THERE was success on the hills for Radcliffe AC women when they took the team prize in the midweek Holcombe 2 Towers Fell race.
Round the local moors 12 from the club competed on the tough four mile course with 1,312 feet of climbing. In the women’s team Katie Percival ran 50mins 25secs and came fourth senior woman, Kate Holden (V40) clocked 59mins 39secs and Susanne Andrew (V40) 1hr 06mins 31secs.
Among the men Dave McGrath was first home for the club in 10th place in 37mins 09secs. John Wrigley was 25th in 42mins 53secs and Lee Turner (V40) clocked 47mins 49secs. Kris Lee (V40) ran 48mins 40secs: Mark Cartwright (V50) 49mins 46secs: Steve Hamer (V50) 52mins 39secs: Mark Wolfenden (V50) 54mins 50secs: Peter Booth (V40) 58mins 09secs and Dave Bartlett 1hr 0mins 48secs.
Peter McNulty completed the 33 mile Cumbria Traverse Challenge in the Lake District on Friday in 15 hours along with Ian Charters from Bowland Fell Runners. They experienced challenging conditions in the south to north high level traverse of 21 peaks, climbing 11,500 feet, starting from Broughton Mills, Dunnerdale and finishing in Keswick.
Vince Ashton completed a double at weekend, running the Lancaster 5k on Saturday in the heat at 24mins 35secs and then the Marple Carnival 10k the following day clocking 58mins 02secs.
Kate Holden and Sarah Turner ran the Pilling 10k near Lancaster with Sarah clocking 49mins and finishing first vet-45 and Kate running 49mins 36secs and coming first vet-40
Chris Fletcher ran the Flash in The Park 10k at Pennington Flash Country Park in Leigh, clocking 52 mins 23secs and Beverley McGrath ran with a friend from Burnden in a Trailblaster six hour challenge event at Townley Park in Burnley where they won the mixed pairs category and managed 33 miles in the allocated time.
In the parkruns our Australian member Tony Holt was first in 21mins 20secs in the Cottlesloe Parkrun in Perth, and Karen Doherty had a pb of 28mins 04secs in the Stratford-on-Avon Parkrun despite a route change because of a regatta and facing sweltering conditions and Sheila Jones (V60) clocked 24mins 17secs in the Mile End Parkrun in London.
At Bolton Daver McGrath was fifth in 19mins 30secs: Kath Davies ran 27mins 56secs: vet-75 David Hudson, did a fine run in 33mins 13secs and good to see him back in action: Louise Bowden (V40) ran 34mins 24secs and Mark Murphy (V45) 34mins 35secs. At Heaton Park Peter Hunter clocked 22mins 14secs: Mark Garner (V45) 23mins 09secs: Susanne Andrew (V40) 26mins 40secs and Tammy Oluyori 29mins 36secs.
Runners can experience a slice of fell running history on Wednesday evening by taking part in the Tor Mile Fell Race, one of the oldest in the country, first run in 1911. Radcliffe chairman Chris Paxton, who lives near to the event in Helmshore, has stepped in as organiser to secure the future of the race after its popularity had waned.
Radcliffe members will help marshal the short sharp up an down Musberry Tor and will also be running as the event is a club championship race. There will junior races at 6 30pm and seniors will run at 7 30pm. Headquarters is the Robin Hood pub in Helmshore.
Adventure racer McKenzie
OUR adventure racer McKenzie Madison travelled to South America to take on his latest marathon challenge.
He ran the Inca Trail Marathon in the Southern Peruvian Andes facing 12,000 feet of gruelling climbing and thousands of Inca steps on the way. He finished in 11hrs 34mins 30secs putting him eighth out of 22 runner and fifth man. The race began on the ancient Inca Trail that leads to the legendary lost city of Machu Picchu.
McKenzie said: The views were breathtaking and it felt like I was running with the gods at the high altitude. At times the clouds closed in making it difficult to see the terrain, which was ankle breaking.”
It is the latest marathon he has run vowing to take on several worldwide over this year to try to raise £10,000 for a charity close to his heart, the Wirral-based Claire’s House. A runner with a thirst for adventure he has already run the Hong Kong Marathon and the Jerusalem Marathon this year as well as the Greater Manchester event and the Brecon Beacons Ultra Marathon. In the past he has competed in the Great wall Marathon in China and the Desert Marathon.