Race Report for 12th & 13th Sept, by Sean Topham

Great North Run
Hull Marathon
Mablethorpe 10k

Senior runners from Louth Athletic Club were eating up the miles on Sunday competing in the Great North Run, Hull Marathon and Mablethorpe 10k – clocking up nearly 300 miles between them.
Five Louth athletes joined 57,000 others travelling to Newcastle for the Great North Run.
Adam Dalton was the club’s first finisher in 145th place completing the world-famouse 13.1 mile course in 1.20:12.
Colin Creasey finished in 1.50:20, Amanda Young in 2.04:14 and Lynda Dalton in 2.18:10.
And Jane Cope fought every step of the way to finish in 2.07:48 despite fainting in the heat at mile nine.
There was a great turnout from the club for the Hull Marathon with six runners making the trip across the Humber.
Four of them were experiencing the classic distance for the first time and their months of gruelling training paid off with some impressive finishing times.
Chris Smith finished in 4.10:12, Nathan Steer in 4.09:06, Jason Oxby in 3.53:27 and Jason Stainton in 3.23:43.
Lisa Harkess and Steve Windsor both beat their previous best marathon times by quite a margin.
Lisa knocking nine minutes of her personal best set earlier this year in Brighton to finish in 4.09:43 and Steve beat his best time by three minutes crossing the line in 4.26:24.
A squad of 11 runners competed closer to home in the Mablethorpe East Coast Classic 10k with Joe Wood running a strong race to finish third in 34.18.
First woman home for Louth and seventh woman overall was Jo Jackson in 45.04.
Among others racing were Mick Dean (44.20), Debbie Simpson (45.58), Eddy Enwright 46.22, Alison McCoy 47.02, Helen Parkes 51.53, Shirley Willet 56.11, Ruth Eddison 56.45, Claire Byatt 60.01 and Karen Moulding 60.42.
A team from the club’s juniors were in action in the Lincoln Games on Sunday and a group represented Lincolnshire in the inter-counties on Saturday – results to follow next week.
Well done to all the club’s runners, where ever they were racing, and if you fancy a jog, just pop along to a training evening, visit www.louth-ac.org.uk for more details or follow us on Facebook.
Pictured before the start of the Hull Marathon are Nathan Steer, Jason Stainton, Steve Windsor, Chris Smith, Lisa Harkess and Jason Oxby (kneeling).

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