THERE was a double treat for Donna Cartwright when she took first place among the women and broke the women’s course record by five minutes, running 30mins 21secs in the Trick or Treat Four Mile Trail Race at Barrow Bridge, Bolton.
And there were other prizes on Saturday with Chris Whittaker in third place overall in 27mins 36secs and Chris Paxton, fourth and third male 35 in the same time. Both broke last year’s course record by more than three minutes. Many runners wore Halloween fancy dress and Mauro Rotondi (V45) was 21st in 36mins 56secs: Kirsten Cook, first vet-55, 39mins 30secs: Andy Wheeler (V60), beating last year’s time by two minutes with 48mins and vet-50 Christine Berry clocking 54mins 22secs. Two juniors ran the mile fun run, Olivia Whittaker coming 5th in 10mins 17secs and Lucas Paxton 22nd in 14mins 03secs.
Sinead Hayes had the “perfect return” to racing after a long time out when she competed in the 30.4 mile Exmoor Ultra. On some tough coastal paths and boggy moorland she finished in 8hrs 10mins and said conditions were good but some of the hills were “brutal”.
Vet-50 Paul Swyers was well-pleased with his time in the Snowdonia Marathon when he clocked 4hrs 30mins 11secs, five minutes faster than last year. On a challenging course encircling Mount Snowdon he said there was some sleet but on the whole conditions were good.
Fiona Lynch and Lisa Carter took on the OMM Mountain Marathon in South Wales’ Black Mountains, a two-day navigational event with an overnight camp. Carrying their gear they competed on some tough terrain in a score course collecting points for visiting controls within a five hour time on day one and four hours on day two. In some changeable weather, which included snow and freezing conditions in the night, they came 69th out of 154 teams and ninth female team. Fiona said they had a “brilliant time” and Lisa’s navigational skills had been spot on. She credited her for their top ten place among the women’s teams.
Andy Haines travelled to the hills above Littleborough when he ran the Race You To The Summit Fell Race covering its 4.3 miles and 853 feet in 40mins.
The Paxton family were in action again on Sunday when dad Chris came 20th in the Accrington 10k in 39mins 10secs, two minutes faster than last year, and Lucas ran the under seven fun run.
Natalie Hitchen clocked 1hr 05mins 38secs in the Serpent 6 Mile Trail Race on the Smithills Estate at Bolton on Sunday, winning a fine serpent shaped medal. The night before she and her daughter Kerry had joined the Glow In The Dark 5k Fun Run in Heaton Park,raising £100 for Manchester Children’s Hospital.
In the parkruns Peter Hunter clocked 23mins 04secs at Heaton Park and Lucy Tetler ran 30mins 29secs. At Bolton Caroline Mullineaux ran 25min 33secs: Elaine Bailey 30mins 55secs: Vince Ashton 32mins 25secs, running the following day at Burrs as well in fancy dress in 27mins 59secs, and Lucy Dewhurst clocked 52mins 10sec at Bolton. Also at Burrs Jenny Yates clocked 22mins 44secs, first woman, and Caroline Malone 26mins 25secs, both in fancy dress and Bev Quinton ran 34mins 39secs.
Rob Lister ran the 12th Ulverston Park Run and was 13th in 23mins 33secs.