22 May 2024

Sun shines as runners flock to Spurn

The Sandy Beaches Spurn 7 was held on Sunday, March 19, with a record sell-out field of 180 runners.

Runners came from across the river and as far away as Sheffield to what is quickly becoming a must-do early-year event.

On a glorious sunny Sunday morning, which felt like the warmest day of the year so far, the runners left Sandy Beaches Caravan Park to head towards the Point and back.

The race was well marshalled, as this is an area of outstanding natural beauty, to ensure the runners stayed on course. The eventual winner was local runner Andy Holbrook who led at the turn point – the iconic black and white lighthouse – and held on to become a clear winner, setting a new course record of 43 minutes and 28 seconds.

Our first lady home from was Niki Whitaker, representing City of Hull AC, and she crossed the line in 49 minutes and 18 seconds, which is now the female course record.

A big thank you to Withernsea Harriers and other local volunteers for marshalling the course. Special thanks to our hosts, Sandy Beaches Caravan Park, for allowing us to use their fantastic club facilities. Not only did they allow us free use of these, they also kindly donated £150 to support the Withernsea Blue Light weekend in August.

The next race will be something with a difference – the Double Trouble 10k, which starts at the beginning of the old railway track in Withernsea and uses bridleways and private land with the kind permission of the owners. The aim of the race is to run as pairs and the time taken is the time the last of your pair finishes, so you need to encourage each other along!

We are always looking for people to help, so please drop us a line at [email protected] – maybe you could spare a couple of hours to help with the Double Trouble?

Dave Penson