RADCLIFFE AC’s Lucy Dewhurst turned out to be the club’s lone racer this weekend after snow and ice caused havoc and events were cancelled.
She took on the 34th Longridge Christmas Pudding Race at Preston on Sunday and braving a strong cold wind clocked 1hr 14mins 15secs. Even that event was hit by the weather and organisers went ahead with a revised seven mile course. But it was worth the run with a Christmas pudding for all competitors and a festive medal. Lucy was planning to run with clubmate Christine Berry but unfortunately, Christine was injured.
The main event for the club was to have been the Mytholmroyd Fell Race near Halifax, West Yorshire, the last event in the club’s fell championship but it became victim to heavy snow. Several did manage a 5k parkrun the day before but a big tunrnout had been on the cards for the Mytholmroyd race.
The week before Radcliffe member Tony Holt had no problems with the weather Down Under when he competed in the Ironman 70.3 in Brusselton, Western Australia clocking an overall time of 4hrs 29mins 40secs and coming in sixth vet-55 out of 30 and 84th overall out of 683. Now living there he swam 1.9km, cycled 90km and ran 21.1km.
Vince Ashton (V45) was on his travels again when he ran the Knowsley Parkrun at Liverpool clocking 27mins 36secs and at Heaton Park Nick Barnes ran 24mins 05secs and Iain Harris (V65) 32mins 10secs. At Bolton Mark Williams (V50) clocked 26mins 21secs: Steve Hamer (V55) 26mins 53secs: Rob Lister (V50) 30mins 01sec and Grace Williams 30mins 51secs.