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.
Alternative careers could now lie ahead for a few Tattenhall Runners after appearing on TV with Julia Bradbury in the latest episode of “Britain’s Best Walks”! There was no sign of stage fright in the exchange of banter between our club representatives and the experienced presenter, as they emerged at the top of the infamous railway on Bulkeley Hill, providing some good publicity for our annual Tough Team Race.
See for yourself on the ITV hub – http://www.itv.com/hub/britains-best-walks-with-julia-bradbury/2a3365a0012.
The weather might not have been festive. Indeed it was even warmer than 2015, but then again, neither were the costumes! Barely the only nod to the time of year were a few well positioned jingle bells and the occasional tangle of tinsel! And so it was that Saturday 17 Dec saw 23 Tattenhall Runners take to the lanes of the village on their annual Christmas Handicap Race, a tightly fought 6km starting and ending at the recreation centre. The race saw a couple of Supermen, a Batman, a ‘Man with No Name’ (Clint Eastwood) and Cap’n Jack Sparrow joining a brace of Muppets, William Wallace and a whole host of lessor characters, including a ‘costuming winning’ Lion (not sure which film) and a creatively constructed Storm Trooper (home made) challenge each other to cross the line first. Inevitably, and as anticipated, a Wonder Woman and Frozen ‘Anna’ also made an appearance though the roles were taken by two busty gentlemen of a certain age. The handicapping saw those anticipated to take a little longer head off first with the speediest (Superman) leaving as much as 17 minutes after the first starter. Said Superman was indeed the fastest fisher, though the first to cross the line was Hayley Cooper. In the end it didn’t really matter as villagers and car occupants cheered on the good natured and zany annual outing.
Weather conditions were perfect for Tattenhall Runners Club Duathlon on Sunday 30th October. Tattenhall Runners were joined by a number of guests from neighbouring clubs, on a 5k run followed by a challenging two lap cycle route of 18 miles, before tired legs set about a final 5k run to the finish.
A busy day for the Tattenhall Runners. In retrospect perhaps three glasses of champagne, two bottles of beer, sausages, salami and salmon (no pasta to be seen) and bed after midnight were not the best preparation for the Sandstone race but it was a 25th wedding anniversary celebration and you wouldn’t wish to let down the happy couple!
That said, you couldn’t have asked for a nicer October day, with the autumn sun warm on a dewy ground, the frost melting off the car roof and the heater on full blast. OK, you had to drag yourself out of bed rather earlier than you might otherwise have done but what a reward, clear skies and great company! If only one didn’t have to slog it round the Sandstone trail and then try and enjoy the experience!
Over 170 runners launched themselves up Bickerton Hill from Duckington, attacking the full 17 miles with a further 184 joining for the last 10 miles of blood, sweat, tears and increasingly slippery tracks through seemingly endless ‘miles’ of maize. Tumbles, twisted ankles and tantrums (ok not too many tantrums) were the order of the day as the track wound its way ever north to Delamere with the kilometres getting longer the hills steeper and everyone else faster – OK perhaps I was going slower!
A nasty tumble off Raw Head by a leading lady saw 4 or 5 runners stop to help recover the unfortunate woman from the cliff over which she had fallen, forcing her to withdraw. I understand she wasn’t too seriously injured but it was great to see support for a runner in need.
From the Tattenhall perspective we had a great turnout with 18 runners participating in both races and some particularly fine performances from Pete Taylor coming in in 3rd place overall and Rob Chambers and Simon Duckett crossing the line in 13th and 15th places respectively in the A race. These fast times won the team prize for Tattenhall as well as 3rd place for Peter (does he have any space left on this mantlepiece). In the B Race, Ian Wedge crossed the line in 7th place. The race itself was faultlessly organised, marshalled, signed and supported and congratulations must go to Deeside Orienteering Club for a superb event.
Let us also not forget the two Tattenhallers that ran a further 9 miles in the Chester Marathon. Well done Sharon and Nigel for some great times (results also below). Thank you to the balance of the club who manned a water station a Mile 22 on the Marathon route.
Sandstone A Race
Pos Name Category Time
3rd Peter Taylor MV40 02:03:18
13th Robert Chambers M 02:17:30
15th Simon Duckett MV40 02:17:45
63rd James Jenkin MV50 02:40:28
81st David York MV50 02:47:35
92nd Tim Charmley MV50 02:51:09
101st Neil Matthews MV40 02:53:34
115th Matt Bardell MV40 03:00:23
129th Deborah Stanaway LV40 03:07:42
130th Grace Hart LV40 03:07:55
133rd Melanie Barker LV40 03:08:11
153rd Sharon Basford LV40 03:29:59
7th Iain Wedge MV40 01:17:00
18th Craig Connor M 01:24:18
76th Lance Boseley MV50 01:44:50
98th Simone Norris L 01:50:07
104th Thomas Williams MV40 01:50:51
155th Gerry Cummins MV40 02:16:35
Sharon Eaton – 858 – 3:54:19 -12th FV45
Nigel McEwen – 1772 – 4:49:18 – 7th MV65
A busy weekend with teams out across the county and north Wales and showing the club’s talents in all disciplines and across all distances.
Saturday saw glowering clouds and persistent rain and a team of three took on 9 miles and 2800 feet of fells in the foothills of the Carneddau at the ‘Gladstone 9′. A fabulously friendly and select field launched themselves into the stygian gloom relying on a keen nose for direction, questionable skills with a compass, or hanging to the tails of someone who knew where they were going! The low cloud and bog claimed its fair share of victims which but for some generous redirection, might still be there! A great run out. Times were:
- James Jenkin – hustled to the line by Lisa Grantham and Hayley Evans – 1:36:40 18th
- Kate Lightfoot – searched out interesting views of the bog – 1:57:02 25th
- Tim Charmley – tried to blame dodgy achilles but cracked it – 2:07:53 35th
Sunday saw less rain but grey skies remained and road teams tackled both the local Tilston 10k and the rather more distant South Cheshire 20. Speed and Endurance in equal measure (well rather more endurance for the latter actually) with a 8 Tattenhallers taking to the lanes for the speed bit. Times were:
- Andy Sudlow – 2nd 38:50
- Rodney Jones – 13th 45:43
- Robert Webster – 21st 48:23
- Lance Boseley – 27th 50:02
- Kathy Uprichard – 34th 52:16
- Mike Davies – 36th 52:14
- Gerry Cummins – 42nd 54:33
- Emma Latham – 60th 59:00
For those in need of a longer challenge, 20 miles around south Cheshire beckoned and two stalwarts headed to Shavington to slog it out. Times were:
- Sharon Eaton – Podium finish 2nd in Age cat – Well done. 3:02:43 – 113rd
- Nigel McEwen – Keep it up Nigel. Great running in the MV 65 Cat – 3:26:21 137th
Tattenhall Runners member Alli Grundy represented Great Britain in the World Duathlon Championships, held in Avilles in Spain. Alli qualified to compete in the sprint discipline, which consists of a 5K run, a 20km bike leg, and a final 2.5km run. After some drama leading up to the race due the airline losing her baggage, Alli’s running pedigree and a storming bike section lead to a finishing place of 41st out of 187 ladies, and 8th place in her age category. Reflecting after the race, Alli commented, “It was a brilliant event, and anyone who runs and has a bike should give the sport a go.” Alli is now concentrating on qualifying for next year’s European Championships, which are being held in Austria in June.
Well done to our very own international athlete!
It all came down to this last race at Oswestry, the final fixture of the 2015/16 North Wales Cross Country League season. As the wind and rain taunted us, most members of Tattenhall Runners team were debating what kit to wear to keep out the elements. Would it be warm enough just to wear the club vest? Vest and gloves? T-shirt underneath? Two of our finest runners stood apart unconcerned with the elements, Peter Taylor and Ali McNay, both proud Scotsmen; if they had it their way they would be running bare chested through the mud. A rivalry had developed, and it all came down to this last race, whoever finished first would take the crown of Tattenhall Men’s Cross Country Champion. As they sprinted off for the first lap they were neck and neck, then Peter took the lead following the first of the fence-crossings. Ali was undeterred, however, and gradually clawed his way back before pushing on to take victory in his final race for Tattenhall Runners, as he heads back up to Scotland next month. Well done Ali, the club with certainly miss you, and best of luck for the future.
Ali & Peter battle in out over one of the four fence crossings on the course
In total 9 men and 4 ladies competed in this final race, a good turnout once again, and as the courses have got muddier Tattenhall have proved how much we love the wet stuff following our slow start to the season. Our ladies team pulled it out of the bag, led home as ever by Alice Robinson, and finished 3rd overall in Division 2, whilst the men did just enough the avoid relegation from Division 1 (we think). In the individual competitions Ali McNay was 5th overall in the men’s competition, and 2nd in the Vet 40 category. Simon Ellis was joint winner of the Vet 50 category, whilst Mike Whiteside was 3rd V65. Well done everyone, as ever there was a brilliant, friendly atmosphere, roll on next season!