Jodie is the pride of the north

Jodie Ferguson (Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Athletic Club)
Jodie Ferguson (Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Athletic Club)
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SALUTE Jodie Ferguson, the pride of the North.

The Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Athletic Club youngster produced a tremendous winning effort in the Junior Great North Run.

In front at the final turn, she held on to win the 4km event in 14 minutes, 54 seconds.

This was her first big victory on the international stage.

Jodie, 15, attends Lytham St Annes High School and is coached by Dave Titterington.

In the main event the following day, Dave Cairns was the pick of BWFAC runners, completing the half-marathon in 1.23.03 for 238th place overall out of the more than 35,000 taking part.

Luke Biggs finished in 1.43.11 for 3,765th and David Twizell completed his 10th consecutive Great North Run in 1.54.17.

At the North West Counties Road Relays in Sefton Park, Liverpool the club under-15 girls made a fine start to their season taking first place in Lancashire and second overall.

Alisha Johnson, Molly Betmead and Lucy Whalley made up the winning team.

It was an impressive club turnout with both the senior men and women also taking the Lancashire title and the under-17 men and under-13 girls taking bronze medals.

Caroline Betmead was fourth fastest overall in the women’s event and Bianca Pederson was second on her lap of the relay and 17th fastest overall.

Bev Wright anchored the team with the 23rd fastest lap of the day.

In the men’s event, BWFAC fielded four teams.

Stuart Robinson’s top form continued.

He recorded the eighth fastest leg of the day.

Luke Minns maintained the club’s placing in the first four after two legs with the eighth fastest leg and Steve Waterhouse anchored the team for an overall seventh place and the Lancashire championship.

In the Garstang Half-Marathon, Uber Cirelli scored a splendid top 10 finish in 1.25.14, while Peter Gibson’s season on the fells was reflected in a competitive 1.47.13 just ahead of Jeff Wright, 1.48.13.

Dave Heaton clocked 2.14.12.

Despite being some way short of her best, Bev Wright took the women’s V50 prize and seventh place in the women’s race in 1.35.22.