Two weekends of Parkruns and the latest Appley Bridge duathlon hosted by the Endurance Store rounded off January nicely for St Helens Tri ahead of a busy opening to February. On January 20th we had Oliver and Charlie Murphy plus Jill O’Connor at Edge Hill where Oliver just about got the better of his brother by less than twenty seconds and Jill recorded a 27:21 just outside the top 100. At Victoria Park in St Helens it was another close run thing as Kevin Dudley came home ahead of Mike Gregory by 18 seconds, the pair separated by twelve places in a very close field. As has often been the case, Tony Waine was the one to buck the trend and decided to visit the slippery temple of speed known as the Widnes Parkrun where any frustration at missing out on a sub-23 time was forgotten when he realised he had won his age group on his first trip to this little known but fast and flowing course just north of the Runcorn bridges.
Tony’s travels took him to Highbury Fields the following week where he just missed the top 100 but got within half a minute of his time from Widnes. On the local circuit we had Paul Austin leading home the dynamic duo from the week before in St Helens as he also recorded a new course PB into the bargain. With no-one opting for the Edge Hill course the remaining results came from Matt and Emma Shillabeer in Warrington, Matt recording a PB once again and coming close to breaking the 21 minute mark while Emma came close to achieving a PB of her own. The weekend wasn’t over just yet as Louise Hogg finished in the top 30 overall and sixth lady home at the latest round of the Endurance Store Winter Duathlon races. Their series continues in mid-February but the St Helens Tri members only duathlon is the main event for next weekend provided the predicted snowstorm misses the local area, while the final round of the Manchester cross country league and the cub awards night take place the following Saturday.