The annual Pendle Primary Schools run in the park was well supported on Saturday with many of the most talented athletes at our local schools competing. The race began at Seedhill and continued into the park off Carr Road  finishing back at Seedhill track.

No real surprise that the most impressive athletes are actually coached at the club and it was Laneshawbridge School pupils Ruby Schofield and Kai Atkins who came out winners of the boys and girls races.

If your friends enjoyed the race and wish to continue ask them to come down on Monday or Wednesday between 7.00pm – 8.00pm.

Results are below and schools will receive certificates in the next week or so.



There is another running of the inter club fell championship this year.  Details pac Pennine Inter-club fell races 2012

Unfortunately the first race this weekend clashes with the Primary Schools Run and some of the events are a long way from Pendle.  However a number of athletes did well in this competition last year.

Several Pendle athletes turned out on an unseasonal day for the Blackpool Open – “strangely there was no wind!”

Leah Hillman did what she does best – in winning the Shot Putt, Hammer Throw and Javelin.

Spencer Phelan won the Shot Putt late in the day, beating athletes from Blackpool and Sale with 5.09m, he also came 3rd in the U13B LJ (I predict he’ll break 4m before the season ends), and ran well in the 80m sprint.

Neng was happy with his 2 sprints and Natrika appears to be getting back to full fitness.

In the final event of the day Helena Leathley competed in the 3k and was first woman home.

Congratulations to all the 5 Pendle athletes who ran in the English Counties XC on Saturday – all athletes finished in the top halves of the field with Matthew Barnes having the highest finish – being 73rd.

It is my opinion that Helena Leathley is the most improved athlete on the XC circuit this year – congratulations Helena.

Pendle AC is hosting a Come and Try It evening on Monday 16th April at 7pm.  This marks 100 days before the start of the London Olympics and is open to any young person from the age of 7.

New members are welcome on any club night but previous evenings such as this have been a great success.  Combined with linking to the London Olympics we hope to have a fun night and recruit a few new members.

Many thanks to everyone who came along and to the coaches who helped out.  If you came and enjoyed yourself then you are welcome at club training sessions on Monday and/or Wednesday at 7pm at Seedhill track.  On Monday we run young athlete (7 yrs old to approx 10/11) and intermediate (10/11 to 13/14 yrs) squads plus the main sprint, endurance and throws squads.  There isn’t an intermediate squad on wednesday but atheletes can join the other squads as appropriate.

When you come down ask for Paul or Christine and we will sort you out.  After a couple of weeks we ask that you join the Club, but make sure that you enjoy it first.

This is an English junior fell championship race and the Lancashire Junior Fell Championship race.  Starts at 11:45 from Barley, right on our doorstep!

There is also a senior fell race starting at 1400.  Note that U18s run the senior race.  Get there early because this race is always very popular and suitable for all Pendle athletes.

The Club have received details of three races, entry forms are pac andems runners skyes syke and Healey Dash 2012 pac andems runners ron hill race 2012 pac andems runners action against cancer 5k Cowm Res 2012.

Please support these races because they raise money for good causes and last year helped support Pendle member Bryce Butterworth to compete in the World Transplant Games.

Matthew Barnes, Tiarnan Crorken, Matthew Dutton, Darius
Boardman and Helena Leathley will be representing Lancashire at the Inter-Counties Cross
Country Champs. this weekend at Birmingham.

Blackpool Warm Up    – 11 March : Blackpool Warm Up 110312

Scunthorpe Warm Up – 25 March: Scunthorpe Warm Up 250312

Liverpool Jumps & Throws 14 April: Liverpool_Throws_Jumps 140412

Wigan Harriers Warm Up – 15 April: Wigan Warm Up 150412

Sheffield Festival – 22 April: Sheffield 2012_festival 22_04_12

Lancs Champs – 12 May: 1205T&FLancsChampsEF

DASK Quadrathon – 23 June: DASH Quadrathlon 2012 entry form

Laura said she would be back training Monday after getting cramp last Thursday, (she’s been missing since James went to Uni) and  noone really believed her but she was true to her word and put in half a session.

There were 17 training yesterday and looks like Matt is providing a little bit of healthy competition for Neng.

Looking at last Saturdays XC at Leyland – Jordan Isherwood  appears to have run well again and finished in the top half.

Dave will be in Egypt on Wednesday, warm weather training in Luxor for 2 weeks – but he’s left some hard sessions with me.

Neng managed PB’s in both 60m & 300m and as a result his dad let him have his Ipod back.

Natrika jumped 4.44m today, marking the end to a consistent set of jumps for the indoor season at Manchester. She also competed in 60m and Shot Putt.

James Blackburn made a surprise visit, competing in LJ – 6.08m and the 300m sprint 36.xx secs (his mum was pleased, and asked him what time he would have liked to run, “30 seconds” came the reply. James is now at university in Leeds but it doen’t seem to have changed him. He’s still as daft as a brush.

As a footnote – Zac Child also turned up – alas with a limp he picked up yesterday, playing rugby. Tough game rugby!

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