RADCLIFFE AC’s Neal Emmerson certainly showed he had form when he won the Windermere Marathon on Sunday clocking a great 2hrs 44mins.
In very hot conditions he was determined to improve on his postion last year when he came home fourth. He beat his last year’s time by more than six minutes. Ian Warrington also ran clocking 3hrs 08mins 48secs coming 20th and using it as a training run for the Lakeland 50 later in the year. The race on Sunday starting from Brathay Hall in Ambleside is one of only a handful run entirely on a World Heritage site and has stunning views over England’s largest lake.
Mountain men Peter McNulty and Mauro Rotondi tackled the challenging Old County Tops Fell Race on Saturday covering its 37 miles and tough 10,000 feet of climbing in 11hrs 18mins. Both had retired from the race last year in horrendous weather conditions but the weather was perfect this year for the 30th running of the event, which takes in Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and Conistion starting and returning to Langdale. Running as a team they had 12 hours to complete and received a t-shirt and comemmorative buff. Sadly Fiona Lynch and Lisa Carter were timed out, Lisa suffering the effects of severe hayfever.
Also taking to the hills was Andy Haines who ran the Kong Mini Marathon, an evening event in the Peak District. With a two-hour score format and including a river crossing he scored 230 points out of 480 and was 44th out of 89, running with dog Rosie.
Jen Entwistle travelled to the home of The Beatles to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on Sunday and clocked 5hrs 19mins facing really hot conditions and four ran the Liverpool Half Marathon with Kate Holden clocking 1hr 43mins 02secs, a personal best, and Peter Warr clocking 2hrs 14mins. He had been aiming for sub 2hrs 15 so was well-pleased with his time. Kirsten Cook ran 2hrs 19mins 01 and Sarah Oxley 2hrs 46mins.
In the festival weekend of running in Manchester Chris Whittaker and John Gibbs ran together on Sunday in the Manchest Half Marathon with Chris, in his first half, clocking 1hr 27mins 14secs and John a couple of seconds after. Sharon Peterkin also ran in 2hrs 37mins in her third half. Daughter Megan, a junior member, ran with her older sister Gabrielle in the 3k event.
In the now famous 10k finishing on Deansgate eight ran from the club with Mark Williams clocking 43mins 27secs and daughter Grace 1hr 4mins in her first 10k race. Nick Barnes ran 49mins 08secs: Sheila Jones (V60) 51mins 59secs: Amanda Hey (V50) ran 58mins 26secs:Wayne Holden 1hr 05mins 14secs: Lisa Donnelly (V50) 1hr 06mins 59secs and Christine Berry (V50) 1hr 12mins 45secs. Sheila Jones was the first vet-60 in the whole Manchester 10k.
Jenny Yates (V50) enjoyed her first race win when she was first woman in the midweek Cowm 5k Race at Whitworth running 21mins 30secs. On Saturday she ran the Pilling 10k at Preston and was first vet-50 in 44mins 58secs. .
Rob Lister got himself a seventh place when he ran the Anderton Boat Lift 10k in Cheshire on a glorious undulating course where he clocked 44mins 35secs.
There were some great performances at the midweek Hollingworth Lake 5k series at Littleborough with Ian Warrington getting a personal best time by 40 seconds in 17mins 28secs and coming 11th out of 161 runners. Chris Whittaker was first male 35 in a pb of 17mins 44secs in 14th place and John Gibbs was third male 35 with a pb of 18mins 14secs in 18th position. Paul Barrinton (V40) ran 23mins 09secs: Sarah Turner (V45) 24mins 36secs: Caroline Malone (V45) 25mins 11secs: Kathryn McPrince (V40) ran 26mins 47secs: Debi Warrington (V45) had a pb with 27mins 14secs and Deborah Barrington (V40) also had a pb of 27mins 25secs. The ladies and men’s teams were both second.
John Andrew was pleases with his overall time of 3hrs 45mins 28secs in the Slateman Triathlon in Wales and at the shorter St Anne’s Triathlon Caroline Malone had an overall time of 1hr 21mins 24secs.
In the parkruns Mark Garner had plenty to celebrate. As well as getting married that day it was his 50th parkrun and he had a personal best time of 21mins 22secs. John Gibbs ran 19mins 37secs: Steve Hamer 23mins 05secs: Sheila Jones 24mins 12secs: Sarah Scott 24mins 38secs: Nick Barnes 26mins 14secs: Ben Darbyshire 27mins 44secs a pb, Debi Warrington had a course pb with 29mins 30secs; Andy Wheeler ran 30mins 38secs:Amanda Darbyshire a pb with 31mins 02secs and Iain Harris 34mins 30secs. At Bolton Dave McGrath clocked 18mins 29secs: Paul Swyers 22mins: Ken Smith 23mins 57secs: Kris Booth 27mins 56secs: Paul Barrington 27mins 57secs and Natalie Hitchen 36mins 37secs.