Macclesfield Harriers & Athletic Club

Great Warford 10 Mile Road Race results

On a weekend of Olympic fever, Macclesfield Harriers turned in a 5 ring performance and claimed some excellent results at Sunday’s Great Warford 10 mile road race, one of which was a UK category best so far in 2012.

After the previous week’s warm weather, conditions were now cooler and now quite perfect for racing.

The 3 lap course is conducive for good times being mainly flat.  However, there are some dips and undulations and it has been noticeable over the years of this race that runners’ can be quite exhausted afterwards.   Some of the flat sections encourage fast running but the occasional undulations can leave some of the runners exhausted perhaps because the fast speed is uninterrupted through the undulations.

The race was very well organised by again by Wilmslow RC and a large percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the David Lewis Centre, which is the venue for the race.

The overall race winner was Paul Lockwood of Wakefield District Harriers in a time of 53:40.

The overall ladies’ winner was Jan Nicholls of Sale Harriers in a time of 1:04:17.

For the Harriers’, the flag bearer was Mark Walker, finishing in a time of 58:09.  Mark was worried about his form prior to the race but, afterwards, he was really chuffed when he realised he had set a new 10 mile pb here.

Chris Bentley was also concerned coming into the race, thinking he might be carrying a slight injury, but he produced a 61 minute time despite being very tired at the finish.

John Mooney again showed that he is one of the fastest M50 runners in the district and continued in his rich vein of racing form at this race.

Gary Willcock has been used to racing at shorter distances this summer but even with a slight hamstring injury he ran at close to 6 and a half minute mile pace today.

The most eye-catching performance by a Harrier at Great Warford today was achieved by Barry Blyth.   Barry torched his way round the course and took over two minutes off his own Club M65 record and also the time was good enough to improve his own Club M60 record by nearly a minute.   Furthermore, the run was only 10 seconds slower than Trevor Longman’s Club M55 record!  

Even furthermore, this performance now has him ranked UK No.1 over 10 miles for the M65-70 age class in 2012.

The remaining Harriers all produced some fast times - including pbs for Fiona Wilson, Jonnie Plumb, Aaron Dane, David Hancock, Angus Tennant, Richard Pankhurst and Mike Greenwood - and they all contributed to a sizeable team presence for the Harriers and helped towards gaining Cheshire Grand Prix points.

The full results are here;

Harriers results;

Mark Walker, 58:09 (11th place, new pb)

Chris Bentley, 61:50 (29th place)

John Mooney, 63:53

Gary Willcock, 65:36

Barry Blyth, 65:39 (1st M60 as well as 1st M65 and new Club M60 and M65 record)

David Woodhead, 67:41

Keith Mulholland, 70:49

Oliver Johnstone, 74:02

Jonnie Plumb, 74:20 (new pb)

Fiona Wilson, 79:31 (new pb)

Aaron Dane, 81:21

David Hancock, 83:23 (new pb)

Angus Tennant, 83:46 (new pb)

Richard Pankhurst, 84:28 (new pb)

Dave Jackson, 92:54 (3rd M70)

Mike Greenwood, 93:08