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.
It was a great day of 'first' places for the club in the weekends Debdale 7k, the penultimate of the Manchester Parks Grand Prix series that's been touring across Manchester through the summer.
Rob Flannery gave the latest indication he's getting back to his best after several years on the sidelines by winning the race in a creditable time of 24.21. Louise Whittaker also won the women's section. Louise could be among the country's finest and most graceful runners but has been blighted by injury. She's back running her third race and second victory in a week. Jan Nichols is maintaining her winning form by being the first F40 home and tops her age-category for the series. Jackie Cordingly won her F50 race and so consolidates her winning position in the series and retains an impressive series of age-group victories that go back almost a decade. Evergreen Jenny Miles, by also winning her F60 category, is well on her way to winning her first Grand Prix. Well done also to Brian Bradshaw who notched up 3rd place in the M50 category with another PB of three minutes and indomitable M60 Terry Lonergan who was also third. Sale also won two the team races. The trio of \Richard Edwards and Steven Townley clinched the men's race and Louise Whittaker, Jan Nichols and Jackie Cordingley secured the women's event (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 10/07/2012 09:34
The first of the 2012 Sale Sizzler 5k series took place in
Wythenshawe Park on Thursday evening and was the traditional big
success. Over 400 runners of all abilities took part on an evening
that threatened rain but turned out to be perfect conditions. This
major club promotion that race director Fechin Mc Cormick launched
after the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games has the duel objective
of providing athletic excellence and encouraging community health
and fitness as well as raising much needed funds for the club
coffers. . Both objectives were admirably achieved.
Posted 09/07/2012 14:29
After eventually breaking the 3 hour marathon mark, endurance
runner Oliver Gaillemin thought it time to head back to the long
stuff. Hence, he agreed to a friend's suggestion that they join for
the Verdon Gorge Challenge, run around the deepest Gorge in Europe,
just a little north of Nice. 101km, 6,500m of climb, heat and
unforgiving terrain was promised. How could he resist. His friend
then pulled out with 6 days to go... and Oliver describes the epic
Posted 03/07/2012 08:05
Highlighting again the continued expansion of the road running section of Sale Harriers, nearly 30 travelled to Tintwistle on a pleasant June evening to take part in the Round The Ressers 5 miler. With 6 Sale Harriers in the top 10 we slightly dominated the results sheet. Paul Green took first place with Mike Hatch not far behind. Gary and Callum Rowlinson battled it out for 7th spot. Steve McCarron shows his return to form in 9th place followed by Richard 'Eddie' Edwood in 10th.
The men took the men's team prize consisting of Paul, Mike, Gary and Callum, beating East Cheshire into second spot. The ladies managed 2nd place behind a strong Stockport team. The team contained the superb Jan Nichols who also took first lady honours and 1st vet 40; Louise Robbins, Zoe Gemerek and Jackie Cordingley who also took the Ladies vet 50 prize.
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Posted 28/06/2012 08:47
LYMN 5K & NORTH CHESHIRE OVERVIEW
Saturday's Lymn 5k drew to a conclusion Alty AC and Spectrum Striders North Cheshire 5 x 5k races around Cheshire lanes and countryside. Within the club, this series is used by a relatively small group, most of whom are loyal patriots to the series over the years, to 'loosen out' following the strenuous Winter and Spring of Marathon and half-marathon and as a precursor to the club's ever popular 4 x 5k Sizzler series in Wythenshawe Park that annually produces so many of the club's lifetime best 5k performances.
Despite the popularity of this series generally, this final race at Lymn always has the small club turn-out with this year only a junior (Dylan Stanway) and two veterans (Jerry Smith and Jenny Miles) toeing the line.
Overall, the club's fastest man through the series was Mike Kilmartin ((16:27 at Bowden) followed by Carl Barber (17.03 at Dunham 2) and Mike Ashby (17.07 at Dunham 2). These guys times were all very close to their best ever performances. Jo Street was the club's fastest female with a long awaited PB of of 20.51 at Hollins Green that was also the biggest PB of the series. Age-group wise the performances of the series was youthful L60 Jenny Miles with a best of 27.16 at the Lymm 5k; M55 Jerry Smith who produced his fastest of 19.45 at Hollins Green and M50 Brian Bradshaw who pulled out his latest PB of 22.16 at Bowden.
WE LOVE MANCHESTER 10K
After fears of torrential downpours, this popular race around the Eithed Stadium at Sportcity was run in much drier conditions that had been experienced over the preceding 72 hours! Fourteen club members were among the one thousand finishers but since only one submitted for their club website a result with a comment it's not possible to convey any information on which were PB's, PW's.....or whether their performances were good, bad or indifferent. Come on! Guys. Let's be having your news! Photographs can be viewed on www.hsphotos.co.uk
Peter Crawford (34:35): "The course was tougher than I envisaged. I was hoping to break 34 minutes. This, my fourth ten kilometre race, is helping him to improve mypace judgement.
Carl Barber M40 35.41
James Ketley 35.44
Nicholas Whittle 36:21
Dillon Bezzina 38.00
Alan Pitman 38:36
Kevin Mahon 42.51
Kimberley Wilson 44.31
Julie Price 45:07
Geoff Beattie 45:00
Jo Slinger 48:14
Dawn Holding 48:46
Karen Sheen 52.47
Mike Hughes 1:02.19
Simon Jackson ran the first ever Lancaster marathon and finished 12th in 3.18. Though short of his PB by 10 mins, he was quite happy seeing as only top 3 runners got sub 3hr times due to a very hilly course in driving rain. Just a few weeks earlier Simon finished another brutal event , the Buxton Half Marathon. In heavy rain, big hills and zero visibility he was happy to finish eleventh in 1:29.00 which was eight minutes faster than in 2010
Club newcomer, Jeane Mc Callum has just returned from her second trip to the famous Comrades marathon in South Africa, "Again, it was an amazing and despite the agony, I'll be back!" she said. She wrote, "On June 3rd I set my alarm for 0030 in the middle of winter in South Africa to catch a bus from downtown Durban up through the Valley of 1000 hills for the start of my second Comrades marathon. Last year was an 'up' run - from the sea to the peak so this year was my chance for my 'back to back' medal - and my first attempt at the 'down' run from PMB back to Durban. It was a very chilly, windy 5.30am start. We ran into the wind at one point which made it very tough going. It took me about 20 km to even settle into a pace and I didn't shed all my extra layers until we got to halfway (44.5 km in 5 hrs 24). The first half has a lot of up - but the hills weren't bothering too much at this stage. The kms kept going by and I was feeling quite strong. There was the usual amazing crowd support and fantastic aid stations every couple of kms which kept me fuelled with Energade and potatoes! The notorious Fields Hill didn't smash my legs as much as I expected it to, and I used the several kms of steep down to try and gain some time as my splits were putting me at risk of missing the 11 hour cut off. From Fields you can see Durban and the sea in the distance - but from here - the last 20km were pretty horrific with muscle pain and tiredness really kicking in - and the steep climbs as you come into Durban - and the last of the Big 5 hills didn't help. I was so tired I even walked in the last 1500m! But I'd somehow managed to do the second half in 5hrs 12, bringing me in at 10:36 for my second bronze medal and my back to back! It's an amazing, if painful race, and the camaraderie en route and the crowd support (who line the streets from dawn with their barbecues and beer) make it something you'll never forget. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone keen to try a challenge beyond a standard road marathon - and where else will you get the chance to run alongside men dressed in traditional zulu gear?
PLATT FIELDS 10k
Brother and sister Jackie Cordingley and Brian Bradshaw both walked away with prizes and endured deep water around a soggy Platt Fields Park in Manchester. Lynda Rowlinson also took away a prize.
(Researched and written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 25/06/2012 22:11
Men's Team Take Silver!
The Welsh Castles Relay is fast becoming THE annual running event of the year after yet another successful year for Sale Harriers. The event, which is a 200 mile relay stretching the full length of Wales broken into 20 legs, was yet again fully embraced by Sale Harriers this year as the Men took second and the Women came fourth ladies' team.
Dave Rodgers carefully selected a team which had the potential to improve on last years third position with the objective of overhauling the 51 mins which they would require to take victory from London based club, Serpentine. Unfortunately, this wasn't to be, as they fell short by 26 mins however they beat Les Croups to settle for a well deserved second.
Day 1 kicked off with some impressive performances with all but one leg finishing in the top 10. Performance of the day came from the Ravonator, who banished his defeat two years ago to cruise to victory by two minutes on the horrendous 13 mile leg into Newtown. Notable other performances included: Mike Hatch (3rd), Elton Davies (2nd), Richie Edwards (3rd) and Mike Kilmartin (4th). Saturday also saw two castle's virgins dipping their toe in the competition with Mark Windsor and Ian IRJ Jones. Both did well, with positions of 4th and 6th respectively.
Following an overnight halt in the swanky accommodation of Highgate, and the team lying in third , Day 2 began at the unearthly hour of 7am. The early Sunday stages were a slight blip on the overall performances as positions slipped out of the top ten through Pistol Pete Crawford (11th), Oli Gaillemin (10th) and Paul Barrett (12th). Barrett also had the embarrassment of being chicked on his leg! The rest of the team secured top ten finishers with the best of them coming from Gary Rowlinson (3rd), Chris Donnelly (3rd) and Carlos Barber (3rd). Incidentally, Chris was also chicked, however his performance can be excused as he was up against Louise Damen from Winchester, who went on to take the stage record for leg 18. Mike Ashby took the team home in the grand settings of Cardiff Castle to complete the relay in 21 hours and 57 seconds.
Not many running clubs in the entire country could provide 20 dedicated ladies to take on the castles relay. However this is not a problem for a club of this stature as they attempted to make it to Cardiff for the second consecutive year. Audrey Gresty kicked things off and there were some fantastic performances on day 1, particularly from Belinda Hammond who was four mins faster than last year, Dawn Holding and Sian Holland. The performance of the day was produced by super vet Jan Nichols who was first lady on leg 7.
Linda Rowlinson accompanied Pistol Pete to the start of his leg at the crack of dawn on Sunday and this was followed by Alison Pye and Kimberly Wilson who came third and forth lady respectively. Other notable performances came from marathon superstar Hayley Cavill (3rd) on the way to Drovers Arms on leg 14, Jo Street (2nd) and Castles debutant Zoe Gmerek (2nd).
Overall the ladies team made a vast improvement on last year by over an hour which is very impressive and they will look to build on this for next year and look to challenge Serpentine and Les Croupiers.
Following the relay, the team headed into Cardiff for some well deserved beers and a team meal with discussions already well underway for next years event. Thanks must go to a range of people including Sian and Mike Ashby who produced the transport plan, Dave and Lauren for team selection and all the drivers and navigators who ensured the team travelled the length of Wales without any hitches.
Posted 12/06/2012 10:27
The Diamond Jubilee weekend delivered its own 'Wow's' for members on the roads. In the Hollins Green 5k that second of five 5k races through Cheshire parks and villages, almost everyone clocked a lifetime best or season's best performance. Well done to all.
Carl Barber M40 (17.10): Nearly thirty seconds faster than in last summer's Sizzler
Dan Whittaker (17.17): His best yet....in this 2nd running 'revival'.
Steven Townley (17.20): His second fastest from over 30 x 5k's in recent years. (PB 17.06)
Paul Barrett (18.31): his PB from a 2006 Sizzler is 16.41
Frank Cordingley M50 (19:28) A SB - 30 seconds faster than at Dunham Massey.
Jerry Smith M55 (19:45): One of the best! PB of 19.07 is from Sale Mayday 5k in 2009.
Jo Street (20:51): 90 sec over course best & 30 seconds faster than Dunham Massey
Brian Bradshaw M50 (22:16): Another PB by thirty seconds over last summer's Sizzler
Jenny Flanagan (23:25). One of the best
Jenny Miles L60 (26:17) A SB. Best is 26.06 from last summer's Sizzler
Congratulations also to Jo Street who, the following day, participated in the Gt.Manchester Cycle - the 56 mile 'elite section and finished a very impressive third lady. I personally witnessed her impressive speed along Salford Quays.
(Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 05/06/2012 17:45
Despite an exceptionally hot day more suitable for picnicking than racing, the club's Sale '5' produced a host of superb performances. The second of five races in the Manchester Parks Grand Prix had twenty-seven Sale vests toe the line. Interestingly, add to them the twenty from Manchester Front Runners and both clubs together comprised a third of the total turn-out.
The club claimed several victories! University life's not unduly affecting Callum Rowlinson who retained the junior men title for fifth place. His 28.11was only a few seconds short of last year's PB. Mum Lynda (35:28) further displayed the family running prowess with an even faster time than last year. She's consolidated her objective to become the 2012 Grand Prix champion. Likewise, L50 Jackie Cordingley. Already a six times Grand Prix age-group Champion and despite running 1:49 half marathon in Riga (Latvia) a few days earlier and an impressive Parkrun 5k twenty-four hours earlier, she produced a time (35:28) identical to last year. Congratulations again to Jan Nichols who collected her latest L40 award with a glowing time of 32.16 that's her latest PB by over two minutes. M60 Terry Lonergan was also an age category winner in a time (35.24) just a few seconds slower than last year. Finally, Don George, the club's longest serving member with over sixty years under his belt and bionic knees would have been fist M75 had prizes stretched that far. Team wise, we had almost a clean sweep of victories.
Further, five members made their 5-mile debut and set good future benchmarks - Steven Townley (29:27), Alan Pitman (31.13), Steve Gavin (31.41), David Rich (32.20) and Alistair Kell (35.27) and a further six drank from the elixir of running that are magical PB's - Carl Barber (28.59), Nicholas Whittle (29.10), Dan Whittaker (29.15), Ben Fox (34.02) and Brian Bradshaw (39.26).
In the Young Athletes 3k race, well done in such conditions but special congratulations must go to Francesca Brint and Saeed Absiyeh who won their boys and girls U13 races and to Bethany Thornton who won the U11 girls race. Noteworthy also is that in the U17 boys race, the club finished four in the first eight - Kyle Conway, Matthew Metcalf, Khalid Absiyeh and Dillon Bezzina.
DUNHAM MASSEY 5K
Two days earlier, there was the traditional launch of the summer 5k season with the long established North Cheshire series of five 5k races through Cheshire's parks and villages. Though the race had its maximum of two hundred and fifty entries, few this year were Sale Harriers. M40 Lee Woods was our first man home in 17.58. This was Lee's first outing on the course since 2009. Age shall not weary him for he was only four seconds slower than three years ago. It was Chris Heys first outing on the course since 2008 when he clocked an impressive 16.04 for third place. This year his 18:53 was due to the frustration of prolonged injury. This was M50 Frank Cordingley's second of four races in eight days. He and Jackie had just returned from visiting their daughter in Riga and took in the city's Marathon and Half-Marathon. Frank recorded 3:42.29 there that was a minute's improvement on the Manchester Marathon. He'll be faster than 19:58 when his legs recover. This was Sian Holland's Dunham Massey debut and well she did! Her 20:06 was just seven seconds short of her PB in last year's Sizzler. In contrast, Mike Wharton is a regular to the series. He's had his best results in 2010 and 20.06 this year he'll see as a good launch-pad to return to sub twenty times. Jo Street is also a regular since 2007 with her fastest being 21:27. This year, she recorded 22:39!
Three also crossed the border for the Edinburgh Marathon. M50 Jerry Smith and L60 Jenny Miles, who'd endured the dreadful conditions of the Manchester marathon, contended with uncharacteristically hot conditions in Edinburgh. Jerry, who's PB of 3:15.48 from the 2009 Edinburgh Marathon, ran to plan until after half-way when the heat took its toll. He was happy to cross the line in 3.33.43, some ten minutes slower than in Manchester. Similarly, Jenny got to half way and, whereas in the Manchester marathon she couldn't feel her fingers for the cold, this time she felt 'her legs falling off' from the heat and sensibly dropped out. Both Jerry and Jenny are to be congratulated for belatedly winning their age-group prizes in the Manchester Marathon. Newcomer James Addie made his Marathon debut finishing in 3.25.26.
THE DOVESTONE DIAMOND TRAIL 10K
The club also had much success in the Dovestone Reservoir 10km trail race, used as a warm-up for the Welsh Castles Relays in two weeks. On a lovely warm night, the men and the women came away with the team prizes and several individual prizes. Paul Green was third and Jan Nicholls was second. Ben Fox was first junior man and Lynne Yates won an age prize. Helen Armitage might also have been among the prizes had she not started too slow only to be held up in a traffic jam climbing for the first few km. The evening success and fun was dimmed when poor Lauren Davies had a really nasty fall before the race; was temporarily hospitalised and remained rather battered and bruised for several days.
BUPA LONDON 10K & BLACKPOOL SANDS 10K
Zoe Gmerek flew the club's flag in the BUPA London 10k. In heat more intense than Manchester, when she realized she wasn't on target at 5k, she 'pottered'; stopped twice and was happy just to finish in just under 45 minutes. Kimberley Wilson spent her day on the beach in the Blackpool Sands 10k. Not a PB course, 45.57 made our newcomer second lady overall.
(Researched and written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 29/05/2012 14:57
It was again a great week-end in Germany for the group of the club's endurance section who joined the annual trip to Kassel for the city's marathon and half-Marathon. Although there were only four marathon runners this year, the team spirit was top with lots of memorable moments.
The group flew out on Friday and returned Monday. The organiser of this annual trip, Stefan Schumacher, then hired a car and paced down the autobahn in terrifying speed-what else do you expect with a Schumacher!? Family Mintz was great as ever and John and Stefan stayed at Reinhard's which also worked out perfect. There was a big article on Carl Cleghorn in the local news paper, titled "An Exotic Runner in Kassel" and really praising him! The lady journalist who wrote the article did not forgot mentioning that Carl is single and has no kids! This obviously inspired a load of fiery Frauleins in Kassel and the other four were actually quite surprised to find Carl alone on the return flight and not settling down with a Fraeulein, Beer and a Sausage!
Again, the run was very warm, if not too warm! The injured Stefan did a great job cycling with the runners and giving them as much support as possible. His commitment was great, especially after the bike from Reinhard broke down at10k. Stefan then rushed to a young lady asking her for her bike. As she understandably was a little reluctant, he took a deep breath and then said that she might know his name through the local news paper that he was actually the team doctor of Sale Harriers Manchester and he must have her bike! She immediately handed over!
All runners struggled in the heat, Carl fared best of all and confirmed his superb form by finishing in 3:26.17. Behind him was Tim Rainey who struggled at the beginning and then got better as the race went on, even overtaking Paul Benstead in the finish who was far ahead of him at one point. Tim finished in 3:56.48 and Paul a very good 3:57.46 considering this was only his third marathon and he's only started running! Stefan was delighted that Tim 'sorted' Paul as the evening before, he was the only Brit cheering Chelsea and even shouting to Stefan while running one word: "Schweinsteiger"! Like the others, John Battersby felt the effects of the very difficult Manchester marathon three weeks earlier and had difficulties with his feet and calves. Stefan kept a very watchful eye on him on the last miles and John then finished in 4:01.12 Sale Harriers runners weren't the only sufferers. Reinhard, who ran the half marathon and doing very well was suddenly hit by a torn calf muscle and sadly had to pull out at 15k.
The pains and memories were well soothed later in the evening in the Bavarian beer garden! Superb weather and plenty of fab beer!
Sale Harriers are very popular and most welcomed for this fantastic annual weekend of the Kassel Marathon & Half-Marathon. Next year, Stefan looks forward to again organizing a trip and with even more runners next year.
Posted 29/05/2012 09:15
A large number of the club's Endurance/Fells section made their annual trip to The Calderdale Way Relay. All had prepared seriously with weekend 'reccies' and serious hill sessions. The men tried hard, with the open 'B' and 'mixed' team doing well on a day of glorious sunshine, sporting fellowship and in beautiful countryside.
Our best team was the mixed team which were in 25th place at one point; finishing 34th, in 7:36:46. The Sale B team came 59th with Bill and Ben Fox a creditable 27th on their leg. 8:46:07 overall. Unfortunately our A team was disqualified after a kit check. All runners were required to carry a minimum safety kit including a whistle, compass, map and fully body cover.
Several days earlier, many of the team turned-out for the Mobberley Round The Runway race, a popular multi-terrain race that this year was affected by recent heavy rain. Finishing strongly in the top twenty were Gary Rowlinson (6th), Mike Hatch (9th), Ritchie Edwards (11th), Carl Barber (12th and 1st V40), and Steven Townley (16th). Next for the men were Paul Barrett, Chris Heys, Mike Wharton (who sensibly opted for trail shoes), Jerry Smith, John Battersby and newcomer Darren Goodson. The women were also strongly represented, being led home by Jan Nicholls (in sensational form at the moment and making Paul Barrett work a little harder than he'd intended) coming 3rd female and 1st L40, followed by Helen Armitage, Zoe Gmerek, Jo Street, Lauren Davies and Jenny Miles. Zoe regretted heeding the advice of one of the more experienced male runners that 'you'll be fine in road shoes', and Jenny also suffered from wearing the wrong shoes although she still won her age category.
They weren't the only ones 'strutting' the stuff! Seven days earlier Alison Pye had a great weekend. She competed over 1500m in the Northern T & F League and ran her fastest time for five years clocking 5mins 30 sec. The following day, she then came 2nd lady in her local 10k beathe only by the World Duathlon Champion for her age for the last 2 years,
Across the 'pond' Matt Bond has also been running out of his 'skin! He ran 13:51 at the Stanford University Payton Jordan Cardinal Invite to knock a further 4/5s off the PB he ran nine days previously in LA. He's now only six seconds away from the club record
On the other extreme of distance, newcomer Mark Windsor took part in an epic 28 mile run from Helsby to Old Trafford for Relay GB who aimed to break the world record for a continuous marathon around Britain.....and that was a day after recording a PB in the BUCS 10,000m at the Olympic Stadium in 34.44
Still on the 10k distance, newcomer Nicholas Whittle competed in
the tough multi-terrain Kildare 10K, (Ireland) Over 4,500 took part
and he'd strongly recommend the weekend to SHM next year for a
great Irish atmosphere! He trailed in 9th place with a time of 38
mins 43 sec.
The weekend also saw many County T & F Championships. Well done to Men's team manger, Dean Hardman, retired sprinter and emerging 5k specialist, who took a silver medal (from a bumper field of 4) at the Nottinghamshire County Championships in an impressive 16:29.7
(Compiled by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 15/05/2012 10:17