Last Sunday was the annual Garstang Gallop 10k road race organised by Garstang Running Club.
Each year the club donates the profit from the race to charity, and this year’s was the James Hora home. This is a hostel that relies heavily on donations and grant funding and is linked to the Royal London hospital to provide accommodation to relatives/carers of critical care patients – somewhere a club member was unfortunate enough to have experienced last year.
Despite a tough undulating route and the race clashing with the London marathon the race saw over 140 entrants, six of these being from Garstang Running Club. First home for Garstang in 10th position overall was Richard Jones in 39.43. Richard was followed by Colin Walton in 46.46, and Jos Snalam in 47.17. Next home was Alan Jones in 51.04, with Amy Fisher in 54.18. Closing team Garstang was Debi Spencer in 1.11.30.
At the start of the month two club runners flew the flag for Garstang in the Paris marathon Tim Warner ran his quickest marathon for several years in 3.46.20, followed by Julie Graham in a new personal best of 3.48.49.
Richard Jones made the journey to Fort William for the Lochaber Marathon. He pushed on to half way, but struggled over the second half to finish 29th out of over 350 runners (3.11) Also travelling to Scotland but racing half the distance was Mary Hewitt who raced the Rock and Roll half marathon in Edinburgh. In heavy rain and driving winds, Mary finished in 2.14.14.
Closer to home, but with similar windy conditions at the Catforth 7 miles, Chris Horner used the race to fine tune his marathon preparations. He finished 5th overall out of 88 finishers in 43.58. Next was Greg Hunter in 54.38, followed by his father-in-law Malcolm Vinnicombe in 56.35 who was rewarded for his effort with first place in his veteran category. Julia Patefield was next home for the club in 1.04.18.
Two members represented the club at the London marathon. First home with a personal best time (at both half way and the finish!) was Chris Horner in 3.05.45, followed by Phil Cray in 4.31.41