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Fechin Mc Cormick
Congratulations to the club’s talented multi-eventer U15 Ellie Jackson who was the club’s sole Northern Champion and medallist at these important Championships. She took the 60m hurdles title in great style equalling her 9.52 PB in heat one, improved it to 9.44 in the semi-final and again in the final to 9.4i. This is her first Northern title. Once again, she held off fierce rival Lauren Beales from Gateshead in the final, both girls having featured at the very top of the under 13 ranks.
There were several superb PB performances in very strong competition which must also be heartily congratulated –U15’s Caleb Adenuga (60m and 60m hurdles), Laurelie Obi (60m and 200m), Ruka Shonibare (200m and long jump), Tess Mc Hugh (800m) and Lois Mc Tiffin (Shot Putt). Among the U13’s Ayla Hewitt had a PB in the 200m and Anne Kershaw a PB in the long jump. On the same weekend, Meg also had a great day at the Sale indoor meeting with two further PB's in high jump (1.65) and 60m hurdles (9.14) to win her race in the new age U17group.
Posted 02/02/2015 20:01
Fechin Mc Cormick and Andy Byres
Vault Manchester, which is a ‘pole vault only’ competition, had its tenth competition at Sportcity at the weekend. It welcomed a record 105 British vaulters making it the best ever and the biggest ever held in the UK. They competed throughout the day on nine pools and three beds amidst a fantastic atmosphere of great music all day and a large number of enthusiastic supporters. One-third third of all the vaulters set lifetime best performances PB’s). There was also a M50 British record and a fifty year age gap between the oldest and youngest vaulter!
Andy Byres, the organiser over the past five years, father of Katie, third highest female vaulter in the UK of all time and still only 21! The large number of Sale Harriers pole vaulted who took part were..........
Andrew Sutcliffe jumped a Seasons best of 5.42 for Silver in the Elite competition.
Matilda Waters jumped a new PB of 3.02 to win Gold in U15 Girls. Coached by Matt Cullen.
Matt Cullen 4.82
Joshua Mouland 3.82
Paul Walker, 5th CWG Games for Wales last year 5.02
Liam Yarwood U23, new to Sale 4.92
Zavia Hill, SW 3.12
Sarah McKeever, U23W, Seasons best 3.57
David Campbell, U20M attempted a new PB, but cleared 4.02
Lewis Hannan, U20M 4.07
Ebbie Danson-Chappell, U20W a new PB of 3.22
Chloe Doggett U20W, whose father took the excellent pictures (2.77)
Georgia Pickles, U20W 3.42
Ella Mckie-Crane, U17W new PB of 2.27
Annie Williams U17W, 3.22
Lucie Wolfenden, first competition ever finished with 1m 92
No vaulter had competed in all ten but Zavia Hill and Andy Sutcliffe did compete in the first one ten years ago.
A presentation was made to Jack Frost club coach, treasurer and official, as one of only two officials that have attended all ten Vault Manchester competitions. It was also really good to see Julien Raffalli, nationally recognised former club pole-vaulting coach, who was one of the original team that started the event ten years ago. Thanks to Tim Doggett, father of Chloe, who has provided all the website photos. Why not log onto http://vaultmanchester.com/vm15-results-and-report.html for more information.
Posted 01/02/2015 15:23
Fechin Mc Cormick
It was an exciting and rewarding weekend for the essential long, hard weeks and months of training and commitment of our club athletes who competed at the weekend’s Northern Indoor Championships held at the traditional venue of the EIS, Sheffield. Well done to their coaches and ‘back-room’ people who helped bring them to this pinnacle of their athletic calendar .
Kelly Chadwick became the double U17 Northern sprint champion with a 60m PB of 7.68 and a 200m SB 25.5. This is her first ever Northern Athletics Championships. Kelly is an emerging sprint talent. She’s been competing only since 2009 and almost everything she touches is turning to sprint gold. She’s coached by her father Phil Chadwick.
Jono Efoloko is another sensation and is also a Northern double sprint champion. He too won in great style with his latest PB’s of 6.91 for 60m and 21.90 for 200m. This ranks him top U17 in Britain. Jona emerged only in 2012 as a tender 13 year old and has never ceased to excite with numerous club and other records.
Amy Williams jumped further than she’s done for two and a half years jumping 5.76 to take the U20 Northern title. It’s also a big indoor PB. This is quite an achievement given her recent radical changes of a new speed and fitness coach, a new technical coach and a complete change of long jump technique to which she’s still adjusting. Amy now holds the NA U13 long jump title; is the double U15 title holder and the U17 long jump and triple jump champion. Wrote her delighted family friend Tony Barbet, “Amy is back! She started the competition with two no-jumps which, a little while ago, would have caused acute anxiety and desperate coach consultation. On this occasion, she looked about as panic-stricken as a Horlicks advert. She went on to produce her best jump for two and a half years to snatch the North of England long jump title from her former training partner and close friend, West Cheshire's Olivia Montez-Brown, whose fifth jump of 5.69m had put her in the lead. Amy responded with a sixth and final leap of 5.76m to claim top spot on the podium.
Kevin Metzger won U20 triple jump gold with a leap of 14.46 which is a new indoor PB by over a metre. He now tops the Power of 10 even though he is bottom year U20. Kevin is already the double U17 Northern triple jump cham,pion with many more regional and national accolades to come
Aimee Pratt. Following a long period of injury and rehabilitation, Aimee and her team will be delighted with her U20 Northern 1500m title. She’s already the U17 1500m title holder and the 2013 1500m bronze medallist.
Annie Williams. Not only did Annie win the U17 Northern pole vault title but she did it in style with a superb PB of 3.30. She’s improved from 5th last year and clearly moving onto another level, thanks to her partnership with club coach, Matt Cullen.
Jenna Hill took the senior 3000m title with a Championship best performance (CBP) and a fantastic PB of 9:33.60. It’s no wonder she did a 5k round the block afterwards to celebrate!
Lisa James, another of Keith Hunter’s successful stable won triple jump gold and is the one club athlete who’s retained her title from last year. She almost equalled her indoor PB of 12.57 from November of last year. We welcome club newcomer Amy Addis who finished 4th behind Lisa in a new PB of 11.84 - a 50 cm improvement.
Zenni Enechi won the U17 triple jump silver medal to add to her U15 Northern long jump silver two years ago.
Alexa Mc Tiffin won the U17 800m silver medal in a fantastic PB of 2:19.54 and three seconds faster than when she won the U15 Northern silver medal last year. It’s a particularly good performance considering her winter training with her coach Paul Roden has been endurance based.
Seun Okomo won the senior high jump silver medal to add to his U20 Northern silver last year and bronze the previous year. Next year, he’ll be title holder!
Emily Cummings took the senior high jump silver medal particularly commendable in that she’s still U23. Emily already holds the U15 & U17 titles (and an U17 silver medal) and is also the U20 bronze medallist. Gold is in the air!
Nathan Roach won senior triple jump silver in his first ever major triple jump competition. To quote his coach Keith Hunter, “He had an outrageous jump of 13.98 off 5 strides as he struggled to hit the board in previous rounds
Rebekah Wilson, a member of last year’s GB’s bobsleigh team at the Sochi Winter Olympics, was ‘delighted’ to be returning to her top place amongst Britain’s best sprinters with her senior 60m bronze medal and a great new PB of 7.49. Her last Northern medal was the U20 60m title holder in 2008.
Luke Betts, though still U23, won the senior 3000m bronze medal. With his emphasis on endurance and cross-country this winter, his bronze medal is also a commendable achievement.
Meg Mc Hugh won U17 shot putt bronze – the latest accolade (with more to come) for the club’s talented multi-event athlete who most recently made her international debut representing England in the Home International Combined Events Championships.
James Davies added a senior long jump bronze medal to his 2012 U23 bronze. He’s already the U20 Northern long jump and triple jump title holder
Adam Howell took the senior triple jump bronze medal. With the U17’s silver medal, the U20’s silver medal and the U23’s bronze medal already under his belt, he’ll be wishing for that elusive gold.
Thanks to those parents/coaches who sent in photographs. Thanks also to Ernie Greenwood (http://www.darkstarphotos.com whose photos can be viewed and bought on his website.
Posted 19/01/2015 13:01
The clubs 3rd meeting of the winter indoor season at Sportcity was the finest so far. Sprinters were out in force, with the clubs finest on display. Although 40 pole vaulters were entered none could eclipse Adam Hague’s world youth record achieved at the previous meeting.
Some 75 club members took part, led by Nick Gayle’s 7.97 60m hurdle clocking, and Rebekah Wilson’s 60m time. Other fine performances were recorded by Debo Ademuyewo (22.14s) Jono Efoloko (22.24s) and Callum Roughneen (22.33s) in the 200m, Ebbie Danson-Chappell 3m 20cm in the Pole Vault and Sean Okome’s graceful 2m 00cm clearance in the High Jump. Kirsten McAslian registered 1m 26.22 in the 600m. Most encouragingly though was seeing Kedeena Cox’s comeback in the 60m from serious illness.
Club personals best performances detailed below. Full detailed results on Power of 10.
Aaron Crowley Sen M 7.01s
Kevin Metzger U20M 7.16s
Kieran Donnelly U17M 7.19s
Callum Dowd U17M 7.40s
Maurice Jarvis U20M 7.52
Ellie Jackson U15W 8,22s
Laurelle Obi U15W 8.40s
Isobel Holloway U15W 9.17s
Laurelle Obi U15W 27.74s
Harry Boyd U15M 28.15s
Ruka Shonibare U15W 29.24s plus 4m 23cm Long Jump.
Lois McTiffin U15W 28.33
Isobel Holloway U15W 30.25s
Kirsten McAslian SenW 1m 26.22s
Eddie Goldie U17M 1m 26.52s
Matthew Williams U15M 1m 43.69s
Elizabeth Twite U15W 1m 45.58s
Rory Keen U17M 8.87secs
Lois McTiffin U15W 10.54 s plus 1m 45cm High Jump
Mia Lowndes U15W 7m 05cm
Next meeting Sunday Feb 1st. Enter early. Jack Frost.
Posted 06/01/2015 17:22
A sensational WORLD YOUTH RECORD (U18) achieved by 17yr old Adam Hague (Dearnside ALC) in the Pole Vault, registering 5 metres 46 cm was the highlight of the second indoor Grand Prix, promoted by Sale Harriers at Sportcity, at the weekend. He has promised to return for the 3rd meeting on Jan 4th aiming for the British Junior Record (U20) of 5m 51cms. The weekend saw more than 30 pole vaulters taking part with Luke Cutts the British senior record holder at 5m 83cm, leading quality fields with a 5m 51cms clearance.
The sprinters were out in force, with Rory Evans 6.79s and young Jona Efoloko improving once more with a 7.02s clocking. Calum Roughneen was the fastest 300m runner clocking 35.17secs, and Clovis Asong out strength all others in the 600m with an impressive 78.40s mark. The Shot Putt saw Meg McHugh (U17) throwing a magnificent 12m 09cms. Jessica Taylor skimmed the hurdles in 8.61secs.
Many other Sale athletes took park, and all PBs are listed below. Full detailed results on Power of 10.
Posted 24/12/2014 08:20
The first indoor meeting of the 2014/15 winter season, promoted by Sale Harriers, saw some fine athletics. Niall Brooks graced the indoor arena with some very solid running. In the 600m Josh Orguntayo chased in vain establishing a fast 1m 22.25secs, but trailed Niall’s 1m 21.40secs pb. Another PB in the 300m for Niall in 38.91secs, but in this case had to let Nyef Iman take the honours with a 36.08s clocking.
Harry Lord U20M was in tremendous form, registering a 8.87s 60m hurdles, then threw the Shot a superb 13m 30cms. Lisa James in the Triple Jump was in majestic form soaring out to a great pb of 12m 58cm, which would have ranked her 3rd in the 2014 U20 age group.
Throughout the day Sale athletes were very prominent, and many PB’s were set, depicted below.
60m Hurdles: Personal Bests
60m: Personal Bests
300m: Personal Bests.
600m: Personal Bests.
Full Results on Power of 10.
Posted 08/12/2014 18:16
Just as lovers of music and theatre have their hearts and souls lifted by attending fine music concerts and brilliant theatre, I travelled to Sefton Park, Liverpool on Saturday to admire athletic excellence of Britain’s best on the sharp end of an afternoon’s cross-country many hoping for selection to the European Cross-Country Championships in Samokov, Bulgaria on December 14th. Conditions were excellent. Congratulations to Charlie Hulson, resplendent in his Welsh vest, who qualified for the GB U23 team and Sonia Samuels, newly returned to the club, who qualified for the senior women team.
In many ways Charlie Hulson has carved his cross-country reputation on this course. In 2012, very impressive racing won him selection to the U20 European X-C Championships in Hungry where he won a junior team bronze medal and last year he was one of the senior men’s team who won bronze medals in Serbia.
Sonia Samuels has been on Britain’s top flight for almost fifteen years and currently holds the club’s marathon record. She certainly needs no introduction to cross-country runners where’s she’s excelled. She’s the 2002 and 2003 Northern Cross-Country Champion; a former Junior National Cross-Country Champion (1999) and has the full set of senior National cross-country medals bar the gold which has so far eluded her.
Club newcomers Katie Hewison (nee Ingram) and U20 Jack Crabtree just missed out on selection. Katie’s career began as a middle-distance trackster but over the years developed her ability to be an impressive 5k/10k and cross-country runner who represented England on the country before going on to becoming the Commonwealth Mountain up-and down Champion, the Commonwealth Mountain up-only silver medallist and seventh in the World Mountain running championships, all in 2009
Jack Crabtree is also a prestigious talent with an impressive and developing background. Last year he missed out on GB U17 team medals at the European Cross-Country championships and has accumulated a growing number of England Athletics track titles and medals. He was among the leading pack for 75% of the race. Said his coach Norman Poole, “It was a solid performance on his first competitive outing over the country this season. There will be a lot more to come as his training progresses and he takes on more races”.
The club had several others compete. In the senior race, Gavin Hill improved from 73rd place in 2012 to 46th, particularly impressive in that he’s not yet back to top form. Matt Barnes had another good performance in 54th place just a week after he won the M35 gold medal running for England at the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International, Nick Samuels was 90th, James Wignall 116th, Ryan Moore 134th and Callum Rowlinson, just a week after finishing 5th in the tough Conway half marathon, was 142nd. In the U20 race, Matt Beacock displayed good fitness to run a solid race and finish 97th . In the U17 men’s race Euan Gilchrist bravely went off with the fast early pace but was punished and finished 42nd. Adam Roden also went of with the lightening early pace; suffered but was beginning to pull through the field again when he stumbled and withdrew fearing injury. In the senior women’s race, Helen Armitage continued her fine form with a strong race in 97th and just behind her was Kathy Wellam just back from her Biathle World championships in Guatemala in 111th place.
I’m in debited to photographer Jerry Watson from Leeds who has very kindly contributed all the photos you can view on the website and on the club’s Facebook pages.
Posted 02/12/2014 17:48
A windy very cold Boston greeted the 3 members of Sales combined events group that had made the English schools final. Over 3000 athletes per age group started competing for the final back in May. 44 athletes had finally made it to the final
First to compete was Harry Lord in the Inter boys. Harry had only qualified with the team and was not ranked in the top 30. His first event did not start well, his first long jump was not too good and his 2nd attempt saw him trip into the pit. The pressure was on and he produced a PB that put him into 5th place. The 2nd event saw him produce another PB with the discus taking him into 3rd place.
The next event Javelin saw Harry move into 1st place a throw of over 57 metres, good enough for a individual medal! The last event of the day was the 400. This was going to be damage limitation as many of his fellow competitors had far faster 400's. Once again Harry produced a PB but his lead was cut to 80 points.
Harry's 2nd day has 2 strong and 2 vulnerable events. I now had to do some work assuring that he could stay in the top 3 and earn his 1st international England vest.
1st event sprint hurdles, yes another PB but he moved into 2nd place. Harry's calves were now beginning to cramp and soon he was moving on to the high jump where the calves will receive a thorough workout. Copiousness amounts of roller work were put into use in between jumps. He started low and worked his way up to be jumping for a PB but not this time he had to be satisfied with a equal PB. Still, in 2nd place but only a few points ahead of 3rd. Before the shot he managed to get a massage. Close to his best kept him in 2nd place. The final event after 2 gruelling days was 1500 metres. Harry had to keep ahead of 3rd and 4th athlete. Harry made this and has won his 1st International, not bad for somebody that wasn't ranked!
Grace Bower competed in last year’s final and finished out of the top twenty. Both Grace Bower and Megan McHugh qualified for this year’s final and were hoping for a much higher finish this year. 5 events in one day is the junior girl’s competition starting with sprint hurdles. Both had a PB of 11.5 and a slower electronic PB. On this occasion Grace came out on top winning with a new PB and Meg in 3rd place. Shot was next, both produced PB'S but Megs put was longest, she moved into 2nd place with Grace slipping into 5th place.
The 3rd event, high jump took place in a freezing strong side wind. This was the event I was concerned with Grace but ever the competitor she came up with a PB! Meg finished up one height below Grace but kept ahead of her taking over 1st place and Grace moved up to 3rd. Long jump is the penultimate event and this time I was concerned for Meg as she has been struggling. Grace started off with a great jump just 1cm off her PB but Meg produced a PB! What a competitor.
They went into the final event, 800. Meg was in 2nd place in front of Grace in 3rd by 2 points. Meg and Grace went out hard and by 200 metres they were 20 metres ahead! Grace won the race very close to her PB, Meg came in 5th with a fantastic PB particularly in freezing windy conditions!
In the pentathlon Grace came 1st with a PB which moved her to 14th on the all time list. Meg finished 3rd, both will earn their first International vest.
Posted 23/09/2014 06:33
On a historic day at Birmingham, Sale won its first National Young Athletes League title since the boys and girls leagues were amalgamated in 2004. Having finished 3rd and 4th in the past two years, we expected to feature especially as the Northern champions but in a match involving the best eight teams in Britain, success could never be taken for granted.
Our most successful squad were the U15 girls who were amazingly strong cross all disciplines. Kelly Chadwick led the way with a 100/200m sprint double, recording new lifetime best performances of 12.19 and 24.93 seconds (resp) whilst Ellie Jackson won both her sprints by clear margins. Kelly & Ellie then teamed up with Amie Page and Rebecca Heys for a superb victory in the sprint relay. We were equally successful in the middle distance events with Olivia Green (a PB), Francisca Brint and Aine Cunningham (PB) all in gold medal positions. Special congratulations to Olivia on her recent selection for the GB Modern Pentathlon squad. Multi-eventer Meg Mc Hugh was the club’s most prolific points scorer with wins in the high jump and hurdles, 3rd place in the shot and then teaming up with Maria Mc Polin, Danielle Stringer and Grace Bower to finish runners up in the 4 x 300m relay. Our other medallists in this age-group were gold to Amy Lester, silver to Tess Blandamer (3m PB in the javelin),and bronze to Grace Bower, Rebecca Heys, Emma Lowe and Olivia Ashworth.
Our most successful athlete in the U15 boys was English Schools Champion Jona Efoloko who won both sprints by clear margins though outside his own league records. Rory Kean had a great win in a keenly (!) contested hurdles race whilst our most successful events were the long jump in which Emanuel Odubanjo and Darnell Bell both won gold and the shot in which Joe Murphy and Jonathan Adderley also won double gold. Our other medallists in this age-group were silver to Anthony Bruton, Joe Murphy and Jonathan Adderley. Our biggest disappointment of the day came in the U15 4 x 300m relay who were announced as breaking their own national record by a massive two seconds only to be disqualified for a zone infringement.
The star of the U13 girls was Laurelle Obi with three gold medals. She won both sprints with PB’s and teamed up with Charlotte Mairs, Mia Lowndes and Tess Mc Hugh to win the sprint relay. Beth Thornton won the 800m in a PB as did Lois Mc Tiffin (hurdles) and Mia Lowndes (HJ) who were gold medallists. Other silver medallists were Charlotte Mairs whilst Devon Weymont and Mia Gibbons were bronze medallists.
In the boy’s events Calab Adenuga was a double gold medallist with PB wins over hurdles and 100m. Sam Ebonine was silver medallist in the high jump whilst Findlay Murphy was awarded bronze (shot). Calab and Sam teamed up with Rory Kinrade and Brogan Rudman to win bronze in the relay.
Congratulation to the whole team, to their squad generally who are an important part of this success even if not in the team for the final, to their very committed coaches, hard-working team managers David Marsh and Carl Worthington and the commitment and sacrifices of their parents and families. Without all of you involved this National title would not have been unachievable.
Posted 08/09/2014 18:19
For many years, Bedford International Stadium has been the home for the various age-group England championships and last weekend it was the opportunity for England’s up and coming U15 & U17 youngsters to put all their hard work to the test in top quality competition.
The club’s highpoint of the weekend was Kevin Metzger who won the U17 triple jump national title with a new PB of 14.66. He won so convincingly that the next contestant was 46 cm behind him - the same athlete who beat him in the indoor England championships last winter. This is just the latest of several important accolades and club headlines this year for Britain’s number one triple jumper. He became the English Schools inter-boy’s triple jump championships in July with a PB of 14.59 that was a club record, his second club record of this summer, the first being at the YDL match last May in Hull. The following week, he also won the England Schools International at Cardiff with the same distance of 14.59m. Congratulations, Kevin and well done to your coach Keith Hunter.
Lewis Hannon, our Northern Athletics U17 champion, achieved a new pinnacle in his pole vaulting career by winning the England Athletics silver medal with a PB of 4.30m. Lewis has made massive leaps forward in his burgeoning career under the tutelage of coach Matt Cullen.
The club had two bronze medallists - Amy Williams (U17 long jump) and Aimee Pratt (U17 1500m steeplechase). Amy, the 2012 U15 title holder and the UK’s top triple jumper might well have been the gold medallist again but she was carrying a tight hamstring and so leaped a below par 5.68m. Aimee Pratt, last year’s U17 silver medallist has made great progress this year with her coach Vincente Modahl and had targeted the gold. With her PB of 5.03.67 from July’s YDL match at Wakefield and the race won in a PB of 4.59.93, the gold medal may well have been out of her reach this year.
There were several other very impressive performances. In a tough heat, Aine Cunningham made it through to the 800m final as one of the fastest qualifiers. In the final, with a blistering first lap at 61 (in blustery conditions) stuck stuck to her plan c to go through in 66 (and last at the bell) and finished in a very good quality field in 5th place in 2.17.22 beating the fastest girl in the country over 2 laps. Alexa McTiffin just missed out on the final in 5th place.
Apart from Lewis Hannan, coach Matt Cullen was also very pleased with his other two pole vaulters in the competition. Matilda Waters was in the form of her life to produce two PB’s that went from 2.60 to 2.80m. Ebbie Dansen Chappell came very close to her PB of 3.20m. Discus thrower U15 Jonathan Adderley will also be very pleased with his PB throw of 38.17
Posted 02/09/2014 06:13