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Biddulph Running Club
Awards Evening - January 18
Biddulph Running Club held its
annual Awards evening last Saturday (6th January) at Knypersley Sports and
Social Club. The event was well attended and members welcomed the opportunity to
ditch their running gear in favour of party clothes and to let their hair down
for the evening!
After a pie and pea supper Chairman
Kevin Shufflebottom gave a speech in which he summed up the club’s successes in
2017. He not only included achievements in marathons, half marathons and other
distances but he also reminded the audience of some members participation in
even more gruelling races such as the 12 hour Lightening Run, the 24 hour
Thunder Run and the hilly 35 mile Gritstone Grind among others. He praised the
graduates of the 2017 “New to Running” course and thanked the committee for
their support over the past year.
The prize winners (club members who
had collected the highest number of points from the club championship races over
the year) were: Men; 1st David Maydew, 2nd Jonathan Horne and 3rd Graham Fisher
and Ladies; 1st Carol Bird, 2nd Rachel Hollins and 3rd Karen Macintosh. Two
members received the Chairman’s award and these were Ian Fothergill and Gill
The evening’s entertainment
continued up until midnight with party games and a disco.
The next event on Biddulph’s
calendar is the club’s own race; the Knype Pool Charity race and Fun Run. This
exciting 5 mile multi-terrain race and 1 mile fun run, which is in aid of the
Biddulph Mayors charities, will be held at Knypersley Pool on 25th February
2018. Places are selling out fast so enter now at the clubs web page (www.biddulphrunningclub.co.uk)
to avoid disappointment! GLH
Biddulph Running Club
goes Christmas Crackers - December 17
More than twenty members of
Biddulph Running Club endured freezing temperatures last Sunday (17th) to run
the Christmas Cracker race which is hosted every year by Staffordshire Moorlands
AC. Starting from the Visitor Centre at Tittesworth Reservoir, the 8 mile run
usually takes runners up and across the Roaches. Due to the dangerous conditions
this year however the route was changed and the race took place over 5 miles of
tracks around Tittesworth Lake itself.
Most of the runners entered into
the joyful spirit of Christmas and had turned up for the race in Christmas fancy
dress. Biddulph put on a colourful display choosing the Nativity as their theme.
There were shepherds, sheep, a king, and some angels and half way around the
course Biddulph’s Mary and Joseph (Karen Murphy and Kevin Shufflebottom) were
blessed with a child which thankfully turned out to be a boy!
Needless to say the Biddulph group
won the team fancy dress trophy for 2017 having had an amusing and enjoyable
Biddulph Running Club meets every
Tuesday and Thursday evening at Biddulph Leisure Centre. New members are always
welcome so why not make a New Year’s resolution to join us in 2018.
All About November... -
Conwy half marathon (19th Nov) has always been
a favourite race for many Biddulph Running Club members. The gruelling climb up
the Great Orme is considered to be well worth the effort in return for the
stunning sea views that can be enjoyed from the highest point. This year was no
exception and nine valiant souls braved the chilly November weather to run the
now familiar 13 mile route which took them from the Quayside in front of
historic Conwy Castle, through Llandudno, up and around the Orme then back to
the finish line. The Biddulph runners were well supported by friends, family and
other club members. These included some past members of the club; Alan Roberts
(retired club chairman), Helen Roberts (retired club secretary) and Lynda Moss
(retired club treasurer). They displayed a “Run Biddulph Run” banner (pictured)
and gave the team a huge and much appreciated cheer as they ran past.
The club runners had an enjoyable
race and achieved some excellent times; David Maydew (1:31:03), Rachel Hollins
(1:37:50), Kevin Shufflebottom (1:42:58), Graham Fisher (1:55:03), Heidi Stanway
(1:55:49) Robert Minton (1:55:49), Tracy Shufflebottom (2:11:29), Alison
Husbands (2:16:40), Ian Fothergill (2:23:27).
Earlier in the month (4 th
November) two club members took on the Cheshire 10k at Arley Hall. The race,
which attracted well over 1000 runners, was run around the (muddy) traffic-free
rural lanes of the Arley Hall Estate. The course, which is fairly flat, is
deemed to be one of the fastest road races in the UK. Rachel Hollins and Gill
Horne had a good race (with Horne managing to gain a personal best) and both
were very pleased with their results. Their times were; Hollins (43:54) and
The Cheddleton 10k Christmas
Pudding race and the Wilmslow Festive 10k took place last weekend (25th and 26th
November). Karen Macintosh, Graham Fisher and Karen Murphy turned out for the
first of these on a freezing cold, snowy, wintery afternoon. Cheddleton’s 10k
race involved three very hilly laps of the village with runners being
entertained half way up the steepest hill by a cheerful performance of bagpipe
music. All participants received a delicious Christmas pudding as their prize on
finishing. The trio completed their 10k in the following times; Macintosh
(57:39), Murphy (55:05), Fisher (57:29).
Not content with one race in a
weekend Karen Murphy went on to run the Wilmslow 10k on the Sunday. This was a
fast, flat, point to point route which took place in and around the centre of
Wilmslow. This time she was joined by club members Nicola Hughes, Helen Quinn,
Patricia Bolton, and Kevin Stone. Nicola Hughes is one of the Biddulph’s new
runners who only started running this September having taken part in the club’s
“New to Running” course. This was Nicola’s first 10k race, so very special to
her, and the club is really very proud of her outstanding achievement. The
Biddulph team finished in the following times Murphy (54:12), Hughes (1:23:33),
Quinn (1:23:40), Bolton (1:20:26), Stone (50:29).
Biddulph Running Club continues to
meet every Tuesday and Thursday evening (6.30pm) at Biddulph Leisure Centre. New
members are always welcome. See the club website for further details
www.biddulphrunningclub.co.uk or simply come along on any club night.
Looking ahead to next year –
Biddulph Running Club is pleased to announce it will again be hosting its annual
event– the Knype Pool Charity race and Fun Run. This exciting 5 mile
multi-terrain race and 1 mile fun run, which is in aid of the Biddulph Mayors’
charities, will be held at Knypersley Pool on 25th February 2018. Enter now to
avoid disappointment! GLH
Letter from a N2R
“Six weeks ago I could not and had
not run more than 100 yards in my adult life (I am 61 years).
My daughter had joined Biddulph
Running Club about a year ago and enjoyed the benefits. She was keen to share
these benefits with friends and family and signed me up for ‘new to running’.
Six weeks on I have just run a 5 k in 40 mins.
However there is much more to just
running when you join Biddulph Running Club. I’ve found I’m running with a very
sociable group of individuals. The established members are really very
supportive to new novice runners. The encouragement is amazing. The benefits to
one’s health are outstanding. I’ve just lost an inch from my waist. I feel
fitter. After a good run I feel ‘all is well with the world’ so a real stress
buster. I’d like to say a big thank you to Biddulph Running Club, the
individuals who have suggested and encouraged me, Kevin, Jon, Simon and Karen
also that daughter of mine - thank you.
I’d encourage anyone and everyone
to join a running club. If you live in or around Biddulph and you really want to
feel better in yourself, give the six weeks new to running a try and I bet you
find a whole new meaning to exercise.”
Amd that was October
... - October 17
Ten graduates of Biddulph Running
Club’s 2017 New to Running course assembled at Knypersley Pool last Sunday to
complete their 5k celebration challenge. The run marked the end of six weeks of
training which took participants from zero up to 5k while they followed a
carefully structured training plan with the help of the club’s qualified run
The run was started and timed by
Running Group Leader Dawn Addison Moss and Club Chairman Kevin Shufflebottom and
the route took the runners all the way round the reservoir in a figure of eight.
Plenty of club members turned up on the morning to run with the group and to
support them along the route. The new runners did themselves proud. All had a
really great run. They completed the challenge with no problems and all finished
with smiles on their faces. The celebrations continued with a drink and the
presentation of certificates and run times.
The times were Stephen Tunstall
32:39, Bev Hamilton 35:32, Kim Carter 35:24, Emma Reay 43:08, Nicola Hughes
37:46, Nicola Walton 37:19, Vanessa Harvey 35:33, Beverley Holding 40:28, Laura
of the new runners were very happy with what they had achieved and the following
comments were just a few of many received as feedback from the course; “All
abilities will conquer this course, it’s not about speed it’s about reaching
your personal goal”, “The benefits to one’s health are outstanding”, “I feel
fitter” and (running is a) “real stress buster”, “I’d encourage anyone and
everyone to join a running club”. I “didn’t actually think I would ever be able
to run 5k!! So pleased I kept coming to the end” (of the course).
The club is delighted with the new
runners’ success and the course is set to run again in 2018.
Over the next few weeks the group
will gradually integrate into the usual club training runs which are Tuesday and
Thursday evenings at 6.45 from Biddulph Leisure Centre.
Earlier in October (8th) Andy
Eptlett represented Biddulph at the Bournemouth marathon. This race has been
billed as “running as it should be” with “beautiful coastal views” and it didn’t
disappoint. Andy finished this race in 4:54:50. Another club member, Calum Kidd,
completed his first ever marathon last weekend (29th) in Dublin and managed a
very creditable time of 03:55:08.
A couple of local races attracted a
few more Biddulph runners to don the team colours last month. Peter Sherratt
achieved a personal best at Werrington 10k on October 15th (in spite of it being
an undulating course) with a time of 47:21. Stephanie Butler and Sarah
Cartwright competed in the Manchester half marathon on October 15th where they
both did extremely well and had an enjoyable run. Butler (running her first half
marathon) finished in an amazingly fast time of 01:49:35 and Cartwright achieved
The Lakeland Trails series
attracted three more club runners to head northwards once again (14-15th
October). Rachel Hollins, Jon Horne and Gill Horne braved the inclement weather
and tough terrain of the Lake District to run the Helvellyn Trail races on the
Saturday. Rachel had put in for the “dirty double” that weekend so this also
included the Ullswater Trail race (another gruelling 15K amid spectacular
scenery) on the Sunday as well. The team achieved the following times. Helvellyn;
Hollins (15k race) 01:22:41, J. Horne (15k challenge) 1:23:58, G.Horne (10k run)
01:03:15. Ullswater; Hollins (15k race) 01:15:22.
Biddulph Running Club meets every
Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6.45pm and at other times and places by
arrangement. The winter programme has now started and this involves mainly road
routes (of around 10k) but also includes some off road trail runs by torchlight
and some track speed-work training sessions at Northwood Stadium. All details
may be found on the club’s homepage at
Club Championships 2015
The club have had a successful Club
Championship campaign with the below picking up awards on the evening:
1st - David Maydew - 2nd - Steve Jones - 3rd -
1st - Laura Venables = 2nd -
Karen Mackintosh - 3rd - Karen Murphy
Joint Chairman's Award
Rachel Hollins & Shaun Giltrap
AGM - January 2015
year's AGM carried far more
importance to the running club than those of the last few years : After 7
years in the post John Lovatt stepped down from the role of club chairman and,
with the same length of service, Christine Andrew stepped down from her role as
club secretary. As everyone is aware, without named members in these roles
the club is not recognised by England Athletics or indeed other running clubs.
BRC would like to thank both John and Christine for all their work during the
past seven years - effectively saving the club from folding when it found
itself in a similar position in 2008. Stepping up to the task at the
AGM were two volunteers ......
was elected the new chairman and Rachel Hollins was elected club secretary.
BRC would like to thank both of these members for keeping the club a viable
entity. Best wishes to you both in your new roles. A full listing of the
2015 committee will be posted shortly on the
Here are a
couple of pics from the AGM.
John hands over to Kev Shuff
: photo TS, Jan 2015
Christine and John looked pleased
with their farewell gifts: Photo TS, Jan 2015
Marathon 2015 - club place draw: 30 October, Roaring Meg, Biddulph
The club has been given 3 places
for next year's London Marathon. Priority is given to those who applied
standard ballot place but were
unlucky on that draw. Five names went into the proverbial hat : The first 3
Running Everyone - hope it all goes well! Look forward to hearing of
Former and Current BRC Chairmen.
10 London Marathons Between them. Photo :TS, at the Roaring Meg.
Knype Pool 5m
& 1m FUN Run
Many thanks to everyone who competed and helped out.
between the two
Knype Pool Race committee members
hand over cheque for £1383.50 to Mayor
Linda Deaville for donation
to Donna Louise
Trust and Staffs Moorlands Cancer Care (Biddulph Branch). March 2014.
New to Running -
graduation 5k run, March 2014
Well done to all our new runners
who attended the latest daytime New2Running. Here are the 7 who completed their
5k celebration run around Knypersley Pool on Saturday 1st March 2014. They
worked hard and went from 0 to 5km in 7 weeks.
Running Leader Julie Harris
(centre) with Kev ( King of Pacing) Shuff far left.
5k times as follows...
Andrea Bailey 32.58
Sharon Taylor 33.15
Patricia Gibson 35.57
Lisa Lomas 39.57
Nicola Oliver 40.21 (take off 1 minute for slight detour!)
Ellen McMillan 40.21 ( “ “ “ “ )
Kerry Williamson 46.57