ATHLETICS: Rain doesn’t dampen Belchford 10k

Winners from Sunday's race EMN-141108-092725001
Winners from Sunday's race EMN-141108-092725001

Cleethorpes AC runner Ryan Page stormed to victory and took the course record in the third annual Louth Athletic Club Belchford Three Churches 10k on Sunday.

With a starting line under three inches of water, torrential rain, high winds and several tough climbs to battle against, Sunday’s race was always going to be challenging.

But scores of runners from across the county, along with a group of dedicated marshals and race officials, braved the weather and were rewarded with a race with a series of spectacular views over the Lincolnshire Wolds.

Winner Ryan Page completed the 10k course in 36.22 and held off unattached local runner Jamie Pratt, who came second in 36.55.

First home for Louth AC was Jason Stainton who finished third in 39.28.

It was a double victory for Cleethorpes AC, with Jill Otley winning the women’s race in 45.37.

Louth AC’s Jo Jackson was second in 48.13 and unattached runner Jill Bell was third in 51.19.

In the veteran age group categories, Carl Emmerson (unattached) and Fay Parker (Newark Notfast Running Club) were first for the over-40s in 41.04 and 55.31,

Louth pair Kevin Wallis and Jutta Meiwald were the first over-50s in 43.04 and 51.20, and Alan Williams (Cleethorpes AC) and Janet Harmston (Skegness Coasters) won the over-60s category in 56.58 and 55.16.

Special mention and thanks must also be made of all the volunteers who stood in the pouring rain to make the race run smoothly.

* Louth Athletic Club is offering a free Couch to 5k beginners’ running course starting on Tursday August 21.

Led by a UK Athletics qualified coach, the eight-week course is ideal for anyone who’s starting or returning to running, interested improving their fitness or just getting out with friends.

The first session starts at 6pm at the club’s London Road ground. For more details, search for Louth Athletic Club on Facebook, visit www.louth-ac.org.uk or email denzilphillips@tiscali.co.uk.

* Race four in this summer’s Louth Athletic Club Wolds Dash series takes place on Wednesday August 13.

The main race is 10,155m and there are also races for the juniors over distances ranging from 1,200m to 4,230m around Hubbards Hills.

All races start at 7pm and cost £3 for affiliated adult athletes, £5 unaffiliated and £2 juniors. Register on the night at the Hubbards Hills café.