It is that time of year again when we ask that club members, friends and family can give up a few hours of their time to help the club in its hour of need.
The club receives some greatly needed financial aid when it provides helpers for certain big events. We are only asking for a few hours out of your weekend to give a little back to the club.
Please put these 2 dates in your diaries as we really do need as much help as we can get. The 2nd April 2017, the Manchester Marathon. We need 35 helpers for this event. We provide marshals for a stretch of the course as it traverses through Sale.
The 28th May 2017. The Great Manchester 10k and Half Marathon. Here we need 65 people to assist on the day as this is a huge event and a great feather in the Manchester cap.
For both events you do not need any previous experience. If you have not volunteered before this is your chance to tick that all important box on your cv to say that you have freely given up your own time to help your community.
For more details on how to help, see our volunteer page on our website. Click here.
Posted 30/01/2017 18:29
The roles of Masters Team Manager and Womens Endurance Team Manager are vacant and need to be filled quickly.
Posted 18/01/2017 17:25
Wythenshawe Park was the venue for this years Christmas handicap event which incorporated an optional 5k or a 10k route through the park. The weather was fine and it was a good turnout for both distances. Dave Rodgers and Mike Wharton are now experts at putting on these events and manage to group people together in order for them to get the best from themselves.
The idea is that participants say what they think they will achieve and the faster you are the greater the time ‘handicap’ you are given behind those who set off first. Many years ago Sale Harriers were to be seen running 10mile handicap races from Knutsford back to Sale post office. Chester Road was not quite so busy in those days. See below from 1991.
There was a great turnout for this revived handicap run, despite the inevitable pull outs or no shows of about 20, they all missed a great event. We wanted an inclusive format to reflect all sections of the club, even social members, coaches, parents and relatives. Right across all age groups, although any under 11’s started with parents and in groups. There were even a couple of toddlers in buggies pushed by mum or dad running. So although a fun event, there was the odd comment about some running seriously, but for most it was a really good hard training run.
We wanted recognised distances, so chose 10Km (2 laps) for Senior, Junior and Veteran runners or 5Km (1 lap) for Young Athletes, parents and others. A mainly soft ground, multi-terrain course was testing, but enjoyable for them. Joseph Spark (U11) was finishing fast and had taken a good lead before the finish on the track, with Grace Walker (U15) finishing strongly, then Harry Edmundson (U13) recording a fast time. Young Athletes running 5Km dominated the first nine, before first Lady Sinead Ferguson (LV40) came in in a really good time.
She was followed by the fastest young athlete, Kian Lindsey (U17), who ran really well. Not far behind was the 10km first Man and fastest , Olivier Gaillemin (V40). Fastest Lady was Sarah Douglas in a really good time considering the trail nature of the course, then there were many more finishing before Club Secretary, Frank Cordingley, adopted a sweeper role at the back, after already running the parkrun an hour earlier.
The bring a prize, win a prize, was very popular, and full of surprises, before we had cakes and drinks to finish off the morning. Comments of having a really enjoyable time, camaraderie, mixing of age groups, a family atmosphere, a good course, but still a tough run, and a format that seemed to work for everyone to enjoy. Maybe we will do a mid-summer one, any volunteers to help?
Thanks to Mike Wharton and Jenny Miles for sorting the recording for entries and results. Dave Rodgers, Dave Marsh, Colin Gell, Glenn Savage, Jerry Smith, Ken James, Steve Windebank, Mia Gibbons and any others who helped with the course and set up.
Although Dave went to great lengths to explain the route and produce an excellent route map, some people went a little 'off piste', and they know who they are! Please have a good look at the information provided before races, whether road, trail or cross country. It is easier for the organisers if everyone goes the same way.
For interest here is the route map.
Thanks to all those who took time out of their day to help.
See also photos taken on the day by Kirsty Edgson Click here to see her work
Posted 19/12/2016 15:00
Sale Harriers Manchester Christmas Handicap
The Christmas Handicap will be an annual event again.
Please give your details below:-
http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/1365565489 first of 10k lap.
Posted 26/11/2016 15:09
Get your dancing shoes on and celebrate another successful season of running at the Sale Harriers' Winter Party.
This year we are holding the event at Topaz Dance venue in Stretford, close to Stretford tram stop.
The date 14th January 2017. Starting at 7:30pm.
The venue is a dance studio with a bar / function room and is run by Glenn's brother. Thanks Glenn! The address is 12-18 King Street, Stretford. M32 8AE. At the back of Stretford Precinct (now called Stretford Mall for some strange reason). Next to where the taxis stop.
Posted 14/11/2016 14:54
Fechin Mc Cormick
A very special ‘Well done’ to Mike Starkey who completed the Great North Run in Newcastle and raised over £1000 (so far) for Alzheimer's Research UK.
It was confirmed earlier this year that Mike has Posterior Cortical Atrophy, a relatively uncommon form of Alzheimer's that affects the back of the brain and has an impact of visual perception as well as memory. Because of this diagnosis he was especially keen to run the GNR with his two sons. It was very special because it was to be their first ever competitive run together. Unfortunately Mike had failed to get an entry through the usual ballot or lottery so I was fortunate to have the ‘right contacts’ to get him an entry so he could fulfil his dream with his two sons Benjamin and Patrick.
They crossed the line together, holding hands and completed the course in 2 hours 15 minutes and had a brilliant time. Mike’s wife wrote “It was a wonderful day helped by the weather and one that we’ll never forget. I managed to get a good spot 200 yards from the finish and saw Mike and the two boys crossing the line together. We were even given a special car park permit with instructions for getting away afterwards” Mike’s sons also reported how much Mike loved the whole event fulfilling his long standing dream.
Mike joined Sale Harriers in 2015 and has made fantastic progress. All of us who know him wish him and his family well; hope his continued running will benefit him well in coming weeks and months and that he’ll be among the line-up again next year with his sons even fitter and faster to re-live his dream.
Posted 16/09/2016 08:04
The Manchester Half Marathon 16th October 2016.
For those who usually train from Crossford Bridge on a Sunday please be aware that Dane Road will be closed for the Half Marathon and so if you intend to train you will need to find an alternative meeting point, jog there or cancel your session. Obviously the best option is to help with Marshaling and then train later.
Posted 08/09/2016 08:24
On Tuesday the 21st June there was an unfortunate incident involving a Sale runner near to Crossford Bridge training ground. A collision occurred between a Sale Harriers athlete and an oncoming cyclist on the banks of the canal. Luckily no one was seriously hurt but the accident could have been a lot worse. There are signs clearly indicating that this path is to be shared by cyclists and pedestrians and that a maximum speed of 5mph is enforced. The cyclists are told to give way to foot traffic.
There were a large number of runners along there at the time as they were on their way to a session in Chorlton woods.
This is a plea to all users of public footpaths to be vigilant and considerate to other members of the public so that we can be seen to be making an effort to avoid this kind of incident. Could all runners who use the towpath and other shared routes, please ensure that they keep well to the left and keep in single file at all times.
Look far ahead to be ready for other people, including cyclists, dog walkers and children. Be considerate to motorists and think safety at all times, your own and other peoples. Keep to the rules of the road and where possible wear bright gear to be clearly visible. When running in large groups make other members of your group aware of any potential dangers and always run on pavements rather than roads where there is one.
If an incident does occur try and be courteous even if you don’t think that you caused the incident. A quick apology can often diffuse a situation before it gets out of hand. Be particularly cautious around animals. Dogs and horses can be unpredictable and best given a wide berth.
Please enjoy the great outdoors as much as possible and remember that running off road is better for your joints, you are less likely to be run over and the air is generally cleaner, but just remember that we share these open spaces with other members of the public and we must always think about safety.
Posted 22/06/2016 10:21
Bruce Wilson writes.
“I was just sent this photo of Ian Saunders. Ian had attended Loughborough College where he was originally coached by Robbie Brightwell of 1964 Tokyo Olympics 400m fame. The picture shows him with coach Peter Schofield at what looks like the Dane Road track.
Ian passed away a few years ago now from an aggressive form of MS but was a major sprint star for Sale in the 70's.
He enjoyed training (very competitively!) with our group (which included Derek Price, Martin Ollier, Rob Brown, Karl Hamilton and Earl Tulloch) and was a lot of fun.
I remember on one dark, cold windswept evening training with Ian Saunders under the floodlights when he challenged GB 800m star John Davies to a 6 x 200m jog-backs, averaging 26 seconds per 200m - saying that a 100m/200m sprinter could always beat an 800m jogger.
John Davies took up the challenge and fully expected to win over a speed endurance type training regime. I kept up with them until the 6th 200m by which time I was totally spent and had to collapse beside the track - so was John Davies who also was forced to give up and Ian went on to blast around the 6th 200m in 26 seconds with a grim smile of satisfaction on his face.
The above photo was sent to me recently by a girlfriend I had at the time and hadn't been in contact with for over forty years.
Usually Ian would train until the group gradually fell out, until there was just Ian and myself left running - only then would he look across at me and say "I thought they would never quit Pal" and only then was happy enough to come to a halt.
(former Sale 100m/200m; long jump; high jump - and occasional 110m hurdles/400m/400m hurdles and triple jump competitor when the club was short! My guess is that over the years I competed for Sale Harriers in the 60's and 70's (aged 16 to 27) on any given League or Cup competition I would have been the busiest athlete on the field, also always taking part in the 4 x 100m relay and sometimes pressed into the 4 x 400m as well.)
Posted 10/05/2016 10:13