The beach boys: Grimsby Town train on Cleethorpes sea front
GRIMSBY Town's players descended on Cleethorpes beach yesterday as preparations for the 2012/13 season kicked into gear.
Joint bosses Rob Scott and Paul Hurst took their squad for a morning training session of running exercises along the seafront to build not only strength and fitness, but also team spirit.
Hurst said: "We're not in a position where we can jet off abroad and have a foreign training camp, but we can make use of the facilities are available to us and the beach is a certainly positive element of where we are geographically.
"It was nice to get a different location, be on the sea front and have a different sort of session to what the players have been used to.
"We did lots of different kinds of running in the heavy sand which obviously makes it more difficult, but it does build up the power.
"Although it was difficult while they were doing it, everyone has come away saying how much they enjoyed it, which is good.
"Part of the exercise was to create that bond and togetherness between the players, and I think it did that.
"It was not just about them being individuals and getting the most out of their bodies, it was also about helping their team-mates out as well."
Goalkeeper James McKeown added: "Pre-season has been hard so far, but you do feel the benefits of it.
"It was tough on the beach, but the lads really enjoyed it because it was a little bit different. It can get a little bit monotonous when you are just running around a pitch all day, so it's good that we are mixing it up a bit."