Winner Paul turns up heat

Blackpool 10k beach run. Pictured is winner Paul Singleton.
Blackpool 10k beach run. Pictured is winner Paul Singleton.
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COMPETING in the annual Blackpool Beach 10K may have felt more like running across the Sahara this year.

The popular race from the Solaris Centre to St Annes Pier and back was contested on the hottest day of the year, with temperatures topping 26 degrees.

Hundreds of sun-drenched souls braved the blistering temperatures in Blackpool yesterday to take part in the 10km beach run.

Hundreds of sun-drenched souls braved the blistering temperatures in Blackpool yesterday to take part in the 10km beach run.

Even so, 200 hardy runners braved the baking conditions to take part in a race won by Ambleside’s Paul Singleton in 35mins, 10secs.

Paul won by over a minute from namesake Paul Muller, the local veteran who was runner-up in 36.19.

Fellow veteran David Naughton, from Clayton-le-Moors, was third in 37.13.

The ladies’ race was won by Wilmslow veteran runner Diane McVey in 38.51, who was seventh overall and seven minutes clear of Sale Harriers’ Kimberley Wilson (45.57), with the unattached Anna Robson third (46.08).

The leading Fylde coast club runner was Joe Greenwood of Lytham Road Runners, fourth in 37.21.

Other top-ten finishers were M45 Garry Barnett of Wesham Road Runners (sixth, 38.30) and Garstang Running Club’s Richard Jones (seventh, 38.45).

The first Fylde club lady to finish was V65 Sylvia Gittins of Lytham RR in 57.10 (104th).

The organisers would like to thank Solaris for the use of their facilities.