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London Marathon Draw & Club SocialGood afternoon all,
Closing date and time for our club entry in to the London Marathon is mid night Thursday. We are only entitled to 1 place. The draw will take place at our club social on Friday evening 16th October in the Caernarvon pub on Bidston Road. Table booked for 7-30pm.
See you there.
Borders League Race ReportGood afternoonA trio of club members made the short trip to Capenhurst for the first of the 7 race series and was perfectly put on by Ellesmere Port even the re-supply of water to the finish. On a still morning but overcast just right for running we met up with out friends and colleagues from the other clubs exchanging views and the usual banter.In a large field the results are:239th Ian Davies248th Ian Sneddon258th Andy WaringThe next race is on the 8th November arranged by Wallasey in the Top part of Birkenhead Park. It would be nice to get teams for these races as the club has paid the League so taking part is free. They are just like any other race the whippets go off and we all follow trying to catch the orange vest up in front only for them to find some more energy and use it to go past you.RegardsAndy
Capenhurst Borders InformationGood evening all;Please see attached the details for the Borders League race on Sunday 11th October at Capenhurst, the race starts at 1100am and is 5 miles in length.The start is 800 metres way from parking and the race HQ.To date I have had 2 members contact me ref the email sent by Norman, I will go to Thornton road on Sunday to pick up at 0945 if required.Teams 7/3 male/female, Please contact me Andytherunnerno1@talktalk.net soonest as do not want to wait around.The club has paid the fees for this season of 7 races so it would be great if we had teams, full details reference the league are at the Borders League website, a good read.Many thanksAndy
Well Done Mary!
Well done to Mary Sinnott on completing her first marathon today at Chester. Her chip time was 4-59, very impressive. Certainly worked hard in getting the miles in. Rest time now Mary.
Club SocialGood evening all,
Our next Club Social is on Friday 16th October at the Caernarvon Castle pub. Table is booked for 7-30pm. Please let Pauline know if you are able to go.
Good Luck MaryGood evening all,
Good luck and lots of it to Mary Sinnott who is running her FIRST marathon at Chester this Sunday.Mary is running for the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity so if you can please sponsor her.
GOOD LUCK MARY
London Marathon PlaceGood evening all,
We as a club may be entitled to 1 London Marathon entry. If you are interested and have paid 2 consecutive years subscriptions, plus not won the Club ballot for 5years then you are entitled to enter this club ballot. Last date for entry is Midnight 15th October 2015Draw will take place of Friday16th October at our Club social at a venue yet to be decided.All entries should be sent via e-mail to myself.
Borders League & Cross Country Dates
Good evening all,The following are dates for your diary
BORDERS LEAGUE. we need 7 male and 3 female runners per race. Races are all on road type surfaces and are less that 10k.
11th October Capenhurst.8th November Birkenhead Park6th December Anglesey24th January Abergele20th March Tattenhall17th April Mold27th April Shotton
All races are a 11am start with the exception of the last one which is a presentation night
1st November Clarke Gardens8th November Stadt Moers Park22nd November Beacon Park13th December Town Park, Warrington.3rd January Arrowe Park21st February Forest Park, Birchwood
All races start at 10am. Again we need runners for the above, although we share with Pensby.
Please help your club.
Arrowe Park Race ReportAllOn a lovely evening the club membership embarked on taking part in the last of 4Multi Terrain races, the series is organised by one of our own Steve Saunders. They have been a real success so well done Steve for all the hard work and time you have spent.A big thank you tonight goes to all the marshals Les Hall/Lawrie/Michael/Pauline/Margaret/Emer/James Downey/Percy/Neil/Angela/Justine/Phil/James Reston, a special thank you to Rachel Leah for running at the rear as a safety person.Again the club has received praise for the way we did things so thanks.The club had two male runners Ian Sneddon (165th) and Pete Edwards (199th)Nice to see the support of John Peerless who was at the race tonight.Thank you to all who took part in the series.
Arrowe Park Multi TerrainGood evening all,
BAC are still short of 4 volunteers for Tuesdays multi-terrain race at Arrowe Park. If you can help please let Andy Waring know. If able to marshal please be at the start area, near to the swings, for 5-45pm as the race starts at 6-30pm.BAC are also short of runners for this race.Thanks,
Race Report Multi TerrainGood evening allOn a lovely evening Ian Sneddon was the sole runner for BAC at the Multi-Terrain at Harrison Drive coming 147th.Thanks to Steve Saunders whom has spent a lot of effort organising the races and to Andy, Les Hall for supporting tonight..Remember next week at Arrowe Park we as a club look after the marshalling of the race min 12 required for safety, names to me soonest. We need to be leaving for our positions by 1800 so need to meet by the start at 1745. If possible we need someone to run as the tail - safety person.Many thanksAndy
New Brighton Multi Terrain
Good morning all,
Tuesday15th is the next Multi-terrain. It is at New Brighton, by the Derby pool. It is a 6-30pm start and as usual we at BAC require runners for our teams. Can you help???
Tuesday 22nd is the final multi-terrain and is at Arrowe Park, again a 6-30pm start. We are looking for runners to represent BAC
PLUS volunteers to Marshal the course. If you can help please let Chairman Andy Waring know. I am away next week but will be back for the Hoylake 10k.
Royden Park Race ReportHi allOn a lovely evening though it did get chilly Patrik Corrigan was the sole representative of Birkenhead AC who ran in the race that was well attended by all other clubs, he just made it in the top 100.Thanks go to Steve Saunders who has worked really hard getting these races organised and tonight made last years events a thing of the past.I attended and helped without upsetting anyone and it was great to see old friends again.RegardsAndy
Royden Park Multi Terrain
Good evening all,This Tuesday, 8th, is the next in the September series of Multi-terrain races. It is a 7pm start at Royden Park. Please car share if you can.
Last Tuesday we were the only local team not to have a lady runner and we only had 2 men runners.Hopefully we will fare better this week. Please try to run for BAC. I won't be there but Chairman Andy will be.
Race Report Multi TerrainoGood morning all,
Many thanks to Ian Sneddon and Patrik Corrigan for representing BAC at last nights multi-terrain. Thanks also to Steve Saunders for his help.The next run is next Tuesday at Royden Park at 7pm.
Thurstaston Multi Terrain
Good afternoon all,This Tuesday evening is the first in the September series of races. It starts near to visitor centre at Thurstaston at 7pm.We as a club like to enter a Ladies and Gents team and to this end we are looking for runners to help out. If you can run please be there for 6-45pm at the latest please. If you can't run but can support we will look forward to seeing you there
Multi TerrainGood afternoon all,
Next Tuesday 1st September 2015 sees the start of the September series of mult--terrain races. The dates and venues are,
Tuesday 1st September Wirral Country park, Thurstaston 7pm startTuesday 8th September, Royden park, Frankby. 7pm start.Tuesday 15th September, Beach, Harrison Drive. 6-30pm start.Tuesday 22nd September, Arrowe Country Park, 6-30pm start.
As usual BAC hope to put in a ladies and mens team, please help if you can. It is £1 to enter.
Tatton Yule Yomp- SUN 06/12/15Dear all
As previous entrants, I’m writing to let you know that the Tatton Yule Yomp is now open to entry.
Christmas may seem a long way away, but the race quickly over-subscribed last year and I would urge you to enter soon if you would like to take part again. Please visit our website to find out more and to register:
We welcome runners of all abilities, from novice runners to those seeking course PBs and winning positions. Trophies go to all age categories, men and women, plus fastest Running Club and Team. Course record is held by Julian Goodwin at 34:44; ladies' record by Sarah Jane Murphy at 39:34. Current holders of the club trophy are Vale Royal AC and of the team trophy (i.e. comprising non-affliated runners) STK.
New shirts are available in men’s and ladies' sizes – please buy online when you enter and pick up on the day.
All funds raised go to three local charities; David Lewis, Carers Trust and East Cheshire Hospice. In the last six years since the race began, over £75,000 has been donated. Our thanks to all runners for making this possible.
Hope to see you on the day.
Nicky OwenFor the Tatton Yule Yomp
Local RacesGood afternoon Ladies and Gents.You should be getting your new membership cards soon.3 local races for you to think about and hopefully support.Wednesday 19th August Capenhurst 5k , Sports and Social club, Capenhurst Village. 7-15pm start and £7-50 entry fee, £3 extra on the night.
Sunday 23rd August, 3 Stags 5k Fun Run in aid of Claire House. 10am start at the 3 Stags.. Entry fee £10. Our own Ian McNeill has organised this.
Wednesday 26th August Seaside run. 7pm start from Moreton Shore.
PLUS the weekly parkruns at Birkenhead Park and Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port. Both start at 9amNorman
Club Summer Run
Good evening all,
Many thanks to all who were able to run last night. Brilliant run and weather plus the social back at the Nags Head. Great course, plenty of sunshine and midges but they weren't quick enough to catch us!!
Special thanks to Percy Hogg and Ian Sneddon for organising it all.
Photo's to follow on facebook when I can find my camera and sorting out my computer.
Nags Head Summer Run
Good evening all.
Next Thursday 6th August 2015 is the last in this years series of Summer Club Runs. It starts at 7pm from the Nags Head, Willaston and is about 5 miles long. Afterwards refreshments in the Nags Head.
Please assemble for 6-45pm for the usual photo session.
Please wear Club vest or T-shirt for this event.
Enjoy the evening.
2015 MT League Information
attached the dates and venues for this years MT race
series. Please note change in race order due to
tides. First race is NOT Royden Park. Please can each team provide
a marshall at each race and make themselves known to me well
before the start.
Also for those that were aware of the issues last year at Royden park we
have had to put the following traffic management plan in
place :- ·
Please car share were possible to
reduce the number of vehicles on the night·
Please maximise car parking in the
main carpark by double parking if possible but only if you
know whose car it is and they are happy with
Marshalls in High Viz will be posted
at the entrance to Royden Park and the exits of the car
parks to ensure traffic flow is maintained. Priority
will be given to emergency services and patrons of the
Hillbark Hotel by holding the traffic in the car parks and
clearing the main access and egress road.
Communication between the Marshalls will be via radio or
Egress from the area in front of the
toilets will be via the car park exit to allow parking and
access to any public visitors via the entrance to that
Please do not
park on the roadway to the park if possible as any further
complaints may jeopardise future races. Finally we can no longer hold our trophy giving in the Cherry Orchard as this has now
changed hands. We will therefore be holding it at the
Arrowe Park hotel (hungry horse) which is about ½ mile down
the road if you turn left out of the car park. Limited
Food will still be provided. Due to limited car parking
you are advised to leave your car in the Cherry Orchard car
park and walk down.
If there are any
new runners please email me with their name and DOB before
See you first race at
THURSTASTON on 1st September.
Regards Steve SaundersChairman Summer Multi-Terrain
The PDF can be accessed HERE
Happy Birthday to our Club Chairman for Sunday 19th July. Hope you have a brilliant day
Birkenhead Park Run
Good evening all,
Next Saturday, 18th July 2015 is the first Birkenhead parkrun. It is a 9am start every Saturday from the Park Drive entrance. It is a 5k measured distance. It is free to enter every week but you must register first and get a barcode . All this can be explained on the parkrun website. If you don't want to run you can volunteer again via the website.
I am involved with the Ellesmere Port parkrun in Whitby Park and the set up is similar. Runners and volunteers always welcome. Details via the Ellesmere port park run website.
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
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.
Summer Social RunGood evening all,
The next Summer Club Run is this Thursday 9th July.
We are meeting at 6.40 Campbell Town Road for a definite 7 o clock start. Oranges and bottles of water at Seacombe Ferry. Finishing approx 8.30. Refreshments and Local fun quiz in the Brass Balance
Don't park in the McDonalds car park as a warden checks on cars
Please wear Club vest or T-shirt.
Wishing our wonderful club secretary a NORMAN GRUNDY HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
Hope you have a day full of great birthday memories & plenty of cake (you can run the calories of since you flew around that 10k yesterday)
Team BAC x
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
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
Seaside RunGood evening all,
For those wishing to get a training run in before this Fridays Club handicap there is this months Seaside Run from Moreton Shore.
Our Club Handicap follows a similar course.
Good evening all,
Next Friday 26th June 2015 is our Clubs Summer handicap. It starts at Moreton Shore at 7pm and finishes just beyond the Derby Pool car park. A distance of about 4.7 k. Runners start at different times in accordance with their running ability. Please assemble for 6-45pm to get your start time , plus the photo call also please wear club vest or T-shirt.
Afterwards it is to the Derby pool restaurant for eats, drinks and natter.
If you could let me know if you intend running or helping, this would be appreciated.
It would also be a good opportunity for those who are leaving our club to come along and say farewell. You are still entitled to run as the subscriptions don't finish until 30th June 2015.
Many thanks .
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.
Edinburgh Marathon 2015
Congratulations to Dave OBrien for completing the Edinburgh Marathon in 03:35:04
SubscriptionsGood evening all,
Just a reminder that your BAC annual subscriptions are now due.
I realise some have already paid and a few have left but because the BAC database is until 30th June 2015 you will receive reminders. Hope this is not an inconvenience.
All I can ask is that can you pay your subscription soon please to Margaret Delaney.
If you don't intend to renew please let me know, you don't have to give a reason but it would help when finalising the database for the next 12months
Chester Half Marathon
Well done to Mary Sinnott 2-06-03, Margaret Delaney 2-21-12.and Christine Champney 2-34-55 and Dave OBrien 1-35-04 on completing todays Chester half marathon.
SubscriptionsGood 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 DelaneyPlease 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 2015Good afternoon, the following is a report on last Satursday Snowdon walk plus some feedback.Norman
Report from Snowdon trek 2015At 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 bubblesFrom 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 lineI 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
AGMGood afternoon all,Next Friday 15th May 2015 is our club AGM. It is at the Lairds Club in St Peters Road, Rock Ferry ( just behind the old Crosville bus depot on New Chester Road)It is a 7-30pm start.. There will be the presentations and a celebration of our clubs 20th birthday.One important item on the Agenda is Subscriptions/ Associate membership. UKA have put up their affiliation and member registration fees again and we are looking at a split subscription. One for runners and one for non runners. This will be an important decision to make.for us all to make.If anyone has a relevant item for discussion under Any Other Business please let me know.Please also let me know if you are unable to attend the AGM, helps with the after meeting cateringMany thanks,NormanHon secretary
BAC Celebrates its 20th Birthday!
HAPPY 20TH BIRTHDAY BIRKENHEAD AC. We still have 5 of the original members going strong. Celebration at our clubs AGM next week
Thurstaston Multi TerrainGood 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
Madrid 10kGood evening all,Well done toSteve Roberts 53 - 06Pauline Roberts 56 -25
Maureen Edwards time of 60-49Margaret Delaney 67 - 26&Christine Champney 73 -48on running todays Madrid 10k.Norman
2015 London Marathon!
Good evening all,CONGRATULATIONS toSharon Darroch 4-26-17&Kyle Lines 5-53-10on completing todays London marathon. Well done to both of themNorman
Also congratulations to Dave OBrien 04:03:47
Borders League - WrexhamGood 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.Positions186th Andy Waring189th Ian SneddonCongrats 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...RegardsAndy Waring
Borders League-CaernarfonGood 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 5KGood afternoonThank 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.Results1st Ian Sneddon 23.062nd Kath Behan 23.133rd Jim Edwards 24.124th Pete Edwards 25.415th Maureen Edwards 29.156th Marg Delaney 32.087th Chris Champney 32.22Thanks 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 processPlease 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 AwardGood 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 AWARDThis 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-CaernarfonGood 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 planetExperience of as lifetime.Norman
Thurstaston - Summer Multi Terrain
Good evening, BAC also marshal this event so we will be looking for volunteers.Norman
"HiPlease 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.
RacesGood 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 yearNorman
Borders League-MoldGood 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.Results136th Ian McNeil143rd Andy Waring172nd Rob Price177th Ian Sneddon201st James Downey240th Adam EdgeOne 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.RegardsAndy
Muddy FunGood 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 toPauline Roberts 1-59-26Brian Lines 2-24-48Margaret Delaney 2-26-16Christine Champney 2-34-25lesley lines 2-37-08On completing yesterdays New York half MarathonNorman
The Next BordersGood 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 kConvoy to leave top of Thornton Road at 9-15an, if travelling independently please let Andy knowMany thanks,Norman
Results RequiredGood 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 competitionsMant thanks,Norman
Borders League - PrestatynHi
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!!!
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.
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 TaleHi 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 LeagueGood 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.
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
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 tomorrowNorman
Birchwood XCGood 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
Patrik Corrigan, Ian McNeil, Andy Waring and Ian Sneddon took on the
challenge and with the weather changing we managed to finish before the
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.
CONGRATULATIONS to Pauline Roberts 1st in her age group and to Margaret Delaney 3rd in her age group at yesterdays Rhyl 10 mile raceNorman
Parbold HillAnother 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
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.
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 canattend or run.
X-Country Race ReportGood 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.
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.
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 treck15th May AGM and celebration of 20 years of BAC.11th June Club Run, venue to be decided26th June Club handicap, Moreton9th July Club Run, venue to be decided6th August Club Run, venue to be decided16th October Autumn Social, Queens, Storeton Road.27th December Winter HandicapConfirmation 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.
YoursDavid Morris - of Deestriders"
BAC hosts Borders League at Birkenhead Park - 11/01/15Many 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
Thanks again to everyone
From a proud leader!!
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 - RuncornGood evening all
Cross country 11/01/15 - two lone wolves made it from Birkenhead to
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
race. The ground was, in places, a lot wetter and muddier than
made for an authentic XC run. And of course we had the beast that is
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
Positions Patrik 65th and Steve Saunders 137th.