RADCLIFFE AC notched up another success with the second running of their sell-out 13 Arches Trail Half Marathon on Sunday and the honours went to local club Bury AC who took first and third place.
On the undulating course in perfect conditions Ben Coop showed his form and was home first in a time of 1hr 19mins 44secs with Adam Gorski, unattached, in second place clocking 1hr 20mins 54secs and Bury’s new member Patrick Babb taking third in 1hr 21mins 17secs.
First woman was Amy Harris of Horsham Amphibians Triathlon clocking 1hr 30mins 58secs, putting her 19th overall. Second was Liz McLLellan (V45) Burnden Road Runners in 1hr 36mins 52secs and third place went to Josie Maley-Jones of Astley and Tyldesley Road Runners clocking 1hr 37mins 32secs.
After the race’s success last year the club boosted the entry limit from 300 to 500 and within weeks it was a sell-out with runners entering from as far afield as South Wales, West Sussex and London.The chip-timed course started from the Nellie Halstead track at Cams Lane, Radcliffe, named after the town’s former Olympian, along the scenic Irwell Valley Sculpture Trail, Hurst Wood, and Philips Park by the centre point of the race, the listed 13 arched railway viaduct. Runners from many local clubs were among more than 400 finishers.
Registration and the presentation were at Cams Lane Primary School. Club President Tom West and Race Director Fiona Lynch gave out the prizes. All runners received a goodie bag, a Radcliffe AC buff and a medal. Massages were available and members made cakes and biscuits, raising £361 to go to the Christie Charity in memory of Eileen Royle, the club’s head coach, who died earlier this year.
On the racing scene Radcliffe had numerous awards to come when they attended the Central Lancs Grand Prix prize presentation at Astley Bridge Cricket Club. They had competed in up to10 races throughout the season battling against another nine clubs with the best seven races in the series counting for each runner. Neal Emmerson was the highest placed for the club overall in fourth position with Iain Harris coming first among the vet-65s and Jim Rhodes taking first vet-75 place. Mauro Rotondi was second vet-45: Lucy Dewhurst second female 35 and Kirsten Cook second vet-55. A mixed ‘A’ team came in fourth, mixed ‘B’ team second and women’s team fourth although there was only a prize for the winning teams.
Mementos went to two members who had completed all 10 races, Sarah Rushton and Chris Fletcher and ten members received an award for completing nine events: Lucy Dewhurst: Iain Harris: Wayne Holden: Ian Hopkinson: Peter Hunter: Kris Lee: Chris Paxton: Jim Rhodes: Chris Saville and Ian Warrington. The club can be well pleased with its success after just one individual award in last year’s grand prix.
There was another great turnout from Radcliffe when 38 ran the next fixture of the Red Rose Cross Country League at Leverhulme Park, Bolton on Saturday. Nineteen men took part, 14 women and five juniors in some muddy but good conditions with Donna Cartwright coming ninth among the women out of 102 runners and first vet-40, Katie Percival 24th and Jenny Yates 28th and third vet-50. The women’s team was fourth.
Among the men Neal Emmerson was 16th, Dave McGrath 42nd and Chris Paxton and Ian Warrington 62nd and 63rd. Formed in 1970 the league has four fixtures throughout the year.
Full results here
In the 5k parkruns Vince Ashton (V45) notched up his 49th location when he ran at Princes Parkrun in Liverpool clocking 25mins 57secs and at Heaton Park Sheila Jones (V60) ran 24mins 13secs, Mark Garner (V45) 24mins 28secs and Peter Hunter 28mins 47secs. At Bolton Steve Lomax clocked 22mins 35secs and Kath Davies 27mins 42secs.