RADCLIFFE were running under their own steam when they took on the Race The Train from Bury to Rawtenstall.
The aim of the tough 11 mile event was to beat the steam engine to Rawtenstall and three of the club did just that with Chris Whittaker first in from the club in 1hr 17mins 49secs, in 15th place out of 421. Craig Norman ran 1hr 20mins 44secs and was 27th also beating the train as did Mike Cooke who was 57th in a time of 1hr 24mins 24secs. Caroline Mullineaux finished the challenging course in 2hrs 00mins 23secs and Andy Wheeler clocked 2hrs 27mins 54secs, suffering with hip trouble in the second half of the race and running his slowest time in the event.
The race began from Bury Station in some scorching conditions on Sunday morning on the sound of the engine’s whistle and runners set off along trails and paths running mostly alongside the railway line. Family and friends were able to ride on the train and watch the race.
Fifteen faced the same hot conditions when they ran the Knowl Hill Fell Race from Norden in Rochdale. Covering six miles and some gruelling climbs in 1,299 feet Dave McGrath showed his form again getting himself a fourth place in 48mins 34secs. Ian Warrington was next in for the club in 27th place in 56mins 51secs, having run to and home from the race in training for the Lakeland 50 next month. He was followed by John Gibbs in 58mins 35secs. Peter McNulty was first vet-60 in 1hr 02mins 56secs: Paul Swyers (V50) ran 1hr 04mins 03secs: Chris Paxton 1hr 04mins 16secs: Fiona Lynch was ninth woman and third vet-40 in 1hr 04mins 33secs: John Andrew (V45) ran 1hr 06mins 28secs: Mark Garner (V45) 1hr 08mins 38secs: Kris Lee (V40) 1hr 10mins 20secs: Steve Hamer (V60) 1hr 10mins 56secs: Nick Barnes 1hr 14mins 04secs: Lisa Carter (V45) 1hr 15mins 40secs: Mark Wolfenden (V50) 1hr 20mins 18secs and Susanne Andrew (V45) 1hr 33mins 58secs.
The event was another race in the Run The Moors Grand Prix which Radcliffe take part in battling with other clubs for points in races throughout the season. So far the women’s team is in second place and the men’s in third.
Dave Rushton (V50) and Wayne Holden took on the undulating course of the Edgworth 10k reservoir Challenge on Sunday covering a course round two of the local reservoirs. Dave clocked 50mins 32secs putting him in 20th place and Wayne ran 1hr 06mins 45secs.
Amanda Darbyshire rose to the occasion when she completed the tough Coledale 10 Peak Challenge in 7hrs 38mins. The walking challenge in the Lake District covered 13miles and started and finished at Braithwaite covering the 10 peaks with more than 6,000 feet of climbing. She walked with an organised group, the fastest to date on the challenge!
Midweek Dave McGrath did the Henderson End Fell Race from Rivington Barn. He covered the 7,5mile course with 1,398 feet of climbing in 56mins 02secs coming in sixth place.
Also midweek Jenny Yates landed herself a gold medal in her vet-50 age group in the 3000m in a time of 12mins 13secs when she took part in the Joe Moran Mermorial Vets Track and Field Meeting in Manchester.
Radcliffe did some travelling about this weekend when it came to parkruns with Sarah Oxley running 29mins 38secs in the Dudley Parkrun in the West Midlands, Mark Garner clocking 21mins 26secs at Stanley Park in Blackpool and Vince Ashton 26mins 56secs at the Sale Water Park.
Heaton Parkrun wasn’t on this week so nine went to the Bolton one with Rob Lister (V50) clocking 22mins 16secs: Ken Smith (V60) 23mins 20secs: Dave Rushton (V50) 24mins 32secs: Katie Benson 29mins 29secs: Lucy Tetler 31mins 22secs: Lisa Donnelly (V50) 34mins 57secs: Sharon Peterkin 35mins 28secs: Lucy Dewhurst 35mins 30secs and Kath Davies, tail walking 1hr 00mins 32secs.