Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Summer Track 5k

Summer Track 5k Results (29/06/15)

A very big well done to all who came and gave the track 5k a go, especially in the warm humid conditions that we experienced last night, with some really strong and encouraging performances across the board.
Results, in no particular order, were:
Mark Riches 19:06
David W Sloan 19:13
Jackie Price 20:47
Rachel Haslam 25:10
Vanessa Thomson 26:20
Mathew Thorpe 19:46
Ryan Purtill 22:52
Robert Foster 24:49
Ian Ryder 22:11
Matthew Threlfall 24:00
Steven Eccles 22:17
Chris Bennett 19:57
David J Sloan 24:21
Phil Riley 21:10

A particular well done to Jackie Price who was awarded the neon glasses for run of the day for chasing Mark Riches down in the early laps and continuing strong to run a sub 21:00, just pipping Chris Bennett who nipped under 20:00 on the track for the first time and beat Ian Joslin in an egg & spoon race in the same day.

A massive thanks to Claire Matchwick, Neil Hughes, Chris Scholes & Tim Campbell for helping out with the time keeping, it wouldn't be possible without you.

David Sloan

Monday, 29 June 2015

Gill Pimblott and Lions Bridge Race Day - Sunday 12th July 2015

Gill Pimblott and Lions Bridge Race Day - Sunday 12th July 2015

This year the Gill Pimblott Memorial Race will be held on 12th July at 11am.

It will be the same 4.4 mile 1 lap course as last year around the Gin Pit trails and Lilford Park, starting and finishing outside the Gin Pit Welfare Club.

Entry is available on the day for £5; entries will be taken from 10am until the start of the race at 11am.

Please don’t turn up at the last minute so we have a chance to register everyone.

If you are racing, marshalling or supporting please can you bring a raffle prize. We will be selling tickets with all proceeds going to Gill’s charity

For all the new members out there, Gill was associated with the Club soon after its inception in January 2001. 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

This year the race will again be held in conjunction with the Lions Bridge Trail Marathon and Half Marathon. There are still places available for the Half and Full Lions Bridge marathon; £20 attached/£22 unattached & start time 10:00am

Online entry and race info available at:-

Please note, no entries on the day and entries close on Sunday 5th July.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Horwich 5 - 170615- Race Report

After a day of heavy rain the skies cleared in readiness for the start of the Horwich 5 miler.  The 6th race of our road race calendar saw no less than 34 lovely A&T vests turn out for what was to be a great event - not sure if that was the lure of the hills or the promise of a delivery of new hoodies?
We missed Turbo Tim but since it was his birthday we will forgive him for not racing but save birthday bumps for the next race!!  We welcomed a few new names to their first official road race including, Stacey Lowe, Matthew Thorpe, Phil Riley, Steven Eccles and Ian Ryder - great to have you all racing with us, hope you all enjoyed it.  It was equally lovely to see Ian Newcombe, Shaun and Suzanne racing again after recent injury not to mention club mates who made the journey over to support runners - big thanks to Cath Hodgetts, Mikey G and Jane and Scholesy who cycled over to cheer us on - I know it gives me a lift hearing the shouts of encouragement during the race, I'm sure its the same for everyone so thank you all x

At 7.30pm a total of 291 runners congregated on the start line looking forward to this unforgiving but picturesque route for two laps of a course that took us through undulating woodland paths onto a fast downhill road section leading directly to the thigh burning steep uphill climb of Nickleton Brow to test even the most seasoned runner.  The proceeding flat and then downhill of Horobin Road gave us an opportunity to recover slightly before doing it all again on for a 2nd loop!

First over the line for A&T was Tom Fletcher in a time of 29.32, followed closely by Simon Ford 30.23 and then Ian Joslin 32.00 making our top 3, well done guys. 

For the ladies it was Josie Maley who came home first in 32.59 earning her 3rd lady overall, well done Josie. 2nd A&T lady was Jackie in 34.56 earning her a prize for 6th lady overall, and our 3rd lady was Lin Whittaker in 35.49 - well done girls, good running.

Some great times were recorded on the official results and I want to give a special mention to the following athletes who improved on their 2014 times (shown in brackets), not easy to do on such a tough course - Paul Basnett 38.16 (40.02), Louise Simpson 38.32 (39.39) and Ian Hamilton (42.23).  I would think a few PBs were achieved for runners who haven't done this course for a while (or at all) but for me the outstanding performance of the evening and winner of the run of the day prize was Bev Tickle who ran a consistently strong race pace throughout coming in at 44.05 which, compared to her most recent tough 5 mile race (Trotters), was some 8 minutes faster - well done Bev, you did great!

So after the race Neil Hodgson proceeded to deal from the back of his van...

 Hoodies all round - we are officially the best dressed/best looking club in CLGP!

The modelling of kit and club PR was then continued in a local hostelry.. its a tough job but a few were up for it - well done team!

So all in all another great club night - thanks to everyone!
The club latest standings are now completed and have been sent to James to publish on the web, please let me know if I've missed anything.
Keep up all the great training over the next few weeks everyone, the next club race is Chorley 4.4 on August 5th, I look forward to seeing another great turn out - in hoodies!


Thursday, 18 June 2015

IRONMAN UK volunteering update 2 - by Mark Riches

I got a great response to my earlier post, thanks, but we only have 8 volunteers, that I am aware of; see below

·         David Sloan
·         Claire Matchwick
·         Vanessa Thomson
·         Lynn Boylin
·         Tim Campbell
·         Brenda Loughrey
·         Tracy Loughrey
·         Jonathan Hall

We need 10 or more volunteers to meet the criteria for a donation so if your name is not on the above list and you have registered, please let me know as soon as possible
Same contact details -  text 07508 213207 or email

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Ironman Update

My earlier post HERE refers

I know that a number of you have signed-up but there was nowhere to enter name of Club so I asked the organisers how we demonstrate that we have met the criteria for a donation i.e. 10 or more volunteers
They want me to provide all the names of the people who will be volunteering on the day. Incidentally, they will try to keep us together as a team when they come to allocating roles
Therefore, please let me know if you have signed-up by  text 07508 213207 or email

Monday, 15 June 2015

Parkrun Update (at last!)

Hi everyone... its been a busy time for me recently so haven't updated you on parkrunning antics, but that's not to say I've not been watching... its great to see the usual suspects out and about and now the weather is getting nicer what better way to start a Saturday morning than with a lovely FREE 5k run to clear your head of Friday night indulgences.

Worsley woods is missing Mikey G for sure (hope your injury is healing Mike), no A&T runners there recently, maybe the mosquito bites at Interclub has put everyone off?

Well done to Tom Fletcher, one of our new members, who I've seen at Parkrun Bolton a few times clocking up some great times and earning himself a new PB along with Claire Matchwick, Rachel and Brendan at Penny Flash. And awww the Baron who narrowly missed a PB on 6th June when he came in dead on his PB time! (Still worth a mention, well done Paulie)

Here's how the last few weeks have looked out in the Park's. PBs and number of Parkruns you've completed have been added to the current standings which will be published after Horwich 5 at the end of this week.

Well done everyone, don't forget, if you travel further afield than Penny Flash, Worsley, Bolton or Warrington please let me know so that I can record your results.
Happy Parkrunning! 

Barbs #TeamA&T<3


North Cheshire 5k Series

Last week the concluding 2 races of the North Cheshire 5k series took place. On the evening of Thursday 11th June the second race at Dunham Massey in which the route ran the reverse of the first race here. The evenings weather was sunny and very warm. The start was downhill and a little congested but everything was fine once you got moving.

We had 4 runners in this race of which Arnold Melling was first to finish with 21.22 and taking the 1st V65 prize. Well done Arnold. I finished next with a time of 22.40. Rachel Haslam, making her second outing in the series, finished next with 25.19. And still running well with a finish time of 25.48 was Bev Tickle.

There were a few groans at the finish that the course was long. My own Garmin measured it at 3.23 miles.

After the race I was kindly invited back for drinks, which just happened to be prosecco, to Rachels sisters place. She works for the National Trust and lives on the grounds of Dunham Massey. It's not what you know it's who you know.

The final race of the series took part on Saturday 13th June in the village of Hollins Green on the outskirts of Warrington. This year the course had completely changed so it utlilised more traffic free roads. This meant that the roads were shut for most of the race. The new route was pretty much an out and back with about a mile loop in the middle. Weather wise while the sun wasn't shining brightly it was decidely muggy. The start was very narrow and quite congested so it took a good 5 seconds to even start moving but again once moving it was fine.

We had 3 runners take part in this race and I was first back with a time of 22.17. Ian "Bacon Mon" Hamilton, who had raced the Penny Flash parkrun that morning, crossed the line next with 23.53. I thought he was bonkers doing 2 races on the same day but one of his sayings is there's no fool like an old fool. And last but not least Bev Tickle, who was photographed giving it some, finished next with 25.58.

After the race it was the usual banter and then back to HQ for free cake and coffee to anyone who raced. Oh yes I had forgot that it was a tradition on this series which was a nice bonus. Whilst finishing my coffee I noticed a briuse on Bevs shin so I pressed it and asked if it hurt. Words to the effect of you sod that hurts whilst lashing out with her foot to try and inflict me some damage. Funny I thought reflexes were in the knee and not the shin. Also thanks to Terry Gardiner for the vocal support and pics of the race one of which I used in this report.

Below are the series results for A&T runners taking part

Race 6 - Horwich 5 - 17th June

The next race of the 2015 road calendar is the challenging Horwich 5! If you love a good Hill, this is the race for you!!! If you don't (like me) then do it anyway, its good training! Looking forward to seeing a good turn out on Wednesday, especially if the weather holds out (don't forget your shades and sunscreen).
You can pay on the day, it wont cost you any extra as its a CLGP race.

Look forward to seeing everyone there (details above).
If you've not got a club vest please speak to me or James Bentall.  (New club vests should be here by the end of June).

Barbs x

Thursday, 11 June 2015

New A&T Banner

Hello everyone,
Thought I'd share with you all a sneaky peak of our new club banner - what do you think?
Barbs x

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Next fell race coming up

You wait ages for a fell race and 3 come along all at once.

The next one Walsh 2 lads this Thursday evening up Rivy at 7.30.
Who is up for some fun! Details below.

Thu 11th Jun 2015 – Walsh Two Lads (R)

Race details

  • Date & time: Thu 11th Jun 2015 at 19:30
  • Country: England
  • Region: South/West Pennines
  • Category: BS
  • Website:
  • Distance: 8.4km / 5.2m
  • Climb: 274m / 899ft
  • Venue: Bridge Inn, Church St, Horwich.
  • Skills & experience: ER, PM, LK
  • Minimum age: 16

Entry information

  • Entry on day? Entry on day allowed
  • Entry on day fee: £5.00
  • Pre-entry Pre-entry not allowed

Contact for Race Information

Hendersons End - Race Report

Last Thursday saw 7 of the finest athletes A&T has do battle on the hills of Rivington.




First of all, what a bargain, 4 quid yes 4 quid! And you got a free innovate buff! Plus fantastic views and a great friendly atmosphere.

On to the race - the fine weather brought good running conditions, not to hot, dry moorland with enough give in it to make for fast running. As usual Tim was first home in a quicker time than last year even with blistered feet slowing him down. I was next in and was pleased with my run considering the abuse I have given my body recently. Now my memory is letting me down and I can't seem to find the official results yet but I think Malc was next in, a rare outing on the fells. Wow Malc doing a race that is shorter than 26.2 miles that's a collectors item! Tony was back on his favourite terrain and loving it with a good run. Linda had an excellent run I was convinced she was in the prizes again but must have just missed out. Chris and Louise brought up the rear with Chris announcing that they had stop for nookey, was the race not hard enough!
Everyone ran so well I treated them to a picnic, minus the prosecco.



Happy days
See you on the fells

Simon Ford
Foxcroft Landscapes

Bolton Hill Marathon by David Sloan

Bolton Hill Marathon, 06/06/2015

Firstly, best put the kettle on, it does ramble on a little...

This is my third outing in as many years for this event and it is safe to say that it has become somewhat of a nemesis of mine, meaning that the more time I spend up there trying to acclimatise myself to the hills in the weeks coming up to the event, the harder I find it on the day. Plus, my PB for the course is from before I joined A&T and actually walked all of the hills, including most of the first 4-miles, so that is a bit frustrating.

Anyway, as this race is on a Saturday and only a couple of miles down the road it gives the perfect opportunity to get up later than usual and actually have a rest day afterwards, which you can't say for many races, especially marathons.
The day started in Moss Bank park, a stones-throw away from the start line of Trotters 5, with the ever-present smile of Mark Lysicia snapping me unexpectedly whilst juggling safety pins with t-shirt in mouth, thanks Mark (I still managed a little smiles, although it may have shown as a grimace). I managed to catch up with Malc a couple of minutes before the start alongside a few other familiar faces from marathons past, but had no chance to wish Cath luck with all my faffing around and numerous trips to the car (and toilet). 
At 9:30 we were on our way and the next 4-hours were filled with glorious sunshine and strong head winds to accompany the amazing views across Bolton and the moors. I must add now that this is the first time that this event has been run in June, the last two were in the first weekend of March, the inaugural event treating us to a sprinkling of snow and last year being thick with fog in the early parts, both being much cooler than today, not necessarily worse conditions, but definitely different.
This year also saw the addition of a couple of extra feed stations, which were all stocked with sugary treats, water, electrolyte drinks and High-5 Energy Gels, so this was massively appreciated, especially when the sun came out late morning.
I would also hasten to add that throughout the whole event I did not witness one single case of littering, something that nearly threatened the event continuing after the first year, so well done everybody.

Back to the race. 

As some will know, the race firstly heads straight up to the mast in the first 4-miles, before heading down Mast Road to Wilders Wood, across the Roman Road to Sheep House Lane and then into the Abyss for a few miles, popping out at the far end of Anglezark reservoir, where you are told by helpful marshals (at the 12-mile point), that you are now half-way! Good job I had my trusty Garmin. Up to this point in the race I was feeling good, weather was nice, big hill behind me, another 10-miles until the next big hill and slowly picking people off. I even went past the actual halfway point 2-mins slower that last year, which was pretty much as I planned after blowing up at the 18-mile point in that race, all was well in the world of Dave.

The 'short' out-and-back section of 4.5miles gave a chance to see how I was getting on against those behind and I was happy to see that I had made up some good distance on those whom I knew were going to run similar times to me. Once this section is completed, there's pretty much exactly 10-miles to go, with the ascent of Rivington at the 22-mile point looming in the ever-present future. Try as I might to pick it up on the relatively flat-to-undulating section, my legs weren't working. I don't remember swapping my 8:00-mile shoes for 10:00 ones, but for some reason they had found their way onto my feet. I could feel the chaser's breathing down my neck, and the chirpy voice of one Malcolm Collins, who then drifted past with a few supportive words and a puff of that heel dust he has been showing me in recent races, never mind, it was inevitable. 

The last few miles were really tough, mentally and physically. Looking back at my preparation I think I put too much faith in an ultra I did 5-weeks prior to the race giving me the legs to get round. I will tell you now, lesson 1, there is no short-cut to fitness! I didn't train enough, fact. Onwards and upwards though. 

I had three targets on the day, the first being sub-3:45, the second to beat my PB from 2013 of 3:51 and the third of sub-4:00.

I crossed the finish line in 3:58, so at least made one of them. Bronze medal for effort then!

Official times have yet to be published, but Malc was able to get around in 3:44. I have seen Cath on Facebook, but didn't see her finishing time unfortunately.

In summary, a great event as ever, a lot of support from Burnden on the feed stations, and beautiful course which seems different every time you run it. I will be back next year to see if it gets any easier (or less difficult). Maybe with a few more A&T at my side (Chris Bennett).

Well done to all who completed the race it really is a great achievement.

Friday, 5 June 2015

North Cheshire 5k Series Thus Far

Well it's been a while since I posted a war and peace race report to which it has been noted in some corners of the club. Therefore I thought I would oblige, whether they were being facetious or not, with one of those said reports. Besides I thought my guff would fill out the blog a bit.

At the moment we are mid way through the North Cheshire 5k series, which is 5 race series in which a small number of A&T athletes, and myself, have taken part so far

Race one in the series was at the scenic Dunham Massey which is 2 1/2 laps round the grounds starting at the house. This race took part on the 22nd May. I've taken part in this race a number of times during the last few years and the first thing that struck me during my warm up was I don't remember the finish being so far up. It turns out that the old distance was short and thus moved about 100 metres up the path. This added 100 metres so happened to be all uphill, wonderful. Myself and Bev Tickle took part in this race of 190 runners. I came home, begging for the finish to swallow me, with 22.18. Bev had an excellent run and I have it on good authority that she sprinted up the hill coming home with a smashing PB of 25.45. Well done Bev because my watch clocked it longer than 5k and it was more uphill than down.

Race two in the series was at Birchwood Brook were I dipped out of this one with a dodgy leg, well more dodgy than usual, and Bev was off sunning herself in warmer climes. I know which excuse I would rather have had! This race was run on Friday 29th May.

Race three in the series was at Bowdon, which is on the outskirts of Altrincham, and took part on the 4th June. This is a 2 and a bit lap route around Bowdon taking in mostly roads with about 1/2 mile of trails. The trail section can get a bit muddy but on doing a lap warm up on race day this wasn't to be the case. We had 3 runners in this race out of the total 203. I came home with a time of 22.17 after wondering why I had run after 1k. Next home was Rachel Haslam who had an excellent run dipping under 25 minutes for 5k for the first time with 24.42.Well done Rachel on your PB. Bev Tickle followed Rachel in running off the booze with a time of 26.12. It was then off some light refreshments before we made the journey home.

The next race in the series is again at Dunham Massey on Thursday 11th June at 7.15pm. This race will be run in the opposite direction to the first race so I'm hoping it's, or should I say I'm a little faster, which is perhaps wishful thinking.

The Baron

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Next Fell Race

They are coming thick and fast these fell races! Next one is this Thursday eveningand it's an old favourite - Hendersons End. You basically run from barn and then t' pike and then t' Mast and then back t' pike and finish back at barn!!!!!!! Easy!
Let's have a good turn out for this one, I will be my body is slowly healing I think? Might even rustle up a chocolate treat for everyone sane enough to do it, you would be mad to miss it!

Details below

Thu 4th Jun 2015 – Henderson's End (R)

Race details

  • Date & time: Thu 4th Jun 2015 at 19:30
  • Country: England
  • Region: South/West Pennines
  • Category: BS
  • Website:
  • Distance: 9.4km / 5.8m
  • Climb: 300m / 984ft
  • Venue: Rivington Hall Barn.
  • Grid ref: SD634145
  • Skills & experience: PM, LK
  • Minimum age: 16

Entry information

  • Entry on day? Entry on day allowed
  • Entry on day fee: £4.00
  • Pre-entry Pre-entry allowed
  • Pre-entry fee: £4.00
See you on the dells