Central Lancs Half Marathon

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Promising to step up the fitness regime is a resolution many take on January 1.

And over 450 people stuck to their promise by kicking off the New Year with a half marathon challenge.

Central Lancashire Half-Marathon sets

Central Lancashire Half-Marathon sets

Now in its sixth year, the Central Lancs Half Marathon set off from St Mary’s Catholic School, Darkinson Lane in Lea and led the runners the 13 miles through quiet rural roads, picturesque villages and small hamlets.

Ron McAndrew from Fylde Coast Running said: “There were near perfect conditions, cool but dry which was a bit of a miracle after recent weather conditions, for the run on a beautiful route which took runners through Treales, Catforth and Inskip before returning to Lea Town.”

Men’s overall winner was Derby Running Club’s Peter Bains who led from the start to record a time of 76 minutes 45 seconds for the slightly undulating course, winning the first prize worth £240.

Clydesdale Glasgow Harriers Paul Carroll, who has competed in all five previous runs took second with 77 minutes 15 seconds, with Horwich RMI evergreen Paul Muller, first veteran over 55 taking third 78 minutes 50 seconds.

The ladies race was won by Ilkley Harrier, Catherine Farrow at 85 minutes 53 seconds also winning a very handsome prize in the process.

Local UK Net Runner Hannah Oldroyd took second with 86 minutes 57 seconds and runner Katherine Fitzpatrick third 87 minutes 49 seconds.