The Great North West Half Marathon was the largest event of the week, held in blustery conditions in Blackpool. Over 900 runners took part. Results are available on Manolo Mendoza 1.28.59, Michael Oddie 1.33.36, Steve Murphy 1.45.24, Phil Berry 1.47.19, Richard Field 1.47.20, Gail Bristo 1.52.21, Mark Wardley 1.52.22, Nikki Berry 1.56.28, Lisa Bolton 1.56.53, Amanda Cutler 1.57.02, Brian Hanley 2.03.20, Ben Smithers 2.08.15,Wendy Rogerson 2.14.31, Nicola Patterson 2.14.33, Craig Lancaster 2.19.35, Faisal Ali 2.23.07, Davina Bowling 2.23.50, Angela Dallinger 2.24.10, Nikki Naylor 2.34.57, Samantha Spencer 2.40.48, Steve Bullows 2.45.55, Paula Cherry 3.13.59. This was Susan Heatley’s last half in her‘12 half’s in 12 months’ challenge resulting in a PB of 2:23:21.

Jenny Fairclough ran in her first event as a V60, as the only Red Roser in the Parbold Hill Race in a ‘pensioner plodding’ time of 1:26:24 (her words!). It is fantastic local event with 6.75 miles of undulating, mixed terrain of fields, paths and tarmac. ’The top Red Rose support by Nicola Hughes and Badger at the top of Parbold Hill was very welcome indeed. ‘A good time was had by all in the lovely weather’.

On Saturday, Louise Withnell and Katy Cleece set new 5k PBs! Louise demonstrating how hard work and determination pays off with a new 5k time of 26:27- her first ever parkrun was 41:37. Katy’s new time is 26:39 which earned her a first in her age category at Lytham Hall. On Sunday they were the only 2 Red Rosers at Stockport trail half marathon- a good flat route although uneven underfoot and congested in places with runners, walkers, cyclists, dogs and horses. Katy set a new PB of 2:06:46 and Louise finished in 2:08:24.

David Parkinson knocked 19 seconds off his 5km PB at the Power of 5km event at Lancaster/Morecambe to go sub 18 for the first time … 17:59.

Sam Edwards and Ruth Watkinson travelled to Fell Foot, Newby Bridge finishing together in 37.16 whilst Gina Biggs(30.39)PB, and Ben Smithers(24.37) ran at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Personal bests were achieved at Preston by Joshua Cartwright (26.58), Jo Roberts (27.19) and Susan Beardsworth (36.04). At Cuerden Valley, Nicola Hughes ran 22.04.

A Red Rose group did the Silverdale Circuit!(courtesy of Wendy Ward’s facebook comment and photo) A fantastic route organised by Ascend Events. The route started from Milnthorpe Cricket Club to the only checkpoint at Silverdale then going up Arnside Knott and the fairy steps before returning to Milnthorpe. Great weather certainly helped!!! As you can see we ran as a team but the club was also represented by Iain Mitchell, Chris Jimmy Hargreaves, Andy Hale and two other lovely red rosers (sorry, don’t know your names!)Hope you all had fun!?!?!

[Weekly roundup 18 February 2018]