THE WILMSLOW AND OTHER NEWS
The first weekend in April 2016. Many Sale Harriers were engaged in what we enjoy; in Paris, Sunderland, Reading and even Wilmslow. My choice was the latter. The Wilmslow Half Marathon has been a popular fixture in our calendars for many years, and this year was my 17th outing. I always think when I enter these things that by the time the race comes along I will be fit, healthy with fantastic training behind me. Often however the best laid plans see me with very few long runs and a weekly mileage of nearer 15 than 50. But that won’t stop me. On the starting line the usual conversations were taking place. Some modestly understating their ambitions, others slightly delusional and me with high hopes of a 1:40 finish. The weather was great, the organisation was superb, they even seemed to have sorted out the parking problems of previous years.
The start here is easy to get wrong. Lots of runners completely ignore the signs that say 1:20, 1:40 etc. I started near the 1:20 mark and was held up by many slower runners who really should be further back. Also the temptation at the start is to go out fast. In The World Half Marathon Champs in Cardif last week Geofrey Kipsang averaged about 4.5 minutes per mile. A bit too fast for me, although my first mile was faster than intended at under 7minutes.
One thing that people are often wrong about is the hills around Wilmslow, now I’m no fell runner and call me picky if you like, but the roads between Wilmslow and Mobberley are not flat. The first half of the race is undulating but gradually decending, followed by the inevitable climb back again when your legs really don’t need a climb. The water stations were regular and well attended with many young helpers reading the names off the number on your vest to shout encouragement. On the biggest hill a speaker was blasting out The Proclaimers ‘500 miles’ which helped a little, but after that each mile seemed to get longer and longer.
Now that I have reached an age where a lifetime pb is very unlikely, unless I can find a distance I have never done before. 2 miles maybe? I now go for my personal best in my age category, at the moment V55, and as I have not done a half marathon whilst being in this age group I was rewarded by a pb with 1:38:38. Pleased with that.
Over 45 Sale Harriers completed the Wilmslow with many really pleased with their results.
Gareth Raven was 3rd Vet 40 with 1:11:08. A previous winner of the race in 2008 and has also come 2nd and 3rd.
Tim Kennedy was pleased with his 1:14:26 and inclusion in the mens team prize. A good couple of minutes off his pb too.
Steve McCarron was 7th vet 40 with 1:15:56. Another pb.
Chris Donnelly 38th with 1:16:40. Pb and best since 2012.
Peter O’Neill a new pb for the 4th year in a row. 1:20:28
Lee Kaufman 13th vet 45 with 1:21:43. At least 6 Wilmslows to his name.
James Walsh 1:22:00 pb by 39 seconds.
Kevin Foster 1:22:19. Pb by over 2 mins.
Mike Ashby Still recovering from the arrival of a small human into the family. 1:23:18 best time since 2012. (And just in front of wife Hayley, see ladies results below)
Steve Henderson 1:23:46 Debut half after years of parkruns.
Paul Barrett 1:24:10 Best time for many years.
Craig Bradbury 36th vet 40 with 1:26:04. Another debut outing from a seasoned parkrunner.
Mike Wharton 40th vet 40 1:27:11
Ainslee Shafto 1:28:43
Alistair Kell 42nd vet45 1:30:03 running for Christies. A great cause.
Gareth Miller 1:30:29 Great debut run
Gareth Webb 1:30:49 Great improvement on 1:45 in 2012. Pb by 3 mins.
Dave Connelly 1:30:55
John Morris 1:30:15 PB by over 3 minutes.
Peter Shipley 1:32:18 (pb of 1:27)
Damien Jones 1:32:41
Gareth Harris 1:33:20 PB by 1 second. That’s close.
Mark Fox 1:36:15 (pb 1:24) Pacing wife Jenny me thinks.
Frank Cordingley 1:38:38 16th vet 55. Best result for 4 years.
Mike Curley vet 65 1:39:12. 1st Half for 12 years
Mike Wymer vet 40 1:39:58 only 2 mins off a pb
Rob Heggs vet 40 1:41:16
Matt Bell vet 40 1:48:31 pb Last HM 2:02:45 in 2014.
Noel Irwin vet 50 1:49:55 Previously from Sheffield although his accent might tell a different story.
Phil Dunn 1:50:43
Geof Beattie 17th vet 60 1:52:59 Our famous psychologist who never goes out too fast.
Jerry Smith 19th vet 60 1:55:24 Looking forward to doing the full marathon later this year
Shaun McGee vet 50 2:02:16 Another regular parkrunner upping the distance.
Katie White with 1:19:51 was our first lady home even though she is unfortunately moving back to Glasgow. 1st vet 35 and 6th overall. We will miss you Katie.
Hayley Ashby next with 1:24:22 taking 3rd vet 35 and 10th overall. A pb too.
Zoe Gmerek 4th vet 40 with 1:28:57 pb too.
Jenny Fox 9th vet 35 1:36:28.
Amy Ashton 1:39:26 Debut result.
Helen Reagan 8th vet 45 with 1:40:49
Jan van Bejnum vet 35 1:41:04 debut half marathon
Wendy Terry vet 40 1:42:40
Eve Gibson 1:44:11 from Bramhall parkrun to this debut
Deirdre McCarthy vet 35 1:46:10
Philippa Heys vet 35 1:48:30
Sinead Ferguson vet 40 1:51:56 debut
Belinda Hammond vet 35 1:57:55
Overall we were very lucky this year as the weather was kind. Previous years have given us heavy rain, gails or rain. One note I would like to repeat is that headphones will not be tolerated in the future. There is good reason for this rule. Runners must be able to hear instructions from officials or emergency services. The organisers were instructing runners that they would be disqualified if they were wearing music devices of any kind. Please bear this in mind for other races too.
In other news The Northern Road Relays were held in Sunderland this weekend with the Sale Harriers mens team achieving 5th place. See results here.
The ladies unfortunately did not send a team this time. The results show that many of the teams were from the north east.
Well done to Anne Chinoy who completed the Reading Half Marathon in a time of 1:30:31.
Another well done to Helen Carter who has worked really hard leading up to The Paris Marathon. She will be very pleased with her time of 3:46:50 in really hot conditions.
Posted 04/04/2016 21:49