04-08-19 update

Radcliffe AC’s Chris Whittaker knocked more than two minutes off his time from last year to finish a superb 22nd out of thousands of runners at a hot and humid York 10k.

He was among the 5,200 people who completed the course around the streets of the city in temperatures of around 22C.

Whittaker, the club’s male captain, ran the popular road race, which started and finished near York Racecourse, in 35:37.

He was joined by Debi Warrington who ran 1:09:18 after returning from illness and a hamstring injury, and having had little training for three months.

Whittaker said: “I’m happy with my time and performance – I left it all out there. I promised to return to York 10k as it was just too hot last year but it was the same this year!”

Radcliffe AC members continued their great form on the hills at the challenging Saddleworth Round Fell Race.

The 16.5-mile course, with 3,281ft of climbing, is part of the Run the Moors Fell Grand Prix and is only suitable for experienced fell runners.

Craig Norman led the club home in 2:58:01 followed by Katie Percival in 3:13:47; Robert Short 3:14:45; Lee Turner 3:32:52, and Chris Paxton 4:02:33. Kris Lee pulled out after six miles in the hot and humid conditions, walking back to the start to cheer his teammates in.

Andy Haines was also in action on the hills in the Hellifield Gala Fell Race in the Yorkshire Dales. He finished 16th in 33:43 in the 3.5-mile race which has 853ft of climbing.

In the popular 5k parkruns, Sheila Jones ran 22:36 at Heaton Park to finish 12th woman and first Vet-60. Also running were Nick Barnes who clocked 26:19; Iain Harris 31:21; Lisa Donnelly 35:14; and Christine Berry 32:33.

Mark Williams notched up his 160th parkrun at Bolton in 24:48. He was joined by Mark Garner who ran 23:43; Dave Rushton 24:54; Steven Lomax 27:11, and Natalie Hitchen 36:49.

Rob Lister was 19th at Haigh Woodland parkrun, Wigan, in 21:45, while Vince Ashton ticked off his 79th parkrun location with a time of 26:40 at Doncaster parkrun. Ashton also ran 25:57 at the midweek Great Run Local at Salford Quays.

Olivia Whittaker won the club’s junior of the week prize following her superb win at Heaton Park 5k, and for always being a good teammate and the first person to help with demonstrations.

Chris Whittaker and Debi Warrington at York.

My round! Radcliffen fell runners at Saddleworth.

A gala day for Andy Haines in North Yorkshire

Parkrun tourist Vince Ashton (centre).

Junior of the week Olivia Whittaker.

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