Red Rose Road Runners

Weekly Roundup 18th April 2016

Weekly Roundup 18th April 2016

At Cuerden Valley, Stuart Cann, Karl Hodgson and Neil McDonald crossed the finish line hand in hand joint first as a show of support for Stoke Gifford parkrun.

Steve Bladon travelled home to the Fenlands to compete in the inaugural Boston Half Marathon. With the Darwen Half still fresh in his mind and legs he was cheered on by friends and family and finished high up in 11th place in a time of 1hr 36mins.

Gina Biggs was spotted a long way from home completing yet another marathon this time in Brighton.

It was a lovely day for a run by the River Lune for Lancaster 3 Bridges 10k. A small contingency of RRRRs performed admirably, Carla Davies 2nd lady, Jill Jefferson 3rd lady, Carol Douglass and Evelyn Elkington winning their Vet categories. Alex Venables was sub 40 in 39.26. PB performances came from Alex and Carla despite the steps up to the Aqueduct.

3 Bridges Results
18th Alex Venables 39:26 ,27th Carla Davies, 42:33, 33rd Jill Jefferson, 44:04, 80th Carol Douglas 51:39, Diane Hill, 65.44, Bernard Elkington 81.25.

Karl Hodgson continues to improve with a time of 1.19.33 at the Valiants’ Half Marathon , to be placed third and Alison Parkinson finished as first F45 in a great time of 1.50.34.

Peter O’Grady took on the Great Edinburgh 10 mile race with no pre race expectations but came away with an excellent result of 1hr 21 min.

A great day out was had at the Lakeland trails for the 17K Challenge. Our team photo was even featured on the LakelandTrails Facebook page saying that our red vests really stood out and they asked if we were coming back to Staveley. Yes we are!! Well done to everybody. Fantastic running on such a challenging, yet beautiful course.

Phil Davidson’s report

Saturday 16th April saw the second race in the 2016 Lakeland Trails series with the 10th anniversary edition of the Hawkshead Trail. In the mornings 10k the 472 finishers included Red Rose Road Runners Stephen Robertson 1:06:44(54th), Ian Waddingham 1:09:39 (66th), Lisa Bolton 1:10:55 (74th), Gail Hoyle 1:16:01 (127th) and Emma Johnson 1:34:03 (299th). The afternoons Trail Challenge 17k saw Philip Davidson 1:29:13 (19th) just pip Terry Moss 1:29:24(20th) ahead of John Wiseman 1:48:16 (122nd), Claire Shaw 1:50:35 (142nd), Austin Trelfa 2:03:47 (234th), Josephine Walsh 2:15:47 (324th), Wendy Ward 2:21:07 (354th), Ramona Mulligan 2:51:04 (397th) and 409 finishers. In the final Trail Race 17k Ciaron Roddy 1:15:20 (15th) continued his trail odyssey once again finishing just ahead of Wesham Road Runner David Taylor 1:17:30 in 20th and fellow Red Rose Road Runner Dave Raynor 1:27:38 in 67th. The fabulous Boom Dang drumming band cemented the occasion and was a big surprise for everyone on the infamous climb of the Coffin Trail at the 11k mark and just one of the additions which continue to make the Lakeland Trail series so special for many. Lakeland Trails recently presented a cheque for £1,800 to the Fix the Fells project, made up of donations from runners and race entry fees.

Sunday 17th saw 4 intrepid Red Rose Road Runners Philip Davidson 1:33:49 (42nd), Dave Raynor 1:35:52 (53rd), Claire Shaw 1:57:50 (114th) and Wendy Ward 2:36:35 (166th) continue to Buttermere and, following Hawkshead, the double delight of the Buttermere 10 Trail. Starting from Buttermere lakeshore field on a calm and sunny day so possibly one of the most idyllic spots in the UK, the 16k trail initially followed the southwest shoreline of Buttermere Lake through the beautiful setting of Burtness Wood at the base of Red Pike and High Stile. After a short but rocky section through the woods, the route crossed over the tumbling waters of Sour Milk Gill before a highly technical section along the western shoreline of Crummock Water. With unparalleled views looking towards Grassmoor in the east, it is at this point full concentration was required to avoid falling knee deep into one of the many bogs which, judging from the finisher stories and race photography, many evidently did! After the gravel beaches at the far end of Crummock Water, the second part of the route was not as technical but involved a few strength sapping climbs into the Rannerdale valley before the finish through Buttermere village to the lakeshore.

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