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If you have any news or photos, please forward them to Norman (Club Secretary) at norman.grundy132@btopenworld.com or Adam Edge (Website caretaker) at edggie22@yahoo.com

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Information on the 2008 to 2014 Club News Pages can be found through the News Letter Page.

 

Happy Birthday

 

Birkenhead Park Run

 

Borders League

Hi
   I attended the AGM last night and the following are the dates and host clubs with venues, may change if clubs come up against unforseen problems.

11/10/15     Ellesmere Port   -  Capenhurst

08/11/15        Wallasey           -  Birkenhead Park

06/12/15     CYBI                   -  Anglesey (Race track)

24/01/16     Abergele           -  Pensarn

20/03/16        Tattenhall           -  Tattenhall

17/04/16     Buckley              -   Mold

27/04/16     Deestriders        -   Shotton

Other news

Subs remain the same £50 per club
Borders website - good and all happy with race reports/etc.
Must do 5 races to qualify for prize, new Ladies vet 65 introduced
Milestones - clubs to identify those who are hitting 100/150/200 races (I do have a record)
Park run timing tested during 2014/2015 season and will be used during 2015/2016 season
Park run bar coding will be tested during 2015/2016 season with hopefully to go 100% in 2016/2017 season.
I am only able to complete 3 of the above - will look closer to see if I can do more but most in the middle of shift patterns so please support your club.

Regards
Andy Waring

 

Summer Social Run

 

Happy Birthday

 

Good Luck

Good luck to all tomorrow who are running the Race for Life, Penny Lane 10k or the Rhyl 10k. Hope the weather and good times are with you all

Norman

 

Handicap Results

Good evening all,

Thanks to all who turned up to run or help last night at the Handicap. Great turn out and a superb evening for running. Plus socialising in the Derby Pool post race.

RESULTS ON THE RESULTS PAGE OF THE WEBSITE

Thanks to James Downey and Les Hall for their help and all the runners for making the event a great success

Norman

 

Seaside Run

 

Summer Handicap

 

Tunnel 10K

Well done to Dave Harper, Carole Seddon, Mary Sinnott, Angela Gwynn, Lesley Lines, Brian Lines, Kyle Lines and Norman Grundy on running yesterdays Tunnel 10k.

Norman

 

Edinburgh Marathon 2015

Congratulations to Dave OBrien for completing the Edinburgh Marathon in 03:35:04

Adam

 

Subscriptions

 

Chester Half Marathon

 

Subscriptions

Good evening all,
At last evenings AGM discussion followed about subscriptions. Our governing body, UKA,  have increased  the Affiliation fee and increased the members registration fee, it has become necessary to increase our annual subscription to £20. This was voted on and approved by a majority of the membership in the room.
 
Can you therefore, if continuing your membership, forward your subscription to our Treasurer Margaret Delaney
 
Please don't send cash through the post please..
 
If you are not wishing to re-new your membership please let me know. No reason is necessary, but always welcome, Just an e-mail to me to say you are not renewing.
 
Many thanks,
 
Norman

 

Snowdon Trek Report 2015

Good afternoon, the following is a report on last Satursday Snowdon walk plus some feedback.
 
Norman

 

Report from Snowdon trek 2015
 
At 0725 Two cars set off from Chimneys loaded with kit and Andy/Ian Sneddon/Maria/Gary/Angela/Brian/Lesley/Kyle and Amy then headed for Rhyd Ddu  and met up with Yvonne.  Once we had got the boots and water proofs on (don’t listen to Ian), a wee drink/snack (Gary’s Flapjack) we headed up the Rhyd Ddu path for the summit.  
After a short while the first pictures taken and the weather turned a bit nasty, a lot of the ascent was spent in the mist so no views apart from looking down the massive drops from the ridge.  With the wind and the rain it began to take its toll, however once we had sorted Angela’s wardrobe we made it to the summit café.  On nearing the summit we were passed by a runner on his way down, I hope he knew his route.
It was amazing to see everyone in the café and they had all suffered the problems we had with the weather. 
 
Once we had dried off and refreshed, looked at the train in the mist we decided to come down the Snowdon Ranger path and cut across at lower level.  This we did after noticing a path that was just as challenging across the wet terrain and the odd waterfall, not following the signs back up we cut along the railway track. (Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways - Caernarfon to Porthmadog. It was like a scene from the railway children with Maria making sure we all waved when the train went pass. (Not trespassing at the time!!)
 
Once down it was time to reflect on the challenge, seeing the blue sky was a bonus and if we’ll do it again.  If we didn’t see the blue sky at the top the air may have been blue.   After a long drive back and all the drops it was nice to get in the bath with lots of bubbles
 
From Yvonne - Just got back from Wales tonight and although it has been a nice warm day the wind has been really strong especially this morning, so I don't think we could have done the Rhyd Ddu without being blown off the top!
Thanks very much I really enjoyed the walk or 'trek' and my knees certainly know I walked 9.4 miles (according to my watch)! In all seriousness I am pleased we went up one way and back the other, even if the Ranger was a longer route it showed that we had walked a tougher climb on the way up. I enjoyed the company, talking with some club members that I have not really talked to before and also the non-members. Also the longer walk back was entertaining with crossing the marshes let alone railway line
I attach a couple of photos and hope that the ones Lesley took will be on the club website since I don't do Facebook!
More importantly I am looking forward to next year's walk which just proves you have not put me off the first walk with BAC.
Many thanks for organising the trip, I for one thought it was a great success.
 
From Angela - Thank you so much for taking me to Snowdon and for your expert guidance. Thank you very much for carrying my rucksack and all your help. I am sorry I was such a whimp! It was a very memorable day and it was a great privilege to be part of such a wonderful group of people.

The best part of the Snowdon trip was coming back down. The least said about going up the better. On such a misty rainy day it was amazing to see so many people up there. The phrase "after the rain comes the sunshine" could not have been more apt yesterday. Walking down the mist cleared and we could actually see land. Seeing the little steam train was magical, not once but twice. The timing was perfect, especially when we just missed being caught climbing over the fence onto the track seconds before the train came back. Lots of people on the train waved including the driver there and back. It was a very special day and well worth battling through the mist, rain and wind. Thanks to everyone for their great company and especially to our guide Andy.

Thanks to all involved for making it worthwhile

 

AGM

 

BAC Celebrates its 20th Birthday!

 

Thurstaston Multi Terrain

Good morning all,
 
Many Thanks to Angela Gwynn, Pauline Roberts, Margaret Delaney, Maria Haigh, Les Hall, Neil Thompson, Steve Roberts, Gary Beamish, Pete Edwards, Jim Edwards and Anthony Brockway for marshaling last night in foul weather. Their help made the race the big success it was. Thanks also to Andy Waring for taping the course and to Steve Saunders for all his organisation.
 
Norman

 

Dates for your Diary

Good afternoon all,
attched is an upto date list of local races, I have checked the dates but it is in your own interests to double check, you know what I am like !!
 
Norman

Dates

 

Madrid 10k

 

2015 London Marathon!

Also congratulations to Dave OBrien 04:03:47

Adam

 

Borders League - Wrexham

Good afternoon all  

Wednesday evening saw two members complete the last race of the Borders league series and well done to Ian Sneddon for completing them all.  On a lovely warm evening at Wrexham and a 4 miler so the results could be collated.
 
Positions
 
186th Andy Waring
189th Ian Sneddon
 
Congrats to Ian as he was a prize winner in category and to Joe Johnson who also picked up a prize in his category.
 
Thanks to all who have helped and took part in the races this season...
 
Regards
 
Andy Waring

 

Borders League-Caernarfon

Good evening all

Gale force winds which prompted organisers to reverse direction of course made for very challenging conditions for the Caernarfon Border League event yesterday.
 
                         Only 2 representing BAC    Ian Sneddon 157 & Rob Price 177.
 
Many thanks to them.
 
Norman

 

Tony Bobby Memorial 5K

Good afternoon
                         Thank you to all who attended and took an active part in the race and a lovely still cool evening.  Due to illness and a number of other events happening the same evening it proved a challenge for Ian Sneddon to lead the field, Kath Behan was always on his tail followed by a clan of Edwards (Jim/Pete/Maureen).  Pushing on and making light work of the perfect conditions Marg and Chris came wearing something that had ventured across the pond. 
 
Results
 
1st Ian Sneddon  23.06
2nd Kath Behan   23.13
3rd Jim Edwards  24.12
4th Pete Edwards 25.41
5th Maureen Edwards 29.15
6th Marg Delaney  32.08
7th Chris Champney 32.22
 
Thanks to Norman and Dave Grundy, Brian and Lesley Lines, Anthony and Maria Brockway, Le's Hall,  Maria and Gary for all the support/time keeping/lap counting/bell ringing.
 
Hope the chinese was as good as the race!!!

 

Tony Bobby Memorial 5K

Good evening all, This Friday 10th April 2015 is the annual running of the above race.  It is at Bebington Oval and starts at 7pm. It is free to enter. There are prizes for the first man and lady plus  fastest runner under the Equaliser method.  This is an age related process
 
Please turn up and run or support.
 
Afterwards we meet up at a local restaurant, if interested in this please let Pauline know.
 
Many thanks.
 
norman

 

2015 Merit Award

Good evening all,
It is Merit Award voting time again. Please be involved with this, it is for a fellow or fellowess!! athlete who you think has done the most for our club over the last 12 months. PLEASE VOTE before 30th April 2015

Birkenhead Athletic Club MERIT AWARD

This was set up to recognise and reward the personal achievement of a club member who has excelled far beyond their capabilities during the year. This could mean a steady progression of athletic achievements, over coming disabilities, or work in a voluntary role.
To be eligible to vote, or be voted for, club members must have joined the club on or before 31st August 2014, this is then giving them at least 9 months club membership. .
All eligible club members, 1st and 2nd claim can take part in the vote. This is an annual event with the winner being announced at the AGM on Friday 15th May 2015.

 

Borders League-Caernarfon

Good evening all,
 
The next in the series of Borders League races is on Sunday 12th April 2015 at Caernarfon. The race starts at 11am. It is important that Andy Waring knows, well in advance as to, who is running. Transport has to be sorted out.
We as a club need a mans and ladies team so the more the merrier.
 
Please help.
 
Norman

 

MDS - "The Toughest Foot Race on the Planet"

Good evening all.
 
Good Luck to Jason Howard who is setting off to take part in the Marathon des Sables. Just 156 miles in 6 days across a "sandy" desert. The Sahara, this is reputably the toughest footrace on the planet
Experience of as lifetime.
 
Norman

 

 

Thurstaston - Summer Multi Terrain

Good evening, BAC also marshal this event so we will be looking for volunteers.
 
Norman 

"Hi
 
Please find attached (click here) a copy of the entry form for this years Summer Multi-Terrain Challenge at Thurstaston on Tuesday 5 May 2015 starting at 19:15.
 
This is a 6 mile race across the beach , Heswall Dales and Wirral way and is a deceivingly tough course.  If you want to get ready for this years Multi-Terrain Series in September this race is a must.
 
More details can be found at http://www.stevesaunders.co.uk/
 
 
See your there.

Regards
 
Steve Saunders"

 

Races

Good afternoon all,
 
Good Luck to all of you  who are running the Liverpool half Marathon this Sunday and also to those running the first Seaside Run of the year
 
Norman

 

Borders League-Mold

Good morning all,
 
   On a perfect morning for running the club was represented by the below at Mold for the race hosted by Wrecsam Tri.  A testing course with the first half mostly going up then the second half coming down with an uphill finish.  In bright sunshine and the lambs bleating, the support was provided by Ivy who cheered us all into the finish.
 
Results
 
136th Ian McNeil
143rd Andy Waring
172nd Rob Price
177th Ian Sneddon
201st James Downey
240th Adam Edge
 
One short for the team on what was lovely run, the next one is on 12th April at Caernarfon with details to follow nearer the time.
 
Thanks again to Ivy and the rest of the team.
 
Regards
 
Andy

 

Muddy Fun

Good morning all,
 
Congratulations to Debs Gardner on her 59-28 Stroke Association 10k yesterday at a muddy Delamere Forest.
 
Norman

 

An American Tale 2 - BAC goes West!

Good morning all,
 
Congratulations to
 
Pauline Roberts  1-59-26
Brian Lines      2-24-48
Margaret Delaney 2-26-16
Christine Champney 2-34-25
lesley lines     2-37-08
 
On completing yesterdays New York half Marathon
 
Norman

 

The Next Borders

Good morning all,
 
The next Borders league race is this coming Sunday. The race starts from Mold Sports centre and has a 11am start.
 
As usual we, as a club, are looking for runners for this event.
 
We are short of 3 men runners and 4 lady runners, if you can help please let Andy Waring know. The race is approximately 8.8 k
 
Convoy to leave top of Thornton Road at 9-15an, if travelling independently please let Andy know
 
Many thanks,
 
Norman

 

Results Required

Good morning all,
 
Can you send any race results, for this year, to me please and continue to do so.
 
I can use these for the web site, "Wear the vest" competition and the Equaliser competitions
 
Mant thanks,
 
Norman

 

Borders League - Prestatyn

Hi
Good morning all, 
 
On Sunday morning the club was again involved in the Borders
League at Ffrith beach (Prestatyn).  On a cold and wet morning 4 male
members set off and found the venue and then to the course.  Glad the
wind was not from the sea as it was against the prom.  A challenging
two lap course around the Ffrith park and prom down to the Nova centre
and back was hard work into the wind!!!

Results

138th Andy Waring
194th Ian Sneddon
195th Rob Price
247th Percy Hogg

It was a battle between Ian and Rob who will take the honours at the
next event on the 22/3 hosted by Wrecsam Tri - think at Mold and hope
to have a full team out again.  Numbers down by all clubs today after
the first three races of 300plus runners, only 248 ran today so could
of been ideal to put points on the board.

Regards

Andy

 

Well Done!

Well done to Ian McNeil for being the 1st in his age group a the Port Sunlight 5km on Sunday, 2016 date could be 28/2 which will hit the calendar of other club events.

Andy

 

An American Tale

Hi Norman,
 
Here’s my Napa story:-
 
The summary-
Beautiful day, fast course in perfect conditions so probably the last time I will go under 3.30. The body held together so nothing new is broken but what was ‘iffy’ before still is. Painful last 5 miles. Pretty even pace. 3 hrs., 29 min, 3 sec. A good day.
 
The full report-
A beautiful day, cool, 40’s at the start, mid 60’s by the finish. A little wind & not much by the finish. Clean fresh air, no clouds. Sun was coming up at the start, initially with lots of shadows & running into the sun which was blinding at times, happy to be wearing sunglasses! However when the sun was fully up it was fine. Gorgeous scenery, vineyard after vineyard. Not quite as drop dead gorgeous as Big Sur but idyllic and almost magical, certainly when compared with Chicago at this time of year! Rolling hills but nothing steep, an overall downhill course & great conditions promised a fast race.
Ran the 1st 14m with Bob Jungwirth, crossing the 13.1 only 4min behind my Bahamas ½ time. Just about held the pace for the second ½, drifted a bit with just a 3 min slower 2nd half in 1.46. Succeeded in running the 8 min planned pace (7.59!).  Started with gloves and a long sleeved T. Stashed the gloves in my shorts around m  6 and ditched the T at m 8, ran the rest in a singlet. My pre-race worries of foot & calf issues were confirmed. They were ‘talking’ to me by mile 5 or so but luckily they held out & didn’t progress to unbearable or worse. The quads started to tighten just after midway and by mile 21/22 the feet were really painful from the distance & pounding. As the sign said, “your feet hurt because your kicking ass”. No blisters though J! The last 5 miles just hurt. I felt ok with energy from the waist up but below that just pain. In fact the energy level was so good I didn’t take the 5th gel I brought along, 4 was fine. There were enough water / Gatorade stops along the way about every two miles. Felt terrible at the finish, the medical guys kept asking if I was alright. I was spent! Just got one calf cramp afterwards and as usual I was caked in salt crystals. They had some great vegetable soup at the finish, I had two cups! After the first cup & sitting down & talking to another guy I actually started to feel almost ok.
 
After a cold shower I drove to San Francisco, met up with my son,  Laurence and walked a bit around  Golden Gate Park. Another wonderful place. The walk was probably good for the legs. Monday morning, ‘the morning after’ so to speak, is the true test of the situation. The quads were normally post marathon sore. So ok and I should be able to walk downstairs normally  by Thursday! Left calf has the same tightness as before the race as does the pain in the ball of my left foot. So it seems no major damage has been done. The thing to do now is to rest up this week with some walks and easy short runs and see how it goes.
 
Overall a wonderful race. The smell of fresh cut grass was very pleasant. I was happy with my time & position. Top 10% in Age group and tip 12.5% approx. overall. 10th/96 in AG is not that surprising when I’m 6 months from the next group, though having said that the winner was also my age & finished in a mind blowing 2.50! I qualified for Boston with 10 minutes to spare in my current ag and a whopping 25 min for the 2016 race, that was very pleasing. The splits were good. See the details in the statistics. The mile 19 pick-up was because I got caught & started chatting to a guy & picked it up, however I couldn’t hold him.
Early on in the race I talked to another Brit over from Bodmin in Cornwall on holiday to escape the Bodmin hills! Turns out he was my age & finished in 4.03.21. My Union Jack shorts got a few comments as usual and I actually even got one “nice T-Shirt” comment.
 
Unfortunately the time is not a 2017 BQ so I have to qualify again for that race, hopefully after the memory of the pain has receded. I’m thinking of a fall marathon this year, like Chicago or Marne Corps and then London in 2016 as a fall back for Boston In 2017. Though I could do Boston in 2016 and use that as a 2017 qualifier if I don’t get into London. All these lottery entry marathons are a real pain in the planning process. I can fully understand why some runners refuse to get involved with them & stick to smaller races where they are in control of the entry process. Oh well we shall see. Right now it’s time for RnR or “sit back and relax” as the flight attendants say…………
 
The Statistics:-
3.29.03, 7.59 av pace. 9/96 in ag, 224/1888 overall, 179th male/981, 98th male master/ 623. Which means 2/3rd s of the guys were over 40……………..
1/2marathon time 1.42.54, 7.52 pace which means I was just 14 sec a mile and 3min and 9 seconds slower in the second half. Pretty happy with that.
BQ by 10 minutes in 55-59 age group but 25 min in 60-64, i.e. 2016!
 
 
Steve

 

Borders League

Good afternoon all,   
The next race will take place on Sunday 8th March at Ffrith Beach
with a 2 lap route around the Ffrith park area and the prom 8.8km. 
Start is at 11am on the Ffrith avenue and finish is in the same area.
Facilities are in the Frith bowling centre include food and toilets,
plenty of parking but members should share if possible.

I will leave Thornton Road at 0900 to allow plenty of time to get to
the venue.  If the Bromborough/Eastham gang want to share and meet us
at the venue please let me know.

All please inform Andy if attending.

Thanks Norman

 

Port Sunlight 10k

Another Age group podium finish for Margaret Delaney at Todays Port Sunlight 10k. She was 2nd, unfortunately no prize
plus Norman Grundy's age group finish of 2nd

Norman

 

Tony Barnes Memorial

Good afternoon all,
The Tony Barnes Memorial, Sefton Park 5 mile race is on Wednesday 22nd July with a 7-30pm start.
You can now enter on line.
See you all at Port Sunlight 10k tomorrow
Norman

 

Birchwood XC

Good evening
                      The last in the series of XC races took place on
Sunday 22nd Feb at Birchwood Forest, Warrington, a tough 4 lap muddy
circuit with the lack of rain recently we got away with running through
a pond!!!
Patrik Corrigan, Ian McNeil, Andy Waring and Ian Sneddon took on the
challenge and with the weather changing we managed to finish before the
rain/sleet/snow arrived.
Well done to Patrik who completed the grand slam and did every race,
and thanks to Steve Saunders who ran most and provided the results for
the whole series.

The shoes are now getting cleaned ready for a well earned 7 month rest.

Thanks

Andy Waring

 

Rhyl 10K

CONGRATULATIONS to Pauline Roberts 1st in her age group and to Margaret Delaney 3rd in her age group at yesterdays Rhyl 10 mile race

Norman

 

Parbold Hill

Another sell out field for last Saturday's Parbold Hill race.
With a 2.00pm start the race began in near perfect conditions, with no
breeze, blue skies, sunshine and very mild conditions.
At 6.75 miles across a mixture of roads, trials, cross country, styles
and even hay bales to contend with, this is a real 'pot-pourri' of a   
race, a good test and a run I always look forward to.
From the off you are faced with steady but prolonged climbs which set
you up nicely, not, for Parbold Hill itself !!
Two lone wolves on this occasion represented BAC, myself and Ian
McNeill.
Given the ever changing terrain and constant undulating nature of the
course pacing is key to a decent time at Parbold.
I was pleased to finish in a time of 52mins 37secs. Ian ran a good race
too, coming home in a very respectable 56mins.
All good preparation for this Sunday's final XC race.

Regards

Patrik

 

Tony Bobby Memorial

Good evening all,

The above race is planned for Friday 10th April 2015 at the Bebington Oval, with a 7pm start.

Entry to the track and race is completely free.

Before Margaret books the track can you ALL give me some indication as to whether you can
attend or run.

Many thanks

Norman

 

X-Country Race Report

Good evening
                      On a chilly (flippin freezing) morning the XC men
and woman went to Beacon park for the annual hill/mud run and we had a
whale of a time.  The air was nearly as blue as my fingers!!!!  How
the girls doing the free massages could do it got me, how they found
the legs of runners must of been a challenge.
Positions

56th Patrik Corrigan
90th Ian McNeil
115th Andy Waring
132nd Ian Sneddon

67th Maria Haigh

Last race of the season is at Birchwood on the 22/02/15.

Regards
Andy

 

More Congratulations!

Good evening all.
 
Congratulations to Michael Derbyshire on becoming a first time Grandfather to a beautiful grandson.
 
Norman

 

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Debs on becoming a Grandmother. BAC wishes a warm welcome to little Harry Andrew Gardner!

 

Dates for your Diary

Good evening all,
 
A committee meeting was held last Friday to decide dates for Club organised events and the following are those dates,
 
20th February    Club Social at the Queens, Storeton Road,
 
10th April       Tony Bobby Memorial 5k track race, The Oval.
 
9th May          Snowdon treck
 
15th May         AGM and celebration of 20 years of BAC.
 
11th June        Club Run, venue to be decided
 
26th June        Club handicap,  Moreton
 
9th July         Club Run, venue to be decided
 
6th August       Club Run, venue to be decided
 
16th October     Autumn Social, Queens, Storeton Road.
 
27th December    Winter Handicap
 
Confirmation of all events will be sent out nearer the day.
 
 
Norman

 

Praise for the Borders!

"Hi: a quick note to thank you all: my first time in Birkenhead Park,
and I enjoyed it hugely.

I thought your organisation was excellent - many thanks for the hot tea
beforehand and the hot showers afterwards.

Thanks to all the marshals and everyone who helped.

Yours
 
 
David Morris - of Deestriders"

 

BAC hosts Borders League at Birkenhead Park - 11/01/15

Many thanks for all the support
this morning at the Borders League race hosted by Birkenhead AC, the
initial feedback has been very positive.  The flexiblity shown by
everyone on a cold - windy day shows how far the club has gone over the
last few years.  Hearing the marshalls give out praise to all runners
proves we welcome all.  A lot of work has gone in from the first email
back in June to the last ones going tomorrow and equipment being
returned.

Thanks again to everyone

From a proud leader!!

Andy

On a personal note big thanks should go to Chairman Andy for all his time and hard work that he put in to make the race the success it was.
 
Norman

 

 

The Cross Country Race - Runcorn

Good evening all

Cross country 11/01/15 - two lone wolves made it from Birkenhead to
Runcorn,
Patrik Corrigan and Steve Saunders. Another good turnout generally,
which seems to have
been the case with each of the XC runs this season.
Although chilly and breezy the weather didn't have an adverse impact on
the
race. The ground was, in places, a lot wetter and muddier than 
expected but
made for an authentic XC run. And of course we had the beast that is
the
ski slope to deal with...twice!!  Next up in the series Beacon Park
still, in most opinions, the toughest race of the series, but
paradoxically, for me anyway, the most enjoyable, the heavy gang will
be back.

Positions Patrik 65th and Steve Saunders 137th.