Stockport Harriers were out in force at the Salford 10km on Good Friday out on the road and running well were 20-year-old Andy Nixon and marathon runner Jenny Knass who were both using the event to sharpen their fitness before an altitude training camp with the Lloyds TSB Endurance Squad in Font Romeu, France.
The pair both finished in fourth place smashing their previous best times for the 10km distance, Andy finishing in 31.39 knocking a huge 1.13 off his best and Jenny in 36.14, a whopping 39 seconds from hers.
The Harriers’ women’s A-team finished 1st with Sarah Lomas in eighth also a new best in 37.25 and Carla Stansfield in 12th on 38.15.
The men’s team were second with Steve McLean 34th in 34.38 and close on his heels was V45 Mike Shaw in 34.39.
Alan Pover won the V60 race finishing in a superb time of 37.36, a time that must rank as one of the fastest in the UK this year.
The next race for the squad will be the Mow Cop Killer Mile an uphill road mile up Mow Cop on the 7th May, this race has seen some great battles over the years between some of the best track and cross country athletes in the UK.
The record has been held by Roger Hackney in 6.17 who finished 5th in the 1987 World Championship 3,000 metres steeplechase after that Andy Wilton of Staffs Moorlands who represented GB at the World Cross lowered it to 6.14 in 1990 but the record still stands to our very own Bashir Hussain who climbed the Cop in 1991 in an amazing 6 minutes 12 seconds.
Last year Steve Vernon pushed himself to within 6 seconds of Bashir’s record and will attempt it again this year.
Shireen Barbour of Reading holds the women’s record of 7.54 set in 1992.
The race has races for all ages and abilities under-11/18s club runners, adult races 18 to 40-year-olds and Vets races.
The first race starts at 6.10pm, you can enter on the night but it is advised that you pre enter, there are forms in the Club House.