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The Tale Of The Manchester Half
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the epoch of chronic dehydration, it was the Manchester Marathon. While many of our club mates spent the day heroically yomping round a slate quarry in the UK fell relays, those of us less firm of mind and ankle took to the roads of our hometown for the Marathon's little brother. For some, fond memories of a glorious day - The Talented Mr Shipley rightly arrived with a spring in his step and a grin on his face, for others, a sombre return to the scene of a humiliation.
In glorious red, white and green, from tram-stops and road-blocks we streamed into Lancashire cricket ground. Everywhere you looked an intriguing sub-text. Team prizes available! Battle of the Chinoys! Rumours that the Erdinger had alcohol in it! And Gary Rowlinson in a run-off versus training partner Ken Hunt. One of the most intimate moments of my life so far was spent with Ken, one tragicomic morning in April I had fallen into his arms on a Carrington roadside verge. We shared a dog-bowl full of rainwater before staggering deliriously into Stretford. This morning we nodded at each other knowingly. He had recently become a father for the second time, and looked terrifyingly, paternity-leave fit.
And the banter flowed and the photographs were taken and the water was glugged and the joints were stretched and the portaloo queues were shorter than usual. And the details were shared of pre-race day meals, ravioli and toast, pasta and Chablis, water and nothing, Pepsi and Quavers. Enough! To the start line!
We gathered in our pens, we continued to stretch; we confessed our 'estimated finish times'. I hovered in Pen A with 5 or 6 other Harriers, most of whom had informed the organisers that they expected to be cooling down with an Erdinger 'alkoholfrei' (pah!) within the hour. Meanwhile my watch's satellite had apparently been intercepted by a rogue state, sending me into a nervous frenzy. I stood amidst the crowds like a right-wing extremist, my arm raised to the heavens in search of outer space's permission to start my run.
And the klaxon honked its merry honk, and we trotted over the threshold and into the 2017 edition of the Manchester Half. We jogged, jostled and gyrated our way into position. My watch was going bananas. The friendly start line conversations between the runners continued over the first couple of miles. Quite right too. This is meant to be fun after all.
The Stretford warm-up lap complete, we launched ourselves down the mighty Roman artery of the A56. It isn't the most picturesque of roads but it's great when you want to get a running rhythm going. We pounded down the carriageway past the baffling hat-shop, and by Eastway, were stretched out into small packs of 4 or 5. Looking for wind resistance, I stayed behind a chap who had shrink-wrapped himself into a nifty blue and white ensemble. I considered asking him where I could buy similar for myself but thought better of it.
The heroic marshals, expertly recruited and marshalled by Tracey Taylor, whooped from the roadside. Dave Rodgers charged round the streets, shouting encouragement. We thank you all! And the race was hotting up, with Gareth Raven bombing out of Sale before most of us had entered it, Ken Hunt and Ben Macintyre chasing down Gary Rowlinson; and Luisa Candioli and Sarah Douglas leading the ladies team.
From Eastway to Crossford Bridge, we milked the applause. Familiar faces, most of them friendly, cheered cheerfully for all things Sale. A bloke in baggy jeans ran alongside a couple of runners for 20 metres, yelling wildly. One of my neighbours emerged vertically from a hedge like a latter-day Miss Marple before shouting 'coo-ey' and falling backwards onto her lawn. We loved - absolutely loved - the flatness of this race. No slate mines, no Carrington hills, no jutting kerbs, no barb-wired fences and no map-reading required, just 13.1 miles of perfectly marshalled, beautiful, leafy Trafford flatness.
And we marvelled at the entrepreneurial skills of the Great Trafford People, as the money ker-chinged in for charity, the Brookland Tap dished out a full English breakfast and my daughter - who had promised me a jelly baby at 10 miles - tried to flog me a Devonshire cream tea from her improvised roadside stall.
Past Crossford Bridge we turned right at a bellowing Craig Bradbury and up the finishing strait. It's funny how a race seems easier when you know where you're going, and when all of Sale is cheering you on. First Harrier home was Gareth Raven in 70 minutes. For the Ladies, the inaugural team prize, with Luisa, Sarah, Helen Armitage and Anne Chinoy leading the way. Redemption for Ken! 1st V50 for Gary! PBs for Matt Spragg, Sinead Roche, John Morris and many more. Over 30 Harriers galloping around the streets of Sale.
Back at the cricket ground, hugs, photos, yelps, and despairing attempts to extract ourselves from our luminous baggage wrist-bands. We quickly confirmed that the Erdinger was non-alcoholic and decided to check that the Block & Gasket hadn't made a similar error. Arriving home to change, I turned down a wilting Devonshire cream tea and started to wonder whether the Erdinger had been hallucinogenic. Walking heroically past my house was a wally wearing slippers, a bear with a bucket, and an intense looking fellow carrying 2 weighty tomes of something serious-looking.
The guillotine had (almost) fallen on the second Manchester Half. Thanks again to the organisers and marshals.
Posted 18/10/2017 09:42
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
Jenna Hill was 2nd fastest leg of the day in the women’s event of The Northern Athletics Combined Autumn Relays held at Sportcity on the 16th September 2017. She was fastest of her leg with a time of 20:13 over the 5.4km twisty turny route around the Manchester City Ground campus. Ellen Downs got the ‘A’ team off to a great start followed by Jenna, then Anne Chinoy and Sarah Douglas. They finished in a very respectable 9th place. The ‘B’ team came in 43rd comprising Jackie Cordingley, Carla Ousey, Julia Reynolds and Sinead Roche. The team spirit and camaraderie was as usual at the highest level.
In the men’s event Sale Harriers managed to get 3 teams out, although only one appeared in the list of recognised finishers. Our ‘B’ team, consisting of Dave Marsh, Matt Oldham, Nick Barry, Ken Hunt, Nick Tynan and Alex Bradford managed an impressive 32nd place on the 6.4km course. Our ‘A’ and ‘C’ teams unfortunately fell foul to the referees decision to disqualify runners due to EA registration irregularities. The 'A' team would have been in 6th place if not disqualified. The ‘A’ team consisted of Nigel Martin (one of the fastest legs of the day), Gavin Hill, Daniel Kashi, James Wignall, Nathan Harrison and Gareth Raven, giving them an overall time of 2:03:28. The ‘C’ team consisted of Chris Middleton, Tom Fordyce, Dean Hardman, Gary Rowlinson, Matt Spragg and Glen Savage. 2 members of the ‘C’ team had apparent EA irregularities. The organisers eliminated 11 men’s teams and 7 women’s teams which certainly left a bad taste in the mouth, Salford Harriers whos ‘A’ team would have been in a medal position were particularly unhappy. It does reinforce however the importance of making sure that your subs have been paid and the you are registered with England Athletics.
Thank you to all the helpers and volunteers who stepped forward to help with set up and marshalling, the event could not have happened without you. Especially Dave Rodgers who gave up a great deal of his time to be course director, volunteer co-ordinator and marshal, and Ashley Lindsey who was lead bike and should have been resting prior to his half marathon the next day and all the other helpers (you know who you are!).
Thanks to Dave Greenwood for submitting some great photos. Check out his website for more. Click here.
Posted 28/09/2017 10:22
Apologies for the delay in getting these results out to everyone. Hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves at the 2017 Summer Handicap Run and a big thanks to all the helpers who gave up a nights training to record times: Helen Carter, Sinead Roche, Paul Barrett and Dave Rodgers.
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:
1st Man Home: Mike Curley
1st Lady Home: Anna Whitemore
Fastest Man: Callum Rowlinson with a new men's course record of 24:47
Fastest Lady: Sarah Douglas with a new women's course record of 29:40
Thanks to all those who participated.
Posted 21/09/2017 16:30
Steve Townley was 8th at the Preston 10 miles, whilst Ash Lindsey was 24th and 3rd V45.
The Trafford Open saw Matt Barnes record a 3000m track time of 8:40 to top the UK rankings, Gaz Raven is currently 12th.
At the Sale Sizzlers Matt Barnes was 1st Vet, Whilst Paul Green broke the V45 course record to lead the UK rankings.
Gaz Raven and Matt Barnes are 2nd and 3rd V40 on UK rankings. Ian Wetherall was 2nd V50 and is 12th on Uk Rankings.
Mike Curley won the V65 again to be 4th on UK 2017 rankings. Mike Dunne 3rd V65. and Mike Howe 3rd V75. Steve McCarron was 5th V40 and Glenn Savage 4th V50. More fast times for Damien Jones and Matt Spragg.
In the Ladies Sarah Douglas was 9th in a decent time despite running at tempo whilst on a a recovery down time. Emma Finney was 3rd L35 and Clare McCarron 2nd L40, Julia Reynolds 5th L45 and Jackie Cordingley was 4th L55 in a really strong age group turnout. There were many other great performances, men and women.
Race the Train. The 14 mile cross country and trail run, in Towyn Wales, saw a team win once again for our men, Paul Green narrowly failed to retain his title, with a 2nd place and 1st V45. Chris Donnelly was 11th and Matt Oldham 18th. Richard Edwards 6th Vet, Olly Gaillemin 9th Vet, Richard Brown 10th Vet and Elton Davies 12th Vet, all finishing comfortably in front of the train.
Ash Lindsey in his 3rd race in 8 days ??, Paul Barrett and Janneke Van Bejnum didn't manage to beat the train, but Janneke was 33rd Lady and 6th Vet. In the Shorter races, Kian Lindsey was 30th and 5th Under 17 in the 10K, in the 5.5mls race Torin Lindsey was 7th and 1st under 13, whilst mum Ruth was 8th Lady and 1st L35. Whilst in the 3.5mls race Zac Gaillemin was 4th and 1st under 13, all beat the train.
Good runs from Gary Rowlinson, Damien Jones and Alistair Kell in the Birchwood 10K.
Posted 21/08/2017 11:19
Club Championship Update – July 2017.
Ladies off Road.
Sarah Douglas continues to dominate the under 35 category but with only 2 points separating her from 2nd place Jane Thomas. Both have completed 3 of the 6 required events in the competition so lots still to play for.
In the junior vets section Clare McCarron has now completed in 6 events and has a substantial lead over Helen Armitage. Helen can still win with lots more ’21 points’ on offer throughout the remainder of the season.
Senior vets are led by Jackie Cordingley who will be hard to beat.
Luisa Candioli is currently in the lead with 3 races under her belt. Sarah Douglas however is snapping at her heels in 2nd place and Beatrice Cordingley in 3rd.
Junior Vets sees Emma Finney leading event though she has only competed in 3 of the possible 7 scoring events.
Jackie Cordingley is again leading in the senior vets with Julia Reynolds close behind. Both girls have completed 3 races so far.
Mens off Road.
Under 40. Dave Marsh is having a great year so far leading at this stage by 19 points, ahead of Nigel Martin. Dave has competed in 7 events with Nigel only having done 4. This section is still wide open with lots of points on offer.
Junior vets. Steve McCarron is leading at the moment with Oli Gailemin not far behind. We still have 5 races to go with a possible 105 points still to come.
Senior Vets. Glenn Savage has a good lead over Aidan Raftery at the moment, but with lots of points on offer, there’s a lot to play for.
Under 40. No clear favourite at the moment. Joe Viz has a small lead but having only done 3 races so far the lead could easily change. Nigel has maximum points from his 2 races, whilst Matt Bond has max points from just 1. Still 9 races to go.
Junior Vets. Gareth Raven has established a good lead after his 3 qualifying races. He needs to do the required 6 events to win though.
Senior Vets. Geoff Beattie continues to head the table with 4 races done so far. There are still lots of points to be won. You have to be in it to win it.
Posted 03/07/2017 18:22
Gareth Raven, Nick Barry 1st and 2nd in the 4 day Tour of Tameside.
Matt Oldham was 5th overall, Nick Tynan and Mark Fox had high places on days 1 & 4. There were some great performances over the whole of the Tour from Gav McColl, Emma Finney, Jenny Fox, Anna Reeves and Louise Robbins.
The Cheshire 5k series came to an end for this year with many Sale Harriers enjoying good runs. This series is often popular with Sale runners and featured Tim Kennedy who was 7th in the Dunham 5k. Ian Wetherall was 10th and 1st over 50. Emma Finney was our 1st female counter followed by mother and daughter team of Beatrice and Jackie Cordingley. Jackie was also 1st V55 in all the races and took the series category win too. After Dunham came the Birchwood 5k where Beatrice, Jackie and Helen Reagan took the ladies team prize. Next in the series was Bowdon 5k where Andy Mooney was our first male counter in 12th place. The Dunham was the next race in the series with the course being reversed this time. The race was won in 14:49. Mike Curley was pleased to get the V65 win. The last race starting from Hollins Green near Warrington and featuring the hottest day this year was a great climax to a great series and awards were received for the series by Helen Reagan V45 and Jackie Cordingley V55 with Mike Curley taking another race win for V65.
The Bill Fox Round The Ressers 5 miler was won in style by our very own Dave Marsh closely followed by Steve McCarron. The race is an annual event in memory of Bill who very sadly died after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Money raised goes to his charity together with local projects. Over 20 Sale Harriers took part with 8 in the top 20!
Ian Wetherall, Ben McIntyre and Glenn Savage won the British Masters 5k team Championships in Horwich and Ian was 3rd Over 50's.
It was an amazing day at the Salomon Trail Marathon in Wales. Andrew Carlin won it with Richard Brown 13th.
Paul Green took a step closer to retaining his Abersoch Triple Crown title, with 8th in the Triathlon after 2nd in the 10k, two weeks ago.
Posted 19/06/2017 13:06
Welsh Castles Relay 2017
The Welsh wind and rain was certainly out in full force on Saturday, as the SHM men’s and ladies’ teams displayed true Mancunian grit and let battle commence on the hills. The men’s race picked up pace early on with back to back wins for Callum Rowlinson (Leg 3), Tim Kennedy (Leg 4) and Sam Aspinwall (Leg 5) in a marginal photo -finish victory: a truly impressive sprint finish! This was followed by Gary Rowlinson’s 2nd place overall and stage vet winner on Leg 6. Gary also won the Geoff Wood award for this stage. Salford were hot on the men’s heels but Sale finished the day strongly with Nigel Martin’s outstanding victory in the gruelling Leg 10 half marathon. Nigel ran a brilliant 71.19 to be within touching distance of Gaz Raven’s course record from 2012 of 71.04. Strong performances from all 10 men throughout the day saw Sale end day one in the overall lead; however, they only had a 55 second lead over Salford for the much-coveted Kings of the Mountains title.
In the ladies’ race, Janneke van Beijnum, Jackie Cordingley and Luisa Candioli took on the mountain stages and finished the day leading the Queen of the Mountain race by 4 mins and 32 seconds over Bitton Road Runners. Jackie Cordingley was the epitome of Sale team spirit, powering up Leg 7 in driving wind and rain, only to ask the marshals as she reached the top of the biggest climb ‘Where are these hills?’ The marshals were crying with laughter! Luisia ran an outstanding Leg 10 to finish in 2nd place with a time of 86.34, just 29 seconds behind the 2014 course record. What a debut! The ladies gave it their all throughout the day and finished the day challenging for the top 3 with some strong performances expected on the Sunday.
With The Kings of the Mountain within their grasp, up stepped Steve McCarron (Leg 11), Paul ‘Greeny’ Green (Leg 14) and Chris Donnelley (Leg 16) . All 3 ran brilliantly to secure the title for Sale with Greeny putting in a brave fight against Salford to finish 2nd overall on the dreaded Drovers leg. In doing so Greeny claimed the yellow vest for being veteran stage winner and, as it seems to be tradition now, is Monarch of the Drovers’ Mountain!
Captain Chris Donnelley kept his team on their toes throughout the day, insisting Salford were breathing down our neck for the overall title. This proved to be an outstanding team management approach, ensuring every SHM man ran his heart out to put distance between them and our local rivals. Finally, as the last race drew in, it was left to Dave Marsh to anchor the men home on Leg 20 to the cheers of every SHM member in Cardiff, and the relief of all the Saturday runners back home – they had done it! VICTORY! SHM Men’s team – WCR 2017 Champions in 20:07:28. A staggering 31 minutes and 03 seconds ahead of second place rivals Salford Harriers. Get in lads!
Over in the women’s race, strong mountain legs were put in from Clare McCarron (Leg 11) and Sarah Douglas (Leg 14). Queen of the Drovers’ Mountain, Sarah Douglas, put in an outstanding performance displaying some true Yorkshire grit, as she raced home over 6 minutes ahead of the second lady! Team Manager, Richard Edwards, was truly delighted with the performance of each and every SHM ladies runner. The team spirit over the whole weekend was fantastic and the ladies finished in a brilliant 3rd place overall.
Thanks to all those who gave support at any point over the weekend. It was superb to see so many SHM supporters along the way, especially given the awful driving winds, at times torrential rain and rare glimpse of sunshine! Special thanks to Chris and Eddie for organising the whole event.
With the men’s team having a title to defend, and the women a title to chase…the SHM dragons will be out to roar again next year.
PS. I have ordered sunshine for 2018
Posted 12/06/2017 19:55
As Lewis and Sebastian battle it out in their championship we in Sale Harriers have our own little battles for points.
This year’s club championship is now well underway for 2017 and the competition is hotter than ever. For those of you new to this concept the idea is very simple. Anyone is eligible from the club and you are automatically enrolled when you compete for Sale Harriers in one of the designated championship races held throughout 2017. From 5k to Half Marathon, cross country, roads and fells, this is a competition for all comers and is separated into simple age categories and male/female to make it as fair as possible. (See separate rules more information.)
This is a summary of how we stand after the Salford 10k:-
In the off-road section we have had 5 races so far and in the senior ladies only a few points separate the top 5 players. Georgia Taylor-Brown and Jane Thomas are 1st equal at the moment with 42 points closely followed by Hannah Carey, Beatrice Cordingley and Alice Bruce.
In the 35-44 ladies Helen Armitage has established an early lead followed by Kathy Wellam. Over 45 sees Jackie Cordingley in the lead, joined at the top again like last year by Helen Reagan.
The ladies road competition is still all to play for as out of the 5 races so far no one has managed more than 2. Danielle Fegan leads the points in the senior ladies followed by Luisa Candioli and the indomitable Sarah Douglas who has dominated for the last 4 years. The ladies in the 35-44 road category are led by Anne Chinoy and unsurprisingly closely followed by Helen Armitage, but who will win in the end? The over 45 road section sees Jackie Cordingley and Julia Reynolds tied for 1st position, with all the others floundering at the moment.
In the senior men’s off road the situation is serious with Dave Marsh having done all 5 races so far but still not quite beating James Wignall in the battle of the points. There is still a long way to go. Vet 40-49 section sees Oli Gailemin leading at the moment but with some keen types like Craig Bradbury, Paul Green and Gareth Raven snapping at his heals. In the 50+ section Glenn Savage is storming away with the rest wondering how to slow the ‘machine’ down.
On the roads senior men only a few points separate the top seven men with Nigel Martin leading at the moment even though he has only competed in 2 of the 4 races. Still all to play for. Vets 40-49 sees club stalwart Lee Kaufman topping the table closely followed by Matthew Spragg but with Gareth, Oli and Greeny all gaining the magical 21 points in one race.
Over 50 road section is led by our famous TV celebrity professor, psychologist and author Geoff Beattie on 52 points with Glenn Savage having to settle for 2nd place at the moment.
It helps us immensely if people do not swap numbers or race under other people’s names for obvious reasons. If you see any errors or missing results please do not hesitate to report it to us.
Posted 16/04/2017 18:07
Sale backed up their Northern triumph with an impressive 17th at a sun-soaked National event at Sutton Park. Take nothing away from the team here - the competition on the national stage is intense, demonstrated by Swansea winning by a cushion of more than 4 minutes. This is one of the country’s nastiest road courses, and no man in green and red left a shred of energy out there, giving 100% up gruelling hills and in scorching heat.
Nigel Martin earned his chocolate Lindt rabbit with a blinding 27:05 on a stacked first leg, coming home in 16th. With the rabbit slowly melting in the sun, Niall Brooks tore into the field with a 15:21 that was the 9th fastest short leg of the day, bringing Sale into 6th place.
Matt Barnes’ 27:46 kept Sale well in the mix in 7th, before Euan Gilchrist’s 15:57, the 10th fastest on his leg, handed over to Jo Vis with Sale in 8th. With the heat rising relentlessly, Vis whizzed around his 9k in 28:03, giving Alan White the chance to hold on to a top 10 place. White’s 16:26 made the top 10 on his leg, clawing back a place in the process, allowing Adam Sciacca to further cement his place in the team with an impressive 28:14.
Daniel Kashi ran a solid 16:45 to keep Sale in 11th, followed by the most selfless performance of the day. Not only did Callum Rowlinson pull on the vest less than a week after the Manchester Marathon, but he grafted through a long leg in 29:37. Maniac. Alex Bradford’s 17:06 proved he was well worth his promotion from the B team at the Northerns. Despite James Wignall’s training focus switching to 1500m, he took one for the team with a 28:58 that created a vibrant flame up the final hill.
Matt Beacock then finished the job with a 17:49 that is well under his ability. Stumbling through the line and waking up in the medics’ tent, he’s first to admit he’s not 100% fit, but that didn’t stop him burying himself for the team cause, pushing beyond his limits to capture precisely what team relays are all about. Add this to victory at the Northerns, and a 4th place finish at the National Cross Country Championships, and its clear things are heading in the right direction for the senior men.
Forgive the writer bias here, but this is exactly the attitude needed to get the club back at the pinnacle of track & field competition.
The ladies managed to get out a complete team this time ably led by Sarah Douglas who finished her long leg in 21st position. The rest of the team were Alice Ball, Tracey Taylor, Anne Chinoy, Julia Reynolds and Ruth Lindsey, finishing in a creditable 35th place. Well done.
Posted 13/04/2017 15:42