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1. Mon 16/Jul/2018: Members profile by David Savage.

2. Wed 27/Jun/2018: Members profile by Chris Halstead.

3. Tue 26/Jun/2018: News item by Fred Green - Freckleton Half Marathon - Points Race Road (5/7) (17/Jun/18).

4. Thu 21/Jun/2018: News item by Fred Green - Weets Fell Race - Fell Race (3/7) (09/Jun/18).

5. Thu 21/Jun/2018: News item by Fred Green.

6. Tue 19/Jun/2018: News item by Fred Green - Pam McCullagh : Race The Train - Points Race Trail (5/7) (10/Jun/18).

7. Mon 18/Jun/2018: Ranking by Joshua Woodstock - Freckleton.

8. Sun 17/Jun/2018: News item by Fred Green - Burnley Lions 10k - Points Race Road (4/7) (25/May/18).

9. Fri 15/Jun/2018: Ranking by Glen Goodwin - Podium 5k.

10. Fri 15/Jun/2018: Photos by Helen Dickson - Isle of Skye half marathon 2018.

11. Fri 08/Jun/2018: News item by Fred Green - Liam Moden: The Mast Race - Points Race Trail (4/7) (27/May/18).

12. Wed 30/May/2018: News item by Fred Green - Hameldon Hill - Fell Race (2/7) (06/May/18).

13. Wed 23/May/2018: Ranking by Joshua Woodstock - Hyndburn Parkrun.

14. Sun 20/May/2018: Ranking by Chris Walton - Liverpool Rock And The Roll Half Marathon.

15. Sun 20/May/2018: Ranking by Chris Walton - Liverpool Rock & Roll 5k.

16. Sun 06/May/2018: News item by Fred Green - Brun Valley 10k Trail - Points Race Trail (3/7) (29/Apr/18).

17. Wed 02/May/2018: Photos by Peter Blackledge - Brun Valley 10k Trail.

18. Thu 26/Apr/2018: Ranking by Lee Taylor - Ron Hills 10k.

19. Wed 25/Apr/2018: Ranking by Joshua Woodstock - Manchester Marathon.

20. Wed 18/Apr/2018: Ranking by Peter Blackledge - Emer Casey (eire ) Charity Race.

Announcements

1. Message posted by Liam Moden on Sun 22/Jul/2018.

A very good turnout (21) at townley park ten k . A lot of runners , from other clubs , commented how good it was to see so many from Accrington taking part . A good cross section of members took part . Sarah came third and Catherine won a vet prize . A tough but enjoyable course .the last road points race is on Wednesday - give it a go . Ribble valley is a long way off !(message will expire on Mon 30/Jul/2018).

2. Message posted by Graham Morris on Mon 09/Jul/2018.

Our handicap race is on Tuesday 7th August.

Last year there were over 50 of our members taking part. (See Club Events on our website for further details). Please could you confirm if your running (by 31st July). Please send an e-mail (accringtonroadrunners@hotmail.co.uk) or text 07891 490481. Also confirm whether you’re staying for food (meat or veggie). For those that don’t want to run we need a few volunteers to help run the event. There will be no training from Wilsons on this date. Please support the event and make it a success. 

(message will expire on Tue 07/Aug/2018).

3. Message posted by David Sagar on Sun 08/Jul/2018.

I’ve been asked by a few members if we could sort out a points race where we all go by minibus or coach and stay for a couple of drinks after and return. How many would be interested in doing this for the Yarrow Valley River Splash Race on the 16th September. Please can you let me know your thoughts?(message will expire on Sat 15/Sep/2018).

4. Message posted by Liam Moden on Sun 08/Jul/2018.

In the interest of fairness and on the advice of graham . I am making an alteration to the handicap times given to Michelle and Andrew in their forth coming tie. NEW TIMES Michelle baker 24.45 Andrew fiegel 23.00 . I will look at all the other times on conclusion of the first round but safe to say David mallaby s rating will be slashed . Sorry I was so far out in the first instance(message will expire on Wed 08/Aug/2018).

5. Message posted by Liam Moden on Sun 08/Jul/2018.

The last two races of our road points races are nearly upon us . They are both cheap (£6 ) and local ( Burnley area ) and the distances are within all our capabilities ( 5k +10 k ) so far in road races alone 47 members have represented our club . Please give them a go . You never know you might enjoy yourself. 22 nd and 25 th July ( see points races or club events )(message will expire on Wed 25/Jul/2018).

6. 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 . This is only for when Collette is not present . The sizes are extra small ladies , small, medium , large ladies and small , medium and large men's . Thanks liam(message will expire on Wed 12/Dec/2018).

7. Message posted by Liam Moden on Mon 25/Jun/2018.

Wonderful photo of jo and Carole taking over from Neil and Scott at the start of leg 2 . Two old vests taking over from 2 new vests with a stunning backdrop. Any pro photographer would be proud of that one . Should be on all accy road runners future publications(message will expire on Thu 02/Aug/2018).

8. Message posted by Joshua Woodstock on Mon 11/Jun/2018.

I'm entering a team to the It's a Knockout at Enfield cricket club again this year. With enough interest it may be possible to have 2 teams this year as a few people missed out last year.This takes place on the August bank holiday Monday (27th) so we should have decent weather. Everyone had a great time last year and it was a fantastic team bonding afternoon so I hope more people can get involved this time.Let me know at club on Tuesday evenings or message me on Facebook if anyone's interested.(message will expire on Tue 28/Aug/2018).

9. Message posted by Liam Moden on Sat 26/May/2018.

We are going ahead with the parkrun handicap. We are going to aim for July 7 as the main competition Saturday with all other June / July dates as alternatives(message will expire on Thu 02/Aug/2018).

10. Message posted by Neil Thompson on Mon 12/Feb/2018.

Dear members,For those who are looking to purchase the new style vest, these will be provided on a first PAID, first serve basis.Please can you ensure that any monies are passed directly to Colette or Neil.There is a lead time of approx. 3-4 weeks.They are 15 per vest.(message will expire on Wed 19/Dec/2018).

11. Message posted by Graham Morris on Wed 26/Jul/2017.

Our handicap race is on Tuesday 7th August.

Last year there were over 50 of our members taking part. (See Club Events on our website for further details). Please could you confirm if your running (by 31st July). Please send an e-mail (accringtonroadrunners@hotmail.co.uk) or text 07891 490481. Also confirm whether you’re staying for food (meat or veggie). For those that don’t want to run we need a few volunteers to help run the event. There will be no training from Wilsons on this date. Please support the event and make it a success. 

(message will expire on Tue 07/Aug/2018).

12. 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 to Hyndburn Athletics in the office next to the changing rooms.

 

(message will expire on Mon 31/Dec/2018).

13. 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
 

(message will expire on Mon 31/Dec/2018).
ARR members - Athletics night 2016

Club events

Padiham greenway 5k (Road). On Wed 25/Jul/2018, which is only 2 days away.
Worsthorne moor race (Fell). On Sun 05/Aug/2018, which is only 13 days away.
Handicap Race. On Tue 07/Aug/2018, which is only 15 days away.
Boulsworth Fell Race. On Sun 12/Aug/2018, which is only 20 days away.
Yarrow River Splash (Trail). On Sun 16/Sep/2018, which is only 55 days away.
Race you to the Summit. On Fri 26/Oct/2018, which is only 95 days away.
Race you to the Summit. On Fri 26/Oct/2018, which is only 95 days away.
Ribble Valley 10k (Road). On Mon 31/Dec/2018, which is only 161 days away.

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July 2018
Title: Trawden 7 Trail Race - Points Race Trail (6/7) Location: Trawden recreational ground Date of event:Sun 01/Jul/2018

Trawden 7 Trail Race – 1st July 2018

 

The start of July saw ARR turn out again in force for stop 9 on the Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix, and the penultimate race in our new trail race season.
The race was hosted by Trawden Athletics Club who put together a very well run event – and whilst a small premium was charged on other PBGP races, runners were compensated with a buff and bottle of Trawden beer at the finish, and for those first lucky 100 to register for the race, a pie as well! I don’t think any of ARR got to enjoy a pie, we must all be true athletes!

 

Once again as has been the theme for most of the summer’s racing, the weather was roasting – and those expecting a flat easy trail race were in for a nasty surprise. With over 500 feet of climbing, the majority of which was inside the first three miles, it was easy for runners to “blow up” and have no legs left for the last part of the race.
Even the one drinks station on the course was cruelly positioned at the top of a small climb, leading yours truly to wonder if it was actually a mirage, when beginning the ascent.

 

Of 326 runners, ARR had a very respectable 20 members in action, with Joe Curran and Rick Grice (not technically your first race I know!) making their points race debuts for the club.
There were category wins for Sarah Ridealgh, with it sealing the trail title for the ladies section – and Nancy Bailey, hot off a half marathon PB, and clearly in good form.

 

The men’s race was won by Chris Halstead, coming home in a very impressive 18th place, not merely happy enough with a 100 points though I believe Chris went out for some marathon training later in the day!!
Glen came second in the ARR men’s race which was good enough for the club house lead of 397 points after 6 races, and with Josh taking third place all three of them can still theoretically win the title at the final race.

 

Hard to get a grasp at this race as to what a good time was, so for some reference, the mens and females races were won in 42.56 and 48.57 respectively, and the time achieved by the individual finishing in the middle of the field was 1.04.

 

Our next and final trail race is the Yarrow River Splash, on 16 September 2018. There do appear to still be places available, but this race has been very popular in the past so do please sign up soon to avoid disappointment! The race includes a medal and T-Shirt to all finishers.

 

Well done everyone – it’s easy to take it for granted but the support and the presence of the club at all the points races recently has been fantastic! Let’s all keep this going!

 

CHRIS HALSTEAD 00:47:15
GLEN GOODWIN 00:49:53
JOSH WOODSTOCK 00:51:06
SARAH RIDEHALGH 00:53:18
DAVID SAVAGE 00:54:51
CATHERINE DERBYSHIRE 00:55:03
RICHARD SMITH 00:55:51
JOE CYRRAN 00:56:40
LISA PARKER 00:57:23
FRED GREEN 00:58:36
LIAM MODEN 01:00:01
RICHARD GRICE 01:00:13
NANCY BAILEY 01:01:31
KAYE CALLAGHAN 01:01:34
KATHARINE GREGSON 01:03:46
MICHAEL WHEWELL 01:03:50
PAMELA MCCULLAGH 01:10:11
TOM BATTRICK 01:11:35
ADRIAN MELTON 01:13:16
LISA BOYLE 01:13:25

 

Submitted by: Fred Green - 806 - created on Sun 22/Jul/2018, last modified Sun 22/Jul/2018.

June 2018
Title: Freckleton Half Marathon - Points Race Road (5/7) Location: Freckleton Date of event:Sun 17/Jun/2018

Freckleton Half Marathon

 

Our second half marathon outing of the season took us to the 53rd annual Freckleton Half Marathon, the oldest half marathon in the UK!
The race began at 2pm, a lot later than traditional road races, especially over a longer distance. This gave runners immediate dilemmas, convincing themselves they can have that one extra drink on Saturday night, and then how do you prepare nutritionally on the morning of the race?

 

We arrived at the race to be greeted by fairground rides, burger stands, a beer tent, and an MC dressed in a full red rose suit!

 

Needless to say, the 18 runners donning the yellow vest were not distracted by these peculiarities, and the club had a very successful day once again.

 

356 total runners took part in the race – on a very flat and well supported course that took us through Warton, out to Lytham, up to Wrea Green and then back down to Freckleton. Given they’ve had 53 years practice the local towns/villages certainly know that the half is in town, and were out on mass to provide some excellent support. Quite often in these longer races where there can be long drags of flat road running, having some smiling faces can make all the difference! Plus sometimes they give you jelly beans which is just superb!!!!!

 

A Canadian named John Mason came over and won the race in 1.07.19 beating local beast Ben Fish by 38 seconds, John was awarded a large silver bowl for winning the race, and looked very puzzled, probably wondering what to do with the cup when he arrived at customs on Tuesday.

 

In the ARR race, Chris Halstead topped off a few months of superb running (as anyone who follows his strava will attest to) to take the 100 points in 1.24.06, some 9 minutes quicker than his time at Darwen, and seeing off Chris Walton by 43 seconds.

 

Catherine Derbyshire took the ladies race in an impressive 1.38.20, closely followed by Laura Hudson in 1.41.43 and Michele Baker in 1.42.08. Catherine & Michele both won their age categories, and as well as this the three ladies won the ladies team prize, a fantastic effort and again testament to our strong ladies section.

 

There were also category wins for Nancy Bailey, who also recorded a half marathon PB in 1.44.14, fantastic effort and shows all those Saturday morning runs are paying huge dividends, and for Janet Hoyle who received one of the largest cheers at the prize giving! Our ladies just about swept the board at the prize giving!
It was great to see so many of our members stick around for a drink and the presentation to support the winning runners, it shows the other clubs not only how successful we are but also how friendly as a club, and that can only be a positive!

 

It was good to see Mark Hammond out racing for the club again in his second appearance since Stan Bradshaw!

 

The race was £18 and delivered a lanyard and a medal to all runners, as well as copious amounts of bananas, sponges and fluids to all entrants. All in all a very well put together race and a solid half marathon, which in the right weather conditions was conducive to some very fast times.

 

Despite fantastic runs from Dave Savage and Josh Woodstock, and as well as Kaye Callaghan putting in a superb and emotional return to form, our runner of the day had to go to Liam Moden. Liam continues to go from strength to strength and came home in what I assume was a big PB of 1.34.22.

 

Our final two road races of the year come together quickly on the 22nd and 25th of July. Although Chris Walton has wrapped up a solid defence of his title with his 2nd place at Freckleton there is still plenty to play for in the rest of the pack in the women’s and men’s tables.

 

Pos    M    F    Forename    Surname    Cat/Pos    GunTime     
15 15   Chris Halstead (003/038) 01:24:06 Great win for Chris, very strong at the moment.
18 18   Chris Walton (007/052) 01:24:49 Went slightly wrong with his navigation! Still a strong time
35 35   Josh Woodstock (008/042) 01:29:04 Sub 1.30 and top 35, strong showing!
60 56   David Savage (013/038) 01:33:50 Continuing strong form, enjoying a break from exam marking!
63 59   Liam Moden (007/029) 01:34:22 Runner of the day, well done Liam!
82   5 Catherine Derbyshire (001/022) 01:38:20 Winner of the ladies race, good to see you nearer the front at the start too!
100   8 Laura Hudson (002/017) 01:41:43 Five minutes off her Darwen time, very strong finish!
101 93   Fred Green (022/052) 01:41:49 Happy with a new PB!
104   9 Michele Baker (001/011) 01:42:08 Part of the winning ladies team, closing in on a PB
115   12 Kaye Callaghan (003/017) 01:43:24 Fantstic 12 minutes off her Darwen time, strong return to form!
128   13 Nancy Bailey (001/006) 01:44:14 PB and category win, good day out!
146 129   Keith Robinson (017/029) 01:46:35 8 minutes off his Darwen time, after a heavy Saturday session!
177   23 Katharine Gregson (006/022) 01:51:03 Barely missed a race this summer, 5 minutes better than Darwen!
224 184   Mark Hammond (035/050) 01:56:55 Inside the sub 2 marker, good running!
238   47 Pamela McCullagh (011/022) 01:58:25 4 minutes off Darwen time, assuming a pb?? Well done Pam!
256   52 Janet Hoyle (001/001) 02:00:05 Good run from Janet, popular winner at the presentation!
297 232   Peter Hoyle (014/015) 02:09:32 Good runs from Peter and Christian, nothing at all easy about a half
322 241   Christian Hill (050/052) 02:20:37 marathon, both did very well to complete the distance!

 

Submitted by: Fred Green - 805 - created on Tue 26/Jun/2018, last modified Tue 26/Jun/2018.

June 2018
Title: Pam McCullagh : Race The Train - Points Race Trail (5/7) Location: Bury Date of event:Sun 10/Jun/2018
Race The Train - Bury
 
Well what better things to do on one of the hottest days of the year than to go race a steam train for over 10 miles!  14 ARR runners thought they would give it a shot. The train we were racing is called Republic of South Africa, a little extra nugget of totally useless info here,  the train hasnt got long left on the East Lancs line as it is off to a farm Scotland to be used as a tourist attraction!! The race was suppossed to start at 11am, but as it is a Northern Rail service it was late, by 25 minutes!! So eventually, after a rather hot and sweaty delay 500 eager runners finally set off at the train whistle at 11:25.

Josh was on beast mode and was first up the slope out of the car park. The route took us out of Bury centre and onto the Irwell Trail. Its a very pretty, scenic route mainly trail with a few stretches of pavement and a 1km lap of a park thrown in. Lots of support on route. We had a casualty early doors from Rick Grice, he injured his leg so had to drop out, he did hang around on the course to cheer us all on.  My only gripe is the second water station ran out of water by the time us later runners arrived there, a little annoying on a boiling hot day! Thank god for the locals who arrived with hose pipes to refill the water tanks.

Liam, Dave 'Sherpa' Sagar and Pam had taken up the challenge of a double race weekend by doing Weets fell race the day before. At least Dave was more sober on Sunday than he was on the Saturday. Paul Wickham donned his ARR vest after a 2 year hiatus, hes obviously limbering up for Bradford Relays, hoping to keep his club record!!  Josh again produced a stellar run, coming 29th overall.  Maybe its a perfect opportunity to discuss the issue of chip/gun times, it  needs addressing as Joshs chip time was over 5 minutes different from his gun time. If he would have been awarded his chip time he would have been 7th!

Overall 9 of the 14 ARR members beat the train!  Josh, Dave S, Paul, Keith, Michele, Liam, Kaye, Michael and Katherine well done to you all on a tough course with beaming hot sunshine thats a great achievement!!  (Although it was 10 minutes later than scheduled) Another great result from our small team.  
Michele also took home her category 

Runner                  Chip time    
     
Josh Woodstock    1:15:09       Fantastic time,  smashed it!! Should have queried the gun/chip timings. 
Dave Savage         1:26:05       Great run from Dave, very strong. Massive smile to welcome the other ARR back.  
Paul Wickham        1:31            A break from choir practice!   I cant find his official result, sorry
Keith Robinson      1:32:22       Strong run from Keith, on a very hot day. 
Michele Baker        1:35:23       Solid run from our El Pres!!  She hates trail! 
Liam Moden           1:35:34       Tired legs after Weets, still great result from Mr.Omnipresent!  
Kaye Callaghan     1:38:03       Excellent race from Kaye, storming back from injury 
Michael Whewell    1:41:33      Great run from Michael , the first time ive seen him finish without a smile on his face.  
Katherine Gregson 1:44:43      Powered by Taylor Swift! She beat the train! Well done Katherine 
Dave  Sagar           1:50:05     If he ever turned up sober bet he would be elite! (well maybe)
Pamela McCullagh 1:53:04     Tired everywhere after Weets, not really my favourite surface.
Peter Hoyle             2:05:19    Great support from The Hoyles as ever, Janet really enjoyed it.
Janet Hoyle             2:07:37
Rick Grice               DNF         Wishing you a speedy recovery Rick 
 
The price was £22 (bit steep),  started from Bury ended in Rawtenstall so local, prizes were a tshirt and medal.

Next trail race is Trawden 7 on July 1st!! See you there
 
Report by: PAM MCCULLAGH

Submitted by: Fred Green - 802 - created on Tue 19/Jun/2018, last modified Tue 26/Jun/2018.

June 2018
Title: Weets Fell Race - Fell Race (3/7) Location: Barnoldswick Date of event:Sat 09/Jun/2018

Weets Fell Race

 

With plenty resting their legs for Sunday’s Race The Train race, seven hardy ARR souls made it over to Barnoldswick for our third fell race of the year, boasting a field of 202 runners, and with numerous junior races prior to the main event.
A novel idea from the race organisers – the race registration point was in a gazebo actually on the car park, this gives runners even less opportunity to realise their errors and turn back once they’ve left their cars…
 

 

Weets provided the highest climb so far this season with 1,320 feet of elevation gain, making it steeper than both Hameldon Hill & the half Stan Bradshaw! There were some real climbs throughout the race, both up actual fell and up trail, throughout the race, giving runners no real chance to find a consistent rhythm!
Needless to say this did provide some fantastic downhill sections for runners, not least the final race back down a tarmacked track to the finish line! This made for some speedy finishes and even more weary looking runners at the finish than we would’ve been anyway!

 

 

Debbie Gowans chalked up her third victory of the season and also took first place in her category.
Lisa Parker and Catherine Derbyshire both had strong runs, Lisa edging out Cath by just twelve seconds, with the girls taking 2nd and 3rd place in their category.

 

 

Yours truly took advantage of the slim Accrington field to take an unlikely first place in the mens race, with Liam Moden resting his legs for Sunday and Dave Sagar spending most of the race trying to remember his own name after a heavy night exploring the gin bars of Clitheroe. A good effort to make it to the start line, fair play to Dave!

 

 

Our seventh runner was Pam McCullagh who must of felt like it was her hundredth race of the season, still throwing herself into all opportunities and continuing to improve all the time!

 

 

A special ARR mention to member Andrew Hollas, who despite injury has still been an ever present at all of the grand prix races so far this season, always positioning himself high up some hill, and providing fantastic support to all the runners, but specifically Accrington runners! Many thanks to Andy, it really is a big boost to get some support up some of those long drags!

 

 

The fell race calendar now enjoys a long break until Sunday 5th August when we return for the Worthorne Moor race, hope to see plenty of yellow vests in attendance!

 

 

Debbie Gowans    50.51   68th

Lisa Parker    54.00   88th

Catherine Derbyshire   54.12   91st

Fred Green   57.30   108th

Liam Moden   1.06.26   147th

Dave Sagar   1.08.24   159th

Pamela McCullagh   1.09.03   163rd

Submitted by: Fred Green - 804 - created on Thu 21/Jun/2018.

May 2018
Title: Liam Moden: The Mast Race - Points Race Trail (4/7) Location: Bolton Date of event:Sun 27/May/2018

The Mast Race - 10k

 

The race consisted of 60% road and 40 % fell so it fitted nicely into our trail category of races !   On leaving the start the 244 competitors turned right onto smithills school road following onto coal pit road . As the road titles suggest they are not nice easy flat roads to gently ease you into your race . After two miles of pure uphill runners had a feed station serving water , gels and various sugary treats . Then followed a mile of fell running up towards the winter hill tv mast and the turnaround point ( a race marshal) . The proximity of this point was quite close to the Manx aircraft disaster memorial which commemorates 35 people who lost their lives travelling from the Isle of Man to Manchester in 1958 . Once round the turnaround point , the race was all downhill. After negotiating the tricky and sometimes narrow fell sections it was two miles of " eyeballs out " downhill road racing to the finish . A good cross section of accy road runners took part and although we were only 9 in number we were quite successful. Sarah was 2nd lady overall and vet category winner . Josh and Nancy both won their respective categories. The ladies team of Sarah , Nancy and Katherine won the ladies team prize . Pam mccullagh had fifteen minutes of fame on the podium as well . The pleasing aspect of the day was the way all Accrington road runners cheered each other over the line and all seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves. A great sense of team spirit prevailed. All in all a good selection by Dave " where are we " sagar and well worth considering for future points races . Although just a cautionary note it may be slightly cooler in mid January ( the original scheduled date ) . One final note the winner , Michael cayton of horwich r m i harriers , finished in a remarkable time of 35.40 . He was  almost six minutes  clear of the field . Sensational running considering we climbed 1027 feet .                                                              Sarah ridehalgh 48.48.  2nd lady and vet prize winner ( great run as always and thanks for cheering us all home )     Josh Woodstock 47. 32 vet prize winner ( continues his fantastic beast mode # run the world strategy to his usual friendly high standard )   Liam moden 53.40   Fred green 53.49 ( great run Fred ) Nancy bailey 55.53 vet prize winner / ladies team winner ( usual high standard and always a pleasure to run with )  Katherine gregson 58.59 ladies team winner ( second leg of her fantastic bank holiday treble ) Pam mccullagh 63.03 ( fantastic improvement constantly, this would have been her time in a flat ten k a year or so ago ) Adrian melton 70.02 ( great running from one of our older members , second in his category) Christian hill 70.56( full of enthusiasm Christian continues to take on our tougher points races ( darwen , mast race )        Price £14 ( mid range ) location - Bolton ( local) merchandise ( quite a decent standard of medal featuring the tv mast ) . Overall quite a tough ten k ( as times suggest ) but very enjoyable and rewarding.      Race report by Liam moden 

Submitted by: Fred Green - 800 - created on Fri 08/Jun/2018, last modified Fri 08/Jun/2018.

May 2018
Title: Burnley Lions 10k - Points Race Road (4/7) Location: Colne Date of event:Fri 25/May/2018

Burnley Lions 10k

 

A damp dark Friday night in Colne, a gang of people huddled together, all clad in lycra, filling in sheets of paper to collect race numbers from inside a children’s play centre, it can only be the Pendle & Burnley grand prix.

 

The fourth race of the fourteen race series was also the fourth race of our seven race road season.
A solid turnout from ARR with 17 members taking to the start line, including a club debut from Adrian Melton and the first sighting of the year of Mark Jackson – great to see you both racing.

This 10k is slightly unique, not only in the fact that it offers 420 feet of elevation gain (Friday night, isn’t this supposed to be fun???), but also in that it’s two laps, so runners know however painful any particularly stretch of lap one may be, they have to go back and run it again!
Thankfully the course did offer significant downhill portions to atone for those pesky hills, and this allowed for some good times across the race.

 

Big hitters Chris Walton and Sarah Ridehalgh both ran great races and scooped themselves 100 points, Chris coming home in 12th and Sarah in 3rd.
Unfortunately, and a testament to the quality of the field, there was only one prize passed out to ARR on the night, to Laura Hudson who won her age category with a 46’55, well done Laura!

 

The race was very well put together and supported, and for the fee of just £5 there certainly could be no complaints, it was also great to see the runners stay for the presentation and a beer at Colne cricket club after the race, finally some of that Friday night fun.

 

Runner Position Male Female Category Gun Time
Chris Walton 12 12   (010/044) 00:37:25 Third win of the year, strong showing
Sarah Ridehalgh 61   3 (002/015) 00:42:22 Fourth win of the year, did well on hilly course
Catherine Derbyshire 77   7 (003/015) 00:43:47 Three minutes off Brun Valley time, getting faster..
Liam Moden 81 74   (007/025) 00:44:06 Continues to impress, best run of 2018??
Richard Smith 97 89   (037/044) 00:45:16 Second outing of the season, looked strong
Laura Hudson 112   10 (001/009) 00:46:55 Won her cat, not long back from hols!
Andrew Figiel 113 103   (017/025) 00:46:56 Saw off the author at the finish line, strong finish!
Fred Green 114 104   (041/044) 00:46:59 Happy to survive after a week of indulgence
Michael Whewell 122 109   (019/025) 00:48:18 Best 10k time of the year, continuing to strengthen!
David Sagar 133 118   (024/027) 00:49:28 Also getting faster, best run of 2018
Katharine Gregson 149   23 (005/015) 00:52:30 Her warm up run before also racing Sat & Sun, awesome!
Vanessa Oldham 155   27 (005/009) 00:53:38 Fifth race of the season, times creeping down!
Mark Jackson 156 129   (016/019) 00:53:39 Good to see Mark back, hopefully get the bug back
Pamela McCullagh 170   35 (009/015) 00:55:10 Becoming an ARR ever present, did well on a tough course
Peter Hoyle 188 144   (022/022) 00:58:28 Great support from Peter & Janet, both running well with
Janet Hoyle 189   45 (003/004) 00:58:31 quickest 10k times of 2018!

 

Submitted by: Fred Green - 801 - created on Sun 17/Jun/2018, last modified Sun 17/Jun/2018.

May 2018
Title: Hameldon Hill - Fell Race (2/7) Location: Great Hameldon Hill, Accrington Date of event:Sun 06/May/2018

Hameldon Hill Fell Race Report – Sunday 6th May

 

Somewhat of a home fixture for ARR – the great Hameldon hill race annually marks the start of the Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix, a 14 race series stretching through May until August.
The weather for this Sunday in early May was more like a July day in Spain than a rainy May Sunday in Accrington, with my car temperature gauge saying 28 degrees when I arrived at the Peel Park pub!
The obscenity of the British climate and the difference between temperatures in our first two fell races of the year was not lost on those of us hearty souls that had been up Pendle on that first Saturday in March!

 

Despite the temperature and allure of beer gardens and BBQs the race was very well attended with 228 runners taking part from a multitude of different clubs.
ARR had 14 participants, 10 of whom doing their first fell race of the season!

 

Glen Goodwin took top honours in an impressive time of 45 minutes 33 seconds, coming 16th overall and winning his age category.
Debbie Gowans was 2nd overall in the ladies race and also won her age category.
There were prizes elsewhere for Catherine Derbyshire & Lisa Parker who were 7th and 8th in the ladies race and first and second in their age category, both running an excellent race and finishing just 35 seconds apart.

 

Josh Woodstock put in a strong showing at a race some 200 metres from his doorstep, coming 50th overall.

 

Graham Hargreaves and Justin Birtwistle both made solid points race debuts for the club, Justin having to finish a good portion of the race on a sore ankle, or a broken nail as I suppose fell runners would class that as???

 

Pam McCullagh continues to throw herself into any available race in an Accrington vest, sharing a good run with Liam Moden on navigation duties and Katharine Gregson.

 

Well done to everyone who took part, a challenging race as it is made very difficult by the extreme conditions!

 

Overall

Mens

Ladies

   

16

16

 

Glen Goodwin

M50

(001/034)

45

 

2

Deborah Gowans

F50

(001/008)

50

48

 

Josh Woodstock

M40

(007/028)

87

 

7

Catherine Derbyshire

F40

(001/011)

89

 

8

Lisa Parker

F40

(002/011)

92

84

 

Graham Hargraves

MS

(029/041)

95

87

 

Neil Thompson

MS

(030/041)

108

100

 

Fred Green

MS

(033/041)

112

103

 

Keith Robinson

M50

(021/034)

116

107

 

Justin Birtwistle

M40

(016/028)

152

135

 

Andrew Hollas

M50

(026/034)

153

136

 

David Sagar

M40

(023/028)

200

 

37

Pamela McCullagh

F40

(008/011)

201

164

 

Liam Moden

M50

(030/034)

202

 

38

Katharine Gregson

F40

(009/011)

 

Submitted by: Fred Green - 799 - created on Wed 30/May/2018.

April 2018
Title: Brun Valley 10k Trail - Points Race Trail (3/7) Location: Burnley Date of event:Sun 29/Apr/2018

Brun Valley 10k Race Report – Sunday April 29th 2018

 

Another excellent race selection from Dave Sagar led ARR to the inaugural Brun Valley 10k trail race on Sunday, a trail 10k starting in Thompson park and then taking in the scenery of the Brun Valley Forest Park, including a circuit of Rowley Lake.
The course was certainly challenging, making runners face a long drag of a climb after 3 or so miles, just after looping back past the start line only to be spat back out for another (albeit different) lap of the park! A gentleman from Clayton was encouraging runners to save something in the tank for the last 5k, I took that to mean leave it all out there in the first three miles and hang on, whoops.  
I have heard a couple of our members comment that this race was more difficult than the Standish 10k, so a very big well done to all those who improved on their times from a few weeks back!
The race was won in 38:17 again indicating the time that these trail races take away from a standard road 10k.

Despite a lot of local interest in the race the organisers were very kind in opening up some additional slots for ARR, and their good gesture was rewarded by an exceptional turnout of 32 yellow vests (different shades of course!).

 

This year in just seven races the club has seen 63 individuals take to various start lines, a great effort only a third of the way into our club race season!

 

The accolades continue to roll in for ARR, hopefully with this continuing into the upcoming Pendle & Burnley Grand Prix, with some of our runners hitting great form.
ARR would almost certainly of taken home any team based awards again both in the male and female categories, with 7 runners inside the top 20, poor Michele was working overtime at the final bend on camera duties!

 

Unfortunately we had to settle for only individual honours this time, with Chris Walton finishing third in a very impressive 39:30, closely followed by a very strong Chris Halstead in 4th, clearly some hard training is really paying off!
Glen and Graham came home in 5th and 6th with some 17 seconds between them, and taking gold and silver in their category.
Our super ladies also shone again, with Sarah Ridehalgh winning the ladies race in 43:34, Debbie Gowans coming home in third in 45:35 and Catherine Derbyshire taking fourth place in 46:47. Only a great run from Helen Buchan from Trawden was able to close out an ARR top three.

 

In addition to this, Josh Woodstock bounced back from slight disappointment at his marathon (as disappointed as you can be with that time mind you…..) by taking first place in his age category and coming 11th overall. It was also noted by many that Josh led the race for a good half a mile, and was looking very strong! Well done!

 

Nancy Bailey took first place in her category, Kaye Callaghan 3rd place, Janet Hoyle 2nd place, and Peter Blackledge 3rd place in their respective age groups!

 

The race also saw a successful ARR debut from Scott Maden who has settled into group 1 life nicely, and reflected this in a great time of 46:06.
Liam Moden again impressed, coming home in 47 minutes flat, knocking over 5 minutes off his time from Standish a few weeks ago!!!

 

It was great to see 2018 debuts from Mick, Lisa, Colette, Nicola and Andrew as well, hope to see you again going into the summer fixture list!

 

Finally thank you to everyone for the birthday well wishes – much appreciated!!

 

Individual results below, again well done everyone!

 

Our next stop sees us return to the fells for the Great Hameldon Hill Fell Race on Sunday 6th May 2018.

 

Overall Male Female        
3 3   Chris Walton MS (003/033) 00:39:30
4 4   Chris Halstead MS (004/033) 00:40:36
5 5   Glen Goodwin M50 (001/022) 00:40:51
6 6   Graham Morris M50 (002/022) 00:41:08
11 11   Josh Woodstock M40 (001/022) 00:42:21
14   1 Sarah Ridehalgh F40 (001/028) 00:43:34
19 18   David Savage MS (009/033) 00:45:27
21   3 Debbie Gowens F50 (001/026) 00:45:35
25 190 22 Scott Maden MS (011/033) 00:46:06
28   4 Catherine Derbyshire F40 (003/028) 00:46:47
29 25   Liam Moden M50 (004/022) 00:47:00
40 33   Fred Green MS (014/033) 00:48:05
45 37   Damien Fletcher MS (015/033) 00:48:50
51 42   Michael Coward M45 (007/024) 00:50:16
55   10 Nancy Bailey F55 (001/013) 00:50:52
56 46   Keith Robinson M50 (007/022) 00:50:53
57 47   Micheal Whewell M50 (008/022) 00:50:58
62 51   Andrew Hollas M50 (010/022) 00:51:36
67   14 Kaye Callaghan F45 (003/039) 00:52:32
82   20 Katharine Gergson F40 (006/028) 00:54:48
93   26 Pam Mccullagh F40 (007/028) 00:56:03
101 73   Lee Taylor MS (026/033) 00:56:21
105   29 Vanessa Oldham F45 (006/039) 00:57:14
106 77   David Sagar M40 (012/022) 00:57:19
113   30 Lisa Boyle F45 (007/039) 00:57:50
116   32 Helen Dickson F50 (005/026) 00:58:15
144   53 Janet Hoyle F60 (002/007) 01:00:39
146 93   Peter Hoyle M55 (007/009) 01:00:57
148   55 Alex Fensome F40 (013/028) 01:01:29
176   74 Nicola Chew F50 (010/026) 01:03:02
222 113   Peter Blackledge M65 (003/006) 01:07:27
250   132 Colette Mallabourn F45 (031/039) 01:11:36

 

Submitted by: Fred Green - 798 - created on Sun 06/May/2018, last modified Sun 06/May/2018.

April 2018
Title: Pendle Fell Race. Location: Barley Date of event:Sat 07/Apr/2018
Well done to the runners who ran today at the Pendle Fell Race. Glen Goodwin,Dave Hartley,Andrew Hollas,Debbie Gowans and Lisa P. Debbie 1st LV50. Glen 3rd V50. Lisa P 2nd LV40

Submitted by: Lisa Parker - 797 - created on Sat 07/Apr/2018.

March 2018
Title: Darwen Half Marathon - Points Race Road (3/7) Location: Darwen Date of event:Sun 25/Mar/2018
Team

Team

Darwen Half Marathon Race Report – Sunday March 25th 2018

 

 

With the disappointing cancellation of the inaugural Burnley half marathon on the same day, the committee had to think fast to find a replacement race, and as is fitting in East Lancashire looked beyond Burnley to Blackburn with Darwen for success! (Sorry, my first dig of the year!).

 

Race reports refer to the race (now in it’s third year) as “The Rollercoaster”, based on it’s steep inclines and descents, although it’s certainly not the descents that stay with your legs after the race!
With over 1,200feet of elevation gain the race offers unusual challenges at the half marathon distance; take for instance the ever popular Manchester half marathon which has around 80 feet of gain. The course starts with around 2 miles of climb, before luring racers in with around the same distance in fast downhill, sapping the legs of energy before a reasonably steady climb between miles 7 and 11, finally finishing with two more miles of sharp downhill.
Several sections of the course allow runners to look into the distance to see the descents and climbs ahead of them; the rollercoaster really did propose as many psychological challenges as physical ones! Okay maybe not quite.
441 Brave souls took to the start line. In my brief racing career i've learned lining up at the start line on an incline is rarely a good sign.....

 

On the plus side, after thwarting club races already this year the weather Gods finally gave us some sun up over the tops of Darwen, perhaps to welcome in the new club vests!
Some say new club vests produce quicker times, and this was certainly the case for ARR as we enjoyed a very successful Sunday! (For those of you wanting to look even more yellow on race days, vests are available from Collette or Neil!).

 

In terms of our own points race Chris Walton and Sarah Ridehalgh turned in impressive performances to take home maximun points in the male and female categories, with Chris coming 11th overall in the race and Sarah 2nd in the ladies race! Great individual performances to follow our good history in this event, with ARR’s own Julia Hartley winning the ladies race in 2017!

 

However the honours of the day really belong to Accrington Road Runners as a club and not to one individual, as we took home both the female and male (!!!) team prizes, having the first three men and women over the finish line as a club! This is fantastic to see in a field of decent sized clubs!
Sarah Ridehalgh, Laura Hudson and Michele Baker came home in 2nd, 9th and 11th in the ladies race, and Chris Walton, Martin King and Josh Woodstock finished 11th 22nd and 24th respectively overall. Josh actually pipped a member of BRR by just 24 seconds to take the prize for Accrington, flying past him in the last mile, great effort and fantastic racing from you all!

 

Coming very slightly behind them in the field Paul Gallagher came home in 34th place overall winning his category prize, with Chris Halstead some 24 seconds behind him in 37th!

 

Nancy Bailey put in a fantastic run to take her category prize, flying past yours truly like an eagle on the final stretch, still managing to find words of encouragement on her way past!!

 

Runner of the day without any doubt went to Liam Moden, Mr ever present at club events, who breezed round the course in an immense 1:41:41, fantastic running and great evidence that the longer distance marathon training can seriously benefit your road running at the half marathon distances and below. Very impressive!

 

For all other runners from the club who turned out to run or support, just because you aren’t mentioned above does not mean you did not contribute! It was fantastic again to see so many Accrington vests chatting and supporting each other in a group before the start of the race – and knowing that support is out there in the field means a lot to those at the top end of the results! It really is a team effort!!
A total of 19 runners took on the race, continuing excellent attendance at club races in 2018. Please keep spreading the word to your fellow runners on club nights as there really is great fun to be had at these race days (even if there is a little bit of pain first!).

We head back out to the Trails next on the 29th April for the Brun Valley 10k trail race, closely followed by Hameldon Hill fell race on 6th May which also marks the start of the Pendle & Burnley grand prix 2018.

 

Individual times below, again a fantastic well done to everyone involved, runners and supporters, a proud day for the club!

 

Runner   Gun Time Position  
CHRIS WALTON 01:24:38 11 First appearance since RV10k, less than a minute from the top 10!
MARTIN KING 01:29:20 22 Showing you don't need a new vest to get inside 1.30!
JOSH WOODSTOCK 01:30:48 24 Recorded a PB on a hellish course, super strong finish to bring home the team prize!
PAUL GALLAGHER 01:33:14 34 Winner of his category, running strong at the moment!
CHRIS HALSTEAD 01:33:38 37 Returning to some great form with his eyes on an upcoming marathon!
SARAH RIDEHALGH 01:36:57 60 Second lady overall, going from strength to strength!
NEIL THOMPSON 01:37:36 64 Continues to improve as the year progresses, hard work paying off.
LIAM MODEN 01:41:41 89 Runner of the day, fantastic effort and much deserved top 100 finish.
LAURA HUDSON 01:46:06 122 Great return after a few weeks out, looked strong and kept smiling!
DAMIAN FLETCHER 01:46:24 127 Looked very strong on the hills, getting into wedding shape…
MICHELE BAKER 01:47:37 144 El pres rounding off the club team double, great running!
NANCY BAILEY 01:48:45 154 Super Nancy, won her age category, Saturday morning training paying dividends!
FRED GREEN 01:48:56 155 Eaten up and spat out by the Rollercoaster, happy to get round! Enjoyed my beer though!
MICHAEL WHEWELL 01:52:33 187 Continuing a solid return to form, comfortably inside 2hours!
KEITH ROBINSON 01:54:14 200 Successfully navigated a recce in the fog two weeks earlier, lot more fun in the sun!
KAYE CALLAGHAN 01:55:18 209 Making her 2018 debut on the hardest road race so far, zooming back to form!
KATHARINE GREGSON 01:56:47 218 Winter Warmer & Darwen under her belt, treat yourself to a flatter one Katharine! Great run.
PAMELA MCCULLAGH 02:02:28 267 Marathon training paying dividends, comfortably under 2 hours on a flatter course!
CHRISTIAN HILL 02:13:49 332 Becoming a regular on the roads, 

 

Submitted by: Fred Green - 796 - created on Wed 28/Mar/2018, last modified Wed 28/Mar/2018.

March 2018
Title: Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round - Fell Race (1/7) Location: Barley, Pendle Date of event:Sat 03/Mar/2018

Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round (Sort of) Race Report

 

The first fell race of our season somehow went ahead on Saturday 3rd March 2018, following one of the heaviest weeks of snow the UK has seen in many years.
In reality the race really began on the Friday evening for our 9 willing (lunatics) participants – as we eagerly perused the various social media outlets still awaiting confirmation that the race would go ahead! Testament to the fell racing community, the race director and his team were up Pendle in the dark on Friday night marking the course and checking it’s suitability!
It summed it up for me that the major concerns were for the marshalls (rightly so, they did a fantastic job!!) and being able to get cars to the race registration, it was clear that if racers were keen enough to run up Pendle in sub-zero temperatures that they were welcome to!

 

At around 21:40 word filtered through that the race would go ahead, but on a shortened route (hallelujah!) of 12km down from the advertised 10 miles.

 

Despite the conditions awaiting us, the mood in Barley village hall was incredibly jovial, and this continued out onto the start line and on up Pendle hill.
The first two miles saw runners ascend up to the trigger point and take in roughly 1,800 feet of climb before a mixed 5.5miles of descent ending with a nice spike in the tail to see us home.
Despite being too far back to see it for myself, I was told that our front runners made this climb without stopping to walk, a truly Herculean effort!
Some of the snow on top of the hill as well as down in the valleys was a real sight to behold, this was running your author has never seen before at local road 10ks!  

 

The fells really are no joke, as was well demonstrated by yours truly. Despite being told by the race director at the start line to treat this as a “run” and not a race, I hared up the first tarmac laden climb, before running over some ice and finding myself face down on the tarmac within 800metres of the start line.

 

Despite an inevitably reduced field of 156 runners there was still some real talent on show, with the top 9 runners all breaking the hour mark, quite remarkable given the state of some of the terrain.

 

At the front of the ARR race there was an excellent tussle between Graham Morris, returning from injury and looking to re-assert his dominance on the fells, new member Dave Hartley who continues to go from strength to strength at club races and the eventual club winner Glen Goodwin who took 100 points and held off the two formidable challenges! Only 5 places and forty seconds separated the three of them, great racing!

 

Debbie Gowans took the ARR ladies race as well as first place in her category, followed by Lisa Parker who is also getting her form back after illness and Julia Hartley whose Friday night was no doubt disturbed by the news at 21.40, yet still put in a solid showing as part of yet more ironman training!! Great running by all the ladies!
A special mention also to Carole Morris on spectator duties, who braved the cold to take some fantastic pictures for us!
Finally well done to Mark Hammond and Paul Corrigan out in the field for Accrington, particularly Paul who was undertaking his first race back after a long knee injury. Fantastic effort to support the event despite the conditions!

 

Full Accrington results below! Graham has kindly put together the handicap %, which represents your % in comparison to the individual who finished exactly half way down the field. Therefore anyone quicker of that runner would have a handicap of less than 100%. As it’s based on relative position it can be compared to other fell races regardless of length, climb, weather etc. A good marker for the season!

 

Our next fell outing is the first race of the Pendle & Burnley grand prix, at Hameldon Hill, 12noon, Sunday 6th May 2018. Hope to see plenty of you there!!

 

Pos    M    F    Name    Cat    CatPos    Time    Handicap            
38 37   Glen Goodwin M50 (005/035) 01:07:41 91.73% Great run from Glen, continuing a fantastic year!
40 39   Dave Hartley M40 (012/041) 01:07:57 92.09% First time doing the race, quality performance!  
43 42   Graham Morris M50 (007/035) 01:08:21 92.63% Should be very happy, very strong run on return!  
63   4 Deborah Gowans F50 (001/005) 01:11:47 97.28% Queen of the fells, strong showing, 1st in age group.  
106   10 Lisa Parker F40 (005/014) 01:18:31 106.41% Did some damage on the downhills, 10th overall.  
127 110   Fred Green MS (036/036) 01:25:12 115.47% Fell early, got round, totally hooked!  
129   19 Julia Hartley F40 (009/014) 01:25:26 115.57%  Still heard laughing and joking during the last mile! Makes running look as fun as it should be!   
137 116   Mark Hammond M40 (039/041) 01:28:29 119.92% Both ran very well in very tough conditions, hope   
140 119   Paul Corrigan M40 (040/041) 01:29:26 121.21% to see you both again throughout the season!  

 

Submitted by: Fred Green - 795 - created on Mon 05/Mar/2018, last modified Mon 05/Mar/2018.

February 2018
Title: Standish Hall Trail Race Location: Wigan Date of event:Sat 24/Feb/2018

Standish Hall 10k Trail Race - Wigan

 

In 2008 we had 18 runners competing at the Standish Hall Trail Race, our 2nd race of the season. Now 10 years on in 2018 we had 16 runners in the same race also our 2nd race of the trail season.

The route is the same 10k undulating course completely off road on muddy trails and paths. Back in 2008 there was a mix up in the woods and all runners were sent the wrong way adding an extra mile onto the route. Amazingly this year the same almost happened again with someone tampering with the race signs. Luckily this was spotted by a marshal and corrected so the race went as planned.

The 2008 race was quite eventful with Mick Leeming have a nasty fall in the woods, Mick Bowkley getting stuck behind horse riders on a narrow section and Simone missing the start due to a car accident.

Back to 2018 this was our 4th race of the season, all 4 races being 10k and all getting increasingly harder. This race worked out approximately 8% slower than Ribble Valley. Individually and as a club we had success, both our men’s and ladies team finished 2nd overall and we had 8 runners in the top 50. All our ladies won individual prizes and Glen and Graham 1st and 2nd in their age group. Overall an enjoyable afternoon topped off with a Wigan Meat & Potato Pie to all finishers.

       Name                         Comments

  1. Glen Goodwin  41.07        9th overall and first in age group - awesome run.        
  2. Graham Morris  41.14        Top 10 finish - spent all race chasing Glen….. 
  3. Paul Gallagher  43.21       Unlucky to finish 2nd in age group only seconds behind 1st.
  4. Chris Halstead  44.07       Another solid performance top 10% finisher
  5. Dave Hartley     45.10        4th in age group from our new member, very good prospect.
  6. Sarah Ridehalgh  45.37   Easily won the lady’s race –as she did in 2008
  7. Neil Thompson   47.22      Not bad after having a few beers night before, still capable of more
  8. Richard Smith     48.21     Must be pushing for Group 1 on this performance….
  9. Damian Fletcher  50.45    Consistent run top 30% finish. Did well to hold off a charging Ant
  10. Ant Ridehalgh      50.53    After weeks of illness can still perform - well done great run
  11. Keith Robinson     51.47   Taking our last 4 races in to consideration most improved runner
  12. Liam Moden          52.27    Only runner to represent us in all recent races- Well Done Liam.
  13. Michele Baker       53.18   Not her favorite surface but still won a prize -1st in her age group
  14. Lee Taylor              56.48   Looked strong at finish. Very sportingly cheered in all runners at the finish.
  15. Pamela McCullagh 57.19  Fastest finish… sprinting over the line and winning a prize in age group.
  16. Peter Blackledge    67.54  Currently not at his best, but still competed as he did in the 2008 race.

 

 

Submitted by: Graham Morris - 794 - created on Mon 26/Feb/2018, last modified Tue 27/Feb/2018.

February 2018
Title: Blackburn Winter Warmer 10k - Points Race Road (2/7) Location: Witton Park - Blackburn Date of event:Sun 04/Feb/2018
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Blackburn Winter Warmer 10k Race Report

 

Sunday 4th February saw 26 of Accrington’s finest face a cold East Lancashire morning in the heart of Blackburn to take on surely one of the most daunting tests on this year’s road race calendar.
It’s been a fantastic start to the racing season, with a total of 88 entries (including XC) and 49 different runners representing the club so far. Special congratulations to those 12 who have competed in every race thus far!

 

Not just any normal 10k, the winter warmer sees 533 feet of elevation gain (compared with only 209 at East Lancs and 167 at Ribble Valley), with a major climb right out of the gate and another daunting incline late on in the race.
The course does allow runners to enjoy some lovely downhill sections along with everyone’s favourite, a 400metre sprint around Witton athletics track at the start AND END of the race!
 

Needless to say this did not deter the Accrington Road Runners who as ever performed brilliantly in the hunt for some early road race points, with every runner coming home inside the hour mark.
In total the race saw 636 runners with no-one coming home inside 31 minutes.
Glen Goodwin came home in first in the men’s race for his second victory of the season in a time of 39’23, taking second place in his category. Glen’s impressive time was some 45 seconds slower than at Ribble Valley, showing the impact the course had on runners’ times.
He was followed home by Paul Gallagher (third in his category) and Josh Woodstock, who took some notable club scalps as his 2018 “beast mode” continues.

 

Sarah Ridehalgh took home the ladies club race, 2nd place overall and 2nd in her category, and is having a very solid start to the year.
Catherine Derbyshire and Julia Hartley both ran very well coming inside 45 minutes in 3rd and 2nd respectively; it was great to see some finish line duelling between them as your author stumbled coughing and spluttering onto the track for the final 400metres!
We had many 2nd and 3rd place category and Michele Baker taking 1st in hers, fantastic running!!

 

As ever there was great support all over the course from Accy friends and family – a special mention to Kaye Callaghan, the most wrapped up woman in Blackburn, great to hear her encouragement as we rounded the bend at the top of Buncer Lane! She even beat Ben Fish up the hill!

 

Finally it is worth mentioning that ARR took one of the five prizes on offer for the first 5 clubs with ten runners across the line – top effort to everyone! It is really hard to mention all the great runs on the day – everyone should be very pleased with themselves!

 

With some club members running elsewhere and others returning from injury, surely we will continue to see some strong representation at all the club races going forward – and given that the new vests are being rolled out soon we will be hard to miss!!!

 

Individual (CHIP) times below – our next outing is Standish Hall Trail Race, 24th February 2018 – this is filling up fast so we would really recommend registering ASAP!

 

Name Position Chip Time  
Glen Goodwin 36   00:39:22 Another strong run, only 18 secs down on East Lancs despite the course!
Paul Gallagher 54   00:40:36 Quicker than Ribble Valley, 3rd in catogery
Josh Woodstock 60   00:41:14 Fantastic run from Josh, also great support on the track to the other runners!
Chris Halstead 65   00:41:44 Strong run on a tough course
Sarah Ridehalgh   2 00:42:09 Third victory of the year, continuing a strong start to the year.
David Savage 86   00:43:27 Improved time from East Lancs and considerable time off 2016 WW!
Neil Thompson 93   00:43:56 2 minutes faster than East Lancs after some good training the last few weeks.
Catherine Derbyshire   6 00:44:41 Unlucky not to hold Julia off at the death, but another great showing.
Julia Hartley   7 00:44:44 Great final 400metres, only lady to compete in all 4 races of 2018 (incl XC).
Laura Hudson   13 00:45:48 Improved her time each race this year, strength to strength, flying on the downhills!
Andrew Figiel 128   00:46:17 Very strong finish leaving your author in the dust going into Witton Park!
Fred Green 133   00:46:36 Steady time in line with East Lancs, happy to survive…
Liam Moden 139   00:46:55 Runner of the day! Seconds away from a PB, where did that come from??
Damian Fletcher 149   00:47:34 Had better days on a tough course, still shrugging off back problems, will bounce back!
Michele Baker   20 00:48:04 Continued strong showings from the Prez, winner of her catogery! 
Keith Robinson 163   00:48:35 Best run of the year, a lover of all things hilly!
Nancy Bailey   22 00:48:45 Super Nancy inside an hour, but her vegan chocolate cake the best outing of the day!!
Michael Whewell 172   00:49:05 Over a minutes improvement from EL, returning to strong form!
Michael Hartley 190   00:50:04 Third race of the year, and great improvement from EL on a much tougher course!
Katharine Gregson   34 00:51:02 Katharine's first race of 2018 , always a smiling race, great running.
Adrienne Fox     00:51:51 Second in her catogery on debut for the club, hope you had fun, great run!
Lee Taylor 231   00:52:34 Fresh off a 100 mile challenge in January and 2.5 minutes off EL time, wow!
Vanessa Oldham   53 00:53:17 Steady improvement and best time of 2018, well done Vanessa!
Pamela McCullagh   61 00:54:05 Frightening 8 minutes of improvement on 2017, outstanding run!
Christian Hill 298   00:58:02 Improvement on EL and comfortably inside an hour, well done!
Helen Dickson   125 00:59:32 Great finish to the race captured superbly by a photo on facebook! 

 

Submitted by: Fred Green - 793 - created on Wed 07/Feb/2018, last modified Thu 08/Feb/2018.

January 2018
Title: East Lancashire Hospice 10k Trail Races (1/7) Location: Great Harwood Date of event:Sun 14/Jan/2018

East Lancashire Hospice 10k Race Report

 

Something a little different occurred on Sunday 14th January 2018, the first race of the new “Trail” series for ARR.

 

An increasingly popular discipline which bridges the gap between road and fell racing – something the club felt needed recognising as its own unique discipline this year as a part of the points races series.

 

32 Accrington Road Runners took to the trails of Great Harwood to get some early points on the board – and also raise some money for a fantastic cause. As of yet there hasn’t been confirmation of the amount raised – but this will be published on the website when there is. Well done to everyone who took part, and as ever a big thanks to the numerous ARR supporters who turned out on a very cold East Lancashire morning!

 

A total of 532 runners took part, and looking at the times at the top of the field, it’s clear to see the additional time that the trail element can add to a standard 10k time. The race winner Danny Collinge actually broke the course record in a time of 33.50 – some four minutes slower than the top three finishers at Ribble Valley a fortnight previous.
The course consisted of woodland trail / canal paths / a rather muddy hill and some park running, a tough uphill first half did require some pacing and sensible race management.

 

However these challenges did not deter many of our athletes, who posted improved times from the Ribble Valley 10k, albeit athletes with less turkey and “Christmas cheer” in their systems…your author included.
Tuesday night summer runners would certainly have found some familiar trails on offer, and potentially this experience led to some fantastic running.

 

In terms of the points results, Glen Goodwin took first place in the men's race, with a very impressive 14th place overall, missing out on a top ten finish by less than 60 seconds. Glen was also first in his age category. He was closely followed by Chris Halstead and Martin King who also finished in the top 25 overall.

 

Sarah Ridehalgh faced tough competition from the in-form ARR ladies but was able to take home first place, and also first lady overall! Well done Sarah.
Julia Hartley finished 4th place in the ladies race, also taking 1st in her category!
Catherine, Laura, Michele and Janet also had good results all taking third place in their respective categories.

 

David Hartley made an impressive debut for the club coming home in a sub 45 time and finishing inside the top 50 on the day, well done David!

 

A strong and enjoyable start to the trail racing season – hopefully this attendance can carry on throughout the year!

 

Finally a special mention for David Sagar who attained his own unique personal result which I’m sure he’ll be happy so share with you all! Just ask him…

 

Name

Position Chip Time            
Glen Goodwin 14   00:39:04 Another stellar run, first in age category.    
Chris Halstead 23   00:40:12 Ran Glen close, good top 25 finish.    
Martin King 25   00:40:23 Great run from arguably the most vintage vest in the field.
Sarah Ridehalgh   1 00:41:21 Winner of the ladies race, great run.    
Josh Woodstock 40   00:42:24 Good to see that race pace un-leashed again.  
Dave Hartley 41   00:42:35 Great debut from Dave, look forward to more this year.
Julia Hartley   4 00:44:19 Won her age category, a minute off RV time, impressive!
David Savage 65   00:44:19 Continued good form, exciting 2018 ahead!  
Catherine Derbyshire   6 00:45:13 A great time returning from illness, good to see you back!
Neil Thompson 89   00:45:48 Also ill over the festive period, finished strong  
Fred Green 92   00:46:18 A one minute improvement on RV, still looking to improve!
Stephen Shackleton 99   00:46:51 Great return to form from Ribble Valley, nearly 3 minutes quicker!
Laura Hudson   10 00:46:55 Improved on RV, still getting up to full speed post injury
Liam Moden 109   00:47:50 Great improvement from RV from the ever present Mr Moden
Michele Baker   22 00:48:50 3rd in her age category, strong race on a tough course!
Michael Whewell 130   00:49:49 Good to see Michael back post injury, great to get inside 50!
Thomas Battrick 137   00:50:24 Excellent run from Tom after being un-well!  
Michael Hartley 136   00:50:25 Unlucky to not be inside 50 minutes, strong running!
Keith Robinson 140   00:50:40 Good consistency,         
Annette Ball   37 00:52:05 Continued good form from RV, closing in on 50m!  
Millie Kayley   50 00:53:07 Another strong run at East Lancs, well done Millie!  
Lee Taylor 185   00:54:38 Good running Lee, extra speed from the new streamline haircut!
Vanessa Oldham   62 00:55:06 Continued good form, always seems to be smiling!  
David Sagar 196   00:55:06 Super Dave, dug deep after being ill recently!  
Alison Hargreaves   73 00:56:07 Another returning from injury, hopefully this continues!
Peter Hoyle 226   00:58:25 ARR regular, great support as ever, well done Peter  
Christian Hill 229   00:59:18 Great running to break an hour on a tough 10k course!
Paul Dudbridge 232   01:00:10 Again good consistency from RV    
Alex Fensome   128 01:00:20 Great improvement from 2017 - well done Alex keep it up!
Janet Hoyle   135 01:01:13 Third in her age category, great improvement from RV.
Alison Wolstenholme   227 01:13:43 Accompanying the parkrun king, good running Alison
Peter Blackledge 277   01:13:44 ARR's Mr Parkrun fresh off his 200th, well done Peter!

 

Submitted by: Fred Green - 792 - created on Wed 17/Jan/2018, last modified Wed 17/Jan/2018.

January 2018
Title: Cross Country League Location: 2017 season Date of event:Sat 06/Jan/2018

Our 2017 Cross Country Season finished on a “high” last weekend at the Lancashire Championships, Witton Park, Blackburn with our Ladies Vet Team winning a team bronze. Individually in their age groups Debbie won a Silver medal, Julia won a bronze and Lisa Parker just missed out finishing 4th in her age group. Well done girls you did us proud. Also many thanks to Liam, he was the only runner in the men’s race “flying the flag” for Accrington.

 

During the course of this season we had 27 different members represent the club over 4 x races in the Red Rose League. The ladies team finished 6th overall from 17 different clubs, but won bronze in the vets category. For those runners that completed 3 or more a league table was complied. Individually we had some great performances………

 

Ladies V40

Catherine Derbyshire –      7th another great season, finished our top runner.

Jo Hosker –                           14th improved during the course of season

Pam McCullagh –                19th Great performances in her first season in XC

 

Ladies V45

Laura Hudson –                   5th - only lady to complete all 4 races – well done

 

Ladies V50

Carole Morris -                      7th – Finished all 3 races in top half.

 

Nancy completed 2 of the races and finished in the top 5 in her age group.

 

In the men’s event Liam, Steve Shackleton and Glen completed all 4 races and Graham, Fred, Chris Halstead completing 3 races. Both David Savage and Josh performed well in there first season completing 2 races.

Many thanks to all those that supported the club during the season.

Submitted by: Graham Morris - 791 - created on Wed 10/Jan/2018, last modified Wed 10/Jan/2018.