Sale Harriers provides endurance training for its members at all three of its sites - Wythenshawe Park, Sportcity (East Manchester) and Crossford Bridge, The club's faster, mostly middle distance, track specialists train at Wythenshawe Park and Sportcity so the vast majority of senior and veteran endurance men and women train from Crossford Bridge, Danefield Road, Sale, M33 7BG. This is the club's 'mother site' founded over a century ago! If you're an initial enquirer and thinking about joining the club, go to How to Join and follow the procedure there, where you'll be directed to the most suitable site and/or coach for you.
At Crossford Bridge, the club provides training in distances from 3k to marathons and promotes running across three formats: Road, Cross-Country and Fells. Newcomers are welcome to come along for a few weeks and try the training without commitment. There are three main sessions per week though some groups train at other times and venues. You'll hear all about them in due course. All sessions are designed to maximise your running potential. We also have an introductory group typically for those whose time over 10k time is slower than fifty minutes.
Sessions start at 7pm prompt (so be in plenty of time) and last around an hour. The group meet outside the clubhouse at 6.45pm for 7pm start following essential announcements. Sessions are a combination of longish runs (approx 6 - 9 miles) and/or interval work. During summer months (April - September) we utilize the vast network of paths, trails and parkland around the Mersey Valley. During the winter months (October - March), sessions are usually on roads in and around Sale. In these months, ensure you wear reflective clothing.
For a taster of the next few weeks here is the proposed endurance sessions as proposed by Dave Rodgers. Subject to change.
Saturdays.. Many people do parkrun. Stretford, Wythenshawe, Sale Water Park, Platt Fields or Worsley Woods. All start at 9am every Saturday. Free for ever. Click here for details of how to register. And details of runs in your area.
17th Saturday. If not racing Sunday why not try a local parkrun.
Local parkruns start at 9am. Wythenshawe, Sale Water Park, Stretford, Worsley Woods, Woodbank Park or Platt Fields Park. Free now and forever.
18th Sunday. Wilmslow Half Marathon. If you are available could you please help at Sportcity. The indoor meeting requires helpers from 9 til noon and noon til 3. Thank you.
19th Monday. Track session at Crossford Bridge from 6:30.
20th Tuesday. Long steady run. Meet at Crossford Bridge at 7pm. Tempo run, easy / steady for those who raced Wilmslow HM on Sunday Norris Road LoopVarious groups for a wide range of abilities. Easy routes to follow. Beginers welcome.
22nd Thursday. Wythenshawe Park track. 7pm for 7:30 start. Bring £2.
Volume and recovery can vary within groups. All individually worked depending if racing on Saturday. 400m, 300m, 200m sets unless racing on Sunday.
Session at Crossford Bridge all abilities. 7:30 start. This is a cinder track and so will not be used in very poor weather as this can have a detrimental effect on the track surface. An alternative location for training will be found grass/road circuit.
N.B.Clocks go Forward
Sunday 25th March Over the bales at Crossford Bridge for the wee ones. Northern 12 stage road relays at Birkenhead Park Wirral CH43 8SQ 12,00 am start For the Blackpool & Fylde Trophy – Holders: Sale Harriers Manchester Stages 1, 3, 5, 7, (4 x Long Legs) are approximately 8.5 K Stages 2, 4, 6, 8, 9,10,11 & 12 (8 x Short Legs) are approximately 4.3 K. Contact James Bailey if you want to be included.
Crossford Bridge 7pm grass session. Session on grass at CB (if grass quality good), if not then on Sale water pk paths A) 4 x 1mile C) 4 x 3/4mile B) alternate.
29th March Thurs Wythenshawe Track 7pm. Session start 7.30pm 5 x 800M + 5 X 200M
30th Good Friday. Salford 10k. Agecroft.
Make sure you are registered with English Athletics. See below.
By knowing your training session beforehand, you can be mentally prepared and also check out the route if necessary.
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Thursday 7pm Wythenshawe Park
The club provides two sessions on a Thursday. One is at the Wythenshawe Park track and is for runners who have the ability to compete to a standard of roughly sub 45 minutes for 10k. The sessions are usually a combination of short and long interval work. They begin at 7.30pm; however people arrive at 7pm to warm up. For more information about these sessions, please see Dave Rodgers.
Thursdays 7.30pm- Crossford Bridge
The second session is based at Crossford Bridge for runners roughly over 45 minutes for 10k. Depending on running experience, some of this group maybe taken on runs similar to Tuesday's sessions until they strengthen their endurance base. The interval sessions on the track are designed to develop speed to an endurance base. The Interval sessions commences at 7.30pm, however it is encouraged for athletes to warn up in advance. Morris Jefferson.
Small groups of various abilities go for long easy/steady runs in the Mersey Valley. These are invariably from 75 minutes up to 1:45 and longer if groups are training for a half-marathon or marathon. Again, meet outside Crossford Bridge's main entrance from 10.15. There are men's/women's changing facilities, toilets and showers available. However, we advise people to arrive changed and not to leave any valuables in the changing rooms. These can be put in your car or left in the upstairs office. Sometimes small groups also meet elsewhere because they want earlier runs (e.g. preparing for a marathon) or to enjoy scenic places like the Peak District. You'll hear about these through the club's informal networks or via the website Twitter feed, Facebook and/or email.