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The 3rd senior men’s British Premier League (BAL) match of 2014 took place last Saturday in London and yet again the team did the club and themselves proud. Going into the match we were 1 league point behind our old rivals Shaftesbury Barnet courtesy of a 3rd place in match 1 and a great victory last time out in Birmingham.
With the Commonwealth Games coming up and the fixture taking place at the end of a busy period that included the U20 and U23 Champs and the Senior England Athletics Trials, we always knew that we would have a depleted team, but we also knew that we had some genuine quality and that, with a bit of luck, we would still be in contention to regain the title come the final match. The team did better than that!
I could scarcely believe it when I received the message that we had taken 2nd place behind Newham in the match and that Shaftesbury had collapsed and finished down in 6th place! That now means that a third place at home in Manchester in the final round will be enough for us to win the championship. To do that, we have to now ensure that we continue to field our best specialists across all events and make sure we have as few people as possible "filling in".
Nevertheless, those that did fill in on Saturday made a vital contribution. Indeed, we were 15 points ahead of Birchfield in 3rd, and skipper James Bailey (many thanks to James for standing in as team manager), Matt Cullen, Ryan Moore and Clovis Asong, who all took part in unfamiliar events, gained - you guessed it - 15 points. Who knows what the swing would've been had they not turned out?
They made a great contribution, but it would be wrong to attribute the second place purely to team spirit and commitment. There was genuine quality on show as well. Our only A string win came from Rimas Martisauskas, who threw a PB 18.70 to take the shot, but there were A string top 3s from Chris Wakeford, Allan Hamilton, Alex Smith, James Bailey and Andy Sutcliffe, to go with B string victories for Andy Burgess, Matt Cullen, Charlie Hulson, Dwayne Cowan and Dave Proctor. There were B strain podiums, too, for Umar Hameed, James Wignall and Debo Ademuyewo and Seun Okome, while it was great to see Clovis back to approaching his best in the 400m and junior Roy Ejiakuekwu executing a great sprint double. Indeed, 6 or 7 athletes doubled (or even tripled) and that's not including relays. Dave Norman, Ryan Moore and Thomas Furlong also produced vital points in a fine team effort.
We go into the final match full of confidence!
Posted 08/07/2014 07:31
Sale sprinters made a massive contribution to the club’s ninety point win that included gaining victory in five relays as well as recording high ranking individual performances. Jona Efoloko broke his own 200m league record with a 22.2 second clocking and ran anchor leg in two winning relay teams.
Laurelle Obi and Kelly Chadwick both recorded sprint double victories with PB’s which are among the fastest times in the country. Charlotte Mairs was another sprinter to improve her PB by a massive margin to become one of the fastest 75m runners in the UK. Further sprint victories were recorded by Emmanual Odubanjo, Dane Winchole, Daniel Obonine, Ellie Jackson, Maria Mc Polin, Mairead Power, Leyla Nealon, Rebecca Heys and Rhys Parker.
Our U13 girl’s relay team of Lavelle, Charlotte, Lois Mc Tiffin and Tess Mc Hugh won in a new club record time of 54 seconds. The U15 girl’s relay team of Kelly, Rebecca, Ellie and Amy Page remained unbeaten and recorded the fastest time of 51.2 seconds. This was Ellie’s 4th victory of the day.
Another unbeaten Sale team was the U15 girl’s 4 x 300m in which Marie, Mairead and Alexa Mc Tiffen built up a winning lead leaving GB water polo international Niamh Nugent to run the anchor leg. The U15 boy’s relay teams won both relays. Well done to Emmanuel, Jona, Dane, Logan Burrows, Danielo Jarbath and Darnell Bell.
Sale hurdlers again did us proud with Rory Keen, Ellie Jackson, Lois Mc Tiffin, Grace Bower, Tess Mc Hugh and Brogan Rudman all running impressive times
Our stars in the throws events were Olivia Ashworth and Jonathan Adderley who both won their event by huge margins. Further victories went to Ellie Wilson, Rosaleen Sheenan and Emma Lowe.
`The club’s long jumpers were in incredible form with Lois Mc Tiffin, Alice Dale and Rebecca Heys recording new PB’s whilst Brogan Rudman won his event with Meg Mc Hugh runners-up in hers. High jumper Amy Lester and Samuel Ebonine made impressive debuts for the club with Amy winning her event and Samuel finishing runner-up with the same height as the inner.
Our Harrier tradition was upheld in the girl’s middle distance events with Alexa Mc Tiffin running a fast 800m to win by four seconds whilst Francesca Brint improved her time from the last match by ten seconds to win the 1500m. Further victories were recorded by Mia Gibbons and Tia-Rae Barton with Beth Thornton also having a very good race in runner-up slot,
The final words go again to the ‘engine-room’ stalwart team managers Carl Worthington and Dave Marsh. This time they had the additional, unenviable stress of the coach not turning up. It’s further special thanks to all those parents who thought they were just dropping off their kids for the day and found themselves rallying to the call and ferried car-loads to Liverpool; remained for the match and returning them home again. A very big thank you! Thanks also to club photographer Ernie Greenwood. His photos can be viewed and bought at http://www.darkstarphotos.com . The last of the four matches is at Preston on July 19 when we confidently hope to retain the Northern title and qualify for the National finals again in Birmingham on September 6th
Posted 24/06/2014 07:47
Fechin Mc Cormick
This major National championship, traditionally held in Bedford, was an important one for several club athletes. For the lower age-group, the championship incorporated the UK trials for the World Junior Championships in Oregon.
Club athletes won one gold medal, one silver medal and two bronze medals.
Our gold medallist, Ben Williams is a club newcomer (Welcome!) and a former World Youth triple jump champion. His was one of the standout performers in the jumps. His 16.31 triple jump exceeded his outdoor best of 16.09m that dated back to 2009. He won the under 23 event by 85 cm to take the national title.
Charlie Hulson won his first major track England medal in the 5000m in 14:36.98 not far short of his PB of 14:33 achieved at the BAL match on June 7th. This is his latest in a successful summer in which he’s improved his 1500m PB to 3:48.18 at the BMC at Sportcity and his 3k to 8:14 at Stretford Grand Prix in May.
Two club newcomers Jack Crabtree (U20 3000m) and Matthew Sumner (U23 400m hurdles) were the club’s silver medallists. Well done to them!
Others also had the race of their lives and also every reason to be delighted. Luke Betts finished 4th in the 800m with a new PB of 1:51.11. Likewise U23 Jack Seddon who recorded a 100m PB in his heats and Amy Pratt, the only U17 girl in the U20 race, recorded a well-deserved 3000m steeplechase lifetime best of 11:29.83
Posted 24/06/2014 07:41
Fechin Mc Cormick
Thirteen Sale Harriers are selected to represent their Nation at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Those representing England are Kelly Massey (400m), Andy Turner (110mh), Andy Robertson (4x100m), Chris Baker (HJ), Katie Byres (PV),Sarah Holt (Hammer), Alex Smith (Hammer) and Jess Taylor (Heptathlon). Those representing Wales are Lucy Evans (4 x100m) and Paul Walker (PV) and representing Scotland are Alison Rodger (Shot), Kirsty Law (Discus) and Kirsten Mc Aslan (4x400m). Of course it will be a special thrill for our Scottish representatives who’ll be on home ground.
This is an amazing number of athletes for any club. Only two other English clubs, Birchfield Harriers in Birmingham and Newham & Essex Beagles surpasses that number. This reflects the size and ability of Sale Harriers that competes in all major national and regional leagues, cups and championships.
We share these athletes joy and excitement for we continually witness their hard work, commitment and the sacrifices they make to reach the top. Let you be inspired by them
Posted 17/06/2014 07:30
The second British Athletic League match of the summer took place at the weekend and the team put in a superb performance to win the match by 20 points, with a score in excess of 330.
BAL Premiership match wins are hard to come by, so it was a truly great effort from everyone who competed and were part of the team management on the day, so many thanks to everyone. There were A string wins from Alex Smith, Chris Baker, Allan Hamilton, Andy Sutcliffe, Charlie Hulson and Andy Robertson and a B string win for Matt Hunt, plus a load more top three performances and season's bests. Chris Baker's 2.28m was another PB and another club record, while Allan Hamilton's 7.81 was his first Scottish Commonwealth Games qualifier. I truth, as usual, nobody performed poorly and we showed yet again that we are among the very best clubs in the country.
This now means that we can look to the rest of the season with confidence as, with two matches to go, we are just 1 point behind Shaftesbury in the race for the league title.
Posted 10/06/2014 07:27
Fechin Mc Cormick
The second of the three UK Women’s League matches took place this weekend at Moorways Stadium in Derby adjacent to where Rolls-Royce builds their famous jet engines. In the first match, a much depleted team responded brilliantly that resulted in the team finishing a surprising and well-deserved third place and only a few points from actually winning the match. However, it was recognised that if the club was to achieve its objective to return to the Premier Division where it had been since the inception of the league 30 years ago, the club had to be competitive in all future matches with event specific athletes.
Team manager Cara O’Brien and her team travelled to Derby and again with a worrying number of ‘gaps’ with no athletes filling them – no-one in the ‘A’ or ‘B’ 400m, 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles,2k steeplechase, long-jump or triple jump. That’s a massive loss of important team points. Yet again, the team have to be complimented for their heroic loyalty to try and make good this deficit. Young pole vaulter Georgia Pickles, who joined the team only in the eleventh hour, couldn’t do enough and, apart from her pole vault points, won valued points in three other events - the 200m, long jump and 4 x 400m relay. Britain’s top javelin thrower Rosie Sementsyh who travelled three hours by car to get to Derby, apart from winning her specialist event, ran a technically imperfect 100m hurdles but still won an important point and then went and won further points in the triple jump. Team manager Cara O’Brien ran herself to exhaustion for her team and became a very valuable ‘B’ points scorer in the 1500m and 3000m as did Sarah Barker when she doubled in the ‘A’ 1500m. High jumper Sarah Mc Keever not only did her work but also ran a leg in the 4 x 100m relay.
Of course, there were several outstanding performances. In the throws (where I was a field judge!), Laura Whittingham and Rosie Sementsyh were easy winners, and in the shot, discus and hammer it’s not often you see the judges move en masse to the far end of the throws zone when an athlete takes their place in the cage. That’s what Alison Rodger (shot) and Kirsty Law (discus) both evoked to become convincing winners with Alison also winning further points in the discus and ‘B’ hammer where Laura Douglas was the biggest points scorer with her ‘A’ victory in hammer. Heptathlete Jess Taylor is always a big points scorer and she won the shot , 2nd in the high jump and played a significant part in both relays.
In the track events, Sarah Barker again displayed tactical maturity and promise by her superb 2nd place in the 3000m victory. It was great to welcome Rebecca Linney to her club debut and she’ll be a great team asset. It was also great to have Jenna Hill free of injury and again quietly excited by her 800m and run within a second off her 400m PB in the 4 x 400m relay.
As in the first match, we might have pulled off a top three position but, on this occasion, fate conspired again this. Top points scorers Lucy Evans, who’d just received news of her selection for Wales in the Commonwealth Games (Congratulations again, Lucy) became worried by a potential injury running the 100m and had to withdraw from the 200m and 4 x 100m relay and fellow sprinter Olivia Callaghan, wasn’t recovered from her race the previous day in the Northern League.
As a result, the team finished a lowly 7th giving us an overall position of 4th in the league. With the crucial final match a double header in Wavertree on July 6th, there are three potential outcomes. (1) We produce a 3rd incomplete team with a similar result to this and we could easily end up being demoted yet again. (2) We produce another incomplete team and fill the gaps by heroic non-specialists and we’ll spend another year in Division 1 and (3) we field a team with event specialists and with all hands on deck and a bit of luck.....and we might just about still win promotion. It’s now up to you!
Thanks to track & field officials Jack Frost, Brian Spriggs and Fechin Mc Cormick the club also maximized team points. Though we travelled with an incomplete quota, we extend a special thanks to Crawley AC officials Gillian Charlton and John Fenn who, in the true spirit of sport, volunteered their services as officials for the club and to Georgia Pickles’Mum who surrendered a relaxed afternoon spectating in the sunshine, to also help as a track official. Without these, our overall team result would have been much worse.
Posted 10/06/2014 07:23
Fechin Mc Cormick
The club, competing as City of Manchester in regional and national T & F competitions, were hosts at the weekend for the second of the four matches among the six Northern Premier Division clubs. The objective was to improve on our 4th place from the first match at Hull, won by Derby AC, and to put us in contention to win the league from 2013 title holders Wakefield AC when we were runners-up.
As ever, our club sprinters were the day’s highlight and all were awesome in their speed, power and dominance and, by clear victories in the 100m, 200, 400m and the relays, they bagged the club maximum points – the ‘gold-dust’ of these matches. It’s well done and thanks to power-houses Aaron Crowley, Dominic Sebele, Danny Heald, Liam Grey-Thompson, Clovis Asong and Felix Tighe. Wow! You should have witnessed the excitement they generated as they powered like steam trains in their relay victories. Shaunna Thompson, Olivia Callaghan and Zavia Hill were also brilliant in victory in their 100m and 200m races with J’Nae Ward the 200m runner-up. Reportedly, coach Keith Hunter now owes Danny & Olivia a Nandos meal for under-estimatING their current speedy form.
In the other disciplines, Jordan Carter and Stephen Porter also won maximum club points for their tremendous javelin victories; Nathan Roach and Jacob Brown for their long jump and triple jump double victories; Allen Crouch victor in the shot; J’Nae Ward in the long jump and Annie Williams in the Pole Vault.
We also had Josh Mouland (110m hurdles), Jordan Carter (Shot), Zac Harrop (PV), J’Nae Ward (200m),Zenni Enechi (TJ), Georgina Alexander (TJ) and Emily Cummings (HJ) all impressive big team points winners as runners-up in their events. Athletes like Nathan Roach, Zenni Enechi and Frankie Reid and others produced lifetime best performances in the process.
Our men –Lee Whitely, George Haynes, Matt Metcalfe, Mohammed Ahmed, Mike Kilmartin and Dylan Stanway made a big team points contribution by filling all the middle-distance events except the 3k steeplechase. Our women didn’t fare near as well with only three middle distance representatives. Well done and welcome to Abi Linney (800m) who made her club debut; to Frankie Reid who had a great race and to Amber Towns who, a few days earlier, also did really well in her first British Aquathlon.
Throughout the day, the club won or were runners-up in no less than two-thirds of the thirty-eight match competitions. That’s impressive! So why were we not match winners over champions Wakefield AC rather than finishing joint second with Preston AC....and ranking 4th overall in the league? As is all too often the case, matches are won or lost not on those present but on those who are not!
Sale (City of Manchester) had an unenviable twenty-one ‘gaps’ - twice as many as Wakefield and Preston AC. This was a massive loss of club points! Part of the answer, but not the whole answer, is that other teams did not have another national league competition the following day as we had. However, the reasons merits scrutiny from the athletes themselves for this takes the shine from their own collective performances but must also be an issue for coaches, team managers and parents going forward and anyone else concerned for the club’s objective to maintain its top standings in all regional and national competitions.
Well done and a big thanks to everyone who provided such a great day of exciting and often classy competition at Sportcity; to the all-important field officials who added to the club’s tally of points by their attendance; to the ‘engine-room’ team managers and to all those supportive parents and relatives who created the atmosphere making it a great day at Sportcity.
Posted 10/06/2014 07:21
The 2nd of four UKYDL (Upper) fixtures was held at Sheffield during the weekend in very warm conditions, conducive to inspire good performances. Indeed the club produced many fine individual results, but unfortunately there were too many events that we did not contest, with preparation for exams the dominant reason. To remain in the Premier Division, we certainly need to raise our game. However, some really outstanding performance occurred, with Jaimal Brown’s 49m 48cm Javelin throw, and J’Nae Ward’s fine double victory with a 1m 65cm HJ and 11m 32cm shot. Full results can be found at http://www.thepowerof10.info
WINNERS OF EVENTS WERE.
Felix Tighe U20A 400m 49.80s
Kobefo Ntadejane U20B 400m 51.47s
Jake Spilsbury U17 800m 2m 05.91s
Aimee Pratt U17 1500m chase 5m12.77
J’Nae Ward U17 HJ 1m 65cm Personal Best
U17 Shot 11m 32cm Personal Best
Joshua Booth U20B Discus 39m 01cm
Jaimal Brown U17 Javelin 49m 48cm Personal Best
Annabel Dowd U17 Javelin 29m 88cm Personal Best
OTHER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENTS WERE..
Emmanuel Muka 23.51 U17 200m
Euan Gilchrist 2m 01.08 U17 800m
Adam Spilsbury 4m 10.70 U17 1500m
Imani Modahl 4m 54.77 U20 1500m
Giovanni Brady 5m 14.45 U17 1500m
Harry Lord 15.02 U17 100m Hurdles
Ehis Ilozobhie 15.12 U17 100m Hurdles
Zac Harrop 4m 05cm U17 Pole Vault
Ehis Ilozobhie 5m 55cm U17 LJ
Lauren Bowen 4m 86cm U20 LJ
Jake Grundy 9m 39cmU20 Shot
Annabel Dowd 21m 22cm Discus
Jacob Lloyd 41m 66cm Hammer.
As always, thanks to those who made the weekend sacrifices for the good of club and team – team managers, officials and parents. thanks also to club photographer Harry Shakeshaft whose photos from the day can be viewed and bought at www.hsphotos.co.uk
Posted 04/06/2014 14:31
Having set two national records in the Tom Pink AAA’s relays and benefitted from recent coaching sessions from world class athletes Felix Sanchez, Tiffany Porter, Richard Kilty, Greg Rutherford and Christine Ohuruogu and Chris Tomlinson, our U13/15 boys and girls were in a confident mood and scored another great victory in the Northern Premier YDL match at Leeds and look set to retain the league title. The standard of competition was very high featuring many recently crowned county champions from Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Merseyside, Gtr. Manchester and the North-East.
Star club performer was Jona Efoloku who ran 11.0 to win the 100m and to break his own National YDL record. Jona currently holds all three YDL sprint record and was recently featured on the TV with Jamaican world champion Yohane (The Beast) Blake. Kelly Chadwick was also in spectacular form scoring a sprint double winning by as big a margin as Jona. Other Sale athletes to record sprint victories were Ellie Jackson, Maria Mc Polin, Mairead Power, Laurelle Obi, Charlotte Mairs, Layla Nealon, Dane Winchole, Rory Keen and Ben Mosley whilst Rhys Parker, Darnell Bell, Logan Burrows and Lois Mc Tiffin were runners up.
Despite the very high standard of hurdling in the league, the day started well with victories going to Rory Keen, Ellie Jackson and Lois Mc Tiffin whilst Meg Mc Hugh recorded a PB in second place. Tess Mc Hugh and Brogan Rudman were also runners up in hurdles events.
Our endurance athletes maintained good Harrier tradition with Charlie Hobson, Alexa Mc Tiffin, Tess Mc Hugh and Mia Gibbons winning 800m events whilst runners up slots went to Bailey Hulse, Ellie Twite, Alice Dale and Lauren Smith.
Congratulations to Matilda Waters who won the pole vault and Grace Bower who set a new PB of 5m 23cms for first place in the long jump, finished runner up in the high jump and was a member of our record-breaking real team. Further victories in the jumps went to Jack Daley and Meg Mc Hugh whilst Harriet Wareing, Lewis Hindle and Michael Odejimi were runners up.
Our throwers again did us proud with Jonathan Adderley victorious in two events and runner up in a third. Emma Lowe and Anthony Bruton both had a first and two second places whilst Olivia Ashworth, Tess Blandamer and Meg Mc Hugh were also victorious whilst Nathan Booth, HarryBoyd, Jemma Carr and Rosaleen Sheenan were runners up
The match ended with a tremendous performance in the relays including wins in all three girl’s events. The U15 boy’s team are National league record holders for the 4 x 300m relay but on this occasion had to settle for 2nd place behind Gateshead AC but they did win the sprint relay.
Big thanks must go to the parents and supporters from all six clubs taking part who created a tremendous atmosphere which was both conducive to great performances and also supportive of the endeavours of all the youngsters taking part. A big thanks as ever to the all-important team managers Carl Worthington and Dave Marsh and to Ernie Greenwood for the photos (These can be viewed and bought from his website www. http://www.darkstarphotos.com. full results are available at http://www.ukydl.org.uk/page10.html
Posted 03/06/2014 13:22
Fechin Mc Cormick
To the beat of the pop group “One Direction” echoing from across the adjacent football stadium, Sportcity, too, was alive with the sound of excellence that was the nation’s top-ranked middle distance runners competing in the British Milers Club Grand Prix. This prestigious annual festival is always an event par excellence, superbly hosted by top endurance coach Norman Poole (President of the BMC) and his merry team. For the uninitiated, the BMC is the premier middle distance club in the country and the vast majority of the best performances every year are produced by its members.
Over twenty-nine races, I witnessed epic duels as competitors sought last ditch Commonwealth Games selection; drank from the elixir of running that’s ‘PB’s or chased nemesis scalps. Of course, Sale Harrier’s elite middle-distance specialists were among them with many also serving as pace-setters.
James Bailey, with his superb 5000m PB of 14:46.21, has got to be wearing a smile. It’s a massive improvement on his recent years and he’s finally beaten his previous best set way back in 2006. Just behind him, the club’s higher claim member Dave Norman also did well to record a SB of 14:53.91 so soon after his Manchester marathon.
In the 1500m races, U17 Aimee Pratt (4:42.84) has got to be congratulated on her PB. Though the youngest in the field, early on she got boxed in and gustily ran the whole race from the front and only ran out of steam in the final 200m. There’s certainly more PB’s to come for her. Megan Davies finished on her shoulder with a SB and was given an identical time, though she’d have liked to have been faster. In the men’s 1500m races, in form Charlie Hulson’s mature race from the middle of the pack, probably assured him his PB of 3:48.18. It’s come on top of a massive 3000m PB by 14 second just two weeks earlier. U20 Jack Crabtree (3:47.56) and Nick Samuels (3:53.67) recorded season’s best times. U23’s Jamie Roden (3:58.80) and Ryan Moore (4:01.20) both came within a second of improving their best, recorded just a few weeks earlier.
Congratulations to U20 Imani Modahl on her superb 800m PB. Over three races during the month of May, she’s impressively improved from 2:24.91 to 2:19.47 to record this new PB of 2:17.09. In the men’s race, Dave Proctor, I suspect, also has good reason to be pleased with his SB. His 800m time of 1:51.84 was a full six seconds faster than he ran in the Cardiff BMC three weeks earlier and indicating that he’s fast returning to his sub 1:50 form.
The piece de la resistance of the entertaining evening were the ‘A’ quality races and in-form Niall Brooks was the club’s 1500m representative, bench-marking his return to top form following severe illness. In a typically well executed race, he tracked eventual winner Jake Wightman (Edinburgh AC) but couldn’t find the gear on the final circuit and was caught on the home straight by Chris Warburton (Notts) to finish 3rd and clock 3:43.01. Higher claim member Matt Barnes (Altrincham AC) was our representative in the ‘A’ 5000m race and he recorded a SB of 14:23.31.
Posted 03/06/2014 13:21