Red Rose Runners Catherine Newton, Mary Conway, Anthony Barnes and  new members Tracy Woods and Janette Draper took part on the tour of Merseyside last week consisting of 52 miles over 6 races on different terrains. Sadly Lynn Melvin had to defer due to her injury prior to even.

The fun started at the Southport half marathon where a few fellow Red Rosers took part in the race! This day involved PB’s for Mary Conway and Susan Heatley. As the week went on they gained more friends and became more part of the tourist family (similar to parkrun and our RRRR family).

Thursday night was fancy dress night where the theme decided amongst the group was cheerleaders much to Catherine’s dislike! With about a metre from the finish, the excitement of Janette crossing the line resulted in her pulling her calf and unable to continue with the tour. The other 4 went on to complete the tour all in respectable times and have booked on again for next year plus a few others have joined.

Nearly 600 runners took part in the Blackpool 10k. Matt Ashton finished in 49.04 with Simon Kirkman next in 54.53. Kelly Day (62.58) was just ahead of Sarah Runcie (64.54).

At the Leeds 10k  Anthony Durkin achieved a PB of 37.38 in spite of finishing in considerable pain, possibly a stress fracture.

Michael Hall was our first finisher at the St Annes 5K with a time of 19.46. Alison Mercer ran 27.30.  David Aspin was home in 30.34.

F75 Evelyn Elkington ran 33.55 and Bernard Elkington acting as tail runner finished in 50.38.

At the Cuerden Valley Parkrun Karl Hodgson had to come first and run a PB of 19.17 in order to beat Dan Hughes(19.19). Personal Bests were also achieved by Barry Wheeler, 21.24, Lee Burton 27.16, Martin Simpson 28.42, Lisa Hyde 33.56 and Ann Donoghue 34.02.

At Preston, Bernie Mitchell ran a PB of 23.06 with Helen Rutherford also improving to a time of 24.00.

Rob Mather went to Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales for his latest preparation for his forthcoming Yorkshireman marathon. He took part in the Dales Trail 30k race with 3000ft of ascent completing the gruelling course in 4 hours and 16 minutes.