RADCLIFFE AC’s Neal Emmerson was a great tenth place when he ran the Yorkshire Marathon in 2hrs 38mins 28secs, giving him a personal best marathon time by nearly a minute. There was also a personal best time by six minutes for club coach Ian Warrington who clocked 2hrs 53mins 25secs.
On Sunday the two battled wet and windy conditions in what is one of the most popular marathons in the UK and were well pleased with their times with Ian coming in 61st.
There was a good turnout of 20 runners in the Gin Pit 5 Mile Trail Race on Sunday with Dave McGrath taking third place in 30mins 57secs and Chris Paxton 12th in 32mins 45secs. Chris Whittaker was third home for the club close behind in 13th place in 32mins 53secs and the three won second place among the men’s teams.
John Mcnicholl (V50) ran 37mins 00secs: Jenny Yates, second vet-50 ran 37mins 03secs: Peter Hunter 37mins 50secs: Steve Hamer, third vet-60 37mins 53secs:Nick Barnes 39mins 26secs: Kate Holden 39mins 40secs: Amanda Callan second F35, 39mins 53secs: Sarah Scott 40mins 08secs: Kirsten Cook, third vet-55, 43mins 22secs: Helen Sandiford 43mins 58secs: Elaine Bailey, second vet-60, 48mins 23secs: Lyndsey Prince (V40) 48mins 37secs: Karen Doherty (V45) 48mins 55secs: Andy Wheeler (V60) 49mins 10secs: Lucy Tetler (V40) 50mins 30secs: Wayne Holden 53mins 00secs and Natalie Hitchen 54mins 49secs. Jenny Yates, Kate Holden and Amanda Callan made up the women’s team which also took second place. The event was the last in the Central Lancs Grand Prix in which Radcliffe have been battling with several other clubs for race points throughout the season. The club looks likely to be well up in the prizes.
Fourteen joined the thousands pounding the streets of the city when they took on the Manchester Half Marathon on Sunday starting and finishing at Old Trafford. On a flat route billed to be one for good times with a great atmosphere John Gibbs ran a fine 1hr 29mins 05secs, Paula Abernethy came second vet-50 in 1hr 39mins 20secs and Sheila Jones first vet-60 in 1hr 50mins 21secs.
Mark Williams (V50) ran 1hr 33mins 33secs: Matt Grice clocked 1hr 34mins 42secs: Richard Bellis 1hr 36mins 38secs: Katie Percival 1hr 36mins 47secs: Mark Garner 1hr 38mins 52secs: Helen Andrew 1hr 41mins 55secs: Chris Fletcher 1hr 48mins 42secs: Amanda Darbyshire 2hrs 26mins 53secs: Bev Quinton and Tracy Wroe 2hrs 30mins 47secs: Gavin Durman 2hrs 35mins 16secs:
There was success the day before in the first Saturday race in the Red Rose Cross Country League at Leigh Sports Village with Donna Cartwright finishing 23rd out of 153 women and Dave McGrath 35th out of 197 men. Nine juniors took part with Sam Howard finishing well up in the under 11 boys in 22nd place and the girls having a team of three runners, Fleur Carter, Niamh Warr and Megan Peterkin for the first time.
The women were eighth team out of 17 with Jenny Yates home second for the club in 46th position and Kate Holden 64th. Also running were Victoria Glossop, Caroline Malone, Karen Doherty, Amanda Darbyshire and Sharon Peterkin. Among the men John Wrigley was 71st and Chris Whittaker 76th. Also running were Paul Swyers, John Mcnicholl, Steve Hamer, Paul Barrington and Ken Smith.
Eight battled against grim conditions when they travelled to the Lake District to run the 13 mile Langdale Horseshoe Fell Race on Saturday. Only three managed to finish with Andy Haines clocking 4hrs 05mins 57secs, Fiona Lynch (V40) 4hrs 06mins 09secs and James Hall 4hrs 07mins 37secs. In torrential rain and strong winds on a challenging rocky course climbing 4,750 feet Kris Lee, Peter McNulty, Chris Paxton, Scott Baxter and Lisa Carter, along with a large part of the field, fell victim to the revised cut-off times imposed by the organisers for safety reasons.
The race was the last in the Run The Moors Grand Prix which several clubs have taken part in throughout the season. Radcliffe, who will be among the top prizes, are to host the annual presentation night next month.
In the popular parkruns Kath Davies, on holiday in the Big Apple, joined New York Road Runners for a 5k run in Astoria Park . Locally Vince Ashton was back in action running the Sunday 5k at Burrs Country Park in 36mins 35secs and at Bolton Steve Lomax ran 23mins 47secs. At Heaton Park Peter Hunter clocked 22mins 40secs: Sheila Jones 23mins 27secs and Sarah Oxley and Lucy Dewhurst ran 38mins 12secs. Olivia Whittaker achieved a PB clocking 30mins 11secs at Heaton Park and she was first JW10.