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Festive Fun Run rounds off busy 2023 for Lancaster and Morecambe Athletics Club

The Festive Fun Run took place on December 27.

Lancaster and Morecambe Athletics Club ended 2023 with their annual Festive Fun Run last month.

The 4k event, on December 27, was a huge success, with over 200 people taking part.

LMAC’s Ben Brassington finished first with a time of 12 minutes and 59 seconds.

Here’s how the club’s runners got on:

Ben Brassington 12:59

Matthew Guilder 13:23

John Brassington 13:38

Thomas McGrattan 14:14

Chris O’Neil 15:16

Graham Dent 15:23

Rob Clayton 16:28

Joe Maguire 17:18

Jack Husband 17:52

Jack Parrington 18:35

Lee Parrington 18:36

Zach Thomas 18:39

Fay Thomas: 19:26

Erin Gillan: 20:12

Keith Postlethwaite: 20:15

Scarlet Gora: 20:23

Lauren Gora: 20:29

Holly Satterly: 21:14

David Wilkinson: 21:38

Carole Wilkinson: 21:42

Zoe Lock: 22:31

Christine Perry: 22:43

Peter Lloyd: 22:51

Ola Mustapha: 22:56

Charles Satterly: 23:07

Faith Firkins: 23:31

Nancy Charnley: 25:36

Dan Charnley: 25:37

Nicola Barnes: 27:59

Andy Firkins: 48:26

Catherine Douglas: 48:27

Gurb Dhillon: 48:28


Three of the club’s runners took part in the Myerscough 10 mile run on December 3.

John Brassington, Peter Heald and Gary Atkinson finished with times of 1:00:10, 1:06:57 and 1:07:17 respectively.

There was heavy LMAC representation in the Mid Lancs Cross Country event in Ryelands Park on December 9, where athletics clubs compete in different age categories:

Under 11 girls - 4th:

12th: Scarlet Gora

19th: Sienna Harriman

23rd: Lily Hutchinson


Under 11 boys - 6th:

19th: Joe Maguire

31st: Jack Parrington

33rd: William Gardner:


Under 13 girls - 8th:

35th: Mia Thistlethwaite

44th: Alice Briffett

45th: Olivia Hemingway


Under 13 boys - 5th:

21st: Elijah O’Neill

30th: Arthur Dickinson

31st: Harry MacLuskie

32nd: Lucas Hall


Under 15 girls - 6th:

18th: Eve Briffett

34th: Alice Lupton

36th: Tilly Douthwaite


Under 15 boys:

4th: Ben Brassington


Under 17 women - 2nd:

1st: Isabelle Murphy

16th: Annie Dickinson

19th: Erin Gillan


Under 17 men - 4th:

3rd: James Brassington

7th: Jack Eccles

26th: Ronan Maher

27th: Milo Renolds


Under 20 men:

4th: Tom Bowman

13th: Thomas McGrattan


Senior women - 12th, 3rd in V35, 7th in V45:

12th: Mary Heald

53rd: Christine McGuire

58th: Miriam Maher

59th: Che McGarvey-Gill

92nd: Emily Stapleton


Senior men - A team 3rd, B team 10th, 2nd in V40, 3rd in V50:

19th: Tom Bowman

23rd: David Brown

24th: Mark Holgate

38th: Lee Parrington

40th: Tom Nicholson

62nd: Thomas McGrattan

66th: Sean Bolland

74th: Matt Guilder

77th: John Brassington

86th: Peter Heald

98th: Adam Elkin

153rd: Paul Riches

157th: Andrew Cooley

159th: Graham Hodgson

161st: Paul Gillon

200th: Alan Wylie


On December 17, Steve Walsh ran the Aintree Half Marathon in 2:08:51.

On the same day, James and John Brassington ran Lancaster Race Series’ 10K Christmas Cracker in 36:29 (third place) and 37:06 respectively.

Nicola Barnes ran LRS’ Turkey Trot Half Marathon in 2:21:32.

In the Winter Tolkien Trail Race, organised by Pennine Trails, on December 30, Stephen Perry and Rob Clayton both finished with times of 1:28:13, while Nicola Barnes recorded a time of 1:30:55.

On the final day of 2023, four LMAC runners took part in the Ribble Valley 10k:

David Brown: 34:20

Beau Smith: 34:24

Mark Holgate: 36:53

Emily Stapleton: 54:23

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