RADCLIFFE AC women were prizewinners at the Red Rose Cross Country League presentation night when Donna Cartwright took first place among the vet-40s and Jenny Yates was third vet-50. They were both also successful in the team prizes taking second place along with clubmate Fiona Lynch who made up the team.
The presentation was at Horwich Harriers Social Club on Friday night and Radcliffe are one several local clubs who take part in the league which holds four fixtures each year, the best of three performances counting towards the prizes. This year the races were at Leigh, Chorley, Bolton and Rossendale. Runners from eight-years-old upwards take part and the club’s juniors have already competed.
Three took on challenging conditions navigating in the snow when they ran the 19 mile Bernard Pierce Memorial Wadsworth Trog Fell Race on Saturday, named after its creator who died last year. A classic winter event on moorland above Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire with 3,500 feet of climbing and nicknamed “The Beast” Fiona Lynch and Ian Warrington ran together clocking 4hrs 17mins and Lisa Carter 5hrs 10mins despite all having to cover a couple of extra miles to get back on track negotiating no less than 14 checkpoints on technical paths and open fell. Fiona described it as a trememdous event.
Running is a family affair for the Carters, while Lisa was running the fell event daughter Fleur (10) a Radcliffe junior, and her 12-year-old brother Noah were taking part in the Greater Manchester Schools Cross Country Championships at Heaton Park on Saturday. Noah was the first Bury Year 7 boy back in his race.
At Heaton Park on Sunday Amanda Hey was well pleased with her 1hr 52mins 36secs and third vet-55 placing in the Heaton Park Half Marathon and Sheila Jones was first vet-60 and clocked 1hr 54mins 25secs. Chris Whittaker had a great second place in the 10k race at the park in a time of 39mins 03secs. John Mcnicoll also ran the 10k and the vet-50 clocked 47mins 48secs.
It was off to the seaside for two members when they ran the 8th Mad Dog 10k a popular themed event with some runners in fancy dress on a course along the Southport shoreline. Michelle Hincks got herself a new personal best of 52mins 49secs, an amazing 32 minutes faster than her previous time and Sarah Oxley (V45) ran 1hr 08mins 39secs.
John Wrigley took on the Buncar Lane climb in the tough Blackburn Winter Warmer 10k on Sunday from Witton Park and ran 40mins 44secs putting him in 59th position out of a large field and more than one minute quicker than last year. Kirsten Cook also ran the town’s biggest road race clocking 57mins 18secs.
And there was success Down Under for member Tony Holt now living there when he was the 55-59 champion in the West Australian Marathon Club.
In the 5k parkruns on Saturday Peter Hunter ran 22mins 53secs at Heaton Park followed by Nick Barnes in 23mins 13secs: Sheila Jones 24mins 04secs: Chris Fletcher 24mins 44secs: Amanda Callan had a pb with 24mins 47secs: Lisa Donnelly (V45) ran 31mins 54secs: Christine Berry (V50) had a pb with 34mins 43secs: Jen Entwistle ran 34mins 47secs and Lucy Dewhurst 45mins 08secs. At Bolton Paul Swyers (V50) clocked 22mins 24secs: Katie Percival had a pb with 22mins 30secs: Kris Booth (V40) ran 27mins 58secs: Kath Davies (V50) 29mins 59secs: Mark Murphy (V45) 32mins 50secs and Sarah Oxley (V45) 35mins 11secs.
Vince Ashton our “tourist” notched up another location at the Phoenix Parkrun in Runcorn and ran 29mins 35secs. At Burrs on Sunday Mark Wolfenden (V50) ran 23mins 46secs and Kath Davies (V50) 29mins 45secs.