Stand back everyone, anything less than a marathon just doesn’t cut it this week!
Debbie Porter, feeling less than well, but having trained hard, decided to start the 55Km Ultimate Lakeland Trail to see how far she could get. In wet and windy conditions she battled up Kirkstone Pass and over to Glenridding. On to Grizedale Tarn through ankle deep water and eventually to Grasmere. 19miles so far. From there over Silver Howe to Langdale followed by a tour of Little Langdale. A further 6.6 miles around Loughrigg Tarn and FINALLY back into Ambleside. All this, 36.6 mile, 6,235ft in 10 hours and 15 minutes. No Sherpas, beasts of burden-just determination. Read her blog for the finer details.
Ruth Travis doesn’t shirk a challenge either. She travelled to Orkney to take part in the inaugural St Magnus Marathon. She described the course as undulating and weather conditions as windy. I suspect that is an understatement. A brilliant time of 4hours 11 minutes saw her finish in 42nd place out of 108 finishers.
10 Red Rose turned out for the windy conditions of the Southport Half Marathon with Steve Willetts impressing with a time of 1.29.13. Gary Corcoran ran a great PB of 1.37.05 improving by 7 minutes. Anthony Barnes led the next batch of runners in 1.49.29 with David Bayliss home in 1.54.21 and Shane Cliffe beating two hours with 1.57.27. Allan Howard on home ground ran 2.02.41. Lynn Melvin was the club’s first female in 2.10.25 with Mary Conway only a short way behind in 2.14.26.Wendy Ward and Tracy Woods completed the course together in 2.33.35. This was the first race in the Tour of Merseyside event. A different event is held every day until the 9th July. These ladies are our great representatives.
In the shorter distance of 10k, Simon Croft was 6th overall in a time of 37.14 and Alex Venables also did well in 10th position in time of 39.16. Nikki Bentley was our only lady competing finished in 71.46.
The Lostock Hall Carnival 5k may have been a quiet event had Red Rose not turned up.23 out of 66 runners were from the club. Jill Jefferson won the ladies race, Sian McMonagle was second and Claire Shaw was third. For the men, Paul Duffell was 5th overall in 18.34, Ken Addison was 6th and first V60 in 19.03 and Stuart Cann was 7th and first V50 in 19.12.
Results: JohnNaylor 19.58,Liam Hooton 20.17,Luke Harvey 20.32,Steve Bladon 20.46, Paul Woan 20.52,Dave Raynor 21.21, Rob Mather 21.57, Paula Plowman 23.01, Anthony Hughes 23.11,Gareth Fairey 24.04, Wayne Hope 24.19,Emily Ingham 25.18, Lee Burton 25.29,Alison Mercer 25.56, John Plowman 26.36, Davina Bowling 26.53,Carole Williams 29.33.
Ray Taylor was first home for the club at the Catforth 5k with a great time of 21.45 to be first V65. Vicky Gore ran 24.50 with Judi Ingham not far behind in 25.21 and Alison Mercer next with 25.57. Davina Bowling was awarded F65 for a time of 27.43 and Simon Kirkman completed the team with a time of 31.47.
Parkrun PB’s were achieved by Neil Whatton 22.36, Alice Faure 28.51 at Preston. At Cuerden Valley, Luke Harvey 22.28, Jennifer Bradley 28.10, Louise Withnell 33.19 and Susan Heatley 35.39. travelling to Southampton,Lucie Clipston 30.26, Kate Clipston 30.27 and Andy Clipston 39.08.
The Vernon’s 5k had 21 Red Rose. Kristian Lowe, 10th , was pushed all the way by the veteran Stuart Cann finishing in 19.33, just two seconds ahead. Janine Needham had a great run finishing as second lady in 20.48.
Other results: Phil Butler 20.35,Andrew Stell 21.22, John Wiseman 23.06,Kate Clipston 24.37, Gareth Fairey 25.15,Damien Clapham 25.18,Tina Carr 25.46, Alison Mercer 26.24, Davina Bowling 26.34,Paula Stell 28.44, Shane Collins 29.09,Amy Midgley 29.54, Amanda Berry 30.30, Nikki Bentley 33.15,Gina Biggs 36.12, Nina Colquhoun 36.15, Keith O’Brien 42.51, Judith Cook 42.51.