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Salford 10K

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18 April 2014
By Matthew Rose

Scott Smith finishes strongly

Scott Smith finishes strongly (36:34)

An early start and a lovely fresh and sunny Good Friday morning – perfect weather for our athletes at the Salford 10K! The race venue was the Salford Sports Village, a great facility backing onto the River Irwell.

I travelled to Salford with comrades Karen Sinkinson, Nigel Hill and John Philpott with the intention of supporting and taking photos. Nigel had been ill and decided not to race and kindly offered his place to me. At the collection point, the organisers had no hesitation in formalising the transfer and before I knew it I was registered to race!

The surrounding tracks and paths provided the perfect setting for stretching and warming up and it was great to see so many Harriers in attendance all offering essential words of support and encouragement as we headed to the start line.

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Chris Beadle with a PB
in the making (36:12)

The race started at 10am prompt on Littleton Road, 150 metres short of the roundabout adjoining Moor Lane and was a two lap course. The race was chip timed but had no timing mat at the start meaning times reported would be finish/gun time.

After 400 metres, runners had to join the congested pavement for a sharp left turn onto Agecroft Road, passing the prison and following the perimeter of the cemetery onto Langley Road. Roads remained open and whilst encouraged to use the wide pavements it was reasonably safe to run along the roadside, following the instructions from the many marshals and being careful when negotiating the many speed bumps on the course.

Diane Kolat having a great run

Diane Kolat has a
great run (58:39)

As we approached the two mile mark, it was left onto Cromwell Road and left again at the Littleton Road roundabout for the slightly windy return back towards the start. Water was provided at the halfway point before a second lap of the same.

After the second lap, runners turned left to cross the timing mat before being rewarded with a coffee coaster memento and an offer of orange or water.

Harriers were all in good spirits, many delighted with their strong performances and PB's.

Richard Anderson put in a strong performance finishing first for Holmfirth in 33rd place (33:18).  There were notable performances on the day from Chris Beadle who is running magnificently at the moment returning a massive PB (36:12) and also PB's from Garreth Humphries (37:38), Phillip Hewitt (35:08) and Jeremy Hoyle - heavy into Ironman training, achieving a PB by over four minutes (49:06).

A great day for racing!

Matthew, Karen and John
happy with their performances

Diane Kolat had a great run and was delighted to achieve her fastest time in recent years and for me too; with the Paris Marathon less than a fortnight away I was delighted to run my fastest 10K since 2011.  Finally, it was great to see John Philpott on the 'up' after a fortnight cruising around the Caribbean.. happy with sub 45, he finished in 43:36.

The race winner was Tipton Harrier Michael Aspinall who finished in 30:03; he was followed by nine others all sub 31 minutes.  The female winner was Jessica Coulson of Stockport Harriers in 34:10.

Individual results

Richard Anderson [32] 00:33:18; Jonny McLean [53] 00:35:06; Philip Hewitt [54] 00:35:08; Chris Beadle [71] 00:36:12; Scott Smith [79] 00:36:34; Garreth Humphries [106] 00:37:38; Claire Leaver [165] 00:39:48; Robert Kersey [200] 00:41:22; Karen Sinkinson [237/3rd F50] 00:43:18; John Philpott [249] 00:43:36; Matthew Rose [275] 00:44:42; Jeremy Hoyle [400] 00:49:07; Diane Kolat [526] 00:58:39; Fay Dolphin [544] 01:01:29; Tracy Durrans [556] 01:04:29; Denise Kersey [558] 01:05:04

Team results

Open Male Teams

Vet Male Teams

Open Female Teams

Vet Female Teams

Complete results:

UK Results - Salford 10K (2014)

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