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Greenwood takes home the turkey
BLACKBURN Harriers star Elizabeth Greenwood got into the festive spirit on Sunday as she triumphed in the Hurst Green Turkey Trot.
The Harriers’ youngster was the first woman past the finish line, out of 53 entrants, as she completed the course in a Father Christmas cloak.
Greenwood, who finished 14th overall in a field of 145 runners, and male winner David Rigby from Preston, took home a turkey as part of their prize.
The annual race saw runners from all over East Lancashire and beyond compete, with many in fancy dress.
Greenwood’s Harriers team-mate Grace Handley finished second in the women’s race, 18th overall, with fellow club member Rhiannon Wickham in fifth.
To cap a successful day for the Blackburn club, Harriers won the men’s team event.
Mark Almond finished sixth overall, and second in the M40, Gary Pearse was ninth, second in the M45, and Jonathan Bridge came in 15th, and third in the M45, to ensure Harriers men were victorious.
Accrington Road Runner Shaun Livesey was the first East Lancashire athlete home as he completed the course in a little more than 31 minutes to finish in third place.
His team-mate Chris Walton won the ‘fastest Santa race’, finishing 30th, while Greenwood took the female prize.
Blackburn Harriers’ Grace Handley took home the female ‘fastest fancy dress’ prize, while Bowland Fell Runner’s Shaun Bolland won the male prize.
The best fancy dress was won by Lytham’s Robert Goodhall who dressed as Rudolph the red nosed reindeer.
Todmorden Harriers’ Craig Stansfield came home in fifth place overall to win the M40, just nine seconds ahead of Almond.
Rossendale Harriers’ Dave Kelly won the M55 race, finishing 18th overall, ahead of Blackburn’s John Chaplin who was second M55.
Clayton-le-Moors Harriers’ Ivan Whigham was fourth in the M50 race, with Darwen Dashers’ Paul Taylor sixth in the M40.
Taylor’s Dashers’ team mate Jacqueline Shaw ran well to finish the F45 race in second, coming 62nd overall.
Clayton-le-Moors Harriers’ Nichola Horsfall was was third in the F50 category, with team-mate Carol Life third in the F45 race.
Other notable performances include Blackburn Harriers’ Jack Wilkinson who finished second in the male junior race, the unattached Arthur Smith finishing second in the M60 race and Clayton’s Tom Targett who came second in the M65 discipline.
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