Red Rose Road Runners had a very successful day at the tough but scenic Coniston 14 picking up team and individual prizes. The men’s team of Ken Addison, Joe Swarbrick, Shane Cliffe and Phil Butler achieved a second team position, all recording times under 1hour 35 min.
Ken Addison’s first attempt at this race saw him start conservatively before confidently moving ahead of his team mates after 4 miles and running 1.30.30 to take first Vet 55 whilst Joe Swarbrick completing his twentieth attempt took second V55 in 1.31.33. Shane Cliffe’s excellent effort of 1.33.57 was followed by Phil Butler’s strong run in 1.34.41.
Ben Donoghue enjoyed his first attempt at this race with a great time of 1.35.18. New member Phil Davidson came through with a well paced 1.40.35 with Barry Wheeler finishing with a well deserved 1.42.34. Stuart Cann shone with a 1.44.36 and John Rogerson, making a rare appearance ‘on the road’, posted a 1.50.40. Newcomer Gavin Beetham chose this tough race to cut his teeth on and enjoyed the day finishing in 2.15.34.
Claire Bunce followed up her 1hr 28 min half at Blackpool last week with superb 5th position in the ladies race in a time of 1.35.37. Julie Thorley and Paula Plowman battled through difficult patches in the race to finish with chip times of 2.02.45 and 2.02.32.
At the Lancaster Three Bridges 10K, Debbie Kirkman took the 3rd Vet 40 prize with a great time of 43.49, Dave Earnshaw took 2nd Vet 55 position in 44.00 and Bernard Elkington ran 56.15 to win the Vet 75 prize. Cliff Utting ran 47min and new members Jacqui Eastwood and Alan Kelly got close to breaking the hour with times of 60.41 and 60.44.