Race report 15/09/19
RADCLIFFE AC’s women took a clean sweep of the podium places at Bury 10k.
The versatile Vet-40 Fiona Lynch was the first woman in a new personal best of 39:57.
Vet-50 Jenny Yates knocked 30 seconds off her PB to take second place in 42:32, just ahead of senior Katie Percival in 42:43.
The great results continued, with Sheila Jones taking first Vet-60 in 47:37.
Plenty of yellow vests were on show as Radcliffe AC members joined hundreds of runners at the popular event on Sunday which started and finished on The Rock.
Several celebrated PBs as they were supported along the route by team-mates while head coach Ian Warrington was the 40-minute pacer for the third year running, finishing spot-on target.
Radcliffe AC juniors and their parents also took part in the 1.4k Bury Family Fun Run which was held afterwards in the town centre, with Olivia Whittaker finishing third junior.
Her father Chris Whittaker was first home for the club in the 10k, securing a top 20 finish in 37:49.
Following Whittaker was Stephen Birtwistle in 42:10, Steven Fawcett clocked 43:34, Mark Garner ran 44:10 and Kris Lee 46:46. Ken Smith was fifth Vet-60 in 47:29; Scott Baxter ran 48:27; Steve Hamer was seventh Vet-60 in 48:48; Vincent Ashton ran 52:50; Craig Ward 53:02; Peter Warr 56:02; Elaine Bailey was tenth Vet-60 in 57:06; Tracy Wroe knocked four minutes and 30 seconds off last year to clock a 59:28 PB; Emma Wolstencroft ran1:00:21; Michael Scott smashed his personal best by ten minutes with 1:00:44; Debi Warrington finished in 1:02:02; Gail Champion 1:03:39; Lucy Tetler 1:04:41; and Bev Quinton 1:13:44.
Club member Lisa Carter notched up the triple crown of British peaks when she ran the Scafell Pike Fell Race. She completed the 4.5-miles with 2,999ft of climbing in 1:38:00.
It means that Carter has completed the fell races on the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales this year – adding Scafell Pike to Ben Nevis and Snowden – completing the Queen of the Hills competition.
Carter said: “There was some low clag on top, so there were no fabulous views unlike the other two races, but it was a great race and I made up several places on the descent.
“It’s great to have achieved all the three peaks fell races in the year, and to feel so strong on the last one.”
Mark Cartwright was in action at Fleetwood Triathlon, completing the 400m swim, 20k cycle and 5k run in 1:11:14.
Many of the Bury 10k runners were in parkrun action the day before. Sheila Jones led home the Radcliffe contingent at Heaton parkrun where she was first Vet-60 in 23:24, followed by Nick Barnes who ran 24:39; Sarah Oxley 27:51; Sheila McNulty second Vet-70 in 30:47; Amanda Darbyshire 35:22; Sharon Peterkin 37:37, and Bev Quinton 46:58.
At Bolton parkrun, Robert Short finished 14th in 21:48, Michael Scott ran another personal best of 32:18 and Andy Wheeler clocked 34:28. Vince Ashton volunteered as the 34-minute pacer and Kathryn Davies was the tail walker.
Further afield, Karen Doherty ran 29.37 at Keswick parkrun in the Lake District.
Rory Mannion was awarded the club’s Junior of the Week award for getting “stuck in” and trying his best at all the activities.