Athletics: Runners on their marks for a top summer series
LOUTH AC's popular Wolds Dash series of runs is back with a bang.
The events – which feature races for adults as well as juniors – take place every month throughout the summer at Hubbards Hills.
The next race is on Wednesday, June 13 when the senior and veteran's race is run over a 11,685m course.
Subsequent dates are July 11 (11,875m), August 8 (10,155m) and September 5 (7,137m). All races start at 7pm. Enter on the night. Junior races are run over shorter courses.
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The first event in the series took place in sunny conditions and attracted a good turn-out of 132 – 60 in the junior age groups and 72 in the adult race.
In the senior/veteran men's battle, their was a close tussle between Louth AC's Paul Jackson and Lincoln Wellington's Mark Baddley.
Jackson edged it, completing the 7,137m course in 25.29, six seconds ahead of his rival.
Kevin Green (Cleethorpes AC) had a good run and was next back in 26.32, ahead of Louth AC's Andrew Thomas (26.56).
First in the ladies' race was Clee AC's Lisa Foster, who beat off the challenge of Lincoln Wellington's Sarah Kimpton.
First veteran female back was Cleethorpes AC's Pirjo Kivelainen.
For Grimsby Harriers, nine young people raced across the five age groups.
There were two wins for the blue and whites – for Molly-Anne Welton in the Under-9 girls' race and Lauren Bell in the Under-17 women's contest.
There also were two second places – Henry Cullen in the Under-11 boys' and for Lucy Gash in the Under-13 girls'.
Third places were secured by Jake O'Sullivan in the Under-13 boys' and Billy Brookes in the Under-15 boys'.
Owen Baldwin (Under-nine boys') finished a creditable eighth place and brother Lewis Baldwin (Under-13 boys') also finished eighth.
James Short (Under-11 boys'), in his first race for the Harriers, finished seventh.
Cleethorpes AC talent Olivia Evans (Under-13 girls'), won her race thanks to a strong display.