In the London Marathon, there were some amazing personal triumphs. Some runners were running the distance for the first time and all of them were equal to the challenge. Without singling out any special performances we can be proud that 24 Red Rosers started and 24 finished. Roll of Honour: Dan Hughes 2.56.40, Kristian Lowe 3.20.19, Steven Moon 3.37.43, Lynne Kenyon 3.56.04, David Bayliss 3.56.28, Gail Bristo 3.58.21, Paula Plowman 4.00.11, Dave Raynor 4.08.17, Anneke Crosby 4.17.53, Gareth Bell 4.23.41, Amanda Cutler 4.25.02, Becky Platt 4.31.34, Krzysztof Kanasiuk 4.49.14, Alison dick 5.27.13, Kate Clipston 5.27.50, Carol Heaton 5.39.00, Hannah Clayton 5.49.38, Helen Frudd 5.53.13, Lindsey Walsh 5.57.13, Damian Clapham 5.59.55, Carole Williams 6.00.46, Stuart Harrison 6.03.19, Nina Colquhoun 6.22.49. Susan Beardsworth 7.15.40.

The Blackpool Festival of Running returned for 2019 to be even bigger and better. As always the event is run on Blackpool’s Promenades passing all the great landmarks and tourist spots. In the 10k race we had 10 runners. High among the finishers was David Park, 23rd in 45.06. Several of our runners ran in pairs battling the sea breezes. Katrin Elbag 54.17, Michael Turner 54.21, Steve Murphy 57.51, Natalie Barber 57.54, Jayne Rennie 59.34, Sharon Smith 63.58, Helen Patten 65.04, Suzanne Havercroft 66.12,Susan Rennie 77.41.

The Half marathon saw Karl Hodgson finish in 6th place in a great time of 1.21.36. Sam Edwards and Ben Smithers ran together finishing just as the 2 hour mark approached, in 1.59.28. Martin Finley ran 2.05.30 followed by Angela Dallinger and Steven Carson in 2.14.34 and Steve Bullows in 3.06.34.

The marathon distance was run by John Naylor in 3.29.47. Gina Biggs clocked another PB with a time of 4.17.35 and new club member, Chris Pope, ran 4.19.00. Craig Lancaster completed his latest marathon in 5.38.38.

In the local parkruns Matt Holmes came home first on the tricky Cuerden Valley course in a great time of 18.36. Margaret Worbey managed a PB, in spite of blustery conditions, with a time of 27.34.

At Preston, Lee Lawrenson celebrated his 50th parkrun with a new PB of 20.21. Neil Houghton also beat his previous best with a time of 24.19 as did Julie Longdon who ran 33.30 in her 5th parkrun.

Whilst in London to cheer on the large group of Red Rose Road Runners, a visit to the busy Burgess Park parkrun saw Ann Donoghue celebrate a new 5k time of 28.44 with Ben alongside. John Plowman enjoyed a new 2019, PB of 28.30.

Gina Biggs ran a PB of 24.35 at Blackpool.

Shane Cliffe ran the Madrid marathon in 3.52.32.

The Wray Scarecrow 10k has become increasingly popular in recent years and well over 200 runners took on the tough undulating course. An excellent run from James Darkin in a time of 41.56 made him first V45. John Wiseman finished in 51.41. David Hindle won the V65 prize in 53.40. Our other runners were Pauline Moorcroft 55.31, Alison Mercer 58.03, Katy Cleece 62.43, Louise Withnell 62.43, Nicola Miilington 62.59, Joanna Dobson 72.10.

7 Red Rosers participated in the first Splashwold sprint triathlon to take place in Southport, which included a 400m pool swim, a 20k bike ride and a 5k run. Despite slightly blustery conditions on the bike route, it was a very well organised event with fantastic support from the event team and including top Red Rose support from Mary Conway at the poolside and from Glynis Leo on the bike route. Overall results: Emily Ingham 1:30:59, Ruth Travis 1:34:06, Annie Owens 1:34:57, David Wilkinson 1:37:38, Jessica Campbell 1:39:13, Judi Ingham 1:43:42 and Jenny Fairclough 1:51:02.

The Derwentwater Dawdle is a challenging but beautiful 23 mile self- navigated route that takes in three tough ascents totalling 4500ft completing a full circuit of Derwentwater. Rich Ward and Andy Birbeck set off with the runners as did Samantha Jinks. Martin Simpson ran with Louise Walsh. Wendy Ward, Lorna Taylor, Lynn Melvin and Sarah Maltby set off with the walkers. Melanie Lowe ran with Ann Berry from Wesham. Michelle Griffith’s set out with Chris and Nicola Patterson. Walkers set off at 8.30 and the runners an hour later. The weather wasn’t as good as last year but it only really affected one view, rain was intermittent. Jackets were off on off all day. At the finish, hotpot with crusty bread and cheesecake was served. The two checkpoints had buffet style choices from a selection of sandwiches, quiches and sausage rolls!!! They will be back next year as they would much rather be up in the Lakes than London!

[Weekly roundup 29 April 2019]