Tour of Tameside 2018 – Ian Crane

The area of Tameside encompasses the towns and villages of Ashton-u-lyne, Stalybridge, Hyde Mottram and Glossop.

The original week – long Tour was founded in 1983 by marathon legend Dr Ron Hill MBE who lives on the outskirts of Hyde, Cheshire. The multi-day running event was brought back to Tameside in 2015 as a 4 day running event. The races take place at different venues each day – hence the name ‘Tour of Tameside’.

Ian was born and raised in Ashton-u-lyne and lived there until 1986. He still has strong ties to the area as his family members still live there, hence the hankering to complete this tour. Ian ran for many years, since senior school, around the hills of Ashton-u-lyne. Good training for his future races for Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers in the 1990’s.

This year began with Stage 1, the X-Trail 10K, the evening event taking place around two country parks in Ashton-u-lyne before moving onto Stage 2 on Friday evening with the infamous ‘Hell on the Fell’ 6 mile race in Stalybridge.

Stage 3 on Saturday morning took on the 13.1 mile ‘Hero Half Marathon’ along the Longdendale Trail in Glossop and the final days race began early on Sunday morning with the classic ‘Dr Ron Hill Seven Mile Road Race’ around the town centre of Hyde, Cheshire.

The tour also opens up for Single Stage entries for those wishing to run one, two or three of the individual days. Around 1,000 runners participated this year.

Ian took on the challenge of completing all four races and successfully completed them all relatively unscathed, due to careful planning, training and pacing himself. There were 389 runners who entered all four events and 24 of those did not finish, which shows how tough the event is. The winner of all four races completed the full tour in just over 3 hours which shows his overall fitness. He was amazing.

Ian completed the full tour in 5 hours 5mins and 53 secs, coming in at 238th out of 389 runners and 4th out of 11 in his age group. Again, a great achievement.

Here is a breakdown of each race:

Race Time Overall position Age category position


X-Trail 10K 55mins 17secs 307/534 4th/11
Hell on the Fell 6 mile  1hr 5secs 286/438 4th/11
Hero Half Marathon 2hrs 8mins 27sec 363/539 7th/12
7 Mile Road Race 59mins 24 secs 295/645 4th/12
Tour of T’side (overall) 5hrs 5mins 53secs 238/389 4th/11


I hope this will inspire others in the club to take part next year. If there are any members willing to take on the challenge, Ian will consider doing this again with you. He found the experience very satisfying and rewarding, especially due to the comradeship between all the athletes competing.


Rob’s weekly blog and training update w/c 16/04/18

CHAMPIONSHIP RACE – Hartlepool Marina 5 Mile Road Race – start 10:30am
The Historic Quay, Hartlepool Marina, Hartlepool, TS24 0XZ

7pm Athletic Club. 12 to 15 minutes of intervals with long recoveries. Remember this may also be a recovery run so train accordingly. (This session is designed for all abilities.) The idea is to increase your speed. You can increase the intensity as you improve your strength and confidence. For some this may be the only speed work you will do during the week, so you need to be working at quite a high level to gain the best improvement. Your speed will also increase as the ground dries out, but we can’t do much about that.

Social run from Thirsk and Sowerby leisure centre at 7pm (meet in foyer). Mostly off road depending on the weather. Suitable for all abilities; there will be several stops to run back/regroup, no-one runs by themselves or gets left behind. New and returning Tuesday night runners always welcome.
Route to be decided on the night, around 5 miles. Please wear high vis if you have it. Trail shoes not essential but can be worn if you have them.

7pm Athletic Club. 3, 4, 5 minute x 2 with 1min recovery and 3 mins between sets. Hopefully quite a few of you will be able to attend both club sessions and if so, then this needs to be the more intense session. I’m trying to take advantage of putting a block of strong training together with a group before the summer evening races start and we all start to disappear. The athletes you train with and compete against are the ones who will improve your times the most. This session will also favour all abilities, all we have to do is alter the intensity. If you are ever in doubt, then please arrive early and try and see me before the session begins. Everyone is important so don’t be frightened to ask.

Thirsk 10 committee after – Anyone with any comments please email Duncan on gd.fothergill@btinternet.com or see him or Phillip at training

Virgin Money London Marathon – I’d like to wish our runners well for the London Marathon, enjoy!

Message from the chairman:
Thanks so much to everyone who helped pull off a fantastic Thirsk 10 race on Sunday; I’m proud to be chair of a great club.

Message from the head-coach:
The Thirsk 10 race committee is made up of several hard-working individuals who use 40 years of handed down experience to provide one of the best road races in the North East of England. They continue to improve and adjust as the years go by. It is a race organised by runners especially just for runners. It is backed up on the day of the race by another 50 to 80 club members and volunteers who help to make sure it all happens and make it such a fantastic event. I am pleased to be part of such a well organised team. I loved every minute of last Sunday so thanks for helping make it happen. I have not run on the “new” Thirsk 10 course yet so Phillip, I am here and now saying I am going to run it in 2019 and will not be available to marshal. I will however help set up and also help escort the runners around to the start. They can find their own way to the finish. I am looking forward to being greeted by the marshals at Busby Stoop, apparently, they are quite vocal!!!
Times are a changing and if you look at the results only 20 runners went under 60 minutes, the lowest percentage in the 40 years the race has been going. (I have run at Thirsk when there have been 50 runners under 55 minutes.) I don’t know why because the course is flat, the conditions on the day were perfect so I would have expected most athletes to have posted good times. Yes, I know we are all getting older and likely to run slower times but the younger ones either don’t like competition or are doing other sports. But then we must remember that Thirsk being flat is one of toughest races possible because it is relentless, there is no place to rest and it just keeps coming at you. Perhaps next year I will find out just how hard it is! (I’ve not forgotten, I just want to see if I can still do it!)

Mr Grumpy!! Why do runners find it necessary to take a gel in a 10-mile race? I don’t know the answer to this one but when they do so why do they not take the wrapper with them! I get tired of picking objects up after the Grandkids, surely, I don’t have to pick them up after adults too. If you find a need to use a gel, then find a need to take the wrapper with you. Luckily, I did have a bag with me.
Zambia. Remember I asked a month or so ago for old running shoes, tee shirts etc which Christine and I will send out to a village and school not too far away from Victoria Falls in Zambia. We did this last year and they were very much appreciative. Due to the accumulation of boxes in our garage we are going to do the same again. Yes, we need the space. I can get the best deal on postage if I do it all together as a one off so please, if you can help then bring them down to training in the next couple of weeks. I will get some photos to show you when the goods arrive so maybe you might just have a pair of running that have a little more mileage in them than you once thought.
See you all at Hartlepool, Rob

Fountains 10k – Sunday 29 Apr 2018 – 11am start www.fountains10k.co.uk
Mixed terrain run in Nidderdale
Run along quiet country roads, off-road trails and scenic moorland in Nidderdale Area of Natural Beauty

Apr 15th – Hartlepool Marina 5 – flat – mostly along the prom. Sun am
Apr 25th – Spring Coast Road 5k Wed 7.15pm – flat, Redcar Rugby Club, enter in advance
May 13th – Ripon 10 – challenging – multi-terrain. Sun am
June 5th – HDSRL – Skipton – Tues evening.
June 19th – HDSRL – Ilkley- Tues evening. Hilly, mostly on road
July 8th – Kilburn 7 – scenic road race – Coxwold, Byland, Oldstead. Sun pm
July 17th – HDSRL Nidd Valley – Tues evening.
July 29th – James Herriot 14k (Fell) – 2 long hills, stony tracks. Sun am
Aug 12th – Darlington 10k – flat 2 lap road race. Sun am. Potential PB course
Aug 22nd – Sessay Swift 6k – local flat road race – 7.30 pm Wed evening
Sept 2nd – Tholthorpe 10k – fast, slightly undulating road race. Sun am
Sept 30th – Lockton Limping Fell Race. 7 miles, 1083 ft climb. Sun am e.o.d
Oct 7th – Bridlington Half Marathon – road. V. undulating. Sun am
Nov 4th – Guy Fawkes 10 – road race. 4 significant hills! Sun am
Nov/Dec – XC (to be arranged) 1 cross country
(e.o.d – enter on the day, at race)

Marian’s Weekly Race Report – 20/07/15

Five Harriers were among the 216 finishers at this week’s park Run at Fountains Abbey, with in form Bryan Miller coming a very good 9th in PB 19.14, followed by Charlotte Wilton 22nd in 21.35, Claire Gillan 60th in another PB 23.39, Paul Adams 176th in 32.24 and Liz Stephenson 199th in 37.50.   Peter Richardson was among the 297 runners at the Darlington event, coming 90th in 23.58.   At Burton Leonard 10k the following day 199 runners tackled the testing, multi-terrain course on a fine morning, though wind was an issue at times.  Ian Codling, nursing an injury, came 194th in 71.55 and Marian Codling 197th in 78.14.
Alan Harman likes something even more challenging and was among almost 1000 runners of the Northumberland Coastal 14 miles, and the course was definitely hard though beautiful from Beadnall Beach to Alnmouth Estuary, running into a southerly wind.  Alan finished 641st in 2.06.52.
The previous week, three members did the Guisborough Grunt Fell Race on a warm, sultry evening, with Bryan Miller once again leading the way, 27th out of 94 in 53.20, David Read 63rd in 61.43 and Claire Gillan 81st in 68.50.
Remember to get your entries in for the Sessay Swift 6k on Wed Aug 26th, 7.30 pm.  Even the newest beginner could tackle this flat road race!

Marian’s Weekly Race Report – 30/09/2014

Rob and Christine Burn were at the Yorkshire Veterans Cross Country Championships at the weekend, at the lovely Nunroyd Park, Guiseley, Leeds.  Cross country races are often associated with cold, wet weather but it was warm and sunny – too warm – on Sunday for an afternoon race which was mostly on level ground with not too many climbs.  Christine finished 4th F60 in the women’s race over 5k and Rob was 3rd M60, winning himself a Bronze medal over the men’s 10k course.  The previous day, 3 members took part in the scenic Snape 10k in a lovely village on a fine morning.  Although the course was fairly flat, quite a bit of it was over long grass, which made it quite hard going, though there were some road and track stretches as well.  Ian Codling finished 92nd in 65.23, Gary Holmes 95th in 68.10 and Marian Codling 98th in 77.20.

The Yorkshire 10k at Newby Hall, in aid of Cystic Fibrosis research, was again level but it also was hard work on the off-road sections, which were most of the race!  Charlotte Wilton was first club finisher, 41st in 46.16, with Andrea Almack 163rd in 60.18,  Ian Codling 211th in 65.33,  Gary Holmes 222nd in 67.59, Marian Codling 254th in 80.40 and Liz Stephenson, improving in confidence with every outing, 261st in 86.50.

The Summer Series of Fell Races has ended and prizes awarded.  Alan Wikeley was 2nd M70, Fran Jeffery 4th Open lady, Hilary Coventry 1st F50, Lorraine Hiles 2nd F50 and Pat Kirby 2nd F60.  The ladies came away with the 2nd Team Prize.  Well done all!

On the other side of the world, John Yates did the 8 mile Nutrilite 8 mile race in BSD City, Jakarta, in a flat out and back course and finished 23rd in 52.27.

Thirsk 10 Committee Meeting Tonight

There is a Thirsk 10 committee meeting tonight, after the club session, at the Athletic Club, for anyone who might be interested in helping with next year’s race which will be on March 22nd.

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Hello club members and friends of the Thirsk 10 road race. We would just like to provide a brief update to inform everybody that for obvious reasons the Thirsk 10 race will not be held in March 2021 however, we intend to reassess the situation in the Spring with a view to holding the event later in the year subject to national and local restrictions in place at the time. We apologise for the disappointment this will undoubtably cause, however I am sure that everybody appreciates that the Covid 19 Pandemic is a fluid situation with rules and restrictions seemingly changing on a daily basis. We will provide a further update in once we have been able to consider matters. Assuring you of our best intentions at all times, keep running and stay safe. The Thirsk 10 Team.