Metheringham

A village beer festival which raised money for good causes in the local area has handed over three cheques worth £1,500 for the Metheringham community.

Megbeer Fest in Metheringham was held on Saturday, July 24 with over 750 people in attendance for a range of beers and ciders, live music and a chance to reconnect after months of lockdown.

The event was held to raise money for a number of local community groups, including Metheringham Scout Group, Metheringham Preschool and Metheringham Swimming Pool.

£500 cheques were given to three different community assets in Metheringham, including the preschool. | Photo: Megbeer Fest

All were given a cheque of £500 each from funds raised at Megbeer Fest, and there are plans for the festival to come back to Metheringham playing field next year, too.

Megbeer Fest 2022 is set to take place in September next year, license pending, with more announcements on lineups and dates due in the new year.

Metheringham Swimming Pool, which is run voluntarily, was also given a £500 donation. | Photo: Megbeer Fest

It was organised by members at Metheringham Squash Club to offer the locals an opportunity to have a good time while supporting good causes in the area.

Organisers of Megbeer Fest said: “We’d been talking about introducing something for the community for a few years, as a way of giving something back.

“The scout group, preschool and swimming pool are three key community assets in Metheringham so we wanted to give them any support we could.

“The event was a huge success and we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who made it possible, from sponsors to Potterhanworth beer festival for supporting us and providing resources to help make Megbeer Fest what it was.”

Around 750 people were in attendance at Megbeer Fest. | Photo: Ellis Karran for The Lincolnite

A 47-year-old ex-Royal Marine from Lincolnshire has broken three world records for running half marathons with heavy loads on his back in just two weeks, raising over £4,000 for charity in the process.

Collin Harrison, 47, from Dunston, is the new world record holder for half marathon times with 60lb, 80lb and 100lb load carries on his back, after he completed two mammoth races in the space of 14 days in September 2021.

Collin is a former Royal Marine who has been out of the corps for almost ten years, and he told The Lincolnite that his feat of endurance came about from a knock back when he tried to rejoin the Marines.

“I tried to reapply for the Marines about three years ago, and was told that I couldn’t join because of my age, and if there’s one thing you never do, it’s telling a Marine they can’t do something.

“That became my main motivation, so I picked up a Guinness World Records book and decided to see what the records were for half marathons while carrying weight on your back.

“I’d done challenges for Children with Cancer UK before, and decided to try and break the world record for a half marathon with a 100lb load on my back to raise money for charity again.”

Collin trained for 21 months for the event, and wasn’t going to let anything get in his way. | Photo: Scottish Half Marathon

Collin took on the challenge to raise money for Royal Marines Charity as well as Children With Cancer UK, and his efforts have raised an incredible £4,352 at the time of reporting. You can donate to Collin’s cause here.

Collin started training in November 2019, but after the outbreak of coronavirus and subsequent lockdowns, his plans were disrupted and there were even times where he feared his efforts might be for nothing.

He said: “It felt after six months of lockdowns and event cancellations like it would never happen, I worried that I was going to physically break before I got the chance to complete the races.”

Eventually, lockdowns were lifted and races were back on, so Collin entered both the Southampton and Scotland half marathons to try and take on an unprecedented feat.

It was physically and mentally gruelling, but Collin proved that age is just a number. | Photo: Scottish Half Marathon

On September 5, 2021, Collin ran the Southampton half marathon with 60lbs on his back in a world record time of 1:54:34, some 15 minutes quicker than the previous record.

Amazingly, just 14 days after that, Collin topped his own achievements at the Scottish half marathon. He ran with a 100lb weight on his back and broke the 100lb world record time of 3:16:36 by running a monstrous time of 2:11:38. That’s over an HOUR quicker than the last record.

As if that wasn’t enough, he also broke the 80lb record of 2:30:00 with 20lb extra on his back. And he did all this after one of the straps on his bag snapped during the race, meaning he did the last three miles with most of the weight on one shoulder.

Collin is adamant he would have broken his own 60lb record at the Scottish half had it not been for the strap snapping, which gives you an indication as to just how remarkable his fitness levels are.

Discussing the importance of raising money as well as breaking the world records, Collin added: “As soon as that first pound was donated, I knew I was doing it regardless.

“If I’d only raised £10, it was more than they would have without my fundraiser, so to raise as much as I have is obviously fantastic.

“Records are immaterial to me, this was about showing the powers that be that you shouldn’t judge people on their age, only on their ability.”

Collin uploaded the footage of his world record run at the Scottish Half Marathon to YouTube, and has sent the footage over to Guinness as proof of his accomplishment.

Lincolnshire Co-op staff in Metheringham were thanked by their community for the hard work put in during the pandemic with a free night of food and drinks at a local sports club.

The event was hosted by Metheringham Squash Club on Fen Road on Sunday, August 15, as staff from the local Lincolnshire Co-op Food Store were treated to free food and drinks at the club bar.

The staff enjoyed a great evening free of charge as a token of gratitude from the local community after they stayed open throughout the coronavirus pandemic as an essential retailer, providing a much-needed service to the village of Metheringham and beyond.

Metheringham Squash Club & Bar hosted the event for Lincolnshire Co-op staff. | Photo: Ellis Karran for The Lincolnite

Organiser of the event and squash club member Tony Woods said: “There has rightfully been national appreciation for key workers in the health care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, but we felt that those who were keeping food on shelves weren’t receiving similar recognition for their hard work.

“Nobody knew how long this would play out, and the Co-op staff went to work with that same level of uncertainty. Even then, they showed bravery throughout and I think that needs recognising.

“We just wanted them to know that our little corner of the village are appreciative of their work, and we were keen to say thank you for what they have done and continue to do on a daily basis.”

Lincolnshire Co-op Food Store on Metheringham High Street has been open all the way through the pandemic. | Photo: Ellis Karran for The Lincolnite

We caught up with some of the staff who attended the event, and they told The Lincolnite that they were “so grateful” for the gesture after what has been a “difficult” 18 months.

“It’s been incredibly hard during the pandemic, we’ve been doing double the work in the same hours with all the measures in place, whether it be additional cleaning, introducing signs and floor markings and ensuring that social distancing was upheld.

“We always try to keep positive and continue to smile, luckily our community are always very appreciative and supportive.

“We are so thankful to Tony and Metheringham Squash Club for hosting the event and making us feel so welcome after a difficult last year or so.”

Co-op staff were given free drinks and buffet food. | Photo: Ellis Karran for The Lincolnite

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