Nothing unusual, but Sale Harrier were again all over the region ‘strutting their stuff’ in the region’s races. Last weekend, of three local races, the club had six members take on the challenge of the tough, hilly Macclesfield Half Marathon and 5k
In the half marathon Hayley Ashby had an excellent run in 1:28:00 to finish 2nd female and earn her place on the podium. Mike Ashby (1:26:55) and Francis Sweeney (just behind Hayley in 1:28:03) both ran strongly, with Fran pleased to be 90 seconds quicker than last year and taking home a bottle of wine as 3rd V50. Sarah Waldron (1:51:36) also ran well on this tough course.
Jerry Smith and Jenny Miles (returning from injury) opted for the 5k as training runs. It was Jenny’s 2nd 5k on consecutive days but ‘back on her ‘horse’ following a three months injury lay-off. Both were ‘pleased’ and finished first in their respective age categories.
Several others opted for the flat and fast Aintree 10k. The bets might have been on super-fit Gaz Raven to win but he finished 2nd in 32.09, somewhat down on his seasons best of 30.14 in last April’s Salford 10k. Girlfriend Emma Finney (41.15) was also just short of her SB from March’s Trafford 10k. Dawn Holding is in racing mode and this was her 3rd 10k this year. She clocked 49.24, again just short of her SB’s from the Arley 10k in March.
Several more favoured the Swinton 10. There’s not many 10 mile races around these days, unlike the olden days so for Kevin Foster (1:04.26) and Simon Bond (1:13.06) it was their debut distance. Simon Jackson (1:04.42) was slightly slower than his PB from the Gt.Watford ‘10’earlier in the year and and M55 Miran Aprahamien (1:21.08) has to go back to 2011 for his last 10 mile race when he recorded his PB of 76.54
The previous week, M60 Geoff Beattie took his running family around his former city and old haunts in the Belfast Half Marathon. It’s unknown whether he ‘whipped’ all of them but impressing his former mafia friends would have accounted for the fact that his 1:51.29 was three minutes faster than in the Sheffield HM.
On the weekend of September 14th young Callum Rowlinson re-wrote his own g history book by smashing his own half marathon PB to 1:11.34 for 3rd place in the very scenic Lake Vyrnwey....of happy memory when it was one of my annual events way back in the annals of time!. Sub 70 next, Callum!
Finally, the same weekend, Simon Bond (34.44), Craig Bredbury (34.59) and Lee Ainsworth (44.45) were among the 100 plus line-up in the Blackleach 5 mile multi-terrain at Walkden.
Posted 29/09/2014 19:49