News - Endurance
This Section posts news relative to the Endurance section such as information regarding up and coming training weekends, reports road races and what the section does socially.
The Trimpell 20 mile race is run over a fast, flat, mostly traffic free course up the Lune Valley around Lancaster, and is an enjoyable race in its own right although its main purpose is to provide a good training run for those doing a spring marathon. As usual there was contingent of Sale Harriers who included this race as part of their marathon preparations, either for London or Greater Manchester.
Lee Kaufman had a great run of 2:09:45 for 18th place overall, almost 5 minutes faster than last year and close to his PB from 2011. Next for Sale was new member Kevin Foster, who was unlucky to miss the marathon last year through injury, and who followed up his fine run recently at the Great North West Half with an excellent time of 2:16:27 for a PB.
Jerry Smith, with 2:29:39 and Louise Robbins, with 2:35:26 (a PB) were both very pleased to have improved significantly over last year's times. Lauren Davies, training for her first marathon and running her first 20 mile race ran excellently to finish in 2:50:08 and Jenny Miles had another great run for 3:25:29, which was a PB by more than 4 minutes over last year's time.
All the runners were very encouraged by these fine performances, which hopefully will be indicators of a good run in the marathons to come in April.
The previous week, Tim Rainey headed south to his parents where conveniently there was a local 20 mile race. The Worth 20 is 4 laps of a flat course that was into a strong head wind with of course no noticeable tailwind. He ran a PB time of 2:25.37, over 2 minutes quicker than his time from Rochdale in 2000 (don't run many 20 mile races) and 18 minutes quicker than the only other time he ran the Worthing 20 in 1995.
Posted 24/03/2013 11:48
Four hardy Sale Harriers took on the challenge of the
Lactic Flashback trail/fell race at the weekend. This is one of the
Kiwi Classic Events series and is a tough, 8 mile race with about
1500 feet of climbing in the hills above Stalybridge.
First back for Sale was Paul Barrett, with a fine run of 1:05:40 for 12th place. Next was Tim Rainey with 1:14:12, followed by Jerry Smith with 1:16:30. The sole female representative from Sale was Sarah Waldron, who ran well to be 7th female with 1:27:48. Both Tim and Jerry incorporated the run into their marathon training programme, with Tim having run 26 miles the day before and Jerry running 10 miles just to get to the start line!
Despite (or because of) the hills this was a very enjoyable race with fine views, and the £5 entry fee included a free chip butty after the race that was much appreciated by all!
On a much flatter course, M60 Geoff Beattie took part in the Blackpool 10k.Recent lack of training was the reason for an uncharacteristic 49.37 but at least he now has the reassurance to be able cover the distance again.
Posted 11/03/2013 09:27
The wild animals of Knowsley Safari Park sensibly had taken refuge from the horrendous snowy conditions for the weekend'sNorthern Cross Country Championships. Five inches of snow cloaked the park so the cars that converged from throughout the North arrived not to admire the wild animals but rather insane human beings. Running tigers & tigresses were brought to their knees and the fleet of foot had their wings clipped as they struggled through compacted snow that became a mushy mire
Those delayed by snow may well have missed Georgia Taylor Brown's impressive U20 victory that launched the day's 10 age-group races. It was all the more awesome in that Georgia, already an established junior international triathlete, had just returned from Australia where she'd finished 3rd in the individual Youth Olympics Triathlon and also won a bronze medal in the mixed Triathlon relay. This was her fourth Northern medal and second Northern title. In 2010 she won the U17 event and in the following years, has added the U20 silver and bronze medals to complete a full set. In the same race, Misha Nayak-Oliver always has to be complimented for her gutsy performances. Had there been a third team member they surely would have been among the medals.
If excitement could melt the snow, our U13 girls would have done it! True to their form and ability, this squad of hard-working, talented, friendly girls, proven by already being the 2012 Northern Relay Champions; the current National Cross-Country Relay silver medallists and the Northern XC and National XC bronze medallists, they won the Northern XC title convincingly to add to their impressive list.....and besides Aine Cunningham won the individual silver medal. The quartet of Aine, Olivia Green (7thth), Niamh Nugent (11th) and Frankie Hacker-Davis may also have broken a further club record to add to the one in the National XC Relays when the team recorded the club's best result in twenty years. The last time Sale won the U13 girls title was way back in 1999 with a tally of 73 points. Such is the group's current formidable talent, they won with a record of only 40 points. Well done also to Mairead Power, Francesca Brint (great to have her back after illness) and Tia Blisset who also were part of this great achievement. The U13 boys weren't quite in the same league finishing 10th. Nevertheless, by the way Harry Brown, Harry Boyd, Luke Chesters and Andrew Toner gave it their very best in the difficult conditions, they did really well to finish in the top ten.
The U20 men won bronze medals but with only seven points separating the three winning teams and one point separating silver and bronze, they weren't far from taking the title from Gateshead AC and Liverpool Pembroke AC. Again, well done to Charlie Hulson, who almost won the bronze medal; last year's individual winner Ryan Moore was 8th followed by Callum Greenwood, Luke Betts, David Rich, Matt Holmes and Callum Rowlinson.
The U15 girls also won magnificent bronze, a result bettered only once since before the girls were born. Well done to Zara Thompson who finished a superb 5th ; Aimee Pratt (24th) who's won her 5th consecutive medal, Ciara Lydon (27th), Catherine Podmore (46th), Flora Whyte (58th), Amber Towns (63rd) and Hannah Simeen (74th). Their boy's counterpart finished just outside the medals in 4th. Again, this was another fine result and one the section's not equalled for many years. Well done to Euan Gilchrist, Adam Roden, Christy O' Brien, Daniel Brint, Adam Kinghorn, Dillon Birchill and Brad Thornton.
Our U17 girl's finished 6th - also a fine improvement on previous years and if this squad of Megan Davies, Irmani Modahl, Rachel Hibberd, Chloe Yates, and Hannah Christy keep training hard, they'll be future title holders. The U17 lads started a team but only Matt Metcalfe, Sam Mayon and Khalid Absiyeh finished. All three ran well.
The broken and melting snow made running horrendous for the senior men and women so bad several lost sensation in their feet and dropped out. Well done and thanks to Lucy O'Gorman who travelled from Bristol and her 6th place made all the difference to the women's 10th place. Hayley Cavill was next across the line in 70th place followed closely by Jan Nichols whose consistent good form throughout the winter had been the backbone of the women teams. Slightly further down the field were Sian Holland, Jo Street and Helen Armitage who admirably braved the tough conditions.
Finally the senior men! Their 7th place flagged consistency in recent years among the Northern clubs. Gaz Raven ran his 13th consecutive Northern XC and has won four silver and one bronze medals already. This tough guy's uncharacteristic 35th place was a reflection of reduced training due to lifestyle circumstances. Anthony Ford also found the conditions exceptionally tough; Ryan Worland and James Wignall had youth on their side and toughed the conditions well; Pete Crawford relished the harsh conditions and trauma consultant Oliver Gallamin followed Carl Barber, Andy Mooney, Paul Barrett and Tim Rainey all had a 'shock' to their systems they'll remember!
Well done to everyone who braved the elements to compete, spectate and support. It was, after all a successful day.(Written by Fechin Mc Cormick. Photos courtesy of www.darkstarphotography.com and parents Chris Green and Daryl Taylor. Full results http://www.noeaa-athletics.org.uk )
Posted 11/03/2013 09:26
The pinnacle of the winter's cross-country was at the weekend in Sunderland. The event is akin to football's Cup Final when clubs from throughout the land converge with their best athletes to do battle in the ten age-groups for the prestigious honour of medalling in this National Cross-Country Championship. Sale's highpoints were....
Our U13 girls won fantastic silver medals behind indomitable Herne Hill Harriers to add their 2012/13 collection of National and Northern titles and silverware. This is a further improvement on their bronze medals from last year and the sections best result since Jenna Hill, Rachel Deegan, Sophie Wood and Cherri Morrison delivered silver medals in 1999. Aine Cunningham, the Northern XC silver medallist, again led home the team in 6th place with Niamh Nugent (27th), Eleanor Twite (35th), Olivia Green (50th), Francesca Brint (60th), Frankie Davis (approx 70th but not recorded no chip) and Mairead Power (88th) all part of the successful squad. Olivia Green epitomised the team character by running despite not being fully fit. However, even if she'd been closer to Aine as she'd normally be, it would have made no difference to the overall result so dominant were Here Hill Harriers. This section is now the Northern Cross-Country Champions, the Northern Road Relay Champions, the National XC silver medallists and the National XC Relay silver medallists. Besides, through 2012/13 individually Olivia Green has collected eight championship team medals - 3 National, 3 Northern and 2 Counties with Aine Cunningham four - 2 Northern and 2 Nationals followed by Ellie Twite, Claudia Cowan, Niamh Nugent, Francesca Brint and Frankie Davis also winning team medals. Congratulations to all the squad, their coaches and back-up team including parents for such a successful year.
Our senior women also had a great day finishing a fantastic 5th. This was largely due to the top performances of Sonia Samuels who finished second and Lucy O'Gorman who finished an equally great 22nd but ably backed up in the very tough, muddy conditions by Hayley Cavill (114th) and Jan Nichols (135th) with team manager Jo Street (218th) and Lauren Davies (279th) also part of the squad flying the club flag in the distant North-East. Sonia Samuels is amazing! Last year she won bronze as she also did in 2009 and she's never been outside the top eight in these senior championships.
The U15 boys also did really well to finish 6th overall but were the 2nd Northern team which was a big improvement on their fourth place in the Northern XC Championships. It was also the section's best performances for very many years. Again, well done to Adam Roden (17th), Euan Gilchrist (34th), Christy O'Brien (41st) and Daniel Brint (158th).
The U20 men, Northern bronze medallists, have been applauded for their strength throughout the winter but their 5th place is not a true reflection of their ability. This is largely due to Charlie Hulson becoming ill, Callum Greenwood had university issues and Ryan Moore is targeting the inter-Counties for World Cross selection. On the positive side Luke Betts (41st) had a great run with his best ever National and well done also to Dave Rich (76th), Callum Rowlinson (77th), Kyle Conway (107th) and Alex Bradford (108th).
Individually, congratulations to Georgia Taylor-Brown who capped an awesome year as a Sale Harrier and member of the British Triathlon World Class Squad. She just missed out on the U20 bronze medal in 4th place. Apart from winning the Northern U20 XC Championships and finishing a superb 5th in the BUCS her 2012 triathlon achievements were: Gold: ETU Triathlon European Junior Championships, Eilat. Gold: ITU Duathlon World Junior Championships, Nancy, France, Bronze: Australian Youth Olympic Festival, Sydney.
Megan Davies also must be congratulated! She was 2nd in the U17 race in the Scottish National Championships at Callendar Park in Falkirk. She and the eventual winner were vying for the lead all the way through, and Megan only finished 8 seconds behind her. Unlike the English Championships at Sunderland, the race was run in lovely cold but sunny weather with perfect underfoot conditions which suited Megan. This is a fantastic and well deserved result for Megan that vindicates her commitment to running and her hard work. Megan now has quite a haul of quality medals that includes age-group Gtr. Manchester County and Schools titles and medals.
Thanks to those others who, though they finished no team in their age-categories, still had good runs and represented the club in a major championship making the inevitable sacrifices to fly the flag and run in very cold, snowy and muddy conditions. They were under 15 girls Amber Towns, Ciara Lydon and Flora Whyte; U17 Hannah Christy; U13 boys Luke Chesters, Harry Boyd and Oliver Hole; and senior men Gaz Raven (105th), James Wignall (167th), Chris Donnelly (386th) and Paul Barrett (609th).
(Written by Fechin Mc Cormick. Full results http://www.englishcrosscountry.co.uk )
Posted 26/02/2013 08:34
The Great North West Half Marathon is run in Blackpool on a fairly flat 2 lap course along the sea front and has PB potential, weather permitting. Sunday was cold and breezy but the conditions didn't stop several Sale Harriers from producing great performances with many PBs.
Enjoying the sea air and first back for Sale was Steven Townley with 1:20:00, just 12 seconds outside his PB from Fleetwood last year. Simon Jackson with 1:22:36 ran a PB by 19 seconds; new member Kevin Foster with 1:23:02 was over a minute and a half quicker than in the same race last year and Chris Cook with 1:26:19 had a massive improvement of over six minutes from his previous PB in this race two years ago.
Zoe Gmerek carried on from where she left off in 2012 with yet another PB of 1:35:04, over a minute and a half quicker than Wilmslow last year, helped by some pacing from Jerry Smith who recorded the same time. Jenny Miles with 2:05:31 also carried on her improvement in 2012 with a PB by 15 seconds over her time from Helsby last year and also won her age category, the prize being a pair of thermal gloves which came in very handy on a chilly day!
Posted 26/02/2013 08:07
The annual Manchester Area Cross-Country League (MACCL) that's a winter trek through the hills, dales, mire and mud of five Manchester parks, ended at the weekend in Woodbank Park. It was a memorable finale to delight the mud larks with additional chill easterly winds and drizzly rain to boot, made it a 'memorable' afternoon! This report is an overview of the five matches that began at Heaton Park last October and monthly toured Sherdley Park, Wythenshawe Park, Boggart Hole Clough and, finally, Woodbank Park.
Beginning with our U11 boys and girls, unlike the other age-groups, they had to score points in only three matches. Almost thirty of the club's little stars and starlets braved the wintery elements and all of them ran their little hearts out. Well done to every one of them. Beth Thornton and Lizzie Twite finished equal 2nd and 4th and equally talented Megan Mc Hugh would have been right up there with them had she not missed earlier matches.
The U13 girls have been the club's most successful through the winter with the Northern Relay Championship title under their belts and the National Cross-Country Relay silver medals. They convincingly added their second consecutive league title to their litany with a clean sweep of dominating victories. This section has been rightly applauded through the winter for their success, promise, ability and depth. Aine Cunningham won the individual U13 title to add to her Northern XC silver medal by winning all five races. Danielle Stringer separated her in 2nd place from Ellie Twite who was 3rd overall. With Frankie Hacker-Davis 6th, Niamh Nugent 7th and Claudia Cowan equal 9th no other club could boast having 50% of the league's top ten finishers. It was also great having Francesca Brint back to her great form in the final matches and again being a big asset to her team. The U13 boys, title holders for the past two years, weren't quite in the same league and this year finished 3rd, largely because of other clashes that split the squad.
The U 15 girls finished runners-up to Stockport AC this year. It's always a close tussle between the two clubs and Stockport AC won their third title in four years. Zara Thompson, with a victory at Woodbank Park, two runners-up places and two third places was among the league's top two finishers with Amber Towns in equal 3rd place. The backbone of this team with them was Flora Whyte, Aimee Pratt, Frankie and Charlie Reid and Georgia Plant. The U15 boy's could have retained their MACCL title had they finished a team in the final two matches. They finished fifth as a result! Euan Gilchrist was the club's top man in 3rd place with further superb performances in four matches from Saeed Absiyeh, Dylan Stanway and Jordan Bezzina in fewer matches next year.
The U17 lads had to contend with the emergence of a very strong Liverpool squad and had the gauntlet thrown to them if they were to retain their 3rd consecutive title. Liverpool, as expected, triumphed with four impressive outright victories and, with Stockport also very strong this winter, Sale finished 3rd. Matt Metcalf was the club's representative in most matches but Khalid Absiyeh, Jimmy Castle, Marcus Campbell, Matthew Beacock, Sam Mayon and Dennis Powell all performed very well though in fewer matches.
The U20 men are easily the club's best for a decade and they've been applauded throughout the winter for their achievements. When most regional clubs have struggled to field even one junior team, Sale finished an 'A' and 'B' team and, of course, won their third consecutive title. Individually, well done to Callum Rowlinson who ranked second overall but there were superb performances through the winter from Callum Greenwood, Charlie Hulson, Ryan Moore, Luke Betts, Kyle Conway, Dillon Bezzina, Ben Fox, Matt Holmes and David Rich. The demise of women's running was again reflected in the junior women's section unable to finish a team for the twelfth consecutive year. Individually, Misha Nayak-Oliver was the club's hero who performed brilliantly throughout all five matches and had Victoria Calderbank, Jenny Simmons and Georgia Taylor-Brown been able to run more often, they'd have easily broken this unenviable record!
The well-documented decline in the U17 & U20 age groups was again reflected with less than thirty competitors in some matches. This year, however, four clubs did finish teams and Sale's U17 girls could have taken the title from Stockport AC had they competed in more than the Sherdley Park and Wythenshawe Park matches. They still finished 3rd. The squad of Megan Davis, Hannah Christy, Rachel Hibberd and Imani Modahl all had great runs through the winter and hopefully they'll keep together for even better results
The senior men, ably supported by the junior and veteran sections, did really well to retain the league title. On those matches when the 'big guns' turned out, the team was particularly impressive but they risked the title on three occasions by weaker teams. In the end, they won by just one point from Salford AC and Wilmslow AC. The significant thing about this section is its record depth in numbers that resulted in an amazing five teams featuring in the results. Those seniors and veterans who turned out most for the club were Rob Flannery, Dave Marsh, Carl Barber, Steve Townley, Paul Barrett, Chris Heys, Chris Cook, Tim Rainey, Jerry Smith, Lewis Green and Miran Aprahamien.
Many of the club's large endurance section are 'veterans', and a large number greatly contributed to the senior team's success as well as battled within their own leagues Wilmslow AC have been unbeaten for years but Sale have remained consistent, this year with the 'A' team finishing 7th and retaining Division 1 status whilst a 'B' and 'C' team are solid in Division 2. Well done to Carl Barber who ranked 7th in the M40 category and Jerry Smith who was 5th in the M55 category.
Like the men, our women have unprecedented depth in numbers and this was reflected in the record five teams that completed the league. They also retain similar consistency to the men, this year with the 'A' team finishing 4th in Division 1 and a 'B', 'C', 'D' and 'E' teams solid in Division 2. This section's performances are inextricably linked to the veteran women and the senior women's league results greatly depended on L40 Jan Nichols who's had a fantastic winter and finished 2nd overall in her category, L35 Helen Armitage, L50 Jackie Cordingley, who was 3rd in her category and L50 Lynda Rowlinson, 6th in her category. As veteran teams, Wilmslow AC were the again dominant but Sale were consistent and solid in 4th place in Division 1 with three other teams solid in Division 2. Other seniors and veterans who made a big difference through the five matches were Hayley Cavill, Cara O' Brien. Zoe Gmerek, Jo Street, Helen Armitage, Carla Ousey and Belinda Hammond.
Well done to all who participated through the winter and endured cold, wet afternoons, muddy conditions and the region's hills and dales to either do what they love; endure the bitterness for some higher cause (hopefully Sale Harriers among them!) or came to applaud, support, admire, coach or team manage.
Written by Fechin Mc Cormick.
Full results www.race-results.co.uk
Posted 14/02/2013 09:56
On a relatively quiet weekend for club events nationally, Sale had several athletes compete individually on a very high level on all surfaces - cross-country, roads, and track
The British Universities XC Championships (BUCS) brings together the country's top young athletes and this year, held at Leeds, Georgia Taylor-Brown reinforced her top level ability by finishing a fantastic fifth just behind some of Britain's top elite. Remember, it's only a week ago that Georgia won the U20 Northern XC title and that was only a week after she'd also finished 3rd in the individual Youth Olympics Triathlon in Australia and also won there a further bronze medal in the mixed Triathlon relay. Well done also to Jamie Roden who represented Sheffield University, James Wignall (Bangor) and Callum Rowlinson (Bangor).
Our track & field specialists had their big day at the Birmingham Games. Virtually all of them recorded personal best (PB) or season's best (SB) times, very reassuring as they approach the outdoors or preparing for next weekend's all important European Trials and English Championships. Well done to Alyssia Carr (U17 PB's in the 60m), Abi Fitzpatrick (PB in 200m) and Danielle Rooney (PB in 60m hurdles). Those who recorded season's best were Rebekah Wilson (60m), Darren Lewis (200m), Debo Ademuyewo (400m), Alyssia Carr (60m hurdles and 300m),Chris Baker (U23 HJ), Matt Cullen (PV), Katie Byres (U23 PV), Ricardo Twumasi (TJ), Claire Linskill (TJ) and Lisa James (U20 TJ). The club also hosted it's 4th indoor meeting at Sportcity. A separate report is also on the website.
The Alsager '5' is Britain's finest and fastest road race and last week, in much kinder weather than last's year's snow, the club had three representatives. Anthony Ford, preparing to break 2:17 (hopefully) in the London marathon and who finished second last year, was 11th but his 24:38 was the fastest of his last three Alsager races and well over a minute faster than last year. Dean Hardman, former sprinter, again showed his endurance prowess with a PB of 27:42. Danny Whittaker, in this his second 'coming' as a runner, clocked 28.43 that was 30 seconds faster than in last summer's Sale '5'
Finally, well done to Susie Warburton, a newcomer earlier this year, who did the Dewesbury 10k. Susie's been making fantastic progress and improved a minute off her PB since the autumn to record 42.38. She's rightly 'chuffed'! (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 05/02/2013 08:55
How time flies and the weekend saw the penultimate of the Manchester Area Cross-Country league's five matches hosted at an extremely boggy Boggart Hole Clough. Again, as in most of this winter's matches, it was our younger age groups, especially the girls, who excelled.
Beginning with the U11 girls, they turned out an incredible three teams in the freezing conditions with the tough little trio of Tess Mc Hugh, Bethany Thornton and Lizzie Twite finished a great second team just behind a very strong Liverpool team. The 'B' team also finished a commendable 4th and the 'C' team 8th.The U11 boys finished two team in 3rd and 8th with Bailey Hulse, Oliver Clark and Sam Heyworth the leading trio home. As is always the case, detailed results can be studied at www.race-results.co.uk.
By far the most successful of the club's squads this winter have been our U13 girls and they just keep on getting better. This time they placed 1st and 2nd with a further 'C', 'D' and 'E' teams also finishing 5th, 10th and 12th. They packed six finishers into the top
nine with the now familiar procession of Aine Cunningham winning her fourth consecutive match with Olivia Green, Ellie Twite, Frankie Hacker-Davis, Niamh Nugent and Claudia Cowan all packed together in ther first ten for the first two teams. These girls have already clinched the league title with Aine, Olivia the top two individual positions. The U13 boys weren't quite as dominant but finished 4th with Oliver Hole, Harry Boyd and Cameron Buchan the leading trio.
The U15 girls are also an exciting squad with similar potential and again they dominated among the eight finishing teams by finishing 2nd, 3rd and 5th. However, Stockport have already secured the League title. The leading trio of Zara Thompson, who again finished a great 2nd, Amber Towns (5th) and Alice Bruce (12th) all have a great running future ahead. Amber is well placed to take 3rd overall in the league. In the U15 boy's age-group, well done to Euan Gilchrist who's also set to take the 3rd overall league place and to Saeed Absiyeh who were the only two to fly the club flag in their race. The section must ensure to complete a team in the final match if they're to be in with a chance of a top three place.
With less than twenty finishers in both the U17 girls and boy's races, it not surprising that Sale finishers also were sparse in the line-up. However, Hannah Christy (9th) and Rachel Hibberd (13th) ought to be congratulated for toeing the line; braving the elements and leading by example. The U17 lads finished 4th thanks to Matthew Metcalfe; Sam Mayon returning from long-time injury and newcomer Denis Powell. Currently 2nd in the league and just two points behind Stockport AC, top places are all to fight for in the final match.
Another girl who deserves a hearty clap on the back for singularly turning out and again producing a good, solid run is Misha Nayak-Oliver who was 2nd in the U20 category and also 3rd counter for the women's 'A' team. As a result, Misha is likely to take 3rd overall place in the league. As described in previous reports, our U20 lads are as dominant as the club's has had for many a year and on this occasion it was the youthful powerhouses of Callum Rowlinson (2nd), Alex Bradford (4th) and Ben Fox (8th) who were the first three to cross the line. The squad have already secured the top two league title places as well as made an important contribution the senior men's 'A' team . Callum ranks second overall in the league.
The dominance of our senior men, so admirably displayed in other matches this winter, was sadly missing on this occasion which meant the club has slipped to 2rd place in the League and consequently have a battle on their hands in the final match to wrench the title from leaders Salford AC just one point ahead. For whatever the reason (could it have been the weather or that it was a Sunday race), only three Sale teams finished compared to five and six in previous matches. The leading six were Pete Crawford, Callum Rowlinson, Rob Flannery, Steve Mc Carron, Dave Marsh and Alex Bradford. The veteran men were also missing some of the top performers and Ian Wetherall had to drop out so well done to Chris Cook, Francis Sweeney, Tim Rainey and Jerry Smith for bringing the A team home in 17th place. The men have had variable results through the league depending on who has been available and the A team currently lie 7th, and it would be great to see a strong turnout for the last match.
Our senior women also had a smaller turn-out and finished two teams with the A team in fourth position, led yet again by another great run from Jan Nicholls (9th and 2nd F40), Cara O' Brien and very well supported by Helen Armitage (16th) and Zoe Gmerek (19th). The B team did well too in 13th place (Jackie Cordingley, Helen Reagan and Lynda Rowlinson).The 'A' team currently lie 4th in Division 1 but with a strong team in the final match and some good luck they could finish in the top three. The final match is at Woodbank Park on 10 February.
(Written by Fechin Mc Cormick; photos courtesy Frank Cordingley; full results at www.race-results.co.uk)
Posted 15/01/2013 14:05
The county cross-country championships were this weekend and we had representatives in three counties - Gtr. Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire. In an incredibly muddy Woodbank Park for the Gtr. Manchester Championships, the club's younger sections excelled winning eight team medals, one individual gold, one silver and two bronze medals. With the senior men also winning a team and individual bronze medal, it was the club best performance in these championships for a decade.
Congratulations to the consistently successful U13 girls who made history in winning both the team gold and bronze medals. They also had the individual winner in Olivia Green who convincingly won her first county title by thirty seconds. The talented squad of Olivia, Claudia Cowan (who just missed the bronze medal in her best run of the winter) and Niamh Nugent (5th) brought home the gold and the trio of Frankie Hacker-Davis (6th), Mairead Power (9th) and Tia Blisset (13th) secured the bronze medals. The U13 boys, reigning champions for the past two years, unfortunately did not manage a team this year.
They may have lost the girls title to Stockport AC, but our U15 girls also made history by winning the silver and bronze team medals; finishing three teams and having the Gtr. Manchester silver medallist in Aimee Pratt. Aimee had an incredible run, far improved from her Manchester cross-country matches this winter. Congratulations to her silver medal teammates Amber Towns (6th) and Catherine Podmore (7th) and to the bronze trio 'B' team of Ciara Lydon (8th), Flora Whyte (9th) and Alice Bruce (12th). Congratulations also to Zara Thompson, who's topped her fine winter's racing by winning the U15 medal in the Cheshire Championships. The strength in depth of this section is well characterised in the sixth place of trio Frankie Reid, Hannah Simeen and Charlie Reid. Our U15 boys also had a successful Championship. They finished Champions, the section's first Gtr. Manchester title since 2006. First home was Euan Gilchrist (6th); it was great to have Christy O'Brien (7th) back in the fold and Dillon Burchill was the third counter. The 'B' team were the Spilbury twins (Adam & Jake) and Adam Kinghorn. Congratulations to a promising group of lads. Across the border in Derbyshire, we also had Adam Roden place a magnificent 3rd for the U15 bronze medal.
Our U17 girls and boys also both won team and individual medals. The U17 girls were the silver medallists and produced their best result for almost a decade. They also had the bronze medallist in Megan Davies who can add this to her gold from last year. Irmani Modahl, in 4th place, probably had the best run of her career with Rachel Hibbert (10th) the all important third counter. The lad's bronze medal was also a fine result, thanks to the trio of Matt Metcalfe, Khalid Absiyeh and Matt Beacock.
Our U20 lads are admirably flexing their muscles consistently over the country in a way the club's not experienced for awhile. They won the team title with last year's U17 Gtr Manchester champion and Northern champion Ryan Moore taking the U20 silver medal. Congratulations to Ryan selected to make his England debut in Antrim next weekend. Matt Holmes (10th) and Alex Bradford (11th) made up the winning trio. Across the border in Lancashire Luke Betts also put in a great performance for the individual U20 bronze medal.
Salford AC dominated the senior men's race but not to the extent of last year. Sale retained last year's bronze medals with Gaz Raven adding the bronze medal to his previous gold and silver. Ryan Worland (14th), Rob Flannery (16th) and Peter Crawford (21st) were the medalling quartet. The 'B' quartet finished an excellent 5th thanks to Chris Donnelly (22nd), Dave Marsh (28th), Oliver Gaillemin (35th) and Dan Whittaker (52nd). In the Derbyshire Championships Jamie Roden placed 5th in his first race for eighteen months. Unfortunately, the senior women did not complete a team but Hayley Cavill (10th) and Helen Armitage (14th) both had a good run. (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick; photos courtesy of www.darkstarphotos.com; detailed results www.noeaa-athletics.org.uk )
Posted 08/01/2013 08:41
It's an athlete's greatest honour and the pinnacle of their career to be selected to represent their Nation. Last weekend, two of the club's fine young runners Simon Horsfield and Charlie Hudson were selected to represent GB & NI at the European Cross-Country Championships in Budapest. We congratulate them and also their parents, families and their coaches Paul Roden and Norman Poole who inevitably make many sacrifices over years in their commitment to develop athletic potential. In freezing conditions both ran their hearts out and both won magnificent team bronze medals.
Paul Roden, who considered it important enough to escort his athlete and took his talented son Adam for future inspiration said, "They should be proud". In the junior men's 6.025km event, Charlie was the fourth GB counter in 24th place that brought the Aviva GB & NI team home to the bronze medals. Simon, who is a former European Junior 5000m bronze medallist finished in 23rd was the 3rd team counter in the under-23 race that also won bronze.
Posted 12/12/2012 11:06