Track and Field Athletics
Wakefield District Harriers & A.C. are based at Thornes Park Athletics Stadium in Wakefield, an international standard track, which also has an excellent indoor training facility attached. The club usually hosts a couple of Open Meetings there each year, in April and September, and also hosts rounds of the West Yorkshire Track & Field League, as well as meetings of the major leagues that the club competes in.
We are a large but friendly family club catering for all athletic events and for all age groups, from the age of eight right up to the Veteran age groups. We compete in a number of Junior and Senior, Male and Female Leagues, where all abilities are welcome. Our members range in ability from beginners right up to International level, and in 2008 we were very proud to have two members of the club representing Great Britain in the Olympic Games at Beijing.
Our flagship team in recent years has been the Ladies Senior team, who have been Yorkshire's leading track & field
team since the mid 1990s, when they entered the UK Women's League. Their highest finish was
in 2000, when they finished 5th in Division 1 (now the Premier Division), which to this day is
the best ever National League finish by a Yorkshire club.
The women now compete in the combined team with the men in the first division of the Northern League.
The Northern Athletics League is now a combined league for both men and women, and with a full strength womens team competing alongside the men the club have been Northern League Champions in 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016.
For the U17, U15 & U13 athletes the club used to compete in the old Young Athletes League,
and in 2010 did very well to finish 7th in the Northern Premier Final, and 2nd team from Yorkshire.
The junior athletes from the club now compete in the
Yorkshire and District Athletics League.
For all the above teams the club policy is to try and pick the best team on the day, to maximise points, and get the best team result for the club. Athletes wishing to compete for the club can find contact details for their team manager on the Club Contacts page.
For those athletes who want to try out their chosen events, or chase a PB, there is the West Yorkshire Track & Field League. In this league there is no team selection, and athletes compete as individuals, as well as scoring points for the club. This league caters for all abilities, and also has events for the U11 age group.