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The Delamere Forest Half Mararthon is a beautiful and shady spot within Cheshire and it was to here that two of our members travelled this week.

The trail challenge, which comprises one lap starting and finishing at Delamere Forest visitor centre, takes runners deep into the forest, around the Blakemere Moss, along the Sandstone Trail, and up Old Pale Hill.

Melissa Husbands, who claimed her Half PB in 2:22:11 described the race as ‘tough, a muddy but a goodie!’. Verity Harrison, always super swift, was home in a speedy 2:02:03.


‘It’s Grim Up North Running’ offer a fairy tale selection of races and events and one was just right for super Marland couple this week.

The Swinsty and Fewston Half Marathon Trail race takes competitors around the two reservoirs of Swinsty and Fewston in the Yorkshire Dales. The Marlands were home in a whisker with Simon clocking 1:42:55 – finishing 7th – and Sue crossed in 2:42:20.


The stars and stripes were home for Gillian McGowan this week and she squeezed in a run while on holiday in California.

The San Diego Silver Strand is a choice of a half, 10 mile, 12K or 5K distance running from Coronado Sunset Park along the Silver Strand Highway 75 to Silver Strand State Beach. Gillian chose the 12K distance awas overjoyed to finish 2nd in her age group, with a time of 1:30:16, and made the following comments about her fantastic race experience,

“Running along the highway there was the Pacific Ocean on the right side and San Diego Bay on the left. It was just amazing!”


Armistice Day is marked in the race calendar with a variety of runs and beautiful Lytham beckoned six members to the Windmill 10K for Remembrance Day. One of a series of races centred around the eye-catching Windmill, this is a very flat course that is deceptively tough in the November wind. The race started with a two-minute’s silence and then a super 5K run out to Avenham Lake followed by a biting return.

First home was Lyall Mew in 40:17 with Andy Dunleavy seconds later in 40:21. Simon Entwistle took 50:37 followed by Luke Newell in 57:14. Jennifer Entwistle and Cheryl Dunleavy finished together in almost identical times of 1:13:30 and 1:13:31 respectively.


Here are the results from this week with a special mention for Lyall Mew and Michael Kermode as they made the impossible look easy with a sub-19 for Lyall and a sub-20s for Michael at their Alexandra parkruns last week. Michael even managed an unofficial 5K parkrun in Prague - finishing in 22:54.

Special shoutouts also this week to Suleman Badat who was first overall at Bolton in 20:10, and Tom Stratton and Katherine Baines at Millennium Country parkrun, Forest of Marston Vale. Tom took a sub-20 with 19:37 and Katherine was first female in 23:01.

Bolton – Suleman Badat - 20:10, Ian Pudge – 22:28, Stephen Horsman – 23:16, Lawrence McDonald – 23:56, David Smith – 24:11, Mark Cannon – 26:17, Richard Blake – 28:56, Gillian Morris – 29:06, Kathryn Berry – 29:22, Simon Irving – 30:45, Philip Glassbrook – 31:12, Nicola Halsall – 32:06, Linda Doherty – 32:10, Gareth Doherty – 32:11, Jocelyn Chadderton – 34:25, Louise Righini – 34:51, Jenni Partington – 35:56, Gareth Lowe – 35:57, Ian Mann – 38:08, Gemma Chapman – 45:05, Luke Newell – 1:01:22.

Heaton Park – Adrian Ashburn – 21:54, Chris Greenall – 27:29, Carol Richardson – 30:49, Sarah Brown – 31:16, Martin Fielding – 31:27, Joanna Warburton – 31:27, Michelle Livesey – 35:34.

Waterworks parkrun, Belfast – Teresa Riley – 27:18

Dewsbury – Simon Marland – 24:36, Sue Marland – 34:24

Haigh Woodland – Colm O’Brien – 24:04, Jane Forrest – 26:54, Kathryn Baron – 27:43

Stretford – Steven Bate – 27:47

Monsal Trail – Nia Bell – 29:35

Northwich – Simon Entwistle – 24:40, Jennifer Entwistle – 32:36

Millhouses – Paul Johnson – 27:39

Peel – Mark Jackson – 22:02

Worden – Anthony Fulop – 32:56

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