News - Endurance
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Fechin Mc Cormick
The final Sale 5k Sizzler of 2015 was another scorcher. 497 finishers mean that the total number of Sizzler finishers has grown incrementally year on year since they began in 2002 from 538 to a record 1785 this year. Besides, more Sale Harriers competed this year than ever before; more recorded PB’s and we had more age-group records than ever before.... a very successful series
In this final race of the series, winner ANDREW HEYES (Hallamshire H) improved his own course record to 14.15 to record the 9th fastest time in the UK this year and he trebled his prize-money as a result! JOE BAILEY (Salford Harriers) (14.49), the winner of two races this year, was second; DOMINIC EASTER (Leeds City) also recorded a 25 second PB to clock 15.09 and DAVE NORMAN (15.09) (Altrincham & Dist AC) clocked one of his fastest times this year.
It was a similar fast story for the leading women. LAUREN HOWARTH (Leigh H & AC) improved her PB by sixteen seconds to 16.33; KIRSTY LONGLEY (LPS) ran one of her fastest 5k’s for some time and took the L35 prize; KELLY CRICKMORE (17.50) was 3rd and HANNAH GRIFFITHS (Trafford AC) (18.00) was 12 seconds faster than in the super-fast Christleton 5k a few weeks earlier. Leigh Harriers broke the three women collective barrier of 54 minutes and were awarded a further £100.
The charitable element was also very successful with £2000 raised for St.Ann’s Hospice and the Neil Cliffe Centre...a fantastic sum when you realize it’s collected in buckets in less than a few hours as cars exit the car parks.
Well done to everybody and thanks to all those who helped make this year’s series so successful. Though the Sizzlers preoccupy me from April, they’d be impossible to deliver without a fantastic team of indispensible helpers. There’s BRYAN GOULDEN and his merry team of marshals; PHILIPPA EDWARDS and her entries team; DAVID BROWN and his team of officials; the varied group of people who manned the drinks/goody-bag zones, PAUL THOMPSON for obtaining race licences and administration; SARAH WALDRON and JENNY & MARK FOX our wonderful doctors, STEFAN, CHRIS & PAUL as the lead/sweeper cyclists; FRANK & JACKIE CORDINGLEY for managing the race clock; GRAHAM FECITT for the results service, GEORGE TIVVY for the public address system and, last but not least, to those who helped fill 4 X 500 sets of goody bags.
Finally, how all our Sale Harriers fared through the series? Lifetime best performances are highlighted in red. Please inform me of mistakes
GAZ RAVEN: 15.24 15.09
NIGEL MARTIN 15.32 15.12 15.28
JOSH RIDLEY 15.52
DAVID MARSH 16.02
MIKE KILMARTIN 16.36
CALLUM ROWLINSON 16.04
CALLUM GREENWOOD 16.06
MATT BEACOCK 16.12 16.02
ROB FLANNERY 16.31 16.25
ALEX BRADFORD 16.55 16.38
ANDY CARLIN 16.59 16.43
GARY ROWLINSON 17.01 16.51 17.07
CHRIS DONNELLY 17.07
JAMES WALSH 17.16 16.53 17.05
BRAD THORNTON 17.16
JOHN MOSLEY 17.21
OLIVIER GAILLEMIN 17.20
PETER O’NEILL 17.24 17.20 17.17 17.23
GLEN SAVAGE 17.38 17.33
MATT RAY 17.43 17.43 18.16 17.30
STEPHEN HENDERSON 17.38
GARY LYONS 17.58
LUISA CANDIOLI 18.14
AIDAN RAFTERY 18.32 18.33
KATIE WHITE 18.36
FRANCIS SWEENEY 18.40 18.39 18.35 18.50
KEVIN FOSTER 18.30
BEN Mc INTYRE 18.43 18.24 18.28
NICK WEBB 18.57
ALISTAIR KELL 18.45 18.27 18.29
RACHEL CAVANAGH 19.16
SARAH DOUGLAS 19.12 19.02
STEVE PARRY 19.17 18.54 18.59 19.01
BEN FOX 19.18 19.03 18.49
HELEN ARMITAGE 19.19 19.34 19.07
JANE THOMAS 19.23
GARETH WEBB 19.37 19.33
ANNE CHINOY 19.53 19.46
DAMIEN JONES 19.56 20.01 19.24
ZOE GMEREK 19.39
CRAIG BRADBURY 19.59 19.36 19.14 19.05
MIKE CURLEY 20.03 19.36 19.55
DAVID ALLINSON 20.22 18.49
RICHARD Mc HUGH 20.03
DAVID CONNOLLY 20.23 19.58
DENNIS POWELL 20.00 19.28
ROBERT HEGGS 20.27
EMMA FINNEY 20.28
DAMIEN ALDERWEGAN 20.36 20.16 20.34
STEVE SURRIDGE 20.16
JACKIE CORDINGLEY 20.47 20.47 20.38 20.51
JENNY FOX 20.57 20.30 20.43
EVE GIBSON 21.00 20.43 20.14
TIM RAINEY 21.03 24.09
FRANK CORDINGLEY 21.09 21.09 21.07
MIKE WYMER 21.15 21.11 23.55 20.57
JOHN BATTERSBY 21.17 20.44 20.25
MIKE DUNNE 21.20 21.02 21.14 20.41
BRUCE GREEN 21.30 21.09 24.46 20.50
JERRY SMITH 21.26 21.12 21.26
SUZANNE SMITH 21.32
JO ROBBINS 22.00 20.33
PETER SHIPLEY 21.09
MARTIN SMEDLEY 22.25 22.28 21.55 21.55
SARAH WALDRON 22.53
CAT JONES 23.03
CARLA OUSEY 23.08
GEOFF BEATTIE 23.27 23.02 23.18
SINEAD FERGUSON 23.33
CRISPIN MILLER 21.19 21.38
ALICE SMEDLEY 24.41 24.05
MARINDA BREDDY 24.51`24.35 24.03 24.07
CELIA BIRCHBY 24.52
SAMANTHA WHEELER 25.09 24.09 23.37 24.06
SUSAN CREHAN 24.15
LUCINDA SUMMERS 25.57 25.20 25.19
MARK FERNS 25.58 24.45 25.57 25.49
KATHY FLETCHER 28.27 28.21 28.41
LISA FLETCHER 28.04
MIKE HOWE 30.29 29.19 30.15
ROSA ELLIOTT 28.55
Posted 16/08/2015 16:35
The Lake District is renowned for incredible landscapes, tough running challenges and consistently beautiful weather. And indeed on Saturday July 18th 2015 this reputation held true with the Lakeland 50 ultra-trail. A number of Sale Harrier members went to enjoy this opportunity.
TIM RAINEY had already set off the Friday evening to take on the 100 mile race when on Saturday morning, MIKE ASHBY, OLIVIER GAILLEMIN, KATIE REECE and MIKE WYMER set off from Coniston on the 50 mile trail.
Tim put in a valiant effort but along with over 30% of the 100 miler field, unfortunately had to stop in Ambleside, having run for some 34 hours and covered a good 90 miles. Next time...
As regards the 50 mile racers, a fantastic day's running was had with all four completing the challenge in good time. Mike and Olly were first home in 9 hours 56 minutes (had they run as an official team they would have broken the team course record). Michael was looking to enjoy some night time running so finishing an hour or so into the Sunday and Katie who had completed the 100 mile race in 2014, came home basking in a Sunday finish with the start of the dawn chorus.
Well done to all
Posted 03/08/2015 16:13
Fechin Mc Cormick
Those who attended the Sizzler prize-giving will have confirmed, if confirmation was needed, that the Sizzler course is fast – very fast. Most of the prize-winners recorded PBs, so it’s not just Sale Harriers who record their annual PB’s on this course. It was yet another scorcher from every perspective. The number of finishers (470) was the highest 3rd Sizzler ever recorded in its 13 years history. Forty-two Sale Harriers were among them of which nine ran their first Sizzler this year making an amazing record total of 103 Sale Harriers who’ve run Sizzlers this year.
Two more course records were broken. Sale Harrier’s CALLUM GREENWOOD junior record from 2012 finally fell and was improved by six seconds to 15.11 by Trafford’s DANIEL LAWTON to rank him top 10 in the UK. Trafford’s ALISON DRASDO further improved her own L45 record to 19.42. As a result, both went home with bulging purses in prize-money. A formidable Salford trio collectively broke the men’s 45 minute barrier (again!) as did Stockport’s women their 54 minute barrier and consequently also went home £100 richer for their efforts.
Sale Harriers share of the monetary ‘pot’ went to GAZ RAVEN (15.09) who holds the current M40 record of 14.44. JACKIE CORDINGLEY (20.38) has now won all three L55 races, this time even faster than the other two and one of her fastest ever s. Zippy M65 MIKE CURLEY (19.36) achieved his ambition to break the 20 minute barrier and now ranks him 6th M65 in the UK. Evergreen GARY ROWLINSON (16.51) again won the M50 prize 10 seconds faster than in the first Sizzler. Most Sale Harriers went home very pleased. (The results are still provisional so any errors please let me know)
NIGEL MARTIN (15.12): Equalled his PB at June’s Christleton 5k. Eager to go sub-15!
GAZ RAVEN (15.09): Top M40
MATT BEACOCK (16.02): A 9 second PB from last year’s Sizzler.
ROB FLANNERY (16.25): Faster by 6 seconds on his last Sizzler
ANDY CARLIN (16.43).: Further improved by 16 seconds his PB from the 1st Sizzler
GARY ROWLINSON (16.51): M50 winner
JAMES WALSH (16.53): Another PB – 23 seconds faster from 1st Sizzler
PETER O’NEILL (17:17): Another PB – 7 seconds improvement on Sizzler 1
OLIVIER GAILLEMIN (17:20): A 30 second PB from last year’s Sizzlers.
MATT RAY (18.16): His slowest of the three so far by 30 seconds
AIDAN RAFTERY (18.33): Missed by 2 seconds improving on his PB from the last Sizzler.
FRANCIS SWEENEY (18:35): His fastest of the three and now only 3 seconds short of a PB.
KEVIN FOSTER (18.30): His 1st Sizzler this year. His PB from last year is 17:48.
PETER SHIPLEY (18.47) : 3 seconds faster than the last Sizzler. His PB from 2012 is 18.20
ALISTAIR KEL;L (18: 27): A long-awaited PB by almost 20 seconds from 2011.
SARAH DOUGLAS (19.12): 3 seconds off her PB. Almost a minute faster than Bowden 5k
STEVE PARRY (18:59): Very close to his 2013 PB
HELEN ARMITAGE (19:07):12 seconds faster than 1ST Sizzlerr. Just a few seconds off a PB
ANNE CHINOY (19:53): Her PB is 19.32 set in last year’s Sizzlers.
DAMIEN JONES (19:24): His fastest of the three by more than 30 seconds
CRAIG BRADBURY (19:14): A 45 second PB on his 1st sizzler
MIKE CURLEY (19:36): Winner M65.
DAVID ALLINSON (18.49): A 12 second PB & fist time under 19 minutes
DENNIS POWELL (19.28): A 30 second improvement on his 2nd Sizzler./
DAMIEN VAN ALDERWEGEN (20:34): His 2nd fastest of the three.
JACKIE CORDINGLEY (20.38): L55 winner again.
JENNY FOX (20.43): Her 2nd fastest ever 5k
EVE GIBSON (20:14): Three Sizzlers and three PB. Next, it’s got to be sub 20 ?
FRANK CORDINGLEY (21:29): Good progress on his return from illness.
MIKE WYMER (23.35): He just jogged the course. (50 miler coming up)
JOHN BATTERSBY (20:25): He’s got faster by about 40 seconds each one so far
MIKE DUNNE (21.14): His 2nd fastest of this year’s series
BRUCE GREEN 24:46): |Paced Celia Birchby
JERRY SMITH (21:12) : His fastest this year by 14 seconds
SUZANNE SMITH (21:32):
MARTIN SMEDLEY (21:55): A PB by over 30 seconds
CARLA OUSEY (23:08): Her PB is 20.15 Her best Sizzler was 20.30 in 2002 or 2003.
GEOFF BEATTIE (23.02): Fastest of 10 5k’s this year & 25 seconds faster than Sizzler 1
CRISPIN MILLER (21:19): About 40 seconds down on his PB from last year.
ALIC E SMEDLEY (24:41): Debut 5k – other than Parkruns.
MARINDA BREDDY (24:03): Her 3rd consecutive PB & now ready to go sub 24 mins
CELIA BIRCHBY (24:52): Her best this year is 24:26
SAMANTHA WHEELER (23.37): Improved 90 seconds over the three Sizzlers
LUCINDA SUMMERS (25.39): 19 seconds down on her PB in the last Sizzler.
MARK FERNS (24:57): Still recovering former form
KATHJY FLETCHER (28:21): A 7 second PB in her debut Sizzler year.
MIKE HOWE (30.15): The club’s impressive 75 year old veteran
Posted 26/07/2015 10:54
Fechin Mc Cormick
The 2nd 5k Sizzler in Wythenshawe Park was another scorcher. With an excellent 400 finishers, it was disappointing (but only by my own excessive, personal standards) not to have had closer to 500 finishers. Age-group records continued to fall and on this occasion, we had three new ones. HELEN CLITHEROE, stalwart of the GB team for many years who represented GB on the World XC for 8 consecutive years, smashed LOUISE RUDD’S L40 record set just two weeks earlier, to record a new 16.16 and clock the fastest L40 time in the UK this year. The Sizzlers can now boast at least six of Britain’s fastest age-group times. JEFF NORMAN, Altrincham’s Montreal Olympian, improved Ken Burgess’ M70 record from last year by 14 seconds to set the new mark of 21.03 and record Britain’s 4th fastest M70 time. Rochdale’s BRENDA ROBINSON will also be added to the L70 record list with her time of 29.09.
Forty Sale Harriers took part making an impressive total so far of 94 this year. All but four improved their times over Sizzler 1- very impressive. Two of them, FRANCIS SWEENEY (18.39) and MARTIN SMEDLEY (22.28) were so close (three seconds) it doesn’t really matter and the other two HELEN ARMITAGE (19.34) and TIM RAINEY (24.09) had very good reason in that Helen had just returned from holiday and Tim was pacing a colleague, so every club member had good reason to be satisfied. The club also had several prize winners: - 3rd place M40 GAZ RAVEN (15.24); MATT BEACOCK (16.12) took the U20 prize; GLEN SAVAGE (17.38) the M50 prize, MICHAEL DUNNE (21.02) the M65 prize and JACKIE CORDINGLEY (20.47) won the L55 prize. Well done to them.
If there was one area of improvement, I’d like to see a massive increase in the donations to St. Ann’s Hospice. Again, just less than £400 was raised through their collection buckets on exiting the car-parks and, though great in itself, it quite measly (a) in terms of St. Ann’s needs viz £16,000 a day (b) the numbers who participate in the Sizzler and (c) as an indicator of the level of gratitude people feel leaving the race fit, well and able against those bed-ridden and faced with life-threatening illness.. I’d far sooner see expressions of tangible gratitude for the Sizzlers rather than mere word..
As you know, full results are available at www.race-results.co.uk If you notice errors, please let me know and it may also be necessary to contact the Power of 10 (http://www.thepowerof10.info ) to have your profile updated.
Thanks to LOUISA CANDIOLI and her friend, a large number of photos from the first Sizzler can now be viewed as an album with the Sizzler 1 report. Thanks to club photographer ERNIE GREENWOOD for his photos of this 2nd Sizzler.
Finally, thanks again to all the marshals, officials, those who helped fill 500 goody bags; brought them home for safe-keeping etc etc. Let’s do the same again on Tuesday evening July 21st and Thursday July 23rd.A special thanks again to DUNCAN & BARBARA SHUTTLEWORTH and their Accountancy Business, Topping Associates, who’ve massively improved the goody bags and added immeasurably to the quality and reputation of the Sizzlers
Posted 15/07/2015 08:35
Fechin Mc Cormick
Over four hundred finishers made it the second largest turn-out for a first Sizzler since the series began way back in 2002 as a Commonwealth Games legacy. There were the usual fast times led home by winner Patrick Martin (Stockport H) in 14.29. Patrick came within 10 seconds of the course record so doubled his prize-money. His club-mates Northern Cross-Country Champion Andrew Davies (14.33) and Jack Morris (15.01) broke the 3-man aggregate time of 45 minutes and so also shared a further £100. Amelia Pettitt (Vale Royal) was the impressive ladies winner in 17.07 with L40 Louise Rudd (Stockport H) (17.35) and club colleague Sally Radcliffe (17.41) in second and third place. Former Sale Harrier Louise, broke the L40 course record to record the 4th fastest 5k time in Britain this year and so trebled her prize-money. She further shared a bonus £100 with her club colleagues Sally Ratcliffe and Jenny Knass (17.55) for smashing the 3 x club women benchmark of 54 minutes.
A record 52 Sale Harriers, beating last year’s tally of 42, mixed it among the four hundred finishers. Three won their age- categories (Gary Rowlinson –M50, Mike Curley – M65 and Jackie Cordingley – L55). Twelve ran lifetime best performances, somewhat fewer than in the past, but interestingly 99% of Sale Harriers have recorded their PB’s on this fast course. How did everyone perform?
Nigel Martin (15.32): Recorded his PB (15.12) at Christleton so wanted to dip under 15.
Dave Marsh (16.02): Fastest since his PB of 15.47 way back in 2006.
Callum Rowlinson (16.04): A 35 second improvement on his 2012 Sizzler PB.
Rob Flannery (16.31): His PB of 15.32 goes back to the 2004 Sizzler.
Alex Bradford (16:55): An 8 second PB on last year’s Sizzlers
Andy Carlin (16:59): A 30 second PB on last year’s Sizzlers
Gary Rowlinson (17.01): First M50. His PB of 16.40 goes back to the 2012 Sizzler.
James Walsh (17.16): He recorded his PB in last year’s Sizzlers.
Peter O’Neill (17.24): A four minute PB on last summer’s Sizzlers
Matt Ray (17.43) ????
Gary Lyons (17:56): His first 5k since he recorded his PB of 17:56 at last summer’s Sizzlers
Luisa Candioli (18.14): Recorded her PB of 17.54 at the Cristleton 5k a few weeks ago.
Katie White (18.36): About 10 seconds off last year’s Sizzler. Her PB is 17.54
Francis Sweeney (18.40): First 5k since he recorded his PB of 18:53 at last year’s Sizzler.
Ben McIntyre (18.43) His first 5k since last July's Sizzler, and a 7 second PB. Getting back to full fitness following a marathon injury.
Alistair Kell (18.45): Fastest since he recorded 18.45 in the 2011 Sizzler.
Rachel Cavanagh (19.16): A PB by over 90 seconds. Worth returning home for!
Steve Parry (19.17): His fastest since he recorded 18:52 in the 2013 Sizzler.
Ben Fox 19.18): His PB of 18.44 was recorded in last year’s Sizzlers.
Helen Armitage (19.19): Her fastest since her PB of 19.02 in 2002.
Mike Curley (20.03): 1st M65. Just one second short of his first Sizzler last year.
Jane Thomas (19.23): Her PB of 18.23 was set in the 2013 Severn 5k.
Gareth Webb (19.37): His fastest since he recorded his PB of 19.30 in the 2013 Sizzler.
Damien Jones (19.56): Only his 2nd 5k road race since his PB of 18.23 last summer.
Craig Bradbury (19.59) A PB! Knocked over 90 seconds off last summer’s Sizzler PB
David Allinson (20.22): His first race of 2015
David Connolly (20.23): His PB comes from the ’07 Sizzler. First road 5k since then.
Rob Heggs (20.27):His only other race of 2015 was the Wilmslow HM
Damien Van Alderwegan (20.36) ?????
Jackie Cordingley (20.47) : First L55. Equalled last year’s Sizzler. One of her fastest .
Jenny Fox (20.57|); 2nd L35 in her debut 5k.
Eve Gibson (21.00): A super 5k road debut for this youngster..Experienced in Parkruns.
Tim Rainey (21.03): Fastest 5k since 2012 for our prolific racer.
Frank Cordingley (21.09): Encouraging 2nd fastest this year following illness.
Mike Wymer (21.15): His fastest by far since his Sizzler ’14 PB of 20.34
John Battersby (21.17): Fastest (including Parkruns) since last year’s Sizzlers.
Mike Dunne (21:20):2nd M65. His fastest for years....and years .Since those heart by-passes.
Jo Robbins (22.00): First 5k (exc.Parkruns) since last year’s Sizzlers.
Martin Smedley (22.25): Is this his debut road 5k?
Sarah Waldron (22.53): A 90 seconds PB. & faster than in the recent North Cheshire series.
Cat Jones (23.03): Has been developing her interest in sprints. Her PB is 22.22
Geoff Beattie (23.27): Equalled his 2nd fastest of eight 5k’s so far this year (exc. Parkruns).
Marinda Breddy (24.51): An exciting 50 second PB on 2012 times.
Samantha Wheeler (25.09):
Lucinda Summers (25.51): A tremendous 20 second PB from last year’s Sizzlers.
Mark Ferns (25.58): Getting fitter. his PB from 2014 is 21.27
Mike Howe (30.29). 3rd M75. Is maintaining excellent consistency.
Posted 30/06/2015 07:43
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