Abs’ Journey to London

My Road to the London Marathon

My name is Abir Ali and I am doing the London Marathon in April for The Lullaby Trust, the UK’s leading charity in aiming to prevent unexpected deaths in infancy and promote infant health. They fund research, support families whose babies have died suddenly and unexpectedly, spread information on infant health, baby care and sudden infant deaths to both health professionals and the general public, and work with professionals to improve investigations when a baby dies.

Abs and Lullaby Trust logo

I have a personal connection to the charity’s work, as I lost my son, Charlie in 2004 after only 3 weeks. In 2012 I decided to raise funds and awareness for the Lullaby Trust by running events – from 10k races to half and full marathons. To date, I have done 150 events and raised nearly £8,000 through Justgiving.  The charity have been a great help recently, with advice that has helped my daughter Esme (who is now 7 months old and my companion at Parkrun).

Last February, I visited the Lullaby Trust offices, in London, to meet some of the 55 strong members also doing the London Marathon. The day involved getting to know a few members of the team and going for a 10k jog in Battersea Park. Before the end of the day we all discussed our experiences, and it transpired that I was the only one in a running club; naturally I told them the benefits of joining one – and they were certainly all amazed by the prospect of a reward of cake at the end of each club run! I told them that running clubs offer coaching, advice, moral support, friendship and can help you reach your training goal. Running clubs (especially BTR Road Runners) cater for everyone from the super-competitive to the recreational jogger.  The team atmosphere can instigate big improvements in your performance, provide enduring memories, experiences – oh, and cake. Did I mention cake before?

It really is an honour and a privilege to be part of such a fantastic running club.

If you would like to donate to my Justgiving page, even just a few quid, every little helps The Lullaby Trust; please follow the link below:
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/abs-ali1

Abir Ali

 

 

Moel Famau 8k, 28th January 2018

By Sarah Rogan

The Moel Famau 8K is an event put on by Lion Races and I took part in it on Sunday 28th January 2018 along with Alan Rothwell, Fiona Duckers and Andrea Robinson, making sure there was a good orange presence.

The race starts at 10am, quite civilised, in the beautiful setting of Moel Famau. Race numbers are collected on the morning, really easily done, and was lovely to collect our numbers from our very own Liz Leay, volunteer extraordinaire! Chip timing is by way of velcro tag around your ankle; so, feeling slightly like criminals we toddled off to the start (via the toilet, obviously!!!) Toilets at this race are “actual” toilets, which is a very important issue to some of us!!

It was a cold but dry, and surprisingly nice, morning and off we went up the mountain! Trail shoes are definitely a must, it was pretty muddy underfoot in parts. What a climb; unless you were part mountain goat you couldn’t run up the really steep parts, but with encouragement from a very kind stranger and possibly a few swear words I made it to the top. I’d love to say the view was spectacular, however, it was so foggy and windy I couldn’t see a thing and it was all I could do to not get blown away.

Downhill was a little scary: steep mountain + mud + wind = heart-in-your-mouth but I made it down in one piece and the views on the way down were amazing!!! I crossed the line with Fiona, hand in hand!

Nice medal, bottle of water and most importantly the choice of some chocolate goodies at the finish. In true runner fashion I uttered the words “Never again” however we hadn’t even got home before I was uttering the words “Think I’ll do that again, actually”(!) A nice little well organised event, can imagine it not being quite so pleasant in bad weather… but definitely one for next year’s calendar.

February Update

by james roberts

Here it is at last, the February update. Sorry for the delay but with having such a hectic work schedule and social life style ( yeah right ) I just didn’t have the time (or inclination) to do it. As they say though, everything comes to he or she that waits.

February brought with it not only the shortest month but some of the coldest weather for a long time. In fact, it was that cold, I’m sure I saw a brass monkey🐵 looking for a welder. Nevertheless, the Club members continued to turn and pound the streets of Hoylake and West Kirby before stuffing copious amounts of cake into their mouths at The Ship Inn.

The mileage for the month of February was 41 miles up on last month on 789.82 with the current total for the year at 1,538.51. As before this does not include individual miles, only those ran on Club nights. Nobody managed to run all the Club nights in Feb, oh wait a minute, they did, ME. As I’ve said before, no life.

RACES

Mad Dog 10k. 03 Feb 18

Racing got underway for a lot of the Club on 3rd Feb at Southport with the Mad Dog 10k. A cold, crisp and in places icy morning welcomed us at the car park at the prom in Southport. After making our way to the start area via the busses that were laid on, we were able to collect the goodie bags and t shirts beforehand. It crossed a few people’s mind to just get back on the bus and head back home but no we stayed and an excellent performance from the ladies ensued.

The weather had improved slightly by the time the race got underway and it was very good race conditions all the way along the Prom. Past Batala Mersey, the Samba Drum Band, a regular sight at most races now but I do wish they would play a tune we know and could singalong too. Awful Elvis serenaded us with Blue Suede Shoes and other tunes just by the Pier and Fairground, (what’s left of it). On to the top road and the water stop with another young lady soulfully singing along with her guitar, ( the guitar wasn’t singing before you start) then back down to the Prom and Batala Mersey again. A long straight road back up to the finish and then a final straight to the timing mat. Didn’t realize how long this last bit was and was beginning to regret, sprinting from the corner of the road. All in all it was a good race and PBs were achieved by Wendy Jones, Sarah Rogan,, Audrey Stocker, Sandra Freeman, Jane Dasgupta, Emma Holmes. The following were also rans Elaine Charles, Helen Parton, Me, Dave Ward, Dave and Jane Berry, Dave Moore, Ian Body, John Evans. Mr Dave Freeman was honorary BTR for the day. It was then off to the pub for a hard earned lemonade.

Torremolinos Half Marathon. 03 Feb 18

Sorry don’t really know much about this one except that Alan Rothwell and Dawn and Martin Hunt were the clubs representatives here and that the weather was colder here than it was at Southport. A proper race report will follow next year as this has been singled out as a BTR RR away day, or may be a bit longer. Yeah man, bring it on.

Blackpool Half Marathon. 18 Feb 18

Again not much known about this, except it’s in Blackpool and its a half marathon race. If someone would like write it up, please do. Big well done though to Danny Mc and the Hunt clan, Dawn, Martin and Ollie for completing this.

Erica’s Woodland Womble. 18 Feb 18

I would like to pass the part over to Erica to write as I don’t think I could it justice. Only to say. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day. Big thanks to all who ran and all who came and supported and helped out. Well done all

Rhyl 10 Mile. 24 Feb 18

This race, I have done albeit 2 years ago but I don’t think the course has changed one iota. It’s a straight 5 miles out, turn around and 5 miles straight back along the Prom. The wind will be with you one way or the other. This can lead to a false sense of PBness if the wind is behind you on the way out. This however, did not stop Dave Moore, who took over 20mins from his time last year and Erica “Liver Bird” Dillon who smashed her previous 10 mile best. Looking strong for the VLM Missus. Alan R and Gaz R also participated in this Marmite Race.

Village Bakery Half Wrexham. 25 Feb 18

Again not a race I took part in, I really think last years Wrexham 20 miler has put me off this neck of the woods for a long time. However the weather was kind to our group of runners and some of them excelled themselves on the streets of this Welsh town. Was it the atmosphere that drove them on, was it the beautiful countryside that pushed them to the limits or was the lure of a fast flat course enticing them to achieve a PB. No, it was a bloody packet of CRUMPETS in the goodie bag, I mean I ask you. Sarah R did say they were lovely though.

This race was attended by Dawn, Martin and Ollie ( again), Abir Ali, Kat Whitton and Sarah Rogan, who may just have blown her chance of a PB medal at the Liverpool Half in March by achieving a Personal Best in this race. Dawn actually missed the start of the race as she was in the toilet queue. Or didn’t you want anyone to know that.

Harewood House Half. 25 Feb 18

Audrey Stocker was the sole participant on this as she says, Beautiful, well organized friendly and no queues for the toilet race. A hard race with a few hills, one that subdued her to walking pace. So it’s back next year for Audres, as she has unfinished business and I don’t mean at the toilets. 😱😱😱

Stroke Association 5/10/15k. 25 Feb 18

This series of races took place at Croxteth Pk for the Stroke Association. A fairly small affair with a total of about 250 runners for all 3 events. Staggered start times saw the 15k runners go first followed 5 mins later by the 10k runners then 5 mins after, the 5k runners set off. The course took in the Croxteth Pk 5 k Parkrun and you went around, once, twice or three times depending on distance. It was bitterly cold at the start but had warmed a bit by the time the race began. I ran the 10k route with Anthony my future son in law, while Pol ran the 5k route with Millie. The course was a mix of tarmac with long stretches of hard flat trail routes. The Goodie bag at the end was bottle of water but you did get a Tech T shirt and a medal all for £16. The smile on Pols face at the end of it was worth every penny.

PARKRUN

Please continue to support the local Parkrun event at Birkenhead Park and if you’ve never done one try it, you won’t like it, you’ll love it. Alan R has planted the seed for a Parkrun takeover to try and improve recruitment. Further details to follow .

 

BIRTHDAYS AND DATES FOR MARCH.

At the time of writing this, some birthdays have passed. Nevertheless we all hope you had a fantastic day. Some of you still owe cakes.

  • Ian Raymond.
  • Erica Dillon. THE BIG 40, in case anyone missed it.
  • Martin Hunt.
  • John Evans.
  • Andrea Robinson.

All the very best to you all.

CLUB MEMBERS

Now standing at 52. There are a lot of people on the Facebook page that would dearly love to be a BTR RR member. Come on down, we don’t bite. Only cake, we do bite cake.

A new runner with the Club is Andrea’s partner and future Husband, Daniel Morgan. Many congratulations to you both.

Congratulations also go to Kat and her partner Tom, also on their engagement. We all wish you every happiness together.

Sorry if I have missed off runners to races or events. Please let me know and I will amend.

James Roberts

Membership renewal 2018

Important information

For all current BTR Road Runners, a reminder that club memberships are due for renewal by 31st March.

All UKA registrations expire 31/03/18.

So, make sure you get your renewals in, people – any queries, let us know via the group’s Facebook page.

14th March 2018

An ode to the BTR Road Runners

Not only are we runners, hidden talent lurks within our club! This little creation by one of our team, so read on…

 

Thinking of joining?
“If it ain’t fun, we don’t run”

So you’ve clicked on our website
You’re checking us out.
BTR Runners
“What’s that all about?”

Read on fellow runners, I’ll tell you some more
But if you have any questions, we’ve an open door…

Tuesdays and Thursdays – it’s a great sight to behold
Market Street Hoylake, awash with runners all bold.
A sea of orange vests sets out at a pace
Minds focused on training for the very next race.

But don’t be mistaken, don’t think ‘I’m too slow’
The pace is for everyone, so give it a go.
The running’s important but hell, so’s the cake
We all enjoy racing but we also love to bake!

For leisure, for chatting, for serious training
If you join BTR runners, there’ll be no complaining.
Just really great people with one common passion
To support one another, in the best possible fashion.

5km, 10km, a half marathon or a whole
Our amazing team will help you to reach your goal.
Or if you’re simply running for leisure
Guaranteed that with us, it’s always a pleasure.

 
(c) BTR Road Runner Fiona Duckers
 
Think you have a similar artistic creation you want to share? Let us know! (But you have to come along and join us to get the email address to send it to…!)
 
 Road Runners at the end of the Wirral Half Marathon

September Multi Terrain

September – change to Tuesday Training !

Most of the BTR Road Runners will be valiantly(!) taking part in the September Wirral multi-terrain league; as these races take place on a Tuesday evening it is likely that the usual Tuesday training from the Ship Inn, Hoylake will not happen! We will still meet in our usual base on Thursdays though, so please do turn up if you want to give us a try!

Multi-terrain league dates:

  • 05/09/17, 19:00 – Royden Park
  • 12/09/17, 19:00 – Wiiral Country Park, Thursaston
  • 19/09/17, 18:30 – North Wirral Coastal Park, Harrison Drive
  • 26/09/17, 18:30 – Arrowe Park (Toby Carvery)

Team Vests must be worn. For full details and rules, please see Steve Saunders website here.

…and good luck to all taking part!

 

Snowdonia Trail 2017

The BTR Roadrunners were back out in force for the Snowdonia Trail Marathon and Half Marathon on the 23rd July.

 

Given the capricious British weather, a forecast of heavy rain and wind… somehow failed to materialise.

Obviously, given its name, not an easy race, but the unanimous verdict seemed to be: Back again next year!

A huge well done to all who took part – Snowdonia is not something to be bitten off lightly!

 

23/07/2017

Tour of Merseyside 2017

In the first week of July, a large contingent of BTR Roadrunners took part in the 5th Tour of Merseyside.

This event, which covers 52 miles over 6 races in 1 week, kicked off on the 2nd July with the Southport Half Marathon, a wonderfully flat and fast course – which for once wasn’t too hot.

Monday saw the action move to Thurstaston and a 6-mile multi terrain, including the beach, up and down the Dales at Heswall, finishing with a burst along the Wirral Way.

Tuesday was the (loved by some, dreaded by others) 10 miler along the ‘Ralla; from Walton Hall Park, 2.5 miles north, turn and back, then 2.5 miles south, turn and finish. If anyone was running low on protein, there were plenty of midges…

Wednesday was a rest day, before battle recommenced on Thursday evening with the 5 miler along the promenade at Otterspool. This race has (unofficially) become the fancy dress night of the tour, with plenty of the BTR Roadrunners and others raising the bar!

Friday evening is the furthest east of the event, and two laps of the well-established cross-country course at Stadt Moers Country Park. (Where? some ask – it’s a hidden gem, near Whiston.)

Somehow, everyone managed to assemble prompt on the Saturday morning for the final challenge, and the 12 mile coastal run out to Hoylake and back (including the dreaded 1/2 mile out across the beach…) And the BTR Roadrunners demonstrated the Tour motto: no runner left behind!

Then it was just off to, ahem, recover at the presentation and after party…

 

08/07/2017