Simply Health Manchester 10k and HM
A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the Simply Health Manchester Half Marathon, 10k and Junior runs a great success. I am opening with the helpers as they have been crucial in ensuring that this year’s events go ahead successfully. It was not an easy task to persuade our members to give up their time to help. Well done to Morris Jefferson for doing a sterling job.
After the appalling events of the previous week in Manchester it was touch and go at some points as to whether the mass participation events would go ahead. As it turned out, the success of the runs, together with the Great City Games on Friday proved that the city of Manchester have such great spirit and resolve that we can rise above the threat of terror and show the world that Manchester is a great place to be.
Some marshals had to endure being searched multiple times and sniffed by large dogs as they approached their positions. Armed police were evident as the country announced that the terror threat was ‘critical’. None of this mattered as we cheered and clapped the 6000 half marathon runners and 17000 10k runners as they proudly ran the streets of Manchester.
The weather was kind and thousands came out to support the athletes along the route. The half marathon took in the sights of The Mancunian Way and The Etihad Stadium before meeting the 10k course which passed by Old Trafford and The Imperial War Museum.
The results can be viewed here and I do not intend to list all the worthy runners who braved the 10k and Half Marathons. To name a few :-
High praise must be given to club stalwart Mike Dunne who was the fastest V65 of the day in a time of 44:48. Ex Sale runner Terry Lonergan was 7th with 49:33.
Sarah Douglas was thrilled to have been given an elite women’s start place alongside such names as Tirunesh Dibaba and Gemma Steel. She ran brilliantly (37:35) but was not quite as fast as her pb set in Salford earlier in the year. (37:03).
Joe Vis was our first man home in a time of 31:30 closely followed by Callum Rowlinson (32:19) and Gareth Raven (32:24) 3rd Vet40. Callum’s dad Gary was 1st Vet 50 (34:54) also mum Lynda 4th Vet 55 with 46:55. Well done family Rowlinson.
Posted 04/06/2017 18:30