It is my sad duty to report the death of club member Dave Todd, aged 66.
Initially a member of Havering Athletic Club, the London-born, Manchester-trained teacher returned to the metropolis and first taught in a large London Comprehensive that backed onto Parliament Hill Fields, the home of the National Cross Country.
Having attended Manchester University from 1964 Dave decided to return to the north, joining Stretford AC (now Trafford) where he was a useful distance runner in both summer and winter, representing Manchester Clubs versus Liverpool Clubs over 3000 metres in the mid-70s. Early in his veteran career Dave moved to Sale Harriers where the veteran teams were more developed.
In retirement Dave's attempts to return to his former fitness level were frustrated despite much cycling, walking, running and working out in the gym. In September 2011 Dave ran in the Ron Hill Birthday 5K race, placing 191st and last. 2012 saw a repeat of the same race...but somehow managed to get lost! Over the last two years Dave had great pride in getting around the Sale Sizzler 5k series, each time again placing last...but certainly not least.
Dave kept in touch with his University roots, attending the Cross Country Club Christmas dinner on December 8th, exactly a week before he died, and was in excellent spirits. He also went on tour with the University touring team (Alehouse Academicals) to the Isle of Man last Easter.
Dave's daughters have received many tributes, including from Olympians Ron Hill and Andy Carter. Dave was held in great respect and affection by all who knew him: a common theme in the tributes was that Dave never had a harsh word for anyone, and was a true gentleman.
Posted 24/03/2013 11:41
On Friday 2ND November Chris Leggatts ashes were buried at Crossford Bridge to comply with his wishes.
His family attended the gathering at the track, his wife Sue and children Andrea and Jonjo. Also present were Andreas husband, David, Ann Fossati a family friend, Dave Farmer, Mike Delaney, Steve Edmunds, Michael Dunne, Margaret and Kath Lennon and Morris Jefferson.
Posted 14/11/2012 18:33
On behalf of the Executive Committee you will find posted with this letter Notification of a Special General Meeting.
The Committee have asked that I provide you with some details as to why we feel the need to hold a Special Meeting.
In October 2012 England Athletics notified all clubs of changes to the Affiliation and Membership scheme. Prior to this date the fee to register an athlete with England Athletics was £5 per annum due on the 1st April or on registration thereafter. The club paid this as part of your annual membership fees.
The new fees are split into several categories which take effect from the 1st April 2012.
Sale Harriers Manchester together with several other leading clubs is challenging England Athletics on these changes and increases.
Notwithstanding that we need to ensure that the club is financially protected should these changes come about in April 2013.
The club sets its annual membership fees in March at the Annual General Meeting for the ensuing year. That has in custom and practise been the 1st January of the following year. If that was allowed to continue the club would face ten months of increased fees with no recourse to collect the fees via membership if that was decided as appropriate.
In order for the club to be protected should any changes occur and to allow free discussion at the AGM it is recommended that we change the date of membership from the 1st January to the 1st April each year. At the same time any financial recommendations from the AGM should take immediate effect rather than wait 10 months.
These changes should be seen as independent of the further discussion that will take place around how the club will deal with these increases should England Athletics continue with them and will form the basis of an AGM agenda item.
David Brown - Chairman 29th October 2012
NOTICE OF SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING
8.30pm Thursday 22nd November 2012
At Crossford Bridge Athletic Facility, Sale.
This meeting is constituted following a resolution of the Executive Committee on the 25th October 2012.
1). Amend the first two sentences of section 3b club constitution to read
"Payment of subscriptions is due on joining the club and on the 1st April of each subsequent year. Levels of subscriptions shall be determined at the Annual General Meeting and will take immediate effect from the following annual renewal date.*
* for the avoidance of doubt an increase/decrease in fees determined at the AGM in March shall take effect from the April of the same year.
NB No other business can be transacted at a Special General Meeting other than that shown above.
Posted 30/10/2012 08:34
It is with deep regret that I have to announce the sudden death
of Chris Leggatt who died on 23/9/12 whilst refereeing a junior
Submitted by Morris Jefferson
Posted 15/10/2012 08:12
Sale Harriers Training Weekend in Ingleton, Yorkshire 5th to 7th October 2012.
This year it was agreed that we would try a new location, in Yorkshire, rather than The Lake District or Wales. This turned out to be a good choice although this success was achieved to some extent by the fine weather experienced over the weekend.
Nearly 60 people travelled up on the Friday for a weekend of running, cycling, ample food, good company and alcohol. The accomodation was The YHA hostel in the centre of Ingleton close to the 3 peaks of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen y ghent, in the Yorkshire Dales.
The first run of the weekend for most people was before breakfast around Ingleton, where we saw a gentle mist rolling down the valley and had to negotiate stepping stones over a swollen River Doe. This was an easy run of about 3 miles but with a steady climb out of the village to begin.
After a hearty full English breakfast, a good shower and relax, we headed out for some high quality reps around an old quarry. We were split into 3 groups where we all had people to run with of similar ability. Each rep climbed over 50m in elevation meaning that we climbed over 360m in total. A light hearted relay finished the session with some great blood-pumping efforts and swift batten changing.
The afternoon was free to spend as you pleased with some people going for a walk to visit some caves and others visiting the famous waterfalls. Some even went for another run before tea. The evening meal was followed for most people by a few pints in the local hostelry and some stimulating conversation, before retiring to our bunk beds.
Sunday dawned with more blue skies and no wind, and the choice of runs was between accending Inglebrorough, rising to a height of 723m, or an easier 10mile run along the fells above the village climbing to over 400m.
The drive home commenced after lunch with the guests taking with them some great memories, new friendships and rather tired legs. Next year's event is planned for the Easter weekend and will be back in Newlands in The Lakes.
Thanks to the staff at The Youth Hostel who fed us well and made us feel very welcome, to Bill Fox and Jan Nichols etc for recceing the runs and to Paul Barrett for organising the weekend.
Posted 08/10/2012 15:40
Congratulations to the former Vicky Cordingley who became Mrs Vicky Billington on Saturday. She married Jake Billington at St Michaels Parish Church in Flixton. The weather was perfect for their great day and proud parents Frank and Jackie wish them a long and happy marriage.
Notable Sale Harriers on the guest list were Mike Hatch and Lauren Davies, Gary and Lynda Rowlinson with their children Callum and Lewis, Neil and Diane Hennigan, Jan Nichols and Brian Bradshaw. Also in attendance were bridesmaids Jenny and Beatrice who looked almost as beatutiful as the blushing bride.Vicky has been a member of Sale Harriers since she was 7 and has reprisented the club in Cross Country, on the track and on the roads. Frank and Jackie have been members for over 25 years and have many running achievements between them; Beatrice and Jennifer are regular runners who complete the Cordingley family of Sale Harrier athletes.
Posted 08/10/2012 15:19
Gifted high jumper Seun Okome from Moston trains every evening after school and devotes several hours each week to help coach the club's youngest jumpers but to do that he has to get three buses each way, and even with his student discount that's expensive. His coach Jack Frost believes Sean has wonderful perseverance and huge potential, so he got SHM on the case. The club asked Seun's Member of Parliament Tony Lloyd if he could help; the response was immediate. He contacted Transport for Greater Manchester and Sean's local Councillor, Rosa Battle. Councillor Battle provided the application forms and advice to apply for a grant, whilst TfGM discussed the possibilities with SystemOne Travelcards.
www.systemonetravelcards.co.uk provides a range of travelcards through PayPoint outlets, TfGM Travelshops or online that give unlimited travel on any bus, or combinations of bus, train and tram, in Greater Manchester over set periods - from a day, to a week, to 28 days or an entire year. Inspired by London 2012, they have made an exceptional gesture in giving Sean a TfGM pass for a whole year.
Tim Slough, from SystemOne said: "The nation has been gripped by Olympic fever and what better way to show our support than to help an athlete who could, one day, go on to be a Games competitor. This truly exceptional gesture has been inspired by the belief that Seun's team has in his huge potential and in the 2012 Games' mission to inspire the next generation of athletes."
Tony Lloyd said: "Seun is a dedicated athlete who is building on his own potential and achieving great results, but he is also giving a lot back by helping to train younger would-be athletes.
He is extraordinary and deserves the extraordinary help from SystemOne. Like everyone else, I look forward to seeing Seun achieving the great things that his dedication deserves."
Seun said "I will never forget the kindness of Mr Lloyd, Councillor Battle, Transport for Greater Manchester and SystemOne. Training is a lot easier without the financial strain."
COACHES…have you got a promising young athlete whose life might be made easier with a grant? ATHLETES…have you got a coach who spends his or her own money helping you fulfil your potential and you would like to get them a grant? For help, contact Tony: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07733 766077
Posted 14/08/2012 12:02
The British Universities and College Sports (BUCS) athletics championships is the traditional season opener for the country's student population and most athletes don't need any extra incentive to perform to the best of their abilities as they seek to become national student champions, medalists and finalists. This year the event doubled as the test event for the Olympic Stadium, which meant that the chosen few who got to compete were privileged to be among the first ever to perform at the iconic venue. UKA even invited a small number of non-students and, as ever, some Sale Harriers were among that number, in addition to the numerous members who were representing their universities.
A total of 32 athletes from Sale Harriers Manchester availed of the opportunity to compete at the Olympic Park. Chris Wakeford had perhaps the most to be happy about, as he took an outstanding silver medal in the 400mH by running a huge 2-second personal best of 50.82 to elevate himself into the UK top 10. Another to produce a big pb under pressure was Ricardo Twumasi, who has had an excellent year so far and continued that by triple jumping 15.50 in qualifying for the final, before taking silver with a 15.40 effort. Abigail Haywood also took a silver medal, vaulting 3.60m in trying conditions.
Rimas Martisauskas has done well at BUCS over the years and he again walked away with a medal, taking silver with a shot putt of 17.38m. He also placed 6th in the discus. Richard Shuttleworth, a recent HCA recruit, also took a silver in the javelin with a 68.94m throw, while Paul Walker recovered from recent injury to place 3rd in the pole vault with a leap of 4m80. GB International heptathlete Jess Taylor matched that performance by claiming a superb bronze in the long jump, with a 5.86m effort. Another new HCA, Emma Perkins, also took silver in the women's high jump with a very promising 1.78m, while Jack Hallas, who has been an HCA with the club for a number of years, snatched a great silver in the 800m. The club's other medalist was Umar Hameed, who had a below par run in the 100m, but returned with three teammates to take a hard earned bronze medal in the 4x100m relay.
Other SHM athletes to compete at the championships were:
Susan Tengatenga 100m
Victor Bako 200m
Tyra Watson 800m
Jennifer Simmons 400m and 400mH
Tom Atkinson 800m
Josh Oguntayo 800m
Dave Proctor UKA 3000m
Callum Rowlinson 10000m
Danielle Rooney 100mH 14.47
Jasmin Dotzek 100mH, Long Jump and Shot Putt
Dan Needham 110mH
Dave Hughes UKA 400mH
Abigail Fitzpatrick 400mH 7th
Chris Baker UKA High Jump
Andy Sutcliffe UKA Pole Vault
Jana Brozova Pole Vault
Emma Andersson Pole Vault
Allan Hamilton Long Jump 4th
Jacob Brown Triple Jump
Scott Wong Shot Putt
Alex Smith UKA Hammer
Chris Craig UKA 200m
Kath Endacott UKA 100m
Posted 08/05/2012 15:10
SALE HARRIERS ON RADIO & TV
Frank & Jackie Cordingley brilliantly flew the club flag in the very early hours of Saturday April 22 when, between 2 - 4.00am they were part of a Radio 5 Live talk-in show hours before the London Marathon began. They represented the world of club level marathon running and showed great expertise. Pictured with top radio presenter Dotun Adebayo who made Frank and Jackie very welcome and were joined by Mara Yamauchi top marathon runner and potential Olympian. Frank continued his marathon experience with a 3:43 at The Manchester Marathon in Trafford this weekend.
Two top club coaches, Keith Hunter (triple jump) and Roger Devlin (sprint Hurdles) accepted a challenge from the producers of the Blue Peter Roadshow to coach six celebrities in these events culminating in a sprint hurdle race and triple jump competition. Ross McCormick was one of Roger's demonstrator hurdlers and you can see the 60m hurdle race on BBC2 at 9am on Saturday 26th May. Keith Hunter's session had Atholla Rose acting as his demonstrator, and that result will be screened on BBC2 at 9am on Saturday 9th June. All four were also awarded their very own Blue Peter badges!
A week later did you see on the BBC regional news a group of Sale Harriers, looking very impressive in club kit, assisting Jessica Ennis in a promotional display in Manchester's Arndale Centre. Our top jumper Ahtollah Rose was also interviewed and spoke so very well indeed.
Whilst not a Sale Harrier, Britain's No1 1500m specialist Tom Lancashire who is coached by club coach Norman Poole at the Wythenshawe track, is making a high profile re-appearance on Sky Sport 4's The British miler series which is already running. The documentary follows seven athletes hoping to represent Britain in the 1500m at the Olympics.
Posted 30/04/2012 14:48
My name is Beatrice Cordingley and in July 2012 I am hoping to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in aid of Practical Action. In order to do this I need to raise £2,500 and would therefore greatly appreciate your support. If you could help me reach this target it would be amazing, so that I can take part in this opportunity of a lifetime.
Practical Action is a development charity with a
difference. They know the simplest ideas can have the most
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I have been a Sale Harrier since the age of 7 and have run competetively on many occasions.
Please give generously to my Charity website.
Posted 27/04/2012 11:08