Athletes set the pace with superb runs

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Garstang’s runners have geared up for a busy autumn season securing a host of personal best times and top finishes. Phil Cray kicked-off with the Hilton half marathon in Blackpool and finished in 129th position out of 400 competitors in 1.41.07.

Jack Horner beat the 40 minute barrier with 39.44 in the Pilling 10K to give him fifth position overall. He was joined by Mary Hewitt who had a good run in 53.54 taking her veteran category prize. Richard Jones chose the undulating course of Burton in Kendal 10k where he was 10th position in 40.13.

Meanwhile, the club’s female members were put through their paces with Julie Graham competing in the Lakeland 50k race. Julie ran a strong race to finish to finish in the top third of the field in 33rd position in 8.19.13.

Sheena Cottam was in action on the fells at the Hodder Valley Show fell race where an unusual fate occurred. Out of 47 competitors, 43 took a wrong turn, which resulted in their disqualification. Sheena’s good navigation skills saw her the first woman home and second overall.

Three members travelled to Newcastle for the Great North Run. In his debut half marathon Colin Walton ran well to finish in 1.43.41. Also competing were Dave Heslop and Graham Hobson.

Richard Jones ran the Preston Parkrun and recorded his best time on the course so far breaking 19 minutes in 18.58 to give him 10th position. Ben Seed and Amy Fisher ran the Southport 10k. Both had a successful day out and recorded personal bests with Ben running 46.22 and Amy 50.47.

At the popular Run Preston 10k with over 700 entrants and taking in the Preston town centre and Avenham park Andy Vause made a welcome return to racing. With a strong field Andy acquitted himself well to finish in 37.51, followed by Jack Horner in 40.32, Tony Pritchard taking first place in his veteran category 43.02 and Phil Cray in 44.15.

On the same day eight club members chose the Race to Remember; an 8k trail charity race around Nicky Nook to race money for Alzheimer’s Society.

First home was Tim Warner in 47.31, followed by Alan Jones 50.52, Sheena Cottam 51.00, Julie Graham 52.02, Helen Wilson 54.41, Julia Patefield making her return after injury running with Mary Hewitt finished together in 59.50 with Karen Atkinson rounding off the team in 1.00.15.