Race Report 25/02/2020

RADCLIFFE AC athletes battled gruelling conditions at the English National Cross Country Championships.

The club took a nine-strong team to the event at Wollaton Park in Nottingham.

One of the muddiest ever national courses, they also had to contend with strong winds, knee-deep puddles and log obstacles.

Alex Pullan clocked 33:54 in the under-17 men’s race which was billed as 6k, but was closer to 7k.

Jenny Yates was the first Radcliffe finisher in the 88th Senior Women’s Championship which was again around 1k longer than the advertised 8k.

She ran 46:47 ahead of Caroline Malone in 56:08, Louise Shield 58:52; Karen Doherty 1:05:34 and Tracy Wroe 1:10:55. The women’s team finished 88th.

The 133rd Senior Men’s Championship was also longer than its supposed 12k. Radcliffe’s Craig Norman ran 1:01:42, Chris Paxton 1:02:59 and Mark Enright 1:15:46.

Strong winds and hail combined to create ‘savage’ conditions for a quartet of Radcliffe runners at High Cup Nick Fell Race in the North Pennines.

Andy Haines completed the 9.3 miles with 1,509ft of climbing in 1:34:35, Paul Swyers ran 1:41:08, Lisa Carter 1:51:01 and Mark Wolfenden 2:16:19.

Three also took to the hills for the challenging five-mile Midgley Moor Fell Race in Halifax.

The second race in the Run The Moors Grand Prix, which is contested by several clubs, Dave McGrath completed the 1,250ft of climbing in 53:50, Lee Turner ran 1.01.41, John Mcnicoll was disappointed with his 1:18:00.

In a varied week for the club, Mark Garner took on the new 20-mile Canalathon. He finished the route along the Rochdale Canal, from Rochdale Sowerby Bridge, in
3:16:36 to claim 12th Vet-40.

John Higginson also clocked up the miles when he completed the 50-mile Roundhay challenge organised by the Long Distance Walkers Association in 10:49:00. Open to runners and walkers, they did two loops around rural north Leeds which visited locations including Temple Newsam, Meanwood Valley and the Harewood Estate.

Bev Quinton turned up for a 10k and ended up running a tough trail half marathon.

She had entered the hilly Harewood House 10k trail race near Leeds, but stepped up to the longer distance – held on the same day –  when its start was delayed by several hours.

Despite being unprepared, she finished her first half marathon since tearing her meniscus in 3:25:45.

David Schofield clocked a personal best of 55:00 at the Lostock 6 Mile Road Race.

Three Radcliffe athletes took part in Krakow parkrun in Poland. Donna Cartwright was fourth woman in

20:48, Paul Barrington ran 21:22 and Deborah Barrington clocked a parkrun personal best of 26:20.

Park run tourist Vince Ashton notched up his 92nd location with a time of 28:09 at Penistone in Sheffield.

Closer to home, Sheila Jones and Sarah Oxley ran 24:05 and 31:34 at Heaton parkrun.

At Bolton parkrun Iain Harris ran 38:36, Bev Quinton 38:41, junior Imogen Smith a personal best of 46:37 and mum Lucy Dewhurst 47:01.

Elaine Bailey ran 31:27 at Chadderton Hall and Nick Barnes 28:45 at Cheadle Hulme.

The women’s team at the national cross country championships.

Radcliffe’s men in Nottingham.

Alex Pullan in nationals action.

Craig Norman at a muddy nationals.

Ready for High Cup Nick Fell race.

 Brutal conditions at High Cup Nick.

Radcliffe on tour at Krakow parkrun.

A park run personal best for Imogen Smith.

Mark Garner at Canalathon.

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