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.
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.
NOTE: SOCIAL DISTANCING STILL APPLIES TO ALL AT TRAINING SESSIONS
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,
Debbie Beresford Girls Team Secretary Manchester Harriers & A.C.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the death of Richard Wilde at the age of 73. Richard was a member for more than 50 years. An exceptionally talented runner, he went on to serve on the Committee and continued to help the Club host many events.
A full review of his achievements will be posted soon. Richard died in hospital on the 24th September 2019.