TWELVE Radcliffe AC runners faced some testing conditions when they ran the eight mile Crowden Horseshoe Fell Race in the Peak District on Sunday. Dave McGrath was first home for the club in 12th position in 1hr 11mins 07secs on a course which threw up stream crossing, bogs wind rain and mist on its 1,699 feet of climbing. But it was well marked to help runners and coming home for Radcliffe in second place was Chris Whittaker in 36th position in 1hr 16mins 53secs. Benn Heywood clocked 1hr 21mins 19secs: Craig Norman 1hr 25mins 57secs: Andy Haines 1hr 27mins 06secs: Katie Percival having a good run in 1hr 28mins 41secs: James Hall 1hr 30mins 24secs: Peter McNulty1hr 33mins 14secs: Kris Lee 1hr 34mins 09secs: Steve Hamer 1hr 42mins 28secs: Mark Garner 1hr 50mins 12secs and Sheila McNulty first vet-70 in 2hrs 04mins 59secs. They gained valuable points in the Run The Moors Grand Prix which includes several clubs battling it out at fell races throughout the season.
There was a free entry for next year’s race for Jenny Yates when she ran the Fleetwood Half Marathon and was among runners who ended up going the wrong adding on a couple of miles. She said: “There was a two mile detour for the first about 150 runners when a marshall had gone away and the wind had blown a sign over. They were all offered free entry for next year.”
Vet-50 Paul Swyers faced some hilly terrain when he took on the Pendle 3 Peaks Fell race on Saturday. Starting from Barley the course covered 9.4 miles on Pendle with 2,838 feet of climbing and he was the only Radcliffe runner to take part clocking 2hrs 02mins 09secs.
Sheila Jones was second vet-60 when she ran one of her favourite races, the Birchwood 10k Road Race in Warrington. On closed and partially closed paths through a leafy area she ran 49mins 49secs. Andy Wheeler was well pleased with his fastest 5k time this year when he clocked 29mins 43secs at the Andy O’ Sullivan 5k at Whitworth. The race on Sunday marked Andy O’Sullivan’s 35 years of organising races for charity and was a two-lap course of the Cowm Reservoir with commemorative mugs going to all finishers.
There was success midweek for two women in the 5.5 mile Hopwood Trot when Donna Cartwright was first vet 40 and fourth woman in 39mins 40secs and Jenny Yates first vet-50 and seventh woman in 41mins 31secs. Third-vet-65 Iain Harris ran the two-lap multi-terrain course from Hopwood Hall College, Middleton, in 1hr 00mins 31secs in 110th position, saying it was tougher than he remembered when he did it years ago!
On the same evening Christine Berry clocked 1hr 00mins 23secs when she ran the Quarry Bank Trail Race in Styal, Cheshire. Approximately between four and five miles the course ran around one of Britain’s greatest industrial heritage sites with tough undulating terrain. Lucy Dewhurst also took part.
In the popular parkruns Sharon Peterkin and daughter, junior member, Megan ran together at the Penrose Parkrun in Cornwall while on holiday there and clocked 35mins.
Ten ran at Heaton Park with Peter Hunter clocking 21mins 47secs: Sheila Jones 23mins 43secs: Deborah Barrington had a pb with 28mins 19secs and Debi Warrington also had a pb with 28mins 32secs. Iain Harris ran 31mins 53; there was a pb for Tracey Wroe in 31mins 54secs: Jen Entwistle ran 32mins 14secs: Lisa Donnelly 33mins 07secs: Lucy Dewhurst 35mins 03secs and Christine Berry 35mins 59secs.