News from Biddulph Running Club
The 10th Conti Thunder run took place last weekend (21st and 22nd July) in the grounds of Catton Park, Walton on Trent, Derbyshire.
The event is a 24-hour off-road race over laps of a 10k course consisting of undulating tracks and pathways with sections of more technically challenging terrain. The event may be undertaken solo or in teams of various sizes.
Biddulph entered a team of eight — Robert Minton, Katie Trace, Heidi Stanway, Peter Sherratt, Andrew Hollies, Karen Murphy, Jon Horne and Gill Horne and one solo runner, Graham Fisher.
In contrast to last year’s mudbath the course was very dry and easier to negotiate, though the runners had to cope with high temperatures and burning sunshine during their daytime laps. During the night runners were treated to music, twinkling fairy lights at points along the route and a spectacular night-time view across the valley from the top of the last big hill.
The Biddulph runners were organised and supported by club members and friends — James Trace, Tracy Shufflebottom, Trish Taylor and Helen Jenkins.
Everyone had an enjoyable weekend and the team came 44th out of 215 teams having completed a total of 25 laps between them. Graham Fisher had an amazing though very tiring solo run and completed a total of 11 laps by himself (nearly 70 miles!).
On their final lap, Fisher and Katie Trace (one of the team of eight) managed to coordinate their run and were able to run across the final finish line together amid cheers from the rest of the Biddulph group.
On 1st July, club members (some of whom have only recently started running) ran the Alderley Edge Bypass 10k; an out and back traffic free 10k race on smooth tarmac which, due to the predominantly flat terrain, promised fast times for all. Despite the hot weather, the Biddulph team (Rebecca Stringer, Nicola Walton, Joanne Plant, Laura Clowes, Helen Quinn and Nicola Hughes) had a good run, achieving some personal best times. Their times were: Stringer 54.31, Walton 1.19.10, Plant 1.18.58, Clowes 1.26.23, Quinn 1.31.13 and Hughes 1.31.13.
On 8th July, Biddulph vests could be spotted at three different race events in Cheadle, Northwich and Tatton Park. Conditions were very hot and uncomfortably humid for all of these events but despite this the club runners did the club proud.
Carol Bird and Peter Sherratt took on the Cheadle four-mile road race. This annual race is billed as a “challenging run with a stiff climb before two miles” but Bird and Sherratt took this in their stride and achieved two very good times — 28.51 and 29.36 repsectively.
Simon Hodgkiss was the club’s only representative at Tatton 10k. This was one of the runs offered as a replacement run for the Cheshire 10k at Arley Hall (which had been cancelled in March due to waterlogged conditions). Hodgkiss had a good run and finished in a fast time of 43.24.
Six Biddulph runners turned out for Northwich Running Club’s Festival of Running; a popular new event which is now in its third year. Gill Horne took on the 5k race and won her age category in a time of 29.31. David Bailey, Jon Horne, Graham Fisher, Karen Macintosh and Joanne Bailey opted for the 10k route and finished in the following times: David Bailey 51.29, Horne 57.02, Fisher 57.46, Macintosh 58.09 and Joanne Bailey 1.03.30. Graham Fisher had also run the 5k race crossing the line in 26.01.
The Wizard 5, a midweek five-mile multi-terrain race organised by Wilmslow Running Club, was on 12th July. Starting and finishing at the Wizard Café in Alderley Edge, the sharply undulating route takes in wooded pathways and open tracks and fields across the lovely countryside surrounding the area.
Seven Biddulph runners enjoyed this race and crossed the line in the following times: Steve Evans 36.50, Anna Clack 38.04, Penny Graham 39.06, Jon Horne 39.20, Emma King 43.12, Karen Macintosh 44.09 and Gill Horne 48.27. Macintosh had a very good run and deservedly won her age category.
Several Biddulph runners (plus members from other local clubs) joined Congleton Harriers on Tuesday, 3rd July for their charity social run from Congleton to the top of Bosley Cloud and back. It was a pleasant evening and the Biddulph participants had a very enjoyable run, which was followed by a meal at the Beartown Tap. Thanks went to Congleton Harriers.
The club meets at Biddulph Valley Leisure Centre for training runs on Tuesday and Thursdays at 6.45pm. Extra runs are planned most weekends and often follow off-road routes such as the Newcastle Way, the Macclesfield Canal and the Gritstone Way. Away runs take place once a month throughout the summer and the club’s next one of these will be to Rudyard Lake followed by a visit to the Rudyard Hotel for refreshments.
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