The summer of 2019 has been an incredibly busy one and it feels like a good time to give all of you an update. So, without further ado…

Joe’s Cup Hill Race – our first official FRA event went with a bang. You will remember from our last blog post that we pledged to run the hill race every year with all proceeds being donated to Mountain Rescue. With our donation made, just shy of £200, we hope to exceed this figure in 2020. Next year’s event will be no different, only the date will change. In line with the VE day celebration Bank Holiday weekend, the race will be on Friday the 8th of May. The Bank Holiday has been swapped to coincide with the VE anniversary.

The Badger Series 2019 followed on from Joe’s Cup. The first race taking place on the first Thursday of June, subsequent races for the series in July and August. In line with the usual tradition, they all take place on the first Thursday of the month. We had some really interesting athletes and right from the off there was a lot to race for at the front end. The titles of King and Queen of the valley were highly sought after. This brings about a whole new level of competition but the winners shone from the first race. Matt Holmes did a terrific job in securing two first-place finishes and a second-place across the three races and Fay Morne made a clean sweep of the series, first lady in all three races, bravo! Congratulations to both of you once again! King and Queen of the valley!

One of our very own ID Athletes secured a comfortable second place in the series – Mark Hart. Making a successful sweep of PB’s in each and every race, his trophy was well earned and a nice piece of bling to carry away before heading out to France in the early hours the next morning. Now that’s dedication in squeezing in the last race before your jollies.

Our volunteers were simply amazing. In pink high viz they could be seen at marshal spots, registration and generally helping and advising runners and spectators at the event. Without them we don’t have any races and we don’t make donations to our chosen beneficiaries. So again, thank you, thank you, thank you!

What happens to the proceeds from the Badger Returns series? Well after we pay our bills a hefty chunk gets deposited to the Cuerden Valley Trust. This year, over £1,000 went to the Trust directly. We have also donated to causes that we care about. As with our sponsorship of Jacob’s Summer Ball last year we have once more donated to Jacob’s page from our Badger Returns funds. We hope this will go some way to helping cover the costs associated with Jacob’s ongoing battle with cancer.

We are really proud to be sponsoring the training kit for Penwortham Town u14 football team. We have donated to the team so they not only have their usual kit on match days but also a team kit for training days. There is little funding out there for grassroots football teams, especially at junior level. We feel this is something that gets overlooked and needs support. ID Coaching is proud to be able to help out for the coming season. Good luck boys and coaches for the season ahead.

ID Coaching really won’t fit into a box when thinking about categories of coaching. We are super proud to support our athletes no matter what their goal. We are excited to be complementing the training of two keen hikers who are working to improve VO2 levels and running fitness to take on the challenge of the Eiger next year. A mere 3,970 metres in height, Peter and Pau are dedicated athletes and I’m sure they will enjoy a successful trip ‘up the Eiger’ in 2020.

Congratulations must be shared with two new Lakeland Legends for 2019. Nicola Hughes a stalwart ID athlete who completed her first LL50 with determination and guts! Nic, we are super proud of you and can’t wait to support you on your return mission in 2020! Training for Nic was textbook to be quite honest. The plan we set out was executed to perfection alongside being a champion at club fell races and Inter-Club fell races for the season too. A huge year of success for Nic and we look forward to much more in 2020, plus a nice PB on the legendary LL50.

Andy also took on the might LL50. His first Lakeland 50 ultra marathon. The race isn’t for the faint-hearted. Total ascent for the event was approximately 10,000ft, over mountainous and technical terrain. Andy trained well, right up to a few weeks before the event start date. Sadly Andy picked up an injury, but, undeterred he still managed to get to the start line. He completed his very first LL50 event and became a Legend. Congratulations Andy, a fine effort! It must be addictive as Andy sees a return in 2020 also, good luck for number 2.

Finally, congratulations are also in order for Mark Hart who bagged a second-place podium finish at the Ribble Way 10k. This is something that links nicely to his second-place overall finish in the Badger Series earlier this year. It seems as though two is the magic number for Mark. Well done, and here’s to more second and hopefully, first place finishes in the coming months.

We have been heartened by all your support so far this year, without you all we couldn’t make our donations where our hearts guide us so thank you once again. We aim to be the best we can be, in more ways than one so that we can continue to help you to be the best you can be.

Happy running!

Pita and the ID Team.