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Northern Mens League
Division 2NE

Results by: Mike Hewitt
Report by: Bryan Murray

2nd June 2001 - Thornes Park, Wakefield

The Harriers moved top of the Northern Men's League after a resounding victory at Thornes Park Athletics Stadium.

With several squad members back from injury, Wakefield's team proved to be too strong for the opposition and ended up clear match winners. The victory put the Harriers on top of the table just ahead of Durham with a superior match points difference.

Wakefield's most amazing performance was winning all eight of the sprint races. Chris Bedford and Richard Higson-Blythe won the 100m A and B races in 11.7s and 11.9s, respectively, The duo was also involved in the team's 4x100m triumph along with Mathew Young and Steve Thorpe in a speedy 45.7s. Thorpe also completed the relay double with Jonathon Shearn, Raymond Ndengeya and James Davies with 3:33.9 in the 4x400m.

The prolific Bedford completed the sprint double with 23.3s in the 200m A and Matthew Young won the B race in the same time. In the 400m A Davies was the fastest with 49.4s and Shearn took the B race with 52.5s.

The throwing events were also a major source of match points for Wakefield with Anthony Swain following his success at Stafford with a winning hammer throw of 54.63m. Robert Taylor won the B event with 46.61m. And Chris Carlton claimed victory in the B shot putt competition with 10.83m.

The Harriers were strong in every department in track and field with Steve Faulkner winning the 800m B in 2 mins 03.2 secs and Craig Heppenstall the 1500m A in 4 mins 12.2 secs. Nick Mannion won the gruelling 5000m race in an impressive 16:48.1s, while Garry Slade's 12.49m triple jump proved to be the longest leap.

Wakefield District Harriers and AC promoted the event and was supported by Wakefield Council.

Current League Standings:

1. Wakefield 		11
2. Durham 		11
3. Nestle Rowntrees 	8
4. Middlesborough 	6
5. Border B  		4
6. Elswick 		1
Match Results:
1. Wakefield 		336
2. Durham 		286
3. Nestle Rowntrees 	259
4. Middlesborough	233
5. Border B 		181
6. Elswick 		0
Wakefield individual performances
100  	A	 Chris Bedford 		1st 	11.7
     	B	 Richard Higson-Blythe	1st	11.9

200  	A	 Chris Bedford		1st	23.3
     	B	 Matthew Young		1st	23.3

400 	A	 James Davies		1st	49.4
    	B	 Jonathan Shearn	1st	52.5

800 	A	 Craig Heppenstall	2nd	2:00.7
    	B	 Steve Faulkner		1st	2:03.2

1500	A 	Craig Heppenstall	1st	4:12.2
	B 	Steve Faulkner		3rd	4:45.7

3000SC	A 	Jonathan Wooton		4th	12:20.1
	B 	Patrick McTigue		2nd	12:52.1

5000	A 	Steve Tibbs		3rd	16:20.0
	B 	Nick Mannion		1st	16:48.1

110mH	A 	Matthew Gillard		3rd	19.9
	B 	Karl Kraus		3rd	23.6

400mH	A 	Patrick McTigue		4th	83.1
	B 	Richard Higson-Blythe	2nd	75.5

4x100   Young, Higson-Blythe,		1st	45.7
	Thorpe, Bedford            

4x400	Shearn, Thorpe,			1st	3:33.9
	Ndengeya, Davies                        


LJ	A	Garry Slade		2nd	5.99
	B	Raymond Ndengeya	4th	5.32

HT	A	Anthony Swain		1st	54.63
	B	Robert Taylor		1st	46.61

JT	A	Mark Lindsey		3rd	47.05
	B	Matthew Gillard		3rd	34.96

PV	A	Craig Heppenstall	2nd	3.20
	B	Matthew Gillard		2nd	2.80

DT	A	Paul Sutcliffe		2nd	35.26
	B	Chris Carlton		3rd	28.30

TJ	A	Garry Slade		1st	12.49
	B	Raymond Ndengeya	2nd	11.10

HJ	A	Craig Heppenstall	3rd	1.70
	B	Matthew Gillard		3rd	1.50

SP	A	Matthew Gillard		3rd	11.20
	B	Chris Carlton		1st	10.83