Monday, 14 September 2015

Race report; Blackleach 5 – by guest reporter Mark Riches

Barb couldn’t make this one due to work commitments so I agreed to write the race report; Barb will announce runner of the day in due course

After the rain on Saturday, we were treated to a lovely sunny Sunday and 21 A&T runners made the short trip to Blackleach Country Park to tackle this 5 mile trail race hosted by Manchester YMCA Harriers

I arrived over an hour before the start, caught the tail-end of the marshal’s briefing (there were a lot of them!) and then, much to my surprise, met Simon Ford at registration. Apparently he “couldn’t sleep” this could have something to do with running a very hilly 15 miles the day before helping someone attempt the Bob Graham round

A few more A&T runners arrived and before a 10 minute warm-up accompanied by one of Ian Joslin’s dogs, Bacon-mon (Ian Hamilton) told us how he had not been out on the beer on Saturday night but only because he had fallen asleep and didn’t wake up until 22:45!

The race (2 x 2 ½ mile loops on paths all within the confines of the park) started at 10:00. First A&T finisher (again) in a magnificent 12th place was Tim Campbell (30:45) followed by Simon Ford (32:25) and Mark Riches (33:10)

Josie Maley continuing her rich vein of form, was first A&T lady and 2nd lady overall in a time of 34:45 followed by Jackie Price (36:10) and Suzanne Gregory (37:17)

Full results can be found
HERE well done everyone

Finally, must mention Brendan Loughrey who despite celebrating his birthday (see above) had a great run finishing in a time of 34:32

Next road race is Swinton 10 on 27 September (the day after the first x-country race of the 2015/16 season!)

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