Radcliffe AC ladies scored a superb double success at the North of England 10k Championships.
Fiona Lynch, Katie Percival and Jenny Yates were the third-placed ladies team at Sunday’s event which is incorporated into the popular Ribble Valley 10k.
And it was double delight for Lynch and Yates who were part of the winning ladies vets team, along with Paula Abernethy.
They will be presented with their gold and bronze medals in January
There was a strong turnout for the club, with runners who are affiliated to Northern Athletics eligible to take part in the North of England Championships.
Lynch was first home for the club and fourth Vet-40 in 41 mins 33 secs; Percival ran 42:29; Yates, who was fourth Vet-50, finished 43:38 and Abernethy ran 47:04 to claim ninth Vet-50.
Also running were: Mauro Rotondi 45:25; Nick Barnes 50:35; Amanda Hey 51:51 (tenth Vet-55); Kathryn Davies 53:43 (13th Vet-55); Caroline Malone 55:30; Peter Warr 55:34; Helen Sandiford 56:35; Lisa Donnelly 01:04:34; Christine Berry 01:11:46.
Elsewhere, Radcliffe AC members wasted no time in burning off the Christmas calories by turning in more great performances over the festive period.
Five members took part in the traditional Whinberry Naze Dash on Boxing Day. A total of 276 runners tackled the straight up and down fell race above Rawtenstall – many of them in fancy dress – and were rewarded with a tube of Smarties at the top from Santa.
Lynch continued her great form and was first home for the club after covering the four-mile course and 750 ft of ascent in a pb of 34:19.
In poor visibility, Lisa Carter knocked a massive three minutes off her pb, finishing in 39 minutes. They were joined by Mark Wolfenden, Karen Doherty and Lisa Donnelly who enjoyed her first fell race.
Six Radcliffe AC members got Christmas Day off to a flying start at a special parkrun at Worsley Woods.
Percival finished fourth female in 21:13 and Yates was 11th female in 21:57. Also taking part were: Mark Garner 21:12 pb; Rob Lister 23:31; Debi Warrington 29:19; Ian Warrington 29:20, running with his wife.
In the regular Saturday morning parkruns, several members helped Debi Warrington to celebrate her birthday by joining her at Heaton Park. They toasted her big day and time of 33:24 with prosecco.
Ian Warrington ran 22:24; Steve Hamer 22:44; Sheila Jones 23:27; Jenny Yates 24:19; Chris Fletcher 25:11; Nick Barnes 28:00; Bev Quinton 33:13; Tracy Wroe 33:25; Deborah Barrington 33:26; Lucy Tetler 36:37; Lucy Dewhurst 38:24; Sarah Oxley 38:25.
It was a 6.20am start for Parkrun tourist Vince Ashton who travelled to Macclesfield to notch up his 63rd location. He was pleased with his time of 30:35 having not run for a few weeks.
Closer to home, Mark Williams ran 21:51 at Bolton parkrun and Natalie Hitchen finished in 34:35.
Rob Lister ran 21:24 at Wythenshawe Parkrun.