The SCOTT Snowdonia Trail Marathon ascends 1,685 metres over 26 miles of iconic and spectacular trails, it circumnavigates and eventually climbs Wales’ highest peak – Snowdon. The course was described by those who did it, as brutal. Just finishing is a major achievement and those taking part were Phil Marsden, 25th overall and 2nd V45, John Barker, Dave Parkinson, and Andrew Fairweather. Even crazier, Gary Corcoran took on the 37 mile Ultra event and finished in a great time of 8 hours 39 minutes. The half marathon option takes in many of the fantastic routes and trails as the marathon, but ascends Snowdon via the Snowdon Ranger route. Those running were Michael Patten, Catherine Karn and Susan Tonge.
The Bolton Ironman was another event made even more difficult by the extreme weather. Great times were posted by Andy Hale, 12.06.47 and Ry Beardsworth 13.35.11.
The Burnley 10k saw a good performance from Chris Bibby finishing in 42.27 along with Keith Burrows,60.25 and Jack Leach 68.20.
The popular Lytham Half was targeted by 14 Red Rose Runners. Again the hot weather sucked the energy levels from most runners. Top 50 finishes came from Chris Hargreaves 1.38.07 and Steve Willetts 1.39.59. Steve Murphy ran 1.49.38. Hannah McCusker impressed with a time of 1.50.35 and sub 2 hour finishes came from Michael Coupland 1.53.09 and Simon Morris 1.58.13. Our other successes came from Brian Hanley 2.05.45, Steven Pickering 2.16.07, Davina Bowling 2.17.24, Susan Heatley 2.30.32, Joanna Dobson 2.39.43, Ruth Watkinson 2.47.35, Susan Beardsworth 3.14.23, Gina Biggs 3.34.58.
The Calder Vale Supper Run over a course of about 4 miles proved to be a great midweek attraction for nearly 30 of our runners. Results posted on UK Road Races.info facebook on 13 July.
The Pendle Festival was held this week. Sarah Chippendale ran the 10k event finishing in 6th place and taking the 2nd female prize. In the 5 mile trail race we were well represented by James Hughes 47.59, Nigel Britton 48.53, Pauline Moorcroft 52.46, Rick Chippendale 54.47, Zoe Cain 62.24, Katy Cleece 62.25, Lynn Melvin 62.25, Julie Bentham 73.46,Caroline Houston 73.46.
David Bayliss and Gary Turner took part in the Holme Howler with times of 55.26 and 57.08.
Roger and Yvonne Johnson reached a great milestone this week, completing their 250th parkruns at their local Cuerden Valley event. Neil Healy achieved a PB of 28.13.
At the Preston parkrun, personal bests were achieved by Phil Butler 22.36, David Eaves 22.03, Graham Brennan 23.22 and Zoe Cain 27.37.