RADCLIFFE AC had a great turnout of 21 runners in the Coiners Fell Race at Mytholmroyd, in West Yorkshire. The May Bank Holiday race was the second in the Run The Moors Grand Prix the club takes part in along with other local clubs and there were points to be fought for over 6.7 miles and 968 feet of climbing in the scorching heat.
First home for the club was Dave McGrath in 53mins 12secs in a fine ninth place out of 195. Chris Whittaker in his first fell race came in 29th in 1hr 00mins 44secs and James Hall was 48th in 1hr 03mins 47secs. Craig Norman, who had raced the day before, clocked 1hr 05mins 45secs. Andy Haines ran 1hr 07mins 49secs and Paul Swyers (V50) right behind him 1hr 07mins 50: Fiona Lynch (V40) after her epic run in the 61 mile Fellsman the week before was first woman for the club and seventh woman overall in 1hr 08mins 17secs.Peter McNulty (V60) ran 1hr 09mins 14secs: Chris Paxton not far behind in 1hr 09mins 31secs with Katie Percival clocking 1hr 09 38secs and Lee Turner (V50) 1hr 09mins 40secs. John Andrew ran 1hr 13mins 54secs: Mauro Rotondi 1hr 15mins 21secs: Mark Garner (V45) 1hr 17mins 26secs:Lisa Carter (V45) 1hr 20mins 02secs:Steve Hamer (V60) 1hr 20mins 27secs: Kate Holden (V40) 1hr 21mins 24secs: Mark Wolfenden (V50) 1hr 25mins 29secs: Sheila McNulty first vet-70 1hr 34mins 05secs:Susanne Andrew (V45) 1hr 43mins 35secs and Chris Fletcher 1hr 47mins 31secs.
Five took on a river crossing and were glad of the cool down in the weekend heat when they ran the Yarrow River Bluebell 10k Trail race at Chorley on Sunday. There was a fine 8th place for Craig Norman on the one lap out and back looped course in the bluebell woodland of the Yarrow Country Park and he clocked 47mins 13secs.
Lisa Donnelly,Jen Entwistle, Christine Berry and Katie Benson ran together and approached it as a fun run not knowing what to expect at the river. Lisa said it was the best part of the day and they really needed it by the time they got there. They crossed the river twice with water up to their knees. The vet-50 clocked 1hr 30mins 45secs: Katie Benson the same time: Christine Berry (V50) 1hr 30mins 49secs and Jen Entwistle 1hr 30mins 51secs.
Karen Doherty ran an event while she was on holiday when she took part in the May Day 10k at Kenilworth outside Stratford-upon-Avon and on a tough hot day clocked 1hr 15mins.
In the first of the midweek Hollingworth Lake 5k Series at Littleborough Chris Whittaker was first 35-year-old and 12th overall in a time of 18mins 15secs, winning himself a medal and two pair of socks. John Gibbs was next in for the club in 16th place in 18mins 50secs. Caroline Malone (V45) ran 26mins 01sec and Debi Warrington, also vet-45, clocked 28mins 03secs.
On Saturday Mark Garner ran the three lap undulating course of the It’s A Piece of Cake 10k at Boggart Hole Clough, Manchester. Taking on Angel Hill he clocked 46mins 29secs in the hot weather and was 49th.
It was a special day for vet-60 Sheila Jones on Saturday when she notched up her 350th 5k parkrun. At Heaton Park, where most of her parkruns have been, she ran 24mins 27secs. Steve Hamer (V60) is getting back to fomr coming first in his age category in a bumper field of 700 runners clocking 23mins 27secs. Peter Hunter clocked 24mins 39secs: Karen Doherty (V45) 32mins 19secs: Iain Harris (V65) 32mins 59secs and Lucy Dewhurst 35mins 10secs.
At Bolton Mark Williams (V50) was first for the club in 20mins 42secs one of 10 taking part. Katie Percival had a pb with 22mins 21secs. Rob Lister (V50) clocked 22mins 24secs closely followed by Paul Swyers inb 22mins 32secs. Vet-60 Ken Smith clocked 24mins 19secs: Mark Wolfenden (V50) 25mins 13secs: Kath Davies (V55) 27mins 41secs: Mark Murphy (V45) 31mins 40secs: Wayne Holden 32mins 27secs and vet-60 Andy Wheeler 33mins 34secs.