The Cub AGM was held on the 21st Feb at Nelson Cricket Club.

The chairman’s report is Pendle AC chaimans report Feb 2012.   The secretary reported a mixed season with the disappointment of being relegated in the Northern league and the Young Athlete’s League but with many individual and team successes.

The Treasurer reported a small profit for the year, which follows a few years of small losses.  As a result the committee decided to hold the membership fees at the same level as in 2011.

The committee voted to thank Neil Thompson for his generous sponsorship of the medals for the Pendle Open Track and Field competition.

Paul Wilson formally stood down as chairman after 5 years in the post and Pete Blackburn was elected as the new chairman.  Paul will continue as a coach and website editor.

The committee remains quite small and new volunteers are sought.  If your child benefits from the Club please do offer assistance as a committee member or to do one of the smaller jobs.  Karen Hillman has volunteered to run the shop at the annual Open Meeting.  Please see Pete or Christine if you feel that you can help.  The committee only meets about 8 times per year so it isn’t a massive commitment.




More to follow but the dates for most races have now been published.  I know that many people want to work out their diaries, which isn’t easy with so many races to chose from.

The most popular race series with club members is Bofra.  All of these races are family friendly and most are in reach of Pendle.  There have been some changes this year details on  The Bofra championship season starts on Saturday 12th May at Sedbergh Gala – seniors run first!.  Bofra races are open to everyone but only members can compete in the championship.

In addition to the Bofra championships the site lists some other traditional races that aren’t in the FRA calendar.  Some of these are great low key races for juniors and parents to start their fell running careers.

Details of the junior FRA championship are on  These races are open to anyone but some of the races tend to attract the stronger runners.  There are also a number of FRA races that have junior sections – however many don’t.  See the FRA calendar for details.

There is also another running of the Pennine junior inter club series – details to follow.

To develop some speed for the summer season there is nothing better than the bunny runs.  These are short and not very steep races where juniors and seniors run together every Tuesday evening in April.  Registration is at the Sun Inn in Haworth – start times vary depending on daylight.  The minimum age is 12 years old.   Given the FRA clampdown on under age runners please do not enter your child if they are younger than 12 years old!  Even if they are OK with the distance there is a danger that they might get bumped accidentally by a senior and come off worst.  Details on

Further details from Paul.

Natrika put in a commendable jump of 4.46m today at the indoor arena, and a 6.54 m Shot Putt. Unfortunately she missed the call for the 60m sprint and had to compete in  the 200m instead. Running in the last heat she came first (time not known at present). All in all a good day.

Neng wasn’t feeling himself today – he had a tummy upset (probably still suffering from the after effects of Friday’s party), and it showed in both his 60m and 200m times.

Leroy ran well in the 60m sprint but pulled up in the 200m after 30m  – but still managed to keep a smile on his face.

No snow in Barrow but many athletes decided not to make the trip on Saturday.  However it proved worthwhile those Pendle Athletes who did travel. Pendle U13 boys proved again to be the winning team with Matthew Barnes leading the way with first place and  6 Thomas Marchant, 15 Gregan Baker and 17 Jacob VanGeffen .

Matthew Dutton 4th  and James Marchant 8th shone in the U15 boys race, with Faye Holden being the only other Pendle athlete to travel.

Full results:

There is an excellent report in the Lancashire Telegraph

Pendle Vale School is closed and there will be no Young Athlete Group or Intermediate squad on Monday 13th Feb.  The endurance squad will train from Seedhill track.  Wednesday night as normal, weather permitting.

Just a reminder that we train in all weathers, but if icy or deep snow then sessions will be altered or cancelled for safety reasons.

Some good runs from Pendle Athletes, typically Noel’s U13 boys, Matthew Dutton and Helena Leathley with some of Dave Parker’s sprint group athletes gaining some respectable positions.

Follow link for results: or                             download this PDF file: 2012 Lancs Schools XC results – Leyland 4.2.12[1]




SUNDAY 19th February 2012 10.30am at Pendle venue to be confirmed

Coaching for all over the age of 11 years old and all abilities




Booking forms are on an earlier post

This is a good local race organised by Ilkley Harriers, full details on their website  Junior races are entry on day, but there is a senior limit of 300 runners and pre entry.  If you are a senior or over 16 then get your entry in now!

Junior courses are challenging but not too difficult for less experienced fell runners. U18s can run in the senior race but note that you have a different entry form to meet the FRA requirements.  The senior race is only suitable for experienced fell runners.

FRA race dates for 2012 have now been published in the calendar which is sent to members, and on the FRA website.  BOFRA race dates will be published in the next week or so on

Kendal Winter league races continue with the best races coming up.   I can strongly recommend the senior races at Fairmile, Barbondale and Cautley Spout.  There are junior races at every one, which is why the youngsters from the Kendal area are so good!

Pendle A.C.


Pendle A.C. will be holding its AGM on Tuesday, 21 February, at Nelson Cricket Club commencing at 7.30p.m.  There will be an opportunity at the end of the meeting for members and parents to raise concerns or put forward any ideas that will benefit our athletes and club.

C. Chorlton


On behalf of Pendle A.C. Committee

Pendle A.C.   AGM    2012




Minutes of AGM 2011.

Matters Arising.

Chairman’s Report.

Secretary’s Report.

Treasurer’s Report.

Election of Officers.

Election of Committee.

Membership Fees.

If anyone wishes to stand for election as an Officer of the Club or Committee member, please notify Chris.

Please note, persons should not be nominated for a position unless the persons being nominated have agreed to the nomination.

Club Website:

C. Chorlton.    Tel.  01282 692480    Email: chrischorlton (at)

Northern XC Full Reults:

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