Race Report 04/11/2019

RADCLIFFE AC’s Neal Emmerson has been crowned the Central Lancashire Grand Prix men’s champion, and the club has won the team title.

The results were confirmed after Radcliffe fielded a fantastic 21 runners in Sunday’s testing Through the Villages race, the culmination of the 10-race championship which is contested by local clubs over distances ranging from a mile to a half-marathon.

Neal Emmerson took second place in 49:16 on the hilly 8.45-mile course which has several challenging climbs.

He was part of the winning men’s team with Ian Warrington, who clocked 54:21 in 11th place, and Robert Shot who was 18th in 55:11.

But the results of every Radcliffe AC runner who took part in this year’s series contributed to the club lifting the overall championship team prize.

This is because clubs are awarded points for their first ten finishers in each race. Clubs that do not field ten runners are docked points, with the bigger the field the bigger the deduction. Radcliffe’s strong turnouts throughout the series helped to boost the size of the fields.

In the final race, Craig Norman also ran 56:36; Chris Paxton 57:23; Mark Williams 1:00:41; Katie Percival was second senior female in 1:02:02, and Dave Rushton clocked 1:04:10.

Alex Pullan was second male junior in 1:04:26 in his first race for the club; Mark Garner ran 1:06:00; Paula Abernethy was third Vet-50 in 1:06:34; Sheila Jones claimed second Vet- 60 in 1:12:14; Paul Barrington ran 1:12:19; Deborah Barrington 1:23:32; Karen Doherty 1:24:58; Elaine Bailey 1:25:02; David Schofield 1:25:36; Andy Wheeler 1:26:23; Sarah Rushton 1:29:40; Tracy Wroe 1:30:06 and Iain Harris 1:38:57.

The championship presentation evening will be hosted by Radcliffe AC at Bury Sports Club on November 15.

Radcliffe’s B team finished second in the competition, the ladies’ team was third and the vets’ team was fourth.

Six represented the club at the Railway 5k, a scenic trail race around Jumbles Reservoir in Bolton.

Mauro Rotondi was 12th out of 97 runners in 24:49;

Kirsten Cook ran 28:42; Michael Scott 32:02; Karen Doherty 32:12; Lisa Donnelly 35:37, and Christine Berry


Two Radcliffe runners took to the hills for the fast and muddy Shepherd’s Skyline Fell Race in Todmorden.

Paul Swyers completed the 10k distance with 1,148ft of climbing in 1:10:35 and Mark Wolfenden ran 1:27:06.

Lee Turner completed 1,004ft of climbing over six miles in the Cop Hill Fell Race in West Yorkshire in 57:55.

Junior Olivia Whittaker ran a course personal best of 25:36 at Heaton parkrun. She was joined by Sheila Jones who was first Vet-60 in 24:04; Peter Hunter who ran 24:53; Katie Davies clocked 30:19; Deborah Warrington 31:06 and Bev Quinton 41:46.

Dave McGrath ran 21:23 to finish tenth at Bolton parkrun followed by Steven Lomax in 26:27; Sarah Rushton 37:18, and Lucy Dewhurst 37:18.

Tracy Wroe finished Worsley Woods parkrun in 29:57.

A great turnout at Through the Villages.

CLGP champion Neal Emmerson.

The winning men’s team at Through the Villages.

The winning men’s team at Through the Villages

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