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Jul
5
Sun
Potteries Marathon 2015 (Stoke-on-Trent)
Jul 5 @ 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

As well as experiencing world famous support from the people of the Potteries, runners in the TOR Systems Potteries Marathon will sample the best of the history and culture that this proud industrial city has to offer.

Starting at Trentham Gardens, now home to an outdoor breeding colony of Barbary Macaques as well as a retail village and the world famous Italian renaissance gardens, the route takes in its first gentle climb to Longton, the home of Beswick Pottery. Passing the home of our chosen charity, The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice we weave through Longton and its 100 year old iron and steel bridge taking in Aynsley China before hitting a steady climb up to Weston Coyney, home to Park Hall. Past landscaped ex Open cast mines and the communities of Bentilee and Bucknall, St. Mary’s church, the site of a 16th century monastery passes by. Tempting as the short cut might be, we’ll be keeping a close eye on the tunnel between the church and the Abbey at Abbey Hulton to make sure no-one sneaks through!

A flat straight section of the course finally appears as we approach half way before turning up to Baddeley Green, back towards the city and past the old Royal Doulton works which once housed a 24hr fast fire kiln such was the demand for its wares. Next comes the strangest landmark of the route, a legend known to all who grew up in north Stoke on Trent. Molly Leigh, the Burslem witch – who had her live pet black bird trapped in her coffin and her resting place turned to face north to quiet her spirit by the worried Parson. Legend still stands that her spirit can be raised from this site so keep an eye out for any spooky goings on! Mile 15 marks a short downhill stretch into Cobridge and the original site of Port Vale F.C. But the respite is short as Nile street looms and the hills begin in earnest.

Ups must come down though as we cruise down over the canal past the home of Burleigh ware, a favourite of Prince Charles, followed by a gentle climb to the foot of Porthill bank. For those not of a Potteries persuasion, a bank isn’t a safe place for your money, it’s where you get to test your metal against the best the Potteries Marathon has to throw at you. The long steep drag up Porthill Bank is rewarded by a flat section through Wolstanton and past the Cricketers Arms, once owned by Potteries legend Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor. A right turn takes us up past Brampton park and the 20 mile marker. Next stop on the Potteries Tour is Newcastle Under Lyme, dipping through an underpass before passing by the beautiful Queens Gardens towards the centre of town and a huge roar from the waiting crowds. Only 5 miles to go but another steady climb awaits up towards Newcastle golf club and onto the course of the Clayton 10k.

A slight downhill precedes the shallow climb up Seabridge Lane where in past marathons two local ladies used to serve tea and biscuits to passing runners! 23 miles gone now with another climb into Clayton before peaking at Northwood Lane knowing that the last of the climbs are over. A drop down on to dog kennel lane leads into Park lane and the crowd and tannoy are within earshot. A quick sprint across the bridge brings the finish into sight and you’ve made it. It was tough, your legs are like jelly, but you’ve just achieved something incredible!

Sunday Morning Ride
Jul 5 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Abbey Riders – Sunday Morning Ride

Meet at the club in the morning at 9am for are a steady 30 to 40 mile 3 hour ride.

Please contact Peter Leach for more details

 

 

Jul
7
Tue
Tuesday Club run
Jul 7 @ 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm

7:15 for a 7:30 start, running in pace-based groups (further information here).

YVAA Grand Prix 2015 – CROSSGATES
Jul 7 @ 7:30 pm
Jul
9
Thu
Short Hills & Fartlek Club/Bodington
Jul 9 @ 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm

Either meet at the club at 7.20pm, or on the fields at 7.35pm. When we are running on the fields, you should consider the possibility of things getting a little bit muddy and select your footwear accordingly!

Jul
11
Sat
Dewsbury Park Run
Jul 11 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Dewsbury Park Run @ Crow Nest Park | Dewsbury | United Kingdom

We will be running Dewsbury Park Run this morning.  Park Run organise free, weekly 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone and no pre-registration is necessary so why not join us?

 

Jul
12
Sun
Sunday Morning Ride
Jul 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Abbey Riders – Sunday Morning Ride

Meet at the club in the morning at 9am for are a steady 30 to 40 mile 3 hour ride.

Please contact Peter Leach for more details

 

 

Leeds 10K
Jul 12 @ 8:30 am

Undoubtedly one of the biggest 10K races in Yorkshire, the Leeds 10K is a must whether you’re a seasoned runner or a beginner.

Come and experience the buzz in what has become one of the region’s most successful sporting charity events.

http://www.forallevents.co.uk/run-for-all/events/leeds-10k/

Jul
14
Tue
Tuesday Club run
Jul 14 @ 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm

7:15 for a 7:30 start, running in pace-based groups (further information here).

Crisp Supper
Jul 14 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
crisps

crisps

Free crisps and nuts to nibble after every second Tuesday in the month when the runner of the month will be announced along with other mini presentations.

See you in the bar after the run. Who knows who will receive an award – it could be you.