parkrun TAKEOVER

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On Saturday 1st July, Belle Vue Racers will be taking over volunteering duties at South Manchester parkrun in Platt Fields Park. 
If you’re thinking about possibly joining a club, fancy taking your running to the next level or just want to get to know some like-minded people, come down, have a chat and we’ll tell you all about it. 
We can tell you about how we coach and what type of sessions we put on as well as giving you an insight into what it means to be a club runner. 
We can also tell you about our own races as well as our Club Championship which has been developed to be a fair competition for all runners at all abilities. Only if you want to take part of course! 
So come down, have a chat and #DFYB!
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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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London Marathon 2017

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 Anne 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 Anne 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!
Annie

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Good Friday: Salford 10K

 

IMG_0004It was cool weather at Good Friday’s Salford 10K with some light rain.  There was however a healthy crowd of runners to race two laps of the streets of Salford. For BVR, the fast course generated decent personal times, and good PBs were enjoyed by Ruth and Damien, with Damien coming home first among the men, Yana first among the women.  Well done to all runners.
Next Championship event: Yarrow River Bluebell 10K Trail – Sunday 7th May

Track closures / City playing at home

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.

Autumn / Winter 2016-17 Champions

Congratulations to our Men’s and Women’s Champions for the 2016-17 Autumn / Winter season – Andy Wood and Annie Hirsch.
In the men’s competition, it was Men’s Captain Patrick O’Brien who for the second consecutive season had to settle for silver, with our recent Spring / Summer Men’s Champion Vic Walsh taking third.   The women’s competition also played a little musical chairs, with Annie again rising to the top, Julia Foy, like Patrick, again taking second spot (as well as the Progress Award – congratulations, Julia!) and our 2016 Spring / Summer champion, Ruth Amin, taking third.  Congratulations to all runners who completed the season!

XC: A season of surprises

SPECIAL MERIT AWARD – as for the last three seasons, there will be a Special Merit Award to be presented at the Senior Presentation. Is there a member of your Club who merits an award? We would like each Club to nominate one of their members who has made a significant contribution to their Club’s participation in the League. They don’t have to be a competing member, they might be a coach or a team manager – anyone who has made a contribution. Your nomination should be submitted to the League with the reason why you feel that person merits a special award. The nomination should be made by your Club Contact. The League’s Working Group will decide the winner. Announcement of the winner will be made at the Senior Presentation on Friday 3rd March.
Manchester Area Cross Country League
Belle Vue Racers enjoyed a hugely successful cross country season, competing in both the Manchester Area and South East Lancashire Leagues.  It was a season of wonderful surprises: alongside old favourites like Parks Woodbank and Heaton (twice), we welcomed a new MACCL race at the University Playing Fields and through Kenworthy Woods, a relentlessly undulating, challenging and overwhelmingly well received course, and, in the SELCC league, a new fixture towards Chorley, another tough, hilly, wet but hugely enjoyable tour through Astley Park.  In the Manchester Area League’s divisional structure, the Men’s Senior Team fielded a full team at every race and won glorious promotion to the second division (the Championship in new money) – well done, lads!  The challenge now is to stay up.
Proud of our endeavours, a small band of Belle Vue Racers made their way to Wilmslow Rugby Club for a beer and hotpot to celebrate the completion of a great season and to congratulate individual and team winners (a rare chance to see what those at the front actually look like!).  But there were also other plans afoot.  Our Lynda had been nominated for the League’s Special Merit Award for her outstanding contribution to our community club over the years.  And then came the final wonderful surprise of the season … Lynda’s name was read out as the winner of the award!  Congratulations Lynda from all of us at BVR!
Here is Club Secretary Ruth’s nomination of Lynda in full:
Since 1989 Lynda has been a central part of the Club initially by supporting Ed Cheetham in establishing the Club, then being an active member and competing in many races.  She continued to support the Club through the challenging years when we had to leave Belle Vue and did not have a base until finally gaining our place at Sport City, where we train on  Thursday nights.  When Ed died in 2003, taking on re-establishing the Club can’t have been an easy task but every year since then she has not only been the Coach but carried out numerous duties, official and unofficial, to ensure that the Club has been a positive place for runners of all abilities to meet, to train, to compete, to build friendships, to carry on the ethos of the Club established in 1989 of being a welcoming Club to all.
The undoubted highlight of every winter has been our participation in the cross country races. Lynda has been at just about every cold, windy and wet start and finish line, and has often managed to pop up on the courses as well.  Her encouragement is genuinely second to none. If ever a runner has been in doubt of their ability to participate, she has reassured of their capabilities, strengths and achievements. Support at races has taken up a great deal of her free time, especially at weekends.
From a personal perspective I would just not have participated in as many races, or the difficulty of races if it hadn’t been for Lynda telling me that I could do it. I know that sentiment carries through from the fastest to the slowest runners, experienced to inexperienced.
We all appreciate her time and dedication to the Club and as a mark of our appreciation we made her the Honorary Chairperson of BVR.  The club will continue without her but she will be very greatly missed!

 

Provisional Spring/Summer Fixture List

Here is the provisional fixture list for the 2017 Spring / Summer Championship. There is a huge variety of challenging races you are encouraged to take part in.  (Bollington 10k is yet to declare.)
See you at Cloud 9.  Don’t forget full body cover as per FRA safety requirements.  And hard cash for all those Congleton cakes.
Event
Date
Time
Comment
Cloud 9 Hill Race, Congleton
Sunday 5 March
11.00
Sold out
Wilmslow Half Marathon
Sunday 19 March
10.30
Radcliffe 10k MT
Sunday 9 April
11.00
Salford 10k Road Race
Friday 14 April
10.00
Yarrow River Blue Bell 10k Trail
Sunday  7  May
10.00
5000m Time Trial Sportcity
Thursday 18 May
19.00
Wincle Trout 9k Fell Race
Saturday 3 June
14.45
Sold out
Round the Resers 5 Mile MT
Wednesday 14 June
19.30
Evening Race
Tour of Tameside, X Trail, 10k
Thursday 15 June
19.15
Evening Race
Tour of Tameside, Hell on the Fell, 6 miles
Friday 16 June
19.25
Evening Race
Tour of Tameside, Hero Half Marathon
Saturday 17 June
10.00
Tour of Tameside, Dr Ron Hyde 7 mile
Sunday 18 June
09.30
Freckleton Half Marathon
Sunday 18 June
14.00
Rochdale 10k Road Race
Tuesday 4 July
19.15
Evening Race
Royton 5.5 Mile MT
Wednesday 12  July
19.30
Evening Race
Black Knight Charge
Wednesday 19 July
19.30
Evening Race
1 Mile Time Trial Sportcity
Thursday 20 July
19.00
Millbrook Monster
Wednesday 26 July
19.30
Evening Race
Meerbrook 15k
Saturday  29 July
10.00
Saddleworth 6 Mile Road Race
Wednesday 9 August
19.30
Evening Race
Bollington 10k
TBA
10.00
Stockport Hatters’ Half Marathon
Sunday 3  September
09.30
YMCA Harriers 5 Mile MT
Sunday 10 September
10.00
12 Minute Test Sportcity
Thursday 14 September
19.00

Andy’s Marathon Year

Belle Vue Marathon Legend, Andy Wood, treats marathons like some of us approach running for the bus.  Here is his take on his marathon 2016:
January: New Year’s Day, good start to the year, a mentally testing four-times out-and-back course on windy Liverpool front.
February: Lovely undulating trail marathon at a chilly Bolton Abbey.
April: Joined by fellow Belle Vue Racers for Manchester Marathon, sub-4 hour and 9 seconds quicker than last year’s ‘short course’.  Shortly followed by a nice 3-lap course in the grounds of Temple Newsam.
May: Out and back on the Tissington trail in a rainy Matlock.
June.Warm day for a very hilly 2-lap course in the shadows of the M62 in Huddersfield.
July: 6 laps around Gin Pit and Leigh, persuaded myself if I got around 5 laps I could walk the last, then talked myself into it only being 4 and a bit miles, so I might as well run the last lap – runners’ psychology !  Followed by a flat one, out and back on the Leeds/Liverpool Canal.  Finishing with the toughest of the year, in fact the toughest I’ve ever done: 20 miles of pleasant undulating trails around Snowdon, followed by a very slow – at times on all fours – climb to the misty summit, sliding six and a half hours later into Llanberis for numerous cups of tea!
August: Probably my favourite of the year, a very scenic trail marathon a round Hoad Hill in Ulverston. Also joined the remarkable Ben Smith and others on the 401 Challenge for a social marathon from Bramhall to Macclesfield and back, with various stops for butties and chips!
September: Back to the Leeds/Liverpool Canal for a flat one.
October: Overtaken on the racecourse by flying Belle Vue Racer Vic Walsh, then enjoyed the conditions and the help of a pacer to record  a rare sub-4 at Chester.  Later in the month was joined by Annie, Leah, Lisa and Patrick for old favourite, Snowdon Marathon. Cramp withstanding, all ran well and finished – pain is only temporary, pride is forever.
November: Time for a bit of recovery.
December: Training started for 2017.  AW

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Snowdonia Marathon

Sunday 30th October 2016
“Keep running, get cramp and carry on.”
Cramp (noun) – Sudden, involuntary, spasmodic contraction of a muscle or group of muscles, especially of the extremities, sometimes with severe pain.
That’s only the tip of the Snowdonia iceberg so to speak but what a race!
Five intrepid Belle Vue Racers headed out to the beautiful Snowdonia Marathon: Annie Hirsch, who was running her fourth Snowdonia event, Leah Evans, who hadn’t run for three weeks after falling over spectacularly on the last long run, Patrick O’Brien, Andy (The Marathon Machine) Wood and Lisa Donnelly. Ben Marsh – a regular at Frank’s Tuesday session – joined us too. 

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Nearly 2200 runners arrived at the start line, more than any other year. This was probably due to the unseasonably warm and very kind weather. Thank you Wales! A famous rugby player (Shane Wlliams, anyone?) started the race and ran it too.
Turns out, the run is REALLY hilly. Who would’ve thought?! But with the hills you get amazing scenery, full on support from friends – Thanks Tina! Hearing your voice through the clouds at Pen-y-Pass was a real boost! Thanks also to Maeve and Nick who surprised us all at the top of Waunfawr – family (lovely to have Leah’s mum and dad on cheering duty), other friendly runners and just generally lovely locals, community groups and marshals.
We all ticked the hilly miles off, for some a bit more comfortably than others. Leah struggled with tiredness from about Mile 10 but through sheer willpower and stretching cramping muscles (and she’d bought the hoodie) she carried on. The Waunfawr ‘hill’ at mile 22 was a killer for us all. There was nothing to do but walk it, get horrendous cramp at the top and carry on. Turns out even the really, really fast runners got cramp too! The final descent into Llanberis was a quad killer but a welcome sight to behold.
It was one of the most organised races I’ve ever attended. Great HQ, easy baggage drop off/pickup, well stocked water, isotonic and gel stations all the way around and a good t-shirt. The only thing I would say that it’s a shame there’s no bling – but with an experience and scenery like that, you’re never going to forget it.
Annie was the first Belle Vue Racer to cross the line. Not far behind was Andy then Lisa, with Patrick and Leah not long after.
Llongyfarchiadau everyone!  LD

MACCL Race 1: Wythenshawe Park

And so Cross Country season once again descended on the Belle Vue Racers. On a seasonally warm October day in Wythenshawe Park, the first fixture of the Manchester Area Cross Country League was met by a great turnout of nine members of the women’s section and eight of the men. There were five members making their Cross Country Belle Vue debuts – Maeve, Claire, Janet, Farouk and James.  
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With extremely good conditions underfoot and the runners more concerned with the heat than mud, there were some great results across the board. Phoebe was first in for the women with an excellent time of 39.21. She was closely followed by Annie, whose time of 41.23 was good enough for 3rd in her age category. Yana finished third of the Belle Vue ladies in 42.50. A special mention should also go to Lisa whose fourth place in a time of 45.29 was all the more respectable given her seven mile run to the start line.
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For the men, Vic led the team in with a time of 41.28, Meng warmed up for the next day’s Manchester Half Marathon in a brisk time of 43.21 and Andrew made up the first three in a time of 46.45.  A special mention should go to all those Belle Vue Racers who endured some slips and spils around the course. James Malone in particular did fantastically to recover from a turned ankle which had stopped him around half way to complete the course.  NT