300 runners liked to be beside the seaside at Sunday’s (9 September) East Coast Classic 10K in Mablethorpe with fish and chips and ice cream a few of the treats at this beachfront race.
The East Coast Classic 10K and 3K Fun Run was organised by Mablethorpe Running Club and held on a flat, traffic-free course alongside the beach. The local council had cleared a patch of sand from the route enabling everyone to have safe run and in a holiday atmosphere. They didn’t have to worry about stampeding donkeys this time compared to 2014 when a herd joined in the race.
There was a new venue for the Race HQ which was moved closer to the start and finish outside the RNLI Lifeboat Station on the promenade. Entrants set off at 10:30am along a donkey-free promenade and seafront, past Sutton-on-Sea and Sandilands before turning around and heading back on the same route to the finish.
Tom North was first across the line in 33:55. Martin Troop of Lincoln Wellington AC was second in 35:01 with Gregan Clarkson of Kingston upon Hull AC third in 35:30.
Lucy Holt of Notts AC won the women’s race in 40:14 followed by Lucy Taylor of Ripley RC in 42:01. Bobbie Lomax of Warrington Road Runners was third in 42:51.
Finishers were presented with a medal and a goody bag containing Lincolnshire free range eggs and replaced calories via free, post-race doughnuts and ice cream. There was also a special fish and chips deal for any still-hungry runner.
Image courtesy of Mablethorpe Photo Album.