Sands makes Mark on marathon

Gruesome Twosome competitors.

Gruesome Twosome competitors.

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Fresh from finishing fourth in the Lincoln Half Marathon, Boston’s Mark Sands took to the roads in Leicester for their highly-competitive marathon.

The temperature was perfect at around 10 degrees, with occasional drizzle which was very welcoming.

Mark Sands (centre).

Mark Sands (centre).

The course started in Victoria Park and the route took in some of the nearby villages.

Mark was running with fellow Skegness & District Running Club member Alan Wheeler and both ran superb races.

Mark finished in seventh place in 2 hrs 50 mins 55 secs and Alan was 32nd in 3 hrs 02 misn 19 secs.

“It felt good, the temperature was right and I’ve finished in the top 10 with no after-race niggles at all. I’m very happy with that,” Mark said.

Boston-based club members have taken on the Gruesome Twosome 10k pairs race in Swallow, near Caistor.

Martin Chapman and Helen Nelson finished the event, in which teams have to cross the line together, in a time of 1 hrs 04 mins 42 secs.

Next back were Sarah Burton and Samantha Cross in 1 hr 11 mins 46 secs, with Kirsty Dove-Taylor and Kerry Bennett coming home in 1 hr 28 misn 00 secs.

There was also a half marathon section which saw Mark Sands and Robert Cross back in 1 hr 42 mins 39 secs, finishing 19th in their category.

John Burton finished in 1 hr 55 mins 43 secs with running partner Peter Wass.

Skegness and District Running Club have weekly sessions in Boston, Skegness and Spilsby.