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Replacement for Chairman’s Blog (26/04/18)

Clumber Park Duathlon

Two Tattenhall Runners joined 800 duathletes for the penultimate ITU Age Group 2020 World Championship qualifying race at Clumber Park at the weekend for their annual Duathlon.  The Standard race comprising a 10km run followed by a 40km bike section and finishing off with a 5km run took place within the park and on the roads around it.
James Jenkin and Martin Durrant made the trip to the race near Worksop hoping to qualify for the prestigious 2020 World Championships.  The weather was fine and dry and the sun even made an appearance.  Though some of the roads within the park were badly rutted making the cycling leg difficult, the quality of the field was high with the winner completing the race in a time of 1:45:19.  The rather more mature Tattenhall Runners, competing in the 60-64 age category took a little longer but James completed the course, coming 3rd in his age group (98th overall), in a time of 2:11:20 with Martin crossing the line in 2:21:46 and in 7th place in the age category.
A tough but enjoyable event well worth the visit.  With both athletes participating in the 2019 Age Group Duathlon World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain at the end of April, this was excellent pre-competition preparation and sets the scene for the the 2020 World Championships next year.

Beginners Course

In contrast with recent years, please note that the club will not be organising a Beginners Course for the summer of 2019.  Instead we are encouraging any keen but inexperienced runners to try a few free sessions with our Novices Group, comprising the Beginners from last summer, and then to join the club.

Groovy Kinder Love for the Sandstone Races

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.

ST2018-Craig (2)

ST2018-Stephen (2)

ST2018-Tom (2)

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.

Tattenhall Runners put in miles for races

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

A few member achievements

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…

Christine Snowden

Chester ½                          time 2h 01m

Port Sunlight 10k            time 50.42

Mike Davies

Llangollen 10k                  time 58.08

Edinburgh ½                      time 1hr 57m

Hadrians Wall ½                time 2hr 19m

Fairy Freckled Cow          time 69.09m

Kay Ollerhead

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!

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Tough Team Race – Chester Chronicle Report

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.