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Despite cold and windy conditions, there were some quite remarkable performances carried out by the 54 club athletes taking part.
Meg McHugh had an outstanding day skimming over the 300m hurdles in 44.9secs, then leaping to an equally impressive 1m 68cm High Jump. Amy Lester jumped 1m 60cm, and Grace Bower achieved triple victories in the U17W High Jump (1m 60cm), long Jump (5m 26cm) and the 80m hurdles (12.2sec). Kevin Metzger overcame a stiff headwind recording a 6m 64cm pb and Zach Harrop moved his pole vault best to 4m 25cm.
Personal bests were many, with Rory Keen recording his in the U17 100m Hurdles (14.4s) and 400m hurdles. (59.5s). Ben Moseley also had a double pb in the U17 100m in 12.3sec and 200m in 23.3s. Ellis Goldie (U17) was our top sprinter recording 11.4s in the 100m then really shone in the 400m with a 51.2s clocking. Zara Thompson caught the eye with a victory in the U17 800m in 2m 17.1s, Georgia Pickles fine 3m 50cm pole vault win and Jaimal Brown’s 51m 33cm majestic U17 Javelin throw were other notable performances.
Full detailed results can be found in the Power of 10. click here.
Posted 19/05/2015 16:09
The first match of the 2015 BAL season took place on Saturday at Woodbourn Road in Sheffield. May matches are notoriously difficult to predict, with plenty of unknown form, lots of unavailability and variable weather conditions.
From a Sale perspective, we just wanted to make a decent start to our title defence. There were a few withdrawals in the week, but the team had held up well and we entered the match looking fairly strong. Nobody could've predicted what happened next. It was the closest match anyone could remember, with fewer than 3 points separating 2nd from 5th. Sheffield won their first ever top flight fixture with 327 points and we took a magnificent 2nd place with 289.3. Behind us were Shaftesbury with 286.5, Birchfield with 286.3 and Enfield and Haringey with 286.3. Woodford were in 6th and they exceeded 270, so it really was close.
It was a high quality meeting, with some genuinely great performances, including sprints won in 10.3, 20.6 and 45.8, to give a sense of the quality.
As you would expect with a match like this, it went down to the relays, where our quartets took a fine 2nd in 40.65 in the 4x100m (Rory Evans, Aaron Crowley, Debo Ademuyewo and Gabriel Odujobi) and our scratch 4x400m, led off by Matt Sumner, took a great 3rd in 3:15. Callum Roughneen and then Debo Ademuyewo (who flew around his leg) handed over to Aaron Crowley, making his debut 4x400m appearance, and he held on to seal overall 2nd place in the match.
Earlier, Chris Baker took a superb victory in the high jump with a 2.18m clearance and Dave King sealed the win in the 110mH, while there were also top 3 A places for Matt Sumner, Alex Smith, Rory Evans and Rimas Martisauskas.
In truth, it was a real team performance, with absolutely every point counting towards the total that saw us edge ahead of Shaftesbury, our recent title challengers. It was great, too to see Matt Hunt return after injury nightmares.
Thanks to John Smith, the Keiths, Roy Swinbank, Neil Donbavand, Brian Spriggs, Terry Sutcliffe, Tony and everyone else who made the trip to support/team manage. Thanks also to non-club photographers Roger Evans, Mal Jones and Tom Jones who have very generously attended and provided a number of photographs, some of which can be viewed on the club website (www.saleharriersmanchester.com ). Full results are at www.bal.org.uk.
Posted 13/05/2015 09:56
The team achieved a creditable 4th place at Derby last weekend in the UKWAL match 1. Finishing just 4.5points behind 3rd placed Notts ac. One of the most pleasing aspects of the match was the filling of all bar one of the events and achieved in spite of a number of experienced athletes being unavailable. Those replacements can be proud of their efforts, which were borne out by the fact that the points scored by our ‘B’ athletes, were the 2nd highest on the day.
There were of course a number of standout performances. Most notably in the field events where Sarah Holt broke the divisional hammer record with 64.32. Team captain Kirsty Law, and Lucy Kirk won both discus contests, and there were victories for Rosie Semenytsh (jav) and Lisa James (TJ).
Pbs were achieved by Hayaat Bah-Traore 200m 26.05, Rebecca Linney 400m 60.14, Abigail Linney 400m 66.14, Luisa Candioli 3000m 10.46.27, J’Nae Ward 100mh 15.12, Rosie Semenytsh 100mh 16.73, Ebbie Danson-Chappell PV 3.50 and Lisa James TJ 12.59.
However, looking beyond the bare statistics, we saw a number of athletes prepared to ‘go the extra mile’ for the team in events they do not train for. Special mention to Tyra Watson’s 2nd place in 400mh, Jen Simmons’ first HJ in 5 years and first ever 1500m, Luisa Candiolis’ 3000m was her first ever track race, and Rosie Semenytsh had only run a 100mh race once before. Rebecca & Abigail Linney ran both 400m and 800m with only a 40 minute recovery inbetween. Jasmin Burke threw javlin in addition to hammer.
Valuable points were added by Olivia Callaghan, Aimee Pratt, Imani Modahl, Sarah Barker, Amy Williams, Georgia Pickles and Aimee Addis.
Next match is Bristol 7th June.
Posted 13/05/2015 09:43
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