News - Track And Field
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The third Manchester International took place at Sport City and Sale had representation as we have had for the last three years of this relatively new offering. The format is some relay events for young athletes in the afternoon before the main event which is a chance for representative honours for up and coming elite athletes and some who wouldn't get a chance at the main championship events. Each of the home nations provide a team to compete with GB Under 23,a combined BAL/UKWAL team, A foreign team - this year Iceland and a team of various guests. A team of 'celebrities' race with the winners of the afternoon junior relay winners- a great experience for the kids.
Once again Sale girls U13 relay team won their event but the Boys had to be content with fifth place .The 'celebrities' were a bit of an anti-climax after Darren Campbell's medal winning relay team last year as they were not from the Athletics world but were worthy people representing sponsors- not really pitched at kids though. The event itself is good for kids to experience as they see elite athletes wearing their home countries kit competing in a good stadium and they get an idea of top class athletics. Local kids get the chance to be kit carriers too which they enjoy doing. The talented young Dancers from St Francis Primary in Gorton got to entertain the crowd.(Jonah Efolokus Primary School- a source of talent for us.) On the whole it's a good idea and brings more people into Athletics without having to travel to London or Birmingham and having to pay a lot for the experience. It also provides welcome revenue to keep Sport City open and not go the way of Sheffield Don Valley. The legacy of the Commonwealth Games continues a little longer and keeps the Arab Empire across the road at bay for now at least.
Experienced Sale sprinter Andy Robertson raced twice in the 100m ;once in the non point scoring race and again later in the rain battered race that mattered. Incredibly he recorded the same time 10.28.Andy joined Sale in his first year at West Hill School and has remained a member ever since. He was second in his race.
Fresh from Berlin, Kirsty Law represented Scotland in the Discus with a throw of 54.90 giving her country second place. Talented Jumper Abigail Irozuru heads a group of three Sale women athletes in the top six in the North. Her jump of 6.39 was enough for victory.In the Mens event Reynold Banigo went a metre further with 7.76 giving him a win.
We had three Triple Jumpers, two coached by Keith Hunter, all in the top six. Julian Reid won the event from Sean Okome in 5th and Kevin Metzger in 6th.
The event featured the England 10,000m Championships during which the rain we have missed for weeks arrived to keep them cool for half an hour. A very wet Nigel Martin battled the elements to stay with the race leaders for a Bronze medal and a p.b. in 30.07.Nigel has made great improvements under coach Norman Poole at Wythenshawe.
Appearances by Sale athletes at this level are not unusual but do not happen overnight. It begins when they are children and those fortunate enough to be talented are lucky enough to be able to access good quality coaching but none of this assures success without regular very hard work. All these athletes and their coaches deserve their success because of this.
Posted 17/08/2018 09:16
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