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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