Thanks to the water station team at the Chester Marathon – another smooth Tattenhall Runners operation!
On Sunday thirteen Tattenhall Runners set out on the 17.1 mile run from Duckington to Delamere. The Sandstone Trail has to be one of the most scenic runs on the calendar, but the 655m of climb for the long race and the 288m of climb in the 10-mile race is sure to make the legs burn. A firm favourite in the Tattenhall Runners calendar. Organised by Cute Fruits, the race sells out and has become a popular event in the North West.
First home for Tattenhall was Craig Connor with a time of 2:06:07 to take 7th place. Combined with Stephen Jones (2:09:34) and Tom Leather (2:18:01) the three men (pictured below, thanks to Steve Jeffery Photography) took the A Race Team Prize.
Also, on the 17-mile route were Paul Shannon (2:20:06), Dave Oldfield who was the 1st M60-70 (2:42:40), Philip Abram (2:49:23), Neil Mathews (2:56:44), Tim Charmley (2:56:43) Steve Stanaway (3:01:14), Melanie Barker (3:01:22), Grace Hart (3:01:44), Deb Stanaway (3:02:39) and Jen Chambers.
Opting for the 10-mile route were seasoned campaigner Kate Lightfoot (1:32), Hayley Cooper (1:41), Cat Crank (2:01) and Joanne Powell (2:04).
Fell runner Charlie Eldred ventured to Derbyshire for the Groovy Kinder Love Fell Race which covered 15.5miles with 1300m of climb. Charlie was 63rd overall in a time of 4:10:28.
Back locally the last in the Wirral Multi Terrain Series was held at Arrowe Park and saw Craig Connor (27:55) Paul Shannon (28:32) and Davis Clarke (34:22) complete the 4.5 miles. Tattenhall Men’s team came 23rd overall in the competition.
Wales proved good running ground for Natalie and Simon Duckett, on the 25th of August ran the Ras Ti Chopa Eifl fell race. Based on the Llyn Peninsula running over three peaks the race has not been run since the 90’s and revived by local runner Huw Williams. 16 juniors ran the kids race with Natalie coming second in under nines and 47 seniors ran with Simon placing 10th.
On the 2nd of September Simon Duckett completed the Ring of Fire ultra-marathon in 28 hours, 22 mins and 29 seconds coming 5th overall. This is a 135mile ultra marathon run over three consecutive days around the Anglesey coastal path. An epic and challenging foot race set with the Snowdonia mountain range as its back drop takes in the incredible scenery and beaches of Anglesey. Simon would like to thank his wife, two children for their amazing that helped to carry him round.
Kate Lightfoot and Julian D’Enrico headed to Penmaenmawr for the Gladstone 9 which was completed in 1hr 52 and 1hr 45.
Nick Holmes competed in the Helvellyn Triathlon. This race involves a 1-mile swim in Ullswater followed by a 38-mile bike ride which includes the infamous ‘Struggle': a road climbing at 20% gradient in its early and later parts. The run route involves a 9 mile fell run up and down Helvellyn via Swirral Edge. Nick completed the course in 4hrs 41 minutes, winning the Vet 60 age category
While in the Lakes Tom Leather posted 2 results in separate races. The Borrowdale Fell Race is run over 17 miles with 6500 feet of climb Tome came in 17th in 4hours and 3 minutes, which was followed by the Kong Mini Marathon, in which you have to navigate yourself, Tom completed in 4 hours.
Closer to home was Race 1 in the Summer Multi Terrain Series. This was held at Royden Park over 4.7 miles. Craig Connor was 15th overall in 29:16, Paul Shannon 62nd overall 31:53. Excellent times were also posted for Kate Lightfoot, Sarah Quinlan, Mike Davies, Thomas Williams and Gerry Cummins.
Gerry Cummins gained a place in The Great North Run – Gerry completed the 13.1 miles in 2hr38.
Veteran Michael Whiteside took part in the Dee Striders Off Road Grandprix Series winning all if the races in his age category for the V70 and becoming overall V70 champion. Whiteside then went on the RAF Shawbury 10k which was held on the windy airfield, completed in a time of 48:18 making him V70 winner and closer to home Whiteside took the V70 place at Essar Guilden Sutton 10k.
Staying at Guilden Sutton, Martin Durrant took the 5th place for the Vet60, 47:13 and Joanne Powell 13th place in the Vet35 in a time of 54:28
So far 2018 has been a busy year with many of you taking part in various races up and down the country.
Here is a round up of what various members have been up to recently…
Chester ½ time 2h 01m
Port Sunlight 10k time 50.42
Llangollen 10k time 58.08
Edinburgh ½ time 1hr 57m
Hadrians Wall ½ time 2hr 19m
Fairy Freckled Cow time 69.09m
Kay joined the beginners group in April. On 4th July Kay completed her first 5k race at Birchwood. In Kay’s own words “I never thought I would run never mind enter a race”.
Kay completed in 34 mins and 30 seconds which is fabulous! Well done Kay, looking forward to seeing you run for the club again soon!
Hundreds take part in Tattenhall test
Runners from across the region and beyond headed to Cheshire last month to tackle the Tattenhall Runners Tough Team Race.
Wrexham AC trio Daniel Weston, Ryan Davies and Darren Rowlands recorded a time of 59.08 minutes to complete the nine-mile course. Following on close behind with a time of 60.24 were Buckley Runners, Jez Brown, Phil Pumford and Chris Myles.
It’s a tough call for the teams of three competing in the race, with 300m of climb over the nine miles its not for the faint hearted.
Starting off on roads up to Burwardsley, once runners got past The Pheasant Inn the route took them off onto the trails, to the infamous railway track where the Grim Reaper is on hand to help at the top.
The trails continue for another couple of miles before the runners reach the green fields and the view over Cheshire.
Once the fields are reached it is only a matter of time before the course makes its descent back onto the lanes and the road home.
Vale Royal AC took the ladies team place, with Helen Harrington, Gemma Barnet and Kate Moulds navigating the course in 69.30 minutes.
A total of 221 runners completed the course and once back chilli was served and a well deserved cold drink.
The photos from The Tough Team Race are now on available to view.
They can be viewed via this link.
Just in case anyone wonders what happened to the Facebook feed that used to appear on this page, unfortunately it is no longer possible to display content of any kind from a Facebook Group due to some sudden changes that Facebook made in April, 2018.
We are again organising a series of evening sessions for beginners, or those already running a little but in need of more confidence. These will begin on Tues April 24th at Tattenhall Recreation Club at 7.00pm for a 7.15pm start. We will start off on the roads and paths around Tattenhall and, when ready, head off-road for a bit of (muddy) fun. The cost is just £20 for the 10 week course which we will deduct from the annual membership fee at the end of the course should you wish to join the running club.
It is the first day of Spring and so, with the prospect of light evenings not far off, we are preparing for summer training on the trails and footpaths around Tattenhall. Following the pattern of recent years Grace has put together a framework for training sessions and a leader rota, which can both be accessed on the Training Nights page.
Our fabulous beginner’s group starts once again on 18th April, meeting at the Recreation Club at 7.00pm for a 7.15pm start. It is for beginners or those already running a little but need more confidence. We will start off on the roads and paths around Tattenhall and, when ready, head off-road for a bit of (muddy) fun. We look after everyone and hope to inspire people achieve goals! The cost is just £20 for the 10 week course which we will deduct from the annual membership fee at the end of the course should you wish to join the running club.