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

North Wales XC League: the final showdown

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 and Peter XC

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!

Club Championships Update

The three club championships have been progressing since the summer, so here’s an update of the results so far.

Club Championships Update January 2016

In the fell championships we decided to put more of a focus this year on the ever-popular summer evening races, and we’ve had 24 runners complete at least one race.  With one race to go (Carding Mill Canter on 12th March) Kate Lightfoot and Peter Taylor have built up unassailable leads but it’s all to fight for in the minor places.

We are at the mid point of the Cross Country season with 3 races out of 5, and last year’s men’s champion Ali McNay is looking good for another victory, unless Peter Taylor can pull something out of the bag in the last two races.  In the ladies competition it’s shaping up for a battle between Alice Robinson and Simone Norris for the queen of the mud title.

We’ve still got for 4 races to go in the road championship, and the ladies competition is wide open, with Laura Ashford, Jen Chambers and Grace Hart all scoring maximum points in one of the first 3 races.  In the men’s competition Rod Jones has completed all of the races so far, but Andy Sudlow has scored a couple of victories, but will his impending trip to Australia scupper his chances to retain his trophy?  The counter in the championship is the Abergele Borders League on 24th January so here’s to a good Tattenhall turnout for that.

Crazy Christmas Canter

Circus Performers 2014
Circus Performers 2014

Tattenhall Runners complete their annual racing calendar with their festive fancy dress race on Sunday 20 Dec. This year’s theme is Nursery Rhymes and it can be expected that those running will enter into the spirit and create a memorable spectacle! Uniquely, the race is a handicap with an arcane and utterly opaque formula designed to give the slower runners a chance. Such is the keeness to win this race that runners have been deliberately running slowly for months to achieve a better handicap. Unfortunately, since no-one but the organiser understands the system, this is seldom successful!

The race starts at the Recreation Centre at 1030, heads up Burwardsley Road, along Dark Lane and back via Bolesworth Road through the village returning to the Recreation Centre. 2014’s theme was ‘The Circus’ captured above for the record. What turns up this year, well, we’ll just have to wait and see. So, if you’re around on the 20th, pop out and cheer the madness through the village that is the Crazy Christmas Canter!

Cardington Cracker

Some of the team
Some of the team

Last weekend Tattenhall Runners were in action at the latest Borders League race in Caernavon and in Shropshire at the annual pre-Christmas favourite, The Cardington Cracker. This latter 9 mile fell race took in some of the beautiful fells south of Shrewsbury and this year over 240 runners completed the testing course which included 2600ft of climbing and more than a little mud! Thankfully Storm Desmond had passed, by the Sunday and this year the weather was mild and dry, largely. The majority of the course markers remained upright!

The race was won by Ross Campbell from ‘Dare 2 B Highland Hill Runners’ in a time of 1:17:23 with, once again, Peter Taylor leading the Tattenhall pack in 14th place in a time of 1:25:34 and winning 2nd place in the MV40 category.

Full Tattenhall listings are:

Peter Taylor 14th overall, 1:25:34
Simon Ellis 39th overall, 1:33:21
Simon Duckett 63rd overall, 1:39:27
Nick Holmes 70th overall,1:40:45
Rob Chambers 92nd overall, 1:44:56
Charlie Eldred 108th overall, 1:48:15
James Jenkin 120th overall, 1:50:11
Kate Lightfoot 126th overall, 1:51:16
Mike Corkhill 168th overall, 2:00:39
Sharon Basford 231st overall, 2:24:37

Conway Half Marathon

Conway Castle

Ten hardy Tattenhallers paid scant heed to the weather warnings and headed out to Conway for the Half Marathon on Sunday joining around 3500 others for the 13.1 miles from Conwy, round the Great Orme and back again. Although there was pre-race deluge, the weather brightened and though cool, remained dry for the race itself. The race was won by Matthew Bond of Sale Harriers in an impressive 1hr 06 min but Andy Sudlow led Tattenhall home in 33rd position in 1hr 22 min 15 sec. Unfortunately, the tenth member of the team, Alli Grundy, had to pull out with a calf injury and we all wish her a swift recovery.

Full Tattenhall Runner results are:

Andy Sudlow 33rd overall, 01:22:15
Rob Arden 51st overall, 12th MV35, 01:24:43
Rod Jones 499th overall, 20th MV55, 01:42:35
Charlie Butterfield 577th overall, 92 MV35, 01:44:18
Martin Durrant 589th overall, 18 MV55, 01:44:48
Lance Boseley 826th overall, 68th MV50, 01:49:38
Neirin Roberts 1111th overall, 148th MV35, 01:55:09
Rob Webster 1031th overall, 50th MV55, 01:53:39
Laura Ashford 1398st overall, 90th FSEN, 02:01:59

Farndon 10k


A busy weekend for the Tattenhallers with some attacking the high spots of Amsterdam, oh, and while they were there, the 1/2 marathon, and others remaining more local with 9 running the Farndon 10k.

In Farndon, a field of 450 was always going to attract a high class turnout and cool dry conditions were ideal for fast times. Both first and second places were taken by runners from Eryri Harriers, clearly comfortable with the hilly parts of the course with the race being won by Russell Bentley in a very impressive time of 31:34. The leading Tattenhaller was Peter Taylor who crossed the line in 13th place overall in a very respectable 37:05. This won him 3rd place in the MV40 category. Other runners were:

Simon Duckett, 35th overall, 14th Senior Male, 39:47 – achieving a sub 40min personal best.
James Jenkin, 47th overall, 2nd MV55, 41:00 – achieving a personal best
Nick Holmes, 80th overall, 4th MV55, 43:45
Rod Jones, 91st overall, 5th MV55, 43:57 – achieving a personal best
Grace Hart, 124th overall, 3rd FV45, 46:52 – achieving a personal best
Lance Boseley, 150th overall, 12th MV50, 47:46
Debbie Stanaway, 161st overall, 5th FV45, 48:19
Simon Melbourne, 198th overall, 55th Senior Male, 50:10

If you look at these results more closely you will see Tattenhall recorded 3 podium places, 4 personal best times and took 2nd, 4th and 5th places in the MV55 category. Overall 6 crossed the finishing line in the top 5 places for their category. All in all a very impressive performance.

English Duathlon Championships – Oulton Park

TR Team at Oulton Park 2015
TR Team at Oulton Park 2015

Not just a Running Club! No truer way to illustrate this than from last Sunday’s results from Oulton Park, the scene of the English Duathlon Championships. Four Tattenhall runners took part in the competition held at the famous motor racing circuit. The race comprised an 8.6km run, followed by a 39km bike and ending with a final 4.3km run.

With entry limited to 500, and reflecting a high class, national field, competition was always going to be tough. Notwithstanding, Tattenhall Runners put in an excellent finish with Ali Grundy taking third place in the FV40 Category (and second eligible finisher) and Martin Durrant fifth in the MV55.

Not bad for a village running club!

Results were:

Rob Arden. 2-03-14. 13th in age category
Martin Durrant 2-08-25. 5th V55
Alli Grundy 2-11-33. 3rd V40
Martin Hilton 2-17-32. 9th in age category

A Group Winter Training

We are back on the roads for winter training. The A Group winter training plan starts on Tuesday 29th September, and is a progressive plan focusing on speed work on Tuesdays, and endurance on Thursdays, with a range of different sessions designed to help runners improve through the winter months. There are time trials once a month to help to measure progress.

For full details of the training plan see the training nights page.