Thursday, 29 May 2014

New Race - Yarrow River Trail Run - Chorley

I am Stewart Jones from Burnden Road Runners and I would like to bring your attention to a New Race which is called Yarrow River Trail Run. It is a 5k / 10k and 1mile kids fun run, starting and finishing in the Yarrow Country Park, Chorley in some of the most beautiful country side around.

If you or any of your members are interested in this race they can enter via,,, Attached also is our entry form to enter via post

If you could pass this around your members or maybe advertise it on your website, it would be most appreciated

Many Thanks and keep running

Please click Here

Stewart Jones

Interclub Challenge Results

A Big Thank you to Barbs for pulling this event together and sorting these results out

Please Click Here

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Interclub challenge - Go Team A&T!

Final post about tomorrow's interclub challenge - thank you once again to everyone who has volunteered time to support the challenge either by running, timekeeping or marshalling. We are looking forward to a great evening of racing and socialising at the Gin Pit.

If anyone is able to donate a few small cakes/biscuits to accompany the pasties they would be gratefully received.

Please arrive in plenty of time for a prompt 7.00pm race start.
We're looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow and to welcoming the runners from Swinton and Burnden to the first stage of the 2014 Interclub challenge.

Road Captain Wiggins xx

The Ian Terry Memorial 5K Cowm Race

Andems Runners assisted by Rochdale Harriers present

The Ian Terry Memorial 5K Cowm Race (Association of Running Clubs Laws.  Permit No)

7pm Wednesday 16th July 2014 from the Cock & Magpie, Cockhall Lane, Whitworth, Rochdale, OL12 8BJ. (A671 Burnley Rd)

Andems are staging this accurately measured 5KCowm race in memory of Ian who was so tragically killed in works accident.  All proceeds to Care of Police Survivors, Turning Point & 6th Rochdale Scouts.

Please POOL vehicles and park in Cowm Park Way South.  First Aid/Well Marshalled/Full Prize list in all Categories.
Prize to all finishers.

Entry Fee £4.00 to Affiliated Runners.  £6.00 to unaffiliated  £1.00 extra on night.  Cheques payable to Andems Runners ITMR to Andy O’Sullivan MBE, 40 Crowshaw  Drive, Rochdale OL12 OSR.
Tel enqs (01706) 750620 or

Please retain above and return below to Organiser

Address……………………………………………………………………Tel No………………..
Club (If Any)…………………………………

I accept that the organisers cannot be held responsible for any injury, loss or damage incurred before, during or after the race.  I am physically fit and enter at my own risk…………….Signed (By Adult if U/18)…………


Thursday, 22 May 2014

Track 5k - Monday 9th June

On Monday 9th June we are having our annual "Spring 5k" on the track (12 1/2 laps).
It will be great to see members attend to make it a well supported event.

You won't find many flatter races!!
Please arrive early to get warmed up for a 6.30pm start.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Interclub challenge - update

So far we have 7 teams for the Interclub challenge and plenty of Marshalls and Time-keepers. Thank you to everyone who is taking part.
Numbers are nearly there for Burnden & Swinton so they should have between 5 and 8 teams each by next week.

Marshalls: Tim, Jon Hall, Dave Crowe, Shaun. With Me & Emma on standby and also organising the cakes and pasties.

Time Keepers: Working in pairs, Andy & Sam Coates, Harrison Coates & Malc, Karen Morris & Jane Eccleston. Big thanks to Andy who is also our race starter because me and Emma are shy (a.k.a. no idea what we're doing).

If anyone else would like to run or I've missed you off, please get in touch.

BUPA Great Manchester Run 2014 volunteers – by Mark Riches

BUPA Great Manchester Run 2014 volunteers – by Mark Riches
My earlier post HERE refers
I would just like to thank everyone who helped out at the above event on Sunday. This brings a substantial amount of money into the Club which we wouldn't get without you!
A special mention to Dave Sloan who offered to act as the main contact on the day in my absence; I understand that everyone enjoyed it and I know that the organisers were very happy with you
Finally, I received this email today from Tom Westman at Nova International
I just wanted to send you a quick email to thank you all for your support at the Bupa Great Manchester Run on Sunday. The event was again very successful and it would not be possible without the support of the hundreds of volunteers that come out rain or shine (Shine for the last two years now!) to give their all. The weather was so warm that at times it was challenging, however it allowed for some fantastic TV coverage showing off Manchester around the world and we saw some excellent performances.”

Monday, 19 May 2014

Astley&Tyldesley Lastest Road Champs 2014

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Haigh Hall 4 by Chris Bennett

After a hard day’s work is there any better way to unwind than with a 4 mile race in the gorgeous sunshine around Haigh Hall.
A&T turned out in full force with 29 runners, 28 of these wearing in matching tops – not sure whether James just wanted to stand out or he failed to read the dress code.
Race registration went smoothly and everyone chose to run in road shoes, the only tough choice was whether to pay the car park fee of £1.50 or to risk the wonderful Wigan Council deciding not to lock the pay meters at the usual 6pm.
A gentle warm up and stretch was had by all prior to a team photo. (Goalkeeper included) - Gorgeous Dave only just made the picture thanks to his sliding tackle! The appearance of Gorgeous Dave sent one team members heart rate racing, so much that he was unable to race until Dave was out of sight.
Personally I found the 2mile loop course quite enjoyable with two steady inclines to contend with, but anywhere outside in the fresh air is better than working in a dungeon for 12 hours a day.
Everyone completed the course and there were some impressive times as well as some good interclub rivalry racing.
At the end of the race a cool down 2 mile lap was decided to which Tim said, “I wish I’d kept my Garmin running now”.
However, one thing missing on the cool down was other team members whom were still on the course. Lesson learned and aired accordingly, never leave anyone behind whilst training so why leave someone behind whilst racing.
A&T results
26 - Tim Campbell 23:07
31 – Simon Ford 23:41
45 – Mark Riches 24:23
51- Shaun Moran 24:43
59 – Dave Sloan 25:01
Gary Stevens 25:13
73- Neil Hughes 25:33
75- Ian Newcombe 25:36
84- Josie Maley 25:52
104 – Chris Bennett 26:55
109 – Chris Scholes 27:03
120 - Derek Coop 27:41
121 – Jonathan Hall 27:44
123 – Garry Baines 27:51
129 – James Benthall 28:04
131- Suzanne Gregory 28:06
134 – Mark Lysycia 28:17
147 – Paul Beardsworth 28:53
153 – Carole Baines 29:16
155 – Matt Corlett 29:29
161 - Louise Simpson 29:55
183 – Ian Hamilton 31:00
201 – Paul Basnett 32:08
204 – Claire Matchwick 32:26
205 – Ian Bushrod 32:27
221 – Barb White 33:52
233 - Catherine Hodgetts 34:50
240 – Clare Unsworth 36:45
243 – Emma Higgins 37:09

Friday, 16 May 2014

Last Drop Loop Fell Race - By Tim Campbell

Angry clouds fulminated on the horizon and a solitary crow wheeled against the brooding sky, dark with intent. A tall man clad only in blue loomed in the car park clasping a whistle, a compass and a set of waterproof trousers. Oh it’s Garry Baines, it can only be time for the Last Drop Loop fell run!

The 3rd fell race of the season was the Last Drop Loop, held by Bolton United Harriers and categorised BS. For many A&T-ers this was their first fell race and with the recent changes in FRA regulations meaning that in theory you need to turn up with a full SAS survival kit, there was some nervousness in the preceding few days, with Facebook full of enquiries about whistles, taped seams and the size of each other’s bum bags. In the event, the weather forecast was merely for a mild storm, so minimum kit of a whistle and waterproof top were all that were required to pass the all-over body search at the entrance to the start area.

The race began with a loop of the field/bog that it started on, which did the job of stretching the field a little before heading off into the back of beyond with a couple of narrower pathways. There was then a bit of trail and some road before we turned off onto the more ‘felly’ bits. I seem to remember some bogs, a couple of hills, then some bogs and a couple of hills. Then we went up a hill and went through a bog, before getting to what were described afterwards by experienced fell runners as the ‘technical’ parts of the race. These consisted mainly of careering down what appeared to be a narrow bob-sleigh track filled with rocks and holes. After some more downhill bits that in theory should have been easier but were entirely cancelled out by a head-wind we got to some flatter parts towards the end of the race, with a few stiles and lovely meadows to run through, before getting back to a couple of roads, and then the final ‘technical’ section - what seemed at the time like a canyon filled with mud, where yours truly fell flat on his face whilst being run down by the guy who eventually came in 4th. He couldn't get past me in the narrow path, but graciously didn't tread me further into the mud. All in all, a great fell race.

It was a superb turnout from the A&T gang and from the reactions I think that most A&Ters enjoyed their day out in the sun, putting in some great performances. Hopefully many will return to the fells soon for another run.

The results for A&T were as follows:
Pos Time Name
5 41:48 Tim Campbell
22 46:12 Neil Hughes
47 52:54 James Bentall
49 53:10 Garry Baines
55 54:24 Derek Coop
63 57:14 Jonathon Morton
72 58:38 Chris Bennett
86 64:31 Paul Basnett
107 73:05 Catherine Hodgetts
114 77:02 Clare Unsworth

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Interclub challenge - 28th May

Interclub Challenge 28th May 2014

Thanks to everyone who has so far agreed to take part in the Interclub Challenge. There is still room for more - the more the merrier. We will all meet at the Gin Pit after the race for results and refreshments in the shape of pasties and cakes.

Here's a reminder of the event. Teams will be announced the week of the race.
We look forward to seeing you there...

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. 

Monday, 12 May 2014

A&T Parkrunners update by Barb

Well done to all our Parkrunners who were out and about this weekend. Once again some great achievements to share with you...

Chris Bennett - Ran a 22:56 for his 50th Parkrun at Worsley Woods
Chris Scholes achieved a new PB of 20:36 at Worsley Woods
Dave Sloan also PB'd at Worsley woods with a time of 18:48.

Well done also to the following runners:

Claire Matchwick 23:38 (Worsley Woods 1st timer)
Carole Baines 22:55 (P/flash)
Scott Priestley 23:08 (P/flash)
Ian Hamilton 24:35 (P/flash)
Jason Revill 24:38 (P/flash)
Paul Basnett 29:34 (P/flash)
Karen Morris 33:06 (Warrington)
Vanessa Thomson 28:30 (Bolton)

Friday, 9 May 2014

Gill Pimblott memorial race 2014 by Mark Riches

At the recent club meeting, Malc mentioned that he is organising the Lions Bridge Marathon again on Sunday 20 July (6 loops of the trail) and may offer a half marathon at the same time
It has been agreed, that we will again incorporate the Gill Pimblott memorial race (1 loop which is just over 4 miles)
Also this year Gill’s race is part of the club champs
For all the new members out there, Gill was associated with the Club soon after its inception. She lost her battle with cancer over 10 years ago and it was in her memory that the Club hosted its first ever race ‘the Gill Pimblott memorial race’
We have continued to host this event annually ever since, donating all proceeds to a local cancer charity in memory of Gill

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Last Drop Loop

The third fell race of the season is this Saturday. It is a new one to me and I don't think anyone in the club has done it before so it should be exciting! On paper it does not look too difficult so no excuses for giving it a go!

Details are as follows-

Last Drop Loop

LDL LogoThe Last Drop Loop is a demanding Fell Race held in May to coincide with the Bromley Cross Fayre. Based from the Last Drop Village off Hospital Road (BL7 9PZ), 2013 saw its first staging as a BS-graded course, according the Fell Race Association guidelines.
Crossing the high moorland of the Pennines overlooking north Bolton, it covers 8.5km (5.3 miles) with 225m (738ft) of vertical ascent.
The next event is on Saturday, 10th May 2014 starting at 1pm prompt.
The relevant entry fees for the 2014 LDL Fell Race are:
£6 Pre-entry (by post or online*) or,
£8 On-the-day (at Race HQ)
*Please note that an additional processing fee may be charged, but no stamps and other postage costs are incurred.
Entry is available on-the-day (£2 extra), subject to the race limit (250). Pre-entry is available by post and online (via Runnersworld, Sportsoft and UK Forms / UK Results / BookitZone). Click the relevant images to download an entry form in PDF format or go to the online entry sites:
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Tuesday, 6 May 2014

A&T Parkrunners update by Barb

Well done to the A&T'ers who made it out to the Parkruns this weekend - more great runs and PBs!

Special mention to the following PB'ers

Tim Campbell - 17.53
Garry Baines - 21.30
Suzanne Gregory - 21.36
Karen Morris - 29.48

Shout outs too to the Parkrun faithful...
Ian Hamilton - 23.48
Paul Basnett - 24.22
Chris Bennett - 21.28
Louise Simpson - 23.53

I can't wait until the end of the football season when I can join you all for a Parkrun!

The parkrun standings will be updated along with the results of our next road race - Haigh Hall 14th May.

Friday, 2 May 2014

BUPA Great Manchester Run 18 May 2014 – update

My earlier post HERE refers
I attended the pre-event volunteers briefing last Wednesday (30th) and I can now let you know that A&T have been allocated to ‘finishers’ pack station – large’
At the meeting I collected a number of race marshal briefing notes, which I will pass on to Dave for distribution on the day.
Dave will register on behalf of A&T on the morning of the event at Manchester Central at which time he will be able to collect the jackets and packed lunches
Finishers’ pack marshals will be given marker pens and should tick the race number of each runner once they have been handed a finishers pack. You should report to the relevant station on Deansgate
There is a runner’s guide on the great run website HERE which contains a lot of useful information