Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris 2022

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On April 3rd, three Sale Harriers set off in Paris on the 26.2 scenic route. Paris attracted 35,757 runners in total. The weather had threatened to be snowing all weekend when people arrived on Friday; by Sunday it was clear skies and ideal running conditions, but still cold. The race was won by Ethiopian Deso Gelmisa in 2:05:07, with the first female, Kenyan Judith Jeptum Koriv knocking over a minute of the course record with 2:19:48. Those new shoes Eh!


Richard ‘Eddie’ Edwards MV45 was first home from Sale Harriers with 2.51.51, pretty much half an hour faster than his last marathon in 2018.

Aaron Steele was over the moon with an 11 minute PB of 3.09.21, he did 3:21:23 in Manchester last year. This is likely to be Aaron’s last outing with Sale as he has decided to return to his native Northern Ireland with his wife and family after 7 years with Sale Harriers. We wish him luck on his new life and new challenges.

Helen 1

Helen Carter FV40, ran 3.38.31, a great improvement on her last Paris Marathon in 2016 of 3:46. She is having a great year with a 2:48:11 at the Trimpell 20 in March.

All 3 were delighted and celebrated around the sights of Paris afterwards. French sporting newspaper, L’Equipe, publish a marathon supplement on Monday 4th. Eddie ranked 707, Aaron, 2580 and Helen 9268.  

   Paris 2022


Paris apre


The Manchester Marathon 2022

On the same day The Manchester Marathon, which meanders through the pleasant suburbs of south Manchester, attracted a host of Sale Harriers, many of whom were delighted with their times and positions.

Of course, everyone deserves a huge shout-out for to-day's Marathon but a special shout-out for Nigel Martin who's not only improved his PB by 3 minutes but also has broken by 13 seconds Sale Harrier's marathon club record of 2:15.32 held by Matt Bond from London 2016.
Nigel said:
"2:15:19 for *6th at the Manchester Marathon today - almost a 3 minute PB.
A very tough race with a 66 first half, but no regrets giving it a go and gave it everything.
Time to rest and recover!"
Nigel Martin Manchester 22
 In the ladies competition our very own Sonia Samuels came 4th with 2:32:30
Sophie Wood Manchester 22
Sophie Wood had a stormin race finishing in 9th position with 2:38:23.
She said:
"Marathon Debut as an elite runner! Imposter syndrome at its finest. Last mile hurt .. A LOT. Cried when I finished but couldn’t have done it without all my amazing friends and family! So grateful to have the best support crew and literally can’t believe I’ve just ran a 2:38 marathon!!"
Nigel Martin                 2:15:19                       SM
Nick Barry 2:23:43 SM
Sonia Samuels 2:32:30 F
Rob Dunn 2:35:51 SM
Joe Vis 2:36:30   SM
Peter Shipley 2:37:47 SM
Sophie Wood 2:38:23 F
Tom Stephenson 2:38:12 SM
Adam Bradshaw 2:50:02 SM
Robert Palmer 2:58:08 M40
Mike Ashby 3:00:23 M40
Rachael Rozhdestvegskaya 3:00:38 F
Simon Latham 3:03:26 SM
Alistair Kell 3:08:50 M50
Jason Bowers 3:13:39 V45
Jenny Fox 3:14:55 F40
Rob Heggs 3:15:45 M45
Hum Vaz 3:18:42 M40
Robbie Greenslade 3:30:03 M45
Sam Forshaw 3:39:24 M40
Caroline Kinghorn 3:47:06 F55
Tim Hines 3:56:27 M40
Matt Brooke 3:58:14 M45
James Crossan 3:59:41  
Dawn Gilbert 4:31:13 F45
Tim Rainey 4:32:44 M55
Jon Stock 5:18:34 M55
Ranjit Bennett 5:27:06 M50

Jonny Mellor and Becky Spriggs weren't the only two to run out of the skins in April's Manchester Marathon with commanding wins that smashed the England qualifying standard for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and European championships but Sale Harriers also had a lot to shout. Plaudits indeed go to all twenty-seven club participants from NIGEL MARTIN'S zippy PB of 2:15.19 for 6th place to RANJIT BENNETT admirable resilience to bravely finish at the other end of the 14000 field of runners in 5:27.06. In-between were the likes of 53-year old ALISTAIR KELL who braved it even after two surgeries on a torn calf and still came close to his best of 3:08.50.

Nineteen of the twenty-seven drank from the elixir of running with fantastic PB's. The most notable of these were:

NIGEL MARTIN (2:15.19) who improved his PB by three minutes over last year's Kew Garden's British Olympic Marathon. He also broke by 13 seconds the club's marathon record of 2:15.32 held by Matt Bond from the London Marathon of 2016.

SONIA SAMUELS was 1st L40 in 2:32.32 with one of the fastest L40 marathon performances of all time that put her on top of her UK age-group marathon rankings. Her performance was further awesome in that she'd endured multiple bouts of illness following becoming a Mum and in the later stages of her marathon preparation got Covid. Sonia, as readers will know, has represented GB in the marathon at the 2016 Rio Olympic Marathon, the 2018 European Championships and the 2018 Gold Coast Marathon and holds the club marathon record of 2:28.04 from Berlin in 2015.

SOPHIE WOOD surpassed her own expectations for an 2:45 debut marathon. She was understandably thrilled to run 2:38.23. “I can't believe it' she said.

TIM RAINEY ran his 163rd marathon, surely in itself a club record! Tim is an ultra-distance specialist and his 163rd marathon includes 58 ultra marathons.

PETER SHIPLEY (2:37.47) recorded the biggest of all club PB's. In great form throughout the year he knocked a massive twenty minutes off his 2017 Manchester Marathon and dipped under 2:40 for the first time.

SIMON LATHAM (3:03.26) was the next biggest improver. He knocked 10 minutes off his 2021 London Marathon time.

JENNY FOX was the next biggest improver who knocked a chunky seven minutes off last year's Manchester Marathon for a new best of 3:14.55.

RACHEL ROZHDESTVENSKAYA (3.00.38) improved her best by a full 5 minutes on her 2014 St. Petersburg (Russia) Marathon and came nail-bitingly close to her first sub 3-hour marathon.

Well done to those Sale Harriers who lined the route and cheered their colleagues and those who marshalled a section of the course and raised a bucket-full of money for the club coffers

Fechin McCormick

national men

The Nation's most prestigious cross-country event returned to it's spiritual home of Parliament Hill Fields in February for the 17th time following a missed 2021due to Covid-19.

ALAN WHITE, a member of the club's senior endurance section, described the 'National'' in an excellent article for Fast Running. “ Cricket has The Ashes. Golf has its majors. English football has Wembley. Horse racing has Cheltenham. Running has plenty of its own, but for English cross country, nothing quite matches the magnitude of the National. Many towns and cities have staged it, but when at Parliament Hill, the race is different. A national championship on another level. For many, it is the true home of English cross country, and once witnessed, the image of a never-ending sea of runners charging up the iconic uphill start lives on forever”.

If you've not done a 'National' at Parliament Hill wait and do the next one. Stand on top of that iconic hill up from the start line with London's skyscrapers as its backcloth and experience the ground thunder as the senior men explode from their 400m wide pens and charge up the hill forming an arrowhead as they speed for the top. I wish I could still do it!

Parliament Hill is a tough undulating course with killer hills and it tends to throw up everything from good underfoot conditions to having to plough through energy sapping mud and historically it's been run in horrendous snow, sleet and rain. This year's 8000 runners and thirteen age-groups who'd travelled from Gateshead and Morpeth and Penzance in Cornwall had good conditions but no-one escaped the stretches of thick, energy sapping mud thanks to February's storms Dudley, Eunice, Franklin and Gladys.

Sale Harriers enthusiasm for 'The National' is such that this year more seniors than any other club in Northern England travelled to the Capital - 34 senior men and women whereas Hallamshire had 25 and Leeds 20! For some it was the experience of taking part but for most it was the serious business of competing against the country's best, aiming for top positions and to win the prestigious team accolades and medals. Parliament Hill always attracts the best and this year's line-up's had their full compliment of national and regional champions in all the thirteen age-group races.

In the senior men's race, the club had NIGEL MARTIN cross the line in a brilliant 6th place. The club's top senior endurance runner of 2021 raced his first Parliament Hill 'National' in 2015and finished 159th . He wrote, “ I finally nailed 'it' with three MACCL wins (having previously never won a XC race), a win at the Gtr. Manchester Champs, 2nd at the 'Northern's' and now 6th at the 'National'. A medal was on my mind, but with Mahamed Mahamed, Emile Cairess and Alex Yee all running, they were always likely to lock the podium out' (as they did!). Let him inspire all you up and coming ambitious runners!

He led the club to 7th place - a performance consistent with 10th in 2020, 5th in 2019 and 10th in 2018. They were also the 2nd Northern club behind Leeds City AC who retained their silver medals from 2020 and were champions in 2019. The seven men behind Nigel all finished among the top 200 which speaks volumes for the club's depth, quality and ability to be more widely successful. Well done NICK BARRY (64th), DANIEL KASHI (100th ), PHIL ROBERTSON (112th), JAMES WIGNALL (112th ), WILLIAM ONEK (137th ), GAZ RAVEN (189th) and ALAN WHITE (193rd ) A special shout-out to evergreen M45 Gaz Raven who ran his 27th consecutive 'National'. That's awesome!

The club also had a top finisher in double Tokyo Olympic Triathlon medallist, GEORGIA TAYLOR-BROWN MBE who just missed the podium in 4th place. What a shame on her most most illustrious Olympian year! Georgia has cross-country in her heart and always finds the time to compete for the club when she's not on the World Triathlon circuit. She's won the National in 2014, was 3rd in 2017 and 4th in 2018 and 2019. This year, she led the club home for 16th place thanks to ALICE WRIGHT (68th), JULIET DOWNS (86th) and ANNE CHINOY but, without some of the other key players missing who massively contributed to the club's success on the Northern & MACCL circuit throughout the winter, they were unlikely to return to the podium where they stood as National XC champions in 2018. For the record they were 10th in 2020 and 14th in 2019. Leeds City AC won this year's title.

The younger age-groups all had the experience of their lives. Many ran their first 'National' and to a person, all deserve the heartiest clap on the back. Parents, coaches and team managers will be very proud of their commitment, grit and determination that the 'National' demands. The U13 boys - JAKE ROYLE, ALEX FRAZER, LIAM O'BRIEN, ED SPARKS and DAN OAKES were 10th team this year. In 2020 the section were 4th , 6th in 2019 and 3rd in 2018. Congratulations to neighbours Trafford AC who were the champions.

The U13 girls were also 10th , a position remarkably consistent with their recent 'Nationals'. They were 11th in 2020,12th in 2019 and 11th in 2018. Well done to the club's starlets who've been awesome throughout the winter - ISOBEL HALL, OONAGH Mc MANUS, IMOGEN HILL, PHEOBE CARROLL and AMBER WEBB.

The U15 boy's have also been incredibly consistent in this Championship. They were 21st team this year exactly as in 2018 and they were 9th in 2020. As ever, well done to the squad of OSCAR SCHOFIELD, FINLAY DAY, JAMES O'BRIEN, SAM PEARCE, ALFIE CLARE and JOE SPARK. Oscar was a brilliant 4th and what a pity he just missed a medal. This fast improving young runner was 58th in 2019 and 32nd last time ….so what progress!

The U15 girls just had ISABELLA APPLEBY and SOPHIE ARMITAGE fly the club flag and well done again to these two club stalwarts of their age-group throughout the MACCL season. Recruit a few more and win medals next year!

The U17 girls were similar to the U15 girls with only AKIRA EDGSON and CARMEN SAFRANAUSKAS on the start line. Akira, the Northern U17 3000m champion, seemed to love the mud and finished an excellent 47th. Carmen, a club stalwart of the MACCL cross-country was 156th.

The U17 boy's were arguably one of the day's highlights. Their 12th finishing position was their section's first time in seven years to finish a team. Well done EVAN & EWAN SAVAGE, CHARLIE TITTENSOR, LUKE CHINOY, JACK SPARK, JOSHUA COLQUNOUN-LYNN and BEN EDWARD. Keep together lads....keep strong....and be on that podium in 2023.

The club's junior men and women are sections that struggle nationally to recruit numbers even though some southern clubs like Tonbridge Wells and Aldershot, this year's champions and silver medallists, seem to regularly medal and finish in top positions in this championship. Is it more than another North/South divide? For the ninth consecutive year, Sale Harriers recorded no junior men's team and had only ROBBIE RIGBY and ZAC GALLEMIN on the start line. Well done, guys for 'flying that club flag '. The junior women were more successful finishing a team in 5th , particularly encouraging in that it was the first time since 2018 their section recorded a team result when they were also the National champions.

The National XC Championships brought an end to the winter's cross-country season. Thanks to everyone involved and that includes the indispensable team managers, parents and coaches Onwards now to an ever greater 2022/3.

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Fechin Mc Cormick (Sale Harriers Manchester)


Last summer Sale Harrier’s ANDREW McASLAN – just 25 years of age, was diagnosed with Stage 4 of an incurable blood cancer called follicular lymphoma. He went through six months of immuno-chemotherapy and thankfully he continues to be in remission. He’s been told his remission is temporary because the condition at present is incurable and he has no way of knowing when it will return or how severe.

Athletic Weekly reported on Andy’s tragedy last October and wrote how, when Andy won 800m bronze in the British Universities Championships two years ago, he had hopes of progressing to international level, when his form and fitness began to deteriorate. “I knew something was not right,” he said after he’d run an under par 1:56.21 for 800m in Leeds in May 2021.

He and his partner, fellow 800m runner Leah Barrow, searched for answers and finally, following several frustrating misdiagnoses, he received the worst possible news that he had an incurable blood cancer called non-Hodgkin follicular lymphoma.

“Unfortunately my cancer is currently incurable” he said. Therefore even if remission is achieved, it will still be living in my body and there is a high chance that it will start growing again. However there is no indication of when and how severe.” Andy is at stage four of the disease at the age of just 25 so unless a cure is found, the treatment options will eventually run out.”

To raise awareness of the disease and to hasten a cure Andy and his sister Kirsten and their family and friends set about promoting the little known Follicular Lymphoma Foundation and fund-raising for them. The main fundraising event last October raised £2.6m and a personal fund-raising page which Andy himself set up raised an incredible further £80k! “If they can find a cure for the Covid-19 vaccine so quickly” he said,” then with the necessary funding in place it gives hope that a cure for follicular lymphoma can also be quickly found”.

The Foundation has been underfunded for so long so the resources have not been put into finding a cure but the experts have said that it is possible.”

Talent runs through Andy’s family. Andy’s sister, Kirsten is a British international 400m and 400m hurdler and was until recently a regular member of Sale Harriers T & F teams since 2013.

Throughout 2022 Andy, his partner, Kirsten and their family and friends will continue to raise awareness and funding so that a cure is urgently found for him. He’s just started an Instagram and YouTube account to document his cancer experience and his attempts to return to running following his treatment and to raise awareness for the disease and the Follicular Lymphoma Foundation.

The account is called ‘Cancer and the Comeback’ and any help sharing that on his behalf will be much appreciated. The link to the Instagram account is:-

.... The link to the YouTube is:

To make a donation, the direct link to the Follicular Lymphoma Foundation donation page is

Please put your whole heart and soul into supporting Andy and digging as deep as you can so we do our bit to get Andy a cure. After all he’s ‘one of us’ and we want him back onto that track…….in 1:50 PB shape at least! Please share........

Nigel Breddy

To all SHM Members,

I hope you all had a wonderful festive season and may I wish you a healthy and peaceful 2022.

After several months of consideration, it is with regret I have decided to step down as Chairman of Sale Harriers Manchester, effective April 2022.

This decision has not come easy, but it is now time for me to take a step back to concentrate more on my employment and other interests.

It has been an absolute honour and privilege to have been your chairman for the past four years, and I hope I have done the job justice. This is by no means a ‘goodbye’, but more of a ‘see you soon’.

As I sit back and reflect on the past several years, it brings joy to me knowing how we have progressed in terms of technology, and all the fun times we have all had.

Back in 2019 we hosted probably one of the best Gala dinners I had ever attended. The turnout was overwhelming and showed commitment from all our members. Not long thereafter we took the initiative to redesign the club’s website introducing a more modern electronic online way of renewing club memberships. A challenging task to say the least but the team involved did a splendid job for which we will all benefit.

Not everything was smooth sailing, and we were faced with the possibility of losing a large portion of Crossford Bridge to the relocation of Sale Sharks. This took a combined effort of SHM, Sale United and Old Alts. A challenge hopefully never to be repeated but by sheer determination and the help of all involved, we manged to fight off the wolf and retain the status quo.

As a result of the Sale Sharks potential relocation project, we have reconfigured the CBMA (Crossford Bridge Management Association – made up of representatives from the three main clubs using Crossford Bridge) as a charity and are about to sign a long-term lease with Trafford Council, securing our home for the foreseeable future.

These are just a few of the achievements/challenges we have faced over the past few years, and it’s been a privilege to have been involved in each and every one of them.

The final important step I need to do before I let go of the reigns is to ensure a succession plan for when I leave. SHM is entering a new phase post covid with new and somewhat different challenges which will require more of a hands-on approach. These are by no means difficult times but more positive challenges which will see the club evolve over the coming years.

This plan will first and foremost involve appointing a new Chairman. As such I am extending an invitation to any of you who may be interested in taking up this exciting and prestigious role. The role as Chairman gives you the ability to drive the club forward, with the help of our valued and very involved executive team. This role is a part time role and clearly not needed on a permanent basis.

I can honestly say being part of the Club’s committee has taught me a great many new life skills and helped shaped my character in the last several years. I by no means had the best knowledge of athletics, or even completely understood how the Club functioned before commencing the role, however I had new ideas and a more modern direction I felt the Club should progress toward, which was achieved by the help of the exec team.

So, if you have fresh ideas and are passionate about our sport, please speak to me about how you might get more involved, or ultimately take up the positive challenge of Club Chairman.

Nigel Breddy January 2022
Sale Harriers Manchester