JOHN WRIGLEY ran a marathon with a difference when he completed Scotland’s Dramathon clocking 3hrs 39mins 14secs taking in several whisky distilleries along the route!
The event started from Glenfarclas Distillery to Glenfiddich Distillery along the Speyside Way but there was no wee drams during the race. He received six miniature single malts in a goody bag at the finish along with a medal, formed from a piece of an old whisky barrel. He was 54th out of 377 runners and described the race as “fantastic”.
Ian Hopkinson travelled to Portsmouth for the popular 10 mile Great South Run clocking 1hr 55mins 23secs. In “scorching” heat making running hard work he joined the thousands setting off from South Parade along Clarence Esplanade where the televised event also finished.
There was a good turnout in the South East Lancs Cross Country League event at Heaton Park and the club had sixth place in the women’s and men’s teams. Katie Percival was 13th Jenny Yates 25th and first vet-50 and Kate Holden (V40) was 34th making up the team. Paula Abernethy (V50) and 43rd, Caroline Mullineaux, Helen Sandiford, Victoria Glossop, Lisa Carter, Caroline Malone, Karen Doherty and Amanda Darbyshire also ran.
Among the men Neal Emmerson was 13th, Dave McGrath 20th, Ian Warrington 54th and Chris Paxton 57th making up the team. Also running were Craig Norman, Mark Williams, Nick Barnes, Mark Wolfenden and Chris Fletcher. Juniors running were Lachlan Burke, Fleur Carter, Ben Darbyshire and Ryan Norman.
Vet-60 Elaine Bailey had a trip to the seaside when she ran the Yorkshire Coast 10k Road Race on Sunday. She clocked 58mins 55secs in the seafront race starting from Scarborough Spa.
Two members were nominated for the annual Bury Sports Awards and although they were not winners they were very proud to be nominated. Lisa Donnelly in The Changing Lifestyle Award category said “It was changes I had made to my couch potato lifestyle,” when at 49 she was three stone overweight with high blood pressure. After joining Radcliffe she started to enjoy running more and at 50 ran her first half marathon and is getting ready to train for a marathon. “It’s a massive ‘thank-you’ to running and Radcliffe. I feel fitter and healthier than I did at 30.”
Sarah Oxley was nominated in the Sporting Female Of The Year Award after many races and cycling events and a one mile swim. In memory of her dad, who died in 2001 aged 52 , she aimed to do 1,948 miles, matching the year (1948) her dad was born and has raised £800 for charity along the way. Despite recently suffering a bike accident and due to have a shoulder operation she has been running gently and is already planning ahead.
In the popular parkruns Peter Hunter ran 22mins 36secs at Heaton Park: Sheila Jones 23mins 07secs: Paul Barrington 25mins 02secs:Lucy Tetler 29mins 18secs a pb: Tracy Wroe 30mins 30secs, a pb and Bev Quinton 31mins 56secs. At Bolton Ken Smith clocked 23mins 48secs: Kirsten Cook had a pb with 26mins 05secs: Kath Davies 28mins 12secs and Natalie Hitchen 33mins 51secs. Vince Ashton ran Chadderton Hall Parkrun in 33mins 51secs and then at Burrs Country Park clocking 30mins 21secs.