28/05/18 Update

RADCLIFFE AC’s Donna and Mark Cartwright proved a winning combination when they were first team in the Ian Hesketh Memorial Duathlon at Rivington.

Donna took on the two 5k runs and keen cyclist hubby Mark the 22k bike ride and they had an overall time of 1hr 27mins 50secs at the Saturday event which started from Rivington Primary School. Radcliffe had a good turnout with 18 taking part either individually or in teams with the cycle on a three-lap course and the run mostly off-road. Many had never competed in a duathlon but because of its distance and course it was good event for beginners to try out as well as the experienced.

Following the Cartwrights home was Benn Heywood going solo in 1hr 35mins 12secs. Chris Whittaker and Ian Hopkinson were second team in with a time of 1hr 35mins 17secs, despite Ian having a spectacular crash finish on the bike. Lee Cooper solo clocked 1hr 38mins 47secs: solo Steve Hamer, third vet 60, 1hr 42mins 22secs: solo Jenny Yates was third woman in her first duathlon and first vet-50 in 1hr 47mins 06secs, despite a tumble on the first run. Dave Rushton and Wayne Holden, team Little and Large, clocked 1hr 52mins 50secs: solo Paula Abernethy third vet-50, clocked 1hr 55mins 11secs. Sheila Jones and Caroline Mullineaux, Radcliffe Chicks, clocked 1hr 58mins 53secs: Caroline Malone and Jen Entwistle, team Tired Legs 1hr 59mins 30secs: Kath Davies and Lisa Donnelly 2hrs 01min 24secs and Sarah Rushton and Sarah Oxley, Nellie’s Angels, 2hrs 05mins 20secs.

Chris Whittaker has clinched the first male 35 place in the Hollingworth Lake 5k Series. He ran in the Wednesday evening fourth race of the series clocking 18mins 12secs and was first M35 that evening and 11th. Not only was he first M35 overall he also took sixth place overall in the series.
Also running in the hot conditions Kathryn McPrince (V40) clocked 26mins 54secs: Katie Benson 27mins 10secs: Debi Warrington (V45) 28mins 07secs and Sarah Turner (V45) 31mins 00secs after running with her sister Liz who clocked 30mins 58secs in her first race.

Three took to the hills the same evening to run the 3.5 mile Blackstone Edge Fell Race with 1,200 feet of climbing. In the Littleborough event were Dave McGrath, John Wrigley and Andy Haines. No results up so far.
Dave McGrath was on fine form running on the hills again on Sunday when he came fifth out of 88 in a time of 25mins 10secs in the Saddleworth Fell Race on a tough 2.9 mile course with 950 feet of climbing and a very steep descent.

The event from Greenfield in Saddleworth was part of the Run The Moors Grand Prix, which the club takes part in along with several other clubs, so there were points to be fought over. Twelve ran with Chris Whittaker, in only his second fell race, taking 17th place and second in from the club in 28mins 13secs. Ian Warrington was 21st in 28mins 56secs: John Gibbs ran 30mins 43secs: Paul Swyers (V50) 31mins 50secs: Peter McNulty (V60) 33mins 17secs: John Andrew (V40) 34mins 01sec: Kris Lee (V40) 34mins 44secs: Lisa Carter (V45) 37mins 10secs: Mark Wolfenden (V50) 37mins 10secs: Sheila McNulty was first vet-70 in 41mins 41secs and Susanne Andrew (V45) ran 46mins 39secs.

Sarah Scott took on the Mast 10k on Sunday running 5k up and 5k down from Smithills School to the summit and back of Winter Hill in the scorching conditions clocking 59mins 21secs.
There was a record 80 teams taking on a fun day in glorious weather on Bank Holiday Monday when they ran the Terry Nortley 2 Mile Relay Race in Close Park, Radcliffe.

Radcliffe AC had 15 teams made up of runners, seniors and juniors, family and friends in the popular event organised by club member Vince Ashton with help from the club. FAKing the NumBURRS were the first team, runners who had met at the Burrs 5k parkruns, second were Salford Met AC and third Bury AC. Radcliffe team The Cronies, Chris Whittaker, Benn Heywood, Craig Norman and John Gibbs took fourth.

Teams of four runners did two laps of the Terry Nortley Mile, named after the club’s former president who died in 2011. His son Chris started the event and his wife Vera was also present. There was also a minute’s applause before the racing began for the club’s former head coach Eileen Royle who died a year ago. Cash raised, including £37 from a coffee pod, will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

One special group took up the challenge when around a dozen people recovering from strokes, including Radcliffe’s club president Tom West, walked one lap of the course. They had the help of hospital staff and carers and were sponsored on their challenge with entry money going to the MS Society. They raised £500 in sponsorship for the Bury and District Stroke Group. Tom walked with Joe Stevens, a former member at Radcliffe, who works with stroke victims. Full results http://www.ukresults.net/2018/nortrel.html

In the popular 5k parkruns Dave McGrath was third with a new pb of 18mins 29secs at Bolton.Paul Swyers (V50) clocked 22mins 00secs: Ken Smith (V60) 23mins 57secs: Kris Booth 27mins 56secs: Paul Barrington (V40)_ 27mins 57secs and Natalie Hitchen (V40) 36mins 37secs. At Heaton Park John Gibbs clocked 19mins 21secs and Iain Harris (V65) 35mins 29secs. At Burrs on Sunday junior Noah Barrington took first place in the 2k event with a pb of 8mins 41secs.

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