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Sunday 6th September saw 23 Sale Harriers take to the streets of Salford for the City of Salford 10K. With over 3700 entrants, this increasingly popular race saw a modified route taking in Salford Quays, Media City and Old Trafford; a rather twisty, winding course in surprisingly warm conditions.
Despite that, a number of Sale Harriers achieved significant PBs and the club triumphed, winning both the ladies' and men's team prizes (Nigel Martin, Gareth Raven and Tim Kennedy for the men and Katie White, Sarah Douglas and Anne Chinoy for the women).
First in and in 4th place was Nigel Martin (32:09) who commented, "decent run, but I don't think the time reflects my current form. I ended up on my own the whole way and needed competition to really push hard. The course was extremely twisty and so my PB at Trafford (31:45) lives to fight another day, despite this being a much stronger run. Hoping for much better at the super quick Leeds Abbey Dash."
Next in, 8th place and 1st Male V40 was Gareth Raven (32:41) followed in 14th place by Tim Kennedy (35:31) who said "I was running it as a hard training run so not 100% all out, so reasonably pleased with 35:31, especially as it's a twisty-turny course with a fair number of mini hills and bridges. Ran with Andy Mooney for much of the first half before pushing on a bit.
First in for the ladies and in an impressive 5th place was Katie White (38:31). Her PB is 36:59 back in 2012.
Then came Alistair Kell (38:57) who said "rather annoyingly I ran exactly the same time as I did for the Trafford 10k earlier this year... 5 seconds off my 5 year old PB. 2nd time I've run it and an enjoyable race if slightly tight at the end". Luke Spilsbury was 70th (39:01) - a debut 10K.
Sarah Douglas (40:23) was our second lady, finishing in 11th place. Her 10k PB of 38:53 was achieved earlier in the year at the Great Manchester run. She was closely followed by 2nd place MV50, Steve Parry in 40:33 (his PB was 39:10 in the 2012 Salford 10K).
Next in and with another significant PB was MV40 Craig Bradbury (40:33). Craig says he was "very pleased with a PB in my first race as a veteran! I took nearly 4 minutes off last years time."
Anne Chinoy (40:47) was 1st FV40, finishing in 13th place with a 92 second PB. She was really pleased with the time and glad to back on form having struggled with injuries in recent months. Only one second behind Anne was Zoe Gmerek (40:48) - 2nd FV40 and in 14th place overall. Another impressive PB following her significant 5K PB at the last Sizzler. Zoe commented "My Salford 10k run was a 40 second PB. My last one was Leeds 2012 before the babies!!"
Pete Shipley (42:23) is currently struggling with injuries. 4th place MV55 John Battersby (44:08) was next, then Matthew Leicester (45:18).
It was another significant PB for MV60 Martin Smedley (45:20) who said he was "really chuffed as its 1.39 faster than my Manchester 10k time in May. So the extra hill training on Monday nights has paid off!"
8th place MV60 Jerry Smith and Crispin Miller both finished with a chip time of 45:45. Jerry commented "Not being race fit I enjoyed a steady run in the sunshine with good crowd support at the start and finish. Great to see lots of fellow Sale Harriers in the race with many celebrating PBs at the end!"
FV40 Wendy Terry (46:42) achieved her race goal and felt it was fair time given her current level of fitness.
Due to injury, Fran Sweeney & Aiden Raftery approached the race as a gentle run (47:26). Fran commented "myself and Aiden are both injured so jogged around 47:26 mins... thought the course was a bit drab to say the least".
FV40 Carla Ousey (49:16) was targeting sub-50 and had a good run which she felt reflected her current levels of training.
Posted 08/09/2015 12:23
A brief review of the Ultra Trial du Mont Blanc race I took part in last weekend for what it's worth and a couple of pictures.
This was an epic event. The stats guarantee it: 106 miles with over 30,000ft of vertical ascent giving an 'average gradient' either up or down of over 11%. But that is only part of the story. With 2 nights to run through, huge interminable climbs and (more importantly) prolonged downhills to negotiate, the combination of mental fatigue and brutalised legs makes for a fantastic effort. However on the other side of the epic coin are incredible vistas, valleys surrounded by high mountain peaks, camaraderie that is second to none and the incredible hospitality of multiple villages across 3 countries surrounding the Mont Blanc Massive.
Completion is the primary goal with some 40% not making cut offs despite the tough qualification criteria to even enter the ballot. The race finisher's gilet is prized indeed. The secondary goal is to enjoy and soak up as much of the scenery and positives as possible and not fall prey to the dark demons lurking inside your skull as the going gets tough.
We started in Chamonix, France to the sound of Vangelis: Conquest of Paradise. An initial 5km on the flat followed by the first of 12 long climbs to les Houche. Rising above the tree line we were treated to our first sunset. There followed a night of running under clear skies to the light of the full moon. Literally as at times, where the terrain was not too technical, we were able to run with head torches off in the silvery light, admiring the valley around which in previous editions we would not have seen.
30 miles in I was starting to struggle a bit with hydration and perhaps to a degree the altitude (2,600m). And add to that the thought of a further 76 miles....None-the less, spirits lifted as I was treated to the sunrise just as I crested a 2,400m pass. The timing could not have been better. After this though, things became more difficult.
It was very hot – in excess of 30C which meant that I had to limit the effort as it seemed impossible to maintain hydration. This along with the toll on knees and quadriceps and feet led me to have a minor (not that minor) moment of doubt at the half way mark. I was extremely tired and therefore a little emotionally labile which I think affected my ability to rationalise the situation and get back on track. But after a word with my wife I got going again and decided not to race but to try and enjoy as many moments as I could. So I took it slower, had 2 x 5 minutes sleep which helped greatly in minimising hallucinations and negative thoughts, and talked to fellow competitors and carried on. It was incredible. We hit all the climbs at exactly the right times, saw the sunrises and sunsets at the best panoramic locations, avoided the heat of the day for the worst climbs and finished to great support and applause on the Sunday morning.
I saw the sun set in France, followed by the sun rise in Italy, followed by the sun set in Switzerland and finally a sun rise in France again, lighting up the top of Mont Blanc just before the descent back into Chamonix for the finish. How lucky am I? And the bonus is another PB for 2015: I shaved over 4.5 hours from my previous time in 2009 to finish in just over 39 hours.
I do not plan on doing this sort of thing again though. It was very very tough and a bit too much really. However as a result I am also a little sad to think I shall not have the opportunity to experience these moments again.
A great, great event. Very much recommended.
Posted 07/09/2015 11:00
Hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves at the last Handicap Run of the summer and a big thanks to all the helpers who gave up a nights training to record times etc: Paul Barrett, Oli Gallaimen, Helen Carter, Jackie Cordingley and Jerry Smith.
The results are attached. For those who have never seen the results sheet before; finishing position shows the position you crossed the line, handicap means how many minutes delay you were set off with, then your recorded finishing time, next your run time, (finishing time minus handicap time), then your ranking based on your run time and lastly your personal best time for the course.
There were some great times run, especially Jenny Clink who stormed round nearly beating her course PB only a couple of months after giving birth.
So congratulations to:
1st Man Home: Martin Smedley
1st Lady Home: Jane Thomas
Fastest Man: Rob Flannery (Nigel Martin retains the men's course record: 24:57)
Fastest Lady: Sarah Douglas (Hayley Ashby retains the women's course record: 29:43)
Most Improved Man: Nick Webb
Most Improved Lady: Dee McCarthy.
Posted 27/08/2015 10:47
A longstanding local race took place in Warrington on August the 23rd 2015, The Birchwood 10k. Storms and heavy rain were predicted but didn’t materialise during the race luckily. It was however quite warm and muggy although this didn’t seem to unduly affect our very own Nigel Martin who managed to win the race with a time of 33:04. As an indication of how tough this race was however his season’s best and pb was at The Trafford 10k where his time of 31:45 only got him 43rd place and over 80 people beat his time of today. Nigel had also won a 5k track race in Doncaster the day before and raced another 5k earlier in the week.
Next Sale Harrier came Andy Mooney who had missed a few training sessions recently and so was a little down on his pb with 37:36. Kevin Foster too had a much slower time than his Trafford 10k with 40:51 (pb at Trafford of 35:44). Frank Cordingley has done many Birchwoods over the years. In 1985 he managed 36:26, 1998 36:06 and in 1996 came 14th with 34:58 (note that the race route has changed since those days). His time today as a vet 50 (nearly 55) was 44:37 which he was pleased with. (pb at Trafford 10k 1991 31:04).
Joanna Robbins vet 40 is preparing for a half marathon and managed 46:23 (pb set in 2012 of 43:28). Geoff Beattie vet 60 who managed 48:42 at The Salford 10k earlier this year did 51:54 in today’s tough conditions. Tony Lythe, another seasoned athlete who has probably done more 10ks than I have had hot dinners, did an admiral 52:28 and was 2nd in the vet 70 category. He did 49:30 last year and I’m pretty sure his lifetime pb would be very impressive. Jackie Cordingley who did 43:29 in The Trafford 10k (It seems that the Trafford is the one to go for, for a good time!) vet 55, came 3rd in her category with a disappointing time of 53:02. (pb 42:18).
Posted 23/08/2015 17:30
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