RADCLIFFE AC’s Fiona Lynch was third woman home when she took part in the Ultimate 110k Trails Challenge through some of the most dramatic scenery in the Lake District. She took 15hours 50mins 46secs to finish the tough 68 mile plus ultra marathon which included six mountain passes and 14,000 feet of climbing. Starting at midnight from Rothay Park in Ambleside on Friday runners raced through the night and the next day visiting 10 feeding stations on the way. There was a 24 hour limit in which to finish.
Suffering some blisters she later commented: It was amazing and tough.” As well as her medal she won a free entry to next year’s event and a windproof jacket. Last year she won the Ultimate 55k Trail Challenge and broke the women’s record so she had decided to step up this year.
Mauro Rotondi, who has been running a lot of ultra events, also took part finishing comfortably in 19hours 31mins 46secs, not knowing what to expect in such a long race. Sinead Hayes was 22nd woman and completed in 21hours 47mins 07secs. She has been running longer events in the year to raise money for the Good Life Orphanage, a Kenyan based but UK funded charity. Her parents are founders of the charity. Lisa Carter took on the 55k event for the second time finishing in around 9hrs 30mins.
This year the club is pulling out all the stops to do well in the Run The Moors Grand Prix. Already the women and men’s teams are well placed.
So there was a good turnout of 21 at the midweek 3.8 mile Eddie’s Revenge Fell Race from Shaw, Oldham. On moorland and forest trails with its 1,080 feet of climbing Dave McGrath was first home for the club and in a great seventh place on the “lung busting” course in 28mins 35secs. Neal Emmerson was 10th in 29mins 01sec ands James Hall was 16th in 30mins 33secs. Ian Warrington, 19th, ran 30mins 59secs and John Wrigley and Chris Paxton battled to the line with only a second between them with Wrigley 31mins 32secs in23rd place and Paxton clocking 31mins 33secs.
Mike Kontowtt was third vet-50 in 33mins 37secs: Paul Swyers (V50) ran 34mins 21secs: Dave Rushton, also vet-50 was right behind in 34mins 22secs and Kris Lee (V40) close in 34mins 55secs. Fiona Lynch was second vet-40 and fourth woman in 34mins 59 with Katie Percival fifth woman in 35mins 03secs. Mauro Rotondi ran 36mins 05secs: John Andrew (V40) 36mins 40secs: Steve Hamer (V55) 38mins 53secs: Mark Wolfenden (V50) 39mins 16secs: Peter Booth (V45) 41mins 35secs: Kate Holden (V40) 42mins 41secs: Susanne Andrew (V40) 43mins 38secs: Wayne Holden 48mins 12secs and Ian Hopkinson (V40) 51mins 33secs, despite having a nasty fall. Club runners and other competitors stopped to help him so he could finish.
On Sunday the club turned out in force again to compete in their own race, the Joan Rhodes and Fred Norris Memorial 5k from Cams Lane track in Radcliffe. Thirty ran as it was part of the Central Lancs Grand Prix which the club takes part in, again with several other local clubs. Radcliffe runners are doing well in the grand prix so instead of mostly marshalling at their own race they got friends and family to marshal so they could run to keep up their challenge.
Neal Emmerson was 11th in 18mins 11secs: John Wrigley ran 19mins 14secs: Chris Paxton 19mins 20secs: Mark Williams 19mins 52secs:James Hall 20mins 14secs: Mike Kontowtt 20mins 25secs: Lee Cooper 20mins 49secs: Kris Lee 21mins 11secs: Peter Hunter 21mins 31secs: Lee Turner 22mins 38secs:Mauro Rotondi 22mins 48secs: Steve Hamer 22mins 51secs: Jenny Yates third vet-50 in 23mins 58secs: Kate Holden 24mins 02secs:Chris Fletcher 24mins 13secs:Chris Saville 24mins 16secs:Vince Ashton 25mins 43secs:Susanne Andrew 26mins 05secs:Dave Bartlett 26mins 48secs:Alan Brown fifth vet-60 in 27mins 55secs:Ian Hopkinsomn 28mins 02secs:Kirsten Cook, second vet-55 in 28mins 09secs: Wayne Holden 28mins 19secs: Karen Doherty 28mins 53secs: Gavin Durman 28mins 58secs: Sarah Rushton 29mins 26secs: Lucy Dewhurst 30mins 50secs: Iain Harris 31mins 11secs: Jim Rhodes, second vet-75 ran 38mins 39secs and Tom West was third vet-75 and ran 59mins 14secs, trotting and walking his way round after recovering from a stroke. (Karen Doherty has done a full report of the race success for the paper).
In the parkruns “tourist” Nick Barnes ran the Hampstead Heath event and clocked 22mins 40secs. At Heaton Park Mark Garner (V45) ran 22mins 45secs: Peter Hunter 23mins 18secs and Sheila Jones (V60) 23mins 28secs.
At Bolton Mark Wolfenden clocked 24mins 44secs: Kath Davies (V50) 28mins 04secs: Mark Murphy 31mins 34secs and Andy Wheeler (V60) 33mins 46secs.