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.
Whilst most members are focused on T & F Leagues and Championships the club's endurance section of senior and veteran runners are 'strutting their stuff' on the region's road, trail and fell. This report does not include the Saturday Parkruns, the Manchester Parks Grand Prix or the Sizzler results that'll be special reports later.
Dean Hardman, the Club's British Athletic League (Premier division) manager and a retired sprinter, continues to impress over 5k. He's recently improved his PB by 34 seconds to record a new 18.23. He'll soon be dipping under eighteen minutes.
Jim Lambe made his annual trip to Liverpool for the Penny Lane Striders 10k. It started on Otterspool Promenade with Birkenhead across the Mersey. On a warm day, he battled hard with a group to finish in 'a pleasing' 44:39.
The City of Manchester 10k attracted over one thousand finishers. Among them, Nicholas Whittle & Carl Barber crossed the line together in 37.25 in 34th place. Dillon Bezzina made his debut 10k in 38.13 with Paul Capey next in 40.10.Well done also to Sarah Waldron (49: 59) for dipping under fifty minutes for the first time and to Eric & Carol Ntanda-Bwanka also making their 10k debut.
A group of Harriers had a very successful evening at the Millbrook Monster Challenge Trail 10k on 27th July. The race was over a tough course which climbed 850 feet in the first 2.8 miles and then was mostly downhill. A former Northern cross-country medallist Paul Green won it in 37:59 with Mike Hatch 2nd in 40:00 followed by Phil Scowcroft in 6th (41'34). This trio also won the men's team prize. Jerry Smith was first O/55 (50:14) and Helen Reagan first L40 in 52:24. The toughness of this race was demonstrated a week later when Helen clocked ten minute faster (42.59) running her third Jane Tomlinson 10k in Leeds. Tim Rainey (47:55) Lauren Davies, 78th of the 117 finishers (56:38) will also vouch for a very tough race.
Newcomer Zoe Gmerek is doing great! Apart from being a regular participant in the Platt Fields Parkruns, she was fifth female in the St Ann's 5k in 21.51. Shortly afterwards, she returned up the M6 for the Blackpool 10K, run on sand, and recorded 46.19.
Another newcomer Sarah Waldron recently finished 8th (26.47) in the Gin Pit 5k and a few weeks later Tim Rainey escorted her across the line in the Cliviger '6' in 54.46.
The Cordingley girls again made their presence felt in the Winston Runners Ladies 5k. Three turned out and finished among the first fifteen with Mum (Jackie) in 4th place streets ahead of her L50 category rivals. Jenny was 10th (23:58) and Vicky 15th (25:32). Lynda Rowlinson was also there and finished 7th, also showing great ability by being over three minutes ahead in of her nearest L45 rivals. Husband/dad Frank Cordingley had his turn in the Leigh Sports Village 10k where he finished 16th in 40.31.
The Beattie Family is another of the club's running families though Geoff's the only Sale Harrier (yet!). M55 Geoff was his usual impressive self with 45.52 on a tough hilly Moonraker 10k; his son Ben was a classy up-front runner in 3rd behind Tarus Elly (Salford AC) and Damian Nicholls (Wilmslow AC) and his wife Carol won her L50 category. Geoff's also retained his record of having run every Gravy '6' since its launch several years ago.
Finally, (and not for the faint-hearted!) heartiest congratulations to Carl Cleghorn and Katie Reece who've just completed the nightmare tough Lakeland 100 and 50 mile race respectively. With 23,000 feet of ascent and decent over Lake District hills and dales they both have the awe and admiration of all. Unfortunately, Carl was forced to withdraw at seventy miles but Katie battled on to finish in even better shape than she expected.
Posted 15/01/2012 19:58
Over the past fifteen years of the Sale '10', this annual club promotion has attracted the country's best sub-50 minute elite and this year was no exception. It was David Webb (Leeds City AC) who was added to the Roll of Honour with a scintillating 48.59 finish. Ben Fish (Blackburn AC), returned to Wythenshawe with two recent third placing in the Sizzler 5k's under his belt, also clocked a classy 49.04 for runner-up. Salford's Andi Jones was third in 50.03 off the back of heavy training in anticipation of September's Berlin Marathon. His time was twenty seconds faster that when he last ran in 2002. There were also impressive times in the age-categories reinforcing this race as possibly the best in Britain.
Many of the club's endurance section were brilliant as marshals and cheer leaders but some did prefer to run. First home from the two hundred finishers was M50 Frank Cordingley in 1:04.22 enough for third in his M50 category. Frank last ran this race as a more youthful M45 in 2007 when he recorded 1:00.15. Newcomer M40 Chris Cook, displaying impressive prowess over 5k's this summer, made his debut '10' recording 1:08.56. M55 Jerry Smith, with a PB of 1:07.17 from the Gt.Watford '10' in 2009, was happy to record 1:12.48 considering 'where he is at the moment'. Despite being a little off his PB of 1:06.41 set in last year's Sale '10', Jim Lambe was also 'quite pleased' (1:13.49) considering he'd not run since July's Penny Lane 10k because of a severe allergy infection. It's set him up nicely for a return visit to the Isle of Man half-Marathon next weekend. M55 Miran Aprahamien was also 'pleased' (1:16.54). He's in training for November's Chester Marathon and this race was part of a sixteen mile training session run at his anticipated marathon pace of eight minute mileing. He aims to break his 10-mile PB (1:13.21) set in the Sale '10' of 2004, at the Preston '10' in November. Jonathan Hardman is also preparing for the Chester marathon (his debut marathon) and, though he recorded a PB of 1:20.09, he 'felt a little sluggish'. Sarah Waldron, another newcomer, has been packing in a few races. She also made her '10' debut and would have been even faster (1:28.12) had she not taken a wrong turn. She's now tempted to try 'Race the Train' in a few weeks. (Compiled by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 15/01/2012 19:58
On Sunday 14th August seven harriers lined up for probably the most scenic 10 miler you will find in the North West, a small two mile loop followed by two four mile undulating laps, Mike Hatch led the way as per normal these days taking out the field with a fast first lap, then remembering that this was a training run as per instruction from 'she who must be obeyed' and promptly settled back in eleventh making it look like he was training with the rest of us !!!…..
Steven Townley, Simon Jackson and John Battersby V50 following behind in a good pace, leaving Lauren to pull along Brian and Katie and this is how the positions finished throughout the race…. Mike first home for the Harriers in a brilliant 59.47 minutes followed by Steve in 63:16 minutes next closely behind was Simon in 65:12 minutes…. John was next home in 72:21 minutes, Lauren Davies was next home in 81:41 minutes.. followed by Brian Bradshaw V50 in 82:55 minutes just in front of Katie Reece in 84:55 minutes…..
Posted 15/01/2012 19:57
THE SIZZLERS: The 'Sizzlers' were, of course, the club's main summer event. Whilst we await results (thanks Brian Bradshaw who volunteered), the following is my assessment as Race Director.
Without a shadow of doubt, the series was again immensely successful! How could it not be with 300-400 participants in each run, retaining its reputation as the largest of its type in Northern England? It brilliantly achieved its dual objectives. With clubman Stuart Stokes almost breaking the course record; several men dipping under 15 minutes; two new course records; superb senior women times, several fantastic age-groups times and countless PB's, it certainly delivered it's objective to promote athletic excellence. For its e second objective, one only had to watch the large numbers wind their way around the athletic track at Wythenshawe to know the second objective 'to encourage community fitness' was also brilliantly achieved. The complimentary emails; letters and large number of personal comments also confirm its renowned organisation and atmosphere. I start work every January on the Sizzlers and its ultimate success preoccupies me until August. However, I most attribute its success to the marshals, officials, the entries team, George Tivvy (on the public address), those who helped promote it and, of course, our all important sponsors. This year will be further remembered for the generosity of participants who raised over £1000 for St.Ann's Hospice.
How can we improve? Next year, it would be great if more helped with the promotion. We knew we had to maximize every opportunity this year to maximize club coffers in financially difficult times and we knew of the threat from the Saturday 'Parkrun 5k's' However, apart from the few, this did not materialize. No-one responded to the appeal to help promote at the local Race For Life events (prime targets!); very few responded to the appeals to help with the local Parkruns (missed opportunities) and I was all too often disappointed to discover no promotion at several races that members had run in.
The one objective not realized this year was to get closer to a target of 500 participants. It ensued total numbers this year was lower than in most previous years. Let's hope that for next year's 10th anniversary, with the assurance of Ronhill sponsorship and everybody 'on board', we'll finally achieve that elusive target. Thanks again, everybody! (Compiled by Fechin Mc Cormick)
BIRCHWOOD 10k: Though the Birchwood 10k is Spectrum Striders longest established road event that's been ranked in the top 100 UK road races, only once in the past decade has it produced a sub 30 minute time. This year's 28th the event was no exception and, though apparently not a fast course, still annually attracts 800 starters. This year saw the club's smallest ever turn-out with just five receiving the finisher's luxury towels.
It's been an annual event for Lee Woods (37.42) since 2007. But what been happening Lee? You've gone backwards since those halcyon days of being so close to sub 36 minutes. It's also an annual outing for Geoff Beattie (45.22) since he ran for some unknown club named Esporta in 2006! How does our psychology prof and prolific racer psyche himself into enviable consistency? Over the years, there's less than ten seconds variation in his times. He just needs to watch his wife Carol who's now narrowed the gap between them from almost three to less than a minute. Who's to launch the tote as to when she'll pass him! Graham Padgett (55:17) is another 'Mr Consistency'. This is also Graham's annual event and there's not much more than a minute's variation in his times for a decade. Caroline Kinghorn (54:03) and Diane Henighan (55.04) made their Birchwood debut. (Compiled by Fechin Mc Cormick)
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LANCASTER 10k Simon Newcomer Simon Jackson July 21 was the club's sole runner among the 270 entered, and recorded a fantastic PB of 38:04 for 15th place. His previous best was 38.20in the Bolton 10k last April. Onwards & upwards.
ISLE OF MAN HALF MARATHON Sale Harriers were represented by four members at this year's race. Jim Lambe reports that "conditions were perfect although the increasingly strong sun made it a challenge in the last few miles and 291 finished the challenging but wonderfully scenic course" Congratulations to Tim Kennedy who had a tremendous run to finish in 3rd place in 1:16:53. It was also a PB for him for the distance. Next to finish was Mike Ashby in 8th place in 1:24:21. A regular at the event, Mike sets himself high standards and, although a little disappointed, he regularly finishes in the top 10 (or should I say the top 8) at this event. Next to finish was Hayley Cavill who had a fabulous run to finish in 1:29:33 and to finish in 20th position. She was actually 2nd Lady according to the official results despite being awarded the 3rd lady prize shortly after the finish. Next to finish was another regular at the event, James Lambe. Although he lost a month of training throughout July, he still managed a decent time of 1:47:20 to finish in 84th position of the field of 291. James got off to a strong start and actually got into the top 20 around the first mile but could not sustain the pace. He said, "A bad spell around nine miles due to the strong sun and a soul destroying stretch of undulating country lanes left me nearly in tears "Paula Radcliffe" style". (Compiled by Jim Lambe)
Posted 15/01/2012 19:56
Whilst the World T & F Championships was grabbing the attention, a number of the club's endurance runners unobtrusively strutted their 'stuff' on the regions roads….. at home and abroad.
Dean Hardman, recovered from his Achilles injury and the celebrations from leading the men's team to their third ever Premiership title, surprised even himself with a PB of 17.31 in the Braunstone Saturday Parkrun. His next target is 16:45 to make the national rankings and 'to be ready for the 12-stage Road relays next Spring'.
Ultra maestros Colin Gell and Tim Rainey also surprised themselves with their recent runs in the Wolverhampton marathon. Both are regular participants. Colin won it in 2008 (2:40.01), then finished third in 2009 and was sixth last year. He again crossed the line in 3rd in a credible time of 2:52.48, Tim, completing his amazing 120th marathon, recorded his sixth fastest ever with 3:13.11 and was only ten minutes short of his PB. "I felt brilliant all the way round and had plenty left for a good push over the final 10k when the hills were the toughest" he said. It was ideally placed for him five weeks before the Chester Marathon.
Also preparing for October's Chester Marathon was Simon Jackson who couldn't resist the lure of his hometown course and did the Hilton Blackpool Half Marathon. He knocked two minutes off his PB to record 1:25.04 and finish 17th from the 550 finishers.
Indomitable Terry Lonergan ran the Elswick Express 10 mile and typically picked up the M60 prize in 71:34. A few weeks later, nuclear charged in the 'undulating' Chernobyl 10k, he recorded 44.03 with another M60 first prize and made it a trio of age-group victories on September 4th in the low-key' small and friendly' Great Eccleston '4' on the Fylde coast where he clocked 28.07 for 22nd place from 55 places.
Lee Woods ran the Fleetwood Half Marathon in pretty awful weather conditions. The driving head winds and rain made it really tough, especially running on the promenade. He was, therefore, 'very happy' to post a time of 1:22:55 and finish 18th overall.
Carla Ousey, holidaying in Sydney, flew the famous hooped colours among the 85,000 runners in the 14kms City2surf race from Sydney to Bondi beach.
"As a race, it was quite an event and Sydney is not lacking in hills" she said. "I thought I'd wear my SHM vest to test its international standing and it had two people shout out".
In Bucharest, Stefan Schumacher and his son Lucas were among the 7000 line-up for the city's half-marathon. In 30 degrees and no shade for 16kms along the Danube, he ran cautiously and kept the best efforts for last kms. to finish in 1:48. He said," The time was rubbish but I'm very happy in the very hot conditions"
Though no report was presented on the Salford 10k we know Zoe Gmerek (44.44), Andy Mooney (36.29) and Lauren Davies (46.54) all recorded massive PB's. Zoe was also awarded the third lady prize. Newcomer, Zoe's previous bests were at the Blackpool 10k on sand (46.19) in July and at the Woodbank 10k Legacy event in August (47.43) so congratulations to them.
(Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 15/01/2012 19:56
Whilst 54,000 runners were braving the elements in Newcastle for the Great North Run a group of Sale Harriers competed in the last of the series of Manchester Parks Races at Boggart Hole Clough in North Manchester. Previous races in the series included The Salford 5k in May, The Sale 5 mile a week later, The Platt Fields 10k in June and The Debdale 7k in July.
For many years Sale Harriers have supported these events with some excellent performances in all categories. Sundays' race at Boggart Hole Clough was a tough challenge with numerous climbs all within the municipal park. The 10k times were all a bit down on the norm due to the hills. The race was won by Rob Tuddenham in 35:41. Of our Sale athletes first home was Frank Cordingley 1st V50 41:38, next came Jerry Smith V55 who had run the Lantern Pike Fell Race the previous day and still managed a very creditable 44:31 for a seasons best. John Battersby V50 battled with Terry Lonnegan V60, with John narrowly beating Terry (John 4th Vet 50 45:27) (Terry 2nd V60 45:52). Jan Nichols was 1st V40 with 46:51 followed by Jackie Cordingley 1st V50 48:08. Bea Cordingley who is just about to head off to Loughborough University was 1st U20 with a time of 49:41 followed by her older sister Jenny with a time of 54:40. Jenny Miles was 2nd V60 with a time of 60:25 and she and Jan had also done the gruelling fell race the day before. (and Jenny did not get lost in Boggart Hole Clough!).
In the Grand Prix event, series winners included Frank Cordingley 1st Vet 50 and Jackie Cordingley 1st Vet 50.
Posted 15/01/2012 19:55
This year's autumn Northern Road Relays returned to Birchwood for the 2nd time in five years and the flat, largely traffic free course with good spectator viewing around the lake and set in a quiet industrial estate just off the M62, made for a very successful championship.
In the women's four-stage event, Donna Jones toed the line first for the 'A' team. Feeling slightly under the weather, she ran strongly to bring the team home in an excellent 3rd position, recording the 5th fastest time of the day and making an excellent start to the autumn season. Hannah Griffiths took over from Donna, again having a strong run to bring the team across the line in 6th position at the half way point. On third leg, Cara O'Brien made her return to team competitions, after missing most of the track season due to injury. It was a very successful return with Cara maintaining 6th position. Team manager Alison Pye, then ran the final leg for the A Team. She finished in 10th position, running over a minute quicker than she expected, again after time out due to injury. 10th place was an excellent result for the team, building on the 11th position recorded last autumn at Wythenshawe Park. This demonstrates the strength in depth of the current middle distance squad, and the potential for success this winter if we were able to field a full strength team.
The B team also had a successful afternoon, finishing in 36th position, consistent with the 31st place finish from last autumn's relays. Lynda Rawlinson demonstrated her reliability in these team events to finish in 53rd; Jan Nicholls recorded the quickest time on the B team, moving the team up a massive 14 places to come home in 39th positions; club newcomer Zoe Gmerek made an excellent relay debut to bring the team into 35th position. Having only been training with the club over the past few months, she's made massive improvements and will be an asset to the team over the winter. On fourth leg it was great to see Cat Jones back in relay action, wearing her race face and finishing in 36th position.
The men weren't quite so successful in their 6-stage relays. The 'A' team of James Bailey, Niall Brooks, Mike Kilmartin, Charlie Hulson, Phil Scowcroft and Simon Mills, though all gave their the best were no match for most Northern teams and finished an uncharacteristic seventeenth. James ran the team's fastest leg and it was great to have Simon Mills back into the ranks. However, they succeeded in being inside the top twenty-five teams who will be invited to the National 6-stage relays in Birmingham on October 15th.
The 'B' team of Tim Kennedy, George Kirk, Gary Rowlinson, Alan Pitman, Dean Hardman and Colin Gell also finished a lowly 54th. Of note is that M45 Gary Rowlinson recorded the fastest time of anyone in the 'B' and 'C' teams showing relative 'youngsters' how it's done.
The highlight of the 'C' team, comprised of Carl Barber, Paul Barrett, Elton Davies, Chris Heys, Steve Gavin was possibly team manager Dave Rodgers, making his racing debut after about fifteen years having contributed to the club's success in his younger days. The team finished eighty-third from the ninety-three completed teams. We mustn't forget M55 Jerry Smith, M60 Terry Lonergan, who'll remember finer days for the club and M50 Brian Bradshaw, making his relay debut, who finished an incomplete team.
At the front end, the battle was between Leeds City AC who succeeded in their aim to regain the title from Derby AC who broke their treble championship sequence last year. Derby AC were runners up and Morpeth AC, returning to National prominence having been either Champions or runners-up in the early part of the Millennium and 12-stage winners last Spring taking the third spot.
(Written by Alison Pye and Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 15/01/2012 19:55
I put out the same team in the same order as at the previous weeks road relay, and they were totally dominant once again, despite the sweltering and humid heat. The course was bone dry but very undulating, and it was very tiring in the heat.
Ryan Moore had a to and from battle on the first stage with Tom Bains of Hallamshire and he was just beaten to the finish, where as on the longer flatter road course last week, it was Ryan who came out on top. Dillon Bezzina brought the B Team home in 13th Place.
On the second Stage Alex Burchill took a three second deficit into five second lead, whilst Khaled Absiyeh moved the B team up to 11th. The final stage saw Chris McGahan, the English Schools 800m winner of two years ago, Look comfortable in increasing the winning lead to 20 seconds, behind him Kyle Conway. Moved the B team up to 9th place. Before the presentation the team went off to do a short grass session on a shaded hill,
of 5 X 45 seconds uphill, in preparation for the National Road Relay in two weeks.
The Senior Men used this race essentially as a training session as well also as getting used to short relay racing before the more important National finals of road and cross country. James Bailey came in 4th on the first stage and remained 4th fastest of the day, and Charlie Hulson ran steadily for the B Team a little further back. Niall Brooks pulled the leaders back to take the lead, but was cautious with his size 13's on the wooded and rooty sections and came in just three seconds down in second. Elton Davies having been stuck in traffic for ages, couldn't warm up, but still ran a solid leg for the B team.
Dean Hardman had also been in traffic for two and a half hours, but a competitive run from him shows progress for his new found endurance running, he still shows his sprint ability when needed and his 7th place showed a good solid run. James Bailey had his second run of the day on this third stage, to move the B team up, And the differential in times was good.
Charlie Hulson had his second run of the day, slightly faster than his first run to keep us in 7th place, Niall Brooks on his second run moved the B team through the field, and his time differential showed great promise for this early stage in his winter training, and with an eye on the 2012 Olympics the bigger picture.
I had pre-arranged with the race referee to have the lads run twice as long as the B team was a non-counter. http://www.noeaa-athletics.org.uk/FileUploads/Under_17_Men_2011.PDF
(Written by Dave Rodgers)
Posted 15/01/2012 19:54
The first Boys race was the under 13's, in which they were just a few seconds outside the medals, and might have brought them home but for a confusing mix up at one of the change overs. Mike Quinn was our fastest and brought the A Team home in 11th on the quality first stage, whilst Dillon Burchill came in 17th for the B Team. A mix up on the change over lost the A team vital seconds, but even so Saeed Absiyeh moved up to 8th place, with Adam Spilsbury making up ground chasing to the line in 8th. The last stage saw Adam Kinghorn go off hard to bring us into a top three place, but couldn't quite hold it all the way to the finish, bringing the A team home in 5th place. Jake Spilsbury on the last stage for the B Team ran our 2nd fastest time to give them a very credible 8th place showing the depth of the squad, as a number of boys were also missing.
The Under 15 Team had a number of absences with football games and trials plus illness and growing pain injury problems, but still the lads in their first year in the age group, brought the Team of Euan Gilchrist, Dylan Stanway and Jordan Bezzina home in a solid 25th position.
Our Under 17 Men were a class above the other teams, taking the lead from the beginning with Ryan Moore also winning gold for being the fastest runner of the day, whilst Alex Bradford and Ben Fox had solid runs for the B and C teams. On stage two Alex Burchill came home in joint first with Khaled Asiyeh and Kyle Conway moving up places for both the B and C teams. Chris McGahan loves running the glory leg and showed all of his track speed and elegance to smoothly and comprehensively bring Sale home with team gold. Whilst Dillon Bezzina progressed the B team even more, we couldn't complete a C team after losing a runner. (Written by Team manager Dave Rodgers)
Posted 15/01/2012 19:54
Five brave harriers recently took to the tough trails around Rivington, Yarrow and Anglezark reservoirs up to White Coppice for the Rivington Pike half marathon. Despite the hot day, all enjoyed the well organised event.
Club newcomer, Louise Robbins was the first home in 1.52.53. Showing promising prowess since she joined in June, she's notched up several PB's - 10k in 43:20 (City of Manchester), 5k in 21:04 (Sale Sizzler (3), HM 1:39.17 (Wilmslow) and marathon 3:48.18 (Berlin). Seasoned campaigner Miran Aprahamian recorded 2.07.17 (chip); Lynda Rowlinson, new to the L50 category, recorded 2.08.58 (chip) and was 'pleased' considering the heat and hills. Katie Reece, establishing a reputation as a long distance trail runner, crossed the line 2.14.08 (chip)
Posted 15/01/2012 19:53