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Sale Harriers Clovis Asong and George Craddick won fantastic 400m gold and bronze medals on the second day of the athletics action at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man.
The 400m final was an extremely strong field with four runners under 47 seconds. It included the Kenyan who was the 2010 Youth Olympic Champion and was a very serious threat with a 46.4 run a couple of months ago. Clovis, in fine form, had earlier rewritten the history books at the European Youth Olympics when he ran a Championship record time to win the 400m gold medal and then picked up a further 4 x 100m relay silver. George also had come agonisingly close to a medal in the same championships.He lined up alongside the South African who'd pipped him to the line in the semi-final.
In very windy conditions, Clovis, coached by Keith Hunter, got the better of the Kenyan in the second half of the race and came away with England's third gold in the space of 15 minutes with a time of 47.76. George's coach, Dominic Tighe advised a strategy of getting ahead of the South African in the first 300m, confident he'd tire in the final 100m. It worked well and George came off the bend well ahead and, as anticipated, the South African blew up for George to win a surprise bronze medal in 48.99. Having come into the final ranked just sixth fastest, he became one of the most popular medal winners of the day.
Clovis said afterwards: "It feels good because it's a once in a lifetime opportunity and I wouldn't get to do this again so it feels pretty good. I just wanted to stay as close as I could to the Kenyan so I could power through the last 200m, and it kind of worked."
A delighted George also said: "It feels amazing, especially when my PB wasn't in the top three in the field. It shocked me the most in the last 100m because I knew I was in a good position and I just needed to finish it off and I did."
Said Dominic Tighe, ". Clovis and George were not only great individual competitors but also work really well as a team, travelling together, warming up together and encouraging each other throughout the competition."
Of particular note for the club is that, in a very successful competition for England, it was the only time England had two on the podium at the same time ... let alone from the same club!!! (Submitted by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 15/01/2012 19:49
A string of fine performances from Leamington hurdler Sara McGreavy, including a European Permit Race win in Belgium the week-end before last caught the eye of the Great Britain team managers which lead to Sara being selected to compete in the Great City Games verses a strong USA team, an event screened live by BBC1 on 17th September. This unique event, where a temporary running track is set up in the streets and quayside of Newcastle, has proved to be a great success.
Both the GB and USA teams were littered with stars from the recent World Championships held in Daegu, South Korea, two weeks ago and the 100 metre hurdles was no exception with Danielle Carruthers and Dawn Harper, the World silver and bronze medallists competing for the USA.
Not surprisingly in a race held on a very wet track they showed their outstanding class with Harper, who is the reigning Olympic champion, winning the race in 12.73 seconds with Carruthers coming second in a close finish with a time of 12.77. McGreavy only 3 strides off the pace finished third with a time of 13.46 seconds and GB under 23 champion Ashley Helsby was forth.
Sara, who is sponsored by Catermaster's and PhysioWorld, said "I knew the competition was going to be fierce, but this was a fantastic opportunity to race against the best in the world and considering I have only raced for half of the season I was really encouraged by just how close I finished behind them.
"I am taking a break now and on my return I am back into hard winter training and with the support team I have around me now, I know, I will come out stronger and quicker in the New Year for the Indoor Season and then the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games"
"I am a 100mh and have hurdled from the age of 12. I won many English schools competitions and competed at the World Junior Championships in 2000, the European Junior Championships in 2001 and became the 1st Commonwealth Youth Games winner and record holder for 2000."
"2006 saw me achieve the silver medal at the National Championships held at Sales home track, which led to a selection for the European Championships in Gothenburg, where i qualified for the semi final."
"A year later 2007 indoors, I became the 4th faster ever indoor sprint hurdler in the UK (which of course has now dropped to 6th), and raced at the European Indoor Championships finishing 5th. My proudest achievement to date."
"2007 Outdoor season- 2009 saw me battle with a long term injury, however, determined to persevere, worked hard to get better and race a short 2010 season. I battled once again in January, pulling my hamstring, which forced me out of the indoors season, and again in April and May, however due to my new sponsors at Physio world, I have managed to race since July and gained GB selection for my first appearance at the Great City Games."
"I am pleased with my season, however know there is a lot more to come. I look forward to a hard winters training and come out strong for the indoors and of course in the build up to London 2012. I have been with sale since 2003, and have represented Britain 8 times."
Posted 15/01/2012 19:48
Three Sale runners Eleanor Twite, Francesca Brint and Elizabeth Twite entered the Junior Great North Run this weekend. The girls ran a 4k race along the quay side in Newcastle. Eleanor and Francesca ran in the 11 - 12 year category, Eleanor came 2nd in a time of 16.06 missing first place by 1 second, Francesca came 4th in a time of 16.44. Elizabeth ran in the 9-10 category and came in 6th place in a time of 17.53.
Posted 15/01/2012 19:48
A few weeks ago in December, eighteen year old, Katie Byres broke the National Junior Indoor pole vault record jumping 4m 16 in her first indoor competition of the indoor season.
This weekend in Paris, in her second competition, she smashed the record again by improving her personal best by a massive 16cms when clearing 4m 36. This height breaks by 1cm the overall UK Junior record achieved by her training partner Holly Bleasdale. Remarkably this height puts Katie in fourth place in the UK All Time Women rankings, only behind Holly, fellow Sale Harrier Kate Dennison and Janine Whitlock.
Katie is in France with her coach Julien Raffalli and his squad of Andrew Sutcliffe and Holly Bleasdale, training and competing for the next two weeks on the French Elite Pole Vault tour.
Katie said "I'm really pleased to have started the season so well and to have broken the record. I must thank Julien for his hard work putting the training plan together. I know I have worked really hard in pre season and it's great when it all comes together, the exciting bit is we both know there is more to come."
Andrew Sutcliffe also continued his fine start to the season after last year's injury by jumping 5m 22 off a short run in the same competition in Paris.
Posted 15/01/2012 13:46
An exhausting weekend of competition in Sheffield over the 7th and 8th January 2012 produced a national title, double first-time international selection, repeat Senior international selection and so much more for Sale Harriers members. Entered into the premier indoor competition of the season, the National Championships at senior and junior level, Jess Taylor, Jasmin Dotzek, Alexander Wort, Joe Lancaster and Ashley Pritchard all came away with notable achievements.
The most notable being Alexander Wort who repeated the success of his training colleague Jack Andrew of two years ago in taking the Under 20 gold medal in fine style. In the lead after a strong first day in which he produced 4 heptathlon P.B.'s (60m, Long Jump, Shot Putt and Pole Vault), Alex stormed into an impressive lead early on Day Two by winning the 60m hurdles only to falter in the High Jump enabling the chasing pack to hope of catching him in the final 1000m run. There was to be no come-from-behind win for any of his competitors however as he calmly and strongly closed-out the win by running a six second personal best and beating the second place competitor by three seconds. A thoroughly deserved win for an athlete who has made significant progress in the last year or so.
And the same could be said of Jasmin Dotzek who has improved markedly in the last two years. She competed robustly to take second place in the Under 23 category of the Women's Championship. A bright hurdles run gave her a good start which became even brighter when she smashed her previous High Jump best by six centimetres in the next event of a packed one-day pentathlon to determine the best indoor combined events competitors in the country. She performed very strongly in the Shot Putt to throw well over 11 metres which put her in contention for a podium position but then had to settle for a below par Long Jump points score by getting a legal jump in her third and final attempt after two fouls. However an impressive 800m performance proved the worth of the groups gruelling winter runs over Formby sand dunes as she surged strongly to win her heat and capture silver.
Jess Taylor performed reallywell to take silver in the Senior Women's event to Gemma Weetman and beating Spaniard Barbara Hernando. Always in touch after she produced a sharp hurdles, solid High Jump and effective Shot Putt, Jess jumped a spectacular 5.81m in the Long Jump to leave herself within tantalising touch of a second GB vest. This she secured with a gutsy 800m run that was enough to book her ticket to Prague.
Both Alexander and Jasmin have been selected to represent Great Britain at the Combined Events International in Cardiff in March against France and Spain and we wish them every success.
It was a pleasure to see Joe Lancaster return to competition after his lengthy absence due to injury and his fellow competitors welcomed him back warmly as well. Completing a demanding two day competition for the first time in a few years, Joe proved to himself and others that he is on the way back to his previous top level of performance. Particularly welcome highlights would be to see him throw the Shot Putt to a fine level and compete strongly in the High Jump event and while not being ultra sharp, his sprinting and hurdling showed that he is free from injury and hungry to improve again. There is much to take away from the weekend even if no medals were won.
In the same vein, Ashley Pritchard chalked-up another in a long and respectable line of multi-event competitions whose tally is very impressive now. Aside from being an able and welcome competitor, Ashley did sterling work in calming the nerves of his younger training partners as they approached milestones or significant results and he remains an integral and valued member of the group.
For further information please contact Chris Bartram at Sale Harriers
Posted 15/01/2012 13:46
The Greater Manchester Cross-Country Championships were held on a wet and muddy Woodbank Park at the weekend. Particularly Sale Harrier's youngsters are to be congratulated for doing well on a tough course. Whilst the mud and hills do not suit everyone, for the first time in a number of years, Sale youngsters were amongst the medallists in every team race.
In the U13 events the boys retained their title with Jake Spilsbury 4th, Adam Spilsbury 6th, Andre Yiasuomi 7th and Dylan Burchill 10th. The girls were runner's up and also finished a second team in 4th place. The much improved Ciara Lydon led the team home in 3rd place with Ellie Twite 7th, Olivia Green 8th Aine Cunningham 9th, Claudia Cowan 10th and Francesca Brint 12th. These were tremendous results as all the girls apart from Ciara are young enough to run in this age-group next year.
In the U15 events the girls had a magnificent team victory with Catherine Podmore 5th, Flora Whyte 6th, and Hannah Simeen 8th. The boys finished 3rd with Euan Gilchrist 7th, Sam Mayon 11th, and Jordan Bezzina 26th. In the Derbyshire Championships, congratulations to Adam Roden who just missed out on a medal.
In the U17 events, Megan Davies and Ryan Moore both became County Champions. Ryan won by a comfortable margin and led the team to runners-up spot with Alex Burchill 4th and Kyle Conway 10th. Megan Davies won her race on a sprint finish and is young enough to defend her title next year, The Sale team finished 3rd with Irmani Modahl 12th and Misha Nayak-Oliver 13th. Congratulations are also due to Chloe Yates who finished 6th in the Cheshire County Championships on the same day.
In the Senior men's race Salford were again the dominant force retaining the title for the 3rd consecutive year and Andi Jones (who's wife Donna is the club's pretty nifty middle distance specialist) retained the individual title. Sale finished as bronze medallists behind the Salford 'A' & 'B' teams, a commendable position and an improvement on last year's fourth. Niall Brooks also improved to fourth place with Tim Kennedy, Peter Crawford and Paul Rowley being the tough guys who coped best with the tough course and brought home the medals. Phil Scowcroft finished in the same 28th place as last year whilst Paul Barrett, Steve Gavin, Frank Cordingley and Tim Rainey who formed the core of the 'B' team that finished 10th would have taken the course in their stride from their experiences on the region's Fells.
Our women retained their 4th place from the last two years with the Salford team also retaining the title. Emily Beedham continued her fine winter form to place 4th. Sian Holland must have had one of her best ever runs for 13th and Alison Pye also had every reason to be pleased with 17th place.
The mudlarks will be glad to know we return to Woodbank Park this weekend for the Manchester Area Cross-Country League. Photographs can be viewed on http://www.darkstarphotos.com/and www.hsphotos.co.uk
Posted 15/01/2012 13:46
Congratulations to our young pole vaulter Katie Byres who jumped to a new UK Indoor Junior Pole vault record at the weekend. Katie Byres jumped 4m16 in Orleans, France on the French Elite Pole Vault Tour finishing in 5th place. This jump of 4m 16 is a new UK Junior (U20) Indoor record. This was Katie's first competition of the new season and was off a short run up. A great start to the season for Katie. Andrew Sutcliffe also jumped in the same competition after a long layoff due to injury. Off a short run, he was very pleased to be back jumping and cleared a height of 5m 21. Well done to club coach Julien Raffalli who, you'll have heard on the media, also brought UK's No 1 pole Vaulter Holly Bleasdale to a new UK record. (it's worth knowing that Sale pole vaulters are unquestionably the best squad in Britain?
Posted 15/01/2012 13:45
The second club promoted indoor meeting at Sportcity at the weekend was another successful day, with a fine entry and good athletics.
Nyef Abed led the sprinters with a 6.93sec clocking. Allyn Condon 7.28secs slow by his standards, but nevertheless our Olympian was a most welcome participant. Kevin Metzger (U/15) flew to a Pb of 8.04secs and Kelly Chadwick (U/13) registered a Pb of 8.40secs.
Jennifer Simmons graced the 400 metres with a new pb of 57.21 secs. Race of the day was the 600m, won by Richard Yates in 79.20secs. Clovis Asong was 3rd with a pb of 79.91secs, and Josh Oguntayo was just a shade off his best clocking 80.74secs. A really cracking race led by Clovis with Yates and Sam Dykes only out strenghening Clovis over the last 20 metres.
Tyra Watson flowed round in 97.93secs and Remelo Edwards (U/17) ran 91.33secs for a new pb. The Pole Vault featured Matt Cullen clearing 4m 55cms, then narrowly missing 4m 80cm. Spectators were treated to the sight of Luke Cutts ( Dearnside ALC) attempting 5m 50cms - an awesome sight indeed. Welcome pbs from Alex Wort 4m 10cm and David Campbell 3m 65cm, backed up by Jacob Sutcliffe's 3m 50cm. Lloyd Robbins (U/17) impressed with a 6m 47cm long jump and Darren Hammond mixed his 1m 95cm High Jump victory with a 6m 06cm long jump. Both Chris Rushton (5m 85cm) and Kelly Chadwick ( 4m 70cm) enjoyed pbs. The Shot saw Joshua Booth (U/17) 10m 29cms, Lydia Randles (8m 38cm) and Amy Williams (U/15) 8m 58cm all performing well.
The next fixture on Sun Jan 8th needs extra helpers. Contact Morris Jefferson or Jack Frost to register your assistance. (Presented by Jack Frost)
Posted 15/01/2012 13:45
Over a rainy and windswept weekend in Exeter, three young athletes from Chris Bartram's training squad competed very well in this prestigious end-of-season event, the jewel in the crown of the English Schools Athletic Association multi-events competitions. Composed of highly talented county qualifiers from all over the country, the championships once again supplied fields of thirty to forty competitors in all age groups from junior through intermediate to senior for both sexes.
In the Senior Girls heptathlon category Brogan Crowley achieved a set of performances that added up to a well-deserved bronze medal. Never out of the top three positions after her blistering first event, Brogan battled an ankle injury along with a disrupted preparation period to produce two personal bests in the 100m Hurdles and Shot Putt and leave all but two or three of her fellow competitors trailing in her wake. In the lead overnight, she approached the final three events in the heptathlon with trepidation as the Long Jump would test her ankle to the limit and despite producing a fine Javelin throw that won that event nevertheless the final gruelling 800metres saw the injury and the weekend catch up on her to leave her only on the podium not on top of it. This is a terrific result for Brogan as only this year did she advance to the Under 20 age group and her medal and performance must give her confidence that next year she will have a tremendous chance to take the title.
Her counterpart in the Senior Boys Decathlon, Alex Wort, nearly achieved exactly the same result. He produced a set of first day performances that included four new personal bests (100m, Long Jump, High Jump and 400m) and a 200 point first day record that left him in fifth place overnight and with every expectation of rising the two places to a podium finish given his relative strength in the second day events compared to his competitors. All was going well after he produced yet another new personal best in the first event of the day, the 110m Hurdles, but problems with the wet circle in the Discus and a failure to register a height in the Pole Vault in the windy conditions scuppered his run at a medal. He finished the remaining events strongly to complete in a very creditable eighth place, a fine performance as he again has a chance to contest this event next year, but left rueing what might have been.
Lydia Randles qualified to compete for Cheshire in the Intermediate Girls heptathlon and as one of the younger competitors was looking forward to the weekend as good experience for a tilt at the top places next year yet it transpired that she played a key role in the team taking a deserved silver medal in the team competition. In a full field of top-flight competitors, Lydia was positive in all her efforts and was rewarded with solid improvements to her personal bests in 80m Hurdles and Shot Putt. This would in itself have been a useful exercise but as the fourth Cheshire team member she became aware on the second day that the team needed her to step-up and become the third counting competitor and she managed this successfully against Lincolnshire and Sussex teams that pushed all the way to the line. Taking her place in the medal presentation capped a successful year for the group and left everyone eager to enter winter training schedules with vigour in order to prepare fully for next year.
(Compiled by Alan Wort)
Posted 15/01/2012 13:42
At the weekend's NW Schools Championships the Sale Harriers youngsters claimed one individual victory and in two other age-groups and completed several runners in the top ten.
Ciara Lydon (Loreto Grammar) won the junior girls with Francesca Brint (Altrincham Grammar) third, Claudia Cowan 6th (Loreto Grammar) and Alice Bruce (Altrincham Grammar) 7th .These were great runs all the more so that Francesca and Claudia were running a year young.
In the inter-girls age-group, the club had Catherine Podmore finish 2nd and Hannah Simeen 6th, representing Altrincham Grammar. Caithlin Thomas (Loreto Grammar) was 9th and Rachael Hibberd 10th (Ashton-on-Mersey School). Again, congratulations to these girls on super runs. As a result of these youngsters' performances, three Trafford Schools will now go forward to the National Final in Rugby on December 3rd.
In the junior boys we had Andre Yiasuomi (Manchester Grammar) 8th and Joe Hammond (Ashton-on-Mersey) 12th.
Posted 15/01/2012 13:41