The arrival of Storm Dennis decimated another weekend of racing with both the Wrexham Half Marathon and the Bolton 5k called off. As such it was a relief to hear that the ever popular and always full to capacity Parbold Hill Race hosted by Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers was going ahead despite concerns that another amber warning might just kick in at the last minute. Leading the way for St Helens Tri was the ever reliable and always strong Mark Livingston, whose time of 48:29 landed him 9th overall, less than three minutes away from the podium, and a resounding winner in his age category by over a minute. Fresh from his excellent outing at Heaton Park last week, Kevin Dunbar cracked the top 40 overall in under 54 minutes and he placed third in the M40 group. After a while David Isaac held off Azzam Taktak to be next club member across the line, the pair separated by around 90 seconds and both beating the 80 minute mark. Rounding out the club’s entrants were Nick Hall, looking forward to the long distance triathlon season, Sarah Taktak returning to the wilds of West Lancashire on university recess with a time of 1:33:22, and Diane Taktak who can always be counted on to perform well at the classic multi terrain races.
Indeed Diane scored the best under the radar result the following week at the Winter Hill 10k hosted by Time2Run Events. On yet another wet and windy Sunday which was more like an early season open water event, she took on the newly reversed course in one of the most inhospitable settings for a winter race and won her age group in under 85 minutes to round off a month full of unexpected feelgood stories. This weekend’s big event is the 10th anniversary St Helens 10k while the juniors get their season underway at the Mersey Tri aquathlon staged at the Bebington Oval.