While the awards night captured most of the club’s attentions over the past few weeks, there was still plenty of races across the North West and, in one case, a little further afield to say the least as Lee Stinch, Lynette Houghton and Chris Dyson got the ball rolling at the Preston 10 miler and Conwy half marathon. The Preston 10 had the distinction of being the Northern 10 championship race for 2019 and while the frontrunners slogged it out for glory Lee enjoyed one of his best races of recent times as he recorded a time of 1:13:05 while Lynette came commendably close to breaking 90 minutes. Over in North Wales Chris rounded off a year where he has regularly gone where ex rugby players rarely go and given his all at a long distance event. The Conwy Half Marathon is one of the most popular “tough” 13.1’s in the UK and Chris beat the Great Orme to finish in 1 hour 52 minutes, a good time any day of the week but an excellent one in such torrid conditions.
The hardy trio of Kevin Dunbar plus Chris and Michael Forber kicked off the month of December with the Myerscough 10 just north of Preston. Both Michael and Kevin recorded top six age group finishes with Michael cracking the top 20 overall in an outstanding 1:03:26 around four and a half minutes ahead of his teammate while Chris made the top 200 with her time of 1:31:43, the trio heading home in as good spirits as they set off. However, Mark Glynn provided the story of the winter so far as he mastered the best kept secret of the European marathon calendar, in Valencia. This course has rapidly gained a following as a PB hunter’s paradise and has straights over two miles in length, perfect for powerful runners who like to stretch their legs. Mark has enjoyed a strong season of short to middle distance racing but here he was in the same element that has seen him overcome so many long distance challenges in the past and he showed he had lost none of his endurance as he put together a race plan and stuck with it. His reward was a phenomenal 2:59:17 which puts him in a very select group of club members to have broken the three hour mark and round off ab action packed fortnight where long distance was the order of the day on more occasions than one. The final part of the website catchup will follow tomorrow covering the Tatton Yule Yomp 10k and the Arrowe Park Cross Country.