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April Captains’ Report

This report is based on results reported on the Forum.

There have been some fantastic performances during the month of April. Weather has been great for racing – mostly dry and not too windy – and everyone has responded.

Women's achievements

The first weekend of the month was busy; the club was represented by Sarah Jackson at Pendle Fell Race, eight women at Halewood including second-placed woman Jo Harrison. This race also saw a number of runners returning to racing after a while off! Kathryn Bradley ran her first marathon at Manchester with an impressive time of 3:17:54; Hayley Fairclough was our second woman home on 3:32:23. Kathryn Phillips also got a PB, and Becky Varnouse completed the PLS Women’s field.

Lenka Vidamour, Sarah Jackson and Alice Spooner all completed 17 very hilly miles at Llangollen.

Women have also represented the club at Brighton Marathon (Annmarie Riley), Salford 10k (Annmarie again) and Chester Spring 5m, where Becky Chittick’s time of 37:23 earned her a PB.

The Hale 5m on Easter Sunday saw a huge number of PBs – well done to all who took part in another fantastic race:

Joanne Harrison 00:34:24 (PB)
Lisa Crosby 00:34:54

Jessie McNally 00:34:50 (PB)

Annmarie Riley 00:38:29

Kam Dosanjh 00:39:03 (PB)

Diane Hennigan 00:40:54

Jane Nicholson 00:43:11

Karen Culshaw 00:45:33 (PB)

Claire Meadows 00:45:51

Tilly Brown 00:46:06 (PB)

Joanne Sutherland 00:46:55

Jackie Anderson00:47:23

Christine Grant 00:48:38

Nicola Williams 00:49:20 (PB)

Jessica Cavanagh 00:52:22

Lisa Mitchell 00:54:14 (PB)

Jodie Hazeldine 00:56:42

Jane Cunningham 00:56:42 (PB)

Julie Inge 00:56:49 (PB)

Inma Ruiz 00:59:06

Val Anderton 01:06:59

The final races of the month saw Sam Bentall take on the Seaside 5k and Hayley Fairclough and Kathryn Bradley run the mid-Cheshire 5k.

Men's achievements

Sean Jones has achieved a qualifying half marathon time to represent England in the V35 category. He had to run a sub 1:17:30 and smashed the time by running 1:15:00 and finishing in the top 3.

Neal Butterworth has achieved a new 5k, 10k and half marathon PB over the past few weeks.

Darren Steward set a new club record by 1 second recording a time of 15:28 at the Cheshire 5k. At the same race Neil Hennigan was the first V45 Strider ever to break 17 minutes with a time of 16:54.

The following results were all PBs or top 3 finishes achieved over the month.

Manchester Marathon

Luke Harrison 2:53:34 PB

Phil Macklin 3:11:59 PB

David Lynan 3:17:37 PB

Andrew Biddle 3:18:41 PB

David Johnson 3:43:15 PB

Tatton Park 10K

Neal Butterworth 47:11 PB

Calderdale Hike - 37.5 miles

Lawrence Eccles 6:08 finished 2nd

Cheshire 5k

Darren Stuart 15:28 PB

Neil Hennigan 16:54 PB

David Johnson 19:00 PB

Richard Costain 19:10 PB

Hale 5 miler

Neal Butterworth 37:02 PB

Les Edwards 42:48 PB

Gavin Melia 31:48 PB

Croxteth Hall parkrun 23/4

Martin Swensson 17:23 finished 1st

Queen’s parkrun, Glasgow 23/4

Ross White 19:22 finished 2nd

Princes parkrun 30/4

Stephen Watkin 16:51 finished 1st

Chester Spring 5 miler

Sean Jones 27:05 PB