London, Longhorn and Authorpe
The worlds most famous running event, the London Marathon took place on Sunday with thousands taking part raising millions for charity whilst taking on personal challenges. With near perfect running conditions compared to last years heat it made for a super event. Boston Community Runners members were part of the big day too. Beckie Dawson, who three weeks ago managed good for age qualifying times for London in 2020 at the Manchester Marathon, was not pressured into having to have a hard race. After getting into a comfy pace everything went perfectly and Beckie ended up running her fastest London race ever and her second fastest Marathon, crossing the finish line outside Buckingham Palace in 3.34.22. Other members of Boston Community Runners taking part were Jon Carpenter, Emma Cook and Samantha Cross all running their first marathons. Jon was raising funds for Stay Brave, the charity whose mission to erase the barriers survivors of rape, sexual assault and domestic abuse, can face when asking for help. Jon finished in 5.24.20 raising over £300 so far. Emma was raising funds for Papworth Hospital and finished in 5.32.21 and has raised over £2000 so far and Samantha finished in 5.43.02 and was fundraising for Cancer Research and has so far raised over £750. All three enjoyed their first marathon experience and where better than London. Spotting supporters in the crowds around the course and taking pictures all added to what felt like a victory lap for all their hard months of training for an occasion they'll never forget.
Longhorn Running Festival 2019
The Longhorn is a hidden gem in the running calendar. On a 6 mile off road loop the event hosts a 5k race, a 10k, a Half Marathon, a Full Marathon and a 60k Ultra set in private areas of Sherwood Forest & the beautiful grounds of Thoresby Park; next to a Grade1 listed 19th Century country house in north Nottinghamshire; Thoresby Hall. The races all set off at set times so that there is never a mass of runners at one point but runners are always passing through the start/finish area. The 5K event saw Fiona Wrisberg and Nicola Irving take on their first event having embraced the recent RunWalkRun 'jeffing' sessions put on by Boston Community Runners. By using a structured time or ratio for running then walking the ladies both put in great times on the hilly trails and finished fresher than trying to run the whole 5k in one go. Fiona finished in 38.03 and Nicola crossed the line in 39.51.
John Burton and Tanya Knight took on the marathon. Having run the first loop together John then went on ahead and had a strong run finishing the off-road 26.2 miles in 3.41.57 a time that gave him 4th place overall. John also collected a trophy for 1st place in his age category. Tanya completed her fourth marathon of the year in 4.18.19 finishing 3rd in her age category. Both runners are in the middle of their fundraising adventures for the year with John running challenging events to raise funds for Boston Pilgrim Hospitals Royle Eye Clinic and Guide Dogs and Tanya fundraising for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and Meningitis Now. Martin Tebbs continued his long distance running by taking 15th place in the 60K Ultra, that's over 36miles! Martin finished in a time of 6.26.35, still looking fresh! A fantastic result for him.
The final event over the weekend for the Boston Community Runners was a nice local event in the Wolds which raises funds for the village. The Authorpe 10k always puts on a fine array of cakes for the finishers and Wrangles Tony Tomlin was one of those. Wearing the Black and Yellow colours Tony had a good run on the hilly 10k route and finished in a good time of 55.04 which he was well pleased with.