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Weekly roundup and race report - week ending 14th August 2022

Cybi Marathon

Before we start on this week’s activities, just a of mention from last week for our runners in the popular Cybi Marathon. This one is a coastal lap of Holyhead Island over a marathon distance. The scenic route visits most of the popular resorts on the island giving holiday makers a chance to offer impromptu support to the runners. It’s a race with a real sting in the tail, throwing in a climb up the Holyhead Mountain from South Stack nature reserve with spectacular views of the lighthouse before a tricky rocky descent into Holyhead. Our intrepid runners were Cybi regulars Andrew Norman and Dean Corrie who were joined this year by Chris Swainson.

This is a popular race for a good cause with all profits going to the RNLI so look out for it when tickets come available in early December, it is always sold out within a couple of weeks. You won’t be alone!

Dean Corrie taking a selfie with Chris Swainson and Andrew Norman alongside him. The sea is behind them all.

Hopwood Trot

Last week also saw our latest race in the club champs at the Hopwood Trot. We had with a huge field of entrants, many of us finding the hot humid conditions a challenge. Not so, Alice Bernstein (2nd female) or Cecilia Woods (age grade winner). Our first male finisher was Paul Marshall (RRC490) with an amazing 33.05 over 9k of mixed trails and tarmac.

A group photo of Ramsbottom Running Club members before the Hopwood Trot  with their arms in the air and lots of smiley happy faces.

Blackpool Run the Lights

Blackpool Run the Lights offers its own unique challenge on a hot summer weekend. Our top team of VI runners and guides had to dodge the attentions of those in town to enjoy a beer or two. Congratulations to Sean Potter, Danny Clarke, Katy Whitwell, Andy Norman, Marissa McPhillips, Yvonne Booth and Joanne Potter.

From left to right, Andrew Norman, Danny Clarke, Rachel Norman, Katy Whitwell, Sean Potter, Joanne Potter, Marissa McPhillips and Yvonne Booth. The sun is setting behind them and the they are stood on the promenade with the sea behind them. Everyone is smiling.

Ramsbottom Summer Mile

Earlier in the week of course we had the Ramsbottom Summer Mile which was an absolute triumph again. The was no rest for Race Director James Thomas with the children’s 1k fun run and 12 adult waves to start and finish on time.

A picture taken from behind a group of runners before the start of their wave at the Ramsbottom Summer Mile. Everyone is facing away from the camera and you can see the inflatable arch in the background.

Congratulations to all the organising committee and volunteers on the night who delivered another hugely successful night for the club and a special mention to Gina Jackson who rocks a clipboard like no one else!

Gina Jackson holding a clipboard and talking into a walkie talkie. The sky is a bright blue behind her and the grass is bright green. The food and drink vans are behind her.

Boulsworth Fell Race

Diane and Lee Ford notched up yet another local fell run at Boulsworth. A normally soggy 6.5 miles with 300m of ascent.

Diane and Lee Ford at the start of the Boulsworth Fell Race. Lee is taking a selfie and Diane is to his right. A Trawden Athletic club gazebo is behind them both.

Tegs Nose Fell Race

Cecilia Woods was our sole representative at the BM Tegs Nose Fell Race in Macclesfield.

Cecilia Woods at the end of the Tegs Nose fell race, she is smiling and holding a cup of water.


20 different venues hosted RRC runners this weekend but by far the biggerst turnout was a Heaton Park where Rowan drummed up support for parkrun’s upcoming walking campaign. Alexander Shield certainly wasn’t walking and was the first Ram home on the day.

A large group photo with lots of Ramsbottom Running Club members after they have finished Heaton parkrun. A sign is being held which says parkwalk. Iwan Thomas and Chrissie Wellington are both in the photograph.

We also had the usual collection of tourists with Ben Knight and Steven Yates at Eastville in Bristol, Andrew Patterson at Lanhydrock, Eve Hart at Whinlatter, Sarah Owen in Conwy, Vanessa Lobb at Erdigg, Alan Blagburn at Sixfields Upton, Cecilia Woods away again in Whitby.

Vanessa Lobb and her two children standing in front of a large hall with the Erddig parkrun banner behind them.

In Devon Neil and Karen Rothwell may have bumped into Christine and Phil Holden.

Congratulations to all our pakrunners and parkwalkers this week. You can find the whole breakdown of this week’s parkrun results for RRC members here.