A large presence of Red Rose Runners at the Cuerden Valley Parkrun saw them involved in every facet of the increasingly popular and successful weekly event. Always well marshalled and supported, the club also made a big impression on the best timed runs. Four of the first five runners home were all Red Rose. Ciaron Roddy impressed once again with a time of 19.14 in first place, Andrew Christie was second in 20.21, Chris Charnley fourth in 20.58 and Stuart Cann, fifth in 21.00.Altogether there were 39 Red Rose runners with PB’s achieved by Ian Wharton, 22.55,Ruth Travis 23.37, Bernie Mitchell 25.19, Michael Hogarth 27.29 and Sue Austin 27.45.
Another huge crowd of 286 ran at the Preston event. PB’s were achieved by Ray Taylor 21.34, Anthony Hughes 23.39, Carole Williams 32.31 and Nicol Bentley 32.53.
Meanwhile, in the Penrith Parkrun, Ken Addison took on the multi terrain course with considerable success. He headed the field of 92 runners with a strong run finishing in a winning time of 19.27, holding off the challenge from a man 30 years younger!
The Hilton Park 10k took place in Blackpool with many runners. Matt Ashton finished in 48.06, Sarah Runcie 63.19 and Susan Heatley 70.35.
At the Pendleton Fell race, runners faced a very different challenge to the normal road races. The 8K race with 457 metres of climb starts with a loop of the field behind the village hall, then up the main street. Initially the route climbs gently before a scramble out of Swardean Clough. The climb then continues onto the moor proper. Runners then climb to Apronful Hill before some respite on the descent to Ashendean Clough – across Howcroft Brook and up the steep climb through the ferns to the wall corner. Turning at the “memorial“cairn the long descent crosses Howcroft Brook again. Negotiating more tussocks before and after the road crossing, the route becomes more familiar as it returns down through the fields and village to finish at the village hall. The Red Rose contingent comprised of Duncan Anderson Lisa Hyde and Sally Cape.
The popular Lancaster 5k produced some fast times. Alan Jolly was 29th in great time of 17.55. John Shepherd also impressed with a time of 18.35 with John Naylor very close behind with a brilliant time of 18.46. Mark Billington did well to just beat the 20 minute barrier in 19.59.Gareth Fairey improved on his Parkrun best by over 2 minutes in a time of 29.24.