On Sunday morning a decent turnout of 23 A&T guns turned up for the 3rd CLGP race of the 2012 season, being the Radcliffe 10k, hosted by Radcliffe AC. The morning was bright with sunshine and a bit of a chill in the air. The Radcliffe course is one that you either love or hate, with perhaps hate being too strong a word. I haven't spoken to anyone in the love camp but maybe that's similar to saying you fancy someone you know most people would look at you funny for saying so. Anyway let's just say that the course is tough being a mixture of road, trail and canal paths.
Colin Rigby put in yet another good performance to finish first for A&T with 36.23. Simon Ford looks as though he just managed to hold off the attentions of Mark Riches who had an outstanding race. They finished 2 seconds apart with 37.43 and 37.45 respectively. Mark was also awarded a prize for the second V50. Alex Foster, despite taking it easy, ran round in 39.12. Thanks Alex for turning out and I guess most people wish they could have an easy run with that time! Recent addition to the club Ian Newcombe came next with another good performance clocking 40.12. Derek Coop, turning out for the first time this CLGP season, had a good race with 42.03. Terry Gardiner, who ran the Wardle Skyline fell race the day before, thought he had managed to break the challenge of Dale Kenyon near the finish, only for Dale to sneak by and pip him on the line! Terry was non to plussed but of course Dale was quite the opposite. Good to see Dale back racing in A&T colours again and they finished with 43.34 and 43.35 respectively. Craig Bradbury, who is also starting to come back into a bit of form, finished 7 seconds adrift of this battle with 43.42. Chris Scholes who has taken well to the marathon training and it's showing in his recent racing performances finished with 44.56. Next home was our first lady back, Susan Fletcher, who put in another good performance on a demanding course with 47.10. She also won the first FV35 prize. Steve Foster, who appears to be still ticking over nicely despite taking a back seat on the training, followed Sue home with 47.13. Ian Hamilton, fresh from 7 pints the night before, put in a decent performance with 47.28. Suzanne Gregory once again managed to out muscle Dave Crowe, though I am not sure that's an appropriate choice of words! I'm also not sure if washing up duties were at stake this time either. Anyway they both finished with 48.25 and 48.40 respectively. The Baron came next, who was just glad to be out running, ran in 50.20. Ian Bushrod followed the Baron in about a minute later with 51.16. Garry Baines, who felt under the weather the previous night, made the last minute decision to run the race but take it easy. Garry finished with 51.56. An improving Anne Garvey came next and she posted a PB on a tough course with 52.05, so well done Anne! Barry Allman followed Anne in with a decent perfomance and 52.47. Also good to see Michelle Fairclough racing in the CLGP and ran well to record 56.29. Cath Hodgetts also ran well to record 58.02. Cath just finished ahead of an unfortunate Kim Oneil who was suffering for a good deal of the race with back problems. Kim finished with 58.20 and I hope that her injury is not too serious and she is back to full fitness very soon.
The next race in the CLGP calendar is the Horwich 5 hosted by Horwich RMI. This is a mid week race on Wednesday 16th May so hope to see you all there.
Full results http://ukresults.net/2012/rad10k.html