Saturday, 29 April 2017
Here is the link For timings etc.
Monday, 24 April 2017
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 www.ironman.com/ukvolunteers. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We very much hope to see you in the summer!
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 World. Actually, 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.
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
44 A&T members in total turned out for this inaugural event, and with this race forming part of the Road Season calander it is now the most attended event since my takeover as Captain.
It was great to see some of the Monday 10k group joining us on the track and i'd like to thank you for this. (Speed-work and Long runs all help to improve your running and fitness)
The support provided by family members, pets, and kids was fantastic and it highlighted just how good our running club is.
After a lengthy and much needed warmup 13 Ladies took to the start line all looking very nervous due to the large numbers watching.
Next up were the 30 men all jostling for good starting positions on the line and elbows at the ready.