DONNA Cartwright was fifth out of 82 women at the South East Lancs Cross Country League race at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday.
In heavy muddy conditions she clocked 29mins 41secs and was also first vet-40. Radcliffe took third place among the women’s teams with Katie Percival 14th in 31mins 24secs and Kate Holden fourth vet-40 and 32nd overall in 33mins 27secs making up the team. Karen Doherty (V40) clocked 43mins 11secs.
Among the men John Wrigley was 51st out of 144 runners in 42mins 42sec on a longer course than the women’s: Chris Paxton 65th in 44mins 18secs: Paul Swyers (V50) ran 47mins: Kris Lee (V40) 48mins 27secs: LeeTurner (V50) 49mins 19secs and Ken Smith (V60) 52mins 54secs.
Chris did the double when he joined Neal Emmerson in the Mytholmroyd Fell Race in treacherous conditions in West Yorkshire the following day. Neil had a good run coming 10th and covering the 6.2 miles and 1,348 feet in 59mins 37secs with Chris clocking 1hr 12 mins 28secs. The two, who competed because it was a club championship race, faced bad visibility, deep snow on the tops and slippy descents.
Twelve had tackled the snow and lots of mud around Mytholmroyd the day before when they took part in The Hebden challenge organised by the Calderdale Group of the Long Distance Walkers Association. Not a race and known for its great atmosphere it is used by many as an early season training event and entrants could walk or run a 15 mile or 22 mile course. Ian Warrington and Fiona Lynch ran the 22 miler with Peter McNulty, having calf trouble, running more than 20 miles before retiring. Lisa Carter,with a sore throat and some injury problems, decided to run the 15 along with Mauro Rotondi, James Hall, Susanne Andrew, husband John and Sheila McNulty. Sarah Rushton, husband Dave and Lucy Dewhurst walked the 15.
Bolton and Heaton Park parkruns were cancelled because of ice but three members ran at Worsley Woods. Jen Entwistle clocked 31mins 32secs: Lisa Donnelly (V45) 31mins 40secs and Christine Berry (V50) 36mins 22secs.