NEAL Emmerson was second when he ran the Bradford City Half Marathon on Sunday. Showing his form yet again he beat his previous best time at this distance by 1min 51secs clocking 1hr 17mins 28secs on an undulating four lap course of the city centre.
Three took on the spectacular Snowdonian Marathon on Saturday on a challenging course that encircled Mount Snowdon taking in 2,750 feet of climbing. Vet-50 Paul Swyers, in his first marathon, clocked 4hrs 35mins 58secs, Michelle Hincks ran 5hrs 02mins 28secs and Sarah Oxley 5hrs 46mins 53secs. The event, mostly on road with a bit of trail and fell, climbed from the start up the LLanberis Pass and had more than 2,250 runners taking part in fine weather with some mist on the tops. It has twice been voted the best British marathon.
When Sarah Scott ran her first marathon on Saturday it had a Halloween flavour. She competed in the Hubble Bubble Marathon from Kirstall in Leeds on a course that was an out and back on the towpaths of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. Feeling emotional when she saw the finish she clocked 4hrs 35mins 48secs and was happy to find she had come home fourth.
Fiona Lynch and Lisa Carter joined forces to take part in the 50th Anniversary OMM (Original Mountain Marathon) a two-day event with an overnight wild camp this year held in Langdale in the Lake District. Brutal weather condtions tested thrir navigational skills to the limit as they battled to find checkpoints on Saturday in driving rain, 60mph winds and poor visibilty, carrying everything they needed for the two days. Sadly they were timed out and ran on to the overnight camp. The next day in glorious coinditions as non-competitive runners they visited checkpoints on their way back to the event HQ They said they will definitely be back to do it again. Lisa won an anniversary backpack in a competition at the event.
It was Halloween fancy dress for runners in the Trick or Treat 4 Mile Trail Run at Barrow Bridge, Bolton on Saturday and it was more of a fun run than a race. Six club members took part and there were prizes with Mauro Rotondi first vet-45 in 34mins 30secs and Andy Wheeler first vet-60, his first ever prize, running 49mins 52secs. Jenny Entwistle, Christine Berry and Lisa Donnelly, both vet-45s and Katie Benson went round together, in great costumes, clocking 1hr 01min 29secs.
Three took to the hills on Saturday near Littleborough for the Race You To The Summit Fell Race. Covering 4.3 miles and 853 feet Ian Warrington for first back for the club with Scott Baxter next and then Mark Wolfenden.
It was a busy weekend for Radcliffe with Kate Holden travelling to Crawley in West Sussex where she ran the Crawley 10k on Sunday and bagged herself a prize when she was fourth woman and first-vet-40 clocking 51mins.
Three others ran the very hilly Accrington 10k with Chris Paxton 49th overall out of 524 in 41mins 05secs, despite recovering from a cold. Kris Lee clocked 46mins 14secs and Kirsten Cook 54mins 52secs.
In the popular parkruns Rob Lister travelled to Minehead and did the Minehead Parkrun coming eighth in 20mins 13secs. Steve Lomax ran 23mins 39secs at Bolton with Ken Smith clocking 23mins 57mins, Kath Davies 27mins 06secs and Mark Murphy 34mins 18secs. At Heaton Park Sheila Jones ran 24mins 09secs, Nick Barnes 25mins 07secs and Tammy Oluyori 30mins 32secs. Running in his 48th location Vince Ashton clocked 28mins 32secs at the Hyndburn Parkrun.