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The 2nd of four UKYDL (Upper) fixtures was held at Sheffield during the weekend in very warm conditions, conducive to inspire good performances. Indeed the club produced many fine individual results, but unfortunately there were too many events that we did not contest, with preparation for exams the dominant reason. To remain in the Premier Division, we certainly need to raise our game. However, some really outstanding performance occurred, with Jaimal Brown’s 49m 48cm Javelin throw, and J’Nae Ward’s fine double victory with a 1m 65cm HJ and 11m 32cm shot. Full results can be found at http://www.thepowerof10.info
WINNERS OF EVENTS WERE.
Felix Tighe U20A 400m 49.80s
Kobefo Ntadejane U20B 400m 51.47s
Jake Spilsbury U17 800m 2m 05.91s
Aimee Pratt U17 1500m chase 5m12.77
J’Nae Ward U17 HJ 1m 65cm Personal Best
U17 Shot 11m 32cm Personal Best
Joshua Booth U20B Discus 39m 01cm
Jaimal Brown U17 Javelin 49m 48cm Personal Best
Annabel Dowd U17 Javelin 29m 88cm Personal Best
OTHER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENTS WERE..
Emmanuel Muka 23.51 U17 200m
Euan Gilchrist 2m 01.08 U17 800m
Adam Spilsbury 4m 10.70 U17 1500m
Imani Modahl 4m 54.77 U20 1500m
Giovanni Brady 5m 14.45 U17 1500m
Harry Lord 15.02 U17 100m Hurdles
Ehis Ilozobhie 15.12 U17 100m Hurdles
Zac Harrop 4m 05cm U17 Pole Vault
Ehis Ilozobhie 5m 55cm U17 LJ
Lauren Bowen 4m 86cm U20 LJ
Jake Grundy 9m 39cmU20 Shot
Annabel Dowd 21m 22cm Discus
Jacob Lloyd 41m 66cm Hammer.
As always, thanks to those who made the weekend sacrifices for the good of club and team – team managers, officials and parents. thanks also to club photographer Harry Shakeshaft whose photos from the day can be viewed and bought at www.hsphotos.co.uk
Posted 04/06/2014 14:31
Having set two national records in the Tom Pink AAA’s relays and benefitted from recent coaching sessions from world class athletes Felix Sanchez, Tiffany Porter, Richard Kilty, Greg Rutherford and Christine Ohuruogu and Chris Tomlinson, our U13/15 boys and girls were in a confident mood and scored another great victory in the Northern Premier YDL match at Leeds and look set to retain the league title. The standard of competition was very high featuring many recently crowned county champions from Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Merseyside, Gtr. Manchester and the North-East.
Star club performer was Jona Efoloku who ran 11.0 to win the 100m and to break his own National YDL record. Jona currently holds all three YDL sprint record and was recently featured on the TV with Jamaican world champion Yohane (The Beast) Blake. Kelly Chadwick was also in spectacular form scoring a sprint double winning by as big a margin as Jona. Other Sale athletes to record sprint victories were Ellie Jackson, Maria Mc Polin, Mairead Power, Laurelle Obi, Charlotte Mairs, Layla Nealon, Dane Winchole, Rory Keen and Ben Mosley whilst Rhys Parker, Darnell Bell, Logan Burrows and Lois Mc Tiffin were runners up.
Despite the very high standard of hurdling in the league, the day started well with victories going to Rory Keen, Ellie Jackson and Lois Mc Tiffin whilst Meg Mc Hugh recorded a PB in second place. Tess Mc Hugh and Brogan Rudman were also runners up in hurdles events.
Our endurance athletes maintained good Harrier tradition with Charlie Hobson, Alexa Mc Tiffin, Tess Mc Hugh and Mia Gibbons winning 800m events whilst runners up slots went to Bailey Hulse, Ellie Twite, Alice Dale and Lauren Smith.
Congratulations to Matilda Waters who won the pole vault and Grace Bower who set a new PB of 5m 23cms for first place in the long jump, finished runner up in the high jump and was a member of our record-breaking real team. Further victories in the jumps went to Jack Daley and Meg Mc Hugh whilst Harriet Wareing, Lewis Hindle and Michael Odejimi were runners up.
Our throwers again did us proud with Jonathan Adderley victorious in two events and runner up in a third. Emma Lowe and Anthony Bruton both had a first and two second places whilst Olivia Ashworth, Tess Blandamer and Meg Mc Hugh were also victorious whilst Nathan Booth, HarryBoyd, Jemma Carr and Rosaleen Sheenan were runners up
The match ended with a tremendous performance in the relays including wins in all three girl’s events. The U15 boy’s team are National league record holders for the 4 x 300m relay but on this occasion had to settle for 2nd place behind Gateshead AC but they did win the sprint relay.
Big thanks must go to the parents and supporters from all six clubs taking part who created a tremendous atmosphere which was both conducive to great performances and also supportive of the endeavours of all the youngsters taking part. A big thanks as ever to the all-important team managers Carl Worthington and Dave Marsh and to Ernie Greenwood for the photos (These can be viewed and bought from his website www. http://www.darkstarphotos.com. full results are available at http://www.ukydl.org.uk/page10.html
Posted 03/06/2014 13:22
Fechin Mc Cormick
To the beat of the pop group “One Direction” echoing from across the adjacent football stadium, Sportcity, too, was alive with the sound of excellence that was the nation’s top-ranked middle distance runners competing in the British Milers Club Grand Prix. This prestigious annual festival is always an event par excellence, superbly hosted by top endurance coach Norman Poole (President of the BMC) and his merry team. For the uninitiated, the BMC is the premier middle distance club in the country and the vast majority of the best performances every year are produced by its members.
Over twenty-nine races, I witnessed epic duels as competitors sought last ditch Commonwealth Games selection; drank from the elixir of running that’s ‘PB’s or chased nemesis scalps. Of course, Sale Harrier’s elite middle-distance specialists were among them with many also serving as pace-setters.
James Bailey, with his superb 5000m PB of 14:46.21, has got to be wearing a smile. It’s a massive improvement on his recent years and he’s finally beaten his previous best set way back in 2006. Just behind him, the club’s higher claim member Dave Norman also did well to record a SB of 14:53.91 so soon after his Manchester marathon.
In the 1500m races, U17 Aimee Pratt (4:42.84) has got to be congratulated on her PB. Though the youngest in the field, early on she got boxed in and gustily ran the whole race from the front and only ran out of steam in the final 200m. There’s certainly more PB’s to come for her. Megan Davies finished on her shoulder with a SB and was given an identical time, though she’d have liked to have been faster. In the men’s 1500m races, in form Charlie Hulson’s mature race from the middle of the pack, probably assured him his PB of 3:48.18. It’s come on top of a massive 3000m PB by 14 second just two weeks earlier. U20 Jack Crabtree (3:47.56) and Nick Samuels (3:53.67) recorded season’s best times. U23’s Jamie Roden (3:58.80) and Ryan Moore (4:01.20) both came within a second of improving their best, recorded just a few weeks earlier.
Congratulations to U20 Imani Modahl on her superb 800m PB. Over three races during the month of May, she’s impressively improved from 2:24.91 to 2:19.47 to record this new PB of 2:17.09. In the men’s race, Dave Proctor, I suspect, also has good reason to be pleased with his SB. His 800m time of 1:51.84 was a full six seconds faster than he ran in the Cardiff BMC three weeks earlier and indicating that he’s fast returning to his sub 1:50 form.
The piece de la resistance of the entertaining evening were the ‘A’ quality races and in-form Niall Brooks was the club’s 1500m representative, bench-marking his return to top form following severe illness. In a typically well executed race, he tracked eventual winner Jake Wightman (Edinburgh AC) but couldn’t find the gear on the final circuit and was caught on the home straight by Chris Warburton (Notts) to finish 3rd and clock 3:43.01. Higher claim member Matt Barnes (Altrincham AC) was our representative in the ‘A’ 5000m race and he recorded a SB of 14:23.31.
Posted 03/06/2014 13:21
Sale Harriers had its best ever performance in the Tom Pink AAA Relays at Sportcity on Wednesday last. They set two national records; won five events and gained 23 prestigious AAA gold medals. They broke national records which were previously set by Sale teams two years ago. The events, which aim to challenge Mo Farah’s and Paula Radcliffe’s National 5000m records (12:53.11 and 14.29.11), were held on the indoor track creating an incredible atmosphere and our youngsters rose to the occasion. In the U16 5000m continuous relay, we broke National records with a boy’s team Dylan Burchill, Adam Spilsbury, Jake Spilsbury, Adam Kinghorn, and Luke Chesters recording 12 minutes 5 seconds. Not to be outdone, our girl’s team of Meg Mc Hugh, Tess Mc Hugh, Beth Thornton, Ellie Twite and Niamh Nugent recorded 13 minutes 30 seconds to also break the national record.
Our most successful team was the U14 girls where Niamh Nugent, Beth Thornton and Tess Mc Hugh won the 3 x 500m relay by a huge margin and then teamed up with Ruby Bell to win the sprint relay.
Our U12 girl’s team of Kia-Licia Clarkson, Libby Hill and Ruby Bell were clear winners of the 3 x 500m relay due to a storming last leg by Ruby. Libby was the youngest Sale athlete taking part and also won AAA bronze medal in the sprint relay and Med-Ball Challenge, amazing the spectators with her speed, strength and endurance. Ruby, who was the youngest triple gold medallist, had also shown her versality by winning the long jump at the Trafford medal meet two days before. Both Ruby and Libby are both a credit to their coaching at Crossford Bridge.
Other Sale gold medallists at the Trafford meeting were Laurelle Obi, Meg Mc Hugh and Emma Lowe with two golds each. Silver medals were awarded to Niamh Coyne, Charlotte Mairs, Mia Gibbons, Tess Mc Hugh, Jack Daly, Amy Lester and Nathan Booth whilst Ami Page, Dane Winchcole and Beth Thornton were bronze medallists. Although outside the medals, Taylor Edwards and Francesca Brint both ran impressive new PB’s.
Results from the Trafford Open meeting are available on the Trafford AC website. Special thanks as ever to club photographer Ernie Greenwood. Further photos can be viewed and purchased from his website http://www.darkstarphotos.com
Posted 29/05/2014 12:00
On top of the 28 medals that the club’s throwers won in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire Championships at the weekend, a further 35 medals were awarded to those in the track events. Again, well done to all of them, their coaches and family and all who support them to these noteworthy medals.
400m Senior Gold Tyra Watson
800m U20 Silver Matthew Metcalfe
1500m U17 Gold Adam Spilsbury
70mH U13 Gold Tess Mc Hugh
75mH U15 Gold Megan Mc Hugh
80mH U17 Gold J’Nae Ward
110mHSenior Gold Alex Wort
150m U13 Gold Tess Mc Hugh
400mHU20 Silver Lydia Randles
Posted 20/05/2014 14:11
Coach Tony Dowd
Sale’s throwers had an amazing weekend at the Gtr Manchester & Cheshire Champs, with a total of 28 medals
Posted 20/05/2014 14:07
Fechin Mc Cormick
One might have expected Sale Harriers senior women to become outright winners of their first match in the lower Division 1 en route back to the Premiership where the club had been since the league’s inception and had won an unprecedented 23 Premier League titles. Deputizing for Cara O’Brien, Fechin Mc Cormick made his T & F managerial debut but took with him to Lee Valley Stadium in London, a team so depleted in numbers that almost 30% of the race ‘slots’ remained empty and we could provide only 50% of the club’s quota of officials with the loss of even further match points. The match is an inspiring story from adversity to (almost) triumph ........ of a Sale Harrier team that faced potential disaster to finishing an impressive 3rd ....and to come within a whisker of even winning.
Rarely, if ever as a Sale Harrier, have I been so inspired by a group of young athletes who were so willing to ensure the club success and displayed such club loyalty that, when I eventually declared the team, almost every empty slot was filled.
The club has got to admire and give whole-hearted thanks to the likes of top sprinter Kelly Massey, aiming for Commonwealth Games selection and in superb shape, who considered doing the triple jump just to get the club’s match points. You’ve got to thank Sarah Mc Keever, prepared to add the high jump to her other committed events (100m hurdles and long jump) and 400m specialist Tyra Watson who also risked injury and embarrassment to do the high jump for only the second time in her life. Both won invaluable points! Kadeena Cox and pole vaulter Abi Haywood were also prepared to be embarrassed as both raced the 400m hurdles and again won invaluable points; 400m specialist Kirsten Mc Aslan raced an unplanned 1500m ‘marathon’ and also won gold-dust; endurance specialist Kathy Wellam and sprint specialist Holy Belch squeezed in the triple jump between their tough events and again heroically added to the score tally; Sarah Barker raced the 1500m shortly after she’d given 110% in a very tough 3000m race in which she’d finished 2nd. Finally, there were Imani Modahl (1500m) who had an important exam the following morning and Laura Douglas (Hammer), weighed down by work and not at her best, who gave-up their weekend, to rally to the club call. Thanks to you all – you were/are an inspiration.
Of course, Sale event-specific athletes also added massively to the team tally and we couldn’t have done without them with almost all of them winning maximum points. Conditions were extremely tough with strong persistent cross-winds putting PB’s out of the question but Kelly Massey (200m), Lucy Evans (100m & 200m), Kirsten Mc Aslan (400m), Kirsty Law (Discus & Shot), Alison Rodger (Shot), Laura Whittingham (Javelin) and Rosie Sementysh (Javelin) were, nevertheless, ‘poetry in motion’ and a class above the rest in winning their events. As the finale, you should have witnessed the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relays. Such was our team’s true competitive grit that generated such excitement....... and our girls were just pipped to the post in both events.
Of course, the all-important club officials were also integral to the club’s success. Mike & Lynn Belch’s (Holly’s parents) travelled all the way from Scotland - not for the first time by car, and enthusiastically gave their whole day to being Sale Harrier’s representatives for timekeeper and track judge. Diane Haywood (Abigail’s mum) needed no persuasion to become a field judge and fill a club ‘gap’ for officials and I ‘re-structured’ my managerial day to also become a field judge and so complete the club’s requirement for officials and be awarded maximum points.
We cannot expect such loyal club stalwarts to do it all over again and win promotion for Sale Harriers. It will not happen! This is a tough, competitive league with some very classy competition. For the next two matches, therefore, in Derby (June 8th) and Liverpool (July 6th) we must fill every discipline with event specific athletes. Clear your diaries now and be prepared when team Manger Cara O’Brien contacts you in the near future.
Posted 13/05/2014 07:24
Chris Baker set a club record 2.25m in the high jump as a wet and extremely windy Cardiff hosted the first BAL match of the "summer" on Saturday and, with wind speeds reaching -8.2 in the 200m and gusts so strong that the discus had to be cut short, it is safe to say that it was a tough day for all concerned.
Despite a number of withdrawals from the team in the preceding days, hopes were high for a solid start to the season and so it proved, although the top 3 placing only told part of the story. Shaftesbury were the runaway winners on the day, leaving the rest of the clubs present to scrap for position and scrap we did, with the likes of Matt Cullen, Jonathan Ferryman, Allan Hamilton and Nathan Roach stepping in to win points in less favoured events and 48-year-old John Nicholls making a return to the team and picking up valuable points in the shot.
It was also great to see Matt Hunt back in club colours after a lay-off with injury and Rory Evans make a superb debut with a 46.97 clocking in the 400m for 3rd in the A.
Yet it wasn't all about fight and determination. The team had A string wins from Alex Smith (backed up by Floydy), Rimas Martisauskas and a truly astonishing performance from Chris Baker, who put himself into Commonwealth Games consideration with a club record and PB 2.25m in the high jump.
The endurance events ended up being the back bone of the side, not for the first time, and Niall Brooks, unbeaten in the BAL notched another A string double in the 800m and 1500m, with Dave Proctor matching his efforts in the B. James Bailey, James Wignall and Dave Norman also contributed to the points haul, as did Ryan Oswald, Gabriel Odujobi, Callum Roughneen and Debo Ademuyewo (who was almost blown off his feet with the 8.2m headwind in the 200m) in the sprints.
Allan Hamilton, Jonathan Ferrymand and Nathan Roach provided the points in the horizontal jumps and Matt Sumner and Darren Lewis provided an excellent springboard for the day's track events with strong showings in the 400mH.
Sadly the wind meant that only 9 pole vaulters recorded valid efforts and neither Matt Cullen or Andy Sutcliffe were among them, but, with 3 matches remaining, they and the rest of the team still have plenty of opportunities to compete in more favourable conditions.
A huge thanks too, to John Smith on team management duties and James Bailey for team captaincy.
Posted 13/05/2014 07:20
Fechin Mc Cormick
Posted 06/05/2014 09:08
Sale’s U13 and U15 boys and girls launched the defence of the Northern Premier title with a win at Sportcity beating the best teams in the North. Star performer in the U15 age-group was Jona Efoloko who broke the club record and went top in the UK when he won the 200m in 22.3 seconds. Joe Murphy was dominant in the throws events with further victories coming from Darnell Bell, Ben Moseley, Rory Keen and Jonathan Adderley while Anthony Bruton joined Ben Darnell and Jona to win the 4 x 300m relay.
Other contributors to success in the age-group were Emmanuel Obundajo, Logan Burrows, Luke Chesters, Matthew Williams, Aiden Stirrup, Harry Boyd, Danielo Jorbath, Michael Odejimi, Femi Okome, Reece Parker, Aron Tzegay and Oliver Dean
Posted 06/05/2014 09:07