A busy week for Red Rose saw races of all distances and terrains A group took part in the Don Ashton Memorial Fell Race at Tockholes with James Simon our first runner in 18th place in a time of 41.58. Chris Charnley claimed 26th spot in 43.52 and Frank Nightingale finished in 45.04. Lynn Melvin was our first lady in 61.14, followed by Alison Mercer in 63.28 and Debbie Porter in 66.52. Other results: Andrew Christie 46.13, Philip Butler 51.39, Jon Royle 53.13. Phil Marsden had good week taking 6th place at the Rochdale 10k in a time of 38.01 for 1st V45 and later in the week won the V45 prize at the Lostock Hall 5k in 18.20.

The ladies team of Emily Ingham,23.29, Judi Ingham, 25.05 and Alison Mercer, 27.38 celebrated their first team place at the Catforth 5k with other other runners grabbing good times. Mark Willett 21.59, Garry Li 23.37, Tracey Alami 29.54 and Carol Heaton 29.59.

Esther Stanier enjoyed her trip to the Bakewell parkrun finishing the excellent event in 25.51. Carolyn Douglass represented us at the Bentham Beagles 10k winning her F70 category in 55.57 and Pauline Moorcroft ran the Burn Valley Half marathon. More success came with Janet Tolson finishing first F60 at the Leeds 10k, which attracted 5500 runners, in 56.23 and David Tolson finishing in 44.23 to be 3rd V60.

The Tour of Merseyside, 6 races in 6 days over 52 miles, consisted of the Southport Half, Thurstaton 6 mile multi terrain, Sustrans 10 mile trail, Raging Red Bull fast 5 mile, Knowsley 6 mile cross country and the Wirral 12 mile Coastal Run. Paula Plowman was on top form winning her age group in every race, Mary Conway (England International ) ran 4 new PB’s and was second in five races and Wendy Ward went PB crazy, finishing the tour more than an hour faster than last year!Ben Smithers ran a superb series of runs finishing the 52 miles in 6.48.38 followed by David Bayliss 7.53.40, Anthony Barnes 8.03.57, Paula Plowman 8.10.40, Wendy Ward 8.47.28, Mary Conway 8.56.53, John Plowman 9.05.03.

A fantastic presence of about 30 Red Rose, boosted the field of the Lostock Hall Carnival 5k on a blisteringly hot afternoon. Results appear on UKroadraces .info.

TheLakeland Trails events began in Ambleside. Only one of our runners was brave enough to tackle the 55k race in the unforgiving heat experienced by the region over that past few weeks. John Barker ran an impressive time of 7.42.11, The 55km Ultimate Trails Challenge is a testing ultra marathon course through some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the Lake District. The tough, challenging course includes 3 mountain passes, with 7,000 ft ascent/descent along with 5 memorable feed stations. The 23K and 14k races utilise the final parts of the ultra race. In the 23K race Andrew Christie finished in 2.42.46, followed by Sam Edwards in 3.03.40,Lorna Taylor, Katy Cleece and Louise Withnell all finished together in 4.12.01. This wonderful trio sacrificed their own race to help an injured Chorlton runner get back to safety, before continuing their run. Grateful thanks have been passed on from Chorlton for their selfless actions. Brilliant!The results for the 14k are David Raynor 1.26.25, John Wiseman 1.39.25, Austin Trelfa 1.52.20, Kathryn Abbott 1.57.56, Margaret Lupton 1.57.56, Fiona Gutteridge 2.23.55,David Watson 2.25.49, Alison Dick 2.29.50, Hannah Clayton 2.37.46, Ruth Watkinson 2.38.42.

Mike Hall continued his triathlon exploits with an entry in the Capenwray Sprint event. Finishing 23rd out of 114 in spite of going off course still managed to finish as first V50 in a combined time of 1.10.43.

The second Badger run at Cuerden Valley saw another good turnout. Red Rose filled nine top thirty places. Duncan Anderson, Gary Corcoran, Manolo Mendoza, Dave Brunton, Steven Willetts, Stuart Smith, Pete Battersby, Michael Oddie, Simon Gardner. Ian Croft was first V50 in 45.16. Janine Needham was 2nd F40 in 45.55 and Sam Edwards took the senior female prize in 47.03. Max Croft was the youngest male athlete finishing in 57.51. All results on ukresults.net.