Calderdale Way Relay 2024

Leg 2 change

The annual relay hosted by Halifax Harriers never fails to disappoint. Basked in glorious Yorkshire sunshine, 48 runners from Sale Harriers, (4 teams) headed over the border to compete in this year's competition with the aim to defend the mixed team title and to attempt to win the vets open category (and also to have lots of fun).

Following a solid start from Steve McCarron and Paul Peters, the mixed team dominated across all legs, with Sophie and Alice bringing the team home 16 minutes ahead of their nearest rivals (Calder Valley) winning the mixed team prize in a time of 7.08.30.

The Vets team came so close to matching the mixed, with solid performances across all 6 legs, particularly from Chris Donnelly and Eddie (7th fastest on the day on leg 4), however, Calder Valley vets were just slightly stronger, beating Sale by just 3 minutes.

The Club also had two other teams in the competition; both competed well across the six legs with many new faces enjoying their first Calderdale experience.

Well done to all those who ran and supported, it was a great day out.

Overall results:

Vets: 12th (2nd vets team)

Mixed: 13th (1st Mixed)

Open A: 29th

Open B: 66th

Race Details.

 

SO FAR IN MAY...........

JONA EFOLOKO REPRESENTED GB & NI AT WORLD ATHLETIC RELAYS

JONA EFOLOKO represented GB & NI at the World Athletics 4 x100m Relays in the Bahamas. The quartet finished 5thbut were happy to qualify for the Olympics. “In Paris you'll get the fireworks” they said.
 

BUCS OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

BUCS
Some fantastic performances at the BUCS Outdoor Championships at Sportcity
  • JESS SPILSBURY was brilliant!. She was crowned BUCS back-to-back 1500m Champion
  • SUCCESS EDUAN was masterly in the 100m, just pipped to the post coming through like a train against Joy Eze, the European 100m gold medallist.
  • SOPHIE ASHURST: How great it is to have the UK's No.2 U23 Pole-Vaulter return to her best with her best BUCS to date an encouraging 4.14m vault to retain her silver medal.
  • SAM EBONINE was amazing! He make the final in all his 3 events -100m, Long Jump and High Hump and won BUCS Gold in Long Jump
  • TOM HUNTER came 3rd in the 400m final with a great PB of 47.54, a massive improvement on 2023 and 2022
  • LUCY ARMITAGE 1500M PB 4: 28.17 for 3rd in the semi-final

MAX WHARTON BREAKS 4 MINUTE MILE

MAX WHARTON achieved a fantastic career pinnacle breaking the 4-minute mile barrier at the 70thanniversary of Roger Bannister running the first sub four-minute mile . At the same venue where it all began at Iffley Road in 1954, Max clocked a tremendous 3:59.19. His club colleague PHIL RICHARDSON led his plaudits on social media, “ After running season's bests of 4:00.52 and 4:00.69 in 2022 and 2023 respectively, this was incredible achievement that almost all of us could only dream of and to do it at the same venue that Roger Bannister first broke 4 minutes 70 years ago is pretty awesome and a memory that will stay forever. A well deserved performance and huge barrier broken for Max after putting in great work since joining Sale in late 2022”
MEGAN DAVIES also had much to celebrate in the women's mile event with a 10 seconds PB of 4:42.16 on her last mile event in 2019 when she was a student in San Francisco.
 

BEAUTIFUL BEYOND BELIEF - SAVAGE BEYOND REASON

Ollie
 
Recently OLLIE GAILLEMIN, ROB MARSDEN and ROBERT DUNN took on the extremely tough 105km and 57km Ultra Trail Snowdonia, one of the UTMB World Series set in the Snowdonia National Park. Starting and finishing in Llanberis, with the course featuring lots of long steep climbs, long steep descents, rocks of every shape & size and muddy bogs it's regarded as one of the wildest and toughest events in the World Series Calendar....and they endured it on one of the hottest days of the year.
As if 50k of gruelling climbs in Snowdonia's Park wasn't enough to test Olivier Gaillemin physical, emotional (and spiritual!) limits, he chose the 105km overnight run that started at 4.45am with 21,000 ft of climbs run in the blazing sun. To fathom one's limits, one often has to go through hell and back and Olivier reached his 'hell' with still 8 hours of tough climbs ahead. With only the stunning vistas to inspire him, such is the unfathomable depth of the human spirit, he discovered hidden depths and crossed the line in Llanberis a very proud man in the very respectable time of 22: 55:02.
Robert Dunn & Rob Marsden took on the 57km race with over 10,800ft of elevation with the same resilience to triumph over adversity. Again the hot weather made the tough, steep climbs and descents even harder than normal, whilst trying to keep on top of their hydration and nutrition. Over 25% dropped out in the 57km and 40% dropped out in the 105km race but not so Rob & Rob! They did great to finish -Rob Dunn in 09:13:59 and newcomer Rob Marsden in 12:09:39.
 

Gtr. MANCHESTER T & F CHAMPIONSHIPS

Sale had well over 100 athletes compete in the Gtr. Manchester T & F Champions held in Bury and they won a brilliant haul of 31 Gold medals, 17 silver and 18 bronze medals.
  • The most noteworthy were (follow via their photos)..................
  • NATHAN BOOTH: Senior Hammer Gold and Shot Putt Bronze, both with PB's.
  • DANIELA REMI-SALAKO: U20 100m silver in her 1st GMAA Championship and did it in style with a PB of 12.48
  • THIERRY KERR: Gold in the U13 100m, 200m and 75mH, retaining not just all three of last year's titles but he lowered his championship hurdles record to 12.02 and improved his own club record to rank No.1 in the UK.
  • ANNABEL AMADIN retained her GMAA U20 Shot Put Title with a Championship Record performance. She adds it to her 2021 & 2022 U17 Shot Putt Titles
  • SHAUNNA THOMPSON retained her 4th consecutive GMAA senior Shot Putt title.
  • NATHAN ROACH: Sale Harriers long time jumper won the GMAA Senior Discus Title in his first competitive attempt and in the process recorded four PB's. Here's to the future!
  • TESS, HOLLIE & ROXY Mc HUGH all shone -again! TESS became the GMAA 400m Champion, Roxy the U15 300m silver medallist and 75mH Bronze medallist both with PB's and Hollie won the U13 Silver medal with a great PB.
  • MADDIE APPLEBY, ROBYN HEYWOOD-YOUNG & MEGAN BOWYER won all three 800m medals - U15 Gold, Silver & Bronze, all with PB's and all still a year young! Their colleague LOLA RICHARDSON also ran out of her skin with a great 4th and a great PB.
  • IMOGEN HILL & HANNAH SQUIBBS won the U17 800m Gold & Bronze medals & their colleague MADDIE HOLT won the U17 300m bronze medal.
  • OONAGH Mc MANUS , BEA SOPER & CAITHLIN WETTERS won all three U15 1500m medals – Bea the Gold, Oonagh the Silver & Caithlin the Bronze and their team-mate GRACE HILL was a great 4th. Three of the girls – Bea, Caithlin and Grace are also a year young. Bea & Caithlin also recorded PB's.
  • RUEBEN JAGO & SOPHIE ARMITAGE: Rueben won the U17 3000m silver medal with a PB of 9:24.74 & Sophie won the U20 1500m Bronze medal.
  • BROOKE CARROLL-IVISON & HOLLIE McHUGH: Brooke won the U13 70mH Gold medal in a great PB of 11.75 that ranks her 3rd nationally. Holly won the silver medal also in a great PB of 12.20
  • LILY OLDALE LILY, MOLLY MILLS, MARIA RAYKOVA won U17 Javelin Gold, Silver and Bronze all with great PB's. Lily retained her U17 title and is also the U15 title holder. Molly also won gold in the 300mH. (Mollie is a club newcomer so a special welcome to her. You'll discover she's an extremely talented multi-eventer who in 2023 ranked No.1 in the UK in her U15 age group).
  • MELISSA BOOTH clinched long jump gold with a PB of 5.92m to retain her 2023 title -an especially promising result in that she's still new in her transition from the Triple Jump.(She's also the GMAA U20 TJ Champion).
  • FREYA DOCKERTY retained her U20 100mH Title and won the 100m Title improving on her 2023 silver medal.
  • MORGAN WHITE & LEONARDO SCOTT: Morgan retained his U20 200m Title with a PB and improved his 2023 GMAA 100m bronze to silver. LEONARDO SCOTT took bronze in both the 100m & 200m
  • DANIEL TOPPING won the U13 1200m silver medal which was especially great in that he's at the younger end of his age-group and came within two seconds of the Championship record.
  • Other GMAA champions were:- NORA KWARTEMEA (U13 75m & 150 – both with PB's), DOLOLA KAYOPAYE (U20 200m), ALESHA GUBES (U13 800m), GEORGE HORSFALL (U15 1500m), LUCY ARMITAGE (Senior 1500m), MELVIN MANUHAVA (U17 100mH), NAHOM ABRAHAM (Senior 110mH), MIGUEL GAISAH (Senior Long jump), JASMINE RICHARDSON (Senior Hammer), ISAAC WRIGLEY (13 Shot Putt)

CHESHIRE T & F CHAMPIONSHIPS

Sale Harriers had several more compete with distinction at the Cheshire Championships in Macclesfield and did themselves, their club and Cheshire very proud indeed.
CHAMPIONS
  • JACOB LINGARD Senior 400m
  • LIAM O'BRIEN U17 400mH (PB 57.28)
  • NOAH JOHN PHILIPPS U13 1500m (PB 5:03.26)
  • DANIEL OAKES U15 1500m (PB 4:24.84)
  • DANIEL OAKES U15 800m (PB 2:08.71)
  • REMI Mc INNIS LIVESEY U20 Javelin
  • SEREN REDFERN U20 100mH
SILVER MEDALLISTS
  • SEREN REDFERN Senior 400mH (PB 1:09.95)
  • TOBY HARRISON U13 1500m
  • NOAH JOHN PHILIPPS U13 200m
  • NOAH JOHN PHILIPPS U13 800m (PB 2:21.55)
  • OLIVER THORNHILL U20 200m
BRONZE MEDALLISTS
  • OLIVER THORNHILL U20 400m
  • OLIVER THORNHILL U20 Long Jump (PB 5:61)

CUMBRIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Up in Cumbria REBECCA KEEN made her mark! Jumping solo, she faced unique challenges but showed her resilience and set a new championship record with an impressive leap of 12.30m to take the senior title and to add it to her 2018 & 2019 U20 titles.
 
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JACKIE CORDINGLEY WINS FOR ENGLAND

JACKIE CORDINGLEY represented England Masters at the Great Birmingham 10k as a result of achieving the qualifying standard in October' 23 Knutsford 10k. Did she do herself, her Nation and family proud! Starting cautiously, she surged through the field to finish 1stin her new L65 age category leaving other formidable colleagues in her wake.
This was Jackie's 4th England Masters selection and her 1st as an L65. She's previously represented England Masters as an L55 in the Chester Marathon in 2017, the Great Birmingham 10k in 2018 and the Great Bristol 10k in 2019 ( cancelled due to Covid).

Peter Shaw

In the U13 boy’s events, THIERRY KERR was our star athlete, setting three new club records when winning the 75m, 150m and hurdles with the highest Level 9 performances. THEO SMITH, ISAAC WRIGLEY and JOSEPH RUSHTON also scored well in sprint events. Out middle distance squad of DAN TOPPING, LENNY ALVES, HENRY FRIEND, NOAH PHILLIPS, ARTHUR O’HARE and JOSHUA HOWELL were considerably faster than Match 1.

Congratulations are also due to Noah, Isaac, JUDE KERINS and FREDDIE HOOTON who were all runners-up in Field events.

In the U13 girls events BROOKE CARROLL-IVISON took part in four events including winning the hurdles with a Level 9 performance whilst HOLLY Mc HUGH won the B Hurdles event. ALESHA GUBAS was another Level 9 performer in finishing 2nd in the 800m whilst Primary aged LUCY O’BRIEN ran a PB to win the B event. Our other winners were GRACE BROOMES, LUCY DOYLE and FLORENCE CONNOLLY whilst EVE DOWLING and CICELY COLDWELL scored well over 1200m.

In the U5 boys, DANIEL OWOSINI took part in four events winning the long jump and finishing runner-up in the other three. DAN OAKES also competed in the maximum four events including an 800m PB and, with OLIVER HOWELL, GEORGE HORSFALL and CONOR Mc MANUS outscored the other five clubs in the middle distance events. PATRICK WILEY again won the Pole Vault.

Our U15 girls were superb winning 12 events. The sprints squad were particularly impressive winning both relays and most of the sprint and hurdles races. Well done to EVA ANWYL, LOIS WORMALD, ZURIEL SARUMI, MADDY APPLEBY, AVA BROOMES and ROXY Mc HUGH who achieved Level 9 performances in two events. The middle distance squad were in dominant form and upheld our Harrier tradition with BEA SOPER winning the 1500m with a Level 9 performance and GRACE HILL next across the line to win the B race.

Our 800m runners also did us proud with ROBYN HEYWOOD-YOUNG, LOLA RICHARDSON, ILSA ANDERSON and ISABELLE CONNOLLY showing the impressive depth we have in the club. ANGEL AMADIN was our most successful thrower taking part in the maximum three events including a win in the discus.

Sale won the match by 80 points. Our overall standard was higher than Match 1 as we equalled or bettered our performance in 59 of the 90 events.

As ever a big thanks to CARL WORTHINGTON without whose team management, this success would not have happened.

Sale Harrier Membership. The club has supplied marshals for the Great Manchester Run for over 20 years. This provides much needed funds for the club so that we can fund travel and accommodation for our athletes to compete in various leagues. (amongst other major financial outlays). The date this year is May 26th and we need about 20 volunteers to come forward and help. The timings are 7:30 until 3 and the location will be in and around the Old Trafford area. A T shirt and lunch will be provided and hopefully you will have a thoroughly uplifting experience. Please contact Morris Jefferson on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0161 865 9464. Thank you.

 

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APRIL NEWS ROUND-UP

NATIONAL 12/6 RELAYS – WOMEN BRONZE

Relay Bronze

Following becoming Northern 6-stage Road Relays Champions, the women took on the might of Britain in the National 6 stage relays in Birmingham and brilliantly became the National Bronze medallists, missing silver by just thirteen seconds. This was their best result since they were the National Champions twenty-one years earlier way back in 2003 and the silver medallists in 2001. They'd hoped for a top ten placing considering they'd not finished a team in the top half of this Championship for more than a decade. SOPHIE WOOD, HELEN WARBURTON, ALICE WRIGHT, LAURA BARBER and LUCY ARMITAGE were the same 'elite' that became the Northern Champions and on this occasion Sophie ran the day's 3rd fastest stage and Lucy gained an automatic England vest for being the fastest U20. They also had the welcome return of SONIA SAMUELS who was a key member of the club's victorious teams almost a quarter of a century earlier and continues to retain exceptional form. She holds the club marathon record of 2:28.04 from Berlin in 2015 and in 2023 almost improved it further becoming the UK's No.1 fastest L40 marathoner as she also was over 5 miles, 10k, 10 miles, Half Marathon …......and the UK's fastest M40 Parkrunner.

The men also were well placed to massively improve on their lowly 28th place in 2023 and 33rd place in 2022 but unfortunately they had no team toe the line.

TIM KENNEDY WINS HIS FIRST RACE

Tim

Definitely one for the record books! Tim Kennedy won his first ever race outright - the Rutland Water Half Marathon in Leicestershire. He led home the 500 runners along the scenic rural setting with unrivalled views . He did it convincingly with over a minute's lead and despite a lot of hills, uneven trails, gale force winds from Storm Rosemary and a tight hamstring.

JONA EFOLOKO TO REPRESENT GB & NI

JONA EFOLOKO is announced to represent Great Britain & Northern Ireland at the World Athletics 4 x100m Relays in the Bahamas on 4-5 May.

MANCHESTER MARATHON

Manchester Marathon

Whether they were thoroughbreds flying through Stretford, Sale and Altrincham or if they shuffled to the Talbot Road finish, the 32,000 participants in the 2024 Adidas Manchester Marathon were a testament to true grit and determination. Following months of tough preparation all twenty-five Sale Harriers had good reason to celebrate. PHIL ROBERTSON, making his marathon debut, was the club's first green-hooped vest along Deansgate and onto the finish. His 2:28.01 was a top quality time thought he'd hope for faster. Others who made their marathon debut with him were....

MARCUS NICHOLSON (2:36.42)

ALAN WHITE (2:37.30)

CHRIS MILES (2:53.16)

MATTHEW CHADWICK (3:07.47)

CHRIS WEBB (3:40.00)

J ENNIE HEGGIE (3:45.52)

PETER HORSFALL (4:27.17)

D. ROZHDESTVENSKIY (4:54.32)

JILL SANDERS (6:25.12)

Those I suspect were most delighted with their performances...

  • CONOR DONAGHY (2:53.56): A 5 minute PB on his 2023 London Marathon
  • RACHAEL ROZHDESTVENSKAYA (3:00.50): A 12 second PB but sub-3 is so very elusive!
  • MARK FOX (3:07.15). Missed his Seville marathon PB in February by 3 ½ minutes
  • ALISTAIR KELL (3:09.54): Just short of a PB and a very consistent marathoner
  • JENNY FOX (3:13.47): A fantastic1 minute PB on her 2022 Manchester Marathon
  • ANNE CHINOY (3:15.13): A 4 minute 41 sec PB and though 3rd in her L50 category was the first V50 qualifier for the England Masters Marathon to take place in Chester in October.
  • GEORGE BIRR: (3:39.38) Club newcomer who clocked a 19 minute PB
  • ADAM MORAN: (3:57.20) A 5 minute PB and 1st time under 3 hours

LONDON MARATHON

Curvis and Dunn

A week after the Manchester Marathon came to TCS London Marathon, arguable Britain's most iconic sporting event, this time with 52,000 pushing their limits and twelve Sale Harriers were among them. Well done...........

  • ROBERT DUNN (2:33.31) He targeted sub 2:35 & delivered a 2 ½ minute PB
  • STEVE Mc CARRON (2:38.13). The club's fastest M45 improved his PB another 1 ½ minutes
  • ANDREW CURVIS (2:43.48) targeted 2:45 and delivered a 6 minute PB
  • JOHN FAULKNER (2:57.53) targeted sub-3 on his debut marathon
  • JASON BOWERS (2:58.38). Not far off his PB
  • AMY MIDDLEMAST (3:08.58) A 40 second PB on last year's Amsterdam Marathon
  • WAYNE SHAW (3:13.58). A 14 minute PB on last year's Manchester Marathon.
  • FRANCIS BROUGHTON (3:27.49): His Marathon debut
  • HEATHER HUGHES (3:13.33). Missed a PB by just seconds.
  • RUTH WALLER (3:24.01) Flown in from Colorado. Had hope for close to 3 hours
  • JOHN ARCHER (3:55.58) (Vet-70) Not quite his 2023 best in Cyprus but still amazing
  • MATTHEW ROUGHLEY (4:41.19): Marathon debut.

THEA BROWN ACHIEVES EUROPEAN QUALIFYING STANDARDS

THEA BROWN, Sale Harriers most successful athlete of 2023 who merited the front cover of the club's Harrier magazine as a result, continued her winning ways at the Loughborough Open Meeting. Aged just 17, in seeking the U18 European 100m Hurdles qualification standard of 13.50 seconds, she blew away the competition to easily achieve it with her 13.4s victory. She's now qualified also in the long jump and high jump.

A week later at the Somerset Combined Events Championships at Yeovil she also chased the U18 European Heptathlon Combined Events qualifying standard of 5300 points. Typically she again convincingly achieved it with a total point’s score of 5440.

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE (Lower)

Following last summer's relegation the club's U13 & U15 boys and girls bounced back impressively in their first match of the North-West (1) Division at Longford Park. They won the match convincingly with a margin of 170 points over Team Isle of Man and a record points score points. Team manager CARL WORTHINGTON was again their knight in shining armour.

MID-CHESHIRE 5K

Alex Bradford

The lightning fast Kingsley 5k is a 'must do' if you're chasing fast times. Again the field was stacked with quality and twenty Sale Harriers were among them. Interestingly, on this occasion, just seven from the twenty drank from the elixir of running with PB's though another seven came very, very close (could it have been the uncharacteristic chill wind?) Those who possibly beat the elements were:

  • GEORGE NOBLE (15:36) A 27 second PB and his 1st time under 16 minutes
  • ALEX FRAZER (15.40) Debut 5k
  • MATT BARNES (15.48) 1stM45
  • RUEBEN JAGO (16.14) A 33 second PB. Progressed 1 minute in 12 months
  • TOM STEPHENSON (16.15) 2ndfastest 5k ever
  • TORRIN BLAZEBY (16.31) A 21 second PB
  • LUCY ARMITAGE (16.41) A further 5 sec. PB on Podium Festival 5k (March)
  • HELEN WARBURTON (16.59) Equalled her PB
  • LAURA BARBER (18.10) 2nd fastest 5k ever
  • LAURA MARTIN (18.44) A 10 second PB
  • SOPHIE ARMITAGE (19:35) An 11 second PB & 2 minutes faster than last year

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE (Upper)

Following last year's relegation the club's U17 & U20's showed they're determined to return to the Premier Division next year with a strong 2nd place (unofficial) in their first match at Blackpool last weekend. Team Manager Andy Brown rallied the troops to great effect. It's paramount everyone in this age-group rallies through the next matches to ensure promotion.

MEGAN DAVIES IN WORLD CLASS EVENT

Megan

MEGAN DAVIES was among 120 elite Adidas-sponsored athletes from 26 countries who raced over 800m, 1 mile, 5km and 10k. Megan's was the 5k race and she was the 1st British athlete across the line in 15.55.

This world class event, now in its 4th year is called “The Adizero Road to Records” and takes place at the Adidas headquarters in Germany. As an Adidas sponsored athlete, Megan had an all-expenses paid four days at the Adidas headquarters, attending seminars and training sessions. She also received the special kit made for the occasion which all athletes wore in honour of Agnes Tirop the Kenyan who broke the world 10k record on the course and tragically died in the latter part of 2021. The impressive event produced a mile world record (3:54.56), a world U20 mile record, a women’s U20 5k record (14.38) and nine national records.