Race Report 08/09/2019

There were peak performances from Radcliffe AC athletes who conquered everything from the UK’s highest mountain to the world’s biggest half marathon.

Four from the club joined the 57,000 people who took part in the iconic Great North Run on Sunday.

For Vince Ashton, it was his first half marathon since he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2011.

Ashton, who started suffering from seizures last year, has been concentrating on the popular 5k parkruns, travelling to different ones around the country and beyond as a tourist.

Running the Great North Run in aid of the MS Society, he clocked 2:26:23 on the course from Newcastle to South Shields and said: “I decided to take it easy as it’s the first half marathon I’ve done for a long time. I felt really great even at the end.”

Joining him in hot and congested conditions were Lee Cooper who was first home for Radcliffe in 1:50:47 followed by Amanda Callan in a personal best of 1:51:07 and Sarah Oxley who ran 2:25:12, her fastest time this year.

Three conquered the UK’s highest mountain when they took part in the gruelling Ben Nevis Fell Race.

Lisa Carter, Fiona Lynch and Paul Swyers climbed the 4,400 feet to the summit and raced a tough descent back to the start.

Lynch knocked more than 20 minutes off her previous time to finish 17th woman and tenth Vet-40 in 2:36:00. Swyers ran 2:59:00 and Carter 3:30:00.

Craig Norman was a fantastic second when took on the highest peak in Wales in a mountain race with a difference.

He finished the Man vs Mountain race on Snowden – which includes obstacles such as a lake swim and abseil –  in 3:54:00 despite suffering with a cold.

Runners set off from Caernarfon Castle and climbed to the summit before descending to Llanberis, covering around 20.5 miles and 4,903ft of ascent.

Norman, who was badly injured in a cycling accident two years ago which kept him out of action for three months, said: “My accident knocked back my racing performance for a long time but I have come on leaps and bounds this year. I feel fitter and stronger than I was before.

“The best running decision I ever made was joining Radcliffe AC. They have helped me to regain my confidence and helped with my recovery.”

It was an eventful City of Salford 10k for Peter Cook who finished in 49:01 after falling and cutting his eye, which resulted in a trip to A&E. Radcliffe AC head coach Ian Warrington was 48th out of nearly 2,000 runners in 37:31 and Kirsten Cook ran 52:50.

Mark Garner was in action at the Keswick 10k coming 52nd in 53.11.

There were two race outings for Mauro Rotondi and Christine Berry who took part in the Ribble Way Festival of Running.

Rotondi finished 22nd in the event’s half marathon in 1:47:11 and Berry clocked 1:27:56 in the 10k.

Earlier in the week Rotondi ran 48:00 at the 9.3km Gorple Rocks Trail Race on the Lancashire/Yorkshire border and Berry ran 1:22:15.

Andy Haines finished 13th in 42:38 at the five-mile Hades Hill Race in Whitworth which had 1,181 ft of climbing.

Vet-60 Sheila Jones and junior Olivia Whittaker set great new personal bests of 22:29 and 26:01 respectively at Heaton Parkrun. Jones was sixth woman while Whittaker was first JW10.

They were joined by Steve Hamer who ran 24:29; Nick Barnes 25:17; Craig Ward 25:36; and Sarah Oxley 28:01.

Steven Lomax clocked 26:40 at Bolton parkrun.

Vince Ashton at the Great North Run. People can sponsor Vince Ashton by clicking here.

Personal best for Amanda Callan.

Great North Run for Sarah Oxley.

Fiona Lynch at Ben Nevis.

Mountain king Craig Norman.

Mark Garner in Keswick

Doubling up. Christine Berry and Mauro Rotondi

Personal bests for Sheila Jones and Olivia Whittaker.

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