In the Harrock Hill Fell race series at Bispham, race 4 was tackled by twelve Red Rose Road runners. Ken Addison 33rd 38.28 took home the fruit & veg prize on the night for 2nd V55 as well as a prize from race 3 due to an error on the results. A good evenings work for Ken. Ben Donoghue just missed out on prize as he finished 6 male and 13th overall in a series best of 35.37. Stuart Cann ran 40.38 for 57th, Barry Wheeler 43.34 86th, Shane Cliffe 46.00 111th, Shane ran the dozen or so miles to the start as part of his build up to the Brathay 10 in 10 challenge.
Next finisher was our first lady home on the night Janine Needham 47.37 122nd. John Wiseman ran a series best of 49.09 for 135th. V60 Neil Marshall completed his first run over the course and was happy with his performance 50.55 for 144th. Next in was Martin Simpson who sprinted up the hill to the line for 54.36 and 176th. Sal Cape ran 58.01 185th, Aimee Midgley knocked a chunk of time off her best 63.21 193rd and Ann Donoghue ran 67.44 for 197th as she builds towards the challenge of the GNR in a couple of weeks.
The popular Lancaster 5k series provided David Wilkinson with the opportunity for a confidence boosting ‘time’. He broke the 20 minute barrier with a time of 19.59 and took 4th V50 position. In Blackpool, Matt Ashton ran the Hilton 10k in a successful sub 50 minute attempt with a time of 49.32 and Colin Manning almost broke the hour with a time of 60.33 a day after a 5k PB at Parkrun.
The Cuerden Valley Parkrun attracted 10 Red Rose Runners. Four managed to improve theitr PB’s on this tough 5k run. Stuart Cann ran 20.58, Richard Ward 24.21, John Wiseman 25.24 and Roger Johnson 27.50.
At Preston Parkrun 12 club members turned up and four ran PB’s. Martin Simpson ran 27.44, Colin Manning 28.00, Lisa Hyde 31.05 and Janet Saynor 34.29.
The Blackpool Half marathon drew a large field of runners. Phil Darwen was first of our runners home in 1.27.44 with Jill Jefferson next. She ran an impressive 1.37.13 to take the top spot in the FV.55 class. Debbie Kirkman and Cliff Utting completed the course together in 1.49.09 and Lydia Drain ran steadily to finish in 2.05.29.
The third ‘Ken and Joe Ice Cream run’ was a great success. Starting from the Cow Shed on Liverpool Road, a group of 18 enjoyed a mainly traffic free 7 mile run in the Penwortham area before sampling the excellent choice of ice cream flavours on offer. Many thanks to the Fiesty Cow and her staff !!