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Anniversary celebrations for annual pudding run

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Longridge’s annual Christmas Pudding Seven Miler run celebrated its thirtieth anniversary with 287 entries on Sunday.

As members of different running clubs and also as individual entries, they took off from the Civic Hall under the watchful eye of organiser, Steve Ashcort.

Steve himself has been part of the event since it started in 1983, running it for a spell in that decade after Jack Haslam, and he then followed Dave and Diane Clarke, taking over when Diane retired seven years ago.

“We had an extremely good day on Sunday, with just short of 300 finishers,” he told The News.

“It was great, as we were part of the Longridge Does Christmas weekend and, as well as every finisher being given the traditional prize of a Christmas pudding, they were also given t-shirts to commemorate the 30 years.”

Coming in first and second were Southport and Waterloo AC runners Ben Johnson in 40:8 and Matthew Thomson in 40:31, while third in was Daniel Gray in 41:29.

 

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