An octet of Red Rosers ventured out in the extremely inclement conditions of Sunday morning to compete in the Mawdesley 10k race. With 30% of the course on tarmac lanes and the rest on farm tracks and across fields, the excess of rain created a very muddy challenge with plenty of chances for puddle jumping! Ann Cleave and Sue Tonge scooped the women’s V50 and V60 categories in 54.49 and 1:00:00 respectively. Simon Worbey led the Red Rose team home in a great time of 53.29, followed by Margaret Worbey (57.49), John Wiseman (55.47), Helen Ormerod Pateman (1:00:02), Steve Bellamy (1:03:47) and Jenny Fairclough (1:16:02). This is a great local race with excellent support from the marshals, and it concluded with free coffee and cake back at the base in the Red Lion pub.

The Safari 10 miler has received very good comments over the last couple of years and the club members who ran the race this year had a great day with some good times achieved. Alan Jolly 65.30,Chris Hall 1.22.20,Christopher Hargreaves 1.23.01, Pauline Moorcroft 1.31.29,Stephanie Atkinson 1.31.31, Jo Roberts 1.35.36, Karen Smith 1.40.59, Leanne Finch 1.41.00, Tracey Alami 1.42.58 Richard Field 1.47.10, Hannah Clayton 1.48.17, Amanda Berry 1.50.02 Julie Bentham 1.59.30.

A lot of our runners were ready to run the Preston 10K but the heavy rain flooded parts of the course forcing the organisers to cancel the race. At the time of writing a new date hasn’t been fixed but a date ‘before Christmas’ should be possible.

Susan Heatley ran the Great Scottish run completing it in 02:36:09. It was a tough course but at least the weather was beautiful.

Faisal Ali made the trip to Berlin to run the marathon in which Kenenisa Bekele was only 2 seconds outside the world record. Faisal Ali had a brilliant weekend recording 5.42.17.

The Lakeland Four Passes is a classic 19(ish) mile route, with 5300ft of ascent taking in four of the Lake Districts most scenic valleys and their adjoining passes. It is a circular route which starts and finishes at Rosthwaite Village Hall in Borrowdale, at the southern end of Derwentwater.Dan Hughes, Nicola Hughes, Ian Mitchell, Richard Ward, Andy Hale, Chris Hargreaves, Claire Smith ,Rachael Porter and Julie Thorley, Wendy Ward, Claire Shaw, Margaret Lupton, Sarah Maltby and Lynn Melvin. This is brilliant event but conditions were wet and slippery underfoot. More details of the eventful day will probably appear on facebook.

The first Cross Country event of the season was held in Ulverston, Cumbria. A good turn out of the club’s runners saw the Ladies A team come 8th out of 30 teams with the ‘B’ team 34th. In the men’s competition the V40 team were 7th and the excellent V50 team placed third with Stephen Woodruffe, Simon Shaw and Stuart Cann. The ladies race over 6.4K saw Janine Needham and Sam Edwards finishing competitively close with times of 29.44 and 29.50. Anneke Crosby 33.21, Margaret Worbey 37.17, Sian King 40.15, Sally Cape 45.15.

The Men’s race over 9.1K resulted in these times. Stephen Woodruffe 39.35, Simon Shaw 40.38, Barry Wheeler 41.45, Stuart Cann 42.00, Gary Corcoran 42.07, Philip Butler 43.30, Steven Moon 43.52, Simon Worbey 46.59, Imtiaz Patel 47.03, Roger Harrison 47.25, Fred Lynch 49.01, John Wiseman 49.23, Dave Stewart 50.03, Philip Dean 50.19.

Parkrun PB’s were difficult to achieve this weekend but John Wood managed a new best of 22.28 at Cuerden Valley and Kate Clipston ran 29.50 at Preston.

[Weekly Roundup 30 September 2019]