News - Endurance
This Section posts news relative to the Endurance section such as information regarding up and coming training weekends, reports road races and what the section does socially.
Fechin Mc Cormick
(The following is a Press Release send to all local media. The Club extends best wishes to Bill fox for a complete recovery to health). Bill Fox, a long time member of Sale Harriers ‘foxed’ cancer in less than 12 months and ran the first of this year’s health promotion Sale 5k Sizzlers held annually in Wythenshawe Park. Last July, 60 year old Bill was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given just twelve months to live. He underwent serious surgery; lost half his pancreas, his gall bladder and some of his stomach and intestines and endured 24 weeks of chemotherapy at the Christie Hospital during which his weight dropped from 12st to 9st.
He started running again just in the middle of May about a month after the chemotherapy and set about training for this year 4 x 5k ’Sizzlers’ as his target for recovery. He was among the 400 participants of all abilities, shapes and sizes who completed the first run in an incredible 23mins 12 seconds. Said delighted Bill “The doctors told me that, had I not been so fit from running, I would not have survived so it’s important I keep it up. I encourage everyone to take up sport to keep fit”
This year, the series is supporting St. Ann’s Hospice who require £16,000 every day to provide their tremendous services. The first ten people to come forward prepared to complete the course and raise just £20 for St.Ann’s will receive a free entry.
Everyone is welcome to join the remaining three events on flat, scenic paths within Wythenshawe Park on Thursday evenings (7.30pm) July 17th, July 31st and August 14th. They are for all abilities no matter how fast or slow. For more information or an entry form just email firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted 08/07/2014 07:25
Fechin Mc Cormick
These five races run in Dunham Massey Country Park and through picturesque North Cheshire villages are the traditional precursor to the 4 x 5k Sale Sizzlers. This year they were not without organizational hiccups highlighting the increasing challenges that race organiser’s face. Let’s hope this popular series will not be changed beyond recognition next year.
Twenty-eight club members ran at least one race with most doing two or more. The club’s three fastest men of the series were Peter Crawford who clocked a tremendous long overdue PB of 16:51 at Hollins Green to finish 6th; junior Matt Beacock who’s made massive improvement from last year’s Sizzlers with a two minute improvement on the Dunham Massey course for a new PB of 16:48 and Andy Mooney who was a classy 17.12 at Bowden to record a new PB by five seconds.
Among our ladies, our front three were fast improving Sarah Douglas who cracked the twenty minute barrier for the first time and did it in three races with a best of 19:50 at the second Dunham Massey; as ever L55 Jackie Cordingley was way out in front in her age-category and easily won her category at both Dunham races and at the Lymn 5k and L35 Helen Armitage (19:24) continued her fine current form with her fastest 5k since she set her PB of 19.02 in 2006
Robbie Greenslade has every reason to be pleased and to be assured his training is going in the right direction. He ran the series faster than last year, quite an achievement so soon after the Manchester marathon. Likewise M50 Francis Sweeney who ran the London Marathon and broke through the 19 minute barrier for the first time with 18.20 at Hollins Green. Michael Wymer is much more familiar with Saturday morning Parkrun 5k’s but all his three evening races were faster with a best of 20:26 at Dunham Massey.
Others who recorded pleasing PB’s were junior Dennis Powell who dipped under nineteen minutes for the first time with 18:48 at Dunham Massey, Carl Cleghorn (18:57 at Hollins Green); L35 Jenny Clink (22:59 at Bowden) , M50 Martin Smedley (22:43 at Dunham Massey) and Paul Davis (18:38 at Hollins Green).
Well done to all! Onwards now to ...........................The Sizzlers!
Posted 24/06/2014 07:42
What has now become a firm date in the calendar for the endurance section of the club is the Welsh Castles Relay, which is a 200 mile relay split into 20 legs stretching from Caernarfon to Cardiff. This year was no exception with two teams entered and competition high to get into both the men’s and the women’s team.
In summary the men came fourth overall, slightly down on last year, however the competition and the standard have been increased. Salford brought their A game to the competition with athletes such as Hardman, Bailey, Shaw and Robinson to contend with and both Les Croupiers and Serpentine competed with strong teams. The ladies team fared much better, they successfully retained their Queen Of The Mountains title coming third overall, behind Serpentine and Les Croupiers.
Individually the weekend produced some fantastic performances. For the men; Callum Rowlinson comfortably won leg 1, just 6 seconds off the course record. Gareth Raven, on one of the weekend’s horrendous legs (13.1 miles and a rather large hill at the start), destroyed the field to win this leg for the 4th time. This leg is always blue ribbon leg with a strong line up so respect must be shown. After a month out with a foot injury, Nigel Martin came second on leg 12, Paul Green was veteran winner on leg 14 and Carl Barber improved his finishing position from 2013 to finish second, claiming his first vet title. The fact that he was drinking red bull a few hours later demonstrated how hard he had to work for it! Other notable performances were Andy Mooney and Rob Flannery who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively on their legs.
In the women, hats off must go to Castles debutant Katie White. Not only did she have to wake up at 5am to prepare for her leg but she had to tackle some horrendous hills too. She took it all in her stride by smashing out a convincing win by over a minute to take the mountain leg 11. Her face was a million smiles whilst she paraded her yellow tee shirt and dragon memento round the finishing area. Helen Armitage, Viv Slack and Hayley Ashby all came second on their respective legs with Emma Finney placing third on leg 10. These fine performances resulted in the ladies retaining their Queen of the Mountain title with the above plus Jan Nicholls parading their sweatshirts round the finish.
Following the presentation, most of the team stayed in the Welsh Capital for a night of fun with a few hanging on till 4am.
Thanks must go to the both team captains, Paul Barrett and Jan Nicholls for getting 40 runners out, Bill Fox who drove the mini bus round all weekend, Mike and Hayley Ashby for writing the transport plan and Ian and Cat Jones for reviewing the plan.
This is our sixth time we have put a team together for this event and every year is a memorable event. Every athlete raises their game for their leg and runners go out of their way to support other athletes demonstrating great team cohesiveness.
Same time next year? You bet ya!
Posted 10/06/2014 07:25
Fechin Mc Cormick
This is a scenic race with a great atmosphere, although a couple of hills and a last mile along the beach make it quite a challenge. This year having to hurdle the wooden groynes on the beach added to the fun but all in all it was never going to be a PB course!
Mike Kilmartin was first finisher for Sale and 4th overall in an excellent time of 35.17. Next was Nicolas Whittle in another excellent time of 36.29 in 7th place. New member Robert Dunn had run Liverpool Marathon only 6 days before but still had a great run with 38.47 in 23rd place. Jerry Smith was pleased with his time of 43.09 on that course and Jenny Miles also had a good run (1:00:21).
There was also a 3k race. Zara Thompson won the u16 event and £75 and her sister Millie was 8th in the U14 race. Well done also to Benji Lovell who also ran well in the U14 boys race.
Beautiful sunshine meant that it was hot work but made post race recovery on the beach particularly enjoyable!
Posted 03/06/2014 07:34
This GMR report, as do many other website reports, brings perspective and reality into the sometimes boundless congratulations that often follow races. This year, congratulations were probably more deserved for those who braved the uncharacteristically hot day rather than for magnificent performances. Leaving aside the number of debut GMR’s, this year only two ran a PB – Martin Smedley and Anne Chinoy,with most performances significantly down on what might have been hoped for. A big thank you, as ever, to the club’s small army of marshals who lined the route and cheered on their club colleagues.
Posted 28/05/2014 09:36
Not quite as impressive as last year but still a valiant effort by Sale Harriers. (Last year we won it!.)
We finished 4 full teams and everyone seemed to enjoy the event. Well done.
Posted 12/05/2014 10:51
You can’t beat watching the London Marathon. Who wasn’t laid out in front of the telly on what annually ought to be known as ‘Marathon Sunday’. It’s the Sunday in the year when committed and non-committed runners alike become armchair athletes and be riveted for hours by the spell-binding moving mass of humanity of every size, shape, age, colour and pace , running, jogging or determined shuffling over 26.2 miles to their Nirvana that’s the finish line on London’s Mall. We can but admire this magical feat and feast of human endurance with home-based enthusiasts tracing their colleagues on i-phones; others (like me) rekindling top memories whilst others inspired, resolve to be on the start line next year.
Front-runners get the headlines but all are heroes and this year Sale Harriers’ heroes are: -
CALLUM ROWLINSON 2:39.08: Well done to our U23 Callum Rowlinson who not only showed great marathon ability but has also set down an exciting benchmark for the future. With a best half-marathon time of 1:13.21 from this year’s “Wilmslow’; he went through the half in 1:14.39 and rightly commented, “I successfully ignored the great advice I got and went off far too fast”
STEVE Mc CARRON 2:42.29: A fantastic PB for Steve by a massive 6 ½ minutes. This was Steve’s 4th Marathon and he’s continued to improve from his first – Edinburgh 2011 when he recorded 2:59.24.
GARETH MATTHEWS 2:54.05. He missed a PB by a measly 36 seconds over his last and debut marathon - London 2011.
ANDY WALLING 2:54.20: His 2nd fastest of four marathons with a best of 2:47.01 at last year’s London. Andy e also got a special mention from commentator Paula Radcliffe as her former physio. Wow!
FRANCIS SWEENEY 3:04.16: Running his 3rd Marathon, Francis went to London to hopefully dip under three hours from his 3:13.59 in last year’s Manchester marathon. I’m sure he’ll give it another go!
ALAN PITMAN 3:08.42: Again, Alan was hoping to dip under three hours after his successful PB of 3:03.18 in the 2012 Chester marathon. Unfortunately, it’s eluded him but he won’t give up just yet!
RICHARD BROWN 3:21:00: It was a long way of his PB but was still recovering from back injury. He's now preparing for a 100km race in two weeks!!!!
JOHN RODGERS 3:33.37: Our former Northern Ireland 1500m international who has qualified as a doctor specializing in sports medicine and has attended London Marathons in his specialist capacity, went massively out of his comfort zone and suffered great pain in the final miles, just to raise lotsa money for Medicines Sans Frontiers
KIMBERLEY KONTOPANTELI 3:42.34:
MICHAEL WYMER 4:02.00. Mike had run the Manchester Marathon two weeks earlier but suffered breathing problems and finished in 4:17.45./ He did well to run 15 minutes faster so soon afterwards but will be aiming to dip under his best of 3:55.06 in his next Marathon.
Posted 13/04/2014 22:57
Sale Harriers wings its heartiest congratulations to Stockport’s ANDI JONES on his fantastic third time lucky victory in the Asics Greater Manchester Marathon two weeks ago on April 6th. (Andi’s wife Donna is a long-time middle-distance club member). Let’s hope we’ll be cheering him on in the summer’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Congratulations also to defending champion DAVE NORMAN (who competes for the club as a ‘Higher Claim Member’), bidding for a hat-trick of wins, who finished 4th but had every reason to be pleased having run over a minute faster than 2013 and his fastest marathon for 4 years.
Marathoning is not for the faint-hearted. It’s a brutal challenge and the ultimate endurance test that requires months of hard training, true grit, loads of stamina and an ability to endure a lot of pain. Well done to every participant. You deserve total respect – I remember it well!
The first club member home from those who toed the start line at Old Trafford was KATIE WHITE (2:56.43). Katie is a strong and able runner who’s just joined the club having moved to Manchester from her Scottish club. She ran a superb 2:56.43, dipping under the magical three hours from her previous marathon – her debut in Liverpool 2012 (3:01.40).
Next home was ROBERT DUNN in 2:58.34. Rob, with the club only a few weeks to ‘help improve me further’ following his 1:25 in the Wilmslow HM two weeks earlier, was ‘really pleased’ to dip under three hours and might have been even faster had he not suffered a ‘horrendous’ stitch. His outstanding memory was “the support along the route and the kid’s choir in Timperley”. He also raised £766 for the Christies.
Next was MIKE WYMER (M40) (4:17.45): This was Mike’s 2nd marathon with his debut in 2012 also in Manchester clocking 3:55.06. He attributed his slower time to ‘breathing problems’ so was pleased just to finish and aims to back to top form for the London Marathon. Again, he really appreciated the ‘great support’ from Harriers around the course.
VIVIENNE SLACK (L35) 3:01.32: Viv has recently joined the club from Manchester Triathlon Club. She's also a keen cyclist who rides with Manchester Wheelers and was making her marathon debut. She aimed for sub 3 hours so was slightly disappointed not to achieve it. However, she gave it everything and will surely be under the magical three hours next time.
PETER CRAWFORD (M35) (3:02.20). Pete was under par especially that he showed such great marathon promise in the 2011 Manchester marathon with an amazing 2:38.52 and also his 2:44.44 last year. Let’s hope he’ll be right back up there in 2015.
NICK PEACH (M50) (3:18.46): Nick was a nationally-ranked Sale Harrier as a youngster with such best times as 8.33.89 for the 3000m S/C in 1986 and 31.05 for 10,000m in 1994. He’s raced sparingly in recent years and says he was ‘bullied’ into this debut marathon by his nephew (who wanted to beat him); his wife who’d risen to the marathon challenge as part of her bucket list and a group of thirteen colleagues fund-raising for an orphanage in India. “It wasn’t easy” he wrote, “The last three weeks were enforced rest due to injury”
ANNE CHINOY (L40) (3:25.00): Delighted Anne wrote, “Wow - what a fantastic experience! Last year, I watched from mile 16 having just completed my first ever half-marathon and I resolved to enter in 2014. As a relative new-comer to running, I never imagined for a moment I’d be able to complete it in 3:25:00. The support en route was incredible and I was very proud to be wearing my Sale Harriers vest. Though I managed to run a negative split (just!), I inevitably found the last 8 miles really tough and the motivational support from fellow Sale Harriers and friends really spurred me on. I literally felt like I was running through treacle towards the end e. A very special thanks to JERRY SMITH for training with me over the past 5 months. I definitely couldn't have done it without him” Anne also raised nearly £1200 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association in memory of a close friend's father, Gerry Murray who was himself a marathon runner throughout his 40's, but passed away in November
GARETH MILLER (3:29.46): Gareth is another club newcomer making his marathon debut. Well done Gareth!.
ROBBIE GREENSLADE (M40) (3:32.04): Robbie was ‘absolutely delighted’ to finish his debut marathon and raise £700 for St. Ann’s Hospice. His outstanding memory was the support from Sale Harriers team mates who were marshalling. “It REALLY made a difference”, he said.
EMMA FINNEY (3:42.29). This was Emma’s 3rd marathon and she felt its pain more than any of the previous ones. Her PB of 3:20.53 was established at last year’s London marathon and the previous year she completed the Manchester Marathon in 3:26.26 so inevitably disappointment. You’ll be back fighting, Emma!
Unfortunately, committed runners JERRY SMITH and TIM RAINEY did not finish (DNF) This is a wise and sensible decision for runners under duress or injury. Jerry wrote, “I completely ran out of energy at mile 14” and Tim wrote, “ Pulled out before six miles - got a muscle tear in my right quad before 3 miles. They’ll be back!
Not everyone toed the line at Old Trafford! The Marathon also embraced Marathon 4 person relays and two person relays. There were 150 x four stage relay teams with three of them Sale Harriers. The first team home with the accumulated time of 3:17 were known as the “Mamas and Papas” MIKE BARRY ran the first leg, then CARA KAVANAGH, CAT JONES and HELEN ARMITAGE. Because Mike was really poorly on the day, struck down by a stomach bug, the team were about 20 minutes slower than they’d predicted. Nevertheless, the quartet were 8th team overall - and the first Sale team – having caught “The Yummy Mummies Team” in the last mile.
The Yummy Mummies completed the course in 3:18.51 for 9th place and 3rd ladies team. This quartet comprised LAUREN DAVIES, ALISON PYE, LYNDA ROWLINSON and JACKIE CORDINGLEY. It was Alison Pye’s first race back in green following her baby Ewan. She wrote, “I ran quicker than I expected and felt there was more to come which is promising with The Welsh Castles Relays and a 9.5 mile relay leg of the Chesterfield marathon lined up”. Lynda wrote, “A brilliant experience, a great way to soak up the marathon atmosphere without having to do all the hard work” and Jackie reported “I really enjoyed it. My fourth leg was on home territory along Manor Ave , Carrington Lane ,Church Rd to Stretford and Old Trafford so I enjoyed all the home support”
“The Manchester Tarts” that comprised AUDREY GRESTY, DIANE HENIGAN, KAREN SHEEN and DAWN HOLDING were ‘happy’ finishing in 3:42 despite being seven minutes slower than last year. Diane, now living in Liverpool and a member of Penny Lane Striders, had a great race; Audrey had a good run; Karen had to pull out the day before because of injury and was replaced by non-club member Cathy Jimenez who had an ‘awesome’ run and Dawn completed the quartet despite recovering from a hairline fracture of the rib and been out of action for 3 weeks.
There were also forty-one teams who ran a half-marathon each and the Sale Harrier duo of LOUISE ROBBINS (who ran to Altrincham) where JENNY MILES took over, finished a tremendous 8th team with a combined time of 3:50.17:
All participants agreed it was ‘a humbling experience’ to be cheered on by the full marathoners as they were passed. There was a further consensus that, though the relay was a great way to experience the marathon without having the gruelling task of the training and completing the whole thing, some felt a ‘bit of a fraud’ being cheered on by people who thought they’d run the entire distance and found themselves explaining they were part of a relay team. They, therefore are to propose to the organisers that future marathon relay teams wear a ‘Relay Team’ notice on their backs.
Finally and certainly not least was the club army of volunteers who marshalled the route around Sale. Not only did almost 60 members brilliantly ensure a safe and successful passage through Sale and but their enthusiastic support brought a smile, wave and n encouraging spring into the step of hard-working and tiring marathoners. They also raised a nice sum of money for club coffers. Finally, club Chairman DAVID BROWN CBE and his wife CAROL were again start/finish officials with David again the Marathon’s Chief Starter.
Posted 13/04/2014 22:55
Posted 13/04/2014 16:02
CHESHIRE 10k (30th March)
The Cheshire 10k is regarded as a flat, fast scenic one lap course and judging by participants times and feedback, it’s a ‘must for those wanting fast times. Dylan Stanway (38:40) is only U17 and recorded a superb time of 38.40 on his debut. M60 Nigel Fielden (42.09) is on the opposite end of the age-spectrum, and running faster than he has done for a decade. His time was even faster than last September’s Tameside 10k (43.43) and the more recent Trafford 10k (42.50). The club has a good group of M60 runners at present! Another M60 Geoff Beattie also has every reason to be encouraged. Following the disappointing Tarporley 10k (50.50) in February; an improved recent Trafford 10k (48.10) he’ll be popping the champagne corks with a rejuvenated 47.51. Jo Robbins (48.42) was especially impressive in that she’s only recovering from pregnancy and L50 Dawn Holding (49.29) is only just recovered from prolonged injuries this year. Brian Bradshaw (49.14) was ‘a bit disappointed’ but not without reason. he’s been piling on the miles for next week’s Manchester marathon relay and it was only his first race since last summer’s Sizzlers. Audrey Gresty (51.52) wasn’t far off her best 10k times in the past year.
Full results HERE
READING HALF MARATHON (March 2nd)
Matt Bond’s (66.05) 7th is a sign of his comeback to top form after injury and we hope he’ll no longer be blighted again by plantar fasciitis. He ran a great race in the early stages especially and was in the leading group of the country’s best runners like Steve Overall, Tory and Wicks. He sharpened up for it with a 5k in a PB of 14.26 at the Armagh International two weeks earlier.
Full results HERE
LIVERPOOL HM (23RD March)
Whilst most were pounding the roads around Wilmslow, we had a few do the tour of the Liverpool HM. Kevin Foster (1:26.01) was 90 seconds short of hs PB in the Great NW MH in February 12 and Diane Hennigan, settling into her new home in Liverpool that was part of the route, recorded 2:04.27.
Full results HERE
Posted 01/04/2014 00:44