RADCLIFFE AC had a turnout of 28 runners for the Blackleach 4.8 Mile Multi-Terrain Race in Walkden on Sunday with good places for many and the men’s team prize for the club.
Neal Emmerson was first male 35 and fifth overall out of 190 runners with a time of 28mins 43secs followed very closely by Dave McGrath, second male 35 and in sixth place in 28mins 48secs. Ian Warrington was eighth overall in 29mins 13secs and along with Chris Whittaker in 12th place running 29mins 45secs they took the team prize. Jenny Yates was first woman for the club and first vet-50 as well as fifth woman overall in 33mins 39secs.
The event should have been five miles in the Blackleach Country Park but emergency excavation work there meant it had to be shortened. Chris Paxton followed Whittaker for the club in 18th place in 30mins 32secs, John Gibbs was 22nd in 31mins 07secs and Mark Williams was third vet-50 in 32mins 27secs. Lee Cooper (V40) ran 34mins 07secs: Katie Percival 34mins 34secs: Dave Rushton (V50) 34mins 46secs: Steve Hamer, third vet-60, 36mins 18secs: Nick Barnes 36mins 27secs: Kate Holden (V40) 36mins 28secs: Amanda Callan, second female 35, ran 37mins 29secs: Chris Fletcher 37mins 51secs: Sarah Scott 39mins 40secs: Kirsten Cook (V55) 41mins 48secs: Helen Sandiford 42mins 46secs: Deborah Barrington 43mins 06secs: Karen Doherty (V45) 45mins 59secs: Debi Warrington (V45) 46mins 01sec: Andy Wheeler (V60) 47mins 08secs: Sarah Rushton (V45) 48mins 04secs: Iain Harris (V65) 50mins 57secs: Sharon Peterkin (V40) 51mins 27secs and Natalie Hitchen 51mins 47secs.
The race was part of the Central Lancs Grand Prix in which the club takes part and they gained valuable points over other clubs. There are two more races yet to come.
Lisa Donnelly joined more than 65,000 people in the Great North Run on Sunday and had a “fabulous day” on what was her first half marathon. On the famous course from Newcastle to the coastline of South Shields she clocked 2hrs 37mins 12secs and came 29, 218th. She said: I was so chuffed. I would have loved to have done 2hrs 30mins or under but it was so hot I found the last three miles hard. She later had several messages telling her she had been spotted on television!
Also taking on a half marathon was Caroline Mullineaux who ran on forest tracks rather than road when she competed in the Delamere Forest Half Marathon. With stunning scenery and mostly flat it did have a sting in the tail with a climb in the final miles. She was 8th vet 40 and 24th woman out of 56 in a time of 2hrs 05mins 03secs and said it was a tough event.
Thirteen took to the fells to battle it out with several clubs for points in the Run The Moors Grand Prix when they ran the midweek Hades Hill Fell Race at Whitworth. Ian Warrington came home 12th senior man and 22nd overall in 38mins 36secs on the five mile course with 1,181 feet of climbing. Second in for the club was John Wrigley in 33rd place overall in 40mins 45secs and third was Craig Norman in 41mins 45secs in 41st place. Andy Haines ran 42mins 30secs: Kris Lee (V40) 42mins 52secs and Paul Swyers (V50) 43mins 00secs. Katie Percival ran 44mins 09secs, putting her sixth woman overall and fourth among the senior ladies and Fiona Lynch was second-vet 40 and tenth woman overall when she clocked 46mins 51secs. Lee Turner (V50) ran 48mins 06secs: Steve Hamer was third vet-60 with 48mins 48secs: Mark Wolfenden (V50) ran 49mins 56secs: Lisa Carter was third vet-45 in 50mins 37secs and Andy Wheeler (V60) ran 1hr 12mins 31secs. The last fell race in the grand prix is the Lake District Langdale Horseshoe Race next month.
Scott Baxter tried a race with a difference when he took part in the inaugural Yorkshire Downhill Time Trial at the Havok Mountain Bike Park in Todmorden. Each runner was given two attempts at the mile fell race downhill through pine trees and woodland and his best run was 10mins 14secs. An exciting run , organised by Calder Valley Search and Rescue, which will probably be tried by many more from the club next year.
Stephen O’Hagan and his dad Edward ran the Salford 10k. He clocked 49mins 00secs and dad ran 57mins 00secs.
Caroline Malone faced driving wind and torrential rain when she took on the Fleetwood Sprint Triathlon on Sunday coming in with an overall time of 1hr 25mins 03secs and getting herself a fine medal.
Many members joined the midweek Decathlon 5k run at Leverhulme Park and joined in the fun. Designed to encourage people to have a go at running it was a free fun 5k with t-shirts and goodies without the pressure of a race atmosphere.
In the popular parkruns there was a little family rivalry when Radcliffe’s Andy Haines ran with son Sam (9), a member at Salford, clocking 28mins 29secs at Worsley Woods. At Heaton Park junior member Olivia Whittaker ran with dad Chris to get a personal best time of 31mins 24secs and also at Heaton Park ,which had more than 600 runners, Nick Barnes clocked 25mins 05secs: Tammy Oluyori 30mins 39secs: Bev Quinton 39mins 14secs and Sarah Oxley 55mins 32secs, recovering from a nasty bike fall.
At Bolton Paul Swyers clocked 22mins 29secs and Mark Wolfenden 24mins 26secs and at Burnley Chris Paxton clocked 19mins 39secs and Steve Parker, in his first 5k, 39mins 34secs.