September 2016 News
Sale Harriers Endurance section have been showing some excellent form including Matt Barnes (M35) winning the South Manchester Triathlon, with Gary Rowlinson 3rd M50. Still on the triathlon theme, Kathy Wellam (F35) competed in the ITU World Triathlon Series in Mexico in the Aquathlon (8th in her age category) and the Sprint Triathlon.
The North West Road Relays were held at Sportcity and hosted by Sale Harriers on the 25th bSeptember 2016. A very successful event and a big thank you must go out to all the organisers and helpers who ensured that the event went smoothly. Thanks to Paul Barrett and his team of marshals and course set up helpers.
For Sale Harriers we managed to coax a great turnout of athletes in all age groups but were a little light on medals at the end of the day.
The senior ladies were out in force managing to fill 3 teams with A, B and C teams coming 17th, 36th and 49th. (Out of over 70 teams). Perhaps lacking a few ‘big guns’ to win medals but the team spirit was high with great managerial support from Helen Armitage. At least too, all our runners had the common sense to familiarise themselves with the course so that they were not disqualified for only doing one lap. (4 teams were).
The men had to put together teams of 6 which is no mean feat in itself and managed to produce a squad of 24 on the day. The teams came 6th, 29th, 43rd and 91st with Matt Bond 4th fastest leg of the day.
Well done to Paul Green who won the Abersoch Triple Crown after his second place in 2015. He managed a 4 min improvement over the 10k, Half Marathon and Sprint Triathlon. results
Hayley Ashby won the Macclesfield Half Marathon (and 1st V35 too) in a time of 1:26:35. An excellent result on such a hilly course with only 21 men in front of her. Helen Reagan (V45) did 1:46:27 closely followed by Debbie McEvoy 1:46:48. results
There were only 14 men in front of Zoe Gmerek in the Ormskirk 10K, so she was 1st Lady, (3rd over 40 including men,) in a really good time considering that the course had so much grass or paths. (40:20).
Well done to the athletes racing the Berlin Marathon. Five runners very nearly all beat the magical 3 hour time with Andy Carlin 2:41:56, Chris Donnelly 2:44:02, Oli Gaillemin 2:59:02, Rob Dunn with (wait for it) 2:59:59 (gasp) and poor Richard (Eddie) Edwards just missing out (but still a great time) of 3:02:40. Great support too from Clare and Steve McCarron and Helen Carter. Incidentally, Stuart Robinson of Salford, ran 2hrs 38min which equals his marathon debut in 2005. He has been no slower than 2h 30 since, and the last 2 marathons were 2h 21. results.
At the front of the field Kenenisa Bekele was 6 seconds off breaking the world record managing an amazing 2:03:03 having gone through the first k in 2m 40. (which equates to about 4 min 17 sec per mile).
Posted 27/09/2016 11:57