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Written by Fechin McCormick
The major T & F event of the Bank Holiday weekend was the CAU Inter-County championships at Bedford (except for the club’s BAL Team Manager Dean Hardman who was commissioned to attend the Stockholm Diamond League to report on the British action there).
Congratulations to several Sale Harriers who achieved new career pinnacles by their attendance at these major championships. Javelin specialist Rosie Semenytsh, having a superb summer, added her latest accolade of an inter-counties title in her debut appearance. Alison Rodger also achieved a new career best by taking the shot put championship title to add to her silver medal of 2009. Kirsty Law won silver in the discus and now has an impressive two medals of each colour. She has two championship titles from 2007 & 2009; two silver medals from 2008 and this year and two bronze medals from 2010 and 2011.
Congratulations also to Chris Wakeford (400m hurdles), Allan Hamilton (Long jump) and Jordan Carter (Javelin) who won bronze medals also in their debut Championships. Our home-grown hammer specialist and Grand Master of British Hammer Throwers – Mike Floyd, just missed out on a medal in 4th place
Posted 27/08/2013 21:07
written by Fechin Mc Cormick & Anthony Barbet
The Northern U15 & U17 T & F Championships took place in Wavertree Park at the weekend (Liverpool) amidst persistent rain and blustery winds not conducive for best performances. Nevertheless, several club youngsters braved the elements and were rewarded with four Northern titles; four silver medals and four bronze medals.
Top of the list was U15 Kelly Chadwick who won gold in the 100m and the long jump and produced the club’s only PB of the weekend. Fast improving and very talented Kelly who ranked No1 in both disciplines as an U13, already ranks 5th in the U15 100m and 14th in the long jump and, surely before long will also rank No.1 in her new age-group.
Two of Keith Hunter's 'Jump Freaks' were also out trampling on the opposition. Alyssia Carr (U17) has just come back from an illness which meant only two training sessions in two weeks, so expectations were fairly low for everyone except leapy Alyssia. Jumping fourth, she began with 5.46m - according to Keith 5.42m; according to Northern Athletics' (I know what you're thinking, but coaches never exaggerate) – either way, all she needed was Round 1 to leave the rest of the field behind. She might not have been at her best, but even off form, she added another Northern Champion to the sale Harrier tally.
Kevin Metzger (first year U17) woke up on Saturday morning with a point to prove since being overlooked by the UK School Games selection committee in favour of in-form Elliot Baines, ranked sixth in the UK. Baines opened his account with 12.81m and Kevin managed a very unconvincing 11.22. After discussions with Keith Hunter which included promises involving a good kicking at least and GBH at worst, Metzger moved his run-up back. Baines' second jump was 12.33m and as the Liverpool monsoon season opened, Kevin pounced, nailing one to the tune of 13.45m. In the deluge it was unlikely either athlete would get anywhere near that mark, but Baines ' last jump was a very impressive 12.96m; Kevin defied the conditions to find 13.40m, just to make sure no-one thought his winner was a fluke. As they say in Yorkshire – Champion! Just a thought....last year Kevin (then U15) set a championship record in the Northern Championships (13.35m) then went on to win the AAAs 2 weeks later with 13.56m. Some feat if he could repeat that.
Zeni Enechi also had every reason to be pleased with her performance in the U15 long jump, A few weeks after she’d won the bronze medal in the Northern Inter-Counties Championships with a PB of 5.13m she won another bronze medal in these Championships.
Congratulations also to U17 Jacob Lloyd who medalled twice – a silver medal in the hammer and a bronze medal in the shot putt. William Scofield also won U15 silver in the hammer and James Ratcliffe also won silver in the 300m.
Others who also deserved a big pat on the pack are Aine Cunningham who competed in the 800m despite feeling under the weather; Alexa McTiffin, making her club debut; who made the 800m final and U15 Danielle Stringer who won a surprising 1500m silver medal whilst a year young.
Posted 20/08/2013 07:07
Despite doing everything possible to avoid relegation from the UKWAL Premier Division, this fate finally befell the only club in Britain that had never before been relegated in the league's 39 year history during which time Sale had won an historic 23 UKWAL titles and were runners-up 9 times. However, the future looks bright! This is now a time for review, to take stock and to put right those things we'd possibly become complacent about in the past and with the knowledge that the club has emerging exciting groups of young middle distance athletes that, hopefully, will quickly return Sale Harriers to its rightful place in the Premier Division. An interesting short debate took place on the club's (closed) Facebook site to which several valuably contributed. For those unable to follow it or to contribute to it, I provide a resume. It begins with team manager Cara O'Brien's commenting on the relegation.
Cara O'Brien: We need to regroup this winter and commit 100% to getting our team back where it belongs next year. I cannot give enough praise for performance effort and team spirit over ALL 3 MATCHES to Alison Rodger Kirsty Law Lucy Evans Chiara Collins who have ran, jumped, thrown and filled gaps in the team that we shouldn't have had! We need to strengthen the team particularly in the middle distance section by attracting new members. It won't be enough to simply plug the gaps with cross country, road and fell runners. That is not a solution! Let's not kid ourselves, though. The lack of middle distance athletes is not solely to blame for our relegation. With the exception of those who have had or are injured there are still athletes that could and should have done more for their team this season. Let's completely start over next season and set the target of all completing at least 2 out of the 3 matches. This team has so much talent and does not belong outside of the Premier Division.... so let's prove it!
Coach Les Randles: Well said, Cara! Kirsty high jumping.....Lucy triple jumping. ....throwers running middle distance....no 400m representation in hurdles & flat....no relay teams for 4x100 and 4x400. For the future, if an athlete is injured or competing internationally or otherwise then the management should know. Athletes prepare their competition programmes well in advance so why don't we have a plan of what athletes are doing? Injuries are random and cannot be foreseen! However, injury for a match or non-availability at late notice is not acceptable especially when an athlete competes shortly after the match with no sign of injury! Perhaps Cara needs an assistant to collate and keep track of the athlete's conditions! Honesty! Loyalty! Solidarity! All for one & one for all!! We need our best team to turn out every match and if that's not possible, replacements must be made aware early enough of their selection. No last minute phone calls or texts to athletes! I am sure with the resources the club has we will not be out of the premiership for long.. Let's take stock and address the short comings now and plan for the future!
Coach & team manager Jack Frost: We must ALL get behind Cara, and next season support her 100%. We have magnificent talent, and could easily win the premiership. It's up to you!
Team Manager Alison Pye: Well done, Cara, for your first season and all who showed commitment to the team. We all need to train hard this winter and come back stronger and more committed than ever to return the team to its rightful place in the Premiership. This season needs to be used as a stepping stone to rebuild the team to its full strength ready for future seasons. We need to improve communication between coaches, athletes and team management. It's a two way process and managers need athletes and coaches to respond to emails and texts, and also need to be alerted of changes in circumstances as early as possible so team changes can be made. Successful communication between all involved in teams will make everyone's life easier and result in stronger team performances on the day.
Club Communications Fechin Mc Cormick: A big clap on the back to Cara for doing a great job in difficult circumstances. A promising element for the future is, in fact, Cara herself! An interesting debate is the area around 'individualism' of athletics and the commitment to 'team'. Which is the greater good? The club's stated objectives are to maintain national positions in Leagues and Cups. Whilst there are major individual championships for athletes that must be paramount, at other times are there individual competitions that sometimes should be sacrificed for the higher good of the club and team?
BAL Team Manager Dean Hardman: (Responding to Abigail) It's the same for all clubs. Every club has a mixture of elite and "club"/aspiring athletes. Every club has the fixture before the UK champs. Every club has to balance the best interests of individuals and the needs of the team. Indeed, it's the same for our men's team and we have 4 matches, rather than 3. So, it's the responsibility of the club to ensure that we're not reliant on too few individuals, so that we aren't too adversely affected by international commitments, injuries etc. It's the responsibility of the athletes to support the club when it's reasonable to do so, and so that the athletes' individual goals and the club's team targets can both be met. The whole point of the league is to provide competition for athletes who need it. It IS possible to marry the needs of the athletes with those of the club. And we'll do it. And we'll be back. Cara is doing a great job and there are plenty of people to support her and the team. It'll take a bit of time, but it'll happen.
Lisa Davies, Eric Hughes 'daughter and coach: I really hope we will make progress on this. Thank you, Cara for all your hard work. We all owe it to Cara and Dad to pull together and get back to where we should be. We need to address the weakness in middle distance. I know Dad was worried about this when, over the years, this has been our strength. We have some good girls coming through but we need more.
Posted 09/08/2013 07:00
Presented by Team Manager Jack Frost
Sandwiched between the men's glorious crowning as the British Athletic League champions, and the unfortunate fall of the UKWAL women team, the combined Northern team, ended their season at Wakefield equal second with Hull behind worthy champions Wakefield.
The men were dominant throughout the season, with Jack Andrew, Allen Crouch, Alex Bellis, John Nicholls, Jonathon Ferryman, Charles Burke and Kyle Conway ever present. At Wakefield, Daniel Heald (50.5s) with Liam Thompson (50.7s) 400 metre runs, and Jack Andrews 15.3s hurdles were the eye catching performances.
The ladies were not on good team form during 2013, though Chiara Collins and Jasmine Burke both featured prominently, but this last fixture allowed us to introduce Patrick Bell's and Pete Johnson's U/17 stables, and how easily they equipped themselves to senior competition. Tayla Saville and Buckky Ojo mixed very well with the senior sprinters, Akenke White took 2nd place in the senior long jump, and Amber Towns also took 2nd place in the 1500m.
However the most satisfying performance of the day was seeing Lee Whiteley flying round 200m in a huge personal best of 22.72secs, much faster than his bronze medal run in the recent IPC World Championships.
The Northern League as ever provides good class competition for those members aspiring to be part of the national teams.
Posted 09/08/2013 06:59
That was CLOSE! We went into the final match of the 2013 British Athletic League season as "favourites" for the title, courtesy of a 2 point lead over old rivals Shaftesbury Barnet, but anyone who has followed the BAL in recent years knew that taking the championship would be a far from straightforward task.
While we had won match 3, Shaftesbury had won Matches 1 and 2 and were always going to be formidable at their home stadium. Likewise, with 4 strong teams, including the illustrious trio of Birchfield, Newham and Essex Beagles and Woodford Green, all fighting to avoid relegation, finishing in the top two (which is what we needed) was going to be a stern test. When you think that over the past 6 seasons we've placed 7th, 1st, 5th, 6th, 3rd and 5th in the final fixture, 2nd was never going to be as straight forward as some may have assumed.
As it turned out, Shaftesbury were indeed the best team on the day, romping to victory with 366 points, and it was the less fancied City of Sheffield that produced the biggest challenge to us for 2nd. The 4x400m finished and Sheffield were 3 points ahead of us in 2nd, with the high jump, triple jump and javelin results still to be added. We knew that Sheffield might be able to beat us in the javelin, while we also knew that we had beaten them in the high jump, so it was left to the triple jumpers to see us over the line. In the end, we needn't have worried, as James Barrett produced his best ever performance in a senior match to take 4th in the A string in and Adam Howell, a junior making his team debut, took 3rd in the B, both beating their Sheffield counterparts. Cue celebrations and relief all round!
The championship was ours and was the reward for incredible consistency over the course of the 4 matches. Shaftesbury might have won 3 matches, but 5th place in match 3 cost them, while our team turned up in every fixture and fought for every single point. Superb commitment across all event groups, with equal contributions over the season from the sprints and hurdles, the throws, the jumps and endurance.
We now get to have another crack at the European Cup in May 2014 and can sit back and reflect on an outstanding season in green, white and red.
Throws: The day started with the Discus and it was great to see Scot Thompson make a long-awaited return to the team. He took 3rd in the B with a season's best 47.33m, while Tomas Rauktys again showed his superb form by taking 3rd in the A with 54.89m. He's been a great addition to the throws squad.
Tomas's Shot has improved massively as the season progressed and he again took a podium spot in the B string, with a 16.60m putt, while his good friend and club stalwart Rimas Martisauskas took 3rd in the A with 17.25m.
In the Javelin, we had a debutant in Jordan Carter, who immediately produced a vital performance. While he was disappointed with his 59.51m throw, it meant that Stephen Porter could finish 2nd in the B (57.00) with what I consider to be his best performance ever in a Sale vest.
The Hammer saw Mike Floyd and Alex Smith reunited once again. Alex scored the A points with a 3rd place (69.02), while Floydy, now a FOUR-time BAL winner, took 2nd in the B. His first league win was way back in 1996, at the tender age of 27.
Well done to Thomas Furlong and, of course, Jack Andrew, who contributed to the throws in previous matches.
Jumps: The jumps, again, proved fruitful for us on Saturday. In the pole vault, Andy Sutcliffe entered the competition early to ensure some points and ended up clearing 5m, which was enough for 4th. Matt Cullen took the wise decision to move up in 10cm increments and his 4.70m saw him take 2nd B.
James Barrett in the triple jump recorded two no jumps in stiff cross winds, but pulled a magnificent 14.22m out of the bag in the 3rd round to seal 4th A, in what was by far his best day for the club in a BAL match. Adam Howell showed nerves of steel on his debut to secure a much needed 3rd B. Ricardo Twumasi, Jonathan Ferryman and Allan Hamilton also jumped well in earlier matches.
Andy Burgess had a nightmare weekend, as he somehow contracted food poisoning and ended up in Watford Infirmary on the Friday night. Barrett stepped up to the plate and picked up 4th B, while Jacob Brown continued his consistent year by taking 5th in the A. Allan Hamilton has also contributed big points to the team this year.
In the High Jump, Chris Baker returned from his national team commitments and took 3rd place, while it was great to see Rob Mitchell in the team, 9 years on from his club debut. He took 4th in the B. Michael Piccoli also contributed in the high jump this year.
Hurdles: UK Championships Bronze medallist Nick Gayle made his second appearance of the season and again showed his class, with a second place into a stiff wind. Gabriel Odujobi has been a revelation in 2013, having made his long awaited debut after 4 years of inactivity, and he took 4th in the B. Jack Andrew and Chris Wakeford both ran important sprint hurdles races earlier in the year.
In the 400m hurdles, Chris Wakeford ran his specialism and, despite having missed 3 weeks of training, took 4th. Matt Sumner, making his second appearance for the club, took 3rd in the B with a fast finish. The club is lucky to have 3 excellent long hurdlers and Darren Lewis also took good points in match 1.
Sprints and relays: It's been a superb season for our sprinters and match 4 was no different. Ryan Oswald again doubled (he competed in all 4 matches this year), taking 5th in the A 100m and 7th in the A 200m, while young Roy Ejiakuekwu (3 appearances) returned to the team after representing GB at the European Juniors to take 2nd in the B 100m. Chris Craig, another ever-present, was 4th in the B 200m. Umar Hameed and Nathan Selby also ran in earlier matches and their contributions were vital.
In the 400m our two juniors, George Caddick and Callum Roughneen both produced their best ever BAL runs to keep the team in the title hunt. George was majestic in breaking 47 seconds for the first time and placing 2nd in the A (which is a GB junior lead for the year), while Callum fought hard for 4th in the B. Pat Swan ran in all 3 of the previous matches and is also a vital squad member.
Endurance: In the 800m Luke Betts ran his first ever BAL A race and performed admirably to take 4th against top opposition, while it was great to see Niall Brooks back in the B. He won his race in customary fashion, beating Sam Ellis to continue his unbeaten record in the BAL.
In the 1500m, regular senior runners Charlie Hulson, Nick Samuels and Gavin Hill were all unavailable, meaning that Ryan Worland and Matt Holmes had to step up. They fought hard and made what proved to be very important contributions.
Simon Horsfield has made 3 appearances this season over 3000m and 1500m and has won on each occasion. He's in brilliant form and has been a key performer for the team all year and this was our only individual A win of the day. His 3000m victory came at just the right time. Team captain James Bailey doubled up in the chase and 3000m and took 14 much needed points, while Rob Flannery also picked up 6th in the B chase, again showing great commitment. Antony Ford and Matt Barnes also contributed to the endurance squad this year.
The relays have been incredible all season. Coming into the match, the 4x100m team had won all of the previous 3 races and they maintained their unbeaten record with another startling run. The quartet here was again Umar Hameed, Chris Craig, Ryan Oswald and Gabriel Odujobi, while Roy Ejiakuekwu, Allan Hamilton and Jack Andrew have all played a part in the win streak.
In the 4x400m, Chris Wakeford, tired from a long year, got the team off to a solid start, while the new John Regis, Chris Craig, contributed a 49.2 split, just minutes after his great run in the 4x100m. Then Debo Ademuyewo stepped up to the plate. He's not ran a 400m since May, hasn't broken 22 seconds for 200m since 2006 and hasn't broken 49 seconds for 400m since 2010, yet produced an astonishing leg of 48.0 to pull the team into contention. Callum Roughneen then ran his fastest ever 400m, 47.3, to claim a superb 4th place.
Media reports of the title win: http://www.athleticsweekly.com/news/sale-see-off-shaftesbury-to-take-bal-premiership-title/ http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/other-sport/sale-harriers-settling-the-score-5586273 See you all next year! (Report Team Manager Dean Hardman Photo courtesy Emanuelis Stasaitis
Posted 08/08/2013 16:47
Following Sale's YDL outing to Edinburgh with a depleted team (the English Schools Championships were only a few days later), our trip to Preston was also missing some first-choice names, but at least it was the same for the Scots who also have holidays, weddings and all the other July distractions.
The gaps were filled, as always, by those true stalwarts who leave the comfort zones of their specialist events to scrape together a point or two here and there for the club and their hugely popular team managers
For those of you jumpers who ran, runners who threw and many who did far more than they would have normally, especially those who came last with a PB in some foreign event, thanks! The result is that through all your efforts, Sale have finished 2nd to Team Edinburgh in the league and have qualified for the National Finals in September. Congratulations to one and all - team manages, officials, parents.
Joshua Halson won the U20 100m B race with a PB 11.00 sec. Elin Jones (100m U20) ran 12.8 for a SB while Hayaat Bah-Traore made it a 12.8 PB in the B race. Our U20 200m men both scorched in first, Daniel Heald in 21.7 (SB) and Nathan Harris had a 22.4 PB. Same distance but U17, Lamiko Thomas's PB was 22.6. Same distance again, but this time Beth Bolton ran 26.0 (SB) and looks to be returning to form; Beth also ran the 400m in 60.2, just over three seconds behind her PB, but still good enough for second place points.Still 200m, but U17 and Gabrielle George was oh so impressive with 25.1 and also ran the 300m in 39.8 (PB) to win by over a second.
In the men's 400m, Callum Roughneen shifted into cruise mode and won by 1.8 seconds with 49.5, while our B runner Kobefo Ntabejane made it a PB with 52.6. At U17 for the 400m, Lamiko Thomas's 51.3 wasn't fast for him, but still a second ahead of the second placed runner.
800m saw Aimee Pratt come second with 2:21.2 for second, but she blew them all away in the 1500 steeplechase with a PB of 5:20.4 to win by 32 seconds.
At 1500m, Adam Roden (U17) set a PB of 4:18.5 and Rachel Hibberd's SB (5:17.2) made it a worthwhile trip for her. Rachel's clubmate Hannah Simeen ran the B race in 5:49.0 and the 3000m 12:00.8 - a superb effort for the club.
The PBs continued to mount up during the 3000m: Lewis Singleton (U17) 10:20.3; U20 team member Madeleine Hole (still U17, mind) 12:22.5; Amber Towns 11:10.5 to win by nearly a minute!
Double Northern U17 400m and long jump champion, Alyssia Carr ran1.8 sec. slower than her SB and still won by 1.4 sec, confirming many suspicions that we could be seeing a special 300HU performer; Alyssia also won the LJ with 5.32m. Still hurdling, but 400HU U20M, Chris McGahan's best is now 60.6; Hannah Christie also did the 400HU (81.4) then set a PB 6:01.4 in the 1500SC...now THAT is hard work!
In the relays, the U20M 100m quartet posted a new SB of 43.7 and the club record could go this season, as could the 4X400m U20M who won in 3:25.2.Well done to the U17 quartet of Courtney Leonard, HyaatBah-Traore, Kate Hill and Tayla Saville who also smashed it in their 4 x 100m relay.
Springy Seun Okome, young in his U20 age group, cleared 1.95m for his SB. Akenke White was B jumper to Emily Cummings. Emily won with 1.65m and Akenke's PB went to 1.45m.
In the triple jump, Adam Howell (U20) left them over a metre behind his 13.62m and threw in a 6.18. LJ for third; Kevin Metzger (U17) was uncannily similar - third in the LJ (5.76m) but a TJ of 12.90m that saw the next nearest over 1.5m behind. Still jumping, still U17 and Jacob Lingard came second in the LJ with 5.79m then won the TJ with a PB 12.15m. Lisa James was another classy winner of the triple jump with 12.02m and the long with 5.72m
J'nae Ward's SP4K (U17) PB is now 9.37m, making her more and more noticeable as one of Chris Bartram's talented multi-eventers.
Now here's a thing...SP6K (U20M), PB 10.91m, same athlete, JT800 PB 30.88m, and who is this thrower? Clovis Asong!! My computer nearly blew a fuse.
(Researched and written by Anthony Barbet)
Posted 30/07/2013 12:41
Sale Harriers were out in force (in County strip) for the world's fourth largest athletics event. The sun shone, there was a gentle breeze, thousands of knowledgeable spectators packed the Alexander Stadium, some of it was on the telly and the organization was Olympics standard. Perfect conditions led to a blizzard of PBs and CBPs. There were many great performances by counties lucky enough to have SHM constituents, but the following were amongst the most memorable.
Roy Ejiakuekwu (Manchester, 100m senior) was poetry in motion, as opposed to proper poetry because nothing rhymes with Ejiakuekwu. He is no stranger to top spot on the ESAA podium having occupied it after his intermediate 200m win in 2011. Last year (first year senior) he was edged into fourth in the 100m but this year he ran 10.61 to beat a Bedfordshire lad in a photo finish. Did Roy throttle back before the line? The replay on Sky Sports should help prove guilt or innocence.
Jona Efoloko (Manchester 200m junior) knocked six hundredths off his PB for 22.64, nearly a tenth better than the silver medalist from London and the three other South East boys he left trailing behind him. A new SHM record with another year in the age group! Jona's one of those deceptive people who doesn't seem to be going quickly at all - it must be annoying for the people he beats so comfortably.
UK No.1 javelin thrower Natasha Wilson (senior, Cumbria) didn't need to exert herself to the max. Her SB is 47.90m, but she strolled away with the gold with a leisurely 45.81m, way over two meters clear of the silver medalist and over four metres clear of third. No re-measure needed.
Pole vaulter Sarah Mc Keever's career rose to exciting new heights with her first English Schools title. She also did it in style also with a massive lifetime best of 3.70m that propels her to No.2 in the U20 UK rankings. Sarah is a multi- Greater Manchester Schools Champion and last competed in the English Schools Championships in 2011 as an U17 year old when she finished 10th.
The Manchester senior boy's 4x100m relay team was Sale Harriers to a man. They were not named individually, but 41.35 seconds and common sense suggest it could have been Roy (see above), Daniel Heald (last year's senior 200m and relay gold medalist), Nathan Selby (last year's 200m bronze medalist and relay gold medalist) and Zenon Wisniewski. Everyone a way-below-11 seconds performer, so unless one of them had an attack of baton hand paralysis or Krypton had been recognized as an English county, they were never going to be in the silverware business. Ker-ching! Another in the bank.
To quote England Athletics: 'The most competitive event of the day [Saturday] was undoubtedly the inter girls' triple jump'. This is how it went: on Friday the huge field was split into two groups and whittled down to twelve. At 10.00 on Saturday the dozen qualifiers from eleven counties slugged it out. It was always close, but in the final stages a girl from Surrey wasn't just the only one to break 12m, she smashed the eight year old 12.10m championship record by a whopping 9cm. The crowd went wild…and she remained the record holder for about five minutes because Amy Williams (Cheshire) doesn't't do silver. Her sixth and final jump of 12.22m was like a mugging, only legal. Amy is now 2cm off the UK all time record with over a year to improve. Of course, it's a new club record also. She has her third consecutive ESAA winner's medal and England selection v. Wales, Scotland and Ireland in Dublin on July 20th.
Aine Cunningham, who'd been at the helm of much of the club's U'13 success through 2012 and the Northern XC silver medallist, produced an excellent two days of running to make her first ever final and T.V. debut. In heat 1 she had to produce close to her best to even make it through the 800m heats and did not disappoint producing a lifetime best of 2.19.80 to make it through to the semi final. In the semi-final, she again would have had to produce a PB to progress to the final and she did it running another PB 2.19.26 qualifying for the final by 1000th of a second. Going into the final was always going to be tough and with the good weather she desired she fulfilled her dream and made herself and everyone around her very proud.
Sixteen year old Lamiko Thomas got off to a great start in the Intermediate Boys 400m Semi-final and missed out on securing a place in the Final by the narrowest of margins. Fifteen year Aimee Pratt aimed for a Semi-Final place in the Intermediate Girls 800m. She ran a tactical race that meant that it all came down to a sprint finish. Aimee missed out on the final by just one second.
It's no mean achievement to reach the final of the English Schools Championships so the club congratulations must also go to Callum Roughneen (U20 400m), Ryan Moore (U20 1500), Jacob Sutcliffe (U20 Pole vault), Kevin Metzger (U17 Triple Jump), Alyssia Carr (U20 long jump) and Sophie Ullah (U15 Discus)and J'Nay Ward (U17 high jump).
(Written by Anthony Barbet and Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 24/07/2013 08:59
Several Sale Harrier young athletes are among Britain's best, most exciting and promising. Last week, some competed in major Championships that was the next step in their careers en route, we hope, to one day being an Olympian. We applaud their success and talent and acknowledge the indispensible role their coaches and families play in their success. Sale Harriers is immensely proud of them and their commitment and we acknowledge their role in inspiring others.
KATIE BYRES: Nineteen year old pole-vaulter Katie Byres represented GB & NI at the European U23 Championships in Tampere, Finland. With only one vaulter younger than Katie in the twenty seven pole vaulters in the qualification, Katie was very pleased to make the final as she sailed through her pole vault qualification making first time clearances to 4m 05, 4m 15 and 4m 20 (her outdoor season's best) to automatically qualify for the final. In the final she made first time clearances at 4m05 and 4m 15 but was unable to clear 4m 25 and finished in a creditable 9th place. Katie will still be an U23 in two years time when the competition will be held in Estonia. No.1 in the UK U20 rankings, Katie's has represented GB & NI twice at Youth level (the European Youth Olympic Festival, Tampere, Finland in 2009 and the Youth Olympic Games, Singapore, 2010); twice at Junior level (The European Juniors, Tallinn, Estonia in 2011 and World Juniors, Barcelona in 2012) ; the Senior World Indoor Championships, Istanbul, Turkey in 2012 and then this European u23 Championships,
ROY EJIAKUEKWU represented GB & NI at the European Junior Championships at Reiti, Italy. He finished fourth in his semi-final, running 10.75 into a -1.5m/s headwind, which meant he missed out on a place in the final by just five hundredths of a second. Again, this is another fine pinnacle for the club's top-class athlete whose sprinting ranks him among the top four U20 nationally over 100m as a result of a superb PB in Manneheim (Germany) prior to the Championship. He also holds a rare of being double English Schools 200m Champion.
GEORGE CADDICK also represented GB & NI at the same European Junior championships and ran an impressive 400m anchor leg to move the GB team up to second place behind Russia. Another double English School's Champion, this time over 400m he is en route to becoming one of the Nation's top 400m specialists and now takes up a scholarship in the USA to progress his career. The club wishes him well.
LEE WHITELEY represented GB & NI at the IPC World Champ at Lyon in France and reached the finest pinnacle in his career as a disabled athlete. He's finished 4th in the 100m with a time that would show a clear pair of heels to many able-bodied sprinters. He wrote on Facebook, "I would like to thank everyone for their support. Big thanks to Christian Platts for getting me prepared for these champs; to my training group and coach Keith Hunter for pushing me through the sessions and big thanks to my friend Daniel Heald who has told me this was possible from day one and I wouldn't be at this point without him. Lee this year has already represented GB & NI with distinction over 100/200m at IPC meetings in Dubai and Italy and ranks No.1 in the England Athletics Senior Disability Championships over 100m and 200m.
BRIAN GREGAN competed for Ireland at the World University Games in Kazan for Ireland. He placed 5th in the 400m final and was disappointed not to have won gold. He was the fastest qualifier for the final but lacked the usual power coming into the homestretch. His time of 45.83 equalled his fifth place finish of two years ago.
Finally, yet to come in August are the World Senior championships in Moscow and selected to represent GB & NI in his first senior call-up are Andy Robertson (4 x 100m). Kirsten McAslan (4 x 400m) and Kelly Massey (4 x 400). Britain is particularly early in naming their team. Ireland hasn't done so yet and neither have Canada. Only club athletes Brian Gregan and Seyi Smith have a chance of selection for other nations and if either get picked, we'll let you know. (Submitted by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 23/07/2013 10:04
Sale fielded a strong, if somewhat experimental, team for the final match of the U13/U15 Northern Premier match at Gateshead. The standard of competition was incredibly high and, after a closely fought contest, Liverpool AC was the deserved winners. Sale finished runners-up but were relegated to fourth place, being deemed not to have provided the full complement of officials. Despite this, Sale still retained the Northern Premier title having won all three previous matches. Sale and Liverpool AC will now go onto the National Final in Birmingham to compete against teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. With Northern pride at stake, Sale and Liverpool can be relied on put on a great show for all athletic fans. Sale is the only club in the country with all ten teams - U13, U15, U17, U20 and senior, (male and female) in Premier Divisions and nine of those are still in contention for National titles.
Ellie Jackson was the club's star athlete at Gateshead winning three events on her club debut and setting a club record of 11.36 seconds in the U13 70m hurdles whilst beating the national record holder into 2nd place. Her 150m time of 19.78 seconds was a new PB and ranked 4th in the country. Beth Thornton had a great weekend setting a new 800m PB of 2:28.83 (an incredible time for a primary school athlete) and then travelled to the Bupa Edinburgh mini-run where she won by about 300m.
Tess Mc Hugh also had a good week winning the county Schools Quadrathon on Thursday and then recording a hurdles and long jump PB. Another multi-eventer in good form is Niamh Nugent who finished runner-up in her county school's quadrathon. (losing by 1 point).She went on to record new PB's for the high jump and 1200m at Gateshead. Tia Blissett won her 800m and set a lifetime best in the long jump.
In the U15 event, Northern Champion Annie Williams remains unbeaten in the pole vault and set a new PB of 2:80cms. Kelly Chadwick again won the long jump and then ran a sensational new PB of 25.77 seconds to finish runner-up in the 200m. Sophie Ullah, Emma Lowe and Olivia Ashworth all scored well in the throws with Sophie winning the discus whilst Frankie Reid ran a new PB in the 800m
English schools champion Jona Efoloko was the star of the boy's event setting a new club record of 37.10 seconds in the 300m event. Dylan Battick made an impressive debut for Sale winning the 800m race in a new PB. Jaimal Brown was an excellent winner in the javelin whilst Jonathan Alderley, Nicholas Nealon and Will Schofield also scored well in the throws. Luke Chesters, Dane Winchole and Rhys Parker were impressive in the U13 events and finished runners-up in a total of six events.
Again thanks to those who made all of this success possible - the athletes, the team managers, the officials, the parents and photographers.
Posted 22/07/2013 12:19
The hottest weekend of 2013 will be remembered for some scintillating athletics action at the World trials at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. With just 28 days to go until the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, it wasn't just national titles at stake so it was great to see many Sale vests mixing it with the nation's best with some even winning national medals. Sale had no less than 26 athletes compete over the three days.
Our World class sprinter Andy Robertson, based in Bath, moved his career onto another exciting level with superb performances, all witnessed on TV. In the 100m final, he came 3rd with a lifetime best of 10.14 not far off Dwain Chambers who took his seventh title. Javelin thrower Rosie Semenytsh had waited a long time to become a British champion and she finally made it at the weekend. Congratulations also to the club's Scottish multi discus champion, Kirsty Law who added the British Championships silver medal to her collection. Our Olympian, Commonwealth Games silver medallist and multi national title hammer thrower Alex Smith was below par but still won the silver medal with Mike Floyd, the club 12 times Northern Champion in fourth place. Congratulations also to Nick Gayle who won bronze in the 110m hurdles. We must also congratulate Norman Poole trained Michael Rimmer (L'pool Pembroke) who trains at our Wythenshawe site who achieved his 6th 800m British title to secure his seat on the plane to Moscow.
There were also several fantastic lifetime best performances. Abigayle Fitzpatrick had every reason to be delighted. Out 400m hurdler has been in superb form all summer and capped her year two fantastic PB's in both the heats and final. Kirsten McAslan (400m) has also been in superb form through the summer and there's nothing better than a PB to prove this. Kelly Massey entered the championships late after her fine SB at the UKWAL match the precious weekend. What a pity she just missed out on the bronze medal with another SB. Well done to Abigayle Haywood who also produced a season's best to finish just outside the medals
(Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 16/07/2013 14:25