News - Track And Field
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After the recent Sale Open, the arrival of the Northern Championships was going to be a significant test for the two youngest members of Team Bartram.
Lydia Randles and Marnie Wells-Nicholls have been working hard through the gruelling winter training sessions. With two Sale Open meetings under their belts and a clutch of lifetime bests already, they were on their marks and ready to go! Lydia cruised through the 1st round of the U17W 60mh with a new lifetime best
and was all set for a battle against her closest rival and friend Olivia Montez-Brown in the final as Lydia had beaten Olivia the week before at the Sale Open.
However, the final was not the result Lydia would have wanted! After making a fantastic start, she clipped the 2nd hurdle and didn't complete the race and unfortunately her day was over. Very disappointed, but dignified in defeat, Lydia congratulated Olivia, and went away to evaluate the race.
Marnie was competing only for the 3rd time at U20W 60mh, although she is only 15 years old. Having competed in a couple of Sale Opens it was clear the u20w 60mh was going to be Marnie's target. So her 1st Championships at U20 was very daunting as the field was strong and there were athletes 3 years older than Marnie. From the start it was a close run race with Marnie being edged into 4th place. This on her 1st major competition at this age group was a fantastic achievement which she enhanced by running a massive lifetime best.
So, full of confidence. Marnie went into the long jump competition at her own age group of U17 hoping for a medal finish. It looked like a perfect weekend for the new Sale Harrier - after round 1 she was in the lead, which she managed to keep through round 2. Round 3 saw the pack catch her up and in round 4 and 5 her closest rivals were putting in a big effort. In the final round Marnie managed to pull a jump out of the bag and guaranteed herself 3rd place and a bronze medal. Overall a very satisfying weekend - Well done to you both!!
Lydia and Marnie are now training for the 3AAA's in Birmingham and the Combined Events competition in Sheffield. (By Les Randles LIMI)
Posted 18/01/2012 07:58
Vault Manchester, the annual meeting of UK Pole Vaulters took place on Saturday 14th January 2012 in Manchester for the seventh year in a row with over 80 vaulters. This is a very popular event , supported by UKA and Manchester City Council and is an opportunity for young vaulters to mix and compete with many of the UK's elite pole vaulters and this year was no exception with last year's UK indoor champion Max Eaves topping the bill.
There were thirteen athletes from Sale Harriers taking part, with Matt Cullen finishing 7th in the Elite Men (4m73) and Abi Haywood 6th in the Elite women (3m73). Matt and Abi have competed in all but one of the seven Vault Manchester competitions since they started in 2006.
Notable results came from David Campbell who won the U17M competition when he jumped a new PB of 3.83 (he went one better yesterday at the Northern Championships with another PB), Emma Andersson started her season with a new PB of 3.43 and Zac Harrop also PB'd with 2.73 whilst winning Silver in the U15B. Other Sale athletes taking part included Sale Harriers stalwart Jack Frost's grandson James Frost who jumped 2m 33 in his first competition. Other athletes to jump were: Jordan Bezzina (2m 43),Mathew Ogden (2m43), Lewis Hannan (2m43) winning Bronze in the U15B, Tim Jolly (3m53), Jacob Sutcliffe (3m63), Samara Mohtasham (2m73) and sister Serena (2m03)
Organiser Andy Byres, whose daughter Katie Byres jumped very well again with 4m 33 and third place on Saturday night in France, said:
"Once again Vault Manchester produced a great environment for vaulters of all levels. The music and fantastic atmosphere provided a great place for all the vaulters to start their season. It was terrific to see two national records, as a number of elite athletes work towards the the Olympics and World Junior Championships. The many personal bests seen in the junior age groups show a bright future ahead for the event and in particular for Sale Harriers having 13 vaulters competing
To view You Tube videos made by vault coaches Matt Cullen and Julien Rafelli click on the following links. http://www.youtube.com/user/madmancmatt1?feature=mhee#p/u and http://www.youtube.com/user/julien0520?blend=1&ob=video-mustangbase
Posted 18/01/2012 07:55
The club's junior men and women had their turn at the weekend to compete against the nation's best in the National Junior League Final held at Derby. They commended themselves very well finishing 6th and said team manager, Jack Frost, "This Final is always held at the end of a long season, and it was certainly encouraging to see the many athletes who turned out to support the club. The 6th position attained from the top 8 British clubs was deemed satisfactory, considering the many absentees"
Several outstanding performances were registered. Top of the pile was 16yr old Callum Roughneen's 49.21 sec 400metre run, whilst at the same distance Abigayel Fitzpatrick and Tyra Watson had scintillating runs, then continued their fine form, when anchoring the 4 x 400 relay squad. Charlotte Dickenson and Brogan Crowley threw well, plus Brogan's hurdle run was of the highest order. The Pole Vaulters Katie Byres, Jennie Hughes, Jacob Sutcliffe and Alex Wort, did the club proud, picking up 3 gold and a bronze awards.
The National Junior Athletic League was founded in 1989 with 16 men and 8 women's teams It's aim is to provide athletics competition for the under 20 age group with under 17's allowed to compete within the older age group. This then provides the necessary bridge from young athlete to senior competition.
The club say many thanks to the U/17 athletes for competing in this U/20 event, and the group of officials and helpers who completed our obligations. Full results will be found on http://www.nationaljuniorathleticleague.co.uk . A series of photos, generously provided by Andy Chubb from www.peverilphoto.com, can also be viewed from Wednesday onwards.
(Compiled by Jack Frost & Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 15/01/2012 19:49
Sale Harriers Clovis Asong and George Craddick won fantastic 400m gold and bronze medals on the second day of the athletics action at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man.
The 400m final was an extremely strong field with four runners under 47 seconds. It included the Kenyan who was the 2010 Youth Olympic Champion and was a very serious threat with a 46.4 run a couple of months ago. Clovis, in fine form, had earlier rewritten the history books at the European Youth Olympics when he ran a Championship record time to win the 400m gold medal and then picked up a further 4 x 100m relay silver. George also had come agonisingly close to a medal in the same championships.He lined up alongside the South African who'd pipped him to the line in the semi-final.
In very windy conditions, Clovis, coached by Keith Hunter, got the better of the Kenyan in the second half of the race and came away with England's third gold in the space of 15 minutes with a time of 47.76. George's coach, Dominic Tighe advised a strategy of getting ahead of the South African in the first 300m, confident he'd tire in the final 100m. It worked well and George came off the bend well ahead and, as anticipated, the South African blew up for George to win a surprise bronze medal in 48.99. Having come into the final ranked just sixth fastest, he became one of the most popular medal winners of the day.
Clovis said afterwards: "It feels good because it's a once in a lifetime opportunity and I wouldn't get to do this again so it feels pretty good. I just wanted to stay as close as I could to the Kenyan so I could power through the last 200m, and it kind of worked."
A delighted George also said: "It feels amazing, especially when my PB wasn't in the top three in the field. It shocked me the most in the last 100m because I knew I was in a good position and I just needed to finish it off and I did."
Said Dominic Tighe, ". Clovis and George were not only great individual competitors but also work really well as a team, travelling together, warming up together and encouraging each other throughout the competition."
Of particular note for the club is that, in a very successful competition for England, it was the only time England had two on the podium at the same time ... let alone from the same club!!! (Submitted by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 15/01/2012 19:49
A string of fine performances from Leamington hurdler Sara McGreavy, including a European Permit Race win in Belgium the week-end before last caught the eye of the Great Britain team managers which lead to Sara being selected to compete in the Great City Games verses a strong USA team, an event screened live by BBC1 on 17th September. This unique event, where a temporary running track is set up in the streets and quayside of Newcastle, has proved to be a great success.
Both the GB and USA teams were littered with stars from the recent World Championships held in Daegu, South Korea, two weeks ago and the 100 metre hurdles was no exception with Danielle Carruthers and Dawn Harper, the World silver and bronze medallists competing for the USA.
Not surprisingly in a race held on a very wet track they showed their outstanding class with Harper, who is the reigning Olympic champion, winning the race in 12.73 seconds with Carruthers coming second in a close finish with a time of 12.77. McGreavy only 3 strides off the pace finished third with a time of 13.46 seconds and GB under 23 champion Ashley Helsby was forth.
Sara, who is sponsored by Catermaster's and PhysioWorld, said "I knew the competition was going to be fierce, but this was a fantastic opportunity to race against the best in the world and considering I have only raced for half of the season I was really encouraged by just how close I finished behind them.
"I am taking a break now and on my return I am back into hard winter training and with the support team I have around me now, I know, I will come out stronger and quicker in the New Year for the Indoor Season and then the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games"
"I am a 100mh and have hurdled from the age of 12. I won many English schools competitions and competed at the World Junior Championships in 2000, the European Junior Championships in 2001 and became the 1st Commonwealth Youth Games winner and record holder for 2000."
"2006 saw me achieve the silver medal at the National Championships held at Sales home track, which led to a selection for the European Championships in Gothenburg, where i qualified for the semi final."
"A year later 2007 indoors, I became the 4th faster ever indoor sprint hurdler in the UK (which of course has now dropped to 6th), and raced at the European Indoor Championships finishing 5th. My proudest achievement to date."
"2007 Outdoor season- 2009 saw me battle with a long term injury, however, determined to persevere, worked hard to get better and race a short 2010 season. I battled once again in January, pulling my hamstring, which forced me out of the indoors season, and again in April and May, however due to my new sponsors at Physio world, I have managed to race since July and gained GB selection for my first appearance at the Great City Games."
"I am pleased with my season, however know there is a lot more to come. I look forward to a hard winters training and come out strong for the indoors and of course in the build up to London 2012. I have been with sale since 2003, and have represented Britain 8 times."
Posted 15/01/2012 19:48
Three Sale runners Eleanor Twite, Francesca Brint and Elizabeth Twite entered the Junior Great North Run this weekend. The girls ran a 4k race along the quay side in Newcastle. Eleanor and Francesca ran in the 11 - 12 year category, Eleanor came 2nd in a time of 16.06 missing first place by 1 second, Francesca came 4th in a time of 16.44. Elizabeth ran in the 9-10 category and came in 6th place in a time of 17.53.
Posted 15/01/2012 19:48
A few weeks ago in December, eighteen year old, Katie Byres broke the National Junior Indoor pole vault record jumping 4m 16 in her first indoor competition of the indoor season.
This weekend in Paris, in her second competition, she smashed the record again by improving her personal best by a massive 16cms when clearing 4m 36. This height breaks by 1cm the overall UK Junior record achieved by her training partner Holly Bleasdale. Remarkably this height puts Katie in fourth place in the UK All Time Women rankings, only behind Holly, fellow Sale Harrier Kate Dennison and Janine Whitlock.
Katie is in France with her coach Julien Raffalli and his squad of Andrew Sutcliffe and Holly Bleasdale, training and competing for the next two weeks on the French Elite Pole Vault tour.
Katie said "I'm really pleased to have started the season so well and to have broken the record. I must thank Julien for his hard work putting the training plan together. I know I have worked really hard in pre season and it's great when it all comes together, the exciting bit is we both know there is more to come."
Andrew Sutcliffe also continued his fine start to the season after last year's injury by jumping 5m 22 off a short run in the same competition in Paris.
Posted 15/01/2012 13:46
An exhausting weekend of competition in Sheffield over the 7th and 8th January 2012 produced a national title, double first-time international selection, repeat Senior international selection and so much more for Sale Harriers members. Entered into the premier indoor competition of the season, the National Championships at senior and junior level, Jess Taylor, Jasmin Dotzek, Alexander Wort, Joe Lancaster and Ashley Pritchard all came away with notable achievements.
The most notable being Alexander Wort who repeated the success of his training colleague Jack Andrew of two years ago in taking the Under 20 gold medal in fine style. In the lead after a strong first day in which he produced 4 heptathlon P.B.'s (60m, Long Jump, Shot Putt and Pole Vault), Alex stormed into an impressive lead early on Day Two by winning the 60m hurdles only to falter in the High Jump enabling the chasing pack to hope of catching him in the final 1000m run. There was to be no come-from-behind win for any of his competitors however as he calmly and strongly closed-out the win by running a six second personal best and beating the second place competitor by three seconds. A thoroughly deserved win for an athlete who has made significant progress in the last year or so.
And the same could be said of Jasmin Dotzek who has improved markedly in the last two years. She competed robustly to take second place in the Under 23 category of the Women's Championship. A bright hurdles run gave her a good start which became even brighter when she smashed her previous High Jump best by six centimetres in the next event of a packed one-day pentathlon to determine the best indoor combined events competitors in the country. She performed very strongly in the Shot Putt to throw well over 11 metres which put her in contention for a podium position but then had to settle for a below par Long Jump points score by getting a legal jump in her third and final attempt after two fouls. However an impressive 800m performance proved the worth of the groups gruelling winter runs over Formby sand dunes as she surged strongly to win her heat and capture silver.
Jess Taylor performed reallywell to take silver in the Senior Women's event to Gemma Weetman and beating Spaniard Barbara Hernando. Always in touch after she produced a sharp hurdles, solid High Jump and effective Shot Putt, Jess jumped a spectacular 5.81m in the Long Jump to leave herself within tantalising touch of a second GB vest. This she secured with a gutsy 800m run that was enough to book her ticket to Prague.
Both Alexander and Jasmin have been selected to represent Great Britain at the Combined Events International in Cardiff in March against France and Spain and we wish them every success.
It was a pleasure to see Joe Lancaster return to competition after his lengthy absence due to injury and his fellow competitors welcomed him back warmly as well. Completing a demanding two day competition for the first time in a few years, Joe proved to himself and others that he is on the way back to his previous top level of performance. Particularly welcome highlights would be to see him throw the Shot Putt to a fine level and compete strongly in the High Jump event and while not being ultra sharp, his sprinting and hurdling showed that he is free from injury and hungry to improve again. There is much to take away from the weekend even if no medals were won.
In the same vein, Ashley Pritchard chalked-up another in a long and respectable line of multi-event competitions whose tally is very impressive now. Aside from being an able and welcome competitor, Ashley did sterling work in calming the nerves of his younger training partners as they approached milestones or significant results and he remains an integral and valued member of the group.
For further information please contact Chris Bartram at Sale Harriers
Posted 15/01/2012 13:46
The Greater Manchester Cross-Country Championships were held on a wet and muddy Woodbank Park at the weekend. Particularly Sale Harrier's youngsters are to be congratulated for doing well on a tough course. Whilst the mud and hills do not suit everyone, for the first time in a number of years, Sale youngsters were amongst the medallists in every team race.
In the U13 events the boys retained their title with Jake Spilsbury 4th, Adam Spilsbury 6th, Andre Yiasuomi 7th and Dylan Burchill 10th. The girls were runner's up and also finished a second team in 4th place. The much improved Ciara Lydon led the team home in 3rd place with Ellie Twite 7th, Olivia Green 8th Aine Cunningham 9th, Claudia Cowan 10th and Francesca Brint 12th. These were tremendous results as all the girls apart from Ciara are young enough to run in this age-group next year.
In the U15 events the girls had a magnificent team victory with Catherine Podmore 5th, Flora Whyte 6th, and Hannah Simeen 8th. The boys finished 3rd with Euan Gilchrist 7th, Sam Mayon 11th, and Jordan Bezzina 26th. In the Derbyshire Championships, congratulations to Adam Roden who just missed out on a medal.
In the U17 events, Megan Davies and Ryan Moore both became County Champions. Ryan won by a comfortable margin and led the team to runners-up spot with Alex Burchill 4th and Kyle Conway 10th. Megan Davies won her race on a sprint finish and is young enough to defend her title next year, The Sale team finished 3rd with Irmani Modahl 12th and Misha Nayak-Oliver 13th. Congratulations are also due to Chloe Yates who finished 6th in the Cheshire County Championships on the same day.
In the Senior men's race Salford were again the dominant force retaining the title for the 3rd consecutive year and Andi Jones (who's wife Donna is the club's pretty nifty middle distance specialist) retained the individual title. Sale finished as bronze medallists behind the Salford 'A' & 'B' teams, a commendable position and an improvement on last year's fourth. Niall Brooks also improved to fourth place with Tim Kennedy, Peter Crawford and Paul Rowley being the tough guys who coped best with the tough course and brought home the medals. Phil Scowcroft finished in the same 28th place as last year whilst Paul Barrett, Steve Gavin, Frank Cordingley and Tim Rainey who formed the core of the 'B' team that finished 10th would have taken the course in their stride from their experiences on the region's Fells.
Our women retained their 4th place from the last two years with the Salford team also retaining the title. Emily Beedham continued her fine winter form to place 4th. Sian Holland must have had one of her best ever runs for 13th and Alison Pye also had every reason to be pleased with 17th place.
The mudlarks will be glad to know we return to Woodbank Park this weekend for the Manchester Area Cross-Country League. Photographs can be viewed on http://www.darkstarphotos.com/and www.hsphotos.co.uk
Posted 15/01/2012 13:46
Congratulations to our young pole vaulter Katie Byres who jumped to a new UK Indoor Junior Pole vault record at the weekend. Katie Byres jumped 4m16 in Orleans, France on the French Elite Pole Vault Tour finishing in 5th place. This jump of 4m 16 is a new UK Junior (U20) Indoor record. This was Katie's first competition of the new season and was off a short run up. A great start to the season for Katie. Andrew Sutcliffe also jumped in the same competition after a long layoff due to injury. Off a short run, he was very pleased to be back jumping and cleared a height of 5m 21. Well done to club coach Julien Raffalli who, you'll have heard on the media, also brought UK's No 1 pole Vaulter Holly Bleasdale to a new UK record. (it's worth knowing that Sale pole vaulters are unquestionably the best squad in Britain?
Posted 15/01/2012 13:45