Running club sets the pace in foul weather

Garstang Running Club ladies team who turned out to Blackburn's Witton Park for the penultimate Mid Lancs Cross Country League.
Garstang Running Club ladies team who turned out to Blackburn's Witton Park for the penultimate Mid Lancs Cross Country League.

Battling the cold, wind and mud, members of Garstang Running Club have been 
getting up to speed in

competitions.

Runner Andy Vause picked up first place, second and fourth in recent weeks in the weekly 5k Park run competitions at Preston’s Avenham Park and Cuerden Valley.

He notched up consistent running times between 18.30-19 minutes.

Fellow member Richard Jones picked up third place and the following week at Preston Gary Heyworth was in 14th place.

Two of the ladies teams turned out at Blackburn’s Witton Park for the penultimate Mid Lancs Cross Country League.

The ladies raced on a shorter course than usual, involving one small and two large laps of the course and including twice up the famous Blackburn “Saucer” hill.

First home for the local ladies was team captain Sheena Cottam in 58th position, followed by Aimie McAvoy in 63rd position, Lisa Wells in 71st position closely followed by Danielle Burrows in 72nd position, Denise Hughes in 79th position, Julia Patefield in 83rd position and ,closing the team despite suffering from a niggling injury, Mary Hewitt in 88th position.

Denise Hughes could not get enough of the hills of Blackburn and decided to return to Witton Park the following day for the Winter Warmer 10k.

A challenging 10k race with a significant part of the first half being uphill, Denise ran well with tired cross country legs to finish in 56.18 with her team mate and friend Edwina Parry only just in front in 56.06.