The Lytham Green Drive 5mile was enhanced by the presence of a sea of Red Rose Road Runners, this being a championship race. Ladies and men won the team prizes and vet. prizes went to Janine Needham F40 in 33.13, Jill Jefferson F60 in 34.33,this being a new course record unbroken since 2002, Carol Douglass F65 in 41.08. Phil Marsden V45 in 28.33 and Ray Taylor V 65 in 35.50. Impressive performances also came from Simon Croft who was 3rd male in 27.09 and Carla Davies, making a welcome appearance for Red Rose was 2nd lady in 28.58. Most of these winners also collected Lancashire AA medals for their respective categories with the addition of Dave Parkinson. Richard Field celebrated his 40th birthday complete with Birthday Boy badge, a tutu and sash, in a time of 39.30. Full results appear on ukresults.net.
In the Junior race covering a mile, All our runners had an enjoyable run and the club were led home by Cameron Needham in 6.59, followed by Lucie Clipston in 7.13, Ryan Welburn 8.04, Madison Needham 9.24,Evelyn Chippendale 9.24, Emma Moon 10.23, Aleesha Grace Johnson 11.00.
The Great Langdale Marathon and Half Marathon is one of the toughest road races in the UK so full credit should be given to those taking part. The full marathon is 2 laps of a very tough half with a 1 in 3 uphill gradient encountered twice. Excellent times were posted by Glynis Leo 4:49:48,Andrea Davison 6:06:17,Wendy Ward 6:06:17 and Faisal Ali 6:25:14.
Katie Johnson tackled the half marathon distance finishing in 2:56:48.
The Winter Hill 10K Mast Blast saw Olivia Wiggans win the women’s race in 60.54, holding off her closest rival by a matter of seconds. Ian Croft was the first V50 in a time of 58.59 and Ryan Beardsworth was first V55 in 65.25. John Wiggans was next man in with a time of 65.40. Gareth Bell enjoyed his return to racing with a time of 68.24. Alicia Croft finished in 71.34, followed by Ruth Travis in 84.35 and Nina Colquhoun in 1.40.37.
The Standish Trail Race is a tough, often muddy, course but that seems to be the attraction for most Red Rose. Phil Butler represented the men of the club with a time of 48.55 whilst a good turnout form the women saw Pauline Moorcroft finish in 58.25 for 3rd F55, Michelle Griffiths 5th F50 in 58.26. Lynn Melvin was close behind in 59.55. Zoe Cain 62.16, Katy Cleece 64.26, Karen Bishop and Sarah Eccles 84.21 were the other brave finishers.
In Lancaster, the Run the Castle 10K red Rose were led home by Gareth Case taking 5th place in 41.16. In 31st place Faron Jones ran 51.06 and Jayne Rennie came in under the hour in 59.17. Karen and Chris Clark finished together in 70.07 followed by Susan Rennie in 77.32 winning the V65 prize. Bernard Elkington was running on home soil as the only V80 in 88.35.
The Ennerdale 50K Ultra has a time limit of 8 hours 30minutes. This is a superb route comprising two 25k circuits, starting & finishing at the centre. There is a total ascent of 920′ per circuit, predominantly along forest roads with a rocky section along the southern shore of Ennerdale Water. No official results are available at this point but Chris Hargreaves and Iain Mitchell completed the course in 6 hours 30minutes.
Steve Bullows completed the Warrington Running Club Autumn Series of four 5 mile trail runs, amassing a fine selection of medals which cleverly knit together to say’ Running is the best metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put in’.
Preston parkrun saw an unusual event with Wayne Sharples running his 50th event in 24.06 and three others completing their 100th. Joe Swarbrick 19.50, Jo Worswick 27.21 and Liz Mounsey 32.37. Barry Wheeler ran an amazing 19.51 –pushing a buggy and PB’s were posted by John Wood 22.36 and Joshua Cartwright 28.04.
More results can be found (eventually) on http://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=18233