NA Road Relays 2015 Blackpool
Fechin Mc Cormick
It was a good day for Sale Harriers at Blackpool on Saturday for the 2015 Northern Senior and Youths Road Relay Championships. For the uninitiated, this annual Championship is sandwiched between the end of the T & F season and the beginning of the cross-country season. The club returned home with one set of wonderful gold medals (the U17 women); one set of silver medals (the senior women) and the senior men just missed out on their medals. (4th place).
Besides, all of the female teams from U13’s upwards including their ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams, improved their team positions from last year. The men’s ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams also improved their finishing positions from last year. I’m also reliably informed that the aggregate from adding up all the club’s age-group results and comparing them to the leading northern clubs, Sale Harriers are by far the best overall Northern club. Well done to parents, coaches and those hard-working team managers who must deal with a lot of frustrations in the final days and hours from having their ‘dream’ team fall apart from inevitable illness and injury.
The under 17 girls ‘A’ trio of Francesca Brint, Olivia Green and Claudia Cowan were fantastic in winning their gold medals and Northern title. Francesca’s time was the 3rd fastest of the day and Claudia’s the 8th fastest. It’s great to see these delightful young people emerge through the age-groups with such talent and flagging up such future promise for the club. Let’s hope it’s realized! Their ‘B’ team in 11th place of Alexa Mc Tiffin, Ciara Young and Nicole Grainger and their ‘C’ team, very close behind in 14th position of Alice Bruce, Ellie Twite and Frankie Reid, assures this section has both depth and quality.
The senior women’s silver medal was their best result for fifteen years and is also very encouraging. It was particularly pleasing to have Katie Hewison, the 2009 Commonwealth Up-and-Down Mountain Champion, not just back in action following her long illness, but recording the day’s 6th fastest time; Jenna Hill was the 3rd fastest. She’s had the season of her life with PB’s in every distance that now places her among Britain’s elite. Luisa Candioli and Katie White will always be talented team stalwarts within this group. With the ‘B’ team of Helen Armitage, Sarah Douglas, Emma Finney and Jane Thomas finishing 20th and the ‘C’ team of Katherine Barker, Helen Carter, Jackie Cordingley and Jenny Cordingley 41st , both teams improved on last year, there’s every reason to hope for a successful winter..
The men just missed out on their medals and team manager James Bailey must have been pulling his hair out in the final days with last minute withdrawals from what would surely have been a medal winning team. Last year they won the silver medals. Massively improved Nigel Martin, Jamie Roden, Matt Barnes (just 12 weeks back from hip surgery). Antony Ford, James Bailey and Matt Bond (both returned to competition) were the turbo-charged sextet who delivered the goods....and they left several others of similar ability back home. Add that to the fact that both the men’s ‘B’ team (Euan Gilchrist (only just 17 and after an exceptional summer including 3:51 for 1500), Gaz Raven, James Wignall, Callum Greenwood, Alan White and Callum Rowlinson, and the ‘C’ team Mike Kilmartin, Dave Marsh, Brad Thornton (also his first experience of senior men's team), Tim Kennedy, Steve Townley and Gary Rowlinson also massively improved last year’s placing to 13th and 46th respectively, there’s room for high expectations this winter in this section also.
The U13 girls were 6th . All three of them – Penny Townsend, Anouska Brooks and Ruby Bell ought to be really pleased and especially little dynamo Ruby who ran the fastest of the three whilst still a year younger. The next age-group, the U15 girls trio of Beth Thornton, Lizzie Twite and Taerae Barton finished 7th. Finally, the U17 lads - Dillon Cooper, Adam Kinghorn and Aidan Stirrup were 18th for the ‘A’ team and Charlie Goddard, Dylan Battick and Cameron Buchan finished 24th team
We now look ahead to the National Road Relays in Birmingham on October 3rd. Thanks to Ernie Greenwood and Frank Cordingley for the photos. Harry Shakeshaft also took pictures check this site later. Click here for link.
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Posted 20/09/2015 13:23