THE Ultrafit St Annes 10-Mile race celebrated its 20th anniversary with a record entry of 374, including runners from as far afield as the USA, and perfect conditions.
Jointly organised by Wesham Road Runners and the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, the race incorporates the Fire Service Championship and the Northern Veterans Championship, besides raising money for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Starting on Clifton Drive North, the course proceeds to Lytham Windmill and back.
The race winner and Fire Service champion was Anthony Ford in an outstanding time of 51mins, 48secs.
Representing both Sale Harriers and Lancashire FRS, Anthony is based at Blackpool Fire Station and fittingly wore the number 999.
The 27-year-old international hopes to compete in next year’s London Olympics and is fresh from an excellent run in the Seville Marathon.
A close second was Steve Littler of Wesham Road Runners in an excellent 52.44 as he prepares for next month’s London Marathon.
The first lady was the impressive V45 Sue Samme of Lytham St Annes Road Runners in 63.06.
The first Fire Service lady was Caroline Jones, representing Cheshire FS and Spectrum Striders, 67.59.
The men’s team prize was won by the Preston Harriers quartet of Gary Pennington, Gethin Butler, Rob Affleck and David Watson.
Littler led Wesham into second spot, supported by Charlie Pass, Troy Watson and Karl Lee.
Blackpool Wyre & Fylde’s winning ladies’ team comprised Caroline Betmead, Gemma Unsworth and Andrea Smith, with Joanna Goorney, Emma Lund and Carmel Sullivan of Wesham second.