THERE was a great turnout when 31 Radcliffe AC runners took on the Blackleach 5 Mile Trail Race with Ian Warrington first home for the club and 15th overall out of 211 runners in 32mins 27secs.
Chris Paxton was close behind in 18th position in 32mins 42secs and second vet-50 Mike Kontowtt was 32nd in 34mins 21secs.
On an energy sapping course with lots of mud in the Blackleach Country Park at Walkden on Sunday the club had turned out in force to keep up the challenge among local clubs in the Central Lancs Grand Prix. Mauro Rotondi (V45) was next home in 36mins 17secs and Dave Rushton (V50) close on his heels ran 36mins 25secs.
Mark William (V50) clocked 37mins 46secs closely followed by Kris Lee (V40) in 37mins 56secs.Scott Baxter ran 38mins 35secs back from injury: Steve Hamer (V55) 39mins 08secs: Chris Fletcher 39mins 48secs: Kate Holden (V40) 40mins 32secs: Sarah Scott: 40mins 43secs: Chris Saville (V40) 42mins 37secs: Amanda Hey third vet-55 in 43mins 05secs: Lisa Carter (V45) 43mins 21secs: Alan Brown (V60) 44mins 34secs: Kath Davies (V50) 46mins 37secs: Kirsten Cook (V55) 47mins 25secs: Dave Bartlett right behind in 47mins 27secs: Ian Hopkinson (V40) 48mins 04secs Karen Doherty (V40) 48mins 26secs: Andy Wheeler (V60) 49mins 12secs: Wayne Holden 49mins 49secs: Iain Harris (V65) 50mins 52secs: Sarah Rushton (V45) 51mins 21secs: Natalie Hitchen 59mins 31secs and vet-75 Jim Rhodes ran 1hr 10mins 52secs, winning two bottles of wine, proving age is no barrier, he will now be top vet-75 in the grand prix.
Nick Barnes faced more than 2,000 feet of climbing when he ran the Yorkshire Off Road Half Marathon from Haworth on Sunday. Actually covering 14.9miles of tough terrain he clocked a fine 2hrs 42mins 16secs.
Sarah Oxley was the only club runner joining the thousands in the Great North Run on Sunday and completed the half marathon in 2hrs 35mins 59secs, despite having to deal with a swollen ankle.
In scenic surroundings in Cheshire’s Delamere Forest also on Sunday Bev McGrath clocked 2hrs 24mins 54secs in the Delamere Half Marathon and Caroline Mullineaux 55mins 46secs in the Delamere10k . Caroline’s first-aid training came in useful when a runner hurt his knee and she gave him her Radcliffe buff to support it to get him to the finish!
In the Vale of York Half Marathon, a flat fast course which finished and started at an airfield, Lucy Dewhurst ran 2hrs 26mins 30secs running with friend Jan and knocked 14 minuted of her time in a half marathon she ran last year so was well-pleased.
Facing damp and misty conditions nine took on the midweek five mile Hades Hill Fell race in Whitworth with 1,180 feet of climbing.
Showing his form again Neal Emmerson was fourth out of 108 runners in 38mins 18secs and Donna Cartwright was second woman and first vet-40 in 44mins 28secs.
Chris Paxton came home in a fine 19th in 43mins 36secs with Mauro Rotondi clocking 47mins 49secs. Lee Turner ran a close 47mins 52secs and Kris Lee clocked 49mins 52secs: Peter Booth 52mins 51secs: Lisa Carter was second vet-45 and 10th woman in 57mins 19secs and Elliot Booth in his first outing with the club was 96th in 1hr 02mins 26secs. The event was one of the club’s chosen championship races.
New member Lisa Donnelly and Christine Berry both had personal bests when they ran the Heaton Park 5k on Sunday with Lisa clocking 36mins 03secs and Christine 36mins 58secs.
In the regular Saturday parkruns Vince Ashton (V45) added another location in Kingston, London, clocking 25mins 11secs. At Heaton Park Chris Fletcher ran 23mins 09secs: Sheila Jones 24mins 01sec: Nick Barnes 24mins 30secs: Tammy Oluyori 29mins 49secs and Shaun Boult running with Tanyia 31mins 03secs, one second behind her. At Bolton Katie Percival had a pb with 22mins 47 and Paul Swyers (V50) was a second behind her with Kath Davies running 28mins 52secs: Mark Murphy 30mins 28secs: Mark Williams taking it easy in 37mins 49secs and Natalie Hitchen ran 54mins 32secs and Lucy Dewhurst 54mins 33secs.