Thursday June 7th 2012 7.30pm
Rivington Upper Barn, nr. Bolton GR SD634145
Cat BS fell race, approx 6 miles, 800ft of ascent. Marshalled and partially marked – some local knowledge may assist.
No training on route prior to race.
Also Junior Fell Race at 7.00pm, 1.8 miles, approx 200ft of ascent. £1 on the night only
2011 entry fees: £3.00 - collect numbers on night only (pay “Lostock AC”)
Contact: Adrian Hope
All senior prizes are kindly donated by Walsh, Sockshop and Summit Physio and junior prizes by Sweatshop Chorley.
Another great turn out for this event, we started off with fine weather which changed to heavy rain at the start of the race (guess who had no coat?). (more…)
Sunday 27th May was my very first backwards run, which took place at Heaton Park, Prestwich. It was a beautiful day and, according to organisers, there was 150 taking part, although I can’t remember seeing that many people there! The race began about 11am and was a mile route starting at the lake, passed the old train tracks, up a hill and then back down again. I didn’t do much training for this as I didn’t want to look like an idiot running backwards along the road!
I started off quite fast with my friend Stef keeping up a very good pace. Once we started going up the hill, we were met with a skip and breeze
block obstacle course, however, the marshall there was excellent and guided us the right way (obviously harder with going backwards!). I struggled at the top as my legs were aching but kept going. Once I came to the downhill part I was moving steadily again and felt comfortable. I had to shout at Stef who was behind me as she almost ran into a pram. I came back 16th with a time of 13.04, however, I feel I could have beaten that time easy if I pushed myself. Stef, on her first race, came 17th but 4th out of all the ladies…very impressive. The winner got around the mile run in an amazing 6mins 57 seconds! My legs are still aching!!
An excellent turn out by Lostock AC in our first Club Road Championship race of 2012, our club had the third highest entry of all clubs who took part with 20 members(even though it was a Central Lancs Grand Prix event) donning the famous green vest. We were all blessed with a bright,sunny evening for the race, the regular route was unavailable due to work being done on the Street by United Utilities and the new route took in a bit of uphill trail running on a 2 lap course, this made it a hard start and added an 1/4 mile to the race. (more…)
Great race yesterday, 3 Lostock men and 2 women turned out for this local short fell race, good conditions this year on a bright but windy day.
Met Mike and Lostocks Narrowest man Rob ‘The Dude’ Sharkey at race registration where we mulled over the race, Mike was as keen as ever to get going, and Rob as cool as ever taking it all in his stride also met Jason and his 2 dogs on our way back to the car. At the warmup Sally and Gill turned up yes 2 women fell runners!!!!
From the off Mike was up near the front of the pack as we headed off down the road with Rob and myself in midpack. As soon as we turned off the tarmac we were into the ascent up to Winter Hill this is a tough climb with bits of it runnable, the main track is ok but if you stray from it the ground is full of tussocks/long grass making it even harder to climb. At the top of Winter Hill you pick up a single track making overtaking quite difficult, the wind was also in our faces at this point. The direct route to Noon Hill is via the swamp and there is no way of staying clean you are going to get very muddy, no messing around, just plough straight thru it. At this point i was catching Rob up and as we ran along Georges Lane i managed to draw level but he did seem to be ambling along almost as if he was out for a Sunday morning jog. After the bridge i got stuck behind 2 runners while Rob seemed to pull away, and after the last climb he was 50 yds ahead. I managed to gain a bit on him on the desent but couldn’t get near him on the run in and with no-one catching me i had an easy run in.
At the prize giving we (Lostock) had 2 mugs to collect, Sally again winning a mug for her V40 category and Gill for coming 2nd in the V50 category.
A good race with some good times from Lostock, Mike coming in at 25th!!! and Sally knocking 10 minutes off last years time.
25 Mike Ernhill 41.37
31 Robert Sharkey 43.00
34 Mark Shuttleworth 43.25
67 Sally McCoy 48.39
99 Gillian caldwell 58.42
The next race in the Lostock AC Fell calender is the Belmont-Winter Hill fell race this coming Saturday 12th May at 1:15pm. This race starts from Belmont (registration at the Black Bull pub), costs £4 and is only 4.5miles long, any roadies/farmers fancy it?
To John Smith Lostock AC,from Number 1 Farmer,
I had a fantstic day running the London Marathon, really enjoyed it,great atmosphere and experience. Happy with my time of 3hrs 55mins. Any offers for next years marathon?
Back home now with all my stiff achy muscles. Special thanks to John Smith and all thre Lostock A C members and my sister janice and her boyfriend john for all their support and sponsership for the British Heart Foundation which has raised £1500 and is still rising!
Got to go cows are waiting to be milked.
Many thanks Brian number 1 Farmer.
I’d been dreading this race, and really looking forward to it at the same time. The last couple of months saw me getting up at 6am on Sundays to go and pound out the long training runs whilst most people slept. Oh how I have changed! It all came down to this day and my first crack at a full marathon and to be perfectly honest, I was really nervous. (more…)
Mark L has written a report on the Calderdale Hike 37 miles….