Club Life Member and regular track and field official Brian Spriggs sadly passed away recently and his funeral was on Friday the 10th of August. It was very well attended and Brian made a request that people come in Manchester City kit or anything blue rather than black suits. I'm sure he wouldn't have minded seeing a few Sale Harriers colours either.
Past chairman of Sale Harriers Manchester, John Smith gave a very moving tribute to Brian showing just how well thought of Brian was to the club. Our thoughts go out to family and friends. He will be sadly missed.
Posted 18/07/2018 12:42
Sale Harriers athlete and Coach Diane Modahl has been honoured in the Queen’s birthday Honours list, receiving an MBE for services to sport and the community.
Thirty years ago, a fresh faced young athlete from Longsight reached the Olympic 800m Final in Seoul, South Korea. Without the backing of Lottery funding or some of the sponsorship deals we see today, Diane got time off work to go to the Olympics. She was Diane Edwards then and ran 1.59.77 in the semi Final and 2.00.7 in the final. Trained in Manchester by Norman Poole (Sale), who still coaches in Wythenshawe. Going under two minutes was an excellent performance. Four years later she had married Vicente who became her coach and she represented G.B. in the 1992 Olympics. You can find the 800m Final on You Tube. Other outstanding performances are, 1986 commonwealth Silver followed by Gold in 1990.
Diane founded The Diane Modahl Sports Foundation which helps youngsters get into sport. Some of them join Sale Harriers, but the main purpose of her organisation is to give them some direction and produce good people. I can think of no better example of a good person than her daughter, Sale Harriers athlete Imani Modahl, who is intelligent and charming and a credit to her parents. It's great to be an elite athlete, but even better to display kindness and generosity too. Both Diane and Vicente coach Sale athletes and it's great they are amongst our dedicated and talented coaches who are so important.
Congratulations Diane, you deserve it.
Posted 12/06/2018 09:26
Posted 11/05/2018 16:01
Thank you to everyone who turned up at Crossford Bridge for our AGM. The evening went very well with the club financially stable and looking good for the foreseeable future. The highlight of the evening was the very exciting election of a new chair for 2018. The nominations were Nigel Breddy and Lisa Fletcher/Dean Hardman who were to be co-chair. The voting was made with the candidates out of the room. The voting went 13 votes each. A tie. It would come down to the acting chairman’s casting vote, which in this case was the very well respected David Brown CBE. The tension in the air was electric as we awaited his decision. The experience and loyalty of Dean and Lisa, against the business acumen and leadership qualities of Nigel. Seconds ticked by. Who would he choose. His vote goes to Nigel Breddy. Well done Nigel and we all look forward to working with you.
Commiserations to Dean and Lisa, who would I am sure made a superb co-chair. Dean will continue to act as vice Chairman and Lisa will remain as a member of the executive committee.
The usual business of an AGM went well with the financial statement showing a slight surplus with income from subs and ‘Sale hosted events’ bringing in more than was spent on training facilities, competition and admin.
A big thank you to those who contributed to the annual reports especially Dave Rodgers who wrote much of it, compiled it and printed copies out on the night. The report will appear on this website later.
Thank you to our auditor Peter Shipley. The club is hugely grateful for his contribution.
The only resolution of the evening to be voted on was the proposal to increase the subs from £50 a year for adult members to £55, (£30 to £35 for young members) with no change for under 11s. There are many additional costs and future plans that have necessitated this increase. The membership is still much lower than many other clubs.
Thank you to our acting chairman and master of ceremonies for the evening David Brown and to everyone else who helped make the evening a success.
Posted 23/03/2018 10:36
SALE HARRIERS MANCHESTER
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY 22 MARCH 2018
COMMENCING AT 8:30pm
CROSSFORD BRIDGE STADIUM
Posted 09/03/2018 16:53
Well done to all those who braved the torrential rain to take part in the Winter Handicap Run at Wythenshawe Park on the 17th of December, in particular thanks to Dave Rodgers for organising on the day and the Marshalls who stood out in the rain to guide the runners round. There were two distances, 5k and 10k and everyone showed excellent club spirit by bringing food and presents for everyone who took part. Unfortunately we had a few issues on the day with runners going the wrong way and the heavy rain making the time and position recording difficult. This means there are probably a few errors in the results as well as people getting better or worse times than they would expect due to running shorter or longer than required! If there are any glaring errors let me know.
10k Winter Handicap.
5k Winter Handicap
Posted 21/12/2017 13:56
If you are thinking of competing as a Sale Harrier at any time, you need to pay your subs. Otherwise you risk being excluded from the competition. Call in to the Crossford Bridge office Tuesday evening at 7pm or Sunday morning 10 til 12.
Your Sale Harriers membership is due in January. There are not many sports with such low financial overheads as we enjoy. Your membership fee gives you membership of our wonderful club and also registers you with English Athletics for the year. If you haven't yet paid please do so or you will not be able to compete. Thank you.
Posted 22/06/2017 15:04
A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the Simply Health Manchester Half Marathon, 10k and Junior runs a great success. I am opening with the helpers as they have been crucial in ensuring that this year’s events go ahead successfully. It was not an easy task to persuade our members to give up their time to help. Well done to Morris Jefferson for doing a sterling job.
After the appalling events of the previous week in Manchester it was touch and go at some points as to whether the mass participation events would go ahead. As it turned out, the success of the runs, together with the Great City Games on Friday proved that the city of Manchester have such great spirit and resolve that we can rise above the threat of terror and show the world that Manchester is a great place to be.
Some marshals had to endure being searched multiple times and sniffed by large dogs as they approached their positions. Armed police were evident as the country announced that the terror threat was ‘critical’. None of this mattered as we cheered and clapped the 6000 half marathon runners and 17000 10k runners as they proudly ran the streets of Manchester.
The weather was kind and thousands came out to support the athletes along the route. The half marathon took in the sights of The Mancunian Way and The Etihad Stadium before meeting the 10k course which passed by Old Trafford and The Imperial War Museum.
The results can be viewed here and I do not intend to list all the worthy runners who braved the 10k and Half Marathons. To name a few :-
High praise must be given to club stalwart Mike Dunne who was the fastest V65 of the day in a time of 44:48. Ex Sale runner Terry Lonergan was 7th with 49:33.
Sarah Douglas was thrilled to have been given an elite women’s start place alongside such names as Tirunesh Dibaba and Gemma Steel. She ran brilliantly (37:35) but was not quite as fast as her pb set in Salford earlier in the year. (37:03).
Joe Vis was our first man home in a time of 31:30 closely followed by Callum Rowlinson (32:19) and Gareth Raven (32:24) 3rd Vet40. Callum’s dad Gary was 1st Vet 50 (34:54) also mum Lynda 4th Vet 55 with 46:55. Well done family Rowlinson.
Posted 04/06/2017 18:30
Posted 23/05/2017 13:38
Congratulations to life members; club president David Brown CBE, and former honorary club secretary Carol Brown.
Both Carol and David have been appointed to the IPC Paralympic World Championships and the IAAF World Championships in London this year. Carol is in the Call Room at both events. David will be starting at the Paralympics, and Chief Starters Assistant and Out of Stadium starter at the World Championships.
This is a great honour and Sale Harriers are very proud of our association with them and wish them well in this fantastic experience.
In August 2017, London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will light up for a spectacular Summer of World Athletics. It will be the biggest global sporting event of the year Over 10 magical days, the world’s top athletes will bring the roar back to the iconic stadium that saw Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Usain Bolt race to glory.
The London Championships will be the 16th in the event’s 34-year history with the first IAAF World Championships being hosted in Helsinki in 1983. The most recent Championships in Beijing, China, in August, 2015, saw 1931 athletes participate from a record 207 national federations. Kenya topped the medal table for the first time in its history, winning 16 medals of which seven were gold. USA have topped the medal table on 10 occasions.
Posted 10/04/2017 16:06