THERE was a great turnout of 31 Radcliffe AC seniors for the popular evening Ramsbottom Summer Mile and an enthusiastic group of the club’s juniors ran the 1k Fun Run to get themselves a medal.
Chris Whittaker clocked 5mins 11secs and was in ninth place, Donna Cartwright (V40) was second woman in 6mins 04secs and Jenny Yates (V50) was third woman running 6mins 07secs.
Organised by Ramsbottom Running Club the event was held on a fast flat out and back course in Nuttall Park and because of the large field competitors were set off in waves. There were good performances from all the club’s runners which gave them valuable points in the Central Lancs Grand Prix. The men’s and women’s teams are doing well in the battle with other clubs and the race was one of several included in the grand prix.
Chris was followed in by Dave McGrath in 14th place in 5mins 22secs: Craig Norman in 17th in 5mins 27secs and Chris Paxton in 19th place in 5mins 31secs. John Gibbs was 21st in 5mins 33secs: Kris Lee (V40) 29th in 5mins 39secs and Mike Kontowtt (V55) 45th in 5mins 57secs.
Lee Cooper ran 6mins 02secs: Stephen O’Hagan ran 6mins 11secs: Nick Barnes 6mins 14secs: Dave Rushton (V50) 6mins 18secs: Amanda Callan 6mins 28secs: Chris Fletcher the same. 6mins 28secs: Steve Hamer (V60) 6mins 49secs: Kate Holden (V40) 6mins 54secs: Katie Benson 7mins 15secs: Caroline Malone (V45) 7mins 19secs: Kirsten Cook (V55) 7mins 36secs: Peter Warr (V45) 7mins 47secs: Wayne Holden 8mins 04secs: Debi Warrington (V45) 8mins 10secs:Sarah Rushton (V45) 8mins 27secs: Amanda Darbyshire 8mins 41secs: Sharon Peterkin 9mins 07secs: Christine Berry (V50) 9mins 19secs: Sarah Oxley (V45) 9mins 20secs:Lucy Dewhurst also 9mins 20secs:Natalie Hitchen (V40) 9mins 33secs and Andy Wheeler (V60) 12mins 29secs.
Kate Holden and Kirsten Cook travelled to Ireland to take part in the Dublin Rock’n’ Roll Half Marathon with Kate running 1hr 50mins 28secs and Kirsten getting a personal best time in 2hrs 04mins 37secs. The event was in its sixth year and live music played runners round the fine historical architectural and famous places of Dublin. Also travelling further afield was Zena Knowles who took on her first fell race, the Bridport Jurassic Coast 10k Fell Race in Dorset, finishing in 1hr 16mins. The event started from the location of the well-known TV series Broadchurch and she said it was tough with plenty of hills.
Nearer home Katie Percival had a good run in the Tatton Park 10k in Cheshire, clocking 44mins 26secs and coming fifth woman. John Mcnicoll ran 44mins 06secs and Caroline Mullineaux had a pb and was third vet-40 with 50mins 27secs. In the Leigh Community 10k Lee Cooper had a pb by one second when he ran 43mins 21secs and Chris Fletcher clocked 57mins 13secs. In the Preston 5 Mile Road Race Christine Berry was 39th woman when she clocked 56mins 20secs and Lucy Dewhurst also took part.
Six ran on the local hills at Holcombe midweek when they took part in the Pilgrim’s Cross Fell Race covering six miles and 1,102 feet of climbing. Dave McGrath finished well up the field again in fifth place out of 192 runners clocking 41mins 25secs with Mike Cooke in 54th position in 48mins 29secs. Chris Paxton close on his heels ran 48mins 59secs and Andy Haines clocked 49mins 47secs. Vet-50 John Mcnicoll clocked 57mins 15secs and Lisa Carter (V45) 1hr 03mins 56secs.
In the popular parkruns Chris Whittaker was 10th at the Burnham and Highbridge Parkrun in 18mins 35secs and at Bolton Dave Rushton ran 23mins 35secs: Wayne Holden 29mins 31 secs: Natalie Hitchen 34mins 54secs: Jen Entwistle 38mins 14secs: Wendy Fairhurst 40mins 43secs and there was a pb for Christine Berry with 41mins 47secs.
At weekend several Radcliffe members supported Dave Ward on the tough fell challenge, the Bob Graham Round. With a time limit of 24 hours and 27,500 feet of climbing over 42 Lake District peaks in its 66 miles he completed it in a fine 23hrs 15mins.