FOURTH THEY CAME
The final stage of the YDL campaign was for our youngsters to represent the North of England as current Northern Champions in the National Final in Birmingham against Britain’s best eight teams. Competing against the Scottish, Irish and Welsh champions gave our athletes the first taste of international competition with victory going to Enfield AC with Sale in a highly creditable fourth place , one place higher than last year and beating last year’s champions, Edinburgh AC. The high level of competition from very talented athletes some of whom will go on to become future British Internationals was amazing. Sale Harrier athletes were placed on the medal table with 16 gold, 19 silver and 10 bronze medals.
Ellie Jackson was our star U13 athlete winning the 70m hurdles in 11.22 seconds which is a PB, a club record and amongst the fastest electrical time ever run for a girl of her age, long-jumping 4.74m and running 19.93 seconds for 150m. Our other squad members were Harriet Leah, Leyla Nealon, Beth Thornton, Tia Blissett, Niamh Nugent, Lizzie Twite, Tess Mc Hugh, Josie Canham and Verity Garnes. In the boy’s events Dane Winchcole was the only Sale boy to bag three gold medals with a sprint double and then teaming up with Rhys Parker, Finn McEwan – Patterson and Connor Patterson to win the relay by a clear margin. Other team members were Luke Chesters, Harry Boyd, Connor Keys, Tom Barrett, Euan Murphy, Nathan Booth and Michael Odejimi.
Northern Champion Kelly Chadwick was our star athlete in the U15 events winning three gold medals including victories in both sprints by big margins. Another of our Northern champions Annie Williams won the pole vault to remain unbeaten this season. Other team members to perform with great credit were Isobelle Reynolds-Duffy, Maria Mc Polin, Aine Cunningham, Danielle Stringer, Ellie Twite, Ciara Lydon, Meg Mc Hugh, Grace Bower, Sophie Ullah, Emma Lowe, Olivia Ashworth and Zenni Enechi. James Ratcliffe was our most medalled athlete in the U15 boy’s events with 2 golds and 1 silver including an impressive victory over 300m. English schools champion Jona Efoloku had to settle for 2nd place behind Scottish champion Michael Olsen who is a year older. Jona will be back next year to dominate this age-group. Other members of this very strong squad of athletes were Kieran Donnely, Darnel Bell, Adam Kinghorn, Dylan Battick, Jake Spilsbury, Dylan Birchill, Oliver Mc Cormick, Ehise Isolobhie, Jonathan Adderley, Anthony Bruton, Will Schofield, Jaimal Brown, Rory Canham, Ben Moseley and Jack Daly
The atmosphere, cheers and support from the Sale camp along the home straight was astonishing, inspiring many of our athletes to get across the line first in a close fought race. Such success would not have been possible without the stalwart work of team managers Dave Marsh and Carl Worthington and so many other backroom people like coaches, parents and officials. A final thanks to Fechin Mc Cormick for organizing the Sale Harrier team T-shirts supported by Databaz who build the club new website . The team really stood out on what turned out to be a day blessed with glorious sunshine. Finally, thanks to former club athlete pentathlete Katia Lannon who produced a tremendous motivational video for the event. It can still be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkMxFpL-zVI. Photographs from the day are available at www.hsphotos.co.uk. Thanks also to Carl Worthington who again has also provided a number of fantastic photographs.
Posted 10/09/2013 07:23