Big thanks once again to the 26 club members who turned out in style for race 7 of our club champs at Astley Park in Chorley on 5th August. Some of the usual squad were on holiday e.g. Mark Riches, Chris & Lou, Tom Fletcher, Gary S, Scott etc .. I'm confident we could have broken the elusive 30 runners mark otherwise. Having said that it was great to see Mark L back racing after some injuries and photography assignments keeping him away from the fold, and also a 1st club race for Rob Foster - a baptism of fire there Rob, they aren't all that tough (honest).
The Chorley 4.4 race wasnt on the club champs in 2014 so it was a return for the club to this challenging course that begins at the bottom of a steep hill and takes us through the park, tricky trail areas, and finishing the first loop back at the dreaded hill which we then repeated a second time finishing the run after the 3rd uphill ascent - ouch!
First over the line for A&T was Tim in 26.43 also bagging him 1st Vet 40 prize (Brendan kindly collected this for you Tim), congratulations. 2nd was Simon in 28.16 followed by Shaun in 28.24 completing our top 3 men - great running guys.
The ladies were also out in force and first over the line was Josie, fresh from her well earned break post Ironman with 310, just dipping under 30 minutes in 29.59 - great run! Followed by Jackie in 31.20 and Sue in 33.21 - these times along with Suzanne's earned the 4 girls 2nd team place - albeit no prize for 2nd - booooo!!!
A few special mentions - first one to The Baron for being a scrooge with his pins. Sadly Sooz arrived sans safety pins so was trying to cadge one off a few people. Paul was having none of it - 4 he had and 4 he was keeping! Luckily for Suzanne, Shaun had some emergency safety pins! Second - Claire Unsworth, congratulations! What for you ask? Well when I compared results to 2013 (the last time the club ran there), there were only 17 runners and only 4 of whom did the race in 2015 of which you were one. Of the 4 only you improved on your time... not just improved but smashed it by 1 minute 19 seconds!!!
Third - To Damo for holding my hoodie and being offical club photographer.
Fourthly - to Sooz for giving me her drink at the end because there was no water left (I clearly need to get faster to get a drink at the end)!
And lastly for runner of the day who is Rachel Haslam for a great run, finishing in 36.17 - Rachel is running really well at the moment and getting great results - well done, bottle of wine on its way to you x
Club results are almost complete, however, still need to find the anonymous 732 (24 points) otherwise points will have to be re-allocated.
For anyone who hasn't seen the complete results the link is below...
Well done again team! Next race Penny Flash 5 on 30th August, see you all there
Team A&T <3