Storming finishes as endurance racers brave elements

Fleetwood 10 mile road race starting from the Fleetwood YMCA. Winner Stewart MacDonald, centre, (Bingley Harriers) with runner-up Ian Jackson , left, (Salford Harriers) and third placed Paul Carroll (Clydesdale Harriers).

Fleetwood 10 mile road race starting from the Fleetwood YMCA. Winner Stewart MacDonald, centre, (Bingley Harriers) with runner-up Ian Jackson , left, (Salford Harriers) and third placed Paul Carroll (Clydesdale Harriers).

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Extreme weather conditions deterred many from turning up for the Fleetwood Ten-Mile Race on Sunday but over 150 braved the fierce winds and heavy rain.

A good race developed, with former England International Bingley runner Stuart McDonald, Salford’s Ian Jackson and Clydesdale Glasgow’s Paul Carroll setting a good pace.

On the second of two laps, McDonald broke clear of his pursuers to break the tape in an excellent 57mins, 51secs. Jackson (58.29) just held of Carroll for the runner up spot.

Red Rose Runner Claire Bunce took the ladies’ prize and was 16th overall in 68.42.

Garstang Running Club’s Andrew Muse led the local challenge (fourth, 60.37), while the leading Fylde coast club runners were Lytham St Annes Road Runners’ Joe Greenwood (ninth, 63.59), Blackpool Wyre and Fylde’s Uber Cirelli (tenth, 64.16) and Wesham Road Runners’ Gary De Banke (14th and second V50, 67.04).

Organisers wish to thank Remote Medical Services, Fleetwood YMCA leisure centre for their support, and a special thanks to Wesham Road Runners and St Theresa’s FC for stewarding the course.

The next Fylde Coast Running event will be the Blackpool Beach 10K from the South Promenade’s Solaris Centre on May 27.

n THREE hundred athletes contested the third Ribby Hall triathlon.

The event comprised a 400m swim in Ribby Hall pool, immediately followed by an 11-mile bike through Wrea Green, Lytham and Moss Side, and a 5km run around the grounds of Ribby Hall. Both men’s and women’s events were won by GB internationals – Chris Joyce in a combined time of 49mins, 47secs, and Nicola Rowley in 57.54.

Despite difficult conditions, entries were 50 per cent up on last year and organiser Tim Armit said: “Most racers were trying the sport for the first time and the nerves were obvious, but everyone had a fantastic time. It’s the first time a winner has gone under 50 minutes and the quality of athletes was inspirational.”

Tim’s next event is the St Annes Triathlon on May 20. Entrants can sign up at www.ukresults.net