Endurance Round-Up (May)
During the summer months, the club's large endurance section has individuals and small groups who fly the flag throughout the North and even abroad. This report covers the month of May from those who sent in their account. Keep them coming for the June round-up.
June 1st: Hollins Green 5k: The club had eight participants in this second of 5 x 5k races that are part of the North Cheshire Series. They were led home by Mike Hatch in 16.42. No reports on individual performances were received, so it's not possible to acclaim PB's of anything else of significance. The race was run over Simon Bond's home training territory so no wonder he clocked a massive PB and his first sub-20 minutes time. M60 Fechin Mc Cormick recorded a consistent 23.40, the highpoint being the scare he gave Geoff Beattie in the final kilometre by momentarily zipping past him!
June 2nd: Abersock 10k. Wrote Jerry Smith, "It's quite a tough hilly course with a last mile along the beach. Jenny (Miles) and I enjoyed it and did much better than at the Manchester 10k so it seems we're both recovering well now from the marathon. Nicholas Whittle had a good run and was 9th. Zoe Gmerek was there on holiday and volunteered to marshal so she gave us enthusiastic support!
June 2nd: Run The Lanes '10' mile race. At Salwick, near Preston, Steve Townley and Terry Lonergan flew the flag. Steve was 3rd in 58.29 and Terry recorded his latest M60 prize with a highly commendable time of 72.33.
May 24th: Dunham Massey 5k: This first race of the North Cheshire series had nine take part. First home was Mike Hatch (16.35) who was just over 30 seconds slower than when he won it in 2011. Robbie Greensdale (19.14) and Louise Robbins (20:59) made their course debut; Lauren Davies, recovering from the London Marathon was a little short of her 2011 time; M60 Geoff Beattie (23:41) was severely restrained by injury; M60 Fechin Mc Cormick (23:46) ran his first competitive 5k for 18 months and was chased to the line by Carla Ousey (23:55). Great to have David Gill (24:22) return to racing and Jenny Clink (24:25) was also returning to form following her break.
On May 19th Windermere Marathon: Simon Jackson completed his 4th Windermere Marathon in a "very happy" PB of 3.13 finishing 30th/1200 starter. This was 6 minutes faster than his quickest Windermere and his fastest marathon time for 4 years. This is a very tough course with the winner managing only 2:38.
May 17th: Christleton 5k: As if to sharpen up for the Calderdale Way Relays two days later, Steven Townley pulled out a massive PB by almost 20 seconds in the super fast Christleton 5k. A tired (from the Sheffield HM the previous week) and limping Geoff Beattie (M60) wasn't quite so happy with 23.24 but was probably looking for a miracle!
May 12th Sheffield Half Marathon: James Lambe and Geoff Beattie competed in this popular mass event. Jim wrote, "This was the last chance to run in the Don Valley Stadium (being demolished). I had not done any training for it other than 2 Park Runs in Platt Fields. I have run the race quite a few times in the past and as it is a challenging course with some severe hills It went well - got to halfway in 56 minutes and then I hit a bad spell at 12 miles. I picked up and clocked 1:59:15. Geoff Beattie, frustrated by injury who's been a regular at this event for almost a decade finished in an uncharacteristic 1:54
May 12th Cycling Ireland: Shaun Mc Gee was a member of a cycling team who cycled the length of Ireland and raised several thousand pounds for the Marie Cure Foundation in memory of a very good friend. They started from Malin Head in gale force winds ; faced wet and windy conditions all through the week and it was only on the final day, heading for Mizen Head, that the sun finally briefly broke through.
May 12th Beaverbrook 10k, Blackpool: M60 Terry Lonergan is a regular pot-hunter around the Flyde coast and on a cold, wet and very blustery promenade, he ran a 'rather flattering' 42.36 in this 10k. It was another 'highly commendable' performance in the conditions for our evergreen racer who loves to show 'the youngsters' how it's done.
May 1st Connemara Ultra Marathon: Francis Sweeney completed the very tough and scenic Connemara ultra marathon - 39.3 miles of beautiful Irish scenery. He described it, "A tough course not for the faint hearted with the final 13 miles into a head wind that was hard to keep running against. He was pleased with his time of 5.58.58 secs.
April 12: Andy Robertson won his first senior GB vest He represented Great Britain at the Penn Relays in America, anchoring the men's 4 x 100m relay team to 4th place behind USA 1 & 2 and the Jamaican team. In front of a crowd of 45,000, GB beat the Bahama's, France, Canada and Germany, and narrowly missed 3rd place by 5/100th of a second.
April 7th The Milan Marathon: Newcomer Helen Carter ran her 2nd marathon, the first being Paris in April '12. She was 'gutted' to take 4 hours 9 minutes because she was aiming for 3:45. She got injured at 21 miles; had to stop for 10 minutes and then hobble to the line.
Posted 05/06/2013 08:38