Best Ever Sizzler
The fourth and final Sizzler' was undoubtedly the best ever! With a record five hundred finishers; incorporating the Northern Athletics 5k Road Championships; countless PB's; a massive twenty-four breaking sixteen minutes; eight Olympians in attendance spanning ten Olympic Games; the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation leading a special mass warm-up; an entertaining Mo-Jo from the masses showing appreciation to sponsors Ronhill whilst lined-up and the race started by new club Olympic Starter, chairman David Brown CBE with his wife and club secretary Carol the new Olympic official in the finish zone, Wythenshawe Park was understandably buzzing!
This annual club promotion, launched in 2002 by race director Fechin Mc Cormick as a legacy to the Manchester Commonwealth Games, has always had two objectives, apart from raising club funds. They are to encourage community health and fitness regardless of ability and to promote excellence at the sharp end. Just four days after the Olympics ended, with the nation still thrilling over 'Super Saturday' the club hosted its own 'Magic Thursday'.
A record sixty club members strained every sinew on the 'big occasion' and many recorded lifetime best performances. Special congratulations to Callum Greenwood (15.17) who broke club-mate Simon Mills long-standing junior record by one second that had stood from 2005 and to Louise Robbins and Jackie Cordingley who won the L35 and L50 categories. Full results are available on www.race-results.co.uk
It's time to say 'Thank-You'. The series would not be possible without the formidable team of helpers as reliant as ever. Brian Goulden for leading the team of marshals from his hospital bed and John Smith who deputized for him on-site; Dave Rodgers for his expertise in helping set up the course; the highly skilled and hard-pressed 'entries' team; Tony Reilly as race referee and David & Carol Brown for ensuring adequate officials; George Tivvy for his indispensible role on the public address; Paul Thompson for his stalwart backroom work in obtaining the race permits, ensuring the risk assessments are up to date and promptly sending returns to England Athletics and to club newcomer Marie O'Connor who so willingly volunteered her professional skills to help promote the event through the media.
Putting on this series is a massive task! Fourteen thousand promotional leaflets were distributed and it has continually engaged me since last February. Thank you to all who've contributed to this promotion though there's room for improvement in the level of commitment from many. There undoubted untapped potential here for the future.
Finally, thank you to the sponsors! Ronhill Sports were
admirable sponsors who again invested heavily and deserve every
credit and thanks for their commitment again this year. They
further facilitated support from the Sweatshop in Hyde, Shotz
Energy Gells and Mornflakes Oates. Thanks to Kelloggs whose bars
have been the basis of the goody bags and thanks to two of
the region's large Social Housing providers Yours Housing
Association and Adactus Housing Association who invest heavily in
communities and supported the community health elements of this
Posted 23/08/2012 09:45