Death & Resurrection In Salford 10K
If Salford's Good Friday 10k relates to the Easter Triduum of Festivals from Good Friday to Easter Sunday, it's that the club's ten participants encountered 'death' to 'resurrection experiences between them.
Our first finisher, Gaz Raven was probably a Holy Saturday experience! Though he clocked an excellent 30.19 for 4th place and with a PB of 29.39 is from the 2008 Leeds Abbey Dash, he's recovering from a long lay-off and therefore might be classified as 'entombed'!
Daniel Bradford, hot from winning the Blyth Valley 10k on April 1st in a PB of 31.36, further improved to 30.54. Contemporary theologians might well classify his achievement of pushing back his pain barriers to achieve new heights as a 'resurrection' experience. Daniel's in the process of joining SHM from Shettleston Harriers and has improved his PB by over five minutes from the 2008 Ribble Valley 10k.
Nicholas Whittle also triumphed through pain to encounter new 'frontiers'with a PB of 35.07. That was two minutes faster than last year's 37.35 in the GMR. He's now knocked four minutes off his 10k time in twelve months. Just behind him Richard Edwards recorded 35:42.
Junior Dillon Bezzina (36.18) also knocked ninety seconds off his Trafford 10k a few weeks earlier and a full two minutes of his only three 10k's in the past 12 months. Great stuff!
M55 Jerry Smith (40.23) is on the other end of the age spectrum. He clocked his fastest time in three years and no wonder he recorded it on Facebook as 'very pleased'.
Helena Butler's beaming smile lit up the dull Salford morning after she crossed the line! Her shiny new 41.40 was seven minutes faster than in her last 10k - the Rochdale 10K in July 2009. Be reminded she's running a double marathon in two weeks - the London & Manchester, to raise money for Brain Tumour Research. (If you'd like to support her log onto http://www.justgiving.com/HelenaButler for more info).Newcomer Daniel Boulton was just behind her in 43.29.
Running his 140th 10k and 700th race overall, evergreen M60 Terry Lonergan, who first ran this event for Sale forty five years ago in 1967 when it was The Salford 7.5 miles, has got to be pleased to record 43.29. This was only thirty seconds slower than last year and awarded him fourth in his age-category.
Belinda Hammond also beamed a justified smile! She'd just recorded a PB of 45.45 that was fifteen second faster than last December's Leeds Abbey Dash 10k.
Though a little slower than in last year's Salford 10k Lauren Davies' 47.43 is certainly consistent with the Trafford 10k and this consolidation bodes well for a big breakthrough.
Only one person had a 'crucifying' experience. It was Zoe Gmerek who recorded her first DNF (always a painful experience) but well and truly made up for the disappointment the following day when she recorded her best ever 5k of 21.09 in the Wythenshawe Park Parkrun. Now! That's a 'death' and 'Resurrection' experience on the same weekend!
Finally, congratulations to Matt Bond, currently living in the USA, who recorded a brilliant 10,000, track PB of 29:08.69 in a recent Invitation meeting in California. In a superb win, he recorded negative splits of 14:49 and 14:19. We hope to have Matt back with us next year making his mark among Britain's top endurance runners.
Posted 11/04/2012 12:31