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Fechin Mc Cormick
The third and penultimate Northern Premier League match of this summer took the club on yet another visit to the Moorways Stadium in Derby. To re-cap! After match one the club competing as City of Manchester, were 4th behind Derby, Preston and Kingston-on-Hull. In the second match, last year’s title holders, Preston AC took pole position with City of Manchester in second and much better placed to achieve the year’s objective to improve on its 2013 result when the club finished narrowly behind Preston by one point.
The men’s sprints again showed how this is the club’s best section with Aaron Crowley (100m), Clovis Asong (100m) and Umar Hameed (200m) all winning maximum points and Bhekunzi Dube just missing out. Other maximum points ‘A’ scorers were Josh Ugantayo (800m), Alex Wort (110mH), John Nichols (Discus), James Davies (LJ), Adam Howell (TJ) and Seun Okomo (HJ). Again, our multi-eventers Josh Mouland and Alex Wort were like gold-dust for their value in the amount of points they won competing in six disciplines. The endurance events were better filled than in the past with Gary Lyons, Dave Marsh, Mike Kilmartin and Jake Spilsbury toughing it out with every ounce of energy on the hot afternoon.
Our ladies also showed their prowess but, again, there were far too many gaps that inevitably diminish the team performances of their colleagues. Many could take a leaf from the likes of Amy Williams who, though injured and feeling unwell, travelled from her English Schools Championships in Birmingham where she won her bronze triple-jump medal, just to compete for the club and won maximum points with a jump that, even though injured, was a class above the rest.
Sochi Olympian for GB in the bobsleigh, sprinter Rebecca Wilson and colleague Zavia Hill also flexed their competitive muscles (see photo!!!!) with fine individual sprint victories and in the 4 x 100m relay. Abi Heywood also bagged maximum team points in the long jump as did Annie Williams in the long jump and pole vault. Rebecca Linney, though dissatisfied with her 800m, banked a valuable number of team points and was more pleased with her 400m ‘B’ victory and the 4 x 400m relay. Her little sister, Abi Linney also showed lots of exciting promise in her 800m ‘B’ race.
Alison Rodger and Jasmine Burke did brilliant to cover all the throws with much success and, therefore, team points. What will we do next year without Alison who’s been such a colossal club servant in all the throws? She’s been Sale’s indispensable thrower and Scotland’s best hammer thrower for more than fifteen years. We wish her well for her future and more immediately as she represents Scotland in the Commonwealth Games on her home territory. Such is Alison’s great personal and athletic abilities, we hope she’ll continue her long associations with the club. We mustn’t lose her!
Again, the endurance events were the club’s weakest but a big and special thanks to Ciara Lydon (and her mum) for travelling all the way to Derby to run the 3000m. Likewise, Lauren Bowen was a great club asset and the club’s only representative in the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles. Thanks!
The club would readily have won the match (and possibly the league) had more athletes supported their competing colleagues. As it was, we finished 2nd to Wakefield Harriers but equal top with them in the overall standings. We have it all to play for, therefore, in the final match at Blackburn on August 9th. Let you support your competing colleagues by fill every discipline at the final match and ensure a victory that showcases your club at its very best
Posted 15/07/2014 07:27
FECHIN Mc CORMICK
It was an anxious day for Sale at the final UK Women’s League match at Wavertree on Sunday July 6th. Coming to Liverpool, Cara O’Brien’s team were mid-table in Division 1. Hoping for a ‘miracle’ that included no competitive team‘ gaps, it might just result in a return to the Premier Division but also very conscious that, lying fifth of eight teams, another incomplete team and a bad day could result in the nightmare of being demoted yet again to Division 2. On the day’s team sheet, with no-one to fill the 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, triple jump or some of the endurance events, promotion was out of the question so the challenge was to safeguard against demotion.
As is always the case, every team member admirably gave it everything they had and it’s huge compliments and thanks to every one of them. Jess Taylor – you won’t get better for team loyalty and commitment. She competed in four events and won the 100m ‘B’ and the ‘A’ long jump. Deservedly, she’s on her way to the Commonwealth Games; Welsh international Laura Douglas ended her 14 year career with the club with a b-i-g hammer throw that won the team maximum points; Kirsten Mc Aslan, also on her way to the Commonwealth Games for her native Scotland, ran her heart out in the 800m for 2ndand beat Jenny Meadows and almost whipped Marilyn Okoro; Laura Whittingham and Rosie Sementsyh are a class javelin act and you should see their spears soar so majestically across the stadium to also easily also win maximum points; Rebekan Wilson – how great is it to have her back as specialist sprinter after representing GB in the bobsleigh at the Sochi Olympics ; Jennifer Simmons –s he has to be admired for her heroism in the ‘marathon’ 2000m steeplechase as she trials her new career from being a 400m hurdler and Sarah Barker bravely threw caution to the wind in the 3000m in the hope of snatching a first victory from her nemesis. It didn’t work out but she showed her a clear pair of heels with an impressive 1500m. Tyra Watson, Olivia Callaghan, Rebecca Linney, Imani Modahl, Sarah Mc Keever, Georgia Pickles, Lauren Brennan and Jasmine Burke were also valued points scorers that kept the team just out of the danger zone as the day progressed.
Anxiety turned to real concern mid-afternoon when UKWAL informed us that the club were being docked points because a couple of the team from the first match at Lee Valley were not registered with UKA, This would have guaranteed demotion..........disastrous......but club official Jack Frost bit the bullet and was having none of it. He returned home and, until the early hours with Cara O’Brien, and the following day, he challenged the decision to a successful outcome and the docked points were eventually restored. Well done, Jack!
The final outcome? Ten days after the League ended, the final positions remain undeclared largely because the two teams in the relegation zone have identical points. We, however, remain safe (hopefully) just above them in 5th place.
Well done and thanks to all who contributed this summer - to team manager Cara O’Brien and every team member for your commitment, club loyalty and team effort; to those who risked injury and embarrassment by competing in unfamiliar events to maximize team points; to the important officials who made all the difference in some matches by the points they secured and to those willing and unwilling parents and supporters who gave up their afternoons as spectators to assist as officials and also won match points.
This match brought the curtain down on Laura Douglas’ fourteen year career as a hammer thrower. In those years not only has she been a most valued, loyal and committed club servant who helped win the club’s many Premier league titles during those years, but she also successfully represented the club in European competition and achieved many fine career pinnacles as a Welsh hammer international that culminated with her attendance at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. In thanking Laura, we must also thank her Wythenshawe coach, Kevin Madden and her training colleagues especially Mike Floyd because both contributed greatly to her achievements. We wish Laura well in her sojourns and we have her assurances she’ll be supporting the club into the future with young Welsh throwers.
The challenge for 2015 still remains to return to the Premier Division where the club has had so much success over the League’s existence. To achieve this, Cara O’Brien will be strengthening the team in almost every area but especially in the middle distance, hurdles and some jumps.
Posted 14/07/2014 21:33
Jona Efoloko and Kevin Metzger both became English Schools gold medallists at the Championships at Birmingham. Jona retained his junior boy’s 200m title, running 22.14 seconds which is a Championship record and equalled his PB and club record. He also won the silver medal in the 4 x 100m relay. Kevin Metzger jumped a new PB and club record of 14.58m to win the inter-boy’s triple jump and has been selected to represent England at the schools international at Cardiff next weekend.
Amy Williams was going for her fourth consecutive horizontal English Schools title but on this occasion had to settle for 3rd place in the inter-girl’s triple jump despite a niggling injury. Kelly Chadwick ran a tremendous PB of 12.23 seconds to finish 3rd in the junior girl’s 100m. Congratulations also to Rory Keen who was another of the Manchester 4 x 100m quartet who won a magnificent silver medal.
Natasha Wilson was unable to defend her senior girl’s javelin title and had to settle for 5th. Other SHM athletes in the top 10 were Georgia Pickles, Danielle Stringer, Lewis Hannon, J’Nae ward, and Jaimal Brown. Others selected to represent their counties in these championships were Rory Keen, Jonathan Adderley, Emmanuel Muka, Kieran Donnelly, Ewan Gilchrist, Zack Harrop, Bradley Yates, Lucy Cooper, Alexa Mc Tiffin, Francesca Brint, Grace Bower, Meg Mc Hugh, Zenni Enechi, Ebbie Danson-Chappell, Annie Williams and Alyssia Carr. A total of 30 club members were selected to compete in these championships which reflect the quality of coaching within the club.
Further congratulations go to Grace Bower, Meg Mc Hugh, J’Nae Ward, Ellie Jackson and Harry Lord who’ve all been selected to compete in the English Schools Combined Events National Finals in Boston in September. The club wishes Chris Bartram, the coach to four of these multi-eventers a full recovery to health and a rapid return to what he loves and does so very well.
Posted 14/07/2014 21:30
The 3rd senior men’s British Premier League (BAL) match of 2014 took place last Saturday in London and yet again the team did the club and themselves proud. Going into the match we were 1 league point behind our old rivals Shaftesbury Barnet courtesy of a 3rd place in match 1 and a great victory last time out in Birmingham.
With the Commonwealth Games coming up and the fixture taking place at the end of a busy period that included the U20 and U23 Champs and the Senior England Athletics Trials, we always knew that we would have a depleted team, but we also knew that we had some genuine quality and that, with a bit of luck, we would still be in contention to regain the title come the final match. The team did better than that!
I could scarcely believe it when I received the message that we had taken 2nd place behind Newham in the match and that Shaftesbury had collapsed and finished down in 6th place! That now means that a third place at home in Manchester in the final round will be enough for us to win the championship. To do that, we have to now ensure that we continue to field our best specialists across all events and make sure we have as few people as possible "filling in".
Nevertheless, those that did fill in on Saturday made a vital contribution. Indeed, we were 15 points ahead of Birchfield in 3rd, and skipper James Bailey (many thanks to James for standing in as team manager), Matt Cullen, Ryan Moore and Clovis Asong, who all took part in unfamiliar events, gained - you guessed it - 15 points. Who knows what the swing would've been had they not turned out?
They made a great contribution, but it would be wrong to attribute the second place purely to team spirit and commitment. There was genuine quality on show as well. Our only A string win came from Rimas Martisauskas, who threw a PB 18.70 to take the shot, but there were A string top 3s from Chris Wakeford, Allan Hamilton, Alex Smith, James Bailey and Andy Sutcliffe, to go with B string victories for Andy Burgess, Matt Cullen, Charlie Hulson, Dwayne Cowan and Dave Proctor. There were B strain podiums, too, for Umar Hameed, James Wignall and Debo Ademuyewo and Seun Okome, while it was great to see Clovis back to approaching his best in the 400m and junior Roy Ejiakuekwu executing a great sprint double. Indeed, 6 or 7 athletes doubled (or even tripled) and that's not including relays. Dave Norman, Ryan Moore and Thomas Furlong also produced vital points in a fine team effort.
We go into the final match full of confidence!
Posted 08/07/2014 07:31
Sale sprinters made a massive contribution to the club’s ninety point win that included gaining victory in five relays as well as recording high ranking individual performances. Jona Efoloko broke his own 200m league record with a 22.2 second clocking and ran anchor leg in two winning relay teams.
Laurelle Obi and Kelly Chadwick both recorded sprint double victories with PB’s which are among the fastest times in the country. Charlotte Mairs was another sprinter to improve her PB by a massive margin to become one of the fastest 75m runners in the UK. Further sprint victories were recorded by Emmanual Odubanjo, Dane Winchole, Daniel Obonine, Ellie Jackson, Maria Mc Polin, Mairead Power, Leyla Nealon, Rebecca Heys and Rhys Parker.
Our U13 girl’s relay team of Lavelle, Charlotte, Lois Mc Tiffin and Tess Mc Hugh won in a new club record time of 54 seconds. The U15 girl’s relay team of Kelly, Rebecca, Ellie and Amy Page remained unbeaten and recorded the fastest time of 51.2 seconds. This was Ellie’s 4th victory of the day.
Another unbeaten Sale team was the U15 girl’s 4 x 300m in which Marie, Mairead and Alexa Mc Tiffen built up a winning lead leaving GB water polo international Niamh Nugent to run the anchor leg. The U15 boy’s relay teams won both relays. Well done to Emmanuel, Jona, Dane, Logan Burrows, Danielo Jarbath and Darnell Bell.
Sale hurdlers again did us proud with Rory Keen, Ellie Jackson, Lois Mc Tiffin, Grace Bower, Tess Mc Hugh and Brogan Rudman all running impressive times
Our stars in the throws events were Olivia Ashworth and Jonathan Adderley who both won their event by huge margins. Further victories went to Ellie Wilson, Rosaleen Sheenan and Emma Lowe.
`The club’s long jumpers were in incredible form with Lois Mc Tiffin, Alice Dale and Rebecca Heys recording new PB’s whilst Brogan Rudman won his event with Meg Mc Hugh runners-up in hers. High jumper Amy Lester and Samuel Ebonine made impressive debuts for the club with Amy winning her event and Samuel finishing runner-up with the same height as the inner.
Our Harrier tradition was upheld in the girl’s middle distance events with Alexa Mc Tiffin running a fast 800m to win by four seconds whilst Francesca Brint improved her time from the last match by ten seconds to win the 1500m. Further victories were recorded by Mia Gibbons and Tia-Rae Barton with Beth Thornton also having a very good race in runner-up slot,
The final words go again to the ‘engine-room’ stalwart team managers Carl Worthington and Dave Marsh. This time they had the additional, unenviable stress of the coach not turning up. It’s further special thanks to all those parents who thought they were just dropping off their kids for the day and found themselves rallying to the call and ferried car-loads to Liverpool; remained for the match and returning them home again. A very big thank you! Thanks also to club photographer Ernie Greenwood. His photos can be viewed and bought at http://www.darkstarphotos.com . The last of the four matches is at Preston on July 19 when we confidently hope to retain the Northern title and qualify for the National finals again in Birmingham on September 6th
Posted 24/06/2014 07:47
Fechin Mc Cormick
This major National championship, traditionally held in Bedford, was an important one for several club athletes. For the lower age-group, the championship incorporated the UK trials for the World Junior Championships in Oregon.
Club athletes won one gold medal, one silver medal and two bronze medals.
Our gold medallist, Ben Williams is a club newcomer (Welcome!) and a former World Youth triple jump champion. His was one of the standout performers in the jumps. His 16.31 triple jump exceeded his outdoor best of 16.09m that dated back to 2009. He won the under 23 event by 85 cm to take the national title.
Charlie Hulson won his first major track England medal in the 5000m in 14:36.98 not far short of his PB of 14:33 achieved at the BAL match on June 7th. This is his latest in a successful summer in which he’s improved his 1500m PB to 3:48.18 at the BMC at Sportcity and his 3k to 8:14 at Stretford Grand Prix in May.
Two club newcomers Jack Crabtree (U20 3000m) and Matthew Sumner (U23 400m hurdles) were the club’s silver medallists. Well done to them!
Others also had the race of their lives and also every reason to be delighted. Luke Betts finished 4th in the 800m with a new PB of 1:51.11. Likewise U23 Jack Seddon who recorded a 100m PB in his heats and Amy Pratt, the only U17 girl in the U20 race, recorded a well-deserved 3000m steeplechase lifetime best of 11:29.83
Posted 24/06/2014 07:41
Fechin Mc Cormick
Thirteen Sale Harriers are selected to represent their Nation at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Those representing England are Kelly Massey (400m), Andy Turner (110mh), Andy Robertson (4x100m), Chris Baker (HJ), Katie Byres (PV),Sarah Holt (Hammer), Alex Smith (Hammer) and Jess Taylor (Heptathlon). Those representing Wales are Lucy Evans (4 x100m) and Paul Walker (PV) and representing Scotland are Alison Rodger (Shot), Kirsty Law (Discus) and Kirsten Mc Aslan (4x400m). Of course it will be a special thrill for our Scottish representatives who’ll be on home ground.
This is an amazing number of athletes for any club. Only two other English clubs, Birchfield Harriers in Birmingham and Newham & Essex Beagles surpasses that number. This reflects the size and ability of Sale Harriers that competes in all major national and regional leagues, cups and championships.
We share these athletes joy and excitement for we continually witness their hard work, commitment and the sacrifices they make to reach the top. Let you be inspired by them
Posted 17/06/2014 07:30
The second British Athletic League match of the summer took place at the weekend and the team put in a superb performance to win the match by 20 points, with a score in excess of 330.
BAL Premiership match wins are hard to come by, so it was a truly great effort from everyone who competed and were part of the team management on the day, so many thanks to everyone. There were A string wins from Alex Smith, Chris Baker, Allan Hamilton, Andy Sutcliffe, Charlie Hulson and Andy Robertson and a B string win for Matt Hunt, plus a load more top three performances and season's bests. Chris Baker's 2.28m was another PB and another club record, while Allan Hamilton's 7.81 was his first Scottish Commonwealth Games qualifier. I truth, as usual, nobody performed poorly and we showed yet again that we are among the very best clubs in the country.
This now means that we can look to the rest of the season with confidence as, with two matches to go, we are just 1 point behind Shaftesbury in the race for the league title.
Posted 10/06/2014 07:27
Fechin Mc Cormick
The second of the three UK Women’s League matches took place this weekend at Moorways Stadium in Derby adjacent to where Rolls-Royce builds their famous jet engines. In the first match, a much depleted team responded brilliantly that resulted in the team finishing a surprising and well-deserved third place and only a few points from actually winning the match. However, it was recognised that if the club was to achieve its objective to return to the Premier Division where it had been since the inception of the league 30 years ago, the club had to be competitive in all future matches with event specific athletes.
Team manager Cara O’Brien and her team travelled to Derby and again with a worrying number of ‘gaps’ with no athletes filling them – no-one in the ‘A’ or ‘B’ 400m, 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles,2k steeplechase, long-jump or triple jump. That’s a massive loss of important team points. Yet again, the team have to be complimented for their heroic loyalty to try and make good this deficit. Young pole vaulter Georgia Pickles, who joined the team only in the eleventh hour, couldn’t do enough and, apart from her pole vault points, won valued points in three other events - the 200m, long jump and 4 x 400m relay. Britain’s top javelin thrower Rosie Sementsyh who travelled three hours by car to get to Derby, apart from winning her specialist event, ran a technically imperfect 100m hurdles but still won an important point and then went and won further points in the triple jump. Team manager Cara O’Brien ran herself to exhaustion for her team and became a very valuable ‘B’ points scorer in the 1500m and 3000m as did Sarah Barker when she doubled in the ‘A’ 1500m. High jumper Sarah Mc Keever not only did her work but also ran a leg in the 4 x 100m relay.
Of course, there were several outstanding performances. In the throws (where I was a field judge!), Laura Whittingham and Rosie Sementsyh were easy winners, and in the shot, discus and hammer it’s not often you see the judges move en masse to the far end of the throws zone when an athlete takes their place in the cage. That’s what Alison Rodger (shot) and Kirsty Law (discus) both evoked to become convincing winners with Alison also winning further points in the discus and ‘B’ hammer where Laura Douglas was the biggest points scorer with her ‘A’ victory in hammer. Heptathlete Jess Taylor is always a big points scorer and she won the shot , 2nd in the high jump and played a significant part in both relays.
In the track events, Sarah Barker again displayed tactical maturity and promise by her superb 2nd place in the 3000m victory. It was great to welcome Rebecca Linney to her club debut and she’ll be a great team asset. It was also great to have Jenna Hill free of injury and again quietly excited by her 800m and run within a second off her 400m PB in the 4 x 400m relay.
As in the first match, we might have pulled off a top three position but, on this occasion, fate conspired again this. Top points scorers Lucy Evans, who’d just received news of her selection for Wales in the Commonwealth Games (Congratulations again, Lucy) became worried by a potential injury running the 100m and had to withdraw from the 200m and 4 x 100m relay and fellow sprinter Olivia Callaghan, wasn’t recovered from her race the previous day in the Northern League.
As a result, the team finished a lowly 7th giving us an overall position of 4th in the league. With the crucial final match a double header in Wavertree on July 6th, there are three potential outcomes. (1) We produce a 3rd incomplete team with a similar result to this and we could easily end up being demoted yet again. (2) We produce another incomplete team and fill the gaps by heroic non-specialists and we’ll spend another year in Division 1 and (3) we field a team with event specialists and with all hands on deck and a bit of luck.....and we might just about still win promotion. It’s now up to you!
Thanks to track & field officials Jack Frost, Brian Spriggs and Fechin Mc Cormick the club also maximized team points. Though we travelled with an incomplete quota, we extend a special thanks to Crawley AC officials Gillian Charlton and John Fenn who, in the true spirit of sport, volunteered their services as officials for the club and to Georgia Pickles’Mum who surrendered a relaxed afternoon spectating in the sunshine, to also help as a track official. Without these, our overall team result would have been much worse.
Posted 10/06/2014 07:23
Fechin Mc Cormick
The club, competing as City of Manchester in regional and national T & F competitions, were hosts at the weekend for the second of the four matches among the six Northern Premier Division clubs. The objective was to improve on our 4th place from the first match at Hull, won by Derby AC, and to put us in contention to win the league from 2013 title holders Wakefield AC when we were runners-up.
As ever, our club sprinters were the day’s highlight and all were awesome in their speed, power and dominance and, by clear victories in the 100m, 200, 400m and the relays, they bagged the club maximum points – the ‘gold-dust’ of these matches. It’s well done and thanks to power-houses Aaron Crowley, Dominic Sebele, Danny Heald, Liam Grey-Thompson, Clovis Asong and Felix Tighe. Wow! You should have witnessed the excitement they generated as they powered like steam trains in their relay victories. Shaunna Thompson, Olivia Callaghan and Zavia Hill were also brilliant in victory in their 100m and 200m races with J’Nae Ward the 200m runner-up. Reportedly, coach Keith Hunter now owes Danny & Olivia a Nandos meal for under-estimatING their current speedy form.
In the other disciplines, Jordan Carter and Stephen Porter also won maximum club points for their tremendous javelin victories; Nathan Roach and Jacob Brown for their long jump and triple jump double victories; Allen Crouch victor in the shot; J’Nae Ward in the long jump and Annie Williams in the Pole Vault.
We also had Josh Mouland (110m hurdles), Jordan Carter (Shot), Zac Harrop (PV), J’Nae Ward (200m),Zenni Enechi (TJ), Georgina Alexander (TJ) and Emily Cummings (HJ) all impressive big team points winners as runners-up in their events. Athletes like Nathan Roach, Zenni Enechi and Frankie Reid and others produced lifetime best performances in the process.
Our men –Lee Whitely, George Haynes, Matt Metcalfe, Mohammed Ahmed, Mike Kilmartin and Dylan Stanway made a big team points contribution by filling all the middle-distance events except the 3k steeplechase. Our women didn’t fare near as well with only three middle distance representatives. Well done and welcome to Abi Linney (800m) who made her club debut; to Frankie Reid who had a great race and to Amber Towns who, a few days earlier, also did really well in her first British Aquathlon.
Throughout the day, the club won or were runners-up in no less than two-thirds of the thirty-eight match competitions. That’s impressive! So why were we not match winners over champions Wakefield AC rather than finishing joint second with Preston AC....and ranking 4th overall in the league? As is all too often the case, matches are won or lost not on those present but on those who are not!
Sale (City of Manchester) had an unenviable twenty-one ‘gaps’ - twice as many as Wakefield and Preston AC. This was a massive loss of club points! Part of the answer, but not the whole answer, is that other teams did not have another national league competition the following day as we had. However, the reasons merits scrutiny from the athletes themselves for this takes the shine from their own collective performances but must also be an issue for coaches, team managers and parents going forward and anyone else concerned for the club’s objective to maintain its top standings in all regional and national competitions.
Well done and a big thanks to everyone who provided such a great day of exciting and often classy competition at Sportcity; to the all-important field officials who added to the club’s tally of points by their attendance; to the ‘engine-room’ team managers and to all those supportive parents and relatives who created the atmosphere making it a great day at Sportcity.
Posted 10/06/2014 07:21