A celebration of 25 years of Belle Vue Racers, held at Rain Bar, Manchester on Friday 26th September 2014. Here is the full text of Lynda’s speech:
“25 years – and where have they gone? It doesn’t seem that long since we were celebrating our 20th. This celebration sees club members here from Swinton Running Club. Welcome Swinton – I am very pleased to see you all. Also it’s good to see Shirley Aldridge here who is a past member of BVR (she is now a coach at East Cheshire Harriers). My late husband Eddie Cheetham had a hand in the start of Swinton Running Club and I am pleased to say that they are still going as strong as BVR today. Also there are quite a few BVR members from the past with us tonight.
I am glad to say that I still get a lot of pleasure and rewards from being the coach at BVR. It’s good to see the improvements in our novice runners and also the progression of others that you may think have reached their goals. It shows what determination we have at the club to achieve even more goals. Simon Stead went out to conquer Everest Base Camp and achieved it. Alison will be moving up a category this year and I can already feel the buzz of what she aims to achieve. Annie always leaves me in awe and hopefully will continue to do so. Andy went out the South Africa to compete in a 52 mile race and yes he did it. Steve Mycio is on his way to conquer Everest Base Camp, so he can’t be with us tonight. All these goals take a lot of training, focus, guts, determination and being just a little bit mad? All these challenges and yet all still continue to support the club championing races.
A big thanks to all who have put so much effort into tonight. Annie, Julia, Gill, Lisa, Tina and Sue – and hopefully I haven’t forgotten anyone. Many thanks also to all who help to organise our two races from start to finish – we can’t do it without your help. Thanks to James and Frank our other coaches who give me such a lot of support. Also to my best friend Christine who also supports the club so much. Not many of you know that tonight is the venue where James met his partner Beth and they are here tonight to celebrate again.
Part of the 25 year celebration was a 25K run which we did on 7th September. This route took in our old club base at Pink Bank Lane plus Debdale Park and Reddish Vale. We started and finished at the Carousel Pub. This was very well attended and once again well organised. After tonight’s event we have one more celebration – yes 25 laps of the track and I hope that you can all count?
Biggest thanks I have left to last. Thanks Barry for not only coming into my life and taking the plunge in marrying me but also for all the hard work that you do alongside me to make BVR what it is today.
Enough now I think you all get the gist of the speech – let’s get on to announcing our championship results …”
On Sunday 7th September, an army of Belle Vue Racers took to the streets to run all or part of a 25km route to mark the 25th anniversary of the club’s foundation. The course was a grand sightseeing tour of the history of Belle Vue Racers, taking in parts of our popular races past and present (Hit The Trail through Reddish Vale Country Park and the Eddie Cheetham Memorial Race in Debdale Park) and, significantly, also taking runners past the club’s old home – Pink Bank Lane running track. Sadly, this was demolished to make way for a hockey pitch but stories of hard interval sessions and informal races in the streets near this area remain. Some of the street markings – used for accurate interval sessions – made by our founder, Eddie Cheetham, are still thought visible.
13th August 2014
Mid-August’s Saddleworth 6 race saw twelve Belle Vue Racers take part in this well organised event. After a sudden downpour and a drenching just before the race, everyone headed up the hill to set off … and, thanks to some runners shouting “BOLLAAAARDS!”, they made sure we missed them as we all ‘flew’ down the hill!
The many very friendly, encouraging marshals made this a fantastic event where Simon Stead (38:19), Adam Barber (40:39) and Nigel Sedman (40:55) were the first Belle Vue men home. Well done also to Alison Sedman (39:43), Annie Hirch (45:24) and Anne Webster (50:51) who came in as the first three BVR women.
Now onto the YMCA Harriers 5 miler and the 12-minute test finale to the season! LD
Belle Vue Racers are giddy with excitement about a new arrival in May 2015. Think of it as a younger, significantly different, challenging but equally beautiful sibling to January’s ever popular Hit The Trail 5.
We are delighted to introduce the Mad Hatter’s Trail Race to the summer running calendar, a new, undulating, two-lap 5 mile evening trail race also around the beautiful and vast Reddish Vale Country Park, to be held on Wednesday 13th May at 7.30pm.
An unparalleled way of starting the New Year, entries for Belle Vue Racers’ ever popular 5-mile Hit The Trail race through beautiful Reddish Vale Country Park are now open!
The race will take place on the morning of Sunday 4th January 2015. You can enter online here or by using our entry form. More about last year’s very successful Hit The Trail can be found here.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Sunday 27th July 2014
The Great Warford 10 greeted runners by sweeping the clouds aside and letting the sun shine all day, which made life more pleasant for spectators than runners.
The Great Warford 10 is a pleasant lapped course that undulates around the leafy Cheshire Lanes. Despite the fact that it’s flatter than Stockport 10 (have you entered yet? It sells out fast!), finishing times are always a bit slower at Great Warford but it remains a fantastic race. All proceeds go towards its venue – The David Lewis Centre, home to a registered charity that specialises in caring for people with complex epilepsy, autism, learning and physical disabilities.
Pre-race banter took place online and before the race – Andy Wood told Phil D’Netto he would leave him standing, Steve ‘Hipster’ Webb turned up to do his usual moaning about injury and harped on incessantly about The Congleton Half Marathon (which is on 5th October, only £13, goody bag, best tech t-shirt there is, all proceeds to charity). After the usual pre-race camaraderie and warm ups, it was time to get going. BVR assembled at the start.
On Sunday 1st June 2014, Belle Vue’s Andy Wood took on the 56 miles of the Comrades Marathon in South Africa in support of the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young. Thank you Andy for sharing your experience with us.
Comrades is the world’s oldest ultramarathon, a 56 mile run held in South Africa described as the “Ultimate Human Race”. Each year it alternates starting from either Durban or Pietermaritzburg and finishing at the other end. This year’s route was the ‘down run’, finishing at the coast in Durban. I first became aware of the race about 10 years ago and dismissed it as “too far” and “a ridiculous distance to attempt”. However as I approached 50 I thought it would be a fitting and original way to ‘celebrate’. So the race was entered and the flights booked. Just a small matter of the training now. The key seemed to be back-to-back long runs.
I completed the Snowdon Marathon in October 2013 in my best time in 4 attempts, and so it began. Highlights in December were a 20 mile run followed by the Stockport 10, and, on New Year’s Eve, a flat but mentally tough 4 lap out-and-back Liverbird Marathon. Fortunately I remained injury free, bar a slight calf strain, and was able to PB in many cross-country events through the winter. April was an average 60 mile-a-week month, with an 83 mile week the peak including a negative split Manchester marathon, then a 24 mile round-trip run to do the Radcliffe 10k!
Wednesday 23rd July 2014
The picturesque scenery, the mile and a half walk to the start, the undulating ground, the narrow gates, and the bottleneck at the start all serve to make the Black Knight Charge one of the more unique races on the calendar. The addition of a chocolate bar and hot pot supper for the runners was a great encouragement to getting up those hills.
The temperature was high and the sun was bright as 13 members of Belle Vue Racers completed the race. The steep hill, as written on the route map, turned out to be just that, including some steps which brought many people to a walking pace. A dark and low ceilinged tunnel kept the runners’ attention and the overgrown paths and steep twisty sections made for a great challenge.
After six miles of hard graft, Greg Barber (43:21) was to be first Belle Vue Racer home followed by Simon Stead (44:28). First Belle Vue woman was Toni Bradley (54:06) followed by Janet Shepherd (56:02). Extra credit to Janet and Steve Mycio (51:18) who both came second in their age categories. Well done also to the first four boys – Greg, Simon, Andrew Taylor (46:16) and Jason Stott (46:42) – for securing a third-place team spot.
A fantastic event and one I am already looking forward to doing again. Thank you East Cheshire Harriers! GB
Sunday 20th July 2014
With the humidity levels way over 85%, 12 Belle Vue Racers arrived in Hadfield to embark on the 10th edition and what may be the last Gravy 6 race. After a round of applause at the start for Andi Jones, the event organiser, 95 runners set off for the midge strewn reservoirs of Hadfield.
There was a different, and much preferable, start to last year and considering the torrential rain and storms over the last few days, the trails had not turned into deep muddy bogs.
This year there was a marshal placed at the point where it’s really easy to get lost (yes, I got lost last year) though rumour has it the front runners missed this turning due to a lack of guidance on the course … but hey, it happens to the best of us!
The first three Belle Vue-ers did fantastically well with Simon Stead (38:24), Alison Sedman (38:33) – also fourth woman home – and Nigel Sedman (38:39) coming in well under 40 minutes with Meng Tang (39:27) and Greg Barber (39:44) also ducking under 40 minutes. Well done also to Andrew Taylor (41:56), Phil D’Netto (42:07), Steve Mycio (43:00), Barry Guy (44:43) and Jason Stott (47:06), Jason especially after running the Snowdon Mountain Race the day before. Congratulations to Alison as first Belle Vue woman home, followed by Janet Shepherd (48:46) and Lisa Donnelly (51:33).
Well done everyone on what was a very hot and humid race! LD
Saturday 11th October 2014 – Woodbank Park, Stockport
Saturday 8th November – Sherdley Park, St Helens
Saturday 6th December – Boggart Hole Clough, Manchester
Saturday 10th January 2015 – Heaton Park, Manchester
Saturday 7th February – Wythenshawe Park, Manchester