The Trafford 10K
The Trafford 10k is the North's highly reputable Spring10k and the traditional door to summer road races following the winter cross-country. It always attracts elite sub-30 minute runners and this year was no exception with three led home by Edwin Kipkorin (Birchfield AC) in the second fastest ever time of 29.12.
The club had a larger number than normal among the 623 finishers on a weekend when another fifty were in the Lakes on the annual Lakes Training weekend. It was a day of PB's and debut's.
Niall Brooks, Britain's No.1 junior 1500m star, made his 10k debut & finished 2nd junior in 32.06. Daniel Bradford, attending Manchester University from Shettleton Harriers, was running his fifth 10k and missed out on a PB by a few seconds to finish in 32.39 Amy Whitehead won the senior Northern XC Championships in 2001 & was a key member of the club's most successful years. Currently training for a sub 2:40 marathon in London, she's right on target with a PB of 34:24 that was almost a minute faster than previously.
Rose Blackburn was making her 10k debut and clocked 40:43. For the moment, she's still just ahead of big sister who's been getting used to being a mum.
Lora Blann, also making her Trafford 10k debut, though just despite being pipped to the post by her little sister, will be encouraged by her 40:29 clocking. Chris Cook, just two weeks after improving his half marathon by three minutes in the Gt.NW Half Marathon to record 1:32.36, massively improved his 10k by seven minutes to record 40:46. Cara Kavanagh will be the healthiest (as well as the most glamorous) bride when she marries in May. In her second ever 10k, she improved on last year's Trafford 10k by forty-five seconds to clock 41:09. Steve Gavin (O/40) also improved on last year's Trafford 10k by a massive two minutes -great! Sian Holland is having the time of her life so no wonder her inaugural Trafford 10k was an impressive 41:26. Geoff Beattie O/55 hasn't eased his prolific racing whilst churning out his research works and recently was the official Comic relief psychologist! Though 1st O/55 with a reasonable 44.40, he'd better watch his back! His wife Carol was only a few seconds behind him. Go! Get him, Carol. Brian Bradshaw (O/50) is fast improving and his 47.28 was four minutes faster than last time. Dawn Holding (L45) is sharpening up for the London marathon and will be encouraged with a PB of 49:48. Kazia Czaplinska is new to running and set down a good benchmark for the future with 51:28. Audrey Gresty, also preparing for the London Marathon, will also be reassured to be three minutes faster that in 2006. (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 15/01/2012 21:58