Snowdon Race was cut short due to weather

Wigan Harriers pentathlete Danielle McGifford
Wigan Harriers pentathlete Danielle McGifford

Three of St Helens Sutton Athletic’s Club’s more mature athletes have taken part in some very testing competitions.

Greg Carns and Ian Hayburn took part in the International Snowdon Race.

This famous event attracts around 700 runners from all parts of the UK and as far afield as the USA.

The race was shortened this year because of the “threatening” weather and only ran three quarters of the way up Snowdon before hurtling back down again.

Greg finished in 1 hour, four minutes and five seconds, that’s 42 minutes up and 22 minutes down for the flying Greg who finished in the top ten in his age category and took some notable scalps.

Ian Hayburn came in 1 hour and 15 minutes. Just returning from injury and in his first running of the race. The support on the mountain and especially at the finish is legendary and gives the event a “big race” feel akin to that marathon in London, but a lot cheaper, a lot closer to home, a lot less hassle, easier to get in and with better views.

Mark Liptrot completed the Ironman UK event in Bolton: a triathlon consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride followed by a marathon.

Mark paced himself perfectly throughout the event, completing the swim in one hour and 29 minutes, the bike ride in six hours and 27 minutes and the marathon in four and two minutes, just missing his overall target of 12 hours by a mere 12 minutes.

A number of members took part in a more orthodox event, the Tony Barnes Memorial five mile Race held in Liverpool’s Sefton Park.

First for the club and third in his age group was John Appleton with his time of 33 minutes and 38 seconds, followed by Kevin Cunningham with 34 minutes and 44 seconds.

The club’s first lady finisher was Sonya Monaghan who was fourth in her age group with 36 minutes and 22 seconds, with Anthony Young in 38 minutes and 44 seconds.

Pam Appleton was second in her age group with 42 minutes and 46 seconds and Karen Young completed the course in 52 minutes and eight seconds.

440 runners completed the course and were rewarded with curry afterwards!