News - Track And Field
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On the same weekend as the Club formally celebrated its centenary with a memorable banquet in Manchester Town Hall with 300 guests, past and present, we also had the commitment, again as part of our centenary, of hosting the North of England's men's 12 stage and the women's 6 stage road relays. It was a major responsibility and credit for its success is almost entirely due to men's team manager, Dave Rodgers. Dave worked tirelessly and almost single-handedly over several months, not only to meticulously plan the very interesting course within Wythenshawe Park appreciated by both runners and spectators; organise the appropriate and necessary facilities; deal with logistical nightmares over several weeks and unexpected problems up to the final hours but also successfully organised the men's team to their best results in years. Congratulations, Dave! You did a brilliant job.
You can see the full reports here:
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2006 was the last time a
Northern 12 Stage championships has been held in Manchester when
they were held at Heaton Park. This year Wythenshawe Park was
the location of choice. The event was exceptionally well
organised and a resounding success for the club who played host to
48 senior men's teams who had travelled from all over nothern
England to compete.
Our 'B' were 28th
Tim Kennedy (32) 25:41
Our 'C' Team was incomplete
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It's hard enough running a 26-mile road marathon but ultra-distance man & seasoned marathoner TIM RAINEY, has just participated in the Crawley track marathon. Run alongside a 12-hour ultra-marathon on April 10th with 24 competitors, he won the marathon in 3:03.5 knocking four minutes of his previous PB. Tim's run 24 hour track races before but, incredibly this marathon, apart from a 5000 metre race, was the shortest event he'd ever run on a track.
He said afterwards, "It's different to road racing in that it requires a team of lap counters and runners need to work out when to take drinks (since there is the possibility of taking a drink every 400m!) whilst concentrating on pacing , staying together and avoiding lapped runners. A great experience"
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15:42 Gareth Raven 3rd - A week after 2:19.55 in London, he came to watch; smelt some prize money from the mediocre field & paid for it with the pain of the marathon 'wall' - again!)
16:45 Tim Kennedy - A Fantastic PB! He's moving onto another level.
16:46 Mike Hatch - He's become competitive - again..... & won one of those white envelopes as the team 3rd counter!
17:04 George Kirk - These days, his was a rare appearance. Has a best of 16.14 from 2005.
17:30 Gary Rowlinson M45 2nd - Finally over injuries, it's great he's back.
18:24 Alex Bradford U17 1st - A brilliant run - the first of six individual club first
18:39 Frank Cordingley - He'd run Platt Fields Parkrun 5k on the Sat in 19.21!
19:31 Tim Brett - Luves the hills & fells so this was just a sprint19:46 Andy Bean - Good run.
20:16 Bill Fox M55 2nd - Was returning from injury. He'd run it in 18:24 & 18:36 in the past two years
20:17 Terry Lonegan M60 1st - The second of the club's six individual first's. Well done from a seasoned maestro.
20:20 Steve Gavin - His debut 5k..... that followed an earlier debut half-marathon & a debut10k
20:34 Cara Kavanagh L 3rd - The blight of runners, Achilles tendonitis, clipped her wings but she still led home the winning women's team.
20:37 Richard Ousey - Did you see him warm-up with his wee daughter? Polly - ahhhh!
20:42 Jan Nicholls M40 1st - The third of our six individual first's plus two further 'white envelopes' as a member of the winning senior and veteran teams. See also who was the 6th individual winner!
20:54 Mike Dunne M60 3rd - Having recorded a Platt Fields Parkrun PB of 20.32 two days earlier, he blew a gasket!
21:02 Jackie Cordingley L45 1st - Manchester's fittest grandma was the 4th individual club winner - plus two further first's as a member of the senior and veteran winning teams. She was on the point of refusing soooooo many white envelopes!
21:33 Geoff Beattie - It was sooo nice to see Mr Consistency take out his chasing wife for dinner afterwards!
21:59 Lynda Rowlinson L45 1st - The fifth of the club's six first's plus a further 'white envelope' as a member of the first veteran team.
23:34 Lauren Davies - You should have seen her collapse with excitement with her third 5k PB in three races.
23:58 Carla Ousey - The poor girl was exhausted after coaxing her baby daughter round the fun course
24:21 Derek Nichols Vet 70 1st - Like his daughter Jan, he captured the sixth of a great day of club winners.
24:47 Alan Romagnolo - Was this the 'Dude' who appeared as a question mark in the results?
26:24 Brian Bradshaw - Well! Poor Brian had been ill & injured
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Our Young Athletes won their second league match on May 16th.
Held at the Wirral and competing in the NW League, their match
between Blackpool AC & West Cheshire AC was a comfortable
victory. They earlier won their first match at Blackpool on
May 2nd by a massive margin of 100 points so are in a comfortable
position. If they finish in the top four, they then go on to the
Northern Final in August where they'll compete against the top four
clubs in the North-East. That'll be when their real challenge
begins. Well done lads & girls!
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Sale Harriers women represent Great Britain Clubs in the European Championships Clubs Cup at Berne in Switzerland on the weekend of May 30. It's not only Manchester United & Chelsea that represent British Clubs in Europe!). They won the honour by winning last summer's UK Premier T & F League, the latest of an unprecedented twenty-three Premier League championship victories in about thirty years. This will be the club's thirty-sixth championship at either senior or junior level. Our junior teams have won the European T & F Cup three times and our senior women have been runners-up in two cross-country championships and won bronze medals in one. The manager at the helm through all these successes is the club's own 'Fergie', Eric Hughes (though this lifetime Manchester City supporter won't appreciate that!). He said, "We have a strong team especially in the field and jumps events. The target is to finish in the top two and bring British clubs back into Premier 1 European competition next year. This year, the club's men's team manager, Dean Hardman, is deputising for Eric and will be supported by club coaches Chris Bartram and Neil Donbavand.
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Sale Harriers Manchester was well-represented at the Loughborough International Athletics meeting on May 23rd, with many of the club's highest achievers commencing serious competition for the first time in 2010. The weather was superb and resulted in some excellent early season performances.
The sprints were particularly fertile, with Rebekah Wilson winning a 100m race in 11.93s and HCA member Katherine Endacott recording a pb of 11.53s in the 100m and an outdoor best of 23.64 in the 200m, which bodes well for the upcoming European Club Cup. Lucy Evans, representing Wales, also went under 12 seconds in the match race, running 11.95s. Shaunna Thompson had an off day in a highly competitive 200m match race, but Andy Robertson maintained a superb start to the season in the men's 100m, winning the B race in an excellent 10.46s. Meanwhile, Chris Craig was frustrated by the wind gauge, as he triumphed in the B 200m race in an outstanding 20.98 seconds, with the wind reading agonisingly just 0.3 m/s over the legal limit. Ryan Oswald also returned to competition with a solid outing in the 100m.
New members Rhys Smith and Dave Hughes both performed well in the 400m, with Rhys taking part in a very strong match race (48.66) and Dave clocking a very respectable 47.85s in one of the guest 400m events. Debo Ademuyewo also got his 400m season under way with a decent run out (49.36). In the women's event, Kelly Massey took some very useful scalps, finishing 2nd in the match race in 54.65.
There were good performances in the hurdles, too, as Andrea Vinet got her season under way with a 14.02 clocking, while Nick Gayle hit a hurdle in the men's match race, which threw him off his stride and affected his time. Chris Wakeford, a new member this year, got close to his pb with a 54.40 run in the longer hurdles.
In the endurance events Nick Samuels again showed how much he has improved with another sub 3m50 1500m, this time crossing the line in 3:48.44, while Sonia Samuels showed that her husband couldn't take all the family credit, by finishing 3rd (9:13.06) ahead of Lisa Dobriskey in a high quality 3000m. Kaye Kirkham also had a run out in the 800m.
There were also some strong performances in the field, with club members winning both the men's and women's javelin competitions. Matt Hunt, representing England, threw superbly to beat James Campbell with 71m52, not far off the club record, while Laura Whittingham threw a series of pbs to win in 53m84. In the other throws, Scot Thompson represented Scotland in the shot and improved his outdoor sb to 16m20, while a trio of Sale Harriers competed in the women's event. Rebecca Peake (15m83) edged out Scotland's Alison Rodger (15m37), with multi-eventer Katia Lannon flying the flag for Wales. The women's hammer was also a club affair, with HCA member Sophie Hitchon taking the honours and the victory for GB juniors in an excellent 65m93, just 5cm short of her pb. Yet Sarah Holt was also over 65m (65m51) and Laura Douglas over 60m (60m86) to complete an excellent competition. UK number 1 Alex Smith, still recovering from food poisoning and a face-first fall in training, came a credible 5th in the men's event with 67m55.
The jumps events were just as spectacular, with Steph Pywell's 1m90 pb requiring Jess Ennis to draw on all her reserves to beat her in the high jump. In the Pole Vault, while Abigail Haywood unfortunately no-heighted, Andy Sutcliffe, still in heavy training, managed a decent 4m90 as his season starts in earnest. In the Triple Jump, new member Ricardo Twumasi, representing Loughborough, came 5th, with 14m57, while his training partner Steve Small jumped a season's best of 7m24 to equal that position in the Long Jump. An excellent season awaits all. (Written by Dean Hardman)
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Katie Byres, our 16-year old national U/20 Indoor pole vault
champions has qualified for the first Youth Olympic Games in
Singapore in August. She competed as part of the GB & NI
team at the European Youth Olympic Trials in Moscow on May 21/23.
Despite challenging weather conditions resulting in interruptions
and a delay of 40 minutes, she jumped 3m 80 for 6th place in the
final to earn her selection. "The whole experience was terrific"
she said, "and although I wanted to jump higher in the final, I
can't wait to go to Singapore. It is back to some hard training for
me now with Julien Raffalli, my coach and the rest of the
By Fechin McCormick
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The weather was terrible. There was no meat in the bolognese sauce. A strange man in a yellow cardigan didn't seem to be able to take "no" for an answer. But amidst all the adversity, the senior women produced a series of fantastic performances to win Group B of the European Champion Clubs' Cup and gain promotion to the elite Group A for 2011 - the winning of the UKWL permitting.
Having endured a torrid journey to Slovakia in 2009, hopes were not high for a smooth trip to Switzerland, but a combination of Swiss efficiency and a direct flight meant that those fears were unfounded, and the team arrived at the hotel via Basel airport in time for dinner. The fact that the meal consisted of a pungent Caesar salad and a plate of spaghetti coloured with a simple tomato sauce dampened spirits a little, but not too much. A lothario from the male Irish team took no time in trying to work his magic, but was sent on his way (he would be back, though), while Kath Endacott's demands for dessert fell on deaf ears. Many of the team headed straight to local eateries to forage for more food, before an early night in preparation for the main event.
The weather on the day of competition was predictably bad, with howling winds and horizontal rain being interspersed with some relatively benign conditions. The match got off to a slow start, but from the first event the Sale athletes gave their all. Momentum built as the match progressed, until eventually the team succeeded in winning a competition that had eluded them the year before. In the end, the margin of victory was a comfortable 16 points from the Dutch team Rotterdam. Here's how the team got on: -
100m: Chief cheerleader Katherine Endacott recorded the first victory of the day for the team on the track, running very close to her recent pb with a great time of 11.56s. She nearly matched that at the end of the meeting in trying to catch me to throw me in the waterjump, but narrowly failed.
200m: Shaunna Thompson, having marvelled at the Swiss countryside on the bus to Bern, repeated Kath's success in the longer sprint, achieving a World Junior Championships qualifying mark in the process (23.76).
400m: The youngest member of the team, Tyra Watson, gave a very good account of herself, taking 5th place in a season's best 58.59s. In the absence of a party in the evening, Tyra made her own fun, by finding a magnet and thrilling to the sight of it sticking to metal surfaces when thrown.
800m: Making her club debut, Nicola Maddick recovered from her disappointment of having to eat salad to front run to victory in the 800m (2:11.18s).
1500m: Jenna Hill, feeling under the weather and in no fit state to challenge her best times, ran a very sensible race to claim a podium spot and one of the all-important pink scarves.
3000m: Rachel Deegan also found the going tough, but battled hard to finish a credible 4th with 10:22.20.
5000m: Shocked to see a 5000m on the timetable just 15 minutes before it was due to start, we didn't have anyone to do it. Linda Benin, the hammer thrower, looked like she might have been open to persuasion, but sadly it was too late. Luckily this didn't affect the overall outcome.
3000m Steeplechase: Lateefah Burton had never ran a steeplechase further than 2000m before, but she stuck to her task and completed the race, claiming what could have been a vital point.
100mH: Andrea Vinet ran a superb season's best (and her best time for a couple of years) to take the victory in 13.95 and then went on to be a contentious choice as the guardian of the large Toblerone that was given to us for coming first. She performed her job in an equitable fashion, although it did take her some time to reveal that she'd brought the chocolate on board the plane.
400mH: Holly Belch had to run the 400 hurdles at the start of the day when the wind was at its worst, and her time therefore suffered accordingly. Nevertheless, she came home in a useful 5th place.
High Jump: Adele Lassu won comfortably in 1m70 in slippery conditions, but was then faced with an hour and a half in doping control. She was also the keenest to get her hands on one of the complimentary Swiss knives.
Pole Vault: Abigail Haywood was disappointed to only clear her opening height of 3m60, but that was still enough for second place. There still seems to be plenty more to come for the rest of the season.
Long Jump: Abigail Irozuru suffered from problems with her run up as a result of the high winds, and was frustrated to be down in 4th going into the final round. She responded brilliantly to take 2nd place with 6m09, but was unfortunately only 2cm from taking the win. Let's hope her injury problems are banished forever.
Triple Jump: Clare Linskill had similar problems in the Triple Jump, but also produced a season's best (12m46) to take 3rd.
Shot: Alison Rodger launched a practice throw out to 16m50+ and her hopes were high for a Commonwealth Games qualifier. The tension set in with so much at stake, so she had to be satisfied with a more modest 15m87, which was still enough for the win.
Discus: Alison had earlier started the day with a go at the discus, an event that she doesn't train for. In contrast to the shot, her practice throws all ended in the netting, which made her 40m76 for third place all the more impressive.
Javelin: Laura Whittingham is in fantastic form having thrown three pbs at the previous week's Loughborough international. She was over 52m again this time (52m01) which gave her victory by an astonishing 11 metres.
Hammer: New member and Kevin Madden-coached Linda Benin, a French International athlete who will soon be competing for Ghana at the African and then Commonwealth Games, picked up the team's first win of the day (57m22) in a competition that took place in very poor conditions outside of the main stadium.
4x100m: Rebekah Wilson, who had earlier won a guest 100m race in an excellent windy 11.82s, joined Andrea Vinet, Katherine Endacott and Shaunna Thompson to secure victory over the Dutch team by half a second (46.40s).
4x400m: The highlight of the day for most was the final event. Holly Belch got the team off to a very solid start and passed on to Nicola Maddick, who moved into second place. With 40m to go, it suddenly occurred to all watching that we didn't have a 3rd leg athlete ready to receive the baton. Nicola, by now panicking, was relieved to see Tyra Watson, who had been struggling to remove her tights, sprinting to the change-over zone with absolutely no time to spare, still wearing her leggings. That the change-over was legal was a miracle. Jess Taylor, who had earlier ran a windy pb (12.2) in winning another guest 100m, anchored the team with a very impressive 56s leg to hold off the challenge of the Swiss team and keep hold of second place in the race.
After the competition, there was a much anticipated banquet, held at a swanky hotel in Bern city centre. Those with more sophisticated palates appreciated the food (if not the extortionate drinks prices), while others preferred to sneak out to the local fast food restaurant for a snack between courses. Here, the team were presented with their prize for taking the win - an attractive engraved plate and matching goblets, which was duly pocketed along with the Swiss Army knives and packets of muesli that had earlier been given to every team. Gifts were a significant theme of the weekend, with podium finishers receiving a much sought-after goody bag that included, amongst other things, a large packet of pasta, a t-shirt, a scarf and, oddly, a pair of socks.
With the formal proceedings over, a party was the order of the day, but was, sadly, not forthcoming, as Bern on a Sunday night was not, it appeared, the party capital of Europe. Despite the encouragement of the excitable Irishman and some equally keen Swiss military personnel (who, bless them, had a midnight curfew) who wanted a dance, bizarrely, the following Tuesday, most of the team headed back to the hotel for a chat and a well-earned sleep. A 9am start the next day meant that, even accounting for the inevitable half-hour delay, we arrived back in Manchester by just after lunchtime, tired, emotional, satisfied, and 23 bags of meusli better off. (Written by Dean Hardman)
Wed, 02/06/2010 - 09:22
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Norman Poole pulled it off yet again! As President of the exclusive British Milers club that provides top level competition for the nation's elite athletes, our nationally acclaimed middle-distance coach put on his annual feast of top-class running for the annual BMC Grand Prix at Sportcity on May 29th. He also pulled off near perfect weather! Though the hours beforehand were wet and dreary and the later hours windy, near perfect conditions for the five hours of competition meant that about 90% of the 300 elite middle-distance runners from throughout Britain and Ireland's went home with lifetime bests or season's best performances.
Among the club members, in the 800m, seventeen year old Matt Holmes set the evening off with his best of 2:00.30. Lee Whitley also produced a SB of 1:58.59 and came within a whisker of a PB. Still early evening, Donna Riding was hopeful of coming close to her 800m PB of 2:06.97.She was always in the leading pack and, had she not been the victim of a couple of elbow tussles that knocked her rhythm would have clocked even faster than 2:08.31. Ruth Watson travelled all the way from Peterborough in the hope of clocking a 2:10 performance. She chased the pacemaker on a 63 second schedule and looked as though she might achieve her aim.....until the final 100m when the 'wheels came off' to clock a disappointing 2:15.27.
Britain's No.1 junior, eighteen year old Niall Brooks, ran a tactically sound 1500m race to clock a seasons' best of 3:43.22 and qualify for the European Junior championships (He's already qualified for the 800m). In the same 'A' race Nick Samuels had every reason to be delighted to record a PB of 3:44.54 to add to his excellent winter's indoors. In the 'C' 1500m, following a successful and consistent winter James Bailey was also rewarded with a long promised and well-deserved PB of 3:48.02. In the 'G' 1500m another promising youngster Charlie Hulson, the U/17 & U15 Welsh 800m champion, also set a new wonderful benchmark of 3:58.20
The floodlights were on for the 5000m races that topped the long evening. Again, almost everyone in every race recorded a PB and among them Matt Bond, in the form of his life this year, achieved his ambition of dipping under 14.30to clock 14:25.69. Dave Norman, weeks after 2:19.05 in the London Marathon, must be well satisfied to record a SB of 14:32.49. For full results visit http://www.britishmilersclub.com (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
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