Athletes run in the sun

THE Easter and May Bank Holiday weekends provided local athletes with many opportunities to race in ideal, sunny running conditions.

First, on Good Friday, April 22, there was the Caldervale 10 mile race which follows an attractive but challenging course on the edge of the Trough of Bowland.

Lancaster and Morecambe AC were well represented with Paul Gardner being the first club athlete home in a strong performance of 1:11:39, placing him 28th overall.

Next back for the club was Tony Jeffery in a sound 1:15:18 and George Parrington followed in a very good 1:21:45 which also placed him 3rd in his V60 category.

First woman back for the club was Christina Maguire whose excellent time of 1:23:21 also placed her 1st FV45. Other club finishers were: Colin Hewitt (1:26:39); Dave Wilkinson (1:31:12); Carole Wilkinson (1:32:2); Billy Gardner (1:33:25) and Christine Gardner (1:34:20).

On Easter Saturday there was the very popular Wray Scarecrow 10k race which is organised to coincide with all the Wray festivities and activities.

The route is a tough fell-type race and was a particular challenge this year given the warm weather.

Again a number of Lancaster and Morecambe runners took part and performed well.

David Brown, who continues to improve, was first back for the club in a very good 4th position in a time of 36:49. An outstanding performance by Annika Jarman who finished in 10th place and 1st overall female in 39:20 was a particular highlight for the club.

Other finishers were Helen Booth (42:29); Steve Perry (43:20); Jayne Perry (46:24); Dave Wilkinson (48:32); Nikki Kay (49:45); Carole Wilkinson (53:16) and Sarah Elliot (57:07).

The recent May holiday weekend was especially busy with two races on Saturday, and a new 10k race in Lancaster to celebrate May Day. The high profile Keswick half marathon gives runners the chance to race around the beautiful Derwentwater and always attracts runners from around the country.

Eight keen runners from Lancaster and Morecambe took on this challenge, with Tony Jewitt, recovering from the recent London marathon, recording the best time for the club on this undulating course in 1:31:37. He was followed by Andrew Warren in a good time of 1:38:13.

First woman back in a very good time of 1:44:01 was Michele Espley.

Amongst the other finishers were Dick Stapleton (2:17:44); Helen McGregor completing her first half marathon race (2:19:44); Billy Gardner (2:19:46) and Linda Stapleton, 1st FV 60+ (2:26:44).

Also taking place on May 1 was the local 10k Dallam Dash in Milnthorpe, always a well supported race. Joanne Taylor was first back for the club, and also first woman in the race in an excellent time of 41:27. Along with Lauren Cooper in a very good 42:59 and Louise Goddard in a strong 46:29 Lancaster and Morecambe AC won the women’s team prize.

Other finishers included the Wilkinsons who took full advantage of all these local races – Dave (48:34) and Carole (53:31), as well as Nick Higham (42:47); Ian Bailey (46:31); Mike Peat (47:11); Tracey Bruce (49:41); Nigel Beeson (61:38) and Lindsey Clark (68:09).

Also running, but in a Red Rose AC vest, was club member Evelyn Elkington whose 60:34 and 2nd FV60+ was an excellent performance.

Finally, on Monday 2nd was a recently introduced race, the Willow Lane May Day 10k.

The field included a number of the regular Lancaster and Morecambe AC racers, including Tony Jewitt whose 6th place overall in a steady 40:52 also gave him the V40 prize.

First lady back for the club and 1st female in the race was Jayne Perry recording a strong 43:38 which also placed her 7th overall.

Other category winners were the ever consistent Louise Goddard who was 2nd in the race and 1st FV40 in 45:52 whilst George Parrington recorded a very good 46:48 which was fast enough to win the MV60 category.

Other club finishers were David Dann (45:07); Brendan Cronin (48:17); Dave Wilkinson (50:25); Carole Wilkinson (51:31); Julia Possener (52:43); Alistair Menzies (55:26) and new member Michelle Hutton (54:28).

The next race on the local calendar is the first of the 5k Lancaster Series on Saturday, May 28, at 6.30pm from the clubhouse at Salt Ayre Sports Centre.

Further information and entry form from the website or from Billy Gardner on 01524 60537. This is a qualifying race for the Lancaster and Morecambe AC Championship.