RADCLIFFE AC’s James Hall took on the tough challenge of the Great Lakeland 3 Day Mountain Marathon and finished in eighth place out of more than 80 runners in his class.
The event, with three different classes, started and finished in Coniston with three long days of around 18 miles each day out on the hills in the Wainwright Class, designed for runners. James’ overall time for the three days was 17hrs 11mins 44secs. His equipment was transported between overnight camps.
Rather than complex navigation the emphasis was on long mountain journeys but he still had to navigate and said good weather had made it a lot easier.
Also in the Lakes Mauro Rotondi and Lisa Carter ran the Kentmere 17k Trail Race from Staveley. On footpaths and bridleways it had stunning views of the southern Lakeland fells and Mauro completed the course in 1hr 39mins with Lisa clocking 1hr 53mins 36secs.Louise Bowden did the Kentmere 17k Trail Challenge from the same venue. a fabulous course she said , with lots of hills and bluebells, so she did well to finish in around 2hrs.
Nine runners were also on the bluebell trail at weekend with eight running the tough but fun Yarrow Bluebell 10k Trail Run in Yarrow Community Park at Chorley, which included a river crossing. There was good result for Dave McGrath coming in seventh place with a time of 45mins 40secs. Chris Saville (V40) was next in for the club clocking 1hr 4mins 8secs, including a tumble in the river. Ian Hopkinson, also vet-40, ran 1hr 5mins 44secs: Kath Davies (V50) 1hr 6mins 52secs: Eileen Sharman 1hr 8mins 1sec: Karen Doherty (V40) 1hr 8mins 50secs: Bev McGrath (V45) 1hr 14mins 14secs and Lucy Dewhurst 1hr 17mins 9secs.
Sarah Oxley described the Bluebell Trail 10, a multi-terrian race near Halifax, West Yorkshire, as “beautiful but brutal” with lots of hills but was well please to finish in around 2hrs 15mins.
In the Heaton Park 10k Mike Kontowtt (V50) had plenty to be pleased about. He had a personal best time of 42mins 7secs and finished a great 14th out of 290 runners. Sheila Jones (V60) finished 15th woman in 50mins 48secs.
Seven faced hot conditions when they ran the Edgworth 5k Reservoir Challenge , taking in the Wayoh Reservoir but with a sting in the tail up a steep hill to the finish. Chris Paxton finished 4th out of 170 in 19mins 53secs. Dave Rushton ran 20mins 57secs: Steve Hamer 23mins 37secs: Susanne Andrew 27mins 24secs: Wayne Holden 29 mins 48secs: Sarah Rushton 29mins 53secs mins and Natalie Hitchen 35mins 44 secs.
Paul Swyers (V40) took to the hills in the Great Hameldon Hill Fell Race at Accrington covering the six mile with 1,100 feet of climbing in 52mins 24secs.
In the popular park runs Peter Hunter was first home at Heaton Park in 21mins 05secs: Nick Barnes ran 21mins 38secs: Sheila Jones (V60) 23mins 53secs: Chris Fletcher 24mins 31secs and Tammy Oluyori 28mins 01sec.
At Bolton Katie Percival clocked 23mins 29secs: Ken Smith (V60) 24mins 20secs: Paul Barrington (V40) 24mins 36secs: Mark Williams and daughter Grace 27mins 24secs: Kath Davies and Rob Lister vet-50s 28mins 18secs and Natalie Hitchen 36mins 36secs.