Running Fever

Hornsea Harriers take London by storm!   A record number of runners from Hornsea took part in the London Marathon this year and raised pots of money for good causes Liz Underwood (1st from left) – raising money for missing people and whizz-kidz Caroline Barker (2nd from left) has raised over £1500 so far for CRY in memory of Josh Fell (Caroline is Hornsea golf club lady captain this year and aims to raise £7,000 for CRY). Lorraine Slade (4th from left)- raised over £500 for CRY and Cancer Research Anna Carr (5th from left) raised over £2000 for whizz-kidz Mark Williamson (4th from right) raised money for Missing People Clair Williamson (3rd from right) raised over £2000 for missing people Wendy Taylor (first row left)- raised money for Missing People and Whizz-Kidz East Hull Harriers – Dave (2nd from right) and Lindi (3rd from left)raised money for Yorkshire Cancer Trust and Harriers friend Afra (first row right) ran for Oxfam. Anna writes: “This was a huge team effort and collectively we raised over £8,000. Hornsea Harriers have raised £6,000 for their chosen charities!! We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved with our fund raising either by sponsoring us, donating or helping out at our fundraising events – we could not have done it without you. Knowing we had that support helped us reach the finish line! If anyone is interested in running we have an informal group for beginners that meets every Thursday at 6pm, we meet just inside the Leisure Centre, alternatively if you would like to become a member or would like further information please contact us on [email protected] or search Facebook “Jogalong / Hornsea Harriers”.

After the winter hibernation it is to be hoped that we are all bursting with energy as Hornsea goes running crazy to welcome in the Spring. The annual National Third Marathon organised by the Rotary Club sets the ball rolling on 10th April , followed by the return of the Fun Run around the park on 23rd and if you’re feeling slightly mad now is the time to start training for the 200 mile marathon!

Hornsea Rotary One Third Marathon National Championship Sunday 10 April 2016 at 11am  Densholme Farm, Great Hatfield The annual Hornsea and East Riding Rotary Club’s 1/3 Marathon attracted a record number of entries – 500 – the maximum permitted, proving to be one of the most popular shorter runs in the north of England making it possible for an even bigger donation to help fund Marie Curie Nurses in the East Riding.   The course is certified as 8.74 miles over the flat terrain of the East Riding.   The weather was exceptionally good for this Sunday spring morning, with sunshine and gentle breeze and was perfect for running.  There was a carnival atmosphere with friends and families enjoying the facilities of Densholme Farm, Gt Hatfield – the registration centre.   The top prizes of the day went to Hornsea’s Steve Bateson from East Hull Harriers and Carla Stansfield of City of Hull AC for first places in male and female, respectively.  Carla was the fastest woman for the THIRD time.   First place in the Over-70 vet male went to Vic Shirley and to Pam Atkins of Beverley AC for the Over-70 female.  They recorded the staggering times of 1 hour and 4 minutes and 1 hour and 29 minutes respectively.  An exceptional prize for over-80 goes to Robert Thomson of Haltemprice RRC.  All three of them are an inspiration to us all. A huge thank you to all the Rotary Club members, spouses and partners who worked so hard as an organised team and to our sponsors, Neil Hudgell solicitors, HPS Estate Agents in Hornsea, William’s Farm Kitchen of Hornsea and Tesco in Hornsea.  Thanks also to the many young helpers from Hornsea Army Cadets, Canine Partners, Marie Curie associates and the Parish Councillors of Sigglesthorne and Great Hatfield.  Special thanks go to Denys Fell from Densholme Farm, without whom we would not have achieved this and all the fundraising team for their hard work in organising such an excellent event.   Hornsea and East Riding Rotary Club support projects locally, nationally and internationally and can do this good work only with the support of the people of the East Riding.  The next major event is the Henry Priestman Concert at Hornsea Floral Hall on Friday May 20th, the main beneficiary being Macmillan Cancer Support.     Start

Return of the Fun Run

  Many residents will remember the New Year’s Day Fun Run which would begin and end at the Market Place after 3 circuits of the town centre. It always enjoyed a good turnout both from participants and spectators and it was sad to see it go. Fortunately it has now been replaced by the Inshore Rescue New Year’s Day Dip. However, in a joint venture, the Local Market Committee and the East Riding Health Coastal Sport, Play and Arts Service have decided to have a go at resurrecting the Fun Run in the month of April. Last year the council installed the 3,2,1 Trail around Hall Garth Park to encourage people to exercise and make the most of our beautiful park so we have the perfect venue for the 2016 Fun Run!

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Fun Run- First of many?

fun run 2The first family Fun Run in the park organised by Jenna Leach of the East Riding  Health,  Coastal Sport, Play and Arts Service took place in April to coincide with the reopening of the Hornsea Local Market and was enjoyed by all who took part in the 1k, 2k and 3k races. All the participants received refreshments medals and chocolate bars from the Local Market and the winners received vouchers to spend at the market or in the local shops. Mayor John Whittle presented the prizes and everyone agreed that run should become a regular event.
1K1st – Rowan Smith 2nd – Abigail Baxter 3rd – Jon Williams/Oliver Hodgkins
2K1st – Albert Topham 2nd – Ella Pymm 3rd – Isabelle Williams
3K1st – Matt Bonner 2nd – Bonnie Kirman 3rd – Freya Pratt
The 200 Mile Ultra-Marathon Running Race In August this year The Trans Pennine Trail ‘Sea Mark’ at the Hornsea sea wall has been chosen as the finishing line for an international Ultra-Marathon. Organiser Wayne Drinkwater is expecting that the race, trademarked as ‘Ultra Great Britain’, will change a long held concept about athletic limitations that suggests a runner stops striving having reached the Marathon distance and to cause people to question their limits.  He expects the race to be inspirational for British national pride.  The competition race is 200 mile, coast to coast.  In order to restrict the marathon to 200 miles it starts at Liverpool, follows the Trans Pennine Trail and finishes in Hornsea.  Although the race takes place between 20th and 24th August, international entries are already being received, the most distant being from Singapore. The event is unique not only for the route but also for the amazing buckle, given as a reward for completion, which is embossed with a quote by Lord Tennyson ‘To Strive, to Seek, to Find and not to Yield’.  Mr Drinkwater has already spent 2 years organising the event.  He has set up a series of check points along the route using village halls and other public buildings and the final part of the jigsaw was to find a suitable location in Hornsea to act as a recovery centre.  Hornsea Town Councillors have given permission in principle for use of the Town Hall and will discuss in more detail with the organiser. More information about the event can be found on the web site:           and at: The Hornsea Rotary Club will be holding their 1/3 Marathon Road Running National Championships on 10th April, more details on: .  The Hornsea Race Director expressed admiration for ‘Ultra Great Britain’ and offered Mr Drinkwater his best wishes for such an ambitious project.  I am also advised that the Hornsea 1/3 entries are above those for last year and the entry list may be closed before Race Day. It is therefore suggested that runners book their place early in order to be guaranteed an entry. Angus Robinson  

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