It was a beautifully sunny, late summer morning for Bollington 10k. This is one of the most scenic of all of our fixtures – resulting in sheer pleasure of being able to run. Marathon training Damien & Ruth had just come for a little ‘bimble’, revelling in what seemed like a short distance. Yana & Rachel joined them as a team of four hardy Belle Vue Racers.
The course set off (& finished) at the leisure centre. The first 5k is very undulating, but never overwhelmingly steep for long. The route goes through Bollington centre, out to Pott Shrigley, where cyclists & runners merged harmoniously, & then on to the Middlewood Way for a couple of flat miles back to Bollington. The views are incredible at times & there’s lots to look at in terms of countryside & posh abodes. It’s a well marshalled course with good local support; chip timed with a decent medal thrown in.
Damien Tolan came home first with a PB, followed by Rachel Watson, Yana Anderton, & lastly Ruth Amin with a PB. The season is nearly over – just Hatters Half Marathon, Blackleach YMCA trail race, & the 12 minute test left. Ruth
Wimbledon is here. School is almost out. Summer is here! So here, to rain on your parade, are some dates for the Autumn/Winter season. Brrrr!
First up, the cross-country dates:
Manchester Area League: 14th October, 11th November, 2nd December, 13th January 2018, 10th February – more details to follow.
South East Lancashire League: 18th November (Heaton Park), 16th December (Tandle Hills), 20th January 2018 (Leigh Sports Village), 17th February (Astley Park, Chorley)
1st October – Gin Pit 5 / Congleton Half (entries open for both events)
5th November – Through the Villages (entries open)
3rd December – Stockport 10 (entries open)
31st December – Bowstones Fell Race – Happy New Year!
Full race calendar to follow. In the meantime, enjoy the sunshine!
Belle Vue Racers were represented at the London Marathon this year by Leah Evans and Annie Hirsch. Beautiful weather over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd April set the tone for a great event. Registration at the Excel on Saturday afternoon managed to get the nerves going a little. Annie managed to lose her envelope containing her number and timing chip in the crowds for a few minutes – which felt like quite a long time! Unfortunately for the BVRs they had different starting zones, Leah at Blue with all the elites and Royals whilst Annie was at the relatively quiet backwater of Green start. Having been packed onto busy trains full of marathon runners there was a short walk to the starting areas. However all the start zones had enormous toilet queues which did mean there was ample time to strike up new friendships whilst waiting.
It was somewhat of a relief when the time reached 10 a.m – not that we could start running then as there is always a few minutes delay to crossing the start line – but to know that the main marathon had begun and soon we would be running was exciting. London marathon is rightly famous for the support from the crowds – it was very busy along the way which was particularly helpful over the last few miles. Leah and Annie were supported by family and friends and they made sure we saw them among the throngs. It is a great route through London streets which are not often not traffic free but filled with runners and supporters.
Annie and Leah were pleased with their times – 3.56 and 4.01. At the finish we met up at the Motor Neurone Disease Association (mnda) meeting point where leg massages, cups of tea and nourishing food were all on offer. Leah and Annie were fundraising to support mnda in memory of BVR member Steve Mycio who died of the condition in 2016. Thank you to all BVRs for your support and generous donations. Hope you are all in the ballot for 2018!
As the track at Sportcity is being repaired on 13th and 20th April, we are planning to have training sessions on those evenings in Philips Park, which is near to Sportcity, on the other side of Alan Turing Way. We will meet in the car park which is for the tennis centre. To get to that car park, instead of turning down Aston New Road, continue on Alan Turing Way and turn left into the car park signposting the tennis parking area. We will set off at 7 p.m to the park so please arrive before then.
On the following Thursday, April 27th, Manchesters United and City are playing at the Etihad which will mean the traffic will be heavy. That night we will meet at Debdale Park which is off Hyde Road. There is a car park at the end of Wall Way, before the Gym. Post code for Debdale Park is M18 7LJ.