On your marks... for a festive fun run

Ready to go: The start of the fun run
Ready to go: The start of the fun run
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Runners from Wyre joined 155 competitors in the annual Festive 4k fun run organised by Lancaster & Morecambe Athletic Club.

Some ran in fancy dress for the December 27 event, including Santa, a Christmas tree and Mrs Christmas.

The course started with a lap of the running track before heading on to the cycle track towards Carlisle Bridge before turning and returning following the same route.

The runners were greeted with ideal conditions – a cool but calm morning with the rain holding off.

First home, running from Kendal AC, was Danny Parkinson covering the 4k (2.5miles) distance in 12.34.

Second, running for Blackpool Wyre and Fylde was Andrew Woodward in 13.30, followed closely by Lancaster & Morecambe’s Kieran Rowlands third in 13.35.

In the female event, Lancaster & Morecambe took the title with 17-year-old Sarah Hodgson in 14.19, placing her ninth overall.

Second female, also from Blackpool Wyre and Fylde, was birthday girl Molly Betmead in 14.58, followed by her team mate Amelia Beaman in 15.23.

The youngest competitor, supported round by his mum and dad, was three-year-old Harry Singleton. The oldest competitors were all vet 75 (Bernard Elkington, Evelyn Elkington and Lawrie Woodley)

Alan Gregory, a cerebral palsy sufferer, took on the 4k challenge using his walking frame.

He walked the full route with his dad John to fund-raise for disabled twins Katie and Emma Sutcliffe who have spastic diplegic cerebral palsy.

The money raised will help pay for life-changing surgery that could see them walk unaided for the first time. To support Alan please visit www.justgiving.com/AlanGregory4K.

The organisers and Lancaster & Morecambe Athletic Club thanked everyone who helped and supported the event including the marshals, runners and officials.

Special thanks go to event sponsors Standfast, The Runner’s Centre, Barton Grange, Tesco, Sainsburys and Shoestring results.