This has been an incredible week for some of our runners.Glynis Leo has travelled to South Africa to take part in the Comrades Marathon. The Comrades Marathon is an ultramarathon of approximately 89 kilometres (55 mi) which is run annually in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. It is the world’s largest and oldest ultramarathon race. Her fantastic time was 11 hours 21 minutes and 25 seconds.

2 RRRR took part in the iconic Comrades Marathon. Shane Cliffe made his debut with 10:27:51 and taking a bronze medal. And Glynis completing her second Comrades with 11:21:25 and taking a Vic Clapham and a bronze back to back medal. It was an up run this year – from Durban to Pietermaritzburg 87km (54.37miles).

David Brunton completed the 100 mile ultra Centurion South Downs way on Saturday in aday in a PB of 21hrs 15. Almost 3 hours faster than his previous effort. He finished in 61st position out of 305 finishers and 375 starters.

Gareth Bell crossed the border into white rose territory for the Settle Saunter 23 mile event. This took him out of his comfort zone as he doesn’t know the area and the event was self navigating with 5 checkpoints. He made an error on CP5 meaning he missed the self-clip so had to do some hill reps until he found it. 24 miles in total on some lovely trails, lots of limestone, sheep and cows, decent pie and peas at the end as well. Highly recommend, low key, no frills event. Austin Trelfa and David Watson took part in the 10k event.

The first Badger Run of the season was held this week. A Red Rose 1-2, saw Matt Holmes win the race in 38.56 with Karl Hodgson second in 39.30. Full results on ukroadraces.info.(facebook)

The Leo Pollard Memorial is a fell race with a great varied route, well marked and fantastically marshalled by Lostock AC and assisted by Mountain Rescue.

A massive well done to everyone and especially those who completed their first ‘fell run’. Some particularly enjoyed the boggy areas and the mighty Red Rose Road Runners supporters. It is always good running with friends and this was especially true for this event.

John Naylor finished a trail marathon in Barrow (Walney Island) in 4.09.42, which got him 2nd place. The conditions on the day were warm and fairly windy.

Joydip Majumder took part in the Tatton Park 10k finishing in 56.55.

Kelly White entered the Tidal Triple Half Marathon series of 3 races in 3 days. She found it necessary to change to the 5k for the 3rd day but was on hand to help another runner who was struggling.

In the Summer Mast 10k Liv Wiggans(50.06) had a great run finishing in second place in the women’s race. Other finishers were John Wiseman 57.16, Sue Brookes 58.39, John Wiggans 59.40, Emily Sinkinson 68.07, Natalie Barber 68.59, Louise Withnell 70.01, Wendy Rogerson 77.19,Nicola Patterson 77.19. Red Rose also took the women’s team prize.

The Catforth 10k is a popular local run over a flat course. Several Red Rosers turned up. David Parkinson 37.58, Steve Tingle 42.06, Mark Willett 43.52, David Park 44.49, Sam Hodgson 45.39, Nikoletta Hudak 49.00, Mark Wardley 50.34, Gail Bristo 51.10.

In the CLAN 1 miler Carla Davies finished second in 5.12 and Mark Willett was 6th in 5.55.

At Preston Junior parkrun, we had 4 finishers. Daniel Hands 12.37, Ethan Walker 12.37, Jorja Lily Kay 15.38, Maggie Anderson 24.23.

Tegan Bentley finished the Barrow Junior parkrun in 14.52.

A group set off for the Southport parkrun. Matt Holmes was our first finisher in 18.16 followed by Denise Morris 26.40, Rhona Cowburn 29.25, David Wilkinson 29.27, Louise Withnell 29.40, Katy Cleece 29.41, Gareth Fairey 34.28.

Chris Hargreaves ran a parkrun event in Jersey in 20.28.

Personal bests at Preston were achieved by David Stewart 23.46, Zoe Cain 27.26, Julie Doublett 28.04 and at Cuerden Valley by Chris Hall 22.22, Hannah Clayton 29.52,Andrew Ashcroft 31.10.

[Weekly roundup 10 June 2019]