The Pub Run this week will be from Gallagher's Ale House Cross Hills and wil be led out by Carl Pawson. There is plenty of parking in the Co-op car park. Be ready for a 7:00 pm start.
Barlick Fell Runners have a structured training programme which caters for all abilities and the details are below. In addition, we have a complete beginners session which is basically a couch to 5K course and the next one will start in the Spring, when the weather gets better. The training sessions for the coming week are shown below. Further details of what is involved in each session is lower down the page.
Monday with Leanne Dinsdale
These sessions are off road over fell and trail and sometimes they are a cross fit/circuit type session. To take part, you need to be able to run 5-6 miles comfortably and turn up with off road shoes and for winter nights, a head torch. The sessions cover a wide range of abilities and the main thing is that no one is left behind as the group always keeps tracking back to the slowest runner, so that everyone is always working to their ability level. If you are not sure if this session is for you, turn up and give it a try - you will be made most welcome.
Tuesday with Nick Treitl & Andy Berry.
These sessions will be focussed on progressing abilities for both flat speed & hill strength through varied sessions. All abilities welcome & catered for, but the sessions will be demanding and will take place from various locations.
Tuesday Track Session with Harvey Grace
These sessions are for those who want to improve their speed.
Wednesday - Pub Run
These are informal sessions and cater for all abilities. Each week, those taking part meet up at a local hostelry, have a gentle running session lasting around an hour and then retire to the bar to sample the local ale and chew the fat. Everyone is welcome on these runs including none members, in fact, they are a good way to get to know the ethos of the club and decide if it is for you.
Thursday with John Boothman
This is aimed at intermediate runners, people who have completed the beginner course and want to take their running a little further. Having said that, the session also attracts the more experienced runners. The group always tracks back during a session so that no one is left behind. The better runners feel as much benefit as the less experienced as they run much further. Each week, the group will cover around 8 -10 km. In winter, trail or fell shoes are recommended, although not every week is off road. Bring along a head torch in the winter months.
Despite the name, the club participates in all disciplines of running, fell, cross country and road and welcomes applications from runners of all abilities to join us. If you are not sure if the club is for you, why not come to one of our training sessions or one of our regular pub runs. You will be under no obligation to join, but you will get a feel for the club and a better idea if the club is for you. You can merely turn up to a training session unannounced, but it would be better if you contacted our club secretary first (details on the contacts page) and let him know that you will be coming and he will make sure that whoever is leading the group will look out for you.
If you are an absolute beginner to running, you too are most welcome to join us in one of our sessions, but please contact our secretary first and she will make sure that you will have a programme with which you are comfortable.
Membership fees for the club are as follows:
Junior members under the age of 16 must be accompanied by their parent, guardian or other adult nominated by them, at all times and they will be responsible for their welfare, safety and behaviour.
Parents or guardians will also be fully responsible for the welfare, safety and behaviour of junior members over the age of 16.
Your membership expires on 31 December and you will receive a formal reminder that payment for the next year is due. It would be helpful if you can pay directly into the club bank account from your mobile phone or internet banking. The details are:
Sort Code: 050222
Account No: 36214660
Please remember to quote your full name or membership number.
John Boothman ran in this race as he was sponsored for the 'Bottle Stop' charity by the Barnoldswick & Earby Rotary Club. He ran steady under doctor's orders, although not as steady as the doctor ordered and he finished 26th out of 158 with a time of 43:56.
Jean Brown Sets New Record
The run of the day had to be from from Jean Brown who worked her way through the field from 20th position at CP3 to 9th position overall. In doing so, she finished first lady and set a new course record.
In the men's race, Neil Northrop of Dark Peak set a scorching pace right from the outset, at the front of the field and the following pack struggled to keep up. Shaun Chew was one of those chasing Neil, but the fast pace eventually took its toll and as he faded, it allowed Neil's team mate, Joe Blackett to move into second place, thus ensuring a Dark Peak 1st & 2nd positions. Mike Wallis of Clayton improved both in his position and time from last year, but he could not quite keep up with Joe Blackett and had to settle for 3rd place.
Despite having secured a one-two, Dark Peak missed out on the team prize by one point and it once again went to Clayton.
Of the Barlickers, Shaun Chew was probably disappointed with his race, although he finished in a very creditable 4th place. Andy Berry had a cracking race to finish in 13th place with Stuart Bryan not far behind him in 16th place.
Rob Weir, having made a navigational error, definitely did not enjoy his race and was disappointed with his performance, in fact, a smile only returned to his face when he was sinking a pint in the Assherton Arms.
Special mention must be made of Rachel Lowther, who has only been running for a year and she made it round the course with some encouragement from her sister, Kirsty Hall. This is a tough course and the fact that she completed it says a lot about the determination of Rachel.
Shaun Chew led the Barlickers home, but only just managed to beat Nick Treitl who must still have been feeling the effects of the Three Peaks Race. Sam Wadsworth was third for Barlick.
On the night, there seemed to be a lot of Barlick vests on display and a total number of 16 Barlickers entered this race. The only club to exceed this figure was Wharfedale.
As is usual with Barlick, a post race analysis took place in the local hostelry.
The whole of the Barlick finishers and times were:
9 Shaun Chew 24:59
10 Nick Treitl 25:19
13 Sam Wadsworth 26:18
17 Dan Taylor 26:45
21 Andy Berry 27:11
25 Ian Livesey 27:59
26 Andrew Carson 28:05
28 Mick Keegan 28:16
51 John Boothman 31:13
52 Derek Walkden 31:22
53 Dave Halliday 31:23
61 Scott Baistow 32:03
70 Bob Jackson 33:34
71 Glenn Whittaker 34:02
88 Rachel Lowther 36:33
90 Richard Treitl 36:42
Lucas Payne has been nursing an injury for some time and he entered this race to see if his body was on the mend. Here is his report of the day.
It was a very cold, windy day. 224 runners all lined up, or should I say huddled together, off went the hooter and we were away.
The route was very interesting in that it was a mix of trail, soft sometimes very muddy ground and normal narrow tarmac roads, basically an uphill first section, then undulating and finally a killer hill at the end. Super views were the order of the day.
I was delighted at finishing 8th in a time of 38:09. However, I was brought back to planet Earth when the fellow who had pursued me relentlessly from the start finished just behind me. Heasked my age to see if I had robbed him of a prize. I said that I was 44. He said "That's fine, I am a vet 55. OK, I may look like Gollum off Lord Of The Rings, but that made me realize that I was almost dead ... you have to laugh.
My lady wife and her chum also finished their first 10k race in 1 hour. Round of applause. You never know, we may tempt them to sign up to BFR.
The Race Director and his colleagues really did organise a super event, very well marshalled. Hot drinks, flapjack and bananas for the finishers - many thanks to them all.
This event is over 60 miles, involving some very hard rugged moorland and climbing over 11,000 feet. As you might expect, Mick Plummer was there, but unusually for Mick, he retired at Cray, as he was not feeling well.
However Gareth Bradley stayed the course and completed it in 17 hrs 41 minutes. But for the grouping time that he incurred, he would have completed it 25 minutes quicker.