In the final race of the 2016 Croxby Crawl Series, organised by Cleethorpes AC, 22 year-old, Nick Martin of Caistor RC, ran a devastating solo effort from the front to cross the line in first place, stopping the clock in 23.08: to put himself sixth on the All-Time list.
Report by Colin Wright
In the final race of the 2016 Croxby Crawl Series, organised by Cleethorpes AC, 22 year-old, Nick Martin of Caistor RC, ran a devastating solo effort from the front to cross the line in first place, stopping the clock in 23.08: to put himself sixth on the All-Time list. This All-Time list, which dates back to 1983, records every individual performances in the past 73 Croxby One-Laps.
To underline what a tremendous achievement this is, one only has to look back at athletes from previous decades that Nick is now in front on this All-Time list: runners like, Birchfield Harrier, Phil Hinch, Lincoln Wellington’s William Strangeway and Phillip Williams, Mick Jagger, Paul Clark, Ian Chidwick the list goes on; all pedigree runners from previous decades including Brian Sargent who has run 47.36 for the two-lap version of this event.
Nick, certainly has a likening for the course as this his is sixth consecutive One-Lap victory surpassing Kingston Upon Hull’s Jon Frost who recorded four straight one-lap wins. Nick is running the Lincolnshire Wolds Tough 10 Mile on Saturday: this event also has an All-Time list and no doubt Nick will be revising the times at this race as well!
Syd Wignall, a local U/A runner had an eye catching run in second, recording 24.21 only days after clocking a fast 16.15 at the Cleethorpes parkrun 5K.
One to watch out for is Sixteen year-old, Jordan Carlile, who certainly put the effort in to record a Croxby PB of 26.18.
Natalie Burns led home all the ladies in 11th place overall in a very strong 27.19. She is currently fourth on the All-Time list with 26.39 recorded in 2014. Natalie is running the Barrow Road Mile next Tuesday and on this form should clock a decent mile time.
Rachel Portlock, Wold V, was second in a personal best time of 31.54 with host club, Vicky Thomas, in third, also clocking a PB with 33.38.
This was the 145th race on the Croxby circuit – including two-lappers – in the 34 year history of the event with host club Chairman, Andrew Gristwood running his 84th which now puts in on a par with the legendary John Hudson.
With 128 runners lining up for the starter this was the 5th largest turn-out for Croxby One-Lap with the figures boosted by a large number of Unaffiliated runners plus runners from, Skegness Coasters, Beverley AC, Barton & District AC amongst other running Clubs.