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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
An account by Matthew Harrison.
For the first time in 14 years I headed for the start-line. I have to confess I felt nervous. This wasn’t just the first time I had raced 26.2 miles since 2003; it was the first time in almost a decade-and-a-half that I had run the distance at all. One last mouthful of Muller Rice, a swig of water, I couldn’t delay this any longer. Feigning confidence, I wandered over to Zone B to meet my fate.
It was all so familiar. My co-runners jogged, stretched and chatted in preparation. Friends and relatives shouted encouragement. An announcer told us to drink plenty, have fun, and refrain from defecating in anyone’s front garden. Beneath the shadows of the world’s most famous football club and one of the world’s many most famous chip-shops, we waited. I was just one of 15,000 singlet-clad masochists participating today. Some were straining at the leash, desperate to be untethered. Others stood there, resigned, like debutant soldiers expecting a good harpooning.
Significant preparation had gone into my second marathon debut. Injuries, responsibilities and over 10 years of chronic indiscipline had punctuated the years since I skipped nonchalantly down the Mall in my club-issue micro-shorts. A year ago our youngest daughter had turned one year old, and my wife pointed out that I had achieved the impossible: it was me, not her that needed to shift the baby weight. But now, at the age of 40, I was fitter, lighter, and grumpier. The previous evening had ended stressfully, with the disappearance from our house of any Elastoplasts not featuring Disney characters. Having emptied the bathroom cabinet I had finally located 4 long, plain plasters, which today I had criss-crossed over my nipples like Lady Gaga in Alejandro.
Suddenly, the starter gun! Inevitably, Chariots of Fire starts to play. We were off! Like many thousands before us, we fled Harry Ramsden’s.
One lumpen mass of humanity, we gambolled through residential Stretford, finding the pace. My GPS watch made this easier than in 2003, when I had reached the first mile marker without any clue as to how fast I was running. Friends and club-mates cheered my name as I passed them. As I approached mile 4, I saw the day’s first casualty – a chap from a club in the Midlands who had been heading towards Sale at close to the land speed record.
My adopted home town awaited, as we galloped down the A56. I was slightly ahead of target pace, and feeling good. Outside The Volunteer, a group of terrifying men bellowed their encouragement, accompanied by a cursing dog. As we turned into my home neighbourhood, I saw a clubmate I vaguely knew and decided to stay behind him. He looked like he knew what he was doing.
And into Sale! My daughters shouted Daddy. My wife handed me a Lucozade. My lovely neighbours and clubmates cheered me on. What a pleasant morning this was turning out to be. The encouragement continued down Brooklands Road, and again into Timperley, where my friend Mike Hatch was keeping a wary distance from 3 Frank Sidebottoms. Once we’d done Altrincham and were passing 16 miles back on Brooklands Road, I was starting to realise that this was a long race. I had to be up for the fight. Menacingly, I lowered my compression socks.
In Ashton I was still running well as I passed my training partner and official Lucozade supplier Lee Kaufman. I had broken the back of this race. Just a lunchtime run - 8 miles - to go, and this would be a good day. My slightly aggressive target of sub 2:52 looked within reach; although my calves were starting to ache and the bottom of my feet were becoming sore.
We crossed the boundary into Carrington, where I do much of my training. Normally the terrain is flat here, but just for today the good people of the Greater Manchester Marathon had turned the road into a 40-degree incline. At least that’s how it felt. For the first time in the race, one or two people were passing me and it was obvious that I was slowing a little. A bloke from Coventry who I’d been talking to earlier slapped me on the back and told me to keep the pace up.
And then, the turning point of my race. I had just been stabbed in both calves with a rusty dagger. My legs stiffened, my back jolted. The easy runner’s gait I had adopted for the previous 19 miles was replaced by the posture of an electrocuted meerkat. This was a once-in-a-lifetime case of cramp. I hobbled to a lamp-post to stretch, before continuing gingerly, 2 minutes later, and again, a shocking pain. This time I had been head-butted in the calves by a stampeding warthog. I let out an agonised cry and stretched against a garden wall.
Suddenly everyone was going faster than me: waves of runners; a love-struck couple walking their dog; the construction of the Sagrada Familia. I was also hit by a wave of hunger. A kind lady came out of her garden and offered me a handful of jelly babies, which I devoured straight from her hand. I was in all kinds of trouble. 100 metres on, another man offered me jelly babies. I tore his arm off at the elbow and ate the sweets out of his hand as I ran.
In front of me, other runners were falling. A man in a blue and white vest sat on a bench in agony. Another, clearly dehydrated, staggered into the arms of a helper. Others stopped, stretched, hobbled. I made a vow that if I lived to see the end of this race, it would be my calling to tell my children and my children’s children about these Killing Fields of Carrington.
I jogged in pain to 23 miles. The cramp was easing off a little, and jelly baby power was starting to take effect. Lee, looking alarmed for my safety, appeared from behind a tree and offered me a banana. I gulped it down like a gorilla at feeding time, and vowed to take the rest of the race 1 mile at a time. At 24 miles, one final stretch.
At this point, ‘the moment of the race’. A vision of running perfection was gliding towards me like a modern-day Christopher Dean. This guy wasn’t just keeping the pace up, he was getting faster! Behold, The Talented Mr Shipley! He bombed past me at a ferocious pace, shouting encouragement. I asked him to find my family at the end of the race and tell them I loved them. And then, as quickly as he arrived, he was gone.
The final 2 miles were less painful than the previous 5 but there was nothing I could do about that. I had forgotten how brutal, exhilarating, cruel and enriching the marathon is. This race excited me for 19 miles, then chewed me up and spat me out. I jogged to the finish to further shouts of Sale Harriers encouragement and managed to scrape in under 3 hours. Disappointing, but at least I had qualified for London 2018. The problem is I can’t bear to wait that long before doing this again. I’ve just entered the Nottingham Marathon in September.
Other Sale Harriers who took part included:-
Tim Kennedy 26th 2:36:53 and 5th V35. After winning the Heaton Park parkrun in February his obvious next step was to be our fastest finisher in his debut marathon.
Callum Rowlinson 2:37:41 (2nd sen male). Even though a tad disappointed with his result it is still a pb by nearly 2 minutes and good experience for the next one.
Steve McCarron 2:41:08 4th V40. A couple of minutes off his pb from London in 2014. With this result he qualifies for an England vest!
Ben McIntyre 2:48:33 V35. 4 minutes off his previous pb set last year in London.
Peter Shipley 2:57:41 (see above) Massive pb. Knocking 1 hour 28 mins off his first marathon in 2010. (Prague).
Matt Harrison 2:59:43 (also see above). Not a pb but best since 2003.
Craig Bradbury 3:00:45 Debut marathon. Craig was very pleased with his result. (shame you didn’t break 3 hours Craig!)
Helen Armitage 3:08:14.3rd V40 28th female. This result ranks Helen 33rd female in 2017 and 9th V40 in UK rankings. Also Helen now qualifies for the England team to go forward in the V40 age group resprisenting England.
Clare McCarron 3:17:27 16th V40. 30mins off her pb from 2010.
Ken Hunt 3:23:08 Fairly new to running Ken has made a great start with his first marathon.
Janneke van Beijnum 3:27:31 V35. Janneke’s busy job has taken her away from Manchester recently (Cardiff!) but she has done Sale Harriers proud with her performance.
Gavin McColl 3:31:31 V40. Another debut marathon and a great result.
Ian Cope 3:34:36 V50.
Borys Darmas 3:37:46 V40. 8mins off previous pb.
Tim Rainey 3:40:28 V50. Seasoned runner Tim has done many, many marathons and should not be disappointed with this excellent result.
Louise Robbins 3:44:47 V40. Louise did a great job whilst not expecting a great performance after poor training. Only 18 mins off her pb.
Sinead Roche 3:50:15 V40. Another debut marathon and a great result too.
Jackie Cordingley 3:53:01 V55. (12th). First marathon since 2011 and 2nd best result. She wanted a faster time but faded towards the end. This performance puts her in the England team along with Steve McCarron and Helen Armitage.
Kate Duerden 3:53:09 V35. 18 mins off previous pb. London 2015.
Jenny Cordingley 3:55:06 Only her 2nd marathon. She wanted to break 4 hours after getting 4:00:47 last time in Manchester.
Mike Wymer 3:56:37. Only 5 mins off a pb. His 6th marathon so far.
Frank Cordingley 4:25:36 V55. Not a pb but thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The support from Sale Harriers, Altrincham AC, parkrun people and friends, neighbours and friends around the course was fantastic. I think the nice weather helped.
Katherine Sherry 4:39:09 Another debut marathon from someone who is more used to running around a track. In 2006 ranked 4th in 400m.
Matt Oldham 4:49:10 V35. I’m sure Matt will be doing a marathon in 2:40 something at some point so watch this space.
Kate Owen 4:56:02
Matt Bond went through half marathon distance in 1:16:12 but failed to finish. After breaking the Sale Harriers marathon record that stood for 42 years in 2015.
A number of Sale Harriers also took part in the relay competition. The 4 Amegos comprised; Audrey Gresty, Karen Sheen (birthday girl), Diane Hennigan and Dawn Wetherley. Their time 3:52:59.
Posted 08/04/2017 19:24
Consistency won the day in the Blackpool sun as Sale claimed its first Northern road title since 1992. 12 solid legs from green and red saw off stern competition from Liverpool, Salford and Leeds, with all 8 short leg runners posting a top 3 time for their leg.
Nigel Martin capped off his sensational winter by running an outstanding 29:27 for the opening long leg (9.5k) instantly putting Sale in contention and handing over to Niall Brooks in 6th place. Brooks’ superb 15:24 was Sale’s fastest short leg of the day, endorsing his recent transition into parental life and allowing Matt Barnes to hit the park with just Liverpool in front. Matt Barnes kept Sale comfortably in second with a strong 30:18, before Luke Betts’s 16:07 eroded Liverpool’s lead by well over 40 seconds. Recent Southport Waterloo convert, Jo Vis kept Sale well in the mix on what was arguably the toughest leg of the day, as a 29:00 leg suddenly threw Leeds into first place.
With Salford now working through the leader board and big names left from Liverpool, the top 4 were trading blows on every leg, with the final order anyone’s guess. Euan Gilchrist sent another powerful message of his development with a stunning 16:13, stalking Liverpool’s leader around the park and gliding past him on the track.Paul Green’s 30:17 showcased the experience Sale can use in the team events, only surrendering the lead through another sub-30 Leeds leg. Recent recruit Adam Sciacca quickly seized control and regained Sale’s advantage with an outstanding 16:06, before Iolo Hughes further extended the lead with a breath-taking 15:27. By this point Sale had more than a minute to the Liverpool chase, and with only short legs remaining, word spread that the gold could be on.
Daniel Kashi maintained that cushion with a solid 16:42, before Alan White quashed giddy scouse excitement over the presence in the field of an 800m runner, with Altrincham's Dave Norman barking ‘this has to hurt’, there was never any danger that it wouldn’t. White’s 16:28 left James Wignall with a the hard-to-define task of seeing it out, but with a Liverpool beast in hot pursuit and gambling to close the gap, Wignall hit the track with a mere 10-second lead. Clearly in a dark mental place, Wignall used his excellent winter and track pedigree to kill off the challenge, his beacon bonnet gliding round the final bend to secure the Sale victory.
In addition to this the B team also managed to finish a very notable 22nd, the 2nd B team behind Leeds, and have also qualified for the national event on the 8th of April. The leg runners were David Marsh, David Rich, Nathan Harrison, Tim Kennedy, Alex Bradford, Lee Kaufman, Thomas Stephenson, David Connelly, Steven Townley, Ashley Lindsey, Rob Jowett and "James Walsh".
Sadly the ladies were less successful with only Julia Reynolds and Ruth Lindsey representing the club. A week before we had a strong team, but sadly due to illness, injury and other commitments the team was down to just 2 on the day. In 2013 we were 9th, 2014 20th and 2015 10th but no Sale Harriers ladies team at all today unfortunately.
Thanks to David Wood for the photos
Posted 31/03/2017 10:53
Just 2 weeks before the Manchester Marathon we had the old favourite Wilmslow Half Marathon to put to test all your hard work, training through our harsh northern winter. Some were running as a tempo run in preparation for the marathon and others had been training for this race alone for months.
Many Sale Harriers had great runs starting with Matt Bond in 2nd place (times are listed below). He just missed out by seconds to Alti's Mo Abu-Rezeq. Nathan Harrison achieved a second 1/2M PB in a month, with 17th place. Andy Carlin was next and then Glenn Savage for 3rd Vet 50. A scattering of PB's behind plus some running at marathon tempo for sections of the 34 Sale Men.
Good to see Ali Lavender in 2nd place, and the Sale team were 2nd, Luisa Candioli with a PB in 10th, Emma Finney 22nd won 1st L35, with Hannah Carey 23rd, not far behind were Anne Chinoy 1st L40 and Jenny Fox 2nd L35. Prizes.
Janneke Van Beijnum had an 8 min improvement on last year, close behind was Diane Byegrave 2nd L40 prize with Wilmslow AC.
see photos from Mick Hall here.
See full results here.
Posted 22/03/2017 16:32
Sunday the 5th of March 2017 started with sunshine and blue skies, this however did not last, and by the time the Trafford 10k started at 9:30 the rain was making its presence felt on the 900 or so runners who lined up again in Partington ready for a fast and flat course. The previous event was controversial by being deemed a slightly short 10k course and 2017 saw a new re-measured, accurate course which is ideal for an early years pb.
Nearly 50 Sale Harriers were finishers at this year’s event with some fine performances throughout the field. The race is organised by Altrincham ADAC and despite the weather was a superb 10k road race which attracted athletes from across the country expecting some great racing.
The race has a tight start on the road outside Partington Leisure Centre and follows some winding country lanes out into the Cheshire countryside. The puddles were frequent and often deep, but there was no danger of overheating with today’s downpour. After a loop up to Dunham village the route returned back to Partington on quiet country lanes in the Cheshire countryside.
The race was won in 28:55 by Aldershot athlete Chris Thompson and nearly 40 runners broke 31 minutes.
Nigel Martin was our first finisher in 32nd place with a new pb for him of 30:47. He achieved 31:45 in 2015 and back in 2013 was doing 34:24.
Joe Vis in 44th position also got a pb 31:00 (previously 32:00 from 2012.
Luke Betts next in 45th position with 31:01 pb (previously 31:40)
Adam Sciacca in 64th got 31:27 pb (previously 32:53 from 2015)
Gareth Raven 3rd V40 Club stalwart has been running for Sale for 25 years.
Daniel Kashi 32:25 a good result
Alex Bradford 33:16 another pb in the bag
Matt Beacock (U20) 33:34 knocking 5 minutes off his pb
Tim Kennedy 34:08 winner of the Heaton Park parkrun 2 weeks ago.
Andy Carlin 34:38 After only 4 years of competitive running a pb for Andy
Danielle Fegan 11th female in 36:08. A name to watch, recently came 6th in the Northern XC champs
Rob Dunn 36:13 pb a 2:43 marathon to his name
Oli Gaillemin V40 36:31 14th V40
Steve Henderson 36:37 a pb Winner of the Southwark parkrun 2 weeks ago. The winner of 4 different parkruns this year. Winner of 18 parkruns last year, many different ones. We see your game plan Steve.
Peter O’Neil 36:47 6 minutes faster than his 10k debut in 2011. A 30sec pb from his time in 2015.
James Walsh 37:08 previous winner of Cambridge and Longford Park parkruns.
Ben McIntyre 37:20 (2:52 marathon runner)
Mike Hatch V40 37:22. Club legend, returning to form after some time away from racing. Good to see you back on form. A minute faster than last year’s Trafford 10k. Came 5th in 2000.
Glen Savage 3rd V50. 37:29 In great form.
Luisa Candioli 38:00. Our second female counter. Great run.
Lee Kaufman V45 37:55 Winner in 2015 of the Bolton 10k.
Damien Jones 38:12 Last week’s winner of the Wythenshawe parkrun.
Peter Shipley 38:12
Rupert Liddington 38:34 Best 10k since 2014.
Steve Gavin V45 38:49 pb 1 second faster than last time in the Trafford 10k.
Kevin Foster 39:22
Ashley Lindsey V45 39:21 pb. He is a relative newcomer to running and showing some fine form.
Helen Armitage 2nd F40. 39:38. (Pb of 38:39.) 2 seconds behind the 1st lady 40.
Matt Spragg V40 39:44 Great pb.
Aidan Raftery 39:47 (V55 4th)
Rob Heggs V40 Best time since 2012.
Emma Finney 39:57
Kathy Wellam 41:13 pb
Mike Curley 1st V65 41:51. With the second V65 JUST behind him. Peter Pickwell of Alti. Registered the 3rd best V65 time Nationally for 2017.
Gareth Webb 41:53
David Connelly 41:59 pb
Clare McCarron F40 Massive pb in her 2nd 10k.
Jackie Cordingley 1st F55. 43:13. Best time since 2009.
Duane Gaunt 44:14 Debut 10k.
Sinead Roche F40 44:51 pb
Helen Reagan 7th F45 46:35
Frank Cordingley V55 48:45. He was happy that he managed to hold off Geoff.
Geoff Beattie 8th V60 49:20
Damian van Alderwegen V40 49:00
Lucinda Summers F50 52:58
Anne Chinoy F40 DNF. Anne decided to stop at the half way point due to a quad strain.
Ladies team prize was won by our trio of Luisa Candioli, Danielle Fagen and Helen Armitage.
Posted 05/03/2017 18:02
Well done to Jenna Hill on winning the Salford Ladies 5.25mile road race in a time of 30:42. She was an old hand at this event having been the U20 winner in 2001 and 2002 where she broke the course record which still stands today. Along with Sarah Douglas, Anne Chinoy and Jackie Cordingley she was part of the winning team. Sarah Douglas was 4th overall and Jackie was 1st vet 55.
Jenna Hill 30:42 1st lady
Sarah Douglas 32:42 4th lady
Anne Chinoy 35:23 3rd L40
Jackie Cordingley 36:43 1st L55
Sinead Ferguson 38:28 5th L40
Wendy Terry 38:55 6th L40
Helen Reagan 39:14 3rd L45
Carla Ousey 41:09 12th L40
Rosa Elliott 51:58 6th L55
Posted 27/11/2016 14:51
The club has been allocated 4 places for London Marathon in GB Club Championship entries.
N.B. proof of rejection will need to be shown for entry in to the initial ballot.
We will do the draw on 6th December, then you will have until the middle of January 2017 to confirm and complete your entry, with London Marathon.
SALE HARRIERS MANCHESTER
This policy defines how that allocation process takes place.
If more members who meet the above eligibility criteria apply than there are places available, then a ballot will be undertaken to choose those members to whom the available places will be allocated. Where members are unsuccessful through this balloting process, their names will be noted and they will be given priority should they choose to re-apply for a place the following year.
If, however, there are more allocated places available than there are members who fulfil the above eligibility criteria, then each member who meets the above eligibility criteria will be allocated a place and any remaining places will be allocated to members on the following basis:-
• Those who fulfil at least criteria 1 & 2 above, will be selected by the Clubs Senior Endurance Team Managers, to represent the club in the British and English Team Championships.
Dave Rodgers (Endurance Team Management) firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted 26/11/2016 15:38
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