Race Report 26/05/19

Radcliffe AC’s Fiona Lynch became the first person in the club’s history to complete the world’s toughest five-day mountain race.

She described it as “the experience of a lifetime” after finishing eighth woman and second female veteran at the legendary Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race.

The mum-of-three climbed almost twice the height of Everest to complete the 196-mile route with more than 50,000ft of ascent along the mountainous spine of Wales in an incredible 58 hours and 50 minutes.

Competitors from around the world took on knife-edge ridges and Lynch said: “It was an incredible experience. It was tough balancing how much effort to put into each day to avoid burning out too soon.

“I’ve put months of training and preparation into this event and had recce-d most of the route, exploring the options, and tried to get to the start line in the best shape I could.

“The atmosphere at the event is amazing and for the entire week you are in a bubble where all you need to do is run, climb, eat and look after yourself.”

Lynch, who completed the Bob Graham Round – one of the toughest fell running challenges in Britain – in June thanked her husband Peter Warr, her family, Radcliffe AC head coach Ian Warrington, her clubmates, fellow runners and the event organisers for their support.

She was running in aid of Feileacain (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland) and people can sponsor her at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fiona-lynch10

Fiona is raising money to help Feileacain (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland)

Four members took part in the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll race weekend. Sarah Jackson finished Sunday’s marathon, her tenth race over the distance, in a personal best of 4:52:56. The day before, she and Lucy Dewhurst donned fancy dress for the event’s 5K to finish together in 36:03.

Amanda Hey ran the half-marathon in 1:53:49, struggling in the strong winds in the last three miles, while Craig Ward was pleased with his time of 2:05.46 for his first half-marathon.

Eight were at the Ian Hesketh Memorial Duathlon at Rivington, run in memory of the Horwich RMI Harrier who tragically died aged 27 in 2005.

In a 22K cycle, sandwiched by two 5K runs, there were age group wins for Paula Abernethy who was third woman and first Vet 50 in 01:44:10, 11 minutes quicker than last year, and Caroline Mullineaux who took the Vet 40 category in 01:45:48.

Dave Rushton finished in 01:36:50, Lee Cooper 01:37:25, and Amanda Callan 01:48:30, while Caroline Malone and Jenny Yates were the second team in 01:36:18 with Yates doing the runs and Malone the cycle.

The club continued its great form in the Hollingworth Lake 5k Series in Littleborough, with every Radcliffe AC runner finishing top six or higher in their age group.

Yates was first home for the club in the fourth race of the series, finishing sixth female overall and second Vet 50 in 21:06. She was part of the women’s team which finished third along with Sheila Jones, who notched up another Vet 60 win in 23:22, and Caroline Malone who ran 25:05. Steve Hamer finished in 23:13 and Sarah Oxley 27:48.

Also in Littleborough, four took on around 1,201ft of climbing at the 3.5-mile Blackstone Edge Fell Race.

David McGrath finished 12th out of 100 runners and third Vet 40 in 34:39, bagging himself the unusual prizes of a kitchen drainer and a hob lighter!

John Wrigley was 26th in 37:18, Andy Haines ran 39:58, Lisa Carter finished in 49:34 and Mark Wolfenden 52:51.

In the popular 5K parkruns, Robert Short finished sixth at Heaton Park in 19:07 while Katie Percival was first woman in on a new personal best of 21:50. Also running were Rob Lister 22:27; Ken Smith 24:34; Mark Wolfenden 27:12; Junior Olivia Whittaker notched up yet another pb of 28:14; Kathryn Davies 28:15; David Schofield 29:10; Lisa Donnelly 33:47 and Michael Scott 34:31.

Sheila Jones clocked a new pb of 24:10 to finish fifth woman at Fell Foot parkrun in the Lake District and Chris Paxton was sixth at Burnley parkrun in a pb of 18:50.

Tracy Wroe and Bev Quinton ran 31:54 and 42:02 respectively at Heaton parkrun.

Away from racing, Amanda Darbyshire completed the Yorkshire Three peaks of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent with her husband in 11 hours 50 mins, with the weather changing from heavy rain and high winds to bright sunshine.

Dragon slayer Fiona Lynch with her trophy.

Radcliffe runners at Blackstone Edge Fell Race.

Great results at Hollingworth Lake.

Fancy dress for Sarah Oxley and Lucy Dewhurst at the Rock ‘n’ Roll 5K.

Amanda Hey ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll half-marathon

Andy Haines in action at Blackstone Edge

Craig Ward completed his first half-marathon

The duathletes

Amanda Darbyshire conquered the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

How to tame your dragon….the amazing Fiona Lynch.

Fiona Lynch conquering the Dragon’s Back.

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