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.
Congratulations to FRANCIS SWEENEY who recently completed the New York Marathon. His goal was to improve his PB of 3.36hrs and enjoy the whole occasion. Despite the long inclines over major bridges, he maintained a steady pace and achieved his target of 3:25.7. Congratulations and well done! He also bumped into Paula Radcliffe....see the photo below.
Tim Rainey recently ran his tenth Snowdonia Marathon and was happy to just "enjoy" himself and completed the course in 3:57.27. Last year's time was 3:33.50. Andy Walling also returned for a second attempt and improved on last year's time despite wet and windy conditions in 2:59.33 for 22nd place.
Finally, last weekend three club members resisted the lure of the Sherdley Park cross country and joined over 400 others to tackle the flat but blustery WINDMILL 10K on the Fylde coast at Lytham St. Annes. GARY WILCOCK was first home in 19th place running 39.20 followed by TERRY LONERGAN (2ND M60) in 43.08 for 50th place. Geoff Beattie completed the trio in 87th place with 45.42
Fechin Mc Cormick
Posted 15/01/2012 20:16
The final of the five matches in the Manchester Area Cross-Country League took place at Clayton Vale last weekend. Most elder statesmen and women of the running confraternity had to scratch their heads to recall the last time a Manchester League match was hosted on this course and most agreed that, despite an undulating course with some eye-watering descents, it was a great course and one worth repeating.
A full review of the season and this league will appear in the March/April Harrier magazine. Meanwhile, content yourselves with the following pieces of good news - mere appetisers to the fuller reports later.
In the younger age-groups, Sale were probably the most successful club in the league in consistently turning out teams in all eight age-groups and at Woodbank Park were so dominant, our U/13 boys teams finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd and won all five matches. Our younger teams recorded victories in the U/11 girls and U/13 and U/17 boys; runners-up in the U/15 & U/17 girls and 3rd in the U/13 girls. Congratulations to all the boys and girls involved.
Among the senior ranks, the senior men finished runners up to Trafford AC and our women were a very solid 3rd overall. Other results areas yet unofficial so fingers crossed especially that the women's 'B' team achieved their season's objective of promotion to Division 1. Official Veteran team results are still unknown!
Posted 15/01/2012 20:05
The penultimate major cross-country championship of the season was the Northern Championships held at Herrington Country Park for the first time this weekend. A cold, crispy day greeted the North's top runners from every age-group and it's a traditional feast of classy running. As ever, Sale Harriers with a bold reputation to uphold, were there among the 40- 50 strong athletic clubs.
It was the club's younger age-groups who made the biggest impact this year with the U/13 boys and U/13 girls winning superb bronze medals. The Under 13 boys, already double National Champions and Northern Relay Champions, were hot tipped to extend the club record for age-group victories in one season, but the inevitable unavailability of top runners meant bronze was their best shot. It was still all credit to counters Christy O'Brien, the reigning Gtr Manchester School Champion (6th), Bradley Yates, the Lancashire Clubs Champion, (10th), Michael Quin, the Gtr Manchester Schools Primary Champion (40th), Charles Dowell, 3rd in Gtr Manchester Primary (46th) and backed up with Dillan Stanway (50th) and Sam Bolton (126th) that produced the club's best result for six years and the second best in a decade!
Our Under 13 girls also had a great day to win bronze medals, the only other club team to medal. Newcomer Flora Whyte (14th), Catherine Podmore (18th), Hannah Simeen (44th), Nina Rawlings (53rd), Alice Bruce (61st) and Julia Hassell (62nd) were the squad who produced the best result for five years and, again, the second best in a decade. Well done to all coaches and other staff.
On the other end of the age spectrum, our senior men finished ninth and the women fifth. Both team suffered the traditional blight from injury and lay-offs and team managers Dave Rodgers and Jo Street did their best to muster strong teams. Our senior men were no match for most of the top Northern teams despite valiant efforts from tough guy Gaz Raven running his eleventh Northern and with a silver and bronze medal already under his belt; James Bailey (52nd), Phil Scowcroft (143rd),Colin Gell (145th), Mike Ashby (212th), Paul Barrett (260th) and O/45 Gary Willcock (286th). Leeds AC won their ninth consecutive northern title.
The women, silver medallists last year and bronze medallists the year before, might have expected better but, missing some of their big 'guns', the quartet of Lucy O'Gorman who had a brilliant for 6th, Rachel Deegan (22nd), Cara Kavanagh (63rd) and Hayley Cavill (98th), did really well especially as track specialists essentially to finish fifth and produce on of the section's best results in seven years.
Our U/17 boys were the only other section to complete a team, finishing a disappointing eight from only ten teams from throughout the North of England reinforcing the widespread demise of running in younger age-groups. Ryan Moore, Andreas Iden, Kyle Conway and Matt Holmes were the hard working team.
Individually, Niall Brooks had a good run for fourth but will be disappointed to just miss out on a medal. Congratulations also to winner Tom Lancashire (Bolton AC), coached by Norman Poole with his squad at Wythenshawe Park and Andi Jones (Salford AC) who won his second consecutive bronze medal and whose wife Donna is the club's 2:06 800m specialist.
(Compiled and written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 15/01/2012 20:05
The National Cross Country Championships, the pinnacle of the cross-country season, took place at Alton Tower on February 19th. With unprecedented mud, it was far from a fun-fair but more a Big-Dipper for the thousands who assembled from all over the country. More extensive reports and photographs will follow in the March edition of the Harrier magazine.
Our U/13 boys were the club's most successful. This is what Coach Steve Windebank wrote 'Conditions for the 300 starters were testing to say the least. Overnight rain and snow meant there was 20cm of mud in places and that was on the spectator's side of the fence! The conditions dictated that the U/13 boy's course be shortened, but there was such confusion amongst the organisers that the lads set off not knowing whether the race would be over one lap or two. Despite these set backs, they acquitted themselves well with the first four counters (Bradley Yates 12th, Christy O'Brien 29th, Adam Roden 36th and Euan Gilchrist 67th) totalling 144points and taking the bronze medal behind Tonbridge AC 102 points and Leicester Coritanian an impressive 69 points. These four were ably supported by Daniel Brint 164th, Sam Bolton 253rd and Jordan Bezzina 284th. This has been an extremely successful and record breaking year for this age group, with the team taking gold medals in the Northern and National road relays and bronze medals in the Northern and National cross country events. This is in addition to numerous local area team and individual titles held by Bradley Yates, Christy O'Brien, Adam Roden & Michael Quinn. Well done from the coaches to all those who have competed over the winter months and a big thank you to the parents for their support.'
It was also a good day for the U/15 girls! They finished 18th, a vast improvement that bodes well for the future. Abigail Fitton, silver medalist in the MACCL League, Caithlin Thomas, running her second National, Rachel Hibbert, competing in her third National and Imani Modahl comprised the hard-working team ably backed up by Connie Vickers and Eleanor Canham. All these girls have also had a great cross-county season.
Our U/20 lads also had a fantastic day! The quartet of Jamie Roden, Derbyshire's U/20 champion had a great race to finish 7th and will be eligible for this age-group again next year; Callum Greenwood also had one of his best ever runs and James Wignall finished a commendable 85th, producing the section's best result since they won bronze in 2006. Had Niall Brookes, Europe's top junior middle distance specialist, not fallen and lost his spikes and had Ryan Worland and Charlie Hulson been available to run, the team would almost certainly have been among the medals.
The extreme mud and safety reasons also dictated the senior women's race be shortened to 6k from 8k. Nine women braved the conditions and produced a very reasonable 9th place considering the absence of a fourth 'top 100' contender.
Sonia Samuels has not been out of the top 10 in her career of Senior National XC competitions and consolidated this success with a solid 5th place. Lucy O'Gorman had high hopes following her 4th place achievement at the Northern and despite feeling under the weather all week managed an excellent 19th place. Rachel Deegan showed her consistency by finishing 48th, just 1 place different to last year's National.
Olivia Napier, club newcomer and Senior National Cross Country debutant completed the team in 247th place. Of the 'also ran's'; Joanne Street was pleased with her highest National XC placing to date (249th); Alison Pye (313th) didn't run as well as she has in the past but is in the process of converting to longer mileage in preparation for some summer road races; Sian Holland (283rd, Helena Murphy (374th) and Lauren Davies (380th) all made their National XC debut and will certainly remember it for the mud!
Over the years the senior men have been consistently in the top ten with last year's eighteenth place disappointing. Team Manager Dave Rodgers will undoubtedly, therefore, be disappointed with this year's twenty-fourth place. Front runner Gaz Raven, who's run every 'National' since 1993 and rarely been outside the top twenty, described the muddy, hilly course as 'the worst ever'. Lacking the endurance of Marathon preparation and the shortened course did not suit him, he was disappointed to finish 22nd. Indeed James Bailey (120th), Phil Scowcroft (408th), Elton Davies (468th) and Paul Barrett (759th) were unprepared for the tough, ankle deep mud, steep climb and tough undulations. Only mud freak Mike Hatch delighted in the mire and, despite still returning to full fitness, finished a commendable 271st.
Posted 15/01/2012 20:04
ENGLISH SCHOOLS XC CHAMPIONSHIPS.
The venue for this year's English Schools Cross-Country Championships was the imposing Woolaton Hall with its commanding presence on a small hill with tree lined avenues leading the eye towards it. After a dry March the course was in excellent condition for a fast run in contrast to the mud of Alton Towers the month before. For those under eighteen, this national championship was likely to be the highlight of their cross country season and for those in the upper ages, the championship would be the main target of their training. The club had athletes in all age groups competing for different counties.
The bulk of our representatives had qualified on a windswept weekend in early February at their County schools event with Greater Manchester claiming the majority of our youngsters. Adam Roden (Derbyshire ) Bradley Yates (Lancs) and Christy O'Brien (GM) were at the lower end of the age group , so for them it was their first experience and probably not the last at this event. Flora Whyte also had a good run in the junior girl's section.
In the Intermediate Girls we had Abi Fitton (GM.) It was in the Intermediate Boys where we had most success with Ryan Moore leading the way in 13th with Chris McGahan a respectable 86th for a boy who prefers shorter distances on the track and Kyle Conway, all of them counters in the winning age group team lifting the Yorkshire Cup.
Finally in the Senior Boys race Callum Greenwood had another very good run showing the progress he has made this winter coming 15th and lifting the Liverpool Trophy for overall best team. Callum Rowlinson also had a good run in this senior section. All these athletes train with the talented squad assembled by Paul Roden, except Bradley.
The picture shows Sixth Formers
Callum Greenwood and Ryan Ganose
with the trophy.
Posted 15/01/2012 20:03
Sunday 30th October saw Sale Harriers primary section take a triple win at Bury A.C relay cross country event. After the fantastic result at the Network Quad kids event, Sale Harriers under 9 girls and under 9 boys took 1st place yet again closely followed by the under 11 girls who also took 1st place. The 3 teams showed a fantastic effort and sped around the cross country 'over the bales' circuit. Scarlett Whitaker won the fastest lap for the under 9 girls Under 9 girls team was represented by Scarlett Whitaker, Jessica Spilsbury and Poppy Glasby-Seddon.
Under 9 boys team was represented byToby Barrington, Jacob Corrie and Lewis Rowlinson.
Under 11 girls was represented by Bethany Thornton, Jessica McDowell and Elizabeth Twite.
Well done yet again to all that competed. After many years of being left in the cupboard Bury A.C hosted the fantastic event which hopefully will become a regular event for the under 9 & under 11 athletes to compete in.
Posted 15/01/2012 20:03
The two hundred acres of Sherdley Park in St. Helen's with its undulating parkland, grassy knolls, copses, woodland and lakes lent itself brilliantly for the second of the five Manchester Area Cross-Country League matches (MACCL) at the weekend. The venue that's already hosted several cross country championship ,county championships, the women's inter-counties and the northern cross-country championships (most recently 2004 and 2009), was a testing one. However, on an uncharacteristic November sunny afternoon the crowds turned out with even larger numbers toeing the line than Heaton Park. The club claimed a fantastic record of eight victories (against three at Heaton Park) and had fifteen teams finishing among the top three (eight at Heaton Park). Well done to all for making it a very successful day.
Our U13 girls showed the biggest improvement, moving from 4th at Heaton Park to a tremendous victory beating Manchester Harriers by just one point. In a regular tussle between the two starlets Olivia Green and Ellie Twite, on this occasion it was Olivia that won the race with Ellie just behind in second place. A special well done to unexpected third counter Aine Cunningham in ninth place running her first race for the club. (Mum will now certainly have to buy her that promised puppie!) It bodes well for the future that these three counters will be in the same age-group next year. Such is the current dept of this age-group, they finished three teams in fifth and eleventh positions. With regards the U13 boys, well done to the same trio of Jake & Adam Spilbury and Michael Quinn whoclaimed their second consecutive victory with the 'B' team of Joe Hammond, Saeed Abseyeh and Adam Kinghorn again finishing third.
Our U15 boys also notched up their second consecutive victory with a fantastic victory for Sam Mayon. Sam's gone from ninth at Heaton Park and been running only about four months. He was ably backed up by Dylan Stanway (7th) and Daniel Brint (9th). Our U15 girls improved from third at Heaton Park to also being victorious. Catherine Podmore improved from 7th to a superb second place and four of the seven girls - Catherine Podmore, Hannah Simeen, Caitlin Thomas and Rachel Hibbert had competed only the previous day very successfully for their schools in the NW Final of the English Schools. This section also finished a 'B' team in fifth place.
Our U11 girls, running their first match of the league, finished four in the first eight - a magnificent result. Well done to Tia Blisset (who was never in the first ten last year and finished second in this race), Elizabeth Twite (running a year young was the first Year 5 to finish) and Taria Keddrick. With a strong squad that also completed teams in second, third, fourth and eighth place, we can look forward to strong competition from them in the future.
Our U17 lads consolidated their top position in the league with a second great victory and on this occasion also completed a 'B' team. Alex Burchill made all the difference finishing an impressive second with Kyle Conway and Alex Bradford, who'd also competed in the first match following close behind. Our U17 girls also improved from third to second thank to fine performances from Megan Dav who finished second behind Abbie Hetherington (Cumbria), one of the best in the country and with Imani Modahl and Chloe Yates ably supporting her.
Another strong turnout in strength in depth from the senior men meant we clinched overall victory and again finished four teams. Young Charlie Hulson was sensational mixing it with much more experienced runners and finishing eight. It was great to witness Gaz Raven back to his familiar classy form (or almost!) who ran a much improved race and finished just behind James Bailey.Well done also to Ben Scarlett, Niall Brooks and Matt Holmes who completed the winning sextet. Our senior women also improved from third to second behind traditional rivals Macclesfield AC. Lucy O'Gorman made all the difference finishing a tremendous second with Emily Beedham consolidating her return to top form finishing inside the top ten, Hannah Griffiths also returned to top form with Joanne Street producing one of her best ever runs. The team are well positioned to win the League this year.....come on, girls! Junior Tyra Watson, Jenny Clink, Lauren Davies and Jenny Cordingley all improved their finishing positions by several places over the Heaton Park race.
Our veteran women 'A' team improved from seventh to sixth and consolidated their position in Division 1 of the league thanks to the trio of Jan Nichols, Helen Reagan and Zoe Gmerek in both matches. The 'B' team also finished in the top twenty. Congratulations to Jackie Cordingley who was the first L50 finisher and Lynda Rowlinson and Jenny Miles who were third in their L50 & L60 categories (respectively). The Veteran men's race is one of the region's toughest and we must be at our best to challenge. Despite having Gary Rowlinson (M45) playing his usual 'stormer' and Bill Fox (M50) displaying his old, familiar 'flair', we were still without some of our top performers and so slipped to seventeenth place.
The next match on Saturday December 3rd on home-territory, Wythenshawe Park ....a nice, flat course organised by club Director Dave Rodgers so let's see you all there once more.
Posted 15/01/2012 20:02
This weekend is the English Schools Cross-Country Final at Rugby. Local schools Loreto Grammar, Ashton-on-Mersey Sports College and Altrincham Grammar are to be congratulated on making the final and will be representing the NW of England.
As part of their final preparations all three schools took part in the Altrincham H & AC Schools League last weekend. This match involved twenty schools and over four hundred athletes and is the strongest schools league in the North of England and as such has played a big part in the success of the local schools.
A number of Sale Harrier athletes represented their schools with Tia Blissett, James Malloy, Ellie Twite, Ciara Lydon, Ewan Gilchrest and Rachel Hibberd all winning their events. Schools Leagues and Cup competitions are the grass roots of our sport and let's hope the 2012 Olympics will boost both interest and numbers taking part.
Posted 15/01/2012 20:02
The English Schools Cup Champions Loreto Grammar were again the dominant force in the girl's event. In the event held at Crossford Bridge, they had Beth Barlow and Claudia Cowan in first two places in the year 7 race and won the team race from Altrincham Grammar who had Francesca Brint in 3rd place.
Altrincham narrowly beat Loreto in the year 8-9 race with Ashton-On-Mersey 3rd. Northern champion Harriet Knowles-Jones (Loreto) won the race from team mate Ciara Lydon with Altrincham Grammar girls Catherine Podmore and Hannah Simeen in the next two places.
Rachael Hibbert (Ashton-on-Mersey) won the year 10-11 team event from Loreto girls Alysia Goddard and Caithlin Thomas. Loreto won the team race with Ashton 2nd and Sale Grammar 3rd.
In the boy's events, honours were more evenly spread. Colin Daly (Wellacre) won the year 7 event from Harry Brown (Sale Grammar) and Luke Mc Kendry (Wellington) with Urmston Grammar winning the team event from Wellacre and Ashton-on-Mersey.
In the year 8-9 event Euan Gilchrist won and led Altrincham Grammar to team victory. Daniel Brint (Sale Grammar) was 2nd with Jade Spilsbury (St. Ambrose 3rd).
Wellacre had another individual victory Jack Boland won the year 10 - 11 race from the Ashton-on-Mersey duo of James Ready and Sam Mayon. Ashton won the team race with Stretford Grammar 2nd and Warrington 3rd
Alex Burchill (Altrincham Grammar) was a clear winner in the sixth form race with David Rich (St.Ambrose ) 2nd and Josh Smith (Wellington) 3rd. St. Ambrose won the team race from Wellington.
Congratulations to over fifty Sale Harriers performances merited selection to represent Trafford schools in the Gtr. Manchester Championships and particularly to Alex Jack, Euan and Rachel on becoming Trafford championships. (Peter Shaw)
Posted 15/01/2012 20:01
At the weekend, the twenty-one of the regions running clubs assembled on the home territory Wythenshawe Park for the third of the five Manchester Area Cross-Country League matches (MACCL). Squally showers and chilly winds, that almost saw some of the tents take off, did little to discourage the goodly number of spectators, runners, coaches and family. The fast, flat course enticed large numbers especially in the senior men and women's matches. The course, designed and managed by hard-working director Dave Rodgers with the indispensible army of club volunteer marshals and officials, ensured an excellent afternoon of sport. The result is that most of the club's teams now have consolidated their positions at the top of the league.
In the U11 events, Beth Thornton had her best ever run in finishing 3rd with Lizzie Twite fourth and, with Fay Malloy making her debut for Sale in seventh place, the team finished second. Twin brother James Malloy was eight in the boy's event and with Luke Chesters eleventh and Bailey Hulse fifteenth, the team finished third.
Twin power gave Sale victory in the U13 boys race with Jake Spilsbury fourth and Adam Spilsbury fifth. Andrea Yiasuomi was final counter in eleventh. There was another set of twins in action in the girl's events where we finished runners-up to Stockport. Ellie Twite had a great run in second place with Frankie Hacker-Davies in seventeenth in her first race for the club with twins Frankie and Charley Reid in twentieth and twenty-second.
The U15 boys won their event with Sam Mayon fourth, Euan Gilchrest fifth and Dillon Stanway tenth. Flora Whyte had her best run of the season to finish fourth and with Hannah Christy thirteenth and Eve Gibson twenty-first, the team finished third. This was a commendable result since a dozen Sale girls had been selected to represent their schools in the English Schools Cup Final at Rugby on the same day. Our congratulations go to Loreto Grammar on becoming National Champions.
In the U17 event Megan Davies gave an impressive performance to finish second and led the team to runners up spot with Imani Modahl seventh and Misha NayakOliver eleventh. The boy's team were also in second place with Alex Bradford fourth, Dillon Bezzina eight and Khalid Absiyeh ninth.
Largely because James Wignall and Callum Rowlinson, returned from their University in North Wales stronger than ever from their participation in the North Wales League, the lads with Matt Holmes notched their second victory over Stockport AC. James was also the race winner by over thirty seconds. Thanks to David Rich, Josh Oguntayo and Adam Dooley unusually the section finished a 'B' team and had it not for josh being so disappointed with his race, these lads would have made it a one-two. Again, there was no complete U20 women's team but Tyra Watson, the club's sole representative, again displayed her ability with a great race to finish second.
Our senior women also had a great day. Lucy Gorman, despite her disappointment in the Euro selection Championships in Liverpool, blighted the field with a thirty second victory in a display of elegant, effortless flowing movement that was 'poetry' to observe. Likewise Emily Beedham (Happy birthday, Em!) who had her best run this winter for sixth place as did Hannah Griffiths in fourteenth. With Jo Street, continuing to run strong, this quarter notched their second place of the winter and put themselves well in contention to win the league. Further good news is the section's depth with three teams finishing in eight, fourteenth and twentieth. Especially noteworthy in the 'B' team is U20 youngster and first counter Tyra Watson and L50 Jackie Cordingley who secured her second individual age-group victory whilst also the fourth 'b' team counter. In the 'C' team, welcome to Kimberley Wilson who made her debut with a fine performance and Jennifer Simmonds whose speciality is sprinting and had a massively improved performance. If Carla Ousey, Lauren Davies and Jenny Cordingley (perhaps because she was wearing her dad's shoes!) continue to improve their positions they'll eventually win the race!
The men's race was another great turn-out with three hundred and twenty four finishers and again with more great results. Having won the last match, we finished second to Trafford AC but secured top position in the league. It was great to see Gaz Raven back at the sharp end finishing third. There were superb runs from Daniel Bradford and Ian Weatherall who was second in the M40 category and twelfth overall. Fantastic also was the depth with no less than six teams finished with the first four among the top fifteen from over forty teams.
Interestingly, almost 50% of the men and women who finished were veterans so competition is very strong indeed. The men's 'A' team finished third - thanks to the talent of Ian Weatherall, Chris Cook, Gary Rowlinson and Andy Yates. We also had 'B' and 'C' teams that finished eighteenth and twenty-seventh resulting in the men's 'B' team now placing second overall with the 'C' team in third place. Should they maintain these positions, both will compete in Division one of the league next year. Individual performances can be studied on www.race-results.co.uk. As ever thanks to club photographer Harry Skakeshaft. His photographs can be viewed and purchased cheaply on www.hsphotos.co.uk
The penultimate match is at Woodbank Park Stockport on SUNDAY January 15th 2012 the weekend following the Gtr.Manchester Championships at the same venue. Let's see the same strong turn-out in every age-group, further important as we sharpen up for the all-important cross-country championships. (Compiled by Fechin Mc Cormick & Peter Shaw)
Posted 15/01/2012 20:01