Top times for runners on hills, roads... and water!

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Three Garstang Running Club runners turned out for the popular local fell race – Paddy’s Pole – taking in the views of Parlick, Chipping and the surrounding area.

First home in 12th position was no stranger to the hills – Colin Jennings in 31.34 – followed by the club sole female competitor, Sheena Cottam in 82nd position, and making a return to the racing scene, Michael Clark, finishing strongly in just outside the hour mark.

Back on the roads the club enjoyed a successful evening at the Pilling 10k with an individual prize winner and a personal best. First home, having cycled to the race was Jack Horner in 41.19, followed by Chris Airey smashing his previous best time in 44.51, followed by third female in the race Mary Hewitt recording a great time of 54.27, with Aimie McAvoy completing the team in 58.39.

Helen Hunter, fresh from her great performance at Longridge 7 chose another hilly race at Bendrigg 10k. Helen was the sole Garstang competitor and competed well to finish 51.42.

Richard Jones decided to stretch his legs out in a highly competitive four miles Inter Club race at Preston. With a headwind for part, Richard fought well against his competitors to dip just under 25 minutes placing him 27th out of a field of 194.

Choosing the marathon distance at two different races were the mountain duo Julie Graham and Tim Warner. Julie chose the Liechtenstein Alpine Marathon where the conditions were hot, hot, hot! Julie finished in five hours 36. Choosing the 25k distance and finishing in three hours five minutes was Alan Jones. Tim Warner decided to stay closer to home for the Rossendale trail marathon and enjoyed it so much he ran an extra 1.5miles making it 27.7miles instead of the 26.2 miles ‘normal’ marathon distance! Tim did well on the trails to record five hours, 26mins.

Phil Cray continued his recent racing at the ever popular Freckleton half marathon. With warm conditions, Phil came 206th out of a field of more than 600 (1 hour 45).

Four friends waded through water up to their waist at the Cross Bay Half Marathon. Sand and water conditions were heavy going but the group (Jane Sherriff, Chris Airey, Mary Hewitt and Aimie McAvoy) thoroughly enjoyed the event and finished with a smile on their faces in just over two hours, 15 mins.

A strong wind, spray from the waves and foam greeted runners at the Sotos 10k in Fleetwood. Despite the rain staying away, runners finished wet from head to toe due to the incoming tide and waves. In the 10k race Richard Jones had a strong race to break the 40 minute barriers (39.14) – a great performance given the conditions. The other Garstang runner braving the elements was Mary Hewitt who fought well to finish in 56.08.

In the fun run (approx 1 mile) were mother and daughter duo Sheena and Sophie Cottom. It was seven-year-old Sophie who came home first in 37th position, beating her mum by over 20 seconds with a sprint finish. Sheena finished in 39th position.