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Harriers on international duty

- 8th Jan 2008

Jess Coulson is on international duty on 27th January she has been selected to run for the Great Britain team at the Lisbon cross country international.

Team mate Ross Millington will race for England in a cross international in Seville, Spain on 20th January.

This weekend (12th January) the pair will join Steve Vernon and Peter Riley at the televised Great North Cross Country event in Edinburgh to race over what will be this year’s venue for the World Cross Championships in March.

Ross will race in his first senior international over the 4km distance with Steve and Pete facing 5-time World Cross champion Kenenisa Bekele in the 10km event.

Jess Coulson steps up into the senior women’s race to face Olympic 10,000 metre champ Debarber plus a host of foreign internationals.

Sale Festive 5

Report: Phil McCann

The Sale Festive 5 for many of the Stockport Harriers’ ladies saw them run their final race of the year. Jenny Knass had still not quite recovered from her injury sustained at the London Marathon this year, decided to follow up with her run at the Stockport 10 two weeks earlier to try a little speed work in this 5 miler.

The winning lady was in form Pauline Powell from Blackburn in 27-54 with Jenny Knass finishing 10th lady and 1st lady Harrier in 31-03. Following up were Kerrie Wood 14th lady/1st V40 in 31-57 and Sarah Lomas 15th lady in 31-58 battled together with this being Sarah's first 5 miler.

Next was Liz Turton finishing off the Year to finish in 35-58 and Helen Todd was not giving up without a fight finishing in 37-29.

Following up with her first race for nearly 2 months saw Debra McCann finish in 39-23 and gave me a target to aim for to beat my wife again! However to try and get close to our Chairman Mike Durcan was a more realistic target, there was an additional problem with Janet Booker overtaking me early on. I had to use all my race tactics and made my come back overtaking Janet with 200m to go! finishing 41-51 only 1 minute behind Mike with the target being 2 minutes. Janet followed home feeling robbed of her first victory over me, her time 42-08 maybe next time. Elaine Devine and Sue Howard enjoyed their Christmas run wearing antlers and all to finish together in 52-18.

Place Name Category Time
14 Bashir Hussain V40 1 25:43
23 Mike Shaw V40 2 27:06
25 Stephen McLean M 22 27:32
66 John Parrott V50 7 30:43
72 Jenny Knass L 10 31:03
73 Huw Morris V45 8 31:07
88 Kerrie Wood-Doyle L40 1 31:57
89 Sarah Lomas L 15 31:58
91 Brian Holland V50 10 32:10
102 Tim Hargreaves V50 13 32:36
143 Anthony Ward V45 19 34:51
159 Liz Turton L50 3 35:58
165 David Turton V50 18 36:35
177 Steve Tipping V45 23 37:26
178 Helen Todd L50 4 37:29
183 Robert Taylor V55 8 37:42
202 Debra McCann L40 9 39:23
221 Michael Durcan V60 11 40:52
231 Philip McCann V50 23 41:51
233 Janet Booker L50 6 42:08
236 Chris Bryans V70 2 42:25
240 Malcolm Booker V60 14 42:48
276 Elaine Devine L50 10 52:18
277 Sue Howard L 93 52:18

Boxing Day Race and Marathon Entry Draw

Thanks must go to Jim Herron for organising and everyone who ran or helped this year’s race, raising money for the Beechwood Cancer Centre.

Boxing Day 3 mile Prize Winners
Under-11 Aimee Aiken 20.44  
Under-13 Amie Hughes 19.57 Jack Nixon 17.45
Under-15 Becky Hethington 21.48 Jack Morris 18.04
Under-17 Leah Kay 18.49 Philip Nixon 18.04
Junior Jess Coulson 16.27 Ross Millington 15.25
Senior Carley Davies 19.04 Mike Thiele 15.35
Over-40 Alison Cooke 22.07 Mike Shaw 16.16
Over-50 Helen Todd 22.08 Don Bremner 22.58
Over-60   Alan Dilkes 22.57
Junior 1 mile
1st Emma O'Connell
2nd Leah O'Connell
3rd Caitlan Wilson

The draw was made later by Aimee Aikin for the 4 allocated club places in the 2008 London Marathon from the 12 rejection slips submitted and the following names were chosen:

Club places
1. Peter Rogers
2. Kath Ward
3. Philip McCann
4. Carole Barnes

1. Simon Hilton
2. Jim Heron
3. Jenny Kinnaird
4. Sean Whewell
5. Paul Stepto
6. Yvonne Williams
7. Michael Graham
8. Lee Barrett

The four selected have up to the 10th February 2008 to withdraw due to any injuries etc and for the next reserve to take their place. They would be guaranteed a place subject to availability for the following year as long as they entered through the ballot for that year and had a rejection slip.