Members of Garstang Running Club have got the new year off to a great start, competing in races as far afield as Barrow and Marrakech.
Barrow isn’t even in Lancashire but earlier in the month the Club competed on a very wet cross country course in the fourth round of the “Mid Lancs” Cross Country League.
The ladies rallied enough runners to make up two full teams. Danielle Burrows, Amy Fisher, Sheena Cottam and Amie McAvoy finished 41st, 42nd, 43rd and 44th respectively, with only 15 seconds separating all four. This meant that Amie McAvoy ended up strengthening Garstang’s ladies second team with Denise Hughes in 58th and Mary Hewitt in 59th.
Needing six to complete the team, only five men set off on the 5.5 mile, four lap route race. First home for the club was Graham Tagg in 39.38 followed by Tony Pritchard 42.32, Chris Airey 43.17 and Ben Seed in 43.59. Unfortunately, Simon Gora had to withdraw due to a calf injury.
There was a good club turnout the following day at the Garstang 10k, setting off from Garstang High School, with some excellent performances, including Denise Hughes who had raced the previous day and who still managed to run a good 55.53 to be second lady home for the club behind Julia Patefield in 54.53 and just ahead of Edwina Parry in 56.57.
Chris “Jack” Horner was first home for the men with a new personal best of 38.54 followed by Darren Edmondson in 40.35, Phil Cray 44.51 and Frank Miller 50.05.
The following week at the Inskip Half Marathon, Andy Vause got a new personal best of 1.21.30 finishing 26th overall, followed by Richard Jones in 1.24.22 48th and Gary Heyworth just back from a week’s holiday in 1.39.25 in 176th out of a large field of 430 runners.
A week later Gary was racing again, this time running both Saturday and Sunday races. On Saturday he raced well at Preston Parkrun 5K to finish 21st in 21.02 out of 176 runners and again in Preston but setting off on the other side of the River Ribble at the welcome Tavern 10K Gary raced strongly to record a time of 41.49. Gary was joined by Andy Vause who was seventh overall and first male vet 40 in a great time of 36.26, only 74 seconds behind the race winner! Joining Gary and Andy at the 10K was club newcomer Sam Buckley who ran a strong race to record a time of 51.38.
Three ladies went a bit further afield to find a race. They travelled all the way to Marrakech! Taking on the marathon for the second time was Julie Graham who completed the hot 26.2 miles in three hours 54 minutes followed home by Mary Hewitt who ran a personal best time of four hours 44 minutes. The duo was joined by Julia Patefield who ran the half marathon in two hours and four minutes.