News - Endurance
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What has now become a firm date in the calendar for the endurance section of the club is the Welsh Castles Relay, which is a 200 mile relay split into 20 legs stretching from Caernarfon to Cardiff. This year was no exception with two teams entered and competition high to get into both the men’s and the women’s team.
In summary the men came fourth overall, slightly down on last year, however the competition and the standard have been increased. Salford brought their A game to the competition with athletes such as Hardman, Bailey, Shaw and Robinson to contend with and both Les Croupiers and Serpentine competed with strong teams. The ladies team fared much better, they successfully retained their Queen Of The Mountains title coming third overall, behind Serpentine and Les Croupiers.
Individually the weekend produced some fantastic performances. For the men; Callum Rowlinson comfortably won leg 1, just 6 seconds off the course record. Gareth Raven, on one of the weekend’s horrendous legs (13.1 miles and a rather large hill at the start), destroyed the field to win this leg for the 4th time. This leg is always blue ribbon leg with a strong line up so respect must be shown. After a month out with a foot injury, Nigel Martin came second on leg 12, Paul Green was veteran winner on leg 14 and Carl Barber improved his finishing position from 2013 to finish second, claiming his first vet title. The fact that he was drinking red bull a few hours later demonstrated how hard he had to work for it! Other notable performances were Andy Mooney and Rob Flannery who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively on their legs.
In the women, hats off must go to Castles debutant Katie White. Not only did she have to wake up at 5am to prepare for her leg but she had to tackle some horrendous hills too. She took it all in her stride by smashing out a convincing win by over a minute to take the mountain leg 11. Her face was a million smiles whilst she paraded her yellow tee shirt and dragon memento round the finishing area. Helen Armitage, Viv Slack and Hayley Ashby all came second on their respective legs with Emma Finney placing third on leg 10. These fine performances resulted in the ladies retaining their Queen of the Mountain title with the above plus Jan Nicholls parading their sweatshirts round the finish.
Following the presentation, most of the team stayed in the Welsh Capital for a night of fun with a few hanging on till 4am.
Thanks must go to the both team captains, Paul Barrett and Jan Nicholls for getting 40 runners out, Bill Fox who drove the mini bus round all weekend, Mike and Hayley Ashby for writing the transport plan and Ian and Cat Jones for reviewing the plan.
This is our sixth time we have put a team together for this event and every year is a memorable event. Every athlete raises their game for their leg and runners go out of their way to support other athletes demonstrating great team cohesiveness.
Same time next year? You bet ya!
Posted 10/06/2014 07:25
Fechin Mc Cormick
This is a scenic race with a great atmosphere, although a couple of hills and a last mile along the beach make it quite a challenge. This year having to hurdle the wooden groynes on the beach added to the fun but all in all it was never going to be a PB course!
Mike Kilmartin was first finisher for Sale and 4th overall in an excellent time of 35.17. Next was Nicolas Whittle in another excellent time of 36.29 in 7th place. New member Robert Dunn had run Liverpool Marathon only 6 days before but still had a great run with 38.47 in 23rd place. Jerry Smith was pleased with his time of 43.09 on that course and Jenny Miles also had a good run (1:00:21).
There was also a 3k race. Zara Thompson won the u16 event and £75 and her sister Millie was 8th in the U14 race. Well done also to Benji Lovell who also ran well in the U14 boys race.
Beautiful sunshine meant that it was hot work but made post race recovery on the beach particularly enjoyable!
Posted 03/06/2014 07:34
This GMR report, as do many other website reports, brings perspective and reality into the sometimes boundless congratulations that often follow races. This year, congratulations were probably more deserved for those who braved the uncharacteristically hot day rather than for magnificent performances. Leaving aside the number of debut GMR’s, this year only two ran a PB – Martin Smedley and Anne Chinoy,with most performances significantly down on what might have been hoped for. A big thank you, as ever, to the club’s small army of marshals who lined the route and cheered on their club colleagues.
Posted 28/05/2014 09:36
Not quite as impressive as last year but still a valiant effort by Sale Harriers. (Last year we won it!.)
We finished 4 full teams and everyone seemed to enjoy the event. Well done.
Posted 12/05/2014 10:51
You can’t beat watching the London Marathon. Who wasn’t laid out in front of the telly on what annually ought to be known as ‘Marathon Sunday’. It’s the Sunday in the year when committed and non-committed runners alike become armchair athletes and be riveted for hours by the spell-binding moving mass of humanity of every size, shape, age, colour and pace , running, jogging or determined shuffling over 26.2 miles to their Nirvana that’s the finish line on London’s Mall. We can but admire this magical feat and feast of human endurance with home-based enthusiasts tracing their colleagues on i-phones; others (like me) rekindling top memories whilst others inspired, resolve to be on the start line next year.
Front-runners get the headlines but all are heroes and this year Sale Harriers’ heroes are: -
CALLUM ROWLINSON 2:39.08: Well done to our U23 Callum Rowlinson who not only showed great marathon ability but has also set down an exciting benchmark for the future. With a best half-marathon time of 1:13.21 from this year’s “Wilmslow’; he went through the half in 1:14.39 and rightly commented, “I successfully ignored the great advice I got and went off far too fast”
STEVE Mc CARRON 2:42.29: A fantastic PB for Steve by a massive 6 ½ minutes. This was Steve’s 4th Marathon and he’s continued to improve from his first – Edinburgh 2011 when he recorded 2:59.24.
GARETH MATTHEWS 2:54.05. He missed a PB by a measly 36 seconds over his last and debut marathon - London 2011.
ANDY WALLING 2:54.20: His 2nd fastest of four marathons with a best of 2:47.01 at last year’s London. Andy e also got a special mention from commentator Paula Radcliffe as her former physio. Wow!
FRANCIS SWEENEY 3:04.16: Running his 3rd Marathon, Francis went to London to hopefully dip under three hours from his 3:13.59 in last year’s Manchester marathon. I’m sure he’ll give it another go!
ALAN PITMAN 3:08.42: Again, Alan was hoping to dip under three hours after his successful PB of 3:03.18 in the 2012 Chester marathon. Unfortunately, it’s eluded him but he won’t give up just yet!
RICHARD BROWN 3:21:00: It was a long way of his PB but was still recovering from back injury. He's now preparing for a 100km race in two weeks!!!!
JOHN RODGERS 3:33.37: Our former Northern Ireland 1500m international who has qualified as a doctor specializing in sports medicine and has attended London Marathons in his specialist capacity, went massively out of his comfort zone and suffered great pain in the final miles, just to raise lotsa money for Medicines Sans Frontiers
KIMBERLEY KONTOPANTELI 3:42.34:
MICHAEL WYMER 4:02.00. Mike had run the Manchester Marathon two weeks earlier but suffered breathing problems and finished in 4:17.45./ He did well to run 15 minutes faster so soon afterwards but will be aiming to dip under his best of 3:55.06 in his next Marathon.
Posted 13/04/2014 22:57
Sale Harriers wings its heartiest congratulations to Stockport’s ANDI JONES on his fantastic third time lucky victory in the Asics Greater Manchester Marathon two weeks ago on April 6th. (Andi’s wife Donna is a long-time middle-distance club member). Let’s hope we’ll be cheering him on in the summer’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Congratulations also to defending champion DAVE NORMAN (who competes for the club as a ‘Higher Claim Member’), bidding for a hat-trick of wins, who finished 4th but had every reason to be pleased having run over a minute faster than 2013 and his fastest marathon for 4 years.
Marathoning is not for the faint-hearted. It’s a brutal challenge and the ultimate endurance test that requires months of hard training, true grit, loads of stamina and an ability to endure a lot of pain. Well done to every participant. You deserve total respect – I remember it well!
The first club member home from those who toed the start line at Old Trafford was KATIE WHITE (2:56.43). Katie is a strong and able runner who’s just joined the club having moved to Manchester from her Scottish club. She ran a superb 2:56.43, dipping under the magical three hours from her previous marathon – her debut in Liverpool 2012 (3:01.40).
Next home was ROBERT DUNN in 2:58.34. Rob, with the club only a few weeks to ‘help improve me further’ following his 1:25 in the Wilmslow HM two weeks earlier, was ‘really pleased’ to dip under three hours and might have been even faster had he not suffered a ‘horrendous’ stitch. His outstanding memory was “the support along the route and the kid’s choir in Timperley”. He also raised £766 for the Christies.
Next was MIKE WYMER (M40) (4:17.45): This was Mike’s 2nd marathon with his debut in 2012 also in Manchester clocking 3:55.06. He attributed his slower time to ‘breathing problems’ so was pleased just to finish and aims to back to top form for the London Marathon. Again, he really appreciated the ‘great support’ from Harriers around the course.
VIVIENNE SLACK (L35) 3:01.32: Viv has recently joined the club from Manchester Triathlon Club. She's also a keen cyclist who rides with Manchester Wheelers and was making her marathon debut. She aimed for sub 3 hours so was slightly disappointed not to achieve it. However, she gave it everything and will surely be under the magical three hours next time.
PETER CRAWFORD (M35) (3:02.20). Pete was under par especially that he showed such great marathon promise in the 2011 Manchester marathon with an amazing 2:38.52 and also his 2:44.44 last year. Let’s hope he’ll be right back up there in 2015.
NICK PEACH (M50) (3:18.46): Nick was a nationally-ranked Sale Harrier as a youngster with such best times as 8.33.89 for the 3000m S/C in 1986 and 31.05 for 10,000m in 1994. He’s raced sparingly in recent years and says he was ‘bullied’ into this debut marathon by his nephew (who wanted to beat him); his wife who’d risen to the marathon challenge as part of her bucket list and a group of thirteen colleagues fund-raising for an orphanage in India. “It wasn’t easy” he wrote, “The last three weeks were enforced rest due to injury”
ANNE CHINOY (L40) (3:25.00): Delighted Anne wrote, “Wow - what a fantastic experience! Last year, I watched from mile 16 having just completed my first ever half-marathon and I resolved to enter in 2014. As a relative new-comer to running, I never imagined for a moment I’d be able to complete it in 3:25:00. The support en route was incredible and I was very proud to be wearing my Sale Harriers vest. Though I managed to run a negative split (just!), I inevitably found the last 8 miles really tough and the motivational support from fellow Sale Harriers and friends really spurred me on. I literally felt like I was running through treacle towards the end e. A very special thanks to JERRY SMITH for training with me over the past 5 months. I definitely couldn't have done it without him” Anne also raised nearly £1200 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association in memory of a close friend's father, Gerry Murray who was himself a marathon runner throughout his 40's, but passed away in November
GARETH MILLER (3:29.46): Gareth is another club newcomer making his marathon debut. Well done Gareth!.
ROBBIE GREENSLADE (M40) (3:32.04): Robbie was ‘absolutely delighted’ to finish his debut marathon and raise £700 for St. Ann’s Hospice. His outstanding memory was the support from Sale Harriers team mates who were marshalling. “It REALLY made a difference”, he said.
EMMA FINNEY (3:42.29). This was Emma’s 3rd marathon and she felt its pain more than any of the previous ones. Her PB of 3:20.53 was established at last year’s London marathon and the previous year she completed the Manchester Marathon in 3:26.26 so inevitably disappointment. You’ll be back fighting, Emma!
Unfortunately, committed runners JERRY SMITH and TIM RAINEY did not finish (DNF) This is a wise and sensible decision for runners under duress or injury. Jerry wrote, “I completely ran out of energy at mile 14” and Tim wrote, “ Pulled out before six miles - got a muscle tear in my right quad before 3 miles. They’ll be back!
Not everyone toed the line at Old Trafford! The Marathon also embraced Marathon 4 person relays and two person relays. There were 150 x four stage relay teams with three of them Sale Harriers. The first team home with the accumulated time of 3:17 were known as the “Mamas and Papas” MIKE BARRY ran the first leg, then CARA KAVANAGH, CAT JONES and HELEN ARMITAGE. Because Mike was really poorly on the day, struck down by a stomach bug, the team were about 20 minutes slower than they’d predicted. Nevertheless, the quartet were 8th team overall - and the first Sale team – having caught “The Yummy Mummies Team” in the last mile.
The Yummy Mummies completed the course in 3:18.51 for 9th place and 3rd ladies team. This quartet comprised LAUREN DAVIES, ALISON PYE, LYNDA ROWLINSON and JACKIE CORDINGLEY. It was Alison Pye’s first race back in green following her baby Ewan. She wrote, “I ran quicker than I expected and felt there was more to come which is promising with The Welsh Castles Relays and a 9.5 mile relay leg of the Chesterfield marathon lined up”. Lynda wrote, “A brilliant experience, a great way to soak up the marathon atmosphere without having to do all the hard work” and Jackie reported “I really enjoyed it. My fourth leg was on home territory along Manor Ave , Carrington Lane ,Church Rd to Stretford and Old Trafford so I enjoyed all the home support”
“The Manchester Tarts” that comprised AUDREY GRESTY, DIANE HENIGAN, KAREN SHEEN and DAWN HOLDING were ‘happy’ finishing in 3:42 despite being seven minutes slower than last year. Diane, now living in Liverpool and a member of Penny Lane Striders, had a great race; Audrey had a good run; Karen had to pull out the day before because of injury and was replaced by non-club member Cathy Jimenez who had an ‘awesome’ run and Dawn completed the quartet despite recovering from a hairline fracture of the rib and been out of action for 3 weeks.
There were also forty-one teams who ran a half-marathon each and the Sale Harrier duo of LOUISE ROBBINS (who ran to Altrincham) where JENNY MILES took over, finished a tremendous 8th team with a combined time of 3:50.17:
All participants agreed it was ‘a humbling experience’ to be cheered on by the full marathoners as they were passed. There was a further consensus that, though the relay was a great way to experience the marathon without having the gruelling task of the training and completing the whole thing, some felt a ‘bit of a fraud’ being cheered on by people who thought they’d run the entire distance and found themselves explaining they were part of a relay team. They, therefore are to propose to the organisers that future marathon relay teams wear a ‘Relay Team’ notice on their backs.
Finally and certainly not least was the club army of volunteers who marshalled the route around Sale. Not only did almost 60 members brilliantly ensure a safe and successful passage through Sale and but their enthusiastic support brought a smile, wave and n encouraging spring into the step of hard-working and tiring marathoners. They also raised a nice sum of money for club coffers. Finally, club Chairman DAVID BROWN CBE and his wife CAROL were again start/finish officials with David again the Marathon’s Chief Starter.
Posted 13/04/2014 22:55
Posted 13/04/2014 16:02
CHESHIRE 10k (30th March)
The Cheshire 10k is regarded as a flat, fast scenic one lap course and judging by participants times and feedback, it’s a ‘must for those wanting fast times. Dylan Stanway (38:40) is only U17 and recorded a superb time of 38.40 on his debut. M60 Nigel Fielden (42.09) is on the opposite end of the age-spectrum, and running faster than he has done for a decade. His time was even faster than last September’s Tameside 10k (43.43) and the more recent Trafford 10k (42.50). The club has a good group of M60 runners at present! Another M60 Geoff Beattie also has every reason to be encouraged. Following the disappointing Tarporley 10k (50.50) in February; an improved recent Trafford 10k (48.10) he’ll be popping the champagne corks with a rejuvenated 47.51. Jo Robbins (48.42) was especially impressive in that she’s only recovering from pregnancy and L50 Dawn Holding (49.29) is only just recovered from prolonged injuries this year. Brian Bradshaw (49.14) was ‘a bit disappointed’ but not without reason. he’s been piling on the miles for next week’s Manchester marathon relay and it was only his first race since last summer’s Sizzlers. Audrey Gresty (51.52) wasn’t far off her best 10k times in the past year.
Full results HERE
READING HALF MARATHON (March 2nd)
Matt Bond’s (66.05) 7th is a sign of his comeback to top form after injury and we hope he’ll no longer be blighted again by plantar fasciitis. He ran a great race in the early stages especially and was in the leading group of the country’s best runners like Steve Overall, Tory and Wicks. He sharpened up for it with a 5k in a PB of 14.26 at the Armagh International two weeks earlier.
Full results HERE
LIVERPOOL HM (23RD March)
Whilst most were pounding the roads around Wilmslow, we had a few do the tour of the Liverpool HM. Kevin Foster (1:26.01) was 90 seconds short of hs PB in the Great NW MH in February 12 and Diane Hennigan, settling into her new home in Liverpool that was part of the route, recorded 2:04.27.
Full results HERE
Posted 01/04/2014 00:44
Fechin Mc Cormick
Conditions for this year’s Britain’s top half-marathon were generally described as good especially compared to last year’s freezing cold wind. As ever, club runners much appreciated the applause along the route. Here’s the high-up and low-down of the club 48 participants. Thanks to those who greatly helped by sending in their information.
Antony Ford 6th 1:08.16: Two minutes down on October’s Gt. Scottish Run. Won in 2012 with 64: 54.
Gaz Raven 7th 1:08.43: Won Wilmslow in 2008 and has finished 2nd, 3rd (twice), 4th and 5th with a best of 64.28. Faster than last year’s 1:10.53
Callum Rowlinson 20th 1:13.21: Another super PB, 17 seconds faster than last year’s Wilmslow debut and first U23.
Andy Mooney 56th 1:18.37: Another PB and a 40 second improvement on last year.
Peter Crawford 58th 1:18.48: A 2 ½ minute improvement on last year. Has done 2 x 1:16’s in the past. Preparing for Manchester marathon.
Steven Townley 64th 1:19:39: Recorded his PB of 1:17.57 at last October’s Congleton Half.
George Kirk 96th 1:21.33: Our long time shorter distance specialist makes his HM debut.
Richard Brown 98th 1:21.40:
Carl Barber 106th 1:22 12: Almost 3 minutes down on PB of 79.23 in January’s Helsby HM and last year’s Wilmslow of 79:59
Chris Donnelly 1:22.18: Got stuck in traffic, got to the start a couple of minutes after the actual start and just treated it as a training run in preparation for London.
Lee Kaufman 1:23.30: Did Trimpell ‘20’ the previous week so an understandable 70 seconds down on last year.
Simon Jackson 1:23.27: Missed his Blackpool 2010 PB by 3 mins but a similar time to last year and also 1:22 in 2012 A good workout before his 5th Windermere Marathon in May.
Olivier Gaillemin 1:23.36: Not far off last year’s PB of 1:20:04 so a good result considering he’s been massively hindered by Achilles tendonitis since November. This was his 10th Wilmslow and a warm up to a 50miler in the city of his birth - Paris - this Saturday with his brother.
Andy Yates 1:24.31: Andy’s 8th ‘Wilmslow’ since 2004 with a best of 77.52 in 2009.
Hayley Ashby 1:25.15: Running her 4th Wilmslow, she clocked a PB by 2 seconds from last year. Pleased to have bettered last year even though by a few seconds. Got into the top 10 women so was pleased with that too!
Ian Jones 1:25.16: A PB from his last Wilmslow in 2009. Was helped in the latter half by Hayley Cavill despite thinking "this bionic woman is going to kill me"!
Mike Ashby 1:27.50: Was ten minutes off his PB (1:17.53 from Lancaster 2008) as a result injury problems but he’s also on the way back. Was his 6th or7th HM
Mike Wharton 1:28.43: Just short of improving his Capenhurst HM of 88.13 set in October.
Chris Heys 1:29.15: As a result of hamstring tendinopathy since 2008, a long way of his hey-day of 1:14.03 in Wilmslow 2007. Increasingly on his way back, he was disappointed to miss his 1:25 target and was on schedule for it up to 8 miles running with Ian Jones & Hayley Ashby.
Robert Heggs 1:29.15: Chopped 8 minutes off his PB and celebrated with a few pints in Manchester afterwards.
Helen Armitage 1:29.48: Fitter than ever, her hard work is paying off to dip under 1:30 for the first time. She also unexpectedly won 2nd L35 prize of £75
Gary Lyons 1:30.30:
Nicholas Webb 1:33:32: A ‘really pleased’ PB by almost five minutes with the previous best in Wilmslow last year. This was his 3rd consecutive Wilmslow and only his 2nd race in a Sale vest.
Steven Gavin 1:36.12: Steven’s 4th ‘Wilmslow’, all of them PS’s....except this olne!
Sian Rowley 1:35.12: An unexpected PB. Set off conservatively as a result of lack of longer training sessions and then pushed hard. It’s her fastest time since Wilmslow 2010.
Nick Scholes 1:35.31: A PB by over 4mins which was set at Wilmslow last year. Very pleased that training is paying off in preparation for his first marathon in Manchester in 2 weeks.
Daniel Boulton 1:37.24: A bit down on his PB of 87:51 in last November’s Capenhurst HM.
Catherine Jones 1:40.33: A fantastic PB and further recorded 10k and 10 mile PB en route. Really pleased and well set for a PB Manchester marathon.
Michael Wymer 1:39.33: A PB and an improvement of 30 seconds on last year. Now hoping for a good Manchester marathon.
Katherine Barker 1:40.59: An impressive debut...with much more to come.
Peter Shipley 1:42.31: To quote, “One to forget! Injury and illness to blame! My time is over 15 minutes slower than my PB of 1.27.06 on the same course last year. Back to the drawing board!”
Lynda Rowlinson 1:43.38: A classy run but would she have come even closer to her Wilmslow 2011 PB of 1:40.59 had she not run 1:43.05 in the Anglesey HM two weeks earlier.
Sarah Waldron 1:44.21: Debut Wilmslow! Pleased with time and also recorded a 10km PB en route (48:11)
Tim Rainey 1:44.21: A man of chivalry! He ran to support Sarah across the line.
Lynne Yates 1:45.26: Almost 5 minutes down on last September’s PB of 1:40.30 in the Robin Hood HM.
Jackie Cordingley 1:46.11: Decided to run only a few days previously. Struggled over the final few miles but still 2 minutes faster than last year.
Frank Cordingley 1:46.22: Very happy to achieve his goal after a period of injury and illness. This was his 16th ‘Wilmslow’ with times ranging from a PB 1:11.01 in 1993 down to last year’s 1:48.14 after a broken shoulder.
Mark Anderson 1:45.37:
Stefan Schumacher 1:49.19: Far away from any PB particularly due to recent injuries and a fall in his garden but happy to dip under 1; 50. His friend Reinhard had also been struggling with injury but was pleased with 1:47
Jennifer Yates 1:47.17: Just her 2nd HM. Was hoping to beat Mum but still an excellent run.
Shaun Mc Gee 1:49.49: An impressive debut considering recent limited training.
Ray O’Neill 1:50.09: Very pleased to finish his debut HM without ‘pulling anything’
Caroline Kinghorn 1:50.12: 5th running in F45+ category (2 weeks off turning 50). Recorded a fabulous PB. Previous PB was 1:51:58 achieved at Wilmslow 2 years ago. Was gutted that she couldn’t knock off another 13 seconds to get below 1:50. Also got her best ever 10K time of 50.23. She then ran home a further 5 miles as her last long run before the Manchester Marathon which she’ll be running on her 50th birthday.
Gary Chadwick 1:53.48
Kate Gavin 2:03.39
Jenny Miles 2:13.07:
Rosa Elliott 2:17.01: A few minutes down on her 2:09.29 in last year’s debut
Michael Maloney 2:25.42
Sabina Nealon 2:32.07
Club photographs can be viewed and purchased at Harry Shakeshaft’s website www.hsphotos.co.uk
Posted 23/03/2014 08:15
Team managers James Bailey & Sian Holland
On a course which has been described as either interesting, challenging or just plain confusing to follow, the Men’s 12 stage teams finished 5th and 40th with the Ladies 6 stage team finishing 20th at the Northern Athletics Road Relay Championships at Heaton Park on Saturday.
After the success of the men’s 6 stage late last year, the hope was for similar success in the longer format, however a spate of late withdrawals left the A team the aim to finish as high as possible and focus on the National event.
The men’s teams started with Niall Brooks, Steven Townley and Richard McHugh. Niall recently showing good form, following his 50th placing in the National cross country, ran with the lead pack taking the lead at the half way stage. However after the long hill, Tom Lancashire of Bolton pushed on and Niall focussed on staying composed; finishing in 5th place. Steven enjoyed his run and came home in 52nd place with Richard, racing in his 1st 12 stage came home in 71st.
Next out for the A team was Simon Horsfield and Robert Flannery for the B. Unfortunately the 2nd member for the C team did not appear which meant the remaining 5 runners of the team were unable to compete. Simon took the first half of his short leg steady before putting on the after burners in the last mile bringing the team home in 2nd behind Salford. Rob, recently returning from injury, ran a composed leg taking 7 places and bringing the team home in 45th.
Gavin Hill and Paul Barrett took the next long leg. Gavin paced a very sensible leg working with the Leeds runner and on the second lap took his man and brought the team home in the lead. Paul ran a sensible leg on the hills of Heaton Park and brought the team back in 50th. Dave Marsh took over for the A with Mike Ashby running for the B. Dave ground out his leg only being passed by the Leeds runner in the last few hundred metres of the leg to come home in second. Mike had a few runners to aim at and picked up 4 places bringing the team back in 46th place.
Ian Wetherall and Kevin Foster had the honour of the next long leg, Ian, following his run in the Trafford 10k, paced a good leg and was only passed by a flying Steve Vernon in the last 400 meters. Kevin sustained the momentum and brought the B team in 51st. Chris Donnelly, a late call up to the A team, had the task of running the 6th leg with Chris Heys doing the same for the B. Chris had some tough competition on the leg but did well to bring the team home in 5th place, Chris picked up 4 places coming home in 47th.
James Bailey and Carl Barber had the next long legs, James, after missing January through injury, was running a time trial with gaps now fairly large and maintained the position of 5th, Carl picked up another place for the B team coming home in 46th. Chris Middleton and Elton Davies ran the 8th leg. Chris, currently in his 1st year at Loughborough University, just missed out on breaking 16 minutes maintaining the position of 5th. Elton just missed out on breaking 18 minutes but managed to pull back a further 3 places.
Jamie Roden and Phil Scowcroft were out on leg 9, Jamie fresh from his 65th placing in the Intercounties the week before ran a solid leg closing the gap slightly to 4th place. Phil pulled back time on the runners in front maintaining the position of 43rd. Ryan Moore and Mike Kilmartin had the penultimate short leg of the day with Ryan maintaining the position and gap to 4th place, Mike had a great run pulling back 4 places on his leg. Gareth Raven and Ian Jones had the last long leg of the day and a Gareth had a storming run but unfortunately the gaps were just a little too large and he maintained the teams 5th place. Ian, another late call up, brought the B team back in 41st place.
The final legs were handed to Peter Crawford and Michael Warton. With the gaps between 4th and 6th now quite large, Peter had the luxury of enjoying his last leg bringing the team to finish in 5th place. Michael, in his first race since December, brought the team home in 42nd place.
In the women’s race, Hayley Ashby set the girls off with a fine run of 19.04 to come home in 19th place and showing some return to form following a winter beset by illness. Emma Finney followed, continuing her form from Trafford 10k last week, completing the course in 19.43 and gaining 4 places to bring the ladies up to 15th place. Helen Armitage and Cara O'Brien followed with 20.08 and 21.25 respectively, both having solid runs and maintaining the team's 15th place overall. Louise Robbins was the first late addition to the team and 'stepped up' to 5k from her ironman training schedule and showed that there's still some speed in the legs to run 21.37 and Lynda Rowlinson gallantly stepped in as reserve to bring home the team with a run of 22.37. It was a good performance by all those who ran however, last minute replacements meant that the overall position was further down the field than hoped and what would have been a B team was consumed by the A team. Thank you to all the men and ladies who ran and on we go to Nationals in 3 weeks.
Posted 18/03/2014 14:43