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.
On Wednesday 25th July Jerry Smith, Zoe Gmerek, Rob Flannery, Dave Marsh and Jenny Miles took on the Black Knight Charge near Hyde. It was organised by East Cheshire and was a 6 mile trail race. Wrote Jenny Miles, "Conditions were tough as it was extremely humid and hot as well as it being a very hilly off-road course." Despite this some people did well. Zoe was first L35, Jerry was first M55 and Rob came 5th overall.
Three days later, a number did the hilly Great Warford 10, organised by Wilmslow RC. Steven Townley was 17th with a time of 1:00:30; Jan Nicholls was first lady (she's making a habit of this!) 1:04:17; Tim Kennedy (who paced Jan) same time; Zoe Gmerek 1:12:52 and Jerry Smith 1:12:53 (they ran this as a training run); Sian Holland 1:15:05; Lauren Davies 1:21:27. Jenny Miles was first L60 with a two minute PB in 1:33:58 (the first one set on her 60th birthday on a totally flat course,). Sale Ladies (Jan, Zoe and Sian) were second to Wilmslow RC by a small margin.
Posted 31/07/2012 12:08
Two weekend ago, Richard Potter a keen cyclist and runner, completed the classic Land's End to John O'Groats cycle ride to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Care. Because of limited time, he decided to cycle the 900 miles in a continuous relay on the same bike with his three cousins. They set off from Land's End at midday on Friday and amazingly reached John O'Groats just after 4pm on Sunday an exhausting 52 hours later. The total distance was just over 932 miles with 12,000 ft of climbing. Richard rode every other hour the first night from 9pm - 5am. The whole objective of the mammoth challenge was to raise money for Macmillan so any sponsorship that anyone can offer would be very much appreciated by them - it really is a great cause. If you can, please visit www.justgiving.com/ena-shaw-lejog
CARL CARRIES REAL RELAY TORCH
THE WIZARD 5
Posted 18/07/2012 08:41
It was a great day of 'first' places for the club in the weekends Debdale 7k, the penultimate of the Manchester Parks Grand Prix series that's been touring across Manchester through the summer.
Rob Flannery gave the latest indication he's getting back to his best after several years on the sidelines by winning the race in a creditable time of 24.21. Louise Whittaker also won the women's section. Louise could be among the country's finest and most graceful runners but has been blighted by injury. She's back running her third race and second victory in a week. Jan Nichols is maintaining her winning form by being the first F40 home and tops her age-category for the series. Jackie Cordingly won her F50 race and so consolidates her winning position in the series and retains an impressive series of age-group victories that go back almost a decade. Evergreen Jenny Miles, by also winning her F60 category, is well on her way to winning her first Grand Prix. Well done also to Brian Bradshaw who notched up 3rd place in the M50 category with another PB of three minutes and indomitable M60 Terry Lonergan who was also third. Sale also won two the team races. The trio of \Richard Edwards and Steven Townley clinched the men's race and Louise Whittaker, Jan Nichols and Jackie Cordingley secured the women's event (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 10/07/2012 09:34
The first of the 2012 Sale Sizzler 5k series took place in
Wythenshawe Park on Thursday evening and was the traditional big
success. Over 400 runners of all abilities took part on an evening
that threatened rain but turned out to be perfect conditions. This
major club promotion that race director Fechin Mc Cormick launched
after the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games has the duel objective
of providing athletic excellence and encouraging community health
and fitness as well as raising much needed funds for the club
coffers. . Both objectives were admirably achieved.
Posted 09/07/2012 14:29
After eventually breaking the 3 hour marathon mark, endurance
runner Oliver Gaillemin thought it time to head back to the long
stuff. Hence, he agreed to a friend's suggestion that they join for
the Verdon Gorge Challenge, run around the deepest Gorge in Europe,
just a little north of Nice. 101km, 6,500m of climb, heat and
unforgiving terrain was promised. How could he resist. His friend
then pulled out with 6 days to go... and Oliver describes the epic
Posted 03/07/2012 08:05
Highlighting again the continued expansion of the road running section of Sale Harriers, nearly 30 travelled to Tintwistle on a pleasant June evening to take part in the Round The Ressers 5 miler. With 6 Sale Harriers in the top 10 we slightly dominated the results sheet. Paul Green took first place with Mike Hatch not far behind. Gary and Callum Rowlinson battled it out for 7th spot. Steve McCarron shows his return to form in 9th place followed by Richard 'Eddie' Edwood in 10th.
The men took the men's team prize consisting of Paul, Mike, Gary and Callum, beating East Cheshire into second spot. The ladies managed 2nd place behind a strong Stockport team. The team contained the superb Jan Nichols who also took first lady honours and 1st vet 40; Louise Robbins, Zoe Gemerek and Jackie Cordingley who also took the Ladies vet 50 prize.
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Posted 28/06/2012 08:47
LYMN 5K & NORTH CHESHIRE OVERVIEW
Saturday's Lymn 5k drew to a conclusion Alty AC and Spectrum Striders North Cheshire 5 x 5k races around Cheshire lanes and countryside. Within the club, this series is used by a relatively small group, most of whom are loyal patriots to the series over the years, to 'loosen out' following the strenuous Winter and Spring of Marathon and half-marathon and as a precursor to the club's ever popular 4 x 5k Sizzler series in Wythenshawe Park that annually produces so many of the club's lifetime best 5k performances.
Despite the popularity of this series generally, this final race at Lymn always has the small club turn-out with this year only a junior (Dylan Stanway) and two veterans (Jerry Smith and Jenny Miles) toeing the line.
Overall, the club's fastest man through the series was Mike Kilmartin ((16:27 at Bowden) followed by Carl Barber (17.03 at Dunham 2) and Mike Ashby (17.07 at Dunham 2). These guys times were all very close to their best ever performances. Jo Street was the club's fastest female with a long awaited PB of of 20.51 at Hollins Green that was also the biggest PB of the series. Age-group wise the performances of the series was youthful L60 Jenny Miles with a best of 27.16 at the Lymm 5k; M55 Jerry Smith who produced his fastest of 19.45 at Hollins Green and M50 Brian Bradshaw who pulled out his latest PB of 22.16 at Bowden.
WE LOVE MANCHESTER 10K
After fears of torrential downpours, this popular race around the Eithed Stadium at Sportcity was run in much drier conditions that had been experienced over the preceding 72 hours! Fourteen club members were among the one thousand finishers but since only one submitted for their club website a result with a comment it's not possible to convey any information on which were PB's, PW's.....or whether their performances were good, bad or indifferent. Come on! Guys. Let's be having your news! Photographs can be viewed on www.hsphotos.co.uk
Peter Crawford (34:35): "The course was tougher than I envisaged. I was hoping to break 34 minutes. This, my fourth ten kilometre race, is helping him to improve mypace judgement.
Carl Barber M40 35.41
James Ketley 35.44
Nicholas Whittle 36:21
Dillon Bezzina 38.00
Alan Pitman 38:36
Kevin Mahon 42.51
Kimberley Wilson 44.31
Julie Price 45:07
Geoff Beattie 45:00
Jo Slinger 48:14
Dawn Holding 48:46
Karen Sheen 52.47
Mike Hughes 1:02.19
Simon Jackson ran the first ever Lancaster marathon and finished 12th in 3.18. Though short of his PB by 10 mins, he was quite happy seeing as only top 3 runners got sub 3hr times due to a very hilly course in driving rain. Just a few weeks earlier Simon finished another brutal event , the Buxton Half Marathon. In heavy rain, big hills and zero visibility he was happy to finish eleventh in 1:29.00 which was eight minutes faster than in 2010
Club newcomer, Jeane Mc Callum has just returned from her second trip to the famous Comrades marathon in South Africa, "Again, it was an amazing and despite the agony, I'll be back!" she said. She wrote, "On June 3rd I set my alarm for 0030 in the middle of winter in South Africa to catch a bus from downtown Durban up through the Valley of 1000 hills for the start of my second Comrades marathon. Last year was an 'up' run - from the sea to the peak so this year was my chance for my 'back to back' medal - and my first attempt at the 'down' run from PMB back to Durban. It was a very chilly, windy 5.30am start. We ran into the wind at one point which made it very tough going. It took me about 20 km to even settle into a pace and I didn't shed all my extra layers until we got to halfway (44.5 km in 5 hrs 24). The first half has a lot of up - but the hills weren't bothering too much at this stage. The kms kept going by and I was feeling quite strong. There was the usual amazing crowd support and fantastic aid stations every couple of kms which kept me fuelled with Energade and potatoes! The notorious Fields Hill didn't smash my legs as much as I expected it to, and I used the several kms of steep down to try and gain some time as my splits were putting me at risk of missing the 11 hour cut off. From Fields you can see Durban and the sea in the distance - but from here - the last 20km were pretty horrific with muscle pain and tiredness really kicking in - and the steep climbs as you come into Durban - and the last of the Big 5 hills didn't help. I was so tired I even walked in the last 1500m! But I'd somehow managed to do the second half in 5hrs 12, bringing me in at 10:36 for my second bronze medal and my back to back! It's an amazing, if painful race, and the camaraderie en route and the crowd support (who line the streets from dawn with their barbecues and beer) make it something you'll never forget. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone keen to try a challenge beyond a standard road marathon - and where else will you get the chance to run alongside men dressed in traditional zulu gear?
PLATT FIELDS 10k
Brother and sister Jackie Cordingley and Brian Bradshaw both walked away with prizes and endured deep water around a soggy Platt Fields Park in Manchester. Lynda Rowlinson also took away a prize.
(Researched and written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 25/06/2012 22:11
Men's Team Take Silver!
The Welsh Castles Relay is fast becoming THE annual running event of the year after yet another successful year for Sale Harriers. The event, which is a 200 mile relay stretching the full length of Wales broken into 20 legs, was yet again fully embraced by Sale Harriers this year as the Men took second and the Women came fourth ladies' team.
Dave Rodgers carefully selected a team which had the potential to improve on last years third position with the objective of overhauling the 51 mins which they would require to take victory from London based club, Serpentine. Unfortunately, this wasn't to be, as they fell short by 26 mins however they beat Les Croups to settle for a well deserved second.
Day 1 kicked off with some impressive performances with all but one leg finishing in the top 10. Performance of the day came from the Ravonator, who banished his defeat two years ago to cruise to victory by two minutes on the horrendous 13 mile leg into Newtown. Notable other performances included: Mike Hatch (3rd), Elton Davies (2nd), Richie Edwards (3rd) and Mike Kilmartin (4th). Saturday also saw two castle's virgins dipping their toe in the competition with Mark Windsor and Ian IRJ Jones. Both did well, with positions of 4th and 6th respectively.
Following an overnight halt in the swanky accommodation of Highgate, and the team lying in third , Day 2 began at the unearthly hour of 7am. The early Sunday stages were a slight blip on the overall performances as positions slipped out of the top ten through Pistol Pete Crawford (11th), Oli Gaillemin (10th) and Paul Barrett (12th). Barrett also had the embarrassment of being chicked on his leg! The rest of the team secured top ten finishers with the best of them coming from Gary Rowlinson (3rd), Chris Donnelly (3rd) and Carlos Barber (3rd). Incidentally, Chris was also chicked, however his performance can be excused as he was up against Louise Damen from Winchester, who went on to take the stage record for leg 18. Mike Ashby took the team home in the grand settings of Cardiff Castle to complete the relay in 21 hours and 57 seconds.
Not many running clubs in the entire country could provide 20 dedicated ladies to take on the castles relay. However this is not a problem for a club of this stature as they attempted to make it to Cardiff for the second consecutive year. Audrey Gresty kicked things off and there were some fantastic performances on day 1, particularly from Belinda Hammond who was four mins faster than last year, Dawn Holding and Sian Holland. The performance of the day was produced by super vet Jan Nichols who was first lady on leg 7.
Linda Rowlinson accompanied Pistol Pete to the start of his leg at the crack of dawn on Sunday and this was followed by Alison Pye and Kimberly Wilson who came third and forth lady respectively. Other notable performances came from marathon superstar Hayley Cavill (3rd) on the way to Drovers Arms on leg 14, Jo Street (2nd) and Castles debutant Zoe Gmerek (2nd).
Overall the ladies team made a vast improvement on last year by over an hour which is very impressive and they will look to build on this for next year and look to challenge Serpentine and Les Croupiers.
Following the relay, the team headed into Cardiff for some well deserved beers and a team meal with discussions already well underway for next years event. Thanks must go to a range of people including Sian and Mike Ashby who produced the transport plan, Dave and Lauren for team selection and all the drivers and navigators who ensured the team travelled the length of Wales without any hitches.
Posted 12/06/2012 10:27
The Diamond Jubilee weekend delivered its own 'Wow's' for members on the roads. In the Hollins Green 5k that second of five 5k races through Cheshire parks and villages, almost everyone clocked a lifetime best or season's best performance. Well done to all.
Carl Barber M40 (17.10): Nearly thirty seconds faster than in last summer's Sizzler
Dan Whittaker (17.17): His best yet....in this 2nd running 'revival'.
Steven Townley (17.20): His second fastest from over 30 x 5k's in recent years. (PB 17.06)
Paul Barrett (18.31): his PB from a 2006 Sizzler is 16.41
Frank Cordingley M50 (19:28) A SB - 30 seconds faster than at Dunham Massey.
Jerry Smith M55 (19:45): One of the best! PB of 19.07 is from Sale Mayday 5k in 2009.
Jo Street (20:51): 90 sec over course best & 30 seconds faster than Dunham Massey
Brian Bradshaw M50 (22:16): Another PB by thirty seconds over last summer's Sizzler
Jenny Flanagan (23:25). One of the best
Jenny Miles L60 (26:17) A SB. Best is 26.06 from last summer's Sizzler
Congratulations also to Jo Street who, the following day, participated in the Gt.Manchester Cycle - the 56 mile 'elite section and finished a very impressive third lady. I personally witnessed her impressive speed along Salford Quays.
(Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 05/06/2012 17:45
Despite an exceptionally hot day more suitable for picnicking than racing, the club's Sale '5' produced a host of superb performances. The second of five races in the Manchester Parks Grand Prix had twenty-seven Sale vests toe the line. Interestingly, add to them the twenty from Manchester Front Runners and both clubs together comprised a third of the total turn-out.
The club claimed several victories! University life's not unduly affecting Callum Rowlinson who retained the junior men title for fifth place. His 28.11was only a few seconds short of last year's PB. Mum Lynda (35:28) further displayed the family running prowess with an even faster time than last year. She's consolidated her objective to become the 2012 Grand Prix champion. Likewise, L50 Jackie Cordingley. Already a six times Grand Prix age-group Champion and despite running 1:49 half marathon in Riga (Latvia) a few days earlier and an impressive Parkrun 5k twenty-four hours earlier, she produced a time (35:28) identical to last year. Congratulations again to Jan Nichols who collected her latest L40 award with a glowing time of 32.16 that's her latest PB by over two minutes. M60 Terry Lonergan was also an age category winner in a time (35.24) just a few seconds slower than last year. Finally, Don George, the club's longest serving member with over sixty years under his belt and bionic knees would have been fist M75 had prizes stretched that far. Team wise, we had almost a clean sweep of victories.
Further, five members made their 5-mile debut and set good future benchmarks - Steven Townley (29:27), Alan Pitman (31.13), Steve Gavin (31.41), David Rich (32.20) and Alistair Kell (35.27) and a further six drank from the elixir of running that are magical PB's - Carl Barber (28.59), Nicholas Whittle (29.10), Dan Whittaker (29.15), Ben Fox (34.02) and Brian Bradshaw (39.26).
In the Young Athletes 3k race, well done in such conditions but special congratulations must go to Francesca Brint and Saeed Absiyeh who won their boys and girls U13 races and to Bethany Thornton who won the U11 girls race. Noteworthy also is that in the U17 boys race, the club finished four in the first eight - Kyle Conway, Matthew Metcalf, Khalid Absiyeh and Dillon Bezzina.
DUNHAM MASSEY 5K
Two days earlier, there was the traditional launch of the summer 5k season with the long established North Cheshire series of five 5k races through Cheshire's parks and villages. Though the race had its maximum of two hundred and fifty entries, few this year were Sale Harriers. M40 Lee Woods was our first man home in 17.58. This was Lee's first outing on the course since 2009. Age shall not weary him for he was only four seconds slower than three years ago. It was Chris Heys first outing on the course since 2008 when he clocked an impressive 16.04 for third place. This year his 18:53 was due to the frustration of prolonged injury. This was M50 Frank Cordingley's second of four races in eight days. He and Jackie had just returned from visiting their daughter in Riga and took in the city's Marathon and Half-Marathon. Frank recorded 3:42.29 there that was a minute's improvement on the Manchester Marathon. He'll be faster than 19:58 when his legs recover. This was Sian Holland's Dunham Massey debut and well she did! Her 20:06 was just seven seconds short of her PB in last year's Sizzler. In contrast, Mike Wharton is a regular to the series. He's had his best results in 2010 and 20.06 this year he'll see as a good launch-pad to return to sub twenty times. Jo Street is also a regular since 2007 with her fastest being 21:27. This year, she recorded 22:39!
Three also crossed the border for the Edinburgh Marathon. M50 Jerry Smith and L60 Jenny Miles, who'd endured the dreadful conditions of the Manchester marathon, contended with uncharacteristically hot conditions in Edinburgh. Jerry, who's PB of 3:15.48 from the 2009 Edinburgh Marathon, ran to plan until after half-way when the heat took its toll. He was happy to cross the line in 3.33.43, some ten minutes slower than in Manchester. Similarly, Jenny got to half way and, whereas in the Manchester marathon she couldn't feel her fingers for the cold, this time she felt 'her legs falling off' from the heat and sensibly dropped out. Both Jerry and Jenny are to be congratulated for belatedly winning their age-group prizes in the Manchester Marathon. Newcomer James Addie made his Marathon debut finishing in 3.25.26.
THE DOVESTONE DIAMOND TRAIL 10K
The club also had much success in the Dovestone Reservoir 10km trail race, used as a warm-up for the Welsh Castles Relays in two weeks. On a lovely warm night, the men and the women came away with the team prizes and several individual prizes. Paul Green was third and Jan Nicholls was second. Ben Fox was first junior man and Lynne Yates won an age prize. Helen Armitage might also have been among the prizes had she not started too slow only to be held up in a traffic jam climbing for the first few km. The evening success and fun was dimmed when poor Lauren Davies had a really nasty fall before the race; was temporarily hospitalised and remained rather battered and bruised for several days.
BUPA LONDON 10K & BLACKPOOL SANDS 10K
Zoe Gmerek flew the club's flag in the BUPA London 10k. In heat more intense than Manchester, when she realized she wasn't on target at 5k, she 'pottered'; stopped twice and was happy just to finish in just under 45 minutes. Kimberley Wilson spent her day on the beach in the Blackpool Sands 10k. Not a PB course, 45.57 made our newcomer second lady overall.
(Researched and written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 29/05/2012 14:57