Over 500 take Spires and Steeples Challenge between Lincoln and Sleaford

Spires and Steeples Challenge, runners and walkers at Metheringham Playing Field for the start of the 13-mile challenge. EMN-171016-105230001
Spires and Steeples Challenge, runners and walkers at Metheringham Playing Field for the start of the 13-mile challenge. EMN-171016-105230001

A total of 504 people set off on this year’s Spires and Steeples Challenge charity walk and run from Lincoln to Sleaford.

Celebrating its tenth year, the Spires and Steeples Challenge is a 26 or 13 mile run or walk following the path of the district’s Spires and Steeples heritage trail – an off road trail that follows way marked public footpaths and bridleways, open fields and countryside lanes, finishing at the National Centre for Craft and Design.

Spires and Steeples Challenge, runners and walkers at Metheringham Playing Field for the start of the 13-mile challenge. Sleaford Town Runners. EMN-171016-105214001

Spires and Steeples Challenge, runners and walkers at Metheringham Playing Field for the start of the 13-mile challenge. Sleaford Town Runners. EMN-171016-105214001

With no winners, it is described as a test of an individual’s fitness and mental grit to cross the finish line. Runners and walkers set off from Lincoln or Metheringham.

One of the organisers, Jade Oliver, said this year’s event on Sunday saw an increase in entrants from last year, with good weather to boot.

She said: “To celebrate our tenth year we encouraged people to make a day of it, providing sports massages, wood-fired pizzas and prosecco. We had a mobile climbing wall and aerial hoop to have a go on and music as we read out people’s numbers crossing the line.”

The challenge is in aid of WheelPower which provides sports wheelchairs, training and support to disabled people. Some also raised funds for their own charities.

Spires and Steeples Challenge, runners and walkers at Metheringham Playing Field for the start of the 13-mile challenge. L-R Terje Haakstad and Rasmus Gyltnes. EMN-171016-105126001

Spires and Steeples Challenge, runners and walkers at Metheringham Playing Field for the start of the 13-mile challenge. L-R Terje Haakstad and Rasmus Gyltnes. EMN-171016-105126001

Jade said: “Some people have run it every year. We had an accompanied blind runner too.”

Spires and Steeples Challenge, runners and walkers at Metheringham Playing Field for the start of the 13-mile challenge. EMN-171016-105248001

Spires and Steeples Challenge, runners and walkers at Metheringham Playing Field for the start of the 13-mile challenge. EMN-171016-105248001

Spires and Steeples Challenge, runners and walkers at the finish line in Sleaford. Russ Cottam of Waddington, 1st to finish the 26-mile challenge. EMN-171016-105300001

Spires and Steeples Challenge, runners and walkers at the finish line in Sleaford. Russ Cottam of Waddington, 1st to finish the 26-mile challenge. EMN-171016-105300001

Spires and Steeples Challenge, runners and walkers at the finish line in Sleaford. Rob Sim of North Hykeham, 2nd to finish the 26-mile challenge. EMN-171016-105320001

Spires and Steeples Challenge, runners and walkers at the finish line in Sleaford. Rob Sim of North Hykeham, 2nd to finish the 26-mile challenge. EMN-171016-105320001

Spires and Steeples Challenge, runners and walkers at the finish line in Sleaford. Mark Spence of Waddington, 1st to finish the 13-mile challenge. EMN-171016-105331001

Spires and Steeples Challenge, runners and walkers at the finish line in Sleaford. Mark Spence of Waddington, 1st to finish the 13-mile challenge. EMN-171016-105331001

Spires and Steeples Challenge, runners and walkers at the finish line in Sleaford. Jonathan Radford of Lincoln, 2nd to finish the 13-mile challenge. EMN-171016-105351001

Spires and Steeples Challenge, runners and walkers at the finish line in Sleaford. Jonathan Radford of Lincoln, 2nd to finish the 13-mile challenge. EMN-171016-105351001

Spires and Steeples Challenge, runners and walkers at the finish line in Sleaford. Andrew Barlex of Cranwell finishing the 13-mile challenge. EMN-171016-105409001

Spires and Steeples Challenge, runners and walkers at the finish line in Sleaford. Andrew Barlex of Cranwell finishing the 13-mile challenge. EMN-171016-105409001

Spires and Steeples Challenge, runners and walkers at the finish line in Sleaford. Rachel Hollis , first lady to finish the 13-mile challenge. EMN-171016-105425001

Spires and Steeples Challenge, runners and walkers at the finish line in Sleaford. Rachel Hollis , first lady to finish the 13-mile challenge. EMN-171016-105425001

Spires and Steeples Challenge, runners and walkers at the finish line in Sleaford. Lex Mackay, 2nd lady to finish the 13-mile challenge. EMN-171016-105442001

Spires and Steeples Challenge, runners and walkers at the finish line in Sleaford. Lex Mackay, 2nd lady to finish the 13-mile challenge. EMN-171016-105442001