Large turnout battle the mud
Lytham runners turned out in force on Saturday for the second round of the Mid Lancs. Cross Country League, at Witton Park, Blackburn.
A number were making their debut and runners had to endure the two punishing hills, colloquially known as the Saucer and the Teaspoon, and contend with clinging mud as well, made worse by the overnight heavy rain.
Fortunately the sun was out and there was a huge turnout of 283 athletes for the 9.4 kilometre senior men’s race, won by Blackpool’s Luke Minns in a time of 35:46.
The Lytham A team fielded a strong group to finish in 19th place overall.
Thomas Howarth was first back, finishing 103rd in 45:49, followed by newcomer Ryan Wholey in 46:07 for 110th place.
Colin Laidlaw V50 ran well to come 121st in 46:58.
Andy Draper found it tough going in the heavy ground and finished down on his previous race in 133rd position in 47:31.
Tony Croft (V50) 141st in 47:58 and Graham Webster (V50)143rd in 48:01 made up the six-man team.
In the B team Willie Richmond was first home in 202nd (52:25) and Joe Shaw showed a big improvement on his last race to finish 207th in 52:38.
Other results: Colin Nelson 214th 53:19; Roy Upton (V40) 227th 54:44; Steve Quarmby (V40) 248th 58:17 Paul Mc Allister (V40) 262nd 1:01.05. Chris Butler (V60) was 279th in 1:11:25.
With Sue Samme missing on international duty, the Ladies A team dropped four places in 13th position with Melanie Köth 36th in a time of 27.20, Camilla Neill 47th in 28.07 and Linda Baxter 69th in 30.36.
The B team came in 19th overall; Liz Boon (74th in 31:08), Pamela Hardman (76th in 31:43) and Laura Ashworth (80th in 32:33).
Louise Charnock, a recent recruit from the club’s beginners, completed the course in 33:27, followed by Julia Rabes in 34:11 and newcomers Sian Aston (34:59) and Punita Aga (41:24). Dawn Lock completed the Lytham Ladies team in 48:03.
Lytham’s youngest competitor Ella Ross finished 27th in the girls 2k under 11 race.
In the girls under 15 race (2.8k) Kirsty Fraser ran half the course with only one shoe to come 22nd out of 45 runners in a time of 13:52. Also running was Nicole Hadlow who ran 14:11 for 27th place.
The under 13 boys race had two Lytham Juniors competing; Robbie Webb completed the 2.8k course in 12:52 to take 17th place out of 43 runners and Tom Holmes was 27th in 13:36 .
Alison Chapman ran the Anderton Arms 10k in Fulwood coming 48th in a field of 180 runners, her time was 48:23.
Sue Samme struck gold at the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International in Santry Park, Dublin on Saturday. In a competitive race Sue represented England in the Women Aged 45 to 49 category finishing in a time of 23:18 for the 4 lap 6k course and taking 14th place overall, 4th in her age category, and second counter for the England team, helping them to first place and picking up a team gold medal.