OCTOBER ON THE ROADS
Fechin Mc Cormick
BUPA GREAT SOUTH RUN (OCTOBER 25TH).
Seven intrepid adventurers travelled all the way to Portsmouth for this 10 mile race, the worlds biggest. They travelled with a mission - to represent Sale Harriers in the National ‘10’ mile Championships but also in the hope of winning the Great Club Challenge which would earn the club £500; free entries into next year’s race and put them into the ‘pot’ of the club winning the all expenses paid trip to the Great Ethiopian Run in November 2015. They narrowly missed out to Stockport in winning the Great Club Challenge at the BUPA Great Manchester last May. With ten mile races a rarity nowadays five of the seven made their debut – David Marsh (56.26), Andy Mooney (59.06), Peter Crawford (1:06.08), Helen Armitage (1:06.47) and Emma Finney (1.08.50 ). All have set down impressive benchmarks for the future. Well done to Carl Barber (59.57) who recorded a PB by eight seconds over his Stockport ‘10’ last December, pretty impressive in the well published windy conditions. The fastest of the group, Gaz Raven (51.09) is a seasoned campaigner with a PB of 49.15 set in the 2008 Sale ‘10’. His time puts him top of the M40 UK rankings for 2014.....to add to his No 1 slot for 5k set in the summer Sizzlers.
ARLEY HALL HM (October 18th)
Peter O’Neill (1:23.15) had a storming run around Cheshire’s country lanes to finish among the top ten and knock three minutes off his PB set in the Wilmslow HM. Proving it’s never too late to start, M60 Nigel Felden made his HM debut in the very impressive time of 1:34.50. Daughter & Mum Jenny and Lynne Yates also toed the line hoping to improve on their HM times from the Robin Hood HM in September. Fast improving Jenny improved by over three minutes to record a PB of 1:39.19 but Mum wasn’t so lucky and finished three minutes slower ((1:43.27). Joanna Robbins is a seasoned HM campaigner and her time of 1:40.23 was just a minute slower than in the Warrington HM a few weeks earlier. Our intrepid M60 Geoff Beattie (1:49.37) had good reason to be pleased, recording a time three minutes faster than in May’s Chester HM. Finally, well done to Kate Gavin (1:57.27 who made her HM debut.
BUPA GREAT BIRMINGHAM HM (October 18th)
Well done to James Bailey on his half-marathon debut and time of 70.44. This was a pretty impressive performance for a guy more familiar with track 5000m and the 000m steeplechase. Indeed, prior to this race, James had raced only once over 10 miles (last December’s Stockport ‘10’) and did only a handful of 10k races and longer cross-country races in recent years.
GIN PIT 5 MILE TRAIL RACE (October 12th)
This is one of the club championships races but, clashing with the MACCL cross-country league match at Woodbank Park it did not have as many club entrants. Log onto http://www.saleharriersmanchester.com/pages/5870/news-endurance/club-endurance-championship to read the updated positions. Elton Davies (29:48), Olivier Gaillemin (30.00), Simon Bond (34.00), Jackie Cordingley (35.30 – 2nd L55), Jerry Smith (37.03), Frank Cordingley (38.25), Ian Taylor (38.30)
OLDHAM HM (October 12th)
Well done to M40 Gaz Raven who smashed it round the tough half-marathon course to win it in the very impressive time of 71.19. This puts him 15th fastest M40 in Britain this year. Last year he finished second behind Andi Jones. Simon Jackson also had every reason to be ‘pretty happy’ with his time of 1.26.20. He recorded, ‘It’s got to take over from the Buxton HM as the toughest half I've done”. This was Simon’s seventh HM this year!
ABERSOCK HM (October 4th)
Paul Green & Nick Webb took on a tough challenge in this half marathon and both also had every reason to be pleased. M40 Paul Green never ceases to amaze (when he’d fit!) and won the race in 73.52. An indication of Paul’s talent is his HM PB of 65.42 set in the 2004 Wilmslow Half Marathon. M50 Nick Webb is preparing for next year’s London Marathon and returning from injury. He won the M50 category in 1:29.53, a massive improvement of almost 15 minutes on his debut in the 2012 Birmingham HM. He was rewarded handsomely with £75 prize...so God knows how much Paul won!
CHESTER MARATHON (October 5th)
Robert Dunn had a memorable day at the Chester Marathon. It was his debut and was ‘extremely happy’ to record 2:54.15. He much appreciated the "come on Sale" shouts along the route. As part of his build-up he did the Wirral HM, again a debut appearance and finished in 84.07. Katie Reece opted for the shorter but sensible Metric Marathon of 26.2kms and clocked a time of 2:31.25. Since he started running earlier this year, his dad has watched all his races witnessing runners of all shapes and sizes and so he's now caught the running bug himself and become a regular at the Saturday morning Park runner,
CONGLETON HM (October 5th)
Nigel Martin had a fantastic race finishing 2nd overall in 73:04 which was a PB by over two minutes on his 2:19 over Helsby HM in January.
Posted 26/10/2014 20:51