Stockport 10 Mile
December 3rd 2017, and thirteen Sale Harriers descended on Woodbank Park as part of a field of 995 runners to take on this year's Stockport 10, a race known by many names: "The Last Race Before Christmas", "The One With Hills" and "Why The Bloody Hell Am I Here After Yesterday's Cross Country". It's also known to Sale Harriers as the last race of the Road Club Championship - some took their positions on the start line with this in mind, others were hunting for a PB, while some were too mesmerised by the phrase 'granola flapjack in goody bag' to resist.
And so, on a surprisingly not-wet, surprisingly not-cold Stockport morning, the starting horn blew and the race was underway! The total lack of any Benny Hill theme this year signalled that this race was SERIOUS BUSINESS, and soon after exiting the park the annual invasion of Stockport's streets began in earnest. After taking in residential Stockport's ambience and splendour for a couple of miles the streets gave way to countryside and the farmer's yard came into view. He had laid out the red carpet for us this year as everything was quite clean for what looks like a working farm. Well ok it was more of a brown carpet. Well it might have been a bit of rug. In hindsight though, it would turn out that this wouldn't be the only gift we'd receive on our journey.
Then began the assault on the first big hill. Some runners, overcome by exhaustion on the approach, thought they were hallucinating a full-size Dennis The Menace by the river, only to get closer and realise it was the Marple Runners mascot. No hallucinations for me, although I think the only explanation for seeing the beaming face of Brian Goulden on the course the number of times that I remember is that he either has an army of clones or a Tardis. Atop the hill is the housing estate that just keeps on giving - a veritable selection box of climbs that will leave you thinking "How do you live here? Who designed this? WHO? PLANNED? THIS?". Then came the farm/trail section. This farmer - obviously a keen skin care enthusiast – clearly understands the value that runners place on their legs and covered the road with enough mud to give each and every runner a thorough and rejuvenating mud pack treatment, ensuring that by the time everyone had climbed New Zealand Road and covered the final yards to the finish line they had shining, vibrant skin to go with their banana and tshirt.
Results-wise, Gareth, Nick and Nicholas won second male team, and individual results are as follows:
GARETH RAVEN (3rd - 1st V40) 00:53:22
NICK BARRY (4th) 00:53:42
NICHOLAS TYNAN (18th) 00:58:37
LEE KAUFMAN (24th M - 2nd V45) 01:00:01
STEVEN HENDERSON (38th M) 40 01:01:34
MATTHEW HARRISON (54th M) 01:03:24
DAMIEN JONES (82nd M) 01:05:52
LUISA CANDIOLI (8th F) 01:08:15
ANNE CHINOY (13th F) 01:10:01
ROBBIE GREENSLADE (184th M) 1:11:50
JULIA REYNOLDS (105th F) 1:25:12
GEOFFREY BEATTIE (493rd M)651 01:27:35
RANJIT BENNETT (555th M) 01:31:34
Posted 04/12/2017 23:03