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.
Head Coach / Coach in Running FitnessIan started running in October 2014 as preparation for a charity run at the Manchester marathon in aid of Bury Hospice. After the Marathon he caught the running bug and joined Radcliffe AC in May 2015. A fan of running all distances Ian can be found on the road, fell and trails in events ranging from 5k to 100 miles. Ian took over the coaching at the club in 2017 and relishes the opportunity to work with all athletes regardless of experience.He can often be found at the finish line of most races until the last Radcliffe runner is home,if you don't see him you will certainly hear him!
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 will once again be joining a number of other club members running the Greater Manchester Marathon in a bid to break the 3 Hour 30 Min mark he narrowly missed out on last year. Now in his second year as a committee member and first as club treasurer he hopes to get a greater involvement in the running of the club.
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 Athletics Club the special club it is today.
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 this year at Manchester (3:28:24) with the help of our Chairman Chris Paxton.
Race DirectorLuigi has been a member of Radcliffe AC since 2014. Since joining he has completed numerous long distance races, including a few international marathons in France, Italy and most exotically Wales. He is hoping to continue his travels in the coming years. He has developed an interest in trail and fell running, but will definitely end up doing some road runs too.
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.
Brand Manager / 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 her Husband and lots of 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 Debi was awarded Most Improved Runner at the clubs awards evening. As Brand Manager Debi looks after all the clubs social media platforms and club kit/branded products.
Ian ‘Hoppo’ Hopkinson
Social SecretaryI came late to running only starting in May 2016 in my early forties. I started to get fit in late 2015 after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Once I got myself in better shape I realized that running was something I loved to do. I’ve never been a ‘sweat in a stuffy gym’ kind of guy. I chose RAC because of its inclusiveness and its family atmosphere. In 2017 I was given the all clear from T2 diabetes which is my biggest achievement to date. Since joining the club I have taken part in countless events and club races from 5K to half marathons on road, trail and fell and I have also ran the Great South Run for the last 3 years. RAC has given me so much joy in my life both socially as well as with running and in 2018 I felt it was my time to give something back. Along with being the clubs social secretary, (if you are after a fun and jolly time, just see Hoppo!). I am also a coaching assistant for RAC Juniors, I love nurturing young talent and more importantly, seeing the clubs young athletes have so much fun!
Male Captain / Leader in Running FitnessChris started running in February 2017 as a sub40 challenge for the Bury 10k that September - a goal that was achieved but at cost due to injury. Wanting to learn how to run properly he joined RAC, finding the clubs diversity of running abilities, distances and terrains tackled unique and inspiring. Primarily at heart a road runner at 5–10k distances before joining - In his first year at the club he competed up to the metric marathon distance, and also opening up his running repertoire to include cross country and fells. Now in his second year at the club Chris says “If I can give a little back, help and encourage my fellow club mates, give sound advice when required I will. It’s just how this ‘club family’ helped me. Remember its only running - smile, enjoy and have fun, let’s just beat our own goals.”
Female Captain / Leader in Running FitnessI joined RAC in 2016 with the aim of being a bit more fit and healthy. Initially declaring myself a “social member only” and “not competitive” (how wrong I was!), I raced my first race in the summer of that year. Since then I have competed in a range of distances on the roads and fells. I’ve discovered a love for the thrill of the chase and the adrenalin rush of racing! As Team Captain I’d like to make sure all our members get the most out of our club and experience the same benefits of training and racing which I have found for myself. I’ll be completing the LIRF course this year so that I’m able to give training advice with at least some credibility.
Head MarshalI started running in early 2014 when a friend convinced me that doing Total Warrior would be a good idea, shortly after this i started running at my local parkrun and after a few months i was able to complete the 5k course without taking a break. I joined the club during this time after seeing a club banner outside Radcliffe Leasure Centre and soon after ran my first 10k. Since then I have raced on road, trail and fell courses and have completed 3 half marathons with a PB of 1:48:42, none of this would have been possible without the training and support provided by the clubs coaches and its members.
Project ManagerScott 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.
Level 1 Coach
I joined the club in 1992 having previously been a member of Chorley AC. I have taken part in many of the club's championship events down the years, and I've achieved many of my personal running goals but I'd like to think that even at my advanced age I still have some new targets to achieve. In 2009 I took a coaching course and am qualified as a level one coach. My personal preference is to work with beginners and those new to running who would like to improve their fitness and want to get the most out of their membership of our great club.