RADCLIFFE AC were well represented when they took on the Northern Athletics Autumn Road relays at Sports City on Sunday. With three women’s teams and a men’s team they faced some top class opposition from clubs throughout the North.
In the six stages in the men’s event Neal Emmerson, Ian Warrington, Chris Whittaker, Craig Norman, Chris Paxton and Mike Kontowtt notched up a time of 2hrs 31mins 20secs putting them 87th out of 127 teams. The first women’s team were in 72nd position out of 97 and Sarah Turner, Kate Holden, Amanda Callan and Paula Abernethy had an overall time of 1hr 52mins 02secs. In 88th place Caroline Mullineaux, Katie Percival, Lisa Carter and Amanda Darbyshire’s overall time was 2hrs 01min 52secs and in 95th position in 2hrs 18mins 20secs were Kathryn McPrince, Debi Warrington, Karen Doherty and Tracey Wroe. There was some good running and it was a big step up from last year when just one ladies’ team was entered.
There was a course personal best time for Rob Lister at the Belfast Half Marathon with 1hr 36mins 28secs in the largest half marathon in Northern Ireland from Ormeau Park. He was well pleased with his time and said he would be enjoying some time in the city.
Dave McGath was 12th out of 43 when he took part in the Holcombe Mountain Duathlon on Sunday with an overall time of 2hrs 13mins 21secs. Steve Hamer was second vet-60 and had an overall time of 2hrs 52mins 09secs. The tough event had two 7.4km runs over Holcombe moorland and a 27km challenging bike ride which included the Grane Road and the Lumb Carr Road climb.
Caroline Malone was pleased when she clocked 53mins 40secs and enjoyed music on the way in the Blackpool Music Run 10k despite facing a brisk wind and in the Southport Seaside 10k vet-60 Andy Wheeler also took in some fresh sea air as he clocked 59mins 15secs, putting him 789th out of 1,598 runners. The weekend had been a double for him, having run the Rivington Terraced Gardens Fun 5k the day before in 45mins 57secs, an event designed to raise cash to restore the gardens. Two others had travelled to the seaside to take on the Southport event and on the two-lap course starting and finishing in Princess Park Lucy Dewhurst and Sarah Oxley stayed together clocking 1hr 10mins 42secs and 1hr 10mins 43secs with Lucy supporting Sarah, who found it hard work as it was her first event since a fall from her bike which has left her with some nasty injuries.
In the parkruns Nick Barnes clocked 23mins 14secs at Heaton Park closely followed by vet-60 Sheila Jones running 23mins 23secs. Tammy Oluyori ran 29mins 54secs :Junior Olivia Whittaker had another personal best time with 31mins 10secs and Tracey Wroe ran 40mins 32secs. At Bolton Rob Lister ran 22mins 05secs: Ken Smith 24mins 16secs: Steve Lomax 25mins 36secs and Kath Davies acted as tail runner clocking 51mins 35secs.