Saturday, 28 June 2014

Buckley Runners Handicap - 8th July

This was a regular event at the club but for various reasons it stopped. As the sports centre is closed on the second Tuesday of July for Buckley Jubilee it was agreed it was an excellent opportunity to resurrect this event. 

We will meet at 7.00 in the first car park on Moel Famau. The start of the route is in the forest a few hundred metres from the car park. The route is approx 4.4 miles (7 km) (follow the link below to see the details) on forest trails with 650 feet (200 m) of climbing. The surface is hard gravel. Afterwards we will retire to the Colomendy Arms in Cadole. 

There is a start list based on times for races recently. The slowest runners set off first, with the faster runners at intervals afterwards. It will be a good test and good training. And even a bit of fun too.

And don't forget pub night on Tuesday


Sent by Rob Mackey (Chairman)

Monday, 16 June 2014

Weekend 14th/15th June 2014

Results of three races from the weekend
Sport in the Port 10KM (Sunday 15th)
Three Buckley Runners competed in a very large field (621 runners), really good performances from all three: -
Mike Austin 29th 38.36
Steve Bellis 43rd in 40.22 (2nd MV55)
Hayley Evans 192nd in 47.29 (8th female!)
Râs Pedol Cwm Pennant (Saturday 14th)
Three Buckley Runners in this classic fell race covering 16.8miles with 5905ft of climbing. There are plenty of excellent photos – follow the link on WFRA Website
Simon Edwards 7th in 2.54.37
Simon Roberts 8th in 2.55.10
Steve Toogood 41st in 3.29.06
Moel y Gamelin
Three Buckley runners here too (bit of a pattern it appears) for another classic fell race. A mere 9.5 miles this one with only 2,800 feet of climbing, starting and finishing at The Ponderosa on the Horseshoe Pass
Another win for Jez Brown in 74.31 (Nearly 5 minutes ahead of 2nd place)
The Paul Stinton (Can’t find a time or a place)
Rob was 40th= in a field of 41 in 2.36.40 having taken a bit of a detour but still got 1st M65
Have I missed any? – Please let me know (

A few members missed training/competing to attend a very big Rock Festival and one Buckley member who was photographed by the Daily Post with a can of a well-known Australian brew in his hand at a festival in Wales!

Posted by Rob

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Deestriders Off Road Grand Prix Race 1

Good turnout and some excellent performances from the club on Thursday at  the race. It was a fine, warm evening, the course was dry (there were no muddy bits to run through!) although plenty of lush grassy growth on parts of the course made it interesting.
There was the usual friendly and supportive atmosphere at this well established race. If you missed it there are three more in the series, you can still qualify for the Grand Prix (3 races out of 4 required). Next race is on Thursday 3rd July.
Eddie Davies 11th in 28:53
Paul Stinton 12th in 29:18
Mike Austin 17th in 30:22
Steve Bellis 19th in 30:48
Paul Donoghue 25th in 32:14
Hayley Evans 41st in 35:27
Alice Williams 48th in 36:54
Rob Mackey 57th in 43:14

Presentation Night and awards

The presentation night at The Running Hare was very successful and enjoyable.
It was great to see around 25 people there, arriving from 8.00 onwards after training and racing. A chance to chat and eat was followed by the presentation of awards. Rob thanked everyone who had contributed to another very successful year. He reminded everyone that the club awards are there to encourage and reward competing on behalf of the club. He added thanks to the staff at The Running Hare for organising the area for us and to Peter at Dragon Trophies for his help with the awards. The full results are below. It is great to see many new names on the list.
The Members Award was awarded to Mike Austin for his continuous improved performance throughout the year and contribution to the club. It was a difficult decisions with so many other strong nominations, but Mike is a very worthy winner – congratulations, Mike.
Other strong contenders included: -
Les for his unstinting work as coach and support for runners
John for his amazing 70 races in his 70th year (actually it was 73)
Jane for her support for new club members
Jez for all-round performance especially on the hills (just look at the results!)
An enjoyable evening all round. Thanks everybody
Men’s Cross Country
1st         Jez Brown
2nd        Eddie Davies
3rd        Mike Austin
4th         John Morris
5th         Les Coathup
6th         Rob Mackey
Ladies Cross Country
1st         Dawn Urquhart
2nd        Alice Williams
3rd        Jane Lindley
4th         Amanda Garner
Men’s Borders League
1st         Jez Brown
2nd        David Gilbert
3rd        Eddie Davies
4th         Mike Jones
5th         Paul Stinton
6th         Mike Austin
7th         Matthew Rose
8th         Simon Roberts
9th         Les Coathup
10th =    Steve Bellis
10th =    John Morris
10th =    Ian Bayliss
Ladies Borders League
1st         Lisa Gittins
2nd        Jane Lindley
3rd        Dawn Urquhart
4th         Hayley Evans
Club Championship
Winner                   Jez Brown
Second                 Simon Roberts
Third                      John Morris
1st Lady  Dawn Urquhart
Buckley Runners Members Award        Mike Austin

Sent by Rob Mackey (Chairman)
Buckley Runners
Road, Multi-terrain, Cross Country, Fell Running
Meeting at Buckley Sport Centre in North Wales
Meet 7.00 for 7.15 start on Tuesdays and Thursdays
You can follow us on Twitter @buckleyrunners or find us on Facebook

Monday, 2 June 2014

Presentation night and races in June

Presentation night is on Tuesday (3rd June) in The Running Hare at Ewloe from 8.00 pm onwards. I have collected the trophies from Dragon Trophies. Two extra trophies this year! You will see why if you are there! It would be really useful if I could have some idea of numbers. Can you let me know if you are planning to go. Thanks.

And you need to give some thought to the Members Award!

The response to the requests for payment of club and WA subs has been fantastic; much better than previous years. I am very grateful - it makes the things so much easier for the club officials who have to deal with them. But there are still plenty of members who haven't paid (nearly 20 I think). Please remember, the club officials are volunteers, they give up their own time to support the club. Late payment of subscriptions makes extra work. 

BL AGM is on 2nd July. If you have any thoughts about how the league works that you would like raised at AGM please let you BL Reps know (Eric or Jane)

Deeside Off-Road Series Race 1  Thursday 5th June at 7.30
The Beast on Tuesday 10th June from The Miners at Maeshafn at 7.30 (is that correct John Morris?)
Moel-y-Gamelin Sunday 15th (From The Ponderosa) 10.00 I think
Hotfoot up Moel Famau 7.30 on 18th June

See you Tuesday


Uploaded by Rob Mackey (Chairman)
Buckley Runners
Road, Multi-terrain, Cross Country, Fell Running
Meeting at Buckley Sport Centre in North Wales
Meet 7.00 for 7.15 start on Tuesdays and Thursdays
You can follow us on Twitter @buckleyrunners or find us on Facebook