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.
The winter season got off to a good start with the NW Road Relays at Woodbank Park. Olivia Green, who played a crucial role in our National League win by winning the 1500m again, had a great run in the U15 girl’s road relay with the 2nd fastest leg of the day, teaming up with Francesca Brint and Niamh Nugent to finish in bronze medal position in the Greater Manchester County Championship.
Our U13 girl’s team are Lizzie Twite, Tess Mc Hugh and Jess Spilsbury just missed county medals by finishing 4th in the Gtr. Manchester Champs. Revelation of the day was Jess Spilsbury who ran 7th fastest leg of the day, a superb run for an athlete at the lower end of her age-group.
Posted 15/09/2014 17:40
This popular local race was run in good conditions on a fast flat course with PB potential. Out of over 3,500 runners there were fourteen from Sale Harriers. On the podium and very deserving of their prizes presented by the Mayor of Salford were:
Sarah Douglas (3rd) 39.41 – a great PB to add to her 5k and half marathon PBs this year
Gareth Raven (3rd and 1st M40) 31.43 – still recovering from Race the Train only three weeks ago so a good run
In the top ten were:
Nigel Martin (6th) 33.00 – a great PB by a massive 44 seconds despite suffering from a cold
Emma Finney (8th) 40.52 – also recovering from Race the Train
There were other fine performances by:
Chris Donnelly 35.20 – a PB only 6 weeks after completing the Lakeland 50 miles race
Carl Barber (4th M40) 36.47
Olivier Gaillemin 37.18
Alistair Kell 39.40 – very pleased to run his first sub 40 10k in three years
Steveland Surridge 40.40 – also recovering from a recent Ultra race
Stephen Parry 40.38 – pleased to be getting back nearer his best
Craig Bradbury 44.29 – very pleased to run a PB
Geoff Beattie 48.27 – on the way back from injury
Damien Van Alderwegen 49.20 also on the way back after a long lay off
Kate Duerden 55.04
Jennifer King 57.23
The runners received enthusiastic spectator support from fellow club members Carla Ousey, Lauren Davies, Zoe Gmerek, Jenny Miles, Jerry Smith and Tricia Parry.
Well done all!
Posted 08/09/2014 18:23
As we draw into the winter season and sadly the end of the year, we are also nearing the finale of the endurance section’s club championships. This year, we changed the rules slightly to make it more competitive and inclusive. Athletes only have to complete a minimum of 8 races with their best 8 being used for the championship. There was also a cash incentive to those who competed in all 12.
To date, there have been 10 races, with the last two to come. These are the Gin Pit race in Tyldesley on 12th October and the 3rd Greater Manchester League XC in Heaton Park on 6th December at Boggart Hole Clough.
In the senior men’s championships, Nigel Martin has the trophy sewn up with an unassailable lead of 45 points, however 2nd and 3rd positions are all up for grabs with Paul Barrett, Steve McCarron, John Mosley and Chris Donnelly all looking at securing a top 3 finish.
The Vet men’s title is very exciting. Mike Hatch leads Elton Davies by a mere 4 points. Elton can win it, however he must compete in the next two races and hope to gain enough points to turn over the deficit. Failure to do so would result in Mike winning the title. Third place is anyone’s too, with Jerry Smith, Olivier Gaillemin, Frank Cordingley and Simon Bond able to snatch it.
Like the senior men, the senior women’s title will be won by last year’s champion, Sarah Douglas as she now has an unassailable lead of over 70 points. The veteran ladies will go down to the wire. Jackie Cordingley currently leads however this could be surrendered if Anne Chinnoy competes in the remaining two races.
The latest results and information on the last two races are here: http://www.saleharriersmanchester.com/pages/5870/news-endurance/club-endurance-championship
Posted 26/08/2014 09:09
The downpour that put a dampener on prize-giving with eight Olympians in attendance to award the Northern medals and Sizzler prizes covering 10 Olympic Games over 50 years, did nothing to affect a final sizzling Sizzler that incorporated the Northern 5k Road championships.
With a tad short of 500 finishers, it was the second largest turn-out in the race’s twelve year history. Jess Coulson (Stockport) had been chipping away at the course record throughout the series and earned herself a pot full’s of bonus prizes, but in this last race she put her foot on the throttle and smashed her record again by a massive twenty-six seconds to record 15.43, the fastest time in Britain this year, just three seconds behind Emily Gorecka who has recorded her faster time in the USA. Dave Gee (Manchester Harriers) also smashed his M60 record again by a further eight seconds and his time of 17.38 now ranks him 8th fastest in Britain this year. M45 Ian Weatherall (Sale Harriers) also moved to 11th in UK rankings with his time of 16.10. L55 Sue Becconshall (Bingley H) rose to 2nd nationally in her age-group with her 18.55.
Gaz Raven (14.47) who topped the UK M40 rankings in the last race, hoped to improve further, but the sparcity of classy competition, despite the Northern Championships, meant he contented himself with winning the race and taking the Northern title. Ryan Holroyd (Staff Moorland (14.52) took the silver medal and Chris Farrell (Horwich RMI) took the bronze. Behind Jess Coulson, Hannah Griffiths (Trafford AC) took the Northern silver medal (17.40) with Sarah Cumber (Halifax) the bronze (18:38). Sale Harriers won both the men and women team titles.
It was yet another Sizzler of many excellent Sale Harrier performances. Fifty-four toed the line – another record, with many competing for the Harold Wilson Cup as part of the club championship. Thirty of these either ran a PB or clocked their fastest time this year. Nigel Martin recorded a PB by seven seconds over the last Sizzler; Alex Bradford (17.03) improved his PB over the first Sizzler by twenty-two seconds, Peter O’Neill recorded a PB of 17.28, Dylan Stanway’s new PB is now18.18; Simon Bond’s is 18.20, Francis Sweeney’s is 18.33, Ben Fox’s is 18.53, dipping under 19 minutes for the first time, Robbie Greenslade’s is 19.08 and club newcomer Deirdre Mc Carthy’s is 21.20. Adam Roden put down an excellent benchmark on his debut road 5k with 16.39 as did Robert Dunn (17:35) and Olivier Gaillemin (17.50).
Paul Barrett (17.37) improved each race and ran his fastest, as did Glenn Savage (17.35), Gareth Miller (18.17), Sarah Douglas (19.09), Rob Heggs (19.44), Emma Finney (19.09), Anne Chinoy (19.32), Kathy Wellam (19.36), Jerry Smith (20.13), Dave Allinson (19.01) who dipped under 20 minutes for the first time, Mike Wymer (20.34), Jackie Cordingley (20.47) whose time wasn’t far off her lifetime PB of a decade ago way back in 2004, Frank Cordingley (21.04), Harriet Windebank (22.53) dipped under 23 minutes for the first time and Martin Smedley (22.15), Lauren Davies (22.52),Tim Rainey (22.20), Dave Farmer (23.11) and Susan Crehan (23.44) all recorded their fastest times.
Other inspiring performances were M60 Bill Fox (20.46) on his recovery for cancer who’s improved an encouraging four minutes through the series and Marinda Breddy (38.07) returning from an eighteen months injury lay-off. Well done to everybody and thanks for making the Sizzlers ‘sizzle!
This year, the Sizzler’s supported St. Ann’s Hospice who need £16000 a day to deliver its wonderful services to those living with life threatening diseases and to also sensitize fit, healthy runners to remember those much less fit and healthy. £2000 was collected into the buckets as people left the site, double the amount collected in 2012.... a fantastic achievement!
Finally! Thanks to those who made it all happen. It’s often hard to encourage/ inspire/entice volunteers from the endurance section but we always got there in the end. Special thanks to Brian Goulden and all his marshals; David Brown who always ensured the finish zone officials; Frank Cordingley for always ensuring the race clock was in place; George Tivey as commentator; those who helped fill 4 x 500 goody bags and manned/’womaned’ the drinks and goody bags stations and finally to those who contributed the mouth-watering food to the post-Sizzler buffet for the Olympians and Northern officials – Jackie, Frank, Cat, Ian, Anne, Katie and Philippa. Thanks also to Harry Shakeshaft for his photos that can be viewed at www.hsphotos.co.uk.
Posted 19/08/2014 07:03
Fechin Mc Cormick - Race Director
What a Sizzler that was! The third 5k in Wythenshawe Park was certainly one of the best. with a near record turn-out of 450 finishers. First home on this occasion was Andrew Heyes (Hallamshire H) who finally broke Jason Ward’s 2006 course record and record a new time of 14.20. Behind him were an amazing six under 15 minutes and a further 16 under 16 minutes. The women’s winner, Jessica Coulson (16.09) (Stockport Harriers) also broke her own course record. Other course records were M40 Gareth Raven (Sale Harriers) (14:44), M60 Dave Gee (Manchester H) recorded 17:46 and the men’s Vet 35 time was the UK’s best time in 2014. There were also several other exceptionally fast age-group times especially the M65 time of Stan Curran’s (Salford Harriers) who recorded 19:25. The Salford men’s trio of Carl Hardman (14.43), Ben Riddell (15:06) and Stuart Robinson (15.09) and Stockport Harrier’s women’s trio of Jess Coulson (16:09, Jenny Knass (17:39) and Lyndsay Clarke (18:03) won the bonus £100 prizes for collectively dipping under 45 mins and 54 mins respectively. It was an expensive evening but what an event of excellence.
Forty Sale Harriers were among the line up on this occasion making it a total of sixty-six club members who’ve now run a Sizzler this summer. Of these, twelve have run all three races. Of those who ran last night, there were several more great performances – apart, of course, from Gaz Raven’s M40 record of 14.44 that brought him within 3 seconds of his PB set in the 2006 Sizzlers. M40 Paul Green also ran a ‘stormer’ to record 15:49. Those who recorded PB’s were Nigel Martin (15:58) who improved on last year’s sizzler PB by 31 seconds as did U20 Matt Beacock (16:11) who improved by a massive 2 ½ minutes; Phil Scowcroft (17.10) improved his 2011 PB by twenty-four seconds; Rupert Liddington (17:28) improved his PB from the last Sizzler by ten seconds as did Kevin Foster (17:48) by one second. Paul Barrett (17:52) ran his fastest of the three Sizzlers so far by ten seconds; Dennis Powell (18:440 dipped under nineteen minutes for the first time as did U20 Ben Fox (18:44). Emma Finney (19:19) improved her PB yet again by a margin of almost thirty seconds as did Stevold Surridge (19:10). Anne Chinoy (19:44) and Kathy Wellam (19:48) continued their massive improvement and both are now well below that magical twenty minute barrier. M60 Nigel Fielden (20:10) also continues to improve and is now not far short off his 2011 PB; David Allinson (20:16) improved his PB over the last Sizzler by five seconds; Mark Ferns (21:27) and M60 Martin Smedley (22:53) improved their PB’s also from the last Sizzler by about ten seconds and M60 Dave Farmer improved it by more than twenty seconds.. This number of PB’s brings to more than two-thirds the total number of Sale Harriers whose PB are recorded in a Sizzler over the years. Well done to all of them! PB’s are the elixir of running and what keeps us motivated
The fourth and final Sizzler on August 14th incorporates the Northern Athletics 5k Road championships. Let’s see if Sale Harriers have any ‘elite’ (apart from vets!) who can mix it with some of these fast guys on the roads, especially in anticipation of the imminent Northern & National Road Relays. Attending it will be nine local Olympians that span 50 years and 10 Olympic Games from Ron Hill (Tokyo ’64 & Munich ’72) to Sale’s own Rebekan Wilson who represented GB at the recent Winter Sochi Olympics. Bring your cameras for your ‘selfies’ with them.
Again, thanks to those who’ve helped in any way –John Smith who deputised for chief marshal Brian Goulden at the Commonwealth Games; Dr Jen Fox who stood in as the event doctor; all of our marshals, timekeepers and officials and those who helped fill the goody bags. The earlier time of 6pm evoked a much better response from the endurance section but left myself with much more work and strain as I alone had to carry almost all the heavy boxes of fruit etc up stairs myself. Let’s hope more pairs of youthful muscle will arrive earlier than 6pm next time to help ease this burden.
Posted 01/08/2014 15:48
Fechin Mc Cormick
The range, ability and inner steel of Sale Harrier runners knows no bounds uniquely displayed this weekend when two took on the infamous ‘Ironman’ challenge; several ran the Lakeland ‘100’ and the Lakeland ‘50’ and one took on the tough Thunder Run which is a 24 hour team event on a 10km off road loop.
THE IRONMAN is widely considered as one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. If you don’t already know, it’s made up of a 3.86km swim,180kn cycle ride and the full 26.2 mile marathon raced in that order without a break. Any participant that manages to complete the triathlon within a strict time limit of 17 hours becomes an “Ironman”. Sale now has two – Chris Green and Louise Robbins who took on the ultimate challenge in Bolton.
CHRIS GREEN aimed for 12 hours so he was very happy to be just one minute over that. The swim went much better than he expected at 1:16 hours. For the bike ride, he wrote, “The crowds were absolutely brilliant with large crowds at various locations around the 180km ride and it felt like I was riding the Tour de France. On the big climb up Sheep House Lane such was the level of support (and noise!), it definitely helped me up the climb on the second loop”. The marathon went well and again he regarded the crowds as superb. He wrote, “ Unfortunately I cut the bottom of my foot getting at the start of the second loop of swim and started to feel this around 30k but otherwise all good.
LOUISE ROBBINS was also rightly ‘very proud’ to finish in 13 hours and 41 minutes - a fantastic achievement! She wrote, “I almost saw the finish line 3 times before being allowed to the cross the line the 4th time! That's the problem with laps! The atmosphere in Bolton was great. I loved it and I really was smiling most of the time especially when I saw people out supporting me”
LAKELAND 100/50: The weekend also saw KATIE REECE complete the Lakeland ‘100’ on her second attempt in 39:16:25 finishing 176th out of 192 finishers. The ‘100’ has a very high dropout rate and this year there were 306 starters. Total ascent and decent in the ‘100’ is 22493 feet. This year’s winners came from the same Scottish club as newcomer Katie White came from - Garscube Harriers. The Lakeland 50 covers the second part of the 100, starting with 9728 feet of climbing and 10069 feet descent. The event this year incorporated the UK athletics trail championships. There were 603 starters and 549 finishers who faced hot sunny conditions in the daytime and then heavy rain bringing problems negotiating wet and slippy rocks later on.
Five Sale Harriers took part. In his first attempt at an ultra marathon CHRIS DONNELLY finished 19th overall in 9:41:42. VIV SLACK’S first time at the Lakeland 50 saw her finish in 11:55:38 and 15th lady and 100th overall. TIMOTHY RAINEY ran 13:13:57 in 187th position, an improvement of just over 50 minutes from 2012. CARL CLEGHORN, having started the 100 in 2012 this year gave the 50 a go, power walking his way round to finish strongly in 17:14:56 in 395th position. His time from the last checkpoint was quicker than those of us who “ran” it!! MIKE WYMER gallantly supported Katie in the final 30 miles of the 100, walking from the start and teaming up at the next checkpoint, finishing the 50, on his first attempt (although not his first ultramarathon) in 536th place with 21:41:23.
THUNDER RUN: The Thunder run is a 24 hour team event on a 10km off road loop that took place at Catton Park, Catton, Walton-on-Trent, Derbyshire. LEWIS GREEN successfully did it and wrote, “No sleep for 24 hours running the 6 x 10k loops of the brutal thunder run. The course is tough, but it was a great weekend with some cool people”
Posted 29/07/2014 07:15
FECHIN Mc CORMICK
It wasn’t just 440 finishers – forty more than last time, that make Thursday’s second Sizzler another great success. The collective moan of a strong breeze in the first Sizzler was replaced by hot, humid conditions but it did not seem to adversely affect the results for most. Mohammed Aburezeq (Altrincham & Dist AC) again flew off from the gun and quickly opened a 50m gap that was never bridged. He ran faster than in the first Sizzler and came within four seconds of breaking the course record. His Altrincham colleagues in the chasing group - Matt Barnes (14:56) recorded a much faster time and with Andy Norman (15.08) the trio easily won the £100 bonus for three dipping under the aggregate 45 minutes. Last year, they won it by just a second. Among the women, Jess Coulson (Stockport AC) was absent but the leading lady was another classy run by Claire Duck (Leeds City).
Thirty turned out for Sale on this occasion compared to forty-three in the first race with Mike Kilmartin (16.05) the first home reversing positions with Dave Marsh (16:48) from the first race. Interestingly, the vast majority of club members improved their times over Sizzler 1. Mike Kilmartin was forty seconds faster to record a new PB from last year’s Sizzler; M40 Carl Barber (16.58) was fifteen seconds faster, Peter O’Neill nine seconds and another PB; Andrew Carlin (17.27) was fifteen seconds faster with another PB; Glen Savage (17:56) was fifteen seconds faster and a PB over his 2011 Sizzler; Gareth Miller (18:22) was two seconds faster with another PB; Katie White (18:21) was three seconds faster; Steveland Surridge (19.42) was 12 seconds faster; M60 Nigel Fielden (20:11) was fifteen seconds faster, Mike Wymer (20:43) recorded another PB, M60 Geoff Beattie (22.46) was eight seconds faster and Tim Rainey (23.23) was one second faster. Well done to all.
Other noteworthy performers were Nicholas Whittle (16.52) who improved his PB from last year’s Sizzler PB by a whopping twenty seconds; Rupert Liddington (17:37) and 400m specialist David Allinson (20.21) made their Sizzler debut; Aidan Raftery (18:49) won the M55 category and Denis Pond (19:51) won the U20 category.
Again, thanks to everyone to helped in any way - Oliver Gaillemin for the sacrifices he made to be the race doctor; the team of marshals; the brilliant team of timekeepers and finish area officials, those considerate enough to help put things away after the race; Frank Cordingley for sorting out the race clock etc etc. It would be impossible without you..
Remember the series this year is aiming to raise at least £2000 for St. Ann’s Hospice that requires £16,000 a day just to keep going. You can help by donating to their collection buckets; buying bulk flapjacks and running for them (which if you do, you get free entry).
We also thank the sponsors especially Focused Nutrition for their sponsorship of the very healthy flapjacks. We’re asking all of you , please, to log onto www.sizzlerbars.co.uk; (this address is on every flapjack) and have a look at the health tips provided there and consider purchasing the exceptional offer of 30 bars for just £5 (RRP £20.00) .
We push ahead to the remaining two culminating with the Northern 5k championships on August 14th. Please continue to promote it every way you can....until we achieve that magical 500 finishers.
Posted 18/07/2014 13:03
Fechin Mc Cormick
With four hundred finishers, the first 2014 ‘Sizzler’ was an outstanding success by any standards. These 4 x 5k runs/races within Wythenshawe Park launched by myself in 2002 as a legacy to the Manchester Commonwealth Games have two continuing objectives: - (a) to encourage community health and fitness (b) to facilitate athletic/running excellence. Both were admirably fulfilled.
On the sharp end, multi-winner Mohammed Abakezeq (Alty AC) again ‘sizzled’ round in another impressive 14.35 and won the bonus the £50. Even more impressive was Stockport’s Jess Coulson, the 2006 Junior European Cross Country team Champion, who held both the current junior and senior course records. Returning from injury, her 16:11 is a new senior record and she went home with a sack full of prize money - £50 as winner, £50 as course record holder, £50 for dipping under 16:45 and £100 to be shared with her two Stockport colleagues who collectively broke the 54 minute incentive by a massive two minutes. Well done to Stockport Harriers who dominated many of the age-group categories.
Sale had 42 participants and, interestingly, thirty of these have achieved their 5k PB in a Sizzler over the years confirming this as a fast course. Those who recorded PB’s on this occasion were: - Alex Bradford (17:25), Peter O’Neill (17:39), Andrew Carlin (17:42),Kevin Foster (17:49), Gareth Miller (18:22), Dennis Powell (19.05), Ben Fox (19:13), Emma Finney (19:48), Anne Chinoy (19:56), Richard Mc Hugh ` (20:19), Mike Wymer (20:43) and Mark Ferns (22:18). There were further fantastic runs from in form Helen Armitage (19:18) who won the L35 category and ran her fastest 5k since 2005; L55 Jackie Cordingley, won her category and recorded her fastest since 2010: M60 Geoff Beattie(22:54) ran his fastest for two years and Katie Reece (23:59) and Paul Barrett (18:02).ran their fastest since 2011. There were also quality runs from Glen Savage (18:11) who was 3rd in his M50 category, Dennis Powell (19:05) also 3rd in his U20 category; Dave Farmer (23:31) 3rd in his M65 category and our Seoul ’88 Olympian Sue Crehan who recorded 3rd in her L55 category.
Where could we improve for the remaining three races that culminate with the Northern 5k Championships on August 14th? It would be great to see many more of our sharp end men supporting this home promotion and to help make it a quality event. Even using it as a training session would further enhance its quality and reputation and showcase our quality to the region. Interestingly, we only had two – Dave Marsh and Mike Kilmartin who clocked under 17 minutes whereas our neighbours Salford AC had recorded seven and Altrincham recorded five.
Thanks to everyone who contributed in any way. The next race is on Thursday July17th and we’ll be filling the 500 goody bags for every finisher on Tuesday evening at Crossford Bridge from 7pm. Despite appeals, please don’t again leave it to me and one other endurance section runner to do all of this work.
Posted 08/07/2014 07:28
Fechin Mc Cormick
(The following is a Press Release send to all local media. The Club extends best wishes to Bill fox for a complete recovery to health). Bill Fox, a long time member of Sale Harriers ‘foxed’ cancer in less than 12 months and ran the first of this year’s health promotion Sale 5k Sizzlers held annually in Wythenshawe Park. Last July, 60 year old Bill was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given just twelve months to live. He underwent serious surgery; lost half his pancreas, his gall bladder and some of his stomach and intestines and endured 24 weeks of chemotherapy at the Christie Hospital during which his weight dropped from 12st to 9st.
He started running again just in the middle of May about a month after the chemotherapy and set about training for this year 4 x 5k ’Sizzlers’ as his target for recovery. He was among the 400 participants of all abilities, shapes and sizes who completed the first run in an incredible 23mins 12 seconds. Said delighted Bill “The doctors told me that, had I not been so fit from running, I would not have survived so it’s important I keep it up. I encourage everyone to take up sport to keep fit”
This year, the series is supporting St. Ann’s Hospice who require £16,000 every day to provide their tremendous services. The first ten people to come forward prepared to complete the course and raise just £20 for St.Ann’s will receive a free entry.
Everyone is welcome to join the remaining three events on flat, scenic paths within Wythenshawe Park on Thursday evenings (7.30pm) July 17th, July 31st and August 14th. They are for all abilities no matter how fast or slow. For more information or an entry form just email email@example.com
Posted 08/07/2014 07:25
Fechin Mc Cormick
These five races run in Dunham Massey Country Park and through picturesque North Cheshire villages are the traditional precursor to the 4 x 5k Sale Sizzlers. This year they were not without organizational hiccups highlighting the increasing challenges that race organiser’s face. Let’s hope this popular series will not be changed beyond recognition next year.
Twenty-eight club members ran at least one race with most doing two or more. The club’s three fastest men of the series were Peter Crawford who clocked a tremendous long overdue PB of 16:51 at Hollins Green to finish 6th; junior Matt Beacock who’s made massive improvement from last year’s Sizzlers with a two minute improvement on the Dunham Massey course for a new PB of 16:48 and Andy Mooney who was a classy 17.12 at Bowden to record a new PB by five seconds.
Among our ladies, our front three were fast improving Sarah Douglas who cracked the twenty minute barrier for the first time and did it in three races with a best of 19:50 at the second Dunham Massey; as ever L55 Jackie Cordingley was way out in front in her age-category and easily won her category at both Dunham races and at the Lymn 5k and L35 Helen Armitage (19:24) continued her fine current form with her fastest 5k since she set her PB of 19.02 in 2006
Robbie Greenslade has every reason to be pleased and to be assured his training is going in the right direction. He ran the series faster than last year, quite an achievement so soon after the Manchester marathon. Likewise M50 Francis Sweeney who ran the London Marathon and broke through the 19 minute barrier for the first time with 18.20 at Hollins Green. Michael Wymer is much more familiar with Saturday morning Parkrun 5k’s but all his three evening races were faster with a best of 20:26 at Dunham Massey.
Others who recorded pleasing PB’s were junior Dennis Powell who dipped under nineteen minutes for the first time with 18:48 at Dunham Massey, Carl Cleghorn (18:57 at Hollins Green); L35 Jenny Clink (22:59 at Bowden) , M50 Martin Smedley (22:43 at Dunham Massey) and Paul Davis (18:38 at Hollins Green).
Well done to all! Onwards now to ...........................The Sizzlers!
Posted 24/06/2014 07:42