Radcliffe AC’s Craig Norman got 2019 off to a flying start when he finished third in the Holcombe Howler trail 10k.
He was presented with a trophy after completing the challenging course, which takes in the stunning trails of Holcombe Moor above Bury, in 53 minutes 11 seconds.
Peter Cook also did the 10k in 1hour 05 minutes, his first race for the club, while two members ran the Holcombe Howler Trail Half Marathon which took place at the same time.
Dave Rushton finished in 1:56:54 and Sharon Peterkin ran 3:34:37 – after completing a seven-mile run before the race as part of her marathon training.
Neal Emmerson flew the flag for Radcliffe at the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships which are open to runners who were born in or live in the county.
Neal, who is originally from Leeds, finished a fine 78th out of 280 in the senior men’s race at Lightwater Valley Theme Park near Ripon. He described the dry but undulating 10.2k course as “tough”, finishing in 37:57.
Several members hit 2019 running by taking part in special New Year’s Day parkruns.
Husband and wife Peter and Sheila McNulty took on England’s highest and hilliest parkrun – Whinlatter Forest in the Lake District. Peter was first Vet-60 in 25:06 and Sheila clocked 34:06.
It was another family affair for the Barringtons at Hastings where Paul ran 21:05, junior Noah 25:19 and Deborah 32:42.
Jenny Yates celebrated her January 1 birthday by finishing sixth woman at Oldham parkrun in 22:05 while Caroline Malone clocked 28:00.
Two members did the double by running two parkruns on the same day. Shelia Jones ran 24:13 to finish ninth woman and first V60 at Blackpool. She then achieved the same position by running 24:39 at Lytham Hall.
Lisa Donnelly ran 36:33 at Watergrove in Rochdale followed by 33:43 at Bolton.
Joining her at Bolton were: Mark Williams 21:33; Rob Lister 22:05; Mauro Rotondi 23:56; Mark Wolfenden 26:12; Kathryn Davies 28:11; David Schofield 28:28; junior Grace Williams 31:17; Mark Murphy 31:53; Lucy Tetler 32:20; Andy Wheeler 34:07; Tracy Wroe 34:31 pb; Christine Berry 35:58 pb; Bev Quinton 36:09pb.
There was a good turnout at the regular Saturday morning parkrun at Heaton Park where Fiona Lynch was fourth lady in 20:11.
Also running: Mauro Rotondi 21:35; Mark Garner 21:36; Sheila Jones 23:24 (first Vet-60); Nick Barnes 23:56; Chris Fletcher 24:27; junior Olivia Whittaker 27:29; Lisa Donnelly 31:46; Bev Quinton 34:07; Deborah Barrington 34:54; Christine Berry 35:44; junior Niamh Warr 37:19; Sarah Oxley 41:44 as part of her challenge to run every day in January.
In the 400th parkrun at Bolton, Katie Percival was first woman in 22:05. Paul Barrington ran a 22:27 pb; Steve Hamer 24:02; Kathryn Davies 26:52; David Schofield 29:45; Elaine Bailey 30:07; Mark Murphy 30:52; Natalie Hitchen 32:22; Andy Wheeler 33:14.
Jenny Yates was first woman in 22:58 at the weekly Great Run Local 5k at Burrs.