Training Cancelled – from Wed 4th Nov

Hi Athletes, Parents, Coaches and helpers

It has been a while since my last update, as you will be aware the Government announced a LOCKDOWN from Thursday 5th November 2020. I have been liaising with Manchester CC on venue access and currently both Wythenshawe Track and Manchester Regional Athletic Arena (Sportcity) will close and I do not have a date when they will be back open for our training sessions, closure will be from midnight Wednesday 4th November.  Going by the Government advice we will not be back at both venues until early DECEMBER, but I will update if anything changes.
See statement is due from England Athletics shortly.

Latest lockdown restrictions – Athletics & Running

All Indoor Athletics, Road Races and Cross Country leagues/events have been cancelled until the new year and an update will be issued in due course for 2021. In the meantime if you are doing any virtual sessions/activity or have photos do send them through to our Facebook/Twitter/Instagram.

Please note our last Wythensawe training session is Tuesday 2nd November and there is no session on Thursday 5th November (Bonfire Night and LOCKDOWN starts). Take care and stay safe, if you have any queries do contact me either via phone or email.


Debbie Beresford

2019 Road Championship

It’s most unlikely we will be able to hold a Presentation Evening this year, so we’ve decided to publish the 2019 Road Championship results. Members are asked to look through the list of “Races Run” and the “Table”; if you find any errors and/or omissions, please contact Brenda by the 14th November. As it stands, we’ll be giving nine awards as shown on the “Winners” attachment and we’ll post the awards to the winning individuals early in December.

Team 5K and Time Trials

Lindsey Farrelly has another update on what some of us have been up to:

Lockdown Team 5K

Well done Team B!

24 club members took part in our very first 5k virtual team challenge in May. The challenge saw participants split into six teams of four. Everyone was given a handicap based on their most recently logged 5k/parkrun time. Team members then ran a 5k on a course of their choice at a time of their choice. Our superstar number cruncher and self confessed spreadsheet queen, Caroline B, crunched the numbers and added the team results together. The quickest team, aptly named Team B(rilliant) with a team time of 63 minutes and 19 seconds!

The challenge brought about lots of banter, lots of laughs, hours of endless fun trying to find the quickest courses and some even managed more than one attempt! It was a great way to do something for everybody with juniors, seniors, veterans, speedy runners, distance runners and everyone in between involved!

We’ll be repeating the challenge in the first week of June, this time using May’s 5k times as the starting point.

Individual times
Team results

Thanks to Caroline B for collating the results.

Time Trials

Carl’s athletes have been busy taking part in their own time trials.
U23 athlete Rocco Zaman-Browne ran a very speedy 800m in 1 minute 54 seconds. U17 athletes, Joseph Farrelly, William Finnie and Archie Dyer did a 1 mile time trial achieving 4.47, 5.26 and 5.39 respectively. U15 athlete Tom Farrelly did a 1k time trial in a speedy 3.47.

We’d love to hear what our other athletes have been up to so please let us know.

Still Running

Coronavirus may have stopped us training together and may mean the tracks are closed but we thankfully are still able to exercise on our own and with others from our households. We’re also lucky that many of our coaches are still providing our athletes with training schedules to keep them going.

Whilst the lockdown restrictions have made training for certain events (e.g. throws, jumps) much more difficult, some of our runners have been getting creative.

Lindsey Farrelly has given us an update on what we’ve been up to:

Distance Challenges

The seniors have been trying to follow the excellent training programme set by Malcolm and have also been setting a weekly distance challenge that all club members, young or old, can take part in. Working on a rolling basis the distances consist of 1k, 1 mile, 400m and 10k. The individual challenges are aimed at giving our athletes something to focus on and something to banter about in their various social media groups!

The challenges kick off on the Monday of each week and all runs must be done by the following Sunday. The current challenge is 1 mile and finishes on 17 May. The challenge for w/c 18 May is a little different as we’ll be doing 1k to tie in with the British Milers Club 1k Time Trial  which must be done between 22 and 25 May.

Virtual Races

We’re sad to see some of our favourite races have had to be cancelled but we’re excited to see virtual races popping up each week. We’ve got involved in a few with athletes signing up for Run North West’s virtual lucky dip race, the Forever Manchester 10k and the iconic Tour of Tameside in it’s new virtual format.

If you are getting involved in virtual races send us some photos so we can share them!

Happy running.

Training Cancelled

Hi Athletes, Parents, Coaches and helpers
It is with great sadness that we are announcing the cancelling of all training sessions at both Wythenshawe Park Athletic Track and Sportcity Manchester until the end of the April 2020, when an update will be given. 

Please see the statement from our National Governing Body inline with the Governments stance:

Coronavirus Statement (updated 17 March) – Athletics & Running

Currently there will be no training sessions held by the club, Club Paalauf is postponded and will be re-scheduled, Primary League this weekend is cancelled. 

I will update on any track and field league meetings as I hear from the leagues, as there are one or two in or very close to April and I suspect they may be cancelled.

Please can I ask you to all take care, try to keep fit and healthy and we look forward to re-starting our sessions in due course and hope you will all support us throughtout this time and come back in droves once we are back training.

Thanks for your support.

Regards Debbie

2018 Road Championship Results

The results of the 2018 road championships are below with Wendy Woodhead and Ed Fazakerley topping the scoreboards:

There’s still time to get your name on a 2019 trophy! Details or on the last page of the fixtures list, but roughly you have to complete at least five races out of the following:

  • Up to three 5Ks
  • One 5M
  • Up to three 10Ks
  • Up to two 10Ms
  • Up to two Half Marathons
  • Up to two Marathons
  • Plus three named races: Wilmslow Half, Swinton Ladies 5.25M and your best Sale Sizzler.

If that seems hard to follow, don’t ask me exactly how the scoring works. Sir Isaac Newton claimed he discovered the mathematics of Calculus whilst trying to advance the science of physics, but I think he was just trying to work out the MANHAC road championships scoring.

Read more

Social Night

Saturday 28th September from 7pm at Didsbury Cricket Club M20 2RE

Clear a space in your trophy cabinet and dig out something other than Lycra running gear from your wardrobe: It’s time for a social night!

We’ll be doing the awards for juniors and seniors for the 18/19 cross country and 2019 track.

There’ll be a cold buffet provided and a raffle – so bring some cash – with lots of great prizes (and maybe some lousy ones too).

Cost: £8 adults, £4 kids and £20 for family of 4. Tickets on sale at training.