The New Year is well under way for Red Rose Road Runners. The big race of the weekend was the Inskip Half Marathon. 19 of our runners tested their endurance in this January test of fitness. An excellent performance from David Parkinson saw him home in 1.24.45 with Richard Maughan not far behind in 1.25.09. Gary Corcoran would have been pleased to break 90 minutes with his time of 1.29.02.Richard Field and Phil Butler encouraged each other to strong finishes with times of 1.33.10 and 1.33.34. Another close contest involved Paul Woan 1.37.42 and Liam Hooton 1.37.57, with Dave Hooton also getting in on the act in 1.39.16. Michael Coupland ran 1.49.59. Louise McKenna led the women home with an excellent 1.50.56. Alison Parkinson broke the 2 hour barrier comfortably in 1.56.03 as did Michael Jeffryes 1.58.19 and William Nelson in 1.59.33. Alison Mercer ran hard for her time of 2.00.47. Gareth Fairey finished in 2.03.05 followed by Helen Greehalgh with a PB of 2.04.14. Karen Clark ran 2.19.07, Wendy ward 2.20.26, an continued improvement on previous years and Chris Clark 2.26.07.
The Buckshaw Green Man 5k is blossoming as a local event. Warren Crook ran 19.58 to be second over the line with Ian Wharton gaining 7th place in 22.08.anneke Crosby was impressive in a time of 23.25 followed by Bernie Mitchell in 23.27. Dave Wall finished in 23.46. Other finishers included Anees Shaikh 26.21, Sarah Haslam 30.05, Lydia Plackett 33.37 and Ramona Mulligan 38.09.
A mass turn out of Red rose swelled the numbers at the Lytham Hall Parkrun with an amazing run from Maureen Laney who ran 21.02 for an astonishing age related score of 94.93%.At Cuerden Valley New Year PB’s were achieved by Scott Jackson, 24.19, Steve Gibson 25.23, Lee Burton 26.12,Stephen Walker 28.26, Paul Gardner 29.09, Louise Withnell 30.35.
In Preston Phil Darwen improved his PB with a time of 19.20 and Katie Johnson finished in 28.26.