Gifted high jumper Seun Okome from Moston trains every evening after school and devotes several hours each week to help coach the club's youngest jumpers but to do that he has to get three buses each way, and even with his student discount that's expensive. His coach Jack Frost believes Sean has wonderful perseverance and huge potential, so he got SHM on the case. The club asked Seun's Member of Parliament Tony Lloyd if he could help; the response was immediate. He contacted Transport for Greater Manchester and Sean's local Councillor, Rosa Battle. Councillor Battle provided the application forms and advice to apply for a grant, whilst TfGM discussed the possibilities with SystemOne Travelcards.
www.systemonetravelcards.co.uk provides a range of travelcards through PayPoint outlets, TfGM Travelshops or online that give unlimited travel on any bus, or combinations of bus, train and tram, in Greater Manchester over set periods - from a day, to a week, to 28 days or an entire year. Inspired by London 2012, they have made an exceptional gesture in giving Sean a TfGM pass for a whole year.
Tim Slough, from SystemOne said: "The nation has been gripped by Olympic fever and what better way to show our support than to help an athlete who could, one day, go on to be a Games competitor. This truly exceptional gesture has been inspired by the belief that Seun's team has in his huge potential and in the 2012 Games' mission to inspire the next generation of athletes."
Tony Lloyd said: "Seun is a dedicated athlete who is building on his own potential and achieving great results, but he is also giving a lot back by helping to train younger would-be athletes.
He is extraordinary and deserves the extraordinary help from SystemOne. Like everyone else, I look forward to seeing Seun achieving the great things that his dedication deserves."
Seun said "I will never forget the kindness of Mr Lloyd, Councillor Battle, Transport for Greater Manchester and SystemOne. Training is a lot easier without the financial strain."
COACHES…have you got a promising young athlete whose life might be made easier with a grant? ATHLETES…have you got a coach who spends his or her own money helping you fulfil your potential and you would like to get them a grant? For help, contact Tony: email@example.com or 07733 766077
Posted 14/08/2012 12:02
The British Universities and College Sports (BUCS) athletics championships is the traditional season opener for the country's student population and most athletes don't need any extra incentive to perform to the best of their abilities as they seek to become national student champions, medalists and finalists. This year the event doubled as the test event for the Olympic Stadium, which meant that the chosen few who got to compete were privileged to be among the first ever to perform at the iconic venue. UKA even invited a small number of non-students and, as ever, some Sale Harriers were among that number, in addition to the numerous members who were representing their universities.
A total of 32 athletes from Sale Harriers Manchester availed of the opportunity to compete at the Olympic Park. Chris Wakeford had perhaps the most to be happy about, as he took an outstanding silver medal in the 400mH by running a huge 2-second personal best of 50.82 to elevate himself into the UK top 10. Another to produce a big pb under pressure was Ricardo Twumasi, who has had an excellent year so far and continued that by triple jumping 15.50 in qualifying for the final, before taking silver with a 15.40 effort. Abigail Haywood also took a silver medal, vaulting 3.60m in trying conditions.
Rimas Martisauskas has done well at BUCS over the years and he again walked away with a medal, taking silver with a shot putt of 17.38m. He also placed 6th in the discus. Richard Shuttleworth, a recent HCA recruit, also took a silver in the javelin with a 68.94m throw, while Paul Walker recovered from recent injury to place 3rd in the pole vault with a leap of 4m80. GB International heptathlete Jess Taylor matched that performance by claiming a superb bronze in the long jump, with a 5.86m effort. Another new HCA, Emma Perkins, also took silver in the women's high jump with a very promising 1.78m, while Jack Hallas, who has been an HCA with the club for a number of years, snatched a great silver in the 800m. The club's other medalist was Umar Hameed, who had a below par run in the 100m, but returned with three teammates to take a hard earned bronze medal in the 4x100m relay.
Other SHM athletes to compete at the championships were:
Susan Tengatenga 100m
Victor Bako 200m
Tyra Watson 800m
Jennifer Simmons 400m and 400mH
Tom Atkinson 800m
Josh Oguntayo 800m
Dave Proctor UKA 3000m
Callum Rowlinson 10000m
Danielle Rooney 100mH 14.47
Jasmin Dotzek 100mH, Long Jump and Shot Putt
Dan Needham 110mH
Dave Hughes UKA 400mH
Abigail Fitzpatrick 400mH 7th
Chris Baker UKA High Jump
Andy Sutcliffe UKA Pole Vault
Jana Brozova Pole Vault
Emma Andersson Pole Vault
Allan Hamilton Long Jump 4th
Jacob Brown Triple Jump
Scott Wong Shot Putt
Alex Smith UKA Hammer
Chris Craig UKA 200m
Kath Endacott UKA 100m
Posted 08/05/2012 15:10
SALE HARRIERS ON RADIO & TV
Frank & Jackie Cordingley brilliantly flew the club flag in the very early hours of Saturday April 22 when, between 2 - 4.00am they were part of a Radio 5 Live talk-in show hours before the London Marathon began. They represented the world of club level marathon running and showed great expertise. Pictured with top radio presenter Dotun Adebayo who made Frank and Jackie very welcome and were joined by Mara Yamauchi top marathon runner and potential Olympian. Frank continued his marathon experience with a 3:43 at The Manchester Marathon in Trafford this weekend.
Two top club coaches, Keith Hunter (triple jump) and Roger Devlin (sprint Hurdles) accepted a challenge from the producers of the Blue Peter Roadshow to coach six celebrities in these events culminating in a sprint hurdle race and triple jump competition. Ross McCormick was one of Roger's demonstrator hurdlers and you can see the 60m hurdle race on BBC2 at 9am on Saturday 26th May. Keith Hunter's session had Atholla Rose acting as his demonstrator, and that result will be screened on BBC2 at 9am on Saturday 9th June. All four were also awarded their very own Blue Peter badges!
A week later did you see on the BBC regional news a group of Sale Harriers, looking very impressive in club kit, assisting Jessica Ennis in a promotional display in Manchester's Arndale Centre. Our top jumper Ahtollah Rose was also interviewed and spoke so very well indeed.
Whilst not a Sale Harrier, Britain's No1 1500m specialist Tom Lancashire who is coached by club coach Norman Poole at the Wythenshawe track, is making a high profile re-appearance on Sky Sport 4's The British miler series which is already running. The documentary follows seven athletes hoping to represent Britain in the 1500m at the Olympics.
Posted 30/04/2012 14:48
My name is Beatrice Cordingley and in July 2012 I am hoping to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in aid of Practical Action. In order to do this I need to raise £2,500 and would therefore greatly appreciate your support. If you could help me reach this target it would be amazing, so that I can take part in this opportunity of a lifetime.
Practical Action is a development charity with a
difference. They know the simplest ideas can have the most
profound, life-changing effect on poor people across the world.
This is why, for over 40 years, they have been working closely with
some of the world's poorest people using simple technology to fight
poverty and transform their lives for the better. Practical Action
has a unique approach to development - they don't start with
technology, but with people. The tools may be simple or
sophisticated - but to provide long-term, appropriate and practical
answers, they must be firmly in the hands of local people: people
who shape technology and control it for
I have been a Sale Harrier since the age of 7 and have run competetively on many occasions.
Please give generously to my Charity website.
Posted 27/04/2012 11:08
Olivia Callaghan's mum and dad and Olivia want to say a very big 'Thank You' to all the wonderful people who cared so well for Olivia when she was urgently hospitalized in Portugal a few days ago from a burst appendix whilst with the Sale Harriers (and others) warm weather training group. They send a special thank you to Jayne who spent a lot of time with Olivia but also to Keith, Roger Devlin and all her athlete friends who were fantastic. Well done, everyone and thanks. We know how brave Olivia was and we all look forward to having her back home safe and well to make a full recovery.
Posted 12/04/2012 12:11
TWO NATIONAL XC BRONZE MEDALS
The ultimate cross-country race is the 'National' and the 2011/12 promotion returned to its spiritual home at Parliament Hill Fields (London). The Roll of Honour of those who've run there boasts decades of Britain's top athletes. Every runner must once visit this mecca and remember the thunder of the athlete's feet as they propel from the pens to jostle for top positions as they converge for the bottle-neck at the top of the first hill.
Positioned in the start zone that offers panoramic views of London, Club Chairman David Brown CBE had the honour of being its Chief Starter for the first time. He'd recently attained his Level 4 in Event Management, and such is his growing national reputation, he'd earlier been the chief Starter at the Aviva Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham. It was David who got all ten age-groups toed properly to the line and off on their renowned stampedes. His wife Club Secretary Carol Brown was there also as part of the start team, a role she's fulfilled at the 'National' for a number of years.
The most successful of the club's teams was undoubtedly, the U13 girls who finished a fantastic third. They were the first Northern team and produced the section's best result for thirteen years. Three of the quartet of Eleanor Twite (26th), Francesca Brint (27th), Ciara Lydon (44th) and Olivia Green (58th) are a year young who, all things being equal, could win this Championship next year. Francesca had a great run finishing higher than in the Northern XC Championships when the team won the bronze medals. Congratulations to these youngsters. Bracknall AC retained the title for the third successive year and Charnwood AC was second.
The other outstanding performance of the day was Sonia Samuels who repeated her bronze medal performance from 2009. The race also marked the 20th anniversary of when she first started competing in National Cross-Country Championships. Just returned from altitude training in Kenya and her first major race since last July, she decided to test her strength for her inaugural London marathon in April. She chose the Parliament Hill course as her favourite to test her current strength. She battled from the start with eventual winner Gemma Steel and runner-up Steph Twell and it was only in the race to the tape that it became impossible to beat the Olympic 1500m youngster. Sonia missed out on the elusive National title by a measly three seconds and though awarded the same time as Twell as runners-up, hers was to be the bronze medal and the confidence boost she needed. Sonia has had a fantastic history in these Championships of never been outside the top eight for over a decade. She led the team home to a respectable 10th that's consistent with the section's current depth and form and without several of their top girls. Emily Beedham (109th) was next home followed by Hayley Cavill (164th) and Jan Nicholls (212th), both having their National inductions..
Both the U15 girls and boys produced their best results for many years. The girl's squad of Catherine Podmore, Rachel Hibbert, Flora Whyte, Hannah Simeen, Caithlin Thomas and Hannah Cristy finished 13th, and the boy's quarter of Adam Roden, Sam Mayon, Dillon Stanway and Euan Gilchrist finished 23rd These are solid groups of youngsters who'll have gained worthwhile experience of the big occasion including staying overnight in a hotel.
The U17 men are already the Northern Road Relay and the Northern XC Relay Champions. They finished 19th, again the section's best result for awhile. Northern XC Champion Ryan Moore (15th) was first home but this time beaten by the winner Matthew Shirling (L'pool H & AC). He was well supported by Alex Burchill, Kyle Conway and Alex Bradford. In the U17 girl's race, only Megan Davies (30th) Misha Nayak-Oliver and Chloe Yates took part. Congratulations to Megan for her 6th place in the U17 Scottish National Cross-Country Championships the previous week and to Misha whose result was much improved from previous years. Imani Modahl, Tyra Watson, Kirsten McAslan and Chris Mc Gahan were competing in the National Indoors and would have made a big difference to their team's overall results.
For the senior men, this year's Championship was the 125th running and it was as awesome as ever with 2000 starters. Sale finished 23rd, identical to last year and again consistent with the section's current depth and availability. As ever, Gaz Raven (30th) was the first home. This was Gaz's eighteenth consecutive senior National and his twentieth overall since he ran twice as a junior, the first time in 1993 at the same Parliament Hill venue James Bailey (68th) equalled his best ever position in an National; Ian Weatherall (204th) had another superb run as a veteran whilst Niall Brooks (274th), Paul Green (447th) and Colin Gell (453) all struggled. Others who flew the club flag were Gary Rowlinson (495th), Carl Barber (586th), Mike Ashby (620th), Paul Barrett (713th), Peter Crawford (853rd) and Phil Scowcroft (926th).
Neither the U20 men nor women were able to complete a team, a reflection of the continuing demise of these age-groups in running. Charlie Hulson did well to finish 15th and must be congratulated on winning the U20 Welsh XC Championships two weeks earlier. James Wignall finished 51th and Callum Greenwood 71st.
All the team managers were unanimous in expressing their congratulations and gratitude. Steve Windebank wrote of the youngsters, "I think I can speak for all the coaches in saying we're very proud of your efforts. At the end of a tiring weekend and long, hard season, it was all made worthwhile seeing everyone running their hearts out. A big 'Thank You' to the parents for supporting the lads and lassies over the weekend". Special thanks also to team manager Dave Rodgers who sorted out all the accommodation- no easy task and who has throughout the season provided the teams with very welcome shelter at the cross country fixtures! Thank you Dave!! (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 29/02/2012 11:59
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY 22 MARCH 2012
COMMENCING AT 8.30PM
CROSSFORD BRIDGE STADIUM, SALE.
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. To reach her no later than 21 days prior to the date of the AGM (i.e. 29 February 2012).
Posted 06/02/2012 08:54
The Welsh Castles 2011
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Posted 11/01/2012 09:11
The clue is in the title of this devilish race apparently...but
that didn't stop over 4000 runners descending on Delamere Forest to
take part in Hellrunner 2010 on Sunday 14th
Posted 11/01/2012 08:27
A former international marathon runner and previous winner of the Manchester and Belfast Marathons, Jackie Newton is an England and GB team manager for mountain running, tutor and regional trainer for UKA Coach Education, performance running consultant for Puma (UK) and contributor in the performance section of Athletics Weekly. She is a Level 3 endurance coach and member of Stockport Harriers.
www.runbritain.com is a
resource for runners and aims to keep you motivated towards your
• five news items each day bringing the latest stories and
findings from the world of running
The handicap scoring system is proving to be a big hit with runners of all standards. Just like golf, runners now have a handicap score that reflects their current level of performance and allows them to benchmark their progress. Andrew Lemoncello is currently the UK leader with a score of MINUS 5.1. It starts at 36.I'm not sure of who is on 36 but I know Katherine Jenkins, the opera singer, got a handicap of 35.4 after she ran the Admiral Swansea Bay 10k last year in around 70 minutes. The power of 10 are the brains behind the system. They have developed a sophisticated algorithm that works out runners handicaps depending on the times they've run, the difficulty of the courses they've raced on, the weather conditions and how frequently they race. The system is developing all the time. Recently they've improved the profile pages by showing a time that the runner needs to achieve to reduce their handicap in the next race. If the runner hasn't yet run a particular distance or hasn't done one for a while it will predict the time he or she will run for any distance. For example, if your last run in a UKA licensed event was 5k in 24 minutes, you will see that the system predicts that you will run your 10k in just under 50 minutes and your half marathon in just over 1:50. If you know that the run you have chosen to do will be difficult, in that the weather forecast is poor or the course is hilly, twisty or over rough terrain, you can select 'slow' course and see that the system is now predicting that your 10k will actually be 45 seconds slower and your half marathon 90 seconds slower, if you are a 24 minute 5k runner. These variables alter depending on the pace of the runner's last race. The runner can also click through from there to one of the training programmes applicable to their level of fitness.
I must also mention the runbritain Grand Prix that we have developed to help raise standards. There are five races and the runner's best four count. Points are awarded to everyone who finishes in the top 250 (so pretty deep) of each race and there are also time bonuses. The aim is to help drive standards up and to give runner's regular races where the competition will be good. There is £55,000 of British only prize money up for grabs!
What does it offer races?
We have also compiled a new 66-page Road Race Handbook that is now operational and can be viewed on this link. The handbook supersedes the previous 2003 version and has guidance on key areas including risk assessment, highways, health and safety, disability discrimination, course design and promotion.
Along with England Athletics we have been delivering Race
Organiser's Courses and we aim to develop three tier of
courses at accredited, intermediate and advanced levels over the
next two years. The course lasts one day, costs £40 including lunch
and covers rules, risk assessment, legal and administration,
working with public partners, health and safety, use of IT and
briefing of marshals as its core components. There are
opportunities for questions and discussions on other topics.We held
one at Trafford AC in February that was very well attended.
I am always keen to get hold of stories and interviews from races, which then publicise the race further. If anyone has a story to tell or can put me in touch with a runner or race organiser who is doing something a little bit different please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). I aim to help drive entries into these race by putting together articles to go on the website and also in the newsletter that goes out fortnightly.
Posted 02/01/2012 22:13