Race Report 30-9-19

Radcliffe AC’s Donna Cartwright didn’t let the bad weather rain on her parade when she was third woman at the Worsley Woods Five Mile Trail Race.

She also clinched first Vet-40 in a superb 34:51 in the new race which had a strong contingent of 29 runners from the club.

They turned out in the rain – negotiating muddy sections and calf-deep puddles – for the eighth fixture of the Central Lancashire Grand Prix championship, a series of ten races contested by local clubs.

Robert Short was first home for the club, finishing tenth and fourth senior in 31:45. David McGrath finished 17th to clinch first male Vet-40 in 32:17, Chris Paxton was 19th in 32:42 and John Wrigley ran 33:11 to finish 22nd.

Craig Norman was third Vet-40 in 33:30; Chris Whittaker ran 33:32; Steven Fawcett 34:54; Katie Percival second senior female in 35:19; Richard Bellis 35:28; Mark Williams was third Vet-50 in 35:43; Mark Garner 37:36; Dave Rushton 38:09; Paula Abernethy second Vet-50 in 38:25; Peter Cook 38:46; Amanda Callan 41:23; Paul Barrington 41:44; Vince Ashton 44:18; Caroline Malone 44:25; David Schofield 46:36; Deborah Barrington 48:32; Elaine Bailey 48:53; Karen Doherty 49:07; Tracy Wroe 50:16; Emma Wolstencroft 50:40; Andy Wheeler 51:03; Sarah Rushton 52:15; Natalie Hitchen 1:00:39; and Iain Harris third Vet-70 in 1:04:16.

Debbie Cliff didn’t let a broken foot, snow and temperatures of -5C stop her from completing the 5K Melissa’s Road Race in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, in 36:37. She said: “It was so cold I couldn’t even feel my broken foot!”

Andy Haines took to the hills in clear weather for the Thieveley Pike Fell Race near Burnley, completing the 4.3 miles with 1,310ft of climbing in 44:08 to finish 31st.

Sarah Oxley clocked a personal best for the second week running when she ran the wet and windy Yorkshire Coast 10k in Scarborough in 56.39.

Paul Swyers led home a trio of Radcliffe runners at a wet Bolton parkrun, finishing 22nd in 23:28. Rob Lister was

24th in 23:53 and Lucy Dewhurst ran 48:08.
Junior Olivia Whittaker notched up yet another personal best, knocking 57 seconds off her 5k time to clock 24:41 at Stretford parkrun.

Parkrun tourist Vince Ashton visited his 82nd location – and the country’s hardest – when he ran 33:19 at Woolacombe parkrun in North Devon, which included a stretch over the sand dunes.

Max Ansboro won the club’s Junior of the Week Award.

Jenny Yates and Ken Smith will join the club’s coaching team after completing the Leadership in Running Course.

A great third place for Donna Cartwright.

Another PB for Sarah Oxley.

Andy Haines on the fells.

Debbie Cliff flying the flag for Radcliffe AC in Canada.

Sandman Vince Ashton.

PB machine Olivia Whittaker celebrates with dad Chris.

Robert Short leading the club home at Worsley.



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