The big event last weekend was, of course, the London Marathon. Red Rose Runners had a strong turnout of 11 athletes.
Leading the way was in form Ben Donoghue with 2.52.43 and a creditable 710th place.
Red Rose performance of the race went to Jill Jefferson, who finished as eighth lady V55 with a time of 3.31.59 – she was also the club’s first lady home.
Second lady home was Debbie Kirkman in 3.34.23 with Phil Darwen and Stuart Cann not far behind in 3.39.14 and 3.40.20.
Tony Thorley had a great run to finish on 3.43.23 before a bit of a gap to Shane Cliffe finishing in 4.22.32 and Janice Johnson 4.48.34. Alan Raven finished the race in 5.35.01.
No fewer than 47 runners from Red Rose at the first Inter Club race of the season was rewarded with some excellent results.
Joe Monk stole the show with a brilliant fourth place in a time of 22.10 for the four-mile distance.
He was followed by two more Joes – Joe Swarbrick and Joe Donoghue, with times of 24.04 and 24.14 respectively.
Ken Addison finished seconds later in 24.28.
Steve Whitney had another strong run with 24.43 before a good bunch of four completed the team of 10, to finish fourth team on the night: Dave Maudsley (25.30), Anthony Murphy (25.37), Stuart Cann (25.42) and Phil Butler (26.01).
There was more success in the vets’ categories. The V40 team were third and the V50 team of Swarbrick, Addison, Cann and Butler took the coveted first place.
Janine Needham showed her form being first home for the club in 28.28 with Margaret Lupton second in a time of 30.05.
Paula Plowman, F50, was third in 30.17 and Janette Rayton completed the team of four with a time of 31.48.
Other times: D.Bryden 26.23, Andrew Stell 27.09, D. Hooton 27.23, Ethan Hodgkinson 27.32, P.Dean 28.51, F. Nightingale 29.15,I. Wharton 30.10, J. Wiseman 30.18, Regin Sardais 30.56, J. Plowman 31.20, W.Hoyle 31.57, D. Porter 32.00, R.Johnson 32.41, C.Douglas 32.50, L.Bosman 32.58, L.Lodge 32.59, Y.Johnson 33.06, J.Gouldthorpe 33.37, A.Howard 35.05, G.Beetham 35.31, M.Simpson 36.07,K.Clark 36.14, C.Clark 36.15, J.Oates 37.54, H.Orson 38.28, E.Elkington 38.55 D.Aspin 39.31, N.Oates 39.52, A. Midgley 41.09, A.Donoghue 41.10, J.Malcolmson 41.11, J.Saynor 42.57, K.Bosman 44.32.
At the Preston Parkrun, Red Rose had three new personal bests to celebrate.
John Allen returned to good form with 19.54, Richard Maughan recorded 21.04 and Daine Hill 26.45.
At the tough Cuerden Valley event there were eight new PBs – Andrew Stell (22.47), Dave Hooton (23.24), Paula Plowman (25.35), Margaret Lupton (25.47), Damian Clapham (26.09), John Plowman (26.31), junior runner Alice Lodge (30.30) and Claire Shaw (32.32) .
Meanwhile, in the USA, Steve Gore returned from two months injury with a 7.30am start at the Clermont Waterfront Parkrun with a good time of 20.30.
Locally, there were eight Red Rosers at the annual Garstang Gallop 10k that takes in the lanes around Garstang and Scorton.
V55 Ken Addison was sixth and first V55 in 40.31, Richard Oakley 14th in 43.12, Simon Houghton was 21st (46.12), Debbie Porter 47th, Michael Coupland 64th, Jim Robinson 77th, Percy Moyo 81st and Pita Oates 90th.
The start of the local road inter-club season is always keenly anticipated and the traditional first race is in and around Blackpool’s Stanley Park.
Despite the concerns about several key runners missing because of holidays, those who had just completed the Manchester marathon and those about to run at London, Preston Harriers triumphed with an open win.
David Rigby had led the team home with a good battle all the way round with Blackpool’s Luke Minns, who was ahead of Rigby by 10 seconds at the end.
Minns finished first in 20.45 and Rigby second in 20.55.
The ladies placed third, with strong runs from Catherine Slater (third) and Jenny Parker (ninth).
Harriers placed first in the Vets, second in Vet 50 and fourth in the Vet 60 category.
Nine Preston Harriers ventured to the capital for the London Marathon.
Adopted northerner Rob Affleck returned to his old city stomping grounds and led the Harriers contingent, his disciplined pacing enabling him to leave others in his wake and ascend into the top echelons with a course personal best of 2.33.16, in 65th overall.
European Masters medallist Steve Hallas acquitted himself admirably to record a respectable 2.54, with Chris Wales powering over the line next, in 3.03.
Kevin Curran put in a fine performance with a 3.11 time and Kevin Hunt added to the challenge of the marathon by completing it in a logo outfit to highlight the great work of the Breast Cancer Awareness Charity and amazed his friends and colleagues by breaking the Guinness world record in 3.37.
Stephen Needham crossed the line in 3.47 and London debutant Ambi Tipping was next in with 4.01.
After many years of training, failed ballot applications and missing out through injury Simon Flood was overjoyed to finally hang a finisher’s medal around his neck completing the race in 4.16.
Maureen Whitman recorded a supreme time of 6.28 to bring the team home.