Town half marathon run at a gallop

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Despite a significant number of club runners marshalling the event five runners still represented Garstang running club in the undulating route of the Garstang Gallop Half Marathon.

First back was Jack Horner in 17th position overall, breaking the 1 hour 30 barrier with 1.28.15. Next home making his return after a foot injury was Phil Cray in 1.44.40.

Julie Graham was rewarded for her efforts by taking first place in her age category in 1.56.54, closely followed by Graham Hobson in 1.57.36 and Alan Jones in 2.06.40.

Colin Walton had a strong race with a time of 1.46.15 to finish within the top 5000 competitors.

Karen Atkinson found the latter miles tough, but enjoyed the atmosphere and the crowds to finish in 2.37.02.

Amy McAvoy had a busy month of races starting with the Lancaster 5K where she had a good run to finish in 22.27. Amy had team mate Mary Hewitt who finished in 29.17. The following week Amie had a trip abroad for the St Malo half marathon where she finished in 1.57.00. A week later Amie returned to the half marathon distance and competed at the Lancaster Castle half marathon, where she ran a personal best time of 1.46.06.

At the same race, but taking on the 10k distance were Julia Patefield and Mary Hewitt. Julie finished in 56.12 with Mary running 57.12 giving her first in her age category.

Also running 10k distance at Gosforth was Amy Fisher having a strong race to finish in 48.34. 2 club members enjoyed the 9 miles Keswick Challenge with Julie Graham finishing in 1.34.44 and Gordon Slaymaker in 1.50.19.

Richard Jones took to the trails of Cuerden Park 5k Parkrun event where he ran 22.04 position. He bettered this a couple of weeks later with 9th for 15th and Alan Jones tackled the hills in the Lakes at the Langdale half marathon.

Julie Graham conquered the 2 hour barrier with 1.59.43 with Alan finishing in 2.21.56 despite running slightly more than the standard half marathon distance after going off route.