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Irwell Sculpture Trail 5k, Lancashire

1st June 2002

Results courtesy of John McIntosh raising funds for North West Riding Association for the Handicapped
1L. DunnSen MSalford19.36
2P. MullerV45Horwich20.16
3M. HigginbottomV45Salford21.17
4P. Targett Clayton21.33
5S. Molloy Rossendale22.27
6A. Buttery Rossendale22.42
7G. NeedhamV40Leeds City22.47
8D. HebdenV40Rossendale22.54
9D. ArcherV45Bury22.54
10I. Barnes Rossendale23.17
11R. DerbyshireV45Salford23.21
12R. Sutcliffe Rossendale23.43
13D. GaskillV40Accrington24.11
14A. HealeyV55Bury24.30
15S. McveyV45Horwich25.40
16L. HiltonV45U/A26.06
17Claire SimmL14Herts. Phoenix26.18
18S. PilkingtonV40Rossendale27.14
19P. RobinsonV45Burnden27.17
20L. Pinnel Horwich28.56
21J. Sutcliffe  Radcliffe29.31
22A. SimmV40Herts. Phoenix29.32
23M. Brennan Accrington30.38
24N. DalyV40Holme Lane32.05
25J. KeysL35Rossendale33.15
26D. SutcliffeL40Radcliffe34.22
27J. ButlerV65Northern Vets37.40
28A. CulshawL35U/A37.40
Race winner LEE DUNN was inspired to a course record breaking run by a display team from the Parachute Regiment who showed off their skills to the crowds at the Edenfield Village Fete in the minutes before the race started. Ex-para Dunn found the varied surfaces of this multi-terrain event to his liking as he slashed 40 seconds from club mates STEVE WILLIAMS 1999 time. In second place was the prolific PAUL MULLER, fine tuning his preparations for the European Vets championships.

First women home was CLAIRE SIMMS fromSt. Albans; the Herts. Phoenix junior was in the area visiting relatives but persuaded the family that a race for herself and her Dad would make the visit all the better; whether dad ADRIAN agreed as he finished 3 minutes behind his talented youngster remains to be seen.

The route takes in some of the best scenery in East Lancashire’s Irwell Valley with the runners having to cope with a wide range of surfaces underfoot including cobbles, mud, a disused railway and wooden boards. Recent heavy rain had left the course wet and heavy in places.

As well as the excitement of the parachute team the runners also enjoyed the spectacle of a fly past of aircraft from the Second World War, the glories of a steam train on the East Lancs Railway and ran past two notable sculptures on the trail that gives the race its name. Throw in a traditional village fete, sunshine and a beer tent it is no wonder all the runners expressed delight with the event!

The generosity of the Edenfield Village Residents Association meant that all proceeds from the race went to support a local charity that provided riding for people with disabilities.

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