Launch Of Manchester Parks Gp
If you weren't at the Wythenshawe track on Saturday morning as a runner, volunteer marshal or parent supporter for the club's promotion of the Sale '5', then know it was another successful event with 155 finishers. Britain's top running machine Morpeth's Nick Mc Cormick, preparing for the World Championships now living in Wilmslow flew around the course in a very zippy 24.11...though not as fast as Andi Jones (2008) and Martin Williams (2009).
The senior race was heralded by a shorter, junior race with about twenty runners of various age-groups. Well done to Jordan Bezzina who won the boys U15 race and to Francesca Brint who was 3rd in the U13 girl's race with Ciara Young 4th.
The club had a large turn-out in the senior race, particularly impressive in that the event uncharacteristically clashed with the Hollins Green 5k the same afternoon. The club had a clean sweep of victories taking all of the senior and veteran men and women first prizes. There were also a large number who won age-category prizes or ranked highly in them. Well done to Callum Rowlinson (1st junior men), Helen Armitage (1st L35), Gary Rowlinson (1st M50), Jackie Cordingley (1st L50), Linda Rowlinson (2nd L50), Jan Nichols 2nd L40, Bill Fox (2nd M55) and Aidan Raftery (3rd M50).
So much of the elixir of running is about pushing back the frontiers of one's ability and recording lifetime best performances. On a fast, traffic free course with a consistent background of hard, injury-free training through the winter; there are not being many 5-mile races around, and with several newcomers racing their first ever 5-miler, it was inevitable there would be a pot-full of PB's. Indeed, eight of the first 10 finishers were all PB's and a further two - Dave Marsh and Rob Flannery, produced their best result for a decade! It's time consuming to check every person's performance for PB's, so without them being submitted for these reports they, unfortunately, remain unheralded.
This first race of the Manchester Parks Grand Prix, a series of five races in Manchester parks through the summer, also witnessed the launch of several people's 2013 campaign for the overall title in the various categories. Several have impressive records with multi age-group victories over the past decade. Foremost among these are Jackie Cordingley and Linda Rowlinson who'll be nip-and-tuck this year again for the L50 title and Jan Nichols who has won the L40 title for the past three years. Likewise good luck to top ranked or previous winners Frank Cordingley, Brian Bradshaw, Jerry Smith and Tim Rainey who, by running this first race, could they also be vying for this year's overall titles?
(Researched and written by Fechin Mc Cormick. Photos courtesy of www.darkstarphotos.com
Posted 05/06/2013 08:39