04/02/19 Update

  • Fiona Lynch at the Wadsworth Trog.

Lisa Carter didn’t let sub-zero temperatures stop her from setting a red hot personal best in the 19-mile Wadsworth Trog fell race.

She was one of three Radcliffe AC runners who took on the challenging course on moorland above Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

Lisa clocked 04:40:30 to knock a massive 30 minutes off her pb for the classic winter fell race, which has 3,650ft of climbing.

Known for its great views, she described Saturday’s race as “fab but freezing cold”.

With snow underfoot, Fiona Lynch was fourth vet-40 in 03:53:59 with Ian Warrington a second behind.

On the same day, Lisa’s daughter and Radcliffe AC junior Fleur also contended with freezing temperatures when she ran for the Year 6 Bury team in the Greater Manchester Schools Cross Country Championships at Heaton Park.

And on Sunday, Andy Haines faced knee-deep snow, strong winds and white-outs in the Kong Mini Mountain Marathon in North Wales.

He had four hours to navigate to as many control points as possible in the mountains of the Glyderau and Carnnedau range.

Andy finished a great 52nd out of 151 competitors with 280 points and said: “Conditions were difficult. It was a true test of mountain craft and navigation.”

Six members kept warm by taking on Sumday’s Blackburn Winter Warmer 10k.

On a tough undulating course, Dave Rushton was first home for the club in 47:36 while Sheila Jones was second vet-60 in 50:44 .

Kathryn Davies ran 54:36; Craig Ward 57:09; Karen Doherty 01:02:42; Sarah Rushton 01:03:10, and Christine Berry 01:14:46.

Michelle Hincks and Sarah Oxley travelled to Southport for the Mad Dog 10k, clocking 53:14 and 01:00:25 respectively.

On a weekend when many parkruns were cancelled because of ice, five braved the cold at the Heaton Park event.

Sheila Jones got her great weekend of running off to a flying start by finishing first vet-60 in 22:36. Also running were Nick Barnes 24:59; Peter Hunter 27:03; Mark Garner 23:15 and Elaine Bailey 31:28.

Vince Ashton was pleased with his time of 29:38 at Temple Newsam parkrun in Leeds, his first run in three weeks.

It was the first weekend of racing for members since the death of club stalwart and much-loved local runner Jim Rhodes aged 78.

Fiona Lynch at the Wadsworth Trog.

Fiona Lynch at the Wadsworth Trog.

Sheila Jones was second vet-60 at Blackburn (pic by Debi Warrington).

Sheila Jones was second vet-60 at Blackburn (pic by Debi Warrington).

Sarah Oxley completed the Mad Dog 10k.

Sarah Oxley completed the Mad Dog 10k.

Dave Rushton was first home for the club at Blackburn Winter Warmer (pic Debi Warrington).

Dave Rushton was first home for the club at Blackburn Winter Warmer (pic Debi Warrington).

Tough conditions for Andy Haines in North Wales.

Tough conditions for Andy Haines in North Wales.

All smiles at the Wadsworth Trog for (from left) Lisa Carter, Ian Warrington and Fiona Lynch.

All smiles at the Wadsworth Trog for (from left) Lisa Carter, Ian Warrington and Fiona Lynch.

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