News - Endurance
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The final of the five cross-country matches that began last October in Heaton Park and monthly took place in Sherdley Park, Boggart Hole Clough, Wythenshawe Park, concluded at the weekend with the final match at Clayton Vale. Treacherous icy conditions necessitated some course alterations and Stockport withdrew is younger teams.
Tia Blissett won the U11 event with Lizzie Twite 2nd and Beth Thornton in 4th place ensuring team victory. They also finished in 3rd team place with Verity Garnes, Jemma Vickers and Sophie Potter. In the final league championship Sale finished runners-up to Manchester Harriers whilst Tia Blissett was 2nd overall. In the boy's race Luke Chesters had his best ever race to finish second and, with Harry Boyd and Ben Gilchrist, finished 3rd team on the day and runners up to Stockport in the final league Championship.
In the U13 event, Sale finished in the first three team positions with Francesca Brint 2nd and Claudia Cohen 3rd whilst other scoring team members Aine Cunningham, Alice Bruce, Frankie Hacker-Davis, Mairead Power, Frankie Reid, Lauryn Pettifer (making her Sale debut) and Charley Reid contributing to Sale dominance. Sale won the overall league title with Alice Bruce runner-up in the individual championship. In the boy's race, Adam Spilsbury, Jake Spilbury and Saeed Absiyeh won the team race and retained the overall league title. Jake Spilsbury finished 3rd overall in the league Championship with twin brother Adam in 4th place.
In the U15 event, Catherine Podmore finished in the runner-up spot and with Hannah Simeen, Flora Whyte and Rachel Hibbert scored a comfortable team victory on the day and won the overall league championship. Euan Gilchrist won the boy's race by a clear margin with Sam Mayon in 3rd place. Dillon Stanway ensured Sale won the team race on the day and retained the overall team Championship. Sam Mayon became league champion after only six months in the sport.
The U17 men also retained the overall league championship with Kyle Conway and Alex Bradford taking individual silver and bronze respectively. On the day, Kyle, Alex and Kalid Absiyeh finished runners-up to Warrington in the team race. Megan Davies finished runners up in the overall league championship whilst Chloe Yates finished 7th at Clayton Vale. Georgia Plant was due to make her debut for Sale in the U15 race but missed the start and ran as a guest in the U17 race, having a fantastic run to cross the line in 4th place.
Trafford men turned out in strength and clinched their second senior men victory of the winter but Sale had already secured the title from their three second places and the victory at Heaton Park. M40 Ian Weatherall had the run of his life finishing 5th; Mike Kilmartin (13th) had his finest run of the winter; M45 Gary Rowlinson again displayed his fantastic ability to be the 3rd team counter; Peter Crawford returned to the place of his cross-country debut last year with another strong performance and Carl Barber (34th) is increasingly come of age as a superb performer. The 'B' team finished 9th and the 'C' team 18th.
Trafford ladies notched up their third victory with our girls in 2nd position and so consolidated the league title. The contest to win the title probably ended with the team's disappointing seventh place in the last match at Wythenshawe Park. Emily Beedam glided elegantly and effortlessly to gain her best position of the winter in 5th; L40 Jan Nichols (20th) was the backbone of the team this winter with magnificently consistent top performances confirmed by her 3nd place overall in the league's L40 category. Sian Holland (22nd) had a strong run as did Jo Street who improved her finishing position in every match. The 'B' team of Kimberley Wilson (making her debut), Helen Reagan, Belinda Hammond and evergreen Jackie Cordingley finished 9th.
Wilmslow are the dominant force in both the men's veteran categories of the league. They easily retained their sixth consecutive men's title and third in the women's. Our outstanding veteran men through the winter were Gary Rowlinson in the M45 category (6th) and Bill Fox in the M55 category (3rd). Among our women, congratulations to Jackie Cordingley who won the L50 title from third last year and Lynda Rowlinson was this year's L50 3rd. Congratulations also to Jenny Miles who was 2nd in her L60 category in her first full year of cross-country running. Onwards now to the National Cross-Country Final at Parliament Holl Fields on February 25th
(Written by Fechin Mc Cormick & Peter Shaw. Photographs www.hsphotos.co.uk)
Posted 13/02/2012 13:54
COUNTY SCHOOLS RACES
A big weekend of school's cross-country started on Friday at Longford Park with the Gtr.Manchester Catholic Schools Championships. Local School Loreto Grammar, with a dominant girl's team had individual and team victories in each age-group. Beth Barlow won the year 7 girl's race from a trio of Sale Harriers with Claudia Cowan 2nd, Frankie-Hacker-Davis 3rd and Mairead Power 4th. Sale had Ciara Lydon and Nina Rawlings 1st and 2nd in the junior girl's race whilst Caitlin Thomas won the intermediate race by the narrowest of margins. Sale Harriers also had two individual winners with Anthony Bruton (year 7 boys) and Christy O'Brien (Junior Boys).
On Saturday, Longford Park was also the venue for the Gtr. Manchester Schools Championships. Competition was fierce as the first eight in each age-group gained selection to represent the County in the English Schools Championships. Members of Sale Harriers were to the fore in all the age-groups. Olivia Green finished 3rd in the minor girl's race with Francesca Brint 4th and Claudia Cowan 5th. In the boy's race Anthony Bruton was 7th with Harry Brown 16th and Luke Mc Kendry 23rd. Sale showed incredible depth in the junior girl's race with Ciara Lydon 3rd, Catherine Podmore 4th Flora Whyte 7th, Amie Pratt 8th, Hannah Simeen 10th, Georgia Plant 12th and Alice Bruce 16th in a race won by Harriet Knowles-Jones of Loreto Grammar. In the boy's race Ewan Gilchrist had his best ever race to finish 4th In the intermediate girl's race, Megan Davis won her 3rd cross-country title whilst Rachel Hibbert ran a fantastic race to finish 4th with Imani Modahl 10th, Caithlin Thomas 13th and Hannah Christy 17. The Trafford schools team won the entire girl's team titles as had Loreto Grammar on Friday. Alex Burchill finished runner-up in the senior boy's event with Chris Mc Gahan in bronze medal position. In the girl's event Misha Nayak-Oliver made her first county schools team by finishing 8th.
Ryan Moore, on the crest of a wave with recent fantastic race results, added the senior Lancashire Schools title to his treasure trove. In the Derbyshire Schools, Adam Roden finished 4th and would have been among the medallists had he not got stomach cramp with the cold. On this occasion, he beat the lad in the Northern who won it.
Posted 06/02/2012 08:53
Despite overnight snow and early morning fog and ice, Britain's fastest '5' mile race still took place. Despite the traditionally large, top quality field decimated by the conditions, more club members than usual made the trip to Cheshire. Indeed, most of the top ten finishers are coached by our endurance supremo Norman Poole at Wythenshawe and Sportcity.
Anthony Ford (24:54), last year's winner, was forty five seconds down on last year's PB and was narrowly beaten by Luke Cragg (Mansfield). James Bailey (25.07) coped better with the conditions and was only ten seconds short of his 2010 time. Dan Bradford was 38th in 27:26. Sonia Samuels, just returned from her altitude training in Kenya would have found the conditions tough. She was 2nd lady in 27:36. Tim Kennedy moved gradually through the field and was pleased with his 50th place in 28.05 considering the conditions. Sian Holland was a creditable 151st in 33:34 and newcomer Colin Hill finished in 40:04.
Posted 06/02/2012 08:48
Pontefract, one of Britain's most historic market towns in West Yorkshire, hosted the weekend's Northern Cross-Country Championships. An easily accessible venue, a reasonable course and a crisp, sunny day made it a pleasant day of racing - though on this occasion not of the 'horse' variety.
The best individual club performance was undoubtedly from Ryan Moore who was a clear winner of the U17 race. Well done and congratulations to him. It's a long, long time since the club could boast an individual winner of this race. Alex Burchill in 16th place had his best ever run in a major championship. Unfortunately, the section did not complete a team.
In the Junior men's race, Charlie Hulson showed an encouraging return to form by finishing 5th with James Wignall 19th, recording his highest ever finish in the Northerns.
The best team results came from the U13 girls who finished 3rd - the same as in last year's Championships. Those who returned home with proud bronze medals were Ciara Lydon, Olivia Green, Ellie Twite and Claudia Cohen. With three of these girls young enough to compete in the same age-group next year, we will expect to challenge for first place.
The U15 girls finished 5th in their team race with Catherine Podmore, Hannah Simeen, Rachel Hibberd and Flora Whyte producing the best U15 team result for many years. This is the quartet of girls who finished in bronze medal position last year in the younger U13 age-group. We also finished in 5th place in the boy's event with Adam Roden 23rd and the team completed by Euan Gilchrist, Christy O'Brien and Sam Mayon.
The U13 boy's team placed 8th with Jake and Adam Spilsbury, Dillon Burchill and Adam Kinghorn.
The highest finishing position from a female athlete was Megan Davis who finished 17th in the U17 lady's race. Megan led the team to ninth place with Imani Modahl, Misha Nayak-Oliver and Chloe Yates.
The senior men finished 8th, a top ten position consistent with recent years. Despite being waylaid by injury for several months Gaz Raven ran his twelfth consecutive Northern and did well to finish tenth. This was James Bailey's 9th consecutive Northern and he's retained admirable consistency through the years with this year's 43rd place one of his best. Niall Brooks who finished fourth as a junior last year, was 76th and will soon be among the top ten..It was a fantastic run for M40 Ian Weatherall who finished 114th from nearly 700 finishers. Mike Kilmartin, recently recovered from surgery and Peter Crawford, competing in his inaugural 'Northern, did well to be among the club's top six finishers. Chris Donnelly (218th), Oliver Gaillemin (237th) and Paul Rowley (248th) were also having their first taste of a 'Northern' and discovered how unique and tough this championship is. Mike Ashby (253rd ), and Paul Barrett (323rd) with finishing positions similar to last year, had to rush home to prepare for the club's Winter Ball!!!!
The senior women were without most of their 'big guns' and, in the circumstances, did well. Emily Beedham (43rd) was way out in front; Hayley Cavill (63rd ) and Jan Nicholls (79th) vastly improved their positions on previous years; Alison Pye (122nd) and Jo Street also produced one of their best ever finishing positions. The National XC championships are at parliament Fields, London on February 25th
(Compiled by Fechin Mc Cormick & Peter Shaw). Photos www.hsphotos.co.uk
Posted 29/01/2012 22:58
The 4 Villages is a very popular half marathon which quickly reached its entry limit with 1621 finishers. The start was quite congested but on a windy day that was a good thing providing plenty of moving wind breaks to follow and there were some impressive results despite the adverse conditions.
First back for Sale Harriers was Pete Crawford in 1:17:32 and 22nd overall. Followed by John Mosley (1:19:13) and Chris Heyes (1:27:59), very pleased with his time after so long out injured. Timothy Rainey in 1:35:57, (almost exactly 10 minutes slower than pb). First lady back for Sale was Louise Robbins with a fantastic PB of 1:37:06. Mike Wharton did 1:38:08 followed by Jerry Smith, 1:39:41 who'd paced Zoe Gmerek round to 1:39:53 in her first half marathon. Carla Ousey improved ran 1:42:33 her 2nd best time ever. John Battersby struggled in the later stages after being injured a few weeks ago, running 1:43:42. Newcomer Kimberley Wilson entered under her old club Liverpool RC, she did 1'44'46. Miran Aprahamian did 1:52:28; Diane Hennigan enjoyed her 2:05:42 and Jenny Miles PB'd by 7 minutes in 2:05:47.
Posted 25/01/2012 21:47
Sale had another successful day in the fourth match of the MACCL league at Woodbank Park. In the U11 age-group Tia Blissett had a great run and finished 3rd and with Lizzie Twite 4th and Beth Thornton 10th, the team finished 2nd to Manchester Harriers. In 3rd team place were the Sale 'B' team of Fay Malloy, Jemma Vickers, and Verity Garnes. The boy's team of James Malloy 8th, Luke Chesters 12th and Harry Boyd 17th finished in 3rd place.
In the U13 races, Sale won the girl's and boy's team races but the girls had five of the first six finishers with Ciara Lydon 2nd, Olivia Green 3rd, and Claudia Cowan 4th. Sale now need to win the last match at Clayton Vale to draw level on points with League leaders Stockport AC. The Sale 'B' team of Francesca Brint, Alice Bruce and Franki Reid finished 3rd for the team. What is even more remarkable is that the team were without Ellie Twite who is resting from her exertions the day before when she won the Cheshire Schools title with fellow Sale Harrier Aine Cunningham in 2nd place, both girls gaining Cheshire selection. Team wise, the boys went one better than the girls with the club gaining the first two team slots with Jake Spilsbury, Adam Spilsbury, Michael Quinn, Saeed Absiyeh, Joe Hammond and Dillon Burchill. Having won every match Sale are already the U15 boy's champions.
Sale had further team victories in both the girl's and boy's team events. Catherine Podmore led the girl's team home in 5th place followed by Hannah Simeen 6th and Flora Whyte 8th. At present, they lie 2nd overall to Stockport and need to win the last match to pull level. The boys that won every match so far and have already won the league. The winning team this time was Euan Gilchrist 3rd, Sam Mayon 5th and Dillon Stanway 8th.
The U17 men's team are another team who have already done enough to win the league but on this occasion had to be content with runner's-up spot with Kyle Conway 5th, Alex Bradford 8th and Khalid Absiyeh 11th. County Champion Megan Davis won the U17 women's race with Chloe Yates 8th. Provided they finish a team in the last match Sale will finish a team overall.
With just over one hundred starters, it was the smallest senior women's field of the winter and with most of our leaders who'd put the club into contention to win the title absent, they slipped to seventh. On this occasion, Hayley Cavill was the first counter in 18th place; Jan Nicholls was 4th in the L40 category, and produced her best position so far; Alison Pye, Helen Reagan, Zoe Gmerek and Belinda Hammond retained admirable consistency in tough conditions and congratulations to Jackie Cordingly 2nd L50 and Jenny Miles 3rd in L60 category. Both are in contention to win their age-groups categories. With four of the five matches to count, they can still pull it back in the final match. The 'B' team finished a much improved 12th
The senior men consolidated their position on top of the league with 3rd place and are likely to take the title. It's been great to have Gaz Raven return from injury and improve from 35th in the first match to 2nd place. The other significant thing of this match was that our first ten finishers - Gaz, Pete Crawford, Phil Scowcroft, Gary Rowlinson, Mike Kilmartin, Elton Davies, Paul Barrett, Andy Mooney, Steve Gavin and Bill Fox all substantially improved their finishing position and this bodes well for the Northern Cross country championships in Pontefract next week end. (Fechin Mc Cormick & Peter Shaw)
Posted 18/01/2012 07:57
The Trafford 10k is the North's highly reputable Spring10k and the traditional door to summer road races following the winter cross-country. It always attracts elite sub-30 minute runners and this year was no exception with three led home by Edwin Kipkorin (Birchfield AC) in the second fastest ever time of 29.12.
The club had a larger number than normal among the 623 finishers on a weekend when another fifty were in the Lakes on the annual Lakes Training weekend. It was a day of PB's and debut's.
Niall Brooks, Britain's No.1 junior 1500m star, made his 10k debut & finished 2nd junior in 32.06. Daniel Bradford, attending Manchester University from Shettleton Harriers, was running his fifth 10k and missed out on a PB by a few seconds to finish in 32.39 Amy Whitehead won the senior Northern XC Championships in 2001 & was a key member of the club's most successful years. Currently training for a sub 2:40 marathon in London, she's right on target with a PB of 34:24 that was almost a minute faster than previously.
Rose Blackburn was making her 10k debut and clocked 40:43. For the moment, she's still just ahead of big sister who's been getting used to being a mum.
Lora Blann, also making her Trafford 10k debut, though just despite being pipped to the post by her little sister, will be encouraged by her 40:29 clocking. Chris Cook, just two weeks after improving his half marathon by three minutes in the Gt.NW Half Marathon to record 1:32.36, massively improved his 10k by seven minutes to record 40:46. Cara Kavanagh will be the healthiest (as well as the most glamorous) bride when she marries in May. In her second ever 10k, she improved on last year's Trafford 10k by forty-five seconds to clock 41:09. Steve Gavin (O/40) also improved on last year's Trafford 10k by a massive two minutes -great! Sian Holland is having the time of her life so no wonder her inaugural Trafford 10k was an impressive 41:26. Geoff Beattie O/55 hasn't eased his prolific racing whilst churning out his research works and recently was the official Comic relief psychologist! Though 1st O/55 with a reasonable 44.40, he'd better watch his back! His wife Carol was only a few seconds behind him. Go! Get him, Carol. Brian Bradshaw (O/50) is fast improving and his 47.28 was four minutes faster than last time. Dawn Holding (L45) is sharpening up for the London marathon and will be encouraged with a PB of 49:48. Kazia Czaplinska is new to running and set down a good benchmark for the future with 51:28. Audrey Gresty, also preparing for the London Marathon, will also be reassured to be three minutes faster that in 2006. (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 15/01/2012 21:58
The Sale Harriers Summer Handicap was a resounding success with over 50 entries running on a breezy but fine summer evening.
Thanks for the work put in from Paul Barrett, Bruce Green, Mike Wharton, Tony Lythe & Mo Jefferson in the set up and recording.
It went well and there were some good performances with the bulk of people coming in within seconds of each other.
First across the line, Colin Hill, was embarrassed to have a big lead and so much off his handicap time, so he eased back before the end.
Fastest overall Mike Kilmartin went out hard in the first mile just out side 5m/ml pace and settled into 5.15m/ml,but obviously the styals, gates and bridges slowed the overall pace / time.
Jess Riley was fastest Lady, and was comfortably inside 7m/ml pace, but is only just starting to train consistently again,so not fit at the moment, but should be top 6 in the Manchester XC league races and I believe pushing towards 37mins 10K by spring 2012.
Gary Rowlinson and Louise Robbins were fastest vets, with Callum Rowlinson fastest of the Juniors.
Terry Lonergan supplied the majority of prizes, I added some more and Steffan North also donated some.We should have in December a winter handicap, either midweek on road or weekend on hill trail.
Report by Dave Rogers
Posted 15/01/2012 21:20
Congratulations to FRANCIS SWEENEY who recently completed the New York Marathon. His goal was to improve his PB of 3.36hrs and enjoy the whole occasion. Despite the long inclines over major bridges, he maintained a steady pace and achieved his target of 3:25.7. Congratulations and well done! He also bumped into Paula Radcliffe....see the photo below.
Tim Rainey recently ran his tenth Snowdonia Marathon and was happy to just "enjoy" himself and completed the course in 3:57.27. Last year's time was 3:33.50. Andy Walling also returned for a second attempt and improved on last year's time despite wet and windy conditions in 2:59.33 for 22nd place.
Finally, last weekend three club members resisted the lure of the Sherdley Park cross country and joined over 400 others to tackle the flat but blustery WINDMILL 10K on the Fylde coast at Lytham St. Annes. GARY WILCOCK was first home in 19th place running 39.20 followed by TERRY LONERGAN (2ND M60) in 43.08 for 50th place. Geoff Beattie completed the trio in 87th place with 45.42
Fechin Mc Cormick
Posted 15/01/2012 20:16
The final of the five matches in the Manchester Area Cross-Country League took place at Clayton Vale last weekend. Most elder statesmen and women of the running confraternity had to scratch their heads to recall the last time a Manchester League match was hosted on this course and most agreed that, despite an undulating course with some eye-watering descents, it was a great course and one worth repeating.
A full review of the season and this league will appear in the March/April Harrier magazine. Meanwhile, content yourselves with the following pieces of good news - mere appetisers to the fuller reports later.
In the younger age-groups, Sale were probably the most successful club in the league in consistently turning out teams in all eight age-groups and at Woodbank Park were so dominant, our U/13 boys teams finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd and won all five matches. Our younger teams recorded victories in the U/11 girls and U/13 and U/17 boys; runners-up in the U/15 & U/17 girls and 3rd in the U/13 girls. Congratulations to all the boys and girls involved.
Among the senior ranks, the senior men finished runners up to Trafford AC and our women were a very solid 3rd overall. Other results areas yet unofficial so fingers crossed especially that the women's 'B' team achieved their season's objective of promotion to Division 1. Official Veteran team results are still unknown!
Posted 15/01/2012 20:05