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Riversway Roadrunners at the Conwy Half Marathon
Riversway Roadrunners at the Conwy Half Marathon
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A busy weekend of running for Riversway Roadrunners with club members taking part in four events.

On Saturday, Marc Potter completed the Kirkstall Abbey Trail Marathon in Leeds.

Despite a tough course and weather conditions, Potter finished in just over four hours.

Also on Saturday, Laura Kirkham took part in the picturesque KMF 10K Trail Race in Cumbria, a classic trail run around Kendal strewn with natural obstacles and lots of ascents, some hard packed and grassy trails 
and finishing in the town centre.

Kirkham finished in 58 minutes.

On Sunday, six runners from Riversway Roadrunners travelled to the Wales for 
the annual Conwy Half Marathon.

Starting and finishing on the quayside in front of the picturesque Conwy Castle, a field of 2,500 runners took part on a chilly day.

The challenging route runs along the road adjacent to the Conwy River as it proceeds towards Deganwy beach and towards Llandudno Pier, before heading up the Great Orme taking in views of the Isle of Anglesey, Puffin Island and the surrounding North Wales coastline, before heading back to Conwy 

The Riversway team put in some strong performances and finishing times with Pete Mackey (1.31), Steve Kirkham (1.33), Sam Lawrence (1.40), Annabelle Caton (1.47), Nicola Nally (1.55) and Charlotte Davis (2.15)

Elsewhere on Sunday, a further two runners from Riversway took part in the Chorley Fire 10K.

The race was around the local villages of Euxton and Astley Village and was a two lap course run on quiet roads, starting and finishing near Lancashire Fire and 
Rescue Training Centre in Chorley.

Amongst a field of 409 runners, Riversway’s Steve Norris stormed home in 40.12, finishing in 34th place overall, and Jeff Phillipson finished in 49.55.

Anneke Crosby organised an away day for Red Rose Road Runners via the Away Days group to the Conwy Half Marathon.

Along various parts of the course the 23 RRR athletes were cheered on enthusiastically by club member.

First over the line for the club was Mike Hall in 1.27.24, securing 88th place out of a field of more than 2,000 runners. Next home was Dave Raynor in 1.41.45 (465th), shortly followed by Rich Ward in 1.46.45 (465th), improving on last year’s time of 1.51.18.

First home for the ladies was Lisa Bolton in a fantastic time of 1.49.48 (834th).

Anthony Barnes and Alison Parkinson both came in under two hours with 1.55.21 (1,124th) and 1.57.27 (1,230th) respectively.

Anneke Crosby paced Judi Ingham to a new personal best of 2.05.27 (1,575th) on a very hard course.

Other results: Alison Mercer (2.03.19, 1,472th), Susan Tonge (2.04.38, 1,536th), Tim Sullivan (2.06.08, 1,596th), Vicky Gore (2.06.52, 1,627th), Cathy Karn (2.09.17, 1,717th), Mary Conwy (2.18.53, 2,026th) and Nikki Bentley (2.42.03, 2,335th).

Fifteen Red Rose Road Runners enjoyed near perfect running conditions at the second running of the Chorley Fire 10K in aid of The Firefighters’ Charity, which supports serving and retired firefighters, fire personnel and their families.

Karl Hodgson (36.33), Steven Whitney (40.08), Barry Wheeler (41.56) Gareth Bell (42.03), Philip Davidson (43.00), Damien Russell (43.57), Ian Wharton (44.20), Stuart Humphries (44.37), David Anson 55.31, Pita Oates (56.31), Debbie Porter (56.31), David Orritt (59.32), Amanda Berry (59.55), Sarah Haslam (61.56) and Nina Colquhoun (68.00) all enjoyed the relatively flat course on the quiet lanes around Euxton.

Many returned personal and/or season’s bests for the expertly-organised race from Fylde Coast Running.