Club runners out in force for final fixture

Chris Goddard on his way in. Picture: Woodentops
Chris Goddard on his way in. Picture: Woodentops
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The club were out in an official and competitor capacity for the final Mid Lancs X-Country fixture held at Ryelands Park in Lancaster.

The ladies managed a full team turn out with five ladies running. First home was Marissa Cornall in 45th position with Amie McAvoy hot on her heals in 46th position, Mary Hewitt had a close sprint finish battle with Julia Patefield finishing in 90th and 91st and Beth Tinn in her first X-country race in 113th. In the men’s race they were slightly disappointed to be just one runner short of a full team. First back was Richard Jones in 91st position, Graham Tagg after a fast start finished in 107th, Simon Gora in 124th, Chris Airey in 148th and Bill Hardman making has x-country debut in 156th.

Richard Jones was back in action at the popular Dentdale 14.2 miles race. Taking in some stunning scenery the course provides a testing rout. Richard finished in 49th position out of just under 450 runners in 1.36.40. Frank Miller was next home using the race as training for the London Marathon finished in 268th in 2.04.00 followed by Alan Jones who made a late decision to run in 3237th in 2.14.24.

Graham Tagg competed at the Howarth Hobble. He ran well to finish the challenging route in 5.56.19 giving him 126th position. Joining Graham was team mate Mick Cottam who finished in 6.06.57 for 146th position.

The club had a fantastic turnout of 11 members at the Easter Good Friday Caldervale 10. Despite a challenging, undulating course there were some good performances.

First home was Richard Jones in 16th position overall in 1.05.24, followed by Chris Horner in 1.07.28. First lady for the club, in her first ever 10 mile race was Marissa Cornall, recording a great time of 1.16.52. Next home finishing off his preparations for the London Marathon was Phil Cray in 1.18.33, followed by Frank Miller also doing the London Marathon in 1.24.43. Alan Jones was next in 1.25.31 with Julie Graham and Tim Warner finishing in 1.31.14. Mary Hewitt was next to finish (and is also doing the London Marathon) in 1.35.13, closely followed by Denise Hughes in 1.35.43. To close the Garstang Team in his first appearance in a Garstang vest was club newcomer Colin Lambert in 1.37.10.

The following day Richard Jones was back in action at the Easter Preston Parkrun. Richard finished in 21.44, whilst encouraging team mate Graham Hobson on to a newpark run PB of 21.57. The Sweatshop 10 moved from its original venue in St Annes to Bispham.

Running on the Upper and Lower walk of the promenade the runners had two laps to do, but were fairly lucky with the weather conditions. The race incorporated the Lancashire 10 mile championships as well as the Fire and Rescue Championships and the main race itself. Two competitors represented the club, first home was Tony Pritchard in 1.12.15 giving him 86th position out of a field of 274. Next home making his debut over the 10 miles distance was James Cornall who ran well to record 1.16.56 and 113th position.

At Coniston 14 first home was Frank Miller 2.01.52 with Julia Patefield in 2.17.56. Over a shorter 5k distance Richard Jones and Chris Airey ran in the bright sunshine at Cuerden Valley Parkrun Richard was 10th in 20.48 and Chris was 42nd in 24.34.

The club hosted its own race mid-March with the Garstang Gallop seven miles. All profits from the race were donated to Manchester Children’s Hospital, a charity close to a few club member’s hearts.

Phil Cray was first home in 51.08, next home was Kev Horner using the distance as training for his half ironman in a few weeks did 58.30, Mary Hewitt 1.02.58, Denise Hughes 1.03.18, Denise Griffiths making a welcome return to racing in 1.04.29, Philip Jones 1.05.14, Jane Sherriff 1.07.05 and Debi Spencer 1.18.34.

On the same day Tim Warner, Julie Graham and Alan Jones were greeted with cold conditions for the Rome Marathon. Julie was delighted with her time of 3.57.10, despite feeling like she was running much slower!

Next home currently living in Italy but still running for Garstang Running Club was Tim Warner just sneaking under four hours in 3.59.54, not a bad effort having run the Rome half marathon only a couple of weeks before in 1.48.00. Alan Jones who smashed his previous best to run 4.08.03.