Debdale 7K et al...
The third of the five Manchester Parks Grand Prix races was this weekend's Debdale Park 7k with several club members competing for overall GP titles. Perhaps it was the glorious hot day that resulted in fewer than normal competing.
First home retaining his victory title from last year with an almost identical time was Rob Flannery (24.25) It's good to see Rob returning to the promise of his former, younger days. Steven Townley is a prolific racer and why not when you keep getting faster! His 24.54 was over a minute faster than last year. Dave Marsh (25:33) was 4thand never far behind his long-time running compatriot.......... but when is he going to pass Rob? The Cordingley family have been running the GP series for years. Frank's time this year (30.21) does not reflect his more glorious, younger days but he's well in contention to win the M50 Grand Prix this year, a title that eluded him last year. His wife Jackie (33.11) has been an age-group winner for over a decade with numerous titles. Currently, she's been the L50 title holder for the past two years, but is at risk of losing it this year to in-form Lynda Rowlinson (32.00) who's won just as many titles or been runner-up through the decades. Jenny was the family member representing the 'girls' and is getting into fine form, a second faster than when she last ran in 2011. M55 John Battersby, currently injury free, (31.07) wasn't far short of his 2011 time; L40 Helen Regan made her 7k debut to finish in 31.56 and M60 Geoff Beattie (36.25) was second in his age category. Sale men won the team event and the ladies were 2nd
WINSTON ROAD RUNNERS held their annual 5k from the Wythenshawe track at the weekend. Well known for its attractive goody bags, three of our ladies who don't often make headlines deserve very special mention and congratulations. Carla Ousey was first lady home; Phillipa Edwards won 1st L60 and Janet Pickering was 2nd L60.
THE CONISTON TRAIL MARATHON: Katie Reece wrote on Facebook, " The last 10k felt like I was cooking alive but it was a lovely run (slow just over 5:30 as expected on all those hills) but had a nice dip in Coniston after. I'm sure the heat was worse for Murray!
Posted 09/07/2013 08:20