13-01-19 Update

  • Newly-qualified coaches Amanda Callan (left), Ian Hopkinson and Amanda Darbyshire

Fiona Lynch battled “brutal” conditions to finish third Vet-40 when she took to the fells.

The Radcliffe AC runner faced terrible weather in the 24-mile Trigger Race from Marsden to Edale in the Peak District.

Lisa Carter also took on the route with covers 4,500 ft of ascent. Runners have to navigate over Black Hill, Bleaklow and Kinder, visiting the three trig points.

Lynch said: “It was brutal in every way. It’s a tough race on a good day with lots of challenging terrain and navigation is really important as GPS not allowed.

“The visibility was bad and the wind was so strong that the water from Kinder downfall was coming back up over the cliff, turning to hail and hitting us.”

Despite a strong effort, Carter was timed out at 28k at Snake Pass. She had an extra climb after taking the wrong route but said that she enjoyed the experience even given the bad weather.

Both runners praised Edale Mountain Rescue for marshalling the check points in the awful conditions

Chris Whittaker celebrated his birthday with an excellent sixth place at the Tatton Park 10k.

He ran through a “wall of wind” to clock 37 minutes and 53 seconds. He also finished second Vet-35 in the race which attracted nearly 700 runners despite the bad weather.

Meanwhile, Sarah Oxley headed to Yorkshire for the Brass Monkey Half Marathon which started and finished at York Racecourse. She ran 2:26:23 in dry but windy conditions and received an unusual wooden medal.

Away from the weekend’s racing, the club’s winning ladies received their prizes from the recent North of England 10k Championships at Ribble Valley.

In a classy field which included GB runners, the ladies team of Fiona Lynch, Katie Percival and Jenny Yates finished third.

They were presented with their bronze medals at Radcliffe Leisure Centre, where the club is based, by Northern Athletics executive member Ken Smith.

He also presented £15 vouchers to Lynch, Yates and Paula Abernethy who were the winning vets team.

Amanda Callan, Amanda Darbyshire and Ian Hopkinson gaining their British Athletics assistant coach qualifications.

The trio train the club’s growing junior section which meets at Derby High School in Bury at 7pm on Mondays.

The club is also delighted with the news that former president and coach Terry Nortley is to be honoured on the Spirit of Sport sculpture at Middlebrook in Bolton.

Terry, who died in November 2011 aged 82, is among 75 new people from Bolton who will be added to the towering sculpture in recognition of their outstanding contribution to sport.

In the popular parkruns, Vince Ashton completed his 151st Parkrun, and his 64th different location, when he ran 29:40 at Darlington South.

Sheila Jones clocked 25:21 to finish fourth lady at Fell Foot in Cumbria while Christine Berry ran 39:58 at Cuerden Valley near Preston.

In the local parkruns, Jenny Yates ran 21:23 to finish fifth lady at Heaton Park. She was joined by Stephen Birtwistle who ran a new pb of 23:28; Nick Barnes 24:29: Chris Fletcher 24:55; Tracy Wroe 31:17; Bev Quinton 35:14.

Katie Percival was first lady for the second week in a row at Bolton parkrun, finishing in 22.33.

Rob Lister was first home for the club in 22:25 followed by Ken Smith 24:20; Kathryn Davies 27:25; Mark

Williams 28:29; Mark Murphy 31:18; junior Grace Williams 31:20 Natalie Hitchen 32:20; Andy Wheeler 32:35.

Chris Whittaker finished an impressive sixth at Tatton Park 10k.

Chris Whittaker finished an impressive sixth at Tatton Park 10k.

Newly-qualified coaches Amanda Callan (left), Ian Hopkinson and Amanda Darbyshire

Newly-qualified coaches Amanda Callan (left), Ian Hopkinson and Amanda Darbyshire

The Spirit of Sport sculpture.

The Spirit of Sport sculpture.

Former Radcliffe AC president Terry Nortley.

Former Radcliffe AC president Terry Nortley.

Radcliffe AC’s winning ladies teams from the North of England 10k Championships (from left) Paula Abernethy, Fiona Lynch, Jenny Yates and Katie Percival.

Radcliffe AC’s winning ladies teams from the North of England 10k Championships (from left) Paula Abernethy, Fiona Lynch, Jenny Yates and Katie Percival.

A day at the races. Sarah Oxley with her half marathon medal.

A day at the races. Sarah Oxley with her half marathon medal.

On your marks… Chris Whittaker in action at Tatton Park 10k.

On your marks… Chris Whittaker in action at Tatton Park 10k.

Hell on the fell: Fiona Lynch (left) and Lisa Carter before the brutal Trigger Race.

Hell on the fell: Fiona Lynch (left) and Lisa Carter before the brutal Trigger Race.

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