RECORDS FALL IN SIZZLER 4
The downpour that put a dampener on prize-giving with eight Olympians in attendance to award the Northern medals and Sizzler prizes covering 10 Olympic Games over 50 years, did nothing to affect a final sizzling Sizzler that incorporated the Northern 5k Road championships.
With a tad short of 500 finishers, it was the second largest turn-out in the race’s twelve year history. Jess Coulson (Stockport) had been chipping away at the course record throughout the series and earned herself a pot full’s of bonus prizes, but in this last race she put her foot on the throttle and smashed her record again by a massive twenty-six seconds to record 15.43, the fastest time in Britain this year, just three seconds behind Emily Gorecka who has recorded her faster time in the USA. Dave Gee (Manchester Harriers) also smashed his M60 record again by a further eight seconds and his time of 17.38 now ranks him 8th fastest in Britain this year. M45 Ian Weatherall (Sale Harriers) also moved to 11th in UK rankings with his time of 16.10. L55 Sue Becconshall (Bingley H) rose to 2nd nationally in her age-group with her 18.55.
Gaz Raven (14.47) who topped the UK M40 rankings in the last race, hoped to improve further, but the sparcity of classy competition, despite the Northern Championships, meant he contented himself with winning the race and taking the Northern title. Ryan Holroyd (Staff Moorland (14.52) took the silver medal and Chris Farrell (Horwich RMI) took the bronze. Behind Jess Coulson, Hannah Griffiths (Trafford AC) took the Northern silver medal (17.40) with Sarah Cumber (Halifax) the bronze (18:38). Sale Harriers won both the men and women team titles.
It was yet another Sizzler of many excellent Sale Harrier performances. Fifty-four toed the line – another record, with many competing for the Harold Wilson Cup as part of the club championship. Thirty of these either ran a PB or clocked their fastest time this year. Nigel Martin recorded a PB by seven seconds over the last Sizzler; Alex Bradford (17.03) improved his PB over the first Sizzler by twenty-two seconds, Peter O’Neill recorded a PB of 17.28, Dylan Stanway’s new PB is now18.18; Simon Bond’s is 18.20, Francis Sweeney’s is 18.33, Ben Fox’s is 18.53, dipping under 19 minutes for the first time, Robbie Greenslade’s is 19.08 and club newcomer Deirdre Mc Carthy’s is 21.20. Adam Roden put down an excellent benchmark on his debut road 5k with 16.39 as did Robert Dunn (17:35) and Olivier Gaillemin (17.50).
Paul Barrett (17.37) improved each race and ran his fastest, as did Glenn Savage (17.35), Gareth Miller (18.17), Sarah Douglas (19.09), Rob Heggs (19.44), Emma Finney (19.09), Anne Chinoy (19.32), Kathy Wellam (19.36), Jerry Smith (20.13), Dave Allinson (19.01) who dipped under 20 minutes for the first time, Mike Wymer (20.34), Jackie Cordingley (20.47) whose time wasn’t far off her lifetime PB of a decade ago way back in 2004, Frank Cordingley (21.04), Harriet Windebank (22.53) dipped under 23 minutes for the first time and Martin Smedley (22.15), Lauren Davies (22.52),Tim Rainey (22.20), Dave Farmer (23.11) and Susan Crehan (23.44) all recorded their fastest times.
Other inspiring performances were M60 Bill Fox (20.46) on his recovery for cancer who’s improved an encouraging four minutes through the series and Marinda Breddy (38.07) returning from an eighteen months injury lay-off. Well done to everybody and thanks for making the Sizzlers ‘sizzle!
This year, the Sizzler’s supported St. Ann’s Hospice who need £16000 a day to deliver its wonderful services to those living with life threatening diseases and to also sensitize fit, healthy runners to remember those much less fit and healthy. £2000 was collected into the buckets as people left the site, double the amount collected in 2012.... a fantastic achievement!
Finally! Thanks to those who made it all happen. It’s often hard to encourage/ inspire/entice volunteers from the endurance section but we always got there in the end. Special thanks to Brian Goulden and all his marshals; David Brown who always ensured the finish zone officials; Frank Cordingley for always ensuring the race clock was in place; George Tivey as commentator; those who helped fill 4 x 500 goody bags and manned/’womaned’ the drinks and goody bags stations and finally to those who contributed the mouth-watering food to the post-Sizzler buffet for the Olympians and Northern officials – Jackie, Frank, Cat, Ian, Anne, Katie and Philippa. Thanks also to Harry Shakeshaft for his photos that can be viewed at www.hsphotos.co.uk.
Posted 19/08/2014 07:03