In the news this week
The feature race of the week was the Wesham Interclub on a warm and humid Monday night. Unfortunately this race was ruined by some prankster removing a direction arrow and turning another round thereby sending the runners down a muddy farm track and 1km short. The first 111 followed the arrows despite most of them knowing this was wrong! Runner 112 was the first to react to the situation by stopping and correcting the arrow so the remaining 183 went on the correct route. As the interclub races are primarily about team results the organising committee agreed that the results, in line with the spirit of the competition, should be disregarded for the series competition.
On a positive note for RRRR’s the finishers list showed that the club had another impressive turnout and would have fared very well with 3 in the first 10 and good grouping close behind. The usual suspects in the age groups once again did their bit. The next race in this series is at Chorley on 10th August.
Another unusual happening occurred on Thursday, Harrock Hill fell race. This race is always held on the 4th Wednesday of the month over the summer months but due to marshalling commitments was brought forward for this month only. 16 RRRRs participated in the third of the race series. In a very busy race with 216 finishers, our men fared particularly well with Duncan Anderson finishing 3rd overall and the V50 and V60 prizes going to John Shepherd and Ken Addison respectively. Duncan Anderson, James Simon and John Shepherd qualified for the men’s team prize for Red Rose. As always, abundant fruit and veg boxes and wine were awarded to prize winners, but those who weren’t able to stay were not allowed to receive the prizes…this is a strict ruling in the Harrock Hill races….someone didn’t get to make vegetable casserole au vin last night! The 4th and final race will be held on 24th August. This race also forms part of the interclub fell series. It is a good introduction to this type of race so why not come along and give it a try?
At the Lancaster 10k one lonely RRRR, Arthur Green ran finishing in 70.36.
At Burnley there were 4 club runners, Andrew Stell 45.58, Ian Warton 50.03, Debbie Porter 55.41 and Paula Stell 58.53.
69 Red Rose runners took part in the Saturday morning parkruns from Preston to Pontefract and several venues in between. It is a 9am ritual for many people. parkrun tourism is now a very popular activity with hundreds of events up and down the country. No matter where you are there is likely to be an event close by. Register on the parkrun website, download your personal barcode and just turn up for these free timed runs.
If you are interested in running and are not a member of a club why not give Red Rose Road Runners a try. Take a look at our website and our Facebook page for what we get up to.