Belle Vue Racers is a UK Athletics-affiliated running club based at Sportcity, Manchester.  We meet on the track on Thursdays and on the roads on Tuesdays.
We are a community club, with members from all walks of life.  We are very proud of our history but look forward to a bright future.  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.  No pressure, only encouragement.
Whatever your ability, objectives or motivations, we’ve a place for you here.  Please have a good look around our website to get a feel for us.  Even better, drop by and say ‘hello’ sometime.  You’d be very welcome.

Welcome to Belle Vue Racers.

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Manchester Area Cross-Country League 2016-17

Hat, gloves, skins and spikes at the ready. Manchester Area Cross Country League dates for your diary:
MATCH 1 : SATURDAY 15TH OCTOBER 2016 – Wythenshawe Park, Manchester – Host Club: Sale H Manchester
MATCH 2 : SATURDAY 12TH NOVEMBER 2016 – Boggart Hole Clough, Manchester – Host Club: Salford Harriers & A.C.
MATCH 3 : SATURDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2016 –  Heaton Park, Manchester – Host Club: Manchester Harriers & A.C.
MATCH 4 : SATURDAY 14TH JANUARY 2017 – Univ.Playing Fields, Wythenshawe
MATCH 5 : SATURDAY 11TH FEBRUARY 2017 – Woodbank Park, Stockport – Host Club: Stockport Harriers & A.C.
A snip at £4 for the five races.  Further details from the MACCL website.   Please sign up with club captains.  Details of South East Lancs Cross Country League to follow shortly.
Please note the earlier start time for the women’s races: 1.30pm.  Men’s races to start at 2.30pm.

Wilmslow Half Marathon

Sunday 3rd April 2016 – a beautiful Spring day for the Wilmslow Half Marathon. This is a fantastic one lap half marathon – widely populated, well marshalled and supported, and predominantly along quiet traffic free country lanes. 7 BVR men ran, with Meng Tang coming home 1 st again in sub 1 hour 30 minutes. He was swiftly followed by Ali Alsaadi and Damien Tolan, who is destined to have a great debut season with the club. The rest of the men did very well – Phil D’Netto with an injured foot, Patrick O’Brien, Tony Preston and Frank Rogers. Lisa Donnelly came home 1st for the ladies, soon followed by a PB-running Julia Foy, with Fiona Seymour in 3rd , and Ruth Amin shortly afterwards with a PB by a whisker. Running tans have been started off! RA

Salford 10K

Good Friday 2016! What better way to earn some Easter egg calories than do the Salford 10k.
Despite being a 2 lap course, and not through the most scenic of areas, the Salford 10k always proves to be a very popular and fast road race. The BVR turnout was a tadge low, but cheery, and the weather was pretty much perfect.  Among the men, Meng Tang came home 1st, in under 40 minutes, followed by Damien Tolan running his BVR debut, and marathon-training Colin Seymour in 3rd . Women’s 1st , 2nd and 3rd went to Anne Webster, Fiona Seymour and Ruth Amin, with Ruth collecting PB points on last years’ time.  RA

Autumn / Winter Club Championship 2015-16

Belle Vue Racers’ Club Champions for the 2015-16 Autumn / Winter season are Ali Alsaadi (347 points) and Annie Hirsch (413 points). Congratulations to Ali and Annie, two very deserving winners!
By a hair’s breadth, second in the men’s competition was Meng Tang (289 points) with Vic Walsh and Patrick O’Brien (285 points) sharing third spot.  In the women’s competition, Fiona Seymour (356 points) took second while Julia Foy (343 points) took third place.  Well done to these and all runners who completed the season.
Progress Award winners were Patrick O’Brien and Lisa Donnelly.
Here’s wishing all club members the best of luck for the coming Spring / Summer season, starting at Congleton’s Cloud 9 fell race on 6th March.

Hit the Trail 2016

Despite the terribly wet weather that had visited the North in the weeks leading up to the event, Belle Vue Racers’ annual New Year Hit the Trail race welcomed a record number of runners in 2016 to enjoy the beautiful surrounds of Reddish Vale Country Park. With pre-entries and entries on the day hitting the perfect 400 mark, and 353 runners finishing the course (up 85 runners on 2015), Hit the Trail has become a firm favourite in the New Year race calendar, welcoming runners from far and wide. With fantastic support from many of our local clubs – the largest contingents coming from Goyt Valley Striders (17), Bramhall Runners (20) and Stockport Harriers (25) – we also welcomed runners from as far afield as Folkestone RC, Southampton’s Lordshill Runners, Gateshead AC, Sheffield’s Hallamshire Harriers and Serpentine Running Club.
First to cross the line was Stockport Harrier Jake Littlehales in 26:54, an astonishing time given the extremely wet conditions underfoot. Chris Jackson of Glossopdale Harriers took second spot in 29:51 with Todmorden Harrier Paul Brannigan taking third place in 30:07. With solid performances across the team, it was James Rees, Paul Oakley, Lucas Jones and Daniel Boyd of Goyt Valley Striders who took home the Men’s Team Prize, the first four finishers counting.
First woman to finish was 2015’s winner Caitlin Rice of Glossopdale Harriers (31:13). Sale Harrier Zoe Gmerek took second place in 32:08 with Helen Whitby of Northern Vets AC taking third spot in a time of 33:14. With Kirsty Johnson taking fourth spot, following last year’s third, and Joanne Brack and Rachel Higginbottom finishing well, it was Glossopdale Harriers who took back the Women’s Team Prize back from last year’s victors Stockport Harriers.
Full results can be found here.
Preparation is now underway for the second running of Belle Vue Racers’ Summer evening 5-mile trail race, The Mad Hatter, a different course to Hit the Trail but at the same spectacular venue.  Online entry is now available at Bookitzone.  We look forward to seeing you there on the 11th of May.  AT

Stockport 10 / Northern Athletics 10 Mile Championship

Sunday 6th December 2015
11 women and 12 men from Belle Vue ran at Stockport with some brilliant PBs. Alison Sedman (1:10:06) won her category while Annie Hirsch (1:20:41) took 3rd in hers. Notably, Alison, Phoebe Wallbank (1:11:15) and Vicky Smith (1:12:38) came 2nd team in the Northern Athletics 10 Mile Championship – well done to everyone who ran for the club but particular congratulations should go to Alison, Phoebe and Vicky.  For a club the size of Belle Vue, this is a fantastic achievement, of which we are very proud.
Further information about the race and the women’s team’s success can be found here.

MACCL: Boggart Hole Clough

Saturday 5th December
To celebrate Belle Vue’s success at Boggart Hole Clough, Lisa penned a haiku.  Well … why not?
Fuelled on last night’s beer*
Boggart’s mud claimed its victims
Belle Vue conquered it!
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(l – r) Annie, Lisa, Rachel, Yana and Julia at Boggart Hole Clough XC
 *BVR Christmas drinks …

Conwy Half: “It’s a Family Affair!”

24 November 2015, 10 am
To say it was hammering it down when the Seymour family donned their BVR vests at Conwy would be an understatement. Still, the trip gave Colin an opportunity to use his new selfie stick…
As we took our places at the start and prepared to follow in the footsteps of many intrepid BVRs before us, the race was delayed by 10 minutes and the rain subsided. The route starts on the Quayside and in front of the 700 plus year old Conwy castle.  It runs along Deganwy promenade and to the West Shore of Llandudno, then a 2 mile undulating climb up the Great Orme.  The climb proved challenging for many who chose to walk the steep parts, but not for us Seymours –  far be it for us to face Lynda at track if we had walked!
bedraggled bvrs

Colin’s selfie-stick gets its first race outing.

It’s no wonder Frank cites this as one of his favourite half marathons.  The view out across the Irish Sea is simply stunning and certainly beats looking up the 2mile path to the top of the Great Orme!  The top of this carboniferous peninsular marks the 7mile point with a welcome water station and very encouraging marshals and volunteers.
A 2mile downhill section is next and we were back at West Shore retracing the route to the quayside. The terrain for this race was mainly road, with some sand and “gravelly underfoot” thrown in. The last mile back to the castle and the finish was lined with well-wishers cheering the finishers back in.
A first-time half-marathon for Daniel who came in first (01:46:42), Colin was second in (02:10:33) and Fiona was third – or first lady?! – (02:12:34).
As Ruth Amin quipped: “Funny sort of family outing if you ask me…  ” but very satisfying nonetheless.  Highly recommended.  Fiona

10k Time Trial, Sportcity

22nd October 2015
Although some may publicly downplay or deny it, all Belle Vue Racers love to run on the track, with Thursday sessions at Sportcity being a staple of training. That love would surely be put to the test in a 10km time trial, back “by popular demand” after last year’s inaugural run celebrating 25 years of Belle Vue Racers. 25 laps – a challenge far exceeding any interval you’ve run or could even imagine. Just you, the clock and the nagging thought of “what lap am I on?” that kicks in after lap 6 (or was that 7??).


For the men, there was a trio of sub-39 minute times, with Daniel Anderson finishing first in a blistering 37:38. Vic Walsh (38:21) and Meng Tang (38:50) followed, both improving on their times from last year. Annie Hirsch was first over the line for the ladies in 45:50, an impressive age-grading of 85%. She was followed by debutant Rachel Watson (47:31) and Leah Evans (49:50). Of the PB performances, special mention goes to Federica Caldana who took a massive 10 minutes out of last year’s time. Finally, thanks to Ruth and Anthony for their help and encouragement on the night, dealing with some shattered (but hopefully not traumatised) runners at the end.  Meng

Woodbank Park XC / Gin Pit 5

We saw a great turnout this weekend for both Woodbank Park XC (the first of the Manchester Area League dates) on the Saturday and the Gin Pit 5 mile race on Sunday.  Cross Country was well attended with 13 men and nine women running, with five cross country Belle Vue debuts: Phoebe, Patrick, Nick, Howie and young Daniel.  It was a great day and with the usual banter – finished off with cake (Ginger or Victoria Sponge!) well worth running for.  It was also the 26th Anniversary of Belle Vue Racers so our club founder would have been very proud, as I was of you all.
Sunday again brought superb weather to Gin Pit with quite a few runners doubling up and also supporting this event.  We had a return of Fiona back to the fold and smiling all the way.  Well done also to Ali as he managed to complete both races with a heavy cold – let’s just hope that we don’t all catch it.   Lynda