· Good Luck to all our teams competing in the National Cross Country Championships at Wollaton Park . It’s the toughest of Championships and great experience. Good Luck, everyone.
· Everyone tune in and watch our long-time Sale sprinter in the UKWAL, Rebekah Wilson representing GB in the bobsleigh at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. She’s on at 15.15 UK Time... make sure your all cheering her on
Posted 18/02/2014 21:48
The next harrier magazine, that’s an overview of the club throughout 2013, is near completion and will be ‘on the street’, about mid-March. I desperately need advertisers to take out an advert in it and help defray the costs of the magazine. Do you know anyone? Would your workplace consider an advert? Prices are very negotiable of only about £300 for a quarter page. If you know someone, would you contact me within the next few days, please. I’ll keep my fingers crossed!
Posted 18/02/2014 21:47
Sale Harriers finished 2nd in the Club Challenge at last May’s Great Manchester Run. As such we won 10 free entries for the 2014 Great Manchester Run to be distributed among club members. How do we distribute them?
As you probably know already, The Great Club Challenge last year included the Great North Run, Great Yorkshire Run, Great Scottish Run, Great Birmingham Run, and concluded at the Great South Run and last year’s lucky winners were Birmingham, Running, Athletics & Triathlon Club (BRAT) who won the all-expenses paid trip to the Great Ethiopian Run You can read more about their experience at http://www.greatrun.org/News/
Why not go for this in 2014? The club can enter as many of these events in 2014 as we wish and should the club finish 1st at any event, the team will win £500 towards club development plus 15 free entries for the following year and also be entered into the draw to win the grand prize of the trip to Ethiopia (24th November).
Is it worth challenging for in 2014? Finishing 2nd in the GNR shows that, with a bit of organization, the club can easily win these events and, with a bit of luck, win the draw that could result in a free trip to the Gt. Ethiopian Run next November. Is there anyone prepared to take on organizing this project and adding it to the section’s commitments for 2014?
If so, I’ll give the distribution of the 10 free entries to that person. If there is a willing organizer, let me know asap and I’ll also pass over the access details of the electronic token registration system with the notes on how to proceed. Please note the closing date to get runners registered into the event is 9am Monday 17 March 2014.
Posted 18/02/2014 21:46
The club has committed itself to marshalling the Sale section of this year’s Manchester Marathon on . This takes in the section between Dane Road all the way through to Brooklands Roundabout. We require a minimum of 60 marshals, with the more we get the more money the club receives in valuable income. This income pays for races and events which members benefit from, so it would be great to have as many as possible volunteering. Those who train at Sportcity are also welcome and encouraged to help also. If you have partners/parents/children, please recruit them as well. If you can help, contact Paul Barrett immediately at email@example.com . All marshals will receive lunch and an Asics jacket.
Posted 18/02/2014 21:45
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY 20 MARCH 2014 COMMENCING AT 8:30pm AT THE ATHLETICS FACILITY CROSSFORD BRIDGE STADIUM IN SALE.
Any items of business for the meeting including nominations for Officers must be notified in writing to the Club Secretary Carol Brown at 48 Park Avenue, Sale M33 6HE (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). To reach her no later than 21 days prior to the date of the AGM (i.e. 27 February 2014).
Posted 18/02/2014 00:15
No: This isn’t about Income tax but a snapshot of my thoughts about my running during 2013.
A look at my log on my computer shows a mere 500 miles of running. I use the word running loosely as jogging or hobbling would seem more correct. This was a big disappointment as it doesn’t seem so long ago that I would run the Timperley Dash on Thursday and a half marathon the following weekend. Those were the days, but where has the time gone?
I became even more disappointed, even depressed until I accessed some inserted comments which read:-
24 June Ran in Lyme Park with Alan 48years, Aidan 14years and Cameron 10years. My son and grandsons were over from Australia. We had a lovely run around ‘Cage Hill’. The weather was perfect.
Fast forward to18 August and while I was down in the Midlands I was invited, or was it challenged, to go for a jog with my two granddaughters, Nel’ 15years and Han’ 13 Years, both County hockey players. We only ran a mile but they jogged along in front chatting away leaving me a trembling wreck 50yards behind.
28 December. The two young Amazons came up for Christmas and announced on arrival that they had brought their running kit. We went round the local fields and they did some shuttle runs while I held the stopwatch which enabled me to keep up with them on the way home.
I am sure there are other ‘wrinkly runners’ like me out there who have had similar experiences. Cherish them. They are worth more than buckets full of medals and plastic trophies. Cherish them.
So: 2013 wasn’t that bad after all.
PS. My eldest granddaughter is a decent swimmer and wants to go swimming with me so I will just be off to the baths to do some training.
(Bryan Gane Vet 75)
BCG 2nd Jan 2014
Posted 11/02/2014 08:25
The Sale Harriers Winter Party was held on Saturday following the North of England Cross Country
The club would like to congratulate the follow people;
Sarah Douglas: Most Improved Female
Nigel Martin: Most Improved Male
Sarah Douglas: Harold Wilson Club Championship Female Winner
Steve McCarron: Harold Wilson Club Championship Male Winner
Helen Armitage: Harold Wilson Club Championship Female Vet Winner
Carl Barber: Harold Wilson Club Championship Male Vet Winner
Posted 26/01/2014 23:30
The club's multi-eventers performed well in the Dash Quadrathon at Sportcity last weekend. Sam Worthington won the U11 boys event which included a new long jump PB of 4.16m Ellie Jackson won the star performer of the day scoring a record points total and winning by forty points the U13 girl's event. Rory Canham and Adam Kinghorn were 2nd and 3rd in the U15 boy's event whilst James Ratcliffe ran 11.8 seconds to break the 100m record in the U11 girl's event, Scarlett Whittaker and Poppy Glasby-Seddon were equal 3rd with 272 points whilst Ayla Hewitt was not far behind with 263 points in 7th place. Thomas Boyd broke the 600m record with a time of 1:58.6 seconds and finished 5th in the U9 boy's event whilst Harry finished 6th in the U13 event.
Our older multi-eventers also performed with great credit in their NW Championships in Carlisle. Oliver Mc Cormick won the U15 boy's event by over 100 points whilst J 'nay Ward was 300 points ahead in winning the U17 girl's championship including a PB of 1.62m in the high jump. Harry Lord was 4th in the U17 boy's event as was Marnie Wells-Nicholls and Lydia Randles who was 4th and 5th in the U15 girl's championship. Grace Bower included a LJ PB of 4.88m to finish 4th in the U15 girl's event whilst Meg Mc Hugh launched the shot to a new PB of 7.94 cms whilst finishing 5th. These girls have another year in their age-group and will expect a medal next year.
Posted 04/07/2013 10:00
Next weekend, the club's T & F athletes will 'strut their stuff' in the first of the indoors meetings at Sportcity that the Club promotes every year. Meanwhile, our outdoor specialists continue to excel and foremost among this weekend events was the Mc Cain Cross Country Challenge at Sefton Park, Liverpool that incorporated the European Trials. Two of the club's up-and-coming athletes achieved new pinnacles in their running careers by being selected to represent GB & NI at the European Cross-Country Championships in Hungry on December 9th.
In the U20 race, Welsh international Charlie Hulson displayed magnificent youthful power and combined with the tactical prowess and maturity of a senior, he finished third and just missed out on being the U20 winner by five seconds. Charlie has already won numerous Welsh titles over the cross country and track throughout the age-groups.Special commendation also to Ryan Moore who heroically finished a superb 21st (with an excellent second lap) and would have been very much higher had he not been laid low by 'a bug' the previous evening. Talented Luke Betts, a track specialist, finished 66th over the energy-sapping course that wasn't for track runners.
Our second athlete who'll represent GB in Hungry is Simon Horsfield. He also finished a superb 3rd in the U23 category again running the race of his life and mixing it not far off the leading group of the country's top seniors seniors also vying for European places. Simon's already got an impressive record of Commonwealth & European accolades and has ranked top five over 1500m in the UK through the age-groups.
Had there been European places available for the U13 girls, then Aine Cunningham would have been a winner. She ran an amazing race to finish fourth though awarded the same time as the third finisher and was only nine seconds off Chelmsford Khalisa Mhlanga who's won everything available nationally this year. The club's little startlet has had an amazing year and continues to improve and grow in confidence. So far, she's set an 800m club record; ran the fastest leg in the Northern Relays and was part of the winning team in the Northern Relays and the silver medallists in the National XC relays. Others who finished were Lucy O'Gorman in the senior race who had a fine run for 44th place whilst returning from injury and Gavin Hill who finished 77th in the senior race. We wish Lucy well as she leaves Loughborough and begins a new career in sport based at Bath.
Still on the international front, Antony Ford, the Club's 2:17.16 Marathoner based in Blackpool, received his latest National call-up and represented England at the European Athletics Cross-Country permit meeting in the Netherlands. He had a fine run despite being caught out by the lightening fast start of Europe's elite, beating his team colleague Andi Jones (Salford AC) by over 30 seconds to finish twentieth.
On the home front, it was the Salford Women's 5.25k race and our fairer sex had it all to themselves in miserable conditions. Making her course debut, in-form Helen Armitage was first home in 35.33 taking the L35 title to boot. Sian Holland was running it for the third time and her 36.05 was her second best performance. Jo Street, just finished her MA, cast aside her bike and recorded 36.54 that was almost ninety seconds faster than in 2008. L50 Jackie Cordingley has been the club's 'golden thread' in this race for a decade never out of the top three in her age-category. This year was her best taking the L50 title in 38.20. Belinda Hammond also made her debut and she recorded 39.13. Jenny Clink is bound to be pleased with a PB of 39.43 against 40.37 in 2009. Likewise Carla Ousey's 41:35 was three minutes faster than 2009 and surely the reason for another fancy-dress shin-dig! Heather Brint's current overseas travelling is not the best preparation for faster times but her 45.45 time is commendable in the circumstances. Finally, relative newcomer Rosa Elliott easily dipped under 50 minutes and will further improve with her current commitment to running.
Finally, evergreen M60 Terry Lonergan is back under 43 minutes for10k for the first time this year with a 42.43 at the flat and fast WINDMILL 10K on the coast at Lytham St Annes finishing an impressive 46th out of 553. He returned to the Fylde a fortnight later for the WESHAM 10K and on a slightly more undulating course on quiet country lanes he clocked 43.11. In both he was 2nd M60 (Researched and compiled by Fechin Mc Cormick).
Posted 05/06/2013 08:21
The London mini-Marathon is as big for the country's young people as it is for the 40,000 men and women. This year the club had several representing the North-West of England in the National Road Race Championships. Megan Davies competed in the U17 race and in the U13 girl's race the club provided 50% of the team with Aine Cunningham, Niamh Nugent and Danielle Stringer. All of them competed against teams from Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the eight other regions. Not only had they an invaluable experience but all of them performed very well. Danielle Stringer was 30th, Aine Cunningham 46th and Niamh Nugent 110th. This is Megan report with her result at the end.
"It was my second mini marathon and it will be my last as I will be too old by next year. We travel down by bus as a team on the Saturday afternoon which is really good as you get to know the rest of the team and it is always good fun with all the other athletes. When we get to where we are staying we always go for a run to loosen up after the bus journey; then we have a shower before our tea which is always pasta; then we get to talk and chat with the other people in the team; and other athletes from other areas that we have met over the year.
We have a team meeting the night before the race; mostly for the ones who have never been before; then we go back to our rooms which are really nice. We are given a breakfast pack the night before as it is a really early start and we do not meet for breakfast; we have it in our room. Before I went to bed I did all my packing for the next day as there is not a lot of time to get organised in the morning. The bus is always a lot quieter on the Sunday morning than it was on the Saturday; NERVES.
It is not just a race for some people but a chance to catch up with friends that we have not seen for a while. We all want to do well for the team but for ourselves as well; after the race has finished we get another chance to speak to other athletes that we may not see for a long time. The atmosphere is always tense at the start as there are a lot of nerves. Some of the girls from the London borough's race at the start were chatting and very relaxed; I don't think they took it as seriously as we did. This year in memory of the tragedy in Boston earlier in the week all the mini marathon competitors ran with black ribbons pinned to their tops. Also before the races started, all the competitors and team managers had 30 seconds silence.
When the race started there are some people that went off too fast; you have to be careful not to get drawn into running too fast at the start; you need to be confident in your pace otherwise you will fade badly before the finish. Once the race has started it is not like any other race of the year as there are lots of people cheering all the way; clapping and encouraging all the runners to do well. There are signs that tell you how far you have to go; not just for us but the full marathon runners. There is always a large crowd when we turn and pass Big Ben; get to the top of this road and turn right onto the mall; according to the sign there are 385yds to go; if you have anything left to give now is the time to give it.
When the race is finished we are all given a goody bag with a London marathon T shirt, a small rucksack and lots of other goody's; we wait for the rest of the team to complete then we stroll out of the finishing area. Only athletes and team managers are allowed in the finishing area. When we leave here, we had a team photo taken as a memento of the day then we all walk back to where the buses are waiting with our bags; we spend more time chatting about the race how we have done etc. Then everybody splits up and goes their separate ways. I met two of the Scottish athletes that I am friends with and have raced a few times so we spoke about the race and what we are looking forward to for the rest of the year. It is really friendly and you get a lot of opportunity to meet people from all over the country; it is the best atmosphere of any race of the year. If you are lucky enough to be picked to go to this race YOU WILL HAVE A GREAT TIME no matter where you finish.
I walked down to watch some of the marathon finishing with my parents. We watched the leading women and men race beside Big Ben then we did some sightseeing. The other thing about the day is if you get to use the London underground you do not need to pay; you just show them your number and they open a gate for you to get to the trains like a VIP.
I finished 12th in The British Road Race Championships and 15th overall, I improved by 47 seconds on my time from last year doing the 3 mile course in 17 mins and 33 seconds. Megan Davies.
Posted 24/04/2013 14:05