Race report 24/10/21

Radcliffe Athletic Club runners were back in cross country action at Heaton Park.

They took part in the first South East Lancashire Cross Country fixture of the season, which featured a tough new course around the park.

In the women’s 8k race, Jenny Yates was 16th and second FV55 in 35:28, while Emma Wolstencroft ran 48:06 and Tracy Wroe 53:00.

The men ran 10k with John Gibbs clocking 44:15, Mark Williams 44:57, Mike Kontowtt 46:05 and Steven Fawcett 49:01.

The women’s team was 13th while the men finished 14th.

Ian Swan was a superb 36th out of 170 runners in the Winter Hill 10k Mast Blast. He clocked 1:00:51 in muddy conditions on the tough trail race up Rivington Pike and Winter Hill.

There were also great performances at the Gin Pit 5 Mile Trail Race at Tyldsley. Rob Lister ran 35:48 to finish 25th while Sheila Jones was first FV65 in 41:51 and Elaine Bailey was second FV60 in 48:25.

Four Radcliffe runners took part in The Village Link challenge organised by The Sunnywood Project. Kathryn Davies, Neil Greenhalgh, Kris Lee and Julie Robertson ran the 22-mile loop of historic Bury villages.

Vince Ashton notched up his 100th different parkrun location around the globe, clocking 31:11 at Peel Park in Salford. He was joined by Sheila Jones who was first FV65 in 22:52, while Stephen Crowe ran 30:23, Bev Quinton 33:13, Tracy Wroe 33:32 and Iain Harris 34:21.

At Heaton Park, Jackie Newlands-Faith ran 33:17 and Jen Entwistle clocked 35:30, while Steve Hamer ran 25:19 at Bolton parkrun and Lucy Tetler 31:41 at Hyde.

The men’s cross country team at Heaton Park.

The women’s cross country team at Heaton Park.

Sheila Jones on her way to victory at Gin Pit.

Gin Pit runners Elaine Bailey (left), Rob Shiels and Sheila Jones.

100 up for Vince Ashton.

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