1,000 runners line up for top 10K road race

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More than 1,000 people lined up in the Woodhall Spa 10K on Sunday for the fundraising event that has become one of the biggest road races in the region.

Sam Harvey-Owen, who featured in the Horncastle News recently after being told he would never run again following a road accident, covered the course in 57 minutes 30 seconds.

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The 26-year-old, from Tetford, finished 590th out of 990 runners.

He was raising money for the Lincs2Nepal Charity, having been inspired by the tragedy of the earthquake.

His friend, Leo Scott-Smith, is a trustee for the charity and flies out to Nepal this week to help with the international relief effort.

In the race itself, taking top honours with a first place time of 30 minutes 18 seconds was Lincoln Wellington endurance racer Matt Bowser.

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Shane Wellington, from the same club was second with a time of 31 minutes 55. Caistor’s Nick Martin was third with 32 minutes 27.

Three competitors took part in the Wheelchair race, with the winner being the nationally-acclaimed disabled athlete Matthew Clarke of Scunthorpe.

The popular event, which has doubled in size in the past few years, also included a 3-mile Fun Run.

The race attracted massive crowds with local businesses reporting a bumper day.

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One business owner said: “The sun shone and Woodhall was very busy. It was a great day.

“The cafes and restaurants seemed to be doing a roaring trade.

“We can’t wait until next year.”

Teenager Alice Harold, who took part in the event, described it as a “great success.”

She added: “There was a great atmosphere along all the runners.

“We all enjoyed itand I’d happily do it again. The crowds were brilliant.”