The Red Rose season finished at a very muddy Marl Pits.  Some excellent runs from Pendle athletes and some prizes.  Check the Red Rose website once results have been confirmed.

This is the report from organiser Steve Duxbury:

4th Dec. 2011
Thanks to all my team at Rossendale, and all the officials who helped to stage the last fixture in fairly challenging conditions, and congratulations to all the athletes who ran in one of the toughest and muddiest courses we’ve had in recent years. There were no injuries as far as Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue team were concerned although I did witness several lost shoes along the course. I have several items of lost property so if you have any missing items please email me and I’ll try to get it back to you.
Everything went well until the start of the last lap of the senior men’s race when an over enthusiastic, and misinformed, spectator apparently directed the leading five athletes into the finish. Ultimately, it is up to athletes to know the course, but I can understand the dilemma they faced when given bad advice from someone who they thought was a Race Marshall so, as race organiser, with responsibility for the course, I would like to offer my personal apology to the athletes concerned. Fortunately, Tom Carson’s overall position wasn’t affected by the mistake although this may not be the case with the others concerned.
Overall results are now on the web and a list of the award winners will be posted after Wednesday’s committee meeting. Please note that team managers or individuals must inform Ken Smith, or me, of any errors in the results prior to this, the last committee meeting of the season. Tickets for the Presentation Evening, on Saturday 4th February, will be available from team managers after the meeting.
Steve Duxbury

Some pictures courtesy of Richard Marchant:

This will be on Saturday 4th February in Horwich.  If you would like to attend please let Christine know as soon as possible.

This is a fell race for both juniors and seniors from penistone quarry near Haworth.  The junior course is suitable for those new to fell races.  The senior race is the shortest of the series.

I know that a number of club members are going and it would be great to see a large turnout.  Fancy dress isn’t compulsory but many will wear something.  If you need more details please see Paul.  Race details

Next week 12th December will be our last session before Christmas, after that the school is closed.  This means that training will resume on Monday 9th January.

This is a longer break than normal but is just how the holidays fall.

There will be no young athlete group or intermediate squad whilst the school is closed.  However the endurance squad will continue to train – see Noel for details.

There are various races during the holiday period for both juniors and seniors but do check the senior races because many are pre entry.

Please let your members know that parking for the Mid Lancs Cross-Country
on Saturday 10 December at Astley Park is at the big back car park, post
code PR7 1XA. (reached by M61J8, the B5252, Chancery Road and Hallgate in
Astley Village). 

There is nearer parking but this is limited to Officials and a few of the
club members carrying the heavy tents and is insufficient to take anyone

Please remember that we are meeting at Pendle Vale School at 7pm this Monday 5th December.  We will stay at the school until March except when it is closed.

Meet inside the foyer but train outside, so come well wrapped up with hats and gloves!

Results on

A good Pendle turnout for the latest round of the Red Rose.  Full results on

The next cross country is the large Mid Lancs race at Sefton Park, Liverpool on Saturday 26th November.  This is a great chance to watch international athletes competing at one of the major cross country events of the year.  You may want to car share and the Club policy is that a contribution to petrol money should always be made.

The school has informed us that the sports hall is unavailable on Monday 28th November.  For that week the Young Athlete Group will be cancelled and the endurance squad will meet at Seedhill Track.

This was the last race in the junior inter pennine club champs and was held in good weather albeit very muddy. 

Championship results aren’t out yet but will be on  Race results are on

The outstanding result was James Marchant who won his U14 race

In the seniors Lucy Alderman continued her senior fell running career with a great run on a route that was very tricky due to the eroded paths.  There was a record senior field of 357 runners.

Photos courtesy of Richard Marchant.  Just a reminder that you can see the full sized picture by clicking on the one displayed.  If you email me photos please reduce them in size (as Richard does) – the internet isn’t very fast on my hillside!

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