On Wednesday evening 35 athletes competed in our first Championship event since lockdown. Fantastic organisation by Saul and the team at East Cheshire Harriers and officials made for a great evening of racing with some fantastic performances!
Thank you to all who took part, organised, supported and officiated at the event!!
Here is the chairman Philip Lee’s report:
The 5,000m Championship was the first NMAC event of the current season and came after a long shut down because of the pandemic. 35 members took part in the event at the East Cheshire track on a warm evening in July.
The event was split into 3 races by age groups and started with the younger men and all the women.
Lee Athersmith put in a good performance and finished the 12 and a half laps just under 17 minutes to pick up the M35 gold medal. Robert White was next home to take the M45 gold medal followed by the M40 gold medal winner and third overall, James Scott-Buccleuch.
Jenny Hales won the women’s race and the W55 gold medal. Gold medals also went to Rebecca Mills W40 and Linda Bowen W45.
In the second race for M50 – 64 the first passed the post was Paul Freary to collect the M50 gold medal. There was an interesting tussle between Richard Evans M55 and David Burrows M50 in which Richard came out in front, by 8 seconds, to claim the M55 gold medal while David got the M50 silver. Gary Dale was the first M60 home.
The third race was for M65 up to M80. Barry Greaves of Royton Runners was the first runner home and in doing so, not only got the M65 Gold medal, but also lapped the whole field. Barry completed this feat in the last 200m of his race. Brian Lucas was the first M70 home while Richard Spendlove got the honours in the M75 category. Mike Barnes triumphed in the M80 age group.
It was good to see our athletes finally back in action and a big thank you must go to all the officials, organisers and helpers for putting on the event.
The 10,000m Championships take place at the East Cheshire Track on Sunday 3rd October. Entry through Open Track
Photos from the event will appear on the Gallery section of the site soon, Thanks to Sean for the photos (taken from our Facebook page)