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The start of the relay season commenced with the North West Counties Road Relays and was a great experience for all those who competed. Set in the beautiful location of Delemere Forest in Cheshire it also gave us a late summer burst of sunshine before the rains of autumn took over.
Teams took part from all over the North West with Liverpool making a great impression and the local hosts of Vale Royal taking many of the top slots. Sale Harriers unfortunately only had teams entered in the senior categories and missed out on giving the younger members of the club some valuable experience in team relay running.
The course was a pleasant 2 lapper meandering around the lake with a few minor gradients, twists and turns. Leg length was about 4.4 miles for the senior runners and the surface was stony paths and trails.
Due to late changes and runners leaving it to the last minute to confirm availability, the team selection was not ideal. Helen Armitage did a great job for our ladies sorting out our 12 girls into 4 great teams. The A team of Helen Armitage 28:27, Jane Thomas 28:51 and Emma Finney 28:53 getting 14th place with 1:26:11 overall time. (6th Greater Manchester team). The B team was Alice Bruce 32:21, Cara O’Brien 30:08 and Jackie Cordingley 31:29 taking 30th place in 1:33:58. The C team were 40th with a time of 1:38:25 consisting of Helen Reagan 33.00, Helen Carter 34:03 and Anna Reeves 31:22 (taking 12 places on her leg). D team Cat Jones 35:13, Jan Nichols 32:08 and Louise Robbins 32:26 47th place with 1:39:47.
The men’s teams suffered more from the difficulties of selection and the added complication of selecting teams according to location i.e. residents of Cheshire, Lancashire or Greater Manchester. We ended up with the C team being fastest with an overall time of 1:38:59 and 17th place (5th Greater Manchester), with Gaz Raven 22:26 (5th fastest of the day), Tim Kennedy 24.00, Paul Green (9th fastest of the day) and Paul Barrett 29:06. Our next team in 52nd place and a time of 1:53:12 was Damien Jones 28:16, Craig Bradbury 26:56, Aidan Raftery 28:32 and Ashley Lynsey 29:28. We also had 2 non counters in Nigel Martin 22:17 (3rd fastest of the day) and Daniel Kashi 23:17 (8th fastest of the day). Our final team consisted of Elton Davies 26:24, Duane Gaunt 30:40, Frank Cordingley 30:11 and Tim Rainey 32:57 giving them a finishing time of 2:00:14 and 63rd place.
With hindsight we could have certainly been higher placed in some of our teams, with us having 4 runners in the top 10 mens fastest times of the day, and some of our top ladies being missing due to injury or other commitments, but the team spirit was high and we can look forward to our next relay outing at Sportcity on the 25th. Get your declarations in early to Dave Rodgers and Helen Armitage.
Posted 16/09/2016 10:09
There are small local races such as The Wizard 5 or The Mad Hatters Trail Race; and then there are large mass participation events such as the Great North Run and The London Marathon. The UK Fast Salford 10k is trying hard to cater for the latter type of run with many runners not so familiar with the distance as many of us. This type of event is not for everyone but certainly has a certain buzz about it with thousands of people congregating in the plaza at Media City.
The main downside to this type of event is just the sheer number of people who descend on the area and need to be catered for. There were about 10 mobile toilets ready to keep about 5000 people comfortable, and you can just imagine the queues. Similarly at baggage drop off, the amount of people running was not really allowed for and tempers were frayed. The weather helped considerably being neither too hot, wet nor cold, allowing outer clothing to be minimal.
Sale Harriers were well represented with over 20 milling about at the start. Most of us opted for a starting position rather closer than normal to the front, so that you don’t become impeded by slower runners who are unfamiliar with the running etiquette of being with a group of runners of your own ability. I felt reassured next to Geoff Beattie as I knew he likes a good start. Terry Lonergan and Tony Hillier were good company as we waited for the slightly delayed start. Terry and Tony have been well known characters within the running community for many years (probably close to 50) and can tell a tale or two.
It was suggested that the first canal crossing at 2k might be a bottleneck and so many of us went off a bit fast to minimise the problem. It was fine but was probably quite busy 10 minutes later. The fast first mile for me (6:25) meant that I slowed considerably over the second mile allowing Janneke, Jackie and Tim to catch me up. I recovered over the next few miles and settled into a more comfortable 7 to 7:20 pace.
Of course being the Salford 10k most of the race was not in Salford at all but meandered through the picturesque village of Trafford Park (well it is called a village on the map). The landmarks being, large car parks, industrial units, and a glimpse of the theatre of dreams. Just before 9k we started the long run into home with the Imperial War Museum as our target in the distance. A final sprint over the footbridge took us to the finish line back at Media City.
The overall results for Sale Harriers were impressive with a team ladies win and 2 age category wins to boot.
Overall winner from Altrincham Athletics Club Mohamed Aburezeq came home in 30.03 closely followed by our very own elite athlete Matt Bond in 30:05.
Chris Donnelly was next with 34:43 in 12th place and another pb to add to his 5k and HM pbs in 2016.
Oli Gaillemin V40 was 3rd in his age group with 37:28.
Sarah Douglas was very pleased with a new pb of 38:16 and 5th lady just ahead of Craig Bradbury V40 who was only seconds off his pb with 38:22.
Aidan Raftery V55 was 4th in his age group with 39:30.
Helen Armitage was 2nd V40 with 40:52 followed by Matt Spragg V40 with 41:23 and John Morris 41:24 new pb and over a minute better than We Love Manchester 10k.
I had beaten John in the short measured Trafford 10k but could only manage 43:23 followed by Janneke van Bejinum getting a pb with 44:04 before embarking on new challenges in Cardiff, Wales. Good luck Janneke.
Next came the legend that is Tim Rainey V50 with 44:10 best time since passing the magic 50. Jackie Cordingley V55, was next with 44:35 winning her her age category prize. Also winning her age category was Helen Reagan V45 with 45:57 after a disappointing Birchwood 10k 2 weeks previously.
Then came Wendy Terry V40 47:08, Carla Ousey V40 49:00, Geoff Beattie V60 50:40, Sinead Furguson V40 52:29 and Laren Hatch soon after giving birth to baby Stanley 56:29.
The ladies team prize was won by Sarah Douglas, Helen Armitage and Janneke van Bejinum. Emma Finney for some reason was not on the results as a Sale Harrier but did well to get 41:52. Also running was newcomer to Sale, Hannah Carey 6th lady with 40:06. A 3 min improvement on her 2015 pb. Thanks to the cheers of support from Tim Kennedy, Zoe Gemerek, Richard Edwards, Helen Carter and many others. Very welcome. The photos have come from Terry Lonergan and Zoe so thanks to them too.
As I said at the beginning an event not for everyone. Like the Great Manchester 10k the hefty price tag gives you medals and tee shirts that you don’t need and there are lots of better races in the area where the profits go back into club funds rather than big business. It’s up to you. With nearly 1200 participants and the last person taking nearly 2 hours to complete the 6.2 mile course I’m not sure it’s for me.
Posted 05/09/2016 19:14
Hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves at the final 2016 Handicap Run on tuesday 23rd August and a big thanks to all the helpers who gave up a nights training to record times: Sinead Roche, David Connelly and Paul Barrett.
For those who have never seen the results sheet before; column B gives your handicap i.e. how many minutes delay you were set off with, column C your recorded finishing position, column D gives your recorded finishing time, column E your actual running time (finishing time minus handicap time) and column F your finishing position according to actual running time. Column G gives your best time for the course.
So congratulations to:
2nd Mike Curley V65 beaten by just seconds
3rd Nick Webb V50
2nd Debbie McAvoy
Srd Suzy Smith (nee Trickey)
Fastest Man: Dave Marsh (Nigel Martin retains the men's course record of 24:57)
Fastest Lady: Sarah Douglas (Who equalled Hayley Ashby's women's course record of 29:43)
Thanks to all those who participated.
Posted 25/08/2016 09:13
Well done to those racing recently.
Andy Carlin 2nd in the North Wales Half Marathon 1:23:17, Callum Rowlinson 2nd in Snowdonia Trail Marathon 4:05:04, Craig Bradbury 3rd V40 at the Blackpool Air Show 10K and the Tenby 10k with 39:46 and 39:36 (18:15 in the last Sizzler), Gaz Raven 3rd in the Saddleworth 6, Aidan Raftery with age group wins in a couple of fell races, many good results in the final Sale Sizzler 5k, especially a big group of our ladies racing to the line. Nigel Martin and Dave Marsh racing well once again at the sharp end.
Double Isle of Man Half Marathon wins with Tim Kennedy 1:16:44 and Hayley Ashby 1:29:15, with Mike also going well. 1:27:11.
Tim Kennedy and Hayley Ashby
Posted 15/08/2016 07:48
Neither the threat of rain nor the prospect of finishing the race chest-high in river water deterred 23 Sale Harriers from taking part in the annual Whaley Waltz fell race. This popular event starts in Whaley Bridge as part of the Rose Queen Carnival, the 5.8 mile route climbing 900 meters to the craggy Windgather rocks on the edge of the Peaks. A colourful parade kicked off the afternoon and after watching cartwheeling gymnasts, fancy floats and a brass band the 216-strong field lined up in glorious sunshine, eager to get started.
The race begins on road but quickly takes to windy woodland trails and steep hillside ascents. Finally the runners reach the highest point to complete a horseshoe and begin the long, welcome descent back down towards the town. Chris Donnelly was first to emerge through the downpour which soaked the rest of the field as well. After reaching the notorious river jump which proceeds the final 100 metres of the race, Chris finished as overall winner in 40 minutes flat. Next up was James Walsh in 5th position, closely followed by Oliver Gaillemin, only 16 seconds behind. It was a strong showing from Sale Harriers in the top 20 with Paul Barrett (or should we say "Bennett"?!) finishing in 16th place and Mike Ashby in 18th.
Hayley Ashby was first lady and with the combined efforts of Sarah Douglas (3rd) and Anne Chinoy (6th) scooped the ladies team prize. Together with Chris' race win, Anne Chinoy's V40, Jackie Cordingly's V50 (2nd), Aidan Raftery V50 (2nd) and the mens team prize too, Sale Harriers - in the words of the race organisers - "cleaned up".
Well done to all who ran; Aidan Raftery (46.02; 23rd), Craig Bradbury (24th; 46.09), Robert Heggs (37th; 48.31), Tom McTernan (61st; 51.15), David Connelly (67th; 52.22), Frank Cordingley (71st; 52.58), Helen Armitage Sale Harriers (84th; 54.35), Anna Reeves (95th; 57.05), Helen Reagan (103rd; 57.39), Timothy Rainey (104th; 57.40), Janneke van Beijnum (110th; 57.46), Louise Robbins (115th; 58.53), Katherine Barker (129th; 61.51), Sinead Ferguson (172nd; 70.28)
Posted 26/06/2016 20:37
Janneke van Beijnum
This year's Welsh Castles Relay was a hot and sweaty affair as summer had most definitely arrived in Wales. Even the red dragon couldn’t be bothered to venture out of his cave but 40 Sale Harriers were out in force, hunting for yellow t-shirts as they battled against 61 other teams to cover over 200 miles in 2 days. The event runs from Caernarfon to Cardiff in 20 legs with 6 classed as mountain stages. Passing 22 castles and 16 forts along the way, the atmosphere was electric as we were cheering, rehydrating runners, taking photos, and marshalling along the way. The Sale Harriers Men managed to accomplish the 211 miles in 20:59:05 (4th place) and the ladies finished in 5th place.
The first stage win was for EMMA FINNEY during the 3rd leg. Whilst she and CALLUM ROWLINSON (3rd place) were bravely tackling this first mountain stage, the minibus stopped in Tremadog for a fish & chip lunch where we got a great view of the race. Victory continued as TIM KENNEDY won the fourth leg. This was followed up by another yellow T-shirt with GARY (2nd, 1st vet) and LYNDA ROWLINSON. As well as being the first Vet, Gary won this year’s WCR 'Jeff Wood' Memorial Award - given every year to the first over 50 vet to finish the nominated 'Jeff Wood stage'. The 2nd place of ROB JOWETT in leg no 6 was another great performance for the Sale Harriers men's team.
Leg 7 was the next mountain stage and saw GAZ RAVEN win with JANE THOMAS finishing 3rd lady after a very tough race. In the last leg on Saturday (another mountain stage), NIGEL MARTIN finished in 3rd place. The relentless sun had had a huge impact on many runners. Some were forced to pull out. Unfortunately, HELEN ARMITAGE was one of them. Having lead the ladies for much of the race, Helen was forced to stop with the finish in sight. However, the next morning, she cheerfully joined us in good health on the Caravan of Running.
Sale Harriers had a good start to Sunday with excellent performances at the 7am mountain stage with another leg victory by DANIEL KASHI while ANNE CHINOY who finished in 2nd place but a minute faster than last year. Third time lucky? Get your t-shirt next year Anne. Our journey across the Welsh hills continued as we approached one of the most dreaded stages. “Keep calm, it's only Drovers” HAYLEY ASHBY thought and she nailed it! Brilliant running which resulted in another yellow t-shirt and a dragon for young Thomas. Newbie ANIFE TURCHIN actually enjoyed her lovely run and managed to arrive in 3rd place in stage no 15 with ANDREW CARLIN in 5th place.
All in all, it was a fantastic weekend!!! A special thank-you to CHRIS DONNELLY (organising the boys' team), EDDIE EDWARDS (girls' team), DAVE RODGERS (top coach!), JERRY SMITH (cruising the minibus across Wales). Finally, thanks to all runners, family and friends who joined us anywhere along the route for contributing to a brilliant WCR weekend.
For full results, see http://www.welshcastlesrelay.org.uk/results/2016/index.html
Posted 13/06/2016 20:12
Alice Ball Zoe Gmerek Luisa Candioli
Sale Harriers Manchester won the Manchester leg of the club challenge in the Great Manchester Run. The winners get a chance to go to the Great Ethiopian Run and meet Haile Gebrselassie – for more info, see here: http://www.greatrun.org/club-runners/club-challenge.
Men - Gareth Raven, Dave Marsh, Rob Jowett and Gary Rowlinson.
Women - Luisa Candioli, Emma Finney, Zoe Gmerek and Alice Ball. Well done.
Rob Jowett Dave Marsh Gareth Raven
Full results can be found here
Thanks to Jon-Paul Kearns for the pictures. See here for more.
Posted 26/05/2016 10:09
The next handicap will be on August 23rd, to compare times across the summer. That's a few days before the next training weekend in the Lakes. Also we might possibly re-introduce a Christmas Handicap we shall see.
Hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves at the first Handicap Run on tuesday 17th May and a big thanks to all the helpers who gave up a nights training to record times and act as guide runners: Chris Donnelly, Jackie Cordingley, Frank Cordingley, Steve Parry, Ashley Lindsey, David Connelly, Tim Rainey and Jerry Smith.
For those who have never seen the results sheet before; column B gives your handicap i.e. how many minutes delay you were set off with, column C your recorded finishing position, column D gives your recorded finishing time, column E your actual running time (finishing time minus handicap time) and column F your finishing position according to actual running time.
As the course was altered due to the building works on the path i have not included previous best times.
Fastest Man: Dave Marsh
Fastest Lady: Sarah Douglas
Posted 23/05/2016 14:56
Sutton Park, Birmingham has been the scene over the years of many great performances in distance running and on Saturday was the venue for the 28th National Masters Road Relays, one of the highlights of the year for athletes over 35 and a highly competitive event. Each leg comprised 3 miles of a scenic but hilly course.
This year Sale Harriers were very well represented with 7 teams covering an age range of 35 to 65+. The performance of the day came from the W65 team of Celia Birchby, Janet Pickering and Margaret Trickey, who won silver medals with Celia running the 2nd fastest time of the race, a great achievement!
Celia, Margaret and Janet.
Fine performances also came from the M65 team of Michael Curley, Fechin McCormick and Michael Dunne in 9th place with Michael Curley running the 5th fastest time.
The W35 team of Helen Armitage, Kathy Wellam, Anne Chinoy and Tracey Taylor finished an impressive 11th in a high quality race, and special thanks go to Tracey for stepping in at the last minute after Hayley Ashby had to withdraw through illness. Good running also came from W45s Lynda Rowlinson, Jackie Cordingley and Helen Reagan in 13th position and M45s Ian Wetherall (making a welcome return from injury), Gary Rowlinson, Alistair Kell and Glenn Savage in 15th place. Solid performances from M35s Peter O’Neill, Carl Barber, Paul Barrett, Mark Fox, Olivier Gaillemin and Elton Davies and M55s Frank Cordingley, Bruce Green and Jerry Smith completed a successful day.
The sun shone, everyone present enjoyed a very well-organised event and we look forward to competing again next year!
Helen, Tracey, Anne and Kathy W35 team.
Posted 17/05/2016 07:36
The 36th running of the London marathon saw 15 Sale Harriers toe the line to follow the famous route from Blackheath to the Mall. For several of the runners this would be their “A” race of the year, after using the winter cross-country season to build their base and strength before facing into the 20+ mile and long tempo runs of marathon-specific spring training.
Leading up to marathon Sunday, the prospect of wintry conditions and even forecasted snowfall added to the traditional pre-race anxieties and taper-induced paranoia. Thankfully the running gods were in benevolent form as race day dawned cool and bright with little or no wind, so blaming the weather for a poor performance was no longer an option! The early miles tend to be quick with some downhill stretches and for those starting in a fast wave, it’s easy to get towed along and settle into a fast cruise. Caution is required though, as any impetuousness here can result in cruel punishment in the latter stages. Crowd support was of course fantastic and helped the miles tick by as runners made their way past the famous first half landmarks of Cutty Sark and Tower Bridge, buoyed on by the endless cheers and party atmosphere.
Between halfway and 20 miles, acknowledged as the no-man’s land of marathoning, mental toughness is called for as runners navigate the twists and turns of the Isle of Dogs and on to the Docklands and Canary Wharf. Time to dig in now as you turn west for the last time and strike out on the long 10k home. The likes of Kipchoge & co will turn on the afterburners at this point, hoping to drop any rivals and make their bid for glory, but for us mere mortals it’s usually a case of trying to hold it steady and just keep those creaky legs turning over.
Drop down onto the banks of the Thames for the last few miles, the crowds getting larger and more vocal, and you sense the end is not far off. Catch a glimpse of St Paul’s on your right and maybe offer up a desperate prayer, because you’re suffering now…or at least you should be! With less than a mile to go, Big Ben looms and we turn sharp right onto Birdcage Walk before the final turn onto the famous red tarmac of the Mall. Give a quick wave to Lizzie as you pass the big house, then fix your hair and try to keep good form for the last 200m to cross the finish line. After collecting medals and goodie bags, several runners, families and supporters convened in a nearby hostelry to swap stories and quaff some well-earned pints…well done to all!
A special mention must go to the non-running members who turned out to offer some much-needed support along the way. In particular Richie Edwards, who managed to appear at several points on the course with shouts of encouragement…rumours of him breaking his own half marathon PB remain unconfirmed at the time of writing.
Matt Bond 2:15:32 – A stunning performance to set a new club record, well done Matt!
Sonia Samuels 2:32:00 – After running the Olympic qualifying time last year at Berlin, she ran a canny tactical race to finish 2nd British female and book her ticket to Rio. Best of luck Sonia, we’ll all be cheering you on in August!
Andy Carlin 2:41:11 – Continues his fine early season form with a great time and new PB. Fastest performance of the Crossford crew.
Callum Rowlinson 2:47:06
Ben McIntyre 2:52:31 – Very happy to bag a big PB, by almost 7mins over Boston last year. Pre-race target of 2:55, ended up starting out at slightly faster pace but was pleased to hold it steady and finish with close to an even split.
Gary Rowlinson 2:53:35 Vet 50 runner and not far behind his son.
Lee Kaufman 2:55:43 – A great run from Lee, ran a classy negative split on his way to a new PB.
Nick Webb 3:04:27 – Very pleased with this, a big PB and improved by 5mins over last year’s VLM. Enjoyed a comfortable first half, although was disappointed to be dropped by a dinosaur in the second half. A near-flawless performance, alas Nick blotted his copybook by getting caught drinking a half-pint in the pub afterwards.
Kevin Foster 3:09:21
Mike Ashby 3:09:49
Rachael Rozhdestvenskaya 3:29:03
Tim Rainey 3:29:12 – A very steady run from the veteran marathoner. Impressive considering he ran Manchester just 2 weeks beforehand.
David Connelly 3:43:36 – His debut marathon.
Marinda Breddy 4:15:59 – her second marathon and a huge PB of over an hour. Despite the crowds holding her up somewhat, she loved it so much she is already making plans for London 2017!
Ranjit Bennett 4:34:26
Posted 10/05/2016 10:19