20/03/19 Update

Neal Emmerson finished a superb fifth at the Wigan Half Marathon, helping Radcliffe AC to win the team prize.

There were huge personal bests galore as he led home a strong contingent of 11 Radcliffe AC runners at Sunday’s race in an impressive 01:14:25.

In a great day for the club, Emmerson knocked nearly five minutes off his time from 2017, when the race was last held and when he came 7th.

Chris Whittaker slashed his pb by around seven minutes to clock 01:20:35 and finish 12th out of 980 runners.

The pair took the team prize along with Robert Short who was 20th in 01:23:17 and Chris Paxton who came 44th in 01:27:37. Both also ran pbs.

Steve Hamer was fourth Vet 60 in 01:44:08 and Kathryn Davies ran 01:59:39 to claim fifth Vet 55.

The race was the second in the Central Lancashire Grand Prix, which sees local clubs compete over ten events. It cements a strong start for Radcliffe in the series with the men’s team finishing second in the first event.

Also running at Wigan were John Wrigley who was 58th in 01:29:47; Mark Garner 01:39:38; Peter Hunter 01:41:07; Andy Wheeler 02:26:23 and Karen Doherty 02:27:16.

There was also a great turnout for the club at a muddy Two Crosses Challenge which started and finished in Tottington and was organised by the East Lancs Long Distance Walkers Association.

Runners and walkers could enter either a 17 or 25 mile route which both took in the Roman Cross at Affetside and Pilgrim’s Cross on Holcombe Moor.

Although not classed as a race, Fiona Lynch finished second woman on the 25-mile route in 4 hours and 41 minutes along with David Ward and Ian Warrington. Peter McNulty did 4:39, Helen Andrew 5:20, Mauro Rotondi 5:48 and Lisa Carter 5:54. Paul Swyers and John Andrew completed the 17-mile route in 3:36 and 3.43 respectively.

The great results continued when five members travelled to Lancaster for the Trimpell 20 Mile Race, a popular course for marathon preparation.

Rob Lister was first home for Radcliffe in 2:52:10 while Sheila Jones won the Vet 60 age group in 02:58:24.

Also running the route through historic Lancaster and the stunning Lune Valley was Lisa Donnelly who clocked 04:13:08 while Sarah Oxley and Lucy Dewhurst ran 04:22:49.

Elsewhere, there was a pb for Caroline Malone who clocked 52:15 in snow, hail and wind at Bradford 10k.

Three juniors competed in the latest Bury Primary Schools Cross Country fixture at Derby High School. Brothers Samuel and Arthur Howard finished third and 72nd respectively with Fleur Carter coming 23rd in her race.

Runners battled through “rivers of water” at Heaton Parkrun, with junior Olivia Whittaker finishing first in her age group and 36th woman overall in 27:16.

She was also first home for Radcliffe followed by Ben Darbyshire 28:59; Amanda Darbyshire 31:29; Tracy Wroe 32:29; Iain Harris 33:51; Sharon Peterkin 35:37; Lisa Donnelly 35:38; Christine Berry 36:30; Sheila Jones 53:09 supporting a new runner, and Sarah Oxley 1:00:51 as tailwalker.

Vince Ashton also contended with horrendous weather when he ran 37:33 at Watergrove parkrun in Rochdale.

Olivia Whittaker at a wet Heaton parkrun.

Olivia Whittaker at a wet Heaton parkrun.

Caroline Malone celebrating a pb at Bradford 10k.

Caroline Malone celebrating a pb at Bradford 10k.

Ready for the off at the Two Crosses

Ready for the off at the Two Crosses

The team at Trimpell 20

The team at Trimpell 20

Radcliffe AC members at Wigan Half marathon.

Radcliffe AC members at Wigan Half marathon.

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