Chew storms to race victory

Stephen Chew.
Stephen Chew.

THE Burnley Lions 10K road race has taken place in Colne.

Part of the Pendle and Burnley Grand Prix, a field of 124 runners started from inside Colne Cricket Club and finishing within the grounds of Park High school

Stephen Chew (pictured), of Wharfdale Harriers, came home first in a time of 35mins 21secs, meaning he has now come first or second in seven of the nine races so far.

Andrew Stubbs, of Clayton Harriers not only took second place, but also the 40 vet category. Kieran Horrigan (unattached) came third and also took the 50 vet category prize.

For the ladies, Amy Green of Keighley and Craven AC won in a time of 39mins 27 secs. Laura Hesketh, of Clayton Harriers, came second and Claire Bunce of Red Rose Runners came third.

The Vet category winners were as follows: Men – V40 Andrew Stubbs (ClaytonHarriers), V45 Glen Goodwin (Accrington Road Runners), V50 Kieran Horrigan (Unattached), V55 Thornton Taylor (Rossendale Harriers), V60 Peter Booth (Clayton Harriers) , V65 David Scott (Clayton Harriers) , V70 Ted Orrell (Clayton Harriers).

Women – FV35 Gayle Whittaker (Clayton Harriers), FV40 Nicola Nuttall (Trawden AC), FV50 Irene Roche (Clayton Harriers), FV55 Linda Bostock (Clayton Harriers), FV60 Jean Rawlinson (Clayton Harriers), V70 Marion Wilkinson (Clayton Harriers).

Marion Wilkinson was the only record breaker, taking a magnificent 6mins 50secs off Kitty Garnett’s record from 2008 to finish in 57mins 1sec.

The first male under 20 was Harry Kaye (Trawden AC) and the first female under 20 was Helena Leathley (Clayton Harriers).

Frank Seed, of Burnley Lions, thanked everyone for taking part after the disappointment of the last-minute cancellation of the May event and thanked Inspire Health, Brook Farm children’s nursery and A White Room for their sponsorship.

Those runners who did not run last Friday and who donated their entry fee from May to the Lions charity account were also thanked for their generosity.