January 2009 News
Saturday 10th January - Staffordshire Cross Country
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
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
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
Ryan beat me in the race but at the time of the balls up I was
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
relieved to have finished the race on such a blustery day (well
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!)
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
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!!
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!
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
24th January - Twin
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!!