August 2018


Radcliffe AC

Radcliffe AC

Monthly Newsletter August 2018

Welcome to the August edition of the Radcliffe AC monthly newsletter. The aim of the newsletter is to provide you with a brief summary of what’s happening at the club and most importantly what to look out for in the month or two ahead. If you have any suggestions of what you would like to see in future editions please let me know, you can catch me at club or mail me at mkontowtt@btinternet.comHappy reading!


What’s been happening?

First up a big thank you and congratulations to Paul Barrington (bit belated sorry Paul!) Debi Warrington, Sarah Rushton, Sarah Oxley and Wayne Holden, who have all invested their time into gaining their England Athletics Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF) certification. This really strengthens our Run Leader team, which hopefully means we can give you a more varied set of options for the weekly sessions. Let Ian, myself or any of the run leaders know if there is a particular session you would like and we will endeavour to deliver it.

On the running front there have been some fantastic personal achievements as many of you have been completing some personal challenges, so well done and keep challenging yourselves.

With five of the ten races in CLGP championship now completed RAC’s A team is currently sitting 3rd, with the ladies team and B team both sitting 2nd. Everyone that takes part in this series contributes to the team’s performance so well done to everyone that has managed to take part so far. We have 3 races coming up over the next few weeks. First up is the Ramsbottom Summer Mile, which is on Tuesday 7thAugust. This is a pretty flat, local 1mile race, so definitely open for everyone. I ran this race last year and everyone is placed in groups of around 10-15 runners with competitors of similar ability.  The race has a good atmosphere and last year you got a free bottle of beer. This race is now sold out.

Then on 26thAugust it’s the Pennington Flash 5 Miler, I’ve not run this before but looks a nice route. You can find further details here

A couple of weeks later on 9th September it’s the Blackleach 5 miler. This is a nice 2 lap circuit of Blackleach Park run mostly on paths with a potentially muddy out and back section that was a little like flat XC last year!

The Run the Moors (RTM) Fell championship is getting to the sharp end now with 7 races complete and 4 to go. RAC ladies are currently in First position with the mens team currently sitting 3rdbut only a few points off second. The next race is Crowden Horseshoe on August 19th, further details here

This is quickly followed by the local Rossendale Harriers organized Golf Ball Fell race on the evening of 22ndAugust. This is a good local introduction to fell racing event so if you haven’t tried it maybe give it a go. Details here

Then finally on September 6thwe have another evening race, Hades Hill. The organizer of this race has suggested entering online if you can as they fear that registration on the night could be a bit hectic – see the book-it-zone link below. I’ve also added a link with some information about the route etc…

A busy period coming up on the championship front but hopefully we can continue the great turnouts we’ve been having and maintain the growing reputation RAC is gaining across the region.

Upcoming races

There are few non-championship races we’ve been asked to make you aware of which are listed below.

This year’s Leigh 10k is open for registration. After a successful opening year, which raised more than £10,000 for chosen charity Wigan & Leigh Hospice and more for various other local charities, the event is returning on Sunday 12 August with bigger numbers and a new route. The race starts at 9.30am outside Leigh Town Hall and is set to involve 1,000 runners, with all entries chip timed. Entry is £15 for our members.

You can visit for more information and details on how to register.

On Wednesday the 15thAugust Middleton Harriers are putting on a new 5.5 mile race called the Hopwood Trot. It’s online entry only and details can be found here

The Rotary Club of Tywyn will be holding its 35th running of Race the Train® on Saturday 18th August, consisting of 4 multi terrain races from 3.5 – 14 miles and a small road race specifically for children under 9 years of age. For full details of the races and how to enter can be found on their website This is a different race to the Bury – Rawtenstall one.

Next up is a local special in honour of Andy O’Sullivan who has been putting on local races for 35 years, 660 of them! To celebrate this achievement there will be a 5k race on Sunday 19thAugust at 11.30 from the Cock & Magpie Pub, Cockhall Lane, Whitworth, Rochdale, OL12 8BJ. (A671 Burnley Rd). Entry is £7 and limited to 300. You can pre-enter online at

On Tuesday 25thSeptember 2018 Andems Races are putting on a special 5k race at Cowms Resevoir to celebrate Ron Hill’s 80thbirthday. Places for this one off event are limited and filling up fast so if you want to be a part of it make sure to get your entry booked soon. It is very likely that this event will be televised too. Details can be found here

For those of you looking for something a little different, Mad Bull events are putting on a series of  5 mile night races in November, December and January further details can be found at

Or alternatively you could try this – Journey to the Centre of the Eye. We’ve been contacted by Fight for Sight a charity that is passionate about eliminating sight loss for good. We’re launching a brand new, and FREE, virtual race. Through the app (which tracks via GPS or step count), entrants run a 10 kilometre race whilst an immersive audio journey unfolds. This journey is a massive adventure on a very small scale where entrants are shrunk down so that they can discover the wonders of the eye and how it brings the world around them to light. This is a fun, new way to add something interesting to your workout. It is completely free and can be done wherever, whenever in the race window, 24 Sept to 11 Oct!! 

Check out the details at

Championship Update

A copy of the latest championship for 2018 is below and you can also view it on the Radcliffe AC website here

We’re now over half way through the year and currently David McGrath is leading the way, with Katie Percival leading the ladies race, however there are still plenty of races to go as well as the XC championship ones,  so a lot can change and you still have time to mount a challenge. Remember it’s your best 10 races from CLGP and RTM along with the 4 XC and 5 wild cards that count to your overall score.

New Members

Over the last few months a lot new members have joined Radcliffe AC, please be sure to make them welcome. We’ve added a “New Member Information” page to help with your orientation. Take a look and let me know if there is anything else you think would be helpful to have on there.

Membership Renewals

You should by now have renewed your membership for 2018/19 if for some reason you haven’t been able to then please contact Chris Saville and he will endeavor to help you.

Upcoming XC Season

Before we know it will be cross-country (XC) season.  This year the club is only entering the Red Rose XC championship, which comprises four races. If you have chosen EA membership with your RAC membership then you will be automatically entered into the Red Rose championship for this season.  The cost is £6 whether you compete in 1 or all 4 races and there is no fee if you don’t run in any. If you are intending to run then please make sure you pay Lisa Carter your £6 before the first race on 13thOctober at Leigh. Please Note – You must wear the current RAC vest when taking part – This is Important!

The link below will take you to the fixture list for the four races with the first being 13thOctober and then 10thand 17thNovember with the last one being on 1stDecember.

Bury 10K

I know that many of you are planning to run the Bury 10k but if you’re not then why not think about volunteering and then you can support your club mates as they run on by. You can contact the event volunteer team at

Finally – Save the Date – 22ndDecember 2018

An important date for your diary is the 22ndDecember as RAC will be holding it’s annual awards dinner and Christmas celebrations – make a note and keep it free! Details to follow…

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