12/05/2019 Race Report

James Hall took on a mountain of a challenge at the Great Lakeland 3 Day event.

He completed three consecutive days on the fells in the mini-mountain marathon which has a choice of three courses for runners and walkers.

Known for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere, participants start and finish each day at the same location and camp overnight.

Hall finished 16th out of 137 competitors over the 56-mile Wainwright course which had more than 18,000ft of climbing.

Clocking 16hrs 55mins and 18 he said: “I’m pleased, considering I didn’t get as much training in as I had hoped.

It was perfect weather for long days on the fells.”

Katie Percival won the women’s title at another successful night for Radcliffe AC in the Hollingworth Lake 5k Series in Rochdale.

She clocked 20:22 to finish 25th in the second race of the series which is held over five Wednesdays.

Percival was also part of the winning women’s team along with Jenny Yates who was second Vet 50 in 21:20 and Caroline Malone who claimed third Vet 45 in 25:16.

Robert Short was first home for the club and seventh overall in 17:51 on the fast and flat course. Sarah Oxley and Lucy Dewhurst finished in 27:35 and 30:44 respectively to take fourth places in their Vet 45 and Vet 35 age groups.

There was another great result for Yates who won a cheese hamper as third woman at the 10th anniversary Blacksticks Blue 10k on Sunday. She ran 43:54 in glorious weather on the picturesque but testing course on the country lanes around Beacon Fell in Preston.

Sarah Ruston knocked four minutes off her time from last year, running 01:00:48 on the course which starts with a three-mile uphill stretch.

Also taking part were Dave Rushton who ran 46:25; Paula Abernethy was third Vet 50 in 47:45; Sheila Jones third Vet 60 in 51:07; David Schofield 59:13; Sarah Oxley 59:58; Karen Doherty 01:03:02 and Lucy Dewhurst 01:10:36.

In the nearby Trough of Bowland, Rob Lister ran 42.56 in the tough Race 2 Remember 8k trail race in aid of dementia.

Seven took on the hard Crofters North Bolton Runners 10k with Mauro Rotondi first home for the club and 15th overall in 48:14. Peter Cook ran 53:32 on the hilly course; Kirsten Cook 58:43; Kathryn Davies 1:00:13; Andy Wheeler 1:07:47; Lisa Donnelly 1:13:57 and Christine Berry 1:23:58.

Wheeler was also at Haigh Hall Race in Wigan, knocking nearly 1min 30secs off his time from last year to run 40:52.

Elaine Bailey was third Vet 60 in 40:37 on the course which has an uphill finish

In her first triathlon, Kate Holden finished the 500m swim, 21k cycle and 5k run at the Cheshire Sprint Triathlon in 1:30:35

Paul Swyers and Mark Wolfenden joined a top-class field at the Flower Scar Fell Race in Todmorden which was also the 2019 British Inter Counties Hill and Fell Championship Race. Swyers ran 1:25:36 on the 8.3-mile course with steep climbs, rough moor and fast paths, while Wolfenden finished in 01:47:06.

Meanwhile, John Wrigley was a fantastic 27th out of 161 runners at the Bank Holiday Coiners Fell Race at Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, completing the 6.7-miles with 968ft of climbing in 55:40.

Karen Doherty was also in bank holiday action at the Kenilworth Mayday 10k in Warwickshire. Knocking almost nine minutes off her time from last year, she clocked 1:06:25 on the challenging three-lap course over parkland and footpaths.

Parkrun tourist Vince Ashton notched up his 71st venue with a time of 27.17 at Huddersfield.

Closer to home, Mark Williams ran 24:48 at Bolton parkrun, Mike Scott set another personal best of 33:40; Lucy Tetler ran 33:50; Sarah Rushton 36:11, and Lucy Dewhurst 36:14.

Michael Kontowtt led the club home in 21:03 at Heaton parkrun; Nick Barnes finished in 24:51; junior Ben Darbyshire 26:56; Helen Sandiford 27:20; Deborah Cliff 29:42; Amanda Darbyshire 30:58, and Sharon Peterkin 44:36.

Katie Percival won the woman’s title at Hollingworth Lake 5k.

The winning ladies team at Hollingworth Lake.

Say cheese….Jenny Yates with her prize at Blacksticks Blue 10k.

Andy Wheeler and Elaine Bailey at Haigh Hall.

A great RAC turn out at Blacksticks Blue 10k

Rob Lister with a posse of Holcombe Runners at Race 2 Remember.

Conquering the hills at  Crofters 10k Bolton

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