FIONA Lynch was third woman and a fine 14th overall when she ran the tough 45 mile Grand Tour of Skiddaw on Saturday.
She described the ultra trail race in the Northern Lake District as “hard work” and completed in 8hrs 50mins to take her third position and a trophy. The event, which started and finished at Dalston, climbed up Skiddaw about half way and had total climbing of well over 7,000 feet.
She said :”It was hard work but a really scenic route in part of the Lake District I had not run in before. There were great checkpoints and lots of goodies for competitors. Most of the racing happened in the last 16 miles.”
Lisa Carter was also racing in the Lake District at weekend in the challenging Derek Price Memorial Grisedale Horseshoe Fell Race and was rewarded with an outstanding 13 minute improvement on her time from last year. She covered the 5,000 feet of climbing from Glenridding over the course’s nine miles in 3hrs 28mins and was “well chuffed. ” The improving runner had been one of 11 from the club who competed in the race last year.
Kate Holden and vet-60 Sheila Jones had reason to celebrate when they ran the Trafford 10k on Sunday when Kate had a personal best time of 47mins 34secs and Sheila was second in her age category in 50mins 50secs. The event run from Partington Leisure Centre had been postponed from March because of bad weather conditions.
Ian Hopkinson took to two wheels on Sunday with friends and colleagues and completed the Christie 100 Mile Bike Ride in just under eight hours, helping to raise money for a children’s hospital ward. The event started and finished at Wythenshawe Park and covered areas of Cheshire.
Junior Olivia Whittaker took on her first 5k parkrun at Heaton Park on Saturday and clocked a fine 32mins 34secs. Dad, Chris, was on hand to see she was OK, but he need not have worried, although he did later comment on her performance, saying “I think I may be in trouble in a few years!”
Also at Heaton Park Sheila Jones ran 23mins 26secs: Iain Harris 31mins 19secs and Tammy Oluyori 32mins 53secs. At Bolton Mark Williams clocked 21mins 50secs: Katie Percival 22mins 55secs: Ken Smith 23mins 44secs: Paul Barrington and Kris Booth 26mins 04secs: Grace Williams 31mins 22secs and Lucy Tetler 31mins 34secs. Four went to Sale Water parkrun with Rob Lister getting a pb in 20mins 23secs: Mauro Rotondi running 21mins 54secs: Lisa Donnelly clocking 31mins 32secs and Christine Berry 33mins 59secs.