Red Rose ladies had a successful evening at the second Cuerden Valley Badger 10k race. Claire Bunce was first lady home in 44.36 but only 9 seconds ahead of her young team mate Rachel Hull (44.45) who has burst on to the scene after recently joining the club. This ‘one-two’ was complemented by Debbie Kirkman (47.49) who completed a team of three to take the ladies team prize. Joan Goldthorpe and Carol Douglass who returned to racing took the V60 and V65 prizes.
In 8th place overall, John Shepherd beat the 40 minute barrier again, finishing in 39.39 and received the V45 prize. Joe Swarbrick was pleased to take 15th place and 3rd in a strong V55 category. Ken Addison finished in 41.41 for 21st place. Shane Cliffe (42.12) continued his run of PB’s by improving his time for this race by a minute on the previous race. Paul Woan held off a challenge from Barry Wheeler finishing in 43.42 with Barry in, in 43.59. Andrew Baxendale improved on last month’s time by nearly a minute running 50.19. Paula Plowman put in a great effort finishing 2nd FV45 in 50.53, whilst Viv Sherry ran 55.24 in her first attempt at this race.
Gavin Beetham( 56.33) was followed by Alan Raby who improved his time by finishing in 57.45. Sally Cape gave it everything to run 60.42 followed in by Chris and Karen Clark in 61.13.
The village of Catforth held two races over the weekend. On Saturday, in the 5K race John Shepherd ran an excellent 17.46 for 4th place and first V45 and Paul Woan took 26th place in 20.49. At the 10k on Sunday a field of 201 ran in calm but warm conditions. Joe Swarbrick placed 5th in the race took the V55 prize in 38.02 followed very closely by Jose Pinon Shaw in 8th place in 38.48. Phil Darwen put in an excellent performance finishing well in 41,52. Mark Billington won the battle with Stuart Cann with them finishing in 42.18 and 42.21. Dave Earnshaw made a welcome appearance with a time of 43.42 and Jamie Jardine was pleased with 46.41 as part of his preparation for the Great North Run. Viv Sherry partnered team mate Karen Ashton in the early part of the race before upping the pace to finish in 51.32. Karen’s steady pace brought her home in 55.23. Aimee Midgley made it to the line in an encouraging 58.09.