EIGHT Radcliffe AC members enjoyed perfect conditions in the Greater Manchester Marathon on Sunday with a superb time from Neal Emmerson leading the club home clocking 2hrs 42mins 53secs.
A happy Neal said he was pleased with his time but felt “the wheels fell off at 23 miles”.He is hoping to better his time at the Blackpool Marathon later this month. He thanked clubmates on the course who lifted him when he needed it.
There were good times from Ian Warrington in 2hrs 59mins 27secs, happy to hit his target under three hours, John Wrigley 3hrs 23mins 25secs: Chris Paxton running 3hrs 26mins 37secs: Peter Hunter 3hrs 38mins 28secs: Nicholas Bennett 3hrs 48mins 37secs: McKenzie Madison 4hrs 00mins 25secs, despite an injury to his knee, and the only woman taking part Sarah Oxley who ran 5hrs 03mins. Joining the thousands taking part they were supported all the way round the route by dozens of Radcliffe members on what is billed as the flatest and fastest course in the North of England.
It was a busy week and weekend of racing for the club and Fiona Lynch had plenty to be pleased about in the Liverpool Half Marathon on Sunday. She clocked a fine 1hr 29mins 24 secs, putting her 3rd woman vet-40, 11th woman and 233rds overall out of 4,031 runners. Rob Lister also took part running 1hr 36mins 18secs, a personal best time.
Members ran three midweek events with two at the 4.3 mile Peter Hartley Memorial Liver Hill Fell Race on the moors above Rawtenstall, climbing 820 feet, where Paul Swyers (V50) clocked 48mins 32secs and Mark Wolfenden also vet-50 53mins 09secs.
On Wednesday night in the Brenda and Colin Robinson 5k Road race at Whitworth Rochdale Chris Fletcher was first home with a personal best time of 23mins 06secs. On the two lap course round Cowm Reservoir vet-60 Alan Brown was next for Radcliffe in 26mins 17secs. Karen Doherty (V40) had a pb with 28mins 25secs and Jim Rhodes was first vet-75 in 42mins 05secs.Also on Wednesday Wayne Holden clocked 32mins 23secs in the Curly 5k Trail race at Horwich.
On Saturday six members travelled to Pendle to run the tough 4.5 mile Pendle Fell Race, with two climbs up the famous fell on a course with a total of 1,500 feet of climbing. Paul Swyers was again first home for Radcliffe in 48mins 46secs. Peter McNulty was fifth vet-60 in 50mins 05secs and wife Sheila was the first vet-70 in 1hr 03mins 22secs. Lee Turner (V40) ran 50mins 47secs: Lisa Carter was eigth vet-40 in 59mins 30secs and Alan Sumner second vet-70 in 1hr 02mins 05secs.
On Sunday Mauro Rotondi and Caroline Mullineaux enjoyed better weather when they travelled to Crowden, Derbyshire for the 5.9 mile Lad’s Leap Fell Race. A challenging course with 1,700 feet of climbing Mauro ran 1hr 11mins and Caroline was happy, despite lots of bog, with her 1hr 37mins.
Kris Lee was in the Lake District for the Buttermere 10 Mile Trail Race where he clocked 1hr 36mins in great conditions. The well-marked course started from the National trust Field at Buttermere and went around the shores of both Buttermere and Crummock Water, but had a bit more climbing than Kris expected in a trail race so he was pleased with his time and his 37th position in a field of 188.
Steve Hamer (V55) took on three major climbs when he ran the Darwen Heritage Half Marathon and clocked 1hr 47mins 18secs on the testing course. With a medal and t-shirt he described the day as “marvellous”.
In the park runs Chris Fletcher was in action again running 23mins: Sheila Jones (V60) clocked 23mins 44secs: Peter Hunter 29mins 06secs and Tammy Oluyori 30mins 17secs. At Bolton vet-50 Dave Rushton ran 22mins: Louise Bowden (V40) ran 24mins 26secs: Sarah Rushton (V45) 29mins 59secs and Kris Booth and Paul Barrington ran 33mins 50secs. Also at Bolton Wayne Holden had a pb with 29mins 16secs.
Karen Doherty ran a soggy Keswick Parkrun in the Lake District clocking 28mins 58secs.