Race Report 11/08/2019

Neal Emmerson was a thrilling second in the Ramsbottom Summer Mile and led Radcliffe AC’s men’s team to victory in a great week of racing for the club.

He clocked 4:58 on the course in Nuttall Park in an exciting race in which just three seconds separated the top three.

Radcliffe had a strong turnout of 24 members at the event which was part of the Central Lancashire Grand Prix series which is contested by ten local clubs.

Emmerson was part of the winning men’s team along with Chris Whittaker who was fourth 05:06 and Robert Short who finished 14th in 5:26.

Andy Wheeler’s run of 09:11 earned him the award for the most improved man since last year.

There was a fantastic atmosphere as teammates and supporters rang cowbells and cheered on the runners who set off in waves.

Also taking part were Chris Paxton who ran 5:27; Craig Norman third Vet-40 in 05:42; Kris Lee 5:49; Mark Folley 6:15; Mark Garner 6:20; Peter Cook third Vet-60 6:29, and Paula Abernethy third Vet-50 6:52.

Stephen O’Hagan ran 6:59; David Bartlett 7:07; Grace Williams was third U-20 in 7:26; Vincent Ashton 7:38; David Schofield 7:54; Elaine Bailey third Vet-60 8:21; Karen Doherty 8:38; Mike Scott 8:43; Lucy Dewhurst 9:07; Iain Harris first Vet-70 9:19; Steve Parker 9:23; and Natalie Hitchen 9:47.

Radcliffe’s men’s teams also claimed 4th, 14th, 26th and 30th places while the women’s teams finished ninth and 19th.

Juniors Olivia Whittaker, Lucas Paxton and Imogen Smith took part in the 1k fun run, with Whittaker finishing tenth in a personal best of 3:36.

Norman was back in action when he finished a brilliant third in wet and wild weather in the Howler Summer Trail Half Marathon.

He intended to treat the gruelling route over the Holcombe moors as a training run but finished in 2:19:59 and said: “Once I started, that all went out of the window and I gave as good as I could.”

The great results continued with Jenny Yates who was eighth woman and second Vet-50 in personal best of 1:11:59 at the City of Preston 10-mile Road Race.

Radcliffe had a trio of runners at the seven-mile Pilgrim’s Cross Fell Race which has 1,100ft of climbing on Holcombe moorland. Part of the club’s championship, John Wrigley was 31st overall in 1:00:48, Hayley Winder ran 1:20:31 and Sheila McNulty was second Vet-70 in 1:32:42.

Three also took on the hilly Ice Lolly trail 5k at Walker Fold, Bolton, which had 1.5-miles of uphill running, mud, stones and marshy grassland. Peter Cook ran 27:35, Kirsten Cook 31:34 and Christine Berry 48:18, earning a well-deserved ice lolly at the end. The race is part of a series which takes place every Wednesday in August.

Meanwhile, Caroline Mullineaux and Kate Holden took on a 750m lake swim, a 20km bike ride in country lanes and a 5km run at the Manley Mere Triathlon, Frodsham.

Conditions were not ideal but Mullineaux was 12th woman and third in her age group in 1:35:14, and Holden finished in 1:45:10.

In the popular Saturday parkruns, Radcliffe had a strong turnout at the Bolton event.

Robert Short ran 22:01 followed by Katie Percival who ran 22:02; Paul Swyers 22:56; Mark Wolfenden 26:34; David Schofield 28:30; Mark Williams 28:31; Lisa Donnelly 36:09; Natalie Hitchen 37:29; Sarah Oxley 38:35; Lucy Dewhurst 38:35, and Christine Berry 40:02.

At Heaton parkrun, Ian Warrington ran 19:45; Sheila McNulty 31:44; Deborah Warrington 32:56; Tracy Wroe 32:58, and Deborah Barrington 33:01.

Junior Olivia Whittaker posted a great 26:42 in high winds at Burnham and Highbridge parkrun, Somerset, and Vince Ashton clocked 27:21 at Bramhall parkrun, Stockport.


Neal Emmerson

Olivia and Lucas

Mike Scott

Elaine Bailey

Craig Norman was third in his gruelling half marathon.

Jenny Yates .

Ice Lolly finishers Christine Berry (left) Peter Cook and Kirsten Cook

Sheila McNulty was second Vet-70 on the fells

Radcliffe runners at Bolton parkrun

Windy parkrun conditions for Olivia Whittaker


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