A busy weekend for fans of the half marathon with Sale Harriers attending 3 different events in one weekend! The best attendance was at The 4 Villages race near Helsby just outside Frodsham. Nigel Martin said after
"It was my first HM and I'm very pleased with
how it turned out, especially since I went off very hard and my calf has
not been 100% and was tremoring constantly, but thankfully it held together."
Results as follows.
21st Nigel Martin 1:15:23
45th Carl Barber 1:19:23 M40 (10th)
62nd Alan Pitman 1:20:34
158th Hayley Ashby 1:25:51
Anne Chinoy 1:32:27 F40
Tim Rainey 1:34:18 M45
Mike Ashby 1:37:10
Louise Robbins 1:40:07 F35
Jerry Smith 1:41:40 M55
Michael Wymer 1:45:40 M40
Colin Hill 1:47:18 M45
Miran Aprahamanian 1:47:19 M55
Geof Beattie 1:53:55 M60
Jenny Miles 2:12:28 F60
Full results here.
Also The Inskip Half Marathon near Preston. Note that Terry is now ranked 6th in the country in his age group for this distance.
38th Steve Townley 1:22:56
53rd Simon Jackson 1:24:56 M40
162nd Terry Lonergan 1:37:26 M65
192nd Matt Brooke 1:42:10
Also well done to Sarah Douglas who achieved a PB over in Yorkshire at The Brass Monkey Half Marathon with a time of 1:28:39.
Full results here.
Finally there were also 3 Sale Harriers doing the Lambs Longer Leg fell race on Sunday. (Chris is included although technically running for Horwich)
10 29.43 Paul Rowley Sale Harriers SEN
30 33.20 Aidan Raftery Sale Harriers M50
31 33.35 Chris Heys Horwich Harriers SEN
45 34.47 Mike Wharton Sale Harriers MSEN
Posted 20/01/2014 10:49
The post-Christmas Ribble Valley 10k, now dating back thirty years, is always a big ‘un’ and this year was no exception again incorporating the Northern Athletics 10k Championships. The competition at the sharp end was once more awesome with five breaking the magical 30 minutes and 20 going under the very impressive 31 minutes. Liverpool’s Jonny Mellor (29.12) came within 2 seconds of his own course record but wait till you read who’s the first woman!
The club had 5 make their way to Clitheroe. First home was Jaimie Roden making his debut 10k with a fantastic time of 31.25. Could he be now serving notice on his coach and zippy father whose PB in the annals of time was 29.02! Talented U20 Luke Betts, also coached by Paul Roden, improved his best by over a minute to send him right up the rankings among the country’s top juniors with a new PB of 31.40. Great as those performances are, the day’s talking point was, yet again our world class junior triathlete Georgia Taylor-Brown hot on the heels of winning her GB team gold medal at the recent European XC Championships. Making her 10k debut though still just 20 years of age – and remember this girl runs/trains only a few times a week because of all her other triathlon training, she whipped the opposition to finish in 33.39 and immediately be placed 7th fastest on the UK all time rankings topped by Zola Budd. Indeed, it’s reckoned her performance could be the 3rd or 4th fastest ever run by an U20. Kevin Foster was the club’s fifth member and he just missed out on his best for the year with a time of 38:14.
Posted 29/12/2013 23:49
Fechin Mc Cormick
The hilly Stockport ‘10’ is a traditional pre-Christmas outing for many of the endurance section and this year had more entered than ever before. James Bailey, only a few weeks after making it onto the front cover of Athletics Weekly having anchored the club’s relay team to its first National Relay title, made his ten mile debut. As essentially a steeplechaser, he did well to finish 3rd in the respectable time of 52.51 on this tough course.
It was also Nigel Martin’s ten mile debut and, as an 800/3000m runner, was well outside his comfort zone to finish well up the field in 57.31. Chris Donnelly’s, too, was also on his debut (59:22). Chris has been racing for the club only two years and so far has only a couple of half-marathons and a Manchester Marathon experience of the longer distances.
There are not many 10 mile races around nowadays compared to olden times so not surprising that even more experienced legs like Carl Barber’s (1.00.05) should also be making his debut. He’d have been under the magical hour had he not done the cross-country as Sherdley park the previous day.
Mike & Hayley Ashby are moving up their running gears again following their recent wedding and all the associated romantic distractions that take away from the priority of running! Mike crossed the line in 1:03.26....as compared to 1:00.09 in 2006 (before he met Hayley!). Hayley wasn’t far behind chasing him in 1:07.39. Daniel Boulton (1:11.39) wasn’t far behind also running his first ‘ten’. He’s set down a good benchmark to dip under the magical seventy minutes.
Jerry Smith (1:12.28) was the most experienced of all club’s 10 mile racers, this being his third outing on the course since 2008 when he recorded a more youthful 1:09.17 and 1:07.27 the following year. For ultra-distance specialist Tim Rainey ((1:14.22), this race was just another local outing.... on top of competing in the Manchester XC league the previous day.
Cat Jones (1:19.17) continues her long trek back following pregnancy and motherhood. Still rebuilding her endurance, she ought to be pleased to dip under 80 minutes on this tough course. Jenny Clink (1:27.27) also would be much faster had she not competed the previous day in the cross-country league match.
Finally Jenny Miles (1:35.29) again admirably represented her esteemed age-group and was only a few seconds slower than last year and took home 3rd in her hallowed age-category.
Finally! Finally! To blow my own trumpet, it might be worth mentioning that in 2002, at the youthful age of 53/4 years, I entered this race on ‘spec’ in the eleventh hour and clocked 1:08.45. It’s the last time I raced over such a long distance!
Posted 10/12/2013 11:21
Fechin Mc Cormick
For the third consecutive year, on Sunday more than twenty of the club’s endurance section took off across the Pennines for the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k and what a race it was! A record 10,000 took part - 2,500 more than last year and a mouth-watering record of 14 dipped under the magical 30 minute barrier. That’s twice as many as any previous year consolidating its reputation as Britain’s number one 10k road race. Such impressive growth, depth and quality are partly due, this year, to incorporating the England Athletics 10k Championships but also because of its fast out-and-back course. This year, again, the race counted for the endurance section’s club championships with the overall winners awarded the Harold Wilson Memorial Trophy at a social event on January 25th. As in the previous two years, 50% of those who made the early start across the Pennines were rewarded with ‘PB’s’ or ‘SB’s’. Well done to all of them. It’s what incentivizes training for runners young enough or new enough to improve.
Those rewarded with the elixir of running were first home Simon Horsfield (not Phil Tedd who’s joined another club) who’s topped off a superb year with PB’s over 1500m,30000m and 5000m with a 15 second PB over 10k to record 31.02. Next home was Gavin Hill (31.18) with a two second improvement on last year’s race. Nigel Martin (33.44) improved by forty seconds and, despite suffering a stitch before half way, put in a twenty second negative split. Steve Mc Carron (34.41) improved by more than a minute on his previous PB recorded at the 2011 Dash. Andy Mooney clocked 35.48 and this was just under a minute faster than in last year’s race. Even more impressive was Peter O’Neill’s improvement. His time of 37:42 was almost five minutes faster that when he ran the City of Salford 10k in 2011 soon after joining the club. Borys Darmas (40.19), is also a relative newcomer, and also recorded a massive improvement of 2 ½ minutes. Cat Jones (45.32) also has every reason to be pleased. She’s gradually rediscovery her running legs post-natal with a four minute improvement over the Trafford 10k in March. Finally, Kath Wellam (43.23), Ian Taylor (43.24) and Scott Evans (43:22) all scored PB’s but that’s because it was their 10k debut and so important bench-marks for future progress. Season’s best performances are also reassuring so well done to; Kevin Foster (38.05) and Mike Wharton (38.35).
Others who ran were Carl Barber (35.50) who missed a PB by about 30 seconds; Olivier Gaillemin (37:35), running his first Leeds Abbey Dash was 42 seconds off his PB set at this year’s Trafford 10k and possibly caused by going off too fast; Paul Barrett’s (38:22) PB of 34.56 goes back to 2006 and he was also a minute (plus) down on last year’s Dash but this is the inevitable consequence of a recent injury and a holiday. Daniel Boulton (39:56) recorded his PB of 38.22 only the previous weekend in the Windmill 10k and clearly had not recovered; Sarah Douglas (40.19) is still recovering from her inaugural Yorkshire Marathon; Sian Rowley is ‘recovering’ from her recent wedding; Helen Armitage (41:32) just missed her PB (March’s Trafford 10k) by just over 30 seconds and, doubtless, would have smashed it had she not been recently forced onto the back burner with injury; Jerry Smith (43:46) last year clocked 40:36 and 41.40 in 2011 so will, doubtless, feel disappointed; Tim Rainey (44.03) has also been racing prolifically and slower times and lower heart rates are often the result and, finally, though Jenny Miles (55.07) was also slower than in last year race, she still left in her wake about 3000 of the field.
OTHER RECENT RACES
24th November. The Salford Ladies 5.25mile run Swinton.
On a very pleasant morning, 4 Sale ladies took to the roads in Swinton for this popular annual event. Out of a field of nearly 300 Jackie Cordingley showed her usual high standard to come in 12th overall winning the vet 50 prize by over a minute. Her time was 38:27. Next came Carla Ousey (V40) with a time of 40.54 followed by Karen Sheen in a time of 41:56 (3rd vet 50). Finally Heather Brint (Vet 45) made up the Sale Ladies team (5th place overall) with a time of 44:44. Well done ladies.
Windmill 10k (November 10th): Daniel Boulton & M60 Terry Lonergan had a superb day on the Fylde Coast for this popular race. Daniel recorded his latest PB of 38.20 to finish 20th and evergreen Terry was in pursuit of his 142nd sub 44 time. He easily achieved it recording a season’s best of 42.40
Capesthorne Hall Half Marathon (November 3rd): The first ever running of this race took place in wet and windy conditions, but still and some excellent performances and pbs.
Daniel Boulton is fast improving and ran 1:27:51 – a PB by almost 5 minutes. He was closely followed by Michael Wharton, who is having his best ever season and ran 1:28:11 – a PB by over 4 minutes. Next was Helen Armitage with 1:32.31, and it’s a measure of how well she’s running that she was slightly disappointed with her time. Robbie Greenslade had not done a great deal of training for the race and in the circumstances was pleased with 1:34:15. Anne Chinoy is a relative newcomer at the club but clearly has great potential and had a terrific run for 1:36:43, a huge PB and one which earned her the L40 prize. She was just ahead of Jerry Smith 1:36:45 and Louise Robbins 1:37:16. Michael Wymer 1:44:09 and Miran Aprahamian 1:45:28 also had solid runs in the conditions.
Snowdonia Marathon (Oct 26th): Inexhaustible Tim Rainey was 479th out of 1554 finishers, in 3:54.40. He was ‘very pleased’ considering he’d not done much running in the previous five weeks following the Tooting Bec 24 hour race. Whilst not his quickest time at Snowdonia (he’s done this marathon eleven times) it was his 4th best time and 3 minutes quicker than in 2011, the last time he ran it. Snowdonia is his favourite marathon and this weekend marked 20 years since beginning running. This marathon plus his ‘ultra’ list is now up to 129 races in his career..
Posted 18/11/2013 08:08
Fechin Mc Cormick
No other race of the Manchester Area Cross-Country League (MACCL) polarises opinion more than the Woodbank Park match. Its brutal hills and traditional ankle deep mud divides ‘the troops’ more than any other and the weekend’s second of five matches certainly evoked the spectrum from ‘loving’ to ‘hating’. Spectator support, therefore, was much appreciated along the course.
The afternoon began with the U11 girls and what a record turnout Sale had. This is largely due to the Primary section bursting at the seams since London 2012’s ‘Inspire a Generation’. Five of the first ten places; the first two teams and a record ‘C’ and ‘D’ team were all Sale Harriers. All who fell into the arms of their doting and proud parents were the cutest, most mud-splattered little ‘mites’ imaginable. First home among them was Lauren Smith (3rd) with Lara Crawford (4th) with Alice Dale (5th). Well done also to the U11 boys who were 4th, led ome by Joel Stringer, George Safranauskas and Jed Bailey. Zachery Gaillemin and Lewis Rowlinson also bravely emulated their dad and mum who later ran in the senior races.
In the U13 girl’s race, Liverpool was again unbeatable with their ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams again taking the first two places. However, Sale showed equal strength in depth by finishing a record five teams as against the three teams in the last match. Lizzie Twite (7th) was pack leader this time admirably supported by Tess Mc Hugh (16th) and Jemma Vickers (18th) who brought home the ‘A’ team in 4th place. The ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams all improved on their last match and the ‘D’ and ‘E’ teams did well in 14th and 18th place. In the U13 boy’s race, again Liverpool was dominant. The trio of Harry Boyd, Tom Barratt and Bailey Hulse brought the team home 7th and, with Stockport, they were the only other club to finish a ‘B’ team. Both the boy’s and girl’s teams would have finished even higher had Beth Thornton and Luke Chesters not been representing their schools at the NW Schools Cup where Luke won a silver medal and Beth a bronze medal. Well done to both.
Well done again to our U15 girls who once more responded in such large numbers and again finished four of the twelve competing teams. This time it was great to have the section’s front runners as Francesca Brint (3rd), Olivia Green (4th) and Frankie Reid (8th). who finished 2nd team. The ‘B’ team were a strong 4th; the ’C’ team were 7th and ‘D’ team 11th. The section would have been even better had Ciara Lydon, and Claudia Cowan not been representing their schools at the NW Regional Schools Cup. (Congratulations to Ciara who won a silver medal and Claudia who won a bronze medal at it). Our U15 boy’s trio of Jake Spilsbury, Dillon Burchill and Harry Brown also battled hard for their 5th team place.
As in the first match, half of the six U17 teams that finished were Sale runners. Cross-country races are the back-bone of each winter’s endurance and these youngsters turning out in such strong numbers is laying a sure foundation for a strong future for the club. It was Aimee Pratt s first race in the U17 category and she did great to finish 3rd. Well supported by Catherine Podmore (7th) and Amber Towns (10th) this ‘A’ trio finished 2nd and had every reason to enjoy their bath and girly make-ups afterwards. They also just missed out on podium position by two measly points to Stockport. Next time, go get ‘em girls! The U17 boy’s race is always much smaller and had only 15 finishers with ourselves and Stockport the only two teams. Well done to Christie O’Brien (2nd), Matt Beacock (8th) and Bradley Thornton (13th). They fought for every place and, in the end, edged out Stockport AC for top place by just one point.
Imani Modahl was the club’s sole U20 female runner. It was her first ever race over 8k in the senior event and possibly one of her best ever performances showing strength and maturity in the tough conditions. She was 4th in her category and second counter for the senior women. The U20 men weren’t as strong as in match one so finished 3rd with David Rich (6th), Andrew Keat (14th) and Matthew Metcalfe (15th).
Again, our senior women fielded a record five teams. The ‘A’ team were a new quartet of Emma Finney first home for the first time; L20 Imani Modahl (see above), Kathy Wellam, who has been a long time club servant over 400m hurdles and now taking up longer distances and relative newcomer L40 Anne Chinoy who’s in great form. The ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ teams were all first’s with the ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams also beating 50% of the competing ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams, proving again that Sale’s ‘girls’ are not to be ‘messed ‘with!
The massive growth in senior women’s running is displayed by the fact that, in the L35 categories upwards, Wilmslow AC, Middleton AC and Sale all fielded a record four teams for the first time. Competition, therefore in these categories is tough so the trio of Anne Chinoy, Jackie Cordingley and Cath Jones did well to consolidate the ’A’ teams Division 1 status with the ‘B’ trio 2nd just behind Stockport.
The senior men also again fielded five teams but, on this occasion, only James Bailey remained of the impressive Sale phalanx of six across the line in nine that so convincingly spearheaded the first match. As a result Nigel Martin, David Rich, and Andy Mooney, the ‘B’ team core finishers in the last match, were promoted to ‘A’ finishers and with Rob Flannery with ‘his feet back on the ground’ and Dave Marsh who flew off too fast, the team were 3rd. The ‘B’, ‘C’ teams also beat many of the regions ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams that again pays tribute to the section’s depth. Likewise, the veteran men, who finished four teams in 6th, 17th, 26th and 40th place, again showed their depth in numbers and eager competitive spirit. Amidst strong teams in the league this year, a strong turn-out is advised for the remaining matches to consolidate their league positions. Detailed individual times and performances can all be studied at www.race-results.co.uk
The 3rd of the five MACCL matches will on the undulations of Sherdley Park on Saturday December 7th. Photographs from this match can be viewed on the website and at http://www.darkstarphotos.com .....thanks to Ernie Greenwood
Posted 12/11/2013 08:23
Fechin mc Cormick & James Bailey
At the weekend, the club’s senior men won their second National medals when they added the National Cross-Country Relay silver medals to their National Road Relay title four weeks earlier and again make club history as the club’s first men’s team to medal in this Championship. Those who’ve immortalised themselves in the club’s Hall of Fame on this occasion are Ryan Worland, Simon Horsfield, Charlie Hulson and Matt Bond.
These National X.C relays mark the end of the senior men’s competitions for the year and the men set off to Berry Hill Park in Mansfield buoyant as the Northern XC.Relay Champions and National 6 Stage Relays Champions and 2nd in the Northern 6 Stage Road Relays. Could the team close off the season with another national medal?
Team manager, James Bailey tells how it unfolded, “ Such is the variety in talent available to the club we were able to name 2 strong teams to compete, with the A team gunning to claim the highest ever finish, previously 4th in 2012, and the B team looking to place as high as possible against the rest of the competition.
Out first leg for the A team was Ryan Worland and for the B, Niall Brooks. Ryan is targeting the European cross country trials at Liverpool and is currently in great form following a short illness. Both Ryan and Niall set of at a good pace and were level after the 1st of the 2 laps in around 20th place. Ryan then pushed on and brought the team home in a very creditable 10th place. Niall was only 20 seconds back in 23rd place.
Simon Horsfield then took over for the A on a course, in his own words, he really loves while out for the B was James Bailey. Simon quickly made up quite a few places and was then chasing down Stockport. Unfortunately on the same leg was Andy Vernon, the quickest runner of the day by 20 seconds, and was taken over around half way through the 1st lap. Simon held on and brought the team back 6 places higher in 4th place. James, who unlike Simon, is not a fan of this course, went about taking as many places as possible. He came home in 21st place a gain of 2 positions.
Charlie Hulson and Jaimie Roden were out on the 3rd leg. Charlie, who is also targeting the European Cross trials, stuck in with the Bristol and West runner for the 1st lap before pushing on and closing the gap to 1st to only 18 seconds, could the last leg bring the club another victory? Jaimie, in his first race since the Northern cross country 'bronze' medal performance, took a steady 1st lap before pushing on and taking a further 4 places.
Matt Bond, fresh from the Bristol cross country the week before, started chasing down the AFD runner and after the 1st lap had the gap down to 14 seconds but a strong 2nd lap by the leaders brought them home 27 seconds clear.. Gareth Raven was out on last leg for the B team and despite suffering pains down one side of his chest took another 2 places and finished the team in 15th place, which was also the 2nd B team, again beaten by the AFD B team by 1 place. Interestingly, the consistency of the running by the A team was amazing with a spread of only 17 seconds over the 4 runners, compared to 67 seconds from AFD.
The club turned out teams in most age-groups. The senior women’s 20th place was their best since 2010 and were given a tremendous fillip by Lucy O’Gorman who finished 8th on the first leg with Julie Price and Emma Finney admirably completing the task. The U17 girl’s squad again demonstrated that their strength in depth is better than for many years with an A team of Catherine Podmore, Rachel Hibberd and Amber Towns finishing in 24th place (consistent with recent years) but with a B trio of Hannah Simeen, Tilly Yates and Eve Gibson finishing a B team for the first time in a decade.
Even better were our U15 girls who completed their first C team in a decade! They were unable to field their strongest A team that resulted in an uncharacteristic 24th However, there was only two places separating the A trio of Alexa Mc Tiffin, Danielle Stringer and Olivia Green from the B trio of Ellie Twite, Ciara Lydon and Francesca Brint with the C team of Frankie Reid, Frankie Davis and Charlie Reid 61st from the 86 national teams. It’s worth remembering that Ellie and Olivia were part of last year’s U13 team silver medal team who made club history by winning the club’s first ever U13 girls medals in these championships. This year’s U13 trio of Beth Thornton Tess Mc Hugh and Niamh Nugent were 25th.
The junior men were 10th, and though four places down on last year, two of the trio of Ryan Moore, Luke Betts and Chris Middleton - Ryan and Luke, ran faster legs on a wet and wild day not conducive to fast running. The U17 boy’s team of Euan Gilchrist, Luke Singleton and Adam Roden ought to take consolation from the fact they completed a team. Finally, our U13 boys turned out a squad of Luke Chesters, Harry Boyd Tom Barrett, Sam Heyworth, Bailey Hulse and Colin Avison all of whom were ‘winners’ in having gained a lot of experience in this major national arena.
Photos courtesy of www. http://www.darkstarphotos.com (1/11/2013)
Posted 04/11/2013 08:40
Fechin Mc Cormick
There were ten ‘greats’ to Sale Harriers performances in the first of the Manchester Area Cross-Country League matches at Heaton Park on Saturday. As is often the case for this first match, the afternoon was autumnally sunny, the perfect setting for a great afternoon of sport that brought together lots of spectators who encouraged, cheered and admired the large turn-out of runners on the undulating course. So! What were the 10 ‘greats?’
1 The very large number of U13 girls with 17 teams must be a league record. Whilst Liverpool H & AC dominated, Sale finished a magnificent three teams with all of them well to the front. That, too, must be a near record. Great!
2 In the U13 boy’s race, Luke Chester’s run was ‘great’ for 5th place in a very competitive field
3 In the U15 girl’s race, Sale turned out a record four teams. This was almost 1/3 of the total runners in the race with the ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams finishing second and third and the ‘B’ team beating many of the day’s ’A’ teams. Great, too, was that Claudia Cowan was a first counter for the club for the first time and Olivia Green is back strong in the ‘A’ team after her illness.
4 Whilst most clubs struggle to field an U17 teams, it was ‘great’ that Sale’s U17 women turned out an ‘A’ and ‘B’ team.....and you won’t get a more solid and promising group of girls.
5 Euan Gilchrist had a ‘great’ run for 7th in the U17 men’s race.
6 Ryan Moore and Megan Davies were superb 2nd in their U20 races and contributed massively to their senior team successes. Up the road in the Red Rose League, Luke Betts was similarly ‘great’to win his U20 race and 4th in the senior race.
7 Our senior women surprised maybe even themselves by finishing as high as 2nd.....a ‘great’ result. They finished a record five teams with the ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams so strong they beat many of the day’s ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams. Lucy O’Gorman gave the ‘A’ team a fantastic fillip with an impressive third place on her return from injury. Great, too, was young Megan Davies as the 2nd team counter. Great, too, to have talented Julie Price back from injury again making a big difference and L35 Helen Armitage among the counters
8 Sale’s veteran ladies teams were ‘great’. They were the day’s only veteran squad to field four teams. The ‘A’ team finished 2nd ; the other teams were tops ‘B’ and ‘C’ and ‘D’ who beat many of the other club’s ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams. L35 Helen Armitage is faster than ever; L40 Anne Chinoy was the surprise of the day on her debut; L50’s Jackie Cordingley & Lynda Rowlinson are always ‘great’ and L55 Lynne Yates was also in front in her category.
9 Our senior men weren’t just‘ great’....they were fantastic. Like the women, they fielded a record five teams. Their ‘A’ team’ of Hulson, Worland, Brooks, Bailey, Moore and Green were so dominant, they won by a massive 75 points from Trafford AC with all their six counters across the line in nine. Winner Charlie Hulson was supreme – poetry in motion, as he powered to a 25 second lead....and where does evergreen Paul Green get it from? The Ryan Giggs of cross-country, he was so out in front that he was a full 2 ½ minutes ahead of his nearest M40 rival. The ‘B and ‘C’ teams also were so strong they beat most of the regions ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams.
10 `Our veteran men fielded four strong teams with the ‘A’ quartet of Paul Green, Carl Barber, Olivier Guillaime and Andy Yates in 4th giving the team a good, solid position in their Division 1 League
For the second of the five MACCL matches at Woodbank Park on Sunday November 10th, let’s notch up another ten. Photographs from this match can be viewed on the website and at http://www.darkstarphotos.com
Thanks also to other individuals for their kind permission to use their photorgraphs. Namely Harry Shakeshaft, Ernie Greenwood, Chris Heys, Jon-Paul Kearns and Karen Sheen. All photorgraphs always gratefully recieved, please forward any to the editor.
Posted 22/10/2013 09:53
With top placing on the road and the track this year, the club continues to strive to become the best club in the country in all three disciplines. Fell running has not been synonymous with the club however with determination from the two Pauls (Barrett and Rowley) the tide is beginning to turn. This year, the club has already taken the Calderdale Way title, so there was optimism that we could improve on our highest provision of 30th in this event (set in Ennerdale-2009) in this year’s UKA fell relays in Llanberis, North Wales. 18 runners set off to a wet and windy Snowdonia which is billed as the toughest event on the race calendar.
The A team, consisting of James Bailey, Dave Marsh, Dave Howlett, Steve McCarron, Chris Donnelly and Paul Rowley finished 37th in the open category. The B team, consisting of Nigel Martin, Callum Rowlinson, Andy Walling, Elton Davies, Alan Pitman, and Kevin Foster came 49th and the C team, consisting of Jan Nicholls, Carl Barber, Oli Gaillemin, Dan Boulton, Aidan Raftery and Jerry Smith came 72nd.
Overall, it was a satisfactory result. On the plus side, the teams had a great day out and the event is always well presented, with excellent facilities, hot food and great logistics. Also, it is a great experience for a lot of our runners who have never been exposed to these types of races, which conversely does result in a lower placing than hoped. It didn’t help that most runners raced the day before in the Manchester league but this can’t be helped with a congested fixture list.
Next year the event moves to Kirby Longsdale, in the Dales. We’ll hope to get some more races under our belt in advance of the relays and hopefully begin to rise up the rankings.
Posted 22/10/2013 09:52
Fechin Mc Cormick
OCTOBER 21ST Yorkshire Marathon: Two club ‘lassies’ Sarah Douglas and Helen Reagan successfully completed the Yorkshire Marathon. For Sarah, it was her inaugural marathon run in her home city of York. Roared on by her parents, Paul Barrett and Helen Armitage, she looked strong throughout and was on course for sub 3.15 until she realised that the last half mile was an uphill finish (which resembled a fell race!) into the university Campus to finish in a time of 3.16. Helen Regan ran a massive PB by 8 minutes to finish in 3.28.43 with her previous best of 3.36.14 run in London 2009. She was twelfth in her age category. She also found it hard work but ‘pleased’ that her months of hard training also paid off.
OCTOBER 21ST OLDHAM HALF MARATHON: Chris Green, fully recovered from injury and a day after cheering on his daughter Olivia in the U15 girl’s race, ran his debut half marathon. He’s shown he has his daughter’s talent with a super finish in 1:37.15.
OCTOBER 6TH GOOSE FAIR GALLOP: Dean Hardman competed in this increasingly popular scenic multi terrain 10k race held on roads, bridleways and footpaths in Nottinghamshire. He reported, “It wasn't as glorious as I'd hoped. I've been bothered by tight calves and plantar fasciitis for some time, as well as a groin problem, and I'm barely holding myself together at present. All been made worse by an increase in mileage and intensity. I finished in 36:40 and still got 2nd, for which I got £35. General consensus is that the course is 1min 30 slower than on a flat road.
OCTOBER 6TH BUPA GREAT SCOTTISH HALF-MARATHON: Peaking in his training for the Frankfurt Marathon to, hopefully improve on his best of 2:17 Antony Ford competed in this race. Among some the world’s top half-marathoners, he finished 8th in 1:06.08, not too far off his best of 64:54 recorded in last year’s Wilmslow HM. He was joined by Nick Samuels who’s a middle distance specialist, but took on a pace making role for a female colleague. He clocked 1:11.04, just slightly slower than the 1:70.16 he recorded in September’s GHR
Posted 21/10/2013 20:58
Team Manager James Bailey
The National 6 stage relay is a finale to the autumn road relay season and the prelude to the winters cross country season. This is an event Sale has never won before but after the success in finishing second in the Northern 6 stage could the team go one better at the national event?
The team consisted of a mix of youth and experience. First off was Commonwealth and World junior athlete Niall Brooks. After showing some late track season form after illness earlier in the year, Niall is coming back a stronger athlete and his first leg clearly showed that. Sitting in the pack for the first mile Niall moved up to the front runners and finished in 7th place, a great start. Next out was Charlie Hulson, a product of the Paul Roden group at Wythenshawe. He has been progressing quickly both on the track, country and road. He moved through the field and set about chasing the 1st placed athlete. Although caught by the Brighton athlete, Charlie came home in 3rd, placing the team in striking distance for the next leg. Antony Ford is preparing for the Frankfurt marathon in two weeks time, fresh from finishing 8th at the Great Scottish half marathon the week before. He flew past the leading two athletes and quickly opened up a gap. He held this lead and came home a full 13 seconds clear of second place. Matt Bond has recently returned from a successful stint in Font Romeu and has since set a road PB of 29.34 at the Swansea 10k. Out on 4th leg, he stretched the lead to a substantial 41 seconds. Could the team dream of that elusive victory? Simon Horsfield has also come back from illness earlier in the year to break the 8-minute barrier over 3k and 14-minutes over 5k. With a big gap to 2nd already, Simon relaxed into his running and extended the lead even further to 51 seconds. The last leg honour/"pressure" went to James Bailey. Even though there was a large lead, the in-form Nick Goolab from Belgrave was also on last leg and within striking distance. At the turn, the gap to Belgrave was down to just over 30 seconds with a mile and a half to go. Luckily James' 'experience' held and brought the team home for the clubs first ever victory in the event. The sense of jubilation was clear from the smiles as the team collected their medals, sword, presented to the highest placed northern team, and championship cup.
The B team also had qualified for the event after finishing 7th in the Northern 6 stage. The hope was to place highly in the national event. Off first was Ryan Moore, the former Northern junior cross country champion. He took a steady 1st leg and brought the team back in 38th place. Next out was Nick Samuels, Nick had recently competed in both the Great North and Great Scottish half marathons pacing Susan Partridge to victory. Nick brought the team home in 58th. Paul Green, the member of many of Sale's previous 6 and 12 stage teams over the years, was out next and his solid run took 8 places bringing the team back in 50th place. Gareth Raven, also a stalwart of the club and fresh from racing Cardiff half marathon the previous wee,k ran the quickest leg of the team and brought them home in 34th place. Late call up James Wignall performed well after racing last week in the North Wales for Bangor University coming home in 35th place. On final leg was Chris Middleton, currently settling in to university life at Loughborough, he finished the team in 41st place.
Our boys under 15 team also represented the club on the Sunday in the same National Championship. In driving rain and wind the team of Jake and Adam Spillsbury and Dylan Burchill were hoping to follow up on their great run in the Northern Cross Country relays last weekend where they earned a bronze medal for their efforts. With a large field of 65 teams, Jake lead the way with Dylan running second leg and Adam Powering his way to bring the team home in a very respectable 17th place . Well done boys.
Posted 14/10/2013 19:52