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.
On Saturday 17th Sept Sale Harriers; Mike Ashby, Hayley Cavill, Carl Cleghorn & Katie Recce with Sally Howarth from Trafford Athletics, all lined up in the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton to start the 25th running of this fabulous race. Although the Forecast was for intermittent heavy and light rain all day, the running Gods must have been looking down on us as the sun came out and made it a very pleasant day for a 41 mile run around the Peak District.
Mike and Hayley did exceptionally well, considering
this was Hayley's first Ultra and with only one other marathon in
her legs, slogged round the course with Mike in a brilliant 7hr
39mins both finishing joint 39th and Hayley ranked 5th women
overall and 3rd in her class. This was also the furthest Mike has
ever run before, and got to experience the real highs and lows of
long distance running. "You learn that you really have to get
nutrition right with these things, but fortunately I picked up
again after some food and getting warmer". Both are looking forward
to competing in another Ultra distance race next year,
possibly the Lakeland 50 next year...
Carl Cleghorn was running this race for the 2nd time after completing it last year, and took a different tactic to normal. "I decided to start out hard, and see how far I could get before blowing up!" Having kept pace with the top 6 runners for the first few miles and easing off the gas a little, it was a comfortable run at a fast pace for the first 20 or so miles but then everything decided to hurt big time, and it was not until a few Ibuprofen offered by our support 'team' (Rosie) sorted everything out, and stormed the last few miles to finish in 7hrs 55mins.
Sale Harriers continues to show its colours at the more extreme and beautiful end of running, and certainly gets recognised! Although the team prizes were only available to same sex teams of 3; Mike, Hayley and Carl's combined time would have them in 3rd place, and Hayley's Ultra debut, getting 3rd in her class means Sale Harriers Manchester is gaining recognition in much wider circles in the big wide world of Running!
Sally Howarth from Trafford Athletics' had a brilliant run too, claiming 1st Vet Lady in a time of 7:49:19 a Brilliant run in her first attempt at this popular race which saw just under 200 finishers this year.
Posted 15/01/2012 19:52
A RELAY GOOD DAY
Donna Jones, Emily Beedham and Hannah Griffiths, who'd showed such promising pre- winter form at the Manchester University relays a week earlier, were joined by team manager Alison Pye to form the quartet that produced the senior women's best result for five years at this year's National 4 x 4 stage road relays, held at the Mecca of Relays, Sutton Park, Birmingham.. Finishing twenty-sixth among the nation's best teams, they rose to the occasion with all four running their fastest times in recent years. Unfortunately, the 'B' team did not manage to complete a full team. Nevertheless, it was great to have Ruth Watson back competing and, had she been in the 'A' team, her time would have improved their finishing position several places. Jo Street also ran faster than she's ever done in this Championship and Jessica Riley, finding consistent training hard with extensive work-related travel, made her club debut in these championships before jetting off to Kansas City where she reported tumbleweed to be the 'only moving objects'
Unfortunately, there was no senior men's team this year for the first time in eleven years. Charlie Hulson was the club's sole representative who's consolation was to run ten seconds faster than last year.
Among the club's young athletes, the most successful were again the U17 trio of Ryan Moore, Alex Burchill and Chris Mc Gahan who finished an impressive 5th and produced the club's best U17 result for fifteen years. This is the same trio, running the same stages, who'd already clinched the Northern Road Relay and Northern Cross-Country titles this autumn. Well done, lads!
Not far behind in the day's success were the U13 girls who finished 9th from fifty teams nationally and again produced the club best age-group performance since 1998. Well done to Eleanor Twite, Alice Bruce and Francesca Brint. The U15 girls also should give themselves a clap on the back! Flora Whyte, Rachel Hibbert and Hannah Simeen finished 24th from the nation's top fifty clubs and produced the club's best age-group result for four years. Likewise, the U17 girls of Megan Davies, Chloe Yates and Abigail Fitton by finishing 22nd , produced their second best result for six years.
Having won this national title last year and made club history in the process, by contrast the U13 boys did not complete a team a team this year, such are the distractions of weekend alternatives like football. With regards the U15 boys section, in the past fourteen years, interestingly only four times did this age-group complete a team with their best performance in 2005 of 9th.
The club's next major championship is the ECCA National Cross-Country Championships on November 5th held at the traditional venue of Berry Hill Park, Mansfield. Meanwhile, the Manchester Area Cross-Country league (MACCL) kicks off this Saturday at Heaton Park with all age-groups taking part....a good day out for all the family. (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 15/01/2012 19:52
More Sale Harriers than ever turned out for the weekend's Leeds Abbey Dash 10k, a highly reputable, fast, out-and-back fast course that attracts several thousand and this year no less than nine dipped under the magical elite thirty minute barrier. In uncharacteristically nice November weather, conditions were ideal for fast times and fourteen of the twenty who crossed the Pennines recorded magical PB's.
Nick Samuels (31:26): The club's long-time middle distance specialist was first home running within one second of his PB, that he recorded twelve months ago in the Brighton 10k
Gary Rowlinson (34:44) (M45):
Stephen Mc Carron (35:24) Knocked forty seconds off his PB achieved in last year's Leeds Abbey Dash, his only other 10k ever. "I'm dead chuffed!"
Mike Ashby (35:38): Running his first 10km since 2006, he recorded a PB by over a minute. "I felt strong all the way, 'scalping' three harriers in the final few kilometres" I'm very pleased". He's now aiming for sub-35 next year.
Lee Woods (35:47):His first PB in 2 years, knocking eighteen seconds off previous best from 2009.
Andy Mooney (36:19): A PB
Peter Crawford (36:31) :
Carl Barber (36:32) A PB by almost a minute with his previous best at July's City of Manchester 10k
Paul Barrett (37:08):
Alistair Kell (39:32): His first Abbey Dash 10k and a season's best. "Really pleased and a good base to begin building for next year".
Jerry Smith (M55) (41:40):A season's best and his best 10 km for over two years. "Very pleased!"
John Battersby (M50) (42:59):
Zoe Gmerek (43:49) (F35) Her first Leeds Abbey Dash and a great PB. Her previous best was 44:44 at September's Salford 10k
Lynda Rowlinson (F50) (42:46):
Louise Robbins (F35) (42.55): Her first Leeds Abbey Dash and a PB by 25 seconds, her previous best being 43:20 at July's City of Manchester 10k. "I liked seeing all the SHM runners on the out and back route. Several of us went for breakfast afterwards".
Belinda Hammond (45:59): A PB
Jenny Flanagan (46:57): Running her second Leeds Abbey Dash, she recorded a PB with her previous best being 47.20 in the Bolton 10K seven years ago! She was 22 seconds faster than in last year race.
Katie Reece (47:05): A PB by about a minute "At last, I'm happy to report my time in a race. Swapping porridge for white toast for breakfast worked and I felt great"
Lauren Davies (46.35): A PB by 20 seconds, the
previous best of 46:54 in last September's Salford 10k
Posted 15/01/2012 19:51
Four Harriers braved wet and muddy conditions in Reddish Vale at the weekend for the popular local 5 mile trail race. Jerry Smith ran 36.52 to finish as 2nd M55, closely followed by Zoe Gmerek who had an excellent race returning from injury to run 38.04 and take the F35 first prize. James Lambe was pleased to get round in 40.45 having been out for a month and ran well. Well done also to Jenny Miles who did very well to finish as 2nd F60 in 47.52. Jerry and Jenny were pleased with their performances as they ran from home (6.5miles) just to get to the start!
Posted 15/01/2012 13:45
Fell running is a relatively new section of the club. Individual members regularly enter races accross the country at all grades of competition and as a club we have entered teams in the UKA British fell relay championship, the pennine bridleway and calderdale way relay.
Group runs are organised on a regular basis with all abilities welcome.
If the thought of running accross bogs and over rock appeals feel welcome to join in.
Comprehensive information on fell running can be found on the fell runners association website.
Posted 15/01/2012 13:01
Sale Harriers are pleased to invite members, their partners, friends and family to a spectacular club event. A Sale Harriers Winter Party will be taking place at 'The Moorfield' (formally the Sale Hotel), Marsland Road, Sale. The date will be Saturday the 28th January 2012, 7:30 until midnight. Tickets on sale for only £12 with profits to assist in supporting The Welsh Castles Relay event 2012. The price includes a hot buffet dinner and DJ.
The event has been sponsered by Fox Larkin Building Contractors.
Prizes kindly donated by Sweatshop (Hyde)
Posted 15/01/2012 12:56
The final race of the 2011 Fell Championship was gripped with more anticipation than a Euro Summit meeting between David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy. Major titles and more prominently, bragging rights, were up for grabs as eight hardy harriers lined up for the Mytholmroyd Fell Race, a gruelling seven mile race across the sodden moors of Halifax, West Yorkshire.
Although the ladies fell championship was already sewn up, with Lauren Davies crowned winner, both the Senior Men's and the Veterans' Men's races were all to play for. Going into the race, two combinations were possible in the Senior Men's, with either Paul Barrett or Steve McCarron looking to secure the title. In the Veteran Men's, one of three (Tim Rainey/Jerry Smith/Frank Cordingley) could scoop the prize depending on who came in first and, more importantly, turned up.
The pre race tension going into the race was exceptional with banter flying around on Facebook and individual runners mysteriously "missing" races leading up to this event. Even in the Rainey bus, or as it's now known, the harrier bus, there was an element of nervousness as the bus sped towards the land of the white rose.
The race, a tough, gruelling affair taking in two long climbs and plenty of mud, was enjoyed in typical Yorkshire weather of low cloud, driving rain and an easterly wind. First home for the club and in forth position was 118, running with a new calf in his left leg, seemed to enjoy his first race back following his operation. Second and in sixth was the dogged Peter Crawford with Steve McCarron then Paul Barrett making up the positions for the senior men. Frank Cordingley was first in the vets, followed by Jerry Smith and then Tim Rainey. Katie Reece was the only female finisher from the club.
Although the Men took the team prize (4 cans of tetleys each!), the main focus was on the Championship. As Steve beat Paul, Steve was crowned Senior Men's Champ and although Frank beat both Tim and Jerry, as the latter has participated in more races, Jerry took the title by the smallest of margins (1point)! See league table. Trophies will be presented at the winter party in January and rumours are that Jerry is already preparing an acceptance speech.
Posted 15/01/2012 12:56
UKA Fell Relays- Kettlewell, North Yorkshire
What ingredients do you require for a perfect day out? Most people would say; great weather, rolling Yorkshire countryside and some great friends. Well, that was the case as Sale Harriers managed to complete two teams in the UKA Fell Relays in Kettlewell, just north of Settle in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales. The relays consisted of four legs: two individual legs, one flagged paired route and one paired navigation route.
Up first for the A team was Callum Rowlinson who, fresh from his first couple of weeks as a fresher, faced up to some of the best fell runners on the 4.5m 1st leg and skilfully took the team round in 77th position. Gary Rowlinson and Paul Barrett took up the mantle with the toughest leg of day. Leg 2 involved 9.5mils with 2500ft of ascent. Gary's ears were still popping as they managed to get to the top of Wernside, however the boggy descent sapped the legs slightly and they dropped a few places. Team performance of the day came on Leg 3 with the navigators of Mike Ashby and Steve McCarron who pulled a few places back on their 8 mile leg. Their compass was working well as they were the 47th fastest pair of the day. The last leg was completed by the down hill terrier Carl Barber, who unfortunately twisted his ankle half way round, however still managed to bring the team home in overall 74th position.
The B team of Alistair Kell, Jason Bowers/Mark Caudwell, Jerry Smith/Carl Cleghorn, Tim Rainey toiled away and finished 172/182 teams. Some of the athletes were a little under prepared however they had fun in the sun.
Following the relay, runners enjoyed a good bean stew in the catering tent followed by a rub down in the village stream. To round things off, both teams headed to the local pub for a well earned pint in the late afternoon sunshine before heading back to Manchester.
This was a great event, which was well organised. We'll definitely be back next year, with better prepared athletes ready to challenge some of the best fell running clubs in the country and ensure Sale is recognised as a strong fell running club.
Posted 15/01/2012 12:56
10 Sale Harriers ran the Harrock Hill race, the first race in the club's fell running championship. The race was won by Andy Buttery, Rossendale Harriers in 33 minutes, 12 seconds (5.2 miles).
Fell running attracts a slightly different animal than the usual road race. I was initially surprised at the amount of serious looking athletes milling around at the start and warming up well in advance of the start. We followed the general flow along the main road until we met up with the main group waiting in a quiet side road. After the start we climbed quite steeply for half a mile or so along a narrow road which gradually reduced down to a single file path and then a stile. These stiles became a recurring theme throughout the run with the associated polite queuing as you waited for the person in front to negotiate the obstacle as quickly as their tired legs could carry them.
The longest climb, presumably to the top of Harrock Hill, involved following the edge of a farmer's field and cutting across halfway up, to exit through another narrow path. Unfortunately Mike and Callum did not take the right turn and continued up the field until the shouts from behind alerted them to their error. At this point they were in 3rd and 4th position. These sorts of races do have marshals but also rely heavily on small bits of tape and little signs.
At the top of the hill the trickiest part of the course meant thrashing through tall ferns and negotiating twisting paths, before passing the ruins of an old windmill and the decent. This is the point where tired legs reluctantly change direction, as the demands of the narrow path dictate. The path then opened out across a field and we dropped down steeply before the surface changed again to concrete and finally road. At this point your legs are travelling faster than is comfortable as you desperately try to prevent more experienced downhillers from overtaking you. Suddenly the finish is in sight and it is all over for another year. My time for 5.2 miles is comparable to a normal 10k time but that is not the point. Everyone seemed happy at the end and it appeared to be an insult to the organisers if you were not going back to the pub for a pint. Prizes consisted of fruit and veg and Sale Harriers managed to show the seasoned fell runners a thing or two taking a number of prizes. Well done one and all.
Results for Sale Harriers:
4th overall Mike Hatch, 35'48
6th Callum Rowlinson 35'57 (1st junior)
16th Pete Crawford 36'53
44th Frank Cordingley 39'34
57th Steve Gavin 40'42
83rd Timothy Rainey 42'33
86th John Battersby 43'09
96th Jerry Smith 43'58
134th Lauren Davies 48'54 (20th lady)
142nd Brian Bradshaw 50'00
Mike, Callum and Pete were first men's' team.
The race had 198 finishers.
The next race is the Lantern Pike Fell Race, 17th September.
Posted 15/01/2012 12:56
Sitting in car on the way up to Coniston on Friday morning, just passing the Sign on the M6 advertising the next exit for Kendal and the south Lakes, it hit me... This was real. In a matter of hours I was going to face 105 miles of the Lake District's Finest. There was a sickening inevitability of it, I know, or at least thought I knew what I would face over the next 2 days of running. Pain, sickness, tiredness and blisters. Nothing I could do would stop it, each second that ticked by was one closer to the unknown. It felt like I had been summoned up for a fight with a monster that I could not beat, a fight that would last for nearly 2 days, A fight where there was nowhere to hide. The Lakeland 100 (Or UTLD) is actually 105 miles of footpaths and bridleways, although not crossing any summits, it winds and contours it's way over many high passes and comprises a circular loop around the whole of the Lakeland fells.
After registering and having my ID checked (As if anybody was going to take my place!) having my kit checked, weight recorded and displayed for all to see on a bright yellow band around my wrist I went for a sit down to conserve energy for a few hours and chat to my fellow competitors, Sally Howarth who was also doing the 100 and Katie Recce, Rosie Fearon and Heather Garland who were taking on the 50 miler. At 4pm the pre-race Briefing took place with a few words from Marc Laithwaite the tireless race organiser and his team about course changes from last year, some encouraging words and a round of applause. Then Fell running Legend Joss Naylor took to the stage. Although a little hard to hear, he was filled with genuine passion for the fells and for this race, a dislike to 'all these modern fancy gels' and advising us to 'get sum proper food darn yer lad', we silently listening in awe.Afterwards, I wondered over to Joss and after a few photographs and book signings with fellow competitors I struck up conversation and discussed the weather on the fells, and the best lines to take on the Anniversary Waltz The off! I set off at an easy pace, I know it takes me a few miles to get settled, and with a whacking great 2,000ft climb starting in the first mile this fight was getting dirty from start, it was hot and the sweat was pouring out. Over the top, stopping for a few pictures, I wasn't racing anyone but myself so thought I'd take the opportunity to look up and enjoy the views followed by a nice long descent and into the first checkpoint My intention was not to stop too long at the checkpoints, but after a few minutes I left. This was the order of the race checkpoint wise anyway, I would spend a few minutes in each, enjoying some hot soup, jelly babies and a few beers.... Well I pretended I was drinking beer!
Having reccied the course all the way to Braithwaite and into Keswick I didn't need the map or road book for the first 45 miles or so, and got into Wasdale head as the dark came in. Black Sail pass was as hard as i remembered it but more beautiful, looking back down a pitch dark valley and seeing a long string of head torches wind into the far distance was amazing, although doing Coniston to Buttermere way back in March on my own, it was snow and ice the last time I came up here, and the descent was just as dangerous! Passing Keswick the sun started to rise, and the climb up and onto the Cumbria way round Blencathra was refreshing, my first night done and with only 3 yawns!
Getting into Dockray was where the feet started to hurt. I knew they were bad, but having completed the Marathon Des Sables earlier this year with minimal bother from my feet I assumed they would be fine... At Dalemain I had planned to change my socks, out of my compression X-socks to discover a hole rubbed into them from a bleeding right heel, quick dress with gauze and tape and into the free pair of wool ones offered free at the Blencathra checkpoint, I choose these over the 2nd pair of long compression's as they look like they might be more comfortable. I also collected some food and walking poles left in my drop bag too. The rest of the course to Mardale Head was a real struggle Mentally I was fine, just the pain from my feet which had wrinkled and blistered after getting soaked in the boggy ground 50 miles previous and a few rubbing sores had opened up. the poles were amazing allowing me to take a lot of pressure off my feet and into my arms and shoulders. As I soldiered on looking a real sorry state many 50 runners were passing me, it was really encouraging getting shouts from the 50 milers racing past, is what kept my going those final few miles. Having seen Sally at Howtown who I thought was at least an hour and half ahead of me was confusing, until I found out she had climbed most of Wether Hill before turning round to retire, really brought it home how much this fight was taking out of me and it was quite emotional seeing her there.. I was determined to carry on and attacked the climb with poles digging and passing a few slow 50 guys up Wether Hill and feel strong. What beat me was the terrain along Haweswater, every foot fall was like stepping on knifes and not being able to get into any constant pace was really hard.
My 'plan' was to stop at Mardale and reveiw the map, see if I could make it to Kentmere which would be much easier logistically for me to pull out, at the pace I was going it was doubtful I would make the cut-off time, and the 30 miles still ahead felt very far indeed!
What actually happened at the checkpoint was madness! I said to the guy as soon as I got there, 'I'm out, finished..' and dibbed the 2nd dibber.. 5 minutes later I realised what I had done. DOH! Fortunately I got a lift back to Coniston, Thank you to the guy whose mate came to pick him up, Sorry I cannot remember your name. I didn't feel too bad about not getting to the finish, I was a winner in my own race (The Lakeland 75!) and now all the pain has disappeared I feel a wimp for stopping, when I consider what others have gone through in the Lakeland, and friends I know who ran the Marathon Des Sable this year, who's feet made mine look fresh and clean at the end of both events I am completed gutted, my saving grace is that I can learn and make another attempt next year, and the fact I was not alone, this race has a 50-60% drop out rate, and now i know why! I still had some trouble with getting food into me, and know i need to work on that, otherwise I felt good. Definately some learning i will apply to my training for next years event. and reading the story's of everybody else's journey round the 100 and the 50, brings home the reality that this really is as tough as it gets in the UK, and full marks to everyone who finished the 100, My hat goes off to you, and I WILL have that medal next year!
What's next? Manchester Marathon is the next big(ish) race, then I have an Ironman in July, 4 weeks before the L100 again, and then the BIG one for me, the 'Toughest Mountain Race ever conceived' - The Dragons Back,' 4 weeks after the L100 next year. My training is very much starting now!
Posted 15/01/2012 12:56