RADCLIFFE AC ticked off another successful race with 244 entries in their Terry Nortley Multi-Terrain 10 Miler on Sunday and local club Bury AC took most of the prizes.
In good conditions after a wet week Bury’s Ben Coop came home first in 1hr 00mins 02secs and Katie Geelan (V40) was first woman 1hr 13mins 28secs, putting her 33rd overall. Bury also took the men’s and women’s team prizes along with vets prizes.
Second among the men went to Tom Carson of Bolton United Harriers with a time of 1hr 01min 06secs, a previous winner of the club’s races who led for a large part of the event, and third was Benn Heywood, of Bury AC running 1hr 02mins 07secs. Coop and Heywood along with Byron Edwards and Matt Grice took the team prize. Last year Coop, Heywood and Edwards were part of the winning team.
Second place among the women went to unattached Jenny Sutton clocking 1hr 16mins 59secs and third to Lyndsay Darbyshire (V45) of Burnden Road Runners in 1hr 18mins 12secs. Geelan,Jenny Yates (V50) and Lucy Hodson were the winning Bury team.
Rob Jackson (V50) of Horwich Harriers, a popular figure at the Radcliffe club events, was 17th in 1hr 06mins 18secs.
Last year a damaged footpath could not be used in the race but this year the steep path was back challenging runners as they took on the local nature trails and paths in Philips Park. Prestwich AC and Burnden runners were well represented.
The event is named after the club’s former president and top local coach Terry Nortley who died in 2011. His wife Vera joined club chairman Chris Paxton in presenting the prizes at the race headquarters at Cams Lane Primary School..
A cake stall was held with £340. 03 raised for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Sports massages were also available and the club organised photographer Steve Bateson to take photos of competitors which they could later download and share.
On the Radcliffe AC racing scene it was a busy weekend with Sinead Hayes taking on the 35.3 mile Northumberland Coastal Ultra Trail Run on Saturday clocking 7hrs 43mins 16secs.
In changeable conditions including rain and strong winds the course covered some dramatic coastal scenery from Alnwick Castle to Bamburgh Castle. As we know Sinead is raising money for the Good Life Orphanage in Kenya and plans to run five ultras over the year, one for each house at the orphanage. Her next run will be a 50 miler from Liverpool to Manchester and she will also run the Lakeland 110k.
It was a family affair when Fiona Lynch (V40) ran the Stanley Park 10k at Blackpool on Saturday coming in second woman in a new personal best time of 40mins 06secs. Husband Peter took part and clocked 55mins 06secs despite suffering with cramp.
Kris Lee and Caroline Mullineaux, both vet-40s, took on the Stockport Trail Half Marathon, at Marple on Sunday, running along the Middlewood Way footpath and back along the Macclesfield Canal. Kris clocked 1hr 44mins 38secs on a wet and muddy course while Caroline was well pleased with a personal best byt 16 minutes with 2hrs 11mins 13secs.
Sarah Rushton and Beverley McGrath ran the Harewood House Half Marathon near Leeds battling round a tough course together in a time of 2hrs 40mins. Chemane Brier was disappointed with her time in the Oulton Park Half Marathon, running ten minuted slower than last year but still clocking 1hr 48mins, even though she felt unwell during the race.
Wayne Holden and girlfriend Wendy Fairhurst ran the Lostock 6 near Horwich. Wayne was pleased with his 56mins 27secs and Wendy clocked 1hr 07mins 03secs and Lisa Carter was in Nottingham for the national cross country championships and clocked 47mins 18secs for the 8k course. Next year the club are hoping to get teams in the championship.
In the 5k parkruns Mike Kontowtt (V50) clocked 20mins 45secs at Heaton park: Nick Barnes ran 22mins 51secs: Sheila Jones (V60) 24mins 22secs: Chris Fletcher 26mins 08secs: Lucy Dewhurst 32mins 29secs and Iain Harris 34mins 47secs. At Bolton Paul Swyers (V50) clocked 23mins 23secs and Steve Lomax 25mins 01sec. At Wythenshawe Rob Lister was 12th clocking 22mins 43secs, despite a mudbath of a course.