Time to dig out the spikes:
Dates for the coming cross country season…
Manchester Area Cross Country League (www.maccl.co.uk)
Saturday 13th October: Wythenshawe Park
Saturday 10th November: University Playing Fields / Kenworthy Woods
Saturday 1st December: Woodbank Park
Saturday 12th January: Heaton Park
Saturday 9th February: Venue tbc
South East Lancs Cross Country League (www.selcc.co.uk)
Saturday October 20th: Heaton Park (Middleton Harriers)
Saturday December 15th: Tandle Hill
Saturday January 19th: Heaton Park (East Cheshire)
Saturday February 16th: Yarrow Valley Park, Chorley
Stockport provides the local racing calendar with a number of highlights each year. The Stockport 10, the Hatters Half, the Offerton 10k and our very own Hit the Trail and Mad Hatters to name but a few. The Marple Runners Trail 10k is a relative newcomer on the scene so I wasn’t sure what to expect as I proudly donned my shiny new and improved BVR vest for its first outing of the year. Experts say that these premium quality updated classics with their black panelling and soft, stretchy, lightweight Qwick-Dri™ wicking fabric will shave seconds off our finishing times. Having read the label attached to the vest, I left the house convinced of its special powers.
Anyway, back to the race. It had been described as a multi terrain, mainly off road 10k Trail race. In need of a tune up before the Wilmslow Half Marathon, this would be just what I needed. The race did not disappoint. With climbs and steep descents; twists and turns; there was plenty to challenge the 250 or so runners. In return we were offered a scenic route along the country lanes of Chadkirk and the towpaths of the Peak Forest Canal. Friendly and vocally supportive marshals dotted the route. In fact, the organisation of the race as a whole seemed faultless.
A high point of the race for me was crossing the Marple Aqueduct. Unusually for me, I found I was able to pick up the pace at this late stage of the race. Although, I’m pretty sure that this had more to do with my fear of heights than my sensible pacing strategy. The River Goyt and surrounding woodland 100 feet below provided a stunning backdrop to the closing stages. Nonetheless, I didn’t stop to take it all in and pushed on nervously.
At the end we were rewarded with a medal, a bag full of snacks, a buff and even a copy of the Beano (a nod to the Marple Runners’ Dennis the Menace style colours). I hope to be back at this one again next year. All in all, a great race to have on the doorstep.
Congratulations to our Men’s and Women’s Champions for the 2017-18 Autumn / Winter season – Derrick Watson and Kath Horwill.
In the men’s competition, it was Men’s Captain Patrick O’Brien who was squeezed into the second spot with Phil Wilcoxon taking third. Among the women, Ruth Amin took the runner’s up spot while Julia Foy and Annie Hirsch tied for third.
Our progress award went to Elaine Mottershead.
Congratulations to all runners who completed the season!
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