After the success of the 2011 club do following the Bleasdale Circle race, do we want to do the same again on 25th February 2012?
Les has booked the Parish Hall for the full day so if everyone is in agreement then we can go ahead and enjoy the night as we did last year.
Please could we have more club volunteers though with regards to the organising of the do (if we do go ahead) as last year it was all left to just one or two of us??
PLEASE SEND YOUR THOUGHTS AND IF YOU ARE WILLING TO HELP ORGANISE to email@example.com
Saturday's Tour saw it's largest number on the start line since the race began, lured to Barley by warm sunny weather no doubt. Kieran Carr again put on an excellent race although with no navigational challenges this year, the front runners were easy to spot and Carl Bell continued his excellent form this season to take the trophy.
10 bowlanders ran (and will proudly be displaying their lime green t-shirts at forthcoming events) with Coxes major and minor and Emma in support.
See the Club Champs page for the full report and latest update.
Because of the lack of available women on the day of the relay I have (with advice from the key team leaders) entered a Vets and Open team in the Pennine Bridleway Relay next February. Because we will concentrate our efforts on a vets team there should be room in the open team for members who don't get to run in the club teams very often. Please announce your availability to one or all of the following.....
Chris Reade (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Quentin Harding (email@example.com)
Richard Mellon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Clive Davis (email@example.com)
Mike Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I look forward to seeing the line-ups in due course..............Lee
The Bowland Bat League kicked off on the 1st of November, with 23 Bats descending on Carwags for the first Bat meeting of the season.
The Winter Planner is now posted on the Bat Runs page and the Carwags Winter Challenges page has been updated with details of this season's 6 challenges.
I had an email from Gavin Burt, an osteopath from London, who has devised a way to accurately diagnose injuries and give some professional advice as well as recovery plans. If you click on the image above you will be taken to the website where you will find a whole list of possible explanations for your own personal injury! Give it a go....it's pretty self-explanatory but if you need further help then click here for more info on how to use the site. It didn't explain my injury by the way!
Knowing that several club members have problems with their feet, the following may interest you;
On Saturday, October 22; The Foot Centre are offering free consultations all day, to people who are concerned about poor posture, blisters, cold or sore feet or frequent and persistent injuries or for people who are on their feet all day or need to improve mobility!
A flurry of activity throughout the week culminated with a few late applications for exemptions from running in the relay, most as usual rejected but Leigh Warburton pulled out due to illness and was replaced by the ever keen Yiannis Tridimas. Those discussions at Bill’s funeral on the Friday were cemented and the open team was reformed.
The journey to Kettlewell was most scenic travelling through the picturesque
Once the Sean’s were located we were set for the off. Mild panic at a few late arrivals was soon allayed and the teams were all in place. Great runs were had by all and all 3 teams coped with the difficult terrain, tussocks, bogs, rough tracks and came home in good order. The navigation leg was excellent and the controls well hidden necessitating careful and accurate navigation over hard terrain. Well done Quentin for taking on all the nav responsibility for our leg – makes my life a bit easier not having to think about that map reading business.
The race was won by Dark Peak 3.5 mins ahead of Borrowdale.
26th Bowland Vets, Shaun Livesey, Ali Welsh & Dave Wilson, Chris Reade & Quentin Harding, Mike Johnson. 5th Vet team
47th Sean Bolland, Richard Mellon & Oliver Wilde, Mark Saunders & Martin Hurst, Yiannis Tridimas.
126th – Jen Hutton, Rowena Brown & Sophie Fosker, Sue Harding & Sarah Sarginson, Emma Gregory. 18th Ladies team, (I think).
182 teams finished. Results and splits on Sportident website.
Bowland has 3 teams entered for this years relay on Saturday 15th October based in Kettlewell;
Leg 1: Sean Bolland
Leg 2: Richard Mellon & Oliver Wild
Leg 3: Mark Saunders & Martin Hurst
Leg 4: Leigh Warburton
Reserve - Paddy Walsh
Leg 1: Jenn Hutton
Leg 2: Rowena Browne & Sophie Fosker
Leg 3: Sue Harding & Sarah Sarginson
Leg 4: Emma Gregory
Leg 1: Shaun Livesey
Leg 2: Dave Wilson & Ali Welsh
Leg 3: Quentin Harding & Chris Reade
Leg 4: Mike Johnson
More details can be found at http://www.relay.bingleyharriers.org.uk/index.html if you want to come along and support.
October 2nd 2011
A fantastic performance by both Open and Mixed teams in the IHMR - with the clag down, the compass was out on legs 2, 3 and 4 and no major errors were made, unlike Dark Peak and Clayton to mention a few. The Open team were 8th overall and the Mixed team were 4th in category. See the new BOWLAND BLOG for some first hand accounts.
Mike, Mark, Richard, Chris and Quentin
For the Open Team:
Leg 1 Sean Bolland Shaun Livesey 00:40:20
Leg 2 Richard Mellon Mark Chippendale 01:15:17
Leg 3 Mike Johnson Steve Swarbrick 00:56:03
Leg 4 Chris Reade Quentin Harding 01:16:45
Total 04:08:25 (8th overall)
Sophie, Rowena, Alan, Ali and Emma
For the Mixed Team
Leg 1 Sophie Fosker Sarah Sarginson 00:48:47
Leg 2 Clive Davis Leigh Warburton 01:20:44 27
Leg 3 Emma Gregory Rowena Browne 01:15:50 36
Leg 4 Alan Lucker Ali Welsh 01:27:28
Total 04:52:49 (4th Mixed Team and 30th overall)
Tue 13th September 2011 - SEE THE PHOTO GALLERY OF THE EVENT
Jubilee Tower by Chris Reade
13 dedicated runners turned out to race this inaugural circuit in blustery and menacing conditions. Thankfully the worst of the weather didn’t show itself until Mike and Richard were returning from the Fleece Inn later in the evening. I arrived somewhat last minute to find most people ready to run, a quick briefing and they were off, most of the runners that is.
Quentin, Richard and Mike Johnson were held back 5 minutes to provide some sport and entertainment later on in the race and in the event they only caught Clive and Dave Wilson in the final run in off the fell, (well Richard and Quentin did anyway).
Everyone came in looking like they had worked hard and although not the most picturesque of routes was definitely a challenge on this poor evening, (weatherwise).
The route went from Jubilee Tower cross country to Clougha Trig, via an array of lines, some runners not believing there was a stile across the fence, which indicated a wide variety of route choice to me. Then it was Right on a track across Grit Fell to the near Trig of Wardstone, then about turn and into the wind back to Grit Fell and down the R side of the fence back to Jubilee Tower. The winning time was 1 hr 3 mins and 12 seconds for this 12.15Km and 350m of climb challenge. The race was run as an Honesty Race without marshals relying on people to touch the trig points and the stile.
Below are the actual times, with the 5 minutes knocked off for Richard, Quentin and Mike.
1st Richard Mellon 1.03.12 Open
2 Quentin Harding 1.03 17 V40
3 Mike Johnson 1.03 51 V40 / V50
4 Clive Davis 1.08 20 V40
5 Dave Wilson 1.08.37 V40
6 Richard Davis 1.11.05 V40 / V50
7 Crispin Halsall 1.11.25 V40
8 Declan O’Duffy 1.12.42 V40 / V50
9 John Elliot 1.21.00 V40
10 Tim Whiteley 1.21.36 V40
11 Rowena Brown 1.22.14 Lady V40
12 Alan Heaton 1.29.36 V40/V50
13 Ian Cookson 1.36.38 V40 V50 / V60
Many thanks to everyone for turning up and to Andy, Pam, Andy and Ian for supporting / supervising on the hill and to anyone else who I’ve missed but was out. Interestingly whilst we were waiting for the Reverend to return there was a light on Clougha top so wonder whether we lost anyone or whether there are other bats around whom we don’t know about.
See the Club Champs page for the latest table
The Club Championship page has now been updated with race reports after Wasdale and Kentmere - Richard, Rowena, Leigh, John Wade and Cookie are the ones to beat in Open, Ladies, V40, V50 and V60 respectively. Both races were a swag-fest for Bowland ... look out for some new kit soon!
The latest club championship race at Kentmere saw Bowland gain both team prizes - not sure if this has happened in a non-local race before? Rich, Paul N and Mike J for the men and Rowena, Sophie and Jo T for the ladies. Results for the last two champs races will appear on the club champs page when the official results appear on line.
Chris Reade did a fine job organising the English Junior Fell Running event alongside the Clougha Pike race on Saturday.The RESULTS are on the CLOUGHA PIKE page of the website and I'll add some of the photos soon ... but in the meantime this was emailed to me by a parent this morning ... these kids torment me all week at school and as you can see, I can't even shake them off at the weekend!
Posted by Richard
Congratulations to Andy on his successful BG round last weekend - his article about the day is on the Bob Graham page of our website.
Ennerdale was a very popular race this year with about 100 runners despite the English Championship clash at Duddon. 8 Bowlanders made the long drive and conditions, according to Leigh, were "a bit warm" once the wind dropped in time for the second half of the race. With all the championship contenders at Duddon it was quite a gentle pace to begin with and times were a little slower than usual. With Sarah 4th lady, Richard 5th, Mark 4th V40, Huw 9th V40, Dave 21st V40, Leigh 2nd V50, Ian 7th V50 and Wayne 11th V50 there was something for everyone in addition to the good points for the Lakeland Classics.
Images courtesy of http://www.sharpimagesuk.com/ennerdale_horseshoe_2011/
Five Bowland members (and an honorary Selwyn Wright) made the long journey to Jura for this years fell race. With somewhat blustery, wet weather in the preceeding days the race was run on the best day weatherwise in almost a fortnight, albeit with very strong winds and sodden ground. Navigation was consequently not an issue this year but the heavy ground and strong winds made for an exciting time on the paps. Richard managed to get round in a sub-4 time with Chris pleased at only 10 minutes slower than last year given his lack of racing recently. Nick nursed his injury round and John was very pleased with his first Jura . For Selwyn however, this was his 21st Jura - a remarkable achievement. The heavens opened during the evening festivities in the pub and the journey back was pure en-Jura-nce with gale force winds making cycling difficult and preventing some ferries from running. However, Mick's camper was warm and comfortable ... a message to all aspirant Jurans?
Read all about Duncan's latest attempt at the Paddy Buckley Round on the new Paddy Buckley page of the Bowland website. CLICK HERE to see it.
Saturday's Buttermere race was run in "proper" conditions with most of the field donning tops in the maelstrom on Causey Pike. 10 Bowlanders braved the elements with a debut from new member Sophie - rumour has it her new "dayglo" club vest was spotted from as far away as Keswick! The club championship page has the race report and the updated table. Bowland results were;
7 Richard Mellon M 01:37:39
22 Mark Chippendale MV40 01:49:18
24 Leigh Warburton MV50 01:49:23
48 David Wilson MV40 02:03:18
52 Alan Lucker M 02:04:18
58 John Wade MV40 02:04:57
61 Rowena Brown LV40 02:07:36
79 Ian Cookson MV60 02:13:03
80 Sophie Fosker L 02:13:53
95 John Taylor MV60 02:20:29
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Five Bowland members ran the Three Peaks at the weekend to come in as 8th team in the overall standings - two places higher than the road runners from Clayton!! Well done to all for a solid team performance.
Free on a Thursday evening? Have a look at the Summer Street Orienteering League in Preston in June - click on the link below to see the flyer for the series.
The final Bat League and Carwags Speed League documents are now posted on the website. The Summer Planner will follow shortly.
March 3rd – Trough Skyline
March 8th – Carwags Batbecue
March 10th Jubilee Tower
March 15th – Carwags
March17th – Roddlesworth
March 22nd – The Final Carwags
March 24th – The Fell Foot Finale
Causey Pike on Saturday saw a great turnout of 11 Bowlanders for the first Champs race of the season (and FAB) with additional support on the hill from the Farmers. Tom Addison set the pace up the road but Rob Jebb soon pulled away on the climb, obviously benefitting from his warm up cycle from Staveley (the Lancaster contingent might try this strategy next year!) and was a comfortable winner ahead of a raft of Borrowdale runners. RIch and Chris both had good runs under 39 mins. Leigh and Declan obviously had a good tussle with Leigh finishing only 20 seconds ahead then Ian appeared with a bloody nose swiftly followed by Rowena .. not sure if the two events were linked as he claimed to have got too close to the feet infront in the steep ascent. John Wade was running incognito so should be docked half his Champs points - but at least he'd found a pair of shorts this week and was running well without the three sweaters on. The V50 battle continued behind with Andy W comfortably ahed of the Denver brothers (Glyn getting the best of the family rivalry) and Wayne looking like he'd given it his all. The Club Championship page has been updated.
A good little race which certainly packed a punch and despite the long journey for a short race was well worth the effort. For FULL RESULTS CLICK HERE with the Bowland contingent;
The image and others available to purchase is from Steve Agnus at ATHLETES IN ACTION
In other news, the Fiendsdale results are now posted on the webage ... a belated report to follow from the organiser soon.
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Just a quick reminder that the first race of the 2011 CLUB CHAMPS is on SAT 26th MARCH @ CAUSEY PIKE.
See you all there I hope.
Wynn Cliff needs some extra marshalls for the
races on 23rd April. If you can help out then please let her know
It's always a great day and I think that
anyone helping out gets a bit of breakfast if you are there early
The High Peak Marathon is an unusual race. It’s long, it’s run in early March at night and takes place in the Peak District, which is notorious for its peat bogs. Despite all that it has a strong following. The limit of 50 teams means that many applicants are left disappointed. Against that there is a good chance that one can find a place in a team as a substitute in the last days before the event, as team members become injured or fall ill, a likely possibility in teams of four.
I have lost count of how many times I have done the event but last year I decided it was the last time I organised a team. I had not lost my appetite for the event, I just wanted a change. I decided I would join a team as a substitute if there was a chance. The last few days before the race date the FRA forum was getting busy with requests for new team members. I had entered a score event on the Sunday and was not seriously thinking of the HPM until Thursday when it appeared that the weather was going to be quite good – dry, no snow and some hill fog. This was much better weather than what we had in some previous years with a soft snow overlay on top of the soft bogs of the Peak. A couple of partner requests appeared from some of the top teams – no good for me, they wouldn’t have me anyway. Then on Thursday evening there was a posting from a girls’ team from the Sheffield University orienteering club. One team member was injured and they were after anyone who could volunteer to join them. I contacted them and said I would join them if they could not find another female team member and if they did not mind changing to a ‘mixed’ team. The reply soon came back positive. They were very young and had no experience of such challenges. They hoped to get round in about 14 hours, which is quite a bit longer than what I had done before even in heavy snow. I did not mind that, I was looking forward to a more relaxed event than usual.
And so, on Friday night I met up with Sarah, Naomi and Liz at the Edale village hall and went through the usual checking of clothing and food. The combined age of the three of them was about the same as my 66 years! We set off at 23:03 and made good and steady progress. The girls seem to be enjoying themselves and I was careful to keep a pace which they were all happy with. The first feeding stop at Moscar went to plan, we grabbed some food and refilled the bottles and headed up Derwent Edge. There things changed. Liz started suffering from stomach cramps and nausea. We walked and made sure she was kept warm. At Lost Lad she sat down by the checkpoint and contemplated retiring. She looked pale. There was no time to sit around on top of a breezy hill so we made our way to the next checkpoint at Sheepfold Clough where we decided to walk to the rescue point at Slippery Stones, some distance away. There we left her in safety and the three of us made our way to the Cut Gate checkpoint and continued the course. It was dark and misty and apart from a couple of other teams we did not see anyone else for a while. Traversing the desolate wilderness of the Howden Moors in the small hours in a cold and misty morning is challenge enough for hardened mountaineers, let alone my two young companions but the perseverance of Sarah and Naomi impressed me. At the second feeding station at Snake we were joined by a lone member of another retired team and made our way over Kinder to Edale. It had taken us 14 hours and 5 minutes to get round. The detour to Slippery Stones probably added over an hour to our time.
This HPM was a new experience for me. I had been used to doing the event with a team of experienced veteran men and had won the vets trophy a number of times. This time we were not after a trophy. My ambition was to use my experience and make sure my young companions had a good race. I think they all enjoyed the occasion. As for me, the lack of competitive motive made me drop my guard and go off course two or three times in the limited visibility. But these were small errors balanced out by taking the best shortcuts where possible.
Yiannis Tridimas 06.03.11
The 9 races for this years Club Championship have been decided - click to see the CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP 2011 page for full details. This years races are a mixture of established events and "home grown" races including, for the first time, a BAT event.
The first race is Causey Pike on March 26th......short and steep to kick off the league! See you there.
15th Feb – Tolkien Trail
17th Feb – Wards Stone
22nd Feb – Carwags
24th Feb – Settle Loop
1st March – Carwags
Anyway, the times... Three duathletes were on the course together, and Andrew Knowles has provided the following info;
"After being stuck in the first two fields of the Bleasdale Fell Race for what felt like most of Saturday afternoon, I was determined to gain a moral boosting reasonable time at the Carwags Duathalon. Setting off with Declan at a fair pace (Steve Cox having missed the start time) we crested the trig in minutes At the foot of the Dew Pond climb for the second time Declan missed a gear so I pressed on with Steve Cox entering the circuit from my left on his first lap some 30 yards behind and splitting Declan and myself. So I was the carrot hoping I remembered the way, I’ll own up now I gave it some welly back to the carpark (in the vain hope of holding Declan off for as long as possible). A decent transition (chucked the bike in a bush) and away glancing left to see Declan flying down the road I estimated I had close to a minute lead, the legs felt terrible but gradually came to life. Over the trig, no Declan but at the bottom of the Dew Pond climb I suffered ‘mechanical failure’ with my laces and stopped to tie them, Declan swept past never to be seen again. A great three way tussle with decent times as follows.
Andrew Knowles 62mins 15secs , Steve Cox 61mins 40 Declan O'Duffy 60mins 44 " (time corrected from 60.55 by Bat Central as I saw Declan's stop watch!)
So, Declan regains the duathlon 'record' from Steve and a "Superduobat" title beckons for the first to knock off the 45 secs and get under the hour.
Meanwhile, Keith Denver was busy slicing another 2 minutes plus from his cyclo-cross duathlon time, posting a 72.15 and he reckons he could still take another couple of minutes off this.
Among the runners, Ian France and Shaun Turner ran round close together to post times of 38.37 and 38.39 (independently reported), and newly-established Turbobat Lee Dowthwaite and perennial Turbobat Clive Davis swept round together in just over the 33 minute mark - good running! Martin Walsh also improved his time -yet again - to under 38 minutes.
Wednesday 2nd Feb - Candlemas
Thursday 3rd Feb - Langden
Tuesday 8th Feb - Carwags
Thursday 10th Feb – Whelpstone Gnarly.
Up Haggis Aa – 25th Jan
The Shivering Ginnel – 27th Jan
Carwags – 1st Feb
With the last change to the team completed on Saturday (a big thanks to Tim Whiteley for stepping in at the last moment!) it was with relief that both Bowland teams turned out the full compliment of runners on Sunday, although some were ever so slightly late for a changeover due to an extended warmup - or was that extra BG training Dec?
OPEN team report.
Quentin showed new member Adam Lackey the ropes on Leg 1 and at the top of the final climb Adam looked like he was regretting his membership. They came in a respectable 12th position just behind Rossendale Vets and Clayton Open giving Steve and Rich something to chase at the start of Leg 2. Rossendale were quickly despatched and Clayton hauled in on the long climb up to Widdop but with no sign of Borrowdale and Sale A ahead they kept the pace up around the rezzies. Steve began to suffer on the climbs but always caught up on the descents and with the blinkers on they were surprised to be passed by a Preston duo including Gethin Butler setting the second fastest leg time. It became clear that Borrowdale and Sale had gone wandering when they arrived at the end of the leg in 9th place but unfortunately Leigh and Declan were no where to be seen!
When they eventually arrived, Clayton and Borrowdale weren't far behind and put them under pressure but Leigh cannily let them through knowing they'd go the wrong way somewhere on the leg. True to form, both teams missed the final turn down off the moor allowing the Bowland pair to come in 10th place, having been overtaken by Eden. Steve Bamber and Tim Whiteley were immediately under pressure on Leg 4 and Tim dug deep to give Mark and Paul a chance of picking up a few places on Leg 5.
A fantastic effort on the final leg saw them reel in Clayton for the 2nd time that day and in the final few hundred yards, Mark burst past the Eden pair leaving Paul to reap the benefit of all those hours on the track and time his sprint to perfection, nipping past the last Eden runner just before the finish. There needs to be a stewards enquiry though as some dubious dibbing from the officials led to Bowland being behind by 2 secs!!
Thanks to all those who turned out, ran, supported and drove us around. Full results on the PENNINE BRIDLEWAY WEBSITE.
Posted by Rich
Mary Towneley Loop - Sunday 30th January
The CONFIRMED OPEN team (TEAM 13) for Sunday is;
1. Quentin & Mike J
2. Steve Swarbrick & Richard
3. Leigh Warburton and Declan
4. Steve Bamber and Adam
5. Mark Chippendale and Paul Neild
The MIXED team (TEAM 14) is;
1. Rowena Browne & Sue Harding
2. Ian Hutchinson & Nick Hewitt
3. John McHugh & Debbie Cooper
4. Sarah Keats & Jenn Hutton
5. Steve Harling & Andy Crook
Pairs needing to check the route descriptions, leg maps, changeovers, times etc click for thePENNINE BRIDLEWAYwebsite.
The only change I think this year is that each pair must register at the start of their leg to receive the team number.
Richard is team captain for OPEN and Jenn for the MIXED
Carwags Jan 18th
Ingleborough Jan 20th
This year's presentation evening will take place after the Bleasdale Circle Fell Race on the 26th of Feb 2011.
It will be held in the Parish Hall. 7.30pm
Cost - £10 per person payable in advance please. Cheques payable to "Bowland Fell Runners" - Hazelhurst Cottage, Bleasdale, Preston PR3 1UY
We welcome all members of the club and partners to come to what will be a fun evening, with first a hot Buffet served by a local Catering company, with a choice for vegetarians. Plus some great live music from a local Folk Band and maybe some musical club members.
We ask that if you are attending, that you phone or email Les Orr or Pam Farmer so that numbers can be catered for.
Please do let us know now -
Les Orr - 01995 678118 or Les@bowlandenergy.co.uk
Pam Farmer - 01995 678111
Carwags 11th January
Nicky Nook – 13th January
Apologies for not posting this in December ... too much snow to play in!
The final race in the club championship saw a fast race in the snows of Bolton by Bowland and a turnout of 9 hardy Bowlanders, most of whom enjoyed the prize list. Richard Mellon led the team home but the main action was happening behind him with the fight for the 2010 title. For full results click HERE.
The ever youthful Chris Reade secured his ?fourth club championship and V40 trophy by holding off the challenge of Mike Johnson who takes the V50 trophy. The full table of results is available on the Club Championship page.