Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hoka Rapa Nui shoes for sale

I have a (basically) new pair of Hoka Rapa Nui 2 shoes for sale.

Click here for technical information

I have worn them twice (10 miles and 22 miles) and they are therefore basically in new condition. These are my 4th pair of Hoka's but for some reason they do not quite sit right on my tendon where I had my operation a few years ago and I do not want to take any risks, so I am selling them so I can fund a different pair.

They are a UK 10.5, which generally translates to a normal UK 10.

Only been available in this country for a month. RRP is £120 (I think), if you can find your size, you can get them for around £105 - £110, I'll take £80 !

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring marathon roundup

Quite a few Keswick AC runners have been in action in recent weeks at a number of spring marathons. Well done to all the following on some great debut, pb, and good for age qualifying times, etc.

Blackpool Marathon, Sunday 6th April 2014

Rob Wynne - 3:14:56
Dave Burton - 3:17:50

Greater Manchester Marathon, Sunday 6th April 2014

Simon Thompson - 3:06:53 (pb)
Adam Campion - 3:13:25 (debut)
Simon Jackson - 3:26:01 (debut)
Rachel Mellor - 3:29:09

London Marathon, Sunday 13th April 2014

Steve Hebblethwaite - 2:49:23 (debut)
Juliet Grieves - 4:05:26 (debut)
Jill Blayney - 5:09:30 (debut)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hardmoors 55 race report

Finally got round to writing my race report from the Hardmoors 55 ultra a couple of weeks ago.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Northern 12 & 6 Stage Road Relay Championships 2014 report

While always a force in the regional and national fell relays, and often providing runners for the county cross country teams, Keswick AC have been absent from the men’s 12 & women’s 6 stage road relays for many years. This changed on Saturday however, as the club travelled to Heaton Park in Manchester having assembled no less than two women’s 6 stage teams and a strong men’s 12 stage road team.

The park, which is comprised of the grounds of the grade I listed 18th-century country house Heaton Hall, is the biggest park in Greater Manchester and one of the largest municipal parks in Europe, and it’s network of well surfaced, undulating paths provided a great venue for the relays.

The Northern 12 & 6 Stage Road Relays take place annually alongside parallel events in the midlands and southern regions, and see the best running and athletic clubs from across the country take to the road to contest a 12-leg relay for the men, alternating between a long leg –this year around 5.5 miles- and short leg -this year 3 miles, and for the women, six consecutive short legs of 3 miles.

Sam Ayers led the way for the women’s ‘A’ team on the first leg, while Helen Winskill headed the ‘B’ team, clocking 19:51 and 20:57 respectively and returning in 29th and 39th positions (out of 56 clubs) after the undulating 3 mile loop. Both teams then progressed, gaining places on almost every leg, the ‘B’ team improving through Hayley Hodgson (22:19), Siobhan Brewer (22:54), Rachel Mellor (21:31), Caz Lyall (21:11) and Deb Edginton (21:22) to finish in 26th place. Following Sam in the ‘A’ team were Jenn Mattinson  (19:56), Jo Gillyon (21:06), Cat Evans (20:09), and Katy Moore (20:03) but making her debut for the club in team competition, it was Hannah Horsburgh who ran the fastest leg of the day for Keswick AC, clocking a swift 18:15 to bring the team back in a superb 12th place overall. This time saw Hannah ranked 29th fastest leg of the day (out of 314) in a list that included Olympic 1500m finalist Laura Weightman, and world indoor 3000m finalist Lauren Howarth amongst others, to cap off a great day for the Keswick AC women.

The Keswick AC men have taken teams to the annual men’s 6-Stage relay for the last two years, but it was a step up, to field a competitive 12 stage team. As with the women’s relay, the men’s field was equally stacked with the best domestic talent including current and former national cross country champions and World and Olympic finalists, a real chance for the Keswick AC men’s runners to test themselves in a high quality field. Phil Winskill, tasked with the duty of getting a good start for the team, took on the first leg, and clocked the fastest long leg of the day for the club, running 30 minutes and 30 seconds for the 5.5 mile leg to bring the team back in 26th. He was then followed by Sam Stead, who with Josh Hebson (posting exactly the same time!) clocked the fastest short leg of the day of 17:12, then Marc Brown (33:22), Chris Brewer (17:45), Peter George (33:41), Stu Edgington (19:50), Ian Davies (33:15), Rob Wynne (18:17), Chris Edis (34:20), and on the 10th leg, Lee Newton (18:31). Going into the 11th leg Keswick trailed local rivals Kendal AC, and Barrow-in-Furness Striders & AC by around a minute, and 30 seconds respectively, but like the Keswick women, the men had saved two of their best runners until last -a sound tactic as Steve Hebblethwaite (30:49) overhauled both runners, before Josh Hebson (17:12) extended the advantage on the final leg, to bring the team back in 28th (out of 73 top clubs) delighted to have picked up the scalps of these two teams, and finish second only to Border Harriers out of the four Cumbrian clubs that had raced on the day. 

These team days are what it is all about -as a number of the runners remarked, it is a real pleasure to spend a day running alongside club mates striving for a common goal, in a sport so often a solitary pursuit.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Northern Athletics 12 and 6 Stage Road Relays at Heaton Park, Manchester

Keswick AC fielded 12 men for the 12 stage road relays at the weekend.  The routes are made up of 6 long legs at just over 5 miles and 6 at just over 3 miles. Keswick AC also took 2 ladies teams to the event, made up of 6 runners each. The leg started with a flat section followed by a gradual climb for 250 metres before dropping down to the base of the longest climb. The course was very undulating which made it hard to pace correctly especially for the later runners who were running mainly in isolation. All 12 men and women ran really well considering most of the 3 teams were made up by fell runners while the majority of other competing teams were track and road specialists more suited to this type of event. It was great to see Keswick field 24 runners for this event and shows the club has a good core of runners all at a good level. The future looks fruitful at the club and things will hopefully go from strength to strength with some quality runners and so many people improving week on week. Keswick AC runners, position and times are listed below.  The men were 28th from 73 teams, and the women were 12th and 26th overall out of 52.

        Phil Winskill    (26) 30:30

        Sam Stead        (25) 17:12

        Marc Brown       (29) 33:22

        Chris Brewer     (28) 17:45

        Peter George     (33) 33:41

        Stuart Edgerton  (34) 19:50

        Ian Davies       (36) 33:15

        Rob Wynne        (34) 18:17

        Christopher Edis (36) 34:20

        Lee Newton       (34) 18:31

        S Hebblethwaite  (29) 31:04

        Josh Hebson      (28) 17:12


        Samantha Ayers   (29) 19:51
        Jenn Mattinson   (22) 19:56
        Joanne Gillyon   (19) 21:06
        Catherine Evans  (19) 20:09
        Katy Moore       (13) 20:03
        Hannah Horsburgh (12) 18:15
        Helen Winskill   (39) 20:57
        Hayley Hodgson   (39) 22:19
        Siobhan Brewer   (37) 22:54
        Rachel Mellor    (34) 21:31
        Caroline Lyall   (30) 21:11
        Deborah Edgerton (26) 21:22

In an altogether different race congratulations to Andrew Slattery who finished the 32 mile Haworth Hobble in just over 5 hours. Also well done to Lyn Thompson for finishing a strong 3rd at Middle fell on Saturday.

Monday, February 24, 2014

British Masters AF UK 10mile Road Champs - Keswick AC results

British Masters UK 10mile road champs at Netherhall 10 on Sunday 23rd Feb.  (Very difficult weather)

BMAF champs results for eligible runners:
Russell Maddams 2nd M40, 4th overall
Julie Carter 2nd FV45
Dunc Overton 1st M65

Open Race Results
Marc Brown 10th
Chris Brewer 18th
Dave Burton 41st
Sam Ayres 50th 1st V40 
Rachel Mellor 63rd 1st V35
Kim Clark 85th
Juliet Grieves 86th

Friday, January 31, 2014

Blakes Heaven - Keswick Juniors

Nine hardy young fell runners turned out in their Keswick vests for the first race of the 2014 Keswick junior league last Saturday. The wonderfully named 'Blakes Heaven' race started from Lamplugh Green with tough routes around the fells under Blake Fell. The weather was freezing and so windy that some of the younger ones could barely run upright! However, they all put their hearts into it and returned exhilarated. Keswick had some excellent performances with Erin Stone taking first place in the Under 8 Girls and Emily Wightman with a perfectly timed sprint at the end (Mo Farah would have been proud!) to take first place in the Under 10s. Proving that athleticism runs in the family, Sam Stone took second in the Under 12 Boys on a tough straight up and down course. There were also excellent runs from Anne Mellor taking 3rd behind Erin and in the very competitive Under 10s race, Theo Coates took fourth with Zak Edginton in his first fell race coming in sixth. Isla Turnbull worked hard putting in a great performance to come in 4th behind Emily. We were also well represented in the older age groups with Ella Jackson winning the Under 14 Girls and Samuel  Macey taking fourth in the under 14 Boys. 

Under 8 Girls
1st  Erin Stone Keswick 8.38
2nd Fayth Bowness CFR 9.13
3rd Anne Mellor Keswick 9.31

Under 10 Boys
1st  Liam Bond CFR 5.38
2nd George Sidaway CFR 6.15
3rd Alex Rhodes CFR 6.19
4th  Theo Coates Keswick 6.49
5th Kyle Anderson CFR 7.29
6th Zak Edginton         Keswick 8.12

Under 10 Girls
1st  Emily Wightman Keswick 6.34
2nd Katie Russel CFR 6.36
3rd Alisha Bond CFR 7.46
4th Isla Turnbull Keswick 8.02

Under 12 Boys
1st Ryan Bond CFR 11.18
2nd          Sam Stone Keswick 11.58

Under 14 Boys
1st Joshua Boyle CFR 11.41
2nd Joseph Dugdale CFR 12.39
3rd Harry Greenbank CFR 15.38
4th Samuel Macey Keswick 16.35

Under 14 Girls
1st  Ella Jackson Keswick 16.21

Full results are on the CFR website.

The next Junior league race is at High Cup Nick on 22nd February. For more details see the Junior page of the Keswick AC website.