Monday, 28 December 2009
The road up was officially closed (so the sign said) the car park was definitely closed (it was a sheet of ice) and that was a warning. Conditions on the main track were dodgy, so we decided to drop down through the forest to the lower track. After that it was a great run. Not exactly hard training with a mix of quicker and "value for money" runners, but very enjoyable. The horizontal ice crystals that hit us coming down from the summit were less than pleasant. But we got round and enjoyed ourselves. The tea and cheesecake and mince pies in the car park were all the better because of the difficult conditions.
A good event. Thanks to everyone for turning up.
Best wishes for twenty-ten..
Friday, 25 December 2009
Monday, 7 December 2009
Sunday, 6 December 2009
Sunday, 29 November 2009
Very friendly event and really well organised, I don't think I have seen so many marshalls in a race - they seemed to be on every street corner.
Most of the entries were from club runners, including some big Manchester clubs such as Sale Harriers. We were both pleased with our places. 186 women ran, Ann came 131st and I came in 45th place.
Posted by Sue
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
The going was pretty claggy and windy by all accounts making racing anything but a piece of cake. Nonetheless the prize was a bronze medal. A fuller report can be found on the Welsh A.A. site.
Monday, 9 November 2009
682 runners finished
Jez Brown 11th 1.17.43
John Pares 19th 1.21.09
Simon Roberts 24th 1.22.30
Matthew Rose 27th 1.23.18
Jonathon Bradshaw 36th 1.25.17
Paul Donaghue 65th 1.27.13
Paul Stinton 74th 1.30.29
Steve Bellis 106th 1.34.0
Jack Thomas 308th 1.47.53
Mark Pares 336th 1.51.38
posted by Sue
Does anyone know if there was a team prize because we were certainly the first club with 3 and 4 finishers.
While I'm waiting I might as well do a quick review: organisation was a bit shabby - too few toilets, not enough parking, delayed start, not enough drink stations. The start was also very narrow - people who stood at the back must have taken a long time to get over the line. On the plus side, the marshalling was good, decent goody bags, and the course certainly delivered on the promised scenic views.
Monday, 2 November 2009
Erika led the team home in 32.57 to win the Senior Ladies category. The Ladies team comprising of Erika, Fen (39.07), Margaret (39.57) and Alison (51.21) took the third team prize. Second home for Buckley was Mike who finished in a time of 35.23
Posted by Sue
Friday, 30 October 2009
Any queries speak to John Morris
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Looks like the marathon had some interesting weather again i.e. strong winds and rain ( see http://www.fellrunningpictures.co.uk/snowdonmarathon2009.html )
Results can be found on http://www.tdl.ltd.uk/index.php
John Pares was first in at 3:01
then Shaun with 3:27
and Paul D with 3:53
Well done to all three - sorry if I've missed anyone
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Some fine performances on this fast course saw Buckley men in second place (390 points) close behind Wirral on 353. Both clubs have a significant lead over West Cheshire with 631 points. The ladies were a strong fourth, in a close competition and the veterans 6th.
The individual results are listed below. Congratulations on a fine effort all round.
First Column is overall position
Second column is position in men’s race
10 10 Jez Brown, 33:20
16 16 John Bradshaw, 33:33
20 20 Matthew Rose, 33:41
31 31 John Pares, 34:53
35 35 Simon Roberts, 34:57
37 37 Simon Edwards, 35:01
49 48 Shaun Hooson, 35:35
57 56 Daniel Hollingworth, 36:05
61 59 David Boothroyd, 36:25
83 78 Paul Stinton, 37:27
92 86 James Pickering, 38:00
96 90 Steve Bellis, 38:19
98 92 Paul Donoghue, 38:23
106 98 Chris Wilman, 38:46
108 100 Huw Lewis, 38:57
148 135 Mike Jones, 40:41
150 137 Chris Higgins, 40:44
183 164 John Morris, 41:59
225 189 Mark Pares, 44:20
241 197 Jack Thomas, 45:13
257 206 Rob Mackey, 46:12
First Column is overall position
Second column is position in ladies race
84 6 Erika Robinson, 37:27
173 19 Dawn Urquhart, 41:32
200 25 Jane Lindley, 42:40
231 39 Fenella Higgins, 44:40
242 45 Margaret Ludden 45:21
273 61 Hazel Dirksen, 47:46
Friday, 16 October 2009
Monday, 12 October 2009
The venue was a revival, the league was held there many years ago. The course was a combination of flat, short grass and rough hilly field. A good course on a lovely sunny afternoon.
Reports seemed mixed, some people had good runs and some were not happy. Looking forward to seeing the team results. Well done everybody
Hope Les’ ankle is mending.
Pictures are on FaceBook!
Erika Robinson finished 10th in 20m23s
Dawn Urquhart 23rd in 22m34s,
Jane Lindley 38th in 23m47s,
Fenella Higgins 44th in 24m36s,
Margaret Ludden 45th in 24m45s,
Hazel Dirksen 60th in 27m
Sue Ridings 65th in 27m31s.
John Bradshaw led the way finishing 31st in 35m42s
Daniel Hollingsworth 75th in 38m56s,
Paul Stinton 77th in 39m05s,
Les Coathup 80th in 39m10s,
Huw Lewis 86th in 39m52s,
Paul Donoghue 92nd in 40m40s,
Pete Roberts 95th in 40m52s,
Chris Willman 102nd in 41m30s,
Mike Jones 129th in 44m06s,
Chris Higgins 130th in 44m07s
Rob Mackey 151st in 52m20s.
Posted by Rob. Thanks for doing the results Dawn.
Thursday, 8 October 2009
The ladies won the team prize and the men were second. Jez was 7th in 35.06, Dave Boothroyd was 25th in 38.58, with James Pickering close behind in 28th just 9 seconds behind. Erica put in a superb performance with a PB of 39.23 in 32nd place. Chris Willman had another fine run in 40th place with 40.29, with Chris Higgins 71st in 43.06 and Dawn was 82nd in 43.53. John Pares ran both races, accompanying his daughter in the 3k event, then ran the 10K in 46.24 with his son (they were 115th and 116th). Fenn 125th in 46.56, Margaret 147th in 48.20 followed by Rob (164th in 49.19), Hazel (202nd in 52.00) and the welcome return of Ann (302nd in 1.08.22)
It was another good event albeit a bit expensive to enter. The weather was kind to the quicker runners, but those of us who like to get value for money got very wet either just after we finished or while we were still running. The day finished with the usual gathering to drink tea and chat, and to collect a barrow load of medals!
I was disappointed that my son decided not to run, I had been looking forward to a father vs son run. But having played rugby on Saturady and faced with paying £14 he declined! Moral victory to me. And I was reasonably happy with my time, better than recent efforts in the same race, but not hampered by having run XC the day before.
Sorry results are a bit late but Flintshire’s web-site has had some gremlins and has refused to display the results.
Monday, 5 October 2009
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Monday, 28 September 2009
And we had one of those excellent Buckley Runners moments - sitting on the grass in the park after the race drink tea in the sunshine. Good company, just relaxing, absolutley great.
Next race is Telford on 10th - at Lilleshall I think.
12th Erika Robinson 18m28s
24th Dawn Urquhart 19m41s
45th Jane Lindley 21m12s
67th Margaret Ludden 22m47s
74th Sue Ridings 23m24s
34th Matthew Rose ?
72nd Daniel Hollingsworth 36m42s
76th Les Coathup 36m50s
83rd Dave Boothroyd 37m09s
93rd James Pickering 38m00s
103rd Paul Donoghue 38m37s
125th Pete Roberts 40m04s
133rd Chris Willman 40m40s
157th John Morris 42m29s
177th Rob Mackey 47m51s
Posted by Rob. Thanks to Dawn for the results.
Thursday, 24 September 2009
The first ever Commonwealth Ultra Distance and Mountain Running Championship was held in Keswick, England, on 17th to 20th September. There were four events: two hill races, a 100km race and my event, the 24 hour race. All were being trialled for inclusion in the main Commonwealth Games in 2018.
The pre-race favourite was Martin Fryer of Australia with a PB of 155 miles. Other strong contenders were: Chris Finnill (England) and Jo Blake (Australia) both with 151 miles, Stephen Mason (Scotland) with 149 miles and Jim Rogers (England) and myself, both with 147 miles.
I went into the race the best prepared I’d ever been, both mentally and physically and had hopes of a medal. I’d completed over 1,500 miles in 14 weeks of training and had completed three training runs of 40, 50 and 60 miles respectively. Much of it had been over hilly terrain in North Wales, where I live, and Zurich (Switzerland) where I work most weeks. It had been a gruelling schedule to fit in around work and family. While in Zurich my life was generally: Wake – run – eat – work – run – eat – work - sleep (repeat!). I’d also spent a lot of time getting mentally prepared as this event has a lot to do with mind over matter and how to keep going when you are physically exhausted and your body is just crying out for rest.
The course in Keswick was perfect and consisted of a 1km lap of Fitz Park. This may seem boring to most people but it was ideal for us as the support, food and drink were never far away and the other runners were all within reach. This last point was important as this is a very social event – the ultrarunning community is quite small and close, and everybody supports everybody else, even their closest competitors.
The early leader was Jo Blake, a natural 100km runner, who had decided to go off fast and then take it a bit easier in the second half. Chris Carver (England) also started quickly. However, early pace and position generally has no relevance to the final outcome of these races. I felt very good myself, apart from a stiff neck and shoulders (thanks to Sharon Woods for a massage before and during the race which helped ease it off), and started slightly quicker than my target pace. By midnight the order was Blake, Pares, Fryer with Carver and Mason very close. John Pearson (Australia) Pat Robbins (England), Guy Gilbert (Canada) and Jim Rogers were also in the mix. Most of us were using a combination of run and walk to kep up a decent pace but also to allow for some rest.
The walk breaks were also important for eating and drinking. My intake was mashed potato, custard, jelly, rice-crispie squares, mars bars as well as water, coke and energy drinks. Dic Evans, of Aberystwyth, was my ‘corner’ and he did a great job of keeping me fed and watered but also focused and motivated.
At around 7pm I stopped to put on a long-sleeve shirt and have a neck and shoulder massage. At midnight I had a massage on my legs and picked up my i-pod to listen to some music. Unfortunately I felt cold leaving the massage table and struggled to maintain my pace. The music was too much of a distraction and I got rid of the i-pod by 3am. These early hours of the morning were my worst period. I had been closing on Blake who had slowed but the others were also closing on me. By dawn there was less than 3km between second and fifth (Fryer, Blake, Pares, Carver, Mason) and I knew that I would have to work hard for the medal. A 5am bowl of porridge helped get me going.
By now my legs were really sore and, following a discussion with Dic, I decided to stop for another massage. It was a risk, as I would lose at least one lap and the sight of me lying on the treatment table could have been a real boost for my competitors. This was a really painful massage and I was yelping out loud as the physio poked and prodded all the lumps in my legs and hips. When I got off the table I could hardly walk and thought, “oh no – big mistake.” I started walking, then jogging and finally running and then started to flow, the massage had been a success after all. I started to open a gap on the athletes behind but, having got within 2 minutes of Blake, he suddenly woke up and took off. Stephen Mason also found some new energy during the morning and kept very closely in touch, bringing the gap down to less than 3km at one point.
For the final few hours I kept my mind on maintaining third place. We decided I needed a 3km gap with 1.5 hours to go and I would be OK. Mason un-lapped himself again and I just hung on the back of him so he couldn’t do it again. Eventually his challenge waned and, by 10.30 I was 5km ahead and going strong. Carver was some way behind, Blake had pulled 5km clear and Fryer was chasing a new Commonwealth record.
The last hour was superb. Much of the Welsh team had appeared during the morning and they were now cheering me on. I wanted to make my target of 150 miles and, with 30 minutes to go I needed another 3 laps. At this point Dic told me there was a difference between the electronic and manual lap-counting and I might need another 5km. I found some renewed bounce in my legs and set off, managing to time my run to just finish the 5km with seconds to spare. The added bonus was that I finished just over the start line, where all the crowds were, waving the Welsh flag and it felt like I was actually winning the race.
I collapsed into a seat and burst into tears – I had won a commonwealth Bronze Medal. This was definitely the height of my running career so far. It was a good personal best distance and will probably put me in the top 10 of the World Rankings this year.
I was then able to enjoy the rest of the weekend – watching the finish of the 100km race on Saturday and even climbing up the hill to watch the mountain race on Sunday (unfortunately Wales just missed out on a team bronze). The medal ceremony on Sunday night was one of the best experiences of my life. I enjoyed every minute and the whole team looked great in the new kit (thanks to new sponsors Under Armour). Also special thanks to Arwel Lewis of Eryri (Team Manager) and Andy Walling (Physio).
Gold: Martin Fryer Australia 159.0375 miles
Silver: Jo Blake Australia 154.7948 miles
Bronze: John Pares Wales 151.8559 miles
Gold: Sharon Gayter England 140.7403 miles
Silver: Vicky Skelton England 132.1615 miles
Bronze: Susannah Harvey-Jamieson Australia 128.6171 miles
1. Australia 1. England
2. England 2. Australia
3. Scotland 3. Scotland
John Pares (T: 07713 793520, E: email@example.com)
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
We will car-share to save parking, fuel, the planet etc. And to make it more enjoyable. Please meet in the car park in Northop (the one in the middle of the village - not the college) at 12.30 and we will sort out lifts.
See you there.
Saturday, 19 September 2009
There seems to be a problem with the official timing but see this website for the results
The third race in the series took runners onto the beach which was a combination of soft sand and pebbles (twice) followed by a mile along the Wirral Country Way.
147 men and 54 ladies took part, the results for the Buckley team are:
Pete 50th 33.54 (First in age category)
Paul D 72nd 34.54
John M 100th 36.57
Rob 132nd 40.41
Sue 40th female place 44.01
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Steve Bellis 1.37.05
Ian Jones 1.48.36
Suzanne Brierley 2.20.27
posted by Sue
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Thankfully in the heat of the day a lot of the route was in the shade of the trees. The views in the parts of the race were stunning. The race was well marked, two much needed water stations and wonderful tea and cake afterwards.
29 runners took part, Jack Thomas finished 15th in 1.09.19 and Sue Ridings 25th in 1.25.48. Both picking up a prize of a 'micro fibre' sports towel for their efforts. Special prize of the day went to a gentleman called Tom in the Vet 85 category - 2hrs 14 mins
The event was organised by Brenda Roberts from Bro Dysynni who was disappointed with only 29 runners, we tried to assure her it was a race worthwhile continuing and we would spread the word.
Posted y Sue
Buckley men has a full team for the evening, finishing in 13th out of 40 teams. Individual results:
Dave Boothroyd 45th (29.36)
Huw Lewis 49th (29.47)
Paul Donaghue 70th (31.03)
Pete Roberts 74th (31.26)
John Morris 97th (32.37)
149 men in total ran and Pete was first in his age category.
Sue was 46th lady out of 57 runners in 40.12
Posted by Sue
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Monday, 7 September 2009
A slightly dissapointing night with fewer runners than for other races in the series and fewer awards than previous years. But numbers were down for all clubs - turnout was well below the average, perhaps a lot of people still in holiday mode and two events on the following day both of which we well attended by Buckley Runners.
However there were some good results on the night so we kept the Buckley flag flying: -
7th Jez Brown in 28:50
22nd Stephen Bellis in 33:37
27th Paul Donoghue in 34:12
28th Paul Stinton in 34:19
52nd Margaret Ludden in 40:28
And some good results in the series too: -
2nd Senior Men Jez Brown 18pts
1st Male Vet 55 Stephen Bellis 61pts
3rd Lady Vet 45 Margaret Ludden 169pts
Posted by Rob - who wasn't there either!!!!
Saturday, 5 September 2009
As you would expect from Oswestry it was very well organised. The course was well marked and marshalled, first aid was in the right place and the tea and food was plentiful and cheap. The results service was excellent, prizes were given out almost before the queue for tea and cakes had dissappeared and copies of the results sheets were passed around while the prizes were being given out. Full marks to Oswestry Olympians.
And the results for Buckley. Five of us turned up: -
Pete Roberts 18th in 38.39 (1st M65)
John Morris 32nd in 41.33 (3rd M65)
Chris Higgins 35th in 42.00
Dawn Urquart 37th in 42.23 (4th lady and prize as senior lady I think)
Rob Mackey 59th in 46.30 (2nd M60)
Fenn Higgins 60th in 46.37 (5th female)
Another good day out. Well done everybody
Posted by Rob
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
The leagues are very important. In the Borders we have aposition to maintin and even go one better! The cross country we need to get back to Division One. We have the talent to do it. So come along and run for your club the club. First Race is only 3 weeks away.
And think of the money you can save. League races are free to enter! At £5 per race that is £60 over a season. At £10 per race that is £120. Bargain!!!!! See you there.
Nearer the time we will do some organising to share cars.
Sunday 18 October 09 Chester Tri
Sunday 15 November 09 Wallasey
Sunday 3 January 10 Tattenhall
Sunday 14 February 10 Abergele
Sunday 14 March 10 Wrecsam Tri
Sunday 11 April 10 Prestatyn
Wednesday 28 April 10 Deestriders (inc presentation evening).
NW Cross Country League dates and venues for 2009/2010
Saturday 26th November 09 Colwyn B
Saturday 10th October 09 Telford (Lilleshall??)
Saturday 21st November 09 Bangor
Saturday 16th January 10 Wrexham
Saturday 6th February 10 Oswestry (inc presentation)
North Wales Cross Country Championships
Saturday 9th January 2010 at Rhug Estate, Corwen
Buckley Runners AGM Thursday 28th January (venue to be agreed)
Posted by Rob Mackey
Sunday, 30 August 2009
Saturday, 29 August 2009
On Wednesday night a number of fellow Buckley runners made the trip to Capenhurst for the 5K which is one lap of the Ellsemere port Border league course. There was a reasonable sized field with a lot of clubs represented from far and wide the Buckley runners places were;
James Pickering - 18.36 - 45
Paul Stinton - 18.42 - 47
Huw Lewis - 19.38 - 62
Peter Roberts - 20.11 - 71
Chris Higgins - 20.56 - 88
John Morris - 21.39 - 107
Fenella Higgins - 23.25 - 132
Susan Ridings - 25.19 - 156
Well done everyone
Saturday, 22 August 2009
I checked it on Mapometer - 9.44 miles (measured on the flat so the distance on the ground is a lot more) and probably about 3,400 feet. No wonder people reckoned it was 'ard.
Another great race though. Don't have any results - you'll have to add your own.
Friday, 21 August 2009
Two Buckley Runners beat the train; Paul Stinton was 101st in 1.44.24 and Dan Hollingsworth 149th in 1.47.48. Well done you two; Paul overcame last year’s injury and Dan as a new comer to the race was impressive.
The rest of the races were family affairs. Results are by family instead of by event. It makes a change!
Jane had family runners in all four races; Jane had a good run in the 14mile race finishing 457th in 2.07, David was second in the 10k in an impressive 39.43, girlfriend Jess did the 5.5 mile race in 56.56 finishing 76th and sister Amanda was 44th in the 3.5 mile race in 25.11
Paul was 259th in the 14 miler in 1.56.33, Tracy 155th in 10K in 1.00.53 and Sean 66th in 3.5 in 26.34
Sue Ridings was 792 in the afternoon race in 2.32.22 after son Elliot had posted 25.29 (57th) in the 3.5 miler in the morning.
Rob running his 15th RTT clocked a poor 2.38.07, struggling with a back problem throughout the race. His family fared better. Son Peter was 106th in the 10km in 55.53; Pete’s girlfriend Abbie in her first ever race was 117th in the 5.5 in 1.07.05. Rob’s daughter Kat also in her first race was 123rd in 1.24.26.
Altogether a good day at the races. Followed by a late night revelling in the memories of the day. We have booked again for next year’s race on august 21st 2010.
Thursday, 13 August 2009
The start entailed a chest-tightening ascent up to the mast above the Ponderosa ( I only know that because I've seen the mast there on other runs ! ), followed by a fast track of reasonable width down to a sharp right onto a path where the real fun started. To say that the path was narrow was an understatement. Footwork had to be of the twinkle-toed variety to make sure that you didn't fall over, or sink into a bog ! A few more up & downs led to another stiff ascent to the finish ( I'm sure it was steeper than last year ).
Anyway, enough waffle, Jez was first home, again ( I'm sure he must be getting bored of this by now - come back Westy & give him a run for his money ), Simon Roberts was next ( bit short for him as it was under 2 hours long, but a good pipe opener ), Dave B followed, struggling up the last hill, just ahead of Steve Bellis. Paul Stinton was next, running for Clwydians, with Huw Lewis snapping at his heels.
Pete Roberts was first in for the V65s, winning a nice bottle of red wine (which he will only drink because it contains lots of good anti-oxidants to help his running - honest !). 'The Goat' was close behind, holding off the strong finishing Chris Higgins, and Jack Thomas was next, just pipping Fenella Higgins to the finishing post.
A real fun event, and 132 runners turned out on the night, which must be a record.
Times are pretty irrelevant, but if you want to see them, visit
PS Where was the Goat's apprentice ?
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
On the same day, Simon Roberts marked his return from holiday in warmer climes by plodding round the soggy Borrowdale fell race in the Lakes in a less than scintillating 4.14.39. This classic long route is almost 40 years old now, and takes in the summits of Bessyboot, Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Dale Head in its 17 mile journey.
Sunday, 26 July 2009
The last of Martin’s summer series was a pleasant surprise. Martin likes to change the route every year, usually managing to make it slightly harder than before. Last year this race was a real tough one, with three big climbs, the last of which you needed ladder to get up. This year because of bracken control by helicopter large parts of the mountain were not accessible so we enjoyed a shortened version. It did include the famous gully but changes to the route meant we started part-way up at bottom of the gravel section instead of the long approach to it up the valley. Then there was a final climb to the summit of Moel Famau followed by a long fast descent to the ford, a short climb through the bracken and another fast run down to the finish.
Club numbers were a bit down on previous event, but several were marshalling, giving encouragement to everybody, in their own inimitable style!
There were seven Buckley Runners in the race. Jez Brown was a remarkable 4th in 32.06. Truly remarkable after his superb run at Snowdon 4 days earlier. Simon Edwards was an excellent 8th in 34.01, James Pickering 18th in 36.04. First vet home was Dave Boothroyd 27th 36.40. Sam Roberts was 66th in 45.23, Robert Mackey was 70th in 46.15, closely followed by Fenella Higgins in 72nd place in 46.41
Paul Stinton and Sue Ridings were at the event running in Clwydian colours.
And afterwards in true fell running fashion we all went to the pub. An altogether enjoyable evening.
Posted by Rob.
Sunday, 19 July 2009
Jez Brown led the Buckley team home finishing in 37th place overall, 9th in the MOPEN category, in a time of 1:21:03; he was followed in by:
Dave Boothroyd, 104th overall, in a time of 1:33:11
Huw Lewis, 145th overall, 10th in the M50 category, in 1:37:53
Shaun Hooson, 165th overall, in a time of 1:39:23
Pete Roberts, 182nd overall, 3rd in the M60 category, in 1:41:18
Paul Stinton, 184th overall, in a time of 1:41:20
John Morris, 198th overall, 4th in the M60 category, in 1:42:57
Dawn Urquhart, 201st overall, 4th in the FOPEN category, in 1:43:06
Paul Donoghue, 221st overall, in a time of 1:45:05 ( & well chuffed ! )
Steve Bellis, 243rd overall, in a time of 1:46:28
A few bumps & scrapes to report, but nothing serious. We hope that Martin Cortvriend & Geoff Richards recover quickly from their falls.
We didn't make it into the lake this year, but Pete's Eats was a more than adequate substitute !.
Photos available on www.fellrunningpictures.co.uk
Monday, 13 July 2009
First home in 4th place was Jez Brown, or 'S.Brown' as he appeared in the results, which was probably apt, as he ran like Seb (Coe) that day. Next in 13th place was Dave Boothroyd who appeared to have a drink problem, missing his mouth and pouring the water over his head instead - he complained about the heat, but we know the real reason. Close behind in 15th was Pete Roberts, one place behind the winner of the highly competitive V65 division ( and 22 places ahead of the first V60 ! ).
Then came 'the Goat' in 21st position, 3rd in the V65s, closely followed by Dawn, his apprentice, who came 28th, and 3rd lady home. Struggling home in her wake was Paul Donoghue, in 31st place, complaining about being led astray and having to climb fences to get back on route ( if only he'd carried a map ! ). Next was an under-cover Paul Stinton, running for Clwydian Range Runners, his summer fell running club, and Jack Thomas was 55th, and 4th in that amazing V65 category.
Well done to all who ran, it was an amazingly hot day, and as Pete Roberts pointed out, we even had to run extra to get to the water station.
Good luck to everyone doing Snowdon on Saturday.
Sunday, 12 July 2009
Jez Brown was first home in 8th place with a very good time of 28:23. Maybe not the 2nd place he had enjoyed on Tuesday but there were some very quick runners there. (his excuse!!!!)
29th was Paul Stinton in 32:24 with Paul Donoghue one place behind him in 32:35. Steve Bellis was not up to his usual sparkling form in 47th in 34:42. Mike Jones was 50th in 34:53. Rob Davies had a good run finishing 64th in 36:48 with Gwyn Morgan surprisingly behind him in 67th in 37:08 (early mornings and not feeling well – acceptable!!). Good run from Margaret Ludden 75th in 38:49. Rob Mackey had a slower run than last time finishing 80th in 39:35. As Clint Eastwood said “there must be 100 reasons......... but right now I can’t think of one of them."
Congratulations to you all, either for running well or for having a good reason. See you all on 6th August. Rob
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
If anyone is not sure how to log in please contact Simon or myself or Fenn.
Jez Brown was 2nd overall in 29.22,
Simon Roberts was 6th in 29.30
Simon Edwards was 9th in 30.07
That is a good start - 3 in top ten!
Dave Boothroyd 16th in 32.21
James Pickering 18th in 32.45
Steve Bellis 22nd in 33.07
Paul Donohue 331st in 36.18
Fenn and Chris Higgins in 38th and 39th in 39.11 and 39.12
Fenn was second lady overall and first senior lady (bottle of wine)
Rob Mackey 42nd in 41.57 (2nd M60 = bottle of wine)
Sue Ridings 43 in 43.20 (3rd lady = bottle of wine)
A good night out for the club. Well done John for organising such a good event. Thanks to Huw, Rup for helping. It was really good to see Hazel and Dawn there too.
Did we tame the beast? Not sure about that. We will have to try again next year to make sure.
Posted by Rob
18th October - Helsby or Chester Tri
15th November – Wallasy
3rd January – Tattenhall
14th February – Abergele
14th March – Wrexham Tri
11th April – Prestatyn
28th April – Deestriders (Wed Evening)
Friday, 3 July 2009
1st John Bradshaw, 271 Points
2nd Jez Brown, 266 Points
3rd Shaun Hooson, 246 Points
4th Les Coathup, 240 Points
5th David Boothroyd, 231 Points
6th Simon Roberts, 220 Points
7th Paul Stinton, 201 Points
8th Clive West, 199 Points
9th John Morris, 183 Points
10th Simon Edwards, 172 Points
Borders League Ladies
1st Erika Schmid, 140 Points
2nd Dawn Urquhart, 131 Points
3rd Jane Lindley, 110 Points
4th Hazel Dirksen, 99 Points
Cross Country Men
1st Clive West 80 Points
2nd Les Coathup 75 Points
3rd Rob Mackey 71 Points
4th John Morris 60 Points
5th Steve Bellis 54 Points
6th Huw Lewis 49 Points
Cross Country Ladies
1st Erika Schmidt 75 Points
2nd Dawn Urquhart 55 Points
3rd Hazel Dirksen 50 Points
4th Sue Ridings 35 Points
1st Steve Bellis 170 Points 1st Male
2nd John Morris 164 Points 2nd Male
3rd Rob Mackey 159 Points 3rd Male
4th Dawn Urquart 144 Points 1st Male
5th Jez Brown 131 Points 4th Female
6th Sue Ridings 126 Points 2nd Female
7th Margaret Ludden 124 Points 3rd Female
8th Dave Boothroyd 121 Points 5th Male
9th Paul Stinton 120 Points 6th Male
10th = Paul Donohue and Clive West 118 Points 7th= Male
Posted by Rob
After eating, Rob as chairman said a few words! He thanked everybody who has contributed so much to the club this year; Les for coaching, Jane for being BL Organisers, John for organising the Club Championship and all the runners for turning out and representing the club. He thanked John for his work as chair in the last year. He also thanked the landlord and staff at The Griffin (big applause) and Dragon Trophies who supply the awards for the club. A big thank you went to James for organising the evening.
Rob noted that not long ago it was seen as a really good if a Buckley Runner won a prize, or an award in the league, and it was a massive event when somebody was called to represent North Wales. Now we need a wheelbarrow for the trophies and it is normal for Buckley Runners to be seen in North Wales and Welsh (and even GB) vests. It is no less an achievement, but it happens more often. It has been a great season with consistent results and some rising stars being successful in a range of events. The sad note (Ahhh! No, its sadder than that. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!) the men got relegated to Division Two in the Cross country. Why? Because we didn’t turn out in numbers. But the good thing is we have some really good off-road runners, so we have a very good chance of getting back to Division One (nods of approval from around the room)
Jane, Rob and John presented the prizes for the Borders League, the Cross Country and the Club Championships. As usual some interesting results appeared. The prizes go to the runners who are turning out on a regular basis, Steve Bellis, Erika Schmid, John Bradshaw, Dawn Urquart and Clive all coming out as winners. Full results on separate blog
After the running awards, James presented the Members Award. A lot of heart-searching went into it. So many nominations and so many good reasons. Amongst others Steve, Erika, Simon Roberts, Dawn, Les, Jez all got nominated for their achievements. Paul Stinton got very close; his contribution to the club by supporting and helping out at events is huge, as well as running in so many races. The winner was John Morris for his overall contribution to the club, the races he does and the encouragement he gives to others. And for longevity. Congratulations John. You deserve it.
Posted by Rob
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Buckley had three well matched teams in the event. Captain Stinton and his Ginger Privates (Paul Stinton, Paul Donohue and Dan Holinsworth) were 10th in 69.13. The mixed team of Dawn, John and Pete (The Goats Apprentices) were 16th in 71.27. And in 53rd out of 67 was another mixed team called "A boy named Sue" in 88.10; this team made up of Sue Ridings, Sue Brierley and Rob (a boy named Sue) Mackey.
Afterwards there was splendid food and drinks "a la Tattenhall" and a good time was had by all.
The race itself is about 9 miles; 3 ish on the road, 3.5 ish off road and 3 ish back on the road. It includes the famous "Railway". Now, if your ideal of a railway is sitting in comfort, drinking coffee, reading a book and watching the countryside rush past at 100mph - then think again! This one is a bit steeper than that!
Posted by Rob
Saturday, 20 June 2009
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Thursday 2nd July 2009 from 8.00 pm
The Griffin, Mold Road, Mynydd Isa
Book your places now for the club event of the year
Buffet, beer and good company
The annual presentation of awards plus a good chance to relax in the company of your colleagues from the club
Prizes and presentations
Border League (10men and 4 Ladies)
Cross country (6 men and 4 ladies)
Club Championship (3 men and 3 ladies)
Plus the member’s award
The member’s award is chosen by the club members. Nominations are taken before the event or on the night. The nomination must explain in less than 20 words why you think this person deserves the award. The winner is selected on the merit of the nomination, not just numbers of votes. To register your nomination contact Rob or James or fill in the form on the night.
Book your place with James or Rob no later than Friday 26th June
Cost £6.00 per head. Cheques (Buckley Runners) or cash with booking please.
Monday, 8 June 2009
Saturday, 6 June 2009
Ten Buckley Runners turned out on an ideal evening for racing. Dry and sunny with a cool breeze and dry underfoot too. A good night for the club with several good performances; Jez Brown first home in 5th in 28.30, followed by Steve Bellis in 21st in 30.52. An impressive group in the middle saw Paul Donahue 36th (32.42), Paul Stinton 39th, Mike Jones, 42nd and Gwyn Morgan 44th all finishing within 45 seconds! With an impressive run Rob Davies finished 59th in 37.09, with Rob Mackey 65th in 38 mins, and Margaret Ludden in 66th 38seconds later. Missing from the results (not explained yet!) was Sue Brierley on her debut in a Buckley vest about a minute later, a fine performance considering she had done the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday in scorching conditions.
Well done everybody. Welcome Sue, nice to see you there. Also good to see some of our new recruits to training nights and one of my ex-Flint Runners colleagues running. I got a couple of enquiries about the club too. And did some delving into the clubs origins. More on that later.
Posted by Rob Mackey Sat 6th June
Friday, 5 June 2009
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Thursday, 14 May 2009
Christleton 5K May 2009
Capenhurst 5K August 2009
Flintshire 10K September 2009
Chester Spring 5 April 2010
Wrexham 10 April 2010
The Druid Fell Race (5 Miles) 17th June 2009
Hotfoot up Famau (31/2 Miles 1st July 2009
The Beast - Maeshafn (4 Miles) 7th July 2009
Ponderosa (4 Miles) 12th August 2009
Clwydian Hill Race (9 Miles) 1st November 2009
Wincle Trout Race 30th May 2009
Llyn Alwen Trail 11K 5th July 2009
Race The Train 10K 15th August 2009
Nescliffe Nasty (5 Miles) 5th September 2009
Parbold Hill Race (61/2 Miles) Febuary 2010
Foel Fras Fell 9th May 2009
Race The Train (14 Miles) 15th August 2009
Penmaenmawr Fell (11 Miles) 14th November 2009
Dash in the Dark (4 Miles) Jan/Feb 2010
Half Marathon 2009/10
N.Wales X Country League 2009/10
North Wales Championships (Northop) 2010
Border League (Any) 2009/10
You must complete 1 race from each category to qualify for points and every extra race you complete off the list earns you a point so the more races you do the more points you score
1st=26PTS, 2nd=24PTS, 3rd=23PTS........25th=1PT
O/40 1PT, O/50 2PTS, O/60 3PTS.
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Another very successful season for our small club: winning the vets league, and coming a very respectable second in both male and female top divisions. In the men's case, Buckley finished over 1000 points ahead of third placed Wallasey, behind a very strong Eryri outfit! Well done to all.
Monday, 27 April 2009
Another good day at the races as a fine Saturday afternoon (25th April) saw seven Buckley Runners at Wrexham for the North Wales Championships. Some fine performances saw several prizes coming our way. Most notable in M35 with Jez winning and Paul 3rd in the champs. Another fine run from Jack, recently returned from winning the Welsh Championship for his age group over the same distance. It says a lot about how competitive these masters races are when you look at the results.
We were 3rd in the Mens Team and 2nd in the mens veterans.
Jez Brown (59:10) 5th overall and 1st M35 in NW Champs
Shaun Hooson (63:45) 19th overall and 4th M40 in NW Champs
Daniel Hollingworth (63:56) 20th overall and 5th SM in NW Champs
James Huggins (67:53) 35th overall and 8th SM in NW Champs
Paul Stinton (69:59) 41st overall and 3rd M35 in NW Champs
Jack J. Thomas (75:45) 50th overall and 3rd M65 in NW Champs
Robert Mackey (82:19) 66th overall and 5th M60 in NW Champs
An excellent event well organised by David Williams. The results table has to be the most complicated with open and closed competitions within the same event. Well done David.
Full results on Wrexham AC website.
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Fenella, despite a really nasty fall (now a complete shade of yellow and blue down the left side) finished in a brilliant 1:43, Chris in 1:33
A good and a bit of a different day out.
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
For more info visit http://www.racethetrain.com/
- John Pares retired as chairman. Huge thanks go to John for the work he did last year.
- James is taking over as Social Secretary
- Paul Stinton is taking ove as membership secretary.
- Subs remain at £15 for BR + £5 for AAW. Concessiosn are the sme as last year.Paul will be requesting renewals very shortly. At the suggetsion of previous membership secretaries it is requested that two cheques are sent, one to BR (£15 and one to Welsh Athletics - £5) This makes the Mem Secs jobs massively easier.
- Most other jobs stay the same
Thanks. Rob (new chairman!)
Hi,my names Les Hewitson and I am chairman of Ingli Runners based in Fishguard,West Wales. Together with the Rotary Club of Fishguard and Goodwick we are organizing a fell race over the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshires National Park.
The race is over 14m with 2500ft of ascent.Money raised from the event is going to be distributed between several local charities.
For more details of the race and the date please log onto www.inglirunners.ukpages.org or preselibluestonechallenge.com which has a course map and a virtual route flyer of the race.
Hope some of you can make it to the race .
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Monday, 13 April 2009
I've just returned from 10 days of warm weather training in Portugal with abunch of runners mostly from West Cheshire and Spectrum Striders.I always enjoy it. It is set up for all runners to enjoy with organised longruns for those training for the London Marathon. It's a great opportunity to do some serious training and have a good time socially.
The dates for 2010 are: Main week commencing Sat 13 March, return Sun 21March, with option to stay second week or more.
There is a 5K road race organised for Friday March 19th at 10.0am, FancyDress Friday Evening 19 March - The theme next year is the letter 'R'.Various accommodation choices, from apartments, hotels or rooms.(Easter weekend next year is 2 - 5 April)
Anyone interested please let me know and I'll get more details to you. All the best Jack
Monday, 6 April 2009
Saturday, 4 April 2009
The Hospice of the Good Shepherd at Backford is an amazing place. Anyone who has lost a loved one to cancer will understand how important what they do is. Pete Windell (our former President) spent many years in and out of the hospice. The support they gave him and his family is unmeasurable.
The club has continued to support the hospice in many ways since his death. We organised the Celyn Trail Races last year, and I ran in the "Run to Remeber" last month. I hope that we can continue to help them.
On May 3rd they are organising a 7 or 12 mile walk at 5 am. It would be great if a group of us could run it. The organisisers reckon we could start at 7 am and try to overtake everybody! Anybody fancy it. See the link below for more info.
Contact me if you fancy it. Rob. firstname.lastname@example.org
26th Sept at Colwyn Bay
10th Oct at Lilleshall
21st Nov at Bangor
16th Jan at Wrexham
6th Feb at Oswestry
These dates are awaiting confirmation but are unlikely to change. Put them in your diary and lets get back to division one! We can do it.
Posted by Rob.