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Sunday 1st September – Pennington Flash 5 Mile Trail Race


Report from OAC’s Tamara Weatherhead:

I traversed the Pennines this morning for the Pennington Flash 5 Mile Trail Race, hosted by Leigh Harriers and Athletic Club at their impressive club house and track including a stand with seats, in the Leigh Sports Village, no less! There were another brave couple of runners from Yorkshire, East Hull Harriers – and I thought I had come a long way, baby.

The race started on the springy track and then went around the dusty trails of Pennington Flash country park; pleasant enough, mostly flat, partly ridiculously windy in ya face along 1 mile of canal and back to a grandstand finish.

The race was won by Tom Carson (Bolton United Harriers) in 26.12. First lady was Laura Riches (Leigh Harriers & A.C.) 22nd overall in 30.09 followed by another couple of young Leigh lasses and then came me! I was quite pleased to justify my long journey with fourth overall in 61st position and first of all the old ladies in 33.01. I got a £20 voucher too – never got a first and a proper prize before. Oh, and another old lady club record, ta.

The only disappointment – and this be a cautionary tale about being big-headed – was that I could see the clock and was so busy being chuffed about being well inside the Club Record that it took me that extra second to realise I should speed up to make it under 33 mins. Doh!

Thanks to Leigh Harriers & A.C. for a well organised and well marshalled race. Friendly people, of course, being as they are from Lancashire. They spoke to me not even knowing I’m from their side!

Results from ukresults.

  1. #1 by Julian on September 1, 2013 - 6:42 pm

    Tamara, I thought you’d be movin on up this weekend…

  2. #2 by matt on September 1, 2013 - 6:47 pm

    Good effort Tamara, don’t let ambition hold you back. I got my just comeuppance for flicking rude signs at you on the Chevin on Tuesday – Quick trip to A & E for a low branch to the head trying to pass Karen B on a down hill and looking at my feet.
    You could be fast if you trained – for an ‘old’ woman.

  3. #3 by tamara on September 1, 2013 - 7:39 pm

    Glad you got the song reference, Julian.

    Oh yes Matt, the head – how is it? Do you even remember that I joined you lot before you struggled off to A&E?

  4. #4 by Andrew Robertshaw on September 1, 2013 - 8:34 pm

    A great run Tamara, but I’m afraid as it’s taken place on the dark side it can’t be counted as a club record.

    Only joking…the real reason is the records are road/track only, as they’re accurately measured, (the track ones 3k & less). Sorry. At least it shows you are clearly capable of breaking it.

  5. #5 by Tamara on September 1, 2013 - 8:47 pm

    Doh! I should read the small print then? Ah well, not to worry dead chuffed with my effort.

  6. #6 by Hannah Mallinson on September 2, 2013 - 12:10 pm

    Brill Tamara, you’re really running well and making me very jealous!

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