Great conditions and times at Guys race

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Last weekend saw the annual Guys 10 mile road race organised by Garstang Running Club and sponsored by Guys Thatched Hamlet.

Nearly perfect running conditions greeted the field of over 345 runners who assembled at Guys Court before heading out onto the county roads taking in Myerscough and Inskip before returning to the finish at Guys to collect their race memento – a huge chunk of Lancashire Cheese from a local supplier Rostock Dairies in Barton.

First home representing Preston Harriers was Gethin Butler who finished in 54.53. First lady making the short trip from Liverpool was Kirsty Longley who finished in 1.01.36 giving her 18th position overall.

With many of Garstang Runners marshalling the route, five members also managed to squeeze in a run. First home was Richard Jones in 1.02.01, followed by Chris Horner in a new personal best time of 1.03.31. First lady home for the club was Danielle Burrows in 1.20.25, followed by Julia Patefield making her return from injury with 1.29.15 and Denise Hughes in 1.32.45.

Two weeks previous at the Preston 10 mile road race Mary Hewitt was in recording a personal best time on the two lap course in 1.28.00. Mary was joined at Preston by Richard Jones who ran a very consistent 1.02.09.

Choosing the shorter 10k distance the club had four representatives at the Pilling 10k with another personal best performance from Chris Airey in 43.10.

Next home was new club member William Dewhurst in 47.22 with Alan Jones taking 49.51 and Julie Graham – more renowned for the longer distances – in 50.25.

Two weeks later Julie was back to the longer distance race at Florence Marathon where she had a great race finishing in 3 hrs 57 with Alan Jones in 4 hours 19 in only his fourth marathon.

Choosing the 10k distance at the popular Wesham 10k was Gary Heyworth starting to regain some of his speed in 41.41 with Guys 10 race director Frank Miller finishing in 50.38.

The club had a good representation at the Liverpool XCountry with a complete mens team and two womens team. The race incorporated the McCain Cross Challenge race and was a chance to race against the best in the country who were running for selection for the British xcountry team.

First home for the ladies was Lisa Wells in 74th position, followed by xcountry team manager Sheena Cottam in 79th, Amy Fisher 90th, Denise Hughes 102nd, Amie McAvoy 105th and Mary Hewitt 108th.

Andy Vause led the men’s team home in 68th, followed by Richard Jones 115th, Jack Horner 133rd, Graham Tagg 154th, Geoff Lyons 166th, Phil Cornall 172nd and to close the team the Men’s team captain Tony Pritchard in 194th out of a field of 258.