Fechin Mc Cormick
Whilst numbers of the club were competing in major indoor and outdoor championships during January and February, several of the club’s endurance section were strutting their stuff on the region’s roads, some just for pleasure; others seeking PB performances and others as preparation for Spring marathons and half-marathons.
Anglesey HM: (March 2nd). The Rowlinson family took a day out to North Wales for this tough but scenic event. Callum, at University nearby, again displayed his family prowess with a great run for 5th in 75:07 but was 1st as an U23. Andy Walling’s 79.28 was a few minutes down on last year and in-form L50 Lynda Rowlinson’s 1:43.05 was even faster than she’d recorded in last year’s flatter Fleetwood HM. To make it a family day out young Lewis also won the children’s mile race and was awarded a superb trophy.
Reading HM (March 2):With an impressive PB of 64.29 from the 2012 BUPA Gt.North run, Matt Bond won’t be overly excited to have completed this half in 66.05, his slowest ever half marathon. However, following his recent injuries this is a promising performance on his return to the top.
Great N.W. Half Marathon. (February 23rd): The club had a nice little group travel to this fast and relatively flat course around on the coastal front of Blackpool. With strong winds along the coast it was a day for ‘tucking in’ and not achieving PB’s. There were no PB performances but the exceptional run of the day was M65 Terry Lonergan who, though slower than the Inskip HM a few weeks earlier, recorded 1:39.01 which was still amazing in the conditions and, of course won him 1st M65. Steve Mc Carron (1:19.28 was an impressive 7th; Chris Donnelly (1:19.39) was 11th with Simon Jackson crossing the line in 1:25.53, Peter O’Neill 1:27.03, Kevin Foster 1:27.42 and Lee Kaufman 1:28.44
Four Villages HM (January 22nd): This is a big one, especially important for those benchmarking their Spring Marathons, especially London and Manchester. Nigel Martin ran a PB of 75.23, Carl Barber 79.23. Hayley Ashby, returning to form, wasn’t far short of her PB with 85:51. Fast improving Anne Chinoy recorded her latest PB of 92:27 and not far behind her finished Tim Rainey who clocked 94.18. Mike Ashby is training to get fit again so was some minutes off his best with 97.10. Next were Louise Robbins (1:40.07), Jerry Smith ( 1:41.40), Michael Wymer (1:145.51), Colin Hill (1:47.16), Miran Aprahamien (1:47.19) and Geoff Beattie (1:53.55)
Inskip HM (January 19th); Four club members took part in this race. The most outstanding again was evergreen M65 Terry Lonergan who made a rare foray into this distance respecting his advancing years but still proved he’s still ‘got it’. He recorded 1:37.26 to not only win the M65 prize but also sent him right up the UK age-group rankings as one of the country’s best performances. Well done, Terry! Steve Townley (1:22.56) was first home in 38th place followed by Simon Jackson (1:24.56) and Matthew Brooks in (1:42.11)
Posted 03/03/2014 17:30