Manchester & SHM were truly on their feet for the Gt. Manchester 10k, Junior Run & City Sprints of the weekend of mid-May. Club members of every age and section stretched their sinews to marshal, run and officiate as they've done every year of this weekend of running.
On the Saturday, dozens of our little 'uns ran their hearts out in the Junior Games around Sportcity, often escorted across the finish line by proud parents.
(aged 7) came second in her race missing first place by a few
seconds, Bethany Thornton came third. In the girls
9- 11 years, Sale was again well represented and were champions on
the podium. Eleanor Twite lost first place by 6
seconds but was running a year young in her age-group, Eleanor is
presently ranked 2nd in the UK as a 600m Runner. Julia
Hassall came third and ran well.
Club's volunteers, too numerous to mention, were on high alert serving every aspect of each event over the two days with expertise time and commitment, their good cheer lifting the drooping spirits and heavy legs of green-hooped vest spotted among the 38,000 that snaked along Bridgewater Way, Man United and the Lowry and back to Deansgate.
Club Chairman David Brown CBE was the chief starter again this year for all the coloured waves as he has been every year of this event. His wife Carol, our club secretary, was also on the finish line again recording the times of the wheelchair races, the elite ladies and elite men's races which were given to the media. In the evening Dave again started all the televised street sprints along Deansgate whilst Carol dealt with the finish, recording the positions as the chief assistant to event referee Tony Riley.
As 38,000 bedraggled spectacles exited the finish zone, many resolving never to run again, 8000 were 'bombarded' with Sizzler entry forms by Fechin Mc Cormick, Jill Sanders and Steve Gavin promoting the popular 5k series.
In the 10k road race, following not far behind Ethiopia's world renowned hero and winner Haile Gebrsellassie were our own elite. Anthony Ford clocked 29.09 and was likely to be disappointed being just a few seconds short of his 2008 PB and dipping under twenty-nine minutes for the first time. He finished in the same 10th position. Our international cross-country specialist, Sonia Samuels also hoped to improve on her inaugural 10k at Salford on Good Friday but again it eluded her by just a few seconds, clocking 33.30
Next across the line was Adam Elliott who clocked 32.02. He was running his fourth ever 10k with a best of 31.13 from the Leeds Abbey Dash in 2007.
Tim Kennedy ran out of his skin. In his first ever Gt. Manchester Run, he recorded a massive PB of 34.17..... and there's more to come!
Paul Barrett's was a mediocre 39.17 but then he sandwiched the race between a 16 mile training session - for whatever reason! On Paul tail came Christopher Hertzog with a very impressive 39.44 followed by another newcomer Suzanna Hassall with 46.14 Mark Tyldsley hadn't been getting in the training and his 46.42 was 'a confidence run' following injury. It's puts him on the starting blocks for his favourite event - the marathon This was his fourth GMR 10k with a best time of 41 minutes.
Keith Tyrer had 'a great time' running in Fechin Mc Cormick's 'shoes' and clocked 47.04. Come on, Keith, I lent you my 'shoes' so you'd sprout wings for me. Well done! This was Mark Ferns 7th consecutive GMR. Though with a lifetime best of 41.29 and a GMR best of 43.23 in 2007, 47.33 wasn't such a bad performance considering his present circumstances. This was Naomi Grant's 5th GMR and last year's was her first in a club vest. She improved her GMR time by more than a minute to 55.41 but her PB of 54.26 was clocked in last year's Sunderland 10k This was Wendy Kearsley's 4th GMR with a best of 55.56 from 2007.
The Brown family were further represented with Chris and Sarah retaining their record of having run every event since its inception. This year even Chris's girlfriend ran it for the first time never having run a 10k before! Bethan Roberts also had every reason to be pleased with 53:54. She was five minutes faster than last year and now straining on the lease for this year's Sizzlers.
Soon to retire headmistress of Withington Girl's School, Janet Pickering ran her 7th GMR (2003 - 2010 inclusive with the exception of 2005 when she was unwell). Her PB is 55.03 in 2004 and this year's 1.09.34 was her slowest. She still finished a congratulatory 54th in the L60 Female category. She has, over the years, raised more than £7000 for the Kirsty Appeal and her school's projects in The Gambia. Watch out for faster times next year after she retires.
This event went off really well especially for two of our Sale Harriers, Andy Turner and Shaunna Thompson. Andy was well pleased to produce the world's fastest ever 200m time of 22.30 and this coming off the back of an earlier victory in which he broke Colin Jackson's British record. Likewise out 18-year old Commonwealth Youth Games 100/200m champion managed to clear up the injury that she's suffered last year to take a very good scalp of Christine Ohuruogu for the second consecutive year. Said her coach Bob Gaisie, Racing against such hi-calibre athletes is great preparation for Shaunna's main target this summer - the World Junior Championships in Moncton,Canada. To medal at those championships Shaunna will need to produce a PB and this result shows she's "on target" but there is still a lot of work to do"
(Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Sale Harriers Manchester was well-represented at the Loughborough International Athletics meeting on May 23rd, with many of the club's highest achievers commencing serious competition for the first time in 2010. The weather was superb and resulted in some excellent early season performances.
The sprints were particularly fertile, with Rebekah Wilson winning a 100m race in 11.93s and HCA member Katherine Endacott recording a pb of 11.53s in the 100m and an outdoor best of 23.64 in the 200m, which bodes well for the upcoming European Club Cup. Lucy Evans, representing Wales, also went under 12 seconds in the match race, running 11.95s. Shaunna Thompson had an off day in a highly competitive 200m match race, but Andy Robertson maintained a superb start to the season in the men's 100m, winning the B race in an excellent 10.46s. Meanwhile, Chris Craig was frustrated by the wind gauge, as he triumphed in the B 200m race in an outstanding 20.98 seconds, with the wind reading agonisingly just 0.3 m/s over the legal limit. Ryan Oswald also returned to competition with a solid outing in the 100m.
New members Rhys Smith and Dave Hughes both performed well in the 400m, with Rhys taking part in a very strong match race (48.66) and Dave clocking a very respectable 47.85s in one of the guest 400m events. Debo Ademuyewo also got his 400m season under way with a decent run out (49.36). In the women's event, Kelly Massey took some very useful scalps, finishing 2nd in the match race in 54.65.
There were good performances in the hurdles, too, as Andrea Vinet got her season under way with a 14.02 clocking, while Nick Gayle hit a hurdle in the men's match race, which threw him off his stride and affected his time. Chris Wakeford, a new member this year, got close to his pb with a 54.40 run in the longer hurdles.
In the endurance events Nick Samuels again showed how much he has improved with another sub 3m50 1500m, this time crossing the line in 3:48.44, while Sonia Samuels showed that her husband couldn't take all the family credit, by finishing 3rd (9:13.06) ahead of Lisa Dobriskey in a high quality 3000m. Kaye Kirkham also had a run out in the 800m.
There were also some strong performances in the field, with club members winning both the men's and women's javelin competitions. Matt Hunt, representing England, threw superbly to beat James Campbell with 71m52, not far off the club record, while Laura Whittingham threw a series of pbs to win in 53m84. In the other throws, Scot Thompson represented Scotland in the shot and improved his outdoor sb to 16m20, while a trio of Sale Harriers competed in the women's event. Rebecca Peake (15m83) edged out Scotland's Alison Rodger (15m37), with multi-eventer Katia Lannon flying the flag for Wales. The women's hammer was also a club affair, with HCA member Sophie Hitchon taking the honours and the victory for GB juniors in an excellent 65m93, just 5cm short of her pb. Yet Sarah Holt was also over 65m (65m51) and Laura Douglas over 60m (60m86) to complete an excellent competition. UK number 1 Alex Smith, still recovering from food poisoning and a face-first fall in training, came a credible 5th in the men's event with 67m55.
The jumps events were just as spectacular, with Steph Pywell's 1m90 pb requiring Jess Ennis to draw on all her reserves to beat her in the high jump. In the Pole Vault, while Abigail Haywood unfortunately no-heighted, Andy Sutcliffe, still in heavy training, managed a decent 4m90 as his season starts in earnest. In the Triple Jump, new member Ricardo Twumasi, representing Loughborough, came 5th, with 14m57, while his training partner Steve Small jumped a season's best of 7m24 to equal that position in the Long Jump. An excellent season awaits all. (Written by Dean Hardman)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Our nationally acclaimed coach, Norman Poole's lifetime contribution to the region's elite endurance runners, was recognised in the Norman Poole 5k Cown Resevoir road race. Understandably, several of Norman's protégé's turned out. Our European junior 800m silver medallist Nial Brooks expressed his personal gratitude by smashing the course record to clock 15.13 with Stuart Bailey on his heels with 15.17. Several used it as a tempo session with Tom Atkinson 8th in 16.38; Gaz Raven, still recovering from 'London' in 17.10 and Matt Bond, as a final run-out before heading to Denmark for his debut international, sauntered round in 18.44
May 19th MOBBERLEY 5.3
On a lovely summer's evening five Sale Harriers tackled the Mobberley 5.3 mile trail race. First home for Sale was Carl Barber, who's improving rapidly by the day, in 26th place with 34.29. Jerry Smith, still recovering from his efforts in the London Marathon, was pleased with his time of 36.31 and picked up the prize for 1st M55. Mike Wharton, also recovering from London, ran 37.14. Jan Nicholls was close behind with 37.20 to take the prize for 1st F40 and was followed home by her father Derek in 44.28. After the race the runners all repaired to the beer garden of the local pub for well-earned refreshment. A most enjoyable evening!
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Just as the last daffodils of spring faded, the Dunham Massey 5k blossomed and announced the North Cheshire series of five 5k races through Cheshire countryside and a summer of 5k road races. The scenic Dunham Massey 5k, organised by Altrincham AC/Spectrum Striders is also the precursor to our own 4 x 5k Sizzlers. Run in the very picturesque and serene surroundings of the Park, they were for many who'd trained long and hard for Spring marathons and half-marathon, the chance to get those legs moving fast again.
It was great to see Mike Hatch (17.18) back. Take no notice of his 'slow' time and maybe this was the reason for his 'feeling cold' during the race!! M45 Gary Rowlinson (17.22 is also back and produced one of his fastest times for years on this course. The quality of the men's M45 team was further demonstrated by having Gary Willcock (18.23) and Frank Cordingley (18:32) finish in the top fifty. Frank's time was just a few seconds short of his best in the Parkrun Platt Fields 5k's. This age-group could be a formidable force in the BMAF 5k Championships in Horwich on June 20th. Newcomer Matt Wansbone (18.13) is an exciting new prospect who hadn't competed in a 5k for a very long time and this was a massive PB that he'll soon improve. Karl Barber's (18.34) massive progress is well documented! Previous to Dunham his last 5k was in last summer's Sizzler when he clocked a PB of 21.00. He'll also improve further! Tim Brett (19:06), less than two weeks after clocking 3:55 in the Windermere Marathon made a 26 second improvement on the Mayday 5k Mike Wharton's (19:32), though still recovering from the 'trauma' of 'London' still clocked a course PB. It demonstrates his massive progress also. Likewise M55 Jerry Smith (20.05) had an excellent sharpener after his tough London and hard training for it. Next came Michael Wymer ran his second 5k race and a PB of about 2 minutes on the first race that was last year's Bowden 5k in 22.26 M50 Stefan Schumacher (21:04), just two weeks after his second fastest marathon in his home city of Kassel (Germany) came within a few seconds of his best. An exciting sub-21career beckons! (Geoff Beattie's got no chance now!). Jo Street (21:30) was also in top form missing her 2007 course best by just two seconds. M45 Ian Whitham (25.10) also has reason to be pleased, clocking his fastest time despite a career that demands incessant travel. For complete results, log onto http://www.ukresults.net (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Norman Poole pulled it off yet again! As President of the exclusive British Milers club that provides top level competition for the nation's elite athletes, our nationally acclaimed middle-distance coach put on his annual feast of top-class running for the annual BMC Grand Prix at Sportcity on May 29th. He also pulled off near perfect weather! Though the hours beforehand were wet and dreary and the later hours windy, near perfect conditions for the five hours of competition meant that about 90% of the 300 elite middle-distance runners from throughout Britain and Ireland's went home with lifetime bests or season's best performances.
Among the club members, in the 800m, seventeen year old Matt Holmes set the evening off with his best of 2:00.30. Lee Whitley also produced a SB of 1:58.59 and came within a whisker of a PB. Still early evening, Donna Riding was hopeful of coming close to her 800m PB of 2:06.97.She was always in the leading pack and, had she not been the victim of a couple of elbow tussles that knocked her rhythm would have clocked even faster than 2:08.31. Ruth Watson travelled all the way from Peterborough in the hope of clocking a 2:10 performance. She chased the pacemaker on a 63 second schedule and looked as though she might achieve her aim.....until the final 100m when the 'wheels came off' to clock a disappointing 2:15.27.
Britain's No.1 junior, eighteen year old Niall Brooks, ran a tactically sound 1500m race to clock a seasons' best of 3:43.22 and qualify for the European Junior championships (He's already qualified for the 800m). In the same 'A' race Nick Samuels had every reason to be delighted to record a PB of 3:44.54 to add to his excellent winter's indoors. In the 'C' 1500m, following a successful and consistent winter James Bailey was also rewarded with a long promised and well-deserved PB of 3:48.02. In the 'G' 1500m another promising youngster Charlie Hulson, the U/17 & U15 Welsh 800m champion, also set a new wonderful benchmark of 3:58.20
The floodlights were on for the 5000m races that topped the long evening. Again, almost everyone in every race recorded a PB and among them Matt Bond, in the form of his life this year, achieved his ambition of dipping under 14.30to clock 14:25.69. Dave Norman, weeks after 2:19.05 in the London Marathon, must be well satisfied to record a SB of 14:32.49. For full results visit http://www.britishmilersclub.com (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
The bank holiday Sale '5' had the same winner & runner-up as in 2008. Salford's Andi Jones topped a hectic weekend that involved pace-setting at the BMC Grand Prix to add the £200 top prize to wife Donna's next shopping trip!!! He increasingly pulled away from runner-up Philip Hoole (Rotherham). Club wise, the event was notable for the largest ever turn out of club members with thirty lining up. Our senior men were 3rd team behind winners Trafford AC and our women were the winners.
Mike Ashby (29:19). Surprisingly good considering he's in the final stages of training for an Ironman Triathlon.
Mike Hatch (29:28) "Getting fitter. Trying to get fit for the Welsh Castles relay"
Elton Davies (29:53) "Good! Aiming to get under 30 minutes"
Andy Mooney (29:58) "Pleased to get under 30 minutes" A great PB!
Gary Willcock M45 (30:26) Just thirteen seconds off last year's time
Frank Cordingley M45 (30:53) "Had enough left for a sprint finish" His 3rd race in 4 days & maybe the reason for a minute down on last year!
Carl Barber (31:28) "Very good - my first 5-mile race"
Rob Flannery (31:41) Did 25:04 in 2005 & can repeat this when fit.
Richard Wilson M40 (31:44) "Felt terrible! Running only three times a week"
Rose Blackburn (32:31) "Had a scorcher" Congratulations to Auntie Rose!
Jerry Smith M55 (32:41) "Pleased! Best run for awhile even though a minute off my PB" Still recovering from London.
Carl Cleghorn (32:42) "Tough so soon after the Kassel Marathon. Last two miles ran out of energy" His debut '5'.
Steve Gavin (32:45) Debut '5' He's now almost completed the full set!
Bill Fox M55 (33.07) "Disappointing time - 3 minutes faster last year"
Tim Brett (32:28) "Hard work" His debut '5'. Ran the Windermere Marathon 2 weeks earlier in 3:55".
Terry Lonergan M60 (34:04) Thirty seconds short of last year. Read his blog for full report.
Jan Nicholls L40 (34:40) "Nice race. Preparing for the Welsh Castles relays"
Jo Street (35:07) "Worked hard! Aiming for Welsh Castles relays. A course PB by a massive 80 seconds!
John Battersby M50 (35:14) "All Right! Not brilliant"
Jackie Cordingley L50 (35:40)" Quite happy" In line for her 2nd Grand Prix L50 Championship
Geoff Beattie M55 (36:10) Over a minute slower than last year! He'll be disappointed
Warren Bowden M40 (36:33) Good to have him back in racing mode
Lynda Rowlinson L45 (36:55) "Pleased" On schedule for her 4th successive L45 Grand Prix Championship
Lauren Davies (39:20) "Better by more than a minute on last year"
Don Nichols M70 (40:04) "Very Good" 2nd M70 and an excellent PB
Alan Romangalo (41:19) Oops! Over 2 ½ minutes down on last year
Dianne Hennigan (42:32) Good to have her back on the circuit again!
Brian Bradshaw M45 (44:30) "Three minutes off last year's time"
Full results on www.race-results.co.uk (Written By Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
The weather was terrible. There was no meat in the bolognese sauce. A strange man in a yellow cardigan didn't seem to be able to take "no" for an answer. But amidst all the adversity, the senior women produced a series of fantastic performances to win Group B of the European Champion Clubs' Cup and gain promotion to the elite Group A for 2011 - the winning of the UKWL permitting.
Having endured a torrid journey to Slovakia in 2009, hopes were not high for a smooth trip to Switzerland, but a combination of Swiss efficiency and a direct flight meant that those fears were unfounded, and the team arrived at the hotel via Basel airport in time for dinner. The fact that the meal consisted of a pungent Caesar salad and a plate of spaghetti coloured with a simple tomato sauce dampened spirits a little, but not too much. A lothario from the male Irish team took no time in trying to work his magic, but was sent on his way (he would be back, though), while Kath Endacott's demands for dessert fell on deaf ears. Many of the team headed straight to local eateries to forage for more food, before an early night in preparation for the main event.
The weather on the day of competition was predictably bad, with howling winds and horizontal rain being interspersed with some relatively benign conditions. The match got off to a slow start, but from the first event the Sale athletes gave their all. Momentum built as the match progressed, until eventually the team succeeded in winning a competition that had eluded them the year before. In the end, the margin of victory was a comfortable 16 points from the Dutch team Rotterdam. Here's how the team got on: -
100m: Chief cheerleader Katherine Endacott recorded the first victory of the day for the team on the track, running very close to her recent pb with a great time of 11.56s. She nearly matched that at the end of the meeting in trying to catch me to throw me in the waterjump, but narrowly failed.
200m: Shaunna Thompson, having marvelled at the Swiss countryside on the bus to Bern, repeated Kath's success in the longer sprint, achieving a World Junior Championships qualifying mark in the process (23.76).
400m: The youngest member of the team, Tyra Watson, gave a very good account of herself, taking 5th place in a season's best 58.59s. In the absence of a party in the evening, Tyra made her own fun, by finding a magnet and thrilling to the sight of it sticking to metal surfaces when thrown.
800m: Making her club debut, Nicola Maddick recovered from her disappointment of having to eat salad to front run to victory in the 800m (2:11.18s).
1500m: Jenna Hill, feeling under the weather and in no fit state to challenge her best times, ran a very sensible race to claim a podium spot and one of the all-important pink scarves.
3000m: Rachel Deegan also found the going tough, but battled hard to finish a credible 4th with 10:22.20.
5000m: Shocked to see a 5000m on the timetable just 15 minutes before it was due to start, we didn't have anyone to do it. Linda Benin, the hammer thrower, looked like she might have been open to persuasion, but sadly it was too late. Luckily this didn't affect the overall outcome.
3000m Steeplechase: Lateefah Burton had never ran a steeplechase further than 2000m before, but she stuck to her task and completed the race, claiming what could have been a vital point.
100mH: Andrea Vinet ran a superb season's best (and her best time for a couple of years) to take the victory in 13.95 and then went on to be a contentious choice as the guardian of the large Toblerone that was given to us for coming first. She performed her job in an equitable fashion, although it did take her some time to reveal that she'd brought the chocolate on board the plane.
400mH: Holly Belch had to run the 400 hurdles at the start of the day when the wind was at its worst, and her time therefore suffered accordingly. Nevertheless, she came home in a useful 5th place.
High Jump: Adele Lassu won comfortably in 1m70 in slippery conditions, but was then faced with an hour and a half in doping control. She was also the keenest to get her hands on one of the complimentary Swiss knives.
Pole Vault: Abigail Haywood was disappointed to only clear her opening height of 3m60, but that was still enough for second place. There still seems to be plenty more to come for the rest of the season.
Long Jump: Abigail Irozuru suffered from problems with her run up as a result of the high winds, and was frustrated to be down in 4th going into the final round. She responded brilliantly to take 2nd place with 6m09, but was unfortunately only 2cm from taking the win. Let's hope her injury problems are banished forever.
Triple Jump: Clare Linskill had similar problems in the Triple Jump, but also produced a season's best (12m46) to take 3rd.
Shot: Alison Rodger launched a practice throw out to 16m50+ and her hopes were high for a Commonwealth Games qualifier. The tension set in with so much at stake, so she had to be satisfied with a more modest 15m87, which was still enough for the win.
Discus: Alison had earlier started the day with a go at the discus, an event that she doesn't train for. In contrast to the shot, her practice throws all ended in the netting, which made her 40m76 for third place all the more impressive.
Javelin: Laura Whittingham is in fantastic form having thrown three pbs at the previous week's Loughborough international. She was over 52m again this time (52m01) which gave her victory by an astonishing 11 metres.
Hammer: New member and Kevin Madden-coached Linda Benin, a French International athlete who will soon be competing for Ghana at the African and then Commonwealth Games, picked up the team's first win of the day (57m22) in a competition that took place in very poor conditions outside of the main stadium.
4x100m: Rebekah Wilson, who had earlier won a guest 100m race in an excellent windy 11.82s, joined Andrea Vinet, Katherine Endacott and Shaunna Thompson to secure victory over the Dutch team by half a second (46.40s).
4x400m: The highlight of the day for most was the final event. Holly Belch got the team off to a very solid start and passed on to Nicola Maddick, who moved into second place. With 40m to go, it suddenly occurred to all watching that we didn't have a 3rd leg athlete ready to receive the baton. Nicola, by now panicking, was relieved to see Tyra Watson, who had been struggling to remove her tights, sprinting to the change-over zone with absolutely no time to spare, still wearing her leggings. That the change-over was legal was a miracle. Jess Taylor, who had earlier ran a windy pb (12.2) in winning another guest 100m, anchored the team with a very impressive 56s leg to hold off the challenge of the Swiss team and keep hold of second place in the race.
After the competition, there was a much anticipated banquet, held at a swanky hotel in Bern city centre. Those with more sophisticated palates appreciated the food (if not the extortionate drinks prices), while others preferred to sneak out to the local fast food restaurant for a snack between courses. Here, the team were presented with their prize for taking the win - an attractive engraved plate and matching goblets, which was duly pocketed along with the Swiss Army knives and packets of muesli that had earlier been given to every team. Gifts were a significant theme of the weekend, with podium finishers receiving a much sought-after goody bag that included, amongst other things, a large packet of pasta, a t-shirt, a scarf and, oddly, a pair of socks.
With the formal proceedings over, a party was the order of the day, but was, sadly, not forthcoming, as Bern on a Sunday night was not, it appeared, the party capital of Europe. Despite the encouragement of the excitable Irishman and some equally keen Swiss military personnel (who, bless them, had a midnight curfew) who wanted a dance, bizarrely, the following Tuesday, most of the team headed back to the hotel for a chat and a well-earned sleep. A 9am start the next day meant that, even accounting for the inevitable half-hour delay, we arrived back in Manchester by just after lunchtime, tired, emotional, satisfied, and 23 bags of meusli better off. (Written by Dean Hardman)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
The weekend of June 12/13 was the opportunity for our youngsters to strut their stuff in the various County Schools Championships. Congratulations to five harriers in the Cheshire Schools, two of whom became Schools champions and the others the silver medallists.
Danielle Bentley, a representative at last year's British School's International Championships became the senior county champion as did Rafia Aslam who became the inter-girls triple jump champion. Rafia has just joined Sale and has her first club competition next weekend at the National Young Athletes League at Sportcity.The three silver medallists were Hannah Carlin (100m), Heidi Williams (200m) and Lydia Randles (75m Hurdles). Heidi has previously won two Cheshire 800m titles; Hannah was second in the Cheshire Clubs a few weeks earlier and Lydia is a multi-eventer aiming for the English Schools Championships. These inter & juniors have also been selected for Cheshire in an 8-sided county match called The Mason Trophy. Youngsters in the Greater Manchester Schools will be posted as soon as they become known. (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
A formidable battalion of club soldiers took on the Welsh Castles Relay on the weekend of 12/13 June. They battles mountains and vales to finish 6th open team and 7th overall (a vets team finished 4th). This was a place improvement on last year and over an hour faster!
Among the highpoints of another memorable weekend athletically and socially, the team had two impressive stage winners. Simon Mills became King of the Mountains over his tough mountain leg and Paul Green also won his mountain stage over the Brecon Beacons. Not long after his 2:19 London Marathon and a week after he qualified (again!) for the European Uphill Mountain race in Slovenia (July) at Latrigg in the Lake District. (He earlier also finished fourth at the inter-county Fell Championships in Wales), Gaz Raven finished a classy second over his tough 13-mile mountain stage. So good were our mountaineers that, add their accumulative times of all six mountain stages, and they finished a tremendous third to Serpentine AC and Thames Hare & Hounds
Other impressive performances were Steffan North in his 12.8 long stage that was won last year by Matt Bond. He led most of the way only to be pipped to the post.
There are also reports of excellent runs by the 'girls' especially Jo Street and Jenny Flanagan.
A full report, photos and video on the weekend will appear soon so watch this space (Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
The North Cheshire bandwagon of 5 x 5k road races through Cheshire countryside rolled into Bowden village for its third race of the series on Thursday June 10th. If Dunham Massey's significant memory was the picturesque Park & deer and the Hollins Green 5k the record few club entries, the notable element of the Bowden 5k was that every club member recorded either a PB or SB and had the opportunity to celebrate with a celebratory beer in the picturesque village pub afterwards.
MV45 Gary Rowlinson (16:46) was again at the helm of club finishers. Not only did he record an even faster time than the previous two races but dipped under seventeen minutes for the first time in a Bowden 5k. Well done, Gary! MV45 Gary Willcock's (18.00) also recorded his fastest for the series by almost twenty seconds. Third finisher, Carl Barber (18:13) maintained his PB setting trend! He's now improved an enviable three minutes over twelve months. Though still regaining his form, MV55 Bill Fox (19:31) was almost a minute faster than in the club's Mayday 5k. Knowing him, he'll want to be faster! It mightn't have been Mike Wharton (19.35) fastest of the series but it was still a course PB. Justifiably ecstatic was MV50 Stefan Schumacher (20.53) who'd yearned for a long time to dip under twenty-one minutes again. Not quite as fast as in last year's race, he did it in style.....and got even faster two days later in the Platt Fields Parkrun when he came close to also breaking the 20-minute barrier with 20.03. Well done! Steffan. Lauren Davies (22:47) was also delighted to record her latest PB demonstrating progress she's waited long to see. Jenny Clink (22:50), equally as committed, was over a minute faster than in her Mayday 5k. It's just Jenny's second time to dip under twenty-three minutes in this series, the last time being 2008. MV70 Don Nichols ran a very youthful 24.09 that was also a PB. Finally, Ian Whitham (24:32) continued to chip at his times to clock a season's best. He's now only thirty seconds off last year's best at the Bowden 5k. For the full results log onto http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2010/bowdon.pdf (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13