Great times for running club

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Garstang running club members have been out in force.

At the Hawkshead 17km trail race, Julie Graham showed Alan Jones who is boss of the trails with Julie beating Alan by a minute and a half with them finishing in 1hr 39 and 1hr 41 respectively.

On the same day Emma Hewitt, Julia Patefield and Mary Hewitt all went to see the scarecrows at Wray 10K with Emma finishing in 50 minutes, Julia 56 minutes and Mary 57 minutes.

The next day saw Mary racing at the Lancaster and Morecambe 3 Bridges 10k where she was joined by Richard Jones who ran 39.12, Edwina Parry who ran 54.22 with Mary rounding off the team in 57.56.

At the Blue Light 5 miler at a windy Bispham, Chris Horner was 7th out of a field of 90 runners whist a few miles down the road Andy Vause was racing the equally windy Fleetwood 10 miler, He was 3rd out of a field of 158 runners.

Dave Brooks had struggled to keep his motivation to train for the Sunderland marathon of the North but he decided to run the marathon out of respect for the victims in Boston, instead of dropping down to the half marathon. He did himself and everyone else proud by finishing in 3 hour 59 minutes.

A bit closer to home at Manchester marathon Jenny Hampshire ran an excellent 4 hours 11 minutes.

At the 3 Peak Fell race, which is equivalent to running a marathon (being only a few miles shorter than the marathon distance but off road), Colin Jennings finished 85th out of 672 runners running the circular route over Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough fells of Yorkshire in 3 hours 46 minutes.

At the Calderdale Hike, Graham Tagg took the scalp of Mick Cottam in the ultra-fell race with Graham finishing 19th in 6 hours 56 and Mick 25th in 7 hours 20 out of a field of 86 runner.

Not to be deterred by the defeat, Mick decided to run the Fellsman race in which many a competitor either pull out on the way or don’t make the cut-off times. Mick finished in 16 hours 38 minutes to come 83rd out of the 306 finishers. Choosing to run a slightly shorter but still as tough a fell race, Sheena, Mick’s wife, ran the Pendle fell race, finishing in 57 minutes 280th out of 340 runners.

At the Ripley Supper run at Lancaster, runners run the 4 mile route to earn their pie for their supper! First home for the club after a quick cycle up the road was Chris Horner who finished 20th overall closely followed by Simon Gora 26th, Phil Cray 45th, Edwina Parry 94th, Julia Patefield 102nd and Mary Hewitt 105th with all club runners finishing in the top half of the field of 214 runners.