Neal Emmerson set yet another club record when he led home a great field of 16 Radcliffe AC runners at the Greater Manchester Marathon.
He ran a fantastic 2hrs 34mins 25secs, knocking more than four minutes off his previous personal best, to finish 32nd out of the thousands at Sunday’s event.
It was a record time in the marathon for the Radcliffe club which was founded in 1984.
Emmerson said: “I went out fast but found it rough in the second half and I had to dial it back. It was great to see all the support from Radcliffe AC on the course.”
The race featured several first-time marathon runners from the club and there were several personal bests. Some members also ran in aid of charity.
Ian Warrington was pleased with his time of 2:58:54 while Richard Bellis was next home in 3:27:56.
Also running were Kris Lee 3:28:24; Chris Paxton 3:28:29; Mike Kontowtt 3:43:31; Peter Hunter 3:49:25 and Paul Barrington 3:54:27.
Sheila Jones was eighth Vet 60 in 3:57:26; Mark Garner ran 3:58:04; Dave Rushton 4:12:37 despite his training being disrupted by illness; Sharon Peterkin 5:33:05 with a foot injury; Lisa Donnelly 5:33:40; Lucy Dewhurst and Sarah Oxley 5:43:48, and Amanda Darbyshire 6:05:03.
Radcliffe also had 12 runners at the midweek Liver Hill Fell Race in Rossendale, the second in the Run the Moors series in which local clubs compete.
Kathryn Davies clocked 57:11 to finish second Vet 55 on the 5.1-mile course with 820ft of climbing, and Sheila McNulty was second Vet 70 in 01:05:19.
Chris Whittaker was the first Radcliffe finisher and 10th overall in 37:49. They were joined by John Wrigley 40:17; Lee Turner 45:32; Paul Swyers 47:34; Mauro Rotondi 49:38; Steve Hamer 50:55; Lisa Carter 54:43; Chris Fletcher 01:02:50; David Schofield 01:03:02, and Stephen Parker 01:08:28.
There was another great midweek turnout in the first race of the Curley’s 5K Trail Series at Horwich.
Lee Cooper was the first home for the club on the hilly course in 23:34, finishing 26th out of 123 runners.
Phill Prince ran 24:57; Peter Cook 25:24; Kirsten Cook was third Vet 55 in 29:05; Kathryn Prince 31:06; Elaine Bailey second Vet 60 in 31:43; Deborah Barrington 33:17; Karen Doherty 34:01; Sarah Rushton 35:27, and Tracy Wroe 36:56.
Caroline Mullineaux celebrated her birthday by finishing second Vet 40 at the Rivington 10 Mile Trail Challenge, knocking a massive 12 minutes off her personal best to finish in 1:35:28. Kathryn Davies ran 1:42:40, David Schofield 1:57:38 and Karen Doherty 2:02:42.
Andy Haines finished 115th out of 200 runners in the Pendle Hill Fell Race, covering the 4.5 miles and 1,499ft of ascent in 45:48. Andy Wheeler was third Vet 60 at Worden Park 5k near Leyland, coming 92nd out of 265 runners in 29:01, while Tracy Wroe clocked 1:04:52 at Fleetwood 10k.
With the local Heaton Park and Leverhulme park runs cancelled, some runners travelled further afield. Katie Percival ran 23:21 to finish first lady and 10th overall at Chadderton Hall parkrun in Oldham.
At Stretford in Manchester, Donna Cartwright knocked 27 seconds off her course personal best to finish fourth lady in 20:22. Vince Ashton also achieved a pb of 27:58 at Centre Vale parkrun in Todmorden and Rob Lister ran 24:07 at Lancaster.
Junior Olivia Whittaker was second overall and first lady in 10:14 at the 2k Great Run Local at Burrs Country Park.