Riversway are rock ’n’ rollers

Six Riversway Roadrunners after finishing the Liverpool Half Marathon with free beer in hand
Six Riversway Roadrunners after finishing the Liverpool Half Marathon with free beer in hand
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The weeks and months of training for marathons and half marathons came to fruition for Red Rose Runners athletes last weekend.

The races were part of a weekend of running in Liverpool that attracted around 16,000 participants covering varying distances from 5K to the full marathon.

All the races were organised so that runners were greeted by bands at regular intervals along the routes.

In the half marathon, the Riversway Roadrunners competed well given the warm conditions.

Pete Manning finished in (1.28), Sam Lawrence (1.39), Alison Thomson (1.40), Ray Whitelegg (1.44) and Karen Munnelly and Jeff Phillipson both in (1.47), with Jeff taking more than seven minutes off his previous personal best time.

In the full marathon, Marc Potter and Pete Mackie finished just under (4.15) with Potter having volunteered to be a marathon pacer for the event organisers and therefore running with a large ‘4.15’ flag on his back.

Both races started at the Albert Dock on Liverpool’s waterfront and passed the home of the Beatles, the Cavern club, Penny Lane, the Liver buildings, 
Chinatown, and through the Sefton and Otterspool 

The races finished with great crowd support gathered on the waterfront promenade alongside the Liverpool 

The runners were treated to a free pint of beer and live music featuring the Liverpool rock band Cast at the finish line.

On the Saturday, Chris Jopson from Riversway took part in the Catforth canter 5K race and achieved a new personal best, finishing in 21 minutes.

The weeks and months of training for marathons and half marathons came to fruition for Red Rose Runners athletes last weekend.

In Edinburgh, it was a little warm but it did not stop Tony Thorley achieving an impressive new personal best of three hours 40 minutes.

Paula Plowman was agonisingly close to breaking four hours with great time of 4.00.53 and Julie Thorley, plagued with injury setbacks recently still managed a great performance of 4.14.

Gina Biggs ran 5.33.08. Amanda Berry also wore the Red Rose vest with pride finishing in 5.41.17.

In the Half Marathon, Andy Speer broke two hours with 1.55.22 ,as did Alison Mercer in 1.58.00. Martin Foley finished in 2.04.05 followed by Helen Orson in 2.19.30 and John Plowman in 2.22.15.

Red Rose were well represented at the Liverpool Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon.

Robert Taylor ran a brilliant 4.30.48. Colin Manning also ran, finishing in hard-fought for 5.56.20.

In the Half Marathon, a great battle for club supremacy between Simon Croft and Duncan Anderson saw them both crack 80 minutes.

In 24th place, Croft ran 1.19.43 with Anderson eight seconds behind in 25th place.

Andy Birkbeck ran a fantastic time of 1.40.36 in the V50 category.

Jonathan Gore was the leader of the next pack in 1.51.29, followed by Anneke Crosby in 1.51.36 and Natalie Moore in 1.52.00. More great performances came from Pete O’Grady (1.56.22), Anees Shaikh (1.57.32), Lorna Taylor (2.04.57), Judith Ingham (2.13.48), Emily Ingham, (2.13.48), Sharon Birkbeck (2.15.43), David Anson (2.18.08), Mary Conway (2.28.50), Marion O’Grady, (2.35.13), Tracey Woods (2.37.57) and Ramona Mulligan (2.56.06).

On the fells, 12 runners were at the first Harrock Hill race of the season.

Ken Addison was RRR’s first finisher in 33rd place and first V60 in a time of 39.38.

Dave Tolson was third V55 in 43.47, with Gary Corcoran next in 44.34.

Janine Needham was in great form and placed as first L40 in 48.13.

John Wiseman finished 52.09. Janet Tolson took first L60 position in 52.45.

Ruth Travis and Debbie Porter combined to finish in 55.37.

At the Hutton Roof Crags Fell Race, Red Rose’s men’s team finished sixth out of 22 teams.

The women were led home by Emma Plant, first L20, in a time of 79.47.

At the Fishwick 5,. 38 out of the 68 finishers wore the red vest.

In the first 10 were six Red Rose Road Runners.

In first place was David Parkinson (Chorley) in 32.16 then in second was Sam Harrison in 33.49 and third was the experienced Stuart Cann in 33.57.

Others in the top 10, had their own battle, with Barry Wheeler sixth in 36.54, Gary Corcoran seventh in 37.07 and Mike Hall eighth in 37.12.

Emma Plant was equal first with Michelle Tickle in a great time of 40.03, Alison Parkinson was second counter for the club in 40.38 with Lisa Bolton 3rd in 40.39.

Wesham Road Runners’ Rob Danson fulfilled his hope of a win in the inaugural Catforth 5K in the 2016 series on Saturday evening with an emphatic victory in a time of 15.20 with a 10-second advantage over second place.

Wesham had a good men’s team with Paul Gregory just edging out Lee Barlow with 18.03 for sixth place, an excellent re-emergence for him after several months of steady work.

Lee Barlow was seventh in 18.18 with a good effort after a week and a half in Portugal at the European Masters Championships.

Garry Barnett completed a hat-trick of Wesham finishers in eighth place with 18.23, second M50.

Steven Gore was 16th in 19.10. Carmel Sullivan was third woman and first W50 in 31st place with 20.30.

George Kennedy was first M55 and 35th overall in 20.58 with Alan Hudson first M65 and 36th in 21.01.

Gemma Owen was fourth woman with a great run finishing 38th overall in 21.08, paced in by Troy Watson, 39th in the same time.

Elliot Costello was 41st with 21.29, Ryan Azzopardi 46th with 21.41 and Stuart Topping one second behind in 21.42 (47th), Stephen Browne 51st in 22.15, Sean Murray 52nd with 22.33, Jason Blagden 57th in 23.48 having run the Hutton Roof Crags four hours before, Graham Cunliffe third M55 and 59th in 24.12, Maureen Danson and Robert Danson Snr were 68th and 69th in 27.26, and Clive Berry 74th in 30.31.

Earlier in the week, Paul Gregory put in a good show at the Levens 10K on Wednesday evening in cool overcast conditions, placing eighth with 39.29 for the circuit with a series of testing climbs in the second half.

Alex Rowe was 10th and third M50 in 39.57, and Chris Moss made up a Wesham team with 49.33 for 57th place.

In the Hutton Roof Crags Fell race on Saturday afternoon, the first fixture in the 2016 Inter Club Fell Series, Preston and Red Rose were clear team victors. Alex Rowe was 42nd and third M55 in 1.03.54, with Nigel Shepherd running very well to come in 100th in 1.11.05.

John Collier was third M60 and 112th with 1.12.49. Sarah Sherratt was 21st woman and sixth W40 in 1.17.11, 153rd overall.

Jason Blagden was 164th in 1.17.56, Diane Blagden was 68th woman in 1.54.06 with a good run.

Steve Myerscough was the sole Wesham runner in Wednesday’s opening series race at Harrock Hill, on his way home from work he ran the 5.3-mile, 900-ft ascent hill race in 41.39 for 47th place, 10th M40.

Nicola Unsworth ran the Blackpool Promenade 10-mile race last week in hot conditions to finish 23rd with 1.16.00, finishing fourth woman and second W45.

In the Fishwick 5-mile race on Bank Holiday Monday George Kennedy was the first finisher for the club in 21st place with a time of 40.28 on the hilly tail course along the Ribble.

He came in second M55. Graham Cunliffe was 30th and third M55 in 43.00 with Alan Taylor close behind with 43.07 in 31st position. Paul Carter was 47th in 50.00.

David Taylor ran 19.47 in the Lytham Hall Parkrun on Saturday for an age graded performance of 65.29%.

Phil Leaver clocked 23.33 for M60 69.29% and Dave Young 24.39 for M65 69.98%.

Debbie Bell posted a new personal best with 30.35 for a W40 50.68% and Julie Rooney 32.54 for W40 47.11%.

Steven Gore travelled to Liverpool’s Croxteth Park for a pace-making 34.46 while Emma Pass ran at Lancaster for 22.10 and 67.07%.