UK FAST SALFORD 10K
There are small local races such as The Wizard 5 or The Mad Hatters Trail Race; and then there are large mass participation events such as the Great North Run and The London Marathon. The UK Fast Salford 10k is trying hard to cater for the latter type of run with many runners not so familiar with the distance as many of us. This type of event is not for everyone but certainly has a certain buzz about it with thousands of people congregating in the plaza at Media City.
The main downside to this type of event is just the sheer number of people who descend on the area and need to be catered for. There were about 10 mobile toilets ready to keep about 5000 people comfortable, and you can just imagine the queues. Similarly at baggage drop off, the amount of people running was not really allowed for and tempers were frayed. The weather helped considerably being neither too hot, wet nor cold, allowing outer clothing to be minimal.
Sale Harriers were well represented with over 20 milling about at the start. Most of us opted for a starting position rather closer than normal to the front, so that you don’t become impeded by slower runners who are unfamiliar with the running etiquette of being with a group of runners of your own ability. I felt reassured next to Geoff Beattie as I knew he likes a good start. Terry Lonergan and Tony Hillier were good company as we waited for the slightly delayed start. Terry and Tony have been well known characters within the running community for many years (probably close to 50) and can tell a tale or two.
It was suggested that the first canal crossing at 2k might be a bottleneck and so many of us went off a bit fast to minimise the problem. It was fine but was probably quite busy 10 minutes later. The fast first mile for me (6:25) meant that I slowed considerably over the second mile allowing Janneke, Jackie and Tim to catch me up. I recovered over the next few miles and settled into a more comfortable 7 to 7:20 pace.
Of course being the Salford 10k most of the race was not in Salford at all but meandered through the picturesque village of Trafford Park (well it is called a village on the map). The landmarks being, large car parks, industrial units, and a glimpse of the theatre of dreams. Just before 9k we started the long run into home with the Imperial War Museum as our target in the distance. A final sprint over the footbridge took us to the finish line back at Media City.
The overall results for Sale Harriers were impressive with a team ladies win and 2 age category wins to boot.
Overall winner from Altrincham Athletics Club Mohamed Aburezeq came home in 30.03 closely followed by our very own elite athlete Matt Bond in 30:05.
Chris Donnelly was next with 34:43 in 12th place and another pb to add to his 5k and HM pbs in 2016.
Oli Gaillemin V40 was 3rd in his age group with 37:28.
Sarah Douglas was very pleased with a new pb of 38:16 and 5th lady just ahead of Craig Bradbury V40 who was only seconds off his pb with 38:22.
Aidan Raftery V55 was 4th in his age group with 39:30.
Helen Armitage was 2nd V40 with 40:52 followed by Matt Spragg V40 with 41:23 and John Morris 41:24 new pb and over a minute better than We Love Manchester 10k.
I had beaten John in the short measured Trafford 10k but could only manage 43:23 followed by Janneke van Bejinum getting a pb with 44:04 before embarking on new challenges in Cardiff, Wales. Good luck Janneke.
Next came the legend that is Tim Rainey V50 with 44:10 best time since passing the magic 50. Jackie Cordingley V55, was next with 44:35 winning her her age category prize. Also winning her age category was Helen Reagan V45 with 45:57 after a disappointing Birchwood 10k 2 weeks previously.
Then came Wendy Terry V40 47:08, Carla Ousey V40 49:00, Geoff Beattie V60 50:40, Sinead Furguson V40 52:29 and Laren Hatch soon after giving birth to baby Stanley 56:29.
The ladies team prize was won by Sarah Douglas, Helen Armitage and Janneke van Bejinum. Emma Finney for some reason was not on the results as a Sale Harrier but did well to get 41:52. Also running was newcomer to Sale, Hannah Carey 6th lady with 40:06. A 3 min improvement on her 2015 pb. Thanks to the cheers of support from Tim Kennedy, Zoe Gemerek, Richard Edwards, Helen Carter and many others. Very welcome. The photos have come from Terry Lonergan and Zoe so thanks to them too.
As I said at the beginning an event not for everyone. Like the Great Manchester 10k the hefty price tag gives you medals and tee shirts that you don’t need and there are lots of better races in the area where the profits go back into club funds rather than big business. It’s up to you. With nearly 1200 participants and the last person taking nearly 2 hours to complete the 6.2 mile course I’m not sure it’s for me.
Posted 05/09/2016 19:14