Great South Run 2016
October 23rd saw a small group of Sale runners venture to the South coast for the 3rd year running to tackle the Great South Run over the classic 10 mile distance in historic Portsmouth. The beautiful autumn weather extended to this weekend, ensuring that the competitors and spectators were bathed in sunshine throughout the race, and the runners even had the bonus of a tailwind for the 2-mile finishing straight (though this meant a headwind between 6-8 miles).
The ladies led the way with some fine performances. First of the team was the evergreen Helen Armitage (20th lady and 2nd V40) in an excellent 66:41. And this was after emerging from Zizzi’s restaurant after 3 courses the night before in her heels, and proceeding to run around the Boardwalk complex to continue her October “Run every day” challenge!
Next came Anne Chinoy (37th lady and 6th V40) in a very creditable 68:32. Anne has been troubled by injuries recently and this was her longest run in 2 months, so she can be very pleased with her efforts. Well done Anne!
Janneke van Beijnum is another to have successfully completed the “Run every day” challenge. Only a week after her fantastic half-marathon PB in Manchester, she had another brilliant run (54th lady and 12th V35) in another PB of 70:35, recording further PBs on route at 5k, 10k & 15k! Janneke’s running goes from strength to strength and her recent move to Cardiff has not left her travel-weary!
These were followed by Sinead Roche (233rd lady and 48th V40) in 78:33. Sinead was another who had run an excellent PB at the Manchester Half-Marathon. However, she had been suffering with a virus leading up to the race, so it was another marvellous performance from her.
The race also incorporates the English 10 Mile Championships, and at the time of writing this, the team results have not been finalised, so who knows – medals may not be out of the question for the Sale ladies!
Unfortunately, with so many events going on recently we weren’t able to field a full men’s team; a shame seeing as we have managed to win championship medals in recent years, so it was left to one of the club’s elder statesmen, Glenn Savage, to fly the flag for the guys. Glenn is another to have been troubled by injury problems recently, and set a target of going under the hour. He did this with seconds to spare and came home in 59:54, finishing 87th overall and 1st V50.
All in all it was a very enjoyable weekend, and the race was what you’d expect as part of the Great Run series; well organised with a terrific atmosphere and great support all around the course. It’s a fair distance to travel, but I’d definitely recommend it!
Posted 03/11/2016 20:49