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
2016 ANNUAL REPORTS
I was very honoured to be elected the Club President in 2016 and continue to remain so.
I have watched the new management team take the Club forward with some inspiring and innovative decisions.
We continue to be aspiring to be the best and our youngsters coming through give great hope for the future.
On a personal Note I was pleased to be trackside to see Andrew Robertson become the British 60m Champion proudly wearing his Sale vest.
All the best for the coming season.
David Brown CB
In this, my first year as Chairman, I feel that the Club is operating well from all three sites, Sportcity, Wythenshawe Park and Crossford Bridge due to better communication between these sites. Although the senior men were relegated last year, we expect to return to the Premier Division this year. With much better stability from the Women's senior team, promotion on both fronts should be achieved.
We also should be able to reach both YDL finals this year.
I wish everyone concerned with the Club, coaches, athletes, officials and volunteer helpers, a successful season and I thank you all for your efforts during the past year.
There have been many changes in the world recently with an exit from the European Union and a new president in America, not to mention a new chairman, secretary and president for Sale Harriers. With changes come new challenges and an acceptance of new ways and personalities. We also have to embrace new technologies and methods of communication. You will soon be able to pay your subs online similar to the way you pay for race entries. We communicate via emails mostly with events announced through social media where once it would have been a poster on the wall at Crossford Bridge.
It’s important that we see our club as a support mechanism for us as well as something we need to put back into for it to flourish and be successful. It is clear from our junior section that we have a great future ahead with athletes who can rival Diane Modahl, Darren Cambell and Kevin McKay and with our support and encouragement can achieve great things in the future.
Our club is a non-profit making organisation which relies greatly on people who give up their time and energy freely and if we all give a little of our time it makes it much easier for everyone.
Frank Cordingley - Honorary Secretary
The 2016 financial situation of the club is not unhealthy, showing a small surplus of £1,898 for the year. Income: Total £71,000
Annual subscriptions totalled £30,000, and training fees were £17,300 which included £6600 from Wythenshawe Park the highest ever. Promotion of our own events at £14700 was lower than usual, as Crossford Bridge promotions suffered from lack of helpers. Fortunately the Sizzlers series and the winter indoor promotions at Sportcity continued to contribute healthily.
Fund raising schemes from members contributed £5300. The Kit shop and the Canteen added another £2800 to the kitty. However the normal large major sponsorship from the City Council ceased at the end of 2015, losing us a £10,000 income.
Expenditure: Total £69,000.
Most expenditure items were as planned and in line with previous years. Depreciation cost was increased, due to the decision to write off the large £29,000 cost of constructing the Long Jump and Javelin runways at Crossford Bridge over 5 years rather than Initial 10 years. One large item saved was the lack of a European Competition, which compensated for the lack of a major sponsor.
This lack of a major club sponsor is a major concern, with expectations of athletic costs rising continually. Membership of leagues, team entry fees and equipment plus inevitable increases in coaches and hotel costs, will mean continued scrutiny of our cost base. For example the annual affiliation fee to England Athletics which rose to £13 per athlete in 2016, is due to rise annually by £1 per season, adding £8/900 to our costs per season.
Coaching Report Sportcity
We are operating at Sportcity under a new regime with the Trust taking over this year. It is fair to say that there are still some teething problems and it will take a while for both parties to understand what each other needs. Good numbers are coming into Sportcity but we need the coaches to cope with this.
One positive thing that has happened recently has been that an excellent throws coach has joined us bringing athletes with him. This is an area which has traditionally been weak. We welcome Peter Ditchfield to the Club.
I intend to hold a Coaches meeting shortly so please try to attend and bring up any matters which need attention.
We had good responses for some events such as the Sale Sizzlers 5K Series, and cross country races, but it was harder work getting volunteers for some of the top road races, and various track events, where they are needed, some that actually raise substantial money for the club,.
More officials need to step forward for track events and also go on the qualification courses, timekeeping, field judges, road and cross country officials etc. There are also still some team management or assistant roles that could be filled.
For a growing and developing club we should always have a steady flow of new coaches taking up and completing courses and this still applies for track and field event groups, primary groups and endurance groups.
I myself have large growing groups of men and women, from 16 years to 70+ years, and at all levels from novice to national level and training for cross country, track & field, road running, fell, trail and mountain running, as well as marathons and ultra-marathons.
So the club needs more to step forward to train and be mentored for group leaders, assistant coaches and full event coaches, taking qualifications and group roles, for all ages. Parents, relatives, mature athletes and young athletes, all have a place in the club in a variety of roles, that can be so fulfilling and worthwhile, besides just competing.
2017 still sees these areas that need covering, so please step forward, don’t be shy.
Contact the club secretary and he will point you in the correct direction.
The Mens Track and Field
The 2016 track and field season was hugely disappointing for the club's senior men, as, for the first time since 2014, the team was relegated from the top division of the British Athletics League.
Having won the league outright as recently as 2014, a terrible start at match 1 in Windsor, where Ricardo Twumasi, who was filling in in the high jump, severely damaged his knee, was a sign of things to come. The team finished last after a number of late withdrawals and injuries, although a lack of heavy throwers in general meant that we would always be facing an uphill task to challenge at the top of the table.
While every club can have an off day, matches two and three were frustrating and heart-breaking in equal measure.
Match 2 saw just two points separate Liverpool in 5th and Sale in 7th, which was the equivalent of a single placing in any one of the 36 events on the day. Had the team managed that 5th place, it would have been "game on", but in the event, it left a mountain to climb.
The summit was almost reached, but weakness in the heavy throws was again our undoing, as third place slipped from our grasp in match 3. 27 points separated 3rd from 7th and only 9.5 points from 5th to 7th. That meant that we were effectively relegated with a match to spare.
Despite the disappointing outcome, there were still some outstanding performances and huge commitment to the cause on show throughout the year. The team is determined to bounce back and achieve promotion in 2017.
Senior: Northern League Track & Field
One of the most competitive seasons for many a year, with the final fixture having the possibility of 5 potential champion clubs, whilst the same 5 could have had the acute disappointment of joining Manchester Harriers in relegation. It was very tight for Sale, with the opening two fixtures not at their best, but a great rally towards the season’s end, just saw them lose out by a mere 20 match points.
The Men’s team were dominant throughout the season, ably led by sprinter Daniel Heald, who was supported throughout by Mike Floyd (Hammer) John Nichols (Shot) Matt Cullen ( Pole Vault and Long Jump) Jacob Lingard (400m) Alex Wort and Harry Lord the club’s decathletes. Middle distance guys Alex Bradford, Alan White and Gareth Raven added valuable required points.
Unfortunately the ladies struggled, especially in match 1 and 2, the club having to rely on their U17 athletes like Grace Bower, Meg McHugh, Mia Davies and especially Victoria Barlow in the Pole Vault, where she completely dominated the event. Then the Wythenshawe Park runners boosted their contingent in the latter 2 fixtures covering all the distance events to great effect where we won the 3rd match and came a close 3rd in the 4th.
Final Table :
Wigan Harriers 18pts,
Liverpool Harriers 17pts,
Sale Harriers 16pts,
Kingston upon Hull 15pts,
Liverpool Pembroke 14pts,
Manchester H 4pts.
Senior Womens UKWAL Track and Field Report.
UKWAL Div 2 - 4th place finish.
An interesting season which finished on a high but had started on a low. Match 1 results , in which I thought we had done ok, were adjusted by the scrutineer, and in spite of our protest, we ended up in last place, a very disappointing start to the campaign, as I had high hopes that this would be a promotion season.
However, taking positives, I could see the team developing well with a blend of experience and emerging talent, pulling together and producing a good team spirit. It was this momentum, that we carried forward into Match 2, at Southampton, where we finished a creditable 2nd behind the hosts.
Match 3 was at Sportcity and the team did something that hadn't happened for over five years. We won the match!
Our finishing League position was 4th, however in terms of overall match points we had the 2nd highest and we were frustratingly 1 point from 2nd place. Match 1 unfortunately cost us that promotion.
Sale Harriers Senior Women are once again a force to be reckoned with. The focus on bringing athletes through to the senior teams, the cooperation of the coaches, the encouragement given to joining up various parts of the club, under John Smith's leadership and the rest of the Exec committee, is seeing a positive response. The team is already stronger than it was last year. There is much cause for optimism.
Many thanks to Sale Executive committee for their support. I'm particularly grateful to Jack Frost for his advice and assistance.
Thanks also to the officials who earned valuable points for the team last season, and of course, to the athletes for their commitment to the cause, and the reason why we do this.
Young Athletes Track & Field YDL Upper Team Reports
Sale Harriers upper team is beginning to climb back to the top of the tree as is evident in results this year. The team is going through a real transition with older athletes moving up, younger athletes coming through and changes in team management.
We finished second place in the Northern Premier West behind Liverpool Harriers who we had extremely closely fought matches with all season.
Sale won the first match of the season but Liverpool managed to score more match victories than us throughout the season and topped the Northern pile with 23 points to our 21.
With outstanding team dedication and spirit we are extremely optimistic for the 2017 season. The main highlight from last year’s track and field u17/u20 men was Jona Efoloko being crowned European Champion over 200m!
Young Athletes Track & Field YDL Lower Team Reports
Sale Harriers successfully retained our Northern title in The YDL Lower winning most of our matches with convincing score lines, scoring over the magical 600 points mark in the final regional match. The closest we came to losing a match was closely contested match draw with Preston in the second match of the season.
Having already won our 9th Northern title in 10 years, our U13 & 15 boys and girls competed in its 13th successive National Final at Bedford International Stadium. We represented the North of England against Britain’s best teams, including the Scottish and Welsh Champions. The level of competition was extremely high among athletes, many of whom who have competed in the YDL Final historically have gone on to represent Great Britain.
Victory went to Southampton with Sale unable to repeat their 2014 victory, finishing a highly creditable 4th. This was a great result from a team that showed tremendous spirit whilst adopting a disciplined and professional approach under the guidance of inspirational team captains RUKA SHONIBARE and SAM EBONINE.
The quality of performance was indicated by our medal tally of 25 gold, 17 silver and 7 bronze medals.
Our gold medallists were ABRAHAM FOBIL, (4), SAM EBONINE (2), CHLOE NEWBIGGING (2), SCOTT WOODS (2), CALEB ADENUGA, SOPHIE ASHURST, AMY HASLAM , FANNY OSARUMEN ODENWENGIE, (gold in 75m, silver in 150m and silver in 4 x 100m relay) RUKA SHONIBARE, LAURELLE OBI, LOUIS APPIAH KUBI, MIA LOWNDES, LIZZY TWITE, MACKENA BRADSHAW, RENE GOOSEN, JESS NELSON, THEO UDUOISE, KANE SAVILLE and JOE HERBERT.
This was a great week for ABRAHAM FOBIL as his four victories at Bedford follow on from three more at Trafford on Monday which included a club U13 javelin record of 42m 20cms. We gained most success in the four sprint relays winning three and runners up in the fourth.
A special mention to pole-vaulter SOPHIE ASHURST (whose father was the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games Champion) who was third in the National Champions last week and is young enough to defend the YDL title she won this weekend.
Our silver medallists included MIA GIBBONS (2), LOIS McTIFFIN (2), DEVON WEYMONT, PENNY TOWNSEND, TESS Mc HUGH, MELISSA BOOTH, OLIVIA HERRON and JASMINE RICHARSON.
A special mention to SAM WORTHINGTON who was third in the long jump, and also competed in three other events,what would we do without him or our other two four-event men – BEN KERSH and LEWIS HINDLE. Our other bronze medallists were RUBY BELL, ISABELLE BURKE, TAYLOR EDWARDS, HERMIONE MASON, PRAISE OWOEYE and BROGAN RUDMAN.
With so many of our medallists still at Primary School, we can look forward to continuing success next year.
And a special mention to SOFIJA DRAGISIC-WOOD for competing in such a diverse range of events and congratulations to JESS SPILSBURY in her PB over 1500m.
David Marsh & Peter Shaw
Men's Endurance Report
Locally again we have been very prominent and in some cases dominant, whether over cross country, road or trail & fell and therefore individual and team results have been really good.
We have a number of very strong and developing training groups across varying venues, and our coaches are well renowned and doing a great job, but yet we do need people coming forward to train and be mentored as assistant coaches, to help out where the developing groups are getting too large at times, I myself need help at times if I am to give individual attention.
On cross country winning the Manchester Area League, A, B & C teams, Cheshire County Gold and medals in the Greater Manchester champs including Under 20 Men, with Euan Gilchrist winning, but a slip up in the Northern Athletics Cross Country Champs, lost us medals by a few points despite Charlie Hulson winning the race. But we bounced back with a Bronze Team performance at the National Champs, with Charlie 5th after winning in 2015, also Jaimie Roden and Matt Bond, right up in the top 20.
Iolo Hughes won the North Wales Senior Championships, whilst still being an Under 20 Junior.
Daniel Kashi was 3rd. Iolo, coached by Andy Walling, duly went on to win the Welsh Junior Cross Country Championships and was second in the Welsh Senior 1500m Champs on the track, and is going forward into 2017 from strength to strength.
Going into Winter 2016-2017, we are streaking away with the Manchester Area League and look promising for regional and national successes in England and Wales.
In Road races, we had many, many local and regional wins both team and individual.
Matt Bond once again had a number of podium finishes, second at the Manchester Half Marathon and was third at the UK Half Marathon Champs as part of Cardiff Half Marathon in conjunction with the World Half Marathon Champs. Matt’s London Marathon time broke Steve Edmonds long standing club record, with 17th place and 2nd in English Men’s Champs. These gained GB selection for the European Half Marathon in Amsterdam, where he acquitted himself well on the hot, humid and technical course.
On the road relay scene we were competitive throughout in all of the North West, Northern and National events, but just fell away from medal winning positions. This applied also to the Welsh Castles Road Relay, a two day race of twenty stages, overnight leaders saw us competing for a top place for most of the race, just slipping away on the second day to 4th, we had stage wins and also top 3 places on some stages and were third in King of the Mountains 6 stages. The squad dynamics and support crew was fantastic and a really great advert for club athletics. Our own hosted Sale Sizzler 5K Road Race Series, grows in strength, and is a great fundraiser too.
Fell, Hill and Trail Running is a growing and developing part of the club, and has a great squad with our runners very prominent in many races and having our Team presence felt all year around, with good performances in relays and team events as well as podium individuals, such as Chris Donnelly, and with Andy Carlin backing him up usually, also Aiden Raftery winning his age group races.
At the Calderdale Way Relay we were in 4th place and 4th B Team 4th which had some ladies in, and the mixed C team, with mainly Ladies in, would have been 7th Ladies, but could even have been 3rd or 4th Ladies team if all together. And the Bowstones Fell Race saw Chris Donnelly win.
We jointly host the Bill Fox Round the Reser's Trail Race and also the Gravy Pud Fell Race, with our runners prominent throughout them front to back, also marshals & officials.
Women's Endurance Report
The under 20’s and senior women's teams and individuals have enjoyed success through the year.
Continuing on from the complete domination of last years Manchester Area Cross Country League, the women had continued success this season. We once again topped the table for the senior ladies in Division 1, and also won the B and C teams, this was mirrored by the Vet women's teams too. Turn out was very high across all matches, with up to 25 ladies running in all of the 5 fixtures.
We had individual success with Danielle Feagan easily winning the Boggart Hole Clough fixture. Although we failed to finish an Under 20’s team, Alice Bruce claimed second place in the league. New additions to the team and athletes moving up at the end of this season have ensured that this section will be much stronger next season.
2016 Greater Manchester champs had a good team win with B & C teams high also, five women in the top eleven finishers, with Megan Davies getting a Bronze & Rachel Hibberd well up in the U20’s.
In both Northern & National Champs with scoring team finishes just outside medals, the National with 4th Northern team, seven finishers packed within a minute, in the top quarter of the finishers. Sonia Samuels was 8th in the GB European trials and had other good runs on the continent. Rachel Hibberd had high finishes in Under 20’s, County, Northern and National Champs.
In Road Races we had many local and international wins for individuals and teams.
Hayley Ashby won the Isle of Man Half Marathon, the Whaley Waltz, the Macclesfield Half Marathon and Bowstones Fell race. Jenna Hill won the Salford Womens 5.25mile road race – where we also took the team prize. We won the UK Fast Salford 10km, Trafford 10km, Manchester and Wilmslow Half Marathons. In the April National 6 stage road relays in Birmingham, with several of our fastest runners missing, we finished 22nd out of 42 teams.
In the Autumn Road Relays, the North West for the first time – fielding 12 ladies in 4 teams finishing in 14th, 30th, 40th & 47th. a good opportunity for those who have not taken part in an event like this.
Northern 4 stage road relays, we successfully hosted at Sports City - the 3 teams finished in 17th, 36th & 49th, while in the October National 4 stage road relays we had 2 teams – finishing in 29th and 58th places. Once again we had several key runners missing.
Many took part in marathons – with the best performance coming from Sonia Samuels in London. 2:32:00 – After running the Olympic qualifying time last year at Berlin, she finished 2nd British female and booked her ticket to Rio – where she finished 30th in 2:34:36.
The Welsh Castles Relay once again saw some great performances.
On Fell and Trail
We had Team successes in the Whaley Waltz & Bowstones Fell Races, Mobberley Round the Runway, Mad Hatter Trail, Bill Fox Round the Ressers and Gravy Pud Fell, Individual prizes as well as team.
Plus some great performances in the Calderdale Way Trail Race.
It has to be said that the Women’s Veteran Section had a huge part to play in all of the above successes, contributing in all of the team and individual glory.
Young Athletes Endurance Boys
Cross Country racing shows a limited success, with Manchester Area League, with U11’s Team win, only repeated by the Under 15’s Boys team and a second place for the Under 17 Men.
The Greater Manchester Champs were similar with a 3rd for Under 15 Boy’s and a 2nd for Under 17 Men which saw Adam Spilsbury out dipping his twin Jake, for second and third places.
Northern and National Cross Country Championships didn’t see any team successes and the same in the Northern and National Cross Country Relay Championships, apart from the under 11 Boys Silver at Graves Park Sheffield for the Northerns Relays, but positively for once, we turned out two teams in each of the age groups, and with some individual good performances.
Autumn / Winter season 2016 going into 2017, sees much of the same, except the Under 13 Boys are getting some great results to try to match the Under 11 Boys, particularly in the Manchester Area League.
There are promising individuals coming through and some really good training groups, but in the older age groups we are failing to get a good nucleus of teams on a regular and consistent basis.
On Fells and Trails there is some limited individual success going into 2017, and a Young Athlete section that has started up is looking promising for growth and development in the future.
On Road Racing, The Northern Athletics Road Relays, hosted by Sale Harriers at Sportcity, had a mixture of success again, with the Under 13 Boys looking promising with two teams out , but off the medals, although Alex James was flying through the field and passing many to record one of the fastest times of the day. He is repeating this on the cross country now also. Two teams in each of the Under 15's and 17’s, but off the medals, and also at the National Relays.
There have been many turning out at Parkruns , but we have fallen behind clubs who continue to be prominent Nationally, such as Aldershot, Tonbridge and Morpeth, who have large training groups and are continuing to bring young athletes through to Senior team successes. This is beginning to happen locally too with Salford, Horwich and Vale Royal overtaking us.
We have a great future coming through though, from our locally dominating Primary Section, with good training groups at all three venues of Crossford Bridge, Wythenshawe Park and Sportcity.
Young Athletes Endurance Girls
The girl cross country section goes from strength to strength. Not only have individuals and teams achieved honours but numbers are growing in all the age groups. In the 2016/17 season over 10 under 11, 29 under 13, 21 under 15 and 11 under 17 girls have competed for the club in the various competitions. A great base to build on for the future.
In the Northern cross country championships Jan 2016 the under 13’s team of Lara Crawford, Maisie Wiseman, Anouska Brooks and Molly Atherton won the silver medals, the under 15’s were 5th and the under 17 team finished 7th. The following month in the national cross country championships the under 13’s were a commendable 7th with Lara claiming the individual bronze medal and the under 17’s were also 7th. Unfortunately due to illness we did not have a complete team in the under 15’s.
Many girls competed in the Manchester Area cross country league in the 2015/16 season with the overall team positions being as follows Under 11’s 1st, under 13’s 1st, under 15’s 2nd and under 17’s 2nd with individual overall medalists Isabelle Burke silver in the under 11’s and Lara Crawford gold in the under 13’s. A great performance for the club.
The 2016/17 season started with the northern road relays at Sportcity in the September where the teams finished as follows under 13’s 7th, with Isabelle Burke 3rd fastest leg, with the under 15’s and under 17’s finishing 18th and 11th. A good performance to start the season as many girls did not compete in this event. The following month at the northern cross country relays in Sheffield the teams under 13’s won the silver medals with Ruby Bell getting 3rd fastest leg, the under 15’s the silver medals with Lara Crawford getting the 3rd fastest leg and the under 15s B team were the first B team home.
The under 17’s took pride of place winning the gold medals with Olivia Green and Aine Cunningham running the fastest 2 legs of the day. This was our best ever performance in this event. The under 11 girls finished 21st. On November 5th all three teams finished in the top 10 in the country in the national cross country relays - a fantastic achievement. The under 13 squad of Isabelle Burke, Niamh Boyd and Ruby Bell finished 9th with the under 15 girls (Lara Crawford, Aine Gibbons and Jessica Spilsbury) 10th and the under 17 girls team of Olivia Green, Francesca Brint and Aine Cunningham) narrowly missing the podium finishing in 4th place.
The team positions from the Manchester Area Cross Country league for 2016/17 were as follows:-
Under 11’s Ist Under 13’s Ist Under 15’s 2nd. Another great set of results. Individual overall medalists were Isabelle Burke and Taylor Edwards 1st and 2nd in the under 13’s and Lara Crawford 2nd in the under 15’s.
The 2017 Northern & National championships are looming and it is anticipated that there will be more great performances by the girls.
The girls should all feel very proud of their achievements this year and thanks go to all the parents, coaches and helpers who have made these achievements possible.
In March 2016 the club took forty Primary age runners to the East-Cheshire Cross-Country races which gave Sale Harriers U9 athletes their first chance to represent their club. They gave a good account of themselves winning both the boys and girls team races.
During the track season, many track athletes competed for the U13 YDL team which won the Northern Premier Title for the ninth time in ten years. During August, the section again held two very successful Startrack training camps.
A highlight of 2016 was at Graves Park, Sheffield in October when the club’s U11 team finished runners up in the Northern U11 Cross-Country Relay Championship. An annual highlight for the section is their Presentation evening which was a great success. JONA EFOLOKO, European Youth 200m champion, presented the awards and STEVE BOOTH was awarded the Primary section “Volunteer of the Year” award.
The Primary section took part in the Gtr. Manchester Sportshall League winning the U11 boys, U11 girls, U13 girls, U15 girls and team aggregate competitions.
Many members also took part in the County Sportshall Championships with great success winning county medals, setting PB’s and getting county selection.
The Primary section had another excellent season in the four match MACCL cross- country league with the U11 girls retaining the league title whilst the boys finished runners up failing to retain their title by a narrow margin. Sale athletes also met with great success in the County Schools Cross-country Championships with five girls and three boys finishing in the top ten.
The Primary section’s School Cross-Country League continues to be a great success with hundreds of youngsters from local Primary schools taking part in the four fixtures.
Sale Harriers Manchester has had a long tradition of maintaining quality athletics despite the passing of years. Individually we have some very highly ranked athletes with top level performances in all distances.
Gareth Raven is one of the top vet 40 runners in the country who can often be seen vying for race wins locally. Paul Green (V40) won the Abersoch Triple Crown in 2016 and can be relied upon to perform to the highest standards in road relays and cross country. Glenn Savage and Gary Rowlinson despite major setbacks in the past have had a great year with wins in the V50 class. Mike Curley is ranked in the top 10 in the country at 5k for V65s and shows no sign of slowing down.
The ladies L40 class is strong with some great runs in 2016. Helen Armitage L40, raced under the Sale Harrier name nearly 40 times in 2016 with many category wins to her name including the Benidorm Half Marathon and the Ribble Valley 10k. Anne Chinoy won the Mad Hatters trail race L40 category in May and has had a good year. Jackie Cordingley L55 raced an incredible 56 times in 2016 with many category wins to her name including The City of Salford 10k and the Round the Ressers Trail Race. She won her category an amazing 49 times in the year.
For team events we had a good turnout for the British Masters Road Relays in May where our L65 team won a silver medal and The North West Counties Road Relays in September.
The Manchester Area Cross country League has seen us quite dominant, men and women, team league titles for A,B & C teams, along with age group awards for Aidan Raftery, Kathy Wellam and Helen Armitage, and Paul Green & Gareth Raven seem to be carrying that on with current wins.
Sonia Samuels did herself proud qualifying at the London Marathon and running really well for Great Britain in the Rio, Olympic Games, as well as many other wins.
On the track Kathy Wellam has been highly ranked in the steeplechase and other events, gaining International honours, such as World Masters Bronze in the Steeplechase and 4th in the 1500m & 5000m, in Perth, Australia, as well as Northern and British Masters podium finishes indoors and outdoors. Also has won many points for the club in the UKWAL.
The people I have named are just a snapshot of some of the great performances in 2016 and the many talented individuals who have not been named should not be offended, your contribution to the club’s success has been recognised you can be assured.
Posted 23/03/2017 13:54