Running club members have busy start to the year

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The start of 2015 has been a busy time for members of Garstang Running Club.

Starting the New Year with a race was Richard Jones and Graham Hobson who competed in the Preston Park run. Richard finished in 32nd with Graham in 53rd out of 238 runners.

Three ladies travelled to Blackburn for the Lancashire Cross County Championships. Amie McAvoy was first home in 53rd, with Marissa Cornall in 62nd and Mary Hewitt taking a Bronze medal and place on the podium in her veteran category was 79th overall. Phil Cray had a got a personal best time in the Central Lancs half marathon, finishing in 1.33.54 giving him 69th position out of a field of 449. At Townley Park, Burnley, first home in 55th position was Amie McAvoy followed by Marissa Cornall in 62nd with Mary Hewitt in 125th and Denise Hughes finished in 139th due to running a 10k the day before.

Only two male club members competed, first home was Richard Jones in 144th position with Simon Gora in 183rd out of 280 runners.

The following day was a great turn out at the local Garstang 10k from Garstang High School. First home was Chris Horner in 32nd position in 38.54 followed by Dave Heslop having a good run with 42.27, Phil Cray in 46.38, closely followed by newcomer James Cornall in 46.51, Frank Miller 51.29, Philip Jones in 57.41, Denise Hughes just missed out on the hour barrier with 1.00.50 and Karen Atkinson in 1.05.18. The following weekend at the Inskip half marathon was a cold one but this didn’t deter the runners with just under 400 taking part including six members of the club. First home was Richard Jones who finished in 1.25.34 for 40th position. Phil Cray was next home and finished in 1.36.33 in 109th. Amie McAvoy had a strong race to record a personal best time in 1.46.00 in 181st, Frank Miller was next home in 1.53.51 for 237th position, Mary Hewitt ran 2.03.59 for 290th and Julia Patefield in 2.10.06 in 317th position.

At the Welcome Tavern 10k ran 6.6 miles instead of the normal 6.2 miles. First home and taking first lady vet 35 prize was Marissa Cornall in 48.16 and a 10k personal best. Denise Hughes also had a strong run breaking the hour barrier in 59.20. At the East Lancashire 10k raising money for the local Hospice Andy Vause took 6th position overall and first vet 40 in 37.58.