Peter Shaw

The club’s U13 & U15 team have won the Northern Premier title ten times in twelve years. In the first match of the season on home ground of Sportcity, we won the match beating reigning champions Preston by over 60 points. The highlight was THEA BROWN who won three U13 girl’s events. Last Monday  at Trafford Thea broke her own club high jump record with a jump of 1.55m which ranks her No.1 in the country whilst her 75m hurdle time ranks her 2nd in the UK. The man of the hour was WILL PARKER who ran three tough races all within one hour and still managed a big PB over 1500m.

Our pole vaulters made a massive contribution to the overall points total by winning all four pole vault events. Well done to MORGAN WHITE, SHONA WILKINSON, RUARI Mc DONALD and ELLIE WOLFENDEN. Morgan was also runner up in hurdles and high jump events. 

Our Harrier tradition was upheld in middle distance events with wins from twins EVAN and ETHAN SAV AGE, WILL STANWAY, JAMES KNOCKTON, TAYLOR EDWARDS, IZZY BURKE, JASMINE REED, FREDDIE MEREDITH, SARA CLOUGH, IZZY APPLEBY, ELLIE GILDART and EVA KARALIUS. FREDDIE MEREDITH currently ranks No.1 in the UK and won his U13 800m race by ten seconds.  OSCAR SCHOFIELD, who recently finished runner up in the GB Biathlon Championships ran a Grade 1 performance to finish runner-up in the U13 1500m and is to be congratulated on his selection to the GB Biathlon team.

Our sprinters and hurdlers performed well with victories from SUCCESS EDUAN (2 wins), NWOSU NATACHI (2 wins), HOLLY GARNER (2 wins)THEA BROWN and HERMIONE MASON who also teamed up with NIAMH BOYD, ELLISE FRYER-FRANCIS and FAVOUR JOSEPH to win the long relay. Newcomer SETIRA REID finished runner up in the girl’s 75m whilst on Monday she ran a time which ranked her No 1 in the UK for 150m.

Our high and long jumpers performed well with victories from THEA BROWN (2 wins), BASIL ZOLA (who competed with great success in four events) and ELISE FRYER-FRANCIS who is a multi-eventer who competed in four events winning three of them.


This match was the first of three that will decide the NW title and then we go onto the Northern final at Preston on Saturday July 20th. Keep this date free because we need the strongest possible team then.

Massive thanks to our officials whose efforts added a massive 56 points to our total and to team managers CARL WORTHINGTON (Girls) and SINEAD ROACH (Boys).

Thanks too to Carl Worthington and Dave Greenwood for the photos in the gallery. See more at Darkstar Photos.

Dave Greenwood

My Sunday consisted of spectating, through a Camera lens as usual and listening to the varied perceptions each individual had about it.
I began on a circuitous journey in search of a vantage point from which to watch the procession of runners go past on their journey to complete the Wilmslow Half Marathon. Nigel Martin was hoping to be at the front and thanks to his diligent training with his experienced coach, Norman Poole, he emerged victorious. Nigel took up running as an adult and married his natural talent to hard work and sensibly listening to his coach. The old proverb says you can lead a horse to water but can't make it drink; in the case of this thoroughbred he drank bucketful’s of wisdom and from pretty average times a few years ago, is now realising what a good runner he has become (13.53 for the Armagh 5k is not too shabby)

Behind him came 4000 of all shapes, sizes, gaits and beliefs. Some looked like injuries waiting to happen whilst others looked comfortable. Some grimaced, some chatted. For some the social occasion was built in, eagerly engaging with anyone supporting from the side. For many it will have been an achievement to get round. For all there will have been health benefits proportionate to the volume and quality of preparation. Trapped waiting for the road to free I became aware of the huge variation in speeds at this event. Forty minutes must have passed by which time I wasn't going to get to the two miles to go point where I might have a second chance.
On to my second destination; Crossford Bridge- the spiritual home of Sale Harriers and venue for the unique Over the Bales race.

There were over 30 Sale Harriers on the journey to finish the Half Marathon. All of them looked fairly comfortable as they passed me at the halfway stage, even if they didn't feel it. The first 23 of them were in the top 20% of race finishers. Forgive me if I've missed anybody or not realised they had a p.b.- I'm sure you'll broadcast it on social networking. Notable successes were Nigel Martin race winner. Anne Chinoy who was first w45, Gareth Raven M40 2nd. Their positions were.

Overall position Name Chip Time Category Category position PB  
1 Nigel Martin 1:05:26 open 1st  by 5 mins  
 7 Nick Barry  1:09:44  open  6th  1:19:19 at the 4 Villages this year  
 8 Gareth Raven  1:10:01  M40  2nd  !:04:28 from 2003  
 26 Sam Aspinwall  1:14:06  open    debut  
 39 Steve McCarron  1:15:44  M40  7th  PB well done  
 77 Rob Fairbanks  1:20:59  M40    PB  
 93 Oli Gailemin  1:22:33  M45    1:17:45  
 115 Simon Jackson  1:23:38  M45    1:21:27  
 147 Pete Shipley  1:25:08  open    PB  
 150 Mark Fox  1:25:15  M40    1:24:18  
 158 Nathan Ball  1:25:29      1:25:06  
 160 Paul Barrett  1:25:33 (nearly V40)    1:24:10  
 176 Alistair Kell  1:26:06  M50    1:26:04  
 192 Mike Ashby  1:26:28  M40    1:17:53  
 237 Lydia Briggs  1:27:52  F  7th  PB  
 272 Steve Gavin  1:29:00  M45    1:25:57  
 275 Anne Chinoy  1:29:02  F45  1st  PB  
 357 Colin Lord  1:32:21  M50  28th    
 380 Gareth Webb  1:33:12  M40    1:30:49  
 445 Harriet Hamilton  1:34:27  F35  9th  PB  
 475 Rob Marsden  1:35:16      PB  
 552 Tim Kennedy  1:37:29      1:13:56  
 718 Sam Forshaw  1:40:18      PB  
 735 Sian Rowley  1:41:18  F40  15th  1:35:12  
 853 Chris Heyes  1:42:43  M40    1:14:03  
 856 Philippa Heyes  1:42:44  F35      
 889 Tim Rainey  1:44:06  M50    1:26:54  
 904 Caroline Kinghorn  1:43:18  F50  8th  PB  
 1307 Damien Van Alderwegen  1:50:02  M45      
 1395 Jenny Fox  1:48:17  F40    1:23:11  
 1396 Wendy Terry  1:48:17  F40    1:26:15  
 1552 Louise Titensor  1:53:54  F40    PB  
 1564 Tegegn Bayissa  1:52:14  M45      
 1578 Caroline Wheeler  1:53:29      PB  
 2069 Eve Gibson  2:04:46      1:44:11  
 2650 Emma Bramwell  2:21:46      1:57:15  


Sale Harriers junior section finished the cross-country season on a high note with races over hay-bales obstacles on home turf at Crossford Bridge.  One hundred and fifteen athletes turned out for the club, many of whom were making their club debuts and they impressed with many fine performances.  In the six races Sale Harriers gained five team victories against opposition from over 20 clubs from all over the north-west and four individual victories from TARA FERGUSON, ED SPARK, BEN KEELEY and FREDDIE MEREDITH.

Our U13 boy’s are the current Northern XC Champions and won the team race with FREDDIE MEREDITH, OSCAR SCHOFIELD and MATTHEW GARDNER finishing in the first three places. We were also awarded first B team medals due to fine performances from GEORGE NOBLE, FINLAY DAY and ERIC WOODWARD. Our U13 girls are the current Manchester XC League Champions and won the team race with JASMINE REED (2nd), SARA CLOUGH (3rd) and CARMEN SAFRANAUSKAS (4th), whilst AVA CLOUGH , IZZY APPLEBY and HOLLY NEWTON won the B race.

Sale had a comfortable victory in the U11 boy’s team race with BEN KEELEY outsprinting team mates FINDLAY GODDARD and LIAM O’BRIEN to win the individual race.  Our B team of JOE SPARK, JOSHUA RODGERS and ALEX FRASER won their category. Sale was silver medallists and first B team in the U11 girl’s race. Well done to MADDIE HOLT, IMOGEN HILL, IZZY HALL, HOLLY NOLAN, ASH GILMORE and FRANCESCA HEWITSON.

ED SPARK outsprinted team mates DANIEL OAKES and BEN GARNER to win the U9 boy’s race, whilst JOE WELSBY, DANIEL LUKE and RYAN O’NEILL ensured victory in both the A and B team categories. It was encouraging to note that 30 boy’s represented Sale in this one race. TARA FERGUSON was a clear winner in the U9 girl’s race from team mate OONAGH Mc MANUS and with AMELIA HIGGINS were comfortable team winners. KATIE ROBERTSON, CAREY SULLIVAN and ROXY Mc HUGH all finished in the first 10 to ensure victory in the B team category.

A big thanks to all club officials and to GRAHAM and ANN MARSHALL for again organizing such a successful event. Many thanks to ERNIE GREENWOOD for taking photographs that can be viewed and bought at    


Sale Indoor Open - Sunday 10th March 2019 by Dave Greenwood

Like Pandora's Box, the Indoor arena swallows a surprising number of people. One minute it looks quite empty and seduces you into thinking there's not many there so it will be a short day. The call comes for 60m Sprints and out they come like a swarm of Bees buzzing around, chattering away in expectation. The hush falls and instead of the gun that scares the pants off people and awakens youngsters, there’s a softer electronic game noise and when there's a false start I thought at times I had gone back to the Nineties space Invaders game. Replacing the gun was a trial start system which was being used as an experiment; in the North of England with a view to becoming the new system. We will endeavour to seek more information from David Brown and report back.

 This was the renowned Sale Harriers Winter Indoor series, the Final event of the series in fact. As one would expect having seen the culmination of the major Indoor season with the Europeans in Glasgow recently, the numbers of athletes were not as great as there had been in early January. It's now the transition period when the rest do not look forward to the first freezing encounter with track and field outdoors. We usually get fooled into thinking spring is here, the Daffodils are out, Farah has stolen the limelight in the half and the marathon, it's Spring, then it goes grey, cold and wet again.

For the Sprinters and jumpers the relative warmth of Sportcity gets them ready again. The frustration of false starts and there were plenty, reminds people to go away and practice their starts again, he Long jumper who needs to take their run up a few inches back to hit the board. All are skills that are honed here. All that winter practice is not quite the same as competition.

On the positive side many will have left pleased with where they are at; a total of 99 P.B.s were recorded in the 60m!  That’s right 99 ! Come to Sale next winter and grab a P.B.

There were a number of 60m sprint races in the morning with the opportunity to go again at the end of the day with 300m races, hurdles and 600m. Two High jump beds were in action for the jumpers

The Pole vault; a wonderful facility which has helped raise the standard and popularity, was not as busy as it was at Vault Cardiff, an event nearly as good as Vault Manchester.

The invitation 200m Masters event saw 43 year old T.J.Ofori of Shaftesbury Barnet only just overcome Mike Coogan (V45) of East Cheshire in a time of 22.80, two athletes who would put many younger to shame. A measure of how good T.J. still is was his 60m time which was fastest of the day for all ages, in 7.60 seconds. I wonder how many of you will be in such good shape at their age ? Now there's a challenge.

Finally without the incomparable Jack Frost and all his co-workers this series would not be possible. Many of the officials are retired but spend most weekends officiating in Athletics. People like club stalwart Brian Goulden who had spent Saturday at the Inter Counties then all day Sunday at this. We should thank all these people and I'm sorry to say I recognise many but don't know all their names. Thank you to all those selfless people who dedicate themselves to this club and the sport.



by Matt Spragg

National XC

“Where’s the mud?” cried the traditionalists as we arrived at Harewood House for the 2019 National Cross Country Championships. Completely dry ground, ridiculously warm weather and a magnificent setting all contributed to a memorable day.

Two long 6k laps for the two thousand or so men who assembled on the start line. And no mud meant faster running which, combined with the hills, meant that the race was as tough as always. The advice beforehand was to get a fast start to avoid any bottlenecks; all very well for those on the front row but for everyone else the first half mile was a frantic head-down shuffle, avoiding flailing arms and spikes until the field started to thin out.

Then the hills started - a long slog up to the back of the course (amazing views from here), before a steady downhill section which I hoped would take us back to the end of the lap; but no, the course went back up for a steep couple of hundred metres before a rapid descent down to the start/finish area.

So one more lap of the same. No letting up because any time you slowed down, a hundred people would overtake you. More of the punishing hills (no enjoying the views this time round) and then a seemingly endless sprint to the line.

Tremendous vocal support on the course from the SHM fans, with Dave and Brian popping up here and there to shout out their usual encouragement and words of wisdom.

Fantastic running all round, and great work towards the front of the field with Nigel Martin in an impressive 11th overall, with Luke, Callum, Gaz and Dan making up the fifth placed men’s team.

The fun wasn’t over as we faced an interminable struggle to get out of the car park and then through the traffic in Leeds – although the minibus crew weren’t complaining as Glenn Savage had come up with the goods, producing a crate of Old Speckled Hen to help pass the time.

The day ended with some still bemoaning the lack of mud as we tucked into a well-deserved curry back in Sale. It was a true privilege to represent Sale Harriers in such a prestigious event. Here’s to next year!





Nigel Martin



Luke Betts



Callum Rowlinson



Gareth Raven



Daniel Kashi



Matt Barnes



Phil Robertson



Ken Hunt



Sam Aspinwall



Alex Bradford



Chris Donnelly



Ben McIntyre



Richard Edwards



Matt Spragg



Paul Rowley



Olivier Gaillemin



Conor Donaghy



Alastair Knockton



Paul Barrett