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B.A.L. Mens Gold Cup

Report by: Bryan Murray

11th June 2000 - Princess Mary Stadium, Cleckheaton

Wakefield Harriers men's team produced a battling display to finish second in the first round of the British Athletics League Gold Cup at Cleckheaton - and book their place in the semifinal. Fielding a depleted team, Harriers did well to finish behind overall winners Gateshead.

Newcomer John Hackleton, competing in his first-ever 10,000m, ran his socks off to contribute valuable points to Wakefield's total.

Young sprinters John Uridge and Matthew Young did well against senior opposition, with Uridge clocking 11.3 secs in a very close 100m to claim first place. Young equalled his pb in the 200m with a cracking time of 23.2 secs, to finish 3rd. Uridge also won the triple jump, with a best leap of 12.35m.

Chris Hughff produced a number of excellent performances amid a busy schedule, winning the javelin with a throw of 58.14m - 10m ahead of the second-placed athlete.

He was also 2nd in the high jump with 1.85m and 2nd in the 110m hurdles in 15.9 secs.

Returning from injury, Matt Gillard gained valuable points in the 400m, shot putt and both relays - and thankfully had an injury-free day.

Paul Sutcliffe finished 2nd in the discus, but was disappointed to trail winner P Gordon, who triumphed with a throw of 51,65m.

Other members of the Harriers team who contributed to the side finishing in second spot included Steve Thorpe, Keith Singleton and Paul Taylor.

Team results: 1st Gateshead 155 pts; 2nd Wakefield 92; 3rd Bingley 86; 4th Rotherham 76; 5th Cleethorpes 22.

Individual results:

100m: John Uridge 11.3s (4th); 200m: Matthew Young 23.2s (3rd);
400m: Matt Gillard 55.8 (4th); 800m: Steve Thorpe 2.25.2 (3rd);
high jump: Chris Hughff 1.85m; triple jump: John Uridge 12.35m (1st);
shot putt: Matt Gillard 11.54m (3rd); 10,000m: John Hackleton (4th);
110m hurdles: Chris Hughff 15.9s (2nd);
discus: Paul Sutcliffe 34.04m (2nd); hammer: Rob Taylor 42.99m (2nd);
javelin: Chris Hughff 58.14m (1st);
relays: 4x 00m 45.1s (2nd); 4x400m 3:52.7 (3rd).