Hasler the daz­zler

Har­rier Rob leads the lo­cals’ charge in fine out­ing at win­try Al­sager race

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS -

ATH­LET­ICS SCOTT WIL­SON AND SIMON FRITH

ACOLD, windy sunny morn­ing greeted run­ners at Al­sager on Sun­day morn­ing but for­tu­nately there was no snow in sight, apart from a few flur­ries of sleet be­fore the race be­gan.

As al­ways, the Al­sager 5 race saw a fan­tas­tic turnout, this time of 896 run­ners, of which 38 were Macclesfield Har­ri­ers.

The field was lit­tered with tal­ent, in­clud­ing Ieuan Thomas, who re­cently fin­ished sev­enth in the Cardiff Marathon.

Rob Hasler put in a per­sonal best per­for­mance to fin­ish as the first male Har­rier in 28min 39sec, fol­lowed by Scott Wil­son (29:04) and Billy Hicks (30:24).

Louisa Whit­ting­ham was the first fe­male Har­rier and third Un­der-17 run­ner over­all in a time of 32:57, fol­lowed by Daisy Pickles in 36:03.

Other lo­cals’ re­sults on the day were: Gary Will­cock (31:20), James Perry (32:43), Neil Hey (33:50), Marc Brad­ford (34:15), Sean Con­nelly (34:15), Jon­nie Plumb 34:25, Keith Mulholland (35:18), Tim Marsh (35:26), Mark Wheel­ton (36:42), Kate Ritchie (36:41), Nina Moss (37:01), Neil Gunn (36:52), Ste­wart Waudby (37:27), Dave Larkin (37:50), Bar- bara Mur­ray (38:11), Matthew Wil­son (38:19), Dave Han­cock (41:10), Hazel Power (42:19), Alison Gunn (42:57), Me­lanie Power (43:19), Harry New­ton (44:50), Julie Smith (44:32), Lind­sey Rus­sell (45:25), Dawn Devine (45:54), Carol Up­ton (47:24), Linda Wake­field (48:32), John Howie (48:56), Ca­role Fer­gu­son (49:26), Lind­sey Evans (50:57), Kate Fen­ton (50:57), and Nicky Tasker (51:45).

The fol­low­ing week a good num­ber of Macclesfield Har­ri­ers turned out on a crisp Satur­day morn­ing to par­tic­i­pate in var­i­ous Parkruns around the coun­try.

With a num­ber of events can­celled due to snow and ice, the few that went ahead had record-break­ing num­bers.

A to­tal of 403 run­ners turned up for the Bramhall Parkun that in­cluded five Har­ri­ers, who were led home by Louisa Whit­ting­ham in a time of 19:57, a Parkrun per­sonal best for her.

At Con­gle­ton, a dozen Macc Har­ri­ers were in the field of 225 run­ners tak­ing part. The first Har­rier home in a time of 20:18 was Ray O’Keefe.

One of Macclesfield’s ju­nior run­ners, Lu­cas Parker, was fly­ing the flag alone for the Har­ri­ers at Marple and clocked an im­pres­sive time of 19:57, mak­ing him the first ju­nior to fin­ish.

Neil Mur­phy was also a solo Har­rier on Satur­day, at Bur­nage. Neil clocked a time of 24:21 on his 130th Parkrun.

Look­ing a lit­tle fur­ther afield and Lach­lan Mur­ray was run­ning in Lon­don in the Mile End Parkrun.

They saw 161 run­ners take place on the day in which Lach­lan com­pleted the course in a time of 20:28.

To get in­volved in free Parkrun events, many of which are lo­cal, visit www.macclesfield-har­ri­ers.co.uk

●● Macclesfield Har­ri­ers at the Al­sager 5 race

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