RADCLIFFE AC had more than 300 finishers at their annual 10k Trail Race on Sunday adding another success to their list of events. First place went to James Kovacs (V40) from Salford in a time of 36mins 39 secs and first woman was Hayley Simpson of East Cheshire Harriers & Tameside AC, 31st overall, clocking 44mins 08secs.
Second overall went to Richard Shuttleworth, of local club Prestwich AC in 37mins 10secs and Rob James from Royton Road Runners was only two seconds behind in 37mins 12secs.
Second woman was Katie Geelan (V45) from local Bury AC ,39th overall, in 45mins 05secs, also second woman in the club’s 10 mile race in February. Third went to Paula Pilling (V40) from Burnden Road Runners in 46mins.
Rob Jackson from Horwich RMI Harriers, who has supported the club’s events for many years running in most of them, finished second vet-50 and a fine 15th overall in 40mins 40secs. Local clubs including Bury, Prestwich and Ramsbottom were well represented with two of them winning the team prizes, Bury taking the men’s and Ramsbottom Running Club the women’s.
Runners topped last year’s 254 finishers despite the course having to be changed because of improvements on the canal and towpath areas.
On a cloudy but largely fine morning, the race started from the Nellie Halstead Track at Cams Lane in Radcliffe, named after the town’s former Olympian, with registration and prize presentation at Radcliffe Borough. Prizes were presented by Race Director Fiona Lynch and club member Scott Baxter. Home-made cakes and massages were raising cash which will go to Keswick Mountain Rescue Team who were instrumental in helping Scott to safety when he recently fell in winter condition on Helvellyn in the Lake District as he tried to rescue a walker. He had a lucky escape falling 500 feet and is now fully recovered. They raised a great amount of £160 66p for the Keswick Mountain rescue.
On the club racing scene in the midweek Mike McGee Memorial 5k Cowm Reservoir Race Jenny Yates was first woman vet-50 and fifth woman clocking 21mins 52secs. And on the same evening Wayne Holden and Lee Cooper ran the Curley’s 5k race at Horwich. Wayne, who had run all three races in the midweek series, was two minutes faster than his previous time with 32mins 13secs after a sprint to the finish line. He finished 74th out of the runners who completed the series. Lee ran 24mins 15secs in his second of the events.
Caroline Malone completed the Ribby Hall Sprint Triathlon at Preston in an overall time of 1hr 12mins 58secs. She had a 400m swim, an 11km bike ride and a 5k run in the Ribby Hall Village.
At the popular 5k parkruns Dave McGrath had a pb and took second place at Bolton in 19mins 17secs. Mark Williams (V50) ran 20mins 44secs: Paul Barrington (V40) 26mins 01sec: Kath Davies (V55) 28mins 25secs and Sarah Oxley (V45) 36mins 45secs.
At Heaton Park Chris Whittaker clocked 19mins 58secs: Mark Garner had another pb in 21mins 26secs: Sheila Jones (V60) ran 23mins 46secs: Steve Hamer (V60) 23mins 56secs: Peter Hunter 24mins 37secs: Chris Fletcher 26mins 41secs: Tammy Oluyori 30mins 20secs: Lisa Donnelly (V50) 31mins 01sec: Christine Berry (V50) 32mins 33secs: Iain Harris (V65) 32mins 44secs: junior Megan Peterkin got a pb by more than a minute with her 37mins 53secs and mum Sharon ran 38mins.