Monday 29 January 2018

A&T Website Updates by Tim Campbell

Hi all, 
The website has been updated with the following information: 
1. Latest XC standings and details for the next race
2. Fell fixtures for 2018 with a write-up on each race
3. A downloadable Race Calendar for your fridge showing all 2018 champs fixtures for XC, road, fell, ultra and tri

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Cross County SELCC Leigh Sports Village - 20th Jan 2018 by Michelle Fairclough

Sometimes it feels like groundhog day when LSV crops up twice in a XC season. But this is A&T turf, so there's no reason for our flag not to be out there flying in the wintery winds. (Albeit a slightly crooked flag this week).

Saturday was race 9 of our club league and the forecast for the whole weekend was pretty grim but never fear - XC never gets cancelled. However, I do think we got lucky compared to the hardy halfers on Sunday!

The lads have always been really great turning up early doors to put the team tent up at all of the XC races so the ladies thought it only right that we took our turn.  We did alright for a first attempt and we scored a respectable 8/10 from Dave Sloan, we'll take that!

Many club members were competing in various half marathons on the Sunday so it was expected that numbers may be down for XC. Four ladies made the start line and after much deliberation by Jackie on should she, shouldnt she, the gun went off and 100 meters into the race made Jackie's mind up to keep fresh legs for her half on Sunday.  

Suzanne, Louise and myself took on the 7k (how far?) 2 large lap course, fairly flat but deceptively heavy going, it was tugging at my spikes in places and I've not felt that all season.

Suzanne had another great race finishing first for the A&T ladies and 17th overall, Louise was 2nd home making it look easy despite just returning from holiday; I finished 3rd to complete the A&T ladies team. We bagged 9th place overall ladies team and 5th place ladies v35 & overs team.

Next up was the mens team - Dave, Tim, Gareth and Chris B. Again, Tim was racing on Sunday so it killed him to 'take it easy' and trot round the 5.9 mile course. 

Dave and Gaz were very consistent, looking strong. Dave banking more miles ready for his epic run on Friday.  Gaz was thinking he should have gone for longer spikes!  Sadly Chris Bennett picked up an injury so was forced to stop. Hope you are on the mend soon Chris. 

Dave followed by Tim (who just had to pick off a few competitors with a sprint finish) then Gaz all finished stong. Well done.

A huge shout out to our supporters turning up in the cold to cheer us all on, I spotted Scholesy, Mark, Rachel and Kay. It gives us a welcome boost out on the course so thank you.

The next local race is SEL Chorley Astley Park this time next month (17/2). It's a great course, a good mix of grass, gravel paths, tree roots and a few 'little' muddy hills to get your teeth into, I'm sure most of you have ran/raced the perimeter of the park before. Come and give it a go. It's the last local one until Autumn.  It'd be great to see some more blue vests out there.  Oh and if you arrive early enough I can guarantee you a giggle or two watching the girls go for a tent PB.

Let me know if you can make it :)


Monday 22 January 2018


Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners AGM
Sunday 21st January 2018 at 20:00


Annual Reports (road / cross-country / fell / triathlon / ultra / membership)
Road (CB) – list of all races handed out & also on the website / proposal to raise vets category (M&F) to 45 years (no objection from the floor) / new park run champs to run alongside the road champs based on age-grading
Cross-country (MR) – low numbers this season needs new blood as MR has been doing this since the champs started
Fell (TC) – Run the Moors very well received last year / majority of races next season will be from run the moors series / Rivington Pike race will also be included next year
Triathlon (MT) – same scoring system as last year / events on the fixtures list which is on the website / 2 races have been selected as champ races Salford (Olympic) & Nantwich (Sprint)
Ultra (DS) – lots of choice on events list (see website) / scoring system has been explained on the Blog / reminder that each discipline has its own section on the website
Membership (JH) – 108 first-claim members + 3 second claim / park run has been a rich source of recruitment
Treasurer’s report & adoption of the Accounts
MC – If members would like to see account information please could they email Malc Collins.
Setting of membership fees for 2018
MC – as the Club is in a good position financially, it has been decided to leave the fees unchanged i.e. £40 (new) £35 (renewal) £20 (second claim) / members advised that they could pay cash on the night or use the PayPal link on the website / deadline for payment 18th February 2018
Proposed changes to Constitution
Election of Officers & Committee

  • Club Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Road Captain
  • Race Organiser
  • Membership Secretary
  • Tri Captain
  • Head Coach (option to join committee)
  • Fell Captain
  • Cross-country Captain (option to join committee)
  • Ultra-running Captain
  • IT manager (non-committee)
  • MR to continue (nominated & seconded)
  • MC to continue (nominated & seconded)
  • CB to continue (nominated & seconded)
  • Committee to organise with Gary S
  • JH to continue (nominated & seconded)
  • MT & JB to continue (nominated & seconded)

  • Joint JB, DS & LB

  • TC to continue (nominated & seconded)
  • Michelle Fairclough will take over (with support from MR) nominated & seconded
  • DS to continue (nominated & seconded)
  • JH (website) Gary S (Blog)
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from 25/05/2018
  1. MR - General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) this will come into effect from 25th May 2018
  2. MR – we have been asked to help out again at Manchester marathon on 8th April 2018 (same water station) and all volunteers need to register online / MR will arrange for link to go on the Blog
  3. MT advised that the Club now has -Cycling Time Trial membership
  4. CB confirmed the date for this year’s presentation 15th December 2018
  5. MC made a plea for volunteers for GP marathon / half marathon 24th & 25th March. Anyone who helps on 24th will get a free place for the half on 25th Helpers on 25th will get a place for the Lion Bridge race later in the year
  6. DS made a plea for support for the last 3 miles of the 117 miles Birmingham to Leigh challenge (they’ll need it!) They will be providing regular updates but expect to be approaching GP hill around 3pm on Saturday
  7. Claire Unsworth (CU) raised the issue of slower runners being left behind on Wednesday warm-up / warm-down. JH said that he had spoken to the group last Wednesday about not waiting for the last runner to finish the session and he & MR said that they would monitor this
  8. Club kit was discussed & MC will order some more vests (JH to provide M/F split, sizes etc.) MT confirmed that JB will be opening the kit portal one last time before seeking a new supplier. The committee acknowledged that the design needs to remain the same if we move to a new supplier

ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon 8th April 2018 – by Mark Riches

I mentioned this at the AGM last night

We have been asked to provide volunteers (20 needed) for the same water station as last year

This is a lot of fun and the Club gets a donation based on the number of volunteers (£400 last year) 

If you are available on the day & would like to help (you can do anything from a couple of hours to the whole day) please complete the online registration below

The Club code to use to register as drink station marshal is: AGMMAST

2018 Club Membership

It's that time of year again 😊
Fees for 2018 were set at last nights AGM and fortunately for us all there's no increase this year.
£35 renewal
£40 new membership
£20 second claim
As per the club constitution all renewals need to be in by Feb 18th then it will revert to the new members fee of £40.
Payment can be made via the PayPal link on the website & blog which should be live at some point today.
If you want to pay cash I'll be around at Monday & Wednesdays training sessions.
Finally if anyone has changed address since last year could you message me so I can alter the records.
Also if your thinking of not renewing please get in touch to see if there's anything we can do to change your mind

Friday 19 January 2018

A&T cross-country – by Mark Riches

The next race in the club champs is this Saturday (20th) at LSV (sat nav WN7 4JY)
This is a SELCC race so if you raced at Tandle Hill wear the same number otherwise you need to register on the day and pay £6, which will cover you for the remaining SELCC races (there is another one at Chorley on 17th Feb)
Start times - ladies 1:40 pm & men 2:20 pm
If you need clarification on anything before Saturday, I can be contacted on (e) or (m) 07508 213207

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Gin Pit 5 - Sunday 14th October - 10am Start

A date for your diary.

The 2018 Gin Pit 5 will be on Sunday 14th October - 10am start.
It will again be part of the Central Lancs Grand Prix . 
The race sold out in 2017 so early entry is recommended.

Thursday 11 January 2018

A&T Fell Fixtures 2018

The fell fixtures for this year are as below.  I’ve mostly followed the Run the Moors fixutres and there’s a good mix in here, with plenty of local choice, but a couple in the Peak District and in the Lakes for variety.  

As always, please give me a shout if you need any advice, although I’ll publish details in advance of each race during the course of the year.  And don’t forget to “like” the Run the Moors Facebook page, which hopefully will be more active this year than last.

Info on race categories and kit requirements can be found on the link below:

Race Name
18th Mar
Wolf’s Pit

31st Mar
Rivington Pike
7th Apr
Wardle Skyline
7th May
27th May
3rd Jun
24th Jun
Kinder Trog

3rd Jul
Stoodley Pike
12th Jul
Bull Hill
19th Aug
Crowden Horseshoe
6th Sep
Hades Hill
13th Oct
Langdale Horsehoe
Best 5 from 12, 3 to qualify for prizes. 1 bonus pt for “M” races, 2 bonus points for “L” races.
An additional RTM race was selected on 21st July Ingleborough (BM), but I have excluded this from the A&T champs due to a clash with Thunder Run, however I will be generous and award 1 bonus point if you do compete in this one.

Wednesday 10 January 2018

AGM – Sunday 21st January 2018 REMINDER

My earlier post refers HERE

Please come along and support the running of your Club

Agenda is below:

Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners
Sunday 21st January 2018 at 20:00

Annual Reports (road / cross-country / fell / triathlon / ultra / membership)
Treasurer’s report & adoption of the Accounts
Setting of membership fees for 2018
Proposed changes to Constitution
Election of Officers & Committee

      Club Secretary
      Road Captain
      Race Organiser
      Membership Secretary
      Tri Captain
      Head Coach (option to join committee)
      Fell Captain
      Cross-country Captain (option to join committee)
      Ultra-running Captain
      IT manager (non-committee)

· Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from 25/05/2018

Tuesday 9 January 2018

A&T X-country by Mark Riches

The next race in this year’s x-country champs is this Saturday (13th) at Towneley Park, Burnley Sat Nav: BB11 3RQ

This is a Mid Lancs race so if you have already raced at Mid Lancs this season, excluding Liverpool, please wear the same number otherwise Tim will provide you with a number

Start times – ladies 2:00 pm (6K) & men 2:30 pm (10K)

Further details on the website

If you need any clarification before Saturday my contact details are below:

(e) (m) 07508213207

Monday 8 January 2018

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My earlier post HERE refers
I would like to share the role of Cross-country Captain on a formal basis. The role has been shared informally for the last 2 – 3 seasons anyway!
I am happy to arrange registration etc. prior to the start of the season but I am finding it increasingly difficult to attend the races. We just need someone to be the contact on the day, collect and distribute numbers, collect money etc.
If you are interested please let me know by Friday 12th January; the role comes with the option to join the Committee but you can carry out the role without joining the Committee if you prefer