Athletics: Jackson first home in popular Wolds event
THERE was a record turnout for the first event in this year's Click'em Inn five-mile road race series.
Weather conditions were good for the 124 entrants who toed the start line.
From the start, Louth AC's Paul Jackson opened up a gap at the front of the field as he set out on the single-lap loop course from Swinhope, near Binbrook, through Wold Newton and back towards the start.
The first four miles were moderately undulating, while the final mile was a mainly uphill challenge. Nick Marsh (Louth AC), Kevin Green and Trevor Green (both Cleethorpes AC) formed the chasing group, and were together for almost four miles, before being separated on the last-mile run-in to the finish.
Jackson, who led from start to finish, won in 28 minutes 52 seconds, with his club-mate Marsh second in 29.20.
Kevin Green (29.23) and Trevor Green (29.38) were third and fourth respectively.
Paul Allcock, of Grimsby Harriers, also went sub-30 with 29.56.
Scott Indian – the former Caistor Cricket Club star – rounded off the top six with a solid 30.02.
There were some good runs from host club Wolds Vets including Shaun Taylor, who clocked 30.26 and 57-year-old Mike Overton, a new signing for the club who registered 30.38. Fellow Wolds Vet Dave Jackson – fresh from competing in the Swaledale Marathon – had a strong run of 30.47.
First female home was Beverley Wilson, of Cleethorpes AC, in 31.20. Wolds Vet Daphne Ellmore, one of the best Vet-60 female athletes in the country on her day, was next in 33.18.
Lisa Foster, of Cleethorpes AC was third in 34.17, ahead of fourth placed Pirjo Kivelainen (36.13).
Many in the large field clocked personal bests and there were some good age-related performances, including that of Chris Bromfield, whose 31.56 was a course record for an over-60 male.
The other dates in this year's Click'em Inn series are Wednesday, July 18 and Thursday, August 16 (both 7pm). Enter on the night outside the pub (£3).