Report by: Anita Richardson

Sale Harriers had over 20 athletes competing at the North of England under 15 and 13 Championships competition. The team has gone from strength to strength especially the under 15 girl’s age group with entries over 60 in the 60m and 200m. In fact, most events in the U15 girls categories had over 50 entries. 

Championship records were broken by 2 Sale Harrier’s athletes:

  • Under 13 girl’s Thea Brown High Jump Gold 1.50 PB who also gained silver in the 60m
  • Under 15 200m Success Eduan 200m 24.38 PB Gold

Further medals went to the following Sale athletes:

Hermione Mason:

  • 2nd place under 15 60m hurdles
  • 3rd place Morgan White Pole Vault

Finalists

We also had a large number of finalists who were so close to medalling:

  • Leonardo Scott 60 m 5th place and PB
  • Natachi Nwosu 200m under girls 5th place and PB
  • Annabel Amadin 4th place shot and PB
  • Ellise Fryer Francis 6th place shot and 5th place LJ

Semi Finalists

Favour Joseph and Jasmine Richardson both PB 60m, Laila Herstell 60m under 13 PB, Tia Grover under 13 200 m PB.

Apologies if any athlete was missed off for their achievements.

Sat 9th MACCL #5 Final League race.

Kenworthy Woods.
Currently individually in the MEN, Matt Barnes 3rd & Nick Barry 4th,
With Nick 3rd in Seniors with Sam Aspinwall 12th
Matt is leading the Vet's 40 with Steve McCarron 12th & Chris Donnelly 13th.
Our leading V45 is Duncan Hill in 11th.
Shaun Gee is leading the Junior Men.
Our A,B & C teams are leading, but the Vet's have a bit of work to catch up on Salford and Chorlton & Wilmslow are close.
 
No Junior or Senior Women up front, but Harriet Hamilton is 2nd in the L35's, but with Lora Blann one point behind. Clare McCarron is in 4th in the L45, just behind 3rd place, Ann Chinoy is in 2nd for L45, and Jackie Cordingley 3rd in L55.
The Senior Women's team is in 3rd place, but crucially Trafford are just one point behind.
Our B & C teams look secure in their divisions, but need to consolidate it.
Our Women's Veterans A, B and C, look to be leading securely too, but also need to consolidate this.
 
Northern Cross Country Championships

Saturdays Northern CC Champs on a fast but tough, Pontefract Racecourse, saw our Senior Men retain the team Champs for a third year, despite having people missing. 

Roll on the National in 4 weeks and a hopeful Team Gold to go with Team wins at Greater Manchester, Cheshire, MACCL and Northerns, with the National to make a clean sweep of titles.

A great win for Jack Spark in the Under 13's. He teamed up with FREDDIE MEREDITH, JOSH COLQUHOUN-LYNN and ED LORD to retain the team title.

We also retained the U20 women’s team title due to fine performance from AINE CUNNINGHAM, JULIET DOWNS and CLAUDIA COWAN.

Our U13, U15, and U17 all finished 4th whilst the U15 girls B team finished 2nd in its category. Our highest place finishers were LARA CRAWFORD (7th), KATIE STRINGER (10TH) and JASMINE REED (13th) whilst our other counters were SARA CLOUGH, AVA CLOUGH,CARMEN SAFRANAUSKAS, NIAMH BOYD, IZZY BURKE, TAYLOR EDWARDS, AKIRA EDGSON, OLIVIA BROWN, LIBBY HILL, OLIVIA NOLAN, EMILY HALL, ALYSSA DAVEY and HANNAH WITCHALLS. Two years ago, we won both the U15 and U17 team race s and finished runners up in the U13’s and hope to be back amongst the medals next year.

In the U15 boy’s race we finished 11th team due to fine runs from WILL PARKER, ALEX JAMES, JAMES KNOCTON and CHARLIE TITTENSOR.

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After an early battle with Leeds, our men consolidated and moved through strongly to higher places as Leeds fell away, leaving us with a comfortable win, in fact the position of our 10th or 11th racer would still have given us a win.

Nigel Martin had a great run in 5th as last year, just off from the top three, Luke Betts had a really strong run in 12th as did a fast finishing Euan Gilchrist in 15th. Close behind him were Phil Robertson and Callum Rowlinson, battling to the line in 21st and 22nd. Showing a young team coming through for another successful era to take us forward into the 2020's.

The men retained their title for the 3rd successive year, the first time the senior men have had such a string of success in this championship. Virtually all the winning team six counters improved on their finishing positions from last year’s championships.

Dan Kashi our 6th counter had to battle strongly to the line, as Gaz Raven and Matt Barnes were breathing down his neck, James Wignall was not far behind them too. Sam Aspinwall was finishing strongly and frustratingly missed a top 100 by a few seconds, whilst registering a 10k P.B. out there,  and his placing could still have given us Team Gold.

There were also strong runs from other Veterans behind Gaz and Matt, from Steve McCarron, Richard Edwards, Matt Spragg, Olly Gaillemin, Mike Ashby, Steve Gavin and Paul Barrett.

Under 20 Women were strong again, with Aine Cunningham with a really strong finish in 12th and Juliet Downs a few strides behind in 13th, whilst Claudia Cowan starting to come back to fitness in 21st. Zara Thompson's placing backing them up, could still have given them a win. Moving on to try to retain their National title in 4 weeks.

No medals for the Senior Women, but top runs from Lancs Champ, Katie Hewison and Greater Manchester Champ Danielle Fegan, with Ellen Downs battling to a high place after recent illness. Because of missing athletes, Team Manager Clare McCarron stepped up to finish not far out of the top 100, despite still hurting from a recent broken toe. Sarah Goulden also ran strongly to show her recent more steady progression and strong running once. The team had a solid 6th place and not far from team medals, despite so many missing. There will be a large strong squad at the Nationals in 4 weeks and another Team Gold is looking likely.

N.B. I will send separate event details out to those guys I entered & are racing in 4 weeks, but look on ECCA website also. 

If people want a minibus to Leeds, shout out now to gauge numbers, (+ volunteer driver), as I have to pay £15 for a parking pass and arrange with a driver to book the minibus.

Keith Hunter

MEDALS, PBs, AND A GREAT WAY TO START THE NEW YEAR!

When it comes to competing and coaching, every New Year is full of hope, expectation, determination…and maximum effort! And this one started off with a fantastic meeting for the athletes under my guidance.

The Northern Athletics U17 / U20 / Senior Championships, held last weekend (January 12th and 13th) saw them winning 2 gold championship performances, 2, silvers, 3 bronze medals…and achieving a host of PB’s. First up was the very talented Morgan Frith. After a long layoff from a rugby injury, he achieved an excellent 6.29 to clinch Bronze Medal on his first jump.

Way to go, Morgan!

Second was Clash of the Titans. Kevin Metzger and Seun Okome (ranked 1 & 2 in the country ) and Jonny Ferryman (ranked 5). In all age groups. These three really took it to the edge!

It was like watching a ping pong ball going back and fro across the table. Kevin thought he finally got the better of his training partner Seun, with a championship leap of 15.68.

But Seun had other ideas. He came over to me and said; “Coach, I got to do something!” And that’s when he responded with a winning leap of 15.84. A fantastic effort.

It was a massive result for the trio who took all 3 medals, with Jonny Ferryman taking bronze medal

Elsewhere, the U20 Womens triple jump featured Rebecca Keen who, after struggling with her run-up for 5 rounds, gritted her teeth, pulled out all the stops, and snatched the bronze medal with a superb jump of 11.21.

Malissa Booth

And then there’s Malissa Booth

Malissa, only 14 years old and around 5’5 tall, had a fantastic weekend. It began on the Saturday with silver medal and PB in the U17 girls’ long jump (5.58). She’s now ranked number 2 in long jump in the UK in her age group . The following day (in the triple jump) with tired legs from her silver medal performance the day before, she stood on the runway about to go off the 11-metre board..the only one to do so.

Malissa’s mum said to me later; “ When they moved the board from the 9 to the 11 my heart missed a beat.” She needn’t have worried.

Malissa’s first jump was 11.48, and she ended the competition with a giant leap of 11.84. She’s now ranked number 1 for triple jump in the UK in her age group…and overall ranked 5th in the country in all age groups.

Finally, special mentions have to go Daisy Keighley and Joe Grey. Daisy achieved a long jump PB of 5.25. This time last year she jumped 4.64…so, a big leap forward. And Joe Grey’s all 6 jumps were all 6 PB’s!. He ended with 5.95

It was a fantastic weekend for my athletes. Well done all of you. It’s times like this that makes competing, and coaching, an absolute delight.

 A scenic road race through rural countryside, passing through the Cheshire villages of Dunham on the Hill, Mouldsworth, Manley, Alvanley and Helsby with 170m of climbing.

 Dave Rodgers

A good day at the Essar Four Villages Half Marathon for Nick Barry, after his 3rd place at the Manchester XC league last week, another great 3rd place finish at Helsby, taking a good 2mn38s chunk off his P.B. with 69:19 and Nathan Harrison finished 5th, also knocking a 1min13s of his P.B. with 70:00, after his 7th place in Heaton Park last week. 

The event was also the Northern Masters AC Half Marathon Championships.

Anne Chinoy was 2nd in L45 & won the gold medal in the Northern Masters Half Marathon Championships. 

Sinead ferguson was the Northern Masters Half Marathon Championships L40 Champion.

Lots of fantastic runs and PBs from Robert Fairbanks, Rob MarsdenAlistair Kell, massive PB by Wendy Terry and also Julia Reynolds. Great runs also by Lynda Rowlinson, Carla Ousey and Richard Ousey.