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1. Sat 14/Mar/2020: News item by Graham Morris - Worsthorne Relay (14/Mar/20).

2. Tue 10/Mar/2020: News item by Fred Green - Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round (07/Mar/20).

3. Mon 02/Mar/2020: News item by Lisa Parker - Ilkley Fell race. (01/Mar/20).

4. Mon 02/Mar/2020: Photos by Lisa Parker - Ilkley Fell race 2020.

5. Sun 01/Mar/2020: News item by Fred Green - Worsthorne trail relays - teams and times! (01/Mar/20).

6. Mon 24/Feb/2020: Ranking by Chris Walton - Blackburn Winter Warmer .

7. Mon 17/Feb/2020: Members profile by Andrew Hollas.

8. Sun 16/Feb/2020: News item by Lisa Parker - Bleasdale Fell race. (15/Feb/20).

9. Mon 10/Feb/2020: News item by Fred Green - 2020 - first three points races (10/Feb/20).

10. Thu 06/Feb/2020: Ranking by Glen Goodwin - Blackburn Winter Warmer.

11. Wed 05/Feb/2020: Ranking by Joshua Woodstock - Blackburn Winter Warmer.

12. Wed 05/Feb/2020: Members profile by Joshua Woodstock.

13. Thu 30/Jan/2020: News item by Graham Morris - Next few Months (25/Jan/20).

14. Mon 27/Jan/2020: Event item by Fred Green - The Badger 10k (Trail 5/7).

15. Fri 24/Jan/2020: Event item by Graham Morris - Park Run Hyndburn.

16. Fri 24/Jan/2020: News item by Graham Morris - Handicap Race 2019 (19/Jan/20).

17. Tue 21/Jan/2020: Event item by Fred Green - Chipping Show Fell Race (Fell 7/7).

18. Tue 21/Jan/2020: Event item by Fred Green - Boulsworth Fell Race (Fell 6/7).

19. Tue 21/Jan/2020: Event item by Fred Green - Lee Mill Fell Race (Fell 5/7).

20. Tue 21/Jan/2020: Event item by Fred Green - Rob Shepherd's Stirton, (Fell 4/7).

Announcements

1. Message posted by Liam Moden on Sat 11/Jul/2020.

This Thursday , July 16 th , the Thursday evening fell training group will be running the 2 nd race in the east lancs fell running champs . We will all be running as one group and anyone is welcome to join . We will be starting at 6. 30 pm from BB10 3RD . It's Boulsworth ( but not the Grand Prix route )(message will expire on Sat 18/Jul/2020).

2. Message posted by Liam Moden on Tue 16/Jun/2020.

Treasure hunt info - Question 27 vandals have damaged the info board . All reasonably close answers will be accepted. Question 33 sun dial is at st James church not st Mary's ( sorry school boy error because I went to st Mary's throughout my schooling)(message will expire on Sun 23/Aug/2020).

3. Message posted by Liam Moden on Sat 06/Jun/2020.

I have devised a "Dave mallaby " style treasure hunt run which involves a run from the Peel Park pub up to Rising bridge and back down to the start via the old railway line . If people e mail their answers and times I will do a table . E mail for the set of questions liammoden@hotmail.co.uk(message will expire on Thu 01/Oct/2020).

4. Message posted by Fred Green on Fri 05/Jun/2020.

To All Members

 

I hope you are keeping well in these most unusual of times, and i hope most importantly that you are managing to keep running (and sane) as much as possible! 

 

We think as a committee that it is important to keep you all informed with the latest goings on in the running community and also to ensure that you know we are keeping up to date with all Government policy. We know that everyone wants to get back to run club activities as soon as it is safe to do so, and we will continue to ensure that that happens as soon as it can! 

 

The latest Government guidelines have led UK Athletics to revise their statement from early May 2020 to state the following:

"You may meet with FIVE other people from outside your household to exercise outdoors, whilst following social distancing guidelines. This means that if you do take part in such an activity YOU MUST remain at least 2 metres apart AT ALL TIMES from those outside your household".

 

Unfortunately the UKA's guidance continues to be that all running club activities remain suspended until further notice. 
Again i must state that we will continue to monitor this situation closely and provide updates whenever possible going forward.

 

I also want to say a big congratulations and well done for all those taking part in the ARR bingo that was posted on the Facebook page. This led to some very amusing and inspiring videos and photos. A very well done especially to all those who completed the full Bingo card - we will have some prizes ready for when we come back. 

 

For now the only thing left to say is that we hope you and your families continue to stay safe and healthy, and remember to talk to your fellow members to keep in touch, even if you aren't meeting up to run!

 

All the best,

Fred - on behalf of the Accrington Road Runners Committee. 

(message will expire on Mon 31/Aug/2020).

5. Message posted by Liam Moden on Fri 25/Oct/2019.

Kit is now available online at pinosportswear.co.uk . Search my clubs and press the Accrington road runners icon . I have some lady's fit samples on request. RACE VESTS ARE STILL FROM LIAM ON CLUBNIGHTS AND RACES.(message will expire on Sun 01/Nov/2020).

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 Sat 12/Dec/2020).
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Club events

Pendle Trail Race (Trail 4/7). On Sun 19/Jul/2020, which is only 6 days away.
Lee Mill Fell Race (Fell 5/7). On Wed 29/Jul/2020, which is only 16 days away.
The Badger 10k (Trail 5/7). On Thu 06/Aug/2020, which is only 24 days away.
Boulsworth Fell Race (Fell 6/7). On Sun 09/Aug/2020, which is only 27 days away.
Handicap Race. On Tue 11/Aug/2020, which is only 29 days away.
Race the Train. On Sat 15/Aug/2020, which is only 33 days away.
Chipping Show Fell Race (Fell 7/7). On Sat 22/Aug/2020, which is only 40 days away.
Padiham Trail Race 10k (Trail 6/7). On Sun 20/Sep/2020, which is only 69 days away.
Rivington Trail Half Marathon (Trail 7/7). On Sat 03/Oct/2020, which is only 82 days away.
Remembrance Windmill 10k. On Sun 08/Nov/2020, which is only 118 days away.
Lee mills relays. On Sun 29/Nov/2020, which is only 139 days away.
Bradford Millennium Way relay. On Sun 13/Jun/2021, which is only 335 days away.

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March 2020
Title: Worsthorne Relay Location: Wosthorne, Burnley Date of event:Sat 14/Mar/2020

Results from today’s Worsthorne/Hurstwood Relay – Accrington Road Runners Teams

 

1, Black Team –          Total Time 3:27

Dave Hartley –            48:01

Dave Tomlinson –       51:16

Pam McCullagh –       65:35

Graham Morris –         42:14

 

2. Blue Team –            Total Time 3:38

Christian Hill –            61:42

Lisa Parker –               51:01

Kath Gregson –           60:10

Mark Irving –              45:12

 

3. Green Team –          Total Time 3:39

Sarah Holt –               56:30

David Mallaby –         67:23

Fred Green –               51:50

Josh Woodstosk –       43:38

 

4. Red Team –             Total Time 3:40

Dave Kennford –        56:30

Liam Moden –             53:32

Louise Stevenson –     66:17

Hannah Jarvis –           43:46

 

5. White Team –          Total Time 3:40

Sarah Ridehalgh –       47:40

Carole Morris –           59:15

Jim Donohoe –            62:52

Andrew Bentley –      50:29

 

6. Grey Team –           Total Time 3:45

Dave Savage –            48:34

Suzanne Poole –          71:34

Bethan Walton –         53:23

Julia Hartley –            52:21

 

7. Orange Team –        Total Time 3:47

Damian Fletcher –       54:08

Millie Kayley –           65:17

Mick Bowkley –         62:16

Andy Orr –                 45:46

 

8, Yellow Team –        Total Time 3:55

Julie Preston –            79:33

Cath Derbyshire –       50:03

Heath Barnes –           54:05

Graham Hargreaves -  51:57

 

 

Submitted by: Graham Morris - 862 - created on Sat 14/Mar/2020, last modified Sat 14/Mar/2020.

March 2020
Title: Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round Location: Pendle Hill Date of event:Sat 07/Mar/2020

 Saturday 7th March – Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round - Fell Race 1/7

 

The fell season started on Saturday, and it was a tough start to the seven league races with the longest of the bunch to start!

 

The Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round is hosted by Clayton Le-Moors Harriers and was named after their member Stan who died aged 97 in 2010 – Stan was only the third person to complete the “Bob Graham Round” and was at one point the oldest member of the FRA (Fell runners association), making him officially the worlds oldest fell runner at the time!

 

The route is 9 miles with some 1,500 feet of climb, and for a £6 pre-entry, runners get a buff, a bottle of Moorhouses Ale, and a thorough battle with one of Lancashire’s premier peaks!
In true fell racing spirit, this race has seen three different routes in the last three years! This year we were told that the standard descent following the initial climb to the trig point was out of action, and instead runners had a choice between two paths. As long as you eventually arrived at the next checkpoint, the route was your own! If you like to be led in a certain direction in life, maybe fell running isn’t for you…
It is always great to feel the buzz at the start of a fell race, people worrying about kit, people worrying about the climbs, and in this case, people worrying about where the hell to run once they got past the trig!

 

On a warmer than average March morning, Pendle was looking truly resplendent.
After making the initial climb, and choosing which descent to take, the field made it’s way behind Church Clough Reservoir for another big climb, and across the moors before going through Fell Wood and around Lower Ogden Reservoir for a super-fast finish down the track back to the Pendle Inn. The race offered some vicious climbs, some technical trail running, some road running, and some running on open moorland! All for £6…!

 

In the men’s race new member Andy Orr was back on his natural racing habitat and put in a ferocious club fell debut to edge out Graham Morris by 9 seconds, finishing in 45th place in a time of 1:21:13. Graham was 46th in 1:21:22 and was spotted purchasing new trainers at the end of the race as a result!!
Dave Hartley put in an excellent shift on his first race of the 2020 season, coming home in 83rd in a time of 1:27:04, chasing Andy around the early miles and keeping him honest!
Your faithful author also dipped his toe back in the club race waters, taking a few minutes off last years’ time in 1:34:16.



In the lady’s race Lisa Parker put in a blisteringly quick run, edging out seemingly perennial fell champion Debbie Gowans by 41 seconds in a time of 1:30:04 for a course PB. Laying down a strong gauntlet for the 2020 fell season! Lisa and Debbie were outside of the prizes on this very rare occasion, (a testament to the strength of the field at this race) but came in a very respectable 11th and 12th place in the lady’s race.

 

It was good to see our old friend and race reporter Paul Calverley at the race, stepping foot on Pendle for the first time in years unbelievably!
Also, a big thanks to Pam, Liam, Michael Hartley and the hounds of love, who provided some great support (and maybe abuse, my hearing is awful!) at the top of the first climb!

 

The fell race season now takes a break until the coiners fell race on Friday 8th May – plenty of time for people to practice their climbing….

Submitted by: Fred Green - 861 - created on Tue 10/Mar/2020, last modified Tue 10/Mar/2020.

March 2020
Title: Ilkley Fell race. Location: Ilkley Date of event:Sun 01/Mar/2020
Great fell race over at Ilkley.Lots of mud, hills and twist and turns.Well done to Debbie on her catorgry win and also to Glen for an great run.

Submitted by: Lisa Parker - 860 - created on Mon 02/Mar/2020.

March 2020
Title: Worsthorne trail relays - teams and times! Location: N/A Date of event:Sun 01/Mar/2020

Hi all , Liam has sent across the arrangements for the relays as follows :

 

The teams have been "drawn out " for the worsthorne trail relay . To differentiate between us each team has been allocated a colour . The idea is to wear this colour under your club vest ( if possible) . There are four start times , 11.00 , 11.30 , 12.00 and 1.00 pm which are all indicated after each name . Please contact Liam on liammoden@hotmail.co.uk  or text 07850604853 if a problem arises
 

A R R BLUE  Christian hill 11.00 Lisa Parker 11.30 kath gregson 12.00 mark Irving 1.00 ///
 

A R R RED  Dave (? G 3 ) 11.00 Liam 11.30 Louise S 12.00 Chris balderstone 1.00 ///
 

A R R YELLOW Julie preston 11.00 cath Derbyshire 11.30 Heath Barnes 12.00
graham hargraves 1.00 ///
 

A R R WHITE Sarah ridehalgh 11.00 Carole Morris 11.30 Jim Donahue 12.00 Andrew Bentley 1.00 ///
 

A R R GREEN Sarah holt 11.00 Dave mallaby 11.30 Fred green 12.00 josh Woodstock 1.00  ///
 

A R R BLACK Dave Hartley 11.00 Dave Tomlinson 11.30 Pam mccullagh 12.00 graham Morris 1.0 ///
 

A R R ORANGE Damien fletcher 11.00 Millie kayley 11.30 mick bowkley 12.00 Andy Orr 1.00 ///
 

A R R GREY Dave savage 11.00 Suzanne Poole 11.30 Bethan Walton 12.00 Julia Hartley 1.00 ///
 

We will have the event shelter near the start . Please arrive in good time to collect your number . Please feel free to bring along tea / coffee, biscuits, cakes eat . If possible, try to stay to cheer on your teammates and let's make this a good fun club event!

 

 

Submitted by: Fred Green - 859 - created on Sun 01/Mar/2020, last modified Sun 01/Mar/2020.

February 2020
Title: Bleasdale Fell race. Location: N/A Date of event:Sat 15/Feb/2020
Category wins from Accrington at a blustery Bleasdale yesterday.Also top running from Michael Toman with his trusty Bumbag containing everything but the kitchen sink.🤣Well done all.

Submitted by: Lisa Parker - 858 - created on Sun 16/Feb/2020.

February 2020
Title: 2020 - first three points races Location: Ribble Valley / Gt Harwood / Blackburn Date of event:Mon 10/Feb/2020

 

2020 – First Three Points Races

 

Ribble Valley 10k

 

In what has become (relatively) traditional fashion, the 2020 points race season actually started just after Christmas, in 2019, with the annual Ribble Valley 10k on Sunday 29th December 2019. A chance to finish 2019 strong or put an early stamp on 2020!

 

A fast course, with incline but equal descent, organised by Blackburn Harriers and once again attracting a very strong field. 1,292 runners finished the course, and the race again sold out in late November! Personally, as a Clitheroe resident it is always fantastic to walk down to Edisford and see the huge sea of athletes assembled! It’s a shame I’m always full of food and beer and never feel like one myself…


The race is used as a Northern 10k road championship course each year – and this year it again brought GB runner Marc Scott, who smashed the course record in a seemingly ridiculous 28’32. Nike vapour flys or not, a fantastic achievement. He must have skimped on his Christmas turkey.
For further reference, the top 12 athletes all returned times of sub 30, and the first lady won in a time of 32:20!

 

As in previous years the fantastic results were not limited to the wider field, with numerous Accrington Road Runner PBS and strong course improvements!
It seems unusual for ARR to attend a race on mass and not sweep the prize board, but it is testament to the strength of the field in the event. We did return with one piece of silverware however, with Glen Goodwin rounding off a fantastic 2019 by winning his vet category in a gun time of 35:17 and coming 135th overall. We were also later informed that this was the 7th fastest V55 time of the year nationwide for a road 10k, superb.

This also saw Glen edge out the rest of the ARR mens field, seeing off good challenges by Chris Walton & Chris Halstead in 35:43 and 37:20 respectively, both improving on their 2018 times.
Sarah Ridehalgh took down the ladies’ race in 41:28, with Catherine Derbyshire and Laura Hudson in second and third, both improving their 2018 times!
A special mention to Michelle McDonald who took an impressive 3 minutes 46 seconds from her 2018 time to finish in 47:20!

 

A great turnout generally from ARR, with 36 runners. Great to see some runners on debut for the club, and some old faces returning to points racing action!

Full results can be found here : http://results.racetimers.co.uk/results.aspx?CId=16487&RId=2098

 

It is worth noting that for ARR points races – the “gun time” will always be the time used for the “league” standing, given that not all the races we race have a “chip time” option, and the race is judged to be the fastest person over the line. So, don’t be afraid to get yourself to the front of the starting pen if you are looking for a fast time!

 

 

 

East Lancs Hospice 10k

Our second points race of the year came on Sunday 19th January – and saw the first race of the third season of the “trail” points series. These are typically races that contain some form of off road element, whether that be track, field, gravel, mud(?), but that are a little more kind on elevation than your typical “fell” races. These events can still be as fast and furious as a road race but offer a little more to those who enjoy the off-road/technical trail side of running.

 

The ELH 10k race falls into the category of fast and furious, with very little climb the race flies around the trails of Great Harwood, starting and finishing from a very good race HQ at Gaskell Motor Bodies. The race is not too expensive at £20, and in years gone by has given out medals/t-shirts/buffs, and other mementos all included in the entry fee. As the name might suggest the race proceeds are used to raise money for the East Lancashire Hospice, a local hospice that is close to the hearts of many people in the North West. Local runner Nick Gaskell organises the race, which has become a very popular staple in most local racers’ calendars.

 

It was good to see 21 runners from ARR turn out for the race, and it was Sarah Ridehalgh who took the crowning glory. Returning to the event after not running the race last year, Sarah won the ladies race overall in a time of 41:48, holding off Paula Piling from Ramsbottom in 42:38 and our own returning trail champion Catherine Derbyshire in third place in 43:54. For Catherine this was a course PB and her sixth year in a row at this event!
Laura Lewis built on her good showing at Ribble Valley by winning her category in 47:05, potentially the start of a big year…?

 

In the men’s race we welcomed Andrew Bentley and David Tomlinson on debut – and turned in an impressive performance overall. Graham Morris, returning to the event for the first time since 2016, took his category prize and was 8th overall in a time of 37:32, Adrian Melton also took his category prize in a time of 1:02:47, continuing to prove that age is no barrier and inspiring the ARR runners!

Beyond individual prizes, the men impressively took up six of the top 20 places in the event. Twinned with Sarah and Catherine’s top three result, this capped a very good day for the team overall!
Chris Walton took home the individual men’s win within the club, putting down his mark early on the trail series, and reportedly staying on his feet throughout, in an impressive time of 37:27, forty seconds faster than his 2019 time, and good enough for sixth place overall.

 

Other notable performances were Christian Hill taking an enormous 5 minutes off his 2019 time, and an improvement of nearly ten minutes since 2018! Fantastic running from Christian, I look forward to seeing what this year holds!

 

Josh Woodstock the inaugural trail champion took over 2 minutes off his 2019 time despite the race probably only being a speed training session for his upcoming marathon 😉.
Liam Moden continued his improvement at this race, he has improved on his previous time for the last three years at this race, and came home in 45:57.

 

Full results can be found here : https://www.ukresults.net/2020/elh10k.html

 

Blackburn Winter Warmer 10k

 

With only one week’s break, the third points race zoomed round – back onto the roads for the annual Blackburn Winter Warmer, another regular staple of the local running calendar.
A superb 10k event organised by Blackburn Road Runners that routinely attracts over 700 runners and sells out ahead of time each year! The race has an excellent race HQ at Witton Park sports centre, pacers from 40 minutes upwards, and generally a good “goodie bag” at the end of the race. There is also a legendary cake sale within the sports centre… very useful for spectators…

After some wizardry from Mr Morris, using his contacts to acquire bonus places, there were 31 ARR runners lucky enough to get a place and be on the start line in a total field of 731 finishers.

Despite it being a road race - the winter warmer is far from a gentle 10k; after a lap of the running track to start the race, the runners are taken almost immediately on a gruelling 400-foot climb up Buncer Lane, a steep street adjacent to Witton Park. Runners have to be careful to not empty out the tank on this initial climb, and stay mentally strong when they reach the false summit at the top of Buncer Lane itself, as the climbing doesn’t end there!

 

Once the initial climb is out of the way, runners do get chance to open the legs up as the route makes its way back down hill down Billinge End Road towards Pleasington. At the five mile mark however the race produces it’s sting in the tail, another short sharp climb before making it’s way back into Witton Park for a speedy finish and then everyone’s favourite, another lap of the track. The race generally attracts a good level of spectators on Buncer Lane and then back at the sports centre, important points to receive support as the runners are digging deep!

 

Blackburn Harriers turned in a superb performance at the top end of the field on their “home patch”, taking the top four spots in the men’s race and first and third in the ladies’ race. A testament to their strength in depth on the roads.

 

After Glen edged out Chris Walton at the Ribble Valley 10k, it was Chris’ turn to take first place at Winter Warmer, coming home in 9th place overall in a time of 35:58, and taking over 70 seconds off his 2019 time. A fantastic run given the amount of climb in the race.

 

Despite his unfortunate eye injury, Glen returned to his excellent best, coming home in 36:49 taking nearly 2 minutes from his 2019 time. That was good enough for his category win and 14th place overall.

 

Sarah Ridehalgh gave race winner Victoria Mousley a good race to come home in second place in a time of 41:49, an improvement of 20 seconds on her 2018 time, and winning her age category. A happy hunting ground for Sarah and Catherine after their recent successes in the Lancashire Cross Country Championships also held at Witton Park.

 

It was great to see Mark Irving, Darrin Robinson and Sarah Holt all making their points race debuts for the club – familiar faces to those who attend the track sessions; welcome to the club!

 

Dave Savage and Neil Thompson both had good runs, Dave continuing to improve at this race, taking around 90 seconds from his 2019 time, and Neil whipping 50 seconds from his 2018 time to come home in 42:43 and 43:04 respectively.

 

ARR’s “mr five minutes” himself Christian Hill was at it again, so close to breaking the 50-minute barrier coming home in 50:20, an improvement of OVER 5 minutes on his 2019 time.

 

A very well done is also due to those taking part in Liam’s marathon training schedule now, and specifically those that ran to the Winter Warmer from Accrington and then back again! With no-one’s times particularly suffering compared to prior years times, it really shows the strength of our runners!

 

Full results can be found here : https://www.ukresults.net/2020/warmer.html

 

Finally – a big thank you to everyone who has come to support at these three points races, and at all other events with ARR runners involved. The support coming from the side of the road can mean a lot in races, whether it’s keeping you going after 20 miles, or dragging you home at the end of a 10k!

 

Look forward to seeing you all at the next one!Look forward to seeing you all at the next one! 

Submitted by: Fred Green - 857 - created on Mon 10/Feb/2020, last modified Mon 10/Feb/2020.

January 2020
Title: Next few Months Location: . Date of event:Sat 25/Jan/2020

2020 Club Races

Sorry it has taken a while to confirm our Club Races for 2020, but all races including Team Relays are now on our website. Please support these Club Races; they don’t need to be too competitive. We class them as “club events” where our members gather together, complete the run and share the usual post-race refreshments. If you want to race that’s OK, alternately just run the route and enjoy. We also use the Club Races as a guide for the Most Improved Runner awards and The Club Championships (road, trail and fell). Scores from your best 4 races out of the 7 will count to your final rankings. Scoring: winner of each race 100 points, 2nd 99 points, 3rd 98 points etc.

Team Events-If you would like represent the club in any of these team events please ask. All members all abilities welcome.

22nd Feb - Hyndburn – Park Run

We have been asked by parkrun would we be willing to “take over” the 22nd February run. This would include everything from the time keeping to the marshalling of the route. We estimate 20 to 25 of our members would be needed to make sure everything is covered. We would also like to have a few pacers in the event. Since this event started in 2017, we have had 77 of our members complete almost 1000 runs, more than any other club……………. It is only fair we do our share and give the organisers a day off.

Let’s show our support for parkrun and turn up in large numbers to make it a fantastic run.

If available (marshal or be a pacer) please contact Paul or Karen Jackson, or any member of the committee.

 

23rd Feb - Club Road Race

Our first 2 x Club Road Races have both been "sell out" events with some of our members missing out on a race number. Lostock 6 mile is on 23rd Feb this is also a popular race. Don’t leave it too late and enter early, so we don’t want have any members missing the race.

 

14th March -Worsthorne & Hurstwood Relay

Our first Team event of the season is the Worsthorne & Hurstwood Relay on Saturday 14th March.

It starts at 11am and finishes approximately 1:45pm.

The event is a 4-stage off-road Trail Relay over beautiful countryside at Worsthorne near Burnley. The distance is 10k and is fully flagged, everyone doing the same route, starting and finishing at the same place.

The race consists of, 4 runners per team; running individually over 4 legs. Each runner completes the route then passes over to the next runner.

Post-race social and prizegiving in the Crocked Billet pub with lots of prizes, all proceeds to charity.

Although you can choose your own team of four runners, the club was hoping to collect a list of names and select even teams to create a close competition within the club………...maybe one runner from each Tuesday night training group per team.

All abilities welcome, runners from all Tuesday training groups needed.

Anyone interested in representing the club in this event pass your name to Liam or Graham. Entry £10 per runner.

Submitted by: Graham Morris - 856 - created on Thu 30/Jan/2020.

January 2020
Title: Handicap Race 2019 Location: Clitheroe Date of event:Sun 19/Jan/2020
Handicap Race 2019
Pos Name Time Comment Handicap Time
1 Louise Stevenson 56.30 Completed all races since 2014 when she finished 2nd over a minute up on last year 59.00
2 Pam McCullagh 53.55 Second time Pam has been runner-up, finished in a time of 55.03 in 2017 56.00
3 David Mallaby 52.34 Always performs well in this event twice finished 3rd and our 2015 winner. 54.00
4 Martin Bland 43.35 2 top ten finishes in his 3 apperances in this event. Very consistant times. 45.00
5 Louise Robinson 52.45 PB on this course, massive improvement on last years time. Well done. 54.00
6 Nicola Miller 53.00 First time running with the club in any event, thanks for joining us……. 54.00
7 Ricky Billington 48.50 Another PB on this course. Great year so far one of our most improved runners 50.00
8 Josh Woodstock 37.58 First time under 38 minutes for Josh. Also one of our improved runners 39.00
9 Andy Orr 43.09 Guest runner from our Thursday track sessions. Almost a minute under handicap. 44.00
10 Laura Hudson 48.49 Great time for Laura considering her lack of training, just into the top 10 49.30
11 Dave Allison 43.50 First apprearance in this event, well under Handicap time. 44.30
12 Katharine Gregson 51.04 Second appearance in this race, slightly under estimated time. 51.30
13 Chris Walton 36.00 Fastest man on the day and highest finish in 3 appearances 36.30
14 Sue Rodwell 49.38 Good run from one of our new lady members within seconds of handicap time. 50.00
15 Kaye Callaghan 49.43 Never missed any of these races, this was Kaye's highest finishing position 50.00
16 Peter Hoyle 57.54 Good run from Peter, under his handicap time. Best finish was 4th in 2015 58.00
17 Jo Hosker 47.47 Very consistant times on this course all within a minute on the last 5 races. 48.00
18 Damian Fletcher 44.58 Just under Handicap time, has run much faster on this course. Best position 5th - 2018 45.00
19 Steve Burton 39.06 Within seconds of his handicap time, identical time to 2018 RV result 39.00
20 Neil Williamson 40.32 First time in our Handicap event, ran exactly as estimated.  40.30
21 Neil Thompson 43.05 Although been ill, still had a good run, only 30 seconds down on last year. 43.00
22 Michael Hartley 51.35 Only man to complete all races since 2014. Best finish 7th in 2014 51.30
23 Adrian Melton 57.15 Slightly down on last year but still top half finish. 57.00
24 Craig Clarke 48.10 First time in this event for Craig, 1 minute faster than his 2018 RV10k time. 48.00
25 Alex Whalley 59.15 4 appearances in our race, finished 6th last year & 9th in 2015 in 54 mins…… 59.00
26 Karen Figiel 60.21 4th race in a row for Karen, down on last year, but finished close to her handicap 60.00
27 Janet Hoyle 56.29 Only missed one race in 6 years, best finish 5th in 2015 56.00
28 Rebecca Burton 56.32 First race on this course, solid run just outside handicap time. 56.00
29 John Macholc 48.31 Just a minute down on last year, also just outside estimated time 48.00
30 Glen Goodwin 37.35 Over a minute faster than last year, only missed one race since 2014. 37.00
31 Darrin Robinson 45.11 Good time despite a carrying a slight injury 44.30
32 Stuart Ramsay 50.36 Another solid run, only 30 seconds over handicap time 50.00
33 Christian Hill 54.20 Making his debut in this race, finished 40 seconds under estimated time 55.00
34 Liam Moden 43.40 Last years winner, could'nt just quite match 2018 performance 43.00
35 Cath Derbyshire 43.41 Winner of our first Handicap race in 2014, not missed a race since 43.00
36 Andrew Figiel 44.41 Slightly down on last year but still a good time. 44.00
37 Andy Bush 45.14 Only missed one race in 6 years, best time on this course is 41:00 44.30
38 Lisa Parker 45.50 Slightly down on last year, 4 times completed this race. 45.00
39 Paul Calverley 41.01 Down on prevoius races, just back after injury has finishe in 39 mins in 2017 40.00
40 Louise Slater 57.09 Just over a minute over estimated time, best finish 14th in 2016 56.00
41 Chris Halstead 38.44 Best time in this event from 4 x prevoius races 37.30
42 Fred Green 46.20 Much improved on last years nightmare, but still down on his top 10 finish of 2017 45.00
43 Sarah Ridehalgh 43.47 5th Handicap race in a row for Sarah, finished 2nd in 2015 42.30
44 Bethan Walton 48.50 Guest runner from Rossendale, just over a minute from estimated time. 47.30
45 Joe Curran 41.56 Good run but down on last years 7th place finish 40.30
46 Keith Robinson 48.18 Only missed one race since 2014, best finish 3rd overall in 2014 46.30
47 Carole Morris 50.20 Also only missed 1 x race since 2014, best time 47.45 last year. 48.00
48 Tom Battrick 51.51 5 x appearances for Tom in our Handicap, best finish 6th in 2016 49.30
49 Gary Carswell 47.09 Debut in this event, struggled to match his 44 mins at Wesham earlier in year 44.30
50 Mick Coward 49.50 Not his best race……..has done 44 mins on this course in 2016 47.00
51 Dave Sagar 51.50 Ran with injury but still finished. Best time 44 mins in 2017. He will be back….. 48.00
52 Sue Baron 43.00 Just used as a training run. Finished in 40 minutes last year. 41.00
53 Paul Gallagher DNF    
54 Les Readfearn DNF    

 

Submitted by: Graham Morris - 855 - created on Fri 24/Jan/2020.

January 2020
Title: 2020 POINTS RACES Location: N/A Date of event:Fri 17/Jan/2020

Hi all - the 2020 points races have now been agreed!

 

Thank you to Dave Sagar for his hard work in this area - and to everyone else who has contributed and supported.

 

Whilst Graham will e-mail out the formal diary of events, and the races will appear on the website as "club events", here is the list of races and dates for each "class". 

 

 

Road

 

1. Dec 29 2019 - Ribble Valley 10k

2. Feb 2 - Blackburn Winter Warmer 10k

3. Feb 23 - Lostock 6 Mile

4. Mar 29 - Darwen Half Marathon

5. Jun 19 - Barrowford GP 5k (Podium)

6. Jul 12 - Townley Park 10k

7. Nov 8 - Windmill Remembrance 10k

 

Fell

 

1. Mar 7 - Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round

2. May 8 - Coiners Fell Race , Mytholmroyd

3. Jun 10 - Holcombe 2 Towers

4. Jul 1 - Stirton Fell, Skipton

5. July 29 - Lee Mill Fell, Bacup

6. Aug 9 - Boulsworth Fell Race

7. Aug 22 - Chipping Show Fell Race

 

Trail

 

1. Jan 19 - East Lancs Hospice 10k

2. May 13 - Run Forest Run Race (Formerly Wholan Nook)

3. Jun 21 - Race The Train - Bury

4. July 19 - Pendle Trail Race

5. Aug 6 - Cuerden Valley 10k Trail Race

6. Sept 20 - Padiham Trail Race

7. Oct 3 - Rivington Trail Half Marathon 

 

 

Submitted by: Fred Green - 850 - created on Fri 17/Jan/2020, last modified Fri 17/Jan/2020.

January 2020
Title: Lancashire Cross Country Location: Witton Park Date of event:Fri 10/Jan/2020

Lancashire Cross Country Championships – Witton Park – Sat 4th Jan

Fantastic results for Accrington Road Runners in these championships.

“Punching above our weight” is a phrase that comes to mind.

As one of the smallest clubs in the county we won 3 x team & 7 individual medals; no other club won this many. Well done to all that represented the club.

 

 

 

Role of Honour - Team

 

Ladies Team – 3rd Overall

Sarah, Catherine, Debbie & Lisa P

 

1st Manx Harriers                              

2nd Blackburn Harriers                    

3rd Accrington Road Runners       

 

Ladies Vet Team – Winners

Sarah, Catherine, Debbie

 

1st Accrington Road Runners -     

2nd Clayton -le-Moors -                   

3rd Lytham St Annes -                      

 

Men’s Vet Team

Glen, Chris H, Josh & Graham

 

1st Ribble Valley Harriers               

2nd Lancaster & Morecambe       

3rd Accrington Road Runners       

 

 

Role of Honour - Individual

Gold Medal

Glen Goodwin

Sarah Ridehalgh

 

Silver Medal

Julia Hartley

Debbie Gowans

Graham Morris

 

Bronze Medal

Sue Rodwell

Catherine Derbyshire

 

Top 10 finishers

Lisa Parker

Chris Halstead

Michael Toman

 

Other team members

Pam McCullagh

Steve Burton

Mark Irving

Andy Orr

Liam Moden

 

Team supporters

Dave Allison

Fred Green

Ant Ridehalgh

 

 

Submitted by: Graham Morris - 849 - created on Wed 15/Jan/2020, last modified Wed 15/Jan/2020.

January 2020
Title: Red Rose Cross Country - Rossendale Location: Marl Pitts Date of event:Fri 03/Jan/2020

Red Rose Cross Country League– Race 4 Marl Pitts, Rossedale.

 

Final event of the Cross-Country season was on the “infamous” Marl Pitts course in Rossendale. We had 17 runners competing, which is our best ever turn-out at this event.

The ladies finished a fantastic 2nd in Vets Race and 3rd overall which gave us runners-up in the overall end of season league table.

 

Our men had their best ever result overall finishing 6th in the final league table.

Individually Debbie, Glen & Louise Stevenson won their age groups and Julia finished 3rd.

Catherine D, Sarah, Jo, Sue Rodwell, Nancy & Graham all finished inn the top 10 of their age groups.

 

 

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.

First 4 finishers all ladies……

 

 

ARR Runners

 

1.Debbie Gowans -      78.88% - Another fantastic season, British Fell & Cross-Country Champion                                   in her age group, (winning all the races) and 9th overall in the league.

 

2. Cath Derbyshire      79.96% - Best season in cross country for Catherine, finished 4th overall in                                   age group, missing 3rd by only 1 position. Only missed 1 race in 4 seasons.

 

3. Glen Goodwin           84.18% - League champion in his age group, completed every race for                                   in the 3 x seasons, currently our top male runner on every surface.

4. Lisa Parker                85.59% - 16 x Cross Country races in total and her best ever result, 5th in age group in this race.

 

5. Julia Hartley              85.70% - Another top run from Julia, 4th in age group and finished 3rd overall for season. Best result this season at Todmorden.

 

6. Nancy Bailey           90.08% - 19 cross countries completed and this was the 2nd best result ever, finished the season 5th overall in age group.

 

7. Mark Irving                90.50% - 3rd appearance for our Cross-Country team this season, and best result by far. 2nd ARR man to finish.

 

8. Jo Hosker                   91.94% - In great form this season, 18 races in total since 2012, her top 3 results all recorded in this season. Well done Jo.

 

9. Mick Toman               100.49% - Another consistent result, all 3 x races this season within 1% of each other, only 30 seconds off a top half finish, Best result at Leigh

 

10.Chris Walton             100.67% - Not his favourite surface, really struggled in the mud, but helped the team to a good result

 

11. Fred Green            101.01% - Our most improved cross-country runner this season, “knocking on the door” of a top half finish, best result in 9 races.

 

12. Joe Curran            102.29% - Slightly down on last race, but 7th in age group.

 

13. Katharine Gregson 107.33% - 12th XC race in total for Katharine, finished the season 11th                                   overall in her age group. Best result this season at Leigh.

 

14. Pam McCullagh      109.13% - 11th Cross Country race in a row for Pam, Making good improvement every season. Best result this season by far was Bolton, only second off a top half finish.

 

15. Liam Moden           109.37% - Never missed a XC race since joining the club in 2016. This was a PB on this course. Best result this season at Leigh.

 

16. Louise Stevenson   115.28% - Did enough in the race to secure 1st in her age group overall.                                    Second trophy of the season having won the Handicap Race in August.

 

17. Jim Donohoe         115.85% - Very consistent almost identical result to his first race in Leigh. Impressive 6th in age group on the day.

 

                                 

Submitted by: Graham Morris - 848 - created on Wed 08/Jan/2020, last modified Wed 08/Jan/2020.