Steve Edmunds

Steve Edmunds

Steve Edmunds, a loyal club member since the 1960's who was awarded the club's highest honour of Life Membership in 2015, died this recently following a very short illness. Steve held the club's Marathon record of 2:15.24 for 42 years until MATT BOND broke it in the 2016 London Marathon. Steve was an active club member, on the list to help marshal the final Sizzler 5k in two weeks after he returned from holiday. Deepest condolences to all those within the club who knew Steve a near lifetime and were very much a part of his life and, of course the club's deepest condolences to his grieving family.

Steve Edmunds joined Sale Harriers in 1959 aged 12 and was coached by club legend Alan Robertshaw and Alan’s father (Mr Robbo). Training in those days was from the Rackhouse Community Centre near Wythenshawe Park and sessions often consisted of 3 x 1 mile on the road and a four mile run on Thursdays. Sunday runs were often along the Bridgewater Canal from the old sewerage pumping station in Sale.

Steve competed for Sale Harriers from 1959 to 2005, from boys through to the veterans. Between 1962 and 67 he was on winning teams for boys, youths and juniors in the East Lancs Championships and the Northern and National Cross Country Championships.

Between 1967 and 78 he regularly represented the club in National track and field leagues and Pye Cups, doing the 5000m and 10,000m and was a regular on Northern and National relay teams. His 5k and 10k pbs were 14:16 and 29:17 respectively.

Between 1967 and 2000 Steve regularly represented Sale Harriers in road races from Newcastle upon Tyne to Torquay. He was on the team which won the 1969 Cardiff to Caernarvon relay, setting a new 200mile record of 14:3.50. In 1971 he was on the clubs 10 man team which broke the 24 hour track relay world record and the following year his team broke the record again covering over 293 miles in 24 hours.

In 1973 with Dave Farmer and Norman Carrington, he was on the winning Maxol Marathon team when he ran his pb of 2:15:24 which stood for 42 years. He allegedly covered the last 2k faster than any other British runner. Said Steve of those years, “Alan Robertshaw instilled into us all how very important it was that a commitment to run for the club in team events was a must and I believe that that was the reason that the club was so successful in those days”.

Since 1996 Steve’s main club involvement has been a very willing and valuable club marshal. He was part of the marshalling team for the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games. His loyalty, commitment and availability to Sale Harriers for over 50 years were exemplary and inspirational.

At a recent club race, the Sale Sizzler, a minutes silence was held in his honour.

His funeral will be held at Manchester Crematorium, Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, M21 7GZ at 2pm on the 15th of August 2023. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St Ann's Hospice, Heald Green.Donate Here.

Afterwards family and friends are invited to Northenden Golf Club, Palatine Road, Northenden, M22 4FR.

Life member Steve Edmunds