Radcliffe Athletic Club members made a splash when they ran cross country in Bolton.

They were out in force on Saturday for the second fixture of the Red Rose Cross Country League, taking on strength-sapping mud, slippery hills and a stream crossing.

Julie Robertson was the club’s first finisher in the 5k ladies’ race, clocking 26mins 25secs to lead the team to a ninth-place finish.

She was followed by Chemane Golding (29:04), Paula Abernethy (30:07), Karen Doherty (30:15), Elaine Bailey (34:44), Lucy Tetler (36:04) and Helen Kay (39:19).

There was drama when Alison Howard injured her ankle shortly after the start. Caroline Malone, Louise Shield and Tracy Wroe showed true team spirit when they abandoned their race to ensure she received medical attention.

Malone and Shield were given permission by the marshals to slot back into the race close to the start of its second, longer lap, completing a truncated 4k route in 39:20 and 39:22, respectively. Meanwhile, Wroe dropped out to stay with Alison.

Rain at the start ensured tricky conditions for the longer men’s race with Gary Adkins leading home the RAC contingent in 44:05.

Other results: Craig Norman 44:43, Mark Garner 52:01, Stephen Crowe 1:11:07.

Junior race times: Under-11 girls - Aoife Warr 11:22, Grace O’Donnell 11:43; U15 boys - Duncan Whalley 17:40; U17 men - Robbie Parkinson 26:22.

Donna Cartwright had a superb run at the wet and misty 4.8-mile Race to the Summit fell race in Littleborough, finishing third WV45 in 42:36.

Starting at the Summit Inn, runners climbed 1,000 feet to the White House pub, near Blackstone Edge, touched the pub wall and then ran back to the Summit.

Si Foulkes described Macclesfield Half Marathon as “one hill after another” after clocking 1:36:47 in Sunday’s race, while Ian Swan ran 1:37:51.

Meanwhile, husband and wife, Dominic and Sarah Parry, finished the Macclesfield 10k in 1:20:51. It was a weekend of family running for the duo; the day before Dominic ran 35:36 at Heaton Parkrun with daughter Skyler, who is a RAC junior, while Sarah clocked 39:56.

Radcliffe was represented at Sunshine Beach Parkrun, in Japan, where Kath Biddle was the first woman in 27:22.

Meanwhile, Charlotte Holden celebrated her birthday with a time of 28:50 at Holyrood Parkrun - a hilly lap of the Arthur’s Seat extinct volcano in Edinburgh.

Other results: Bolton - Paul Benson 26:06, Natalie Hitchen 38:10, Sarah Rushton 38:15, Tracy Wroe 61:52; Clarence Park - Ian Swan 35:09; Heaton Park - James Higginson 22:11, Mia Derbyshire 23:01, Sheila Jones 23:41; Woodhouse Manor, Leeds - Stephen Crowe 28:54.

Bev Quinton and Helen Kay were the volunteer tail walkers at Leeds.