Sophie Wood and Nigel Martin scored double victories for host-club Sale Harriers under sunny autumnal skies, Stephen Green Reports.
Wood, fresh from the 4th fastest leg at the National Road Relays a week earlier, and 75:15 in the Antrim Coast half-marathon was quickly to the front of the 300 plus women’s field on the small ‘parade’ lap.
She extended her lead to around 100m by the end of the first of the large laps and was able to run untroubled through the series of playing fields and twisty woods to break the tape in 29:16 for the 8k course, a minute ahead of Wilmslow’s Claire Clancy. Wood was backed up by fellow Sale Harrier Alice Wright, another minute down in third place.
Nigel Martin and Cameron Field fought out a classic duel over 3 fast and flat laps. Field, returning from a stint at Tulsa University, established a 20m lead over Martin, who returned 63.21 for the half-marathon at Antrim in September, and the 400 plus field.
Martin reeled Field in on lap two and heading into the woods for the last time held a 20m advantage. Into the home-straight and 3:45 1500m man Field rallied to such an extent that both broke the tape with 30:36, with Martin getting the nod from the judges. Nicholas Barry was a distant third with 31:11 for the 10k distance.
William Strickley took under 17 honours 7 seconds ahead of Jamie Richardson. Whilst U17 girl Emilia Platt was a minute ahead of Freya Griffiths. Louis Hatton was a convincing winner in the U15 boys’ section over Luke Parker.
Freya Murdoch was dominant in the U15 girls’ race, almost 90 seconds to the good from Megumi Hoshiko. Evan Grime took U13 honours, pulling clear 40m of Pio Arron. Isobel Hall enjoyed a similar margin of victory from Ruby McIlveen in the girls’ section.