Well the rain gods listened to our prayers and after torrential downpours all morning the rain cleared and the flooding subsided to provide perfect conditions for our very own Run Macc Fest. This year we added a new 10K race and revised the 5K course, with the scenic but challenging Half Marathon course staying the same. Just over 1000 people ran on the day and this does not include all the kids that took part in the Fun Run. Of the 1000 runners there were an amazing 110 Macc Harriers who took part; 31 in the 5K, 29 in the 10K and 50 in the Half! This being our own race Harriers were out to do well and they did not disappoint with some excellent results all around.
In the Half Marathon Macc Harrier Rob Wood (1:14:52) placed second overall just over a minute behind the race winner Thomas Charles from Trafford Athletic Club. Third place went to Rob Grantham from Pensby Runners but there was a real battle between our own Mark Walker (1:18:50 first M40) and James Noakes (1:18:55 first M50) with Mark just holding off James at the finish for 4th place overall. For the women Harriers Kathryn Hutchinson (1:50:21) was first over the line as the 1:50 pacer so just image what time she would have had if she was really racing? Sally Anne Hales (1:54:00) was second female Harrier followed by Joanne Foster (1:55:19) who was 3rd female Harrier and 1st V50.
In the 10K our women did very well. Hannah Bridger (41:06) took first place woman overall to be the very first winner of the Run Macc Fest 10K. Hannah was followed by Cath Wilson (49:26) as second Harrier and 1st V50. Third female Harrier was Helen Gowin (55:10). Not to be outdone, the male Harriers had some great times and positions. John Carr (37:16) as first Harrier placing 2nd overall and 1st V45. Matthew Tatton (39:06) was second male Harrier placing 6th overall. Third male Harrier was James Doorbar (42:08) placing 10th overall and 1st U17. Special mention goes to Colin Ardron (54:51) who was 1st V70 even after spending a few hours in the rain before the race helping to park cars!
From what people have said, the revised 5K course was a little harder than the old course, but that did not stop some of our juniors (and a few seniors) posting some excellent times and results. For the male Harriers Finley Proffitt (16:19) led the way as 1st Harrier and 1st overall. There was a great battle for second male Harrier with Thomas Roberts (17:42, 5th overall) just finishing ahead of Philip Goodfellow (17:48, 7th overall). For the female Harriers Alannah Birtwistle (19:35) was first Harrier and 1st female overall. Alannah was another one who spent most of her pre-race helping to park cars in the rain! Alannah was followed by Rebecca Dilworth (19:50) who placed 2nd female overall and 1st U15. Third female Harrier was Florence Cooke (20:10) who placed 3rd female overall just ahead of Rebecca Main (20:12) who was 4th female overall and 1st U17. Special mentions go to Mike Walton (23:18) who was 1st M40 (and another car parker!) and Sue Stockdale (23:44) who was 1st F45.
As usual there were many more great times had by the rest of the Macc Harriers whose times for each race are listed below. Photos and videos of the day and the full results can by found on Bryan Dale’s website: http://racephotos.org.uk/
An event as big as this would not have been possible if it was not for the many, many volunteers, friends and families who helped out and cheered for the runners on the day. Thanks to all of those how supported the event in any way and see you all next year!