RADCLIFFE AC head coach Ian Warrington completed the 100-mile Chester Ultra in a great week of running for the club.

He finished a brilliant ninth in 23hrs 32mins 22secs on some of the region’s best trails.

The tough course included the River Dee, the North Cheshire Way, Helsby Hill, Frodsham Hill, the Sandstone Trail, Delamere Forest and the beautiful trails of Beeston, Peckforton and Bickerton.

Warrington said: “What an experience! I really enjoyed it, I stuck to my plan and I paced it pretty much spot on.”

Neal Emmerson was a superb second in the Windermere Marathon in the Lake District, knocking 34 seconds off his time from last year to finish in 2:43:26.

There were also great half-marathon performances for five Radcliffe runners.

Despite a knee injury and hamstring problems, men’s captain Chris Whittaker finished 40th in the Great Manchester Run Half Marathon in 1:23:48, while Sheila Jones ran a personal best of 1:48:23 to finish third Vet 60 and Chris Saville clocked 1:54:19.

Meanwhile, Sarah Turner ran the Chester Half Marathon in 2:00:25 and Stevie Baylock was pleased with a personal best of 2:22:59 after a week’s holiday.

Five also joined the thousands at the popular Great Manchester 10k which finished on Deansgate in the city centre.

Mark Williams was first home for the club in 44:23 followed by Craig Ward who ran a 52:34 PB.

Emma Wallace clocked 1:07:05, Michael Scott ran 1:11:05 and Danielle Peake finished in 1:13:35.

Mountain woman Lisa Carter tackled the challenging Old County Tops Fell Race in the Lake District on Saturday, covering its 37 miles and punishing 10,000 feet of climbing in 11:02:37.

After two previous non-finishes, she ran as a team with Sandrine Fraisse from Saddleworth Running club.

They finished 109th pair out of 123 in the event which takes in Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and Coniston, starting and returning at Langdale.

Also in the Lakes, Robert Short finished seventh at the testing Keswick 25k trail run, part of the Keswick Mountain Festival. He ran 2:10:35, while Katie Percival was sixth lady in 2:24:25.

There was a great turnout at the Pilling 10k in Preston, the fourth race in the Central Lancashire Grand Prix Series which is contested by 10 local clubs.

Both the men’s and the ladies’ teams finished second with Chris Paxton first home for the club and 10th overall in 37:53.

John Wrigley finished 14th in 39:21 and Deborah Barrington was first Vet 40 in 55:46.

Other results: Craig Norman 40:18, John Gibbs 44:25, Mark Garner 44:43, Dave Rushton 44:50, Paul Barrington 45:36, Paula Abernethy 45:42, Peter Cook 48:07, David Bartlett 52:18 PB, Elaine Bailey 56:32, Andy Wheeler 57:19, Sarah Oxley 57:29 PB, Sarah Rushton 59:12, Tracy Wroe 1:01:30, Deborah Warrington 1:02:16, Deborah Cliff 1:02:41, Lisa Donnelly 1:06:00.

Radcliffe’s women continued their run of great performances in the Hollingworth Lake 5k series.

In the third race of the series, Donna Cartwright was fifth woman and first Vet 40 in 20:34, Jenny Yates ran a 20:56 PB to claim second Vet 50 and Sheila Jones won the Vet 60 age group in 23:45.

Caroline Malone clocked 26:03, Kathryn Davies came home in 27:22, Sarah Oxley finished in 27:29 and Tracy Wroe crossed the line in 30:49.