SEVEN Radcliffe AC runners took on marathons on Sunday with Neal Emmerson coming a fine 14th in the Yorkshire Marathon in 2hrs 41mins 09secs, a new personal best time.
In great conditions he was aiming to get under 2hrs 40mins and got through 20 miles in under two hours but was disappointed when, in eighth position, he pushed on and cramped up.
The event was billed as a picturesque run with fantastic pb potential and past many of York City’s historic sites. Michelle Hincks clocked 4hrs 38mins 57secs, knocking more than 14 minutes of her best time last year, and Sarah Oxley and Bev McGrath ran together in a time of 5hrs 06mins 49secs.
In her first marathon vet-50 Jenny Yates clocked 3hrs 43mins 36secs and was 17th in her age group despite a struggle with an old injury. She ran the eighth Chester Marathon, starting and finishing at Chester Racecourse and running near the city’s iconic landmarks. Lucy Dewhurst ran the Chester Metric Marathon, 26.2km, in a time of 3hrs 20mins 18secs.
It was up to Northumberland for vet-60 Ken Smith when he ran the Kielder Marathon, a course almost entirely off-road around Europe’s largest man-made lake Kielder Water. He was pleased to run 4hrs 49mins 31 secs and was 15th in his age group.
Two took on the classic Langdale Fell Race in the Lake District on Saturday in tough conditions running 13 miles and climbing 4,600 feet. Mauro Rotondi clocked 3hrs 46mins 21secs putting him 263rd out of 345 finishers and Fiona Lynch ran 3hrs 51mins 34secs. Starting from Great Langdale they faced rain, mist and very boggy conditions. Fiona said she fell so deep in one bog hole she lost her water bottle as she pulled herself out.
They were both racing the following day when 11 travelled to Haworth, Keighley to keep up the club’s challenge in the Run The Moors Grand Prix and in good conditions, apart from the bogs, ran the 7.5 mile Withins Skyline Fell Race. With a course climbing 984 feet at Penistone Hill Country Park Chris Paxton was first home for the club in 54mins 58secs in the final race of the grand prix. Donna Cartwright (V40) ran 57mins 42secs: James Hall 57mins 46secs: Dave Rushton 1hr 0mins 35secs: Mauro Rotondi 1hr 02mins 28secs: Fiona 1hr 03mins 05secs: Katie Percival 1hr 05mins 38secs: Kris Lee 1hr 07mins 05secs: Kate Holden 1hr 11mins 23secs: Lisa Carter 1hr 11mins 56secs and Mark Cartwright 1hr 13mins. Official results of the grand prix will be out soon.
In the Rochdale 10k, organised for the third year running by the local council and run from Rochdale Town Hall, Chris Fletcher ran 48mins 02secs and was 80th out of 435 finishers with Kirsten Cook coming home as first vet-55 in 55mins 07secs, Karen Doherty (V40) running 58mins 38secs and Andy Wheeler (V60) clocking 59mins 07secs.
Flying the flag abroad Tony Holt (56) now living in Australia, was sixth in his age group in the National Duathlon Championships in Armadale, Perth, and 113th out of 343 taking part and Lee Turner took time out from a break to run the 13km Trail De L’Escarelle in La Celle in the South of France coming 84th and seventh vet-50 in a time of 1hr 23mins.
In the 5k parkruns Peter Hunter ran 21mins 25secs at Heaton Park, Chris Fletcher 23mins 52secs and Shaun Boult ran with partner Tanya who ran 29mins 52secs with Shaun a minute after. At Bolton Mark Willams (V50) clocked 22mins 02secs, Steve Lomax 25mins 54secs, Lucy Dewhurst 40mins 29secs and Sarah Oxley 40mins 30secs.