Saturday, 29 May 2010


 A very busy May Bank Holiday racing weekend kicked off on Friday night over in Lancashire with the Complete Runner sponsored Colne10K.   A small field, mainly club affiliated, were blessed with bright sunshine, cloudless skies for the undulating 2 lap course, cooled by a fresh north westerly breeze which had spectators reaching for another layer.
  Race winner ALAN BUCKLEY,  of Leeds City,
seen here already well clear approaching the end of the first lap, had a confidence boosting run after his London marathon disappointment.   Marc Hartley, formerly of Burnley but now running in the colours of Staffs Moorlands A.C. was second.

   SARAH RIDEHALGH of Accrington Road Runners,   in yellow vest to the right here,
was unchallenged after the initial couple of miles with plenty of male company to ensure that she still remained competitive.   She added this win to the Lancashire County track 5k win in 18:22 at Blackpool as well as the county cross country title in the winter.
Truly a versatile lady who looks set to be challenging for veteran awards from October 2010.   
   Second place  in the ladies went to AMY GREEN, Keighley,  past winner in 2004, 2007 and 2009 and Pendle Grand Prix winner on several occasions of which this Colne 10K is a part.

  Pat and I were on hand setting up the company start and finish banners and giving out the race prizes afterwards.  This shot shows Alan and Sarah proudly wearing their Burnley Lions 10K t-shirts firmly held down by my good self so they don't run away before having the photo taken!
  I have run this one before but on this occasion was giving it a miss in favour of my own club's 5 miler on Monday.

  But as it was,   we had a much more able  replacement in the form of Nelson Complete Runner manager, JOHN HENRY,  who enjoyed a good tussle throughout with Amy Green prevailing in the end in just over 40 minutes.  John's race night began at 6.30 when he closed the shop door, only 30 minutes before race start!    He demonstrated to many of his customers that he not only knows about selling shoes but knows how to use them!

For me training wise, it was the second of three easy days for me this drizzly cool Saturday morning.   Same tomorrow,  probably before the local ILKLEY TRAIL RACE for which I hope the sun will return as I'm back on start/ finish banner duty!

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