On The Roads In September
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