GMR10k & BUPA JUNIOR RUNS
This GMR report, as do many other website reports, brings perspective and reality into the sometimes boundless congratulations that often follow races. This year, congratulations were probably more deserved for those who braved the uncharacteristically hot day rather than for magnificent performances. Leaving aside the number of debut GMR’s, this year only two ran a PB – Martin Smedley and Anne Chinoy,with most performances significantly down on what might have been hoped for. A big thank you, as ever, to the club’s small army of marshals who lined the route and cheered on their club colleagues.
Last year, Sale unexpectedly finished 2nd in the ’Great Run Club Challenge’, part of this race and received 10 free entries to this year’s event. We’re still awaiting this year’s result because the winning club will win £500 plus 15 free entries to next year’s race plus the winning teams from all the 2014 BUPA Great Run series will be entered into a draw for a once in a lifetime trip to Ethiopia to take part in the Great Ethiopia run. Thanks to Carl Barber and Dave Marsh for organizing this year’s challenge and let’s hope the club wins.
Those known to have competed were:-
Antony Ford 30:18 His PB is 29.2 and his best this year is the Trafford 10k in 29:59
Gaz Raven 30:47: PB of 29:39 in GMR ‘08. Fastest this year was 30:14 in the Salford 10k
Simon Horsfield 32:17: A little off this PB of 30:21 at this year’s Salford 10k
Gavin Hill 32:18: Also somewhat off his PB of 30:14 in April’s Salford 10k
Stephen Mc Carron 35:21: Off his 34:41 PB from December’s Leeds Abbey Dash
Peter Crawford 36:03: Last year was 35:24
James Ketley 36:27: Last year was 35.52
Peter O’ Neill 38:10: Last year was 37:48
Paul Barrett 38:15: Faster than Trafford 10k but way off his PB days (34.56 Trafford ’06)
Matt Beacock 38:16: Debut 10k.
Mike Ashby 38:25: Last year was 37:28
Kate White 38.42. Debut GMR, Won an award for fastest woman from Sale & Altrincham.
Aidan Raftery 39:06: 20 seconds faster than last year but not a PB.
Robert Dunn 39:14: Debut 10k Pleased! Ran in memory of a close family friend who passed away a few days earlier following a stroke.
Glen Savage 39:52: Debut GMR. Way down on PB of 31:39, but that was 20 years ago!. Was whisked away in a wheelchair to First Aid to be treated for heat exhaustion.
Emma Finney 40:32: 45sec. improvement on last year but 30 seconds off PB (Trafford 10k)
Paul Green 40:32: With 10k capability in the low 30’s, did he pace Emma:
Lee Whiteley 41:00: Debut GMR & excellent result for our 200/400/800m disability athlete
Rob Heggs 41:36: His 9th GMR. He’s dipped well under 40 minutes in past GMR’s
Helen Armitage 41:51: Not impressed but happy to be 57th woman overall
Anne Chinoy 42:25: A big PB and 2mins 45 seconds faster than last year. Also got a 5k PB en route (20:51). Her 2nd GMR.
Jerry Smith 42:49: His 9th GMR. PB is 40.03 from 2009
Jonny Christmas 43:23: Who is he?
Alex Roy 44:35: Debut GMR
David Okopochini 45:49
Gerhard Bockler 46:48: Not known
Crispin Miller 47:43. Reflective of current standard and a good baseline after the marathon.
Andy Smith 47:05: Debut 10k and GMR. Did London in 4:26.24
Hannah Christy (U20) 47:44: Debut 10k & GMR for our 800m track runner
Simon Bond 48:39: Experienced “my first disappointing race” Well down on last year.
Martin Smedley (M60) 49:44: Never previously beaten 50 minutes.
Liam Cojeen 51:33: Not known
Jacqueline Green 52:31: Olivia’s Mum & Chris’ wife making her debut!
Kate Gavin 55:18: Her debut 10k and GMR
Oliver Crowley 55:38. Debut 10k & GMR for our 100/200m track sprinter
Chris Hertzog 56:27: Has raced only 3 GMR’s in past 3 years with PB of 39.30 in GMR ‘10
Iona Darrock 57:01: Not known
Tracey Taylor 58:10: Debut 10k & GMR
Lisa Fletcher 58:34: Is this Kathryn daughter?
Amélie Latham 59:19; Debut 10k & GMR: Both she and Tracey Taylor ran for Lagan's Foundation which supports families who live with a child who has congenital cardiac defects.
Jenny Miles L60 59:32: 2012 was her course PB of 56.21 & last year she recorded 57:11
Ashok Kallumpra 59:43: Blames the heat for being 4 minutes slower than last year.
Davina Twite 1:03.22: Ellie & Lizzie’s Mum is following her daughter’s footsteps.
Janet Pickering L60 1:08.48: 10th GMR - “a bit disappointed to be 41 seconds slower (but a year older”. PB was 55.03 in 2004 - average over all 10 is 01:04.49. She now moves into the next revered age bracket and still hoping to get back under the hour.
Many of the club’s U11, U13, U15 and U17 boys and girls were among the thousands who competed in the Great Junior runs the previous day in Heaton Park. Whilst everyone deserves a big pat on the back, several performances were especially noteworthy. Francesca Brint, a winner of many previous BUPA mini-races, was 2nd in the U15 age-group.
Beth Thornton was a superb 3rd in the U13 girl’s race as was Joel Stringer in the U13 boy’s race. Just behind Beth was Georgia Haworth (4th), Scarlett Whittaker (12th) and Lucie Wolfenden (18th). In the U11 races Thomas Boyd 8th, Luke Talbot 9th and Libby Hill 15th. Brad Thornton (4th) and Dylan Burchill (5th) in the U17 race, just missed out on the impressive trophies
Posted 28/05/2014 09:36