Fechin McCormick & Peter Shaw
LEEDS ABBEY DASH
For those interested in fast times, the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k was the place to be on Sunday 23nd November. No less than an incredible fifteen of the top men this year smashed the magical 30 minutes barrier with many recording PB’s, confirming this out-and-back course to be the country’s fastest. Sale Harriers had over twenty cross the Pennines in pursuit of fast times and many were duly rewarded.
This year, Antony Ford was the club’s first home from the massive 12,000 starters. Though slightly outside his usual sub-30 minute clockings (30.07), he was understandably pleased having been off most of the summer. He also had the honour to be selected to represent England in the race.
More familiar on the track as a 1500m specialist Nick Samuels (30.32) was just ten seconds short of his Trafford 10k time last march. For Nigel Martin, next across the line 32:16 was a new PB by 44s over the Salford 10k in September, and over 90 seconds faster than Leeds last year. Callum Rowlinson was next and is another of the club’s fast improving young men. He improved his 2011 PB by almost 90 seconds. David Marsh followed also recording a PB (33.42) - at least since his ‘second coming’ but we shouldn’t expect any miracles since he’s not a Messiah!
Andy Mooney (35.25) reckoned he ran with only half steam but he still produced a PB set in this race last year by over thirty seconds. Olivier Gaillemin (36.57) didn’t think he was in PB shape following 12 months layoff with Achilles tendonitis. However, he aimed for sub 37 and clocked 18mins 32 for 5k, the first time he’d ever run a negative split. Mike Ashby (37.00) was just under ninety seconds short of his PB set in the 2012 Bupa Gt. Manchester 10k. His wife Hayley (39.17) was just under a minute off her PB set in the 2012 race in 2012. M55 Aidan Raftery (39.03) is very consistent with his GMR (39.06) last May and Trafford 10k (38.46) last March.
For Rachael Cavanagh it was another spanking new PB (39.39) by more than five minutes. Daniel Boulton (41.36) has been injured so not at his best. Well done to Kathy Wellam (40.45) who also knocked a big chunk off her best as she develops her duathlon career.
Helen Armitage (41.06) was all set for a’big un’ but arrived late, missed the race start and spent most of the 10k zig-zagging through back-markers. It was Michael Wymer’s debut over 10k and he set down a challenging bench-mark with a time of 44.30. Louise Robbins (47.17), recently returned from her impressive tough Everest expedition was bound to be way off her best but a good race to get her back on track. Cat Jones (47.17) was also a couple of minutes off her best. M60 indomitable and prolific racer Geoff Beattie (49.12) again dipped under the hour.... but behind his wife! Does anyone want to challenge his record of ten 10k’s and 53 races (so far!) this year? Finally, and certainly not least Katie Reece clocked 50.57 but she’s just returned from the romantic Venice marathon!
Three others I don’t know so I’d be grateful if anyone can help Stephen Dawber (40.00,), Zoe Plummer (F45 44.53) and Graham Sugden (44.55).
Congratulations to Katie White, Rachael Cavanagh and Deirdre Mc Carthy who won the Northern Athletics 10 mile Championships in this race and the men won bronze medals thanks to Nigel Martin, Stephen McCarron and Chris Donnelly. These are the individual performances.
Nigel Martin (54.45) Three minutes faster than last year!
Callum Rowiinson (56.02). It was Callum’s 10 mile debut and impressive benchmark but how much faster this tough guy youngster could have gone had he not had four tough races in his legs from the previous four weeks – the Euro Trials, Conway HM and Leeds Abbey Dash.
Stephen Mc Carron (57.57): Over two minutes faster than last year and first time under sixty minutes.... on the back of the MACCL the previous day at Boggart Hole clough.
Chris Donnelly (58.25): A minute faster than last year...and he also ran the MACCL the previous day.
David Marsh (58.47). 2 ½ minutes slower than in the Gt. South Run. To be expected since Stockport 10 is much tougher and he was even a senior counter the previous day at Boggart Hole Clough.
Rupert Liddington (1:01.37). His debut over 10 miles and a big increase in racing distance.
Lee Kaufman (1:06.35). Lee’s done this race every year since 2011 and this was his fastest yet by 30 seconds.
Katie White (1:06.35). Some four minutes short of her best but a NJ.A gold medallist
Rachael Kavanagh ((1:07.46). It was Rachael’s debut and, doubtless, would have been even faster had she not the previous day’s MACCL in her legs. Nevertheless, she’s a N.A Gold medal round her neck
Nick Scholes (1:09.35): Also a 10 mile debut for this newcomer and only his 4th race, the previous three being the Manchester Marathon and the Wilmslow & Conway HM’s
Deirdre Mc Carthy (74:37): Just over a minute down on her 2012 PB in the same race while a member of Manchester Tri club. Not to worry, she’s a N.A team gold medallist.
GRAVY PUD ‘5’
Several running this race will have tired, heavy legs from the previous day’s MACCL at Boggart Hole Clough. The main interest was as part of the club’s endurance section club championships where winners are awarded the Harold Wilson Cup. (Harold and Walter Wilson were two founding members of Sale Harriers). Overall positions following this race will be available soon. Those who ran were Peter Crawford (40.57), Aidan Raftery (42.49), Cara o’Brien (45.41), Richard Mc Hugh (46.19), Simon Bond (46.59) and Jan Nichols (50.12).
Four guys ran this very tough half marathon. Callum Rowlinson finished 5th in 74.29 and, though not his fastest, Callum is developing as a strong, able competitor. This was Nick Scholes third race only since he joined the club and shows a lot of promise to record 1:09.35 almost a minute faster than the much faster Wilmslow HM. Francis Sweeney had a great run – a PB by a minute (86.27) on this very tough course, not surprising in that he’s successfully taken on some very tough races in the west of Ireland. Nick Webb (1:40.27) underperformed, the reason being that he was recovering from a viral infection and anxiously preparing for April’s London marathon.
MANCHESTER CHRISTMAS PUDDING ‘5’
Nothing like preparing for Christmas with a race and Sale had three run this race with two receiving nice seasonal ‘presents’ of PB performances. Gareth Matthews was one of them in 4th place (31.12) and L45 Marinda Breddy the other who’s returning to her best following Achilles surgery which sidelined her for over 12 months. M60 Geoff Beattie clocked 40.35.
Posted 08/12/2014 18:14