Red Rose Runners showed team spirit and encouragement is at the heart of a good day at the races. 13 club members saw great results at the Inskip Half Marathon. Dave Maudsley continued his quiet progress with a great sub 90 minute performance in a time of 1.29.46, well ahead of his team mates. Steven Gore and Jill Jefferson joined forces at the 3 mile distance and helped each other to personal bests in a time of 1.37.46, good enough for Jill to take the women’s 2nd V50 position. Debbie Kirkman ran 1.39.32 to beat last year’s time by 3 minutes and Jo Duffy put in a good performance with 1.44.54.
Peter Gibson, partnered by Anne Nelson, was 2nd V65 with a time of 2.02.12. More team work helped Emma Cowie Shaw run a PB of 2.04.58 with the assistance of Alan Raby and Lee Brown all finishing with the same time. Karen Clark ran 2.13.43 whilst Chris Clark came in supporting Colin Manning in his brilliant PB effort, knocking off 12 minutes off his previous best with a time of 2.16.24.
Another 6 brave runners took on freezing conditions at Soreen Standby Splash fell race. Weather conditions caused the route to be changed, but there was still plenty of snow, mud and ice to go round. Shane Cliffe began the defence of his Fell Championship title, finishing first home in 53:17. Geoff Howarth and David Tolson followed in 55:43 and 58:24 respectively. Poor conditions on the fell made overtaking difficult, causing Stuart Cann to get stuck behind many competitors after his slow start, and finish in 59:51. Paula Plowman was the clubs only female competitor, completing the course in 64:30, despite a falling of the ice mid race, and Barry Wheeler continued his recovery using Paula to pace him round in a time of 64:28.