Thank you to everyone who turned up at Crossford Bridge for our AGM. The evening went very well with the club financially stable and looking good for the foreseeable future. The highlight of the evening was the very exciting election of a new chair for 2018. The nominations were Nigel Breddy and Lisa Fletcher/Dean Hardman who were to be co-chair. The voting was made with the candidates out of the room. The voting went 13 votes each. A tie. It would come down to the acting chairman’s casting vote, which in this case was the very well respected David Brown CBE. The tension in the air was electric as we awaited his decision. The experience and loyalty of Dean and Lisa, against the business acumen and leadership qualities of Nigel. Seconds ticked by. Who would he choose. His vote goes to Nigel Breddy. Well done Nigel and we all look forward to working with you.
Commiserations to Dean and Lisa, who would I am sure made a superb co-chair. Dean will continue to act as vice Chairman and Lisa will remain as a member of the executive committee.
The usual business of an AGM went well with the financial statement showing a slight surplus with income from subs and ‘Sale hosted events’ bringing in more than was spent on training facilities, competition and admin.
A big thank you to those who contributed to the annual reports especially Dave Rodgers who wrote much of it, compiled it and printed copies out on the night. The report will appear on this website later.
Thank you to our auditor Peter Shipley. The club is hugely grateful for his contribution.
The only resolution of the evening to be voted on was the proposal to increase the subs from £50 a year for adult members to £55, (£30 to £35 for young members) with no change for under 11s. There are many additional costs and future plans that have necessitated this increase. The membership is still much lower than many other clubs.
Thank you to our acting chairman and master of ceremonies for the evening David Brown and to everyone else who helped make the evening a success.
Posted 23/03/2018 10:36
SALE HARRIERS MANCHESTER
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY 22 MARCH 2018
COMMENCING AT 8:30pm
CROSSFORD BRIDGE STADIUM
Posted 09/03/2018 16:53
Well done to all those who braved the torrential rain to take part in the Winter Handicap Run at Wythenshawe Park on the 17th of December, in particular thanks to Dave Rodgers for organising on the day and the Marshalls who stood out in the rain to guide the runners round. There were two distances, 5k and 10k and everyone showed excellent club spirit by bringing food and presents for everyone who took part. Unfortunately we had a few issues on the day with runners going the wrong way and the heavy rain making the time and position recording difficult. This means there are probably a few errors in the results as well as people getting better or worse times than they would expect due to running shorter or longer than required! If there are any glaring errors let me know.
10k Winter Handicap.
5k Winter Handicap
Posted 21/12/2017 13:56
If you are thinking of competing as a Sale Harrier at any time, you need to pay your subs. Otherwise you risk being excluded from the competition. Call in to the Crossford Bridge office Tuesday evening at 7pm or Sunday morning 10 til 12.
Your Sale Harriers membership is due in January. There are not many sports with such low financial overheads as we enjoy. Your membership fee gives you membership of our wonderful club and also registers you with English Athletics for the year. If you haven't yet paid please do so or you will not be able to compete. Thank you.
Posted 22/06/2017 15:04
A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the Simply Health Manchester Half Marathon, 10k and Junior runs a great success. I am opening with the helpers as they have been crucial in ensuring that this year’s events go ahead successfully. It was not an easy task to persuade our members to give up their time to help. Well done to Morris Jefferson for doing a sterling job.
After the appalling events of the previous week in Manchester it was touch and go at some points as to whether the mass participation events would go ahead. As it turned out, the success of the runs, together with the Great City Games on Friday proved that the city of Manchester have such great spirit and resolve that we can rise above the threat of terror and show the world that Manchester is a great place to be.
Some marshals had to endure being searched multiple times and sniffed by large dogs as they approached their positions. Armed police were evident as the country announced that the terror threat was ‘critical’. None of this mattered as we cheered and clapped the 6000 half marathon runners and 17000 10k runners as they proudly ran the streets of Manchester.
The weather was kind and thousands came out to support the athletes along the route. The half marathon took in the sights of The Mancunian Way and The Etihad Stadium before meeting the 10k course which passed by Old Trafford and The Imperial War Museum.
The results can be viewed here and I do not intend to list all the worthy runners who braved the 10k and Half Marathons. To name a few :-
High praise must be given to club stalwart Mike Dunne who was the fastest V65 of the day in a time of 44:48. Ex Sale runner Terry Lonergan was 7th with 49:33.
Sarah Douglas was thrilled to have been given an elite women’s start place alongside such names as Tirunesh Dibaba and Gemma Steel. She ran brilliantly (37:35) but was not quite as fast as her pb set in Salford earlier in the year. (37:03).
Joe Vis was our first man home in a time of 31:30 closely followed by Callum Rowlinson (32:19) and Gareth Raven (32:24) 3rd Vet40. Callum’s dad Gary was 1st Vet 50 (34:54) also mum Lynda 4th Vet 55 with 46:55. Well done family Rowlinson.
Posted 04/06/2017 18:30
Congratulations to life members; club president David Brown CBE, and former honorary club secretary Carol Brown.
Both Carol and David have been appointed to the IPC Paralympic World Championships and the IAAF World Championships in London this year. Carol is in the Call Room at both events. David will be starting at the Paralympics, and Chief Starters Assistant and Out of Stadium starter at the World Championships.
This is a great honour and Sale Harriers are very proud of our association with them and wish them well in this fantastic experience.
In August 2017, London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will light up for a spectacular Summer of World Athletics. It will be the biggest global sporting event of the year Over 10 magical days, the world’s top athletes will bring the roar back to the iconic stadium that saw Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Usain Bolt race to glory.
The London Championships will be the 16th in the event’s 34-year history with the first IAAF World Championships being hosted in Helsinki in 1983. The most recent Championships in Beijing, China, in August, 2015, saw 1931 athletes participate from a record 207 national federations. Kenya topped the medal table for the first time in its history, winning 16 medals of which seven were gold. USA have topped the medal table on 10 occasions.
Posted 10/04/2017 16:06
2016 ANNUAL REPORTS
- President’s Report : David Brown CBE
- Chairman’s Report : John Smith
- Secretary’s Report : Frank Cordingley
- Finance Report : Jack Frost
- Coaching Report : John Smith
- Volunteers Report : Dave Rodgers
- Men’s BAL Track and Field Report : Dean Hardman
- Northern League T&F Report : Jack Frost
- Women’s UKAL T&F Report : Tony Simmons
- YDL Upper T&F Report : David Marsh
- YDL Lower T&F Report : David Marsh & Peter Shaw
- Men’s Endurance Report : David Rodgers
- Young Athletes Boy’s Endurance Report : David Rodgers
- Women’s Endurance Report : Helen Armitage
- Young Athletes Girls Endurance Report : Lisa Davies
- Primary Section Report : Peter Shaw
- Veterans Section Report : Frank Cordingley
I was very honoured to be elected the Club President in 2016 and continue to remain so.
I have watched the new management team take the Club forward with some inspiring and innovative decisions.
We continue to be aspiring to be the best and our youngsters coming through give great hope for the future.
On a personal Note I was pleased to be trackside to see Andrew Robertson become the British 60m Champion proudly wearing his Sale vest.
All the best for the coming season.
David Brown CB
In this, my first year as Chairman, I feel that the Club is operating well from all three sites, Sportcity, Wythenshawe Park and Crossford Bridge due to better communication between these sites. Although the senior men were relegated last year, we expect to return to the Premier Division this year. With much better stability from the Women's senior team, promotion on both fronts should be achieved.
We also should be able to reach both YDL finals this year.
I wish everyone concerned with the Club, coaches, athletes, officials and volunteer helpers, a successful season and I thank you all for your efforts during the past year.
There have been many changes in the world recently with an exit from the European Union and a new president in America, not to mention a new chairman, secretary and president for Sale Harriers. With changes come new challenges and an acceptance of new ways and personalities. We also have to embrace new technologies and methods of communication. You will soon be able to pay your subs online similar to the way you pay for race entries. We communicate via emails mostly with events announced through social media where once it would have been a poster on the wall at Crossford Bridge.
It’s important that we see our club as a support mechanism for us as well as something we need to put back into for it to flourish and be successful. It is clear from our junior section that we have a great future ahead with athletes who can rival Diane Modahl, Darren Cambell and Kevin McKay and with our support and encouragement can achieve great things in the future.
Our club is a non-profit making organisation which relies greatly on people who give up their time and energy freely and if we all give a little of our time it makes it much easier for everyone.
Frank Cordingley - Honorary Secretary
The 2016 financial situation of the club is not unhealthy, showing a small surplus of £1,898 for the year. Income: Total £71,000
Annual subscriptions totalled £30,000, and training fees were £17,300 which included £6600 from Wythenshawe Park the highest ever. Promotion of our own events at £14700 was lower than usual, as Crossford Bridge promotions suffered from lack of helpers. Fortunately the Sizzlers series and the winter indoor promotions at Sportcity continued to contribute healthily.
Fund raising schemes from members contributed £5300. The Kit shop and the Canteen added another £2800 to the kitty. However the normal large major sponsorship from the City Council ceased at the end of 2015, losing us a £10,000 income.
Expenditure: Total £69,000.
Most expenditure items were as planned and in line with previous years. Depreciation cost was increased, due to the decision to write off the large £29,000 cost of constructing the Long Jump and Javelin runways at Crossford Bridge over 5 years rather than Initial 10 years. One large item saved was the lack of a European Competition, which compensated for the lack of a major sponsor.
This lack of a major club sponsor is a major concern, with expectations of athletic costs rising continually. Membership of leagues, team entry fees and equipment plus inevitable increases in coaches and hotel costs, will mean continued scrutiny of our cost base. For example the annual affiliation fee to England Athletics which rose to £13 per athlete in 2016, is due to rise annually by £1 per season, adding £8/900 to our costs per season.
Coaching Report Sportcity
We are operating at Sportcity under a new regime with the Trust taking over this year. It is fair to say that there are still some teething problems and it will take a while for both parties to understand what each other needs. Good numbers are coming into Sportcity but we need the coaches to cope with this.
One positive thing that has happened recently has been that an excellent throws coach has joined us bringing athletes with him. This is an area which has traditionally been weak. We welcome Peter Ditchfield to the Club.
I intend to hold a Coaches meeting shortly so please try to attend and bring up any matters which need attention.
We had good responses for some events such as the Sale Sizzlers 5K Series, and cross country races, but it was harder work getting volunteers for some of the top road races, and various track events, where they are needed, some that actually raise substantial money for the club,.
More officials need to step forward for track events and also go on the qualification courses, timekeeping, field judges, road and cross country officials etc. There are also still some team management or assistant roles that could be filled.
For a growing and developing club we should always have a steady flow of new coaches taking up and completing courses and this still applies for track and field event groups, primary groups and endurance groups.
I myself have large growing groups of men and women, from 16 years to 70+ years, and at all levels from novice to national level and training for cross country, track & field, road running, fell, trail and mountain running, as well as marathons and ultra-marathons.
So the club needs more to step forward to train and be mentored for group leaders, assistant coaches and full event coaches, taking qualifications and group roles, for all ages. Parents, relatives, mature athletes and young athletes, all have a place in the club in a variety of roles, that can be so fulfilling and worthwhile, besides just competing.
2017 still sees these areas that need covering, so please step forward, don’t be shy.
Contact the club secretary and he will point you in the correct direction.
The Mens Track and Field
The 2016 track and field season was hugely disappointing for the club's senior men, as, for the first time since 2014, the team was relegated from the top division of the British Athletics League.
Having won the league outright as recently as 2014, a terrible start at match 1 in Windsor, where Ricardo Twumasi, who was filling in in the high jump, severely damaged his knee, was a sign of things to come. The team finished last after a number of late withdrawals and injuries, although a lack of heavy throwers in general meant that we would always be facing an uphill task to challenge at the top of the table.
While every club can have an off day, matches two and three were frustrating and heart-breaking in equal measure.
Match 2 saw just two points separate Liverpool in 5th and Sale in 7th, which was the equivalent of a single placing in any one of the 36 events on the day. Had the team managed that 5th place, it would have been "game on", but in the event, it left a mountain to climb.
The summit was almost reached, but weakness in the heavy throws was again our undoing, as third place slipped from our grasp in match 3. 27 points separated 3rd from 7th and only 9.5 points from 5th to 7th. That meant that we were effectively relegated with a match to spare.
Despite the disappointing outcome, there were still some outstanding performances and huge commitment to the cause on show throughout the year. The team is determined to bounce back and achieve promotion in 2017.
Senior: Northern League Track & Field
One of the most competitive seasons for many a year, with the final fixture having the possibility of 5 potential champion clubs, whilst the same 5 could have had the acute disappointment of joining Manchester Harriers in relegation. It was very tight for Sale, with the opening two fixtures not at their best, but a great rally towards the season’s end, just saw them lose out by a mere 20 match points.
The Men’s team were dominant throughout the season, ably led by sprinter Daniel Heald, who was supported throughout by Mike Floyd (Hammer) John Nichols (Shot) Matt Cullen ( Pole Vault and Long Jump) Jacob Lingard (400m) Alex Wort and Harry Lord the club’s decathletes. Middle distance guys Alex Bradford, Alan White and Gareth Raven added valuable required points.
Unfortunately the ladies struggled, especially in match 1 and 2, the club having to rely on their U17 athletes like Grace Bower, Meg McHugh, Mia Davies and especially Victoria Barlow in the Pole Vault, where she completely dominated the event. Then the Wythenshawe Park runners boosted their contingent in the latter 2 fixtures covering all the distance events to great effect where we won the 3rd match and came a close 3rd in the 4th.
Final Table :
Wigan Harriers 18pts,
Liverpool Harriers 17pts,
Sale Harriers 16pts,
Kingston upon Hull 15pts,
Liverpool Pembroke 14pts,
Manchester H 4pts.
Senior Womens UKWAL Track and Field Report.
UKWAL Div 2 - 4th place finish.
An interesting season which finished on a high but had started on a low. Match 1 results , in which I thought we had done ok, were adjusted by the scrutineer, and in spite of our protest, we ended up in last place, a very disappointing start to the campaign, as I had high hopes that this would be a promotion season.
However, taking positives, I could see the team developing well with a blend of experience and emerging talent, pulling together and producing a good team spirit. It was this momentum, that we carried forward into Match 2, at Southampton, where we finished a creditable 2nd behind the hosts.
Match 3 was at Sportcity and the team did something that hadn't happened for over five years. We won the match!
Our finishing League position was 4th, however in terms of overall match points we had the 2nd highest and we were frustratingly 1 point from 2nd place. Match 1 unfortunately cost us that promotion.
Sale Harriers Senior Women are once again a force to be reckoned with. The focus on bringing athletes through to the senior teams, the cooperation of the coaches, the encouragement given to joining up various parts of the club, under John Smith's leadership and the rest of the Exec committee, is seeing a positive response. The team is already stronger than it was last year. There is much cause for optimism.
Many thanks to Sale Executive committee for their support. I'm particularly grateful to Jack Frost for his advice and assistance.
Thanks also to the officials who earned valuable points for the team last season, and of course, to the athletes for their commitment to the cause, and the reason why we do this.
Young Athletes Track & Field YDL Upper Team Reports
Sale Harriers upper team is beginning to climb back to the top of the tree as is evident in results this year. The team is going through a real transition with older athletes moving up, younger athletes coming through and changes in team management.
We finished second place in the Northern Premier West behind Liverpool Harriers who we had extremely closely fought matches with all season.
Sale won the first match of the season but Liverpool managed to score more match victories than us throughout the season and topped the Northern pile with 23 points to our 21.
With outstanding team dedication and spirit we are extremely optimistic for the 2017 season. The main highlight from last year’s track and field u17/u20 men was Jona Efoloko being crowned European Champion over 200m!
Young Athletes Track & Field YDL Lower Team Reports
Sale Harriers successfully retained our Northern title in The YDL Lower winning most of our matches with convincing score lines, scoring over the magical 600 points mark in the final regional match. The closest we came to losing a match was closely contested match draw with Preston in the second match of the season.
Having already won our 9th Northern title in 10 years, our U13 & 15 boys and girls competed in its 13th successive National Final at Bedford International Stadium. We represented the North of England against Britain’s best teams, including the Scottish and Welsh Champions. The level of competition was extremely high among athletes, many of whom who have competed in the YDL Final historically have gone on to represent Great Britain.
Victory went to Southampton with Sale unable to repeat their 2014 victory, finishing a highly creditable 4th. This was a great result from a team that showed tremendous spirit whilst adopting a disciplined and professional approach under the guidance of inspirational team captains RUKA SHONIBARE and SAM EBONINE.
The quality of performance was indicated by our medal tally of 25 gold, 17 silver and 7 bronze medals.
Our gold medallists were ABRAHAM FOBIL, (4), SAM EBONINE (2), CHLOE NEWBIGGING (2), SCOTT WOODS (2), CALEB ADENUGA, SOPHIE ASHURST, AMY HASLAM , FANNY OSARUMEN ODENWENGIE, (gold in 75m, silver in 150m and silver in 4 x 100m relay) RUKA SHONIBARE, LAURELLE OBI, LOUIS APPIAH KUBI, MIA LOWNDES, LIZZY TWITE, MACKENA BRADSHAW, RENE GOOSEN, JESS NELSON, THEO UDUOISE, KANE SAVILLE and JOE HERBERT.
This was a great week for ABRAHAM FOBIL as his four victories at Bedford follow on from three more at Trafford on Monday which included a club U13 javelin record of 42m 20cms. We gained most success in the four sprint relays winning three and runners up in the fourth.
A special mention to pole-vaulter SOPHIE ASHURST (whose father was the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games Champion) who was third in the National Champions last week and is young enough to defend the YDL title she won this weekend.
Our silver medallists included MIA GIBBONS (2), LOIS McTIFFIN (2), DEVON WEYMONT, PENNY TOWNSEND, TESS Mc HUGH, MELISSA BOOTH, OLIVIA HERRON and JASMINE RICHARSON.
A special mention to SAM WORTHINGTON who was third in the long jump, and also competed in three other events,what would we do without him or our other two four-event men – BEN KERSH and LEWIS HINDLE. Our other bronze medallists were RUBY BELL, ISABELLE BURKE, TAYLOR EDWARDS, HERMIONE MASON, PRAISE OWOEYE and BROGAN RUDMAN.
With so many of our medallists still at Primary School, we can look forward to continuing success next year.
And a special mention to SOFIJA DRAGISIC-WOOD for competing in such a diverse range of events and congratulations to JESS SPILSBURY in her PB over 1500m.
David Marsh & Peter Shaw
Men's Endurance Report
Locally again we have been very prominent and in some cases dominant, whether over cross country, road or trail & fell and therefore individual and team results have been really good.
We have a number of very strong and developing training groups across varying venues, and our coaches are well renowned and doing a great job, but yet we do need people coming forward to train and be mentored as assistant coaches, to help out where the developing groups are getting too large at times, I myself need help at times if I am to give individual attention.
On cross country winning the Manchester Area League, A, B & C teams, Cheshire County Gold and medals in the Greater Manchester champs including Under 20 Men, with Euan Gilchrist winning, but a slip up in the Northern Athletics Cross Country Champs, lost us medals by a few points despite Charlie Hulson winning the race. But we bounced back with a Bronze Team performance at the National Champs, with Charlie 5th after winning in 2015, also Jaimie Roden and Matt Bond, right up in the top 20.
Iolo Hughes won the North Wales Senior Championships, whilst still being an Under 20 Junior.
Daniel Kashi was 3rd. Iolo, coached by Andy Walling, duly went on to win the Welsh Junior Cross Country Championships and was second in the Welsh Senior 1500m Champs on the track, and is going forward into 2017 from strength to strength.
Going into Winter 2016-2017, we are streaking away with the Manchester Area League and look promising for regional and national successes in England and Wales.
In Road races, we had many, many local and regional wins both team and individual.
Matt Bond once again had a number of podium finishes, second at the Manchester Half Marathon and was third at the UK Half Marathon Champs as part of Cardiff Half Marathon in conjunction with the World Half Marathon Champs. Matt’s London Marathon time broke Steve Edmonds long standing club record, with 17th place and 2nd in English Men’s Champs. These gained GB selection for the European Half Marathon in Amsterdam, where he acquitted himself well on the hot, humid and technical course.
On the road relay scene we were competitive throughout in all of the North West, Northern and National events, but just fell away from medal winning positions. This applied also to the Welsh Castles Road Relay, a two day race of twenty stages, overnight leaders saw us competing for a top place for most of the race, just slipping away on the second day to 4th, we had stage wins and also top 3 places on some stages and were third in King of the Mountains 6 stages. The squad dynamics and support crew was fantastic and a really great advert for club athletics. Our own hosted Sale Sizzler 5K Road Race Series, grows in strength, and is a great fundraiser too.
Fell, Hill and Trail Running is a growing and developing part of the club, and has a great squad with our runners very prominent in many races and having our Team presence felt all year around, with good performances in relays and team events as well as podium individuals, such as Chris Donnelly, and with Andy Carlin backing him up usually, also Aiden Raftery winning his age group races.
At the Calderdale Way Relay we were in 4th place and 4th B Team 4th which had some ladies in, and the mixed C team, with mainly Ladies in, would have been 7th Ladies, but could even have been 3rd or 4th Ladies team if all together. And the Bowstones Fell Race saw Chris Donnelly win.
We jointly host the Bill Fox Round the Reser's Trail Race and also the Gravy Pud Fell Race, with our runners prominent throughout them front to back, also marshals & officials.
Women's Endurance Report
The under 20’s and senior women's teams and individuals have enjoyed success through the year.
Continuing on from the complete domination of last years Manchester Area Cross Country League, the women had continued success this season. We once again topped the table for the senior ladies in Division 1, and also won the B and C teams, this was mirrored by the Vet women's teams too. Turn out was very high across all matches, with up to 25 ladies running in all of the 5 fixtures.
We had individual success with Danielle Feagan easily winning the Boggart Hole Clough fixture. Although we failed to finish an Under 20’s team, Alice Bruce claimed second place in the league. New additions to the team and athletes moving up at the end of this season have ensured that this section will be much stronger next season.
2016 Greater Manchester champs had a good team win with B & C teams high also, five women in the top eleven finishers, with Megan Davies getting a Bronze & Rachel Hibberd well up in the U20’s.
In both Northern & National Champs with scoring team finishes just outside medals, the National with 4th Northern team, seven finishers packed within a minute, in the top quarter of the finishers. Sonia Samuels was 8th in the GB European trials and had other good runs on the continent. Rachel Hibberd had high finishes in Under 20’s, County, Northern and National Champs.
In Road Races we had many local and international wins for individuals and teams.
Hayley Ashby won the Isle of Man Half Marathon, the Whaley Waltz, the Macclesfield Half Marathon and Bowstones Fell race. Jenna Hill won the Salford Womens 5.25mile road race – where we also took the team prize. We won the UK Fast Salford 10km, Trafford 10km, Manchester and Wilmslow Half Marathons. In the April National 6 stage road relays in Birmingham, with several of our fastest runners missing, we finished 22nd out of 42 teams.
In the Autumn Road Relays, the North West for the first time – fielding 12 ladies in 4 teams finishing in 14th, 30th, 40th & 47th. a good opportunity for those who have not taken part in an event like this.
Northern 4 stage road relays, we successfully hosted at Sports City - the 3 teams finished in 17th, 36th & 49th, while in the October National 4 stage road relays we had 2 teams – finishing in 29th and 58th places. Once again we had several key runners missing.
Many took part in marathons – with the best performance coming from Sonia Samuels in London. 2:32:00 – After running the Olympic qualifying time last year at Berlin, she finished 2nd British female and booked her ticket to Rio – where she finished 30th in 2:34:36.
The Welsh Castles Relay once again saw some great performances.
On Fell and Trail
We had Team successes in the Whaley Waltz & Bowstones Fell Races, Mobberley Round the Runway, Mad Hatter Trail, Bill Fox Round the Ressers and Gravy Pud Fell, Individual prizes as well as team.
Plus some great performances in the Calderdale Way Trail Race.
It has to be said that the Women’s Veteran Section had a huge part to play in all of the above successes, contributing in all of the team and individual glory.
Young Athletes Endurance Boys
Cross Country racing shows a limited success, with Manchester Area League, with U11’s Team win, only repeated by the Under 15’s Boys team and a second place for the Under 17 Men.
The Greater Manchester Champs were similar with a 3rd for Under 15 Boy’s and a 2nd for Under 17 Men which saw Adam Spilsbury out dipping his twin Jake, for second and third places.
Northern and National Cross Country Championships didn’t see any team successes and the same in the Northern and National Cross Country Relay Championships, apart from the under 11 Boys Silver at Graves Park Sheffield for the Northerns Relays, but positively for once, we turned out two teams in each of the age groups, and with some individual good performances.
Autumn / Winter season 2016 going into 2017, sees much of the same, except the Under 13 Boys are getting some great results to try to match the Under 11 Boys, particularly in the Manchester Area League.
There are promising individuals coming through and some really good training groups, but in the older age groups we are failing to get a good nucleus of teams on a regular and consistent basis.
On Fells and Trails there is some limited individual success going into 2017, and a Young Athlete section that has started up is looking promising for growth and development in the future.
On Road Racing, The Northern Athletics Road Relays, hosted by Sale Harriers at Sportcity, had a mixture of success again, with the Under 13 Boys looking promising with two teams out , but off the medals, although Alex James was flying through the field and passing many to record one of the fastest times of the day. He is repeating this on the cross country now also. Two teams in each of the Under 15's and 17’s, but off the medals, and also at the National Relays.
There have been many turning out at Parkruns , but we have fallen behind clubs who continue to be prominent Nationally, such as Aldershot, Tonbridge and Morpeth, who have large training groups and are continuing to bring young athletes through to Senior team successes. This is beginning to happen locally too with Salford, Horwich and Vale Royal overtaking us.
We have a great future coming through though, from our locally dominating Primary Section, with good training groups at all three venues of Crossford Bridge, Wythenshawe Park and Sportcity.
Young Athletes Endurance Girls
The girl cross country section goes from strength to strength. Not only have individuals and teams achieved honours but numbers are growing in all the age groups. In the 2016/17 season over 10 under 11, 29 under 13, 21 under 15 and 11 under 17 girls have competed for the club in the various competitions. A great base to build on for the future.
In the Northern cross country championships Jan 2016 the under 13’s team of Lara Crawford, Maisie Wiseman, Anouska Brooks and Molly Atherton won the silver medals, the under 15’s were 5th and the under 17 team finished 7th. The following month in the national cross country championships the under 13’s were a commendable 7th with Lara claiming the individual bronze medal and the under 17’s were also 7th. Unfortunately due to illness we did not have a complete team in the under 15’s.
Many girls competed in the Manchester Area cross country league in the 2015/16 season with the overall team positions being as follows Under 11’s 1st, under 13’s 1st, under 15’s 2nd and under 17’s 2nd with individual overall medalists Isabelle Burke silver in the under 11’s and Lara Crawford gold in the under 13’s. A great performance for the club.
The 2016/17 season started with the northern road relays at Sportcity in the September where the teams finished as follows under 13’s 7th, with Isabelle Burke 3rd fastest leg, with the under 15’s and under 17’s finishing 18th and 11th. A good performance to start the season as many girls did not compete in this event. The following month at the northern cross country relays in Sheffield the teams under 13’s won the silver medals with Ruby Bell getting 3rd fastest leg, the under 15’s the silver medals with Lara Crawford getting the 3rd fastest leg and the under 15s B team were the first B team home.
The under 17’s took pride of place winning the gold medals with Olivia Green and Aine Cunningham running the fastest 2 legs of the day. This was our best ever performance in this event. The under 11 girls finished 21st. On November 5th all three teams finished in the top 10 in the country in the national cross country relays - a fantastic achievement. The under 13 squad of Isabelle Burke, Niamh Boyd and Ruby Bell finished 9th with the under 15 girls (Lara Crawford, Aine Gibbons and Jessica Spilsbury) 10th and the under 17 girls team of Olivia Green, Francesca Brint and Aine Cunningham) narrowly missing the podium finishing in 4th place.
The team positions from the Manchester Area Cross Country league for 2016/17 were as follows:-
Under 11’s Ist Under 13’s Ist Under 15’s 2nd. Another great set of results. Individual overall medalists were Isabelle Burke and Taylor Edwards 1st and 2nd in the under 13’s and Lara Crawford 2nd in the under 15’s.
The 2017 Northern & National championships are looming and it is anticipated that there will be more great performances by the girls.
The girls should all feel very proud of their achievements this year and thanks go to all the parents, coaches and helpers who have made these achievements possible.
In March 2016 the club took forty Primary age runners to the East-Cheshire Cross-Country races which gave Sale Harriers U9 athletes their first chance to represent their club. They gave a good account of themselves winning both the boys and girls team races.
During the track season, many track athletes competed for the U13 YDL team which won the Northern Premier Title for the ninth time in ten years. During August, the section again held two very successful Startrack training camps.
A highlight of 2016 was at Graves Park, Sheffield in October when the club’s U11 team finished runners up in the Northern U11 Cross-Country Relay Championship. An annual highlight for the section is their Presentation evening which was a great success. JONA EFOLOKO, European Youth 200m champion, presented the awards and STEVE BOOTH was awarded the Primary section “Volunteer of the Year” award.
The Primary section took part in the Gtr. Manchester Sportshall League winning the U11 boys, U11 girls, U13 girls, U15 girls and team aggregate competitions.
Many members also took part in the County Sportshall Championships with great success winning county medals, setting PB’s and getting county selection.
The Primary section had another excellent season in the four match MACCL cross- country league with the U11 girls retaining the league title whilst the boys finished runners up failing to retain their title by a narrow margin. Sale athletes also met with great success in the County Schools Cross-country Championships with five girls and three boys finishing in the top ten.
The Primary section’s School Cross-Country League continues to be a great success with hundreds of youngsters from local Primary schools taking part in the four fixtures.
Sale Harriers Manchester has had a long tradition of maintaining quality athletics despite the passing of years. Individually we have some very highly ranked athletes with top level performances in all distances.
Gareth Raven is one of the top vet 40 runners in the country who can often be seen vying for race wins locally. Paul Green (V40) won the Abersoch Triple Crown in 2016 and can be relied upon to perform to the highest standards in road relays and cross country. Glenn Savage and Gary Rowlinson despite major setbacks in the past have had a great year with wins in the V50 class. Mike Curley is ranked in the top 10 in the country at 5k for V65s and shows no sign of slowing down.
The ladies L40 class is strong with some great runs in 2016. Helen Armitage L40, raced under the Sale Harrier name nearly 40 times in 2016 with many category wins to her name including the Benidorm Half Marathon and the Ribble Valley 10k. Anne Chinoy won the Mad Hatters trail race L40 category in May and has had a good year. Jackie Cordingley L55 raced an incredible 56 times in 2016 with many category wins to her name including The City of Salford 10k and the Round the Ressers Trail Race. She won her category an amazing 49 times in the year.
For team events we had a good turnout for the British Masters Road Relays in May where our L65 team won a silver medal and The North West Counties Road Relays in September.
The Manchester Area Cross country League has seen us quite dominant, men and women, team league titles for A,B & C teams, along with age group awards for Aidan Raftery, Kathy Wellam and Helen Armitage, and Paul Green & Gareth Raven seem to be carrying that on with current wins.
Sonia Samuels did herself proud qualifying at the London Marathon and running really well for Great Britain in the Rio, Olympic Games, as well as many other wins.
On the track Kathy Wellam has been highly ranked in the steeplechase and other events, gaining International honours, such as World Masters Bronze in the Steeplechase and 4th in the 1500m & 5000m, in Perth, Australia, as well as Northern and British Masters podium finishes indoors and outdoors. Also has won many points for the club in the UKWAL.
The people I have named are just a snapshot of some of the great performances in 2016 and the many talented individuals who have not been named should not be offended, your contribution to the club’s success has been recognised you can be assured.
Posted 23/03/2017 13:54
SALE HARRIERS MANCHESTER
106th Annual General Meeting
Thursday 23rd March 2017
At Crossford Bridge Athletics Facility, Sale.
- Welcome by Chairman.
- Apologies for absence.
- Minutes of the 105th Annual General Meeting 2016.
- Matters arising from the minutes.
- Adoption of the Annual Reports.
- To receive a financial report and approval of the balance sheet.
- Election of Officers.
- President David Brown CBE
- Chairman John Smith
- Vice Chairman Dean Hardman
- Hon Treasurer Jack Frost
- Hon Secretary Frank Cordingley
- To elect auditors.
- Proposal to increase the membership fee from £50 to £60.
- Any other business.
Closing remarks by Chairman
Posted 20/03/2017 16:43
THE FRANK STARKIE MEMORIAL CUP
The Frank Starkie Memorial Cup is awarded annually by BATFL (The British Association of Track and Field Leagues) to honour the memory of Sale Harrier’s former chairman who made a massive contribution to youth athletic development in Britain before his sudden death in 2006.
This year’s winner is our very own Jack Frost who has been a committed Northern track and field manager for many years and thoroughly deserves this high award.
Following a career in middle distance running, which included winning a bronze medal in the AAA's 10 mile championships behind Ron Hill, taking part in the first London Marathon in 1981, competing in many fell races including the Ben Nevis race, he turned my attentions to coaching in 1982. He said then that he needed a challenge in a technical event, and because there was a lack of jump coaches in the club, I chose that discipline. Sale Harriers was then based in Wythenshawe Park. He looks back on those days as the club's best despite the brilliant facilities we enjoy at SportCity.
His coaching philosophy is that although he has attaining coaching qualifications, he would never call himself a coach, but a nurturer, encourager, helper and facilitator, with the sole intention of developing athletes in attaining their full potential.
- Helped to develop Phil McDonnell to a high jump PB of 2.24m and would have gone to the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics had his Oxbridge exams not taken priority.
- Assisted Adrian Ord and Chris Hesketh to become 2.10cms high jumpers and internationals.
- Supported Matthew Owens to leap 2.14cms and qualify for the World Juniors Final.
- Nurtured Darren Hammond to win AAA and English Schools titles, plus representing GB in the European Youth Olympics in Italy. As a 16 year old, he was ranked 8th in the world U18 age group.
- Coached U20 Seun Okome to a brilliant 2014 season where he high-jumped 2.12m.
- Helped several pole-vaulters to clear the remarkable height of 5 meters: -
- (a) Andy Ashurst who took gold at the Commonwealth Games in 1986 (5.30m), and went to the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Olympics. His PB of 5.45m was a club record for more than 20 years
- (b) Matt Belsham, part of Sale Harriers golden years of pole vaulters in the 80s and 90s and selected for England in the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games
- (c) Duncan Pearce (5.00m), Andy Greig (5.20m), all following in the footsteps of John Parkinson, winner of the senior English schools title with a 4. 35m clearance.
- (d) Ezekiel Rowe, who earned a school's international selection, and Greg Appleby awarded a bronze in the 2014 EA U17 championships.
- (e) Matt Cullen who soared over 5 meters in 2013 and now is Sale's principal pole vault coach.
Jack is a club stalwart and will always be found on training nights at Sportcity. He has been the financial brains behind the club for many years. He is a long term and valued member of the clubs Executive Committee.
Jack was for a long time the team manager for our Northern League teams as well as a respected team manager for the young athlete’s league and junior league teams before they became the YDL teams. His influence is also felt within both the senior men and women’s team management structure where his advice and wise advocacy is often sought.
He is an integral part in the management of vault Manchester which he has seen go from strength to strength. He is a staunch supporter of developing the pole vault for all ages.
Jack also sits on the management team for the highly successful Manchester Indoor Grand Prix events as well as arranging all the venue and travel bookings across all the club fixtures.
Earlier winners were:
The 2014 recipient was Liverpool Harriers George Bunner.
The 2012 recipient was Eric Hughes, Sale Harrier’s President and Britain’s most successful women’s team manager.
2011 Don Webb of Croydon Harriers & AC
2010 Nanette Johnson of Boston & District AC
2009 Brian Smith of Shaftesbury Barnet
2008 Norma Blaine of Birchfield Harriers & AC
2007 Olive Megit of Woodford Green/ Essex Ladies
Posted 06/03/2017 16:12
Mental Skills Workshop with Jenny meadows -
Athletes who attended - Ruby Bell, Alyssa Davey, lulu Griffith, Anouska Brooks, Sam Heyworth, Mia Gibbons, Will Parker, Libby Hill, Ella Gillespie, Taylor Edwards, Izzy Burk. It was also attended by club coaches Dave Marsh, Pete Shaw, Karen Hill & Mike Gillespie. Plus 5 parents.
Sportcity played host to a mental skills workshop delivered by Jenny Meadows & her husband/coach Trevor Painter. The session was so popular that it was delivered in 2 sessions with attendees booking on either morning or afternoon slots. The session was attended by middle distance athletes & coaches from various clubs with Sale Harriers being present in large numbers.
Jenny and Trevor discussed race preparation, coping with nerves, overcoming barriers, the team that surrounds athletes and the role everyone plays towards supporting development. Jenny and Trevor also discussed Jenny's learning curves that she developed over her career that started at the age of 7.
Jenny & Trevor are great friends of the club and we are thankful to them both for sharing their knowledge and experience with us. Dave Marsh said of the workshop "Jenny is a great role model to young athletes & has been a brilliant mentor to some of the kids I coach, always being there to offer support and advice."
Posted 01/03/2017 11:04
SALE HARRIERS MANCHESTER
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY 23rd of MARCH 2017
COMMENCING AT 8:30pm
CROSSFORD BRIDGE STADIUM
Any items of business for the meeting must be notified in writing to the Club Secretary Frank Cordingley at 27 Barnfield, Urmston. M41 9EW. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org), to reach him no later than 21 days prior to the date of the AGM (i.e. 2nd March 2017).
Club members. The meeting is an open meeting to which you are invited to attend. This is your club so come and have your say.
Posted 12/02/2017 18:42
Congratulations to Aine Cunningham on winning ‘Young Athlete of The Year’.
Seen here with coach Richard Goddard and Club President David Brown CBE.
She thoroughly deserves this award with recent PBs of 4:36:16 in the 1500m at Stretford, 9:52:95 in the 3000m and 2:11.2 in the 800m.
Posted 06/02/2017 14:18
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
Saturday 17th December 2016 10.15am Start
Wythenshawe Athletics Track
The Christmas Handicap will be an annual event again.
It will consist of two distances ie 10km and 5km,
It is essentially is a fun training event though, fancy dress is optional.
It is open to all club members, including social, athletes, coaches, team managers, but also parents and relatives.
10Km : Seniors, veterans, under 20’s, some under 17’s.
5km : Under 13’s, 15’s and some under 17’s. Social members, coaches, team managers, but also parents / relatives. Also Veterans over 60.
Some under 11’s (min age 9yrs) if accompanied by an adult.
Bring a prize and win a prize (unwrapped and only £1 - £2 value needed).
Prizes to first three to finish (any age). Trophy to the winner, first to finish.
Also in 10k, fastest man and woman, fastest veterans, fastest U20’s or 17’s.
And 5k fastest Under 15 boy and girl, also under 13 boy and girl.
It will be on a multi-terrain course within the park.
Starting on the track it will follow trail paths by Nan Nook Woods then the stream. Up as far as Gib Lane trail path, which it will follow up to Sale Road, where it will follow the perimeter trail to the lodge house next park entrance. It will follow the park road to the Hall, turning right then left by the basketball court and play area, going up the path between the stables and play area. Turning by the stables follow the path to the stream, turning before the bridge and down the trail with the stream on your left, turn right when you reach the field and follow the path to the car park and track gate, the 10k will go around for a second lap.
10k - a lap of the track to start and finish, 5k just a lap to finish.
Entry : FREE
Contact Mike Wharton email@example.com
Or me Dave Rodgers firstname.lastname@example.org
Please give your details below:-
Name : ………………………………... Age: …………..
Current 5k or 10K time ……………….. Recent race …………..
Other significant recent performance or estimate of time………………………...
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.
Tickets are £15 per head and money can be transferred by BACS to Paul Barret or given in cash to Helen Carter at Tuesday training. This includes a cold buffet meal. All proceeds from the event go to funding one of our Welsh Castles Relay team entries. The evening will include the presentation of Club Championship awards too.
If you would like to help with a raffle prize, please let Helen Carter or Paul Barret know.
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.
As most of you are aware, the Manchester Half Marathon goes through Sale this October. If youre running it, hope the training is going well. If youre not running it, you'll probably be watching it! So, if you fall in the latter, I would be grateful if you could assist marshalling on the morning. We'll be covering Dane Road. In return, you'll get the usual lunch, etc...and you'll be helping the club. We need approx 30 people.
If you can spare a couple of hours please can you registar using this link:
Code is: SALEH
Anyone can help, so if you have a long lost aunt visiting- get her involved.
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.
see Facebook page for details of mashalling
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
The new club kit ordering website is now open for orders.
- Orders will be taken from now until 19th May 2016.
- Your kit will be delivered to the club 4 weeks later.
- Click here and enter password: SALEHARRIERS2016
Posted 09/05/2016 21:02
Manchester 10K. Sunday 22nd May 2016.
I am looking for more Marshall's for the 10K please.
If you are running in the event could you please see if you can provide a replacement to take your place helping out with the marshalling. If you could let me have their name and contact number please.
For marshalling you will get 1) A Puma jacket
2) A packed lunch
3) There will be a free refreshments tent.
Contact: Morris Jefferson. 0161 969 3329
Or email: email@example.com
Posted 02/05/2016 10:44
Sorry about this but this is another plea for help. We as runners often take for granted the helpers and volunteers who selflessly give up their time so that athletic events can take place safely and successfully. Well here is another chance for you to redress the balance and equalise that Kama. Please keep free either the 21st of May and/or the 22nd May in order to help marshall The Great Mini and Junior Runs at The Etihad Campus (Sportcity) Saturday, and/or The Morrisons Great Manchester Run 10k in Manchester. (Sunday).
We need all the helpers we can get so please ask friends and family to come along too. Last year on the Saturday we got our foreign students who were staying with us to help and they thoroughly enjoyed their day. We also got to meet Paula Radcliffe whose daughter was running. Saturday would be 10am til 1pm, Sunday 10 until 3 ish, and you will receive a super free jacket and your lunch will be provided. Saturday, Sunday or both, it’s up to you.
Please contact Morris Jefferson on 0161 969 3329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org giving your name, address contact phone number and dates available. Thank you so much. Everyone who turns up helps club funds so please make an effort.
form for returning to Morris
Posted 06/04/2016 14:39
Posted 14/03/2016 15:26
SALE HARRIERS MANCHESTER
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY 24 MARCH 2016
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. 3rd March 2016).
Posted 15/02/2016 20:29
The final race of this season's Manchester Area Cross Country League takes place on Saturday the 13th of February at Wythenshawe Park.
This meet is crucial for two important reasons. The first is that all teams are well placed to either win or come second or third in their divisions (see link); so it’s important that as many runners as possible make it to the start line as every place will count. Secondly, if you can't run but are available we do need help with marshalling all the races (juniors as well as seniors). If you are available please let myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dave Rodgers know so we have an idea of how many marshals we potentially have.
Also, please remember that all the junior presentations will take place as soon as possible after the end of each race but that the senior men and ladies (and U20's) will take place in the Courtyard Cafe after the men's race. There is soup and cake available (must be pre-booked) and a free raffle for two pairs of running shoes. Details of the presentation, including timings and how to pre-order food is in the link below.
Posted 03/02/2016 10:15
The organizers of the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon, which will celebrate its 40th edition on 10th April 2016, have announced a new initiative funded from the success of the 2015 race. They have teamed up with Trafford Council to launch a new initiative to identify, develop and support the sporting careers of the Borough’s most promising young athletes.
The Xtra Mile Events-Trafford Athlete Fund was recently announced and its hoped recipients of funding and grants are available at Gold (up to £1,000), Silver (up to £500) and Bronze (up to £250) levels to help promising and talented competitors (aged 18 and under), who live within the Trafford boundary to realize their potential and progress in their chosen sport. This can be achieved by supporting additional coaching, providing better quality equipment or helping towards travel costs. The fund is designed to meet the needs of the athlete as opposed to enforcing rigid criteria on the actual returns.
The first deadline for the first batch of grant applications is January 18, 2016 but there will be other chances to apply moving forward. Fund hopefuls can obtain more information by contacting XtraMileFund@trafford.gov.uk while an application form plus other details of the scheme are available at www.traffordpartnership.org/sport
Posted 07/12/2015 16:12
This year the Sale Harriers Winter Party will be held at The Slug and Lettuce in Didsbury (M20 6QZ). Put the date in your diary, Saturday the 16th January 2016 starting around 7:30pm, we have the use of the function room so should be fun. Please note that food will be served at 8:30, don't be late.
Helen Carter says;
The Winter Party is always a great night and helps us raise funds for our Welsh Castles Relay entry. We will be celebrating the Sale Harriers' successes of the past season and there will be the annual awards ceremony for those lucky enough to win a trophy.
Tickets are £15 and this includes a hot buffet; we are operating an honesty policy so won't actually distribute tickets but I will keep a record of who has paid. See Helen Armitage or Helen Carter for details. There is a dedicated Facebook page too. Search for Sale Harriers Winter Party.
I need to confirm numbers with the venue by early January so please make sure you have paid by January 5th!
I will be available before Tuesday training sessions if you would like to pay cash.
I'm putting in a bid for the Spice Girls to reform and be our entertainment but this is as yet unconfirmed...
It's the same day as the Heaton Park cross country so you can do both!
Posted 08/11/2015 16:12
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/grasmere-butharlyp-howe
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.co.uk/half-marathon/
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
For more details click here.
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.
The event played host to Manchester’s sporting achievers of the year and included sports people across the spectrum, coaches, volunteers and unsung heroes. Sale Harriers was well represented as always, and the only Manchester sports club to be TWICE recognised during the trophy parade as double National YDL (Lower) Premier League champions and men’s British T&F Premier League champions. (Some might say we should have even had a third trophy on display; that of National 6-stage Champions which the club had won for the first time just over twelve months earlier. John Smith and I proudly placed the club trophies on stage, suitably suited and booted for the occasion, though it could have been a different story for me if not for John letting me get scrubbed up at his house after a tough and muddy cross country race the same afternoon at Woodbank Park!
Sale Harriers also had no less than two athletes nominated for individual honours. International athlete and Glasgow Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Jess Taylor was not only short listed for ‘Sports Achiever of the Year’ award but she actually won it! Well done Jess and keep up the good work both with your own athletics and also with the work you do coaching Manchester’s young talent in the academy.
After all that - Yes there is more! Club youngster Jona Efoloko, who this year has not only gone undefeated in his age group, but also gone onto the number 2 spot in the UK all time sprint rankings, was short listed for “The Young Sports Person of 2014 award. Jona trains only a couple of times a week and is not only a great athlete but also a humble young man who is a positive role model to his peers. Jona was awarded the runner up prize but I think we all agree that his achievements this year have been fantastic and it shows the sporting talent in Manchester. Keep it up Jona, you are a winner to us.
Callum Roughneen was also in attendance with his dad and club sprint coach Pete. Callum is the “Street Sprints” ambassador and had the honour of taking the street sprints plaque on stage and also to sit with Linford Christie during the meal!
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.
1). Welcome by the Chairman
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
President No nomination from Executive Committee
Chairman David Brown CBE
Vice Chairman No nomination (nomination at meeting to be accepted)
Hon Treasurer Jack Frost
Hon Secretary Carol Brown
To elect Vice Presidents
Nominations: a) Norman Poole b) Christopher Bartram
8). On the recommendation of the Executive Committee to confirm Life membership status to Brian Spriggs
To elect auditors
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
· Good Luck to all our teams competing in the National Cross Country Championships at Wollaton Park on Saturday. It’s the toughest of Championships and great experience. Good Luck, everyone.
· Everyone tune in and watch our long-time Sale sprinter in the UKWAL, Rebekah Wilson representing GB in the bobsleigh at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. She’s on at 15.15 UK Time... make sure your all cheering her on
Posted 18/02/2014 21:48
The next harrier magazine, that’s an overview of the club throughout 2013, is near completion and will be ‘on the street’, about mid-March. I desperately need advertisers to take out an advert in it and help defray the costs of the magazine. Do you know anyone? Would your workplace consider an advert? Prices are very negotiable of only about £300 for a quarter page. If you know someone, would you contact me within the next few days, please. I’ll keep my fingers crossed!
Posted 18/02/2014 21:47
Sale Harriers finished 2nd in the Club Challenge at last May’s Great Manchester Run. As such we won 10 free entries for the 2014 Great Manchester Run to be distributed among club members. How do we distribute them?
As you probably know already, The Great Club Challenge last year included the Great North Run, Great Yorkshire Run, Great Scottish Run, Great Birmingham Run, and concluded at the Great South Run and last year’s lucky winners were Birmingham, Running, Athletics & Triathlon Club (BRAT) who won the all-expenses paid trip to the Great Ethiopian Run You can read more about their experience at http://www.greatrun.org/News/Article.aspx?nid=459.
Why not go for this in 2014? The club can enter as many of these events in 2014 as we wish and should the club finish 1st at any event, the team will win £500 towards club development plus 15 free entries for the following year and also be entered into the draw to win the grand prize of the trip to Ethiopia (24th November).
Is it worth challenging for in 2014? Finishing 2nd in the GNR shows that, with a bit of organization, the club can easily win these events and, with a bit of luck, win the draw that could result in a free trip to the Gt. Ethiopian Run next November. Is there anyone prepared to take on organizing this project and adding it to the section’s commitments for 2014?
If so, I’ll give the distribution of the 10 free entries to that person. If there is a willing organizer, let me know asap and I’ll also pass over the access details of the electronic token registration system with the notes on how to proceed. Please note the closing date to get runners registered into the event is 9am Monday 17 March 2014.
Posted 18/02/2014 21:46
The club has committed itself to marshalling the Sale section of this year’s Manchester Marathon on April 6th. This takes in the section between Dane Road all the way through to Brooklands Roundabout. We require a minimum of 60 marshals, with the more we get the more money the club receives in valuable income. This income pays for races and events which members benefit from, so it would be great to have as many as possible volunteering. Those who train at Sportcity are also welcome and encouraged to help also. If you have partners/parents/children, please recruit them as well. If you can help, contact Paul Barrett immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org . All marshals will receive lunch and an Asics jacket.
Posted 18/02/2014 21:45
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY 20 MARCH 2014 COMMENCING AT 8:30pm AT THE ATHLETICS FACILITY CROSSFORD BRIDGE STADIUM IN SALE.
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. 27 February 2014).
Posted 18/02/2014 00:15
No: This isn’t about Income tax but a snapshot of my thoughts about my running during 2013.
A look at my log on my computer shows a mere 500 miles of running. I use the word running loosely as jogging or hobbling would seem more correct. This was a big disappointment as it doesn’t seem so long ago that I would run the Timperley Dash on Thursday and a half marathon the following weekend. Those were the days, but where has the time gone?
I became even more disappointed, even depressed until I accessed some inserted comments which read:-
24 June Ran in Lyme Park with Alan 48years, Aidan 14years and Cameron 10years. My son and grandsons were over from Australia. We had a lovely run around ‘Cage Hill’. The weather was perfect.
Fast forward to18 August and while I was down in the Midlands I was invited, or was it challenged, to go for a jog with my two granddaughters, Nel’ 15years and Han’ 13 Years, both County hockey players. We only ran a mile but they jogged along in front chatting away leaving me a trembling wreck 50yards behind.
28 December. The two young Amazons came up for Christmas and announced on arrival that they had brought their running kit. We went round the local fields and they did some shuttle runs while I held the stopwatch which enabled me to keep up with them on the way home.
I am sure there are other ‘wrinkly runners’ like me out there who have had similar experiences. Cherish them. They are worth more than buckets full of medals and plastic trophies. Cherish them.
So: 2013 wasn’t that bad after all.
PS. My eldest granddaughter is a decent swimmer and wants to go swimming with me so I will just be off to the baths to do some training.
(Bryan Gane Vet 75)
BCG 2nd Jan 2014
Posted 11/02/2014 08:25
The Sale Harriers Winter Party was held on Saturday following the North of England Cross Country
The club would like to congratulate the follow people;
Sarah Douglas: Most Improved Female
Nigel Martin: Most Improved Male
Sarah Douglas: Harold Wilson Club Championship Female Winner
Steve McCarron: Harold Wilson Club Championship Male Winner
Helen Armitage: Harold Wilson Club Championship Female Vet Winner
Carl Barber: Harold Wilson Club Championship Male Vet Winner
Posted 26/01/2014 23:30
The club's multi-eventers performed well in the Dash Quadrathon
at Sportcity last weekend. Sam Worthington won the
U11 boys event which included a new long jump PB of 4.16m
Ellie Jackson won the star performer of the day
scoring a record points total and winning by forty points the U13
girl's event. Rory Canham and Adam
Kinghorn were 2nd and 3rd in the U15 boy's event whilst
James Ratcliffe ran 11.8 seconds to break the 100m
record in the U11 girl's event, Scarlett Whittaker
and Poppy Glasby-Seddon were equal 3rd with 272
points whilst Ayla Hewitt was not far behind with
263 points in 7th place. Thomas Boyd broke the
600m record with a time of 1:58.6 seconds and finished 5th in the
U9 boy's event whilst Harry finished 6th in the U13 event.
Our older multi-eventers also performed with great credit in
their NW Championships in Carlisle. Oliver Mc
Cormick won the U15 boy's event by over 100 points whilst
J 'nay Ward was 300 points ahead in winning the
U17 girl's championship including a PB of 1.62m in the high jump.
Harry Lord was 4th in the U17 boy's event as was
Marnie Wells-Nicholls and Lydia
Randles who was 4th and 5th in the U15 girl's
championship. Grace Bower included a LJ PB of
4.88m to finish 4th in the U15 girl's event whilst Meg Mc
Hugh launched the shot to a new PB of 7.94 cms whilst
finishing 5th. These girls have another year in their age-group and
will expect a medal next year.
Posted 04/07/2013 10:00
Next weekend, the club's T & F athletes will 'strut their
stuff' in the first of the indoors meetings at Sportcity that the
Club promotes every year. Meanwhile, our outdoor specialists
continue to excel and foremost among this weekend events was the Mc
Cain Cross Country Challenge at Sefton Park, Liverpool that
incorporated the European Trials. Two of the club's up-and-coming
athletes achieved new pinnacles in their running careers by being
selected to represent GB & NI at the European Cross-Country
Championships in Hungry on December 9th.
In the U20 race, Welsh international Charlie
Hulson displayed magnificent youthful power and combined
with the tactical prowess and maturity of a senior, he finished
third and just missed out on being the U20 winner by five seconds.
Charlie has already won numerous Welsh titles over the cross
country and track throughout the age-groups.Special commendation
also to Ryan Moore who heroically finished a
superb 21st (with an excellent second lap) and would
have been very much higher had he not been laid low by 'a bug' the
previous evening. Talented Luke Betts, a track
specialist, finished 66th over the energy-sapping course
that wasn't for track runners.
Our second athlete who'll represent GB in Hungry is
Simon Horsfield. He also finished a superb
3rd in the U23 category again running the race of his
life and mixing it not far off the leading group of the country's
top seniors seniors also vying for European places. Simon's already
got an impressive record of Commonwealth & European accolades
and has ranked top five over 1500m in the UK through the
Had there been European places available for the U13 girls, then
Aine Cunningham would have been a winner. She ran
an amazing race to finish fourth though awarded the same time as
the third finisher and was only nine seconds off Chelmsford
Khalisa Mhlanga who's won everything available nationally this
year. The club's little startlet has had an amazing year and
continues to improve and grow in confidence. So far, she's set an
800m club record; ran the fastest leg in the Northern Relays and
was part of the winning team in the Northern Relays and the silver
medallists in the National XC relays. Others who finished were
Lucy O'Gorman in the senior race who had a fine
run for 44th place whilst returning from injury and
Gavin Hill who finished 77th in the
senior race. We wish Lucy well as she leaves Loughborough and
begins a new career in sport based at Bath.
Still on the international front, Antony Ford,
the Club's 2:17.16 Marathoner based in Blackpool, received his
latest National call-up and represented England at the European
Athletics Cross-Country permit meeting in the Netherlands. He had a
fine run despite being caught out by the lightening fast start of
Europe's elite, beating his team colleague Andi
Jones (Salford AC) by over 30 seconds to finish
On the home front, it was the Salford Women's 5.25k race and our
fairer sex had it all to themselves in miserable conditions. Making
her course debut, in-form Helen Armitage was first
home in 35.33 taking the L35 title to boot. Sian
Holland was running it for the third time and her 36.05
was her second best performance. Jo Street, just
finished her MA, cast aside her bike and recorded 36.54 that was
almost ninety seconds faster than in 2008. L50 Jackie
Cordingley has been the club's 'golden thread' in this
race for a decade never out of the top three in her age-category.
This year was her best taking the L50 title in 38.20.
Belinda Hammond also made her debut and she
recorded 39.13. Jenny Clink is bound to be pleased
with a PB of 39.43 against 40.37 in 2009. Likewise Carla
Ousey's 41:35 was three minutes faster than 2009 and
surely the reason for another fancy-dress shin-dig! Heather
Brint's current overseas travelling is not the best
preparation for faster times but her 45.45 time is commendable in
the circumstances. Finally, relative newcomer Rosa
Elliott easily dipped under 50 minutes and will further
improve with her current commitment to running.
Finally, evergreen M60 Terry Lonergan is back under 43 minutes
for10k for the first time this year with a 42.43 at the flat and
fast WINDMILL 10K on the coast at Lytham St Annes
finishing an impressive 46th out of 553. He returned to
the Fylde a fortnight later for the WESHAM 10K and on a slightly
more undulating course on quiet country lanes he clocked
43.11. In both he was 2nd M60
(Researched and compiled by Fechin Mc
Posted 05/06/2013 08:21
The London mini-Marathon is as big for the country's young
people as it is for the 40,000 men and women. This year the club
had several representing the North-West of England in the National
Road Race Championships. Megan Davies competed in the U17 race and
in the U13 girl's race the club provided 50% of the team with Aine
Cunningham, Niamh Nugent and Danielle Stringer. All of them
competed against teams from Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the eight
other regions. Not only had they an invaluable experience but all
of them performed very well. Danielle Stringer was 30th, Aine
Cunningham 46th and Niamh Nugent 110th. This is Megan report with
her result at the end.
"It was my second mini marathon and it will be my last as I will
be too old by next year. We travel down by bus as a team on the
Saturday afternoon which is really good as you get to know the rest
of the team and it is always good fun with all the other athletes.
When we get to where we are staying we always go for a run to
loosen up after the bus journey; then we have a shower before our
tea which is always pasta; then we get to talk and chat with the
other people in the team; and other athletes from other areas that
we have met over the year.
We have a team meeting the night before the race; mostly for the
ones who have never been before; then we go back to our rooms which
are really nice. We are given a breakfast pack the night before as
it is a really early start and we do not meet for breakfast; we
have it in our room. Before I went to bed I did all my packing for
the next day as there is not a lot of time to get organised in the
morning. The bus is always a lot quieter on the Sunday morning than
it was on the Saturday; NERVES.
It is not just a race for some people but a chance to catch up
with friends that we have not seen for a while. We all want to do
well for the team but for ourselves as well; after the race has
finished we get another chance to speak to other athletes that we
may not see for a long time. The atmosphere is always tense at the
start as there are a lot of nerves. Some of the girls from the
London borough's race at the start were chatting and very relaxed;
I don't think they took it as seriously as we did. This year in
memory of the tragedy in Boston earlier in the week all the mini
marathon competitors ran with black ribbons pinned to their tops.
Also before the races started, all the competitors and team
managers had 30 seconds silence.
When the race started there are some people that went off too
fast; you have to be careful not to get drawn into running too fast
at the start; you need to be confident in your pace otherwise you
will fade badly before the finish. Once the race has started it is
not like any other race of the year as there are lots of people
cheering all the way; clapping and encouraging all the runners to
do well. There are signs that tell you how far you have to go; not
just for us but the full marathon runners. There is always a large
crowd when we turn and pass Big Ben; get to the top of this road
and turn right onto the mall; according to the sign there are
385yds to go; if you have anything left to give now is the time to
When the race is finished we are all given a goody bag with a
London marathon T shirt, a small rucksack and lots of other
goody's; we wait for the rest of the team to complete then we
stroll out of the finishing area. Only athletes and team managers
are allowed in the finishing area. When we leave here, we had a
team photo taken as a memento of the day then we all walk back to
where the buses are waiting with our bags; we spend more time
chatting about the race how we have done etc. Then everybody splits
up and goes their separate ways. I met two of the Scottish athletes
that I am friends with and have raced a few times so we spoke about
the race and what we are looking forward to for the rest of the
year. It is really friendly and you get a lot of opportunity to
meet people from all over the country; it is the best atmosphere of
any race of the year. If you are lucky enough to be picked to go to
this race YOU WILL HAVE A GREAT TIME no matter where you
I walked down to watch some of the marathon finishing with my
parents. We watched the leading women and men race beside Big Ben
then we did some sightseeing. The other thing about the day is if
you get to use the London underground you do not need to pay; you
just show them your number and they open a gate for you to get to
the trains like a VIP.
I finished 12th in The British Road Race Championships
and 15th overall, I improved by 47 seconds on my time from last
year doing the 3 mile course in 17 mins and 33 seconds. Megan
Posted 24/04/2013 14:05
102nd Annual General
Meeting. Thursday 14th
March 2013 At
Crossford Bridge Athletics Facility, Sale. All
Welcome by the Chairman
Apologies for absence
Minutes of the 101st Annual General Meeting
Matters arising from the minutes
Adoption of the Annual Reports 2012
To receive a financial report and approval of the balance sheet
To ratify the decision of the Executive Committee (Finance) to set
the annual subscriptions for the following year at Adults £50.00.
Adults in full time education £30.00 Young Persons £30.00
and Associates £20.00.
To ratify the decision of the Executive Committee (Admin and
membership) to add an additional category of membership. Family
membership - additional family members ( only available where
two older athletes within the same household are paid up members)
Election of Officers
Eric Hughes (Nominated by Exec Comm.)
David Brown CBE
10. On the
recommendation of the Executive Committee to confirm Life
membership status to Jean Dutton and Graham Padget
11. To elect
Closing remarks by Chairman
Posted 24/03/2013 11:44
The club 2nd indoor promotion at Sportcity was a huge
success, with many of our athletes achieving personal bests. The
sprinters were out in force, the club fielding 27 athletes in the
60m flat. Umar Hameed 7.03secs, Nathan
Selby 7.05secs, Aaron Crowley 7.06secs
and Charles Burke 7.07secs were the leading lights
for the men, whilst Jessica Taylor and
Tyra Watson both clocked 7.98secs.
The other event to catch the eye was the Pole vault. Thirty
seven vaulters put on a spectacular display with Matt
Cullen 4m 60cm and Daniel Needham 4m
25cm, contesting the leading bunch. Zac
Harrop and Lewis Hannon both U/17
athletes achieved new pbs of 3m 50cm, and Zavia
Hill broke new ground when clearing 3m 10cm.
The next meeting is on Sunday Jan 6th, and any help
on the day would be gratefully welcomed by Morris
Jefferson. Full detailed results can be
obtained on the Pof10.
Please click here for a list
of all results
Posted 24/03/2013 11:41
It is my sad duty to report the death of club member Dave Todd,
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
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
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
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.
Senior athlete membership
Off Track membership (for example road and cross country - not
covering track & field athletics)
Under 17 athlete membership
Athletic 365 (U11's) membership*
Sale Harriers Manchester together with several other leading
clubs is challenging England Athletics on these changes and
Notwithstanding that we need to ensure that the club is
financially protected should these changes come about in April
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
SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING
22nd November 2012
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
* 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
Chris joined the club in 1961 after a knock on the front door by
He was a member of the team in the 60's and 70's that dominated
road relay and cross country races. He was a key member of
the team that won 4 National Championship medals, a highlight in
Chris's running career as a Youth and junior.
Chris was a member of Sale Harriers until 1979.
He moved to Yorkshire to start a new challenge with his wife Sue
but always remained a life long Sale Harrier.
Chris became involved at Pool AFC after winning the fell race at
the first village Gala in the early 1980's and offered to organise
subsequent races which he did for several years.
He looked after the junior section of the football club eventually
becoming a referee.
On behalf of Sale Harriers I wish to pass on our sincere
condolences to Chris's wife Sue and children Karen, Andrea, Duncan
Submitted by Morris Jefferson
Posted 15/10/2012 08:12
Sale Harriers Training Weekend in Ingleton,
Yorkshire 5th to 7th October
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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:
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
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
Other SHM athletes to compete at the championships
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
Dan Needham 110mH
Dave Hughes UKA 400mH
Abigail Fitzpatrick 400mH
Chris Baker UKA High Jump
Andy Sutcliffe UKA Pole Vault
Jana Brozova Pole Vault
Emma Andersson Pole Vault
Allan Hamilton Long Jump
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
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
Practical Action is a development charity with a
difference. They know the simplest ideas can have the most
profound, life-changing effect on poor people across the world.
This is why, for over 40 years, they have been working closely with
some of the world's poorest people using simple technology to fight
poverty and transform their lives for the better. Practical Action
has a unique approach to development - they don't start with
technology, but with people. The tools may be simple or
sophisticated - but to provide long-term, appropriate and practical
answers, they must be firmly in the hands of local people: people
who shape technology and control it for
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
Olivia Callaghan's mum and dad and Olivia want to say a very big
'Thank You' to all the wonderful people who cared so well for
Olivia when she was urgently hospitalized in Portugal a few days
ago from a burst appendix whilst with the Sale Harriers (and
others) warm weather training group. They send a special thank you
to Jayne who spent a lot of time with Olivia but also to Keith,
Roger Devlin and all her athlete friends who were fantastic.
Well done, everyone and thanks. We know how brave Olivia was
and we all look forward to having her back home safe and well to
make a full recovery.
Posted 12/04/2012 12:11
TWO NATIONAL XC BRONZE MEDALS
The ultimate cross-country race is the 'National' and the
2011/12 promotion returned to its spiritual home at Parliament Hill
Fields (London). The Roll of Honour of those who've run there
boasts decades of Britain's top athletes. Every runner must
once visit this mecca and remember the thunder of the athlete's
feet as they propel from the pens to jostle for top positions as
they converge for the bottle-neck at the top of the first
Positioned in the start zone that offers panoramic views of
London, Club Chairman David Brown CBE had the
honour of being its Chief Starter for the first time. He'd recently
attained his Level 4 in Event Management, and such is his growing
national reputation, he'd earlier been the chief Starter at the
Aviva Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham. It was David who got all ten
age-groups toed properly to the line and off on their renowned
stampedes. His wife Club Secretary Carol
Brown was there also as part of the start team, a role
she's fulfilled at the 'National' for a number of years.
The most successful of the club's teams was undoubtedly, the U13
girls who finished a fantastic third. They were the first Northern
team and produced the section's best result for thirteen
years. Three of the quartet of Eleanor Twite
(26th), Francesca Brint
(27th), Ciara Lydon (44th)
and Olivia Green (58th) are a year
young who, all things being equal, could win this Championship next
year. Francesca had a great run finishing higher than in the
Northern XC Championships when the team won the bronze medals.
Congratulations to these youngsters. Bracknall AC retained
the title for the third successive year and Charnwood AC was
The other outstanding performance of the day was Sonia
Samuels who repeated her bronze medal performance from
2009. The race also marked the 20th anniversary of when
she first started competing in National Cross-Country
Championships. Just returned from altitude training in Kenya and
her first major race since last July, she decided to test her
strength for her inaugural London marathon in April. She chose the
Parliament Hill course as her favourite to test her current
strength. She battled from the start with eventual winner Gemma
Steel and runner-up Steph Twell and it was only in the race to the
tape that it became impossible to beat the Olympic 1500m youngster.
Sonia missed out on the elusive National title by a measly three
seconds and though awarded the same time as Twell as runners-up,
hers was to be the bronze medal and the confidence boost she
needed. Sonia has had a fantastic history in these
Championships of never been outside the top eight for over a
decade. She led the team home to a respectable 10th
that's consistent with the section's current depth and form and
without several of their top girls. Emily
Beedham (109th) was next home followed by
Hayley Cavill (164th) and Jan
Nicholls (212th), both having their National
Both the U15 girls and boys produced their best results for many
years. The girl's squad of Catherine Podmore,
Rachel Hibbert, Flora Whyte, Hannah Simeen,
Caithlin Thomas and Hannah Cristy finished
13th, and the boy's quarter of Adam Roden, Sam
Mayon, Dillon Stanway and Euan Gilchrist
finished 23rd These are solid groups of youngsters
who'll have gained worthwhile experience of the big occasion
including staying overnight in a hotel.
The U17 men are already the Northern Road Relay and the Northern
XC Relay Champions. They finished 19th, again the
section's best result for awhile. Northern XC Champion Ryan
Moore (15th) was first home but this time
beaten by the winner Matthew Shirling (L'pool H
& AC). He was well supported by Alex Burchill, Kyle
Conway and Alex Bradford. In the
U17 girl's race, only Megan Davies
(30th) Misha Nayak-Oliver and
Chloe Yates took part. Congratulations to Megan
for her 6th place in the U17 Scottish National
Cross-Country Championships the previous week and to Misha whose
result was much improved from previous years. Imani Modahl,
Tyra Watson, Kirsten McAslan and Chris Mc
Gahan were competing in the National Indoors and would
have made a big difference to their team's overall results.
For the senior men, this year's Championship was the
125th running and it was as awesome as ever with 2000
starters. Sale finished 23rd, identical to last
year and again consistent with the section's current depth and
availability. As ever, Gaz Raven (30th)
was the first home. This was Gaz's eighteenth consecutive senior
National and his twentieth overall since he ran twice as a junior,
the first time in 1993 at the same Parliament Hill venue
James Bailey (68th) equalled his best
ever position in an National; Ian Weatherall
(204th) had another superb run as a veteran whilst
Niall Brooks (274th), Paul
Green (447th) and Colin Gell
(453) all struggled. Others who flew the club flag were
Gary Rowlinson (495th), Carl
Barber (586th), Mike Ashby
(620th), Paul Barrett
(713th), Peter Crawford
(853rd) and Phil Scowcroft
Neither the U20 men nor women were able to complete a team, a
reflection of the continuing demise of these age-groups in running.
Charlie Hulson did well to finish 15th
and must be congratulated on winning the U20 Welsh XC Championships
two weeks earlier. James Wignall finished 51th and
Callum Greenwood 71st.
All the team managers were unanimous in expressing their
congratulations and gratitude. Steve Windebank
wrote of the youngsters, "I think I can speak for all the coaches
in saying we're very proud of your efforts. At the end of a tiring
weekend and long, hard season, it was all made worthwhile seeing
everyone running their hearts out. A big 'Thank You' to the parents
for supporting the lads and lassies over the weekend". Special
thanks also to team manager Dave Rodgers who
sorted out all the accommodation- no easy task and who has
throughout the season provided the teams with very welcome shelter
at the cross country fixtures! Thank you
(Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 29/02/2012 11:59
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL
TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY 22
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. To reach her no later
than 21 days prior to the date of the AGM (i.e. 29 February
Posted 06/02/2012 08:54
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Posted 11/01/2012 09:11
The clue is in the title of this devilish race apparently...but
that didn't stop over 4000 runners descending on Delamere Forest to
take part in Hellrunner 2010 on Sunday 14th
Described as between 10-12 miles long with treacherous bogs and
steep muddy banks, the course description was somewhat concerning
after a week of constant rainfall but on the day the sun shone and
a number of Sale Harriers braved the front line.
Satan himself actually turned out to start the race. Off we went,
straight uphill to the highest point in the race but at least the
terrain was dry...until we descended into the forest. At this point
the mud started to make its presence felt but it wasn't until half
way round that wild screams signalled that the first bog was
imminent. It was cold and smelly but only reached waist height
(unless you really were lacking in inches). The fun had started!
I've certainly never experienced such laughter and camaraderie in a
race, managing a good few chats en route. Lots more ups and
some classically slippery downs followed, culminating in the race
highlight: a 100m long freezing bog of slime that reached a
breath-taking chest height. Fortunately it was surrounded with
eager supporters, all delighted when some bedraggled runner lost
their footing and plunged in face first.
First Harrier- turned- masochist back was Helen Armitage whose
immaculate training had stood her in good stead for a top 20 ladies
finish. Next came Paul Thomson, closely followed by Carla Ousey and
Lauren Davies. Despite looking like nothing of this earth at the
end, we all agreed that it was the best fun we had had for
For any Harriers interested in wading through dirty, chest-high
water, so cold that your legs are numbed to the bone in seconds, I
would unreservedly recommend entering the 2011 Hellrunner.
Posted 11/01/2012 08:27
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runner's best four count. Points are awarded to everyone who
finishes in the top 250 (so pretty deep) of each race and there are
also time bonuses. The aim is to help drive standards up and to
give runner's regular races where the competition will be good.
There is £55,000 of British only prize money up for grabs!
What does it offer races?
From www.runbritain.com you
can get through to the Race Director's Portal. We have created this
site with one aim in mind: to be a resource to help race organisers
to deliver better events.
We have also compiled a new 66-page Road Race Handbook that is
now operational and can be viewed on this link. The handbook
supersedes the previous 2003 version and has guidance on key areas
including risk assessment, highways, health and safety, disability
discrimination, course design and promotion.
Along with England Athletics we have been delivering Race
Organiser's Courses and we aim to develop three tier of
courses at accredited, intermediate and advanced levels over the
next two years. The course lasts one day, costs £40 including lunch
and covers rules, risk assessment, legal and administration,
working with public partners, health and safety, use of IT and
briefing of marshals as its core components. There are
opportunities for questions and discussions on other topics.We held
one at Trafford AC in February that was very well attended.
Through the RDP you can license your race, get it added to the
calendar and preview page, open it up to our online entry system
and put your race report up when the race is completed. Our
online entry system is free to the runner. The race has to pay the
credit card charge but apart from that it is free.
I am always keen to get hold of stories and interviews from
races, which then publicise the race further. If anyone has a story
to tell or can put me in touch with a runner or race organiser who
is doing something a little bit different please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). I aim to
help drive entries into these race by putting together articles to
go on the website and also in the newsletter that goes out
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
DO YOU WANT TO
"UKA have written to invite the Club (SHM) to
identify one person from within the Club to become our
Anti-Doping Point of Contact (ADPoC).
They are hoping to build a network of contacts
throughout the UK who will be able to provide information and
guidance on Anti-Doping matters to our club members (and to the
local Network where applicable). They will also be encouraged to
contact UKA with any questions, concerns or ideas relating to
The successful candidate does not need any prior specific knowledge
of Anti-Doping matters, as training will be given. (It is envisaged
at this stage that training will be delivered locally to the
ADPoC's within the next few months)
Although no specific Anti-Doping knowledge is required, an
interest in the subject would be preferable, and I would always
prefer a willing volunteer to a pressed man or woman.
Please submit any applications to the Club Secretary Carol Brown on
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Memberships are coming in fast and furious keeping myself and
Ann Jackson very busy, takings are slightly up as at this time
2010. We still need Coaches at all 3 sites to keep checking if
their athletes have paid, and make sure any new athletes are also
paying to join the club as anyone who has not paid membership for
2010/2011 will not be registered with England Athletics.
We would like to thank all Coaches/Parents especially the
Primary section who regularly collect the weekly sub's of £1, we
know this is a tedious task but this is very much appreciated.
Letters will be going out to those people who have not paid
their membership by the end of February 2011. So please save us
some work and money by paying your membership now.
Jean Dutton/Ann Jackson
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Long serving members Chris Heys and Philippa Jeffery
became Mr and Mrs Heys this weekend as they tied the knot in the
historic city of Winchester, Philippa's home town. The club was
represented by a number of Crossford athletes with the infamous
flag sabotaging the official photo shoot (see picture). The day was
perfect, with glorious weather, fine speeches and of course,
Philippa looking amazing. And for once, there was no flapjack in
sight which seemed slightly paradoxical! The club, on behalf of the
executive and all its members would like to congratulate Chris and
Philippa and wish them all the very best for the future.
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
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Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Following the Street Sprints in Manchester City Centre on May
16th and the BUPA Great Manchester Run, there will be an
after-race party for all the athletes to which Sale Harriers are
invited. The party will be hosted at the Living Room on Deansgate
on 16th May with a rum punch
Following the success of last year's event, the BBC has
increased its live coverage of Street Sprints to 6 hours. The world
spotlight will definitely be on Manchester over that weekend and
with the likes of Tyson Gay, Haile Gabreselassie, Andy Turner,
Christine Ohuruogu, Jessica Ennis and many other world class
athletes participating, it could be a weekend and a party to
Tickets can be purchased at a price of £30.00 from former Sale
athletes Earl Tulloch and Carl Hamilton on 07850 912242 or 07850
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Welcome to Sale Harriers Manchester's new website. We've joined
the pre- General Election campaign for 'Change'! Let's hope you'll
now value this state-of-the-art club vehicle of communication
that'll provide up-to-date news and information and continue to
present the club in the best possible light. It's just part one -
the 'information' phase, and when the 'networking' phase is
launched in a few weeks, we hope every member will use its
discussion and networking facility to also build club 'community'
Special thanks to Kevin Mc Kay, our former
1500m Olympian, who facilitated the technical build and to his
colleague Martyn Joyce who then built the format.
This was completely advised and overseen by Fechin Mc
Cormick following his initial research for the best (and
simplest!) ideas from many of the other Premier Division Athletic
websites. More work than could ever be realised has gone into
it over many weeks, and is the result of much heart-searching,
experimenting and review so let's hope we've finally hit the mark!
Simultaneous to this work, Fechin has updated all the copy from the
former website and re-structured it to make it compatible for the
new website. Finally, he's provided the articles and photographs to
ensure this up-to-date launch. We'll be interested in your
We hope all athletes of every age and era, coaches and managers
will now generate a continuous flow of news and information that'll
keep this website -YOUR website, topical and interesting.....even
We're fortunate to have a formidable team of club members who'll
now take responsibility for its management.
Brian Bradshaw & Chris Heys will have overall
management responsibility. Brian has 20 years experience of working
in IT and Chris is already well known as the manager of the
former website. Anything related to club administration, records,
policies and procedures and the Primary Section etc is to be
sent to them. They will also oversee the next phase
viz 'community' through social inter-action opportunities They
will be assisted by...............
Cat Jones joined the Crossford Bridge endurance
section in 2008 and has certainly made her mark as lead
organiser of the memorable Centenary dinner; two very successful
Club Winter Balls and the enthusiastic supporter of most
other club promotions. Cat will build the club's 'Coach'
section and manage it's social section.
Paul Rowley also joined the CB endurance section
about the same time and is an enthusiastic supporter of every
promotion of the senior men's section. For the summer season,
Paul will be the link person for posting your news &
reports related to the National Young Athletes
Leagues & the National Junior League
Frank Cordingley is a long-time club member and a
member of the popular Cordingley family all of whom are very keen
club supporters. Again, Frank has very capable skills for his
role. During the summer, he'll be your lead person for posting
your information and reports on the British Athletic league, UK
Women's league and Northern League.
Fechin Mc Cormick will be continuing his usual
long-time role related to the Harrier magazine of researching/
writing/submitting news and reports on all club activities. If
you'd like to advertise on this website or know somebody who does,
please contact Fechin Mc Cormick.
Terry Lonergan is the MD of Faxtrax Sports in West
Yorkshire; a life-long club member and you won't find a more
enthusiastic runner. Terry will develop a new veteran club
championship section and research veteran club records so the
website is as accurate and comprehensive as possible.
Andy Jordan, the Manger of the club's innovative
pfs Greenzone Center will manage his own site.
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Matt Bond topped a fantastic year
by making his international debut and then went on to win the race
topping it with his latest PB. Following PBs in last
September's Cardiff 10k (30:11), 5-mile PB in February's Alsager
'5' (24.09) and 65:53 for an incredible 4th place in his
debut half-marathon at Wilmslow (March), he made his England debut
a half-marathon versus Denmark in Lillebhelt (Denmark),
Having only ever won local races it was a bit surreal to break
the tape in an international half marathon. A month or so ago
I was delighted just to have been picked for the England
team! It was also a great feeling to be part of a victorious
England team" His time of 65:29 is inside last year's
qualifying time for the world half marathon championships though,
as these are to be held in China, he reckons UKA will set a more
challenging standard. He's now looking for sub 65-minute
course to seek selection"
is well summed up on the England athletics web-site: "The
lunchtime start suited the England team as it gave a chance of a
late breakfast (Matt couldn't resist the Danish pasties!)
and short jog to recover from the travelling. The pattern was
established in the first kilometre as the England Team of Matt
Bond, Kairn Stone (Newham and Essex Beagles) and Nick Torry
(Serpentine) eased to the front accompanied by three Danes. Heading
into the wind and with a stiff climb in the 3rd kilometre the pace
was fairly steady passing 3k in 9.30; the tempo picked up a little
passing 5km in 15.45 with the three English athletes sharing turns
on the front The 10k mark was passed in 31:21- some 30 seconds
slower than last year but the group of five remained locked
together and most taking their turn on the front. Climbing
back to the bridge at 14k the second Dane was dropped, the pace
slowly picking up and Matt Bond (after a track PB of 8.14 on
Wednesday) was looking very relaxed. Indeed at 18k he looked
at his team mates and threw in a 2.53 kilometre opening up what was
to be a decisive gap. Torry at this point dropped off the other two
and hung on well to secure 4th place. Up front Bond was away
and Stone and Farshoj had a ding dong battle to the line with Matt
bond getting the better of the recently crowned Danish
Champion. Both Bond and Stone also came away with personal
best performances". Matt's time was
65:29 (Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Every Spring, a group of the club's track and field
athletes take off for warm weather training to Portugal. Of course,
it's not all work with no play!!!! This year's group were Tim
Jolly, Ash Pritchard, James Davies, Matt Cullen, Mat Wright, James
Wright, Lewis Stead, Jack Andrew, Carl Van Schie, Adam Edgar, Amy
Regan, Danielle Parkinson, Katie Holt, Jessica Taylor, Bella
Hailstone, Grace Smith, Beth Williams and coaches Christopher
Bartram & Neil Donvaband. A regular on these annual trips of
work, fun and frolics is long-time club stalwart Danielle
Parkinson. She encapsulates what happened - including becoming
trapped by volcanic ash!……..
Meeting at the airport at the usual unacceptably early time, it was
obvious some athletes were sooooo serious about their training that
they didn't want to waste time sunbathing so had already got a nice
spray tan. The group separated for different flights and found
excess very strict baggage allowances so one of the group had to
wear several layers to get away with it, The annual, familiar trip
to Monte Gordo (MG) was on its way………
We arrived at the hotel, dumped our bags and off we went to "Ed
& Willems" to get some food to fuel an afternoon's tanning (or
burning for the usual culprits). A nice "late" start on day two, we
had the traditional, much appreciated wood run but, with the usual
frontrunners injured, the title was up for grabs ( and this wasn't
me!). Bored of her family holiday in Lagos, Beth Williams made the
journey across Portugal to join us for a couple of days and soak up
the "MG WWT" experience. After a few days we were also joined by
Matt Cullen, much to Jack Andrew's delight, who had booked very
late and kept it secret but had to lodge at Hotel Baia,
We soon got in to our daily routine of train, tan/burn, eat, sleep,
train, tan/burn, eat, sleep, train, tan/burn, eat, sleep,
Conscientious 'students' would even take their revision to the pool
or beach but didn't read it - it's the thought that counts! Evening
activities included some very competitive charades and watching
DVD's but we rarely saw the end as many went for an early
After several days, came a momentously awesome encounter that would
change many of the following days for even the most dedicated
followers. Whilst most lazed around in Bar 42, a group ventured
into town for an ice cream (purely for the protein boost of
course!!!!), but finding the shop closed, entered an unfamiliar
cafe and were rewarded with the discovery of CHOCOLATE WAFFLES!
Hmmmmm. So tasty, they warranted a licking of the plate,….. and
several return visits. Even the super healthy athletes couldn't
After 2 weeks of sunshine, as the majority of the group were
preparing to return home, unwelcome rain arrived. At the same
time, we began receiving texts that there was to be no flying
thanks to an Icelandic volcano. We initially assumed they were a
joke, but soon discovered they were true. The 2-weekers had to
re-locate to apartments in Vilamoura to wait for the ash cloud to
clear, but day after day passed with no prospect of a flight home
and were eventually told it could be another two weeks before we'd
have a replacement flight. With all possible travel options
considered, it was time to jump on a coach or two for a l-o-n-g
road trip home. With one coach departing earlier than expected the
apartments may have been left even messier than when they were
inhabited, but a sorry note and small, well very small, tip was
Meanwhile back in Monte Goro, the 5 remaining athletes who'd
mastered their athletics (!!!) branched out into teaching James to
dive, with the help of some of the 'youthfully challenged' hotel
guests and they worked on core stability with a bicycle stopsies
tournament. We were planning and hoping for a fourth week but the
skies reopened & the sun shone, so as the other weary road
trippers neared their homes, we also packed our bags. With hand
luggage loaded with food in readiness for long delays at the
airport we headed to the airport, checked in, took off, received a
complimentary meal and drink and even landed back in Manchester
10-minutes early! This didn't go down well with the 2-weekers, and
doubtless will be a sore point for quite some time!
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
It is doubtful that Manchester's Great Hall has ever looked so
magnificent: the perfect venue decked out in green, white and red
for the celebration of 100 years of the country's finest athletics
club. Club members past and present descended upon the town
hall on the evening of March 19th to eat, drink,
reminisce and celebrate their club, and once there they enjoyed an
evening of nostalgia and entertainment fitting of the occasion.
The night began with a nostalgic look back on the events and
activities, the individuals, groups and teams that have combined
together over the past century to make Sale Harriers Manchester the
successful and welcoming club that we all know. With a glass
in hand, guests were able to catch up with old friends and walk
around a fantastic display that featured photos and descriptions of
every section of the club and every era from the 1920s to the
present day. In addition to the press cuttings and personal
memories, space was even found for homemade Sale Harriers knitwear
and original club kit.
As the pre-dinner drinks were finally consumed, nostalgia was
replaced by celebration, as seats were taken, food eaten, and
speeches given. In addition to speeches by club president and
long-serving women's team manager Eric Hughes, chairman David Brown
and Olympic Gold medallist Darren Campbell, there was musical
entertainment provided by swing singer Cole Page and soul singer
Wayne Allen. Fittingly, a commemorative cake was cut by
Darren and Olympian Michelle Scutt, who were joined by some of the
many Olympians and international athletes to have been produced by
the club over the years.
As the formalities ended, the music played on and there were
further opportunities for everyone to dance, chat and celebrate,
with former members from as far away as Victoria, Australia and
Nevada, USA joined by people from all over the UK and locals from
Sale, Wythenshawe and other areas of Manchester. By the
close, everyone in attendance could sit and reflect on the perfect
way to celebrate 100 years of our club, and begin to think of ways
to celebrate the 150th anniversary.
The centenary dinner will be covered more extensively in a
special edition of The Harrier.
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Manchester & SHM were truly on their feet for the Gt.
Manchester 10k, Junior Run & City Sprints of the weekend of
mid-May. Club members of every age and section stretched
their sinews to marshal, run and officiate as they've done every
year of this weekend of running.
On the Saturday, dozens of our
little 'uns ran their hearts out in the Junior Games around
Sportcity, often escorted across the finish line by proud parents.
(aged 7) came second in her race missing first place by a few
seconds, Bethany Thornton came third. In the girls
9- 11 years, Sale was again well represented and were champions on
the podium. Eleanor Twite lost first place by 6
seconds but was running a year young in her age-group, Eleanor is
presently ranked 2nd in the UK as a 600m Runner. Julia
Hassall came third and ran well.
The boy's gave the girl's a run for their money.
Micheal Quinn continued his unblemished record
this year and stormed home to win the 9 - 11 boy's race, sadly
without his hat that has been his lucky mascot all winter!
Dylan Birchill, a runner in the Whites group,
raised an amazing 350 pounds for The Christie. Well done to all the
children who took part.
VOLUNTEERS & OFFICIALS
Club's volunteers, too numerous to
mention, were on high alert serving every aspect of each event over
the two days with expertise time and commitment, their good cheer
lifting the drooping spirits and heavy legs of green-hooped vest
spotted among the 38,000 that snaked along Bridgewater Way, Man
United and the Lowry and back to Deansgate.
David Brown CBE was the chief starter again this year for all the
coloured waves as he has been every year of this event. His wife
Carol, our club secretary, was also on the finish line again
recording the times of the wheelchair races, the elite ladies and
elite men's races which were given to the media. In the
evening Dave again started all the televised street sprints along
Deansgate whilst Carol dealt with the finish, recording the
positions as the chief assistant to event referee Tony
bedraggled spectacles exited the finish zone, many resolving never
to run again, 8000 were 'bombarded' with Sizzler entry forms by
Fechin Mc Cormick, Jill Sanders and Steve
Gavin promoting the popular 5k series.
In the 10k road race, following not
far behind Ethiopia's world renowned hero and winner Haile
Gebrsellassie were our own elite. Anthony
Ford clocked 29.09 and was likely to be disappointed being
just a few seconds short of his 2008 PB and dipping under
twenty-nine minutes for the first time. He finished in the
same 10th position. Our international cross-country
specialist, Sonia Samuels also hoped to improve on
her inaugural 10k at Salford on Good Friday but again it eluded her
by just a few seconds, clocking 33.30
Next across the
line was Adam Elliott who clocked 32.02. He was
running his fourth ever 10k with a best of 31.13 from the Leeds
Abbey Dash in 2007.
Tim Kennedy ran
out of his skin. In his first ever Gt. Manchester Run, he
recorded a massive PB of 34.17..... and there's more to come!
Paul Barrett's was
a mediocre 39.17 but then he sandwiched the race between a 16 mile
training session - for whatever reason! On Paul tail came
Christopher Hertzog with a very impressive
39.44 followed by another newcomer Suzanna
Hassall with 46.14 Mark Tyldsley hadn't
been getting in the training and his 46.42 was 'a confidence run'
following injury. It's puts him on the starting blocks for his
favourite event - the marathon This was his fourth GMR 10k with a
best time of 41 minutes.
Keith Tyrer had 'a
great time' running in Fechin Mc Cormick's 'shoes' and clocked
47.04. Come on, Keith, I lent you my 'shoes' so you'd sprout wings
for me. Well done! This was Mark Ferns
7th consecutive GMR. Though with a lifetime best of
41.29 and a GMR best of 43.23 in 2007, 47.33 wasn't such a bad
performance considering his present circumstances. This
was Naomi Grant's 5th GMR and last
year's was her first in a club vest. She improved her GMR time by
more than a minute to 55.41 but her PB of 54.26 was clocked in last
year's Sunderland 10k This was Wendy
Kearsley's 4th GMR with a best of 55.56 from
The Brown family
were further represented with
Chris and Sarah retaining their
record of having run every event since its inception. This year
even Chris's girlfriend ran it for the first time never having run
a 10k before! Bethan Roberts also had every
reason to be pleased with 53:54. She was five minutes faster than
last year and now straining on the lease for this year's
Soon to retire
headmistress of Withington Girl's School, Janet
Pickering ran her 7th GMR (2003 - 2010
inclusive with the exception of 2005 when she was unwell).
Her PB is 55.03 in 2004 and this year's 1.09.34 was her slowest.
She still finished a congratulatory 54th in the L60 Female
category. She has, over the years, raised more than £7000 for the
Kirsty Appeal and her school's projects in The Gambia.
Watch out for faster times next year after she retires.
This event went off really well
especially for two of our Sale Harriers, Andy
Turner and Shaunna Thompson. Andy was
well pleased to produce the world's fastest ever 200m time of 22.30
and this coming off the back of an earlier victory in which he
broke Colin Jackson's British record. Likewise out 18-year old
Commonwealth Youth Games 100/200m champion managed to clear up the
injury that she's suffered last year to take a very good scalp of
Christine Ohuruogu for the second consecutive year. Said her coach
Bob Gaisie, Racing against such hi-calibre athletes is great
preparation for Shaunna's main target this summer - the World
Junior Championships in Moncton,Canada. To medal at those
championships Shaunna will need to produce a PB and this result
shows she's "on target" but there is still a lot of work to
(Written by Fechin Mc
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Manchester was well-represented at the Loughborough International
Athletics meeting on May 23rd, with many of the club's
highest achievers commencing serious competition for the first time
in 2010. The weather was superb and resulted in some
excellent early season performances.
The sprints were particularly fertile, with Rebekah
Wilson winning a 100m race in 11.93s and HCA member
Katherine Endacott recording a pb of 11.53s
in the 100m and an outdoor best of 23.64 in the 200m, which bodes
well for the upcoming European Club Cup. Lucy
Evans, representing Wales, also went under 12 seconds in
the match race, running 11.95s. Shaunna
Thompson had an off day in a highly competitive 200m match
race, but Andy Robertson maintained a superb start
to the season in the men's 100m, winning the B race in an excellent
10.46s. Meanwhile, Chris Craig was frustrated by
the wind gauge, as he triumphed in the B 200m race in an
outstanding 20.98 seconds, with the wind reading agonisingly just
0.3 m/s over the legal limit. Ryan Oswald
also returned to competition with a solid outing in the 100m.
New members Rhys Smith and Dave
Hughes both performed well in the 400m, with Rhys taking
part in a very strong match race (48.66) and Dave clocking a very
respectable 47.85s in one of the guest 400m events.
Debo Ademuyewo also got his 400m season under way
with a decent run out (49.36). In the women's event,
Kelly Massey took some very useful scalps,
finishing 2nd in the match race in 54.65.
There were good performances in the hurdles, too, as
Andrea Vinet got her season under way with a 14.02
clocking, while Nick Gayle hit a hurdle in the
men's match race, which threw him off his stride and affected his
time. Chris Wakeford, a new member this
year, got close to his pb with a 54.40 run in the longer
In the endurance events Nick Samuels again
showed how much he has improved with another sub 3m50 1500m, this
time crossing the line in 3:48.44, while Sonia
Samuels showed that her husband couldn't take all the
family credit, by finishing 3rd (9:13.06) ahead of Lisa
Dobriskey in a high quality 3000m. Kaye Kirkham also had a
run out in the 800m.
There were also some strong performances in the field, with club
members winning both the men's and women's javelin
competitions. Matt Hunt, representing
England, threw superbly to beat James Campbell
with 71m52, not far off the club record, while Laura
Whittingham threw a series of pbs to win in 53m84.
In the other throws, Scot Thompson represented
Scotland in the shot and improved his outdoor sb to 16m20, while a
trio of Sale Harriers competed in the women's event.
Rebecca Peake (15m83) edged out Scotland's
Alison Rodger (15m37), with multi-eventer
Katia Lannon flying the flag for Wales. The
women's hammer was also a club affair, with HCA member
Sophie Hitchon taking the honours and the victory
for GB juniors in an excellent 65m93, just 5cm short of her
pb. Yet Sarah Holt was also over 65m (65m51)
and Laura Douglas over 60m (60m86) to complete an
excellent competition. UK number 1 Alex
Smith, still recovering from food poisoning and a
face-first fall in training, came a credible 5th in the
men's event with 67m55.
The jumps events were just as spectacular, with Steph
Pywell's 1m90 pb requiring Jess Ennis to draw on all her
reserves to beat her in the high jump. In the Pole Vault,
while Abigail Haywood unfortunately no-heighted,
Andy Sutcliffe, still in heavy training, managed a
decent 4m90 as his season starts in earnest. In the
Triple Jump, new member Ricardo Twumasi,
representing Loughborough, came 5th, with 14m57, while
his training partner Steve Small jumped a season's
best of 7m24 to equal that position in the Long Jump. An
excellent season awaits all. (Written by Dean
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Our nationally acclaimed coach, Norman Poole's lifetime
contribution to the region's elite endurance runners, was
recognised in the Norman Poole 5k Cown Resevoir road race.
Understandably, several of Norman's protégé's turned out. Our
European junior 800m silver medallist Nial Brooks expressed his
personal gratitude by smashing the course record to clock 15.13
with Stuart Bailey on his heels with 15.17. Several used it as a
tempo session with Tom Atkinson 8th in 16.38; Gaz Raven,
still recovering from 'London' in 17.10 and Matt Bond, as a final
run-out before heading to Denmark for his debut international,
sauntered round in 18.44
May 19th MOBBERLEY 5.3
On a lovely summer's evening five Sale Harriers tackled the
Mobberley 5.3 mile trail race. First home for Sale was Carl Barber,
who's improving rapidly by the day, in 26th place with 34.29.
Jerry Smith, still recovering from his efforts in the London
Marathon, was pleased with his time of 36.31 and picked up the
prize for 1st M55. Mike Wharton, also recovering from
London, ran 37.14. Jan Nicholls was close behind with
37.20 to take the prize for 1st F40 and was followed home by
her father Derek in 44.28. After the race
the runners all repaired to the beer garden of the local pub
for well-earned refreshment. A most enjoyable evening!
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Just as the last daffodils of spring faded, the Dunham Massey 5k
blossomed and announced the North Cheshire series of five 5k races
through Cheshire countryside and a summer of 5k road races. The
scenic Dunham Massey 5k, organised by Altrincham AC/Spectrum
Striders is also the precursor to our own 4 x 5k Sizzlers. Run in
the very picturesque and serene surroundings of the Park, they were
for many who'd trained long and hard for Spring marathons and
half-marathon, the chance to get those legs moving fast again.
It was great to see Mike Hatch (17.18) back.
Take no notice of his 'slow' time and maybe this was the reason for
his 'feeling cold' during the race!! M45 Gary
Rowlinson (17.22 is also back and produced one of his
fastest times for years on this course. The quality of the men's
M45 team was further demonstrated by having Gary Willcock
(18.23) and Frank Cordingley (18:32)
finish in the top fifty. Frank's time was just a few seconds short
of his best in the Parkrun Platt Fields 5k's. This age-group could
be a formidable force in the BMAF 5k Championships in Horwich on
June 20th. Newcomer Matt Wansbone
(18.13) is an exciting new prospect who hadn't competed in
a 5k for a very long time and this was a massive PB that he'll soon
improve. Karl Barber's (18.34) massive
progress is well documented! Previous to Dunham his last 5k was in
last summer's Sizzler when he clocked a PB of 21.00. He'll also
improve further! Tim Brett (19:06), less than two
weeks after clocking 3:55 in the Windermere Marathon made a 26
second improvement on the Mayday 5k Mike Wharton's
(19:32), though still recovering from the 'trauma' of
'London' still clocked a course PB. It demonstrates his massive
progress also. Likewise M55 Jerry Smith
(20.05) had an excellent sharpener after his tough London
and hard training for it. Next came Michael Wymer
ran his second 5k race and a PB of about 2
minutes on the first race that was last year's Bowden 5k in
22.26 M50 Stefan Schumacher (21:04), just two
weeks after his second fastest marathon in his home city of Kassel
(Germany) came within a few seconds of his best. An exciting
sub-21career beckons! (Geoff Beattie's got no chance now!).
Jo Street (21:30) was also
in top form missing her 2007 course best by just two seconds.
M45 Ian Whitham (25.10) also has reason to be
pleased, clocking his fastest time despite a career that demands
incessant travel. For complete results, log onto http://www.ukresults.net
(Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Norman Poole pulled it off yet again! As President of the
exclusive British Milers club that provides top level competition
for the nation's elite athletes, our nationally acclaimed
middle-distance coach put on his annual feast of top-class running
for the annual BMC Grand Prix at Sportcity on May 29th.
He also pulled off near perfect weather! Though the hours
beforehand were wet and dreary and the later hours windy, near
perfect conditions for the five hours of competition meant that
about 90% of the 300 elite middle-distance runners from throughout
Britain and Ireland's went home with lifetime bests or season's
Among the club members, in the 800m, seventeen year old
Matt Holmes set the evening off with his best of
2:00.30. Lee Whitley also produced a SB of 1:58.59
and came within a whisker of a PB. Still early evening,
Donna Riding was hopeful of coming close to her
800m PB of 2:06.97.She was always in the leading pack and, had she
not been the victim of a couple of elbow tussles that knocked her
rhythm would have clocked even faster than 2:08.31. Ruth
Watson travelled all the way from Peterborough in the hope
of clocking a 2:10 performance. She chased the pacemaker on a 63
second schedule and looked as though she might achieve her
aim.....until the final 100m when the 'wheels came off' to clock a
Britain's No.1 junior, eighteen year old Niall
Brooks, ran a tactically sound 1500m race to clock a
seasons' best of 3:43.22 and qualify for the European Junior
championships (He's already qualified for the 800m). In the same
'A' race Nick Samuels had every reason to be
delighted to record a PB of 3:44.54 to add to his excellent
winter's indoors. In the 'C' 1500m, following a successful and
consistent winter James Bailey was also rewarded
with a long promised and well-deserved PB of 3:48.02. In the
'G' 1500m another promising youngster Charlie
Hulson, the U/17 & U15 Welsh 800m champion, also set a
new wonderful benchmark of 3:58.20
The floodlights were on for the 5000m races that topped the long
evening. Again, almost everyone in every race recorded a PB and
among them Matt Bond, in the form of his life this
year, achieved his ambition of dipping under 14.30to clock
14:25.69. Dave Norman, weeks after 2:19.05 in the
London Marathon, must be well satisfied to record a SB of 14:32.49.
For full results visit http://www.britishmilersclub.com
(Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
The bank holiday Sale '5' had the same winner & runner-up as
in 2008. Salford's Andi Jones topped a
hectic weekend that involved pace-setting at the BMC Grand Prix to
add the £200 top prize to wife Donna's next shopping trip!!! He
increasingly pulled away from runner-up Philip
Hoole (Rotherham). Club wise, the event was notable for
the largest ever turn out of club members with thirty lining up.
Our senior men were 3rd team behind winners Trafford AC
and our women were the winners.
Mike Ashby (29:19). Surprisingly good
considering he's in the final stages of training for an Ironman
Mike Hatch (29:28) "Getting fitter.
Trying to get fit for the Welsh Castles relay"
Elton Davies (29:53) "Good! Aiming to get
under 30 minutes"
Andy Mooney (29:58) "Pleased to get under
30 minutes" A great PB!
Gary Willcock M45 (30:26) Just thirteen seconds
off last year's time
Frank Cordingley M45 (30:53) "Had enough
left for a sprint finish" His 3rd race in 4 days
& maybe the reason for a minute down on last year!
Carl Barber (31:28) "Very good - my first
Rob Flannery (31:41) Did 25:04 in 2005 &
can repeat this when fit.
Richard Wilson M40 (31:44) "Felt terrible!
Running only three times a week"
Rose Blackburn (32:31) "Had a
scorcher" Congratulations to Auntie Rose!
Jerry Smith M55 (32:41) "Pleased! Best run
for awhile even though a minute off my PB" Still recovering
Carl Cleghorn (32:42) "Tough so soon after
the Kassel Marathon. Last two miles ran out of energy" His
Steve Gavin (32:45) Debut '5' He's now almost
completed the full set!
Bill Fox M55 (33.07) "Disappointing
time - 3 minutes faster last year"
Tim Brett (32:28) "Hard work" His
debut '5'. Ran the Windermere Marathon 2 weeks earlier in
Terry Lonergan M60 (34:04) Thirty seconds short
of last year. Read his blog for full report.
Jan Nicholls L40 (34:40) "Nice race.
Preparing for the Welsh Castles relays"
Jo Street (35:07) "Worked
hard! Aiming for Welsh Castles relays. A course PB by
a massive 80 seconds!
John Battersby M50 (35:14) "All Right! Not
Jackie Cordingley L50 (35:40)" Quite
happy" In line for her 2nd Grand Prix L50
Geoff Beattie M55 (36:10) Over a minute slower
than last year! He'll be disappointed
Warren Bowden M40 (36:33) Good to have him back
in racing mode
Lynda Rowlinson L45 (36:55) "Pleased"
On schedule for her 4th successive L45 Grand Prix
Lauren Davies (39:20) "Better by more than
a minute on last year"
Don Nichols M70 (40:04) "Very Good"
2nd M70 and an excellent PB
Alan Romangalo (41:19) Oops! Over 2 ½ minutes
down on last year
Dianne Hennigan (42:32) Good to have her back
on the circuit again!
Brian Bradshaw M45 (44:30) "Three minutes off
last year's time"
Full results on www.race-results.co.uk
(Written By Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
The weather was terrible. There was no meat in the bolognese
sauce. A strange man in a yellow cardigan didn't seem to be
able to take "no" for an answer. But amidst all the
adversity, the senior women produced a series of fantastic
performances to win Group B of the European Champion Clubs' Cup and
gain promotion to the elite Group A for 2011 - the winning of the
Having endured a torrid journey to Slovakia in 2009, hopes were
not high for a smooth trip to Switzerland, but a combination of
Swiss efficiency and a direct flight meant that those fears were
unfounded, and the team arrived at the hotel via Basel airport in
time for dinner. The fact that the meal consisted of a
pungent Caesar salad and a plate of spaghetti coloured with a
simple tomato sauce dampened spirits a little, but not too
much. A lothario from the male Irish team took no time in
trying to work his magic, but was sent on his way (he would be
back, though), while Kath Endacott's demands for dessert fell
on deaf ears. Many of the team headed straight to local
eateries to forage for more food, before an early night in
preparation for the main event.
The weather on the day of competition was predictably bad, with
howling winds and horizontal rain being interspersed with some
relatively benign conditions. The match got off to a slow
start, but from the first event the Sale athletes gave their
all. Momentum built as the match progressed, until eventually
the team succeeded in winning a competition that had eluded them
the year before. In the end, the margin of victory was a
comfortable 16 points from the Dutch team Rotterdam. Here's
how the team got on: -
100m: Chief cheerleader Katherine Endacott
recorded the first victory of the day for the team on the track,
running very close to her recent pb with a great time of
11.56s. She nearly matched that at the end of the meeting in
trying to catch me to throw me in the waterjump, but narrowly
200m: Shaunna Thompson, having marvelled at the
Swiss countryside on the bus to Bern, repeated Kath's success in
the longer sprint, achieving a World Junior Championships
qualifying mark in the process (23.76).
400m: The youngest member of the team, Tyra
Watson, gave a very good account of herself, taking
5th place in a season's best 58.59s. In the
absence of a party in the evening, Tyra made her own fun, by
finding a magnet and thrilling to the sight of it sticking to metal
surfaces when thrown.
800m: Making her club debut, Nicola Maddick
recovered from her disappointment of having to eat salad to front
run to victory in the 800m (2:11.18s).
1500m: Jenna Hill, feeling under the weather
and in no fit state to challenge her best times, ran a very
sensible race to claim a podium spot and one of the all-important
3000m: Rachel Deegan also found the going
tough, but battled hard to finish a credible 4th with
5000m: Shocked to see a 5000m on the timetable just 15 minutes
before it was due to start, we didn't have anyone to do it.
Linda Benin, the hammer thrower, looked like she
might have been open to persuasion, but sadly it was too
late. Luckily this didn't affect the overall outcome.
3000m Steeplechase: Lateefah Burton had never
ran a steeplechase further than 2000m before, but she stuck to her
task and completed the race, claiming what could have been a vital
100mH: Andrea Vinet ran a superb season's best
(and her best time for a couple of years) to take the victory in
13.95 and then went on to be a contentious choice as the guardian
of the large Toblerone that was given to us for coming first.
She performed her job in an equitable fashion, although it did take
her some time to reveal that she'd brought the chocolate on board
400mH: Holly Belch had to run the 400 hurdles
at the start of the day when the wind was at its worst, and her
time therefore suffered accordingly. Nevertheless, she came
home in a useful 5th place.
High Jump: Adele Lassu won comfortably in 1m70
in slippery conditions, but was then faced with an hour and a half
in doping control. She was also the keenest to get her hands
on one of the complimentary Swiss knives.
Pole Vault: Abigail Haywood was disappointed to
only clear her opening height of 3m60, but that was still enough
for second place. There still seems to be plenty more to come
for the rest of the season.
Long Jump: Abigail Irozuru suffered from
problems with her run up as a result of the high winds, and was
frustrated to be down in 4th going into the final
round. She responded brilliantly to take 2nd place
with 6m09, but was unfortunately only 2cm from taking the
win. Let's hope her injury problems are banished forever.
Triple Jump: Clare Linskill had similar
problems in the Triple Jump, but also produced a season's best
(12m46) to take 3rd.
Shot: Alison Rodger launched a practice throw
out to 16m50+ and her hopes were high for a Commonwealth Games
qualifier. The tension set in with so much at stake, so she
had to be satisfied with a more modest 15m87, which was still
enough for the win.
Discus: Alison had earlier started the day with a go at the
discus, an event that she doesn't train for. In contrast to
the shot, her practice throws all ended in the netting, which made
her 40m76 for third place all the more impressive.
Javelin: Laura Whittingham is in fantastic form
having thrown three pbs at the previous week's Loughborough
international. She was over 52m again this time (52m01) which
gave her victory by an astonishing 11 metres.
Hammer: New member and Kevin Madden-coached Linda
Benin, a French International athlete who will soon be
competing for Ghana at the African and then Commonwealth Games,
picked up the team's first win of the day (57m22) in a competition
that took place in very poor conditions outside of the main
4x100m: Rebekah Wilson, who had earlier won a
guest 100m race in an excellent windy 11.82s, joined Andrea
Vinet, Katherine Endacott and Shaunna
Thompson to secure victory over the Dutch team by half a
4x400m: The highlight of the day for most was the final
event. Holly Belch got the team off to a
very solid start and passed on to Nicola Maddick,
who moved into second place. With 40m to go, it suddenly
occurred to all watching that we didn't have a 3rd leg
athlete ready to receive the baton. Nicola, by now panicking,
was relieved to see Tyra Watson, who had been
struggling to remove her tights, sprinting to the change-over zone
with absolutely no time to spare, still wearing her leggings.
That the change-over was legal was a miracle. Jess
Taylor, who had earlier ran a windy pb (12.2) in winning
another guest 100m, anchored the team with a very impressive 56s
leg to hold off the challenge of the Swiss team and keep hold of
second place in the race.
After the competition, there was a much anticipated banquet,
held at a swanky hotel in Bern city centre. Those with more
sophisticated palates appreciated the food (if not the extortionate
drinks prices), while others preferred to sneak out to the local
fast food restaurant for a snack between courses. Here, the
team were presented with their prize for taking the win - an
attractive engraved plate and matching goblets, which was duly
pocketed along with the Swiss Army knives and packets of muesli
that had earlier been given to every team. Gifts were a
significant theme of the weekend, with podium finishers receiving a
much sought-after goody bag that included, amongst other things, a
large packet of pasta, a t-shirt, a scarf and, oddly, a pair of
With the formal proceedings over, a party was the order of the
day, but was, sadly, not forthcoming, as Bern on a Sunday night was
not, it appeared, the party capital of Europe. Despite the
encouragement of the excitable Irishman and some equally keen Swiss
military personnel (who, bless them, had a midnight curfew) who
wanted a dance, bizarrely, the following Tuesday, most of the team
headed back to the hotel for a chat and a well-earned sleep.
A 9am start the next day meant that, even accounting for the
inevitable half-hour delay, we arrived back in Manchester by just
after lunchtime, tired, emotional, satisfied, and 23 bags of meusli
better off. (Written by Dean Hardman)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
The weekend of June 12/13 was the opportunity for our youngsters
to strut their stuff in the various County Schools Championships.
Congratulations to five harriers in the Cheshire Schools, two of
whom became Schools champions and the others the silver
Danielle Bentley, a representative at last
year's British School's International Championships became the
senior county champion as did Rafia Aslam who
became the inter-girls triple jump champion. Rafia has just joined
Sale and has her first club competition next weekend at the
National Young Athletes League at Sportcity.The three silver
medallists were Hannah Carlin
(100m), Heidi Williams (200m) and
Lydia Randles (75m Hurdles).
Heidi has previously won two Cheshire 800m titles; Hannah was
second in the Cheshire Clubs a few weeks earlier and Lydia is a
multi-eventer aiming for the English Schools Championships.
These inter & juniors have also been selected for Cheshire in
an 8-sided county match called The Mason Trophy. Youngsters in the
Greater Manchester Schools will be posted as soon as they become
known. (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
A formidable battalion of club soldiers took on the Welsh
Castles Relay on the weekend of 12/13 June. They battles mountains
and vales to finish 6th open team and 7th
overall (a vets team finished 4th). This was a place
improvement on last year and over an hour faster!
Among the highpoints of another memorable weekend athletically
and socially, the team had two impressive stage winners.
Simon Mills became King of the Mountains over his
tough mountain leg and Paul Green also won his
mountain stage over the Brecon Beacons. Not long after his 2:19
London Marathon and a week after he qualified (again!) for the
European Uphill Mountain race in Slovenia (July) at Latrigg in the
Lake District. (He earlier also finished fourth at the inter-county
Fell Championships in Wales), Gaz Raven finished a
classy second over his tough 13-mile mountain stage. So good were
our mountaineers that, add their accumulative times of all six
mountain stages, and they finished a tremendous third to Serpentine
AC and Thames Hare & Hounds
Other impressive performances were Steffan
North in his 12.8 long stage that was won last year by
Matt Bond. He led most of the way only to be pipped to the
There are also reports of excellent runs by the 'girls'
especially Jo Street and Jenny
A full report, photos and video on the weekend will appear soon
so watch this space (Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
The North Cheshire bandwagon of 5 x 5k road races through
Cheshire countryside rolled into Bowden village for its third race
of the series on Thursday June 10th. If Dunham Massey's significant
memory was the picturesque Park & deer and the Hollins Green 5k
the record few club entries, the notable element of the Bowden 5k
was that every club member recorded either a PB or SB and had the
opportunity to celebrate with a celebratory beer in the picturesque
village pub afterwards.
MV45 Gary Rowlinson (16:46) was again at the
helm of club finishers. Not only did he record an even faster time
than the previous two races but dipped under seventeen minutes for
the first time in a Bowden 5k. Well done, Gary! MV45 Gary
Willcock's (18.00) also recorded his fastest for the
series by almost twenty seconds. Third finisher, Carl
Barber (18:13) maintained his PB setting
trend! He's now improved an enviable three minutes over twelve
months. Though still regaining his form, MV55 Bill Fox
(19:31) was almost a minute faster than in the club's
Mayday 5k. Knowing him, he'll want to be faster! It mightn't
have been Mike Wharton (19.35) fastest of the
series but it was still a course PB. Justifiably ecstatic was
MV50 Stefan Schumacher (20.53) who'd yearned for a
long time to dip under twenty-one minutes again. Not quite as fast
as in last year's race, he did it in style.....and got even faster
two days later in the Platt Fields Parkrun when he came close to
also breaking the 20-minute barrier with 20.03. Well done! Steffan.
Lauren Davies (22:47) was also delighted to record
her latest PB demonstrating progress she's waited long to see.
Jenny Clink (22:50), equally as
committed, was over a minute faster than in her
Mayday 5k. It's just Jenny's second time to dip under twenty-three
minutes in this series, the last time being 2008. MV70 Don
Nichols ran a very youthful 24.09 that was also a PB.
Finally, Ian Whitham (24:32)
continued to chip at his times to clock a season's best. He's now
only thirty seconds off last year's best at the Bowden 5k. For the
full results log onto http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2010/bowdon.pdf
(Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Well done to club stalwart
Catherine Jones for winning this month's Ronhill Challenge,
featured in Athletics Weekly magazine. Every month Atheltics
Weekly welcomes nominations for unsung heros who work hard
behind the scenes at their athletics club. Last month
Paul Barrett nominated Catherine in recognition of her behind the
scenes work at Sale Harriers, including at our recent Club
Centenary celebrations and with our participation at the Welsh
The feature is on page 28 of the magazine. Well done Catherine!
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
"Age shall not weary them" was certainly applicable for club
veterans who participated in the BMAF 5k Championships in Horwich
on June 20th. With superb individual performances, our
O/70 team retained the BMAF National title from last year and the
O/60 team were bronze medallists.
The O/70 team were depleted two days before the race by the
withdrawal of their leading runner, Brian 'Elbows' Gane due to a
very special family occasion. The problem was solved by
'young' Derek Nicholls, the new boy on the squad
this year. In fantastic form and another magnificent PB, Derek
moved from fourth counter in the last race to take on the leading
role and bring the team home as national champions.
This performance demonstrated the decision of team manager Don
George, to operate a 'youth' policy for the O/70 section!!
Keith Briggs ran his usual consistent race to
follow as second counter, showing a real battling spirit. The
third runner to complete the course was Ted
Howarth, who has returned to the club after a few years
absence, running as well as ever.
Mike Howe came in as fourth counter running
well below his normal high standard due to a persistent hamstring
problem. With the team packing so well, it was no surprise they
once again finished as national champions with Derek missing out on
an individual medal by just one place.
Surprise bronze medallists were out O/40 team. Kevin Mc
Kay, our former Olympian and Britain's No.1 middle
distance runner from the 80/90's was back in rare competitive mode
and showed his athletic flair of former days by clocking 17:16;
Frank Cordingley ran a year's best of 18:14;
Gary Willcock had expected faster but still
produced a good time of 18.33 and Jim Lambe ran a
'stormer', recording 20:35 as he prepares for the Helsinki marathon
later in the year. It was enough!
Following a lot of confusion, our O/60 team of Mike
Dunne, Terry Lonergan and Fechin
Mc Cormick were awarded bronze medals, but several days
later it became known it was our MV40 team should have been awarded
Well done to Jackie Cordingley who was our only
female competitor and vindicated her ability by finishing
'national' fifth in her age-category.
(For full results, log onto www'race-results.co.uk)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Sandwiched between Germany surprise defeat and England's
disappointing performance against Algeria in the World Cup,
Altrincham AC's North Cheshire Grand Prix returned to scenic Dunham
Massey Park for the fourth of its series. Those that benchmark
their progress, this return to Dunham Massey can be a reality check
that improvement comes incrementally in small rather than in leaps
and bounds. Five of our nine participants had given their best five
days earlier in the tough Welsh Castles Relays when long mountain
stages and revelry inevitably deadened legs.
Mike Kilmartin (16.37) is well into his 'second
coming' finally displaying the ability of his early years before
abandoning the sport. He broke M45 Gary
Rowlinson's record of first club finisher but Gary won't
be disappointed, clocking seventeen seconds faster than in the
first Dunham Massey and his fastest ever for the course. It was
Paul Capey's debut and his 17.38 is one of his
best times for 5k. Carl Barber's (17.38) run of
PB's finally ended but then he'd run the Welsh Castles Relays.
Mike Wharton (19:40) was also a victim of tired
legs but performed better. Over twelve months ago, MV50
John Battersby (20:11) had considered his
running career ended but, discarding surgery, has chipped away on a
comeback and now within sight of his 2007/8 best in this series.
In-form Rose Blackburn (20:17) was a minute faster
than two years ago but the question is she fast enough to keep her
competitive sister at bay when she returns from pregnancy! Just
three seconds has separated Jo Street's
(21:27) performances making her our most consistent
performer, particularly pleasing so soon after her superb
contribution in the Welsh Castles Relays. Similarly, Jenny
Flanagan (23:06) also made a superb
contribution and suffered tired legs and would certainly have
produced another sub-23 minute performance.
The tour of North Cheshire ends at the Lymn 5k on June 26. Then
the club's magnificent Manchester 4 x 5k Sizzlers explore on to the
(written by Fechin Mc Cormick).
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
On possibly the hottest day of the summer and one a busy one for
races, it's no wonder only four green-hooped vests turned out for
the undulating Lymn 5k, the final race of five in the North
Cheshire Series. The undulations and heat meant than all four
recorded their slowest times of the series.
MV45 Gary Rowlinson (17:23) was the club's 'Man
of the Match' through the series. He finished in the top two for
the club in every race and his times were his best for years. It's
been a good series for Gary! M45 Gary Willcock
(19.09) was the next to be down on his times and Tim Brett
(20:05) was also a minute slower than at Dunham Massey
(1). Ian Witham (25:45) also was a victim of
unfavourable conditions. Roll on .........THE
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
The third Manchester Parks Grand Prix, The Platt Fields 10k on
Sunday June 27th was a 'Sizzler' - not because of fast times (far
from it!) but because of the hottest day of the summer.
Frank Cordingley's (39:42) was over a minute
slower than he'd hoped for and found the 3 lap course tough in the
heat. Ultra-distance marathoner, Tim Rainey
(42:33) was 'quite pleased' - as he would do - having run a
50k the previous weekend and a 20 miles training sessionthe
Jerry Smith was 'glad' he ran despite
recovering from injury. Despite his 43:37, he still managed 2nd in
the MV55 age category. MV60 Terry Lonergan
(43:4) felt more comfortable than in the BMAF 5k the previous week
and was good enough to lift the MV60 2nd prize. Read all about
it/him on his blog 'runningonempty'. http://terryrunningonempty.blogspot.com/
MV55 Geoff Beattie made a welcome return to
racing after experiencing an horrific fall and dislocating his
shoulder at the same location a few weeks earlier. Rumour has it he
bore the pain heroically without complaint!! His habit of
going off fast was, therefore, curtailed due to a fear of a repeat
by over zealous competitors. His time of 46:15 was all the more
impressive in the early days of recovery.
In the words of her husband Frank, our other prize-winner was
"the gorgeous Mrs Jackie Cordingley" who took 1st
prize Vet 50. Well done Jackie". Lynda
Rowlinson described the day as "hot, hot, hot", if
not her time of 47:56. Alan Romalonaro had a
steady run after experiencing his first massage where the young
female masseuse insisted on his removing all of his cloths. (Don't
lose that number Alan).
Brian Bradshaw was disappointed with his time
of 56:11which was by far his worst time this year then rushed home
to watch England's dismal defeat against Germany. At least everyone
performed better than they did!!!!!!!!
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
MAY 5TH NORMAN
Our nationally acclaimed coach, Norman Poole's lifetime
contribution to the region's elite endurance runners, was
recognised in the Norman Poole 5k Cown Resevoir road race.
Understandably, several of Norman's protégé's turned out. Our
European junior 800m silver medallist Nial Brooks
expressed his personal gratitude by smashing the course record to
clock 15.13 with Stuart Bailey on his heels with
15.17. Several used it as a tempo session with Tom Atkinson
8th in 16.38; Gaz Raven, still
recovering from 'London' in 17.10 and Matt Bond,
as a final run-out before heading to Denmark for his debut
international, sauntered round in 18.44.
May 19th MOBBERLEY
On a lovely summer's evening five Sale Harriers tackled the
Mobberley 5.3 mile trail race. First home for Sale was Carl
Barber, who's improving rapidly by the day, in 26th
place with 34.29. Jerry Smith, still
recovering from his efforts in the London Marathon, was pleased
with his time of 36.31 and picked up the prize for 1st M55.
Mike Wharton, also recovering from
London, ran 37.14. Jan Nicholls was
close behind with 37.20 to take the prize for 1st F40 and was
followed home by her father Derek in
44.28. After the race the runners all repaired to the beer
garden of the local pub for well-earned refreshment. A most
May22nd INTERCOUNTIES FELL
Gaz Raven was 5th in the Intercounties
Fell Race in Lletty, Wales, against some tough mountain
opponents. In scorching weather, he was on course for the
top three, but, still recovering from the London Marathon, he
finished a credible 5th
May 30th MERSEY TUNNEL
In a tactical race Stu Stokes won the
Mersey Tunnel 10K with Simon Mills 3rd.
The previous week Simon was 2nd in another Liverpool
event, the Walton Park '5'. In both Dave Rodgers
advised Simon to use both races as tempo runs with more desirable
MAY 31st CHESTER
Ultra distance runner and marathon specialist Tim
Rainey completed his 110th Marathon - the
inaugural Chester Marathon. He was hoping for about 3:20 but
finished in 3:18:45. This was also his 4th marathon in
seven weeks. Starting with the Crawley track marathon which he won
in a PB time of 3:3.5 seconds, two weeks later on the day of the
London marathon, he ran the Stratford marathon. Hoping for
sub 3:15, over a hilly course, he finished in 3:23.30 that was one
of his ten fastest marathons. His third marathon was the
"hugely enjoyable trip organised by Stefan Schumacher to the
Kassel marathon in Germany" where he set off with the 3 hour
pace group and stayed with them to 15 miles then slowly drifted to
finish in 3'09'50 to equal his 4th best marathon time. He
said of the Chester Marathon "It was a well organized event,
run mostly along the Chester greenway cycle path which is mostly
flat and well surfaced. In a few weeks time he hopes to
do a 50km race in Boddington to improve his endurance to tackle
100km in September.
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
A large number of stars from yesteryear lined up alongside
lesser mortals and fun runners to honour the life Angela Deegan,
club stalwart and coach who died last year from cancer at the
youthful age of fifty-two. Elite performances were just past
memories as luminaries of the 70/80/90's like Ron Hill, Diane &
Vincente Modahl, Steve Kenyon, Dave Lewis, Paul Roden, John Wild,
Sid Sacks, Janet Holt, Susan Crehan and many more, displayed
flickers of former glory as they again donned shorts and t-shirts
to honour a loved one, friend and running colleague. The scenic 5k
route around Cown Reservoir near Rochdale had more than twenty club
athletes recognise Angela contribution to our club as a friend,
athlete, coach and team manager.
Gaz Raven, our GB Mountain running and
Half-marathon International won the race ((15:18) despite fatigue
from a busy series of races that included the Tintwisle 'Round the
Resers' three days earlier.
3rd Paul Green (15:53) was Britain's
top 10-miler as a 20-year old in 1992.
8th Mike Deegan (17:10), Angela's
husband has been 'doing it for Angela' since she died and so
successfully so, he's now aiming to become the fastest MV50 in the
world. Go for it, Mike!
11th Phil Scowcroft (17:46) was a
classy sprinter clocking 50 sec for 400m
17th Rachel Deegan (18:46) is Angela
daughter and, like her parents a keen and talented young
19th Paul Roden MV45 (19.17)
pedigree was in the mid '80's when he was 6th in the
World XC Championships (1984); won the National XC (1985) and has a
marathon best of 2:18.00 (Berlin) and a half-marathon PB of 63
25th Nick Peach MV45 (19:53) was
5th in the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games
steeplechase and has a 'chase best of 8:33.
32nd Bill Fox MV55 (20:28) career
highlight was as Captain of the Club's 1972 Youth Team when they
won the National XC Championships.
34th Mark Caudwell MV50 (20:39)
39th Emma-Leigh Heighway (21:07) is
a middle distance youngster who was coached by Angela
42nd Vicki Mason (21:47) was also
coached by Angela Deegan and, with Emma-Leigh, was a successful
member of the club's track, road and cross-country success between
43rd Diane Modahl (21:50) won 800m
gold in the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games & bronze at the
1998 Kuala Lumpur C'wealth Games. She's also competed in the Seoul
Olympics (1998), Barcelona Olympics (1992) and Sydney Olympic Games
58th Bruce Green (23:59) Bruce has
also known Angela throughout his life and through University.
61st Vincente Modahl (24:17) Diane's husband
was former Finish National Steeplechase champion
68th Fechin Mc Cormick, like so many
others had his hay-day in the 1980's when he recorded 2:27.30 in
1983 London marathon, (still one of the fastest in Sale Harriers
to-day) and 51 min for 10 miles.
70th Jon Wild was at the top of
British athletes for a decade between 1992-2002 He has a 5k PB of
13.42 (1995 in California) and a 10k PB of 28:39 (2002 in Watford).
In 2001 & 2002 he was Britain's 5k track champion & 10k
silver medallist in the same years. He represented England in World
XC championships between 1992-2000 and in the 10,000 at the 2002
Manchester Commonwealth Games.
83rd Lindsay Roden (27:19)
88th Keith Harding (29:26)
89th Sue Crehan (29:32) took part in
the first ever women's 10k at the World championships (Rome '87)
(qualified by clocking her 10,000m PB of 32:24 at the Bislett
Games) and represented GB in the marathon at the Seoul Olympics
(1988) and has a best marathon time of 2:35.10. She's represented
GB in the 15k many times. Possibly the most inspirational
performance of the day was her husband Jim, currently being treated
for cancer, who ran the course.
96th Ian Christian (30:29)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Congratulations to Gaz Raven who represented GB
& NI for the second consecutive year in the 9th European
Mountain Running Championships in Bulgaria. He finished a
creditable 25th and was the second Brit across the finish line. He
qualified by his top position in the qualifying competition at
Latrigg in the Lake District and finishing 4th at the inter-county
Fell championships inn Wales.
Tim Kennedy recorded his latest PB in June's
Potteries Arf Marathon - 77 min 22s!Although he was 6th overall, he
was 4th Senior Man and won £50 of Asics vouchers. It was a PB by
ninety seconds, but "I swear it must one of the toughest hilliest
courses around" he said. Two long incredibly steep hills at 4.5
miles and 11 miles and loads of others through the race meant his
time must be worth 2/3 minutes faster on a "flat"course!
Meanwhile ultra-distance maestro Tim Rainey
scraped a pb by 20 seconds in The Boddington 50k crossing the line
in 3 hours 54 minutes 38 seconds. He also finished 19th of 49
runners and 3rd vet. Twenty three of those went on to complete the
full 100km. "It's just a warm-up for running twice as fast in
September" he said.In June Steffan Schunacher finished 3rd MV50 ina
11k in Berlin whilst attending a conference.
The Manchester 10k from sportscity produced some great results.
Paul Capey was first Sale Harrier home in 36:23
closely followed by rival from Morris's thursday night track
session Andy Mooney with 36:29. Carl
Barber continues to improve with 39:16. Also ran well were
Alan Pitman 39:40, Paul McNamara
42:34,James Wright 42:16,Cara
Kavanagh 43:03 and Geoff Beattie
Jim Lambe ran Liverpool's Penny Lane Striders
10k as a "tune up" race for the Heleniski Marathon. In good shape,
his pace was a bit ambitious but was pleased to record 42:51. He's
now confident of breaking 40 minutes.
Jan Nichols won first L40 in Alderley Edge's
Wizard '5' This was a tough course accross fields and tracks with
many stiles to jump and cows and sheep to avoid. Also took part was
Carl Barber, Frank Cordingley, Geoff
Beattie, Mike Wharton and Derek
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
If you like your road races to be cheap, low key, easily
accessible and providing a fast course then pencil the
BURTONWOOD 5 in for next year. Others were
attracted to the venue, 2 miles north off the M62 near Warrington,
by the 4 p.m. start, leaving Sunday free for a long run; others
simply by the lure of the free post race burger.
Boston U.S. based harrier MARTIN TIGHE
recovered extremely well from his M50 victory in
the 2nd sizzler (17.19) less than 48 hours earlier to
record another category win. Again it was a very close run
thing as his margin of victory was just one second as it was on the
previous Thursday. 9th place overall in
Yorkshire based TERRY LONERGAN'S journey
to the windswept plains of Cheshire also proved successful with his
M60 category win. 57th overall in
34.04. A repeat of his time in May's Sale
5 but a better effort considering the strong gusting winds
evident in the 2nd and 4th mile of the 2 lap
To complete a trio of first places , HANNAH
TIGHE, was credited with first "Secondary girl" (?)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Sale Harriers have hosted the Sale 10 for many years with many
Gone are the days when a Sunday morning would see empty roads
with little or no traffic. Modern day road race routes are
restricted to areas where contact with main roads is kept to a
minimum. The current route consists of 4 laps with most of the
running done within traffic free Wythenshawe Park. The race
attracted a large and varied cross section of Sale Harriers and
other runners from across the region and beyond.
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The race was won by Edwin Kiporir from Kenya
with a time of 47:52 which was only 7 seconds outside the course
record. First lady also from Kenya in 58:12.
20 Sale Harriers took part in the event this year with relative
newcomer Andy Mooney coming in first with a time
of 1:00:36. He said he had hoped to break the hour but felt tired
towards the end. Next was Matt Wansbone with
1:02:20 followed by Gary Willcock with 1:03:06
V45. He was slightly slower than last year when he did 1:01:58.
Tim Rainey, our high mileage specialist got a
PB with 1:03:49, 1 minute 19 seconds improvement on previous 10
milers. This of course was after 13 miles on Saturday and a 5k race
on thursday. Richard Wilson was next counter with
1:04:10. Alan Pitman, another newcomer, had a good
run with 1:06:08. We're looking forward to some great improvement
over the next few years.
Next came Jim Lambe with a time he should be
very pleased with. 1:06:41. A pb by over 6 minutes
(2008) bodes well for his Helsinki marathon on August 14th.
Good luck Jim!
The pbs continued thick and fast with Tim Brett
managing 2 in one week. His best ever time of 18:42 in Sizzler
number 3 followed by 1:07:37 for 10 miles. His proud children
Charlie and Izzy put their energy
into helping on the drinks station.
First Sale lady with 1:10:00 was Rose Blackburn
with another pb by 6 minutes. Next came John
Battersby who has usually got some injury excuse but today
ran well to get 1:11:35 and takes the prize for
running more Sale 10s than anyone else, chased in by
Jan Nichols (3rd lady 40) 1:11:51 and
Jerry Smith (4th vet 55) 1:11:57 not as fast as
The familiar face of Geof Beattie came next
with 1:15:16 despite complaining of pain in his shoulder and hand
following a fall during a parkrun in Platt Fields. Next came
newcomer Dave Brookes looking like there is more
to come with 1:16:16.
Laren Davies took over 5 minutes off her time
from last year with 1:22:40 and Katie Reece was
not far behind with 1:24:23. Katie is training hard for her
Abingdon Marathon in October. Good luck Katie. Audrey
Gresty continues to improve her times knocking 7 minutes
off her times in 2 years. This year she was 5 minutes faster than
last year with 1:25:54. Her friend and running partner Dawn
Holding had to pull out due to ill health. Brian
Bradshaw has also continued to improve with 1:30:36.
Jonathan Hardman did 1:39:02.
As usual Sale Harriers managed to put on a great race and the
usual thanks goes out to Morris Jefferson and his
loyal band of volunteers who had to get up very early to make sure
the event ran smoothly.
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Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Young, 16-year old Katie Byers, Britain's U/17
No.1 pole vault sensation is currently competing in the first Youth
Olympics in Singapore. Her father, Andy writes from the opening
ceremony," What a night last night at the opening
ceremony was. Fantastic! Amazing! Unbelievable! 27000 watching in
Marina Bay, with the fireworks and dancers against a backdrop of
the Singapore Bay, and 2 billion watching on TV. Quite an event! We
saw Katie right at the end and were able to wave at her, she
spotted us waving union jacks frantically" If you go
and click you can view the photos of the opening ceremony. They are
quite stunning pictures.
The event is covered 24/7 in Singapore but the BBC is
broadcasting rolling highlights on BBC Red Button, updated twice
daily at 0800 and 1500. These highlights are also available on BBC
iPlayer. There will be 2 network programmes on Saturday 21st
August at 1350 on BBC ONE and on Sunday 29th August at 1130 on BBC
TWO. In addition BBC News Channel and BBC Sport websites are
covering all of the big stories from the Games. Further Helen
Skelton from Blue Peter and Ore Oduba from Newsround are in
Singapore reporting on Team GB and the Youth Olympic Games
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
The weekend's London Grand Prix welcomed home the GB & NI
team from the European Championships and among them were our own
club athletes. Andy Turner, still celebrating
his gold medal, experienced mixed fortunes. His delight at winning
his heat turned to despair in the final. However, his earlier win
in 13.32 displayed all the slick ability that won him to the Gold
medal in Barcelona.In the women's pole, the windy conditions that
hit the stadium midway in the afternoon affected the heights being
cleared. Kate Dennison, who was just one
vault away from a place on the European Championship podium,
cleared 4.46m for third place and had some close attempts at
4.61m.Niall Brooks, seventh ranked in the world
over 800m and coached by the club's top endurance coach
Norman Poole who'd missed out on a podium position
in the World junior 800m a few weeks earlier, was in a big-time
arena competing against some of the world's best and gained immense
experience He'd hoped for a PB but struggled with heavy legs from
Canada. He's hopeful it was enough to impress the
Commonwealth Games selectors later this week.Stuart
Stokes has already booked his ticket to Delhi and showed
it's all coming together nicely with the fastest steeplechase of
the season clocking 8.33.00.
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
The club's top endurance specialist, Gaz Raven
has again been selected to represent GB & NI at the World
Mountain Championships in Slovenia on Sunday 5th
September. He qualified by recently finishing in the top six at the
trials on Snowdonia. This is Gaz's third GB representation at a
World championship. The first was at last year's World Mountain
Championships and at last October's World Half-Marathon
championships held in Birmingham. He's also represented GB & NI
in July's European Mountain Championships and last year's European
Mountain Championships. With a 10k best of 29:39, 10 miles of
49.15, half-marathon of 64:28 and marathon of 2:18.49, he's
represented England on numerous occasions on roads and
cross-country. Congratulations, Gaz and good luck.
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
The annual Bedford International Games on Sunday 15th August was
the last chance for athletes to qualify for this Autumn's
Commonwealth Games. Two club throwers in particular will
be particularly happy with their performances.Mike
Floyd won the Hammer with a personal best throw of 70m45
to record his second qualifying distance in successive weeks,
thereby satisfying the selection criteria. Fingers must be
crossed for Floydy that he gets the call on
Wednesday or Thursday.
Laura Whittingham also threw a huge personal
best of 60m68 in the javelin, which was more than 2.5m further than
her previous best, which was also set this season. She too
will be eying the Commonwealth selection meeting with
interest. Other Sale Harriers at the meeting included
Rebecca Peake, who won the Shot,
Emma Lyons, who won the Pole Vault,
Sara McGreavy, who was second in the 100mH,
Rosie Semenytsh, who was 4th in the
Abigail Irozuru (Long Jump) and
Danielle Rooney (100mH).
For the men, Ryan Oswald (100m and 200m),
Chris Craig (200m), Rhys Smith
(400m), Debo Ademuyewo (400m) and a returning
Rob Mitchell (High Jump) competed.
Full results can be found at www.thepowerof10.info.
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
The Manchester weather could not dampen the spirits of Sale
Harriers who attended the end of season bar-b-que at Crossford
Bridge on thursday the 19th August 2010.
The evening commenced with a 5 mile handicapped run along the
banks of the River Mersey and despite the rain it was a very
pleasant evening run. I'm sure we will encounter much worse weather
than that over the course of the cross country season. Results of
this run will be available later.
After a quick shower and change in the clubhouse we all gathered
upstairs for an evening of fine food and great conversation (not
necessarily about running). The spirit of a true British bar b que
was captured but without the smoke or insects.
Many thanks to all those who helped to make the evening such a
sucess. Paul Barrett, Cat Jones, Jenny Miles, Naomi Grant, Dave
Rogers, Jason Bowers, Gaz and anyone else who gave up time and
energy for a great Sale Harriers social event.
If anyone has any other ideas for future social events or
activities please contact Paul or Cat who will gladly consider your
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Sunday August 22nd saw a beautiful summer morning
just perfect for a jaunt around the roundabouts of Birchwood, well
at least that was the plan! Sale Harriers had 10 runners taking
part, first home was Mike Hatch in 35:29 quickly
followed by Lee Woods returning from injury with
an impressive time of 37:33. Gary Wilcox was next
with 38:36. Geoff Beattie made up the
5th placed men's team with the time of 45:35.
The Ladies were led home by Lauren Davies with
a time of 49:44, just a fraction behind her was Carla
Ousey with a time of 49:58, and Dawn
Holding was next home with another impressive time of
50:24 the three ladies also finished an impressive 5th
placed ladies team. Brian Bradshaw 51:40,
Jonathan Hardman 51:33 and Graham
Padgett 54:60 were the rest of the Sale Harriers.
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
The Welsh Castles Relay, organised by Les Croupiers running
club, is a 200 mile relay race from Caernarfon in North Wales, to
Cardiff in the South. Around 60 clubs take part each year,
each having to field 20 athletes (one for each stage) and a full
support crew. At any stage,
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Planning for this race began on the bus on the way home from
last year's event, such was the fun we had running through Wales
fuelled by flapjack! Everyone was keen to return and see if
we could improve on last year's position of 9th.
By now, mythical stories of dragons and misty Welsh mountains had
swirled round Crossford Bridge with abundance, so the team was once
again over subscribed. We needed 20 runners to complete the
20 stages of the race over 2 days, but just as importantly, we
needed an able support crew whose tasks ranged from getting the
runners to the start of each leg, not forgetting to pick them up at
the end, giving water to any of the runners on the course, cheering
loudly and managing the flapjack supplies throughout the
weekend. On top of this we had our bus driver extraordinaire,
Chris 'is it down here?' Heys, and his trusty map-reading co-pilot
Naomi 'I think it was down there' Grant.
The team this year had some new additions and last minute
changes due to injury, but luckily, due to the popularity of the
race we always had plenty of reserves to choose from who were all
on the bus and along for the ride.
Our first runner was Andy Walling, our Welsh-speaking local, who
won the vets category of leg 1, coming 3rd
overall. Elton Davies was next, another new addition to the
team, with 12th place. Then came the first
'Mountain' stage of the day, a tough 12.3 mile leg that was tackled
by Simon Mills. We stopped to support at Tremadog (absolute
coincidence that there was a fish and chip shop there) and Simon
came into sight first together with the red and white vest of Simon
Bruton from our local rivals Salford Harriers. The 2 Simons
looked comfortably matched, but it was our own Dr Mills who pulled
away in the latter stages to win by nearly 2 minutes in 1:05:59 -
Sale Harriers were now top of the mountain leader board and Simon
was a King!
Our first lady of the day was Jo Street who had been a valuable
member of our support crew last year and was keen to do herself
proud as a runner this year. She came through our support
station as 1st lady, but she had company in the form of
a Serpentine lady who was so close to our Jo that we thought she
might actually jump on Jo's back to hitch a ride at one
point. Jo went on to finish as 3rd lady and
exceeded Dave Rodgers' predicted time by nearly 2 minutes! A
feisty but controlled run from Miss Street - well done.
Leg 5 was where we had marshalling duties so we got everyone in
place and then waited for super-sub Jerry Smith to come through
which he did in a creditable 21st place. We were
unable to get the minibus down to leg 6, which was run by Phil
Scowcroft, as it was all on trails. But Phil 'The Muscle' had
a blinding run and finished 7th overall, exceeding his
predicted time and firmly cementing his credentials as a valued
member of the Crossford Gang.
After a quick ice cream break, it was onwards and literally
upwards to the second mountain stage of leg 7. This was the
scene of Mr Darcy's vomiting incident the year before and although
Gareth Matthews was secretly looking forward to it, he didn't let
on to anyone how excited he was to be tackling such a challenging
stage. Thames Hare and Hounds attacked this stage with
diligent aggression and bagged a new stage record, taken from their
own team that was set the previous year, but Gareth looked like he
enjoyed his first Castles experience and brought us home in
Up next on leg 8 was Mike Kilmartin. Keen to finish his
run and get back to the cottages to watch the football, Mike
hurried through in 4th. Jenny Flanagan added some
much needed glamour to the proceedings on leg 9 and again showing
Mr Rodgers not to underestimate the girls by smashing her predicted
time by nearly 3 minutes!
The final leg of the day was another mountain leg and we had
high hopes for our man Gareth Raven who had won mountain leg 3 the
previous year. Unfortunately the Raven-ator was pipped by
Serpentine's Nick Torry by just 39 seconds over the 13.3 miles -
Raven still having the recent 2:19 London Marathon is his legs.
Day 1 finished and the convoy hurried over to our luxury farm
cottages just outside Newtown for a hearty dinner and a depressing
England world cup football match. We were joined by 2
stragglers, our dearly loved cyclist friends from Manchester
Triathlon Club (Ian Jones and Mike Ogden) who had biked the route,
leapfrogging us for most of the day but still having time to sneak
in a couple of early pints in Newtown before we arrived (where
their cycling outfits caused a commotion in the pub toilets by all
As the sun rose over Newtown, two of our intrepid runners were
gobbling down some 5am porridge while everyone else continued to
snooze (reports that Mills and Kilmartin were just sneaking back
from Newtown at this time are unconfirmed). Jason Bowers and
Tim Rainey headed out for the early legs 11 and 12. Jobs
done, so back for breakfast. The minibus was loaded up again,
the suspension a little relieved to only have half the amount of
flapjack on board this time, and off we set to support Paul Barrett
on leg 13. PB had opted for a nice easy flat leg this year,
after last year's heroic stand-in for leg 14 and only missed
placing in the top 10 by one spot.
Just before 10am, and all attention was on the legendary leg
14. This is the toughest leg of the entire race with 11 miles
of evil mountains to climb, just up and up and up. Our hero
of the hour was Paul 'The Machine' Green who stormed up it, winning
the stage and the admiration of all around him. Nearly
halfway through the second day and it was Steffan North's turn to
experience the Welsh Castles Relay up close and personal. He
tackled the 13 mile leg 15 brilliantly and was only pipped by those
pesky Serpies inside the last mile.
Mike Ashby's turn next and he'd been moved to a mountain leg at
the last minute due to team changes. He tackled his leg with
gusto, and it was good practise for his Iron Man event a month
later. Mike placed 8th. It was back to the
girls again next, with Hayley Cavill completing leg 17 and Jan
Nicholls on leg 18 both having great runs. Support was at
fever pitch now with the minibus crew in a well practiced routine
of setting up our new flag, taping the banner to the back of the
bus and Jo Street (a.k.a. The Mega Jo) giving it her all on our
lovely shiny megaphone. Poor Mills and Kilmartin were
beginning to wish they hadn't had those last pints the night before
as the noise levels in the bus increased with every stage!
Nearing the end of our epic adventure it was left to Carl
Cleghorn to run leg 19 and Rob Flannery on the glory leg into the
grounds of Cardiff Castle. At this stage of the race the legs
seem to be longer, which makes logistics much more complicated as
everyone also wants to get to the Castle in time to see the
finish. It is a race of runners versus minibuses which the
runners usually win. Upon arriving at Cardiff Castle Gaz
Raven decided to do what we'd been asking him to do all weekend and
finally put the red furry dragon outfit on and had a cheeky run
down the finishing straight behind Rob Flannery, much to the
delight of the watching crowd. It is not confirmed whether
Gaz as the Dragon was faster than the Neath Harriers Gorilla who
had the same idea - a mascot's race for leg 21 next year
2 days of running and supporting finally drew to a close, but
not before we'd picked up prizes for 2 Kings of the Mountains
(Simon Mills and Paul Green) and one Monarch of the Mountains for
Gaz Raven. Overall we were 7th team, a 2 place
improvement on last year and 3rd in the Mountain
competition. Once again, the weekend was an incredible
success, the result of a lot of hard work, planning, great running,
inspirational performances and teamwork. Despite the
challenging logistics, we would dearly love to enter 2 teams next
year, a men's and a ladies, so please make yourselves known if
you'd like to take part as either runner or support crew.
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
At Barnet Copthall stadium, in the final Club competition of the
Track and Field Season, the Clubs' Cup Final, called The Jo Smith
Trophy, Sale's combined men's and women's team were one of the
country's top eight clubs invited to compete. (
Event Pictures Here)
"To say that we were under strength would be an understatement"
were the words of men's team manager. With nineteen events to
cover, the men had only nine hardy souls in attendance and the
women, suffering from a congested fixture list, had only twelve
athletes to cover the nineteen events, it was hardly surprising
that the joint team could only manage 5th. Fortunately,
however, several of our top internationals supported the Club and
they deserve great credit for turning out with the Commonwealth
Games just around the corner.
September is not everyone's favourite time for competition, so
among the men, credit to Ryan Oswald, Chris Craig, Debo
Ademuyewo, Nick Gayle, Jonathan Ferryman, Jack Andrew, Scot
Thompson, Rimas Martisauskas and Nayef
Abed for turning out. We had two wins on the day -
one each on the track and in the field. Rimas provided the
glory in the Shot, taking the win by 60cm in 17m70, to finish his
season on a high, and our 4x100m team also took a comfortable
victory, the team comprising Nayef, Debo, Chris
In the field, Jack Andrew took a fine 3rd in
the Pole Vault with 4m60, while Jonathan Ferryman
matched his efforts with a surprising 3rd place in the Long Jump,
an unfamiliar event for him. Jonathan went straight from the
pit to the start line of the 400mH, where he came 6th and then
trudged off to do his favoured event, the Triple Jump, where he
Scot Thompson did all the throws besides the
Shot, and only narrowly missed out in his attempt to clear 50m in
all three. A superb Discus saw him start with 52m04 and he
finished with 55m45 for the Javelin, only the unfamiliar Hammer
(47m82) prevented him from achieving his target.
On the track, Nick Gayle took good points for
2nd in the 110mH (14.18), while Ryan Oswald and
Chris Craig came 4th (11.03) and 3rd (22.26)
in the 100m and 200m respectively on a day of strong
headwinds. Debo Ademuyewo completed an ever
present season with 5th in the 400m (49.04).
As, throughout the season, the women's strength was in the Field
and there were wins for Stephanie Pywell (High
Jump), Rebecca Peake (Shot) and Rosie
Semenytsh in the Javelin. Important second places were
claimed by Sara McGreavy (100m Hurdles),
Rachel Deegan (800m), Emma Lyons
(Pole Vault) and Laura Douglas (Hammer), with
Alison Rodger stepping in to take third in the
Discus. Lucy Evans gave her all in the 100m and
200m and Katia Lannon, Lateefah Burton and
Hannah Griffiths scored vital points, with all
concerned totally exhausted after the match, but once more showing
superb team spirit.
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
A relatively small field of 354 lined up for this Fylde coast
10K, compared to the larger Beaverbrooks 10k , also on the
Blackpool promenade which attracts several thousand every
year. A rare Saturday event starting at 11 a.m. so a
long wait for those staying to witness the second night of the
annual Illuminations spectacle. Only one Sale Harrier ,
M60 TERRY LONERGAN, made the journey, running his 130th
10K and managing to win the age category in 42.50. But
he was made to work hard for the victory , racing shoulder to
shoulder with Steve Pierce of Kendal for long periods before
nudging away to win by 5 seconds.
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
"These training weekends just get better and better!"
Over 60 people took part in the latest Sale Harriers trip to The
Newlands Adventure Centre near Keswick in The Lake District. Ages
from 17 to 65 took part in many and varied activities from Ghyll
scrambling to fell running with all levels of fitness catered
weekend began for some people on Friday with varied runs around the
local valley area. Saturday morning saw most runners battling
through heavy rain along local roads for an early morning run. A
hearty breakfast after hot showers refreshed the runners before a
hill session in glorious sunshine. The session was enjoyed by all
with a fun relay, with teams competing for top
more highly nutritious food and good company, the afternoon was
free for other activities. Some went for a gentle walk whilst the
adrenalin junkies amongst the group gathered for a session of
leaping down local waterfalls, known as Ghyll Scrambling. 20 odd
(very odd) intrepid adventurers were kitted out in special
equipment in order to attempt to manage an afternoon in near
freezing temperatures. Apparently it is no 23 in the top things to
do before you die list. Fantastic.
Another run took place before tea with many runners
climbing 'Cat Bells' (over 450m) with fine views over Derwent
b Que was planned for the evening but typical British weather
brought us inside for the excellent food. The rest of the evening
was taken up with tales of the days events enhanced with some
Sunday was bright and fine and one group of runners
tackled the Anniversary Waltz fell race route up Causey Pike,
climbing over 7000 feet of steep terrain and nearly 3 hours of
running. Another group ran around Derwent Water taking in the
beautiful views and stunning scenery (11miles).
Thanks to all who helped in the organisation and
planning of the event and the next one is planned for March
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Fancy a night with your friends celebrating all things Sale
Harriers? The club are hosting their Annual Winter Party at
Sale Rugby Club, on Heywood Road, Sale on 5th February at
Tickets are priced at £20, and includes a DJ and a hot two course
buffet meal. Please note that from every ticket sold, £1 will be
donated to the club.
Tickets can be bought every Tuesday before training at Crossford
Bridge from Catherine Jones. If Crossford Bridge is not your
regular training base, please contact Catherine on 07961 516
We look forward to seeing you there!
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
With the icy conditions prevailing on the roads, we are again
taking this Tuesday night's run from Crossford Bridge onto the
Mersey banks. Please bring headtorches and appropriate
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Eric Hughes, the Club's President, who masterminded the women's
section to becoming one of the best in Europe, has written an
autobiography that portrays his personal, sporting and business
escapades involving more than three decades as manager of the Sale
Harrier's women's teams.
This compelling and extremely readable book is a fascinating
insight into Eric's passion, commitment, determination and
boundless energy that brought him success from a modest early life,
to owning his own textile business. Travelling the world and
enjoying a football career that included playing for his beloved
Manchester City, he simultaneously developed the Club's women's
section from its embryonic state to constantly winning track, road
and cross country titles. Representing Britain in the top echelons
of European team competition and himself undertaking important
executive responsibilities within European athletics.
Eric's years with Sale Harriers uncover nightmare scenarios of
taking groups of young females across Europe, incidents of
hospitalisation, missed flights, securing visas, inappropriate
accommodation, getting lost, financial difficulties and so much
more. Eric's humour and light heartedness is reflected in his
handling of some awesome problems.
If there's a book that is a testament to tenacity and success,
modestly written, this is it! If you are involved with Sale
Harriers and want to read an absorbing autobiography and benefit
from its insights, the book can be easily obtained from Amazon at £10.99 or from Eric
himself who is holding limited stock at the moment.
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13