It was the perfect start to 2019 for Lewis Jagger. He won the Cleethorpes New Year’s Day 10K yesterday (Tuesday 1 January), proving you can always get what you want.
Jagger of Sheffield & Dearne AC was amongst a determined group of runners looking to begin the year on a high at this top Lincolnshire 10k. Organised by Cleethorpes AC and sponsored by Bridge McFarland Solicitors, the race has a proud history dating back to the 1970s with appearances by several top-flight athletes and impressive finish times.
The first sub-30 finish was posted by Vincent Garner in 1989 with 29:36; and in 1993, the men’s and women’s course records were broken by Andy Lyons with 29:32 and Teresa Dyer with 32:43. A cash bonus of £200 was on offer for any runner who beat the existing course records of 29:24 (male) and 32:43 (female).
Starting at 10.30am from Beachcomber Holiday Park, the race was held on a flat course consisting of two small loops and one large loop around Cleethorpes and Humberston. Weather conditions were an improvement on those last year and the extensive prize list plus the cash bonus meant there was plenty to aim for.
There was little to choose between Lewis Jagger and Lincoln Wellington AC’s Will Strangeway; however, Lewis Jagger was first home across the line in 30:19 followed by Will Strangeway in 31:28. Jarratt Perkins of Notts AC was third in 32:30.
Jo Williams of Lothian RC was the fastest female in 36:48 followed by Jenny Blizard of Rotherham Harriers & AC in 37:01. Jenny’s teammate Keri Pearson was third in 38:01.
The course records still stand.
Image courtesy of Colin Wright.