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.
October 23rd saw a small group of Sale runners venture to the South coast for the 3rd year running to tackle the Great South Run over the classic 10 mile distance in historic Portsmouth. The beautiful autumn weather extended to this weekend, ensuring that the competitors and spectators were bathed in sunshine throughout the race, and the runners even had the bonus of a tailwind for the 2-mile finishing straight (though this meant a headwind between 6-8 miles).
The ladies led the way with some fine performances. First of the team was the evergreen Helen Armitage (20th lady and 2nd V40) in an excellent 66:41. And this was after emerging from Zizzi’s restaurant after 3 courses the night before in her heels, and proceeding to run around the Boardwalk complex to continue her October “Run every day” challenge!
Next came Anne Chinoy (37th lady and 6th V40) in a very creditable 68:32. Anne has been troubled by injuries recently and this was her longest run in 2 months, so she can be very pleased with her efforts. Well done Anne!
Janneke van Beijnum is another to have successfully completed the “Run every day” challenge. Only a week after her fantastic half-marathon PB in Manchester, she had another brilliant run (54th lady and 12th V35) in another PB of 70:35, recording further PBs on route at 5k, 10k & 15k! Janneke’s running goes from strength to strength and her recent move to Cardiff has not left her travel-weary!
These were followed by Sinead Roche (233rd lady and 48th V40) in 78:33. Sinead was another who had run an excellent PB at the Manchester Half-Marathon. However, she had been suffering with a virus leading up to the race, so it was another marvellous performance from her.
The race also incorporates the English 10 Mile Championships, and at the time of writing this, the team results have not been finalised, so who knows – medals may not be out of the question for the Sale ladies!
Unfortunately, with so many events going on recently we weren’t able to field a full men’s team; a shame seeing as we have managed to win championship medals in recent years, so it was left to one of the club’s elder statesmen, Glenn Savage, to fly the flag for the guys. Glenn is another to have been troubled by injury problems recently, and set a target of going under the hour. He did this with seconds to spare and came home in 59:54, finishing 87th overall and 1st V50.
All in all it was a very enjoyable weekend, and the race was what you’d expect as part of the Great Run series; well organised with a terrific atmosphere and great support all around the course. It’s a fair distance to travel, but I’d definitely recommend it!
Posted 03/11/2016 20:49
I hadn’t completed a marathon for 3 ½ years and failed to finish the last one I attempted, but decided to enter Chester to prove I could still do it and to try for a Good for Age time for London 2018, which for my age category (V60), is now 3:45.
It was a beautiful autumn morning but not a breath of wind, so great conditions I thought! It’s a really good course, starting and finishing on the Racecourse and after a little trip though the town centre, heading out on country lanes and passing into Wales for 7 miles or so, before returning to the Racecourse. I knew to expect some hills, and they were reasonably challenging but nothing too horrendous.
Everything was going fine and I was right on my target pace until hallway up the last hill at mile 24, when I suddenly got cramp and had to stop and stretch. I walked for a bit, tried to get running again but got cramp in the other leg! Eventually I did get running but knew I’d missed my target. I was still pretty pleased with my time of 3:47:41 though, and very glad I ran it!
Not many Sale Harriers took part, but there was an exceptional performance from Anthony Brookes, who ran 2:38:03 for 7th place and a fantastic PB by over 10 minutes compared to his time from London 2015!
Mark Anderson freely admitted he hadn’t done sufficient training and finished in 4:48:54.
There was also a Metric Marathon (26.2km) and Tim Kennedy ‘jogged round’ (his words) for 1:56:20 and 44th place.
The sun shone and it was a great day out!
Posted 02/10/2016 17:13
Sale fielded 14 relay teams against squads from the top 50 endurance clubs from throughout Northern England in the Road Relay Championships at Sportcity
ISABELLE BURKE was our star in the U13 girl’s relay, running the 3rd fastest lap of the day whilst KATIE STRINGER was not much slower. Our ‘A’ team finished 7th, the ‘B’ team 14th (2nd ‘B’ team) and the ‘C’ team 31st (3rd ‘C’ team). All the girls are young enough to compete in this age group next year when they’ll be a force to be reckoned with. Well done to TAYLOR EDWARDS, NIAMH BOYD, DIDS PARISH, AVA TAYLOR, ERIN DONNELLY, NIEVE BARTON, HERMIONE MASON, OLIVIA WISE and OLIVIA NOLAN.
The U15 girl’s teams finished in 17th and 24th position whilst the U17’s finished 11th with FRANCESCA BRINT having an outstanding run with the 4th fastest lap of the day. Well done to MIA GIBBONS, ANOUSKA BROOKS, ALICE TONGE, PENNY TOWNSEND, LAURA HOLE, LIZZY TWITE, TIA RAE BARTON, MOLLY ATHERTON, JOSIE CANHAM and GEORGIA HAWORTH.
ALEX JAMES was an outstanding runner in the boy’s race running the 7th fastest time of the day in the U13 race. His team finished 14th whilst the ‘B’ team was 19th (3rd ‘B’ team). Well done to ZAC GAILLEMIN, ARCHIE Mc CARRON, WILL PARKER, HARRY EDMUNDSON and ALEX PATTEN.
The U15 boy’s team finished 17th and 31st whilst the U17 men finished 20th. Well done to SAM HEYWORTH, JOE BLAKEMORE, JOHN GILBERT, AIDEN STIRRUP, WILL DIXON, JACOB CORRIE, BAILEY HULSE, KIAN LINDSEY, JACOB BIRTLES, CHARLIE GODDARD and HARRY BOYD.
The whole event was organised by Sale Harriers and was a great success. The 40 young athletes who represented the club enjoyed competing at this level and will benefit greatly from having done so.
The cross-country season starts with the Manchester Area Cross-Country League at Wythenshawe Park on October 15th after which teams will be selected to run in the Northern XC Relays in Sheffield on October 22nd.
Posted 27/09/2016 12:46
Sale Harriers Endurance section have been showing some excellent form including Matt Barnes (M35) winning the South Manchester Triathlon, with Gary Rowlinson 3rd M50. Still on the triathlon theme, Kathy Wellam (F35) competed in the ITU World Triathlon Series in Mexico in the Aquathlon (8th in her age category) and the Sprint Triathlon.
The North West Road Relays were held at Sportcity and hosted by Sale Harriers on the 25th bSeptember 2016. A very successful event and a big thank you must go out to all the organisers and helpers who ensured that the event went smoothly. Thanks to Paul Barrett and his team of marshals and course set up helpers.
For Sale Harriers we managed to coax a great turnout of athletes in all age groups but were a little light on medals at the end of the day.
The senior ladies were out in force managing to fill 3 teams with A, B and C teams coming 17th, 36th and 49th. (Out of over 70 teams). Perhaps lacking a few ‘big guns’ to win medals but the team spirit was high with great managerial support from Helen Armitage. At least too, all our runners had the common sense to familiarise themselves with the course so that they were not disqualified for only doing one lap. (4 teams were).
The men had to put together teams of 6 which is no mean feat in itself and managed to produce a squad of 24 on the day. The teams came 6th, 29th, 43rd and 91st with Matt Bond 4th fastest leg of the day.
Well done to Paul Green who won the Abersoch Triple Crown after his second place in 2015. He managed a 4 min improvement over the 10k, Half Marathon and Sprint Triathlon. results
Hayley Ashby won the Macclesfield Half Marathon (and 1st V35 too) in a time of 1:26:35. An excellent result on such a hilly course with only 21 men in front of her. Helen Reagan (V45) did 1:46:27 closely followed by Debbie McEvoy 1:46:48. results
There were only 14 men in front of Zoe Gmerek in the Ormskirk 10K, so she was 1st Lady, (3rd over 40 including men,) in a really good time considering that the course had so much grass or paths. (40:20).
Well done to the athletes racing the Berlin Marathon. Five runners very nearly all beat the magical 3 hour time with Andy Carlin 2:41:56, Chris Donnelly 2:44:02, Oli Gaillemin 2:59:02, Rob Dunn with (wait for it) 2:59:59 (gasp) and poor Richard (Eddie) Edwards just missing out (but still a great time) of 3:02:40. Great support too from Clare and Steve McCarron and Helen Carter. Incidentally, Stuart Robinson of Salford, ran 2hrs 38min which equals his marathon debut in 2005. He has been no slower than 2h 30 since, and the last 2 marathons were 2h 21. results.
At the front of the field Kenenisa Bekele was 6 seconds off breaking the world record managing an amazing 2:03:03 having gone through the first k in 2m 40. (which equates to about 4 min 17 sec per mile).
Posted 27/09/2016 11:57
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