Following the Street Sprints in Manchester City Centre on May 16th and the BUPA Great Manchester Run, there will be an after-race party for all the athletes to which Sale Harriers are invited. The party will be hosted at the Living Room on Deansgate on 16th May with a rum punch reception.
Following the success of last year's event, the BBC has increased its live coverage of Street Sprints to 6 hours. The world spotlight will definitely be on Manchester over that weekend and with the likes of Tyson Gay, Haile Gabreselassie, Andy Turner, Christine Ohuruogu, Jessica Ennis and many other world class athletes participating, it could be a weekend and a party to remember.
Tickets can be purchased at a price of £30.00 from former Sale athletes Earl Tulloch and Carl Hamilton on 07850 912242 or 07850 913247
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Welcome to Sale Harriers Manchester's new website. We've joined the pre- General Election campaign for 'Change'! Let's hope you'll now value this state-of-the-art club vehicle of communication that'll provide up-to-date news and information and continue to present the club in the best possible light. It's just part one - the 'information' phase, and when the 'networking' phase is launched in a few weeks, we hope every member will use its discussion and networking facility to also build club 'community' .
Special thanks to Kevin Mc Kay, our former 1500m Olympian, who facilitated the technical build and to his colleague Martyn Joyce who then built the format. This was completely advised and overseen by Fechin Mc Cormick following his initial research for the best (and simplest!) ideas from many of the other Premier Division Athletic websites. More work than could ever be realised has gone into it over many weeks, and is the result of much heart-searching, experimenting and review so let's hope we've finally hit the mark! Simultaneous to this work, Fechin has updated all the copy from the former website and re-structured it to make it compatible for the new website. Finally, he's provided the articles and photographs to ensure this up-to-date launch. We'll be interested in your feedback.
We hope all athletes of every age and era, coaches and managers will now generate a continuous flow of news and information that'll keep this website -YOUR website, topical and interesting.....even riveting!
We're fortunate to have a formidable team of club members who'll
now take responsibility for its management.
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Matt Bond topped a fantastic year by making his international debut and then went on to win the race topping it with his latest PB. Following PBs in last September's Cardiff 10k (30:11), 5-mile PB in February's Alsager '5' (24.09) and 65:53 for an incredible 4th place in his debut half-marathon at Wilmslow (March), he made his England debut a half-marathon versus Denmark in Lillebhelt (Denmark),
He said," Having only ever won local races it was a bit surreal to break the tape in an international half marathon. A month or so ago I was delighted just to have been picked for the England team! It was also a great feeling to be part of a victorious England team" His time of 65:29 is inside last year's qualifying time for the world half marathon championships though, as these are to be held in China, he reckons UKA will set a more challenging standard. He's now looking for sub 65-minute course to seek selection"
The race is well summed up on the England athletics web-site: "The lunchtime start suited the England team as it gave a chance of a late breakfast (Matt couldn't resist the Danish pasties!) and short jog to recover from the travelling. The pattern was established in the first kilometre as the England Team of Matt Bond, Kairn Stone (Newham and Essex Beagles) and Nick Torry (Serpentine) eased to the front accompanied by three Danes. Heading into the wind and with a stiff climb in the 3rd kilometre the pace was fairly steady passing 3k in 9.30; the tempo picked up a little passing 5km in 15.45 with the three English athletes sharing turns on the front The 10k mark was passed in 31:21- some 30 seconds slower than last year but the group of five remained locked together and most taking their turn on the front. Climbing back to the bridge at 14k the second Dane was dropped, the pace slowly picking up and Matt Bond (after a track PB of 8.14 on Wednesday) was looking very relaxed. Indeed at 18k he looked at his team mates and threw in a 2.53 kilometre opening up what was to be a decisive gap. Torry at this point dropped off the other two and hung on well to secure 4th place. Up front Bond was away and Stone and Farshoj had a ding dong battle to the line with Matt bond getting the better of the recently crowned Danish Champion. Both Bond and Stone also came away with personal best performances". Matt's time was 65:29 (Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Every Spring, a group of the club's track and field
athletes take off for warm weather training to Portugal. Of course,
it's not all work with no play!!!! This year's group were Tim
Jolly, Ash Pritchard, James Davies, Matt Cullen, Mat Wright, James
Wright, Lewis Stead, Jack Andrew, Carl Van Schie, Adam Edgar, Amy
Regan, Danielle Parkinson, Katie Holt, Jessica Taylor, Bella
Hailstone, Grace Smith, Beth Williams and coaches Christopher
Bartram & Neil Donvaband. A regular on these annual trips of
work, fun and frolics is long-time club stalwart Danielle
Parkinson. She encapsulates what happened - including becoming
trapped by volcanic ash!……..
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
It is doubtful that Manchester's Great Hall has ever looked so magnificent: the perfect venue decked out in green, white and red for the celebration of 100 years of the country's finest athletics club. Club members past and present descended upon the town hall on the evening of March 19th to eat, drink, reminisce and celebrate their club, and once there they enjoyed an evening of nostalgia and entertainment fitting of the occasion.
The night began with a nostalgic look back on the events and activities, the individuals, groups and teams that have combined together over the past century to make Sale Harriers Manchester the successful and welcoming club that we all know. With a glass in hand, guests were able to catch up with old friends and walk around a fantastic display that featured photos and descriptions of every section of the club and every era from the 1920s to the present day. In addition to the press cuttings and personal memories, space was even found for homemade Sale Harriers knitwear and original club kit.
As the pre-dinner drinks were finally consumed, nostalgia was replaced by celebration, as seats were taken, food eaten, and speeches given. In addition to speeches by club president and long-serving women's team manager Eric Hughes, chairman David Brown and Olympic Gold medallist Darren Campbell, there was musical entertainment provided by swing singer Cole Page and soul singer Wayne Allen. Fittingly, a commemorative cake was cut by Darren and Olympian Michelle Scutt, who were joined by some of the many Olympians and international athletes to have been produced by the club over the years.
As the formalities ended, the music played on and there were further opportunities for everyone to dance, chat and celebrate, with former members from as far away as Victoria, Australia and Nevada, USA joined by people from all over the UK and locals from Sale, Wythenshawe and other areas of Manchester. By the close, everyone in attendance could sit and reflect on the perfect way to celebrate 100 years of our club, and begin to think of ways to celebrate the 150th anniversary.
The centenary dinner will be covered more extensively in a special edition of The Harrier.
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Manchester & SHM were truly on their feet for the Gt. Manchester 10k, Junior Run & City Sprints of the weekend of mid-May. Club members of every age and section stretched their sinews to marshal, run and officiate as they've done every year of this weekend of running.
On the Saturday, dozens of our little 'uns ran their hearts out in the Junior Games around Sportcity, often escorted across the finish line by proud parents.
(aged 7) came second in her race missing first place by a few
seconds, Bethany Thornton came third. In the girls
9- 11 years, Sale was again well represented and were champions on
the podium. Eleanor Twite lost first place by 6
seconds but was running a year young in her age-group, Eleanor is
presently ranked 2nd in the UK as a 600m Runner. Julia
Hassall came third and ran well.
Club's volunteers, too numerous to mention, were on high alert serving every aspect of each event over the two days with expertise time and commitment, their good cheer lifting the drooping spirits and heavy legs of green-hooped vest spotted among the 38,000 that snaked along Bridgewater Way, Man United and the Lowry and back to Deansgate.
Club Chairman David Brown CBE was the chief starter again this year for all the coloured waves as he has been every year of this event. His wife Carol, our club secretary, was also on the finish line again recording the times of the wheelchair races, the elite ladies and elite men's races which were given to the media. In the evening Dave again started all the televised street sprints along Deansgate whilst Carol dealt with the finish, recording the positions as the chief assistant to event referee Tony Riley.
As 38,000 bedraggled spectacles exited the finish zone, many resolving never to run again, 8000 were 'bombarded' with Sizzler entry forms by Fechin Mc Cormick, Jill Sanders and Steve Gavin promoting the popular 5k series.
In the 10k road race, following not far behind Ethiopia's world renowned hero and winner Haile Gebrsellassie were our own elite. Anthony Ford clocked 29.09 and was likely to be disappointed being just a few seconds short of his 2008 PB and dipping under twenty-nine minutes for the first time. He finished in the same 10th position. Our international cross-country specialist, Sonia Samuels also hoped to improve on her inaugural 10k at Salford on Good Friday but again it eluded her by just a few seconds, clocking 33.30
Next across the line was Adam Elliott who clocked 32.02. He was running his fourth ever 10k with a best of 31.13 from the Leeds Abbey Dash in 2007.
Tim Kennedy ran out of his skin. In his first ever Gt. Manchester Run, he recorded a massive PB of 34.17..... and there's more to come!
Paul Barrett's was a mediocre 39.17 but then he sandwiched the race between a 16 mile training session - for whatever reason! On Paul tail came Christopher Hertzog with a very impressive 39.44 followed by another newcomer Suzanna Hassall with 46.14 Mark Tyldsley hadn't been getting in the training and his 46.42 was 'a confidence run' following injury. It's puts him on the starting blocks for his favourite event - the marathon This was his fourth GMR 10k with a best time of 41 minutes.
Keith Tyrer had 'a great time' running in Fechin Mc Cormick's 'shoes' and clocked 47.04. Come on, Keith, I lent you my 'shoes' so you'd sprout wings for me. Well done! This was Mark Ferns 7th consecutive GMR. Though with a lifetime best of 41.29 and a GMR best of 43.23 in 2007, 47.33 wasn't such a bad performance considering his present circumstances. This was Naomi Grant's 5th GMR and last year's was her first in a club vest. She improved her GMR time by more than a minute to 55.41 but her PB of 54.26 was clocked in last year's Sunderland 10k This was Wendy Kearsley's 4th GMR with a best of 55.56 from 2007.
The Brown family were further represented with Chris and Sarah retaining their record of having run every event since its inception. This year even Chris's girlfriend ran it for the first time never having run a 10k before! Bethan Roberts also had every reason to be pleased with 53:54. She was five minutes faster than last year and now straining on the lease for this year's Sizzlers.
Soon to retire headmistress of Withington Girl's School, Janet Pickering ran her 7th GMR (2003 - 2010 inclusive with the exception of 2005 when she was unwell). Her PB is 55.03 in 2004 and this year's 1.09.34 was her slowest. She still finished a congratulatory 54th in the L60 Female category. She has, over the years, raised more than £7000 for the Kirsty Appeal and her school's projects in The Gambia. Watch out for faster times next year after she retires.
This event went off really well especially for two of our Sale Harriers, Andy Turner and Shaunna Thompson. Andy was well pleased to produce the world's fastest ever 200m time of 22.30 and this coming off the back of an earlier victory in which he broke Colin Jackson's British record. Likewise out 18-year old Commonwealth Youth Games 100/200m champion managed to clear up the injury that she's suffered last year to take a very good scalp of Christine Ohuruogu for the second consecutive year. Said her coach Bob Gaisie, Racing against such hi-calibre athletes is great preparation for Shaunna's main target this summer - the World Junior Championships in Moncton,Canada. To medal at those championships Shaunna will need to produce a PB and this result shows she's "on target" but there is still a lot of work to do"
(Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Sale Harriers Manchester was well-represented at the Loughborough International Athletics meeting on May 23rd, with many of the club's highest achievers commencing serious competition for the first time in 2010. The weather was superb and resulted in some excellent early season performances.
The sprints were particularly fertile, with Rebekah Wilson winning a 100m race in 11.93s and HCA member Katherine Endacott recording a pb of 11.53s in the 100m and an outdoor best of 23.64 in the 200m, which bodes well for the upcoming European Club Cup. Lucy Evans, representing Wales, also went under 12 seconds in the match race, running 11.95s. Shaunna Thompson had an off day in a highly competitive 200m match race, but Andy Robertson maintained a superb start to the season in the men's 100m, winning the B race in an excellent 10.46s. Meanwhile, Chris Craig was frustrated by the wind gauge, as he triumphed in the B 200m race in an outstanding 20.98 seconds, with the wind reading agonisingly just 0.3 m/s over the legal limit. Ryan Oswald also returned to competition with a solid outing in the 100m.
New members Rhys Smith and Dave Hughes both performed well in the 400m, with Rhys taking part in a very strong match race (48.66) and Dave clocking a very respectable 47.85s in one of the guest 400m events. Debo Ademuyewo also got his 400m season under way with a decent run out (49.36). In the women's event, Kelly Massey took some very useful scalps, finishing 2nd in the match race in 54.65.
There were good performances in the hurdles, too, as Andrea Vinet got her season under way with a 14.02 clocking, while Nick Gayle hit a hurdle in the men's match race, which threw him off his stride and affected his time. Chris Wakeford, a new member this year, got close to his pb with a 54.40 run in the longer hurdles.
In the endurance events Nick Samuels again showed how much he has improved with another sub 3m50 1500m, this time crossing the line in 3:48.44, while Sonia Samuels showed that her husband couldn't take all the family credit, by finishing 3rd (9:13.06) ahead of Lisa Dobriskey in a high quality 3000m. Kaye Kirkham also had a run out in the 800m.
There were also some strong performances in the field, with club members winning both the men's and women's javelin competitions. Matt Hunt, representing England, threw superbly to beat James Campbell with 71m52, not far off the club record, while Laura Whittingham threw a series of pbs to win in 53m84. In the other throws, Scot Thompson represented Scotland in the shot and improved his outdoor sb to 16m20, while a trio of Sale Harriers competed in the women's event. Rebecca Peake (15m83) edged out Scotland's Alison Rodger (15m37), with multi-eventer Katia Lannon flying the flag for Wales. The women's hammer was also a club affair, with HCA member Sophie Hitchon taking the honours and the victory for GB juniors in an excellent 65m93, just 5cm short of her pb. Yet Sarah Holt was also over 65m (65m51) and Laura Douglas over 60m (60m86) to complete an excellent competition. UK number 1 Alex Smith, still recovering from food poisoning and a face-first fall in training, came a credible 5th in the men's event with 67m55.
The jumps events were just as spectacular, with Steph Pywell's 1m90 pb requiring Jess Ennis to draw on all her reserves to beat her in the high jump. In the Pole Vault, while Abigail Haywood unfortunately no-heighted, Andy Sutcliffe, still in heavy training, managed a decent 4m90 as his season starts in earnest. In the Triple Jump, new member Ricardo Twumasi, representing Loughborough, came 5th, with 14m57, while his training partner Steve Small jumped a season's best of 7m24 to equal that position in the Long Jump. An excellent season awaits all. (Written by Dean Hardman)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Our nationally acclaimed coach, Norman Poole's lifetime contribution to the region's elite endurance runners, was recognised in the Norman Poole 5k Cown Resevoir road race. Understandably, several of Norman's protégé's turned out. Our European junior 800m silver medallist Nial Brooks expressed his personal gratitude by smashing the course record to clock 15.13 with Stuart Bailey on his heels with 15.17. Several used it as a tempo session with Tom Atkinson 8th in 16.38; Gaz Raven, still recovering from 'London' in 17.10 and Matt Bond, as a final run-out before heading to Denmark for his debut international, sauntered round in 18.44
May 19th MOBBERLEY 5.3
On a lovely summer's evening five Sale Harriers tackled the Mobberley 5.3 mile trail race. First home for Sale was Carl Barber, who's improving rapidly by the day, in 26th place with 34.29. Jerry Smith, still recovering from his efforts in the London Marathon, was pleased with his time of 36.31 and picked up the prize for 1st M55. Mike Wharton, also recovering from London, ran 37.14. Jan Nicholls was close behind with 37.20 to take the prize for 1st F40 and was followed home by her father Derek in 44.28. After the race the runners all repaired to the beer garden of the local pub for well-earned refreshment. A most enjoyable evening!
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Just as the last daffodils of spring faded, the Dunham Massey 5k blossomed and announced the North Cheshire series of five 5k races through Cheshire countryside and a summer of 5k road races. The scenic Dunham Massey 5k, organised by Altrincham AC/Spectrum Striders is also the precursor to our own 4 x 5k Sizzlers. Run in the very picturesque and serene surroundings of the Park, they were for many who'd trained long and hard for Spring marathons and half-marathon, the chance to get those legs moving fast again.
It was great to see Mike Hatch (17.18) back. Take no notice of his 'slow' time and maybe this was the reason for his 'feeling cold' during the race!! M45 Gary Rowlinson (17.22 is also back and produced one of his fastest times for years on this course. The quality of the men's M45 team was further demonstrated by having Gary Willcock (18.23) and Frank Cordingley (18:32) finish in the top fifty. Frank's time was just a few seconds short of his best in the Parkrun Platt Fields 5k's. This age-group could be a formidable force in the BMAF 5k Championships in Horwich on June 20th. Newcomer Matt Wansbone (18.13) is an exciting new prospect who hadn't competed in a 5k for a very long time and this was a massive PB that he'll soon improve. Karl Barber's (18.34) massive progress is well documented! Previous to Dunham his last 5k was in last summer's Sizzler when he clocked a PB of 21.00. He'll also improve further! Tim Brett (19:06), less than two weeks after clocking 3:55 in the Windermere Marathon made a 26 second improvement on the Mayday 5k Mike Wharton's (19:32), though still recovering from the 'trauma' of 'London' still clocked a course PB. It demonstrates his massive progress also. Likewise M55 Jerry Smith (20.05) had an excellent sharpener after his tough London and hard training for it. Next came Michael Wymer ran his second 5k race and a PB of about 2 minutes on the first race that was last year's Bowden 5k in 22.26 M50 Stefan Schumacher (21:04), just two weeks after his second fastest marathon in his home city of Kassel (Germany) came within a few seconds of his best. An exciting sub-21career beckons! (Geoff Beattie's got no chance now!). Jo Street (21:30) was also in top form missing her 2007 course best by just two seconds. M45 Ian Whitham (25.10) also has reason to be pleased, clocking his fastest time despite a career that demands incessant travel. For complete results, log onto http://www.ukresults.net (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13
Norman Poole pulled it off yet again! As President of the exclusive British Milers club that provides top level competition for the nation's elite athletes, our nationally acclaimed middle-distance coach put on his annual feast of top-class running for the annual BMC Grand Prix at Sportcity on May 29th. He also pulled off near perfect weather! Though the hours beforehand were wet and dreary and the later hours windy, near perfect conditions for the five hours of competition meant that about 90% of the 300 elite middle-distance runners from throughout Britain and Ireland's went home with lifetime bests or season's best performances.
Among the club members, in the 800m, seventeen year old Matt Holmes set the evening off with his best of 2:00.30. Lee Whitley also produced a SB of 1:58.59 and came within a whisker of a PB. Still early evening, Donna Riding was hopeful of coming close to her 800m PB of 2:06.97.She was always in the leading pack and, had she not been the victim of a couple of elbow tussles that knocked her rhythm would have clocked even faster than 2:08.31. Ruth Watson travelled all the way from Peterborough in the hope of clocking a 2:10 performance. She chased the pacemaker on a 63 second schedule and looked as though she might achieve her aim.....until the final 100m when the 'wheels came off' to clock a disappointing 2:15.27.
Britain's No.1 junior, eighteen year old Niall Brooks, ran a tactically sound 1500m race to clock a seasons' best of 3:43.22 and qualify for the European Junior championships (He's already qualified for the 800m). In the same 'A' race Nick Samuels had every reason to be delighted to record a PB of 3:44.54 to add to his excellent winter's indoors. In the 'C' 1500m, following a successful and consistent winter James Bailey was also rewarded with a long promised and well-deserved PB of 3:48.02. In the 'G' 1500m another promising youngster Charlie Hulson, the U/17 & U15 Welsh 800m champion, also set a new wonderful benchmark of 3:58.20
The floodlights were on for the 5000m races that topped the long evening. Again, almost everyone in every race recorded a PB and among them Matt Bond, in the form of his life this year, achieved his ambition of dipping under 14.30to clock 14:25.69. Dave Norman, weeks after 2:19.05 in the London Marathon, must be well satisfied to record a SB of 14:32.49. For full results visit http://www.britishmilersclub.com (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13