A WOMEN’S team representing Mossley AFC Running Club finished fourth in the second of the four South East Lancashire Cross Country League events held at Tandle Hills Country Park.
The weather was exceptionally poor with freezing rain, strong winds and very cold temperatures.
However, this didn’t stop a small group of club members braving the conditions and there was some stunning running from Amy Shadbolt (32min 45sec), Danielle Butler (36:50), and Angela Dewhurst (37:20).
The men’s race, which was a longer distance, was completed by Shaun Mason (56:15), Johnathan Charles (58:16), Ed Law (58:41), Ugur Capar (1:00:09) and Lee Birmingham (1:00:50).
The men’s team came 16th with those aged over 40 finishing 12th in the veterans’ team category.
Parkrun has become a big feature of Saturday mornings for club members with many people using these free weekly 5k runs as a way to supplement their running and build up their running capability.
Many people also regularly give up their time to marshal at these events as, without the volunteers, they could not go ahead.
Many of the club regularly run at Oldham Parkrun or Stamford Parkrun but a group of runners have started to partake in ‘parkrun tourism’.
This involves visiting other parkruns in the country. With 587 to choose from there is no danger of running out of new venues.
Recent visits have been to Marple, Bramhall, Burnage, Watergrove (Rochdale), Fletcher Moss (Didsbury), Streford and Woodbank (Offerton).
There are a number of fun challenges to complete, such as completing a parkrun A-Z, which makes being a parkrun tourist a little more interesting.
Parkrun is always completed on a Saturday morning at 9am unless it Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. This is an opportunity for local parkruns to hold additional events.
A number of our runners attended Oldham parkrun on Christmas Day and an impressive number completed the New Year’s Day double.
Chadderton Hall parkrun hosted an event at 9am, with Oldham hosting their event at 10.15am. This allows people to complete the double if they wish.
Other options were Watergrove, Glossop and Hyde. The majority of Mossley runners completed the Chadderton/Oldham double.
There were 19 runners at Chadderton Hall Park and then an additional nine runners joined them at Oldham to bring the total to 28 club runners completing Oldham Parkrun on New Year’s Day.
They were joined by more than 200 other people and it was a brilliant way to start the New Year.
This year looks to be even more successful than 2018 with an astonishing number of people already signed up for events and challenges.
There are club members training for their first Ultra in April. This follows most of the Oldham Way and is a 40-mile event and there are people training for their first marathon in Manchester in April and also Chester in October.
There are lots of half marathon events such as Manchester, Chester, Liverpool and Dublin and many 10k races where the club regularly have a large number of participants, including the Mossley 10k that has just opened for entries for July 14.
This year may also see a record number of club entrants for the full Tour of Tameside in June, a four-day event that covers 33 miles over very different terrains.