Barlick Fellrunners have had a very busy and successful few weeks.
Both the men’s and ladies’ teams have enjoyed race wins and relay successes.
The medal rush started at the North West Four-Stage road relays.
The men’s team – comprising Chris Singleton, Marc Hartley, Ian Livesey and Matt Lalor – put in a cracking performance, finishing fifth overall, which also meant they picked up the silver in the Lancashire Championships as well.
The ladies’ team of Jen Hird, Lorraine Slater and Emma Bailey finished 18th overall, but managed to finish third Lancashire team and took the bronze medal.
The six fastest men were then picked for the Northern Six-Stage and were hoping to improve on their 35th place the year previous.
Jimmy Craig ran like a man possessed on the first leg, finishing 19th.
The rest of the team, comprising of Chris Singleton, Marc Hartley, Ian Livesey, Tom Corrigan and Gary Shaw, steadily clawed places back and finished 11th.
This means the men have qualified for the Six-Stage Nationals for the first time in the club’s history.
They were also the first Lancashire team on the day, beating Blackburn and Preston in the process.
All the top 10 teams were well-established city clubs, so this makes the result all the more remarkable after only 32 months in existence.
As well as the relays, there has been great success individually, with Jimmy Craig winning the last two BOFRA races, taking the championship to the last race at Wasdale.
Added to this, there have been race wins for Gary Shaw in the Padiham Leisure 10k, Lee Parrington in the Pilling 10k and race2remember 10k, as well as runners-up spots for Luke Maude at Scafell Pike and Julian Hood at the Wharfedale half marathon.