Red Rose Runners have travelled in all directions recently. Many runners were attempting their first marathons. Four Red Rose Runners made the long journey to the scenic Loch Ness marathon. The race began in rain but it brightened up towards the end. Kerry Larkin ran excellently in 3:50:07 with Simon Murphy also well within the four hour target finishing in 3:50:26. Barry Wheeler suffered with blisters with four miles to go and finished in 4:02:35. Christina Wright ran 4:10:41 to complete the club effort.
At Liverpool, Gary Vernal ran at a very steady pace coming very close to breaking 4 hours finishing in 4.00.47 and Michael Newell toughed it out to finish in 4.33.49. Paula Plowman ran the same course and was pleased to finish in 4.29.57. Viv Sherry completed the Chester marathon in 5hr 3 min, both ladies are already promising to try the distance again. In their first race since the Yorkshireman marathon three weeks ago, Cliff Utting and Debbie Kirkman ventured back across the Pennines for the Foston and Thornton-le-Clay 10K. Utting recorded a time of 43:42 second Vet55 while Kirkman was first lady vet 40 in 45:30.
Julie and Tony Thorley both had great runs at the Carlisle Half Marathon with Tony securing a PB of 1.41on an undulating course with Julie pleased to complete the distance in her comeback from injury, finishing in 1.56.
At the Ravenstones Brow fell race over 9 miles, John Shepherd covered the hard miles in 1.40.05 with team members Peter Bolton and Glenda Dobie both running strongly to finish in 1.46.22 and 1.51.52.
The Natterjack Seaside 10K saw Richard Oakley run 42.29, ahead of Simon Houghton running 44.40. Karen and Chris Clark came in together in 64 minutes.
John Shepherd and Andy Baxendale took on the Helwith Bridge Duathlon in wet and windy conditions. John ran a 4 mile course in 26.04 before Andy cycled the middle section in 1 hour 28min followed by John running the 4 mile course again this time in 27.31.
At the Lytham Hall Autumn 5K Shane Cliffe continued his good form with an excellent 19.25, whilst at Boroughbridge, Yorkshire, Stuart Roberts finished 11th in an impressive 69.57 in a multi terrain 10 mile race with Sam Ashcroft finishing in 75.51.