Sutton Harriers fly at Manchester


Sutton Harriers had 12 members compete in three different races over last weekend.

After months of training six took part in the Greater Manchester Marathon.

With an early start of 9am, good weather conditions, and a well organised race it meant for fast times.

First to finish for Sutton Harriers was Alison Whittingham in a personal best time by five minutes of 3hrs. 35mins 18secs.

The next three Harriers were all running their first marathon with James Simpson (3h 40m 11s) and James Bird (3h 42m 18s) followed by Gary Bird (3h 43m 09s).

Next home was Gary Goacher, who was using this race as a training run for the Outlaw Ironman in July at Nottingham, finishing in 3h 50m 10s.

The last to finish for the Harriers was Paul Beasley, who was raising money for Cancer Research, in a time of 3h 56m 10s.

On a wet and miserable morning five Sutton Harriers ran the Derby 10k from Pride Park with about 4000 other runners.

On a relatively flat course everyone got off to a flying start. First Harrier home was Nick Luke (39mins 57secs), followed by Claire Watson in a personal best time of 44m 04s, Catherine Davies (45m 02s), Ken Hensby (51m 15s) and Andrew Longmead (56m46s).

Sue Lomas, after weeks of training took part in the Lincoln 10k race. Billed as a flat fast course with Pbs in it, over 5,000 runners saw the start was massively congested and, once Sue had started it was impossible to maintain a constant pace.

She pushed and shoved her way through the race, finishing in 55mins 38secs.

Three young members of Sutton Harriers, William Bradley, Leo Tang, and Ben Burnham, took part in the National Indoor Sports Hall Final for the Nottinghamshire U15 Boys.

The three lads just missed out by finishing in fourth place, though William Bradley achieved bronze in the two lap in 19.3secs and silver in his paarlauf with partner Joss Moffat in 122.2.