RADCLIFFE AC’s Jenny Yates was a great first vet-50 and ninth woman overall when she took part in the four-day Tour of Tameside. She said it was her best but toughest achievement of her veteran years as a runner.
She won herself £50 but it was the success in four different events all round the Tameside area that she was well-pleased with and she was one of three club members who took on the challenge. In the X Trail 10k on the Thursday evening she ran 47mins 20secs. in the six mile Hell on the Fells the following evening she clocked 51mins 39secs, in the Hero Half Marathon on Saturday 1hr 42mins 11secs and in a 7 mile road race on Sunday 51mins 58secs, giving her an overall time of 4hrs 13mins 08secs for 32 miles. She also got to meet one of her running heroes marathon legend Ron Hill. The original week long tour was founded by the Olympian..
Mark Garner did some fine runs and finished with an overall time of 4hrs 15mins 54secs and Jen Entwistle 6hrs 20mins 14secs, the first time all three had attempted such an event.
Other club members ran some of the events with Amanda Callan clocking 52mins 55secs in the X Trail 10k and Katie Benson 57mins 24secs. In the half marathon Amanda Callan ran 1hr 52mins 12 secs and Sarah Oxley 2hrs 38mins 28secs. Lisa Donnelly ran the 7 miler in 1hr 18mins 16secs.
There was success for the women in the midweek Holcombe Two Towers Fell Race when they were top team.
In perfect conditions in the four mile event with its 1,312 feet of climbing on local moors above Holcombe Dave McGrath took another good placing coming 5th in 34mins 37secs followed by James Hall in 18th place in 39mins 27secs and John Wrigley 21st in 40mins 48secs. John Gibbs ran 42mins 07secs and Andy Haines 42mins 49secs. But it was the ladies who took home the bottles of beer for the team prize after Janet Rigby was first vet-50 in 52mins 35secs, Lisa Carter was second vet-40 in 54mins 13secs and Leonora Rose (V40), in her first fell race, clocked 1hr 02mins 33secs.
Eight travelled to Preston for a novelty themed race when they ran the Crazy Cow 10k on Sunday. Their medals were cow bells in the popular event in Avenham Park and Dave Rushton was first home in 44mins 42secs. Paula Abernethy ran 46mins 46secs: Steve Lomax 48mins 59secs: Amanda Hey 54mins 59secs: Zena Knowles 57mins 16secs: Wayne Holden 58mins 39secs: Karen Doherty 1hr 00mins 17secs and Sarah Rushton 1hr 00mins 21secs.
Two runners took on a race with a difference when they faced some serious obstacles in the Muddy Maniacs 7k. Craig Norman finished in second place and Stephen O’Hagan in fourth in his first obstacle race after they had run a course, tough from start to finish, on some challenging terrain at Witton Park, Blackburn.
Leonora Rose ran the multi-terrian Pudsey 10k at weekend, running through woods with some cross country and road as well. She clocked 1hr 01min 13secs..
In the popular parkruns John Gibbs ran 19mins 17secs at Heaton Park with Chris Fletcher clocking 27mins 10secs: Paul Barrington and Kris Booth 28mins 06secs: David Schofield 29mins 31secs: Tammy Oluyori 31mins 01sec: Iain Harris 32mins 20secs: junior Ben Darbyshire 54mins 08secs and Amanda Darbyshire 54mins 22secs. At BoltonKatie Percival ran 22mins 06secs: Ken Smith 23mins 52secs: Steve Lomax 25mins 45secs: Mark Williams 26mins 36secs: Lucy Tetler 31mins 42secs and Kath Davies 29mins 44secs.
Vince Ashton ran the Crosby Parkrun, his 56th location, in 25mins 57secs.