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.
Fechin Mc Cormick
There were ten ‘greats’ to Sale Harriers performances in the first of the Manchester Area Cross-Country League matches at Heaton Park on Saturday. As is often the case for this first match, the afternoon was autumnally sunny, the perfect setting for a great afternoon of sport that brought together lots of spectators who encouraged, cheered and admired the large turn-out of runners on the undulating course. So! What were the 10 ‘greats?’
1 The very large number of U13 girls with 17 teams must be a league record. Whilst Liverpool H & AC dominated, Sale finished a magnificent three teams with all of them well to the front. That, too, must be a near record. Great!
2 In the U13 boy’s race, Luke Chester’s run was ‘great’ for 5th place in a very competitive field
3 In the U15 girl’s race, Sale turned out a record four teams. This was almost 1/3 of the total runners in the race with the ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams finishing second and third and the ‘B’ team beating many of the day’s ’A’ teams. Great, too, was that Claudia Cowan was a first counter for the club for the first time and Olivia Green is back strong in the ‘A’ team after her illness.
4 Whilst most clubs struggle to field an U17 teams, it was ‘great’ that Sale’s U17 women turned out an ‘A’ and ‘B’ team.....and you won’t get a more solid and promising group of girls.
5 Euan Gilchrist had a ‘great’ run for 7th in the U17 men’s race.
6 Ryan Moore and Megan Davies were superb 2nd in their U20 races and contributed massively to their senior team successes. Up the road in the Red Rose League, Luke Betts was similarly ‘great’to win his U20 race and 4th in the senior race.
7 Our senior women surprised maybe even themselves by finishing as high as 2nd.....a ‘great’ result. They finished a record five teams with the ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams so strong they beat many of the day’s ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams. Lucy O’Gorman gave the ‘A’ team a fantastic fillip with an impressive third place on her return from injury. Great, too, was young Megan Davies as the 2nd team counter. Great, too, to have talented Julie Price back from injury again making a big difference and L35 Helen Armitage among the counters
8 Sale’s veteran ladies teams were ‘great’. They were the day’s only veteran squad to field four teams. The ‘A’ team finished 2nd ; the other teams were tops ‘B’ and ‘C’ and ‘D’ who beat many of the other club’s ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams. L35 Helen Armitage is faster than ever; L40 Anne Chinoy was the surprise of the day on her debut; L50’s Jackie Cordingley & Lynda Rowlinson are always ‘great’ and L55 Lynne Yates was also in front in her category.
9 Our senior men weren’t just‘ great’....they were fantastic. Like the women, they fielded a record five teams. Their ‘A’ team’ of Hulson, Worland, Brooks, Bailey, Moore and Green were so dominant, they won by a massive 75 points from Trafford AC with all their six counters across the line in nine. Winner Charlie Hulson was supreme – poetry in motion, as he powered to a 25 second lead....and where does evergreen Paul Green get it from? The Ryan Giggs of cross-country, he was so out in front that he was a full 2 ½ minutes ahead of his nearest M40 rival. The ‘B and ‘C’ teams also were so strong they beat most of the regions ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams.
10 `Our veteran men fielded four strong teams with the ‘A’ quartet of Paul Green, Carl Barber, Olivier Guillaime and Andy Yates in 4th giving the team a good, solid position in their Division 1 League
For the second of the five MACCL matches at Woodbank Park on Sunday November 10th, let’s notch up another ten. Photographs from this match can be viewed on the website and at http://www.darkstarphotos.com
Thanks also to other individuals for their kind permission to use their photorgraphs. Namely Harry Shakeshaft, Ernie Greenwood, Chris Heys, Jon-Paul Kearns and Karen Sheen. All photorgraphs always gratefully recieved, please forward any to the editor.
Posted 22/10/2013 09:53
With top placing on the road and the track this year, the club continues to strive to become the best club in the country in all three disciplines. Fell running has not been synonymous with the club however with determination from the two Pauls (Barrett and Rowley) the tide is beginning to turn. This year, the club has already taken the Calderdale Way title, so there was optimism that we could improve on our highest provision of 30th in this event (set in Ennerdale-2009) in this year’s UKA fell relays in Llanberis, North Wales. 18 runners set off to a wet and windy Snowdonia which is billed as the toughest event on the race calendar.
The A team, consisting of James Bailey, Dave Marsh, Dave Howlett, Steve McCarron, Chris Donnelly and Paul Rowley finished 37th in the open category. The B team, consisting of Nigel Martin, Callum Rowlinson, Andy Walling, Elton Davies, Alan Pitman, and Kevin Foster came 49th and the C team, consisting of Jan Nicholls, Carl Barber, Oli Gaillemin, Dan Boulton, Aidan Raftery and Jerry Smith came 72nd.
Overall, it was a satisfactory result. On the plus side, the teams had a great day out and the event is always well presented, with excellent facilities, hot food and great logistics. Also, it is a great experience for a lot of our runners who have never been exposed to these types of races, which conversely does result in a lower placing than hoped. It didn’t help that most runners raced the day before in the Manchester league but this can’t be helped with a congested fixture list.
Next year the event moves to Kirby Longsdale, in the Dales. We’ll hope to get some more races under our belt in advance of the relays and hopefully begin to rise up the rankings.
Posted 22/10/2013 09:52
Fechin Mc Cormick
OCTOBER 21ST Yorkshire Marathon: Two club ‘lassies’ Sarah Douglas and Helen Reagan successfully completed the Yorkshire Marathon. For Sarah, it was her inaugural marathon run in her home city of York. Roared on by her parents, Paul Barrett and Helen Armitage, she looked strong throughout and was on course for sub 3.15 until she realised that the last half mile was an uphill finish (which resembled a fell race!) into the university Campus to finish in a time of 3.16. Helen Regan ran a massive PB by 8 minutes to finish in 3.28.43 with her previous best of 3.36.14 run in London 2009. She was twelfth in her age category. She also found it hard work but ‘pleased’ that her months of hard training also paid off.
OCTOBER 21ST OLDHAM HALF MARATHON: Chris Green, fully recovered from injury and a day after cheering on his daughter Olivia in the U15 girl’s race, ran his debut half marathon. He’s shown he has his daughter’s talent with a super finish in 1:37.15.
OCTOBER 6TH GOOSE FAIR GALLOP: Dean Hardman competed in this increasingly popular scenic multi terrain 10k race held on roads, bridleways and footpaths in Nottinghamshire. He reported, “It wasn't as glorious as I'd hoped. I've been bothered by tight calves and plantar fasciitis for some time, as well as a groin problem, and I'm barely holding myself together at present. All been made worse by an increase in mileage and intensity. I finished in 36:40 and still got 2nd, for which I got £35. General consensus is that the course is 1min 30 slower than on a flat road.
OCTOBER 6TH BUPA GREAT SCOTTISH HALF-MARATHON: Peaking in his training for the Frankfurt Marathon to, hopefully improve on his best of 2:17 Antony Ford competed in this race. Among some the world’s top half-marathoners, he finished 8th in 1:06.08, not too far off his best of 64:54 recorded in last year’s Wilmslow HM. He was joined by Nick Samuels who’s a middle distance specialist, but took on a pace making role for a female colleague. He clocked 1:11.04, just slightly slower than the 1:70.16 he recorded in September’s GHR
Posted 21/10/2013 20:58
Team Manager James Bailey
The National 6 stage relay is a finale to the autumn road relay season and the prelude to the winters cross country season. This is an event Sale has never won before but after the success in finishing second in the Northern 6 stage could the team go one better at the national event?
The team consisted of a mix of youth and experience. First off was Commonwealth and World junior athlete Niall Brooks. After showing some late track season form after illness earlier in the year, Niall is coming back a stronger athlete and his first leg clearly showed that. Sitting in the pack for the first mile Niall moved up to the front runners and finished in 7th place, a great start. Next out was Charlie Hulson, a product of the Paul Roden group at Wythenshawe. He has been progressing quickly both on the track, country and road. He moved through the field and set about chasing the 1st placed athlete. Although caught by the Brighton athlete, Charlie came home in 3rd, placing the team in striking distance for the next leg. Antony Ford is preparing for the Frankfurt marathon in two weeks time, fresh from finishing 8th at the Great Scottish half marathon the week before. He flew past the leading two athletes and quickly opened up a gap. He held this lead and came home a full 13 seconds clear of second place. Matt Bond has recently returned from a successful stint in Font Romeu and has since set a road PB of 29.34 at the Swansea 10k. Out on 4th leg, he stretched the lead to a substantial 41 seconds. Could the team dream of that elusive victory? Simon Horsfield has also come back from illness earlier in the year to break the 8-minute barrier over 3k and 14-minutes over 5k. With a big gap to 2nd already, Simon relaxed into his running and extended the lead even further to 51 seconds. The last leg honour/"pressure" went to James Bailey. Even though there was a large lead, the in-form Nick Goolab from Belgrave was also on last leg and within striking distance. At the turn, the gap to Belgrave was down to just over 30 seconds with a mile and a half to go. Luckily James' 'experience' held and brought the team home for the clubs first ever victory in the event. The sense of jubilation was clear from the smiles as the team collected their medals, sword, presented to the highest placed northern team, and championship cup.
The B team also had qualified for the event after finishing 7th in the Northern 6 stage. The hope was to place highly in the national event. Off first was Ryan Moore, the former Northern junior cross country champion. He took a steady 1st leg and brought the team back in 38th place. Next out was Nick Samuels, Nick had recently competed in both the Great North and Great Scottish half marathons pacing Susan Partridge to victory. Nick brought the team home in 58th. Paul Green, the member of many of Sale's previous 6 and 12 stage teams over the years, was out next and his solid run took 8 places bringing the team back in 50th place. Gareth Raven, also a stalwart of the club and fresh from racing Cardiff half marathon the previous wee,k ran the quickest leg of the team and brought them home in 34th place. Late call up James Wignall performed well after racing last week in the North Wales for Bangor University coming home in 35th place. On final leg was Chris Middleton, currently settling in to university life at Loughborough, he finished the team in 41st place.
Our boys under 15 team also represented the club on the Sunday in the same National Championship. In driving rain and wind the team of Jake and Adam Spillsbury and Dylan Burchill were hoping to follow up on their great run in the Northern Cross Country relays last weekend where they earned a bronze medal for their efforts. With a large field of 65 teams, Jake lead the way with Dylan running second leg and Adam Powering his way to bring the team home in a very respectable 17th place . Well done boys.
Posted 14/10/2013 19:52
Fechin Mc Cormick & James Bailey
The Northern Cross-Country relays took place on Saturday at Graves Park in Sheffield. The hilly course is now becoming a popular early season tester for teams across the northern region. We were the reigning champions from 2012 so were looking to retain the title we won so convincingly last year. It was the same quartet as last year who again toed the line. The first off was Niall Brooks, recently returning from injury. He took the race by the scruff of the neck and quickly opened up a good lead and came home in 9:55, a then course record. Taking over was Simon Horsfield, in the knowledge he was being chased by the in-form Richard Weir from Derby. Simon ran a very controlled race running a negative split over the 2 mile course and held off Richard (who incidentally took the course record off Niall in 9:49). At the same time, he ran only 1 second slower than Niall (9:56) to hand over to Charlie Hulson. Charlie is running very well, even at this early stage of the winter, and it showed as his 9:57 run brought the team home a full 45 seconds ahead of 2nd place. In comparison to the rest of the team, ‘old’ boy James Bailey then had the task to maintain the lead for the remaining leg. With a large amount of daylight between the two teams James ran 10:12 to retain the title for a second year.
Last year we were also able to complete a second team finishing 4th, this year they went 1 better but with a twist. Due to unavailability, only Jamie Roden and Ryan Worland were able to attend; however keen to get some good training in it was arranged for them to run 2 legs each. Jamie took the honours on first leg coming home in 6th place (10:14), Ryan took over and pulled the two man team into 3rd (10:04), second time round Jamie maintained the position (10:38) before Ryan brought the team home in 3rd (10:40). Unfortunately due to championship rules they were disqualified, but in our hearts they will always be the bronze medallists.
This was the first year our younger age groups took part in this competition with some of the sections opting for it rather than next week’s National Road Relay Championships. All of them turned out in goodly numbers.
The most successful of the day’s teams was the U15 boys. The Spilbury twins (Jake and Adam) with Dylan Burchill put on a great display to win the bronze medals. Well done, lads! The section also turned out a ‘B’ team of Saeed Absiyeh, Adam Kinghorn and Dylan Battick) who finished 18th.
The U17 boys and U17 girls also turned out an ‘A’ and ‘B’ team and both these sections continue to promise as a great core for the club’s future....if only they can be kept together The ‘A’ trio of Euan Gilchrist, Bradley Yates and Adam Roden who finished 7th, all recorded similar times. Add Matt Beacock and Lewis Singleton’s ‘B’ times (Unfortunately, Sam Mayon is still not yet fully fit) and we have a good squad of lads. Likewise, the U17 girl’s ‘A’ team of Catherine Podmore, Flora Whyte and Amber Towns who also finished 7th and the ‘B’ team of Rachel Hibberd, Eve Gibson and Mattie Yates who finished a commendable 12th and this encouraging promise is reinforced. The ‘A’ team would have also finished much higher had Amber Towns not sustained a fall.
The greatest strength of all the sections was displayed in the U15 girls. They are another young squad with many very good runners and a commendable, supportive fellowship among them. They turned out three teams, The ‘A’ trio of Danielle Stringer, Ellie Twite and Francesca Brint fought tough teams and did well to finish 5th. Last year, Danielle as a tender 13 year old, ran the day’s fastest leg and will surely do so again in her new age category. The ‘B’ team of Alexa Mc Tiffin, Frankie Reid and Olivia Green were only a few seconds behind in 6th place with Alexa also ‘up there’ among the fastest of the day’s times. Well done also to the ‘C’ team of Alice Bruce, Mairead Power and Frankie Davis who finished 15th.
Next, our U13 boys and girls! Beth Thornton, Lizzie Twite and Niamh Nugent finished a commendable 5th and congratulations to our neighbours, Manchester Harriers & AC who retained their title from last year. Our U13 boy’s ‘A’ trio of Luke Chesters, Tom Barrett and Harry Boyd finished 8th with all three running good and very similar times. The ‘B’ trio of Sam Heyworth, Bailey Hulse and Colin Avison were 19th. We also turned out an U11 boy’s teams so it’s a final big clap on the back to Sam Wadsworth, Sam Oakley and Jed Bailey who brought the team home in 5th place.
Whilst these were giving it their ‘all’ in Sheffield, more of our youngsters were doing great things at John Leigh Park in a Schools competition where our girl’s won all four of their races. A big ‘Well Done’ to Lauren Smith who won the U11 race; Tess Mc Hugh the U12 race; Claudia Cowan the U14 race and Ciara Lydon who won the U16 race.
Posted 08/10/2013 14:37
Fechin Mc Cormick
For most clubs, each year the Autumn 6 & 4 stage road relays mark the end of the T & F season and for their endurance sections, the beginning of a short season of road races before the long winter of cross-country that culminate with the National XC finals next March. This year’s Northern 6/4 stage relays and the Young Athletes Relays were in Blackpool’s Stanley Park. The season got off to a magnificent start particularly for our senior men, who fielded 5 teams and produced arguably their best ever performance at these championships...and they were not alone!
After narrowly missing out on medals at these championships last year, the club’s A team ensured a fantastic podium place with a superb showing, taking a clear 2nd place having led the race following a devastating run by Antony Ford on leg 3, right up until the final stage. The B team were the best second string team on the day, finishing one place ahead of Morpeth’s B team and Liverpool Harriers’ A team, while Sale Harriers also finished as first C team, in 36th, ahead of a number of A and B teams.
Not to be outdone, the D team bested Salford D, the only other D team on display, while the club also fielded the beginnings of a very solid E team, although in the end they were incomplete, finishing with just 4 runners.
The course featured a bumpy first mile followed by a series of twists and turns on the trails and paths of Stanley Park and made for excellent spectating and supporting. James Bailey got the team off to a good start, coming home in 9th, before Ryan Worland improved the position with a fine run to take the team up to 5th. Antony Ford, in the midst of training for the Frankfurt Marathon, produced the fastest leg of the day by any runner on display and turned a sizeable deficit into a 200m lead, a lead which Simon Horsfield and Charlie Hulson did well to keep, both having only recently returned to running after successful track seasons. Gavin Hill was in a similar position, having taken a break, and he began the final leg with the lead down to 2 seconds. He ran as hard as he could, but his Leeds rival had too much on the day and the team had to settle for silver, a fine achievement.
With 8 Sale runners in the top 50 legs of the day and both the A and B teams in the top 10, the senior men move on to the National Championships on October 12th with genuine medal-winning aspirations.
Our senior women weren’t quite as formidable but two teams did their very best in their current circumstances. Under the new management of Cara O’Brien, the ‘A’ quartet of experienced Jan Nichols; Megan Davies, who’s the club’s promising young talent who’s had a great summer; Sarah Douglas, training for the Yorkshire marathon on heavy mileage and in-form Helen Armitage, finished 14th . This is a vastly improved position on last year. The B team of Cara O’Brien, Cat Jones, Katie Reece and Emma Finney were as good as last year’s A team and by finishing 33rd, maintained impressive consistency for the club’s B teams over the past five years.
Next, our younger girl’s! Our U13’s, last year’s champions, this year finished runner’s up to Liverpool H & AC but the trio of Bethany Thornton, Lizzie Twite (both of whom are a year young) and Niamh Nugent (currently not in her best form) really could not have done more to retain the title against older/stronger Liverpool girls. The U15 ‘A’ trio of Ellie Twite, Alexa Mc Tiffen and Danielle Stringer finished 6th and produced their section’s best result since they won the title way back in 2007. The ‘B’ trio of Olivia Green, Francesca Brint and Frankie Reid, by finishing 11th, also produced their section’s best ‘B’ result for even longer years. Our U17 girls ‘A’ team of Catherine Podmore, Flora Whyte and Amber Towns finished 10th and the ‘B’ team of Hannah Simeen, Rachel Hibberd and Hannah Christy finished 18th but the exciting thing about this section is their future promise. They have the depth and quality to produce some of the club’s best days. Stick at it, girls!
Finally, the lads..........! It’s always a problem with Saturday football and this year again no U13 team turned out. The U15 boys (Jake Spilsbury, Dylan Burchill and Adam Kinghorn) finished 7th with all of them running so well that they produced their section’s best result for many years. In the U17 race, the ‘A’ team of Adam Roden, Euan Gilchrist and Ben Yates and the ‘B’ team of Lewis Singleton, Matt Beacock and Sam Mayon finished 12th and 22nd respectively but the exciting thing about this group, like the U17 girls, is their future promise. They have youth, depth and strength if only they keep together and continue their hard work. (Photography www.hsphotos.co.uk ). (30/09/13)
Posted 01/10/2013 07:14
Macclesfield Half Marathon and 5k (Sept 29th) Macclesfield is noted for being one of the tougher local half marathons, and on a sunny autumn morning a group of Sale Harriers took up the challenge of its hilly course. First back with an excellent time of 1:29:23 on that course was Francis Sweeney (3rd M45). He was followed by Borys Darmas with 1:33:31 (a fine pb) and Louise Robbins, who was very pleased with her time of 1:39:29, and who was 3rd F35. Louise ran together with Jerry Smith (1:39:31). Next were Nick Scholes with 1:44:48 and Luke Spilsbury with 1:47:42. Lauren Davies had done little training in preparation and was pleased with 1:53:45 in the circumstances.
Jenny Miles opted for the 5k and was rewarded with a season’s best of 26:14 and was 1st F60. Ahead of her Paul Thompson ran 22:51 to be 2nd M60.
Arley Hall 10k (Sept 29) Two Sale Harriers ran this inaugural 10k. Alan Pitman ran a PB of 36:18 which was a 90 second improvement on his previous PB. Alistair Kell also had good reason to be pleased. His 40:35 was almost three minutes faster than the Trafford 10k last March. “Fantastic conditions and a really fast course” said Alan.
BUPA Sheffield Run (Sept 29th): Well done to Beth Thornton who won the youths race and to her brother Brad who finished 3rd. A great family day out. You should see their impressive trophies
Berlin Marathon (Sept 29th). Lewis Green & Kevin Mahon ran this world record breaking marathon. For Lewis it was his marathon debut recording 3:57.26. Kevin reported on Facebook “Tried my best, wanted 3:30 or nothing. Went for it but got found out at 35km due to lack of training. Last 7km was hellish but I've gotta take the positive that I finished my fifth marathon in 5 years. Onwards” (No record of his time).
Tooting Bec 24 hour track race (21/22 Sept): Ultra distance specialist Tim Rainey was11th in this 24 hour race, his first since 2006. He wrote, “ We had perfect conditions , still warm enough to be running in shorts and T- shirt at 3am! I ran a PB for 100 miles on the way, in just under 18 hours 55 minutes-previously it was nearer 22 hours so I had great hopes of getting to 120 miles in the 24 hours or even 200km, but just an hour later I started to struggle but by continuing to walk I achieved a new PB of 110.8 miles. With 80 minutes to go I sat down at the drinks station and nearly passed out so spent the rest of the race lying down. I finished 9th overall, 7th man and won a bronze medal in the England Athletics ultra marathon championship.
Great North Run (Sept 15th): Newcomer Nicholas Webb was the only person to report in his result from this race. He was ‘very pleased indeed’ with 1:29:54 and wrote, “ Just shows what a difference joining Sale Harriers has made – last year I did 1:43! Should have joined years ago.
Moscow Marathon (Sept 15th). Just a few weeking of moving to St.Petersburgh to teach English as a newly qualified teacher, Rachael Cavanagh participated in the Moscow marathon. Training was tricky with all the stresses and complexities of movingto Russia but she did a PB by more than 25 minutes. Why not take a moment to read her blog of an unforgettable experience at https://everlong88.wordpress.com
Posted 01/10/2013 07:09
Fechin Mc Cormick
A commitment that began last June for several of the senior endurance section ended at the weekend with the Boggart Hole 10k, the final of the five Manchester Parks Grand Prix series. Whilst many watched 45,000 pound the streets of Newcastle in the Great North Run, this race had fewer than normal toe the line: nevertheless, it was a winning day for club members. Possibly the toughest of the five Manchester Parks Grand races, this one we had the first three to cross the line. Young Callum Rowlinson showed the genetic talent of his parents to win convincingly (36:04) probably his best ever performance since he first took part in the GP way back in 2006.Rob Flannery was 2nd (37:08) and U20 Kyle Conway was 3rd. Congratulations to Kyle who won the junior title, his first, having been 2nd in the U17’s last year. Callum was 3rd in the same category, the same position he held as a young U13 year old way back in 2005. Well done also to Rob who finally won a title after many years trying, his previous best being 2nd in 2005.
M50 Frank Cordingley has been taking this series to his heart for a decade and has an impressive record of success. This year his battle was closely fought with Alan Webster (Macclesfield AC) who just edged him out at Boggart but Frank’s won the series as a result of his three earlier age-group wins and a second place. With previous 3rd and 2nd age-group title, this is Frank’s most successful series. Such is his wife’s Jackie’s talent she’s been winning GP titles for a decade. This year again, the battle royale for the L50 title was between herself and Lynda Rowlinson. Lynda’s been in the form of her life whilst Jackie’s been injured through the summer. Lynda won some races but Jackie managed to clinche the series. Jackie has now won GP titles in the L35. 2 x L45 and 3 x L50 and Lynda has 3 x L45 and second twice in the L35 category.
Finally, well done to L40 Helen Reagan who also made this series her own this summer and was rewarded with 3rd overall in her category. She finished 2nd in her age-category at Boggart . Finally, Vet 60 Terry Lonergan (49.07) toed the line on the tough, three lap hilly course but was ‘caught short’ before the gun; missed the start but contented himself with a solo time trial. (15/09/2013)
Posted 16/09/2013 12:58
written by Paul Barrett
The annual pilgrimage to the west coast of Wales for this year’s Race the Train took place at the weekend, with 12 runners participating in the 14 mile race and one for the 10k event. The event, which takes place in Tywyn, consists of different races over a variety of distances under one theme, the competitor is racing against a stream train. The train travels up and down the valley which the race goes, stopping at several stations, and the objective is to beat it.
Although spirits were high prior to the race, unfortunately the weather wasn’t, with driving wind and patchy drizzle. Phil Scowcroft was the first harrier to race on the day coming fourth in the 10k challenge, also known as the Quarry Challenge. Whilst he was warming down in his tent, the rest of us were preparing for the big 14 miler. The race, basically a long cross country race, was won by Stockport’s Andi Jones (who’s wife Donna Riding is a Sale Harrier) who missed out on the course record by 30 seconds. The first harrier home was Gaz Raven (who’s won it for the past six consecutive years) with Paul Green closely behind. As the rain began to fall more steadily, Ritchie Edwards and Elton Davies cruised home, followed by Ian Jones then Mike Wharton, all beating the train. Janet Nicholls, was the first lady harrier home, followed by Sarah Douglas then Emma Finney. Jenny Clink and Lauren Davies completed the club’s placings with Jan the only lady who beat the train and also the first V40 home too! The men also took the team prize.
Following the race, the team had a quick shower (not together) then headed to Aberdovey for a lovely bistro dinner (when it finally stopped raining) then returned to Tywyn for the after show party with some crazy dancing and a few cheeky beers/and ciders in the event marquee. Once the DJ had finished and the honey monster did his final twirl, we all had one final drink in the local pub where a combination of ‘locals’ and runners made for an eventful conclusion to the evening.
If you’ve never done this race, it is a great weekend away. Even though the rain did dampen the ground, it didn’t dampen the spirits and we all had a great weekend away. Already looking forward to next year’s event. The picture is taken prior to dinner in Aberdovey.
Posted 20/08/2013 07:04
Written by Fechin Mc Cormick
The rain may have put a real dampener on the prize-giving that had so much potential with 9 Olympians in attendance to award the prizes, but if ever it needed to be demonstrated how weather affects performance, the fourth and final 5k Sizzler proved it.
We had 9 Olympians taking part spanning 10 Olympic Games and 50 years! They are Ron Hill (Tokyo ’64 & Munich ’72 Marathon), Alan Blinston (Mexico ’68 5000m), Jeff Norman (Montreal ’76 Marathon), Michelle Scutt - nee Probert (Moscow ’80 4 x 400m bronze medallist), Susan Crehan (Seoul ’88 10,000), Ann Griffiths – nee Williams (Barcelona ’92 1500m), Tom Lancashire (Beijing ’08 1500m), Nick Mc Cormick (London ’12 5000m) and Stuart Stokes (London ’12 Steeplechase).
Many Sale Harriers who participate in the annual series usually produce their life time best performances, not surprising over a fast, flat course. This year’s hot, humid conditions made the exception with, in the 3rd race, for example, only two club runners of nearly thirty producing a faster time. Last night’s race, run under sombre clouds before the rain poured was ideal for faster times and saw most Sale Harriers run their fastest Sizzler times of the summer. A straw poll of others demonstrated the same.
With 458 finishers - the second highest ever for a final Sizzler, it was certainly yet another ‘sizzling’ evening despite the clouds and rain. Total numbers this year have now broken all previous records. It was a little disappointing that not more of the region’s top runners turned out for the Northern 5k championships to make this a classy, competitive annual road race and a perfect preparation for the emerging regional and national relays. Nevertheless, it’s not to be underestimated that four broke the classic 14.30 barrier and earned themselves bonus £50’s; there’s not many races than can boast 18 people breaking 16 minutes and a massive 42 breaking 17 minutes.
The Sale Harriers who thrived beneath the cloudy skies as against the previous hot, humid evenings were U20 Ryan Moore (15:27), who made his 2013 Sizzler debut and smashed his PB he made in last year’s Sizzler. World & European Junior triathlon champion Georgia Taylor Brown displayed her fantastic ability with 16.47 to be the club’s first female finisher. M55 Andy Yates (18:14) was 30 seconds faster than any of his previous three races; Kevin Foster (18:24) was nearly 40 seconds faster: Francis Sweeney (19.16) ran his fastest by 6 seconds; Gary Lyons (19:08) was also faster by 30 seconds; Simon Bond (19.34) recorded a new PB by 12 seconds; Michael Barry (20.13) ran his fastest by 17 seconds; M60 Mike Dunne (21:31) is amazing! Just months following major heart problems he’s improved 40 seconds from the heat of two weeks ago; Helen Reagan (21:24) was over 20 seconds faster than her Sizzler best this summer; Ann Chinoy (21:44) ran her fastest of the four races by 15 seconds to record a fantastic new PB; Richard mc Hugh (21.11) was almost a minute faster; Cat Jones (22:22) will be delighted to have run more than a minute faster than her previous best Sizzler; Lynne Yates (22:45) was 15 seconds faster over her previous best for the four; M65 Dave Farmer (23:14) also ran his best of the series by almost 30 seconds as did M60 Geoff Beattie (23.12) and Eileen Fenner (31:31) smashed her PB by over a minute. Several others like Peter O’Neill (17:59), Alistair Kell (19:53), Borys Darmas (19:10), Aidan Raftery (19.25), Sarah Douglas (19:40), Jerry Smith (20:50 and Brian Bradshaw (23:12) also came very close to their fastest times of the series. Well done to all.
Sale ladies (Taylor-Brown, Darmas, Douglas) won the Northern title with Stockport AC runners-up and the men were 2nd team (Moore, Greenwood, Howlett) to champions Blackburn AC
Now the series has ended, it’s time to thank especially those key people. They are Brian Goulden, the course director of marshals and his merry men and women, Paul Thompson who sorts all the documentation; Philippa Edwards and her indispensable, skilled entries team; Dave Rodgers and his expertise in setting up the finishing funnels and David Brown and his highly pressured finish zone officials. The series that has consumed much of my life since I launched it last February is ended for another year. Onwards to 2014!
Posted 16/08/2013 14:18