WILMSLOW HALF MARATHON......et al.
Fechin Mc Cormick
Many are training for a spring marathon, particularly either Manchester or London in a few weeks, so the Wilmslow Half Marathon (and similarly for the five who ran the Reading HM, and the two who ran the Trimple ‘20’) these were important check points in their training, all the more so since January’s Helsby HM was cancelled. Given the ideal weather conditions for racing, those who had consistent, trouble free winter training, and barring obstacles on the day, were destined to improve their PB’s and several did. Thanks to those few who submitted their race information to help put together this race report and saved me time in not having to research their information. If there are inaccuracies, please let me know and I’ll update the report.
GAZ RAVEN 1:07.40: The fastest M40 time in the UK this year: The same 7th position as last year but one minute faster. Gaz won Wilmslow in 2008 and has finished 2nd, 3rd (twice), 4th and 5th with a best of 64.28. He is in the form of his life preparing for London.
NIGEL MARTIN 1:10.46: A two minute eighteen second improvement over last October’s Congleton HM. Every distance he touches still turns to gold.
ANDREW CARLIN 1:16.18: His debut Wilmslow and a PB by over five minutes on his Fleetwood HM last year.
OLIVIER GAILLEMIN 1:17.45: A PB with a massive chunk from his previous PB of 1:20:04 in the 2013 Wilmslow. This was his 11th Wilmslow.
RICHARD BROWN 1:18.32: A twelve second PB
JOHN MOSLEY 1:19.02: His PB of 1:15.50 was in the 2013 debut Wilmslow.
ROBERT DUNN 1:19.32: Over 6 minutes faster than his debut Wilmslow last year.
LEE KAUFMAN 1:19.51: 3 ½ minutes faster than last year. His PB of 75.25 was set in the 2000 Wilmslow
GEORGE KIRK 1:20.32: His 2nd ever HM & one minute faster than last year’s Wilmslow debut.
PETER O’NEILL 1:21.34: A ninety second PB in his 2nd Wilmslow
JASON BOWERS 1:23.03: His 3rd Wilmslow but, unfortunately, his slowest. His PB of 79.14 is from Wilmslow ‘09
JAMES WALSH 1:22.39: A two minute PB and his 2nd Wilmslow.
CHRIS GREEN 1:23.32: His debut Wilmslow and an 8 ½ minute improvement on his best. Has now improved from 1:37.19 from the 2013 Oldham HM.
MIKE ASHBY 1:23.51: Four minutes faster than last year. He iss returning to his PB days of 1:17.53 (Lancaster 2008). This was his 8th Wilmslow.
MARK FOX 1:24.39: A 7 ½ minute PB on last year’s Liverpool HM. His debut Wilmslow.
BEN McINTYRE 1:24.16 : His first race in the prestigious green and red vest and his second ever HM and a big PB of almost 5 minutes over his first outing in Cardiff 2013. Now hoping for a sub 3-hour marathon in a few weeks.
SARAH DOUGLAS 1:26.01: Her Wilmslow debut and a 2 ½ minutes PB improvement on last year’s Brass Monkey HM.
ALISTAIR KELL 1:26.04: Nearly 3 ½ minutes off his old time. Delighted! He thanks Sarah & Mike (above) for their pacing help)
GAURAV BATRA 1:27.57: His 2nd ever HM and both Wilmslow’s and another PB by over 3 ½ minutes.
NICK SCHOLES 1:29.09: A PB of over 5 minutes on last year which was four minutes faster than his previous year’s debut.
NICK WEBB 1:29.30: His second consecutive Wilmslow. Delighted with a 23 second improvement on his PB at the 2013 Great North Run’
EMMA FINNEY 1:31.07: Her 3rd and fastest Wilmslow and just seconds short of her PB (Cardiff HM 2013).
DEIRDRE McCARTHY 1:33.54: A 20 second PB on her debut Wilmslow last year
GARETH WEBB 1:35.26: Slightly short of his 1:33.22 PB set in last year’s debut Wilmslow
ROBERT HEGGS 1:36.04: In last year’s Wilmslow, he chopped eight minutes off his time to record his current PB of 1:29.15 so disappointed.
DAMIAN VAN ALDERWEGAN 1:36.37: (not known!)
JENNY FOX 1:35.59: Her first ever race! The beginning of an illustrious racing career, we hope.
MICHAEL WYMER 1:38.09: A 90 second improvement on last year. He has achieved all his HM PB’s in Wilmslow. This was his 5th and he’s improved massively from 1:49.25 in 2011.
CRISPIN MILLER 1:38.24: His debut HM
JERRY SMITH 1:39.05: His 5th Wilmslow and his longest race for over 12 months. Faster than the 2014 Helsby HM. His fastest Wilmslow was 2013 (1:32)
TIM RAINEY 1:43.18: Ran with Sarah Waldron to support her again this year,
SARAH WALDRON 1:43.18: Paced by Tim Rainey and took just over a minute off last year’s Wilmslow which was also her debut.
WENDY TERRY 1:43.33:
PETER SHIPLEY 1:47.14: His 3rd consecutive Wilmslow but, sadly, his slowest. His PB of 87.06 comes from the 2011 Wilmslow.
RUPERT LIDDINGTON 1:4734: Debut Half marathon.
MARTIN SMEDLEY 1:46.37:His debut Wilmslow and his first ever half marathon. “Very pleased” An excellent M60 performance.
RAY O’NEILL 1:48.04: A 2 minute PB on last year’s debut. Has run only one other HM- ever - last year’s Wilmslow
CARLA OUSEY 1:49.53: A couple of minutes short of her last HM which was the 2011 Wilmslow. Her PB of 1:42.23 is from Helsby 2012.
CHRIS DONNELLY 1:49: 53 Did 1:22.18 last year. His PB goes back to the 2012 Preston HM (77.46)
MAISIE EAKIN 1:51.46: her debut half Marathon
DANIEL BOULTON 1:53.12. His PB of 87:51 goes back to the 2013 Capenhurst HM
KATE GAVIN 1:58.26: Over five minutes faster than last year but just a minute short of her PB from last year’s Arley Hall HM.
MARINDA BREDDY 1:57.40: Understandably delighted following two Achilles surgery operations and two years recovery. This is a 23 minute improvement on her last Wilmslow
KATIE REECE 2:03.19: Just a training run.
ROSA ELLIOTT 2:16.44: Fifteen seconds faster than last year and a little short of her 2:09.29 in her 2013 debut.
READING HALF MARATHON
This year’s Reading half Marathon, another of the countrys fastest, this year incorporated the England Athletics Championships and attracted a group to travel south as an alternative to Wilmslow. DAVE MARSH (1:12.09) is progressively upping his distances and this was his debut half-marathon and a creditable performance. ANDY MOONEY (1:19.30), CARL BARBER (1:24.49) and PETER CRAWFORD (1:24.59) were a little short of their PB’s and L40 ANNE CHINOY (1:31:01), running on home turf, improved her PB by just under 90 seconds despite only recently returning from injury. Poor HELEN ARMITAGE had to withdraw because of injury so we wish her well in her recovery.
SIMON JACKSON and FRANCIS SWEENEY opted to travel to Lancaster for this longer distance in their marathon preparations. Simon is preparing for his 5th Windermere marathon and was ‘pleased with 2:16. and Francis, who takes in his stride ultra events in the scenic west of Ireland, wasn’t far behind him.
Posted 23/03/2015 12:36