Red Rose runners have been out and about this week
The big event in the North East, the GNR, had over 30 club members competing. First runner home for the club was Andrew Christie with 1.28.51, while Jill Jefferson ran a big PB of 1 hour 34 minutes 54 seconds to be the first over 55 lady in the race. There were several other good times and PB’s in reasonable running conditions. Having seen some of the photographs it looks like it was a great day out with loads of money raised for many good causes judging by the various vests being worn. Full results can be found on the GNR website. http://www.greatrun.org/myresults/advanced-search
Also in the north 8 red vests took on the hills of the Lake District in the Langdale Half. Dan Hughes ran a good time of 1.28.20 with Ben Donoghue not too far way in 1.31.48 in 9th and 11th places respectively. Others taking on the big climbs were Andrew Stell 1.54.31, Michael Pate 1.58.46, Dave Maudsley 2.20.00 and the trio of Ann Donoghue, Joanne Middleton and Martin Foley 2.52.17 finishing together.
Rob Mather tackled a rather different challenge of the Yorkshireman Marathon. Rob ran a steady paced run to come home in 109th place with a solid time of 5.34.16 for the tough off road event.
Janine Needham preferred the shorter half marathon choice and finished with 2.37.35 for 136th place.
Staying in Yorkshire we had Jon Naylor running in the Hull Marathon. Jon followed up a PB in Saturday’s Preston parkrun (19.47) with a top 100 placing in the marathon with a time of 3.25.08 and 95th place.
Closer to home was the Garstang Half Marathon. There were 4 Rosers here. Ken Addison 11th in 1.26.50 was 1st v55, with Mark Billington 1.42.14, Steve Murphy 1.56.25 and Sal Cape 2.25.05 making up the team on this undulating course around the lanes above the town.
The parkrun events continue to prove very popular.
This week the club had 35 runners at Cuerden Valley. Special mention goes to young Sophie Bell running in the JW10 category in her first event and Stephen Robertson for his 24.46 pb.
At Preston we had 10 runners the pick being Jon who has already had a mention.
While at Witton Park there were 2 of us with Steve Blaydon pb-ing in 20.02.
Further afield Jon and Daisy Royle ran in the Glasgow Pollock event and Andrew Melvin ran at Fountains Abbey.
Looking back over the last 4 weekends club members have run at 20 different venues from Claremont Waterfront in USA, as well as events in the Lakes, Wales, and further south to Maidstone and several others. The runs are free to enter. You just need to register on the website and print a barcode off to go and run at any parkrun event in the world. You will always find a friendly bunch of volunteer organisers and helpers there to make you welcome.