A the Myerscough 10 miler, Andy Birkbeck was our first runner home in 70.12. Gail Bristo was our first woman home in 85.08 and Carol Douglass finished as the first V70 in 86.28. Our other runners were: Richard Field 77.05, Steve Murphy 78.12, Doug Bryden 81.25, Brian Hanley 86.58, Wendy Ward 89.14, Lorna Taylor 89.14, Alison Mercer 1.30.12, Katy Cleece 1.34.26, Louise Withnell 1.34.54, Jo Worswick 1.35.25, Anneke Crosby 1.46.21, Sharon Birkbeck 1.46.21, Anees Shaikh 1.46.22.
The Grizedale 10k Night Run was a novel event for this time of year. Dan Hughes covered the course in a swift 41.42 followed by Nicola Hughes in 48.46. Olivia Wiggans was only a couple of minutes behind in 50.57. John Wiggans completed the course in less than an hour in 57.57. Iain Mitchell and Lorna Taylor came in with the time of 65.10.
David Hindle broke the two hours,( 1.59.45), at the 3-1-5 Lancaster Half, his fastest HM since 1986. The weather conditions were an extra challenge as heavy rain fell and runners faced a headwind for over 4 miles so David’s time was even more pleasing as he was nearly 8 mins quicker than this race last year. Gareth Case and Faron Case completed this as their first half marathon with impressive times of 1.29.24 and 1.54.35. Laura Houghton finished her successful year, with a new PB of 1.42.21. Vicky Ardern ran an excellent time of 1.44.58.
Ben Smithers and Gina Biggs travelled to Nottingham on Saturday for the marathon but couldn’t resist the Rushcliffe parkrun completing it in 22.35 and 34.00. Craig Lancaster took part in the marathon as well. Their times were Ben 4.28.10, Craig 5.18.18 and Gina 6.23.01. They then planned to arrive in Liverpool to complete the Santa Dash with Sam Edwards.
Only one Red Rose PB was achieved at Cuerden Valley this weekend. Jessica Brunton competed in her second parkrun finishing in 42.10, almost a minute faster than her last run. There were three PB’s at Preston. Joshua Cartwright 28.01, Sarah Watkins 31.29 and Debbie Hall 33.27. Philip Davidson took in the Pocket parkrun in St Neot’s on his way to and from Cambridge and recorded 22.46.
Steve Bullows travelled to Kent for the Saxon, Viking and Normans Advent Challenge over the marathon distance. The’ after race comment’ from the Race Director went as follows.
“Many thanks to everyone who came along to the insanely wet, windy and chilly Betteshanger for the Advent Challenge today! We have organised almost 300 SVN events now and that’s the worst we’ve had… we’ve had windier (Martello…), wetter (Battle of Britain/Armistice…), muddier (Ranscombe Winter)… and colder (Pegwell Bay?) but not with them all combined! Very impressed with everyone!!! .”After Steve’s amazing running achievements this year he was disappointed to pull out at 19 miles. Most people wouldn’t have got to the start line.
[Weekly Roundup 3 December 2018]