Friday, 18th April 2014
Good Friday, the Salford 10K and PB Hunters (nevermind the eggs!) – some things are a fixture on the running calendar, even if the date isn’t!
No less than 8 of the 14 BUH&AC runners achieved their aim of new 10K personal bests on the notoriously quick course. Flat as a pancake (or should that pun have been used 40 days ago?!), the two laps were scorched by the O’Dwyers. Shaun’s 35:45 (only 65th!) was swiftly followed by wife Catherine’s 36:41 – a new lifetime best, only a week after smashing the Bolton 10K record. A measure of the field’s quality was her position of sixth, though she was first F35.
Karl Darcy continued his injury comeback (and it will be good when he is really fit considering his 36:45 canter) as he held off Phil Marsden by a second (86th), though the latter did collect his sought-after PB.
A slew of Personal Bests followed, with Chris Povey (37:24), Daryl Bentley (38:23), Ben Troughton (38:56), Stewart Brierley (40:13), Cherry Collison (45:13) and Stuart Parsonson (45:14) eggstatic with their outings. Not joining in the PB fun were Nick Howarth (40:32), John Grimshaw (49:35) and Hannah Edwards (1:12:10), though they had good trots nonetheless.
Tipton Harriers’ Michael Aspinall (30:03) and Stockport Harriers’ Jessica Coulson (34:10) were the two quickest runners on the day.