Wednesday 20 October 2021

GP5 Sunday 24th October 2021 volunteers needed – by Mark Riches


GP5 Sunday 24th October 2021 volunteers needed – by Mark Riches

I know what you’re thinking, every time Mark posts anything on the Blog / FB he is asking for volunteers!

In fact, I’ve left it a bit late due to work / social commitments, but we need names for the various jobs listed below

  • Registration x 3
  • Car park x 4
  • Course marshals x 5
  • Timekeepers x 4

Some of you have already offered to help, but please still text me on 07508 213207 with your preferred role, along with anyone else who is available for a few hours on Sunday

Thanks in advance, see you on Sunday

Saturday 28 August 2021

Cross Country Update by Tim Campbell

 Exciting announcement: Cross Country season

I have amazing news to share, which is that our first fixture is now confirmed at Leigh Sports Village on Sat 2nd Oct. This is a Red Rose race and I will setup a Facebook event with more details. All information will also be available on the A&T website, which is now updated with the latest available details and I will continue to update with further news in the coming weeks as our affiliated leagues finalise their races.
Next, an ask from you. Very soon I need to pre-register individuals, so if there's the slightest chance that you may compete in even just 1 event this year, then please let me know by next Sunday 5th Sep. This does not commit you, and you can still enter later if you prefer, but that will cost you around £10 per series of 4 or 5 races, rather than £6. Still a bargain though! And in the case of Red Rose you will also miss out on a free 50th anniversary buff for anyone who pre-registers and competes in at least 1 of their races.
And finally, just to say that if you haven't done cross country before, or if you are an old hand who hasn't competed in the past few years, then remember that Cross Country is very inclusive, friendly and above all else, fun, whatever your ability. You don't need to be mega-serious about racing, but you'll definitely feel a part of Team A&T when you arrive at an event and see the A&T flag standing proudly aloft next to our cross country tent, so why not give it a go?! It is also fantastic Winter training and I can pretty much guarantee that if you regularly take part then you will emerge stronger into the 2022 season, whether going for a parkrun PB, competing in triathlon or planning a crazy ultra run. 
If anyone has any further questions at this point then I'd be more than glad to help out, just get in contact. 
Thanks, Tim

Monday 9 August 2021

Manchester Marathon and Manchester Half Marathon - Sunday 10th October 2021 by Mark Riches


We have been asked to provide volunteers again this year, not sure where we will be, I have asked for the same water station as previous years


This is a lot of fun and the Club gets a donation based on the number of volunteers


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


You need to select the group you are volunteering with from the dropdown list i.e. Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners and the organisers want us to do this by Wednesday 1st September


Mark Riches

Thursday 27 May 2021

•Update from Ironman• by Lynn & Karen


•Update from Ironman•

Hi guys, up to now Ironman Bolton is still going ahead on Sunday 4th July

Ironman are keen to have A&T volunteers helping out on the day again, however we’ve been told that there will be some changes to the course aid stations because of Covid-19.

As a result of these changes, there won’t be a feed station at the Ravenswood Drive location which we have managed there for the past few years. 

On the flip side, IM have offered us the following roles giving us the opportunity to still be involved on the day:

White bag drop @ Pennington Flash carpark

Start time 4 - 4:30 AM. (1 - 2 hours). 

10-12+ people needed.

Role involves taking white bags from athletes containing their finishing items and matching bag number to same numbered peg on the lorry.

Blue bag drop @ T1 area, Pennington Flash

Start time 6 - 6-30 AM (3 - 4 hours).

10-12+ people needed.

Role involves receiving blue bags in the transition area which contain athletes used wetsuits. Bags will need to be secured and thrown into large bins/ tubs numbered in batches of 50. Again matching bag number to relevant bin. 

Bike collection @ T2 Queens Park, Bolton

Start time 5 PM (5 hours).

Around 5 people needed.

Role will be checking athletes numbers to the bike number they are collecting from T2 and making sure they are taking correct bike home.

We have another call with IM this Friday and they’re looking for us to confirm which role/s we’d be interested in doing, if any.

I know this is short notice and given that two of the roles are early starts can we have a show of hands as soon as possible so we can secure the roles for another great year of volunteering.

Any questions regarding the above please reach out to Lynn Boylin or Karen Burgoyne 

Thank you!

Saturday 17 April 2021

Written by the club committee

 The Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners family was saddened this week to learn about the sudden passing away of two well loved and recent members of the club in David Capner and Mark Lyscia, both of whom were known for their warm and friendly natures and will be sorely missed. Mark always had a smile on his face and was well known for his excellent race photography with which he raised charity funds. Dave always had a quip ready and was really welcoming and supportive within the club. Our thoughts are with their friends and family at this time.

Tim Campbell

Sunday 28 March 2021

A&T Freedom 3 race mini-series

 A&T Freedom 3 race mini-series

Introducing the A&T Freedom 3 race mini-series. An intra-club comp with 3 different races on closed trails over 3 weeks, to get us back into the competitive groove before “proper” racing starts. Each route will be zero navigation and can be run in road shoes, though you can choose trails if you prefer! All are welcome to join in and even if you can’t manage to do all 3 races it’d be great to see you out there on 1 or 2 of them. Let’s see how many A&T vests we can get out there! And maybe you can organise yourselves into groups of up to 6 to run them in small groups.

The rules are as follows. The first 2 routes are to be run at any time during the stated week. You can run the route as many times as you like during that week, with your best elapsed time counting. Then, assuming that the easing of lockdown continues as planned, the final race will be run competitively on the morning of Sat April 17th in small covid-compliant groups according to your expected 5K time and we will use the booking system for this one. Scoring will be the usual 30 for fastest, 29 for 2nd, etc and I will run this as separate male/female comps, publishing the scores after each race. Please record your race online somewhere I can see on Garmin, Strava, etc and let me know by IM, email, carrier pigeon, whatever. Tagging me in a Strava comment is the easiest and note that I need your elapsed time, so it would be good if you could set it to Type = Race. And finally, note that anyone straying from the current government rules will be disqualified.

Further details for each race will be posted separately as Facebook “events”, and just to reiterate that they have been picked for zero navigation (no gpx required!), to allow road shoes and also for their scenic aspect. A brief summary is below.

Race 1 during 29th Mar – 4th Apr @ Sankey Canal. 5 miles, straight out-and-back on hard trails.

Race 2 during 5th Apr – 11th Apr @ Borsdane Wood. 5.5 miles, 2x out-and-back on hard trails. 

Race 3 on Sat 17th Apr @ Silver Lane Lakes. 5k, 1x marked lap on hard trails. 

Any questions, please get in touch. Happy racing!


Wednesday 3 February 2021

Minutes for Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners AGM 30th January 2021 (via Zoom)


Minutes for Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners AGM 30th January 2021 (via Zoom)


The members were welcomed to the meeting and there were apologies from Committee members, John Hall and Dave Sloan


Treasurers Report

Malc informed the members that the bank account is healthy for the size of the club. Lost revenue from volunteering at Manchester marathon and Bolton Ironman offset by not having to pay LSV track fees. He expects things to be similar for 2021 so proposes to set subs for 2021 the same as in 2020;

  • £35 for membership renewal
  • £40 for new members
  • £20 for second claim members
  • £25 for half year membership which starts from 1st August.


Membership needs to be renewed within 4 weeks of the AGM or they will be considered as a new member and the fee will be £40





Proposed change to Constitution



Election of Officers & Committee

The following committee positions were elected: -




Club Secretary

Mark Riches


Malc Collins

Membership Secretary

Jon Hall

Road Captain

Joan Cooke & Cath Worsley

Race Organiser

Mark Riches

Tri Captain

Gary Firth

Ultra-running Captain

David Sloan

Fell Captain

Rachel Haslam

Cross-country Captain

Tim Campbell

IT manager (non-committee)

Peter Worthington



Mark advised everyone that he has ordered 20th anniversary commemorative t-shirts for all paid-up members as at 31/01/2021 (Jon has provided a list) Also Mark is hoping to organise some sort of race (maybe inter-club challenge) followed by drinks in GP, when we are allowed!

Friday 29 January 2021


AGM Sunday 31st January 2021 – reminder


My earlier post HERE refers


Please dial-in and support YOUR Club


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 876 2384 4078
Passcode: runners

2021 AGM agenda - Sunday 31st January 2021 at 20:00





Treasurer’s report and adoption of the accounts



Setting of membership fees for 2021






Proposed changes to the constitution



Election of officers and committee



  • Club Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Membership Secretary
  • Road Captain
  • Race Organiser
  • Tri Captain
  • Ultra-running Captain
  • Fell Captain
  • Cross-country Captain
  • IT manager (non-committee)