What a sizzling Sizzler! In the 12 year history of its existence, the 460 who finished is a new record for a first event by almost 100 and on the sharp end, a record three people broke 15 minutes with two of those breaking the benchmark time of 14.40 and, therefore, claiming a further £50 prize-money each. Equally impressive, on the flat, fast course 12 broke 16 minutes and a massive 42 were inside seventeen minutes. These are all Sizzler records! There was also much excitement because both Salford AC and Altrincham AC entered very strong teams in the hope of claiming the further £100 prize money for three men to break 45 minutes. Both just missed out by an elusive 8 and 10 seconds respectively. They'll surely be back next race on July 18th ....possibly with more teams vying for this pot of gold. This year for the first time we also had prizes for every 5 year age category including L35 and there were some awesome age-group times. They can all be studied at www.race-results.co.uk
On the 'home' front we had 55 Sale Harriers and of those 30 did either a PB's or SB. Many of those were also quite substantial improvements. Congratulations go to Gavin Hill, Mike Kilmartin, Peter O'Neill, Daniel Boulton, Stephen Parry,Aidan Raftery, Sarah Douglas, Julie Price, Michael Barry, Rachael Cavanagh, Belinda Hammond and Jenny Cordingley who all recorded massively improved times.
There was also a prize draw of one month's nutritious flap-jacks provided by sponsor Focused Nutrition and Jonathan Hardman was the lucky winner. Only 13 people 'Liked' the Facebook page or responded to the email request for a free nutritional leaflet so they were to only ones in the raffle. The club members entered in the draw were David Gill, Mike Kilmartin, Zoe Gmerek, Anne Chinoy, Steve Mc Carron, Jonathan Hardman, Graham Padgett, Susan Bean, Marie Lees and Jerry Smith. Everyone (anyone!) can be part of the next draw at the July 18th Sizzler for another month's supply simply by (a) replying to the email address on the label of your flap-jack last night (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the nutritional leaflet or (b) logging onto https://www.facebook.com/focusednutrition/app_107061516149542 and ''Like' the page and then 'Sign in' with your email address. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose but to enter you into a prize draw.
Finally, we were again 'validated by UK Athletics to check how well we comply to the standards of the Race Licence. The result was 'excellent' so a special thank to the impressive teams of officials, marshals, entry desk officers and others who are so central to the success and popularity of this event. Onwards to July 18th
(Race director Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 05/07/2013 14:12