Garstang runners at Coniston Trial marathon

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Three members of Garstang Running Club made the short trip to the Lake District for the Coniston Trial marathon and half marathon, providing ideal training for an Ultra and marathon attempt by the trio at altitude later in the month.

Taking on the full marathon no strangers to the distance was Julie Graham who took the hot running conditions in her stride to finish in 4.47.05. Julie was followed by her training partner and good friend Tim Warner who finished well in 5.06.15 a remarkable achievement considering Tim had run the undulating Lancaster marathon only 7 days before! Choosing the half marathon distance was Alan Jones who finished well in 2.25.50.

Choosing a half marathon closer to home were two club runners. Despite the run taking in St Anne’s flat sea front, conditions were tough with several runners not finishing the route due to the heat. First home was the ever consistent Phil Cray who fought well to finish in 1.41.09. Next home adjusting her pace to suite the hot conditions was Mary Hewitt who ran a remarkable race to record a personal best time in 2.03.06.

A pie and a pint was the incentive for the runners at the Catforth 5k race. First home using the race to sharpen up his speed prior to his ironman triathlon was Chris Horner. Chris was 11th overall in 19.12. Next home making the trip home from Birmingham worthwhile was Emma Hewitt who ran a whopping personal best time just dipping under 23 minutes in 22.56. Emma was followed by her Mum Mary who also had a strong run taking her veteran category prize in 26.26. Choosing the 10k the following day at the same venue was Phil Cray who took 44th position in 44.18.

Five Garstang runners chose to travel down the road to Lancaster for the Lancaster 10k. A flat course following the river and the Morecambe to Heysham by-pass was an ideal course to produce some fast times. This was demonstrated by the race winner Danny Parkinson who broke the course record to finish in an incredible time of 30.43. First home for the club, struggling to get into his stride for the evening race was Richard Jones in just under 40 minutes giving him 20th position out of 150 runners. Next home was club new-comer Ben Seed who started steady and moved through the field well to finish in 46.06. First female for the club enjoying the race was Amy Fisher in 52.05, followed closely by team mate Mary Hewitt recording another personal best performance in 52.58. To close the team making a welcome return from a foot injury was Julia Patefield just outside 54 minutes.

On the hottest day of the year so far four members of took on the challenge of 10 miles. The Elswick Express took in the rural country lanes of Roseacre, Inskip and Great Eccleston. With little respite from the soaring temperatures the water stations were well utilised! First home for the club was Richard Jones who despite running cautious of the conditions finished with exactly the same time as 2 years previous in cooler conditions! in 1.05.53 to give him 11th position overall. Next using the short trip from home as a ‘warm up!’ was Geoff Lyons who ran into 33rd position in 1.15.40. Next home suffering a little after a string of races in recent weeks was Mary Hewitt who dug in deep to finish safely in 1.36.39. Unfortunately despite managing to race a 10k pain free Julia Patefield made the wise choice to catch up on her sun tan and catch a lift to the finish due to picking up an ankle injury! Julia is wished a speedy recovery back to running.

Simon Gora was the clubs sole competitor at the Warton Crag fell race. Simon no stranger to the Crag due to living in its shadow, enjoyed the race to finish in 22nd position in 48.58.

Colin Jennings has been making the most of the good weather with 2 fell races. He started off with a personal best performance at the Kentmere Fell Race and followed this with a strong performance in the Borrowdale Fell Race covering 17 miles and 6500ft of ascent. Colin finished well in 4.07.31.

It was Garstang Running Club v Garstang Fire Station in the Blackpool Relays. Run over 2.5 miles around the Heron’s Reach in Blackpool runners were set off at 1 minute intervals with cumulative time used to calculate positions. First back for Garstang Running Club was Richard Jones in 16.01, followed by Chris Horner running for Garstang Fire Station in 16.28, Chris Airey (Garstang RC) in 17.27 with Danielle Burrows making a welcome return to running despite still suffering injury closed the team in 20.18. (Just for the record Garstang Running Club defeated Garstang Fire Station in the team competition!)

Marathon runners Julie Graham, Tim Warner and Alan Jones were back in action for the Davos marathon and ultra races. With temperatures, humidity and altitude to contend with Julie Graham took the 78k in her stride to finish in 13.12.14. Unfortunately, Tim’s recent list of marathons along with the heat and altitude caught up with him, however, despite this Tim fought well to complete 60k. Competing in only his second ever marathon Alan Jones ran a strong race to finish in 6.23.48.

At the badgers 10k at Curden Valley Richard swapped his usual roads for the trails. Over the undulating off road course Richard ran well to finish 18th position out of over 150 competitors in sub 43 minutes.

Despite being on holiday this didn’t mean a rest for Mary Hewitt who managed to find a 10k trail race whilst visiting Dorset. Mary enjoyed the change of scenery to finish the challenging course with some tricky descent in 59.01.

Finally Garstang runner Chris Horner took on the ultimate challenge of Ironman UK. Held yearly in Bolton on an undulating course, an ironman offers 3 challenging disciplines. Consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 114 mile bike and finally a 26.2 miles run. Chris acquitted himself well on the endurance event smashing the 12 hours barrier to finish in 11 hours 25 minutes – a remarkable achievement in a debut Ironman.