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Records are smashed at Cliviger run
CLAYTON Le Moors Harriers veteran Marion Wilkinson smashed her age group record at the 34th Cliviger 6 Road Race on Sunday.
Wilkinson finished the course in 55 minutes and 39 seconds as the older generation showed there was ‘life in the old legs yet’.
Organiser Eric Wrathall described the event as “another great success” and admittted the performances of the veterans were impressive.
He said: “It was a strong competition as always. We had 140 entrants coming from all over. A good many clubs were represented.
“We are the oldest race in the grand prix series, that was our 34th year and it continues to go strong.
“We said after the even it seems as though the older runners are getting faster and the younger ones are getting slower.”
Wharfedale Harriers’ Stephen Chew tightened his grip on the Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix series by taking third place in the Cliviger Road Race, the 12th of the 15-race series.
The Cliviger event was the 13th of 15 completed races in the 2012 Grand Prix season and Chew has now finished in the top five places in every race.
He won three of the first four events and has also been the runner-up on six other occassions.
Rossendale Harriers’ Chris Fell put in an impressive run to finish second, less than a minute behind Preston winner David Rigby.
Blackburn Harriers’ Beckie Taylor came second in the female race, winning the junior race, with Clayton’s Laura Hesketh taking fourth overall.
Clayton’s Helena Leathley was the third junior girl home, finishing sixth overall, with Todmorden’s Maria Prescott winning the over 45 race.
Clayton enjoyed other strong performances as well, with Ian Livesey and Gary Shaw taking fourth and five respectively.
Shaw’s performance saw him win the over 40 prize by almost four minutes, with Accrington Road Runners’ Philip Morton taking third in the age category.
Clayton also enjoyed a one-two in the over 50 age race, with 11th overall David Naughton and 17th Tony Chew taking first and second respectively.
Clayton’s Jeffrey Pickup won the over 60 race, with team mate David Scott finishing first in the over 65 category.
Rossendale’s Thornton Taylor came seventh overall to win the over 55 category, ahead of second placed John Hartley from Clayton, who finished 14th overall.
Glen Goodwin, from Accrington, was the first past the post in the over 45 race, with Maxine Morton from Accrington winning the over 35 category.
The Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix approaches its penultimate event this Sunday in the shape of the Worsthorne Fell Race.
It finishes with the seven-and-a-half mile Boulsworth Fell Race on Sunday, August 12.
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