Race Report 08/03/20

Radcliffe AC had a strong turnout of 22 runners at the tough Roddlesworth Roller.
Robert Short was 19th out of a field of 324 in the undulating 9k race, the first fixture in the Central Lancashire Grand Prix which is contested by local clubs.
He clocked 37:12 on the trails and paths above Abbey Village while Alex Pullan was the fifth male junior in 41:50 and Katie Percival the fifth woman in 42:20.
David Rushton ran 43:41; Steven Fawcett 44:14; Mark Enright 46:34; junior Matthew Pullan 51:11; David Bartlett 52:54; David Schofield 54:28; Katie Davies 54:53; Alison Howarth 55:01; Louise Shields 55:04; Elaine Bailey 58:56; Andy Wheeler 1:02:16; Lucy Tetler 1:02:26; Deborah Warrington 1:03:02; Sarah Rushton 1:04:09; Tracy Wroe 1:07:02; Ian Harris fourth Vet-70 in 1:10:30; Wayne Holden 1:11:14; Beverley Quinton 1:15:43 and Natalie Hitchen 1:16:51.
There was another strong showing for the club at the Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round fell race with seven Radcliffe runners taking on the 10.4-mile course with 1,936 ft of climbing from Barley near Burnley.
Dave McGrath    was 33rd out of 232 runners in 1:18:55 followed by Andy Haines in 1:29:36; Lee Turner 1:34:26; Paul Swyers 1:37:36 and John Andrew 1:42:33. Lisa Carter knocked a fantastic eight minutes off her personal best with a time of 1:45:00 and Mark Wolfenden clocked 2:06:46.
Junior Olivia Whittaker was the only Radcliffe runner  at the final race in the South East Lancashire Cross Country Championship, which was rescheduled and its venue changed to Heaton Park following bad weather.
She was 21st in the under-11 girls race, a result which saw her finish 16th overall in her age group after four races. It rounded off a great season in the mud for Whittaker who recently represented Bury at the Greater Manchester Primary Schools Cross Country Championships.
Despite missing the final race, Tracy Wroe was third Vet-55 in the ladies championship, with the best three results counting.
Craig Norman knocked two minutes off his personal best when he was a suburb fifth in 54:30 in the Jackal’s 10k trail race in Darwen, which included a tough climb to Darwen Tower.
Paula Abernethy and Donna Cartwright paired up for the Firefighters 2up Duathlon in Rivington. They had to stay together throughout the hilly 25-mile cycle ride, sandwiched by two four-mile trail runs, which they completed in 3:07:00.
Lots of Radcliffe runners took part in parkruns to celebrate International Women’s Day. The aim was to encourage as many female family members, colleagues and friends as possible to take part in one of the events around the country.
At Heaton parkrun Helen Sandiford ran 29:14 while Bev Quinton, Caroline Malone, Katie Davies, Tracy Wroe, Deborah Warrington and Sheila Jones completed the course together in around 34:40. Niamh Warr bagged a personal best of 36:42 running with fellow junior Megan Peterkin in 36:45; Elaine Bailey ran 43:33 and Sharon Peterkin walked the course with a friend in 1:02:02.
Mark Williams was 19th in 22:24 at Bolton parkrun and Natalie Hitchen ran 37:26 while Craig Ward clocked 24:29 at Worsley Woods.
Further afield, Vince Ashton bagged his 94th location when he was 11th with  a time of 27:53 at Mount Stewart  parkrun on the Isle of Bute; Chris Paxton was 23rd and fourth Vet-35 in 21:35 at Bath Skyline and  Mark Garner ran 21:36 to come 7th at Nova Prestatyn.

Rockin’ and rollin’ at Roddlesworth Roller.

A great turnout at the  Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round.

Olivia Whittaker rounding off a great cross country season.

A fantastic fifth place for Craig Norman.

Here come the girls. Celebrating International Women’s Day at Heaton Parkrun.

A fantastic pb for Lisa Carter on the fells.

A great parkrun  for Mark Garner at Prestatyn.

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