Garstang running club members are still keen to represent their club, even outside of the country.
Running club member Tim Warner who moved to Italy managed to beat his personaal best in his first local 5km race which Tim ran 25.18.
He then followed, later the next month, with a slightly longer race, the Lucca marathon, running the best he had run for a number of years in 3 hours 47 minutes for the 42km race.
Also opting to take part in a foreign marathon for her 3rd of the year was Sam Buckley who enjoyed the support in Athens that lined the streets all the way round to run a time of 4.58.12.
Colin Jennings has been hitting the fells hard and doing a good job of representing Garstang by running the quickest that he has ever done on the tough 14 mile Langdale Horseshoe race.
Running 2.57.07 he finished 107th out of 357. The following month he raced at Dunnerdale 5 mile fell race with fellow club member Geoff Lyons, Colin running 50.21 and Geoff running 56.54. Two weeks later Colin finished 26th at the Kendal mountain festival 10km in a time of 45.43 which was very impressive considering the first 5km was mainly uphill up climbs known locally as ‘Beast Banks’!
Also on the fells but at her first fell race ever Amie McAvoy took on the Arnside Knott fell race finishing 88th out of 140 runners in a time of 50.21. Joining Amie, but a regular fell runner coming back from injury, was Sheena Cottam who got round safely in a time of 56.54.
Also out on the hills, better known as trail races, was Ben Seed and Amy Fisher who now live up in the lake district who doubled up and ran the Helvellyn trail race on the Saturday and the Ullswater trail race the following day.
Ben was first home for the club on both days in 1.23.21 and 1.22.53 and Amy running 1.30.55 and 1.32.25. Also joining Ben and Amy though only at Helvellyn was Alan Jones who ran 1.33.06 and Gordon Slaymaker who ran 1.44.48. On the same weekend but on a pancake flat course Dave Heslop ran the Windmill 10km road race at St Annes in a time of 42.01 proving that the hard work is paying off.
At the Preston ten mile road race Richard Jones was first home for the club running the two lap flat course in a time of 1.06.15 in 72nd position followed by Marissa Cornall making her debut to the ten mile distance in an excellent time of 1.18.43 and 227th position, also joining Marissa and Richard was Alan Jones who ran well in 1.23.58 in 288th position.
If any of the above races have inspired you to give a race a go then the Guys 10mile road race is on the December 7 setting off from Guy’s Thatched Hamlet at 10am. Further details can be found on www.garstangrc.co.uk