Wilmslow Half Marathon
This year's Wilmslow Half Marathon broke all records not only in finishing 4000 runners for the first time and on the hottest day of the year but the club also finished a record number and had the honour of two in the top three - Antony Ford who won the race and Gaz Raven who finished third. Such also was the success of our women's squad, they finished runners-up in the AAA half marathon Championships. Well done to everyone. The race is the traditional culmination of much hard work that began last October. The vast majority were also rewarded with fantastic PB's.... that all-important elixir of running.
Antony Ford 1:04.54: A fantastic victory to add to his superb victory in the Trafford 10k and second in February's prestigious Alsager '5'. He'd also come within a whisker of breaking Steve Edmunds 1973 club marathon record with his 2:17.16 performance from last year's Berlin marathon.
Gaz Raven 1:07.17: He's got to be pleased to finish within 10 seconds of last year considering his early year layoff. Gaz won Wilmslow in 2008 and has now finished 2nd, 3rd twice, 4th and 5th with a best of 64.28.
Peter Crawford 1:16.51 Just thirty seconds short of last year's debut Wilmslow. Was happy to duck under 1:17.00. As a result of forgetting to put his clock forward and getting a bicycle puncture on the way to the race, he would have missed the start had he not scrambled up a large A-road embankment bridge dragging his bicycle and then threw his rucksack into the baggage holding area and wriggled through the crowds to get near the start line.
Gary Rowlinson M45 1:17.08. A PB by nearly a minute and a minute faster than last year. Seventh in his age-category. In fantastic form. Also a counter in the men's team silver medal.
Stephen Mc Carron 1:18:10 A fantastic PB. His second Wilmslow and two minutes faster than last year. All looks good for London!
Mike Ashby 1:19:15 "A so-so performance" He's been concentrating on mileage in preparation for London but ran consistent miles. Intriguingly, he was also 82nd in 2011 when he ran 1:19:13
Steven Townley 1:20.15. A PB by almost five minutes.
Lee Woods M40 1:21.32. Got much closer to his PB of 1.19.32 from Blackpool in 2009 and best HM for a long time.
Lee Kaufman M40 1:22.37 Has done most Wilmslow's since 1998 with a best of 1:15.00.
James Lewis 1:22.37. His seventh Wilmslow with his 1:20.42 PB from last year.
Oliver Gaillemin 1:22.59. A 30 second PB on last year and an improvement of seven minutes over his seven Wilmslow's. Ran the Marathon des Sables seven years ago.
Simon Jackson 1:23.41. Knocked 15 seconds off his previous PB from Lancaster in November and 5 minutes off last year's race
Paul Barrett: 1:25.50 An unconfirmed PB by two minutes over last year.
Steve Gavin M40 1:28.08. A PB of nearly four minutes to add to his first ever sub-40 in the Trafford 10k a few weeks earlier with a PB of 38.49.
Hayley Cavill 1:28:02 A PB by a minute and a half for 15th lady finisher. She shaved almost two minutes off last year's time and was the first counter in the SHM ladies team that placed 2nd in the AAA half marathon Championships.
Alan Pitman: 1:28.38 Seven minutes down on his HM PB at Helsby in January. Still pleased after a winter of injuries and lack of decent training,
Jan Nichols F40 1:29.05 A PB by over five
minutes.. In superb form. Last PB was
Ben Norman ran 1:29:31.A PB by almost six minutes. Wilmslow debut. Was satisfied considering this was his first run since he pulled out of the Stafford '20' two weeks ago with hamstring and ankle problems,
Carl Cleghorn 1:30.24 a PB by nearly four minutes set at Wilmslow in 2010, and hadn't done a HM since then. "A surprising result considering I'd been focusing on long miles so I was really chuffed"
Carl Barber M40 1:32.35. Not quite the performance of last year when he shaved almost eleven minutes to record 1:25.35. Was disapointed.
Tim Rainey M40 1:33.45 "I was hoping for better. Pleased I was quicker than Helsby"
Chris Heys 1:34.29. A giant step towards his 74.03 PB in the 2007 Wilmslow
John Battersby M50 1:34.28. A seven minute improvement on last year. John ran four consecutive 'Wilmslow's' between 2005 - 8 with a best of 1:24.42 in 2006 and a lifetime PB of 1:24.12 in the Blackpool half-marathon in 2007.
Louise Robbins F35 1:35.51. An unconfirmed brilliant run & likely to be a big PB
Alistair Kell 1:36.06 Held a good pace for the first 6 and then became ill so plodded the next four miles.
Zoe Gmerek 1.36.37 A PB on her second half marathon, the first being in January's Helsby when she clocked 1.39.53. She ran for Meningitis Trust and raised £320.
Jerry Smith M55 1:36.37 "I decided to run with Zoe. I found the second half quite tough in the heat. I was pleased with the result".
Helena Butler 1:36.47 Running her Wilmslow debut, she was 'delighted'. Her previous PB was 1:45 at Congleton in 2010, The race formed part of her preparation for running two marathons in a week this April, London and then the Greater Manchester Marathon the week after. She's running for the Brain Tumour Research and would greatly appreciate sponsorship (see http://www.justgiving.com/HelenaButler for more info).
Joanne Robbins F40 1:37.16 Eleventh in her age-category.
Frank Cordingley M45 1:38.28. Happy despite running 1:24 last year but a year of interrupted training through illness and injury.
Daniel Boulton 1:40.06 His debut 'Wilmslow' and a PB by ten minutes over his only other HM half marathon (Leeds last year).
Mike Wharton 1:41.13 A minute slower than January's Four Villages and a best Wilmslow of 1:33.12 in 2007
Helen Reagan 1:42:42 Her fifth Wilmslow, "I was pleased since I was aiming for sub 1:45:00. Stefan and I kept each other going when the heat started to take its toll.
Helen Armitage: 1:42.58 "I had a bit of a shocker... was really dehydrated and even had to make an impromptu pit stop for a drink."
Stefan Schumacher M55 1:42.45. Though four minutes short of last year, a commendable performance considering early year health concerns. Stefan again hosted a group (smaller this year) from the German City of Kassel. Reinhard Hildebrand 1:34 (M55 11th) did 'remarkably well and was 'happy' to beat Jerry, Zoe and John Battersby ; Kolya Deicke improved his PB from 1:50 to 1:40:07 and Nicole Powierski 1:48:53 who was 'Man of the Match' last year, suffered in the heat whilst Thomas Lang (hosted by the Cordingley family) was happy with his 1:54. Rivalries will resume in May when a group travel to Kassel for their City Marathon.
Belinda Hammond 1: 43.05 Running her first ever half marathon, she was relieved to finally get one 'under the belt'.
Diane Modahl F45 1:45.46 The club's middle distance Olympian is preparing for London and this was her HM debut. She displayed all her running prowess.
Miran Aprahamien M55 1:47.52. He's in good shape.
Michael Wymer 1:46.52. The best of his three 'Wilmslow's
Bea/Jackie Cordingley 1:49.57. Mum and daughter ran together and repeated Bea's enjoyable debut last year. Bea also did the Silverstone Half in 1:50 a few weeks ago. Bea is raising money for her chosen charity Practical Action. http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=BeatriceCordingley
John Humphreys 1:49.30
Joanne Slinger 1:50.00 Her first race since joining the club. She beat her PB of 1.52 from the Warrington HM. This was her third Wilmslow (usually finishing around 2 hours) mark, but thanks to all the club training she was really pleased.
Dawn Holding 1:50.42 First half marathon since the stress fracture in Kassel last year so very happy with her come back.
Audrey Gresty 1:58.00 In her 5th Wilmslow an excellent run following recent injury and not far off her PB
Caroline Kinghorn 1:51.21 After three years of just scraping in just under two hours, this year, running with Heather Brint, they smashed that and were ecstatic. It's all stops out now for April's Manchester marathon.
Katie Reece 1:48.42. Her second fastest 'Wilmslow with a best of 1:46.46 from 2010
Heather Brint L45 1:51.46. Is in her best ever form.
Martin Kochany M40 1:52.20
Jenny Cordingley 1:54.46. A fine debut to complete the Cordingley family participation
Adam Jones 1:54.55
Brian Bradshaw1:56.00. Was managing health problems so the distance and heat was far too much.
Audrey Gresty 1:58.17. In her 5th Wilmslow an excellent run following recent injury and not far off her pb.
Nat Wright M40 1:58.07
Ranjit Bennett M40 2:04.58
Jenny Miles L60 2:09.53 Although it was her second fastest HM and a 5 minute PB, she was disappointed not to get nearer her Helsby time. "Having the SHM banner at Mobberley gave me a huge lift too!"
Philippa Edwards L55 2:12.17. Only thirty seconds off last year's time. Has run most Wilmslow's in the past decade and more.
Marinda Breddy L45 2:12.17. It was her second Wilmslow and just a minute short of last year
LIVERPOOL HALF MARATHON
Jim Lambe ran the Liverpool half on 18th March using it as a tune up for the London Marathon. He was hoping to break 1:40 but was reasonably pleased with 1:40:55. Another Sale Harrier, Peter O'Neil had a strong run finishing in 1:34:13. He too went through halfway in 45 mins.
(Researched and written by Fechin Mc Cormick. To view photographs log onto www.hsphotos.co.uk)
Posted 28/03/2012 14:21