RADCLIFFE AC’s Dave McGrath took a well deserved second place in the Edenfield Fell Race on Sunday. He ran the 6.4 mile course with its 1,565 feet of climbing in a fine 47mins 42secs losing out to the winner from Todmorden by just three seconds.
But there was drama for the great turnout of 23 runners from Radcliffe when Donna Cartwright had a nasty fall landing her in hospital. Despite a fractured ankle out on the tough course the gutsy vet-40 continued her run and finished fifth woman in 1hr 02mins 30secs before being treated at the finish by Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue then taken for more treatment at hospital by her clubmates.
Radcliffe won the ladies team with Donna, now on crutches, home first, Katie Percival running 1hr 05mins 29secs and ninth woman and Fiona Lynch (V40) 1hr 07mins 02secs, 12th woman. The popular event ,running from Edenfield Cricket Club, had a record number of runners with 223 taking to the local moors in scorching conditions. It was part of the Run The Moors Grand Prix so there were points to be fought for between Radcliffe and several other clubs who take part.
Next home for the club after Dave was Chris Whittaker in 30th place in 54mins 14secs with Ian Warrington close behind in 32nd in 54mins 35secs. James Hall ran 55mins 42secs: John Gibbs 56mins 06secs: John Wrigley 56mins 37secs: Craig Norman 56mins 43secs: Mike Cooke (V45) 1hr 02mins 49secs: Peter McNulty (V60) 1hr 03mins 33secs: Paul Swyers (V50) 1hr 03mins 56secs: Mauro Rotondi (V45) 1hr 04mins 38secs:: Kris Lee (V40) 1hr 08mins 09secs: Mark Garner (V45) 1hr 08mins 23secs: John Andrew (V45) 1hr 09mins 02secs: Steve Hamer (V60) 1hr 11mins 10secs:Mark Wolfenden (V50) 1hr 15mins 01sec: Nick Barnes close on his heels, 1hr 15mins 23secs: Lisa Carter (V45) 1hr 16mins 44secs: Sheila McNnulty was first vet-70 in 1hr 24mins 13secs and Susanne Andrew (V45) ran 1hr 31mins 09secs.
In his first marathon Stephen O’Hagan faced the same hot weather on Sunday in Derry in Northern Ireland when he finished in 4hrs 24mins in the Walled City Marathon. The city is known for its 17th century Derry Walls with seven gates and the challenging route took in the sights of the city. he celebrated with is wife Ema.
Michelle Hincks took on the Coniston Marathon on Sunday and clocked 5hrs 55mins but she was running it with a large backpack, in training for bigger things. She plans to run a multi-day desert race in Namibia in Southwest Africa in November.
Sarah Oxley was also training for bigger things when she ran one of the toughest half marathons in the UK , the Bolton Hill Half Marathon in Sunday’s hot conditions. She clocked 3hrs 12mins 30secs on a course that went up Winter Hill and over Rivington P,ke, through Barrow village and finished in Moss Bak Park. She also added more miles after making it 20 miles, training for two ultras she has planned in July. The day before the vet-45 had run the Conwy Parkrun in Wales in 28mins 37secs.
Keeping cool on Sunday was easier for Caroline Malone than most she took part in the 3.8k Ullswater Swim clocking 1hr 25mins 35secs.
Dave McGrath was among the top runners again when he was fifth in the midweek Foe Edge Fell Race on the local moors above Waterfoot, Rossendale. He ran the 4miles with 984 feet of climbing in 33mins 51secs. James Hall was next home for the club in 25th place in 38mins 15secs: John Wrigley, right behind in 26th place in 38mins 24secs: John Gibbs was 37th in 40mins 13secs: Lisa Carter (V45) ran 51mins 18secs and Mark Wolfenden (V50) 53mins 04secs.
Chris Whittaker ran the Hollingworth Lake Handicap 5k at Whitworth, a midweek event, which was run after the end of the recent race series. He was lst M35 and fifth in 18mins 07secs.
In the 5k parkruns Mark Garner (V45) clocked 21mins 55secs and Heaton Park with Paul Barrington (V40) running 23mins 19secs: Deborah Barrington (V40) getting a pb with 28mins 39secs and a pb for Debi Warrington (V45) with 28mins 47secs. Iain Harris ran 30mins 57secs: Lisa Donnelly (V50) 31mins 15secs and Tammy Oluyori 33mins 03secs.
At Bolton Katie Percival clocked 22mins 14secs: Rob Lister (V50) 23mins 03secs: David Schofield (V40) 30mins 09secs: Andy Wheeler (V60) 31mins 33secs and Kath Davies (V55) as tail walker clocked 59mins 24secs.
Good to know Sheila Jones is recovering after a head first fall on the trail while out with a training group including Prestwich AC members. The group helped her to hospital and although she is battered and bruised fortunately she did not need stitiches.