Race report 18/10/21

Radcliffe Athletic Club had a strong turnout at the second cross country fixture of the season.

Members were out in force at the Red Rose Cross Country races at Leverhulme Park, with the men running approximately 10k while the women ran 5k.

In the women’s race, Jenny Yates was 26th overall and second FV55 in 24:17. Also running were Elaine Bailey (32:26), Caroline Malone (33:16), Lucy Tetler (34:22) and Tracy Wroe (37:22).

Neil Greenhalgh was the club’s first finisher in the men’s race in 44:28. He was followed by Lee Cooper (46:48), Ian Swan (47:27), Steven Fawcett (48:43), John Wrigley (49:30) and Steve Hamer (51:47).

Both the women’s and men’s teams were 12th.

In the 2k under-11 boys’ race, Peter Graham was 28th in 8:00 while Oliver Swan and Alex Kenny ran 10:11 and 10:20 respectively. The boys’ team was tenth.

Sophie Scholes ran 11:27 in the 2k under-11s girls’ race. The under-13s boys ran 2.5km with Harley Porter clocking 17:10.

Craig Norman completed the Ultra Tour of Edinburgh, a tough 57km race that starts in the historic Royal Mile before completing 3,000 feet of ascent on the hills and crags surrounding Scotland’s capital.

Despite not having had the preparation he had hoped for, Norman smashed his target time and finished in 6 hours 7 minutes.

He said: “It was a punishing course which I was totally unprepared for because of lack of training, but I stuck to my plan of running it in under 6hrs 30mins.”

There was also a good turnout at the popular 5k parkruns. At Bolton, Mark Williams was 17th in 22:17, Kris Booth ran 27:47, Paul Barrington 27:48 and Steve Hamer 28:20.

At Heaton Park, Sheila Jones was first FV65 in 23:26, Stephen Crowe ran 28:08, Peter Hunter 28:28 and Bev Quinton 36:15. Jen Entwistle clocked 31:17 at Haigh Woodland and Tracy Wroe ran 32:35 at Peel parkrun in Salford.

Further afield, Karen Doherty ran 28:54 at Keswick parkrun and Sarah Jackson finished in 32:27 at Ganavan Sands in Oban.

Capital effort for Craig Norman in Edinburgh.

The women’s cross country team at Bolton.

The men’s cross country team at Bolton.

Under-11 boys (from left) Peter Graham, Oliver Swan and Alex Kenny.

A tough climb for Steven Fawcett at Bolton.

A sprint finish from Steve Hamer at Bolton.

Sophie Scholes at Bolton.

Harley Porter takes on cross country.

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