Run for the hills!

NOVEMBER saw the start of the South East Lancs Cross Country League season and the first of this year’s four races was at Heaton Park.

The men complete a 10k course with women 8k. The weather was glorious and the club is hopeful of similar conditions for the remaining races over the winter.

Amy Shadbolt finished in 33min 51sec and was 11th female overall and second in L40 category.

The women’s team came 11th overall, seventh in the over-35 and ninth in the over-45 categories.

Individual results: Selina Mclean 40min 30sec, Louise Hallworth 41:26, Lesley Moreland 50:54, Nicola Steen 51:17, Kerry Seel 51: 38, Claire Whitehead 51:57, Sally Fillingham 68:53.

The men’s team came 16th overall and were 15th in the over-40 category and 11th in the over-50’s.

Individual results: Adam Battersby 44:48, Rick Wilson 46:35, Paul Anderson 48:37, Karl Law 48:41, Johnathan Charles 49: 53, Lee Birmingham 53:40, Chris Dobson 58:20, Tony Berry 68:10, Steve Grainger 68:10.

This time of year also sees the Snowdonia Marathon on a mix of road, trail, fell and slate surfaces through the hills and mountains of Snowdonia. The day started very wet which made conditions tough underfoot but the rain eventually ceased which gave some respite to the runners.

Club members who completed this very tough event: Chris Phillips in 3hr 32mins, Joanne Mullins 5:14, June Williamson 5:22, Stuart Williamson 5:22.

The annual half marathon through Oldham was completed by a large number of Mossley runners.

This race starts and finishes at Oldham town centre but includes most of the hills around the Saddleworth area and is known as one of the toughest half marathons.

Amy Shadbolt completed this in 1hr 38mins and was fifth female overall and second in her age category W40.

Emma Bowen finished in 1:45 and was 12th female overall and first in her age category W50. Tom Smith with 1:46 was winner in his age category M60.

Helen Gregory completed in 1:48 and was 15th female overall and second in her W45 age category.

Other individual results: Claire Taylor 1:57, Angela Dewhurst 1:58, Steve Grainger 1:58 and fifth in the M55 age category, Lee Birmingham 1:52, Louisa Szuminski 2:10, Danielle Allen 2:17.

The final race that completed this month was the Windmill Remembrance 10k, a fast and flat course on the coastal front at Lytham. This is always held on Remembrance Sunday and a two-minute silence is observed before the race.

The race first started in 2011 with just 500 runners and now has over 2,000 entries and takes in the sights of the Lytham windmill.

Adam Battersby was the highest placed Mossley runner in 33rd with a personal best time of 38min and 34sec and many other club runners also achieved excellent personal best times.

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