Andy Vause made a good start to the year on the comeback trail from injury.
Taking part in the first Preston park run of the New Year he came 4th out of their largest field so far of 117 competitors. Andy proved he had not lost his speed running the 5K in a fast time of 18.31.
At the central Lancs half marathon at Catforth, Richard Jones had a strong run finishing 19th in 1.23.47 followed by Greg Hunter 88th in 1.38.44 and Malcolm Vinnicombe 134th in 1.47.35.
The following week saw the 4th cross country of the 2012/13 season at Hyndburn. The course was described as “one of the toughest cross countries that competitors have run on in years” due to the thick mud the course presented all the way round.
The first race Garstang club members raced in was the ladies race which had a full team out.
The team comprised of Sheena Cottam, Amy Isher, Denise Hughes and Debi Spencer.
Sheena was first home in 36.52 then Amy 38.57, Denise 42.25 and Debi 57.42.
The men were next off after the women had made the mud even deeper.
First home was Andy Vause in 44.43 followed by Richard Jones 47.05, Graham Tagg 49.59, Gary Heyworth 52.30, Tony Pritchard 56.30 and completing the men’s team was Dave Brooks in 59.45.
Currently the men’s team are second in their division with two races to go.
The following day was the local Garstang high school 10k which also had a good turnout from the club, first back close to his personal best was Chris Horner in 39.24 followed by Darren Edmondson in 45.35 who must have been relived to keep his wife Zoe just behind him in 46.43.
Next home was Frank Miller in 49.53, Julia Patefield in 53.59, Edwina Parry in 55.37, Philippa Olive in 58.07 closely followed by Denise Hughes who must have had sore legs from running cross country the day before ran 58.20 still beating over 60 other competitors.
A Garstang running club race report is not complete without a mention of mother and daughter racers, Mary and Emma Hewitt.
Maybe inspired by other club members going running marathons, a trip to Disney World in Florida, or a moment of madness the girls decided to take on a challenge and a half.
The girls travelled to Florida, never having done a marathon before, in order to take part in the Goofy Challenge which meant taking part in a half marathon on the Saturday and then a full marathon the next day.
Both races meant getting up and racing at 5am, which is a challenge in itself, but this did nothing to slow the girls down who finished the half marathon in two and a quarter hours then the next day finishing the marathon in just over five hours.
At the second running of the Inskip half marathon run from the freezing cold disused Navy camp in Inskip, Richard Jones ran close to his personal best, finishing 23rd in 1.22.27 followed by Gary Heyworth in 1.32.19 who was kept on his toes by Tony Pritchard breathing down his neck running 1.32.38.
Dave Brooks finding some of his lost speed ran well in 1.40.24 and Julia Patefield battled well with the cold wind to finish in 2.00.50.