Bill Clarke – Club Captain
Blimey, another month since my last report and the weather is still reasonable for this time of year! It has been a quiet month for races -with only four to mention – starting with the 6 Dales Challenge: 25 miles over fields and stiles, with both runners and walkers taking part. I remember running this race 12 years ago, getting lost and taking that long to finish that I was asked at the end if I had started with the walkers. Anyway, Tim Hulse recorded 4 hours 9 minutes, with Ann-Marie Mountford, Claire Mackellor and Julie Ebrey all recording 6 hours 52 minutes.
In the Athens Marathon 7 members ran, with Mick Downes coming in first for the club in 3 hours 24 minutes.
For the 5K Park Hall Cross Country at Longton, Pam Davies was the first lady in for the club in 29 minutes 2 seconds, with the ever-improving Emma Clay coming in at 30 minutes and 1 second, Anne-Marie Mountford at 30 minutes 21 seconds and Margaret Shaw with 34 minutes and 25 seconds. In the men’s race over 10K, 7 men from the club ran, with Steve Fenney flying round in a swift 39 minutes and 36 seconds – a good time and half a minute faster than our second man Fabian Carbonell (who I could not get to run any cross country races).
In the latest race, the Cheddleton 10K – a tough course over three laps with a longish climb on each lap – Kevin Uzzell came home in 45 minutes 42 seconds and was 1st male veteran 65. Julie Boulton was our first lady in 56 minutes and 45 seconds.
Just to finish, I would again like to remind members of the Chairman’s Bare Wrist 4 miles on Wednesday 17th December at 6.30 pm. You have to run the 4 miles without your watch on and predict your finishing time to the nearest second over the two lap course. It starts from Newcastle Road to the Ponds Garage on the A34, to Stafford Street, Crown Street, Newcastle Road, Trent Road, back on to the A34, Stafford Street, Crown Street and Newcastle Road, where it finishes by the club entrance. Please bring a plate of food for a buffet after the race.