The Dash September 2014 Editorial Firstly I must hold my hand up – I inadvertently had last month’s issue as being April. Many thanks to Dave Moir for pointing my error out to me in his inimitable style. I’d like to say it won’t happen again but this is the second time I’ve done it now! It must be an age thing. Anyway, this month is definitely October Nove Mar September. Carol and Des’s wedding do was attended by a very merry throng of Dashers who did wonders for the bar takings and filled the dance floor. Thanks to the happy couple for inviting us and I’m sure we all wish you all the best for the future. I was very sorry to hear that Brian Tull’s other half, Shirley, has recently suffered a broken arm. Best wishes for a speedy recovery from us all. I’m s ure you will soon be able to beat Brian at arm wrestling with the other arm so all is not lost. Can I offer my condolences on behalf of us all to Karen Atherton who’s father passed away last week. Sadly there has also been another bereavement, Tony Martin, who many of the long standing members of the club will remember. Brian Tull was a close friend of Tony’s and asked me to include this short tribute to him: It was with a deep sadness that I discovered tha t my old friend Tony Ma rtin had recently passed a wa y. Tony was an avid runner and continued his support even when he had to stop due to injury. Tony had previously been a member of Red Rose Road Runners, Darwen Dashers and Blackbu rn Road Runners. He enjoyed racing and I remember our many years of ra cing togeth er and th e occa sional pint afterwa rds. Tony had many good friends and will be deeply missed. Rest in Peace my friend. Brian. As we now move into the autumnal months and we have less daylight hours to run in there will be a move towards running on the roads so please make sure you wear something reflective and take care. A reminder also for those of us who carry on running on the moors: make sure your headtorches are charged up! Until next month What month is it?? Mr Sparkle Please welcome this month’s new members Paul Brain Tracy Morante Giovanni Posteraro Fiona Salt Simon Taylor Barry Ross Dave Ponton Susan Robinson Debbie Robinson Cover pic: After Grizedale by Jam ie Dowdall Chairman’s chat Beginners group So we see another beginners group draw to a close and we are very pleased to see so many progress and join the Dashers under the £13 membership offer. Massive thanks to run leaders Vikki, Alison, Chris C, James MS, Alex B assisted by James France who have done such a consistently fantastic job with so many new runners. Without a rest the leaders have now moved on and started another beginners group that will take them up to Christmas. The culmination of the current group is summed up by this great picture of them at Bolton parkRun after 9 weeks training. Christmas Do It might seem a long time off, but we have booked Bridge St Social Club for the Dashers Christmas Party on Saturday 13th December from 7:30pm. We haven’t worked out the ticket price yet, but we will keep it as low as possible to just cover our costs (entertainment, room hire & buffet). For those of you who have yet to experience a Dashers Christmas Do, you can expect the following: Alcohol Prize giving for those completing the minimum of 6 races in Road, Fell and ParkRun championships Most Improved Dasher and Dasher of the Year awards. We will publicise the nominations in next month’s Dash so you have plenty of time to vote. Draw for the club’s free London Marathon places (bring your rejection slip with you) Dancing Food Bit more alcohol So get the date on your calendar and make sure you are there! Partners & friends welcome. Jonathan Committee meeting minutes 14/8/14. PresentJonathan, Brian, Chris, Barry, Carly, Rebecca Clothing Vests expected after factory summer shutdown. JS reported that after many years handling the club clothing, Linda is happy for somebody else to take over this role. Huge thanks from committee to Linda for her help. CC volunteered to deal with club clothing. Fun run Still no confirmation of reimbursement for certificate printing from Jill Ashcroft. Action JS to follow up recent email to JA. Beginners group Still no confirmation of reimbursement for run leader training from Jill Ashcroft. Action JS to follow up recent email to JA. Start date for next beginners intake needed. Action CC to discuss & agree date with other run leaders. Subscription renewals Action CC to write to those dashers who have still not renewed their membership. Letter is to include Dashers bank details. Team events Action CE to promote and coordinate teams for the Stockport Road Relay on 13/9/14. This month we welcome new members Paul Brain, Tracy Morante, Dave Ponton, Giovanni Posterano, Deborah Robinson, Barry Ross, Fiona Salt and Simon Taylor. New road race On-going. Action CC Christmas Do We have booked Bridge St Social Club for the evening of Saturday 13/12/14. Action BT to discuss the request to get better beer and bottles of wine in the function room, rather than just the lower bar. Action RS to book DJ. Action JS to ask Alex Sunter if he would like to provide the buffet. 2015 championships After some discussion it was agreed that: races will be agreed within the committee before being publicised wider. Action BS to share road championship suggestions with committee. Action JS to share fell championship suggestions with committee The night series will be reinstated as a championship and the parkrun championship will be given a rest. Club nights It was acknowledged that the Dashtastics are progressing very well and can no longer be classed as beginners. To make space for the intake expected from the current Wednesday beginners group it was agreed that Barry will lead the intermediate group and the new beginners (and those who feel they are not ready to run a bit further and faster) will be led by those on the existing rota. The third (faster) group will be led by Jonathan / Simon F’ as available. Action CC to reinstate the rota as from Tuesday 19/8/14. Barry reported that he will not be able to lead the 18:30 Beat Bazza once his new job starts. It was agreed that this challenge would come to a natural end and be replaced by training focused on Yarrow River 10k. Dasher of The Year & Most Improved Dasher Call for nominations will be publicised in October’s Dash. Action JS Timed Runs and Social Sundays Thanks were given to Carly for the excellent response to her timed runs. As this challenge has come to a close, she has offered to reinstate the Social Sundays as from 28/9/14. She also is planning to host a Halloween run through Roddlesworth from The Royal. Action CE to organise. Jim Taylor’s comment that the route was unclear, especially for new runners, was discussed. It was agreed that any similar events will be flagged / marshalled. Action CE to email Jim to keep him informed. Red Rose Cross Country Dates are not yet available. Action RS to share once these become available. Action RS to enter Dashers who may want to take part. Time & date of next meeting Thursday 4/9/14 immediately after the EGM planned at 20:30 to discuss the update of the constitution. Extraordinary General Meeting minutes 4/9/14 Present Jonathan, Brian, Chris, Barry, Carly, Rebecca, Russell Corsini, Alex Buckland Agenda item To discuss the proposed changes to the club constitution Jonathan opened the meeting and reminded all that the suggested constitution was as printed in the Dash. Russ pointed out that there was a typo – where EGM and AGM had been mixed up. Action RS to correct this. Subject to the correction notes it was unanimously agreed that the suggested constitution be approved. Action JS to upload to the website. More minutes! – Committee meeting 4/9/14 Present Jonathan, Brian, Chris, Barry, Carly, Rebecca Clothing Vests have arrived and will be sold at £17. Priority will be given to new club members. Action JS to publicise. Action CC to sell from Tuesday 13/9/14 Subscription renewals. Chris reported that final reminder letter had gone out. New members This month we welcome Catherine Ferro, Jonathan Bromilow and Stuart Ryder. New road race Chris reported that this will take several months to organise fully. It will be taken off the agenda until there is progress to report. Christmas Do Room booked, DJ booked, Alex Sunter booked for catering. Action BT to discuss the request to get better beer and bottles of wine in the function room, rather than just the lower bar. Action JS get some tickets printed once price has been agreed Fell Relay Second team has been entered: Rebecca, Jamie Dowdall, Stuart Smith, Joanne Nelson, Janine Fallon, Neil Duerden & Simon Taylor Dasher of the year / Most Improved Dasher Action JS to call for nominations and reasons in October Dash. Action all committee to bring their nominations to next meeting Social Sunday Action CE to organise Halloween run Red Rose Cross Country Dates are now known and publicised. Action RS to enter Dashers for the XC YarrowRiver 10K race Barry informed that the Yarrow River race is not easy terrain and not the place to get a PB. He suggested that Preston 10K be used as the target race for those trying to achieve 60 minute PB. Action BS to publicise AoB Brian informed that ex Dasher Tony Martin had recently passed away. As Brian knew him well he has agreed to write a short piece for the Dash Carly suggested we go for a club curry after the final Cross Country. Action CE to publicise Date & time of next meeting Thursday 2/10/14 20:30. Captain Carly’s Corner Hello Everyone Unfortunately the nights are now drawing in and sadly, that means less running on the moors and more running on the roads. Timed Runs I would like to thank everyone who took part in my timed runs. I think they turned out to be huge success and it was great to see so many members turning up and challenging themselves. In the end there could only be one winner and I am delighted to announce that the winner of the off road series went to Louise Oldfield. I am hoping to have another off road series next summer. Cross Country Training Jonathan has recently organised cross country training which takes place on a Friday night from 6.30 pm up at Blacksnape playing fields. The idea of this is that we get fit i n time for the cross country races which start in October. I have attended all of the training sessions so far and would encourage anyone who is thinking of taking part in the cross county to come along and give it a go. Club Runs I think the club is doing a great job of catering for all abilities at the moment. We currently have three separate groups on each club night. The numbers are increasing each week and hopefully the club will continue to thrive even during the winter months. Carol and Des’s wedding I and a couple of other members of the club had the privilege of being invited along to Carol’s and Des’s wedding. I had a great time and would like to wish the newlyweds a happy future together. Save the Date - Carly’s Halloween run I will be arranging a social run on the 31st October 2014 at 7.00 pm from the Royal (Tockholes) Further details will be provided in next month’s dash but in the meantime please try and keep this date free for what I promise will be a great evening. I arranged a Halloween run last year and the evening was a great success. Even Alex Buckland who dressed as a gimp!! Managed to make it home safe after walking through the streets of Darwen alone. Carly Edwards O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN! Beat Bazza has finished for the summer and we’ve had a really good time on regular Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and occasional Sunday’s. The aim was to help members to bring their race times down by running with a pacer and learning the benefits of running negative splits in races. We started out at ten minute per mile pace and came down to nine minutes per mile. And towards the end of the sessions we had graduated to running 10k around Entwistle reservoir with the pacer setting a time of an hour. Like all Darwen Dashers events over the summer, we had lots of laughs and fun, with members turning out in huge numbers (on one occasion we had eighteen Beating Bazza), and one night there was just Brian Morris and Bazza. The purpose of this exercise was the assist members to run a 10k race either for the very first time, or to beat their personal best; the theory being that an experienced Dasher would act as a pacer during the race so the runner would have nothing to think about during the race, and wouldn’t go off to fast – all they would have to do was run by the side of the pacer and then into the final kilometre, run for the line knowing they would beat their required time. The chosen race was the Yarrow River 10k which (I concede this was my naivety) I thought would be like running around Entwistle, but a few members of the committee thought it might be a good idea to run a recce of the course so we could determine where the occasional difficult sections of the race were, and take action accordingly while pacing. Well, what a good idea that turned out to be. Rather than finding a few occasional difficult parts of the course, we found a few occasional GOOD parts and the rest was like running through (what I imagine would be) the Burmese jungle. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not that we thought we shouldn’t do the event, but for sure it wouldn’t be a Personal Best course and not one to run under the hour. When I tell you that Jonathan Stubbs and Brian Morris would struggle to beat the hour you can imagine how difficult (or exciting) the course is. It is certai nly challenging. So we haven’t dismissed it and at the last committee meeting we decided to offer it as a club outing to have fun with, just don’t bother taking your watch. And we also haven’t dismissed the idea of trying to get our members around a decent 10k course so one week after the Yarrow River race there is the Run Preston 10k which we are hoping will be far more favourable. On the Darwen Dashers Facebook page we have asked members to express whether they want to give the race a go, and if so, the club will provide an experienced runner to pace you around in an even paced time. Onto the Darwen Dashers racing scene; In the Fell Racing Championship there are 13 races which have been completed with 2 still to go. The next race is Langdale on Saturday 11th October starting at 11:00. Its category is AL, and is 21.1K/13 mile distance, with 4,757’ climb. There is no entry on the day. Pre entry is £8. Derek Reilly leads the way in the table by 40 points ahead of Jonathan Stubbs, with Neil Dearden a further 45 points back. Carly Edwards has a slight lead at the top of the table, just five points ahead of Nerina Gill, with Rebecca Simms a further 15 points back. The chase is on. In the Road Racing Championship 12 races have been completed with 3 still to go. The next race is the Chester Marathon on Sunday 5th October. Derek Reilly is leading in the men’s standings, while Carol Butterworth now has a small lead over Nerina Gill for the ladies. What Else is going on? The Cross Country training sessions have resumed on a Friday night in preparation for the XC season starting soon. Keep your eyes on the Facebook page for details of where the races are, when, and what distance. Training sessions take place at the Blacksnape Playing Fields at 6:30pm. There is plenty of parking up there. Captain Baz The cross country season is up on us again! Red Rose Cross Country is a superb series of local team events. We automatically enter Dashers and the club pays the entry fees. Sat 11th October Sat 8th November Sat 22nd November Sat 6th December Leigh Sports Village Chorley Bolton - clashes with Langdale fell race Rossendale - clashes with Pen fell race All venues have same start times: 12:15 Under 11 Boys (ie over 9yrs) 12:30 Under 11 Girls 12:45 Under 13 Boys 13:00 Under 13 Girls 13:15 Under 15 Boys & Girls 13:35 Under 17 Boys & Girls, Junior, Senior and Vet. Ladies (5km) 14:15 Junior, Senior, & Veteran Men (10km) Last year was the most successful year for the Dashers: Joanne Nelson Janine Fallon Linda Clarkson Caro l Butterworth Rebecca Simms Sarah Arnold Ladies’ Team Overall position / 77 total 2 12 34 35 52 60 6 / 15 Vet position / 56 total 1 6 21 20 33 n/a 2/ 9 Derek Reilly Mark Walsh Paul Brindle Andy Smith Jonathan Stubbs Kevin Smith Peter Murphy Neil Duerden Chris Cash Men’s Team Overall position / 132 total 25 28 42 47 79 85 101 109 131 10 / 16 Vet position / 88 total 10 9 19 25 46 50 64 n/a 87 3 / 13 Results are for the best three of four events; lots of other Dashers took part in less than three races. However, it is not just about winning, there is a very encouraging atmosphere for all runners so come along and join in the fun! You’d be daft to miss this. Jonathan Training talk Nerina Gill looks at what the experts are saying on a range of running topics, from first steps to race training, nutrition to recovery, shoes to supplements. This week: Clothing When you start running the most important thing is to find clothes that are loose and comfortable. But you’ll soon find there are good reasons for investing in clothes that are designed for the purpose. There is rarely an option that is right for everyone, so lets look at some of the features which you may want to consider. Fabrics The most important consideration when choosing running clothes is fabric. Forget everything you thought you knew about 1970s polyester and cotton. Remember when polyester was horribly hot and sweaty, it stuck to your skin and made you feel as if you were going to explode? And your gym kit was a nice cotton aertex that allowed your skin to breathe? The world has moved on. Empirical studies into the relative performance of different fabrics are hard to find, and yet the anecdotal evidence that most runners prefer polyester is overwhelming, from rank amateurs to the world’s greatest elites. One of the greatest British athletes was born right on our doorstep in Accrington, and as well as being a legendary distance runner, he’s made a major contribution to the evolution of running gear. Ron Hill is famous for holding several world records, and for having run every day of his life since December 1964. It’s less well known that he left university with a PhD in textile chemistry, and worked for Courtaulds in Droylsden. He used his knowledge of textiles to set up his own Ron Hill Sports brand in 1970, becoming the first person to to use synthetic fabrics. "Back then, the shorts that were available were not designed for runners," he said. "I quickly decided that cotton and wool were not good fibres for sportswear Dr Ron Hill because cotton wears out very quickly and when it gets wet, it stays wet." Dr Hill used his experience of synthetic yarns to design his own sportswear, which he initially sold from the back of a van at athletics events, before opening his first shop in Hyde in 1975. The Ron Hill brand became synonymous with running tights, and the company remains a big player in sports clothing, although it is no longer owned by its founder. Synthetic fabrics have developed since the early days, but a basic performance material is still within the reach of most runners, and brings huge benefits. Technical tops made from 100 percent polyester wick moisture away from your skin to the surface of the fabric, where it can evaporate easily. Some of them also have coating on the fabric which repels water, making it even easier for moisture to evaporate. And they allow air through to your skin to keep you cool. Polyester fabrics and fibres are extremely strong, they hold their shape and colour well, and they are resistant to shrinking, creasing and breaking down. They do have one fault. They need to be washed at low temperatures (30C), which means bacteria caught in the fibres can survive and cause odours to linger. Some polyester fabrics also lack elasticity, meaning they suit short sleeved and loose designs better than fitted shapes. For a long sleeved or close fitted top in a technical fabric it is sometimes better to opt for a mixed fibre containing cotton or lycra. Despite all the advantages of polyester, cotton still has some fans. Some people feel it is warmer under a second layer in very cold weather, and it is soft and comfortable to the touch. There is also an argument that it is easier to remove unpleasant odours from cotton than from some polyester fabrics. And it is a natural fibre, which makes it a more sustainable resource than polyester, which is made from crude oil. Cotton, and other natural fabrics like bamboo and hemp may yet come into their own, as technology allows them to be treated, and endowed with the properties of polyester. For now, elite athletes almost universally expect the performance they get from the latest technical fabrics. Running tops Having decided on a fabric, the next consideration is sleeve length. The exact temperature at which people change from vests, to t-shirts, to long sleeved tops varies with the individual, and the intensity of the run. Experimentation is the only way to find out what works for you. Remember that vests aren’t always best in very hot weather, as shoulders can easily burn on even a fairly short run. A zip at the neck is a useful feature on a long sleeved top, as it can be closed against the cold, and opened to allow the air in once you’ve warmed up. The alternative approach to running clothing Some designs have extra features, such as silver in the fabric to combat bacteria and reduce odour, a high sun-protection factor, or hi-viz or reflective strips to make you more visible on the road - another innovation which can be traced back to Ron Hill, and his 7.5 mile run to and from work in winter. For women, there are also vest tops with integral bras, great for those people who worry about their straps showing, but not usually adequate for the well-endowed. Sports bras Sorry guys, you can skip this bit, but it’s a vitally important piece of running kit for most women. According to Runners World, there's only one excuse for not wearing a sports bra when you run, and that's being male. And research published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise suggests most women are wearing the wrong sports bra. The discomfort of running with unfettered breasts is enough to convince most women that they need some extra support. But, for anyone prepared to put up with the Benny Hill bounce, remember that excessive movement will make the ligaments around the breasts stretch, and once that’s happened there’s nothing you can do to shorten them again. Research suggests normal bras reduce breast movement by around 35 per cent, but a good sports bra achieves closer to 60 per cent. The larger your cup size the more support you need. Most good running shops will provide advice, and, as with a normal bra, there is no substitute for being properly measured and fitted. The fit and comfort are the most important elements of a sports bra, but you may also want to think about how they’ll look under a vest top, and whether you want a classic straight strap, or a racing back. Some straight strap bras even have a clip to convert them into racing backs. The bottom half Just as cotton is no longer the fabric of choice for running tops, tracksuits and jersey sweatpants are to be avoided at all costs. They get hot and damp, and if you’re not careful they will end up around your ankles. So what are the options? Well, you don’t have to be one of Robin Hood’s Merry Men to be a man in tights. For men and women, especially in cold weather, a pair of technical running tights made of a breathable, fourway stretch fabric will keep you warm and comfortable. Do buy tights specifically for your gender. Male and female bodies are shaped very differently throughout the waist, hips, and thighs. For women there’s also the capri length option, ending just below the knee, but watch out for capris designed for the gym, which don’t have drawcords at the waist. They may end up rather more below the knee than you intended. For vigorous running, and in summer, the most popular option is still shorts. These can be divided into tight fitting high-stretch materials, and looser designs, which usually have integral briefs and a split leg. The split leg style is popular with fell runners and elite athletes because it offers greater flexibility. Instead of a side seam stitched all the way down the leg, the front panel overlaps the back, allowing the leg to move freely. The style and length of shorts is a matter of personal preference, but if your thighs tend to rub together you are better off with a longer length, to reduce the risk of chafing. A small key pocket is a useful addition for most of us. Going commando - or not Believe it or not, most running shorts are designed to be worn without underwear, especially if they have a liner built in. For those people who like to wear something underneath, preferences vary from close-fitting boxers to the briefest of briefs. And that’s just the women. Go to any running forum and you will find a thread on this issue, with as many opinions are there are posts. There is no substitute for trial and error, but do it on a short run. The consequences of an uncomfortable wedgie, or nasty chafing, can be eyewatering. Socks It would be possible to write a whole article on socks alone. In 1992 Ron Hill decided to use his extensive technical knowledge to develop a range of performance running socks, and he founded Hilly Clothing. They make a range of technical socks for just about every purpose.Their website is rich with information about the options available. It may seem like overkill, but it is worth taking the time to find the right socks for you. The wrong socks may lead to blisters, fungal infections, bad smells, and even black toenails. The right socks are therefore as important as the right shoes. Fabric is as important in socks as in other clothing, but as well as technical fibres there are good breathable socks made of wool, especially merino wool, which also help wick away moisture while keeping your feet warm. It is important that socks are the right fit, especially around the heel, and that they have the right amount of cushioning for you. Some people run comfortably in very short socks, others benefit from knee length compression socks which may help to prevent cramp. As with other clothing there are socks with odour control and high visibility, socks for endurance running, and socks for running in the mud. It is worth trying several different styles until you find one that works for you. How much to spend One of the advantages of running is that it is a relatively cheap pastime, one where you can just get dressed and head out of the door. It isn’t necessary to spend a fortune on running clothes and shoes. Last year’s range and colour can often be found at a discount, and even Aldi and Lidl often sell basic running clothing for knockdown prices. Go Outdoors and Decathlon sell technical t-shirts for under £10, and online sites like Sports Direct sell a range of clothing heavily discounted. That said, it is also worth thinking about the price per mile. A pair of shorts that fit well and hold their shape might last you 500 miles. A cheaper pair might cost you half as much, but only go for 100 miles before they lose their shape and start to ride up. The best investment you can make is the time it takes to experiment with what works for you. Next month: winter running Nerina is a journalist for the BBC, a runner and a member of the Dashers. PARKRUN CHAMPIONSHIP REPORT FOR AUGUST 2014 The Darwen Dashers Parkrun Championship has two simple rules: You must complete at least six parkruns before 30th November 2014 Your best six age grades (as given by www.parkrun.org.uk ) will be accumulated, and the Dasher with the highest average age grading over the 6 races will be parkrun Champion. AUGUST REPORT: Week one 2/8/14: Jim Taylor reached 25 parkruns, all of which have been on the Bolton course. George Thompson ran a Years Best time at Burnley beating the time he set three weeks ago by 30 seconds. Alex Buckland and Michelle Connolly were First Timers at Preston, and this was Michelle’s 10 th parkrun. Joanne Nelson was a parkrun tourist at Rushcliffe, Nottingham where no previous Dasher has run. Joanne ran the fastest time of the day and scored the highest grading which was her first time ever over 80% (80.73%). She was the first lady to finish and her time of 19:12 was her fastest ever parkrun in 16 attempts, and this places her at #176 in the all time fastest Rushcliffe 500. She is the fifth fastest lady ever to run the course and she has the VW40 record. Paul Brain was also a tourist as a First Timer at York. Bolton parkrun registered 6,000 Personal Bests. Michelle and Alex running at Preston made the Darwen Dashers the 5 th best represented club with a total of 150 runs. After five months, the previous highest recorded daily total of 568 runs was smashed today by the 11 Dashers who ran at 5 different parkruns. The new record stands at 640. Week two 9/8/14: This was the best Darwen Dashers turn out for four months with 14 runners at three different parkruns, including 7 Dashers celebrating the Cuerden Valley first birthday. Paul Brindle ran as a First Timer and finished in second place overall at Bolton parkrun. His time of 18:56 was the fastest time of the day and this places him at #124 on the all time fastest 500 list at Bolton. This was his sixth run of the current championship and he qualifies. Alice Capstick ran a Personal Best beating the time she set 36 weeks ago by 4 seconds. Jim Taylor ran a Years Best beating the time he set 21 weeks ago by 5 seconds. His time of 27:39 was his fastest in 31 months and the second time over 60% in that time. Sue Eastham ran a Personal Best beating the time she set 7 weeks ago by 8 seconds and grading over 55% for the first time. James McGarry ran his 10th parkrun. Joanne Nelson ran a Personal Best at Cuerden Valley and in doing so her time of 20:13 destroyed the course record by a female by 30 seconds. The record had stood for 29 weeks. Her position of fourth overall was the highest ever by any female in the history of Cuerden Valley parkrun. Her grading of 76.67% was the highest Dashers grading of the day. She is now #49 on the all time Cuerden Valley parkrun fastest 500. Janine Fallon ran a personal best at Cuerden Valley in 22:43 which takes 58 seconds from the time she set 8 weeks ago. She is #170 in the fastest 500. Carly Edwards was a First Timer at Cuerden Valley and her time of 24 :43 puts her #325 on the fastest 500 list. Cath Fox was a First Timer at Cuerden Valley and her time of 25:04 puts her at #345 on the fastest 500 list. The first three ladies today at Cuerden Valley were Dashers, as were four of the first five ladies, and five of the first ten ladies. Bolton parkrun missed their record attendance (again) by just two runners, and the Darwen Dashers are now the 4 th best represented club at Bolton with 55 members making 564 appearances. Burnley parkrun have achieved over 4,000 Personal Bests. Cuerden Valley parkrun smashed their highest attendance record by 12 with 175 running today to celebrate their first birthday. The Darwen Dashers are now the 7th best represented club at Cuerden Valley with 11 members making 38 appearances. Total runs by Darwen Dashers today was 481. Week three 16/8/14 Nine Darwen Dashers turned out at six different parkruns. James McGarry ran his fastest event in 22 weeks at Bolton and his time of 26:08 was just 5 seconds outside his Personal Best. Deborah Robinson also ran at Bolton in a Personal Best time of 28:25 taking seven seconds off the time she set last week. Lisa Whittaker ran in her first parkrun at Burnley. Rebecca Simms was a First Timer at Cuerden Valley in her first parkrun for 3 months. Barry Shackleton was a First Timer at Keswick in his 20th different parkrun. His time of 21:41 places him at #198 in the all time fastest 500. Karen Atherton was also a First Timer at Keswick, and joins the celebrated 20-club. Joanne Nelson carried on her fabulous winning streak at Pendle parkrun by taking her 7 th consecutive first lady position when running there for the first time. Her time of 19:58 was the first time a lady has ever run under 20 minutes on the course and she has taken a course record for the second week by removing 36 seconds from the record. Her overall position of 5 th place is the highest ever position for a lady at Pendle. She is #22 in the Pendle fastest 500. Debbie Bevitt ran her 20th parkrun as a First Timer at Pendle. Her 20 events have been run at Cuerden Valley, Preston, Pendle, Burnley, Bolton, Keswick and Worsley Woods. Darwen Dashers are now the 10 th best represented club at Burnley parkrun with 18 runners taking part in 75 events. Cuerden Valley parkrun broke their attendance record for the second consecutive week, adding two to 177. The Darwen Dashers are now the 7 th best represented club at Cuerden Valley with 12 members making 39 appearances. Total runs by Darwen Dashers today was 376. Week four 23/8/14 The most number of Darwen Dashers ever took part at parkrun on one day (27) and the most seen in one day at a particular venue (18 at Bolton). Joanne Nelson finished as first lady at Bolton and ran a Personal Best time of 19:11 which took 26 seconds from the time she set there 20 weeks ago. It was the first time ever she registered over 80% grading on the Bolton course and that was good enough for the highest grading on the day. Her time was just 15 seconds outside the VW40 category which was set over two years ago when the course was different and more favourable. Brian Morris was a First Timer on any parkrun course and finished in 20:16. Alex Buckland ran his fastest time for 24 weeks at Bolton and scored his second highest grading ever. James Abbott, Vicky Rogers, Calum Rigby, Andrea Margerison, Kathryn Bamber, Don Clarkson, Helen Jones and Lisa Whittaker were all First Timers at Bolton as they completed their 10-week training course with the Darwen Dashers. These First Timers mean that 65 Dashers have taken part in a parkrun this year with 35 of them being women and 30 men. They make the Dashers the 4 th best represented club at Bolton with 65 Dashers completing a total of 590 runs at Leverhulme Park. Dave Shorrock ran a Years Best time at Bolton, taking off five seconds from the time he ran 7 weeks ago. This was his 6th run of the championship and so he qualifies. Jim Taylor also ran a Years Best time of 27:05 on the same course and this was his best performance for 138 weeks. He was just 38 seconds from his Personal Best. Deborah Robinson scored 50.77% grading and is now over 50% grading for the championship. Paul Brindle ran the fastest time of the day as a First Timer at Burnley in 18:04 and in doing so scored his highest percentage of the year at 76.66%. This was his 10 th parkrun with his events being Preston (7), Bolton, Burnley and Cuerden Valley. Rebecca Simms set a Personal Best time at Cuerden Valley by removing 2 seconds from the time she set last week. This was her 10 th parkrun with her events being Preston (7), Cuerden Valley (2) and Bolton. Sue Taylor was a First Timer at Cuerden Valley and also completed her 10 th parkrun. Her events have been at Bolton (6), Preston, Cuerden Valley, Inverness and Burnley. Carol Butte rworth returned to parkrun for the first time during this championship and equalled her Personal Best time at Preston from 69 weeks ago by running 22:51. She scored her highest ever grading at Preston in her 10 th run on the course. Total runs by Darwen Dashers today was 574 which is the second highest cumulative total ever, but falls 66 short of the total set earlier this month. Week five 30/8/14 After last weeks record turn out of Dashers there were eight appearances today at four different parkruns. Chris Worsley returned to Burnley for his 10th parkrun (7 at Burnley, 3 at Bolton). Burnley parkrun achieved a new age graded record for the course of 89.38% and saw their 16,000th finisher. Derek Reilly was a First Timer at Cuerden Valley and became the third Dasher this month to win on the course. He had previously had two 2nd places on other courses but won this one in his first parkrun in almost a year. His time and grading were the best of the day among the Dashers and he is the 25 th fastest runner on the Cuerden Valley course. Dave Shorrock also ran in the Valley as a First Timer. Deborah Robinson ran at Bolton and scored over 50% grading for the fourth consecutive time. Barry Shackleton was a First Timer at Ormskirk, as was Karen Atherton who recorded her 120th parkrun, and became the 600th person to finish on the course. Lucy Atherton was also a First Timer at Ormskirk in her first ever parkrun. Total runs by Darwen Dashers today was 329. PARKRUN CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS 2014 MEN WOMEN NAME RATING NAME RATING Brian Shaw 75.82% (2 runs) Joanne Nelson 79.33% Russ Corsini 75.10% (3 runs) Cath Fox 73.17% Derek Reilly 73.81% (1 run) Linda Coffey 70.13% Martin Ol dfiel d 73.68% (1 run) Carol Butterworth 69.51% (1 run) Barry Shackleton 73.56% Karen Atherton 69.47% Brian Morris 73.54% (2 runs) Jacqui Shaw 68.33% (2 runs) Paul Brindle 73.49% Sue Tayl or 67.70% Jonathan Stubbs 70.94% Janine Fallon 63.90% (1 run) Paul Taylor 69.90% (4 runs) Nerina Gill 63.75% Gary Tayl or 69.37% (5 runs) Sarah Roberts 63.45% (1 run) George Thomson 67.34% Carl y Edwards 59.98% (2 runs) Jamie Dowdall 67.29% (3 runs) Rebecca Simms 58.21% (4 runs) Andrew Raynes 67.10% Debbie Bevitt 57.52% Brian Tull 64.96% Alice Capstick 55.61% (3 runs) Davi d Shorrock 63.80% Anna Capstick 55.04% (4 runs) Simon Fox 63.31% (1 run) Sue Eastham 55.00% (3 runs) Ged Johnson 62.03% (1 run) Louise Ol dfiel d 52.31% (5 runs) Russ Egan 61.11% (3 runs) Carol Dodds 51.00% (1 run) Gareth Tayl or 61.05% Deborah Robi nson 50.30% (5 runs) Jim Taylor 59.75% Fi ona Salt 49.92% (1 run) Alex B uckland 57.43% Michelle Connolly 49.68% James Abbot 56.92% Alison Abbot 48.95% Mick Heath 56.19% Leanne Postlethwaite 48.64% (3 runs) Chris Gosling 55.24% Debra Hart 48.33% (1 run) James McGarry-Stanley 48.48% Allison Pickup 47.25% Darren Jones 47.66% Lucy Atherton 46.42% (1 run) Steven Thomas 43.84% (4 runs) Tina Kuczer 46.40% (5 runs) Chris Worsley 41.12% Vicky Rogers 45.51% (1 run) Calum Rigby 40.36% (1 run) Amanda Shepherd 44.27% (1 run) Don Clarkson 38.47% (1 run) Cheryl Barrie 43.48% (1 run) Paul Brain 37.51% (4 runs) Kym McGarry 42.53% Lisa Whittaker 42.20% (1 run) Andrea Margerison 41.48% (1 run) Lisa Whittaker 39.92% (1 run) Kathryn B amber 39.29% (1 run) Helen Jones 36.94% (1 run) Here are the facts and figures from August 2014, the ninth month of the championship: Venue Date Dashers Time Grading PB ever YB 2014 # Run Rushcliffe 2/8/14 Joanne Nelson 19:12 80.73% First Timer 16 Preston Barry Shackleton 22:21 69.95% 21:40 21:40 161 Preston Alex B uckland 24:04 53.67% First Timer 14 Burnley George Thompson 25:26 65.33% 23:26 25:26YB 54 Preston Karen Atherton 26:14 65.50% 24:42 24:55 116 Bolton Brian Tull 28:35 60.35% 24:06 26:12 125 Bolton Jim Taylor 29:52 56.14% 26:27 27:44 25 Preston Debbie Bevitt 30:05 56.43% 28:49 29:19 18 Preston Michelle Connolly 30:06 49.67% First Timer 10 Bolton Linda Coffey 31:21 61.88% 28:48 29:22 31 Yo rk Paul Brain 34:35 39.76% First Timer 4 Preston Cath Fox 35:22 46.28% 21:46 21:46 66 Paul Brindle 18:56 73.15% First Timer 9 Cuerden Joanne Nelson 20:13 76.67% 20:13PB 20:13 17 Bolton Paul Taylor 20:21 69.70% 20:04 20:04 7 Cuerden Janine Fallon 22:43 66.62% 22:43PB 22:43 2 Cuerden Barry Shackleton 23:44 65.87% 23:01 23:01 162 Cuerden Carl y Edwards 24:43 59.88% First Timer 6 Cuerden Cath Fox 25:04 65.29% First Timer 67 Bolton Alice Capstick 26:59 56.02% 26:59PB 26:59 4 Bolton 9/8/14 Bolton Jim Taylor 27:39 60.64% 26:27 27:39YB 26 Cuerden Karen Atherton 28:07 61.11% 27:07 27:07 117 Worsley Linda Coffey 28:33 67.95% 27:17 27:17 32 Bolton Sue Eastham 29:20 55.23% 29:20PB 29:20 3 Cuerden Debbie Bevitt 33:08 51.21% 30:37 30:37 19 Bolton Kym McGarry 35:49 41.32% 34:14 34:14 7 Bolton James McGarry 35:50 36.42% 26:03 26:03 10 Joanne Nelson 19:58 77.63% First Timer 18 Keswick Barry Shackleton 21:41 72.10% First Timer 163 Keswick Karen Atherton 25:39 66.99% First Timer 118 Bolton James McGarry 26:08 49.94% 26:03 26:03 11 Worsley Linda Coffey 27:54 69.53% 27:17 27:17 33 Cuerden Rebecca Simms 28:25 57.01% First Timer 9 Bolton Deborah Robi nson 28:25 52.08% 28:25PB 28:25 3 Pendle Debbie Bevitt 32:26 52.81% First Timer 20 Burnley Lisa Whittaker 38:47 42.20% First Timer 1 Paul Brindle 18:04 76.66% First Timer 10 Bolton Joanne Nelson 19:11 80.80% 19:11PB 19:11 19 Bolton Brian Morris 20:16 73.93% First Timer 1 Peterpan Barry Shackleton 21:05 74.15% 20:58 20:58 164 Preston Gareth Tayl or 21:30 60.00% 20:37 20:37 8 Bolton Alex B uckland 22:08 58.36% 21:37 21:37 15 Preston Carol Butterworth 22:51 23:26 69.51% 22:51PB= 22:51 11 Bolton Cath Fox 69.84% 22:20 22:20 68 56.92% First Timer 1 69.71% 24:11 24:11 119 65.37% 24:45 25:39YB 18 61.91% 26:27 27:05YB 27 57.08% 28:23PB 28:23 10 Pendle Burnley 16/ 8/14 23/ 8/14 24:27 Bolton James Abbott 24:39 Peterpan Karen Atherton Bolton Dave Shorrock Bolton Jim Taylor 25:39 27:05 28:23 Cuerden Rebecca Simms 28:56 Cuerden Sue Tayl or 29:09 62.56% First Timer 10 Bolton Deborah Robi nson 29:11 50.77% 28:25 28:25 4 Worsley Linda Coffey 29:34 66.48% 27:17 27:17 34 Bolton Michelle Connolly 30:39 50.56% 29:26 29:26 11 Bolton Fi ona Salt 31:48 49.92% 28:57 30:39 12 Bolton Tina Kuczer 31:54 48.11% 31:48PB 31:48 5 Cuerden Debbie Bevitt 32:40 53.19% 30:37 30:37 21 Bolton Vicky Rogers 33:49 45.51% First Timer 1 Bolton Calum Rigby 37:05 40.36% First Timer 1 Bolton Andrea Margerison 37:45 41:48% First Timer 1 Bolton Kathryn B arber 40:38 39.29% First Timer 1 Bolton Don Clarkson 40:58 38.47% First Timer 1 Bolton Helen Jones 41:00 36.94% First Timer 1 Bolton Lisa Whittaker 39.92% First Timer 1 Cuerden 30/ 8/14 Derek Reilly 19:13 73.81% First Timer 10 Bolton Brian Morris 20:29 73.15% 20:16 20:16 2 Ormskirk Barry Shackleton 21:39 72.21% First Timer 165 Ormskirk Karen Atherton 25:13 68.14% First Timer 120 Cuerden Dave Shorrock 27:17 61.45% First Timer 19 Bolton Deborah Robi nson 28:44 51.51% 28:25 28:25 5 Ormskirk Lucy Atherton 31:53 46.42% First Timer 1 Burnley Chris Worsley 35:14 39.03% 32:18 32:18 10 For all you stats geeks, there are currently 4492 members of the 100 club (three of them are Dashers), and 14,190 members of the 50 club (five of them are Dashers). There are just 127 members of the 250 club, but no Dashers so far. Barry Shackleton will reach there in April 2016. On On, and hopefully see you at a Park Run soon …………….. Barry Shack WALSHIES PUZZLE PAGE. With thanks to Chris Maslanka of the Guardian. WORDPOOL. In each case find the correct definition: MULETA. Wild boar cooked with saffron. b) red cloth used by a matador c) muleteer KACHORI. a)Type of rickshaw b) strongly scented Indonesian frond c) fungal infection of rye e)Stuffed puri. DASHI. Persimmon-like fruit in southern Japan b) Japanese for “D’Artagnan c) Japanese house dog d)Japanese fish stock. E PLURIBUS UNUM. Rearrange the letters of ABOLITIONISM to make a single word. SAME DIFFERENCE. Identify these words that differ only in the letters shown. ***GNO***C*** (predict) ***CRA***N*** (protract) MISSING LINKS. Find a word which follows the first word in the clue and precedes the second in each case making a fresh word or phrase. E.g. the answer to fish mix could be cake ( fishcake & cake mix) and to bat man it could be he (bathe & he-man)… Easter box b) snap fraud c) soap projector d) washing gun e)Supermarket bus f) snaps potato. ANSWERS TO THE PUZZLE PAGE. ˙oʇɐʇod/ʇoႡ/sdɐus (ɟ snq/ʎәႨႨoɹʇ/ʇәʞɹɐɯɹәdns (ә unƃ/әu!Ⴁɔɐɯ/ƃu!Ⴁsɐʍ (p ɹoʇɔәɾoɹd/ɯႨ!ɟ/dɐos (ɔ pnɐɹɟ/uo!ʇɔәႨә/dɐus (q xoq/ƃƃә/ɹәʇsɐә (ɐ 'sʞu!Ⴈ ƃu!ss!ɯ ˙ɐ!uɹoɟ!Ⴈɐɔ 'ʞәәɹɔ ʇnuႨɐʍ ɟo ʞɔ!ɹʇɐd ʇɹɐʍәʇs oʇ sʞuɐႡʇ Ⴁʇ!ʍ) әʇɐu!ʇsɐɹɔoɹd 'әʇɐɔ!ʇsouƃoɹd 'әɔuәɹәɟɟ!p әɯɐs ˙uo!ʇɐs!Ⴈ!qoɯ ndә (p '(p ' (q ˙Ⴈoodpɹoʍ 18,700 km from Coed Y Brenin Following last month’s Scottish theme…time for some independence. I’m rather annoyed that everyone’s making such a big deal of Scotland’s fight for independence yet ignoring NZ’s plight. We still labour under the shackles of a German head of state – Elizabeth of the Saxe-Corburg and Gotha. Or Windors. An interesting sideline there (possibly as I’m trying to fill this article out) is that in the book, Catch 22,there is the ridiculous scene where an American soldier hi res German bombers to bomb his own camp as it’s better for business. Joseph Heller, the author of that book, had obviously read about the German Gotha GIV bombers, bombing London in WW1.And causing the GV to change his name to distance himself from that particular company. Alright, that’s all a bit far fetched but my point is calm objective point is that “they’re all in this together!”. That David Cameron is looking out the interests of 4 million Scots in not wanting to vote to not be part of his club - when they don’t vote for him anyway…my distant uninformed observations feel like that everyone with that particular funny accent should vote “yes” to see what he’s so terrified of. To stand on their own two feet. As Mel Gibson said “for a country of our ooown”. There is a debate in NZ at present about: Changing the flag to lose the Union Jack. Have a NZer as our head of state. Create a clean water policy for rivers fit to swim in. I’m hoping Scotland goes it alone to help with one of those issues. If St Andrew isn’t part of the Union anymore then does that mean we get to revisit out flag? I bloody hope so. Yours is a very fine country and has many things that I think all countries should aspire to. But I’d like to have a flag of our own. And one that doesn’t look so much like Australia’s. And while we’re on it, have a head of state who’s not so German. Germany is a very fine country and has much about their beer that I think all countries should aspire to. But when people argue that we don’t have a Kiwi fit to be our own head of state, then that just makes me want to prove them wrong. And on the clean rivers issues, well that’s a hard one but one worth fighting for. And writing about another time. As my parting note on Scotland’s impending independence, I reflect on what’s happening in your fine nation vs elsewhere. A democratic vote that is inspiring heated and interesting debate , by peaceful means, on what it means to be a nation. And then you look at what is going on in Russia and Ukraine. And it makes me think what fine people must make up England and Scotland. Great to be British ah? Kia ora! Danny [email protected] It’s good to talk about setting running goals We all have goals in running; they’re usually what started us off in the first place. They might be something as simple as keeping fit, losing weight or clearing the mind. Or maybe something more specific like completing the Darwen Dashers 10 week beginners course, running 5k, 10k, 10 miles, a half marathon or a marathon (or even 100 miles if your name is Carly or Rebecca!) Once you get out there and realise that you can actually run, nothing is impossible. If you could eavesdrop on the thoughts of fellow runners at the start line of any race, you’d hear a chorus of varied goals skipping through their minds. Some would be aiming for a personal best time, and others for a different kind of good time. Some may be aiming to take a friend to the finish and others just to stay out of the Portaloos. Either way, setting goals is an excellent way for us runners to stay motivated and to make sure you stick with running. The SMART principle generally works well by setting goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. Be specific. Saying that you want to run faster or lose weight by running are general goals. A more specific goal would be: "I want to complete the 5k parkrun without walking”. A specific goal helps to keep you motivated because you know exactly what you need to do to accomplish it. As you move closer to your goal, you become motivated by your progress, so you work even harder to get to the end result. Make your goal measurable. When choosing a running goal, it’s good to measure your progress. This will help you stay on track, maintain your motivation, and you’ll know when you've reached your target. Keep it attainable. Not everyone is going to run the Lakeland 100 so while it's good to set longer term running goals, it's also important to choose ones that you'll be able to accomplish more easily if you're willing to do the work. The best goals need you to push yourself to achieve them, but aren't so extreme that they feel out of reach. Make your goal relevant to you. Just because you're a runner doesn't mean you have to set a goal that's popular among other runners, such as completing a marathon. For a goal to be relevant, it should be something that you consider to be worthwhile and important, so you're willing and able to work towards it. Your goals should represent you, not just something that someone else is doing. I’m guilty of doing this, generally because I’m frightened of missing something! Keep your goals timely. Putting deadlines on your goals is good. For example, if you want to run a sub 2-hour half marathon you should have a race in mind so that you know exactly where you need to be by that date. Having a deadline will keep you motivated and prevent you getting bored. Most importantly, be prepared to readjust your goals to keep challenging yourself. Whatever you choose to aim for there will probably be someone at the Dashe rs with a similar goal or someone who is willing to support and advise you in achieving your goal. There is a wealth of running experience at the club and you know what, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing a fellow runner achieve something they’ve worked long and hard for. This month’s motivational track is an obvious one and a favourite with Captain Bazza. I hope you enjoy it, happy running everyone. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3t9SfrfDZM Karen Atherton 2015 ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIP The road race championship for 2015 has been agreed by the Darwen Dashers committee and is being released in September to allow members to prepare for the early races. We have tried to accommodate the wishes of as many members as possible by keeping the events local, and spread throughout the year, and not including the really expensive events. There are 20 races to choose from which is an increase on the current championship but the scoring system remains the same as present. There will be a separate Fell Race Championship, and early next year we will release details of a night series of races which will form a third championship. The parkrun championship will be given a rest next year in favour of the night series, but The Dash will continue to include full results and statistics each month of parkrun participation. Month Race Distance Type Where 14 Dec Longridge 7 7 Miles Road Longridge 18 Jan East Lancs 10K 10 Km Road Great Harwood 8 Feb Winter Warmer 10Km Road Witton Park, Blackburn 22 Feb Lostock 6 6 mile Road Bolton 8 March Roddlesworth Roller 6 Miles Trail Roddlesworth 22 March Wilmslow Half 13 Mile Road Wilmslow 29 March Accrington 10K 10 Km Road Accrington 3 April Caldervale 10 Mile Road Garstang 12 April Bolton 10K 10Km Road Leverhulme Park, Bolton 10 May Blacksticks 10Km Road Preston 7 June Crazy Cow 10 Km Road Preston 12 July Trawden Trail race 7 Mile Trail Burnley 26 July Townley Park 6 Mile Road Burnley 9 August Welcome Tavern 10 Km Road Preston 6 Sept Wigan 10k 10 Km Road Wigan 13 Sept Garstang Half 13 Mile Road Garstang 27 Sept Run Preston 10 Km Road Preston 25 Oct Accrington 10 Km Road Accrington 1 Nov Thru the Villages 8.7 miles Road Chorley 15 Nov Preston 10 mile Road Preston NOTE – Some dates may vary slightly and updates will be posted in forthcoming copies of the Dash and on Facebook. 2015 Fell Championship races Since we have so many new members join the Dashers, we have included mainly short and local fell races for 2015. We hope this will be a good introduction and we encourage everybody to have a go at the easier ones. Exact dates will be confirmed once the race calendar is published in December. Ashurst Beacon BS Sat Jan Skelmersdale Bleasdale Circle BS Sat Feb Bowland Ilkley Moor AS Sun Mar Ilkley Liver Hill BS Tue Apr Rawtenstall Pendle AS Sat Apr Barley. The Cake Race BM Sat May Saddleworth Mearley Clough AS Tue May Worston. Paddy's Pole AS Tue Jun Chipping Holcombe 2 Towers AS Wed Jun Bury Bull Hill BS Thu Jul Hawkshaw Easy introduction to the fell championship. Well flagged and on good tracks like those in Sunnyhurst Woods. The uphill finish to the beacon is a sting in the tail. Across a few fields then up on to fell tops. Joyous running along the high fells and then a steep descent down Parlick before more flat fields to the finish. Make the effort to pre-enter and save some money! Not one I’ve done, but it is popular. Three climbs with a good mix of high level running and descents. Always has a good turnout of Dashers. First midweek race after the clocks change. FREE! Fast start along the concrete waterboard track, up some fields then a short but steep climb to the top of the hill. The downhill run is great fun on quite good tracks. Good cakes. Idiosyncratic race: Rumour has it that the entry is £4 or a homemade cake. Excellent tracks around the moors with great views. Cake competition tip: make it look like a hill and stick a doll in running kit on top. Superb short race. One steep ascent – just image you are climbing the stairs, but don’t look up! The descent is not quite as steep, but shoes with some grip will be an advantage. Free pasta supper. Great running along the tops between a tough climb and descent of Parlick. Free cheese and onion pie. Climb up to Peel Tower then up again to the peak beyond it. Drop down, then back up to the tower again before storming down to the finish. Proper fell race with some running on pathless moorland. Some tough climbs and steep descents. Kentmere Horseshoe AM Sun Jul Lake District Turnslack BM Sat Jul Summit Pilgrims Cross BM Wed Aug Helmshore Pendle Memorial Withins Skyline AS Sun Sep Clitheroe BM Sun Oct Haworth Full Tour AL Sat Nov Barley A = steep, very little tarmac S = less than 10km Challenging race around this beautiful horseshoe. Steady climb up, some challenging rocky sections, superb grassy descents and a tricky stream bed just when your legs are tired. Just like all Lakeland races, navigation is a challenge when the cloud base is low. Bit of everything in this one. Easy tracks, rough moorland, bogs, stream crossings and peat hags. Tougher than it looks! Cakes in the church hall are good. To avoid disappointment, ask them to put your favourite under the counter before the race. Narrow start so make sure you don’t get held up / trampled on. Soon opens out on to good moorland tracks. Expect to see a few sprint finishes on the tarmac road to the finish line. New race. I don’t know anything about it. Windswept Bronte country. Bits of Pennine Way, narrow tracks and boggy moorland. Free Curly Wurly for each finisher. It’s a monster and not one for the ill prepared! A great way of finishing off the championship. B = not as steep M = from 10 to 20 km L = over 20km Recent analysis has been undertaken to produce a well-balanced argument of the advantages and disadvantages of fell running: Advantages No traffic Cheap entry fees Good cakes Small enough to be friendly Gets you out on the hills in the freshest of air. Disadvantages None Jonathan Fell championship 140 10 Neil Dearden 855 Chris Cash 760 Mark Walsh 600 Jim Taylor 445 Michael Wilding 410 Julian Donnelly 400 Jamie Dowdall 295 Paul Brindle 295 Simon Fox 285 George T’ 260 Gareth Taylor 260 David Shorrock 255 Brian Morris 240 Chris Gosling 230 Martin Oldfield 145 Russell Corsini 135 Gary Taylor 120 David Barnes 115 115 Alex Sunter 95 95 Rebecca Simms 710 135 Carly Edwards 580 145 Nerina Gill 575 Joanne Nelson 450 Leanne P’ 285 Louise Oldfield 250 125 Jacqueline Shaw 150 150 Janine Fallon 145 145 Deborah Miller 130 130 Linda Coffey 130 130 Anna Capstick 120 120 Debbie Bevitt 120 135 10 130 10 145 140 10 115 120 120 125 130 150 150 110 125 110 135 135 140 150 150 100 140 135 140 135 125 150 145 145 140 130 150 145 130 125 135 125 110 130 130 115 115 145 135 120 150 145 145 140 145 150 150 145 140 150 135 140 150 135 150 150 125 120 Derek, Neil, Chris and I have completed the championship. Rebecca has jumped in to the Ladies’ lead but needs 1 more race to complete. Mark W , Jim, Carly and Nerina need to complete the remaining 2 races (both which clash with cross country incidentally). Jonathan Pen 150 140 Langdale Stoodley Pike 150 145 150 Grisedale Settle Hills 150 10 10 Golf Ball Two Lads 150 140 145 Borrowdale Mearley Clough 150 10 Anniversary 10 885 140 Coledale 915 Jonathan Stubbs 150 Liver Hill LadsLeap Stanbury Splash Bleasdale Circle TOTAL Derek Reilly Road championship 145 135 Barry Shackleton 690 140 140 115 Brian Morris 575 Chris Cash 540 David Barnes 400 120 Brian Tull 250 105 Steven Thomas 235 100 Paul Brindle 150 Martin Oldfield 145 Gary Taylor 145 Gareth Taylor 145 Russ Corsini 140 Russell Egan 135 George Morini 135 Michael Wilding 125 125 Paul Thompson 110 110 James Stanley 95 95 Ca rol Butterworth 880 Nerina Gill Alice Capstick 90 140 145 145 150 145 130 140 150 150 145 130 130 Wigan 10k 145 790 Paul Taylor 150 Waggon & Horses 10M 720 Jim Taylor 10 Elswick 10 M Haweswater 1/2M 150 Morecambe 10k Winter Warmer 10k 150 Geoff Doggett 5k Welcome Tavern 10k 150 Caldervale 10M Garstang 10k 150 Bolton 10k Points 910 Derek Reilly 145 135 135 150 150 140 140 140 145 135 150 145 145 145 140 135 135 10 145 145 870 10 135 145 805 125 125 135 Janine Fallon 740 145 Karen Ather ton 705 135 Anna Capstick 650 120 Joanne Nelson 600 150 Carly Edwards 400 Sarah Roberts 150 150 Sue Taylor 130 130 Louise Oldfield 120 120 Alison Abbott 115 115 140 150 145 145 140 135 140 150 140 125 145 145 150 140 145 140 135 145 150 150 150 130 140 150 150 150 130 135 135 Jonathan Fell race preview Langdale Horseshoe Sat 11th Oct 2014 at 11:00. AL 21.1km 1450m Old Dungeon Ghyll, Great Langdale, LA22 9JY. Race details http://www.amblesideac.org.uk/Langdale_2014.htm Another monster! Gentle start then a strong climb up the tourist path to Stickle Tarn before heading west around the back of Pavey Ark heading for Angle Tarn. Contouring through the pathless crags below Esk Pike is hard work on the slippery jagged rocks. If you’re not too tired by now, the running gets easier over Bow Fell and Crinkle Crags before following the footpath to Pike O Blisco. It’s all downhill from here but watch out for cramped-up runners rolling around on the path. Recce recommended, or do the Cross Country instead! Click to download an A4 map Founded 1990 Club committee Chairman Jonathan Stubbs 15 Chapels, Darwen, BB3 0EE 07747 398 384 [email protected] 07881 017 426 [email protected] Ladies’ Captain Carly Edwards Men’s Captain Barry Shackleton [email protected] President Brian Tull [email protected] Secretary Chris Cash Treasurer Rebecca Simms 01254 692 677 [email protected] When / where to meet us Tuesday The Sunnyhurst, Tockholes Rd, Darwen, BB3 1JX. 19:00 All welcome Wednesday Darwen Leisure Centre, 18:30 Beginners Thursday The Sunnyhurst, Tockholes Rd, Darwen, BB3 1JX. 19:00 All welcome If you have not run with us before, please get in touch before you come so we can arrange for somebody to meet you. www.dashers.org.uk @darwendashers “Darwen Dashers Running Club” Any articles for the Dash to Simon Fox, Editor, [email protected], 01254 707 216, by the 10th of the month.
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