EA MULTI-EVENT CHAMPIONSHIPS
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