2014 Competition Planning

2014 Competition Planning – Jolly Crofters Pub (Thursday 28th November – 8pm / 8.15pm start)

Profile of attendee: All categories of runner welcome but emphasis on XC and Fell for 2014.

For those that want to compete well on the fells at the British and or English Championships the season as you know is long – planning is therefore essential to know when to train hard and when to take it easy so you don’t burn yourselves out or deliver the performance you expected.

Our aim is to start to plan for the “race demands / course profile” for each key xc / fell race and how training can be aligned to these requirements.

In short Thursday is to start the ball rolling and plan a “club priority competition list” for both road XC and fell in 2014 and therefore continue to develop the fantastic team spirit and dominate at individual and team level.

We also want to develop our “elite” and by elite development we include all age group categories eg: V40, V45,V50 etc

Effective planning will also ensure you can plan for your family / social commitments – so come and have a natter and a pint this Thursday after training.

We have in the short term real possible opportunities to deliver at the Lancashire county XC champs (for the ladies) and positions for the team men in the Greater Manchester XC.

Steve / Uncle M

Liverpool Cross Country Mid Lancs League

Liverpool Cross Country Mid Lancs League

If you’re running at Liverpool on Saturday you will get a NEW NUMBER when you turn up. I have registered some runners, but not everyone, so if you turn up and there is no number assigned to you for this race, go to the Mid Lancs tent and get one. It will cost you nothing but allow yourself an extra 10 minutes so it’s not a rush.

I am sorry I am not there for this one

Peter

SE Lancs XC

South East Lancs X.C Heaton Park 16th November

With ideal conditions for cross country cool and not too muddy a field of almost 200 runners started the mens race.

The first race in the League was greeted with ideal conditions and there where some outstanding performances in the U/11 boys where we had first team with Tom Massey a fine 3rd with a great run and was backed up by newcomer Alfie Holmes 4th and Nathan Lancaster 5th both had brilliant races. We had seven boys in this race almost half the field and all ran well. A special mention to Cian Healey who despite losing a shoe finished 9th after a gutsy run.

In the U/11 girls our only finisher was Elle Pendlebury who was 4th only one second behind third after another solid race.

Almost 200 runners started the senior men’s race with lots of clubs fielding double figures we finished with six runners so at least we had a team. Dave Norman won the race with the consistent Chris Farrell 4th only 14 seconds adrift, Joe Mercer was 6th a minute behind after a good run. Tony Hesketh was next and 1st O/65 and close behind was Colin Wood. Paul Murray ran well for 1st O/70 with Gordon Stone just dipping under 56 minutes.

http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2013/sel131.htm

Alternative Hospital Run

Alternative to the Hospital run will take place on 19th December meeting at the Leisure Centre at 7.00 p.m Head Torches required route is just over 6 miles but can be lengthened if runners want it to, Route takes in The Pike and Two Lads.Approx running time 1 hour 10 mins same as road run.

Tony Hesketh.

Prediction Race 21st December from Curleys Fisheries

Prediction Race 21st December from Curleys Fisheries

Junior Race 2.5 k approx 1.00p.m Entry Fee £2
Senior Race 10k approx 2.00p.m Entry Fee £3
Prizes for first Boy/Girl and First Man/Woman

This race for those that do not know is unique as the prizes go to people that predict their time the closest and is usualy won by a few seconds, the course is secret until the day but suffice to say it will have a few hills in it!

Tony Hesketh

HOSPITAL RUN THURSDAY 19th DECEMBER 2013

HOSPITAL RUN THURSDAY 19th DECEMBER 2013

The Hospital Run this year will take place on Thursday 19th December 2013 and consist of the normal 10.5 mile route.

For anyone unfamiliar with this traditional club training run it takes a route from Horwich Leisure Centre down to the Crown Hotel and along Chorley New Road to the junction with Chorley Old Road in Bolton, where the former Royal Bolton Hospital used to stand (approx. 5.9 miles). Hence the title Hospital Run. The run to this point is at a very, very steady pace. From here the run starts in earnest and is done at near to race pace along Chorley Old Road to finish back at the Leisure Centre (approx. 4.6 miles).

Again this year there will be four groups starting from the Leisure Centre, at 7.00 p.m. for the slowest group and then at 5 minute intervals with the fastest group setting off at 7.15 p.m. This is to ensure that all runners arrive at the Hospital at about the same time. Only when all runners have assembled at the Hospital will the run for home begin.

Please assemble in the foyer of the Leisure Centre.

Note: Lockers are available in the Leisure Centre, as are showers for a small fee.

ALL CLUB MEMBERS WITH GUESTS ARE WELCOME

PLEASE TELL AS MANY MEMBERS AS POSSIBLE THE DATE OF THIS YEARS RUN

FOR SAFETY REASONS PLEASE WEAR A RUN-A-BRITE OR BRIGHT COLOURED TOP.

PLEASE NOTE THAT A DRINK AND ENJOYABLE SOCIAL CHAT IS TO BE HAD IN THE BRIDGE PUBLIC HOUSE OPPOSITE THE LEISURE CENTRE AFTERWARDS.

Questions please email ste-jackson@supanet.com or telephone 01942706506 or 07747838772

Christmas Curry & Beer

Christmas Curry & Beer

Saturday 14th December.

About 7:00 p.m.

You are all invited to a night of Curry and Beer to celebrate the season with your fellow Harriers.

This will be an informal affair, at our regular haunt of Spice Valley.

Other beverages are available.

Please get in touch if you can make it, so i can book a table.

Ta.

Alastair Murray.

alastair.murray@gmail.com
07769682439.

Red Rose XC, Leverhulme Park

Red Rose XC, Leverhulme Park

Horwich Juniors Shine @ Red Rose XC, Leverhulme Park, Bolton

The 3rd race of the Red Rose XC brought out only the brave souls for the club. With the temperature of only 4 degrees a driving rain and hailstones it was proving hard to keep a positive focus, however not to be out done the club Juniors went on with several successes. The mud and cold was certainly taking its toll on these athletes with rain proving to much for some. There was no playing it cool as temperatures were doing that for everyone even spectators.

Penny Townsend taking the lead from the gun lead a chasing pack. As the race settled down and Penny took a commanding lead others could only look on. Her convincing win also gave her the series as her 3 wins now means she cannot be beaten. Penny helped Ella Pendlebury, Jessica Glendenning & Chloe Squires to claim 3rd place team.

The U11 Boys also achieved 3rd place team with Thomas Massey a splendid 4th, Matthew Flatters, Luke Brindle, Lucas Milliken, Issac Simmonite, Nathan Lancaster, Toby Middleton, Joe Jackson, Issac Keating & Joshua Houghton.

In the U13 Girls Ellie Baker had her best run of the series with a splendid 25th and Hannah Platt in 47th. The Boys Team managed 6th with Lewis Wilkes, Kieran Kinealy, Robert Seddon, Jake Glendenning and Daniel Rowe.

Luke Massey , Adam Roper & Robert Gibson managed a 7th team spot for the U15s and Gemma Howe making her 3rd appearance with a strong 18th placing. Abigail Cox had a deserved 21st place for her hard slog.

It was left to our last Junior Nathan Townsend to bring a result home. His 2nd Place has kept him in title contention going into the last race at Marl Pitts. An excellent result after a grueling 5k of mud, blood, seat and tears.