There’s still time to get your name on a 2019 trophy! Details or on the last page of the fixtures list, but roughly you have to complete at least five races out of the following:
Up to three 5Ks
Up to three 10Ks
Up to two 10Ms
Up to two Half Marathons
Up to two Marathons
Plus three named races: Wilmslow Half, Swinton Ladies 5.25M and your best Sale Sizzler.
If that seems hard to follow, don’t ask me exactly how the scoring works. Sir Isaac Newton claimed he discovered the mathematics of Calculus whilst trying to advance the science of physics, but I think he was just trying to work out the MANHAC road championships scoring.
On the 24th September 2019 Richard Wilde, a highly talented yet modest life member of our club, passed away at the age of 73.
Richard Wilde 1945-2019
Richard was a Life Member of Manchester Harriers &
Athletic Club serving at times on the committee as well as setting cross
country courses. He had an illustrious running career but was extremely modest
about his achievements and shunned publicity. He was successful over many
surfaces and distances, excelling on the fells, cross country, road and
In 1970, at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Vienna, he won Gold in the 3,000 metres with a new world record time of 7:46.85. That same year he came sixth and took Team Gold in the International Cross Country Championships. His versatility was obvious when he achieved what was to become a legendary time in the Lantern Pike fell race. He is the only person to break 30 minutes for the race. He also won the classic Fairfield Horseshoe race as well as Lyme Park, Great Hill and Edenfield – some of them in record times.
He improved his marathon time of 2:23.04 in the 1972 Maxol Marathon to 2:14.43 when he won the 1979 Grandma’s Marathon in Minnisota, USA. Two years later he ran the same race two seconds faster, 2:14.41, finishing fourth. In 1978 he won the Paavo Nurmi Marathon in Iron County, Wisconsin, USA in 2:19.10. The hilly terrain, the humidity and the August heat contributed to the slower time but he had set a course record which stood for many years until the course was changed.
Richard was in his prime in a very different era to that of today.
Rather than huge sums of money, a typical prize would be a tea set. On one
occasion, having won a race overseas, he was presented with a SHOTGUN which he
brought home on the plane – a different era indeed!
Richard was a complex character and something of a
perfectionist as he demonstrated on many occasions when setting cross country
courses. His reluctance to talk about his own running, whilst regrettable for
all those of us who would have loved to listen, added to his charm. He was well
liked and respected and will be missed. It was a privilege to know him.
It is with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Richard Wilde. Very much his own man and a wonderful Athlete and human being. His exploits are well documented of course and hard to imagine that behind that sometimes vague expression was a man of steely determination. I last saw him in January of this year when visiting Ron Hill, a near neighbour. After chatting for about 20 minutes in his lounge he insisted on walking back with me down the hill to Ron’s home. A caring attitude, much lacking in today’s world. Rest in peace Richard.
It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the death of Richard Wilde at the age of 73. Richard was a member for more than 50 years. An exceptionally talented runner, he went on to serve on the Committee and continued to help the Club host many events.
A full review of his achievements will be posted soon. Richard died in hospital on the 24th September 2019.
This week’s training. Personally I’m most looking forward to that 10 min rest on Tuesday.
Reminder: Social night on next Saturday. Details here. Get your tickets ASAP!
SUNDAY 22ND Long run MONDAY 23 RD 5 mile steady TUESDAY 24TH 2 sets of 400, 600, 400 (200 jog recovery) 10 min between sets WEDNESDAY 25TH 5 miles steady THURSDAY 26TH 5 x 5 mins turnarounds (400 between sets, 1mile warm up 1mile warm down) FRIDAY 27TH Rest day SATURDAY 28TH Race or sustained run
The first ‘easy’ week of the new training plan flew by, so here’s week two. The principles behind it are here.
Note: After training on Tue (~19.30) we’re off to the Gardener’s Arms just down the road for a brief session to discuss training needs and goals.
SUNDAY 8TH Long run MONDAY 9TH 5 miles steady TUESDAY 10TH 200,400,600,800,600,400,200 (same jog recovery) 1 mile warm up 1 mile warm down WEDNESDAY 11TH 5 miles steady THURSDAY 12TH Sustained 5 miles FRIDAY 13TH Rest day SATURDAY 14TH Race or easy 5 miles
As discussed over this summer’s training, we’ve got Malcolm to put together a more …uh… serious training plan. The principles behind it are here and we’ll set up an evening to adapt it to everybody’s goals. But, without waiting for that, let’s get started with week one:
SUNDAY 1ST Long run
MONDAY 2ND 5 mile steady
TUESDAY 3RD 8 X 400mtrs (200 jog rec) 1 mile warm up / 1 mile warm down
WEDNESDAY 4TH 5 miles steady
THURSDAY 5TH Fartlek 4 miles (1 ml warmup, 2 miles F/L, 1 mile warm down)
FRIDAY 6TH Rest day
SATURDAY 7TH Race or sustained run
I seem to recall him saying “it starts with an easy week”.