Red Rose Road Runners began their Club Championship with the Chernobyl 10k. A glance at the results shows a massive 50+ ‘Rosers’ turning out in blustery conditions for this excellent charity fund raiser. Red Rose took several prizes including the men’s team prize with John Shepherd 12th in 38.29, Ben Donoghue 19th in 39.12 and Ken Addison 23rd in 39.40 also first V55. 12 club members were in the first 100 finishers out of a field of 476. Steve Whitney held off a challenge from Dave Maudsley with a time of 41.06 with the difference being only 12 seconds. Not far behind, Phil Darwen finished in 41.31. More competition involved Phil Butler 42.02, Doug Brydon 42.35 and Stuart Cann 42.42. Steve Bladon ran a good 43.00 just ahead of an encouraging run from Fred Lynch, happy with 43.14. Richard Oakley ran 43.53, whilst Steven Gore pulled away from Simon Houghton to finish in 44.24 to Simon’s 45.06. Yet another battle ensued between Dave Hooton 45.11, Geoff Haworth 45.16 and Mark Billington 45.18. Strong cross winds affected all the runners and their times. Next in were Anthony Murphy 45.49, Phil Davidson 46.17, Phil Dean 47.02 and Barry Wheeler 47.11. Debbie Kirkman was the first Red Rose lady home in 47.15 with Jo Duffy next in 48.05 accompanied by Peter Gibson who also took the V65 prize.
Three of the ladies Vet prizes were awarded to Red Rose runners. Joan Gouldthorpe took the F60 prize in 53.35, Carol Douglass F65 in 56.34 and Evelyn Elkington F75 in 67.21.
Other results: C.Utting 48.20, J.Coupe 48.37, J.Wiseman 49.45,P.Plowman 49.56, I. Wharton 50.07, A. Speer 50.14, K.Burrows 52.15, W.Hoyle 53.10, A.Raby 54.20, A. Crosby 55.30, D. Bevitt 55.31, D. Wilkinson 55.52, G. Fletcher 56.41, J. Thorley 58.01, S. Cape 58.01, M.Jeffryes 58.27, J. Robinson 59.23, A. Howard 59.37, C.Manning 60.08, K.Clark 60.09, C.Clark 60.14, A. Bolton 61.31, B. Hornby 61.38, B. Elkington 62.54, W. Ward 65.29, D. Aspin 68.20, K.O’Brien 77.35.