Hundreds brave bad weather to take on Garstang 10k

Photo Neil Cross'The Garstang 10km race
Photo Neil Cross'The Garstang 10km race

Foul weather didn’t stop 500 runners turning out for the annual Garstang 10k on Sunday.

The event, which started over 20 years ago, was won by 26-year-old Ben Lindsay in a time of 30 minutes 49 seconds.

David Rigby came second with a time of 33 minutes six seconds, closely followed by Robert Affleck who came third with a time of 33 minutes 10 seconds.

Organiser Steve Ashcroft said: “It’s been a fantastic day, there’s been over 500 men and women competing, and they’ve come from far and wide.

“The winner rang up this morning asking if he could take part, and he’d travelled in from America.

“It seems to be getting more popular every year, but it’s a nice, fast, rural course.”

A 2km fun run was also held for around 30 children, around the Garstang Community Academy area, but numbers were said to be down on previous years.

The annual event, which was opened by Mayor Graham Salisbury kicked off at 11am and raised over £2,5000 with all proceeds given to Garstang Community Academy.

Geoff Markland, marketing coordinator for the school said: “It was a very successful day, probably the best year yet and we were lucky that we got a bit of a break in the weather too.

“It’s a really big event and great for the school.

“It’s our biggest fund-raiser of the year and we are very grateful for the generous donations.”

Lee Calvert was the first Lancaster and Morecambe Athletics club finisher, his time of 38m.45 good enough for 30th.

Next in 45th was Tony Jewitt in 40m.06 and he was followed by Sean Davis in 40m.40 for 58th.

Jayne Perry finished fourth female in 41m.04 with Helen Booth in 43m.42, Christina McGuire in 46m.24 and Laura Gardner in 46m.33 not far behind.

Taking first veteran 75 place was Evelyn Elkington in 1h.07.17.

Other finishers were Phil Fawcett 46m.41, Emily Stapleton 48m.50, John Spooner 49m.08, David Wilkinson 50,.04, Jane Bass 50m.47, Helena Lewis 51m.56, Niamh Lewis 53m.00, Eden Parkinson 53m.21, Carol Fishwick 54m.39, Liz Hickingbotham 54m38 and Vicky Holgate 55m.23.