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Posted 14/04/2015 15:43
JAMES BAILEY & HELEN ARMITAGE
Over the weekend saw the annual event of the Northern 12 & 6 stage road relay championships at Sefton Park in Liverpool.
The senior men’s team were able to pull together two teams in what is always a well attended event. The A team was able to finish a very credible 4th position with the B team, which was in essence a veteran team, other than a couple of members, finished 34th. However this was only half the story.
Fresh from their Wilmslow Half marathon exploits the previous week, Nigel Martin and Olivier Gaillemin had the honour of the first leg. On a high quality leg, Nigel cam home in 17th with Olivier 53rd.
Luke Betts, who has had recent success indoors, and Glen Savage then took over for the first short leg, Luke cut through the field taking 6 places and pulling the team up to 11th, Glen was able to hold the position of the B team.
The next long leg was given the pleasure of Dave Marsh and Phil Scowcroft. Dave was able to hold the 11th place for the A team while Phil moved the B team up 7 places to 46th.
Relative new comer Jake Shackleford had the next short leg for the A team while club stalwart Rob Flannery was out for the B. Jake had quite a competitive leg and came back in 12th while Rob pulled the team up a further 2 places to 44th.
James Wignall and Carl Barber were the next out on the course, James pulled the team back into 11th place while Carl maintained the B teams position. Nottingham Student Alex Bradford was next up for the A team with Paul Barrett taking the reins for the B. Alex pulled the team into the Top 10 for the first time while Paul kept the firm grip on 44th.
The last long leg of the day was left to Antony Ford and Kevin Foster. Antony ran the fastest long leg of the team and in doing so took 4 places bringing the A team back in 6th place. Kevin managed to come home a further two places up in 42nd place.
On Leg 8 was Jamie Roden and Mike Wharton, Jamie who has been in great form recently, ran the quickest short leg of the day and also 4th overall and came home in 5th. Mike who is just coming back from injury brought the B team back in 44th.
Alan White and Gary Rowlinson were out on leg 9, both runners had had self proclaimed "bad days" at the National Cross country earlier in the year (Alan ran 8k with one shoe) but they made up for it today with Alan maintaining the 5th position and Gary pulling back 4 places.
James Bailey and Steven Townley had leg 10 of 12, while James strengthened the hold on 5th position Steven took 3 places coming back in 37th.
11th leg was then passed to David Rich and Aidan Raftery, with the gaps fairly large at the front end of the race David maintained the teams 5th position while Aidan came home in 38th place.
Last leg was given to track team manager Dean Hardman and Stephen Parry. Dean brought the team home in 5th place with Stephen coming home in 35th... or so we thought!
What we were not aware of was the fact that at the front of the race the leaders Liverpool, who had a 90 second lead, had had a small incident. Their final runner had become (unbelievably) hopelessly lost (on his home course) and had not finished meaning that all the teams had been promoted an additional place. This meant that the A team finished in a surprise 4th place and the B team 34th.
The A team has now qualified for the National event in 2 weeks time and with a number of runners returning to the team the hope will be for a similar result on the national stage.
In the women’s team, Sarah Douglas had a solid run on first leg, although she hoped for slightly faster, she still had last week’s excellent PB run at Wilmslow in her legs. She handed over in 14th place out of the 61 teams - giving her the 27th fastest long leg of the day.
Jenna Hill produced the second fastest short leg of the day - behind Morpeth Harrier and GB international Laura Weightman. Jenna's superb 12:59 over the 2.4 mile course would have put her in most men's teams on the day! Storming through the field, she handed over to Alison Pye in 6th position. Alison was really pleased with her performance - her best since having baby Ewan - and she held on to pass over in 10th.
Luisa Candioli who is returning to form after a slight foot injury had an excellent run gaining another position, which gave her 22nd fastest from the 122 long leg runners. Lynda Rowlinson and Jan Nicholls maintained the teams position on the 5th and 6th legs and bought the team home in 10th position overall.
Leeds city with team members including Emma Clayton, Susan Partridge and Rachael Bamford, were the clear winners with a win of over 4mins 20 over Stockport Harriers in second.
Many thanks to all the men and women who competed on the day.
Posted 30/03/2015 10:21
Fechin Mc Cormick
Many are training for a spring marathon, particularly either Manchester or London in a few weeks, so the Wilmslow Half Marathon (and similarly for the five who ran the Reading HM, and the two who ran the Trimple ‘20’) these were important check points in their training, all the more so since January’s Helsby HM was cancelled. Given the ideal weather conditions for racing, those who had consistent, trouble free winter training, and barring obstacles on the day, were destined to improve their PB’s and several did. Thanks to those few who submitted their race information to help put together this race report and saved me time in not having to research their information. If there are inaccuracies, please let me know and I’ll update the report.
GAZ RAVEN 1:07.40: The fastest M40 time in the UK this year: The same 7th position as last year but one minute faster. Gaz won Wilmslow in 2008 and has finished 2nd, 3rd (twice), 4th and 5th with a best of 64.28. He is in the form of his life preparing for London.
NIGEL MARTIN 1:10.46: A two minute eighteen second improvement over last October’s Congleton HM. Every distance he touches still turns to gold.
ANDREW CARLIN 1:16.18: His debut Wilmslow and a PB by over five minutes on his Fleetwood HM last year.
OLIVIER GAILLEMIN 1:17.45: A PB with a massive chunk from his previous PB of 1:20:04 in the 2013 Wilmslow. This was his 11th Wilmslow.
RICHARD BROWN 1:18.32: A twelve second PB
JOHN MOSLEY 1:19.02: His PB of 1:15.50 was in the 2013 debut Wilmslow.
ROBERT DUNN 1:19.32: Over 6 minutes faster than his debut Wilmslow last year.
LEE KAUFMAN 1:19.51: 3 ½ minutes faster than last year. His PB of 75.25 was set in the 2000 Wilmslow
GEORGE KIRK 1:20.32: His 2nd ever HM & one minute faster than last year’s Wilmslow debut.
PETER O’NEILL 1:21.34: A ninety second PB in his 2nd Wilmslow
JASON BOWERS 1:23.03: His 3rd Wilmslow but, unfortunately, his slowest. His PB of 79.14 is from Wilmslow ‘09
JAMES WALSH 1:22.39: A two minute PB and his 2nd Wilmslow.
CHRIS GREEN 1:23.32: His debut Wilmslow and an 8 ½ minute improvement on his best. Has now improved from 1:37.19 from the 2013 Oldham HM.
MIKE ASHBY 1:23.51: Four minutes faster than last year. He iss returning to his PB days of 1:17.53 (Lancaster 2008). This was his 8th Wilmslow.
MARK FOX 1:24.39: A 7 ½ minute PB on last year’s Liverpool HM. His debut Wilmslow.
BEN McINTYRE 1:24.16 : His first race in the prestigious green and red vest and his second ever HM and a big PB of almost 5 minutes over his first outing in Cardiff 2013. Now hoping for a sub 3-hour marathon in a few weeks.
SARAH DOUGLAS 1:26.01: Her Wilmslow debut and a 2 ½ minutes PB improvement on last year’s Brass Monkey HM.
ALISTAIR KELL 1:26.04: Nearly 3 ½ minutes off his old time. Delighted! He thanks Sarah & Mike (above) for their pacing help)
GAURAV BATRA 1:27.57: His 2nd ever HM and both Wilmslow’s and another PB by over 3 ½ minutes.
NICK SCHOLES 1:29.09: A PB of over 5 minutes on last year which was four minutes faster than his previous year’s debut.
NICK WEBB 1:29.30: His second consecutive Wilmslow. Delighted with a 23 second improvement on his PB at the 2013 Great North Run’
EMMA FINNEY 1:31.07: Her 3rd and fastest Wilmslow and just seconds short of her PB (Cardiff HM 2013).
DEIRDRE McCARTHY 1:33.54: A 20 second PB on her debut Wilmslow last year
GARETH WEBB 1:35.26: Slightly short of his 1:33.22 PB set in last year’s debut Wilmslow
ROBERT HEGGS 1:36.04: In last year’s Wilmslow, he chopped eight minutes off his time to record his current PB of 1:29.15 so disappointed.
DAMIAN VAN ALDERWEGAN 1:36.37: (not known!)
JENNY FOX 1:35.59: Her first ever race! The beginning of an illustrious racing career, we hope.
MICHAEL WYMER 1:38.09: A 90 second improvement on last year. He has achieved all his HM PB’s in Wilmslow. This was his 5th and he’s improved massively from 1:49.25 in 2011.
CRISPIN MILLER 1:38.24: His debut HM
JERRY SMITH 1:39.05: His 5th Wilmslow and his longest race for over 12 months. Faster than the 2014 Helsby HM. His fastest Wilmslow was 2013 (1:32)
TIM RAINEY 1:43.18: Ran with Sarah Waldron to support her again this year,
SARAH WALDRON 1:43.18: Paced by Tim Rainey and took just over a minute off last year’s Wilmslow which was also her debut.
WENDY TERRY 1:43.33:
PETER SHIPLEY 1:47.14: His 3rd consecutive Wilmslow but, sadly, his slowest. His PB of 87.06 comes from the 2011 Wilmslow.
RUPERT LIDDINGTON 1:4734: Debut Half marathon.
MARTIN SMEDLEY 1:46.37:His debut Wilmslow and his first ever half marathon. “Very pleased” An excellent M60 performance.
RAY O’NEILL 1:48.04: A 2 minute PB on last year’s debut. Has run only one other HM- ever - last year’s Wilmslow
CARLA OUSEY 1:49.53: A couple of minutes short of her last HM which was the 2011 Wilmslow. Her PB of 1:42.23 is from Helsby 2012.
CHRIS DONNELLY 1:49: 53 Did 1:22.18 last year. His PB goes back to the 2012 Preston HM (77.46)
MAISIE EAKIN 1:51.46: her debut half Marathon
DANIEL BOULTON 1:53.12. His PB of 87:51 goes back to the 2013 Capenhurst HM
KATE GAVIN 1:58.26: Over five minutes faster than last year but just a minute short of her PB from last year’s Arley Hall HM.
MARINDA BREDDY 1:57.40: Understandably delighted following two Achilles surgery operations and two years recovery. This is a 23 minute improvement on her last Wilmslow
KATIE REECE 2:03.19: Just a training run.
ROSA ELLIOTT 2:16.44: Fifteen seconds faster than last year and a little short of her 2:09.29 in her 2013 debut.
READING HALF MARATHON
This year’s Reading half Marathon, another of the countrys fastest, this year incorporated the England Athletics Championships and attracted a group to travel south as an alternative to Wilmslow. DAVE MARSH (1:12.09) is progressively upping his distances and this was his debut half-marathon and a creditable performance. ANDY MOONEY (1:19.30), CARL BARBER (1:24.49) and PETER CRAWFORD (1:24.59) were a little short of their PB’s and L40 ANNE CHINOY (1:31:01), running on home turf, improved her PB by just under 90 seconds despite only recently returning from injury. Poor HELEN ARMITAGE had to withdraw because of injury so we wish her well in her recovery.
SIMON JACKSON and FRANCIS SWEENEY opted to travel to Lancaster for this longer distance in their marathon preparations. Simon is preparing for his 5th Windermere marathon and was ‘pleased with 2:16. and Francis, who takes in his stride ultra events in the scenic west of Ireland, wasn’t far behind him.
Posted 23/03/2015 12:36
Fechin Mc Cormick
Again this year, seven men finished the Trafford 10k in under 30 minutes and several of the region’s top women followed with similarly classy times, reinforcing this race’s reputation as one of Britain’s best. It’s also growing in numbers with a record 1000 starters....and Sale Harriers also produced a record 35 finishers, three more than in 2013. Many proved the fast course with lifetime best performances. Of those who did not, many were in heavy training for Spring marathons or were recovering from illness or injury. Well done to all.
Nick Samuels (30.13): First home for the club. His 3rd consecutive Trafford 10k and his fastest with a 10 second PB.
Gaz Raven (30.31): 2 ½ minutes faster than 2013 that puts him firmly on top of UK M40 rankings.
Nigel Martin (31.45) dipped under 32 minutes for the 1st time and just gets better and better. Went off very fast with the first mile in 4:55
Tim Kennedy (34.30): Just short of his 2010 PB
Chris Donnelly (34.57): A 20 second PB from last year’s Salford 10k
Jenna Hill (35.14) Despite a 45 second PB would have liked faster. Did 37.26 in 2009. (8th)
Jake Shackleford (35.16): His first PB in two years
Andrew Carlin (35.26); A big PB by 2 ½ minutes
Richard Brown (35.32): Did 38.10 in the 2013 race......what progress
Kevin Foster (35.50): A 30 second PB from the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k
Steve Mc Carron (35.51) Injured since mid January; back training only a few weeks; ran negative splits ‘very pleased’
Olivier Gaillemin (35.51): Almost a minute faster than in the Leeds Abbey Dash
Peter O’Neill (36.13): Just a few seconds off his PB ....recovering from a cold
Chris Green (36.22): His 3rd only 10k & improved from 39.52 in 2013 City of Salford 10k
James Walsh (36.28): A two minute PB
Carl Barber (36.32); Returning to fitness and pleased with his performance
Mike Hatch (38.05): 1st race in 6 months with a calf problem
Gareth Miller (38.32): A 15 second PB on last year’s We Love Manchester 10k
Aidan Raftery (38.34): An unexpected PB by 12 secs and 1st M55 so very happy
Alistair Kell (38.57): First time under 39 minutes in 5 years and I missed a PB by 5 seconds, Steve Parry (41.06); Struggling with an injury....disappointed but still faster than last year
Steve Surridge (41.14): Did his PB of 39:57 on this course in 2013
Emma Finney (42.03); Did PB 40.02 last year but currently on heavy marathon training Gareth Webb (42.18); Did his PB (40.45) on this course last year but returning from injury
Anne Chinoy (42.19) A PB despite returning from injury. Can now push ahead to the reading HM.
Mike Curley (42.42): Very impressive 2nd in the M65 category. Puts him just outside top 10 of Britain’s fastest
Jerry Smith (42.23): Did 40.25 in 2013. Was 30 seconds faster than 2014 BUPA Gt.M/C 10k
Jackie Cordingley (43.29): 1st in her L55 category. Places her 2nd in the UK rankings Wow!
John Battersby (43.37): Only 30 seconds short of his 2011 PB.
Mike Barry (45.49): Slowest ever 10k but first race in 6 months following Achilles problems.
Clare Mc Carron (46.19): Club newcomer.....achieved with little training. Watch this space! Zoe Gmerek (48.19): First post-marriage race and a faster re-launch than in first ever 10k in May 2011.
Geoff Beattie V60 (49.00) 50 seconds down on last year...probably the previous evening curry and vino !
Dawn Holding FV50 (50.05): First race in 6 months.... a creditable performance ... 8th in her category
Karen Sheen FV50 (52.39): Just very pleased to be running with persistent knee problems
Lucinda Summers (53.36): A PB after 20 years & 10 minutes faster than 10 years ago.
Posted 09/03/2015 14:33
Once again incorporating the Northern Athletics 10k Championships, the Ribble Valley 10k boasts a highly competitive field run over a fast but undulating course. Positioned between Christmas and New Year it provides an opportunity to work off any over indulgence during the holiday period.
This year the weather took a sharp turn in the days leading up to the race, with temperatures plummeting to sub zero. The day of the race the weather was very calm and sunny, but around zero degrees. When combined with the recent wet weather the roads were icy in parts, making the hairpin turnaround point particularly interesting.
There was an even larger turn-out than last year with over 1100 finishers, but no one managed to break 30 minutes this time, with just the top 20 finishing inside 32 minutes.
13 Sale Harriers braved the cold and it was Anthony Ford first home for Sale in 5th position (30:43), slightly down on his 30:07 clocking in November on the faster Leeds Abbey Dash course. Next back was Matt Barnes in 10th (31:00), similar to his 10k times from earlier in the year. James Bailey was the final counter for Sale finishing in 14th (31:39), not too happy with his time, but still faster than the year before. Together they were the NA silver medallists, just behind a very strong Leeds City AC.
The remaining Sale finishers were:
Nigel Martin (32:05), just missed his target of sub 32, but pleased with an 11s PB over Leeds Abbey Dash the previous month.
Stephen McCarron (34:06), just missing out on sub 34 as he didn't realise how close he was, and just two days off his 40th Birthday! This was a big 35s PB over Leeds Abbey Dash in 2013.
Gary Rowlinson (35:05) put in an excellent performance to finish 3rd V50, exceeding all expectations on his return from long term injury. Originally he was aiming for around 37 minutes.
Chris Donnelly (35:40) put in a typically solid run, just slower than the City of Salford 10k in September, but suffered a bit from the previous few days festive activities!
Kevin Foster (36:43) was pleased to produce a time only slightly down on his performance at Leeds.
Chris Green (37:39) was ~2.5 minutes faster than his previous best at Salford in 2013.
Katherine Wellam (40:54) produced her 4th sub 41 minute clocking of the year.
Simon Bond (42:23), just over a minute down on his PB at Arley in November.
Nigel Fielden (44:34) was a couple of minutes down on his two 42 minute clockings at Arley this year.
Geoff Beattie (51:28) finished just outside his usual sub 50 minute times.
Posted 30/12/2014 11:13
Fechin McCormick & Peter Shaw
LEEDS ABBEY DASH
For those interested in fast times, the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k was the place to be on Sunday 23nd November. No less than an incredible fifteen of the top men this year smashed the magical 30 minutes barrier with many recording PB’s, confirming this out-and-back course to be the country’s fastest. Sale Harriers had over twenty cross the Pennines in pursuit of fast times and many were duly rewarded.
This year, Antony Ford was the club’s first home from the massive 12,000 starters. Though slightly outside his usual sub-30 minute clockings (30.07), he was understandably pleased having been off most of the summer. He also had the honour to be selected to represent England in the race.
More familiar on the track as a 1500m specialist Nick Samuels (30.32) was just ten seconds short of his Trafford 10k time last march. For Nigel Martin, next across the line 32:16 was a new PB by 44s over the Salford 10k in September, and over 90 seconds faster than Leeds last year. Callum Rowlinson was next and is another of the club’s fast improving young men. He improved his 2011 PB by almost 90 seconds. David Marsh followed also recording a PB (33.42) - at least since his ‘second coming’ but we shouldn’t expect any miracles since he’s not a Messiah!
Andy Mooney (35.25) reckoned he ran with only half steam but he still produced a PB set in this race last year by over thirty seconds. Olivier Gaillemin (36.57) didn’t think he was in PB shape following 12 months layoff with Achilles tendonitis. However, he aimed for sub 37 and clocked 18mins 32 for 5k, the first time he’d ever run a negative split. Mike Ashby (37.00) was just under ninety seconds short of his PB set in the 2012 Bupa Gt. Manchester 10k. His wife Hayley (39.17) was just under a minute off her PB set in the 2012 race in 2012. M55 Aidan Raftery (39.03) is very consistent with his GMR (39.06) last May and Trafford 10k (38.46) last March.
For Rachael Cavanagh it was another spanking new PB (39.39) by more than five minutes. Daniel Boulton (41.36) has been injured so not at his best. Well done to Kathy Wellam (40.45) who also knocked a big chunk off her best as she develops her duathlon career.
Helen Armitage (41.06) was all set for a’big un’ but arrived late, missed the race start and spent most of the 10k zig-zagging through back-markers. It was Michael Wymer’s debut over 10k and he set down a challenging bench-mark with a time of 44.30. Louise Robbins (47.17), recently returned from her impressive tough Everest expedition was bound to be way off her best but a good race to get her back on track. Cat Jones (47.17) was also a couple of minutes off her best. M60 indomitable and prolific racer Geoff Beattie (49.12) again dipped under the hour.... but behind his wife! Does anyone want to challenge his record of ten 10k’s and 53 races (so far!) this year? Finally, and certainly not least Katie Reece clocked 50.57 but she’s just returned from the romantic Venice marathon!
Three others I don’t know so I’d be grateful if anyone can help Stephen Dawber (40.00,), Zoe Plummer (F45 44.53) and Graham Sugden (44.55).
Congratulations to Katie White, Rachael Cavanagh and Deirdre Mc Carthy who won the Northern Athletics 10 mile Championships in this race and the men won bronze medals thanks to Nigel Martin, Stephen McCarron and Chris Donnelly. These are the individual performances.
Nigel Martin (54.45) Three minutes faster than last year!
Callum Rowiinson (56.02). It was Callum’s 10 mile debut and impressive benchmark but how much faster this tough guy youngster could have gone had he not had four tough races in his legs from the previous four weeks – the Euro Trials, Conway HM and Leeds Abbey Dash.
Stephen Mc Carron (57.57): Over two minutes faster than last year and first time under sixty minutes.... on the back of the MACCL the previous day at Boggart Hole clough.
Chris Donnelly (58.25): A minute faster than last year...and he also ran the MACCL the previous day.
David Marsh (58.47). 2 ½ minutes slower than in the Gt. South Run. To be expected since Stockport 10 is much tougher and he was even a senior counter the previous day at Boggart Hole Clough.
Rupert Liddington (1:01.37). His debut over 10 miles and a big increase in racing distance.
Lee Kaufman (1:06.35). Lee’s done this race every year since 2011 and this was his fastest yet by 30 seconds.
Katie White (1:06.35). Some four minutes short of her best but a NJ.A gold medallist
Rachael Kavanagh ((1:07.46). It was Rachael’s debut and, doubtless, would have been even faster had she not the previous day’s MACCL in her legs. Nevertheless, she’s a N.A Gold medal round her neck
Nick Scholes (1:09.35): Also a 10 mile debut for this newcomer and only his 4th race, the previous three being the Manchester Marathon and the Wilmslow & Conway HM’s
Deirdre Mc Carthy (74:37): Just over a minute down on her 2012 PB in the same race while a member of Manchester Tri club. Not to worry, she’s a N.A team gold medallist.
GRAVY PUD ‘5’
Several running this race will have tired, heavy legs from the previous day’s MACCL at Boggart Hole Clough. The main interest was as part of the club’s endurance section club championships where winners are awarded the Harold Wilson Cup. (Harold and Walter Wilson were two founding members of Sale Harriers). Overall positions following this race will be available soon. Those who ran were Peter Crawford (40.57), Aidan Raftery (42.49), Cara o’Brien (45.41), Richard Mc Hugh (46.19), Simon Bond (46.59) and Jan Nichols (50.12).
Four guys ran this very tough half marathon. Callum Rowlinson finished 5th in 74.29 and, though not his fastest, Callum is developing as a strong, able competitor. This was Nick Scholes third race only since he joined the club and shows a lot of promise to record 1:09.35 almost a minute faster than the much faster Wilmslow HM. Francis Sweeney had a great run – a PB by a minute (86.27) on this very tough course, not surprising in that he’s successfully taken on some very tough races in the west of Ireland. Nick Webb (1:40.27) underperformed, the reason being that he was recovering from a viral infection and anxiously preparing for April’s London marathon.
MANCHESTER CHRISTMAS PUDDING ‘5’
Nothing like preparing for Christmas with a race and Sale had three run this race with two receiving nice seasonal ‘presents’ of PB performances. Gareth Matthews was one of them in 4th place (31.12) and L45 Marinda Breddy the other who’s returning to her best following Achilles surgery which sidelined her for over 12 months. M60 Geoff Beattie clocked 40.35.
Posted 08/12/2014 18:14
The Cheshire 10k near Arley Hall offers one of the fastest 10k road races in the north. Racing around the flat and rural roads of Antrobus this UKA licensed official 10k road race offers the perfect opportunity for runners of all abilities to get a chip timed personal best.
The race was won by Altrincham's Mohamad Abu Rezeq who led from the front and comfortably finished in 29:11. First lady home was the well known figure of Helen Clitheroe clocking 32:44, 9th overall, and 1st lady 40 too!
First home for Sale was our talented musician Tim Kennedy with 34:50, a full minute faster than he expected. Other Sale runners were; Peter O'Neil 36:09, Chris Green 37:57 (pb by over 2 minutes) and Alistair Kell who said that his time (39:01) was just a few seconds off his 5 year pb for the distance. He said "My 10k PB was the same time of year but it was at the Strathaven 10k on the outskirts of Glasgow which is notorious for being fast, and mostly down hill ! You get bussed up to the top of a moor above the village and it's basically 7k downhill, 2.5k flat and a bit of a climb to the finish !"
Steve Parry was 6th V50 with 40:13 followed by V40 Simon Bond 40:52. Nigel Fielden was our only prize winner of the day taking the V60 prize with 42:02. Dawn Holding V50 was happy with her time of 47:14 followed by our famous psychologist Geof Beattie V60 (48:20).
Thanks to Dave Pinnington for the photos.
Posted 04/11/2014 14:03
Fechin Mc Cormick
BUPA GREAT SOUTH RUN (OCTOBER 25TH).
Seven intrepid adventurers travelled all the way to Portsmouth for this 10 mile race, the worlds biggest. They travelled with a mission - to represent Sale Harriers in the National ‘10’ mile Championships but also in the hope of winning the Great Club Challenge which would earn the club £500; free entries into next year’s race and put them into the ‘pot’ of the club winning the all expenses paid trip to the Great Ethiopian Run in November 2015. They narrowly missed out to Stockport in winning the Great Club Challenge at the BUPA Great Manchester last May. With ten mile races a rarity nowadays five of the seven made their debut – David Marsh (56.26), Andy Mooney (59.06), Peter Crawford (1:06.08), Helen Armitage (1:06.47) and Emma Finney (1.08.50 ). All have set down impressive benchmarks for the future. Well done to Carl Barber (59.57) who recorded a PB by eight seconds over his Stockport ‘10’ last December, pretty impressive in the well published windy conditions. The fastest of the group, Gaz Raven (51.09) is a seasoned campaigner with a PB of 49.15 set in the 2008 Sale ‘10’. His time puts him top of the M40 UK rankings for 2014.....to add to his No 1 slot for 5k set in the summer Sizzlers.
ARLEY HALL HM (October 18th)
Peter O’Neill (1:23.15) had a storming run around Cheshire’s country lanes to finish among the top ten and knock three minutes off his PB set in the Wilmslow HM. Proving it’s never too late to start, M60 Nigel Felden made his HM debut in the very impressive time of 1:34.50. Daughter & Mum Jenny and Lynne Yates also toed the line hoping to improve on their HM times from the Robin Hood HM in September. Fast improving Jenny improved by over three minutes to record a PB of 1:39.19 but Mum wasn’t so lucky and finished three minutes slower ((1:43.27). Joanna Robbins is a seasoned HM campaigner and her time of 1:40.23 was just a minute slower than in the Warrington HM a few weeks earlier. Our intrepid M60 Geoff Beattie (1:49.37) had good reason to be pleased, recording a time three minutes faster than in May’s Chester HM. Finally, well done to Kate Gavin (1:57.27 who made her HM debut.
BUPA GREAT BIRMINGHAM HM (October 18th)
Well done to James Bailey on his half-marathon debut and time of 70.44. This was a pretty impressive performance for a guy more familiar with track 5000m and the 000m steeplechase. Indeed, prior to this race, James had raced only once over 10 miles (last December’s Stockport ‘10’) and did only a handful of 10k races and longer cross-country races in recent years.
GIN PIT 5 MILE TRAIL RACE (October 12th)
This is one of the club championships races but, clashing with the MACCL cross-country league match at Woodbank Park it did not have as many club entrants. Log onto http://www.saleharriersmanchester.com/pages/5870/news-endurance/club-endurance-championship to read the updated positions. Elton Davies (29:48), Olivier Gaillemin (30.00), Simon Bond (34.00), Jackie Cordingley (35.30 – 2nd L55), Jerry Smith (37.03), Frank Cordingley (38.25), Ian Taylor (38.30)
OLDHAM HM (October 12th)
Well done to M40 Gaz Raven who smashed it round the tough half-marathon course to win it in the very impressive time of 71.19. This puts him 15th fastest M40 in Britain this year. Last year he finished second behind Andi Jones. Simon Jackson also had every reason to be ‘pretty happy’ with his time of 1.26.20. He recorded, ‘It’s got to take over from the Buxton HM as the toughest half I've done”. This was Simon’s seventh HM this year!
ABERSOCK HM (October 4th)
Paul Green & Nick Webb took on a tough challenge in this half marathon and both also had every reason to be pleased. M40 Paul Green never ceases to amaze (when he’d fit!) and won the race in 73.52. An indication of Paul’s talent is his HM PB of 65.42 set in the 2004 Wilmslow Half Marathon. M50 Nick Webb is preparing for next year’s London Marathon and returning from injury. He won the M50 category in 1:29.53, a massive improvement of almost 15 minutes on his debut in the 2012 Birmingham HM. He was rewarded handsomely with £75 prize...so God knows how much Paul won!
CHESTER MARATHON (October 5th)
Robert Dunn had a memorable day at the Chester Marathon. It was his debut and was ‘extremely happy’ to record 2:54.15. He much appreciated the "come on Sale" shouts along the route. As part of his build-up he did the Wirral HM, again a debut appearance and finished in 84.07. Katie Reece opted for the shorter but sensible Metric Marathon of 26.2kms and clocked a time of 2:31.25. Since he started running earlier this year, his dad has watched all his races witnessing runners of all shapes and sizes and so he's now caught the running bug himself and become a regular at the Saturday morning Park runner,
CONGLETON HM (October 5th)
Nigel Martin had a fantastic race finishing 2nd overall in 73:04 which was a PB by over two minutes on his 2:19 over Helsby HM in January.
Posted 26/10/2014 20:51
It’s not often you get to stand on the start line next to a World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist, but this was an added bonus for the runners on leg 2 of the British Fell and Hill Relay Championships who found Jonny Brownlee among the competitors, and it’s a measure of the strength of the field that he and his running partner were only the 9th fastest on their leg.
This annual event brings together some of the best fell runners in the country, and inevitably is a seriously tough and challenging event. Run over 4 legs with legs 2 and 3 run in pairs, each leg is tough, with this year the pick perhaps being leg 2, which featured a steep drop into the next valley followed by an 850 feet climb straight back up again, most of which we performed literally on all fours grabbing at clumps of heather with both hands to pull ourselves up!
We have entered teams for the last four years to take on the best of the fell running world. This year our original entry of 3 teams was affected by unavoidable last minute withdraws due to illness and accident.
Nevertheless our A team produced an excellent performance with Nigel Martin getting them off to a great start on leg 1 carried on by Chris Donnelly and Steve McCarron on leg 2, Paul Rowley and Elton Davies on leg 3 and Dave Marsh bringing the team home on leg 4 to finish 35th, our best ever placing and a great effort against teams who train on the hills every day.
Our B team suffered some bad luck, with John Mosley tearing a hamstring on leg 1 but still finishing bravely well up the field. Olivier Gaillemin and Carl Barber were running strongly on leg 2 but made the easy mistake of overshooting a checkpoint, adding almost 30 minutes to their time. Andrew Carlin and Kevin Foster took on the difficult navigation leg and unfortunately missed a checkpoint, but Rachael Cavanagh in her first ever fell race bravely accepted the challenge of running leg 4 and had a great run.
For the depleted C team Richard McHugh on leg 1 and Tim Rainey and Jerry Smith on leg 2 had good runs, although Tim and Jerry also overshot the checkpoint adding some unwanted distance to their run.
As Rachael Cavanagh put it: “One of the most brutal races I've ever ran, seriously strong winds taking your breath away and pushing you in all directions, sideways hail battering your face like needles and steep hills - loved the descent though!” Or for some of us one of those events where half way through you think: “Never again!” And then later after a well-earned beer: “Bring on next year!”
Posted 20/10/2014 20:21
Nothing unusual, but Sale Harrier were again all over the region ‘strutting their stuff’ in the region’s races. Last weekend, of three local races, the club had six members take on the challenge of the tough, hilly Macclesfield Half Marathon and 5k
In the half marathon Hayley Ashby had an excellent run in 1:28:00 to finish 2nd female and earn her place on the podium. Mike Ashby (1:26:55) and Francis Sweeney (just behind Hayley in 1:28:03) both ran strongly, with Fran pleased to be 90 seconds quicker than last year and taking home a bottle of wine as 3rd V50. Sarah Waldron (1:51:36) also ran well on this tough course.
Jerry Smith and Jenny Miles (returning from injury) opted for the 5k as training runs. It was Jenny’s 2nd 5k on consecutive days but ‘back on her ‘horse’ following a three months injury lay-off. Both were ‘pleased’ and finished first in their respective age categories.
Several others opted for the flat and fast Aintree 10k. The bets might have been on super-fit Gaz Raven to win but he finished 2nd in 32.09, somewhat down on his seasons best of 30.14 in last April’s Salford 10k. Girlfriend Emma Finney (41.15) was also just short of her SB from March’s Trafford 10k. Dawn Holding is in racing mode and this was her 3rd 10k this year. She clocked 49.24, again just short of her SB’s from the Arley 10k in March.
Several more favoured the Swinton 10. There’s not many 10 mile races around these days, unlike the olden days so for Kevin Foster (1:04.26) and Simon Bond (1:13.06) it was their debut distance. Simon Jackson (1:04.42) was slightly slower than his PB from the Gt.Watford ‘10’earlier in the year and and M55 Miran Aprahamien (1:21.08) has to go back to 2011 for his last 10 mile race when he recorded his PB of 76.54
The previous week, M60 Geoff Beattie took his running family around his former city and old haunts in the Belfast Half Marathon. It’s unknown whether he ‘whipped’ all of them but impressing his former mafia friends would have accounted for the fact that his 1:51.29 was three minutes faster than in the Sheffield HM.
On the weekend of September 14th young Callum Rowlinson re-wrote his own g history book by smashing his own half marathon PB to 1:11.34 for 3rd place in the very scenic Lake Vyrnwey....of happy memory when it was one of my annual events way back in the annals of time!. Sub 70 next, Callum!
Finally, the same weekend, Simon Bond (34.44), Craig Bredbury (34.59) and Lee Ainsworth (44.45) were among the 100 plus line-up in the Blackleach 5 mile multi-terrain at Walkden.
Posted 29/09/2014 19:49