28/04/19 Update

Five Radcliffe AC members joined more than 40,000 runners at the 39th London Marathon – while others took to the hills for their own marathon efforts.

John Wrigley was first home for the club at the world-famous event, crossing the finishing line in The Mall in 03:28:16.

Kate Holden was next in 04:00:39, followed by Rob Lister in 04:02:58 while while Ruth Deakin ran 04:57:34 and Emma Wallace 05:59:29.

The club’s Fiona Lynch and Ian Warrington conquered a “beast” of a race when they took on the gruelling 62-mile Fellsman in the Yorkshire Dales.

They covered the 12,000ft-plus of climbing on hard, rugged terrain in 18hrs 06mins and 56secs. It was the first time Warrington had attempted the tough test of navigational and physical skills, which includes climbs up Ingleborough and Whernside, while Lynch did it last year.

They endured ‘hellish’ weather to finish joint 93rd and Warrington said: “The Fellsman is a beast and due to a route diversion they kindly added an extra 1,000ft of climb for us this year. I would do it again tomorrow!”

Also in the Yorkshire Dales, two joined a top-class field at the Three Peaks Fell Race, one of Britain’s oldest and most famous fell competitions.

The 23-mile course with 5,276ft of climbing is billed as a ‘marathon with mountains’, covering the three peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.

On his first attempt, John Andrew finished in 05:34:07, describing the race as ‘brutal. Lisa Carter was timed out after climbing two of the tough peaks, although her time at that point was faster than she achieved last year.

Three Radcliffe AC runners were in the Peak District hills for the Kinder Downfall fell race. Andy Haines completed the 9.6-mile course with 1,970ft of climbing in 1:34:02, Lee Turner ran 1:37:28 and Paul Swyers 1:42:57.

Donna Cartwright won a mini scarecrow when she was second woman at the Wray Scarecrow 10k in the Lune Valley. She ran the undulating course in 43:00, finishing 13th overall, while Paula Abernethy was first Vet 50 in 47:38.

The event is part of the village’s Scarecrow Festival and Dave Rushton finished in 46:48; Ken Smith 49:33; Sarah Rushton 1:01:27; Sarah Oxley 1:03:50 and Lucy Dewhurst 1:07:58.

Chris Paxton was also in marathon action at the Blackpool Festival of Running. After running the first half in 90 minutes, he said that a strong head wind tired him out he finished in 3.34.21.

Debi Warrington was pleased with her personal best of 59:08 despite strong winds at the festival’s 10k race. Deborah Barrington was first home for the club 57:20 and Natalie Hitchen clocked 01:06:41.27.

Sheila Jones ran 47.17 when she travelled to Scotland for the Isle of Arran Ormidale 10k.

Meanwhile, Craig Norman won his 10th Muddy Maniacs race when he took on the 5k with a difference at Burrs Country Park. Lisa Donnelly also tackled the event which included obstacles like a foam pit and swinging space hoppers

At Heaton parkrun there were age group wins for Vet 60 Shelia Jones in 23:32 and junior Olivia Whittaker in 27:29, while and Deborah Cliff clocked 30:48.

Mark Williams crossed the line at Bolton parkrun in 27:37 followed by Elaine Bailey in 30:45 while Vince Ashton volunteered as the tail walker.

Victoria Glossop finished 11th woman in 26:33 at Oldham parkrun.

Jenny Yates ran 22:27 to win the 5k Great Run Local at Boggart Hole Clough. Caroline Malone was the second woman in 25:49 and Amanda Darbyshire ran 30:03.

John Wrigley (left) and Rob Lister joined thousands at the London Marathon.

Emma Wallace pounding the streets at the London Marathon.

Three tackled the Kinder Downfall.

Jenny Yates and Caroline Malone at the Great Run Local.

Kate Holden with her London Marathon medal.

John Andrew at the Three Peaks

Scarecrow trail winners Paula Abernethy (left) and Donna Cartwright.

Sheila Jones in bonnie Scotland.

A ‘muddy’ brilliant win for Craig Norman.

Radcliffe runners at the Wray Scarecrow 10k.

Lisa Donnelly at Muddy Maniacs

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