24/03/19 Update

It was ‘happy families’ as father and daughter Chris and Olivia Whittaker notched up great performances for Radcliffe AC.

Chris claimed his second personal best in six days when he finished 41st out of 1,245 runners at Cheshire 10k.

He clocked 35:05 in perfect conditions on his favourite course at Arley Hall, knocking around two minutes off his previous best.

And talent runs in the family as daughter Olivia finished first junior in 27:06 at the Run Heaton 5k. In her first competitive race for the club, she was also third woman and 11th overall on the course at Heaton Park.

Craig Norman continued his great form when he was one of two Radcliffe AC runners in the 50k Canalathon.

He finished eighth in 4:13:18 on the route which started from Ancoats, Manchester and ran along the Rochdale Canal to Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire. In his first ultra, Mike Cooke ran 5:04:50 to finish 52nd.

The club had four runners at the Wilmslow Half Marathon, with Lee Cooper first home for Radcliffe in 1.39.28. Amanda Hey ran 01:52:05, Kathryn Davies 01:56:15 and Sarah Jackson 02:23:34.

Andy Haines enjoyed perfect conditions when he took to the hills above Keswick for the 4.5-mile Causey Pike Fell Race. With 1,781ft of climbing, he clocked 51:57 to finish a fine 61st.

Deborah Cliff travelled further afield to Cyprus for her first race in a Radcliffe vest. Recovering from a long period of injury, she ran 1:05:50 at the flat, coastal Petrolina 10k in Limassol.

Caroline Malone did her first triathlon of the season, taking part in the 10th Ribby Hall event in Blackpool. She completed the 400m swim, 11-mile cycle and 5k run in 1:17:23.

More families have also been in action for Radcliffe AC.

Peter Warr had a great run at the seven-mile Garstang Gallop. On gently undulating country roads, he finished in 1:05:19.

Daughter Niamh Warr was one of two Radcliffe runners who competed at the Inter Schools Cross Country Championship at Heaton Park. Megan Peterkin finished 30th, despite not liking cross country, while Warr was 45th.

Meanwhile siblings and juniors Isabel and Jude Hockenhull were in action at last week’s Cartmel Sport Trail 5k in Cumbria. In very wet and blowy conditions, Isabel ran 34:52 to finish seventh woman and 19th overall, while her brother was 56th out of 129 runners in 40:49.

In the popular Saturday 5k parkruns, Mark Garner was first home for the club at Heaton park in a new personal best of 20:50.

He was joined by Stephen Birtwistle who also clocked a personal best of 21:56; Sheila Jones 23:18; Nick Barnes 24:45; Lee Durman 26:40 Helen Sandiford 27:29; Deborah Barrington 28:53; Deborah Warrington 30:13, and Sarah Oxley 30:33.

Robert Short was seventh at Bolton parkrun in 20:31 followed by Ken Smith 23:26; Peter Hunter 23:34, and Lisa Donnelly 37:10.

Parkrun tourist Vince Ashton notched up his 68th location, running 30:22 at Centre Vale in Blackburn.

Mauro Rotondi was first Vet 45 in 23:20 at Cuerden Valley parkrun in Preston while Christine Berry ran a course personal best of 38:35.

Family fortunes. Chris and Olivia Whittaker with their medals.

Family fortunes. Chris and Olivia Whittaker with their medals.

Cross country stars Megan Peterkin (left) and Niamh Warr.

Cross country stars Megan Peterkin (left) and Niamh Warr.

Canalathon runners Craig Norman (left) and Mike Cooke.

Canalathon runners Craig Norman (left) and Mike Cooke.

Debbie Burrs in Cyprus.

Deborah Cliff in Cyprus.

Andy Haines at Causey Pike Fell Race.

Andy Haines at Causey Pike Fell Race.

Caroline Malone at Ribby Hall Triathlon.

Caroline Malone at Ribby Hall Triathlon.

Isabel Hockenhull at a wet Cartmel Sport trail 5k

Isabel Hockenhull at a wet Cartmel Sport trail 5k

Jude Hockenhull at Cartmel

Jude Hockenhull at Cartmel

Mauro Rotondi and Christine Berry at Cuerden Valley parkrun

Mauro Rotondi and Christine Berry at Cuerden Valley parkrun

A personal best for Chris Whittaker at Cheshire 10k

A personal best for Chris Whittaker at Cheshire 10k

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