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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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!
*BVR Christmas drinks …