News - Track And Field
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Sale are the YDL champions and, as expected, gained an emphatic victory in our Sportcity home match winning by 100 points and closing in on our 9th successive Northern Premier title.
The outstanding performance of the day came from our U15 girls 4 x 300m relay team who ran 2:52.7 seconds to beat the national YDL record set by the club last year. Well done to MIA GIBBONS, MIA LOWNDES, LIZZIE TWITE and TESS Mc HUGH. Tess had a great day as she also won the hurdles and 300m in a time just 0.1 seconds outside her own club record. The sprint relay team of LAURELLE OBI, CHLOE NEWBIGGING, RUKA SHONIBARE and ELLIE JACKSON won their race by two seconds whilst all four girls plus MIA LOWNDES scored individual victories in sprint or hurdles events including a spectacular sprint double from LAURELLE OBI whilst ELLIE JACKSON had a great shot-putt competition to finish second. The pole vault featured victories from VICTORIA BARLOW and MATILDA WATERS whilst LULU GRIFFITHS and AINE GIBBONS both ran PB’s in the 1500m.
The U15 boys also won both relays running their fastest times of the season. Well done DANIEL AFOLOBI, DILLON STARKIE, RHYS PARKER, FINN McEWAN-PATTERSON, DAPO OLAREWAJO, MICHAEL ODEJIMI, ARON TZEGAY and NAHOM SELEMON. Daniel also scored a sprint double whilst Dillon, Michael, Nahom and Rhys all had individual victories over sprints or hurdles. SHANE CONNELL jumped a tremendous 1.78m to win the high jump from MICHAEL ODEJIMI whilst KIAN LINDSEY and ARON TZEGAY ran PB’s in their events. A big thank you to NATHAN BOOTH who had a busy day scoring valuable points in three throwing events.
In true Harrier tradition, the U13 girl’s dominated the middle distance events with LARA CRAWFORD, JESS SPILSBURY, PENNY TOWNSEND, RUBY BELL and MAISIE WISEMAN all winning their events. Our U13 girl’s cross-country team next winter should be one of the club’s strongest team’s ever. Not to be outdone, our sprinters were also in dominant form with TYLER HILL, KATE BIRD, POPPY GLASBY-SEDDON and ANNA KERSHAW winning the relay by over two seconds whilst Anna won both the 75m sprint and 75m hurdles in very fast times. Tyler and Poppy also won sprint races whilst Kate was runner-up. ALICE DALE was the winner in the high jump whilst PENNY TOWNSEND was runner-up in the long-jump. Congratulations to AYLA HEWITT for two PB’s in winning the long jump and second place in the 150m. Many of these girls receive specialist coaching from JESSICA TAYLOR, the club’s Heptathlete Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist.
The U13 boy’s were also in great form. They won the sprint relay by an astonishing three seconds with a team of ADAM BAGUMA, SAM WORTHINGTON, CHARLIE WATSON and NEO IVANOVIC-BROWN whilst Adam won the 100m and long jump by considerable margins. Sam made a massive contribution to our points total with wins over 200m and long jump and third place in the shot. Charlie, Neo and SAM BROWN also had individual victories in sprint events whilst ZAC STILLER ran a great PB in the hurdles. The boy’s middle distance squad also lived up to the club’s harrier tradition with CHARLIE HOBSON, GEORGE SAFRANUSKAS, JED BAILEY, JOEL STRINGER, ZENON CAINE and ALEX JAMES all finishing 1st or 2nd in their events. Consistent FINLAY MURPHY finished 2nd in his shot-putt contest
Yet again, pivitol to the success of this team was the dogged and stressful hard-work of team managers DAVID MARSH and CARL WORTHINGTON in the weeks beforehand. Well done to them and to the team of club officials who helped deliver this home promotion and the invaluable support of parents. Thanks, too to ERNIE GREENWOOD for the large number of photos taken throughout the day and can be viewed on his website http://www.darkstarphotos.com
Posted 22/06/2015 16:32
Fechin Mc Cormick
What a weekend for five of our club members, three of whom won superb England titles and gold medals at the England Athletic U20 and U23 Championships in Bedford and two won bronze medal.
Congratulations to U20 AIMEE PRATT who achieved a career pinnacle with a fantastic 3000m steeplechase gold medal with an awesome PB of 10:46.19, knocking about forty seconds from her previous time. Aimee, coached by VINCENTE MODAHL, is already the 2014 England Athletics U17 1500m indoor steeplechase champion and the 2013 outdoor silver medallist and this delightful leap forward over the longer steeplechase distance will be a well-deserved fillip and reward for her stoical hard work.
Similiar congratulations to the club’s talented triple jumper LISA JAMES, coached by KEITH HUNTER who’s also topped her exciting career with the U23 England Athletics title and gold medal with just as exciting PB of 13.22m. Wrote Lisa, “What a crazy past few weeks - County Champion, Northern Champion and now England Champion and a PB and also ranked UK number 1 triple jumper!!!! I have worked so so so hard for this and I am sooooo happy right now. Words can't describe my excitement. Thank you to everyone for their support”
The club’s third gold medallist and EA champion is KIRSTEN McASLAN who brilliantly represented her native Scotland in last year’s 4 x 400m relay. She’s regularly medalled in these championships and is already the proud holder of the U23 400m title in 2013 and also the U20 gold medal in 2012.
Our bronze medallists are sprinter ROY EKIAKUEKWE and triple jumper KEVIN METZGER. Roy is one of Britain’s top sprinters. Earlier this year, following an illustrious junior career, he made his senior debut at the World Relays in Bahamas and then again represented England in the relay at the Loughborough International. Good Luck to him as he aims for European U23 Championships and the relays in the World T & F Championships. Kevin Metzger is also Britain’s top triple jumper. He’s been ranked No.1 in the UK as an U15 and U17 and currently ranks 2nd U20. He’s already won all before him including being the English Schools Champion, the current Northern Athletics Indoor & Outdoor Champion and the Gtr. Manchester Schools and County Champion. This bronze medal would, doubtless, have been gold had it not been for a viral infection in the days before the championship.
Posted 22/06/2015 16:25
Firstly, many thanks to those who competed and team managed at the BAL match that took place at Lee Valley on June 6th. In another hard fought fixture a depleted SHM team finished 5th, just 24 points behind 2nd place. There were some fine performances and a lot of effort, particularly from our multi-eventers JACK ANDREW and ALEX WORT. It was a team performance, but special mentions go to MATT SUMNER, RIMAS MARTISAUSKAS and ANDY SUTCLIFFE, our only A string winners, and DWAYNE COWAN, CHRIS BAKER and ALEX SMITH, who took second places. It was also great to see the return from long-term injury of Matt Bond, although, of course, everyone contributed.
The third match of the season takes place on July 11th in the inconvenient location of Glasgow. We currently lie 4th in the league, but only 3 points behind 1st and a win would really give us a great chance of retaining the title and another shot at Europe, I would urge you all to try to include the fixture in your upcoming plans.
We also took part in the European Cup late last month in Mersin, Turkey.
It's safe to say that the standard of competition was even higher than that which we experienced last time we took part in 2012, when we finished 6th. 6th was the target again, as we faced the might of the Turkish, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Czech champions, all of whom were virtual national sides. The Turks, in particular, had a tasty line up that saw their athletes win the 100m in 10.18, the 1500m in 3:38 and the 5000m in 13:30. You get the picture.
Virtually everyone n the team performed up to or ahead of expectations and we even saw PBs and best performances for some years from some athletes.
In the end, it came down to the 4x400m, with us needing to finish ahead of the Danish team to avoid relegation. Despite a heroic and dramatic relay, we didn't quite make it over the line and finished an agonising 7th.
There was great spirit showed throughout the weekend and we WILL be back to make up for the disappointment! Full results available via TPOT.
Posted 17/06/2015 10:34
Fechin Mc Cormick
The club medal haul from the various Northern T & F Championships (held on home territory Sportcity), Southern and Midland Senior & U20 Championship this year amounted to 7 gold medals 11 silver and 3 bronze. Not quite as many as previous years but still a big reflection of the wealth of talent in the club and its coaching ability and set-up. These championships and medals are a major summer pinnacle for every T & F athlete so well done to everyone and to those who have the further exhilaration of a juicy PB.
A special; well done to KADEENA COX won 100m gold in the T37 disability category. Two years ago, Kadenna was a super-fit talented club sprinter who’d often medalled in these championships and brilliantly represented the club on the highest levels but was heinously struck down by a stroke at her very young age. She’s fought back bravely to add this latest gold medal in the T37 disability category to add to her collection. The club wishes her well in her continued recovery and onwards to ever greater achievements.
Northern Champions and gold medallists:
DANNY HEALD (senior 100m)
JESSICA TAYLOR (senior long jump)
LISA JAMES (senior Triple Jump PB)
ALYSSIA CARR (U20 Long Jump)
KEVIN METZGER (U20 Triple Jump)
Southern Champions & Gold medallist:
DWAYNE COWAN Senior 200m)
Northern Silver Medallists;
JONA EFOLOKO (U20 200m)
JENNA HILL (senior 800m PB)
ALEX WORT (senior 110mH)
KATHY WELLAM (senior 2000s/c PB)
MATT CULLEN (senior pole vault)
GEORGIA PICKLES (senior pole vault)
ANDY BURGESS (senior Long jump)
NATHAN ROACH (senior Triple Jump PB)
ALEX SMITH (senior Hammer)
Southern Silver medallists
GABRIEL ODUJOBI (senior 110mH)
Midland silver medallists:
DEBO ADEMUJEWO (senior 400m)
Northern Bronze Medallists:
AARON CROWLEY (senior 100m PB)
JONA EFOLOKO (U20 100m)
STEPHEN PORTER (senior javelin)
I want to especially thank MICK MITCHELL for the large number of photos he’s sent from this Championship and an equally large number from Northern Premier League match in Blackburn two weeks ago. I met Mike in Blackburn when I was rather desperate for photos for the website and the next Harrier magazine and he willingly obliged. It was an unexpected bonus and a further tribute to his generosity when he send me the photos from this weekend.
Posted 15/06/2015 18:40
Jack Frost, Tony Simmons & Fechin Mc Cormick
“Put me into any events I’m needed” was (at least) twenty weeks pregnant KATIA LANNON’S phone-call to team manager TONY SIMMONS, for the crucial penultimate UKWAL match in Bristol at the weekend. In a best case scenario, the club had the promise of promotion back to the Premier Division because of the quality and depth of the club’s talented athletes. However, new, enthusiastic and very capable team manager TONY SIMMONS could muster only 15 athletes and a host of excuses to embarrassingly cover the 37 match events.
Katia is a former British international heptathlon but motherhood and injuries put paid to her promising career. She hadn’t competed further than 200m since 2012 yet she bravely took on the 400m and immediately afterwards the ‘marathon’ 3000m.....and all this, remember, whilst at least twenty weeks pregnant! Of course, she was lapped and her very modest 14 minute (plus) race could have been matched by any of the club’s women. Nevertheless, her five points from both races significantly put the club four points ahead of Southampton into 7th place. She called it, “stepping up to the mark’!
Young pole-vaulter, SARAH Mc KEEVER found herself stressed and stranded in an unknown housing estate far away from the track with a wrong postal address, enough to turn a young girl about and go home but she persisted and, with a stroke of luck, this young pole vaulter with a perpetual smile that lights up all who meet her, made it to the track and not only won near maximum team points but incredibly volunteered for the completely unfamiliar high jump, just to support her club and team colleagues.
JACK FROST, TERRY SUTCLIFFE, BRIAN GOULDEN and FECHIN Mc CORMICK, none in the throes of youth, volunteered as track and field officials so the club had it full complement of officials to win maximum team points and spent all day in cold and rain sodden Blackburn before rushing away without a change of clothes or a wash, to catch the 5.30 club bus for a five hour journey to Bristol where another long day was spent as T & F officials so the club could again benefit from the officials maximum team points.
Javelin thrower NATASHA WILSON had never previously done a triple jump and had to be shown where to jump from yet she did it to maximize team points. Her javelin colleague, international ROSIE SEMENYTSH also bravely competed in the completely unfamiliar triple jump and hurdles and how the club and team are also indebted to them.
Discus throwers KIRSTY LAW and LUCY KIRK are not hammer or shot throwers per se but they competed in all three disciples and bagged a lot of team points. Young sprinter HAYAAT BAH-TRAORE competed in Blackburn at the Northern League and then travelled all the way to Bristol to compete for the club again on Sunday.....and so on it goes.......
All to a person expressed their ‘disappointment’ of being ‘let down’ by their club/team colleagues and club coaches and felt their hard work and sacrifices went for nothing. With more colleagues supporting them, the club could have been vying for promotion in the UKWAL rather than languishing a very disappointing seventh from the eight competing teams and bottom in the Northern League.. Team manager, JACK FROST described his team’s turnout in the Northern League and resulting bottom 6th place (for the second time) as ‘absolutely abysmal especially for the women’s sections”.
Sale is possibly the largest of the competing clubs in both leagues and has arguably the largest athletic resources of real talent. Such ‘abysmal’ results must concern every athlete, coach, official and manager. Trafford AC finished an impressive 4th in Bristol (Well done to them) with more limited resources than Sale and they travelled the same difficult weekend!
Horatio Nelson’s battle cry before Trafalgar has got to be Sale Harriers “England expects........... that every member will do his duty" .
In the Northern League, even if Sale win both the next matches, it’s too late to possibly avoid demotion so the club will have to go into a special ‘qualifying’ match on August 22nd. Only athletes who’ve competed in the earlier matches will be allowed to compete so it’s paramount everyone, especially our prominent athletes and women are available. For the final UKWAL match on relative home-territory of Wigan – forget now about promotion, that’s too late, but it’s got to be all hands again on deck, especially our prominent women, to rescue the ‘abysmal’ situation as best you can.
No-one begrudges a young athlete the experience of a lifetime at the pop festival Parklife; of course athletes must always attend family weddings and other family events; of course every athlete must chase international opportunities and major championships. These are not the obstacles......
One becomes cynical of the excuses in the eleventh hour before every match for dropping-out and there are all too many of them. I’m also long enough in sport and been successful enough in it to say to athletes and coaches that you can compete yourselves to fitness rather than waiting for ‘fitness’ before competing.
League matches aren’t essentially about targeting PB’s. That’s a culture that needs to change. If PS’s come they’re a bonus. Club matches are about ‘team’ and team success and you didn’t have to be in superb condition to compete for the club to great benefit. These League matches can be ‘process’ rather than ‘end points’ and I suggest they be built into every athletes training programmers as integral. Sale has more talented athletes than most clubs who would be ‘gold-dust’ to ‘team’ just competing in 3rd gear...... and still have invaluable competitive experience and be a real team and club asset
It’s important that club and team priorities are ever more apparent in coaches’ training plans; sacrosanct training sessions can indeed be valuably exchanged for competitive opportunities in these Leagues that will benefit the club and individual objectives can indeed be sacrificed for the greater good of the whole. That’s life. That’s a club! Get with the programme!
Sale Harriers expects.......
Pictures from the Northern Premier League.
Posted 10/06/2015 09:15
National champions Sale Harriers took a big step towards their eighth Northern title by winning their second round match of their Premier league. This is their 46th match win out of 51 matches since the league began in 2004. The quality of athletes taking part was tremendous featuring as it did many newly crowned county champions from Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cheshire, Merseyside and Gtr. Manchester. For four hours the match was very close between Sale and home team Preston but Sale have the best six-team relay squad in the country and with some relay magic secured the match victory with five of our teams running season’s best performances.
Our star performer was TESS MC HUGH who set a new club record of 41.3 seconds in winning the U15 girl’s 300m which ranks her 3rd in the country. Another club record was set in this age-group with LAURELLE OBI, CHLOE NEWBIGGING, RUKA SHONIBARE and ELLIE JACKSON running 50.2 seconds in the sprint relay. A team of MIA GIBBONS, BETH THORNTON, LIZZY TWITE and TESS MC HUGH won the 4 x 300m relay by three seconds. LAURELLE OBI scored a spectacular sprint double with further individual victories from CHLOE NEWBIGGING, RUKA SHONIBARE, NIAMH NUGENT, ELLIE JACKSON, DEVON WEYMONT, LIZZIE TWITE, VICTORIA BARLOW and MATILDA WATERS.
PENNY TOWNSEND followed up her three county gold medals with victory in the U13 girl’s 800m and 2nd place in the long jump. LARA CRAWFORD and MAISIE WISEMAN finished 1st and 2nd in the 1200m whilst the relay team of TYLER HILL, ANNA KERSHAW, AYLA HEWITT and KATE BIRD finished 2nd to an impressive Liverpool squad. AYLA HEWITT also had two individual victories whilst Tyler also won her sprint race.
Sale won the U13 boy’s relay by over two seconds with a team of ADAM BAGUMA, SAM WORTHINGTON, CHARLIE WATSON and RORY KINRADE. Adam also won the 100m and long jump. Sam, Charlie, Rory and Jed Bailey all scored individual victories whilst country cross-country champion CHARLIE HOBSON finished runner up in the 800m with a new PB whilst GEORGE SAFRANAUSKAS and ALEX JAMES made impressive debuts running PB’s in the 1500m
DANIEL AFOLABI, DILON STARKEY and FINN Mc EWAN-PATTERSON all won U15 100m races and teamed up with CALEB ADENUGA to finish runners up in the sprint relay. Daniel also ran an English School qualifying time in the 200m. SHANE CONNELL and MICHAEL ODEJIMI were again in dominant form in the high jump whilst county champion LUKE CHESTERS was a clear winner in the 800m.
When compared with round one, our performances were better in 50 events and worse in 32 which brought about an improved team total from 542 to 561 points. This is good enough to secure their eighth Northern title but to retain their National title, the team will need to score in the region of 600 points by September.
As ever, thank you to the indispensable team managers, CARL WORTHINGTON and DAVE MARSH; those officials and parents who always make a big difference and to photographers ERNIE GREENWOOD and CARL WORTHINGTON. Ernie’s photos can be viewed and bought at http://www.darkstarphotos.com
Posted 01/06/2015 17:29
Fechin Mc Cormick
County medals are not to be sneezed at. Regardless of ability or the quality of an event, to reach the start line is a tribute to confidence, athletic ability and advanced technical skill. Last weekend the club had the usual large numbers compete in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire Championships at Longford Park with others representing various counties like ALYSSIA CARR who clinched a great U20 gold medal in the Yorkshire long jump Championships. Well done to all of them. Top of the club’s medal table is U15 ELLIE JACKSON with three gold medals and one silver medal representing Cheshire, followed by U17 MEG Mc HUGH and U13 PENNY TOWNSEND with three gold medal each representing Greater Manchester followed by U15 LOIS MC TIFFIN with a magnificent total of five Cheshire medals - two gold, one silver and two bronze medals. In terms of disciplines, the sprints sections scooped the largest number of medals with seventeen; then the parallel jumps with 7 golds,3 silver, 2 bronze followed by middle distance ( 4 gold, 5 silver,1 bronze), throws (7 gold,1 bronze), high jump (4 gold) and pole vault (4 gold, 2 silver) Well done to the various coaches who have every reason to be proud of these great results. The Greater Manchester & Cheshire Championship medallists are:
ELLIE JACKSON U15 100 Cheshire
ELLIE JACKSON U15 Long Jump Cheshire
ELLIE JACKSON U15 70H Cheshire
MEGAN McHUGH U17 High jump GMAA
MEGAN McHUGH U17 80H GMAA
MEGAN McHUGH U17 300H GMAA
PENNY TOWNSEND U13 1200 GMAA
PENNY TOWNSEND U13 Long jump GMAA
PENNY TOWNSEND U13 800 GMAA
EMMANUEL MUKA U20 100 GMAA
EMMANUEL MUKA U20 200 GMAA
LOIS McTIFFIN U15 Shot Cheshire
LOIS McTIFFIN U15 High Jump Cheshire
LAURELLE OBI U15 100 GMAA
AARON CROWLEY Senior 100 GMAA
OLIVIA ASHWORTH U17 High Jump GMAA
JASMINE BURKE Senior Hammer GMAA
MATILDA WATERS U15 Pole Vault GMAA
ANNIE WILLIAMS U17 Pole vault GMAA
EBBIE DANSON-CHAPPELL U20 Pole Vault GMAA
ZAC HARROP U20 Pole vault GMAA
MATT CULLEN Senior pole Vault GMAA
ZENNI ENECHI U17 Triple Jump GMAA
LISA JAMES Senior Triple Jump Cheshire
KEVIN METZGER U20 Triple Jump GMAA
NATHAN ROACH Senior triple Jump GMAA
TIA BLISSETT U15 Long jump GMAA
JONATHAN FERRYMAN Senior Long Jump GMAA
ADAM SPILSBURY U17 1500 GMAA
RUKA SHONIBARE U15 200M Cheshire
KOBE NTABEJANE Senior Gold GMAA
DANNY HEALD Senior 200 GMAA
MICHAEL ODEJIMI U15 300 GMAA
FELIX TIGHE U20 400 GMAA
ELLIS GOLDIE U17 400 GMAA
CHARLIE CANDLISH U17 400 Cheshire
LUKE CHESTERS U15 800 GMAA
CALLUM McLEAN Senior 100 Cheshire
RUKA SHONIBARE U15 100 Cheshire
MARIA McPOLLIN U17 200 GMAA
TYLER HILL U13 150 GMAA
MEGAN McHUGH 300H GMAA
JAKE SPILSBURY U17 800 GMAA
CHARLIE CANDLISH U17M 800 Cheshire
RUBY BELL U13 1200 GMAA
LARA CRAWFORD U13 1200 Cheshire
EMMA LOWE U17 Hammer GMAA
VICTORIA BARLOW U15 Hammer GMAA
CHLOE DOGGETT U20 Pole Vault Cheshire
ELLIE JACKSON U15 Shot Cheshire
LEWIS HANNON U20 Pole Vault GMAA
GRACE BOWER U17 Long jump GMAA
GRACE BOWER U17 80H GMAA
TYRA WATSON Senior Long Jump GMAA
JONATHAN ADDERLEY6 U17 Discus Cheshire
MICHELLE ROBBINS-HULSE Senior Triple Jump Cheshire
LOIS McTIFFIN U15 Discus Cheshire
JOHN NICHOLS Senior Shot Cheshire
HAMEEZ AHMED Senior Long Jump- GMAA
KIERAN DONNELLY U17 100 GMAA
AARON CROWLEY Senior 800 GMAA
MIA LOWNDES U15 70H Cheshire
MIA LOWNDES U15 Discus Cheshire
MIA LOWNDES U15 Shot Cheshire
TYLER HILL U13 75m GMAA
MARCEL STEVENS Senior 200 GMAA
DAPO OBREWGIU U15 300 GMAA
JOEL STRINGER U13 800 GMAA
JONATHAN IBISSON U20 100 GMAA
AIMEE ADDIS Senior Triple Jump Cheshire
JONATHAN FERRYMAN Senior Triple Jump
NATHAN BOOTH U15 Shot GMAA
LOIS McTIFFIN U15 Long Jump Cheshire
Posted 01/06/2015 17:27
2 athletics meetings will be held at Crossford Bridge to give our Under 9's, Under 11's and Under 13's a chance to experience the thrills of real track and field competition.
14/06/15 YA OPEN MEDAL MEETING. Click here for details and entry form.
12/07/15 THE WILSON YA OPEN MEETING. Click here for details and entry form.
Posted 28/05/2015 12:55
Sale Harriers Manchester are again hosting a number of fun based athletics courses for 8 to 13 year olds at The Crossford Bridge Track in Sale. M33 7WR. Link.
Monday to Friday 27th July until the 31st July 2015. 10am - 3pm each day.
Monday to Friday 10th August until the 14th August 2015. 10am - 3pm each day.
The cost of the course - Only £65 per child per week.
Posted 27/05/2015 13:03
Fechin Mc Cormick
Congratulations to JACK ANDREW who took the England Decathlon title at the weekend at the EA Senior and U20 Outdoor Combined Events Championships in Bedford. This was his first decathlon for 2015 and though competing against thirty-four athletes, he was the only entrant with a declared PB of over 7000 points. He’d been out of medal contention throughout the weekend but continued working up the rankings and opened his chances with a good javelin of 44.54m. However, he was still over 300 points behind the leader but ran a blistering 1500m in 4.22 to score 794 points and take the gold medal by just 12 points with a grand total of 6932 points.
The Championship this year incorporated the BUCS, Midlands, Northern Championships and the Welsh Championships and also an U18 competitive opportunity with adjusted implement / hurdle specifications for international selection qualifiers. J’NAE WARD did really well in this section finishing a superb 3rd .
Posted 26/05/2015 10:32