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BMC SPORT CITY
Continuing the success of athletes getting personal best times the event last night (12th May) produced some qualifying times for U18s Championships and witnessed Max Burgin (U17) of Halifax winning the 800m Men’s A race in an age group record time. The first three races of the event yielded Qualifying times for the European Junior Championships. The last race of the evening the Men’s 5000m A race produced some good performances, won by Phil Sesemann (Blackheath and Bromley) now based in Leeds, whose own Claire Duck produced another well timed run to narrowly beat club mate Stevie Stockton and early leader Jess Judd in the Women’s 5000. The eagerly anticipated Men’s 1500 was also taken by a Leeds athlete Ossama Meslek (U23). £200 prize money was on offer for the fastest British finisher in each grand Prix event.
The BMC was set up in the late Sixties by the late Frank Horwill and others to raise the standard of British Middle distance running. They have certainly done that. Aspiring elite runners should look them up at britishmilersclub.com
There were plenty of Sale athletes on show nurtured by their coaches, Norman Poole, Paul Roden, Vicente Modahl and Richard Goddard. We also had some pacemakers in Alan White, Emma Tilley and Aine Cunningham.
Adam Spilsbury m800 C had a good run finishing a close second in 1:51.12 a personal best. From the same training group Stephanie Moss went in the W800 B race. Her time of 2:09.78 was also a pb, got her second place and a new Sale Harriers club record for U17. She presented good style even over the last 30m when others were losing theirs, a good sign for the future. Young Alyssa Davey was in the w800 D. Her 2:18.79 got her a pb.
Steffie Moss U17 800m
Stepping up to the 1500m where there is twice as long for tactics to come into play we had two athletes in the A race. Off the back of an excellent winter this was the first track outing of the year for Francesca Brint (U20). The quality field included two Irish athletes' Swede, an English Schools winner and a Commonwealth games winner. A solid eighth place and a pb (4:23.24) is building for the future. Aimee Pratt (U23) finished two places higher in 6th and also claimed a pb of 4:21.04, great to see two racing at this level. Claudia Cowan, who in my eyes has been one of the most improved athletes over the last year, was in the W1500B.In a race packed with U23 and Senior, Claudia improved her pb to 4:32.44
A big experience for U17 Jessica Spilsbury and Lara Crawford gave Jess a personal best 4:43 and Lara a season’s best of 4:40.85 only two tenths of a second outside her pb. In a tough m1500 D Jake Spilsbury came home in 4:06.57.
The longest distance on offer was m5000 and in the C race James Wignall was making his debut. After two laps he took it on and tucked in behind the pacemaker and stayed at the front. Only on the finishing straight was he passed by an Irish runner. James recorded 15:03.39. James started at Crossford Bridge and has been to University and returned, representing the club every year. He told me he ran off only six or seven weeks training as he had not run since Boggart xc in November.
In the blistering m5000 A race Jamie Roden was finding where he is at at this point of the season and came home in 14:44.41. Evergreen athlete Matt Barnes has shown great quality for years. Now a V40 he was in a nice little group just off the pace who worked well together to record 14.45.36 the best time of the day for the age group.
This event is aimed at elite athletes so is not for everyone but in the sport there are different levels you can participate at. This is just one of them. For those blessed with talent who like to push themselves to be the best they can be then this format is right. Aspirant elite middle distance runners should check out the BMC - speak to your coach.
Our own Norman Poole has been a driving force behind the BMC for many years producing International athletes. Paul Roden has benefitted from working at the same session and will undoubtedly have had many conversations about coaching. Paul is now producing International standard young athletes by hours of dedication and hard work.
Prior to the event starting there was a coaches corner where the level headed Paul Roden (Sale Harriers) passed on his experience alongside Emily Dudgeon (Edinburgh A.C.) Their topic was coaching the female athlete at the transition point from Junior to Senior. Paul is a dedicated coach who has overseen the development of Harriet Knowles Jones into a European Champion, Charlie Hulson from u15 to National XC Champion, running coach to triathlete Georgia Taylor Brown when she won the National Junior Championship and Francesca Brint to 3rd in the recent ISF World Cross Country Championship in Paris. In addition he gives great care to his group of athletes based at Wythenshawe.
The BMC are encouraging top quality coaching and recognise the importance of good coaching, they have introduced a coach mentoring project where coaches can be paired with an experienced coach in their area to discuss all aspects of coaching in an informal atmosphere; it is not to tell coaches what to do but confidence building and a chance to discuss for the success of their athletes.
Neville Taylor 0775 370 0885 or email@example.com
You need to be a BMC member to receive this free service.
Another great service given freely was Physiotherapy by Athlete Matters of Worsley. Duncan Mason is part of the UKA Medical team giving Physiotherapy to our top GB athletes at training camps prior to major championships. Duncan is a lecturer in physiotherapy at Salford University and is also a coach at Salford Harriers. You do not have to be elite to be seen at the clinic at Worsley. A discount is offered to Sale Harriers members.
Look out for Tuesday night BMC / Trafford open races.
A great place to improve your p.b.
Posted 15/05/2018 08:53
Nicholas Young has achieved a triple crown this weekend, adding shot put gold, at the Scottish under 20 National Championships in Glasgow, to his gold in the English National championship in Sheffield last month, and gold in the Welsh National championship in Cardiff in February.
He is currently ranked number one at under 20 level in the UK.
Posted 17/03/2018 13:11
Here is Aidan Lynch’s account of his day at the indoor U15 champs in Sheffield. He was amongst a strong Sale Harriers squad who did a fine job representing Sale Harriers Manchester. Special mention (apart from Aidan) goes to Success Eduan who came 1st in the U15 girls 200m (25:49). Also Melissa Booth who came 2nd in the long jump with 5.26m and Ellise Fryer-Francis (4.65m for 9th) and Hermione Mason (4.38m 19th). Full results can be found here.
“I ran the 800m in Sheffield on the 4th February 2018 in the Northern Athletics under 15 Indoor Championships (track and field).
On the way towards the race I knew there was a couple of bottom age U15 runners so I was confident I may medal, but I didn’t realise the two names I saw who were listed to run were the only two who were bottom age, everyone else was 13/14.
I arrived at 10:00 for a race at 11:00 and started warming up 30 mins before the race. As I was warming up I saw a Preston Harriers runner who beat me in the YDL final and we started talking and we found out we were both in the same heat. Although he had beat me before I was still confident. When it came to my first heat we were having our spikes checked and it turned out I had forgot to check my spike length, so I still had my 9mm grass pins for training at the club. I had to run my first race in my flats.
The race wasn’t the worst considering I was wearing road running shoes, as I finished the race in first place with a time of 2.18. After my race I went to check the results and the first and second place runners ran a time of 2.12 which I thought would we a great advantage when coming up to my race as they would probably be feeling the effects of a faster heat. The final was at 12:00 so I had an hour to spare and to rest.
When it was time to warm up my Preston Harriers friend was saying how he was aiming to finish in 4th which was a shock to me because I didn’t realise how low confidence he had. In the break I got the correct size pins for my spikes (6mm). In the race there was a guy with a faster PB than me but he mustn’t have won seeing his race tactics in the heats. I decide for the race to let the guys with the faster heat times to lead so I could burn them out on the last faster laps. My plan worked as they all pushed to lead whereas I stuck behind in 3rd and 4th in the second lane and, one after the other they started dropping off.
It came to the last lap and I surged past the leader of the pack. I finished the race with a new PB of 2:09.5 and I was now the northern indoor track and field u15 boys 800m champion.”
Posted 15/02/2018 15:29
Another very succesful meeting was held at Sportcity and the results can be found at
The photos were taken by Dave Greenwood. If you would like a high resolution copy see his website for details. (also more photos than we can show here).
The next indoor meeting is on the 7th of January. See here for details.
Posted 21/12/2017 14:13
A team of the clubs 12-13 year olds took on seven other teams to win a challenge match featuring relays and highland games field events held within the Manchester International at Sport City recently.
Our girls’ team, managed by Anita Richardson was dominant. Well done to Dids Parish, Taylor Edwards, Libby Hill, Jasmin Richardson, Osa Odemwengie, Kia Clarkson, Success Eduan, Charlotte Wilkinson, Olivia Brown, Ella Gillespie, Melissa Booth and Elise Fryer-Francis. The girls won the sprint relay and long jump team event, they finished second in the distance relay and third in both the medley relay and continuous relay. In the Highland Games field events Charlotte won the weight for distance event, Melissa the long jump, Ella the bull nosed javelin and Osa was runner up in the weight for height. In all the girls were awarded 11 AAA's engraved silver salvers and 15 engraved AAA's medals for their efforts.
Our boys team managed by Dave Marsh were also in tremendous form. Well done to Dom Reid, Joe Herbert, Evan Savage, Elliot Savage, Emmanuel Johnson, Scott Woods, Torin Lindsey, Basil Zola, Kane Saville, Leonardo Scott, Baye Mbengue and Mohammed Cole. The boys won the continuous relay, distance relay and long jump team event and finished third in the medley relay. Basil Zola was our most successful athlete winning both the vertical jump and long jump. In all the boys won 7 engraved AAA's silver salvers and 10 AAA's engraved medals.
Our winning girl’s 4x100m relay team were invited to take part in the main event of the evening International match - 'The Golden Relay'. This was a unique spectacle as it was the first and maybe the last time that Darren Campbell raced on the same team as the winning quartet from the Athens Olympic Games. Needless to say Daren's team won whilst our girls still impressed by finishing in front of the winning boys team from the afternoons challenge match.
Posted 17/08/2017 15:11
Recently Sportcity played host to a Darren Campbell masterclass in speed and drills for budding young athletes, and (of course) Sale Harrier youngsters attended in large numbers.
Darren, an Olympic sprint relay gold medallist and famous Sale Harrier delivered the session which taught the youngsters how to warm up like an Olympian and master the drills and techniques Darren used whilst training for his many track successes.
Other successful Sale Harrier athletes were in attendance to assist, also The Diane Mohdal Sports Foundation and our good friends at Manchester Academy School.
Thank you Darren. You remain an inspiration and a club legend.
Posted 17/08/2017 09:44
Well done to Jona Efoloko on his silver medal at the European U20 Athletic Championships in Grosseto in Italy on the 23rd July 2017. In the final he was just pipped by fellow brit Toby Harries from Brighton Phoenix Club. In sweltering 40 degree heat Jona, who is still only 17, managed to run 20.92.
Posted 26/07/2017 09:04
Well, it's been a while since Sale Harriers Senior Women won the league, so it feels that bit more special, to be able to call ourselves Champions.
The match was by no means an easy ride for us. 4th place or better would get us promotion, thanks to our good showing in the 2 previous matches, but we needed to finish ahead of a strong and determined Crawley team, who will be joining us in Division 1 next year.
An early start ( double-header match) meant Hammer began at 9.45am. We always ask a lot of our throwers. Team Captain Kirsty Law, and Rachel Pugh didn't disappoint, gaining valuable points from the 1st event of the day, particularly important because the 2nd event, Pole Vault, was held without any Sale representation. And to make matters worse, Crawley got almost maximum points in both A and B. We put things right however in the 400mh, with wins for both Chelsea Walker and Kirsten McAslan. Both recording superb sub 60sec times ( Kirsten's first ever race in this event), quickly followed by Kirsty winning discus and a superb 3rd place in the B from Rachel. We established a (sometimes slender) lead at this point which we held onto for the rest of the day.
Late withdrawals might be expected but they always present a challenge, and this match was no exception. Special mention here to Katia Hazell (3k, LJ and TJ) 10pts, Jen Clayton (3k and HJ) 9pts, Tyra Watson (1500m, LJ and HJ) 12pts, and Rosie Semenytsh ( TJ and 100mh)8pts. All 4 stepped in to fill the gaps. They have had virtually no training or competition all season in these events, but what they do have is a fantastic commitment to the team.
Quality from our 800m stars Megan Davies and Rachael Scott got us maximum points, followed by strong performances at 100m from Regan Walker and Hayaat Bah Traore keeping the momentum up. A pb in 100mh from Chelsea Walker giving max pts. We kept totting up pts in shot and HJ and were further boosted by superb wins at 400m by both Kelly Massey and Sasha Byrom. The stadium announcer unexpectedly made public Kelly's intended retirement from athletics (much to Kelly’s surprise!). If that remains your intention Kelly perhaps we can persuade you still to turn out for the team again next year?
Strong performances from Imani Modahl and Tyra Watson (1500m), Alison McCorry and Kirsten McAslan (200m) followed by quality performances this time in Javelin from reigning British Champ Laura Whittingham and our very own triple jumping, sprint hurdling, Rosie Semenytsh. In 2000m s/c, perhaps Kathy Wellam surprised herself (but not her team manager) with 2nd place, in spite of recent injury problems.
Winning both relays in some style proved decisive. Teams - 4 x 100 - Regan Walker, Hayaat Bah Traore, Alison McCorry and Alice McMahon, 4 x 400 - Kirsten McAslan, Chelsea Walker, Sasha Byrom and Kelly Massey. Hard to see anyone beating these quartets!
Match outcome 1st place by 12 points, giving us promotion and the title.
My thanks of course go to the athletes for your talent and dedication. I think you might just be getting a taste for team success and trust that will carry through to your individual endeavours. I'd also like to pay tribute to those athletes not able to make the team for this particular match, but have contributed to our earlier success this season, and by doing so, put us in the strong position we found ourselves in, coming into the final match of the season. It is very much a TEAM effort. Also thanks to the Sale officials. Their contribution all season has been invaluable and we couldn't have won the league without them.
Here's to next season.
Posted 19/07/2017 14:28
Sale Harriers is deeply saddened to learn of the death of two-time Olympian Philippa Roles this past weekend.
The 39-year-old discus thrower from Neath, Wales, with links to Sale Harriers, represented Great Britain at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Roles also competed for the Swansea athletics club, her personal best throw of 62.89 metres, achieved in June 2003, has her placed fourth in the British all-time rankings.
As a junior, Roles finished third at the 1997 European Junior Championships and fourth at the 1999 European U23 Championships.
The Wales’ 2008 discus Champion also placed fourth at two Commonwealth Games, in Manchester and Delhi, and sixth in Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne.
“We send our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Philippa at this sad time.”
Roles' Olympic debut came in Athens in 2004.
Domestic Championships Record
Posted 26/05/2017 14:46
The club are a step closer to retaining their Northern Premier title after a 120 point victory over Preston with home club Leeds in 3rd place. The quality of performance was tremendous, especially as most of the match was held in pouring rain (see photos). The highlight was SAM WORTHINGTON who ran a Grade 1 performance of 37.10 seconds to win the 300m and equal the club U15 record held by JONA EFOLOKO.
SUCCESS EDUAN won both the U13 girl sprints with Grade 1 performances and is to be congratulated on setting club records for both the U13 girl’s 75m and 150m at a recent Trafford medal meeting. SOPHIE ASHURST was incredible in the U15 pole vault. Competing in the worst weather conditions, she spent much of the competition under an umbrella keeping herself and her pole dry and still vaulted a Grade 1 performances of 3.22m. The wind was gusting so strongly she might have gone even higher using the umbrella rather than the pole – Mary Poppins style!
Other highlights were other Grade 1 winning performances from HERMIONE MASON, ABRAHAM FOBIL, POPPY GLASBY-SEDDON, BRANDON MORGAN and TAYLOR EDWARDS. In all we had 45 individual victories and 3 wins in relay events. The middle distance squad had their best match result for some time with victories from JAMES KELLY, JACK SPARK, TAYLOR EDWARDS, HARRY EDMUNDSON, LARA CRAWFORD, JESS SPILSBURY and MAISIE WISEMAN. A special mention to AIDAN LYNCH and AKIRA EDGSON who improved their PB’s by large margins.
Sale sprinters were again dominant with victories from SUCCESS, SAM, BRANDON, ABRAHAM, HERMIONE, CHARLOTTE WILKINSON, PRAISE OWOEYE, LUI DEMATOS, JASMINE RICHARDSON, HOLLY MURRAY, OSA ODEMWENGIE, LIBBY WARREN, CLARA EDLER and AYLA HEWITT. MACKENA BRADSHAW was our most successful athlete in the throws with two victories. Other wins in the throws came from ABRAHAM FOBIL, MIA WALKER, TORRIN LINDSEY, SAM BROWN and PRAISE OWOEYE. In the jumps, BROOK WHYATT, JED BAILEY, SAM WORTHINGTON, ELLISE FRYER-FRANCIS and HOLLY MURRAY all finished in the first two of their events.
The 3rd of four matches is at home at Sportcity on Sunday 18th June and we would welcome your support.
A special thanks to MICK MITCHELL who has provided several photographs from the match. Mick is not a Sale Harrier but generously has provided many photographs over the years from matches he attends.
Posted 23/05/2017 13:44
Posted 21/05/2017 11:38
It was great news for Jessica Taylor-Jemmett and Grace Bower that they were both recently picked to represent GB in The Indoor Combined Events International in Prague.
Jess came third in the seniors and this was Graces first time competing for GB as a first year U20, and she came a respectable 10th improving her points score by 161points and gaining 4 PB's.
Well done both girls.
Posted 08/02/2017 17:53
County Sportshall Individual Finals. Lots of medals for the athletes. Lots of jangling!
Posted 23/01/2017 19:24
The final Gtr. Manchester Sportshall League match at Sportscity saw the culmination of our best ever season in the league. Our U11 boy’s team retained their league title, whilst the U11, U13 and U15 girl’s teams all became league champions.
The U11 boy’s team of LEONARDO SCOTT, TORRIN LINDSEY, OLIVER PERRIN, MATTHEW YOUNG, TOM HOBSON, ERIC HEYWORTH and DANIEL HARRISON won the sprint relay and were runners up in the obstacle relay, whilst Leonardo won both sprint relays and Torrin was 3rd in the javelin. HARRY EDMUNDSON was an impressive winner of the boy’s U13 six lap event.
The U11 girl’s team of THEA BROWN, OLIVIA BUCHAN, CAITLIN Mc MANUS, ISABELLE BEAUMONT, GRACE EDMUNDSON and GRACE BOOTH were in great form in the sprint and relay obstacle events, whilst Olivia won the speed bounce and Thea placed 3rd in both sprint events.
The U13 girl’s team of MELISSA BOOTH, SOFIJA DRAGISIC-WOOD, HERMIONE MASON, KIA CLARKSON, ELLIE COLQUHOUN-LYNN and LIBBY HILL were all in fantastic form with Melissa, Sofija, Hermione, Kia and Ellie all winning individual events, whilst the relay team finished 2nd. A big thank you to Kia and Libby who turned out at very short notice to ensure that we completed a team and won the league. Libby had already completed a hard training session at Crossford before her phone rang asking her to make up the team.
The U15 girl’s team of POPPY GLASBY-SEDDON, SCARLETT WHITTAKER, SOPHIE TILLEY, ELLA MARSHALL, LAURA CREAMER, TIGGY FALLOON and EILEEN BOYUNGA gets better with each match. Scarlett and Sophie both won their shot-putt events with PB’s whilst Poppy performed well in the sprint events. Laura finished 3rd in the 6-lap event in her league debut and is another club member who turned out at short notice to ensure team success.
A big thanks to team managers, coaches, officials, parents and athletes making this our most successful Gtr. Manchester Sportshall League season.
Posted 12/12/2016 15:11
Posted 06/12/2016 10:38
After the second round of the Sportshall League, Sale are leading in the U11 boys, U11 girls and the U13 girl’s competitions and are in 2nd place in the U15 girls.
In the U11 girl’s events, THEA BROWN, SHONA WILKINSON, LUCY HERBERT, OLIVIA BUCHAN, ISABELLE BEAUMONT and CAITLIN Mc MANUS teamed up to win both the obstacle relay and the sprint relay. LEONARDO SCOTT was the star of the U11 boy’s events with two victories in running events whilst TORIN LINDSEY had an excellent run to finish 3rd in the three lap time trial.
The U13 girl’s were in great form with individual wins from KIA CLARKSON, MELISSA BOOTH, SOFIJA DRAGISIC-WOOD, ELLIE COLQUHOUN-LYNN and HERMIONE MASON. OSA ODEMWENGIE was runner-up in two events and teamed up with MELISSA BOOTH, JASMINE RICHARDSON and OLIVIA BROWN to finish 3rd in the relay.
In the U15 girl’s competition, multi-events star SCARLETT WHITTAKER competed in a wide range of events including a win in the vertical jump. SOPHIE TILLEY won her shot event whilst MEGAN GREENWAY, ELLA MARSHALL, TIGGY FALLOON, POPPY GLASBY-SEDDON, CHARLOTTE BUCHAN and ELLA WILSON all competed with distinction to boost our point’s total.
Many thanks to parents, coaches, team managers and officials, who make these events such a success. The final match is at Sportcity on Sunday 11th December
Posted 14/11/2016 11:31
Jenny Meadows is a British Olympic athlete. Her main event is the 800m, (1:57:93 pb) although she previously competed over the 400m (52:50 pb). She is the fourth-fastest British woman over 800 m, behind Kelly Holmes, Kirsty Wade and Lynsey Sharp. She has previously held the post of chief athletics coach for Manchester City Council.
Some of Sale Harriers young endurance athletes recently spent the day attending a masterclass at Sportcity hosted by Jenny Meadows. The youngsters took park in a drills workshop that delved into the biomechanics of an athlete & how to correctly engage your core when running. The session also included race prep, recovery exercises and finished off with a question & answer session followed by photo opportunity and autographs. Athletes who took part were - Mia Gibbons, Mia Lownes, Alex James, Tia Rae Barton, Ruby Bell, Lara Crawford, Izzy Burke, Lizzy Twite, Penny Townsend, Anouska Brooks, Tess McHugh & Alice Tonge. Jenny has kindly offered to do another session in the New Year. Contact Dave Marsh if you are interested.
Posted 26/10/2016 15:39
Diane Royle (nee Williams) has sadly passed away aged just 56. She was a member of the club in the 1970's and 1980's, her main event was the javelin. Diane went on to throw the javelin for Scotland and competed in the commonwealth games. Diane still holds the club record for the javelin. Her record of 62.22m was achieved at Stretford stadium in 1985 and has stood for nearly 32 years.
Our thoughts go out to her family and friends at this sad time.
Posted 14/10/2016 17:39
Sale, as the current Greater Manchester Sportshall champions in the U11 boys and girls age-groups, started the defence of their titles against opposition from ten teams from all over the county in a match featuring competition for U11, U13 and U15 athletes in a range of events – speed-bounce, obstacle races, relays, vertical jump, standing jumps, shot, javelin, parlauf and running events.
In the U11 boys LEONARDO SCOTT won the one lap race and performed well in the javelin whilst TORIN LINDSEY was first in the three lap race. Torin and Leonardo teamed up with OLIVER PERRIN, MATTHEW YOUNG, DANIEL HARRISON and TOM HOBSON to win the sprint and obstacles relays. ERIC HEYWORTH made an impressive debut in winning his sprint race. MACKENA BRADSHAW won the U13 shot with a PB whilst JACKSON WARD was 2nd in the four lap event.
In the U11 events THEA BROWN, ELLA GILLESPIE, SHONA WILKINSON, OLIVIA BUCHAN, CAITHLIN McMANUS and SIENNA JADE-PARK all had individual victories in running events whilst Ella and LUCIE HERBERT jumped impressive PB’s in the vertical jump. ISABELLE BEAUMONT, GRACE EDMUNDSON, ELEANOR BOYD, GRACE BOOTH, HOLLY ABBOTT and ELIN PARRY also performed well in their events.
The U13 girls were in dominant form with the dream team of MELISSA BOOTH, SOFIJA DRAGISIC-WOOD, HERMIONE MASON, ESME ALDRIDGE, JASMINE RICHARDSON, OSA ODEMWENGIE, DIDS PARISH, KIA CLARKSON and OLIVIA BROWN. Kia made a spectacular debut which was notable both for her win over four laps and her hair-do. (Well worth the effort!). HERMIONE MASON was a comfortable winner over six laps with DIDS PARISH in third place. PS’s were set by Sofija in the speed bounce and by Osa and Jasmine in the shot. Melissa, Olivia, Osa and Jasmine ran well in the sprint events and made up the relay team
The U15 team of MEGAN GREENWAY, ELLA WILSON, TIGGY FALLOON, GILEEN BOYUNGA and CHARLOTTE BUCHAN performed well but will need a few more athletes if they are to challenge for the team title.
A big thanks to the management team of CHRISTINE TYRER, LAURA PEARSON and STEVE BOOTH. The next match is Sunday 13th November at Sportcity.
Posted 10/10/2016 10:49
The club’s star athlete in the Cheshire Multi-Events at Macclesfield was SOFIJA DRAGISIC WOOD who won the U13 girl’s title to claim her first ever county title. SCARLETT WHITTAKER, who was the silver medallist last year in the U13 age-group, finished in the bronze medal position against strong competition in the U15 girls age group. HERMIONE MASON and HARRY BOYD competed with distinction just missing out on podium positions.
Then club’s U 13 & U15 girl’s track relay teams have had a great year setting National YDL and club records whilst competing with great success in the National YDL Final, Northern Premier League and England Athletics Relay Challenge. They finished the track season on a high note with all seven teams which represented the club in the Cheshire Track Relay Championships finishing in the medals. The U13 girls finished 1st and 2nd team in the distance relay with our sprinters finishing 1st and 2nd teams in the sprint relay. Well done to OSA ODEMWENGIE, RENE GOOSEN, JASMINE RICHARDSON, MELISSA BOOTH, ISABELLE BURKE , OLIVIA HERRON, TAYLOR EDWARDS, LIBBY HILL, KIA CLARKSON and GRACE TONGE.
Then U15 girls won the sprint relay by a big margin and finished runners up in both the medley and distance relays. Well done to LIZZY TWITE, ALICE TONGE, PENNY TOWNSEND, PRAISE OWOEYE, CHLOE NEWBIGGING, JESS NELSON and CHARLOTTE MAIRS.
Those wishing to continue representing Sale Harriers in relay events will now change surface to compete in the Northern Road Relays at Sportcity on September 25th and the Northern XC Relays in Sheffield on October 22nd.
Posted 15/09/2016 10:59
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
Sale are now in a strong position to retain their U13 & U15 Northern League title with a home victory which puts them 100 points ahead of 2nd place Preston with one match to go.
Our star female athlete TESS Mc HUGH, who equalled her own club record in the U15 girl’s 300m and then teamed up MIA LOWNDES, PENNY TOWNSEND and LIZZIE TWITE to set a new National record for the 4 x 300m relay, winning by over 10 seconds in the pouring rain. Mia & Lizzie were also impressive winners of individual sprint events.
On the boy’s side, our star was ABRAHAM FOBIL who, on his club debut, won 3 events in the U13 age-group. Trained within the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation, his 200m time ranks him 1st in the UK and his 100m ranks him 3rd.
The U15 girl’s sprint relay team of LAURELLE OBI, RUKA SHONIBARE, JESS NELSON and CHLOE NEWBIGGING won by 3 seconds and all the girls were victors in individual sprint events with spectacular performances. Cheshire multi-event gold medallist LOIS Mc TIFFIN and silver medallist SCARLETT WHITTAKER each took part in three events with Lois winning the javelin and Scarlett the high jump. We scored maximum points in the pole vault for the 3rd match running with SOPHIE ASHURST winning her event with a PB of 2.95cms whilst LUCIE WOLFENDEN won the B event having also won the inter-county Mason trophy event on Saturday. Our middle distance squad of LULU GRIFFITHS, ALICE TONGE, MIA GIBBONS and ANOUSKA BROOKS performed well against strong opposition whilst ALICE DALE was runner up in the hurdles and javelin.
In the U15 boy’s events, LOUIS APPIAH-KUBI won both sprint events for the 3rd successive match and teamed up with NEO IVANOVIC-BROWN, CALEB ADENUGA and SAM EBONINE to win the sprint relay. Caleb also won the long jump and finished 2nd in the hurdles in a very fast time whilst Sam won the high jump with an impressive 1.70cms. SAM WORTHINGTON again competed in 4 events and scored a massive individual points total. Double County champion BROGAN RUDMAN was a comfortable winner in his hurdles event whilst SAM WADSWORTH and BEN KERSH again scored well in the throws and LEWIS HINDLE ran well in 3 sprint events.
In the U13 girl’s events, our middle distance squad of ISABELLE BURKE, OLIVIA HERRON, RUBY BELL and TAYLOR EDWARDS were in dominant form with 2 wins and 2 second places.. The relay team of FANNY OSARUMEN ODEMWENGIE, RENE GOOSEN, MELISSA BOOTH and JASMINE RICHARDSON finished 2nd with the same time as winners Preston and all the girls ran PB’s in their individual events.
HERMIONE MASON ran an impressive PB in the hurdles event whilst SOFIJA DRAGISIC-WOOD competed in three events finishing 2nd in two of them. AVA TAYLOR made her league debut finishing 2nd in the high jump.
The U13 boy’s sprint relay team of KANE SAVILLE, DANIEL AITKIN, JOE HERBERTT and SCOTT WOODS won by 20 metres whilst Joe won the 100m and Kane and Scott were runners-up in the sprint events. MACKENNA BRADSHAW competed in 3 events finishing 2nd in two of them whilst DOMINIC REID jumped impressively for 3rd in the high jump.
All sections of the club contributed to this resounding team victory. Nineteen sprint victories, including four relays, gives further credence to our claim to having the most powerful sprint squads in the country.
Posted 21/06/2016 10:09
Fechin Mc Cormick
Sale Harriers had every reason to believe their senior women could romp home in their first match of their new lower Division 2 of the UK Women’s League at Chelmsford at the weekend. Sadly, it was not the case. Yet again only a relative handful – just 14 athletes, made the trip to Essex to cover 34 events and as a result, despite everyone’s heroic efforts and almost everyone doubling and trebling in unfamiliar events to compensate for their absent colleagues, the team still managed only 6th place. Despite inspiring performances and great team spirit, a cloud of disappointment and even annoyance at being let down yet again by their Wythenshawe, Sportscity and Crossford Bridge colleagues pervaded the day. The further shame is that with just one more person the team could have been challenging for 3rd place because only four points separated the teams. Their new competitors are Bedford & County AC, City of Liverpool AC, Havering AC, Herts Pheonix AC, Marshall Milton Keynes AC, Southampton and City of Glasgow.
Pole vaulters GEORGIA PICKLES and SARAH Mc KEEVER took five hours and five trains to get from Cardiff to Chelmsford. They couldn’t bring their poles but borrowed unfamiliar ones and still won great team points. Then these two inspiring young athletes went on to do the unfamiliar high jump and 800m.....and one had an important exam the following day.
Newcomers as higher claim members CHELSEA WALKER and ALICE Mc MAHON were another two inspirations. Chelsea is top ranked UK’s U20 400m hurdler aiming for the World Junior Championships. She ran a fantastic 400mH in a great PB that was only 2/10ths short of the qualifying standard. She had every reason to rest and avoid injury and, thanks also to her coach, ran a magnificent100m hurdles for almost maximum points and then helped create the day’s most exciting highpoint with her scintillating anchor leg in the 4 x 400m relay when she made up a 100m deficit in last place to bring her team home in an incredible 5th. Similarly, ALICE WALKER. She was fantastic in running both the sprints and the relay.
Long time club stalwart and Scottish international discus thrower KIRSTY LAW was awarded 'Athlete of the Match' for her Discus performance and received £50.00. Then she threw the unfamiliar hammer and – wait for it, put herself on stand-by to do the 1500m or a 3k – all to win club points. Take note everyone!
GB international javelin thrower and the current BUCS javelin Champion LAURA WHITTINGHAM also put her pride aside and competed in the discus and hammer for the first time ever in her illustrious career – just to win Sale points. Top Scottish pentathlete JADE NIMMO had been out with injury twelve months and was competitively rusty. Nevertheless she flew all the way from Edinburgh to help out the club in the shot, 200m and 3rd leg in the 4 x 100m relay and made a big difference. Hers is another example to follow.
LUISA CANDIOLI was also ‘star’ who went beyond the call of duty. In over 25 degree heat, she ran her heart out in the 3000m, then ran herself almost to a standstill in the 1500m for more great points and then was even prepared to do a 400m relay leg. TYRA WATSON was amazing in taking on four events – the 400m, 100m hurdles, high jump and a 4 x400m leg. Well done also, Tyra.
Indeed every single competitor deserved the heartiest clap on the back for exemplary loyalty, commitment and sacrifices – ALLYSIA CARR (Triple Jump & Long jump), HAYAAT BAH-TRAORE (100m & relay), NATASHA PICKLES (Javelin), J’NAE WARD (Shot), ZENNI ENECHI and (long jump and triple jump). It’s just such a pity they were again so badly let down by their colleagues.
T & F officials BRIAN SPRIGGS, TERRY SUTCLIFFE and BRIAN GOULDEN – none any longer in the throes of youth, had laboured throughout Saturday’s heat at Sportcity for the BAL match, then rushed without a change of clothes, wash or food to catch the coach for the 5-hour journey to Essex where they spent another hot day as T & F officials and, of course, won Sale more very important points.
All of it would have been very difficult – indeed impossible without the tireless work and persistent gentle persuasion of team manager TONY SIMMONS. He’d just returned from seven days in Israel celebrating his daughter Jennifer’s wedding. Jennifer is a long-time club stalwart and hurdles specialist and another example to follow. The club wishes them ‘Shalom’ for their future lives. .
It’s a time for reflection in the face of this continuing decline for all sections to ask pertinent questions
(a) On yet another extremely busy weekend, is the club far too stretched? Is there now a need to have to prioritize club commitments or are the issues more around loyalty and commitment or something else?
(b) There’s still far too much evidence that athletes and coaches still have not programmed club matches as very important into their athletes training programmes
(c) At least one southern club rely heavily on veteran athletes for track AND field.. Is there a need for a club culture change?
Posted 08/06/2016 15:27
Sale stayed on track to defend their Northern title with a drawn match with home team Preston AC. Our girl’s team are clearly the best in the country with both girl’s sprint relay teams now heading the National rankings. The U15 team of MIA LOWNDES, LAURELLE OBI, CHLOE NEWBIGGING and PRAISE OWOEYE set a new club record whilst the U13 team of OSARUMEN ODEMWENGIE, RENE GOOSEN, MELISSA BOOTH and JASMINE RICHARDSON showed a massive four second improvement from match one. We hold the National record for the 4 x 300m relay and our team of MEGAN GREENWAY, AYLA HEWITT, LIZZIE TWITE and TESS Mc HUGH maintain their unbeaten record to go 2nd on this year’s National rankings. We again scored maximum points in the pole vault with wins from SOPHIE ASHURST and AMY HASLAM. Our long jumpers were amazing with a clean sweep of four victories from DEVON WEYMONT, PRAISE OWOEYE, RENE GOOSEN, SOFIJA DRAGISIC-WOOD. In the middle distance events out star performer was MIA GIBBONS who improved her PB by 10 seconds to finish 2nd in the 1500m. Also finishing 2nd in middle distance events were LULU GRIFFITHS, LARA CRAWFORD, ISABELLE BURKE and KATIE STRINGER. Cheshire multi-event gold medallist LOIS Mc TIFFIN competed in three events and had a great day with a win and two 2nd places. Well done to SOFIJA DRAGISIC-WOOD who won two of the three events she competed in. A special mention to KIA LICIA-CLARKSON who, having run a PB over 75m, scored valuable points in her first ever attempt at the high jump. A number of primary age girls competed for the club and performed with great credit. Well done to NIAMH BOYD, ESME ALDRIDGE, KATIE STRINGER, LIBBY HILL, ERIN DONNELLY and DIDS PARISH.
In the boy’s events, LOUIS APPIAH-KUBI again scored a fine sprint double and then teamed up with LEWIS HINDLE, THEODORE UDOISE and CALEB ADENUGA to win the sprint relay in 47.4 seconds (a time that would have won last year’s National final. Caleb showed what an amazing athlete he is with a win in the long jump and a super fast time in the hurdles. SAM EBONINE and JED BAILEY again scored maximum points in the high jump whilst BROOK WYATT won the pole vault. PADDY MacKENZIE and SAM WADSWORTH scored well in the throwing events whilst the middle distance squad of SAM HEYWORTH, GEORGE SAFRANAUSKAS, JOHN GILBERT and JOEL STRINGER all ran PB’s.
In the U13 boy’s events, our relay team of KANE SAVILLE, RYAN NEWBIGGING, JOE HERBERT and DANIEL AITKEN improved their time by over three seconds from match one to finish runners-up. All four boys ran well in sprint events with double Cheshire sprint champion JOE HERBERT making a league debut, whilst Ryan was runner-up in the high jump. In the middle distance events ALEX JAMES and ZAC GAILLEMIN ran PB’s in the 1500m whilst primary age athletes WILL PARKER, ARCHIE Mc CARRON and HARRY EDMUNDSON ran well over 800m/.MACKENA BRADSHAW competed in three events with his best performance an excellent 2nd place in the javelin.
The 3rd and penultimate match is on home territory at Sportcity on SUNDAY June 19th.
Posted 25/05/2016 09:27
Emma Lowe u/17 won gold at Macclesfield Sunday for discus
Brogan Rudman became U/15 county champion this Saturday at Macclesfield.
Well done to Brogan and his coach Dave Lowe
This a picture of Isabelle Burke who on Saturday became the greater
Posted 17/05/2016 07:51
Sale face an uphill battle to retain the British League title after finishing last in the opening fixture at Eton, but the commitment shown on this sweltering Saturday keeps it well within the realms of possibility.
The trip down south this early in the season thinned out the squad, but its early days and two key positives stand out.
Strong performances in the sprints saw Aaron Crowley claim second in the 100m ‘A’ & 200m ‘B’ races, whilst Jonah Efoloko, just 16, cruised to victory in his BAL debut with an impressive 10.69.
With high calibre athletes dropping out of other events, several Sale athletes showed their dedication by committing to a busy afternoon.
This list included Alex Wort (5 events), Callum Roughneen & Callum Browne (4), James Bailey & Aaron Crowley (3) and me, Alan White, Andrew Burgess & Jonah Efoloko (2).
Learn the lessons, take the positives and look forward. The next match is on home turf at SportCity, giving Sale a great chance to get the season moving and dominate the fixture. Clear those diaries.
Posted 10/05/2016 08:10
Sale Harriers had two athletes ALEX WORT & LISA JAMES, graduate with fantastic top podium positions in the tough, competitive British University Championships. Lisa retained her U23 triple jump BUCS title with a new PB of 12.83m. This keeps her on top of the UK rankings.
ALEX WORT won another medal to go with the indoor one he won during the winter. Alex won the bronze in the 110m hurdles final in a massive new P.B. of 14.59s. See the videos below. Said his father, “If you had offered him a university athletic career of 6 national finals in two disciplines (pole vault and hurdles, indoors and outdoors) and 2 national medals for his 3 years at Brunel University at the start of it all, he'd have taken it. That's what he has done. Bravo! We spent a pleasant couple of days down in Bedford watching what we assume will be our final British Universities Championships for awhile as Alexander graduates in July. It proved to be worthwhile."
Posted 05/05/2016 10:13
After a busy Saturday competing in the Youth Development League Sale Harriers entered a U13 s Girls Relay team in the M60 Track Relays event at Bury Athletic Club, competing against a number of local clubs in the Greater Manchester area. Sale competed in the 4 x 100m event.
The Girls team comprised of Jasmine Richardson, Dids Parish, Hermione Mason and Sofija Dragisic Wood.
In this competitive age group the girls qualified through the heats, and then had a few hours wait until the final later in the day. The rain stopped just as the girls lined up for the final and from the gun the girls led the race from start to finish, wining by at least 25metres. There were lots smiles and proud parents as the girls where awarded their 1st place medals.
A big thank you must go to the M60 Athletic network for putting on this event, also Bury AC for hosting the relays. Not forgetting all the Officials and volunteers that made this a successful day,
Lets hope this could become an annual event.
Posted 26/04/2016 16:58
Sale started their defence of their U13 & U15 Northern League title with a 50 point victory over Preston in their first match at Spinkhill, Sheffield. Our girl’s team were particularly impressive and under the team management of CARL WORTHINGTON, has remained unbeaten at Northern and National level since 2013. We hold the national record for the 4x300m relay and our team of TESS Mc HUGH, LIZZIE TWITE, JESS NELSON, and MIA LOWNDES won by five seconds whilst an equally awesome foursome of LAURELLE OBI, RUKA SHONIBARE, PRAISE OWOEYE and CHLOE NEWBIGGING won the sprint relay by fifteen metres. We again scored maximum points in the pole vault with LUCIE WOLFENDEN and SOPHIE ASHURST (the daughter of Sale Harrier Commonwealth PV Gold medallist, ANDY ASHURST), both vaulting PB’s to win their event.
Our middle distance runners were in fine form with LARA CRAWFORD, ALYSSA DAVY, TIA RAE BARTON and ALICE TONGE all winning their events. Northern champion DEVON WEYMONT was runner up in the long jump whilst ANNA KERSHAW won her hurdles event with a big PB. Cheshire multi event gold medallist LOIS Mc TIFFIN and silver medallists SCARLETT WHITTAKER each competed in three events, setting PB’s and scoring a shed load of points for the club. Our star performers in the U13 girls were RUBY BELL with a big PB in the 800m and RENE GOOSEN with PB’s in both sprints. It was very encouraging to see so many Primary age girls competing for the club and showing so much talent and maturity. Well done to ISABELLE BURKE, TAYLOR EDWARDS, HERMIONE MASON, ELLISE FRYER-FRANCIS, JASMINE RICHARDSON, LIBBY HILL and ERIN DONNELLY. A special mention should go to MELISSA BOOTH who, unable to run at the moment through injury, learnt to throw the javelin and finished in the silver medal position and National Biathlon Champion OLIVIA HERRON who took time out from a swimming gala in Leeds to travel over to Sheffield and win her 800m event.
Our star in the boy’s event was LOUIS APPIAH-KUBI who scored a fine sprint double victory and teamed up with LEWIS HINDLE, SAM EBONINE and ODUOISE THEODORE to win the sprint relay by an incredible 25m. Further sprint success came when ALEX ARMSTRONG-BROWN, SAM HEYWORTH, GEORGE SAFRANAUSKAS and SAM WORTHINGTON teamed up to finish runners up in the 4 x 300m relay. BROGAN RUDMAN finished 2nd in the hurdles with a new PB whilst BROOK WYATT was runner up in the pole vault. Once more we gained maximum points in the high jump with SAM EBONINE and JED BAILEY whilst BEN KIRSH, SAM WADSWORTH and VEER BATRA scored well in the throws. SAM WORTHINGTON and ALEX ARMSTRONG-BROWN competed with great success in four events each and contributed a massive points total to the score. – truly men of Sheffield steel!!!! ALEX JAMES was our star in the U13 boys winning the 1500m in a new PB. The rest of the team showed great spirit and commitment to the club but as most are still at Primary school we can expect better performances as they gain experience.. Well done to KANE SAVILLE, RYAN NEWBIGGING, DAVID AITKEN, TOM BOYD, WILL PARKER, ARCHIE Mc CARRON and MACKENA BRADSHAW.
A special commendation must go to DAVE MARSH, the boy’s team manager, who had a particularly difficult job to turn out a good boy’s team. The girl’s have many more talented athletes and competition for team places is fierce. Those disappointed in not being selected should keep competing (in a ranger of events) in championships and open meetings. We must also send out a big thank you to the club officials – some of whom were parents, who were awarded the maximum 55 points for the club.
Posted 26/04/2016 16:40
On a cool grey showery spring day The Regional Championships for Disability Athletes took place at Sport City. Rarely do these athletes get mentioned and many members may not even know of their existence. Pray that you are not struck down like Sale Harrier Lee Whiteley (coach - Keith Hunter) who one minute was leading a normal life as a club athlete when his world was turned upside down by a sudden illness. His competitive streak led to him not giving in and he battled back to compete at the highest level, leading to a World Championship medal in 2013 in Lyon. He joins young Chloe Knight (coach - Keith Hunter) who has a World Indoor Bronze amongst other medals in T/F20. Robert Wilshire competed in the old YDL in Long Jump going almost unnoticed.
Coming back to today our young Sale Harrier Finlay Freeman (coaches - Hunter/Wilshire) collected two Championship medals at the Regional Championships, one for Sprints and one for Long Jump. May his determination and success in a Sale vest long continue.
Posted 25/04/2016 08:00
There were lots of Sale athletes on show for the first Outdoor track event of this year. A typical British spring day keeping everyone guessing with spells of pleasant sunshine breaking through but at times when the cloud cover prevailed there was still a bit of a chill in the air. None of this bothered the likes of Isabelle Burke who ran away with the 1200m Gold medal in 4.08 the second fastest time in the UK this year so far, with fellow Sale athlete Lizzie Hill taking bronze.
The fast improving Sam Heyworth raced well against Yorkshire champion Ethan Hussey and got a PB AND A SILVER only half a second adrift. The sprinters were not to be outdone with 14 PB s gained. A total of 9 athletes in middle distance events took PBs. Field events such as Javelin are on hold over the winter and the jumps are restricted to indoor events such as our open meets. 6 Javelin throwers, who may not yet be specialists, improved their PBs whilst 5 Shot Putters did likewise.
A further 8 athletes in Long jump improved too. Scarlett Whittaker was only 1cm off her High Jump PB. The youngest age group, under 11 athletes, appeared in 20 events and have not been included in the former totals. It’s a great way to start the year and testament to the very good work which is done at Crossford Bridge, Wythenshawe and Sport City. I noticed 8 Sale coaches there, but there could have been more. Let’s not forget the hours they spend helping athletes taking their first tentative steps in this sport.
Posted 07/04/2016 12:15
Posted 14/03/2016 16:16
Sportcity on Saturday saw the culmination of local Sportshall events with the NW championships which is an inter-country event featuring teams from Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside, Cumbria and Greater Manchester with a number of athletes gaining selection for Greater Manchester.
MEGAN GREENWAY, MELISSA BOOTH and SCARLETT WHITTAKER were part of the Greater Manchester team that won the U13 girl’s age-group and have now been selected to represent the NW of England at the national finals in Birmingham Congratulations to all three girls on their selection to compete on such a prestigious event
This has been a highly successful Sportshall season for Sale Harriers in both league and county championships which are a great credit to CHRISTINE TYRER and STEVE BOOTH who gave both coached and team managed the squads.
Posted 08/03/2016 09:02
Fechin Mc Cormick
There were highs and lows for the club’s thirteen athletes who competed in their pinnacle of the winter indoor season, the British Indoor Championships in Sheffield at the weekend.
The highs were certainly the club’s three medallists. Chris Baker, hot from his recent massive British record and club record high jump of 2.36m, was crowed British Champion. Sprinter Andy Robertson will be ecstatic with his 60m PB and silver medal. Hopefully, he’ll have caught the selector’s eye for the Rio Olympics. Andy Sutcliffe, the club’s pole-vault record holder and multi UK medallist, will also be very pleased to secure yet another silver medal.
Some of the disappointments were unfortunates JESS TAYLOR (DNS), DAVE PROCTOR (DNF), MATT CULLEN (NH), CALLUM ROUGHNEEN (DQ) and JACK ANDREW (DQ).
Posted 01/03/2016 08:54
Fechin Mc Cormick
Several club athletes, their coaches, families and back-up teams had every good reason to celebrate from their performances at the weekend’s important England Indoor Championships at Sheffield.
KEVIN METZGER won the U20 triple jump gold and England Champion and he did it in style with a PB that’s finally reached the magical 15.00m. Kevin now also holds the U20 indoor silver and outdoor gold medals and he’s also the EA U17 gold, and bronze outdoor medallist and U17 indoor silver medallist
JONA EFOLOKO became the U17 200m England champion and the U17 60m silver medallist. He’s already got an impressive set of EA medals. He’s the 2015 U17 60m Champion and 200m silver medallist and the 2014 U15 60m and 200m Champion
EMMANUEL ODUBANJO, another of coach KEITH HUNTER’s exciting athletes, won the U17 England triple jump title again with a PB of 14.52. He adds this to last year’s U17 outdoor bronze medal.
RORY KEEN won the U17 400m bronze medal with a 50.64 PB. Though a hurdles specialist with quite some success as a Gtr. Manchester County , Gtr. Manchester Schools and Northern success, this was only his 2nd straight 400m race, the first just a few weeks earlier when he won the Northern Athletics U17 silver medal.
Well done also to the following who produced tremendous PB’s, almost as good if not as good as medals: DANIEL AFOLATA (U17 60m in 7.05), LOUIS APPIAH-KUBI (60m in7.36), MIA LOWNDES (60m in 8.13), MEG Mc HUGH (U17 300m in 41.90) and AIMEE PRATT (800m in 2:18).
The Under 20 men’s triple jump saw Kevin Metzger extend his PB to 15.00 and move to the top of the rankings with his second round jump.
Posted 15/02/2016 20:00
Fechin Mc Cormick
Hermione Mason HJ Silver
In the current sequence of Northern Indoor and Outdoor Championships, it was the region’s U13 & U15 boys and girls to compete at their Northern Indoors Championships at the weekend in the traditional venue of Sheffield’s EIS Arena. Sale Harriers had two silver medallists - U13 HERMIONE MASON (High jump) and U15 LOUIS APPIAH-KUBI (60m) and one bronze medal U15 LIZZIE TWITE (800m). There were several who produced great PB performances and most of them with more than one PB, Well done to all.
MELISSA BOOTH U13 60m x 2
MELISSA BOOTH U13 200m x2
MELISSA BOOTH U13 Long Jump
HARMIONE MASON U13 60m
HERMIONE MASON U13 200m
HERMIONE MASON U13 High Jump
LOIS Mc TIFFIN U15 60m Hurdles
LOIS Mc TIFFIN U15 Shot Putt
TYLER HILL U15 60m
TYLER HILL U15 200m
LOUIS APPIAH-KUBI U15 200m x 2
MIA LOWNDES U15 200m x 3
LIZZIE TWITE U15 800m x 2
LUCIE WOLFENDEN U15 Pole Vault
RUKA SHONIBARE U15 60m
Ellie Twite U15 800 Bronze medalist.
Posted 08/02/2016 18:33
Posted 02/02/2016 18:03
The Greater Manchester Sportshall Championships were held at Sportscity on Sunday and Sale Harriers again did well to finish four teams in the first three in their age-group, including a win for the U11 boys. Sale Harriers can be well pleased with a medal count of 8 gold,14 silver and 2 bronze plus a host of PB’s.
The club had four new individual county champions in NATHAN BOOTH (Shot), SCARLETT WHITTAKER (Shot), MACKENA BRADSHAW (vertical jump & silver in the javelin) and LUCY HERBERT (Vertical jump). The U11 boy’s sprint relay team are also county champions. Well done to PRINCE AYENI, JACKSON WARD, LEONARDO SCOTT and HARRY EDMUNDSON.
Silver medals were awarded to HARRY BOYD (Shot), SOPHIE TILLEY (Shot), MEGAN GREENWAY (4-lap), ELLA GILLESPIE (Triple jump), LEONARDO SCOTT (Sprint) and JACKSON WARD (Javelin). The relay teams were also silver medallists. Well done to the U11 girls – LUCY HERBERT, HERMIONE MASON, DIDS PARISH and Ella Gillespie and the U13 girls relay team MELISSA BOOTH, MEGAN GREENWAY, ELLA MARSHALL and SOFIJA DRAJISIC-WOOD.
Bronze medals were awarded to JACKSON WARD (Long Jump) and MELISSA BOOTH (4-lap). Yet again, a big ‘Thank You’ to the hard-working team managers, indispensable officials and coaches and all those self-sacrificing parents without whom these matches could never happen.
TEAM 2016 U11G SPORTSHALL Gtr.Manchester Champs Relay Silver. Gillepsie, Parish, Mason and Herbert
Posted 25/01/2016 19:49
Fechin Mc Cormick
Northern Championships, whether indoors or outdoors, is a major winter pinnacle and whilst the endurance sections are ‘hotting-up’ for their Championship over Blackburn’s mud and undulations on January 30th, this weekend the club’s T & F specialists crossed the snow crowned Pennines to the relative warmth of EIS Sheffield in the hope of even surpassing their expectations. They returned with the traditional haul of glorious medals and lifetime best performances. Well done to all...............
SENIOR 800m JENNA HILL
SENIOR TRIPLE JUMP NATHAN ROACH
SENIOR 200m REBEKAH WILSON (PB
U20 1500m AIMEE PRATT
U20 3000m AIMEE PRATT
U20 TRIPLE JUMP KEVIN METZGER
U17 POLE VAULT VICTORIA BARLOW
U17 60m JONA EFOLOKO
U17 TRIPLE JUMP EMMANUEL ODUBANJO
SENIOR 60m REBEKAH WILSON
SENIOR 200m ABI FITZPATRICK
SENIOR 1500m JENNA HILL
U17 HIGH JUMP SHANE CONNELL
U17 400m RORY KEEN (PB)
SENIOR 800m JOSH OGUNTAYO
SENIOR SHOT JOHN NICHOLLS
U20 POLE VAULT ZAC HARROP (PB)
U20 POLE VAULT EBBIE DANSON-CHAPPELL
U17 HIGH JUMP GRACE BOWER
OTHER LIFETIME BEST PERFORMANCES
SENIOR 60m AARON CROWLEY
SENIOR 400m ORIOL PIQUERAS
U20 60m HAYAAT BAH-TRAORE
U20 200m EMMANUEL MUKA
Posted 18/01/2016 19:36
Following the very successful first Sportshall match at Sportcity in mid-December, Sale Harriers U11 boys were again in excellent form at the weekend. This club section now has six athletes selected to represent Greater Manchester in the North West County Championship for the U11's. The athletes selected were,
Hermione Mason, Olivia Buchan, Mackenna Bradshaw, Prince Ayeni, Harry Edmundson and Leonardo Scott.
The Sportshall Arena had its usual lively atmosphere of noise, keen competition and friendly rivalry between the five counties of Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire, Cumbria and Merseyside. In a hard fought contest, Greater Manchester finished 2nd in both Girls and Boys events, just pipped by Cheshire, and only just four points in the boys event.
The club athletes now go on to the Greater Manchester County Championships next Sunday where they represent Sale Harriers and medals are up for grabs!
Posted 18/01/2016 19:34
The 3rd fixture of Sale Harriers Winter Indoor meetings, held at Sportcity, was most successful with over 300 athletes at the arena and with 64 club track & field members taking part.
The club’s sprinters were out in force, many recording personal bests, and the jumpers also were revelling in the competitions provided.
Personal bests were achieved by the following club members........
Aarron Crowley (Sen) led the way with a 6.92s clocking. Followed by Daniel Afolabi (U17) 7.06s, Emmanual Muka 7.23s, Jonathon Bisson
7.45s, both (U20), then Laurelle Obi(U15) 8.09s, Meg Mchugh (U17) 8.4s, Megan Greenway(U15) 9.01s also had a 4m 09cm long jump.
Rebekah Wilson was in sharp form recording 7.64s in the 60m, followed later by a pb in the 200m recording 24.56secs. Louis Appiah-Kubi (U15) was rewarded with 2 personal bests, 7.68s and 25.09s.
Remoldo Edwards (U23) clocked a fast 23.07s and both Rory Keen (U17) 23.30s and Nahom Selemon (U17) 26.41s had pbs. Oriol Pigneras-Orago (Sen) ran 7.52s and 2.57s respectively.Elizabeth Twite (U15) reduced her 600m pb with a 1m 42.18s clocking.
Quite a few of the club’s jumpers have been taking part in the series, with outstanding results, achieving qualifying distances for the National indoors. Pole Vaulters, Zach Harrop (U20) cleared 4m 40cm and Victoria Barlow ( U17) 3m 23cm were outstanding. Equally so was Shane Connell (U17), who soared over 1m 85cm in the High Jump.
Full detailed results can be viewed at the Power of 10 web site. Click here.
Posted 13/01/2016 11:35
The final Sportshall League meet was at Sportcity on Sunday and Sale Harriers can be well pleased with four teams finishing in the first three in their age group with strong opposition from twelve other clubs.
Pride of place must go to the U11 boys who won the league title by a big margin. In the final match they were particularly impressive in the relay events with well drilled squads winning all three relays. Congratulations to the 8-boy squad of JACK ALTOFT, MACKENNA BRADSHAW, HARRY EDMUNDSON, TOM BOYD, LEONARDO SCOTT, PRINCE AYENI, HARVEY DEVENPORT and JACKSON WARD.
The U11 girl’s team of LUCY HERBERT, HERMIONE MASON, OLIVIA BUCHAN and ISABELLE BURKE were also relay winners in the obstacle event and with the addition of KACEE AYENI, ELEANOR BOYD, GRACE EDMUNDSON and DIDS PARISH scored well across all disciplines.
A large squad of U13 girls represented the club with tremendous enthusiasm and team spirit. ELLA MARSHALL and SARA BAYAN achieved PB’s in the shot whilst SCARLETT WHITTAKER won the event with a PB of 8.40m. SOFIJA DRAJISIC-WOOD scored an impressive 76 in the speed bounce and teamed up with MELISSA BOOTH, MEGAN GREENWAY and NIAMH COYNE to make up a speedy relay team. The rest of this impressive squad was made up of HOLLY HARRISON, MARIE COLDRICK, ELLIE COLQUHOUN-LYNN, ELLIE HILL, CHARLOTTE BUCHAN and AMBER THOMS who all contributed to the team’s success.
Our star performer was U15 NATHAN BOOTH with PB’s of 9.24m in the shot and 6.78m in the standing triple jump.
Others who competed with great credit for the club were JENNA CARR, SARA INACIO, HARRY BOYD and JOHN LEWIS.
The next Sportshall fixture is the County Championships on January 24th. The usual ‘Thank You’ must go to the team managers, officials, coaches and parents who made this another successful event.
Posted 15/12/2015 11:31
Sale Harriers U11 boys won round one by a convincing margin and remain on course to retain their Sportshall league title following their second match at Sportcity at the weekend. In this match, LEONARDO SCOTT and PRINCE AYENI were impressive in the sprints whilst MCKENNA BRADSHAW won the javelin with HARRY EDMUNDSON also in good form. The whole squad contributed to tremendous results in the relays with two victories in the obstacles relays and the runners-up slot in the sprints relays. JACK ALTOFT, TOM BOYD, JACKSON WARD and JOE LEWIS also performed with great credit.
The U11 girls are also aiming to retain their league title. A team of HERMIONE MASON, ISABELLE BURKE, KACEE AYEN1 and DIDS PARISH were runners up in the relay. Dids was outstanding in the sprint event whilst Hermione excelled in the vertical jump. GRACE EDMUNDSON, ELEANOR BOYD and OLIVIA BUCHAN also scored well in their events.
The U13 girls were in great form with four lap victories from MEGAN GREENWAY, ELLIE COLQHOUN-LYNN and ELLA WILSON whilst HOLLY HARRISON, IZZY LAMB AND SCARLETT WHITTAKER were in good form in the six lap event. A team of MELISSA BOOTH, ELLA WILSON, NIAMH COYNE and MEGAN GREENWAY were runners-up in the relay. In the field events, SCARLETT WHITTAKER impressed with her 8.58m shot and 53cms vertical jump whilst MELISSA BOOTH jumped 6.02m in the standing triple jump and SOFIJA DRAJISIC-WOOD jumped 1.78m in the standing long-jump. Others performing with great credit were ELLA MARSHALL, TIGGY FALLON, CHARLOTTE BUCHAN, MARIE GOLDRICK and SOPHIE TILLEY.
Other team members who scored well for the club were JENNA CARR, NATHAN BOOTH, HARRY BOYD (PB in the shot), BAILEY HULSE, SARA IACIO, JACOB CORRIE, MONTY MARSHALL, JOHN LEWIS and NANA AMPONSAH.
Again, thanks to the team managers, officials and parents who made this worthwhile event not just happen but such a continuing success.
Posted 16/11/2015 19:35
Sale are the current Greater Manchester Sportshall champions in the U11 boys and girls age-groups. On Sunday at Sportcity, the club started the defence of their titles against opposition from twelve teams from all over the county, in a match featuring competition for U11, U13 and U15 athletes in a range of events; Speed-bounce, obstacle races, relays, vertical jump, standing jumps, shot, javelin, parlauf and running events.
We were dominant in the shot with victories from SOPHIE TILLEY, HANNAH BLOOD, JENNA CARR and NATHAN BOOTH. The running events featured some fine sprinting from MELISSA BOOTH and ELLA WILSON whilst TOM BOYD, HOLLY HARRISON and ISABELLE BURKE were in excellent form in the longer distance events.
Other team members to perform with great credit to the club were JACK ALTOFT, MCKENNA BRADSHAW, HARRY EDMUNDSON, GRACE EDMUNDSON, ELEANOR BOYD, OLIVIA BUCHAN, CHARLOTTE BUCHAN, PRINCE AYENI, KACEE AYENI, SARA BAYAN, ELLIE COLQUHOUN-LYNN, TIGGY FALLON, IZZY LAMB, ELLIE HALL, MARIA GOLDERICK, ELLA MARSHALL, AMBER THOMS, SOFIJA DRAGISIC-WOOD, SARA IACIO and L. SCOTT.
A special mention to NIAMH COYNE who fell in her race but got up; dusted herself down; caught the rest and scored valuable points for the club. The next round is at Sportcity on Sunday November 15th and we will need more boys to turn out and represent the club is we are to challenge for the overall league title which we lost by one point last year.
It’s worth reminding parents, coaches and photographers that the next club Harrier magazine, which will be out next March, will particularly feature ‘teams’ rather than individuals so please take ‘team’ photos if possible and send to firstname.lastname@example.org asap after the event. Thank you.
Posted 27/10/2015 12:18
On Saturday Sale Harriers U13 and U15 teams competed in Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium against the best eight clubs from all over Great Britain in a bid to retain their National title. In a close contest, Edinburgh AC won with 608 points and Sale 3rd with 591 points. This was a great result from a team which showed tremendous spirit whilst adopting a disciplined and professional approach. We had no disqualifications; all athletes recorded valid performances and all six relay teams excelled, including three victories. (Perhaps relay coach CARL WORTHINGTON should coach Team GB’s relay teams!). The quality of our performance is indicated by the medal tally of 30 gold, 16 silver and 11 bronze and that Sale athletes achieved 13 Grade 1 UK Athletics Performance Standards.
DANIEL AFOLOBI was our star in the U15 boys winning both sprints with Grade 1 performances and then teaming up with RHYS PARKER, DYLAN STARKIE and NAHOM SELEMON to win the sprint relay. Dylan and Nahom were also individual medallists, ARON TZEGAY ran a tremendous PB to win the 300m in a Grade 1 performance whilst SHANE CONNELL was runner up in high jump (Grade 1). Team Captain MICHAEL ODEJIMI had a good day with medal winning performances in the 200m and high jump,
In the U13 boys age-group, a special mention goes to SAM WORTHINGTON who competed in four events, recording three PB’s, 2 Grade 1 performances and winning the longs jump. Congratulations to SAM WADSWORTH and BEN KERSH who were both double medallists in the throws and hurdlers NEO IVANOVIC-BROWN and ZAK STILLER (bronze medal) who have shown tremendous improvement over the season. Our best event in this age-group was the 800m in which CHARLIE HOBSON and GEORGE SAFRANAUSKAS finished in silver medal position. We wish Charlie well when, in two weeks time, he competes for GB and NI in the World Run/Swim Championships in Georgia.
Our strongest age-group was the U15 girls who won both relays and an amazing seven individual events. Our gold medallists were RUKA SHONIBARE (3 gold), team captain ELLIE JACKSON (2 gold and 2 Grade 1 performances), TESS Mc HUGH (2 gold and 1 Grade 1 performance), CHLOE NEWBIGGING (2 gold), MATILDA WATERS (Gold and a Grade 1), VICTORIA BARLOW, DEVON WEYMONT, MIA LOWNDES, MIA GIBBONS, LIZZY TWITE and LAURELLE OBI who also won 2 silver medals in the sprints. Ellie and Mia Lowndes were also awarded silver medals whilst Devon won a bronze. Tess, Ellie and Mia Lowndes are also to be congratulated on being selected to compete in the English Schools Combined Events Championships in two weeks time in Bedford.
ANNA KERSHAW was the star of the U13 girl’s team with 1 gold, 3 silvers and 2 Grade 1 performances. Anna teamed up with KATE BIRD, TYLER HILL and POPPY GLASBY-SEDDON to finish runners-up in the relay. RUBY BELL had a great run to win her 1200m race by six seconds whilst PENNY TOWNSEND ran a PB to finish 2nd in the 800m and just missed out on a medal in the long jump. Congratulations to our other medallists in this age-group: - ALICE DALE (Gold and Bronze), AYLA HEWITT (Gold), JESS SPILSBURY (Silver), TYLER HILL (Bronze), KATE BIRD (Bronze) and SCARLETT WHITTAKER (Bronze).
Sale’s success in bringing these teams to this National Championship involves much commitment and hard work from coaches, parents, officials and especially the team managers. The club thanks all of them and especially the team managers DAVID MARSH and CARL WORTHINGTON who have to work behind the scene throughout the summer in ensuring the best possible teams turn out for every match. In Olympic year (2016), the club’s aim must now be to regain the National title and win its 9th Northern title in 10 years.
Posted 07/09/2015 09:19
Sale Athletics Academy ran from 25th - 28th August at Sport City Regional Arena. Aimed at 10-14 year olds who wanted to improve their knowledge of the sport and gain information from experienced coaches and experts in the field.
This was exceptional value for money course at £1.40 per day. 18 athletes, mostly Sale Harriers, have been attended on Wednesday, former National Hurdles coach Peter Warden held a Hurdles clinic, whih was excellent, and a fantastic opportunity for our developing athletes to gain knowledge from such an experienced coach. His manner with the athletes was as good as his technical knowledge. More importantly one of our developing coaches, David Lowes, got a wealth of information by standing alongside him. This allows David to improve himself and pass on what he has learned within the club over the next year. We should praise all our coaches who constantly try to better their knowledge in order to improve our athletes. They are very valuable to the club.
Posted 28/08/2015 14:25
Congratulations and a big thank you to the 6 heroic girls that represented the club in this crucial fixture at Doncaster that was to decide the fate of Sale Harriers in the Premier Division. They are Rebekah Wilson, Olivia Callaghan, Alyssia Carr, Tyra Watson, Emma Lowe, and Jennifer Simmonds all of whom notched up several victories, but covering 19 events this was a most disappointing turnout.
Rebekah’s 100/200m double, Jennifer and Tyra supreme in the 400m Hurdles, Alyssia and Tyra being dominant in the horizontal jumps, 16 year old Emma taking on all the Senior throwers, Rebekah throwing the javelin and Olivia forcing herself around the1500m, demonstrated to all that team spirit was prevalent amongst these six. To cap it all, four of them flowed majestically to a 4 x100m victory.
In a fixture that the club had to win to retain Div 1 status in the Northern league, a magnificent male turnout dominated the men’s events. Led by Daniel Heald, it could not offset the unfortunate deficit of female contribution.
Why is this? Why for the first time in my memory is it that the Northern League team have been relegated from Div 1?
I give three reasons: -
A big thank you to Mike Delaney, the men’s team manager, for a very good season, and Brian Spriggs for leading a team of dedicated officials.
A meeting open to all, is being held at Sportcity on Weds Sept 23rd at 6pm. Please call John Smith, the club’s coach co-ordinator on 0756770484 to express your interest to overcome this situation.
Posted 27/08/2015 08:33
SALE HARRIERS MANCHESTER
WEDNESDAY 26 AUGUST 2015
10am – 2pm
The clinic will be delivered by Peter Warden who has been the National Coach for the North of England specializing in hurdles
All athletes and coaches are welcome, just turn up on the day.
Cost £1.20 for Manchester residents
Cost £1.40 for non man residents
Posted 19/08/2015 08:31
Fechin Mc Cormick
Sale Harriers had approximately ten athletes compete in this important summer track and field pinnacle held at Middlesbrough, and seven of them, with their coaches, parents and families will be delighted with their Northern medals, PB performances or both.
DEVON WEYMONT won long jump gold and ALEXA Mc TIFFIN won U17 800m gold, both with PB’s and MATILDA WATERS won the U15 pole vault with a CBP and JAIMAL BROWN won the U17 javelin gold medal.
This is a tremendous achievement for all these four girls. Devon’s tremendous talent is reflected in the fact that, though she’s Manchester High School’s long-jump record holder, because she wasn’t selected for the final YDL match at Bebington, took up the high jump with coach Jess Taylor and after just a few sessions is now the club’s 2nd best high jumper with 1.48m. This lifetime best jump sends her to number one in the North West and 8th overall in the UK on the Power of 10
Alexa’s progress this summer has been hampered by injury but she’s has fought back, thankful to her coach Paul’s Roden’s patience, and now she a proud Northern Champion with a lifetime best performance.
Matilda has had a great year of medal winning. She’s the Gtr. Manchester Schools pole vault champion, the Cheshire & Gtr. Manchester County Champion, the English School’s bronze medallist and the England U15 silver medallist. Finally, Jaimal! This is probably her finest accolade, apart from being the three times Gtr Manchester School’s champion. Well done to all of them
SAM WORTHINGTON won the U13 long jump silver medal with a PB and the U13 200m bronze medal also with a PB – a great weekend’s work. Sam’s contribution this summer to the success of the YDL (Lower) team has been superb. The team became Northern YDL champions and are on their way to Birmingham in September to hopefully retain their National title.
Besides Matilda Waters, it’s been a successful weekend for Matt Cullen’s pole vaulting stable with ANNIE WILLIAMS also winning the U17 pole vault bronze medal and her training partner VICTORIA BARLOW won the U15 bronze medals.
MICHAEL ODEJIMI and LOIS MC TIFFIN, who currently holds four Cheshire titles and is the club's top high jumper with 1.5m, will be consoled in just missing out on U15 high jump medals by producing fantastic PB’s . Lois also did a 200m PB in the heats. Well done also to U13 LEWIS HINDLE who also produced a 200m PB in his heats.
Posted 19/08/2015 08:12
The club’s senior men went into Match 4 of their British Premier League with an outside chance of retaining their league title, something that the club had never managed in the history of the club.
They would have needed to have won the match or, at the very least beaten Birchfield, Shaftesbury and Sheffield in that order, but, in the end, it wasn't to be and at the end of a long season, we finished 6th on the day and 4th overall.
It is often said that clubs that compete in the European Cup suffer domestically and there may be some truth to that, but we still had an excellent season that featured genuine team spirit, commitment and some excellence on the way.
On the day, everyone showed some real commitment, whether it was Jonathan Ferryman, who answered the triple jump call with less than 24 hours' notice, or Matt Sumner, who recorded his second best 400mH time ever on his 5th appearance for the team in 2015.
We saw top 3 finishes from Matt, Dwayne Cowan (400m - 46.25 pb), Dave Proctor (1500m), Chris Baker (HJ), Matt Hunt (javelin) and Rimas Martisauskas, our sole A winner in the shot.
There were also B podium spots for Old Man John Nicholls (shot), Jack Andrew (PV), Aaron Crowley (200m), Debo Ademuyewo (400m) and Alex Wort (110mH).
As ever, everyone contributed, so thanks too, to Chris Wakeford, Alan "PB" White, Umar Hameed, James "PB" Wignall, James "DNF" Bailey, Gabriel Odujobi, David "PB" Rich, Matt Bond, Gavin Hill, Liam Grey- Thompson, Alex Smith, Andy Burgess, Jordan Charters, Andy Sutcliffe, Ricardo Twumasi, who all gave their all in what was a very high quality meeting that saw a number of athletes heading to Beijing in attendance,
Thanks again to John Smith, Roy Swinbank, Peter Roughneen for their support and thanks to everyone who's turned out in green, red and white this year or coached the athletes who've represented the team. Full results at www.bal.org.uk.
Posted 16/08/2015 19:06
Result 7th place. Relegated to Division 2.
The prospect of relegation had been with us since our poor showing at Bristol in Match 2, when we were unable to field a full team for the final crucial match at Wigan on August 9th, and finished in 7th place. For our final match at Wigan, it was obvious that we could not allow the same situation to happen again. After all, the match was virtually a home tie, and we are Sale Harriers after all, one of the biggest and best clubs in the UK. Surely teams like Bristol, and Cardiff, would struggle just as we had in Match 2, with the overnight stay, distance travelled, and of course, availability of athletes with summer holiday commitments. One week before the match it would be no exaggeration to say that the Sale team was looking pretty awesome with strong athletes in most events, and all events covered.
This was the point at which things started to go wrong, because during that week, and in particular within 48 hrs of the match, no fewer than 40% of the selected athletes withdrew from the team. Of course, genuine injuries and illnesses are unavoidable, and no blame can be attached to the athlete. Neither can late selection for international competition which the club will always support. However, all the other teams, including Southampton (who finished in a distant last place) had more athletes than us, and in particular, Bristol and Cardiff (2 teams that in theory we could have expected to finish ahead of). Both these teams were able to select athletes in all events where we had 8 gaps. They subsequently managed to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively, thereby ensuring their survival in Division 1.
Those Sale athletes that were competing, did their utmost, and can be proud of their achievements. 8 events were won with a further 6 gaining 2nd or 3rd placings. Special mention goes to Jess Taylor, our Commonwealth Games medallist heptathlete. Jess had competed and won in Spain the previous week but unexpected family illness had caused great stress and worry. She could have been forgiven for pulling out of the team. Instead, Jess showed her class by winning 100mh, Long Jump, and 2nd place High Jump, not forgetting helping 2 winning relay teams.
Talented young multi eventer, J’nae Ward, also proved her worth by winning 100mh, 2nd place High Jump, and valuable points in Shot. Our sprinters were very impressive. Lucy Evans with a 1st and 2nd place in 200m and 100m, Becky Wilson won her 100m. Kirsten McAslan, ahead of her trip to Beijing as part of the British relay squad, made an excellent contribution to 200m, and all 3 helped win the relays. Kirsten even threw a javelin for the first time. Jennifer Simmons carried the flag for Sale in 400m and 400mh, and still found some energy to help us win 4 x 400m relay.
Chloe Doggett answered an SOS for a pole vaulter, having competed the previous day, and together with Ebbie Danson-Chappell made valuable contributions. Katherine Barker, despite little training, made herself available for 1500m, whilst Luisa Candioli, once again found herself with 1500m and 3000m, with just an hour recovery in between. Kathy Wellam also showed her continuing value to the team with a sterling effort in the 2000m s/c. Abi Irozuru was a class act winning her Long Jump, and Rosie Semenytsh , as usual, was superb in Javelin and managed to support the team in both discus and hammer. Special mention also to Jasmine Burke, hammer and discus, for giving up her weekend to help Sale on both days, and to Abi Fitzpatrick who helped the relay team, in spite of a health problem.
Thanks to Dave Greenwood for the excellent pictures. See more at http://www.darkstarphotos.com/ukwal-at-wigan
Posted 16/08/2015 16:37
PETER SHAW/DAVE MARSH/CARLWORTHINGTON
On September 6th reigning National Champions Sale Harriers will compete in Birmingham against the best U13 and U15 teams from all over Great Britain in a bid to retain their National title. Over 200 clubs took part in the regional rounds and now just the top eight will contest the final. Sale, as Northern champions – a title they’ve won eight times in the last nine years, will represent the North of England and are the only team to have made the final every year since the league started in 2004. Although we’ve won all the Northern league matches by comfortable margins, the actual standard within each event has been very high with our athletes competing against many County champions from Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester. This fierce competition has resulted in a host of PB’s, the highlight being Shane Connell recording a UK joint No.1 in the high jump and the girl’s U15 team breaking the league record for the 4 x 300m relay. Competing against the Scottish and Welsh Champions will give many of our young athletes a first taste of international competition and will be a great experience for them.
Competing at this level requires a cool head and as judging will be meticulous, care must be taken if we are to avoid disqualification and maximize points. From observation of previous finals we’ve identified a number of potential pitfalls:-
If athletes are unsure of any of the above points, they need to discuss them with their coaches or team managers well before the event. Sale Harriers can retain its National title if all athletes keep a cool head and adopt a discipline and professional approach.
Posted 03/08/2015 16:20
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
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
Despite cold and windy conditions, there were some quite remarkable performances carried out by the 54 club athletes taking part.
Meg McHugh had an outstanding day skimming over the 300m hurdles in 44.9secs, then leaping to an equally impressive 1m 68cm High Jump. Amy Lester jumped 1m 60cm, and Grace Bower achieved triple victories in the U17W High Jump (1m 60cm), long Jump (5m 26cm) and the 80m hurdles (12.2sec). Kevin Metzger overcame a stiff headwind recording a 6m 64cm pb and Zach Harrop moved his pole vault best to 4m 25cm.
Personal bests were many, with Rory Keen recording his in the U17 100m Hurdles (14.4s) and 400m hurdles. (59.5s). Ben Moseley also had a double pb in the U17 100m in 12.3sec and 200m in 23.3s. Ellis Goldie (U17) was our top sprinter recording 11.4s in the 100m then really shone in the 400m with a 51.2s clocking. Zara Thompson caught the eye with a victory in the U17 800m in 2m 17.1s, Georgia Pickles fine 3m 50cm pole vault win and Jaimal Brown’s 51m 33cm majestic U17 Javelin throw were other notable performances.
Full detailed results can be found in the Power of 10. click here.
Posted 19/05/2015 16:09
The first match of the 2015 BAL season took place on Saturday at Woodbourn Road in Sheffield. May matches are notoriously difficult to predict, with plenty of unknown form, lots of unavailability and variable weather conditions.
From a Sale perspective, we just wanted to make a decent start to our title defence. There were a few withdrawals in the week, but the team had held up well and we entered the match looking fairly strong. Nobody could've predicted what happened next. It was the closest match anyone could remember, with fewer than 3 points separating 2nd from 5th. Sheffield won their first ever top flight fixture with 327 points and we took a magnificent 2nd place with 289.3. Behind us were Shaftesbury with 286.5, Birchfield with 286.3 and Enfield and Haringey with 286.3. Woodford were in 6th and they exceeded 270, so it really was close.
It was a high quality meeting, with some genuinely great performances, including sprints won in 10.3, 20.6 and 45.8, to give a sense of the quality.
As you would expect with a match like this, it went down to the relays, where our quartets took a fine 2nd in 40.65 in the 4x100m (Rory Evans, Aaron Crowley, Debo Ademuyewo and Gabriel Odujobi) and our scratch 4x400m, led off by Matt Sumner, took a great 3rd in 3:15. Callum Roughneen and then Debo Ademuyewo (who flew around his leg) handed over to Aaron Crowley, making his debut 4x400m appearance, and he held on to seal overall 2nd place in the match.
Earlier, Chris Baker took a superb victory in the high jump with a 2.18m clearance and Dave King sealed the win in the 110mH, while there were also top 3 A places for Matt Sumner, Alex Smith, Rory Evans and Rimas Martisauskas.
In truth, it was a real team performance, with absolutely every point counting towards the total that saw us edge ahead of Shaftesbury, our recent title challengers. It was great, too to see Matt Hunt return after injury nightmares.
Thanks to John Smith, the Keiths, Roy Swinbank, Neil Donbavand, Brian Spriggs, Terry Sutcliffe, Tony and everyone else who made the trip to support/team manage. Thanks also to non-club photographers Roger Evans, Mal Jones and Tom Jones who have very generously attended and provided a number of photographs, some of which can be viewed on the club website (www.saleharriersmanchester.com ). Full results are at www.bal.org.uk.
Posted 13/05/2015 09:56
The team achieved a creditable 4th place at Derby last weekend in the UKWAL match 1. Finishing just 4.5points behind 3rd placed Notts ac. One of the most pleasing aspects of the match was the filling of all bar one of the events and achieved in spite of a number of experienced athletes being unavailable. Those replacements can be proud of their efforts, which were borne out by the fact that the points scored by our ‘B’ athletes, were the 2nd highest on the day.
There were of course a number of standout performances. Most notably in the field events where Sarah Holt broke the divisional hammer record with 64.32. Team captain Kirsty Law, and Lucy Kirk won both discus contests, and there were victories for Rosie Semenytsh (jav) and Lisa James (TJ).
Pbs were achieved by Hayaat Bah-Traore 200m 26.05, Rebecca Linney 400m 60.14, Abigail Linney 400m 66.14, Luisa Candioli 3000m 10.46.27, J’Nae Ward 100mh 15.12, Rosie Semenytsh 100mh 16.73, Ebbie Danson-Chappell PV 3.50 and Lisa James TJ 12.59.
However, looking beyond the bare statistics, we saw a number of athletes prepared to ‘go the extra mile’ for the team in events they do not train for. Special mention to Tyra Watson’s 2nd place in 400mh, Jen Simmons’ first HJ in 5 years and first ever 1500m, Luisa Candiolis’ 3000m was her first ever track race, and Rosie Semenytsh had only run a 100mh race once before. Rebecca & Abigail Linney ran both 400m and 800m with only a 40 minute recovery inbetween. Jasmin Burke threw javlin in addition to hammer.
Valuable points were added by Olivia Callaghan, Aimee Pratt, Imani Modahl, Sarah Barker, Amy Williams, Georgia Pickles and Aimee Addis.
Next match is Bristol 7th June.
Posted 13/05/2015 09:43
The club’s senior men and women made the long journey to Hull to launch their 2015 T & F season. They were welcomed by incessant rain which forced the pole vault indoors but eventually the day ended in sunny but blustery weather.
The club sprinters were to the fore, with Danny Heald an impressive winner of the 200m. Strong wind curtailed any personal best hopes, but Nyef Iman, Dominic Sebele, Lamiko Thomas, Kobefo Ntabejane and Tom Gerrard demonstrated the club’s speed prowess
Josh Orguntayo and Alan White had good 800m runs with Alan recording a PB of 2m 00.2s.
John Nichols ( 13m 66 shot), Stephen Porter (57m 66s Jav) Kevin Metzger ( 14m 24cm TJ) Zach Harrop ( 4m 10cm PV) all recorded ‘A’ victories. Aimee Pratt ran a good 800m; Amy Williams recorded a5m 38cm long jump victories plus Jasmine Burke competing in four throwing events, led a depleted women’s team.
The team finished a disappointing 5th. Kingston-on-Hull won the match with Blackburn 2nd and Wakefield 3rd.
A much stronger team is required at Blackburn on Sat June 6th.
Posted 12/05/2015 09:04
Sale Harriers U13 & U15 boys and girls started the 2015 season as YDL National Premier League Champions and seeking to win their 8th consecutive Northern Premier League title in nine years.
Their first match of the Northern League at Sheffield resulted in the club’s 45th match win (out of 51 matches) since the league began in 2004. Apart from many outstanding individual performances, the most impressive feature of this match was the club’s ability to turn-out a team of 80 athletes to contest all the 100 events with no damaging ‘gaps’ other than lacking an U15 boy’s pole vaulter. Great credit is due to the team managers CARL WORTHINGTON and DAVE MARSH.
The club’s star athlete in the U13 boy’s was ADAM BAGUMA with four event wins in sprints, long jump and relay. Other individual victors were SAM WORTHINGTON, CHARLIE WATSON, ZENON CAIN and NEO IVANOVIC-BROWN. CHARLIE HOBSON and JOEL STRTINGER recorded PB’s in middle distance events whilst RORY KINRADE teamed up with Adam, Sam and Charlie Watson to win the sprint relay by a massive three seconds.
In the U13 girl’s event, ANNA KERSHAW (Hurdles) and PENNY TOWNSEND (Long jump), both won their ‘A’ events in PB’s. Anna teamed up with TYLER HILL, KATIE BIRD and POPPY DASBY-SEDDON to win the sprint relay. Further victories came from RUBY BELL, LARA CRAWFORD and AYLA HEWITT.
In the U15 girl’s event, LAURELLE OBI won both sprint events whilst TESS Mc HUGH was also victorious in two events including a super fast 300m. ELLIE JACKSON was most impressive in all of her four events which included a hurdles victory against a quality field. Other impressive individual victories were RUKA SHONIBARE, LOIS Mc TIFFIN, DEVON WEYMONT and VICTORIA BARLOW.
The best performances of the day came from SHANE CONNELL who won the U15 high jump with 1.79m. LUKE CHESTERS (800m) and MICHAEL ODEJIMI (300m) both won their events and then teamed up with DANIEL AFOLABI, D’MELCO SWEENEY, RHYS PARKER, DAPO OLAREWAJU and SAM EBONINE to finish a close second in both relays
A successful team is much more than those performing athletes. It’s also about those ‘backroom’ people of team managers who work tirelessly to ensure the team’s success; the essential officials who also win valuable team points for their attendance and there’s those doting parents who make so many sacrifices. Thanks on this occasion also to CARL WORTHINGTON for his photos from this match
Posted 05/05/2015 15:42
Tessa McHough U15W 42.92s
Charlie Candish U17M 1m 26.58s
Jake Fingleton U17M 8.76secs
Zamere Zarai U20M 1m 75cm
Jack Spence U17M 2m 91cm
Posted 24/03/2015 11:57
It was a great weekend for Sale’s young multi-eventers in their final major national championship of this winter, the England Athletics Combined Event U17 & U15 Championships. Amidst fierce competition they lived up to expectations returning home with medals and an abundance of PB’s. Grace Bower won the prestigious national U17 silver medal and Meg Mc Hugh won the U17 bronze medal, particularly commendable in that both these girls are a year young in their age-group. Both also improved their pentathlon PB’s to round off a great year with Grace breaking nine seconds in the hurdles (8.98) and enjoying a huge PB in the high jump (1.66mtrs), Megan not to be out-done ran a super 800 metres (2 mins 33 secs) at the death to clinch her medal and a place on the podium. This is a fantastic achievement by both girls.
In the U15 girls age group there was a record level of entries for the competition (53) and the standard was again incredibly high, the eventual English winner eclipsing the record of Katarina Johnson-Thompson at the same age. Ellie Jackson was 6th overall enjoying PB’s in the hurdles (9.17secs), high jump and improved her pentathlon score finishing with a silver medal in the Northern Championship. Tess McHugh (Meg’s sister) won the bronze medal in the Northern championship which was the surprise of the weekend because, says her Mum, “She was not expecting any medals but just to enjoy her 1st pentathlon in her 1st year of this new age group”. Tess enjoyed a PB in the hurdles (10.01secs), shot (8.51mtrs) & long jump (4.37mtrs) but her fantastic run in the 800 metres elevated her from 26th position to 8th overall, a super achievement. There were also other great performances from Lois McTiffin with a PB in the hurdles (9.84) and Mia Lowndes who enjoyed PB’s in the hurdles (9.74secs) and long jump (4.72mtrs), both of these girls in their maiden pentathlon and richer for the experience.
As with all groups and sections, it’s important to recognise the immense contribution of coaches and support groups like parents etc but I specifically mention this here to extend the club’s very best wishes to Chris Bartram in his current health problems. We wish Chris well and are glad to report he was present for the whole weekend in that ring-side coaching chair, issuing instructions to his young charges with those eagle eyes that rarely miss a wrong move and inspiring these multi-event youngsters to their achievements. There was an excellent camaraderie amongst the girls, so important as they drive each other on to eclipse the performances of some of the illustrious multi-eventers the club has seen over many years. Ellie & Tess silver and bronze medallists in northern championships. Great team and some amazing individual performances as well! Well done girls for putting together a fantastic day over 5 events.
Posted 16/03/2015 14:59
Fechin Mc Cormick
The final major Championship of this winter’s cross-country was the weekend’s CAU Inter-County Championships in Birmingham. It competes with the National Cross-Country two weeks ago for prestige and both attract the UK’s top runners in every age-group. This time competitors are representing their counties not their clubs. Yet again, fantastic congratulations to Charlie Hulson and his team on winning the prestigious bronze medal and possibly a trip to the World championships in China in a few weeks.
It’s an honour for any athlete to represent their county and it’s a further credit to their ability and talent to be selected to represent their county in the inter-county championships. The club had 21 representing five counties – Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Derbyshire, North Wales and Gloucestershire. Well done and congratulations to Olivia Green and Claudia Cowan who represented Greater Manchester in the U15 race; Alexa Mc Tiffin who represented Cheshire in the same age-group and Aine Cunningham who was taken ill during the race whilst well to the front. Rachel Hibbard had a really good run representing Greater Manchester in the U20 race as did Matt Beacock and Sam Mayon in the U20 men’s race. Euan Gilchrist also topped off a great winter representing Greater Manchester in the U17 race as did Zara Thompson for Cheshire in the same age-group race and Alice Bruce & Frankie Reid for Greater Manchester. Three of the Greater Manchester U13 girl’s team were Sale Harriers – Aine Gibbons, Beth Thornton and Lizzie Twite and Lara Crawford had a fantastic run for Cheshire in her U13 race despite being a year young. The senior women had Cara O’Brien represent Greater Manchester and Jane Thomas represent Gloucestershire.
The senior men’s race is always the piece-de-la-resistance of all these championships and the club had Charlie Hulson representing North Wales, Jamie Roden representing Derbyshire and Dave Marsh, Paul Green and James Wignall representing Greater Manchester. The pre-race discussion was on Charlie Hulson and whether he could pull out the ‘double’. Remember how he became the youngest ever senior National winner just two weeks earlier and created club history as the first ever senior winner. He was in the form of his life mentally and physically so could he do it?
In a superb nip-and –tuck battle between Andrew Buchart (Scotland East), Dewi Griffiths (West Wales), it could have been anyone race. In the final chase to the line there was only 4 seconds separated them with Charlie the proud owner of the bronze medal.
With selections on Wednesday for the World championships in China, fingers crossed Charlie is selected.
Posted 09/03/2015 14:48
Fechin Mc Cormick
Sale youngsters had every reason to be pleased and proud from the weekend’s England Athletics U15.U17 and U20 Indoor Championship at Sheffield. Not only did all of them have an important experience in their budding careers but several returned home with prestigious national medals and, just as valuable, lifetime best performances. Congratulations to Jona Efoloko who won the U17 60m National title with a PB; Aimee Pratt (U20 1500m), Jona Efoloko (U17 200m), Matilda Waters (U15 Pole Vault), and Kevin Metzger (U20 Triple Jump) who won National silver medals and Georgia Pickles (U20 Pole Vault) who won a bronze medal.
U17 Jona Efoloko has ceaselessly broken the club sprint records and other CBP’s through his age-groups. He was last year’s U15 double sprint gold medallist and now adds this year’s U17 60m title and 200m silver medallist, again with PB performances to his growing treasure.
Silver medallist, Kevin Metzger came within a whisker of winning the U20 triple jump gold medal. Said his coach Keith Hunter. “He was second by 11cms with a PB leap and decided to miss two jumps to prepare for his final jump........ but he fouled and so missed the gold”
Aimee Pratt was last year’s U17 1500m gold medallist and came to this year’s championship as first year U20. Coached by Vincente Modahl, her 4:43.05 was marginally faster than last year and she was rewarded with the national silver medal.
The club’s top pole vault coach Matt Cullen had every reason to be “over the moon’ with his group he supported through the weekend. His squad returned home proud with three medals and three equalled their PB’s. U15 Matilda Waters & Preston’s U17 Jess Swannack bagged delightful silver medals and U20 Georgia Pickles was particularly pleased to win her first National medal because this time last year she was on a spinal board recovering.
These medallists were far from the only ones with good reason to celebrate, “Mike Jackson, father of talented U15 Ellie Jackson, wrote of the club’s talented multi-eventers who majored on the 60m sprint hurdles. “Meg McHugh & Grace Bower did really well to progress to the semi-finals in a hugely competitive U17W category. Meg needed an impressive life time best of 9.05secs just to qualify from the heats. In the U15G category “Junior McHugh” Tess also secured a personal best in a field of high quality hurdle exponents & was unfortunate to be in a heat of athletes at the higher end of the age group. Tess’ time will come again especially given her excellent technical prowess in this event. Top performer was Ellie Jackson in the U15G category with lifetime best showings in the heats, semi-final & final, eventually securing 4th place in the final with 9.22secs in her first national championships following on from her recent Northern Championships success. Grace Bower bravely doubled up in the U17W High Jump earning a PB at 1.64mtrs for 5th place overall, this after first time clearances throughout & narrowly failing at 1.68mtrs. The standard across the age groups was hugely impressive & the performances bode well for the forthcoming Indoor Multi-event championships later this month.
Well done to all participants. onwards now to a very successful outdoor season
Posted 03/03/2015 11:33
The club’s 5th indoor promotion at Sportcity this weekend was another resounding success, highlighted by outstanding achievements from 13 year olds Chloe Newbigging and Shane Connell. Chloe ran lifetime best of 8.22secs in the 60m, followed by a swift 26.9sec 200m, then soared out to a 4.72cm long jump. Shane Connell drew favourable reactions from an interested crowd by easing his frame over a 1m 70cm bar.
Top class sprinting was served up by Dominic Sebele and Aarron Crowley.
Many club members took part, with a lot recording personal bests performances. These are listed below.
60 metres: 60 metres Hurdles:
Dominic Sebele SenM 6.90secs Mia Lowndes U15W 9.56secs
Aarron Crowley SenM 6.93s
Takunda Bere U20M 7.64s High Jump:
Harry Lord U20M 7.68s
Sandiro Sharma U20M 7.69s Shane Connell U15M 1m 70cm
Harry Lord U20M 1m 70cm
Chloe Newbiggin U15W 8.22s Michael Odejimi U15M 1m 65cm
Ruka Shorebane U15W 8.25s Amy Lester U17W 1m 55cm
Devon Weymont U15W 8.39s Nathan Booth U15M 1m 45cm
Lewis Hindle U15M 8.55s
Rebecca Heys U17W 8.56s Pole Vault:
Sam Worthington U13M 8.60s Lucia Wolfenden U15W 2m 03cm
Anna Kershaw U13W 8.76s
Kate Bird U13W 8.84s Long Jump:
Tyler Hill U13W 8.96s Devon Weymont U15W 4m 79cm
Emily Povall-Clarke U15W 9.10s Chloe Newbigging U15W 4m 72cm
Sam Brown U13M 9.11s Sam Worthington U13M 4m 59cm
Ruka Shorebane U15W 4m 30cm
200metes: Llewis Hindle U15M 4m 28cm
Chloe Newbigging U15W 26.90sec Emily Poval-Clarke U15W 4m 15cm.
Ruka Shorebane U15W 27.64s
Rebecca Heys U17W 27.90s
Sam Worthington U13M 28.03s
Devon Weymont U15W 28.18s
Lewis Hindle U15M 28.47
Kate Bird U13W 29.29s
Charlie Candish U17M 1m 29.30s
Brad Thornton U20M 1m 31.98s
Mohammed Ahmed U23M 1m 34.62s
Chiara Young U17W 1m 46.62s
Mia Gibbons U15W 1m 48.15
Mia Lowndes U15W 1m 48.36s
Ayla Hewitt U13W 1m 51.25
Posted 03/03/2015 11:31
The fourth and penultimate of the club’s winter indoor promotions at Sportcity had another busy meeting, with over 300 athletes taking part. The centre of attraction once again was the Pole Vault, with the British record holder Luke Cutts clearing 5m 60cm. A huge compliment of Sale athletes were engaged with achieving many personal bests. Meg McHugh was outstanding. Sale athletes achieving PB’s were as follows.
Liam Grey Thompson U23M 7.31secs
Thomas Gerrard U20M 7.52s
Maurice Jarvis U20M 7.49s
Kobefo Ntabejane U23M 7.64s
Jack Kelly U17M 7.89s
Rhys Parker U15M 8.03s
Lewis Hindle U15M 8.59s
Maria McPolin U15W 8.60s
Brogun Rudman U15M 8.86s
Imani Modahl U23W 9.06s
Meg McHugh U17W 9.14secs
Grace Bower U17W 9.17s
Thomas Gerrard U20M 23.69secs
Kobefo Ntabejane U23M 24.56s
Rory Keen U17M 24.67s
Lewis Hindle U15M 28.73s
Imani Modahl U23W 28.75s
Eleanor Twite U17W 29.25s
Charlie Candlish U17M 1m 31.00s
Grace Bower U17W 1m 43.70s
Bethany Thornton U15W 1m 44.68s
Hannah Christy U20W 1m 51.37s
Harry Lord U20M 1m 70cm
Meg McHugh U17W 1m 65cm
Mia Lowndes U15W 1m 40cm
Pole Vault: Lucie Wolfenden U15W 2m 03cm
Long Jump: Matthew Ogden U20M 4m 90cm
Mia Lowndes U15W 4m 52cm
Posted 03/02/2015 19:26
Fechin Mc Cormick
Congratulations to the club’s talented multi-eventer U15 Ellie Jackson who was the club’s sole Northern Champion and medallist at these important Championships. She took the 60m hurdles title in great style equalling her 9.52 PB in heat one, improved it to 9.44 in the semi-final and again in the final to 9.4i. This is her first Northern title. Once again, she held off fierce rival Lauren Beales from Gateshead in the final, both girls having featured at the very top of the under 13 ranks.
There were several superb PB performances in very strong competition which must also be heartily congratulated –U15’s Caleb Adenuga (60m and 60m hurdles), Laurelie Obi (60m and 200m), Ruka Shonibare (200m and long jump), Tess Mc Hugh (800m) and Lois Mc Tiffin (Shot Putt). Among the U13’s Ayla Hewitt had a PB in the 200m and Anne Kershaw a PB in the long jump. On the same weekend, Meg also had a great day at the Sale indoor meeting with two further PB's in high jump (1.65) and 60m hurdles (9.14) to win her race in the new age U17group.
Posted 02/02/2015 20:01
Fechin Mc Cormick and Andy Byres
Vault Manchester, which is a ‘pole vault only’ competition, had its tenth competition at Sportcity at the weekend. It welcomed a record 105 British vaulters making it the best ever and the biggest ever held in the UK. They competed throughout the day on nine pools and three beds amidst a fantastic atmosphere of great music all day and a large number of enthusiastic supporters. One-third third of all the vaulters set lifetime best performances PB’s). There was also a M50 British record and a fifty year age gap between the oldest and youngest vaulter!
Andy Byres, the organiser over the past five years, father of Katie, third highest female vaulter in the UK of all time and still only 21! The large number of Sale Harriers pole vaulted who took part were..........
Andrew Sutcliffe jumped a Seasons best of 5.42 for Silver in the Elite competition.
Matilda Waters jumped a new PB of 3.02 to win Gold in U15 Girls. Coached by Matt Cullen.
Matt Cullen 4.82
Joshua Mouland 3.82
Paul Walker, 5th CWG Games for Wales last year 5.02
Liam Yarwood U23, new to Sale 4.92
Zavia Hill, SW 3.12
Sarah McKeever, U23W, Seasons best 3.57
David Campbell, U20M attempted a new PB, but cleared 4.02
Lewis Hannan, U20M 4.07
Ebbie Danson-Chappell, U20W a new PB of 3.22
Chloe Doggett U20W, whose father took the excellent pictures (2.77)
Georgia Pickles, U20W 3.42
Ella Mckie-Crane, U17W new PB of 2.27
Annie Williams U17W, 3.22
Lucie Wolfenden, first competition ever finished with 1m 92
No vaulter had competed in all ten but Zavia Hill and Andy Sutcliffe did compete in the first one ten years ago.
A presentation was made to Jack Frost club coach, treasurer and official, as one of only two officials that have attended all ten Vault Manchester competitions. It was also really good to see Julien Raffalli, nationally recognised former club pole-vaulting coach, who was one of the original team that started the event ten years ago. Thanks to Tim Doggett, father of Chloe, who has provided all the website photos. Why not log onto http://vaultmanchester.com/vm15-results-and-report.html for more information.
Posted 01/02/2015 15:23
Fechin Mc Cormick
It was an exciting and rewarding weekend for the essential long, hard weeks and months of training and commitment of our club athletes who competed at the weekend’s Northern Indoor Championships held at the traditional venue of the EIS, Sheffield. Well done to their coaches and ‘back-room’ people who helped bring them to this pinnacle of their athletic calendar .
Kelly Chadwick became the double U17 Northern sprint champion with a 60m PB of 7.68 and a 200m SB 25.5. This is her first ever Northern Athletics Championships. Kelly is an emerging sprint talent. She’s been competing only since 2009 and almost everything she touches is turning to sprint gold. She’s coached by her father Phil Chadwick.
Jono Efoloko is another sensation and is also a Northern double sprint champion. He too won in great style with his latest PB’s of 6.91 for 60m and 21.90 for 200m. This ranks him top U17 in Britain. Jona emerged only in 2012 as a tender 13 year old and has never ceased to excite with numerous club and other records.
Amy Williams jumped further than she’s done for two and a half years jumping 5.76 to take the U20 Northern title. It’s also a big indoor PB. This is quite an achievement given her recent radical changes of a new speed and fitness coach, a new technical coach and a complete change of long jump technique to which she’s still adjusting. Amy now holds the NA U13 long jump title; is the double U15 title holder and the U17 long jump and triple jump champion. Wrote her delighted family friend Tony Barbet, “Amy is back! She started the competition with two no-jumps which, a little while ago, would have caused acute anxiety and desperate coach consultation. On this occasion, she looked about as panic-stricken as a Horlicks advert. She went on to produce her best jump for two and a half years to snatch the North of England long jump title from her former training partner and close friend, West Cheshire's Olivia Montez-Brown, whose fifth jump of 5.69m had put her in the lead. Amy responded with a sixth and final leap of 5.76m to claim top spot on the podium.
Kevin Metzger won U20 triple jump gold with a leap of 14.46 which is a new indoor PB by over a metre. He now tops the Power of 10 even though he is bottom year U20. Kevin is already the double U17 Northern triple jump cham,pion with many more regional and national accolades to come
Aimee Pratt. Following a long period of injury and rehabilitation, Aimee and her team will be delighted with her U20 Northern 1500m title. She’s already the U17 1500m title holder and the 2013 1500m bronze medallist.
Annie Williams. Not only did Annie win the U17 Northern pole vault title but she did it in style with a superb PB of 3.30. She’s improved from 5th last year and clearly moving onto another level, thanks to her partnership with club coach, Matt Cullen.
Jenna Hill took the senior 3000m title with a Championship best performance (CBP) and a fantastic PB of 9:33.60. It’s no wonder she did a 5k round the block afterwards to celebrate!
Lisa James, another of Keith Hunter’s successful stable won triple jump gold and is the one club athlete who’s retained her title from last year. She almost equalled her indoor PB of 12.57 from November of last year. We welcome club newcomer Amy Addis who finished 4th behind Lisa in a new PB of 11.84 - a 50 cm improvement.
Zenni Enechi won the U17 triple jump silver medal to add to her U15 Northern long jump silver two years ago.
Alexa Mc Tiffin won the U17 800m silver medal in a fantastic PB of 2:19.54 and three seconds faster than when she won the U15 Northern silver medal last year. It’s a particularly good performance considering her winter training with her coach Paul Roden has been endurance based.
Seun Okomo won the senior high jump silver medal to add to his U20 Northern silver last year and bronze the previous year. Next year, he’ll be title holder!
Emily Cummings took the senior high jump silver medal particularly commendable in that she’s still U23. Emily already holds the U15 & U17 titles (and an U17 silver medal) and is also the U20 bronze medallist. Gold is in the air!
Nathan Roach won senior triple jump silver in his first ever major triple jump competition. To quote his coach Keith Hunter, “He had an outrageous jump of 13.98 off 5 strides as he struggled to hit the board in previous rounds
Rebekah Wilson, a member of last year’s GB’s bobsleigh team at the Sochi Winter Olympics, was ‘delighted’ to be returning to her top place amongst Britain’s best sprinters with her senior 60m bronze medal and a great new PB of 7.49. Her last Northern medal was the U20 60m title holder in 2008.
Luke Betts, though still U23, won the senior 3000m bronze medal. With his emphasis on endurance and cross-country this winter, his bronze medal is also a commendable achievement.
Meg Mc Hugh won U17 shot putt bronze – the latest accolade (with more to come) for the club’s talented multi-event athlete who most recently made her international debut representing England in the Home International Combined Events Championships.
James Davies added a senior long jump bronze medal to his 2012 U23 bronze. He’s already the U20 Northern long jump and triple jump title holder
Adam Howell took the senior triple jump bronze medal. With the U17’s silver medal, the U20’s silver medal and the U23’s bronze medal already under his belt, he’ll be wishing for that elusive gold.
Thanks to those parents/coaches who sent in photographs. Thanks also to Ernie Greenwood (http://www.darkstarphotos.com whose photos can be viewed and bought on his website.
Posted 19/01/2015 13:01
The clubs 3rd meeting of the winter indoor season at Sportcity was the finest so far. Sprinters were out in force, with the clubs finest on display. Although 40 pole vaulters were entered none could eclipse Adam Hague’s world youth record achieved at the previous meeting.
Some 75 club members took part, led by Nick Gayle’s 7.97 60m hurdle clocking, and Rebekah Wilson’s 60m time. Other fine performances were recorded by Debo Ademuyewo (22.14s) Jono Efoloko (22.24s) and Callum Roughneen (22.33s) in the 200m, Ebbie Danson-Chappell 3m 20cm in the Pole Vault and Sean Okome’s graceful 2m 00cm clearance in the High Jump. Kirsten McAslian registered 1m 26.22 in the 600m. Most encouragingly though was seeing Kedeena Cox’s comeback in the 60m from serious illness.
Club personals best performances detailed below. Full detailed results on Power of 10.
Aaron Crowley Sen M 7.01s
Kevin Metzger U20M 7.16s
Kieran Donnelly U17M 7.19s
Callum Dowd U17M 7.40s
Maurice Jarvis U20M 7.52
Ellie Jackson U15W 8,22s
Laurelle Obi U15W 8.40s
Isobel Holloway U15W 9.17s
Laurelle Obi U15W 27.74s
Harry Boyd U15M 28.15s
Ruka Shonibare U15W 29.24s plus 4m 23cm Long Jump.
Lois McTiffin U15W 28.33
Isobel Holloway U15W 30.25s
Kirsten McAslian SenW 1m 26.22s
Eddie Goldie U17M 1m 26.52s
Matthew Williams U15M 1m 43.69s
Elizabeth Twite U15W 1m 45.58s
Rory Keen U17M 8.87secs
Lois McTiffin U15W 10.54 s plus 1m 45cm High Jump
Mia Lowndes U15W 7m 05cm
Next meeting Sunday Feb 1st. Enter early. Jack Frost.
Posted 06/01/2015 17:22
A sensational WORLD YOUTH RECORD (U18) achieved by 17yr old Adam Hague (Dearnside ALC) in the Pole Vault, registering 5 metres 46 cm was the highlight of the second indoor Grand Prix, promoted by Sale Harriers at Sportcity, at the weekend. He has promised to return for the 3rd meeting on Jan 4th aiming for the British Junior Record (U20) of 5m 51cms. The weekend saw more than 30 pole vaulters taking part with Luke Cutts the British senior record holder at 5m 83cm, leading quality fields with a 5m 51cms clearance.
The sprinters were out in force, with Rory Evans 6.79s and young Jona Efoloko improving once more with a 7.02s clocking. Calum Roughneen was the fastest 300m runner clocking 35.17secs, and Clovis Asong out strength all others in the 600m with an impressive 78.40s mark. The Shot Putt saw Meg McHugh (U17) throwing a magnificent 12m 09cms. Jessica Taylor skimmed the hurdles in 8.61secs.
Many other Sale athletes took park, and all PBs are listed below. Full detailed results on Power of 10.
Posted 24/12/2014 08:20
The first indoor meeting of the 2014/15 winter season, promoted by Sale Harriers, saw some fine athletics. Niall Brooks graced the indoor arena with some very solid running. In the 600m Josh Orguntayo chased in vain establishing a fast 1m 22.25secs, but trailed Niall’s 1m 21.40secs pb. Another PB in the 300m for Niall in 38.91secs, but in this case had to let Nyef Iman take the honours with a 36.08s clocking.
Harry Lord U20M was in tremendous form, registering a 8.87s 60m hurdles, then threw the Shot a superb 13m 30cms. Lisa James in the Triple Jump was in majestic form soaring out to a great pb of 12m 58cm, which would have ranked her 3rd in the 2014 U20 age group.
Throughout the day Sale athletes were very prominent, and many PB’s were set, depicted below.
60m Hurdles: Personal Bests
60m: Personal Bests
300m: Personal Bests.
600m: Personal Bests.
Full Results on Power of 10.
Posted 08/12/2014 18:16
Just as lovers of music and theatre have their hearts and souls lifted by attending fine music concerts and brilliant theatre, I travelled to Sefton Park, Liverpool on Saturday to admire athletic excellence of Britain’s best on the sharp end of an afternoon’s cross-country many hoping for selection to the European Cross-Country Championships in Samokov, Bulgaria on December 14th. Conditions were excellent. Congratulations to Charlie Hulson, resplendent in his Welsh vest, who qualified for the GB U23 team and Sonia Samuels, newly returned to the club, who qualified for the senior women team.
In many ways Charlie Hulson has carved his cross-country reputation on this course. In 2012, very impressive racing won him selection to the U20 European X-C Championships in Hungry where he won a junior team bronze medal and last year he was one of the senior men’s team who won bronze medals in Serbia.
Sonia Samuels has been on Britain’s top flight for almost fifteen years and currently holds the club’s marathon record. She certainly needs no introduction to cross-country runners where’s she’s excelled. She’s the 2002 and 2003 Northern Cross-Country Champion; a former Junior National Cross-Country Champion (1999) and has the full set of senior National cross-country medals bar the gold which has so far eluded her.
Club newcomers Katie Hewison (nee Ingram) and U20 Jack Crabtree just missed out on selection. Katie’s career began as a middle-distance trackster but over the years developed her ability to be an impressive 5k/10k and cross-country runner who represented England on the country before going on to becoming the Commonwealth Mountain up-and down Champion, the Commonwealth Mountain up-only silver medallist and seventh in the World Mountain running championships, all in 2009
Jack Crabtree is also a prestigious talent with an impressive and developing background. Last year he missed out on GB U17 team medals at the European Cross-Country championships and has accumulated a growing number of England Athletics track titles and medals. He was among the leading pack for 75% of the race. Said his coach Norman Poole, “It was a solid performance on his first competitive outing over the country this season. There will be a lot more to come as his training progresses and he takes on more races”.
The club had several others compete. In the senior race, Gavin Hill improved from 73rd place in 2012 to 46th, particularly impressive in that he’s not yet back to top form. Matt Barnes had another good performance in 54th place just a week after he won the M35 gold medal running for England at the British and Irish Masters Cross Country International, Nick Samuels was 90th, James Wignall 116th, Ryan Moore 134th and Callum Rowlinson, just a week after finishing 5th in the tough Conway half marathon, was 142nd. In the U20 race, Matt Beacock displayed good fitness to run a solid race and finish 97th . In the U17 men’s race Euan Gilchrist bravely went off with the fast early pace but was punished and finished 42nd. Adam Roden also went of with the lightening early pace; suffered but was beginning to pull through the field again when he stumbled and withdrew fearing injury. In the senior women’s race, Helen Armitage continued her fine form with a strong race in 97th and just behind her was Kathy Wellam just back from her Biathle World championships in Guatemala in 111th place.
I’m in debited to photographer Jerry Watson from Leeds who has very kindly contributed all the photos you can view on the website and on the club’s Facebook pages.
Posted 02/12/2014 17:48
A windy very cold Boston greeted the 3 members of Sales combined events group that had made the English schools final. Over 3000 athletes per age group started competing for the final back in May. 44 athletes had finally made it to the final
First to compete was Harry Lord in the Inter boys. Harry had only qualified with the team and was not ranked in the top 30. His first event did not start well, his first long jump was not too good and his 2nd attempt saw him trip into the pit. The pressure was on and he produced a PB that put him into 5th place. The 2nd event saw him produce another PB with the discus taking him into 3rd place.
The next event Javelin saw Harry move into 1st place a throw of over 57 metres, good enough for a individual medal! The last event of the day was the 400. This was going to be damage limitation as many of his fellow competitors had far faster 400's. Once again Harry produced a PB but his lead was cut to 80 points.
Harry's 2nd day has 2 strong and 2 vulnerable events. I now had to do some work assuring that he could stay in the top 3 and earn his 1st international England vest.
1st event sprint hurdles, yes another PB but he moved into 2nd place. Harry's calves were now beginning to cramp and soon he was moving on to the high jump where the calves will receive a thorough workout. Copiousness amounts of roller work were put into use in between jumps. He started low and worked his way up to be jumping for a PB but not this time he had to be satisfied with a equal PB. Still, in 2nd place but only a few points ahead of 3rd. Before the shot he managed to get a massage. Close to his best kept him in 2nd place. The final event after 2 gruelling days was 1500 metres. Harry had to keep ahead of 3rd and 4th athlete. Harry made this and has won his 1st International, not bad for somebody that wasn't ranked!
Grace Bower competed in last year’s final and finished out of the top twenty. Both Grace Bower and Megan McHugh qualified for this year’s final and were hoping for a much higher finish this year. 5 events in one day is the junior girl’s competition starting with sprint hurdles. Both had a PB of 11.5 and a slower electronic PB. On this occasion Grace came out on top winning with a new PB and Meg in 3rd place. Shot was next, both produced PB'S but Megs put was longest, she moved into 2nd place with Grace slipping into 5th place.
The 3rd event, high jump took place in a freezing strong side wind. This was the event I was concerned with Grace but ever the competitor she came up with a PB! Meg finished up one height below Grace but kept ahead of her taking over 1st place and Grace moved up to 3rd. Long jump is the penultimate event and this time I was concerned for Meg as she has been struggling. Grace started off with a great jump just 1cm off her PB but Meg produced a PB! What a competitor.
They went into the final event, 800. Meg was in 2nd place in front of Grace in 3rd by 2 points. Meg and Grace went out hard and by 200 metres they were 20 metres ahead! Grace won the race very close to her PB, Meg came in 5th with a fantastic PB particularly in freezing windy conditions!
In the pentathlon Grace came 1st with a PB which moved her to 14th on the all time list. Meg finished 3rd, both will earn their first International vest.
Posted 23/09/2014 06:33
On a historic day at Birmingham, Sale won its first National Young Athletes League title since the boys and girls leagues were amalgamated in 2004. Having finished 3rd and 4th in the past two years, we expected to feature especially as the Northern champions but in a match involving the best eight teams in Britain, success could never be taken for granted.
Our most successful squad were the U15 girls who were amazingly strong cross all disciplines. Kelly Chadwick led the way with a 100/200m sprint double, recording new lifetime best performances of 12.19 and 24.93 seconds (resp) whilst Ellie Jackson won both her sprints by clear margins. Kelly & Ellie then teamed up with Amie Page and Rebecca Heys for a superb victory in the sprint relay. We were equally successful in the middle distance events with Olivia Green (a PB), Francisca Brint and Aine Cunningham (PB) all in gold medal positions. Special congratulations to Olivia on her recent selection for the GB Modern Pentathlon squad. Multi-eventer Meg Mc Hugh was the club’s most prolific points scorer with wins in the high jump and hurdles, 3rd place in the shot and then teaming up with Maria Mc Polin, Danielle Stringer and Grace Bower to finish runners up in the 4 x 300m relay. Our other medallists in this age-group were gold to Amy Lester, silver to Tess Blandamer (3m PB in the javelin),and bronze to Grace Bower, Rebecca Heys, Emma Lowe and Olivia Ashworth.
Our most successful athlete in the U15 boys was English Schools Champion Jona Efoloko who won both sprints by clear margins though outside his own league records. Rory Kean had a great win in a keenly (!) contested hurdles race whilst our most successful events were the long jump in which Emanuel Odubanjo and Darnell Bell both won gold and the shot in which Joe Murphy and Jonathan Adderley also won double gold. Our other medallists in this age-group were silver to Anthony Bruton, Joe Murphy and Jonathan Adderley. Our biggest disappointment of the day came in the U15 4 x 300m relay who were announced as breaking their own national record by a massive two seconds only to be disqualified for a zone infringement.
The star of the U13 girls was Laurelle Obi with three gold medals. She won both sprints with PB’s and teamed up with Charlotte Mairs, Mia Lowndes and Tess Mc Hugh to win the sprint relay. Beth Thornton won the 800m in a PB as did Lois Mc Tiffin (hurdles) and Mia Lowndes (HJ) who were gold medallists. Other silver medallists were Charlotte Mairs whilst Devon Weymont and Mia Gibbons were bronze medallists.
In the boy’s events Calab Adenuga was a double gold medallist with PB wins over hurdles and 100m. Sam Ebonine was silver medallist in the high jump whilst Findlay Murphy was awarded bronze (shot). Calab and Sam teamed up with Rory Kinrade and Brogan Rudman to win bronze in the relay.
Congratulation to the whole team, to their squad generally who are an important part of this success even if not in the team for the final, to their very committed coaches, hard-working team managers David Marsh and Carl Worthington and the commitment and sacrifices of their parents and families. Without all of you involved this National title would not have been unachievable.
Posted 08/09/2014 18:19
For many years, Bedford International Stadium has been the home for the various age-group England championships and last weekend it was the opportunity for England’s up and coming U15 & U17 youngsters to put all their hard work to the test in top quality competition.
The club’s highpoint of the weekend was Kevin Metzger who won the U17 triple jump national title with a new PB of 14.66. He won so convincingly that the next contestant was 46 cm behind him - the same athlete who beat him in the indoor England championships last winter. This is just the latest of several important accolades and club headlines this year for Britain’s number one triple jumper. He became the English Schools inter-boy’s triple jump championships in July with a PB of 14.59 that was a club record, his second club record of this summer, the first being at the YDL match last May in Hull. The following week, he also won the England Schools International at Cardiff with the same distance of 14.59m. Congratulations, Kevin and well done to your coach Keith Hunter.
Lewis Hannon, our Northern Athletics U17 champion, achieved a new pinnacle in his pole vaulting career by winning the England Athletics silver medal with a PB of 4.30m. Lewis has made massive leaps forward in his burgeoning career under the tutelage of coach Matt Cullen.
The club had two bronze medallists - Amy Williams (U17 long jump) and Aimee Pratt (U17 1500m steeplechase). Amy, the 2012 U15 title holder and the UK’s top triple jumper might well have been the gold medallist again but she was carrying a tight hamstring and so leaped a below par 5.68m. Aimee Pratt, last year’s U17 silver medallist has made great progress this year with her coach Vincente Modahl and had targeted the gold. With her PB of 5.03.67 from July’s YDL match at Wakefield and the race won in a PB of 4.59.93, the gold medal may well have been out of her reach this year.
There were several other very impressive performances. In a tough heat, Aine Cunningham made it through to the 800m final as one of the fastest qualifiers. In the final, with a blistering first lap at 61 (in blustery conditions) stuck stuck to her plan c to go through in 66 (and last at the bell) and finished in a very good quality field in 5th place in 2.17.22 beating the fastest girl in the country over 2 laps. Alexa McTiffin just missed out on the final in 5th place.
Apart from Lewis Hannan, coach Matt Cullen was also very pleased with his other two pole vaulters in the competition. Matilda Waters was in the form of her life to produce two PB’s that went from 2.60 to 2.80m. Ebbie Dansen Chappell came very close to her PB of 3.20m. Discus thrower U15 Jonathan Adderley will also be very pleased with his PB throw of 38.17
Posted 02/09/2014 06:13
Competing in regional and national championships are the club’s main focus and an annual highlight for every club section. This weekend it was our U15 and U17’s turn to strut their stuff in the Northern Athletic Championships held at Wigan of for the first since 2008. Both days remained dry (except for a storm of hailstones on the second day) but blustery conditions put paid to fast times.
Sale Harrier athletes won three gold, four silver and three bronze medals and, despite the conditions, some also produced lifetime performances. The most successful Sale athlete was U15 Kelly Chadwick who retained her Northern title from last year and also won the 200m silver medal. Kelly battled with Emily Strickland (Scunthorpe) in both races and this brought out the best in both. Whilst Emily pushed Kelly into second place by a very close 25.78 to Kelly’s 25.80. Kelly gained her revenge taking the 100m in a lifetime best performance of 12.05 Kelly is also the 2013 Northern Athletics long jump champion. In only his first season of club competition,
Rory Keen won his U15 gold medal in the 80m hurdles. In only his first year training as an athlete, Rory adds this important medal to his other prestigious medals this year as the Gtr. Manchester 80m hurdles Champion, Gtr. Manchester Schools 80m hurdles champion and 4 x 400m relay English Schools silver medalist. The third gold medalist, Lewis Hannon greatly improved on last year’s 6th place to secure the U17 pole vault title.
Jonathan Adderley won two silver medals in the U15 shot and discus. He had hoped to just throw well in the shot and to win the discus. He was leading the discus until the final round and was then pipped by 20cm! In the shot put, a slight ankle injury did reduce his distance but another silver medal rounded off a good day for him. These were Jonathan's first medals at the Northern Championships and a great year for him with wins at county championships and then selected for English Schools and gaining entry level for the England Championships at Bedford. The other silver medals went to Evan Gilchrist who battled the conditions in the U17 1500m race in a lifetime best of 4.10.09. Ebbie Danson-Chappell won her medal in the U17 pole vault and adds it to her Northern Athletics bronze medal at the inter-county Championships two weeks earlier.
Bronze medals were won by Aine Cunningham with an U15 800m PB of 2:16.39 - another encouraging step forward from last year when she finished fourth in these championships in 2:24.00. Amy Lester and Maurice Jarvis are in the early days of their athletic careers so an U15 high jump with a PB of 1.50cms and an U17 triple jump (respectively) will give their confidence a great boost.
Other notable performances were U15 Amy Page who produced a long jump PB and Zenni Enechi, last year’s long jump bronze medalist was pleased to record an U17 triple jump PB. Beth Kelly in her first year of competing equaled her PB. Beth Thornton, who is under age and competing for the experience did really well to come through very strongly to qualify for the final. She also did herself proud for it was the first time she’s done races in 2.5 hrs hours and clocked 2.30 in heat and 2.33 in the final. Brad Thornton in the 800mtrs heat also did well to clock 2:12 in the very strong windy conditions.
Posted 19/08/2014 07:06
Sale Harriers men became BAL Premier League Champions at the weekend for only the 4th time in the club’s history. This followed their best ever showing in the league at the final match on home territory Sportcity on Saturday.
Going into the match, Sale (competing as City of Manchester) were in the driving seat, but knew that Shaftesbury Barnet would push us close and we would likely need to come second to secure the title. So it proved, as SBH scored 319 points - the best of our rivals on the day - but our team produced win after win and strong performance after strong performance to notch 376, a mammoth total that ensured we regained the Tony Ward Trophy and made up for last year's disappointment when Sale won the Premier League title but later lost it to Shaftesbury Barnet
It wasn't just about the performances on the day, to win the league consistency over the whole season is required, so thanks very much to everyone who contributed and to John Smith and James Bailey for their team management. Thanks, too, to David Brown for organising the final fixture and for those club members that volunteered and officiated.
On Saturday we had 7 ‘A’ string wins from debutant David King (110mH), Niall Brooks (1500m), Jack Crabtree (3000m), Alex Smith (Hammer), Ben Williams (Triple Jump), Rimas Martisauskas (Shot) and Andy Sutcliffe (PV) and a further 7 ‘B’ string wins from Roy Ejiakuekwu (100m and 200m), Matt Cullen (pole vault), Nick Samuels (1500m), Dave Proctor (800m), Clovis Asong (400m) and Matt Barnes (3000m).
We also had top three ‘A’ and ‘B’ finishes from Niall in the 800m, Rory Evans (100m), Dwayne Cowan (400m), James Bailey (3000m steeplechase), Nick Gayle (110mH), Seun Okome (high jump), 48 year old John Nicholls (shot) and Nathan Roach, who produced a fantastic triple jump PB.
Chris Wakeford (400mH), James Wignall (chase), Rob Mitchell (high jump), Floydy, Andy Burgess (long jump), Stephen Porter (javelin) and Jack Andrew (javelin and discus) all produced vital point scoring performances in a team effort, while the day was rounded off by two podium finishes in the relay. A quartet of Dwayne Cowan, Gabriel Odujobi, Aaron Crowley and Roy brought the 4x100m baton home in 2nd place, while the 4x400m perhaps encapsulated the team spirit we have come to expect recently. With the match and league won, a team of Clovis, Dave Proctor and Callum Roughneen handed over to Debo Ademuyewo in 4th, a fair way back from 3rd. Debo gritted his teeth and brought the team home in 3rd place, refusing to give up and sparking wild celebrations.
Thanks once again to everyone for a fantastic season and we can now look forward to returning to European competition in 2015. Thanks to club photographers Harry Shakeshaft (www.hsphotos.co.uk) and Ernie Greenwood (http://www.darkstarphotos.com ) whose photographs can be viewed and bought from their websites.
Posted 11/08/2014 20:27
The Northern Premier League’s fourth and final match of the season came a close in windy Blackpool on Saturday. Wakefield came out champions with Sale (competing as City of Manchester) runners up, the same places as 2013. Final league result was as follows: -
Wakefield Harriers 18pts
Sale Harriers 16pts
The season had its ups and downs (mainly downs), though those that supported the club were magnificent. There were superb individual performances, highlighted by Josh Mouland, who ran, jumped and threw all day, indeed all season. Lee Whiteley came out of his comfort zone and tackled the 400m hurdles clocking a winning time of 58.6s. Most inspiring of all however were the women’s sprinters. Rebekah Wilson, Zavia Hill, Tyra Watson, Olivia Callaghan and Jenny Simmons who, following their individual successes, organized themselves into a formidable relay squad winning the 4x100 and 4x400 races in impressive style. The men were dominant all season, featuring heavily in the sprints, jumps and throws.
The downside of the season was the lack of a woman’s team manager, unacceptable late minute withdrawals (5 within 24hrs of this match) and far too many gaps in the middle distance events.
Unfortunately, all the individual successes have been threatened quite forcibly by the league as many of our athletes are not registered with England Athletics with disqualification of results imminent and relegation possible if not corrected. Can each athlete that has competed this year in the Northern League check they are fully up to date with their subscriptions. April 1st is when they were due, and despite constant letters and reminders it is inconceivable so many are outstanding.
Once again many thanks to Brian Spriggs and his merry team of officials, who contribute 30 points a fixture to the score. Full results can be found on the Power of 10.
Special thanks also to photographs Allan Wort and Tim Doggett – parents of two club athletes, who have provided a number of photos for both the website and the next Harrier magazine.
Posted 11/08/2014 20:25
Fechin Mc Cormick
Sale Harriers had thirteen athletes represent their nation at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Regardless of whether they medalled, produced life-time best performances; were dissatisfied or did not even get the chance to compete, each one ought to be very proud as their club, families and nations are. Our nine who represented England, three Scotland and two Wales ran, jumped threw to exhaustion and have lived every sportsperson dream and are now their nation’s sport models. All have recorded priceless experiences and memories; all have had ‘a blast’ at the friendly games and as well as their hard-earned medals and cherished PB’s and the honour of representing their nations, they’ve returned home with treasure throves of priceless ‘selfies’ with their sporting heroes and tired hands from signing autographs.
JESSICA TAYLOR (England Heptathlon) won an unexpected bronze medal. At the finish of Day 1, Jessica had moved into the bronze medal position with PB’s in the HJ of 1.69m and 100m hurdles of13.81. On day two, she enjoyed another great day of competition throwing 33.89m for 550 points in the javelin, a long jump PB of 6.16m and then went on to beat her contender for the bronze medal in the 800m and secured her bronze medal with 2:17.59 and a PB point’s total of 5826. This has been amazing breakthrough for Jess and another pinnacle in her unforgettable year. She said “It was a competition I never thought I’d be competing in. I actually bought tickets to come and watch. It wasn’t on my radar at all. It’s been a ridiculous year. Apart from winning this bronze medal and putting 444 points on my PB, I also finished my seven year architecture degree. It’s unbelievable!”
KELLY MASSEY (England 400m): Having competed and won silver at the 4 x 400m Delhi Commonwealth Games, Kelly’s ambition for Glasgow was to compete in her own right over 400m. In her semi-final, the crowd roared her in the final 100m when she fought off the Nigerian to finish second with a PB of 52.19. She went on to finish 8th in the final. She also won bronze in the 4 x 400m relay to add to her Delhi relay silver. Her boyfriend, Rick Yates, whose parents and family live in Sale and long-time members of Sale Harriers also qualified for the 400m hurdles final and finished 7th.
ANDY ROBERTSON (England 4 x 100m): Running the anchor leg, it was a smooth performance in the heats from the English quartet to qualify for the final He wasn’t however part of the silver medal team but, nevertheless still merited the silver medal as part of the squad.
SARAH HOLT (England Hammer) threw 61.05 in the first round to qualify in eighth and finished one place out of the medals in the final with 65.67
ANDY TURNER (England 110m hurdles): The defending champion crashed out in round 1 by crashing into the second hurdle and coming to a halt. Said a very disappointed Andy “I’m devastated. I got too close to the first hurdle, hit it, trying to come back from that is difficult, hit the second one and that was it. I've no one to blame, it was my fault.
ALEX SMITH (England Hammer): Alex Smith qualified for the final with minimal fuss – a 72.34 first throw and was an agonizing 4th in the final
CHRIS BAKER (England High Jump) qualified for the final with first time clearances at each height on the way to the 2.20 mark that proved to be the one to whittle down the finalists to 12. Said Chris “The first-time clearances made it easy for me. The atmosphere was amazing and the fans got behind everyone and the energy in the crowd really picked me up this morning. My aim has always been to win a Commonwealth Games medal. In the final he made a second time clearance at 2.25m which gave him an agonizing fourth place.
KATIE BYRES (England Pole Vault): In a straight pole vault final, Katie entered the competition at 3.80 but was unable to record a mark. Nevertheless, what a fantastic experience and pinnacle this was in the sporting career for our talented pole vaulter.
ALISON RODGER (Scotland Shot) was 10th in the final and wrote that she was 'soooooooo happy' to bring her long career to a close with 10th in a Commonwealth Games Final,
KIRSTY LAW (Scotland Discus) was eighth in the qualifying round with a throw of 54.68m that she described as ‘pretty amazing’ and so was through to the final with 52:33 and 11th place
KIRSTEN MC ASLEN (Scotland 4 x 400m): Kirsten ran the first leg that resulted in the quartet improving on their native Scottish record of 3:09.09 set back in 2001. They were agonizingly squeezed out of the final, though.
PAUL WALKER (Wales Pole Vault) was equal 5th in the final with a season’s best time of 5.35
LUCY EVANS (Wales 4 x 100m): Unfortunately, though part of the Welsh 4 x 100m relay s squad, Lucy did not get an opportunity to compete, this being her team manager’s decision.
Posted 04/08/2014 15:01
Fechin Mc Cormick
The tension and excitement at Wakefield on Sunday was comparable to the weather –a morning of grey skies giving way to an afternoon of progressively cloudless skies and sunshine. In this fourth and final match of the Youth Development League (YDL Upper) the club lay within the relegation zone so the task at hand was, above all, to beat Gateshead Harriers if we were to avoid the fall.
It was a nail-biting day and as exciting a day of athletics as one could hope to attend! Throughout the morning’s public announcements, the news was gloomy with Gateshead continually ahead of us sometimes by as much as thirty points. This was despite the valiant and successful efforts throughout the morning from the likes of our throwers Jack Seddon, Jaimal Brown, Natasha Wilson, Annabelle Dowd, Joshua Booth, Jasmine Burke and Will Scofield most of whom did several events. Our high jumpers also did more than their bit. U20’s winner Seun Okomo, had everyone applauding and Harry Lord and Luke Moloney both produced PB’s. Our U17 pole vaulters Luke Hannon and Annie Williams, our U20 long jumpers Alyssia Carr and Zenny Enechi, our triple jumpers U20 Tom Gerard and U17 Zenny Enechi all won their events and were valued like gold dust. Our endurance youngsters also shone – for a change. The likes of U20’s Matthew Beacock and Charlie Reid in the 800m, U17’s Jake Spilsbury and Dylan Battick in their 800m, Abi Linney and Frankie Reid in their 800 were all impressive. Despite our sprinters also giving it their very best– athletes of the ability of U20 Danny Heald, Kieran Donnelly (who was 3rd in the U20 race despite being only U17), Emmanuel Muke and James Ratcliffe and Hayaat Bak-Traore, we still failed to get the better of Gateshead Harriers. A major reason wasn’t the team efforts but, unfortunately those team ‘gaps’(again!) where we so often throw matches and diminish our competing athletes achievements. We had every reason to be worried!
Come the afternoon, those grey skies began to pass and things began to improve. It was an exhilarating afternoon of athletics with classy performances from the like of sprinters Danny Heald (200m) and Emmanuel Muka who both produced great PB’s and ‘B’ winner Kirsten Mc Nally (200m) and Toby Adejoymie (200m) that began to turn the tide.. The 110% efforts from the likes of Ellis Goldie Tom Adejoxmie, Kobefo Ntebelane, Tom Gerrard, Rachael Hibbert, Alice Bruce, Abbi Linney, Beth Kelly and Courtney Leonard and Annie Williams all helped to raise our hopes. Again, our middle distance guys made a big difference. Whilst Gateshead had no-one in the 3000m, we had good solid runs from Alice Bruce, Madeline Hole and Charlie Reid; you should have seen the Spilsbury twins in the 1500m stylishly flowing for 1-2; Matt Beacock was great and Brad Thornton produced a PB in his U20 1500m race. U17’s Frankie Reid and Abi Linney displayed great maturity in their 1500m and Aimee Pratt won the 1500m steeplechase by 100m and was especially outstanding. Though still U17 she’s won all of her YDL (Upper) races this year including beating the U20 women. Good luck as she targets the National title in a few weeks time.
All contributed to an afternoon string of victories and classy performances that had the Sale Harrier contingent of supporters, coaches, team managers and parents off their seats. The announcements began putting us in 3rd place behind Team Edinburgh and Team Glasgow. It was now down to the final relays.
What an exciting culmination relays are and these to a long day of athletics that began at 10.30am and embraced 76 events. It was 6pm and the stadium was electric as it echoed to the din of cheers. It was Sale Harries that prevailed winning most of the events. The question now was how close we were to Team Glasgow in 2nd place rather than was we ahead of Gateshead Harriers.
The final announcement! Team Glasgow beat us by a measly half point with Team Edinburgh clear winners with Gatehead relegated. By finishing 3rd, we now go forward to a paper match with those in 3rd and 4th places in the Northern, Southern and Midland Divisions. The winners of this paper match will take their place alongside the winners and runners-up of the Northern, Southern and Midland Divisions in the National final at Birmingham in September. Fingers crossed,
Again, special thanks must go to all who make it possible throughout the season. The likes of field official Brian Spriggs who rarely misses a match and is as gold-dust to these teams as are our best athletes not just for his expertise and the number of matches he attends pointsbut the number of match points he secures; to all the track & field officials; Jack Frost for his tireless managerial and administrative work, priceless coaches, self-sacrificing parents etc. I also thank Tim Doggett for his photographs.
Posted 30/07/2014 13:11
Fechin Mc Cormick
Below are the updated records of our Sale athletes at the Commonwealth Games. Keep an eye on the club website and on Facebook for the latest updates as people progress. .
KELLY MASSEY (England 400m): A fantastic PB of 52.19 in the semi’s and 8th in the final
SARAH HOLT (England Hammer): Finished an impressive 4th in the finals
ANDY TURNER (England 110m hurdles): The defending champion crashed out in round 1 by crashing into the hurdles – very disappointed.
ALEX SMITH (England Hammer): 4th in the final
JESSICA TAYLOR (England Heptathlon): She’s WON the bronze medal Certainly, it’s the pinnacle of her fantastic year. At the finish of day 1, she’d moved into the bronze medal position with two PB in the HJ and 100m.
CHRIS BAKER (England High jump): Won his heat in 2.20m and was an agonizing 4th in the final
ALISON RODGER (Scotland Shot): 10th in the final
KIRSTY LAW (Scotland Discus): Qualifying round Thursday 31st at 19.45 and final on August 1st at 18.15
ANDY ROBERTSON (England 4 x 100m): Round 1 – Friday August 1st 21.10
LUCY EVANS (Wales 4 x 100m): Round 1- Friday August1st at 21.40
KIRSTEN MC ASLEN (Scotland 4 x 400m) Round 1 – Friday August 1st at 18.35
KATIE BYRES (England Pole Vault): Straight Final on Saturday August 2nd at 19.00
PAUL WALKER (Wales Pole Vault): Straight final on Friday august 1st at 18.10
Posted 29/07/2014 07:25
Fechin Mc Cormick
As a result of Kevin Metzger becoming English School’s inter-boy’s triple jump Gold medallist, he was selected to represent England at the schools international at Cardiff last weekend. Britain’s No.1 young triple jumper continued his fantastic development by repeating his 14.59 PB and club record from the English schools to win the triple jump competition in the Siab Schools international.
This is what his coach Keith Hunter wrote, “Kevin’s day began with teasing from a fellow competitor who was trying to psych him out by asking the English Schools champion “What’s it like knowing you're going to come second?” - this from a triple jumper Kevin beat by half a meter only a week ago...must have the memory of a goldfish! Another more realistic lad pointed Kevin out to his coach and said “That guy's going off the 13 meter board - I might as well go home.”
Kevin’s first jump was 14.13m and broke the field. The teasing athlete managed a respectable first round 13.56m, so Kevin gave him the benefit of the doubt, considered him dangerous and jumped 14.41m. In fairness, the teaser replied with 14.08m, which was starting to become annoying, so Magic Metzger put in a whopper around the 15m mark, this bearing in mind that everyone else was bothering the 12-13m section of the pit. If the governor of The Bank of England isn't sure what deflation looks like, he should have been there. Sadly, after a long hard look, it was flagged a no jump; Kevin then turned the screw with a comfortable reproduction of his English Schools 14.59m. Now that's how to psych someone out! The teaser slumped to 13.53cm”. Congratulations yet again, Kevin
Posted 22/07/2014 07:25
The annual Wilson Young Athletes meeting at Crossford Bridge was blessed with fine weather and a good entry of two hundred athletes from as far apart as Leeds, Wolverhampton and the Isle of Man. The meeting was well supported by our own athletes with as many as eighteen Sale Harriers in some races.
In the U9 category, the star was Lucy Herbert of Upton Priory School who won all three running events by a clear margin. Sale medallists were Suvi Seppunen, Holly Hurst, Rachel Banks, Matthew Griffin, Harry Reed, William Dyson and Benjamin Roberts.
In the U11 age-group, the most successful Sale athletes were Kane Saville, Tom Boyd and Sofija Dragisic-Wood were double medallists whilst Dominic Read, Harvey Devenport, Taylor Edwards and Megan Chilton were the other Sale medallists.
The U13 age-group, medallists for Sale were Paddy Mackenzie (Shot & Discus), Charlotte Mairs (100m),Mia Lowndes (200m), Alice Dale (800m), Lydia Hodgson (LJ), and Leo Swarbrick (200m). Brogan Rudman was a double medallist having also represented the club in four events at the YDL league the previous day. Other Sale medallists were Sam Brown, Jed Bailey, Charlotte Whittaker, Sam Wadsworth, Zac Stiller, Tia-Rae Barton, Lucie Wolfenden and Tallia Baird.
In the U15 event, GB water pole international Niamh Nugent showed her versality with a win in the 800m and further medals in the long jump and shot. Harry Boyd was another triple medallist with three golds whilst further medals were awarded to Mairead Power, Loren Aherne Josie Canham, Jemma Vickers, Georgia Haworth, Sophie Thompson, Beatrice Lennon-Butler and Kian Lindsay.
Posted 21/07/2014 09:40
Sale Harriers Manchester had a comfortable 120 points victory in the final YDL (Lower age) Northern Premier match at Preston to remain unbeaten and retain the Northern title they’ve now won six times in the last seven years.
This was the club’s forty-fourth match win (out of fifty matches) since the league began in 2004. Highlights of the match were the girl’s 4 x 300m relay where the team of Maria Mc Polin, Danielle Stringer, Grace Bower and Aine Cunningham broke the National YDL record by the massive margin of three seconds. We also had comfortable victories in all four sprint relays. The club’s YDL six relay teams now hold the fastest times in every age group in northern premier competition this year.
The team’s star individual was newcomer Sam Ebonne who won four events. Other athletes to take part in four events were Anthony Bruton, Brogan Rudman, Emanuel Odubanjo, Northern multi-event Champion Grace Bower and Tess Mc Hugh who recently defended her Greater Manchester Combined Events title. Individual victories went to Jonathon Adderley with three victories; those with two victories were Rory Keen, Emma Lowe, Olivia Ashworth, Kelly Chadwick, Ellie Jackson and Joe Murphy and those with single victories were Amy Lester, Matilda Waters, Ella Mc Kie-Crane, Mia Lowndes, Laurelle Obie, Tess Mc Hugh (2), Lois Mc Tiffin (2) Devon Weymont, Rebecca Heyes, Caleb Adenusa, Niamh Nugent, Lucy Wolfenden and Maria Mc Polin. A welcome temporary return to the club to Aine Cunningham who continued her winning ways with an 800m victory in a PB – on top of being one of the quartet who broke the national YDL record.
Congratulations to Lizzie Twite who ran a PB finishing runner-up in the 800m and Olivia Green who ran a PB in the 1500m and has recently been selected for the GB Modern Pentathlon squad. The most improved Sale athletes were Mia Gibbons and Lara Crawford who both improved their PB’s by a massive margin in the 1200m.
As Northern Champions, the team now progress to the National Finals in Birmingham in September where the best eight teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland will meet to decide the National title. This will give many of the club’s U13 and U15 boys and girls their third taste of international competition and with Northern pride at stake we can expect further great performances.
Yet again, such success would be impossible without the enduring commitment and work of the two team managers Dave Marsh and Carl Worthington, to the club coaches, officials, parents..............a BIG thank you.
The picture is the YDL national record breaking girls team for the 4 x 300m in 2.52.9 - Maria McPolin 1st leg, Danielle Stringer 2nd, Aine Cunningham 3rd and Grace Bower 4th leg.
Posted 21/07/2014 07:27
Fechin Mc Cormick
The third and penultimate Northern Premier League match of this summer took the club on yet another visit to the Moorways Stadium in Derby. To re-cap! After match one the club competing as City of Manchester, were 4th behind Derby, Preston and Kingston-on-Hull. In the second match, last year’s title holders, Preston AC took pole position with City of Manchester in second and much better placed to achieve the year’s objective to improve on its 2013 result when the club finished narrowly behind Preston by one point.
The men’s sprints again showed how this is the club’s best section with Aaron Crowley (100m), Clovis Asong (100m) and Umar Hameed (200m) all winning maximum points and Bhekunzi Dube just missing out. Other maximum points ‘A’ scorers were Josh Ugantayo (800m), Alex Wort (110mH), John Nichols (Discus), James Davies (LJ), Adam Howell (TJ) and Seun Okomo (HJ). Again, our multi-eventers Josh Mouland and Alex Wort were like gold-dust for their value in the amount of points they won competing in six disciplines. The endurance events were better filled than in the past with Gary Lyons, Dave Marsh, Mike Kilmartin and Jake Spilsbury toughing it out with every ounce of energy on the hot afternoon.
Our ladies also showed their prowess but, again, there were far too many gaps that inevitably diminish the team performances of their colleagues. Many could take a leaf from the likes of Amy Williams who, though injured and feeling unwell, travelled from her English Schools Championships in Birmingham where she won her bronze triple-jump medal, just to compete for the club and won maximum points with a jump that, even though injured, was a class above the rest.
Sochi Olympian for GB in the bobsleigh, sprinter Rebecca Wilson and colleague Zavia Hill also flexed their competitive muscles (see photo!!!!) with fine individual sprint victories and in the 4 x 100m relay. Abi Heywood also bagged maximum team points in the long jump as did Annie Williams in the long jump and pole vault. Rebecca Linney, though dissatisfied with her 800m, banked a valuable number of team points and was more pleased with her 400m ‘B’ victory and the 4 x 400m relay. Her little sister, Abi Linney also showed lots of exciting promise in her 800m ‘B’ race.
Alison Rodger and Jasmine Burke did brilliant to cover all the throws with much success and, therefore, team points. What will we do next year without Alison who’s been such a colossal club servant in all the throws? She’s been Sale’s indispensable thrower and Scotland’s best hammer thrower for more than fifteen years. We wish her well for her future and more immediately as she represents Scotland in the Commonwealth Games on her home territory. Such is Alison’s great personal and athletic abilities, we hope she’ll continue her long associations with the club. We mustn’t lose her!
Again, the endurance events were the club’s weakest but a big and special thanks to Ciara Lydon (and her mum) for travelling all the way to Derby to run the 3000m. Likewise, Lauren Bowen was a great club asset and the club’s only representative in the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles. Thanks!
The club would readily have won the match (and possibly the league) had more athletes supported their competing colleagues. As it was, we finished 2nd to Wakefield Harriers but equal top with them in the overall standings. We have it all to play for, therefore, in the final match at Blackburn on August 9th. Let you support your competing colleagues by fill every discipline at the final match and ensure a victory that showcases your club at its very best
Posted 15/07/2014 07:27
FECHIN Mc CORMICK
It was an anxious day for Sale at the final UK Women’s League match at Wavertree on Sunday July 6th. Coming to Liverpool, Cara O’Brien’s team were mid-table in Division 1. Hoping for a ‘miracle’ that included no competitive team‘ gaps, it might just result in a return to the Premier Division but also very conscious that, lying fifth of eight teams, another incomplete team and a bad day could result in the nightmare of being demoted yet again to Division 2. On the day’s team sheet, with no-one to fill the 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, triple jump or some of the endurance events, promotion was out of the question so the challenge was to safeguard against demotion.
As is always the case, every team member admirably gave it everything they had and it’s huge compliments and thanks to every one of them. Jess Taylor – you won’t get better for team loyalty and commitment. She competed in four events and won the 100m ‘B’ and the ‘A’ long jump. Deservedly, she’s on her way to the Commonwealth Games; Welsh international Laura Douglas ended her 14 year career with the club with a b-i-g hammer throw that won the team maximum points; Kirsten Mc Aslan, also on her way to the Commonwealth Games for her native Scotland, ran her heart out in the 800m for 2ndand beat Jenny Meadows and almost whipped Marilyn Okoro; Laura Whittingham and Rosie Sementsyh are a class javelin act and you should see their spears soar so majestically across the stadium to also easily also win maximum points; Rebekan Wilson – how great is it to have her back as specialist sprinter after representing GB in the bobsleigh at the Sochi Olympics ; Jennifer Simmons –s he has to be admired for her heroism in the ‘marathon’ 2000m steeplechase as she trials her new career from being a 400m hurdler and Sarah Barker bravely threw caution to the wind in the 3000m in the hope of snatching a first victory from her nemesis. It didn’t work out but she showed her a clear pair of heels with an impressive 1500m. Tyra Watson, Olivia Callaghan, Rebecca Linney, Imani Modahl, Sarah Mc Keever, Georgia Pickles, Lauren Brennan and Jasmine Burke were also valued points scorers that kept the team just out of the danger zone as the day progressed.
Anxiety turned to real concern mid-afternoon when UKWAL informed us that the club were being docked points because a couple of the team from the first match at Lee Valley were not registered with UKA, This would have guaranteed demotion..........disastrous......but club official Jack Frost bit the bullet and was having none of it. He returned home and, until the early hours with Cara O’Brien, and the following day, he challenged the decision to a successful outcome and the docked points were eventually restored. Well done, Jack!
The final outcome? Ten days after the League ended, the final positions remain undeclared largely because the two teams in the relegation zone have identical points. We, however, remain safe (hopefully) just above them in 5th place.
Well done and thanks to all who contributed this summer - to team manager Cara O’Brien and every team member for your commitment, club loyalty and team effort; to those who risked injury and embarrassment by competing in unfamiliar events to maximize team points; to the important officials who made all the difference in some matches by the points they secured and to those willing and unwilling parents and supporters who gave up their afternoons as spectators to assist as officials and also won match points.
This match brought the curtain down on Laura Douglas’ fourteen year career as a hammer thrower. In those years not only has she been a most valued, loyal and committed club servant who helped win the club’s many Premier league titles during those years, but she also successfully represented the club in European competition and achieved many fine career pinnacles as a Welsh hammer international that culminated with her attendance at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. In thanking Laura, we must also thank her Wythenshawe coach, Kevin Madden and her training colleagues especially Mike Floyd because both contributed greatly to her achievements. We wish Laura well in her sojourns and we have her assurances she’ll be supporting the club into the future with young Welsh throwers.
The challenge for 2015 still remains to return to the Premier Division where the club has had so much success over the League’s existence. To achieve this, Cara O’Brien will be strengthening the team in almost every area but especially in the middle distance, hurdles and some jumps.
Posted 14/07/2014 21:33
Jona Efoloko and Kevin Metzger both became English Schools gold medallists at the Championships at Birmingham. Jona retained his junior boy’s 200m title, running 22.14 seconds which is a Championship record and equalled his PB and club record. He also won the silver medal in the 4 x 100m relay. Kevin Metzger jumped a new PB and club record of 14.58m to win the inter-boy’s triple jump and has been selected to represent England at the schools international at Cardiff next weekend.
Amy Williams was going for her fourth consecutive horizontal English Schools title but on this occasion had to settle for 3rd place in the inter-girl’s triple jump despite a niggling injury. Kelly Chadwick ran a tremendous PB of 12.23 seconds to finish 3rd in the junior girl’s 100m. Congratulations also to Rory Keen who was another of the Manchester 4 x 100m quartet who won a magnificent silver medal.
Natasha Wilson was unable to defend her senior girl’s javelin title and had to settle for 5th. Other SHM athletes in the top 10 were Georgia Pickles, Danielle Stringer, Lewis Hannon, J’Nae ward, and Jaimal Brown. Others selected to represent their counties in these championships were Rory Keen, Jonathan Adderley, Emmanuel Muka, Kieran Donnelly, Ewan Gilchrist, Zack Harrop, Bradley Yates, Lucy Cooper, Alexa Mc Tiffin, Francesca Brint, Grace Bower, Meg Mc Hugh, Zenni Enechi, Ebbie Danson-Chappell, Annie Williams and Alyssia Carr. A total of 30 club members were selected to compete in these championships which reflect the quality of coaching within the club.
Further congratulations go to Grace Bower, Meg Mc Hugh, J’Nae Ward, Ellie Jackson and Harry Lord who’ve all been selected to compete in the English Schools Combined Events National Finals in Boston in September. The club wishes Chris Bartram, the coach to four of these multi-eventers a full recovery to health and a rapid return to what he loves and does so very well.
Posted 14/07/2014 21:30
The 3rd senior men’s British Premier League (BAL) match of 2014 took place last Saturday in London and yet again the team did the club and themselves proud. Going into the match we were 1 league point behind our old rivals Shaftesbury Barnet courtesy of a 3rd place in match 1 and a great victory last time out in Birmingham.
With the Commonwealth Games coming up and the fixture taking place at the end of a busy period that included the U20 and U23 Champs and the Senior England Athletics Trials, we always knew that we would have a depleted team, but we also knew that we had some genuine quality and that, with a bit of luck, we would still be in contention to regain the title come the final match. The team did better than that!
I could scarcely believe it when I received the message that we had taken 2nd place behind Newham in the match and that Shaftesbury had collapsed and finished down in 6th place! That now means that a third place at home in Manchester in the final round will be enough for us to win the championship. To do that, we have to now ensure that we continue to field our best specialists across all events and make sure we have as few people as possible "filling in".
Nevertheless, those that did fill in on Saturday made a vital contribution. Indeed, we were 15 points ahead of Birchfield in 3rd, and skipper James Bailey (many thanks to James for standing in as team manager), Matt Cullen, Ryan Moore and Clovis Asong, who all took part in unfamiliar events, gained - you guessed it - 15 points. Who knows what the swing would've been had they not turned out?
They made a great contribution, but it would be wrong to attribute the second place purely to team spirit and commitment. There was genuine quality on show as well. Our only A string win came from Rimas Martisauskas, who threw a PB 18.70 to take the shot, but there were A string top 3s from Chris Wakeford, Allan Hamilton, Alex Smith, James Bailey and Andy Sutcliffe, to go with B string victories for Andy Burgess, Matt Cullen, Charlie Hulson, Dwayne Cowan and Dave Proctor. There were B strain podiums, too, for Umar Hameed, James Wignall and Debo Ademuyewo and Seun Okome, while it was great to see Clovis back to approaching his best in the 400m and junior Roy Ejiakuekwu executing a great sprint double. Indeed, 6 or 7 athletes doubled (or even tripled) and that's not including relays. Dave Norman, Ryan Moore and Thomas Furlong also produced vital points in a fine team effort.
We go into the final match full of confidence!
Posted 08/07/2014 07:31
Sale sprinters made a massive contribution to the club’s ninety point win that included gaining victory in five relays as well as recording high ranking individual performances. Jona Efoloko broke his own 200m league record with a 22.2 second clocking and ran anchor leg in two winning relay teams.
Laurelle Obi and Kelly Chadwick both recorded sprint double victories with PB’s which are among the fastest times in the country. Charlotte Mairs was another sprinter to improve her PB by a massive margin to become one of the fastest 75m runners in the UK. Further sprint victories were recorded by Emmanual Odubanjo, Dane Winchole, Daniel Obonine, Ellie Jackson, Maria Mc Polin, Mairead Power, Leyla Nealon, Rebecca Heys and Rhys Parker.
Our U13 girl’s relay team of Lavelle, Charlotte, Lois Mc Tiffin and Tess Mc Hugh won in a new club record time of 54 seconds. The U15 girl’s relay team of Kelly, Rebecca, Ellie and Amy Page remained unbeaten and recorded the fastest time of 51.2 seconds. This was Ellie’s 4th victory of the day.
Another unbeaten Sale team was the U15 girl’s 4 x 300m in which Marie, Mairead and Alexa Mc Tiffen built up a winning lead leaving GB water polo international Niamh Nugent to run the anchor leg. The U15 boy’s relay teams won both relays. Well done to Emmanuel, Jona, Dane, Logan Burrows, Danielo Jarbath and Darnell Bell.
Sale hurdlers again did us proud with Rory Keen, Ellie Jackson, Lois Mc Tiffin, Grace Bower, Tess Mc Hugh and Brogan Rudman all running impressive times
Our stars in the throws events were Olivia Ashworth and Jonathan Adderley who both won their event by huge margins. Further victories went to Ellie Wilson, Rosaleen Sheenan and Emma Lowe.
`The club’s long jumpers were in incredible form with Lois Mc Tiffin, Alice Dale and Rebecca Heys recording new PB’s whilst Brogan Rudman won his event with Meg Mc Hugh runners-up in hers. High jumper Amy Lester and Samuel Ebonine made impressive debuts for the club with Amy winning her event and Samuel finishing runner-up with the same height as the inner.
Our Harrier tradition was upheld in the girl’s middle distance events with Alexa Mc Tiffin running a fast 800m to win by four seconds whilst Francesca Brint improved her time from the last match by ten seconds to win the 1500m. Further victories were recorded by Mia Gibbons and Tia-Rae Barton with Beth Thornton also having a very good race in runner-up slot,
The final words go again to the ‘engine-room’ stalwart team managers Carl Worthington and Dave Marsh. This time they had the additional, unenviable stress of the coach not turning up. It’s further special thanks to all those parents who thought they were just dropping off their kids for the day and found themselves rallying to the call and ferried car-loads to Liverpool; remained for the match and returning them home again. A very big thank you! Thanks also to club photographer Ernie Greenwood. His photos can be viewed and bought at http://www.darkstarphotos.com . The last of the four matches is at Preston on July 19 when we confidently hope to retain the Northern title and qualify for the National finals again in Birmingham on September 6th
Posted 24/06/2014 07:47
Fechin Mc Cormick
This major National championship, traditionally held in Bedford, was an important one for several club athletes. For the lower age-group, the championship incorporated the UK trials for the World Junior Championships in Oregon.
Club athletes won one gold medal, one silver medal and two bronze medals.
Our gold medallist, Ben Williams is a club newcomer (Welcome!) and a former World Youth triple jump champion. His was one of the standout performers in the jumps. His 16.31 triple jump exceeded his outdoor best of 16.09m that dated back to 2009. He won the under 23 event by 85 cm to take the national title.
Charlie Hulson won his first major track England medal in the 5000m in 14:36.98 not far short of his PB of 14:33 achieved at the BAL match on June 7th. This is his latest in a successful summer in which he’s improved his 1500m PB to 3:48.18 at the BMC at Sportcity and his 3k to 8:14 at Stretford Grand Prix in May.
Two club newcomers Jack Crabtree (U20 3000m) and Matthew Sumner (U23 400m hurdles) were the club’s silver medallists. Well done to them!
Others also had the race of their lives and also every reason to be delighted. Luke Betts finished 4th in the 800m with a new PB of 1:51.11. Likewise U23 Jack Seddon who recorded a 100m PB in his heats and Amy Pratt, the only U17 girl in the U20 race, recorded a well-deserved 3000m steeplechase lifetime best of 11:29.83
Posted 24/06/2014 07:41
Fechin Mc Cormick
Thirteen Sale Harriers are selected to represent their Nation at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Those representing England are Kelly Massey (400m), Andy Turner (110mh), Andy Robertson (4x100m), Chris Baker (HJ), Katie Byres (PV),Sarah Holt (Hammer), Alex Smith (Hammer) and Jess Taylor (Heptathlon). Those representing Wales are Lucy Evans (4 x100m) and Paul Walker (PV) and representing Scotland are Alison Rodger (Shot), Kirsty Law (Discus) and Kirsten Mc Aslan (4x400m). Of course it will be a special thrill for our Scottish representatives who’ll be on home ground.
This is an amazing number of athletes for any club. Only two other English clubs, Birchfield Harriers in Birmingham and Newham & Essex Beagles surpasses that number. This reflects the size and ability of Sale Harriers that competes in all major national and regional leagues, cups and championships.
We share these athletes joy and excitement for we continually witness their hard work, commitment and the sacrifices they make to reach the top. Let you be inspired by them
Posted 17/06/2014 07:30
The second British Athletic League match of the summer took place at the weekend and the team put in a superb performance to win the match by 20 points, with a score in excess of 330.
BAL Premiership match wins are hard to come by, so it was a truly great effort from everyone who competed and were part of the team management on the day, so many thanks to everyone. There were A string wins from Alex Smith, Chris Baker, Allan Hamilton, Andy Sutcliffe, Charlie Hulson and Andy Robertson and a B string win for Matt Hunt, plus a load more top three performances and season's bests. Chris Baker's 2.28m was another PB and another club record, while Allan Hamilton's 7.81 was his first Scottish Commonwealth Games qualifier. I truth, as usual, nobody performed poorly and we showed yet again that we are among the very best clubs in the country.
This now means that we can look to the rest of the season with confidence as, with two matches to go, we are just 1 point behind Shaftesbury in the race for the league title.
Posted 10/06/2014 07:27
Fechin Mc Cormick
The second of the three UK Women’s League matches took place this weekend at Moorways Stadium in Derby adjacent to where Rolls-Royce builds their famous jet engines. In the first match, a much depleted team responded brilliantly that resulted in the team finishing a surprising and well-deserved third place and only a few points from actually winning the match. However, it was recognised that if the club was to achieve its objective to return to the Premier Division where it had been since the inception of the league 30 years ago, the club had to be competitive in all future matches with event specific athletes.
Team manager Cara O’Brien and her team travelled to Derby and again with a worrying number of ‘gaps’ with no athletes filling them – no-one in the ‘A’ or ‘B’ 400m, 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles,2k steeplechase, long-jump or triple jump. That’s a massive loss of important team points. Yet again, the team have to be complimented for their heroic loyalty to try and make good this deficit. Young pole vaulter Georgia Pickles, who joined the team only in the eleventh hour, couldn’t do enough and, apart from her pole vault points, won valued points in three other events - the 200m, long jump and 4 x 400m relay. Britain’s top javelin thrower Rosie Sementsyh who travelled three hours by car to get to Derby, apart from winning her specialist event, ran a technically imperfect 100m hurdles but still won an important point and then went and won further points in the triple jump. Team manager Cara O’Brien ran herself to exhaustion for her team and became a very valuable ‘B’ points scorer in the 1500m and 3000m as did Sarah Barker when she doubled in the ‘A’ 1500m. High jumper Sarah Mc Keever not only did her work but also ran a leg in the 4 x 100m relay.
Of course, there were several outstanding performances. In the throws (where I was a field judge!), Laura Whittingham and Rosie Sementsyh were easy winners, and in the shot, discus and hammer it’s not often you see the judges move en masse to the far end of the throws zone when an athlete takes their place in the cage. That’s what Alison Rodger (shot) and Kirsty Law (discus) both evoked to become convincing winners with Alison also winning further points in the discus and ‘B’ hammer where Laura Douglas was the biggest points scorer with her ‘A’ victory in hammer. Heptathlete Jess Taylor is always a big points scorer and she won the shot , 2nd in the high jump and played a significant part in both relays.
In the track events, Sarah Barker again displayed tactical maturity and promise by her superb 2nd place in the 3000m victory. It was great to welcome Rebecca Linney to her club debut and she’ll be a great team asset. It was also great to have Jenna Hill free of injury and again quietly excited by her 800m and run within a second off her 400m PB in the 4 x 400m relay.
As in the first match, we might have pulled off a top three position but, on this occasion, fate conspired again this. Top points scorers Lucy Evans, who’d just received news of her selection for Wales in the Commonwealth Games (Congratulations again, Lucy) became worried by a potential injury running the 100m and had to withdraw from the 200m and 4 x 100m relay and fellow sprinter Olivia Callaghan, wasn’t recovered from her race the previous day in the Northern League.
As a result, the team finished a lowly 7th giving us an overall position of 4th in the league. With the crucial final match a double header in Wavertree on July 6th, there are three potential outcomes. (1) We produce a 3rd incomplete team with a similar result to this and we could easily end up being demoted yet again. (2) We produce another incomplete team and fill the gaps by heroic non-specialists and we’ll spend another year in Division 1 and (3) we field a team with event specialists and with all hands on deck and a bit of luck.....and we might just about still win promotion. It’s now up to you!
Thanks to track & field officials Jack Frost, Brian Spriggs and Fechin Mc Cormick the club also maximized team points. Though we travelled with an incomplete quota, we extend a special thanks to Crawley AC officials Gillian Charlton and John Fenn who, in the true spirit of sport, volunteered their services as officials for the club and to Georgia Pickles’Mum who surrendered a relaxed afternoon spectating in the sunshine, to also help as a track official. Without these, our overall team result would have been much worse.
Posted 10/06/2014 07:23
Fechin Mc Cormick
The club, competing as City of Manchester in regional and national T & F competitions, were hosts at the weekend for the second of the four matches among the six Northern Premier Division clubs. The objective was to improve on our 4th place from the first match at Hull, won by Derby AC, and to put us in contention to win the league from 2013 title holders Wakefield AC when we were runners-up.
As ever, our club sprinters were the day’s highlight and all were awesome in their speed, power and dominance and, by clear victories in the 100m, 200, 400m and the relays, they bagged the club maximum points – the ‘gold-dust’ of these matches. It’s well done and thanks to power-houses Aaron Crowley, Dominic Sebele, Danny Heald, Liam Grey-Thompson, Clovis Asong and Felix Tighe. Wow! You should have witnessed the excitement they generated as they powered like steam trains in their relay victories. Shaunna Thompson, Olivia Callaghan and Zavia Hill were also brilliant in victory in their 100m and 200m races with J’Nae Ward the 200m runner-up. Reportedly, coach Keith Hunter now owes Danny & Olivia a Nandos meal for under-estimatING their current speedy form.
In the other disciplines, Jordan Carter and Stephen Porter also won maximum club points for their tremendous javelin victories; Nathan Roach and Jacob Brown for their long jump and triple jump double victories; Allen Crouch victor in the shot; J’Nae Ward in the long jump and Annie Williams in the Pole Vault.
We also had Josh Mouland (110m hurdles), Jordan Carter (Shot), Zac Harrop (PV), J’Nae Ward (200m),Zenni Enechi (TJ), Georgina Alexander (TJ) and Emily Cummings (HJ) all impressive big team points winners as runners-up in their events. Athletes like Nathan Roach, Zenni Enechi and Frankie Reid and others produced lifetime best performances in the process.
Our men –Lee Whitely, George Haynes, Matt Metcalfe, Mohammed Ahmed, Mike Kilmartin and Dylan Stanway made a big team points contribution by filling all the middle-distance events except the 3k steeplechase. Our women didn’t fare near as well with only three middle distance representatives. Well done and welcome to Abi Linney (800m) who made her club debut; to Frankie Reid who had a great race and to Amber Towns who, a few days earlier, also did really well in her first British Aquathlon.
Throughout the day, the club won or were runners-up in no less than two-thirds of the thirty-eight match competitions. That’s impressive! So why were we not match winners over champions Wakefield AC rather than finishing joint second with Preston AC....and ranking 4th overall in the league? As is all too often the case, matches are won or lost not on those present but on those who are not!
Sale (City of Manchester) had an unenviable twenty-one ‘gaps’ - twice as many as Wakefield and Preston AC. This was a massive loss of club points! Part of the answer, but not the whole answer, is that other teams did not have another national league competition the following day as we had. However, the reasons merits scrutiny from the athletes themselves for this takes the shine from their own collective performances but must also be an issue for coaches, team managers and parents going forward and anyone else concerned for the club’s objective to maintain its top standings in all regional and national competitions.
Well done and a big thanks to everyone who provided such a great day of exciting and often classy competition at Sportcity; to the all-important field officials who added to the club’s tally of points by their attendance; to the ‘engine-room’ team managers and to all those supportive parents and relatives who created the atmosphere making it a great day at Sportcity.
Posted 10/06/2014 07:21
The 2nd of four UKYDL (Upper) fixtures was held at Sheffield during the weekend in very warm conditions, conducive to inspire good performances. Indeed the club produced many fine individual results, but unfortunately there were too many events that we did not contest, with preparation for exams the dominant reason. To remain in the Premier Division, we certainly need to raise our game. However, some really outstanding performance occurred, with Jaimal Brown’s 49m 48cm Javelin throw, and J’Nae Ward’s fine double victory with a 1m 65cm HJ and 11m 32cm shot. Full results can be found at http://www.thepowerof10.info
WINNERS OF EVENTS WERE.
Felix Tighe U20A 400m 49.80s
Kobefo Ntadejane U20B 400m 51.47s
Jake Spilsbury U17 800m 2m 05.91s
Aimee Pratt U17 1500m chase 5m12.77
J’Nae Ward U17 HJ 1m 65cm Personal Best
U17 Shot 11m 32cm Personal Best
Joshua Booth U20B Discus 39m 01cm
Jaimal Brown U17 Javelin 49m 48cm Personal Best
Annabel Dowd U17 Javelin 29m 88cm Personal Best
OTHER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENTS WERE..
Emmanuel Muka 23.51 U17 200m
Euan Gilchrist 2m 01.08 U17 800m
Adam Spilsbury 4m 10.70 U17 1500m
Imani Modahl 4m 54.77 U20 1500m
Giovanni Brady 5m 14.45 U17 1500m
Harry Lord 15.02 U17 100m Hurdles
Ehis Ilozobhie 15.12 U17 100m Hurdles
Zac Harrop 4m 05cm U17 Pole Vault
Ehis Ilozobhie 5m 55cm U17 LJ
Lauren Bowen 4m 86cm U20 LJ
Jake Grundy 9m 39cmU20 Shot
Annabel Dowd 21m 22cm Discus
Jacob Lloyd 41m 66cm Hammer.
As always, thanks to those who made the weekend sacrifices for the good of club and team – team managers, officials and parents. thanks also to club photographer Harry Shakeshaft whose photos from the day can be viewed and bought at www.hsphotos.co.uk
Posted 04/06/2014 14:31
Having set two national records in the Tom Pink AAA’s relays and benefitted from recent coaching sessions from world class athletes Felix Sanchez, Tiffany Porter, Richard Kilty, Greg Rutherford and Christine Ohuruogu and Chris Tomlinson, our U13/15 boys and girls were in a confident mood and scored another great victory in the Northern Premier YDL match at Leeds and look set to retain the league title. The standard of competition was very high featuring many recently crowned county champions from Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Merseyside, Gtr. Manchester and the North-East.
Star club performer was Jona Efoloku who ran 11.0 to win the 100m and to break his own National YDL record. Jona currently holds all three YDL sprint record and was recently featured on the TV with Jamaican world champion Yohane (The Beast) Blake. Kelly Chadwick was also in spectacular form scoring a sprint double winning by as big a margin as Jona. Other Sale athletes to record sprint victories were Ellie Jackson, Maria Mc Polin, Mairead Power, Laurelle Obi, Charlotte Mairs, Layla Nealon, Dane Winchole, Rory Keen and Ben Mosley whilst Rhys Parker, Darnell Bell, Logan Burrows and Lois Mc Tiffin were runners up.
Despite the very high standard of hurdling in the league, the day started well with victories going to Rory Keen, Ellie Jackson and Lois Mc Tiffin whilst Meg Mc Hugh recorded a PB in second place. Tess Mc Hugh and Brogan Rudman were also runners up in hurdles events.
Our endurance athletes maintained good Harrier tradition with Charlie Hobson, Alexa Mc Tiffin, Tess Mc Hugh and Mia Gibbons winning 800m events whilst runners up slots went to Bailey Hulse, Ellie Twite, Alice Dale and Lauren Smith.
Congratulations to Matilda Waters who won the pole vault and Grace Bower who set a new PB of 5m 23cms for first place in the long jump, finished runner up in the high jump and was a member of our record-breaking real team. Further victories in the jumps went to Jack Daley and Meg Mc Hugh whilst Harriet Wareing, Lewis Hindle and Michael Odejimi were runners up.
Our throwers again did us proud with Jonathan Adderley victorious in two events and runner up in a third. Emma Lowe and Anthony Bruton both had a first and two second places whilst Olivia Ashworth, Tess Blandamer and Meg Mc Hugh were also victorious whilst Nathan Booth, HarryBoyd, Jemma Carr and Rosaleen Sheenan were runners up
The match ended with a tremendous performance in the relays including wins in all three girl’s events. The U15 boy’s team are National league record holders for the 4 x 300m relay but on this occasion had to settle for 2nd place behind Gateshead AC but they did win the sprint relay.
Big thanks must go to the parents and supporters from all six clubs taking part who created a tremendous atmosphere which was both conducive to great performances and also supportive of the endeavours of all the youngsters taking part. A big thanks as ever to the all-important team managers Carl Worthington and Dave Marsh and to Ernie Greenwood for the photos (These can be viewed and bought from his website www. http://www.darkstarphotos.com. full results are available at http://www.ukydl.org.uk/page10.html
Posted 03/06/2014 13:22
Fechin Mc Cormick
To the beat of the pop group “One Direction” echoing from across the adjacent football stadium, Sportcity, too, was alive with the sound of excellence that was the nation’s top-ranked middle distance runners competing in the British Milers Club Grand Prix. This prestigious annual festival is always an event par excellence, superbly hosted by top endurance coach Norman Poole (President of the BMC) and his merry team. For the uninitiated, the BMC is the premier middle distance club in the country and the vast majority of the best performances every year are produced by its members.
Over twenty-nine races, I witnessed epic duels as competitors sought last ditch Commonwealth Games selection; drank from the elixir of running that’s ‘PB’s or chased nemesis scalps. Of course, Sale Harrier’s elite middle-distance specialists were among them with many also serving as pace-setters.
James Bailey, with his superb 5000m PB of 14:46.21, has got to be wearing a smile. It’s a massive improvement on his recent years and he’s finally beaten his previous best set way back in 2006. Just behind him, the club’s higher claim member Dave Norman also did well to record a SB of 14:53.91 so soon after his Manchester marathon.
In the 1500m races, U17 Aimee Pratt (4:42.84) has got to be congratulated on her PB. Though the youngest in the field, early on she got boxed in and gustily ran the whole race from the front and only ran out of steam in the final 200m. There’s certainly more PB’s to come for her. Megan Davies finished on her shoulder with a SB and was given an identical time, though she’d have liked to have been faster. In the men’s 1500m races, in form Charlie Hulson’s mature race from the middle of the pack, probably assured him his PB of 3:48.18. It’s come on top of a massive 3000m PB by 14 second just two weeks earlier. U20 Jack Crabtree (3:47.56) and Nick Samuels (3:53.67) recorded season’s best times. U23’s Jamie Roden (3:58.80) and Ryan Moore (4:01.20) both came within a second of improving their best, recorded just a few weeks earlier.
Congratulations to U20 Imani Modahl on her superb 800m PB. Over three races during the month of May, she’s impressively improved from 2:24.91 to 2:19.47 to record this new PB of 2:17.09. In the men’s race, Dave Proctor, I suspect, also has good reason to be pleased with his SB. His 800m time of 1:51.84 was a full six seconds faster than he ran in the Cardiff BMC three weeks earlier and indicating that he’s fast returning to his sub 1:50 form.
The piece de la resistance of the entertaining evening were the ‘A’ quality races and in-form Niall Brooks was the club’s 1500m representative, bench-marking his return to top form following severe illness. In a typically well executed race, he tracked eventual winner Jake Wightman (Edinburgh AC) but couldn’t find the gear on the final circuit and was caught on the home straight by Chris Warburton (Notts) to finish 3rd and clock 3:43.01. Higher claim member Matt Barnes (Altrincham AC) was our representative in the ‘A’ 5000m race and he recorded a SB of 14:23.31.
Posted 03/06/2014 13:21
Sale Harriers had its best ever performance in the Tom Pink AAA Relays at Sportcity on Wednesday last. They set two national records; won five events and gained 23 prestigious AAA gold medals. They broke national records which were previously set by Sale teams two years ago. The events, which aim to challenge Mo Farah’s and Paula Radcliffe’s National 5000m records (12:53.11 and 14.29.11), were held on the indoor track creating an incredible atmosphere and our youngsters rose to the occasion. In the U16 5000m continuous relay, we broke National records with a boy’s team Dylan Burchill, Adam Spilsbury, Jake Spilsbury, Adam Kinghorn, and Luke Chesters recording 12 minutes 5 seconds. Not to be outdone, our girl’s team of Meg Mc Hugh, Tess Mc Hugh, Beth Thornton, Ellie Twite and Niamh Nugent recorded 13 minutes 30 seconds to also break the national record.
Our most successful team was the U14 girls where Niamh Nugent, Beth Thornton and Tess Mc Hugh won the 3 x 500m relay by a huge margin and then teamed up with Ruby Bell to win the sprint relay.
Our U12 girl’s team of Kia-Licia Clarkson, Libby Hill and Ruby Bell were clear winners of the 3 x 500m relay due to a storming last leg by Ruby. Libby was the youngest Sale athlete taking part and also won AAA bronze medal in the sprint relay and Med-Ball Challenge, amazing the spectators with her speed, strength and endurance. Ruby, who was the youngest triple gold medallist, had also shown her versality by winning the long jump at the Trafford medal meet two days before. Both Ruby and Libby are both a credit to their coaching at Crossford Bridge.
Other Sale gold medallists at the Trafford meeting were Laurelle Obi, Meg Mc Hugh and Emma Lowe with two golds each. Silver medals were awarded to Niamh Coyne, Charlotte Mairs, Mia Gibbons, Tess Mc Hugh, Jack Daly, Amy Lester and Nathan Booth whilst Ami Page, Dane Winchcole and Beth Thornton were bronze medallists. Although outside the medals, Taylor Edwards and Francesca Brint both ran impressive new PB’s.
Results from the Trafford Open meeting are available on the Trafford AC website. Special thanks as ever to club photographer Ernie Greenwood. Further photos can be viewed and purchased from his website http://www.darkstarphotos.com
Posted 29/05/2014 12:00
On top of the 28 medals that the club’s throwers won in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire Championships at the weekend, a further 35 medals were awarded to those in the track events. Again, well done to all of them, their coaches and family and all who support them to these noteworthy medals.
400m Senior Gold Tyra Watson
800m U20 Silver Matthew Metcalfe
1500m U17 Gold Adam Spilsbury
70mH U13 Gold Tess Mc Hugh
75mH U15 Gold Megan Mc Hugh
80mH U17 Gold J’Nae Ward
110mHSenior Gold Alex Wort
150m U13 Gold Tess Mc Hugh
400mHU20 Silver Lydia Randles
Posted 20/05/2014 14:11
Coach Tony Dowd
Sale’s throwers had an amazing weekend at the Gtr Manchester & Cheshire Champs, with a total of 28 medals
Posted 20/05/2014 14:07
Fechin Mc Cormick
One might have expected Sale Harriers senior women to become outright winners of their first match in the lower Division 1 en route back to the Premiership where the club had been since the league’s inception and had won an unprecedented 23 Premier League titles. Deputizing for Cara O’Brien, Fechin Mc Cormick made his T & F managerial debut but took with him to Lee Valley Stadium in London, a team so depleted in numbers that almost 30% of the race ‘slots’ remained empty and we could provide only 50% of the club’s quota of officials with the loss of even further match points. The match is an inspiring story from adversity to (almost) triumph ........ of a Sale Harrier team that faced potential disaster to finishing an impressive 3rd ....and to come within a whisker of even winning.
Rarely, if ever as a Sale Harrier, have I been so inspired by a group of young athletes who were so willing to ensure the club success and displayed such club loyalty that, when I eventually declared the team, almost every empty slot was filled.
The club has got to admire and give whole-hearted thanks to the likes of top sprinter Kelly Massey, aiming for Commonwealth Games selection and in superb shape, who considered doing the triple jump just to get the club’s match points. You’ve got to thank Sarah Mc Keever, prepared to add the high jump to her other committed events (100m hurdles and long jump) and 400m specialist Tyra Watson who also risked injury and embarrassment to do the high jump for only the second time in her life. Both won invaluable points! Kadeena Cox and pole vaulter Abi Haywood were also prepared to be embarrassed as both raced the 400m hurdles and again won invaluable points; 400m specialist Kirsten Mc Aslan raced an unplanned 1500m ‘marathon’ and also won gold-dust; endurance specialist Kathy Wellam and sprint specialist Holy Belch squeezed in the triple jump between their tough events and again heroically added to the score tally; Sarah Barker raced the 1500m shortly after she’d given 110% in a very tough 3000m race in which she’d finished 2nd. Finally, there were Imani Modahl (1500m) who had an important exam the following morning and Laura Douglas (Hammer), weighed down by work and not at her best, who gave-up their weekend, to rally to the club call. Thanks to you all – you were/are an inspiration.
Of course, Sale event-specific athletes also added massively to the team tally and we couldn’t have done without them with almost all of them winning maximum points. Conditions were extremely tough with strong persistent cross-winds putting PB’s out of the question but Kelly Massey (200m), Lucy Evans (100m & 200m), Kirsten Mc Aslan (400m), Kirsty Law (Discus & Shot), Alison Rodger (Shot), Laura Whittingham (Javelin) and Rosie Sementysh (Javelin) were, nevertheless, ‘poetry in motion’ and a class above the rest in winning their events. As the finale, you should have witnessed the 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m relays. Such was our team’s true competitive grit that generated such excitement....... and our girls were just pipped to the post in both events.
Of course, the all-important club officials were also integral to the club’s success. Mike & Lynn Belch’s (Holly’s parents) travelled all the way from Scotland - not for the first time by car, and enthusiastically gave their whole day to being Sale Harrier’s representatives for timekeeper and track judge. Diane Haywood (Abigail’s mum) needed no persuasion to become a field judge and fill a club ‘gap’ for officials and I ‘re-structured’ my managerial day to also become a field judge and so complete the club’s requirement for officials and be awarded maximum points.
We cannot expect such loyal club stalwarts to do it all over again and win promotion for Sale Harriers. It will not happen! This is a tough, competitive league with some very classy competition. For the next two matches, therefore, in Derby (June 8th) and Liverpool (July 6th) we must fill every discipline with event specific athletes. Clear your diaries now and be prepared when team Manger Cara O’Brien contacts you in the near future.
Posted 13/05/2014 07:24
Chris Baker set a club record 2.25m in the high jump as a wet and extremely windy Cardiff hosted the first BAL match of the "summer" on Saturday and, with wind speeds reaching -8.2 in the 200m and gusts so strong that the discus had to be cut short, it is safe to say that it was a tough day for all concerned.
Despite a number of withdrawals from the team in the preceding days, hopes were high for a solid start to the season and so it proved, although the top 3 placing only told part of the story. Shaftesbury were the runaway winners on the day, leaving the rest of the clubs present to scrap for position and scrap we did, with the likes of Matt Cullen, Jonathan Ferryman, Allan Hamilton and Nathan Roach stepping in to win points in less favoured events and 48-year-old John Nicholls making a return to the team and picking up valuable points in the shot.
It was also great to see Matt Hunt back in club colours after a lay-off with injury and Rory Evans make a superb debut with a 46.97 clocking in the 400m for 3rd in the A.
Yet it wasn't all about fight and determination. The team had A string wins from Alex Smith (backed up by Floydy), Rimas Martisauskas and a truly astonishing performance from Chris Baker, who put himself into Commonwealth Games consideration with a club record and PB 2.25m in the high jump.
The endurance events ended up being the back bone of the side, not for the first time, and Niall Brooks, unbeaten in the BAL notched another A string double in the 800m and 1500m, with Dave Proctor matching his efforts in the B. James Bailey, James Wignall and Dave Norman also contributed to the points haul, as did Ryan Oswald, Gabriel Odujobi, Callum Roughneen and Debo Ademuyewo (who was almost blown off his feet with the 8.2m headwind in the 200m) in the sprints.
Allan Hamilton, Jonathan Ferrymand and Nathan Roach provided the points in the horizontal jumps and Matt Sumner and Darren Lewis provided an excellent springboard for the day's track events with strong showings in the 400mH.
Sadly the wind meant that only 9 pole vaulters recorded valid efforts and neither Matt Cullen or Andy Sutcliffe were among them, but, with 3 matches remaining, they and the rest of the team still have plenty of opportunities to compete in more favourable conditions.
A huge thanks too, to John Smith on team management duties and James Bailey for team captaincy.
Posted 13/05/2014 07:20
Fechin Mc Cormick
Posted 06/05/2014 09:08
Sale’s U13 and U15 boys and girls launched the defence of the Northern Premier title with a win at Sportcity beating the best teams in the North. Star performer in the U15 age-group was Jona Efoloko who broke the club record and went top in the UK when he won the 200m in 22.3 seconds. Joe Murphy was dominant in the throws events with further victories coming from Darnell Bell, Ben Moseley, Rory Keen and Jonathan Adderley while Anthony Bruton joined Ben Darnell and Jona to win the 4 x 300m relay.
Other contributors to success in the age-group were Emmanuel Obundajo, Logan Burrows, Luke Chesters, Matthew Williams, Aiden Stirrup, Harry Boyd, Danielo Jorbath, Michael Odejimi, Femi Okome, Reece Parker, Aron Tzegay and Oliver Dean
Posted 06/05/2014 09:07
For the club’s first match of this season’s Youth Development League (Upper), it was a long trip to Edinburgh. It was cold, very cold day with a fine drizzle that was further heartbreaking after such a very long journey. It was very heartening, therefore, to witness some excellent results from our athletes.
Posted 06/05/2014 09:05
Fechin Mc Cormick
The highpoint of the club’s young multi-eventer’s winter training came in Sheffield with their U17 and U15 Indoor Combined Events championships. It was a weekend to challenge and thrill every athlete, coach and parent. and was one of the best national finals ever for the club. The Championship incorporated the Midland Counties, Northern Athletics and Welsh U17 Championships so athletes winning National medals also took home regional titles as well as their National titles and medals. With athletes competing over 60m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800m and a final pentathlon (women) and heptathlon (men) count, there was much to battle for. The club’s four multi-eventers who took part had a great weekend - U17 Harry Lord, U17 J’nae Ward, U15 Grace Bower and U15 Meg Mc Hugh with everyone recording new lifetime best performances in almost all their events and some winning important and much-valued regional and national medals.
J’NAE was 3rd nationally in the U17 pentathlon and also became the Northern pentathlon champion. She also recorded four lifetime bests in the long jump, high jump, 60m hurdles and the pentathlon and now ranks 12th on the UK all time points total.
HARRY: This was Harry’s first competition and he finished 9th overall. Harry won the U17 1000m race and was third in the shot putt . He had a great weekend, recording lifetime best performances in the 60m, 60m hurdles, pole vault, long jump, shot and a new heptathlon PB of 4169 points and crowned the Northern Champion.
GRACE BOWER: Grace was 6th overall and recorded five lifetime best performances in the U15 800m, 60m hurdles, shot and a new pentathlon point’s total. She’s also crowned the Northern champion
MEG Mc HUGH: Meg was 7th overall and runner-up in the Northern Championships and recorded five lifetime best performance - the 800m, 60m hurdles, high jump, long jump and a new pentathlon point’s total.
The club congratulates these talented youngsters who make such a massive difference every summer to their team’s success by winning points in numerous disciplines. Thanks also to their coaches and back-up team and especially to coach Chris Bartram currently recovering from illness.
Posted 10/03/2014 10:09
~~The weekend’s major event was the England Athletics U20, U17 and U15 indoor championships at Sheffield, the pinnacle of the winter indoors season for Britain’s young athletes. There were 25 medals up for grabs across the age-groups over the two days of exciting performances. It was a fantastic weekend of athletics and we had our own reporter, men’s BAL team manager Dean Hardman there reporting for England Athletics.
Posted 03/03/2014 17:35
The 5th Indoor promotion at Sportcity once again attracted athletes from far and wide. Matthew Ashley ( Notts AC) gave an awesome display of high jumping clearing a PB of 2m 05cm. Turnout was very high ( 339 competitors) considering that the National U15,17 and U20 championships were being held at Sheffield.
Jessica Taylor was in fine form, an 8.85sec 60m hurdle race, followed by a PB in the 60m flat of 7.70secs. She was well supported by Shaunna Thompson (7.79secs) and Zavia Hil (7.79secs). Carl Dickinson led the men sprinters with a 7.05sec clocking.
Once again a fine turnout by the Club members (38) produced some fine personal best performances as depicted below. Full detailed results can be found on the Power of 10.
60m: Courtney Leonard U17 8.48secs: Diane Winchote U15 7.97secs: Rhys Parker U15 8.48secs: Rebecca Heys U15 8.63secs:
60m Hurdles: Courtney Leonard U17 9.59secs: Grace Bower U15 9.75secs:
200m: George Paynes U20 24.33secs: Ellis Goldie U17 23.97secs: Kirstin Mcnally U17 27.72secs: Diane Winchote U15 25.68secs:
600m: Tess McHugh U13 106.49secs.
High Jump: Zamere Zarai U17 1m 65cm: Luke Moloney U17 1m 60cm: Grace Bowyer U15 1m 50cm: Michel Odejimi U15 1m 45cm.
Long Jump: Rebecca Heys U15 4m 36cm: Callum O’Malley U20 5m 70cms
Shot: Emma Lowe U15 8m 40cm.
Posted 03/03/2014 17:28
The 4th indoor meeting featured outstanding performances by our young athletes. Seun Okome
(18) soared over 2 pbs with 2m 02cm then 2m 05cm in the High Jump. Kevin Metzer (16) triple
jumped 13m 72cm, Jack Sheldon propelled the shot 14m 50cm. Umar Hameed ( 6.89s) and Denver
Morrison-Massey (7.20s) both recorded pbs in the 60m.
Ehis Llozobhie (15) was in fine form registering 3 pbs in the PV 2m 48cm, HJ 1m 50cm and a 7.54s
60m, whilst Harry Lord cleared 2m 93cm in the pv and then threw 11m.57cm in the shot, both pbs.
A warm welcome back from injury was accorded to Shaunna Thompson who replied with a fast 60m
sprint of 7.62secs, and Aaron Crowley sped to a very quick 21.82s 200metres.
Rory Keen was very busy indeed, 60m in 7.84s, 200m in 25.45s and a 600m in 1.37.3.
Likewise Hayaat Bah-Traore had a 60/200m double pbs with 8.18s and 27.26s.
Ursular Trinler eased her frame over 3m 08cm in the PV, and Nathan Roach reached 6m 45cm in the
Many other club members registered personal bests, full detailed results HERE
Posted 06/02/2014 17:41
On a day where Sale Harriers athletes managed some fantastic results amongst the North of Englands finest, Jona Efoloko stood out, not only breaking the North of England record in his heat (7.12) of the u15 60m, he then went on to win the final in another Championship record time of 7.10 seconds.
Ayla Hewitt who is still a primary athlete gained valuable experience in her heat and a new pb of 31.40 for the 200m.
Lois McTiffin got a new pb in her heat (28.80) who carried a slight pull going into the final.
Tess McHugh also made it to the final and finished a creditable 5th position and a new pb of 28.78.
Meg McHugh not to be outdone by her younger sister came 5th in the 60mtr hurdles and a new pb in the shot put of 9.50 and finish 4th.
Alexa McTiffin really made the most of her weekend, she competing in the Greater Manchester Cross Country the day before, and turned in style showing her real ability in the 800m and decided to use "her tactics" to finish a very good 2nd position and a silver medal.
Ben Moseley also competed in the long jump and a distance of 4.89 and a seasons best.
Full Results HERE
Posted 05/02/2014 00:01
The weekend’s third of six winter indoor meetings at The Ethiad Campus – club promotions was the most successful ever. Four hundred competitors took part, with the club having over 60 representatives. Clovis Asong was in sparkling form over 600m, holding off a determined Josh Oguntayo, clocking 78.90 secs. Jono Efoloko ( U/15) registered fine marks in the U/15 age group. 60m (7.11secs) and 200m (22.73secs).
An unfortunate injury to Nathan Booth, competing in the HJ, put a damper on the proceedings. Taken to hospital by ambulance, it was revealed he had a broken leg, resulting in an overnight stay and planned operation Monday morning. Best wishes Nathan for a successful recovery. Many personal bests were established, listed below.
Umar Hameed 7.00s
Jono Efoloko (U15) 7.11s
Liam Grey Thompson 7.33s
Filix Tighe 7.45s
Ellis Goldie (U17) 7.47s
Sunday Muka (U17) 7.57s
Kobefo Ntabejane 7.64s
Henry Oyenuga (U17) 7.75s
Maurice Jarvis (U17) 7.76s
Darnell Bell (U15) 7.84s
Kelly Chadwick (U15) 7.95s
Hyaat bar-Traore (U17) 8.21s
Georgina Alexander (U17) 8.41s
Laurelle Obi (U13) 8.67s
Kirsten McNally (U17) 8.68s
Rhys Parker ( U15) 8.71s
Kieran Burlinson (U15) 8.73s
Jona Efoloko (U15) 22.73s, Felix Tighe 23.14s, Kobefo Ntebejane 24.38s, Abigayle Fitzpatrick 24.47s, George Payne 24.87s, Riordan Irvine 25.47s, Maurice Jarvis 26.67s.
Clovis Asong 78.90secs, Callum Roughneen 82.32s, Tess McHugh (U13) 108.90s.
60m Hurdles. Meg McHugh (U15) 9.72s
High Jump. Michael Odejimi (U/15) 1m 45cm
Pole Vault. Ebbie Danson-Chappell 3m 02cm
Shot. Jack Sheldon (U20) 13.49cm, Annabel Dowd 8m 53cm.
Full details can be obtained from the Power of 10.
Posted 07/01/2014 08:12
Promoter Jack Frost
The second Indoor club promotion T & F meeting at Sportcity at the weekend was another fine day of athletics, with over 300 participants. The fastest 60m runner was Nyef Iman (formally Abed) clocking 6.93 secs, but the most eye catching performance was by 14 year Jona Efoloko . His 7.18 sec time was faster than Andy Robertson did at a similar age. Seun Okome leapt to a most satisfying 2 metres in the high Jump, and Josh Oguntayo had a torrid battle in the 600 metres, setting a new pb of 80.53secs. It was also an excellent turnout by Sale athletes, and many personal bests were set, highlighted below.
Jono Efoloko U/15 7.18 secs
Lamiko Thomas U/20 7.29 secs
Alex Wort U/23 7.45 secs
Ellis Goldie U/17 7.58 secs
Jacob Lingard U/20 7.68 secs
Maurice Jarvis U/17 7.82 secs
Hayaat Bak-Traore U/17 8.31 secs
Rebecca Heys U/15 8.65 secs
Kirsten McNally U/17 8.71 secs
Elizabeth Kelly U/17 8.99 secs
Alex Wort U/23 8.61 secs
Meg McHugh U/15 9.86 secs
Alex Wort U/23 1m 75cms
Jack Daly U/15 1m 51 cms
Rebecca Heys U/15 4m 21 cms
Ellis Goldie U/17 53.51 secs
Rebecca Heys U/15 66.57 secs
Elizabeth Kelly U/17 66.80 secs
Josh Orguntayo U/23 80.53 secs
Kyle Conway U/20 85.81 secs
Aimee Pratt U/17 100.25 secs
Imani Modahl U/20 100.51 secs
Eleanor Twite U/15 101.92 secs
Alexa McTiffin U/15 103.43 secs
Tess McHugh U/13 110.06 secs.
Matt Holmes U/20 84:35secs
Full results can be obtained from the Power of 10.
Posted 17/12/2013 09:42
Fechin Mc Cormick
The second of the club’s two National YDL (Youth Development League) finals of the weekend was also at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium - the Wembley of British athletics, and this time involved the club’s older U17 & U20 age groups. They competed against the country’s top Premier clubs of 2013–Birchfield Harriers, Blackheath & Bromley Harriers, Rugby & Northampton AC, Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, Team Edinburgh, Team Glasgow and Windsor, Slough & Eton AC. The latter club won the Championship title with Sale Harriers seventh – no mean achievement among such reputable clubs. It’s particular thanks to the athletes who gave their ‘all’, running, jumping and throwing with inspiring commitment and to their coaches and team managers, Karen Lannon and Jack Frost who put the whole ‘act’ together.
Thanks to the club’s 64 athletes, it was a day packed with classy competition as exciting as any televised senior Grand Prix and included the same, almost deafening, cheers from enthusiastic supporters in the stand on the home straight. There was good reason for the excitement! You should have witnessed the power, speed and competitiveness of club printers Jack Seddon, Josh Halson, Callum Roughneen, Zenon Wisniewski, Sunday Muka, Lamiko, Denver Massey, Elin Jones, Charlotte Worthington, Beth Bolton, Christina Muzarami, Imani Modahl, Tayle Saville and Gabby George who strained every sinew amidst tough competition to give it their very best and win maximum points for the club. The most exciting of all the day’s cheers was undoubtedly in the U20 men’s 4 x 400m relay. You should have seen the power-house that’s Clovis Asong storm his first leg to win by 60m followed by Callum Roughneen, Zenon Wisniewski and Kobefo Ntabejane who executed as impressive a victory as exciting as any Jamaican quartet.
The ‘bursting at the seams’ talent and promise of those who won their events - Kevin Metzger (who did a PB in the long jump), Joshua Booth (Discus), Josh Hobson (100m), Megan Davies (1500m), Brogan Crowley (100m hurdles), Natasha Wilson (Javelin), Emily Cummings (a SB in the High jump), Aimee Pratt (Steeplechase), J’Nay Ward (High jump) and Jacob Sutcliffe (Pole Vault), were worth more gold than the weight of their medals for the maximum points they ‘bagged’ for the club.
Many of these also competed in several other events and further maximized their points for the club. Talented Gabby George finished top three in three other events (including a PB in the 300m and both relays); multi-eventer Brogan Crowley (great to have her back after prolonged injury) was also 2nd in the javelin and 3rd in the shot; J’Nay Ward, as well as winning her high jump, produced late season PB’s in the long jump and 80m hurdles and also ran a relay; Callum Roughneen was prepared to do four events but opted for the 400m and both relays; Kevin Metzger doubled his points tally for the club by further excellent performances in the triple jump and a relay; Clovis Asong, in his first outdoor competition of the season, also did the discus, javelin and shot even though he’d not competed in these for over three years.
Other multi-eventers who made a massive club contribution were Annabel Dowd (Hammer, Javelin and Shot), Alex Bradford (800m & 2000m s/c), Imani Modahl (400m, 1500m s/c, & relay), Sunday Muka (100m & relay), Zak Harrop (javelin & pole-vault), Beth Bolton (200, 400m & relay) and Lydia Randles (100m hurdles & relay).
These weren’t the only ones! Ryan Moore (1500m), Matt Holmes (2000m s/c), Seun Okomo (High jump), Bolu Tiete (Triple jump), Chris Bradley (High Jump), Bradley Yates (800m), Adam Roden (3000m), Zak Harrop (Pole Vault), Lisa James (Triple Jump) and Bukky Ojo (Triple jump) displayed impressive artistry, technical maturity and tactical expertise that belied their younger years in the execution of their events and deservedly won their r silver or bronze medals.
Confidence and team loyalty are crucial in an athlete’s development and for team success and these were displayed by the bucket-full among our U17 youngsters prepared to represent the club in the older U20 age group. Athletes such as U17 Aimee Pratt who finished 4th in the U20 800m and won the U20 steeplechase beating every other athlete also U20) and others like her - Charlotte Worthington (100m & relay), Jacob Lingard (long jump & triple jump); Jacob Lloyd (Discus, hammer & javelin), Riordan Irvine (long jump), Bolu Tiete (Triple Jump), Catherine Podmore (800m), Rachel Hibbert (800m and discus), Hannah Simeen (3000m & 400m), Maddie Hole (3000m), Hannah Christy (400m hurdles) & 1500m), Lauren Sturman (Hammer & Discus), Lisa James (Triple Jump and Bukky Ojo (Triple Jump and relay) and Christina Muzarami (200m) all deserve a big clap on the back for the points they won in much tougher competitions.
Others deserving a big clap on the back because they competed despite being unwell and still won important club points were the likes of Gabby George, Zenon Wisniewski, Jack Seddon, Denver Massey, Chris Mc Gahan, Allysia Carr, Matt Metcalfe, Kyle Conway, Elin Jones and Eve Gibson (The club extends heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolences to Eve Gibson and her family on the recent, very sudden death of her dear dad).
Every single point counted towards the final tally and those others who added to the final tally were Kyle Conway (3000m), Khalid Absiyeh (3000m), Matt Holmes (2000m s/c).Chris Bradley (High jump), Euan Gilchrist (1500m), Tayla Saville (100m & relay), Flora Whyte (1500m), Amber Towns (3000m), Megan Daly (Triple jump), Courtney Leonard (Relay), Kate Hill (Relay) and Christina Muzarami (Relay).
Thanks to every single person who went to the Alexander Stadium-athlete, coach, team manager, official, photographer, parent or supporter for your whole Sunday to compete or support the athletes and team . All of you have made Sale Harriers proud and successful and contributed again to maintaining the club’s national standing. Thanks also to former club athlete pentathlete Katia Lannon who produced a tremendous motivational video for the event. It can still be viewed on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkMxFpL-zVI. Photographs from the day are available at www.hsphotos.co.uk. Thanks also to Carl Worthington who again has also provided a number of fantastic photographs. (10/09/2013)
Posted 10/09/2013 07:24
The final stage of the YDL campaign was for our youngsters to represent the North of England as current Northern Champions in the National Final in Birmingham against Britain’s best eight teams. Competing against the Scottish, Irish and Welsh champions gave our athletes the first taste of international competition with victory going to Enfield AC with Sale in a highly creditable fourth place , one place higher than last year and beating last year’s champions, Edinburgh AC. The high level of competition from very talented athletes some of whom will go on to become future British Internationals was amazing. Sale Harrier athletes were placed on the medal table with 16 gold, 19 silver and 10 bronze medals.
Ellie Jackson was our star U13 athlete winning the 70m hurdles in 11.22 seconds which is a PB, a club record and amongst the fastest electrical time ever run for a girl of her age, long-jumping 4.74m and running 19.93 seconds for 150m. Our other squad members were Harriet Leah, Leyla Nealon, Beth Thornton, Tia Blissett, Niamh Nugent, Lizzie Twite, Tess Mc Hugh, Josie Canham and Verity Garnes. In the boy’s events Dane Winchcole was the only Sale boy to bag three gold medals with a sprint double and then teaming up with Rhys Parker, Finn McEwan – Patterson and Connor Patterson to win the relay by a clear margin. Other team members were Luke Chesters, Harry Boyd, Connor Keys, Tom Barrett, Euan Murphy, Nathan Booth and Michael Odejimi.
Northern Champion Kelly Chadwick was our star athlete in the U15 events winning three gold medals including victories in both sprints by big margins. Another of our Northern champions Annie Williams won the pole vault to remain unbeaten this season. Other team members to perform with great credit were Isobelle Reynolds-Duffy, Maria Mc Polin, Aine Cunningham, Danielle Stringer, Ellie Twite, Ciara Lydon, Meg Mc Hugh, Grace Bower, Sophie Ullah, Emma Lowe, Olivia Ashworth and Zenni Enechi. James Ratcliffe was our most medalled athlete in the U15 boy’s events with 2 golds and 1 silver including an impressive victory over 300m. English schools champion Jona Efoloku had to settle for 2nd place behind Scottish champion Michael Olsen who is a year older. Jona will be back next year to dominate this age-group. Other members of this very strong squad of athletes were Kieran Donnely, Darnel Bell, Adam Kinghorn, Dylan Battick, Jake Spilsbury, Dylan Birchill, Oliver Mc Cormick, Ehise Isolobhie, Jonathan Adderley, Anthony Bruton, Will Schofield, Jaimal Brown, Rory Canham, Ben Moseley and Jack Daly
The atmosphere, cheers and support from the Sale camp along the home straight was astonishing, inspiring many of our athletes to get across the line first in a close fought race. Such success would not have been possible without the stalwart work of team managers Dave Marsh and Carl Worthington and so many other backroom people like coaches, parents and officials. A final thanks to Fechin Mc Cormick for organizing the Sale Harrier team T-shirts supported by Databaz who build the club new website . The team really stood out on what turned out to be a day blessed with glorious sunshine. Finally, thanks to former club athlete pentathlete Katia Lannon who produced a tremendous motivational video for the event. It can still be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkMxFpL-zVI. Photographs from the day are available at www.hsphotos.co.uk. Thanks also to Carl Worthington who again has also provided a number of fantastic photographs.
Posted 10/09/2013 07:23
Written and Produced by Katia Lannon
I have compiled a motivational video for everyone to view, I hope this inspires you all.
Posted 09/09/2013 15:00
The Wilson Young Athlete’s Open meeting, held at Crossford Bridge at the weekend, was a great success with 160 athletes from 25 clubs taking part. Will Scofield was the athlete of the day with three wins (sprints & shot) in the U15 event. Sale’s dominance in the age-group continued with further wins from Adam Kinghorn (800m) and Jonathan Adderley (Discus) whilst Jaimal Brown (long jump) and Alfie Morton (100m) were also medallists.
Meg Mc Hugh was the club’s star in the girl’s event with three PB’s in the shot (Gold), 200m (Gold) and 100m (Silver). Kirsten Mc Nally beat Meg over 100m and was silver medallist in the 200m whilst Ellie Twite was bronze medallist in both sprints. Emma Lowe threw two new PB’s to win the discus from Sophie Thompson and finish runner up to Meg in the shot. Frankie Reid won the 800m by a big margin whilst Anna Stewart-Brown was victorious in the long jump. Chiara Young and Chloe Taylor were Sale’s other medallists.
Nathan Booth won both the shot and discus in the U13 event. Reece Parker was victorious in the 100m with the fast times of 13.2 seconds whilst Leorna Harrison, Brogan Rudman and Luke Chesters all medalled in the sprint events. Luke Chesters had an excellent 800m win. Star athlete in the girl’s event was the multi-talented Niamh Nugent who won the 800m from Jess Mc Dowell and medalled in the discus and long jump. Another athlete to run, jump and throw was Tess Mc Hugh who won the long jump from Tia Blissett; finished 3rd in the shot with a new PB and had a storming run over 200m. Sale were particularly impressive in the sprint events with Harriet Leah winning the 200m whilst Leya Nealon, Charlotte Mains and Jess Mc Dowell all won medals with fast times.
Kane Saville (100m) and Jacob Corrie (shot) were event winners in the U11 boy’s events whilst Dominic Reid, Corey Wilkinson and Jed Bailey were amongst the medallists.
Star of the girl’s events were the amazing Tasmin O’Keefe of West Cheshire who ran incredible times of 2 mins 38 seconds to win the 800m and 30.7 seconds to win the 200m. Most successful Sale Harrier was Beth Davies who won the short with Poppy Glasby-Seddon, Alice Dale and Maisie Morton won medals with PB performances.
Luke Talbot’s double victory in the 600m and long jump was the highlight of the U9 events whilst McKenna Bradshaw and Jackson Ward also won their events by big margins. Other sale medallists were Angus Gilchrist and Oliver Flynn. Best performer in the girls was Amy Rossington of Bolton Harriers who won all three running events. Sale’s star athletes were Akira Cutcliffe, Lola Dowling, Amelia Carr, Shona Wilkinson, Isobelle Beaufort and Libby Hill.
Thanks to organizers Graham and Ann Marshall and their team of officials and helpers who did a superb job putting on a most successful meeting that was well organised and ran very efficiently.
The Wilson Young Athlete’s Open meeting, held at Crossford Bridge at the weekend, was a great success with 160 athletes from 25 clubs taking part. Will Scofield was the athlete of the day with three wins (sprints & shot) in the U15 event. Sale’s dominance in the age-group continued with further wins from Adam Kinghorn (800m) and Jonathan Adderley (Discus) whilst Jaimal Brown (long jump) and Alfie Morton (100m) were also medallists.
Meg Mc Hugh was the club’s star in the girl’s event with three PB’s in the shot (Gold), 200m (Gold) and 100m (Silver). Kirsten Mc Nally beat Meg over 100m and was silver medallist in the 200m whilst Ellie Twite was bronze medallist in both sprints. Emma Lowe threw two new PB’s to win the discus from Sophie Thompson and finish runner up to Meg in the shot. Frankie Reid won the 800m by a big margin whilst Anna Stewart-Brown was victorious in the long jump. Chiara Young and Chloe Taylor were Sale’s other medallists.
Nathan Booth won both the shot and discus in the U13 event. Reece Parker was victorious in the 100m with the fast times of 13.2 seconds whilst Leorna Harrison, Brogan Rudman and Luke Chesters all medalled in the sprint events. Luke Chesters had an excellent 800m win. Star athlete in the girl’s event was the multi-talented Niamh Nugent who won the 800m from Jess Mc Dowell and medalled in the discus and long jump. Another athlete to run, jump and throw was Tess Mc Hugh who won the long jump from Tia Blissett; finished 3rd in the shot with a new PB and had a storming run over 200m. Sale were particularly impressive in the sprint events with Harriet Leah winning the 200m whilst Leya Nealon, Charlotte Mains and Jess Mc Dowell all won medals with fast times.
Kane Saville (100m) and Jacob Corrie (shot) were event winners in the U11 boy’s events whilst Dominic Reid, Corey Wilkinson and Jed Bailey were amongst the medallists.
Star of the girl’s events were the amazing Tasmin O’Keefe of West Cheshire who ran incredible times of 2 mins 38 seconds to win the 800m and 30.7 seconds to win the 200m. Most successful Sale Harrier was Beth Davies who won the short with Poppy Glasby-Seddon, Alice Dale and Maisie Morton won medals with PB performances.
Luke Talbot’s double victory in the 600m and long jump was the highlight of the U9 events whilst McKenna Bradshaw and Jackson Ward also won their events by big margins. Other sale medallists were Angus Gilchrist and Oliver Flynn. Best performer in the girls was Amy Rossington of Bolton Harriers who won all three running events. Sale’s star athletes were Akira Cutcliffe, Lola Dowling, Amelia Carr, Shona Wilkinson, Isobelle Beaufort and Libby Hill.
Thanks to organizers Graham and Ann Marshall and their team of officials and helpers who did a superb job putting on a most successful meeting that was well organised and ran very efficiently.
Posted 02/09/2013 09:31
Sale Harriers achieved their best ever result in the Cheshire Track Relays held in Macclesfield at the weekend, contesting five age-groups, winning four whilst losing the fifth by a whisker. The U11 boys sprint relay team of Rory Kinrade, Sam Worthington, Kane Saville and Sam Brown got the day off to a brilliant start with a comfortable victory.
Our U15 boy’s relay team of Connor Patterson, Dave Winchcole, Finn Mc Ewan-Patterson and Rhys Parker finished runners-up to a strong Crewe team but had the consolation of running a season’s best time of 53.5.
TheU13 girl’s team of Harriet Leah, Ellie Jackson, Tia Blissett and Lizzie Twite stormed to a clear win but know they will have to go even faster next week when they meet the best teams in the country in the National YDL Finals.
The U15 medley relays team had Zenni Enechi and Georgina Alexander sprinting 100m followed by Maria Mc Pollin covering 200m with Ellie Twite’s final long 600m leg. Ellie had a superb run not only overtaking the two girls ahead of her but also catching all but one of the boy’s team to clinch the county title.
A brilliant day for the club was completed with victory in the U17 ladies sprint relay in a super fast time of 50.7 seconds. Well done to Kate Hill, Charlotte Worthington, Maria Mc Pollin and Taylor Saville.
Congratulations to sprint relay coach Carl Worthington. Our team performances suggest we are ready to represent the North of England against the best teams from Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales in the National Young Athletes Final in Birmingham next weekend
Posted 02/09/2013 09:20
Written by Fechin McCormick
The major T & F event of the Bank Holiday weekend was the CAU Inter-County championships at Bedford (except for the club’s BAL Team Manager Dean Hardman who was commissioned to attend the Stockholm Diamond League to report on the British action there).
Congratulations to several Sale Harriers who achieved new career pinnacles by their attendance at these major championships. Javelin specialist Rosie Semenytsh, having a superb summer, added her latest accolade of an inter-counties title in her debut appearance. Alison Rodger also achieved a new career best by taking the shot put championship title to add to her silver medal of 2009. Kirsty Law won silver in the discus and now has an impressive two medals of each colour. She has two championship titles from 2007 & 2009; two silver medals from 2008 and this year and two bronze medals from 2010 and 2011.
Congratulations also to Chris Wakeford (400m hurdles), Allan Hamilton (Long jump) and Jordan Carter (Javelin) who won bronze medals also in their debut Championships. Our home-grown hammer specialist and Grand Master of British Hammer Throwers – Mike Floyd, just missed out on a medal in 4th place
Posted 27/08/2013 21:07
written by Fechin Mc Cormick & Anthony Barbet
The Northern U15 & U17 T & F Championships took place in Wavertree Park at the weekend (Liverpool) amidst persistent rain and blustery winds not conducive for best performances. Nevertheless, several club youngsters braved the elements and were rewarded with four Northern titles; four silver medals and four bronze medals.
Top of the list was U15 Kelly Chadwick who won gold in the 100m and the long jump and produced the club’s only PB of the weekend. Fast improving and very talented Kelly who ranked No1 in both disciplines as an U13, already ranks 5th in the U15 100m and 14th in the long jump and, surely before long will also rank No.1 in her new age-group.
Two of Keith Hunter's 'Jump Freaks' were also out trampling on the opposition. Alyssia Carr (U17) has just come back from an illness which meant only two training sessions in two weeks, so expectations were fairly low for everyone except leapy Alyssia. Jumping fourth, she began with 5.46m - according to Keith 5.42m; according to Northern Athletics' (I know what you're thinking, but coaches never exaggerate) – either way, all she needed was Round 1 to leave the rest of the field behind. She might not have been at her best, but even off form, she added another Northern Champion to the sale Harrier tally.
Kevin Metzger (first year U17) woke up on Saturday morning with a point to prove since being overlooked by the UK School Games selection committee in favour of in-form Elliot Baines, ranked sixth in the UK. Baines opened his account with 12.81m and Kevin managed a very unconvincing 11.22. After discussions with Keith Hunter which included promises involving a good kicking at least and GBH at worst, Metzger moved his run-up back. Baines' second jump was 12.33m and as the Liverpool monsoon season opened, Kevin pounced, nailing one to the tune of 13.45m. In the deluge it was unlikely either athlete would get anywhere near that mark, but Baines ' last jump was a very impressive 12.96m; Kevin defied the conditions to find 13.40m, just to make sure no-one thought his winner was a fluke. As they say in Yorkshire – Champion! Just a thought....last year Kevin (then U15) set a championship record in the Northern Championships (13.35m) then went on to win the AAAs 2 weeks later with 13.56m. Some feat if he could repeat that.
Zeni Enechi also had every reason to be pleased with her performance in the U15 long jump, A few weeks after she’d won the bronze medal in the Northern Inter-Counties Championships with a PB of 5.13m she won another bronze medal in these Championships.
Congratulations also to U17 Jacob Lloyd who medalled twice – a silver medal in the hammer and a bronze medal in the shot putt. William Scofield also won U15 silver in the hammer and James Ratcliffe also won silver in the 300m.
Others who also deserved a big pat on the pack are Aine Cunningham who competed in the 800m despite feeling under the weather; Alexa McTiffin, making her club debut; who made the 800m final and U15 Danielle Stringer who won a surprising 1500m silver medal whilst a year young.
Posted 20/08/2013 07:07
Despite doing everything possible to avoid relegation from the UKWAL Premier Division, this fate finally befell the only club in Britain that had never before been relegated in the league's 39 year history during which time Sale had won an historic 23 UKWAL titles and were runners-up 9 times. However, the future looks bright! This is now a time for review, to take stock and to put right those things we'd possibly become complacent about in the past and with the knowledge that the club has emerging exciting groups of young middle distance athletes that, hopefully, will quickly return Sale Harriers to its rightful place in the Premier Division. An interesting short debate took place on the club's (closed) Facebook site to which several valuably contributed. For those unable to follow it or to contribute to it, I provide a resume. It begins with team manager Cara O'Brien's commenting on the relegation.
Cara O'Brien: We need to regroup this winter and commit 100% to getting our team back where it belongs next year. I cannot give enough praise for performance effort and team spirit over ALL 3 MATCHES to Alison Rodger Kirsty Law Lucy Evans Chiara Collins who have ran, jumped, thrown and filled gaps in the team that we shouldn't have had! We need to strengthen the team particularly in the middle distance section by attracting new members. It won't be enough to simply plug the gaps with cross country, road and fell runners. That is not a solution! Let's not kid ourselves, though. The lack of middle distance athletes is not solely to blame for our relegation. With the exception of those who have had or are injured there are still athletes that could and should have done more for their team this season. Let's completely start over next season and set the target of all completing at least 2 out of the 3 matches. This team has so much talent and does not belong outside of the Premier Division.... so let's prove it!
Coach Les Randles: Well said, Cara! Kirsty high jumping.....Lucy triple jumping. ....throwers running middle distance....no 400m representation in hurdles & flat....no relay teams for 4x100 and 4x400. For the future, if an athlete is injured or competing internationally or otherwise then the management should know. Athletes prepare their competition programmes well in advance so why don't we have a plan of what athletes are doing? Injuries are random and cannot be foreseen! However, injury for a match or non-availability at late notice is not acceptable especially when an athlete competes shortly after the match with no sign of injury! Perhaps Cara needs an assistant to collate and keep track of the athlete's conditions! Honesty! Loyalty! Solidarity! All for one & one for all!! We need our best team to turn out every match and if that's not possible, replacements must be made aware early enough of their selection. No last minute phone calls or texts to athletes! I am sure with the resources the club has we will not be out of the premiership for long.. Let's take stock and address the short comings now and plan for the future!
Coach & team manager Jack Frost: We must ALL get behind Cara, and next season support her 100%. We have magnificent talent, and could easily win the premiership. It's up to you!
Team Manager Alison Pye: Well done, Cara, for your first season and all who showed commitment to the team. We all need to train hard this winter and come back stronger and more committed than ever to return the team to its rightful place in the Premiership. This season needs to be used as a stepping stone to rebuild the team to its full strength ready for future seasons. We need to improve communication between coaches, athletes and team management. It's a two way process and managers need athletes and coaches to respond to emails and texts, and also need to be alerted of changes in circumstances as early as possible so team changes can be made. Successful communication between all involved in teams will make everyone's life easier and result in stronger team performances on the day.
Club Communications Fechin Mc Cormick: A big clap on the back to Cara for doing a great job in difficult circumstances. A promising element for the future is, in fact, Cara herself! An interesting debate is the area around 'individualism' of athletics and the commitment to 'team'. Which is the greater good? The club's stated objectives are to maintain national positions in Leagues and Cups. Whilst there are major individual championships for athletes that must be paramount, at other times are there individual competitions that sometimes should be sacrificed for the higher good of the club and team?
BAL Team Manager Dean Hardman: (Responding to Abigail) It's the same for all clubs. Every club has a mixture of elite and "club"/aspiring athletes. Every club has the fixture before the UK champs. Every club has to balance the best interests of individuals and the needs of the team. Indeed, it's the same for our men's team and we have 4 matches, rather than 3. So, it's the responsibility of the club to ensure that we're not reliant on too few individuals, so that we aren't too adversely affected by international commitments, injuries etc. It's the responsibility of the athletes to support the club when it's reasonable to do so, and so that the athletes' individual goals and the club's team targets can both be met. The whole point of the league is to provide competition for athletes who need it. It IS possible to marry the needs of the athletes with those of the club. And we'll do it. And we'll be back. Cara is doing a great job and there are plenty of people to support her and the team. It'll take a bit of time, but it'll happen.
Lisa Davies, Eric Hughes 'daughter and coach: I really hope we will make progress on this. Thank you, Cara for all your hard work. We all owe it to Cara and Dad to pull together and get back to where we should be. We need to address the weakness in middle distance. I know Dad was worried about this when, over the years, this has been our strength. We have some good girls coming through but we need more.
Posted 09/08/2013 07:00
Presented by Team Manager Jack Frost
Sandwiched between the men's glorious crowning as the British Athletic League champions, and the unfortunate fall of the UKWAL women team, the combined Northern team, ended their season at Wakefield equal second with Hull behind worthy champions Wakefield.
The men were dominant throughout the season, with Jack Andrew, Allen Crouch, Alex Bellis, John Nicholls, Jonathon Ferryman, Charles Burke and Kyle Conway ever present. At Wakefield, Daniel Heald (50.5s) with Liam Thompson (50.7s) 400 metre runs, and Jack Andrews 15.3s hurdles were the eye catching performances.
The ladies were not on good team form during 2013, though Chiara Collins and Jasmine Burke both featured prominently, but this last fixture allowed us to introduce Patrick Bell's and Pete Johnson's U/17 stables, and how easily they equipped themselves to senior competition. Tayla Saville and Buckky Ojo mixed very well with the senior sprinters, Akenke White took 2nd place in the senior long jump, and Amber Towns also took 2nd place in the 1500m.
However the most satisfying performance of the day was seeing Lee Whiteley flying round 200m in a huge personal best of 22.72secs, much faster than his bronze medal run in the recent IPC World Championships.
The Northern League as ever provides good class competition for those members aspiring to be part of the national teams.
Posted 09/08/2013 06:59
That was CLOSE! We went into the final match of the 2013 British Athletic League season as "favourites" for the title, courtesy of a 2 point lead over old rivals Shaftesbury Barnet, but anyone who has followed the BAL in recent years knew that taking the championship would be a far from straightforward task.
While we had won match 3, Shaftesbury had won Matches 1 and 2 and were always going to be formidable at their home stadium. Likewise, with 4 strong teams, including the illustrious trio of Birchfield, Newham and Essex Beagles and Woodford Green, all fighting to avoid relegation, finishing in the top two (which is what we needed) was going to be a stern test. When you think that over the past 6 seasons we've placed 7th, 1st, 5th, 6th, 3rd and 5th in the final fixture, 2nd was never going to be as straight forward as some may have assumed.
As it turned out, Shaftesbury were indeed the best team on the day, romping to victory with 366 points, and it was the less fancied City of Sheffield that produced the biggest challenge to us for 2nd. The 4x400m finished and Sheffield were 3 points ahead of us in 2nd, with the high jump, triple jump and javelin results still to be added. We knew that Sheffield might be able to beat us in the javelin, while we also knew that we had beaten them in the high jump, so it was left to the triple jumpers to see us over the line. In the end, we needn't have worried, as James Barrett produced his best ever performance in a senior match to take 4th in the A string in and Adam Howell, a junior making his team debut, took 3rd in the B, both beating their Sheffield counterparts. Cue celebrations and relief all round!
The championship was ours and was the reward for incredible consistency over the course of the 4 matches. Shaftesbury might have won 3 matches, but 5th place in match 3 cost them, while our team turned up in every fixture and fought for every single point. Superb commitment across all event groups, with equal contributions over the season from the sprints and hurdles, the throws, the jumps and endurance.
We now get to have another crack at the European Cup in May 2014 and can sit back and reflect on an outstanding season in green, white and red.
Throws: The day started with the Discus and it was great to see Scot Thompson make a long-awaited return to the team. He took 3rd in the B with a season's best 47.33m, while Tomas Rauktys again showed his superb form by taking 3rd in the A with 54.89m. He's been a great addition to the throws squad.
Tomas's Shot has improved massively as the season progressed and he again took a podium spot in the B string, with a 16.60m putt, while his good friend and club stalwart Rimas Martisauskas took 3rd in the A with 17.25m.
In the Javelin, we had a debutant in Jordan Carter, who immediately produced a vital performance. While he was disappointed with his 59.51m throw, it meant that Stephen Porter could finish 2nd in the B (57.00) with what I consider to be his best performance ever in a Sale vest.
The Hammer saw Mike Floyd and Alex Smith reunited once again. Alex scored the A points with a 3rd place (69.02), while Floydy, now a FOUR-time BAL winner, took 2nd in the B. His first league win was way back in 1996, at the tender age of 27.
Well done to Thomas Furlong and, of course, Jack Andrew, who contributed to the throws in previous matches.
Jumps: The jumps, again, proved fruitful for us on Saturday. In the pole vault, Andy Sutcliffe entered the competition early to ensure some points and ended up clearing 5m, which was enough for 4th. Matt Cullen took the wise decision to move up in 10cm increments and his 4.70m saw him take 2nd B.
James Barrett in the triple jump recorded two no jumps in stiff cross winds, but pulled a magnificent 14.22m out of the bag in the 3rd round to seal 4th A, in what was by far his best day for the club in a BAL match. Adam Howell showed nerves of steel on his debut to secure a much needed 3rd B. Ricardo Twumasi, Jonathan Ferryman and Allan Hamilton also jumped well in earlier matches.
Andy Burgess had a nightmare weekend, as he somehow contracted food poisoning and ended up in Watford Infirmary on the Friday night. Barrett stepped up to the plate and picked up 4th B, while Jacob Brown continued his consistent year by taking 5th in the A. Allan Hamilton has also contributed big points to the team this year.
In the High Jump, Chris Baker returned from his national team commitments and took 3rd place, while it was great to see Rob Mitchell in the team, 9 years on from his club debut. He took 4th in the B. Michael Piccoli also contributed in the high jump this year.
Hurdles: UK Championships Bronze medallist Nick Gayle made his second appearance of the season and again showed his class, with a second place into a stiff wind. Gabriel Odujobi has been a revelation in 2013, having made his long awaited debut after 4 years of inactivity, and he took 4th in the B. Jack Andrew and Chris Wakeford both ran important sprint hurdles races earlier in the year.
In the 400m hurdles, Chris Wakeford ran his specialism and, despite having missed 3 weeks of training, took 4th. Matt Sumner, making his second appearance for the club, took 3rd in the B with a fast finish. The club is lucky to have 3 excellent long hurdlers and Darren Lewis also took good points in match 1.
Sprints and relays: It's been a superb season for our sprinters and match 4 was no different. Ryan Oswald again doubled (he competed in all 4 matches this year), taking 5th in the A 100m and 7th in the A 200m, while young Roy Ejiakuekwu (3 appearances) returned to the team after representing GB at the European Juniors to take 2nd in the B 100m. Chris Craig, another ever-present, was 4th in the B 200m. Umar Hameed and Nathan Selby also ran in earlier matches and their contributions were vital.
In the 400m our two juniors, George Caddick and Callum Roughneen both produced their best ever BAL runs to keep the team in the title hunt. George was majestic in breaking 47 seconds for the first time and placing 2nd in the A (which is a GB junior lead for the year), while Callum fought hard for 4th in the B. Pat Swan ran in all 3 of the previous matches and is also a vital squad member.
Endurance: In the 800m Luke Betts ran his first ever BAL A race and performed admirably to take 4th against top opposition, while it was great to see Niall Brooks back in the B. He won his race in customary fashion, beating Sam Ellis to continue his unbeaten record in the BAL.
In the 1500m, regular senior runners Charlie Hulson, Nick Samuels and Gavin Hill were all unavailable, meaning that Ryan Worland and Matt Holmes had to step up. They fought hard and made what proved to be very important contributions.
Simon Horsfield has made 3 appearances this season over 3000m and 1500m and has won on each occasion. He's in brilliant form and has been a key performer for the team all year and this was our only individual A win of the day. His 3000m victory came at just the right time. Team captain James Bailey doubled up in the chase and 3000m and took 14 much needed points, while Rob Flannery also picked up 6th in the B chase, again showing great commitment. Antony Ford and Matt Barnes also contributed to the endurance squad this year.
The relays have been incredible all season. Coming into the match, the 4x100m team had won all of the previous 3 races and they maintained their unbeaten record with another startling run. The quartet here was again Umar Hameed, Chris Craig, Ryan Oswald and Gabriel Odujobi, while Roy Ejiakuekwu, Allan Hamilton and Jack Andrew have all played a part in the win streak.
In the 4x400m, Chris Wakeford, tired from a long year, got the team off to a solid start, while the new John Regis, Chris Craig, contributed a 49.2 split, just minutes after his great run in the 4x100m. Then Debo Ademuyewo stepped up to the plate. He's not ran a 400m since May, hasn't broken 22 seconds for 200m since 2006 and hasn't broken 49 seconds for 400m since 2010, yet produced an astonishing leg of 48.0 to pull the team into contention. Callum Roughneen then ran his fastest ever 400m, 47.3, to claim a superb 4th place.
Media reports of the title win: http://www.athleticsweekly.com/news/sale-see-off-shaftesbury-to-take-bal-premiership-title/ http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/other-sport/sale-harriers-settling-the-score-5586273 See you all next year! (Report Team Manager Dean Hardman Photo courtesy Emanuelis Stasaitis
Posted 08/08/2013 16:47
Following Sale's YDL outing to Edinburgh with a depleted team (the English Schools Championships were only a few days later), our trip to Preston was also missing some first-choice names, but at least it was the same for the Scots who also have holidays, weddings and all the other July distractions.
The gaps were filled, as always, by those true stalwarts who leave the comfort zones of their specialist events to scrape together a point or two here and there for the club and their hugely popular team managers
For those of you jumpers who ran, runners who threw and many who did far more than they would have normally, especially those who came last with a PB in some foreign event, thanks! The result is that through all your efforts, Sale have finished 2nd to Team Edinburgh in the league and have qualified for the National Finals in September. Congratulations to one and all - team manages, officials, parents.
Joshua Halson won the U20 100m B race with a PB 11.00 sec. Elin Jones (100m U20) ran 12.8 for a SB while Hayaat Bah-Traore made it a 12.8 PB in the B race. Our U20 200m men both scorched in first, Daniel Heald in 21.7 (SB) and Nathan Harris had a 22.4 PB. Same distance but U17, Lamiko Thomas's PB was 22.6. Same distance again, but this time Beth Bolton ran 26.0 (SB) and looks to be returning to form; Beth also ran the 400m in 60.2, just over three seconds behind her PB, but still good enough for second place points.Still 200m, but U17 and Gabrielle George was oh so impressive with 25.1 and also ran the 300m in 39.8 (PB) to win by over a second.
In the men's 400m, Callum Roughneen shifted into cruise mode and won by 1.8 seconds with 49.5, while our B runner Kobefo Ntabejane made it a PB with 52.6. At U17 for the 400m, Lamiko Thomas's 51.3 wasn't fast for him, but still a second ahead of the second placed runner.
800m saw Aimee Pratt come second with 2:21.2 for second, but she blew them all away in the 1500 steeplechase with a PB of 5:20.4 to win by 32 seconds.
At 1500m, Adam Roden (U17) set a PB of 4:18.5 and Rachel Hibberd's SB (5:17.2) made it a worthwhile trip for her. Rachel's clubmate Hannah Simeen ran the B race in 5:49.0 and the 3000m 12:00.8 - a superb effort for the club.
The PBs continued to mount up during the 3000m: Lewis Singleton (U17) 10:20.3; U20 team member Madeleine Hole (still U17, mind) 12:22.5; Amber Towns 11:10.5 to win by nearly a minute!
Double Northern U17 400m and long jump champion, Alyssia Carr ran1.8 sec. slower than her SB and still won by 1.4 sec, confirming many suspicions that we could be seeing a special 300HU performer; Alyssia also won the LJ with 5.32m. Still hurdling, but 400HU U20M, Chris McGahan's best is now 60.6; Hannah Christie also did the 400HU (81.4) then set a PB 6:01.4 in the 1500SC...now THAT is hard work!
In the relays, the U20M 100m quartet posted a new SB of 43.7 and the club record could go this season, as could the 4X400m U20M who won in 3:25.2.Well done to the U17 quartet of Courtney Leonard, HyaatBah-Traore, Kate Hill and Tayla Saville who also smashed it in their 4 x 100m relay.
Springy Seun Okome, young in his U20 age group, cleared 1.95m for his SB. Akenke White was B jumper to Emily Cummings. Emily won with 1.65m and Akenke's PB went to 1.45m.
In the triple jump, Adam Howell (U20) left them over a metre behind his 13.62m and threw in a 6.18. LJ for third; Kevin Metzger (U17) was uncannily similar - third in the LJ (5.76m) but a TJ of 12.90m that saw the next nearest over 1.5m behind. Still jumping, still U17 and Jacob Lingard came second in the LJ with 5.79m then won the TJ with a PB 12.15m. Lisa James was another classy winner of the triple jump with 12.02m and the long with 5.72m
J'nae Ward's SP4K (U17) PB is now 9.37m, making her more and more noticeable as one of Chris Bartram's talented multi-eventers.
Now here's a thing...SP6K (U20M), PB 10.91m, same athlete, JT800 PB 30.88m, and who is this thrower? Clovis Asong!! My computer nearly blew a fuse.
(Researched and written by Anthony Barbet)
Posted 30/07/2013 12:41
Sale Harriers were out in force (in County strip) for the world's fourth largest athletics event. The sun shone, there was a gentle breeze, thousands of knowledgeable spectators packed the Alexander Stadium, some of it was on the telly and the organization was Olympics standard. Perfect conditions led to a blizzard of PBs and CBPs. There were many great performances by counties lucky enough to have SHM constituents, but the following were amongst the most memorable.
Roy Ejiakuekwu (Manchester, 100m senior) was poetry in motion, as opposed to proper poetry because nothing rhymes with Ejiakuekwu. He is no stranger to top spot on the ESAA podium having occupied it after his intermediate 200m win in 2011. Last year (first year senior) he was edged into fourth in the 100m but this year he ran 10.61 to beat a Bedfordshire lad in a photo finish. Did Roy throttle back before the line? The replay on Sky Sports should help prove guilt or innocence.
Jona Efoloko (Manchester 200m junior) knocked six hundredths off his PB for 22.64, nearly a tenth better than the silver medalist from London and the three other South East boys he left trailing behind him. A new SHM record with another year in the age group! Jona's one of those deceptive people who doesn't seem to be going quickly at all - it must be annoying for the people he beats so comfortably.
UK No.1 javelin thrower Natasha Wilson (senior, Cumbria) didn't need to exert herself to the max. Her SB is 47.90m, but she strolled away with the gold with a leisurely 45.81m, way over two meters clear of the silver medalist and over four metres clear of third. No re-measure needed.
Pole vaulter Sarah Mc Keever's career rose to exciting new heights with her first English Schools title. She also did it in style also with a massive lifetime best of 3.70m that propels her to No.2 in the U20 UK rankings. Sarah is a multi- Greater Manchester Schools Champion and last competed in the English Schools Championships in 2011 as an U17 year old when she finished 10th.
The Manchester senior boy's 4x100m relay team was Sale Harriers to a man. They were not named individually, but 41.35 seconds and common sense suggest it could have been Roy (see above), Daniel Heald (last year's senior 200m and relay gold medalist), Nathan Selby (last year's 200m bronze medalist and relay gold medalist) and Zenon Wisniewski. Everyone a way-below-11 seconds performer, so unless one of them had an attack of baton hand paralysis or Krypton had been recognized as an English county, they were never going to be in the silverware business. Ker-ching! Another in the bank.
To quote England Athletics: 'The most competitive event of the day [Saturday] was undoubtedly the inter girls' triple jump'. This is how it went: on Friday the huge field was split into two groups and whittled down to twelve. At 10.00 on Saturday the dozen qualifiers from eleven counties slugged it out. It was always close, but in the final stages a girl from Surrey wasn't just the only one to break 12m, she smashed the eight year old 12.10m championship record by a whopping 9cm. The crowd went wild…and she remained the record holder for about five minutes because Amy Williams (Cheshire) doesn't't do silver. Her sixth and final jump of 12.22m was like a mugging, only legal. Amy is now 2cm off the UK all time record with over a year to improve. Of course, it's a new club record also. She has her third consecutive ESAA winner's medal and England selection v. Wales, Scotland and Ireland in Dublin on July 20th.
Aine Cunningham, who'd been at the helm of much of the club's U'13 success through 2012 and the Northern XC silver medallist, produced an excellent two days of running to make her first ever final and T.V. debut. In heat 1 she had to produce close to her best to even make it through the 800m heats and did not disappoint producing a lifetime best of 2.19.80 to make it through to the semi final. In the semi-final, she again would have had to produce a PB to progress to the final and she did it running another PB 2.19.26 qualifying for the final by 1000th of a second. Going into the final was always going to be tough and with the good weather she desired she fulfilled her dream and made herself and everyone around her very proud.
Sixteen year old Lamiko Thomas got off to a great start in the Intermediate Boys 400m Semi-final and missed out on securing a place in the Final by the narrowest of margins. Fifteen year Aimee Pratt aimed for a Semi-Final place in the Intermediate Girls 800m. She ran a tactical race that meant that it all came down to a sprint finish. Aimee missed out on the final by just one second.
It's no mean achievement to reach the final of the English Schools Championships so the club congratulations must also go to Callum Roughneen (U20 400m), Ryan Moore (U20 1500), Jacob Sutcliffe (U20 Pole vault), Kevin Metzger (U17 Triple Jump), Alyssia Carr (U20 long jump) and Sophie Ullah (U15 Discus)and J'Nay Ward (U17 high jump).
(Written by Anthony Barbet and Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 24/07/2013 08:59
Several Sale Harrier young athletes are among Britain's best, most exciting and promising. Last week, some competed in major Championships that was the next step in their careers en route, we hope, to one day being an Olympian. We applaud their success and talent and acknowledge the indispensible role their coaches and families play in their success. Sale Harriers is immensely proud of them and their commitment and we acknowledge their role in inspiring others.
KATIE BYRES: Nineteen year old pole-vaulter Katie Byres represented GB & NI at the European U23 Championships in Tampere, Finland. With only one vaulter younger than Katie in the twenty seven pole vaulters in the qualification, Katie was very pleased to make the final as she sailed through her pole vault qualification making first time clearances to 4m 05, 4m 15 and 4m 20 (her outdoor season's best) to automatically qualify for the final. In the final she made first time clearances at 4m05 and 4m 15 but was unable to clear 4m 25 and finished in a creditable 9th place. Katie will still be an U23 in two years time when the competition will be held in Estonia. No.1 in the UK U20 rankings, Katie's has represented GB & NI twice at Youth level (the European Youth Olympic Festival, Tampere, Finland in 2009 and the Youth Olympic Games, Singapore, 2010); twice at Junior level (The European Juniors, Tallinn, Estonia in 2011 and World Juniors, Barcelona in 2012) ; the Senior World Indoor Championships, Istanbul, Turkey in 2012 and then this European u23 Championships,
ROY EJIAKUEKWU represented GB & NI at the European Junior Championships at Reiti, Italy. He finished fourth in his semi-final, running 10.75 into a -1.5m/s headwind, which meant he missed out on a place in the final by just five hundredths of a second. Again, this is another fine pinnacle for the club's top-class athlete whose sprinting ranks him among the top four U20 nationally over 100m as a result of a superb PB in Manneheim (Germany) prior to the Championship. He also holds a rare of being double English Schools 200m Champion.
GEORGE CADDICK also represented GB & NI at the same European Junior championships and ran an impressive 400m anchor leg to move the GB team up to second place behind Russia. Another double English School's Champion, this time over 400m he is en route to becoming one of the Nation's top 400m specialists and now takes up a scholarship in the USA to progress his career. The club wishes him well.
LEE WHITELEY represented GB & NI at the IPC World Champ at Lyon in France and reached the finest pinnacle in his career as a disabled athlete. He's finished 4th in the 100m with a time that would show a clear pair of heels to many able-bodied sprinters. He wrote on Facebook, "I would like to thank everyone for their support. Big thanks to Christian Platts for getting me prepared for these champs; to my training group and coach Keith Hunter for pushing me through the sessions and big thanks to my friend Daniel Heald who has told me this was possible from day one and I wouldn't be at this point without him. Lee this year has already represented GB & NI with distinction over 100/200m at IPC meetings in Dubai and Italy and ranks No.1 in the England Athletics Senior Disability Championships over 100m and 200m.
BRIAN GREGAN competed for Ireland at the World University Games in Kazan for Ireland. He placed 5th in the 400m final and was disappointed not to have won gold. He was the fastest qualifier for the final but lacked the usual power coming into the homestretch. His time of 45.83 equalled his fifth place finish of two years ago.
Finally, yet to come in August are the World Senior championships in Moscow and selected to represent GB & NI in his first senior call-up are Andy Robertson (4 x 100m). Kirsten McAslan (4 x 400m) and Kelly Massey (4 x 400). Britain is particularly early in naming their team. Ireland hasn't done so yet and neither have Canada. Only club athletes Brian Gregan and Seyi Smith have a chance of selection for other nations and if either get picked, we'll let you know. (Submitted by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 23/07/2013 10:04
Sale fielded a strong, if somewhat experimental, team for the final match of the U13/U15 Northern Premier match at Gateshead. The standard of competition was incredibly high and, after a closely fought contest, Liverpool AC was the deserved winners. Sale finished runners-up but were relegated to fourth place, being deemed not to have provided the full complement of officials. Despite this, Sale still retained the Northern Premier title having won all three previous matches. Sale and Liverpool AC will now go onto the National Final in Birmingham to compete against teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. With Northern pride at stake, Sale and Liverpool can be relied on put on a great show for all athletic fans. Sale is the only club in the country with all ten teams - U13, U15, U17, U20 and senior, (male and female) in Premier Divisions and nine of those are still in contention for National titles.
Ellie Jackson was the club's star athlete at Gateshead winning three events on her club debut and setting a club record of 11.36 seconds in the U13 70m hurdles whilst beating the national record holder into 2nd place. Her 150m time of 19.78 seconds was a new PB and ranked 4th in the country. Beth Thornton had a great weekend setting a new 800m PB of 2:28.83 (an incredible time for a primary school athlete) and then travelled to the Bupa Edinburgh mini-run where she won by about 300m.
Tess Mc Hugh also had a good week winning the county Schools Quadrathon on Thursday and then recording a hurdles and long jump PB. Another multi-eventer in good form is Niamh Nugent who finished runner-up in her county school's quadrathon. (losing by 1 point).She went on to record new PB's for the high jump and 1200m at Gateshead. Tia Blissett won her 800m and set a lifetime best in the long jump.
In the U15 event, Northern Champion Annie Williams remains unbeaten in the pole vault and set a new PB of 2:80cms. Kelly Chadwick again won the long jump and then ran a sensational new PB of 25.77 seconds to finish runner-up in the 200m. Sophie Ullah, Emma Lowe and Olivia Ashworth all scored well in the throws with Sophie winning the discus whilst Frankie Reid ran a new PB in the 800m
English schools champion Jona Efoloko was the star of the boy's event setting a new club record of 37.10 seconds in the 300m event. Dylan Battick made an impressive debut for Sale winning the 800m race in a new PB. Jaimal Brown was an excellent winner in the javelin whilst Jonathan Alderley, Nicholas Nealon and Will Schofield also scored well in the throws. Luke Chesters, Dane Winchole and Rhys Parker were impressive in the U13 events and finished runners-up in a total of six events.
Again thanks to those who made all of this success possible - the athletes, the team managers, the officials, the parents and photographers.
Posted 22/07/2013 12:19
The hottest weekend of 2013 will be remembered for some scintillating athletics action at the World trials at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. With just 28 days to go until the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, it wasn't just national titles at stake so it was great to see many Sale vests mixing it with the nation's best with some even winning national medals. Sale had no less than 26 athletes compete over the three days.
Our World class sprinter Andy Robertson, based in Bath, moved his career onto another exciting level with superb performances, all witnessed on TV. In the 100m final, he came 3rd with a lifetime best of 10.14 not far off Dwain Chambers who took his seventh title. Javelin thrower Rosie Semenytsh had waited a long time to become a British champion and she finally made it at the weekend. Congratulations also to the club's Scottish multi discus champion, Kirsty Law who added the British Championships silver medal to her collection. Our Olympian, Commonwealth Games silver medallist and multi national title hammer thrower Alex Smith was below par but still won the silver medal with Mike Floyd, the club 12 times Northern Champion in fourth place. Congratulations also to Nick Gayle who won bronze in the 110m hurdles. We must also congratulate Norman Poole trained Michael Rimmer (L'pool Pembroke) who trains at our Wythenshawe site who achieved his 6th 800m British title to secure his seat on the plane to Moscow.
There were also several fantastic lifetime best performances. Abigayle Fitzpatrick had every reason to be delighted. Out 400m hurdler has been in superb form all summer and capped her year two fantastic PB's in both the heats and final. Kirsten McAslan (400m) has also been in superb form through the summer and there's nothing better than a PB to prove this. Kelly Massey entered the championships late after her fine SB at the UKWAL match the precious weekend. What a pity she just missed out on the bronze medal with another SB. Well done to Abigayle Haywood who also produced a season's best to finish just outside the medals
(Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 16/07/2013 14:25
Over the last few seasons we've had some absolutely brilliant results in the British league, with 2 league titles in 6 seasons and some excellent match wins. This weekend saw the latest episode in the story, with a win that was as unexpected as it was hard earned. We went into the match having taken 2nd place in both of the first two fixtures, which, because of Shaftesbury winning on both occasions, meant anything less than a victory would effectively kill our title challenge. With a series of injuries to big scorers, Chris Baker preparing for this week's European Under 23 Championships and the UK Championships only a week away, our team was slightly weakened compared to the previous matches, so, while we knew we would do ok, a win wasn't exactly predicted.
`The team rose to the challenge magnificently and pulled some superb top 3 places out of the bag, which was enough to take the win with 312.5 points, from Sheffield with 308. Incredibly, Shaftesbury came 5th, meaning that heading into the final fixture we are top of the league with 22 points, ahead of Shaftesbury, who have 20. This means that we need a top 2 finish in London to take the league title again, which means we need to put our strongest team out, as the match will likely be the most competitive in years. Shaftesbury are at home and will be formidable, while traditional powerhouses Newham are currently in 7th and 2005 champions Woodford Green are just 0.5 points ahead in 6th. They will all be very strong, so coming 1st or 2nd will be no easy task. I'll be in touch with everyone soon to ascertain availability, but please do get in touch to let me know as soon as you do. With a carrot of another go at the European Cup, it's certainly worth pulling out all the stops.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend the fixture due to work commitments, so many, many thanks to John Smith for standing in and taking my place on Saturday. On the day we had 3 A-string wins from Simon Horsfield, who is making a habit of taking fine victories (and who was pushed close by Charlie Hulson, who won the B), Tomas Rauktys in the discus (he also threw over 17m for 2nd in the Shot) and the 4x100m team (Hameed, Craig, Oswald and Odujobi). The relay was the team's 3rd successive BAL win and was again under 41 secs, showing that they're the best team out there at the moment.
There were further B wins for Matt Sumner (400mH on debut), George Caddick (400m), Ryan Oswald (200m) and Jacob Brown (LJ), while hard earned top 3 A and B spots were taken by Chris Wakeford (400mH), Ryan Oswald (100m), Gabriel Odujobi (110mH), Jack Andrew (110mH), Antony Ford (5000m), Andy Burgess (a PB and 2nd in the LJ), Matt Cullen (PV), Thomas Furlong (also on debut in the hammer) and Jonathan Ferryman (TJ). The 4x400m team of Pat Swan, Josh Oguntayo, Debo Ademuyewo and Chris Wakeford also performed admirably to record a season's best and a strong 5th place.
In such narrow team wins every point counts, so the contributions of James Barratt, Chris Craig, Josh Oguntayo, Umar Hameed, Pat Swan, Ryan Worland, Stephen Porter, Matt Holmes and Rob Flannery shouldn't be underestimated. Indeed, massive credit to Gabriel Odujobi and Matt Cullen, who filled in on the high jump, and Rob Flannery, who did likewise in the 800m (thus sacrificing his own hopes in his specialist steeplechase for the cause), as if it weren't for their efforts, the match win wouldn't have happened.
Well done gain to all that contributed and good luck to everyone competing at the trials next weekend and, of course, to Chris over in Tampere. Let's make one last push in the final match! (Team Manager Dean Hardman)
Posted 10/07/2013 11:28
It was a 'do-or-die' match for our senior women at the UK Women's Premier League match at Sportcity at the weekend. With a background of 23 League titles and runners-up 9 times in the league's 38 year history, the only club that's remained in the league through its 38 year history, was likely to be relegated if we could not finish better than 6th place. This demise is largely due to the absence of endurance runners to fill any of the middle distance events. As a result, the club (competing as City of Manchester) finished last at the first match in Edinburgh. A rallying call by team manager Cara O'Brien for this home match failed to mobilize the troops and with the problem worsened by a further shortage of horizontal jump athletes, deputizing team manager Jack Frost and assistant Neil Donbavand deputizing for Cara at a wedding in Ireland, were not alone with a sense of foreboding.
In near perfect, sunny conditions, the team dug deep and there were many gutsy performances, fine PB's and inspiring examples of team spirit. Kirsten McAslan, hot from her recent senior GB debut at the European team championships and preparing for the next weekend's senior trials, ran PB's of 11.83 for 100m and 23.92 for the 200m 23.92. Abi Fitzpatrick was also in fine form and delighted with a well deserved 400m Hurdles PB of 58.23. Imani Modahl ran a very positive tactical race in the 800m and was rewarded with a PB in the 800m running 2.19.52, breaking the 2.20 barrier for the first time. U17 Aimee Pratt, having earlier competed in the English Schools Championships, front ran a determined 800m up against Senior Women and smashed her PB running 2.17.3 to finish 2nd. Tyra Watson returned to her winning ways with a very satisfying win in the 400m hurdles (57.8) and 2nd in the 200m (25.9). The weekend also saw the return to form with season's best performances for Kelly Massey (400m 52.99) Kirsty Law (Discus 51.90m) and Jenna Hill (800m 2.11.31). Katie Byres (pole vault) won valuable points for 3rd and equalled the league record. The day was topped by a fine 4 x 400m relay victory with Tyra Watson, Abi Fitzpatrick, Lauren Brennan and Kirsten McAslan.
It was such a hard fought day that in the points tally there was so few points separating the clubs, we could easily have finished as high as second but in fact we finished 7th. The 'Dunkirk' spirit was admirably displayed by our European and Commonwealth 400m medallist who then went and did the long-jump despite never having done it before. Unfortunately, her point could not count1. Also, well done to Jenna Hill who competed in two events despite having an Achilles tendon problem.
The battle to avoid relegation from the UK Women's League Premiership Division now goes to the final match at Blackheath (London) on August 3rd. With ALL hands 'on deck and with the other competing team's results working in our favour, we can STILL avoid relegation ...just about. The message must therefore goes out to ALL our coaches and athletes that we must have nothing less than our strongest athletes available if we are to avoid relegation. (Written by Fechin Mc Cormick. Photos courtesy of Roger Evans)
Posted 10/07/2013 11:28
When we talk about windy weather in Manchester, we mean the daffodils are going to take a bit of a battering. When they talk about a bonny breeze in Edinburgh, small children in baggy clothing should be roped to someone like a shot putter…and it was bad weather for our trip north of the border for the 3rd match of the Youth Development League (Upper)
We had a much depleted team only a few days before the English Schools Championships in Birmingham the following Friday - for many of our most talented athletes, the risk of injury so close to the fourth biggest athletics competition in the world understandably trumps other considerations.
A very special thank you to those stalwarts who gave their all for the club and managed a highly creditable third place behind Edinburgh and Glasgow who fielded full strength teams.
In dreadful conditions there were few PBs, but some defied the odds: Bukky Ojo won the U17W triple jump with 9.93m and Amber Towns clocked 11:21.37 for the 3000m which must have seemed like 4000m! Well done to Hannah Christy who improved her lifetime best in the 1500m by 2 seconds and stepped in for the first time to do the 400m hurdles. All-rounder Marnie Wells-Nicholls won the U20W 100m hurdles with a season's best of 15.54.
Amongst other overall winners we had three U17W: Flora Whyte 1500m (5:15.24); Aimee Pratt 800m (2:20.65); Alyssia Carr 300mH (47.12). From the U20W springy brigade, Emily Cummings won the high jump (1.65m) and Sarah McKeever vaulted to 3.35m. Matt Holmes (U20) completed the 2000mSC in 6:22.62, amazingly within 10 seconds of his PB in those conditions. No wonder he is way up in the UK top 20.
The U17M proved swift and strong respectively as Felix Tighe won the 400m in 51.97 and Joshua Booth sent the discus an unbeatable 39.06m.
Two SHM relay teams won: Courtney Leonard, Charlotte Worthington, Tayla Saville and Alyssia Carr were the U17W 4x100m stars and in the same age group, same distance, Matthew Ogden, Harry Lord, Felix Tighe and **** defied all comers.
(Written thanks to Anthony Barbet. Photos courtesy of Carl Worthington )
Posted 04/07/2013 10:02
Sale remain undefeated in the U13/U15 Northern YDL League with the match at Preston at the weekend decided on the last two events in which the boys won both the U15 relays. As a result of three victories in the three matches so far they're well set to retain the Northern title and to qualify for the National Finals in September.
The U15 boys were the club's dominant squad with Jona Ofoloku, Anthony Bruton, Kieran Donnely, James Ratcliffe, Kemar Thompson, Will Scohfield, Jamal Brown, Rory Canham and Jake Spilsbury winning their events whilst Adam Kinghorn, Dillon Birchill, Darnell Bell, Adam Spilsbury and Matthew Smith also finished in medal positions. In the U15 girl's events, victories went to Annie Williams, Zenni Enechi, Kelly Chadwick, Georgina Alexander and Sophie Ullah whilst Ellie Twite finished runners-up in a season's best and Emma Lowe performed well in the throws.
In the U13 girl's events, Harriet Leah ran PB's in both sprints and teamed up with Tia Blissett, Lizzie Twite and Verity Garnes to finish runners-up in the relay. Lizzie and Tia along with Niamh Nugent and Bethany Thornton were dominant in the middle distance events. In the boy's events Dane Winchcole made an impressive debut for Sale winning both sprint events and teaming up with Rhys Parker, Luke Chesters and Connor Patterson for a clear win in the relay. Harry Boyd won his race whilst Tom Barrett finished 3rd in his club debut. Nathan Booth, Ben Worthington and Euan Murphy scored well in the throwing events whilst Michael Odejimi and Femi Okomo were impressive in the high jump.
As ever, many thanks to the team managers, officials, parents who contribute so much to the success of these youngsters. Onwards to the next and final match at Gateshead on July 13th (Produced by Peter Shaw and Fechin mc Cormick. photos courtesy of Carl Worthington)
Posted 25/06/2013 11:53
A major event this weekend was the Northern, Southern and Midland T & F Championship, major events for every athlete and often the pinnacle of their summer season. Sale had representation in all three. At Sportcity for the Northern Championships, blustery winds and rain made conditions far from ideal for running faster, jumping higher and/or throwing further. Nevertheless, there were many fine club performances.
The club's legendary hammer thrower and stalwart, Mike Floyd, claimed his twelfth Northern title, a record not likely to be easily surpassed. Coached by Kevin Madden at the Wythenshawe site, he also became the seventh British men's hammer thrower to better 70 metres in a competitive event. His club colleague and Britain's current No.1, Olympic finalist Alex Smith finished in just fifth place. Well done, Mike!
It was the sprint's section that had the greatest success. Foremost among them were U17 Gabrielle George and U23 Kadeena Cox. Gabrielle won the U20 200m silver medal and recorded a lifetime best in the 100m final. U23 Kadeena Cox won the senior 200m silver medal and also recorded PB's in both her heats and100m final. Callum Roughneen won silver in the U20 200m and, though not technically a sprint event, Jack Andrew, coached by Chris Bartram won the U23 110m hurdles bronze medal with a fine PB also. SWprinters who PB'd were Umar Hameed (100m), Jack Seddon (U20 100m), Zenon Wisniewski (U20 100m) and Nathan Harris (U20 100m)
Heptathlete Jessica Taylor was the club's most successful individual athlete. She won silver medals in the long jump and javelin; bronze in the high jump and 100m hurdles and big PB's in the hurdles, shot and javelin. In form Jess is now appealing for a heptathlon competition. Can someone facilitate her!
The field events section was also successful. U20 Lisa James took the senior long jump title as did U20 Natasha Wilson in the senior javelin competition. There were also three silver medallists - Emily Cummings (U20 High Jump), Sarah Mc Keever (U20 pole vault) and Jacob Brown in the long jump. Andrew Burgess was also the long jump bronze medallist.
The club's middle distance only had Robert Flannery from the club compete. Rob ran a fine 3000m steeplechase clocking a season's best of 10:01.99 - highly commendable striving for a return to his best form when he did a PB of 9:31.8 way back in 2005.
In the Southern Championships Sale boys recorded 1 and 3 in the 100m. Andy Robertson took the Southern title and Gabriel Odujobi the bronze medal. Rosie Semenytsh also took Southern the javelin title with a fantastic new PB.
In the Midland Championships, Nick Gayle won the 110m hurdles title with Darren Lewis the bronze medalist.
(Researched and written by Fechin Mc Cormick. To view videos of the track events check out ... http://www.vincosport.com/videos/ )
Posted 25/06/2013 11:51
The England U23 and U20 Championships took place at the weekend in the traditional venue of Bedford international stadium. It doubled as the European Trials with several club members hoping to catch the eye of the selectors. For many this national Championship is the pinnacle of their summer and this year some best performances were frustrated by strong winds and torrential rain. Nevertheless, Sale produced several fantastic performances and medallists. The club heartily congratulations all of them.
Abi Fitzpatrick is rightly 'over the moon' to have become the U23 UK 400m hurdle champion and it was so nice she dedicated her victory to her dad for Father's Day because "without him I wouldn't be where I am today". Another person rightly over the moon is Kirsten Mc Aslan who took the U23 400m title just a few days after it was announced she'd been selected for her first senior GB vest to run the 4 x 400m relay in the Europa Cup. The club's pole vaulters had a great weekend with Andy Sutcliffe winning the U23 national men's title; Katie Byres the U23 women's title and Sarah Mc Keever winning the U20 silver medal. Other national title holders and gold medallists were Natasha Wilson in the U20 Javelin and Chris Baker in the U23 high jump.
There were many other fine performances on this national stage. The increasingly faster Roy Ejiakuekwu ran a lifetime best of 10.40 with a wind of just 2.1 helping to secure the U20 100m silver medal. He's already qualified for the sprint relays at the European Championships. Lisa James jumped over 12 metres again in the triple jump, her 12.14 winning the silver medal. Just one centimetre behind was U17 Amy Williams who jumped over 12 metres for the first time. It's especially exciting that this young girl who's in only her first year in the U17 category should win the U20 bronze medal. Imani Modahl also won U20 bronze in 3000m steeple chase in a PB of 12.15.15.
There were several other lifetime best performances that must be applauded. Rebekah Wilson in the U23 100m (11.77), Callum Roughneen in the U20 400m (47.85), Aimee Pratt in the U20 1500m (4:47.14) and Lamiko Thomas in the U20 200m (23:49).
Posted 19/06/2013 12:45
Georgia Taylor Brown retained her individual ETU European Junior Triathlon title in Alanya, Turkey last week and was also part of the successful GB team to also win their second team medal in two years. It's been an awesome year for the club's prestigious talent, coached in her running by Paul Roden. She adds this latest major European title and several other international triathlon titles and medals to her Northern U20 Cross-Country title and IAAF cross country medal with the Great Britain Athletics team last winter
This victory is especially sweet for Georgia in that she's retained her title despite losing a significant amount of training through injury after winning her cross-country medal with the GB team. She said: "It's amazing to retain the title! I tried not to think about it coming into the race as I find it puts too much pressure on. I had a great bike. I stayed at front and did a lot of work because I knew there were some good runners in the second group."
(Submitted by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 19/06/2013 12:44
As you'll no doubt have heard by now, we had another excellent day last Saturday at Sportcity where we hosted the 2nd BAL match of the summer. After a solid 2nd in the first match, our hopes were high for a home win to put us in the box seat in the league table. On the day the team scored an outstanding 339 points, which would generally be good enough to win most matches and is by far the highest score we've ever produced that hasn't won us a match. In the end, Shaftesbury pipped us by just 5 points, meaning that they lead the BAL with 16, from us with 14. With the next match also in the North (Sheffield, July 6th), we still have a chance of regaining the league title if we can win the match.
On Saturday it really was a team effort. We had just 4 A victories, but a string of top 3 A and B finishes and a lot of consistency that saw us well clear of Birchfield in 3rd. Big man points have to go to James Bailey, who pulled a hamstring on the final waterjump but still hobbled home to win the chase, while Simon Horsfield in the 3000m was our other individual A victor and he couldn't have made a dominant performance look any easier. Chris Baker, fresh from achieving the Euro U23 qualifying height of 2.22m took the High Jump with a clear victory, while the final A win went to the 4x100m quartet of Allan Hamilton, Chris Craig, Ryan Oswald and debutant Gabriel Odujobi, who anchored the team to a 40.39 clocking, which is certainly the best relay time from a Sale quartet for 15 years and quite possibly 3rd on our all-time list.
Our other top 3 positions were achieved by Ryan Oswald (2nd in the B 100m and 1st in the B 200m), Nick Gayle (2nd A 110mH) Gabriel (B 110mH winner), Pat Swan (B 4000m 3rd), Charlie Hulson A 1500m 3rd), Gavin Hill (2nd B 1500m), Matt Barnes (1st B 3000m), Smithy and Floydy (2nd in the A and B hammer), Jacob Brown (2nd A LJ), Alan Hamilton (1st B LJ), Jack Andrew (2nd B PV), Michael Piccoli (3rd B HJ), Rimas (2nd A Shot) and Tomas Rauktys (3rd B Shot). In truth, even those that didn't snatch a top 3 place still earned vital points, including Roy Ejiakuekwu, Stephen Porter, Ricardo Twumasi, Matt Cullen, Callum Roughneen, Josh Oguntayo and Luke Betts.
Posted 12/06/2013 07:46
The second match of the Northern Premier League took place in Preston on Sunday and, although the final team result was disappointing, there were some excellent individual performances, with Chiara Collins hammer throw of 43m 27cm leading the way.The League positions after the 2nd fixture are Wakefield 11pts, Preston 9pts, Sale Harriers 8pts, City of Hull, 7pts, Leigh Harriers 4pts and Bolton 3pts,
The leading ladies were….Lydia Randles (16.7 in the 100m hurdles and a 44m 47 javelin throw); Imani Mohdal (4m59.7 1500m) along with Amie Pratt's 3000m in 10m 51.1. Lisa James also had a fine double….the LJ in 5m 62 and plus another 12m + triple jump.
The men's team was dominant throughout, the highlights being Jonathon Ferryman's triple jump of 13m 90cm, Alex Wort's fine javelin throw of 48m 48cm, followed by a 15.4s 110m hurdle, Josh Orguntayo 400m in 49.1s, Alex Bradford 800m in 2m 01.8, Ryan Worland 5000m in 15m 32.9, Andrew Burgess long jump of 6m 98cms, John Nicholls 14m 22cm Shot, and 15 year old Zac Harrop overcoming his seniors with a 3m 50cm vault. Of course our sprinters were brilliant, Roy Ejiakuekwu, Daniel Heald, Marcel Stevens. Aaron Crowley graced the Preston Arena with their athleticism.
(Submitted by Jack Frost).
Posted 11/06/2013 15:49
After a tremendous tussle in the second round in the U13/15 Northern Premier match at Doncaster our youngsters managed a narrow five point victory over the strongest Liverpool team we have met over the past five years. Competition was of a very high standard featuring many top ranked athletes and county champions from Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Gtr. Manchester, Merseyside and the North-East.
Our U15 boy's sprint and hurdles squad were dominant with James Radcliffe winning a sprint double whilst Jona Efoloko, Cieran Donnely, Darnel Bell, Will Scofield, Oliver Mc Cormick and Ehis Ilozobhie all showed the opposition a clean pair of heels. Will and Oliver were also of an equally dominant group of throwers which also included Anthony Bruton, Rory Canham and Jaimal Brown. Versatile Ehis was a clear winner of the long jump with Ben Moseley winning the B event. In the girl's events, Kelly Chadwick won the long jump and finished runner up in the 100m with an excellent 12.7 seconds. Aine Cunningham was in great form in the 800m to record a new PB in 2nd place whilst 1500m runners Danielle Stringer and Claudia Cowan also recorded new PB's. Two other girls gaining impressive victories were Sophie Ullah (Discus), and Northern Champion Annie Williams (Pole Vault) whilst Emma Lowe was runner up in the discus
In a match involving the strongest six clubs in the north, victories in the U13 events were difficult to achie3ve. However, Anna Phillips managed to improve her 800m PB by over 10 seconds to win her event on her league debut. whilst our Primary School contingent of Beth Thornton, Lizzie Twite, Tia Ray Barton, Same Heyworth, Connor Keys and Bailey Hulse all performed with great distinction running PB's in the middle distance events, showing that our future as a club is in safe hands. Tess MC Hugh was another Primary school athlete who showed maturity beyond her years whilst competing in the jumps and hurdles.
Michael Odejim and Demo Okome dominated the high jump whilst Harry Boyd 800m) and Connor Patterson (Long Jump) both recorded new PB's. After two rounds league positions are
1. Sale Harriers Manchester 12 match points
2. Liverpool Harriers & AC 10 match points
3. Cith of Sheffield 7 match points
4. Gateshead Harriers 6 Match points
5. Preston Harriers 5 match points
6. Doncaster AC 2 match points
Such fantastic success would not be achievable without stalwart backroom work from the like of team managers, coaches, officials and parents. Thank you. Presented by Peter Shaw. Photos courtesy of Carl Worthington.
Posted 07/06/2013 11:17
Sunday was a brilliant day for the 2nd fixture in the Upper age group of the Development League. Following a runner's up berth in the 1st match at Liverpool, team managers Karen Lannon and Danny Gray gained revenge when there charges performed excellently, with many fine individual performances. The league standings are as follows, with the 3rd fixture being in Edinburgh on July 30th.
Team Edinburgh 11pts
Sale Harriers 11pts
Team Glasgow 5pts.
Lisa James was outstanding in the U/20 triple jump registering 12m 25cm. Emily Cummings high jump of 1m 68cm and Sarah McKeever 3m 35cm in the pole vault; Amy Williams jumped 5.75cm in the long jump to go 2nd in the UK rankings and also triple jumped 11.94 to top the UK rankings. Alyssia Carr's 5m 53cm long jump was further indications of the high quality of athletics on display.
Not to be outdone, the boys were also magnificent. 400 runners Callum Roughneen 48.54secs, Felix Tighe (U/17) 50.57secs led the way. A tremendous javelin throw from Harry Lord (U17) of 48m 40cm, plus victories from speed merchants Roy Ejiakuekwu 21.54s 200m into a headwind, and Jack Seddon, and Nathan Harris demonstrated the sprinting prowess the club enjoys. Full detailed results can be found on the Power of 10 website.
Submitted by Jack Frost. Photos courtesy of http://www.darkstarphotos.com /
Posted 05/06/2013 12:07
The Tom Pink event was held on the indoor track at Sportcity on Wednesday (May 29th) and featured relays, obstacle races, Sportshall participation and endurance running and with ten club taking part, competition was of a very high standard. Athlete of the day was Sale's own Lizzie Twite who was the only person to be awarded AAA merit plaques for both the pentathlon and the endurance race. This feat came only two days after Lizzie had won the BUPA Junior Run in the Manchester Games. Ellie Twite, Niamh Nugent and Charlie Hobson also performed exceptionally well and were awarded merit plaques in the endurance run. Olivia Green and Keenan Owen were awarded AAA medals for sprint events whilst all who took part were awarded badges (at gold, silver and bronze levels) and certificates as part of the British Athletics Award Scheme. (Photographs courtesy of Ernie Greenwood and displayed at http://www.darkstarphotos.com
Posted 05/06/2013 08:38
Blue skies and sunshine made for favourable conditions at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium for the highly popular and widely acclaimed annual Loughborough International at the weekend that's often the launch pad for the outdoor T & F season. It's traditionally a high quality match between Loughborough students past and present, GB U20's England, Scotland, Wales and British Students. Sale Harriers had several noteworthy elements:-
Pole vaulters Andy Sutcliffe and Katie Byres; hammer thrower Mike Floyd and sprinter Kelly Massey were all selected to represent England. Congratulations to them for achieving their latest accolade that's a tribute to their immense talent.
The club had 26 participants across the range of T & F disciplines. In the track event 12 of our 14 athletes achieved tremendous season's best performances. They were Andy Robertson (100m), Roy Ejiakekwu (100m),Umar Hameed (100m), Rebekah Wilson (100m), Kadeena Cox (100m), Ryan Oswald (100m), Lucy Evans (200m), Kelly Massey (400m & 4 x 100 relay)), Nick Samuels (1500m), Danielle Rooney (100m hurdles), Chris Wakefield (400m hurdles), Darren Lewis (400m hurdles) and Abigayle Fitzpatrick (400m hurdles). In the field events, well done also for their SB's to Laura Douglas (Hammer), Alex Smith (Hammer and Rosie Semenytsh (Javelin).
It was an especially good day for Roy Ejiakekwu. Not only was his 100m of 10.60 a PB but he also achieved the qualifying time for the European Junior Championships in Italy. He also had a great leg in the 4 x 100m relay taking the team home in 2nd place.
Abi Fitzpatrick's time in the 400m hurdles was her quickest ever time on English soil. Her next stops are the Bedford International Games and then onto Geneva.
In the men's 200m, Andy Robertson running as a guest, clocked the fastest time of the day, running a huge personal best of 20.76. Earlier, he'd also won his 100m race in 10.39 into a headwind. Congratulations also to Andy who won his first senior GB vest at the Penn Relays in America just a few weeks earlier. He anchored the men's 4 x 100m relay team to 4th place behind USA 1 & 2 and the Jamaican team.
(Researched and presented by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 20/05/2013 14:38
To win a county medal, whether by merit or by default through lack of numbers is always a great honour and a tribute to a person's sporting talent, commitment and hard work This weekend was the county championships with the Greater Manchester and Cheshire Championships combined at Longford Park. Congratulations to the very large number of club boys and girls, men and women who participated in the various age groups and between them won almost 100 medals. Note also the numbers who multi-medalled in various events. Those who won Greater Manchester or Cheshire medals were
Gold Medals : Will Schofield (Hammer & Shot), Annabel Dowd (Hammer & Discus), Jasmine Burke (Hammer & Discus & Shot), Annie Williams (Pole vault), Zac Harrop (Pole vault), Kevin Metzger (Triple jump), Adam Howell (Triple jump), Sophie Ullah (Shot), Jacob Sutcliffe (Pole vault), Sam Ballak (Pole Vault), J'Nae Ward (High jump & Shot), Jess Taylor (High jump & Javelin & Shot & 100mH), Lisa Jame (Triple jump), Ahtollah Rose (Triple jump), Jack Andrew (Long jump & 100m), Nathan Booth (High jump & Discus), Josh Booth (Shot), Jaimal Brown (Javelin), Anthony Bruton (Javelin & Discus), Grace Bower (Long jump), Annabel Kitchen (Long jump), Lydia Randles (Javelin), Danielle Bentley (Javelin), Aimee Pratt (1500m & 1500m S/C), Maria McPolin (200m), James Ratcliffe (100m & 200m & 300m), Lucy Evans (100m & 200m), Jack Seddon (100m & 200m), Kobefo Ntabejane (400m), Jennifer Simmons (400m), Lamiko Thomas (400m), Luke Chesters Luke Chesters (75m hurdles, 800m & 1500m), Aine Cunningham (800m), Adam Kinghorn (800m & 1500m), Connor Patterson (100m), Zenon Wisniewski (100m), Lamiko Thomas (200m), Matty Holmes (1500m S/C), Imani Modahl (2000m S/C), Kyle Conway (800m), Charles Burke (100m)
Silver Medals: Emma Lowe (Hammer), Josh Booth (Hammer & Discus), Sara McKeever (Pole vault), Connor Patterson (Long jump & 200m), Lisa Jame (Long jump), Oliver McCormick (Long jump & 80mH), Jacob Lloyd (Shot), Jack Andrew (Shot), Annabel Dowd (Javelin & Shot), James Ratcliffe (Javelin), Zenni Enechi (Long jump), Rory Canham (Shot & Discus), Nicola Cahill (Javelin & Shot), Lydia Randles (Shot & 200m), Imani Modahl (1500m), Mathew Holmes (1500m), Charlotte Worthington (200m), Jona Efoloko (100m & 200m), Daniel Heald (200m), Tess McHugh (70mH), J'Nae Ward (80mH), Ehis Ilozabhie (80mH), Prince Ehiigator (100m), Alex Bradford (800m), Eleanor Twite (1500m), Dylan Burghill (1500m), Meg McHugh (75mH)
Bronze medals: Kate Hill (Long jump), Ehis Ilozabhie (Long jump & 100m), Jack Daly (High jump), Sophie Ullah (Discus), J'Nae Ward (Javelin), Zenon Wisniewski (200m), Danielle Stringer (800m), Nathan Harris (100m), Mathew Metcalf (800m), Harry Boyd (1500m), Grace Bower (75mH), Darnell Bell (300m)
Posted 15/05/2013 11:27
FLYING START FOR SALE AT SPORTCITY
The Club started its defence of the Northern title with a clear victory in round 1 of the Northern Premier Lower age-group match at Sportcity.
The U15 boys were our strongest team winning 17 out of 28 events contested. In the sprints Jono Efoloko, Kieran Donnelly, Will Schofield, James Ratcliffe and Darnel Bell won every event including both relays whilst Oliver Mc Cormick and Ehis Ilozobhie both finished runners up in the hurdles event.
Adam Kinghorn, Dylan Birchill, Jake Spilsbury and Adam Spilsbury proved the Harrier tradition is still alive by outscoring the other clubs in the middle distance events. In the throws, our strong men proved to be invincible. Well done to Anthony Bruton, Rory Canham, Will Schofield, Jamel Brown and James Ratcliffe. Our jumpers and vaulters were also dominant with Kemar Thompson, Ben Mosley, Jack Daly and Matthew Smith proving more than a match for any other team.
In the girl's events, the throws squad delivered most points. Congratulations to Sophie Ullah, Emma Lowe and Zenny Enechi. Northern Indoor champion Annie Williams had a clear victory in the pole vault whilst Annabel Kitchen and Zenny Enechi finished runners-up in the long jump events.
In the middle distance races, Claudia Cowan ran a personal best in the 800m and with Mairead Power, Frankie Davis and Ellie Twite performed well against incredibly strong opposition. Highlights in the sprints were Kelly Chadwick finishing runner up in the 100m whilst Maria Mc Polin improved her 200m PB by a massive margin. Kelly, Maria, Zenny teamed up with Bethany Jones for an excellent relay run. Special mention must go to multi eventers Meg Mc Hugh and Grace Bower who competed in hurdles, jumps and throws to make sure that this was one match that Sale Harriers were going to win.
In the U13 events Luke Chesters and Harry Boyd won the 800m with James Peel and Sam Heyworth proved to be the strongest middle distance squad on display. Luke scored a unique double by winning the hurdles at his first attempt at the event. Will Preston, Rhys Parker, Connor Patterson, Conner Keys, Fenton Kennerk, Nathan Booth, Michael Odejimi and Femi Okome all performed with great credit to ensure team victory.
In the girl's events, the Harrier tradition was again to the fore in the middle distance events with Tia Blissett, Beth Thornton, Lizzy Twite and Niamh Nugent scoring well. Beth was particularly impressive with a PB in winning her 800m race. Another impressive Sale squad was the super fast relays team of Harriet Leah, Tia Blissett, Verity Garnes and Lizzy Twite whose slick baton changing was a pleasure to watch. Throwers Josie Canham, Hannah Oakman and Isobel Brett all contributed to an overall team victory. A special mention should go to primary school athletes, Tess Mc Hugh and Lizzy Twite who between them contested seven events to a very high standard. With young athletes like these our future at this level is secure.
A massive thank you from the team managers to all the team for a tremendous effort on the day, particularly those who stepped in at the last minute to compete in some instances for the first time in unfamiliar events such as Kemar Thompson, (Pole Vault), and Will Schofield (Hammer) both winners of the 'B' events. This is what a team effort is all about.
Produced by Pete Shaw, photographs courtesy of Ernie Greenwood www.darkstarphotos.com and Carl Worthington.
Posted 09/05/2013 11:52
On a freezing day at Crossford Bridge, over 100 young Sale Harriers represented the club with considerable success. The course was flat and firm but, with a hay bale to hurdle every 100m, it was difficult to get into a steady rhythm.
Ruby Bell won the U9 girl's race from Leah Wilkinson and with Isobelle Burk 5th, ensured team victory. Sale also had the next two teams with team counters Cara Cunningham, Annie Gavin, Sosija Dragisic Wood, Isobel Lamb, Charlotte Burns and Darcy Mc Cann. The under 9 boys were also clear winners with Thomas Boyd 3rd, Ben Wilson 5th, and Harvey Devenport 11th with a team of Nathan Harrop, Luca Davis and Oliver Rose in third place
Sale finished an incredible nine teams in the U11 girls race with Beth Thornton, Lizzie Twite and Tia-Rae Barton finishing 2nd behind Liverpool while Alice Gale , Lauren Smith and Tess Mc Hugh finished 3rd out of 18 teams . The under 11 boys team of Bailey Hulse, Alex Kelly and John Gilbert finished 3rd behind Leigh Harriers and Manchester Harriers.
Luke Chesters won the under 13 boys race with Harry Boyd 3rd and Alexander Newman finished 7th to ensure team victory whilst a team of Cameron Buchan , Joseph Doyle and Colin Avison finished 2nd. Ellie Twite finished runner-up in the U13 girls race and with Frankie Davis and Mairead Power finished 2nd team behind Liverpool.. Sale also finished 3rd team with Leah Rimmington, Lia Sendwick and Chloe Taylor
Over the six races Sale finished teams in the first three places. Well done to all concerned and thanks to the Crossford Bridge staff who organised a most successful and popular annual home promotion
Posted 26/03/2013 11:36
The annual Vault Manchester Pole Vault competition, hosted by
Sale Harriers, took place at Sportcity on the weekend of March
9/10th.This year, the ninth of the competition, for the
first time had a European Champion taking part!
(Presented by Andy Byres)
Posted 24/03/2013 11:48
The Northern Athletics Indoors Championships at the weekend at the well-established EIS Centre in Sheffield was the pinnacle of the winter and precursor to the outdoors T & F Season for vast numbers of the club's T & F athletes. The club had no less than seventy athletes compete in the five men and five women age-groups with amazing success. Virtually everyone achieved a season's best or a lifetime best performances and there was the usual haul of medallists. Sale athletes won 8 Northern titles, 12 silver medals and 9 bronze medallists. Two memorable highlights of the weekend were in the U20 60m final when six of the eight lined up were Sale athletes, and in the U20 200m final, Sale athletes won all three medals.
Congratulations to the gold medallists - Roy Ejiakuekwu (U20 60m). Jona Ofoloko (U15 60m), Kevin Metzger (U17 triple jump),Nathan Selby (U20 200m), Clovis Asong (U20 200m), Darren Hammond (Senior High Jump), Abigail Haywood (Senior pole vault) and Amy Williams (U17 long jump - also a Championship record and U17 triple jump).
Our silver medallists were Nathan Selby (U20 60m), Zenny Enechi (U15 60m and U15 long jump)),Chris Craig (Senior 200m), Daniel Heald (U20 200m), Kane Andrews (U17 200m), Kadeena Cox (senior 200m), Jenny Simmons, (Senior 400m), Beth Bolton (U20 400m), Josh Oguntayo (Senior 800m), Matt Cullen (Senior Pole Vault), Lisa James(U20 Long Jump,
Our bronze medallists were Callum Mc Clean (U20 60m), Aaron Crowley (Senior 200), Callum Roughneen (U20 200m), Tyra Watson (Senior 400m), Nick Samuels (Senior 800m and 1500m),Aimee Pratt (U17 1500m), Matt Holmes (U20 3000m), Suen Okome (U20 High Jump).
Finally, congratulations to those who achieved lifetime performances, the elixir of performance and you can never ask for better than that - Roy Ejiakuekwi, Callum Mc Clean, Kane Andrews, Jona Efoloko, Zenny Enechi, Lee Whiteley, Lamiko Thomas, Emmanuel Ajala, Jenny Simmons, Beth Bolton, Aimee Pratt, Ross Mc Cormick, Oliver Mc Cormick, Matthew Ogden, Ben Moseley, Amy Williams and Nathan Roach
(Written By Fechin Mc Cormick; photo courtesy of www.darkstarphotos.comand Anthony Barbet. Full results available at Power of 10 website)..
Posted 11/03/2013 09:27
TWO PROMISING PENTATHLETE STARS
The two youngest members of Chris Bartram's Sale group performed in the National Combined Event under 15 Championships in Sheffield at the weekend. Grace Boyer and Megan McHugh only recently joined Sale and completed their first ever pentathlon. The 1st event was the 60mtre hurdles and Grace achieved a fantastic 4/10ths PB. In the 2nd event long jump, it was Megan's turn to do a big PB. The shot putt saw both girls do two new PB's each. Megan improved from 6.69cms to a fantastic7.42cms and Grace from 7.09cms to 7.45cms. The high jump meant more PB's -1.35 to 1.36cms and magnificent improvement from 1.37 to 1.42cms for Megan. The final event 800m is every girl's favourite, particularly after 4 gruelling events. Both girls finished 2nd in their heat. Thirteen year old Grace finished 9th out of the top 40 competitors in the country. She also finished 3rd in the North and 2nd in the North West with 5 PB's. Twelve year old Megan finished 14th and 3rd in the North West and had 7 PB's. Two athletes of the future proved that Combined Events is in good hands.
Posted 11/03/2013 09:27
The fifth of the club's indoor promotions at Sportcity took place at the weekend. It was much quieter day than previous, mainly due to the age group England Championships held in Birmingham and the British Universities Championships in Sheffield.
However Seun Okome (U/20) soared over 1m 95cm in the high jump, and many club members, highlighted below, took the opportunity to establish career bests in various events.
Charlotte Worthington U/17 8.32secs
Christian Muzariri U/17 8.56secs
Njemeh Adam s U/17 8.82secs
Amie Page U/15 9.27secs
Bukly Ojo U/17 27.82secs
Maria McColin U/15 27.72secs
Christian Muzariri U/17 27.73secs
Abigayle Fitzpatrick U/23 39.90secs
Anthony Bruton U/15 41.82secs
60 m Hurdles
Anthony Bruton U/15 11.31secs
Courtney Leonard U/17 10.38secs
Ursula Trinler Sen 2m 45cms
Jack Sheldon U/20 12m 79cm
Jacob Lloyd U/17 10m 11cm
Meg McHugh U/15 6m 89cm
Full results can be obtain on Power of 10 and here (Written by Jack Frost) .
At the U15, U17 & U20 England Athletic championships Clovis Asong returned to top form by winning the U20 400m England title whilst Amy Williams won magnificent triple jump silver, Nathan Selby U20 200m silver and James Radcliffe U15 300m silver.
Posted 11/03/2013 09:26
With no club fixture last weekend, our youngsters were able to focus on a range of schools cross- country events in which they had considerable success.
Zara Thompson finished runner up in the National Independent Schools Championships whilst Luke Chesters and Claudia Cowan were also runners up in the Northern Schools Championships at Longford Park where Loreto Grammar won the girls championships with Claudia, Mairead Power and Ciara O'Neill all contributing to a comfortable team victory.
Cara Cunningham won the Trafford Catholic Schools event whilst Tess Mc Hugh and Charlie Hobson were clear winners in the Tameside Schools Primary championships whilst next day Charlie also won the NW biathlon (run and swim) championships.
At Crossford Bridge we held the final of the SHM Primary schools XC League. Lizzie Twite was a clear winner in the girls event from Alice Dale with Jess Mc Dowell 3rd. Jess was overall league champions with Laura Hole 2nd, and Jessica Spilsbury and Simisola Joseph equal 3rd. The girl's team championship went to Bowden Church School with Stamford Park 2nd and Well Green 3rd
Cameron Davis out sprinted Edward Layfield to win the boys event, with Bailey Hulse in 3rd place. In the overall league championship, Cameron, Edward and Bailey were again top three finishers whilst Bowden Church were again the dominant school with their A and B team finishing 1st and 2nd overall from Elmridge Primary in 3rd
Congratulations to Ann and Graham Marshall and the Primary section helpers for organising this successful event.
Posted 05/03/2013 09:07
One more superb day at Sportcity, with 300 athletes taking part. There was a very good turnout by club members, who took the opportunity to create many personal bests.
New member 19 years old Michael Piccoli cleared 1m 98 in the HJ, and Nathan Selby ducked under the 7sec barrier for the 60m with 6.96secs. 17 yr old Jacob Sutcliffe set a new lifetime best in the Pole Vault clearing 4m 15cm.
George Caddick and Brogan Crowley were presented with the Darren Campbell Young Athlete of the year awards for 2012.
Michael Rimmer sped round 600 metres majestically in 77.90secs.
Personal Bests recorded were as follows.
Nathan Selby 6.96s
Jack Seddon 7.18s
Nathan Harris 7.20s
Zenon Wisniewski 7.22s
Roman Brown 7.57s
Kieran Donnelly 7.76s
Jennifer Simmonds 8.02s
Meg McHugh 9.09s
Nathan Harris 22.81s
Romano Brown 25.00s
Jennifer Simmons 25.48s
Ross McCormick 9.02s
Oliver McCormick 9.66s
Meg McHugh 10.05
Pole Vault : Jacob Sutcliffe 4m 15cm
Nathan Roach 6m 23cm
Amie Page 4m 15cm
J'nae Ward 8m 49cm
Annabel Dowd 7m 92cm
Meg McHugh 6m 89cm
Full results attached, and accessed via Power of 10. Jack Frost
Posted 07/02/2013 16:47
Sale youngsters had a tremendous day at the County Schools Championships on Saturday winning 4 individual titles, 10 individual medals and 16 county selections across all age-groups.
The Greater Manchester Schools Championships were held at Leigh Sports village and with the first 8 across the line in each race gaining county selection, our athletes faced fierce competition.
In the senior girl's race, Megan Davies won by a comfortable margin and has now won the county title in all age groups. Irmani Modahl had an incredible race to finish 4th to gain her first county selection whilst Chloe Yates was 11th. In the senior boy's race, Chris Middleton was unable to defend his title but his 4th place in his first race after injury was encouraging. Alex Bradford finished 8th and will make his county debut. Well done to England International Ryan Moore who won the Lancashire title by a large margin.
In the inter girls race, three Sale girls gained county selection with Aimee Pratt 3rd, Amber Towns 5th and Catherine Podmore 7th whilst Flora Whyte finished 11th. Adam Roden had his best run of the winter to finish runner up in the Derbyshire schools whilst Christy O'Brien in 9th place was the club's highest finisher at Leigh.
The junior girl's age-group was our strongest with Zara Thompson a clear winner of the Cheshire title with Ellie Twite in 5th place whilst at Leigh Aine Cunningham finished in silver medal position with Olivia Green 3rd Ciara Lydon 5th, Francesca Brint 9th and Claudia Cowan 11th. In the junior boy's race Dillon Burchill finished 7th and Adam Kinghorn 8th to gain County selection.
There is no English Schools Championships for Year 7 athletes, so County selection was not at stake in the youngest age-group. Niamh Nugent had a tremendous run to win the minor girl's race with a sprint finish whilst Tia Blisset had her best run of the winter to finish 4th. Luke Chesters showed a welcome return to form to finish runners-up in the boy's race whilst Oliver Hole finish 9th and James Peel finished 10th.
This was a tremendous day for Sale Harriers and a special well done to the four who four individual title winners (Niamh, Zara, Megan and Ryan); the 10 individual medals and 16 county selections across all age-groups. (Presented by coach Peter Shaw)
Posted 05/02/2013 09:04
A very busy 3rd meeting of the series of six indoor meeting the club is hosting at Sportcity saw another excellent turn out by club members. Twenty- four club members contested the 60m, and nineteen were part of thirty-five 200m races. Nathan Selby led the 60m runners with 7.10secs, and then fought a torrid battle with club mate Aaron Crowley to win in 21.73secs to 21.86secs. Josh Oguntayo was the pick of the 600m runners clocking a pb of 1m 20.72secs. Jennifer Simmons impressed in her 600m winning in 1m 36.13s. Matt Cullen soared over 4m 80cm in the PV, with Jacob Sutcliffe also over 4m. There was also a welcome return to the track for Rebecca Wilson. Her clocking of 7.75secs was brilliant after being away from the track for approx 3 years. Abigayle Fitzpatrick was also in fine form in both sprints.
Full results available on Power of 10, also available here
(Presented by Jack Frost.)
Posted 08/01/2013 14:26
While everyone else tucks-in to their turkey dinners, Sale multi-eventers are preparing for the traditional peak of their indoor season, the National Indoor Championships, held in Sheffield over the weekend of the 5th and 6th January 2013. This years' competition proved to be stuffed full with goodies for our talented athletes.
On top of the tree sit Jack Andrew and Daniel Needham who both came away from the gruelling two-day schedule with England medals in the Under 23 competition; Jack with silver and Daniel with bronze. These honours are a reward for the great strength of character displayed by these two promising athletes in their widely different paths to this competition.
Jacks return to top flight competition and top flight performances after lengthy rehabilitation from his series of injuries looks now to be complete. Solid and reliable outcomes from the Day One disciplines left him in seventh position overnight, confident of putting pressure on those above him with a favourable day two schedule to come. This proved to be the case and his storming run to a new personal best time in the final 1000m heat of the competition (along with the withdrawal of two high-placed Sheffield athletes) lifted him to second in the Under 23 listing and gave him gold in the Northern Championships with a points total of 5131. With international selection guaranteed to compete in Valencia at the end of the month, we look forward to his performances in the rest of the year.
Daniel performed admirably to share both podia earning a bronze in the National U23 Championship and a silver in the Northern. This represents a terrific return on his decision to compete in multi-events and should encourage him further even though he ended the competition in severe pain, a testament to the high physical demands that this sport makes. Outstanding new p.b.'s in Shot Putt, Pole Vault and Long Jump sat very well alongside his expected strengths in the sprint and sprint hurdles to give Daniel an impressive points total of 5097. Aside from the gruelling core strength and conditioning demands made by two days of tough competition which told in the final event, he did not look out of place at any time in this new direction for him and he should feel that he can compete at the highest levels.
Nowhere was the commitment to compete more apparent than when Brogan Crowley dragged herself out of her sick bed to achieve a tremendous bronze medal in the England U20 Women's Championship. Without ever achieving individual discipline breakthroughs, she managed to hold her body together sufficiently on the day to counter the flu bugs racing through her veins which had kept her bed-bound for the two days previously and record a satisfactory third place overall and silver medal in the Northern championships. Hopefully the prospect of an international outing in Spain will refill her with seasonal sparkle at the end of the month.
Adding more sparkle and glitter to the championships than the decorations on a festive tree, Jess Taylor competed well in the Senior Women's championship registering an eighth place finish which was enough to win a deserved bronze medal in the Northern contest. A little down on her very best nevertheless gutsy performances all round from her kept the eventual winners on their toes all day.
The same could be said for Alex Wort competing in his first Senior competition having moved up an age group. Solid and improving performances in the 60m sprint, Shot Putt and hurdles showed that he has taken the step up to this level of competition and can achieve much once he has eliminated the mental block which once again prevented him registering a height in the Pole Vault.
Marnie Wells-Nicholls briefly rose to third after a good High Jump in the second discipline of the day in the U20 Women's championship but weaknesses in the Shot Putt and 800m again undermined her bid for honours and she lapsed to tenth place in the end.
All enquiries; Chris Bartram, Sportcity.(Written by Allan Wort)
Posted 08/01/2013 08:15
CLUB PROMOTION - INDOORS
The opening Sale indoor meeting at Sportcity last Sunday was an excellent introduction to the Indoor season. Pole vaulter Harry Coppell (16) soared to two personal bests of 5m 05cm and then a brilliant 5m 11cm. High jumper Darren Hammond was majestic, gracefully easing his frame over 2m, 2m 06cm and the 2m 10cm, before calling a day after one attempt at 2m 15cm.
At one stage Harry and Darren were attempting 5m 15cm and 2m 15cm at the same time. It was certainly a unique occasion.
Sale athletes featured extensively, main results being.
60 metres: Jacob Brown 7.13s, Charles Burke 7.18s, Emanuel Ajalu 7.39s, Jonus Efoloko 7.65s, Alex Bellis 7.80s, Thomas Smith 7.80s, James Radcliffe 7.92s, J Nae Ward 8.52s, Taylor Saville 8.43s (pb)
60m Hurdles: Daniel Needham 8.18s (pb), Alyssia Carr 9.15s, Meg McHugh 10.41s (pb).
300m: Denver Morrison-Massey 37.32s (pb) Alex Bradford 39.77s, Jennifer Simmonds 40.42s (pb), Abigayle Fitzpatrick 41.10s, Alyssia Carr 41.54s, James Radcliffe 40.45s, Alex Bellis 40.89s
600m: Kyle Conway 87.44s.
Long Jump: Daniel Needham 6m 83cm (pb), Lloyd Robbins 6m 27cm, J Nae Ward 4m 71cm, Meg McHugh 3m 39cm.
Shot: Jacob Lloyd 9m 96 (pb), jasmine Burke 9m 10cm, J Nae Ward 7m 83cm(pb), Lauren Sturnam 7m 79cm )pb)
High Jump: Darren Hammond 2m 10cm, Seun Okome 1m 85cm, Daniel Needham 1m 85cm (pb), Chris Bradley 1m 80cm, Rory Boath 1m 65cm.
Posted 04/12/2012 10:45
Chris Bartram's multi-events group experienced a weekend of hopes being dashed at the English Schools Combined Events Championships held in Bedford this last weekend. At one time they looked on course to win the Senior Boys and Senior Girls titles and a medal in the Intermediate Girls. In the end only Alex Wort came away with any metal by taking creditable silver in his final age group competition.
But that doesn't come close to telling the tale of his championship. Going into it as the Indoor Champion and silver medallist at the English National Championships held earlier in the summer, he anticipated only a strong challenge from the winner of that competition and that proved to be the case; down by nearly 400 points overnight despite new PB's in the 100m (11.69s) and High Jump (1.75m) he nevertheless maintained his positive outlook by recognising that he took nearly that amount off his rival on the second day before.
The second day dawned and saw him race to a substantial benefit in the 110m Hurdles, follow that up with a new PB in the Discus (34.95m) and head for the Pole Vault with high hopes of hauling the rest of the deficit back should he manage a height around his best. Unfortunately, in the high winds he managed to produce no height and his tilt at the gold was over. He courageously performed well in the remaining javelin and 1500m events to take a creditable silver and finish his Under 20 career.
Brogan Crowley was on fire for the first day of her attempt at the Senior Girls heptathlon title producing a string of performances that left her with a remarkable points total overnight and only Danielle McGifford for company. A new personal best of 13.85s for the 100m Hurdles saw her rocket into the overall lead and beat the Championship record, a high jump performance within a centimetre of her lifetime best saw her maintain it, a new Shot Putt PB of 11.56m scored her even more points and she ended the day with another new best of 25.38s for the 200m.
Yet overnight she reacted to the days events with soreness in her ankle which the first event of the second day, the Long Jump, worsened. In pain and limited in her movements, she only managed a below par jump and was forced to recognise the obvious, that to continue competing would only worsen the damage. A disappointing end to her competition but she should take away the knowledge that she was on course for an exceptional points total above 5000, the mark of a terrific heptathlete. We all wish her well in her recovery this winter.
It was the normal tale of two different days for Marnie Wells-Nicholls in the Intermediate Girls heptathlon. A first day that included a personal best run in the 80m Hurdles (11.97s) and competitive performances in the Shot Putt, High Jump and 200m left her in fifth place overnight. But this was to prove the high watermark of her championships as she slid down the results table throughout the second day with marks in the Long Jump, Javelin and 800m that were quite good for her but at this level proved to be under par in eventually finishing twelfth.
Lynda Randles had another solid weekend of competition and proved once again to be a good County and training group team member. She produced new personal bests in the shot putt (8.95m) and the 800m (2m 44.20) achieving her new heptathlon best points total of 3467. Well done.
Overall it was frustrating that Alex and Brogan could only come so close to repeating the remarkable achievements of their training group partners from two years ago rather than emulating them although Brogan can try again next year and may have the consolation that her hurdles time qualifies for the European Juniors Championships in 2013. What they have achieved has been notable and gives them a good platform for the future. (Produced by Allan Wort)
Posted 18/09/2012 14:26
The National Junior League season ended at Derby at the weekend with the National Finals when a well represented club junior team succumbed to extremely strong Southern teams, with Shaftsbury Harriers heading Blackheath & Bromley for the title. Medals seemed destined for our athletes, who gathered 7 Gold, 4 Silver and 12 Bronze for a combined total of 23. Fine individual performances were registered during the day, highlights being the following.
Seun Okome soared over the HJ bar with a pb of 2m 01cm into a terrible headwind, whilst Ahtollah Rose came back to form with a 12m 66cm Triple jump. She inspired Lisa James to a new pb of 11m 54cm. These winds certainly did not help George Craddick's magnificent 47.08sec clocking, who gallingly missed the league record by one hundreth of a second. He then contributed a scintillating 46.8sec relay leg. Daniel Heald and Nathan Selby both clocked 21.8sec 200 metres runs, and Charlie Hulson and Ryan Moore had torrid battles in the 1500m, both coming away with Silver medals.
Brogan Crowley had an excellent day, registering hurdle victory in 13.95secs, followed by pbs in javelin (34.26cm) and shot (11m 32cm). Alex Wort contributed a 4m 10cm PV, 15.20sec hurdles and a fine pb of 34m 81cm discus. Abigail Fitzpatrick set the track event off with an impressive 400m hurdles win. Marnie Wells-Nicholls was engaged in a class HJ competition, which saw her achieve 1m 68cm.
Overall a fine season has passed, achieving the club's goal in reaching this National Final. Full detailed results can be found on the 'Power of 10' website. (Submitted by Team Manager Jack Frost)
Posted 11/09/2012 17:13
Those disappointed by not getting tickets to the Olympic Stadium could have had their disappointment eased by attending Sportcity on Sunday for the National Finals of the Young Athlete's League. The most talented youngsters from Great Britain's top eight clubs came together on the club's home-territory seeking this prestigious national title. The high level of competition from very talented athletes, some of whom will go on to become Britain's future Olympians was astonishing. The atmosphere, cheers and support from the Sale camp along the home straight was of such a standard the Olympic Stadium would have been proud and the whole day was blessed with glorious sunshine that'll have impressed the three southern clubs.
Kelly Chadwick was our star U13 athlete with three victories (long jump and sprints) all with Grade 1 performances. Olivia Green won the 1200m with a new PB of 3:57.73 (Grade 1) with Frankie Hacker Davis in fourth place. Two further middle distances performances came in the 800m with Aine Cunningham breaking her own club record with 2:20.67 in silver medal position whilst Ellie Twite won the B events. Meg Mc Hugh won the high jump whilst Maria Mc Polin got gold and silver in the sprints events. In the boys' events Jona Efoloko broke his own club 200m record recording 24.16 seconds in silver medal slot. Jona was also runner up in the 100m and hurdles all with Grade 1 performances. Anthony Bruton won the 800m and finished third in the shot, both Grade 1 performances. Ben Mosley was another Grade 1 athlete finishing second in the long jump. Luke Chesters broke his PB by four seconds to finish runner up in the 800m whilst Darnel Bell finished third in the hurdles. Jona, Darnell, Anthony and Ben teamed up to win the sprint relay in the fast time of 50.45 seconds.
Athlete of the day in the U15 event was Amy Williams who broke the long jump record to win with 5m60cms and recorded another Grade 1 performance to win the B high jump. Another Grade 1 high jump performances by J'Nai Ward who was runner up in the A event as well as silver medallist in the hurdles. Amy and J'nai teamed up with Isobel Reynolds Duffy and Charlotte Worthington to finish second in the relay with a super fast time of 51.05 seconds. Annabel Dowd, Sophie Ullah and Lauren Sturman were all medallists in the throwing events. Our strongest event of the day was the U15 boy's pole vault where Zac Harrop and Lewis Hannan both recorded PB's to win their events with grade 1 performances. Harry lord was runner up in the javelin with a PB whilst Jamal Crawford (200m), Adam Kinghorn (800m) and Euan Gilchrist (1500m) all improved their PB's by large margins.
In the U17 women's events, Alyssia Carr was runner up in the 100m and ran two Grade 1 performances in finishing in bronze medal position in the hurdles and 300m. Gabi George also recorded Grade1 performances in the 200m (3rd) and B 300 (1st). Megan Davis and Chloe Yates won both 1500m events. Chloe is an excellent role model for our younger athletes, running PB's all season whilst gaining 10 Grade A* s at GCSE. Our other medallists Lydia Randles (hurdles), Elin Jones 9100), Marnie Wells-Nichols (high jump), Alex Hastie (high jump), Jade Clarke (long jump), Akenke White (triple jump) and Beth Bolton (200m and 300m hurdles). The relay team of Alyssia, Gabi, Beth and Elin ran the tremendous time of 49.14 seconds to finish runners up.
In the U17 men's event Lloyd Robbins (long jump) and Denver Morrison (400m) won their events with Grade 1 performances whilst David Campbell again won the pole vault to add to his Northern league title. Our other medallists were Kobefo Ntabejane (400m hurdles), Chris Bradley (pole vault) and Josh Booth (hammer) whilst Jack Sheldon scored valuable points in all three heavy throws.
Congratulations to Edinburgh who won the match. Our inability to field two competitors in every event meant we finished in fifth place. Our elite athletes did us proud as twenty-one Grade 1 performances in a single match is an incredible performance.
Finally, special thanks must go to all who made it possible - team managers Karen Lannon and Danny Gray and their equally valuable assistants who led the teams to tremendous success through the season, to their coaches, parents and volunteer officials. Under 13 Emma Lowe was a wonderful example of club support. Her only event was the shot putt at 10.30, yet she (and her parents) stayed the entire day to cheer on the rest of the Sale Team. This is the final year of the current structure of the National Young Athletes League and it'll be interesting to see how the new 'Youth Development League' next year, that effectively combines the Natyal with the National Junior League, pans out.
Report compiled by Peter Shaw and Fechin Mc Cormick. Many thanks to Carl Worthington for his excellent photographs (see gallery below)
Posted 06/09/2012 08:36
WE WISH THE CLUB'S U13,U15 &U 17 BOYS AND GIRLS GOOD LUCK AS THEY REPRESENT THE NORTH OF ENGLAND IN THE NATIONAL YOUNG ATHLETES FINAL AT SPORTCITY THIS SUNDAY AND COMPETE AGAINST THE MIGHT OF THE MIDLANDS , THE SOUTH-EAST AND EDINBURGH TO BECOME BRITAIN'S TOP CLUB.
Posted 29/08/2012 12:29
The England Athletics U17 & U15 Championships last weekend
at Bedford international Stadium was the culmination of a
very successful year for several of the club's athletes. Two -
Kevin Metzger and Amy Williams also produced Gold medals. Anthony
Barbet, the club's huge supporter of the club's young athletes,
Posted 22/08/2012 16:13
The final British Athletics League match of the summer took
place last Saturday at Liverpool's Wavertree Stadium and, for the
first time in a number of seasons, we found ourselves in the
unusual position of being able to relax. After having struggled to
6th place in match 1 as a result of fixture clashes, we produced
two outstanding results in matches two and three to finish 2nd and
3rd, which meant that while we weren't in a position to fight for
the league title, going into the final match we were also
mathematically safe from relegation.
Posted 22/08/2012 16:12
On Wednesday 8th August the primary section athletes took to the track, 10 of our young under 9 athletes took part in the young athletes mini league and had a wonderful evening of athletics competing in the 80m, 150m, and 600m, long jump and javelin. The athletes that took part were Holly Scholes, Gabriella Hensman, Melisa Booth, Lucy Armitage and Sofija Dragisic-Wood. The boys were Dominic Reid, Kane Saville , Thomas Boyd, Sam Preston and Matthew Johnson. All events entered produced a top 3 place from the girls and boys.
Melisa Booth- Silver - 80m (joint place)
Gold - 150m
Gold - Long Jump
Gabriella Hensman - Silver - 80m (joint place)
Bronze- Long Jump
Holly Scholes Gold- 600m
Lucy Armitage Silver 600m
Matthew Johnson Bronze - 80m
Bronze - Long Jump
Thomas Boyd Silver - 600m
Bronze - 150m
Dominic Reid Bronze- 600m
Kane saville Silver - 150m
Sam Preston Silver - Javelin
Posted 17/08/2012 08:30
The final fixture of the Northern Premier Lea-gue of the National Junior League season was successfully contested loosing narrowly to host team Edinburgh. It confirmed Sale's passage into the National Final which will be held on Sunday Sept 9th in Derby. The club is very appreciative of all the athletes and officials that gave up a full weekend to secure this result.
The women, led by Brogan Crowley who was awarded female athlete of the match with her 14.18sec hurdle victory into a strong headwind, then followed up with good performances in the Javelin and Shot. The sprints were well looked after by Olivia Callaghan and Gabrielle George (victorious in both 100/200m 'B' events. Megan Davies had an impressive 3000m victory, and Alex Hastie was too good for the other high jumpers. Chloe Yates worked very hard in the 800/1500m races, but events were nullified by strong winds hampering all the times. Charlotte Dickinson, Jasmine Burke, Lauren Bowen and Marnie Wells-Nichols all scored massive points.
Daniel Heald's 22.10sec victory in the 200m was adjudged to be the male athlete of the match, defeating Liverpool's Tom Boyce and Edinburgh's Tom Holligan, who had earlier edged out Roy Ejiakuekwu in the 100m. Further victories for Luke Betts (800m), Callum Greenwood (3000m), Seun Okome (HJ), Alex Wort (110mH) set the ball rolling for Denver Morrison-Massey (400m) and Ryan Moore's securing wins in their 'B' events. Alex contributed greatly in 3 other events (PV,Jav,Shot) as did Jack Sheldon ( Jav,Discus,Hammer) and Joshua Booth (Hammer,Shot and Discus)
Team Edinburgh 23pts to the National Final
Sale Harriers 22pts to the National Final
Team Glasgow 11pts
Kingdom Athletics 9pts Relegated
Team Forth Valley 3pts Relegated
(Submitted by team manager Jack Frost)
Posted 15/08/2012 08:21
On Monday 30th July at 10 o'clock 52 young people aged 8 to 14 arrived at Crossford Bridge for the first 2012 Star Track week. Several were members of Sale Harriers but at least half were going to experience a week of athletic fun and enjoyment aimed at their age groups and presented by Ann Marshall and her team of experienced coaches.
Divided by age into training groups, the young people with their group coach and helper were coached in sprints, hurdles, shot, discus, javelin, high jump, long jump, triple jump and 800m during Monday to Thursday. They then tried each of these events resulting in them having a list of personal bests.
On the Friday, the flags of many nations were displayed and the group of youngsters were divided into teams representing Great Britain, Jamaica and Canada and they all took part in an Olympic event. They also had the opportunity of holding an Olympic torch loaned by Sale Harrier coach Keith Hunter.
Each youngster was given a Star Track T shirt, goodie bag, personal best list and either a gold, silver or bronze medal at the end of a busy week. The second week starting on Monday 13th August is already oversubscribed with Ann reporting that nearly 80 children are booked in, let's hope it stays dry.
(Report and photos presented by Roger Devlin)
Posted 10/08/2012 08:33
The coach and two of his multi-event athletes from the Sale multi-events group selected to represent England in the latest Home International held at Stoke's Northwood Stadium, produced a rewarding weekend of strong performances. Brogan Crowley led the Under 20 Women to victory and Alex Wort was only pipped by his team-mate in doing the same thing for the Under 20 Men in a contest that England won handsomely under the guidance of Chris Bartram among other England coaches.
Coming soon after her triumphant English Schools title in the hurdles, Brogan's first international selection provided the perfect stage on which to demonstrate her burgeoning skills, one she took full advantage of. Her first day ended with a new personal best in the 200m after her previous three events had all almost yielded p.b's. Overnight she led the Under 20 competition and was pushing the Senior Women. Near p.b's in the Long Jump and Javelin on Day two left her winning her category but tantalisingly short of the significant 5000 point mark for the heptathlon. As a confidence-boosting performance before preparing her assault on the English Schools Combined Events title in September this could hardly have been better. We wish her all the best for a successful end to her season.
Alex's strong showing proved that he has recovered very well from a slight injury so he should take great confidence into the rest of his season. He managed to produce a consistently effective string of marks that always kept him towards the top of the leader board including a new personal best in the High Jump and near misses in the Discus, Long Jump and 1500m. With five weeks of hard training in prospect as preparation for his English Schools Combined Events competition, Alex can realistically look forward to a rewarding end to his Under 20 career.
Other athletes from Sportcity competed in the Under 17 Women's championships being held alongside the international match.
Marnie Wells-Nicholls has almost nothing to be ashamed of in coming fifth nationally and taking the Northern silver medal. After decent High Jump, Hurdles and Long Jump performances, her new 200m and Javelin personal bests put her in a position where she promised a higher eventual finish but her 800m run put paid to that hope. However in scoring above 4000 points for the first time she has an achievement that should be recognised.
Georgia Pickles came away with a well-deserved Northern Championships bronze medal and sixth place nationally having performed strongly over the gruelling seven discipline competition, one she has not trained specifically for so far. Producing new personal bests in the 80m hurdles, Shot Putt and 200m while equalling her Long Jump p.b, her row of strong performances kept her in handy positions on the leader board. She cemented her medal with a strong finish in the 800m final event to climb upwards towards her medal. Well done Georgia.
Jessica Hodsman competed well in the heptathlon competition and came away with a number of notable marks. New personal bests in the 80m Hurdles and the Long Jump were complemented by close misses in the 200m, Javelin and 800m to leave her with a final score of 3600 points which should give her much encouragement for the future.
For further information contact; Chris Bartram at Sportcity. Article and photos courtesy of Allan Wort
Posted 10/08/2012 08:33
A most enjoyable final fixture of the Northern Premier League at Halifax on the weekend, saw the club finishing 2nd to Wakefield, securing another season in the Northern premier division.
Nathan Roach led a spirited men's squad, himself having victories in both sprints, a fine 6m 05cm long jump, then winning the 'B' high jump, which featured Seun Okome's winning 1m 94cm performance in the 'A' event. The women were led by Emily Beedham who had a fine 1500m victory following a second in the 3000m. 17 year old Lauren Bowen scored massive points in hurdle races, high jump and triple jump.
Top performance of the day was in the Pole Vault where Matt Cullen soared over 4m 70cm, closely followed by Jack Andrew's 4m 50cm, who then secured a 15.1 pb in the 110m hurdles. Kirsty Law unleashed a superb discus throw of 51m 18cm, which was then matched by John Nichol's 14m 43cm shot.
Final League Tables for 2012.
1 Preston Harriers 18 pts
2 Hull Kingston 17pts
3 Sale Harriers 17pts
4 Wakefield Harriers 15 pts
5 Blackburn Harriers 12 pts relegated
6 Holmfirth Harriers 4pts relegated
(Presented by Team Manager Jack Frost. Full results available on http://www.thepowerof10.info/)
Posted 10/08/2012 08:32
Sale Women's UK Premier League team visited Swansea at the weekend faced with the prospect of relegation. They had to finish sixth to be safe but, for most of the day they were in seventh place. Numerous call offs and an injury on the day were not good omens.
Abigail Irozuru got the team off to a good start by winning the long jump. She also stepped in to cover the 200m and came in a fantastic 3rd! She also did one triple jump to earn us points and ran a leg of the relay. Claire Linskill got valuable points for us also in the triple jump. Jessica Taylor competed in 5 events for the team, long jump, hurdles, high jump and the 2 relays, terrific team support. Abigail Fitzpatrick came in 3rd in a season's best 400m hurdles and filled in for the 100m and 400m relays.
The throws, the backbone of the team once again performed magnificently with a first for Rosie Semenyish backed up with first class performances by Kirsty Law, Alison Rodger, Laura Douglas, Chiara Collins and Brogan Crowley. Brogan also ran in the A 100m hurdles and produced a very good time into a very strong wind. Lucy Evans worked very hard in the 100m, 200m and the relay. With 13 gaps in spite of the team effort we were still in 7th place and relegated but the team really pulled together. Jenna Hill doubled to run in the 1500m and the 400m relay, Emily Beedham did the same and Abigail Fitzpatrick stepped into the 100m relay. Rosie even ran in the A 400m!
Well done to everyone. For the first time in the history of the UK Premier League , the club were seriously faced with relegation and happily avoided it to re-group and return to top league positions next year. (Presented by deputy Team Manager Chris Bartram)
Posted 31/07/2012 12:49
A tremendous team effort ensured that Sale retained the Northern Championship, winning by over 100 points. During the match Sale athletes set three new club records, gained 125 Grade 1 performances, won 71 gold, 21 silver and 29 bronze medals whilst our relay team won 7 out of nine events.
Our most successful team was the U13 girls who won 6 out of 9 events contested. Kelly Chadwick was our most successful athlete winning 3 events with Grade 1 performances and breaking club records for both the 75 m (9.8sec) and 150m, (19.3sec) and now holds 5 club records. Aine Cunningham and Tia Blissett both won 800m events whilst Olivia Green had a tremendous run to win the 1200m with Claudia Cowan in 2nd place with a PB. Maria Mc Polin won the 150m and ran a Grade 1 in 2nd place in 75m. Other Sale winners were Maraid Power (Hurdles) and Rebecca Heys (LJ) whilst Emma Lowe took 3rd place in the shot. Jona Efoloko broke his own club record to win the 100m in 12.0 sec and then completed a sprint double with a Grade 1 performance in the 200m. Ben Moseley had a comfortable win the Long Jump with a Grade 1 performance. Luke Chesters finished runner up in the 800m, a tremendous performance by an athlete still at primary school.
In the U15 age-group Amy Williams won the long jump with a Grade 1 whilst J'Nai Ward jumped a PB of 1.57m (Grade1) to win the high jump. Other Grade 1 performers were Jamal Crawford (LJ), James Ratcliffe (300m) and Toby Adesunloye (300m). Further wins came from Fola Jimi-Oluborde, Lewis Hannan, Matt Ogden, Annabelle Dowd, Nia Obinma and Lauren Sturman.
In the U17 women's events golden girls Alyssia Carr, Gabi George and Beth Bolton each won four gold medals in sprints and hurdles and with 100m winner and Welsh international Elin Jones, formed a dream team which won the sprint relay by a massive margin of 3 seconds ('Fast Girls' indeed!). Chloe Yates improved her PB by 13 seconds in the 1500m to finish 2nd to club mate Megan Davies. Marnie Wells-Nicholls won the high jump and finished 2nd in the long jump. Alexandra Hastie was another high Jump winner and made a promising debut in the pole vault. In the Triple Jump Akenke White and Bucky Ojo were first and second in the 4 x 300m relay, Kelly Lowe made an impressive debut, teaming up with Bucky, Beth and Gabi to win by ten seconds. Our U17 women won ten events to be our highest points scorers.
David Campbell was star of the U17men's events winning g the Pole vault with a Grade 1 performance whilst James Frost was runner up. Nathan Harris and Emmanuel Ajala both ran super fast 11.3 seconds in the 100m and teamed up with Kane Andrews and Joshua Halston to win the relay. Jack Sheldon and Joshua Booth again scored tremendous points for the team in the three heavy throws whilst Denver Morrison-Massey again ran gutsy performances in the 400m and 4 x 400m for bronze medal placing.
Congratulations must go to team managers Karen Lannon and Danny Gray and their assistants and a big thanks to officials, coaches and parents. We now go onto the National final at Sportcity in September to meet the best teams in the country.
(Presented by Coach Peter Shaw. Photographs courtesy of Carl Worthington and Richard Goddard)
Posted 31/07/2012 12:42
The 3rd British Athletics League Premiership match took place at Copthall (again) on Saturday and, while Shaftesbury's victory put paid to any lingering hopes that we might have had of retaining our Premiership crown, another strong showing and hard-earned 3rd place moved us into 3rd position overall in the league and gives us a very good chance of taking 2nd place in the final match in Liverpool on August 18th.
Top 3 finishes are hard to come by on both an individual and team level in a very competitive division, so to score 292 points, take 5 A string wins, 3 B strings and a further 8 top 3 finishes is worthy of celebration.
The A string wins came courtesy of Andy Robertson (100m), Chris Baker (HJ), Andy Sutcliffe (PV), Richard Shuttleworth (Javelin) and debutant Simon Horsfield (3000m). Each was absolutely dominant in their own way, with Andy S winning the vault by 20cm, Chris jumping an outdoor pb of 2.19m and winning by 9cm, Simon controlling the race and galloping clear of the field, Rich winning by 2 and a half metres and Andy R taking the 100m by more than a tenth in 10.52.
Elsewhere, Ian McDonald returned from injury to gain revenge on Chris Baillie in taking the B 110mH, while Nick Gayle took a fine 2nd in the A race. Brian Hall jumped a season's best of 2.05m to win the B high jump, while Matt Bond, not having been training while recovering from a long collegiate season, eased to 3000m B victory. The other top 3 finishes came from Stephen Porter in the B Javelin, after having a busy day filling in in the hammer and discus, Dave Proctor in both the A 800m and 1500m, to continue his remarkable run of results in a Sale vest, Matt Cullen (4.80m) in the vault, James Wignall on debut in the B chase and the long jumpers, both of whom seemed rejuvenated after disrupted early seasons. Jacob Brown took a superb 3rd in the A and was delighted to be back over 7m, while Andy Burgess, battling tonsillitis, also went close to 7m, just falling short with 6.96m, but still finishing a very creditable 2nd in the B.
In other events, useful points were picked up by Rimas Martisauskas in the shot (5th), Jack Andrew in both the shot and discus, Alex Bellis (in the triple jump and hammer!), Ryan Oswald (100m), Nathan Selby (200m), George Caddick (400m), Ben Scarlett (800m), Tom Atkinson (1500m), captain James Bailey (chase and 400mH!), Darren Lewis (400mH), Roy Ejiakuekwu (4x100m), Chris Wakeford (4x400m) and Callum Roughneen (4x400m). James Barratt unfortunately failed to make a valid attempt in the triple jump.
The final league match takes place in Liverpool on August 18th, and with the team lying 3rd overall, just 2.5 points behind Newham and Essex Beagles, the target should be to move into 2nd overall. (Presented by Team Manager Dean Hardman).
Posted 31/07/2012 12:32
The two matches contested this year in the National Junior League for the club's U20 men and women have gone particularly well for the club. The first match was Wavertree on April 29th was abandoned through heavy rain).The second match in Gateshead saw the club narrowly defeated by a mere 8 points from Team Edinborough, but reversed that result at Wakefield last weekend (22nd July), winning by 20pts.
This was deemed one the finest club victories of recent years, with both men and women overcoming gaps in events caused by holidays and injuries, but found the athletes competing performing brilliantly to overcome this deficit. Strong representations in the sprints were led by Roy Ejiakuekwu, Nathan Selby, Callum Roughneen, Zenon Wisniewski , Denver Morrison-Massey and Olivia Callaghan set the scene for exiting relay results. Charlie Hulson, Ryan Moore and Callum Greenwood were the backbone of a dominant middle distance squad.
Multi-events also had a field day. Brogan Crowley, Marnie Wells-Nicholls ( 15.30 hurdles PB) and Alex Wort all had point scoring doubles, but Jack Sheldon had 2 pbs in his Hammer/Discus/Javelin treble, and Joshua Booth scored well in his 3 events. Charlotte Dickinson threw majestically in the Javelin and Discus.
In fact there were many more notable performances, which put the club well in contention of competing in the National Final at Derby on Sunday 9th Sept.
Current League Positions, of the Northern Premier League.
(Presented by team manager Jack Frost. Photographs thanks to www.darkstarphotography.com and Carl Worthington
Posted 31/07/2012 12:30
Sale sent a number of girl's teams to the Cheshire Relay Championships where they met with great success despite stiff competition from ten other clubs. Our teams finished first in two races and runners-up in three more. A well-drilled U13 team of Aimee Page, Rebecca Heys, Tia Blisset and Maria Mc Polin won the sprint relay with some slick baton changing.
In the U15 sprint relay, there was little between the top four teams until the last leg when Amy Williams had a brilliant run to take the championship for Sale and win gold medals for herself and fellow team members Charlotte Worthington, Isobel Reynolds-Duffy and Anabel Kitchen. Amy, Charlotte and Isobel then teamed up with Mattie Yates to win silver medals in the medley relay.
In the U15 3 x 800m relay, the Sale team of Flora Whyte, Hannah Simeen and Catherine Podmore finished runners up to a strong Warrington squad in a race involving eleven teams. Sale were also silver medallists in the U11 3 x 600m relay despite managing to drop the baton at one change-over with Poppy Glasby-Seddon, Beth Thornton and Lizzie Twite runners up to a powerful squad from local rivals Manchester Harriers.
A special thanks to team manager Carl Worthington without whom this team success would not have been possible.
Posted 27/07/2012 10:08
Four Sale Harriers are among the 78 track and field athletes
chosen by the British Olympic Association for the London 2012
Olympic Games and others are selected for their own nations.
Posted 10/07/2012 09:35
The English Schools' summer athletic season reached its pinnacle in Gateshead Stadium at the weekend. Known as the 'Kids' Olympics' for the quality and talent of the competition with many going on to become Britain's top senior athletes, this year's English Schools Championships produced haul of 8 gold medals, two silver and one bronze for club members.
Posted 10/07/2012 09:35
The second fixture of the UK Women's Premier League season held at Windsor was not a too happy occasion, with injuries and late withdrawals hitting the team badly. However there were many highlights, such as Katie Byres winning with a 4m 10cm clearance, which then allows her to focus her mind entirely towards the World Juniors to be held in Barcelona later this month. Emma Perkins 1m 80cm high jump into a headwind was a feature, as was Kirsty Law's 53m 42cm Discus 2nd spot. Kirsty along with Alison Rodger contested 3 throw events with distinction, and Rosie Semenytsh contributed her usual solid javelin throw. Katherine Endacott 11.76secs and 23.64s doubled in the sprints and was happy with her performance, as was Lucy Evans competing in the 'B' races recording 11.97s and 24.07s respectively. Jenna Hill contributed a fine 2m 11.81s 800 metres, and what a welcome sight once again to see Louise Whittaker flowing along in the 3000m for a fine second place in 9m 34.49s. Holly Belch's return to competition after 18 months ran splendidly in both hurdles events. Also Windsor was the scene for debutants, Jasmine Burke ( hammer), Samara Mohtasham (PV) and a very busy Lauren Bowen ( LJ,HJ and TJ) all contributing valuable points.
(Written by deputizing Team manager Jack Frost)
Posted 05/07/2012 09:21
A victory and an Olympic B standard for Alex Smith in the
hammer, a glorious 800m and 1500m double for Dave Proctor and
further A string wins for Andy Robertson and Matt Barnes in 100m
and 3000m were the highlights for the club at the second BAL
Premiership match of the summer at Hendon on Saturday. The team
took a total of 319 points, an incredible 209 of which were from
track events, as they put the troubles of match 1 behind them to
surge up the table and keep slim hopes of retaining the national
title alive. Shaftesbury Barnet won the match and lead the table
with 15 points, ahead of Birchfield in 2nd with 12. City of
Manchester are currently 5th, but only 2 points adrift of second
with two more matches to come.
Posted 05/07/2012 09:17
On Saturday a contingent of eight Sale girls travelled to
Birmingham University to take part in the prestigious British
Milers Club Meeting where they had their first experience of
competing against older athletes in graded competition. Despite
blustery conditions the girls produced 6 PB's including two club
records. Aine Cunningham broke the U13 800m record with 2 minutes
25.29 seconds whilst Ellie Twite ran 4 minutes 58.49 seconds to
break the 1500m record in the same age group. Ciara Lydon, Claudia
Cowan, Hannah Christy and Francesa Brint set new PB's whilst Tia
Blissett and Verity Garnes, who are both still at Primary School,
gained valuable experience in a higher level of competition.
(Written by Peter Shaw)
Posted 03/07/2012 08:12
The second match of the Northern track & field team took
place in Hull on May 26th. The club team had to give way to a very
strong Kingston & Hull squad, but still maintained their
overall leading position in the league.
Posted 03/07/2012 08:11
The pinnacle of the domestic T & F season was this weekend's Aviva Olympic Trials at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium. With over 800 athletes and a close to capacity crowd for Saturday and Sunday, they became the largest trials in British athletics history, and the largest British trials of any Olympic sport this year. Sale Harriers had its portion of best athletes contribute to the weekend of pulsating track and field action.
Congratulations to pole vaulter Kate Dennison who booked her ticket to London 2012 and her second Olympic Games by winning the silver medal behind Holly Bleasdale who again broke the national record. Congratulations also to club coach Julien Rafelli, who's taken Holly to this magnificent pinnacle of her career. He also coaches Andy Sutcliffe who had the finest vault of his career to win his first senior silver medal in a PB of 5:35. Weather conditions may have prevented him also achieving the qualifying standard but good luck as he has his final attempt at the European championships in Helsinki next weekend.
Congratulations also to Alex Smith whose 74.03m hammer throw not only won his the national title but he achieved the Olympic 'B' Standard but will also have to hold his breath to see if he's also selected for London 2012. Another person having to keep her fingers crossed is our javelin thrower Laura Whittingham who also won the silver medal.
Andy Turner (110m) had a disappointing race for the bronze medal. He's already got the qualifying standard but will have to remain on the sidelines to await confirmation. Likewise our long jumper Abigail Irozuru who achieved the qualifying standard a week earlier in a magical PB leap but only managed fourth at the these trials. She's off to the European championships this weekend also to demonstrate her worthiness for selection. The club extends best wishes to all of them and hope their life's dream come true.
Finally, congratulations to Kirsty Law who won bronze in her specialist event, the discus
(Written by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 30/06/2012 09:29
Over the weekend our youngsters represented the club with great success in a number of events. On Saturday at Sportcity, over forty clubs were represented in the four events - Quadrathon and Sale, with three wins and two second places we were the most successful team. Rory Canham won the U15 boy's event with Adam Kinghorn in second place. Anthony Bruton won the U13 competition by over 50 points whilst setting a new record in the shot. Our most successful girl was Tess Mc Hugh who won the U11 competition whilst J'Nae Ward finished second in the U15 girls competition with Charlotte Worthington winning the 100m in a new PB of 13.0 seconds.
On Sunday morning Olivia Green had an outstanding run in the Manchester Parks 3000m road race at Platt Fields, not only winning the U13 girl's race but beating all the girls in the older age groups too.
At Crossford Bridge over 200 athletes took part in the medal meeting. In the U15 age-group, Charlotte Worthington continued her winning ways by winning both sprints, beating team-mates Tayla Saville and Olivia Barnes. Emily Evans won the long-jump with Olivia second, whilst Abbi Smith won the Shot and Discus. Will Scofield was the most successful boy with three victories in the long jump and both sprints.
In the U13 age-group Maria Mc Polin and Anthony Bruton both won 100m events whilst other victories came from Amy Page (LJ), Harry Brown (800m) and Joseph Murphy (Shot). Emma Lowe won two silver medals in the throws. Sam Worthington won the three gold medals in the U11 long jump and both sprints, to bring the family a total to five golds. Behind Sam, other Sale athletes dominated. Brogan Rudman, Darcy Maher, William Preston and Benji Lovell winning the other medals. The highlight of the girl's event was the 800m in which Lizzie Twite, Beth Thornton and Lauren Smith improved their PB's by a large margin.
Over fifty Sale athletes took part in the U9 event with an incredible twenty-eight in the boy's 75m sprints. Kane Saville was a gold medallist in the long jump with Ben Wilson in silver. Oliver Gilgrist won the 50m sprint with Kane third and Sam Jones 4th. Sale dominated the 600m event with Thomas Boyd a clear winner from Ben Wilson, Harvey Davenport, Luke Talbot and Dominic Reid to give the club the first five home. Mckenna Bradshaw was a clear winner of the javelin with Dominic second. Our girls were equally dominant with golds from Alicia Mc Dowell (60m), Melissa Booth (75 & LJ) and Abigail Hewitt (Jav). Our other medallists were Sofija Dragisic-Wood (2 silvers), Holly Harrison (Silver), Ciara Rastery (bronze) and Holly Scholes (bronze). (Compiled by Peter Shaw)
Posted 26/06/2012 17:35
The Aviva U20 & U23 World Championships Trials in Bedford at the weekend brought together the country's best as they vied for a place in the team for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona (10-15 July).
As expected, Sale's talented best were present for this important spectacle. The highpoint of a thrilling weekend came from a Sale harrier - our very own pole-vaulting sensation Katie Byers who set yet another new under 20 Record with a 4.36m leap that's a massive improvement of 16cm over her previous outdoor best and enough to confirm her trip to Barcelona for the World Junior Championships (though she's already earlier qualified).
She wasn't the only one who had a great weekend. Andy Sutcliffe, Britain's No1 U23 pole vaulter who holds a multitude of England titles and who won bronze at the 2012 IAAF World junior championships, is eager to achieve the Olympic qualifying time but bad weather conditions has prevented him. Though he added the England U23 title to his hoard, his 5.20m vault was not quite good enough.
Abigail Haywood is Britain's No3 U23 pole vaulter with two consecutive silver medals already under her belt (and her PB of 4.00m from last year's championships). She went one better to add the U23 gold medal with a vault of 3.74m.
George Caddick is UK No 1 in the U20 rankings. He reinforced his current form to clinch the 400m title in a season's best of 47.25 that was just 1/100th of a second short of his PB set two weeks earlier at the England Closed Championships in Birmingham.
Kirsten McAslan was hoping to achieve the World Junior Championship qualifying time of 53.75 but, unlike last year when she took the silver medal in beautiful conditions and good competition, this year the weather was not good and competition was very weak and though she easily took the U20 title with 1.2 seconds to spare, she missed the qualifying standard. She's the 2010 English Schools 300m Champions and will have a go for the qualifying standard at the Olympic trials next weekend.
Ahtollah Rose: Our England Schools gold and silver triple jump medalist from former years triumphed to another level in winning her first the U/20 triple jump title. She adds this to her silver medal last year and the gold indoor medal last winter plus several other indoor and outdoor triple jump medals.
Daniel Needham, in claiming the U/23 110m hurdles silver medal in a PB of 14.43, had one of his finest ever achievements. Our former English Schools 110m hurdles silver medallist won the U20 bronze medal last year. Josh Ogantayo won the 800m silver medal in 1:52.92 and was not far off his PB from a week earlier at the BMC Gold Standard meeting at Longford Park.
Allan Hamilton is a Scottish long jump multi champion recently joined Sale. He's come with an impressive background in these championships of being the U20 former gold and bronze medallist. He finished equal third in 7.17m to add the bronze medal to his collection
Others who fared well though they did not reach the finals or medal are - (1) Olivia Callaghen - our U17 English School 100m champion is just returning to fitness following surgery and showed an encouraging return with a season's best of 12.39. Aaron Crowley also pulled out a 200m seasons best of 21.98 in the heats (2 ) Danielle Rooney, though 5th in 100m hurdles, had the exhilaration of a PB of 13.96 (3) Jenny Simmons, in fine form, achieved another fantastic PB of 61.61 in the 400m hurdles (4) Abigayle Fitzpatrick, just returned from a tough period of warm weather training in USA, recorded a 400m hurdles season's best of 62.50. (Researched and written by Fechin Mc Cormick. Photography courtesy of John Bulpitt)
Posted 20/06/2012 11:55
Making full use of home advantage Sale maintained their unbeaten run in Young Athletes matches this year, to retain the NW Premier League title and now go on to contest the Northern title as current Northern Champions.
In the U13 age-group our star athlete was Kelly Chadwick who won three events (LJ, sprints) all with Grade 1 performances. This summer Kelly achieved top spot in the UK U13 rankings and holds the club long jump record. Another Grade 1 performance came from UK No.1 ranked Ellie Twite who won the 1200m with Francesca Brint running a PB in second place. Maria Mc Pollin was another Grade 1 winner over 150m whilst Rebecca Heys had a great run to win the 75m. In the 800m Aine Cunningham placed 2nd in the same time as the winner whilst Claudia Cowan in 3rd place ran a new PB. Amy Page jumped a new PB to win a long jump event whilst the sprint relay team of Maria, Rebecca, Kelly and Tia Blisset were clear winners. In the boy's events Ben Moseley won the long jump with a Grade 1 performance and finished runner-up in the 100m and 3rd in the 200m. Anthony Bruton had a busy day winning a 200m event and finishing runner up in both shot and 800m.
Among the U15's Amy Williams had a great weekend. On Saturday, she broke the 20 year old Cheshire Schools Junior long jump record with a 5.81m jump. It was so good; it also beat the intermediate and senior records. At Sportcity the following day, she was our star U15 performer with Grade 1 winning performances in the 100m, high jump and long jump. J'Nae Ward won a high jump event whilst Isabelle Reynolds-Duffy won a 100m event. Jamal Crawford won the long jump with a Grade 1 performance and finished 2nd in the 100m. Kevin Metzger who won 'B' the long jump is such an exciting young athlete. The previous day at the Manchester Schools Championships, this unassuming U15 Harrier did his first ever triple jump competition. His coach, Keith Hunter, had briefly taught him the basics, so he knew he had to run a bit sharpish and then do the hop, skip and jump, but no-one had told him how far he had to go, so he decided that 12.20m was probably adequate. That qualified him for the English Schools Championships next month! Amazing! Both U15 pole vaulters set PB's with Zac Harrop winning with a Grade 1 vault and Jordan Bezzina winning the 'B' event. We had a further double victory in the 1500m events with Euan Gilchrist and Daniel Brint. The throwers also scored good points for the club with wins from Harry Lord (Jav) and Nia Obinma in the discus.
In the U17 events Beth Bolton won the 200m and 300m hurdles. In the 300m Alyssia Carr made a tremendous debut winning the 'B' event with a grade 1 performance of 40.7 seconds. Gaby George ran the same time for the runner-up spot in the 'A' event. Alyssia also won the 100m and finished 2nd in the long jump. Welsh international Elin Jones, who'd recently had the honour of running a leg carrying the Olympic torch, won the 'B' 200m race. The endurance squad of Megan Davies, Rachel Hibberd, Chloe Yates, Hannah Christy and Caithlin Thomas did not drop a point winning six races between them.
The U15G relay team comprising Isabelle, J'Nae, Charlotte and Amy won the 4x100m relay in 50.8secs and are now the No1 U15G relay team in the country.
NB The U15G club record is 50.5secs.
Just as in the currently acclaimed film doing the round of Cinemas, our 'Fast Girls' won all four of the relays. Our 'fast lads' were also in dominant mood with U17's Denver Morrison winning the 400m in a new PB of 50.5 seconds (Grade1) and Nathan Harris (2nd), Emmanuel Ajala (2nd) and Kobefo Ntabejane (1st) in excellent form in the short sprints before teaming up to win the sprint relay. David Campbell won the pole vault and Josh Booth scored excellent points in the throws. A special mention should go to Jimmy Castle who doubled up in the 3000m and steeplechase to ensure that he not only covered more ground than anyone else but probably woke up on Monday morning with very tired legs.
Thanks to the team managers, coaches, officials and the photographers all of whom contributed so much to the success of Sale Harriers. (Photographs courtesy of www.hsphotos.co.uk , Carl Worthington and Anthony Barbet. Article compiled by Peter Shaw).
Posted 19/06/2012 09:54
The first men and women Premier T & F league match of the season was a combined fixture that took place at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham at the weekend. It provided a keen tussle behind 2011 champions Birchfield Harriers, with Windsor Slough & Eton just edging us out for 2nd spot. Last minute withdrawals and an unfortunate hamstring injury to pole vaulter Abigail Haywood contributed to the 3rd spot, but brilliant performances by our girls throughout the day were features of the afternoon.
Posted 19/06/2012 09:54
Against strong opposition from Salford Met, Bury AC, Spenborough AC, St. Helen's AC, Bolton H &AC, West Cheshire AC, Crewe & Nantwich AC, Halton & Frodsham AC, Sale girls took part in six relays at the Tom Pink event at Sportcity, winning four and finishing runners-up in the other two. The best Sale performance came in the U13 girls 5000m continuous relay where a team of Ellie Twite, Meg Mc Hugh, Francesca Brint, Aine Cunningham and Olivia Green not only lapped all the other teams but set a new national record of 13:58.00. The same girls had previously won the 'up-and-over' obstacle relay and finished runners-up in the sprint relay, giving each girl two AAA gold and one AAA silver medal. Not to be outdone, the U11 teams containing Niamh Nugent, Beth Thornton, Tess Mc Hugh and Lizzie Twite won the sprint relay and finished runners-up in the obstacle race whilst each girl was awarded a gold badge for the distance they covered in a two minute endurance challenge. All the girls also took part in the pentathlon award an event in which Adam Kinghorn gained a gold award.
Overall Sale athletes won
18 AAA Gold medals
9 AAA Silver medals
4 Gold Endurance Badges
3 Gold pentathlon badges
2 Silver Pentathlon badges
5 Bronze Pentathlon Badges
...........plus enough certificates to paper a wall..
The most successful individual athletes were Meg Mc Hugh and Aine Cunningham with 5 medals/badges each whilst the Mc Hugh sisters (Meg & Tess) with 9 medals/badges just outscored the Twite sisters (Ellie and Lizzie) who won 8 to ensure family bragging rights.
A special thanks to Graham Marshall, Callum Rowlinson, and Barry Hanson who helped organise the event and was the brainchild of George Brummer.
Posted 12/06/2012 10:15
The first BAL league match of any season is always a difficult
fixture and this year's was no exception. Fixture clashes with the
BMC Elite meeting at Watford and the following day's Bedford
International Games meant that while we had many of our regular
team competing, we were also forced to "fill in" in some events. In
the highly competitive Premier Division, this was always going to
result in an uphill struggle and so it proved. Held as a combined
match with the women in the UK Premier league at Alexander stadium,
Birmingham, the men's team finished 6th, ahead of Kent AC and
Sheffield, but behind Liverpool, Woodford Green, Newham and Essex
Beagles, Shaftesbury Barnet and the winners, Birchfield.
Placings are in their heats, not overall.
Posted 11/06/2012 14:17
This weekend saw the English Closed Championships incorporating the Midlands and North of England Championships plus separate Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Championships. As usual we had a number of medallists. On another busy weekend for T & F, Sonia Samuels as a member of Team GB in the European Cup 10,000m at Bilbao (Spain) recorded a season's best of 33:11.53. There were also other top club performances abroad.
Kelly Massey just missed her PB with 52.46 and Olympic 'B' standard of 52.35 and sprinter Lucy Evans represented Wales in the 100m & 200m
At home, four new club records were also produced by our youngsters at the Trafford Open meeting. Congratulations to Ellie Twite whose superb 1200m race in 2:44.96 not only places her on top of the national rankings and fifth fastest ever but is also a club record. Her 800m time of 2.27.6 at Bebington on 20th May is also respectable enough to be considered a club record being very nearly two seconds under AAA Grade 1. At the same meeting Aine Cunningham's 800m of 2:26.46 is an U13 club record and Jona Efoloko recorded two new U13 club sprints records - 12.21 for the 100m and 24.69 for the 200m. (We ask readers to scrutinize the new youth's club records list on the website).
Gold: Abigail Haywood Pole Vault 3.82m
Gold: Matt Cullen Pole Vault 4.62m
Gold: Sarah Holt Hammer 68.50 (SB)
Silver: Nick Gayle 100m Hurdles 14.00
Silver: Christopher Wakeford 400m Hurdles 51.16
Silver: Chris Baker High Jump
Silver: Abigail Irozuru Long Jump 5.96m
Silver: Rosie Semenytsh Javelin 46.60m
Bronze: Laura Whittingham Javelin 45.01m
Season's best: Jenna Hill 800m 2:10.81
Season's best: Emily Beedham 1500m 4:46.00
Gold: Kirsten Mc Aslan 400m 54.76
Gold: Alison Rodger Shot 14.15m
Gold: Kirsty Law Discus 52.02m
Silver: Ryan Oswald 100m 11.25
Silver; Allan Hamilton Long Jump 7.39m (SB)
Bronze: Holly Belch 100m Hurdles 15:10 (SB)
Bronze: Elin Jones U17 100m 12.48
Posted 05/06/2012 23:25
Vila Real De St Antonio, Portugal. The European Champion Clubs Cup Group 'A'. Sale Harriers Manchester. Unfinished business. It was 4 years ago that, having won the British Athletics League, the club's men's team won group B of the European Cup in the pleasant Portuguese coastal town and after that fine victory, hopes were high that we might return the following year reap the rewards of our endeavours and to mix it with the continent's best clubs. Unfortunately, a 3rd place finish in the 2008 BAL meant that it was Newham and Essex Beagles who were able to grasp that opportunity.
Fast forward 4 years and, with a much changed squad, City of Manchester were finally able to take their place amongst Europe's elite. Having witnessed the standard of this competition 4 years ago, we knew that finishing in the top 6 and outside of the relegation places was the primary target, but with a youthful but high quality team, hopes were high of a successful weekend of competition.
12 of the team arrived in Portugal on the Thursday before the match and quickly set about acclimatising to the conditions, with the chief concern being the lack of freely available wifi internet connections. Most of the rest of the squad arrived on the Friday, inconvenienced but not perturbed by the airport delays caused by air traffic control strike action and ready to perform in the two-day competition.
First up for the team in the field was Alex Smith, who was up against some high quality competitors in the hammer. He wasn't overly happy with his 71m68, but his 4th place was excellent, especially considering that he was up against the European silver medallist and the 2009 world bronze medallist.
First on the track was Chris Wakeford in the 400mH, with David Hughes having had to withdraw through injury. Chris has made huge strides, literally, this year and showed how much he has improved by taking some big scalps to place third. The TV interviewer assumed he had international experience and would likely be going to the European Championships this summer. If Chris was any nationality other than British, he probably would be.
One of the highlights of the weekend was a fine victory for Andy Robertson over the experienced Italian, Simone Collio, who is a veteran of many major championships. That it was by just 1/100th of a second and was 10.24w was extremely impressive. Unfortunately, his winning streak didn't stretch to the card school later in the weekend. Carl Dickinson, back from injury and taking nicely to the roles of chief motivator, entertainer, dancer and spiritual leader for the team, ran 10.76 for 2nd in the guest race, while Ryan Oswald also blew away the cobwebs with a guest run out.
Nick Samuels, in good form only the previous weekend, then had an inexplicable blow-up in the 1500m, feeling drained of energy despite a relatively slow pace, but, to his credit, ensuring he completed the race to earn the team a point.
By this point, Nick Newman, making a rare visit to Europe, had completed his long jump competition. Hampered by gusting winds behind, he jumped a very solid 7m40 to take 6th place in a competition won in 8m21 by the Spaniard Meliz and in which multiple global triple jump medallist Marian Oprea could only manage 5th.
By now it was apparent that the gusting winds were really hampering all the runners besides the short sprinters, but 17-yar-old Clovis Asong stepped up to take on some very experienced competitors, including at least 4 with quicker bests than him and a Russian who had ran 45 seconds not that long ago. Showing no fear, Clovis ran in his customary style to take a superb 4th place in 48.01. Earlier, George Caddick, also 17, and Josh Oguntayo, the veteran at 18, had ran well in a guest 400m, George winning the race by a street in 48.2.
Gareth Raven may be at the other end of the age spectrum, but he ran a very sensible race in his first track appearance for over a year to take 6th place, comfortably ahead of the Czech athlete in 7th.
In the field, Rimas Martisauskas found himself throwing the Shot against some very accomplished athletes, with the top 2 athletes throwing well over 20m and third place throwing "only" 19m29. Rimas therefore produced the maximum one might have expected from him to take 4th with a strong 17m66.
Chris Baker, making his debut for the club, jumped an outdoor personal best of 2m14 to place 5th in the high jump, where again, a good quality field meant that the first 4 were all over 2m20. He appeared to settle in well with the rest of the squad, combining odd socks with a hat worn at a jaunty angle.
The final event of the first day was the 4x100m, where at least 50% of Italy's national side prevailed in 39.56. A team comprising of Carl Dickinson, who prowled about at the start like Presto's answer to Maurice Greene and appeared to engage in an altercation with an official, Chris Craig, Ryan Oswald and Andy Robertson ran 40.64 for 5th, narrowly missing out on 3rd and edging out 6th thanks to an Andy Robertson dip.
All this meant that at the end of day 1 we were ahead of schedule in 4th place, just one point clear of the Portuguese, with the Turks ominously waiting in 6th.
Day 2 began with Andy Sutcliffe in the vault. He wisely entered he competition at 4m80 and cleared at the third attempt, but subsequently struggled with a fierce cross wind. The fact that a Russian with best in excess of 5m70 could only manage 5m tells its own story. Thankfully the 4m80 was good enough for 6th place.
Nick Gayle had been inked in to run the 110mH but had had to withdraw on the Wednesday with a swollen knee. Luckily his replacement was European and Commonwealth Champion and 2011 World Bronze medallist Andy Turner, who endured a torrid day of travel after competing just 48 hours earlier in Ostrava to turn out for the team. It was worth it, as he broke the championship record in searing to victory in a season's best 13.41. Hopefully there will be even more to come later in the year.
In the absence of any of our specialist discus throwers, Rimas volunteered to throw and produced a personal best of 46m00 in what was, according to the European Athletics website, the best competition of the weekend.
Team captain, James Bailey, had been feeling under the weather all week and the last thing he probably needed was a 3000m steeplechase in searing heat and with gusting winds every lap, but he put his body on the line and ran extremely sensibly to take 6th. The Turkish team had a suspiciously high number of Kenyan names in their squad, and their man won the chase as they began a charge up the table.
Niall Brooks followed James and, unfortunately, mirrored his health, but did also mirror his placing. With the Swiss and the Czech athletes consistently placing in the bottom two, a 6th place finish at a minimum was looking increasingly assured.
Ben Williams, Stoke's leading Pokemon player and fashion guru, made a safe start to his triple jump competition, recording a very decent jump of 15m43 in the first round. He was then the victim of a freak incident in which a rival threw a spike at him, causing him to twist his ankle and putting paid to further progress. Still, again, he finished above the Czech and Swiss athletes.
Chris Craig, never shy to walk around in a state of semi undress, ran the 200m and produced a season's best of 21.45 for, you guessed it, 6th. The final three events of the day brought with them three strong fifth places. Matt Hunt, returning from a year of injury hell, started to find some rhythm and produced a promising 61m55, while Dave Proctor ran a tactically superb 3000m only to be edged out in the final burn up but still came away with 8:19.26 to pip the Portuguese athlete.
The final event of the match was a keenly contested 4x400m, in which our team was the youngest in the race by some distance. A team of Clovis, Chris Wakeford (the old man at 22), Josh and George ran 3:14.35, the club's best for some time and only 1/100th from 4th.
In the final reckoning, the team ended up in 6th place overall, avoiding the dreaded 7th place by a massive 36 points, which was a fantastic achievement. In truth, there were three separate competitions taking place: a three way battle for 1st, a three way battle (involving us) for 4th, and a fight for bragging rights between the final two teams. That we held our own in such exalted company should be cause for celebration and, indeed, was, although a report of the post race activities is probably best left for another time (Written by team manager Dean Hardman)
Posted 29/05/2012 14:57
Sale again scored a resounding victory in the second round of the YAL (held at Bebington) with a club record of 994 points. Maria Mc Polin and Rebecca Heyes won the 75m races. In the 100m Nathan Harris, Prosper Declan,Nia Obinma, Joha Efoloko, Elin Jones, Alyssia Carr and Isabelle Reynolds-Duffy all won.
Sale also dominated the 200m sprints with wins from Joshua Halson, Kamer Thompson, Jona Efoloko, Ben Mosely and J'Nay Ward, whilst Twana Gardener, Charlotte Worthington and Beth Bolton finished runners up. In the 300m Gaby George (1st), Beth Bolton (2nd) and Fola Jimi Oluborode (2nd) all ran personal bests. Denver Morrison also recorded a PB to win the 400m.
PB's were also the order of the day in the 800m with Eleanor Twite (1st), Rachel Hibberd (1st), Euan Gilchrist (2nd), Anthony Bruton (2nd), Catherine Podmore (2nd) and Alice Bruce (3rd) whilst Megan Davis recorded a seasons best in winning her event. In the 1200m races, Francesca Brint and Frankie Hacker-David both finished runners up with new PB's. Abigail Fitton and Adam Roden both recorded personal bests in winning 1500m races. Congratulations to Hannah Christy on winning the 3000m on her debut at the distance. In the hurdle races, PB's were recorded by Darnell Bell, Oliver Mc Cormick, Ross Mc Cormick, Harry Lord and Lydia Randles whilst Alyssia Carr finished runner up in a fast time of 12.10. Well done to Kalid Absiyeh for running PB's in both 800m and steeplechase.
In the high jump, Chris Bradley (2nd), Nia Obinma (1st), Fola Jimi Oluborode (1st), Amy Williams (2nd) and Meg Mc Hugh (1st) set PB's whilst Marnie Wells- Nicholls, Alex Hastie and J'Nay-Ward won their events with excellent performances. In the pole vault David Campbell scored a comfortable victory whilst James Frost, Jordan Bezzina and Serena Mohtasham all recorded new PB's. Long Jump victories came from Rory Canham, Ben Mosley, Amy Williams, Zenny Enechi, Kelly Chadwick and Amy Page. Amy Williams and Kelly Chadwick now head the national rankings for this event. Liam Mc Clean, Dwain Bell and Jade Clarke won triple jump events with Akenke White runner up.
Anthony Bruton won the shot with a new PB whilst Emma Lowe also recorded a new PB. Annabele Dowd (1st), Jack Sheldon (2nd) and Joshua Booth (1st) performed well in the discus events. Harry Lord was a clear winner in the javelin whilst Joshua Booth (2nd) and Jack Sheldon (1st) gained good points in the hammer.
Sale can next look forward to a home match at Sportcity on June 17th and possibly a history making score of over a 1000 points.(Compiled by Peter Shaw & photographs courtesy of Carl Worthington)
Posted 23/05/2012 20:01
Sale started their defence of the Northern League title with a resounding victory at Blackburn, winning the match by a massive 170 points. The standard of performance was high with 22 Grade 1 performances, nine by Sale athletes.
In the U13 events, Jonah Efoloko won the hurdles and both sprints with Grade 1's in the sprints and he also contributed to a sprint relay team that won by a margin of three seconds. Further victories came from Anthony Bruton (800m & Shot), Ben Mosley (LJ & 200m), Darnell Dell (Hurdles) and Luke Chesters (1500m). Star girl was Kelly Chadwick with two Grade 1 performances (LJ & 150m) and a fantastic last leg in the relay to bring her team home in first place. Meg Mc Hugh and Neve Cotton had HJ victories whilst Meg also achieved a Grade 1 in second place in the hurdles. Aine Cunningham won the 800m with a Grade 1 performance whilst Tia Blissett won the 'B' race. Another Grade 1 winning performance came from Ellie Twite in the 1200m with Olivia Green winning the 'B' race with a new PB and another Grade 1 performance. Eight Grade 1 performances by U13 athletes is an incredible achievement for the club.
The only other Grade 1 performance for Sale was in the U15 girls where English Schools Champion Amy Williams won the long jump. Amy also won the high jump and ran a storming last leg to win the relay. Further victories came from Isobelle Reynolds-Duffy (100m), Tayloa-Seville (100m), J'Nay Ward (200m), Annabell Dowd (Discus), Sophie Ullah (Shot) and Annabell Kitchen (LJ). U15 winners amongst the boys were Prosper Declan (100m), Harry Lord (Javelin), James Radcliffe (300m), Rory Canham (Hurdles), Adam Kinghorn (800m), Jarred Newton (Javelin) and Matt Ogden (Pole Vault).
Star of the U17 women's team was Alyssia Carr with three wins (200m, LJ & Hurdles). Further victories came from Chloe Yates (800m) Gaby George (100m & 200m), Lydia Randles (hurdles), Jade Clarke (LJ & TJ), Rachel Hibberd (3000m), Caitlin Thomas (3000m), Eleanor Vickers (300m hurdles), Megan Davies (1500m), Abi Fitton (1500m), Tawana Gardner (300m), Eleanor Canham (300m) whilst Lydia, Chloe, Tawana and Bucky Ojo won the 4 x 300m relay by the massive margin of twelve seconds. Nathan Harris won both sprints in the U17 event whilst Chris Bradley high-jumped a massive 1m87cms for 2nd place. Further victories came from Ross Mc Cormick (Hurdles), Josh Halston (Hurdles), Jack Sheldon (Hammer 7 discus) and Emmanuel Ajala (HJ).
In all Sale turned out 86 athletes who, between them, won 62 events between them including seven relays. The next match at Wirral on Sunday may 20th
1st Sale Harriers 904
2 Liverpool 730
3rd Wirral AC 639
4th Blackburn H 617
5th Crewe & Nantwih 536
6th West Cheshire 427
(Thanks to coach Peter Shaw for compiling this report and to club photographer Harry Shakeshaft (www.hsphotos.co.uk) for the photographs
Posted 09/05/2012 00:20
The combined senior men and women's team, competing as City of Manchester, had a very successful start to the season in First Division of the North of England Track and Field League. The first match of the season took place at Blackburn, who have been our main rivals over the past few seasons. The team recorded an excellent first place victory by over 30 points from Preston in second. This was a great result as the team aims to retain the title they won last year for the first time since the men and women's teams combined. The team was a mix of experienced athletes, some taking the opportunity to open their season ahead of the National league starting at the end of the month, and also athletes who were new to the team, some still juniors who acquitted themselves well against the senior opposition.
The women's team lacked in numbers but those that competed gave their all and ensured they scored highly for the team. Brogan Crowley, Jasmine Burke and newcomer to the club and track running Sarah Harris were all rewarded with PB's, while Emily Beedham, Alison Pye and Laure Douglas were all pleased with how they opened the season. Nicola Cahill, Connie Briggs, Lauren Bowen and Charlotte Dickinson must all be congratulated on the points they scored across the events in which they competed.
The men were hardly ever outside the top 2 positions across the afternoon, with excellent performances too many to mention individually. The men dominated the competition across the majority of the events, achieving high standards and the whole team must be congratulated for the excellent start to the season which can only bode well for what's to come this year. Matt Cullen's 4m 70cm clearance in the pole vault stands out as a top performer, along with Darren Hammond's 2m 00cm high Jump, plus a plethora of fine spinters who dominated the proceedings up to 400m, whilst Jack Andrew, Joe Lancaster, John Nicholls and Segii Sareyev were majestic in the throws.
Thanks must also be given to the officials who endured the ever changing weather conditions and ensured we gained a full complement of points towards our total score. Full results for all events are available of the North of England website. The second match of the season takes place in Hull on the 26th May, where we aim to maintain our first place in the league standings. (Presented by team manager Alison Pye. Photos courtesy of Harry Shakeshaft (www.hsphotos.co.uk).
Posted 09/05/2012 00:19
Results from the recent meeting at Sportscity on the 14th April 2012, can be found at:-
Posted 16/04/2012 10:31
Two of Sale's multi events training group, Jasmin Dotzek and Alex Wort, produced personal best performances for Great Britain against strong teams from France and Spain during the indoor international held at Cardiff's national indoor arena last weekend. Jasmin to record a huge event improvement to 3725 points and fifth place behind the hugely impressive Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Alex to 4760 points in the Men's heptathlon.
The second day of the competition saw Jasmin execute a stunning 60m hurdles run to open her day with a new personal best of 9.03s then follow this with an electrifying High Jump best that was full of drive and commitment. Shot Putt and Long Jump performances close to her bests set earlier this year left her in a good position going into the gruelling 800m closing event at which she powered through to another new personal milestone and put the cap on a memorable competitive day.
Quite a pleasure and privilege for Jasmin to finish as second Brit and overall sixth place in the U23 Women's section to Johnson-Thompson who delivered a stunning succession of marks that culminated in the best total ever by a British woman indoors at her age and only ten points off Kluft's world age group record.
In the U20 Men's competition, an exceptional French team and strong Spanish team showed on the first day why they expected to leave the young and developing British squad far behind them with a string of outstanding sprinting and jumping marks that Alex and the other British competitors struggled to match. Yet he still produced four performances of solid standing that included a personal best in the 60m and started the second day in combative mood, determined not to let anyone get away without a battle.
And so it proved as he started on a series of personal best discipline performances that lasted all day. The mornings 60m hurdles saw him push the best French and Spanish sprinters all the way and landing himself fifth place. He followed this with a gritty Pole Vault competition in which he moved his personal best upwards to 4m15 and earned third place leaving just the 1000m run to end the day. Another gutsy run achieved a personal best time of 2min48.95 to finish the day on a high note.
Overall the French team just managed to beat the Great Britain team by as much as they in turn defeated the Spanish team but the standards of competition on display all weekend proved to be so high that records and personal bests were tumbling at every turn. Our two representatives should feel proud to have contributed to such a fine competition.
Posted 02/04/2012 23:09
On the Indoors, big congratulations to Katia Lannon who won the Scottish indoor multievents a couple of weeks ago and last weekend also won intercity multi events. Katia was one of the country's most promising young multi-events athletes but injury blighted her blossoming career.
Two of team Bartram's U17 athletes have also been in action. Lydia Randles competed at the AAA's in Birmingham in the 60mh competition In the 4th heat she improved her PB and qualified for the semi's. Running in the fastest semi spurred her to improve her lifetime best yet again and just missed the final qualifying time by 300th of a second.
At the National Indoors combined events last weekend, Marnie Wells - Nicholls started the day in impressive form registering the first of a string of PB's in the 60mh, high jump, shot put and long jump. Together the PB's gave Marnie a new improved indoor pentathlon points PB an increase of 283 points. She finished a credible 5th overall nationally and 3rd in the North.
Lydia, still feeling the effects of the AAA the weekend before, didn't really get going. A good 60mh started the day off followed by A PB in high jump. She finished with an improved indoor pentathlon points PB of 343pts.
Well done!! 2pb'S (Compiled by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Posted 09/03/2012 11:45
Britain's best athletes gathered at the weekend at Sheffield's EIS Arena for the National indoor Championships with the crème de la crème seeking qualification for the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul in March. It was a weekend of outstanding performances and Sale Harriers had as many as twenty athletes in the finals with several featured in the televised programme.
Our World Junior Bronze medallist, pole vaulter Andy Sutcliffe was the club's highpoint of the first day's competition when he moved into the big time winning his first senior UK title with a fantastic PB of 5m55cms and beating UK's No.1 in the process. "I'm really chuffed" he said, "I never wasn't expecting to go so high"
Seventeen year old Katie Byres also vaulted to a UK Junior record of 4m37cms and took the senior silver medal. It was also a fantastic weekend for club coach Julien Rafelli, who not only brought these two young athletes to the pinnacle of their success, but also coaches Britain's No 1 Holly Bleasdale who broke the stadium record and came within a whisker of breaking the world record.
European U23 bronze medallist, Andy Robertson, in the 60m, also moved his blossoming career onto the big time. Lined up among the heavyweights of the sprinting world, he pushed to the line Britain's No 1 sprinter, Dwain Chambers; took all the others as scalps, and though he just missed out on the gold medal he recorded a fantastic PB of 6.61(he'd also recorded a PB in the semi-final) that booked him his ticket to Istanbul. Andy's now won three age group National titles, two at U17 (60m and 200m) and one junior title 960m). He's also got a bronze medal from the European U23 100m Championships last year, as well as relay silver
Former commonwealth Youth Champion Abigail Irozuru also made a big breakthrough in the long jump in adding 10cms to her PB in taking the silver medal with a leap of 6m44cms. (Compiled by Fechin Mc Cormick)
Others who made the Finals were....
Posted 16/02/2012 09:09
At the Celtic Cup in Cardiff, Roy Ejiakuekwu grabbed some of the limelight from his training partner Clovis Asong. He recorded double wins in both 60m (in which he was a guest) and 200m. He also destroyed the field in his leg of the 200m leg relay and set up the win for the team. Ahtollah Rose was also a guest athlete in the triple jump. Her jump of 12.30m gave her an unofficial second place behind Nonny Mordi from Scotland
At the inter-City Challenge in Sheffield, Roy Ejiakuekwu again displayed his fine form in the 200m. He was narrowly beaten into second place by Conrad Williams (coached by Linford Christie), with a new indoor PB of 21.67. Conrad is 10 years Roy's senior, with Roy just turned seventeen
James Davies (U23 Long Jump) finished 5th. He unfortunately had five no jumps and got one safe jump in of 7.10cm. It was a frustrating day because he was jumping the furthest but kept fowling. Clovis Asong had a wake up call when he finished 3rd in the 400m even though he ran a new indoor PB of 48.18
International Jess Taylor, part of the GB team who won bronze medals at the recent multi-events International in Prague, again recorded her best series of jumps since changing her coach
This weekend these athletes will again feature in the Senior AAA as they've been invited to compete. Roy will feature in the 200m, Clovis in the 400m, James Davies in the Long jump and Ahtollah Rose in the Triple Jump
Posted 06/02/2012 16:51
During November/December 2011 and January 2012 Sale Harriers Manchester Primary section took part in the Greater Manchester Sports Hall League competing against 11 other athletics clubs at Sports city Manchester. The club entered athletes from the U11, U13 and U15 age groups competing in sprints, jumps throws and relay events. All athletes performed brilliantly leading the teams to
U11 boys coming 3rd overall
U11 girls coming 4th overall
U 13 and U15 athletes competed as individuals.
U 11 boys: Alex Newman, Nathan Booth, Ben Gilgrist, Brogan Rudman and Harry Boyd
U11 girls: Poppy Glasby-Seddon, Scarlet Whittaker, Stephanie Austin, Bethany Thornton, Eve Taylor and Anna Wilson
U13 Girls: Emma Lowe, Lucy Glasby-Seddon, Chloe Taylor.
U13 Boys: Jack Daly, Jacob Findell
U15 Girls: Megan Daly, Erin Taylor Annabel Dowd and Lauren Sturman
U15 Boys: Josh Booth
From the three league meetings, Alex Newman and Brogan Rudman were picked to represent Greater Manchester. On Sunday 29th January 2012, all the above athletes entered into the G.M.A - a county championship meeting with medals up for grabs. Sale had a successful day.
U15 Lauren Sturman won gold in Shot Putt
U15 Annabel Dowd won silver in Shot Putt
U15 Josh Booth won gold in Shot Putt
U11 Stephanie Austin won gold in Vertical Jump
U11 boys relay team won Bronze Alex Newman, Ben Gilgrist, Brogan Rudman and Harry Boyd.
Well done to all athletes that took part.
Posted 06/02/2012 08:50
Sale Harriers had a most successful outing to Sheffield over the weekend of January 14-15th. We had forty five athletes compete, coming away with 27 medals, clocking up two championship best performances, five gold medals, eight silver and thirteen bronze medals.
The first of two championship records came from Amy Williams, who first won the U15 long jump two years ago at age 12, broke the long standing record last year and improved it by 18cm this year for the hat-trick. Then came our recent and very welcome member, Kirsten McAslan, who smashed the U20 400m CBP by over two seconds, winning in 54.35. Tyra Watson and Cherisse Walley followed very close behind to give Sale 1-2-3.
Sale's U20 speed merchants, who took the limelight at the EIS stadium, was the ever-reliable Roy Ejiakuekwu, winning two gold medals. He comfortably cracked the seven second barrier in the U20 men's 60m, to clock 6.94, leading a field that included five (five!) SHM athletes out of eight starters. Gold number two came in the 200m, where he narrowly beat team-mate Nathan Selby to win in 22.01with Nathan reporting a massive pb of 22.03secs.
European and Commonwealth U17 400m champion, Clovis Asong moved into the U20 category with some style. Running majestically in third place with sixty metres to go, trapped behind two star performers who looked to be fighting it out for gold, he took the long way round, coming from behind with thirty metres to go, to win in 48.43, his courage and fitness winning the race, but the tactical error might have cost him the record.
Darren Hammond's 2m 05cm high jump proved too good for the opposition and he retained his senior men's high jump title with an identical performance...metronomic!
Silver medals are always impressive, but this year there were two outstanding examples: James Barratt equalled the previous CBP in the triple jump (14.37m) which would have been good enough for gold in any other year. Similarly, English Schools champion Ahtollah Rose was beaten in the U20 triple jump by just two centimetres - by the Junior World Champion who needed a CBP to beat Ahtollah. So close!
Big PB's were registered by James Barratt ( 14m 37cm) in the U/20 Triple jump; David Campbell soared over 3m 90cm in the U/17 pole vault; Jenna Hill added the 3000m silver to last year's 1500m silver medal with a fine PB of 9:47.92; Zenon Wisnewski 7.24/22.81 secs; Nathan Harris 7.36/23.53 secs; Chris McGahan 4m 06.51secs, Daniel Needham 8.36secs 60m Hurdles, Marnie Wells -Nichols 9.27secs U/20 hurdles, and Lydia Randles 9.35secs U/17 hurdles.
Sale Harriers Manchester is proud of all its members who represented the club in the Northern Championships and especially of the medallists:
Compiled by Jack Frost and Anthony Barber)
Posted 18/01/2012 14:47
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
The second club promoted indoor meeting at Sportcity at the weekend was another successful day, with a fine entry and good athletics.
Nyef Abed led the sprinters with a 6.93sec clocking. Allyn Condon 7.28secs slow by his standards, but nevertheless our Olympian was a most welcome participant. Kevin Metzger (U/15) flew to a Pb of 8.04secs and Kelly Chadwick (U/13) registered a Pb of 8.40secs.
Jennifer Simmons graced the 400 metres with a new pb of 57.21 secs. Race of the day was the 600m, won by Richard Yates in 79.20secs. Clovis Asong was 3rd with a pb of 79.91secs, and Josh Oguntayo was just a shade off his best clocking 80.74secs. A really cracking race led by Clovis with Yates and Sam Dykes only out strenghening Clovis over the last 20 metres.
Tyra Watson flowed round in 97.93secs and Remelo Edwards (U/17) ran 91.33secs for a new pb. The Pole Vault featured Matt Cullen clearing 4m 55cms, then narrowly missing 4m 80cm. Spectators were treated to the sight of Luke Cutts ( Dearnside ALC) attempting 5m 50cms - an awesome sight indeed. Welcome pbs from Alex Wort 4m 10cm and David Campbell 3m 65cm, backed up by Jacob Sutcliffe's 3m 50cm. Lloyd Robbins (U/17) impressed with a 6m 47cm long jump and Darren Hammond mixed his 1m 95cm High Jump victory with a 6m 06cm long jump. Both Chris Rushton (5m 85cm) and Kelly Chadwick ( 4m 70cm) enjoyed pbs. The Shot saw Joshua Booth (U/17) 10m 29cms, Lydia Randles (8m 38cm) and Amy Williams (U/15) 8m 58cm all performing well.
The next fixture on Sun Jan 8th needs extra helpers. Contact Morris Jefferson or Jack Frost to register your assistance. (Presented by Jack Frost)
Posted 15/01/2012 13:45
Over a rainy and windswept weekend in Exeter, three young athletes from Chris Bartram's training squad competed very well in this prestigious end-of-season event, the jewel in the crown of the English Schools Athletic Association multi-events competitions. Composed of highly talented county qualifiers from all over the country, the championships once again supplied fields of thirty to forty competitors in all age groups from junior through intermediate to senior for both sexes.
In the Senior Girls heptathlon category Brogan Crowley achieved a set of performances that added up to a well-deserved bronze medal. Never out of the top three positions after her blistering first event, Brogan battled an ankle injury along with a disrupted preparation period to produce two personal bests in the 100m Hurdles and Shot Putt and leave all but two or three of her fellow competitors trailing in her wake. In the lead overnight, she approached the final three events in the heptathlon with trepidation as the Long Jump would test her ankle to the limit and despite producing a fine Javelin throw that won that event nevertheless the final gruelling 800metres saw the injury and the weekend catch up on her to leave her only on the podium not on top of it. This is a terrific result for Brogan as only this year did she advance to the Under 20 age group and her medal and performance must give her confidence that next year she will have a tremendous chance to take the title.
Her counterpart in the Senior Boys Decathlon, Alex Wort, nearly achieved exactly the same result. He produced a set of first day performances that included four new personal bests (100m, Long Jump, High Jump and 400m) and a 200 point first day record that left him in fifth place overnight and with every expectation of rising the two places to a podium finish given his relative strength in the second day events compared to his competitors. All was going well after he produced yet another new personal best in the first event of the day, the 110m Hurdles, but problems with the wet circle in the Discus and a failure to register a height in the Pole Vault in the windy conditions scuppered his run at a medal. He finished the remaining events strongly to complete in a very creditable eighth place, a fine performance as he again has a chance to contest this event next year, but left rueing what might have been.
Lydia Randles qualified to compete for Cheshire in the Intermediate Girls heptathlon and as one of the younger competitors was looking forward to the weekend as good experience for a tilt at the top places next year yet it transpired that she played a key role in the team taking a deserved silver medal in the team competition. In a full field of top-flight competitors, Lydia was positive in all her efforts and was rewarded with solid improvements to her personal bests in 80m Hurdles and Shot Putt. This would in itself have been a useful exercise but as the fourth Cheshire team member she became aware on the second day that the team needed her to step-up and become the third counting competitor and she managed this successfully against Lincolnshire and Sussex teams that pushed all the way to the line. Taking her place in the medal presentation capped a successful year for the group and left everyone eager to enter winter training schedules with vigour in order to prepare fully for next year.
(Compiled by Alan Wort)
Posted 15/01/2012 13:42
At the weekend's NW Schools Championships the Sale Harriers youngsters claimed one individual victory and in two other age-groups and completed several runners in the top ten.
Ciara Lydon (Loreto Grammar) won the junior girls with Francesca Brint (Altrincham Grammar) third, Claudia Cowan 6th (Loreto Grammar) and Alice Bruce (Altrincham Grammar) 7th .These were great runs all the more so that Francesca and Claudia were running a year young.
In the inter-girls age-group, the club had Catherine Podmore finish 2nd and Hannah Simeen 6th, representing Altrincham Grammar. Caithlin Thomas (Loreto Grammar) was 9th and Rachael Hibberd 10th (Ashton-on-Mersey School). Again, congratulations to these girls on super runs. As a result of these youngsters' performances, three Trafford Schools will now go forward to the National Final in Rugby on December 3rd.
In the junior boys we had Andre Yiasuomi (Manchester Grammar) 8th and Joe Hammond (Ashton-on-Mersey) 12th.
Posted 15/01/2012 13:41
The club are lying in 3rd position after the 2nd match in the National Junior League held in Edinburgh last weekend.( May 23rd)
The first match at Sportcity saw a narrow victory for the club,
but injuries and exams prevented a full squad travelling to
Posted 15/01/2012 13:36
The first British League match of the season is always the most important. A top 3 placing can set the team up for a tilt at winning the league, while a poor day and a spot in the bottom 3 can result in very real concerns about relegation, even at this early stage. In that context, 4th place at this weekend's opener at the ever-delightful Copthall Stadium should be viewed as a satisfactory performance. However, in the context of the match itself, it was slightly disappointing (Birchfield beating us into 4th by just a single point), while in the context of the team selection problems experienced (on Wednesday we didn't have anyone for the B spots in the 800, 3000m, Chase, Triple Jump, High Jump or high hurdles, and any runners at all in the 1500m) it was a huge, unadulterated success.
It was actually a day which epitomised Sale Harriers as a club. On the one hand, there was absolute athletic excellence, the highlights of which were superb A string victories for new member David Hughes (running a superb 50.35 in the 400mH to beat the in-form Richard Davenport of Newham), Rimas Martisauskas and Alex Smith, while on the other, there was the incredible team spirit and/or love for the team and the club displayed by Matt Cullen, Dan Williams, Brian Hall, Chris Wakeford, Debo Ademuyewo and Andy Robertson, all of whom were prepared to put their bodies on the line in alien or unfamiliar events. And then there was Colin Gell. A member of the club since 2002, this was his debut in the British League; drafted in to run a 3000m in the absence of some more familiar names such as Matt Bond, off representing England, and Antony Ford, off representing GB in the European 10000m cup. Upon hearing that the team was struggling, he immediately volunteered to run anything that we needed him for. That we required somebody to triple up and run a total of 7500m on a very hot afternoon is extremely regrettable (and let's hope that we have a larger pool to pick from next time), but once there, Colin did himself and the team proud, navigating the unfamiliar steeplechase barriers and water jump with good humour, and never even looking like he wanted to give in. Our point's total, in the end, was just short of what was required to take us into the top 3, but it was still an excellent day (made even more interesting by Woodford Green ending Newham's 8 match winning streak).
We move on to Birmingham on the 3rd of July and, if we can produce something close to our best team, we have a chance of winning the match and putting a cat amongst the pigeons. Do let me know of your availability as soon as possible.
SPRINTS: Andy Robertson continued his excellent recent form to take a very good 4th in the A 100m with a 10.54 clocking, beating some BAL stalwarts such as Wade Bennett-Jackson and Julian Thomas in the process. Carl Dickinson ran the B and, the wind having turned into a healthy headwind, went one place better, taking an excellent 3rd and only 2/10ths behind Mark Findlay. It's great to see him back. In the 200m, Chris Craig took a strong second behind Ryan Scott to cement his growing reputation as one of the best half-lap runners around, while Debo Ademuyewo, a late draft into the team after Alex Nelson's unfortunate withdrawal, battled hard to edge out Eugene Ayanful for 7th in the B. In the 400m we had two debutants and they both performed very strongly indeed. In the A race, Rhys Smith ran a fine season's best of 47.83 to take 5th, while Patrick North equalled his outdoor pb to take 4th in the B. It's to be hoped that we see plenty of these two in Sale vests in the years to come.
HURDLES: In the high hurdles, the team was hit by an unfortunate injury to team regular Nick Gayle at last week's inter-counties, while Gabriel Akin is still injured. This meant that Chris Wakeford, a 400m Hurdler who is no stranger to the sprint hurdles, stepped into the breach. He produced a good performance to take 5th in 15.28 into a brisk headwind. Matt Cullen got his stepladders out and clambered over the barriers in the B race to take 6th place and some unexpected bonus points. The 400m Hurdles were an altogether different proposition. Dave Hughes, a new recruit from our friends at Trafford AC, was a 13.5 high hurdler and former European under 23 champion. He has made the transition to 400m hurdles and this was only his second proper race (he'd also ran a heat at the inter-counties before his win in the final), yet he produced a blistering performance, including 13 strides to hurdle 7, to win in 50.35. Chris Wakeford stepped off the track after the B race having felt a little weird, yet his second place in 53.92 was a pb and it was hard earned.
ENDURANCE: For some reason, finding willing or physically fit athletes who were not otherwise engaged for the endurance events was a real struggle this time, and it is something that needs to be addressed, possibly through heavy recruitment in the winter. Those that did turn out did extremely well and deserve enormous credit. In the 800m, Jack Hallas made his debut and found his opponents unwilling to take the pace. He took the initiative himself and went on to take a well-earned 4th, passing athletes in the home straight. Dan Williams, usually a 400m runner, answered the inevitable last minute call to step into the B 800, and ran an extremely sensible and tactically sound race to take 5th in a pb of 1:56.87, rewarding himself with blistered feet in the process. In the 1500m, in the absence of specialists, James Bailey stepped in after already having run a chase, as did Colin Gell. James was 6th in the A (he'd have done considerably better, fresh) while Colin, running about 98 and a half fewer km than usual sealed a hard-earned point. In the flat 3k, Dave Norman wisely decided not to go with a very brisk pace and settled for leading the second group, for 6th in the A. Colin, by now having already ran a chase and a 1500m, took another point. In that chase, James Bailey produced his best performance since 2007 to take second in the A, a bittersweet moment, as he was pipped on the line having almost sealed the win. In the absence of 2 athletes from the B race, first time chaser Colin took 3 points.
THROWS: The throws yielded some of our best points of the day. In the Hammer, Alex Smith reasserted himself as the UK number 1, with a great win in 70.93m. Floydy, having suffered back problems the previous week, still managed to come 5th overall and a very useful 2nd in the B. The Shot results mirrored those in the hammer. This time Rimas Martisauskas won a BAL match for the first time. That he was disappointed with a throw of 17m98 shows how far he has progressed over the last 3 years. Scot Thompson took a great second in the B, beating the chain-smoking, hard drinking (and that's just in the competition) Mark Wiseman of Belgrave in the process. In the Javelin, Matt Hunt just missed out on the win, but still took second, while Stephen Porter, another who had suffered from injury over the past two weeks took great points for second in the B. The discus saw a return to "Thompson Time", as Scot Thompson threw a brilliant SB of 53.66 to take 5th in the A (and celebrated with a "pull on the rope" dance routine), while Marcus Gouldbourne, having got a safe one in, suffered from no-throws to come 6th in the B. It really showed the importance of the safe one in league athletics.
JUMPS: In the Long Jump, Steve Small took a fine 4th in the A string, only being passed by JJ Jegede in the final round, while Jacob Brown struggled with his run up, taking 6th in the B. The Pole Vault was another event where the athletes had problems with their approaches, as Andy Sutcliffe and Matt Cullen incurred the wrath of their coach, Julien Raffalli-Ebezant, with vaults of 4m80 and 4m20 respectively. These were, nevertheless, good for equal 4th and 5th place respectively. In the High Jump, Brian Hall produced a season's best of 2m10 for 5th in the A, but in the absence of regular jumpers Rob Mitchell and Darren Hammond (injury) and Joe Lancaster (national combined events champs), Matt Cullen was forced to fill in in the B, for the single point. Brian showed excellent team spirit to rush over to the Triple Jump, where his jump earned him 4th in the B (James Hardy is still recovering from injury, while newcomer James McLachlan is also suffering from back problems), while new member Ricardo Twumasi suffered timing issues and could only manage 7th in the A.
RELAYS: In the 4x100m Debo stepped in at the last minute to run the lead off leg and passed to Chris Craig (just!), before Chris passed to Carl and on to Andy Robertson for 5th. The longer relay proved more problematic, as a succession of possible candidates for the quartet found themselves injured or unavailable. Just as it looked as though the team would have to withdraw, Andy Robertson stepped forward to use a leg as part of his warm down in order to secure at least the minimum points, but in the end, with disqualifications for Belgrave and Shaftesbury, 6th place was achieved. Patrick North actually got the team off to an excellent start as he brought the baton home in first place, and the only other accurately produced split showed Rhys Smith clocking a swift 47.2 on anchor.
Well done if you've reached the end - get along to Birmingham on July 3rd to support the team in match 2.
Posted 15/01/2012 13:26
Two of Sale Harriers Manchester's youngsters have received awards from a local trust which provides financial help to talented young people, up to 18yrs, in order that they can pursue their dreams in the field of art and sport.
The Arts and Sports Trust awarded £500 to Clovis Asong who set a new UK record for boys under 15yrs in the 400m at last year's English Schools Athletic Championships by posting a sensational time of 48.86sec.
Katie Byres, who at 16 won the under 20 pole vault title at the Aviva National Indoor Championships in Birmingham with a record and all time best under17 vault of 4m01, received an award of £2000 from the trust.
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A major highpoint of a very successful IAAF World Junior
Championships in Canada for the GB and NI team was our Andy
Sutcliffe winning the Pole Vault bronze medal with a PB of
5m35cm and became the first ever British medal winner on the world
stage in the pole vault. In dreadful weather, Andy's
preparations were less than ideal as he spent most of the day
waiting to hear whether or not his event would go ahead. His failed
his opening attempt at 5.00m but went from strength to strength
thereafter with first time clearances through to 5.35m. The young
man who came to Sale Harriers as a cross-country runner said "It
was the best night ever. Every time I cleared the bar the whole
crowd was behind me, it was so good" "I can't really believe
I've done it" he said.
Posted 15/01/2012 13:22
Glasgow was the venue for the 4th fixture of the National Junior
League Premier Division that offers top level competition for our
U/17 - U/20 men and women. A most spirited performance by the club
saw us secure third place behind Team Edinburgh and Team Glasgow.
Olivia Callaghan's brilliant sprint
double, soon after her England Schools sprint Gold & England
Schools bronze, was a notable highlight, as
were Jack Andrew's exploits in
the high hurdles, long jump and discus plus a 50.13secs final leg
in the 4x400m.
Posted 15/01/2012 13:22
Club youngsters won three of the five Gt. Manchester Schools cross-country titles this winter. Congratulations to RYAN WORLAND, the senior schools champion; CHRISTY O'BRIEN, the minor schools champion and MICHAEL QUINN who won the primary schools Champion. ELEANOR TWITE was 2nd (year 5 & a year young) and CHARLIE DOWELL was 3rd in the primary schools championships. Trafford Schools won the overall title where most of the participants were Sale Harriers.
Posted 15/01/2012 13:22
Did you know three Sale Harriers competed at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver....not as sprinters, but as members of the British bobsleigh teams.
ALLYN CONDON, our Olympic sprinter and great stalwart of the British 4 x 100m relay who won relay gold in the 2002 Commonwealth Games (Manchester), joined an exclusive club of Britons to compete at both summer and winter Olympics. With fellow club sprinter DANIEL MONEY, both were members of the 2-man bobsleigh and 4-man bobsleigh British team. Dan crashed out towards the end of the 2-man bobsleigh because of the speed and, though tipped to be among the top eight in the 4-man bobsleigh, both their aspirations crashed in the final stages when their bobsleigh toppled.
Former club member, KELLY THOMAS, who also claimed a 100m bronze at the 1997 European Youth Olympic Festival and also won vests for Britain at World, Junior & European U/23 Championships was also a member of the women's team and displayed her impressive form by beating much more experienced teams by finishing 11th overall following a near horror crash in the final stages.
Posted 15/01/2012 12:57
Congratulations to JACK ANDREW & JESS TAYLOR who, following their success at the Northern/England Combined Events Championships in January, gained GB qualification for an international match in the South of France. This was also Jessica's U/23 international GB debut in the pentathlon. She did brilliantly by placing 2nd overall and 1st out of the GB girls with only 15 points separating her from 1st place.
Posted 15/01/2012 12:57
DIANE MODAHL, Sale's home-grown 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games 800m Champion and 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games bronze medalist who also competed in the Seoul (1988), Barcelona (1992) and Sydney (2000) Olympic Games, now fulfills a role of StreetGames National Ambassador. The organisation recently marked its third birthday with a party on the terrace at the House of Commons that was attended by Diane. Diane is photographed with the former MUFC Busby Babe and world renowned artist Harold Riley who is a national patron of StreetGames and supports the charity with a series of paintings to raise funds for the charity. This one of boys playing marbles on the streets of Salford is appropriately called 'Streetgames' and depicts games Harold played as a kid. To learn more of StreetGames visit www.streetgames.org. Most recently, Diane, appeared in the third series of the reality show I'm a Celebrity....Get Me Out Of here.
Posted 15/01/2012 12:57
Congratulations to Shaunna Thompson who was nominated the British Athletics Supporters Club Female Athlete for 2008 and is presentd with the citation from BASC's Chairman Philip Andrew at BIG 2009.
Shaunna enjoyed an outstanding 2008 season and was the star of the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, winning the 100m in a record time of 11.46s and the 200m in 23.42s (both PBs). She is also an English Schools and U17 title winner.
Posted 15/01/2012 12:57
Julien Raffali, the coach who has brought unprecedented success to many of the club's pole-vaulters has been awarded The BASC (British Athletics Supporters Club) Ron Pickering Coaching Award. Julien coaches Holly Bleasdale and Sale's Katie Byers, two of the top 10 merit-ranked female pole vaulters in the country. He also coaches Andrew Sutcliffe, our top ranked junior male in the country who finished 4th in the European Junior Championships in Novi Sad last summer. Both Katie's & Andy's tremendous achievement through this winter's indoors is documented in this magazine. He's also organised Vault Manchester for the past couple of years and regularly takes groups of young athletes to France to compete in the French elite indoor pole vault series. The Club congratulates Julien on his well-deserved accolade.
Posted 15/01/2012 12:57
In January, SportCity once again hosted Vault Manchester. Now in its 5th year and with over 100 vaulters, this year's event was the biggest yet and is now the leading pole vault competition in the UK. We had both the UK number ones, Steve Lewis and Sale's Kate Dennison competing together with athletes from Greece, France and Holland. Kate , in winning, attempted a new British indoor record and Katie Byres attempted a new all time under 17 height of 4m 01, both unfortunately just missing out. In total there were twelve Sale Harrier athletes competing which just shows the strength of pole vaulting in the club.
Posted 15/01/2012 12:57
PERSONAL BESTS GALORE
At the recent AVIVA England Athletics U20, U17 & U15 Indoor Championships in Birmingham Sale Harriers' athletes came away with three Gold, one Silver and two bronze medals and many new personal bests.
The gold medals were won by Andrew Sutcliffe and Katie Byres in the Pole vault and Olivia Callaghan in the 60m sprint.
Andrew Sutcliffe won the U20 men's pole vault competition, continuing his fine form of the indoor season, with his second highest jump ever of 5m 30. He currently ranks number two in the world this year at u20 level.
16 year old Katie Byres finished her fantastic indoor season with a flourish. She went up an age group and won the U20 competition with a lifetime best vault of 4m01. This jump not only won the gold but beat fellow Sale harrier Kate Dennison, the current British record holder's 8 year old championship record and is the highest jump of all time by a British under 17 athlete. The day after this competition Katie was selected to represent Great Britain in Moscow in May at the European Youth Olympic trials. If successful in these trials she could represent Europe at the first World Youth Olympics in Singapore in August.
Olivia Callaghan had a great weekend winning the national title in the Girls U17 60m on the Saturday. Olivia improved her personal best three times. In her heat she ran 7.75, in her semi final 7.69 and the final 7.67. Olivia also came 4th in the 200m final the following day breaking her personal best twice. Her father, John and coach Roger Devlin watching in the stands, were delighted for her. Five personal bests in a weekend, well done Olivia!
Five more PBs were broken by Beth Bolton. In winning the silver medal in the U15 Girls 60m hurdles Beth improved her PB twice to 9.24 and in winning the bronze in the U15 girls 200m she broke another two Pbs improving her personal best to 25.82 seconds. Although not medalling in the U15 girl 60m she again lowered her best time.
Two more personal bests, this time by Rebekah Wilson helped her to win the bronze medal in the U20 women's 60m sprint.
Other Sale athletes competing were Rayne Allman (U20 Hurdles),Brogan Crowley (U17 300m and a new PB in the U17 60m hurdles), Elin Jones (two new PBs in U15 60m & 5th in the final), Victor Ne-Yu (U20 60m), Callum Roughneen (U17 200m & 4th in the final), Chris Mc Gahan (U17 800m & 5th in final with two PB's), Greg Appleby (Equalled his PB in the U17 Pole vault & finished 4th in final), Molly Cockburn (U17 Triple Jump) and Charlotte Dickinson (U17 Shot). Finally, Chloe Jones ran the U17 60m
Posted 15/01/2012 12:57
Apart from KATE DENNISON & ANDY SUTCLIFFE'S magnificent medals at the Aviva World Trials and Indoor Championships in Sheffield, congratulations also to ALISON RODGER who took the shot put UK title with a 16.02 put and to her club mate ALISON PEAKE who took the silver medal. The other club medallist at these Championships was CHRIS CRAIG who won 200m bronze with a time of 21.98
Posted 15/01/2012 12:57
Club athletes produced some fantastic pole vaulting through this winter's indoor season!
ANDREW SUTCLIFFE: Five personal bests in three weeks, winner of his age group in The French Elite Pole Vault Tour and a superb second at The UK Championships and World Trials in Sheffield in February are the achievements of a man in fantastic form. Andy, (18), the country's leading Junior, has put 26cm on his personal best in three weeks culminating in jumping 5m 36 at the UK Championships. This height now ranks him as the leading Under 20 Athlete in the world for 2010, and is the third highest ever by a UK under 20 pole vaulter. AJ's proud coach, JULIEN RAFFALL, says "I've been involved in pole vault for over 20 years, and I cannot remember crossing paths with any vaulter who has put half the hard work Andy has done over the past 5 years. His new PB at the Senior Championships is a tremendous performance, but it has to be the beginning for him. More hard work will be required over the next 2 and a half years, but having shared AJ's pole Vault journey so far, I know the boy will deliver. Well done AJ!!! Let's keep going!!!"
KATE DENNISON, won her fifth consecutive national title at the UK Championships in Sheffield and a week later, again broke her own British Indoor record at the Aviva British Grand Prix jumping 4m 60. This was the culmination of a winter in which she'd travelled all over Europe for competition vaulting her way to world class by smashing her own British Indoor record several times . She was, therefore, in great shape for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Doha from 12-14 March.
PAUL WALKER set a new Pole Vault Welsh Record with a massive 5.43m leap at the recent Vienna International.
MATT CULLEN travelled to Nantes, France to compete on the French tour and came back with a new Personal best of 4m 92 and qualified him to compete in the senior UK championships for the first time.
JACK ANDREW, a multi-eventer, jumped 4m 70 for a new personal best in winning the England U20 Combined Event championships, in Sheffield. He is now 4th in the under 20 Pole vault rankings.
GREG APPLEBY, in winning the Northern Under 17 championships, jumped a new PB of 3m 90 which puts him at third in the under 17 rankings.
KATIE BYRES continues to jump well. Despite only putting 1 cm on her Personal best (now at 3m 91), she has won her age group in the French Elite pole vault tour with victories in Lyon, Manchester and Nantes. Her results at the last six competitions are six out of the top nine jumps of all time for an under 17 vaulter in the UK. She is aiming for selection this year for the very first World Youth Olympics in Singapore in August.
ABIGAIL HAYWOOD has jumped in Paris and Lyon and has a best of 3m 87.
ANNA MASSEY, competing in the McCain City Challenge jumped a new PB of 4m 10.
Posted 15/01/2012 12:57
For the club's "multi eventers" the Northern/England Athletics Senior & U20 Combined Event Championship at the EIS in Sheffield at the beginning of January was the start of their 2010 competitive season....and they certainly made their mark not just winning medals but with JACK ANDREW & JESS TAYLOR gaining GB qualification for an international match in the South of France in March.
Despite the terrible weather ninety per cent of the competitors made it to Sheffield for the two day event resulting in a great competition. By the end of the first day JACK ANDREW was leading the U/20 men, an impressive pole vault of 4.7m that scored him a huge amount of points. "It could only be credited to vault coach Matt Cullen" he said, who had travelled to Sheffield to support the multi eventers during the vault competition. Going into the second day a very impressive hurdles still kept Jack in first place and by the end of the day with only the 1000m race left, Jack was 80 points clear of his nearest rival Seb Rodgers from Brighton. Seb, a very good 1000m runner, couldn't shake Jack off his shoulder...and the U/20 men's gold medal was on its way to a Sale Athlete.
Heptathlete JESS TAYLOR took the U/23 England Athletics Silver medal in great style
The North Northern Indoors Championships were combined with this Championships and JACK ANDREW won the gold medal, team mate JAMES DAVIS took the silver and JESS TAYLOR the U/23 heptathlete Gold medal. It was these fantastic achievement that merited them their GB selection - Jack's second and Jess' GB debut. Congratulations to both.
For talented KATIA LANNON the championships were a disaster blighted by injury. Looking back to better days , her career highpoints were breaking the Welsh Indoor Pentathlon record and winning the AAA's, the NoE and the Welsh Championships in the same year. She also led the club's women's team in Zaragoza whilst also getting a new PB score, Let's hope she gets back to her exciting best!
The other athletes - U/23 TIM JOLLY and U/20 MATTHEW WRIGHT performed outstandingly in all disciplines.
The multi-event squad thanks all the coaches (Chris Bartram, Neil Donbavand, Matt Lawrence, John Crotty & Dorel Greta for their help throughout the long winter training program at Sport City. Chris is on the National Coach Development Programme for combined events.
Posted 15/01/2012 12:57
The week before the race contained the usual problems of injuries and illness among the athletes for Team Managers Alison Pye and Joanne Street but both had a steely determination to ensure that on home soil SHM's ladies would turn out three full teams for this special Centenary 6 Stage Relays.
The day started promisingly with the sun out and a feel of spring in the air which surely helped Dave Rodgers and his gang of volunteers to do their jobs with a smile. Alison and Jo were ably assisted by Lauren Davies who organised the athletes and helped keep Eric Hughes calm. Lora Blann and Vicky Cordingley also helped by offering their support to the team and both looked radiant with their matching bumps - let's hope they're back training in time for the autumn 4 stage relays!
The A team was missing a few of its regular athletes due to illness and injury but still managed to put in a strong performance on the day. Jenna Hill (17.43) took first leg in her stride to hand over to Hannah Griffiths in 10th position. Hannah (19.09), who is just coming back to fitness after an injury, had a decent run and handed over to Cara Kavanagh (20.00) in 12th who passed to Ruth Watson in 14th. Ruth (18.33) proved that the long drive from Peterborough yet again had not tired her legs and made up 4 places before passing to Rachel Deegan in 10th position. Rachel (17.29) put in the teams best performance and only narrowly missed out on a top 10 fastest lap placing to make up another 5 positions. Jan Nicholls (20.16), who had stepped up to the A Team at the last minute, then had the unenviable task of clinging on as best she could. She did so superbly, losing only 2 places and bringing the team home in a respectable 7th place. Well done the A Team!
The B team's first three legs all saw road relay newcomers make confident debuts. Jo Robbins (20.38) put her marathon training fitness to work in the fast and furious first leg before handing over in 26th position. Morag MacNiven (20.35) made up four places to hand over in 22nd. Rose Blackburn (19.54) had the B team's best run, making up a further 3 places and proving she should have had a spot in the A team to boot! Sian Holland (20.21) also used her FLM fitness to good effect to make up another one place. Jackie Cordingley (21.14), now a road relay regular, used her experience to chip away a further position before handing over for the last leg. Jo Street (21.00) proved she's managed a bit of running as well as studying recently and made up another 2 places to bring the team home in 15th place. All the B team took pleasure in beating local rivals' Trafford's B team and both Salford and Stockport's A team's - well done girls!
The C team had its own lucky charm in the form a special Sale Harriers jumper (thanks Morris!) which was modelled throughout the day by Catherine Jones. Lynda Rowlinson (21.38) capably took on the pressure of first leg and brought the team round in 29th position. Jenny Flanagan (23.40), sported an interesting tan and 'ski legs' but still made up a place for the team. Alison Hird (22.23) made her road relays debut and took a further 2 places to hand over in 26th. Alison Pye (21.19) had the team's best run and maintained position before handing to Katie Reece (23.04) who also made her road relay debut and held on to 26th position. Cat Jones (22.44) got her 'race face' on and made up 2 places before bringing the team home in 24th place. Well done girls on being the only complete SHM ladies C team in recent history and beating Stockport's B team in the process.
Posted 15/01/2012 12:57
On the same weekend as the Club formally celebrated its centenary with a memorable banquet in Manchester Town Hall with 300 guests, past and present, we also had the commitment, again as part of our centenary, of hosting the North of England's men's 12 stage and the women's 6 stage road relays. It was a major responsibility and credit for its success is almost entirely due to men's team manager, Dave Rodgers. Dave worked tirelessly and almost single-handedly over several months, not only to meticulously plan the very interesting course within Wythenshawe Park appreciated by both runners and spectators; organise the appropriate and necessary facilities; deal with logistical nightmares over several weeks and unexpected problems up to the final hours but also successfully organised the men's team to their best results in years. Congratulations, Dave! You did a brilliant job.
You can see the full reports here:
Posted 15/01/2012 12:57
2006 was the last time a
Northern 12 Stage championships has been held in Manchester when
they were held at Heaton Park. This year Wythenshawe Park was
the location of choice. The event was exceptionally well
organised and a resounding success for the club who played host to
48 senior men's teams who had travelled from all over nothern
England to compete.
Our 'B' were 28th
Tim Kennedy (32) 25:41
Our 'C' Team was incomplete
Posted 15/01/2012 12:57
It's hard enough running a 26-mile road marathon but ultra-distance man & seasoned marathoner TIM RAINEY, has just participated in the Crawley track marathon. Run alongside a 12-hour ultra-marathon on April 10th with 24 competitors, he won the marathon in 3:03.5 knocking four minutes of his previous PB. Tim's run 24 hour track races before but, incredibly this marathon, apart from a 5000 metre race, was the shortest event he'd ever run on a track.
He said afterwards, "It's different to road racing in that it requires a team of lap counters and runners need to work out when to take drinks (since there is the possibility of taking a drink every 400m!) whilst concentrating on pacing , staying together and avoiding lapped runners. A great experience"
Posted 15/01/2012 12:57
15:42 Gareth Raven 3rd - A week after 2:19.55 in London, he came to watch; smelt some prize money from the mediocre field & paid for it with the pain of the marathon 'wall' - again!)
16:45 Tim Kennedy - A Fantastic PB! He's moving onto another level.
16:46 Mike Hatch - He's become competitive - again..... & won one of those white envelopes as the team 3rd counter!
17:04 George Kirk - These days, his was a rare appearance. Has a best of 16.14 from 2005.
17:30 Gary Rowlinson M45 2nd - Finally over injuries, it's great he's back.
18:24 Alex Bradford U17 1st - A brilliant run - the first of six individual club first
18:39 Frank Cordingley - He'd run Platt Fields Parkrun 5k on the Sat in 19.21!
19:31 Tim Brett - Luves the hills & fells so this was just a sprint19:46 Andy Bean - Good run.
20:16 Bill Fox M55 2nd - Was returning from injury. He'd run it in 18:24 & 18:36 in the past two years
20:17 Terry Lonegan M60 1st - The second of the club's six individual first's. Well done from a seasoned maestro.
20:20 Steve Gavin - His debut 5k..... that followed an earlier debut half-marathon & a debut10k
20:34 Cara Kavanagh L 3rd - The blight of runners, Achilles tendonitis, clipped her wings but she still led home the winning women's team.
20:37 Richard Ousey - Did you see him warm-up with his wee daughter? Polly - ahhhh!
20:42 Jan Nicholls M40 1st - The third of our six individual first's plus two further 'white envelopes' as a member of the winning senior and veteran teams. See also who was the 6th individual winner!
20:54 Mike Dunne M60 3rd - Having recorded a Platt Fields Parkrun PB of 20.32 two days earlier, he blew a gasket!
21:02 Jackie Cordingley L45 1st - Manchester's fittest grandma was the 4th individual club winner - plus two further first's as a member of the senior and veteran winning teams. She was on the point of refusing soooooo many white envelopes!
21:33 Geoff Beattie - It was sooo nice to see Mr Consistency take out his chasing wife for dinner afterwards!
21:59 Lynda Rowlinson L45 1st - The fifth of the club's six first's plus a further 'white envelope' as a member of the first veteran team.
23:34 Lauren Davies - You should have seen her collapse with excitement with her third 5k PB in three races.
23:58 Carla Ousey - The poor girl was exhausted after coaxing her baby daughter round the fun course
24:21 Derek Nichols Vet 70 1st - Like his daughter Jan, he captured the sixth of a great day of club winners.
24:47 Alan Romagnolo - Was this the 'Dude' who appeared as a question mark in the results?
26:24 Brian Bradshaw - Well! Poor Brian had been ill & injured
Posted 15/01/2012 12:57
Our Young Athletes won their second league match on May 16th.
Held at the Wirral and competing in the NW League, their match
between Blackpool AC & West Cheshire AC was a comfortable
victory. They earlier won their first match at Blackpool on
May 2nd by a massive margin of 100 points so are in a comfortable
position. If they finish in the top four, they then go on to the
Northern Final in August where they'll compete against the top four
clubs in the North-East. That'll be when their real challenge
begins. Well done lads & girls!
Posted 15/01/2012 12:57
Sale Harriers women represent Great Britain Clubs in the European Championships Clubs Cup at Berne in Switzerland on the weekend of May 30. It's not only Manchester United & Chelsea that represent British Clubs in Europe!). They won the honour by winning last summer's UK Premier T & F League, the latest of an unprecedented twenty-three Premier League championship victories in about thirty years. This will be the club's thirty-sixth championship at either senior or junior level. Our junior teams have won the European T & F Cup three times and our senior women have been runners-up in two cross-country championships and won bronze medals in one. The manager at the helm through all these successes is the club's own 'Fergie', Eric Hughes (though this lifetime Manchester City supporter won't appreciate that!). He said, "We have a strong team especially in the field and jumps events. The target is to finish in the top two and bring British clubs back into Premier 1 European competition next year. This year, the club's men's team manager, Dean Hardman, is deputising for Eric and will be supported by club coaches Chris Bartram and Neil Donbavand.
Posted 15/01/2012 12:57
Sale Harriers Manchester was well-represented at the Loughborough International Athletics meeting on May 23rd, with many of the club's highest achievers commencing serious competition for the first time in 2010. The weather was superb and resulted in some excellent early season performances.
The sprints were particularly fertile, with Rebekah Wilson winning a 100m race in 11.93s and HCA member Katherine Endacott recording a pb of 11.53s in the 100m and an outdoor best of 23.64 in the 200m, which bodes well for the upcoming European Club Cup. Lucy Evans, representing Wales, also went under 12 seconds in the match race, running 11.95s. Shaunna Thompson had an off day in a highly competitive 200m match race, but Andy Robertson maintained a superb start to the season in the men's 100m, winning the B race in an excellent 10.46s. Meanwhile, Chris Craig was frustrated by the wind gauge, as he triumphed in the B 200m race in an outstanding 20.98 seconds, with the wind reading agonisingly just 0.3 m/s over the legal limit. Ryan Oswald also returned to competition with a solid outing in the 100m.
New members Rhys Smith and Dave Hughes both performed well in the 400m, with Rhys taking part in a very strong match race (48.66) and Dave clocking a very respectable 47.85s in one of the guest 400m events. Debo Ademuyewo also got his 400m season under way with a decent run out (49.36). In the women's event, Kelly Massey took some very useful scalps, finishing 2nd in the match race in 54.65.
There were good performances in the hurdles, too, as Andrea Vinet got her season under way with a 14.02 clocking, while Nick Gayle hit a hurdle in the men's match race, which threw him off his stride and affected his time. Chris Wakeford, a new member this year, got close to his pb with a 54.40 run in the longer hurdles.
In the endurance events Nick Samuels again showed how much he has improved with another sub 3m50 1500m, this time crossing the line in 3:48.44, while Sonia Samuels showed that her husband couldn't take all the family credit, by finishing 3rd (9:13.06) ahead of Lisa Dobriskey in a high quality 3000m. Kaye Kirkham also had a run out in the 800m.
There were also some strong performances in the field, with club members winning both the men's and women's javelin competitions. Matt Hunt, representing England, threw superbly to beat James Campbell with 71m52, not far off the club record, while Laura Whittingham threw a series of pbs to win in 53m84. In the other throws, Scot Thompson represented Scotland in the shot and improved his outdoor sb to 16m20, while a trio of Sale Harriers competed in the women's event. Rebecca Peake (15m83) edged out Scotland's Alison Rodger (15m37), with multi-eventer Katia Lannon flying the flag for Wales. The women's hammer was also a club affair, with HCA member Sophie Hitchon taking the honours and the victory for GB juniors in an excellent 65m93, just 5cm short of her pb. Yet Sarah Holt was also over 65m (65m51) and Laura Douglas over 60m (60m86) to complete an excellent competition. UK number 1 Alex Smith, still recovering from food poisoning and a face-first fall in training, came a credible 5th in the men's event with 67m55.
The jumps events were just as spectacular, with Steph Pywell's 1m90 pb requiring Jess Ennis to draw on all her reserves to beat her in the high jump. In the Pole Vault, while Abigail Haywood unfortunately no-heighted, Andy Sutcliffe, still in heavy training, managed a decent 4m90 as his season starts in earnest. In the Triple Jump, new member Ricardo Twumasi, representing Loughborough, came 5th, with 14m57, while his training partner Steve Small jumped a season's best of 7m24 to equal that position in the Long Jump. An excellent season awaits all. (Written by Dean Hardman)
Posted 15/01/2012 12:57
Katie Byres, our 16-year old national U/20 Indoor pole vault
champions has qualified for the first Youth Olympic Games in
Singapore in August. She competed as part of the GB & NI
team at the European Youth Olympic Trials in Moscow on May 21/23.
Despite challenging weather conditions resulting in interruptions
and a delay of 40 minutes, she jumped 3m 80 for 6th place in the
final to earn her selection. "The whole experience was terrific"
she said, "and although I wanted to jump higher in the final, I
can't wait to go to Singapore. It is back to some hard training for
me now with Julien Raffalli, my coach and the rest of the
By Fechin McCormick
Posted 15/01/2012 12:57
The weather was terrible. There was no meat in the bolognese sauce. A strange man in a yellow cardigan didn't seem to be able to take "no" for an answer. But amidst all the adversity, the senior women produced a series of fantastic performances to win Group B of the European Champion Clubs' Cup and gain promotion to the elite Group A for 2011 - the winning of the UKWL permitting.
Having endured a torrid journey to Slovakia in 2009, hopes were not high for a smooth trip to Switzerland, but a combination of Swiss efficiency and a direct flight meant that those fears were unfounded, and the team arrived at the hotel via Basel airport in time for dinner. The fact that the meal consisted of a pungent Caesar salad and a plate of spaghetti coloured with a simple tomato sauce dampened spirits a little, but not too much. A lothario from the male Irish team took no time in trying to work his magic, but was sent on his way (he would be back, though), while Kath Endacott's demands for dessert fell on deaf ears. Many of the team headed straight to local eateries to forage for more food, before an early night in preparation for the main event.
The weather on the day of competition was predictably bad, with howling winds and horizontal rain being interspersed with some relatively benign conditions. The match got off to a slow start, but from the first event the Sale athletes gave their all. Momentum built as the match progressed, until eventually the team succeeded in winning a competition that had eluded them the year before. In the end, the margin of victory was a comfortable 16 points from the Dutch team Rotterdam. Here's how the team got on: -
100m: Chief cheerleader Katherine Endacott recorded the first victory of the day for the team on the track, running very close to her recent pb with a great time of 11.56s. She nearly matched that at the end of the meeting in trying to catch me to throw me in the waterjump, but narrowly failed.
200m: Shaunna Thompson, having marvelled at the Swiss countryside on the bus to Bern, repeated Kath's success in the longer sprint, achieving a World Junior Championships qualifying mark in the process (23.76).
400m: The youngest member of the team, Tyra Watson, gave a very good account of herself, taking 5th place in a season's best 58.59s. In the absence of a party in the evening, Tyra made her own fun, by finding a magnet and thrilling to the sight of it sticking to metal surfaces when thrown.
800m: Making her club debut, Nicola Maddick recovered from her disappointment of having to eat salad to front run to victory in the 800m (2:11.18s).
1500m: Jenna Hill, feeling under the weather and in no fit state to challenge her best times, ran a very sensible race to claim a podium spot and one of the all-important pink scarves.
3000m: Rachel Deegan also found the going tough, but battled hard to finish a credible 4th with 10:22.20.
5000m: Shocked to see a 5000m on the timetable just 15 minutes before it was due to start, we didn't have anyone to do it. Linda Benin, the hammer thrower, looked like she might have been open to persuasion, but sadly it was too late. Luckily this didn't affect the overall outcome.
3000m Steeplechase: Lateefah Burton had never ran a steeplechase further than 2000m before, but she stuck to her task and completed the race, claiming what could have been a vital point.
100mH: Andrea Vinet ran a superb season's best (and her best time for a couple of years) to take the victory in 13.95 and then went on to be a contentious choice as the guardian of the large Toblerone that was given to us for coming first. She performed her job in an equitable fashion, although it did take her some time to reveal that she'd brought the chocolate on board the plane.
400mH: Holly Belch had to run the 400 hurdles at the start of the day when the wind was at its worst, and her time therefore suffered accordingly. Nevertheless, she came home in a useful 5th place.
High Jump: Adele Lassu won comfortably in 1m70 in slippery conditions, but was then faced with an hour and a half in doping control. She was also the keenest to get her hands on one of the complimentary Swiss knives.
Pole Vault: Abigail Haywood was disappointed to only clear her opening height of 3m60, but that was still enough for second place. There still seems to be plenty more to come for the rest of the season.
Long Jump: Abigail Irozuru suffered from problems with her run up as a result of the high winds, and was frustrated to be down in 4th going into the final round. She responded brilliantly to take 2nd place with 6m09, but was unfortunately only 2cm from taking the win. Let's hope her injury problems are banished forever.
Triple Jump: Clare Linskill had similar problems in the Triple Jump, but also produced a season's best (12m46) to take 3rd.
Shot: Alison Rodger launched a practice throw out to 16m50+ and her hopes were high for a Commonwealth Games qualifier. The tension set in with so much at stake, so she had to be satisfied with a more modest 15m87, which was still enough for the win.
Discus: Alison had earlier started the day with a go at the discus, an event that she doesn't train for. In contrast to the shot, her practice throws all ended in the netting, which made her 40m76 for third place all the more impressive.
Javelin: Laura Whittingham is in fantastic form having thrown three pbs at the previous week's Loughborough international. She was over 52m again this time (52m01) which gave her victory by an astonishing 11 metres.
Hammer: New member and Kevin Madden-coached Linda Benin, a French International athlete who will soon be competing for Ghana at the African and then Commonwealth Games, picked up the team's first win of the day (57m22) in a competition that took place in very poor conditions outside of the main stadium.
4x100m: Rebekah Wilson, who had earlier won a guest 100m race in an excellent windy 11.82s, joined Andrea Vinet, Katherine Endacott and Shaunna Thompson to secure victory over the Dutch team by half a second (46.40s).
4x400m: The highlight of the day for most was the final event. Holly Belch got the team off to a very solid start and passed on to Nicola Maddick, who moved into second place. With 40m to go, it suddenly occurred to all watching that we didn't have a 3rd leg athlete ready to receive the baton. Nicola, by now panicking, was relieved to see Tyra Watson, who had been struggling to remove her tights, sprinting to the change-over zone with absolutely no time to spare, still wearing her leggings. That the change-over was legal was a miracle. Jess Taylor, who had earlier ran a windy pb (12.2) in winning another guest 100m, anchored the team with a very impressive 56s leg to hold off the challenge of the Swiss team and keep hold of second place in the race.
After the competition, there was a much anticipated banquet, held at a swanky hotel in Bern city centre. Those with more sophisticated palates appreciated the food (if not the extortionate drinks prices), while others preferred to sneak out to the local fast food restaurant for a snack between courses. Here, the team were presented with their prize for taking the win - an attractive engraved plate and matching goblets, which was duly pocketed along with the Swiss Army knives and packets of muesli that had earlier been given to every team. Gifts were a significant theme of the weekend, with podium finishers receiving a much sought-after goody bag that included, amongst other things, a large packet of pasta, a t-shirt, a scarf and, oddly, a pair of socks.
With the formal proceedings over, a par