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.
A large number of the club's Endurance/Fells section made their annual trip to The Calderdale Way Relay. All had prepared seriously with weekend 'reccies' and serious hill sessions. The men tried hard, with the open 'B' and 'mixed' team doing well on a day of glorious sunshine, sporting fellowship and in beautiful countryside.
Our best team was the mixed team which were in 25th place at one point; finishing 34th, in 7:36:46. The Sale B team came 59th with Bill and Ben Fox a creditable 27th on their leg. 8:46:07 overall. Unfortunately our A team was disqualified after a kit check. All runners were required to carry a minimum safety kit including a whistle, compass, map and fully body cover.
Several days earlier, many of the team turned-out for the Mobberley Round The Runway race, a popular multi-terrain race that this year was affected by recent heavy rain. Finishing strongly in the top twenty were Gary Rowlinson (6th), Mike Hatch (9th), Ritchie Edwards (11th), Carl Barber (12th and 1st V40), and Steven Townley (16th). Next for the men were Paul Barrett, Chris Heys, Mike Wharton (who sensibly opted for trail shoes), Jerry Smith, John Battersby and newcomer Darren Goodson. The women were also strongly represented, being led home by Jan Nicholls (in sensational form at the moment and making Paul Barrett work a little harder than he'd intended) coming 3rd female and 1st L40, followed by Helen Armitage, Zoe Gmerek, Jo Street, Lauren Davies and Jenny Miles. Zoe regretted heeding the advice of one of the more experienced male runners that 'you'll be fine in road shoes', and Jenny also suffered from wearing the wrong shoes although she still won her age category.
They weren't the only ones 'strutting' the stuff! Seven days earlier Alison Pye had a great weekend. She competed over 1500m in the Northern T & F League and ran her fastest time for five years clocking 5mins 30 sec. The following day, she then came 2nd lady in her local 10k beathe only by the World Duathlon Champion for her age for the last 2 years,
Across the 'pond' Matt Bond has also been running out of his 'skin! He ran 13:51 at the Stanford University Payton Jordan Cardinal Invite to knock a further 4/5s off the PB he ran nine days previously in LA. He's now only six seconds away from the club record
On the other extreme of distance, newcomer Mark Windsor took part in an epic 28 mile run from Helsby to Old Trafford for Relay GB who aimed to break the world record for a continuous marathon around Britain.....and that was a day after recording a PB in the BUCS 10,000m at the Olympic Stadium in 34.44
Still on the 10k distance, newcomer Nicholas Whittle competed in
the tough multi-terrain Kildare 10K, (Ireland) Over 4,500 took part
and he'd strongly recommend the weekend to SHM next year for a
great Irish atmosphere! He trailed in 9th place with a time of 38
mins 43 sec.
The weekend also saw many County T & F Championships. Well done to Men's team manger, Dean Hardman, retired sprinter and emerging 5k specialist, who took a silver medal (from a bumper field of 4) at the Nottinghamshire County Championships in an impressive 16:29.7
(Compiled by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 15/05/2012 10:17
The club's fell-running section got into their stride over the May Bank Holiday in preparation for several summer events especially The Welsh Castles Relay. The relay, less than a month away, is certainly proving to be a catalyst to sharpen athlete's racing skills with a healthy number throwing themselves into tough and challenging races.
Last Saturday saw five harriers head up to Saddleworth for the annual Cake Race. This lovely race is a 10 mile trail event which takes in a variety of terrain across the Manchester/Yorkshire boarder. The organisers not only put on an amazing race, they also encourage all runners to make a cake, which this year was no let down, as all finishers were presented with a myriad of cakes, from rocky road to lemon drizzle. All five harriers finished in the top 20, ensuring the team prize of 20 cans of Boddingtons headed back to South Manchester. Runners in results order were: Paul Green- 3rd, Phil Scowcroft- 15th, Paul Barrett-16th, Mike Ashby- 17th, Ian Jones- 20th.
Sunday witnessed a larger volume of harriers, mainly due to the fact that this was a club championship race, take on the Bluebell Challenge over in Halifax. Prior to the race, a number of athletes distributed some Sizziler leaflets to assist in the club's races. Following this altruistic gesture, sixteen athletes lined up to take on 10.5 miles of rolling Yorkshire countryside which involved a mile solid climb up the infamous 'Trouper Lane' and a refreshing river crossing near to the end. Mike Hatch spent twenty minutes before the race worrying about what shoes to wear and the length of his socks. The correct choice must have been made as he managed a top five finish. The other men who finished were: Richie Edwards, Gary Rowlinson, Elton Davies, Paul Barrett, Frank Cordingley, Carl Cleghorn and Jerry Smith. The women continue to dominate the team prizes, fresh after scooping the Buxworth 5 race on Wednesday, they were at it again, with Jan Nichols, Helena Butler and Zoe Gmerek taking the women team prize. Other finishers were Jackie Cordingley, Lauren Davies, Belinda Hammond, Jenny Clink and Katie Reece. See full results at :- http://www.stainlandlions.com/Results/2012/ResultsBluebell2012.pdf
Following the race, the championship leaders are: Paul Barrett (SM), Belinda Hammond (SW), Gary Rowlinson (VM) and Jan Nichols (VW). Next race is " Round the Ressers" in June. (Written and presented by Paul Barrett)
Posted 08/05/2012 15:11
Manchester threw its best and worst at marathoners at the inaugural Gt.Manchester Marathon. The fiercest wind and rain Manchester had to offer so pelted runners and marshals that races in other parts of the country were cancelled including the club's first National Junior League T & F match of the season in Preston. However, it did not deter inspirational good humour and boundless resilience. Everybody certainly deserved their medals and the heartiest clap on the back.
The Club's first man home had a sensational run and displayed untapped potential. Still new to running and in his inaugural marathon, Peter Crawford finished a superb 8th in 2:39.00. With less wind and rain and continued club support throughout the race, he can knock chunks off that! Dave Howlett was also a sensation in his inaugural marathon. With a background in shorter distance and little marathon specific training, he did extremely well in adverse conditions to clock 2:56.24.
It was also Chris Donnelly's debut and he too did better than expected to record 2:57.20. Given the adverse conditions and the knowledge you've got to respect the final miles of a Marathon, he'll go much faster in future. Robert Flannery is also a 'shorter' distance man just returning to running and completely lacking those marathon miles. He also did extremely well in the conditions to clock 2:58.31. Stephen Townley was the next home, also making his debut and clocked what he must regard as a satisfactory 3:03.13 in the conditions.
The next two home - Lee Woods and Olivier Gaillemin had run London the previous week and bemoaned injuries that prevented their best performances. It was surprising they should take on the marathon so soon again but they did it in good cheer with good-natured 'high-fives' generously distributed to club marshals along the route. Lee performed better, his 3:11.21 just two minutes short of London whilst Olivier's 3:17.33 was twenty minutes slower.
Congratulations to Gary Willcock, a former club runner but now a club coach who pulled a really good one of the bag with 3:19.30. M50 Jerry Smith has every reason to be 'pretty pleased'. He's knocked a massive twenty-five minutes from his last marathon, London 2012. Jerry's respected the marathon distance with thorough specific training through the winter and was rewarded with the results.
Tim Rainey's 123rd marathon, the last
three of which he's contended with windy conditions. At least this
time, he's managed to get under 3:30 with his watch recording
3:29.46. Like all the others, he reckoned the fierce headwind and
belting rain in the final miles cost him several minutes.
Francis Sweeney wasn't far behind him. He aimed
for sub 3:15 and joined the 3:15 pacing group. The first went
pretty much to plan but it was from twenty miles that things went
drastically downhill. The final six miles he described as
'torturous' and took 63 minutes. He said, "If you don't treat the
Marathon with respect, it'll bite you on the bum!!
Frank Cordingley was on track for 3:30 by half way but lost motivation in the wind and rain through Partington. He finished in 3:43 pleased to have been a part of the 1st Trafford Marathon. Like so many others, he applauded the fantastic encouragement from club members and wasn't alone in bemoaning the dreadful bag storing arrangements at the finish which meant long queues of wet, cold dehydrated runners risking hyperthermia as they waited up to thirty minutes to retrieve their clothing. Frustrated, Frank had to walk back to the station with bare legs. "I was so cold after that my teeth were chattering all the way home, I only warmed up after a long soak in a very hot bath".
Carl Cleghorn felt really good up to 14 mile then the cold and wet badly cramped him up and he fell away from the 3:15 paced to cross the line in 3:31.37. He's hoping for warm weather in the Kassel (Germany)Marathon in three weeks. Miran Aprahamien was 'very pleased' with his 3:47 and' near perfect pace management' with very even splits. "I don't think I have ever been so cold" he also said.
Helena Butler completed her second marathon is two weeks for her cherished charity - The Brain Tumour Research (http://www.justgiving.com/HelenaButler) and did four minutes faster than in London. Despite the horrendous weather, she decided to have a crack at going sub-3:30 again and kept a decent pace until mile 22 when things went off the boil but she still managed a fantastic 3:24:11. "The support for Sale Harriers was amazing. Two men I was running along with muttered at one point 'Think I'm gonna change my name to Sale' as I was getting so many shout-outs" Helen Reagan was also 'very pleased' with 3:42.32. It was her eighth marathon and second best time after London 2009, and would have been even faster in better conditions. Katie Reece too is finally prepared to shout her result from the 'roof-tops' and justifiably so. She knocked six minutes off her PB to record 3:49.06 an improvement that would have been greater in better conditions.
L60 Jenny Miles also had an excellent race taking 22 minutes off her PB to record a new 4:50:06. As a result she was awarded 2nd in her age-category, a worthy tribute to a person who's continued to make massive strides in her running. She wrote, "The weather was challenging. I couldn't feel my hands or my feet for most of the race and couldn't get my pocket open to get at my shot-blocks (a bit of a problem) because my hands didn't work. I made do with the wonderful supporters' jelly babies and jelly snakes (Yuk) and the odd bit of water. The muddy lanes around Dunham and the huge puddles in the park itself were very challenging indeed - I went through one puddle and it was over my ankles - but this is Manchester and this is what we expect!
Caroline Kinghorn wasn't going to let the weather put her off her debut marathon and despite the dreadful conditions she 'loved every step' She went through the finish smiling and still feeling quite strong in a time of 4:08:15. As it was her first marathon she didn't know how she would be at the end as the furthest she'd run was 21 miles so was hoping for 4:20 and in the weather would have been happy with 4:30.
Every competitor applauded the 'amazing' Sale Harriers support throughout the day and all express thanks for 'standing out in that awful rain and wind for hours on end. There were club supporters all round the course, some of whom must have been there for literally hours, and it was very heart-warming and moving.
Our club Chairman and Secretary David & Carol Brown were the race starter and finish official and also suffered from the weather. With complete empathy David Brown has written, "I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those individuals who turned out in appalling weather conditions on Sunday to help the club marshal the Greater Manchester marathon course. It was very good of you to give up your valuable time in the first place but to then have to endure the wind, rain and cold was exemplary and was a great credit to the club. I know that not all our volunteers were club members so if you managed to rope in a friend or family member to help out please pass on my grateful thanks to them. It will be no conciliation to those who were wet through to know that it was no better at the start with heavy rain and wind, so much so that Carol and I abandoned the VIP tent to return to Crossford Bridge to help out the Primary section in serving tea and in extreme conditions manage a barbeque for those who managed to return. I know that some things were not how we would have wanted them and we will pass on some ideas to the organisers and our own people who were managing an event of this size for the first time. Without exception everyone worked very hard so a very big well done to you all both from the Club and me personally. (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick. Marathon photos by www.hsphotos.co.uk).
Posted 01/05/2012 10:09
The Salford 5k is the traditional launch pad for the annual Manchester Parks Grand Prix through five Manchester parks. It took place on a new and, seemingly, popular course within Heaton Park. Held on a Thursday evening rather than the traditional Saturday, it was in the hope of attracting more entries but the damp, drizzling evening put a damper on big numbers. However, it didn't deter excellent club performances.
We had three superb age-category winners! Jan Nicholls (19.08) continued her fine form to win her L40 category and not only finish second female but smashed her PB by a massive ninety seconds. Her current form was reinforced since then with a PB by ten minutes over a fell race she ran last year! Jackie Cordingley (21.43) has an unprecedented age-group record in this series. In the past six years, she's been the L35 Grand Prix Champion; the L45 Champion three times and the L50 champion for the past two years. With a fine L55 victory, she's clearly serving notice for this year's title. Don George (30.59), the club's longest serving member with over sixty years under his belt, gave notice of his return with a fine M75 victory aided by his new bionic knees.
We also had two seconds in age-category. Frank Cordingley (19.54) has been in the top end of age-group rankings for a decade. With M45 2nd and 3rd under his belt, let's hope he wins this year's M50 title? Lynda Rowlinson (22.00) has also had an unprecedented record in this Grand Prix. In the past six years, she's been the L35 runner-up twice, L45 champion three times and 2nd last year and her second place indicates she's chasing this year's L50 title. Jenny Miles (27.31) is a star! She came into running late; taken to it like a duck to water and her fine run indicates she's challenging for the L60 title. She took her most recent L60 title in the 'Stride Through The Woods' Trail race in Hyde a few days earlier
An indication of the current depth of the M50 & M60 categories is that in form Jerry Smith (22:46) could muster only fifth(He was 1st M55 in the same trail race as jenny Miles) and M60 supremo Terry Lonergan (21.32) was fourth overall . Brian Bradshaw (23.00) was also fourth in his M50 category, just a week after he won his first race in the BUPA Gt.Training 5k in Alexander Park in a similar time. In the L35 category Zoe Gmerek running is on the crest of a wave. She was rightly over the moon to improve her PB by a massive forty-five seconds and that followed a few days earlier being the first lady, first in her age category and setting the course record in the #Stride Through The Woods' trail race in Hyde
Other individual participants were Mike Kilmartin (16.59) tuning up for the summer 5k series; Richard Edwards (17.23) who's just joined us; Rob Flannery (25.27) and David Marsh (27.29). Our ladies trio (Jan,Jackie and Zoe) also won the team prize and our men's teams were 2nd,9th and 11th. Well done to all. Keep an eye on the website Fixture List for the remaining four races in this Grand Grix.
Thanks to Terry Lonergan, you can view the race on You Tube by clicking the link workshttp: http://terryrunningonempty.blogspot.co.uk/
In the junior 3k race well done to the Bezzina brothers (Dillon and Jordan), the Absiyeh brothers (Khalid and Saeed) and Kyle Conway who displayed fine ability by all being among the top three finishers in their age-categories.
In other recent road races, Mark Brewer recorded 38.36 in a wet and windy Bolton 10k whilst Simon Jackson shaved thirty seconds of last year's time and newcomer Rosa Elliott recorded 1:01.17.
In the Goyt Valley 10k Mike Hatch was 5th in 40.04, Mike Wharton 48.07 and Laura Davies 57.49. Finally, well done to our top British steeplechaser and Commonwealth Games finalist Stuart Stokes who was only two seconds short of his PB in clocking 29:31 in the recent BUPA Gt.Ireland Run
Posted 30/04/2012 16:35
LONDON MARATHON & MIN-MARATHON
The weekend's London marathon was the culmination of a long winter's hard training for many that began in October with increasingly longer training miles and with period bench-marks of half-marathon and 20 mile races that gauged their progress towards the big day. They joined the colour, costumes and camaraderie of the world's most iconic race and battled the magical 26 miles 385 route with courage and commitment. The weather, the crowd and unique atmosphere favoured everybody
Anthony Ford, with a 2:17.16 marathon under his belt, from Berlin 2011, was one of the groups of Brit's who hoped to make the Olympic qualifying standard. He developed problems in the final stages and was forced to drop out. The elite women were also vying for Olympic qualifying standards and among them we had Sonia Samuels making her Marathon debut. Sonia's been a club stalwart for years with fantastic achievements under her belt most recently as the current 10000m National Champion and bronze medallist in this year's National Cross-country Championships. She ran side by side with Amy Whitehead (a former Sale Harrier) and, as ever, displayed fantastic talent and true grit to record a superb 2:33.41. Congratulations also to Amy who improved her PB by over a minute to 2:33.44.
Hayley Cavill had a fantastic run with a superb clocking of 3:09.52 that was almost ten minutes faster than her previous best and wasn't far off 'whipping' her ailing boyfriend Mike Ashby who was ten minutes down on what he wanted because of a lingering chest infection. Running his seventh London marathon his time of 3:01.46 was his slowest for five years. What a pity Amy Whitehead was not still a club member. With her, Sonia and Hayley the club would easily have won the English National Marathon Championships, something our senior women achieved about a decade ago.
The club's sub-three hours men this year were John Moseley (2:52.07) who aimed for about 2:50 and ran well balanced splits up to twenty miles when stomach problems forced a pit stop. Oliver Galliemin, though not quite as good as his PB of 2:56:21 in Amsterdam last October, was still happy considering how he'd struggled with plantar fasciitis through the winter. This was his 3rd 'London', the first being in 2008 when he clocked 3:23. M45 Gary Rowlinson ought to be very pleased with his 2:58.58. He went through half way just two minutes slower than at Wilmslow (79 minutes) which shows real potential for further improvement with preparation for the last miles of the gruelling marathon.
Ben Norman (3:08.31) was hoping to go under three hours but was probably over ambitious since he was hampered by an ankle/calf injury since March and his Wilmslow HM time was 1:29. He went through half in 1:30 feeling good, but his legs got very heavy from 18 miles.
Lee Woods also ran very well to clock 3:09:18 but could not match his previous sub 3 times of other years.
Stephen McCarron (3:13.14) describes his marathon as a 'horror story'. Still recovering from the viral infection that afflicted so many, he describes his body as 'giving up' about sixteen miles and a 'soul destroying' struggle to the finish.
Louise Robbins (3:26:31) clocked a PB by almost 17 minutes (Wow!). She wrote, "It felt hard work from about 8 miles, I went off a little too quickly which maybe I shouldn't have done so soon after a prolonged cold-flu but managed to keep the effort high and didn't lose too much time in last third of race ".
Helena Butler (3:28.56) is another who had a fantastic run, her first of two marathons in two weeks for her charity. She said, "My aim was 3:30 so I felt really good until about 18 miles when the fatigue started to set in. At 23 miles I had a band of supporters who screamed as I ran past which was a very welcome boost, but the last 4 miles required some serious concentration. I was totally delighted, coupled with exhaustion and overwhelming emotion.
L40 Joanna Robbins (3:33.53) also reaped from her winter with five minutes improvement on last year's VLM. Age notwithstanding, this should be a real incentive for Jo in a future Marathon.
James Lambe (3:36:53) ran his second fastest marathon. He planned to run between 3 and 3:10, and hit the splits for this up to nine miles. He got to halfway in a PB of 1:35 but from 19 miles he got muscle spasms and was offered a stretcher to the finish with 2:5 miles to go but heroically battled on.
Our ex-Olympian middle distance specialist Diane Modahl was way out of her comfort zone in opting to run her inaugural Marathon as a celebrity for her Diane Modahl Sports Foundation. She's certainly to be congratulated for completing the course in 4:23.50.
Last and certainly not least, and probably more deserving of her medal than anyone, was Liz Turner who completed the course in five hours.
Congratulations also to the club's four youngsters who had the experience, honour and thrill of being selected to represent their Borough & Region in the London mini-marathon that brought together the country's most talented youngsters. U15 Ciara Lydon, who was not originally selected for the NW but later stepped in, had a fantastic run over the three mile course to come 3rd for the NW out of the six girls selected. Well done also to U17 Megan Davies who also represented the NW and completed the course in just over eighteen minutes. U20 Ryan Moore finished 6th in his race beaten only by guys who are established National Schools Champions. His team-mate Chris Middleton in the same age-category, who'd normally expect to be 'right up there', was disappointed with his run.
Posted 25/04/2012 08:36
NATIONAL 12 STAGE ROAD RELAYS
Dave Rodger's final squad for the weekend's National 12 Stage Road Relays at Birmingham's Mecca for National Relay Championships, Sutton Park, wasn't his dream team because of the traditional frustrating last minute withdrawals but was again a combination of experience and youth, a mixture of top-class runners and slower performers. Despite finishing twenty-fourth, they at least retained their 6th northern team place from the Northern Championships two weeks earlier.
James Bailey was in the form of his life and launched the day with a great first leg by storming round the longer course in what was easily his fastest r time and ensued to be the twentieth fastest of the day. Alternative short/long legs were then taken by Nick Samuels (second fastest for the club); Charlie Hulson (his senior debut); Niall Brooks (the club's fastest short stage and brought the club into impressive fifth place); Callum Greenwood (did really well to step into the position at the last minute and hung onto 5th ); Gaz Raven (the team buttress for a decade who also hung well for 5th); Andy Blair (still returning to fitness so slipped to thirteenth place):Mike Kilmartin (a typically solid performance); Peter Crawford (slipped further to 23rd); Dean Hardman ( could he have anticipated an 'A' team place twelve months ago!); Dave Howlett (Dave will be a big team asset) and Stephen Towley (debut and brought the team home in twenty-fourth).
The club had done well in the Northern Championships to complete a 'B' team that also qualified, but unfortunately it could not complete a team with a few men short on this occasion. Colin Gell took a rare long first stage. Glen Comish showed he's getting back to his sub 30-minute best with such a fine run it would have benefitted the 'A team. Following him, Chris Donnelly and Richard Edwards (making their debut), Paul Barrett, Chris Heys, Mike Ashby, Glen Savage and Elton Davies are to be thanked for responding to the 'B' team call and making the trip to Birmingham.
Women's team managers Alison Pye and Jo Street made the decision not to send a ladies team this year. A lack of available athletes from both the middle distance and endurance sections meant they'd have struggled to field any sort of a reasonably competitive team.
OTHER WEEKEND RACES
Well done to Helen Armitage who was 'very pleased' to be fifth overall and the 1st L35 in the new Lymn 10k. Mummy was also very proud of her little girls who did extremely well in the children's events. M50 Miran Aprahamien was also in rural Cheshire for the Whitley 10k and clocked 45.56 (Compiled by Fechin Mc Cormick. Photos thanks to www.darkstarphotos.com
Posted 17/04/2012 12:10
If Salford's Good Friday 10k relates to the Easter Triduum of Festivals from Good Friday to Easter Sunday, it's that the club's ten participants encountered 'death' to 'resurrection experiences between them.
Our first finisher, Gaz Raven was probably a Holy Saturday experience! Though he clocked an excellent 30.19 for 4th place and with a PB of 29.39 is from the 2008 Leeds Abbey Dash, he's recovering from a long lay-off and therefore might be classified as 'entombed'!
Daniel Bradford, hot from winning the Blyth Valley 10k on April 1st in a PB of 31.36, further improved to 30.54. Contemporary theologians might well classify his achievement of pushing back his pain barriers to achieve new heights as a 'resurrection' experience. Daniel's in the process of joining SHM from Shettleston Harriers and has improved his PB by over five minutes from the 2008 Ribble Valley 10k.
Nicholas Whittle also triumphed through pain to encounter new 'frontiers'with a PB of 35.07. That was two minutes faster than last year's 37.35 in the GMR. He's now knocked four minutes off his 10k time in twelve months. Just behind him Richard Edwards recorded 35:42.
Junior Dillon Bezzina (36.18) also knocked ninety seconds off his Trafford 10k a few weeks earlier and a full two minutes of his only three 10k's in the past 12 months. Great stuff!
M55 Jerry Smith (40.23) is on the other end of the age spectrum. He clocked his fastest time in three years and no wonder he recorded it on Facebook as 'very pleased'.
Helena Butler's beaming smile lit up the dull Salford morning after she crossed the line! Her shiny new 41.40 was seven minutes faster than in her last 10k - the Rochdale 10K in July 2009. Be reminded she's running a double marathon in two weeks - the London & Manchester, to raise money for Brain Tumour Research. (If you'd like to support her log onto http://www.justgiving.com/HelenaButler for more info).Newcomer Daniel Boulton was just behind her in 43.29.
Running his 140th 10k and 700th race overall, evergreen M60 Terry Lonergan, who first ran this event for Sale forty five years ago in 1967 when it was The Salford 7.5 miles, has got to be pleased to record 43.29. This was only thirty seconds slower than last year and awarded him fourth in his age-category.
Belinda Hammond also beamed a justified smile! She'd just recorded a PB of 45.45 that was fifteen second faster than last December's Leeds Abbey Dash 10k.
Though a little slower than in last year's Salford 10k Lauren Davies' 47.43 is certainly consistent with the Trafford 10k and this consolidation bodes well for a big breakthrough.
Only one person had a 'crucifying' experience. It was Zoe Gmerek who recorded her first DNF (always a painful experience) but well and truly made up for the disappointment the following day when she recorded her best ever 5k of 21.09 in the Wythenshawe Park Parkrun. Now! That's a 'death' and 'Resurrection' experience on the same weekend!
Finally, congratulations to Matt Bond, currently living in the USA, who recorded a brilliant 10,000, track PB of 29:08.69 in a recent Invitation meeting in California. In a superb win, he recorded negative splits of 14:49 and 14:19. We hope to have Matt back with us next year making his mark among Britain's top endurance runners.
Posted 11/04/2012 12:31
Sefton Park,(Liverpool) was this year's venue for the Northern 12 & 6 stage Road Relay Championships. It was my personal trip to an alma mater of the 1970's when, as a member of Liverpool AC, I trained regularly on the paths that this year challenged the north's best runners. It was a superb day for a major Championship that took over four hours. Hundreds happily chilled and chatted like campers and renewed old acquaintances among the sea of club tents whilst most awaited their 'leg' and strut their stuff in personal and club prestige on the flat, zigzagging course.
Liverpool clinched their first 12-stage Northern Championship victory in thirty years when they last won it in Blackpool. Salford AC did well to deliver their best position since 2004 and last year's champions Morpeth H & AC were third. It was also a good day for our men and women who recorded improved performances from last year. Our 'A' men were sixth and our women twelfth. Team manager Dave Rodgers did exceptionally well to also turn out a men's 'B' team (a total twenty-four runners) who also qualified for the National Championships.
For the uninitiated, these relays are run in alternative long and short legs. Gaz Raven, Peter Crawford, Antony Ford, Charles Hulson, James Bailey and Ian Wetherill took the longer stages. Antony, hot from his fine win at the Wilmslow HM a week earlier and sharpening up in pursuit of the Olympic marathon qualifying standard in the London marathon, ran one of the day's fastest laps and is in superb form. Gaz has been making a difference in these Championships for over a decade and he showed he's back to his best. Youngster Charlie Hulson and James Bailey zipped round in the next two fastest times for the club. Evergreen M40 Ian Weatherall who had a superb run with 6th in his category the previous week in the British Masters Championships must again been one of the day's fastest vets with his fine run. Finally, Peter Crawford made a very good debut. Congratulations to Peter who's been selected for one of the Olympic catering venues.
On the short stages, Tom Atkinson and Niall Brooks were our two fastest. Callum Greenwood showed he's matured tremendously even whilst at university and Matt Holmes need not have worried one bit that he went off course about six minutes because it didn't affect the final positions. Former sprinter Dean Hardman, hot from his latest massive 5k PB of 16:20 and confident of dipping under 16:00 minutes in the near future, never thought he'd be representing the club in the 'A' team of a major championship this spring and what a fine run he also had! Finally, it was great to have Andy Blair back in competition mode and it was he who anchored the team to its final 6th place.
Team managers Alison Pye and Jo Street produced a team that surprised. Jan Nichols is in the form of her life and ran the fastest time with Sian Holland producing the second fastest. Zoe Gmerek and Kimberley Wilson have improved so much in their short time as newcomers and integrated so well you'll certainly be hearing more of them. Seasoned campaigner Alison proved her top form with a new PB of 41:49 in the Derby 10k that was over a minute faster than her previous 10k.
Finally, the men's 'B' team. It's great to have Dave Howlett back in the team and he ran the club's fastest long 'B' stage followed by M45 Gary Rowlinson, then Chris Donnelly, Carl Barber, Steve Townley, Nicholas Whittle all of whom were within a minute of each other. Well done to Simon Mills who, though unable to train because of work shifts as a doctor, still produced the club's fastest 'B' short stage on the anchor leg with Mike Kilmartin the next fastest. Newcomers David Rich and Danny Whittaker were the next fastest with Paul Barrett, Elton Davies delivering typically solid runs than, in both cases, improved the club's overall standing. (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick. To view photos, log on to http://www.darkstarphotos.com/and www.justloverunning.co.uk
Posted 03/04/2012 12:58
This year's Wilmslow Half Marathon broke all records not only in finishing 4000 runners for the first time and on the hottest day of the year but the club also finished a record number and had the honour of two in the top three - Antony Ford who won the race and Gaz Raven who finished third. Such also was the success of our women's squad, they finished runners-up in the AAA half marathon Championships. Well done to everyone. The race is the traditional culmination of much hard work that began last October. The vast majority were also rewarded with fantastic PB's.... that all-important elixir of running.
Antony Ford 1:04.54: A fantastic victory to add to his superb victory in the Trafford 10k and second in February's prestigious Alsager '5'. He'd also come within a whisker of breaking Steve Edmunds 1973 club marathon record with his 2:17.16 performance from last year's Berlin marathon.
Gaz Raven 1:07.17: He's got to be pleased to finish within 10 seconds of last year considering his early year layoff. Gaz won Wilmslow in 2008 and has now finished 2nd, 3rd twice, 4th and 5th with a best of 64.28.
Peter Crawford 1:16.51 Just thirty seconds short of last year's debut Wilmslow. Was happy to duck under 1:17.00. As a result of forgetting to put his clock forward and getting a bicycle puncture on the way to the race, he would have missed the start had he not scrambled up a large A-road embankment bridge dragging his bicycle and then threw his rucksack into the baggage holding area and wriggled through the crowds to get near the start line.
Gary Rowlinson M45 1:17.08. A PB by nearly a minute and a minute faster than last year. Seventh in his age-category. In fantastic form. Also a counter in the men's team silver medal.
Stephen Mc Carron 1:18:10 A fantastic PB. His second Wilmslow and two minutes faster than last year. All looks good for London!
Mike Ashby 1:19:15 "A so-so performance" He's been concentrating on mileage in preparation for London but ran consistent miles. Intriguingly, he was also 82nd in 2011 when he ran 1:19:13
Steven Townley 1:20.15. A PB by almost five minutes.
Lee Woods M40 1:21.32. Got much closer to his PB of 1.19.32 from Blackpool in 2009 and best HM for a long time.
Lee Kaufman M40 1:22.37 Has done most Wilmslow's since 1998 with a best of 1:15.00.
James Lewis 1:22.37. His seventh Wilmslow with his 1:20.42 PB from last year.
Oliver Gaillemin 1:22.59. A 30 second PB on last year and an improvement of seven minutes over his seven Wilmslow's. Ran the Marathon des Sables seven years ago.
Simon Jackson 1:23.41. Knocked 15 seconds off his previous PB from Lancaster in November and 5 minutes off last year's race
Paul Barrett: 1:25.50 An unconfirmed PB by two minutes over last year.
Steve Gavin M40 1:28.08. A PB of nearly four minutes to add to his first ever sub-40 in the Trafford 10k a few weeks earlier with a PB of 38.49.
Hayley Cavill 1:28:02 A PB by a minute and a half for 15th lady finisher. She shaved almost two minutes off last year's time and was the first counter in the SHM ladies team that placed 2nd in the AAA half marathon Championships.
Alan Pitman: 1:28.38 Seven minutes down on his HM PB at Helsby in January. Still pleased after a winter of injuries and lack of decent training,
Jan Nichols F40 1:29.05 A PB by over five
minutes.. In superb form. Last PB was
Ben Norman ran 1:29:31.A PB by almost six minutes. Wilmslow debut. Was satisfied considering this was his first run since he pulled out of the Stafford '20' two weeks ago with hamstring and ankle problems,
Carl Cleghorn 1:30.24 a PB by nearly four minutes set at Wilmslow in 2010, and hadn't done a HM since then. "A surprising result considering I'd been focusing on long miles so I was really chuffed"
Carl Barber M40 1:32.35. Not quite the performance of last year when he shaved almost eleven minutes to record 1:25.35. Was disapointed.
Tim Rainey M40 1:33.45 "I was hoping for better. Pleased I was quicker than Helsby"
Chris Heys 1:34.29. A giant step towards his 74.03 PB in the 2007 Wilmslow
John Battersby M50 1:34.28. A seven minute improvement on last year. John ran four consecutive 'Wilmslow's' between 2005 - 8 with a best of 1:24.42 in 2006 and a lifetime PB of 1:24.12 in the Blackpool half-marathon in 2007.
Louise Robbins F35 1:35.51. An unconfirmed brilliant run & likely to be a big PB
Alistair Kell 1:36.06 Held a good pace for the first 6 and then became ill so plodded the next four miles.
Zoe Gmerek 1.36.37 A PB on her second half marathon, the first being in January's Helsby when she clocked 1.39.53. She ran for Meningitis Trust and raised £320.
Jerry Smith M55 1:36.37 "I decided to run with Zoe. I found the second half quite tough in the heat. I was pleased with the result".
Helena Butler 1:36.47 Running her Wilmslow debut, she was 'delighted'. Her previous PB was 1:45 at Congleton in 2010, The race formed part of her preparation for running two marathons in a week this April, London and then the Greater Manchester Marathon the week after. She's running for the Brain Tumour Research and would greatly appreciate sponsorship (see http://www.justgiving.com/HelenaButler for more info).
Joanne Robbins F40 1:37.16 Eleventh in her age-category.
Frank Cordingley M45 1:38.28. Happy despite running 1:24 last year but a year of interrupted training through illness and injury.
Daniel Boulton 1:40.06 His debut 'Wilmslow' and a PB by ten minutes over his only other HM half marathon (Leeds last year).
Mike Wharton 1:41.13 A minute slower than January's Four Villages and a best Wilmslow of 1:33.12 in 2007
Helen Reagan 1:42:42 Her fifth Wilmslow, "I was pleased since I was aiming for sub 1:45:00. Stefan and I kept each other going when the heat started to take its toll.
Helen Armitage: 1:42.58 "I had a bit of a shocker... was really dehydrated and even had to make an impromptu pit stop for a drink."
Stefan Schumacher M55 1:42.45. Though four minutes short of last year, a commendable performance considering early year health concerns. Stefan again hosted a group (smaller this year) from the German City of Kassel. Reinhard Hildebrand 1:34 (M55 11th) did 'remarkably well and was 'happy' to beat Jerry, Zoe and John Battersby ; Kolya Deicke improved his PB from 1:50 to 1:40:07 and Nicole Powierski 1:48:53 who was 'Man of the Match' last year, suffered in the heat whilst Thomas Lang (hosted by the Cordingley family) was happy with his 1:54. Rivalries will resume in May when a group travel to Kassel for their City Marathon.
Belinda Hammond 1: 43.05 Running her first ever half marathon, she was relieved to finally get one 'under the belt'.
Diane Modahl F45 1:45.46 The club's middle distance Olympian is preparing for London and this was her HM debut. She displayed all her running prowess.
Miran Aprahamien M55 1:47.52. He's in good shape.
Michael Wymer 1:46.52. The best of his three 'Wilmslow's
Bea/Jackie Cordingley 1:49.57. Mum and daughter ran together and repeated Bea's enjoyable debut last year. Bea also did the Silverstone Half in 1:50 a few weeks ago. Bea is raising money for her chosen charity Practical Action. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=BeatriceCordingley
John Humphreys 1:49.30
Joanne Slinger 1:50.00 Her first race since joining the club. She beat her PB of 1.52 from the Warrington HM. This was her third Wilmslow (usually finishing around 2 hours) mark, but thanks to all the club training she was really pleased.
Dawn Holding 1:50.42 First half marathon since the stress fracture in Kassel last year so very happy with her come back.
Audrey Gresty 1:58.00 In her 5th Wilmslow an excellent run following recent injury and not far off her PB
Caroline Kinghorn 1:51.21 After three years of just scraping in just under two hours, this year, running with Heather Brint, they smashed that and were ecstatic. It's all stops out now for April's Manchester marathon.
Katie Reece 1:48.42. Her second fastest 'Wilmslow with a best of 1:46.46 from 2010
Heather Brint L45 1:51.46. Is in her best ever form.
Martin Kochany M40 1:52.20
Jenny Cordingley 1:54.46. A fine debut to complete the Cordingley family participation
Adam Jones 1:54.55
Brian Bradshaw1:56.00. Was managing health problems so the distance and heat was far too much.
Audrey Gresty 1:58.17. In her 5th Wilmslow an excellent run following recent injury and not far off her pb.
Nat Wright M40 1:58.07
Ranjit Bennett M40 2:04.58
Jenny Miles L60 2:09.53 Although it was her second fastest HM and a 5 minute PB, she was disappointed not to get nearer her Helsby time. "Having the SHM banner at Mobberley gave me a huge lift too!"
Philippa Edwards L55 2:12.17. Only thirty seconds off last year's time. Has run most Wilmslow's in the past decade and more.
Marinda Breddy L45 2:12.17. It was her second Wilmslow and just a minute short of last year
LIVERPOOL HALF MARATHON
Jim Lambe ran the Liverpool half on 18th March using it as a tune up for the London Marathon. He was hoping to break 1:40 but was reasonably pleased with 1:40:55. Another Sale Harrier, Peter O'Neil had a strong run finishing in 1:34:13. He too went through halfway in 45 mins.
(Researched and written by Fechin Mc Cormick. To view photographs log onto www.hsphotos.co.uk)
Posted 28/03/2012 14:21
A few of you have mentioned how much you enjoyed running
in a group. This Sunday 19th February, if any of you are free,
there will a long run along Middlewood Way with a mixed group of
runners from Stockport Harriers and Bramhall Runners. This is great
training as it is totally traffic free, it is a straight out and
back route. You can run up to a maximum of 10 miles out and back
making 20 miles, no chance of getting lost. Whatever is in your
plan for the weekend training, for example, 8 miles out and 8 miles
back. There are mile markers every mile from 4 miles onwards.
Posted 16/02/2012 09:52