Saturday, 7th October 2017
All six legs were over 5.88km in what is a tough undulating course with a stiff first uphill mile. With possibly the strongest team assembled for many a year, coordinator Dave Shaw was looking for a good showing in the hotly contested competition. Tom Lancashire, returning from holiday, took the first leg spot and, despite his lack of race fitness showing, came in 20th place to set the team up well. Jonny Kay had a good run to maintain the position before Karl Darcy’s 18.34 launched Tony Valentine in 21st position. Tommy Harrison then stretched the legs that carried him to the CLGP series’ individual title, with John Knowles showing his usual reliability to dig deep and hold on to the Top 30 spot.
The Blue Vests finished 30th of the 83 teams – a 20 place improvement from last year and significantly, seventh of all the Northern teams from the qualifiers a fortnight ago. Superb!
Elsewhere, Simon Dally snaffled a silver medal of the 269 finishers in the West Coast Half Marathon at Lytham St Annes, clocking 78:39 despite being sent the wrong way again by marshals, adding a minute to his time!