Rochdale Harriers and A.C.

Harriers Impress for Colin & Brenda

29th March 2018

The postponement of the Trafford 10k due to the ‘Beast from the East’ meant that the Andy O’Sullivan’s Colin & Brenda Robinson 5k at Cowm was the first race in the club’s 2018 Road Race Championship. Fittingly, in honour of two Rochdale Harriers legends, more than a quarter of the field were from the club.

From the start of the race, eight Rochdale Harriers men crowded the top ten places, dominating the race. Richard Stirzaker took the win in 16:24, in front of Halifax Harrier Will Smith in 16:41 and Jon Dearnley-Lane in 16:58. New members and twins Lewis and Philip Hinchcliffe battled for sibling bragging rights, with Lewis beating his brother by 2 seconds in 17:04 for fourth. Sixteen year old Charlie Harding took six place in 17:12, with a somewhat older Chris Merchant in seventh in 17:16, another junior Oliver Bentley demonstrated strong improvement over the winter to finish ninth in 17:26. Current Road Race Champion, Danny Bennett, was tenth in 17:29.

(c) Andems Runners

(c) Andems Runners

Seventeen year old Jessica Bull was second woman in 19:47, with Stephanie Harrison running a personal best of 20:43 to finish fourth. Ladies Captain, Jill Butterworth, was fifth in 21:20, just three days after completing the Canalathon 75km. A total of 28 Harriers completed the race, a number of whom demonstrated their hard work over the winter by running personal bests. The standing in he Road Race Championship after the first race is set out in the tables below.

Men’s Championship

Name Cat. Time Points Cat. Points
Richard Stirzaker SM 16:24 32
Jon Dearnley-Lane SM 16:58 29
Lewis Hinchcliffe SM 17:04 28
Philip Hinchcliffe SM 17:06 27
Charlie Harding JM 17:12 26 32
Chris Merchant M40 17:16 25 32
Oliver Bentley JM 17:26 24 29
Danny Bennett M45 17:29 23 32
David Bentley M45 18:56 22 29
Nick Barton M40 18:59 21 29
Alex Frost M50 19:32 20 32
Max Bentley JM 19:37 19 28
Matt Jones SM 21:04 18
Mark Walker M50 21:15 17 29
Ian Aitchison M60 21:16 16 32
Dan Merlo M40 23:35 15 28
Richard Mason M60 24:43 14 29
Kris Robinson M45 28:03 12 26

Women’s Championship

Name Cat. Time Points Cat. Points
Jessica Bull JF 19:47 32 32
Stephanie Harrison SF 20:43 29
Jill Butterworth F45 21:20 28 32
Izzy McCarthy JF 23:00 27 29
Diane Winterburn F50 23:29 26 32
Molly Bull JF 23:59 25 28
Niamh Roche JF 25:41 24 27
Laura Fitton SF 27:01 23
Catherine Unwin F50 30:42 22 29

The next race in the championship will be the Joe Salt 5k, also at Cowm on Wednesday 4th April. A 1 mile race in aid of the Children’s Heart Association, the ‘Mia Mile’ will take place at 6:45pm before the 5k. It would be great if you could take part in this event, either racing hard or just using it as part of your warm up.

The Trafford 10k will stay in the Road Race Championship, the race has been rearranged for 2nd September.

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