On Saturday Sale Harriers U13 and U15 teams competed in Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium against the best eight clubs from all over Great Britain in a bid to retain their National title. In a close contest, Edinburgh AC won with 608 points and Sale 3rd with 591 points. This was a great result from a team which showed tremendous spirit whilst adopting a disciplined and professional approach. We had no disqualifications; all athletes recorded valid performances and all six relay teams excelled, including three victories. (Perhaps relay coach CARL WORTHINGTON should coach Team GB’s relay teams!). The quality of our performance is indicated by the medal tally of 30 gold, 16 silver and 11 bronze and that Sale athletes achieved 13 Grade 1 UK Athletics Performance Standards.
DANIEL AFOLOBI was our star in the U15 boys winning both sprints with Grade 1 performances and then teaming up with RHYS PARKER, DYLAN STARKIE and NAHOM SELEMON to win the sprint relay. Dylan and Nahom were also individual medallists, ARON TZEGAY ran a tremendous PB to win the 300m in a Grade 1 performance whilst SHANE CONNELL was runner up in high jump (Grade 1). Team Captain MICHAEL ODEJIMI had a good day with medal winning performances in the 200m and high jump,
In the U13 boys age-group, a special mention goes to SAM WORTHINGTON who competed in four events, recording three PB’s, 2 Grade 1 performances and winning the longs jump. Congratulations to SAM WADSWORTH and BEN KERSH who were both double medallists in the throws and hurdlers NEO IVANOVIC-BROWN and ZAK STILLER (bronze medal) who have shown tremendous improvement over the season. Our best event in this age-group was the 800m in which CHARLIE HOBSON and GEORGE SAFRANAUSKAS finished in silver medal position. We wish Charlie well when, in two weeks time, he competes for GB and NI in the World Run/Swim Championships in Georgia.
Our strongest age-group was the U15 girls who won both relays and an amazing seven individual events. Our gold medallists were RUKA SHONIBARE (3 gold), team captain ELLIE JACKSON (2 gold and 2 Grade 1 performances), TESS Mc HUGH (2 gold and 1 Grade 1 performance), CHLOE NEWBIGGING (2 gold), MATILDA WATERS (Gold and a Grade 1), VICTORIA BARLOW, DEVON WEYMONT, MIA LOWNDES, MIA GIBBONS, LIZZY TWITE and LAURELLE OBI who also won 2 silver medals in the sprints. Ellie and Mia Lowndes were also awarded silver medals whilst Devon won a bronze. Tess, Ellie and Mia Lowndes are also to be congratulated on being selected to compete in the English Schools Combined Events Championships in two weeks time in Bedford.
ANNA KERSHAW was the star of the U13 girl’s team with 1 gold, 3 silvers and 2 Grade 1 performances. Anna teamed up with KATE BIRD, TYLER HILL and POPPY GLASBY-SEDDON to finish runners-up in the relay. RUBY BELL had a great run to win her 1200m race by six seconds whilst PENNY TOWNSEND ran a PB to finish 2nd in the 800m and just missed out on a medal in the long jump. Congratulations to our other medallists in this age-group: - ALICE DALE (Gold and Bronze), AYLA HEWITT (Gold), JESS SPILSBURY (Silver), TYLER HILL (Bronze), KATE BIRD (Bronze) and SCARLETT WHITTAKER (Bronze).
Sale’s success in bringing these teams to this National Championship involves much commitment and hard work from coaches, parents, officials and especially the team managers. The club thanks all of them and especially the team managers DAVID MARSH and CARL WORTHINGTON who have to work behind the scene throughout the summer in ensuring the best possible teams turn out for every match. In Olympic year (2016), the club’s aim must now be to regain the National title and win its 9th Northern title in 10 years.
Posted 07/09/2015 09:19