New Club Records

Earlier this year Amari compiled a list of club records. Given how long Manchester Harriers has been going for, we thought we wouldn’t need to update it much. We were wrong. He’s been keeping track of results and the last couple of months has seen hard work in training pay off with a slew of club records being broken:

  • Daniel Akinradewo – Men’s and U17 Boys Triple Jump at 14.26m on 10th July.
  • William Brown – U17 boys’ 400m in 51.2 on 4th July.
  • Isabella Danson-Chappel – U17 Girls’ Javelin Throw at 23.52m on 4th July.
  • Osaretin Ekhoragbon – U17 Boys’ 100m in 11.2 and 200m in 21.92 on 1st August and 10th July.
  • Joseph Farrelly – U20 Men’s 5000m in 16:11.3 on 4th July.
  • Georgia Fazakerley – Women’s and U20 Women’s 400m Hurdles in 1:16.3 on 4th July.
  • Oluwatunmidalola Kajopaye – U15 Girls’ Discus Throw at 20.16m on 17th July.
  • Amari Kamali Turner – U20m Men’s 400m Hurdles, High Jump and Shot Put at 1:04.2, 1.65m and 7.40m on 4th July, 1st August and 24th July.

Junior PB Evening Results

The other week we held an evening where our junior athletes were invited to test themselves in a few events: 75m sprint, long jump and javelin. It was a fun, noisy event – thanks to all those who took part and all those who helped organise.

Here are the results. Who will improve next time?

Athlete75 meterLong JumpJavelin
Alfie (161)14.002.464.00
Amy (635)13.302.436.10
Anna (628)17.801.79
Bonham (643)19.502.202.40
Caitlin (170)18.901.604.20
Catalina (629)15.901.77
Chloe (627)18.702.954.30
Dylan (173)15.001.529.50
Edward (175)16.402.495.50
Ethan (178)13.601.687.60
Freya (171)20.601.763.00
Frida (181)16.201.733.40
Gabby (164)13.602.055.60
Gene (633)15.902.535.30
Harry (631)13.502.969.70
Helena (155/169)
Hollie (644)17.301.904.60
Jada (638)12.202.60
Keeva (172)13.601.705.00
Lacey (158)15.701.845.80
Lausa (174)16.601.48
Lexi (634)12.303.189.90
Malachi (176)
Marcus (640)14.302.028.60
Matthew (160)14.702.806.90
Mia (179)15.001.91
Micha (180)15.001.84
Motti (630)13.703.117.90
Paige (167)17.501.453.90
Rufus (162)13.602.7011.30
Selyane (642)13.202.406.60
Sophia (163)14.402.626.30
Sophie (165)14.701.484.50
Sophie (177)17.702.325.00
Stephanie (626)13.402.5511.00
Summer (168)12.002.38
Thomas (645)17.002.956.90
Toby (?)21.80
Tomek (632)13.403.0011.10
Zach (159)15.302.206.10

Training Update – We’re back!

Hi Athletes, Parents, Coaches and helpers

It has been a while since my last update, as you will be aware the Government announced the current lockdown will end Wed 2nd Dec and we are then in Tier 3. I have been liaising with Manchester City Council on venue access and currently both Wythenshawe Track and Manchester Regional Athletic Arena (Sportcity);

Sportcity Manchester – all those athletes who train on Mon/Weds from 7pm with Mikey, Ian, Kes, Lance, Amari and Jack, training is back on from Weds 2nd Dec. Please liaise with your coach before turning up at training as they will update you on sessions. Same training costs apply as prior to lockdown.

Wythenshawe training – Commences on Thursday 3rd December from 6pm to 7pm, then regular sessions Tuesday/Thursday 6pm to 7pm. Please note if you do not have a training pass it is £1 per session to train for all members, please bring it with you. 
It is important that all athletes liaise with their coaches prior to arrival as we must be aware who is arriving for training due to ratio’s, especially for the younger athletes.  Adult groups may need to train off track if numbers are higher in some groups, as we want to have the younger athletes on the track where possible for safety.


All Indoor Athletics, Road Races and Cross Country leagues/events have been cancelled until further notice.  Please liaise with your coach on any competition as they will be able to advise you.

Take care and stay safe, if you have any queries do contact me.

So pleased to have you all back training,

Regards Debbie

Debbie Beresford
Girls Team Secretary
Manchester Harriers & A.C.

Cancelled: Joe Moran Track & Field Meeting and The Manchester Mile 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Manchester Harriers & A.C. regret to advise the cancellation of their two June events:

  • The 13th Joe Moran Memorial Veteran Track & Field Meeting on Wednesday 10th June 2020
  • The Manchester Mile on Wednesday 24th June 2020

The decision hasn’t been an easy one. It follows advice from England Athletics that they are extending the suspension of all athletics activity in England to the 31 st May. This would leave too little time to give the events the attention they deserve.

We will bring both events back next year.

Richard Wilde – Remembered

On the 24th September 2019 Richard Wilde, a highly talented yet modest life member of our club, passed away at the age of 73.

Richard Wilde 1945-2019

Richard was a Life Member of Manchester Harriers & Athletic Club serving at times on the committee as well as setting cross country courses. He had an illustrious running career but was extremely modest about his achievements and shunned publicity. He was successful over many surfaces and distances, excelling on the fells, cross country, road and indoors.

In 1970, at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Vienna, he won Gold in the 3,000 metres with a new world record time of 7:46.85. That same year he came sixth and took Team Gold in the International Cross Country Championships. His versatility was obvious when he achieved what was to become a legendary time in the Lantern Pike fell race. He is the only person to break 30 minutes for the race. He also won the classic Fairfield Horseshoe race as well as Lyme Park, Great Hill and Edenfield – some of them in record times.

Richard Wilde 1970 European Athletics Indoor Championships, Vienna, 3000m Gold

He improved his marathon time of 2:23.04 in the 1972 Maxol Marathon to 2:14.43 when he won the 1979 Grandma’s Marathon in Minnisota, USA. Two years later he ran the same race two seconds faster, 2:14.41, finishing fourth. In 1978 he won the Paavo Nurmi Marathon in Iron County, Wisconsin, USA in 2:19.10. The hilly terrain, the humidity and the August heat contributed to the slower time but he had set a course record which stood for many years until the course was changed.

Richard Wilde 1977 setting the Lantern Pike Fell Race record of 29:12. This records still stands

Richard was in his prime in a very different era to that of today. Rather than huge sums of money, a typical prize would be a tea set. On one occasion, having won a race overseas, he was presented with a SHOTGUN which he brought home on the plane – a different era indeed!

Richard was a complex character and something of a perfectionist as he demonstrated on many occasions when setting cross country courses. His reluctance to talk about his own running, whilst regrettable for all those of us who would have loved to listen, added to his charm. He was well liked and respected and will be missed. It was a privilege to know him.

Arnold Bradshaw

Video: A.A.A. Championships 1969

Below is a highlights video of the 1969 A.A.A Championships at White City. Ricky is bib #21 finishing 3rd – at about 2 mins and 40 seconds into this video, direct link to the start here:

Other Articles and Tributes

Neil Shuttleworth wrote a lovely article with some insight into Ricky’s races.

Pike Racers includes him in their history of the Lantern Pike fell race.

Wikipedia has an entry.

It is with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Richard Wilde. Very much his own man and a wonderful Athlete and human being. His exploits are well documented of course and hard to imagine that behind that sometimes vague expression was a man of steely determination. I last saw him in January of this year when visiting Ron Hill, a near neighbour. After chatting for about 20 minutes in his lounge he insisted on walking back with me down the hill to Ron’s home. A caring attitude, much lacking in today’s world. Rest in peace Richard.

Stan Taylor