Rochdale Harriers and A.C.

Meet our members: Phil Hinchcliffe

28th February 2021

Our second featured member of RHAC is Phil Hinchcliffe :)


First thought on coming to RHAC training and then joining the club? 

I actually turned up for a session as a junior, and enjoyed it but for travel arrangement reasons couldn’t continue.

About a decade later I joined up properly and wished that I did it earlier. My interest in running is being outside, getting fresh air and improving my fitness.

Favourite race? 

I don’t have an out and out favourite race, but I’ve enjoyed the ones (unsurprisingly) when I’ve PB’d and felt strong throughout. So for me that’s the 5K at Cowm Reservoir and the Brian Moore Track 5ks.

I also really enjoyed taking part in the off-road Calderdale Way Fell Relay with my twin brother Lewis. It’s a real experience involving many clubs and so has a great atmosphere in scenic hilly terrain.

Favourite training location and session? 

Definitely the trails around Ogden and Piethorne reservoirs in Newhey. I’ve even created a Virtual Fell Champ Route on Strava and it would be great for others to give it a go (approx. 4miles long, and 900ft climbing as per the rules).

Favourite sessions are the RHAC track sessions. It’s more fun to do speedwork in a group and a good way to monitor fitness.

phil hinchcliffe

Favourite events? 

I’d say ‘runnable’ events when the weather and ground are in good condition. I enjoy off-road events mainly for the scenery and sense of adventure.

I also enjoy taking part in other challenges, such as the occasional triathlon, for the variety.

phil hinchcliffe tri

Favourite kind of running? 

Probably trail running and being in the hills, although I do enjoy track sessions.

Best thing about RHAC? 

For me it’s the track sessions as it’s a great way to build fitness, to push yourself alongside others, and not every club can offer them.

Goals for this year and longer-term? 

I’ve hit most of my original running targets, but think that a half marathon PB is overdue. I’m also keen to improve on my 5k time and get under the 16min mark but have to get consistent training in and be injury-free.

I want to complete a sub 3hr-marathon and longer-term, I quite fancy doing the Pennine Way!


phil hinchcliffe

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