Fechin Mc Cormick
The hilly Stockport ‘10’ is a traditional pre-Christmas outing for many of the endurance section and this year had more entered than ever before. James Bailey, only a few weeks after making it onto the front cover of Athletics Weekly having anchored the club’s relay team to its first National Relay title, made his ten mile debut. As essentially a steeplechaser, he did well to finish 3rd in the respectable time of 52.51 on this tough course.
It was also Nigel Martin’s ten mile debut and, as an 800/3000m runner, was well outside his comfort zone to finish well up the field in 57.31. Chris Donnelly’s, too, was also on his debut (59:22). Chris has been racing for the club only two years and so far has only a couple of half-marathons and a Manchester Marathon experience of the longer distances.
There are not many 10 mile races around nowadays compared to olden times so not surprising that even more experienced legs like Carl Barber’s (1.00.05) should also be making his debut. He’d have been under the magical hour had he not done the cross-country as Sherdley park the previous day.
Mike & Hayley Ashby are moving up their running gears again following their recent wedding and all the associated romantic distractions that take away from the priority of running! Mike crossed the line in 1:03.26....as compared to 1:00.09 in 2006 (before he met Hayley!). Hayley wasn’t far behind chasing him in 1:07.39. Daniel Boulton (1:11.39) wasn’t far behind also running his first ‘ten’. He’s set down a good benchmark to dip under the magical seventy minutes.
Jerry Smith (1:12.28) was the most experienced of all club’s 10 mile racers, this being his third outing on the course since 2008 when he recorded a more youthful 1:09.17 and 1:07.27 the following year. For ultra-distance specialist Tim Rainey ((1:14.22), this race was just another local outing.... on top of competing in the Manchester XC league the previous day.
Cat Jones (1:19.17) continues her long trek back following pregnancy and motherhood. Still rebuilding her endurance, she ought to be pleased to dip under 80 minutes on this tough course. Jenny Clink (1:27.27) also would be much faster had she not competed the previous day in the cross-country league match.
Finally Jenny Miles (1:35.29) again admirably represented her esteemed age-group and was only a few seconds slower than last year and took home 3rd in her hallowed age-category.
Finally! Finally! To blow my own trumpet, it might be worth mentioning that in 2002, at the youthful age of 53/4 years, I entered this race on ‘spec’ in the eleventh hour and clocked 1:08.45. It’s the last time I raced over such a long distance!
Posted 10/12/2013 11:21