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Sale Harriers Manchester this year finished 3 teams in The Calderdale Way Relay, a gruelling 50 mile relay over a route around Halifax and Brighouse.The race is normally a winter event with ice and snow to deal with or heavy rain, but due to a particularly cold spell in December, the race was cancelled and rearranged in May. This has proved to be a mixed blessing with many teams finding that many of their runners have other commitments in May and so have struggled to put a high standard team together. Previous winners Salford were beaten this year by Calder Valley who managed to win by 8 minutes.
Our men's A team put in a fine performance to finish in 18th place. Led out by Steve McCarron and Mike Hatch, on a tough section to place the team in 17th place. Carl Barber and Peter Crawford took the batton next, taking the team to 12th place, followed by father and son Gary and Callum Rowlinson storming ahead to 6th place (5th fastest on the leg). Next came Paul Green and Phillip Scowcroft on a long leg followed by a fast leg by Elton Davies and Mike Kilmartin. The final leg twists and turns across paths and fields making it quite easy to miss the route. Unfortunately this is what happened to the final pair, of newcomer Alistair Kell, and club stalwart Colin Gell, whose navigational skills let him down, meaning that his time was about 20 minutes slower than his last outing on this leg. Top 10 next year!
The B team contained some runners of mixed ability and last minute replacements, but still managed a respectable 37th place. Lee Woods and Lee Kaufman placed the team in a good position after the tough first leg, followed by Paul Rowley and Ian Jones who gained a few places before handing over to veteran Bill Fox and his son Ben. Next came Paul Barrett and Anthony Brookes reaching 29th place followed by Mark Caldwell and Jerry Smith. The last leg started on the mass start at 2pm along with a large proportion of the field. Last minute reserves Carl Cleghorn and Stefan Schumacher put in a fine performance despite the fact that neither of them had recced the route beforehand and had to stop and ask for directions along the way. (Colin take note).
The ladies team reported that they all enjoyed it, and managed an impressive 8th place ladies team, finishing 69th overall. Stars of the day were Jackie Cordingley and Jo Robbins who managed to beat both the mens A and B teams on their leg.
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The Calderdale Way relay is a 6 leg relay event run in pairs, which covers 50 miles along the Calderdale Way. The route starts in Halifax and runs South of the river Calder, passing over Stoodley Pike through to Todmorden where it turns and tracks North of the river back towards Halifax. The event is scheduled to run the first weekend in December however due to ice disrupting transport the event was postponed to the 19th May.
Sale Harriers entered 3 teams (2 open 1 ladies) for the December event and while following the reschedule many teams struggled to fill places the team spirit at the club pulled through and we completed our teams.
In 2008 the men A team finished in 20th so that was the benchmark and this time the team came in 18th in a time 6:58:27.
Mike Hatch and Steve McCarron set a solid marker finishing in 17th place despite a few tumbles for Hatch and misplaced confidence that the Horwich team new where they were going. Next up was fell debutant Peter Crawford and Carl Barber making his first A team appearance. During the warm up Carl was discussing his tactics including jumping on Pete's back to aid his progress along the route. A 9th place on the leg and the team up to 12th would suggest Carl got his tactics right or that Pete is a motivational genius. Baton on to the Rowlinson's who completed our best leg of the day 5th fastest and team up to 6th. Leg 4 saw Paul Green back for sale running with Philip Scowcroft who put in a good performance despite racing the previous day with 10th fastest leg and team to 8th. Baton to Elton Davies and Mike Kilmartin who ran well finishing in 7th place and pulling the team up to 7th. Last leg saw a debut for Alistair Kell who bravely stepped up to join Colin Gell on the final leg at the last minute. At this point team manager Paul Barrett was excited, a top 10 finish looked possible however how wrong he was. A navigational error had again cost the A team and while it wasn't the only one of the day it was definitely the worst.
Our first outing for a B team saw them finish in 39th Place (top half) in 7:44:13.
Lee Woods and Lee Kaufman started finishing in 51st place following a disappointing run with both recovering from London a few weeks earlier. On leg 2 we saw a Sale debut for Ian Jones who ran with the 'injured' Raul Rowley. By the end of the climb to Stoodley Pike Jones was questioning what Raul considered 'injury' meant and the thought of giving him a 'proper' injury crossed his mind. The pair finished 30th pulling the team up to 43rd lets hope that's not the last we see of Ian in red, white and green. The second father and son team in sale colours came next with the Fox family on leg 3 finishing in 28th and the team up to 31st. Captain Barrett was on 4 accompanied by another debutant Anthony Brookes who ran well in 37th and the team was up to 29th place. On leg 5 we saw Vet's captain Jerry Smith joined by Mark Caudwell and despite an early twinch in Caudwell's hamstring the pair had a solid run finishing 46th and the team in 31st. Leg 6 saw a fell debut for Stefan Schumacher who stepped in only 2 days before the race to join Carl Cleghorn who himself was only in the team a week or so before. The pair had not been able to reccie so had to take there time navigating the course especially with distractions such as Carl's cousin walking the same path. They both enjoyed there run brining finishing in 60th place for the leg (9 places higher than the A team pairing).
Overall, a slightly disappointing finish for the A team but with a lot of newcomers the team can look forward to better results in the future.
Calderdale Way Relay: Womens Team finished 69th Overall
The women's team were also out in full force and ready to go!
The backpacks were packed to the brim & hopefully everyone had
found their 'race face'!!
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At 7am on a cold September 18th morning, I stood in a room full of tough looking seasoned runners, very worried about what I was about to undertake. This was the start of the High Peak 40 mile challenge, a circular loop of the High Peaks, starting in Buxton and passing through the Goyt Valley, over Eccles Pike, onto the Pennine Bridleway, and across Lords Seat, where it went down into Castleton, and eventually back towards Buxton with a total 6000 ft of ascent. Most of the route was footpaths and once I'd gone through 20 miles, I stopped taking mental notes!
The race was filled with stunningly beautiful scenery, even the
Sun fought the angry looking clouds coming over Mam Tor. The
descent into Deep Dale was where the hurting started, and with the
race being 70% trail (including rarely trodden footpaths across
open moorland) and 30% road, my feet began to complain. I
rigorously adhered to my plan to walk the hills (well the steep
bits anyway) and enjoyed talking to competitors and watching many
walkers struggling to fathom why we were running for 40
miles. The worst parts were the descent from Mam Tor, which
trashed my quads, and the 5 miles of road toward Chelmorton, where
the enjoyable earlier tailwind turned into a headwind with nowhere
to hide! I even got a few shouts of 'Go on SALE!' which was
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In a busy month for fell running we saw a number of sale harriers leave their road shoes and track spikes behind to head for the hills. Saturday 17th July saw my return to racing at the village carnival in Capel Curig for the Moel Siabod race (5.8 miles 2,300 feet). Registration was behind the coconut shy, and in a break before the fancy dress competition 120 runners set off on the stiff climb to the summit. My mum had described it as a boring slog but the views offered of the Snowdon horseshoe were fantastic. Despite a disappointing descent I managed 19th (57:57) in what was a counter for both the Wales Open and North Wales Championship. Wednesday 21st saw the Shining Tor race (5.9miles 1,600 feet) impressive performances came from Steve Mcarron (17th 48:51), Roger Ashby and our very own celebrity fellrunner Mike Wharton (110th 62:51 see The Fellrunner summer 2010 pp124). Wednesday 28th and I was again donning my racing boots for The Green Green Grass of Home (5miles 1,800 feet) with ex-sale harrier Chris Chandler starting at a quaint village pub in Llangynhafal at the foot of Moel Famau. The race ended in split result as the first half of the field cut the race short missing the third and final climb. I was part of the short race finishing in 4th place (34:46). The last time I trust local runners in front of me to know where they are going! Next on Saturday 7th August was the first running of The Fox Trot (7miles 1,000feet) organised by our own Richard Watson that saw runners climb out of Colwyn Bay through woodland and on trail then back down with stunning views of Conwy, The Great Orme and Colwyn Bay. 4 harriers took part in the event Paul Rowley (2nd 51:11), Paul Barratt(13th 59:30), Mike Wharton (19th 1:03:12) and Chris Heyes who helped with marshalling. All were rewarded with fabulous tea and cake in the cricket pavilion at the end of the race. Sunday saw the third in the series of the McCain UK Mountain Championship with the uphill only race in LLanberis (6.8m 3,563feet) and Gareth Raven came in 5th in 53:13 which should keep him in contention for the series.
If anyone would like to try out fell running we currently have a group who run regularly on a Sunday morning from a variety of locations across the peak district. If we get enough interest we would happily extend to two or more groups.
Written by Paul Rowley
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On a showery autumnal September, 13 brave harrier souls battled through horrendous unexpected Saturday traffic to reach the scenic peak district village of Hayfield to embark on the next instalment of the Club's Fell Championships, Lantern Pike Fell Race. The race is just over 5 miles and provided proximally 1500 ft of ascent. This event was actually part of Hayfield county show where entry to the show gained entry to the race. This was displayed through a small blue circular hand stamp, reminiscent of dodgy nightclubs.
Following a frantic muddy start, the race provided tough climbs and three long descents. 1st home for the club was Steve McCarron who just made the start due to the traffic and was seen pinning his number on whilst on the inaugural ascent. Carl Barber had been getting the better of Paul Barrett over the summer; however, Paul was too strong taking second club position. Time Rainey pipped AlistaIr Kell to 4th, and he was followed in by Jerry Smith, Mike Wharton and finally Stefan Schumacher.
Cara O'Brien (on fell debut) was the first lady harrier home (we think in 5th position overall), followed by local lass Jan Nicholls. Lauren Davies was 3rd harrier followed by Cara Ousey and Jenny Miles. Overall race positions unknown at time of writing, however results should be posted on this site for reference:
Following the race, hog roast sandwiches and pints of real ale were devoured with great satisfaction.
Fell championship leagues have been updated and the next race is Ravenstones- 1st October.
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Round 4 of the Sale Harriers autumn/winter fell league saw 6 Harriers taking part in the Shepherds Skyline fell race organised by Todmorden Harriers. The race starts by the Shepherds' Rest pub with an easy climb which was very congested with 357 runners who then had a flatish run across mostly rocky paths over to Stoodley pike and then a fast descent to run a faster flat section before a boggy climb back up to return downhill to the Shepherds Rest.
The 6.25 mile race race was won by Ian Holmes of Bingley Harriers in 42'24. Steve McCarron was first for Sale in 21st place. Next was Pete Crawford followed very closely by Carl Barber. The vets race was a tussle between Tim Rainey and Jerry Smith-Jerry started the descent from Stoodley pike just ahead but had to stop to sort out his shoelace at the bottom of the next climb allowing Tim back in front . Jerry was left to chase back and caught Tim as he fell on the descent just before the finish!
The senior men and the veteran mens' leagues will be decided at the final race on December 11th at Mytholmroyd but the ladies' league winner is Lauren Davies who is 25 points clear of 2nd place and therefore cannot be beaten.
Shepherds Skyline results at http://www.todharriers.co.uk/shepherds_skyline/skylineres2011.htm
Images from Todmorden Harriers.
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Whilst most were running major half-marathons, three took off for the Lake District for this scenic undulating race. Terry Lonergan proved he's back to more or less top form with 74.10 and the M60 first prize. Daniel Finchett wasn't far behind in 76.00 and Steve Walsh who clocked 112.09
(Written By Fechin Mc Cormick)
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Conquering a castle is a huge challenge…or so they say. It takes strength, guile, courage and plenty of strategic planning. This is the antithesis of Sale Harriers who met The Welsh Castles challenge last weekend, with passion, a deafening battle cry…and a whole lot of flapjack.
For the first time Sale entered both a male and female team and, after several months of planning, plenty of arguments over team selection, and the painstaking logistics planning, the dragons were ready to take on the Welsh Castles Relay, which constituted to a 210 mile, two day expedition split into a twenty leg relay, covering the length of Wales from Caernarfon to Cardiff.
Both teams performed really well, with the men coming in third - yes, that's right, THIRD - and the women's team also notching up a notable performance, digging in deep to take fourth spot against the five female only teams. But! How did they do individually, how many stage wins did they scoope and how many yellow jerseys did they pick up for either winning a leg or coming first vet…?
The relay kicked off in glorious sunshine in the grounds of the imposing Caernarfon Castle with runners frrom each team heading to Penygroes. First up,GB physio Andy Walling and Audrey Gresty. Andy glided round in 4th, taking the vets prize (yet again) and Audrey Gresty powering home in 55th. Leg 2- Penygroes to Criccieth saw Lee Kaufman and Belinda Hammond step up to the plate with Lee finishing 6th and Belinda finishing 48th in 01h 23m .
The race moved swiftly on to Criccieth and the first mountain stage to Maentwrog. Despite suffering from a stitch Colin Gell grinded out a 12th position and Helen Regan powered up the hills to come 51st. With the first mountain stage out of the way, the bar on leg 4- Maentwrog to Harlech Castle- was raised by both teams with Tim Kennedy bringing the men's team home in second. However, he was definitely overheard claiming to be able to win his leg, so we'll be expecting better next year Tim! Catherine Jones sharpened her infamous blade arms and performed brilliantly coming in at 39th.
Leg 5- Harlech Castle to Barmouth- one of the most picturesque legs along the coast, was conquered by Jerry Smith and Alison Pye, 22nd and 33rd respectively. The relay then turned in land and headed towards Dolgellau with Elton Davies and Carla Ousey in the driving seat. They both notched out solid performances, with Elton coming in 7th place in a time of 1h:07m and Carla finishing in 1h:26m. Up next, another mountain stage, and not one for the faint hearted. Leg 7, between Dolgellau to Dinas Mawddwy has a rather nasty mountain in the way. However it didn't seem to be a problem for the likes of Harrier Dragon's Mike Killmartin and Jan Nicholls. Heads down and feet pounding, they both performed admirably coming in at 7th and 54th. Leg 8- Dinas Mawddwy to Foel- was consummately executed by Lee Woods and Helen Armitage. Another 7th place for the men and a strong 10.8 miles from Helen saw her come in at just over 1hr 18m.
Onto leg 18 and an impressive start from Calum Rowlinson who was leading the field until a painful groin injury meant he was forced to drop down a few places. However, he still had a very impressive performance, coming in at 58m.43s and 18th. By her own admission Naomi Grant hadn't been able to put in as much training as she would have liked, but nevertheless completed her leg.
Day one finished with Leg 10- Llanfair Caereinion to Newtown- also known as the 14 mile slog. Neither Gaz Matthews nor Jenny Clink were fazed by the distance or the hills and finished 13th and 56th respectively.
With day one done, the team headed for their overnight accommodation for a well earned rest (and double portions of lasagne) before continuing the journey to Cardiff.
The dragons awoke to less than perfect conditions. The sunny weather which had accompanied them on day one, exchanged for driving rain, strong winds and a serious drop in temperate. But did that put them off. Well maybe a little bit, but not for long!
The early risers were Mike Ashby and Linda Rowlinson who's braved the 7am cold windy start to grind out an 11 mile slog up hill. Newtown to Llanbadarn Fynydd was the route and both gave strong performances. 13th place for Mike with Linda powering home in just over 1h.37s. Then came the first of the top ten performances of the day from Phil Scrowcroft who, despite sleeping for only an hour the night before in freezing temperature managed to knock out SECOND position. He was teamed with Kirsty Donkersley who had a good run and finished the leg in 55th position.
Leg 13- Crossgates to Builth Wells is a relatively easy leg (according to Lee Woods) which witnessed Paul Barrett fly home in 4th position and Castles debutant Gabby Evans in 55th. Onwards, and most definitely upwards. Leg 14- Builth Wells to Drovers Arms- is not for the faint hearted and in the driving rain very few people would put their hands up demanding this one. But two courageous dragons took on the challenge and completed it in style, Paul Green coming SECOND and Sian Holland in 55th place.
After the up hill comes the down, between the Red Kite Centre to Brecon. Gary Rowlinson came third and first vet so earned himself an infamous Yellow Jersey. Helena Murphy was 45th in just over 01h:38m. Brecon to Beacons Reservoir, leg 16, witnessed two more yellow jerseys for the teams with Mike Hatch second place and first vet and Hayley Cavill securing the ladies only stage victory. Leg 17- Beacons Reservoir to Merthyr- saw a particularly strong run from Lauren Davies who came in at 28th for Sale, and Carl Cleghorn who blasted home in 20th position.
With Cardiff Castle in sight, Andy Blair turned out for the men's teams and churned out another SECOND place performance. Katie Reece looked strong for the ladies completing the 9.1 miles in just over 1h.13m. Abercynon to Caerphilly Castle is leg 19 and was executed well by Carl Barber and Phillippa Jefferies - 13th and 51st respectively - and the glory leg, which finished in the grounds of Cardiff Castle, was wrapped up with 118 (Paul Rowley) in 11th and Joanne Street bringing it home for the ladies in just under 1h.18m.
For the men, a 3rd place position demonstrates their strength in depth, especially in light of competing against teams such as Serpentine and Les Croups. Team manager, Dave Rodgers insists with the inclusion of several high profile athletes, winning this competition is a realistic possibility. The ladies were pleased to have achieved a female only entry and with a 4th place position (out of the 5 ladies teams) are confident they can build on that and come back stronger next year. For a start, they'll have their latest signing Jess Riley eager to win a yellow jersey!
Praise must go to those who didn't run but who are equally as crucial to the success of the Sale Harriers Welsh Castles teams. The drivers who tirelessly transported the athletes around, including Bill Fox, Chris Heys, Tim Rainey and Mike Wharton, and the support teams who provided valuable water, claps and cheers. Thanks too to logistical gurus Sian Holland, Paul Barrett and Catherine Jones. How they manage to get 50 excited Harriers into such slick working order is beyond us all.
Provisional date for next year- 11th/12th June 2012
Welsh Castles Report Paul Barrett and Hayley Cavill
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When you think of a Peak District fell race in October, what thoughts pass through your mind? Slopping around in a bog with icicles dangling from your nose? The Ravenstones fell race by contrast, held in the foothills of Saddleworth Moor, and banished these thoughts by providing a fairly dry canter across firm (ish) moorland on one of the hottest days of the year. Even the kit requirement board surprised athletes by stating, 'map, compass, water and hat (for sun protection)'
Seven brave souls ventured across the conurbation to tackle this race, which consisted of 9 miles, 1500 ft of ascent and a section of open moorland to navigate across. As this was the toughest race on the championship calendar, a recce was organised to nullify any queries routes and severity. The mercury was pushing 25 degrees as the runners set off across the moors, with some of the Male athletes opting for the skins option. 1st home for the club was Paul Barrett, who seems to be getting the better of the fells these days, as he cruised home to claim 4th spot. Next in for the harriers was Frank Cordingley followed by Belinda Hammond then Jerry Smith. Full credit must go to Lauren Davies, whom, last week, whilst recceing struggled with the concept of running across open moor returned to face her fears and kicked them into touch, as she stuck to the task and completed the race to finish in 45th position. Tim Rainey (tapering for the Chester marathon) and Brian Bradshaw were the two other harrier finishers.
Submitted by Paul Barret
Next race- 5th Nov
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Whilst some of the club were speeding around the streets of Salford for their annual Good Friday 10k, a group of hardy fell runners headed north to compete in one of the calendar's toughest fell races. The Anniversary Waltz is an 11 mile race with over 3200ft of climbing. The race starts in Newlands Valley and incorporates the hills of Robinson, Dale Head and Cat Bells. The hardy souls who took up the challenge included Paul Barrett, Callum Rowlinson, Carl Barber, Jess Riley, Tim Rainy, Carl Cleghorn and Jerry Smith. Following the race, the runners enjoyed a hot pot meal, unlimited tea and cake. There was even free beer on offer which most people sampled. Following a shower and a quick nap, the runners then headed out into Keswick for a well earned beer and were also joined by Paul Rowley and Gaz Raven. Next Fell challenge is in May
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