We missed Turbo Tim but since it was his birthday we will forgive him for not racing but save birthday bumps for the next race!! We welcomed a few new names to their first official road race including, Stacey Lowe, Matthew Thorpe, Phil Riley, Steven Eccles and Ian Ryder - great to have you all racing with us, hope you all enjoyed it. It was equally lovely to see Ian Newcombe, Shaun and Suzanne racing again after recent injury not to mention club mates who made the journey over to support runners - big thanks to Cath Hodgetts, Mikey G and Jane and Scholesy who cycled over to cheer us on - I know it gives me a lift hearing the shouts of encouragement during the race, I'm sure its the same for everyone so thank you all x
At 7.30pm a total of 291 runners congregated on the start line looking forward to this unforgiving but picturesque route for two laps of a course that took us through undulating woodland paths onto a fast downhill road section leading directly to the thigh burning steep uphill climb of Nickleton Brow to test even the most seasoned runner. The proceeding flat and then downhill of Horobin Road gave us an opportunity to recover slightly before doing it all again on for a 2nd loop!
First over the line for A&T was Tom Fletcher in a time of 29.32, followed closely by Simon Ford 30.23 and then Ian Joslin 32.00 making our top 3, well done guys.
For the ladies it was Josie Maley who came home first in 32.59 earning her 3rd lady overall, well done Josie. 2nd A&T lady was Jackie in 34.56 earning her a prize for 6th lady overall, and our 3rd lady was Lin Whittaker in 35.49 - well done girls, good running.
Some great times were recorded on the official results and I want to give a special mention to the following athletes who improved on their 2014 times (shown in brackets), not easy to do on such a tough course - Paul Basnett 38.16 (40.02), Louise Simpson 38.32 (39.39) and Ian Hamilton (42.23). I would think a few PBs were achieved for runners who haven't done this course for a while (or at all) but for me the outstanding performance of the evening and winner of the run of the day prize was Bev Tickle who ran a consistently strong race pace throughout coming in at 44.05 which, compared to her most recent tough 5 mile race (Trotters), was some 8 minutes faster - well done Bev, you did great!
So after the race Neil Hodgson proceeded to deal from the back of his van...
Hoodies all round - we are officially the best dressed/best looking club in CLGP!
The modelling of kit and club PR was then continued in a local hostelry.. its a tough job but a few were up for it - well done team!
So all in all another great club night - thanks to everyone!
The club latest standings are now completed and have been sent to James to publish on the web, please let me know if I've missed anything.
Keep up all the great training over the next few weeks everyone, the next club race is Chorley 4.4 on August 5th, I look forward to seeing another great turn out - in hoodies!