From Monday 17th October the Young Athletes Group will move to Pendle Vale School on Monday nights from 7pm to 8pm.  They will train in the sports hall using indoor athletics equipment.

The Endurance Squad (Noel’s group) will move to Pendle Vale at the same time but will run on roads in the surrounding area.  We need parents to run with this group – please see Noel.

The Intermediate Squad (Paul’s group) will not move to Pendle Vale until mid November – this is different to the handout.  This group will stay at Seedhill Track until then but will go on road runs whenever possible – we could also do with one parent to help to operate this safely.  When at Pendle Vale the intermediate squad will do sprints, endurance and speed interval sessions using the space in front of the school and the fitness trail.

The sprint and throws squads will remain at the Seedhill Track during the winter, as will the Wednesday young athletes group.

Please note that all road runs will require a reflective top and these can be provided by the Club.  White tops are not sufficient.

From Richard Marchant:

Pendle had two teams at the Northern Cross Country Relays at Graves Park Sheffield on Saturday.  Have not got the official results yet but all six runners had brilliant runs and did Pendle AC proud.

The U13 Boys consisting of 1st Leg Tiarnan Crorken, 2nd Leg Matty Barnes and 3rd Leg Thomas Marchant just narrowly missing out on 3rd place coming in 4th.

The U15 Boys consisting of 1st Leg Darius Boardman, 2nd Leg Matty Dutton and 3rd Leg James Marchant who came in 8th Position.

Not sure how many teams there were in the competition, but all the boys ran their hearts out and had a good day out in the glorious sunshine.

Three of our young throwers went to one of the last Open meetings of the year at the weekend and walked off with lots of medals.

Gregan Baker won a gold for hammer (12.61) and a bronze medal for javelin (24.91).  Spencer Phelan got a silver for shot with 6.54, and gold for hammer with 18.59.  Leah Hillman got golds for hammer (19.09), discus (25.72), Javelin (30.61) and a silver for shot (9.80).

If anyone believes that the Club records aren’t up to date please email me with full details including a link to the official meeting results.

A good report from Andy McAllister in the Lancashire Telegraph

At the Road Relays at Sefton Park, Liverpool we had three teams including two under 13s.  Tiarnan Crorken, Luke Thompson and Matthew Barnes were the 1st team home to win the event and also first placed Lancashire.  The 2nd team, Matthew Thompson, Morgan Ratcliffe and Thomas Marchant finished 5th placed team overall, 3rd Lancashire team. (editor’s note: these are the north west road relays but include a county competition). 

Two races this weekend at Thievely Pike and Viking Chase, the first one being a Pennine junior club champs and the latter an FRA champs.

Some pictures from Thievely but no results yet:

Next race that there will definitely be club members at (well at least Paul) is Wasdale on Saturday 8th October.  This is part of Wasdale Shepherds Meet, and whilst a long journey is well worthwhile.  This has to be the most scenic fell race of the year and will see the finale of the classic show down for the mens championship between Alistair Dunn and Ted Mason.

The next race in the Pennine Inter Club Challenge is this weekend -
Thievely Pike and the final (added) race is on 5 Nov Shepherds Skyline -
details on

A pair of middle distance spikes for sale in excellent condition size 6
£10 (See Rebecca Crorken).

If anyone has spare footwear or clothing then please let Paul or Christine know

Congratulations to Noel who has been awarded Coach of the Year at the Pendle Sports Awards. Noel now goes onto the Lancashire event.

Claire Atkins competed in her first half marathon at the Great North Run in a time of 2h 32mins.  Ryan tells me that she may now have the running bug!

I believe that a few of the “moms” who have now started running are considering entering the Mid Lancs Cross country.  Could those that are thinking about this have a chat with Paul.  This is so that we can try and get a Pendle Ladies team, ensure that everyone is registered and has a club vest (a league requirement).

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  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  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.

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