Barlick Fell Runners improve times in relay and impress at Chester Marathon

Ian Livesey claims eighth place at the Chester Marathon
Ian Livesey claims eighth place at the Chester Marathon

Barlick were busy on the roads and fells at the weekend with the Chester Marathon and the Ian Hodgson Relay taking centre stage.

Barlick bettered last year’s time by nine minutes and improved on three legs yet incredibly slipped from eighth to 12th spot.

The first leg didn’t go to plan and coming back in 17th the team were always playing catch up. Chris Smale and Tom Corrigan made up some time but the position remained the same.

Luke Maude and Shaun Chew clawed some places back with a cracking run and handed over to the in form Jimmy Craig and Nick Treitl who in turn pulled another place back to finish 12th when running six minutes quicker than last year.

It was the first time the club has gone under four hours at the relay based in Patterdale.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Barlick athlete Ian Livesey put in a personal best performance to claim eighth place in the Chester Marathon with a time of 2:34.59. Julian Hood also finished with a personal best in 12th place with a time of two hours and 37 minutes.

Club record holder Chris Singleton was also in the top 20, posting a time of two hours and 45 minutes.

Newest club member Ian Cock had a cracking performance on his Barlick debut in a time of 3:10, James Tingle completed the marathon in three hours and 16 minutes while Scott Boardman just exceeded the four hour mark.

The first four counters won the team prize - a first for the club in a city marathon.

Elsewhere, Andrew Carson ran a personal best to finish second in the Fire Station 10k.