The Sale ‘10’
Over the past fifteen years of the Sale '10', this annual club promotion has attracted the country's best sub-50 minute elite and this year was no exception. It was David Webb (Leeds City AC) who was added to the Roll of Honour with a scintillating 48.59 finish. Ben Fish (Blackburn AC), returned to Wythenshawe with two recent third placing in the Sizzler 5k's under his belt, also clocked a classy 49.04 for runner-up. Salford's Andi Jones was third in 50.03 off the back of heavy training in anticipation of September's Berlin Marathon. His time was twenty seconds faster that when he last ran in 2002. There were also impressive times in the age-categories reinforcing this race as possibly the best in Britain.
Many of the club's endurance section were brilliant as marshals and cheer leaders but some did prefer to run. First home from the two hundred finishers was M50 Frank Cordingley in 1:04.22 enough for third in his M50 category. Frank last ran this race as a more youthful M45 in 2007 when he recorded 1:00.15. Newcomer M40 Chris Cook, displaying impressive prowess over 5k's this summer, made his debut '10' recording 1:08.56. M55 Jerry Smith, with a PB of 1:07.17 from the Gt.Watford '10' in 2009, was happy to record 1:12.48 considering 'where he is at the moment'. Despite being a little off his PB of 1:06.41 set in last year's Sale '10', Jim Lambe was also 'quite pleased' (1:13.49) considering he'd not run since July's Penny Lane 10k because of a severe allergy infection. It's set him up nicely for a return visit to the Isle of Man half-Marathon next weekend. M55 Miran Aprahamien was also 'pleased' (1:16.54). He's in training for November's Chester Marathon and this race was part of a sixteen mile training session run at his anticipated marathon pace of eight minute mileing. He aims to break his 10-mile PB (1:13.21) set in the Sale '10' of 2004, at the Preston '10' in November. Jonathan Hardman is also preparing for the Chester marathon (his debut marathon) and, though he recorded a PB of 1:20.09, he 'felt a little sluggish'. Sarah Waldron, another newcomer, has been packing in a few races. She also made her '10' debut and would have been even faster (1:28.12) had she not taken a wrong turn. She's now tempted to try 'Race the Train' in a few weeks. (Compiled by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 15/01/2012 19:58