As you can tell from the weather the cross country season isn’t far off. The Club competes in two local leagues, the Mid Lancs and the Red Rose.
The Mid Lancs is the main league and full details are on http://www.midlancs.org.uk/. Athletes can enter on the day and there is no charge (the Club pays to join the league). We aim to get Club teams in as many age groups as possible.
The other league is the Red Rose which we joined for the first time last year details on http://www.redrosecrosscountry.co.uk/. This league runs from October to December and caters for ages 8 upwards.
Please put the dates in your diaries and ask Paul, Noel or Christine if you need further information.
Cross country is great fun but the weather can be poor and it will almost certainly be muddy. If you go well equipped (both athletes and supporters) it makes all of the difference.
Athletes need cross country spikes which can be bought from the Complete Runner in Nelson, alternatively studded fell shoes will suffice (some school cross countries have road sections in which case fell shoes are best); spectators need wellies. For runners gloves, hat and thermal vest under your club vest will all be needed on occasions. In bad weather I wear running tights instead of shorts. Make sure that you have some dry clothes, especially a change of t shirt for after the race.
Shoes can and come off in the mud. Make sure that they are tightly laced using all of the lace holes and many athletes use duct tape over the laces and under the sole.
Good luck for the winter.
Pendle AC club member and coach Anna Anderson had a succesful trip to Beijing to compete in the World Aquathon championships and the world triathlon championships. In the Aquathlon Anna came third in her age group, and in the sprint triathlon she came 4th, despite her chain coming off.
Anna started her swimming with Colne ASC and then joined Pendle AC where she was coached by Noel Finucane. Now studying at Leeds Met, Anna is a member of the same elite triathlon squad as Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, who triumphed in the mens triathlon.
Local company Hope Technologies have sponsored Anna by providing a tri bike, and this was shipped out to China for the race. Tri obviously suits Anna who in the past has run for England on the fells and has swum the English Channel as part of a school relay team.
Anna has great potential as she masters the more technical aspects of bike riding which is new to her.
Here is a short report from Anna:
I’m just emailing to let you know how China went and I’ve attached a selection of photos.
I was 4th in my age group in the sprint triathlon and 11th overall out of 180 so really pleased with that. I really enjoyed the race although was definitely glad to have finished the bike safely as we had torrential rain from when I left to go to transition at 4.45am until well after the race had finished.
I also did the aquathlon which was totally different as the race was at 1.15pm in really hot and humid conditions. I was 7th overall out of 80 and 3rd in my age group, so definitely delighted at getting a medal.
This features a few of our younger members http://youtu.be/Ztkqn-yhktc
Leah performances have been recognised by the Lancashire Telegraph. Read all about it.
Thanks to everyone who came along and in particular to the officials and Pendle members and parents who helped out. We couldn’t have had better weather, and even the replacement tannoy turned out to be much better than the original one – I’m afraid that this did delay the presentations though. Results have been sent off to Athletics Weekly, The Power of Ten and the Lancashire Telegraph.
See everyone next year.
Congratulations to Daemon who finally jumped 1.40m in competition for the HJ, thus improving his Pendle U13 boys record by 4cms and claiming Gold, Tiarnen jumped a PB of 1.35m to claim Silver. The rain didn’t affect him this time as the competition was moved indoors.
As an U13 girl Leah has had a fine year in the throwing events and it was no surprise to me to see her pick up 3 gold medals.
James Blackburn maintained his impressive form in the 400m running an new PB of 50.o secs.
Alan and Zac picked up a full set of coloured medals in the Senior Mens throwing events.
Full results: http://www.midlancs.org.uk/TF/tfframe.htm
Apologies but due to my own races, and being the entries secretary for the Open meeting on Sunday, I haven’t had time to update the website as often as normal – a big thanks to Bryan for his T&F articles.
In the past two weeks Club members have run at Gargrave Show, Burnsall Feast and Sports, Halton Gill, Mid Lancs Medal meet, Malham Show, Grasmere Sports and Hebden Sports and there may be some I don’t know about. Today it’s Kilnsey Show and tomorrow the Bofra junior champs race at Reeth Show. Everyone has been having fun and even Paul won some prizes yesterday but not in the fell race! He picked up 3rd place in the V50 handicapped sprint and second in the mixed novelty race.
If any Club members haven’t entered for Sunday they must let me know today or tomorrow, preferably by email with a paper entry in the post. I hope to be at the track on Weds night but this does depend upon what time I can get away from Reeth Show which is in Swaledale.
Leah Hillman had a fine day going to no. 1 in the powerof10 – with a fine throw of 31.94m (Natrika threw over 20m in the same competition) and a PB of 9.16 in the shot.
Both Daemon and Natrika were a little disappointed in only clearing 1.30m in the high jump (it was raining) – and Daemon will no doubt be striving to increase his U13 boys club record further before the end of the season.
Neng also competed and though he was beaten into 2nd place in the 100m, he reversed the placings on the 200m recording a PB of 24.5s.
Editors note: The Power of 10 holds athletes career performances and compares across the UK for each season. Therefore Leah has thrown the javelin further than anyone else her age this year. See http://www.thepowerof10.info/athletes/profile.aspx?athleteid=203639
From Faye Holden:
On Sunday at the Northern league James Blackburn broke 1 club record and equalled another:
Zac Child raised his own senior javelin record to 45.26.
I had originally said that Leah Hillman set a new U13 javelin record but was wrong. Leah actually raised the record at the previous mid lancs meeting at Blackburn to 28.75. I’m struggling to keep up at the moment!
The meeting demonstrated the Club’s current strength in throws with most of our points coming from there, and in the men’s competition we had a 1,2 in shot and winners of hammer, discus and javelin.
Full results at http://www.midlancs.org.uk/.
The final meeting of the season is the medal meeting on 27th August at Wigan and there is a pre entry form on the mid lancs site. There is entry on the day but at an increased price. Whilst there are eligibility criteria to actually win medals the meeting is open to everyone, regardless of whether you have competed so far.