News - Track And Field
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Competing in regional and national championships are the club’s main focus and an annual highlight for every club section. This weekend it was our U15 and U17’s turn to strut their stuff in the Northern Athletic Championships held at Wigan of for the first since 2008. Both days remained dry (except for a storm of hailstones on the second day) but blustery conditions put paid to fast times.
Sale Harrier athletes won three gold, four silver and three bronze medals and, despite the conditions, some also produced lifetime performances. The most successful Sale athlete was U15 Kelly Chadwick who retained her Northern title from last year and also won the 200m silver medal. Kelly battled with Emily Strickland (Scunthorpe) in both races and this brought out the best in both. Whilst Emily pushed Kelly into second place by a very close 25.78 to Kelly’s 25.80. Kelly gained her revenge taking the 100m in a lifetime best performance of 12.05 Kelly is also the 2013 Northern Athletics long jump champion. In only his first season of club competition,
Rory Keen won his U15 gold medal in the 80m hurdles. In only his first year training as an athlete, Rory adds this important medal to his other prestigious medals this year as the Gtr. Manchester 80m hurdles Champion, Gtr. Manchester Schools 80m hurdles champion and 4 x 400m relay English Schools silver medalist. The third gold medalist, Lewis Hannon greatly improved on last year’s 6th place to secure the U17 pole vault title.
Jonathan Adderley won two silver medals in the U15 shot and discus. He had hoped to just throw well in the shot and to win the discus. He was leading the discus until the final round and was then pipped by 20cm! In the shot put, a slight ankle injury did reduce his distance but another silver medal rounded off a good day for him. These were Jonathan's first medals at the Northern Championships and a great year for him with wins at county championships and then selected for English Schools and gaining entry level for the England Championships at Bedford. The other silver medals went to Evan Gilchrist who battled the conditions in the U17 1500m race in a lifetime best of 4.10.09. Ebbie Danson-Chappell won her medal in the U17 pole vault and adds it to her Northern Athletics bronze medal at the inter-county Championships two weeks earlier.
Bronze medals were won by Aine Cunningham with an U15 800m PB of 2:16.39 - another encouraging step forward from last year when she finished fourth in these championships in 2:24.00. Amy Lester and Maurice Jarvis are in the early days of their athletic careers so an U15 high jump with a PB of 1.50cms and an U17 triple jump (respectively) will give their confidence a great boost.
Other notable performances were U15 Amy Page who produced a long jump PB and Zenni Enechi, last year’s long jump bronze medalist was pleased to record an U17 triple jump PB. Beth Kelly in her first year of competing equaled her PB. Beth Thornton, who is under age and competing for the experience did really well to come through very strongly to qualify for the final. She also did herself proud for it was the first time she’s done races in 2.5 hrs hours and clocked 2.30 in heat and 2.33 in the final. Brad Thornton in the 800mtrs heat also did well to clock 2:12 in the very strong windy conditions.
Posted 19/08/2014 07:06
Sale Harriers men became BAL Premier League Champions at the weekend for only the 4th time in the club’s history. This followed their best ever showing in the league at the final match on home territory Sportcity on Saturday.
Going into the match, Sale (competing as City of Manchester) were in the driving seat, but knew that Shaftesbury Barnet would push us close and we would likely need to come second to secure the title. So it proved, as SBH scored 319 points - the best of our rivals on the day - but our team produced win after win and strong performance after strong performance to notch 376, a mammoth total that ensured we regained the Tony Ward Trophy and made up for last year's disappointment when Sale won the Premier League title but later lost it to Shaftesbury Barnet
It wasn't just about the performances on the day, to win the league consistency over the whole season is required, so thanks very much to everyone who contributed and to John Smith and James Bailey for their team management. Thanks, too, to David Brown for organising the final fixture and for those club members that volunteered and officiated.
On Saturday we had 7 ‘A’ string wins from debutant David King (110mH), Niall Brooks (1500m), Jack Crabtree (3000m), Alex Smith (Hammer), Ben Williams (Triple Jump), Rimas Martisauskas (Shot) and Andy Sutcliffe (PV) and a further 7 ‘B’ string wins from Roy Ejiakuekwu (100m and 200m), Matt Cullen (pole vault), Nick Samuels (1500m), Dave Proctor (800m), Clovis Asong (400m) and Matt Barnes (3000m).
We also had top three ‘A’ and ‘B’ finishes from Niall in the 800m, Rory Evans (100m), Dwayne Cowan (400m), James Bailey (3000m steeplechase), Nick Gayle (110mH), Seun Okome (high jump), 48 year old John Nicholls (shot) and Nathan Roach, who produced a fantastic triple jump PB.
Chris Wakeford (400mH), James Wignall (chase), Rob Mitchell (high jump), Floydy, Andy Burgess (long jump), Stephen Porter (javelin) and Jack Andrew (javelin and discus) all produced vital point scoring performances in a team effort, while the day was rounded off by two podium finishes in the relay. A quartet of Dwayne Cowan, Gabriel Odujobi, Aaron Crowley and Roy brought the 4x100m baton home in 2nd place, while the 4x400m perhaps encapsulated the team spirit we have come to expect recently. With the match and league won, a team of Clovis, Dave Proctor and Callum Roughneen handed over to Debo Ademuyewo in 4th, a fair way back from 3rd. Debo gritted his teeth and brought the team home in 3rd place, refusing to give up and sparking wild celebrations.
Thanks once again to everyone for a fantastic season and we can now look forward to returning to European competition in 2015. Thanks to club photographers Harry Shakeshaft (www.hsphotos.co.uk) and Ernie Greenwood (http://www.darkstarphotos.com ) whose photographs can be viewed and bought from their websites.
Posted 11/08/2014 20:27
The Northern Premier League’s fourth and final match of the season came a close in windy Blackpool on Saturday. Wakefield came out champions with Sale (competing as City of Manchester) runners up, the same places as 2013. Final league result was as follows: -
Wakefield Harriers 18pts
Sale Harriers 16pts
The season had its ups and downs (mainly downs), though those that supported the club were magnificent. There were superb individual performances, highlighted by Josh Mouland, who ran, jumped and threw all day, indeed all season. Lee Whiteley came out of his comfort zone and tackled the 400m hurdles clocking a winning time of 58.6s. Most inspiring of all however were the women’s sprinters. Rebekah Wilson, Zavia Hill, Tyra Watson, Olivia Callaghan and Jenny Simmons who, following their individual successes, organized themselves into a formidable relay squad winning the 4x100 and 4x400 races in impressive style. The men were dominant all season, featuring heavily in the sprints, jumps and throws.
The downside of the season was the lack of a woman’s team manager, unacceptable late minute withdrawals (5 within 24hrs of this match) and far too many gaps in the middle distance events.
Unfortunately, all the individual successes have been threatened quite forcibly by the league as many of our athletes are not registered with England Athletics with disqualification of results imminent and relegation possible if not corrected. Can each athlete that has competed this year in the Northern League check they are fully up to date with their subscriptions. April 1st is when they were due, and despite constant letters and reminders it is inconceivable so many are outstanding.
Once again many thanks to Brian Spriggs and his merry team of officials, who contribute 30 points a fixture to the score. Full results can be found on the Power of 10.
Special thanks also to photographs Allan Wort and Tim Doggett – parents of two club athletes, who have provided a number of photos for both the website and the next Harrier magazine.
Posted 11/08/2014 20:25
Fechin Mc Cormick
Sale Harriers had thirteen athletes represent their nation at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Regardless of whether they medalled, produced life-time best performances; were dissatisfied or did not even get the chance to compete, each one ought to be very proud as their club, families and nations are. Our nine who represented England, three Scotland and two Wales ran, jumped threw to exhaustion and have lived every sportsperson dream and are now their nation’s sport models. All have recorded priceless experiences and memories; all have had ‘a blast’ at the friendly games and as well as their hard-earned medals and cherished PB’s and the honour of representing their nations, they’ve returned home with treasure throves of priceless ‘selfies’ with their sporting heroes and tired hands from signing autographs.
JESSICA TAYLOR (England Heptathlon) won an unexpected bronze medal. At the finish of Day 1, Jessica had moved into the bronze medal position with PB’s in the HJ of 1.69m and 100m hurdles of13.81. On day two, she enjoyed another great day of competition throwing 33.89m for 550 points in the javelin, a long jump PB of 6.16m and then went on to beat her contender for the bronze medal in the 800m and secured her bronze medal with 2:17.59 and a PB point’s total of 5826. This has been amazing breakthrough for Jess and another pinnacle in her unforgettable year. She said “It was a competition I never thought I’d be competing in. I actually bought tickets to come and watch. It wasn’t on my radar at all. It’s been a ridiculous year. Apart from winning this bronze medal and putting 444 points on my PB, I also finished my seven year architecture degree. It’s unbelievable!”
KELLY MASSEY (England 400m): Having competed and won silver at the 4 x 400m Delhi Commonwealth Games, Kelly’s ambition for Glasgow was to compete in her own right over 400m. In her semi-final, the crowd roared her in the final 100m when she fought off the Nigerian to finish second with a PB of 52.19. She went on to finish 8th in the final. She also won bronze in the 4 x 400m relay to add to her Delhi relay silver. Her boyfriend, Rick Yates, whose parents and family live in Sale and long-time members of Sale Harriers also qualified for the 400m hurdles final and finished 7th.
ANDY ROBERTSON (England 4 x 100m): Running the anchor leg, it was a smooth performance in the heats from the English quartet to qualify for the final He wasn’t however part of the silver medal team but, nevertheless still merited the silver medal as part of the squad.
SARAH HOLT (England Hammer) threw 61.05 in the first round to qualify in eighth and finished one place out of the medals in the final with 65.67
ANDY TURNER (England 110m hurdles): The defending champion crashed out in round 1 by crashing into the second hurdle and coming to a halt. Said a very disappointed Andy “I’m devastated. I got too close to the first hurdle, hit it, trying to come back from that is difficult, hit the second one and that was it. I've no one to blame, it was my fault.
ALEX SMITH (England Hammer): Alex Smith qualified for the final with minimal fuss – a 72.34 first throw and was an agonizing 4th in the final
CHRIS BAKER (England High Jump) qualified for the final with first time clearances at each height on the way to the 2.20 mark that proved to be the one to whittle down the finalists to 12. Said Chris “The first-time clearances made it easy for me. The atmosphere was amazing and the fans got behind everyone and the energy in the crowd really picked me up this morning. My aim has always been to win a Commonwealth Games medal. In the final he made a second time clearance at 2.25m which gave him an agonizing fourth place.
KATIE BYRES (England Pole Vault): In a straight pole vault final, Katie entered the competition at 3.80 but was unable to record a mark. Nevertheless, what a fantastic experience and pinnacle this was in the sporting career for our talented pole vaulter.
ALISON RODGER (Scotland Shot) was 10th in the final and wrote that she was 'soooooooo happy' to bring her long career to a close with 10th in a Commonwealth Games Final,
KIRSTY LAW (Scotland Discus) was eighth in the qualifying round with a throw of 54.68m that she described as ‘pretty amazing’ and so was through to the final with 52:33 and 11th place
KIRSTEN MC ASLEN (Scotland 4 x 400m): Kirsten ran the first leg that resulted in the quartet improving on their native Scottish record of 3:09.09 set back in 2001. They were agonizingly squeezed out of the final, though.
PAUL WALKER (Wales Pole Vault) was equal 5th in the final with a season’s best time of 5.35
LUCY EVANS (Wales 4 x 100m): Unfortunately, though part of the Welsh 4 x 100m relay s squad, Lucy did not get an opportunity to compete, this being her team manager’s decision.
Posted 04/08/2014 15:01
Fechin Mc Cormick
The tension and excitement at Wakefield on Sunday was comparable to the weather –a morning of grey skies giving way to an afternoon of progressively cloudless skies and sunshine. In this fourth and final match of the Youth Development League (YDL Upper) the club lay within the relegation zone so the task at hand was, above all, to beat Gateshead Harriers if we were to avoid the fall.
It was a nail-biting day and as exciting a day of athletics as one could hope to attend! Throughout the morning’s public announcements, the news was gloomy with Gateshead continually ahead of us sometimes by as much as thirty points. This was despite the valiant and successful efforts throughout the morning from the likes of our throwers Jack Seddon, Jaimal Brown, Natasha Wilson, Annabelle Dowd, Joshua Booth, Jasmine Burke and Will Scofield most of whom did several events. Our high jumpers also did more than their bit. U20’s winner Seun Okomo, had everyone applauding and Harry Lord and Luke Moloney both produced PB’s. Our U17 pole vaulters Luke Hannon and Annie Williams, our U20 long jumpers Alyssia Carr and Zenny Enechi, our triple jumpers U20 Tom Gerard and U17 Zenny Enechi all won their events and were valued like gold dust. Our endurance youngsters also shone – for a change. The likes of U20’s Matthew Beacock and Charlie Reid in the 800m, U17’s Jake Spilsbury and Dylan Battick in their 800m, Abi Linney and Frankie Reid in their 800 were all impressive. Despite our sprinters also giving it their very best– athletes of the ability of U20 Danny Heald, Kieran Donnelly (who was 3rd in the U20 race despite being only U17), Emmanuel Muke and James Ratcliffe and Hayaat Bak-Traore, we still failed to get the better of Gateshead Harriers. A major reason wasn’t the team efforts but, unfortunately those team ‘gaps’(again!) where we so often throw matches and diminish our competing athletes achievements. We had every reason to be worried!
Come the afternoon, those grey skies began to pass and things began to improve. It was an exhilarating afternoon of athletics with classy performances from the like of sprinters Danny Heald (200m) and Emmanuel Muka who both produced great PB’s and ‘B’ winner Kirsten Mc Nally (200m) and Toby Adejoymie (200m) that began to turn the tide.. The 110% efforts from the likes of Ellis Goldie Tom Adejoxmie, Kobefo Ntebelane, Tom Gerrard, Rachael Hibbert, Alice Bruce, Abbi Linney, Beth Kelly and Courtney Leonard and Annie Williams all helped to raise our hopes. Again, our middle distance guys made a big difference. Whilst Gateshead had no-one in the 3000m, we had good solid runs from Alice Bruce, Madeline Hole and Charlie Reid; you should have seen the Spilsbury twins in the 1500m stylishly flowing for 1-2; Matt Beacock was great and Brad Thornton produced a PB in his U20 1500m race. U17’s Frankie Reid and Abi Linney displayed great maturity in their 1500m and Aimee Pratt won the 1500m steeplechase by 100m and was especially outstanding. Though still U17 she’s won all of her YDL (Upper) races this year including beating the U20 women. Good luck as she targets the National title in a few weeks time.
All contributed to an afternoon string of victories and classy performances that had the Sale Harrier contingent of supporters, coaches, team managers and parents off their seats. The announcements began putting us in 3rd place behind Team Edinburgh and Team Glasgow. It was now down to the final relays.
What an exciting culmination relays are and these to a long day of athletics that began at 10.30am and embraced 76 events. It was 6pm and the stadium was electric as it echoed to the din of cheers. It was Sale Harries that prevailed winning most of the events. The question now was how close we were to Team Glasgow in 2nd place rather than was we ahead of Gateshead Harriers.
The final announcement! Team Glasgow beat us by a measly half point with Team Edinburgh clear winners with Gatehead relegated. By finishing 3rd, we now go forward to a paper match with those in 3rd and 4th places in the Northern, Southern and Midland Divisions. The winners of this paper match will take their place alongside the winners and runners-up of the Northern, Southern and Midland Divisions in the National final at Birmingham in September. Fingers crossed,
Again, special thanks must go to all who make it possible throughout the season. The likes of field official Brian Spriggs who rarely misses a match and is as gold-dust to these teams as are our best athletes not just for his expertise and the number of matches he attends pointsbut the number of match points he secures; to all the track & field officials; Jack Frost for his tireless managerial and administrative work, priceless coaches, self-sacrificing parents etc. I also thank Tim Doggett for his photographs.
Posted 30/07/2014 13:11
Fechin Mc Cormick
Below are the updated records of our Sale athletes at the Commonwealth Games. Keep an eye on the club website and on Facebook for the latest updates as people progress. .
KELLY MASSEY (England 400m): A fantastic PB of 52.19 in the semi’s and 8th in the final
SARAH HOLT (England Hammer): Finished an impressive 4th in the finals
ANDY TURNER (England 110m hurdles): The defending champion crashed out in round 1 by crashing into the hurdles – very disappointed.
ALEX SMITH (England Hammer): 4th in the final
JESSICA TAYLOR (England Heptathlon): She’s WON the bronze medal Certainly, it’s the pinnacle of her fantastic year. At the finish of day 1, she’d moved into the bronze medal position with two PB in the HJ and 100m.
CHRIS BAKER (England High jump): Won his heat in 2.20m and was an agonizing 4th in the final
ALISON RODGER (Scotland Shot): 10th in the final
KIRSTY LAW (Scotland Discus): Qualifying round Thursday 31st at 19.45 and final on August 1st at 18.15
ANDY ROBERTSON (England 4 x 100m): Round 1 – Friday August 1st 21.10
LUCY EVANS (Wales 4 x 100m): Round 1- Friday August1st at 21.40
KIRSTEN MC ASLEN (Scotland 4 x 400m) Round 1 – Friday August 1st at 18.35
KATIE BYRES (England Pole Vault): Straight Final on Saturday August 2nd at 19.00
PAUL WALKER (Wales Pole Vault): Straight final on Friday august 1st at 18.10
Posted 29/07/2014 07:25
Fechin Mc Cormick
As a result of Kevin Metzger becoming English School’s inter-boy’s triple jump Gold medallist, he was selected to represent England at the schools international at Cardiff last weekend. Britain’s No.1 young triple jumper continued his fantastic development by repeating his 14.59 PB and club record from the English schools to win the triple jump competition in the Siab Schools international.
This is what his coach Keith Hunter wrote, “Kevin’s day began with teasing from a fellow competitor who was trying to psych him out by asking the English Schools champion “What’s it like knowing you're going to come second?” - this from a triple jumper Kevin beat by half a meter only a week ago...must have the memory of a goldfish! Another more realistic lad pointed Kevin out to his coach and said “That guy's going off the 13 meter board - I might as well go home.”
Kevin’s first jump was 14.13m and broke the field. The teasing athlete managed a respectable first round 13.56m, so Kevin gave him the benefit of the doubt, considered him dangerous and jumped 14.41m. In fairness, the teaser replied with 14.08m, which was starting to become annoying, so Magic Metzger put in a whopper around the 15m mark, this bearing in mind that everyone else was bothering the 12-13m section of the pit. If the governor of The Bank of England isn't sure what deflation looks like, he should have been there. Sadly, after a long hard look, it was flagged a no jump; Kevin then turned the screw with a comfortable reproduction of his English Schools 14.59m. Now that's how to psych someone out! The teaser slumped to 13.53cm”. Congratulations yet again, Kevin
Posted 22/07/2014 07:25
The annual Wilson Young Athletes meeting at Crossford Bridge was blessed with fine weather and a good entry of two hundred athletes from as far apart as Leeds, Wolverhampton and the Isle of Man. The meeting was well supported by our own athletes with as many as eighteen Sale Harriers in some races.
In the U9 category, the star was Lucy Herbert of Upton Priory School who won all three running events by a clear margin. Sale medallists were Suvi Seppunen, Holly Hurst, Rachel Banks, Matthew Griffin, Harry Reed, William Dyson and Benjamin Roberts.
In the U11 age-group, the most successful Sale athletes were Kane Saville, Tom Boyd and Sofija Dragisic-Wood were double medallists whilst Dominic Read, Harvey Devenport, Taylor Edwards and Megan Chilton were the other Sale medallists.
The U13 age-group, medallists for Sale were Paddy Mackenzie (Shot & Discus), Charlotte Mairs (100m),Mia Lowndes (200m), Alice Dale (800m), Lydia Hodgson (LJ), and Leo Swarbrick (200m). Brogan Rudman was a double medallist having also represented the club in four events at the YDL league the previous day. Other Sale medallists were Sam Brown, Jed Bailey, Charlotte Whittaker, Sam Wadsworth, Zac Stiller, Tia-Rae Barton, Lucie Wolfenden and Tallia Baird.
In the U15 event, GB water pole international Niamh Nugent showed her versality with a win in the 800m and further medals in the long jump and shot. Harry Boyd was another triple medallist with three golds whilst further medals were awarded to Mairead Power, Loren Aherne Josie Canham, Jemma Vickers, Georgia Haworth, Sophie Thompson, Beatrice Lennon-Butler and Kian Lindsay.
Posted 21/07/2014 09:40
Sale Harriers Manchester had a comfortable 120 points victory in the final YDL (Lower age) Northern Premier match at Preston to remain unbeaten and retain the Northern title they’ve now won six times in the last seven years.
This was the club’s forty-fourth match win (out of fifty matches) since the league began in 2004. Highlights of the match were the girl’s 4 x 300m relay where the team of Maria Mc Polin, Danielle Stringer, Grace Bower and Aine Cunningham broke the National YDL record by the massive margin of three seconds. We also had comfortable victories in all four sprint relays. The club’s YDL six relay teams now hold the fastest times in every age group in northern premier competition this year.
The team’s star individual was newcomer Sam Ebonne who won four events. Other athletes to take part in four events were Anthony Bruton, Brogan Rudman, Emanuel Odubanjo, Northern multi-event Champion Grace Bower and Tess Mc Hugh who recently defended her Greater Manchester Combined Events title. Individual victories went to Jonathon Adderley with three victories; those with two victories were Rory Keen, Emma Lowe, Olivia Ashworth, Kelly Chadwick, Ellie Jackson and Joe Murphy and those with single victories were Amy Lester, Matilda Waters, Ella Mc Kie-Crane, Mia Lowndes, Laurelle Obie, Tess Mc Hugh (2), Lois Mc Tiffin (2) Devon Weymont, Rebecca Heyes, Caleb Adenusa, Niamh Nugent, Lucy Wolfenden and Maria Mc Polin. A welcome temporary return to the club to Aine Cunningham who continued her winning ways with an 800m victory in a PB – on top of being one of the quartet who broke the national YDL record.
Congratulations to Lizzie Twite who ran a PB finishing runner-up in the 800m and Olivia Green who ran a PB in the 1500m and has recently been selected for the GB Modern Pentathlon squad. The most improved Sale athletes were Mia Gibbons and Lara Crawford who both improved their PB’s by a massive margin in the 1200m.
As Northern Champions, the team now progress to the National Finals in Birmingham in September where the best eight teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland will meet to decide the National title. This will give many of the club’s U13 and U15 boys and girls their third taste of international competition and with Northern pride at stake we can expect further great performances.
Yet again, such success would be impossible without the enduring commitment and work of the two team managers Dave Marsh and Carl Worthington, to the club coaches, officials, parents..............a BIG thank you.
The picture is the YDL national record breaking girls team for the 4 x 300m in 2.52.9 - Maria McPolin 1st leg, Danielle Stringer 2nd, Aine Cunningham 3rd and Grace Bower 4th leg.
Posted 21/07/2014 07:27
Fechin Mc Cormick
The third and penultimate Northern Premier League match of this summer took the club on yet another visit to the Moorways Stadium in Derby. To re-cap! After match one the club competing as City of Manchester, were 4th behind Derby, Preston and Kingston-on-Hull. In the second match, last year’s title holders, Preston AC took pole position with City of Manchester in second and much better placed to achieve the year’s objective to improve on its 2013 result when the club finished narrowly behind Preston by one point.
The men’s sprints again showed how this is the club’s best section with Aaron Crowley (100m), Clovis Asong (100m) and Umar Hameed (200m) all winning maximum points and Bhekunzi Dube just missing out. Other maximum points ‘A’ scorers were Josh Ugantayo (800m), Alex Wort (110mH), John Nichols (Discus), James Davies (LJ), Adam Howell (TJ) and Seun Okomo (HJ). Again, our multi-eventers Josh Mouland and Alex Wort were like gold-dust for their value in the amount of points they won competing in six disciplines. The endurance events were better filled than in the past with Gary Lyons, Dave Marsh, Mike Kilmartin and Jake Spilsbury toughing it out with every ounce of energy on the hot afternoon.
Our ladies also showed their prowess but, again, there were far too many gaps that inevitably diminish the team performances of their colleagues. Many could take a leaf from the likes of Amy Williams who, though injured and feeling unwell, travelled from her English Schools Championships in Birmingham where she won her bronze triple-jump medal, just to compete for the club and won maximum points with a jump that, even though injured, was a class above the rest.
Sochi Olympian for GB in the bobsleigh, sprinter Rebecca Wilson and colleague Zavia Hill also flexed their competitive muscles (see photo!!!!) with fine individual sprint victories and in the 4 x 100m relay. Abi Heywood also bagged maximum team points in the long jump as did Annie Williams in the long jump and pole vault. Rebecca Linney, though dissatisfied with her 800m, banked a valuable number of team points and was more pleased with her 400m ‘B’ victory and the 4 x 400m relay. Her little sister, Abi Linney also showed lots of exciting promise in her 800m ‘B’ race.
Alison Rodger and Jasmine Burke did brilliant to cover all the throws with much success and, therefore, team points. What will we do next year without Alison who’s been such a colossal club servant in all the throws? She’s been Sale’s indispensable thrower and Scotland’s best hammer thrower for more than fifteen years. We wish her well for her future and more immediately as she represents Scotland in the Commonwealth Games on her home territory. Such is Alison’s great personal and athletic abilities, we hope she’ll continue her long associations with the club. We mustn’t lose her!
Again, the endurance events were the club’s weakest but a big and special thanks to Ciara Lydon (and her mum) for travelling all the way to Derby to run the 3000m. Likewise, Lauren Bowen was a great club asset and the club’s only representative in the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles. Thanks!
The club would readily have won the match (and possibly the league) had more athletes supported their competing colleagues. As it was, we finished 2nd to Wakefield Harriers but equal top with them in the overall standings. We have it all to play for, therefore, in the final match at Blackburn on August 9th. Let you support your competing colleagues by fill every discipline at the final match and ensure a victory that showcases your club at its very best
Posted 15/07/2014 07:27