Radcliffe AC’s Sheila Jones and Jenny Yates celebrated with superb marathon times when they represented England.
The pair competed for their country at the Celtic Nations Masters Marathon Championship which was incorporated into Sunday’s Yorkshire Marathon.
They were joined in the regular marathon by Neal Emmerson who smashed his previous club record to finish a fantastic 15th in 2:31:06 in the race which started and finished at the University of York.
Vet-50 Jenny Yates knocked more than five minutes off her personal best, running 3:31:02 despite suffering stomach problems during the race.
She qualified for her England Masters vest at the Chester Marathon and said: “It’s the hardest race I’ve done so far. After feeling poorly most of the week I knew it would catch up with me before the end of the race.
“I’m amazed I completed it in the time I did and I just wanted to stop and cry during the last 5k. I’m immensely proud to have worn the vest.”
Sheila Jones was pleased with her time of 3:56:40 after qualifying for her Vet-60 vest at the Manchester Marathon.
Emmerson, who represented England Masters at the recent Maidenhead Half Marathon, knocked three minutes and 19 seconds off his previous mark which he set in April. Amanda Darbyshire also ran a huge personal best of 5:59:16 while Radcliffe AC head coach Ian Warrington was the three hour and thirty minute pacer.
It was a busy weekend for Warrington who was also finalist in the Volunteer of the Year category at the Bury Sports Awards in recognition of his work with the club.
He was joined by teammates at the ceremony which was held at the Elizabethan Suite and said: “I didn’t win but I was very grateful to even be recognised.
“I don’t do it for the awards or nominations, I do it for the satisfaction of seeing my athletes improve, be that in times, distance or confidence.”
Donna Cartwright finished a superb sixth out of 120 women at the first fixture of the South East Lancashire Cross Country League.
She ran 33:19 to claim first Vet-40 on the course at Heaton Park ahead of Katie Percival who was 9th in 33:48. They were part of the ladies team which claimed fourth place along with Hayley Winder who was 44th in 38:23.
Amanda Callan ran 41:05; Caroline Malone 42:54; Louise Shield 49:13, and Tracy Wroe 49:35.
The quartet of Dave McGrath, Craig Norman, Robert Short and Andy Haines made up the fourth -placed team in the men’s race which attracted 210 runners.
McGrath was 31st in 41:22; Norman ran 41:58; Short 42:43 and Haines 45:53. Mark Garner clocked 50:05; Peter Cook 52:54 and Chris Fletcher 1:12:49.
Olivia Whittaker was 15th in 7:02 in the girls under-11s race.
Emma Wolstencroft travelled to Portsmouth for the 10-mile Great South Run, finishing in 1:45:58, while Elaine Bailey ran at the Bramley 10k in Leeds in 59:32.
In the popular 5k parkruns, Kath Davies ran 29:58 at Bolton; Michael Scott 32:09; Lisa Donnelly 35:43; Sarah Rushton 37:23; Lucy Dewhurst 37:24, and Christine Berry 39:38. Bev Quinton clocked 37:19 at Heaton Parkrun.
Rob Lister was first in 20:45 the 5k Great Run Local at Burrs Country Park and Alex Pullan was fourth in 24:58 at Mowbray Great Run Local.