Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Grand Tour of Skiddaw 2014 by Dave Sloan

Grand Tour of Skiddaw 2014 - race Review.

Firstly, I'd like to thank Gary Stevens for putting the thought of this silly challenge into my head, but otherwise it was all my own doing. After the agony that Malc and I endured and the hands of Scafell Marathon I felt like I was pure folly to this mammoth task. For those not in the know, GTS (as it will now affectionately be known by my typing fingers) is a 44-mile ultra marathon which takes in the glory of both peaks of High Pike and Mount Skiddaw on mostly trails climbing around 7,000ft!

First bonus of the weekend, hot showers on-site; second bonus, fellow club (soon-to-be) members in Brendan and Tracey were there to share in my adventure, which relieved the stress greatly just to see some familiar faces.

So, after an evening of re-packing my kit and listening to singing children until midnight against my will, I got a quick warm-up done in the car by whacking the fans up to full and enjoying breakfast indoors and the race begun at 8am.

The weather soon picked up and it would stay that way for the most perfect running conditions you could hope for, nice.

The course was as expected, traily in most parts, hilly throughout and mountainous in the middle. My main concern was finishing as it was my first attempt at something of this nature, especially with the map reading skills required. I settled in for the long-haul early and enjoyed the adventure, stopping to fuel often and rest even more so. Between mile 8 & 38 I had only lost 1 position and as I lost 35-mins on the fells taking a wrong turn, I was happy with that. But I n the last 8-miles I made up 17 places, finishing in 11:08 (yes 11 hours and 8 minutes), so my strategy of conservation paid off in the end. Brendan finished strong with a great run in just over 12 hours.

I would like to say how well organised this event is ( and what a great experience for all involved, competitors and loved ones alike. I am already making plans to break 10hrs next year!!

Friday, 22 August 2014

Pendleton Fell Race

Pendleton Fell Race

The next fell race is upon us and it's a little cracker, so get the bank holiday weekend off to a flyer with some of best lung busting fun you can have!

Details are as follows

  • Date & time: Sat 23rd Aug 2014 at 14:00
  • Country: England
  • Region: South/West Pennines
  • Category: AS
  • Website:
  • Distance: 8km / 5m
  • Climb: 457m / 1499ft
  • Venue: Village Hall, Pendleton, nr Clitheroe, BB7 1PT.
  • Grid ref: 755396
  • Skills & experience: PM
  • Minimum age: 16
See you on the fells


Thursday, 21 August 2014

4 mile time trial - Wednesday 20th August 2014

4 mile time trial; conditions dry/warm but a little muddy underfoot
In no particular order
Jane 35.55
Emma 36.10
Paula 35.55
Kelly No time
Paul B 32.24
Mark R 25.25
Craig B 29.30
Dave S 25.58
John S 25.23
Brendan 28.12
Shaun 25.35
Performance of the night
Male John S
Female Paula
Spot prize – Brendan

Monday, 11 August 2014

Interclub challenge part 2 - Monday 18th August hosted by our friends at Burnden RR

Thanks to all A&T'ers who are running in defence of our challenge Trophy next Monday. Although many of our regular challenge runners are still on holiday we have a strong team, but always room for more so if anyone else still wants to join in please let Barb know via facebook.

Reminder of the details:
Race starts at 7.15pm on the field opposite Barrow Bridge Road near Smithills sports centre (BL1 7NJ). The race is on grass so trail shoes a must if its wet underfoot.
Changing facilities at Smithills sports centre (BL1 6JS).
After the race we will meet at Astley Bridge Cricket Club (BL1 6PZ) for results, pasties and social time.
Looking forward to a good meet...

Here's the team sheet so far...

1Mark Riches
1Tim Campbell
1Ian Newcombe
2David Sloan
2Shaun Moran
2Jon Hyde
3Josie Maley
3Derek Coop
3Chris Scholes
4Craig Bradbury
4Scott Priestley
4James Bentnall
5Paul Basnett
5Dan Reason
5Linda Whittaker
6Steve Coleman
6Malcolm Collins
6Kim O'Neill
7Chris Whittaker
7Ian Bushrod
7Ryan Purtill
8Vanessa Thompson
8Clare Unsworth
8Jason Revill
9Emma Higgins
9Bev Tickle
9Kelly Parkinson