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.