Race Reports: Garstang 10km Road Race & Chernobyl 10km, Lancashire, UK

Lancaster & Morecambe AC give us the latest from races in the North West of England:

Last weekend saw a small number of athletes from Lancaster & Morecambe AC take part in the Chernobyl 10km road race in Preston. Conditions were tough; the route was slippy underfoot in parts and there was a strong wind, but despite this the hardy runners put in some good performances.

First back for the club was John Carr in his first 10k race for over a year. John finished first veteran 50 and 13th overall out of 476 runners, with an excellent effort of 38m.33. In next was Steve Perry, running well in 44m.03 and Steve was followed by Bill Gardner with a strong run of 44m.57. Emily Stapleton was first female for the club in 57m.44, followed by Helen McGregor dipping under the hour mark in 59m.33. Husband and wife Richard and Linda Stapleton finished 13 seconds apart, with Richard running 1h.02.18 to pip Linda to the finish, with Linda running 1h.02.31.

Earlier in January saw a large group of local athletes take part in the popular Garstang 10km road race. First back for Lancaster & Morecambe was Beau Smith, with a great run of 35m.19 placing him seventh overall of 462 finishers. Beau was followed by teammates Sean Davis with a good time of 41m.44 and Andrew Whitton running strongly in 42m.55.

First female for the club was Louise Goddard, with a fantastic effort of 42m.51 to take first veteran 45 prize. In next was Tracey Bruce in a fine time of 47m.36 and close behind the ever consistent Carole Wilkinson in 47m.59.

Other finishers: Andrew Haley 43m.58, Steve Perry 43m.58, Harry Blenkinship 44m.12, David Wilkinson 45m.20, Geoff Gordon 50m.39, John Spooner 51m.58, Emily Stapleton 52m.31, Melanie Proud 55m.42, Nigel Hodgson 56m.06, Helen McGregor 1h.01.22, Linda Stapleton 1h.01.53 and Karen Davis 1h.04.42.

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