THERE were some good placings in events for Radcliffe AC runners when Neal Emmerson took fourth in the Leigh Community 10k out of 541 runners and Jenny Yates came second woman in the new midweek Ramsbottom Mile.
Neal clocked 35mins 07 secs and was frustrated not to get under 35 minutes. Also taking part from the club was Chris Fletcher, coming 112th with 48mins 40secs.
For Jenny, making a comeback in her racing, it was a busy and successful week. The following evening after the Ramsbottom Mile she ran the Pilgrim’s Cross Fell Race and then went on to run the Blackpool Air Show 10k on Sunday clocking 45mins 57secs picking up more prizes as second woman vet-50 and first vet-50 in the Northern Masters Championships which were incorporated in the event. The flat one lap course on the seaside town’s promenades attracted three other club runners with Dave Rushton clocking 44mins and coming home sixth vet-50, Sarah Rushton 50mins 48secs and new member Jenny Entwistle 1hr 07mins 48secs.
Also taking in the Ramsbottom Mile, the first race organised by Ramsbottom Running Club on a fast flat course at Nuttall Park, Mike Kontowtt was a fine 18th out of 113 and clocked 6mins 01sec: Kris Lee 6mins 08secs: Steve Hamer 6mins 49secs and Andy Wheeler 9mins 48secs.
Lucy Dewhurst ran in the City of Preston 5 on Sunday and was disappointed with her 53mins 20secs but enjoyed the course and liked her medal.
There was a good turnout of 14 runners in the midweek Pilgrim’s Cross Fell Race on Holcombe moorland. Covering six miles and climbing 1,100 feet it was a race being used by Radcliffe in their club championships and James Hall was first among the 14 coming 30th out of 149 in 49mins 45secs. John Wrigley was next in 51mins 34secs and Mike Kontowtt (V50) clocked 54mins 12secs. On a perfect evening on Wednesday Mauro Rotondi (V45) ran 56mins 29secs: Kris Lee (V40) 57mins 07secs: Katie Percival right behind in 57mins 16secs: Steve Hamer (V55) 1hr 02mins 08secs: and only a second behind Lee Durman in 1hr 02mins 09secs: McKenzie Madison clocked 1hr 02mins 53secs: Jenny Yates 1hr 04mins 33secs: Kate Holden (V40) 1hr 04mins 56secs: Sarah Scott 1hr 10mins 24secs: Caroline Mullineaux 1hr 13mins 42secs and Gavin Durman 1hr 16mins 44secs.
On the same evening a large group of Radcliffe runners went along to the Decathlon Bolton 5k held at Leverhulme Park. Not a race the event was a fun run and on a lovely evening was enjoyed by all.
In the parkruns it was another venue for Vince Ashton (V45), making it 121, at Ormskirk Parkrun where he ran 25mins 53secs and was 57th and 9th in his age group.
At Heaton Park Mike Kontowtt ran 20mins 30secs: Rob Lister 21mins 17secs: Katie Percival 21mins 59secs: Mark Garner 22mins 36secs: Chris Fletcher 24mins 39secs: Tammy Oluyori 28mins 33secs and Iain Harris 32mins 24secs.