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
Fechin Mc Cormick
Just as the Spring Equinox heralds the new season, so also does the Trafford 10k herald the road racing season for the running confraternity. This has been a top class race for about 15 years and a gloriously sunny day ensured superb and lifetime best performances. Morpeth’s Olympian Nick Mc Cormick was easily the first man home in 28.56 and only the third person to dip under 29 minutes on the course, the other two being Chris Thompson (28.02) in 2010 and Ian Hudspith (28:49) in 2006 This year seven dipped under the magical 30-minutes, an indicator of the quality of this event, the seventh being our own Antony Ford (29:59). Antony won this race in 2012 in 29.04 and, though a little off his PB, was still pleased considering it was his first race for some time.
Not far behind him was 1500m specialist Nick Samuels (30:23) who led a club group of twelve (50% of those who took part) all of whom achieved magical lifetime best performances. These were U20 Ryan Moore (34:23), Andy Mooney (35:16), U17 Brad Thornton (debut 37:32), M50 Aidan Raftery (38:46), Robbie Greenslade (39:54), Emma Finney (40.02), Gareth Webb (40.45), Denis Powell (41.11), Sian Rowley (41:26), M60 Mike Curley (42.06), M60 Nigel Fielden (42.40) and Cat Jones (44.48) who also broke her 5k PB en route. Well done to all of them. PB’s are, indeed, the elixir of running.
There were other excellent performances. U20 Luke Betts (32.13) was 20 seconds faster than last year; injury prone M45 Ian Weatherall (33:58) was only a few seconds short off his best for the course and was 3rd M45 as he was in 2012.; Mike Hatch (35.46) had an confidence booster on his return to racing after many months; Daniel Boulton (40.17), though not a PB was over a minute faster than last year; Tim Rainey (41.26) ran his quickest for over five years and managed negative splits in the tailwind; Cara O’Brien (43.36) was 10 seconds faster than last year and prolific racer M60 Geoff Beattie (48.10) was almost three minutes faster than in the Oulton Park 10k two weeks earlier.
Condolences to Sarah Douglas (40.53) who hadn’t been in the best of form recently but hoped for better and M50 Steve Parry (41:13) who’s more familiar with times around 40 minutes.
Next weekend sees the Northern 12 & 6 stage Road relays in Heaton Park. With so many in superb shape, we anticipate great things. Good Luck!
Posted 10/03/2014 10:07
On the 15th March, the North of England 12 stage Relay Championships are to be held at Heaton Park. The club has entered 6 teams made up of 3 men's and 3 women's teams. As a club, we have been asked to provide marshalls, for those not competing or maybe watching on the day.
If you are interested in helping, please contact Morris Jefferson, on 0161-969-3329.
Posted 09/03/2014 21:18
Fechin Mc Cormick
Whilst numbers of the club were competing in major indoor and outdoor championships during January and February, several of the club’s endurance section were strutting their stuff on the region’s roads, some just for pleasure; others seeking PB performances and others as preparation for Spring marathons and half-marathons.
Anglesey HM: (March 2nd). The Rowlinson family took a day out to North Wales for this tough but scenic event. Callum, at University nearby, again displayed his family prowess with a great run for 5th in 75:07 but was 1st as an U23. Andy Walling’s 79.28 was a few minutes down on last year and in-form L50 Lynda Rowlinson’s 1:43.05 was even faster than she’d recorded in last year’s flatter Fleetwood HM. To make it a family day out young Lewis also won the children’s mile race and was awarded a superb trophy.
Reading HM (March 2):With an impressive PB of 64.29 from the 2012 BUPA Gt.North run, Matt Bond won’t be overly excited to have completed this half in 66.05, his slowest ever half marathon. However, following his recent injuries this is a promising performance on his return to the top.
Great N.W. Half Marathon. (February 23rd): The club had a nice little group travel to this fast and relatively flat course around on the coastal front of Blackpool. With strong winds along the coast it was a day for ‘tucking in’ and not achieving PB’s. There were no PB performances but the exceptional run of the day was M65 Terry Lonergan who, though slower than the Inskip HM a few weeks earlier, recorded 1:39.01 which was still amazing in the conditions and, of course won him 1st M65. Steve Mc Carron (1:19.28 was an impressive 7th; Chris Donnelly (1:19.39) was 11th with Simon Jackson crossing the line in 1:25.53, Peter O’Neill 1:27.03, Kevin Foster 1:27.42 and Lee Kaufman 1:28.44
Four Villages HM (January 22nd): This is a big one, especially important for those benchmarking their Spring Marathons, especially London and Manchester. Nigel Martin ran a PB of 75.23, Carl Barber 79.23. Hayley Ashby, returning to form, wasn’t far short of her PB with 85:51. Fast improving Anne Chinoy recorded her latest PB of 92:27 and not far behind her finished Tim Rainey who clocked 94.18. Mike Ashby is training to get fit again so was some minutes off his best with 97.10. Next were Louise Robbins (1:40.07), Jerry Smith ( 1:41.40), Michael Wymer (1:145.51), Colin Hill (1:47.16), Miran Aprahamien (1:47.19) and Geoff Beattie (1:53.55)
Inskip HM (January 19th); Four club members took part in this race. The most outstanding again was evergreen M65 Terry Lonergan who made a rare foray into this distance respecting his advancing years but still proved he’s still ‘got it’. He recorded 1:37.26 to not only win the M65 prize but also sent him right up the UK age-group rankings as one of the country’s best performances. Well done, Terry! Steve Townley (1:22.56) was first home in 38th place followed by Simon Jackson (1:24.56) and Matthew Brooks in (1:42.11)
Posted 03/03/2014 17:30
A busy weekend for fans of the half marathon with Sale Harriers attending 3 different events in one weekend! The best attendance was at The 4 Villages race near Helsby just outside Frodsham. Nigel Martin said after
"It was my first HM and I'm very pleased with
how it turned out, especially since I went off very hard and my calf has
not been 100% and was tremoring constantly, but thankfully it held together."
Results as follows.
21st Nigel Martin 1:15:23
45th Carl Barber 1:19:23 M40 (10th)
62nd Alan Pitman 1:20:34
158th Hayley Ashby 1:25:51
Anne Chinoy 1:32:27 F40
Tim Rainey 1:34:18 M45
Mike Ashby 1:37:10
Louise Robbins 1:40:07 F35
Jerry Smith 1:41:40 M55
Michael Wymer 1:45:40 M40
Colin Hill 1:47:18 M45
Miran Aprahamanian 1:47:19 M55
Geof Beattie 1:53:55 M60
Jenny Miles 2:12:28 F60
Full results here.
Also The Inskip Half Marathon near Preston. Note that Terry is now ranked 6th in the country in his age group for this distance.
38th Steve Townley 1:22:56
53rd Simon Jackson 1:24:56 M40
162nd Terry Lonergan 1:37:26 M65
192nd Matt Brooke 1:42:10
Also well done to Sarah Douglas who achieved a PB over in Yorkshire at The Brass Monkey Half Marathon with a time of 1:28:39.
Full results here.
Finally there were also 3 Sale Harriers doing the Lambs Longer Leg fell race on Sunday. (Chris is included although technically running for Horwich)
10 29.43 Paul Rowley Sale Harriers SEN
30 33.20 Aidan Raftery Sale Harriers M50
31 33.35 Chris Heys Horwich Harriers SEN
45 34.47 Mike Wharton Sale Harriers MSEN
Posted 20/01/2014 10:49
The post-Christmas Ribble Valley 10k, now dating back thirty years, is always a big ‘un’ and this year was no exception again incorporating the Northern Athletics 10k Championships. The competition at the sharp end was once more awesome with five breaking the magical 30 minutes and 20 going under the very impressive 31 minutes. Liverpool’s Jonny Mellor (29.12) came within 2 seconds of his own course record but wait till you read who’s the first woman!
The club had 5 make their way to Clitheroe. First home was Jaimie Roden making his debut 10k with a fantastic time of 31.25. Could he be now serving notice on his coach and zippy father whose PB in the annals of time was 29.02! Talented U20 Luke Betts, also coached by Paul Roden, improved his best by over a minute to send him right up the rankings among the country’s top juniors with a new PB of 31.40. Great as those performances are, the day’s talking point was, yet again our world class junior triathlete Georgia Taylor-Brown hot on the heels of winning her GB team gold medal at the recent European XC Championships. Making her 10k debut though still just 20 years of age – and remember this girl runs/trains only a few times a week because of all her other triathlon training, she whipped the opposition to finish in 33.39 and immediately be placed 7th fastest on the UK all time rankings topped by Zola Budd. Indeed, it’s reckoned her performance could be the 3rd or 4th fastest ever run by an U20. Kevin Foster was the club’s fifth member and he just missed out on his best for the year with a time of 38:14.
Posted 29/12/2013 23:49
Fechin Mc Cormick
The hilly Stockport ‘10’ is a traditional pre-Christmas outing for many of the endurance section and this year had more entered than ever before. James Bailey, only a few weeks after making it onto the front cover of Athletics Weekly having anchored the club’s relay team to its first National Relay title, made his ten mile debut. As essentially a steeplechaser, he did well to finish 3rd in the respectable time of 52.51 on this tough course.
It was also Nigel Martin’s ten mile debut and, as an 800/3000m runner, was well outside his comfort zone to finish well up the field in 57.31. Chris Donnelly’s, too, was also on his debut (59:22). Chris has been racing for the club only two years and so far has only a couple of half-marathons and a Manchester Marathon experience of the longer distances.
There are not many 10 mile races around nowadays compared to olden times so not surprising that even more experienced legs like Carl Barber’s (1.00.05) should also be making his debut. He’d have been under the magical hour had he not done the cross-country as Sherdley park the previous day.
Mike & Hayley Ashby are moving up their running gears again following their recent wedding and all the associated romantic distractions that take away from the priority of running! Mike crossed the line in 1:03.26....as compared to 1:00.09 in 2006 (before he met Hayley!). Hayley wasn’t far behind chasing him in 1:07.39. Daniel Boulton (1:11.39) wasn’t far behind also running his first ‘ten’. He’s set down a good benchmark to dip under the magical seventy minutes.
Jerry Smith (1:12.28) was the most experienced of all club’s 10 mile racers, this being his third outing on the course since 2008 when he recorded a more youthful 1:09.17 and 1:07.27 the following year. For ultra-distance specialist Tim Rainey ((1:14.22), this race was just another local outing.... on top of competing in the Manchester XC league the previous day.
Cat Jones (1:19.17) continues her long trek back following pregnancy and motherhood. Still rebuilding her endurance, she ought to be pleased to dip under 80 minutes on this tough course. Jenny Clink (1:27.27) also would be much faster had she not competed the previous day in the cross-country league match.
Finally Jenny Miles (1:35.29) again admirably represented her esteemed age-group and was only a few seconds slower than last year and took home 3rd in her hallowed age-category.
Finally! Finally! To blow my own trumpet, it might be worth mentioning that in 2002, at the youthful age of 53/4 years, I entered this race on ‘spec’ in the eleventh hour and clocked 1:08.45. It’s the last time I raced over such a long distance!
Posted 10/12/2013 11:21
Fechin Mc Cormick
For the third consecutive year, on Sunday more than twenty of the club’s endurance section took off across the Pennines for the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k and what a race it was! A record 10,000 took part - 2,500 more than last year and a mouth-watering record of 14 dipped under the magical 30 minute barrier. That’s twice as many as any previous year consolidating its reputation as Britain’s number one 10k road race. Such impressive growth, depth and quality are partly due, this year, to incorporating the England Athletics 10k Championships but also because of its fast out-and-back course. This year, again, the race counted for the endurance section’s club championships with the overall winners awarded the Harold Wilson Memorial Trophy at a social event on January 25th. As in the previous two years, 50% of those who made the early start across the Pennines were rewarded with ‘PB’s’ or ‘SB’s’. Well done to all of them. It’s what incentivizes training for runners young enough or new enough to improve.
Those rewarded with the elixir of running were first home Simon Horsfield (not Phil Tedd who’s joined another club) who’s topped off a superb year with PB’s over 1500m,30000m and 5000m with a 15 second PB over 10k to record 31.02. Next home was Gavin Hill (31.18) with a two second improvement on last year’s race. Nigel Martin (33.44) improved by forty seconds and, despite suffering a stitch before half way, put in a twenty second negative split. Steve Mc Carron (34.41) improved by more than a minute on his previous PB recorded at the 2011 Dash. Andy Mooney clocked 35.48 and this was just under a minute faster than in last year’s race. Even more impressive was Peter O’Neill’s improvement. His time of 37:42 was almost five minutes faster that when he ran the City of Salford 10k in 2011 soon after joining the club. Borys Darmas (40.19), is also a relative newcomer, and also recorded a massive improvement of 2 ½ minutes. Cat Jones (45.32) also has every reason to be pleased. She’s gradually rediscovery her running legs post-natal with a four minute improvement over the Trafford 10k in March. Finally, Kath Wellam (43.23), Ian Taylor (43.24) and Scott Evans (43:22) all scored PB’s but that’s because it was their 10k debut and so important bench-marks for future progress. Season’s best performances are also reassuring so well done to; Kevin Foster (38.05) and Mike Wharton (38.35).
Others who ran were Carl Barber (35.50) who missed a PB by about 30 seconds; Olivier Gaillemin (37:35), running his first Leeds Abbey Dash was 42 seconds off his PB set at this year’s Trafford 10k and possibly caused by going off too fast; Paul Barrett’s (38:22) PB of 34.56 goes back to 2006 and he was also a minute (plus) down on last year’s Dash but this is the inevitable consequence of a recent injury and a holiday. Daniel Boulton (39:56) recorded his PB of 38.22 only the previous weekend in the Windmill 10k and clearly had not recovered; Sarah Douglas (40.19) is still recovering from her inaugural Yorkshire Marathon; Sian Rowley is ‘recovering’ from her recent wedding; Helen Armitage (41:32) just missed her PB (March’s Trafford 10k) by just over 30 seconds and, doubtless, would have smashed it had she not been recently forced onto the back burner with injury; Jerry Smith (43:46) last year clocked 40:36 and 41.40 in 2011 so will, doubtless, feel disappointed; Tim Rainey (44.03) has also been racing prolifically and slower times and lower heart rates are often the result and, finally, though Jenny Miles (55.07) was also slower than in last year race, she still left in her wake about 3000 of the field.
OTHER RECENT RACES
24th November. The Salford Ladies 5.25mile run Swinton.
On a very pleasant morning, 4 Sale ladies took to the roads in Swinton for this popular annual event. Out of a field of nearly 300 Jackie Cordingley showed her usual high standard to come in 12th overall winning the vet 50 prize by over a minute. Her time was 38:27. Next came Carla Ousey (V40) with a time of 40.54 followed by Karen Sheen in a time of 41:56 (3rd vet 50). Finally Heather Brint (Vet 45) made up the Sale Ladies team (5th place overall) with a time of 44:44. Well done ladies.
Windmill 10k (November 10th): Daniel Boulton & M60 Terry Lonergan had a superb day on the Fylde Coast for this popular race. Daniel recorded his latest PB of 38.20 to finish 20th and evergreen Terry was in pursuit of his 142nd sub 44 time. He easily achieved it recording a season’s best of 42.40
Capesthorne Hall Half Marathon (November 3rd): The first ever running of this race took place in wet and windy conditions, but still and some excellent performances and pbs.
Daniel Boulton is fast improving and ran 1:27:51 – a PB by almost 5 minutes. He was closely followed by Michael Wharton, who is having his best ever season and ran 1:28:11 – a PB by over 4 minutes. Next was Helen Armitage with 1:32.31, and it’s a measure of how well she’s running that she was slightly disappointed with her time. Robbie Greenslade had not done a great deal of training for the race and in the circumstances was pleased with 1:34:15. Anne Chinoy is a relative newcomer at the club but clearly has great potential and had a terrific run for 1:36:43, a huge PB and one which earned her the L40 prize. She was just ahead of Jerry Smith 1:36:45 and Louise Robbins 1:37:16. Michael Wymer 1:44:09 and Miran Aprahamian 1:45:28 also had solid runs in the conditions.
Snowdonia Marathon (Oct 26th): Inexhaustible Tim Rainey was 479th out of 1554 finishers, in 3:54.40. He was ‘very pleased’ considering he’d not done much running in the previous five weeks following the Tooting Bec 24 hour race. Whilst not his quickest time at Snowdonia (he’s done this marathon eleven times) it was his 4th best time and 3 minutes quicker than in 2011, the last time he ran it. Snowdonia is his favourite marathon and this weekend marked 20 years since beginning running. This marathon plus his ‘ultra’ list is now up to 129 races in his career..
Posted 18/11/2013 08:08
Fechin Mc Cormick
No other race of the Manchester Area Cross-Country League (MACCL) polarises opinion more than the Woodbank Park match. Its brutal hills and traditional ankle deep mud divides ‘the troops’ more than any other and the weekend’s second of five matches certainly evoked the spectrum from ‘loving’ to ‘hating’. Spectator support, therefore, was much appreciated along the course.
The afternoon began with the U11 girls and what a record turnout Sale had. This is largely due to the Primary section bursting at the seams since London 2012’s ‘Inspire a Generation’. Five of the first ten places; the first two teams and a record ‘C’ and ‘D’ team were all Sale Harriers. All who fell into the arms of their doting and proud parents were the cutest, most mud-splattered little ‘mites’ imaginable. First home among them was Lauren Smith (3rd) with Lara Crawford (4th) with Alice Dale (5th). Well done also to the U11 boys who were 4th, led ome by Joel Stringer, George Safranauskas and Jed Bailey. Zachery Gaillemin and Lewis Rowlinson also bravely emulated their dad and mum who later ran in the senior races.
In the U13 girl’s race, Liverpool was again unbeatable with their ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams again taking the first two places. However, Sale showed equal strength in depth by finishing a record five teams as against the three teams in the last match. Lizzie Twite (7th) was pack leader this time admirably supported by Tess Mc Hugh (16th) and Jemma Vickers (18th) who brought home the ‘A’ team in 4th place. The ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams all improved on their last match and the ‘D’ and ‘E’ teams did well in 14th and 18th place. In the U13 boy’s race, again Liverpool was dominant. The trio of Harry Boyd, Tom Barratt and Bailey Hulse brought the team home 7th and, with Stockport, they were the only other club to finish a ‘B’ team. Both the boy’s and girl’s teams would have finished even higher had Beth Thornton and Luke Chesters not been representing their schools at the NW Schools Cup where Luke won a silver medal and Beth a bronze medal. Well done to both.
Well done again to our U15 girls who once more responded in such large numbers and again finished four of the twelve competing teams. This time it was great to have the section’s front runners as Francesca Brint (3rd), Olivia Green (4th) and Frankie Reid (8th). who finished 2nd team. The ‘B’ team were a strong 4th; the ’C’ team were 7th and ‘D’ team 11th. The section would have been even better had Ciara Lydon, and Claudia Cowan not been representing their schools at the NW Regional Schools Cup. (Congratulations to Ciara who won a silver medal and Claudia who won a bronze medal at it). Our U15 boy’s trio of Jake Spilsbury, Dillon Burchill and Harry Brown also battled hard for their 5th team place.
As in the first match, half of the six U17 teams that finished were Sale runners. Cross-country races are the back-bone of each winter’s endurance and these youngsters turning out in such strong numbers is laying a sure foundation for a strong future for the club. It was Aimee Pratt s first race in the U17 category and she did great to finish 3rd. Well supported by Catherine Podmore (7th) and Amber Towns (10th) this ‘A’ trio finished 2nd and had every reason to enjoy their bath and girly make-ups afterwards. They also just missed out on podium position by two measly points to Stockport. Next time, go get ‘em girls! The U17 boy’s race is always much smaller and had only 15 finishers with ourselves and Stockport the only two teams. Well done to Christie O’Brien (2nd), Matt Beacock (8th) and Bradley Thornton (13th). They fought for every place and, in the end, edged out Stockport AC for top place by just one point.
Imani Modahl was the club’s sole U20 female runner. It was her first ever race over 8k in the senior event and possibly one of her best ever performances showing strength and maturity in the tough conditions. She was 4th in her category and second counter for the senior women. The U20 men weren’t as strong as in match one so finished 3rd with David Rich (6th), Andrew Keat (14th) and Matthew Metcalfe (15th).
Again, our senior women fielded a record five teams. The ‘A’ team were a new quartet of Emma Finney first home for the first time; L20 Imani Modahl (see above), Kathy Wellam, who has been a long time club servant over 400m hurdles and now taking up longer distances and relative newcomer L40 Anne Chinoy who’s in great form. The ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ teams were all first’s with the ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams also beating 50% of the competing ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams, proving again that Sale’s ‘girls’ are not to be ‘messed ‘with!
The massive growth in senior women’s running is displayed by the fact that, in the L35 categories upwards, Wilmslow AC, Middleton AC and Sale all fielded a record four teams for the first time. Competition, therefore in these categories is tough so the trio of Anne Chinoy, Jackie Cordingley and Cath Jones did well to consolidate the ’A’ teams Division 1 status with the ‘B’ trio 2nd just behind Stockport.
The senior men also again fielded five teams but, on this occasion, only James Bailey remained of the impressive Sale phalanx of six across the line in nine that so convincingly spearheaded the first match. As a result Nigel Martin, David Rich, and Andy Mooney, the ‘B’ team core finishers in the last match, were promoted to ‘A’ finishers and with Rob Flannery with ‘his feet back on the ground’ and Dave Marsh who flew off too fast, the team were 3rd. The ‘B’, ‘C’ teams also beat many of the regions ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams that again pays tribute to the section’s depth. Likewise, the veteran men, who finished four teams in 6th, 17th, 26th and 40th place, again showed their depth in numbers and eager competitive spirit. Amidst strong teams in the league this year, a strong turn-out is advised for the remaining matches to consolidate their league positions. Detailed individual times and performances can all be studied at www.race-results.co.uk
The 3rd of the five MACCL matches will on the undulations of Sherdley Park on Saturday December 7th. Photographs from this match can be viewed on the website and at http://www.darkstarphotos.com .....thanks to Ernie Greenwood
Posted 12/11/2013 08:23
Fechin mc Cormick & James Bailey
At the weekend, the club’s senior men won their second National medals when they added the National Cross-Country Relay silver medals to their National Road Relay title four weeks earlier and again make club history as the club’s first men’s team to medal in this Championship. Those who’ve immortalised themselves in the club’s Hall of Fame on this occasion are Ryan Worland, Simon Horsfield, Charlie Hulson and Matt Bond.
These National X.C relays mark the end of the senior men’s competitions for the year and the men set off to Berry Hill Park in Mansfield buoyant as the Northern XC.Relay Champions and National 6 Stage Relays Champions and 2nd in the Northern 6 Stage Road Relays. Could the team close off the season with another national medal?
Team manager, James Bailey tells how it unfolded, “ Such is the variety in talent available to the club we were able to name 2 strong teams to compete, with the A team gunning to claim the highest ever finish, previously 4th in 2012, and the B team looking to place as high as possible against the rest of the competition.
Out first leg for the A team was Ryan Worland and for the B, Niall Brooks. Ryan is targeting the European cross country trials at Liverpool and is currently in great form following a short illness. Both Ryan and Niall set of at a good pace and were level after the 1st of the 2 laps in around 20th place. Ryan then pushed on and brought the team home in a very creditable 10th place. Niall was only 20 seconds back in 23rd place.
Simon Horsfield then took over for the A on a course, in his own words, he really loves while out for the B was James Bailey. Simon quickly made up quite a few places and was then chasing down Stockport. Unfortunately on the same leg was Andy Vernon, the quickest runner of the day by 20 seconds, and was taken over around half way through the 1st lap. Simon held on and brought the team back 6 places higher in 4th place. James, who unlike Simon, is not a fan of this course, went about taking as many places as possible. He came home in 21st place a gain of 2 positions.
Charlie Hulson and Jaimie Roden were out on the 3rd leg. Charlie, who is also targeting the European Cross trials, stuck in with the Bristol and West runner for the 1st lap before pushing on and closing the gap to 1st to only 18 seconds, could the last leg bring the club another victory? Jaimie, in his first race since the Northern cross country 'bronze' medal performance, took a steady 1st lap before pushing on and taking a further 4 places.
Matt Bond, fresh from the Bristol cross country the week before, started chasing down the AFD runner and after the 1st lap had the gap down to 14 seconds but a strong 2nd lap by the leaders brought them home 27 seconds clear.. Gareth Raven was out on last leg for the B team and despite suffering pains down one side of his chest took another 2 places and finished the team in 15th place, which was also the 2nd B team, again beaten by the AFD B team by 1 place. Interestingly, the consistency of the running by the A team was amazing with a spread of only 17 seconds over the 4 runners, compared to 67 seconds from AFD.
The club turned out teams in most age-groups. The senior women’s 20th place was their best since 2010 and were given a tremendous fillip by Lucy O’Gorman who finished 8th on the first leg with Julie Price and Emma Finney admirably completing the task. The U17 girl’s squad again demonstrated that their strength in depth is better than for many years with an A team of Catherine Podmore, Rachel Hibberd and Amber Towns finishing in 24th place (consistent with recent years) but with a B trio of Hannah Simeen, Tilly Yates and Eve Gibson finishing a B team for the first time in a decade.
Even better were our U15 girls who completed their first C team in a decade! They were unable to field their strongest A team that resulted in an uncharacteristic 24th However, there was only two places separating the A trio of Alexa Mc Tiffin, Danielle Stringer and Olivia Green from the B trio of Ellie Twite, Ciara Lydon and Francesca Brint with the C team of Frankie Reid, Frankie Davis and Charlie Reid 61st from the 86 national teams. It’s worth remembering that Ellie and Olivia were part of last year’s U13 team silver medal team who made club history by winning the club’s first ever U13 girls medals in these championships. This year’s U13 trio of Beth Thornton Tess Mc Hugh and Niamh Nugent were 25th.
The junior men were 10th, and though four places down on last year, two of the trio of Ryan Moore, Luke Betts and Chris Middleton - Ryan and Luke, ran faster legs on a wet and wild day not conducive to fast running. The U17 boy’s team of Euan Gilchrist, Luke Singleton and Adam Roden ought to take consolation from the fact they completed a team. Finally, our U13 boys turned out a squad of Luke Chesters, Harry Boyd Tom Barrett, Sam Heyworth, Bailey Hulse and Colin Avison all of whom were ‘winners’ in having gained a lot of experience in this major national arena.
Photos courtesy of www. http://www.darkstarphotos.com (1/11/2013)
Posted 04/11/2013 08:40