It was a bright but slightly chilly night as 10 Fellrunners, Hopey, Mike, Pete, Farmer Brian, Josie, Allan, Ray, Albert, Colin and Mark S headed off up the traditional climb of Factory Hill thru Wilderswood and up to the water tank where we stopped as usual for a chin wag, a picture or 2 and chance to admire the view across to Blackpool and even as Albert pointed out Black Combe.
Next it was up to 2 Lads itself and then the mast where we decided on a run down to the end of Spitlers edge via the Trig and the steep descent of the far side of Winter Hill. We ended up on a track at the side of the finishing field in the Belmont-Winter Hill fell race, crossed the road and skirted Blue Lagoon until we picked up the BW Hill race route up to the top of WH. From the top the sun was just visible setting on the horizon and the view out towards P Y Ghent was worth the climb. We headed down the mast road and after the mast we picked up the track on the LH side of the road and followed this until we met up with the mast rd again, Albert led us to the 2 Lads route round the quarries then we turned right and headed down to Georges Lane, then cut left down a track to Arcom Village.
After 8 miles we had successfully covered a mixture of terrain without incident, until Ray tripped going down Ginghams Brew – just when we thought he had managed a full run without falling over, Ray – he never disappoints. A quick sprint back down COR to the leisure centre to complete 10 miles. A wonderful run with great company and great views.
We were all back at our base tonight, as we assembled Adrian very kindly gave out 30 wrags which had been donated by Innov8, before our warmup we held a few moments of silence to show respect for Freda Pollard, the wife of our Honoury Vice-President Leo.
When Clive began his warmup routine the line-up was a staggering 42 strong, when we all set off for our various routes it took on the look of a mass start. The fell boys and girls went off on their way to the hills and we headed off to in two groups to rendezous at Curlies, via the coffin lodge, Mill lane and Gingham Brow. Continuing back along Walsuches, after Clive had finally got his head around the number of people he had to sort into groups, through to the High School via Marklands memorial plantations and Devils steps, from here following the trail behind the School to reach the other Memorial plantation near the the Barn, the return route took in Rivington Lane, back of Pennine road to DS alley and home, 6 miles done, the medium/faster groups added various loops.
Another great run with with a fantastic bunch of people.
Next week the 24th April we will all meet up for Allans Mystery Tour.
No club Fell or Road sessions this week due to the Duathlon event.
The 1st Wed night run since the clocks went forward meant that we set off in glorious daylight with headtorches at the ready but not required for most of the run. Keen to be running in midweek daylight for a change we bypassed the warm-up and headed up Factory Hill, Hopey, Albert, Me, Speedy, Mike, John Marsden and Fuddly Duddly who has run with us some time ago and new runner Colin. (more…)
It was another cold one tonight. I was wondering where we were going to go because as I was driving into Horwich looking at all the huge snow drifts, a lot of the paths still look a mess! I need not worry- tonight I was introduced to “the streets”.
The road group all headed out together for a warm up down to the crown and then along Chorley New for a bit, until Clive who was armed with a whistle, gave us our instructions. We spent the next half hour or so sprinting up side streets, dying at the top and then jogging back down. Although it didn’t seem it at the time, it was good fun (John might not agree after the final hill sprint!). Ray and a few others carried on for 3 mile-ish run and the rest of us had a gentle jog back via the crown. A great finish to our dark wintery evening road runs. With the clocks changing this weekend we can now look forward to running some trails in the daylight. Come on summer we’re ready for you now ….. Or will we be seeing more snow again?
5 fell runners tonight that quickly dropped to 3 as Jason and Colin opted for a short run following the Roadies leaving Mark L, Mike and moi off up the hill. Mike took the lead off up Factory Hill skirting to the left of Wilderswood to Ormstons farm then down to Devils steps before gong up the last climb on the Winter Hill fell race route and under the 7 arch bridge to the car park near Sheep House lane. We turned right thru the fields and climbed back up to Georges lane following the Belmont-Winter hill race route to the bridge and the low-level track at the base of the hill before climbing the back of WH to almost the Trig Point. The back end of WH still had patches of snow and the wind was quite cold much worse than the Horwich side. We ran down the mast rd with a clear night the view of the whole of the North West illuminated made the run all the more worthwhile. We picked up a track on the left hand side of the mast rd that took us slightly left away from the rd and eventually twisted right to bring us back up to the mast rd on the 2 Lads route which we followed to 2 Lads then the dog hotel. Then thru the fields to Wilderswood and then followed the 2 Lads run in.
A typical 7.5 mile midweek run at a comfortable pace but different to most recent weeks cos i had dry warm feet.
There was a good turn out tonight, and by the looks of it, the ladies were out numbering the men! (Well, in the roadies group anyway). After a few weeks of varied warm ups, we were back to usual with Clive’s warm up. The headtorch group headed off into the unknown and the road group headed off up Chorley Old to get us in our stride. At the Jolly Crofters, the faster lot went on ahead for a longer run. The mid group continued up a little, with a sprinkling of fartlek thrown in there before turning round and running up Georges Road. We regrouped with the other group and ran down factory hill (so I’m told…. Down those dark lanes, I haven’t got a clue where I am!). Anyway, running through here and there, we came out on Lever Park Ave and headed back to the leisure centre down Chorley New. A lovely cool but fine evening for a run, very enjoyable
A very cold and windy night and 33 members massed at the Leisure Centre, it keeps on getting better. After a very quick “warm up” lead by Geof, the headlighters set off on another epic up the hills, Ray “satnav” McGloin and his group went off on a longish route and Geof took us on one of our popular runs around the Reebok and up/down various avenues in the Beehive area, by this time we were all nice and warm so we headed back via Claypool, Brazley, Gloucester ave, CNR, Winter Hey Lane and Church St. After a very hot shower it was time for a beer.