Sunday, 23 April 2017

The Cake Race 

The next club race is on the fells next Saturday 29th April and is The Cake Race at Diggle.  I did this last year, it’s a lovely run and I would recommend it, but would class it more as a tough trail race than a fell race, the biggest descent/ascent being 2 (long, long) flights of steps.  At 9.9 miles don’t take it lightly, but if you are confident of a half marathon, then you’ll be okay.

The race starts at 11am and entry is either £5 on the day, or free with a homemade cake (which brings the added excitement of a cake judging competition and prizes after the race!).  ALL my brownies had gone last year, with a stack of the winning entry still left over . . . but I’m not bitter about that (...fix!)  

Parking is tight near the start/finish, so allow time for parking a short trot away, but there’s a village hall type place that you can leave stuff in (at your risk) if you wanted to take a bag or a jumper.  Note that if the weather is poor then they may expect you to have full body cover, i.e. waterproof top and trousers, although last year rain/hail was forecast and they only wanted the top.  They do also state a requirement to carry map (print off website), compass, whistle and emergency food (e.g. a gel), so make sure that you have these, plus something to carry them in.  I have a couple of spare whistles and a spare compass if anyone needs one, plus some other spare kit. In fact, I have at least 1 spare of everything, so IM me if you need anything, but it’ll be in the boot of the car anyway.  There’s a good description of the course and a copy of the route map that you can print off on the race website, which is at the URL below.  However the race was well-attended and well-marked last year, so navigation wasn’t a problem. 

Give me a shout if you have any questions, hope you enjoy the race! 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017



The club have decided to take the busy water station at 'The Lane', just off Beaumont Road near Chorley New Road, which is one of the busiest points on the course.  We need to have 25 people manning the station at all times during the day.  The marathon is from early afternoon to late evening.  We appreciate most people are working the Monday but we will be needing people to stay as late as possible.  If you can only do a few hours you might be better doing the late shift as the afternoon shift will be easier to fill.

Family and friends are more than welcome to help but MUST be registered.

The IRONMAN UK race season is fast approaching, and with the introduction of another new race in Edinburgh, it promises to be our busiest yet. Now more than ever, we need our enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to perform crucial roles and to help make 2017 our most successful year to date. As someone who has previously volunteered at an IRONMAN event, or expressed an interest, we'd love to have you on the team!

The registration forms for all events can all be found at Alternatively, you can follow the links below:

IRONMAN UK Bolton on Sunday 16 July 2017

You will need to sign-up as a volunteer for each race individually (so if you would like to join us at more than one race - please remember to fill out the relevant registration form for each one).

If you have any questions, please contact

We very much hope to see you in the summer!

Best wishes,

The IRONMAN UK Volunteer Team 2017

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Race Report – Rivingon Pike Fell Race 

The thronging crowds peered anxiously down the hill, as the ominous rumbling sound gradually grew louder and louder,until it was so thunderous that the ground began to shake.  Such a sound has not been heard since the dreaded hordes of Visgoths sacked Rome in 476 AD and is unlikely to be heard again until the Martian War Machine comes from hiding and decimates the WorldActually, on second thoughts though the noise wasn’t ominous . . . it was the sound of . . . fun!?

Suddenly the crowds beheld the awe-inspiring sight of 371 athletes sweeping majestically across the slopes towards the summit of Rivington Pike.  One of them smiled, one of them shouted “Don’t film this shit”all of them couldn’t believe that they’d given up a bank holiday afternoon for this.  That’s right, it was the 125th running of the country’s oldest fell race, and by jingo it was a good one.  

16 well-toned A&T athletes nervously toed the start line opposite Lever Park gates for a road-based sprint start towards Rivington school, before veering off to the right and the start of the climb proper.  From here it’s only 1 mile to the pike, but the route gradually becomes steeper and steeper up runnable paths, until you reach the last 100 yards, where most runners are reduced to hands-on-knees walking.  Then, rounding the pike tower there’s momentary bliss as the ground levels out, and then BANG! it’s a hectic downhill sprint, back the way you came, to the finish.   You need to be careful not to land on your arse (Bacon Mon), but it was all worth it for a pint in the pub and one of Kay’s brownies.

Thanks also to the A&T support on the route, some great photos from Terry online, plus I saw Jo & Mark, Gary, Barry, Stacey and Cath B, apologies if I missed anyone, I was mostly concentrating on not falling over!

Individual results are below, with some amazing performances, and the A&T champs are updated on the website, but it’s also worth mentioning the great results from a team perspective:

Men 6th team from 16

Men (Vets) 5th team from 17

Women 8th team from 13

Women (Vets) 7th team from 8

     27    Tim Campbell         V40   3             20:44

     76    Carl Murray                                    23:14

     97    David Sloan                                    23:40

    113   Brendan Loughrey     V50  17         24:22

    177   Anthony Hart         V45  20            26:39

    192   Claire Matchwick     L    26            27:17

    210   Paul Basnett         V45  23            28:05

    248   Paul Daniel          V40  31             29:43

    257   Derek Coop           V55  24              30:03

    288   Ian Hamilton         V65   8             31:26

    298   Rachel Haslam        L    53              32:07

    319   Clare Unsworth       L40  11             33:57

    328   Tracy Loughrey       L45  11             34:19

    330   Kay Campbell         L40  12              34:35

    341   Robert Foster        V50  39              35:56

    350   Tracy Waterfall      L40  16              36:40


Next on the calendar is the Cake Race in Diggle, Saddleworthon Sat 29th Apr.  Free entry if you bring a cake!  More on that in the next couple of weeks.