Jean Dutton

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of life member Jean Dutton. A true club legend has been lost and will be greatly missed; our thoughts go out to her family and friends.

Jean first went to Sale Harriers in 1983 when her son Stephen joined with his friend. His friend unfortunately didn’t like it, but Stephen loved it and decided to continue, so they started bringing him to training sessions. Their eldest son Anthony then also joined and, of course, their daughter Sarah only five at the time, had to go along too so it ended up all the family went.

Jean started helping out at some of the Primary section’s track meetings and when Stephen was chosen to compete for the club in the 800mts, she and her husband Harry both helped out officiating when they went to meetings.

In October 1992, Ann Jackson, Brian Spriggs, David Brown, and Jean decided to sit their UK Athletics Officials Level 4 qualification in their various disciplines, Jean chose Field Events starting at and finishing at Level 2. They enjoyed some good times travelling to different venues like Gateshead Stadium, Dom Valley Sheffield (now closed unfortunately) and to Alexandra Stadium in Birmingham for the Young Athletes Finals.

She told a story of one year when Stephen was to compete in the final at Birmingham. They were on holiday in Portugal due back the day before the final but, due to airline delays, they ended up sleeping on the airport floor all night. They arrived home at about 10am on the morning of the final; dropped off their cases and jumped in the car to drive to Birmingham, Oh dear! The car wouldn’t start after being left idle for 2 weeks. Thank the Lord for their good friend and neighbour John, who came to their rescue and took them all the way to Birmingham, arriving by the skin of their teeth. Stephen ran the race of his life and won.

Jean then became involved helping Jim Stapleton (RIP) with memberships and in 2000 she became membership Secretary. That has been her principle club responsibility since then along with Ann Jackson, but on top of this she continued to help the Primary section with schools cross-country events, track meetings in the summer and any other meetings held at Crossford Bridge.

She enjoyed helping as a volunteer over the years and enjoyed some good laughs and great times and made some really good friends. She was touched and honoured to be awarded Sale Harriers Life Membership in 2013 for 37 years of loyal service.

She will be sadly missed by us all at Sale Harriers Manchester.

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Coronavirus Statement: last updated 18 March at 3pm

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As a result, England Athletics advises that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April.

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All qualification and development courses have been postponed.  Everyone who has booked onto a course will be sent an email asap informing them of the postponement and will be able to defer their booking.

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The final match at Heaton Park brought to an end another successful league season with the club finishing teams in all eight young athlete age-groups, and winning medals in seven of them. We won the league title in the U15 boys, U15 girls and U17 women, and we were silver medallists in the U13 boys and bronze medallists in the U11 girls, U15 boys and U17 men. Pride of place goes to LUKE CARRINGTON who won the U13 boys individual league title.

Apart from the MACCL title, our U11 boys have already won county team titles for cross-country and road relay championships. In this match BEN KEELEY was 1st and, with LIAM O’BRIEN 2nd and DAN OAKES 5th, we were comfortable team winners whilst another Sale team of JAKE ROYLE, FRASER SINCLAIR and JOE EYRE finished 3rd (1st ‘B’ team). In the girl’s race, IZZY HALL (5th) and OONAGH Mc MANUS (9th) both had great runs.

Our U13 boys are triple Northern champions (Road Relay, XC relay and XC). In this race, LUKE CARRINGTON again finished 1st and, with OSCAR SCHOFIELD 2nd and MATTHEW GARDNER 7th, we were comfortable team winners. We have won the U13 girls title for the past five years but this year lost the title to Northern champions Stockport.  In this match AVA CLOUGH had a great run to finish 3rd and teamed up with IZZY APPLEBY and ELLIE GILDART to finish 2nd team.

Our U15 teams are both Northern counties silver medallists. In this match IZZY BURKE ran well to finish 4th and teamed up with JASMINE REED, CARMEN SAFRANAUSKAS and LIBBY HILL to win the team race and ensure we retained the U15 girl’s title. In the boy’s race, JACK SPARK, CHARLIE TITTENSOR and GEORGE NOBLE finished 2nd to Northern champions Wirral. Wirral boys were 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

Our U17 women’s team recently finished runners up in the Northern Cross-Country Championships. In this race, we finished 2nd in both the U17 races which ensures the U17 women win the league title whilst the U17 men finish in the bronze medal position. Well done to GEORGIA HEATH, ROSANGELA TERIM, LUCY ARMITAGE, CHARLIE HOBSON, ALEX JAMES and ZAC GAILLEMIN.

Senior Women.

Sophie Wood said “Funny how 4 years ago I was too scared to run as part of the Manchester Cross Country League as I didn’t think I was good enough, when yesterday came my first race win!  Only managed 3/5 races so unfortunately didn’t an overall league position but at least I got a free toothbrush and some toothpaste!” The Sale ladies took the top team prize – SOPHIE WOOD, EMMA TILLEY, EMMMA FINNEY and LYDIA BRIGGS. 2nd B team were ANNE CHINOY, ZOE Gm, JANE THOMAS and HELEN ARMITAGE. The vets team came 3rd with EMMA F, ANNE and ZOE. Zoe was 4th Vet 40, Helen 7th. ANNE 4th V45 and JACKIE CORDINGLEY 1st V60.

Cat and Caroline

Senior Men.

NICK BARRY was 2nd only 7 seconds behind the lead and 9 seconds in front of Carl Hardman. 4th team with Nick, ALEX BRADFORD, SAM ASPINWALL, RYAN WORLAND, KEN HUNT and ANDY CARLIN. MIKE CURLEY was 1st V70).

Congratulations also to the senior women who won their league by winning their 3rd match and to the men who finished runners up to Salford in their league.

More photos at Darkstar Photos. Full results at Click Here.


Dave Greenwood/ Peter Shaw

The month of January has always been a hectic time to cope for Athletes with Cross Country in mind. There are County Championships, a MACCL fixture and the end of the month is the Northern Championships.

The last decade has given us Snow at Knowsley, a frozen field at Sunderland (which later thawed stranding many cars until a tractor towed them off.), fog at Blackburn, driving rain and hail at Knowsley and finally this year a mild day preceded by a dry week. Remember this year, it can’t last. Athletes who can run Cross Country make great employees- committed, never give up, determined, prepared and ever so slightly bonkers.! Forgive me though I’ve forgotten one important aspect for Sale runners – success.

Senior Men’s Champions for the last three years, Under 13 Champions two years with individual winner in 2019, U20 Women’s Champions the last two years with individual winner in 2018, U15 Girls winners in 2017. Now I’m beginning to sound like ‘Statman’ Fechin. If you are like Nigel Martin, you will have trained for Championships and rarely seen in local races-that’s how it works. Many of the younger members do all they can and the Championships are a step up for them. From all the successes it’s not been all the same people. If someone retires or goes to live somewhere else another steps up to take the mantle. After all our success how would we fare this year?

The U17 Women always begin the day and set the tone. It’s a difficult age, lots of changes and the pressure of exam year at school. We needn’t have worried because Lara Crawford led from the front all the way round and came home first with a fairy comfortable lead. Salford however packed quite well and their strong group took the team title leaving Sale content with Silver.

Pride of place goes to LARA CRAWFORD who won the U17 girl’s race having won silver and bronze in previous championships. Lara teamed up with JESS SPILSBURY, EMILY-KATE HALL and GEORGIA HEATH to finish runners up in the team race.

Next up were the Junior Women, a race with lots of strong individuals such as winner Olivia Mason but not many had a strong team. Although our first counter didn’t come in until 15th the team ran close together and few points separated the medallists, we were only nine points off winning. Bronze medals saw the Sale vest on the podium again. The youngest races took a loop that didn’t stray far from the finish area and the two laps were spectator friendly and avoided the heaviest ground. U13 races always seem very hectic with masses of eager runners streaming in close together. We had hopes of a medal and so it proved to be with the Clough twins leading the charge which ended with a Bronze medal.

The U17 Boys has not been a strong group for us recently and without some regular runners the strength of the field proved a little too much. Our runners made a valiant effort but without many recent races under their belts it was always going to be tough.

sale u13 at start northerns

Reigning champions the U13 boys had a lot to live up to after the heroics of the last two years. Freddie Meredith took individual Bronze, the North East challenge proving too strong. Oscar Schofield had a great race in 7th with Luke Carrington continuing his good year in13th with Ben Keeley having a good run in 35th, a great hat trick for the age group having almost 40 point lead over Wirral in second. Although the team results don’t show it we finished a B team which came 9th with 299 points, beating Gateshead, Vale Royal, York, Warrington and Salford. The last B counter beat 87 other runners.

FREDDIE MEREDITH ran the race of his life to finish 3rd in the U13 boy’s race and with OSCAR SCHOFIELD , LUKE CARRINGTON and BEN KEELEY won the team race for the 3rd year in succession. Their 3rd consecutive title is a record no other club has achieved in Northern XC Championships in at least the past twenty years. We were also 1st B team thanks to strong runs from FINLAY GODDARD, MATTHEW GARDNER JAMES O’BRIEN and FIN DAY.

Things were very hectic now and races were coming in before presentations could be completed. Girls Team Manager Lisa Davies was having a very busy day as presentations came thick and fast. There was no doubting the winners of the U15 as a very strong Vale Royal team had the race winner and fourth counter in at 21, beating Sale by over a hundred points. We weren’t complaining though as another set of silver medals came our way, completing our set of five team medals from five races.

Both our U15 teams finished in silver medal positions. The boy’s team of ELLIOT SAVAGE, JAMES KNOCKTON, WILL STANWAY and JACK SPARK all had great runs to finish in the first twenty but were narrowly beaten by a very strong Wirral team. Vale Royal were comfortable winners of the girl’s race with our girls well pleased with the silver medals. KATIE STRINGER in 10th was well supported by IZZY BURKE, LIBBY HILL and CARMEN SAFRANAUSKAUS.

In the U15 Boys races locally Wirral have been very strong but our Boys pushed them very close to gain Silver medals and were way ahead of Morpeth in third.

Unusually in the Junior Men’s races we could not finish a team.

Our aim was to medal in all five female age-groups and, with both the U13 girls and U20 women, finishing in bronze medal position, we succeeded. This is a tremendous feat which we hope to emulate with our male age-group teams in the near future.

In the senior races we faced a very strong Leeds club who are current National champions, having done the double last year. They have recruited very well from the Universities. More than half their senior teams last year were University Alumni. In the women’s race Triathlete Georgia Taylor-Brown pushed Jess Judd close for much of the race with Judd only getting away in the last half mile. A fine Silver for Georgia and a creditable team Silver against an extremely strong Leeds women’s team. Last year’s winner Mhiairi McClennan was third. GEORGIA TAYLOR-BROWN is a major contender for the Tokyo Olympic Triathlon title and, as part of her preparation, turned out for Sale and ran a great race to finish 2nd in the senior women’s race and teamed up with HANNAH BROWN , ELLEN DOWNS and SOPHIE WOOD to finish runners-up in the team race.


The last race was a clash of the Titans with a field full of quality. Nigel Martin was first home in a very good eighth place and we had three in before Salford had one home but Salford packed well and it was looking close at one point but in the end we were victorious by 28 points and Leeds having started with 3rd and 5th came in well behind the two local rivals. The senior men retained their title for the 4th successive year, the first time they’ve had such a string of success in this championship. Well done to NIGEL MARTIN, GAVIN HILL, WILLIAM ONEK, JAMES WIGNALL, DANIEL KASHI and MATT BARNES.

What a successful day. Eight team medals out of ten races. Outstanding.

Thanks to Darkstar Photography for the photos.

Full results here.

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