Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Riverbank 10k, Moel y Gamelin fell race

Two wins for Buckley Runners on Sunday. Jez won the Moel y Gamelin fell race above Llangollen by a significant margin. Simon Roberts won the Riverbank 10k in Rhuddlan. Wins by Jez are now commonplace, he is flying. Wins by Simon R are more like total eclipses of the sun: somewhat rarer!

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Update of diary for July

Please see below the update list of events. I have added most of the club championship events in BOLD
Just a reminder how the club championship works: -
  • all club members are eligible but you must enter the event as a Buckley Runner (and preferably run in a club vest)
  • You must complete at least one race in each category to qualify for the club championship. 
  • For your best result in each category you score 26 points for first finisher, 25 for second, 24 for third etc
  • You score one extra point for each other race you complete in the category
  • Plus for Over 40 add 1 point, Over 50 add 2 and Over 60 add 3.
I still need to add Cross Country League and Border League dates, these should be confirmed after the BL AGM next month.
  • These score the same including the extra point for each race (7 BL races and 6 CC races - 5 CC League + N. Wales Championships)

If anyone has extra races that they would like included please email the details to me.


Fairy Freckled Cow
Alwen Res
Champs MT
Pub Night
Running Hare
8.30 onwards
Deestriders Off-road Race 2
The Druid
Champs Fell
Snowdon International
Wirral Seaside Run
Green, Green Grass of home
Champs Fell
Push up the Pincyn
Champs MT
Deestriders Off-road Race 3
Y Garn
Champs Fell
Pub Night
Running Hare
8.30 onwards
Gladstone 9
Race the Train (10km)
Race the Train (14 mile)
Champs Ext
Capenhurst 5K
Champs Road
Cilcain Fell Race
Champs Fell
Pub Night
Running Hare
8.30 onwards
Deestriders Off-road Race 4
Vyrnwy Half Marathon
Sutton 10km
Champs Road
Flintshire 10km
Halloween Hellraiser
Champs MT
Pen Fell
Champs Fell
Jan/Feb 2012
Dash in the Dark
Champs Ext
April 2013
Spring 5
Champs Road
Wrexham 10
Champs Road

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Hotfoot up Famau

The hardest 5k in the World*. But it's that time of year again, when the races come thick and fast, so good numbers - 100 or so - turned up again for this tough little race, which starts from Penbarras before plunging into the valleys on the Vale of Clwyd side. The inevitable climb up Stony Gully is the icing on the cake. Some tired legs after Ras y Berwyn, but you don't get too much time to feel sorry for yourself on this one...

2. Jez, 36.35
5. Simon R, 38.13
21. Paul S, 42.00
36. Steve, 43.55
44. John, 46.10
89. Rob, 62.28

* Probably.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Ras y Berwyn

A great new race on the calendar in an area long associated with access problems and therefore an irresistable temptation to many of us (also happened to be a counter in the Welsh and North Wales fell race series). Jez and Simon R had reccied it in advance, only to find out that nesting birds necessitated a complete reversal of the planned route. It was a tad moist underfoot on the long climb to Cadair Berwyn, but the rest was just ankle-snapping tussocks and thick heather. Around half marathon distance I think, over three peaks, maybe 3500ft of climbing? Performances of the day came from Pete, John and Jez. Thanks are due to organiser Peter Agnew of Clwydian who did a great job. SGR.

6. Jez, 1.53.20
9. Simon E, 1.58.25
11. Simon R, 1.59.47
32. Paul S, 2.10.43
43. Huw, 2.20.36
49. Pete, 2.22.00
56. John, 2.27.08
92. Sue, 3.18.41

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Up the Beast

The big Beast roadshow rolled into sleepy Maeshafn on Tuesday evening. The creation of evil genius John M, it may be the steepest fell race in North Wales (I'm thinking of the second climb back up Bryn Alyn when I say that!). It has been blessed by pleasant evening sunshine since its revival 4 or 5 years ago, and always attracts a decent field of 70+ runners from across the region. Many of our club stalwarts were there to help out (thanks to all!) and good numbers also ran, climbed and crawled their way round the course. The pickled onions and balsamic vinegar were safely disposed of during the prize giving, expertly compered by Huw. No driving gloves, gnomes or bags of cement this year?
3. Jez, 36.00
4. Simon E, 37.01 (1st v40)
6. Simon R, 37.30
16. Steve B, 41.58 (1st v50)
22. Dave, 43.48
69. Sue, 59.24

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Presentation Night and Final results for 2011-12

Posted by Rob

We had a splendid evening in the Running Hare last Tuesday, nearly 30 of us turned up for food, beer and the annual presentation of awards. A cheerful and pleasant evening.

The highlight of the evening was Steve Bellis, resplendent in his white tracksuit with his Olympic torch. It was a delight to see so many people, especially young people, reacting to the torch. It brings the Olympics a bit closer. I hope it inspires some of the youngsters to go on and achieve their potential. Thank you Steve, and congratulations for your efforts on behalf of Barnados. I am sure that as a Buckley Runner you managed to keep a decent pace without getting tired!

Rob spoke briefly to thank the staff of the Running Hare for the evening and to congratulate all the club members on a splendid season and thank them for their efforts throughout the season.

The final award for the evening was the Buckley Runners Members award. 
There were nominations for a wide range of members including: -
Jane Lindley for consistent enthusiasm and support for other runners (several nominations)
Dave Boothroyd for supporting new members and doing some big races
Les Coathup for keeping everything together
Simon Robert for his performance across all the disciplines
Jez Brown for outstanding efforts
Sue Ridings (and Ellie) for looking after John
The awarded went to Matt Rose. there were many nominations for Matt for his outstanding effort and performance throughout the year. The results below show just what he has achieved. Add to that a series of PBs, representing North Wales and Wales, and winning the Border League companionship. Congratulations to Matt.

The other exciting result was Margaret winning the Club Championship, by making sure she scored in every category. Well done Margaret.

The full list of results is below

Border League 2011-12 Men (10 to count)
Based on 30 points for 1st finisher
1 Matthew Rose,                       210 Points
2 Simon Roberts,                      201 Points
3 Jon Bradshaw,                       192 Points
4 Jez Brown,                             184 Points
5 Les Coathup,                          174 Points
6 Jeff Gifford,                        168 Points
7 Paul Stinton,                          163 Points
8 Steve Bellis,                           143 Points
9= Eric Campbell,                     122 Points
9= Dan Hollingworth,               122 Points

Border League 2011-12 Ladies (4 to count)
Based on 15 points for 1st finisher
1 Erika Robinson,                      105 Points
2 Margaret Ludden,                 95 Points
3 Jane Lindley                          64 Points
4 Tricia Jones,                         28 Points

Cross Country 2011 – 2012 (6 to count)
Based on 20 points for 1st finisher
1 Matt Rose                              100 Points
2 Jeff Gifford                        71 Points
3 Peter Roberts                       60 Points
4 Rob Mackey                           56 Points
5 Eric Campbell                        55 Points
6 Steve Bellis                           51 Points

Cross Country 2011 – 2012 Ladies (4 to count)
Based on 15 points for 1st finisher
1 E Robinson                              60 Points
2 F Higgins                                55 Points
3 M Ludden                               50 Points
4 S Ridings                                44 Points

Buckley Runners Club Championship 2011-12
1 overall and 1st Female        Margaret Ludden, 161 Points
2 overall and 1st Male            John Morris,           153 Points
3 overall and 2nd Male           Paul Donoghue        147 Points
4 overall and 3rd Male           Rob Mackey,           147 Points
6 overall and 2nd Female       Fenella Higgins,      141 Points
13 overall and 3rd Female     Dawn Urquhart,     103 Points

Buckley Runners Members award
Was awarded to Matt Rose for outstanding effort and performance throughout the year.