Weekend of success for runner Gary

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Garstangrunner Gary Heyworth set himself up for a great weekend’s running at Preston Parkrun 5k as he just missed out on a parkrun PB by one second, running 20.09.

Parkrun newcomer Chris Airey also attacked the three-lap hilly course well in 21.39.

The following day Gary claimed a top-three finish at the muddy shoes 11-mile navigation race finishing the circular muddy route from Caldervale in 1.42. On the same day at the Buttermere trail, Tim Warner and Julie Graham ran together using the trail race as good marathon training finishing in 3.49.59.

The following Saturday saw a good turnout for Garstang running club on the fells.

At the very local Bleasdale circle, the club runners felt at home in their backyard with Graham Tagg first home for the club in 23rd position followed by Dave Brooks in 48th, Sheena Cottam 54th and Chris Airey with his brand new fell shoes which had only arrived two hours before the race, finished 58th in his first fell race out of the 69 competitors.

The next day saw Gary Heyworth back out road racing in the Great North West half marathon at Blackpool. Gary was the first club runner home on the two-lap route in 1.33.51 in 204th position accompanied by Greg Hunter in 1.39.10 (305th) and Malcolm Vinnicombe 1.44.22 who was 462nd out of the 1,140 competitors. The same day three club members took on the 31st running of the Lostock 6 mile road race in Bolton. First home for the club on the undulating route was Richard Jones in 37.47 followed by Mary Hewitt taking 1st vet 55 prize in 52.54 closely followed in by Julia Patefield in 52.59.

Last weekend saw the final race of the mid Lancs cross country league in Skelmesdale. First off was the women’s race on a two-lap course with good dry conditions. Sheena Cottam (Team Captain) led the trio of woman home in 25.42 followed by cross country newcomer Amy Fisher in 27.02 and Edwina Parry in 30.29.

The men’s race saw some great individual performances on a three lap course to give the club a fantastic 6th place team position overall.

This also gave the senior men bronze medal in the Mid Lancs series for their division. First home for the club in an impressive 25th position was Andy Vause followed by Colin Jennings 46th, Richard Jones 53rd, Chris Horner 74th outsprinting fellow club member Phill Cornall in 75th, Graham Tagg 81st, Simon Gora 95th,Gary Heyworth 99th, Tony Pritchard 107th, Geoff Lyons 114th and last, but certainly not least, ever improving Chris Airey in 120th out of the 169 competitors.

The following day the club again had a great turnout at the hilly Haweswater Half Marathon. Doubling up after the cross country the day before, Richard Jones ran with heavy legs but still managed to run round the scenic hilly route in 1.27. Next home for the club was Dave Brooks and Tim Warner in 1.39 followed by Julie Graham building up her marathon miles nicely in 1.50, Emma Hewitt and Julia Patefield in 2.03 and Mary Hewitt rounding off the club’s runners in 2.06.