Flying the flag in Northumberland
Date published: 12 December 2011
A determined looking vet 60 John Kirkham takes to the trail in the Kielder duathlon
Vetran runners have been flying the flag for Radcliffe AC in Northumberland and the Lake District.
Vet 60 John Kirkham was first in his age group when he took part in the Kielder Off Road Duathlon.
The Northumberland event started and finished at Kielder Castle and the 7k trail race, 24k mountain bike section, and further 6k trail run all took part in the Kielder Forest Park with a lot of climbing involved. Kirkham, who earlier in the season took part in a two-day mountain marathon in the wilds of Scotland, had an overall time of 3hrs 03mins 06secs.
On Sunday Sheila Jones managed to dodge snow in the Lakes when she joined competitiors in good weather conditions for the Great Langdale Christmas Pudding 10k and achieved a new personal best time in 49mins 32secs. She was first vet 55 and all runners received a Christmas pud.
Jones was really pleased as last year the event was cancelled due to snow. This year the snow was only up on the Langdale Pikes!
In Manchester 11 Radcliffe runners braved Saturday's conditions for the South East Lancs Cross Country event at Boggart Hole Clough, where there might not have been snow but there was plenty of mud to deal with.
Again Donna Cartwright shone in what she likes best with a great fourth place among the 57 women running. Kath Davies (V45) was next home with Eileen Sharman (V55) and Joanna Stevens. They were fifth team.
Stu Sharp led the Radcliffe men home again in a fine 11th place out of 115 runners. Mark Williams (V45) was next followed by Steve Lomax, Rob Andrews: David Wells; Kevin McGilvray (V55) and Mark Murphy (V40).They were also fifth team.
Vet 50 George Critchley was in festive spirit in fancy dress but still going for a good time when he took part in the Tatton Yule Yomp 10k in Tatton Park, Cheshire on Sunday.