Category: Pic’ of the Week (page 1 of 6)

23.11.18 Pic’ of the Week

The belated pic of the week for the 17/11 event is by way of showcasing Lucas Rowley (8)

After starting to train with Staffs Moorlands on Tuesday evenings, Lucas was keen to step things up and take part in local events; so he came to BPRC.

Lucas has taken part in every event since joining twelve weeks ago. He has often won in his regular 2.2K events and earned a pb of 10.16 a few weeks ago. 

After each event, he prefers to wait in anticipation for the publication of the results for his time, rather than look at the finish line clock.

Whenever we have spoken to Lucas, his enthusiasm and dedication are more than impressive. Which just leaves us wondering: just how much further will he go? BPRC.

09.11.18 Pic’ of the Week

Pic’ of the Week 03.11.18

Since joining BPRC in April, Paul Cope (V45) has come a long way since his first Wednesday evening five-kilometer runs. After a dead 30.00 finish in May, he went on to break the 30 min barrier the following month, finishing in 29.07.

Successive runs since then have seen him whittle his time down to a 26.50 PB in September. Then a calf injury saw him pull out of a couple of runs only to bounce back in the last two weeks to challenge his PB again.

Recently, Paul and fellow member Rich, who ran a half for the first time, completed the Manchester Half Marathon and both gained respectable times of 2.06 and 1.58 respectively in rather gloomy wet conditions.

Paul also takes part alongside his family. Wife, Mara, who when not escorting their daughter Ellie (4) along the 800m, recently moved up to the 3.6K distance. This week also saw son, Harry (6), also excel with a 12.13 PB in the 2.2K distance. Paul’s mother, Zena (V70), was also a most welcome regular attendant in the 800m.

Paul and several other club members will be taking part in the Cheddleton Christmas Pudding 10K in just over two weeks time. An event many members look forward to each year.

All these achievements show that BPRC is a place where you will be encouraged to get fit alongside both family and friends, old and new, no matter what your fitness level. Then go on to achieve more than you thought possible. BPRC

19.10.18 Pic’ of the Week

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12.10.18 Pic’ of the Week

This week’s pic of the week is by way of celebrating the recent achievements of Louise Hackett.

Fourteen-year-old Louise is a regular entrant for us, mostly running in the Wednesday training sessions and we thank her for marshaling for us on occasion.

In the previous (29/09) week’s event, being paced by her trainer Gareth, Louise gained the course record of 20.08; some thirty seconds faster than that set by Kerry Marchant. This Tuesday (09/10), she went on to win the Staffordshire Moorlands Inter-Schools Cross Country Championships at Birchall, Leek, in her age category.

Both of these achievements come on top of a 9th place in the Sutton Park Relays on 22/09 just showing how far she is progressing.

Additionally, the Inter-Schools XC championships also saw two other BPRC members perform extremely well: Sienna Phillips (12) and Harry Bond (14) finish 4th and 2nd respectively in their age categories.

We eagerly await the next stages of their progress. Where will they go further?

The picture below shows Louise taking part in the 29/09 event. BPRC

05.10.18 Pic’ of the Week

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28.09.18 Pic’ of the Week

Pic’ of the week 21.09.18

The pic’ of the week this week is by way of praising Dan Bartram (V40) on her step up to our 3.6K distance, a milestone completed to the 5K.

Dan initially joined BPRC with her spouse Gary (V40) and children, Marlie (6) and Archie (11) as part of an initiative to get the whole family fitter and have been attending whenever they can. It seems now that she also progressing up the distances.

At BPRC, we are so pleased that many families can take part to maintain or improve their fitness levels. Proving that our events fit any fitness level, age, gender or ability, where taking part together is more important than outright competition. BPRC

19.09.18 Pic’ of the Week

Hi, once again from the side-lines of Brough Park Couch to 5K and Beyond.

The pic’ of the week for the 15/09, third Birthday event, is by way of congratulating all the two-dozen entrants who took on the Killer 10K.
There were 16 newbie’s to this course in addition to 10 who completed the event last October that found the strength of mind and body to take on one of the toughest routes in the area, if not the region.
Many of those who completed the previous event gained an improved time, which shows how they have developed.
We welcome the young and not so, the fit and the unfit; not everyone can move on to what these achieved; however, everyone is encouraged to attain their own goal.


14.09.18 Pic’ of the Week

Thomas Turner (16) signed up to BPRC in July, entirely on his own, after sitting his GCSE exams. After taking part on several occasions, this week he introduced his friend Michael DeBelen (16) around the 5K course for the first time.

After all the stress of the exam period, coming to an open, friendly, not-so-competitive event like ours can only help clear the head and get some fresh air away from the desk. And bringing your friends has added bonuses too.

Now that Tom has finished his exams, we would like to congratulate him and we hope he continues to do well in the future. BPRC.

Picture of Tom (left) and Mike (right) in last week’s event


30.08.18 Pic’ of the Week

John Broadbent (v70) has always been a runner, but when he retired in 2005 he wondered if he could do something more – triathlon or even ironman?

Progressing from running to triathlon was a steep learning curve with the extra organisation, but he completed his first triathlon in Sandwell in 2006. Shortly after this success, he moved up to Olympic triathlon (1500m swim, 40K bike and 10K run) with the first being Bath in 2006.

Problems with his knees then began to complicate things and the doctors told him to give up all sport and just play “crown green bowls and a little golf”. An opinion that did not go down well with him. However, after a while spinning, swimming and biking, he found he could still run if he was a little sensible.

In 2009, he completed the Beaver Half Ironman finishing first in his age group. Then after qualifying at the Nationals, he was selected for GBR at the World Championship in New Zealand, finishing first Brit. A fantastic achievement. More recently, he competed in 2017 World Championships in Rotterdam with a more competitive field. After working on his swimming technique, he finished 4th Brit and 12th in the world.

This week’s pic of the week goes to celebrate these achievements. John has been a member of BPRC from near the beginning, regularly offering encouragement to all and marshaling. More from his fascinating story can be found here:…/86-john-broadbent-s-….

27.07.18 Pic’ of the Week

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