Wilmslow Half Marathon
Never in the field of human endurance have so many hats, ear
muffs, jumpers and mittens been worn by so many in one race! The
vagrancy of British weather knows no bounds! From last year's
hottest day of the year, this year's 4000 Wilmslow Half marathoners
braved unprecedented biting winds that became an unenviable
freezing headwind in the final miles. This annual event is a club
'major' and the pinnacle of a long winter's training and for many
the benchmark in final preparations for Spring marathons. Both men
and women retained England Championships silver team medals from
last year. Well done to all!
GAZ RAVEN 1:10.53: Missed the start! Won Wilmslow in 2008 and has
finished 2nd, 3rd (twice), 4th and 5th with a best of 64.28.
CALLUM ROWLINSON 1:13.38: Debut in half marathon. "Very
JOHN MOSLEY 1:15.50: A PB by 3:20 minutes from Helsby '12.
"Benefitted from running with Steve McCarron and 'bagged some early
quicker miles before the wind! Doing 'London'.
STEVE Mc CARRON 1: 16.57: A PB by 73 seconds from Wilmslow ('12).
"Delighted! Had written off a PB when I faced into the 18mph
easterly wind. Preparing for 'London'
RICHARD EDWARDS 1:17.11:
CHRIS DONNELLY 1:17.32: 'Suffered after 8 miles. "Not doing enough
ANDY MOONEY 1:19.02: A 10 second PB on last November's Tatton's
OLIVIER GAILLEMIN 1:20.04: A PB by 2:55 minutes over Wilmslow '12.
Seeking a Marathon PB in London.
CARL BARBER M40 1:19.59: A PB by 5 minutes from Wilmslow 2011
STEVE TOWNLEY 1:20.28: 1:20.15. A Wilmslow PB by fifteen
RICHARD BROWN M40 1:21.03:
PETE CRAWFORD 1:21.07: Pleased despite Achilles problems. Has done
1:16's in last two HM's. Preparing for Manchester marathon
LEE KAUFMAN M40 1:22.20: Fifteen seconds short of last year. Has
done most Wilmslow's since 1998 with a best of 1:15.00.
SIMON JACKSON M40 1:23.05: Missed recent Blackpool HM PB by 40
seconds but still 2 months hard training before doing the
HAYLEY CAVILL 1:25.17: A PB of almost three
minutes on last year's Wilmslow. Retained silver team medal from
STEPHEN POTTAGE 1:25.09: A PB by a minute on Tatton HM. Preparing
PAUL BARRETT 1:25.55, pleased with time, but "Hayley beat me
ALAN PITMAN 1:25.05: A course PB by 3 minutes but slower than his
last HM (August).
PETER O'NEILL 1:26. 15: A PB by almost 8 mins.
PETER SHIPLEY 1:27.06: A PB by almost 2 minutes from Tatton HM
('12). Much improved on last year's Wilmslow of 1.33.23. Training
IAN JONES 1:27.19: Debut half-marathon
FRANK SWEENEY M45 1:27.22: His first Wilmslow half and a PB that
was 2.20 mins quicker than previous half marathon
STEVE GAVIN 1:28.42: 1:28.08. Just 30 seconds short of last year's
TIM RAINEY M45 1:30.12: Quickest for 3 years. "Very pleased".
EMMA FINNEY 1:31.32. A PB by over 2mins over Chester. (1:33.09).
2nd Wilmslow and 3rd Half Marathon ever.
MIKE ASHBY 1:31.35: Previously achieved 1:19 but following a bad
six months with calf problems, escorted a lady round the
HELEN ARMITAGE L40 1:31.41: More than a minute off PB (not a
'PCPB'- post children PB!). Went through 10km 20 secs faster than
in Trafford 10km. Assisted by Mike Ashby in final 3 miles. 2nd
counter in the silver medal winning ladies team.
GAVRAV BASTRA M40 1:31.33:
JERRY SMITH M55 1:32.00: Best for over 3 years and second fastest
ever 'Wilmslow'. PB is 1:28.25 (Gt. N.W. HM'09) & best W'slow
1:29:35 ('09). Preparing for Manchester Marathon
DANIEL BOULTON 1:32.47: "Reasonably pleased": Equaled PB from
Warrington HM in Sept.
SARAH DOUGLAS 1:33.57: A 30 second PB over last September's GNR,
and our 4rd counter in the silver medal winning ladies team.
SIMON BOND 1:36.45: "Pleased" considering he's just recovered from
that knee injury".
SIAN HOLLAND 1:37.39: A 10 second PB from last September's
RACHAEL CAVANAGH 1:37.16: Pleased! Surprised! A PB by 4 minutes
from the Great North West HM (Jan 13). Has been injured. Training
JO ROBBINS L35 1:38.41: Ninety seconds short of PB on this course
in2012. Fastrest is 95.44 from Tatton HM '12.
MICHAEL WYMER M40 1:39.50: A PB "Very pleased". Not previously
done better than 1:46 at Wilmslow. Previous PB was 1:40 (Kassel
'10). Training for Manchester marathon.
MARTIN KOCHANY M45 1:41.56:
LAUREN DAVIES 1:44.58: Wanted low 1:40s. Reckons she set off too
fast. PB is 1.44.23 from Tatton'12. Preparing for 'London'
DAWN HOLDING L45 1:48.02: First HM for a year so "please despite
being overtaken by two bananas!" in her 50th year so wants to keep
up this momentum.
GEMMA HARDMAN 1:48.22: Debut half marathon
JACKIE, BEATRICE & FRANK CORDINGLEY 1:48.15: A 'crackin'family
run out together. CAROLINE KINGHORN F45 1:51.32: Just short of last
year's PB. Had hoped for sub 1:50.
AUDREY GRESTY F55 1:54.47: PB by 3 minutes so 'very pleased' given
KATIE REECE 1:55.11: 1:48.42. Best Wilmslow is 1:46.46 (2010).
MIKE WHARTON 2:01.46: Paced a friend in her debut HM. Reckons this
year's T-shirt was "designed by a girl"!!!
RANJIT BENNETT M40 2:01.09: Almost four minutes faster than last
JENNIFER MARION 2:07.01:
ROSA ELLIOTT L50 2:09.29: Debut 'Wilmslow'. Pleased considering
she'd done the muddiest ever 18k trail run the week before in the
JENNY MILES F60 2:10.54: Better than expected - a course PB by
about 3 minutes.
Paced her marathon training buddy also to a shiny new PB,
MARINDA BREDDY F40 2:15.06: Been injured! Hoping for better in
READING HALF MARATHON
ANNE CHINOY ran the Reading half marathon. Aiming for 1:50 which
would be a 2 minute improvement on her previous HM, she finished in
1:48.59. Hailing from that town, the race passes her family home.
She wrote, "I absolutely loved it. It was pouring with rain and I
didn't sleep well but I felt very focussed once we started.
Unfortunately I didn't get in the right start position as I was
with my sister who was going at a slightly slower pace. I was back
near the 2 hour pace-setters which meant I spent the whole run
overtaking people and couldn't always go as fast as I wanted but it
was great and I felt strong most of the way through. I'll know what
to do next time!! My family were outside my parent's house which
was 8.5 miles along the route so it was a great point to see them
and I grabbed a few jelly babies and a Lucozade which was being
given out there. I had some more family in the stadium at the end.
My brother in law finished in 1h38, my sister 1h52 and my Dad 2h15.
(Researched/Written by Fechin Mc Cormick. Photos www.hsphotos.co.uk
Posted 01/04/2013 10:59