Run of the Mill

Lytham St Annes Road Runners
Club News

Issue 4 - June 2019

Welcome to issue 4 of the ‘Run of the Mill’ (e-edition).

This is a somewhat condensed edition due to my other commitments which are occupying most of my time these days. I am acutely aware that publications have been few and far between over recent months. If anyone would like to takeover the Newsletter duties then I shall be happy to stand a side.

Hopefully you will find this an interesting read. If anybody would like to contribute an article towards future club newsletters then please let me know.

Finally, a big thank you to Dave Wood whose photos are used a significant amount in this edition.

Richard (Editor).

In this issue:

Catch up with the latest Club News and announcements.

Read the latest thoughts of our Chair Maria in Chair's Chat

Captain's Corner. Share the latest thoughts of our inspirational leaders

Terry Hellings reports on the latest Juniors activities

Proof that not all runners are that fast out of the blocks in Terryble Tales

Get Racing! Check out some of the upcoming races

Check out the Notice Board for regular reminders and useful links

Club News and Announcements
AGM Notice


The Annual General Meeting of Lytham St Anne’s Road Runners will be held on:

Tuesday 18th June 2019 at 8pm at the Ex Service Men’s Club in Lytham

Please try to attend where possible.

Club Marathon Place – A chance in a lifetime!

Firstly I would like to say a huge thank you to LSARRC for giving me the opportunity to represent such a wonderful club at the London Marathon 2019.

I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage any one of you to enter the ballot for next year’s London Marathon, yes there is a criteria to meet but it’s not that difficult to meet and the 

‘odds are forever in your favour’ (Effie Trinket) (those of you who have watched ‘Hunger Games’ will know who she is) 

If you are saying right now ‘I can’t run a marathon’ 

BELIEVE you can RUN a MARATHON and you are halfway there!


Special Congratulations!

To Andy and Gill Draper on their recent new arrival.

Als Young (nee Everest) on her recent nuptials.

We wish you all the very best!
Situation Vacant

Sue Hawitt has decided to step down as secretary of LSARRC after 3 years in the role, this position will be vacant from June 2019 after the AGM.  If you are interested please see Sue or Maria for more details.

Welsh Castles 2019

The Green Machine had a very enjoyed weekend in Wales for this year's Welsh Castles Relay.

Pride of place to terms of success went to Catherine Carrdus was 1st Lady on her Stage 4 to Harlech. A full report will appear in the next newsletter.
Sunday Social Runs

Plans are afoot for some more organised social Sunday morning Summer runs. These tend to be mainly off-road and are very enjoyable, with an emphasis being on the 'social'. Keep an eye out for the dates once they are announced. 

Chair's Chat

Thoughts from our leader

So, here I am coming to the end of my first year as Chair of the club and what I think has been a positive year. 

We have organised two club races – Green Drive 5 and the new Sandta 20 – the success of which was due to the hard work of Bob and Gavin. 

The Couch to 5K group continues to be popular and the Monday Miler’s has proved successful in keeping those runners who have completed the Couch to 5K to continue running, this is thanks to Sue, Claire, Michelle, Juli, John, Jason, Terry, Greg, Graham and Ross. 

The Seniors have had a fantastic year with lots representing LSARRC both individually and at team events and some even representing their country! , competing in a vast range of races, many a long way from home , club records have been broken and what must be a uncountable amount of PB’s obtained. 

The Junior section is still growing, seeing lots of them training hard and competing for the club, their schools and for Lancashire; in road races, cross country, track and field and regular parkruns. 

I will finish by thanking everyone who plays a part in the organisation and the smooth running of the club and to all the members who represent us in such a positive way at races and events. We have a real diverse selection of athletes, but we are all part of the same Green Team and hope we can continue to support each other over the months to come.


Captains' Corner

All the latest from Nigel, Als and Julia

Ladies Update

from Julia Rolfe

The Lsarrc ladies team has had a great success over the winter months.

The cross country season has seen us narrowly miss promotion to the first division. We did, however get Gold medals for the V35 and V45 teams. Joanna Goorney achieved 2nd in the ladies overall, 2nd V35 and 2nd V45. Cath Carrdus achieved 3rd V35 and V45. This season we had a good number of runners at each event and also a few new runners, including Julie Wiseman and Michelle Sheridan.

The Ladies are in top spot after the first Interclub road race at Stanley Park, Blackpool.  Let’s see if we can keep this going for all the interclub races. Including the lytham event there are 6 events left which take place over the summer evenings.

As well as the road Interclub races, do not forget that you can try Track and field. There are 5 events in total over the summer, all of which occur on a Saturday.

There are 4 interclub fell races. These are chosen so as to be accessible to club runners, (i.e. not too long or too technical), so do come along and give this a go. We have also selected other fell races that are not too difficult, which would count towards the club fell championship.

I will send out emails to remind you all of upcoming events. If you need advice on any of these events, just ask.

Julie at Cuerden Valley
Joanna at Cuerden Valley

Mens Update


It couldn’t get any closer. After two promotions on the bounce our men’s cross country “A” team needed to beat one of the other two teams on 16 points in the final race of the season to avoid relegation. And when the Cuerden Valley Park provisional results came out we realised they’d done it!

But wait; these were the provisional results only. When the actual results appeared our team had been relegated by the tightest of margins. Such bad luck but they fought to the finish.

On the bright side our vet 60 men, Graham Webster, Terry Hellings and John Burtenshaw finished second at Cuerden to earn bronze medals for the season overall. These three men counted for medals as did I! Yes, I know I only managed one race and finished near the back. However, as we only had three vet 60s on that day, I made a team. And we only had four finishes in the season so there would have been no medals had there been no team on my day out. As I said in my last article it’s amazing what can be achieved by simply turning up and trudging round a course. We can all count for something.

 Graham and John at Cuerden Valley

For the men’s team overall, the first six from each club count for the first team and we had had a total of twelve counters over the season. Only two have counted in all six, Joe Greenwood and Tom Howarth. At Cuerden Park Joe valiantly led the team home as the first counter for the fourth time in the season; can you challenge him next year?

Finally I’d like to thank you for your support this season, and I apologise that I couldn’t be at the races more often. I am glad to say that Mark Hughes has volunteered to take over as the club’s men’s team captain. Mark is younger and fitter than me, which is always a help, and I’m sure he will make a good job of it. Please support him as much as you can.



Juniors Section

Another busy period for the Juniors is reported on by Terry Hellings. 

Our junior section continues to flourish and in terms of both in quantity and quality with our young athletes competing at every distance from 60 to 3000m on the track, at cross country and up to 10k on the road for some of our older juniors.  We also have hurdlers, long and high jumpers, discus, shot and javelin throwers, tri-athletes and bi-athletes.

We have a very hard working group of coaches that run 7 regular groups every week (2 on Monday, 2 or 3 on Tuesdays and 2 on Thursdays) plus the occasional ad hoc session, very supportive parents and most importantly a dedicated hard working group of young athletes that are supportive of each other and are a delight to coach.  I think our juniors set a shining example.

I know from spending so much time with our young athletes that they are inspired by seeing each other succeed.  Many were excited and inspired when they saw Liz on the TV running so well at the Manchester 10k.

Our juniors have continued to have considerable success since the last issue of ROTM which is always reported in the local press and on our notice board which is kept up to date with pictures of our juniors in action so I will not detail them all here but some highlights in recent months include:-

Sophie Bohannon finishing the Mid Lancs XC season as 3rd under 13 girl.  Sophie was also selected to represent Lancashire in the Inter Counties XC as a result of her 2nd place in the Lancashire Championships. 

In the Lancashire Track and Field Championships where we had 3 athletes competing in 8 events with 8 PBs between them in hurdles, high and long jump, 100m, 200m, discus and shot.  Our young athletes again earned medals  with Rebecca Fisher’s 21.95m in the under 17 discus was good enough to take bronze with Maddy Markham in only her 2nd ever race over the distance taking bronze in the under 17 3000m.

4 of our juniors entered the Power of 5k race at Lancaster on 29th of March and all ran PBs with Maddy Markham finishing 1st in 19:16, Sophie Bohannon 3rd in 19:27, Brogane Murphy 14th in 22:03 and Laura Bremner 16th in 22:17.

Maddy, Sophie, Laura and Brogane
In the recent Avenham Park 5k (an “undulating” course) 13 year old Sophie Bohannon shocked a few seasoned athletes where she finished 14th overall and 1st female in an exceptional time of 19:40.  Maddy Markham was 4th in 20:25 and 11 year old Eric Wrigley shunned to fun run to finish 51st 22:54.  In the associated Fun Run Lytham had 15 juniors and took the first 7 places with Jayden Richardson finishing 1st a position he is to which he is becoming accustomed
Left to right Lewis Bentley, Finlay Hughes and Jayden Richardson

13 year old Frankie Ball’s first love is football but when he is available for track and field he inevitably runs well picking up points for Lytham in the Mid Lancs league at 200m and 400m where he has pbs of 28.3 and 65.6 which is faster than most of our seniors.

Maddy Markham’s time of 19:05 at Lytham parkrun on 20th April makes her Lytham’s fastest ever junior parkrunner. 

On a typically very windy March day on Blackpool Prom Jayden Richardson, Lewis Bentley and Finlay Hughes took the first 3 places in the Blackpool Festival of Running 2k.

Under 17 athletes Laura Bremner and Adhamh Holton making their debut for Lytham’s home fixture of the inter club road league.  Laura finished first junior female and Adhamh as 6th junior male.

Laura and Adhamh

The success of our young athletes does not go unnoticed by other local clubs and by the class mates of our young athletes.  I get phone calls and emails from parents saying as much and asking where some of our young athletes learn to run, jump and throw so well.  The photos on our strategically placed notice board (just outside the gym) have also prompted enquiries.

As usual thanks to all the hard work of our junior coaches Dave Whyman, Maria, Dave Wood, Mel, Joanna, Debbie, Rebecca, Graham and Ross who to takes a group out on Mondays (as Graham and I can no longer keep up!).   Also to several of our parents who often help out when needed.


Terry's Terryble Tales

Names have been changed to protect the dippy!

Send your Terryble Tales to


Not my traditional Terryble Tales but the following couple of incidents made me realise I am getting old!

At a recent physio appointment sat in waiting room:-
Physio    “are you OK with stairs” 
Me    (in my head) “Of course I am you cheeky *******.”
Me    (in real life) “Yes I’m fine thanks”

And at the gym:-
Complete stranger    “You are about my age you will remember this….”
Me            (in my head) “What do you mean your age you cheeky *******.”
Me            (in real life) “Oh yes I remember” (turns out I was a couple of years older)

Just waiting for a pregnant woman to offer me her seat now!
Predictive text playing its usual tricks
Me via text    “got a problem with sciatic nerve”
Response    “are you stretching your proformas”
If anyone is interested I can confirm the Mid Lancs XC numbers are machine washable! 
Running expert        “How long have you been coaching”
Me            “About 25 years and I’m always learning sometimes from 10 year olds”
Running expert        “You should download this app, it tells you everything you need”
Advice given to athletes when running an out and back part of a course on the same path:-
“Keep left on the way out and right on the way back”
Trust me that won’t work with hundreds of still closely packed runners.

Please keep your Terryble Tales coming, preferable by email but in person, text, scribbled note, owl post (for Harry Potter fans) or any other form of communication I am likely to understand would be fine.
Get Racing!
Some upcoming races for your calendar.

For more events visit the race calendar section of the website  
The Notice board 


More volunteers would be welcome to help at the Junior training sessions. Please contact Terry Hellings if you are able to assist.

Volunteers are always needed to allow the monthly handicap to happen each month. If you are able to offer your help with future months then see Neil Tate or Sue Hawitt to get your name on the roster.

Check out all the latest race reports via the News page on the club website at

Find out how you are doing in the club Championship at

Follow the monthly handicap results at

Keep up to date with the daily goings on via the club Facebook Group at

Follow us on Facebook at and Twitter at @LSARRC

Find out about the club's Couch to 5K group at

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