THE TRAFFORD 10K
Fechin Mc Cormick
What an incredible Trafford 10k. It’s certainly has the ‘Wow’ factor. The quality might even have surpassed the organiser’s Altrincham AC‘s expectations. If you weren’t a participant or spectator and haven’t already checked the results, let me tell you it was a wholly exceptional race for quality with a stellar star-studded field who converged from England’s four corners like Cardiff, Cheltenham, Aldershot, Kent, Southampton, Exmouth, Morpeth to name just a few among the 1000 starters. Aided by a perfect sunny spring morning, virtually everyone in the first 100 recorded PB’s. Winner TOM LANCASHIRE (Bolton) broke 29 minutes for the first time in the race’s history with a PB of 28:56 and he was followed across the line by an astonishing 28 who dipped under 30 minutes. This is against 7 who dipped under 30 minutes last year and 7 the previous year
Of course, Sale Harriers were also out in force and many also went home absolutely delighted or had good reason to excuse a below par performance. A record 43 finished this year. There’s been a progressive growth in recent years from 35 club finishers last year and 24 in 2014. Year on year it’s increasingly on the calendar for club members emerging from the bleak winter cold and darkness and for those bench-marking their Spring marathon training.
Almost half Sale Harriers recorded a PB, some by significant amounts and several surprised even themselves with their PB’s Following his fantastic winter on the country JAMIE RODEN (29:54) confirmed his arrival into the elite class by cracking the 30 minute barrier. M50 GARY ROWLINSON now climbs to the top of the 2016 UK age-group ranking with his PB 34.04; M65 MIKE CURLEY’s fantastic 40.43 puts him second nationally and L55 JACKIE CORDINGLEY’s 44.09 places her eleventh nationally. Sale Harriers women also won the team race with their first trio home of KATIE WHITE, SARAH DOUGLAS and ANNE CHINOY. These were just some of the ‘wows’ in a ‘wow’ race. Read on.........
Those who pushed new limits to record lifetime best performances were: -
TIM KENNEDY (33.13) He was over 75 seconds faster than last year
STEVE Mc CARRON (33.36). He was about 2 ½ minutes faster than last year
ALEX BRADFORD (33.46) Almost 2 ½ minutes faster than last year’s Salford 10k
PETER O’NEILL (35.46) He was about 30 seconds faster than last year
BRAD THORNTON (36.50): 40 seconds faster than the 2014 Trafford 10k
ALISTAIR KELL (38.14). He was 45 seconds faster than last year
SARAH DOUGLAS (38.19) Over 30 second improvement on last year GMR 10k
AIDAN RAFTERY (38.28) He was 6 seconds faster than last year
CRAIG BRADBURY (38.25) Almost 45 seconds faster than Leeds Abbey Dash 10k
STEVE PARRY (38.56) He was over three minutes\faster than last year
ANNE CHINOY (39.43): She was 2 ½ minutes faster than last year
ZOE GMEREK (40.18) Six seconds faster than last year’s Gt. Yorkshire run
DAVID CONNOLLY (40.35). An unexpected surprise PB
GARETH WEBB (40.32) He was 1 ½ minutes faster than last year
SINEAD FERGUSON (48.30) Almost a 5 minute improvement on September’s Natterjack 10k
MARINDA BREDDY (48.33) Almost 10 minute improvement on 2014’s Wirral 10k
KATE GAVIN (53.34) A 1 ¾ minute improvement on 2014’s GMR.
Posted 14/03/2016 16:18