Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Gin Pit Half Marathon

The Gin Pit Half Marathon has now sold out.

Monday, 27 January 2014

AGM Minutes

The minutes from the 2014 AGM are available on the club website - click here

Thanks to Barb White for writing them.

BUPA Great Manchester Run 18 May 2014 – by Mark Riches

I mentioned this at last night’s AGM
We have been asked by the organisers to help out this year. In return the Club will get a donation and each member who volunteers to help out on the day will receive a BUPA Great Run souvenir jacket and a packed lunch
They only need 20 volunteers from each club, so if you are interested, please email me

Manchester marathon 6 April 2014 – reminder by Mark Riches

Manchester marathon 6 April 2014 reminder by Mark Riches
I mentioned this at last night’s AGM; my earlier post HERE refers
If you haven’t previously registered, please use the link below select the Drink Station Marshal option & enter code astley2014
The organisers make a considerable donation to A&T club funds in return for us supplying marshals and this is one of the reasons we were able to reduce subs this year

2014 Subscriptions

Subscriptions have now be agreed and are now due for payment. 
You have 28 days from the AGM to renew, as per the club constitution.

To all members

You can now renew online using the link at the top right hand of the blog for £25.00

To all  non-members 

You can now join the club for £30.00, please use the drop down box to select £30.00.

Alternatively you can pay cash or cheque to a committee member in person.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Gin Pit Marathon and Half Marathon 22nd & 23th March 2014

Hi everyone, as I think most of you know I’m putting together the Gin Pit double marathon and half marathon. Thanks to those who have offered to help so far. The plans are coming together nicely.
I am looking for volunteers to help with the following roles:-
Help with registration each day at the Welfare club to register runners and hand out running numbers.
Time keepers for the marathon each day, based at the Welfare Club, finishers will be coming in from 1pm so could with the time keeper being ready to take times from 12:30pm, I’ll be happy to take lover this role after I finish the race at about 1:30pm to 2pm.
For the half marathon on the Sunday a time keeper needs to be based at the Marsland Green Bridge on the canal in Astley between 11:15am and 1:15pm to time finishers and check everyone in the half is accounted for.
Marshals for Check point 1, on the canal in Monton between 10:45am & 12 Noon.

Marshals for check point 2, & the half marathon finish (on the Sunday) at Marsland Green Bridge on the canal in Astley, between 11:15am to 1:15pm.
Marshals for Check point 3, on the canal in Platt Bridge between 12:10pm to 2:45pm.

Marshals for Check point 4, in Hindley Green/West Leigh, between 12:30pm to 3:15pm.

The role of the marshals at the check points is to check off the runners as the pass and ring through to the race director to confirm when everyone has passed. Also make water and sweets available for them and collect up any rubbish. This job is easier than you might expect as the runners will be well spread out and not in a rush like in shorter races, you might even have a few stop for a chat!
A Marshal for Astley Hospital between 10:10am & 10:45am. To guide runners from Manchester Road onto Church Road.
A Marshal for Mosley Common, between 10:15am & 11am.
A Marshal to cover a spot on Ellenbrook Road between 10:30am & 11:15am where the runners turn onto the trails towards Worsley. This spot is not far from the Red Lion pub.
I do have some offers of help for the kitchen where we will be selling pasties and hot drinks but if you feel you would like to help any time between 1pm & 3pm Saturday and Noon and 3pm on Sunday more help would be welcome. They say “Many hands make light work”. Even if you are only able to spare an hour or so, it will be appreciated.
Lastly I would like to have I more helper at the finish on the Saturday & Sunday to help give out water and finisher’s medals, between 1pm & 3pm.
If you can help with any of these please contact me either on Facebook,
Tel 07739 393 393 or email:
For anyone interested in helping please contact me and I will be able to give you more information about what is involved in each role.
If you aren’t running please try and volunteer to help your club as the money made from the half is going towards the running of the club and keeping our subs as low as possible. All helpers will get an entry into the hat at the Christmas presentation to win free membership for next year.
Money from the marathon is going to my chosen charity the Brathay Trust who work with disadvantaged young people helping them make the most of their lives and keeping them away from offending. They also run a centre called Lowbank Ground in Coniston owned by Wigan Council where many children from the local area take part in outdoor courses from school.
You are all welcome at the Gin Pit to watch the start of the races 10:00am each day (10:15am for the Half on the Sunday) or watch the runners finish which will be from 1pm onwards. On the Sunday the half marathon finishes down on the canal at Marsland Green Bridge in Astley, this might be a good viewing point to cheer friends as they finish the half. Please bring your cameras and let’s see some great pictures.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Club Kit For Sale

The following kit will be available to purchase at Sunday's AGM. If you would like to reserve anything, then email Suzanne ( 

It's worth noting that some items are in the sale too! First come, first served!
VESTS £12.50




Blue 5xS






Thursday, 23 January 2014

4 mile time trail results

In no particular order ...

James Bentall 27.25
Damien Munroe 27.25
Scott Priestley 28.48
Suzanne 28.12
Mike Reason 26.11
Dave Sloan 24.50
Claire Matchwick 31.25
Craig Bradbury 27.52
Shaun 25.01
Mark Riches 25.01
Kath Pearson 29.38
Josie 27.52

Gin Pit Half - Update

There are now only 14 places left for the Gin Pit Half Marathon on 23rd March so if you are still considering it please don't leave it too long or they will all be gone.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

2014 AGM Reminder – by Mark Riches

2014 AGM Reminder – by Mark Riches
My earlier Blog refers HERE
AGM is the Sunday 26 January at 20:00 - please try to attend
Current committee to attend pre-meeting at 19:30 if possible 

Monday, 20 January 2014

Cross Country - Latest Standings

The latest standings in the A&T XC Champs are available by clicking here

Gin Pit Half Marathon - Sunday 23rd March - Update

There are now just 28 entries left and selling fast!
Entries have now been opened to other local clubs, so we expect the race to sell out in the next few weeks.

We will be taking entries at this Sunday's AGM, please give your money to Malc.

You can still enter online using the link (top right).

After entering by Paypal please then email with the name of the runner you have entered and their runningclub or unattached"

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

My 2013 by John Morton

The Big Bang! By John Morton

2013 as been a busy year for me it was a start of a new beginning studying Mental Health something I have never been involved before the course started in March 2013, additionally the Army as changed from being the TA to the Reserves so that is more commitment from there too, which amounts to a 70 hour week. :(

That said I did achieve most goals and I did support the club both as an official and a race member. I will always try and support the club where I can. I think this is important of being a club member.

But now I am laughing, I did learn a few things over the year about running promising myself I would never do a training programme and you think I would have learn because again I am going to do the same this year, which is stupid really because I gained a terrible injury in late summer and I have just started to run again in January even though I have tried a few small runs in between. 

So what did I achieve, I did the Manchester Marathon (my first Marathon) in 3 hours and 48 Minutes with a 26 Miles a week training mainly, I was losing too much weight and didn't like looking thin, so I cut the miles down and accepted I would just aim for 4 hours to 3 hours 45 mins which I achieved.

I ran a few cross countries events and now purchased a couple of spike running shoes. Wow I have to say at one race I was never on my feet for more than 5 minutes, I was really ready to throw in the towel in, with my bottom lip out. 

I also did a fell run something I did not plan for (always had a fear of them), but totally enjoyed it and had a good run too. Came in at a reasonable time.

I also did a park run at Pennington Flash 21:46 which isn't a bad time for that course. But the best run I thought I had was the Horwich 5 mile considering the hilly route, I was shocked to get a 
a 34:54 I was thinking I would gain a time of around 38 mins.

I was also pleased with my two Half Marathons to achieving 1:38 at Blackpool and could have gone faster and also Freckleton which I did my best there with the heat and a tough route.

So over all a mixed year on the running routes but all still enjoyable, I have certainly missed seeing the club members and  you will see more of me in the near future around Feb time once I have settled into my insoles. 

Yep I have started to use sport science now and I will be a little more careful, but hey running is fun and relaxing for me, I will never be a running athlete at this age.

So what would I like to achieve this year. Well firstly not to get injured and be realistic  the times I would get with the right training. 

So here goes I would like to achieve breaking the 21 Minutes on a Parkrun.

10k in under 44 Minutes

Half Marathon 1 hour 35 Minutes

If I do another Marathon this year around October time then break the 3 hour 30 mark. 

A introduction to a Triathlon at some point maybe the Southwell one in May.

Lastly and more importantly to do as many club runs as possible when I can at all the events. 

That is my 2014 plan, simple but pleasurable. 

Kind Regards 

John Paul Morton

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Charity Night - Saturday 8th March

I am running the London Marathon for Help the Hospice and I'm holding a charity night to raise funds. My father in law John unfortunately lost his battle against cancer in May 2013 and he's my inspiration behind this event as the hospice was an amazing support for all the family.
The event will take part at the Botanical Gardens, Atheton.  There will be an auction, raffle, stand up bingo, karaoke, disco, live music, lots of exciting prizes and lots,lots more. £5.00 a ticket and your supper will be included.

Tickets to be purchased before the night

If you would like a ticket please message me on facebook or email me on or ring me 07890052420

Tracy Waterfall-Chadwick

Monday, 13 January 2014

Triathlon Race Calendar 2014

Please find below a list of local events to help you plan your race season or even dabble with               triathlon.
There is a good mix of events to cater for new members to triathlon and also experienced triathletes
If you have any queries regarding anything triathlon related please do not hesitate to contact me.


Jon Hyde


Parbold Duathlon
Epic Events
9th March 2014


UK Fire Fighters 2UP Duathlon
Epic Events
16th March 2014
£60 / team


Oulton Park Spring Duathlon
(ITU World Qualifier)
Xtramile Events
16th March 2014

Lancaster Duathlon
My Tri Events
13th April 2014

Oulton Park Autumn Duathlon
Xtramile Events
12th October 2014
Triathlon – Pool Based
Endurance Store Clitheroe
Triathlon (Standard)
Epic Events
6th April 2014

Endurance Store Horwich Triathlon (Standard)
Epic Events
4th May 2014

Wilmslow (Sprint)  
Xtramile Events
11th May 2014

St Annes (Sprint)   
UK Results
18th May 2014

Rossendale Tri (Sprint)
UK Results
25th May 2014

Go Green Cheshire Tri (Sprint)
Nantwich Outdoor Pool
1st June 2014

Buxton Tri (Sprint)
Xtramile Events
15th June 2014

Macclesfield Tri
Xtramile Events
3rd August 2014

North West Tri (Sprint)
Nantwich Outdoor Pool
14th September 2014

Fleetwood (Sprint)
UK Results
21st September 2014
Triathlon – Open Water
Rhyl Triathlon (Sprint)
Xtramile Events
1st June 2014

Chester Deva (Standard) Chester Tri Club
8th June 2014

Bala Middle Distance
Wrecsam Triathlon Club
8th June 2014

Southport Marine Lake Tri
(Sprint & Standard)
Vital Events
European Qualifier
15th June 2014

Llandudno Triathlon (Sprint & Standard)
Xtramile Events
29th June 2014

Boundary Breeze
NW Sprint Championships
Man Tri
6th July 2014

Peak District Chatsworth
(Sprint & Standard )
13th July 2014

Ironman UK
20th July 2014
Sold Out

Eirias Colwyn Bay (Middle+)
Eirias Colwyn Bay (Standard+)
9th August 2014

British Triathlon Champs
Liverpool (Sprint)
Triathlon England
10th August 2014

Salford Triathlon (Sprint)
Salford Triathlon (Standard)          
17th August 2014

Bala Standard Tri
Wrecsam Tri
Euopean Qualifier
7th Septmber 2014
Open Water Swim Events
(Epic Events)
Derwent Water
22nd June 2014
13th July 2014
17th August 2014