Thursday, 20 July 2017

Turnslack Fell race Sat 29th July at 14:30
The next fixture in the fell champs is Turnslack in Littleborough.  With 2000 ft of climb, this is slightly longer than recent races at 8 miles and classified as "M", so there's an extra bonus point available in the champs.  Be sure to keep an eye on the weather in case of kit requirements (always come prepared!) and I hope to see you there.  There are further details at the link below.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Date for your diary - Gill Pimblott Memorial Race 2017; Saturday 19th August

I have agreed the date with Gill's Dad (Alan)

Shaun has got an idea in mind - race the train / train driver and the race will be open to Club members plus friends & family

It's for a great cause so please try to make yourselves available

Shaun will post more detail closer to the date

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Mystery Race - Report

On a glorious Wednesday evening you all turned out to see what my Mystery Race was all about.   39 of you showed up in your blue tops which for me was a great sight.  

I gave my race briefing describing this a PACE RACE.   I asked you the members to predict your time to complete the course that measured 3.9 miles long.   The shock and horror of your faces when I asked you to run without watches was hilarious.  The route given was from Ginpit down the trail path - turn right at the bottom and then head on the busway to Holden Road where Chris Scholes would be waiting to greet you with a Dingbat card and then back again.   The idea of the Dingbat (catchphrase) was to give you a chance to earn a 10 second grace on your predicted time.  Only 5 of you managed to solve the puzzle given.  (I don't give bonus points away easily)

On completion of the course you were greeted with some nice goodies whilst trying to give your answers to Jane and Emma.  Myself , Rachel and Alex tried desperately  hard to workout the time differences between your results 

I wanted this event to everyone a chance of winning rather than fastest person winning, the results didn't let me down.   

Special Mention must go to Olutayo Adebowale who was only 3 seconds out on her prediction yet the overall winner who was 5 seconds out but got the bonus right was Craig Bradbury.   Well done to you both.

Thanks to all those who helped me to put this event on   Louise,Rachel, Alex, Emma, Jane, Jo, Chris and Gabby

Hope you all enjoyed it.  

Captain CB

Full results have been processed and are attached:-(if the link works-if not i'll upload to website later)

I will update league tables this week and upload to the website.   If you have any queries please let me know. 

Monday, 10 July 2017

Captain's Mystery Race - Wednesday 6:30 GINPIT

Final reminder that it is my Mystery race on Wednesday.  This is a club members race only and i'm asking all participants to wear a club vest or T-shirt please.

The race briefing will start at 6:30 with the race starting at 6:45

There will be a £2 race fee

Footwear :- bring road and trail and decide after the briefing.

Presentation will be held in the car park 5 mins after the final runner has finished.


This man might be your friend or foe !!


Saturday, 8 July 2017

Bull Hill fell race report 

In my opinion this is one of the best local fell races, since in one small race it manages to combine most of the key elements of fell running, including its own mini-fell, bottomless bogs, rocky & uneven surfaces, some good descents and plenty of great views.  So if you’re not sure whether fell running is for you, you’ll have a pretty good idea after doing this one!  

7 A&T runners made the 1 mile trek to the start line, to set off up an initially deceptively flat road, which soon banked upwards and around a couple of bends, onto the moors.  At this point it levelled off and we followed a narrow trod across the moorland.  Though with Dave’s (evil) Monday track session still in my legs I was blowing by this point and was glad that I had no opportunity for overtaking.  Luckily there was then some brief relief with an easy downhill down a path, before we got to the waterfall and the mini-fell, which is a shock to the system and proper hand-on-knees stuff.

Plenty of undulations then followed, until we passed the monument to the Pilgrim’s Cross at the top of the hill.  You’d expect it to be all downhill from there, but no, they continue to knock the stuffing out of you with false promises of downhills, each followed by another rise, interspersed with boggy ground.  Eventually you end up on a tricky narrow path which contours the final descent, eventually ending in a stream to ford and marshalls telling you that you’re nearly there (liars!).  A sign showing “400m to go” is for some reason placed what seems like about a mile away, and this is followed by a “200m to go” which somehow feels even further from the finish than the 400m.  However, this is all explained by Einstein’s slightly less well known Special Theory of Fellativity, which explains how the inclusion of mud and a hill in the last 200m of a fell race distorts space-time, causing time to slow and distances to increase.  At least it must be something like that.  One women summed it all up nicely, as she finally spotted the finish and decided to walk the last 50 yards, “F*ck it!” she stated emphatically.  I couldn’t agree more.

Anyway, we were all safely home and performance of the day must surely go to Kerry, who knocked an amazing 11 minutes off her time from last year.  Well done Kerry and everyone else who took part.

The race results can be found on John Schofield and the fell champs have been updated on the A&T website.  The Run the Moors chaps have also been very efficient and have updated their champs too.

Next race is Turnslack on Sat 29th July somewhere near Littleborough.  Details can be found on our website.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

PARK RUN - Take over update.

I now have a full list of volunteers and pacers  for this Saturday at Pennington Flash.  
Please could I ask that you all arrive for 08:30 for a quick briefing and photo. Please could you wear some form of A&T kit, as the whole idea of this process is to promote the club and to attract new members.



Friday, 30 June 2017

Bull Hill Fell Race

The next race in the fell champs is Bull Hill fell race next Thu 6th July, hosted by Radcliffe AC. This is another one that will be suitable for all, it's relatively short at 5.5 miles, but remember your waterproof if it's raining! Details at the following link

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Eddie's Revenge Fell Race report - Phil Riley

Who the F!@K is Eddie??

Apparently, Eddie Miln formerly of Middleton Harriers, setup the race and then promptly moved a safe distance away to the sanctuary of Blackpool! Thanks Eddie, hope you're enjoying the beach while we all tackle your Big One!!

This revenge of a race was organised by Middleton Harriers and was £5 entry or free with a homemade cake! Registration took place in the warm, dry and peaceful St Saviours C of E Church, near Shaw. Not that could be said for the weather, course and conditions awaiting us. Due to the weather, waterproof jackets were mandatory to be worn or carried...and so began the obligatory panicking among the team to make sure all had jackets (or bum bags stuffed with socks Phil Spencer!) and due faffing on whether to wear them under/over A&T vests or carried or tied around the waist etc etc etc! The start was 200m away at Shore Edge Methodist Church. Again, a religious tone that would only get more colourful at the finish line!!

132 brave lambs including 11 A&Ters (9 men and 2 ladies) listened to a short course briefing before being set off by the woof of the Mountain Rescue dog! This was my first Club Fell race and Tim had kindly given me a 'Tim Top Tip' which was to try and start near the front and get in a good position leading into a bit of a bottle neck  1/4mile from the start. Heeding the mountain goats wise words, I set off a little too 'briskly' for my own lungs and was already blowing badly before the first real climb upto the fells! At least I was on the podium at this point!

Tim, Rob and Carl had already disappeared up the hill and as I started turning purple, another of our mountain goats Simon soon passed me. The fell master dealt a disapproving shake of the head as he bounded up the rocky path. Phil Spencer then caught me as we nearly reached the top of the first lung busting climb. Even though the rain had stopped, conditions were still damp and the paths were rocky, slippy and muddy in places. I am quite a good descender but I didn't fancy any face planting this evening! As I re-passed Phil, the first descent was scuppered by Sloan's pre-race nobbling trick of telling me to tie my jacket around the waist, half zipped and tucked in! It started to come down and for the next few hundred metres looked like I was running in a kilt while trying to retrieve something from my sporran! Sloan duly flew past with all arms flailing as I grappled with my bits as we headed back Up!

The slippery Sloan wasn't too far in front as the race saw us summit Crompton Moor where we were then hit with head winds as we picked our way back across the fell and onto a very steep and narrow descent. This was pretty treacherous trying to come down at speed. With the added obstacle at the bottom of three posts strategically positioned in the middle of the narrow path (probably left there by our friend Eddie), just to finish anyone off who's legs hadn't already been felled!!  (did you see what I did there!?)

No one else had caught me so I was looking good even if I wasn't feeling it. One more 'lump' followed as I checked around for any blue vests hunting me down, before another short sharp rocky descent close to the finish. A quick hurdle over some wooden path traps and across the finish line!  1000ft of climb in 3.7miles and some scars to show for it! Notably a pulled Tricep! Of all things to pull...a tricep in a fell race! Maybe I should try using the legs!

In the finish area, Tiger Tim was looking pretty pleased with himself after bagging 3rd place overall and Rob with a fantastic top ten. As we waited for all the A&T athletes to finish, the air turned more and more blue with everyone's descriptions of the 'undulating' course! We had a good chuckle at Anthony who was pipped on the final corner by Kieran. Anthony apparently wasn't aware of where the finish was! 'Strategically' holding something back for a fast finish!! Good work. Better luck next time...

We headed down and back to the Church to warm up with a brew and a cake before the award presentation. And as I told Dave's supporting mother about her son...Tim, despite earlier insisting on wanting a quick getaway, waited patiently for his box of maltesers!  We hope Kay enjoyed eating them!

Well done to all and great effort. It was a good honest race and I personally loved my first Club Fell race and will be back for time with more legs and less wardrobe malfunction!

A&T Results:

Tim Campbell 26.55

Rob Johnson 28.47

Simon Ford 31.16

Carl Murray 31.23

Dave Sloan 32.14

Phil Riley 33.10

Kieran Lomas 35.02

Anthony Hart 35.07

Phil Spencer-Gray 35.23

Clare Matchwick 39.12

Kerry Lomas 47.30

If you're on Strava check out the Flyby:

Official results here:

Next Fell race is next week:    6th July 7.30pm, Bull Hill, Bury (BS) 5.5miles, 1099ft

Monday, 26 June 2017

Ironman Volunteers by Lynn Boylin

There is a feed station briefing on Saturday 15th July (11am to 12 noon) at the Macron Station, BL6 6JW, everyone welcome if you want to attend.

Our water station is on "The Lane"
From Atherton go up Newbrook Road to the lighs, over the lights to the next step of lights.  Turn left onto Hulton Lane A6145.  At the bottom turn left and next right up Beaumont Road to the top.  We are on Chorley New Road (A673).

The station will open at 11am to set up.  We need 25 volunteers at any one time during the day.  It is going to be very busy.

Please let me know if you are able to help.  Some of us are staying all day but you are free to come and go as you please.  It would be helping to get an idea of what times people are expecting to attend

1) all day
2) morning
3) afternoon
4) late afternoon
5) evening

Friday, 23 June 2017

Captains Mystery Race & League Table

The next race in the road championships will be my Mystery race.  You will find out the Distance, Route and Rules on the night.  Wednesday 12th JULY.  Race Briefing will start at 6:30 with the race starting promptly at 6:45.

There will be extra bonus points on offer at this race so its certainly not to be missed.  There will be a £2 fee to cover the costs of prizes payable to me on the night.

This race is open to any A&T member only and club vests or T-shirts to be worn.  

If you have not been entering any of the Road Races this year you are still more than welcome to attend and enter this event, it will be a fun exclusive club night just like the Track mile was.

Clue 1.      The race will be a distance between 1 mile and 6.5 miles

If your thinking of entering this event please leave a comment so I can try and work out approximate
numbers.  Thanks 

The current League table has been updated on the website -  If you spot any errors or feel you are missing some points please message me.

Cap'n CB

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Eddie’s Revenge fell race Wed 28th Jun 19:30

The next race on the A&T champs is a return to an old favourite with Eddie’s Revenge, organised by Middleton Harriers.  Entry is £5 on the day, or free with a homemade cake.  It’s relatively short at 3.8m and whilst there’s no hand-on-knees stuff, it is quite “undulating” with quite a bit of climb and a good short, steep descent, however it’s in a relatively enclosed area, mostly on trails and well-marked/marshalled, so accessible to all.
There’s a great video documentary that I’d not seen before, in which you can see several A&T members “enjoying” the race last year.
Full details can be found at the page at the link below:
As always, if you have any questions then please get in touch.

Horwich 5

25 blue vests turned out for the latest Club championships race on what can only be described as a hot, humid and midgey infested race.  
All of us managed to complete the race and that in itself was a great achievement.
My personal highlight of the evening was the support given to everyone member at the finish line and we all stayed until the last runner came home which was more than could be said for the other clubs - fantastic team spirit.   thank you.

Tim and Josie were the first A&T members home :- congratulations to you both.

Full results to be found here :-

Next race will be the captains mystery race on the 12-7-2017.   Don't ask questions just turn up and all will be revealed.    There will be a £2 charge for the race to cover costs of prizes.


Captain CB

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

3k Time Trial Results

Well done to those who completed the 3,000m track time trial last night, i know there were some tired legs from racing over the weekend and tired bodies from the recent (and current) warm weather, long may it continue!

Results as follows:

David Sloan 10:51
Jonathan Hyde 11:06(.9)
Mark Collins 11:09
Brendan Loughrey - Not time given
Mark Riches 11:44
Simon Ford - No time given
Phil S-G - No time given
Neil Hodgson 13:09
Claire Matchwick 13:10
'Blisters' Paul Roberts 14:05
Rachel Haslam 14:08
Matt Perry 14:10
Dave Bennett - No time given

Friday, 16 June 2017

A&T - Parkrun 8th July

After great success at the last event we have decided to take over the volunteering roles at Parkrun on the 8th July.  I'm looking at making this event a pacing event as well due to the positive feedback we received last time.  I'm now looking for volunteers for this event, below is a list of roles that need filling.  If you able to help out on Saturday 8th July and fill one of the roles then please let me know.  Either by email. or leave a message on the Facebook thread.

Roles required :-

Run Director -   Chris Bennett
Time Keeper -
Backup Time keeper-
Finish Tokens -
Marshall x5 -
Barcode Scanner x 4 -
Tail Runner - Catherine Brides
Report Writer -

Pacing Team, lead by Jon hall

Thanks for your continued support


Thursday, 15 June 2017

Lions Bridge

There are still places available for the Lions Bridge Half and Full trail marathon.
It starts and finishes at the Gin Pit on Sunday 9th July at 10:00am.
The Half marathon is 3 laps of the Gin Pit and Lilford trails and the full marathons is 6 laps.
There's a nice bespoke medal to all finishers.
Either of the Lions Bridge events count towards the A&T's Ultra section championship.
For more information and online entry follow the link below:-

Malc Collins

Gin Pit 5 Sponsorship Update

We are delighted to announce that this year we have 5 sponsors for the Gin Pit.  Each sponsor will have their company names and logo on the back of the t-shirts which will be given to every runner taking part.

Louise Simpson Aesthetics
Thomas Smith Fasteners
Stephensons Solicitors
Collins Reinforcements
N Digital Design

Gin Pit 5 Volunteers Required

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 - Chris Scholes,

3 x Car Park (can race) - Tim Campbell (team leader),  Barry Allman, Phil Griffiths

2 x Course set and clean up (can race)  - Brendan Loughrey, 

3 x Registration (can race) - Gary Stevens (team leader),  Louise Simpson,  Dave Sloan

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

1x Water Station - Jon Hall & Cath Worsley

1 x presentation - Chris Bennett

1 x race starter - Chris Bennett

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

Monday, 12 June 2017

How Now Brown Cow? 

Race HQ for the Knowl Hill fell race was at the Brown Cow pub in Norden near Rochdale.  Another great turnout of 11 A&T runners met there to register, including Kieran and Kerry, who were taking part in Knowl Hill fell race as the final part of Rochdale Harriers’ 3 day event, excitingly entitled “Rochdale Harriers’ 3 Day Event”. Not a very imaginative name, but it was a tough set of races, so well done to them both for completing all three races so strongly.  The fell race itself was well supported, easily beating last year’s 137 runners with 205 entrants.  I suspect that this was partly down to it being included in the Run the Moors champs, with several clubs well–represented.  As conditions were good and the course was well-marked and marshalled, there were no kit requirements.

Before the race there were handshakes and good lucks all round for the A&T crew, and after the usual safety talk, we were started by a local councillor blowing a whistle, immediately going into the first climb.  Following the recent experience of the Foe Edge start this felt pretty mild, as we followed a gentle slope up a road for about a mile, before going left onto the moors, to follow a trail around a reservoir.  However, it soon got harder as we hit the first bump, which slowed even the toughest, knarliest old fellrunner to a hands-on-knees shuffle.  Usually these local fell races only have one hill like that one, but after conquering the first we soon hit another, even bigger one which had a slightly sharper gradient and so was more like a scramble for most people.  I was struggling by this point and a few people overtook me, which meant that they all had targets on their backs for the downhill, which I was praying was going to come soon.

“Been around the World and I I I, I can’t find my baby”.  Huh?  Interspersed with concentrating on not falling off the edge of a mountain, I always find that strangest things jump into my head on fell races.  Okay, so Lisa Stansfield was the only person that I could think of from Rochdale, but why start an annoying ear-worm halfway up a scramble, when I should be ensuring that I don’t put my hand in a pile of sheep poo?  … Anyway, back to the race and another sharp, but runnable climb took us to the top of Knowl Hill itself.  Every racer had a tag on a string that they had to hand in at the top of the hill to prove that you’d made it that far, not made easy by the strong wind across the top blowing the token all over the place.  But bliss, we now had some downhill and flat bits.  And better still for me, some “technical” bits that I’m usually good on, meaning that I was able to overhaul the chaps that had overtaken me on the earlier hills.  I was still jiggered, but moving well, soon catching another small group and made my move to pass them down a hill.  As I drew level I tripped at full pelt and dived spectacularly head first into a bog, making a huge splash and getting absolutely covered in mud from head to toe.  Fell races are ace!  

I don’t really know how much further it was to the end as my watch was covered in mud, but after several more ups and mostly downs, we finally reached the end down a cobbled and slippery road.  

All in all, it was a good, fun and testing fell race.  Plus as always, spectacular views were guaranteed, with good support this time from Dave and Frank the fell running dog.  Apparently there was also a dead sheep.

Well done to everyone from A&T, results can be found through the link below and the fell champs have been updated on the website.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Horwich 5 - Wednesday 21st June

Horwich 5

The next race in the Road Championships will be on Wednesday 21st June   7:30 start.    (Not Wed 14th - as advertised) 

From previous experience parking for this event is very awkward so I would recommend car sharing where possible.   For those with children they do host a 1 Mile race at 6:45 for primary children and 7:00 for secondary school children - check out the link for entry fees for these races.  

Registration is at :  Rivington Village Club,  Horribin Lane, Rivington, Bolton BL6 7SE

There is a 10 min walk from registration to start line.



Sunday, 4 June 2017

Knowl Hill fell race 

The next race in the fell champs is on Sunday 11th July at 11:00 at Knowl Hill, Norden, Rochdale.  Registration is at the Brown Cow pub (OL12 7RB).  It’s 6 miles with 1299ft of climb, so slightly longer, but less steep than Foe Edge.  As usual, stunning scenery is guaranteed!  Entry is £5 on the day, or you can enter online in advance.  Normal FRA kit rules apply which, at this time of year and assuming decent weather, will likely mean nothing needed, but come prepared.  Just to let you know as well that the race is actually the last part of a 3 day event being held by Rochdale Harriers, so if you’re feeling fit and up for a challenge, then check it out.

Just a mention also that there’s a good local fell race being held by Horwich on Thursday, Walsh 2 Lads, which some of you will have done before.  I’m going to try to go, kids allowing! 

If you have any questions on any of this, or need me to bring some spare kit, then just give me a shout.  


Friday, 26 May 2017

Race Report: Foe Edge Fell Race

12 plucky A&T athletes lined up at the start of the Foe Edge fell race.  It promised to be a fairly hilly course with 1000 ft of elevation in 4.1 miles and even the start line was at a 20 degree angle.  So, thinking myself clever, I positioned myself at the top edge to be in a straight line with the marker that I could see, to reduce my climbing as much as possible.  Only for the race director to add as a last instruction that the group of trees we could see 20 metres ahead was the first marker, meaning that I had to take a line back slightly downwards.  The second to last thing he said was that the course was well marked and marshalled, so there would be no chance of going wrong.  More on that later!
The race started at a canter, with everyone trying to get to the trees first, though unseen to everyone was an additional obstacle, a muddy ditch just before the trees which caused several stumbles.  Then suddenly there were several low branches to negotiate and pinging back in people’s faces, meaning that everyone slowed, with me more than most, as I think I must have lost about 30 places.  There was then a 90 degree turn to the left and the first climb.  Some of you may have noticed a report in the media earlier this week that Hillary Step, a 12 meter high vertical rock face just before the summit of Everest, has gone missing.  I can now confirm that on Wednesday evening it was rediscovered by the A&T expedition team at the bottom of Foe Edge.  A combination of walking, crawling, scrabbling and sheer grit were needed to get to the top.  By that point I was exhausted and had to will my legs into life again to start them running, I’d also dropped further back in the field, but as my thighs regained feeling and my lungs began to refill with oxygen, slowly I started to reel people in. 
This is one of those races looking back, where I can’t really remember much of the detail, just a few specific things.  Most of it was on trails, some of them quite rocky, but mostly it was quite runnable. I remember going up a couple more rises before hitting the top of a hill with a cross on it and descending down to another trail.  It was at this point that the race director’s words came back to haunt the leading pair, who were quite far ahead of everyone else and for some reason decided to veer off to the left and must have been about 20 metres up a steep hill before being called back down.  By this point I’d made my way up to 11th place, was unexpectedly going well and we were in a group that had broken away from the rest, into which I was expecting to make some inroads.  Another descent and another rise, then onto some dried-up moorland, which was an opportunity for me to take a few more places and found myself overtaking into 5th place, with a gap opening behind and 4th in my sights.  Again we veered off to the left, this time down a sharp bank aiming for a course marker, only to get to the bottom and hear shouts that we had gone the wrong way.  The 4 in front just carried on, but myself and the guy in 6th dithered a bit, but a sense of fair play meant that we retraced our steps to ensure we covered the full course.  That detour meant that a group of runners I’d spent the last 2 miles catching up, overtook us and left us gapped, in around 15th or 16th place.  At this point I gave up a bit and just decided to trot back to the finish, keeping in touch with the group ahead, but not really racing.  My fellow lost companion decided to push on and eventually caught the group and started to overtake some of them.
It was mostly downhill now down rough trails with a few turns, and without intent, I found that I’d more or less caught up with a guy from Horwich who’d dropped off the back of the group I’d been tracking.  We were within about half a mile of the end and that group disappeared off the brow of a hill.  They’d gone the wrong way and needed to track across some rough land to rejoin the path that we were following.  I don’t think they went any further, but we overtook that whole group again and I went back into race mode to make the most of their mistake, which in my mind was karma my own earlier error and left me guilt-free.  It was all downhill, so I battered the last bit, with a sprint finish down the steepest finish I’ve ever experienced, think Marls Pit hill x10 and with a line of rocks in the middle of it, my heels were on fire when I crossed the line.  It made for a great place to watch people come home, with some racing down and others picking themselves carefully down to the finish.
We had some fantastic performances on a difficult course, with myself and Brendan picking up age group prizes, but kudos to anyone tackling it and surviving!  We’re also doing fantastically well in the Run the Moors age group champs.  To pick out a few we have Anthony in 1st, Rachel in 2nd, Kay in 4th, me, Neil and Simon in 3rd, 4th, 5th.  Overall Carl is 7th and Rachel 8th.  I reckon we’ll see some prizes at the end of the season, go A&T!
The next race is Knowl Hill on Sunday 11th June. Slightly longer than Foe Edge, but less steep!

Monday, 22 May 2017

Ouutlaw Half, Nottingham. 2017 by David Sloan

Today was always going to be a tough day, the weather had been looking unkind in the build up with torrential downpours on Saturday when we were all making our way down the M6 through the sea of rubber-neckers admiring a fatal accident on the other side of the carriageway (i won't give my opinion on that as there are children present, but safe to say it disgusts me). Anyway, we all got to the venue nice and early to sit through the 45min race brief, which, to be honest, is not the death by slideshow you would expect, these boys can hold a crowd.
With everybody appeased that they knew what was happening in the morning we all headed back to our respective hotels, grabbed some food and a couple of pints (to help with sleep) and set our alarms for 3:45 (yes, am!)
One thing about the Outlaw Half that isn't ideal is that bike racking is on the morning of the event, which is the same for most half distance events, but because of the traffic on the local roads they also have an early start which means that bike racking is between 5-6am with wave 1 setting off at 6:15. It is here that I would like to thank all of those who came early to help/spectate and remained there for the whole day, you were amazing and much needed and appreciated!!
So to the race, 9 A&T members lined up for the start, Myself, John Lee, Chris Scholes, Phil Riley, Ian Joslin, Michelle Fairclough, Jane Ecclestone, Tracy Waterfall-Chadwick & Emma Higgins. All raring to go with the exception of Emma, who was having jitters before her first ever open water triathlon after a bad experience in the cold water of Salford Quays the week before, but after a few pep talks we were all ready to go and do ourselves proud.
What can i say about the swim start! Well, they break it down into 4 waves at 15minute intervals, and for good reason too. For me it was daunting, I generally have a panic in the water in my first couple of races and this delivered, 2 stops in the first 250m to catch my breath and get a bit of space, then I was off. It seems that I got off a bit lightly though, as Scholesy had a similar issue, but in the middle of the front pack and ended up clinging onto a canoe, luckily they let him continue and everyone got out of the water safe and in good time.

T1 was where Emma and Phil had their breakfast and a brew.

The he start of the bike loop is quite nice for the social triathlete as it gives you 3miles to go around the lake and sort your kit/food/drinks out for the day, get a photo from your loved ones and hopefully not ride into a duck, Phil!

There were some cracking times posted for the bike leg and it was a great course to do it on too. The first 8-10 miles were flat with the rest being undulating with one decent hill to speak of which even for us slow cyclist

...even for pedestrian cyclists like me only takes 5mins to get over. It was reassuring to see John fly past me at 50miles grumbling about how his technology had let him down ,f*ing power, f*ing cadence and such things, John you had a great ride. I must have missed Chris fly past my when my cassette came loose and i had to improvise and tighten it back on with an alan key at 22miles. I also spotted Emma on the bike briefly, which made me smile to know that she got in there and had survived the swim.
The final 2miles of the course does let the ride down a bit as it is down gravelly tracks/bumpy private roads, but it is picturesque and an honour to be able to cycle through the stately grounds (rather than the hectic A52).
As i came into T2, i saw John heading out and after a couple of minutes sorting my stuff and visiting the facilities I was out on the course to chase everyone down (I knew Scholesy was out there somewhere too!) I also saw Phil docking his bike on my way out, so the race was on (even though all of these boys had started 15-30 mins after me).

It is safe to say that the run was tough for everyone, some pushed too hard on the bike, some were just not as fit as they'd have liked to be (me), some suffered with the nutrition and others had over-indulged on honeymoon. We had all joked the day before when they gave us sunscreen at registration, but the sun came out and it got very warm, as Emma's new tattoos are testament to:

The run course is pan-flat with 2-laps of a narrow out-and-back section followed by a lap of the lake. The out and back section was quite good for gauging how far ahead or behind someone you were, as me and Phil noticed as both times we saw each other it was a quick check of the watch and a high5. It was here i caught my first glimpse of Jane and Michelle. I would like to say it was with them running strong, but they both seemed to be loitering around the aid stations, after speaking to Jane afterwards apparently it was the story of her run, lesson for the day - nothing new on race day!

The finishing straight for Outlaw is a one-off, with friends and family around it is amazing and the only event that still allows people to finish with their loved ones, it was a heartwarming site to see Emma come down there with her son Daniel after a long hard day and after such an achievement to be able to share that moment is awesome, thank you OSB events.

Everybody finished safe and we all had our individual stories of how the day went, but the most important thing was that we all enjoyed ourselves, the event was well organised and we had some great support on the course, especially the guys on the hill for the run, you know who you are!
I must say also, the food was fantastic, a crack team of chefs absolutely smashed it!
Would i do this race again (for a third time)? Absolutely! I'm not sure that every body else shares my enthusiasm, but i loved it!!!
David Sloan

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Fo(e) Edge Fell Race 24th May 
Next on the calendar is this little beauty at 19:15 next Wednesday.  Entry is £3.50 on the day only.  I've not done this race before myself, but as it is being run by Rossendale I expect it to be well organised.  The Run the Moors championship describes it as "Good local proper fell race" and I'm not sure what that means, but it's 4.1 miles with 300m elevation, so I expect a couple of erm, hillocks :-)  You can see more details in the link below. From a kit perspective, my guess is that this may need waterproof top if rain is forecast, but there's nothing on there about map, compass, whistle, etc.  That's just my guess though, I could be wrong, so as always, I will have some limited spare kit with me, let me know in advance if there's anything you need.
Also worth mentioning that we are doing quite well in the RTM champs tables, with some individuals in strong prize positions at the moment.  Head over to their website and check it out if you haven't already.

Cheers, Tim

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Haigh Hall 4 Results- CLGP Race

13 members turned out for this race on a glorious Wednesday night.   This year the organisers chose another new route making it the 3rd different route in 4 years.  Apparently we ran the old Relay course if that means anything,  but in my words it was 2 mile steep down hill and then 2 miles back up.

This race was not in the club championships but I was offering a bonus point to all those that attended in keeping with our obligation to the CLGP.

Thanks to Kerry Lomas and Jo Richies for your support on the course.

Here is a link to the result -  however i think there is an error with Mark Richies result as he was a lot further up the field than what is shown - but not sure whereabouts he was apart from infant of me !

The next road race will be the Horwich 5 on the new date of 21st June.   See you all there.


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

New Gin Pit 5 Form - Sunday 1st October.

Gin Pit 5 - Change of date

For reasons out of the clubs control Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners have reluctantly had to change the date of the Gin Pit 5 from the 8th to the 1st October.
Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused but we hope you can still join us on the new date of Sunday 1st October 2017.

If you have pre-entered and cannot make the new date we will offer a full refund.

Please change the date in the diary - a new form will be blogged very soon.

Best Regards, 
Gary Stevens
Astley & Tyldesley RR

Monday, 8 May 2017

Wigan Trail 10k - Race report by Catherine Brides

Who would have ever thought between Hindley, Ince and Platt Bridge a former open cast-mining site would have ever provided such a wonderful setting for the 6th road fixture of 2017.

251 runners were greeted by glorious sunshine and smiles from marshals and supporters. With 28 blue vests initial impressions were one of world domination from A&T runners but a quick reccie of the results showed that Wesham Road Runners also fielded 28 runners but A&T certainly made the biggest noise with 5 out of the top 20 places. Today was the best-attended event to date in the 2017 road champs apart from the mile track challenge.

1st up for the ladies Josie Maley-Jones followed by Susan Fletcher aka Louise Simpson and thirdly Rachel Haslam.

1st up for the men Tim Campbell followed by Mark Collins and Brendan Loughrey. Tim was 2016 winner, however looking at last year’s results no one else from last years top 10 attempted this race today, well done Tim.

With all runners home and dry, pie and peas and the odd pint were enjoyed by all out on the grass in yet more glorious sunshine with prizes aplenty.

Elsewhere a couple of A&T members were playing away in Chorley at the Yarrow River Bluebell 10k trail.  Whilst we were enjoying even more fabulous sweet treats from Kay they were ‘allegedly’ sloshing in the river, not sure if any of this is true or just some wet t-shirt fantasy of Bacon Mons!

Results can found here:

Date for the next road race, Wednesday 21st June, Horwich 5, details can be found here:

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Horwich 5 - amendment

I've just been informed by CLGP that the date for Horwich 5 has been advertised wrongly.
This race will be on Wednesday 21st June and not the 14th - as this race forms part of our road championships its important we let as many people as we know about this change.



Saturday, 29 April 2017

Wigan trail 10k

The next race in the road championships is next Sunday the 7th may.    This is another new race I've added to the calendar for this year so hopefully we can  have another fantastic turnout.   Pre-register is always advisable especially as pre-registered runners receive pie & peas at the end of the race.

Here is the link For timings etc.


Captain CB

Monday, 24 April 2017

Race Report – Boundary Park Tri – 23/04/17

Boundary Park Tri – Standard Distance – 1k Swim, 33.5m Bike, 10k Run

Bike was roughly 10 mile over standard distance as well

Brilliant event, small low key (100 Limit) and really good for beginners to experience their first open water swim

4 A&Ters (Mat T, James B, Graham T and Neil H) took part and 1 A&T support crew (Chris S) also both Captains at this tri as well.

We all turned up around 7:30 am, would have been earlier for Graham and I, but we put the wrong postcode in and was 20 miles in the other direction! Slight panic on! So we all stood around chatting for a bit, tested the water (freezing) I think we may of waited a bit too long because when racking bikes hardly no room (smallest transition area ever) and all the racks were wobbling with the weight of bikes.

Swim route was 2 loops of the lake. Water temp was 13, I am not sure about this personally I think they lied seemed more like 11. We all got in and tried to acclimatize to temp, ended up bobbing up and down for 10mins waiting for the horn. It was freezing once your head was in, it took around 150m before you could get into some proper rhythm. First open water swim race for me and yes it is mental elbows in face. Even swimmers just swimming over you. First out the water was Mat then I was out followed by Neil and then Graham. Just want to add Graham had amazing swim as this was his first tri and he was so nervous. Graham only started to swim 4 months ago!

Transition from swim to bike was a little slow, myself and Neil taking our time having a chat lol. Neil evening saying “why are we taking this long got to be the slowest ever” Graham had brain freeze and struggled to work out what was going on (Just looking at his bike) hahaha.

Bike route was 2 loops quite flat with a few small hills, this race was also drafting allowed which was very new to me. So no TT Bikes, Road bikes only. Marshalls out on the route were really good shouting you on and watching for traffic on turns. So first in was Mat followed by Neil then myself and then graham. Transition was faster this time!

Run route was 2 loops which was fairly flat but had a couple of small uphill drags. At this point of the day it was getting hot as it was lovely day. Mat was first in followed by Neil then myself and then Graham. For me this was the first time, I have not been able to feel my legs waist down for the first 4 miles. A very odd feeling.

Any way once i crossed the finish line, I got back into the water and it felt amazing!

Great event and would recommend to all and great to have Chris there as well for support.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

The Cake Race 

The next club race is on the fells next Saturday 29th April and is The Cake Race at Diggle.  I did this last year, it’s a lovely run and I would recommend it, but would class it more as a tough trail race than a fell race, the biggest descent/ascent being 2 (long, long) flights of steps.  At 9.9 miles don’t take it lightly, but if you are confident of a half marathon, then you’ll be okay.

The race starts at 11am and entry is either £5 on the day, or free with a homemade cake (which brings the added excitement of a cake judging competition and prizes after the race!).  ALL my brownies had gone last year, with a stack of the winning entry still left over . . . but I’m not bitter about that (...fix!)  

Parking is tight near the start/finish, so allow time for parking a short trot away, but there’s a village hall type place that you can leave stuff in (at your risk) if you wanted to take a bag or a jumper.  Note that if the weather is poor then they may expect you to have full body cover, i.e. waterproof top and trousers, although last year rain/hail was forecast and they only wanted the top.  They do also state a requirement to carry map (print off website), compass, whistle and emergency food (e.g. a gel), so make sure that you have these, plus something to carry them in.  I have a couple of spare whistles and a spare compass if anyone needs one, plus some other spare kit. In fact, I have at least 1 spare of everything, so IM me if you need anything, but it’ll be in the boot of the car anyway.  There’s a good description of the course and a copy of the route map that you can print off on the race website, which is at the URL below.  However the race was well-attended and well-marked last year, so navigation wasn’t a problem. 

Give me a shout if you have any questions, hope you enjoy the race! 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017



The club have decided to take the busy water station at 'The Lane', just off Beaumont Road near Chorley New Road, which is one of the busiest points on the course.  We need to have 25 people manning the station at all times during the day.  The marathon is from early afternoon to late evening.  We appreciate most people are working the Monday but we will be needing people to stay as late as possible.  If you can only do a few hours you might be better doing the late shift as the afternoon shift will be easier to fill.

Family and friends are more than welcome to help but MUST be registered.

The IRONMAN UK race season is fast approaching, and with the introduction of another new race in Edinburgh, it promises to be our busiest yet. Now more than ever, we need our enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to perform crucial roles and to help make 2017 our most successful year to date. As someone who has previously volunteered at an IRONMAN event, or expressed an interest, we'd love to have you on the team!

The registration forms for all events can all be found at Alternatively, you can follow the links below:

IRONMAN UK Bolton on Sunday 16 July 2017

You will need to sign-up as a volunteer for each race individually (so if you would like to join us at more than one race - please remember to fill out the relevant registration form for each one).

If you have any questions, please contact

We very much hope to see you in the summer!

Best wishes,

The IRONMAN UK Volunteer Team 2017

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Race Report – Rivingon Pike Fell Race 

The thronging crowds peered anxiously down the hill, as the ominous rumbling sound gradually grew louder and louder,until it was so thunderous that the ground began to shake.  Such a sound has not been heard since the dreaded hordes of Visgoths sacked Rome in 476 AD and is unlikely to be heard again until the Martian War Machine comes from hiding and decimates the WorldActually, on second thoughts though the noise wasn’t ominous . . . it was the sound of . . . fun!?

Suddenly the crowds beheld the awe-inspiring sight of 371 athletes sweeping majestically across the slopes towards the summit of Rivington Pike.  One of them smiled, one of them shouted “Don’t film this shit”all of them couldn’t believe that they’d given up a bank holiday afternoon for this.  That’s right, it was the 125th running of the country’s oldest fell race, and by jingo it was a good one.  

16 well-toned A&T athletes nervously toed the start line opposite Lever Park gates for a road-based sprint start towards Rivington school, before veering off to the right and the start of the climb proper.  From here it’s only 1 mile to the pike, but the route gradually becomes steeper and steeper up runnable paths, until you reach the last 100 yards, where most runners are reduced to hands-on-knees walking.  Then, rounding the pike tower there’s momentary bliss as the ground levels out, and then BANG! it’s a hectic downhill sprint, back the way you came, to the finish.   You need to be careful not to land on your arse (Bacon Mon), but it was all worth it for a pint in the pub and one of Kay’s brownies.

Thanks also to the A&T support on the route, some great photos from Terry online, plus I saw Jo & Mark, Gary, Barry, Stacey and Cath B, apologies if I missed anyone, I was mostly concentrating on not falling over!

Individual results are below, with some amazing performances, and the A&T champs are updated on the website, but it’s also worth mentioning the great results from a team perspective:

Men 6th team from 16

Men (Vets) 5th team from 17

Women 8th team from 13

Women (Vets) 7th team from 8

     27    Tim Campbell         V40   3             20:44

     76    Carl Murray                                    23:14

     97    David Sloan                                    23:40

    113   Brendan Loughrey     V50  17         24:22

    177   Anthony Hart         V45  20            26:39

    192   Claire Matchwick     L    26            27:17

    210   Paul Basnett         V45  23            28:05

    248   Paul Daniel          V40  31             29:43

    257   Derek Coop           V55  24              30:03

    288   Ian Hamilton         V65   8             31:26

    298   Rachel Haslam        L    53              32:07

    319   Clare Unsworth       L40  11             33:57

    328   Tracy Loughrey       L45  11             34:19

    330   Kay Campbell         L40  12              34:35

    341   Robert Foster        V50  39              35:56

    350   Tracy Waterfall      L40  16              36:40


Next on the calendar is the Cake Race in Diggle, Saddleworthon Sat 29th Apr.  Free entry if you bring a cake!  More on that in the next couple of weeks.