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Kadeena Cox’s place in the history books is written in permanent marker now. The 25-year-old Sale Harrier has swept through a staggering amount of work during her brief time in Rio.
Two years since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Cox won her third Paralympic medal in the space of six days when she braved the searing Brazilian heat to cross the line in a thrilling T38 400m final in a time of 1min 0.71secs, becoming the first British Paralympian to top the podium in two different sports in the same Games since 1984.
None of it has been straightforward for a woman who competed in able-bodied sport before suffering a stroke in 2014. Her condition can deplete her energy levels and many people thought that she should choose between athletics and cycling. But that is not Cox’s style.
When she became the first British Paralympian to win two medals in two different sports since Isabel Newstead’s discus gold and shooting bronze in 1988, clinching the C4-5 with a world record ride on Saturday night, her world record ride in the Velodrome came 24 hours after her bronze in the T38 100m.
Cox found herself pushing against the weight of history again in yesterday morning’s 400m final. It was hot inside the Olympic Stadium and Cox had to produce a determined charge down the home straight to see off China’s Junfei Chen, who looked in control of the race after they went round the bend. Brazil’s Veronica Hipolito won bronze.
“I took it a little bit easy through the first 200 and I was meant to work a little bit harder through that top end and I didn’t do it as well as my coach would have liked,” Cox said. “But I was comfortable and knew I had a lot left. I’m pretty strong at the back due to the cycling. I knew I would have it.
“But then the Chinese girl was there stride for stride and I was like ‘No, please don’t take it away from me’. By the end I was hobbling all over the place and I’m over the moon. My legs were feeling it. I was worried I would fall. That has happened before and you spend a lot of time crawling. I’m just glad I managed to get through it. I’m in agony and I’m in one piece thanks to the team behind me.”
There was only going to be one winner once Cox accelerated away in the 200m, even though she is an inexperienced 400m runner. “That was my third 400,” she said. “I’d done two and they were two seconds apart so it could have gone one way or the other so I wasn’t sure if it was going to go better or worse. But I just ran it how I knew I could and was strong at the back end. I wanted to make sure I worked and could come home strong.”
Laughing and smiling, Cox was wrapped in a Union Jack when she walked away from the track. “It’s amazing, I’ve managed to do it,” she said. “I’m a gold medallist and world record holder in two sports. Oh, that is literally what I was dreaming of. I was sat praying before I did it. I was just like ‘please God, please God, get me there’ and I’m so thankful.”
Posted 15/09/2016 08:19
Having already won their 9th Northern title in 10 years, our U13 & 15 boys and girls competed in its 13th successive National Final at Bedford International Stadium. Representing the North of England against Britain’s best teams, including the Scottish and Welsh Champions, gave the clubs U13 & U15 boys and girls their first taste of international competition. The level of competition was extremely high among athletes, many of whom will become British internationals.
Victory went to Southampton with Sale unable to repeat their 2014 victory, finishing a highly creditable 4th. This was a great result from a team that showed tremendous spirit whilst adopting a disciplined and professional approach under the guidance of inspirational team captains RUKA SHONIBARE and SAM EBONINE. The quality of performance was indicated by our medal tally of 25 gold, 17 silver and 7 bronze medals.
Our gold medallists were ABRAHAM FOBIL, (4), SAM EBONINE (2), CHLOE NEWBIGGING (2), SCOTT WOODS (2), CALEB ADENUGA, SOPHIE ASHURST, AMY HASLAM , FANNY OSARUMEN ODENWENGIE, (gold in 75m, silver in 150m and silver in 4 x 100m relay) RUKA SHONIBARE, LAURELLE OBI, LOUIS APPIAH KUBI, MIA LOWNDES, LIZZY TWITE, MACKENA BRADSHAW, RENE GOOSEN, JESS NELSON, THEO UDUOISE, KANE SAVILLE and JOE HERBERT.
This was a great week for ABRAHAM FOBIL as his four victories at Bedford follow on from three more at Trafford on Monday which included a club U13 javelin record of 42m 20cms. We gained most success in the four sprint relays winning three and runners up in the fourth. A special mention to pole-vaulter SOPHIE ASHURST (whose father was the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games Champion) who was third in the National Champions last week and is young enough to defend the YDL title she won this weekend.
Our silver medallists included MIA GIBBONS (2), LOIS McTIFFIN (2), DEVON WEYMONT, PENNY TOWNSEND, TESS Mc HUGH, MELISSA BOOTH, OLIVIA HERRON and JASMINE RICHARSON. A special mention to SAM WORTHINGTON who was third in the long jump, and also competed in three other events. What would we do without him or our other two four-event men – BEN KERSH and LEWIS HINDLE. Our other bronze medallists were RUBY BELL, ISABELLE BURKE, TAYLOR EDWARDS, HERMIONE MASON, PRAISE OWOEYE and BROGAN RUDMAN. With so many of our medallists still at Primary School, we can look forward to continuing success next year. A special mention to SOFIJA DRAGISIC-WOOD for competing in such a diverse range of events and congratulations to JESS SPILSBURY in her PB over 1500m.
A big thanks to all runners and jumpers who helped the club take part in the throwing events. Our lack of specialist throwers cost us dear at this level and something the club will need to address if we are to regain this National title.
It’s impossible to acknowledge everyone but every boy and girl can be proud of what they have achieved and the honour they have brought the club this season. It would, of course, be impossible to achieve this level of success without team managers DAVE MARSH and CARL WORTHINGTON.
Thanks also to the excellent photos taken by Terry Hindle.
Posted 05/09/2016 11:56
A team of the club’s 10 – 13 year olds took on ten other teams as part of a challenge match featuring relays and Highland Games field events within the Manchester International at Sportcity.
Our boy’s team, managed by JOHN SMITH & PETE ROUGHNEEN was particularly successful. Well done to MACKENA BRADSHAW, HARRY EDMUNDSON, DOMINIC REID, JOE HERBERT, JED BAILEY, SAM WADSWORTH, ALEX JAMES, CALEB ADENUGA, LOUIS APPIAH-KUBI and THEO UDOISE. The boys had wins in the sprint relay, medley relay, long- jump team event and a third place in the continuous relay whilst Louis won the Highland Games weight for height event (kilts optional!).
Our girls’ team was managed by PETE SHAW and, though its members were small in stature, they were big in heart. Our tactic in selecting girls for the Highland throwing events on the basis of Scottish sounding names proved unsound in practice and in future, we will emulate the boy’s selection policy of the ‘bigger the better’. We did, however, win the medley relay; finished 2nd in the long-jump team event; third in the continuous relay and fourth in the long distance relay. Well done to LUCY HERBERT, DIDS PARISH, TAYLOR EDWARDS, ISABELLE BURKE, LIBBY HILL, OLIVIA HERRON, PENNY TOWNSEND, OSARU ODEMWENGIE, KIA CLARKSON and LIZZY TWITE.
England Athletics were very generous with awards of AAA engraved silver salvers, plaques and medals for successful teams and individuals and Sale Harriers came away with a veritable treasure trove.
Posted 18/08/2016 11:17
It was a busy weekend for athletics in Manchester with a Northern League match on the Saturday followed by the UK Womens Athletics League on the Sunday. Both at Sportcity in Manchester. Athletes, officials, coaches and volunteers all came out in force despite the start of the Olympic Games in Rio being a distraction on the tely.
Tony Simmons should be congratulated for getting the athletes out for a winning end to the season after two very difficult away trips to the far reaches of the South in round one at Chelmsford, followed by Southampton in round two. Pity the Scots of Victoria Park, for those two away days. Our points total this weekend almost doubled that accumulated in the first two meets. This is not a club problem but a National one as people juggle the demands of modern life. Some of these women have families to organise too. The savvy notice those good athletes who are not far away but do not have a club in these leagues and recruit accordingly, for example, the good young vaulter from Sheffield and Dearne. This is all legitimate.
Replacing a manager such as Eric Hughes is a tall order and somewhat akin to replacing Fergie (yes Eric was that good a manager) - it takes time. In any area of life it’s futile to expect any two people to be exactly the same. Tony needs support in any way that anyone can whilst he builds up his experience and his current pool of athletes. Athletes who have friends who could compete might suggest to Tony athletes who may fill gaps, especially on away days. Sometimes people just need encouraging with the belief they can compete at this level and follow good advice from coaches. This was a very good result to finish the season and could be built upon next year as it moves in the right direction. Tony has done a good job this year.
Two shining examples are our two International athletes who competed. Kirsty Law won the Discus propelling it ten metres further than her nearest rival and bettered her throw in the Diamond league and her Commonwealth games throw two years ago. She is herself a diamond, down to earth, competing for the second day running, having performed in the Northern league on Saturday. Jessica Taylor as a heptathlete is able to not just cope but bring valuable points in three events plus a relay. Her win in the Long jump would also have won the league above. Ably supporting her winning the B long jump and also doing the triple and 400 was Tyra Watson in her first year of working life in a demanding job.
Tyra started competing for Sale ten years ago as an u13 and what a reliable athlete she has been. Two other young ladies who doubled up were Megan Davies and Aimee Pratt in 800 and 1500, always difficult for young athletes, both still developing. Megan scooped maximum points as the B runner after both girls worked together. Flying to victory in the 100m were Lucy Evans who took the very competitive A race and Zavia Hill winning the B race. Lucy also took valuable points in the B race. Emma Finney and Luisa Candioli are relatively new to track and field having missed competing in YDL but improving all the time and will learn from their experiences and their quality coach. Luisa manged a p.b. and it looks like there's more to come. Katy Wellam yet again braved the barriers of the Steeplechase. Annie Williams took on the technically difficult Pole vault and triple jump. Rose Semenytsh almost grabbed the Javelin win and supported in the High Jump. Rachel Pugh threw the Hammer and the discus gaining valuable points. The willowy figure of J'Nae Ward looks more suited to the High Jump, her best event, but as a multi eventer the talented U20 athlete competed in the Shot, showing her versatility.
I'm sure Tony will notice some discrepancies in my observations as I don't know his team as well as he does but my attempt hopefully recognises the work the team has done whilst allowing him one less demand of another job on a busy weekend. This convincing win is a platform to build for next year. Well done Ladies. If you fancy having a go at writing reports then let Frank Cordingley know as the years fixtures are so diverse nobody goes to everything and often managers need leaving free to run the team. Frank is currently doing a sterling job of getting everything on the website. Most of us work full time; remember none of us is as good as all of us.
Posted 09/08/2016 08:18
There were many reasons to be cheerful at the last YDL UPPER event of the season; 40 in fact. That's the number of events won by Sale athletes. You can't do much better than win your event. There were performances which won the event in the age group above; such as Multi- eventer Grace Bower winning Long jump/javelin/ and Meg McHugh who equalled the height in the U20W HJ but came 2nd only on count back and won her u17 hurdles event.
Our Sprinters showed their quality and strength in depth with victories for Daniel Afolobi, Emmanuel Odubanjo (PB), Hayaat Bah-Traore (100/200 double) 4 x 100 relay u20 and u17, 4 x 400 u20m and u17M teams.
Rory Keen and Jacob Lingard took the victories in 400m u20M with Shaun Gee (PB) and Harry Briscoe taking the double in the u17.
Further success came in middle distance events Matt Beacock, Harry Briscoe and Luke Chesters (who went below 2.00 for the second time in a week) all had 800m wins. Richard Goddard's group provided two 1500 wins from Adam Spilsbury (SB) Aine Cunningham and a 3000 victory for Jake Spilsbury. Francesca Brint in her first 3000 of the year got herself a win and a PB.
Charlie Brett mopped up amongst some rather wet athletes getting points for their clubs in the 2000SC after gaining maximum points in the Shot. Meg Mchugh, Nahom Selemon and Ellie Jackson all were victorious over the lower barriers of the Hurdles events.
Michael Odejimi and Nathan Booth cleared their bar higher than anyone else in their respective High Jump events. Thanks to Matt Cullen we had our usual success in the Pole Vault with Matilda Wates (U17W) soaring to a PB, inspired no doubt by Zak Harrop and Lewis Hannan winning in the U20M.
Tia Blissett won her Long jump, and Triple jumpers Emmanuel Otabanjo, Michael Odejimi and Shane Connell were all victorious. Hannah Blood, who filled a few events, joined Charlie Brett in winning in the Shot. Charlie Headdak, Jonathan Adderley and Mia Davies took maximum points in the Discus. Mia along with Jamal Brown and Grace Bower won their Javelin events.
After four matches only 16 points separated Liverpool from us. As far as I know all athletes were Sale Harriers, unlike others who borrowed from nearby clubs. One team had 24 events filled by 'guests' from other clubs, which in one way is good because those athletes got to compete, but it shows what we are capable of not having to use that option.
Compared to last season there appears to have been an improvement in the places we have filled, although we could make further progress in the future. All the athletes and their coaches must be thanked for this at a time when GCSE and GCE A levels are of paramount importance for the futures of many. As a club we have seen nine years of YDL Lower championships, including years when the U17 group were part of that. It was always a greater struggle when we had to cross the border for National Junior League, then YDL Upper, with the same kids who had done YDL Lower; leave Sport City at 1.45 Saturday, return the following day at midnight. I decided to compare what our Southern and Midlands counterparts have had to travel. This year the furthest apart has been Tonbridge to Windsor at just over 50 miles- I hr 26 mins. In the Midlands Stoke to Milton Keynes 1 hr 50. Manchester to Edinburgh 3 hr 59 mins - 175 miles. Manchester to Glasgow 3 hr 30 - 185miles (must be more motorway) Liverpool would face something similar. It's no wonder things dropped off at age 17 during exam time. Not having to go such distances this year has been a blessing and it's been very close between ourselves and Liverpool for points, with other clubs providing some good strong competitors but struggling to fill places.
This club has some fantastic coaches who can improve youngsters brilliantly. So long as the talent comes in at a young age we can produce good athletes. We should rejoice in this. Few clubs can boast 800 members taking part in such a wide range of Athletics; Track and Field, Cross, fell, road,
Posted 28/07/2016 14:37
Well-done to 16 year old Sale Harrier, Jonah Efoloku (St Peters RCHS and a former St Francis RC Primary pupil) who was crowned European 200m Youth Champion in Tbilisi, Georgia at the European Youths Athletics Championships on Saturday. (Televised on Eurosport).
Claiming team GBs third gold medal in little over an hour Jonah, (coached by John Smith), underlined his sprint pedigree with victory in the 200m. He was trailing Sweden’s Kasper Kadestal with 20 metres to go, but a last burst and defiant lunge, Jonah came out the winner in a time of 21.15 – just 0.03 in front of the Swede.
After his success Jonah said: “I can’t believe it. European champion – I’m speechless. I just had to keep pushing and pushing. I remember Andy Turner telling us (at the preparation day) to push right until the end and that’s what I did and came away with the gold medal. I’m so proud to be a part of the British team.”
Posted 18/07/2016 11:31
Sale Harriers U13 and U15 boys and girls are the 2016 Northern YDL champions after the final match at Liverpool in which they scored 617 points which is the highest ever points total in a Northern Premier match, to win by over 100 points and win their ninth Northern title in ten years. In the process, they set three National YDL records and three club records.
Our star athlete was the fantastic ABRAHAM FOBIL who won three events in the U13 boy’s age-group, setting league records in the 100m and 200m and club records in the javelin and 100m (equal with JONA EFOLOKU). Trained within the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation, his performances rank him first in the UK over 200m, second over 100m and third in the javelin. Other top three finishers in this age-group were JOE HERBERT, KANE SAVILLE, TOM BOYD, DOMINIC REID, MACKENA BRADSHAW and RYAN NEWBIGGING.
Our star team was the U15 girls 4 x 300m relay team of MIA LOWNDES, PENNY TOWNSEND, LIZZY TWITE and TESS Mc HUGH who broke their own club and national league record. Our most successful female athlete was DEVON WEYMONT who won high jump and long jump by big margins. Our girl sprinters were again in dominant form with eight individual sprint victories and winning the sprint relay by over two seconds. Well done to MIA LOWNDES, CHLOE NEWBIGGING, LAURELLE OBI, RUKA SHONIBARE, TESS Mc HUGH, JESS NELSON, PRAISE OWOEYE and LIZZY TWITE. Our middle distance girls were also outstanding with MIA GIBBONS, BETH THORNTON, LARA CRAWFORD and JESS SPILBSURY all recording PB’s whilst ALICE TONGE won her 800 race by seven seconds. We remain unbeaten in the pole vault and this time it was AMY HASLAM and LUCIE WOLFENDEN who vaulted PB’s to gain maximum points for the club yet again. Multi-eventers are like gold-dust and SCARLETT WHITTAKER again hurdles, jumped and threw to add to our massive points total.
Our most successful event in the U15 boys was the high-jump with victories from SAM EBONINE and JED BAILEY. We were almost as successful in the pole vault with BROOK WYATT and BEN KERSH who were just short of gaining maximum points for the team. Congratulations to LOUIS APPIAH-KUBI who remains unbeaten over 100m and CALEB ADENUGA who again won the long jump. Other top three finishers in this age-group were NEO IVANOVIC-BROWN, SAM WADSWORTH, SAM WORTHINGTON, LEWIS HINDLE, BROGAN RUDMAN and EWAN HOLT
RUBY BELL was the star in the U13 girls event improving her PB in the 1200m by six seconds. Our other middle distance girls were in dominant form with wins from ISABELLE BURKE, OLIVIA HERON, TAYLOR-EDWARDS and HERMIONE MASON. MELISSA BOOTH recorded a PB to win the long jump by a comfortable margin. FANNY OSARUMEN ODEMWENGIE ran impressive times to win her two sprint events whilst RENI GOOSEN contributed to our massive points total by taking part in four events winni8ng two of them. Well done to SOFIJA DRAGISIC-WOOD who won her hurdles event in a new PB and a special mention to primary age JASMINE RICHARDSON who competed with distinction in four events – a name for the future and a credit to her coaches.
A final mention goes to primary age athletes HARRY EDMUNDSON, LIBBY HILL and GRACE TONGE who all recorded PB’s over 800m
CARL WORTHINGTON and DAVID MARSH, as the team managers, are key to the success of this YDL team again this year. The club, as indeed all the athletes, parents, officials and parents, thanks them. Thanks to everyone who contributed to a superb nine Northern titles in ten years, of course, giving a special mention also to the all important club officials who won the club maximum points in every match.
Posted 18/07/2016 10:01
At long last we have a result that our senior women's team can be proud of. 2nd place in the 2nd match of the season at Southampton gives the senior women their best result since 4th June 2011, and paves the way for an exciting final match which just happens to be at Sportscity on August 7th. If we can win at home, we have an excellent chance of promotion.
Statistics can be misleading, but in this case, they make fascinating reading. With only 14 athletes, following 2 late withdrawals, we achieved a total of 17 out of 35 top 3 finishes. Every athlete competed in multiple events, often ones they had not prepared for. In fact 11 of the 14 took part in 3 or more events.
LUCY EVANS achieved two 2nd’s in highly competitive a-string sprints, and helped win the 4x100 relay. ZAVIA HILL was 1st in 100m, pole vault and relay; HAYAAY BAH TRAORE gained good points in 200m and was prepared to have a go at high jump for the sake of the team. KELLY MASSEY just days ahead of her European Champs adventure won the 400m in some style and achieved a pb in Javelin. TYRA WATSON'S 4 events included winning long jump, relay and a pb in triple jump. RACHEL HIBBERD'S first appearance in the team achieved valuable points at 800m and 4 x 400 relay. KATHY WELLAM was inspirational at 400mh followed 20 minutes later by 800m and still managed a 2000m s/c.
LUISA CANDIOLI and SARAH DOUGLAS doubled up for both 1500m and 3000m and gained pb's in each race. JESS TAYLOR was brilliant in 100mh, long jump and shot, and still found the energy for both relays. JEN CLAYTON (previously Simmons) competed well in 3 events, 400mh, 100mh and high jump without any training this year. ANNIE WILLIAMS scored good points in pole vault and her 'new event' triple jump (pb). KIRSTY LAW (Athlete of the Match at Chelmsford) and ROSIE SEMENYTSH covered 3 throwing events each and as usual demonstrated what talented and exceptionally gifted athletes they are.
Every event being covered, as we already knew, makes such a difference to team spirit, performance and result.
We now have confirmation that Sale Harriers UKWAL team is back in business!
Posted 06/07/2016 09:09
Athletics Summer Camp at Sportcity.
25th - 29th July 2016.
Morning session 10am until 12 noon. Under 11 year olds.
Afternoon session 1pm until 3pm. 11 and over.
Cost £2 per session. £8 if you book the whole week. Or just turn up on the day.
All athletic events will be covered. Athletes should be prepared for all weathers. (Bring waterproofs). Bring a drink.
You can book prior to the event by calling sportcity on 0161 220 3800
Hurdles Clinic at Sportcity.
A hurdles clinic will be held on Monday 25th July 1 - 3 pm.
Cost will be £2.
Peter Warden, ex national coach for hurdles will be taking the session.
All athletes, 11 and over, and coaches are welcome.
Throws Clinic at Sportcity.
A throws clinic will be held on Tuesday 26th july 1-3pm.
Brian Sprigs and Dave Hoare will take the session and will be doing shot, discus and javelin.
Again , all athletes, 11 and over, and coaches are welcome.
Enquiries to John Smith, mob 07563 770 484
Sportcity, Rowsley St, Manchester M11 3FF
Posted 05/07/2016 14:17
It had to come to an end at some point. After 12 years competing in the BAL Premiership, during which we've won 3 league titles, following our 7th place in match 3, the team will be relegated and will compete in National 1 in 2017. I have been team manager for the past 13 seasons and it has always been my philosophy that it's my job to ensure that we have a large enough group of athletes to mean that we are never over-reliant on individuals and that no athlete should ever feel pressured to turn out for the club. I therefore take full responsibility for the team's relegation and can only apologise.
After 8th place in match 1, where we were unlucky with all sorts of injuries and problems, the last two matches have been incredibly close. We are not markedly inferior to at least 3 or 4 of the other teams in the division, but we just don't have enough depth in some of the field events and particularly the shot and discus, where we have relied on the sterling efforts of combined eventers this year. Had we picked up just 3 points more in Manchester (the equivalent of a couple of places in one of the 19 events) and 10 more yesterday, we would have gone into the final match with more than a fighting chance of survival. It wasn't to be.
As it was, we were leading yesterday's match after the first few results came in and after 12 of the 19 events we were up in second. Unfortunately, our weaker events in the field came towards the end and we slipped down the table.
There were some real highlights however, despite the eventual low.
Chris Baker, heading to both Amsterdam and Rio this summer, could easily have rested ahead of his flight today, but came and won the high jump with 2.25m. I'm sure we all wish Chris the best of luck over the next few weeks. Tom Atkinson produced his first ever A string BAL win with a fine tactical run in the 800m, while we scored bumper points in the hammer (Alex Smith and Callum Brown) and 400m H (Matt Sumner and Oriol Piqueras).
Dwayne Cowan took a fine third in the 200m (backed up by a resurgent Callum Roughneen) and then joined Tom Atkinson, Matt Sumner and a revitalised Clovis Asong to take third again in the 4x400m. He also ran the 4x100m with Callum, Debo and Colin Hornby.
Matt Cullen and his protege Zac Harrop scored good points in a bizarre pole vault competition in which many vaulters elected to only attempt 2.60m, while Seun Okome, Jon Ferryman, Jordan Charters and Andy Burgess all contributed in the horizontal jumps.
The final match takes place on August 6th at Allianz Park and it is my view that we should try to go out with a bang and produce the best performance possible. I urge you to compete if you can and show the rest of the division that we are better than the 7th best team in the country.
As for the future, I will put everything I have into ensuring that we bounce back at the first time of asking and that we are in a position to win the BAL in 2018. Please join me.
Posted 05/07/2016 10:35