News from Biddulph Running Club
Twenty-two Biddulph Running Club members were on the start line of the VeloRunner-Envisage Alsager Five-mile road race on Sunday (writes Gillian Horne).
For four of these it was their first race — having recently completed the club’s New to Running course in 2019 and then subsequently joining the club for 2020. Donning the eye-catching gold and black of Biddulph Running Club’s colours they lined up with the other club members ready to give it their all.
The race followed the usual route — starting from Alsager Leisure Centre, through some pleasant local avenues to the high street where they ran a mile or so through the town itself. Cutting back into the residential area runners took in another one-mile loop around the leisure centre until they found themselves on the final few 100 yards that took them across the finish line.
The team was well supported by friends and family who had turned out to cheer them on their way. This included a group who had run from Biddulph to Alsager that morning to give the team some enthusiastic encouragement and help. Some of these also ran the return leg back to Biddulph.
Biddulph members clocked some very respectable times and quite a few personal bests as follows; Darren Mottram 31.58; Steve Jones 33.53; Michelle Boon 34.42; David Bailey 35.46 (pb); Laurence Edwards 36.30 (pb); Helen Jones 36.53 (pb); Robert Minton 37.05; Rowena Jukes 38.18 (pb); Sandra Edwards 39.35; Helen Clayton 40.16; Rebecca Stringer 40.17; Emma Dale 41.03 (pb); Katie Brookes 41.32 (pb); Ruth Shepherd-Cole 43.25; Rachel Platt 43.53 (pb); Joanne Bailey 46.10; Karen Wynn 49.17; Ian Fothergill 51.37; Dawn McGovern 53.27; Mark Payne 53.28; Amanda Shenton 1.01.52; Kirsty Stevens 01.05.14.
The four new members did the club proud. One of these, Kirsty Stevens said that it was due to the support and encouragement she received when she first joined the club that she found herself entering the Alsager 5. She said. “My nerves started to get the better of me, but I need not have worried. I had my team mates around when I needed them and made it over the finish line.”
Another new team member Mark Payne said he had entered “with a degree of trepidation and as a new runner no small amount of ‘I’m not good enough to be here!’”
However he went on to say: “I couldn’t have been more wrong. The support from every single club member was nothing short of brilliant and the encouragement from the roadside was also fantastic.”
Elsewhere, Darren Mottram had already started his racing season early with the Kidsgrove 10k and the Four Villages Half Marathon (Helsby). He ran these races in 40.36 and 1.28.52 respectively, gaining a pb for the half marathon. Steve Evans and Sophia Bird joined him for the half marathon at Helsby, finishing in 1.40.45 and 1.43.56 respectively.
The next race in the calendar is Biddulph Running Club’s own race, the Knype Pool Five-mile Multi Terrain Charity Race and one-mile fun run. It takes place on Sunday, 16th February at Knypersley Reservoir and all proceeds will go to the mayor’s charities.
● Biddulph Running Club meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6.30pm (for 6.45pm) at Biddulph Leisure Centre. New members are always welcome. Visit on a club night or for more details, visit biddulphrunningclub.co.uk