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Midweek masses and a hot weekend of running for Radcliffe Athletics Club

20 May 2024 (by D.Cartwright)

Last week Radcliffe AC assembled en mass for the fourth round of the Central Lancashire Grand Prix at the Horwich Coronation Trail Race. This midweek fixture involved a 6 mile out and back from Rivington, loosely following the River Yarrow to Lower Hempshaw’s, near its source on the moors.

Radcliffe’s Christian Peters (pictured) came a brilliant 5th overall in this, his first ever trail race, with a time of 38 minutes, 24 seconds. Emma Horner was the first female finisher for Radcliffe in 49:49. Also running at Horwich was Andrew O’Donnell (43:34), Rob Lister (47:11), Mark Taylor (47:18), Christopher Mihalyi (47:32), Mark Garner (48:28), Dave Rushton (50:03), Neil Greenhalgh (50:24), Dominic Parry (51:45), Adam Wills (52:09), Charlene Leyden (54:07), Karen Wells (54:30), Kathryn Davies (55:38), Bren Tighe (57:11), Karen Doherty (58:10), Alison Howarth (59:17), Elaine Bailey (1:01:34), Emma Wolstencroft (1:01:48), Lucie Tighe (1:02:08), Laura Aiken (1:03:05), Lucy Tetler (1:03:24), Louise Shield (1:04:10), Stephen Crowe (1:05:14), Wayne Holden (1:05:32), Jude Hockenhull (1:07:29), Helen Kay (1:10:42), Tracey Wroe (1:13:40), Andy Wheeler (1:23:14), and finally Sara Parry, Bev Quinton and Mike Scott who all stuck together from start to finish in true Radcliffe style, triumphantly crossing the line in 1:26:01.

The warmest weekend of the year didn’t deter Radcliffe runners from putting in some hot performances, with legendary goodie bag hunter Emma Wolstencroft even claiming a personal best in the half marathon distance at the Chester Half Marathon, in a time of 2 hours, 10 minutes, 21 seconds. First over the line in Radcliffe’s all female Chester excursion on Sunday was Chemane Golding in 1:57:10, followed by Kath Biddle (2:07:45), Emma Wolstencroft (2:10:21), Alison Howarth (2:10:39), and Tracey Wroe (2:56:23).

Five Radcliffe runners conquered the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge over the weekend, with the help of the nurturing community of outdoor education enthusiasts The Sunnywood Project. Laura Aiken, Chris Mihalyi, Paul Stevens, Louise Shield, and Mia Derbyshire successfully summitted the famous three of Ingleborough, Whernside, and Pen-y-ghent in under 12 hours, on a route that includes approximately 24 miles and more than 5200 ft of ascent.

Elsewhere, Nigel Brady completed the St Anne’s Triathlon in 1 hour 24 minutes, 31 seconds, and Rob Shiels ran the Worden 10km in 42 minutes, 47 seconds.





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