Janine is Red Rose’s top lady

Ken Addison, Jill Jefferson and Joe Swarbrick at the Wesham 10K
Ken Addison, Jill Jefferson and Joe Swarbrick at the Wesham 10K
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The British Athletics Cross Challenge at Sefton Park in Liverpool was the destination for the latest Red Rose Runners outing.

Fifty-four club members made the trip, knowing conditions would be anything but comfortable.

Janine Needham was the star performer for the ladies, gaining 134th place in 37.30 over a distance of 8.1K .

Ruth Travis performed well for a time of 41.41, with Debbie Porter third showing her strength in tough conditions in 42.44.

Joan Gouldthorpe rolled back the years being RRR’s fourth finisher in 44.44.

Sue Tonge (45.34) put in good performance, with Emily England finishing 10 minutes faster than last year in 45.40.

Pita Oates improved by two minutes as a further indication of her recent improved times.

Sophie Hill was the youngest member of the Red Rose team and competed in the Junior race.

In the mens’ race, nothing could separate Karl Hodgson and Dan Hughes as they posted the same time of 39.25 for the 9.8K distance.

Ben Donoghue ran an excellent 41.03, with a great run from Andy Christie next in 41.39.

At the Wesham 10K, the 397 runners were treated to a surprise water feature at one mile which hindered attempts at fast times as they continued with cold, wet feet.

First home for Red Rose was Ken Addison in 39.49 to take second V60.

Eight seconds behind, Joe Swarbrick just scraped a sub 40 to be third V55. Simon Houghton ran a very respectable 45.31, with Jill Jefferson a rare second F55, in 45.37.

Andrew Stell ran a steady pace for a time of 46.12.

Carol Douglass was RRR’s one prize winner, taking her F65 in 52.30. William Nelson completed the Red Rose team with 54.38.

The Beginners’ group organised by Peter O’Grady, completed their 10 weeks of training to successfully complete the Preston Parkrun in difficult conditions but in high spirits.

Yet again, Red Rose Runners members 
turned out to accompany the group on their first 5K run.

At the Best 5K on Sunday, 14 of the 96 runners were from our club.

Carla Davies was the first female finisher in 21.59.

Brent Whybro was Red Rose’s next finisher in 25.31, with Sophie Hill hot on his heels in 25.41.