22 Nov

Smiles And Miles At Maravan

Cleethorpes Maravan

Runners of all ages and abilities proved they liked to be beside the seaside at the Cleethorpes Maravan. They pitched up at this two day marathon event (18-19 November) on the only course of its kind in the UK. 

The double marathon is the brainchild of Darren Rowe at Vigilantes Running who held the first Maravan four years ago with the emphasis on a fun, low-key event for everyone. Small yet perfectly formed, it included a half marathon and relay option for those not ready to move up to 26.2 miles but wanted the experience of running alongside seasoned marathoners. 
It was held at Thorpe Park Holiday Park in Cleethorpes with everyone starting at 9am before setting off around the caravan park to run multiple laps for the relay/half and full marathon. The route was mainly on the road with a couple of short sections on grass and there was a generous 7 to 7.5 hours cut-off depending upon daylight at this time of year. 
Most runners opted to run on Saturday or Sunday but a few intrepid souls completed both marathons. One of these was Rebecca Linsdell, running on behalf of Prostate Cancer UK who supported her father during his treatment. Rebecca won the women’s marathon on Saturday in 4:45:50.
Robert Payne of Caistor RC was the fastest marathon man over two days. He won Saturday’s race in 2:58:42 and came second on Sunday in 3:07:30. Karen Wickens won the women’s race on Sunday in 4:02:26. 
There were victories for Caistor RC in the half marathon and relay who along with all the finishers, were invited to celebrate their post-race achievements at The Trawlerman with drinks and a carvery.
Photo courtesy of Fiona Craig.