Friday, 17 December 2010
We had a really good turn-out at the Border League on Sunday. It was a very disappointing outcome following an extraordinary set of weather conditions. You can't legislate or plan for everything! At 11.30 there was an alternative, cancel it. That would have been even worse. I have had mixed feedback since the race; not surprisingly there has been some critisism but mainly people have been very supportive. Thank you all for the support. It was a difficult call.
We are going to try and organise a "run in the hills" over the Christmas break. It might even be a "run in the snow in the hills". Please let me know if you are interested.
Have a very Happy Christmas.
Saturday, 4 December 2010
Ladies ran first - Erika came 3rd, Dawn 21st, Margaret 56th, Sue 67th & Ann 86th, with the team coming 7th.
The men followed dutifully behind - Matt came 2nd (a mere 3 seconds behind the winner - I'm sure Les will be working on your finishing kick !! ), Eric 19th on his first XC appearance for Buckley, Simon 24th, Dave 65th, Huge Lewis 67th, Jeff 76th, also on a first outing, Mike 101st, Pete 107th, Paul D 115th, 'the Goat' 129th, and the team were 2nd !!!!!! in their division. If only we'd done that in the other races .......
The next race is Telford's at Lilleshall on January 22nd
Monday, 22 November 2010
Sunday, 21 November 2010
This classic fell race is said to be the oldest in Wales. It is not surprising it keeps going, it’s a great event. It is tough but runable with mixed terrain; grassy open areas, rocky tracks, a bit of road and the famous “bog”. It doesn’t go up huge mountains, but is liable to the worst of the weather, being mainly at over 1500 feet, exposed to the sea and held in mid-November. It is on-line entries only, with no entries on the day and stringent kit checks for waterproofs, maps, compass. As the organiser says in the notes to runners “Do not underestimate this event”.
Five Buckley Runners turned up for the event. A slightly altered course this year; running anti-clockwise instead and finishing down a very steep slippery single track described as “Overtaking not advised”. Nevertheless it is great fun, and the weather was fairly kind. Cold but not freezing, sun shining at times, visibility down to 50m (metres not miles!) at others, wet underfoot. Some excellent performances; Jez Brown continues his fine runs with 5th overall in 1hr 13.49 and John Morris 88th in 1hr 37.15 was first M60. Excellent runs too from Simon Roberts 25th in 1hr 22.23 and Paul Donoghue 112th in 1hr 41.03. Rob brought up the rear in 195th (out of 237) in 2hrs 02.18 (2.01.20 according to results). We retired to the “Fairy Glen” pub for soup and rolls provided to all runners, and lengthy discussions of the course, the weather and who did what.
Good race, good results, good company. A race to be recommended.
Posted by Rob
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Monday, 15 November 2010
As in previous years the place will be offered to club members. In the first instance the place will be offered to the runner who: -
- has applied for a place in the marathon through usual ballot and been rejected
- was a fully paid-up member of the club at the time of the first Border League race
If you have applied and been rejected please contact Jane or Rob as soon as you get your rejection slip. You must keep you rejection slip.
In the event of more than one person being eligible we will draw the names (rejection slips) from a hat. If nobody is eleigible through that channel we will go to Plan B.
Posted by Rob
Sunday, 14 November 2010
And some superb positions too. Matt had a flying finish to get 5th place, with Jez in 10th, Simon in 20th and Eric in 28th. Six ladies, so even with Jane still injured we had a good result, Erika an excellent 55th (second lady I think).
It was good to see Paul D back, and welcome to Jeff on his first run for us – he was our last counter in 111th place. How good is that?
These are provisional positions, I took them off the score sheets, so there might be some slight changes particularly in the lower end of the results.
5th Matt Rose
10th Jez Brown
20th Simon Roberts
28th Eric Campbell
48th Les Coathup
78th Dan Hollingsworth
83rd James Huggins
96th Dave Boothroyd
109th Steve Bellis
111th Jeff Giffords
151st Mike Jones
158th Paul Donoghue
191st John Morris
211th Marcus Reid
245th Leighton Williams
257th Rob Mackey
55th Erika Robinson
216th Dawn Urquhart
229th Fen Higgins
236th Margaret Ludden
282nd Sue Ridings
311th Ann Ablett
Posted by Rob
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Held under UKA (License applied for)
Sunday 6th March 2011
Venue: The Mere, Ellesmere by kind permission of Shropshire Council
Course: Measured & mainly rolling roads around Ellesmere
Awards: Men and Women and 1st in all age groups kindly provided by Tesco Ellesmere
(Minimum age of race entry 18)
Kids 1 mile fun run to commence@1015 hrs Free entry
Adults 5+ mile road race @11am £6 Club £8 unattached
Fees: £11 Club £13 Unattached for 1/2 marathon payable to „Trismart‟.
Fees £6 club £8 unattached for 5+mile payable to "Trismart"
Entries accepted on the day if space/limits permits
Additional £2 for entries on day
Send entry with 9"x 6" S.A.E for acceptance and race number
To: Nick Thomas 6 Berwyn View Ellesmere SY12 0DZ
Monday, 8 November 2010
We had three ladies in the team, superb runs from Erika (6th) Sue 74th and Anne (92nd)
Five men started but the rough terrain took it's revenge on Les' ankle and he was forced to drop out. So we only had four finishers and got mullered in the team scores. But we still had some impressive results. Matt 13th only just over a minute behind the winner, Dan 81st and Steve 84th put in good runs. Rob as last counter in 143rd steadfastly refusing to be last.
Next race is at Wrexham on November 23rd. Really good fast, flat course on grass. It would be good to get a strong team out and not rely on me to count! Because I won't be there. Sorry to miss it but its the matinee of the Panto in Northop. My public needs me! The difference is when they shout "he's behind you" I think of the cross country and I know they are lying. Tickets on sale now!
Hope it goes well.
10. Jez, 78.01
13. Simon E, 81.08
25. SimonR, 84.09
42. Huw, 89.54
84. John, 96.55
159. Rob, 129.38
Monday, 1 November 2010
2. Jez, 53.50
6. Simon R, 57.49 (1st v40)
29. Huw, 1:04:44 (2nd v50)
40. Paul S, 1:07:58
57. Paul D, 1:11:02
62. John, 1:11:35 (1st v65)
Sunday, 31 October 2010
The route had changed slightly also taking in some 'off road' terrain from the top of Pen-y-Pass.
Unchanged, an ever constant race feature however was the weather. Swinging from lovely bright and warming sunshine, to torrential rain then hail, both driven along by strong winds that conspired always to be against the field.
Four Buckleyites partook in the event, this being a reduced quota through injury and illness. Paul D injured but on the mend and Dawn's tummy letting her down the night before.
Sean and Dave led the way home with Fenella putting in a remarkable first marathon performance in some of the worst of the weather.
Been for a jog this morning as we had no milk. Surprised myself in two ways. First, it was 5.45, yep forgot the clocks going back and second, started to think about doing it again next year!
Sean Hooson 3.36.36 26th in category
Dave Boothers Boothroyd 3.45.24 40th in category
Fenella 'wife' Higgins 4.52.27. 37th in category
Chris me Higgins 3.54. 28th in category.
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
The recent promotion of Glyder Fawr to 1000 metre status is already stimulating discussion in fell-running circles and we would like to know whether runners think this peak should be included in the full course to create what would arguably be the most challenging fell-race in the country.
We would be very grateful if you can help us to gather runners' opinions.
Welsh 1000 metre Peaks Organising Committee
Monday, 25 October 2010
It was good to be back at the Border League races. BL Races are always competitive, well organised and very sociable. The idea of seven road races being free to club members is another attraction. It makes it worthwhile being a club member. It is a good to get back and meet up with friends and rivals.
The Caernarfon event was excellent. It is a good course, perhaps not as easy as first impressions, an interesting combination of long steady climbs and short, sharp drops does not make for PBs. It was well organised, I wouldn’t expect anything else from Arwel and the team at Eryri. There was even a drinks station, very welcome on an unseasonably warm and sunny morning.
Good to see Buckley there in numbers and some new faces (or legs)(Eric and Leighton) and some returns (Marcus, James, Steve from flu and John from injury). Some excellent performances, particularly Eric Campbell, 27th overall in his first race for us and 2nd MV45, Les 1st MV55, Simon 2nd MV40, Erika 1st Senior Lady and Fen 2nd LV40. Despite these superb efforts it wasn’t quite the start we wanted. Several key men were unable to run and the ladies only had two runners, thanks to a combination of injuries and other commitments. It is many years since we last failed to field a full ladies team. Rather disappointing results (Men 4th in Div 1, Ladies 7th in Div 1 and the Vets were 5th) but it gives us something to work on, we know we have team to succeed with. I’m looking forward to pulling it back in the next race.
Sunday, 17 October 2010
I'm really looking forward to the start of the Border League season next Sunday 24th at Caernarfon. But beware of the roadworks at St Asaph. They caused problems at Colwyn Bay for the Cross Country, the Ladies race had to be delayed as many runners were stuck in traffic for about 45 minutes. I don't envisage it being as bad early on a Sunday morning as it is on a Saturday lunch-time, but please leave abit of extra time for the journey.
We need to share cars too. We will meet at Northop Car Park, ready to set off at 8.45 on Sunday. See you there or at Caernarfon.
As usual the first race of the series was at Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay. And as usual it was fine and sunny; unseasonably warm. And that is my excuse, and I’m sticking to it.
Another record turnout for the event, and a better turn-out for Buckley. We have struggled at this event in the past so it was good to see a full team of both men and ladies.
Erika had another superb run; 4th lady overall in 18.14. She was well supported by Dawn 30th in 21.10, Sue 83rd in 25.11 and Ann 105th in 30.21.
For the men, Matt had a good run finishing 26th in 35.35, followed by Les 79th in 39.12, Huw 94th in 40.47, Dan 102nd in 41.29. Pete had another good run finishing 104th 41.46, with John 148th in 45.29 and Rob 171st in 51.53.
The men were 5th in Division Two and 13th vet team. Ladies were 7th in Division One and 11th Vet Team. Not bad as we were missing a couple of our usual cross-country reliables through injury or illness. Hopefully they will be back for the next race in a couple of weeks. But we could do with a few extra runners to guarantee a decent position at the end of the season, please!
Posted by Rob, who for the record is a Vet 60, not a vet 65 as it shows in the results which are on the NWCC Website.
Monday, 11 October 2010
Morning mist gradually cleared for this race which takes in all those hills to the east of the Oswestry-Welshpool road (7m/2300ft). A great and long-established event, with good ridge running, great scenery, some tricky terrain, and home-made samosas (in the village hall afterwards). The two Buckley entrants finished 7 seconds apart, after an unbelievable final descent from Edwards, who flew past Roberts (almost literally) on the last hill. 117 finishers.
8. Simon E, 1:02:05
9. Simon R, 1:02:12 (1st v40)
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Monday, 4 October 2010
12th in 37:19 Erika Robinson, 1st Lady
75th in 44:20 Rebecca Davies,
136th in 48:38 Margaret Ludden LV45
187th in 52:18 Susanne Brierley LV40
239th in 57:03 Alison Jones LV35
5th in 35:28 Simon Roberts MV40 1st Vet 40
19th in 38:57 Steve Bellis MV55
19th in 39:03 Dave Boothroyd, MV45
60th in 43:00 Mike Jones MV40
121st in 47:44 Rob Davies MV50
166th in 50:49 Rob Mackey MV60
Posted by Rob
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
10th. Simon R (405 pts)
143rd. Chris and Fen (240 pts)
229th. Huw and partner (but would have been far higher without penalty!)
Saturday, 25 September 2010
Dave gained his revenge on 'Huge' Lewis (mainly because Huw didn't run)
Pete followed, in what he told us was his favourite race (not)
Paul bravely came in next
and The Goat, racing after missing last week due to marshalling duties, brought the team home
In the overall positions, Pete just has to win his section to win overall for the over 60s, Huge looks a rock-solid 4th if he races next week (and the rest of us are nowhere !)
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Huw gained revenge for the first race easing past a tiring Dave just before the finish line.
No PBs this time - I put it down to a strong headwind rather than lack of fitness (no.37 on the list of running excuses).
Monday, 13 September 2010
45. Simon R, 34.45
49. Jez, 34.57
92. Erika, 37.43
Sunday, 12 September 2010
Friday, 10 September 2010
Paul (suffering with his achilles ) 37:12
Next race is at 7pm on Tuesday Sept 14th at Station Road Thurstaston which promises to be another fun-packed event. If you need directions, Huw's your man.
To make a full team we need 5 people, so come on ladies, no wimping out next week - you know who you are !!!
Dave (for Paul)
Saturday, 4 September 2010
Quick shower, egg and chips and a drink and it is time for the presentation. Steve Bellis won MV55, Sue Ridings won FV50. It was good to see Marcus Reid completing the race, he had pulled out of the previous one with a leg injury. For his efforts and consistency he won 3rd MV45. He was delighted with his first ever prize. Well done Marcus.
Buckley Runners racing on the night; Paul Stinton, Rob Davies, Margaret Ludden, Rob Mackey, Mike Jones (plus Steve, Sue and Marcus). Results should be on Deestriders website in a day or two.
This is a great series. The course varies a little from year to year. This years tweaks were are huge improvvement bringing back some extra "off-road". It is well organised, friendly and good value. The weather has been kind this year. every race has been fine and dry. It was a warm, humid evening for the last one. Not ideal running conditions, but good for specatators and marshals.
Posted by Rob (who had a dreadful run - but finished)
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Tuesday, 31 August 2010
Saturday, 28 August 2010
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
2. Jez, 27.35
7. Simon R, 29.18
21. Huw, 33.03
27. Pete, 34.08
34. John, 36.46
Sunday, 22 August 2010
This was the 27th time for this classic event. And it threw up its usual mixture of rain and mud, slips and trips.
As usual Buckley Runners camped at Ynysymaengwyn near Bryncrug; the campsite packed with runners and their friends and families by Friday evening. There is a real buzz about the place. Saturday morning was bright and sunny. Tracy and Connor set off early to catch the train for the 3.5 mile “fun-run”. Then Jane and Rup took Amanda and Jess up for the start of the 5.5 miles at Dolgoch then dropped David off a mile further up the valley for the start of the 10 km race. Each of the races starts as the train comes down the valley. All finished safely in good times. David won the 10 km by a wide margin, breaking the course record.
We had 6 runners in the main race (14 miles and bit extra this year). By 2 pm it was grey and damp. 30 minutes later a steady drizzle started to turn the surface of the paths into slippery mud. By 3.30 it was coming down in sheets. Choice of shoe became critical as the ground became very slippery, however the rain was very refreshing over the last few miles.
Approximate finish times (taken off the clock on Steph’s camera); Paul Stinton 1 hr 44; Dan Hollingsworth 1 hr 48; Paul Donohue and Jane Linley both on 2.08 (they held hands across the finish line – I call that style!!!); Rob Mackey 2.19 and Ann Ablett in 3.03. Keith Jones (ex member but one of the originators of “Buckley goes to Tywyn”) did a very good 2.18 despite lack of training.
By 5.30 the rain stopped and the sun came out not long after. It was a glorious warm evening. We retired to the camp-site, showered, had a BBQ and a few drinks and talked until 2 o’clock on Sunday morning. Buckley Runners doing what it does best.
Another great weekend at Race the Train. My regret – not more Buckley Runners were there. Hero of the day – my wife Steph who stood near the finish line in the rain and cold to get photos of Buckley Runners finishing. She was cold and soaked by the time Ann got in, but she stayed and cheered right to the end. Huge thanks for that Steph.
It was my 16th time at this event, and in some ways my best. My time of 2.19 was my best time for over a decade. People said I looked happy at the end, they were right. The training and the races this summer seemed to work. Huge thanks to Jane for putting up with me on all those Sunday runs and everyone else who has persuaded me to enter some of the longer fell races. Now I will have to go back and see if I can do it again next year.
See you all in Tywyn nest year.
Posted by Rob Mackey Sunday 22nd.
Sunday, 15 August 2010
79 runners participated in the 3rd 'Off Road Series' run at Deestriders.
Final Race Friday 3 September at 7.00pm
Friday, 13 August 2010
5. Jez - 27.29
12. Simon R - 28.42
31. Dave - 32.15
37. Huw - 32.54
38. Chris W - 32.55
47. Peter - 34.18 (1st M65)
104. Rob - 41.48
Saturday, 7 August 2010
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
Anyway, Huw came 3rd in the proper race in 51m, with Pete 12th in 52m, Dave 17th in 53m, John 25th in 55m and Sue 41st in 71m.
In the fun run, Jez was involved in an unprecedented dead heat. Martin's funds don't yet run to photo finishes, and he was declared joint winner. Simon R was 8th.
THE FOX TROTSaturday, 7th August. 12.00 pmBM 7miles / 1050ft ascentEntry fee £5 on day (includes free drink and cake)
Venue: Newfield Pavilion, Walshaw Avenue, Colwyn Bay, LL29 7YAToilets/changing facilities availableTerrain: Woodland tracks, bridleways (95% off-road)
Registration from 10:45am
Directions:From A55 follow brown elephant signs for Welsh Mountain Zoo. Turn left at St Andrews Church (before you start climbing to Colwyn Heights) and take first right.
posted by Sue
Friday, 30 July 2010
Starting in Princetown, Dartmoor nick was a fitting backdrop as teams and individuals made good their 'escapes' over the moors and tors. The weather was ideal with little sign of the notorious shrouds of mist out of which murderous Dickensian villains emerge soaked in bog water wearing Inov8's!
The going was surprisingly, hilly interspersed with some proper boggy ground that sought to suck the strength from your legs and shoes from your feet on numerous occasions. One competitor was eventually hauled by their arms by four strong men from some very wet ground. Getting him out was made the easier when he took his feet out of the stirrups! ( An old one I know but couldn't resist it)
Fenella's 'sensible' navigation ensured our arrival at the overnight camp. A welcome relief for tired legs. Son Rich and mate Add arrived soon after on what was their maiden outing. Camp was basic, water and pretty limited numbers of loos. No shortage of pitch space and some great views to wake up to. Day one completed and in first mix vet position about middle of the field over all.
Day two, dehydrated spag boll perked up with hot chocolate, no wonder sleep was hard to find the night before, so exited about breakfast was I.
Weather spot on again, pretty cool, high cloud cover and only occasional short lived blankets of mist. There was the inconvenience of random kit checks. We, Fenella at least must have an honest face as straight through to 'dib' and off. Son and mate not so, ha! Very soon, son and mate sprint past laughing on way to first checkpoint. Time will tell son.
Working through the checkpoints a 'reckless' but undeniably critical navigational decision (I still assert) was taken. This led through very thick gorse, no sign of a track not even a rabbit run. We made ground and time but poor Fenella, legs cut and as sore as a very cut and sore thing, fell over. More injuries including a pierced water bottle to boot.
Things went much better after that, so well in fact that son and mate rapidly came in to laughing range, Mrs Higgins promised she would still do the Rab and I found two jelly babies I thought I'd eaten earlier.
The finish? Second mixed vet, 39th out of 61 finishers and one ahead of son and mate. Whey hey.
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Sunday, 4 July 2010
Loads of prizes as always for a Denbigh Harriers race, a good way to spend a Sunday morning! Jez Brown was third, behind Neil Parry today. But a good run nevertheless.
3 Jez Brown 41.2
38 Michael Jones V40 50.14
46 Peter Roberts V60 51.32
80 Margaret Ludden L40 57.57
94 Robert Mackey V60 59.59
97 Susan Ridings First L50 61.01
98 Tracey Colligan L Buckley????? 61.11
(Not sure about the last one. Not sure if it s a mistake in the results, or somebody new to the club.)
Was I happy.? It was my first outing on this race so I was pleased with my run but disappointed with the time on my watch. 60.05 was not what I wanted, I tried to beat the hour but just couldn’t. But I am much happier about the official time so the answer is “yes”.
And if you have ever wondered why “The Fairy Freckled Cow” follow the link for the full story. http://www.urbanmyths.ca/Myths/Y-Fuwch-Frech--The-Freckled-Cow.html.
Posted by Rob
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
- Officers remain the same (that means I am still chairman)
- We have asked clubs to submit race details as soon as possible, even at the begining of season if they are available (for ours there is no reason for not doing this once we have confirmed the booking for the leisure centre)
- arrangements for notifying new runners for last race will stay the same (deadline exactly one week before the race
- We will improve communications for when races are under threat because of conditions (e.g. mobile numbers available for contacts with back-ups, sending alerts out the day before if there are foreseeable problems, possibly a facebook page)
Provisional dates, organisers and venues for next season (to be confirmed) are: -
Oct 24th Eryri at Caernarfon
Nov 21st EP at Capenhurst
Dec 12th Wirral at Hoylake??
Feb 13th West Chesh at Christleton??
Mar 13th Buckley at Mold (Fenn - please can I speak to you about this, Rob)
Mar 27th Deeside AC at Deeside College
Apr 27th (Weds evening) atWrexham AC at Wrexham
Posted by Rob Weds 30th June at 1.45 pm
Saturday, 26 June 2010
1 Jez 37.09
4 Simon R 38.41
6 Simon E 39.19
11 Steve B 42.11
19 Dave 44.36
20 Huw 44.38
25 John 46.07
27 Paul S 46.27
35 Chris 48.04
58 Rob M 57.44
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Saturday, 19 June 2010
Buckley was again well represented not least as the race is organised and marshaled by colleague Buckleyites, John Morris, Dawn Urquart, Huw Lewis, Pete Roberts to name a few.
The evening was made all the sweeter by some brilliant Buckley performances:
1st Jez Brown 36:56
5th Simon Roberts 39:06
6th Simon Edwards 39:07
25th James Pickering 49:59
38th Fenella Higgins 54:19
41st Rob Mackay 56:50
43rd Sue Riding 56:58
For me, that's twice on the trot now, vanquished by Mrs. H. Third time lucky??
Thanks John, great night
Monday, 14 June 2010
4 Jez, 1:50:50
9 Simon E, 1:52:40
20 Simon R, 1:59:18
55 Pete, 2:17:05
62 Chris, 2:20:22
66 John 2:28:10
68 Huw 2:29:28
83 Sue 3:26:30
Sunday, 13 June 2010
Lilleshall - 22nd Jan,
Bangor - 30th Oct,
Oswestry - 5th Feb 2011,
Wrexham - 27th Nov,
NW Champs - 29th Jan 2011
The usual order and dates are slightly different this year, due to the increasingly crowded calendar
Posted by Sue
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
Sunday, 6 June 2010
The first race of the series saw a good turnout by Buckley Runners. The 5 mile route was mainly the same as previous years but with some interesting changes. There is less tarmac, some sections being replaced with narrow twisting paths through the woods or more sections of the field. Fortunately it was dry, some of the hills would be tricky in wet conditions. Generally a much better course, more “off-road”.
11th PAUL STINTON 32:45
15th STEPHEN BELLIS 33:07
23rd MICHAEL JONES 35:02
32nd JAMES PICKERING 36:40
33rd MARCUS REID 36:51
34th MICHAEL LUDDEN 36:57
45th ROB DAVIES 40:21
56th MARGARET LUDDEN 41:58
59th ROBERT MACKEY 43:48
61st SUSAN RIDINGS 44:22
I enjoyed the run, legs were tired but I got a new PB. Not difficult really because it was a new course. I like the series, it’s a good chance to measure yourself, a rare chance to run several times over the same route. Unfortunately I upset the local footballers, who were having a kick-around. One of them seemed to think I was unreasonable not to kick his ball back, which he had hoofed onto the course. It obviously escaped his notice that all the runners had numbers on their vests. It’s a race, Sunshine; stopping to return footballs is not part of it. It is worrying that people like him are allowed to vote, and breed.