03-03-19 Update

Neal Emmerson led home a strong contingent of 27 Radcliffe AC runners to finish fourth in the Trotters Five-Mile Race in Bolton.

He clocked 29:02 in Sunday’s event in Bolton, helping the men’s team to claim second place, while Katie Percival was third woman in 35:58.

Emmerson was followed by Robert Short (30:35) in seventh, Chris Whittaker (30:42) in eighth and Chris Paxton (31:15) was 13th.

The race was the first in the Central Lancs Grand Prix in which several clubs, including Radcliffe, take part during the season.

David Bartlett was pleased with his time of 47:28 in his first race since receiving treatment for leukaemia.

The women’s team was fifth and other great performances included a course personal best by three minutes and 11 seconds for Sharon Peterkin who finished in 52:06.

Also running were Mike Cooke 33:21; John Wrigley 33:38; John Gibbs 34:49; Mark Garner 37:25; Steve Hamer 38:18; John Mcnicoll 38:47; Paula Abernethy 39:29; Peter Cook 40:46; Peter Hunter 41:04; Scott Baxter 41:49; Michelle Hincks 43:57; Chris Fletcher 44:35; Caroline Malone 45:41; Elaine Bailey 48:44; Lucy Tetler 51:04; Stephen Parker 52:12; Andy Wheeler 52:38; Natalie Hitchen 54:02; Iain Harris 54:16; Tracy Wroe 54:36.

Husband and wife Dave and Sarah Rushton travelled further afield for Saturday’s Benidorm Half Marathon in Spain. Dave clocked a great 1:37:22 on the two-lap course while Sarah ran 2:27:32.

Three club members also took part in the overnight High Peak Marathon in the Peak District.

Teams of four set off from Edale at 10pm on Friday to tackle the challenging route of roughly 42 miles over the high moors of Derbyshire.

Most of the terrain is pathless peat bog which, coupled with rain and mist, demanded good navigational skills throughout the night.

Radcliffe AC’s Peter McNulty finished in 13:31:00 with friends Wendy Dodds, Phil Elliot and Dave Egan. They were pleased to come second in the veterans handicap race, just 14 seconds behind the winners.

Radcliffe’s Fiona Lynch and Dave Ward finished in 11:47:52 with friends Rob Mills and Jim Masters. They were the fourth mixed vet team and 23rd overall.

Lynch proved her versatility with a midweek run of 20:03 in the inaugural Universities 5km at Platt Fields, Manchester.

Lee Turner was first home for the club at the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round fell race on Saturday. He completed the 10.4-mile course which has 1,936ft of ascent in 01:32:40. Paul Swyers ran 01:34:05.

Lisa Carter continued her good form by knocking four minutes 30 seconds off her pb to finish in 01:52:40. Finishers received a bottle of Moorhouse’s beer.

At the popular Ron Hill Accrington 10K, Kirsten Cook was fourth Vet 55 in 54:12, finishing 251st out of 514 runners on Sunday.

Radcliffe AC head coach Ian Warrington took the tough but sensible decision to pull out of the Chester Ultra after 20 miles when he became violently sick.

In the local 5K parkruns, three juniors turned out at Heaton Park. Noah Barrington ran 25:43, Ben Darbyshire achieved a pb of 25:50 and Olivia Whittaker finished in 26:44.

Among the seniors, Sheila Jones ran 23:00; Nick Barnes 24:14; Helen Sandiford 27:21; Deborah Barrington 31:10, and Paul Barrington 31:10.

At Bolton Ken Smith ran 23:59 and Kathryn Davies 27:18. Parkrun tourist Vince Ashton clocked 31:51 at Shipley Country Park in Derbyshire.

A parkrun pb for Ben Darbyshire.

A parkrun pb for Ben Darbyshire.

Lee Turner took to the fells.

Lee Turner took to the fells.

Lisa Carter and the Pendle Round.

Lisa Carter and the Pendle Round.

Viva Espana. Dave and Sarah Rushton at the Benidorm Half Marathon.

Viva Espana. Dave and Sarah Rushton at the Benidorm Half Marathon.

Living the high life: Peter McNulty (left) with teammates Wendy Dodds, Phil Elliot and Dave Egan.

Living the high life: Peter McNulty (left) with teammates Wendy Dodds, Phil Elliot and Dave Egan.

A sea of yellow and black at the Trotters

A sea of yellow and black at the Trotters

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