TWENTY THREE faced humid conditions to take part in the midweek Horwich 5 and there were some close battles between them.
Neal Emmerson was first home for Radcliffe in 15th place out of 231 runners clocking 31mins 12secs in the picturesque course through Rivington. Ian Warrington was 25th in 32mins 30secs: John Wrigley ran 33mins 15secs. Dave Rushton was fourth vet-50 in 35mins 17secs:Kris Lee (V40) was close behind in 35mins 48secs: Peter Hunter clocked 36mins 10secs: Rob Lister (V50) 36mins 49secs: Paula Abernethy was second vet-50 in 37mins 53secs: Katie Percival ran 38mins 24secs and close on her heels was Steve Hamer (V50) in 38mins 31secs, and only one second behind him was Nick Barnes 38mins 32secs. Kate Holden (V40) ran 40mins 19secs: Sheila Jones was first vet-60 in 41mins 19secs: Chris Saville (V40) clocked 41mins 40mins: Chris Fletcher 43mins 46secs: Daver Bartlett 44mins 28secs: Kirsten Cook (V55) 47mins 18secs: Ian Hopkinson (V40) 48mins 48secs: Wayne Holden 50mins 31secs: Sarah Rushton (V45) 52mins 34secs: Iain Harris (V65) 53mins 11secs: Lucy Dewhurst 57mins 49secs and Jim Rhodes, first vet-75, 1hr 10mins 43secs.
The evening event was part of the Central Lancs Grand Prix which the club takes part in along with several other clubs and both the men and women’s teams are now well placed.
Also on Wednesday evening seven members ran the Tor Mile Fell Race at Helmshore with Dave McGrath coming in ninth place out of 93 runners in 13mins 53secs.
The 2km event, one of the oldest fell races in the country climbing 551 feet up Musbury Tor, was revived this year by club chairman Chris Paxton after interest had waned. Last year there had been only 24 taking part.
He commented: “I am over the moon with 93 runners. Seeing them all snake up the hill in a long line made all the hard work worth it.”
Radcliffe members ran and also helped to marshal and some members’ youngsters took part in the junior races held before the senior event.
Following Dave home from the club was Lee Turner (V45) who clocked 17mins 16secs. Scott Baxter ran 17mins 35secs: John Andrew 17mins 52secs: Mauro Rotondi (V45) 18mins 12secs: Mark Cartwright (V50) 19mins 22secs and Chemane Brier 20mins 47secs.
The following evening two member, both vet-50s, ran Aggie’s Staircase Fell Race in Darwen. Covering four miles and 1,148 feet of climbing Paul Swyers clocked 38mins 27secs and Mark Wolfenden 41mins 46secs.
Bev McGrath competed in the midweek Barrow Bridge 5k at Bolton, clocking 30mins 34secs and coming 42nd.
At weekend Ian Hopkinson ran the Runfest Wales 10k at Rhyl beating his time last year, his first ever 10k, by eight minutes. He was well-pleased with his time of 56mins 30secs placing him 93rd out of 234 competitors, despite a strong headwind in part of the race.
Mauro Rotondi travelled to the Lake District to take part in the 10 in 10 Charity Challenge. He climbed ten peaks and had a time limit of 10 hours to complete in an event raising cash for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. He completed it with four friends from Keswick, and even ran the last six miles of the 16 miles covered. So far the group have raised £692. The peaks climbed were Causey Pike, Sail, Crag Hill, Wandope, Whiteless Pike, High Snockrigg, Robinson, Deale Head, High Spy and Maiden Moor.
Lucy Dewhurst took on the Round Sheffield Run Multi Stage Trail Race at Encliffe Park on Sunday which had 11 timed stages making up 20km and added together at the end giving a trail half marathon time. Her overall time was 2hrs 33mins and on a much tougher course she was pleased she knocked seven minutes off last year’s half marathon time at the Great North Run.
In the parkruns Mark Williams (V50) was 15th at Bolton in 21mins 05secs: Rob Lister (V50) ran 26.05: Wayne Holden 30mins 52secs: Mark Murphy (V45) 31mins 50secs: Paul Barrington (V40) 33mins 31secs and Kath Davies (V50) recorded 56mins 18secs when she was acting as tail runner for the parkrun.
At Heaton Park Nick Barnes ran 22mins 21secs: Sheila Jones 23mins 45secs: Susanne Andrew (V40) 25mins 49secs and Tammy Oluyori 34mins 20secs.
Our “tourist” parkrunner Vince Ashton notched up his 41st location when he ran at the Walsall Arboretum Parkrun coming 159th man out of 501 runners and 23rd in the vet-45 age group in 26mins 30secs.