GREAT MANCHESTER 10K AND MINI RUNS
Fechin Mc Cormick
The large number of Sale Harriers in this year’s GMR was especially evidenced from the televised first phase of mass starters behind the elite runners. The Great Manchester 10k is also Sale’s Great Run because of the club’s annual substantial commitment to it from the forty or so runners again this year to a similar number of club marshals and then we had club Chairman DAVID BROWN as chief Starter again and, of course, this year a group of elite African runners trained at the Wythenshawe track.
There were slightly more club PB’s than last year but still relatively few due possibly to the deceptively strong breeze on the return journey and many still recovering from Spring marathons. Nevertheless, everyone gave 110% evidenced from the grimaced faces as they returned along Bridgewater Way and every one of them echoed their immense gratitude for the enthusiastic support from the Sale supporters along the route that put a spring into their steps. From a club perspective, a day’s highlight was seeing club stalwart BILL FOX and his family along the route supporting CAROLYN and LAURA STELFOX who ran their hearts out for their dad Bill and his charity of pancreatic cancer, raising over £1000 and were only two minutes outside their target time. Again, the club wishes Bill and his family well. To donate please click here.
Incorporated into this race is the Great Run Challenge where the winning club goes into a lottery which could result in Sale winning an all expenses trip to the Great Ethiopian Run. Fingers crossed Sale win it this year. So! On to the individual performances......
DAVID MARSH 32:31: A strong, impressive run and PB.
JAMES WIGNALL 32:35: Almost 30 second PB improvement on March’s High Leigh 10k
NIGEL MARTIN 32:48: About a minute slower than Trafford 10k. Pleased as he ran it as a tempo to save his legs for Friday’s Christleton 5k
PAUL GREEN 33.18: Over 30 seconds faster than his last GMR in 2012. His PB is 30:11 from the 2004 GMR
STEVE Mc CARRON 34:21:More than a minute faster than Trafford 10k & only 15 seconds from his 2014 PB (Ribble Valley 10k). Getting back to top form.
JENNA HILL 34:40: Happy with 34.40. A 35sec PB in only her 2nd 10k (the first was this year’s Trafford 10k). Great for a middle distance track specialist.
JOSH RIDLEY 34:52: His PB his 31:16 from the 2014 Trafford 10k
CARL BARBER 35:37: Just a few seconds short of his two other PB’s this year (Trafford and Salford).
TIM KENNEDY 35:38: Most of his past 10k’s are all under 35 minutes!
He said 'My personal best is 34:17 from 2010, and this one was my fourth and worst! Started at what I thought was steady – and got harder and harder to maintain that pace, despite trying to follow Rob Downs who was pacing 35 mins. Slowed the last 2 miles – didn’t feel that tired but couldn’t go any faster! Wonderful support from fellow Harriers though, both marshalling and the others running! Outsprinted by Carl Barber at the end, despite being comfortably ahead of him for the second half of the race!
KEVIN FOSTER 36:20: Did 35:44 in this year’s Trafford 10k but still his 2nd fastest 10k –has Manchester Marathon in his legs
PETER O’NEILL 36.47: 30 seconds slower than Trafford 10k but also recovering from the Manchester marathon
LEE FAUFMAN 37.04: Faster than Bolton 10k but not as fast as High Leigh 10k both earlier this year
KATIE WHITE 37:19: Happy with that as her first race since injury.
GLEN SAVAGE 37:40: A PB and more than 2 minutes faster than last year’s GMR.
AIDAN RAFTERY 38:41: Missed another PB by just a few seconds, last achieved in the Trafford 10k. 1st in his age group though.
MARK FOX 38:42: Debut 10k
PETER SHIPLEY 38:42: A 17 second PB on his previous best set way back in the 2012 GMR
SARAH DOUGLAS 38:53: Her previous GMR PB was 39:47. Was hoping to be faster. Has now progressed from just under 45 minutes in 2010!
VICTORIA HAYES 40:42: Debut 10k on the roads.
GARETH WEBB 41:04:
CRAIG BRADBURY 41:38: A 2 minute 51 second PB from last year’s Salford 10k. Delighted and another spurred on by the fantastic support running in a Sale vest!
HELEN ARMITAGE 41:55: Found it tough but pleased to be running again following injury. 5th in her age category and her last race as a V35.
ALEX CASSON 42:09
JONNY CHRISTMAS 42:49: ??????
NICK SCHOLES 43:43: Debut 10k
JENNY FOX 43:48: Massive PB and big improvement on her 5 x 10k’s already this year.
CRISPIN MILLER 45:29:
JERRY SMITH 44:37: Wasn't in race shape so decided to have a steady run and enjoy the atmosphere and again appreciated the great support from Sale Harriers.
MARTIN SMEDLEY 46:59: A 2 minute PB on last year and a superb M60 time for a relative newcomer.
KATE DUERDEN 48:47: A 3 ½ minute PB on last year’s GMR, her only other 10k race.
JAMES LAMBE 49:08: His first 10k for three years
GEOFF BEATTIE 49:32: He’s successfully managing to avoid that 50 minute threshold!
DAWN HOLDING 50:09. Very consistent with Trafford 10k but was sub 50 last year
LOUISE ROIBBINS: Following her earlier Lakeland Trail Run, says she was “too mentally lazy to get under 50 minutes”
CARLA OUSEY 51:13: Paced some of her 6th Formers round the course and found it ‘more enjoyable than flogging herself around’
TRACEY TAYLOR 53:54
NATALIE WOODFORD 54:08
GILES BENNETT 55:35
JANET PICKERING 57:26
PAUL CAPEY 1:02.06
DORETTA MAYNARD: 1:15.06: The club’s sprint coach ran her 1st ever ‘marathon’ in support of 'Manchester Life Centre’ a Faith Life Centre outreach initiative which exists to help meet the practical and spiritual needs of Central Manchester, UK.
GREAT MANCHESTER MINI-RUNS
Dozens of the club’s youngsters also took part in the Great Mini-Runs at Heaton Park. Outstanding among them were: -
FRANCESCA BRINT – 1st in the U15 girl’s category
JOEL STRINGER – 1st in the U13 boy’s category
LIZZIE TWITE: 3rd in the U13 category: this was Lizzy's first junior run. She has previously won Manchester, Sheffield and Newcastle..
ISABELLE BURKE: 2nd in the U11 girls category
Posted 11/05/2015 12:58