TWO NATIONAL XC BRONZE MEDALS
The ultimate cross-country race is the 'National' and the 2011/12 promotion returned to its spiritual home at Parliament Hill Fields (London). The Roll of Honour of those who've run there boasts decades of Britain's top athletes. Every runner must once visit this mecca and remember the thunder of the athlete's feet as they propel from the pens to jostle for top positions as they converge for the bottle-neck at the top of the first hill.
Positioned in the start zone that offers panoramic views of London, Club Chairman David Brown CBE had the honour of being its Chief Starter for the first time. He'd recently attained his Level 4 in Event Management, and such is his growing national reputation, he'd earlier been the chief Starter at the Aviva Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham. It was David who got all ten age-groups toed properly to the line and off on their renowned stampedes. His wife Club Secretary Carol Brown was there also as part of the start team, a role she's fulfilled at the 'National' for a number of years.
The most successful of the club's teams was undoubtedly, the U13 girls who finished a fantastic third. They were the first Northern team and produced the section's best result for thirteen years. Three of the quartet of Eleanor Twite (26th), Francesca Brint (27th), Ciara Lydon (44th) and Olivia Green (58th) are a year young who, all things being equal, could win this Championship next year. Francesca had a great run finishing higher than in the Northern XC Championships when the team won the bronze medals. Congratulations to these youngsters. Bracknall AC retained the title for the third successive year and Charnwood AC was second.
The other outstanding performance of the day was Sonia Samuels who repeated her bronze medal performance from 2009. The race also marked the 20th anniversary of when she first started competing in National Cross-Country Championships. Just returned from altitude training in Kenya and her first major race since last July, she decided to test her strength for her inaugural London marathon in April. She chose the Parliament Hill course as her favourite to test her current strength. She battled from the start with eventual winner Gemma Steel and runner-up Steph Twell and it was only in the race to the tape that it became impossible to beat the Olympic 1500m youngster. Sonia missed out on the elusive National title by a measly three seconds and though awarded the same time as Twell as runners-up, hers was to be the bronze medal and the confidence boost she needed. Sonia has had a fantastic history in these Championships of never been outside the top eight for over a decade. She led the team home to a respectable 10th that's consistent with the section's current depth and form and without several of their top girls. Emily Beedham (109th) was next home followed by Hayley Cavill (164th) and Jan Nicholls (212th), both having their National inductions..
Both the U15 girls and boys produced their best results for many years. The girl's squad of Catherine Podmore, Rachel Hibbert, Flora Whyte, Hannah Simeen, Caithlin Thomas and Hannah Cristy finished 13th, and the boy's quarter of Adam Roden, Sam Mayon, Dillon Stanway and Euan Gilchrist finished 23rd These are solid groups of youngsters who'll have gained worthwhile experience of the big occasion including staying overnight in a hotel.
The U17 men are already the Northern Road Relay and the Northern XC Relay Champions. They finished 19th, again the section's best result for awhile. Northern XC Champion Ryan Moore (15th) was first home but this time beaten by the winner Matthew Shirling (L'pool H & AC). He was well supported by Alex Burchill, Kyle Conway and Alex Bradford. In the U17 girl's race, only Megan Davies (30th) Misha Nayak-Oliver and Chloe Yates took part. Congratulations to Megan for her 6th place in the U17 Scottish National Cross-Country Championships the previous week and to Misha whose result was much improved from previous years. Imani Modahl, Tyra Watson, Kirsten McAslan and Chris Mc Gahan were competing in the National Indoors and would have made a big difference to their team's overall results.
For the senior men, this year's Championship was the 125th running and it was as awesome as ever with 2000 starters. Sale finished 23rd, identical to last year and again consistent with the section's current depth and availability. As ever, Gaz Raven (30th) was the first home. This was Gaz's eighteenth consecutive senior National and his twentieth overall since he ran twice as a junior, the first time in 1993 at the same Parliament Hill venue James Bailey (68th) equalled his best ever position in an National; Ian Weatherall (204th) had another superb run as a veteran whilst Niall Brooks (274th), Paul Green (447th) and Colin Gell (453) all struggled. Others who flew the club flag were Gary Rowlinson (495th), Carl Barber (586th), Mike Ashby (620th), Paul Barrett (713th), Peter Crawford (853rd) and Phil Scowcroft (926th).
Neither the U20 men nor women were able to complete a team, a reflection of the continuing demise of these age-groups in running. Charlie Hulson did well to finish 15th and must be congratulated on winning the U20 Welsh XC Championships two weeks earlier. James Wignall finished 51th and Callum Greenwood 71st.
All the team managers were unanimous in expressing their congratulations and gratitude. Steve Windebank wrote of the youngsters, "I think I can speak for all the coaches in saying we're very proud of your efforts. At the end of a tiring weekend and long, hard season, it was all made worthwhile seeing everyone running their hearts out. A big 'Thank You' to the parents for supporting the lads and lassies over the weekend". Special thanks also to team manager Dave Rodgers who sorted out all the accommodation- no easy task and who has throughout the season provided the teams with very welcome shelter at the cross country fixtures! Thank you Dave!! (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 29/02/2012 11:59
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY 22 MARCH 2012
COMMENCING AT 8.30PM
CROSSFORD BRIDGE STADIUM, SALE.
Any items of business for the meeting including nominations for Officers must be notified in writing to the Club Secretary Carol Brown at 48 Park Avenue, Sale M33 6HE. To reach her no later than 21 days prior to the date of the AGM (i.e. 29 February 2012).
Posted 06/02/2012 08:54
The Welsh Castles 2011
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Posted 11/01/2012 09:11
The clue is in the title of this devilish race apparently...but
that didn't stop over 4000 runners descending on Delamere Forest to
take part in Hellrunner 2010 on Sunday 14th
Posted 11/01/2012 08:27
A former international marathon runner and previous winner of the Manchester and Belfast Marathons, Jackie Newton is an England and GB team manager for mountain running, tutor and regional trainer for UKA Coach Education, performance running consultant for Puma (UK) and contributor in the performance section of Athletics Weekly. She is a Level 3 endurance coach and member of Stockport Harriers.
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The handicap scoring system is proving to be a big hit with runners of all standards. Just like golf, runners now have a handicap score that reflects their current level of performance and allows them to benchmark their progress. Andrew Lemoncello is currently the UK leader with a score of MINUS 5.1. It starts at 36.I'm not sure of who is on 36 but I know Katherine Jenkins, the opera singer, got a handicap of 35.4 after she ran the Admiral Swansea Bay 10k last year in around 70 minutes. The power of 10 are the brains behind the system. They have developed a sophisticated algorithm that works out runners handicaps depending on the times they've run, the difficulty of the courses they've raced on, the weather conditions and how frequently they race. The system is developing all the time. Recently they've improved the profile pages by showing a time that the runner needs to achieve to reduce their handicap in the next race. If the runner hasn't yet run a particular distance or hasn't done one for a while it will predict the time he or she will run for any distance. For example, if your last run in a UKA licensed event was 5k in 24 minutes, you will see that the system predicts that you will run your 10k in just under 50 minutes and your half marathon in just over 1:50. If you know that the run you have chosen to do will be difficult, in that the weather forecast is poor or the course is hilly, twisty or over rough terrain, you can select 'slow' course and see that the system is now predicting that your 10k will actually be 45 seconds slower and your half marathon 90 seconds slower, if you are a 24 minute 5k runner. These variables alter depending on the pace of the runner's last race. The runner can also click through from there to one of the training programmes applicable to their level of fitness.
I must also mention the runbritain Grand Prix that we have developed to help raise standards. There are five races and the runner's best four count. Points are awarded to everyone who finishes in the top 250 (so pretty deep) of each race and there are also time bonuses. The aim is to help drive standards up and to give runner's regular races where the competition will be good. There is £55,000 of British only prize money up for grabs!
What does it offer races?
We have also compiled a new 66-page Road Race Handbook that is now operational and can be viewed on this link. The handbook supersedes the previous 2003 version and has guidance on key areas including risk assessment, highways, health and safety, disability discrimination, course design and promotion.
Along with England Athletics we have been delivering Race
Organiser's Courses and we aim to develop three tier of
courses at accredited, intermediate and advanced levels over the
next two years. The course lasts one day, costs £40 including lunch
and covers rules, risk assessment, legal and administration,
working with public partners, health and safety, use of IT and
briefing of marshals as its core components. There are
opportunities for questions and discussions on other topics.We held
one at Trafford AC in February that was very well attended.
I am always keen to get hold of stories and interviews from races, which then publicise the race further. If anyone has a story to tell or can put me in touch with a runner or race organiser who is doing something a little bit different please email me (email@example.com). I aim to help drive entries into these race by putting together articles to go on the website and also in the newsletter that goes out fortnightly.
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
DO YOU WANT TO BE
AN ANTI-DOPING CONTACT
"UKA have written to invite the Club (SHM) to identify one person from within the Club to become our Anti-Doping Point of Contact (ADPoC).
They are hoping to build a network of contacts throughout the UK who will be able to provide information and guidance on Anti-Doping matters to our club members (and to the local Network where applicable). They will also be encouraged to contact UKA with any questions, concerns or ideas relating to the subject.
The successful candidate does not need any prior specific knowledge of Anti-Doping matters, as training will be given. (It is envisaged at this stage that training will be delivered locally to the ADPoC's within the next few months)
Although no specific Anti-Doping knowledge is required, an interest in the subject would be preferable, and I would always prefer a willing volunteer to a pressed man or woman.
Please submit any applications to the Club Secretary Carol Brown on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Memberships are coming in fast and furious keeping myself and Ann Jackson very busy, takings are slightly up as at this time 2010. We still need Coaches at all 3 sites to keep checking if their athletes have paid, and make sure any new athletes are also paying to join the club as anyone who has not paid membership for 2010/2011 will not be registered with England Athletics.
We would like to thank all Coaches/Parents especially the Primary section who regularly collect the weekly sub's of £1, we know this is a tedious task but this is very much appreciated.
Letters will be going out to those people who have not paid their membership by the end of February 2011. So please save us some work and money by paying your membership now.
Jean Dutton/Ann Jackson
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
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Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Long serving members Chris Heys and Philippa Jeffery became Mr and Mrs Heys this weekend as they tied the knot in the historic city of Winchester, Philippa's home town. The club was represented by a number of Crossford athletes with the infamous flag sabotaging the official photo shoot (see picture). The day was perfect, with glorious weather, fine speeches and of course, Philippa looking amazing. And for once, there was no flapjack in sight which seemed slightly paradoxical! The club, on behalf of the executive and all its members would like to congratulate Chris and Philippa and wish them all the very best for the future.
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13