News - Endurance
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Massive congratulations to GARETH RAVEN, PAUL GREEN, PHILIP SCOWCROFT AND EMMA FINNEY who took on and completed the challenge of the Tour of Tameside between 19th and 21st June.
The iconic Tour of Tameside running event, last run in 2003, was created in the 1980s by legendary British Marathon runner Dr Ron Hill MBE and it became World famous, attracting top runners from all over the UK and the World to compete. Whilst the original tour comprised of 6 races run over 7 days, the current format is 3 races over 3 days.
Runners who took on all three days covered the distance of a full marathon, with each day covering different routes and types of terrain across a mixture of closed roads, trails and country routes.
All four Harriers took top 10 places on all three days, with GARETH RAVEN winning 1st V40 for the overall tour and PAUL GREEN 2nd V40. The three men also took home the team prize.
For those not wanting to take on the full Tour, individual races could be entered and SARAH DOUGLAS ran another impressive race in the Hyde 7, finishing 2nd lady.
Overall Tour positions have not yet been finalised but the individual results for the three races are as follows:
Copley 6 Mile Hadfield Half Hyde 7 mile
Gareth Raven 00:34:37 (2nd) 1:12:08 (3rd) 00:36:33 (2nd)
Paul Green 00:36:50 (5th) 1:18:06 (6th) 00:42:24 (10th)
Philip Scowcroft 00:40:16 (10th) 1:23:59 (9th) 00:42:01 (9th)
Emma Finney 00:48:39 (4th) 1:35:13 (3rd) 00:47:51 (5th)
Sarah Douglas 00:46:37 (2nd)
Posted 22/06/2015 13:50
The last two races of this popular local 5k series took place this week, with Dunham Massey on Thursday 10 June closely followed by Hollins Green on Saturday 13 June.
At Dunham, first home for Sale was Tim Kennedy in 18.08, with Zoe Gmerek first Sale female in 21.00 (Zoe is making an excellent return to competition following the birth of her two children in 2013 and 2014). Frank Cordingley was next in 21.20 followed by Jerry Smith 21.29, Tim Rainey 21.49, Jackie Cordingley 21.54, Michael Wymer 22.20, Sarah Waldron 24.36, Vicky Cordingley 25.04 and Fechin McCormick 27.31. Tim, Michael and Sarah were all recovering from having run the tough Coniston Trail Marathon the Sunday before.
At Hollins Green Aidan Raftery was first Sale man home and second M55 with 19.00 followed by Stephen Parry returning to form with 19.29. Frank Cordingley also improving all the time in 20.54 closely followed by Jackie Cordingley in 21.07. Next was John Battersby in 21.47 and Victoria Cordingley in 24.28.
Special mention and congratulations go to Jackie Cordingley who was first L55 in both races and who won the overall series prize for her age category, and to Frank Cordingley who was second M50 for the series.
Posted 17/06/2015 10:52
Last weekend saw 40 Sale Harriers and their fantastic support crew take a little jaunt through Wales! Over the course of 2 days, The Welsh Castles Relay runs from Caernarfon to Cardiff covering over 200 miles throughout 20 different legs. Each year we field 2 teams (both a men’s and a ladies’ team) and the sense of team spirit and camaraderie throughout the weekend is fantastic, as you follow each runner along their leg, chanting, cheering and even wearing a supportive dragon costume if the need arises!
The weather was not kind to the early runners on day one as they battled with a brutal wind along the Welsh coast. This didn’t deter GAZ RAVEN from putting in a sterling performance on the first mountain stage of the day, leg 3, finishing in second place but winning a coveted yellow t shirt as the Veteran Stage winner. The Sale men’s team won several Veteran Stages over the course of the weekend with some epic performances from LEE KAUFMAN on leg 5, STEVE MCCARRON on leg 7, PAUL GREEN on leg 14 and continuing his outstanding PB year, OLLY GAILLEMIN on leg 15.
MIKE ASHBY was our standout hero on Saturday, bringing home leg 9 to our first outright stage win of the weekend and much to the extreme excitement of his wife Hayley who has vowed to get back on those mountains next year after baby Ashby’s arrival! DAVE MARSH stepped up to the mark on a very sunny day two and fought off a late surge from Serpentine and Les Croupiers to win leg 16. NIGEL MARTIN ran a brave leg to finish Saturday’s racing and finished second on leg 10 to a strong Salford performance. Overall, the men’s team finished a tremendous third place to top off a fantastic weekend!
This year the women’s team didn’t have any stage wins but did have some outstanding performances. Unfortunately, KATIE WHITE’S utterly brilliant run on leg 14, the brutal mountain stage to Drovers, in which she took over 4 minutes off the previous course record, was only enough to see her in second place! Our ladies team finished a fantastic second place in the Queen of the Mountains category, a title they had held for the previous 2 years and were 3rd in the ladies’ competition overall. Special mention must go to those women who stepped up to support their club despite not being regular members of the endurance squad: KATE GAVIN, AMY GAILLEMIN, HEATHER BRINT, VICKY CORDINGLEY and TRACEY TAYLOR. LOUISE ROBBINS deserves a special mention for epitomising the team spirit found amongst the endurance runners, as she agreed to run at the eleventh hour despite having to race back to Manchester airport and make a flight!
The support for all runners was phenomenal throughout the whole weekend and we would like to thank all those parents, husbands, wives, children and friends who provided lifts and cheers along the way. Thanks to JERRY SMITH for driving the minibus for the duration, including the beer journey back from Cardiff to Newtown.
Posted 10/06/2015 11:49
Hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves at the first Handicap Run last tuesday and a big thanks to all the helpers who gave up a nights training to record times and act as guide runners: Jenny Miles, Paul Barrett, Sian Rowley, Stefan Schumacher and Jerry Smith (my apologies if i missed anyone off).
Fastest Man: Nigel Martin (With a new men's course record: 24:57)
Fastest Lady: Sarah Douglas (Hayley Ashby retains the women's course record: 29:43)
Most Improved Man: Andy Carlin
Most Improved Lady: Jenny Fox.
Posted 02/06/2015 09:48
The Mad Hatter’s 5mile race around the Vale of Reddish was well represented by Sale athletes. It was a lovely spring evening and the race took place just past Tesco’s near to the M60 motorway.
The race was described by the organisers Bell Vue Racers as ‘undulating’ but to a Mancunian like myself, it was distinctly hilly. This did not put off our athletes who somewhat dominated the presentation, walking away with 6 prizes.
First home in 3rd place overall was Andy Carlin in 30:20. Olly Gaillemin, 3rd vet 40 did 32:13 with Katie White (33:20) second female. Next came Aidan Raftery taking the Vet 55 crown (33:51), followed by Steve Parry who was 3rd vet50 (34:24). Sarah Douglas ran well to take 3rd female prize with 34:27 closely followed by Anne Chinoy who took the F40 prize. Helen Armitage was next in her first ever race in the vet 40 category (she was 3rd) with 36:56. She completed the winning ladies team of Katie, Sarah and Anne.
The ladies V55 prize was won by the evergreen Jackie Cordingley (39:43) who keeps annoyingly beating her handsome young husband Frank Cordingley (39:57). (He can dream.)
Jerry Smith was 3rd Vet 60 with a time of 41:07.
The presentation took place in The Carousel pub and grill and it was a conspicuous Sale Harriers table that was covered in prizes by the end of the evening.
Posted 19/05/2015 13:32
Sarah Douglas and Katie White Smash Leg 6 Course Record!
What an amazing day Sunday was as 36 club members all came together to put three competitive teams in this prestigious event. Calder Valley took the honours with a stunning performance however Sale Harriers had plenty to cheer too. The club has rarely been associated with the fells (mainly because they didn’t develop the power station hills high enough!), however this event allows us to be competitive against some of the more established fell clubs, permitting us to change the usual track and field perception.
The men’s A team came 4th overall with some cracking performances across the board, notably Steve McCarron/Chris Donnerly and Dave Marsh/Nigel Martin who were all fourth fastest on their respective legs. The team were in 3rd position for a long period of the race, and with three minutes between 3rd and 4th teams going into leg 6, there was real optimism that the bronze medal would be gained. However, when you’re up against whippets who were the fastest runners on leg 6, sometimes you’ve got to hold your hands up and tip your hat to chasing team as they come flying past. John Mosley and Andy Carlin were hat tipping, as Holmfirth flew past them with approximately a mile to go finishing 1m 40s ahead. Overall the team finished in 6hr 17m 05s which was only slightly down on the winning time of 2013.
With a depleted number of ladies due to the fertile water in South Manchester, the club decided to field a strong B team instead of trying to compete in the mixed category. However it was two ladies who stole the show and created Calderdale history! The organisers, in their attempt to inject some quality into the event offered a bounty of £100 per leg if anyone was willing to break any of the previous leg records. Sarah Douglas and Katie White didn’t realise this when the set off however their time was inside the set record by 7 seconds (it would have been greater had they not stopped for an early left/right navigational conundrum), resulting in their name being etched onto the honours board and prize money of £50 each to boot. The B team finished 12th overall (and 1st B team), with encouraging performances across the board.
The 3rd team entered was a mixed team. This team finished 4th Mixed team and 43rd overall out of 88 teams. Again, there were some solid performances and more encouragingly; they managed to beat the cut off times all the way up to the 5th leg.
Overall, everyone enjoyed themselves and it was great to see so many new faces to fell running. A post race meal back in Sale was enjoyed with most of the 36 runners coming along to review another enjoyable fell relay. Thanks must go to Helen Carter for organising the meal!
Posted 19/05/2015 08:44
Fechin Mc Cormick
The large number of Sale Harriers in this year’s GMR was especially evidenced from the televised first phase of mass starters behind the elite runners. The Great Manchester 10k is also Sale’s Great Run because of the club’s annual substantial commitment to it from the forty or so runners again this year to a similar number of club marshals and then we had club Chairman DAVID BROWN as chief Starter again and, of course, this year a group of elite African runners trained at the Wythenshawe track.
There were slightly more club PB’s than last year but still relatively few due possibly to the deceptively strong breeze on the return journey and many still recovering from Spring marathons. Nevertheless, everyone gave 110% evidenced from the grimaced faces as they returned along Bridgewater Way and every one of them echoed their immense gratitude for the enthusiastic support from the Sale supporters along the route that put a spring into their steps. From a club perspective, a day’s highlight was seeing club stalwart BILL FOX and his family along the route supporting CAROLYN and LAURA STELFOX who ran their hearts out for their dad Bill and his charity of pancreatic cancer, raising over £1000 and were only two minutes outside their target time. Again, the club wishes Bill and his family well. To donate please click here.
Incorporated into this race is the Great Run Challenge where the winning club goes into a lottery which could result in Sale winning an all expenses trip to the Great Ethiopian Run. Fingers crossed Sale win it this year. So! On to the individual performances......
DAVID MARSH 32:31: A strong, impressive run and PB.
JAMES WIGNALL 32:35: Almost 30 second PB improvement on March’s High Leigh 10k
NIGEL MARTIN 32:48: About a minute slower than Trafford 10k. Pleased as he ran it as a tempo to save his legs for Friday’s Christleton 5k
PAUL GREEN 33.18: Over 30 seconds faster than his last GMR in 2012. His PB is 30:11 from the 2004 GMR
STEVE Mc CARRON 34:21:More than a minute faster than Trafford 10k & only 15 seconds from his 2014 PB (Ribble Valley 10k). Getting back to top form.
JENNA HILL 34:40: Happy with 34.40. A 35sec PB in only her 2nd 10k (the first was this year’s Trafford 10k). Great for a middle distance track specialist.
JOSH RIDLEY 34:52: His PB his 31:16 from the 2014 Trafford 10k
CARL BARBER 35:37: Just a few seconds short of his two other PB’s this year (Trafford and Salford).
TIM KENNEDY 35:38: Most of his past 10k’s are all under 35 minutes!
He said 'My personal best is 34:17 from 2010, and this one was my fourth and worst! Started at what I thought was steady – and got harder and harder to maintain that pace, despite trying to follow Rob Downs who was pacing 35 mins. Slowed the last 2 miles – didn’t feel that tired but couldn’t go any faster! Wonderful support from fellow Harriers though, both marshalling and the others running! Outsprinted by Carl Barber at the end, despite being comfortably ahead of him for the second half of the race!
KEVIN FOSTER 36:20: Did 35:44 in this year’s Trafford 10k but still his 2nd fastest 10k –has Manchester Marathon in his legs
PETER O’NEILL 36.47: 30 seconds slower than Trafford 10k but also recovering from the Manchester marathon
LEE FAUFMAN 37.04: Faster than Bolton 10k but not as fast as High Leigh 10k both earlier this year
KATIE WHITE 37:19: Happy with that as her first race since injury.
GLEN SAVAGE 37:40: A PB and more than 2 minutes faster than last year’s GMR.
AIDAN RAFTERY 38:41: Missed another PB by just a few seconds, last achieved in the Trafford 10k. 1st in his age group though.
MARK FOX 38:42: Debut 10k
PETER SHIPLEY 38:42: A 17 second PB on his previous best set way back in the 2012 GMR
SARAH DOUGLAS 38:53: Her previous GMR PB was 39:47. Was hoping to be faster. Has now progressed from just under 45 minutes in 2010!
VICTORIA HAYES 40:42: Debut 10k on the roads.
GARETH WEBB 41:04:
CRAIG BRADBURY 41:38: A 2 minute 51 second PB from last year’s Salford 10k. Delighted and another spurred on by the fantastic support running in a Sale vest!
HELEN ARMITAGE 41:55: Found it tough but pleased to be running again following injury. 5th in her age category and her last race as a V35.
ALEX CASSON 42:09
JONNY CHRISTMAS 42:49: ??????
NICK SCHOLES 43:43: Debut 10k
JENNY FOX 43:48: Massive PB and big improvement on her 5 x 10k’s already this year.
CRISPIN MILLER 45:29:
JERRY SMITH 44:37: Wasn't in race shape so decided to have a steady run and enjoy the atmosphere and again appreciated the great support from Sale Harriers.
MARTIN SMEDLEY 46:59: A 2 minute PB on last year and a superb M60 time for a relative newcomer.
KATE DUERDEN 48:47: A 3 ½ minute PB on last year’s GMR, her only other 10k race.
JAMES LAMBE 49:08: His first 10k for three years
GEOFF BEATTIE 49:32: He’s successfully managing to avoid that 50 minute threshold!
DAWN HOLDING 50:09. Very consistent with Trafford 10k but was sub 50 last year
LOUISE ROIBBINS: Following her earlier Lakeland Trail Run, says she was “too mentally lazy to get under 50 minutes”
CARLA OUSEY 51:13: Paced some of her 6th Formers round the course and found it ‘more enjoyable than flogging herself around’
TRACEY TAYLOR 53:54
NATALIE WOODFORD 54:08
GILES BENNETT 55:35
JANET PICKERING 57:26
PAUL CAPEY 1:02.06
DORETTA MAYNARD: 1:15.06: The club’s sprint coach ran her 1st ever ‘marathon’ in support of 'Manchester Life Centre’ a Faith Life Centre outreach initiative which exists to help meet the practical and spiritual needs of Central Manchester, UK.
GREAT MANCHESTER MINI-RUNS
Dozens of the club’s youngsters also took part in the Great Mini-Runs at Heaton Park. Outstanding among them were: -
FRANCESCA BRINT – 1st in the U15 girl’s category
JOEL STRINGER – 1st in the U13 boy’s category
LIZZIE TWITE: 3rd in the U13 category: this was Lizzy's first junior run. She has previously won Manchester, Sheffield and Newcastle..
ISABELLE BURKE: 2nd in the U11 girls category
Posted 11/05/2015 12:58
If ever there was a race to inspire runners of all abilities it is this years London Marathon. Due in part to the legend Paula Radcliffe (vet 40) who was the darling of the crowds with an inspirational run from the mass start to finish under 2:37. One of the best times for a female Brit this year and fastest none elite female runner.
Sale Harriers was well represented with many achieving great personal goals.
Sonia Samuels in the elite female race ran 2:31:46 for a chance to be selected to reprisent GB in the next Olympics.
Gareth Raven 2:24:08 winning the vets 40 class in the bargain, Richard Brown 2:43:05, Chris Donnelly 2:43:54, Olly Gaillemin 2:44:46, Rob Dunn 2:46:38 pb by 7:30 (Chester 2:54:15), Nick Webb 3:09:50 pb by 9:50, Alistair Kell 3:11:21 pb by 3:35.
Mark Fox 3:11:59, Jenny Fox 3:35:29, Jenny & Mark Fox made their marathon debuts at London having been lucky enough to be allocated club slots. They said “We have set benchmarks for hopefully many more marathon journeys ahead, Jenny did 3:35 (her target was 4:45) – Elated, Ran for charity: Salford Royal Frailty Unit securing over £1k!! Mark ran 3:11 (his target was 3:10), 1:29 at half way on for sub 3, at 2:30s properly hit the wall and faded rapidly so a bit disappointed. More miles needed to get marathon fit. Great experience. A day we will always treasure & remember.”
Sarah Bowman 3:42:15, Crispin Miller 3:45:59, Kate Duerden 4:11:56.
Posted 26/04/2015 15:06
This was my second marathon, having run 3:05 at Manchester last year. With a solid block of training and a 1:24 Wilmslow Half behind me I would've been confident of going sub-3hrs at any other marathon except Boston with its unique course profile. A steady headwind and rain showers also added to the challenge. Adhering to all the pre-race advice, a patient first half gave me a 1:29:18 split feeling fresh but with no margin for error either and the notorious Newton hills still to be tackled. Made to work hard through miles 16-21, leaked another 30secs over Heartbreak Hill and knew I'd have to empty myself over the remaining 5 miles to stay on target. A final rain-saturated sprint down Boylston St saw me cross the line in 2:59:19...soaked and shivering but smiling!
Posted 25/04/2015 13:26
On a pleasant, sunny evening in April, many Sale Harriers descended on the sleepy little village of Mobberley to take part in what is rapidly becoming a popular annual event. The race takes in glorious views of Manchester International Airport (if you can take your eyes off your feet for a moment) as well as scenic Cheshire lanes and trails. Our top Sale Harriers made a race of their own taking 1st and 2nd places in the process, Dave Marsh winning in a time of 27:42 (5min 13sec per mile including a stiff climb away from the river Bollin at the 3 mile point in addition to some uneven paths leading up to that point) and Nigel Martin (27:57), followed not far behind by Callum Rowlinson (29:23) for 5th place. Next came Steve Mc Carron taking 1st vet 40 (29:52) followed by Callum’s dad Gary taking 1st vet 50 in 30:40.
Next came Carl Barber (30:40) v40, Tim Kennedy (30:59) and Rob Flannery (31:01). Mike Ashby was next with 31:08, Gary Lyons (31:27) and Andy Mooney (31:48). Club stalwart Glen Savage took 2nd vet 50 with 32:18 follwed by Wesh Castles ladie team manager Richard ‘Eddie’ Edwards (32:31).
Another category win came next with Aidan Raftery taking the v 55 crown with 32:59, Peter Shipley came next with 34:03 closley followed by Steve Parry v 50 in 34:10. Sarah Douglas was our top female entrant with 34:13 to take 6th place. Steve Surridge was next with 35:15, Mike Wharton (35:41) and Richard McHugh (35:47).
Anne Chinoy is getting back to top form to take 1st lady 40 with 35:49 and Alex Jones was first U17 with 38:35. Then came Deirdre Mc Carthy (38:43) and Jerry Smith who was 3rd vet 60 with 39:08. Frank Cordingley v50 was next with 39:16, Claire McCarron (39:26), Katherine Barker (40:03), Martin Smedley 4th vet 60 (40:14) closely followed by daughter Alice Smedley (40:42). Next came Danielle Beard (41:23), Helen Carter (41:36) and Carla Ousey L40 (43:18).
Sale Harriers took the mens team prize with Dave Marsh, Nigel Martin and Callum Rowlinson, and the ladies were 2nd with Sarah Douglas, Anne Chinoy and Deirdre McCarthy (only 4 points off the win).
Thanks also to a great support from Jenny Miles, Lynda Rowlinson, Dave Rodgers, Sarah Barker and Paul Barrett.
Results can be found by clicking here.
Race photos can be found by clicking here.
Posted 24/04/2015 14:03