February News 2009
1st February - Fabulous Results for Trentham at Alsager 5
The first day of February brought
some outstanding results for Trentham at the Alsager 5 mile road
race on Sunday, with many of our runners coming away with PBs
despite the cold temperatures and gusty winds. Renowned as
a fast course, it was excellent to see so many of our chaps
getting under 30 minutes for the distance for the first time in
many years and just goes to show that Trentham gents are
starting to get a strong team together, which can only get
Ian Yates was the star of the day,
finishing in a swift 27.19 and placing him 52nd overall which
just goes to show the quality of the field. Paul Burslem, Rob
Tabbanor and Ryan Proctor all ran PB's so bloody well done to
each of you!! Andrew Northwood also had an excellent race, and
missed out on a sub 30 mins by a mere 14 seconds and I'm pretty
sure that next time, he'll do it. In the individual prizes,
Gerry Calvert won 1st prize in the V70 category in a superb
Not to be outdone by the gents,
Trentham ladies also fought bravely and came away as first team
in the senior ladies and 3rd lady vets team. Jayne Dickens was
the first Trentham lady over the line, leading the team
to win the senior ladies prize by a clear 20 points or so, whilst
the lady vets team finished in 3rd following a fine run by new member Rosemary Wilson.
PBs tumbled for the ladies too,
with Mel Dugan, Karen Marshallsay and Kaz Brandt all getting PBs,
and I'm pretty sure that some of the others also came close.
This has just come in from Kaz.....
woke up this morning feeling tired and with a cold and really
didn't want to run and poor Nels saw the grumpy side of me for
time..apparently it's sweet! Anyway we got to Alsager and were
greeted by very cold conditions and the usual gusty wind which
seems to be the
signature mark of Alsager 5. Although still feeling grumpy I was
determined to beat my 38:46 time from last year. We all set off
instantly my grumpiness went, I felt good, the wind calmed down
sun came out (I paid good money for this!). I was trying to pace
7:30 but after clocking just over 14 minutes at the 2 mile mark,
sod it, let's see what these legs can do! Massively helped by
Nels was supporting me all the way and that Richard (aka Jackie)
inevitably give me grief over looking at my watch (I only do it
when I see
you Rich, the abuse makes me run faster!), I quickened my pace
belted the last mile crossing the finishing line at 36:15! I
I would get that time and I am quite simply over the moon!!!
See ya there next year!
Photo of some of the
starts - Richard O'Keeffe, Jo Donnelly, Kaz Brandt, Ryan
Procter, Mel Dugan and just hiding on the right hand side is
All in all, a fantastic day for
the club, with a whopping 29 runners coming from our club -
WELL DONE TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!
Full results can be found
here, whilst Trentham results are listed below (this table
took bloomin ages to type up, so hope you all appreciate it!!)
Sunday 8th February - Knype Pool 5 Mile Charity Run
Lots of people were on about doing
this one down the club on Thursday evening, so if you were one
of them and you took part, why not send us YOUR report instead
of us boring you with the usual rubbish stuff and trying to
guess how the race went for you.......??
** Update bits and
bobs ** Official Results now available
here, whilst an excellent write up on the event from the
Evening Sentinel can be found
here - excellent publicity for the club!
And finally, a quick
word from Dale Colclough who has recently rejoined Trentham -
welcome back Dale!
I would just say well done to all who took part at
knypersley yesterday. Special well done to Ryan. I
will be talking to him next week about his self talk
Given that this was
an off road race in difficult conditions. I thought it
was a good time to advertise the best race ever. It was
my 4th time out at the Longmynd Valleys fell race. 12
of the toughest miles you can ever run. I was rubbish,
finishing 67th following last years 25th. Take a look
at the great pics on this link
** UPDATE **
News just in from Ryan and Deb, and
yep, looks like some of you did run this one, so well done to
all of you that took part - particularly Jo Donnelly for winning
the ladies race, and to Ryan Procter for finishing 3rd in the
gents race. This is what Ryan and Deb had to
wanted to get in before anyone else did about the Pools
I had a
good run today (probably the best I've had) but really I
came 3rd because the field was so small. Loads missing!
give you an account of what went on anyway, (from my
registration there was a short briefing to inform the
participants that there was a change to the scheduled route
due to the ice being so bad on one section of the course
that they couldn't allow the race to go that way for safety
reasons as it was close to the poolside.
was only a small field probably due to the cold
temperatures, forecast snow and icy conditions.
off over the bridge on the road and along the side of the
reservoir before turning off the icy path and into the
woods. There was a little group forming at the front made up
of mostly moorlands runners but also with Paul Gibbings and
Dan in there along with myself.
front two started to pull away on the 2nd climb and I
decided that I was feeling good and should try and go with
them a bit. I pulled away from the two Moorlands runners I
was with and eeked out a bit of a gap as we came to the
steep descent. I really enjoyed the downhill bits and the
new fell shoes were paying off as I leaped and bounded my
way down to the style and jumped over it to save time.
turn at the head of the pool I looked behind and to my
horror I couldn't see anyone behind (or in front for that
matter by this point).
section was all uphill to the buildings by the top car park
and I thought I was going to struggle, but I think the fact
I knew I was 3rd at the time pushed me on beyond what I
normally would have done I think. The last section was on
the main road back down to the car park at the pools and
half way down I checked behind but could see no-one. I don't
know what I thought at this point. It just didn't seem right
somehow. I turned into the car park to finish 3rd and picked
up a £10 voucher. I have never been in that position before
and it was a bit embarrassing really. I was over a minute
behind second place (Briggsy) so I just hope the full
strength field turns up next time to save me the
embarrassment again! There was loads of the big guns missing
today in the men's, but in the women's race I think Jo
Donnelly and Sarah Johnson were 1st and 2nd so they did
and this from Deb.....
"not sure if
you know but I think Jo Donnelly won Knype 5 ladies today
with Sarah 2nd and Ryan was 3rd man. Course was shortened
due to bad ice on route. Others did really well too, lots in
top 10! Tough course with big ups and downs, hard grass and
thanks to Deb and Ryan for
taking the time to send in the updates. If anybody else
wants to contribute, feel free to do so by sending an email
15th February - Weekend Action Update
Couple of events taking place over
the weekend that peeps mentioned in passing. A few Trentham
members headed up north to take part in the Anglezarke Amble - a
24.5 mile event organised by the Long Distance Walkers
Association. A quick text from Deb Thomas said,
"News from AA.
Jayne 1st lady back in 4.04 and then Deb, Pete Caci, Dale and
Graham Moorhouse of Stone in 4.55. Only lost route twice...!
Absolutely loved it and no injuries. Got cake on way, and now in
Meanwhile, I bumped in
to Paul Burslem whilst I was out on on a 25 mile run today, and
he mentioned that the last of the Birmingham League cross
country races took place yesterday on Stafford Common.
Apparently, the Trentham gents got the best score of the season
with about 128 points, and Paul himself finished 26th and Ian
Yates was 3rd overall - but the stingy organisers didn't even
give him a prize!
This just in from Ryan - full results can
whilst Ryan has also sent in some photos - see below....well
done to Ian Yates (7th), Paul Gibbings (14th), Ryan Procter
(18th), Paul Burslem (26th), Dave Pearsall (28th), Dan Clowes
(39th), Phil Mainwaring (44th), Jon Williamson (56th),and
Malcolm Rushton (150th). All of these chaps helped the team to
get their best score of the season but unfortunately, whilst
finishing 3rd on the day, they finished 4th team overall and
therefore just missed out on promotion. Well done guys anyway -
the way you lot are going, you'll win Division 3 next year, so
keep up the excellent work!!
Trentham gents team prepare
for battle on Stafford Common
Two members of an excellent
team - Malcolm Rushton and Paul Burslem
finally, there were rumblings that some of our members were
taking part in the Village Bakery Half Marathon in Wrexham
today. If you were one of them, how did you get on?
Jill Phillips has
told us that she took part in the Village Bakery half at the
weekend and finished in 1.40.52 - a new PB and a new LV45 club
record - and our other runner was
Louise Clowes who finished in 1.50 - well done to both of you!
If anybody has any race reports or
further updates/results for any of the above - or indeed any
other races you may have been to over the weekend - why not
email them through so we can let everybody else know how the
team are doing by clicking
You may recall that
a week or so ago, Deb Thomas and a few others from the club
headed up north to take part in the Anglezarke Amble. This is
Deb's account of how things went, with a little input from Dale
Anglezarke Amble is a Long Distance Walkers Association
orienteering event but runners are welcome to take part, on the
condition that they complete the longest distance of 24.5 miles
and carry a small backpack with supplies in case of any adverse
weather conditions that may occur. Taking part in the race
was Dale Colclough, Jayne Dickens, Pete Caci and Debbie Thomas;
and there were also a number of Stone MM folk there. Along the
way the run takes in the moors of Rivington, Anglezarke and
Turton. Total ascent is 3500 ft.
In cold but
dry conditions we all set off from Rivington village church hall
at 8am and plodded along the road before tackling the first of
many climbs up a rocky path to Rivington Pike. This was followed
by a steep downhill and then a further steep ascent to the first
check point on Winter Hill. By this time Jayne had tagged onto
Steve Fenney of Stone MM and was making great progress through
the crowds and Debbie, Dale and Pete had merged into a
team along with Graham Moorhouse of Stone MM. With all his
experience of fell running and trail running, Dale was defaulted
into Leader of the Group and expertly navigated the
gang through vast moorlands, farms, bogs and up and down mini
mountains! ("Expertly" translates to useless. I
managed to take us of route on two occasions adding at least 2
miles and 20 mins. I must remember to take my map out of my bag
next time.) In one part of the race we'd been warned
to stick to the path accurately as there were old mine shafts
around so that was slightly alarming! But we made it through
safely. We did make a couple of mistakes along the way but we
were all enjoying the run so much that no one cared about going
over the distance! At each check point (6 in total) we were
offered yummy bite-size cakes and sweets and drinks of water,
tea or coffee (you had to run with a mug, or no drink!) and it
was fine to take extra cake to keep in your pockets for nibbles
along the way....(Deb and Pete!) To cut a long race short,
directions of the run can be found here...
We took in
so many fantastic hill top views and moorland views that it was
impossible not to stop and take it all in now and then. It's a
race we'd all recommend and will hopefully do again. On
returning to the village hall we were all sweaty, muddy,
absolutely shattered and sore from running but feeling upbeat
and happy/relieved. After drying off and changing (in the car
park!) we headed back into the village hall for our food of beef
stew with peas to meet up with Jayne, who informed us that she
had been the first lady runner back in 4 hours and 3 minutes -
which was fantastic!! There were no prizes for this
unfortunately but we all toasted her later on in the pub!! Dale,
Pete, Graham and Deb all clocked 4 hours 55 mins for their runs.
Luckily there had been no injuries on the day despite nearly
everyone slipping over/tripping up a few times on the way!
Graham's fall was the cream of the crop as he slipped on a
wooden slat and then rolled over!!
A nice touch
to the end of the race was a free certificate for every
participant, stating the distance covered and time"
also like to sincerely thank Dale and Den for the loan of a
backpack and equipment on the day - thank you both very much! X"
Thanks for this Deb and Dale - fantastic stuff and great fun to
21st February - English National Cross Country Championships
On Saturday, the English National Cross Country Championships
were held at Parliament Hill Fields in London. 11 Trentham
members headed down to the capital for the event - 10 to
compete, and the other claiming to be the lucky Trentham mascot
but really just wanting a bit of a jolly (Sam!).
With being held in London, both the mens and ladies races had
good quality fields this year due to the increase in southern
clubs taking part. The course was surprisingly tough for central
London with a couple of climbs on an otherwise undulating
course, and with mud at least ankle deep the majority of the way
round, it made things extremely hard even for those at the front
end of the field. Things could have been far worse if it had
been raining, but the event was blessed with spring like
sunshine and quite mild temperatures albeit with a brisk wind.
The senior ladies event was 8km and had 545 finishers. The 3
Trentham ladies taking part did well in the race, with Adela
Salt being the first Trentham lady to finish in 139th position
(36.27), followed by Deb Thomas in 226th (38.54) and then Kiri
Johnson in 270th (40.11).
The mens race was around 12km and had a huge field with almost
1500 finishers, and all our chaps finished within the hour.
First home for the club was Ian Yates in 366th (47.55), followed
by Paul Gibbings in 569th (50.49), Ryan Procter 711th (52.52),
Phil Mainwaring 852nd (55.01), Dan Clowes 920th (56.08), Paul
Thomas 1096th (59.07) and Adrian Pestell 1137th (59.55). With 6
runners, Trentham had a full men's team and their combined score
placed them 70th out of 112 teams - well done lads!
From a personal point of view - and I think I speak for Deb in
this respect too (if not, I'm sure she will tell me!) - we had a
fantastic weekend and the gents looked after us both and were
extremely supportive. A big thank you to all of you for making
us laugh and treating us like "one of the lads" and making the
weekend so enjoyable, but especially to Ian for sorting out the
hotel, and to Dan and Ryan for getting us there and back in one
YOU from Del and Deb xx
Photos of the event can be found on Mick Hall's
website - take a look at that mud !! Full results can be
Photos from the National Cross Country Champs 2009
Many thanks to Ryan Procter for sending these through - what a
fab team! And a quick word from Ryan.....
Here's a couple
of photos from London which I thought would be good for the
website. From a personal point of view I thought it was a
fantastic weekend and I feel everyone did the club proud,
especially Dan who organised everything and made it so much
easier for everyone else to enjoy! I have put a load of pics
on Facebook too so feel free to use any of those if you
Fabulous Men's Team
Fabulous Ladies Team
Deb Thomas in action
out on the tough, muddy as hell course
Paul Gibbings on the
way to the finish
showing us how it's done!
has come through from Anita Lanaghan ....
Hi just to inform
you that that I ran on 21 Feb 09. The distance was 5K. The
event I took part in was the BHF Shugborough. 50% of the
event was cross country and the other 50% was running within
the grounds. It was really good event that I would encourage
anyone to run next year.
Anyway I got my personal
best running time of 29 Mins and 20 Seconds. Anyway
I am really proud of the time in particular as I have had
months of running due to illness.
Please keep the race reports coming - they save us a lot of
time and make things far more interesting!!