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Married couple on holiday celebate birthday by running a marathon

Carole and David Wilkinson with Steve Broadbent, secretary of Lancaster & Morecambe Athletics Club

A married couple of running fanatics celebrated a birthday while on holiday in Gran Canaria by taking part in a marathon.

Carole and David Wilkinson ran the Gran Canaria Maspalomas marathon in 30 degree heat on Carole's birthday, November 19.

Both of them are members of Lancaster and Morecambe Athletics Club (LMAC) and regularly take part in races at home and abroad.

“This is the furthest we have travelled for a marathon," said David.

"The race finishes at Maspalomas Lighthouse which is said to be the most southerly point in Europe.”

Carole finished third best in her age category with a time of 4.43.18, and David completed the marathon in 4.59.34.

Earlier this year the couple celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary by travelling to Malta to compete in a half marathon.

Meanwhile their fellow LMAC runner Steve Walsh (pictured below) took part in the world famous New York Marathon last month, completing it in 5.09.27.

Here are other November results for LMAC athletes:

On the first Sunday of the month (November 5), it was the Lancaster Half Marathon – organised by Lancaster Race Series.

Four LMAC runners took part:

John Brassington 1.22.08

Gary Atkinson 1.32.57

Timothy Foster 1.41.41

David Wilkinson 2.05.28


Steve and Christine Perry ran the Wesham 10K on November 5, both finishing with a time of 58.51.

Six people from Lancaster and Morecambe Athletics Club took part in the Windmill Remembrance 10K in Lytham on November 12:

David Wilkinson 49.31

Christina McGuire 49.52

Emily Stapleton 52.11

Carole Wilkinson 54.34

Mark Simmill 55.37

Elaine Simmill 1.01.35


John Brassington ran the Half Moon Bay 10 mile run in 1.02.29, while three LMAC runners ran the Half Moon Bay 10K:

Arthur Gleaves 38.58

Sally Brassington 48.49

Nicola Barnes 1.02.12


On the same day, Mark Leadbeatter and Mark Holgate ran the Tatton Half Marathon in impressive times of 1.17.38 and 1.19.58 respectively.

There was a lot of LMAC representation across all age groups in the Mid Lancs League Cross Country event in Sefton Park:

Under 11 Girls:

19th Scarlett Gora


Under 11 Boys:

28th Joe Maguire

41st Jack Parrington

43rd William Gardner

54th Luke Grant


U13 Girls:

20th Fay Thomas

62nd Alice Briffett

74th Olivia Hemingway


U13 Boys:

42nd Elijah O’Neill

49th Arthur Dickinson


U15 Girls:

15th Anna Nicholson

28th Eve Briffett

48th Alice Lupton

58th Tilly Dowthwaite


U15 Boys:

53rd Zach Thomas


U17 Women:

6th Isabelle Murphy

17th Annie Dickinson


U17 Men:

8th Jack Eccles

37th Ronan Maher


U20 Men:

3rd Tom Bowman

9th Thomas McGrattan


Senior Women:

26th Lauren Gora

67th Che McGarvey-Gill

71st Miriam Maher

83rd Christina McGuire

113th Emily Stapleton

128th Jennie Hodgson


Senior Men:

44th Joseph Twigg

45th David Brown

49th Beau Smith

59th Mark Holgate

70th Gareth Lee

89th Lee Parrington

99th Matt Guilder

138th Paul Marshall

157th James Dalgleish

189th Chris O’Neill

206th Paul Gillon

221st Graham Hodgson

258th Darren Francis


The club's annual Festive 4K race is on December 27. If you would like to find out more or enter, you can do so here.

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