Wakefield Harriers Indoor Open MeetingReport by: Bryan Murray
Wakefield's Thornes Park Athletics Stadium played host to an indoor athletics competition which included a bumper field of entrants.
Competitors travelled from as far afield as London, Birmingham and Newcastle to boost the event, staged by home club Wakefield Harriers.
Impressive in the 60 metres sprint was Harrier Paul Sampson, who many will no doubt know doubles up as a winger with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
Sampson saw off the challenge of Chris Tomlinson of Mandale, who recently won the CGU Senior Long Jump event at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.
He recorded a time of 7 secs, to carry on his excellent form since returning from Wasps RUFC to the League fold.
Wakefield Harrier Ruth Dales finished runner-up behind Trafford AC's Nicola Gautier in the senior women's 60 metres hurdles.
Gautier was into her running by the first hurdle, but Dales showed grit to come back over the remaining hurdles to record a personal best time of 9.0 secs - as she trailed Gautier, who won in 8.7secs.
Fiona Westwood won the senior women's long jump competition with a jump of 5.66 metres. Fellow Harrier, Katy Richardson produced an excellent jump of 5.17 metres in the same competition.
The U13 boys' long jump was won by Anthony Birdsall with a 3.55m leap with John Paul Dales second with a flat 3.00m
Danielle Welsh, also of Wakefield, won the U13s girls' long jump with a leap of 3.27m.
Ruth Laybourn won the U17 ladies' long jump with her best from three jumps being measured at 5.04m.
Wakefield Harriers were also well-represented in the U 11 girls' long jump. Samantha Lambert won comfortably with her best jump of 3.38m. Second was Natasha Shaw with 2.94m, and third with 2.84m. Other placings: 4th Hannah Evenden 2.82m, 5th Lisa Taylor 2.64m, 6th Kirsty Mitchell 2.62m.
The U11s boys' long jump was won by Michael Knighton with 3.73m.
In the U15 girls long jump, Nicole Welsh, also of Wakefield, had a good competition with her best leap measured at 4.58m.
John Fletcher took just one jump to win the U15 boys section, measured at 5.40m.
There was a top performance from Samantha Swaine in the U 11 girls' 60m sprint. She won in a time of 10.4 secs. Second equal in 10.6 secs were Vicky Peacock, Kirsty Hitchen and Bernadette Dales. Fourth was Georgina Thickett in 10.7 secs. Other times: Rebecca Blezard 11.3 secs, Hannah Evenden 11.5 secs, Lisa Taylor 11.9 secs
Alan Ruddock had a superb run in the U17s men's 60m sprint, winning comfortably in 7.6 secs.
Wakefield's senior men competed in some tough competitions. Chris Hough recorded a best time of 7.6 secs in the 60m sprint. Team mates Karl Kraus (8.1) and Paul Taylor (7.8) also clocked respectable times.
Katie Richardson, running in the U20s women's section, won the Harriers battle in the 60m sprint. She recorded 8.4 secs to team mate Kirsty Hodson's 8.9 secs.
Ruth Laybourn competed in sprint and sprint hurdles, recording 8.7 secs on the flat and 10 secs flat over the hurdles.
Anthony Birdsall, U13s boys' 60m sprint, clocked 9.9 secs.
John Fletcher, U15s boys' 60m sprint, recorded 7.8 secs.
Nicole Welsh had a good time of 8.7 secs in the U15s girls' 60m sprint, while Danielle Welsh was placed second in the U13s girls' 60m sprint in a time of 10 secs dead.