SALE 5K SIZZLER (3)
Fechin Mc Cormick - Race Director
What a Sizzler that was! The third 5k in Wythenshawe Park was certainly one of the best. with a near record turn-out of 450 finishers. First home on this occasion was Andrew Heyes (Hallamshire H) who finally broke Jason Ward’s 2006 course record and record a new time of 14.20. Behind him were an amazing six under 15 minutes and a further 16 under 16 minutes. The women’s winner, Jessica Coulson (16.09) (Stockport Harriers) also broke her own course record. Other course records were M40 Gareth Raven (Sale Harriers) (14:44), M60 Dave Gee (Manchester H) recorded 17:46 and the men’s Vet 35 time was the UK’s best time in 2014. There were also several other exceptionally fast age-group times especially the M65 time of Stan Curran’s (Salford Harriers) who recorded 19:25. The Salford men’s trio of Carl Hardman (14.43), Ben Riddell (15:06) and Stuart Robinson (15.09) and Stockport Harrier’s women’s trio of Jess Coulson (16:09, Jenny Knass (17:39) and Lyndsay Clarke (18:03) won the bonus £100 prizes for collectively dipping under 45 mins and 54 mins respectively. It was an expensive evening but what an event of excellence.
Forty Sale Harriers were among the line up on this occasion making it a total of sixty-six club members who’ve now run a Sizzler this summer. Of these, twelve have run all three races. Of those who ran last night, there were several more great performances – apart, of course, from Gaz Raven’s M40 record of 14.44 that brought him within 3 seconds of his PB set in the 2006 Sizzlers. M40 Paul Green also ran a ‘stormer’ to record 15:49. Those who recorded PB’s were Nigel Martin (15:58) who improved on last year’s sizzler PB by 31 seconds as did U20 Matt Beacock (16:11) who improved by a massive 2 ½ minutes; Phil Scowcroft (17.10) improved his 2011 PB by twenty-four seconds; Rupert Liddington (17:28) improved his PB from the last Sizzler by ten seconds as did Kevin Foster (17:48) by one second. Paul Barrett (17:52) ran his fastest of the three Sizzlers so far by ten seconds; Dennis Powell (18:440 dipped under nineteen minutes for the first time as did U20 Ben Fox (18:44). Emma Finney (19:19) improved her PB yet again by a margin of almost thirty seconds as did Stevold Surridge (19:10). Anne Chinoy (19:44) and Kathy Wellam (19:48) continued their massive improvement and both are now well below that magical twenty minute barrier. M60 Nigel Fielden (20:10) also continues to improve and is now not far short off his 2011 PB; David Allinson (20:16) improved his PB over the last Sizzler by five seconds; Mark Ferns (21:27) and M60 Martin Smedley (22:53) improved their PB’s also from the last Sizzler by about ten seconds and M60 Dave Farmer improved it by more than twenty seconds.. This number of PB’s brings to more than two-thirds the total number of Sale Harriers whose PB are recorded in a Sizzler over the years. Well done to all of them! PB’s are the elixir of running and what keeps us motivated
The fourth and final Sizzler on August 14th incorporates the Northern Athletics 5k Road championships. Let’s see if Sale Harriers have any ‘elite’ (apart from vets!) who can mix it with some of these fast guys on the roads, especially in anticipation of the imminent Northern & National Road Relays. Attending it will be nine local Olympians that span 50 years and 10 Olympic Games from Ron Hill (Tokyo ’64 & Munich ’72) to Sale’s own Rebekan Wilson who represented GB at the recent Winter Sochi Olympics. Bring your cameras for your ‘selfies’ with them.
Again, thanks to those who’ve helped in any way –John Smith who deputised for chief marshal Brian Goulden at the Commonwealth Games; Dr Jen Fox who stood in as the event doctor; all of our marshals, timekeepers and officials and those who helped fill the goody bags. The earlier time of 6pm evoked a much better response from the endurance section but left myself with much more work and strain as I alone had to carry almost all the heavy boxes of fruit etc up stairs myself. Let’s hope more pairs of youthful muscle will arrive earlier than 6pm next time to help ease this burden.
Posted 01/08/2014 15:48