John Naylor returned to the scene of his famous victory last year in the Scorcher 10 in 10 marathon event. This year he was put under pressure by Belgian, Paul Van Heil who was also attempting to complete all 10 marathons. John beat his adversary in 7 out of the10 marathons and won the fourth event with a time of 4.11.26. With John well ahead on the morning of the 10th race, he had to battle with an injury for the final 14 miles giving the chance to Van Heil to narrow the gap but John’s gutsy performance ensured he stayed in credit by 1hour 24 minutes 46 seconds, to secure an amazing victory. On Day 6, Gary Corcoran won the marathon in 3.45.56 and on the final day Ben Smithers completed the 50K Ultra in 5.36.06.There were so many events over the course of the week with enthusiastic Red Rosers running and supporting each other. In several of the shorter distance races we had male and female winners.

Well done to all the Juniors who took part in the Fun Run on the final day, they were all amazing. The results I have received are as follows: Mason Hatton 7.56, Lucie Clipston 7.56, James Harrison 8.01, Daniel Smith 8.02, Holly Smith 8.19, Tegan Bentley 11.02, Jessica Brunton 11.45, Jacob Willett 11.52, Chloe Smith 14.08.

Rob Mather took part in the 27 mile Dovedale Dipper in the Derbyshire Peak District. With 3281 feet of elevation he was glad to see the finish in 5 hours 39 minutes.

The Cuerden Valley Badger Run saw another victory for Matt Holmes with Karl Hodgson in second place.

In the Lancaster run, the Riverside 10 mile, Helen Greenhalgh crossed the line in 1.37.32 with Emily Atkinson finishing in 2.05.10.

[Weekly Roundup 5 August 2019]