Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Radcliffe 10k by Emma Higgins

After following the sat nav to an unnamed road and redirecting along with 4 car loads of eager runners we reached the busy school for registration which was packed out with runners queing for race numbers.
The race proved to be a popular one, as it was a complete sell out and leaving 4 A&T'ers on their starting blocks waiting for late allocation numbers. Luckily we were all entered and without a minute to lose the packed start line fired off! The route was extremely undulating and mostly dry trail with some steep steps and dare I say "slight" inclines, with an abundance of cobbles and a stretch of pot holed lanes, before leading onto the narrow canal path which seemed to go on for miles! On the plus the weather was on our side and surprisingly it stayed dry after the predicted rain, even the sun made an appearance. The course was well marshalled and had a welcomed water station at the half way point. The final stretch of the run was on a cinder type track leading back into the school field.
First A&T across the finish and finishing 2nd in his category was Mark Riches in 38:54, with David Sloan following who ran in at 40:59. Steve Coleman was next over the finish in 42:01 followed by Neil Hughes in 42:17, and Ian Newcombe in 42:25 well done guys. First Lady home and running well was Josie Maley in 44:27 well done Josie. Hot on her heels and knocking off the most time from last year and with a niggling injury was Chris Scholes coming in at 44:49 - a brilliant performance earning him Captain Wiggins' runner of the day prize! next home also running well was Garry Baines 46:10 followed by Chris Bennett 46:38 our 2nd lady home was Suzanne Gregory had a good race and also finishing 2nd in her category crossed the line in 47:10 with James Bentall chasing her home in 47:33. Next came Carole Baines and another 2nd in her category in 48:31. Paul not sporting his new tights Beardswoth ran home in 48:47. Louise Simpson returning from injury managed to pull in 52:17 with Claire matchstick chasing her home and crossing the finish in 52:45. Ian Hamilton still pressing on following injury ran another impressive 53:02 Jason Revill who is making great improvements had another good run and finished in 53:39. Christine Farnworth was next round the track leading the pack to the finish in 57:07, with Mike undercover Geoghegan hopping in with a cramping calf in 59;54 and closely followed by Tracy waterfall just pipping Joan to the post within 1 second finished in 1:00:50 And 1:00:51 respectively well run ladies! Kelly Parkinson a first time runner for A&T although unattached on the results trotted over the finish in 1:03:30 and finally bringing up the rear yours truly in 1:03:34.

Water and a slice of orange for all finishers proved disappointing following a tough 10k, a huge well done everyone who took part.
Thanks to the cheer leaders, and camera crew the pictures instil good memories!!

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Ribby Hall Tri - by Ian Bushrod

This Sunday at 08:00 I started the swim section of the Ribby Hall Tri, but to be honest I did not really feel like it, had difficulty in breathing due to what has not turned out to be a chest bug. At around the 100 meter mark I even contemplated getting out of the water but managed to keep going and after dragging myself out of the water i managed a time of 14:25 including transition (not good I know).The bike section was open to normal traffic and their was also the chance that people had to stop due to a train level crossing (time was deducted if this was the case) at around the seven mile mark till the end of the cycle section there was what I thought was a strong headwind, but saying that i enjoyed the bike ride and put in a time of 35:42. the run section was mainly flat and was two laps round the Ribby Hall grounds with a few tight turning sections, run time 24:17

very slow times if you compare the to Alex Foster 05:24 swim 25:44 bike and 17:53 run and Scott Priestley times of 9:31 swim 32:41 bike and 22:46 run

Monday, 28 April 2014

Current Standings - Road

Current standings are now available to view on the A&T website.

BUPA Great Manchester Run 18 May 2014 – by Mark Riches

I mentioned this at last night’s meeting and agreed to follow up with a Blog for those unable to attend the meeting

We have been asked to help out in our own right at this year’s event; we have previously volunteered through Leigh Harriers affiliation with this annual event
In return for our help the Club gets a donation (not sure how much yet) and each member who volunteers to help out will receive a BUPA Great Run jacket and a packed lunch
As advised at the meeting, I am unavailable now on the day of the race so David Sloan has kindly offered to act as the main contact
We need to supply a minimum of 20 volunteers so if you can help out please let myself or David

Friday, 25 April 2014

Removing the Clag - A Fell Presentation by Simon Ford

I have had a few people ask me what do I need to take with me on a fell race? With this in mind I thought it would be a good idea to do a mini presentation after the club meeting. I will bring all the kit I have collected over the years for people to see and hopefully demystify running on the fells?
So if you are interested in fell running please come along.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

A&T Club meeting Sunday 27th April 2014 – reminder

A&T Club meeting Sunday 27th April 2014 – reminder
The earlier post Here refers
Meeting starts at 8 pm with Committee only pre-meeting at 7:30 pm
Please come along and support your Club

Monday, 21 April 2014

Interclub challenge update

Thanks to all club members who have responded so far including those who can't make it this time around due to hols or work commitments - thanks everyone x
Here's the latest position on who's doing what.. don't forget everyone is welcome, the more the merrier so please let me know if I've missed anyone off so far.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Valiants Half Marathon Race Report - Gemma Lysycia

I really enjoyed this race today.  First of all it began at 10:30, which is always more favourable that the 9:00 starts!  Secondly it was a really beautiful location.  The route meandered around the quaint countryside, just north of Preston.  It was a small inaugural race; HQ being an equestrian centre!  The route was one loop, well marshalled and adequately signposted.  The only thing to be wary of were cars passing by so it was important to 'keep to the left.'  At the end the 'goody-bag' consisted of water, an Easter Egg, a medal and a bacon/sausage 'butty.'  Today there were about 200 runners.  I expect that number will be doubled next year! I found the race on .

Photos taken by Mark Lysycia.

Salford 10k Results

Shaun Moran 36.52
Gary Stevens 38.33
Josie Maley 40.10
Arnold Melling 41.48
Damien Munroe 42.00
Chris Scholes 43.11
Mike Geoghegan 46.57
Ian Hamilton 49.22

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

A&T v Swinton v Burnden Interclub challenge

Wednesday 28th May is the first stage of the 2014 A&T/ Swinton/Burnden Interclub challenge. A&T will host this event at Gin Pit - meeting at 6.30pm for a start time of 7pm
This is intended to be a light-hearted, fun challenge and is designed to involve runners of all abilities across all three Clubs. The competition will be run as a 3-runner per team relay event. The distance covered by each runner equates to approximately 2 miles.
1. Runners will be selected into teams of 3 of equal abilities.
2. Each team will decide themselves who runs which leg.
3. When completed, the finish times for each team will be combined. The Total best times for each club’s teams will then be added together to give the overall result. Regardless of the number of teams entered only the same number of teams for each club will count. (e.g. if A&T enter 10 teams, Swinton 8 and Burnden 12, only the top 8 teams for each club will count so that the scoring is consistent). The team with the lowest overall time will be the winner of the challenge.
4. A minimum of 5 teams per club is required to make the event a success.

There is no pressure on anyone to produce spectacular times, just run your best for your club and that's good enough, the main focus of the evening is as a social event.

We now need to take names for those who would like to run and anyone willing to volunteer. We need 3 marshalls and 6 time keepers plus a minimum of 15 runners.
Please let Barb and Emma know by facebook or email. Thanks
If anyone needs more information, please contact Emma & Barbs via facebook or email:

Monday, 14 April 2014

A&T Park runners update

Well done to all A&T Park runners who have been out and about over the last few weeks.

A few special mentions as follows

05.04.14 Worsley Woods
Ian Newcombe - First Parkrun of 2014, 19.20 (PB)
Mike Geoghegan - 23.51

05.04.14 Penny Flash
Louise Simpson - 24.20
Ian Hamilton - 24.31
Chris Bennett - 24.42
Paul Basnett - 25.10

12.04.14 Worsley Woods
Paul Cross - 21.24
Louise Simpson - 22.32, (PB) and 2nd lady - Well done Louise
Chris Bennett - 22.33 (PB)
Mike Geoghegan - 23.21

12.04.14 Penny Flash
Ian Hamilton - 24.14

Latest results will be published after the next club champs race - Radcliffe 10k. Happy Park running!!

Wardle Skyline by Simon Ford

The second fell race of the season was an eventful affair.
Only three hardy souls made the start line, myself, Cath and Tim who was running only a week after the marathon! I did tell him off but it was a bit hypocritical of me, I would have probably done the same!
I was a bit worried about the navigational aspect of this one as it is only partially marked but I have never had any problems before.
We set off, maps in hand and all was going well, the course was better marked than I anticipated. Tim and I were trading places for 3 - 4 miles and then Tim started to pull away following the flags and some guys in front. I then heard from behind someone shouting wrong way and saw the rest of the field running down the fell trying to get back on track.
Tim had not heard so I shouted him, the thought did cross my mind but I believe in karma!
We eventually got back on track but we had lost a load of places and had probably done an extra mile along with a quarter of the field! Our eventual finishing places are irrelevant but Timtastic was first home and I wasn't to far behind this time.
Cath was next home who herself got terribly lost but made it home safe and sound and still managed to post a finishing time thanks to some advice from a fellow runner. Well done Cath.
Still great fun though and these things happen on the fells!
The next race is a new one on the 10/05/14 and is called The Last Drop Loop. Shouldn't be to tricky this one.
See you on fells

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Terry Notley Relays

For below to Terry Notley team relay event in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Bolton 10k, Leverhulme Park

On a day where the focus was quite rightly on the London Marathon 4 of A&Ts hardcore 10k'ers went over to Leverhulme Park for the annual Bolton 10k.  We were one woman down as Josie was feeling a little delicate from a few too many Friday cocktails (we missed you Josie!) but still flying the A&T flag were Jon Hall, recovering from a long Saturday run, Mike Geoghegan the understated club stalwart, Chris Scholes, fresh from another round of bicycle gymnastics (its a new craze) complete with bloodied bandages for effect, and me, hoping for a decent'ish time but really only there for the T-shirt!

The event was held at Leverhulme park and was impressively organised with chip timing for everyone, clear alphabetised lists reminding runners of their number, quick number collection and good poster sized map of the 10k route. So organised were Bolton they even held a small fun run for the children before the main event!  The race started on time and the A&T crew headed off along with over 500 people to start with a fast downhill section down through the usual park run course up cruella de hill, back through the park and through some trails, residential area and back into the park making a 5k loop which we then repeated and finished with 200m of the track through to the finish where we collected our fab T-shirts!

The finish times for A&T were Jon Hall - 45:08, Chris Scholes - 45:15, Mike Geoghegan - 50:34, Barb White - 53:44. Well done Team A&T!

I'm sure that they boys will agree the course was very well marked out, the marshalls were as ever helpful, supportive and encouraging and the event very very well organised. Kudos to BUH!

Friday, 11 April 2014

Wardle Skyline by Simon Ford

The next fell is upon on us and it is tomorrow so if you fancy a bit of blast be there. This is a cracking race! Details as follows

  • Date & time: Sat 12th Apr 2014 at 14:00
  • Country: England
  • Region: South/West Pennines
  • Category: BM
  • Website:
  • Distance: 11.3km / 7m
  • Climb: 381m / 1250ft
  • Venue: Wardle Square, off A58 Rochdale/Littleborough Rd.
  • Grid ref: 912171
  • Skills & experience: PM
  • Minimum age: 18
Cheers see you on the fells!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Lin and Lewis head off to Holland representing GB!!

Last year Linda Whittaker and Lewis Eccleston qualified at Oulton Park Duathlon to represent GB at age group in the European Championships in Horst, Holland.

They are heading out there this week getting ready for the big duathlon on Sunday.

A massive massive good luck to both of you from all the club! We'll be with you in spirit!

Manchester marathon 2014 volunteers – by Mark Riches

 I would just like to thank everyone who helped out at the water station today. This brings a substantial amount of money into the Club which we wouldn't get without you!
A special mention to Suzanne, Dave & Bob the dog who were good enough / daft enough to help me with the setting up of the water station, which meant being at the station from 06:00
You all did a great job encouraging the runners; particularly Clare with her shouts of “nice guns.” Other highlights include me, bacon mon & Terry G being likened to 3 young* offenders doing community service when we were sweeping up all the discarded bottles (I blame the orange jackets) and one runner actually asking me to run behind him & spray the water on his neck to cool him down!
*okay I added the word young!
Finally, I received this text from Lee Vaughan at Xtra Mile Events
“May I take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to every single one of you and your groups. Received nothing but praise and positive comments already regarding the quality of all our marshals, your effort and overall support for the runners; credit to your clubs. Will send out a more official thank you in the next day or two but whilst I am still vertical I wanted to thank you once more. Best wishes ... Lee Vaughan”

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Liver Hill Fell Race 01/04/14

The lighter nights saw the fell race season get off to a cracking start for 7 A & T runners. The weather was perfect but overnight rain ensured a mud bath for us. This is the same venue as the infamous Marls Pit x country after all!
The race is a simple affair straight up for 2.5 miles and back down the same way.
1st home for us and performance of the day was Tim with an amazing run. He finish 8th overall and 2nd vet 40 with a time of 37.39. Tim's got talent!
I was next home and was pleased with my run of 40.02. I finished with a smile on my face, I forgot how much fun fell racing is!
Next home was Neil with a cracking run 41.35 considering his injury and pending op.
Derek was next in with a strong performance 51.02 well done Derek good to see you on the fells.
A rare racing appearance on the fells from the baron was next with a time 56.56. Be careful Paul they can become addictive!
Our 2 marathon girls where next home showing all the strength that marathon training brings. Cath with a time of 1.05.40 and Louise in 1.07.27.
In summary it was a great night and everybody deserved the creme egg at the finish.

The next fell race is Wardle Skyline and is on the Saturday the 12th of April. I will post full details nearer the time.

See you on the fells!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Wilderswood Duathlon - Saturday 26th April

Stew Jones from Burnden Road Runners is running a Duathlon on 26th April 2014 from Wilderswood on Georges Lane, Horwich. It will be a Bike/Run/Bike all across open countryside and moorland and is designed for those wanting a taster of what racing a trail Duathlon feels like.
This is limited to 50 entries only, so if your interested get your entry in ASAP. Car parking/Registration/Prize giving at Curley's Fisheries. Start from Wilderswood at 10am. (Mountain Bike required). Entry form on Burndens website

Tuesday, 1 April 2014


For those of you not racing tonight get yourself down to Beefold Lane in Atherton for the start of the easy Tuesday night trail runs.
Meet as usual for a 6.30pm start. Anyone not know where this is?
Just for clarity the runs from Atherton Station have ceased until the clocks go back in October.

Tuesday evening 1stApril Liver Hill Race

The first fell race is upon us, Dead easy this one. Same place as the x country.

Tuesday evening 1stApril Liver Hill Race

6.45pm from Marl Pits Sports Centre Rawtenstall. 5 miles ( 7km )800ft No entry fee and no prizes !

Go on then ill rustle up some treats! See you there.

Any queries please Facebook me.

Thanking you in advance.

Simon Ford