News - Track And Field
This Section posts news relative to the Track and Field section such as information regarding up and coming training weekends reports on club championship, what the section does socially.
Nicholas Young has achieved a triple crown this weekend, adding shot put gold, at the Scottish under 20 National Championships in Glasgow, to his gold in the English National championship in Sheffield last month, and gold in the Welsh National championship in Cardiff in February.
He is currently ranked number one at under 20 level in the UK.
Posted 17/03/2018 13:11
Here is Aidan Lynch’s account of his day at the indoor U15 champs in Sheffield. He was amongst a strong Sale Harriers squad who did a fine job representing Sale Harriers Manchester. Special mention (apart from Aidan) goes to Success Eduan who came 1st in the U15 girls 200m (25:49). Also Melissa Booth who came 2nd in the long jump with 5.26m and Ellise Fryer-Francis (4.65m for 9th) and Hermione Mason (4.38m 19th). Full results can be found here.
“I ran the 800m in Sheffield on the 4th February 2018 in the Northern Athletics under 15 Indoor Championships (track and field).
On the way towards the race I knew there was a couple of bottom age U15 runners so I was confident I may medal, but I didn’t realise the two names I saw who were listed to run were the only two who were bottom age, everyone else was 13/14.
I arrived at 10:00 for a race at 11:00 and started warming up 30 mins before the race. As I was warming up I saw a Preston Harriers runner who beat me in the YDL final and we started talking and we found out we were both in the same heat. Although he had beat me before I was still confident. When it came to my first heat we were having our spikes checked and it turned out I had forgot to check my spike length, so I still had my 9mm grass pins for training at the club. I had to run my first race in my flats.
The race wasn’t the worst considering I was wearing road running shoes, as I finished the race in first place with a time of 2.18. After my race I went to check the results and the first and second place runners ran a time of 2.12 which I thought would we a great advantage when coming up to my race as they would probably be feeling the effects of a faster heat. The final was at 12:00 so I had an hour to spare and to rest.
When it was time to warm up my Preston Harriers friend was saying how he was aiming to finish in 4th which was a shock to me because I didn’t realise how low confidence he had. In the break I got the correct size pins for my spikes (6mm). In the race there was a guy with a faster PB than me but he mustn’t have won seeing his race tactics in the heats. I decide for the race to let the guys with the faster heat times to lead so I could burn them out on the last faster laps. My plan worked as they all pushed to lead whereas I stuck behind in 3rd and 4th in the second lane and, one after the other they started dropping off.
It came to the last lap and I surged past the leader of the pack. I finished the race with a new PB of 2:09.5 and I was now the northern indoor track and field u15 boys 800m champion.”
Posted 15/02/2018 15:29
Another very succesful meeting was held at Sportcity and the results can be found at
The photos were taken by Dave Greenwood. If you would like a high resolution copy see his website for details. (also more photos than we can show here).
The next indoor meeting is on the 7th of January. See here for details.
Posted 21/12/2017 14:13
A team of the clubs 12-13 year olds took on seven other teams to win a challenge match featuring relays and highland games field events held within the Manchester International at Sport City recently.
Our girls’ team, managed by Anita Richardson was dominant. Well done to Dids Parish, Taylor Edwards, Libby Hill, Jasmin Richardson, Osa Odemwengie, Kia Clarkson, Success Eduan, Charlotte Wilkinson, Olivia Brown, Ella Gillespie, Melissa Booth and Elise Fryer-Francis. The girls won the sprint relay and long jump team event, they finished second in the distance relay and third in both the medley relay and continuous relay. In the Highland Games field events Charlotte won the weight for distance event, Melissa the long jump, Ella the bull nosed javelin and Osa was runner up in the weight for height. In all the girls were awarded 11 AAA's engraved silver salvers and 15 engraved AAA's medals for their efforts.
Our boys team managed by Dave Marsh were also in tremendous form. Well done to Dom Reid, Joe Herbert, Evan Savage, Elliot Savage, Emmanuel Johnson, Scott Woods, Torin Lindsey, Basil Zola, Kane Saville, Leonardo Scott, Baye Mbengue and Mohammed Cole. The boys won the continuous relay, distance relay and long jump team event and finished third in the medley relay. Basil Zola was our most successful athlete winning both the vertical jump and long jump. In all the boys won 7 engraved AAA's silver salvers and 10 AAA's engraved medals.
Our winning girl’s 4x100m relay team were invited to take part in the main event of the evening International match - 'The Golden Relay'. This was a unique spectacle as it was the first and maybe the last time that Darren Campbell raced on the same team as the winning quartet from the Athens Olympic Games. Needless to say Daren's team won whilst our girls still impressed by finishing in front of the winning boys team from the afternoons challenge match.
Posted 17/08/2017 15:11
Recently Sportcity played host to a Darren Campbell masterclass in speed and drills for budding young athletes, and (of course) Sale Harrier youngsters attended in large numbers.
Darren, an Olympic sprint relay gold medallist and famous Sale Harrier delivered the session which taught the youngsters how to warm up like an Olympian and master the drills and techniques Darren used whilst training for his many track successes.
Other successful Sale Harrier athletes were in attendance to assist, also The Diane Mohdal Sports Foundation and our good friends at Manchester Academy School.
Thank you Darren. You remain an inspiration and a club legend.
Posted 17/08/2017 09:44
Well done to Jona Efoloko on his silver medal at the European U20 Athletic Championships in Grosseto in Italy on the 23rd July 2017. In the final he was just pipped by fellow brit Toby Harries from Brighton Phoenix Club. In sweltering 40 degree heat Jona, who is still only 17, managed to run 20.92.
Posted 26/07/2017 09:04
Well, it's been a while since Sale Harriers Senior Women won the league, so it feels that bit more special, to be able to call ourselves Champions.
The match was by no means an easy ride for us. 4th place or better would get us promotion, thanks to our good showing in the 2 previous matches, but we needed to finish ahead of a strong and determined Crawley team, who will be joining us in Division 1 next year.
An early start ( double-header match) meant Hammer began at 9.45am. We always ask a lot of our throwers. Team Captain Kirsty Law, and Rachel Pugh didn't disappoint, gaining valuable points from the 1st event of the day, particularly important because the 2nd event, Pole Vault, was held without any Sale representation. And to make matters worse, Crawley got almost maximum points in both A and B. We put things right however in the 400mh, with wins for both Chelsea Walker and Kirsten McAslan. Both recording superb sub 60sec times ( Kirsten's first ever race in this event), quickly followed by Kirsty winning discus and a superb 3rd place in the B from Rachel. We established a (sometimes slender) lead at this point which we held onto for the rest of the day.
Late withdrawals might be expected but they always present a challenge, and this match was no exception. Special mention here to Katia Hazell (3k, LJ and TJ) 10pts, Jen Clayton (3k and HJ) 9pts, Tyra Watson (1500m, LJ and HJ) 12pts, and Rosie Semenytsh ( TJ and 100mh)8pts. All 4 stepped in to fill the gaps. They have had virtually no training or competition all season in these events, but what they do have is a fantastic commitment to the team.
Quality from our 800m stars Megan Davies and Rachael Scott got us maximum points, followed by strong performances at 100m from Regan Walker and Hayaat Bah Traore keeping the momentum up. A pb in 100mh from Chelsea Walker giving max pts. We kept totting up pts in shot and HJ and were further boosted by superb wins at 400m by both Kelly Massey and Sasha Byrom. The stadium announcer unexpectedly made public Kelly's intended retirement from athletics (much to Kelly’s surprise!). If that remains your intention Kelly perhaps we can persuade you still to turn out for the team again next year?
Strong performances from Imani Modahl and Tyra Watson (1500m), Alison McCorry and Kirsten McAslan (200m) followed by quality performances this time in Javelin from reigning British Champ Laura Whittingham and our very own triple jumping, sprint hurdling, Rosie Semenytsh. In 2000m s/c, perhaps Kathy Wellam surprised herself (but not her team manager) with 2nd place, in spite of recent injury problems.
Winning both relays in some style proved decisive. Teams - 4 x 100 - Regan Walker, Hayaat Bah Traore, Alison McCorry and Alice McMahon, 4 x 400 - Kirsten McAslan, Chelsea Walker, Sasha Byrom and Kelly Massey. Hard to see anyone beating these quartets!
Match outcome 1st place by 12 points, giving us promotion and the title.
My thanks of course go to the athletes for your talent and dedication. I think you might just be getting a taste for team success and trust that will carry through to your individual endeavours. I'd also like to pay tribute to those athletes not able to make the team for this particular match, but have contributed to our earlier success this season, and by doing so, put us in the strong position we found ourselves in, coming into the final match of the season. It is very much a TEAM effort. Also thanks to the Sale officials. Their contribution all season has been invaluable and we couldn't have won the league without them.
Here's to next season.
Posted 19/07/2017 14:28
Sale Harriers is deeply saddened to learn of the death of two-time Olympian Philippa Roles this past weekend.
The 39-year-old discus thrower from Neath, Wales, with links to Sale Harriers, represented Great Britain at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Roles also competed for the Swansea athletics club, her personal best throw of 62.89 metres, achieved in June 2003, has her placed fourth in the British all-time rankings.
As a junior, Roles finished third at the 1997 European Junior Championships and fourth at the 1999 European U23 Championships.
The Wales’ 2008 discus Champion also placed fourth at two Commonwealth Games, in Manchester and Delhi, and sixth in Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne.
“We send our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Philippa at this sad time.”
Roles' Olympic debut came in Athens in 2004.
Domestic Championships Record
Posted 26/05/2017 14:46
The club are a step closer to retaining their Northern Premier title after a 120 point victory over Preston with home club Leeds in 3rd place. The quality of performance was tremendous, especially as most of the match was held in pouring rain (see photos). The highlight was SAM WORTHINGTON who ran a Grade 1 performance of 37.10 seconds to win the 300m and equal the club U15 record held by JONA EFOLOKO.
SUCCESS EDUAN won both the U13 girl sprints with Grade 1 performances and is to be congratulated on setting club records for both the U13 girl’s 75m and 150m at a recent Trafford medal meeting. SOPHIE ASHURST was incredible in the U15 pole vault. Competing in the worst weather conditions, she spent much of the competition under an umbrella keeping herself and her pole dry and still vaulted a Grade 1 performances of 3.22m. The wind was gusting so strongly she might have gone even higher using the umbrella rather than the pole – Mary Poppins style!
Other highlights were other Grade 1 winning performances from HERMIONE MASON, ABRAHAM FOBIL, POPPY GLASBY-SEDDON, BRANDON MORGAN and TAYLOR EDWARDS. In all we had 45 individual victories and 3 wins in relay events. The middle distance squad had their best match result for some time with victories from JAMES KELLY, JACK SPARK, TAYLOR EDWARDS, HARRY EDMUNDSON, LARA CRAWFORD, JESS SPILSBURY and MAISIE WISEMAN. A special mention to AIDAN LYNCH and AKIRA EDGSON who improved their PB’s by large margins.
Sale sprinters were again dominant with victories from SUCCESS, SAM, BRANDON, ABRAHAM, HERMIONE, CHARLOTTE WILKINSON, PRAISE OWOEYE, LUI DEMATOS, JASMINE RICHARDSON, HOLLY MURRAY, OSA ODEMWENGIE, LIBBY WARREN, CLARA EDLER and AYLA HEWITT. MACKENA BRADSHAW was our most successful athlete in the throws with two victories. Other wins in the throws came from ABRAHAM FOBIL, MIA WALKER, TORRIN LINDSEY, SAM BROWN and PRAISE OWOEYE. In the jumps, BROOK WHYATT, JED BAILEY, SAM WORTHINGTON, ELLISE FRYER-FRANCIS and HOLLY MURRAY all finished in the first two of their events.
The 3rd of four matches is at home at Sportcity on Sunday 18th June and we would welcome your support.
A special thanks to MICK MITCHELL who has provided several photographs from the match. Mick is not a Sale Harrier but generously has provided many photographs over the years from matches he attends.
Posted 23/05/2017 13:44
Posted 21/05/2017 11:38