Andi's handy on Hurst Green trail

First published in Athletics Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

ANDI Jones surged to victory in Sunday’s Hurst Green Trail Race by a margin of almost two minutes.

Jones completed the course in 27 minutes nine seconds to claim first place ahead of fellow Salford Harriers runner Tarus Elly.

Dominic Mahoney was the first local athlete and the second junior to finish the race – with the Blackburn Harriers athlete, who also runs for England, taking fifth position in 30:39.

Katie Walshaw, of Holmfirth Harriers, was the first female and seven overall in 31:45, while Lizzie Greenwood was the first local female. The Blackburn Harrier was fifth, and 26th overall, in 34:50.

Beckie Taylor was the sixth female in 35:55 with Grace Handley seventh in 37:07 to give Blackburn Harriers the female team prize.

The trail race was this year included in the Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix – with the male leader of that series, Wharfedale Harriers’ Stephen Chew, finishing fourth in 30:35.

The female leader of the series, Keighley and Craven’s Amy Green, was also fourth in her section in 34:26.

Shaun Livesey, of Accrington Road Runners, was ninth overall in 32:13 with Clayton-le-Moors Harriers’ Ian Livesey 10th in 32:23.

Sue Burns was eighth in the female section and first in the female over 50s in 37:25 ahead of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers team-mate Gayle Whittaker, who was ninth in 38:04.

Accrington Road Runners’ Glen Goodwin was second in the over 45s section and 11th overall in 32:49, while Ivan Whigham won the over 50s category and fellow Clayton-le-Moors Harrier Roger Brewster was first in the over 55s section.

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