Growing with Confidence
After only 8 months Boston Community Runners are going from strength to strength bringing a fresh look to a running club. The easy, laid back approach has been a refreshing change to many who have come along to run with us on our Thursday evenings. Those who have taken that first step in taking up running have grown in confidence and even now are covering distances they never imagined possible just a few weeks ago. The support from everyone is what has made the club what it is. Everyone is equal, everyone has a say. The results speak for themselves, here's what we've been up to lately.
Paul Maddison made his way to Thoresby near Worksop to take on another 10k trail run. Pauls training runs and events he has competed in lately are paying off and the run at Thoresby saw him home in under an hour for this off road event. Paul was delighted with his time and still felt strong at the finish. He was rewarded with a tshirt and a super medal for his efforts. Meanwhile in Hatcliffe in the Wolds the Ogre of October was taking place and it is as it sounds! A rather extreme off road run going over natural and man made obstacles! The first being a huge mound of manure!! This was followed by rope aided hills to climb, streams to cross and tree trunks to get over! A hardy bunch from Boston took part and loved every minute!! “By the time we were waist deep in the fourth stream we didn't feel the cold!”, said Carolyn Whiley. Joined in the run by Kimberley Pittam, Gary Beck-Sykes, Tanya Knight and Carole Page all reported thoroughly enjoying the challenge and all completed the course. Hot drinks and bacon rolls were the order of the day at the end.
Boston Community Runners took their colours to the Three Rivers Challenge at South Kyme for the first time. Eight members ran the 14.5 mile route that follows the riverbanks of the Slea, Skirth and Witham and took the runners through Billinghay, Tattershall Bridge and Chapel Hill. The event is put on to raise funds for the village by the villagers and is open to both runners and walkers. All the Boston runners got round with Dan Clark being the 2nd runner home in 1.37.45, a time he was very pleased with as this was his first time at the event. John Burton, Martin Tebbs and Ian Ruddock all finished in about 1.52.00 having regrouped to run the last leg through the village together. Simon Pickwell was having his first run for his home club and had a superb run getting round in 2 hours. Not far behind Carolyn Whiley completed in 2.12.42 a time that gave her 2nd lady back. The final club runners completing the challenge was Sarah Burton and Hilary Depper who ran together and returned to the village hall in 2.52.54. There was soup and cakes at the finish along with teas and coffee all put on by the South Kyme villagers and the village hall was a perfect place to host the event. It was hoped that over £500 was raised by holding the Three Rivers Challenge this year and the runners were all thanked for taking part.
This month saw the first running of the George Munday 10K at Leverington near Wisbech. The event was hosted by Three Counties Running Club. Eight members of Boston Community Runners made the short journey down for the run and saw personal best times tumble!
First back for the club and 8th overall out of a field of over 200 runners was Dan Clark in 38.36, a super time and only four minutes off the winning time. Beckie Dawson was next back in 43.08 knocking a minute off her previous best time and gave her the First Lady award. Kimberley Pittam bought the Boston colours back home in 51.31 knocking a massive 5 minutes off her 10K record and it didn't stop there! The records continued to tumble as Fran Mills clocked 53.02 as she crossed the line. “I wasn't expecting that!”, she said. Just behind Fran came Paul Maddison who had a storming run. Paul also managed to knock 5 minutes off his previous best time crossing the line in 53.36. Next home and just a minute later was Gary Beck-Sykes and Sarah Clarke who ran together and geed each other up to finish with Sarah gaining a new PB of 54.28. The final club runner back was Sarah Burton who clocked 58.09 shaving 20 seconds off her best time. It was certainly the most successful morning. After a warm drink and watching the prize giving the runners made their way back to Boston.
Jake Fountain competed in the Poppy Run for the Community Runners. The 5 mile race hosted by Boston & District started at the Beehive. Jake had a grand run finishing in 38.22 “The wind was so strong today”, he said. “Sometimes it felt like you were being blown backwards!” Jake was pleased with his time.
Rachel Mason was out running too. She travelled to Market Rasen to take part in the 10k which takes in part of the racecourse. Rachel had a strong run and crossed the line in a fabulous time of 49.48 and was pleased to get below the 50 minutes.