“We’re through the looking glass, people!”
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!
We look forward to seeing you there!
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.
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
(source: Manchester Harriers)
Wednesday 9th July 2014
While some of us regretfully swapped the evening sunshine over the rolling trails for two long, thankless, goalless hours of Holland v Argentina, 14 Belle Vue Racers made the journey to Royton for this popular multi-terrain race.
Special mentions however to Simon Stead (36:34) and Annie Hirsch (43:04), not only as first male and female BVRs home, but for two 1st place finishes in their age categories. An excellent BVR summer continues. AT
Tuesday 1st July 2014
On a warm and muggy evening in Rochdale, 21 Belle Vue Racers gathered to take on the undulating roads of the popular Rochdale 10K race. After some initial confusion about the direction we’d set off out of Springfield Park, 350 runners headed out to start what turned out to be a great night.
Belle Vue’s Alison Sedman led the women’s field home in first place (40:53), followed by Michelle Hushion of Middleton Harriers and Laura Hesketh of Blackburn Harriers.
Annie Hirsch (47:09) was the second Belle Vue woman home, winning her age category in the process, followed by Kath Horwill (48:31). With Anne Webster (53:29) also taking second place behind Annie in their age category, a great night was had by the Belle Vue women.
First Belle Vue man home was Simon Stead (40:32), followed by Adam Barber (41:09) and Nigel Sedman (41:47).
Rochdale’s special-edition commemorative white socks were almost as well received as the water at the finish line. A tough race in the heat but a fantastic night for BVR. AT