RADCLIFFE AC’s Lee Cooper went to China for his latest challenge. Combining a race and a holiday he ran the Great Wall Marathon with its 5,164 historic steps, finishing in 5hrs 53mins.
He said it was the hardest race he had done and the heat touched 40 degrees without any shade. Billed as one of the most challenging marathons along part of one of the world’s greatest monuments there were breathtaking views for runners in the lower surrounding valleys and villages.
Neal Emmerson came a great fourth in the Brathay Windermere Marathon on Sunday in 2hrs 50mins 44secs, nine minutes faster than his time in 2015. He was lucky with the weather after some wet conditions on Saturday and early Sunday morning. Starting from Clappersgate the event went through Hawkshead, Newby bridge, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside.
Dave Rushton ran the Snowdonian Half Marathon from the village of Llanrwst and ended up with two medals. One for completing the tough event in 1hr 44mins 51secs in 35th place out of a large field, and a second for running non-stop up the steep Forrest Hill.
Six travelled to Preston for some good running in the Crazy Cow 10k at Avenham Park with Rob Lister (V50) first home for the club In 44mins 15secs. Ian Hopkinson (V40) ran 56mins 21secs: Kathryn McPrince 56mins 37secs: Sarah Rushton (V45) 59mins 47secs:Lucy Dewhurst 1hr 06mins 59secs and Natalie Hitchen 1hr 08mins 57secs. The medal was a bit different with a pic of a crazy looking cow on it.
Running the White Peak 10k Trail Race in the scenic surroundings of the Southern Peak District in Derbyshire Sarah Oxley clocked 1hr 10mins 31secs.
In the midweek Blackstone Edge Fell Race, at Littleborough, 3,5 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing Dave McGrath clocked 36mins 20secs and was 16th and John Wrigley was 40th in 40mins 37secs.
Mark Emmett (V55) ran the midweek Roger Colson Brownhouse Reservoir 5k Trail Race, a tough course with a tarmac start at Whitworth, in a time of 27mins 36secs, finishing 21st, and Wayne Holden ran the Horwich Jubilee Series 5mile and clocked 47mins 01sec.
Six took on the classic 37 mile Old County Tops from Langdale in the Lake District on Saturday but were beaten by some challenging weather. Running in pairs Peter McNulty and Dave Ward, Scott Baxter and Mauro Rotondi and Lisa Carter and Sinead Hayes all got half way at Angle Tarn before retiring and joining a long list of entrants who dropped out because of the wet and cold conditions. All of them are planning another go next year.
In the parkruns Rob Lister did the scenic Delamere Forrest event and was 14th in 21mins 56 and at Heaton Park Peter Hunter ran 21mins 24secs: Sheila Jones (V60) 23mins 55secs and Rachael Stoney 25mins 31secs.
At Bolton Dave McGrath was eigth in 19mins 45secs and there were pbs at the park for Mike Kontowtt (V50) in 21mins 00secs and Mark Cartwright (V50) in 21mins 38secs. Paul Swyers, also vet-50 was not far behind in 21mins 55secs. Kath Davies (V50) and Ken Smith (V60) ran 28mins 30secs and Mark Murphy (V45) ran 34mins 26secs.