Gareth Raven T of T 2019

This iconic event, which was re-launched by Sports Tours International in 2015, returned again in 2019. The first race was founded by Dr Ron Hill MBE in 1983. The week-long event, run in 4 different Tameside locations, was a huge success, enjoyed by people throughout the borough and beyond.

This year, the Tour of Tameside consists of 4 races on consecutive days, including: the X-Trail 10k, Hell on the Fell, Hero Half Marathon and Dr Ron Hyde 7 mile.

Our very own Gareth Raven, although now over 45 shows no sign of slowing down, giving the eventual winner Mo Aburezeq a run for his money. Only 18 seconds divided them on leg 1. and the overall difference at the end of the tour was only 3 minutes. Gareth was 2nd with 3:08:39 with Mo first in 3:05:43.

Other Sale Harriers who took up the challenge included Robert Fairbanks who was 2nd M40, Jenny Fox 2nd F40, Tracey Taylor 8th F35 and Lynda Rowlinson who was 3rd F55. Mark Fox was going well after 2 races but was not able to complete the final 3.

Wendy Terry did the 10k in 47:23 and Beth Louise Newton did 50:40.

Photo credit to Dave Greenwood of Dark Star Photography.

Full results

Birmingham, 26th May 2019

By Anne Chinoy, Women's Masters Team Manager

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In recognition of the numbers of ‘Masters’ runners (aged 35 or over) in running clubs across the country, England Athletics has recently rolled out the Age Group Masters competition. England Age Group Masters vests are earned by achieving a position in a qualifying race (and an England Athletics Age Group minimum standard). Opportunities are currently available each year in distances of 10K, Half-Marathon and Marathon.

My own route to qualification for the 10K Championships was less than straightforward. I entered back in 2018 via Trafford 10K. With this specific goal in mind, my training in the runup to the race was going very well. However, my efforts ended in disappointment when the race was postponed due to snow. What I didn’t realise was that the rescheduled September Trafford 10K would qualify me for entry to the 2019 event in Birmingham. I was delighted to receive an email shortly after Trafford, informing me of my qualification. I then faced a dilemma as the date coincided with a family holiday to Club La Santa in Lanzarote. After some deliberation, I decided it was too good an opportunity to miss and my husband agreed to travel ahead with the kids (who were keen to see their Mum in an England vest!) and I would join them a couple of days later.

I looked forward to the event with a mixture of nerves and excitement. Researching the times of my 8 fellow V45 competitors on Power of 10, I  realised that the standard was extremely high - my own 10K PB was the slowest on the team. As if the V45 competition wasn’t tough enough, I then learnt that my running hero and five-time Olympian Jo Pavey would also be on the start line! I resolved to focus on my own race and at least aim for a PB.

The course for the Great Birmingham 10K was brand new for 2019 so there was no information on the course profile. I naively assumed that as it was a race for the masses, it would be relatively flat. The first inkling I got of the challenging race profile was on the start-line from some other England Masters ladies who had warmed up on the course. Conditions were also poor with rain and strong winds - my hopes for a sub-40 time rapidly went out of the window!

All the Age Group Masters runners had gathered in the first pen alongside the ‘fast-paced club runners’. Jo Pavey joined us just before the starting gun and we set off around a corner on a steep and slippery downhill. The course was a rather uninspiring ‘out and back’ route on a major A road with a series of underpasses to navigate. It meant that support along the route was minimal (though I was lucky enough to have my own support crew of my Mum, sister and nephew at the 2K and 8K points). One advantage of the out and back route was that we got a great view of the race leaders after the half-way point including Jo Pavey and Liverpool V40 Kirsty Longley (who finished the race in second place ahead of Jo). When I turned around at 5K, a brief glance at my Garmin told me I could still get close to a PB. The second half of the race was far more challenging though with long uphill sections into punishing head-winds. I stopped looking at my watch and just focused on catching some of the other Age Group runners and embrace the run as great training for my next running challenge – Welsh Castles! Of course, that slippery downhill start meant a cruel uphill stretch to the finish; I was very relieved to cross the final timing mat. While I was disappointed with my time, I was happy to learn that I had finished 6th out of the 9 V45 England runners. Full results here.

After the event, it was great to gather at the England Athletics tent to chat to the other England Age Masters runners. I was inspired talking to many of them, including a very fast V50 lady who has run all her life, but is still achieving PB’s including a phenomenal 37:55 10K at the recent 2019 World Masters. Jo Pavey also spent a long time chatting to everyone and taking photos. She was delightfully down-to-earth and friendly, and enquired after everyone else’s runs.

Also representing Sale Harriers at the event was M65 Geoff Beattie, running for Northern Ireland. Geoff’s son, Ben Beattie (M35, Hallamshire Harriers), was also there running for England. V60 Sale Harrier, Jackie Cordingley, was selected for the England team for the second year running but sadly had to pull out due to injury.

Another familiar face at the race was Dean Hardman (Vice-Chair of the Sale Harriers Executive Committee), Head of Business Partnerships and Major Events at England Athletics. Dean took a major role in the event as one of the Team Leaders.

It was a fantastic experience and I would strongly recommend all athletes aged 35 or older try and get involved with future England Age Group opportunities. Click here for more information.

Helen Carter

With the men looking to secure a hat-trick of victories and the women in the hunt to retain their title, we knew we would have an epic weekend on our hands.

Welsh Castles Relay 2019, you did not disappoint! Here’s how it all unfolded…

Day One: Saturday 8th June

Having led the race out last year as defending champions, we were asked to do the same only this time with the international team Freedom of Movement, Palestine. We opted to run behind them around the castle and it was a powerful experience to run behind their flags. 

Last year’s glorious sunshine was a distant memory as the rain coats and umbrellas were out in force on Saturday. Richard Edwards and Julia Reynolds bravely led the SHM charge on Leg One. With the men boasting a strong contingent across the board, the women were looking to fight to match their victory from last year. The sheer determination on Julia’s face as she came across the line set the tone for the day – the ladies had turned up to defend!

Leg Two saw a strong finish from Sam Aspinwall to beat Chorlton by 10 seconds, securing the men’s first yellow jersey of the day. Rachel Rozhdestvenskaya ran an impressive 5 minutes quicker than her 2018 performance and finished second to Serpentine by 18 seconds. She gave a truly brilliant performance and will be hunting that yellow jersey next year! Phil Robertson repeated his Leg 3 2018 victory, this time with a staggering 1 minute 26 seconds over second place. Helen Armitage tackled the mountain for the women’s team with a strong run for 4th Lady.

Legs 4 and 5 were tackled by the Cordingley sisters, Victoria and Beatrice. It was wonderful to have Victoria back in the team and she powered her way along the coast with an ecstatic smile – no mean feat in that weather! Beatrice ran hard to finish as second in the Ladies Category and the women’s team was starting to gather momentum. Ben McIntyre added to the SHM yellow jersey collection with second place and first vet on Leg 4; Nick Tynan had a confident run on Leg 5 for a strong second place.

Leg 6 saw Rob Fairbanks make his WCR debut with a brilliant fourth place, whilst Jane Thomas in the women’s race epitomised the camaraderie of the weekend by running with a huge grin and high fiving as she went past the pub! Leg 7 appears to be a hideous hill! Not to be deterred, Nathan Harrison and Hayley Ashby powered up…and down… with Nathan extending the men’s lead, winning by 1 minute and 37 seconds from White Rock Runners. In doing so he set a course record by over a minute – brilliant work Nathan! Hayley battled to third place and will be back to grab that yellow jersey next year – we could see it in her eyes!

Leg 8 is a gruelling leg and used to be a mountain stage. Up stepped Ken Hunt and Clare McCarron. Ken ran a great race to finish in second place and Clare smashed 10 minutes off her previous attempt at this leg in 2015 to finish 8 seconds behind first place. Brilliant running! Leg 9 saw Pete O’Neill race hard to finish in 5th place and Sinead Ferguson put in an astonishing shift, displaying absolute grit and determination to finish the race despite taking a nasty fall and running with blood pouring down her leg for the last few miles.

Leg 10 is a very hard half marathon over the hills from Llanfair Caereinion to Newtown. Callum Rowlinson finished a brilliant second and Harriet Hamilton stepped up strongly to tackle this hard distance for the women. Overnight the men had a comfortable lead over their nearest rivals, Aberdare Valley AAC, of 11 minutes and 34 seconds. The women lay in 4th place, only 17 seconds behind Ealing Eagles, 2 minutes behind Serpentine and 11 minutes behind Les Croups…all was to play for the next day and those women left to run were set to battle till Cardiff. They weren’t giving up without a fight!

Day Two: Sunday 9th June

Leg 11 is an excruciating 7am start but this did little to deter Dan Kashi who stormed through 10.8 miles of this mountain leg in a jaw-dropping 59.08, gaining another yellow jersey for the men. This is a course record due to the new route this year but it should only stand until Dan’s next run at it in 2020! Anne Chinoy secured vital minutes for the women in her usual strong run on this leg with a 3 minute gain on rivals Les Croupiers. Leg 12 gained Steve McCarron a yellow jersey as first vet runner and second place overall with Wendy Terry debuting for the women, putting in a strong run to gain precious time over Ealing Eagles. Leg 13 saw a debut for Richard Brown in the men’s team who ran a brilliant race to finish in fourth place. Carla ‘Team Stalwart’ Ousey ran really strongly for the women’s team, gaining precious time from Serpentine. Summing up the attitude in the women’s team, Carla had practised her leg whilst on holiday the week before. That’s dedication!

As the women’s race ebbed and flowed between the teams, Luisa Candioli stepped up to defend her Drovers title, which she did with ease clocking 23 seconds faster than 2018! The climb on Leg 14 makes some of us feel nauseous – not so Luisa and Nigel Martin who was taking on the men’s leg for his first attempt at Drovers. Nigel has had a phenomenal season on the track and his run here showed why – he ran an unbelievable 59.14 for the 10.8 miles of uphill slog, taking 3 seconds off the 2014 course record in the process. Well done to our King and Queen of the Mountain! A Double Drovers victory is just superb!

Leg 15 saw another yellow jersey for Tim Kennedy who adds to his collection every year! He won his leg by an impressive 2 minutes and 5 seconds margin. Jenny Fox ran for the women and in intermittent sunshine and driving rain clocked an impressive 7 minutes faster than her time from 2018 – take a bow Dr. Fox! You know Leg 16 is tough when Paul ‘Greeny’ Green refers to it as relentless! He ran brilliantly to secure first vet on the stage and Lydia Briggs stormed into second place for the ladies team.

Leg 17 saw a welcome return to the WCR team for Jenny ‘Clinky’ Clink and, despite needing to take her trainers off at one point to ease her feet, she had a brilliant run to finish fourth lady. Mike Ashby was superb on Leg 17, winning first vet on Leg 17 and adding to the men’s already impressive yellow jersey collection. Olly Gaillemin raced well to finish 6th in the men’s race on Leg 18; Sarah Goulden, who has gone from strength to strength all season, ran a brilliant fourth place.

Leg 19 saw a great run from Mark Fox to finish inside the top 10 in 9th place. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, Helen Carter stepped in to run Leg 19 and gave it some Yorkshire grit for the team! Equally on Leg 20, Tracey Taylor gave it her heart and soul to bring the ladies home in style, leaving everyone in anticipation of the final placings. Gaz Raven drove the width of the country to make it to Cardiff in time to bring the men’s team home to an unprecedented treble victory! He stormed home in an eye-watering  51 minutes and 41 seconds, taking last year’s course record away from our very own Tim Kennedy in the process.

Once again, both teams had performed brilliantly throughout the weekend. The SHM men are an unstoppable force and the women epitomise team spirit and dedication.

Due to some processing errors, the results were not announced in Cardiff.

We know that the men have completed an outstanding treble – hat trick heroes! They have smashed the opposition, winning by 46 minutes and 39 seconds. Unbelievable.

The women are yet to know their overall result but we should definitely be on the podium.
Whatever the outcome for the women’s team, they should be very proud of how they performed this year - they were over 1 hour faster than the previous year!

Whilst the uncertainty of results is frustrating, the manner in which both teams fought so hard and supported each other over the two days is both powerful and emotional. The Sale Harriers WCR family is one we are all proud to be part of!

The club support along the route is simply amazing and we would like to thank everyone who came along. People’s partners and children line the route and it’s lovely to see so many people no matter what the weather – thank you for doing this!

Nigel and Marinda Breddy provided outstanding support, and photographs, over the two days and we are very grateful!

We would like to thank all our supporters and in particular Dave Rodgers, Glenn and Bernie Savage, Lesley Green and Sarah Goulden’s mum (and dog!)  for their unfailing support and assistance in getting people to legs. Frank and Jackie Cordingley, Lynda and Gary Rowlinson, Jan Nicholls and Joe Webb and anyone else who popped up along the way – THANK YOU!

One person deserves a special mention for playing the long support game from his house in Sale: Richard Ousey, please take this as your official invitation to travel with us next year as social media entertainer / data tracker! We need you!

And finally…Chris Donnelly and Richard Edwards. You two are simply amazing. The effort that goes in behind the scenes is unbelievable and we all appreciate your hard work. Thank you, from all the SHM runners.

Here’s to 2020 and another adventure through the hills!

Welsh Castles 2019

YDL UPPER – Sport City 26th May 2019.

Dave Greenwood.

How keen are you ?

 When faced with a Bank Holiday weekend slap bang in exam revision time there is a dilemma not faced by other age groups. When the morning dawns cold, blustery with that fine drizzle that permeates everything, soaking you to the skin it’s tempting to have a duvet day.

Every person who turned out today should be congratulated for being there filling a space and earning at least a point for the club. There was such a diverse collection of people too; ranging from a Millfield School boarder, to those from Inner city Manchester. All count the same- a point or more for the club. Together this team came to turn second place in the last match to first today by a ninety point margin. That’s a brilliant improvement.

Sale Harriers are lucky to have such dedicated and knowledgeable coaches but they can only work with what is in front of them. Today they had plenty to work with. I see them work on a group who then grow up move to University or find juggling demanding jobs too much and they’re replaced by another bunch and the coach starts again. In praise of them all this alliance involves passion and commitment, rather like turning out today. This victory is for the coaches as well as the athletes.

The day didn’t start too well with the gloomy weather matched by Preston opening a forty point lead. Were they going to win again? As the events rolled on with less spaces unfilled we climbed the points table and bridged the gap. The less noticed throwers plugged away with wins for Emma Lowe in Hammer B with a 3rd for Hannah Blood in a contest where three threw well over 50m. Mia Gibbons, an ever loyal club athlete took victory in the B javelin. Nathan Booth won u20 Hammer. Ella Wilson had a good day winning Long Jump, High Jump B, and coming second in the Javelin. Scarlett Whittaker having won the B Hurdles also took the Shot B.

At the other end of the stadium Matt Cullen’s Pole vaulters won their duels, in less than ideal conditions for flying almost four metres. Sophie Ashurst didn’t panic after some early hiccups and got herself an outdoor p.b. of 3.90m. She was backed up by Amy Haslam in 2nd and Lucie Wolfenden winning the U20B with Brook Whyatt winning the U17B. Arron Thomas and Jacob Thompson took both U17 High Jump victories to complete a good day in the field.

The sprinters got to work. Head up, tall, drive, encouraged the voice of coach. The green marker pen of team manager Sarah worked overtime adjusting between calls to check if people were on their way.’ I don’t like the mess – I like it neat.’ Dave encouraged and explained with half a mind on tomorrow and the task of compiling a Northern league team. At this point the writer decides to help with an attempt at a report as he’s spinning plates. I don’t know everyone well enough to know who has excelled themselves but I recognise many from my last YDL Upper two years ago and some who I last saw as boys and girls in the lower age group. How they’ve matured in every way.

Wins for Williamson-Taylor in u20 100B and Shonibare Rukayatu 100/200 and Regan walker in the 200, were matched by Marcus Mclean 100/200 and Ben Basten 100b in the u17 age group. In the U17 women’s Praise Owoeye  took 100/200 double with Oyinkonsola Dare winning the 100B. The Hammer cage was by now occupied by the same throwers this time doing Discus which didn’t seem to be anyone’s specialism but they were giving it their best.

The 400 and 300 on the track is said to be one of the toughest events in the sport. Too exhausting for the sprinters to keep the pace going but not long enough for the distance runners. We’ve had some real talent in this event over the years. This was continued by Thomas Baines and Rory Keen who also won the 400H. Mia Gibbons won the 400B and Jotham Benabeni won the U17 400.

The announcer revealed we had taken the lead. I found myself willing any vest to be in front of the blue of Preston if it was not Sale. The North Wales composite team were putting in a good performance on the track and seemed a much better team than when I last saw them and Liverpool seem to have gone a bit the other way since they dominated a decade or more ago when KJT  was a youngster. It reminds us of how high the standard is at these events and the effort it takes from many people to maintain positions year on year.

 A clash with the elite BMC event the night before meant a number of very good middle distance runners were not available but there were still some good performances as Shaun Gee won the 800 matched by Aidan Lynch in the U17. Multi eventer Shayon Fryer-Francis won the u20 Long Jump by a centimetre! She went on to win the U17 80m Hurdles with Scarlett Whittaker winning the B race and also won the Shot. The effervescent DJ Pedro won the 100H had a hand in the 4x100 victory and scored points in the Javelin. Emmanuel Johnson won the 100H B race.

Over ‘the Barriers’ a tremendous show of courage from our athletes saw four out of six girls in the steeplechase. Beth Thornton dug deep having competed the night before, just edging out Alice Stiles who is new to the event, both girls ran very well. Despite taking a ducking Millie Chambers took maximum  points in the SC 1500 B with Jasmine Stockton coming second in the A race. Valuable points were also gained in the men’s Steeplechase by Ben Dargan who won the B  and Alex James third in the A but beat the Preston athlete.

Finally the event always finishes with relays.

We won both men’s U20 Relays and both women’s runners up.

We won both men’s U17 relays and the Women’s 4 x 100.

What did I learn from this event?

Athletics is still exciting with some high levels of skill at this level.

Coaches and their relationships with athletes are like Gold dust!

Commitment is key, not just on the day but for improvement.

Mental toughness to come back after injury or disappointment is a great life skill.

A lot goes on behind the scenes we don’t always see.

Beating your nearest rivals, even to come third over fourth wins competitions. Filling as many berths as possible brings victory closer.

Personal improvement helps the team.

Sale as a club have a lot of good people involved.

Everyone is important!


YDL (Lower) MATCH 2


Peter Shaw

 Tia Grover

The club’s U13 & U15 league team are a step closer to winning the NW Premier title after a 70 point victory over Preston in a match at Liverpool in which the quality of performance from all seven clubs was exceptionally high.

Our vaulters and jumpers were in great form with victories from MORGAN WHITE (PV &HJ), RUARI Mc DONALD (PV), SHONA WILKINSON (PV), BASIL ZOLA (LJ & runner up in HJ), LEONARDO SCOTT (LJ), THEA BROWN (HJ & runner up in LJ) and TIA GROVER (HJ).

Success Eduan U15G 200m

SUCCESS EDUAN was our star of the match with another sprint double and then running an incredible last leg of the sprint relay to overtake Preston. Other sprints and hurdles victories came from NATACHI  NWOSU, SETIRA REID, HOLLY GARNER, LILY EDSON and THEA BROWN whilst HERMIONE MASON ran a Grade 1 performance to finish 2nd in her hurdles race.

Our throwers had a great day with victories from MACKENA BRADSHAW, ANNABEL AMADIN, JASMINE RICHARDSON, ELLA GILLESPIE and LAILA HERSTEL whilst MIA WALKER and LILY OLDALE were runners up. Multi-eventers are like gold-dust and our own golden girl ELLISE FRYER-FRANCIS competed in four events, winning one and finishing runner-up in the other three.

Our middle distance runners were in great form with many running PB’s in races featuring top class opposition. Victories came from WILL PARKER, JOSH COLQUHOUN-LYNN, OLIVIA NOLAN, IZZY BURKE, FREDDIE MEREDITH, MATTHEW GARDNER and IZZY APPLEBY. Other athletes who recorded PB’s were OLIVIA BROWN. JAMES KNOCKTON, JACK SPARK,  JASMINE REED, LIBBY HILL, EVA KARALIUS, FINLAY GODDARD and twins AVA & SARA CLOUGH.

A feature of the match was the tremendous performances from athletes from our Primary section. Well done to LILY OLDALE, JAMES O’BRIEN, JOE SPARK, NANCY PICKLES, FINDLAY GODDARD, TOM HOBSON, HOLLY NOLAN, EVA KAURALIUS and MAX CUNNINGHAM.

Both our 4 x 300m relay teams finished runners up in fast times. Well done to HERMIONE MASON, OLIVIA BROWN, ELISE FRYER-FRANCIS, WILL STANWAY,  LUKE CHINOY, FAVOUR JOSEPH, WILL PARKER and SAMMY BREINGAN. Sammy was a real hero competing in four sprints/relays.

Thanks to the team managers Sinead Roche and Sarah James and all the other helpers and officials. Thanks to Carl Worthington for his expertise behind the lens.