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Yorkshire County Track & Field Championships 2001

Results by: Mike Hewitt

12th & 13th May 2001 - Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield

Early results just received from Mike Hewitt - 13/5/2001
Senior Men - 400mH: 5th Karl Kraus

Senior Women - 400mH: 3rd Tracey Hilton, 4th Sarah Beevers, 5th Kerry Dobson

U20 Men - High Jump: 1st Martyn Bernard 2.01m (CBP) (and club record I think); 100m: 2nd Jonathan Shearn; 200m: 3rd James Davies; 400m: 2nd James Davies

Additional report by Bryan Murray - 8/6/2001
Wakefield Harriers left Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium with a fistful of medals after competing in the Yorkshire Athletic Association track and field championships. Once again, the Wakefield women dominated the events but the men rallied to claim medals in many of the disciplines too.

In particular, junior international Emily Freeman bagged a sprint double, winning the 100 metres in 12.02 secs and the 200 metres in 24.27 secs. Teammate and fellow international Fiona Westwood retained her long jump title with a leap of 5.93 metres and completed a fine day's work with a bronze medal in the senior 100 metres.

But perhaps the high light of the championships for the Wakefield ladies was getting a clean sweep of medals in the senior 1500 metres. Penny Thackray, who won in 4:30.00, surged away from Shirley Grifiths (4:34.05) and Alice Butler (4:31.01) to claim the gold, but Butler improved on the colour by taking silver behind Paula Fryer of Sale AC in the 800 metres final in a time of 2:11.87. Cath Bacon also helped herself to a bronze in the 800 metres final with Helen Singleton fourth in 2:16.53.

The ladies' 3000 metres proved to be a close affair with Julie O'Hara (10:07.21) losing out to a Bingley Harrier while third place went to U20 athlete Aine Hoban (10:39.30), with Sharon Marshall (10:44.85) coming home in sixth spot.

Suzanne Roberts retained her title with victory in the senior hammer from a new championship best 54.64m. Helen Taylor, another U20 athlete, took silver with 47.80m.

Multi-event international Kerry Jury had two silvers over the weekend, in the 200m in 24.91 secs and the high jump (1.70m). Another U20 athlete, Katie Richardson, had an excellent long jump. She won silver with 5.83m, beaten by Westwood, her Wakefield colleague. Over the 400m hurdles, Tracy Hilton (67.82 secs) and Sarah Beevers (67.95 secs) took bronze and fourth respectively. Ruth Dales was third in the 100m hurdles in 15.97 secs into a head wind of 1.8m/s.

Wakefield took the honours in the senior 4x100m relay with four U17 athletes. Emily Mason, Vicky Lambert, Laura Robinson and Nicole Welsh, on their senior relay debut, secured gold in a collective time of 51.48 secs.

Anthony Swain gained his first championship medal since rejoining the club from Border Harriers. He had a great tussle with Steve Minnikin (Sheffield AC) who won with the best throw of 58.73m. Swain bagged silver with 50.02m.

John Uridge won the men's U20 100m in 11.6 secs despite racing into a strong 3.4m/s head wind. Uridge picked up an injury during this sprint. James Davies picked up two medals in the 200m and 400m finals, both won by Sam Ellis (Barnsley AC). Davies' first medal on Saturday was bronze after clocking 22.80 secs in the 200m. Fourth went to Johnathon Shearn (23.02). Davies clocked 49.75 secs in Sunday's 400m final to secure silver.

The U17 men had some top performances. Martin Bernard claimed a new championship best with his height of 2.01m to win gold in the high jump. Runner-up was Chris Kirk who leaped 1.80m, then produced an outstanding jump in the long jump final to win the championship gold with his effort of 6.37m.

Another two field event athletes landed another two golds. Charles Handley in the hammer final with a best throw of 39.37m, and Mark Lindsay in the javelin with 63.89m which is one of the top measures this summer.

Ian Wainwright was the only medalist in the U15 boys' events. He was beaten by double 400-800 sprint winner Strachan (Leeds City), but claimed bronze in a close finish in 2:08.47 in the 800m.

Laura Robinson, U17 women, had a hectic weekend. She added another three medals to her senior 4x100m relay gold. Robinson, along with Vicky Lambert and Nicole Welsh, reached the 100m final. Lambert and Robinson both clocked 13.0 secs flat with Lambert getting the nod for second and Robinson taking bronze. Robinson qualified for the 200m final and overturned the 100m result to win from Lambert over the longer sprint in 26.5 secs to the runner up's 26.39 secs. Robinson's last medal was in the 300m, a straight final where she secured her second gold of the tournament in 41.78 secs.

Ruth Laybourn won two gold medals and a bronze. She won the 300m hurdles in 47.86 secs, beat team-mate Lambert with 5.24m to 5.20m in the long jump, and claimed third in the high jump with a leap of 1.55m.

Emily Mason took the silver medal spot in the high jump with a clearance of 1.66m, and went on to place second in the 80m hurdles is 12.53 secs.

Sarah Drake produced a gold-medal throw of 36.85m in the hammer.

In the U15 girls, Nadia Bromley won two silver medals, clocking 13.27 secs into a 1.7m/s head wind the 100m final, and putting the shot 10.06m for her field medal. Chloe Beckett threw 26.04m for silver in the discus final.

First-year U13 Sam Lambert qualified for the 80m final where. she too was hampered by the strong head wind and placed fifth in a blanket finish.