Race Report 24/06/2019

RADCLIFFE AC’s Sheila Jones was named the female runner of the decade at Heaton Parkrun’s 10th anniversary event.

The Vet-60 said she was “overwhelmed” after receiving a trophy at Saturday’s event.

Jones has run 398 of the free weekly 5ks which take place around the country on Saturday mornings – 351 of them at Heaton Park – notching up a total of 1,990km.

She regularly finishes among the top ten women and has also volunteered at more than 80 events.

She got into running though parkruns, joining Radcliffe around the same time, and said: “For so many other people, I would describe parkrun as simply life-changing.”

On the racing front, there was more success for Jones who was part of Radcliffe AC’s winning women’s team at the Crazy Cow 10k in Preston.

She also finished first in her age group in 50:43, where Jenny Yates was first Vet- 50 in 44:59. Also running were Kathryn Davies who clocked 53:47; Deborah Barrington 54:10; Caroline Malone 55:06, and Tracy Wroe 01:04:43.

There were fantastic results for Radcliffe’s Neal Emmerson and Chris Whittaker when they took part in Race the Train. The aim of the tough 11-mile event was to beat the steam engine from Bolton Road Station in Bury to Rawtenstall.

And the pair did just that, with Emmerson finishing third in 1:07:22 while Whittaker was eighth in 1:13:22.

Emmerson also led home a 25-strong contingent from Radcliffe AC at the midweek Horwich 5-Mile Race, the fifth fixture in the Central Lancashire Grand Prix in which ten local clubs compete.

He finished fifth in 28:25 and was part of the winning men’s team along with Whittaker who was ninth in 29:30, Robert Short who was four seconds behind in tenth and Chris Paxton who ran 30:47 to claim 18th place.

Radcliffe’s women’s team finished sixth on the picturesque course around Rivington.

The other finishers were: Craig Norman 33:17; Kris Booth  37:25; Mark Garner 37:28; Paul Barrington 37:56; Peter Cook third Vet-60 in 38:09; Paula Abernethy 38:20 (third Vet-50); Steve Hamer 39:01; Michael Kontowtt 40:15; Sheila Jones 40:24 (second Vet-60); David Bartlett 43:22; Caroline Malone 45:42; Deborah Barrington 46:21; Chris Fletcher 47:03; Elaine Bailey 47:20; Andrew Wheeler 47:41; Sarah Oxley 48:25; Karen Doherty 49:26; Sarah Rushton 51:25; Iain Harris 51:55 (third Vet-70); Tracy Wroe 53:29, and Natalie Hitchen 57:00.

On the same night, six took to the hills for the Brown Wardle fell race at Whitworth, part of the Run the Moors Championship.

Paul Swyers was first home for the club in 35:26, a second ahead of Katie Percival who was fourth woman. Lee Turner completed the 3.3 miles with 1,181ft of climbing in 36:06, Lisa Carter was second Vet-45 in 42:30, Mark Wolfenden in 42:49 and Kathryn Davies claimed first  Vet-55 in 43:53.

The club fielded 19 junior and senior runners at the Tor Mile in Helmshore. One of the oldest fell races in the country, its organisation was taken over in 2017 by  Chris Paxton, who lives near the start line.

This year a fantastic 171 people took part in the 1.6-mile senior race, a lung-busting climb up the 551ft of Musbury Tor.

Junior Lachlan Burke led home the Radcliffe contingent in 14:33. Also running were John Wrigley 14:46; Andy Haines 15:30; Kristian Lee 16:49; Lee Cooper 17:15; under -13 Noah Barrington 17:50; Steve Hamer third Vet-60 in 18:44; under-13 Ben Derbyshire 20:03; Kathryn Davies second Vet-55 20:46; Peter Warr 23:56: Karen Doherty 24:37; junior Grace Williams 26:10; Susanne Andrew 26:50; Amanda Darbyshire 28:04; Andy Wheeler 28:47.

Four joined the 22-strong field in the shorter junior race with Lacey Burke finishing first under-13 girl in 7:44. She was followed by Finlay Percival in 8:29, Niamh Warr who ran 8:56 and Lily Darbyshire in 8:57.

Also on the fells, Ron Lister completed the four-mile Aggie’s Staircase race in Darwen which has 1,148ft of ascent in 43:58. He also finished 13th at the Sale Water parkrun in 21:21.

Andy Wheeler ran the Manchester Canal 10k, an out-and- back route along the Manchester Ship Canal in 64:21. He added around three minutes when he was among several runners who took the wrong route.

On the track, Jenny Yates clocked 6:10.18 and was first vet-50 at the Manchester Mile at Sportcity.

In the popular parkruns, there were personal bests at Bolton for junior Olivia Whittaker who ran 27:17, and was seventh woman, and Lucy Dewhurst who finished in 34:16. Also running were Mark Williams 22:39; Mark Wolfenden 25:11; junior Grace Williams 30:00; Kris Booth 31:08, and David Schofield 32:39.

Victoria Glossop ran 25:26 at Oldham parkrun while Vince Ashton clocked up his 74th parkrun location, and his 53rd out of 74 in the North West, when he ran 28:34 at Congleton. Earlier in the week he clocked 27:50 at Salford Great Run Local.

Kirsten Cook was second in her age group when she ran 25:46 at Fountains Abbey parkrun in Ripon while husband Peter crossed the line in 23:10. At Heaton parkrun Iain Harris ran 34:01 and Bev Quinton 42:03.

Sheila Jones with her parkrun award.

A winning Sheila Jones (left) and Jenny Yates at the Crazy Cow 10k.

Train-ing partners Neal Emmerson (left) and Chris Whittaker.



Some of the winning men’s team at Horwich.

Radcliffe’s juniors at the Tor Mile.


Lachlan Burke leading home Radcliffe at the Tor Mile.

A great turnout at Horwich.

Moo-ve over… Radcliffe’s women at the Crazy Cow 10k.

Kirsten and Peter Cook in at Fountains Abbey.

Another pb for Olivia Whittaker.

Parkrun tourist Vince Ashton.




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