Caistor Running Club held the fifth Sting in the Tail 10k race on Sunday and it was an absolute sell out.
Well before race day, all 400 spaces were sold and another 32 runners took up the free places offered to race sponsors, with 375 finishing the tough course.
There were many local runners taking part as well as regional club runners and even an international athlete from Ireland.
As last year, Caistor Running Club took the top spot, with member Nick Martin winning the men’s event.
His time of 34.02 was just short of the course record he set last year at 33.40.
The ladies’ race was won for the third year in a row by Beverley Wilson of Cleethorpes AC, in a time of 41.42.
Following a heavy downpour in the 30 minutes leading up to the race, just as the David Bowie themed warm up was starting in the market place, the weather was cloudy and warm for the start in the centre of Caistor and many runners found the going tough.
The course took the runners out on the North Kelsey Road and into the woodland around Nettleton Park, before returning to Caistor on Moortown Road and the A46 bypass.
The public support along the whole route was greatly appreciated by the runners.
The final 2km were around Caistor’s historic areas, with short but tough ascents of Castle Hill, Cromwell View and Plough Hill to the finish line in the Market Place, where a noisy and supportive crowd had gathered.
The under 18s male winner was Peter Boyd of Cleethorpes AC in 41.47.
The under 18s female winner was Molly Ward also of Cleethorpes AC in 48.47.
The men’s team race was won by Wolds Veterans RC - Gary Thomas, Stephen Dring and Richard Harris - and the women’s team race was won for the second year in a row by Cleethorpes AC - Beverley Wilson, Jill Ottley and Molly Ward.
Feedback from both participants and spectators on the day was very positive and many messages of support and congratulations have been received by members of Caistor RC.
A huge thank you goes to the race sponsors Brianplant, East Trans, Jewson, Keyo, Caistor Distribution Ltd, M A Cowie, Systematic, Princebuild, PK Construction, The Salutation, B M Electrical, John W Joyce Engineering, Hodson Architects, i4beauty, John Leggott College, Coast Therapy, Sanderson Green.
Thanks also to Tape 2 Tape, The Settlement, STALF, Spar and to Caistor Town Council, Caistor Lions and the ‘Caistor Goes….’ Committee for their valuable support.
Full results at www.caistorrunningclub.com