Leading up to my second race of the year, I had been distinctly nervous. With an injured ankle, and a hilly route I was worried about making the cut off if I ended up having to walk. On the day the weather was clear, with showers expected later (more incentive to get round faster) and a cold wind. I had all the appropriate running paraphernalia; my shiny new BVR vest, trusty shoes, even a running a partner, so off we went.
The description was accurate, it was hilly….undulating in fact. All in all it was a challenging but lovely out and back route on closed roads (with some allowances for farm/local resident traffic), the marshals were friendly, providing water and jelly babies on route, and it was well attended with about 200 finishers. It was advertised in the race brief that you could leave your own drinks and gels at checkpoints, although this isn’t something I took them up on. All my worries disappeared once I got going and I relaxed enough to enjoy myself. I actually ended up doing my fastest half marathon since getting back into running (I’d like to take all the credit, however it would appear those BVR Thursday track sessions are working).
After a final ‘sprint’ over the finish line we were handed goody bags with beer, chocolate and our medals. There was also cake for the taking, and some scones. Grim Up North Running seems to have a loyal following. I recognised several faces from January’s Pateley Pie n pint and many runners were clearly regulars, sporting matching hats and tee-shirts. All in all we had a lovely day, and really enjoyed the event. JC
A cold, wet and windy morning in Partington. This is a serious race, with several national and European elite entrants, including Olympic finalist Laura Weightman in the ladies seniors.
Conditions were pretty awful but Philippa was chuffed with a PB, ably paced by Paul. Leo whizzed round before going home to run another 10 miles (!). Emma loved every minute (not!) and Karen brought in the tail. On a nice spring morning this route around the Dunham Massey lanes can be lovely. This wasn’t one of those days! KC
Three intrepid BVRs (Ruth, Phil W and Karen) arrived on an unseasonably warm Sunday morning ready to tackle the Radcliffe 10 mile trail.
Slightly perturbed by the race numbers showing a half marathon it was confirmed that we’d turned up to the right race – phew. The course was a mixture of reasonably flat bridleway and sharpish undulating paths. These, combined with the unexpected heat left two of us struggling slightly.
Phil breezed round, cementing his place at the top of the autumn/winter champs, with Karen and Ruth crawling in ‘some’ minutes after. The run was well organised and friendly, with the added bonus of a cake sale at the finish. Karen C
As a club we were asked to transport the European flag on a leg of its journey for which our destination was Preston. A bus was hired and we ran in teams to Preston to deliver the flag. David, his daughter Karen, his son Gary, his daughter-in-law Louise and many club members took part in this event. We were chosen as we were and still are a community club.
New year’s eve saw 10 Belle Vue Racers travel to Poynton for the annual and excellent Bowstones Fell Race organised by Bramhall Runners. For this Belle Vue-er, it’s my favourite race of the year. It has a bit of everything – trail, forest, views, enough downhill for the up, a fast downhill finish and a bottle of beer at the end. Hooray! Ruth managed to take some photos of the view.
Happy new year from the Belle Vue Racers!
On Sunday 23rd December in the pouring rain, 14 intrepid Belle Vue Racers braved the elements for the traditional Christmas Run around Reddish Vale and other off-road destinations. It was a bit wet, VERY muddy and only a couple of falls. All in all I think we did really well.
Happy Christmas everyone and see you in the new year!!