RADCLIFFE AC’s “yellow army” invaded the Swinton 5.25 Mile Road Race when Neal Emmerson won the race in 30mins 05secs, leading from start to finish, the men won the team prize and Jenny Yates took the first vet-50 prize and came 48th out of 161 runners in 36mins 43secs.
Twenty-eight runners took part and making up the winning men’s team at the Sunday event were Ian Warrington in third place in 30mins 48secs and Dave McGrath in fifth position in 31mins 06secs. Chris Whittaker was next home for the club in 32mins 46secs with Chris Paxton close on his heels in 32mins 49secs. Mark Williams (V50) ran a fine 33mins 53secs putting him 21st: vet-55 Mike Kontowtt clocked 35mins 59secs: Mark Garner (V45) 37mins 18secs: Lee Cooper (V40) 37mins 47secs: Steve Hamer (V60) 38mins 12secs: Dave Rushton (V50) 38mins 20secs: Nick Barnes 38mins 23secs: Kate Holden (V40) 39mins 23secs: Chris Fletcher 39mins 49secs: Sarah Scott 41mins 55secs: Kirsten Cook (V55) 43mins 48secs: Helen Sandiford 45mins 41secs: Andy Wheeler (V60) 47mins 08secs: Deborah Barrington 47mins 21secs: David Schofield (V40) 48mins 32secs: Karen Doherty (V45) 49mins 10secs: Debi Warrington (V45) 50mins 18secs: Elaine Bailey (V60) 50mins 48secs: Sarah Rushton (V45) 51mins 36secs: Sharon Peterkin (V40) 54mins 07secs: Wayne Holden 54mins 26secs and Iain Harris (V65) 55mins 33secs.
The race was part of the Central Lancs Grand Prix which the club are doing well in, battling against several other clubs. There is now just one more race to go in the fight for points.
Members helped mark running legend Ron Hill’s 80th birthday when they took part a special midweek 5k at Whitworth, Rochdale. The Olympian was there to watch the race, named the Ron Hill 80th Birthday Cowm 5k Reservoir Race, and had his photograph taken with some of the club’s runners. A commemorative mug went to all 342 finishers.
Jenny Yates was first vet-50 and 12th woman running 21mins 26secs: Mauro Rotondi (V45) clocked 21mins 40secs: Steve Hamer (V60) 22mins 27secs: Lee Turner (V50) 22mins 57secs: Sarah Turner, fourth vet-45, 24mins 23secs: Lisa Carter 25mins 03secs: Caroline Malone (V45), close on her heels 25mins 04secs: Kirsten Cook, fourth vet-55, 25mins 22secs: Deborah Barrington (V40) 26mins 12secs: Debi Warrington (V45) 27mins 50secs: Andy Wheeler (V60) 28mins 17secs: Karen Doherty (V45) 28mins 42secs:Iain Harris (V65) 30mins 32secs: Sharon Peterkin (V40) 31mins 42secs Natalie Hitchen (V40) 32mins 41secs and Christine Berry (V50) 32mins 57secs.
Sheila McNulty (V70) enjoyed good conditions when she took on the Lakeland Four Passes event on Saturday, covering the 19 miles and 5,300 feet of climbing in 5hrs 36mins. Starting from Borrowdale it went over Sty Head Pass, Black Sail, Scarth Gap and Honister Pass.
Andy Haines also took on a challenge in the Lake District taking part in the ROC two-day Mountain marathon in the Northern Fells, completing the first day but not the second after grim weather conditions.
Caroline Mullineaux faced some grim weather conditions of wind, hail rain and cold in Scotland combined with a tough course when she ran the Mamores Half Marathon. But she was well-pleased with her time of 2hrs 48min. The course climbed from Kinlochleven up through the Mamores and was undulating until the descent into Glen Nevis.
Sheila Jones travelled abroad to enjoy her latest parkrun when along with her sister Eileen and ten regulars from the Heaton Parkrun she took a weekend break in Florence and in the Firenze Parkrun she was second woman clocking 23mins 46secs.
At Bolton Mark Williams clocked 20mins 49secs: Ken Smith 23mins 43secs: Steve Lomax 24mins 10secs: Kath Davies 29mins 02secs: David Schofield 30mins 10secs: junior Olivia Whittaker 31mins 29secs Lucy Tetler 31mins 39secs and Elaine Bailey 34mins 02secs.