RADCLIFFE AC made the final 10 when they were nominated as the borough’s Community Club of the Year at the Bury Sports Awards.
At a special ceremony in the Elizabethan Suite at Bury Town Hall the club were presented with a framed certificate to mark making the final which included only two running clubs. The winners were Streetshakers Dance & Fitness. Attending the evening on behalf of the club were Lisa Carter, Kris Lee, Peter Hunter and club chairman Chris Paxton who said: “I am extremely proud of reaching the final. The club has made great strides this year through hard work and dedication of our wonderful volunteers and members. However none of our recent success would have been possible without the solid footing that our previous committee put us on.”
He added he wanted to recognise in particular the work of the club’s former head coach Eileen Royle who died earlier this year, and had the club been successful the award would have been dedicated to her.
On the racing scene there was a good turnout of 16 runners at the 34th Through The Villages Race at Wheelton, Chorley, on Sunday when Neal Emmerson took third place covering the undulating 8.4 mile course, with 850 feet of ascent, in a fine 49mins 41secs. The race which went through Wheelton, Brinscall and Abbey villages was being used by Radcliffe as a club championship race and in 19th place overall out of the 282 finishers Ian Warrington clocked 54mins 35secs. Chris Paxton was 41st in 57mins 51secs which put them in first place among the senior men’s teams. Dave McGrath was next in for the club running 59mins 54secs and Mike Kontowtt (V50) 1hr 00mins 01sec! Mauro Rotondi (V45) clocked 1hr 02mins 13secs: Dave Rushton (V50) 1hr 03mins 01sec: Kris Lee (V40) 1hr 07mins: Amanda Hey was third vet-50 in 1hr 11mins 37secs: Sheila Jones second vet-60 in 1hr 13mins 14secs: Kath Davies (V50) 1hr 17mins 24secs: Lisa Carter (V45) 1hr 17mins 37secs: Kirsten Cook (V55) 1hr 18mins 42secs: Karen Doherty (V40) 1hr 28mins 03secs: Lucy Dewhurst 1hr 38mins 13secs and vet-60 Andy Wheeler 1hr 38mins 47secs.
Sarah Oxley and Bev McGrath faced 4,000 feet of climbing and lots of mud when they ran 30 miles through some tough Yorkshire countryside on Saturday. They were taking part in the White Rose Ultra billed as the perfect introduction to ultra distance running and the course from the event headquarters at Marsden, Huddersfield took in tracks and trails on parts of the Kirklees Way and Pennine Way. They made the cut off time of eight hours but said the hills were “brutal” but they were pleased to complete the challenge..
Three took to the hills around Todmorden when they ran the Shepherds Skyline Fell Race from Lumbutts on Saturday. Covering 6.2 miles and 1,148 feet of climbing Mauro Rotondi (V45) clocked 1hr 05mins 43secs with John Barton running 1hr 05mins 44secs and Scott Baxter 1hr 09mins 02secs.
Chris Fletcher ran the Cheshire 10k, billed as one of the fastest 10ks in the United Kingdom, around flat rural roads in Antrobus with full road closures but he was disappointed with his 48mins 26secs coming 351st out of 1,234 runners. He had been aiming for around 46mins. Zena Knowles, getting back into her racing, also ran the event and clocked 56mins 40secs
In the popular parkruns Peter Hunter ran 21mins 04secs at Heaton Park followed by Nick Barnes in 24mins 28secs: Mark Garner (V45) 25mins 06secs and Tammy Oluyori with 29mins 22secs. At Bolton Katie Percival clocked 23mins 14secs: Steve Lomax 23mins 39secs: Ken Smith (V60) 23mins 54secs: Rob Lister (V50) the same time and good to see Steve Hamer (V55) back in action running 28mins 14secs.