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Teamwork makes the dream work for Radcliffe AC

27 May 2024 (by D.Cartwright)

It has been another busy week of racing for Radcliffe AC, where no personal best was safe, on the week of the Great Manchester Run.


Featuring a half marathon, 10k, and two junior distances, the Great Manchester run is a weekend long running event packed with high energy, entertainment, and even TV coverage.


The story of the weekend for Radcliffe must go to husband-and-wife pair Dominic and Sara. After bagging a fantastic new personal best in the Manchester Half Marathon (1:40:12), Dominic made his way back to the start line to pace Sara Parry to a new PB of her own, clocking 1:16:34 in the 10km distance. That’s the sort of teamwork that makes Radcliffe AC the friendly and inclusive club it has become known for.


Alex Field was first home for Radcliffe in the Manchester Half Marathon, with a time of 1:38:48, followed by another husband-and-wife pair Brennan Tighe, who also got a new PB with 2:20:13, and Lucie Tighe in 2:20:14.


In the 10k distance, Gary Adkins was first to cross the line for Radcliffe, with another new personal best of 37:25. Also running in the yellow and black of Radcliffe was Helen Kay (1:07:09) and Bev Quinton (1:18:13).


Starting and finishing at the Manchester Regional Arena, before running an out and back loop or half loop of Etihad Stadium, the Junior and Mini Great Manchester run was well attended by Radcliffe’s juniors.


In a time of 12:56, Oliver was first to finish for Radcliffe on the 2.5k distance. Oliver was followed by Isaac (15:15), Grace (16:41), Heidi (17:25), Skyler (19:03), Poppy (19:10), and Aoife (20:57). Benji ran the the 1.6km mini race in a time of 11:13.


Further afield, there were three Radcliffe runners taking part in the midweek Quarry Bank Trail race, an undulating 10km through the National Trust grounds of Quarry Bank Mill and the surrounding village. Ken Smith was the first finisher for Radcliffe in 53:23, followed by Kath Biddle (57:20), and Laura Aiken in 1:03:03.


Not content with only one undulating race per week (why would you be), Kath Biddle took on the Whinlatter Half Marathon on the weekend, which includes 2,582 ft of climbing through beautiful forest trails. Kath finished in a time of 2:34:59.


Elsewhere, Rob Shiels ran the Pilling 10k, coming 17th out of 50 runners in 44:42.





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