SAle Harriers had 13 athletes representing their countries at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. R All have recorded hard-earned medals, personal bests and cherished memories.
Jessica Taylor (England heptathlon) won an unexpected bronze medal.
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."
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.
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. Andy said he was 'devastated.'
Alex Smith: (England Hammer): Alex qualified for the final with minimal fuss – a 72.34 first throw and was an agonising fourth 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.
In the final he made a second time clearance at 2.25m which gave him an agonising 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.
Alison Rodger: (Scotland Shot) was 10th in the final and wrote that she was 'so 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 squeezed out of the final.
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.