Bury Livingwaters Church (Close Methodist), Dumers Lane, Radcliffe, M26 2GB.

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Club Officials

Find out more about our fantastic club officials and what inspires them to run.

Tom West

President

Donna Cartwright

Chairperson
1: Where are you from?
I was born in Whitefield and have lived in Whitefield all my life.
2. How long with club?
I have been a member of Radcliffe AC for nearly 20 years.
2. Favourite kind of running?
My absolute favourite type of running is cross country and fell running.  I love the mud, the hills, the scenery and the freedom of the fells. 
3. Why started running?
As a child I was always playing out and running around, so my mum and dad took me to Bury AC when I was nine years old and I've been running and competing ever since!  .
4. Favourite running memory? 
Having run and competed for many years, I have lots of fantastic memories, but for me without doubt it has to be when I gained an international vest at the age of 16. I competed for Great Britain in the European Cross Country Championships. An amazing experience!  
5. What do you like about the club?
I love our club for so many reasons. it's a community in itself where runners of all abilities come together to train and support one another.  Whilst all our members have different aspirations when it comes to running, they are all supported and encouraged by both the coaching team and fellow members to achieve their goals. 
As Chair I also see the hard work of our fantastic committee who work so hard behind the scenes to ensure our club is a safe, happy, forward thinking and a supportive environment for all our members.  
Call me biased, but we are a great club!

Louise Shield

Welfare Officer

1: Where are you from?
I'm originally from Liverpool. I've lived in Bury for the last 18 years and in Manchester for four years before that.
2. How long with club?
I've been a member of RAC for about four years now after a brief stint at Bury AC. I didn't know much about local running clubs but my friend showed me the light!
3. Favourite kind of running?
My favourite type of running has to be muddy running!! So trails and XC give me the biggest buzz! I also love a good hill session! 
 4. Why started running?
I started running a number of years ago whilst my daughter was training with another club. I was sat in the car and noticed a small number of runners jogging around the track and thought 'I can give that a go!' And then I was hooked! 
5. Favourite running memory?
I have lots of lovely running memories, particularly running with RAC, but my biggest achievement was running the London Marathon back in 2018 to raise money for Cancer Research UK. I also organise a 2k and 5k run for families every week in our local community and have been doing that for about 7 years! I love volunteering for the running community and like to help out with juniors every now and then.
 6. What do you like about the club?
RAC was recommended to me by a friend. I was immediately made to feel welcome and part of the club from day one. I'd never worn a club vest before as I thought I wasn't good enough or fast enough to wear club colours but the coach reassured me that EVERYONE at club is 'good enough' and we're all part of the RAC family. We certainly are a small and friendly club with socialising, as well as running, being a big part of what we do - I love it! 

 Alex Pullan

Young Persons' Liaison 

1: Where are you from?
I am originally from Ashton, Tameside but moved to Bury around 8 years ago 
2. How long with club?
 I've been with the club for 3 years
3. Favourite kind of running?
Although, I am not amazing at it, I love fell running 
 4. Why started running?
 I got in to running to get some form of fitness back and meet new people.
5. Favourite running memory?
GNR 2022, the hardest race of my life but the club spirit and the amount of money we raised was incredible. 
 6. What do you like about the club?
 I love the inclusivity of the club, being able to meet people from all over the area and I've made some great friends at the club. 

Chris Saville

Membership secretary
1: Where are you from?
I have spent most of my life living in Radcliffe until recently.
2. How long with club?
I have been at the club for about 9 years now and have been on the committee for about 5 years.
3. Favourite kind of running?
I like all types of running if I am being honest. I mainly do road races but I am interested in fell running and I am looking at getting on the fells at some point.
5. Favourite running memory? 
I have too many favourite running memories but completing my first half marathon and beating my personal best times are amongst the memories that stand out and of course getting the most improved male runner from the club many years ago.
6. What do you like about the club?
I like that the club is very friendly and very welcoming to all runners of all abilities, from someone never running before to someone who wants to progress in running. The advice you get from the coaches and experienced runners is second to none and no question you ask is too much.

Email: membershipsec@radcliffeac.org.uk

Ian Swan

Secretary
1: Where are you from?
Bridlington - East Yorkshire, but have lived in Bury for over 15 years.
2. How long with club?
I have been a member of Radcliffe AC since 2020
3. Favourite kind of running?
I am happy with any kind of running, but I am happiest up hills and in the middle of nowhere, so trail and fell running are my favourite.
4. Why started running?
I stopped smoking and wanted to be fitter and more healthy. My brother is a runner and I wanted to give it a go. Never looked back.
5. Favourite running memory? 
Going as a club to The Great North Run was amazing. Such a good day out and we raised a few quid as well!
6. What do you like about the club?
RAC is the perfect club for people who want to meet people, improve, be encouraged and generally enjoy running. Its like a family and we welcome anyone who wants to be a part of it.

 email: ian.radcliffeac@gmail.com

Caroline Malone

Ladies Captain
1: Where are you from?
London 
2. How long with club?
 4 Years
3. Favourite kind of running?
Trails and Mud
 4. Why started running?
Used to run at school, started triathlon about 8 years ago so joined RAC to improve my running
5. Favourite running memory?
Finally getting a sub 25 min 5k!
 6. What do you like about the club?
its friendly and supportive 

Emma Wolstencroft

Social Secretary

1: Where are you from?

Born in Portsmouth, Hampshire and no my Dad wasn’t in the Navy ;)

2. How long with club?

Joined in May 2019 as had signed up for The Great South Run in Portsmouth for October 2019 & realised that it was going to be pretty impossible to achieve this without some help from a running club

3. Favourite kind of running?

If it’s races then there has to be a great goody bag waiting at the finish line with Chester being my all-time favourite  For any other running – either good company or a good soundtrack with an interesting route and hopefully cake at the end.

 4. Why started running?

To challenge myself – signed up to Manchester 10k back in 2017 to run in May 2018 on a ‘feeling fat & frumpy’ whim and after a small break between house moves have been running ever since.

5. What do you like about the club?

The people make the club – all abilities are welcome and everyone’s friendly, encouraging & helpful – good opportunity to try out different types of running as well e.g. cross country.

Paula Abernethy

Treasurer

1: Where are you from?
 Hemsworth, Yorkshire

2. How long with club?
18 years

3. Favourite kind of running?
 Road Running

4. Why started running?
Because someone once said I couldn't do a half marathon and once I had done the Glasgow half I was enjoying so much I continued.

5. Favourite running memory?
Running the Cambodia half marathon and having to stop because an elephant was in my way!

6. What do you like about the club?
How the club encourages people with their training.  When we go to races how we all wait for the last person to come in. The fun and laughter we all have together and making friendships.

Simon Foulkes

Male captain

1. Where are you from?
Manchester, live in Whitefield

2. How long with club?
This is my second year as a club member.

3. Favourite kind of running?
I prefer to race on the roads, but I really enjoy a mixture of everything if I am training.

4. Why started running?
I am an official Covid Runner. During the first lockdown, I decided to lose some weight and get fit. I was going out on the bike as often as possible. 17th April 2020, I kept seeing people running past my house and decided to see if I could get out and do that too (as my bike was also broken). The rest is history...

5. Favourite running memory?
Difficult that one. Too many great times in the last 3 years. So 3 really ! First marathon, Manchester October 2021, totally demolishing what I expected to do. Finishing my first Ultra -- 47miles of the Lap at Windermere and seeing my family at finish. Probably seeing Donna (who puts up with my constant running nonsense) just rock up at Manchester Half last year and storm her way round.

6. What do you like about the club?
Simply, how friendly everyone is. I am never going to be an elite runner at 44, but everyone encourages you to run and improve if you want to. I have really enjoyed seeing other people join and improve dramatically in such a short space of time!

Karen Doherty

Press Officer

1: Where are you from?
Edinburgh, Scotland.

2. How long with club?
I joined in 2015.

3. Favourite kind of running?
Cross country - the muddier and hiller the better - on a crisp, winter Saturday afternoon and fell running on a sunny summer evening.

4. Why started running?

I've run on and off since I was at university, but I joined the club after going along to a beginners group in Close Park run by Radcliffe Atheltic Club members Mark Emmett and the late Jim Rhodes. After entering my first race. I was hooked! 

5. Favourite running memory?

Far too many to mention, but probably running through the stream in Leverhulme Park, Bolton, in my first cross country race. Cross country is something that I always thought was for 'elite' runners, but I plucked up the courage to take the plunge (literally) after interviewing Olympian Laura Weighman who told me to give it a go.

6. What do you like about the club?
How friendly it is. Everyone is made welcome and everyone's achievements are celebrated.

Peter Warr

Head of junior section

 1: Where are you from?
 Blackpool
2. How long with club?
 With the club about 6 years (I think!)
3. Favourite kind of running?
 Open to any kind of running - as long as it's not too far!
 4. Why started running?
 Started to run to challenge myself with something aside from my normal day to day life.
5. Favourite running memory?
Running across the top of Blackstone edge on my first fell race feeling like i was hunting orcs with Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings!
 6. What do you like about the club?
The way it encourages everybody and cheers them on no matter their ability.