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Over the last few seasons we've had some absolutely brilliant results in the British league, with 2 league titles in 6 seasons and some excellent match wins. This weekend saw the latest episode in the story, with a win that was as unexpected as it was hard earned. We went into the match having taken 2nd place in both of the first two fixtures, which, because of Shaftesbury winning on both occasions, meant anything less than a victory would effectively kill our title challenge. With a series of injuries to big scorers, Chris Baker preparing for this week's European Under 23 Championships and the UK Championships only a week away, our team was slightly weakened compared to the previous matches, so, while we knew we would do ok, a win wasn't exactly predicted.
`The team rose to the challenge magnificently and pulled some superb top 3 places out of the bag, which was enough to take the win with 312.5 points, from Sheffield with 308. Incredibly, Shaftesbury came 5th, meaning that heading into the final fixture we are top of the league with 22 points, ahead of Shaftesbury, who have 20. This means that we need a top 2 finish in London to take the league title again, which means we need to put our strongest team out, as the match will likely be the most competitive in years. Shaftesbury are at home and will be formidable, while traditional powerhouses Newham are currently in 7th and 2005 champions Woodford Green are just 0.5 points ahead in 6th. They will all be very strong, so coming 1st or 2nd will be no easy task. I'll be in touch with everyone soon to ascertain availability, but please do get in touch to let me know as soon as you do. With a carrot of another go at the European Cup, it's certainly worth pulling out all the stops.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend the fixture due to work commitments, so many, many thanks to John Smith for standing in and taking my place on Saturday. On the day we had 3 A-string wins from Simon Horsfield, who is making a habit of taking fine victories (and who was pushed close by Charlie Hulson, who won the B), Tomas Rauktys in the discus (he also threw over 17m for 2nd in the Shot) and the 4x100m team (Hameed, Craig, Oswald and Odujobi). The relay was the team's 3rd successive BAL win and was again under 41 secs, showing that they're the best team out there at the moment.
There were further B wins for Matt Sumner (400mH on debut), George Caddick (400m), Ryan Oswald (200m) and Jacob Brown (LJ), while hard earned top 3 A and B spots were taken by Chris Wakeford (400mH), Ryan Oswald (100m), Gabriel Odujobi (110mH), Jack Andrew (110mH), Antony Ford (5000m), Andy Burgess (a PB and 2nd in the LJ), Matt Cullen (PV), Thomas Furlong (also on debut in the hammer) and Jonathan Ferryman (TJ). The 4x400m team of Pat Swan, Josh Oguntayo, Debo Ademuyewo and Chris Wakeford also performed admirably to record a season's best and a strong 5th place.
In such narrow team wins every point counts, so the contributions of James Barratt, Chris Craig, Josh Oguntayo, Umar Hameed, Pat Swan, Ryan Worland, Stephen Porter, Matt Holmes and Rob Flannery shouldn't be underestimated. Indeed, massive credit to Gabriel Odujobi and Matt Cullen, who filled in on the high jump, and Rob Flannery, who did likewise in the 800m (thus sacrificing his own hopes in his specialist steeplechase for the cause), as if it weren't for their efforts, the match win wouldn't have happened.
Well done gain to all that contributed and good luck to everyone competing at the trials next weekend and, of course, to Chris over in Tampere. Let's make one last push in the final match! (Team Manager Dean Hardman)
Posted 10/07/2013 11:28
It was a 'do-or-die' match for our senior women at the UK Women's Premier League match at Sportcity at the weekend. With a background of 23 League titles and runners-up 9 times in the league's 38 year history, the only club that's remained in the league through its 38 year history, was likely to be relegated if we could not finish better than 6th place. This demise is largely due to the absence of endurance runners to fill any of the middle distance events. As a result, the club (competing as City of Manchester) finished last at the first match in Edinburgh. A rallying call by team manager Cara O'Brien for this home match failed to mobilize the troops and with the problem worsened by a further shortage of horizontal jump athletes, deputizing team manager Jack Frost and assistant Neil Donbavand deputizing for Cara at a wedding in Ireland, were not alone with a sense of foreboding.
In near perfect, sunny conditions, the team dug deep and there were many gutsy performances, fine PB's and inspiring examples of team spirit. Kirsten McAslan, hot from her recent senior GB debut at the European team championships and preparing for the next weekend's senior trials, ran PB's of 11.83 for 100m and 23.92 for the 200m 23.92. Abi Fitzpatrick was also in fine form and delighted with a well deserved 400m Hurdles PB of 58.23. Imani Modahl ran a very positive tactical race in the 800m and was rewarded with a PB in the 800m running 2.19.52, breaking the 2.20 barrier for the first time. U17 Aimee Pratt, having earlier competed in the English Schools Championships, front ran a determined 800m up against Senior Women and smashed her PB running 2.17.3 to finish 2nd. Tyra Watson returned to her winning ways with a very satisfying win in the 400m hurdles (57.8) and 2nd in the 200m (25.9). The weekend also saw the return to form with season's best performances for Kelly Massey (400m 52.99) Kirsty Law (Discus 51.90m) and Jenna Hill (800m 2.11.31). Katie Byres (pole vault) won valuable points for 3rd and equalled the league record. The day was topped by a fine 4 x 400m relay victory with Tyra Watson, Abi Fitzpatrick, Lauren Brennan and Kirsten McAslan.
It was such a hard fought day that in the points tally there was so few points separating the clubs, we could easily have finished as high as second but in fact we finished 7th. The 'Dunkirk' spirit was admirably displayed by our European and Commonwealth 400m medallist who then went and did the long-jump despite never having done it before. Unfortunately, her point could not count1. Also, well done to Jenna Hill who competed in two events despite having an Achilles tendon problem.
The battle to avoid relegation from the UK Women's League Premiership Division now goes to the final match at Blackheath (London) on August 3rd. With ALL hands 'on deck and with the other competing team's results working in our favour, we can STILL avoid relegation ...just about. The message must therefore goes out to ALL our coaches and athletes that we must have nothing less than our strongest athletes available if we are to avoid relegation. (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick. Photos courtesy of Roger Evans)
Posted 10/07/2013 11:28
When we talk about windy weather in Manchester, we mean the daffodils are going to take a bit of a battering. When they talk about a bonny breeze in Edinburgh, small children in baggy clothing should be roped to someone like a shot putter…and it was bad weather for our trip north of the border for the 3rd match of the Youth Development League (Upper)
We had a much depleted team only a few days before the English Schools Championships in Birmingham the following Friday - for many of our most talented athletes, the risk of injury so close to the fourth biggest athletics competition in the world understandably trumps other considerations.
A very special thank you to those stalwarts who gave their all for the club and managed a highly creditable third place behind Edinburgh and Glasgow who fielded full strength teams.
In dreadful conditions there were few PBs, but some defied the odds: Bukky Ojo won the U17W triple jump with 9.93m and Amber Towns clocked 11:21.37 for the 3000m which must have seemed like 4000m! Well done to Hannah Christy who improved her lifetime best in the 1500m by 2 seconds and stepped in for the first time to do the 400m hurdles. All-rounder Marnie Wells-Nicholls won the U20W 100m hurdles with a season's best of 15.54.
Amongst other overall winners we had three U17W: Flora Whyte 1500m (5:15.24); Aimee Pratt 800m (2:20.65); Alyssia Carr 300mH (47.12). From the U20W springy brigade, Emily Cummings won the high jump (1.65m) and Sarah McKeever vaulted to 3.35m. Matt Holmes (U20) completed the 2000mSC in 6:22.62, amazingly within 10 seconds of his PB in those conditions. No wonder he is way up in the UK top 20.
The U17M proved swift and strong respectively as Felix Tighe won the 400m in 51.97 and Joshua Booth sent the discus an unbeatable 39.06m.
Two SHM relay teams won: Courtney Leonard, Charlotte Worthington, Tayla Saville and Alyssia Carr were the U17W 4x100m stars and in the same age group, same distance, Matthew Ogden, Harry Lord, Felix Tighe and **** defied all comers.
(Written thanks to Anthony Barbet. Photos courtesy of Carl Worthington )
Posted 04/07/2013 10:02
Sale remain undefeated in the U13/U15 Northern YDL League with the match at Preston at the weekend decided on the last two events in which the boys won both the U15 relays. As a result of three victories in the three matches so far they're well set to retain the Northern title and to qualify for the National Finals in September.
The U15 boys were the club's dominant squad with Jona Ofoloku, Anthony Bruton, Kieran Donnely, James Ratcliffe, Kemar Thompson, Will Scohfield, Jamal Brown, Rory Canham and Jake Spilsbury winning their events whilst Adam Kinghorn, Dillon Birchill, Darnell Bell, Adam Spilsbury and Matthew Smith also finished in medal positions. In the U15 girl's events, victories went to Annie Williams, Zenni Enechi, Kelly Chadwick, Georgina Alexander and Sophie Ullah whilst Ellie Twite finished runners-up in a season's best and Emma Lowe performed well in the throws.
In the U13 girl's events, Harriet Leah ran PB's in both sprints and teamed up with Tia Blissett, Lizzie Twite and Verity Garnes to finish runners-up in the relay. Lizzie and Tia along with Niamh Nugent and Bethany Thornton were dominant in the middle distance events. In the boy's events Dane Winchcole made an impressive debut for Sale winning both sprint events and teaming up with Rhys Parker, Luke Chesters and Connor Patterson for a clear win in the relay. Harry Boyd won his race whilst Tom Barrett finished 3rd in his club debut. Nathan Booth, Ben Worthington and Euan Murphy scored well in the throwing events whilst Michael Odejimi and Femi Okomo were impressive in the high jump.
As ever, many thanks to the team managers, officials, parents who contribute so much to the success of these youngsters. Onwards to the next and final match at Gateshead on July 13th (Produced by Peter Shaw and Fechin mc Cormick. photos courtesy of Carl Worthington)
Posted 25/06/2013 11:53
A major event this weekend was the Northern, Southern and Midland T & F Championship, major events for every athlete and often the pinnacle of their summer season. Sale had representation in all three. At Sportcity for the Northern Championships, blustery winds and rain made conditions far from ideal for running faster, jumping higher and/or throwing further. Nevertheless, there were many fine club performances.
The club's legendary hammer thrower and stalwart, Mike Floyd, claimed his twelfth Northern title, a record not likely to be easily surpassed. Coached by Kevin Madden at the Wythenshawe site, he also became the seventh British men's hammer thrower to better 70 metres in a competitive event. His club colleague and Britain's current No.1, Olympic finalist Alex Smith finished in just fifth place. Well done, Mike!
It was the sprint's section that had the greatest success. Foremost among them were U17 Gabrielle George and U23 Kadeena Cox. Gabrielle won the U20 200m silver medal and recorded a lifetime best in the 100m final. U23 Kadeena Cox won the senior 200m silver medal and also recorded PB's in both her heats and100m final. Callum Roughneen won silver in the U20 200m and, though not technically a sprint event, Jack Andrew, coached by Chris Bartram won the U23 110m hurdles bronze medal with a fine PB also. SWprinters who PB'd were Umar Hameed (100m), Jack Seddon (U20 100m), Zenon Wisniewski (U20 100m) and Nathan Harris (U20 100m)
Heptathlete Jessica Taylor was the club's most successful individual athlete. She won silver medals in the long jump and javelin; bronze in the high jump and 100m hurdles and big PB's in the hurdles, shot and javelin. In form Jess is now appealing for a heptathlon competition. Can someone facilitate her!
The field events section was also successful. U20 Lisa James took the senior long jump title as did U20 Natasha Wilson in the senior javelin competition. There were also three silver medallists - Emily Cummings (U20 High Jump), Sarah Mc Keever (U20 pole vault) and Jacob Brown in the long jump. Andrew Burgess was also the long jump bronze medallist.
The club's middle distance only had Robert Flannery from the club compete. Rob ran a fine 3000m steeplechase clocking a season's best of 10:01.99 - highly commendable striving for a return to his best form when he did a PB of 9:31.8 way back in 2005.
In the Southern Championships Sale boys recorded 1 and 3 in the 100m. Andy Robertson took the Southern title and Gabriel Odujobi the bronze medal. Rosie Semenytsh also took Southern the javelin title with a fantastic new PB.
In the Midland Championships, Nick Gayle won the 110m hurdles title with Darren Lewis the bronze medalist.
(Researched and written by Fechin Mc Cormick. To view videos of the track events check out ... http://www.vincosport.com/videos/ )
Posted 25/06/2013 11:51
The England U23 and U20 Championships took place at the weekend in the traditional venue of Bedford international stadium. It doubled as the European Trials with several club members hoping to catch the eye of the selectors. For many this national Championship is the pinnacle of their summer and this year some best performances were frustrated by strong winds and torrential rain. Nevertheless, Sale produced several fantastic performances and medallists. The club heartily congratulations all of them.
Abi Fitzpatrick is rightly 'over the moon' to have become the U23 UK 400m hurdle champion and it was so nice she dedicated her victory to her dad for Father's Day because "without him I wouldn't be where I am today". Another person rightly over the moon is Kirsten Mc Aslan who took the U23 400m title just a few days after it was announced she'd been selected for her first senior GB vest to run the 4 x 400m relay in the Europa Cup. The club's pole vaulters had a great weekend with Andy Sutcliffe winning the U23 national men's title; Katie Byres the U23 women's title and Sarah Mc Keever winning the U20 silver medal. Other national title holders and gold medallists were Natasha Wilson in the U20 Javelin and Chris Baker in the U23 high jump.
There were many other fine performances on this national stage. The increasingly faster Roy Ejiakuekwu ran a lifetime best of 10.40 with a wind of just 2.1 helping to secure the U20 100m silver medal. He's already qualified for the sprint relays at the European Championships. Lisa James jumped over 12 metres again in the triple jump, her 12.14 winning the silver medal. Just one centimetre behind was U17 Amy Williams who jumped over 12 metres for the first time. It's especially exciting that this young girl who's in only her first year in the U17 category should win the U20 bronze medal. Imani Modahl also won U20 bronze in 3000m steeple chase in a PB of 12.15.15.
There were several other lifetime best performances that must be applauded. Rebekah Wilson in the U23 100m (11.77), Callum Roughneen in the U20 400m (47.85), Aimee Pratt in the U20 1500m (4:47.14) and Lamiko Thomas in the U20 200m (23:49).
Posted 19/06/2013 12:45
Georgia Taylor Brown retained her individual ETU European Junior Triathlon title in Alanya, Turkey last week and was also part of the successful GB team to also win their second team medal in two years. It's been an awesome year for the club's prestigious talent, coached in her running by Paul Roden. She adds this latest major European title and several other international triathlon titles and medals to her Northern U20 Cross-Country title and IAAF cross country medal with the Great Britain Athletics team last winter
This victory is especially sweet for Georgia in that she's retained her title despite losing a significant amount of training through injury after winning her cross-country medal with the GB team. She said: "It's amazing to retain the title! I tried not to think about it coming into the race as I find it puts too much pressure on. I had a great bike. I stayed at front and did a lot of work because I knew there were some good runners in the second group."
(Submitted by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 19/06/2013 12:44
As you'll no doubt have heard by now, we had another excellent day last Saturday at Sportcity where we hosted the 2nd BAL match of the summer. After a solid 2nd in the first match, our hopes were high for a home win to put us in the box seat in the league table. On the day the team scored an outstanding 339 points, which would generally be good enough to win most matches and is by far the highest score we've ever produced that hasn't won us a match. In the end, Shaftesbury pipped us by just 5 points, meaning that they lead the BAL with 16, from us with 14. With the next match also in the North (Sheffield, July 6th), we still have a chance of regaining the league title if we can win the match.
On Saturday it really was a team effort. We had just 4 A victories, but a string of top 3 A and B finishes and a lot of consistency that saw us well clear of Birchfield in 3rd. Big man points have to go to James Bailey, who pulled a hamstring on the final waterjump but still hobbled home to win the chase, while Simon Horsfield in the 3000m was our other individual A victor and he couldn't have made a dominant performance look any easier. Chris Baker, fresh from achieving the Euro U23 qualifying height of 2.22m took the High Jump with a clear victory, while the final A win went to the 4x100m quartet of Allan Hamilton, Chris Craig, Ryan Oswald and debutant Gabriel Odujobi, who anchored the team to a 40.39 clocking, which is certainly the best relay time from a Sale quartet for 15 years and quite possibly 3rd on our all-time list.
Our other top 3 positions were achieved by Ryan Oswald (2nd in the B 100m and 1st in the B 200m), Nick Gayle (2nd A 110mH) Gabriel (B 110mH winner), Pat Swan (B 4000m 3rd), Charlie Hulson A 1500m 3rd), Gavin Hill (2nd B 1500m), Matt Barnes (1st B 3000m), Smithy and Floydy (2nd in the A and B hammer), Jacob Brown (2nd A LJ), Alan Hamilton (1st B LJ), Jack Andrew (2nd B PV), Michael Piccoli (3rd B HJ), Rimas (2nd A Shot) and Tomas Rauktys (3rd B Shot). In truth, even those that didn't snatch a top 3 place still earned vital points, including Roy Ejiakuekwu, Stephen Porter, Ricardo Twumasi, Matt Cullen, Callum Roughneen, Josh Oguntayo and Luke Betts.
Posted 12/06/2013 07:46
The second match of the Northern Premier League took place in Preston on Sunday and, although the final team result was disappointing, there were some excellent individual performances, with Chiara Collins hammer throw of 43m 27cm leading the way.The League positions after the 2nd fixture are Wakefield 11pts, Preston 9pts, Sale Harriers 8pts, City of Hull, 7pts, Leigh Harriers 4pts and Bolton 3pts,
The leading ladies were….Lydia Randles (16.7 in the 100m hurdles and a 44m 47 javelin throw); Imani Mohdal (4m59.7 1500m) along with Amie Pratt's 3000m in 10m 51.1. Lisa James also had a fine double….the LJ in 5m 62 and plus another 12m + triple jump.
The men's team was dominant throughout, the highlights being Jonathon Ferryman's triple jump of 13m 90cm, Alex Wort's fine javelin throw of 48m 48cm, followed by a 15.4s 110m hurdle, Josh Orguntayo 400m in 49.1s, Alex Bradford 800m in 2m 01.8, Ryan Worland 5000m in 15m 32.9, Andrew Burgess long jump of 6m 98cms, John Nicholls 14m 22cm Shot, and 15 year old Zac Harrop overcoming his seniors with a 3m 50cm vault. Of course our sprinters were brilliant, Roy Ejiakuekwu, Daniel Heald, Marcel Stevens. Aaron Crowley graced the Preston Arena with their athleticism.
(Submitted by Jack Frost).
Posted 11/06/2013 15:49
After a tremendous tussle in the second round in the U13/15 Northern Premier match at Doncaster our youngsters managed a narrow five point victory over the strongest Liverpool team we have met over the past five years. Competition was of a very high standard featuring many top ranked athletes and county champions from Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Gtr. Manchester, Merseyside and the North-East.
Our U15 boy's sprint and hurdles squad were dominant with James Radcliffe winning a sprint double whilst Jona Efoloko, Cieran Donnely, Darnel Bell, Will Scofield, Oliver Mc Cormick and Ehis Ilozobhie all showed the opposition a clean pair of heels. Will and Oliver were also of an equally dominant group of throwers which also included Anthony Bruton, Rory Canham and Jaimal Brown. Versatile Ehis was a clear winner of the long jump with Ben Moseley winning the B event. In the girl's events, Kelly Chadwick won the long jump and finished runner up in the 100m with an excellent 12.7 seconds. Aine Cunningham was in great form in the 800m to record a new PB in 2nd place whilst 1500m runners Danielle Stringer and Claudia Cowan also recorded new PB's. Two other girls gaining impressive victories were Sophie Ullah (Discus), and Northern Champion Annie Williams (Pole Vault) whilst Emma Lowe was runner up in the discus
In a match involving the strongest six clubs in the north, victories in the U13 events were difficult to achie3ve. However, Anna Phillips managed to improve her 800m PB by over 10 seconds to win her event on her league debut. whilst our Primary School contingent of Beth Thornton, Lizzie Twite, Tia Ray Barton, Same Heyworth, Connor Keys and Bailey Hulse all performed with great distinction running PB's in the middle distance events, showing that our future as a club is in safe hands. Tess MC Hugh was another Primary school athlete who showed maturity beyond her years whilst competing in the jumps and hurdles.
Michael Odejim and Demo Okome dominated the high jump whilst Harry Boyd 800m) and Connor Patterson (Long Jump) both recorded new PB's. After two rounds league positions are
1. Sale Harriers Manchester 12 match points
2. Liverpool Harriers & AC 10 match points
3. Cith of Sheffield 7 match points
4. Gateshead Harriers 6 Match points
5. Preston Harriers 5 match points
6. Doncaster AC 2 match points
Such fantastic success would not be achievable without stalwart backroom work from the like of team managers, coaches, officials and parents. Thank you. Presented by Peter Shaw. Photos courtesy of Carl Worthington.
Posted 07/06/2013 11:17