Race Report 28/07/2019

Three Radcliffe AC runners battled horrendous weather when they notched up their latest ultras.

Head coach Ian Warrington completed the challenging Lakeland 100 in 31 hours 23 minutes and 19 seconds, coming a superb 87th out of 265 finishers.

Michelle Hincks finished the Lakeland 50 in 13:51:46 and Sarah Oxley knocked nearly an hour off her time from last year to clock 18:24:31.

The popular events in the Lake District are among the greatest running challenges in Europe. The 100-mile event has around 20,669 ft of climbing, double that of the 50-mile course.

It was the first time Warrington ran the Lakeland 100 and he said: “It was the toughest event I have done and the bad weather caused wet feet and blistering for over 30 hours! But I got to see parts of the lakes I had never visited before.

“The sleep deprivation was the worst part. By the finish I had been awake for 40 hours.”

Over the shorter distances, junior Olivia Whittaker had her first race win when she was first woman and tenth overall at Sunday’s Heaton Park 5k. The ten-year-old, who has only been running for around ten months, posted a superb personal best of 26:19.

There was another win on Sunday when Neal Emmerson led Radcliffe’s men to team victory at the Caldervale Summer 10 Miler in Lancashire.

He was fifth in 1:02:39 on the hilly course around country roads while Robert Short was tenth in 1:03:32 and Chris Paxton finished 20th in 1:06:10. Emmerson also demonstrated his sportsmanship, stopping to let the fourth-place finisher, who had earlier taken a wrong turn, finish ahead of him.

The race was part of the Central Lancashire Grand Prix which is contested by ten local clubs. Also running were Katie Percival who clocked 01:20:18 in her second race in two days while Peter Cook ran 1:25:02; Mark Garner 1:36:30; Karen Doherty a personal best of 1:42:57; Elaine Bailey 1:43:43, and Andy Wheeler 1:51:13.

Percival doubled up at Saturday’s Turnslack Fell Race above Littleborough, part of the Run the Moors Championship, finishing third woman in 1:26:57.

Lee Turner was first home for the club over the eight-mile course with 2,001ft of climbing in 1:25:05 followed by Paul Swyers in 1:30:45; David Rushton 1:30:47; John Andrew 1:35:18; Mark Wolfenden 1:52:50, and Hayley Winder in 1:57:37.

Andy Haines also took to the Lake District hills when he completed the 12.3-mile Kentmere Horseshoe Fell Race, which had  3,300ft of climbing, in 2:19:00.

The Sale Sizzler lived up to its name when temperatures reached 29C for the mid-week 5K. Robert Short was 67th in 18:13, Kris Lee ran 20:37 and Percival was in action again, clocking 21:44.

David Bartlett ran 51:11 at Pilling 10k while Vince Ashton clocked 01:04:06 at a hot Media City 10k.

Radcliffe’s Donna Cartwright and Caroline Malone were part of the winning mixed team, along with friend Stuart Whitehead, at the Salford Triathlon Relay. They were also the third team overall in 2:42:46.

Sheila Jones was seventh woman at the popular Heaton parkrun in 23:52. Also running were Deborah Cliff 29:54; Sheila McNulty 31:55: Iain Harris 35:08, and Bev Quinton 39:04.

At Bolton parkrun Mauro Rotondi ran 24:35; Steven Lomax 26:34; Rob Lister 27:04, and Lucy Tetler 34:57. Chris Whittaker finished in a personal best of 17:15 at Stretford parkrun while Mark Garner ran 26:25 at Watergrove parkrun in Rochdale, rated as one of the country’s hardest.

Ryan Norman won the club’s junior of the week award for “getting stuck in to everything and showing great confidence”.

First race win for Olivia Whittaker.

Radcliffe AC runners at Turnslack Fell Race.

Andy Haines at Kentmere Horseshoe.

Donna Cartwright, Caroline Malone and friend at Salford Triathlon Relay.

Radcliffe AC at Caldervale.

Junior of the week Ryan Norman.

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