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August has been a good month for Garstang Running Club members, running on the road, trail and fells, racing “down the road” in Pilling and Catforth and in further afield places such as France!

Colin Jennings took on the 17 mile Borrowdale fell race finishing 123rd out of 319 runners. Also on the fells at the Pilgrims Cross fell race (approximately five miles), experienced fell runners Mick and Sheena Cottam were joined by Ben Seed and Amy Fisher who were trying out fell running for the first time. Mick was first home for the club in 46 min (39th), followed by Ben in 54 min (95th), Sheena 1hr 4min (132nd) with Amy close behind in 1hr 4min (134th).

After hearing Ben and Amy talking about their fell challenge it was felt this won’t be the last time the club sees the pair on the fells!

The following week Sheena was back out on the fells taking on the Chipping Show fell race. Sheena finished the tough eight mile race in 1hr 43 mins, then it was off to France to support her husband Mick whilst he took on his toughest challenge to date, the Ultra tour of Mont-Blanc which to sum it up on paper is around 168km of trail running taking in over 9,600m of positive altitude change!

Over 2,500 competitors started the gruelling race with checkpoints to reach within certain time limits and the high altitude to contend with. Only 1,689 runners made it to the finish line with Mick finishing an incredible 707th in a time of 39 hours 45 minutes. This was even more impressive due to the fact Mick struggled all the way round to keep food down and take any extra food on board.

A little shorter but still an “ultra” event, Graham Tagg took on the long tour of Bradwell finishing in the top half of the field in 6 hrs 36 mins.

Taking on the trails of Ullswater but “just for fun” this time it was Tim Warner and Julie Graham who ran the 18 mile trial race through shoulder high bracken running together rather than racing each other like they have done all season in numerous marathons. The duo finished just under the four hour barrier in time to grab a coffee and flapjack to reward the afternoon on the hills.

At the Hoad Hill 10K in Ulverston Richard Jones had a strong run to finish 18th in 38.05 and was joined by Chris Airey who ran well to finish 76th in 44.26.

Richard was back out running the local interclub race in Leyland put on by local club Red Rose runners, Richard ran well to finish the four mile race in 28th place in 24 min 17 secs.

At the Welcome Inn 10K at Preston Tony Pritchard ran strongly in breezy conditions to finish in 32nd position in a time of 42:52 and Phil Cray completed the Hilton Half marathon in Blackpool in 1hour 43 mins beating over 250 other runners. Chris Horner and Mary Hewitt both took on the Catforth 5k and the Piilling 10k in the last few weeks and both had good results. Chris was 12th at the 5K with a time of 19:14 and got a course personal best at the 10K and was 5th overall in 39:44. Mary ran 26:05 at the 5K and was series winner in her age category and ran 53:54 at the 10K again winning her age category!

To top off the month’s races, Jos Snalam took on the “Total Warrior” 10K obstacle race. He coped well with the challenges on the way such as the pits of mud and the cargo nets and barbed wire to finish an impressive 148th out of 4,077 competitors.