Don’t forget – coaching at Stanley Park Sports Centre Sunday 26th February 2012 10am to 2pm
Events:- Sprints, Hurdles, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin, Hammer.
Just a reminder that the Stanbury Splash is on tomorrow with junior races as well. It could be a bit windy up there! Details www.woodentops.org.uk. Unfortunately no race for 16 or 17 year olds (see below).
The Kendal Winter league races also continue every Sunday, details on http://www.helmhillrunners.co.uk/winter_league.html. Many are some distance off but well worth the journey if you pick the right race. Some are really challenging steep climbs and hair raising descents - see Paul for more info.
There has been an announcement by the FRA regarding under age runners that affects Pendle AC. For all races insured by the FRA ie not just championships but including Penistone Quarry races for example that organisers, athletes/parents, coaches and clubs will be subject to disciplinary action and reported to England Athletics if someone runs in a race longer than the permitted distance for their age. The race organisers have been told that they do not have the discretion of allowing this rule to be broken. (FRA races are the vast majority of those in the FRA calendar and on the FRA website)
There has already been some disciplinary action. An athlete only becomes exempt from this when they are at least 18 years old on the day of the race.
This means that tomorrow for instance there is no race for 16 or 17 year olds and that the organiser cannot allow them to run in the senior race.
BOFRA and Kendal Winter league races are normally quite short and don’t operate distance limits. However neither of these allow athletes to run in an age group higher than their own.
I have views on this subject for 16 and 17 year olds but would appreciate any comments from other fell running parents. I will then feed these back to the FRA. However this is to lobby for a future rule change, in the meantime we must comply with the existing rules!
I’m sure that many of you know that James has branched out into triathlon and is doing really well . James was awarded Junior Male Triathlete of the year for 2011 at Bolton Metro Triathlon Club presentation evening last night a great honour.
Good luck in 2012!
LANCASHIRE ATHLETIC COACHING
WINTER COACHING DAYS
AT STANLEY PARK BLACKPOOL
SUNDAY 30th OCTOBER 2011 10am to 2pm
SUNDAY 27th NOVEMBER 2011 10am to 2pm
SUNDAY 22nd JANUARY 2012 10am to 2pm
SUNDAY 26th FEBRUARY 2012 10am to 2pm
Events:- Sprints, Hurdles, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump,
Shot, Discus, Javelin, Hammer
A chance to do different events in the Morning and Afternoon Sessions
Coaching for all over the age of 11 years old and all abilities
Be coached by some of the best coaches in the North West.
ALL COACHES ARE WELCOMED
Cost:- Coaches Free
Athletes £5 per session or £20 for all 4 sessions with a FREE TEE SHIRT.
Athletes Reserve your place by returning the booking form below
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A lovely sunny but cold winter day was ideal for the latest round of the Mid Lancs cross country. There was a good Pendle turnout and the U13 boys triumphed by winning the team prize in their race. If Noel’s calculations are correct then this means that that they have won the overall league trophy for the second year in a row with two races remaining.
Many of our athletes, especially me, found it hard going in the mud and lots of twists and turns of the course through the trees. Many thanks to Norman and the team from Hyndburn for hosting and to Dawn who is Mid Lancs XC. Results now up at www.midlancs.org.uk.
Mid Lancs Cross Country League meeting on Saturday, 14 January at Wilson
Playing Fields, Hyndburn.
There was an error on the information slip given out on Monday at Pendle
Vale. The time of the U11s Girls’ race, 12.30 p.m. is correct but the
Boys’ race time should have read 12.45 p.m. not 11.45 p.m.
There are two races for U11 athletes (boys and girls). These races are
used as an introduction to cross country and athletes are not eligible for
awards at the end of the season. There is not an 8 year old restriction
and Dawn, who organizes the league is happy for younger athletes to run if
parents feel their child will enjoy the race (see your child’s coach if
you are uncertain). Under 11 athletes do not have to wear a club vest but
if there are any spare from our ‘loan stock’ they will be able to borrow
one. Alternatively, club vests can be purchased from Daemon.
There is no fee for these races as we affiliate to the league.
Lancashire Sportshall League
The next sportshall meeting is on Sunday, 15 January at Blackpool Sports
Centre, Stanley Park. Entry is on the day – £5 for 4 events plus 1 relay.
Registration starts at 9.30 a.m. and the first event is at 11 a.m. The
competition is for Under 11s, Under 13s and Under 15s. All ages at 31
August 2011 and athletes must be a least 8 years old on the day of
From Richard Marchant
This has been produced for an olympics competition by a junior runner http://www.filmnation.org.uk/watch/film/fast-feet-1. Please vote for her entry if you like it.
I’m sorry that I couldn’t get there due to work problems. Some great photos from Richard Marchant. Results will be on http://www.midlancs.org.uk/
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.
Some pictures courtesy of Richard Marchant: