Race Report 19/05/2019

Radcliffe AC head coach Ian Warrington completed the 100-mile Chester Ultra in a great week of running for the club.

He finished a brilliant ninth in 23:32:22 on some of the region’s very best trails.

The tough course included the River Dee, the North Cheshire Way, Helsby Hill, Frodsham Hill, the Sandstone Trail, Delamere Forest and the beautiful trails of Beeston, Peckforton and Bickerton.

Warrington said: “What an experience! I really enjoyed it, I stuck to my plan and I paced it pretty much spot on.”

Neal Emmerson was a superb second in the Windermere Marathon in the Lake District, knocking 34 seconds off his time from last year to finish in 2:43:26.

The race is one of only a handful run entirely on a World Heritage site and has stunning views over England’s largest lake.

There were also great half-marathon performances for five Radcliffe runners.

Despite a knee injury and hamstring problems, men’s captain Chris Whittaker finished 40th in the Great Manchester Run Half Marathon in 1:23:48. Sheila Jones ran a personal best of 01:48:23 to finish third Vet 60 and Chris Saville clocked 01:54:19.

Meanwhile, Sarah Turner ran the Chester Half Marathon in 2:00:25 and Stevie Blaylock was pleased with a personal best of 2:22:59 after a week’s holiday.

Five also joined the thousands at the popular Great Manchester Run 10k which finished on Deansgate.

Mark Williams was first home for the club in 44:23 followed by Craig Ward who ran a 52:34 personal best; Emma Wallace 01:07:05; Michael Scott 01:11:5, and Danielle Peake 01:13:35.

Mountain woman Lisa Carter tackled the challenging Old County Tops Fell Race in the Lake District on Saturday, covering its 37 miles and punishing 10,000 feet of climbing in 11:02:37.

After two previous non-finishes, she ran as a team with Sandrine Fraisse from Saddleworth Running club. They finished 109th pair out of 123 in the event which takes in Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and Coniston, starting and returning at Langdale.

But Scott Baxter pulled out after around 20 miles, saying he felt awful in the hot and humid weather and had not trained enough.

Also in the Lakes, Robert Short finished a great 7th at the testing Keswick 25K trail run, part of the Keswick Mountain Festival. He ran 2:10:35 while Katie Percival was sixth lady in 2:24:25.

There was a great turnout at the Pilling 10K in Preston, the fourth race in the Central Lancashire Grand Prix Series which is contested by ten local clubs.

Both the men’s and the ladies’ teams finished second with Chris Paxton first home for the club and 10th overall in 37:53. John Wrigley finished 14th in 39:21 and Deborah Barrington was first Vet 40 in 55:46.

Also running were Craig Norman 40:18; John Gibbs 44:25; Mark Garner 44:43; Dave Rushton 44:50; Paul Barrington 45:36; Paula Abernethy 45:42; Peter Cook 48:07; David Bartlett a personal best of 52:18; Elaine Bailey 56:32; Andy Wheeler 57:19; Sarah Oxley a personal best of 57:29; Sarah Rushton 59:12; Tracy Wroe 01:01:30; Deborah Warrington 01:02:16; Deborah Cliff 01:02:41, and Lisa Donnelly 01:06:00.

Radcliffe’s women continued their run of great performances in the Hollingworth Lake 5K series.

In the third race of the series, Donna Cartwright was fifth woman and first Vet 40 in 20:34, Jenny Yates ran 20:56 personal best to claim second Vet 50 and Sheila Jones won the Vet 60 age group in 23:45. Caroline Malone clocked 26:03; Kathryn Davies 27:22; Sarah Oxley 27:29, and Tracy Wroe 30:49.

Caroline Mullineaux, Jenny Yates and Amanda Callan completed their first triathlon when they joined Caroline Malone for the 400m swim, 12-mile cycle and 5k run at the St Anne’s Triathlon. Yates finished in 1:18:19; Mullineaux 1:20:03; Malone 1:20:24, and Callan 1:28:14

Radcliffe’s juniors and seniors set great times at Salford Great Run Local. Junior Lacey Burke finished second in the 2k race in 10:03 and Deborah Cliff was third in10:12. In the 5K race, junior Lachlan Burke ran 19:18 to come 6th while Noah Barrington set a personal best of 21:18.

Junior Olivia Whittaker celebrated her latest personal best of 26:06 at Heaton parkrun. She was joined by Michael Kontowtt in 20:44; Sheila Jones 23:22; Nick Barnes 25:32; Helen Sandiford 28:14 junior Megan Peterkin 33:20 and Sharon Peterkin 51:27.

Vince Ashton notched up his 72nd location, running 29:22 at Oakwell Hall in West Yorkshire while at Bolton parkrun Mark Williams finished in 23:33 and Christine Berry in 37:55.


Ultra runner Ian Warrington

Neal Emmerson claimed second in the Windermere Marathon

The Radcliffe AC ‘swarm’ at Pilling 10k

Deborah Barrington celebrating her first Vet 40 and team wins at Pilling 10k


More success at Hollingworth Lake

Donna Cartwright celebrates her latest win


Another personal best for Olivia Whittaker.

Great running at Salford Great Run Local.

Jenny Yates in her first triathlon.

Mountain woman Lisa Carter (left).

Radcliffe triathletes.



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