VET-50 Jenny Yates has qualified to represent England in her age group in the Masters Home International Marathon next year.
The event will be incorporated in the Yorkshire Marathon in October and she received the news from England Athletics after her success in the Chester Marathon when she ran 3hrs 36mins 26secs, her personal best time by seven minutes coming 5th England vet-50. It was despite fierce competition as the masters championship was hosted by Chester in the October event.
She had a bad start to the year recovering from a serious dog bite but added: I am feeling very proud.” She is now training for the Manchester Marathon in April. On Sunday she was first home for the club, 67th overall, and first-vet 50 in the Windmill Remembrance 10k in 43mins 49secs.
Two minutes silence was observed before the 10k on the fast flat course on the coastal front at Lytham St Annes. Dave Rushton was 112th in 45mins 43secs:Caroline Malone had a pb in 52mins 34secs: Sarah Rushton 59mins 23secs: Lucy Tetler 59mins 44secs: Natalie Hitchen 1hr 02mins 24secs: Sharon Peterkin 1hr 02mins 24secs: Iain Harris 1hr 02mins 35secs: Wayne Holden 1hr 03mins 20secs: Lucy Dewhurst 1hr 05mins 02secs: Lisa Donnelly getting back into her racing, 1hr 07mins 42secs: Christine Berry 1hr 07mins 58secs and Sarah Oxley recovering from an op, 1hr 18mins 58secs.
Two took part the day before in the 11 mile plus Howler Remembrance Run on tough West Pennine terrain starting from Hoddlesden, Darwen. Bradley Simpson clocked 2hrs 8mins 30secs and was seventh finisher and Andy Wheeler, celebrating his 63rd birthday, ran 4hrs 10mins. Two minutes silence was held before the start.
Chris Whittaker had the “perfect race” in the Cheshire 10k on Saturday when he clocked a fine 36mins 59secs on the twisty flattish but fast course at Arley Hall. He knocked 45 seconds off his previous best time and was pleased to go sub 37 minutes.
Donna Cartwright had a 14th place and was second vet-40 in the women’s race at the Red Rose Cross Country League event at Leverhulme Park, and Neal Emmerson a 21st place in the men’s event.
The women were 10th team with Amanda Callan 59th and Paula Abernethy 61st. Also running were Caroline Mullineaux, Lisa Carter, Victoria Glossop and Sharon Peterkin. Among the men who had 13th team place Ian Warrington was 61st and Chris Paxton 76th. Also running were John Wrigley, Lee Turner, Ken Smith, Mark Wolfenden and Mark Newall. Juniors running were Fleur Carter, Niamh Warr and Harry Andrew.
In the popular 5k parkruns Sheila Jones ran 23mins 15secs at Heaton Park, junior Ben Darbyshire had a pb with 26mins 10secs: Bev Quinton ran 32mins 23secs and Amanda Darbyshire 36mins 36secs. At Bolton Elaine Bailey clocked 30mins 10secs and Lucy Dewhurst and Sarah Oxley, taking it steady after Sarah’s op, walked 1hr 10mins 09secs and 1hr 10mins 11secs.