Race report 3/10/21

Radcliffe Athletic Club’s Neal Emmerson won the Rochdale Half Marathon in 1:16:10.

He took victory by more than a minute on the out-and-back course which started in the town centre before heading along the Rochdale Canal and taking in a lap of Hollingworth Lake.

Stephen O’Hagan was among the 50,000 runners who took part in the 41st London marathon, clocking 4:35:35 over the world-famous course which finished in The Mall.

There was also another half marathon victory for the club, this time for Kath Davies who was first FV55 in 2:28:50 at the Rivington Trail Half Marathon. Her result was even more impressive as she ended up running 14 miles in horrendous weather when several runners went the wrong way.

Emma Wolstencroft ran the Chester Metric Marathon, completing 16.3 miles in 2:53:33, while Lee Cooper clocked 2:25:18 at the Oulton Park Duathlon which consisted of a 5.2-mile run, a 24-mile bike ride and a 2.6-mile run.

There was a good turnout from the club at the first fixture of the cross country season. Members enjoyed good conditions for the race at Leigh, part of the Red Rose Cross Country League.

In the women’s race Jenny Yates was 24th and second V55 over the 5k course in 23:09. Chemane Brier ran 26:54; Caroline Malone 30:08; Karen Doherty 31:28; Lucy Tetler 32:06; Jen Entwistle 33:04; and Tracy Wroe 34:43.

Craig Norman was 45th in the 10k men’s race in 40:51. Also running were: Neil Greenhalgh (44:54); Steven Fawcett (46:52); John Wrigley (47:17); Peter Hunter (47:57); Ian Swan (49:59): and David Bartlett (52:31).

The men’s team was 12th and the ladies’ team finished 14th.

In the under-11s boys’ race Oliver Swan finished in 12:27 and Alex Kenny ran 12:45.

Several members were also action at the popular Saturday morning 5k parkruns. Rob Shiels ran 20:29 to finish 16th at Heaton Park while Sheila Jones was first FV65 in 23:41.

Elsewhere, Sarah Rushton clocked 34:32 at Bolton parkrun, Alex Pullan was 20th at Richmond Park in 21:10, and Alison Howarth and Tracy Wroe ran 30:16 and 33:06 respectively at Worsley Woods.

London Marathon finisher Stephen O’Hagan

Kath Davies battled the weather at Rivington Half Marathon

Metric half marathon joy for Emma Wolstencroft

The women’s team at Leigh cross country

The men’s cross country team at Leigh

Juniors Oliver Swan and Alex Kenny at Leigh

Half marathon winner Neal Emmerson

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