Athletics: Club runners out in force on roads

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Lancaster and Morecambe Athletics Club runners have put in some strong performances on the roads.

More than 250 runners turned out for the popular Morecambe 10k last weekend and Lancaster runners were out in force.

The course mostly uses the promenade, giving the runners a flat and fast start and finish but there are a few undulations in the middle of the race when the course turns back through Heysham Village.

Phil Lowery was first back for Lancaster and Morecambe club, with a superb run earning him sixth place overall and first veteran 50 with a time of 36 minutes dead.

Chasing Phil back in seventh place was David Brown who was rewarded with a good time of 36.25 and in 14th position was Mark Leadbetter with a fine run of 38.19.

Lauren Gora was first female for the club and took second place overall with an excellent run of 43.07, finishing well up the field in 55th place.

Lauren was backed up by team mates Sarah Elliott running well in 46.33 and Carole Wilkinson with a good time of 51.52.

Other finishers were Luke Ham in 39.04, Calvin Routledge in 39.58, Mark Holgate in 40.41, Gareth Richardson in 40.45, Jon Sear in 41.14, Alex Grebenar in 42.18, Lee Calvert in 42.30, John Spooner in 43.06, Craig Menzies in 43.52, David Wilkinson in 44.35, William Cross in 45.10, Michael Roy in 46.50, David Dann in 49.54, Gill Hamilton in 52.03, Helena Lewis in 52.58, Anne Dareys in 54.10, Emily Stapleton in 54.58, Brendan Cronin in 57.02, Ashley Toms in 58.53, Michelle Whitton in 59.30, Linda Stapleton in 1h.02.32, Susan Hodgson in 1h.03.19 and Richard Stapleton in 1h.08.42.

At the Levens 10k first club runner was David Wilkinson who was 54th overall with a good time of 45.35, followed by Tony Jewitt in 46.11 and Michael Roy running 48.17.

Carole Wilkinson took first veteran 50 place with a strong effort of 51m.30.

At the Grasmere Gallop 17km trail race Carolyne Baxter had a fantastic run, storming round the beautiful but very tough course in 1h.15.57 to win the women’s race and finish sixth overall.

Lancaster also took the second women’s prize with Maria Snell having a strong run to finish in 1h.24.01 in 21st place overall.

In next was Chris McGuire running well in 1h.32.51 finishing 49th, followed by Mick Leck in 1h.35.57.

Zoe Hooton finished in 1h.44.10 with Steve Perry close behind in 1h.44.16.