A Running Round-Up
A large number of the club's Endurance/Fells section made their annual trip to The Calderdale Way Relay. All had prepared seriously with weekend 'reccies' and serious hill sessions. The men tried hard, with the open 'B' and 'mixed' team doing well on a day of glorious sunshine, sporting fellowship and in beautiful countryside.
Our best team was the mixed team which were in 25th place at one point; finishing 34th, in 7:36:46. The Sale B team came 59th with Bill and Ben Fox a creditable 27th on their leg. 8:46:07 overall. Unfortunately our A team was disqualified after a kit check. All runners were required to carry a minimum safety kit including a whistle, compass, map and fully body cover.
Several days earlier, many of the team turned-out for the Mobberley Round The Runway race, a popular multi-terrain race that this year was affected by recent heavy rain. Finishing strongly in the top twenty were Gary Rowlinson (6th), Mike Hatch (9th), Ritchie Edwards (11th), Carl Barber (12th and 1st V40), and Steven Townley (16th). Next for the men were Paul Barrett, Chris Heys, Mike Wharton (who sensibly opted for trail shoes), Jerry Smith, John Battersby and newcomer Darren Goodson. The women were also strongly represented, being led home by Jan Nicholls (in sensational form at the moment and making Paul Barrett work a little harder than he'd intended) coming 3rd female and 1st L40, followed by Helen Armitage, Zoe Gmerek, Jo Street, Lauren Davies and Jenny Miles. Zoe regretted heeding the advice of one of the more experienced male runners that 'you'll be fine in road shoes', and Jenny also suffered from wearing the wrong shoes although she still won her age category.
They weren't the only ones 'strutting' the stuff! Seven days earlier Alison Pye had a great weekend. She competed over 1500m in the Northern T & F League and ran her fastest time for five years clocking 5mins 30 sec. The following day, she then came 2nd lady in her local 10k beathe only by the World Duathlon Champion for her age for the last 2 years,
Across the 'pond' Matt Bond has also been running out of his 'skin! He ran 13:51 at the Stanford University Payton Jordan Cardinal Invite to knock a further 4/5s off the PB he ran nine days previously in LA. He's now only six seconds away from the club record
On the other extreme of distance, newcomer Mark Windsor took part in an epic 28 mile run from Helsby to Old Trafford for Relay GB who aimed to break the world record for a continuous marathon around Britain.....and that was a day after recording a PB in the BUCS 10,000m at the Olympic Stadium in 34.44
Still on the 10k distance, newcomer Nicholas Whittle competed in
the tough multi-terrain Kildare 10K, (Ireland) Over 4,500 took part
and he'd strongly recommend the weekend to SHM next year for a
great Irish atmosphere! He trailed in 9th place with a time of 38
mins 43 sec.
The weekend also saw many County T & F Championships. Well done to Men's team manger, Dean Hardman, retired sprinter and emerging 5k specialist, who took a silver medal (from a bumper field of 4) at the Nottinghamshire County Championships in an impressive 16:29.7
(Compiled by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 15/05/2012 10:17