There was a real carnival atmosphere for the seventh running of the St Annes Carnival 5K and Fun Run, with a record entry running in glorious sunshine.
The 157 finishers were led in by Eric Crowther from Salford Harriers in 16mins, 25secs, a record time for the revised course.
Trafford AC’s Michael Hunt finished second, seven seconds behind, while Blackpool Wyre & Fylde AC’s Malcolm Eadie was third and Katie Trickett of Blackburn Harriers won the women’s race and was 29th overall in 19.55.
Second woman was host club Lytham St Annes Road Runners’ Emily Hargreaves, now based in Austria, in 19.59 (32nd). Vet 50 Bev Wright of BWF was third in 20.25.
Younger runners were well represented, with U17 Jordan Hull of Border Harriers furthering his triathlon training with an impressive 17.14 to take the age group prize.
First U15 was Trafford AC’s Jake Lonsdale in an excellent 17.19, while Alice Pier ran 22.40 in the same age group.
Local runners took five of the men’s vet prizes and three of the women’s. Lytham’s Peter Cruse was first V50 in 18.49 and Graham Webster the leading V60 in 19.36, with Pam Binns first V65.
BWF winners were Steve Waterhouse (V40, 17.29), Alison Titterinton (V55, 23.41), John Bradley (V70, 25.27) and John Winter (V75, 26.45). Wesham RR and Thornton Cleveley RC had one winner each: first V45 Diane Blagden and first V35 Jenny Clark.
The Fun Run of around a mile preceded the main race and attracted over 100 enthusiastic young runners.Last year’s third-placed finisher Ben Preddy of BWF moved up to second in 5.23 but was beaten by club-mate George Robinson in 5.21. Eight-year-old Simon Holt was fourth (5.56) and Hannah Eadie was first girl (6.17), following in dad Malcolm’s footsteps.