Fechin Mc Cormick
The range, ability and inner steel of Sale Harrier runners knows no bounds uniquely displayed this weekend when two took on the infamous ‘Ironman’ challenge; several ran the Lakeland ‘100’ and the Lakeland ‘50’ and one took on the tough Thunder Run which is a 24 hour team event on a 10km off road loop.
THE IRONMAN is widely considered as one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. If you don’t already know, it’s made up of a 3.86km swim,180kn cycle ride and the full 26.2 mile marathon raced in that order without a break. Any participant that manages to complete the triathlon within a strict time limit of 17 hours becomes an “Ironman”. Sale now has two – Chris Green and Louise Robbins who took on the ultimate challenge in Bolton.
CHRIS GREEN aimed for 12 hours so he was very happy to be just one minute over that. The swim went much better than he expected at 1:16 hours. For the bike ride, he wrote, “The crowds were absolutely brilliant with large crowds at various locations around the 180km ride and it felt like I was riding the Tour de France. On the big climb up Sheep House Lane such was the level of support (and noise!), it definitely helped me up the climb on the second loop”. The marathon went well and again he regarded the crowds as superb. He wrote, “ Unfortunately I cut the bottom of my foot getting at the start of the second loop of swim and started to feel this around 30k but otherwise all good.
LOUISE ROBBINS was also rightly ‘very proud’ to finish in 13 hours and 41 minutes - a fantastic achievement! She wrote, “I almost saw the finish line 3 times before being allowed to the cross the line the 4th time! That's the problem with laps! The atmosphere in Bolton was great. I loved it and I really was smiling most of the time especially when I saw people out supporting me”
LAKELAND 100/50: The weekend also saw KATIE REECE complete the Lakeland ‘100’ on her second attempt in 39:16:25 finishing 176th out of 192 finishers. The ‘100’ has a very high dropout rate and this year there were 306 starters. Total ascent and decent in the ‘100’ is 22493 feet. This year’s winners came from the same Scottish club as newcomer Katie White came from - Garscube Harriers. The Lakeland 50 covers the second part of the 100, starting with 9728 feet of climbing and 10069 feet descent. The event this year incorporated the UK athletics trail championships. There were 603 starters and 549 finishers who faced hot sunny conditions in the daytime and then heavy rain bringing problems negotiating wet and slippy rocks later on.
Five Sale Harriers took part. In his first attempt at an ultra marathon CHRIS DONNELLY finished 19th overall in 9:41:42. VIV SLACK’S first time at the Lakeland 50 saw her finish in 11:55:38 and 15th lady and 100th overall. TIMOTHY RAINEY ran 13:13:57 in 187th position, an improvement of just over 50 minutes from 2012. CARL CLEGHORN, having started the 100 in 2012 this year gave the 50 a go, power walking his way round to finish strongly in 17:14:56 in 395th position. His time from the last checkpoint was quicker than those of us who “ran” it!! MIKE WYMER gallantly supported Katie in the final 30 miles of the 100, walking from the start and teaming up at the next checkpoint, finishing the 50, on his first attempt (although not his first ultramarathon) in 536th place with 21:41:23.
THUNDER RUN: The Thunder run is a 24 hour team event on a 10km off road loop that took place at Catton Park, Catton, Walton-on-Trent, Derbyshire. LEWIS GREEN successfully did it and wrote, “No sleep for 24 hours running the 6 x 10k loops of the brutal thunder run. The course is tough, but it was a great weekend with some cool people”
Posted 29/07/2014 07:15