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.
The sunny, autumnal day made for good running and spectating at Berry Park, Mansfield and was in contrast with last year's wet, muddy and slower conditions. As a person with 40 years running, this was my first visit to the Mecca of the ECCA National Cross-Country Championships since it moved there in 1989. It was inspirational not only to witness Britain's finest talent in full flow in their various age-groups from U13 upwards but to observe their gutsy determination epitomised at the start where club Chairman and Chief Starter David Brown CBE shouted himself hoarse restraining their nervous eagerness before the gun and then haring off clamouring for positions whilst vigorously elbowing out of their way those in their path.
It was a great day for the club which has promising squads with depth and talent and coached by excellent coaches who work together in unprecedented ways.
The most successful of the day's teams were our U13 girls. They won magnificent silver medals and the trio of Aine Cunningham, Ellie Twite and Olivia Green recorded the club's best result in twenty years. Indeed, Ellie even went into the lead on the second leg! Further, the 'B' team of Claudia Cowan, Frankie Hacker-Davis and Niamh Nugent, in only her second race for the team and a year young, finished top 'B' team in 12th place that, until last year would have placed them the club's best 'A' team since the Millennium. Congratulations to all the squad for whom these silver medals were only their latest. They're already this year's Northern Relay Champions and the current Northern XC and National XC bronze medallists. Among the U13 boys, Luke Mc Kendry, Luke Chesters and Harry Brown finished 30th of the eighty competing teams. All are still inexperienced in such a classy arena but nevertheless the performances of this squad were even better than at the MACCL match at Heaton Park a few weeks earlier.
Our U15 girls are also a great little squad who'll produce some good results in the future. All six who comprised the two teams pulled out all the stops and resulted in the A' team finishing 17th; the club's best result for years and the 'B' team finished 46th from the ninety-two national teams. Ciara Lydon finished a commendable 22nd; newcomer Amber Towns is making massive improvement in only her second club race and Catherine Podmore was the all-important third counter for the 'A' team. Then, it's well done to Flora Whyte, Alice Bruce and Hannah Simeen for their 'B' team performances. The U15 boys are a similar squad of runners evidenced by the 'A' team (Adam Roden, & Adam & Jake Spilbury) finishing 37th and the 'B' team (Dylan Stanway, Dylan Birchill and Adam Kinghorn) very close behind in 46th place. Well done to all of them.
Megan Davies, Chloe Yates and Rachel Hibberd finished 23rd in the U17 women's event, an improvement on last year with Megan and Chloe also improving their finishing positions with Rachel making her debut in this age-group. Well done to these girls for keeping the club's flag flying in a difficult age category.
It's a decade since the club could boast an U20 men's squad of the calibre of the current one. This formidable and well-knit group produced the club's best position since the section last won medals way back in 1999. Ryan Moore threw done the gauntlet to finish 7th; Charlie Hulson is in superb form and took the team into the silver medal position and newcomer Luke Betts sealed the final 6th place.
Finally then, the senior men! Again, a strong squad that had confidence of winning medals that have eluded them for at least twenty years. Despite James Bailey admitting his first leg disappointment, Antony Ford followed with a very strong second leg and Simon Horsfield was even faster again on the penultimate stage. There was excitement as in-form Matt Bond speeded off that he might haul back some of the 'escaped' scalps and return us to a medal contention. He battled well sometimes even leading the following group of four but was pipped to the line in the final chase by Morpeth's Mc Cormick to give us the final (excellent!) 5th place. Belgrave AC won the Championship and interestingly, the next five teams were all Northern Clubs - Leeds, Stockport, Morpeth, Sale and Altrincham. We finished three teams with the 'B' team of Gavin Hill, Gaz Raven, Daniel Bradford and Mike Kilmartin finishing an impressive 26th for 4th 'B' team nationally. Dean Hardman (who ran 1:15 quicker than last year despite being frustrated by injury), Chris Donnelly (cruised round having finished 6th in the Preston HM the previous weekend), Steve Townley (a warm-up for the Tatton HM the following day) and Dan Whittaker, completed the 'C' team in 89th place.
(Produced by Fechin Mc Cormick. Photos courtesy of http://www.darkstarphotos.com.)
Posted 07/11/2012 19:15
A small group of Sale Harriers made the trip to Cheshire at the weekend for Winsford's multi-terrain 10k race. Jerry Smith wrote, " Collecting our race numbers was chaotic with a lot of runners queuing in a small tent but once the race started it was a very pleasant course with wooded trails, a couple of hills and a section along the River Weaver. With everyone racing the next weekend this was essentially a training run with Zoe Gmerek, myself and Tim Rainey running as a group and Jenny Miles running with Zoe's friend Sarah. Even so, we all were pleased with our times. Jenny paced Sarah round to a pb and was 1st F60, and Zoe won a fine trophy for being first female over 30, presented to her by the Mayor of Winsford!
Posted 30/10/2012 08:29
October sun brought a carnival atmosphere to Heaton Park for the launch of the 2012/13 Manchester Area Cross-Country League (MACCL) at the weekend. Larger than normal numbers of competitors, spectators, families and the participation of Liverpool AC from this year, added quality, depth and atmosphere and ensured a superb afternoon of cross-country running.
The U13 girls are stronger than they've ever been thanks to their excellent coaching structure and current team spirit. It's rare that the section can complete as many as three teams. They convincingly won over Manchester AC and took the 3rd and 9th places also. Star performer was Aine Cunningham who won the race with team mate Olivia Green in 2nd place. Fantastic packing from Ellie Twite, Claudia Cowan, Frankie Hacker-Davis and Niamh Nugent ensured team victory with the 'B' and 'C' teams well inside the top ten. The U13 boy's were not so glorious largely due to the clash of Altrincham Schools the same afternoon. Finishing eight, watch out how they'll remedy that in future matches.
The U15 girls finished two teams with the quartet of Zara Thompson (3rd), Amber Towns (7th) Flora Whyte (11th) and Georgia Plant (12th) doing all they could to take second place behind a strong Stockport team. Adam Roden also had a good race in the U15 boys event to finish 3rd. He led the team into 2nd place with excellent packing from Euan Gilchrist, Daniel Brint, Andre Yiasuome, Dylan Styanweay and Dylan Burchill.
Newcomers Liverpool AC was totally dominant in the U17 event and took the top two positions. Our lads ran their guts out to finish 5th. Well done to the quartet. Andrew Metcalf, Halid Absiyeh and Jimmy Castle. In the girl's race Megan Davies in 4th place was the 1st Sale finisher with impressive running with Rachel Hibbert also doing well.
The U20's compete alongside the seniors and veterans. Again, thanks to excellent coaching attributable largely to Paul Roden and Norman Poole and with a superb team spirit, this large group in depth and quality has more prospects since the halcyon days of legend Alan Robertshaw. Charlie Hulson and Ryan Moore convincingly took the first two places with Callum Greenwood and Luke Betts making such a formidable quartet they were streets ahead of rivals Stockport. How long ago is it since any club, let alone Sale finished two teams in this category? In the women's event well done also to Misha Nayak- Naylor and Victoria Calderbank who were our only representatives.
Rarely if ever have the senior men finished five teams in this league. A closer than ever cohesion within the endurance groups; larger than ever numbers joining the Crossford Bridge sections; greater all-round team spirit; the formidable junior section and a renewed attitude among the 'elite' about participation in the league, meant the green hooped vests dominated the sharp end in a way not seen for several years. It was a delight to witness six club vests among the first eleven and club teams finishing an unprecedented 1st, 6th, 11th, 19th and 34th among the record 350 finishers and record 44teams. Keep it going lads!
Our women also did a fantastic job to finish an amazing five teams (5, 9.16, 20) and 26), again a tribute to a growing section with an excellent team spirit. Though unable (for the present!) to compete at the sharp end, thanks to the talented ability of Hayley Cavill and Jan Nichols, the progressive return of the likes of Cara O'Brien and Julie Price, the emergence of the likes of Sian Holland , Zoe Gmerek and Louise Robbins and ever reliable Alison Pye with several more talented girls unavailable, the section shows real promise this winter.
Amazingly, about 40% of the senior men's race and about 60% of the women's race field were veterans. Jerry Smith's appeal for a strong turnout meant a great start to the season for the section. The men's 'A' team finished 3rd and the women's A team 4th with equally strong performances from both the 'B' teams. Again, it was a great start to the season! Everyone who took part contributed to the final result. The re-emergence after several years of Paul Green (1st veteran) and Nick Peach (3rd M50) was one of the day's delights. With formidable and talented Ian Weatherall on the men's side and Jan Nicholls and Jackie Cordingley among the women and the progressive emergence of the likes of Steve Gavin, Zoe Gmerek, Helen Reagan, Louise Robbins and others, this section could do better than ever this winter.
As mentioned above, earlier in the morning many of our younger runners represented their schools in the Altrincham School's League. Lizzy Twite had a great run to win the primary girl's race with Beth Thornton 2nd and Tess Mc Hugh 3rd. In the boy's race Charlie Hobson had a comfortable win. Sale also had both winners in the year 7 races with Tia Blissett and Luke Chesters. Ciara Lydon showed a welcome return to form finished runner-up in the year 8/9 race with Alice Bruce 3rd and Mairead Power 4th.
The second of the five monthly matches this winter takes place at Sherdley Park on November 10th. Let's again see a very big turnout. (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick. Photos courtesy http://www.darkstarphotos.com/ and Fechin Mc Cormick.)
Posted 23/10/2012 10:36
The rearranged National 6 stage relays took place this weekend in Clumber Park, near Worksop. Following Sale's good showing at the Northern relays 3 weeks prior, we were able to field two teams in this respected event. The A team finished a commendable 5th, equalling our highest place since 2008 and considering the team was only 30 seconds from medals and a minute off becoming National Champions, it was probably their best performance for twenty years. The A team was made up with 4 members under the age of 22 and the B team who finished 35th had 3 further under 23s showing promise for not only next year but the extended future!
Matt Bond, fresh from recent successes at the Great North Run and Nottingham Half Marathon led the team off. Matt played cat and mouse with the lead bunch before breaking clear and bringing the team home in 1st as well as running the 5th quickest time of the day. Niall Brooks took over on second leg and with the pack close behind came back in a close 5th place. Charlie Hulson then took over and ran a sensible leg, tracking the front runners and coming home in 4th only being taken by the in-form Jonny Mellor and a fast finishing Newham runner. Simon Horsfield, suffering from a cold, had an excellent run pushing on in the second lap of the 5.1k course to chase down the runners in front of him and close the gap to the then leaders AFD to move into 2nd place. Ryan Moore, a late call up to the A team, marked his debut running a solid leg against the high quality field and brought the team home in 6th. James Bailey then took the last leg, with the medals just out of reach, he focussed on closing down the gaps in front and brought the team home in a respectable 5th place.
The B team started with Ryan Worland, who was clearly ill but put in a solid 1st leg, Luke Betts marked his debut running the quickest leg of the team passing 13 runners. Chris Middleton, also making his senior debut, again ran a solid leg picking up a further 2 places. Dan Bradford, another ill member and late call up to the team, shook of the effects and ran the 2nd quickest time for the team taking a further 7 places. Mike Kilmartin, the senior of the B team, ran a good leg taking a further place. Rob Flannery, racing in the National Fellsl Relays on the Sunday, took over and made up another place and finished in 35th place while also being the 6th B team on the day.
Submitted by team manager James Bailey
Posted 16/10/2012 22:42
Races can vary on a significant number of factors, including severity, competition and terrain. However there was no variation when it came to this years UKA Fell and Hill championships, as every factor could be summerised as EPIC.
Sale took three teams to this year's Fell Champs, held in Church Stretton in the Shropshire hills on a beautiful autumnal day. The relays are a combination of four legs, first and last are flagged solo legs, the second is a flagged pairs run and the third is a pairs navigation run.
Mens A team finished 65th, with top performers going to the duo of Steve McCarron/Chris Donnelly and team Barber-Ashby who glided around the course 44th position. Men's B finished 90th, with Elton Davies having a stormer, even beating the A team on the first leg. It was also refreshing to see Jason Bowers back in a vest. The ladies, finished 24th ladies team. All six of them did really well. jenny Clink began the ball rolling who passed it onto the dynamic duo of Hayley Cavill and Jan Nicholds. The navigation leg was undertaken by Helen Armitage and Lou Robbins with the team being completed by Kimberly Wilson.
Even though Sale is not the best conducive environment to regually train on for these types of races, we all put 100% in and had a great day out. To finish the day off, we all headed to the pub for a few swift ones before heading back to Manchester.
Posted 16/10/2012 10:15
This weekend at the Northern 4 stage Cross Country relays in Graves Park in Sheffield.
Sale sent a couple of strong teams with the aim of challenging for the championship and were rewarded with 1st place and a very credible 4th from a promising young B team.
This event is still in it's infancy after being established in 2010 with Sale sending its first team last year where they finished 7th. This year on first leg for the A team was Niall Brooks, for the B team Ryan Moore and the C team Chris Middleton. Niall came in in 1st place with Ryan in 2nd a further 10 seconds back on the hilly 2 mile course, with Chris coming back in 14th place. Off on second leg was Simon Horsfield, Callum Greenwood and Dillon Bezzina. Simon ran a brisk leg and kept the A team in 1st place with Callum dropping a few place to 5th, although after turning his ankle earlier in the week he performed well while clearly in discomfort. Dillon ran a solid leg and brought the C team in 21st place.
Charlie Hulson, Ryan Worland and a second leg from Ryan Moore were the 3rd leg runners. Charlie put in a promising performance and extended the lead over 2nd place Leeds to 16 seconds, Ryan Worland gained a place for the B team coming in in 4th with Ryan Moore picking up 9 places to bring in the C team in 12th place. For the final leg James Bailey was tasked with maintaining the lead, Luke Betts was looking to make up time on the 3rd placed runner and Chris Middleton, on his second leg, to make up as many places as possible. Luckily James did not disappoint and brought the team home for Gold, with Leeds second. Luke, who recently joined the club, was unfortunately not able to make up time on 3rd placed Derby but still came home in a very credible 4th. Chris rounded off the event finishing the C team in 11th place.
This will hopefully be the start of more medals on the country later this year.
Report by James Bailey
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Posted 08/10/2012 08:43
Macclesfield Half Marathon is popular local race, although it's a tough course with several challenging hills. An intrepid band of Sale Harriers faced up to the challenge and there were many fine performances:
Chris Donnelly 1:19:02 for 13th place (and a prize!) Mike Ashby
1:24:17 Francis Sweeney 1:32:25 - over 8 minutes faster than in
Posted 02/10/2012 07:45
The sun shone gloriously this weekend, as did our Sale runners at the Northern Road Relay Championships in Leigh Sports Village.
Sale started this first meet of the winter season on a high note with the U13 girls winning the Northern Road Relay title. Aine Cunningham ran a superb first leg, which was also the fastest 3k in this hotly contested category. This gave the team of three a clear lead over the competition, further extended by Olivia Green and Ellie Twite on 2nd and 3rd legs, to beat the competition by a clear margin.
The U15 boys should be commended for finishing 2 teams in their race in 15th and 24th place.
In the U17 women's relay Megan Davies had a great run on the first leg coming in second place with the third fastest time of the day. Chloe Yates and Hannah Christy ran well to bring the team home in 5th place.
The senior ladies finished 3 full teams with strong performances from Lucy O'Gorman and Jan Nicholls. The A team would have finished well inside the top 20 had a marshall not sent one of our runners the wrong way.
There was plenty of hustle and bustle at the start of the mens race with close to 100 teams toeing the line and of those 5 were members of Sale Harriers. Team spirit was high and there was plenty of chatter at the team meeting point close to the start finish line, with a great scope of age groups from under 20's to over 50's. Of the teams that had been put together it was hopeful that the A team may medal, the B team qualify for the Nationals (if and where they go ahead following the e-coli outbreak in Sutton Park), with the C team aiming to place as high as possible and the D and E teams were set to battle each other.
The A team finished an agonising 4th behind eventual winners Altrincham, who were able to put out their best 6 runners including a London Olympic marathon runner, 2nd placed Liverpool and then Salford. The B team did extremely well in finishing inside the top 10, their 10th place finish was not only the first B team but also put them ahead of the majority of A teams and a further 4 places ahead of Leeds B team.
The C team had again had a very good result in finishing 37th, again beating many other A teams and being first C team a full 9 places and 2 minutes 30 seconds ahead of Liverpool C team. The D team were close on the heels of the C team in 48th a full 17 places ahead of the next D team. Finally the E team finished 73rd out of the 86 finishing teams, only 2 clubs finished this many teams and Sale can proudly say we were first counters in the B through to E teams.
The senior mens team cosisted of Niall Brooks, Anthony Ford, Simon Horsfield, Gareth Raven, James Bailey and Charles Hulson finishing in 4th place. The men finished 5 full teams in this year's event with no incomplete teams. Well done to all those who made the effort.
And a short video of the event focusing on Sale Senior men and women can be found here:
With thanks to Terry Lonergan.
Written by Pete Shaw and James Bailey.
Posted 01/10/2012 20:55
On Sunday morning 5 hardy Harriers made their way to Swinton for the Swinton 10 Miler hosted by Swinton running club this race is the 3rd 10 miler replacing the old Swinton HalfMarathon.
The weather was chilly with more than a speck or two of rain in the air. The race consisted of 2 hill ladened laps particulary the long slog up Lancaster road was in itself more of a mental battle. Also with the wet weather some of the roads were quite tricky under foot.
First home was Louise Robbins who finished 2nd in her category with a time of 1.16.02, She was followed by Brian Bradshaw 1.22.54, next home was Dawn Holding a minute quicker than last year with a time of 1.23.32 followed by Audrey Gresty 1.27.34, Rosa Elliot completed the set coming in at 1.38.15.
The Sale Ladies finished 5th in the team event.
photos courtesy of www.hsphotos.co.uk
Posted 01/10/2012 20:55
The 2012 Manchester Parks |Grand Prix series has offered excellent value with 5 local
Races for just £25. The series concluded last Sunday with the Salford Harriers promoted
BOGGART CHASE 10K starting and finishing at the Boggart Hole Clough track in North Manchester.
13 harriers were amongst the field of 101 which tackled the very challenging course which incorporates 5 hills; several members had already a good measure of hill work the previous day in the Lantern Pike Fell race! An unfortunate clash?!
The race was won by Mohammed Abu-Razeq in 32.50, roughly 2 minutes slower than his norm indicating the severity of the course. Times of the harriers were
7. Rob Flannery 37.06
8 Steve Townley 37.17
17 Dave Marsh 40.32
19 Jan Nicholls 1st F40 41.07 (3rd overall)
33 Frank Cordingley 4th V50 43.43
35 Jerry Smith 3rd V55 43.49
40 Terry Lonergan 2nd V60 44.55
43 Lynda Rowlinson 1st F50 46.13
46 Jackie Cordingley 2nd F50 47.26
50 Lauren Davies 49.07
67 Brian Bradshaw 6th V50 52.24
84 Jenny Miles 1st F60 57.50
95 Don George 1st V75 66.33
Grand Prix series winners will be added later but notable prize winners included Rob Flannery, Terry Lonergan, Jackie Cordingley, Lynda Rowlinson, Brian Bradshaw and Frank Cordingley.
Posted 19/09/2012 15:09