APRIL NEWS ROUND-UP

NATIONAL 12/6 RELAYS – WOMEN BRONZE

Relay Bronze

Following becoming Northern 6-stage Road Relays Champions, the women took on the might of Britain in the National 6 stage relays in Birmingham and brilliantly became the National Bronze medallists, missing silver by just thirteen seconds. This was their best result since they were the National Champions twenty-one years earlier way back in 2003 and the silver medallists in 2001. They'd hoped for a top ten placing considering they'd not finished a team in the top half of this Championship for more than a decade. SOPHIE WOOD, HELEN WARBURTON, ALICE WRIGHT, LAURA BARBER and LUCY ARMITAGE were the same 'elite' that became the Northern Champions and on this occasion Sophie ran the day's 3rd fastest stage and Lucy gained an automatic England vest for being the fastest U20. They also had the welcome return of SONIA SAMUELS who was a key member of the club's victorious teams almost a quarter of a century earlier and continues to retain exceptional form. She holds the club marathon record of 2:28.04 from Berlin in 2015 and in 2023 almost improved it further becoming the UK's No.1 fastest L40 marathoner as she also was over 5 miles, 10k, 10 miles, Half Marathon …......and the UK's fastest M40 Parkrunner.

The men also were well placed to massively improve on their lowly 28th place in 2023 and 33rd place in 2022 but unfortunately they had no team toe the line.

TIM KENNEDY WINS HIS FIRST RACE

Tim

Definitely one for the record books! Tim Kennedy won his first ever race outright - the Rutland Water Half Marathon in Leicestershire. He led home the 500 runners along the scenic rural setting with unrivalled views . He did it convincingly with over a minute's lead and despite a lot of hills, uneven trails, gale force winds from Storm Rosemary and a tight hamstring.

JONA EFOLOKO TO REPRESENT GB & NI

JONA EFOLOKO is announced to represent Great Britain & Northern Ireland at the World Athletics 4 x100m Relays in the Bahamas on 4-5 May.

MANCHESTER MARATHON

Manchester Marathon

Whether they were thoroughbreds flying through Stretford, Sale and Altrincham or if they shuffled to the Talbot Road finish, the 32,000 participants in the 2024 Adidas Manchester Marathon were a testament to true grit and determination. Following months of tough preparation all twenty-five Sale Harriers had good reason to celebrate. PHIL ROBERTSON, making his marathon debut, was the club's first green-hooped vest along Deansgate and onto the finish. His 2:28.01 was a top quality time thought he'd hope for faster. Others who made their marathon debut with him were....

MARCUS NICHOLSON (2:36.42)

ALAN WHITE (2:37.30)

CHRIS MILES (2:53.16)

MATTHEW CHADWICK (3:07.47)

CHRIS WEBB (3:40.00)

J ENNIE HEGGIE (3:45.52)

PETER HORSFALL (4:27.17)

D. ROZHDESTVENSKIY (4:54.32)

JILL SANDERS (6:25.12)

Those I suspect were most delighted with their performances...

  • CONOR DONAGHY (2:53.56): A 5 minute PB on his 2023 London Marathon
  • RACHAEL ROZHDESTVENSKAYA (3:00.50): A 12 second PB but sub-3 is so very elusive!
  • MARK FOX (3:07.15). Missed his Seville marathon PB in February by 3 ½ minutes
  • ALISTAIR KELL (3:09.54): Just short of a PB and a very consistent marathoner
  • JENNY FOX (3:13.47): A fantastic1 minute PB on her 2022 Manchester Marathon
  • ANNE CHINOY (3:15.13): A 4 minute 41 sec PB and though 3rd in her L50 category was the first V50 qualifier for the England Masters Marathon to take place in Chester in October.
  • GEORGE BIRR: (3:39.38) Club newcomer who clocked a 19 minute PB
  • ADAM MORAN: (3:57.20) A 5 minute PB and 1st time under 3 hours

LONDON MARATHON

Curvis and Dunn

A week after the Manchester Marathon came to TCS London Marathon, arguable Britain's most iconic sporting event, this time with 52,000 pushing their limits and twelve Sale Harriers were among them. Well done...........

  • ROBERT DUNN (2:33.31) He targeted sub 2:35 & delivered a 2 ½ minute PB
  • STEVE Mc CARRON (2:38.13). The club's fastest M45 improved his PB another 1 ½ minutes
  • ANDREW CURVIS (2:43.48) targeted 2:45 and delivered a 6 minute PB
  • JOHN FAULKNER (2:57.53) targeted sub-3 on his debut marathon
  • JASON BOWERS (2:58.38). Not far off his PB
  • AMY MIDDLEMAST (3:08.58) A 40 second PB on last year's Amsterdam Marathon
  • WAYNE SHAW (3:13.58). A 14 minute PB on last year's Manchester Marathon.
  • FRANCIS BROUGHTON (3:27.49): His Marathon debut
  • HEATHER HUGHES (3:13.33). Missed a PB by just seconds.
  • RUTH WALLER (3:24.01) Flown in from Colorado. Had hope for close to 3 hours
  • JOHN ARCHER (3:55.58) (Vet-70) Not quite his 2023 best in Cyprus but still amazing
  • MATTHEW ROUGHLEY (4:41.19): Marathon debut.

THEA BROWN ACHIEVES EUROPEAN QUALIFYING STANDARDS

THEA BROWN, Sale Harriers most successful athlete of 2023 who merited the front cover of the club's Harrier magazine as a result, continued her winning ways at the Loughborough Open Meeting. Aged just 17, in seeking the U18 European 100m Hurdles qualification standard of 13.50 seconds, she blew away the competition to easily achieve it with her 13.4s victory. She's now qualified also in the long jump and high jump.

A week later at the Somerset Combined Events Championships at Yeovil she also chased the U18 European Heptathlon Combined Events qualifying standard of 5300 points. Typically she again convincingly achieved it with a total point’s score of 5440.

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE (Lower)

Following last summer's relegation the club's U13 & U15 boys and girls bounced back impressively in their first match of the North-West (1) Division at Longford Park. They won the match convincingly with a margin of 170 points over Team Isle of Man and a record points score points. Team manager CARL WORTHINGTON was again their knight in shining armour.

MID-CHESHIRE 5K

Alex Bradford

The lightning fast Kingsley 5k is a 'must do' if you're chasing fast times. Again the field was stacked with quality and twenty Sale Harriers were among them. Interestingly, on this occasion, just seven from the twenty drank from the elixir of running with PB's though another seven came very, very close (could it have been the uncharacteristic chill wind?) Those who possibly beat the elements were:

  • GEORGE NOBLE (15:36) A 27 second PB and his 1st time under 16 minutes
  • ALEX FRAZER (15.40) Debut 5k
  • MATT BARNES (15.48) 1stM45
  • RUEBEN JAGO (16.14) A 33 second PB. Progressed 1 minute in 12 months
  • TOM STEPHENSON (16.15) 2ndfastest 5k ever
  • TORRIN BLAZEBY (16.31) A 21 second PB
  • LUCY ARMITAGE (16.41) A further 5 sec. PB on Podium Festival 5k (March)
  • HELEN WARBURTON (16.59) Equalled her PB
  • LAURA BARBER (18.10) 2nd fastest 5k ever
  • LAURA MARTIN (18.44) A 10 second PB
  • SOPHIE ARMITAGE (19:35) An 11 second PB & 2 minutes faster than last year

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE (Upper)

Following last year's relegation the club's U17 & U20's showed they're determined to return to the Premier Division next year with a strong 2nd place (unofficial) in their first match at Blackpool last weekend. Team Manager Andy Brown rallied the troops to great effect. It's paramount everyone in this age-group rallies through the next matches to ensure promotion.

MEGAN DAVIES IN WORLD CLASS EVENT

Megan

MEGAN DAVIES was among 120 elite Adidas-sponsored athletes from 26 countries who raced over 800m, 1 mile, 5km and 10k. Megan's was the 5k race and she was the 1st British athlete across the line in 15.55.

This world class event, now in its 4th year is called “The Adizero Road to Records” and takes place at the Adidas headquarters in Germany. As an Adidas sponsored athlete, Megan had an all-expenses paid four days at the Adidas headquarters, attending seminars and training sessions. She also received the special kit made for the occasion which all athletes wore in honour of Agnes Tirop the Kenyan who broke the world 10k record on the course and tragically died in the latter part of 2021. The impressive event produced a mile world record (3:54.56), a world U20 mile record, a women’s U20 5k record (14.38) and nine national records.

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MIKE DUNNE MEMORIAL 10K

How great it would be if on Sunday June 2nd Sale Harriers gave priority to the Mike Dunne Memorial 10k which starts/finishes on the Wythenshawe Park track. A massive turn out of Sale Harriers and runners from across the region would be a well-deserved tribute to Mike Dunne on the 1st anniversary of his death from cancer. There are two very good further reasons for your support.............................

1 Mike was awarded Sale Harriers highest accolade of Life Membership for his exceptional lifetime contribution to the club. After he retired from running, as a highly skilled and knowledgeable person from a lifetime in the building trade, he devoted much of his time helping maintain the Wythenshawe Park track facility. He'd do anything for anybody! He was a Sizzler stalwart often at the track by sunrise who got on with preparation without fuss and with exceptional efficiency.

2 He was pivotal in helping set up the Sunday morning Wythenshawe Community 5k who are promoting the event and deserve all our support for the inestimable contribution they make Sunday after Sunday to the health and well-being of Wythenshawe people.

Follow this link which has all the information about entering. For those unable to participate, you've the opportunity to donate, to volunteer or just to come along to support. https://timemyrace.co.uk/wythenshawe-community-run-10k

Please share this link widely

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE (Lower) 2024 MATCH 1

Peter Shaw

The YDL (Lower) is a National League for U13 & U15 boys and girls and Sale took part in Match 1 at Longford Park, Stretford on the 20th April 2024. Hosted by Sale Harriers.

Northern Indoor champion THIERRY KERR had a fantastic day winning four events including the 75m Hurdles in a new club record of 10.0sec. LOUIS FOSTER-WILLETTS was another athlete who competed in the maximum four events. NOAH PHILLIPS won the 1200m with a tremendous sprint finish and was also runner-up in the high jump and long jump.

In the U13 girl's events BROOKE CARROLL-IVISON took part in four events and won all four. NORA KWARTEMAA won both sprint events by comfortable margins and teamed up with BROOKE, HOLLIE Mc HUGH and GRACE BROOMES to win the sprint relay by a margin of over four seconds. Northern Indoor Champion HOLLIE Mc HUGH set a PB to win the high jump and also finish first in her hurdles event. LUCY DOYLE and ISLA QUINN both won long jump events. A special mention to primary aged LUCY O'BRIEN who was great! She ran a PB to finish 2nd in the 800m 'A' event and also won two 'B' field events.

In the U15 boy's events DANIEL OWOSENI, DAN OAKES, DAN WELLS and OLIVER HOWELL all took part in the maximum four events with considerable success – Daniel winning the long jump and Dan Oakes the 800m. PATRICK WILEY won the pole vault. The throwers had a good day to outscore the other five clubs with ISAAC ROURKE placing 2nd in two events and ADAM CORRY-WILSON taking part in three events.

In the U15 girl's events NIELA CHUKWU won both sprint events in fast times and then teamed up with EVA ANWYL, ZURIEL SARUMI and LOIS WORMALD to win the sprint relay by two seconds. A special mention goes to Eva who took part in four events winning three of them. AVA BROOMES won her hurdles event by one second. ROXY Mc HUGH was a clear winner in the 300m whilst MADDY APPLEBY won the 'B' event. Roxy & Maddie teamed up with LOLA RICHARDSON and ROBYN HEYWOOD-YOUNG to win the 4 x 300m relay by a massive 16 seconds. Lola finished runner-up in the 800m whilst Robyn won the 'B' race by 24 seconds. CAITHLIN WETTERS returned from injury to win the 1500m whilst GRACE HILL won the 'B' race.

Sale scored 620 points to convincingly win the match by 170 points. Well done to everyone involved not least to CARL WORTHINGTON who, yet again, solo managed the team. A big thanks also to all the indispensable officials who further won the maximum 56 points towards Sale's brilliant victory.

Results can be found on Power of 10 at https://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=600355&pagenum=2

MANCHESTER AREA CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE

2023/2024 SEASON EA Registration Ref: 2662520

 

In partnership with Run North West and supported by: WORSLEY PHYSIO,

CITY OF MANCHESTER ATHLETICS and COLGATE-PALMOLIVE’S DENTAL HEALTH UNIT

 

PRESENTATION EVENING

Friday 3rd May 2024 at 7:30 pm

Wilmslow Rugby Club, Kings Road

Wilmslow, SK9 5PZ

 

PLEASE NOTE – THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT. WE REGRET THAT NON-TICKET HOLDERS CANNOT BE ACCOMMODATED ON THE NIGHT.

Ticket prices: £7.50 (£11.50 but subsidised by the MACCL)

 

TIMETABLE:

7:30 pm – Presentation of Junior Awards

8:10 pm – break for food

Food Choices TBC

There will be a licensed bar and a hot sit down meal, including veggie and vegan options

 

8:45 pm –Speaker TBC

Presentation of Senior Awards

& the Special Merit Award

Tickets must be bought in advance via the Eventbrite link below (unfortunately, Eventbrite have imposed an admin charge, which brings the cost to £8.83):

 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/maccl-presentation-evening-tickets-870832442277?aff=oddtdtcreator

The last date to buy tickets is Monday 29 April.

 

Special Merit Award – Each club is asked to nominate a member who has made a significant contribution to their Club’s participation in the League. (See separate notice for full details.)

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