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The 3rd Northern Premier league match at Preston was a most welcoming victory.
Mike Floyd, in his first competition for almost 2 years, gave a master class exhibition in the men’s hammer, throwing 59m 50cms.That event heralded other successful comebacks led by Rebekah Wilson ( 25.1s) and Abigayle Fitzpatrick in the 200m ( 25.6s) followed by Jennifer Simmons great 400m hurdles victory. Rebecca Linney dominated the 800m field with a resounding win in 2m 16.1s and 15yr old Claudia Cowan put paid to a senior field clocking 4m 50.1 secs in the 1500m. Other wins were Chloe Doggett in the Pole Vault clearing 3 metres.
The Men completely overwhelmed the opposition with emphatic wins by Danny Heald 21.6ses 200m; Lamiko Thomas 50.2s 400m; Matt Cullen 4m 70cm pole vault; Johnathan Ferryman 13m 27cmTriple jump; Alex Wort 15.6sec 110m Hurdle plus a fine pb win in the Discus; Jack Sheldon freshly back from University won the shot and B discus, whilst Josh Mouland had a plethora of successes with his 3m 80cm Pole vault B the highlight.
All relays were dominated by Sale, and the match showed how strong the club really is, as the British League team were battling successfully in Glasgow at the same time. Full detailed results will be on the power of 10 or the Northern Counties web site.
A very special thanks to photographer Michael Mitchell who’s provided a large number of superb photographs to enjoy from this match...an especially generous gesture considering Mike’s not a Sale Harrier.
Posted 15/07/2015 08:28
This weekend the second of two young athlete medal meets were held at Crossford Bridge. In the U9 girls, Suvi Seppanen won six medals including three gold’s over the two meetings. Thea Brown won both sprints at the first meet whilst Nancy Pickles won the 600m race by big margins in both meets.
In the U9 boys Daniel Abbott was our star athlete with three sprint gold’s over the two meetings. Other gold medal winners were Oliver Macey and Daniel Harrison whilst Joshua Stutchfield who won two silvers.
In the U11 girls Lucy Herbert ran a super fast time of 15.4 seconds to win the 100m in meet one whilst Ailsa Stewart, Imogen Pickles and Dids Parish were also awarded medals in sprint events. Isabelle Burke improved her 800m time by eight seconds to run an incredible 2:41.00 in silver medal position whilst the 800m performances of Taylor Edwards, Libby Hill, Hermione Mason and Nieve Barton suggest we can regain the Manchester Area Cross-Country league girls U11 title we lost to Salford AC last winter. Medallists in field events included Lauren Gilbert, Gabrielle Cuming, Shona Wilkinson and Isabelle Burke.
Our successful athlete over the two meetings was Luke Talbot who won four gold’s in his six medal total in U11 boy’s events. Tom Boyd also showed great versatility across a range of events winning three gold’s in his five medal total. The 800m performances of Luke, Tom, Jack Spark, Harry Edmundson, Archie Mc Carron and Harvey Devenport indicate this is a team that can win our first ever boy’s U11 team title in the Manchester Area Cross-Country League next winter. Other individual medallists included Harvey, Jack, Harry, William Parker and Daniel Heys.
Over the two meetings the U13 girls have been the most successful squad with nine gold’s – Ella Wilson (100 & LJ), Ruby Bell (200 & 800), Megan Greenway (100), Poppy Glasby-Seddon (200m), Anouska Brooks (800), Scarlett Whittaker (Shot) and Ella Marshall (Shot). Other individual medallists included Sofija Dragisic-Wood, Melissa Booth and Sara Bayan.
The U13 boys were equally successful winning ten gold medals including Sam Worthington (3 golds) and William Unsworth (2 golds). Our other medallists were Jed Bailey (gold), Zac Gaillamin (gold), Pearse Thorgaard (gold), Jacob Currie (gold), Anton Coleman (gold), Sam Brown (silver), John Lewis (silver), Alex James (bronze), Joseph Herbert (bronze) and Dominic Reid (bronze).
Posted 15/07/2015 08:25
FECHIN Mc CORMICK & MIKE JACKSON
Gateshead was the venue for this year’s prestigious English Schools Championships, the “ Kid’s Olympics” and the athletic pinnacle for youths still in school. The event was blessed with fine weather for the two days with some blustery interludes. Many English schools medallists go on to become national and international champions and Sale Harriers this year had two wonderful gold medallists, two silver medallists and two bronze with a number of others producing lifetime best performances.
JONA EFOLOKO was already a double English schools champion with two U15 200m titles under his belt. He continues to be on top of his game with his third consecutive title – the U17 200m gold medal. AIMEE PRATT, the second gold medallist, clinched the senior 1500m steeplechase with a PB of 4:54 proving her amazing current form. She wins this important National title just a few weeks after the tough English Athletics U20 3000m steeplechase title she also won with a massive PB.
The club’s two English schools silver medallists were KEVIN METZGER and EMMANUEL ODUBANJO in the senior and U17 triple jump respectively. Kevin is the current English Schools Champion and doubtless would have retained the title had he not been ill, which further affected his performance in the recent English Championships. It was a particularly good result for Emmanuel who’s only been competing for the past two years and this, by far, was his biggest competitive forum.
MATILDA WATERS’ pole vault bronze medal is a fantastic achievement in just her second year pole-vaulting with coach Matt Cullen, She also recorded two PB’s in the process. FELIX TIGHE’S 400m bronze medal is also his finest athletic moment and he did it in style with a PB in the heats of 48.11.
Several also recorded PB, no mean achievement in such an unfamiliar cauldron –DANIEL AFOLOBI (200m), RORY KEEN (400), SHANE CONNEIL (High jump) and VICTORIA BARLOW (Pole Vault).
Four of Chris Bartram’s multi-eventers also participated. GRACE BOWER & MEG McHUGH competed in the Intermediate Girls with ELLIE JACKSON in the Junior Girls. category. In a field of high talent, all the athletes struggled in blustery conditions but Grace managed a highly creditable 5.17mtrs for 12th place overall. Unfortunately in the heats, Meg caught the penultimate hurdle on the home straight whilst in a strong position & finished 3rd just outside qualification. Ellie was competing at the championships for the first time in the hugely competitive 75mtrs hurdles, an event which was fiercely fought in the early rounds right through to the final. Once again qualifying would be tough Ellie ran close to her PB at 11.42seconds finishing 3rd to qualify for the final. The final was a close affair with a virtual blanket finish & despite a poor start Ellie finished in 7th place in a personal best time of 11.36seconds gaining on the other athletes. Of particular note was that all eight finalists achieved the national standard, with the winner breaking the championship record by 0.1 seconds. These girls and all the other club members will be richer for this experience.
Posted 14/07/2015 09:01
Fechin Mc Cormick
The country’s best senior athletes descended on Birmingham at the weekend for the Sainsbury’s British Championships. Though Sale Harriers uncharacteristically had no British Champions this year, congratulations to hammer thrower SARAH HOLT who won a silver medal, discus thrower KIRSTY LAW who won a bronze medal and javelin thrower LAURA WHITTINGHAM who also won a bronze medal. Sarah currently sits 2nd on top of the British rankings and Kirsty and Laura both sit 3rd.
It was also a great day for several other club athletes. JENNA HILL was understandably ‘over the moon’ to finish 6th in her first National 1500m final. Just a week after she’d lopped a massive seven seconds off her PB (4:13.24), she ran her 2nd fastest time of 4:18.29 and took a few big name scalps in the process. LIAM GRAY THOMPSON will also be very pleased to record a 400m PB in his heats. Sprinter LUCY EVANS is also ‘really pleased’ to have finished 6th in the 200m
It was so near and yet so far for sprinter ANDY ROBERTSON. In both his heat and final he was powering in the lead until the last few meters to then fade badly to 4th in the final and so missed his ticket to the World championships. Another disappointed club athlete was club’s decathlete ALEX WORT. He went for the individual 100m hurdles but it didn’t turn out quite what he wanted but valued the experience
Club athletes who also valued the experience though disappointed in their performances were:- NAYEF IMAN (100m), UMAR HAMEED (100), ROY EJIAKUEWE (100), AARON CROWLEY (100), DANNY HEALD (200), KELLY MASSEY (400), TOM ATKINSON (800), GABRIEL ODUJOBI (110H), CHRIS BAKER (HJ),, SEUN OKORO (HJ, ANDY SUTCLIFFE (PV), PAUL WALKER (PV), BEN WILLIAMS (TJ), ALEX SMITH (H), NATASHA WILSON (J).
Posted 06/07/2015 18:32
Bebington, Wirral was the venue for the English Schools Combined Events Regional qualifying round this weekend where multi-events coach Chris Bartram had 6 athletes performing in a high quality, competitive round of athletics. Months of blood, sweat & considerable tears had gone in to preparing the athletes for the Combined Events challenge with individuals having to peak again for this regional round of qualifying.
Some individuals were taking part in their maiden outdoor pentathlon against a strongly assembled list of competitors and the athletes didn’t disappoint with three placed first, one second & two of the remaining youngsters claiming top 6 finishes. The parents were totally spent at the end going through an emotional roller coaster in an exhausting couple of days whilst Chris kept his calm throughout.
In the longer form of the event three of Chris Bartram’s athletes qualified for the National Schools’ Combined Events Championships in September through this regional round. GRACE BOWER and MEGAN McHUGH led the Inter Girls’ Heptathlon after the first event, and the pair remained at the top of the standings over the course of the two days of competition, fighting it out for top spot. Eventually it was the tough 800m, in which both girls ran excellent PBs, that separated them by the finest of margins with Grace taking first place by a mere 35 points by virtue of a lifetime best 800 metres run, Meg finishing a close second.
HARRY LORD competed in the Senior Boys’ Decathlon and led virtually from the first event and enjoyed a strong first day with PBs in both long jump and 400m. He managed to sustain his overnight lead over the second day to follow Bower and McHugh to the finals later this summer with a huge winning margin of over 360 points.
In the Junior Girls (U15) event on Sunday the competition was fierce with a near full complement of athletes from the 7 northern counties. Sale Harriers athletes had much to live up to given Grace & Meg securing a club one-two at the same championships a year earlier.
Best in class was ELLIE JACKSON (Cheshire) who had to dig deep to out-gun the Staffordshire based competitor in a real ding-dong affair. Entering the final event Ellie was 49 points ahead of her rival which roughly equated to 4 seconds worth of time in the much dreaded 800 metres, this against a competitor with a 15 seconds better PB than the SHM athlete. Pulling out all the stops, Ellie finished some 3 seconds behind eventually dragging herself over the line in 2.31.8 seconds for a massive 11 seconds PB & securing 1st place by a mere 12 points.
Her task was made all the more easier in a super-fast final 800 mtrs heat which was led out by the impressive TESS McHUGH (Gtr Manchester) who came home in a rapid 2.22.5 seconds which was a PB. Tess finished in 5th place overall with 2 x new PB’s & very close to lifetime bests in the 3 remaining disciplines. Fellow team mate LOIS McTIFFIN (Gtr Manchester) performed strongly with 6th place overall enjoying PB’s in High Jump & 75m hurdles and securing 2nd place in the shot putt. MIA LOWNDES also performed well representing Cheshire in her maiden outdoor pentathlon enjoying 10th place overall with big PB’s in the hurdles & 800 metres where she led the other athletes round admirably in her quest for maximum points. All three girls contributed heavily to their respective team scores and showed real promise in their first year of U15 competition.
Ellie now goes forward to the ESAA Finals in Bedford in September with Harry, Grace & Meg along with fellow SHM athlete Mia Lowndes as part of the Cheshire team.
Posted 01/07/2015 07:31
The 3rd UKYDL “Upper” fixture demonstrated the progress made by the 3 Scottish teams and local rivals Sheffield. Despite us having some quite excellent performances from club members, we again suffered from having too many gaps, and throwing away at least 40 points from disqualifications and lateness for events. Even so we had 63 athletes competing, recording 29 personal best performances.
Our male speed merchants were dominant with 16 year old Jona Efoloko scoring a sprint double in the U20 category clocking 10.8secs and 21.8 secs respectively, supported by Emmanuel Muka 11.10s and Jacob Lingard 23.0sec. Lamiko Thomas (50.3s) and Thomas Gerrard (51.8s) were impressive 400m victors.
The U17 sprinters Ellis Goldie and Ben Moseley both had sprint doubles in personal bests. Leah Hillman (U17) was welcomed to the squad, and responded admirably coming 2nd in the U20 Discus with 31m 14cm, 2nd in the U20 hammer with 36m 58cm and winning her speciality event, the Javelin.
Olivia Crompton U17 had fine runs in the 200m 25.7secs and 300m 40.7sec. both personal bests. Josef Murphy U17 in his first competition for the club threw the shot 12m 55cm, and Jonathan Adderley U17 threw the Discus out to 39m 56cms.
An analysis of the fixture shows clearly our weakness are in the hurdles and chase, and more discipline is needed as all the disqualifications were preventable.
Sprints 84 points 46 points
Hurdles/chases 19 points 6 points
800m-3000m 49 points 64 points
Throws 47 points 58 points
Jumps 57 points 49 points
Relays 22 points 9 points
Total 278 points 232 points
Officials 35 points
The 63 athletes that represented the club were remarkable, and all performances are detailed in the Power of 10.
A big thank you must also go to Mike Mitchell who has generously providing the photos.
Posted 30/06/2015 07:48
The Manchester Young Athletes Quadrathlon was held at Sportcity at the weekend. This involves athletes competing in a Sprint, Middle-Distance, Long Jump and a Throw. Points are allocated for each event and then totalled to decide the final positions. The event attracted an entry of 230 athletes from 35 clubs
Sam Worthington was Sale Harriers most successful athlete finishing in silver medal position in the U13 event, having recorded PB’s in all four disciplines. Harry Boyd was another Sale athlete to record four PB’s which put him in bronze medal position in the U15 event.
The club’s most successful team was the U13 girl’s who had five athletes in the top ten out of thirty-five finishers and finished in 1st and 2nd team positions. Well done to Ayla Hewitt, Alice Dale, Scarlett Whittaker, Melissa Booth, Ella Wilson and Sofija Dragisic Wood. Revelation of the day was Ayla running the 800m in 2:35.5 which scored seventy points, the 3rd highest points score for any individual event by an U13 girl and a great performance for someone more noted as a sprinter/jumper.
Other Sale athletes to complete the full quadrathlon and compete with great credit were Isabelle Burke, Hermione Mason, Tom Boyd, Eleanor Boyd and Lewis Hindle.
Posted 30/06/2015 07:33
Sale are the YDL champions and, as expected, gained an emphatic victory in our Sportcity home match winning by 100 points and closing in on our 9th successive Northern Premier title.
The outstanding performance of the day came from our U15 girls 4 x 300m relay team who ran 2:52.7 seconds to beat the national YDL record set by the club last year. Well done to MIA GIBBONS, MIA LOWNDES, LIZZIE TWITE and TESS Mc HUGH. Tess had a great day as she also won the hurdles and 300m in a time just 0.1 seconds outside her own club record. The sprint relay team of LAURELLE OBI, CHLOE NEWBIGGING, RUKA SHONIBARE and ELLIE JACKSON won their race by two seconds whilst all four girls plus MIA LOWNDES scored individual victories in sprint or hurdles events including a spectacular sprint double from LAURELLE OBI whilst ELLIE JACKSON had a great shot-putt competition to finish second. The pole vault featured victories from VICTORIA BARLOW and MATILDA WATERS whilst LULU GRIFFITHS and AINE GIBBONS both ran PB’s in the 1500m.
The U15 boys also won both relays running their fastest times of the season. Well done DANIEL AFOLOBI, DILLON STARKIE, RHYS PARKER, FINN McEWAN-PATTERSON, DAPO OLAREWAJO, MICHAEL ODEJIMI, ARON TZEGAY and NAHOM SELEMON. Daniel also scored a sprint double whilst Dillon, Michael, Nahom and Rhys all had individual victories over sprints or hurdles. SHANE CONNELL jumped a tremendous 1.78m to win the high jump from MICHAEL ODEJIMI whilst KIAN LINDSEY and ARON TZEGAY ran PB’s in their events. A big thank you to NATHAN BOOTH who had a busy day scoring valuable points in three throwing events.
In true Harrier tradition, the U13 girl’s dominated the middle distance events with LARA CRAWFORD, JESS SPILSBURY, PENNY TOWNSEND, RUBY BELL and MAISIE WISEMAN all winning their events. Our U13 girl’s cross-country team next winter should be one of the club’s strongest team’s ever. Not to be outdone, our sprinters were also in dominant form with TYLER HILL, KATE BIRD, POPPY GLASBY-SEDDON and ANNA KERSHAW winning the relay by over two seconds whilst Anna won both the 75m sprint and 75m hurdles in very fast times. Tyler and Poppy also won sprint races whilst Kate was runner-up. ALICE DALE was the winner in the high jump whilst PENNY TOWNSEND was runner-up in the long-jump. Congratulations to AYLA HEWITT for two PB’s in winning the long jump and second place in the 150m. Many of these girls receive specialist coaching from JESSICA TAYLOR, the club’s Heptathlete Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist.
The U13 boy’s were also in great form. They won the sprint relay by an astonishing three seconds with a team of ADAM BAGUMA, SAM WORTHINGTON, CHARLIE WATSON and NEO IVANOVIC-BROWN whilst Adam won the 100m and long jump by considerable margins. Sam made a massive contribution to our points total with wins over 200m and long jump and third place in the shot. Charlie, Neo and SAM BROWN also had individual victories in sprint events whilst ZAC STILLER ran a great PB in the hurdles. The boy’s middle distance squad also lived up to the club’s harrier tradition with CHARLIE HOBSON, GEORGE SAFRANUSKAS, JED BAILEY, JOEL STRINGER, ZENON CAINE and ALEX JAMES all finishing 1st or 2nd in their events. Consistent FINLAY MURPHY finished 2nd in his shot-putt contest
Yet again, pivitol to the success of this team was the dogged and stressful hard-work of team managers DAVID MARSH and CARL WORTHINGTON in the weeks beforehand. Well done to them and to the team of club officials who helped deliver this home promotion and the invaluable support of parents. Thanks, too to ERNIE GREENWOOD for the large number of photos taken throughout the day and can be viewed on his website http://www.darkstarphotos.com
Posted 22/06/2015 16:32
Fechin Mc Cormick
What a weekend for five of our club members, three of whom won superb England titles and gold medals at the England Athletic U20 and U23 Championships in Bedford and two won bronze medal.
Congratulations to U20 AIMEE PRATT who achieved a career pinnacle with a fantastic 3000m steeplechase gold medal with an awesome PB of 10:46.19, knocking about forty seconds from her previous time. Aimee, coached by VINCENTE MODAHL, is already the 2014 England Athletics U17 1500m indoor steeplechase champion and the 2013 outdoor silver medallist and this delightful leap forward over the longer steeplechase distance will be a well-deserved fillip and reward for her stoical hard work.
Similiar congratulations to the club’s talented triple jumper LISA JAMES, coached by KEITH HUNTER who’s also topped her exciting career with the U23 England Athletics title and gold medal with just as exciting PB of 13.22m. Wrote Lisa, “What a crazy past few weeks - County Champion, Northern Champion and now England Champion and a PB and also ranked UK number 1 triple jumper!!!! I have worked so so so hard for this and I am sooooo happy right now. Words can't describe my excitement. Thank you to everyone for their support”
The club’s third gold medallist and EA champion is KIRSTEN McASLAN who brilliantly represented her native Scotland in last year’s 4 x 400m relay. She’s regularly medalled in these championships and is already the proud holder of the U23 400m title in 2013 and also the U20 gold medal in 2012.
Our bronze medallists are sprinter ROY EKIAKUEKWE and triple jumper KEVIN METZGER. Roy is one of Britain’s top sprinters. Earlier this year, following an illustrious junior career, he made his senior debut at the World Relays in Bahamas and then again represented England in the relay at the Loughborough International. Good Luck to him as he aims for European U23 Championships and the relays in the World T & F Championships. Kevin Metzger is also Britain’s top triple jumper. He’s been ranked No.1 in the UK as an U15 and U17 and currently ranks 2nd U20. He’s already won all before him including being the English Schools Champion, the current Northern Athletics Indoor & Outdoor Champion and the Gtr. Manchester Schools and County Champion. This bronze medal would, doubtless, have been gold had it not been for a viral infection in the days before the championship.
Posted 22/06/2015 16:25
Firstly, many thanks to those who competed and team managed at the BAL match that took place at Lee Valley on June 6th. In another hard fought fixture a depleted SHM team finished 5th, just 24 points behind 2nd place. There were some fine performances and a lot of effort, particularly from our multi-eventers JACK ANDREW and ALEX WORT. It was a team performance, but special mentions go to MATT SUMNER, RIMAS MARTISAUSKAS and ANDY SUTCLIFFE, our only A string winners, and DWAYNE COWAN, CHRIS BAKER and ALEX SMITH, who took second places. It was also great to see the return from long-term injury of Matt Bond, although, of course, everyone contributed.
The third match of the season takes place on July 11th in the inconvenient location of Glasgow. We currently lie 4th in the league, but only 3 points behind 1st and a win would really give us a great chance of retaining the title and another shot at Europe, I would urge you all to try to include the fixture in your upcoming plans.
We also took part in the European Cup late last month in Mersin, Turkey.
It's safe to say that the standard of competition was even higher than that which we experienced last time we took part in 2012, when we finished 6th. 6th was the target again, as we faced the might of the Turkish, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Czech champions, all of whom were virtual national sides. The Turks, in particular, had a tasty line up that saw their athletes win the 100m in 10.18, the 1500m in 3:38 and the 5000m in 13:30. You get the picture.
Virtually everyone n the team performed up to or ahead of expectations and we even saw PBs and best performances for some years from some athletes.
In the end, it came down to the 4x400m, with us needing to finish ahead of the Danish team to avoid relegation. Despite a heroic and dramatic relay, we didn't quite make it over the line and finished an agonising 7th.
There was great spirit showed throughout the weekend and we WILL be back to make up for the disappointment! Full results available via TPOT.
Posted 17/06/2015 10:34