Guys 10 mile road race – Sunday 4th December 2016

Six Preston Harriers turned out on this brisk clear dry morning with little wind, so conditions for running were good. The race goes from Owd Nells past Myerscough College on the St Michaels road until the turn towards and through Inskip. Beyond Inskip it turns left up Woods Lane and then back onto the St Michaels road and back to Owd Nells. Rob Affleck, Jason Parker, Kevin Hunt, Chris Wales, Alan Appleby and Sue Wickham were the participating Harriers looking forward to the challenge as the runners lined up for the 10am start. Rob was up at the front from the off in his new Adidas Adizero Adios shoes. They certainly lived up to the name as Rob said adios to the rest of the field, coming home first in 54.11; only a young Joe Monk challenged and he was kept at bay by Rob’s experience.

Jason was next Harrier home coming 7th in 57.15, getting more used to the longer road runs and having support from mum Linda. Kevin was hoping for his first sub sixty minute ten miler. At Preston he had run 1.01.19; today he came 16th in 1.00.41, a quality run but not quite what he hoped for. Chris was 46th in 1.05.53 a little down on his last ten miler but he was pleased with his performance. Next came Alan, 83rd in 1.12.14; he was 1st M65 and was looking forward to trying the cheese which had been given to the finishing competitors. Sue was 262nd in 1.37.37; she chased and caught two Penny Lane ladies coming into Guys for the finish but was disappointed as she missed out on a pb by one second. Drat!!

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