On The Roads In August
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