Chester Marathon 2017
The MBNA Chester Marathon took place on the 8th October 2017. 7 Sale Harriers were there to represent their club, with one representing England as well! The event was also the British Masters Marathon Championships. Results here.
The Chester Marathon was to be a match pitting an England elite squad with the various age categories covered, against a Celtic squad from Wales and Scotland. There were a number of qualifying races including the Manchester Marathon this year on April the 2nd. Those from Sale who were lucky enough to be selected were Steve McCarron MV40 (2:41:08), Helen Armitage FV40 (3:08:14) and Jackie Cordingley FV55 (3:53:01). Unfortunately neither Helen nor Steve was able to do the Chester and proudly wear their well-earned England kit.
First Sale Harriers runner home was Anthony Brookes who finished in 14th place with 2:37:17 a personal best on what was a challenging course.
Gunnar Menzel V45 was next with 3:48:53 Previous pb was 3:51:11 from Chester in 2015.
Jackie Cordingley LV55, resplendent in her England kit was hoping to beat her qualifying time of 3:53 in Manchester but with heavy legs towards the end of the race, was pleased with 3:58:04 and 12th V55 lady.
Tim Rainey V50 is a Sale Harrier with a long list of major marathons behind him. With a pb of 3:09 and a time of 3:31 on this course 6 years ago he was not disappointed with his 3:57:42. Having started towards the back of the field he steadily moved up the positions finishing strongly.
Frank Cordingley V55 hoped to do better but was resigned to accept that 4:04:36 was the best he could do on the day and was 20 minutes faster than he did in Manchester earlier in the year.
Mike Wymer V45 was by his own admission not ideally prepared for this race but still managed a time of 4:12:04. A pb of 3:51 and a Manchester time of 3:56.
Ranjit Bennett V45 managed 5:29:03. Well done.
The course was a pleasant meander through the countryside south of Chester and provided stunning views along with some back breaking inclines. We had been forewarned about the hills, but with 20 miles behind you the hills became more thought provoking. To end on a positive note, the drink stations were often and well stocked, the technical shirts were good quality and a nice design and the crowd support through Chester was great. (Too good really and encouraged me to go off far too fast but hey that’s my own fault).
Thanks to Jon-Paul Kearns for the pictures.
Full results at Click here.
Posted 09/10/2017 13:40