Our poll this month relates to receiving help on a run (if you haven’t done so you can vote here), a theme that resonated with all those competing at Saturday’s Gruesome Twosome Half Marathon and 10K races. Taking place at The Lincolnshire Wolds, the races require competitors to buddy up to tackle a multi-terrain course.
Starting and finishing in the village of Swallow, the half marathon, celebrating its fifth year, saw competitors move through grassland, trails, tarmac roads and meadows. The challenging course offered some fantastic views over the county's scenic countryside.
The half marathon, celebrating its fifth staging, saw 223 pairs of runners successfully complete the 13.1 miles. Leading the field home were East Hull Harriers pair Richard Buckle and Matthew Hayes, who finished in 83:38. Gary Thomas and Andy Pegg of Wolds Veteran RC took second in 86:26, with Nick Marsh and Paul Jackson in third (87:47).
Saturday also saw the introduction of a 10k race, which, with over 150 runners competing, looks likely to be a welcome addition. Lincoln Wellington AC’s Sean Barkes and Marc Thorpe were first to cross the line in 39:59, with Michael Durham and Thomas Christie second (41:06) and Simon Downs and John Parham third (43:02).
Race directors Nicola and Neil Pattison commented on the event: “We both really hope that you had a great day out on the Lincolnshire Wolds yesterday. It really is a gem of a place to run through, with some great views, if you were in a fit state to take them in!
“Let us start by saying that the team of volunteers who gave up their time for you were amazing. Yes, we head the race up but the marshals who took on a multitude of roles made the day.”
Full results are available here.