RADCLIFFE AC’s Katie Percival finished 12th out of 88 women when she ran the South East Lancs Cross Country League event at Tandle Hill, Royton.
She was one of 11 members taking on mud and frost on a hilly course on Saturday and she clocked 32mins 46secs for the women’s run of almost five miles. Kate Holden (V40) was next in for the club in 32nd place in 35mins 53secs and Sarah Scott, 37th in 36mins 51secs putting the women seventh out of 14 teams of three. Karen Doherty (V40) ran 46mins 13secs.
On a six mile course for the men Dave McGrath had a good run in 14th position out of 140 runners clocking 49mins 48secs. Ian Warrington, 30th, clocked 52mins 28secs, John Wrigley 42nd, ran 53mins 53secs and John Andrew (V45) was 88th in 1hr 01mins 24secs putting the men seventh out of 16 teams of four. Kris Lee (V40) clocked 1hr 03mins 28secs: Mauro Rotondi (V45) 1hr 04mins 13secs and vet-60 Ken Smith 1hr 07mins 28secs.
Dave McGrath was back on the run the following day with a festive feel and came second in 32 minutes in the Santa Dash 4 Mile Trail race at Horwich. The weather threw everything at runners, rain, fog, muddy bogs and ice on the hilly course but it was all about the seasonal spirit and everyone received a Christmas medal. Bev McGrath, Caroline Mullineaux and Gavin Durman also took part and all came home in 50 minutes plus.
Saturday was a special day for junior member Megan Peterkin when she notched up her 10th 5k parkrun at Heaton Park, Prestwich. The latest member in the club’s growing junior section nine-year-old Megan ran 46mins 24secs joining 390 runners there. Mum Sharon, also a Radcliffe member, was helping out as funnel manager at the finish.
The club is working to boost the junior section which meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 until 8pm at the Riverside Gym in Radcliffe.Plans are underway to train more coaches and parents have the opportunity to get involved.
Also running at Heaton Park were Mark Garner (V45) who ran 24mins 03secs: Jen Entwistle who clocked 32mins 03secs and Lisa Donnelly (V45) who clocked 32mins 30secs. Bolton was cancelled because of ice but club members who turned up ran round the course anyway. Sarah Oxley ran the York Parkrun clocking 29mins 32secs.