Shaun Livesey went over to contest the Preston 10 where he finished 10th out of the four hundred and thirteen finishers in a time of 57.13 and was also 3rd V40 on the day. Afterwards Shaun, being a little harsh on himself, spoke to the Club and said he “went there with high hopes and expectations hoping to post a low 56, however after 5 miles I started to have negative thoughts and totally stopped running. I was close to calling it a day but I started again and managed to keep my place. I need to be tougher come the ribble valley 10km”.
Joe Monk is in a rich vein of form, a product of very good and consistent training throughout the year. Recently he set a new PB for 10K ( 32.36) at the Leeds Abbey Dash, going under 33 minutes for the first time. The Chorley Race was run in not the best of conditions but Joe still managed to put in a very good performance, placing 3rd in a time of 33.15 and first Junior Man. Joe spoke to the Club commenting that he was “really pleased with the run, conditions were quite bad for about a mile of each lap with ice so I had to slow quite a bit to avoid any mishaps. Looking good for the Wesham 10k now”.
(Joe picking up another prize)
Tour of Pendle
They say that Fell Runners are tough, well to complete this years Tour of Pendle Race in the conditions required physical and mental toughness in spades. The Fell looked a little different on the day of the Race!
Among the three hundred and thirty finishers in the Race, won by Jack Wood in 2hr 39.30 and just ten seconds in front of second placed Karl Gray, were Blackburn Harriers – Craig Greenough and Ian Clarkson.
Craig came home in 186th position in a time of 3hr 44.44 with Ian in 284th spot (4hr 19.49). Ian told the Club after the Race that it was “just short of 17 miles and about 4800 ish feet of ascent of up hill and down dale with many a wide stream and brooks to cross!!The weather was pretty wild with snow, hail, clag, freezing strong winds coming from all directions and descents and ascents that were slushy and icy! With 340 fell runners lined up at the start, it was going to be interesting, those on a mission, those going for it, and us lot taking up the rear having a Grand Day Out, but we all faced the same brutal, mentally and physically challenging Tour that was to unwind in the next few hours!! Not just runners were out there on the day, their was the army of marshalls and officials to make it happen and man all the checkpoints to account for everyone. Many thanks and appreciation to all those involved. All in all, it was a classic and I’ll be there again next year”.
(Marshals and Officials – extraordinary volunteers and where would we be without them!!)