Ferguson is first V60 as she leads Burnden’s ladies home

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GROUP: Burndeners pose in front of the castle at the Lowther Fell Race
GROUP: Burndeners pose in front of the castle at the Lowther Fell Race

Burnden Road Runner Anne Ferguson was first V60 finisher at the 36th Lowther Fell half-marathon.

She was first Burnden lady home in a brilliant 2hrs 20mins 22secs as Lowther Castle provided a spectacular start and finish backdrop to the Off-Road Championship race.

Lowther is located three miles south of Penrith and the scenic route crosses Askham Fell and the Lowther Valley.

Crossing streams, navigating bulls and reaching ascents of 1,400 feet amid stunning scenery, 11 Burndeners finished the 13 miles in suitably impressive times.

Paul Duke was first flyer in a fantastic 1:51:56 and an impressive 11th overall position. Pete Hopley followed in 1:57:17 and second MV50 and Gareth Lowe finished in 2:12:26.

Other results: Lawrence McDonald 2:29:38, Ged Turner 2:32:26, Gwen Kinloch 2:33:44 (second FV60), Jason Attwood 2:43:36, Jane Forrest 2:48:44, Nia Bell 3:23:06, Tony Fulop 3:44:12.

Elsewhere, Patrick Filio headed to the coast for Fylde’s popular event - the Blackpool 10K Run the Lights.

Described as the ‘brightest night run ever’, the course is a simple run up and down a traffic-free promenade with the Golden Mile alight with the famous illuminations.

Despite the heat, Filio enjoyed a nice, steady-paced run – keeping his average splits the same which helped at the back end of the race. Filio finished in a very respectable 48:17.

Wonderful times were seen at Cannock Chase parkrun in Stafford where, in a field of 218, Tom Stratton finished in a super 20:17 and seventh overall position, while Katherine Baines crossed in a swift 22:56 – achieving third lady.

Greenfield Valley parkrun in Wales was the furthest travelled this week for Simon Marland, who finished in 23:59, and Sue Blackman, who crossed in 35:50.

Other results: Bramhall – Carolyn Edwards 31:19; Heaton – Gayle Gerrard 24:26, Mark Butler 34:11; Worsley Woods – Mark Jackson 24:27, Shirley Robinson 36:03, Jennifer Forkin 36:07; Witton – Liz Hopley 33:04; Morecambe Prom – Clair Marland 27:51; Peel – Lawrence McDonald 23:22; Bolton – Stephen Horsman 22:46, Gareth Lowe 24:07, Martin Cullen 24:13, Gareth Doherty 25:58, Chris Worthington 26:16, Adrian Ashburn 26:17, Kathryn Berry 29:34, Linda O’Byrne 30:11, Emma Walker 30:33, Philip Glassbrook 31:02, Richard Blake 31:42, Mark Turner 31:51, Paul Johnson 36:34, Ian Mann 37:44.