SEPTEMBER ROAD RACES
Macclesfield Half Marathon and 5k (Sept 29th) Macclesfield is noted for being one of the tougher local half marathons, and on a sunny autumn morning a group of Sale Harriers took up the challenge of its hilly course. First back with an excellent time of 1:29:23 on that course was Francis Sweeney (3rd M45). He was followed by Borys Darmas with 1:33:31 (a fine pb) and Louise Robbins, who was very pleased with her time of 1:39:29, and who was 3rd F35. Louise ran together with Jerry Smith (1:39:31). Next were Nick Scholes with 1:44:48 and Luke Spilsbury with 1:47:42. Lauren Davies had done little training in preparation and was pleased with 1:53:45 in the circumstances.
Jenny Miles opted for the 5k and was rewarded with a season’s best of 26:14 and was 1st F60. Ahead of her Paul Thompson ran 22:51 to be 2nd M60.
Arley Hall 10k (Sept 29) Two Sale Harriers ran this inaugural 10k. Alan Pitman ran a PB of 36:18 which was a 90 second improvement on his previous PB. Alistair Kell also had good reason to be pleased. His 40:35 was almost three minutes faster than the Trafford 10k last March. “Fantastic conditions and a really fast course” said Alan.
BUPA Sheffield Run (Sept 29th): Well done to Beth Thornton who won the youths race and to her brother Brad who finished 3rd. A great family day out. You should see their impressive trophies
Berlin Marathon (Sept 29th). Lewis Green & Kevin Mahon ran this world record breaking marathon. For Lewis it was his marathon debut recording 3:57.26. Kevin reported on Facebook “Tried my best, wanted 3:30 or nothing. Went for it but got found out at 35km due to lack of training. Last 7km was hellish but I've gotta take the positive that I finished my fifth marathon in 5 years. Onwards” (No record of his time).
Tooting Bec 24 hour track race (21/22 Sept): Ultra distance specialist Tim Rainey was11th in this 24 hour race, his first since 2006. He wrote, “ We had perfect conditions , still warm enough to be running in shorts and T- shirt at 3am! I ran a PB for 100 miles on the way, in just under 18 hours 55 minutes-previously it was nearer 22 hours so I had great hopes of getting to 120 miles in the 24 hours or even 200km, but just an hour later I started to struggle but by continuing to walk I achieved a new PB of 110.8 miles. With 80 minutes to go I sat down at the drinks station and nearly passed out so spent the rest of the race lying down. I finished 9th overall, 7th man and won a bronze medal in the England Athletics ultra marathon championship.
Great North Run (Sept 15th): Newcomer Nicholas Webb was the only person to report in his result from this race. He was ‘very pleased indeed’ with 1:29:54 and wrote, “ Just shows what a difference joining Sale Harriers has made – last year I did 1:43! Should have joined years ago.
Moscow Marathon (Sept 15th). Just a few weeking of moving to St.Petersburgh to teach English as a newly qualified teacher, Rachael Cavanagh participated in the Moscow marathon. Training was tricky with all the stresses and complexities of movingto Russia but she did a PB by more than 25 minutes. Why not take a moment to read her blog of an unforgettable experience at https://everlong88.wordpress.com
Posted 01/10/2013 07:09