FOUR Radcliffe AC runners took on the challenging 3 Peaks Fell Race in the Yorkshire Dales with Fiona Lynch coming home first for the club in 4hrs 36mins 12secs.
In the 23mile event with 5,276 feet of climbing, she was followed in by Luigi Salzano in 4hrs 39mins 32secs. Paul Swyers (V50) can be pleased with his time and showed determination running 4hrs 59mins 43secs. He has made the event his main target over the last three years after being disappointed in the past when he had been timed out before the finish. Mauro Rotondi (V40) clocked 5hrs 01min 30secs.
The race on Saturday was the 63rd taking in the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough and attracted international competitors in a top class field.
There was a good turnout of 15 at the 10 mile Cake Race from Diggle in Saddleworth on Saturday. The fell race, with a lot of fast ground along with its 1,700 feet of climbing, was just the job for Neal Emmerson who was 16th out of 281 runners in 1hr 14mins 59secs. He was followed by Chris Paxton who was 38th in 1hr 21mins 26secs and Ian Warrington, 54th in 1hr 23mins 35secs. Vet-50 Dave Rushton ran 1hr 24mins 17secs: Scott Baxter 1hr 36mins 22secs: Katie Percival 1hr 37mins 36secs: Nick Barnes 1hr 37mins 46secs: John Andrew (V40) 1hr 38mins 36secs: Kris Lee (V40) 1hr 48mins 15secs: Lisa Carter (V45) 1hr 48mins 28secs: Kate Holden (V40) 1hr 53mins 16secs: Susanne Andrew (V40) , Mark Emmett (V55), Ian Hopkinson (V40) and Wayne Holden ran together in 2hrs 17mins 40secs.
The event was part of the Run The Moors Grand Prix in which the club takes part along with several other local clubs and also part of the Radcliffe club’s championship. There was cake to eat after the race and a cake competition. Scott’s wife Emma made a great cake representing the club which made it as far as the shortlist before being eaten!
Dave Rushton made it a double for the weekend when he ran in the Keswick Half Marathon in the Lakes the following day clocking 1hr 42mins on a hilly but scenic course which went round Derwentwater and an extra loop round the Newlands Valley. Sarah Oxley clocked 2hrs 21mins, five minutes faster than last year, Sarah Rushton 2hrs 33mins and Lucy Dewhurst 2hrs 42mins.
Kirsten Cook and Carly Rourke took part in the Piece of Cake 10k in Boggart Hole Clough, in Blackley with Kirsten clocking 56mins 33secs and Carly 56min 43secs.
Karen Doherty won herself a bottle of wine and was second woman and first vet-40 when she ran the Northern Vets monthly run 10k at Crossford Bridge, Sale, clocking 58mins 58secs. Jim Rhodes ran the 5k and was third vet 75 in 38mins 41secs.
At the Bolton Parkrun Ken Smith (V60) ran 23mins 53secs: Paul Barrington (V40) 24mins 47secs, Grace Williams 27mins 25secs and it was good to see Kath Davies (V50) back in action in 28mins 27secs.
Our touring park runner Vince Ashton (V45) ran the Hyde Parkrun in Tameside clocking a good 25mins 30secs.
On Bank Holiday Monday a record 74 teams took part in the Terry Nortley 2 Mile Relay Race in Close Park. Organised by Vince with the help of clubmates the club put 16 teams in of runners, friends and family and everyone enjoyed the fun day. A men’s team from Middleton were the fastest.The teams of four did two laps of the Terry Nortley Mile, named after the club president who died in 2011. Terry’s wife Vera and brother Harry started the racing. (Full results will be out later and pictures have already appeared on our Facebook site. Well done to everyone for a great day).
The money raised at the relay will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.