NEAL Emmerson and Katie Percival were among the top prizewinners in this year’s Run The Moors Fell Grand Prix.
At Bamford Bowling Club on Friday night they beat runners from several clubs taking part in the well established series to win the first senior man and woman awards. There were plenty of other prizewinners from Radcliffe and supporters to cheer them on. Overall Neal was third and Katie fourth. Fiona Lynch was third overall among the women and second vet-40, Lisa Carter was second vet-45, Chris Paxton third senior man, Kris Lee third vet-40 and Dave Rushton second vet-50. The women’s team came second and the men’s third just missing out on the awards.
Runners had 11 fell races to choose from throughout the season and their five best counted for the prizes. Seven members who had not won a prize but had completed five or more of the races were presented with an engraved glass. They were Kate Holden, James Hall, Ian Warrington, Wayne Holden, Mauro Rotondi, Paul Swyers and Michael Kontowtt. It was an impressive line-up from the club after only getting three awards last year.
Guest speaker for the evening was Steve Chilton, who also presented the awards. He spoke about the history of fell running and has written three fell running books. With an experienced running background he is a qualified athletics coach and in the past has run a marathon in 2hrs 34mins, completed the gruelling Cullin Traverse in the Isle of Skye and competed in many mountain marathons. A pie and peas supper and a raffle ended the evening.
Twelve members took to the moorland above Bacup in challenging conditions underfoot on Sunday in the Lee Mill Relays. Forming two men’s teams and a ladies’ team of four runners they were among 81 teams taking part, many of them from experienced fell running clubs. They covered a tough six mile course of snow and mud with the team of Benn Heywood, Lee Turner, Mauro Rotondi and James Hall finishing in 42nd place after Benn had given them a good start coming in 15th on the first lap. The second men’s team of Mark Cartwright, John Barton, John Andrew and Elliot Connor Boyd was 63rd and the women’s team 66th, tenth among the women, with Fiona Lynch, Lisa Carter, Katie Percival and Susanne Andrew. Sinead Hayes organised the club teams and provided support and refreshments along with other members.
In the Wilmslow Festive 10k Road Race on Sunday Ian Warrington clocked 37mins 17secs getting himself a new personal best time despite recovering from a cold and putting himself 74th overall out of more than 3,000 runners. On a mainly flat course on traffic free roads in cold but dry weather Mike Kontowtt also ran a pb of 40mins 19secs and was 14th vet-50, Dave Rushton clocked 44mins 06secs, wife Sarah 59mins 54secs and Sarah Oxley and Lucy Dewhurst running together clocked 1hr 00mins 11secs and 1hr 00mins 12secs.
Seven women were among the 120 who ran the City of Salford Women’s 5.25 Mile Race on Sunday with Jenny Yates coming second vet-50 and 20th in 37mins 41secs. Enjoying the event Katie Benson ran 47mins 06secs: Karen Doherty 49mins 02secs: Jen Entwistle 52mins 11secs: Sharon Peterkin 54mins 15secs: Lisa Donnelly 55mins 41secs and Christine Berry 1hr 01min 24secs.
In the David Staff Memorial Fell Race covering 3.7 miles on some tough ground underfoot with 1,000 feet of climbing John Wrigley came home 19th out of 110 runners in 35mins 23secs and Mark Wolfenden (V50) clocked 42mins 06secs.
Alan Brown ran the Wythenshawe 5 Mile Christmas Dash on Sunday in a time of 46mins 57secs coming in first vet-60 despite not running for four weeks because of a lingering cold. He said the course was waterlogged and it took some time for his feet to thaw out from the icy water.
Vince Ashton had a special celebration on Saturday along with other parkrun tourists when three of them marked their 50th location at Sale Water Parkrun. Vince, who clocked 28mins 04secs, made a cake for the occasion. At the Bolton parkrun Kath Davies clocked 27mins 54secs and Lucy Dewhurst 39mins 53secs.