Runners brave the rain for marathon

Runners battle wind and rain in the Garstang Half Marathon
Runners battle wind and rain in the Garstang Half Marathon

Runners endured heavy rain and strong winds when they took to the streets in the Garstang Half Marathon.

Around 130 people gathered at the start line of the popular annual race in Garstang High Street, gearing up for a route through several villages Catterall, Claughton, Barnacre, Scorton and Cabus.

The race organised by Garstang Running Club is one of the most scenic but challenging on the racing calendar.

Preston Harriers’s runner Rob Affleck was first to finish the gruelling 13.1 miles, beating his nearest rival David Jackson by seven minutes.

Affleck was able to lead the whole route running home to victory in 1.15.15, Horwich runner Jackson following up in 1.22.06.

Neil McDonald, also of Preston Harriers and who entertained spectators with ‘aeroplane arms’ towards the finishing line, was third.

Preston Harriers also celebrated success in the women’s race with Catherine Slater reaching the finish first in 1.35.27.

She was followed by Blackburn Road Runner’s Jeanette Richards in 1.38.40 with Nicola Unsworth of Wesham in third.

Garstang had five runners representing the club with Richard Jones first home in an impressive 1.26.39.

He was followed by Chris Horner in 1.31.44.

Darren Edmondson had a fantastic race to finish in 30th position in 1.33.34.

Phil Cray ran very consistently to finish in 1.42.07.

Tim Warner followed close behind in 1.42.46.