RADCLIFFE AC had another successful Bull Hill Fell race with 221 finishers and Horwich RMI Harriers taking the first three places.
Phil Mardsen, who was second last year, ran the 5.2 mile course in excellent conditions in 34mins 03secs. Michael Cayton was second in 35mins 22secs and Nick Leigh took third place in 35mins 56secs.
First woman home was Sophie Whittaker from Bury AC in 43mins 37secs with Carla Davies of Red Rose Road Runners second in 44mins 26secs and Kay Welsby of Rochdale in third in 44mins 54secs.
The event on Thursday evening climbed 1,100 feet from Hawkshaw Lane in Hawkshaw onto moorland above Holcombe. The registration and presentation were held at the Red Lion in Hawkshaw.
The event was part of the Run The Moors Grand Prix this year which Horwich take part in along with several other local clubs including Radcliffe. To keep up their challenge in the grand prix 17 Radcliffe runners competed. First home was Dave McGrath in 10th place in 39mins 55secs with new member Benn Heywood in 19th place in 41mins 45secs. Neal Emmerson was 21st in 42mins. John Wrigley ran 44mins 25secs: Dave Rushton (V50) 46mins 54secs: Paul Swyers (V50) 47mins: Mike Kontowtt (V50) 49mins 46secs: Mauro Rotondi (V45) 50mins 46secs: Kris Lee (V40) 50mins 58secs: Fiona Lynch 51mins 30secs: Lee Turner (V45) 51mins 34secs: McKenzie Madison 54mins 20secs: Mark Wolfenden (V50) 55mins 38secs: Kate Holden (V40) 59mins 40secs: Jenny Yates (V50) 59mins 45secs: Lisa Carter (V45) 59mins 54secs and Mark Carter (V40) 1hr 00mins 57secs.
Radcliffe had the popular midweek Rochdale 10k road race down as a club championship and runners showed their enthusiasm when 25 turned out to take part on a challenging undulating course.
With 311 entries Neal Emmerson was first home for Radcliffe in ninth place and first senior man in 36mins 21secs Ian Warrington ran 39mins 09secs and John Wrigley was pleased to be under 40 mins with a time of 39mins 38secs. Mike Kontowtt was fourth vet-50 in 42mins 36secs: Mauro Rotondi (V45) after a hard week of racing, had a personal best time of 43mins 59secs: Kris Lee (V45) ran 44mins 10secs: Steve Hamer (V55) 46mins 30secs: Paula Abernethy was first vet-50 and eighth woman in 46mins 45secs: Kate Holden fourth vet-40 ran 49mins 16secs: Louise Bowden (V40) 49mins 33secs: and not far behind Chris Saville (V40) in 49mins 49secs. Sheila Jones was also close and first vet-60 in 49mins 53secs: Dave Bartlett ran 55mins 05secs: Lisa Carter was third vet-45 in 55mins 18secs: Susanne Andrew (V40) ran 56mins 28secs: Kirsten Cook was third vet-55 in 56mins 44secs: Alan Brown vet-60 ran 58mins 22secs and Wayne Holden hung onto him until the end coming home in 58mins 24secs. Karen Doherty was pleased to be under the hour in 59mins 40secs and Ian Hopkinson ran 1hr 00mins 53secs, two minutes quicker than last year. Kathryn Prince (V40) clocked 1hr 01mins 08secs: Sarah Oxley (V40) 1hr 01min 26secs: Bev McGrath 1hr 01min 44secs: Iain Harris (V65) sprinted for the line to the cheers of the club clocking 1hr 03mins 13secs with Lucy Dewhurst running 1hr 08mins.
The men’s A team was sixth out of 25 and ladies’ A team 4th out of 18.
Donna Cartwright was first woman and 8th overall when she ran the Lymm Trail 5k in Cheshire on Sunday in 20mins 57secs in hot conditions.
Two members travelled to the Lake District at weekend to take on the challenging classic Wasdale Fell Race covering 21miles and 9,000 feet of climbing. Fiona Lynch described the hot day as a “scorcher” but was very pleased with her 6hrs 30mins 29secs having had to retire from the event last year after a fall. She had taken on the race after completing a 110k trail race the week before. Mauro Rotondi had also completed the 110k race but in the Wasdale he was unlucky and was time out at Great Gable, only two minutes outside the time limit having already run 15 miles of the event. Former Radcliffe member Anna Lupton was first woman.
Vet-40 Peter Booth also took to the hills midweek and ran the three mile Stoodley Pike Fell Race from Lumbutts, Todmorden. He covered the 699 feet of climbing in 32mins 30secs.
Six competed in the popular We Love Manchester 10k on Sunday with Mike Kontowtt coming 83rd overall out of a large field and third vet-50 in 41mins 47secs. Chris Saville ran 49mins 28secs: Sheila Jones was first vet-60 in 49mins 36secs: Zena Knowles ran 56mins 04secs, her first race in 15 months after a foot operation. Kirsten Cook ran 56mins 35secs and Ian Hopkinson, still recovering from bruised ribs in a fall, ran 1hr 00mins 57secs.
Michelle Hinks ran the Hendon Brook Half Marathon at Nelson and clocked 2hrs 34mins on a tough hilly course. Also at weekend Sarah Oxley took on a tough Chatsworth 10k, running around the grounds of Chatsworth House, and ran 1hr 06mins 36secs.
In the parkruns Rob Lister ran a personal best time at the Darlington Parkrun clocking 20mins 09secs.
At Bolton Paul Swyers ran 22mins 04secs: Mark Garner 23mins 57secs: Sheila Jones 25mins 54secs: junior Grace Williams 27mins 09secs and dad Mark 27mins 11secs: Vince Ashton 28mins 27secs; Paul Barrington 32mins 09secs and Andy Wheeler 34mins 37secs.