Sale Harriers provides endurance training for its members at all three of its sites - Wythenshawe Park, Sportcity (East Manchester) and Crossford Bridge, The club's faster, mostly middle distance, track specialists train at Wythenshawe Park and Sportcity so the vast majority of senior and veteran endurance men and women train from Crossford Bridge, Danefield Road, Sale, M33 7BG. This is the club's 'mother site' founded over a century ago! If you're an initial enquirer and thinking about joining the club, go to How to Join and follow the procedure there, where you'll be directed to the most suitable site and/or coach for you.
At Crossford Bridge, the club provides training in distances from 3k to marathons and promotes running across three formats: Road, Cross-Country and Fells. Newcomers are welcome to come along for a few weeks and try the training without commitment. There are three main sessions per week though some groups train at other times and venues. You'll hear all about them in due course. All sessions are designed to maximise your running potential. We also have an introductory group typically for those whose time over 10k time is slower than fifty minutes.
Sessions start at 7pm prompt (so be in plenty of time) and last around an hour. The group meet outside the clubhouse at 6.45pm for 7pm start following essential announcements. Sessions are a combination of longish runs (approx 6 - 9 miles) and/or interval work. During summer months (April - September) we utilize the vast network of paths, trails and parkland around the Mersey Valley. During the winter months (October - March), sessions are usually on roads in and around Sale. In these months, ensure you wear reflective clothing.
Newcommers please make yourself known to the following people for initial guidance.
Marinda Breddy - All new runners especially those who might achieve 50 minutes to 60 minutes in a 10k road race.
Mobile 07742 727 591 email email@example.com
Graham Padget - Runners who might achieve a 10k time of over 60 minutes.
Paul Barrett - Any runner who thinks they can achieve a time of less than 50 minutes for a 10k road race.
Paul Barrett. Mobile 07890818702 email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you can't see the above please look out for Tim Rainey,
or Claire McCarron.
For a taster of the next few weeks here is the proposed endurance sessions as proposed by Dave Rodgers. Subject to change.
Saturdays.. Many people do parkrun. Stretford, Wythenshawe, Sale Water Park, Platt Fields or Worsley Woods. All start at 9am every Saturday. Free for ever. Click here for details of how to register. And details of runs in your area.
Sunday 23rd September Northern Athletics ROAD RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS At SportCity, Manchester.
1st race YA U13 Boys 11:30am 2.00pm MEN’S SIX STAGE 6 X 6.8k 2.05pm WOMEN'S FOUR STAGE 4 X 5.4K N.B. Host Club Sale Harriers Manchester Please contact me to volunteer help to :- Either Set up the course, marshal young athletes course, Marshal Senior races, dismantle the course at the end. You can still race in it. Contact if you want to race :- James Bailey for Men & Clare McCarron for Women.
Tuesday the 25th From Crossford Bridge, Derbyshire road South. 5 x 1200m or 5 x 800m some may do 4x if races Sunday, others may do 6x.
Thursday the 27th Wythenshawe Track, Pyramid session
A) 300, 700, 1100, 1500m, 11, 7, 3. = 5700m effort + 600m jog.
B) 300, 500, 900, 1300m, 9, 5, 3. =4700m effort + 600m jog
C) 300, 400, 700, (2x500m), 7, 4, 3 =3800m effort + 700m jog.
Saturday 29th sub tempo XC session on Uni Fields grass 3 X 8 - 10mins
30th Sunday. Group runs off road along the Mersey banks. 10:30 start.
Littleborough 10k. NMAC 5k road championships.
2nd Tuesday From Crossford Bridge, Sale West Group Tempo Run Sale West Short Route 6.75mls / 10.85Kapprox.
The URL for this route is http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5191487 Sale West Long Route 7.75mls / 12.5Km approx.The URL for this route is http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5191503 N.B. For A) group or B) Marathon / HM or Ultra runners approx 1 mile can be added looping around Framingham Rd / Brooklands Rd to make 14k /8.75mls
4th Thursday Wythenshawe Track 3 - 4 x 2000m ie 400m @ 5k, 400m @ mara, 400m @ 5k, 400m @ mara, 400m easy.
6th Saturday National Road Relays YA & Senior Sutton Park, Birmingham N.B. if not racing, then John leigh Park Hill Session.
7th Sunday. NMAC 10k track championships.
13th Saturday MACCL #1 (Host Club Sale Harriers) Wythenshawe Park 20th Northern A XC Relays (all ages) Graves Park, Sheffield
27th Saturday BMAF (vet 35+) XC Relays Notts. Manchester University XC Relays (15years old Minimum) University Fields Wythenshawe.
Make sure you are registered with English Athletics. See below.
By knowing your training session beforehand, you can be mentally prepared and also check out the route if necessary.
Follow links for route details:
Thursday 7pm Wythenshawe Park
The club provides two sessions on a Thursday. One is at the Wythenshawe Park track and is for runners who have the ability to compete to a standard of roughly sub 45 minutes for 10k. The sessions are usually a combination of short and long interval work. They begin at 7.30pm; however people arrive at 7pm to warm up. For more information about these sessions, please contact Dave Rodgers.
Thursdays 7.30pm- Crossford Bridge
The second session is based at Crossford Bridge for runners roughly over 45 minutes for 10k. Depending on running experience, some of this group maybe taken on runs similar to Tuesday's sessions until they strengthen their endurance base. The interval sessions on the track are designed to develop speed to an endurance base. The Interval sessions commences at 7.30pm, however it is encouraged for athletes to warn up in advance. Morris Jefferson. (Note Morris is out of action at the moment but should be returning soon)
Small groups of various abilities go for long easy/steady runs in the Mersey Valley. These are invariably from 75 minutes up to 1:45 and longer if groups are training for a half-marathon or marathon. Again, meet outside Crossford Bridge's main entrance from 10.15. There are men's/women's changing facilities, toilets and showers available. However, we advise people to arrive changed and not to leave any valuables in the changing rooms. These can be put in your car or left in the upstairs office. Sometimes small groups also meet elsewhere because they want earlier runs (e.g. preparing for a marathon) or to enjoy scenic places like the Peak District. You'll hear about these through the club's informal networks or via the website Twitter feed, Facebook and/or email.