MANCHESTER PARKS GP WINNERS
Fechin Mc Cormick
A commitment that began last June for several of the senior endurance section ended at the weekend with the Boggart Hole 10k, the final of the five Manchester Parks Grand Prix series. Whilst many watched 45,000 pound the streets of Newcastle in the Great North Run, this race had fewer than normal toe the line: nevertheless, it was a winning day for club members. Possibly the toughest of the five Manchester Parks Grand races, this one we had the first three to cross the line. Young Callum Rowlinson showed the genetic talent of his parents to win convincingly (36:04) probably his best ever performance since he first took part in the GP way back in 2006.Rob Flannery was 2nd (37:08) and U20 Kyle Conway was 3rd. Congratulations to Kyle who won the junior title, his first, having been 2nd in the U17’s last year. Callum was 3rd in the same category, the same position he held as a young U13 year old way back in 2005. Well done also to Rob who finally won a title after many years trying, his previous best being 2nd in 2005.
M50 Frank Cordingley has been taking this series to his heart for a decade and has an impressive record of success. This year his battle was closely fought with Alan Webster (Macclesfield AC) who just edged him out at Boggart but Frank’s won the series as a result of his three earlier age-group wins and a second place. With previous 3rd and 2nd age-group title, this is Frank’s most successful series. Such is his wife’s Jackie’s talent she’s been winning GP titles for a decade. This year again, the battle royale for the L50 title was between herself and Lynda Rowlinson. Lynda’s been in the form of her life whilst Jackie’s been injured through the summer. Lynda won some races but Jackie managed to clinche the series. Jackie has now won GP titles in the L35. 2 x L45 and 3 x L50 and Lynda has 3 x L45 and second twice in the L35 category.
Finally, well done to L40 Helen Reagan who also made this series her own this summer and was rewarded with 3rd overall in her category. She finished 2nd in her age-category at Boggart . Finally, Vet 60 Terry Lonergan (49.07) toed the line on the tough, three lap hilly course but was ‘caught short’ before the gun; missed the start but contented himself with a solo time trial. (15/09/2013)
Posted 16/09/2013 12:58