Vault Manchester, the annual meeting of UK Pole Vaulters took place on Saturday 14th January 2012 in Manchester for the seventh year in a row with over 80 vaulters. This is a very popular event , supported by UKA and Manchester City Council and is an opportunity for young vaulters to mix and compete with many of the UK's elite pole vaulters and this year was no exception with last year's UK indoor champion Max Eaves topping the bill.
There were thirteen athletes from Sale Harriers taking part, with Matt Cullen finishing 7th in the Elite Men (4m73) and Abi Haywood 6th in the Elite women (3m73). Matt and Abi have competed in all but one of the seven Vault Manchester competitions since they started in 2006.
Notable results came from David Campbell who won the U17M competition when he jumped a new PB of 3.83 (he went one better yesterday at the Northern Championships with another PB), Emma Andersson started her season with a new PB of 3.43 and Zac Harrop also PB'd with 2.73 whilst winning Silver in the U15B. Other Sale athletes taking part included Sale Harriers stalwart Jack Frost's grandson James Frost who jumped 2m 33 in his first competition. Other athletes to jump were: Jordan Bezzina (2m 43),Mathew Ogden (2m43), Lewis Hannan (2m43) winning Bronze in the U15B, Tim Jolly (3m53), Jacob Sutcliffe (3m63), Samara Mohtasham (2m73) and sister Serena (2m03)
Organiser Andy Byres, whose daughter Katie Byres jumped very well again with 4m 33 and third place on Saturday night in France, said:
"Once again Vault Manchester produced a great environment for vaulters of all levels. The music and fantastic atmosphere provided a great place for all the vaulters to start their season. It was terrific to see two national records, as a number of elite athletes work towards the the Olympics and World Junior Championships. The many personal bests seen in the junior age groups show a bright future ahead for the event and in particular for Sale Harriers having 13 vaulters competing
To view You Tube videos made by vault coaches Matt Cullen and Julien Rafelli click on the following links. http://www.youtube.com/user/madmancmatt1?feature=mhee#p/u and http://www.youtube.com/user/julien0520?blend=1&ob=video-mustangbase
Posted 18/01/2012 07:55