Tuesday 23 December 2014

Final Torchlit Tip 5K Race report And Results

Enthusiastic attendances speak volumes!  This gathering has certainly
not struggled with numbers even in unfavourable conditions.

A throwback to those numerous memorable socials of the eighties with
the emphasis on fun (you remember that word right!) rather than
restrictive red tape.

Wednesdays Christmas meeting saw a bumper turnout of 39 runners and a
very healthy array of much valued helpers and spectators.

Universally embraced (well almost) both Rick’s Summer Series and the
Torchlit runs have proved a massive success highlighted by the
comprehensive spreadsheet kindly compiled by Brian Grice.

With Dave Aspinall as acting timekeeper (Neil Rothwell partying!) red
hats in abundance, several very impressive full Santa outfits and
those cheesy festive background tunes, the 39 bobbing lamps bobbed off
into the darkness confusing the police helicopter circling above.

With no fallers, lost participants or reports of a single rabid dog,
Rob McGrath bobbed home in a bobbing fashion in an impressive 18:11
perhaps being thankful the pre-race favoured mother of two was a no

The ladies were led home by Clare Constable in 20:22 on a much
welcomed return to the tip.

Quality mementos for all those who attended, this was indeed a
memorable evening and one I would personally like to dedicate to Chris
who was a great supporter of all occasions and will be missed very much.

On a final note it has been a pleasure seeing the Torchlit series
bloom over the past few years and extend my thanks to all who have
participated or helped in any way.

As the saying goes “never say never” but for January I must compose
myself for an important wedding day!

Best wishes,

Andrew & Vicki

 Torchlit Tip 5k Results

1              Rob McGrath                     18:11

2              Jason Walker                     18:30

3              Steve McLean                   19:03

4              Matthew Tobin                 19:06

5              Simon Tobin                       19:47

6              Rick Bower                          20:07

7              Terry Bolland                     20:10

8              Andrew Hudson                               20:22

9              Mike Leatherbarrow      20:23

10           Keith Lunt                           20:27

11           Clare Constable                20:32

12           Matthew Nelson              20:37

13           James Brooker                  20:57

14           Paul Talbot                          21:27

15           Neil Silcock                          21:40

16           Rob Cosgrave                    21:54

17           Tracey Peters                    22:05

18           David Alty                            22:37

19           Ed Sherstone                     22:44

20           Robbie Trecarichi             22:48

21           Steven Owens                  22:59

22           Phil Foster                           23:08

23           Joel Green                          23:23

24           Paul Dewhurst                  23:30

25           Steve Flannigan                                23:40

26           Ian Fitzpatrick                    24:01

27           Liam O’Brien                      24:04

28           Don Wilkinson                   24:43

29           Hugo Kearsey                    25:07

30           Carol James                        25:14

31           Sue Cooper                        26:02

32           Mary O’Brien                     27:50

33           Helen Rigg                           28:15

34           Sue Stewart                       28:24

35           Amanda Bradbury           28:47

36           Carol Wright                       29:08

37           Sarah McGrath                  31:57

DNF       Ashley Strom

Tuesday 9 December 2014

Christmas Torchlit Tip 5K News Update!

By Andy Hudson

7pm Wednesday 17th December will bring down the curtain on the
Torchlit Tip 5k Series in its present form.

Fittingly it will be a festive get together  with any appropriate
accoutrements invited and most welcome.

Limited loan head torches and Santa hats available on the night!

This gathering has proved popular in all conditions attracting
enthusiastic runners from the elite to the rest of us!

The legendary Brian Grice has kindly put together a spreadsheet of
results for all those who have taken part over the years for which we
are grateful and hope we can finish with a bumper turnout.

Helpers are as important as those who take part and as such please
come along if you can assist.

On this note I’d like to say a big thank you to regulars particular
Nicola and the ever present Neil who unfortunately will be absent on
this final occasion!

As previously addressed, the Torchlit Tip 5k series is not a “race”
but merely a competitive edged night time training session for the
like minded.

Having said that it would be fitting if a certain blonde haired mother
of two would finally accept my invite of smashing the female course
record whilst keeping the elite men on their toes.

Mild, still and dry conditions are probably too much to hope for but
come along and enjoy an occasion of festive cheer.

It will also be a final chance to acquire a finishing memento,
particularly for those who missed out last year.

See you on the 17th, many thanks, Andrew.