On The Roads In June
LYMN 5K & NORTH CHESHIRE OVERVIEW
Saturday's Lymn 5k drew to a conclusion Alty AC and Spectrum Striders North Cheshire 5 x 5k races around Cheshire lanes and countryside. Within the club, this series is used by a relatively small group, most of whom are loyal patriots to the series over the years, to 'loosen out' following the strenuous Winter and Spring of Marathon and half-marathon and as a precursor to the club's ever popular 4 x 5k Sizzler series in Wythenshawe Park that annually produces so many of the club's lifetime best 5k performances.
Despite the popularity of this series generally, this final race at Lymn always has the small club turn-out with this year only a junior (Dylan Stanway) and two veterans (Jerry Smith and Jenny Miles) toeing the line.
Overall, the club's fastest man through the series was Mike Kilmartin ((16:27 at Bowden) followed by Carl Barber (17.03 at Dunham 2) and Mike Ashby (17.07 at Dunham 2). These guys times were all very close to their best ever performances. Jo Street was the club's fastest female with a long awaited PB of of 20.51 at Hollins Green that was also the biggest PB of the series. Age-group wise the performances of the series was youthful L60 Jenny Miles with a best of 27.16 at the Lymm 5k; M55 Jerry Smith who produced his fastest of 19.45 at Hollins Green and M50 Brian Bradshaw who pulled out his latest PB of 22.16 at Bowden.
WE LOVE MANCHESTER 10K
After fears of torrential downpours, this popular race around the Eithed Stadium at Sportcity was run in much drier conditions that had been experienced over the preceding 72 hours! Fourteen club members were among the one thousand finishers but since only one submitted for their club website a result with a comment it's not possible to convey any information on which were PB's, PW's.....or whether their performances were good, bad or indifferent. Come on! Guys. Let's be having your news! Photographs can be viewed on www.hsphotos.co.uk
Peter Crawford (34:35): "The course was tougher than I envisaged. I was hoping to break 34 minutes. This, my fourth ten kilometre race, is helping him to improve mypace judgement.
Carl Barber M40 35.41
James Ketley 35.44
Nicholas Whittle 36:21
Dillon Bezzina 38.00
Alan Pitman 38:36
Kevin Mahon 42.51
Kimberley Wilson 44.31
Julie Price 45:07
Geoff Beattie 45:00
Jo Slinger 48:14
Dawn Holding 48:46
Karen Sheen 52.47
Mike Hughes 1:02.19
Simon Jackson ran the first ever Lancaster marathon and finished 12th in 3.18. Though short of his PB by 10 mins, he was quite happy seeing as only top 3 runners got sub 3hr times due to a very hilly course in driving rain. Just a few weeks earlier Simon finished another brutal event , the Buxton Half Marathon. In heavy rain, big hills and zero visibility he was happy to finish eleventh in 1:29.00 which was eight minutes faster than in 2010
Club newcomer, Jeane Mc Callum has just returned from her second trip to the famous Comrades marathon in South Africa, "Again, it was an amazing and despite the agony, I'll be back!" she said. She wrote, "On June 3rd I set my alarm for 0030 in the middle of winter in South Africa to catch a bus from downtown Durban up through the Valley of 1000 hills for the start of my second Comrades marathon. Last year was an 'up' run - from the sea to the peak so this year was my chance for my 'back to back' medal - and my first attempt at the 'down' run from PMB back to Durban. It was a very chilly, windy 5.30am start. We ran into the wind at one point which made it very tough going. It took me about 20 km to even settle into a pace and I didn't shed all my extra layers until we got to halfway (44.5 km in 5 hrs 24). The first half has a lot of up - but the hills weren't bothering too much at this stage. The kms kept going by and I was feeling quite strong. There was the usual amazing crowd support and fantastic aid stations every couple of kms which kept me fuelled with Energade and potatoes! The notorious Fields Hill didn't smash my legs as much as I expected it to, and I used the several kms of steep down to try and gain some time as my splits were putting me at risk of missing the 11 hour cut off. From Fields you can see Durban and the sea in the distance - but from here - the last 20km were pretty horrific with muscle pain and tiredness really kicking in - and the steep climbs as you come into Durban - and the last of the Big 5 hills didn't help. I was so tired I even walked in the last 1500m! But I'd somehow managed to do the second half in 5hrs 12, bringing me in at 10:36 for my second bronze medal and my back to back! It's an amazing, if painful race, and the camaraderie en route and the crowd support (who line the streets from dawn with their barbecues and beer) make it something you'll never forget. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone keen to try a challenge beyond a standard road marathon - and where else will you get the chance to run alongside men dressed in traditional zulu gear?
PLATT FIELDS 10k
Brother and sister Jackie Cordingley and Brian Bradshaw both walked away with prizes and endured deep water around a soggy Platt Fields Park in Manchester. Lynda Rowlinson also took away a prize.
(Researched and written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 25/06/2012 22:11