The driving force behind the Sale Harrier promotions is FECHIN Mc CORMICK and he must have been especially pleased last night when 510 finished the 4th and final Sizzler event; well up on the 387 who completed the first event.
A very nice thought for last night's event, to coincide with the LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS, was to invite several North West Olympians from the past plus STUART STOKES who competed in the 2012 Olympic steeplechase. MICHELLE SCUTT, SUE CREHAN, DIANE MODAHL, RON HILL, ALAN BLINSTONE and JEFF NORMAN were all ably "interviewed " by M.C. ANDY 0'SULLIVAN.
The event incoporated the NORTH of ENGLAND 5K championships and it was my pleasure to drive over Otley A.C's rising star RACHEAL BAMFORD, hoping she would bring back a medal and good prize. Which she duly did.
However, Racheal was somewhat disappointed with her second place having run 17:13. I tried to remind her that whilst the Wythenshawe Park provides a very flat circuit, the stretches of trail, the dozens of twists and turns all add to the final time. The congested field on a the narrow paths will not have helped either.
I'm not sure she was having it! But I'm pretty sure she will be back under 17 minutes soon. Perhaps having drown in the final waterjump when winning the Northern 2k steeplechase champs at Stretford recently had dulled her speed! Well done, Racheal!
If you've 13 minutes to spare...........