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
102nd Annual General Meeting. Thursday 14th March 2013 At 8.30pm
Crossford Bridge Athletics Facility, Sale. All wellcome.
1. Welcome by the Chairman
2. Apologies for absence
3. Minutes of the 101st Annual General Meeting
4. Matters arising from the minutes
5. Adoption of the Annual Reports 2012
6. To receive a financial report and approval of the balance sheet
7. To ratify the decision of the Executive Committee (Finance) to set the annual subscriptions for the following year at Adults £50.00. Adults in full time education £30.00 Young Persons £30.00 and Associates £20.00.
8. To ratify the decision of the Executive Committee (Admin and membership) to add an additional category of membership. Family membership - additional family members ( only available where two older athletes within the same household are paid up members) £100
9. Election of Officers
President Eric Hughes (Nominated by Exec Comm.)
Chairman David Brown CBE
Vice Chairman Bryan Gane
Hon Treasurer Jack Frost
Hon Secretary Carol Brown
10. On the recommendation of the Executive Committee to confirm Life membership status to Jean Dutton and Graham Padget
11. To elect auditors
Closing remarks by Chairman
Posted 24/03/2013 11:44
The club 2nd indoor promotion at Sportcity was a huge success, with many of our athletes achieving personal bests. The sprinters were out in force, the club fielding 27 athletes in the 60m flat. Umar Hameed 7.03secs, Nathan Selby 7.05secs, Aaron Crowley 7.06secs and Charles Burke 7.07secs were the leading lights for the men, whilst Jessica Taylor and Tyra Watson both clocked 7.98secs.
The other event to catch the eye was the Pole vault. Thirty seven vaulters put on a spectacular display with Matt Cullen 4m 60cm and Daniel Needham 4m 25cm, contesting the leading bunch. Zac Harrop and Lewis Hannon both U/17 athletes achieved new pbs of 3m 50cm, and Zavia Hill broke new ground when clearing 3m 10cm.
The next meeting is on Sunday Jan 6th, and any help on the day would be gratefully welcomed by Morris Jefferson. Full detailed results can be obtained on the Pof10.
Please click here for a list of all results
Posted 24/03/2013 11:41
It is my sad duty to report the death of club member Dave Todd, aged 66.
Initially a member of Havering Athletic Club, the London-born, Manchester-trained teacher returned to the metropolis and first taught in a large London Comprehensive that backed onto Parliament Hill Fields, the home of the National Cross Country.
Having attended Manchester University from 1964 Dave decided to return to the north, joining Stretford AC (now Trafford) where he was a useful distance runner in both summer and winter, representing Manchester Clubs versus Liverpool Clubs over 3000 metres in the mid-70s. Early in his veteran career Dave moved to Sale Harriers where the veteran teams were more developed.
In retirement Dave's attempts to return to his former fitness level were frustrated despite much cycling, walking, running and working out in the gym. In September 2011 Dave ran in the Ron Hill Birthday 5K race, placing 191st and last. 2012 saw a repeat of the same race...but somehow managed to get lost! Over the last two years Dave had great pride in getting around the Sale Sizzler 5k series, each time again placing last...but certainly not least.
Dave kept in touch with his University roots, attending the Cross Country Club Christmas dinner on December 8th, exactly a week before he died, and was in excellent spirits. He also went on tour with the University touring team (Alehouse Academicals) to the Isle of Man last Easter.
Dave's daughters have received many tributes, including from Olympians Ron Hill and Andy Carter. Dave was held in great respect and affection by all who knew him: a common theme in the tributes was that Dave never had a harsh word for anyone, and was a true gentleman.
Posted 24/03/2013 11:41
On Friday 2ND November Chris Leggatts ashes were buried at Crossford Bridge to comply with his wishes.
His family attended the gathering at the track, his wife Sue and children Andrea and Jonjo. Also present were Andreas husband, David, Ann Fossati a family friend, Dave Farmer, Mike Delaney, Steve Edmunds, Michael Dunne, Margaret and Kath Lennon and Morris Jefferson.
Posted 14/11/2012 18:33
On behalf of the Executive Committee you will find posted with this letter Notification of a Special General Meeting.
The Committee have asked that I provide you with some details as to why we feel the need to hold a Special Meeting.
In October 2012 England Athletics notified all clubs of changes to the Affiliation and Membership scheme. Prior to this date the fee to register an athlete with England Athletics was £5 per annum due on the 1st April or on registration thereafter. The club paid this as part of your annual membership fees.
The new fees are split into several categories which take effect from the 1st April 2012.
Sale Harriers Manchester together with several other leading clubs is challenging England Athletics on these changes and increases.
Notwithstanding that we need to ensure that the club is financially protected should these changes come about in April 2013.
The club sets its annual membership fees in March at the Annual General Meeting for the ensuing year. That has in custom and practise been the 1st January of the following year. If that was allowed to continue the club would face ten months of increased fees with no recourse to collect the fees via membership if that was decided as appropriate.
In order for the club to be protected should any changes occur and to allow free discussion at the AGM it is recommended that we change the date of membership from the 1st January to the 1st April each year. At the same time any financial recommendations from the AGM should take immediate effect rather than wait 10 months.
These changes should be seen as independent of the further discussion that will take place around how the club will deal with these increases should England Athletics continue with them and will form the basis of an AGM agenda item.
David Brown - Chairman 29th October 2012
NOTICE OF SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING
8.30pm Thursday 22nd November 2012
At Crossford Bridge Athletic Facility, Sale.
This meeting is constituted following a resolution of the Executive Committee on the 25th October 2012.
1). Amend the first two sentences of section 3b club constitution to read
"Payment of subscriptions is due on joining the club and on the 1st April of each subsequent year. Levels of subscriptions shall be determined at the Annual General Meeting and will take immediate effect from the following annual renewal date.*
* for the avoidance of doubt an increase/decrease in fees determined at the AGM in March shall take effect from the April of the same year.
NB No other business can be transacted at a Special General Meeting other than that shown above.
Posted 30/10/2012 08:34
It is with deep regret that I have to announce the sudden death
of Chris Leggatt who died on 23/9/12 whilst refereeing a junior
Submitted by Morris Jefferson
Posted 15/10/2012 08:12
Sale Harriers Training Weekend in Ingleton, Yorkshire 5th to 7th October 2012.
This year it was agreed that we would try a new location, in Yorkshire, rather than The Lake District or Wales. This turned out to be a good choice although this success was achieved to some extent by the fine weather experienced over the weekend.
Nearly 60 people travelled up on the Friday for a weekend of running, cycling, ample food, good company and alcohol. The accomodation was The YHA hostel in the centre of Ingleton close to the 3 peaks of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen y ghent, in the Yorkshire Dales.
The first run of the weekend for most people was before breakfast around Ingleton, where we saw a gentle mist rolling down the valley and had to negotiate stepping stones over a swollen River Doe. This was an easy run of about 3 miles but with a steady climb out of the village to begin.
After a hearty full English breakfast, a good shower and relax, we headed out for some high quality reps around an old quarry. We were split into 3 groups where we all had people to run with of similar ability. Each rep climbed over 50m in elevation meaning that we climbed over 360m in total. A light hearted relay finished the session with some great blood-pumping efforts and swift batten changing.
The afternoon was free to spend as you pleased with some people going for a walk to visit some caves and others visiting the famous waterfalls. Some even went for another run before tea. The evening meal was followed for most people by a few pints in the local hostelry and some stimulating conversation, before retiring to our bunk beds.
Sunday dawned with more blue skies and no wind, and the choice of runs was between accending Inglebrorough, rising to a height of 723m, or an easier 10mile run along the fells above the village climbing to over 400m.
The drive home commenced after lunch with the guests taking with them some great memories, new friendships and rather tired legs. Next year's event is planned for the Easter weekend and will be back in Newlands in The Lakes.
Thanks to the staff at The Youth Hostel who fed us well and made us feel very welcome, to Bill Fox and Jan Nichols etc for recceing the runs and to Paul Barrett for organising the weekend.
Posted 08/10/2012 15:40
Congratulations to the former Vicky Cordingley who became Mrs Vicky Billington on Saturday. She married Jake Billington at St Michaels Parish Church in Flixton. The weather was perfect for their great day and proud parents Frank and Jackie wish them a long and happy marriage.
Notable Sale Harriers on the guest list were Mike Hatch and Lauren Davies, Gary and Lynda Rowlinson with their children Callum and Lewis, Neil and Diane Hennigan, Jan Nichols and Brian Bradshaw. Also in attendance were bridesmaids Jenny and Beatrice who looked almost as beatutiful as the blushing bride.Vicky has been a member of Sale Harriers since she was 7 and has reprisented the club in Cross Country, on the track and on the roads. Frank and Jackie have been members for over 25 years and have many running achievements between them; Beatrice and Jennifer are regular runners who complete the Cordingley family of Sale Harrier athletes.
Posted 08/10/2012 15:19