Dunham Massey 5K
Just as the last daffodils of spring faded, the Dunham Massey 5k blossomed and announced the North Cheshire series of five 5k races through Cheshire countryside and a summer of 5k road races. The scenic Dunham Massey 5k, organised by Altrincham AC/Spectrum Striders is also the precursor to our own 4 x 5k Sizzlers. Run in the very picturesque and serene surroundings of the Park, they were for many who'd trained long and hard for Spring marathons and half-marathon, the chance to get those legs moving fast again.
It was great to see Mike Hatch (17.18) back. Take no notice of his 'slow' time and maybe this was the reason for his 'feeling cold' during the race!! M45 Gary Rowlinson (17.22 is also back and produced one of his fastest times for years on this course. The quality of the men's M45 team was further demonstrated by having Gary Willcock (18.23) and Frank Cordingley (18:32) finish in the top fifty. Frank's time was just a few seconds short of his best in the Parkrun Platt Fields 5k's. This age-group could be a formidable force in the BMAF 5k Championships in Horwich on June 20th. Newcomer Matt Wansbone (18.13) is an exciting new prospect who hadn't competed in a 5k for a very long time and this was a massive PB that he'll soon improve. Karl Barber's (18.34) massive progress is well documented! Previous to Dunham his last 5k was in last summer's Sizzler when he clocked a PB of 21.00. He'll also improve further! Tim Brett (19:06), less than two weeks after clocking 3:55 in the Windermere Marathon made a 26 second improvement on the Mayday 5k Mike Wharton's (19:32), though still recovering from the 'trauma' of 'London' still clocked a course PB. It demonstrates his massive progress also. Likewise M55 Jerry Smith (20.05) had an excellent sharpener after his tough London and hard training for it. Next came Michael Wymer ran his second 5k race and a PB of about 2 minutes on the first race that was last year's Bowden 5k in 22.26 M50 Stefan Schumacher (21:04), just two weeks after his second fastest marathon in his home city of Kassel (Germany) came within a few seconds of his best. An exciting sub-21career beckons! (Geoff Beattie's got no chance now!). Jo Street (21:30) was also in top form missing her 2007 course best by just two seconds. M45 Ian Whitham (25.10) also has reason to be pleased, clocking his fastest time despite a career that demands incessant travel. For complete results, log onto http://www.ukresults.net (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13