On Yer Marks In Fells
The club's fell-running section got into their stride over the May Bank Holiday in preparation for several summer events especially The Welsh Castles Relay. The relay, less than a month away, is certainly proving to be a catalyst to sharpen athlete's racing skills with a healthy number throwing themselves into tough and challenging races.
Last Saturday saw five harriers head up to Saddleworth for the annual Cake Race. This lovely race is a 10 mile trail event which takes in a variety of terrain across the Manchester/Yorkshire boarder. The organisers not only put on an amazing race, they also encourage all runners to make a cake, which this year was no let down, as all finishers were presented with a myriad of cakes, from rocky road to lemon drizzle. All five harriers finished in the top 20, ensuring the team prize of 20 cans of Boddingtons headed back to South Manchester. Runners in results order were: Paul Green- 3rd, Phil Scowcroft- 15th, Paul Barrett-16th, Mike Ashby- 17th, Ian Jones- 20th.
Sunday witnessed a larger volume of harriers, mainly due to the fact that this was a club championship race, take on the Bluebell Challenge over in Halifax. Prior to the race, a number of athletes distributed some Sizziler leaflets to assist in the club's races. Following this altruistic gesture, sixteen athletes lined up to take on 10.5 miles of rolling Yorkshire countryside which involved a mile solid climb up the infamous 'Trouper Lane' and a refreshing river crossing near to the end. Mike Hatch spent twenty minutes before the race worrying about what shoes to wear and the length of his socks. The correct choice must have been made as he managed a top five finish. The other men who finished were: Richie Edwards, Gary Rowlinson, Elton Davies, Paul Barrett, Frank Cordingley, Carl Cleghorn and Jerry Smith. The women continue to dominate the team prizes, fresh after scooping the Buxworth 5 race on Wednesday, they were at it again, with Jan Nichols, Helena Butler and Zoe Gmerek taking the women team prize. Other finishers were Jackie Cordingley, Lauren Davies, Belinda Hammond, Jenny Clink and Katie Reece. See full results at :- http://www.stainlandlions.com/Results/2012/ResultsBluebell2012.pdf
Following the race, the championship leaders are: Paul Barrett (SM), Belinda Hammond (SW), Gary Rowlinson (VM) and Jan Nichols (VW). Next race is " Round the Ressers" in June. (Written and presented by Paul Barrett)
Posted 08/05/2012 15:11