Monday, 16 January 2017

Townley Park Burnley XC

After a week of mixed weather the conditions were perfect for the first XC fixture of 2017 at Townley Park, Burnley.   There were no A&T ladies, however 8 of our men turned out all fighting for end of season points.
It was a very muddy 9k course but Tim once again made it look easy finishing in 36.37.  Tim admitted he hadn't been taking running very serious lately and has promised to do more training this year!
Neil Hughes 39.39, Simon Ford 40.41 and Dave Sloan 41.08 were next with Gareth Jones 43.29 just pipping Gary Stevens 43.29, followed by Mark Collins 44.49 and an ever improving Phil Spencer-Grey 45.45.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Fell Champs

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for . . . the A&T Fell Championships fixture list for 2017!  Per my earlier blog, this year we have joined the Run the Moors area fell championship, so most of this year’s races are based around that fixture list.  This brings us a wider selection of races than in the previous couple of years and also adds that extra spice of competition against other clubs.  I have dropped only one RTM race from the A&T Champs, the reason being that it is on 19th March and so clashes with the Gin Pit Half. 

Rules are similar to last year, with a couple of small additions.  Best 6 races count, with a minimum of 3 races to qualify for prizes.  There is an extra bonus point for every race you complete over the 5.  There will also be 1 additional bonus point for any category M race that you complete and 2 bonus points for any category L race.  In the event of a tie, then I will backcount on the results, number of 1st places, 2nd places, etc.

It’s worth noting that there will definitely be kit requirements on some of these races and a couple of them will require navigation skills, however I will make sure that this is made clear in advance.  If in doubt, please ask me.

More information on the Run the Moors championship is at this link  There is also a facebook group that I’ll share.

More information on all of the races and kit requirements are to be found on the fell runners association website at this link





Race Info 
(dist, elev gain)

Start Time


12th Feb

Windy Hill, Littleborough (BM)

9M, 1279ft



28th Mar

Pete Hartley Liver Hill, Marl Pits (BS)

4.35M, 820ft



15th Apr

Rivington Pike, Horwich (BS)

3.2M, 699ft



29th Apr

The Cake Race, Diggle (BM)

 9.9M, 1699ft



24th May

Fo(e) Edge, Rossendale (BS)

4.1M, 984ft



11th Jun

Knowl Hill, Rochdale (BS)

6M, 1299ft



28th Jun

Eddie's Revenge, Shaw (AS)

3.8M, 1060ft



13th Jul

Bull Hill, Bury (BS)

5.5M, 1099ft



29th Jul

Turnslack, Littleborough (BM)

9M, 2001ft



20th Aug

Sedbergh Hills, Yorkshire Dales (AL)

14M, 6004ft



2nd Sep

Grizedale Horshoe, Lake District (AM)

9.9M, 5003ft



8th Oct

Withins Skyline, Haworth (BM)

7.5M, 984ft

Saturday, 14 January 2017


Fell Champs 2017 by Tim Campbell

I’m very pleased to announce that A&T applied for, and have been accepted in, the “Run the Moors” area fell championship for 2017.  Similar in concept to the CLGP, but for fell running, membership is currently made up of the following clubs: Horwich RMI, Middleton Harriers, Radcliffe AC, Rochdale Harriers, Rossendale Harriers, Royton RR and Saddleworth Runners.  Oh, and the plucky young upstarts at Astley & Tyldseley RR J 

I will be publishing details of the A&T fell champs, to incorporate the RTM champs, this weekend, and I'm very much looking forward to a new season on the fells as part of a wider group.  If you haven’t tried a fell race before then think about adding one into your diaries for this year, you never know, you may just like it! Don't forget that if you’re unsure about fell running, then I’m always more than happy to advise on things like kit requirements, but it’s not complicated and for most races that we do it doesn’t require any special abilities such as navigation or spidey sense, just a plucky spirit (and possibly some waterproofs and a whistle!)