Lauren’s Inter feat

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The third Inter Club race of the season was held on a revised two-lap scenic course within Avenham Park in Preston. Although only four miles in length, a stiff climb had to be negotiated twice on a wet and muggy evening.

Host club Preston Harriers had a strong squad and won every category. However despite a much weakened BWFAC squad, Jim Unsworth led (ninth, 23.18) the team to third place in the Open Category.The rest of the team were John Wright (14th, 24.03), Perry Mann (19th, 24.35), Chris Lloyd (26th, 25.02), Ian Dawson (33rd, 25.36), Lauren Gowland (38th, 25.54), Trevor Uttley (54th, 26.32), Sarah Wetherill (68th, 27.23), Bev Wright (69th, 27.26) and Dave Skinner (85th 28.43).

The best BWFAC result was posted by the ladies’ squad. Lauren Gowland (second lady and and first junior lady) led the team to second place. Sarah Wetherill is in great form and was seventh lady. The rest of the team were Carly Morgan, Stasia Bligh and captain Laura Lawler.

Both the Vets and Vet 50 teams were in disappointing fifth positions, but the Vet 60 team of Reg Smallbone, Steve Minto and Alan Wilkinson finished second.

At the 49th Freckleton Half-Marathon, won by Ben Fish of Blackburn Harriers, many found the sweltering conditions tough. Laura Lawler was the first BWFAC runner across the line in 1.46.29. Karen Dunford finished 268th in 1.50.17 and was second lady in the Civil Service Championships (first in the North West), incorporated in the race.

John Bradley (329th, 1.57.55) and John Winters (400th, 2.01.13) won the Vet 70 and Vet 75 respectively. Other BWFAC members were Chris Bligh (329th, 1.55.36), Jeff Wright (367th 1.58.50), Dave Randall (368th 1.59.04) and Dave Heaton (602nd 2.29.43).

Tony Croft took on the challenge of the White Bear Way 10 mile undulating trail race, which starts and finishes in Adlington via Blackrod and Rivington. Tony completed the scenic route in 1.38.00.

Tanya Barlow competed in the European Veterans’ Non-Stadia Championships at Upice in the Czech Republic. Tanya defied the pain from what was later discovered to be a stress fracture to finish bravely in 1.51.56.

There were excellent performances from a reduced squad at the third Mid Lancs League meeting at the Salt Ayre track in Lancaster. Nick Aziz won both the U15 long jump (5.17m) and high jump (1.73m), both personal bests. Team-mate Luke Halstead was second in the high jump with 1.70m. Also in the U15B, Lawrence Omorere continued his good form from the Lancashire Schools by equalling his personal best 11.7 to win the 100m. Louis Walker was second in javelin with 33.56m.

In the dwarf category, Jack Wilding threw PBs of 3.86m in the shot and 8.85m in the discus. Ben Holmes threw 4.01m in the shot and 10.94m in the discus.

There was a close finish in the U13 800m as Jake Brown (2.34.2) edged out Will Holmes, who improved his PB by nearly seven seconds to 2.34.2. Ben Preddy also had a PB of 2.36.3 and Eddie Peill was ninth (2.45.8). Will won the long jump with 4.08m. Innes Kent won the javelin with another best of 35.39m.

Jessica Aziz (U13G) was first in the 200m (28.4 PB) and second in the 100m (13.5). Ash Colvin (U15G) was second in the 200m (27.1) as were Fiona Hockey (U17W) in a PB 27.6, Annie Bradshaw in the 800m (2.24.3) and Taegan O’Hara (U20W) in both the 100m (13.6) and triple jump (9.45m).

At the England Under 20/23 Championships, Katy Wyper ran 12.46 in the 100m heats and Chloe Needham was 11th in the U20 hammer with 37.76m.