THERE was drama for Radcliffe AC’s Neal Emmerson when four miles into the tough 14 mile Sedbergh Hills Fell Race in Cumbria his shoe fell apart.
Determined to carry on he used his shoelace to tie it up and finished the course with its 6,000 feet of climbing in 3hrs 16mins 48secs, first for the club and 72nd overall out of 169 runners.
He said: “At four miles the right shoe went and I had to re-lace it to tie the sole to the upper. I kept doing this every so often until it failed at six miles. Luckily another runner gave me some spare laces to repair it. It was a bit tricky downhill but I managed to get round. I reckon overall it cost me about 30 minutes.” He also had trouble with his other shoe.
He was one of 12 who had taken on the race on Sunday to maintain the club’s strong challenge in the Run The Moors Grand Prix which they take part in along with several other local clubs. Clubmates said Neal deserved a medal for carrying on.
In perfect conditions but with some brutal grassy climbs Fiona Lynch (V40) was second home for the club in 86th place in 3hrs 25mins 14secs: Chris Paxton was 98th in 3hrs 31mins 41secs: Ian Warrington ran 3hrs 42mins 41secs: Paul Swyers (V50) clocked 3hrs 43mins 18secs: not far behind Dave Rushton (V50) 3hrs 43mins 39secs and another vet-50 Mike Kontowtt ran 3hrs 48mins 57secs. Katie Percival clocked 3hrs 51mins 01sec and Kris Lee (V40) 4hrs 07mins 49secs. Caroline Mullineaux was gutted to be timed out and Sinead Hayes and Lisa Carter disappointed to have to retire.
Jenny Yates had more success when she was first woman vet-50 in the Fleetwood Half Marathon on Sunday in a fine time of 1hr 42mins 20secs.
Also on Sunday three members ran the relatively flat course of the Birchwood 10k at Warrington on roads and paths. Amanda Hey ran 49mins, Sheila Jones 49mins 38secs and Ian Hopkinson beat his time from last year with a sprint finish in 58mins 32secs.
The day before Mark Wolfenden had faced wet conditions in the Darwen Gala Fair Fell Race covering the 4.7 miles and 928 feet of climbing in 39mins 10secs.
Nine ran the midweek Golf Ball Fell Race chosen by Radcliffe as a club championship event with Neal Emmerson coming home seventh in 43mins 36secs.
On a tough 5.5 mile course with 900 feet of climbing the race went from Loveclough in Rossendale and next in was Chris Paxton, 36th in 50mins 03secs. Mike Kontowtt ran 53mins 02secs: Kris Lee 55mins 21secs: Katie Percival 56mins 02secs: Steve Hamer (V55) 58mins 24secs: McKenzie Madison 1hr 00mins 06secs: Rob Lister (V50) 1hr 00mins 40secs and Caroline Mullineaux 1hr 7mins 51secs.
The event was the last of four in the Rossendale Fell Series organised by Rossendale Harriers with runners ranked on the best three of the four races, Lee Mills, Whittle Pike, Pilgrim’s Cross and the Wednesday evening Golf Ball. There was success for three club members with Katie second senior woman in the series, Steve second vet-55 and Caroline third woman vet-40.
Wayne Holden ran the fourth and last of the five mile Horwich Jubilee Series events, also midweek, clocking 48mins 12secs on a course through Rivington. In the series he was 19th out of 26 in the senior men.
Wet and windy weather Saturday morning did not put park runners off and at Heaton Park Peter Hunter clocked 21mins 23secs: Nick Barnes 23mins 19secs: Sheila Jones (V60) 23mins 58secs: Iain Harris (V65) 31mins 58secs: Carly Rourke 32mins 15secs and Tammy Oluyori 43mins 29secs. At Bolton Kath Davies (V50) ran 28mins: Mark Murphy (V45) 33mins 37secs and Lucy Dewhurst 35mins 10secs
Also at Heaton Park on Sunday Christine Berry joined lots of dog lovers in the Dog Jog with pet Floss on a 5k course without times so there was no pressure, just a run for fun.