A bumper weekend of racing for the Lions, from 10Ks right up to Ultra Marathon distance.
London Landmarks Half Marathon
Ten Lions ran the inaugural London Landmarks Half Marathon. They joined 10,000 other runners on the start line on Pall Mall, and enjoyed fabulous views of London's major landmarks including Big Ben, St Paul's Cathedral, Nelson's Column, the Gherkin, the Shard, the Tower of London and the London Eye.
David Culpan (making a rare foray down to lower ground from his natural habitat up in the hills) led the Lions home in a new club M55 record time, and there were several personal bests to celebrate on the day.
Results: David Culpan 1:36:20, Richard Crombie 1:37:16, Tim Walker 1:52:22, Andrew Falkingbridge 1:58:28, Cat Daniel 1:59:06, Jenny Walker 2:06:00, Trish Hallowell 2:36:40, Gail Fawcett 2:36:40, Renee Comerford 2:48:14, Avril Smith 2:48:19
The Coniston 14 Mile
Renowned as the most beautiful road race in Britain, the Coniston 14 attracts around 1,600 runners each year. A community event, the race is organised by an enthusiastic committee of volunteers from Coniston village. Two Lions took part, crossing the finish line together.
Results: Tanya Blake 1:35:41, Craig Miller 1:35:41
The Buttermere 10 Mile Trail Race
Based in the beautiful Buttemere Valley amidst a dramatic landscape of high fells, this scenic trail route around the shores of Buttermere & Crummock Water was blessed this year with fantastic sunny weather.
Results: Moira Alderson 1:42:40, Steve Boyer 2:06:11
Wakefield Hospice 10K
Two Lions tackled the Wakefield 10K, an event held annually to raise funds for patient care at Wakefield Hospice.
Results: Victoria Armstrong 49:09, Paul Shaw 52:53
Third place for Andy Baird at the Canalathon 50K
Andy Baird won the M40 category and finished in third place overall at the Canalathon 50K, a flat Ultra Marathon along the Rochdale Canal. Chris Hall also ran well, finishing in fourth place just two seconds behind Andy.
Results: Andy Baird 4:08:50, Chris Hall 4:08:52
Heptonstall Fell Race
Derek Doyle was the sole Lion at the rearranged Heptonstall Fell Race. The 15 mile race was scheduled for last week but fell victim to the adverse weather. No such issues this week, and the run was completed in perfect sunny conditions. Total ascent: 3,200 feet.
Result: Derek Doyle: 3:13:41
East Leake Triathlon
Tony and Tracy Mott competed in the East Leake Triathlon on Sunday. The “sprint” distance event comprises a 400 meter swim, followed by a 20K bike ride and 4K run.
Results: Tony Mott 1:17:28, Tracy Mott 1:32:56
Kielder Dark Skies Marathon
As if a flat daytime marathon wasn’t difficult enough, husband and wife team Sarah and Roy Lunt tackled the Kielder Dark Skies Marathon. The race takes place at night and is hilly, off road and run in the pitch dark!
Results: Sarah Lunt 5:26:15, Roy Lunt 5:26:16