Medal haul at championships

Hannah Newell and Fiona Hockey of Blackpool Wyre and Fylde with their medals at the Northern Championships

Hannah Newell and Fiona Hockey of Blackpool Wyre and Fylde with their medals at the Northern Championships

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The Inter-Club Grand Prix in Chorley was run in unsettled weather but there were outstanding performances by Lytham St Annes Road Runners competitors.

The club put in a good performance in the women’s and vet 60s but struggled to fifth in the vets’ and vet 50s and was pushed into sixth in the open by stronger teams from Chorley and Red Rose.

Preston’s Robert Affleck was in fine form, winning in 25mins, 29secs, and leading in a solid Preston contingent in second, third, fifth and seventh places.

LSARRC’s third-placed ladies’ team consisted of Mel Koth, Debbie Cooper, Julia Rolfe, Bec Willetts and Fiona Geldard. 

Koth, 75th overall, led the team in and put in a good performance in 34.28. She was eighth in the women’s competition, her highest 
Inter-Club placing of the season.

Debbie Cooper finished 22nd woman in 38.23 and made the Open team for the first time.

Julia Rolfe finished in 39.39, Bec Willetts 42.22 and Fiona Geldard, 45.02.

The other success was provided by the vet 60s. Graham Webster added another first in 31.35 for 41st place overall.

He was backed up by Roy Stevens, 10th v60 in 37.04, and Pam Binns who didn’t let a weekend Half -marathon deter her from finishing 19th in 46.31.

Leading LSARRC in were Joe Greenwood and Thomas Howarth. Greenwood finished his first Chorley Inter-Club 18th in 29.03, with Howarth just six places back in 29.50.

Mark Willett, the club’s third counter, was a strong 38th in 31.15. Oliver Hirsh recorded his best team placing to date, fifth and 49th overall in 32.15.

Kevin Ashworth completed the team, having run his first marathon at the Isle of Man only three days earlier, and was 58th in 32.57.

Terry Hellings was 76th in 34.28, Bill Lock 144th, 46.58; Andy Sneddon 151st, 51.13; and Dawn Lock 154th, 53.41.

Sue Godfrey put in a fine run after a long break from competition in the Birchwood 10k at Warrington, finishing 703rd and a minute inside her target 66mins, running in memory of her nephew. Sue received a bunch of flowers, as did all the lady finishers.

Julia Rolfe and James Whitworth ran the Catforth 5k. Rolfe was first v50 in 24.20 and Whitworth second V65 in 27.10.