LEEDS ABBEY DASH 10k et al (Nov)
Fechin Mc Cormick
For the third consecutive year, on Sunday more than twenty of the club’s endurance section took off across the Pennines for the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k and what a race it was! A record 10,000 took part - 2,500 more than last year and a mouth-watering record of 14 dipped under the magical 30 minute barrier. That’s twice as many as any previous year consolidating its reputation as Britain’s number one 10k road race. Such impressive growth, depth and quality are partly due, this year, to incorporating the England Athletics 10k Championships but also because of its fast out-and-back course. This year, again, the race counted for the endurance section’s club championships with the overall winners awarded the Harold Wilson Memorial Trophy at a social event on January 25th. As in the previous two years, 50% of those who made the early start across the Pennines were rewarded with ‘PB’s’ or ‘SB’s’. Well done to all of them. It’s what incentivizes training for runners young enough or new enough to improve.
Those rewarded with the elixir of running were first home Simon Horsfield (not Phil Tedd who’s joined another club) who’s topped off a superb year with PB’s over 1500m,30000m and 5000m with a 15 second PB over 10k to record 31.02. Next home was Gavin Hill (31.18) with a two second improvement on last year’s race. Nigel Martin (33.44) improved by forty seconds and, despite suffering a stitch before half way, put in a twenty second negative split. Steve Mc Carron (34.41) improved by more than a minute on his previous PB recorded at the 2011 Dash. Andy Mooney clocked 35.48 and this was just under a minute faster than in last year’s race. Even more impressive was Peter O’Neill’s improvement. His time of 37:42 was almost five minutes faster that when he ran the City of Salford 10k in 2011 soon after joining the club. Borys Darmas (40.19), is also a relative newcomer, and also recorded a massive improvement of 2 ½ minutes. Cat Jones (45.32) also has every reason to be pleased. She’s gradually rediscovery her running legs post-natal with a four minute improvement over the Trafford 10k in March. Finally, Kath Wellam (43.23), Ian Taylor (43.24) and Scott Evans (43:22) all scored PB’s but that’s because it was their 10k debut and so important bench-marks for future progress. Season’s best performances are also reassuring so well done to; Kevin Foster (38.05) and Mike Wharton (38.35).
Others who ran were Carl Barber (35.50) who missed a PB by about 30 seconds; Olivier Gaillemin (37:35), running his first Leeds Abbey Dash was 42 seconds off his PB set at this year’s Trafford 10k and possibly caused by going off too fast; Paul Barrett’s (38:22) PB of 34.56 goes back to 2006 and he was also a minute (plus) down on last year’s Dash but this is the inevitable consequence of a recent injury and a holiday. Daniel Boulton (39:56) recorded his PB of 38.22 only the previous weekend in the Windmill 10k and clearly had not recovered; Sarah Douglas (40.19) is still recovering from her inaugural Yorkshire Marathon; Sian Rowley is ‘recovering’ from her recent wedding; Helen Armitage (41:32) just missed her PB (March’s Trafford 10k) by just over 30 seconds and, doubtless, would have smashed it had she not been recently forced onto the back burner with injury; Jerry Smith (43:46) last year clocked 40:36 and 41.40 in 2011 so will, doubtless, feel disappointed; Tim Rainey (44.03) has also been racing prolifically and slower times and lower heart rates are often the result and, finally, though Jenny Miles (55.07) was also slower than in last year race, she still left in her wake about 3000 of the field.
OTHER RECENT RACES
24th November. The Salford Ladies 5.25mile run Swinton.
On a very pleasant morning, 4 Sale ladies took to the roads in Swinton for this popular annual event. Out of a field of nearly 300 Jackie Cordingley showed her usual high standard to come in 12th overall winning the vet 50 prize by over a minute. Her time was 38:27. Next came Carla Ousey (V40) with a time of 40.54 followed by Karen Sheen in a time of 41:56 (3rd vet 50). Finally Heather Brint (Vet 45) made up the Sale Ladies team (5th place overall) with a time of 44:44. Well done ladies.
Windmill 10k (November 10th): Daniel Boulton & M60 Terry Lonergan had a superb day on the Fylde Coast for this popular race. Daniel recorded his latest PB of 38.20 to finish 20th and evergreen Terry was in pursuit of his 142nd sub 44 time. He easily achieved it recording a season’s best of 42.40
Capesthorne Hall Half Marathon (November 3rd): The first ever running of this race took place in wet and windy conditions, but still and some excellent performances and pbs.
Daniel Boulton is fast improving and ran 1:27:51 – a PB by almost 5 minutes. He was closely followed by Michael Wharton, who is having his best ever season and ran 1:28:11 – a PB by over 4 minutes. Next was Helen Armitage with 1:32.31, and it’s a measure of how well she’s running that she was slightly disappointed with her time. Robbie Greenslade had not done a great deal of training for the race and in the circumstances was pleased with 1:34:15. Anne Chinoy is a relative newcomer at the club but clearly has great potential and had a terrific run for 1:36:43, a huge PB and one which earned her the L40 prize. She was just ahead of Jerry Smith 1:36:45 and Louise Robbins 1:37:16. Michael Wymer 1:44:09 and Miran Aprahamian 1:45:28 also had solid runs in the conditions.
Snowdonia Marathon (Oct 26th): Inexhaustible Tim Rainey was 479th out of 1554 finishers, in 3:54.40. He was ‘very pleased’ considering he’d not done much running in the previous five weeks following the Tooting Bec 24 hour race. Whilst not his quickest time at Snowdonia (he’s done this marathon eleven times) it was his 4th best time and 3 minutes quicker than in 2011, the last time he ran it. Snowdonia is his favourite marathon and this weekend marked 20 years since beginning running. This marathon plus his ‘ultra’ list is now up to 129 races in his career..
Posted 18/11/2013 08:08