Spires and Steeples was a battle against the elements for runners

Runners of the Spires and Steeples Challenge finishing the marathan and half marathon, at Sleaford. 1st finisher of the half marathon, Dave Tilley of Boston. EMN-181015-155643001
Runners of the Spires and Steeples Challenge finishing the marathan and half marathon, at Sleaford. 1st finisher of the half marathon, Dave Tilley of Boston. EMN-181015-155643001

It was a wet and soggy day for a run when the annual Spires and Steeples Challenge was held on Sunday.

The event, which follows a tourist trail through the North Kesteven countryside from Lincoln to Sleaford saw valiant runners and walkers take on a full or half marathon distance, starting in Lincoln or Metheringham.

Runners of the Spires and Steeples Challenge finishing the marathan and half marathon, at Sleaford. Mick Durkin of Sleaford, 3rd runner to finish the half marathon. EMN-181015-155727001

Runners of the Spires and Steeples Challenge finishing the marathan and half marathon, at Sleaford. Mick Durkin of Sleaford, 3rd runner to finish the half marathon. EMN-181015-155727001

The finish line was on Eastgate Green in Sleaford beside the river for the hardy, damp runners.

“This event brings the community together,” says Donna Sutton, Events Manager for Better in North Kesteven, which manages the event for NKDC. “We have people take part from all over the county not to mention the UK but it’s great to see everyone supporting each other along the way whether they know each other or not. That’s what makes the challenge what it is.”

“We also have support from a huge volunteer network which without them, the event just wouldn’t happen.”

Runners of the Spires and Steeples Challenge finishing the marathan and half marathon, at Sleaford. 2nd lady to finish the half marathon, Leanne Warner of Lincoln. EMN-181015-155740001

Runners of the Spires and Steeples Challenge finishing the marathan and half marathon, at Sleaford. 2nd lady to finish the half marathon, Leanne Warner of Lincoln. EMN-181015-155740001

Runners of the Spires and Steeples Challenge finishing the marathan and half marathon, at Sleaford. Gary Pawson finishing the marathon. EMN-181015-155752001

Runners of the Spires and Steeples Challenge finishing the marathan and half marathon, at Sleaford. Gary Pawson finishing the marathon. EMN-181015-155752001

Runners of the Spires and Steeples Challenge finishing the marathan and half marathon, at Sleaford. EMN-181015-155812001

Runners of the Spires and Steeples Challenge finishing the marathan and half marathon, at Sleaford. EMN-181015-155812001

Runners of the Spires and Steeples Challenge finishing the marathan and half marathon, at Sleaford. EMN-181015-155831001

Runners of the Spires and Steeples Challenge finishing the marathan and half marathon, at Sleaford. EMN-181015-155831001

Runners of the Spires and Steeples Challenge finishing the marathan and half marathon, at Sleaford. EMN-181015-155627001

Runners of the Spires and Steeples Challenge finishing the marathan and half marathon, at Sleaford. EMN-181015-155627001

Runners of the Spires and Steeples Challenge finishing the marathan and half marathon, at Sleaford. 2nd finisher of the half marathon, Rachel Hollis of Brant Broughton. EMN-181015-155656001

Runners of the Spires and Steeples Challenge finishing the marathan and half marathon, at Sleaford. 2nd finisher of the half marathon, Rachel Hollis of Brant Broughton. EMN-181015-155656001

Runners of the Spires and Steeples Challenge finishing the marathan and half marathon, at Sleaford. 1st finisher of the marathon, Tom Beaumont of Sheffield. EMN-181015-155712001

Runners of the Spires and Steeples Challenge finishing the marathan and half marathon, at Sleaford. 1st finisher of the marathon, Tom Beaumont of Sheffield. EMN-181015-155712001