FIONA LYNCH added another top three placing to her long list this season when she ran the gruelling ultra Peak Skyline.
She was third woman in 5hrs 45mins 53secs, putting her 18th overall in the 30 mile event in the Peak District. It took place in the White Peak area starting from Buxton Community School and was the fourth running of the event.
She described the route with 6,500 feet of climbing as “relentlessly technical” and said the difficult terrain of rocky ridges, gritstone and bracken destroyed her shoes. Ian Warrington was next home for the club having run with Fiona for the first half and setting a fine pace which she was able to continue. He clocked 6hrs 02mins 59secs and was 26th.
Scott Baxter, who also said his shoes were wrecked by the challenging ground, clocked 6hrs 52mins 38secs, knocking an amazing 50 minutes off his time from last year. Mauro Rotondi clocked 7hrs 21mins describing the conditions are “perfect for running with some beautiful views of the Peak District”. New member Michelle Hinks, who had been suffering illness, decided to go ahead with the run but disappointingly was timed out at the sixth checkpoint having run more than 17 miles.
An improving Katie Percival got herself an eigth place out of 88 women when she ran the Chorlton and Sale Water Park Half Marathon Trail Race. On a course which snaked round the River Mersey through the Chorlton Nature Reserve and the forested areas of Sale Water Park she clocked 1hr 49mins 15secs.
The 4.6 mile midweek Astley Trail Race at Chorley is part of the Central Lancs Grand Prix in which the club is doing extremely well. So to keep up their challenge 30 members took part with an on form Neal Emmerson coming a fine 10th out of 293 runners in 26mins 37secs. Next in was Ian Warrington, a few seconds up on last year, in 28mins 24secs in 34th position and Chris Paxton was third home, and not far behind, in 36th position in 28mins 44secs.
Mike Kontowtt was fifth vet-50 in 30mins 06secs and Donna Cartwright was fifth woman and third vet-40 in 30mins 42secs. Kris Lee (V40) ran 31mins 17secs: Dave Rushton (V50) 31mins 39secs: Mauro Rotondi (V40) 31mins 56secs: McKenzie Madison 31mins 58secs: Peter Hunter 33mins: Katie Percival 33mins 23secs: John Andrew (V40) 33mins 57secs: Steve Hamer (V50) 34mins 03secs: Jenny Yates sixth vet-50 close on his heels in 34mins 09secs: Kate Holden (V40) 34mins 44secs: Paula Abernethy (V50) 35mins 18secs:Chris Saville (V40) 36mins 39secs: Chris Fletcher 38mins 37secs: Alan Brown (V60) 38mins 57secs: Susanne Andrew (V40) 39mins 20secs: Kirsten Cook (V50) 40mins 25secs: Zena Knowles (V40) 42mins 06secs: Karen Doherty (V40) 42mins 13secs: Wayne Holden 42mins 19secs: Iain Hopkinson (V40) recovering from injury 43mins 44secs: Sarah Rushton (V40) 43mins 50secs: Iain Harris (V65) 45mins 34secs: Sarah Oxley (V40) 54mins 59secs: Lucy Dewhurst 55mins and Jim Rhodes (V75) 1hr 00mins 19secs.
The women’s “A” team were fourth out of 25 teams and the men’s “A” team 7th out of 45.
Also on Wednesday night three members ran the tough Whittle Pike Fell Race from Cowpe, Waterfoot, Rossendale. On the 5mile course with 1,600 feet of climbing James Hall was 29th out of 99 runners in 54mins 35secs. Caroline Mullineaux (V40), back into racing following injury, ran 1hr 26mins 34secs and Gavin Durman 1hr 28mins 25secs.
In the parkruns Pete Potter ran 21mins 30secs at Heaton Park followed by Nick Barnes in 22mins 57secs: Sheila Jones (V60) 24mins 15secs: Tammy Oluyori 29mins 12secs and Iain Harris (V65) 29mins 16secs. At Bolton Mark Williams (V50) ran 23mins 42secs and daughter Grace clocked 27mins 46secs. Kath Davies (V50) ran 28mins 27secs: Karen Doherty (V40) a pb on the course in 29mins 59secs:Mark Murphy (V45) 30mins 21secs and Jim Rhodes (V75) 40mins 57secs. Jenny Entwistle ran at Worlsey Woods clocking 30mins 15secs Vince Ashton ran the 5k at Burrs Country Park on Sunday clocking 25mins 56secs.