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More age category wins for Radcliffe AC, in a racing week that was here, there, and everywhere.

10 June 2024 (by D.Cartwright)

Last weekend was the fifth round of the Run The Moors series of fell races at the Knowl Hill Fell Race. This challenging 6-mile route includes ‘an all-fours scramble up the moors’ to reach the summit of Knowl Hill, before a fast and technical descent back along the reservoirs. Mark Garner was first down the hill for the club in a time of 1 hour, 5 mins, 23 secs, followed by Neil Greenhalgh in 1:10:36, Katherine Davies, who came first in her age category with a time of 1:15:54, Karen Doherty in 1:18:35, and Ethan Malone in 1:24:36.


Also on the fells last week, Ian Swan represented Radcliffe AC at the Leo Pollard Memorial Fell Race on Thursday night, a 10km route that takes in Rivington Pike, 2 Lads and Winter Hill and includes a total of 1280 ft of elevation. Despite falling in a bog midway through this challenging moorland race, Ian came 11th overall in a time of 53.44.


It was a yellow and black takeover at the Dave Telford Dunham Massey 5k in midweek, with a total of sixteen Radcliffers representing the club. Gary Adkins was first home for Radcliffe in 18:15, also finishing 4th in his age category (M40) and 23rd overall. Also finishing the 5km race in that aspirational sub-20 minutes zone was Andrew O’Donnell, a runner who is going from strength to strength, with a new personal best of 19:30. Sheila Jones was the first female runner over the line for Radcliffe in a time of 23:23, a result that also saw Sheila finish first in her age category (F65).


Also running at Dunham Massey for Radcliffe were Dominic Parry (21:04), Ethan Malone (23:47), Paul Stevens (24:48), Brennan Tighe (25:06), Katherine Biddle (25:13), Karen Doherty (26:12), Laura Aiken (27:42), Sarah Wilson (28:05), Steve Crowe (28:53), Caroline Malone (30:42), Bev Quinton (36:57), Iain Harris (37:30), and Michael Scott in 39:44.


Elsewhere, Laura Aiken completed her first official half marathon on the weekend, at the Lakeland Trails Coniston Half. Laura completed the ‘bumpy’ scenic route in a time of 2 hours, 52 mins, 51 secs.


Finally, a merry band of Radcliffers were on the tour bus to Morcombe at the weekend for a Parkrun extravaganza, which saw some significant milestones being met. Dave Rushton was there for his 100th Parkrun, and Sara Parry for her 200th.






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