RADCLIFFE AC women are proving they are hot stuff when it comes to ultra running.
Fiona Lynch blazed a trail through the 135 mile Ring O’ Fire race in North Wales coming home second woman and Sinead Hayes ran 85 miles in The Buff Joust 24hr Race in Worcester finishing third.
Vet-40 Fiona was a fine 10th overall having worked herself up the field during the three days of the epic event covering the whole of the Coastal Path on Anglesey. Billed as one of the most challenging ultra marathons in the British Isles with 13,000 feet of climbing it was what she had been working towards all year. Split into the three days runners stayed in a village hall overnight ready to set off the next day with 66 miles being the longest covered in one day. Family friends and clubmated were able to follow her progress on tracker as she moved through the field. On day one she had been 19th overall, day two 12th and then 10th on day three.Her overall time was 29hrs 01min 05secs.
She said” It was a weekend full of gorgeous views, great people and supporters and lovely running.”
For Sinead Hayes this was her sixth ultra during the year raising money for charity. It was a medieval themed off road event at Holt Castle in which runners had to do as many laps as they could in 24 hours on a 4.95 mile loop. She ran 17 laps in 21hours giving her 85 miles and putting her third among the women and a fine 10th overall.
She has raised £1,500 throughout the season for the Good Life Orphanage, a Kenyan based but UK funded charity. Her parents are founders of the charity.
Eleven runners were grateful for warm clear conditions on Saturday when they took on the classic Lakeland Grisedale Fell Race. Covering 10 miles it climbed 5,000 feet and first home for the club was Neal Emmerson in 2hrs 23mins 34secs. Benn Heywood ran 2hrs 55mins 10secs: Dave Rushton 3hrs 02mins 17secs: Chris Paxton 3hrs 04mins 41secs: Ian Warrington 3hrs 08mins 55secs: Mauro Rotondi 3hrs 08mins: Paul Swyers 3hrs 14mins 52secs: Katie Percival 3hrs 21mins 30secs: Lisa Carter 3hrs 41mins 16secs and Kate Holden 3hrs 44mins 29secs. Kris Lee clocked 4hrs 4mins but stopped to help another runner with a knee injury and they ran to the finish together. The race is part of the Run The Moors Grand Prix Series and Radcliffe turned out in force to keep up their challenge for the top places in the series.
On Sunday in the Salford 10k Mike Kontowtt (V50) was first for the club in 41mins 24secs. Michael Gilmore (V40) clocked 44mins 43secs: Amanda Hey was fourth vet-55 in 49mins 52secs: Sheila Jones was third vet-60 in 50mins 20secs: Kirsten Cook (V55) ran 53mins 39secs: Kath Davies (V50) 55mins 16secs: Ian Hopkinson 57mins 38secs: Iain Harris (V65) 1hr 02mins 02secs and a buzzing Jenny Entwistle ran 1hr 07mins 06secs.
Ken Smith ran the South Cheshire 20 on Sunday in 3hrs 02mins 59secs and was well pleased as he is in training for the Kielder Marathon next month.
Chris Fletcher clocked 47mins 42secs in the popular Wigan 10k on Sunday and Wayne Holden smashed last year’s time of more than an hour when he ran 58mins 49secs.
In the midweek five mile Royal Rumble Fell Race at Tockholes, Darwen with 958 feet of climbing vet-50 Mark Wolfenden ran 48mins 04secs and Michelle Hincks 58mins 43secs.
In the parkruns Vince Ashton added another location when he ran 26mins 34secs at the Bramhall Parkrun. At Heaton Park Peter Hunter clocked 20mins 51secs: Nick Barnes 23mins 01sec: Chris Fletcher 23mins 40secs and Sheila Jones 23mins 46secs. At Bolton vet-50 Paula Abernethy had a pb with 23mins 34secs: Kath Davies (V50) ran 27mins 38secs: Mark Murphy 29mins 45secs and Andy Wheeler (V60) had his fastest one this year with 31mins 19secs.
Sarah Oxley took to two wheels in a 100 mile cycle ride raising cash for Christie Hospital.