Mike Dunne


It is with great, great sadness I announce the news of the death of active club member Mike Dunne. Mike wasn't just a friend to all of us who knew him over a lifetime but he was an active club member since he joined the club in the early 1960's and, as his successful competitive days faded, he continued contributing to the life of Sale Harriers to such an extent that last year Sale Harriers honoured him with Life Membership.

Mike never stopped running, the emergence of the Saturday Parkruns and the Sunday ‘community runs’, kept him involved in running and he ran his 400th Parkrun in December 2022. Throughout he was totally uncomplaining regards his health.

Last summer in the club's promotion of the Sizzler 4 x 5k races he was my right-hand man as the course director, a job he did with brilliant, no nonsense efficiency. He'd be at the track setting up soon after sunrise and have much of the work done even before his colleagues arrived to help him and he'd always be the last to leave after the races, thorough to the end showing initiative, leadership and organizational ability second to none, ready always to do the menial tasks himself.

Mike was pivotal in helping establish the weekly Sunday Wythenshawe Community 5k and again he generously used his knowledge, skills and experience to ensure its growth and success.

Mike has devoted his whole life to Sale Harriers and especially those who were his friends and colleagues are heart-broken...... and bewildered that a man so much in the throes of life, so fit and so very active should be taken from us. Fechin McCormick.


Peter Shaw

The YDL (Lower) is a National league for U13 & U15 boys and girls and Sale took part in Match 1 of the NW Premier League at Longford Park.

In the U15 boys events the pole vault was our strongest event with CALUM PARK winning with a vault of 3m 45cms to go 2nd in the UK rankings whilst PATRICK WILEY won the B event. LIAM O'BRIEN, KARLO MILLS, MATTHEW ADENUGA and DAN OAKES all took part in four events with Liam winning the hurdles.

In the U15 girls our strongest event was the 1500m which was won by OONAGH Mc MANUS in 4:41.59 which ranks No1 in the UK for a Year 8 school-girl whilst IZZY HALL ran a PB to win the B race. Another middle distance star was IMOGEN HILL who won a tactical 800m race with a spectacular sprint finish. NIAMH RIDLER competed in four events winning the 100m. ROXY Mc HUGH also competed in four events and teamed up with HANNAH SQUIBBS, OONAGH Mc MANUS and IMOGEN HILL to win the 4 x 300m relay.

Our star in the U13 boys was LEO OBGEIDE who won the 100m & 200m and teamed up with DANIEL WELLS, ISAAC WRIGLEY and OLIVER HOWELL to win the sprint relay.

The U13 girls relay team of BROOKE CARROLL-IVISON, EVA ANWYL, ANNABEL LAMA and LILY VALENTINE had a comfortable victory. Lily had two individual sprint victories; Brooke won her hurdles race and Eva was the only athlete from any club to achieve the highest level 9 performances in three events. Our strongest event was the 1200m in which BEA SOPER won with a PB of 3:51.42 which ranks her No.2 in the UK rankings whilst CAITLIN WETTERS also recorded a PB to win the B event. Another middle distance star was ROBYN HEYWOOD-YOUNG who ran a PB to finish runner-up in the 800m.

Fifty youngsters represented Sale with great credit in the events they took part in but we lacked specialist in a number of technical events which meant we finished fifth from six teams in the match.

A massive thanks to team manager CARL WORTHINGTON and the club officials (especially parent REBECCA BELL whose efforts added a maximum 56 points to the team’s total score.)

Full results.

Perter Shaw

Sale Harriers junior section finished the cross-country season on a high note with races over hay-bale obstacles on home turf at Crossford Bridge. One hundred and ten athletes turned out for the club, many of whom were making their club debut and they impressed with many fine performances. In the six races, we gained five team victories against opposition from clubs from all over the North-West.

CAITLIN WETTERS had a great run to finish 2nd in the U13 girl's race and with ISABELLE CONNOLLY and ISLA ANDERSON won the team race from Wirral AC.

DAN OAKES was on top form in finishing runner's up in the U13 boy's race and, with GEORGE HORSFALL and JAKE HARRISON, won the team race from St. Helen's with Salford H & AC in 3rd place.

LUCY O'BRIEN was the U9 winner last year and ran exceptionally well to finish runner-up in this year's U11 girl's race and with AMBER KAHN and ISLA QUINN won the team race by a comfortable margin.

Sale beat Manchester Harriers to win the U11 boy's team race with LENNY ALVES (3rd), TOBY HARRISON (4th) and ARTHUR O'HARE (5th) as the club's counters.

Sale won the U9 girl's team race beating Bury AC by a narrow margin with MIMI GRIFFITHS, ALICE SCHOFIELD and SOFIA KIRWIN scoring for Sale.

Despite excellent runs from THEO MILLER (4th), SEB GROVES (5th) and HARRY Mc LOONE (6th) in the U9 boy's race Warrington AC beat Sale by one point.

In all Sale athletes were awarded 40 plaques and medals for their performance.