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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Wed 25/Apr/2018: Members profile by Joshua Woodstock.

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

9. Sun 22/Apr/2018: Members profile by David Savage.

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

11. Mon 16/Apr/2018: Ranking by Glen Goodwin - Witton Park Run.

12. Mon 16/Apr/2018: Ranking by Glen Goodwin - Witton Park Run.

13. Sat 07/Apr/2018: News item by Lisa Parker - Pendle Fell Race. (07/Apr/18).

14. Sat 07/Apr/2018: Photos by Lisa Parker - Pendle Fell race..

15. Wed 28/Mar/2018: News item by Fred Green - Darwen Half Marathon - Points Race Road (3/7) (25/Mar/18).

16. Wed 28/Mar/2018: Photos by Fred Green - Darwen-Half2018.

17. Sun 25/Mar/2018: Ranking by Joshua Woodstock - Darwen Heritage Hm.

18. Wed 07/Mar/2018: Ranking by Craig Clark - Angelsey Half Marathon.

19. Mon 05/Mar/2018: News item by Fred Green - Stan Bradshaw Pendle Round - Fell Race (1/7) (03/Mar/18).

20. Mon 26/Feb/2018: News item by Graham Morris - Standish Hall Trail Race (24/Feb/18).

Announcements

1. Message posted by Keith Robinson on Tue 22/May/2018.

Thursday run this week is from The Plough Restaurant, Fielding Lane, Oswaldrwistle, BB5 3RY meeting at the usual time of 6.30pm. All Welcome !!(message will expire on Fri 25/May/2018).

2. Message posted by Fred Green on Tue 08/May/2018.

Hi all, SportsShoes.com have kindly agreed to offer all our members 10% off and free delivery on any order!

They are going to provide a monthly discount code, which just needs to be input at the checkout to claim the discount/delivery.

They have asked that we do not share this externally or on social media, and try and keep it to just our members to use!

If you would like the code at any time please give me a message on facebook or contact me at fred_green77@hotmail.co.uk and i will send it across.

Cheers!

(message will expire on Sat 30/Jun/2018).

3. Message posted by Liam Moden on Thu 03/May/2018.

Group 3 notice now may is upon us and we will all be complaining that it is too hot to run . We will be running off road ( fields , paths , tracks ) for the next few months . Please wear footwear to suit thank you(message will expire on Mon 10/Sep/2018).

4. Message posted by Liam Moden on Tue 01/May/2018.

The idea is to begin the knockout in June / early July . Ties can be completed at any parkrun but preference is for hynburn . In theory every member who enters will have an equal chance of winning . Can members who wish to be involved either put an announcement on here or add your name when this message is transferred to Facebook . Ideally we would require a minimum of32 so come on members give it a go(message will expire on Wed 30/May/2018).

5. Message posted by Liam Moden on Tue 01/May/2018.

As a club we are going to try to introduce a parkrun based 5k handicap knockout competition. The premise being each entrant is given a rating by graham . For example purposes only - graham 20.00 minutes Dave savage 22.00 Pam mccullagh 27.30 . So if Pam raced graham she would receive 7.30 mins . Pam v Dave Pam would receive 5.30 minutes . Dave v graham Dave would receive 2 mins ( please read next announcement )(message will expire on Wed 30/May/2018).

6. Message posted by Liam Moden on Tue 01/May/2018.

Accrington road runners are currently running a couch to 5 k and a 5 k to 10 k course . These start from Whalley town centre bus terminal at seven pm on Wednesday evening if you want to give running a go or indeed improve your running please come along and join in . More information if needed can be found on our dedicated couch to 5k and 5 k to 10 k facebook page .(message will expire on Sun 10/Jun/2018).

7. Message posted by David Sagar on Wed 11/Apr/2018.

Can all members be aware that the following races do fill up early, so please keep this in mind and don’t leave until the last minute.Yarrow valley riverFreckleton half marathonRace the train (Bury)(message will expire on Mon 18/Jun/2018).

8. Message posted by Michael Leeming on Tue 20/Mar/2018.

Health and Safety Notice for Tuesday OFF ROAD training nights

Starting soon when the 'clocks change' be prepared to run 'off road' routes unless otherwise advised by your Group Leader.

The club recommend you wear Trail Shoes as they are waterproof and designed to provide good tread grip traction in muddy underfoot conditions

Wearing road shoes,when running 'off road,' can potentially be an accident waiting to happen

 

 

(message will expire on Sun 27/May/2018).

9. 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).

10. 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).

11. 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

Burnley lions 10k (Road). On Fri 25/May/2018, which is tomorrow.
Weets fell race. On Sat 09/Jun/2018, which is only 16 days away.
Race the Train (Bury) Trail. On Sun 10/Jun/2018, which is only 17 days away.
Freckleton Half Marathon (Road). On Mon 18/Jun/2018, which is only 25 days away.
Bradford Millennium Way relay. On Sun 24/Jun/2018, which is only 31 days away.
Trawden 7 Trail Race. On Sun 01/Jul/2018, which is only 38 days away.
Townley park 10k road race. On Sun 22/Jul/2018, which is only 59 days away.
Padiham greenway 5k (Road). On Wed 25/Jul/2018, which is only 62 days away.
Worsthorne moor race (Fell). On Sun 05/Aug/2018, which is only 73 days away.
Handicap Race. On Tue 07/Aug/2018, which is only 75 days away.
Boulsworth Fell Race. On Sun 12/Aug/2018, which is only 80 days away.
Yarrow River Splash (Trail). On Sun 16/Sep/2018, which is only 115 days away.
Race you to the Summit. On Fri 26/Oct/2018, which is only 155 days away.
Race you to the Summit. On Fri 26/Oct/2018, which is only 155 days away.
Ribble Valley 10k (Road). On Mon 31/Dec/2018, which is only 221 days away.

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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
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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.