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Humberside Costal Half Marathon & War Horse 10k

Humberside Costal Half Marathon

Omitted from last weeks report but a must for inclusion this week is Stephen Sincock’s run in Humberside Coastal Half Marathon. It was a seasons best in a time time of 1:27:16, he was 3rd MV60. The event was an England Masters Qualifier so competition was strong. His result was enough for qualification as England Masters representative at Manchester next year.

Set in the lovely seaside resort of Cleethorpes, with amazing views and far reaching scenery over the Humber estuary. The expected fast flat course, albeit with the possibility of some wind due to the forecast, was in reality, a tough multi terrain course with gale force headwinds in long exposed sections.

The course was a mixture of road, gravel paths, grass tracks, a short sand dune section and a sand covered promenade cycle path.

The Finish (which couldn’t come soon enough) was publicised as: “rousing home straight welcome along the Central Promenade”. The back drop of the beach along with Cleethorpes Pier is breath taking as you approach the finish line” it was indeed breath taking!

Photo below of Stephen Sincock.  He joked that “he didn’t have time to make sand castles”.

War Horse 10k

This race never fails to disappoint. This race is in its fifth year and this year was sold out within 4 days. Six lucky ORC’s had places. A quirky feature is the start of the race being marked by the firing of a shotgun. The route is mostly quiet lanes with some off road running across private land and the grounds of the beautiful Ash House. Known to be a little over 10k the race starts and finishes on the picturesque green in Iddesleigh. The rain held off and the temperature was ideal for running. After the race people gather for prize giving and make use of the Duke of York pub and the many cakes on sale in the hall. The race is believed to have raised approximately £3000 for Devon Air Ambulance. The medal for this year depicts the colours of the tea shirts for each of the five years.

First ORC home was Claire Watkins in 47.42 followed by Ian Ripper in 48.21, both of them came second in their age categories. John and Anne Binns finished in 56.16 and 56.22 respectively. Marianne Brown completed in 58.26 followed by Chris Fulford Brown in 1.02.18.