RADCLIFFE AC had plenty of yellow vests on show when they joined hundreds running the popular Bury 10k on Sunday with Chris Whittaker coming 25th in 38mins 01sec and Sheila Jones coming in first vet-60 in 48mins 21secs. Club juniors also joined in the youngsters’ 1.4k fun run afterwards in the town centre in a great atmosphere despite some damp and breezy conditions and for the second year running club coach Ian Warrington was carrying the flag guiding those runners aiming for 40 minutes.
Following Chris on an undulating course was Chris Paxton in 31st place clocking 38mins 52secs, beating last year’s time and followed by Craig Norman with another pb in 39mins 47secs. Mark Williams was sixth vet-50 in 40mins 14secs: John Gibbs ran 41mins 43secs: Nicholas Bennett 42mins 38secs: Katie Percival was eighth woman in 42mins 47secs: John Mcnicholl (V50) ran 44mins 09secs: Stephen Birtwistle 46mins 59secs: Stephen O’Hagan 47mins 02secs: Amanda Callan had a pb with 47mins 08secs: Ken Smith also had a pb with 47mins 24secs and was fourth vet-60. Lee Turner (V50) ran 49mins 18secs and wife Sarah (V40) 50mins 16secs: Jennifer Taylor 53mins 02secs: Deborah Barrington (V40) ran 53mins 42secs: Peter Warr (V40) 58mins 32secs: junior Grace Williams 58mins 32secs: Debi Warrington (V40) 59mins 15secs: Amanda Darbyshire 59mins 34secs: Hayley Wilcox 1hr 01mins 19secs: Lucy Tetler 1hr 02mins 07secs: Lisa Donnelly (V50) 1hr 03mins 56secs: Sharon Peterkin (V40) 1hr 03mins 07secs: Tracey Wroe (V50) 1hr 04mins 05secs: Bev Quinton ran 1hr 06mins 14secs: and Iain Harris (V65) 1hr 06mins 29secs. Some youngsters ran with parents in the fun run afterwards and received goodie bags and medals.
Michelle Hincks notched up a fine success when she took on an ultra, the challenging Hardmoors 60 which runs along the Cleveland Way from Guisborough to Filey. The event is approximately 63 miles with 8,850 feet of climbing and she completed in 17 hours 36mins. A real achievement she described the ultra, famous for being tough because of the many steps cut into the cliffs, has “brutal”. She said: “It had more steps and elevation than I care to remember but I arrived at the finish with two new running pals and lots of great memories.”
John Wrigley travelled to Little Langdale for his first Lakeland fell race, the Three Shires covering 12.5 miles and 4,000 feet of climbing. He “loved” the race and finished in 3hrs 06mins contending with clag and a tricky descent off Pike O’ Blisco.
Andy Haines was 15th out of 69 competitors when he took on an orienteering event at Edale in the Derbyshire Peak District. The Peak Raid Mountain Marathon was a three hour score event on hills, moors and paths. He said: “It was a top event with some really awkward checkpoints and more hills than you could shake a stick at.”
Lee Cooper ran the 10th English Half Marathon in Warrington and clocked 1hr 40mins 33secs getting himself an impressive medal showing off the spectacular Golden Gates that stand outside Warrington Town Hall.
Three members travelled to the Fylde Coast for the inaugural running of the Fairhaven Flyer 10k with Dave Rushton flying home in 22nd place out of 267 in 44mins 54secs and third vet 50. His wife Sarah (V45) clocked 1hr 00mins 47secs and Wayne Holden 1hr 05mins 29secs. The event, from Fairhaven Lake, Lytham St Annes known as the home of the spitfire with its RAF Fighter, Bomber and Coastal Command Memorial, was on a flat one lap course.
Rob Lister was in Bangor Northern Ireland on Sunday and ran the Tower of the Lake 10k clocking 45mins 10secs. The day before he ran the Ormeau Parkrun in Belfast in a time of 20mins 45secs.
In the 5k parkruns Mike Kontowtt ran at Ganavan in Scotland and was 9th in 22mins 05secs. There was no run at Heaton Park but at Bolton Kris Booth clocked 23mins 21secs and Paul Barrington 23mins 44secs.
Caroline Malone (V45) came 11th woman and eighth in her age group in the Fylde Trilogy Triathlon Series with events at Ribby Hall, St Annes and recently Fleetwood.
There was a good turnout for some track training when Adrian Webb, a middle distance performance coach from Liverpool Harriers visited Radcliffe to take a session along with club coach Ian Warrington at the Nellie Halstead Track in Cams Lane, and then a full session himself at Bury Track. He will take a third session in two weeks time. The programme had been set up in conjunction with England Athletics.