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1. Fri 15/Mar/2019: Event item by Glen Goodwin - Liver Hill Fell Race.

2. Mon 11/Mar/2019: News item by Fred Green - Jackals Half Marathon - Trail Race 2/7 (10/Mar/19).

3. Sat 09/Mar/2019: Ranking by Craig Clark - Dentdale 14.5 Run.

4. Mon 04/Mar/2019: Ranking by Craig Clark - Angelsey Half Marathon 2019.

5. Sun 03/Mar/2019: News item by Fred Green - Liam Moden : A Tale of Two Races (03/Mar/19).

6. Sat 23/Feb/2019: Members profile by Fred Green.

7. Fri 22/Feb/2019: Photos by Graham Morris - Miscellaneous.

8. Sun 17/Feb/2019: Ranking by Craig Clark - Great North West Half Marathon.

9. Sun 17/Feb/2019: Members profile by David Savage.

10. Sat 09/Feb/2019: Photos by Helen Dickson - Miscellaneous.

11. Tue 05/Feb/2019: News item by Fred Green - Pam McCullagh : Winter Warmer - Points Race Road (1/7) (03/Feb/19).

12. Mon 04/Feb/2019: News item by Graham Morris - Cross Country League (01/Jan/19).

13. Sun 03/Feb/2019: Ranking by Glen Goodwin - Winter Warmer 10k.

14. Sun 03/Feb/2019: Event item by Lisa Parker - 5k or 10k walk or run canicross.(With your dog.).

15. Sun 03/Feb/2019: Ranking by Joshua Woodstock - Blackburn Winter Warmer.

16. Sun 03/Feb/2019: Photos by Helen Dickson - Blackburn winter warmer 10k 2019.

17. Sat 02/Feb/2019: Ranking by Joshua Woodstock - Conwy Parkrun #210.

18. Sun 20/Jan/2019: Ranking by Glen Goodwin - The Mast Race.

19. Thu 17/Jan/2019: News item by Fred Green - East Lancashire Hospice 10k - Trail Races (1/7) (13/Jan/19).

20. Mon 14/Jan/2019: Ranking by Chris Halstead - East Lancs Hospice.


1. Message posted by Keith Robinson on Tue 26/Mar/2019.

Thursday run this week is from The Walton Arm, Altham meeting at 6.30pm. All Welcome 😃(message will expire on Fri 29/Mar/2019).

2. Message posted by Graham Morris on Mon 25/Mar/2019.

Well done to our Men’s Road Relay team that competed in the North of England Championships on Sunday in Birkenhead. We finished in our best ever time only 6 seconds out of our target time of 4 hours, not bad after 40 miles of racing.

(message will expire on Sun 07/Apr/2019).

3. Message posted by Paul Jackson on Sat 23/Mar/2019.

I have been asked by the Hyndburn Parkrun race director if any Accrington Road Runners would be available to volunteer to Marshal the Parkrun on 30/03/19 ie. next weekend, they are short of marshals. If you contact me l can let them know.(message will expire on Sat 30/Mar/2019).

4. Message posted by Fred Green on Wed 20/Mar/2019.

Darwen Tough 10k - CANCELLED


Hi all, for anyone that didn't see on the facebook group - unfortunately our second road points race at Darwen on Sunday April 7th has been cancelled due to a lack of interest.

New road points race to be added in due course. 

(message will expire on Fri 05/Apr/2019).

5. Message posted by Liam Moden on Tue 05/Mar/2019.

NEW DATE As we continue our efforts towards staging an Accrington road runners trail race we are going to have an almost full scale reccy of the route . The route will be marked allowing runners to run at their own speed if they wish . There will also be group led runs . We would like as many runners to come along and give us feedback on the new improved route . So , bullough park Sunday march 31 st 10 BST. 😎All welcome bb5 oLW. N.B. NEW DATE(message will expire on Mon 01/Apr/2019).

6. Message posted by David Sagar on Mon 06/Aug/2018.

After listening to feedback from various members, can we recommend that anybody with any special diet requirements or allergies that are attending future club events wether Summer Runs or other social events, please contact the venue directly and in advance to arrange their meals please. This will help the venue to cater for your needs.(message will expire on Thu 13/Aug/2020).

7. Message posted by Liam Moden on Thu 05/Jul/2018.

If anyone wants to buy a running vest ( new style ) I will have one size of each in my car at races and club nights . . The sizes are extra small ladies , small, medium , large ladies and small , medium and large men's . Thanks liam £15 each . Buy two get a free bonus item(message will expire on Thu 12/Dec/2019).

8. Message posted by Graham Morris on Thu 27/Sep/2012.

Just a reminder – Wilsons Athletics Track is available to us every Thursday, 5:30pm to 6:30pm. We have a number of runners of all abilities currently using this facility for Track Sessions. Everyone is welcome! Speedwork doesn’t just make you run faster, it makes you more comfortable at all speeds and increases your fitness. Remember to ‘sign in’ & pay £2.50 to Hyndburn Athletics in the office next to the changing rooms.


(message will expire on Tue 31/Dec/2019).

9. Message posted by Graham Morris on Wed 02/Mar/2011.

Just a reminder to all our runners regarding the rule on club vests.
When competing as a member of Accrington Road Runners in a race or event; it is expected you wear (and display) a club vest.
This is particularly important when representing the club in team events and in our club races.
The club vest helps advertise and promote the club gives us a presence in races. 
Club Vests are available from Colette or Liam

(message will expire on Tue 31/Dec/2019).
ARR members - Athletics night 2016

Club events

Liver Hill Fell Race. On Tue 02/Apr/2019, which is only 6 days away.
Buckden Out Moor Fell Race. On Sat 06/Apr/2019, which is only 10 days away.
Great Hameldon Hill Fell Race. On Sun 05/May/2019, which is only 39 days away.
Blackpool Beach 10k. On Sun 12/May/2019, which is only 46 days away.
Wholan Nook Trail Race. On Wed 15/May/2019, which is only 49 days away.
Weets Fell Race. On Sat 08/Jun/2019, which is only 73 days away.
Barrowford Grand Prix 5K. On Fri 14/Jun/2019, which is only 79 days away.
Bradford Millennium Way relay. On Sun 23/Jun/2019, which is only 88 days away.
Stoodley Pike Fell Race. On Tue 02/Jul/2019, which is only 97 days away.
Athletics Night. On Fri 05/Jul/2019, which is only 100 days away.
Hendon Brook Half Marathon. On Sun 07/Jul/2019, which is only 102 days away.
Pendle Trail Race. On Sun 14/Jul/2019, which is only 109 days away.
Greenway 5k Road Race. On Wed 24/Jul/2019, which is only 119 days away.
Worsthorne Moor Trail Race. On Sun 04/Aug/2019, which is only 130 days away.
Handicap Race. On Tue 06/Aug/2019, which is only 132 days away.
Boulsworth Fell. On Sun 11/Aug/2019, which is only 137 days away.
Pendle 3 Peaks Fell Race. On Sat 17/Aug/2019, which is only 143 days away.
Burnsall 10 Mile Road Race. On Sat 24/Aug/2019, which is only 150 days away.
Ribble Way Trail Race. On Sun 08/Sep/2019, which is only 165 days away.
Thieveley Pike Fell. On Sat 28/Sep/2019, which is only 185 days away.
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon. On Sun 06/Oct/2019, which is only 193 days away.

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March 2019
Title: Jackals Half Marathon - Trail Race 2/7 Location: Darwen Date of event:Sun 10/Mar/2019

The Jackals Half Marathon –  Trail Race (2/7)


Race two of the trail season raised eyebrows amongst members initially when it was listed as a points race, somewhat of an unknown entity, asking for a fairly hefty price to enter, full kit requirements and a two loop course! I however was thoroughly excited for it, and was not to be disappointed…
The course was a two lapped roughly 6.25m course, for a total of 13.5miles, with each loop taking in sunnyhurst woods, and then the long climb up to Darwen tower, before descending back down to the woods.


As we moved towards the 11th March, the forecasts made it clear that inclement weather was inbound…and thinking this would be a tough race in the best of conditions, this did not inspire confidence for any PB hunting.


Ten hardy souls towed the start line for ARR, and only seven crossed the finish line, a remarkable 3 DNFs!


I thought the best way to report this “race” (loose term) was to report my own experiences…


Pre-Race Briefing
At around 9.45 we were called outside from our warm solitude of the kiosk in Sunnyhurst woods, Darwen, to gather around the start line for a pre-race briefing. I have never wanted to leave a building any less in my life, the rain had started to move sideways, and the wind was howling into the kiosk. The highlight of said briefing was gaining the knowledge that runners could call it a day after loop 1 – all hope is not lost!


Miles 1-3, Needless Suffering
Fifteen minutes later at 10.00am snow was coming down hard, and covering not only the runners but the course itself! Knowing some route finding skills could be required on the second loop, it was very hard to take a note of any landmarks early doors, as visibility was horrendous.
The course started with a 200feet climb out of the woods where some protection from the elements was offered by the trees, however this soon opened out onto more open land for us to take the full force of mother nature.


Miles 4-5, Could be worse, could be Marl Pitts
To make matters worse, my small group of Damian, Catherine D and Dave S followed the wrong runners and took a significant wrong turn in the woods, fortunately re-joining the rest of the field half a mile later, but immediately regretting the needless extra distance we had added on to this horror show!
In my efforts to think of something positive, I came to realise that surely Marl Pitts had been worse than this, and if I’d survived that, this could still be a doddle…


Mile 6, Familiar Faces
As well as the half marathon race, there was also a 10k race, and heading back down to the race start area, the 10k runners bounded past on their final straight, it was very tough to not get carried away and sprint along with them!
After a thousand feet of climb over the first 6.5 miles it was lovely to see Pam McCullagh and her two faithful hounds cheering us on before heading out onto the second loop!
As I began my second loop (I had fallen away from Dave & Catherine), I saw a rather relieved looking Damian with a medal around his neck, with a quick high five of approval, I headed back onto the trail to start loop two. I felt this DNF represented Jackals 1 – ARR 0, and it was now not as much of a race of runner vs runner, but of runners vs the course.


Miles 7-10, is this even the same course?!
As only classic British weather can, the second 6.25m loop of the race proved to be almost entirely different to the first, with the snow gone, the sun decided to grace us with its presence, and the early part of the course looked almost entirely different. Tracks previously disguised by snow and fog now gave way to epic views of Darwen tower and the surrounding moorland!
However these views had not aided navigation, luckily I followed some runners who knew the course, and took the correct route where we had gone wrong in loop 1. The same couldn’t be said for Catherine & Dave, who passed me a few minutes later up the trail, having taken yet more wrong turns! It was good to have a laugh in amongst the suffering.


Miles 11-12 One Last Drag
By this point in the race, the field seemed to be separated by small clusters of runners dragging each other along, very little by way of words were being exchanged. The only noises being made up the final climb to Darwen tower were those of groaning calf muscles and screaming hamstrings!
There really were elements of this race more akin to a fell race. In total we covered over 2000 feet of climb and descent over the 13.5 miles (more than Hendon Brook!), some of it scrambling up off trail sections where surely even the front runners must have had their struggles running!
The final feeling of touching the trig point next to the tower, and knowing a mile of descent followed, was sheet bliss.


Mile 13, Forgiveness & Redemption
After the race I learnt that Neil Williamson, third at the time heading onto loop two, had had to retire injured at around 7 miles, with calf issues, knowing he risked more serious injury if he carried on for a full loop. Being so close to the front of the race on a day like that was a remarkable effort, very well done to Neil who I believe was on club race debut!
I also learnt that with Damian, Adrian Melton had turned in his number after the first 10k loop, a great effort from Adrian who was on his 7th club race in a row in the trail and road categories! Hope he isn’t put off!
That being said, I felt forgiveness for the course in that last mile, it offered a true challenge, which I think is no bad thing. It is easy to get carried away as a runner on a fast 10k time, or setting a new PB, but it’s always worth remembering just getting to the finish line is a great achievement in itself, and though Jackals took three of ARR’s finest, I still think we had its number on the day!


ARR Runners
Josh Woodstock took the men’s points’ race, finishing 6th overall of 71 finishers in 2’04’06, running with a group for the majority of the first loop but spending the second loop almost entirely on his own. Sadly no vet categories were awarded, but we felt Josh had more than earned an honorary V40 prize!
Scott Maden, the only man turning up to Darwen yesterday morning actively seeking to pay for a race number, also put in a strong showing coming 17th overall.
Following Scott the strong duo of Catherine Derbyshire, 2nd lady, and Dave Savage rolled home, followed by myself, Katharine Gregson and Dave Sagar, who did what he does best and called in a refreshing San Miguel soon after finishing!


All in all an interesting race, well done to all ARR involved!
Our next points races are the weekend of 6 and 7 of April, with the first fell race of the year Buckden Out Moor fell race on the Saturday, and a new road race Darwen Tough 10k on the Sunday.

Hope to see you all there!


SCOTT MADEN 02:22:28
FRED GREEN 02:35:40
DAVID SAGAR 02:50:24


Submitted by: Fred Green - 825 - created on Mon 11/Mar/2019, last modified Thu 14/Mar/2019.

March 2019
Title: Liam Moden : A Tale of Two Races Location: Preston & Accrington Date of event:Sun 03/Mar/2019
The following isn't a race report , as such , but my own personal comments on my weekend racing. 
Saturday 2nd March    Mid lancs x country @ Cuerden Valley Park , Preston 
This cross country season I have tried out some of the other Lancashire league cross country events ( besides the club entered red rose series ones ) this was my third event in the mid lancs x country series following on from hyndburn and towneley park. In my opinion , the mid lancs organisers saved the best until last . This course had everything for cross country enthusiasts. A good selection of hills , both up and down , a couple of deep muddy sections and to top it all 4 river crossings ( 2 ladies race ) with ropes if required!! All in all a difficult and challenging course for a guest entry fee of £5 !
Sunday 3rd March     Ron Hill 10k     Accrington town centre 
I am of the opinion that Cannonball events prices are too steep but after seeing how much they donated to the "Doing it for Laura" appeal I decided that a little bit extra for one of their races is only fair. 
To be honest , cannonball events are a very professional outfit. Loads of marshalls , including our own Chris Walton ( thanks Neil). They provide all the facilities and infrastructure you could wish for in a race. A highlight was a brilliant massive screen giving each runner their time moments after they pass the finish line!
So it all comes down to a matter of personal preference. The entry fee for the Ron Hill race was nearly three times of the Saturday cross country event . I preferred the cross country but , as I say , each to their own.
Accrington road runners chip times 
Dave Savage 43.21
Catherine Derbyshire 44.32
Liam Moden 46.11
Justin Birtwistle 49.14
Stuart Ramsey 49.47
Michelle McDonald 49.45
Louise Robinson 54.05
Pam McCullagh 56.02
Louise Slater 56.31
Helen Dickson 57.09
Janet Hoyle 57.48
Adrian Melton 57.58
Karen Fiegel 61.15 
Congratulations to Catherine and Adrian who were both category winners 
Just as a final footnote. If your reading this thinking two races in two days is tough . The following is a list of races completed by John McDonald of trawden 
Saturday- parkrun followed by stan Bradshaw fell race followed by mid lancs cross country followed by Podium 5k!
Sunday Ron Hill 10k 
John said to me he was having a rest on Sunday afternoon. He definitely earned it !! 

Submitted by: Fred Green - 824 - created on Sun 03/Mar/2019, last modified Sun 03/Mar/2019.

February 2019
Title: Pam McCullagh : Winter Warmer - Points Race Road (1/7) Location: Witton Park, Blackburn Date of event:Sun 03/Feb/2019

Race report Winter Warmer 3 February 2019, Road Race (1/7)


After a few days of very wintery weather it was touch and go if the race would go ahead. But Blackburn Road Runners worked long and hard on Saturday to clear and grit the route, well done to them. It turned out to be a beautiful sunny morning, not a cloud in the sky, but absolutely freezing cold bbbrrrrr. Over 670 runners turned out to tackle the dreaded Buncer Lane, 32 ARR members braved the chill under an enormous amount of thermal layers ( apart from Walton who rocked up in shorts and his ARR vest!).


As always its a very popular and very well organised race, lots of local clubs there, a great atmosphere, loads of support all the way round. But it is a hard start to a race over 530 feet of elevation, including the dreaded Buncer Lane climb within the first mile. Its a test of if you can pace yourself well or if you just thrash it to the top and try not to die. After that its a very picturesque route over the tops and down into Pleasington. Another little stinking hill, then back into the park, the ever present Lifetime Member Peter Blackledge at the edge of the park cheering us all on and giving us our times, Thank you Peter, its always lovely to see you. Just to finish you off you have to do another lap of the track, whilst it feels like forever there were lots of ARR members were braving the cold cheering us on that last lap, Fred (sicknote) and the very vocal Ricky Billington thanks for the support.


Some of you may remember Aaron Palmer from our 10K last October, hes the GMP firefighter doing 22 10ks in memory of the 22 Manchester Bomb victims. The Winter Warmer was his 14th race, well done Aaron, keep going buddy.


Overall ARR had a fantastic day. We had 6 male runners in the first 35 finishers! And the ladies team continue to dominate having 6 finishers, under 40 minutes and in the top 21! With 4 age catagory winners, Super fast Sue Baron won the F50 (our very own Michele Baker coming in 2nd), our Most Improved Lady Nancy Bailey won F55, Glen M50 and Joe M55. We also won the first mixed ten runners prize and the first team prize for 20 over the line, excellent results from our small team.


Many thanks to BRR for getting the race on in the first place. And thanks to them for the yummy cake stall, staffed by our very own ARR member, Sarah Holt. All the proceeds went to WhiteAsh school in Oswaldtwistle ( Im the Vice Chair of governers!) Many thanks to all members who graciously scoffed stacks of cakes in aid of a great school, I think we should ask them to do a stall for our 10K race! All runners love cake!


All in all a great local race, with loads of fab support, very friendly, parking isnt a problem, the only problem is getting up Buncer!!


Cost £14, recieved a Medal, water bottle, microwavable pan and a ‘BEAT BUNCER’ buff. Plus fruit and water.



Chris Walton 37:07 Storming run and he managed to stay on his feet at the end, bonus!


James McLeod 38:01 Fantastic debut,


Glen Goodwin 38:42 Stalwart Fell Champ Glen continues his great form into 2019.


Chris Halstead 38:55 Nearly 3 minutes faster than last year, tremendous run.


Josh Woodstock 39:14 #roar! A massive pb for Josh the day after a Parkrun pb too.


Stephen Burton 39:35 Great time for someone who doesnt know how fast he should run!


Joe Curran 43:29 Winner of his age cat, proving to be a great team member.


Graham Hargraves 43:55 Continues his fantastic start to the season.


David Savage 44:06 ARRs very own Cilla Black match maker. Great time Dave


Catherine Derbyshire 44:09 As ever Catherine showing her strength.


Rick Grice 44:44 Great example of racing from Rick, steady start and strong finish.


Sue Baron 44:5 Would have been faster if shed have stayed upright.


Damien Fletcher 45:02 His fastest time on this course, well done President Elect!


Liam Moden 45:10 Faster than last year, his form is returning after a winter hiatus!


Andrew Figiel 45:41 36 seconds quicker than 2018, must be that RED January.


Lisa Parker 46:46 She braved the roads, think shes still happier running up a mountain!


Laura Hudson 47:10 She just rocks up, runs and smashes out great times, well done Laura.


Nancy Bailey 47:49 Age cat winner again, brilliant run Nancy.


Michele Baker 48:00 4 seconds off 2018 time, well done


Stuart Ramsey 49:54 Excellent race from Stuart, getting stronger every week, well done


Michelle McDonald 50:23 Fantastic time from Michelle, all that training is paying off.


Sue Rodwell 51:46 Great debut from Sue.


Keith Robinson 52:13 He does love a hill!


David Sagar 52:22 Managed a race sober! Well done Dave.


Christian Hill 55:53 Fantastic PB on this course from Christian, powered by Hollands Pies.


Helen Dickson 57:02 2 and a half minutes off her 2018 time, Parkrun champ is back on form.


Pamela McCullagh 57:26 Slower than last year, very unfit after weeks out with injury.


Adrian Melton 58:27 As ever a great run from one of our most determined members.


Louise Slater 59:10 Well done Louise, especially under all those thermals.


Karen Figiel 1:03:03 RED Jan obviously working for Karen, well done


Colette Mallabourne 1:05:36 Powered up Buncer Lane with Poppy the ARR doggie mascot.


David Heppenstall 1:11:03 Well run David, consistently good running.


Next Championship Road Race is Darwen Tough 10K on 7th April, hopefully it will be slightly warmer weather by then, but Buncer will seem easy with whats in store for this race, better get some hill rep training in!!


Pamela McCullagh

Submitted by: Fred Green - 823 - created on Tue 05/Feb/2019, last modified Tue 05/Feb/2019.

January 2019
Title: East Lancashire Hospice 10k - Trail Races (1/7) Location: Great Harwood Date of event:Sun 13/Jan/2019

East Lancs Hospice Trail 10k – Sunday 13th January 2019, Trail Race (1/7)


With Christmas but a distant memory, everyone needs someone to get them through the early dark days of January, but fear not as the ARR 2019 club races season is upon us!


Though a solid Accrington contingent turned out to see out 2018 at the Ribble Valley 10k, the first official race was another old favourite, the east lancs hospice 10k, a local trail race in Great Harwood, donating race proceeds to the East Lancashire hospice, a very worthy cause.


ARRs attendance was 33 runners, in a field of 427, one up on 2018’s 32!


The course makes great use of public footpaths and canal tracks, to turn quite a thin 6 miles into a challenging technical trail course.
The race is a gradual climb for the first 2/3 miles, on a thin track, but then opening out to a point where the runners can see a tricky climb immediately above them. The course does reverse onto itself, and for those of us not at the front of the race, it offers an excellent chance to see the front runners coming back down the hill during our ascent! This can be a source of both great inspiration… and anger!!

Once the runners have descended back down said hill, the course takes in a relatively downhill 2 mile finish along the canal path, and finally back onto the industrial estate, before a very short climb to the finish, where Mr David Belshaw was stood to pick up some cracking race finish photographs….


Chris Walton took the men’s points’ race in a time of 38:12, coming 8th overall, with Chris Halstead hot on his heels in 11th place in 38:38. With fell king Glen Goodwin just behind in 12th place this meant ARR had three men in the top 15, and was enough to win us the male team prize, well done gents! The reigning champ Josh Woodstock opened his account with a solid 4th place in 42.02, 24 seconds improvement on the prior year.
Elsewhere in the men’s race, perennial improver Joe Curran was a popular age category winner coming home in 43:26, as was Adrian Melton, coming home in 59:43, a fantastic achievement as he seems to be doing a race every other day!
It was also great to see new lifetime member Peter Blackledge out on the course, besting his 2018 time by just less than 3 minutes, and good to see he didn’t lose his hat on such a blustery occasion!


In the ladies race Catherine Derbyshire was our winner, in 44:48, good for 48th overall and a 33 second improvement on last year! Catherine also took home a category win, as if ARR glory wasn’t enough!
Nancy Bailey was second in 48:42, also winning her category, and overcoming a race that has injured her in the past! Well done to both!
Our sixth individual category winner but by no means least, was ever present Janet Hoyle, well done!


Next stop, another regular event Blackburn Winter Warmer, road 10k, Sunday 3rd Feb. Happy training ARR!


CHRIS WALTON 00:38:12 Strong showing, laying down a trail gauntlet
CHRIS HALSTEAD 00:38:38 Solid improvement on 2018!
GLEN GOODWIN 00:39:02 Category win and 2 seconds quicker!
JOSH WOODSTOCK 00:42:02 Returning champ, building well
JOE CURRAN 00:43:26 Well done Joe, deserved category winner
GRAHAM HARGREAVES 00:44:05 Building on strong RV showing, easily under 45
PAUL GALLAGHER 00:44:43 Returning from injury, solid run
CATHERINE DERBYSHIRE 00:44:48 Good win and improvement on last year
DAVID SAVAGE 00:45:06 Struggling with injuries but still speedy time!
RICHARD GRICE 00:45:42 Mr Positive, sensible start and fast time!
LIAM MODEN 00:46:40 Over 90 seconds quicker than 2018, with a XC day before!
KEITH ROBINSON 00:47:09 Nearly 4 minutes quicker than 2018! 
NANCY BAILEY 00:48:42 Category winner, settling a score with the course!
JUSTIN BIRTWISTLE 00:49:18 Good run, comfortably under 50 minutes
FRED GREEN 00:49:37 Recovering from injury, glad to be racing at all!
MICHELE BAKER 00:49:43 Strong throughout, thank you for dragging me round!
LES READFEARN 00:49:59 Good to see Les back, battling hamstring woes!
RICKY BILLINGTON 00:50:08 Unlucky not to sneak inside 50 after a heroic photo finish!
THOMAS BATTRICK 00:50:52 Ran exactly the same time as 2018, Mr Consistent
MICHELLE MCDONALD 00:50:56 A lot of grinning at the finish line, can only be a good sign!
STUART RAMSAY 00:52:25 Good run from Stuart, careful with that speedy start!
CHRISTIAN HILL 00:56:07 Unsure if a PB but well over 4 minutes quicker than 2018! Awesome!
PAUL JACKSON 00:56:30 Hope to see more of you at races this year Paul, strong run!
HELEN DICKSON 00:57:57 Good sub 60 run on her birthday week!
ADRIAN MELTON 00:59:43 Comfortably inside the hour, well deserved category win
PETER HOYLE 01:00:08 Very consisent to 2018, and another regular at the club races!
KAREN FIGIEL 01:02:54 Straight back at it after a thousand mile year in 2018!
JANET HOYLE 01:02:56 Category winner and a solid run with Karen!
ALISON WOLSTENHOLME 01:05:40 Another strong group 4 duo, enjoyed seeing you both powering
KAREN JACKSON 01:05:45 up the hill!
PETER BLACKLEDGE 01:11:23 Well run Peter, solid improvement on 2018!
DAVID HEPPENSTALL 01:12:41 Our third Vet 70 runner, fantastic effort!
MELANIE FINCH 01:16:07 ARR Debut, training for some bigger runs in 2019, good luck!


Submitted by: Fred Green - 821 - created on Thu 17/Jan/2019, last modified Thu 17/Jan/2019.

January 2019
Title: 2019 Club Races Location: N/A Date of event:Fri 04/Jan/2019

Dates For Diary - 2019 Club Races!!


Winter Warmer 10k - Sunday 3rd February
Darwen Tough 10k - Sunday 7th April
Podium 5k (Barrowford) - Friday 14th June (PM)
Gerry McCabe's Legendary Hendon Brook, 13 miles - Sunday 7th July
Padiham Greenway 5k - Wednesday 24th July (PM)
Burnsall 10 Miler - (Date TBC) est Sunday 25th August
Rochdale Half Marathon - Sunday 6th October


Buckden Out Moor - Saturday 6th April
Hameldon Hill - Sunday 5th May
Weets Fell - Saturday 8th June
Stoodley Pike - Tuesday 2nd July (PM)
Boulsworth Fell - Sunday 11th August
Pendle 3 Peaks Race - Saturday 17th August
Thieveley Pike - Saturday 28th September


East Lancs Hospice 10k - Sunday 13th January
Jackals Half Marathon - Sunday 10th March
Blackpool Beach 10k - Sunday 12th May
Wholan Nook Trail Race (5 miles) - Wednesday 15th May (PM)
Pendle Festival Trail Race - (Date TBC) est Sunday 14th July
Worsthorne Moor Race - Sunday 4th August
Ribble Way 10 Mile Race - Sunday 8th September


All races will be publicised in the lead up to them - and will be posted sometime in the next week or so on the website as events.
Any questions please feel free to message us on facebook or speak to any of the committee on a training night!

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the races!

Submitted by: Fred Green - 820 - created on Wed 09/Jan/2019, last modified Wed 09/Jan/2019.

January 2019
Title: Cross Country League Location: Todmorden Date of event:Tue 01/Jan/2019

Red Rose Cross Country League– Race 4 – Centre Vale Park, Todmorden.


There was a new venue for the final race of our cross-country season.

Todmorden Harriers were the hosts with the event based in Centre Vale Park.

Unfortunately, heavy rain made the course very muddy with most runners voting it the hardest and slowest race of the season.

Although the forecast was bad we still 19 runners competing 9 x ladies & 10 x men. Unfortunately, Sue DNF due to injury, nothing serious, back running now……….

The ladies team had a fantastic result and finished 4th in the Senior Race and 3rd in the Vets Race. The Men’s team was our strongest for many seasons, they finished 6th overall in both Senior and Vets race.


Although the ladies and men’s races are separate, we can determine the order of merit by calculating finishing times and positions when running against their own gender.

All those with a percent under 100% finished in the top half of their race.


ARR Runners


  1. Debbie Gowans           79.18% Best result of the season 11th overall and first in age group.
  2. Catherine Derbyshire 82.70% Completed all 4 races this season, improving at every race. An impressive 2nd in age for this race and for the whole season.
  3. Chris Halstead             85.86% Best ever XC result. 10% improvement on current ranking. Our most improved male XC runner this season.
  4. Glen Goodwin              85.90% Also best ever XC result. 1st in age group & 2nd overall for season.
  5. Julia Hartley                87.33% First race of the season, top ten finish in age group.
  6. Nancy Bailey                90.30% Best ever result from 15 previous races. 1st place overall for season in age group. Well done Nancy another trophy to polish….
  7. Chris Walton               93.37% Struggled a little in the mud as usual, but still a good performance.
  8. Katharine Gregson      94.43% Best result of the season from our most improved XC lady.
  9. Josh Woodstock          96.67% Great consistency 96% all 3 races. Top ten overall finish – age group.
  10. Laura Hudson              97.96% Also very consistent, all 3 races within 2%, and top half finish in all.  
  11. Joe Curran                   98.43% Great 1st season, completed 3 races and finished 5th overall in age group
  12. Neil Williamson           100.32% First appearance in our XC team, only 10 seconds from a top half finish.
  13. Graham Hargreaves    102.87% Big improvement (7%) on Rossendale race, 2 races this season.  
  14. Pam McCullagh            106.82% 7 x Cross country races in a row, steady improvement throughout year.
  15. Louise Stevenson       111.23% Competed at all four races, improving in all finishing impressive 8th in age group. Not her favourite surface.
  16. Liam Moden                 112.33% Hasn’t missed a XC race in 3 seasons, amazingly consistent whatever the conditions. Great supportive team member.  
  17. Ricky Billington           126.63% Great effort from one of our new members in his first XC, strong finish.
  18. Stuart Ramsey            131.78% Struggled a little in the mud, but never gave up and finished the race.
  19. Sue Baron -                  DNF        

Submitted by: Graham Morris - 822 - created on Mon 04/Feb/2019, last modified Mon 04/Feb/2019.