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Record-breaking day for runners


IT WAS a record-breaking day in more ways than one for the Withernsea Harriers’ annual five-mile run and 3km fun run on Sunday, July 1.

The club received 300 entrants for the five-mile race and a record 75 for the 3k fun race, which saw runners set off from Pier Towers.

Five-mile runners headed south out of Withernsea and looped around Hollym before heading back to the finish at Pier Towers.

The 3k fun run route headed south along the promenade to Seacroft Road and Holmpton Road before looping back to the finish line.

A new course record was set by the winner of the five-mile men’s race. Kris Lecher, of City of Hull Athletics Club (AC) crossed the finish line in 25 minutes and five seconds, beating the previous record set by Jonathan Frost of East Hull Athletics Club, first set in 2008, at 25 minutes and 45 seconds.

Second place for the men’s five-mile race was taken by Mike Hargreaves of East Hull Harriers and AC at 26 minutes and 20 seconds and Withernsea’s Rob Weekes of East Hull Harriers AC was third in a time of 27 minutes and 17 seconds.

The winner of the women’s five-mile race was Becky Briggs, who ran as a junior and also won the senior category, of City of Hull AC with a time of 29 minutes and 13 seconds.

Second and third place for the women went to two Pocklington Runners, with Emma Simmons crossing the line at 33 minutes and 39 seconds and Katie Wise in a time of 34 minutes and 25 seconds.

The men’s 3k fun race was won by Oliver Donkin of Barton District AC and second place went to Thomas Smales of Kingston Upon Hull AC. Joe Hare, of Barton and District AC was in third.

Erin Glover, of Beverley Athletics Club clinched first place for the women in the 3k fun run with Abbie Eastwood from Pocklington Runners in second and Jorja Huchinson from Beverley AC in third.

Prizes were awarded back at the finish at Pier Towers before runners enjoyed a fish and chips meal.

Race director Kevin Anholm said: “Heat was a main factor of the day, people did struggle. “The race began as a fun run in 2006 and following the second race in 2007 we applied for a UK athletics licence and the annual event has since gone from strength to strength. We have gone from 100 entrants to 300 which we call our maximum. We apologise if anyone was delayed by the road closures in place.

“We’d like to thank everyone for coming and supporting us, our sponsors and marshals who helped on the day. Thank you to Mira Showers for providing the t-shirts and the Golden Haddock for the fish and chips at the end. Thank you also to Rob Swift for commentating on the day and Tina’s Ladieswear for providing the water at the end.”

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