Details for 2021 handicap are here: https://manchesterharriers.co.uk/2021/12/06/christmas-handicap-2021/
Dates for all the events we’re competing in, hosting or assisting over the next few months below. Two things to call out:
- Christmas Handicap Sun 22nd at 10am at Wythenshawe track. Juniors 1 Mile, Seniors 3 Mile. Presentation after at Cheadle Social Club SK8 1BQ. Let George, Debbie or Chris know if you’re running.
- The club has a place for one member at the London Marathon. Let David Gregory firstname.lastname@example.org know before the handicap if you are interested. If you’ve entered and been rejected you’ll be top of the list.
Only nine running days until Christmas, so below is the training plan for another intensive week. Think of it as two roast potatoes per mile.
The event of the year: The Manchester Harriers Christmas Handicap Sun 22nd at 10am at Wythenshawe track. For those that have not done it, your performance over the last year is fed into the giant MANHAC computer and a start time is scientifically calculated. Faster people start later with the aim of all finishing at the same time. Seasoned members have of course been sandbagging during races all year to get a decent start time. Juniors 1 Mile, Seniors 3 Miles.
Presentation, Athletes of the year awards and mince pies after at Cheadle Social Club SK8 1BQ.
Let George, Debbie or Chris know if you’re running.
The club has a place for one member at the London Marathon. Let David Gregory email@example.com know before the handicap if you are interested. If you’ve entered and been rejected you’ll be top of the list.
SUNDAY 15th Long run
MONDAY 16th 5 miles steady
TUESDAY 17th 10 X 400m (200m jog recovery) 3 x 150 fast walk back recovery
WEDNESDAY 18th 3 miles steady
THURSDAY 19th 3 miles tempo (race pace) 1mile w/u 1mile w/d
FRIDAY 20th rest day
SATURDAY 21st Race or sustained run
Well done to those that braved the freezing gales at Arrowe Park XC on Sunday. As a reward, you get two more intensive training weeks before Christmas:
SUNDAY 8th Easy 2-3 mile run
MONDAY 9th 5 mile steady
TUESDAY 10th 4 x 800 (400 jog recovery) 1mile warm up 1mile warm down
WEDNESDAY 11th 5 mile steady
THURSDAY 12th Fartlek 2 x (2min, 3min, 4min) 1mile warm up, 1mile warm down. On track 2 x 200 fast (200m walk recovery)
FRIDAY 13th Rest day
SATURDAY 14th Race or sustained run
A few people have told me they’re doing races this coming weekend:
- For those that haven’t had enough of Cross Country, there is a chance to appreciate the natural undulating beauty of one of Manchester’s finest parks: Boggart Hole Clough during the GM XC on Saturday
- Stockport 10 Mile on Sunday.
- I hear there’s good odds on Glen for the 13.10 (miles) at Aintree on Sunday
The club is once again to make an award to one female and one male member of the senior section who is considered to be the outstanding athlete of the year, following the popularity of previous years’ awards. This will take the form of a tankard and, in order to make a representative choice, I am asking all members of the senior section to vote for the member they consider deserves the award most.
The choice does not necessarily have to be a club champion. Factors worthy of consideration would include a substantial improvement over the year, an outstanding result in a particular meeting, or you may like to consider a contribution to the coaching side of the club or a member who has represented the club in a manner deserving of recognition. Members aged at least 15 years can make nominations. Awards will be made at the Christmas Handicaps on 22nd December and nominations will be accepted on the day.
Alternatively, you can send your nominations to Kevin Dillon
- By post to 22 Ashdene Road, Withington, Manchester M20 4WX
- By email to Kevin.firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous winners were:
Alison Morris (1997), Debbie Beresford (1998, 2003 and 2005), Lindsay Wraxall (1999), Emma McIntyre (2000), Jean Skitt (2001 and 2010), Lynne Schofield (2002), Brenda Bradshaw (2004), Holly Thomas (2006), Cara Kavanagh (2007), Charlotte Holmes (2008), Anousheh Mahjoob (2009), Karen Spilsbury (2011), Wendy Woodhead (2012), Gemma Hopley (2013), Emma Tolond (2014), Melanie Barber (2015 and 2016), Caroline Baba (2017) and Alice Stiles (2018).
Tony Keller (1987), Chris O’Brien (1988), Dave Gee (1989), George Lawson (1990), Frank Bradley (1991), Tony MacDonald (1992), Joe Moran (1993), Steve Yates (1994), Mike Cunningham (1995), Carl Summers (1996 and 2011), Mike Morris (1997), Peter Ferguson (1998), Vic Blanchard and Achim Schüle (joint award in 1999), Arnold Bradshaw (2000), Andy Donnelly (2001), Andy Skitt (2002 and 2009), Aaron Rodger (2003), Ciaran Fitzpatrick (2004), Phil Holmes (2005), Kes Salmon (2006 and 2015), David Henshaw (2007), Liam Bartlett (2008), Mikey Fennell (2010), Ed Fazakerley (2012 and 2018), Julian Ernst (2013), Jason Brogan (2014), Ian Fennell (2016) and Matt Coxon (2017).