Sun 2 Sept 2018
Fourteen Harriers turned out for the final half marathon of the club’s road championships series, the well organised and challenging Garstang half. Andy Whaley was first in, coming 5th in the race overall in a time of 1:27:01. This was the first time Andy has finished first Harrier, a result which sees him move up to second in the male open category and clinch the vet-40 title. Next in were Peter Cowling (1:38:10) and Kenneth Beazley (1:38:39) finishing within twenty seconds of each other and both within the top 20 of race with Ken finishing first male vet-60. Peter moves up to second in our vet-50 champs.
Jade Bebbington (1:58:54) was first female Harrier home, putting herself in an excellent position in the women’s open category and if she runs the Kirkby Milers Safari 10 miler she could be in with a chance of the women’s title. Vicki Sherrington (2:07:08) and Julie Tyrer (2:10:48) were next in and the two ladies are now tied at top of the vet-40 category on 360 points each.
Other Harriers who ran were Alan Appleby (1:45:13), Darren Kinder (1:48:04), Ian Palfrey (1:50:01), Stephen Mort (1:50:29) who now sits second in the male vet-40 table two points ahead of Kenneth Gawne (snr), Phil Davies (1:53:11), Ian Bebbington (1:59:13), Olga Wiggins (2:13:10) and finally Sue Wickham (2:19:49) who is currently top of the female vet-50 category table, four points ahead of Angela Tranter.
Going into the final three races Karl Hodgson can no longer be caught at the top of men’s open category and becomes the fifth different winner in as many years. In the women’s open category, just two points now separate Vicki Sherrington, Dorothy Parkes and Julie Tyrer at the top of the table.