Blustery conditions with bright sunshine seemed to be the common thread linking this weekend’s races. The Lytham 10k was a slightly expensive day out but several members turned out to support this new race. A few organisational issues seem to have taken the edge off the occasion but some good performances may compensate. Mark Billington looked strong as he finished in 41.15. Steven Gore had a good battle with Andrew Stell finishing in 43.44 with Andrew running a promising time of 43.57. Jill Jefferson ran 44.18 to be second in her age group. David Bottomley crossed the line in 46.30 with David Orritt, 47.07, and Deborah Orritt 51.24. Trishka Grace achieved a PB time of 57.46.
At Edge Hill University, the Belle Vue House multi terrain 10k in aid of the National Autistic Society attracted 365 runners. Starting on the athletics track the course had many twists and turns on a variety of surfaces. The runners coped well and some good times were achieved. In 12th place, Joe Swarbrick was first V55 in 38.56 with Ken Addison in 15th and 2nd V55 in 39.46. A very good run from Ann Wallworth gave her first place for the F55 class in 50.33. Debbie Porter finished as 4th F40 in a chip time of 50.22. Next was Andy Speer in a time of 51.35 with David Wilkinson over the line in 56.44. Helen Orson (60.56) and Aimee Midgley (66.54) completed the Red Rose line up.
Anthony Murphy took on the tough Gt. Langdale 10k with an excellent time of 40.15 to finish as 2nd V40 and 19th out of nearly 200.
The Cuerden Parkrun provides a very tough challenge each Saturday morning but this week four PB’s were achieved by Red Rose runners. Dave Hooton, 23.05, Rob Mather 24.10, Lydia Drain 29.06 and Jenny Fairclough 29.11. At Preston Vicky Gore again improved her time taking it down to 29.11.
Shane continues his 10 in 10 quest with ‘just another marathon’ this weekend, this time at Stratford. May 9th is getting closer, and Shane is ready!