Runners take on elements in Blackpool half marathon

Runners head for home in the Blackpool half marathon.
Runners head for home in the Blackpool half marathon.
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A large number of Lancaster and Morecambe Athletics Club runners took part in the Great North West Half Marathon in Blackpool.

The two-lap course uses large parts of the sea front meaning the runners had to battle twice against a severe head wind on Sunday.

First back for the club was Phil Lowery in 23rd overall out of more than 1,300 runners in a super time of one hour, 21 minutes and 38 seconds.

In next was Peter Twigg with a strong run of 1h.25.05 in 45th position,

Other finishers were Joanne Taylor in 1h.36.56, Andrew Haley in 1h.38.42, David Wilkinson in 1h.43.29, Michael Roy in 1h.50.01, Charlie Satterly in 1h.50.36, Angus Greenwood in 1h.52.32, Lizzie Hickingbotham and Billy Gardner in 1h.52.52, Tracey Bruce in 1h.58.11, Nigel Hodgson in 2h.13.16 and Julia Possener in 2h.17.19.

Club runners also ran strongly at the Muddy Shoes five and 11-mile races in Calder Vale seven days earlier, taking victories in both events.

The shorter race was a close affair with three people crossing the line together, Lancaster’s Steve Perry, his granddaughter Shannon and Steve Burgess from Thornton Cleveleys Running Club.

All were given the same time of one hour, one minute and 20 seconds with Steve taking the victory from Shannon in second.

The 11 mile-race was no less competitive with Lancaster’s Tony Jewitt taking a well-deserved victory on the tough course in 1h.28.30.