Wednesday 27 November 2019

Cross Country Race 6 - Marl Pits Rossendale - Red Rose - 30/11/2019

What we've all been waiting for - the main event of the year - Marl Pits cross countryπŸ‘πŸ‘.... Oh ok and the A&T awards night πŸ†πŸ˜‰

Saturday 30th November is the last of the Red Rose league races held at Marl Pits Leisure Centre Rossendale BB4 7SN. This is THE cross country race to do on the calendar, it's tough but great fun, one to remember.

If you raced at Leigh, Leverhulme Park, or Centre Vale then please use your same red rose number. If you asked me to register you for XC I will have your number in hand for just £6 (you're welcome to message me to check) STRICTLY NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY. If you would like to race but haven't already told me, please message me and I'll advise how to get a number but you must... do this before 7pm on Thursday evening latest.

Ladies start 1:35pm 5k
Mens start 2:15pm 7.8k

Parking is usually on the main road, it's a residential area so please don't block driveways.

The tents are right near the entrance - next to the Rugby field and running track. Please don't walk or warm up on the Rugby or Football pitches - they get upset about it! 🀣

There are toilets and I believe a handful of showers in the sports changing rooms. I'm at the Red Rose committee meeting tomorrow night so if there any updates I'll post on hereπŸ™‚

Come on team πŸ™‚ the fact that this race is followed by an amazing night out at the Gin Pit makes it even better. The team spirit is just superb going from mud to glam within a few hoursπŸ†πŸƒπŸ’™πŸ’ƒπŸ•ΊπŸ₯‚πŸ»πŸΎ

I'd love to see you all out there. Any questions at all please message me on FB, WhatsApp or 07971993903,

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Monday 25 November 2019

Awards Night - Saturday 30th November

Just a reminder that this coming Saturday is our annual presentation night (Xmas party) at the Gin Pit Miners Welfare Club, starting at 7pm. All members are welcome and feel free to bring your partner. 

Awards, DJ, Buffet and plenty of alcohol!!

Wednesday 20 November 2019

URGENT - London Marathon 2020 Club Ballot – by Mark Riches

URGENT - London Marathon 2020 Club Ballot – by Mark Riches

My earlier post refers

The allocation of places to clubs is as follows:

Number of first claim-registered members
Number of entries

Based on the information provided by our governing body, we have been allocated 1 place

If you would like to be considered and you meet the criteria, please email me on

Deadline to be considered for the place is Sunday 24th November

If we get more names than places, which is highly likely as I have 2 names (Mike & Amanda Partington) already, then we will draw out a ‘winner’ at presentation night on 30th November

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Cross Country Race 5 - British Athletics Cross Challenge Sefton Park - 23/11/19

L17 3AA

23rd November 2019
Ladies Race 1:05pm – 8.1k
Mens Race 2:05pm - 9.8k

This event is held in conjunction with the Mid Lancs League, however there is a one use number and timing chip issued on the day, so don’t use your Mid Lancs number for this one!

Cost of entry is £1.20 for your timing chip. I pay this up front to the organisers this week, so please only enter if you are sure you are racing as there are no refunds. Please pay me in cash on the day of the race, in exchange for your chip. You must hand your chip back at the end of the race or we get charges....

Although it’s a relatively tame course as far as muddy running is concerned, it’s still a tough flattish course, mainly long grass sections around Sefton Park. Nothing crazy though, nothing like what we have done recently I promise. This one is suitable for all runners and if you are new to cross country this would be an ideal one to attend.

It really is one to race, you will be running amongst the best of British cross country athletes. The winners of the last race in the challenge – Jess Judd and Mahamed Mahamed are likely to be there and it is just amazing to see the difference in their speed. However don’t be put off, there are loads of club runners of all abilities. Do your best and enjoy the atmosphere. My goal is to not get lapped by Jess Judd, if I can achieve that I’m very happy – (the lap is about 2 miles - that’s how fast she is!)

Most runners wear spikes at this event, however in my opinion it’s runnable in trails or fell type inov8 style shoes, I’m guessing it will be quite boggy on the field due to the amount of rain we’ve had. All makes for a really fun race – honest 

Bring your wallets and purses as there is large selection of running kit, trainers and spikes at decent prices right at the finish line, great bargains to be had. Coffee and food vans are there too to warm up afterwards.

Allow plenty of time to get there as some of our runners got caught out by the traffic last year. Parking is on the road all the way around the park. It’s a big event so it gets busy. The club tents are pitched near the kit stalls and finish line commentary box.

Anyone from A&T who is a fully paid member and is UKA registered can enter this one, but I need to know asap before I submit the form to British Athletics. Contact me on here or 07971993903,

Can’t wait to see you there. For £1.20 it’s a great experience.

Sunday 10 November 2019

Cross Country Final Standings for 2018-2019 Season and Results after Race 4

Cross Country section has now been updated on the club website. Please take a look at the latest club standings after race 4.

Also please take a moment to check the final standings from last season (at the foot of the page) Any questions or queries please contact me asap.

2018-2019 Winners

Ladies Senior 1st) Jackie Price, 2nd) Suzanne Gregory, 3rd) no qualifiers

Ladies Vet 1st) Catherine Worsley, 2nd ) Lynn Boylin, 3rd) Kay Campbell.

Mens Senior 1st) Simon Ford, 2nd) Mark Collins, 3rd) Scott Priestley.

Mens Vet 1st) Tim Campbell, 2nd) Bren Loughrey, 3rd) Shaun Moran.

Special Award: Craig Bradbury

Well done everyone :)

Tuesday 5 November 2019

Cross Country Race 4 - Todmorden Centre Vale Park - Red Rose - 9/11/2019

Saturday 9th November sees the next instalment of muddy fun and games.

Ladies start 1:35 - approx 5k
Mens start 2:15 - approx 10k

Todmorden - Centre Vale Park.
OL14 7DE

Changing facilities are in the cricket club, but that car park is only for officials use. 

The race organiser has asked all involved not to park in front of the Hare and Hounds pub please.
There are plenty of car parks on both ends of the park and across the road.
I've not raced this one before so I can't comment on the course, but it was well liked in it's first appearance on the red rose league last year, so it's here to stay.

Last year ladies did 1 start lap and 2 long loops. Men did 1 start lap and 4 long loops.

Absolutely no entries allowed on the day at Red Rose events. If you raced at Leigh or Leverhulme Park, use the same number please. If you asked me to pre register you I will have your number - in exchange for £6 cash on the day. If you haven't pre registered you must contact me before Thursday so I can tell you how to enter.

Any questions please just ask away πŸ™‚