RADCLIFFE AC’s Bev McGrath had perfect conditions when she took on the 31 mile Manchester Canalathon.
The vet-40 was well pleased with her time of 6hrs 59mins despite some pain and blisters at the end. The route on Sunday started from Ancoates, Manchester and ran along the Rochdale Canal to Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire.
Scott Baxter and John Andrew joined more than 80 runners in head torches in the midweek Pendle Hill Dark Dash covering 5.5miles marked with glow torches from Barley village up to the top of Pendle. They were 30th and 35th finishing in just under an hour and John won a spot prize. The event was the first night run on the fell organised by Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue and cash raised went to the rescue organisation.
Three runners were on the fells on Saturday for the Boulsworth Bog Fell Race, from Wycoller Country Park Hall, Colne. On an 8.2 mile course with 1,394 feet of climbing Mauro Rotondi (V40) clocked 1hr 12mins 50secs, Kate Holden (V40) 1hr 30mins 35secs and Caroline Mullineaux (V40) 1hr 44mins 01sec.
Lee and Sarah Turner ran the Mothers Day 10k at Lancaster with Lee clocking 45mins 23secs, 33rd overall and sixth vet-45 while Sarah ran 46mins 46secs, coming 44th overall and getting a prize for first vet-45.
Down Under retired fire officer Tony Holt continued his racing success in the Karri Valley Long Tri, swimming 1500m, riding his bike 60k and running a 12k trail race to clock 3hrs 22mins, and come home second vet-55 in the Western Australia event.
Lucy Dewhurst took on a tough but scenic Lyme Trust 10k in Cheshire on Sunday clocking 1hr 20mins. Describing it as one of the best runs she had done the events are to be held every fourth Sunday of the month.
In the popular park runs members were all over the country with Karen Doherty doing the Portobell Parkrun in Edinburgh clocking 29mins 04secs, Ian Hopkinson running 26mins 42secs and coming seventh vet 40 in the Conwy Parkrun and Vince Ashton (V45) clocking 27mins 41secs at Lancaster.
At Heaton Park Mike Kontowtt (V50) had a pb with 20mins 11secs putting him 28th out of an amazing 689 people. Sheila Jones (V60) ran 23mins 50secs and Shaun Boult, running with partner Tanya, clocked 31mins 40secs. At Bolton Steve Lomax ran 22mins 31secs, Sarah Rushton had a pb with 29mins 22secs, Sarah Oxley had a pb with 29mins 44secs and Andy Wheeler (V60) clocked 31mins 30secs.
RADCLIFFE AC’s newest member McKenzie Madison will be lining up with clubmates on Sunday for the Greater Manchester Marathon. But it is not the only marathon he will be running…he plans events all over the worlds for charity.
The adventure runner who has completed the Great Wall Marathon in China and the Destert Marathon in the past wants to realise £10,000 for a charity close to his heart, the Wirral-based Claire’s House.
Madison, 25,who works for a Liverpool sports shop, has a thirst for adventure and says it’s all about “grabbing life” and seeing new places. He has already run the Hong Kong Marathon earlier this year and recently the Jersualem Marathon and after Manchester he has lined-up the Brecon Beacons event in May and the Inca Trail Marathon in June. He was welcomed by clubmates as a member on Monday night.
He said: “I always doubt myself on the start line and think I’m never going to complete it. I am my own worst critic and I then when I get there and I am just running I zone out.”