Race Report 02/09/2019

Neal Emmerson represented England Masters when he finished a superb 26th at the Maidenhead Half Marathon.

He ran 74:30 at the event where the country’s top age group runners took on those from the Celtic nations.

Emmerson was seventh Vet-35 in the international competition, narrowly missing out on a personal best.

A total of 147 masters took part in the event, which was incorporated into the half marathon which attracted a field of more than 1,500.

Emmerson said: “It was nice to wear a version of an England vest and have lots of team mates to push you on.

“I wasn’t quite at my best, just five seconds off my personal best, but I’ve run 105 miles this week.

“The race itself was great, well organised and supported with a flat course. I couldn’t have asked for much more – apart from cooler weather.”

Chris Whittaker secured a great personal best of 17:19 – despite carrying an injury – when he joined a top-class field at the Mid Cheshire Summer 5k.

Three Radcliffe runners finished the Ice Lolly 5k Series in Bolton in  style by securing course personal bests.

Peter Cook took fifth place in the series after finishing first Vet-60 in 24:03 in the fourth and final race.

Wife Kirsten was first Vet-55 in 28:31, finishing eighth-placed woman in the series, and Christine Berry ran 43:57.

Two teams enjoyed a gallop around Kersal Wetlands when they took part the Racecourse Relays in Salford.

Teams of four took part with each runner completing a 10.5 furlong loop– approximately 1.3 miles – of what was once Manchester Racecourse and is now a wildlife reserve.

The last horse race there in 1963 was won by the legendary Lester Piggott in front of more than 20,000 spectators.

The Radcliffe Fillies – Sheila Jones, Paula Abernethy, Donna Cartwright and Caroline Malone – were the fifth women’s team and 20th overall in 38.56.

Run2thegin4thewin – Deborah Shaw, Debi Warrington,  Tracy Wroe and Bev Quinton – clocked 49:10.

Kath Davies and Sheila McNulty took part in the Rossendale Round the Hills Walk with former member Alan Sumner. They walked and ran the 18-mile course with 2,760 feet of ascent in 5h rs and 36 mins.

Wroe and Quinton also celebrated with cake and prosecco when they notched up their 50th parkruns.

They ran 35:48 at Heaton Park and where Radcliffe AC members were out in force to join in their celebrations.

Steve Hamer ran 25:25; Olivia Whittaker was r JW10 in 26:54; Sheila Jones clocked 33:04; Iain Harris 33:15; Deborah Warrington and Deborah Barrington 33:26; Christine Berry 37:05; and Sarah Oxley 45:33.

Steven Lomax was the sole Radcliffe representative at Bolton parkrun, finishing in 27:26.

England Master Neal Emmerson.

A flying 5k by Chris Whittaker

N-ice results for Christine Berry (left), and Peter and Kirsten Cook.

Horsing around at the Racecourse Relays.

Rossendale trio Kath Davies (left), Alan Sumner and Sheila McNulty.

Beverly Quinton (left) and Tracy Wroe at their 50th park run.

 Cheers! Beverly Quinton (left) and Tracy Wroe celebrate their 50th parkrun.

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