Race report 8/7/19

Radcliffe AC’s Lisa Carter and Fiona Lynch took on tough terrain in the two-day Saunders Lakeland Mountain Marathon.

They paired up to finish fourth woman vets team in the event’s Carrock race, completing approximately 61 miles and 11,150ft of climbing in 16 hours, 20 minutes and 24 secs.

The event in the Howgill Fells was only open to people with good mountain navigation experience and the pair had to carry food, equipment and emergency supplies, and camp overnight.

The were 47th overall and Lynch described the race as “very sociable and tough”.

Carter added: “The first day was pretty hot and the Howgills are brutal on your feet. We had an overnight wild camp somewhere – the maps aren’t labelled fully to add to the navigational challenge – and the second day was cooler.”

On the road, Chris Whittaker was 34th out of thousands of runners at a sweltering Leeds 10k on Sunday, finishing in 36:07.

On the same day, there were five Radcliffe runners among the 1,400-strong field at Sunday’s City of Manchester 10k which started and finished at the Etihad Campus.

In warm weather, Peter Cook ran 49:13 while his wife Kirsten was second Vet-55 in 52:19. Deborah Barrington clocked 53:11 while Katie Davies and Tracy Wroe achieved personal bests of 59:31 and 01:00:57 respectively.

Three runners also faced searing temperatures at the Saturday’s flat and fast Lostock Hall Carnival 5k near Preston.

Lee Cooper finished 44th out of 223 competitors in 21:42, followed by Karen Doherty (28:13) and Christine Berry (36:21).

Earlier in the week, Cooper completed his first open water triathlon when he headed to Carnforth in Lancashire. In the mid-week Capernwray Sprint Triathlon, he completed a 500m swim at Capernwray Quarry, a 20km cycle and a 5km run in 1:20:10, finishing 67th out of 118 competitors.

Seven took on 669 ft of climbing at Lumbutts in Todmorden at the mid-week Stoodley Pike Fell Race.

Andy Haines was first home for the club over the 3.1-mile race in 25:30.

The race is part of the Run The Moors Fell Grand Prix, a series of 12 events in which the club competes. Also running were Paul Swyers 26:10; Lee Turner 27:13; John Wrigley 27:25; Mark Wolfenden 32:00; Lisa Carter 32:06 and Kathryn Davies 33:04.

Turner and Davies were back in action on the hills two days later at the Don Ashton Memorial Fell Race at Tockholes, Darwen. On the 5.8-mile course with 1,099ft of ascent, they ran 50:22 and 59:53 respectively.

Swyers also doubled up at Sunday’s Hepstonstall Festival Fell Race in West Yorkshire, running the 5.9-mile course with 1,627 ft of climbing in 1:13:35.

Sheila Jones notched up her 400th parkrun, just a week after she was named Heaton parkrun’s runner of the decade.

She travelled further afield for her amazing milestone running 23:03 at Warsaw in Poland to finish second woman overall and first Vet-60.

Parkrun tourist Vince Ashton was also on his travels, notching up his 76th location with a time of 29:05 at Nobles parkrun in the Isle of Man. Earlier in the week he ran 25:51 at Salford Quays Great Run Local, an improvement of 1min 24 seconds from seven days earlier.

Closer to home, Rob Lister was 17th at Bolton parkrun in 22:00 followed by Mark Williams 22:54, Dave Rushton 24:33 and Sarah Rushton 34:59. Mark Garner ran 22:11 at Heaton parkrun.

On the bike, Andy Haines completed the 48km Tour De Mani Manc in 1hr 58 mins.

Chris Whittaker with his Leeds 10k medal.

Amazing parkrun milestone for Sheila Jones.

Radcliffe runners at the City of Manchester 10k.

Ready for action at Stoodley Pike Fell Race.

Carnival atmosphere for (from left) Karen Doherty, Christine Berry and Lee Cooper.

Lee Turner and Kathryn Davies at the Don Ashton Memorial Fell Race.

Open water swim for triathlete Lee Cooper.

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