Fechin Mc Cormick
A very special ‘Well done’ to Mike Starkey who completed the Great North Run in Newcastle and raised over £1000 (so far) for Alzheimer's Research UK.
It was confirmed earlier this year that Mike has Posterior Cortical Atrophy, a relatively uncommon form of Alzheimer's that affects the back of the brain and has an impact of visual perception as well as memory. Because of this diagnosis he was especially keen to run the GNR with his two sons. It was very special because it was to be their first ever competitive run together. Unfortunately Mike had failed to get an entry through the usual ballot or lottery so I was fortunate to have the ‘right contacts’ to get him an entry so he could fulfil his dream with his two sons Benjamin and Patrick.
They crossed the line together, holding hands and completed the course in 2 hours 15 minutes and had a brilliant time. Mike’s wife wrote “It was a wonderful day helped by the weather and one that we’ll never forget. I managed to get a good spot 200 yards from the finish and saw Mike and the two boys crossing the line together. We were even given a special car park permit with instructions for getting away afterwards” Mike’s sons also reported how much Mike loved the whole event fulfilling his long standing dream.
Mike joined Sale Harriers in 2015 and has made fantastic progress. All of us who know him wish him and his family well; hope his continued running will benefit him well in coming weeks and months and that he’ll be among the line-up again next year with his sons even fitter and faster to re-live his dream.
Posted 16/09/2016 08:04
The Manchester Half Marathon 16th October 2016.
For those who usually train from Crossford Bridge on a Sunday please be aware that Dane Road will be closed for the Half Marathon and so if you intend to train you will need to find an alternative meeting point, jog there or cancel your session. Obviously the best option is to help with Marshaling and then train later.
Posted 08/09/2016 08:24
On Tuesday the 21st June there was an unfortunate incident involving a Sale runner near to Crossford Bridge training ground. A collision occurred between a Sale Harriers athlete and an oncoming cyclist on the banks of the canal. Luckily no one was seriously hurt but the accident could have been a lot worse. There are signs clearly indicating that this path is to be shared by cyclists and pedestrians and that a maximum speed of 5mph is enforced. The cyclists are told to give way to foot traffic.
There were a large number of runners along there at the time as they were on their way to a session in Chorlton woods.
This is a plea to all users of public footpaths to be vigilant and considerate to other members of the public so that we can be seen to be making an effort to avoid this kind of incident. Could all runners who use the towpath and other shared routes, please ensure that they keep well to the left and keep in single file at all times.
Look far ahead to be ready for other people, including cyclists, dog walkers and children. Be considerate to motorists and think safety at all times, your own and other peoples. Keep to the rules of the road and where possible wear bright gear to be clearly visible. When running in large groups make other members of your group aware of any potential dangers and always run on pavements rather than roads where there is one.
If an incident does occur try and be courteous even if you don’t think that you caused the incident. A quick apology can often diffuse a situation before it gets out of hand. Be particularly cautious around animals. Dogs and horses can be unpredictable and best given a wide berth.
Please enjoy the great outdoors as much as possible and remember that running off road is better for your joints, you are less likely to be run over and the air is generally cleaner, but just remember that we share these open spaces with other members of the public and we must always think about safety.
Posted 22/06/2016 10:21
Bruce Wilson writes.
“I was just sent this photo of Ian Saunders. Ian had attended Loughborough College where he was originally coached by Robbie Brightwell of 1964 Tokyo Olympics 400m fame. The picture shows him with coach Peter Schofield at what looks like the Dane Road track.
Ian passed away a few years ago now from an aggressive form of MS but was a major sprint star for Sale in the 70's.
He enjoyed training (very competitively!) with our group (which included Derek Price, Martin Ollier, Rob Brown, Karl Hamilton and Earl Tulloch) and was a lot of fun.
I remember on one dark, cold windswept evening training with Ian Saunders under the floodlights when he challenged GB 800m star John Davies to a 6 x 200m jog-backs, averaging 26 seconds per 200m - saying that a 100m/200m sprinter could always beat an 800m jogger.
John Davies took up the challenge and fully expected to win over a speed endurance type training regime. I kept up with them until the 6th 200m by which time I was totally spent and had to collapse beside the track - so was John Davies who also was forced to give up and Ian went on to blast around the 6th 200m in 26 seconds with a grim smile of satisfaction on his face.
The above photo was sent to me recently by a girlfriend I had at the time and hadn't been in contact with for over forty years.
Usually Ian would train until the group gradually fell out, until there was just Ian and myself left running - only then would he look across at me and say "I thought they would never quit Pal" and only then was happy enough to come to a halt.
(former Sale 100m/200m; long jump; high jump - and occasional 110m hurdles/400m/400m hurdles and triple jump competitor when the club was short! My guess is that over the years I competed for Sale Harriers in the 60's and 70's (aged 16 to 27) on any given League or Cup competition I would have been the busiest athlete on the field, also always taking part in the 4 x 100m relay and sometimes pressed into the 4 x 400m as well.)
Posted 10/05/2016 10:13
The new club kit ordering website is now open for orders.
Posted 09/05/2016 21:02
Posted 02/05/2016 10:44
Sorry about this but this is another plea for help. We as runners often take for granted the helpers and volunteers who selflessly give up their time so that athletic events can take place safely and successfully. Well here is another chance for you to redress the balance and equalise that Kama. Please keep free either the 21st of May and/or the 22nd May in order to help marshall The Great Mini and Junior Runs at The Etihad Campus (Sportcity) Saturday, and/or The Morrisons Great Manchester Run 10k in Manchester. (Sunday).
We need all the helpers we can get so please ask friends and family to come along too. Last year on the Saturday we got our foreign students who were staying with us to help and they thoroughly enjoyed their day. We also got to meet Paula Radcliffe whose daughter was running. Saturday would be 10am til 1pm, Sunday 10 until 3 ish, and you will receive a super free jacket and your lunch will be provided. Saturday, Sunday or both, it’s up to you.
Please contact Morris Jefferson on 0161 969 3329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org giving your name, address contact phone number and dates available. Thank you so much. Everyone who turns up helps club funds so please make an effort.
Posted 06/04/2016 14:39
Posted 14/03/2016 15:26
SALE HARRIERS MANCHESTER
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY 24 MARCH 2016
COMMENCING AT 8:30pm
CROSSFORD BRIDGE STADIUM
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: email@example.com), to reach her no later than 21 days prior to the date of the AGM (i.e. 3rd March 2016).
Posted 15/02/2016 20:29
The final race of this season's Manchester Area Cross Country League takes place on Saturday the 13th of February at Wythenshawe Park.
This meet is crucial for two important reasons. The first is that all teams are well placed to either win or come second or third in their divisions (see link); so it’s important that as many runners as possible make it to the start line as every place will count. Secondly, if you can't run but are available we do need help with marshalling all the races (juniors as well as seniors). If you are available please let myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dave Rodgers know so we have an idea of how many marshals we potentially have.
Also, please remember that all the junior presentations will take place as soon as possible after the end of each race but that the senior men and ladies (and U20's) will take place in the Courtyard Cafe after the men's race. There is soup and cake available (must be pre-booked) and a free raffle for two pairs of running shoes. Details of the presentation, including timings and how to pre-order food is in the link below.
Posted 03/02/2016 10:15