Sale - Dunham – Edinburgh- et al
Despite an exceptionally hot day more suitable for picnicking than racing, the club's Sale '5' produced a host of superb performances. The second of five races in the Manchester Parks Grand Prix had twenty-seven Sale vests toe the line. Interestingly, add to them the twenty from Manchester Front Runners and both clubs together comprised a third of the total turn-out.
The club claimed several victories! University life's not unduly affecting Callum Rowlinson who retained the junior men title for fifth place. His 28.11was only a few seconds short of last year's PB. Mum Lynda (35:28) further displayed the family running prowess with an even faster time than last year. She's consolidated her objective to become the 2012 Grand Prix champion. Likewise, L50 Jackie Cordingley. Already a six times Grand Prix age-group Champion and despite running 1:49 half marathon in Riga (Latvia) a few days earlier and an impressive Parkrun 5k twenty-four hours earlier, she produced a time (35:28) identical to last year. Congratulations again to Jan Nichols who collected her latest L40 award with a glowing time of 32.16 that's her latest PB by over two minutes. M60 Terry Lonergan was also an age category winner in a time (35.24) just a few seconds slower than last year. Finally, Don George, the club's longest serving member with over sixty years under his belt and bionic knees would have been fist M75 had prizes stretched that far. Team wise, we had almost a clean sweep of victories.
Further, five members made their 5-mile debut and set good future benchmarks - Steven Townley (29:27), Alan Pitman (31.13), Steve Gavin (31.41), David Rich (32.20) and Alistair Kell (35.27) and a further six drank from the elixir of running that are magical PB's - Carl Barber (28.59), Nicholas Whittle (29.10), Dan Whittaker (29.15), Ben Fox (34.02) and Brian Bradshaw (39.26).
In the Young Athletes 3k race, well done in such conditions but special congratulations must go to Francesca Brint and Saeed Absiyeh who won their boys and girls U13 races and to Bethany Thornton who won the U11 girls race. Noteworthy also is that in the U17 boys race, the club finished four in the first eight - Kyle Conway, Matthew Metcalf, Khalid Absiyeh and Dillon Bezzina.
DUNHAM MASSEY 5K
Two days earlier, there was the traditional launch of the summer 5k season with the long established North Cheshire series of five 5k races through Cheshire's parks and villages. Though the race had its maximum of two hundred and fifty entries, few this year were Sale Harriers. M40 Lee Woods was our first man home in 17.58. This was Lee's first outing on the course since 2009. Age shall not weary him for he was only four seconds slower than three years ago. It was Chris Heys first outing on the course since 2008 when he clocked an impressive 16.04 for third place. This year his 18:53 was due to the frustration of prolonged injury. This was M50 Frank Cordingley's second of four races in eight days. He and Jackie had just returned from visiting their daughter in Riga and took in the city's Marathon and Half-Marathon. Frank recorded 3:42.29 there that was a minute's improvement on the Manchester Marathon. He'll be faster than 19:58 when his legs recover. This was Sian Holland's Dunham Massey debut and well she did! Her 20:06 was just seven seconds short of her PB in last year's Sizzler. In contrast, Mike Wharton is a regular to the series. He's had his best results in 2010 and 20.06 this year he'll see as a good launch-pad to return to sub twenty times. Jo Street is also a regular since 2007 with her fastest being 21:27. This year, she recorded 22:39!
Three also crossed the border for the Edinburgh Marathon. M50 Jerry Smith and L60 Jenny Miles, who'd endured the dreadful conditions of the Manchester marathon, contended with uncharacteristically hot conditions in Edinburgh. Jerry, who's PB of 3:15.48 from the 2009 Edinburgh Marathon, ran to plan until after half-way when the heat took its toll. He was happy to cross the line in 3.33.43, some ten minutes slower than in Manchester. Similarly, Jenny got to half way and, whereas in the Manchester marathon she couldn't feel her fingers for the cold, this time she felt 'her legs falling off' from the heat and sensibly dropped out. Both Jerry and Jenny are to be congratulated for belatedly winning their age-group prizes in the Manchester Marathon. Newcomer James Addie made his Marathon debut finishing in 3.25.26.
THE DOVESTONE DIAMOND TRAIL 10K
The club also had much success in the Dovestone Reservoir 10km trail race, used as a warm-up for the Welsh Castles Relays in two weeks. On a lovely warm night, the men and the women came away with the team prizes and several individual prizes. Paul Green was third and Jan Nicholls was second. Ben Fox was first junior man and Lynne Yates won an age prize. Helen Armitage might also have been among the prizes had she not started too slow only to be held up in a traffic jam climbing for the first few km. The evening success and fun was dimmed when poor Lauren Davies had a really nasty fall before the race; was temporarily hospitalised and remained rather battered and bruised for several days.
BUPA LONDON 10K & BLACKPOOL SANDS 10K
Zoe Gmerek flew the club's flag in the BUPA London 10k. In heat more intense than Manchester, when she realized she wasn't on target at 5k, she 'pottered'; stopped twice and was happy just to finish in just under 45 minutes. Kimberley Wilson spent her day on the beach in the Blackpool Sands 10k. Not a PB course, 45.57 made our newcomer second lady overall.
(Researched and written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 29/05/2012 14:57