RADCLIFFE AC runners earned some good placings this week, with Neal Emmerson finishing fourth in the Leigh Community 10k out of 541 runners and Jenny Yates second woman in the new Ramsbottom Mile.

Emmerson was frustrated not to get under the 35-minute mark, completing the Leigh 10k in 35mins 7secs, while team-mate Chris Fletcher finished 112th in 48:40.

Yates enjoyed a busy and successful week as she made her racing comeback.

After completing the Ramsbottom Mile in 6:36 on Tuesday, she ran the Pilgrim's Cross Fell Race in 1:04:33 following evening before clocking 45:57 in the Blackpool Air Show 10k on Sunday, picking up more prizes as second woman V50 in the overall race and first V50 in the Northern Masters Championships, which were incorporated in the event.

The flat one-lap course on the seaside town's promenades attracted three other club runners, with Dave Rushton clocking 44:00 to finish sixth V50, followed by Sarah Rushton (V40 50:48) and new member Jenny Entwistle (1:07:48).

Also taking in the Ramsbottom Mile, the first race organised by Ramsbottom Running Club on a fast, flat course at Nuttall Park, Mike Kontowtt was a fine 18th out of 113 runners, finishing in 6:01. He was followed by Radcliffe's Kris Lee (6:08), Steve Hamer (6:49) and Andy Wheeler (9:48).

Elsewhere, Rob Lister smashed his personal best for 10k by more than a minute when he clocked 42:21 at the Darlington 10k and Lucy Dewhurst ran the City of Preston 5k in 53:20, both on Sunday.

There was a good turnout of 14 Radcliffe runners in the Pilgrim's Cross Fell Race on Holcombe moorland.

Covering six miles and climbing 1,100 feet, it was included in Radcliffe's club championships. James Hall was first among the 14, finishing 30th out of 149 in 49:45.

Other finishers: John Wrigley (51:34), Mike Kontowtt (V50 54:12), Mauro Rotondi (V45 56:29), Kris Lee (V40 57:07), Katie Percival (57:16), Steve Hamer (V55 1:02:08), Lee Durman (1:02:09), McKenzie Madison (1:02:53), Kate Holden (V40 1:04:56), Sarah Scott (1:10:24), Caroline Mullineaux (1:13:42) and Gavin Durman (1:16:44).