Guinan secures victory and Hesketh so close

BLACKBURN Harriers’ Paul Guinan won the MV40 category at the Longridge seven-mile road race on Sunday, leading home a number of other impressive East Lancashire performers.

Guinan finished the course in a time of 41mins 45secs to come fourth overall, with Southport’s MV45 runner Matthew Thompson the first past the finish line in just over 40 minutes.

Guinan was closely followed by Accrington Road Runners’ Shaun Livesey, who finished just 18 seconds behind the Harrier in fifth place.

Blackburn Road Runners’ Brian Fogarty also impressed by finishing eighth overall in a time of 42mins and 27secs.

Clayton-le-Moors’ Har-riers Paul Brannon fin-ished the race in 23rd position overall and was the fifth MV50 home, completing the course in 47mins and 47secs.

Brannon’s team-mate Laura Hesketh took a star turn in the female race as she finished the second women past the line, in 38th place overall. Her time of 49mins 33 secs saw her win the FS category.

Blackburn Harriers’ Christopher Davies finished in 57th, just a few seconds beyond the 52 minute mark, while Clayton-le-Moors Harriers’ Brian Wildman was 63rd overall and 12th in the MV45 category.

Martin Brady from Clayton-le-Moors Harriers finished the course in 54mins 28 secs to come 10th in the MV50 category and 73rd overall, with Chorley’s Warren Crook just three places behind him and finishing the MV45 category in 14th place.

Crook’s Chorley team- mates Dan Edwards and Jason Riley came 97th and 101st respectively, with Clayton’s Geoff Smith just behind in 104th.

Philip McCullagh, also from Chorley, finished the course in 1hr 3mins 48secs to finish in 144th place overall.

Clayton-le-Moors Harriers’ Christine Edgerton was the third home in the FV60 category, finishing in 191st overall in a time of 1hr 10mins 3 secs.

Behind race winner Thompson, Mark Tickle was second from Manchester Tri club, while Thompson’s Southport team-mate Ben Johnson came home in third place.

Horwich’s Rachel Jones was victorious in the women’s race, finishing the course in a time of 45mins 3secs.

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