Individuals On The Roads
Whilst most members are focused on T & F Leagues and Championships the club's endurance section of senior and veteran runners are 'strutting their stuff' on the region's road, trail and fell. This report does not include the Saturday Parkruns, the Manchester Parks Grand Prix or the Sizzler results that'll be special reports later.
Dean Hardman, the Club's British Athletic League (Premier division) manager and a retired sprinter, continues to impress over 5k. He's recently improved his PB by 34 seconds to record a new 18.23. He'll soon be dipping under eighteen minutes.
Jim Lambe made his annual trip to Liverpool for the Penny Lane Striders 10k. It started on Otterspool Promenade with Birkenhead across the Mersey. On a warm day, he battled hard with a group to finish in 'a pleasing' 44:39.
The City of Manchester 10k attracted over one thousand finishers. Among them, Nicholas Whittle & Carl Barber crossed the line together in 37.25 in 34th place. Dillon Bezzina made his debut 10k in 38.13 with Paul Capey next in 40.10.Well done also to Sarah Waldron (49: 59) for dipping under fifty minutes for the first time and to Eric & Carol Ntanda-Bwanka also making their 10k debut.
A group of Harriers had a very successful evening at the Millbrook Monster Challenge Trail 10k on 27th July. The race was over a tough course which climbed 850 feet in the first 2.8 miles and then was mostly downhill. A former Northern cross-country medallist Paul Green won it in 37:59 with Mike Hatch 2nd in 40:00 followed by Phil Scowcroft in 6th (41'34). This trio also won the men's team prize. Jerry Smith was first O/55 (50:14) and Helen Reagan first L40 in 52:24. The toughness of this race was demonstrated a week later when Helen clocked ten minute faster (42.59) running her third Jane Tomlinson 10k in Leeds. Tim Rainey (47:55) Lauren Davies, 78th of the 117 finishers (56:38) will also vouch for a very tough race.
Newcomer Zoe Gmerek is doing great! Apart from being a regular participant in the Platt Fields Parkruns, she was fifth female in the St Ann's 5k in 21.51. Shortly afterwards, she returned up the M6 for the Blackpool 10K, run on sand, and recorded 46.19.
Another newcomer Sarah Waldron recently finished 8th (26.47) in the Gin Pit 5k and a few weeks later Tim Rainey escorted her across the line in the Cliviger '6' in 54.46.
The Cordingley girls again made their presence felt in the Winston Runners Ladies 5k. Three turned out and finished among the first fifteen with Mum (Jackie) in 4th place streets ahead of her L50 category rivals. Jenny was 10th (23:58) and Vicky 15th (25:32). Lynda Rowlinson was also there and finished 7th, also showing great ability by being over three minutes ahead in of her nearest L45 rivals. Husband/dad Frank Cordingley had his turn in the Leigh Sports Village 10k where he finished 16th in 40.31.
The Beattie Family is another of the club's running families though Geoff's the only Sale Harrier (yet!). M55 Geoff was his usual impressive self with 45.52 on a tough hilly Moonraker 10k; his son Ben was a classy up-front runner in 3rd behind Tarus Elly (Salford AC) and Damian Nicholls (Wilmslow AC) and his wife Carol won her L50 category. Geoff's also retained his record of having run every Gravy '6' since its launch several years ago.
Finally, (and not for the faint-hearted!) heartiest congratulations to Carl Cleghorn and Katie Reece who've just completed the nightmare tough Lakeland 100 and 50 mile race respectively. With 23,000 feet of ascent and decent over Lake District hills and dales they both have the awe and admiration of all. Unfortunately, Carl was forced to withdraw at seventy miles but Katie battled on to finish in even better shape than she expected.
Posted 15/01/2012 19:58