IT was girl power when it came to the Manchester Marathon with five Radcliffe AC women taking on the challenge.
They joined the thousands on Sunday in perfect conditions on a course billed as the flatest and fastest in the country. Kate Holden (V40) was first home for the club in 3hrs 44mins 44secs with Sheila Jones next in 4hrs 00mins 18secs and coming in a fine third vet-60. Sarah Scott ran 4hrs 00mins 33secs, Jen Entwistle 4hrs 55mins 55secs and Sharon Peterkin 5hrs 26mins 56secs. Out on the course club members used placards to help cheer their ciubmates on at many points along the route which began from Emirates Old Trafford, home of Lancashire County Cricket Club, and went out towards Altrincham and back.
Lucy Dewhurst took to the streets of Rome for her first marathon and despite having health issues in the run up to the race and problems with the heat she was determined to get her medal. She was very disappointed with her time but said “I couldn’t bear to leave the city without the medal.”
Neal Emmerson showed his form again when he won the Tatton 10k on Sunday in 34mins 56secs. The 10k is run on a fast, undulating road closed course in Tatton Park at Cheshire. It was good performances all round for Radcliffe with personal best times. Chris Whittaker was in 9th place in 37mins 44secs: John Gibbs 15th in 38mins 59secs and Amanda Callan clocking 47mins 58 secs.
There was a good turnout at the Wardle Skyline Fell Race, Rochdale on Saturday with 14 runners from Radcliffe and there were some good results with Dave McGrath coming seventh overall out of 142 in 52mins 15secs and Katie Percival coming home fourth woman 1hr 03mins 39secs.
The tough muddy seven mile race with 1,250 feet of climbing was the first one in the Run The Moors Grand Prix which the club takes part in throughout the season along with several other clubs and runners gained some valuable points. Following McGrath was Ian Warrington in 23rd place in 56mins 05secs and then James Hall in 29th in 57mins 41secs. Andy Haines ran 1hr 01min 46secs:Peter McNulty (V60) 1hr 04mins 27secs: Mike Kontowtt (V55) 1hr 04mins 41secs: Paul Swyers (V50) 1hr 05mins 09secs: Mauro Rotondi (V45) 1hr 08mins 42secs: John Andrew (V40) 1hr 10mins: Mark Garner 1hr 12mins 11secs:Mark Wolfenden (V50) 1hr 16mins 34secs: Susanne Andrew (V45) 1hr 25mins 03secs and Sheila McNulty first vet-70 in 1hr 27mins 34secs.
Three runners took part in the Rivington 10 Mile Trail Challenge on Sunday on a demanding but scenic course which started from Rivington Village and took in picturesque White Coppice. Dave Rushton (V50 clocked 1hr 25mins 08secs, Caroline Mullineaux (V40) who said she had underestimated how hard it would be, ran 1hr 46mins 04secs and Wayne Holden 2hrs 04mins 37secs.
Two runners were on the high fells of the lake District on Saturday when they ran the 8.5 mile Coledale Horseshoe Fell Race from Braithwaite with its 3,000 feet of climbing. Chris Paxton and Kris Lee ran together and finished in a steady 2hrs 22mins taking in the challenging climbs of Grisedale Pike and Eel Crag and some fast technical descents.
In the midweek Curley’s 5k race at Horwich Lee Cooper clocked 25mins 25secs and Wayne Holden 34mins 34secs, doing his second in the series of three from Curley’s Dining Rooms. He was eight seconds slower than the week before but there was a lot of mud on the course.
On the same evening Steve Hamer ran his first race as a vet-60 when he took part in the 5k Joe Salt Memorial Cowm Reservoir Race at Whitworth, Rochdale, clocking 24mins 05secs.
In the popular 5k parkruns Mark Williams (V50) ran 21mins 04secs at Bolton. Kirsten cook (V55) clocked 28mins 21secs: Lisa Donnelly (V50) 32mins 12secs: Wayne Holden 32mins 43secs: Sarah Rushton (V45) 32mins 47secs and Saerah Oxley (V45) 36mins 55secs.
Vince Ashton clocked up his 55th location at North which running 26mins 55secs. He was celebrating with another “tourist” who had visited 105 locations.