Friday, 19 March 2010


 Well what a busy weekend ahead and its shaping up to be "funfilled and action packed".  Followed yesterday's trail 7 with a flat 6 on the road; battling into very strong winds for 3 before enjoying the push from behind on the way back.   Plenty of action but not much fun in that wind.  No....
  the fun will start tonight with the SALE HARRIERS centenary dinner which is being held at Manchester Town Hall with 350 ex- and current members attending. Hopefully great food, great entertainment and heaps of nostalgia.   I'll count the number of times sentences start with....."Do you remember when.......!"
This photograph shows one of the earliest teams from 1912.  At FASTRAX we were asked to try to replicate the t-shirt they are wearing which obviously predated the now famous green vest with the white and red hoops.

We assumed that the original was green .  No I am not on the original photo; I may be old but I'm not that old!!

  Tomorrow the cream of England's youngsters face their third national level competition in recent weeks. This time they will be representing their counties in the English Schools Cross Country championships taking place
at Heaton Park, Manchester; the venue for my first ever cross country back in 1962.
 Many will have competed for their clubs in the English national and many for their county associations in the Inter Counties last week.  Quite a lot of high level pressure for them; but some will be looking to turn the tables on their rivals.
  The pressure for me will come on Sunday when I'll be running a leg for the club's "C" team in the Northern 12 man relay.  Again the event is in Manchester at Wythenshawe Park. My records show that I first represented Sale in the National 12 man relay in 1967 when we finished 11th;  the first Northern 12 man being the following year when we finished 3rd.  I feel very blessed to be fit and able to be taking part 43 years later.   As with all relays I'll be anxious not to let the team and club down and of course that anxiety brings with it extra tension.   I'll have a good view of the leading teams no doubt as I anticipate many of them lapping our team and they'll be flying past me, one lap ahead.
  The team manager's expectations for us is the first 45, but he's hoping the A team can be in the first 3 teams and the B team in the first 25.   Whatever it'll be a great day as we are hosting the event as part of the centenary celebrations.   See you there!?

1 comment:

  1. Good luck in the 12 stage Terry, see you there. The Harriers have got a ladies AND a men's team out, heady days.

    Dave W