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Friday, 27 May 2016

Race Report - Harrock Hill Fell Race 1 by Tim Campbell

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A strong A&T team turned out for Harrock Hill fell race, with 2 slightly nervous first-timers in Kieron and Joanne who were not quite sure why they were there, but epitomised the spirit of fell running as both were willing to give it a go.  Some early banter was started when keen-eyed members of the team spotted that we were at the bottom of Hunter’s Hill, which is well known amongst the cycling fraternity as a bit of a b*gger and indeed features in this race, although not via a direct route.  In fact there are really 3 hills encountered on the course in Parbold Hill, Hunter’s Hill and Harrock Hill, although during the race they merge together into what feels like one great big, erm, undulation.

 A quick team photo followed registration at the Farmer’s Arms and we then jogged down to the start line, which is a couple of hundred yards (or so) down the road, to a side-track.  There were no kit requirements for this race on a balmy and only slightly damp evening, so everyone felt light on their feet.  And after a short wait for everyone to congregate at the start … we were off!  

The race started up a gravelly track and gradually wound its way up via some trails into the fields between Hunter’s and Parbold, it only took a few seconds for everyone to start breathing heavily and if you’d started too quickly you’d have soon regretted it, as the slope continued for about half a mile before flattening out for a short time to give some brief respite.  

It wasn’t long before the trails narrowed and some stiles were encountered, which showed the best of British as people formed orderly queues to get the 217 strong field through the course as quickly as possible, but the field soon stretched out to make this less of a problem.  

The bluebell woods were beautiful as promised, but largely ignored as head-down we wound through some uneven and twisty paths.  Thankfully the herd of cattle that stampeded across the course last year was absent as we went through the first field, although if you weren’t careful you could have stepped into some evidence that they had been there quite recently!  

As I got to the bottom of the first hill I’d started to flag a little, but as we briefly went along the road before heading back up the side of Parbold Hill, I had the helping hand of the official team car going past driven by Chris and the girls yelling encouragement through the windows.  It’s always a welcome boost to have some support on a race.  

After that, more fields, trails and even some tarmac bits followed, before the final portion of the race, which saw the course cresting the top of Harrock Hill, past the ruined windmill, before heading off towards the finish down some quite technical trails and finally onto Jackson lane to the finish.

… And in case you’re wondering about the photo, that was my prize for 1st V40.  Best prize ever!

There were 9 A&T finishers as below:

Name

Pos

Time

Tim Campbell

6

00:35:24

Simon Ford

23

00:38:52

Scott Priestley

97

00:46:11

Paul Jackson

128

00:49:07

Kieran Lomas

143

00:51:11

Louise Simpson

152

00:51:52

Kerry Lomas

196

00:59:12

Clare Unsworth

200

01:00:17

Joanne Gibson

203

01:03:14

 

Full results can be found here: http://www.fellrunner.org.uk/results.php?id=3344

The A&T champs has been updated and can be found on the fell section of the A&T website.

Finally, don’t forget that the next fell race is fast approaching. Walsh Two Lads 9th June 19:30, starting in Horwich.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Gin Pit 5

Online entries for the Gin Pit 5 on Sunday 9th October are now open.

Technical t shirts to first 250 entries

You can enter at www.ukresults.net or click the link on the top right hand of the blog which will direct you to online entries.


T Shirt Sponsorship


Following on from Mark's earlier post regarding race t-shirts.  The club are actively looking for 2 or 3 companies who would like to have their name on our Gin Pit race t-shirts, for a small fee.

These t-shirts will be distributed to 250 runners who will hopefully use them regular for training, which not only gives the Gin Pit 5 some advertising, but also potential sponsors.

If you or you know of anyone who would be interested please ask them to email Gary on stevensgary@hotmail.com for more information.


Gin Pit Entry Form - Online entries will open soon.



Astley & Tyldesley Roadrunners presents
GIN PIT 5
5 mile trail race
Run under UKA rules – Permit No. Applied for
Sunday 9th October 2016
Venue & registration:
Miners Welfare Club, Gin Pit Village, Ley Road, Tyldesley, Manchester, M29 7DW
Start Time:11.00am
STRICT RACE LIMIT IS 250 – QUALITY T-SHIRT TO EVERY FINISHER
Prize List: 1st 3 Men & 1st 3 ladies, 1st Teams (3 to count) Men & ladies
1st U/20 Vet 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, over 65 Men
1st U/20 Vet 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 over 60 Ladies
If a vet wins one of first three prizes, then the next vet in same category is promoted
Course Record - £50.00
Current course records: Male: Peter Riley 24.27 May 2004           Female: Olivia Walwyn 28.29 April 2009

Main Race Entry Fees:      £9.00 UKA attached. £11.00Unattached. (£1.00 extra on the day)

                                 Cheques payable to Astley & Tyldesley Roadrunners
ENTRIES TO:          Gin Pit 5, Gary Stevens, 24 Highfield Avenue, Atherton, Manchester, M46 9LU
                                   All postal entries to be collected on the day
Closing Date for postal entries: Monday 3rd October
Email: stevensgary@hotmail.com
Enter online at: www.ukresults.net
"                                                                                                                                                                     
Gin Pit 5 Entry Form

Forename………………….……….……….Surname………………………….………….M/F……..….  .D.O.B…………….

Age on Race Day (Minimum age 15 for 5 mile race)…............     


Running Club / Unattached………………………………...………………………..………….  UKA Reg No…………...…

Address…………………………………………………………………………………………………….………………………

……………………………………………………………………………………  Postcode…………………………………….

E-mail……………………………………………………………………… Tel …………………………………………………

I am an amateur as defined by UK Athletics rules.  I am medically fit to take part.  I agree that the organisers / sponsors shall not be responsible for any loss, accident or injury (or loss / damage to property) arising from my participation in this event.
                                                                                                                                               Race No.
Signed…………………………………………………….Date………………………………..

(Must be signed by parent or guardian if competitor is aged under 18)
From www.ukresults.net
 


Venue & registration:
Miners Welfare Club, Gin Pit Village, Ley Road, Tyldesley, Manchester, M29 7DW

Gin Pit 5 Race Organising Committee update – by Mark Riches


As discussed previously, in the absence of a volunteer to take over from James, it was agreed that we would have a race organising committee and that this group would be made up of the elected Committee plus any volunteers

Gary volunteered and the group had its first meeting last night at GP. We agreed to scrap the fun run as it makes very little money and marshals won’t need to arrive until 10:00. We also decided to increase the cost of entry by £1 and provide a technical t-shirt to every finisher with the race restricted to 250

Roles & responsibilities allocated as below:

·         Gary - online entries / ordering prizes
·         Mark – arrange race permit / arrange medical provision / arrange EA adjudicator
·         Malc – to produce income & expenditure calculation
We also allocated a lead name for each of the key roles on the day as below:

·         Jon – course set up & clear up
·         Dave – course marshals
·         Tim – car parking
·         Mark - timekeeping

Please put the date in your diary Sunday 9 October 2016 as we need as much help as possible on the day

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Harrock Hill by Tim Campbell

Sorry for posting this a bit late, but this Wednesday, 25th May, sees the next race in the Fell Championship at Harrock Hill.  It's a nice, picturesque trot through bluebell woods, farmers fields and scenic trails. There may be a couple of stiles, and somebody mentioned a hill, but I'm not sure I believe that.  Details are below, this is a good one for someone new to the fells.

  • Date & time: Wed 25th May 2016 at 19:30
  • Country: England
  • Region: South/West Pennines
  • Category: BS
  • Distance: 8.4km / 5.2m
  • Climb: 275m / 902ft
  • Venue: 800m from Farmers Arms, Bispham Green, nr Parbold, L40 3SL.
  • Grid ref: 497130
  • Skills & experience: PM
  • Minimum age: 17

Entry information


  • Entry on day? Entry on day allowed
  • Entry on day fee: £4.00
  • Pre-entry Pre-entry not allowed
  • Entry info:

    £12 for series of 4 races.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

The Cake Race by Tim Campbell

Race Report – The Cake Race

The latest race on the fell championship was the Cake Race in Diggle, Saddleworth.  There was still some snow on the ground and coupled with the inclement weather forecast, this meant that full body waterproofs, hat and gloves were required on the run.  Everyone was subject to a kit inspection before racing.  

After registering and dropping off cakes for the free entry (I had high hopes for a prize with the chocolate brownies I’d made in the morning), 232 runners began the race from the Diggle Hotel, starting up a stony track towards the moors.  I was surprised how many entrants there were to this race, as it’s relatively long at 9.9 miles and I’d been expecting a fairly tough one with some nasty climbs.  But I’d been totally wrong about that as the course turned out to be very runnable, with gentle climbs and even (gasp!) about 2 miles of flat road running in the middle section.  There were, however, a few short ‘technical’ sections to keep it interesting, including streams to ford, narrow twisty bits of track, low-hanging branches to avoid and of course, the obligatory stiles.  The section of Pennine Way we followed was also made more interesting to negotiate by the snow still lying in the dips.  And about 6 miles in, just as I was smugly thinking that this race was the easiest fell race I’d ever done, I arrived at the jewel in the crown of the course, which is a long set of steps first down to the valley and then back up again on the longest flight of steps I’ve ever seen, leading straight back onto the hills.  I attacked the steps, which was a big mistake and I don’t think my legs have ever felt so zapped so quickly with my pace dropping to an alarmingly slow crawl for the next mile and never really recovering again properly.  I’d spent the last 3 miles closing down and overtaking a guy, but he’d been a bit more sensible on the steps and came thundering past me with a couple of miles to go.  

All in all, this was a very enjoyable and scenic race and I think it’s definitely one to think about putting on the calendar again in the future.  And no, somehow my brownies didn’t win the prize for best-tasting cake!

Two A&T runners made it to this race as below.

6

128

1.11.29

Campbell

Tim

Astley & Tyldesley

M40

43

118

1.23.44

Ford

Simon

Astley & Tyldesley

M40

Full results can be found here http://saddleworth-runners.co.uk/cake-race-2016/