BVR badgeBVR badgeBelle Vue Racers is a UK Athletics affiliated running club based at Sportcity, Manchester. We meet for training on Tuesdays on the road and every Thursday evening on the track.  While smaller than many local clubs, we compete in many races, both local and further afield, on the road, the trails, through cross-country and even over the occasional fell.  We are a community-based club, quite a mix of people, from all walks of life and a very friendly bunch all told.  Whatever your ability, objectives or motivations, we’ve a place for you here.
Welcome to Belle Vue Racers.

Comrades Marathon 2014 – 56 miles

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.


“Where’s Andy?”

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!

Black Knight Charge 6M Trail

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.


… and collapse! (photo: Meng)

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.


Gorgeous! (or ‘Dreaming of hotpot!’) (photo: Meng)

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

Gravy 6 MT

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.

gravy6routeThere 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

Royton 5.5M MT


Carmel, Greg and Jason “refuelling” after Royton (photo: Janet S.)

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

Rochdale 10K: A win for Belle Vue

Alison Rochdale

Belle Vue’s Alison Sedman (208) (photo: Rochdale Harriers)

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

Round the Resers 5M MT

Wednesday 18th June 2014

Rolling hills of Longdendale Valley and hot, sultry, evening sunshine provided the appealing backdrop of the annual Round the Resers Race at Tintwistle.


City of Salford 10k it ain’t (photo: Stockport Harriers)

The fast, downhill start led the 290 enthusiastic runners nicely onto the undulating, tree lined trail before tackling the steep, challenging climb. Thankfully, the long, flat track, bordering the reservoir provided welcome respite and beautiful views of the surrounding area. 

Simon Stead was first BVR male home, achieving a PB (33:23), closely followed by Nigel Sedman, also with a PB (33:51),and, in third place, Greg Barber (34:32). Alison Sedman, with a PB, was first female BVR (33:48), followed by Annie Hirsch (38:58) and Carmel Salvidge also with with a PB (41:04).

A lovely run on a beautiful evening! Thank you Tintwistle Children’s Gala for a well-organised event. More of the same next year please. However, note to self for 2015: more insect repellent; the midges had a feast!  JSh

Wincle Trout 9km Fell

Say “Wincle!” (photo: Lynda)

Saturday 31st May 2014

Who doesn’t love Wincle Trout?  A beautiful summer’s day, the village fete, a W.I. cake tent of mindboggling proportions, pints of the local drop from the Wincle Brewery, an array of tractors to clamber over, local Winclettes dancing around the Maypole … and my favourite, the ‘Best Sausage Catcher’ competition (for dogs only, sadly).  It’s sometimes hard to remember that you’re there for a race.

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Annie and Vicky crossing the River Dane (photo: Bryan Dale / racephotos.org.uk)

Starting and finishing at a different farm to 2013, we set off over a horrible ankle-crunching descent for a few hundred metres before beginning to settle into some kind of rhythm along the water’s edge.  Wading knee-deep through the icy River Dane is of course the annual highlight for many.  The slog to the finish line, uphill all the way, was an unexpected delight.  The prize trout for all finishers was well earned!

No PBs this year, with the change in course from last year.  Among the Belle Vue men, Simon Stead came in first (52:06), followed by Tom Bentley (54:34) and Jason Stott (56:56).  Annie Hirsch (1:06:09) was the first woman home, followed very closely by Carmel Salvidge (1:06:27) and, in third, Leah Evans (1:08:19).

Thank you, Wincle.  See you next year!  AT


Autumn/Winter Club Championship 2013–14

Club Champions once again are Andy Wood and Annie Hirsch – congratulations to both.

Andy held off strong challenges from Ali Alsaadi and Simon Stead to win with 359 points. Annie won with 377 points, with Carmel Salvidge second and Anne Webster third.

Progress award winners are Fiona Seymour and James Corrigan. Well done to all competitors.