Here are the Radcliffe Athletic Club Officials. If you need to get in touch, please contact the relevant person using the details provided below.
Chairman / Leader in Running FitnessFollowing a number of years spent training on his own, Chris joined Radcliffe AC in 2013 with the aim of improving his running and shifting some extra pounds. With the support of his club mates and Radcliffe’s experienced coaches, Chris has since gone on to set new PBs at 5k, 10k and Half Marathon distances, as well as completing four Full Marathons. Despite moving away from the Bury area in 2014 and briefly toying with switching to another club closer to home, the lure of Radcliffe AC was too strong and Chris subsequently joined the committee in early 2016 before becoming Chairman later that year. Together with a new committee, Chris is enjoying building on the solid foundations laid by the previous Chair and maintaining Radcliffe’s reputation as one of the friendliest running clubs in the North West of England.
Treasurer / Leader in Running FitnessPeter is an England Athletic qualified Leader in Running fitness. He joined Radcliffe AC in January 2015 to improve his competitiveness in races and benefit from some proper coaching. Since then he has run many of the races in the club calendar, including road, trail, fell and cross country as well as being a regular at Heaton Parkrun. A keen road runner, Peter has run the Greater Manchester Marathon several times.
Club Secretary / Leader in Running FitnessKris started running in April 2013 beginning with 2 mile loops before progressing to Parkruns. Kris joined Radcliffe AC in November 2013 and his first race was the Stockport 10. Kris finally gave in to one of his clubmate's continual pestering and signed up for the Manchester Marathon (he swore he would never run a marathon) which he completed in April 2014. Since then Kris has ran road, trail, cross country and fells with the latter being his favourite. Kris’ running highlights to date are joining his teammates on a support leg of Fiona Lynch's Bob Graham round in 2018 and finally ticking off a sub 3:30 marathon at Manchester (3:28:24) in 2019 with the help of our chairman Chris Paxton.
Chris is the membership secretary and representative of RAC for the Central Lancs Grand Prix Series. Chris joined Radcliffe Athletics Club in August 2013. Since then, Chris has enjoyed running many of the club races on road, trail and cross country. He has progressed well since joining the club and was given the most improved male award for 2014. Even though the club races are competitive, Chris likes the way that all the members support and encourage each other. This is what makes Radcliffe Athletic Club the special club it is today.
Club captainCraig started running in 2014 to help improve his health and fitness. He began as an obstacle racer and also discovered a love for trail and fell running, ranging from 5k to ultra distances. Craig joined Radcliffe AC for many reasons, one of which was to get guidance while improving his running in the right way. The core strength sessions showed Craig how best to build inner strength, as well as aid his recovery from races; the training sessions showed him how to become a better runner. He says: "I have learnt so much since joining the club; the coaches and fellow members have continued to encourage me and helped me to achieve PBs in 5k, 10k and marathon distances. "Since joining the club I have raced in our Central Lancashire Grand Prix , Run The Moors and cross country XC races and have thoroughly enjoyed every one. I also competitively compete in obstacle, fell, trail and ultra races. I can honestly say that joining RAC was one of the best decisions of my running career!" As team captain, Craig encourages and supports all RAC members and offers guidance and advice to those who ask.
Welfare officerScott started running regularly in 2012 and eventually joined Radcliffe AC in 2016 where he has been able to train more regularly, Scott is a member of the FRA and enjoys Fell running and mountain running (Sky running) and has completed a number of Ultra Marathons, he also likes to spend as much time in the mountains as possible, Running, Rock Climbing, winter climbing etc and is looking forward to taking the best beard award from Ian Warrington in 2019.
Leader in Running FitnessDebi has been involved with the club since 2016 as a supporter and taking photos for runners. Early in 2017 she decided to give running a go. Having done very little exercise since leaving school (many years ago) Debi wanted to run by herself for a while and after lots of encouragement from club members she joined Radcliffe AC towards the end of 2017. In 2018 Debi became a Leader in Running Fitness and attended most club sessions resulting in several PBs at 5k and 10K. In 2019 Debi stepped up the distance and ran her first half marathon in Manchester. She said: "I loved the distance and will do more - it was nice to be able to run a little slower."
Press OfficerKaren started running regularly in 2013 when she joined a running group in Close Park led by Radcliffe AC members Mark Emmett and the late Jim Rhodes. The latter became a good friend – with the pair training on the trails around Radcliffe – and Jim encouraged her to join the Radcliffe AC in 2015. Karen enjoys the buzz of entering new races and meeting people on the start line. She especially enjoys trail races rather than “flat and boring” road races. But her real love is cross country and she was encouraged to give it a go after interviewing Olympian Laura Weightman who said that it was great winter training. Karen is never happier than when she is up to her ankles in mud and slutch on a cross country course and was proud to win the club’s Terry Nortley Cup in 2016 – more for her enthusiasm for cross country than actual results! Professionally, Karen was a journalist for 20 years and writes the club’s weekly race report. She is inspired by the achievements of club members and loves learning about new races to enter.
Level 1 Coach
Iain joined the club in 1992 having previously been a member of Chorley AC. He has taken part in many of the club's championship events down the years, and has achieved many of his personal running goals would. He says that even at his "advanced age" he still has some new targets to achieve. In 2009, Iain qualified as a level one coach. His likes working with beginners and those new to running who want to improve their fitness and get the most out of their membership of our great club.