Wednesday, 15 November 2017

All Members Please read 'Presentation Night' update.

Gin Pit Village Club
7pm for prompt 7.30pm start

Following recent Committee and Club meeting's it was agreed the awards up for grabs will be revised for 2017.

Awards to remain;
(Additional to Road, Fell, Cross Country, Triathlon, Ultra Championships)

1. Spirit of A&T 
2. Most Improved
3. Tony Foster Award for Outstanding Achievement

New Awards for 2017;

4. A&T Male Athlete of the Year
5. A&T Female Athlete of the Year
6. Best Newcomer 2017
7. Commitment to Training Award

The following awards have been combined and replaced above as 4 & 5; 

Male Runner of the Year
Female Runner of the Year
Male Triathlete of the Year 
Female Triathlete of the Year 

The Committee have carefully comprised a shortlist of 5 members for both A&T Male/Female Athlete of the Year, based on attendance at training, club race representation, PB's, performance, volunteering and overall commitment to A&T. This shortlist will be announced on Presentation Night and members will vote (anonymously!). If you are unable to attend but would like to cast a vote, let me know and I will send you the nominations privately and pass your vote to our Adjudicator, Mark our Club Secretary.

The Spirit of A&T will be voted anonymously by members on presentation night, no shortlist, just highest number of votes wins! Again, if you cannot attend, you are still eligible to vote as above.

London Marathon Ballot 2018

We have definitely been allocated 1 club place, awaiting confirmation on a further place. This will be drawn on the night. If you wish to be considered and meet criteria as previously published, please let me know and I will add you to the list below.

Jon Hall, Chris Bennett, Louise Simpson, Rob Foster, Phil Griffiths, Scott Priestley.


Pastie & Peas (Vegetarian option available) Any other dietary requirements please let me know. Plus treats, sweets and eats.

Club Fundraiser

No tickets required! Just buy a raffle ticket for £1 to enter the Club Membership draw for 2018. 

I'm sure it will be a great night celebrating another successful A&T year!

Please RSVP as soon as possible, miss it miss out!! No one will leave empty handed! :-)

Your host Captain CB 

A&T cross-country – by Mark Riches

The third race in this year’s cross-country champs is this Saturday (18th) at Leverhulme Park, Bolton BL2 6EB

This is a Red Rose race so if you raced at LSV or Chorley, please wear the same number, otherwise, see Jackie who will provide you with a number

If you are not on the list of pre-entries held by Jackie, you can still enter on the day but, for Red Rose only, will have to go to registration and pay £10 to get a number

Start times - ladies 1:35 pm & men 2:15 pm

Course map is on the website

If you need clarification on anything before Saturday, I can be contacted on or phone 07508 213207

Friday, 10 November 2017

Turkey Trot 5k & Rudolph 1 Mile Fun Run Start List - Updated 10/11

If you or your children want to be added to the list below please email or facebook me.

Turkey Trot 5k - Start List

Mark Collins
Vanessa Thomson
Chris Bennett
Dave Bennett
Louise Simpson
Gary Stevens
Carmel Unsworth
Tim Campbell
Jon Hall
James Bentall
Jackie Price
Rachel Haslam
Pete Worthington
Cath Worthington
Phil Griffiths
Stu Livesey
Phil Riley
Gary Firth
Gareth Jones
Emma Owen
Kieran Lomas
Amy Lomas
Brendan Loughrey
Tracy Loughrey
Simon Ford
Mike Carter

Rudolph 1 Mile Fun Run - Start List

Gabby Bennett
Olivia Bennett
Eleanor Simpson
Lucy Simpson
Amelie Livesey
Isobelle Livesey
Sophia Livesey
Abilgale Lomas
Sienna Collins
Annabel Stevens

Santa's little helpers (we need about 5 or 6)

Rebecca Riley
Clare Unsworth
Kerry Lomas

Rudolph 1 Mile Fun Run

The club will be holding it's first ever "Rudolph 1 Mile Fun Run" for under 16's, on the same night as the Turkey Trot, which is Monday 18th December at LSV at 6.30pm prompt.

Anyone can take part as long as they are a family member and under 16.

Every child will get something for taking part and there will be other prizes awarded on the night.

If you would like your children to take part i am going to make a list ... i must stress that anyone who isn't on the list will not be able to take part, as we need to order prizes for the night.

Please email or facebook me

Gary S.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

All New "Track" Turkey Trot 5k Handicap Race


We will be doing our annual "5k Turkey Trot handicap" race on Monday 18th December as part of the track session at LSV.

Same rules as alway apply ..
1) Free to enter but Each runner MUST bring a prize
2) First runner back gets 1st pick of the prizes, 2nd 2nd pick etc etc
3) Fancy dress or at least a Xmas hat or jumper is required
4) Mulled wine, cakes or any kind of Xmas Cheer very welcome
5) Your handicap will be blogged a few days before the event.

If you would like to take part please email or facebook message me.

Start List

Mark Collins
Vanessa Thomson
Chris Bennett
Dave Bennett
Louise Simpson
Gary Stevens
Carmel Unsworth
Tim Campbell
Jon Hall
James Bentall
Jackie Price
Rachel Haslam
Pete Worthington
Cath Worthington
Phil Griffiths
Stu Livesey


Tuesday, 7 November 2017

A&T cross-country – by Mark Riches

The second race in this year’s cross-country champs is this Saturday (11th) at Astley Park, Chorley PR7 1XA

This is a Red Rose race so if you raced at LSV last month, please wear the same number, otherwise, see Tim who will provide you with a number in exchange for £5 for the series

If you collected your number at LSV, and are racing at Chorley please also bring your £5

If you are not on the list of pre-entries held by Tim, you can still enter on the day but, for Red Rose only, will have to go to registration and pay £10 to get a number

Start times - ladies 1:35 pm & men 2:15 pm

Course map is on the website

If you need clarification on anything before Saturday, I can be contacted on or phone 07508 213207

Monday, 6 November 2017

Liverpool Cross Challenge 25th November 2017 – LAST CHANCE

My earlier Blog HERE refers
I have 5 names so far
  • Scott Priestley
  • Mark Collins
  • Dave Sloan
  • Jackie Price
  • Tim Campbell

I have extended the deadline until midnight tonight so if you want to race at Liverpool, and you are not listed above, please let me know before then as there will be no entries on the day
You can text me 07508213207 or email me

Thursday, 2 November 2017

A&T - Club Meeting 8th November

There will be an open club meeting on the 8th November 2017 at Gin Pit Village Club. This will be held straight after the efforts training session at approximately 7:30pm and should last 30mins.

All members welcome

Items to be discussed :- 

Updating members on the presentation night new format / new awards

Captain updates

Turkey Trot

Xmas Parluuf

CLGP - Ginpit 5 2018





Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Liverpool Cross Challenge 25th November 2017 – by Mark Riches

There are 2 more races in the A&T club champs before this one (Chorley & Bolton)

However, for this one there are NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY so if you want to run at Liverpool I need to know before Monday 6th November to enable me to complete the entry form

£1 payment will be due for every name on the list and this money goes to the Cross-Challenge to defray the cost of chip timing and not to the Mid Lancs. League. I will pay this & you can reimburse me when you see me at training / races etc.

You can text me 07508213207 or email me

Monday, 30 October 2017

London Marathon Club Ballot Criteria

London Marathon Club Ballot Criteria
If you got a rejection in the London Ballot you could still get in through the club route. See club criteria below and keep posted to the blog on how to apply for a club place.

Rules for 2018
·         Members must have entered & been rejected from the London Marathon
·         Members must be at least in their second year of membership
·         Members must be first claim to Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners
·         Members must have a run a 10-mile race or longer within the last 12 months
·         If a member has had a club place before they cannot enter
·         If after this ballet there are any places left, members who fulfil all the above but have had a club place before can go into a second ballet

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Run the Moors Presentation Night 
Please let me know if you'd like a ticket for the RTM presentation night.  It's on Friday 24th Nov at Bamford Bowling Club, 88 Norden Rd, Rochdale, OL11 5PN.
Tickets are £5 and will include a guest speaker (think it was Ben Mounsey last year) as well as pie and peas.  I can offer a lift if needed.  Get in quick, we're limited to 12 tickets :-) 
Thanks, Tim

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Cross Country Champs 2017/18 
The A&T website has now been updated with the latest info for this year's XC champs and it's your one-stop-shop for all info on races, results and the latest champs positions.  
Well done to everyone who took part in the first race at Leigh, the next race is on 11th Nov in Chorley.

By Tim Campbell

Friday, 20 October 2017

CLGP - Winners

I have the pleasure in announcing the following winners in the 2017 Central Lancs Grand Prix.

2nd Female overall :- Josie Maley
1st F35 - Josie Maley

2nd F50 - Lynn Boylin

2nd M50 - Brendan Loughrey

Completing 9 races mementos:-

Brendan's & Tracey Loughrey

The presentation night is on the 17th November at Astley Bridge Cricket Club at 7:30pm

I am unable to attend on this night.  Please let me know if you intend to be there to collect your awards as I'm required to let the organisers know.

Congratulations to you all, well deserved.


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Manchester Half Race Report by Nicola Scott

Last Sunday, 15th October 2017, was the last race of the road season and it ended with a biggy – Manchester Half Marathon.  Sold as a ‘fast and flat’ event, however still a real challenge for people as it is a 13.1 mile run and the pressure was on to do well and go as fast as you could.  What is interesting about these big events which, Captain Chris has introduced this year, is that you can’t always see the competition, so it can feel like you against the clock and then find out later who has beat who.  For further details on a particular sub-race, there is an alternative run report for that.
So it was a very early start to get to Trafford, parked-up (without giving in to ransoms set by pop-up parking attendants), hike over to the bag drop and over to the start line for the 9am gun.  It was a particularly warm day and totally dry, in contrast to the inaugural race last year.  According to the official results, 25 A&T members took part in the race, however there was also Lynn out on loan and a new club member called ‘Smithy’ (NB you need to collect your race numbers the day before in Manchester for this race if you register late…ask Joanne).  There were some really strong performances and our club podium positions were awarded as follows:
Bronze – Gareth Jones 1.30.50 (tremendous performance for his first half-marathon too)
Silver – Stephen Coleman 1.27.48
Gold – Simon Ford 1.27.07
Bronze – Louise Simpson 1.49.10
Silver – Susan Fletcher 1.48.20
Gold – Josie Maley 1.31.25 (apparently had a bad day – looks pretty good to me!)

There were numerous PBs that I know of including Jonathon Hall, Paul Basnett, Phil Griffiths, me (Nicola Scott), Joan Cooke (looking angry) and Smithy aka Joanne Gibson who has made a huge leap forward recently in terms of speed.  All in all it was a very good day at the office and the race even provided us all with a wearable T-shirt in a nice shade of A&T blue.  Well done everyone and do indulge yourself in a bit of rest and recovery now.  Thanks to Captain Chris for another great season.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Road Championship Update

I have now updated the league tables on the website and added the current Park Run bonus points.

These are NOT the official results as there is still 2 weeks left for you to record a Park Run time.

Please note that you only qualify for Park Run bonus points if you have reached the required number of races within your league.

If you have any queries then please message me ASAP.

Cap'n CB

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Run the Moors 2017 - A&T Winners! 
The final results of the Run the Moors champs have now been announced and A&T have won several prizes:
Senior Women 2nd Claire Matchwick
Overall Men 1st Tim Campbell
MV40 1st Tim Campbell
MV50 3rd Brendan Loughrey

We also had a couple of near misses and therefore honourable mentions to Rachel Haslam, Kerry Lomas, Tracey Loughrey, Anthony Hart and Simon Ford who all missed out on prizes by a matter of just a point or two.

The men's team came 4th overall and the ladies came 5th.  Well done to all who competed, not bad for our first season!

Full results can be found at the following link

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

A&T x-country - by Mark Riches

The first race in this year’s x-country champs is this Saturday (14th) at Leigh Sports Village; Sat Nav: WN7 4GY

This is a Red Rose race and I have entered those people who raced on the country last year plus anyone who didn’t race last year but asked to be entered. 

I am working at MCFC so won’t be able to race, please can someone collect the numbers from upstairs at LSV & distribute; don’t worry about collecting the money as I will do that at the next race

If you have not been entered you can still enter on the day but, for Red Rose only, will have to go to registration and pay £10 to get a number; still great value at £2.50 per race!

Start times - ladies 1:35 pm & men 2:15 pm

Course map is on the website

If you need clarification on anything before Saturday, I can be contacted on email or phone 07508 213207

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Withins Skyline fell race 

All good things must come to an end and this was the last race of the season, but what a season it's been, with loads of people trying the fells for the first time and A&T providing double figures several times. On top of that, it looks like we’ll pick up a few prizes at the Run the Moors champs, which is ace!  Thanks for your support this year everyone.

They say that you should learn at least one new thing each day, and those travelling to the race in PSG’s car learned a new word, as we were almost sideswiped by a car that shot out onto the motorway straight to the fast lane.  Only some exemplary handling by the driver avoided disaster … and the new word?  Well it’s only one letter away from, and rhymes with, “ducktart”, but I couldn’t possibly put it in writing, although I’m thinking of having a t-shirt printed!

So, after a brief adrenaline boost, it was off to the race.  Nine A&T-ers lined up at the start, which was in the bottom of a quarry in the lovely surroundings of Penistone Hill Country Park, within the moors on which Charlotte Brontë’s Wuthering Heights was set.  After a brief interlude at the start, where for some reason the race director had decided he wanted to embarrass two runners by insisting on all 358 competitors singing Happy Birthday to them, we were off and were soon running up that hill.  Actually, unusually for a fell race, the start was slightly downhill for the first quarter of a mile until we hit the wiley, windy moors, where we soon ended up on a frustratingly single-file track and slowed right down.  I attempted to go around the outside and ended up flat on my face after tripping on some heather – mountain sob, ankle breaker!  I picked myself up and having pulled myself together, I had another go at going around the outside, but this time I stepped on what looked like a fairly solid bit of mud and sank to my middle in bog.  The guy right behind me tried exactly the same manoeuvre and ended up on top of me.  Oh babooshka, I thought! 

The rest of the race then was pretty much a haze of mud (hurray for X-talons!), with brief interludes of slippery paved paths and several stream crossings.  Whilst were generally always either climbing or descending, rumours of steep hills were a big stripey lie, with only fairly gentle slopes needing to be tackled.  The end came more quickly than expected, with the advertised 12k being more like 10k, though the gentle downhill from the start now became a mountain towards the finish, but finish I finally did – King of the Mountain!  As for the race, I hated you, I loved you too.

So, how many Kate Bush quotes did I smuggle into this report?  No prize for guessing except a bit of kudos, but definitely kudos (and a curly wurly) to the A&T athletes who had “the edge” and completed today’s race. 

Tim Campbell (48:56), Simon Ford (55:18), Brendan Loughrey (58:12), Phil Spencer-Gray (61:51), Carl Murray (62:27), Anthony Hart (63:59), Claire Matchwick (72:57), Rachel Haslam (77:32), Tracy Loughrey (85:17)

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Gin Pit 5

Just a note to say a massive 'Thank You' to everyone who helped with the Gin Pit 5 last week.  It was our most successful race in it's 13 year history.  We sold out all 250 places last Thursday and allowed a few CLGP runners in on the day making it 265 finishers in total.

Local runners from Leigh Harriers Neil Pendlebury and Laura Riches won the event.  A&T's own Josie Maley took 3rd female after a strong finish.

So many positive comments have been received via email and social media, especially highlighting the marshals for their enthusiastic support around the course.

Gary S

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Withins Skyline Fell Race Sunday 8th Oct 11:30 
The final fell race of the season sees us in Bronte country on the moors near Howarth.  It's a 12k race with 300m of climb, so it sounds a pretty accessible race for all. Entry is £4 on the day only and there's a Cadbury's Curly Wurly for each finisher!  Apparently they're also encouraging Halloween themed fancy dress, so if you feel the urge to show us your darker side then this is the race for you :-)  I'd imagine that you'll need waterproof top and possibly waterproof bottoms, hat/gloves and whistle, depending on the weather on the day.
As always, give me a shout if you have any questions.  Further details are at the link below.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Gin Pit 5

Hi all,

It's been a mad week at race HQ.  The race is officially full with runners coming from as far as Glasgow! 

Here are the times i'd like people to arrive who are volunteering

Registration - No later than 9.30am
Car Park Marahals - No later than 9.30am
Course Marshals and Timekeepers - No later than 10.15am (see Craig Bradbury for instructions).

If any of our wonderful members are bringing a cake to donate please see Karen (Lynn's daughter) who will look after it for you.

I'd appreciate it if you could park away from the car park where possible and walk it in or car share or bike it to allow people who are not from the area to get nearer to race HQ. 

Myself, Chris B and Mark Riches will be around on the day to answer any questions runners may have about the course etc.

See you Sunday for the madness of the Gin Pit!

Gary S


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Club Hoodies

I'm in the process of ordering a new blue A&T hoody for Louise and I.  

If anybody else requires one then please let me know within the next 7 days and I will put one order in.

These will be printed hoodies £15 - Not the embroidery ones. 

Let me know -

Name  -   Size   -    Initials printed at £2 extra



Final Call for Gin Pit Runners

Warning!!! - There are just 10 entries available for Sunday's Gin Pit 5

Monday, 25 September 2017

Great British A&T bake off!

Just a reminder that we are looking for cake donations for Sunday's Gin Pit 5.
The idea is runners can help themselves and make a small donation to the club, like a honesty box.

Please see Lynn Boylin's daughter Karen on the day if you have a cake to donate.

Thank you


Swinton 5.25

The penultimate race in the 2017 road calendar was a trip to Swinton for their revised revamped race of 5.25 miles.    (1 loop)
A&T had another fantastic turnout with 20 runners with some good times to show for it as well.

First home for the men was Mark Collins followed by Brendan loughrey and Shaun Moran.

For the ladies it was Jackie Price , Vanessa Thomson and Joan Cooke

Brendan picked up the First V50 award whilst jackie claimed 3rd vet.

Full results here:-

The next race in the CLGP calendar is our very own GINPIT5.  I'm hoping we can get plenty of runners from the club involved in the race as well as our masses of volunteers.  

Ginpit 5 t-shirt on offer for all competitors. 
Events like this help massively towards our end of year presentation night so please support if you can. 

Cap'n CB

Friday, 15 September 2017

Thank You Volunteers!

Just a note to say 'Thank you' to everyone who has volunteered for help at the Gin Pit 5. 
The rota is now completed and i'll post details about what time you need to arrive.

To all other members, feel free to enter the race on the below link.

Final volunteer list. 

10 course marshals - Craig Bradbury (team leader), Chris Scholes, Mike Carter, Suzanne Gregory, Clare Unsworth, Joan Cooke, Cath Worsley, Gary Firth, Scott Priestley

4 x Car Park (can race) - Tim Campbell (team leader),  Barry Allman, Phil Griffiths, Carl Waldie, Mark Collins

2 x Course set and clean up (can race)  - Brendan & Craig, help off Scott Priestley clearing up

3 x Registration (can race) - Gary Stevens (team leader),  Louise Simpson, Rachel Haslam

3 x Time Keepers - Mark Riches (team leader), Gary Stevens, Jo Riches, Chris, Tim,

1x Water Station - Jon Hall & Lynn Boylin

1 x presentation - Chris Bennett

1 x race starter - Chris Bennett

3 or 4 x handing out t-shirts -Emma Stevens, Annabel Stevens,

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Presentation Night

Early reminder that the presentation night is looming. Please save the date as this is always the highlight of the year.

Saturday 16th December.   7:30

As discussed at the club meeting last week, I'm looking for some fresh ideas from members on how I can jazz the night up a little.   I'm looking for some suggestions on how we do conduct some of the awards that members vote for. If you you have any sensible ideas/suggestions then please message me.
A night where you can always expect the unexpected !


T-Shirts have arrived!

The t-shirts have arrived, modelled by 'Ironman' Mr John Lee!

The only way to secure one of these beauties is to be in the first 250 entries at the Gin Pit 5 on Sunday 1st October 2017

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Gin Pit 5 - Sunday 1st October Entry Details

If you want to race but haven't already done so you can enter online on the below link  ...

Each finisher will get a free technical t-shirt.

Minutes of Club Meeting 06/09/2017

Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners

Wednesday 6 September 2017 at 19:30

1 Welcome MR welcomed everyone to the meeting; all committee present, including new committee member, Lynn Boylin, except DS & JB plus approx. 20 members

2 X-country 2017/18 season MR talked everyone through his Blog dated 29/08/2017; not sure of cost yet, as paperwork not arrived, but approx. £10 in total for all 3 leagues

3 Road update CB said he was pleased with attendance at races and results include Wigan 10K

4 Fell update TC said that the fell section was flourishing and that the Run the Moors league has been a great success

5 Tri update MT said that he is looking into joining Epic Events league; details to follow. In the meantime, if you have completed a triathlon this year make sure that you have advised MT or JB

5 Gill Pimblott race 2017 – update MR referred everyone to his Blog dated 29/08/2017 and confirmed that we raised £375 which will be sent to St Ann’s Hospice. Big thank you to everyone who donated and particularly Shaun for organising

6 GP5 volunteers We talked through the various issues with the car park last year. TC seems to have this in hand but any additional help on the day would be welcome (can still race) we also decided that we could raise a bit extra money if members bring along cakes and we have an honesty box. Finally, in order to avoid anyone getting lost, we still need another 4 course marshals; if you can spare a couple of hours on Sunday 01/10/2017 please let either GS or MR know as soon as possible. Remember all volunteers get a race T-shirt

7 Next meeting Wednesday 08/11/2017 after training

8 AOB ·
MC wanted permission from the committee to apply for race permit for GP marathon – granted as half marathon will be a club race ·
CB presentation night – any ideas how to refresh voting / presentation night itself etc. to CB ·
TC noticeboard and sign need to be updated;
MR will sort out the noticeboard and MC will speak to Neil about the sign ·
JH confirmed that we have 107 members

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Another Volunteer Request,

 Race Update 06/09

There are just a few more roles that require volunteers - see below

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered so far.  We are still looking to fill some vacancies.  If you are free to help out please let me know so i can add you to the list.

It's fast approaching that time of the year where your club needs a couple of hours of your time to help with our annual Gin Pit 5 which is on Sunday 1st October.

There are a number of roles that need filling, some of which you are free to race.

If anyone can help please email or contact a committee member via email or facebook.

10 course marshals - Craig Bradbury (team leader), Chris Scholes, Mike Carter, Suzanne Gregory, Clare Unsworth, Joan Cooke, Cath Worsley, Gary Firth, Scott Priestley

4 x Car Park (can race) - Tim Campbell (team leader),  Barry Allman, Phil Griffiths, Carl Waldie, Mark Collins

2 x Course set and clean up (can race)  - Brendan & Craig, help off Scott Priestley clearing up

3 x Registration (can race) - Gary Stevens (team leader),  Louise Simpson, Rachel Haslam

3 x Time Keepers - Mark Riches (team leader), Gary Stevens, Jo Riches, Chris, Tim,

1x Water Station - Jon Hall & Lynn Boylin

1 x presentation - Chris Bennett

1 x race starter - Chris Bennett

3 or 4 x handing out t-shirts -Emma Stevens, Annabel Stevens, Karen Burgoyne

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

A&T Road Wigan 10k

A record 38 people from the club turned up on Sunday for the 5th and largest to date Wigan 10k. As this is my favourite race I decided to add this to the club championships.  Being of a large build does have some advantages when it comes to barging your way onto the front row.  I  wanted to show the people of Wigan how much fun it is being an A&T member. #alwaysrecruiting.

After a slow countdown from from Jack Johnson himself the race got underway at 10am, and for the record I led for the first 2 meters before I let the elites take over.

First 3 men :- Tim Campbell, Gary Stevens and Mark Collins.
First 3 ladies :- Josie Maley, Jackie Price and Susan Fletcher.

Away from the speedsters there were some amazing results across on leagues with quite a lot of close finishes and most importantly PB's galore   This just shows that the work you are putting in on club training nights is really paying off

The next road championship race is the Swinton 5.25 mile  (1lap) on the  24th September (no need to pre-book)

This is then followed by the Manchester Half Marathon on the 15th October (Must pre-book ASAP)

The club website has been updated with the latest Road Championship standings.
Please have a look when you can and if you spot an error and want something clarifying then please contact me.

Cap'n CB

Monday, 4 September 2017

Club Meeting Wednesday 6th September

'Apologies' for the short notice.

This coming Wednesday 6th September we are holding a club meeting at 7.30pm (after efforts) to discuss mainly the Gin Pit 5 plus a few other agenda items.

*All members are very welcome to attend*

Agenda as follows.

1 Welcome MR 

2 X-country 2017/18 season MR 

3 Road update CB 

4 Fell update TC 

5 Gill Pimblott race 2017 – update MR 

6 GP5 volunteers ALL 

7 Next meeting MR 


Saturday, 2 September 2017

Race Report: Grisedale Horseshoe fell race 

It’s always a relief when you are crawling on your hands and knees up a mountain with your muscles screaming for you to stop, and looking behind you through your legs you see that the guy behind you is doing exactly the same, then you look up through your arms and the guy just ahead of you is doing the same too.  Clearly it’s not just me that’s bonkers, plus it looks like I’m catching the guy in front, maybe I can gain another place?  Blimey, get a grip, how can I think about racing when I can’t even stand up and I’m gasping for a drink!  Anyway, rewind, that was the last climb, I should go back to the start in Glenridding where 3 gutsy A&T athletes (Ant, Carl and me) lined up with 150 competitors and listened to the race director give a bit of a rant about people not turning up with full kit, before a count from 3 set us off.  

A short run up the road and a signpost at a fork showed that we needed to turn right for Helvellyn, this navigation bit is a doddle!  We continued to follow a stony path, but it wasn’t long before we turned off onto the fells from Hole in the Wall and across to the first checkpoint at Catstycam.  From there it was across to Swirral Edge via Red Tarn, with fantastic views and a great bit of clambering over rocks to make it up to Helvellyn.  This is a bit I know quite well and it’s very runnable across to Dollywaggon, with an amazing, but punishing, descent down to Grisedale Tarn, avoiding Cock Cove (that’s a mistake you don’t make twice!).  I splashed my way across Grisedale Beck and onto the slog up to St Sunday Crag.  

Knowing the best route is a good part of successful fell running and Anthony had mentioned that there was a great descent off the Crag down a scree chute, if you knew where to go, but if you missed the right line you could end up crag-bound.  The safe alternative was a long loop around the path.  I watched the line of runners in front safely continue off down the path to the right, but then suddenly the guy directly in front of me furtively swerved off to the left.  This is it I thought, the secret scree chute and plunged off the side of the crag in hot pursuit.  I love scree, if you get it right, you can run down at a blistering pace as the scree cushions your steps and allows you almost to ski down.  This guy knew what he was doing and we ended up gaining a load of places just through good route choice.  Plus I overtook him, ha ha!

At the bottom we splashed through another beck and were soon onto the last climb, a massive sting in the tail, which I may have mentioned earlier as being rather difficult.  The guy at the top read my A&T Road Runners top and told me that I was a long way from any roads, cheeky bugger!  We then headed off down the last descent to Glenridding which under normal circumstances I’d have rattled down, but my legs were shredded by this point and I made it down as best I could to the finish line (thank god!).

Another fantastic fell race done, and only one left in the A&T Champs now, which is Withins Skyline on Sunday 8th Oct and promises to be more gentle at 7.5 miles and only 984ft of climb. 


Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Gill Pimblott race 2017 (race the train driver) - by Mark Riches

The earlier post HERE refers

We raised £375, which is a fantastic effort

Big thank you to everyone who took part / donated especially Shaun who not only organised the event but played the part of the train driver!

2017/18 X-Country fixtures – by Mark Riches

I think that the dates and venues might already be on FB, but here is a complete list of races made up of 3 different leagues

·         Red Rose
·         Mid Lancs
·         South East Lancs
Red Rose
Mid Lancs
Cuerden Valley Park
Red Rose
Red Rose
Leverhulme Park, Bolton
Heaton Park
Mid Lancs
Sefton Park, Liverpool
Red Rose
Mid Lancs
Tandle Hill
Mid Lancs
Towneley Park, Burnley
Mid Lancs
Rylands Park, Lancaster
Mid Lancs

Some of the Mid Lancs races involve quite a lot of travel and this year we have 2 or 3 clashes

My intention is to go with best 7 from 11 races and include the following races where there are clashes

·         14th October - Red Rose LSV
·         18th November - Red Rose Bolton
·         17th February - SEL Chorley

Monday, 28 August 2017

Grizedale Horseshoe fell race Sat 2nd Sep 11:00
This little beauty begins at the lovely setting of Glenridding on Ullswater (CA11 0PA), entry £5 on the day only.
Covering 9.9 miles and 5003 ft of climb, the race takes in Catstye Cam followed by Helvellyn, Dollywaggon, down to Grisedale Tarn and then back up to St Sunday Crag. The return journey is via Grisedale Beck to Hole in the Wall and back to Glenridding Village Hall for a welcome cup of tea, soup and a butty.
Please be prepared to carry full kit, including map and compass.  This is another one where in good conditions you'll be fine to follow people (and take in some of the best views the Lake district has to offer), but if the clag is down, you could need to navigate.  
As always, any questions, give me a shout.  Cheers, Tim

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Sedbergh Hills fell race report:

Feck, that was hard!

Well done and thanks to Brendan and Phil for joining me in taking part.  The A&T fell champs have been updated and race results can be found at the website below.

Only 2 more races to go now, the next one is the slightly easier and shorter Grizedale Horseshoe on Sat 2nd Sep at 11:00.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Track Time Trial Results - 14/08/2017

Firstly, congratulations to everyone who took part on Monday, there were some really strong times and some really great efforts by all.

Secondly I want to apologise for this going out so late. I'll try to be more organised next week after Monday's 3K and 5K time trials.


1500m 800m 400m 200m
Rob 04:48.73
Rob 02:22.59
Rob 01:02.17
Matt T 28.92
Tim 05:12.83
Tim 02:35.18
Matt T 01:06.73
Gareth 30.05
Matt T 05:39.92
Matt T 02:41.35
Gareth 01:08.81
Oli 31.95
Gareth 05:46.08
Gareth 02:51.11
Oli 01:12.65
James 34.15
Oli 05:46.64
Oli 02:47.42
James L 01:14.17
Vanessa 34.21
James L 05:49.64
James L 02:49.95
Claire M 01:19.14
Matthew 34.51
Claire M 06:07.20
Claire M 02:56.40
Matthew 01:21.60
Claire M 35.41
Vanessa 06:45.47
Vanessa 03:27.79
Vanessa 01:23.83
Dave B 37.91
Matthew 06:47.57
Nicola 03:32.78
Nicola 01:37.65
Nicola 41.40
Nicola 06:56.36
Matthew 04:01.12
Dave B 01:44.41
Carmel 07:39.30
Carmel 04:09.27
Carmel 01:48.18
Dave B 09:23.65
Dave B 04:31.31