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Sale Harriers had its best ever performance in the Tom Pink AAA Relays at Sportcity on Wednesday last. They set two national records; won five events and gained 23 prestigious AAA gold medals. They broke national records which were previously set by Sale teams two years ago. The events, which aim to challenge Mo Farah’s and Paula Radcliffe’s National 5000m records (12:53.11 and 14.29.11), were held on the indoor track creating an incredible atmosphere and our youngsters rose to the occasion. In the U16 5000m continuous relay, we broke National records with a boy’s team Dylan Burchill, Adam Spilsbury, Jake Spilsbury, Adam Kinghorn, and Luke Chesters recording 12 minutes 5 seconds. Not to be outdone, our girl’s team of Meg Mc Hugh, Tess Mc Hugh, Beth Thornton, Ellie Twite and Niamh Nugent recorded 13 minutes 30 seconds to also break the national record.
Our most successful team was the U14 girls where Niamh Nugent, Beth Thornton and Tess Mc Hugh won the 3 x 500m relay by a huge margin and then teamed up with Ruby Bell to win the sprint relay.
Our U12 girl’s team of Kia-Licia Clarkson, Libby Hill and Ruby Bell were clear winners of the 3 x 500m relay due to a storming last leg by Ruby. Libby was the youngest Sale athlete taking part and also won AAA bronze medal in the sprint relay and Med-Ball Challenge, amazing the spectators with her speed, strength and endurance. Ruby, who was the youngest triple gold medallist, had also shown her versality by winning the long jump at the Trafford medal meet two days before. Both Ruby and Libby are both a credit to their coaching at Crossford Bridge.
Other Sale gold medallists at the Trafford meeting were Laurelle Obi, Meg Mc Hugh and Emma Lowe with two golds each. Silver medals were awarded to Niamh Coyne, Charlotte Mairs, Mia Gibbons, Tess Mc Hugh, Jack Daly, Amy Lester and Nathan Booth whilst Ami Page, Dane Winchcole and Beth Thornton were bronze medallists. Although outside the medals, Taylor Edwards and Francesca Brint both ran impressive new PB’s.
Results from the Trafford Open meeting are available on the Trafford AC website. Special thanks as ever to club photographer Ernie Greenwood. Further photos can be viewed and purchased from his website http://www.darkstarphotos.com
Posted 29/05/2014 12:00
On top of the 28 medals that the club’s throwers won in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire Championships at the weekend, a further 35 medals were awarded to those in the track events. Again, well done to all of them, their coaches and family and all who support them to these noteworthy medals.
400m Senior Gold Tyra Watson
800m U20 Silver Matthew Metcalfe
1500m U17 Gold Adam Spilsbury
70mH U13 Gold Tess Mc Hugh
75mH U15 Gold Megan Mc Hugh
80mH U17 Gold J’Nae Ward
110mHSenior Gold Alex Wort
150m U13 Gold Tess Mc Hugh
400mHU20 Silver Lydia Randles
Posted 20/05/2014 14:11
Coach Tony Dowd
Sale’s throwers had an amazing weekend at the Gtr Manchester & Cheshire Champs, with a total of 28 medals
Posted 20/05/2014 14:07
Fechin Mc Cormick
One might have expected Sale Harriers senior women to become outright winners of their first match in the lower Division 1 en route back to the Premiership where the club had been since the league’s inception and had won an unprecedented 23 Premier League titles. Deputizing for Cara O’Brien, Fechin Mc Cormick made his T & F managerial debut but took with him to Lee Valley Stadium in London, a team so depleted in numbers that almost 30% of the race ‘slots’ remained empty and we could provide only 50% of the club’s quota of officials with the loss of even further match points. The match is an inspiring story from adversity to (almost) triumph ........ of a Sale Harrier team that faced potential disaster to finishing an impressive 3rd ....and to come within a whisker of even winning.
Rarely, if ever as a Sale Harrier, have I been so inspired by a group of young athletes who were so willing to ensure the club success and displayed such club loyalty that, when I eventually declared the team, almost every empty slot was filled.
The club has got to admire and give whole-hearted thanks to the likes of top sprinter Kelly Massey, aiming for Commonwealth Games selection and in superb shape, who considered doing the triple jump just to get the club’s match points. You’ve got to thank Sarah Mc Keever, prepared to add the high jump to her other committed events (100m hurdles and long jump) and 400m specialist Tyra Watson who also risked injury and embarrassment to do the high jump for only the second time in her life. Both won invaluable points! Kadeena Cox and pole vaulter Abi Haywood were also prepared to be embarrassed as both raced the 400m hurdles and again won invaluable points; 400m specialist Kirsten Mc Aslan raced an unplanned 1500m ‘marathon’ and also won gold-dust; endurance specialist Kathy Wellam and sprint specialist Holy Belch squeezed in the triple jump between their tough events and again heroically added to the score tally; Sarah Barker raced the 1500m shortly after she’d given 110% in a very tough 3000m race in which she’d finished 2nd. Finally, there were Imani Modahl (1500m) who had an important exam the following morning and Laura Douglas (Hammer), weighed down by work and not at her best, who gave-up their weekend, to rally to the club call. Thanks to you all – you were/are an inspiration.
Of course, Sale event-specific athletes also added massively to the team tally and we couldn’t have done without them with almost all of them winning maximum points. Conditions were extremely tough with strong persistent cross-winds putting PB’s out of the question but Kelly Massey (200m), Lucy Evans (100m & 200m), Kirsten Mc Aslan (400m), Kirsty Law (Discus & Shot), Alison Rodger (Shot), Laura Whittingham (Javelin) and Rosie Sementysh (Javelin) were, nevertheless, ‘poetry in motion’ and a class above the rest in winning their events. As the finale, you should have witnessed the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relays. Such was our team’s true competitive grit that generated such excitement....... and our girls were just pipped to the post in both events.
Of course, the all-important club officials were also integral to the club’s success. Mike & Lynn Belch’s (Holly’s parents) travelled all the way from Scotland - not for the first time by car, and enthusiastically gave their whole day to being Sale Harrier’s representatives for timekeeper and track judge. Diane Haywood (Abigail’s mum) needed no persuasion to become a field judge and fill a club ‘gap’ for officials and I ‘re-structured’ my managerial day to also become a field judge and so complete the club’s requirement for officials and be awarded maximum points.
We cannot expect such loyal club stalwarts to do it all over again and win promotion for Sale Harriers. It will not happen! This is a tough, competitive league with some very classy competition. For the next two matches, therefore, in Derby (June 8th) and Liverpool (July 6th) we must fill every discipline with event specific athletes. Clear your diaries now and be prepared when team Manger Cara O’Brien contacts you in the near future.
Posted 13/05/2014 07:24
Chris Baker set a club record 2.25m in the high jump as a wet and extremely windy Cardiff hosted the first BAL match of the "summer" on Saturday and, with wind speeds reaching -8.2 in the 200m and gusts so strong that the discus had to be cut short, it is safe to say that it was a tough day for all concerned.
Despite a number of withdrawals from the team in the preceding days, hopes were high for a solid start to the season and so it proved, although the top 3 placing only told part of the story. Shaftesbury were the runaway winners on the day, leaving the rest of the clubs present to scrap for position and scrap we did, with the likes of Matt Cullen, Jonathan Ferryman, Allan Hamilton and Nathan Roach stepping in to win points in less favoured events and 48-year-old John Nicholls making a return to the team and picking up valuable points in the shot.
It was also great to see Matt Hunt back in club colours after a lay-off with injury and Rory Evans make a superb debut with a 46.97 clocking in the 400m for 3rd in the A.
Yet it wasn't all about fight and determination. The team had A string wins from Alex Smith (backed up by Floydy), Rimas Martisauskas and a truly astonishing performance from Chris Baker, who put himself into Commonwealth Games consideration with a club record and PB 2.25m in the high jump.
The endurance events ended up being the back bone of the side, not for the first time, and Niall Brooks, unbeaten in the BAL notched another A string double in the 800m and 1500m, with Dave Proctor matching his efforts in the B. James Bailey, James Wignall and Dave Norman also contributed to the points haul, as did Ryan Oswald, Gabriel Odujobi, Callum Roughneen and Debo Ademuyewo (who was almost blown off his feet with the 8.2m headwind in the 200m) in the sprints.
Allan Hamilton, Jonathan Ferrymand and Nathan Roach provided the points in the horizontal jumps and Matt Sumner and Darren Lewis provided an excellent springboard for the day's track events with strong showings in the 400mH.
Sadly the wind meant that only 9 pole vaulters recorded valid efforts and neither Matt Cullen or Andy Sutcliffe were among them, but, with 3 matches remaining, they and the rest of the team still have plenty of opportunities to compete in more favourable conditions.
A huge thanks too, to John Smith on team management duties and James Bailey for team captaincy.
Posted 13/05/2014 07:20
Fechin Mc Cormick
Posted 06/05/2014 09:08
Sale’s U13 and U15 boys and girls launched the defence of the Northern Premier title with a win at Sportcity beating the best teams in the North. Star performer in the U15 age-group was Jona Efoloko who broke the club record and went top in the UK when he won the 200m in 22.3 seconds. Joe Murphy was dominant in the throws events with further victories coming from Darnell Bell, Ben Moseley, Rory Keen and Jonathan Adderley while Anthony Bruton joined Ben Darnell and Jona to win the 4 x 300m relay.
Other contributors to success in the age-group were Emmanuel Obundajo, Logan Burrows, Luke Chesters, Matthew Williams, Aiden Stirrup, Harry Boyd, Danielo Jorbath, Michael Odejimi, Femi Okome, Reece Parker, Aron Tzegay and Oliver Dean
Posted 06/05/2014 09:07
For the club’s first match of this season’s Youth Development League (Upper), it was a long trip to Edinburgh. It was cold, very cold day with a fine drizzle that was further heartbreaking after such a very long journey. It was very heartening, therefore, to witness some excellent results from our athletes.
Posted 06/05/2014 09:05
Fechin Mc Cormick
The highpoint of the club’s young multi-eventer’s winter training came in Sheffield with their U17 and U15 Indoor Combined Events championships. It was a weekend to challenge and thrill every athlete, coach and parent. and was one of the best national finals ever for the club. The Championship incorporated the Midland Counties, Northern Athletics and Welsh U17 Championships so athletes winning National medals also took home regional titles as well as their National titles and medals. With athletes competing over 60m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800m and a final pentathlon (women) and heptathlon (men) count, there was much to battle for. The club’s four multi-eventers who took part had a great weekend - U17 Harry Lord, U17 J’nae Ward, U15 Grace Bower and U15 Meg Mc Hugh with everyone recording new lifetime best performances in almost all their events and some winning important and much-valued regional and national medals.
J’NAE was 3rd nationally in the U17 pentathlon and also became the Northern pentathlon champion. She also recorded four lifetime bests in the long jump, high jump, 60m hurdles and the pentathlon and now ranks 12th on the UK all time points total.
HARRY: This was Harry’s first competition and he finished 9th overall. Harry won the U17 1000m race and was third in the shot putt . He had a great weekend, recording lifetime best performances in the 60m, 60m hurdles, pole vault, long jump, shot and a new heptathlon PB of 4169 points and crowned the Northern Champion.
GRACE BOWER: Grace was 6th overall and recorded five lifetime best performances in the U15 800m, 60m hurdles, shot and a new pentathlon point’s total. She’s also crowned the Northern champion
MEG Mc HUGH: Meg was 7th overall and runner-up in the Northern Championships and recorded five lifetime best performance - the 800m, 60m hurdles, high jump, long jump and a new pentathlon point’s total.
The club congratulates these talented youngsters who make such a massive difference every summer to their team’s success by winning points in numerous disciplines. Thanks also to their coaches and back-up team and especially to coach Chris Bartram currently recovering from illness.
Posted 10/03/2014 10:09
~~The weekend’s major event was the England Athletics U20, U17 and U15 indoor championships at Sheffield, the pinnacle of the winter indoors season for Britain’s young athletes. There were 25 medals up for grabs across the age-groups over the two days of exciting performances. It was a fantastic weekend of athletics and we had our own reporter, men’s BAL team manager Dean Hardman there reporting for England Athletics.
Posted 03/03/2014 17:35