It is with great regret that we report the passing of a very popular member of Sale Harriers Bill Fox. He was a prolific club runner for many years and tributes are pouring in from all sectors of the running community. He died on Sunday morning at 00.10 am whilst many of his friends in the club were enjoying a training weekend in the Lakes. He would normally have been on the weekend enjoying the spectacular scenery, the friendly atmosphere and the great running.
He died peacefully and bravely after suffering from pancreatic cancer for just over two years. He was strong right to the end and he even managed to smile just before he went.
He has passed on his love of running to the next generation, his son Ben was on the training weekend and his daughter Steph is running the Derby Half Marathon in October raising money for Pancreatic Cancer Action. Donations are most welcome. Click here for a link.
Bill's wife Lynne has said:
"Thank you so much to all the people who have said so many wonderful things about Bill. We're overwhelmed by people's kindness and caring and you are all helping us to get through this extremely sad time. Some arrangements have already been made for Bill's funeral. It will be a celebration and service of thanksgiving for his life. It will be held at Hollingworth Methodist Church next Tuesday, the 22nd of September at 11.15 am. This will be followed with a cremation at Dukinfield crematorium at 1.00 pm. Afterwards we are going back to the church where the chairs will have been rearranged, tables put out and we will have meat and potato pie etc. We think this is what Bill would have wanted. If you are a member of Sale Harriers and you have a SH hoodie we would like you to wear it. It would also be nice to see some of my hats too! We will have family flowers only but we will be collecting money for www.pcrf.org.uk which as you already know is Bill's charity."
Posted 14/09/2015 14:09
Fechin Mc Cormick
The big event of last weekend was the U15 & U17 England Championships at Bedford and Sale Harriers has 2 medallists JONA EFOLOKO and EMMANUEL ODUBANJO. Jona became the U17 double sprint champion both with PB’s and club records. His 100m PB of 10.60 equals ANDY ROBERSON’S club record from 2007 and his 200m PB of 21.12 eclipses ROY EJIAKUEWE’S record from 20-11. He also holds all of the club’s U13 and U15 sprint records. These latest medals are the culmination of another fantastic year for Britain’s exciting No1 young sprinter. This year, he’s the double Northern Indoor Champion in his first year as a U17; the EA Indoor 60m gold medallist and 200m silver medallist; he’s won 100m bronze and 200m silver at the Northern U20 Outdoors Champions; in July he won the 200m at English Schools Athletics Championships for the third time in a row and a week later made his England debut at Glasgow for the SAAB Schools International.
Congratulations also to EMMANUEL ODUBANJO who won the U17 triple jump bronze medal also with a PB of 14.18m. From being a talented sprinter, this year he seriously took up triple jumping. Coach Keith Hunter takes up the story, “ He was originally one of Peter Roughneen’s promising sprinters and what was incredible about him in the Championships is that he had 3 jumps over 14 metres with each one landing backside first then legs out in-front thus losing the length of his legs in distance – approximately under a metre in length. He’s very new at triple jump and listened very well and showing tremendous potential, as a triple jumper. I want to say thank you to Peter for sending Emmanuel to me”.
Please note. A meeting open to all, is being held at Sportcity on Weds Sept 23rd at 6pm. Please call John Smith, the club’s coach co-ordinator on 0756770484 to express your interest to overcome the situation of the club’s relegations this summer.
Next weekend, good luck once more to the club’s U13 & U15 boys and girls competiting against the country’s best 8 teams at the Alexander stadium Birmingham for the title of 2015 National YDL Champions. They already hold the title!
Posted 02/09/2015 09:31
It is with deep regret that we announce the sad passing of a very popular member of Sale Harriers, Keith Crosby.
Keith completed 3 London Marathons along with many other races including The Wilmslow Half (bottom left) and The Great North Run (bottom right). Keith and his wife Diana were often keen fundraising volunteers for Sale Harriers offering their help over the last 10 years.
His funeral will be held at Altrincham Crematorium on Friday 28th August at 1:30.
For more information please contact Morris Jefferson on 0161 969 3329.
He will be sadly missed by friends and family.
His son Nick writes,
"He ran 9 marathons , his first , the 1982 The Piccadilly Radio Marathon .
By the mid 80s , as a Leeds United supporter , he ran the World Race and the Manchester United 10k with Russ , his eldest son .
We believe he joined the Harriers around this time .
The photos of him in his beloved Sale Harriers vest are taken at one of his 3 London marathons and at the Easingwold half marathon in North Yorkshire .
We have him running in Tatton Park , his international outing in Lanzarote , and enjoying himself in the Great North Run .
The London marathons and the Great North run were highlights for him , he loved the camaraderie, collecting money for Christies and the RNLI , and of course the goodie bag and the pasta party.
He always talked about the run at Llandudno, the many Wilmslow races and never forgot the hills of the Stockport course, which lived in his legs for some time after .
I honestly think aside from the racing , the runs through Dunham , around Lymm, with his running group, were very treasured times for him.
He was very proud to be associated with such a prominent athletics club."
Posted 20/08/2015 14:36
Sale Harriers Autumn Training Weekend September 11-13 2015
As promised, Sale Harriers’ next training weekend will be in the village of Grasmere, in the heart of the Lake District. Famous for its Gingerbread men, and the Handmade Chocolate Shop, the village will host a hearty number of runners prepared to run up the local fells.
We’ll be staying in the village’s YHA which we have capacity for 70 people. http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/
The weekend will be following the same procedure as past weekends, with plenty of running/drinking/socialising. If you are new to the club, this is a great way of meeting new people in a very informal setting. The weekend format is to meet in the local pub on the Friday, there is a pre Saturday breakfast run followed by a second run before lunch. The afternoon is spent exploring the surroundings with dinner in the hostel in the evening. Sunday is a group long run with departure after lunch. All runs are optional. The village is also very family friendly, with plenty of activities to do.
The cost of the weekend is £80 (£60 for children). This includes accommodation Friday and Saturday with full board from Saturday breakfast through to Sunday lunch. The cost also includes tea and coffee. As an additional option, the hostel will provide a three course dinner on the Friday (served at 7.30pm) for a respectable price of £10 (£8 child). There will be the option of eating in the local pub too if you prefer that.
Great Langdale Half Marathon
During the weekend, there is a local race which may be of interest to some people. The Langdale Half Marathon, a hilly challenge which begins at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. Race price is £17. Entries can be gained online: http://greatlangdaleroadraces.
Just to recap on costs:
Adult Full weekend: £80
Child Full Weekend: £60
Friday dinner: £10- adult/£8- child.
We have 70 spaces, and these are on a first come first served basis. All payment needs to be made by Friday 17th July. If you want to come, choose what you want, then you can either transfer the money or pay by cash.
Account details are:
Acc Name: P Barrett, Sort Code: 11-06-71, Account Number: 01209494
If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact Paul on
Posted 25/06/2015 07:56
We urgently need help on Saturday 9th May 2015 in
The Great 'Mini' Run
If you can help on this day please contact Morris Jefferson on 0161 969 3329.
For other volunteer oppertunities click here
Posted 15/04/2015 17:52
SALE HARRIERS MANCHESTER
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY 19 MARCH 2015
COMMENCING AT 8:30pm
CROSSFORD BRIDGE STADIUM
Any items of business for the meeting including nominations for Officers must be notified in writing to the Club Secretary Carol Brown at 48 Park Avenue, Sale M33 6HE (email: email@example.com), to reach her no later than 21 days prior to the date of the AGM (i.e. 26 February 2015).
Posted 02/02/2015 15:09
The 2014 Manchester Sports Awards was a grand event held at what must be Manchester's tallest building and globally recognised chain, the Hilton Hotel.
Posted 14/10/2014 13:40
Running should be the most simple of sports. All that is required is for one to stand up with feet together and put a foot forward, either left or right, to make contact with the ground, then lean forward and in order to stop one’s self falling flat on one’s face put the other foot forward. Continue repeating this process and move forward. If you do it slowly you are walking if you speed it up you will be running. In my case it is hard to tell the difference.
Having mastered this simple technique one has to decide whether one wants to run in competition or just for fun, although some would say that competition should be fun. Winning races can be fun. I did it once over sixty years ago and have been trying to do it again ever since. My running these days takes place away from the hard surface of metalled roads on fields, country lanes and canal banks.
The advantage of this is that not only is it more forgiving on the old joints but also there is plenty to see and do. If I need a rest I can stop and count how many ducklings are swimming with their mother, how many lambs there are and check whether that horse needs some nice grass to eat. This concern for animals has, on occasions, developed into more than observation. I well recall the struggle I had to extricate a goat, which had got its head stuck in a wire fence. It just kept on pushing forward as I tried to lift the wire that was trapping its head by the horns in the netting. After about ten minutes of ‘wrestling’, with bruised and bleeding hands I succeeded. Some time later I saw Tony, the owner of the goats, who me told that goats always get out if you leave them alone.- No comment.
My concern for animal welfare, unusual for a lad brought up in the back streets of Levenshulme, was demonstrated one cold winter day when I was running in the Higher Poynton area. The fields here are full of what are known locally as ‘pit holes’, disused mine shafts or vents, which have been capped. The resultant hollow in the ground, over time, fills with water, leaves and weeds and becomes a very nasty quagmire. As I was passing by I heard a distressed bleating coming from one of the pit holes and saw that a ewe was well and truly stuck in the mire up to her middle. I went down to the edge of the pit hole, thinking that I could easily pull her out by the horns but found that in order to reach her I had to put one foot into the gunge. It immediately went down almost to my knee. I needed help and sprinted, as well as one can with a shoe full of muddy water and one trackster leg soaking wet and covered in slime, to the nearest house about eight hundred metres away. (I knew those track sessions with Morris would come in handy one day). The farmer flatly refused to run to the scene with me. Instead he made a quick call on his mobile phone. In next to no time the cavalry arrived in the form of a man and a woman on a quad bike carrying a ladder and a coil of rope and the poor ewe was soon back on dry land.
I went home covered in mud but feeling rather like the hero of the day. Did I get a hero’s welcome? No. Instead I was met by those immortal words from ‘The last of the Summer wine’- “ Stand on that newspaper. “
On one occasion Steve Edmunds and I arranged to go for a run starting from his brother Peter’s farm which is up in the hills above Lyme Park. Peter asked us to give him a lift moving some bullocks into another field. I remember there were twelve of them. Eleven went quietly but one flatly refused to co-operate. It dashed over the road onto the golf course of the Moorside Hotel. We chased it around the course for about half an hour before we got it back in the field. This must be one of the strangest warm up sessions ever.
A couple of weeks ago I was jogging along the Peak Forest Canal towpath when I saw a huge bull in the reeds on the opposite bank. The beast was clearly distressed and unable to get out of the water. “this is where a mobile phone comes in handy” I said to myself , looking forward to making an emergency call on my posh Tesco £14.99 antique. Shock horror. I had left it at home. And there was Vinnie, 2000 guineas worth of Belgian Blue fighting for his life. If only he had known that swimming was definitely not part of his job description. I ran to the nearest house and a phone call was made to the owner, who came quickly. He stood on a swing bridge about 200 metres from Vinnie and called him. Vinnie swam to the bridge and was able to scramble up the bank and back into the field where he lay down exhausted, an occasional flick of his tail the only indication of life.
I saw Vinnie the next day and he looked quite well. I asked why he was called Vinnie and was told that the owner was a City fan so there was no other name for a Belgian Blue was there.
Posted 26/08/2014 07:50
SALE HARRIERS MANCHESTER - 103rd Annual General Meeting Agenda
Thursday 20th March 2014- 8.30pm
Crossford Bridge Athletics Facility, Sale.
2). Apologies for absence
3). Minutes of the 102nd Annual General Meeting
4). Matters arising from the minutes
5). Adoption of the Annual Reports 2013
6). To receive a financial report and approval of the balance sheet
7). Election of Officers
To elect Vice Presidents
8). On the recommendation of the Executive Committee to confirm Life membership status to Brian Spriggs
9). Closing remarks by Chairman
Posted 04/03/2014 21:08
There was another tremendous turnout for the final event of the Primary School League at Crossford Bridge. The sun shone on some competitive racing. In the girl’s race, Alice Dale won by the narrowest of margins from Lauren Smith with Laura Hole, Jess Spilsbury and Scarlett Whittaker in the next three places. In the overall league championship Alice won gold, Lauren silver and Jess the bronze medallist. Bowden Church School retained the girl’s league championship with Stamford Park School 2nd and St. Hugh of Timperley School 3rd.
Jed Bailey held off Tom Boyd to win the boy’s race with Daniel Edmondson, Alex Dixon and Lewis Rowlinson in the next three places. Daniel was the overall league champion with Lewis 2nd and Alex 3rd. Bowden Church School again retained the league title with St. Hugh’s 2nd and Springfield 3rd. The following day, Lewis Rowlinson won a mile race and a magnificent trophy in Anglesey on a family day out competing in the Anglesey Half Marathon.
Many photographs of athletes at this event were taken by club photographer Ernie Greenwood. They can be viewed and bought very cheaply at http://www.darkstarphotos.com/
Posted 03/03/2014 17:31