Eight Radcliffe AC runners faced scorching conditions at The Windmill Half Marathon on Sunday. On what was billed as a fast flat course Dave Rushton was first home for the club in 1hr 44mins 05secs. Fair-skinned Sharon Peterkin ran 2hrs 37mins 47secs despite suffering in what she described as “horrendous” heat. Michelle Hincks managed a personal best with her time of 2hrs 05mins 08secs: McKenzie Madison ran 1hr 58mins 01sec: Jen Entwistle 2hrs 30mins 06secs: Amanda Darbyshire 2hrs 31mins 08secs and Lucy Dewhurst 2hrs 54mins 38secs with Sarah Oxley a second behind.
Radcliffe runners found themselves among the prizes when they took part in the trial Prestwich 5k Tough Run from Sedgley Park Rugby Club. In a small field they all enjoyed the challenging course in Prestwich Clough and Philips Park and hope the event, held by Prestwich AC, will become a regular race. Craig Norman, Donna Cartwright, Karen Doherty, Iain Harris and Andy Wheeler took part with junior Ryan Norman taking his first win in the 2k Tough Run. Craig was first in 22mins 14secs with Donna well pleased at coming in third overall and first woman in 25mins 19secs recovering from her fractured ankle. Andy ran 35mins 25secs: Karen 36mins 15secs and Iain 39mins 41secs.
Mark Garner ran the Burnley 10k clocking 45mins 50secs and Chris Paxton in fancy dress made a splash of colour when he enjoyed a fun 4k in the Rossendale Colour Dash. From Marl Pits, Rawtenstall runners were showered in coloured powder as they passed through colour stations along the way. The fun event was supporting Rossendale Hospice.
Jenny Yates and Karen Doherty ran the evening Royton Trail Race describing it as a “cracking course. Jenny was fourth woman and first vet-50 in 43mins 08secs and Karen had a strong run to finish in 58mins 47secs.
In the popular Bolton parkrun Dave McGrath was fourth in 19mins 32secs with Chris Whittaker running 20mins 33secs: Paul Swyers 22mins 34secs: Mark Garner 22mins 47secs: Peter Hunter 24mins 29secs: Steve Lomax 24mins 58secs: Andy Wheeler 30mins 19secs: Wayne Holden 31mins 00secs and Natalie Hitchen 35mins 37secs. Karen Doherty ran the Keswick Parkrun in 30mins 03secs and junior Noah Barrington was fourth in the junior 2k parkrun at Nuttall Park, Ramsbottom in 8mins 28secs.