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.
How time flies and the weekend saw the penultimate of the Manchester Area Cross-Country league's five matches hosted at an extremely boggy Boggart Hole Clough. Again, as in most of this winter's matches, it was our younger age groups, especially the girls, who excelled.
Beginning with the U11 girls, they turned out an incredible three teams in the freezing conditions with the tough little trio of Tess Mc Hugh, Bethany Thornton and Lizzie Twite finished a great second team just behind a very strong Liverpool team. The 'B' team also finished a commendable 4th and the 'C' team 8th.The U11 boys finished two team in 3rd and 8th with Bailey Hulse, Oliver Clark and Sam Heyworth the leading trio home. As is always the case, detailed results can be studied at www.race-results.co.uk.
By far the most successful of the club's squads this winter have been our U13 girls and they just keep on getting better. This time they placed 1st and 2nd with a further 'C', 'D' and 'E' teams also finishing 5th, 10th and 12th. They packed six finishers into the top
nine with the now familiar procession of Aine Cunningham winning her fourth consecutive match with Olivia Green, Ellie Twite, Frankie Hacker-Davis, Niamh Nugent and Claudia Cowan all packed together in ther first ten for the first two teams. These girls have already clinched the league title with Aine, Olivia the top two individual positions. The U13 boys weren't quite as dominant but finished 4th with Oliver Hole, Harry Boyd and Cameron Buchan the leading trio.
The U15 girls are also an exciting squad with similar potential and again they dominated among the eight finishing teams by finishing 2nd, 3rd and 5th. However, Stockport have already secured the League title. The leading trio of Zara Thompson, who again finished a great 2nd, Amber Towns (5th) and Alice Bruce (12th) all have a great running future ahead. Amber is well placed to take 3rd overall in the league. In the U15 boy's age-group, well done to Euan Gilchrist who's also set to take the 3rd overall league place and to Saeed Absiyeh who were the only two to fly the club flag in their race. The section must ensure to complete a team in the final match if they're to be in with a chance of a top three place.
With less than twenty finishers in both the U17 girls and boy's races, it not surprising that Sale finishers also were sparse in the line-up. However, Hannah Christy (9th) and Rachel Hibberd (13th) ought to be congratulated for toeing the line; braving the elements and leading by example. The U17 lads finished 4th thanks to Matthew Metcalfe; Sam Mayon returning from long-time injury and newcomer Denis Powell. Currently 2nd in the league and just two points behind Stockport AC, top places are all to fight for in the final match.
Another girl who deserves a hearty clap on the back for singularly turning out and again producing a good, solid run is Misha Nayak-Oliver who was 2nd in the U20 category and also 3rd counter for the women's 'A' team. As a result, Misha is likely to take 3rd overall place in the league. As described in previous reports, our U20 lads are as dominant as the club's has had for many a year and on this occasion it was the youthful powerhouses of Callum Rowlinson (2nd), Alex Bradford (4th) and Ben Fox (8th) who were the first three to cross the line. The squad have already secured the top two league title places as well as made an important contribution the senior men's 'A' team . Callum ranks second overall in the league.
The dominance of our senior men, so admirably displayed in other matches this winter, was sadly missing on this occasion which meant the club has slipped to 2rd place in the League and consequently have a battle on their hands in the final match to wrench the title from leaders Salford AC just one point ahead. For whatever the reason (could it have been the weather or that it was a Sunday race), only three Sale teams finished compared to five and six in previous matches. The leading six were Pete Crawford, Callum Rowlinson, Rob Flannery, Steve Mc Carron, Dave Marsh and Alex Bradford. The veteran men were also missing some of the top performers and Ian Wetherall had to drop out so well done to Chris Cook, Francis Sweeney, Tim Rainey and Jerry Smith for bringing the A team home in 17th place. The men have had variable results through the league depending on who has been available and the A team currently lie 7th, and it would be great to see a strong turnout for the last match.
Our senior women also had a smaller turn-out and finished two teams with the A team in fourth position, led yet again by another great run from Jan Nicholls (9th and 2nd F40), Cara O' Brien and very well supported by Helen Armitage (16th) and Zoe Gmerek (19th). The B team did well too in 13th place (Jackie Cordingley, Helen Reagan and Lynda Rowlinson).The 'A' team currently lie 4th in Division 1 but with a strong team in the final match and some good luck they could finish in the top three. The final match is at Woodbank Park on 10 February.
(Written by Fechin Mc Cormick; photos courtesy Frank Cordingley; full results at www.race-results.co.uk)
Posted 15/01/2013 14:05
The county cross-country championships were this weekend and we had representatives in three counties - Gtr. Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire. In an incredibly muddy Woodbank Park for the Gtr. Manchester Championships, the club's younger sections excelled winning eight team medals, one individual gold, one silver and two bronze medals. With the senior men also winning a team and individual bronze medal, it was the club best performance in these championships for a decade.
Congratulations to the consistently successful U13 girls who made history in winning both the team gold and bronze medals. They also had the individual winner in Olivia Green who convincingly won her first county title by thirty seconds. The talented squad of Olivia, Claudia Cowan (who just missed the bronze medal in her best run of the winter) and Niamh Nugent (5th) brought home the gold and the trio of Frankie Hacker-Davis (6th), Mairead Power (9th) and Tia Blisset (13th) secured the bronze medals. The U13 boys, reigning champions for the past two years, unfortunately did not manage a team this year.
They may have lost the girls title to Stockport AC, but our U15 girls also made history by winning the silver and bronze team medals; finishing three teams and having the Gtr. Manchester silver medallist in Aimee Pratt. Aimee had an incredible run, far improved from her Manchester cross-country matches this winter. Congratulations to her silver medal teammates Amber Towns (6th) and Catherine Podmore (7th) and to the bronze trio 'B' team of Ciara Lydon (8th), Flora Whyte (9th) and Alice Bruce (12th). Congratulations also to Zara Thompson, who's topped her fine winter's racing by winning the U15 medal in the Cheshire Championships. The strength in depth of this section is well characterised in the sixth place of trio Frankie Reid, Hannah Simeen and Charlie Reid. Our U15 boys also had a successful Championship. They finished Champions, the section's first Gtr. Manchester title since 2006. First home was Euan Gilchrist (6th); it was great to have Christy O'Brien (7th) back in the fold and Dillon Burchill was the third counter. The 'B' team were the Spilbury twins (Adam & Jake) and Adam Kinghorn. Congratulations to a promising group of lads. Across the border in Derbyshire, we also had Adam Roden place a magnificent 3rd for the U15 bronze medal.
Our U17 girls and boys also both won team and individual medals. The U17 girls were the silver medallists and produced their best result for almost a decade. They also had the bronze medallist in Megan Davies who can add this to her gold from last year. Irmani Modahl, in 4th place, probably had the best run of her career with Rachel Hibbert (10th) the all important third counter. The lad's bronze medal was also a fine result, thanks to the trio of Matt Metcalfe, Khalid Absiyeh and Matt Beacock.
Our U20 lads are admirably flexing their muscles consistently over the country in a way the club's not experienced for awhile. They won the team title with last year's U17 Gtr Manchester champion and Northern champion Ryan Moore taking the U20 silver medal. Congratulations to Ryan selected to make his England debut in Antrim next weekend. Matt Holmes (10th) and Alex Bradford (11th) made up the winning trio. Across the border in Lancashire Luke Betts also put in a great performance for the individual U20 bronze medal.
Salford AC dominated the senior men's race but not to the extent of last year. Sale retained last year's bronze medals with Gaz Raven adding the bronze medal to his previous gold and silver. Ryan Worland (14th), Rob Flannery (16th) and Peter Crawford (21st) were the medalling quartet. The 'B' quartet finished an excellent 5th thanks to Chris Donnelly (22nd), Dave Marsh (28th), Oliver Gaillemin (35th) and Dan Whittaker (52nd). In the Derbyshire Championships Jamie Roden placed 5th in his first race for eighteen months. Unfortunately, the senior women did not complete a team but Hayley Cavill (10th) and Helen Armitage (14th) both had a good run. (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick; photos courtesy of www.darkstarphotos.com; detailed results www.noeaa-athletics.org.uk )
Posted 08/01/2013 08:41
It's an athlete's greatest honour and the pinnacle of their career to be selected to represent their Nation. Last weekend, two of the club's fine young runners Simon Horsfield and Charlie Hudson were selected to represent GB & NI at the European Cross-Country Championships in Budapest. We congratulate them and also their parents, families and their coaches Paul Roden and Norman Poole who inevitably make many sacrifices over years in their commitment to develop athletic potential. In freezing conditions both ran their hearts out and both won magnificent team bronze medals.
Paul Roden, who considered it important enough to escort his athlete and took his talented son Adam for future inspiration said, "They should be proud". In the junior men's 6.025km event, Charlie was the fourth GB counter in 24th place that brought the Aviva GB & NI team home to the bronze medals. Simon, who is a former European Junior 5000m bronze medallist finished in 23rd was the 3rd team counter in the under-23 race that also won bronze.
Posted 12/12/2012 11:06
The Stockport 10 is a much loved local race, for reasons that are sometimes hard to define! In the organisers' own words: "It lacks many of the factors that make other races popular: it's not flat, it's not scenic, and it's not traffic-free. But it's well organised, fun, well supported and has a unique atmosphere." Sampling the atmosphere for Sale Harriers were the following:
Steven Townley, 60.32, continuing his recent fine run of form finished in 25th place overall, just outside his PB of 60.12 from the same race last year.
Lee Kaufman, 61.54 for a great PB, almost 4 minutes quicker than last year.
Zoe Gmerek, 74.01 in only her second 10 mile race. Zoe was 21st female.
Jerry Smith, 74.01 running it with Zoe.
Louise Robbins, 74.22. Louise was 25th female.
Gary Chadwick, 74.32
Carla Ousey, 82.01
David Gill, 84.39
Ranjit Bennet, 92.26
Jenny Miles, 95.23. Jenny was very pleased to be over 3 minutes faster than in previous years in this race.
Guys 10 mile race: Two Harriers journeyed up the A6 to tackle the Guys 10 mile road race from the Guys Thatched Hamlet, just 4 miles off the motorway at Bilsborrow near Garstang. With the sun high in a December sky and temperature just above freezing 318 runners completed the very flat race on quiet Lancashire country lanes. Simon Jackson (M40) was 30th in and was happy to finish in 63.03 knocking two minutes off his 10 mile PB. Simon's preparing for his fourth Windermere Marathon next May. Terry Lonergan was 109TH in 71.52 good enough for 3rd M60.
Tatton Yule Run is not everyone's way of getting into the Christmas spirit, but two couples, Dawn Holding and Gaz Weatherley and Audrey and Peter Gresty, challenged each other on a completely different endurance in the Tatton Yule Run on Sunday 8th December. Up to their knees in mud, soaked through and slipping all the way, Gaz (55.49) knocked over two minutes of his best whilst Dawn (57.33), dressed as Mummy Christmas, improved by almost two minutes. Audrey also strangely enjoyed her Baptism of mud and completed the course in 55:36. Other Sale Harriers who ran included Mark Brewer 39:17, John Lally 1:00:25, Graham Padget 1:00:49, Marinda Breddy 1:01:28, Pete Gresty 1:03:12, Davina Twite 1:06:47 and Rosa Elliott in 1:07:18.
Pictures care of Mick Hall
Braunstone Parkrun 5k (Leicester) Dean Hardman managed a 16:49 5k clocking in winning this parkrun on December 1st, very pleasing in that he dropped fifty seconds off his previous run in just 5 weeks. He wrote, "I'm in much better shape than I was at the cross relays and will hopefully drop another 30 seconds before the end of the year". He's still not given up on his target to hit 15:59 before the end of 2012 but more hopeful to achieve it by the spring.
Posted 12/12/2012 11:05
MACCL LEAGUE (MATCH 3)
It was a busy weekend for the club hosting three events. At Sportcity, we hosted our first Indoor T & F promotion of the winter; at Wythenshawe Park, we hosted the third match of the Manchester Area Cross-Country League and at Crossford Bridge a successful Primary Schools Cross-Country league had a turnout of 200 runners. The first words of this report therefore, should applaud the indispensible organisers and officials, all of them volunteers who made these events happen. They spent long hours before, during and after the events for our pleasure.
With the acclaimed stream on each lap of the Wythenshawe Park course, the indoors and outdoors had at least the common element of lots of leaping and jumping as well as running! From the ten age-group races, we finished three team victories, four runners-up places and three individual age-group winners, - an excellent result.
Our U11 boys and girls were the first off and were competing in the second of their four matches with Connor Keys finishing a great second place for the boys and Beth Thornton in the same position for the girls.
In the U13 age-group, thanks to Aine Cunningham who's won all her three matches so far, Olivia Green who was again the runner-up, Ellie Twite in fourth place and Frankie Hacker-Davies who had an incredible run to finish 6th , this squad of girls are dominating the leader board. Our U13 boys again finished fourth with Luke Chesters again the leading man. This is particularly good in that many of these youngsters are a year young and developing strongly. They also turned out three teams that finished all in the top ten.
Our U15 girls had their first victory of the winter with Zara Thompson also finishing her best ever position of second place. Special commendation should go to Amy Pratt whose sixth place was a much improved run. This was a great achievement from the girls considering several were competing at the English Schools Cup final at Bolton. The 'A' team now rank second in the League behind Stockport AC. Come on, girls, you can win it! With three runners-up positions now under their belt, our U15 boys consolidated their runners-up position thanks to good running from Euan Gilchrist, Adam Roden and Adam Kinghorn, who are part of a great and promising squad. They're just behind Manchester AC who have won all their matches.
Our U17 women also produced their best result of the league so far with second place. Megan Davies notched up her first victory with a superb run and with Irmani Modahl and Hannah Christy not far behind, these girls can celebrate. Our U17 men also produced their best result with second place. Matthew Metcalf was the first home in all the matches with consistent fifth places in each one. It'll be hard for them to beat Liverpool AC but with another similar performance they could snatch second place from Stockport AC.
Our U20 squad are as dominant and promising as the club has had for a very long time! The trio of Callum Rowlinson, Matt Holmes and Kyle Conway on this occasion secured their third consecutive victory and being the only club to complete a team in two of the three matches so far, victory is already theirs. Misha Nayak-Oliver was our sole representative for the U20 women who also made an impressive contribution to the senior women's team by finishing second counter. Few are more committed than Misha and her vastly improved third U20 place is a tribute to her gutsy determination and talent.
Finally, our Senior and veteran men and women! Our senior women are having a hard time of it at present at the sharp end but what they lack in quality they certainly make up in numbers, completing four teams. The 'A' team finished sixth with L40 Jan Nichols in 18th place and the first L40 again proving her excellent form. Hayley Cavill would have liked to be faster; Jackie Cordingley again was third L50 to be also a team counter and Zoe Gmerek is much improved and running consistently well. Well done also to evergreen Margaret Tricky who made a rare appearance and was the first L60 to cross the line. The women also fielded a complete 'B' team of Louise Robbins, Lynne Yates and Carla Ousey and a 'C' team of Margaret Trickey, Karen Sheen and Cat Jones so an excellent turnout! Well done also to Cat Jones for competing only 6 weeks after the birth of her second baby!
Our senior men dominated the front end of their race as they'd done in the first match at Heaton Park. It was impressive to witness the procession of Niall Brooks (3rd just returned from Kenya), Gaz Raven (4th), M40 Paul Green (5th) and James Bailey (7th) with M45 Ian Weatherall (who became a father just three days earlier - congratulations!) and with Gareth Matthews and Callum Rowlinson we secured a massive victory over Salford AC. The section also finished a record six teams! Beat that!
Among the veteran men, not only was Paul Green fifth but he notched up his second M40 victory and with M45 Ian Weatherall returned to the squad and finishing second in the M45 age-group, the vets team are reasonably secure in third place of Division 1 with strong runs also from Carl Barber (16th) and Andy Yates (62nd) who brought the 'A' team home in 4th place, the vets are now well positioned in 3rd place. It was also pleasing to have taking part a complete 'B' team of Steve Gavin, Chris Cook, Gaurav Batra and Jerry Smith and a' C' team comprising Nigel Fielden, Tim Rainey, Miran Aprahamian and Michael Wymer.
The show next moves onto Boggart Hole Clough for Sunday, January 13th. If you're interested in a run, contact your team managers
(Written by Fechin Mc Cormick. Photographs courtesy of Mark Haworth, Vincente Modah, Frank Cordingley and Chris Green)
Videos courtesy of Terry Lonergan
Posted 05/12/2012 09:12
A large contingent of club members headed over the Pennines to
take part in the very popular Leeds Abbey Dash 10k renowned for its
fast course and quality field. . It's an autumn club target and
many of those who made the journey achieved their targets of
pulling out superb PB performances. Well done to all of them.
Posted 20/11/2012 13:16
The second match of the Manchester Area Cross-Country League (MACCL) took place at Sherdley Park (St. Helen's), the one with the reputation for soggy, zig-zagging undulations that invariably make for a tough, heavy, energy-sapping course especially for those on the larger laps.
This time our U11 boys and girls were part of the day's foray! This age-group's race must be among the largest and strongest in the country. Our girls dominated and had a convincing victory. With their strong squad, they were also able to turn out many youngsters for the Crossford Bridge /Sale Harriers Schools League that took place on the same morning. Congratulations to Lizzie Twite who won the race backed up by her team mates Bethany Thornton and Tess Mc Hugh who finished well up in the top ten. Well done also to Laura Smith, Jessica Spilbury and Clara Parker who finished fifth as the 'B' team, especially that they're all a year young. Unfortunately, the clash with Crossford Bridge's race meant there were no U11 boys to represent the club, a problem that could be repeated with the next match on home territory Wythenshawe Park resulting in the section being unable to possibly medal in this year's league because they cannot complete three of the requisite four matches.
Our U13 girls also comfortably won their race despite a clash with the English Schools Cup (NW Champs). Well done to starlets Aine Cunningham who was the individual winner and to her impressive back-up team - Ellie Twite, Frankie Hacker-Davies, Niamh Hugent and Tia Blissett all who finished in the top ten. Their 'B' team finished an excellent 4th and the 'C' team again highlighted the quality and depth of this section and its little wonder they're the current Northern Relay Champions and National XC Relay runners-up. The U13 boy's also acquitted themselves very well especially with many running the longer course for the first time. Luke Chesters, still a year young, followed up his good performance in last week's National Relays with an excellent 6th place followed by a rapidly improving Harry Boyd. They were ably supported by Andrew Toner, Reece Butterworth, Dillon Walker, Cameron Buchan, Thomas Brown and Khalid Ramadan.
Our U15 girls are also a strong squad despite many also competing in the English Schools Cup (NW Champs). (Congratulations to Loretto Grammar and Altrincham Grammar for qualifying the National finals at Canon Slade School in Bolton in three weeks time). The girls finished 2nd team led home by Zara Thompson in third place followed by Amber Towns, Flora Whyte and Georgia Plant finishing a strong second to Stockport AC. Well done also to Frankie & Charley Reid and Aimee Pratt for their fifth place finish. In the U15 boy's race, Euan Gilchrist ran a typically gutsy run battling at the front throughout. He took the lead several times but eventually had to settle for a close run third place. Euan was well backed up by Jake & Adam Spilsbury to finish second team just behind Manchester Harriers & AC. The remaining boys packed the mid field well. They were Dylan Stanway, Daniel Brint, Saeed Absiyeh & Jordan Bezzina to finish a 'B' team.
Our U17 trio of Irmani Modahl, Hannah Christy and Rachel Hibberd brought the team home in third place and with Chloe Yates and Megan Davis in the next match they are in with a shout of winning it. The U17 boy's race was a classy affair at the front end was easily won by Liverpool AC with our Mathew Metcalf finishing an impressive seventh and Khalid Absiyeh and Marcus Campbell not far behind running the course & distance for the first time and bringing the team home in fourth place.
The senior women again managed to field three teams and all performed well. Jan Nichols continued her great form finishing second in her age category and fifteenth overall taking almost 90 seconds off last year's time. Joanna Robbins, Sian Holland, Helen Armitage and Cara O'Brien also had good runs and though they found the going tough, all finished within seconds of each other. Helen particularly made massive improvements on her position at Heaton Park. It was also nice to see Jo Street back in racing mode after completing her studies. Jackie Cordingley actually enjoyed the course and had a typically good run finishing third in her age category.
The senior men did not have the dominance of their first match and so slipped to fourth finishing team. The individual winner was a fine run from Anthony Ford, returning to cross-country following a prolonged break. He showed all his class as a 2:17.16 Marathon runner with an eighty second victory over Jack Morris (Stockport H & AC). The section again turned out an impressive five teams. Let's home for the next match at Wythenshawe Park, they return to the impressive dominance at the sharp end.
The veteran section also had a number of runners missing that diluted the benefits of the impressive start to the season at Heaton Park. The women's A team were led home as usual by Jan Nicholls with another great run but were missing Zoe Gmerek and Helen Reagan through injury. Fortunately in their absence fine runs by Joanna Robbins and Helen Armitage ensured the team recorded another 4th place. The strong B team of Jackie Cordingley, Louise Robbins and Carla Ousey also ran well to finish 11th. The men's A team had to contend with the loss of Paul Green and Ian Wetherall but were led home well by Carl Barber and Elton Davies with good runs from Steve Gavin (in his first race after running 3.15 in his first marathon) and Bill Fox (returning from illness). For the B team Tim Rainey, Jerry Smith, Chris Cook and Gaurav Batra also ran well.
The third of the five matches is on home territory Wythenshawe Park on Saturday December 1st. Let's have a big turn-out in every section.
(Written by Fechin Mc Cormick. Photos by http://www.darkstarphotos.com)
Posted 12/11/2012 08:57
The debut Tatton half Marathon, organised my Wilmslow AC is another HM success story to add to their other prestigious March event. Over a flat, seemingly popular pleasant course on roads around the famous Cheshire Park there were more than 1500 finishers. Club participants are listed below. (If your result is not included it's either because you did not sent it in; I've missed you out; you did not register as a SHM and/or you're not registered on the Power of 10 website. However, if you do send it in belatedly, the report can be readily updated.
Andy Mooney 1:19.13: Impressive 10th. A four minute PB over Wilmslow HM in 2011
Steve Townley 1:20.20: Might have broken PB (79.48) had he not run the National Relays
Stephen Pottage 1:26.06: Almost a 2 minute PB over this year's Wilmslow HM
Jerry Smith 1:33.00: Best for almost 3 years. 3rd in M55 category
Jo Robbins 1:35.44: Almost 90 sec PB over Wilmslow '11. 'Delighted' she said.
Louise Robbins 1:39.40: Almost four minutes down on previous HM (Wilmslow '12)
Lauren Davies 1:44.23: A well deserved 10 minute PB over M'field. Training for London
Miran Aprahamien 1:44.24: Pace-setter for Lauren
Karen Sheen 1:49.40: Excellent run.
Rachael Kavanagh 1:51.39: No information available
Marinda Breddy 2:04.12: No information available
Rosa Elliott 2:05.38: No information available
Ranjit Bennett 2:12.56: No information available
Dublin Marathon: We must also give Jim lambe a big clap on the back for the Halloween Dublin Marathon. This is a regular event for Jim and, though not in the shape he was when he clocked 3:14 in 2012 he hoped to get close. A series of mishaps before and during the race meant he finished a disappointing 4:08.56
Winsford 10k: A small group made the trip for Winsford's multi-terrain 10k race. Jerry Smith wrote, " Collecting our race numbers was chaotic with a lot of runners queuing in a small tent but once the race started it was a very pleasant course with wooded trails, a couple of hills and a section along the River Weaver. With everyone racing the next weekend this was essentially a training run with Zoe Gmerek, myself and Tim Rainey running as a group and Jenny Miles running with Zoe's friend Sarah. Even so, we all were pleased with our times. Jenny paced Sarah round to a pb and was 1st F60, and Zoe won a fine trophy for being first female over 30, presented to her by the Mayor of Winsford!
Preston Half Marathon: Chris Donnelly is making great strides in his running. In the Preston HM, he finished an impressive 6th in 1:17.46 that was a ninety second PB over his Macclesfield event a few weeks earlier. Well done!
Posted 12/11/2012 08:11
The sunny, autumnal day made for good running and spectating at Berry Park, Mansfield and was in contrast with last year's wet, muddy and slower conditions. As a person with 40 years running, this was my first visit to the Mecca of the ECCA National Cross-Country Championships since it moved there in 1989. It was inspirational not only to witness Britain's finest talent in full flow in their various age-groups from U13 upwards but to observe their gutsy determination epitomised at the start where club Chairman and Chief Starter David Brown CBE shouted himself hoarse restraining their nervous eagerness before the gun and then haring off clamouring for positions whilst vigorously elbowing out of their way those in their path.
It was a great day for the club which has promising squads with depth and talent and coached by excellent coaches who work together in unprecedented ways.
The most successful of the day's teams were our U13 girls. They won magnificent silver medals and the trio of Aine Cunningham, Ellie Twite and Olivia Green recorded the club's best result in twenty years. Indeed, Ellie even went into the lead on the second leg! Further, the 'B' team of Claudia Cowan, Frankie Hacker-Davis and Niamh Nugent, in only her second race for the team and a year young, finished top 'B' team in 12th place that, until last year would have placed them the club's best 'A' team since the Millennium. Congratulations to all the squad for whom these silver medals were only their latest. They're already this year's Northern Relay Champions and the current Northern XC and National XC bronze medallists. Among the U13 boys, Luke Mc Kendry, Luke Chesters and Harry Brown finished 30th of the eighty competing teams. All are still inexperienced in such a classy arena but nevertheless the performances of this squad were even better than at the MACCL match at Heaton Park a few weeks earlier.
Our U15 girls are also a great little squad who'll produce some good results in the future. All six who comprised the two teams pulled out all the stops and resulted in the A' team finishing 17th; the club's best result for years and the 'B' team finished 46th from the ninety-two national teams. Ciara Lydon finished a commendable 22nd; newcomer Amber Towns is making massive improvement in only her second club race and Catherine Podmore was the all-important third counter for the 'A' team. Then, it's well done to Flora Whyte, Alice Bruce and Hannah Simeen for their 'B' team performances. The U15 boys are a similar squad of runners evidenced by the 'A' team (Adam Roden, & Adam & Jake Spilbury) finishing 37th and the 'B' team (Dylan Stanway, Dylan Birchill and Adam Kinghorn) very close behind in 46th place. Well done to all of them.
Megan Davies, Chloe Yates and Rachel Hibberd finished 23rd in the U17 women's event, an improvement on last year with Megan and Chloe also improving their finishing positions with Rachel making her debut in this age-group. Well done to these girls for keeping the club's flag flying in a difficult age category.
It's a decade since the club could boast an U20 men's squad of the calibre of the current one. This formidable and well-knit group produced the club's best position since the section last won medals way back in 1999. Ryan Moore threw done the gauntlet to finish 7th; Charlie Hulson is in superb form and took the team into the silver medal position and newcomer Luke Betts sealed the final 6th place.
Finally then, the senior men! Again, a strong squad that had confidence of winning medals that have eluded them for at least twenty years. Despite James Bailey admitting his first leg disappointment, Antony Ford followed with a very strong second leg and Simon Horsfield was even faster again on the penultimate stage. There was excitement as in-form Matt Bond speeded off that he might haul back some of the 'escaped' scalps and return us to a medal contention. He battled well sometimes even leading the following group of four but was pipped to the line in the final chase by Morpeth's Mc Cormick to give us the final (excellent!) 5th place. Belgrave AC won the Championship and interestingly, the next five teams were all Northern Clubs - Leeds, Stockport, Morpeth, Sale and Altrincham. We finished three teams with the 'B' team of Gavin Hill, Gaz Raven, Daniel Bradford and Mike Kilmartin finishing an impressive 26th for 4th 'B' team nationally. Dean Hardman (who ran 1:15 quicker than last year despite being frustrated by injury), Chris Donnelly (cruised round having finished 6th in the Preston HM the previous weekend), Steve Townley (a warm-up for the Tatton HM the following day) and Dan Whittaker, completed the 'C' team in 89th place.
(Produced by Fechin Mc Cormick. Photos courtesy of http://www.darkstarphotos.com.)
Posted 07/11/2012 19:15
A small group of Sale Harriers made the trip to Cheshire at the weekend for Winsford's multi-terrain 10k race. Jerry Smith wrote, " Collecting our race numbers was chaotic with a lot of runners queuing in a small tent but once the race started it was a very pleasant course with wooded trails, a couple of hills and a section along the River Weaver. With everyone racing the next weekend this was essentially a training run with Zoe Gmerek, myself and Tim Rainey running as a group and Jenny Miles running with Zoe's friend Sarah. Even so, we all were pleased with our times. Jenny paced Sarah round to a pb and was 1st F60, and Zoe won a fine trophy for being first female over 30, presented to her by the Mayor of Winsford!
Posted 30/10/2012 08:29