IN perfect conditions Radcliffe AC had 240 finishers in the popular Terry Nortley 10 Mile Multi-Terrain Race on Sunday. First place went to non-club runner Lee Szymanski in 1hr 01min 57secs with first among the women going to local club Prestwich AC’s Hayley LLoyd-Henry, 33rd overall in 1hr 12mins 33secs.
Second among the men was Martin Dunn of Manchester Front Runners in 1hr 2mins 03secs and third place went to Ian Carruthers, another non-club competitor, only five seconds behind in 1hr 2mins 08secs.
Second woman was Katie Geelan (V45) of Bury AC in 1hr 13mins 29secs, only one second behind her time last year when she won first place. Third went to Alison Drasdo (V50) from Trafford AC who clocked 1hr 15mins 01sec. The men’s team prize went to Bury AC who had three runners in the top 15, and the women’s top team was Prestwich. Both clubs along with others such as Wilmslow, Burnden and Rossendale were well represented in the race.
After a frosty start with some patches of ice on the challenging course around the trails, roads and paths of Ringley, the weather warmed to make running excellent for the event named after the club’s former president and top local coach Terry Nortley who died in 2011. Presenting the prizes at the race headquarters at Radcliffe Borough Football Club were Radcliffe AC’s president Tom West along with Race Director Fiona Lynch. Sports massages were available after the race from Paula Abernethy and Jane Jackson and along with money also made from the sale of home-made cakes £230 19p will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
On the club racing scene it was a family affair when vet-50 Mark Williams travelled to Rhyl in Wales to compete. He ran the Rhyl 10 Mile on a very cold day on Saturday, getting back into his racing, and clocking 1hr 6mins 41secs and junior member daughter Grace took second place in the Rhyl Mile Fun Run. He said, despite the cold, it was a great day because he was also able to meet relations in Wales.
On Sunday Jenny Yates showed her form again by taking first-vet-50 place in the tough Huddersfield 10k in a time of 47mins 39secs. The West Yorkshire race, she described as “brutal” started from the Huddersfield Rugby Union Club in Lockwood Park with almost a continual 3K climb. She was 15th woman and 124th overall out of 536 runners. “If you like hills you would love this course”, she added.
Dave McGrath took on the Hope Winter Fell Race in the Peak District in perfect conditions and covered the 5.9 mile course with its 1,480 feet of climbing in 55mins. putting him 50th out of 250 runners.
Rob Lister ran with a friend in the Lostock 6 on Sunday clocking 40mins 39secs. The day before he had run the 5k Wythenshawe Park run in 21mins 16secs..
Sarah Scott travelled to the seaside for the Stanley Park 10k at Blackpool on Sunday and clocked 49mins 01sec. Vet-40 Caroline Mullineaux also ran clocking 51mins 06secs and was sixth in her age group.
The previous week new member Andy Haines ran 56mins 49secs when he took on the Ilkley Moor Fell Race in West Yorkshire. The event covered five miles and 1,316 feet of climbing.
In the popular parkruns Mark Garner (V45) clocked 22mins 25secs at Heaton Park: Sheila Jones (V60) 24mins 06secs: Lisa Donnelly (V45) 33mins 12secs: Iain Harris (V65) 34mins 33secs: Jen Entwistle 35mins 47secs: Sharon Peterkin 35mins 56secs and Lucy Dewhurst 35mins 57secs. Some of the girls again fitted the parkrun in with a long training run.
At Bolton Steve Lomas ran 24mins 59secs: Mark Murphy (V45) 32mins 52secs and Natalie Hitchen (V40) 36mins 05secs.