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Sunday, 20 March 2016

Gin Pit Half by CB

Captains Log

A fantastic 28 A&T members turned up for the 3rd Road race of the season. 
There were some very nervous faces amongst some of ladies before the start with some doing their first every half marathon.  Once cars were dropped at the finish line Captain Marvel gave   lifts to Ginpit - Kerry was sat in my car looking like she was heading to the torture chamber, or maybe it was my driving. Rebecca was concerned about running across the east lancs after being misinformed by Phil.  

The God's were very kind to us with glorious morning sunshine. Everyone gathered  to cheer the marathon start, then it was time for us to  gather at the start line for a pre-race briefing by Chris Whittaker.  Followed by some poignant words from Chris following the sad news of Tony Foster's death, a minutes silence was held in a true sporting manner.

Chris set the runners on their way, starting off with some good hearty gin pit trails.  

This course is probably my favourite of all the races i've done, it's well organised (Thanks for Malc & Yuk-Lam) and great that it is so local to us. There was plenty of support on route which was great to see from the Unsworth family, Emma Higgins and co at the water station, Terry Gardiner with his trusty camera and Cath and Rachel at the finish line.  

A special mention for Graham's wife and daughter who were the official time keepers and medal presenters today.

First male back for A&T was Tim and first female back was Jackie. 

Finally it was great to see some of the beginners/intermediate  group complete their  first half marathon under the expert guidance of Jon Hall 

A&T members results

Male

1. Tim Campbell       1:22.04
2. Dave Sloan           1:24.08
3. Steve Coleman     1:29.29
4. Neil Hughes          1:29.44 
5. Gary Stevens        1:29.51
6. Mark Collins          1:32.00
7. Matthew Thorpe     1:33.39
8. Brendan Loughrey   1:36.05
9. Chris Bennett           1:44.16
10. Graham Townshend  1:47.29
11. Paul Basnett         1:49.47
12. Ian Hamilton         1:59.59
13. Kieran Lomas      2:04.02
14. Rob Foster          2:05.57 
15. Daniel Hurst        2:06.40         
16. Jon Hall               2:19.35

Female

1. Jackie Price        1:36.10
2. Susan Fletcher    1:38.02
3. Josie Maley         1:45.17
4. Claire Matchwick  1:47.43
5. Louise Simpson    1:49.18
6. Nicola Scott          2:02.23
7. Rebecca Clark      2:03.22
8. Kerry Lomas         2:05.35
9. Clare Unsworth    2:06.43
10. Tracy Loughrey    2:07.24
11. Joanne Gibson   2:13.52   
12. Lynn Boylin          2:19.33

Thanks

CB

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