Tickets available from Brenda or online here
City of Salford 10k
Ed Fazakerley 34.28
Will Staniard 52.45.
Glen Gandy 1.41.20
Gail Hebson 1.42.49
Denis Kelly 1.57.12
EVERY THURSDAY EVENING FROM THURSDAY 10th September 2015 @ 6pm!
From: Wythenshawe Park Athletic Track
Wythenshawe Road, Manchester M23 0AB
A couple of reviews from last weekend’s Thuinder Run……
Thunder Run Extravaganza
It was the day before the unknown, and we were heading towards our destination, replacing rainy Manchester for rainy Derbyshire. Thoughts of ‘why are we doing this?’ had been circulating since the planning meeting. A meeting which main results consisted of the true nature of Chris’ hole in the head being revealed and Jason being told he resembled an epileptic chihuahua. The odds were stacked against us.
The Thunder Run: A lot can happen in 24 hours
The concept of the unparalleled Thunder Run is simple. Mark out one 10K lap of the Staffordshire countryside and challenge people to do as many of these laps as they can in 24 hours. You can do it on your own if you like, in a pair, small or larger team. You can do 1 lap, more than 20 laps or just sit and watch. You can walk a lap or run it as fast as you can, it’s up to you.
Over the years the Thunder Run has built up cult status amongst the running community. Jason had secured us our valued place as a mixed team of 3-5 runners; Jason, Lloyd, Emma, Chris and me. We really had no idea what to expect. The day arrived sooner than we expected and we set out about somelast minute prep, lap negotiation and a little training.
Jason, Emma and me arrived at the site to heavy rain and a scene resembling
Glastonbury 1997. Other clubs from across the UK had got there early and cordoned off large areas and we struggled to find a place until we came across a perfect spot quite near the start line and close to some toilets. We went to sleep with heavy rain around us and some trepidation.
We woke to blue skies and sunshine! Chris and Lloyd arrived later and we had a look around. The start line was fringed by runner’s merchandise outlets, food stalls and a traditional red British Bus converted into a bar. The relay changeover looked straightforward with a sheltered pen where the next runner waits to be handed over to. There was a briefing of sorts, then the whole site gathered to witness in huge anticipation the very start of this 24 hour race.
Jason kicked off with lap 1, knocked out 46 minutes, but came back with tales of horror. We would need spikes. The mud would get worse. The hills are long and hard. It twists and turns. Lloyd next, who is no fan of XC, but he ran soundly and we cheered him on as he got up that last steep hill. Jason again, then Lloyd, then on to Emma, with another strong run. The ground seemed to be drying out now, we were ahead of time and feeling good about ourselves.
!My first lap was pure running joy, like a rollercoaster. An anxious wait, then on to the course, a long climb up, then tumbled down and around the twisty forest trails. At some point I was spat out into the campsite itself and ran past tents holding well intentioned, but comfortable spectators. Then back into the forest, up something called the Conti run, a marked out steep Strava segment, then along a high ridge with clear views of Staffordshire. From 8K it is downhill, through the campsite, a steep, but short hill and back.
Emma again, then me, then Chris, who loved the course, then Jason, then Lloyd, then Jason and then …… Lloyd. He came back looking like death, prodigiously ate all the snacks he could, then retired to bed with just the occasional sounds of cramp induced yelps (and later on snores), to be heard from his pod. It was getting dark now and things were starting to get serious. On to me for my first night lap. I’d never run in the pitch black before, but basically it was like a rollercoaster in the dark. In other words a whole lot of fun. But my second night run was no fun at all, in fact it was a bit of a slog. I was starting to get tired. Whilst I slept it was Chris, then Jason, then Lloyd and then Emma. Everyone was struggling now and my morning lap was just a question of getting round with no chance of another. I arrived back expecting Emma, but her leg was injured from a slip on her night run, so Chris had been moved forward despite running nearly all night. We’d all done 5 laps with Jason doing 6.
We decided a final lap would be walked by Jason and Emma. The rest of us waited near the end of the lap and we all walked it in together, which I’d like to say we did arm in arm, but the others ran on at the end leaving me limping behind, no longer capable of running! A lot had happened in 24 hours, but we’d made it, run 270K, averaged 50ish minutes per 10K and came 22nd out of 113 teams.
There’s a famous quote that if you want to win something run 100m, but if you want to experience something run a marathon. To this I’d add if you want to experience a little more do the Thunder Run. There’s room within the concept for everyone to experience it their way. Whether it be the crazy solo runners, the club runners trying to do the best for the team, the running hobbyists happy to enjoy a few laps or the spectators cheering on their team whilst enjoying a BBQ and a few beers. We hope you’ll join us and do it in your way next year!
Club results for last week’s race below
Dave Gee 17.49
Maurice Oldham 18.55
Richard Skitt 19.25
Glen Gandy 20.19
Mike Cronin 21.02
Jim Fox 21.50
Dennis Kelly 23.24
Caroline Baba 24.35
Maria Royal 25.37
Diane Frost 25.58
Dawn Gallen 28.37
Jean Skitt 34.18
Debbie Beresford 38.24
Full results here
Club results below
|52 David Gee V60 1 – 18:05|
|80 Matthew Crimes – 18:44|
|86 Jason Brogan V45 5 – 18:53|
|89 Maurice Oldham V60 2 – 18:55|
|117 Darren Cooper – 19:31|
|120 James Hinde V40 15 – 19:39|
|124 Richard Skitt – 19:46|
|128 Emma Tolond L 17 – 19:52|
|178 Glen Gandy V45 23 – 20:49|
|206 Michael Cronin V40 31 – 21:12|
|231 Sonya Hynes L 40 – 21:51|
|255 Ozkan Baba – 22:29|
|303 Wendy Woodhead L 74 – 24:46|
|315 Caroline Baba L35 15 – 25:33|
|335 Jeanette Chesterton L55 4 – 26:51|
|366 Dawn Gallen L40 22 – 28:54|
|396 Jean Skitt L70 2 – 34:28|
Full results here
Name Pos Finish Time
Jason Brogan 227 00:38:40
James Hinde 418 00:40:16
John Halliwell 537 00:41:06
Chris Hibbert 559 00:41:19
Emma Tolond 567 00:41:22
Matt Crimes 1260 00:44:10
Jim Fox 2225 00:46:27
Will Staniard 3164 00:48:10
Lisa Critten 3518 00:48:44
Sam Fazakerley 5956 00:52:08
Stephen Cragg 5993 00:52:11
Michael Keeley 5994 00:52:11
Dan Gunatunga 6207 00:52:30
David Wood 6655 00:53:05
Chris Sykes 6780 00:53:14
Steve McCall 6927 00:53:25
Stacey Benson 10172 00:56:59
Nigel Burin 11549 00:58:29
Angela Thekkudan 23058 01:19:36