13 Red Rose Runners travelled to Newcastle for the Great North Run. Steve Whitney had an excellent run finishing in a time of 1.31.04 with Janine Needham also impressing with a time of 1.42.35. Next, in a time of 1.56.53, was Jamie Jardine, who has made this race a centre piece for his running for many years. The crowded field was not conducive to PB’s but there were some great efforts from club members, some of whom were attempting the distance for the first time. Colin Manning ran 2.07.25 followed closely by James Robinson in 2.08.40. Martin Simpson clocked a respectable 2.12.47. Janice Johnstone followed in 2.18.25 just 15 seconds ahead of John Plowman who finished in 2.18.40. Aimee Midgley ran a steady 2.24.51. Ann O’Donoghue made her first attempt at the GNR completing it in 2.43.28. Next came Keith O’Brien in 3.05.36 and Judith Cook in 3.05.57. Completing the club’s team was John Curd with a time of 4.16.33.
At Lake Vyrnwy, Shane Cliffe continued his ‘10 in 10’ training, tackling this picturesque testing course with a great time of 1.30.06. More marathon training took place at the South Cheshire 20. Mark Billington finished in a great time of 2.34.21 setting him up nicely for the Chester Marathon. Steve Gore used the same race to prepare for the marathon. At 5 miles, knee pain handicapped his progress on the hills but he still managed a time of 2.37.36.
Closer to home Ken Addison went to the Garstang Half and finished first Vet 55 in a time of 1.28.09.
Stuart Cann has been named ‘Runner of the Month’ at the Cuerden Valley Parkrun. PB performances came from Steve Bladon, 21.32 and Roger Johnson 27.35. At Preston Joe Donoghue broke through the 20 minute barrier with a PB of 19.45.