January 2009 News

Saturday 10th January - Staffordshire Cross Country Championships

The first race of the year got off to a good start for Trentham, despite being low on numbers due to other commitments, injury and illness.

This year the county cross country championships were held at Sandwell Valley on a pretty good parkland course that included a bit of everything from good flat running and some short sharp hills. For once, mud wasn't a problem as everything was frozen solid, and it really was a cold day!

The senior ladies managed to scrape a team together with Jayne Dickens having one of her best cross country races this season to finish 4th in the ladies race and making her the Staffordshire Veteran Cross Country Champion. Vic Owen was next over the line in 8th position, whilst Adela Salt finished 10th and won the bronze medal in the veteran championship. There were some good teams competing today, and even though we had 3 ladies in the top 10, the team finished in bronze medal position behind Tipton and Stoke AC. Well done ladies!

In the junior race, Sarah Johnson had a good run to finish in bronze medal position, so well done Sarah.

Trentham gents team is gradually growing as we get more new members competing for the club, but unfortunately today, they were one short for a full team. That didn't stop them being competitive and fighting for positions, with a couple of them having sprint finishes. Ian Yates was our star performer, and he was joined by Dan Clowes, Phil Mainwaring, Paul Gibbings and Paul Burslem. Not sure of positions, but they should be on the Tipton Harriers website sometime over the weekend.

Well done and thank you to everybody who turned out to run today, and a special thank you to Deb Thomas, Nick Dickens and Vic's chap (sorry don't know his name!) for supporting the team, helping with the tent, and most of all, for providing the donuts (thanks Deb!)

Sunday 11th January - Cannock Chase Trig Point Race

The trig point race this year saw a huge increase in numbers compared to previous years, attracting many local runners in addition to some of the top fell runners from all across the country. The route is unmarked and requires some navigation and is approximately 15 miles, although the race tends to have the same runners coming back each year and therefore it's just a case of following the man in front! Taking in the fantastic landscape of Cannock Chase, it's also a mostly off-road race with plenty of hills to sap the energy levels.

There were 9 Trentham runners that decided to take part, some of which had also competed in the cross country championships the day before.

With almost all of the Trentham folks using it as a long training run, the top finisher on the day was Ryan Procter who was secretly hoping to dip under 2 hours, but ended up finishing in 2.02 or there abouts. Adela Salt wasn't far behind and despite having taken a wrong turn earlier on in the race, she finished in around 2.04 which actually gave her 3rd lady overall. Pete Caci who kept Del company up to about 12 miles came away with 2nd prize in his age group (and he also went the wrong way with Del!)

Others runners taking part included Jayne Dickens, Rob Tabbinor, Frank Caci, Mel Dougan, Paul Burslem and Lynne Callaghan - so well done to all of you that took part today - particularly Mel who has never ran that distance before. The weather had turned milder, but it was certainly gusty and there was still solid ice on some parts of the course.

And finally, just a little report on the race from Paul Burslem....

Hi I've just downloaded the Chase course (well mine and Ryans) and to anyone who did the course its plain to see why we managed to run further!!
Ryan beat me in the race but at the time of the balls up I was in
front (following other runners). Ryan was a bit disappointed not to crack 2 hours.  Sorry Mate.
The race was well supported by the Trentham posse and everyone looked
relieved to have finished the race on such a blustery day (well I was)
               yours Paul Burslem

Full results will be on the Mercia Fell Runners website in due course.

Saturday 17th January - Birmingham Cross Country League

Well done to the 7 gents that travelled to on Saturday to take part in the penultimate race in the Birmingham Cross Country League. Results will be available here shortly (unless one of the chaps that took part email them through in the meantime!)

UPDATED Results are now in for the penultimate Birmingham Cross Country League race that was held on Saturday in Hinkley. Trentham gents had a fantastic day, with Ian Yates leading the charge and Ryan Procter having a brilliant run to gain some vital points. The team are currently lying in 4th position with just one race still to go, so we need as many gents out for the next race to chase promotion to division 2. Please contact Dan Clowes for more details and to let him know whether you are able to run.

Sunday 18th January - Helsby Half Marathon

The threat of gales, heavy rain and hail storms didn't stop 3 of our ladies and team manager Richard O'Keeffe heading over to Cheshire at the weekend, to take part in one of the first half marathons of the year in Helsby. The course is probably best described as gently undulating rather than hilly although the description of a "2 mile downhill finish" was certainly a big fat porky!!

Thankfully the weather held, and runners were greeted with cool temperatures on a lovely sunny morning albeit somewhat windy in parts.

Jayne Dickens took advantage of the course and conditions to have yet another fantastic run, smashing her PB by 3 minutes to finish in 1.22.45. This was enough to give her 4th lady overall, in a race which was won by Michelle Ross-Cope of Stoke AC.

Adela Salt and Debbie Thomas both had excellent runs with Del finishing in a respectable 1.26.41 giving her 1st over 35, and Deb dipping under 90 minutes to finish in 1.29.24.

With 3 excellent performances, Trentham ladies came away with 1st ladies team prize against some stiff opposition from the likes of Bellevue, Liverpool and Stockport - so well done to all 3 of you!

Special thanks should also go to Richard who was there to cheer the girls on - thanks Rich, you are a big help!

Mark Hughes also competed in the race and finished in 1.46, so well done Mark!

Full results can be found here.

24th January - Twin Piers 10k

A massive well done to Jayne Dickens who was victorious at the Twin Piers 10k on Saturday. The race goes from Llandudno to Colwyn Bay and includes a hefty hill. Jayne finished first lady in a time of 38.06, giving her her second L40 club record in the past week having broken the long standing club half marathon record for the L40 category at Helsby last weekend. Well done Jayne!!





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