A SIZZLING SIZZLER
Fechin Mc Cormick
With four hundred finishers, the first 2014 ‘Sizzler’ was an outstanding success by any standards. These 4 x 5k runs/races within Wythenshawe Park launched by myself in 2002 as a legacy to the Manchester Commonwealth Games have two continuing objectives: - (a) to encourage community health and fitness (b) to facilitate athletic/running excellence. Both were admirably fulfilled.
On the sharp end, multi-winner Mohammed Abakezeq (Alty AC) again ‘sizzled’ round in another impressive 14.35 and won the bonus the £50. Even more impressive was Stockport’s Jess Coulson, the 2006 Junior European Cross Country team Champion, who held both the current junior and senior course records. Returning from injury, her 16:11 is a new senior record and she went home with a sack full of prize money - £50 as winner, £50 as course record holder, £50 for dipping under 16:45 and £100 to be shared with her two Stockport colleagues who collectively broke the 54 minute incentive by a massive two minutes. Well done to Stockport Harriers who dominated many of the age-group categories.
Sale had 42 participants and, interestingly, thirty of these have achieved their 5k PB in a Sizzler over the years confirming this as a fast course. Those who recorded PB’s on this occasion were: - Alex Bradford (17:25), Peter O’Neill (17:39), Andrew Carlin (17:42),Kevin Foster (17:49), Gareth Miller (18:22), Dennis Powell (19.05), Ben Fox (19:13), Emma Finney (19:48), Anne Chinoy (19:56), Richard Mc Hugh ` (20:19), Mike Wymer (20:43) and Mark Ferns (22:18). There were further fantastic runs from in form Helen Armitage (19:18) who won the L35 category and ran her fastest 5k since 2005; L55 Jackie Cordingley, won her category and recorded her fastest since 2010: M60 Geoff Beattie(22:54) ran his fastest for two years and Katie Reece (23:59) and Paul Barrett (18:02).ran their fastest since 2011. There were also quality runs from Glen Savage (18:11) who was 3rd in his M50 category, Dennis Powell (19:05) also 3rd in his U20 category; Dave Farmer (23:31) 3rd in his M65 category and our Seoul ’88 Olympian Sue Crehan who recorded 3rd in her L55 category.
Where could we improve for the remaining three races that culminate with the Northern 5k Championships on August 14th? It would be great to see many more of our sharp end men supporting this home promotion and to help make it a quality event. Even using it as a training session would further enhance its quality and reputation and showcase our quality to the region. Interestingly, we only had two – Dave Marsh and Mike Kilmartin who clocked under 17 minutes whereas our neighbours Salford AC had recorded seven and Altrincham recorded five.
Thanks to everyone who contributed in any way. The next race is on Thursday July17th and we’ll be filling the 500 goody bags for every finisher on Tuesday evening at Crossford Bridge from 7pm. Despite appeals, please don’t again leave it to me and one other endurance section runner to do all of this work.
Posted 08/07/2014 07:28