Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Juniors Rub Shoulders with Ron Hill

Rochdale's Juniors made the back page of the Manchester Evening news last Friday with athletics legend Dr Ron Hill.

Ron Hill set three world records in his time, at 10 mile, 15 mile and 25km distances. He also represented the UK at Olympic level several times and won gold at Comnwealth level.

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Be part of our Sports hall team!

We're now moving into the winter programme and upcoming soon is the Greater Manchester Sportshall league. Harriers compete three times, in November December and January, at Sportcity, against teams from other clubs across Greater Manchester. Don't worry if you haven't done sportshall much before, we'll be training everyone in all the events over the next few weeks so you'll get plenty of practice before we compete.

Steve will be giving out details of how to joint the team, which costs just £4.50 for the three matches, at training this week. We had an improved turn out last year and looking to send our biggest-ever team this time, so let's see lots of you having a go, it's great fun!

Harriers make the grade at Blackpool

Three of our junior Harriers were in action again at Blackpool's September Open Meeting and produced some top class performances. Tom Kramer contiued his run of PBs by breaking the 14 sec barrier in the 100m for the first time, fnishing 5th in a time of 13.7. Charlotte Bowker built on her debut at Wakefield with a huge long jump of 3.96 (AAA Grade 3 standard) for 6th place, a time of 14.4 (Grade 3 standard) for 4th in her 100m and a very good time of 2.48 (Grade 4 standard) in windy conditions for 6th in the 800m. Naomi Richardson also produced a big PB in her long jump, adding almost 20cm with a distance of 3.79 (Grade 4 standard) for 9th place. This was followed by a win in her 100m heat in 14.9 (Grade 4 standard) and 5th place in her 800m in 2.58.

This was another excellent effort by our athletes, who are pictured above with their AAA Grading Certificates and badges.

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Trio shine in the sun at Wakefield

Three of our athletes made the journey to Wakefield's September Open Medal meeting last Sunday and all produced excellent performances. It was a Harriers competitive debut for two of our recent recruits, Charlotte Bowker and Amelia Gavin, whilst Tom Kramer was making a return visit to a track where he PB'd in the long jump earlier in the year.

Charlotte won her heats of the 100 (14.6) and 800 (2.45), and recorded a very good 3.33 in the long jump. Amelia ran an excellent 2nd in her 600 (2.13) and produced a very good first effort of 2.68 in the long jump.

Tom's improvement continued with a tremendous hat trick of PBs in the 200, long jump and shot. In the 200 he finished a close 2nd in 27.2, while he added 12 cm to his PB in the long jump, finishing 4th with a distance of 4.71. His best effort of the day came in the shot, where he added almost a metre to his PB with a bronze medal winning putt of 7.54.

All three enjoyed a productive day in glorious weather and move on to the final outdoor meeting at Blackpool this Sunday.

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Tracksuits update

Just to let you know that we have most of the tracksuits and jackets that existing members have ordered, we are just waiting for some tracksuit tops in size LY to be embroidered; this should be done by the end of the week. Ian will be giving out completed orders at the end of training nights over the next couple of weeks.

Anyone who's joined the club recently and is interested in a club tracksuit or showerproof jacket will be able to see and try on some samples on training nights from the beginning of October. Ian will give you details at training.