Gary Corcoran took on the 3 Towers Ultra and despite howling winds and waist deep mud completed the challenge of the 37 mile route which takes in some of the most stunning views the West Pennine moors have to offer as well as taking in all 3 towers, Rivington, Jubilee and Peel. Starting in Sunnyhurst Woods, Darwen, the terrain is hilly and undulating. With check points throughout the route and cut off times to reach each checkpoint, it is a brutal test.

The Rivington Trail Half Marathon is 13.1 miles of pathed, tarmacked and rough terrain, following a scenic course as it works its way through the rural parts of Bolton and Chorley.Weather conditions were poor but the times were great.

Rob Mather 2.04.55, Bernie Mitchell 2.16.27, Alison Parkinson 2.34.57, Catherine Karn 2.34.57.

The Craggy Island Triathlon is a tough but entertaining, sprint distance off-road triathlon set on the small island of Kerrera, just off the west coast of Scotland near Oban. 550 metre swim, 14 km MTB and 8k hill run. Two intrepid travellers made their way to mainland Scotland before the open water swim across to the Isle of Bute. Well done, Andy Hale 2.05.17 and Ryan Beardsworth 2.22.47.

In the West Coast Half Marathon there were some excellent runs from Richard Barnes 1.44.43, Chris Corrigan 1.45.21, Michael Coupland 1.47.37 (3 mins off last year’s time.)Lynne Kenyon 1.49.41, James Butler 1.54.49, Brian Hanley 1.55.13, Charles Culley 1.57.43, Steve Pickering 2.01.52, Kelly White 2.02.24, James Rimmer 2.06.21, Katrin Elbag 2.06.22, James Hughes 2.06.43, Mike Crowther 2.09.30, Samantha Edwards 2.10.04,

A very big club turn out for the Chester Marathon and Metric Marathon was enhanced by fantastic travel, tent organisation and mutual support amongst the team. Duncan Anderson flew round the 26.2 miles in 2.50.09. A few personal bests were achieved throughout our team. Andrew Christie 3.07.18, Scott Jackson 3.23.05, John Naylor 3.25.45, Ben Smithers 3.27.54, Liam Hooton 3.29.57, Richard Field 3.34.54, Anneke Crosby 4.00.40, Louise McKenna 4.10.59, Gaby Concepcion 4.15.15, Paul McMonagle 4.19.53, Stephen Walker 4.31.09, Helen Greenhalgh 4.39.50, (3 minute PB) Paul Gardner 4.44.17, Anees Shaikh 4.51.17,Kate Clipston 4.56.15, Steve Taylor 4.56.16, Iain Mitchell 4.57.09, Gareth Fairey 5.05.56, Katie Johnson 5.38.23, Anthony Hughes 5.38.23, Damian Clapham 5.46.05, Tim Nuttall 6.17.27.

Chester Metric Marathon. Laura Houghton 2.20.04, Lorna Taylor 2.25.03, Natalie Lewis 2.25.18, Amanda Cutler 2.26.43, Amanda Berry 3.00.29, Susan Heatley 3.34.08, Mac McCormack 3.46.41, Ramona Mulligan 3.56.40.

The Kirkby 10 miler proved to be a brilliant day out for the runners. First ‘animal’ Phil Davidson 1.16.08 and so close to winning his age group, Stuart Isherwood 1.19.32, Pauline Moorcroft 1.20.45, and first F55, Pete O’Grady 1.28.10, Paula Plowman 1.33.15, Claire Shaw 1.33.15, Julie Thorley 1.33.15, Sarah Maltby 1.33.47,Louise Walsh 1.47.15, Marion O’Grady 1.48.24, Joanna Dobson 1.49,Jessica Campbell 1.49.13, Katy Cleece 1.49.29, Ros Crompton 1.49.31, Wendy Ward 1.58.04, John Plowman 1.58.04, Ben and Ann Donoghue 1.58.05, Ruth Watkinson 01:58:38, Sonja Alisa Muller 2.00.

Olivia Wiggans took part in the fabulous Keilder Marathon finishing in 4.46.

Alex Herthaner seems to have shaken off any injury worries with 7th place at the Alder Hey 10K in 37.43. Nearer home PB’s at Preston parkrun were achieved by Esther Stanier 26.59, Jaqueline Winslow 35.07.