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The club’s senior men and women made the long journey to Hull to launch their 2015 T & F season. They were welcomed by incessant rain which forced the pole vault indoors but eventually the day ended in sunny but blustery weather.
The club sprinters were to the fore, with Danny Heald an impressive winner of the 200m. Strong wind curtailed any personal best hopes, but Nyef Iman, Dominic Sebele, Lamiko Thomas, Kobefo Ntabejane and Tom Gerrard demonstrated the club’s speed prowess
Josh Orguntayo and Alan White had good 800m runs with Alan recording a PB of 2m 00.2s.
John Nichols ( 13m 66 shot), Stephen Porter (57m 66s Jav) Kevin Metzger ( 14m 24cm TJ) Zach Harrop ( 4m 10cm PV) all recorded ‘A’ victories. Aimee Pratt ran a good 800m; Amy Williams recorded a5m 38cm long jump victories plus Jasmine Burke competing in four throwing events, led a depleted women’s team.
The team finished a disappointing 5th. Kingston-on-Hull won the match with Blackburn 2nd and Wakefield 3rd.
A much stronger team is required at Blackburn on Sat June 6th.
Posted 12/05/2015 09:04
Sale Harriers U13 & U15 boys and girls started the 2015 season as YDL National Premier League Champions and seeking to win their 8th consecutive Northern Premier League title in nine years.
Their first match of the Northern League at Sheffield resulted in the club’s 45th match win (out of 51 matches) since the league began in 2004. Apart from many outstanding individual performances, the most impressive feature of this match was the club’s ability to turn-out a team of 80 athletes to contest all the 100 events with no damaging ‘gaps’ other than lacking an U15 boy’s pole vaulter. Great credit is due to the team managers CARL WORTHINGTON and DAVE MARSH.
The club’s star athlete in the U13 boy’s was ADAM BAGUMA with four event wins in sprints, long jump and relay. Other individual victors were SAM WORTHINGTON, CHARLIE WATSON, ZENON CAIN and NEO IVANOVIC-BROWN. CHARLIE HOBSON and JOEL STRTINGER recorded PB’s in middle distance events whilst RORY KINRADE teamed up with Adam, Sam and Charlie Watson to win the sprint relay by a massive three seconds.
In the U13 girl’s event, ANNA KERSHAW (Hurdles) and PENNY TOWNSEND (Long jump), both won their ‘A’ events in PB’s. Anna teamed up with TYLER HILL, KATIE BIRD and POPPY DASBY-SEDDON to win the sprint relay. Further victories came from RUBY BELL, LARA CRAWFORD and AYLA HEWITT.
In the U15 girl’s event, LAURELLE OBI won both sprint events whilst TESS Mc HUGH was also victorious in two events including a super fast 300m. ELLIE JACKSON was most impressive in all of her four events which included a hurdles victory against a quality field. Other impressive individual victories were RUKA SHONIBARE, LOIS Mc TIFFIN, DEVON WEYMONT and VICTORIA BARLOW.
The best performances of the day came from SHANE CONNELL who won the U15 high jump with 1.79m. LUKE CHESTERS (800m) and MICHAEL ODEJIMI (300m) both won their events and then teamed up with DANIEL AFOLABI, D’MELCO SWEENEY, RHYS PARKER, DAPO OLAREWAJU and SAM EBONINE to finish a close second in both relays
A successful team is much more than those performing athletes. It’s also about those ‘backroom’ people of team managers who work tirelessly to ensure the team’s success; the essential officials who also win valuable team points for their attendance and there’s those doting parents who make so many sacrifices. Thanks on this occasion also to CARL WORTHINGTON for his photos from this match
Posted 05/05/2015 15:42
Tessa McHough U15W 42.92s
Charlie Candish U17M 1m 26.58s
Jake Fingleton U17M 8.76secs
Zamere Zarai U20M 1m 75cm
Jack Spence U17M 2m 91cm
Posted 24/03/2015 11:57
It was a great weekend for Sale’s young multi-eventers in their final major national championship of this winter, the England Athletics Combined Event U17 & U15 Championships. Amidst fierce competition they lived up to expectations returning home with medals and an abundance of PB’s. Grace Bower won the prestigious national U17 silver medal and Meg Mc Hugh won the U17 bronze medal, particularly commendable in that both these girls are a year young in their age-group. Both also improved their pentathlon PB’s to round off a great year with Grace breaking nine seconds in the hurdles (8.98) and enjoying a huge PB in the high jump (1.66mtrs), Megan not to be out-done ran a super 800 metres (2 mins 33 secs) at the death to clinch her medal and a place on the podium. This is a fantastic achievement by both girls.
In the U15 girls age group there was a record level of entries for the competition (53) and the standard was again incredibly high, the eventual English winner eclipsing the record of Katarina Johnson-Thompson at the same age. Ellie Jackson was 6th overall enjoying PB’s in the hurdles (9.17secs), high jump and improved her pentathlon score finishing with a silver medal in the Northern Championship. Tess McHugh (Meg’s sister) won the bronze medal in the Northern championship which was the surprise of the weekend because, says her Mum, “She was not expecting any medals but just to enjoy her 1st pentathlon in her 1st year of this new age group”. Tess enjoyed a PB in the hurdles (10.01secs), shot (8.51mtrs) & long jump (4.37mtrs) but her fantastic run in the 800 metres elevated her from 26th position to 8th overall, a super achievement. There were also other great performances from Lois McTiffin with a PB in the hurdles (9.84) and Mia Lowndes who enjoyed PB’s in the hurdles (9.74secs) and long jump (4.72mtrs), both of these girls in their maiden pentathlon and richer for the experience.
As with all groups and sections, it’s important to recognise the immense contribution of coaches and support groups like parents etc but I specifically mention this here to extend the club’s very best wishes to Chris Bartram in his current health problems. We wish Chris well and are glad to report he was present for the whole weekend in that ring-side coaching chair, issuing instructions to his young charges with those eagle eyes that rarely miss a wrong move and inspiring these multi-event youngsters to their achievements. There was an excellent camaraderie amongst the girls, so important as they drive each other on to eclipse the performances of some of the illustrious multi-eventers the club has seen over many years. Ellie & Tess silver and bronze medallists in northern championships. Great team and some amazing individual performances as well! Well done girls for putting together a fantastic day over 5 events.
Posted 16/03/2015 14:59
Fechin Mc Cormick
The final major Championship of this winter’s cross-country was the weekend’s CAU Inter-County Championships in Birmingham. It competes with the National Cross-Country two weeks ago for prestige and both attract the UK’s top runners in every age-group. This time competitors are representing their counties not their clubs. Yet again, fantastic congratulations to Charlie Hulson and his team on winning the prestigious bronze medal and possibly a trip to the World championships in China in a few weeks.
It’s an honour for any athlete to represent their county and it’s a further credit to their ability and talent to be selected to represent their county in the inter-county championships. The club had 21 representing five counties – Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Derbyshire, North Wales and Gloucestershire. Well done and congratulations to Olivia Green and Claudia Cowan who represented Greater Manchester in the U15 race; Alexa Mc Tiffin who represented Cheshire in the same age-group and Aine Cunningham who was taken ill during the race whilst well to the front. Rachel Hibbard had a really good run representing Greater Manchester in the U20 race as did Matt Beacock and Sam Mayon in the U20 men’s race. Euan Gilchrist also topped off a great winter representing Greater Manchester in the U17 race as did Zara Thompson for Cheshire in the same age-group race and Alice Bruce & Frankie Reid for Greater Manchester. Three of the Greater Manchester U13 girl’s team were Sale Harriers – Aine Gibbons, Beth Thornton and Lizzie Twite and Lara Crawford had a fantastic run for Cheshire in her U13 race despite being a year young. The senior women had Cara O’Brien represent Greater Manchester and Jane Thomas represent Gloucestershire.
The senior men’s race is always the piece-de-la-resistance of all these championships and the club had Charlie Hulson representing North Wales, Jamie Roden representing Derbyshire and Dave Marsh, Paul Green and James Wignall representing Greater Manchester. The pre-race discussion was on Charlie Hulson and whether he could pull out the ‘double’. Remember how he became the youngest ever senior National winner just two weeks earlier and created club history as the first ever senior winner. He was in the form of his life mentally and physically so could he do it?
In a superb nip-and –tuck battle between Andrew Buchart (Scotland East), Dewi Griffiths (West Wales), it could have been anyone race. In the final chase to the line there was only 4 seconds separated them with Charlie the proud owner of the bronze medal.
With selections on Wednesday for the World championships in China, fingers crossed Charlie is selected.
Posted 09/03/2015 14:48
Fechin Mc Cormick
Sale youngsters had every reason to be pleased and proud from the weekend’s England Athletics U15.U17 and U20 Indoor Championship at Sheffield. Not only did all of them have an important experience in their budding careers but several returned home with prestigious national medals and, just as valuable, lifetime best performances. Congratulations to Jona Efoloko who won the U17 60m National title with a PB; Aimee Pratt (U20 1500m), Jona Efoloko (U17 200m), Matilda Waters (U15 Pole Vault), and Kevin Metzger (U20 Triple Jump) who won National silver medals and Georgia Pickles (U20 Pole Vault) who won a bronze medal.
U17 Jona Efoloko has ceaselessly broken the club sprint records and other CBP’s through his age-groups. He was last year’s U15 double sprint gold medallist and now adds this year’s U17 60m title and 200m silver medallist, again with PB performances to his growing treasure.
Silver medallist, Kevin Metzger came within a whisker of winning the U20 triple jump gold medal. Said his coach Keith Hunter. “He was second by 11cms with a PB leap and decided to miss two jumps to prepare for his final jump........ but he fouled and so missed the gold”
Aimee Pratt was last year’s U17 1500m gold medallist and came to this year’s championship as first year U20. Coached by Vincente Modahl, her 4:43.05 was marginally faster than last year and she was rewarded with the national silver medal.
The club’s top pole vault coach Matt Cullen had every reason to be “over the moon’ with his group he supported through the weekend. His squad returned home proud with three medals and three equalled their PB’s. U15 Matilda Waters & Preston’s U17 Jess Swannack bagged delightful silver medals and U20 Georgia Pickles was particularly pleased to win her first National medal because this time last year she was on a spinal board recovering.
These medallists were far from the only ones with good reason to celebrate, “Mike Jackson, father of talented U15 Ellie Jackson, wrote of the club’s talented multi-eventers who majored on the 60m sprint hurdles. “Meg McHugh & Grace Bower did really well to progress to the semi-finals in a hugely competitive U17W category. Meg needed an impressive life time best of 9.05secs just to qualify from the heats. In the U15G category “Junior McHugh” Tess also secured a personal best in a field of high quality hurdle exponents & was unfortunate to be in a heat of athletes at the higher end of the age group. Tess’ time will come again especially given her excellent technical prowess in this event. Top performer was Ellie Jackson in the U15G category with lifetime best showings in the heats, semi-final & final, eventually securing 4th place in the final with 9.22secs in her first national championships following on from her recent Northern Championships success. Grace Bower bravely doubled up in the U17W High Jump earning a PB at 1.64mtrs for 5th place overall, this after first time clearances throughout & narrowly failing at 1.68mtrs. The standard across the age groups was hugely impressive & the performances bode well for the forthcoming Indoor Multi-event championships later this month.
Well done to all participants. onwards now to a very successful outdoor season
Posted 03/03/2015 11:33
The club’s 5th indoor promotion at Sportcity this weekend was another resounding success, highlighted by outstanding achievements from 13 year olds Chloe Newbigging and Shane Connell. Chloe ran lifetime best of 8.22secs in the 60m, followed by a swift 26.9sec 200m, then soared out to a 4.72cm long jump. Shane Connell drew favourable reactions from an interested crowd by easing his frame over a 1m 70cm bar.
Top class sprinting was served up by Dominic Sebele and Aarron Crowley.
Many club members took part, with a lot recording personal bests performances. These are listed below.
60 metres: 60 metres Hurdles:
Dominic Sebele SenM 6.90secs Mia Lowndes U15W 9.56secs
Aarron Crowley SenM 6.93s
Takunda Bere U20M 7.64s High Jump:
Harry Lord U20M 7.68s
Sandiro Sharma U20M 7.69s Shane Connell U15M 1m 70cm
Harry Lord U20M 1m 70cm
Chloe Newbiggin U15W 8.22s Michael Odejimi U15M 1m 65cm
Ruka Shorebane U15W 8.25s Amy Lester U17W 1m 55cm
Devon Weymont U15W 8.39s Nathan Booth U15M 1m 45cm
Lewis Hindle U15M 8.55s
Rebecca Heys U17W 8.56s Pole Vault:
Sam Worthington U13M 8.60s Lucia Wolfenden U15W 2m 03cm
Anna Kershaw U13W 8.76s
Kate Bird U13W 8.84s Long Jump:
Tyler Hill U13W 8.96s Devon Weymont U15W 4m 79cm
Emily Povall-Clarke U15W 9.10s Chloe Newbigging U15W 4m 72cm
Sam Brown U13M 9.11s Sam Worthington U13M 4m 59cm
Ruka Shorebane U15W 4m 30cm
200metes: Llewis Hindle U15M 4m 28cm
Chloe Newbigging U15W 26.90sec Emily Poval-Clarke U15W 4m 15cm.
Ruka Shorebane U15W 27.64s
Rebecca Heys U17W 27.90s
Sam Worthington U13M 28.03s
Devon Weymont U15W 28.18s
Lewis Hindle U15M 28.47
Kate Bird U13W 29.29s
Charlie Candish U17M 1m 29.30s
Brad Thornton U20M 1m 31.98s
Mohammed Ahmed U23M 1m 34.62s
Chiara Young U17W 1m 46.62s
Mia Gibbons U15W 1m 48.15
Mia Lowndes U15W 1m 48.36s
Ayla Hewitt U13W 1m 51.25
Posted 03/03/2015 11:31
The fourth and penultimate of the club’s winter indoor promotions at Sportcity had another busy meeting, with over 300 athletes taking part. The centre of attraction once again was the Pole Vault, with the British record holder Luke Cutts clearing 5m 60cm. A huge compliment of Sale athletes were engaged with achieving many personal bests. Meg McHugh was outstanding. Sale athletes achieving PB’s were as follows.
Liam Grey Thompson U23M 7.31secs
Thomas Gerrard U20M 7.52s
Maurice Jarvis U20M 7.49s
Kobefo Ntabejane U23M 7.64s
Jack Kelly U17M 7.89s
Rhys Parker U15M 8.03s
Lewis Hindle U15M 8.59s
Maria McPolin U15W 8.60s
Brogun Rudman U15M 8.86s
Imani Modahl U23W 9.06s
Meg McHugh U17W 9.14secs
Grace Bower U17W 9.17s
Thomas Gerrard U20M 23.69secs
Kobefo Ntabejane U23M 24.56s
Rory Keen U17M 24.67s
Lewis Hindle U15M 28.73s
Imani Modahl U23W 28.75s
Eleanor Twite U17W 29.25s
Charlie Candlish U17M 1m 31.00s
Grace Bower U17W 1m 43.70s
Bethany Thornton U15W 1m 44.68s
Hannah Christy U20W 1m 51.37s
Harry Lord U20M 1m 70cm
Meg McHugh U17W 1m 65cm
Mia Lowndes U15W 1m 40cm
Pole Vault: Lucie Wolfenden U15W 2m 03cm
Long Jump: Matthew Ogden U20M 4m 90cm
Mia Lowndes U15W 4m 52cm
Posted 03/02/2015 19:26
Fechin Mc Cormick
Congratulations to the club’s talented multi-eventer U15 Ellie Jackson who was the club’s sole Northern Champion and medallist at these important Championships. She took the 60m hurdles title in great style equalling her 9.52 PB in heat one, improved it to 9.44 in the semi-final and again in the final to 9.4i. This is her first Northern title. Once again, she held off fierce rival Lauren Beales from Gateshead in the final, both girls having featured at the very top of the under 13 ranks.
There were several superb PB performances in very strong competition which must also be heartily congratulated –U15’s Caleb Adenuga (60m and 60m hurdles), Laurelie Obi (60m and 200m), Ruka Shonibare (200m and long jump), Tess Mc Hugh (800m) and Lois Mc Tiffin (Shot Putt). Among the U13’s Ayla Hewitt had a PB in the 200m and Anne Kershaw a PB in the long jump. On the same weekend, Meg also had a great day at the Sale indoor meeting with two further PB's in high jump (1.65) and 60m hurdles (9.14) to win her race in the new age U17group.
Posted 02/02/2015 20:01
Fechin Mc Cormick and Andy Byres
Vault Manchester, which is a ‘pole vault only’ competition, had its tenth competition at Sportcity at the weekend. It welcomed a record 105 British vaulters making it the best ever and the biggest ever held in the UK. They competed throughout the day on nine pools and three beds amidst a fantastic atmosphere of great music all day and a large number of enthusiastic supporters. One-third third of all the vaulters set lifetime best performances PB’s). There was also a M50 British record and a fifty year age gap between the oldest and youngest vaulter!
Andy Byres, the organiser over the past five years, father of Katie, third highest female vaulter in the UK of all time and still only 21! The large number of Sale Harriers pole vaulted who took part were..........
Andrew Sutcliffe jumped a Seasons best of 5.42 for Silver in the Elite competition.
Matilda Waters jumped a new PB of 3.02 to win Gold in U15 Girls. Coached by Matt Cullen.
Matt Cullen 4.82
Joshua Mouland 3.82
Paul Walker, 5th CWG Games for Wales last year 5.02
Liam Yarwood U23, new to Sale 4.92
Zavia Hill, SW 3.12
Sarah McKeever, U23W, Seasons best 3.57
David Campbell, U20M attempted a new PB, but cleared 4.02
Lewis Hannan, U20M 4.07
Ebbie Danson-Chappell, U20W a new PB of 3.22
Chloe Doggett U20W, whose father took the excellent pictures (2.77)
Georgia Pickles, U20W 3.42
Ella Mckie-Crane, U17W new PB of 2.27
Annie Williams U17W, 3.22
Lucie Wolfenden, first competition ever finished with 1m 92
No vaulter had competed in all ten but Zavia Hill and Andy Sutcliffe did compete in the first one ten years ago.
A presentation was made to Jack Frost club coach, treasurer and official, as one of only two officials that have attended all ten Vault Manchester competitions. It was also really good to see Julien Raffalli, nationally recognised former club pole-vaulting coach, who was one of the original team that started the event ten years ago. Thanks to Tim Doggett, father of Chloe, who has provided all the website photos. Why not log onto http://vaultmanchester.com/vm15-results-and-report.html for more information.
Posted 01/02/2015 15:23