STEVE Laker surprised himself by registering his fastest ever 10-mile time in atrocious conditions at Preston.
The Ellesmere Port Running Club member was taking part in the Guys 10-mile road race.
With heavy rain prior to the start, the prospect of getting a good time seemed remote.
As the start approached, the rain eased and the predicted strong winds didn’t seem to materialise.
When the gun fired Steve was optimistic of running a personal best.
For the first five miles, with a tailwind, he was on target for a sub 59-minute finish.
The second half of the race however was a different story. The wind whipped up and was head-on and several parts of the course were flooded, the most severe being a 50m stretch, six inches deep at the seven-mile mark.
With a mile to go Steve had all but given up on a good time but to his own amazement he crossed the line in a new fastest time of 59:07 in 13th place.
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