THE TRAFFORD 10K
Fechin Mc Cormick
Just as the Spring Equinox heralds the new season, so also does the Trafford 10k herald the road racing season for the running confraternity. This has been a top class race for about 15 years and a gloriously sunny day ensured superb and lifetime best performances. Morpeth’s Olympian Nick Mc Cormick was easily the first man home in 28.56 and only the third person to dip under 29 minutes on the course, the other two being Chris Thompson (28.02) in 2010 and Ian Hudspith (28:49) in 2006 This year seven dipped under the magical 30-minutes, an indicator of the quality of this event, the seventh being our own Antony Ford (29:59). Antony won this race in 2012 in 29.04 and, though a little off his PB, was still pleased considering it was his first race for some time.
Not far behind him was 1500m specialist Nick Samuels (30:23) who led a club group of twelve (50% of those who took part) all of whom achieved magical lifetime best performances. These were U20 Ryan Moore (34:23), Andy Mooney (35:16), U17 Brad Thornton (debut 37:32), M50 Aidan Raftery (38:46), Robbie Greenslade (39:54), Emma Finney (40.02), Gareth Webb (40.45), Denis Powell (41.11), Sian Rowley (41:26), M60 Mike Curley (42.06), M60 Nigel Fielden (42.40) and Cat Jones (44.48) who also broke her 5k PB en route. Well done to all of them. PB’s are, indeed, the elixir of running.
There were other excellent performances. U20 Luke Betts (32.13) was 20 seconds faster than last year; injury prone M45 Ian Weatherall (33:58) was only a few seconds short off his best for the course and was 3rd M45 as he was in 2012.; Mike Hatch (35.46) had an confidence booster on his return to racing after many months; Daniel Boulton (40.17), though not a PB was over a minute faster than last year; Tim Rainey (41.26) ran his quickest for over five years and managed negative splits in the tailwind; Cara O’Brien (43.36) was 10 seconds faster than last year and prolific racer M60 Geoff Beattie (48.10) was almost three minutes faster than in the Oulton Park 10k two weeks earlier.
Condolences to Sarah Douglas (40.53) who hadn’t been in the best of form recently but hoped for better and M50 Steve Parry (41:13) who’s more familiar with times around 40 minutes.
Next weekend sees the Northern 12 & 6 stage Road relays in Heaton Park. With so many in superb shape, we anticipate great things. Good Luck!
Posted 10/03/2014 10:07