Brownlee Cycle Circuit, Leeds on Saturday 16th November

By Anne Chinoy, Masters Women's Manager

IMG 7099On a very wet and windy Saturday morning in Leeds, nearly 60 Veteran Runners arrived at the University of Leeds Brownlee Cycle Circuit to compete in the Norther Masters 5K Road Championships. Up for grabs were gold, silver and bronze medals in each age category. Having researched the recent 10K times of the other 5 W45 competitors, I arrived hopeful of a silver or bronze W45 medal. I was delighted to win Gold in an official time of 19:40 (and finished 3rd lady overall). With 76 entries and 57 finishers the numbers were significantly up on last year’s 26. The persistent rain and wind meant that many of us lost our numbers on the 3 lap course but there were some seriously impressive times which can be viewed here.

The organisers commented that it was the first championship event they had known where every single runner stayed for the presentation. It was a very relaxed and friendly event and I thoroughly enjoyed chatting to other veteran runners from the North of England.

The next Northern Masters event will be the Half Marathon Championships at Helsby Four Villages on Sunday 19th January. To be eligible for a medal, you need to join the Northern Masters Athletic Club. More details here.



The famous Aintree racecourse was the venue for the 32nd BMAF British and Ireland Masters  Cross Country International. The fixture has developed into one of the most important for masters athletes. Teams representing the home nations; England, Scotland, Wales,Nortern Ireland and Ireland,were selected by governing bodies and an Open event for reserves with entries from clubs and countries such as the Falklands. Former Commonwealth Marathon Champion Ian Thompson ran in the Open race. Full results click here.

The last International race of the day was the M35 to M49 race

Second overall was European M40 1500m champion Matt Barnes of Sale Harriers , who took gold in his age group with Paul Moloney in second leading Ireland to victory.Matt has had a fabulous few months and remains a top quality athlete at elite level.Congratulations to Matt and his coach Norman Poole. More pictures care of Dark Star Photos.

BMAF RACE 4 MEN 35 TO 49 Matt Barnes


This match featured teams from all over the North-West including five clubs who won age-group titles in the recent Northern Cross-Country Relay Championships. A clash with the NW Schools Championships at Liverpool deprived us of about 15 key runners and reduced the size of the fields in the U13 and U15 age-groups.

The day started well when 22 highly energetic members of the Primary section represented the club in the U11 races. Our boys were runners up in the Northern Championships and were again in great form with ISAAC REED running the race of his life to finish first and with LIAM O’BRIEN in 2nd place and BEN KEELEY not far behind, Sale won a comfortable team victory. In all we had nine runners in the first 20 out of 75 finishers with fine runs from DAN OAKES, JAKE ROYLE, ALEX FRASER, ED SPARK, BEN GARDNER, JOE EYRE and JOSHUA RODGERS. In the girls U11 race our team of IMOGEN HILL, IZZY HALL and AVA BYGRAVE finished third out of 22 teams only five points behind Northern Champions, Liverpool.  FRANCESCA HEWISON, KATIE ROBERTSON, AMBER WEBB, MOLLY IRWIN, GEORGIE CONROY, JAMILIA SCHOFIELD, HANNAH FEATHERSTONE, ANNA WILSON and ZARA LATHAM all made their league debuts.

SARA CLOUGH ran a great race to become NW Champion in the U13 girl’s race at Liverpool and led her Sale Grammar team to victory.  In the MACCL our U13 girl’s team of IZZY APPLEBY, MADDY HOLT, HOLLY NOLAN and ASH GILMORE ran well to finish 6th out of 18 teams. FREDDIE MEREDITH having won the last MACCL, finished runner-up in the NW Schools but we still managed to dominate at Kenworthy with LUKE CARRINGTON winning from OSCAR SCHOFIELD and, with FINLAY GODDARD as our 3rd counter, we were comfortable winners and will hope to add the league title to the three Northern team titles they currently hold. Our B team of MATTHEW GARDNER, FIN DAY, ALFIE CLARE and THOMAS LANGTON-CLARK were comfortable winners in their category.

Our U15 girls had great strength in depth and our winning team of IZZY BURKE, LUCY DIXON and JASMINE REED all finishing in the first seven whilst the 2nd team of AKIRA EDGSON, LIBBY HILL, CARMEN SAFRANAUSKAS and OLIVIA NOLAN finished 4th (1st B team) out of 17 teams). Our boys were missing a number of key runners but managed to finish 5th out of ten teams. Well done to JACK SPARK, CHARLIE TITTENSOR, GEORGE NOBLE, JOSH COLQUHOUN-LYNN and BEN EDWARDS

The club’s fourth team victory came in the U17 girl’s event where we also finished first B team. Congratulations to LAURE KIDUKULA, GEORGIA HEATH, ROSENGELA TERIM, LUCY ARMITAGE, CHARLOTTE LORD and JASMINE STOCKTON. We are currently in first place in the league championship with a narrow lead over Northern champions Salford. We finished 5th team in the U17 men but only eight points behind the winning team and we were the first B team. Well done to GEORGE SAFRANAUSKAS, CHARLIE HOBSON, ZAC GAILLEMIN, AIDAN LYNCH, JOTHAM BENABENI and BEN DARGAN.


In the senior women’s event CHIARA YOUNG was 5th in the 17-19 category. In the 20-34 age group we were well represented with LYDIA BRIGGS, JANE THOMAS and SARAH GOULDEN earning valuable points. Although some top performers were missing like Danni and Sophie. 35-39 year old women had EMMA FINNEY in 4th place followed by HARRIET HAMILTON in 14th. In the 40-44 group we had CLAIRE McCARRON in 8th and SUZIE SMITH in 10th whilst ANNE CHINOY was 2nd in the 45-49 section followed by SIMONE FISHER in 19th and JULIA REYNOLDS in 21st place.

Ladies teams.

The senior ladies team of Emma, Anne, Lydia and Chiara came a very respectable 4th. Our B team came 16th consisting of Jane, Clare, Suzie and Harriet. The vet’s team were also 4th with Emma, Anne and Clare.


17-19               Najib Hassan was 3rd.

20-39               James Wignall 5th, Nick Barry 9th.

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40-44               Matt Harrison 15th, Richard ‘Eddie’ Edwards 19th, Ben McIntyre 20th.

45-49               Steve McCarron 4th, Elton Davies 29th

50-54               Richard Brown 6th

70+                  Mike Curley 1st beating most of the 2 age groups below him.

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Mens Teams.

Our senior men were beaten by Salford to take 2nd place. James Wignall, Nick Barry, Nijab Hassan, Alex Bradford, Ken Hunt and Dave Rich. The B team were 10th just behind Salford’s B team. The Sale C team however were just ahead of Salford’s C team.

Our vets team were 6th thanks to Steve McCarron, Matt Harrison, Chris Donnelly and Richard Edwards with the B team 10th.

Full results can be found at

See more photos at Darkstar photos


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It is with great sadness that we report the sad passing of a very popular helper at Sale Harriers, Margaret Smith. Margaret ran the kit shop for many years, and was a main organiser of primary section presentation nights and Christmas tombolas. She had left Crossford Bridge to look after her husband and then took ill herself. She was a huge part of Crossford Bridge life for many years and will be sadly missed. Our thoughts go out to her family and friends.


The club’s young athletes had their best ever Northern Cross-Country Relay results in Sheffield winning five sets of championships medals and finishing first overall with the fastest aggregate time over the eight races.

Pride of place must go to our U13 boys of LUKE CARRINGTON, OSCAR SCHOFIELD, FREDDIE MEREDITH, JAMES O’BRIEN and FINLAY GODDARD who won this title to add to their Northern Road Relay title they won last month. Our U13 girls were bronze medallists in the Northern Road Relay but at Sheffield, although our team of AVA CLOUGH, IZZY APPLEBY and SARA CLOUGH ran really well to finish fourth team out of 49 starters, they missed out on medals by just eight seconds. Our B team of EVA KARALIUS, LIZ SINCLAIR and MADDY HOLT are all young enough to compete in this age-group next year and finished an encouraging third in their category.

The club’s most outstanding performance was LARA CRAWFORD who ran the fastest leg of the day in the U17 relay and teamed up with GEORGIA HEATH and EMILYKATE HALL to finish in silver medal position. Our B team of ANNOUSKA BROOKS, ROSE SINCLAIR and ROSANGELA SUMBO also finished runners up in their category. Our U17 men’s team of CHARLIE HOBSON, AIDAN LYNCH and ROBBIE RIGBY had their best result this winter to finish 9th team out of 33 starters.

The club’s U15’s was the only squad to medal in both the girl’s and boy’s relays. Our girls are the Gtr. Manchester Road Relay Champions and at Sheffield our team of KATIE STRINGER, LUCY DIXON and IZZY BURKE finished in bronze medal position whilst the B team of JASMINE REED, LIBBY HILL and KIRSTEN MACKIE finished runners-up. Our boy’s team of ELLIOT SAVAGE, JACK SPARK and EVAN SAVAGE were also bronze medallists whilst the B team of WILL STANWAY, JAMES KNOCKTON and CHARLIE TITTENSOR finished 6th in the race and 2nd in their category.

This was the first opportunity for our Primary aged athletes to compete at this level and they really rose to the occasion. Our U11 boy’s team of LIAM O’BRIEN, ISAAC REED (on his club debut) and BEN KEELEY finished in silver medal position whilst our B team of DANIEL OAKES, MATTY CULLEN-BROWN and ALEX FRASER finished 2nd in their category. Our U11 girl’s  A team of IMOGEN HILL, IZZY HALL and OONAGH Mc MANUS ran well to finish 5th team whilst our B team of AVA BYGRAVE, SIENNA JONES and LALI BROWN finished runner-up  in their category. The performances of these four team show we have one of the strongest Primary squads in the North of England and I look forward to seeing them compete in the Manchester League at Kenworthy Woods on November 9th.

XC relays

Sale senior men had one team and were strong enough to finish 3rd place comprising DAIEL KASHI, JAMES WIGNALL, WILLIAM ONEK and ALEX BRADFORD. The ladies A team were 7th with SOPHIE WOOD, AINE CUNNINGHAM and LYDIA BRIGGS. Sophie achieving the 5th fastest time of the day.

Full Results.

Report by Northern Athletics.