IT was a busy weekend of racing for Radcliffe AC with runners in nine races over two days of totally different weather conditions.
On sunny Sunday Neal Emmerson, show his form yet again got himself a fine fourth place in the Spen 20 in West Yorkshire in a time of 2hrs 01min 08secs, running on an undulating two-lap course from the Princess Mary Athletics Stadium in Liversedge.
The day before had brought rain, fog, and lots of mud but despite the conditions Ian Warrington took a great seventh place in a field of 236 in the Chester Ultra 50 MileTrail Race (which is actually a total of 52 miles). Winning himself a trophy with a time of 8hrs 31mins the club’s head coach said he was “over the moon” with a top ten position in his first 50-miler. He was one of three members who took on the tough the course that fused the best trails in the region taking in the River Dee in the heart of Chester, Chester Racecourse, the North Cheshire Way, Helsby Hill, the Sandstone Trail and Delamere Forest with six checkpoints along the way. Mckenzie Madison got himself a silver award, after finishing among the second hundred runners despite describing conditions as “hell on earth”. Bev McGrath, running with former club member Dawn Evans, now running for Burnden, who was in her first ultra, described how they “survived” the event in the conditions. They stuck together and got themselves their trophy and t-shirt at the end , Dawn showing her determination to finish encouraged by Bev.
There was drama for Donna Cartwright on Saturday when she slipped and fell in horrendous conditions while taking part in the 8.25 mile Black Combe Fell Race at Silecroft in Cumbria, a tough event with 3,225 feet of climbing. But she “got stuck in ” and came home second woman and first vet-40 in 51mins. It was on one of the descents that she slipped. She said” My leg went under me and my ankle went the other way.I thought my race was over but a man helped me up and I got stuck in and clawed back the places I had lost on the last climb.”
Fiona Lynch was fourth woman and first vet-40 in 5hrs 26mins in the tough 32 mile Haworth Hobble Fell Race in West Yorkshire on Saturday with its 4,400 feet of climbing. She braved heavy rain for the first hour, fog, wading through flood water at road sections and ankle deep mud and said it was much harder than when she ran the event last year but was really pleased with her result.
Also taking to the hills was Michelle Hincks running the West Pennine Marathon from Sunnyhurst Woods, Darwen onto the surrounding moorland.. Again facing the bad conditions in an event which covered more than the marathon distance and was heavy going in fog and through bog she kept within the cut off time and ran 6hrs 55mins.
Jen Entwistle and Sharon Peterkin enjoyed Sunday’s good weather and stayed local for the Irwell Vale 20 Miler starting near to Drinkwater Park Rainsough, Prestwich and running round the trails and paths of the Irwell Valley. Both are preparing for the Manchester Marathon next month and ran together clocking 4hrs 03mins.
Five ran the 30th Roddlesworth Roller 9k from Abbey Village, Chorley on Sunday with Dave McGrath finishing in 19th position in 37mins 50secs. On a challenging course on trails and paths around lakes and through woods Lee Turner (V50) clocked 44mins 01sec : Mark Wolfenden (V50) 47mins 12secs: Sarah Turner (V45) 52mins 28secs and Karen Doherty (V40) 1hr 01min 47secs.
Despite being misdirected in the Jackals Run 10k at Darwen Craig Norman, in his first race for the club, manage to “dig deep” and pull back runners to take second place with a time of 1hr 4mins, slower than his normal time but he was pleased with the placing.
It was personal best times for Mark Garner and John Mcnicoll at the Tatton Park 10k in Cheshire on Sunday where Garner clocked 44mins 46secs and Mcnicoll 44mins 49secs, coming second vet-50.
In the Saturday parkruns Chris Whittaker had a good time at Heaton Park of 19mins 15secs running there after the Cheshire 10k was cancelled because of a waterlogged carpark. Close on his heels was John Gibbs with a personal best in 19mins 35secs. Mark Garner (V45) also had a pb with 21mins 34secs and vet-60 Sheila Jones clocked 24mins 19secs. Christine Berry (V50) ran 34mins 20secs with dog Floss doing her first parkrun.
At Bolton junior Grace Williams clocked 29mins 16secs and Kath Davies, helping out as tail walker, 56mins 19secs. “Tourist” parkrunner Vince Ashton clocked 27mins 13secs at his 54th location in Widnes.
The following day at the 5k at Burrs Country Park Chris was first in 20mins 10secs and John a close second in 20mins 19secs. Caroline Malone was the first woman in 27mins 28secs: Paul Barrington ran 26mins 48secs and Lucy Dewhurst 30mins 03secs.