Michelle Hincks turned in a brilliant performance to finish second female in the 250km Beyond the Ultimate Desert Ultra in Africa.
She faced temperatures of 55 degrees Celsius and had to carry all her food and race kit in the gruelling five-day race through Namibia’s Namid Desert.
The Radcliffe AC member ran in aid of Save the Rhino Trust Namibia after working with organisations there last year to help tackle poaching and the illegal wildlife trade.
She said: “I can honestly say I enjoyed nearly every step. The heat was brutal, much hotter than I anticipated, and I massively exceeded my own expectations.”
Closer to home the club celebrated a successful year in the Run the Moors Fell Grand Prix, in which eight clubs compete over 11 races.
The presentation evening at St Mary’s Social Club was hosted by Radcliffe AC and the prizes were awarded by guest speaker Carol Morgan, a race-winning ultra distance runner.
Radcliffe’s ladies team came first with the men’s team claiming second, narrowly missing out on top spot.
Fiona Lynch was second lady overall and first vet-40, Kate Percival was third lady and first senior and Dave McGrath was second man and second senior.
The other prize winners were: Sheila McNulty first vet-70; Lisa Carter second vet-45; John Andrew third vet-45 and Peter McNulty second vet-60.
They also received participation awards for doing five or more races as did: Susanne Andrew, Andrew Haines, James Hall, Craig Norman, Chris Paxton, Ian Warrington, Chris Whittaker, Kris Lee, Mark Garner, Paul Swyers, Mark Wolfenden and Steve Hamer.
Radcliffe AC chairman Chris Paxton said: “It has been a really successful year for us and the best I have known in recent memory.”
Staying on the fells, the club had two teams in the Lee Mill Relays in Rossendale.
Dave McGrath, Craig Norman, John Andrew and Andrew Haines were 44th in 4hrs 10 mins and 36 secs. John Wrigley and Kris Lee, running two legs each, came 52nd in 4hours, 18mins and 52 secs.
Eight members tackled the City of Salford Women’s 5.25 Mile Run with Sheila Jones first vet-60 in 41mins 28secs. Amanda Hey clocked 44mins 04secs; Janet Rigby 45mins 47secs; Kathryn Davies 46mins 06secs; Karen Doherty 49mins 48secs; Tracy Wroe 51mins 35secs; Lisa Donnelly 54mins 47secs and Bev Quinton 57mins 08secs.
John McNicoll was first home for the club at the Wilmslow 10k in 44mins 36secs. He was joined by Stephen Birtwistle 45mins 59secs; Kate Holden 47mins 38secs; Jenny Yates 49mins 33secs; Caroline Mullineaux 49mins 34secs; Jennifer Kavanagh 1hr 00mins 22secs and Lucy Dewhurst 1hr 03mins 25secs.
Two took on the Heaton Park 10k with Kirsten Cook first vet-55 in 53mins 15secs. Stephen Parker ran 1hr 02 mins 05 secs.
In the popular parkruns, Iain Harris chalked up his 100th run with a time of 33mins 09 sec and Amanda Darbyshire celebrated her 50th with a pb of 29mins 12secs. Peter Hunter ran 22mins 14 secs; Sheila Jones 23mins 04 secs; Chris Fletcher 24 mins 11secs; Nick Barnes 24mins 19secs; junior Ben Darbyshire 25 mins 24 secs pb; junior Olivia Whittaker 28mins 43secs pb; Ian Warrington 28mins 44 secs as a pacer; junior Megan Peterkin 31mins 56secs pb; Sharon Peterkin 32mins 23secs; Bev Quinton 33mins 01secs;Tracy Wroe 33mins 08secs.
At Bolton parkrun Dave Rushton ran 24mins 50secs; Kathryn Davies 28mins 21secs; Elaine Bailey 29mins 25secs pb; Sarah Rushton 32 mins 07secs; Lucy Dewhurst 59mins 00secs.
Parkrun tourist Vince Ashton chalked up his 60th location clocking 29mins 04secs at Fletcher Moss. Jenny Yates was second lady in 22mins 18secs at Oldham.
Race director Fiona Lynch presented £315 to Grace’s Place children’s hospice, raised from a cake sale and sports massages at the club’s recent 13 Arches Trail Half Marathon.