Santas on run as club enjoys festive races

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Garstang Running Club members have been out in force over the festive period with some racing, socialising and others enjoying fancy dress.

Five runners turned out at the Rudolf Red Nose Run. This was a five mile trail race from the car park of Blackpool Zoo and given the recent wet weather proved challenging under foot with plenty of mud and water to splash through.

Richard Jones was first back dressed as Santa where he enjoyed talking on the way round to fellow Santas and Mrs Santas. Richard finished in 19th position in 33.19.

The ladies from the club Mary Hewitt, Julie Patefield, Sheena Cottam and Amie McAvoy chose to enjoy a more social run and finished together in 47.39.

Choosing a more formal race in sunnier climates was Geoff Lund who competed in the Tri States Half Arizona half marathon. Geoff competed well on a tough course to finish just outside two hours, in 13th position overall.

After the overindulgence of Christmas with food and drink, Andy Vause chose to travel to Leyland for the annual Boxing Day 10k. Andy had a great race to finish in 36.35, recording his third fastest time over the distance.

Runners were greeted by gale force winds at the Festive 4k fun run hosted by Lancaster & Morecambe AC. However this wasn’t enough to put off over 140 competitors.

First home from Garstang Running Club having a great run was Emma Hewitt who finished in 18.05 to give her 41st position overall and third female.

Frank Miller was next home in 53rd position in 19.56, followed by Mary Hewitt and Julia Patefield who ran together in their Santa hats in 20.53, followed by Sophie Cottam who chaperoned her parents Mick and Sheena round in 26.04.

Choosing a hilly course was Richard Jones who travelled to Todmorden for the annual hot toddy race where runners were greeted with a hot toddy at the finish.

Richard enjoyed the up and down hill sections to finish in 35.58 giving him 46th position out of 314 competitors.

Five Garstang runners started the New Year on a positive note by taking part in the Central Lancs Half Marathon.

Travelling the short distance to Lea Town the race took in the twisty, county roads of Catforth. First home for the club, just outside 1hr 25mins, was Richard Jones who was 22nd position overall.

However Richard was beaten to the finish by a runner in a onesie lion outfit who successfully broke the World Record for the fastest half marathon dressed as an animal in 1 hour 24 mins.

Next home returning to the racing scene was Gary Heyworth who finished in 1.36.37 in 94th position.

Following Gary was a battle to the line for Tim Warner and Phil Cray with just 1 second separating them with Tim just winning the battle in 1.40.40 and 1.40.41 for Phil.

Closing the team was Garstang’s sole female competitor Julie Graham who finished strong in 1.55.12.

Following the race Julie and Tim decided 13.1 miles wasn’t far enough to run and decided to do another 10 miles as a warm down as they continue their marathon and ultra-marathon training for 2014.