olivia brown 800MMany congratulations to Olivia Brown who recently won the Greater Manchester County and Greater Manchester Schools U15 800M. She subsequently won bronze in The Masons Trophy and has now been selected to run for Greater Manchester at the forthcoming English Schools Chapionships. 

It has been a busy couple of weeks for Wythenshawe Hurdlers! with consistent weather of rain and more rain Sale achieved two County Champions.

Scarlett Sofija Hermione

Scarlett Whittaker (left) under 17 Cheshire County Champion

Sofija Drajistic Wood (centre) under 17 Greater Manchester Champion.

Hermione Mason (right), Hermione achieved a National Standard time of 11.4 secs to gain qualification for the English Schools National Final at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium in July. Well Done Hermione!

The Girls then went on to represent their respective Counties at the Mason Trophy Inter Counties Final in Birmingham, Hermione and Sofija both achieved podium positions with Sofija achieving a big PB in the u17 hurdles, still a year young in this age group.

 Scarlett and Hermione  Sofija Drajistic Wood

Peter Shaw

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Our U13 & U15 YDL League team won the final match of the NW Premier League at Bebbington and are now NW champions and have qualified for the northern final where they will attempt to win the northern title for the 11th time in 13 years.

The individual highlight came from BASIL ZOLA who set a new club record of 6.47m to win the U15 boy’s long jump. Basil was a real hero competing in four events, winning two and finishing 2nd in a third. Another club record was set in the U13 girls sprint relay when our winning team of SETIRA REID, HOLLY GARNER, TIA GROVER and THEA BROWN recording 52.4 seconds. Thea was a real action hero competing in four events and winning three.

Our sprinters and hurdlers were in great form with team victories in three relay events, SUCCESS EDUAN and NATACHI NWOSU both scored sprint double victories. Other victories came from SETIRA REID, THEA BROWN and MAX CUNNINGHAM. THEO MAY made a great debut for the club finishing 2nd in both sprints and then teaming up with JOSHUA EME,  TOLUWALASE ADEYEMI and NY JACKSON to win the U13 boy’s relay. FAVOUR JOSEPH and HERMIONE MASON ran fast times and finished runners up in the U15 girls 300m races. SAMMY BREINGAN again made a tremendous contribution by competing in four sprint races /relays.

Our vaulters and jumpers were in great form with victories from BASIL ZOLA, RUARI Mc DONALD, ELLIE WOLFENDEN, THEA BROWN and MOHAMMED COLE. Unfortunately Mohammed was injured during the event and we wish him a speedy recovery. Our throwers had a great day with victories from MACKENA BRADSHAW, ANNABEL AMADIN, JASMINE RICHARDSON, ELLA GILLESPIE, MIA WALKER and RYAN VIGERSTAFF (on his club debut).

Our middle distance runners again made a massive contribution with many PB’s, in races of an exceptionally high standard. Twins ELLIOT & EVAN SAVAGE were in tremendous form with Elliot winning the 800m by a margin of 9 seconds in 2:01.7 whilst Elliot, who recently set a club 1500m record of 4:14.71, won his 1500m by a comfortable margin. SARA & AVA CLOUGH made it a double twin victory day by winning their U13 1200m events. Further victories came from TAYLOR EDWARDS, FREDDIE MEREDITH and ELLIE GILDART. JASMINE REED ran a great race to finish 2nd over 1500m whilst LIBBY HILL, ANNABELLE BYGRAVE  and OSCAR SCHOFIELD ran PB’s over 800m OSCAR  was recently runners up in the British Triathle (swim-run-shoot event) and is due to compete in the European Championships in Madeira. We wish him well. WILL PARKER ran PB’s to finish runner up over both 300m and 800m and then teamed up with ELLIOT, EVAN and SAMMY for a comfortable victory in the long relay.

Photos courtsey of Carl Worthington.

Gareth Raven T of T 2019

This iconic event, which was re-launched by Sports Tours International in 2015, returned again in 2019. The first race was founded by Dr Ron Hill MBE in 1983. The week-long event, run in 4 different Tameside locations, was a huge success, enjoyed by people throughout the borough and beyond.

This year, the Tour of Tameside consists of 4 races on consecutive days, including: the X-Trail 10k, Hell on the Fell, Hero Half Marathon and Dr Ron Hyde 7 mile.

Our very own Gareth Raven, although now over 45 shows no sign of slowing down, giving the eventual winner Mo Aburezeq a run for his money. Only 18 seconds divided them on leg 1. and the overall difference at the end of the tour was only 3 minutes. Gareth was 2nd with 3:08:39 with Mo first in 3:05:43.

Other Sale Harriers who took up the challenge included Robert Fairbanks who was 2nd M40, Jenny Fox 2nd F40, Tracey Taylor 8th F35 and Lynda Rowlinson who was 3rd F55. Mark Fox was going well after 2 races but was not able to complete the final 3.

Wendy Terry did the 10k in 47:23 and Beth Louise Newton did 50:40.

Photo credit to Dave Greenwood of Dark Star Photography.

Full results

Birmingham, 26th May 2019

By Anne Chinoy, Women's Masters Team Manager

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In recognition of the numbers of ‘Masters’ runners (aged 35 or over) in running clubs across the country, England Athletics has recently rolled out the Age Group Masters competition. England Age Group Masters vests are earned by achieving a position in a qualifying race (and an England Athletics Age Group minimum standard). Opportunities are currently available each year in distances of 10K, Half-Marathon and Marathon.

My own route to qualification for the 10K Championships was less than straightforward. I entered back in 2018 via Trafford 10K. With this specific goal in mind, my training in the runup to the race was going very well. However, my efforts ended in disappointment when the race was postponed due to snow. What I didn’t realise was that the rescheduled September Trafford 10K would qualify me for entry to the 2019 event in Birmingham. I was delighted to receive an email shortly after Trafford, informing me of my qualification. I then faced a dilemma as the date coincided with a family holiday to Club La Santa in Lanzarote. After some deliberation, I decided it was too good an opportunity to miss and my husband agreed to travel ahead with the kids (who were keen to see their Mum in an England vest!) and I would join them a couple of days later.

I looked forward to the event with a mixture of nerves and excitement. Researching the times of my 8 fellow V45 competitors on Power of 10, I  realised that the standard was extremely high - my own 10K PB was the slowest on the team. As if the V45 competition wasn’t tough enough, I then learnt that my running hero and five-time Olympian Jo Pavey would also be on the start line! I resolved to focus on my own race and at least aim for a PB.

The course for the Great Birmingham 10K was brand new for 2019 so there was no information on the course profile. I naively assumed that as it was a race for the masses, it would be relatively flat. The first inkling I got of the challenging race profile was on the start-line from some other England Masters ladies who had warmed up on the course. Conditions were also poor with rain and strong winds - my hopes for a sub-40 time rapidly went out of the window!

All the Age Group Masters runners had gathered in the first pen alongside the ‘fast-paced club runners’. Jo Pavey joined us just before the starting gun and we set off around a corner on a steep and slippery downhill. The course was a rather uninspiring ‘out and back’ route on a major A road with a series of underpasses to navigate. It meant that support along the route was minimal (though I was lucky enough to have my own support crew of my Mum, sister and nephew at the 2K and 8K points). One advantage of the out and back route was that we got a great view of the race leaders after the half-way point including Jo Pavey and Liverpool V40 Kirsty Longley (who finished the race in second place ahead of Jo). When I turned around at 5K, a brief glance at my Garmin told me I could still get close to a PB. The second half of the race was far more challenging though with long uphill sections into punishing head-winds. I stopped looking at my watch and just focused on catching some of the other Age Group runners and embrace the run as great training for my next running challenge – Welsh Castles! Of course, that slippery downhill start meant a cruel uphill stretch to the finish; I was very relieved to cross the final timing mat. While I was disappointed with my time, I was happy to learn that I had finished 6th out of the 9 V45 England runners. Full results here.

After the event, it was great to gather at the England Athletics tent to chat to the other England Age Masters runners. I was inspired talking to many of them, including a very fast V50 lady who has run all her life, but is still achieving PB’s including a phenomenal 37:55 10K at the recent 2019 World Masters. Jo Pavey also spent a long time chatting to everyone and taking photos. She was delightfully down-to-earth and friendly, and enquired after everyone else’s runs.

Also representing Sale Harriers at the event was M65 Geoff Beattie, running for Northern Ireland. Geoff’s son, Ben Beattie (M35, Hallamshire Harriers), was also there running for England. V60 Sale Harrier, Jackie Cordingley, was selected for the England team for the second year running but sadly had to pull out due to injury.

Another familiar face at the race was Dean Hardman (Vice-Chair of the Sale Harriers Executive Committee), Head of Business Partnerships and Major Events at England Athletics. Dean took a major role in the event as one of the Team Leaders.

It was a fantastic experience and I would strongly recommend all athletes aged 35 or older try and get involved with future England Age Group opportunities. Click here for more information.