April News 2009
Sunday 5th April - Lynne 2nd in Blackpool Half (and a PB!)
Lots of events happening over the
weekend saw several Trentham runners in action but the best
performance of the weekend has to go to Lynne Callaghan who not
only ran a PB in Blackpool, but also finished 2nd lady in the
race - fantastic result Lynne! Here's what Lynne had to tell us:
middle of April I went with Trentham, to Bath Half marathon in
the hope that my 20th half would give me the long
awaited for sub 90 mins. I missed out by 1 min 38 seconds in the
end but felt a bit more rejuvenated with my running and felt
that although Iíd got a new pb, I was tantalisingly close and
needed to have another bash!
Roll on half
marathon number 21! After getting up at 5:45am [shivers], Drew
kindly drove me and the dog up to sunny old Blackpool - a bit of
a nemesis venue for me having stopped at mile 20 in lasts years
didnít bode well; race pack lost in post so had to collect a new
one, no timing chips this year, no water in the portaloos,
hadnít felt well for 2 days ... But I pushed myself up to about
row 5 and was delighted to hear a friendly ĎHave a Good One
Lynne!í and turned to see our one and only Paul Burslem. He was
looking raring to go and that made me a tad more positive.
I had my
runners world pace band on and was determined to stick to it and
soon discovered even though Paul was running the marathon, I
wasnít going to be tagging onto him! Mile 1... on 1:28 pace,
mile 5 ... on 1:28 pace, mile 10 ... on 1:28 pace ... mile 11
... eek, head wind and undulations on 1:29 pace, mile 12 ...
NOOOOO on 1:30 pace, mile 13 ... only 45 seconds before the
dreaded time. I then ran like a huge tiger was chasing me for
0.1mile and got (by the skin of my teeth) 1:29:56!!!!!
promptly threw up which always shows I put a little bit of
effort in. I also came in 2nd lady which was
brilliant. We had a fab day and I have at last forgiven
storming along the front to finish as 2nd lady in a PB of
As Lynne has mentioned, Paul Burslem
also ran in Blackpool on Sunday, but he decided to do the
marathon. We haven't tracked down any results yet so not sure
how he's got on, but hopefully he too will have had a brilliant
race and will let us know shortly how it went - keep checking
Breaking News ** Paul had a brilliant run to smash
his PB and finished in 2.52 - fab result Paul - well done!
While there was action up in
Blackpool, we also had Mel Dugan who headed over to Rotterdam to
take part in her first ever marathon. Initial reports are that
she had a superb run to finish in 3.35.12 which is excellent
considering Mel hasn't been at the club for very long AND has
been injured recently. Well done Mel! Hopefully Mel will let us
have more details in due course.
A little closer to home, and it was
the Dougie Mac 5k today over in Barlaston. For the past couple
of years, our own Ian Yates has dominated this race, but
unfortunately due to injury, he wasn't able to take part this
year. However, in his absence, we still had some fantastic
results, with Sarah Johnson finishing as 2nd lady in what looks
like a tightly run race with just 24 seconds separating the top
3 ladies. This was despite Sarah having also taken part in the
Midland Road Relays yesterday at Sutton Park. Ryan Procter also
showed that he is recovering well from a recent bout of illness
by finishing 4th chap. We also had several other Trentham
runners out there which included the following:
Full results can be found
And finally, yesterday saw the
Midland Road Relay Championships taking place at Sutton Park,
and this year Trentham sent a full team for both the men's and
The gents event needed 12 runners,
and Trentham chaps didn't let us down with 12 people
"volunteering" to run (with some gentle persuasion from Dan!)
The team did us proud to finish 33rd in what is an extremely
competitive and high quality event - well done guys!
Meanwhile, the ladies had another
excellent day in the 6-stage event to finish 7th team on the
day, an improvement of one position on last year, with a
combined time some 2 minutes quicker, so well done ladies! A
particularly HUGE thank you should go to Julia Race who stepped
in at the eleventh hour to run the last leg for the ladies as we
were initially one person short - THANKS JU!
Full results for the men can be found
here, and ladies results can be found
If anybody has raced this weekend and
they want to send in their own race report, please feel free to
do so by clicking
7th April -
Paul B's Version of Blackpool
Sunday I did the Blackpool marathon. Parked about a mile from
the start to allow me to warm up [walking not running]. Got
myself positioned on the start about 5 rows from the start, for
a good getaway, and then started looking around for familiar
faces, met my mate Matt from work then just before the start a
guy next to me moved and behind him
was our Lynn! We just had a min to say our what we were
The gun went for the start and we were off, I was trying to keep
to around 6.30s and went through the first in 6.24 the second
slowed down to 6.32 so it was time to leave the blonde with
tight shorts who I was following!! As the miles piled on i got
into a smooth rhythm and didn't really notice the breeze that
had been in our face for the first 4 miles, soon as we turned
the running became a lot easier with the wind behind us till the
10 mile mark. There we turned into it and after a minute going
past runners going to 10 mile marker Our Lynn came along looking
so good. The miles 10 to 13 were hard going, with having a fair
On the second lap i started going past other runners and by the
time twenty came up i thought maybe 2.50 is on. Got to 23 and it
was still on.
The last few miles were a nightmare going into that breeze and I
just wanted to get to the finish!! Got to the finish in 2.52
and I felt so good!!
A big thanks to all the support I've had off everyone.
Well done again Paul on a brilliant
12th April - Easter
Whilst some of us
were guzzling away on Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies (ahem!),
some of our more dedicated runners were out racing over the
Easter weekend with PB's once again been broken.
took part in the Run the Bridge 5, and this is what she had to
was tempted to stay in bed and munch on my little boy's
Easter eggs all day (he did have far too many!), I had
entered the 'Run the Bridge' race, which takes place on
Easter Sunday every year, starting on the Runcorn/Widnes
Bridge. For those of you who don't know it, it's a pretty
flat 5 mile road race which usually draws a good crowd. The
superb weather conditions attracted a few extra along this
year, and the start was subsequently delayed by 15 minutes
to accommodate those runners entering on the day.
was quite nervous beforehand, as although my training has
been going really well, I did have an absolute stinker on
Thursday night and Ryan had to practically drag me up New
Inn Lane! In hindsight, this was a good thing, as I took
Friday and Saturday as complete rest days, and my legs felt
really refreshed for the first time in weeks, after taking a
battering with marathon training mileage. My PB for 5 miles
was set in this race a few years back, and stood at 50.53,
so I knew that I'd break that unless something really bad
happened, but I wanted to get under 45 minutes. Another aim
of mine was to beat my hubby - something I've never managed
to do before.
am not the best at pacing, and never have been, so I decided
to start off strongly and see how long I could hold on for.
Not the best strategy, I know, but I have done my best times
this way! The first mile found us all jostling for position,
and I managed to find room on the outside to get into my
running. The novelty of holding up the traffic on one of the
North West's busiest thoroughfares (the only alternative to
the Mersey Tunnels for getting across Merseyside) never
loses its value, and I had to allow myself a wry smile at
the faces of frustrated motorists as we all ran past. I
arrived at the first mile marker in 8.01, feeling
comfortable, and I knew that the second mile was flat as a
pancake, so I pushed on. Maybe I'd get closer to 40 minutes,
I thought. Mile 2 took us along past an industrial estate
(don't do this one if you like scenic routes!), and I
arrived there in 16.16, greeted by my lovely baby niece and
sister-in-law (they live down the road!). There's a little
hill at about 2 and a half miles (when I lived in Widnes I
used to think it was massive, but then I discovered Penkhull
Bank...) over the railway bridge, but I was still feeling
fine. I passed the 3 mile marker in 24.55, so I had slowed
down to about 8.45 pace, but I tried not to get psyched out
and pushed on. At about 3 and a half miles I had the naughty
little voice in my head telling me to stop, but I told it I
wasn't going to listen and to stop being so pathetic! Kept
up that pace for a while by using the distraction technique
of focusing on the next lamppost (seemed to work), and I
knew that I wasn't far away from the 4 mile marker. By this
stage I felt like I had nothing left, so it was just a case
of hanging on! There was a really cruel '400m to go' sign
with about half a mile to go (according to the oracle that
is my Garmin) which was pretty annoying, especially when
about 400m later you had the '200m to go' sign! By the time
I got there, I did find a little something extra and pushed
for the line. My finishing time was 42.48, a PB by just over
8 minutes, which I am really pleased with. I wish I'd had
more for the last mile, but there you go. The next aim is to
get under 40 minutes for 5 miles! But today does bode well
for the marathon in 2 weeks' time (I'm not one of the lucky
ones going to FLM, I'm off to do Stratford!), where I'm
looking for a sub-4.30. Watch this space...
in all, I had a really good day, and would thoroughly
recommend anyone to do this race next year. I got a nice
T-shirt, and they were serving hot cross buns and tea at the
finish (there's a pull if ever you needed one!). And the
best thing of all? I left my hubby for dead at the start
Kathryn - and we're pretty sure that there are more fantastic
runs to come!
Easter Sunday also
saw the running of the Air Products 10k in Crewe, and having
scoured the results for Team Trentham, I came across the
Kenneth BLOOR M45 Trentham RC 00:41:44
Stephen BURROWES M45 Trentham RC
Mark HUGHES M50 Trentham RC
Rosemary WILSON F50 Trentham RC
so well done to you
guys too on your performances - looks like the weather was kind
to you too!
And finally, away
from the running, I'm sure we would all like to wish Richard
O'Keeffe a belated HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY for the weekend - hope
you had a fantastic time and that the party went well!
If you have raced
recently, drop us an email so we can add it to the website.
April - Weekend Racing Update
Well thereís been a
hell of a lot of action again in the past few days, starting
with the first race in the Spring Treble Series at Hanchurch
Woods on Thursday evening. After a wet and windy day, the
weather had dried up somewhat by the evening, but no doubt the
hilly course was still somewhat muddy in parts.
good turnout of Trentham runners saw no less than 15 or so folks
turning out for the club, with Richard Ogden being the first one
to finish for the club in 10th place, Jo Donnelly is
really coming into her own, and had a fantastic run to finish as
first lady on the night which will hopefully bode well for the
next race which is at Milford near Stafford this Thursday
evening. Full results for Hanchurch can be found
Sunday saw the 4th race in the North
Staffs Road Runners League, and also one of our own club
championship races, with the Newcastle 7 taking runners up the
infamous Black Bank. The day started with glorious sunshine, if
a little on the chilly side, but by the time the race started at
11am, it was almost like a summerís day. There was an excellent
turnout for Team Trentham with 20+ of us taking part including
new member Nathan Smith who was donning his Trentham vest for
the first time. Paul Gibbings, Stan Winterton, Gerry Calvert and
Adela Salt all came away with prizes in their age group
category, whilst Sarah Johnson finished in 3rd place
overall in the ladies race, and with Del in 4th and
Joanne Donnelly in 5th, the ladies team prize was
pretty much guaranteed for Trentham Ė so well done ladies once
Whilst the race was extremely well organised
and very well marshalled, it took forever before the
presentation took place, and it appears that we might be waiting
a few days before the full results become available so
unfortunately we canít let you know everybody elseís positions
or times as yet. However, keep checking
here and no doubt they will appear shortly.
In the meantime, the team photo below was taken
by Mark Day's wife, with this message from Mark himself:
Here's the team photo we promised you from Newcastle 7.
It was yet another first time course for me, and I really
enjoyed it. It was my best run for a few months. Great to see
such a good team turnout again :)
Not everybody that raced Newcastle is in the above photo, so
here are some action shots of the other Trentham runners, taken
by Andy - I think he caught everybody, but apologies to anybody
that is missing!
And last but not
has come in from Paul Burslem, who seems to be recovering pretty
well from his recent adventure at the marathon up in Blackpool
just a couple of weeks ago....
While all you lot
were at Castle 7, I made the journey to Whitley [just south of
Warrington] to see friends.
Felt quite good and
fancied a pb. Instead I performed a master class in
starting off to fast!! The first few miles flew past on the flat
and going down hill[5.48,5.56,5.46,5.46]. Then we hit a few
Cheshire hills [just bumps to us down here!] and my legs just
turned to jelly[6.20,5.57,then 1.31 for the last 0.26 miles] I
made my time 37.07 for 6.26,it was a pb by 2secs, but deffo a
struggle to do it like that!! As it was I got a pb for the 5k
time very easily
Thanks for this Paul - and well done on your run.
And finally finally,
for those of you that didn't know, it's the London Marathon this
coming weekend, and there are a few of Team Trentham heading
down to the capital for this fantastic event. Those that we know
are heading down include the following:
Alison Bradeley, Kaz Brandt, Jill
Phillips, Ryan Procter, Jayne Dickens, Adela Salt, Debbie
Thomas, and Sam Newton. Kaz and Ryan are running to raise funds
for the Cats Protection League (see home page for how to sponsor
them!) so PLEASE, if you haven't done so already, make a
donation - it doesn't matter how big or small!
Good luck to all of
our runners and remember that whilst PB's make us chuffed to
bits, the most important thing is to go down there and have FUN!
Don't forget to let us know how you get on.
April - Milford Murder and Other Race Action
Lots of races again
over the past week or so, and a few race reports have been
coming through for your enjoyment.
First of all, this
has come in from Jo Donelley who is running fantastically at the
Thought I'd send a few words about the spriing treble at
last week. This is my first attempt at this so please feel free
When I thought about entering the 'spring treble series' a few
weeks ago, for some reason I had a picture in my mind of lovely
runs, through beautiful woodland, surrounded by spring flowers
Two races in and the stark reality however has hit home. These
races are hard work, with rutted rocky paths, mud, and a whole
hills!!!! (and still not a bluebell in sight).
Following my surprise win in the Hanchurch race I was feeling a
but had decided to follow the same tactics and go out steady and
then push on in the later half of the race. As the start whistle
went, all my plans for some bizarre reason went out of the
window and there I was sprinting off. As we reached the top of
the first big climb, with my lungs bursting and legs burning, I
looked up to see Richard and Ryan just in front of me, and it
started to dawn on me that I had gone off WAY to fast. Gradually
the guys went past me one by one and I basically spent the rest
of the race going from mild versions of "I'm knackered and can't
go on" to desperation that the race "cant be that much
longer!!!!" . Anyway, after what seemed like hours I managed to
finish the race in one piece and secured another 1st in the
On reflection, now that the pain in my back and legs is starting
subside, I can honestly say that the two races so far have been
and a nice change to road races. They have also given me two really
runs which I wouldn't have had just training by myself. The
the Trentham gents has also been fantastic. I can honestly say
that I would not have performed as well without the support from
others Trentham runners
around me during the races.
Trentham ladies are also lying second in the ladies team race
strong runs from Kiri and Eva across the two races so far. Well
all who have taken part.
Whilst all eyes
were probably glued to another marathon on Sunday, it's easy to
forget that other races are taking place on the same day, and
this report from Kathryn Ambrose came in about the Stratford
Hope everyone had
a great day in London! I've already heard about Jill's
fabulous time - hope you enjoyed that beer in Hyde Park
As you know, I
went down to Stratford to do the Shakespeare Marathon. I was
hopeful of a PB, and I got one! My official time was
4.52:21, which knocked a whole 1 hr 18 mins off my last
marathon. Although I would've liked to have done sub-4.30,
the weather was not on my side and I did find it tough going
in the heat. My quads started to really hurt at about 16
miles, but I am proud to say that I ran every step of the
way, even if it was a very undignified shuffle by the end!
And I have to admit, I cried when I crossed the line.
I am really
hurting now - I have one black toenail and some very strange
bruising on my legs, but it was worth it. And I'm planning
my next marathon! I might give it until next year though...
Kathryn on your excellent run!
And finally, it
was a day of mixed emotions for Team Trentham at the Flora
London Marathon on Sunday with a combination of elation and
disappointment for our runners.
The day itself
started cool, dry and sunny but by 9am it was evident that
it was going to be a warm one with the temperatures rising
and people already stripping off to shorts and vests.
This year there
were changes to the women's race with the Championship
ladies having to start at 9.45am along with the men rather
than the elite ladies - a decision made without consultation
and which was unpopular with many runners and spectators
that we spoke to. With more runners jostling for position
along the "blue line" and fighting to get in sufficient
drinks as they dodged through the faster men, the result was
the complete opposite of what the organisers were hoping for
(and I'm certainly going to get a petition started to change
Jayne Dickens had a fantastic day in which she earned
herself her first sub 3 hour marathon and a huge PB (6 mins)
to finish in around 2.56. Setting off at a fast pace, Jayne
passed half way in around 1.22 and despite slowing in the
second half, her earlier efforts gave her a good window to
break the 3 hours - a MASSIVE well done Jayne!
Next over the
line for the club was Ryan Procter who admits he would love
to have broken 3 hours but in reality, due to recent
illness, he knew would be tough. Predicting a 3.08 - almost
half an hour faster than his PB - Ryan had an absolutely
brilliant run to smash that PB by nearly half an hour,
finishing in around 3.07.30 - absolutely brilliant running
and certainly an indication that Ryan will do the sub 3
before long - well done Ry!
who excelled himself was Sam Newton who was making his debut
at the distance. Initially saying he would be chuffed with
3.30, Sam ran a 3.16 which is an impressive time for a first
marathon, especially in the heat, and Sam certainly was a
chirpy chap when we spotted him at the finish!
runners included Jill Phillips who was hoping for 3.30 ish
but finished in 3.43 (although she still looked happy at the
end with a big grin on her face!), and Gareth Williams who
was aiming for a sub 4 hours and ran 3.58 - well done to you
2 - a fantastic effort.
were celebrations for those runners, 2 others were forced to
drop out, but the good news is that both are ok and still in
struggling with plantar fasciitis for several months now,
Adela Salt made the difficult decision to withdraw from the
race at 19 miles due to stabbing pains in her feet. Although
slowing due to the pain, she was still on course for a sub 3
but the risk of carrying on was too much.
Kaz Brandt was
also on target for a massive PB but at 20 miles she
collapsed from dehydration and ended up being taken to
hospital. Thankfully she was discharged after a few hours
and now looks forward to a good rest and a holiday.
Ending on a
positive note, Del and Kaz are both ok and will no doubt be
back before too long and both will be determined to achieve
their goals. In the meantime, we should be proud of all our
runners over the past few days and congratulate them all on
their performances - WELL DONE GUYS!
for the FLM can be found on their website
Jo is the Spring
A massive well done to Jo
Donnelly who was crowned Ladies Spring Treble Champion for
2009 following her excellent performance at the final race
at Kibblestone on Thursday evening. Jo has been running
fantastically recently now that she is managing to keep the
injuries at bay, and hopefully this is the start of many
more victories to come.
The treble series has been
extremely well attended by Trentham this year, and in
addition to Jo, Richard Ogden also came away with a prize in
his age group.
As we know, running isn't always
about winning, and this from Mark Day giving his view of the
Spring Treble clearly shows that.
was my first time at these races, and I thoroughly enjoyed
them. I have to say that at the time I was running I might
not have enjoyed it all, but looking back on them gives a
good sense of satisfaction.
After Hanchurch I wondered what the other courses held in
store, but of the three I particularly enjoyed Milford. I
ran well at that one, and enjoyed the pint in the pub with a
few other Trentham runners afterwards. I enjoyed last nights
(Kibblestone) the least, but that was down to the fact that
I ran the last two laps with bad stomach cramps more than
anything. I was just pleased to see the finish line (and the
toilet block - although maybe thats just a bit too much
information!!!). It wasn't all bad though, I always enjoy a
bit of mud to run through, and there was plenty of that to
It was good to get a number of Trentham runners out at all 3
races, and well done to everyone that took part, not just
the ones who were near the top of the leaderboard.
Personally, it matters more to me being out there enjoying
being part of the club than the time I finish in, and I'd
encourage even more people at the club to give some of the
races a go.
Thank you to everyone who came to cheer us all on.
Full results can be found