RADCLIFFE AC had 80 at their presentation night on Saturday and chairman Chris Paxton said it had been a “cracking” year for the growing club.
A dinner, raffle and disco was held at Bury Masonic Hall for members, family and friends and using a screen to show photographs of prizewinners he outlined the club successes in races and the numbers taking part in events. At one race the club had 42 runners. Club president Tom West was handing out the prizes.
The club started a new competition this year based on points obtained throughout the season with 48 events on road, trail, fell and cross country. There were three prizes for each age and gender category and runners had to compete in at least 10 races. Kris Lee had the highest number of points among the men having competed in 44 events and Katie Percival had the highest total among the women. Those receiving awards ranged from the youngest, 15-year-old Grace Williams to the oldest member vet-75 Jim Rhodes.
There was a special award for 26 members who had run 10 or more races. It was named after the club’s former head coach Eileen Royle who died last year and was given to recognise their dedication to the club.
The Terry Nortley Cup, named after the former club president and coach who died in 2011, was awarded to Neal Emmerson for his exceptional performances, the Radcliffe AC Shield went to the club’s membership secretary Chris Saville for his outstanding contributions to the club, the Nellie Halstead Trophy, named after the Radcliffe Olympian, was awarded to Sarah Rushton for getting outside her comfort zone and competing in many races in the year and the Norman Schofield Cup, named after a former member, went to husband Dave for his infectious personality and enthusiasim.
The most improved man was Mauro Rotondi and most improved woman Katie Percival and a cross country award for the men went to John Wrigley and for the women Donna Cartwright. Neal had the highest race average among the men and Donna among the women.
Special mention was made of social secretary Les Elkins, recovering from an operation at Oldham Royal, who had organised the evening and was unable to attend.
Women: Junior Grace Williams: highest total: FSEN Katie Percival, highest total and race average: Lucy Dewhurst V35 highest total and race average: Kate Holden V40 highest total: Lisa Carter V45 highest total: Kirsten Cook V50 highest total: Amanda Hey V55 highest total: Donna Cartwright V40 highest race average:Sarah Turner V45 highest race average: Jenny Yates V50 highest race average: Sheila Jones V60 highest total and race average: Sheila McNulty V70 highest total.
Men: Chris Paxton MSEN: highest total: Neal Emmerson MSEN highest race average:Kris Lee V40 highest total and race average: Mauro Rotondi V45 highest total and race average: Dave Rushton V50 highest total: Mike Kontowtt V50 highest race average: Steve Hamer V55, highest total and highest race average: Alan Brown V60 highest total and race average: Iain Harris V65 highest total and race average: Alan Sumner V70 highest total; Jim Rhodes V75 highest total and race average. ( Great pics from Debi Warrington of the presentation).
On the racing scene Dave McGrath ran the Boulsworth Bog Fell Race at Colne and got himself a great 10th place covering the 8.2 miles and 1,394 feet of climbing in 58mins 21secs .
Mark Garner got himself a personal best time by nine minutes when he ran the 25th Liverpool Half Marathon on Sunday in 1hr 37mins 06secs. He was well-pleased to get under 1hr 40mins and its his eigth half marathon medal. He was 56th vet-45 out of 344.
Michelle Hincks was also pleased with her time in the challenging Darwen Heritage Half Marathon on Sunday. She ran a new pb in 2hrs 09mins on a course described as “mean and hilly”. Bev McGrath also ran, and despite struggling with injury, she clocked 2hrs 39mins.
Vet-50 Paul Swyers took to the hills on Sunday in the 15.4 mile Heptonstall Fell Race in West Yorkshire. He clocked 2hrs 56mins covering 3,169 feet of climbing on a course which had bogs and open countryside. Conditions were perfect, he said. The event had been rescheduled after being cancelled the week before because of heavy snow.
New member Andy Haines clocked 58mins 32secs in the second running of the 9k Pendle Hill Dark Dash Night Fell Race. The tough event on Wednesday night ran from Barley on to the Pendle Way and the Clough and proceeds went to the Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team.
Six women took on the Northern Athletic Road Relay Championships at Birkenhead Park in the Wirral, Merseyside on Sunday finishing 33rd out of 47 teams. The event, on flat traffic free paths and roads in the park , was divided into six stages with Helen Andrew on the first 8k leg running 34mins 37secs: Donna Cartwright going next on a 4.5k leg clocking15mins 56secs: Jenny Yates also on a short leg running 15mins 59secs: Lisa Carter running an 8k leg in 38mins 54secs: Caroline Mullineaux 4.5k in 19mins 05secs and Paula Abernethy running the last 4.5k in 17mins 05secs. They all agreed it had been a great day out and good experience.
There were smiles for Kate Holden when she was third vet-40 in the South East Lancs Cross Country League, one of two leagues the club took part in during the season. She was the only member to get an award.
At the popular 5k parkruns there were pbs for Chris Whittaker and John Gibbs at Heaton Park. Chris beat his previous pb by nine seconds clocking 18mins 36secs and John ran 19mins 20secs. Sheila Jones (V60) clocked 24mins 20secs: Chris Fletcher 26mins 11secs: Peter Hunter 26mins 48secs: Amanda Callan 27mins 07secs: Iain Harris (V65) 32mins 22secs: Jen Entwistle 33mins 05secs: Lisa Donnelly 33mins 10secs and Sharon Peterkin 33mins 14secs.
At Bolton Mark Wolfenden (V50) ran 24mins 38secs: Mark Williams (V50) 25mins 09secs: Grace Williams 28mins 01sec: Kath Davies (V50) 29mins 50secs: Wayne Holden 32mins 20secs: Natalie Hitchen 36mins 36secs and Lucy Dewhurst 39mins 10secs.
Mike Kontowtt was second when he ran the Ganavan Parkrun near Oban with a course pb of 21mins 38secs.
At Burrs 5k on Sunday John Gibbs was first in 20mins 45secs and Chris Whittaker fifth in 22mins 45secs.
A group of keen fell runners enjoyed some top tips from international fell and mountain runner Ben Mounsey on Saturday when he took them through a downhill running session on Holcombe Moor, organised by Kris Lee.