Trafford ATC 2017 is now complete and we have new Male and Female Champions!
Jack Morris took the Men's title with three wins out of three and Alison Lavender took the Ladies title with two wins out of the three races. A full report of the race series will be posted here within the next few days
Men top three (based on overall finishing positions)
1) Jack Morris (Salford) - 3
2) Jack Nixon (Stockport) - 6
3) Will Beauchamp (Salford) - 10
Women top three overall :
1st) Alison Lavender (Oswestry Olympians) - 39
2nd) Stephanie Stevens (Chorlton Runners) - 65
3rd) Bethany Thornton (Sale Harriers) - 74
David Smith (Leigh Harriers) - 23
Alison Bradbury (Wilmslow RC) - 76
Graham Harrison (Altrincham) - 65
Carole Harrison (Altrincham) - 120
Jerry Smith (Chorlton Runners) - 98
Jenny Miles (Chorlton Runners) - 151
This is a guest post from Chorlton Personal Training.
If you require help in preparing for the Trafford All Terrain Challenge, get in touch with Chorlton Personal Training here.
The Trafford ATC is fast approaching.
At the sharp end, the elites will no doubt be looking at the form of their rivals going into this years ATC.
For others, the concern will be about making it round. Don't worry we have got your back!
The ATC is three races in three days. Five miles on Friday, one mile on Saturday and Three miles on Sunday.
If you are new to running, the longest race of five miles may be a daunting challenge to tackle. Here are our best tips to make sure you can handle the distance in style on the 14th July.
1) Walk and Run
Initially you may need to break up your running into small chunks, with periods of recuperation, so that you can accumulate an appreciable amount of running into your training sessions. Here is an example of how you might progress such sessions:
- Run for one minute, walk for two minutes: repeat six times
- Run for one minute, walk for 90 seconds: repeat six times
- Run for one minute, walk for 90 seconds: repeat eight times
- Run for one minute, walk for one minute: repeat eight times
- Run for 90 seconds, walk for one minute: repeat eight times
- Run for two minutes, walk for one minute: repeat eight times
- Run for two minutes, walk for one minute: repeat 10 times
- Run for two minutes, walk for 30 seconds: repeat 10 times
- Run for 10 minutes, walk for three minutes, run for 10 minutes
- Run for 20 minutes
Through small graduated increments, this progression will enable the beginner to run continuously for 20 minutes after just 10 sessions! You may need to adjust the programme, depending on the fitness level you are starting from.
2) Take Rest Days
If you are a beginner, then you body will not be accustomed to running. Even with a cautious start to your running programme, you will need time to recover from each training session. Take at least one day off in between each run. As such, the above progression of sessions should take at minimum of 20 days to complete.
3) Warm Up and Warm Down
To perform at your best and avoid undue risk of injury, you need to ease yourself into any exercise session. The training sessions outlined in the above progression should take place after a 5+ minute brisk walk has been completed. Also walk for five minutes or more at the end of the training session to gradually bring your body back down to a resting state.
After each training session you should take time to stretch off your muscles. Try and find a stretch that you can perform for each of the following muscle groups: glutes; quadriceps; hamstrings and calves. Hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds and perform each stretch at least a couple of times.
5) Strength Train
As well as with stretching, you should include some form of strength training in your programme to keep your injury risk to a minimum. If you need help with your stretching or strength training programme, please do get in touch with Chorlton Personal Training here.
See you on the 14th July!
The inaugural Trafford All Terrain Challenge may best be summarized with the words friendly, inclusive and challenging. The three-day running event in South Manchester clearly had appeal within all factions of the local running community. From the elite athletes from the likes of Stockport Harriers and Trafford Athletics club, to beginners just starting out on their running journey; the Trafford All Terrain Challenge had something for everyone. At the front end of the races, the athletes were challenged in the form of stiff competition, with 14:11 5000m man Jack Martin (Stockport Harriers) and former international mountain runner Laura Riches (Leigh Harriers) running out as overall winners of the series. For others, the challenge was simply to complete this three-day running event.
The first race of the series was on Friday evening, with the 5 mile x-trail race. Starting at Turn Moss, a small group quickly established itself at the front, setting a fierce pace. This group included Jack Martin (Stockport Harriers), Jack Morris (Stockport Harriers), Jack Nixon (Stockport Harriers), Daniel Cliffe (Liverpool Harriers) and Tom Charles (Trafford Athletics Club). However, as they moved onto the rolling hills of Stretford Meadows, the challenging terrain clearly took its toll. This was evident as they returned to the finish much more spread out. Jack Martin returned home victorious ahead of former National cross-country medalist Daniel Cliffe. Stockport Harriers also clearly set their stall out for team honours, as in addition to Martin, Stockport’s other Jacks (Nixon and Morris) came home in third and fourth respectively. In fact, such was the strength of the Stockport squad, they had back up from 2:28 marathon runner Andy Nixon and 2:31 marathon runner Mike Sawrey in eighth and ninth place respectively. Laura Riches (Leigh Harriers) was first female across the line.
On day two the mile races around Sale Water Park were seeded into heats according to ability. Former English Schools 1500m finalist, Phil Williams (Rochdale Harriers) took the first heat in a time of 5:05. Next up was the race for elite women. This was a tightly contested race, although on this occasion Laura Riches finished second, as the mountain runner had to succumb to the track speed of former English Schools 1500m medalist Lucy Dowsett.
The eagerly anticipated elite men’s race was another tightly contested race. David Horniman (Trafford AC) looked like he might be the favorite, as the 1:49 800m runner set out a strong pace in the first half of the race. However, Stockport Harriers once again exerted their dominance in the latter stages of the race, as the trio of Jack Martin, Jack Morris and Jack Nixon secured the first three places respectively. The winning time of 4:20 was particularly impressive given that this was a trail race.
On the final day it was the three-mile trail race, starting and finishing by Jacksons Boat Pub. By this point the runners were running on weary legs. However, this did not stop the trio of Jacks from Stockport Harriers securing another 1, 2, 3, with Jack Martin winning his third race of the series to win the overall title. Unsurprisingly, Stockport Harriers won the team title. Trafford Athletics Club were a clear second, whilst local running club, Chorlton Runners, gained a splendid third place.
Watch this space for Trafford All Terrain Challenge 2017!