Roads, Country & Track This Weekend
On a relatively quiet weekend for club events nationally, Sale had several athletes compete individually on a very high level on all surfaces - cross-country, roads, and track
The British Universities XC Championships (BUCS) brings together the country's top young athletes and this year, held at Leeds, Georgia Taylor-Brown reinforced her top level ability by finishing a fantastic fifth just behind some of Britain's top elite. Remember, it's only a week ago that Georgia won the U20 Northern XC title and that was only a week after she'd also finished 3rd in the individual Youth Olympics Triathlon in Australia and also won there a further bronze medal in the mixed Triathlon relay. Well done also to Jamie Roden who represented Sheffield University, James Wignall (Bangor) and Callum Rowlinson (Bangor).
Our track & field specialists had their big day at the Birmingham Games. Virtually all of them recorded personal best (PB) or season's best (SB) times, very reassuring as they approach the outdoors or preparing for next weekend's all important European Trials and English Championships. Well done to Alyssia Carr (U17 PB's in the 60m), Abi Fitzpatrick (PB in 200m) and Danielle Rooney (PB in 60m hurdles). Those who recorded season's best were Rebekah Wilson (60m), Darren Lewis (200m), Debo Ademuyewo (400m), Alyssia Carr (60m hurdles and 300m),Chris Baker (U23 HJ), Matt Cullen (PV), Katie Byres (U23 PV), Ricardo Twumasi (TJ), Claire Linskill (TJ) and Lisa James (U20 TJ). The club also hosted it's 4th indoor meeting at Sportcity. A separate report is also on the website.
The Alsager '5' is Britain's finest and fastest road race and last week, in much kinder weather than last's year's snow, the club had three representatives. Anthony Ford, preparing to break 2:17 (hopefully) in the London marathon and who finished second last year, was 11th but his 24:38 was the fastest of his last three Alsager races and well over a minute faster than last year. Dean Hardman, former sprinter, again showed his endurance prowess with a PB of 27:42. Danny Whittaker, in this his second 'coming' as a runner, clocked 28.43 that was 30 seconds faster than in last summer's Sale '5'
Finally, well done to Susie Warburton, a newcomer earlier this year, who did the Dewesbury 10k. Susie's been making fantastic progress and improved a minute off her PB since the autumn to record 42.38. She's rightly 'chuffed'! (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 05/02/2013 08:55