We Love Manchester 10K
After posting up to 1000 Sizzler leaflets on the parked cars, I had the rare opportunity to sit in my own car on a lay-by along the route to view the 'We Love Manchester 10k" around the Etihad complex in East Manchester. Threaded through the 2000 participants were Sale Harriers and it was fascinating to study the relatively easy, flowing movement of our front guys that readily propelled them forward, to the rather stiff and tired gaits of so many others that spoke more of over/under training and racing that ought to be addressed. It was also interesting to observe the large number of front runners who were strung out fighting a lonely battle on a very hot day and wondered if one further reason for the decline in modern day performances is this. In 'my day' I don't recall too many 10k races where I was left fighting such a solitary battle but invariably was mixing it with a 'pack' and this greatly dragged me onto faster times. Could this be a training issue viz of runners lacking the ability to 'go with the pace' rather than fall off the pack?
This year's race was controversial with many bemoaning that their garmins told them the course was over-distance. I'm not a fan of garmins believing that if a course is certified by BARR (British Association of Road Races) then we must accept it as accurate rather than a garmin which can be affected by variables like the wide open spaces around the Etihad complex? However, most times were slow and it was hotter than previous years.
Nigel Martin (34:28) was first home in a top position and not far short of his PB but had expected to be faster. This was Nicholas Whittle's (37:53) third outing and his slowest by thirty seconds. Peter Crawford (38:12) looked heavy and tight and was some four minutes down on his best from last year. Peter O'Neill (38:19) has improved from over 42 minutes in the past two years: Paul Capey (39:40) has been off the scene quite a long time so good to see him back; Alan Pitman (40:46) was two minutes down on last year's time and his first time outside 40 minutes. It was Robbie Greenslade's debut (41:46) but a minute slower than his best 10k's this year: Stephen Parry (41:52) was also down on his time but was 7th M50; Helen Armitage (42;30) looked strong, fit and flowing and was 2nd in the L35 category. Alistair Kell (42:43) was a minute faster than in the Trafford 10k (March) but two minutes slower than in the GMR; Rachel Cavanagh (43.06) displayed a relaxed, easy running style that's full of future promise - pity she's off to Russia but we wish her well. Kevin Mahon (44.08) and M55 Jerry Smith (44:56) were both several minutes down on their times. Garry Armitage (47:43) should be pleased; Brian Bradshaw (49:51) Dawn Holding (50:19) was slower than she thought but pleased to be 2nd in her L50 category. M60 Geoff Beattie (52:02) won't be pleased and L55 Audrey Gresty (54:45) and L60 Jenny Miles (55:09) also hoped to be faster.
Posted 16/07/2013 08:55