Five-mile event is a fitting tribute

Blackpool, Wyre and Fyldes runners at the start of the Fairclough five-mile race last weekend
Blackpool, Wyre and Fyldes runners at the start of the Fairclough five-mile race last weekend
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Following the Green Drive Five, another five-mile event, the Fairclough five-mile race provided a challenge for Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde athletes.

Dedicated to the memory of Bob Fairclough, a local runner who was killed in a motorcycle accident, the event took place on a sunny autumn day.

It was won by Jeff Prest of Trafford AC in 26:46 with James Greenaway the first BWFAC athlete home in 29:24 fior seventh place.

James Unsworth was 13th in 30:31 and Nick Hume 31st in 34:08.

Bev Wright was 42nd and seventh lady in 35:17, which saw her win the Vet 50 prize.

Together with Michelle Tickle (47th, 36:38) and Andrea Smith (52nd, 37:54), they collected the ladies’ prize.

Alison Titterington, who had been first Vet 60 lady at the Green Drive Five, again won the Vet 60 prize in 75th with 41:17, while John Winters was first Vet 80 in 110th place with 49:41.

Other BWFAC runners taking part were: Karen Dunford (56th, 38:22); Alan Wilkinson (59th, 38:50); Simon Scarr (64th, 39:14); Jess Jackson (66th, 39:20); and Bob Massey (107th, 48:15).

The Biathle World Championships were held in Sarasota, Florida, USA, with competitors enduring two 1,600m runs and a 200m swim.

Amelia Beaman was fourth and first Briton in the juniors’ category, while Adam Weightman finished ninth in the senior men’s competition.

At the Standish 10K Trail race Peter Singleton was 59th in 47:57, John Reason 119th in 58:20, Peter Gibson 124th in 60:04, Alan Smart 126th in 61:33 and Bernard Singleton 127th in 61:33.

With Luke Minns and Rob Danson of Wesham Road Runners having won the Green Drive Five and the Palma de Mallorca Half Marathon respectively, they met for a training run, which included the Lytham Hall parkrun.

Both ran together, and despite not being in full race mode, they posted 16:41 and 16:42 in the first two places.

Andy Woodward was third in 17:35 and 14-year-old Danielle Whipp the first woman in 19th place with 20:18.

Derek Crane was 65th in 24:12, Michelle Tickle 69th in 24:21 and David Heaton 21st in 33:25.

Three runners from Bob Massey’s beginners group – Paula Whipp (152nd, 28:45), Grahame Whipp (153rd, 28:48) and Hayley McMahon (225th, 36:57) – posted course PBs.