at the 2016 and 2017 Great Grimsby 10K and was looking to improve on that at this year’s race organised by Tape2Tape Events.
He lined up with more than 3,000 runners at the 2019 Ørsted Great Grimsby 10K, waiting to start at 10am from the Town Hall Square. Also on the start line was last year’s winner Alastair Watson, looking to defend his title.
They followed a fast, flat and scenic course on closed roads with three drinks stations and the public also helped to keep runners cool via hose pipes and water pistols. Humber Taiko drummers kept everyone moving and there was plenty of encouragement from spectators along the route.
One spectator, Tony, a resident at Meadow Care Home was celebrating his 100th birthday. Runners shook his hand and wished him a 'happy birthday', exchanged high-fives, posed for selfies or gave him a kiss.
Lewis Jagger and Alastair Watson battled throughout the race but Jagger of Sheffield & Dearne AC drew upon his track experience, sprinting towards the finish to win in 30:09. Alastair Watson of Notts AC was second in 30:19 with William Strangeway of Lincoln Wellington AC third in 31:05.
Calli Thackery of Hallamshire Harriers won the women’s race in 35:13 followed by Becky Briggs of City of Hull AC in 35:40. Natalie Burns of Lincoln Wellington AC was third in 36:44.
The organisers congratulated everyone who completed the Ørsted Great Grimsby 10K before adding that training begins for next year’s race!
Image courtesy of Susan Green