NATIONAL YDL FINAL PREVIEW
PETER SHAW/DAVE MARSH/CARLWORTHINGTON
On September 6th reigning National Champions Sale Harriers will compete in Birmingham against the best U13 and U15 teams from all over Great Britain in a bid to retain their National title. Over 200 clubs took part in the regional rounds and now just the top eight will contest the final. Sale, as Northern champions – a title they’ve won eight times in the last nine years, will represent the North of England and are the only team to have made the final every year since the league started in 2004. Although we’ve won all the Northern league matches by comfortable margins, the actual standard within each event has been very high with our athletes competing against many County champions from Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester. This fierce competition has resulted in a host of PB’s, the highlight being Shane Connell recording a UK joint No.1 in the high jump and the girl’s U15 team breaking the league record for the 4 x 300m relay. Competing against the Scottish and Welsh Champions will give many of our young athletes a first taste of international competition and will be a great experience for them.
Competing at this level requires a cool head and as judging will be meticulous, care must be taken if we are to avoid disqualification and maximize points. From observation of previous finals we’ve identified a number of potential pitfalls:-
If athletes are unsure of any of the above points, they need to discuss them with their coaches or team managers well before the event. Sale Harriers can retain its National title if all athletes keep a cool head and adopt a discipline and professional approach.
Posted 03/08/2015 16:20