Over The Bales


Sale Harriers junior section finished the cross-country season on a high note with races over hay-bales obstacles on home turf at Crossford Bridge.  One hundred and fifteen athletes turned out for the club, many of whom were making their club debuts and they impressed with many fine performances.  In the six races Sale Harriers gained five team victories against opposition from over 20 clubs from all over the north-west and four individual victories from TARA FERGUSON, ED SPARK, BEN KEELEY and FREDDIE MEREDITH.

Our U13 boy’s are the current Northern XC Champions and won the team race with FREDDIE MEREDITH, OSCAR SCHOFIELD and MATTHEW GARDNER finishing in the first three places. We were also awarded first B team medals due to fine performances from GEORGE NOBLE, FINLAY DAY and ERIC WOODWARD. Our U13 girls are the current Manchester XC League Champions and won the team race with JASMINE REED (2nd), SARA CLOUGH (3rd) and CARMEN SAFRANAUSKAS (4th), whilst AVA CLOUGH , IZZY APPLEBY and HOLLY NEWTON won the B race.

Sale had a comfortable victory in the U11 boy’s team race with BEN KEELEY outsprinting team mates FINDLAY GODDARD and LIAM O’BRIEN to win the individual race.  Our B team of JOE SPARK, JOSHUA RODGERS and ALEX FRASER won their category. Sale was silver medallists and first B team in the U11 girl’s race. Well done to MADDIE HOLT, IMOGEN HILL, IZZY HALL, HOLLY NOLAN, ASH GILMORE and FRANCESCA HEWITSON.

ED SPARK outsprinted team mates DANIEL OAKES and BEN GARNER to win the U9 boy’s race, whilst JOE WELSBY, DANIEL LUKE and RYAN O’NEILL ensured victory in both the A and B team categories. It was encouraging to note that 30 boy’s represented Sale in this one race. TARA FERGUSON was a clear winner in the U9 girl’s race from team mate OONAGH Mc MANUS and with AMELIA HIGGINS were comfortable team winners. KATIE ROBERTSON, CAREY SULLIVAN and ROXY Mc HUGH all finished in the first 10 to ensure victory in the B team category.

A big thanks to all club officials and to GRAHAM and ANN MARSHALL for again organizing such a successful event. Many thanks to ERNIE GREENWOOD for taking photographs that can be viewed and bought at www.darkstarphotos.com