Crossford Bridge

Statement by Crossford Bridge Management Association (CBMA)

The CBMA and its member Clubs (Sale Harriers, Sale United and old Alts) are delighted to hear the news that our future at our home, Crossford Bridge, is secure. We have worked tirelessly over recent months to ensure that our current members, and future generations of children who want to partake in active sport, can do so in the supportive and open space environment that is freely available to all at Crossford Bridge.

The CBMA has worked closely with Sale Sharks and its partners in these months and wish the Sharks good luck in securing a new home back within the M33 area. We all now look forward to continuing to work closely with Trafford Council and the local residents enabling Crossford Bridge to continue to be a focal point of Sale's sporting and day to day community.

Trafford Council statement

As many residents are aware the Council recently allowed a consultation exercise to commence on the possible return of Sale Sharks to Crossford Bridge. This is a proposal that the Council had been discussing with the Sharks for a number of years, prior to the change of administration. Given this could potentially bring sizeable investment to Trafford – and given our efforts as a new administration to consult with residents in advance of taking decisions on significant development proposals – we decided to allow the question to be asked of the community as to their views on the principle of development on this site.

Following the end of the initial consultation period the Council has now reviewed the responses along with the direct representations received by councillors, including to myself as a local ward councillor and Leader of the Council. It is clear that views are mixed on this proposal and that many local people were excited by the potential return of the Sharks but also that residents living in the vicinity, and the clubs currently utilising the site, have real concerns about the proposed scheme. Concerns relate to the future of the clubs on site and the extent to which they will have the same access to facilities moving forward; and from a resident perspective the loss of green space/green belt and the impact in terms of noise, traffic, parking and a range of other factors.

We resolved to listen to the community before coming to a decision on this. Specifically we said that unless the proposal was supported by residents, and unless the clubs on site were happy that their needs could be met moving forward, it could not move forward. It is clear this is not the case. We will therefore be bringing a paper to the Executive meeting on the 28th September (published next week) recommending that the Executive agrees that this proposal moves no further forward.

Thank you to all residents who took the time to feed in their views: understanding your views on significant development proposals at early stage is key to how we wish to operate as a Labour administration and I am grateful to everyone who took part or contacted me directly.

Andrew Western.

Stretford Open - 15th August 2020

The track and field competitions this year have been decimated by the arrival of Covid 19 but Stretford have managed to satisfy the restrictions and host an event at Longford Park recently. Many Sale Harrier athletes were keen to show how fit they had kept themselves during lockdown and put in some fine performances.


Lily Oldale U13 girl broke the clubs 35 year record in the javelin throwing 35.23m was the best U13 girl thrower this evening.

Thea Brown

Also the same day Thea Brown broke the clubs U15 girl’s high jump record jumping 1.61m coming 3rd in the U15 high jump competition.

Both girls have come through the pathway at Crossford bridge, both were talent spotted through the Sportshall indoor competition which mainly comprises of Crossford athletes which Christine Tyrer organises, both girls also hurdle at Wythenshawe and both compete in the hurdles for the club in the YDL. Well done too to the many other Sale Harriers who ran, jumped and threw.

See all the results here.




It is with great sadness to report that Lee Ainsworth has sadly passed away after a fight with cancer. He was well known among the Sale Harriers volunteer community for always offering his help in marshaling such events as the Sale Sizzlers, the Manchester 'Great Run' and many others. He will be sadly missed, and our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday the 2nd of September at 10am, Altrincham Crematorium, please wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and do not attend if you are feeling unwell.




14th - 20th June 2020

Anne Chinoy, Masters Women Team Manager

A huge thank you to the 23 Sale Harriers who represented the club at the British Masters Virtual 5K Relays this week. Many stepped out of their comfort zone to do so. Lockdown conditions over the last 14 weeks meant that most athletes were far from full fitness, while some have been struggling with injury set-backs. Most of our athletes ran the event as a solo effort, so achieving fast times was a big ask. However, V55 Caroline Kinghorn (22:32) and V35 Simon Latham (18:57) both ran 5K PBs. It was the first British Masters event for many of our runners and overall, the event attracted more than 4,000 entrants (with 3,300 submitting their results in time) - far more than we are used to seeing at a British Masters event. As a result, the standard was far higher than normal.

Sale Harriers was able to complete an M35 team (6 to score - 61/78), a W35 team (4 to score - 47/84), 2 W45 teams ( 3 to score - A team 15/102 and the 7th B team) plus a W55 team (3 to score - 12/45). 

The Virtual Relays raised an impressive £12,142.50 for MacMillan nurses in voluntary donations. 

Thank you again to everyone that got involved. We look forward to the next virtual event - the England Athletics Virtual 5k Road Running Championships 11th - 13th July. I would encourage everyone who can to challenge themselves and give it a go. Click here to enter.

Sale Sharks Rugby Club, via a company called Crossford Futures, has announced proposals to relocate from the AJ Bell stadium to a new stadium (up to 12,000 seat capacity) to Crossford Bridge. This site is home to Sale Harriers where we provide athletics facilities and coaching to hundreds of children every week.
Whilst Crossford Futures have yet to present any plans for the site, we have serious concerns that Sale Harriers, who have been based at Crossford Bridge for 70 years, would be devastated by the development of a rugby stadium.
We intend to defend our club against any plans that put our future at Crossford Bridge in doubt. If you share our concerns, we encourage you to express them through the consultation process at (22nd June - 13th July) and by writing to our local Councillors and MPs:
Andrew Western (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Leader of Trafford Council
Barry Brotherton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Trafford Priory Ward Councillor
Mike Kane (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
MP for Wythenshawe & Sale East
Graham Brady (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
MP for Altrincham and Sale West

We trust you will all support us in remaining at Crossford Bridge for at least another 70 years.

Nigel Breddy
Sale Harriers Manchester