Manchester Frontrunners enter many races throughout the year both in and around Manchester, below are the latest results. (updated weekly)
If any race you have done does not appear on the MFR results page, please email details of your result (the web link is useful) to Steve at email@example.com and if eligible it will be added to the results page and PBs updated as appropriate.
All PBs are times that athletes have run whilst members of MFR. They may have run faster before joining, but we own their ass now. The figure in brackets after a PB indicates how much time they have shaved off their previous time.
Whilst I await to cross the boarder into Romania, I thought i best do something that’s clearly more important…. a very belated race report (sincere apologise!!)
For this one you will need to cast your memory back to the week after Leeds Endure24! Whilst most of us were having a well earned rest, Jacqui Baines had a massive challenge ahead of her in respect to taking on the Tour of Merseyside. The tour consisted of 6 different challenges, ending with the Wirral Coastal 12 miles. In total,Jacqui amazingly covered 52 miles, not to mention a pre-tour 10 miles at Leeds Endure 24. Think you will all agree that this equals one phenomenal week of running -fabulous efforts, very proud!
Sunday 7th July saw many of us participate in the We Love Manchester 10km, which was a club championship race. It was great to see so many MFR take part this year…especially as we had home advantage for this one! A massive congratulations to Rachel Kenyon, Carys Brown, Edmund Woodfield, Darren De Vally, and Rob Dixon for setting new PBs with the club! Amazing running followed by a fab social at the Hatch afterwards.
Last weekend saw Jono compete in the Roma Eurogames. Aside from having an amazing time Jono also brought back a modest haul of medals:
400m – 4th
10K Road 🥈
4x400m Relay 🥇
Pretty incredible effort! Well done.
Last night saw the Run North West hold a new race- the Alderley Park Trail 10k! Nick Malarkey represented MFR and by the sounds of it had a lovely time! Might be a good one for those of you looking for more off-road races next year. Keep your eyes and ears open for pre-registration as the race sold out this year and I suspect will do so again next year.
Anyways, that’s it from me! Remember to keep us update on what your all up to. Next championship race is the Millbrook Monster on the 24 July! It promises to be a hilly course with free chips at the end; what’s not to love! More details can be found on the MFR event page. Happy running!
Well…what a weekend! I think it is only fitting that this week’s race report is dedicated to the amazing achievements that took place over 24 hours at Leeds Endure. The weekend started Friday morning when a group of us headed up to Bramham Park to secure our pre-planned camping spot. After marking out our territory for the weekend (seriously don’t mess with the MFR ladies!!), we began the marathon task of putting up tents, and making the camp site feel a little more like home (the pink flamingo lights really were the finishing touch). After sorting our teams out at registration (and apologising profusely for all the changes we made on the day), it was time to put our feet up and take bets as to whether Darren would fit into his 2 person *cough Wendy House cough* tent! Upon the arrival of Martin and Co we headed out to walk the course in preparation whilst trying to remind ourselves why we all felt this was a good idea- ha!
Roll forwards to 11.45am Saturday morning everyone was in high spirits as we went down to the start line to wave off our first runners. The atmosphere was electric, buzzing with energy and a little nervousness in anticipation of the challenge ahead. With summer finally deciding to make an appearance, we knew it was going to be hot, with little shelter from the sun on course BUT in true MFR tradition, we came together as a club and supported each other through the 24 hours that followed. There really are too many amazing memories to write down, but the thing that really stood out for me last weekend was the comradeship of each of the MFR teams. It was lovely to see so many smiling faces (even at 3am in the hand-over pen), the laughter, and everyone enjoying the event. A quick shout out to James Moles at this point for driving up on Sunday (armed with tea supplies and pastries) to support the teams in the closing hours!
MRF fielded an incredible 4 teams. Starting with the Mixed 8s (John Lowe, Sarah Rickard, Jacqui Baines, Chris Ben, James Fox, Carl Lane, Billy Cooper, Julie Virgin), the team put out a fabulous performance completing 33 laps (165 miles). Sarah got the honour of running the final lap and was joined by her team mates in the last 100m (keeping them to pace) finishing in 24h12min. The team placed 18th out of 100…but most importantly, both Sarah and John survived their first camping experiences.
Next, we had the Mixed 5s (Pete Greatbanks, Darren de Vally, Claire Naylor, Penny from Glasgow Frontrunners and Angelique from Chorlton). Calling themselves Eurovision Grand finalists, the team completed 34 laps (170 miles) in 24h15min taking 6th place out of 78. Another truly incredible performance…and big thank you to Penny and Angelique for joining us for the event. Well done team!
Moving onto the Men’s 5 (Martin Dunn, Jordan Millar, Steve Hatton, Joe Jarvis, Blair Edin), the guys completed 35 laps (175 miles) in 23h49min taking 7th place out a very competitive field of 29 teams. One special mention here, going to Joe whom did amazingly well running the furthest distance he ever had. There were times when he said he would walk a lap…but in the end ran it – an incredible achievement.
Finally,….and here is where I may get just a little emotional…the ladies 5 (Rachel Kenyon, OLa Pie, Ellie Evans, Jane Fletcher and I). We completed 35 laps (175 miles) in 24h03 coming 2nd place our of a field of 28 teams. A very special moment and feeling as we crossed that line hand in hand. Thank you for being awesome team mates and a special mention to Jane for driving the van with the camping gear and for picking us a good camping spot in advance.
Big congratulations to everyone that participated. Could not be any more proud of you all. Hope you are all recovering well. So…that’s it….until next year…who’s up for the challenge?
It has been a busy couple of weeks with MFR taking part in a number of races, both during the week and over the weekends.
Nick Eaton kick started the first of those weeks, in Copenhagen, where he ran the Royal Run 10km. The race returned for its 2nd year, after last year’s successful event where the HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark ran the race in celebration of his 50th birthday. It was also nice to have Nick back with us in Manchester that weekend for a short visit!
On Thursday, a small contingency (Claire, Steve, Dave, Luke, Tom, Martin and I) of MFR headed over to Alex Park for the second City of Manchester 5km. A special shout out goes to Claire Naylor and Luke Ong whom both ran amazing races setting new 5km PBs of 24.33 and 21.59 respectively. Well done both, fabulous results.
Sunday saw Steve Hatton, David Darton and Colin Lea and I travel out to Marple to part-take in the Marple runners 10km trail race. The multi terrain, mainly off road, 10km started in Brabyns Park utilising some of the Marple park run course before heading out of the park (up a lovely hill) to Chadkirk. Following various trails and canals, runners eventually headed back to the finish crossing the iconic Marple Aqueduct. A challenging, hilly and very muddy race…. but thoroughly enjoyable and certainly one to consider for next year- we may even make it a championship race!
The biggest shout out of that week has to go to James Scully whom completed four different races as part of the Tour of Tameside. For those of you that do not know, the tour of Tameside is a four-day running festival which has a variety of running routes and terrains that challenges runners both physically and mentally. James kick started the challenge on Thursday with 10km X-Trail race, before taking on Fridays 6 mile fell race. Saturday soon came around and with it came the Hero’s Half Marathon, where he was joined by fellow club runners David Darton and Colin Lea. The half marathon route took runners along the Longdendale Trail, with some beautiful views of Tameside’s surrounding countryside. Sunday had participants taking part in the Dr Ron Hill Hyde 7 mile, which ended the festivities. James was not on his own on Sunday as Nico also joined in for what has been described as an incredible race to finish the final stage of the tour. Well done!
Last week Greg Beck, Steve Hatton, Dave Chambers, Edmund Woodfield, Darren de-Vally, Nico Gibert, Alex Piekarska, James Sculley, Andrew Porter and I, headed over to Woodbank Park on Wednesday evening to take part in our Club Championship race –Offerton 5. The multi-terrain race took runners through Woodbank and Vernon Parks on trails and grass through the scenic Goyt Valley. It was an undulating off-road course – with lots of challenging climbs and descents to test your quads and core strength. Well done all – great MFR turn out, you did us proud!
Thursday could only mean one thing…City of Manchester 5km! Claire Naylor and Dave Chambers went back for their third race of the series, joined by Nick Markley, Luke Ong, James Sulley and James Moles on pacing duty! For anyone whom is looking for a fast and flat 5km off road, then this is the perfect race for you. The final race takes place this Thursday at Alex Park, and although this clashes with the first of the Sale Sizzlers, I do hope to see some of you there.
This weekend seemed to be very quiet on the racing front with many of us opting to do Park Runs across the country, MFR and Cake and Natter. That said, on Saturday Daniel Edwards took part in the Heaton Park Pizza Run (reliably described as warm, hilly and calorific at the end…yes there was pizza!) and James Scully took part in the Swansea Half Marathon.
Results can be found here:
Royal Run 10km
City of Manchester 5km
Tour of Tameside
Marple 10km Trail Race
Swansea Half Marathon
Looking ahead to this week… well…there is only topic of conversation at the moment… Endure24! Good luck to all those heading over to Leeds to participate in what will be a challenging but amazing 24 hours of running, fuelled by a lot of snacks and caffeine! As always, please do keep us updated with your racing adventures!
As we enter into the summer months (apparently – clearly someone forgot to tell the weather person of this fact), for most of us it is time to say goodbye to the longer distances and hello to a summer season of shorter races over a mix of different terrains.
Making the most of the lighter evenings, we welcome back the return of the mid-week evening races starting with one of our Club Championship picks –The City of Manchester 5km Series. Last Thursday Nick, Dave, Nico, Angelo and Claire flew the flag for MFR at Alexandra Park, taking on the first of the four races in the series that run throughout June. It looks like the rain held off on this occasion, although I am not quite sure this will be the case for race 2 which takes place on the 13 June 2019 (best pack a snorkel!) Online entries will remain open until 5pm of the day of the race for anyone whom wishes to enter but has yet to do so, and provides another opportunity to secure some club championship points if you have yet to race within the series.
The weekend saw a number of us partake in races running up and down the country. Firstly, we had Zoe and Nina complete the Runthrough Tatton 10km. From the photos, it looks like they had a beautiful day for it! The course is run entirely on closed roads and paths within Tatton Park and a race that a number of MFRs have attended in the past. The race is part of a series that runs each month from January to October, so anybody wishing to give it a go over the coming months can find further details on how to enter here: https://www.tatton10k.com/ Well done ladies.
Over in Kilmarnock, Jordan took part in the Roon the Toon 10km. Racing round the town center and surrounding countryside, Jordan ran his heart out setting a new 10km PB of 41.25. Well done Jordan for a fabulous performance, it is great to see you doing so well!
Despite running the 5km on Thursday, Angelo donned his MFR kit (and buff!) again to take on the Marsden 10 mile challenge. The race take place on a circular route taking in fantastic scenery as it climbs up to Wessenden and back into Marsden with a quick finish. Full credit to Angelo for taking on those hills…..you made my attempt at the Derby Half Marathon this weekend look as flat as a pancake! The new route for the Derby Half took you off road for the second half of the race as you ran through Elvaston Castle park and along the river which was a nice surprise. Both races come highly recommended for the 2020 race diary!
Results can be found here:
City of Manchester 5km Series
Roon the Toon
Derby Half Marathon
Good luck to all those racing this week. Keep us posted on how you get on!
With 28 of us taking over the YHA in Haworth, condensing at least a years’ worth of hill training over the course of 3 fun-fill days (balancing all that running out with a 48 hour snack-a-thon); MFR representation out on the racing scene has been fairly quite this week.
That said, we did have three races that took place this weekend, firstly with Pete Greatbanks participating in the Big Bala Swim (1500m)! Surrounded by the beautiful Aran, Arenig and Berwun mountain ranges, Pete braved the open water elements to take an incredible first place! It is great to see our MFR open water and triathlon contingency doing so well this season! Well done Pete!
Also on Saturday and in Wales, we had Peter Brodey complete the Abersoch Land and Sea 10km Beach Race. A challenging but adrenaline-charged race, Peter started in the village of Abersoch with the course taking him out to finish on the golden sands of the main beach. After completing the Rock and Roll Liverpool 5km and Marathon last weekend I am not entirely sure how you did this, but a big congratulations to you.
Out in the Lake District Nico Gibert took on the Grasmere Gallop Trail Race. From Nico’s description it sounds to have been a tough but beautiful course, taking place amidst the spectacular surroundings of Grasmere village and Rydal Water. Perhaps one for the diary for all you brave trail runners for 2020.
Finally (and whilst technically not a race!!), well done to those of you that supported your local park runs either as volunteers or to run. This is in addition to those of you whom ventured a little further afield to partake in a bit of park run tourism such as Glasgow, Yeovil and Whitton
Results can be found here:
Aberscoch Land and Sea 10km
The summer months have many of us participating in none-club championship races and other sporting events so please do keep us updated on your race plans as we would love to hear how you get on.
We’ve had a busy couple of weeks with races recently. Starting with the Great Manchester Run 10k and Half Marathon on Sunday 19th May and then the Edinburgh Half Marathon and Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon this Sunday 26th.
The day of the Great Manchester runs is always an enjoyable day, and it was amazing to see so many of you running (some of you doing the double – Alex! And Tom ran in scrubs with a stretcher), and equally as good to see lots of you out on the course supporting and cheering on our runners.
Last Sunday, Jane, Amy, Chris, Foxy, Billy And John C travelled up to Edinburgh to run the Half (and celebrate Jane’s birthday – Happy Birthday Jane!) It’s point to point course with a lovely downhill start, and this year finished with a 2 mile headwind. Ed R was also in the Scottish capital running the 10k as party of the same race series. Both Chris and Amy set PBs over the distance – well done!
On the same day myself, Jordan, Steve W, Steve H, Greig, Joe and Paul nipped over to Liverpool for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half. The music along the course was loads of fun; the headwind in the last 4 miles was not! Peter B was there for the weekend doing the 5k on the Saturday and the Marathon on Sunday!
Lastly, Jane popped down to Dunham Massey to do a 5k with the deer last week. It’s part of a series, and well worth checking out the next event in June.
Great Manchester 10k and Half (19/05/2019)
Edinburgh 10k and Half (26/05/2019)
Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll (26/05/2019)
Dunham Massey 5k #1 (23/05/2019)
What a truly amazing morning!
Whether you ran, volunteered or supported, the It’s a Piece of Cake 2019 race couldn’t go ahead without you, so thank you! It certainly wouldn’t be the fun, friendly event that it is without your help.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I’ve got a double race roundup for you today.
Rewinding back to Saturday 13th, Rob and Linda were in the Lakes running the Hawkshead Trail 16k. The scenery and the views are amazing, which is a welcome distraction from some of the brutal climbs – the Coffin Trail being one of them, a challenging 1 mile ascent up some steep and rocky terrain. Well done!
Further afield, James Scully was in Paris to run the Paris marathon. Another great event that take in some of the iconic landmarks of Paris.
Continuing the international theme Foxy and Chris ran a race in Cologne over the Easter weekend. My German is terrible and I therefore can’t find any results, but well done regardless, it looked warm!
Lastly a group of MFR were in Salford on Friday for the Salford 10k. A firm MFR favourite that many of us missed out on entering not realising just quite how popular it was! The weather was unseasonably warm, but you all performed amazingly. Well done to Nick M, Ed W, Joe C, Dan E, Amy, Andrew P, James Scully, Angelo, James Seddon and Mel. Club champs points are on their way to you all.
We had a couple of notable Parkruns over the Easter weekend too. Darren went on to set another 5k PB in 20:18, Ed was on the podium at Fairview in Ireland, Jacqui Swain made a comeback at Stretford and Dave jetted back from South America just in time to make Highbury Fields in London
Hawkshead 16k Challenge and Race (13/04/2019)
Paris Marathon (14/04/2019)
Salford 10k (19/04/2019)
I don’t think anyone could have failed to miss the fact that it was the Manchester Marathon on Sunday. We had 21 members on the start line, 12 volunteers and loads of support along the route!
The training and dedication just to get to the start line of a marathon is a huge achievement in itself (or so I’m told, having never been crazy enough to do one myself) any many of our runners were taking on the distance for the first time (and first time as part of MFR). Others went out and set spectacular PBs (Steve, Nick and Pete G). Sadly, some people’s races didn’t quite go to plan, showing that the marathon distance can be brutal and unpredictable.
Our troop of volunteers were out up early to guard closed roads – you all did a fantastic job, even when faced with some difficult and bizarre situations! Thank you to Foxy Joe J, Carl, Pete B, James seddon, Ed W, Matt, Tony, Daniel T, Ed R, Rachel and Jacqui.
Lastly, our supporters were out in force all along the route, with some people turning up in multiple spots (Jono in particular caused a few runners to think they were in some sort of running time warp). Jane and Amy were perhaps the most prepared with jelly babies, gels, music and banners! It was a great day for it and really enjoyable cheering you on.
Manchester Marathon (07/04/2019)
I’m a little late with last week’s race update – cake race planning has taken over! The main event was of course the Wilmslow Half, with 18 of you running. Massive congratulations to Jordan breaking his PB by 2 minutes, and to Chris Benn, James Scully, Peter Brodey and Catherine for setting new PBs with MFR!
On the same day down on the south coast Jacqui battled a hot and hilly half in Hastings, finishing in an impressive 1:38!
This weekend just gone Nina and Zoe (along with their dogs Toto and Ollie) took part in the Tiger Beetle 10k. Hopefully it tired the dogs out enough to stop them eating their soft furnishings!
Peter B was also running again, this week the Denbigshire 10k – well done!
Wilmslow Half (24/03/2019)
Hasting half (24/03/2019)
Tiger Beetle 10k (31/03/2019)
Denbigshire 10k (31/03/2019)
You may have heard that one or two MFRs are doing the Manchester marathon this year, and in time honoured tradition a whole bunch of you travelled up to Lancaster to do the Trimple 20 mile race as a final test before the big run itself. Following a collision on the motorway (not involving any MFR), it was touch and go as to whether everyone would make it, but everyone did, including, James M, Thomas, Blair, Andrew F, Joe, Jacqui, Billy, Alex, Paul, Andrew P, James Scully and Jane.
Blair, Andrew F, Billy and Alex took on the distance for the first time, doing amazingly well! And Paul, James S, Andrew P and Jacqui all broke PBs with the club. A fantastic morning all in all!
In other news James F and Chris Benn were down in Chris’ home town of Stafford running the Stafford Half.
Rachel was also back at home running the Wigan half, pacing her cousin on her first half. Of course, as is custom in that neck of the woods, all finishers were rewarded for their efforts with a pie!
As always, well done to everyone!
Stafford Half (17/03/2019)
Wigan Half (17/03/2019)
Trimple 20m (17/03/2019)
What a difference a week makes, sunny Benidorm couldn’t have seemed further away from wet and windy Manchester, but that didn’t stop us going and doing race or two!
We had members taking part in 3 races this weekend: the Trafford 10k, the Liverpool Half and the Irwel Valley 20mile.
Trafford is always popular and the wind, rain and hail didn’t put us off. Myself, Rob, Dave, Jordan, Amy, Jacqui, Paula, Alex, Linda and James S all ran – no ponies on the course this year, just hailstones and cold hands. Massive well done to all, especially to Jordan and Alex setting PBs (41:52 and 46:42 respectively). GB athlete Laura Weightman also set a course record and PB running in a super fast 31:59.
The Trafford lot may have thought it was bad in Partington, but seeming it was nothing compared to the conditions John C braved doing the Liverpool Half along the waterfront. At times he felt like he was standing still running into the wind. Massive well done for persevering, I’m sure that test of resilience will serve you well in other races!
Lastly, Joe, Paul and James Scully ran the Irwell Valley 20mile as part of their marathon training. Following on the same theme, the weather didn’t make it easy. But they showed massive strength and endurance, finishing in 2:54:57, 3:15:40 and 3:27:28 respectively. Well done to Paul for knocking 12 mins off his 20mile PB!
If you were racing and I’ve missed you, please let me know.
Trafford 10k (10/03/2019)https://run-northwest.niftyentries.com/Results/Trafford-10k-2019?raceid=1&club=Manchester%20Frontrunners
Liverpool Half (10/03/2019)https://www.tdleventservices.co.uk/event-results/events?event=3099
Irwell Valley 20 mile (10/03/2019)https://northernrunningguide.com/race/irwell-valley-20mile
As you may have been aware, last weekend’s racing was all about the Benidorm Half and 10k and a swarm (collective noun for a group of runners, anyone?) of us jetted down to the Costa Blanca for the annual club holiday. One or two in the group may have had some initial reservations about the resort, but the race itself was perfect. Both the Half and the 10k were on the same course and started at the same time, which doesn’t often happen. The route (2 laps for the half) went out along the sea front and back through the old and new town, giving picture postcard views as the sun began to set. Support along the way was very enthusiastic (“VENGA”!) – the Spanish certainly know how to cheer – and of course, the odd stag do attempted to join in, pints in hand. We were rewarded for our efforts at the end with a t-shirt, medal, goodie bag (fish soup anyone?) and coca cola. All in all, I think everyone had a great race and I’d highly recommend it to anyone! Among some great performances, Amy stood out, setting a new Half PB in 1:40:48, coming 8th in her category. Thanks also to Chris M and Steve A for their cheering and supporting!
On Sunday, whilst the Benidorm lot were sleeping off the celebratory sangria, Blair took part in the Settle Half in 1:35:32, taking over 3 minutes off his PB. An amazing effort and looking good for his upcoming marathon!
Benidorm Half (02/03/2019)
Benidorm 10k (02/03/2019)
Settle Half (03/03/2019)
It was a weekend of 10 mile races this weekend, with members taking part in two races!
Robert D and Peter B ran the Rhyl 10 mile on Saturday. Robert started with a cold and an injury and went on to get a PB in a time of 1:27:01, well done! Peter ran a super speedy 1:09:29, setting himself a PB with MFR.
Then on Sunday, myself, Chris, Ed, Rachel, Dan E and Foxy went up to Radcliffe to run the Terry Nortley 10 mile. I ran it last year but seemingly forgot about all of the hills. It was a touch race, but a great route along trails and bridleways. And as an added bonus the sun was shining down on us. The post race oranges, bananas, crisps, midget gems and cakes went down well! Special mention to Rachel for winning the senior F35 category!
Results below, and look out for the updated Club Championships points table being updated next week.
Rhyl 10 mile (23/02/2019)
Terry Nortley 10 mile (24/02/2019)
The weather at the weekend was perfect for a spot of racing, and a number of MFR were out doing just that. It’s great to see so many of you searching out new events and going a little ‘off piste’, in Pete’s words!
Amy was back in her home county of Lincolnshire to run the St Valentine’s 30km. There were apparently one or two hills, but seemingly nothing that a bit of positive thinking (and a bit of swearing) couldn’t overcome. Well done on completing it in 02:34:05!
Pete was also back on home turf to run the Wrexham Village Bakery Half Marathon, joined by Jane and Jacqui. Jane mentioned that the course was surprisingly nicer than she expected and that the toilets were ‘luxury’ – what more could a runner want? And by the looks of things, everyone seemed happy with their haul of Welsh Cakes. Special mention to Jacqui for setting a new PB in 1:35:39.
James H, Emma and Kate all ran the Stockport Trail Half. Kate commented that it was ‘not too hot, not cold, and sunny’ – perfect!
Lastly, Joe and Paul were over in Balckpool for the Great North West Half Marathon. I hope it wasn’t too windy on the coast…
Remember, let me know if you’ve up to something off the radar so I can include you!
Results below :
St Valentine’s 30k (17/02/2019)
Wrexham Village Bakery Half (17/02/2019)
Stockport Trail Half (17/02/2019)
Great North West Half (17/02/2019)
This past weekend’s racing was dominated by cross country, with the fifth and final match in the Manchester Area Cross Country League taking place on Saturday at University Playing Fields/Kenworthy Woods. This event, more than any other in the season, was well and truly a whole team event, which saw many of you run, marshal and support.
The stars of the show were undoubtedly our fantastic volunteers – James M, Jono, Rachel, John L, James S, Kate, Darren and Tess! Between them they helped set up the course (starting at 8am!) and manned a number of marshal points right through from 11am to the end of the day. This event did not have an official club host and couldn’t have gone ahead without the support of the volunteers. Thank you, volunteer points will be coming your way!
For the race itself, the ladies – all 11 of them – had a great turn out. Jacqui, Amy, Jane, Rachel, Alex, Linda, Paula, Kate, Ruth, Emma and Claire took part, meaning we had two teams coming 12th and 33rd out of 50.
10 took part in the men’s race, including Martin, Steve H, Jono, Rob, Chris, Paul, James F, Andrew, Joe J, Dan with the team coming 33rd out of 50. It was also Chris Benn’s first very XC race – well done Chris, hope you’ll be back for more next season! Lastly, thank you to Ed and Greig (and Liam the dog) for coming along to cheer us on and take pictures. If you aren’t running for whatever reason, you’re more than welcome to come along and watch at races, those running always appreciate support from the side lines!
In other racing news, Pete was down in London racing the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park half Marathon, completing the course in 01:33:44. It looked a little soggy, but he still had a smile on his face!
Back on Sunday 3rd January Joe and Paul took on the Aintree Half, galloping across the finish line in 1:40:33 and 1:45:17 respectively! Results below:
MACCL Match 5 – University Playing Fields/Kenworthy Woods (09/02/2019)https://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2019/maccl185.htm QEOP
Half Marathon (10/02/2019)
Run Aintree Half (03/02/2019)
We kicked off the January racing calendar on Saturday with the fourth Cross Country match at Heaton Park. It was a bit chilly and slightly windy but we all soon warmed up!
Both the men and ladies fielded two teams, the men’s teams came 24th and 57th out of 64 and the ladies came 20th and 41st out of 63.
Well done to Jacqui, Rachel, Jane, Amy, Alex, Paula, Kate, Mel, Melisa, James, Martin, Greg, Jono, Steve H, Thomas, Dave, Jordan, Ed, Steve W, Paul, Nico and Andrew for taking part. Rob also started in the men’s race but sadly had to drop out due to injury, we’re wishing you a speedy recovery!
A big thank you to Steve M, Darren and Joe who came along to support and also to Jordan for his Instagram skills in capturing the start of the ladies’ race in slow motion – if you haven’t already, check out the new MFR Instagram at ‘manchesterfrontrunners’.
On Sunday Daniel E and Julie took on a faster and slightly flatter course at the Tatton Park 10k. In Daniel’s own words is was ‘damp, cold and mildly undulating’ – well done!
Links to the weekend’s results below:
MACCL Match 4 – Heaton Park (12/01/2018)
Tatton Park 10k – January (13/01/2018)
Congratulations on making it to the end of the first working week back after the Christmas break! Whilst it may have been a shock to the system for a lot of us, some of our fellow runners didn’t ease up or let the festivities get in the way of their racing.
On Boxing Day Lucy took part in the Chevin Chase in Yorkshire – a favourite of Lucy’s (and the Brownlee brothers), the course is hilly and mixed terrain. A little further south, Dave took on one of the oldest races in the country, the Chester Round the Walls. At 4.7 miles it’s not a conventional distance, and most probably a club record.
A few days later Rob, Linda, Nico and Claire headed up to Clitheroe to run the ever popular Ribble Valley 10k. Well done to all, in particular to Linda for taking 2nd place in her category! Rob commented that it was a well organised race with good conditions and course records set in both male and female categories. If you haven’t done it before, give it some thought for 2019.
Lastly many of you also took part in parkruns up and down the country. Darren continues to go from strength to strength setting parkrun PBs what seems like every week!
If I’ve missed a race you’ve done over Christmas, please let me know so you get the credit you deserve!
Chevin Chase (26/12/2018)
Chester Round the Walls (26/12/2018)
Ribble Valley 19k (30/12/2018)
We kicked off this weekend’s racing with more cross country, this time at the Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships at Boggart Hole Clough. I spoke too soon when I said last week that it looked like we’d escape any significant amount of mud this side of Christmas; it was very wet and very muddy. The course at Boggart is liked by many as it has it all; hills, mud and ditches, and it didn’t disappoint on Saturday. Well done to all who braved the weather, and thanks to Linda for the cakes!
Today the main event was the Stockport 10 mile – a firm favourite in the MFR race calendar and 13 of you journeyed down to Stockport early this morning. 6 of you ran the race (and the distance) for the first time, well done to Amy, Kunaal, Steve W, Laura, Darren and Alex. A big congratulations also to Billy who took nearly 7 minutes off his PB form last year!
In other news, Nick Markley jetted off to Malaga and ran the Malaga Marathon in an impressive 03:46!
Finally Tess, Claire and Rachel had some fun at the Winter Bible in the Park in Oldham dressed as Miss Piggy, the Little Mermaid and Kermit!
Greater Manchester Cross Country Championships (01/12/2018)
Stockport 10 (09/12/2018)
Malaga Marathon (09/12/2108)
Winter Bimble (09/12/2018)
Last weekend we traveled down to Woodbank Park in Stockport for the third race in the Manchester Area Cross Country League, along with the new club gazebo. 22 of us donned our spikes, including Kunaal who ran his first cross country (and loved it)! The ladies’ teams came 17th and 38th out of 59, and the men’s 23rd and 49th out of 57. There was a great atmosphere and the support along the course really did help, especially the ladies cheering on the men at the top of the hill, perfectly captured in the video montage put together by Jane !
This race update starts with an apology; last week was a busy one and I forgot to give you a race update, but fear not, this week’s edition will be a double bill!
We had a fantastic turn out for Cross Country at Kenworthy Woods at the weekend with 21 of us on the start line. The ladies fielded two teams coming 25th and 62nd out of 75 and the men’s team came 30th out of 68, in what was a very competitive race. Unfortunately there were a couple of injuries in the men’s camp on the day, fingers crossed for a speedy recovery! A big well done to Claire and Joe who ran their first ever XC races, I’m sure they’ll both be back for more. And lastly, special thanks to Steve and Edmund who came down to support, and to our honorary canine member, Jane’s dog, Queenie.
Continuing with the international theme from last week, our very own Jordan Millar ran (and most likely won) the New York marathon on Sunday in an impressive 3:55:10, despite getting distracted by a therapy dog at the start area.
In other news, Angelo ran the Tatton Park 10k on Saturday and had a great race! On Sunday morning James, Billy, Joe and Paul were at Tatton for the Half Marathon. I didn’t manage to get a picture of Paul and he seems to have successfully evaded all of the official photographers – sorry Paul!
Lastly, whilst not technically a race, our couch to 5k grads ran their first 5k at Stretford parkrun on Saturday. MFR took over the event, filling most of the volunteer roles, running alongside the group and cheering from the sidelines. Thank you to all involved, and well done to everyone running and racing.
New York Marathon (04/111/2018)
Tatton 10k (03/11/2018)
Tatton Half (04/11/2018)