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Harriers Gaining International Honours in 2014

19th Jul, Abby Ward - England Schools in Birmingham, High Jump.
28th-30th Jul, Martyn Bernard - Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, High Jump.

Harriers Gaining International Honours in 2013

6th Jul, Annabel Mason - U20 European Mountain Running Champs in Bulgaria.
20th Jul, Scott Atkinson - U20 European Champs in Italy, 4x400m Relay.
20th Jul, Abigail Roberts - England Schools team in Ireland, Pole Vault.
8th Sep, Annabel Mason - U20 World Mountain Running Champs in Poland.
16th Nov, Julie Briscoe - Masters Cross Country for England in Wales.

Harriers Gaining International Honours in 2012

30th Jun, Charlene Thomas - European Athletics Championships in Finland, 1500m.
7th Jul, Annabel Mason - U20 European Mountain Running Champs in Turkey.
2nd Sep, Annabel Mason - U20 World Mountain Running Champs in Italy.
9th Dec, Annabel Mason - U20 European Cross Country Champs in Hungary.

Harriers Gaining International Honours in 2011

25th Sep, Annabel Mason - U16 Mountain Running Champs for England in Wales.
30th Aug, Martyn Bernard - World Championships in South Korea, High Jump.
19th Jun, Charlene Thomas - European Team Championships in Sweden, 1500m.

Harriers Gaining International Honours in 2010

20th Jun, Emily Freeman - European Cup in Norway, 200m & 4 x 100m.
27th-29th Jul, Martyn Bernard - European Championships in Spain, High Jump.
30th Jul, Emily Freeman - European Championships in Spain, 200m.
20th Sep, Julie Briscoe - Marathon for England in Canada.

Harriers Gaining International Honours in 2009

6th Mar, Martyn Bernard - European Indoor Championships in Italy, High Jump.
20th Jun, Emily Freeman - European Cup in Portugal, 100m & 4 x 100m.
17th Jul, Zara Hohn - European U23 Championships in Lithuania, 100mH.
19th-21st Aug, Emily Freeman - World Championships in Germany, 200m & 4 x 100m.
19th-21st Aug, Charlene Thomas - World Championships in Germany, 1500m.

Harriers Gaining International Honours in 2008

13th Jan, Charlene Thomas - Cross Country for England in Spain.
21st Jun, Emily Freeman - European Cup in France, 4 x 100m.
17th-19th Aug, Martyn Bernard - Olympic Games in China, High Jump.
19th-22nd Aug, Emily Freeman - Olympic Games in China, 200m & 4 x 100m.

Harriers Gaining International Honours in 2007

23rd/24th Feb, Naida Bromley - Combined Events International Pentathlon.
3rd/4th Mar, Martyn Bernard - European Indoor Championships High Jump.
20th May, Emily Freeman - Loughborough International 400m.
23rd Jun, Emily Freeman - European Cup 4 x 100m.
27th-29th Aug, Martyn Bernard - World Championships in Japan High Jump.
29th Aug-1st Sep, Emily Freeman - World Championships in Japan 200m & 4 x 100m.

Harriers Gaining International Honours in 2006

21st May, Emily Freeman - Loughborough International 4 x 100m.
21st May, Zara Hohn - Loughborough International U20 100mH.
7th Jul, Zara Hohn - Mannheim International U20 100mH.
13th Aug, Emily Freeman - European Champs in Sweden 4 x 100m.
18th Aug, Zara Hohn - World Junior Championships in China U20 100mH.
20th Aug, Emily Freeman - Match against USA, Russia & China at Birmingham 200m & 4 x 100m.
16th Sep, Emily Freeman - Competed for Europe in World Cup Final 4 x 100m.
10th Dec, Aine Hoban - European U23 Cross Country Championships in Italy.

Harriers Gaining International Honours in 2005

12/13th Feb, Naida Bromley - Combined Events International in Spain Pentathlon.
22nd May, Charlene Snelgrove - Loughborough International 800m.
22nd Jul, Zara Hohn - European Junior Championships in Lithuania U20 100m Hurdles.
12th Aug, Emily Freeman - World Athletics Championships in Finland 4x100m.

Wakefield Harriers who have gained International Honours

Senior Internationals

U20 & U23 Internationals


Below are brief descriptions of some of these Wakefield stars, with more to follow soon. For a more complete description of their exploits obtain your copy of the Club History.



Roland Walker 1911 - 1990

Roland Walker Wakefield's first international athlete, who after gaining his first major title success in 1929 was set to dominate the local athletics scene for the next twenty years over the 4, 6 and 10 mile distances.

Gained international status in 1935 after being selected for the England team to contest "The International" in Paris. Roland was selected to represent Great Britain at the 1936 Berlin Olympics but was unfortunately not able to compete owing to an injury.

He finally retired from athletics in 1956.





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John Newsome

John Newsome A formidable marathon runner who during his long and distinguished racing career won many top honours, including the Yorkshire marathon title no fewer than 7 times! He also won the Northern marathon title before gaining his first Great Britain vest in the Ultava International in Czechoslovakia in 1968. He went on to win this race for 4 consecutive years.

Amongst his many titles were 4 Yorkshire 20 Mile championships and the London to Brighton race.
He also recorded some excellent long distance times on the track, and his marathon best of 2hrs 16min 7 secs set in Prague in 1970 remains the club record.

John remained a stalwart of the club, holding many positions over the years, including the Club President until he passed away in 2016.


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Stephen Hollings

Stephen Hollings Yorkshire Schools U17 Steeplechase title winner in 1964, he went on to win the English Schools 2000m Steeplechase at Derby in 1966.

Steve was called on to represent Great Britain on many occasions between 1970 - 1974 including Great Britain v France in Paris 1972, and the 1972 Munich Olympics 3000m Steeplechase. His Steeplechase club record of 8 min 27.8 was set whilst competing for Great Britain in the Europa Cup at Oslo in 1973.

In 1976 Steve emigrated to New Zealand, and in 1982 it was announced that he had been appointed coach for the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team for the Brisbane Games in October that year.



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Richard Hollings

Richard Hollings Younger brother of Stephen Hollings, he was the winner of the English Schools U20 1500m title in 1969 in what Athletics Weekly described as "An all time classic". He set a then championship best time of 3 min 46.5 which lasted until Steve Cram's time. Richard went on to complete the season by gaining 3rd place in the 1500m in the U20 international against France.

In 1970 he was selected for the 1500m in the Great Britain Junior team in the match against West Germany Juniors at Hereford where he finished 2nd.

After more than 30 years he still holds all the clubs U20 records on the track from 1000m to 5000m.



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Alan Bell

Won championship medals in the Yorkshire and Northern Championships at 100m and 200m before moving up to the 400m. This proved to be his best distance, and he won his first international vest in 1978 against East Germany.

Alan subsequently gained many international vests at 400m, and his best year was in 1980. At the UK Championships he won the semi-final in 45.65, which then was 3rd on the UK all-time list, and remains the club record. He then finished second in the final to book his place at the Moscow Olympics. At the Olympics he reached the semi-final stage, but a stomach bug hindered his progress to the final, and meant he couldn't run in the 4x400 relay.

Alan won several championships and gained further international honours over the next couple of years before embarking on his medical career. Still holds club records at 200m with 21.36 and 400m with 45.65.


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Alan Slack

Alan Slack Probably the most talented all round athlete ever seen in a Wakefield Harriers vest, winning championship medals in Yorkshire, Northern and National Championships at all distances from 50m indoors to 800m, and also in the long, high and triple jump.

In 1983 Alan gained the UK 400m title, and in 1984 was selected for the Olympic 4x400m squad in Los Angeles. He was also in the 4x400m squad for the 1986 Commonwealth games. His 400m pb of 46.03 was set at the Oslo Bislett Games in 1985.

He is the former UK U17 record holder at the Long Jump, and was the club record holder until recently with 7.52m. He still holds our club 800 metres record with 1 min 49.5.



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To Be Continued ...