Runners warm up... with races overseas

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With the prolonged wintery conditions in the UK two members of Garstang Running Club chose a warmer climate to race in.

Geoff Lund travelled to Utah for the Spectrum 10km.

With just under 800 competitors, Geoff acquitted himself well to finish 312th in 53.46. Meanwhile Julia Patefield chose to combine a race in Cyprus with a holiday. Julia completed the Limassol half marathon in 2.02.54 placing her 193rd.

Back in the UK many races were either cancelled or postponed due to the extension of winter and the unexpected snow, however with the North West avoiding the significant snow Andy Vause took to Avenham Park for the Preston Parkrun. Andy narrowly missed out on the win by three seconds to take second place in 18.30.

Choosing to take on the challenge of fells, trails and snow were husband and wife duo Sheena and Mick Cottam.

They travelled to Totterington (Bury) to take part in a 25mile multi-terrain race. Despite the chilly conditions the pair ran together to finish in a fantastic time of five hours 46.

Good Friday saw the popular local Caldervale 10-mile road race. With hills a plenty and snow at the side of the road in parts the sunshine even made a brief appearance. However a strong head wind made some of the climbs particularly challenging.

First home for the club just inside 67 minutes was Richard Jones in 25th position, following by Tony Pritchard having a strong race to place him 38th overall and first in his veteran category in 1.09.48.

Phil Cornall was next home in 1.18.09 in 56th position.

Using the race as a final preparation for Paris marathon were Tim Warner and Julie Graham.

Tim finished well in 1.22.30 with Julie in 1.22.30. Julie was followed in by Alan Jones in 1.24.19 and Frank Miller in 1.31.09.

Newcomer to the club Chris Walton made his debut in a Garstang vest and made the trip to the North East to take part in the North Tynside 10km. Chris ran a great race, achieving his personal target to finish in 43.17.

Choosing something a little bit different, Chris Airey and Amie McAvoy travelled to Lancaster for the first running of the Witches Revenge 10km challenge. Unlike most 10km races this had 10 obstacles to negotiate on the way round. Chris and Amie completed the race together in one hour six mins and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.