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.
The endurance section was as active last week as any other with members competing in all sorts of distances over all terrains individually and in groups. The major event reported in was the club promotion of the second............
Sale 5k Sizzler at Wythenshawe Park. It was another superb event and thanks to everyone for either their participation or help as volunteers. With an amazing 400 finishers the total so far is a Sizzler record. Also a real confidence builder is how the promised 'tweaking' of the finish zone produced a completely problem free night assuring doubters of over capacity for the future. On a very hot and humid night, times were inevitably affected. Whereas in the first Sizzler over 50% of Sale Harriers did PB's, the vast majority were seconds slower. Of the large numbers who ran last time, only five Sale Harriers were slightly faster. Well. Onwards to number 3 on August 1st and then the Northern 5k Championships in the 'Run with Olympians 5k" on August 15th.
The other endurance event of the weekend was the section's club championship running the Crowden Horshoe Fell race. Organizer Paul Barrett wrote, "The Men's team took the team prize with Chris Donnelly second individually! The latest rankings excel file can be viewed by clicking the link 'League Results'. Note that the next race in the series is the final Sizzler 5k on August 15th.
Veteran team manager Jerry Smith was one of a group who ran the inaugural Arley Hall half marathon. He wrote in, "This is a new local race in the calendar and a small group turned out to give it a try. Fortunately we were spared the blazing hot conditions of the last few days and it proved to be a very pleasant and well-run event on an attractive course round the lanes of Cheshire. Everyone agreed we were all a bit lacking in mileage and so we individually decided to treat the race as a training run rather than an all-out PB attempt. With that in mind all were pleased with their times on the day which were: Robbie Greenslade 1.36.18, Jerry Smith 1.37.41, Lauren Davies 1.45.49, Ranjit Bennett 2.04.45 and Jenny Miles 2.08.44
Posted 23/07/2013 09:53
After posting up to 1000 Sizzler leaflets on the parked cars, I had the rare opportunity to sit in my own car on a lay-by along the route to view the 'We Love Manchester 10k" around the Etihad complex in East Manchester. Threaded through the 2000 participants were Sale Harriers and it was fascinating to study the relatively easy, flowing movement of our front guys that readily propelled them forward, to the rather stiff and tired gaits of so many others that spoke more of over/under training and racing that ought to be addressed. It was also interesting to observe the large number of front runners who were strung out fighting a lonely battle on a very hot day and wondered if one further reason for the decline in modern day performances is this. In 'my day' I don't recall too many 10k races where I was left fighting such a solitary battle but invariably was mixing it with a 'pack' and this greatly dragged me onto faster times. Could this be a training issue viz of runners lacking the ability to 'go with the pace' rather than fall off the pack?
This year's race was controversial with many bemoaning that their garmins told them the course was over-distance. I'm not a fan of garmins believing that if a course is certified by BARR (British Association of Road Races) then we must accept it as accurate rather than a garmin which can be affected by variables like the wide open spaces around the Etihad complex? However, most times were slow and it was hotter than previous years.
Nigel Martin (34:28) was first home in a top position and not far short of his PB but had expected to be faster. This was Nicholas Whittle's (37:53) third outing and his slowest by thirty seconds. Peter Crawford (38:12) looked heavy and tight and was some four minutes down on his best from last year. Peter O'Neill (38:19) has improved from over 42 minutes in the past two years: Paul Capey (39:40) has been off the scene quite a long time so good to see him back; Alan Pitman (40:46) was two minutes down on last year's time and his first time outside 40 minutes. It was Robbie Greenslade's debut (41:46) but a minute slower than his best 10k's this year: Stephen Parry (41:52) was also down on his time but was 7th M50; Helen Armitage (42;30) looked strong, fit and flowing and was 2nd in the L35 category. Alistair Kell (42:43) was a minute faster than in the Trafford 10k (March) but two minutes slower than in the GMR; Rachel Cavanagh (43.06) displayed a relaxed, easy running style that's full of future promise - pity she's off to Russia but we wish her well. Kevin Mahon (44.08) and M55 Jerry Smith (44:56) were both several minutes down on their times. Garry Armitage (47:43) should be pleased; Brian Bradshaw (49:51) Dawn Holding (50:19) was slower than she thought but pleased to be 2nd in her L50 category. M60 Geoff Beattie (52:02) won't be pleased and L55 Audrey Gresty (54:45) and L60 Jenny Miles (55:09) also hoped to be faster.
Posted 16/07/2013 08:55
The third of the five Manchester Parks Grand Prix races was this weekend's Debdale Park 7k with several club members competing for overall GP titles. Perhaps it was the glorious hot day that resulted in fewer than normal competing.
First home retaining his victory title from last year with an almost identical time was Rob Flannery (24.25) It's good to see Rob returning to the promise of his former, younger days. Steven Townley is a prolific racer and why not when you keep getting faster! His 24.54 was over a minute faster than last year. Dave Marsh (25:33) was 4thand never far behind his long-time running compatriot.......... but when is he going to pass Rob? The Cordingley family have been running the GP series for years. Frank's time this year (30.21) does not reflect his more glorious, younger days but he's well in contention to win the M50 Grand Prix this year, a title that eluded him last year. His wife Jackie (33.11) has been an age-group winner for over a decade with numerous titles. Currently, she's been the L50 title holder for the past two years, but is at risk of losing it this year to in-form Lynda Rowlinson (32.00) who's won just as many titles or been runner-up through the decades. Jenny was the family member representing the 'girls' and is getting into fine form, a second faster than when she last ran in 2011. M55 John Battersby, currently injury free, (31.07) wasn't far short of his 2011 time; L40 Helen Regan made her 7k debut to finish in 31.56 and M60 Geoff Beattie (36.25) was second in his age category. Sale men won the team event and the ladies were 2nd
WINSTON ROAD RUNNERS held their annual 5k from the Wythenshawe track at the weekend. Well known for its attractive goody bags, three of our ladies who don't often make headlines deserve very special mention and congratulations. Carla Ousey was first lady home; Phillipa Edwards won 1st L60 and Janet Pickering was 2nd L60.
THE CONISTON TRAIL MARATHON: Katie Reece wrote on Facebook, " The last 10k felt like I was cooking alive but it was a lovely run (slow just over 5:30 as expected on all those hills) but had a nice dip in Coniston after. I'm sure the heat was worse for Murray!
Posted 09/07/2013 08:20
What a sizzling Sizzler! In the 12 year history of its existence, the 460 who finished is a new record for a first event by almost 100 and on the sharp end, a record three people broke 15 minutes with two of those breaking the benchmark time of 14.40 and, therefore, claiming a further £50 prize-money each. Equally impressive, on the flat, fast course 12 broke 16 minutes and a massive 42 were inside seventeen minutes. These are all Sizzler records! There was also much excitement because both Salford AC and Altrincham AC entered very strong teams in the hope of claiming the further £100 prize money for three men to break 45 minutes. Both just missed out by an elusive 8 and 10 seconds respectively. They'll surely be back next race on July 18th ....possibly with more teams vying for this pot of gold. This year for the first time we also had prizes for every 5 year age category including L35 and there were some awesome age-group times. They can all be studied at www.race-results.co.uk
On the 'home' front we had 55 Sale Harriers and of those 30 did either a PB's or SB. Many of those were also quite substantial improvements. Congratulations go to Gavin Hill, Mike Kilmartin, Peter O'Neill, Daniel Boulton, Stephen Parry,Aidan Raftery, Sarah Douglas, Julie Price, Michael Barry, Rachael Cavanagh, Belinda Hammond and Jenny Cordingley who all recorded massively improved times.
There was also a prize draw of one month's nutritious flap-jacks provided by sponsor Focused Nutrition and Jonathan Hardman was the lucky winner. Only 13 people 'Liked' the Facebook page or responded to the email request for a free nutritional leaflet so they were to only ones in the raffle. The club members entered in the draw were David Gill, Mike Kilmartin, Zoe Gmerek, Anne Chinoy, Steve Mc Carron, Jonathan Hardman, Graham Padgett, Susan Bean, Marie Lees and Jerry Smith. Everyone (anyone!) can be part of the next draw at the July 18th Sizzler for another month's supply simply by (a) replying to the email address on the label of your flap-jack last night (email@example.com) for the nutritional leaflet or (b) logging onto https://www.facebook.com/focusednutrition/app_107061516149542 and ''Like' the page and then 'Sign in' with your email address. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose but to enter you into a prize draw.
Finally, we were again 'validated by UK Athletics to check how well we comply to the standards of the Race Licence. The result was 'excellent' so a special thank to the impressive teams of officials, marshals, entry desk officers and others who are so central to the success and popularity of this event. Onwards to July 18th
(Race director Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 05/07/2013 14:12
Olivier Gaillemin and Richard Brown took part in an awesome adventure in the Italian Dolomites last week weekend. He writes: -
"There was some trepidation on the morning of the Laveredo Ultra Trial, taking place out of the town of Cortina in Italy in the Dolomites. 40cm of snow overnight had made the high passes treacherous and with sub zero temperatures predicted, the word was the race would not start at 23:00 as planned. Would it be called off?
Thankfully the organisers had set up a contingency and whilst the race was to be postponed to an 08:00am start and cut short to avoid the two highest peaks, with 55 miles and 12,000ft of climb, it still promised to be spectacular. And so it proved....
Incredible running on rocky trails; across lush, green meadows speckled by yellow, white and blue flowers; skipping across icy streams of freshly fallen then melted snow and flanking crystal clear lakes; running through the shade of dense pine forests... All this whilst framed by the characteristic Dolomite mountains. Gorgeous!
My quads however weren't happy at all. On completing the first minor appetiser of a descent at speed (some 1800ft only) and realising that my quads had turned to jelly and that the whole race lay in front of me, will power was required at times! I must learn to do race specific training in the future. I am not convinced the hills of John Leigh Park count. Perhaps more of Bill (Fox's) Sunday runs in the future.
The finish was emotional, under the clock tower of Cortina.
Of the 900 starters, I came 138th in 11 hours and 19 minutes and Richard was 104th in 10 hours 49minutes. It was a beautiful event. I'll return in the future to complete the full 75 mile route... perhaps next time with a contingent of Sale Harriers...
Posted 03/07/2013 09:09
The Harold Wilson Club Championship 2013
The club championship has now been published click on the picture to view and download the schedule.
Any errors or omissions please contact Paul Barrett
Posted 02/07/2013 15:06
June 9th Simon Jackson and Steve Townley made their journey to Morecambe for a hot 10k. "I was reasonably happy with 9th place (38,27) on the back of my 2nd place at Fleetwood 10k the previous Sunday whilst Steve grabbed 5th spot with 36.35m".
June 13th Dunham Massey (2) Of the fifteen who took part in the penultimate race of the North Cheshire 5k series, it was our ladies who went home happiest. Lauren Davies made her massive breakthrough by finally breaking the elusive 22 minutes barrier to record a spanking new PB of 21.54. Carla Ousey (22:22) also recorded a PB..... and she'll whisper the imaginative way she did it to anyone desperately wanting to improve their PB! Louise Robbins (20:55) also had every reason to go home happy. She clocked her fastest time of the season with a time that was just a few seconds short of her PB. Other noteworthy performances were Fechin Mc Cormick (23:30), returning to racing after a two year lay-off who improved sixteen seconds over the first race. Even better Dave Gill (23:40) improved by over forty seconds.
June 15th Platt Fields 10k. The weather was a complete contrast to last year with sunshine and a gentle breeze. Sale Harriers had a strong contingent, with Rob Flannery (34.28) not far behind the eventual winner Andy Norman of Altrincham (31.28). Dave Marsh had a good run (35.32) as did Pistol Pete Crawford (36.19). The lads took the team prize for senior men. Lynda Rowlinson was first over 50 (44.55) closely followed by Jackie Cordingley (45.17). Cara O'Brien ( 43.15) and Jan Nichols (40.51) joined Lynda to take the ladies prize and Jan took a V35 prize because apparently it was better than the V40 prize. Geof Beattie (49.57) was pleased to take the V60 prize. Kyle Conway was first U20 with a great time of 37.19. This was the second in the Manchester Grand Prix series and rankings will be announced soon. Other Sale Harriers taking part included Frank Cordingley and Jenny Cordingley; Ben O'Brien, Helen Reagan and Brian Bradshaw. In the 3k event Sale had some great performancies too. Giovanna Brady was 3rd with Eleanor Twite first in the U15. Jordan Bezinna just missed out on first place by 10 seconds to take 2nd prize in the U15 boys. In the U17 boys category Matthew Metcalfe was 2nd and Khaled Absiyeh 3rd.
June 16th: BMAF 5k Championships. If you want to read awesome age-category times log onto the British Masters website and read the results from the weekend's 5k championships at Horwich. Only two from the club entered it - Mike Curley and James Lambe. Mike doesn't often race nowadays which is a pity because he's the club's fastest M60. His time was a slower than normal - 20:00 mins. M45 Jim Lambe is returning to his best and his 22:22 was just four seconds faster than last year.
June 16th Simon Jackson was a last minute entry into the Freckleton half marathon (didn't have enough in his recent Windermere Marathon!). He's performed well on a hot afternoon to finish 39/860 with a time of 1:27 (PB is 82:36),
Posted 19/06/2013 12:43
Sale Harriers completed their annual pilgrimage to Wales this weekend to complete in the 2013 Welsh Castles Relay. The men and women finished third and the women's team further won the 'Queen of the Mountains' award. The relay, which spans the length of Wales, is split up into 20 legs starting in the North (Caernarfon Castle) and finishing in the capital, Cardiff Castle. Like last year, the club submitted both a men's and women's team with two objectives. The first was to improve on their performance from last year with the second, and most important, to have some FUN. This year was also the most indecent packed event too, with water feeding issues, illegal raves, car issues and last minute team changes!
On a bright sunny Saturday morning two mini buses and four cars set off to Wales with two excited teams. First up were Sian Holland and Nicholas Whittle who got the both teams off to a great start finishing 3rd lady and 7th men respectively. The race then headed to Criccieth with James Wiggi Wignall taking second for the men and Belinda Hammond competing for the women followed then by the first mountain stage with Callum Rowlinson and Helen Armitage demonstrating their ascending skills.
Leg four resulted in the first victory of the weekend with Danny Whittaker getting the precious yellow jersey, however he was made to work hard by Salford's Tess Walker all the way. Helen Regan ran leg four for the women. The race passed fairly uneventfully until the start of leg 7, when Rachel Chambers' mum had car issues and when Mike Wharton arrived at the start of the leg, found Rachel ready to run but without any means of transport. The Jones' managed to sort out the transport issues, allowing Rachel to run and her mum to get back to where they were staying. Chris Donnelly ran leg 7 for the men and both pushed as hard as they could up one of the toughest legs of the route.
Leg 8 passed without event with Sarah Douglas finishing with the highest Sale weekend female field finisher- 19th, however stress levels rose again just before the start of leg 9. On one of the minibuses which was heading to the start of the leg, ladies captain Lauren Davies received a telephone call from Hayley Cavill which went like this "Jenny Cordingley isn't here for her leg, we may need another runner as the leg starts in 10 minutes!!" Bill Fox, who was driving the mini bus dropped the bus into fifth gear and Jenny Clink (who wasn't meant to be running till Sunday) got changed in the back of the bus, sprayed herself with some perfume and was literally thrown out of the van and ran leg 9. Poor Jenny Cordingley was stuck in traffic and sadly missed her leg. Panic over. The love duet of Gareth Raven and Emma Finney ran leg 10, with Gaz coming 2nd and first vet. Although Gareth looked strong over the hills, his car wasn't, and he had driven down with the engine on the blink. Fortunately for the team and them, they managed to make it to the start of their leg. His car made it to the end of the leg, but with black acrid smoke coming out of the engine, that was the last journey it was to make during the weekend. The team retired to their digs for the evening and reflected on an eventful day with a lovely Sheppard pie and glass of red (for those who ran on that day only!). After day one, the men's team were leading and the women's team were in second. What will happen on day 2...
7am came on the Sunday and the race continued with Olivier Gaillemin and Lou Robbins heading out on leg 11. Leg 12 saw the men's team second victory on the weekend with Nigel Martin earning yellow and it was lovely to see Catherine Jones in some fetching red wheels, back competing on the same stage. Leg 14 was cut short this year by about 1 mile due to an illegal rave which occurred on the top of Drovers which was a blessing in disguise for both Paul Green and Jan Nicholls and also resulted in a delayed start for leg 15. John Mosley and Rachel Cavanagh hammered down the hill into Brecon then Dave Marsh and Hayley Cavill hammered up the following hill to Beacons Reservoir on leg 16 in the blistering midday heat. The men took their third victory of the weekend on leg 18, with Rob Flannery holding off the competition. Andy Mooney and Katie Reece completed the 'wimps' leg of 19 and Mike Hatch and Miss Helen Carter brought the team home into Cardiff Castle, with Mike scooping a vet prize too.
The prize ceremony was a picturesque affair in a sunny Cardiff Castle, mainly due to Ritchie Edwards providing the team with bottles of Robinson's Moonshine. Big cheers went out when both teams featured in the medals, and both had achieved their objectives with the men's team improving by 26 minutes and the women's improving by a massive 52 minutes. Les Croupierss won the men's and Serpentine took the ladies. Although the women came third, they won this year's Queen of the Mountain Award for the first time ever! This is an award presented to the fastest team over the mountain stages. The mountain runners, who win a sweatshirt were Helen Armitage, Rachel Chambers, Emma Finny, Louise Robbins, Jan Nicholls and Hayley Cavill.
Whilst half the team then headed home, the rest enjoyed a night out in the capital and were joined by Gareth and Emma, who gave up getting their car started and decided to get a train to Cardiff so they could be with the team. Their car was left in Newtown.
Yet again, the club enjoyed a great weekend and there will be alot of happy memories coming from the weekend. It mustn't be forgotten that this weekend wouldn't be possible without the support team. Bill Fox and Tim Rainey who drove the buses, Mike Wharton and Ian Jones who drove support cars, Jenny and Jerry Smith who provided dedicated support and Ritchie Edwards who woke up on Sunday morning at 6.15 to take leg 11 runners to the start of their legs. Thanks you to all. Roll on next year...
(Submitted by Paul Barrett)
Posted 11/06/2013 21:16
If you weren't at the Wythenshawe track on Saturday morning as a runner, volunteer marshal or parent supporter for the club's promotion of the Sale '5', then know it was another successful event with 155 finishers. Britain's top running machine Morpeth's Nick Mc Cormick, preparing for the World Championships now living in Wilmslow flew around the course in a very zippy 24.11...though not as fast as Andi Jones (2008) and Martin Williams (2009).
The senior race was heralded by a shorter, junior race with about twenty runners of various age-groups. Well done to Jordan Bezzina who won the boys U15 race and to Francesca Brint who was 3rd in the U13 girl's race with Ciara Young 4th.
The club had a large turn-out in the senior race, particularly impressive in that the event uncharacteristically clashed with the Hollins Green 5k the same afternoon. The club had a clean sweep of victories taking all of the senior and veteran men and women first prizes. There were also a large number who won age-category prizes or ranked highly in them. Well done to Callum Rowlinson (1st junior men), Helen Armitage (1st L35), Gary Rowlinson (1st M50), Jackie Cordingley (1st L50), Linda Rowlinson (2nd L50), Jan Nichols 2nd L40, Bill Fox (2nd M55) and Aidan Raftery (3rd M50).
So much of the elixir of running is about pushing back the frontiers of one's ability and recording lifetime best performances. On a fast, traffic free course with a consistent background of hard, injury-free training through the winter; there are not being many 5-mile races around, and with several newcomers racing their first ever 5-miler, it was inevitable there would be a pot-full of PB's. Indeed, eight of the first 10 finishers were all PB's and a further two - Dave Marsh and Rob Flannery, produced their best result for a decade! It's time consuming to check every person's performance for PB's, so without them being submitted for these reports they, unfortunately, remain unheralded.
This first race of the Manchester Parks Grand Prix, a series of five races in Manchester parks through the summer, also witnessed the launch of several people's 2013 campaign for the overall title in the various categories. Several have impressive records with multi age-group victories over the past decade. Foremost among these are Jackie Cordingley and Linda Rowlinson who'll be nip-and-tuck this year again for the L50 title and Jan Nichols who has won the L40 title for the past three years. Likewise good luck to top ranked or previous winners Frank Cordingley, Brian Bradshaw, Jerry Smith and Tim Rainey who, by running this first race, could they also be vying for this year's overall titles?
(Researched and written by Fechin Mc Cormick. Photos courtesy of www.darkstarphotos.com
Posted 05/06/2013 08:39
During the summer months, the club's large endurance section has individuals and small groups who fly the flag throughout the North and even abroad. This report covers the month of May from those who sent in their account. Keep them coming for the June round-up.
June 1st: Hollins Green 5k: The club had eight participants in this second of 5 x 5k races that are part of the North Cheshire Series. They were led home by Mike Hatch in 16.42. No reports on individual performances were received, so it's not possible to acclaim PB's of anything else of significance. The race was run over Simon Bond's home training territory so no wonder he clocked a massive PB and his first sub-20 minutes time. M60 Fechin Mc Cormick recorded a consistent 23.40, the highpoint being the scare he gave Geoff Beattie in the final kilometre by momentarily zipping past him!
June 2nd: Abersock 10k. Wrote Jerry Smith, "It's quite a tough hilly course with a last mile along the beach. Jenny (Miles) and I enjoyed it and did much better than at the Manchester 10k so it seems we're both recovering well now from the marathon. Nicholas Whittle had a good run and was 9th. Zoe Gmerek was there on holiday and volunteered to marshal so she gave us enthusiastic support!
June 2nd: Run The Lanes '10' mile race. At Salwick, near Preston, Steve Townley and Terry Lonergan flew the flag. Steve was 3rd in 58.29 and Terry recorded his latest M60 prize with a highly commendable time of 72.33.
May 24th: Dunham Massey 5k: This first race of the North Cheshire series had nine take part. First home was Mike Hatch (16.35) who was just over 30 seconds slower than when he won it in 2011. Robbie Greensdale (19.14) and Louise Robbins (20:59) made their course debut; Lauren Davies, recovering from the London Marathon was a little short of her 2011 time; M60 Geoff Beattie (23:41) was severely restrained by injury; M60 Fechin Mc Cormick (23:46) ran his first competitive 5k for 18 months and was chased to the line by Carla Ousey (23:55). Great to have David Gill (24:22) return to racing and Jenny Clink (24:25) was also returning to form following her break.
On May 19th Windermere Marathon: Simon Jackson completed his 4th Windermere Marathon in a "very happy" PB of 3.13 finishing 30th/1200 starter. This was 6 minutes faster than his quickest Windermere and his fastest marathon time for 4 years. This is a very tough course with the winner managing only 2:38.
May 17th: Christleton 5k: As if to sharpen up for the Calderdale Way Relays two days later, Steven Townley pulled out a massive PB by almost 20 seconds in the super fast Christleton 5k. A tired (from the Sheffield HM the previous week) and limping Geoff Beattie (M60) wasn't quite so happy with 23.24 but was probably looking for a miracle!
May 12th Sheffield Half Marathon: James Lambe and Geoff Beattie competed in this popular mass event. Jim wrote, "This was the last chance to run in the Don Valley Stadium (being demolished). I had not done any training for it other than 2 Park Runs in Platt Fields. I have run the race quite a few times in the past and as it is a challenging course with some severe hills It went well - got to halfway in 56 minutes and then I hit a bad spell at 12 miles. I picked up and clocked 1:59:15. Geoff Beattie, frustrated by injury who's been a regular at this event for almost a decade finished in an uncharacteristic 1:54
May 12th Cycling Ireland: Shaun Mc Gee was a member of a cycling team who cycled the length of Ireland and raised several thousand pounds for the Marie Cure Foundation in memory of a very good friend. They started from Malin Head in gale force winds ; faced wet and windy conditions all through the week and it was only on the final day, heading for Mizen Head, that the sun finally briefly broke through.
May 12th Beaverbrook 10k, Blackpool: M60 Terry Lonergan is a regular pot-hunter around the Flyde coast and on a cold, wet and very blustery promenade, he ran a 'rather flattering' 42.36 in this 10k. It was another 'highly commendable' performance in the conditions for our evergreen racer who loves to show 'the youngsters' how it's done.
May 1st Connemara Ultra Marathon: Francis Sweeney completed the very tough and scenic Connemara ultra marathon - 39.3 miles of beautiful Irish scenery. He described it, "A tough course not for the faint hearted with the final 13 miles into a head wind that was hard to keep running against. He was pleased with his time of 5.58.58 secs.
April 12: Andy Robertson won his first senior GB vest He represented Great Britain at the Penn Relays in America, anchoring the men's 4 x 100m relay team to 4th place behind USA 1 & 2 and the Jamaican team. In front of a crowd of 45,000, GB beat the Bahama's, France, Canada and Germany, and narrowly missed 3rd place by 5/100th of a second.
April 7th The Milan Marathon: Newcomer Helen Carter ran her 2nd marathon, the first being Paris in April '12. She was 'gutted' to take 4 hours 9 minutes because she was aiming for 3:45. She got injured at 21 miles; had to stop for 10 minutes and then hobble to the line.
Posted 05/06/2013 08:38