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This years event takes place on Saturday 7th January at Witton Park as usual. We really want to see as many people who are qualified to run doing so and this race should be an absolute priority. Standards are the same as you would expect  at a Red Rose or Mid Lancs race. You can either enter on line or by post and full details can be found on the Lancashire Athletic Association website http://www.lancsaa.co.uk/cross%20country.html Pre-entries close on the 17th December, you can enter on the day but it will cost you more so get organised!  **County qualification may be acquired by birth or by nine month residence immediately prior to the competition** If you are in any doubt about your qualification then please speak to Steve Duxbury who will advise you if you are eligible to run....

Chester Half Marathon Sunday 15th May After the cross country season ended on a positive note, representing Lancashire at the Inter Counties in Birmingham, it was time to turn my attention to the road. After a disappointing performance at the Wilmslow Half Marathon I decided to target Chester 6 weeks later. A 9am race start meant an early rise but the sun was shining and it wasn’t long until I was heading down to Chester Racecourse to meet up with fellow Rossendale racer Kris Armitage. The conditions were to play an important part in my race and I was in luck. There was a slight head wind on the first half of the course, so I hoped it would favour me on the way back. The way out saw Tom Charles (Trafford), Tarus Elly (Salford) and I run together up to 7 miles. Tarus took the following wind by the horns and...

Black Combe AM - 13km (8m)/1000m (3281ft) Sat 12th March 2016 You've got to love racing! It's not only one of the few times I'm allowed out with a responsible adult present, but often it's the banter and surprises that make the day unforgettable. Responsible adult duties were taken on by Mr Tinman, who it was revealed does lots of very grown-up stuff and is often called upon as double act to high profile politicians; not sure if he's Ant or Dec though - but who is? Filling a two hour drive of pre-race chat is not as difficult as it sounds and with a packed car of five fell runners and kit, banter soon turns to recent race performances and the explanation of the the not so politically correct term 'chicked'. Obviously used by the yoof, I had no idea, a description of the superior prowess of a female athlete compared to your own...

Different races are great for different reasons. Everyone has their favourites. It could be the landscape, maybe the long history of legends who have won it. It might be the pie & pint in the pub at the end. It could be that they're just really bloody hard. Then there are a few special races that are all of these things rolled into one, and therefore romantically referred to as The Lakeland Classics. An elite series of races. All tough, all long (or super long) and all on every fellrunner's wish list. Originally set up to save a collection of races from extinction, due to runner numbers being on a steep decline, a time based (not position) scoring system was set up as a series and The Lakeland Classics Trophy was formed. Most people just love having a go and being part of these great races, perhaps dreaming of a top...

At the foot of Ben Nevis the traditional bag piper led a four hundred strong parade of athletes to the start line. A grand total of seventeen Rossendale Harriers (which must be the highest number ever?) took their place and waited for the starter's gun. Even the shy Scottish sun turned up to be part of, what was going to be, a great afternoon of true mountain racing. [caption id="attachment_349" align="alignleft" width="300"] Sam Tosh 3rd to summit[/caption] Rossendale's leading light Sam Tosh kept good company with an early group of front-runners. Including Ricky Lightfoot, Martin Mikkleson-Barron, Robb Jebb, and Finlay Wild. The group slowly started to stretch out as Wild topped the mountain first. With the others only seconds behind, the race would be, as they say it always is, won on the decent. And it was. Wild bound past me as I continued the long upwards struggle.  The others soon followed, but...

Event report by Jon Tinman Ever wondered what it would feel like to run 3 races - road,  trail and fell - in 3 days? First race - Friday 12th June 7.30 pm - 6 miles on the road from Norden up Edenfield Road and back through Ashworth Valley. There was a good turnout from Rossendale Harriers: 6 women and 5 men for all 3 races. It was hot and humid and it kept threatening rain. I prayed for rain but none came before we set off at a daft pace up Edenfield Road.  Ashley Holt played a waiting game and strolled home in 4th. Lorraine Hopley made her intentions clear from the off, finishing first woman home. For me, not having done any road races, the pace and intensity was a bit of an eye opener, to say the least. I had managed, just about, to keep pace with John Ealing....

Blackstone Edge Fell Race 20.05.2015/3.5m/1201ft Skills & experience : Bog snorkelling Race Report by Rob Andrew [caption id="attachment_305" align="aligncenter" width="433"] Andy Lee amongst others[/caption] As the season of midweek races gathers momentum , it seemed only right to make the short hop over to Littleborough for Blackstone edge. A short, sharp race that is designed to do exactly what it says on the tin...

Haworth Hobble 14th Mar 2015 Distance: 32m Climb: 4400ft In the week leading up to this years Hobble, Davina Raidy posted on Facebook that her running partner for the race had to pull out, so she was in need for someone to take their place. Within the hour Davina had two lads squabbling over who would run with her. Within the next hour Scott Sadler (Me) & Jason Craven had formed our own Team and persuaded the Race Organiser to let us have a late entry. Sorry Davina!! A few days later we were on the start line and raring to go. Davina had paired up with Richard Harrison so everyone was happy. Jason and I had agreed to try and take it easy and enjoy the run. None of us had run an ultra since last Summer and we were both still complaining about having a cold. The usual excuses I know but it...

Teenager with Altitude 18th April 2015 Distance: 15.5m Climb: 7600ft   Scott Sadler (Me) and Jonathan Melia turned out for this mammoth race. As is usual for the weekend of this race, the weather was perfect. Clear blue skies and warm temperatures. I did a full recce of the race route 3 weeks earlier and it was clear that there are several sections where you have multiple route choices. I made my route decisions during the recce and stuck exactly to my plan on race day, even though I was sometimes tempted to follow others. 15.5 miles is long, but not really that long. It’s the climbing that makes this race so tough. Looking at previous results I was expecting to complete the race in about 3hrs 30mins. I decided not to wear a watch as I prefer to completely trust to feel on races with a lot of climbing. This worked well for me, and although...

Midgley Moor (BS) 28 February '15 5mile/1250ft climb` [caption id="attachment_267" align="aligncenter" width="676"] Thornton Taylor and Michael Toman battling[/caption] A record number of entries registered at the pretty setting of Booth cricket club for the Midgley Moor race. This was thanks in part, to the race being the first counter in the Run the Moors Grand Prix which acts as a joint club championship for several clubs from the South West Pennine area. [caption id="attachment_280" align="aligncenter" width="662"] Jeff Hignett on the way out[/caption] Pre race chat was dominated by route choice. A rarity in shorter races but this would surely have a part to play. Although the majority of the race is unflagged, I think you’d struggle to get properly lost, unless it was really claggy. However, vital seconds, minutes even, could be gained by picking the best lines. [caption id="attachment_269" align="alignleft" width="300"] Janet Howarth looking far  happier than her brother Will (below) at this point.[/caption] The race starts...