Wednesday, 29 April 2015

IRONMAN UK - another chance to earn money for the Club whilst having fun!

I was approached by a man on the back of a motorbike at the Manchester Marathon …

The story could go anywhere from here but he was the Ironman UK volunteer co-ordinator and he told me he was looking for a team of enthusiastic volunteers to help out on race day (19/07/15)

His company (Ironman Ltd) provide donations to clubs who bring 10 or more volunteers. I have already got 3 names (Lynn, Tracy & Bren) – thanks and don’t forget to sign up using the link below

As an IRONMAN UK crew member you will have:

·         An opportunity to be part of a great sporting experience. An opportunity to attend a pre event briefing to find out more about the event and role(s) you will be undertaking
·         An opportunity to add to your CV
·         An opportunity to get a special discount on IRONMAN event merchandise
·         An exclusive IRONMAN UK crew member t-shirt and refreshments provided during your shifts(s)
So if you are interested in helping, please sign-up using the link below; answer the last 2 questions as below:

Do you have a group of 10 or more people who would be interested in volunteering as a group? Yes

How many volunteers are estimated in the group? 10

by Mark Riches

Monday, 27 April 2015

Race Reports Wanted

We are looking for race reports for the blog.  Not all of our members are on facebook and don't get to hear about how great our athletes are doing in races.  Also, these reports help Mark Riches compile the road rankings, and even may help win you votes at the xmas do!!

It doesn't have to be war and peace, just a few short lines and the results.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Welfare Club Bar Discount Cards‏

We have renewed the annual memberships with the Welfare Club.
If there are any members who haven’t previously received a discount card for buying drinks at the bar and want one, please email me and I will forward your request on to the Welfare Club.
Please email me by the 5th May and your discount card will be available to collect at the next meeting at the Welfare Club on the 17th May.
For any member who has previously had a card and lost it, we can get you another card but there will be a small admin charge for cancelling the old one and issuing a new one.
Please email me at:-

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Race Report - Radcliffe 10k

On a blustery Sunday morning a slow trickle of A&T runners headed towards Radcliffe 10k registration for the fourth race of our road calendar.  Most had a look of dread, some had a look of post Saturday night indulgence and one had a look of 'should I really be here after coming straight off a night shift?'  Oh my giddy aunt, Chris Bennett I salute you, you mad bugger!  So what initially seemed like not so many A&T vests actually turned out to be 26 in comparison to the 22 who raced in 2014 - yippee!!   

A gentle jog was needed to the start line by a total of 311 runners ready for 11.00am gun, then handshakes all round and after a brief briefing and the mandatory mass shuffle backwards -  we were off.  The course was mostly road like conditions with the trail sections being very dry so helped underfoot until we reached the dreaded 37 steps when a stair lift or tow rope would have been very helpful.  The course itself is actually really lovely, great scenery, twists and turns to keep it interesting and of course undulating - the main cobbled uphill drag made me feel like I a needed a new set of lungs by the time I got to the top -but all in all, a great course and very well marshalled.  There were lots of friendly cheers to welcome us all back up Cams lane towards the track finish - it makes such a massive difference to be cheered in by the team so thank you to everyone who did that, it means a lot.   First over the line for A&T was Tim 37.10, followed by Simon 39.14 and then Mark R completing our mens top 3 in 39.36 - fantastic achievements guys. Top 3 ladies were Josie 43.02, Suzanne 46.04 and Susan in 46.44 - well done ladies, great running.    

As you can see from the times below there were some great performances on the day and mostly its this data and comparisons to previous performances, that are used to base runner of the day decisions on. However, there are often many other variables in all our busy lives that can mean that race for us has been a personal success.  For some, overcoming nerves and having the courage to stand on the start line alongside hundreds of runners takes a brave effort.  So for Radcliffe's run of the day I'm going to pick two ladies who crossed the finish line together - Lynn Boylin & Tracey Loughrey, Tracey (along with husband Brendan) is new to the club and its great to see you actively training and racing with us. Both Tracey and Lynn were both noticeably nervous at the start yet had a good run on a tough course and even managed a sprint finish! So, in the absence of a medal at this race, you will both receive a little something.  Everyone who wears the A&T vest is an athlete and integral to the team and the fabric of the club. Keep up the great running ladies - hope to see you both at the next race x

Next club road race is Wednesday 13th May Haigh Hall 4.
Look forward to a massive club turnout post marathons - we need a new team photo with everyone on it!

Well done again to everyone, latest standings are now complete and emailed to James to publish on the website. See you soon
Barbs x
#TeamA&T <3

Gin Pit Marathon 2015 Race Report

Gin Pit Marathon 2015 Race Report

This report is a bit late coming but I’ve just had so much to do since the race, including compiling the results, collecting my signs and generally tidying things away from the biggest Gin Pit ever. Also with Easter coming straight after and a busy couple of weeks at work, not to mention keeping my training going. I could do with 48 hours in the day! Anyhow let’s get on with the race report.

Once again we were very lucky this year with the weather, this is a factor that is completely out of my control when organising the event but can really make the difference as to whether the event is enjoyable or a nightmare. We had pleasant temperatures, it was bright and dry with even some sunshine at times. If the weather is bad then I’m more concerned about the volunteer marshals having to stand around and getting cold more than the runners who at least are generating heat while running and have a chance of keeping themselves warm. Anyhow this wasn’t something I had to worry about this year. Both the runners and the marshals were able to enjoy the event in very pleasant spring conditions.

The only down side for my promotion of the event was the challenge I had set the runners to negotiate the “Bog of Doom” at 24.5 miles. Due to the lack of rain it was more like the “Puddle of Insignificance”. I had promoted this water feature and due to the nice weather it had made my description of the obstacle seem “much ado about nothing”. Quite a shame it didn’t test any of the runners this year. Ironically only 48 hours later a load of rain filled it up to a level that would have been very challenging.

Day 1

This year at the front of the race we had some very fast runners and coming home first was Adam Holland in 2 Hours 53 minutes 42 seconds, the first ever runner to break the 3 hour barrier on the Gin Pit course. Second and also under 3 hours was Charlie Sharpe with 2 hours 56 minutes 2 seconds. Third with another impressive time, which any other year would have won the race, was Joe Duckworth in 3 hours 3 minutes 23 seconds.

In the Ladies race, the ever consistent Caroline Hemming came in first in 3 hours 33 minutes 45 seconds.

I would like to also say a huge congratulations to Beth Taylor-Jones for completing her 100th marathon.

Day 2

At the front we had more of the same with Adam Holland again coming in first, albeit with a little more reserved time of 3 hours 9 minutes 47 seconds. And again for the ladies Caroline finished first in 3 hours 43 minutes 5 seconds.

So it goes without saying that this year’s Double Winners were Adam Holland and Caroline Hemming, both had a clear sweep over both days. A very well done to you both.

I know this event, now in its fifth year is my baby but without the many helpers each year I just wouldn’t be able to do it. I would like to thank the marshals who stood at their check points for hours to support and look after the runners. I’ve received many grateful comments from the competitors about the marshals. I would especially like to thank Yuk-Lam for helping out in the run up to the event and significantly over the weekend. I must also mention my daughter Abbey and son Lucas who helped out both days selling pasties in the kitchen and handing out medals at the finish, they were brilliant little helpers. Thank you to everyone who helped.

The event this year generated £2,112.13 for the Brathay Trust who work with young disadvantaged people, helping children moving out of care so they can support themselves or steering them away from crime. If you feel like you would like to give a donation to help them in their work or would like to sponsor me to run 10 marathons in 10 days this May for their charity then please give a donation to my JustGiving web page:-

Monday, 13 April 2015

Easter Parkrun update

So whilst I was filling my face with yummy Easter chocolate a few of our hardy A&T parkrunners have been out and about over the past two weeks. A special welcome to Brendan who joins our parkrun leaderboard and big congrats to Nicky Scott who achieved a champagne fuelled PB at the Cheltenham Parkrun course - loving your commitment Nicky! Good runs too from Vanessa and Jennie chipping away at their times - great results!

Looking forward to seeing more parkrun results - please let me know if any of your runs are missing or you travel further afield than Worsley/PennyF/Bolton/Warrington

Keep Parkrunning #TeamA&T <3

Barbs x

Friday, 10 April 2015

2015 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon - Sunday 19th April

2015 ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon - Sunday 19th April

Suzanne & Dave attended the final briefing on Wednesday evening on my behalf (thanks both) and we have been allocated the same spot as last year 40.0km, 24.8miles; our busy time will be between 11:00 – 15:00

Suzanne & Dave (+ Bob) and Jon Hall have all volunteered to do the early shift with me

I need everyone else at the drinks station between 11am - 4pm

I know not everyone can do those hours so just come and do the hours you can. If you haven't registered as a volunteer but fancy coming watching, helping or supporting - just turn up! 

Finally, I may need a volunteer to act as ‘team leader’ for the last hour as I am working at the Arena in the evening (Harlem Globetrotters) and may need to leave before the finish; please let me know (e) (m) 07508 213207 if you are willing to do this

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Race 4 Road champs - hands up who's coming??!!!

Looking forward to seeing a sea of Blue Vests on Sunday 12th April
Race start time 11.00am
Cams Lane Primary School, Harper Fold Road, off Bolton Road
£8.00 - pay on the day is fine as its a CLGP race

More information available on Radcliffe's web page

See you there - #TeamA&T <3
Barbs x


Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Easter Race Snippets

There were a few races over Easter.

Good Friday - Salford 10k
127th Gary Stevens 38.18

Easter Saturday - Rivington Fell Race 
239th Bev Tickle 35.46
249th Clare Unsworth 37.47

Easter Sunday - Hollingworth 5k
110th Michelle Fairclough 25.31

Ulverston Triathon - Report to follow?

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Liver Hill

Liver Hill 2015 Fell Report

Last Tuesday saw 6 of the Hardiest A & T Athletes take on Liver Hill Fell race. This is a cracking little fell race run from the same venue as the cross country but it goes straight up the hill behind where the cross country is ran. the other similarity is the mud, plenty of mud!
Although British summer time had officially begun the weather was definitely winter time! We had rain, snow, sleet, high winds and some sunshine which made some cracking rainbows on the journey up. All this epic weather made the conditions up on the moor challenging to say the least. All part of the fun!
First home for A&T was Tim Campbell who had a cracking race considering his weekend exploits at the Viper run and had 4th place in his sights before taking a wrong turn, who knows where a fresher Tim with a bit more luck could of finished! I was next home and although my result wasn’t what i would have liked i had great fun and loved every minute of it. Next in was Ian Joslin making his debut for A&T on the Fells, I think i might have a new recruit with Ian. First and only lady for us was Josie Maley (i need more women! fell running women that is!) despite her legendary descending skills all her recent iron training made for a strong performance. Chris Bennett was next and did not look happy when he crossed the finish line but we all express our extreme joy in our own way, cracking run Chris! The other Chris (Whittaker) was next in and despite all his moaning about hating running and hills he finished the race with the biggest smile on his face! Welcome to the light side Chris!
All in all a brilliant night that finished with 6 runners that will be fitter and stronger than before.

The next fell race is Harrock Hill on May 27th. This is not quite a fell race so will be an excellent opportunity for those wanting to give it a try.

See you on the Fells

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Pike Race this Saturday

Follow link below for this year's entry form for anyone interested..
Good luck if you're racing 

Barb x

CLGP Latest standings

Latest standings from CLGP show A&T in a good position as 4th team overall, 3rd Vets team and 2nd ladies team.
Great individual performances too with Josie currently in the lead on ladies league table and Jackie top of leaderboard for L35, and Kim 2nd in V45 (Suzanne has been put in V40 in error so I will get this corrected).

Follow link for more info...

Lets keep the momentum going at the next race, Radcliffe on 12th April, the week after Easter (go easy on the chocolate!).

#TeamA&T <3 
Barbs x