24-02-19 Update

Radcliffe AC had a record turnout for its Terry Nortley 10 Mile Multi-Terrain Race.

A total of 281 people finished the popular course around the trails, roads and paths of Ringley.

In glorious weather, Bury AC dominated the results with Patrick Babb finishing first in 01:00:07. He was 12 seconds ahead of team-mate Josh Birmingham while Rochdale Harrier Christopher Merchant was third in 01:01:16.

It was a clean sweep for Bury AC in the women’s race which was won by Hannah Price in 01:10:56, followed by Katie Geelan in 01:13:04 and Elizabeth Cheshire in 01:18:37.

Bury won both the men’s and women’s team prizes.

The race is named after Radcliffe AC’s former president and top local coach Terry Nortley who died in 2011. The prizes were presented at Cams Lane Primary School in Radcliffe where a cake sale raised £236 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

It was also a busy weekend on the club racing scene with 13 members taking part in Saturday’s National Cross Country Championships in Leeds.

The 8k women’s race attracted a high-class field of 1,034 athletes with Jenny Yates first home for Radcliffe AC in 38:21. She was followed by Katie Percival 40:31; Kate Holden 43:53; Caroline Malone 49:50, and Susanne Andrew 54:43.

In a field of 2,006 in the 12k men’s race, Christopher Whittaker led the club home in 47:28 closely followed by Robert Short in 47:34. Also running were Chris Paxton 50:24; Craig Norman 50:28; Ian Warrington 51:45; John Gibbs 58:22; Steve Hamer 58:25, and John Andrew 59:44.

The women’s team finished 86th and the men’s team was 105th.

Also on Saturday, three enjoyed stunning scenery at High Cup Nick fell race in Cumbria. Lee Turner completed the 9.3-mile course with 1,509ft of ascent in 01:31:59. Paul Swyers ran 01:36:19 and Mark Wolfenden 02:00:34.

Lee Cooper travelled to the North Wales coast for the Rhyl 10 Mile, clocking 1:16:53 on the flat and fast course, while Peter Warr also headed to the seaside where he ran 58:04 at the Stanley Park 10k in Blackpool.

Closer to home, three took part in Sunday’s Lostock 6 Mile road race in Bolton. Peter Cook finished in 48:46 followed by wife Kirsten in 51:40 and David Schofield in 59:03.

In the local parkruns, Kathryn Davies was first home for the club at Bolton in 27:16. Also running were junior Ben Darbyshire 28:00; Elaine Bailey 30:08; Deborah Barrington 33:26; Lucy Tetler 33:34, and Natalie Hitchen 33:43.

At Heaton parkrun Nick Barnes ran 22:53; Sheila Jones 22:54; Helen Sandiford 27:45; Tracy Wroe 32:14, and Bev Quinton 37:15.

Terry Nortley race winner Patrick Babb.

Terry Nortley race winner Patrick Babb.

The Lostock three (from left) David Schofield, Peter Cook and Kirsten Cook.

The Lostock three (from left) David Schofield, Peter Cook and Kirsten Cook.

Living the high life: Lee Turner at Hick Cup Nick.

Living the high life: Lee Turner at Hick Cup Nick.

Blackpool rocks: Peter Warr.

Blackpool rocks: Peter Warr.

The men’s cross-country team

The men’s cross-country team

The women’s team at the national cross-country championships.

The women’s team at the national cross-country championships.

Hannah Price on her way to victory in the Terry Nortley 10 Mile Multi-Terrain race.

Hannah Price on her way to victory in the Terry Nortley 10 Mile Multi-Terrain race.

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