After the amazing sights of 108 Red Rose Road Runners at the Preston Inter Club last Wednesday evening, 44 members completed the Potters’  ‘Arf in Stoke at the weekend.

The Inter Club ‘success’ was really the incredible turnout from the club who a few years ago considered a dozen as a good presence. All the runners add to the great spirit of the club at all races and the announcement of results is always a chance for the club to celebrate our new found success. In the overall results for the evening the team was in third place behind Preston and Wesham. The Ladies team was 4th out of 7 teams and the Vets were 3rd out of 7. The Mens’ Vet 50 team are having a great season and came out as strong winners on the night. The V60 team were third.

At the Potters ‘Arf, Duncan Anderson had a brilliant run and was 11th finisher in 1.21.04, with Ben Donoghue(1.24.08) narrowly beating Dan Hughes 1.24.21 both in the top 30 finishers. Jose Pinon Shaw ran well for 1.26.54. The two prize winners of the day were in the Vet 55 category, Ken Addison ran 1.28.04 and Jill Jefferson finished in 1.38.56. Janine Needham was our second lady home in 1.44.09 with Lisa Bolton (1.46.07) and Ruth Travis (1.46.32) both putting in excellent performances.

Other results: Steve Woodruffe 1.29.09,Phil Butler 1.33.46,Stuart Cann 1.34.45, John Naylor 1.35.45, gareth Bell 1.36.33, Frank Nighingale 1.38.00, Dave Raynor 1.38.53, Chris Brown 1.41.09, Mark McCrea 1.44.30,Sarah Hall 1.48.56, John Wiseman 1.50.34, Damien Russell 1.52.22,Paula Plowman 1.52.54,Jon Royle 1.54.01,Steve Murphy 1.54.08, Sarah Maltby 1.54.08, Steve Taylor 1.54.16, Anneke Crosby 1.57.35, John Plowman 1.57.42,Emma Johnson 1.59.12, Anees Shaikh 2.06.10, Vicky Gore 2.07.32, Lee Burton 2.10.22, Allan Howard 2.12.17, Jenny Fairclough 2.12.18, Martin Foley 2.13.49, Chris Clark 2.17.42, Karen Clark 2.17.53, Helen Greenhalgh 2.17.53,Martin Simpson 2.19.26, Mary Conway 2.19.32, Samantha Scanlon 2.30.44, Wendy Ward 2.30.44, Joanne Malcolmson 2.37.08, Ann Donoghue 2.37.08, Ramona Mulligan 2.44.02.

The Liverpool ‘Rock n Roll’ event was another high profile race with a good course although the wind played its part in the final four miles. Peter O’Grady was first home for Red Rose in 1.46.20 with Catherine Newton running a great time of 1.48.30. Mary Conway ran well in a time of 2.12.12 and Kelly Daly finished in 2.23.53. Susan Heatley completed the line up with a time of 2.36.39.

In the marathon event, Gina Biggs completed her umpteenth 26.2 this year in 6.22.59.

At the Catforth 10k Fred Lynch made a welcome appearance with a time of 44.49. Jon Wright finished in 48.06. Carol Douglass (50.36) was nearly matched by Tina Carr in 50.42 with Jo Worswick improving her PB by 3 minutes to finish in 56.26.