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Sale Harriers U13 & U15 boys and girls are the 2015 Northern Champions of the Young Athletes Premier League. The final match victory at Bebington (Wirral) ensured they retained their Northern title – their 8th in nine years and was their 48th match win out of 54 matches since the league began in 2004.
Our U15 girl sprinters, hurdlers and long-jumpers were amazing winning all ten individual events and both relays. Congratulations to ELLIE JACKSON (3 wins), LAURELLE OBI (3 wins), TESS MC HUGH (3 wins), MIA LOWNDES (2 wins), LIZZIE TWITE (2 wins), RUKA SHONIBARE (2 wins), TIA BLISSETT, MIA GIBBONS and CHARLOTTE MAIRS. Ellie, Tess and Mia Lowndes are also to be congratulated on being selected to compete in the English Schools Combined Events Championships. Multi-eventers are a crucial part of our team as was also demonstrated in the throws with LOIS MC TIFFIN and HANNAH BLOOD scoring well including individual victories. LUCIE WOLFENDEN made an excellent debut to finish 2nd in the pole-vault.
The multi-event theme continued in the U13 girls with PENNY TOWNSEND, winner of four county titles, ( including multi-event) winning the 800m and along with JESS SPILSBURY, LARA CRAWFORD, RUBY BELL and MAISIE WISEMAN dominating the middle-distance events. The sprint relay team of TYLER HILL, ANNA KERSHAW, AYLA HEWITT, and KATE BIRD won by a convincing margin and all the girls scored well in the individual events including two PB’s for Ayla. Others who ran PB’s were ALICE DALE (hurdles) and MAISIE WISEMAN (800m).
The U15 boys were dominant in the sprints and hurdles with individual victories from DANIEL AFOLABI, RHYS PARKER, DYLAN STARKIE, NAHOM SELEMON and DANIELO JARBATH. Danielo then teamed up with ARON TZEGAY, DAPO OLAREWAJU and MICHAEL ODEJIM for a convincing three second victory in the 4 x 300m relay. The most impressive performance of the day was from SHANE CONNELL who jumped a massive PB of 1.84m to win the high jump and to go joint top of the national rankings whilst MICHAEL ODEJIMI jumped 1.75m to win the B event. For the first time this year, we had boys competing in the pole-vault. Well done to SYZMON PLUDOWSKI and ARON TZEGAY (Fill The Gaps – Win The Match !!!).
SAM WORTHINGTON was our star athlete in the U13 boys winning both sprints plus a third place in the long jump and teaming up with NEO IVANOVIC-BROWN, CHARLIE WATSON, and RORY KINRADE to win the sprint relay. BEN KERSH made a great debut for the club with wins in the javelin and 100m plus 3rd place in the shot.
Sale was again dominant in the middle distance races with two victories, three second places and a number of PB’s. Well done to CHARLIE HOBSON, GEORGE SAFRANAUSKAS, JOEL STRINGER, ZENON CAINE and JOHN LEWIS. CHARLIE WATSON (200m) and ZAK STILLER (hurdles) both recorded wins with PB performances whilst SAM WADSWORTH and FINLAY MURPHY were runners up in throwing events.
This year over 200 clubs competed in the YDL and now the top eight will go through to contest the National Final in Birmingham in September. Sale are the only club to have made it to the final every year since the league began in 2004 and as both northern champions and reigning National Champions will face stiff competition from the best teams from all over Great Britain in our bid to retain our National title. Representing the North against the Scottish and Welsh champions will give many of our U13 and U15 athletes their first taste of international competition and I feel sure that Northern pride and the confidence of being reigning national champions will ensure they give a good account of themselves.
This journey to becoming Northern Champions would have been impossible without the background work of the team managers so, once again, primary thanks must go to CARL WORTHINGTON and DAVE MARSH for all their work over the weeks and months of this four match competition. Thanks too to parents for their support and to the field officials who’ve helped win matches by their participation. Thanks also the ERNIE GREENWOOD for his photographs. These can be viewed and bought from his website at www.darkstarphotos.com
Posted 21/07/2015 10:59
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Posted 19/07/2015 16:36
Saturday's match at Scotstoun was always going to be tough, coming as it did a week after the trials and at a busy time of the season. We also went to Glasgow with the smallest team of the eight clubs competing, with just 21 athletes to cover 36 spots plus relays, so to come out with a fine 3rd place was an astounding result.
I was unfortunately not able to be there (and to compound matters dropped my phone down the toilet - apologies if you tried to get hold of me but failed), but by the sounds of it there were some stirring performances. In the end, Newham, who were and still are fighting relegation, won the match comfortably, with Birchfield 2nd and us in 3rd, just 10 points ahead of 6th placed Shaftesbury. It's a cliche, but every point really did count.
We now go into the final match joint 2nd overall and two points behind leaders Sheffield. Anything could happen, but a match win at Lee Valley on August 8th really would make the league title a likelihood. Please do all that you can to make yourself available for the fixture so that we can head to Europe again next year. Do let me have your availability as soon as possible - I've already had people getting in touch to confirm their intention to compete.
Thanks to John Smith and to Roy Swinbank for their efforts in team management on Saturday and to all that competed.
In the sprints, we had top 3 A finishes from Aaron Crowley (100m - he also won the B 200m), Dwayne Cowan (400m), Gabriel Odujobi (110mH) and Matt Sumner (400mH) and they were ably supported by Umar Hameed, Debo Ademuyewo, Rory Evans and the returning Chris Wakeford.
In the middle distance, Tom Atkinson also returned to the team to pick up strong points in the 800m and was joined by Niall Brooks (1500m) and James Wignall (3000m steeplechase) and we also saw the BAL debut of Alan White, who ran his 3rd best ever time over 800m and then proceeded to run the 1500m and 5000m. Unbelievable.
In the throws, Rimas won the shot and picked up a fine 4th place in the discus, while Alex Smith took 3rd in the hammer. The javelin was great for us - Matt Hunt coming 3rd in the A and Steve Porter winning the B - while Jack Andrew picked up his customary points in the B shot and discus.
We had another A win in the long jump thanks to Allan Hamilton, happily back from college in the USA, and we took the B win, too thanks to debutant Jordan Charters. Allan also did the triple, allowing Nathan Roach to win the B and another debutant, young David Campbell picked up 4th in the PV, where Jack took 2nd in the B.
We struggled in the high jump (thanks to Nathan for clearing a height), but the 4x100m boys (Rory, Aaron, Debo and Gabriel) took an excellent win in the 4x100m and the 4x400m team ran 3:14 for 4th (Matt S, Dwayne, Thomas A and Debo).
All in all a good day - London on August 8th could be even better!
Congratulations, too, to Dave King, on his 4th place at the European U23s in Tallinn.
Posted 15/07/2015 08:30
The 3rd Northern Premier league match at Preston was a most welcoming victory.
Mike Floyd, in his first competition for almost 2 years, gave a master class exhibition in the men’s hammer, throwing 59m 50cms.That event heralded other successful comebacks led by Rebekah Wilson ( 25.1s) and Abigayle Fitzpatrick in the 200m ( 25.6s) followed by Jennifer Simmons great 400m hurdles victory. Rebecca Linney dominated the 800m field with a resounding win in 2m 16.1s and 15yr old Claudia Cowan put paid to a senior field clocking 4m 50.1 secs in the 1500m. Other wins were Chloe Doggett in the Pole Vault clearing 3 metres.
The Men completely overwhelmed the opposition with emphatic wins by Danny Heald 21.6ses 200m; Lamiko Thomas 50.2s 400m; Matt Cullen 4m 70cm pole vault; Johnathan Ferryman 13m 27cmTriple jump; Alex Wort 15.6sec 110m Hurdle plus a fine pb win in the Discus; Jack Sheldon freshly back from University won the shot and B discus, whilst Josh Mouland had a plethora of successes with his 3m 80cm Pole vault B the highlight.
All relays were dominated by Sale, and the match showed how strong the club really is, as the British League team were battling successfully in Glasgow at the same time. Full detailed results will be on the power of 10 or the Northern Counties web site.
A very special thanks to photographer Michael Mitchell who’s provided a large number of superb photographs to enjoy from this match...an especially generous gesture considering Mike’s not a Sale Harrier.
Posted 15/07/2015 08:28
This weekend the second of two young athlete medal meets were held at Crossford Bridge. In the U9 girls, Suvi Seppanen won six medals including three gold’s over the two meetings. Thea Brown won both sprints at the first meet whilst Nancy Pickles won the 600m race by big margins in both meets.
In the U9 boys Daniel Abbott was our star athlete with three sprint gold’s over the two meetings. Other gold medal winners were Oliver Macey and Daniel Harrison whilst Joshua Stutchfield who won two silvers.
In the U11 girls Lucy Herbert ran a super fast time of 15.4 seconds to win the 100m in meet one whilst Ailsa Stewart, Imogen Pickles and Dids Parish were also awarded medals in sprint events. Isabelle Burke improved her 800m time by eight seconds to run an incredible 2:41.00 in silver medal position whilst the 800m performances of Taylor Edwards, Libby Hill, Hermione Mason and Nieve Barton suggest we can regain the Manchester Area Cross-Country league girls U11 title we lost to Salford AC last winter. Medallists in field events included Lauren Gilbert, Gabrielle Cuming, Shona Wilkinson and Isabelle Burke.
Our successful athlete over the two meetings was Luke Talbot who won four gold’s in his six medal total in U11 boy’s events. Tom Boyd also showed great versatility across a range of events winning three gold’s in his five medal total. The 800m performances of Luke, Tom, Jack Spark, Harry Edmundson, Archie Mc Carron and Harvey Devenport indicate this is a team that can win our first ever boy’s U11 team title in the Manchester Area Cross-Country League next winter. Other individual medallists included Harvey, Jack, Harry, William Parker and Daniel Heys.
Over the two meetings the U13 girls have been the most successful squad with nine gold’s – Ella Wilson (100 & LJ), Ruby Bell (200 & 800), Megan Greenway (100), Poppy Glasby-Seddon (200m), Anouska Brooks (800), Scarlett Whittaker (Shot) and Ella Marshall (Shot). Other individual medallists included Sofija Dragisic-Wood, Melissa Booth and Sara Bayan.
The U13 boys were equally successful winning ten gold medals including Sam Worthington (3 golds) and William Unsworth (2 golds). Our other medallists were Jed Bailey (gold), Zac Gaillamin (gold), Pearse Thorgaard (gold), Jacob Currie (gold), Anton Coleman (gold), Sam Brown (silver), John Lewis (silver), Alex James (bronze), Joseph Herbert (bronze) and Dominic Reid (bronze).
Posted 15/07/2015 08:25
FECHIN Mc CORMICK & MIKE JACKSON
Gateshead was the venue for this year’s prestigious English Schools Championships, the “ Kid’s Olympics” and the athletic pinnacle for youths still in school. The event was blessed with fine weather for the two days with some blustery interludes. Many English schools medallists go on to become national and international champions and Sale Harriers this year had two wonderful gold medallists, two silver medallists and two bronze with a number of others producing lifetime best performances.
JONA EFOLOKO was already a double English schools champion with two U15 200m titles under his belt. He continues to be on top of his game with his third consecutive title – the U17 200m gold medal. AIMEE PRATT, the second gold medallist, clinched the senior 1500m steeplechase with a PB of 4:54 proving her amazing current form. She wins this important National title just a few weeks after the tough English Athletics U20 3000m steeplechase title she also won with a massive PB.
The club’s two English schools silver medallists were KEVIN METZGER and EMMANUEL ODUBANJO in the senior and U17 triple jump respectively. Kevin is the current English Schools Champion and doubtless would have retained the title had he not been ill, which further affected his performance in the recent English Championships. It was a particularly good result for Emmanuel who’s only been competing for the past two years and this, by far, was his biggest competitive forum.
MATILDA WATERS’ pole vault bronze medal is a fantastic achievement in just her second year pole-vaulting with coach Matt Cullen, She also recorded two PB’s in the process. FELIX TIGHE’S 400m bronze medal is also his finest athletic moment and he did it in style with a PB in the heats of 48.11.
Several also recorded PB, no mean achievement in such an unfamiliar cauldron –DANIEL AFOLOBI (200m), RORY KEEN (400), SHANE CONNEIL (High jump) and VICTORIA BARLOW (Pole Vault).
Four of Chris Bartram’s multi-eventers also participated. GRACE BOWER & MEG McHUGH competed in the Intermediate Girls with ELLIE JACKSON in the Junior Girls. category. In a field of high talent, all the athletes struggled in blustery conditions but Grace managed a highly creditable 5.17mtrs for 12th place overall. Unfortunately in the heats, Meg caught the penultimate hurdle on the home straight whilst in a strong position & finished 3rd just outside qualification. Ellie was competing at the championships for the first time in the hugely competitive 75mtrs hurdles, an event which was fiercely fought in the early rounds right through to the final. Once again qualifying would be tough Ellie ran close to her PB at 11.42seconds finishing 3rd to qualify for the final. The final was a close affair with a virtual blanket finish & despite a poor start Ellie finished in 7th place in a personal best time of 11.36seconds gaining on the other athletes. Of particular note was that all eight finalists achieved the national standard, with the winner breaking the championship record by 0.1 seconds. These girls and all the other club members will be richer for this experience.
Posted 14/07/2015 09:01
Fechin Mc Cormick
The country’s best senior athletes descended on Birmingham at the weekend for the Sainsbury’s British Championships. Though Sale Harriers uncharacteristically had no British Champions this year, congratulations to hammer thrower SARAH HOLT who won a silver medal, discus thrower KIRSTY LAW who won a bronze medal and javelin thrower LAURA WHITTINGHAM who also won a bronze medal. Sarah currently sits 2nd on top of the British rankings and Kirsty and Laura both sit 3rd.
It was also a great day for several other club athletes. JENNA HILL was understandably ‘over the moon’ to finish 6th in her first National 1500m final. Just a week after she’d lopped a massive seven seconds off her PB (4:13.24), she ran her 2nd fastest time of 4:18.29 and took a few big name scalps in the process. LIAM GRAY THOMPSON will also be very pleased to record a 400m PB in his heats. Sprinter LUCY EVANS is also ‘really pleased’ to have finished 6th in the 200m
It was so near and yet so far for sprinter ANDY ROBERTSON. In both his heat and final he was powering in the lead until the last few meters to then fade badly to 4th in the final and so missed his ticket to the World championships. Another disappointed club athlete was club’s decathlete ALEX WORT. He went for the individual 100m hurdles but it didn’t turn out quite what he wanted but valued the experience
Club athletes who also valued the experience though disappointed in their performances were:- NAYEF IMAN (100m), UMAR HAMEED (100), ROY EJIAKUEWE (100), AARON CROWLEY (100), DANNY HEALD (200), KELLY MASSEY (400), TOM ATKINSON (800), GABRIEL ODUJOBI (110H), CHRIS BAKER (HJ),, SEUN OKORO (HJ, ANDY SUTCLIFFE (PV), PAUL WALKER (PV), BEN WILLIAMS (TJ), ALEX SMITH (H), NATASHA WILSON (J).
Posted 06/07/2015 18:32
Bebington, Wirral was the venue for the English Schools Combined Events Regional qualifying round this weekend where multi-events coach Chris Bartram had 6 athletes performing in a high quality, competitive round of athletics. Months of blood, sweat & considerable tears had gone in to preparing the athletes for the Combined Events challenge with individuals having to peak again for this regional round of qualifying.
Some individuals were taking part in their maiden outdoor pentathlon against a strongly assembled list of competitors and the athletes didn’t disappoint with three placed first, one second & two of the remaining youngsters claiming top 6 finishes. The parents were totally spent at the end going through an emotional roller coaster in an exhausting couple of days whilst Chris kept his calm throughout.
In the longer form of the event three of Chris Bartram’s athletes qualified for the National Schools’ Combined Events Championships in September through this regional round. GRACE BOWER and MEGAN McHUGH led the Inter Girls’ Heptathlon after the first event, and the pair remained at the top of the standings over the course of the two days of competition, fighting it out for top spot. Eventually it was the tough 800m, in which both girls ran excellent PBs, that separated them by the finest of margins with Grace taking first place by a mere 35 points by virtue of a lifetime best 800 metres run, Meg finishing a close second.
HARRY LORD competed in the Senior Boys’ Decathlon and led virtually from the first event and enjoyed a strong first day with PBs in both long jump and 400m. He managed to sustain his overnight lead over the second day to follow Bower and McHugh to the finals later this summer with a huge winning margin of over 360 points.
In the Junior Girls (U15) event on Sunday the competition was fierce with a near full complement of athletes from the 7 northern counties. Sale Harriers athletes had much to live up to given Grace & Meg securing a club one-two at the same championships a year earlier.
Best in class was ELLIE JACKSON (Cheshire) who had to dig deep to out-gun the Staffordshire based competitor in a real ding-dong affair. Entering the final event Ellie was 49 points ahead of her rival which roughly equated to 4 seconds worth of time in the much dreaded 800 metres, this against a competitor with a 15 seconds better PB than the SHM athlete. Pulling out all the stops, Ellie finished some 3 seconds behind eventually dragging herself over the line in 2.31.8 seconds for a massive 11 seconds PB & securing 1st place by a mere 12 points.
Her task was made all the more easier in a super-fast final 800 mtrs heat which was led out by the impressive TESS McHUGH (Gtr Manchester) who came home in a rapid 2.22.5 seconds which was a PB. Tess finished in 5th place overall with 2 x new PB’s & very close to lifetime bests in the 3 remaining disciplines. Fellow team mate LOIS McTIFFIN (Gtr Manchester) performed strongly with 6th place overall enjoying PB’s in High Jump & 75m hurdles and securing 2nd place in the shot putt. MIA LOWNDES also performed well representing Cheshire in her maiden outdoor pentathlon enjoying 10th place overall with big PB’s in the hurdles & 800 metres where she led the other athletes round admirably in her quest for maximum points. All three girls contributed heavily to their respective team scores and showed real promise in their first year of U15 competition.
Ellie now goes forward to the ESAA Finals in Bedford in September with Harry, Grace & Meg along with fellow SHM athlete Mia Lowndes as part of the Cheshire team.
Posted 01/07/2015 07:31
The 3rd UKYDL “Upper” fixture demonstrated the progress made by the 3 Scottish teams and local rivals Sheffield. Despite us having some quite excellent performances from club members, we again suffered from having too many gaps, and throwing away at least 40 points from disqualifications and lateness for events. Even so we had 63 athletes competing, recording 29 personal best performances.
Our male speed merchants were dominant with 16 year old Jona Efoloko scoring a sprint double in the U20 category clocking 10.8secs and 21.8 secs respectively, supported by Emmanuel Muka 11.10s and Jacob Lingard 23.0sec. Lamiko Thomas (50.3s) and Thomas Gerrard (51.8s) were impressive 400m victors.
The U17 sprinters Ellis Goldie and Ben Moseley both had sprint doubles in personal bests. Leah Hillman (U17) was welcomed to the squad, and responded admirably coming 2nd in the U20 Discus with 31m 14cm, 2nd in the U20 hammer with 36m 58cm and winning her speciality event, the Javelin.
Olivia Crompton U17 had fine runs in the 200m 25.7secs and 300m 40.7sec. both personal bests. Josef Murphy U17 in his first competition for the club threw the shot 12m 55cm, and Jonathan Adderley U17 threw the Discus out to 39m 56cms.
An analysis of the fixture shows clearly our weakness are in the hurdles and chase, and more discipline is needed as all the disqualifications were preventable.
Sprints 84 points 46 points
Hurdles/chases 19 points 6 points
800m-3000m 49 points 64 points
Throws 47 points 58 points
Jumps 57 points 49 points
Relays 22 points 9 points
Total 278 points 232 points
Officials 35 points
The 63 athletes that represented the club were remarkable, and all performances are detailed in the Power of 10.
A big thank you must also go to Mike Mitchell who has generously providing the photos.
Posted 30/06/2015 07:48
The Manchester Young Athletes Quadrathlon was held at Sportcity at the weekend. This involves athletes competing in a Sprint, Middle-Distance, Long Jump and a Throw. Points are allocated for each event and then totalled to decide the final positions. The event attracted an entry of 230 athletes from 35 clubs
Sam Worthington was Sale Harriers most successful athlete finishing in silver medal position in the U13 event, having recorded PB’s in all four disciplines. Harry Boyd was another Sale athlete to record four PB’s which put him in bronze medal position in the U15 event.
The club’s most successful team was the U13 girl’s who had five athletes in the top ten out of thirty-five finishers and finished in 1st and 2nd team positions. Well done to Ayla Hewitt, Alice Dale, Scarlett Whittaker, Melissa Booth, Ella Wilson and Sofija Dragisic Wood. Revelation of the day was Ayla running the 800m in 2:35.5 which scored seventy points, the 3rd highest points score for any individual event by an U13 girl and a great performance for someone more noted as a sprinter/jumper.
Other Sale athletes to complete the full quadrathlon and compete with great credit were Isabelle Burke, Hermione Mason, Tom Boyd, Eleanor Boyd and Lewis Hindle.
Posted 30/06/2015 07:33