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Wakefield women face race for sponsors

20th August 1999

Wakefield Senior Women Squad
Wakefield Harriers, Yorkshire's premier senior women's athletics team, is facing its biggest race yet - to find sponsors to help secure its future.

The newly-promoted UK first division team, which is the first squad from Yorkshire to achieve such an accolade, is hoping to secure enough sponsorship to provide the costs of equipment, transport, and expenses, to put it on an even keel with its northern rival clubs Trafford and Sale.

Wakefield Harrier's 40-strong senior women's squad has recently completed a spectacular six-year rise from the depths of the third division of the North of England league, an achievement that has stunned the athletics world.

Their success is even more outstanding as the team's talent, ranging from county to international level, is all local.

The club is the only one in the country not to charge members an annual fee, and its top athletes have stayed faithful to it despite the temptations of joining other clubs, which pay for their athletes to perform.

Top Wakefield Harriers athletes include international heptathlete Kerry Jury, who has recently been competing in Spain, teenage sprint sensation Emily Freeman, who recently competed in Latvia for the British U20 squad, and Jenny Cunnane, who struck gold in the World Veteran's Championships pole vault event at Gateshead. The female youth teams also performed well recently.

The club would like to hear from anyone who would be able to offer sponsorship in any form for athletes in any age groups. Details should be forwarded to the club sponsorship officer Terry Ridsdale, who can be contacted on 01709 874864. Alternatively details can be passed on to Terry via E-mail to this site.