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2003 Club News April - June

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29th June 2003. New Club Record for Alora Adie in U13 Girls 1200m.
In the Young Athletes League meeting at Hull Alora ran a new club U13 1200m record in 4 min 17.9s, beating Jaydene Wright's record by more than 2 seconds. Rosie Hackney was close to the U13 75m record with an excellent 10.2s

29th June 2003. Emily Freeman selected for GB Relay team.
Congratulations to Emily once again for being selected as part of the GB 4 x 100m relay team, this time for the GB v USA v Russia International at Glasgow. Although the team were well beaten she ran with distinction on the third leg.

28/29th June 2003. New Club Heptathlon Records for Ruth Laybourn and Naida Bromley.
In the English Schools' Combined Events Championships North East Regional Final at Huntington Stadium, York, there was a double victory for the club. Ruth Laybourn won the U20 Heptathlon with a New Club Record of 4092 points, and Naida Bromley won the U17 Heptathlon, breaking her own Club Record with 4677 points. Naida's score is the 13th best on the UK all time list in her agegroup.

28th June 2003. Chris Kirk wins AAA U20 Long Jump title in new Club Record.
Even though only a first year Junior, 17 year-old Chris won the AAA title at Bedford, easily beating his more fancied rivals. With a legal following wind of 1.8 m/s his 7.64m was a tremendous jump, and was further improved his Club Long Jump Record at both U20 and senior level.
Although just out of the medals in 4th Aine Hoban ran a PB and New Club U20 1500m Record in 4 min 31.2s, beating Tracy Johnson's long standing record. Report from UK Athletics.

28th June 2003. Charlene Snelgrove and Caroline Nutt win AAA U23 Medals
In the AAA U23 Championships at Bedford Charlene finished a fine second in the 800m in 2m 07.2s, and Caroline collected another medal by finishing equal third in the Pole Vault with 3.40m. Report from UK Athletics.

22nd June 2003. NJL Women Northern Premier Div - Grangemouth. Another good result for the girls, with 3rd place behind Sale and Liverpool. World Cross country runner Aine Hoban was Wakefield's only other 'A' string winner in the 1500m, but 11 athletes recorded PBs in a great team performance.

21st June 2003. 4 Medals in Northern Championships at Manchester.
Several of the clubs top athletes were in action at the Northerns, with Caroline Nutt winning the Pole Vault with 3.30m. James Davies had his best run of the season finishing 2nd in the 400m in 48.2 secs, and Susan Backhouse also came home with a silver medal with 46.89m in the Discus. There were several other finalists, but the only other medal was won by Louise Lisseman, finishing third in the 400m Hurdles. Full Results from Manchester from the NoEAA.

19th June 2003. Harriers dominate Pugneys 5K.
In a slightly disappointing turnout for the charity organisers Second Chance, six of the first nine places were taken by Wakefield Harriers. Mark Ridgway finished 2nd, followed by a returning to form Nick Mannion, and Tony White, to easily win the team race. Full Results.

16th June 2003. Emily Freeman selected for GB European Cup team.
Congratulations to Emily for been selected as part of the GB 4 x 100m relay team for the European Cup at Florence, Italy on 21-22 June. Details of Team from UK Athletics.

15th June 2003. Vets team finish 2nd in Millenium Way Relay.
Although unable to repeat their outright victory of last year the Vets finished 2nd overall, but still won the vets team prize comfortably. The in-form Dave Brailsford and partner Richard West were once again fastest on leg 4. Results from St.Bedes AC.

14th June 2003. Aine Hoban gets qualifying time for European Junior Championships.
Aine placed 5th in the 5000m BMC meeting at Eton but first U20, and in a time which qualifies her for the Euro Champs. Since she was 1st U20 she should gain automatic selection. She finished strongly to record a new Club U20 5000m Record of 16m 39.24.

14th June 2003. Ladies finish 7th in first UK Womens League Meeting at Eton.
Despite the absence of several key athletes through injury and the clash with the WY Schools, Wakefield managed to finish 7th, with Trafford left in 8th place. In a match featuring several senior internationals reigning champions Sale won the match by a record margin.
Best placed Wakefield athletes were Emily Freeman, 2nd to Susan Burnside in 24.17, and Charlene Snelgrove who was just passed on the line by Hayley Ovens after leading all the way to the last 5 metres. Charlene’s time was a PB and new Club 800m Record of 2m 05.13.. Sue Backhouse was third in the Discus with a fine 44.98m.
Athletes getting PB’s were :- Caroline Nutt with a new Club Pole Vault Record of 3.60m, Helen Singleton 4m 37.38 in the 1500m, taking almost 10s off her previous best, Sarah Beevers 4m 44.68, and Tracey Hilton with 63.91 in the 400m Hurdles, taking 2s off her best.
Julia Sykes, Louise Lisseman and Hayley Whyke covered 9 events between them, gaining those valuable points which enabled the the team to gain 2 match points instead of 1.
Match Result Sale 258, Birchfield 179, City of Glasgow 163, Shaftsbury 155, Edinburgh WM 148, WSE 141, Wakefield 114, Trafford 106.

11th June 2003. Fourth WYTF League Meeting.
2 new League records in the U11 Boys 75m and U13 Girls Shot. Results from Wakefield

8th June 2003. New Club Records for Susan Backhouse and Sarah Beevers.
Competing as guests at the Loughborough International Susan set a new Club Discus Record of 48.30m., and Sarah set an inaugural Club 3000m Steeplechase Record of 11m 31.51. Emily Freeman also showed good form with 24.00 in the 200m to impress the selectors for the forthcoming European Cup team.

8th June 2003. Home victories for Men and Women in Northern League.
The men and women both won their home fixture in the Northern League at Thornes Park, and thus improved their league positions. The undoubted highlight of the afternoon was Chris Kirk's Northern Mens League Long Jump record of 7.60m. Although the jump was probably wind assited it was a tremendous performance, and was also a new club record at both U20 and senior level, erasing Alan Slack's longstanding mark from 1977. Chris also won the High Jump.

1st June 2003. Young Athletes team finishes 2nd in home fixture.
There were some excellent performances from our Young Athletes, with several athletes coming quite close to club records. Although well beaten by Gateshead, the team finished well clear of the other teams in second place.

1st June 2003. Julie O'Mara finishes 2nd in Sheffield Half Marathon.
Although the times were slow in the very hot conditions Julie finished 2nd lady behind Burykina of Russia, with Penny Thackray finishing 4th. Race Results from SportSoft

1st June 2003. Good team win in Yorkshire Vets League Race at Walton.
In their home fixture, which the club successfully promoted in Haw Park woods near Walton, the vets had probably their best team result ever. Mark Ridgway was 3rd again, just holding off teammate Adam Cooper in a close battle. Dave Brailsford had one his best runs in 7th, and with Adrian Howden making his debut in the league in 10th, the team won the second race in succession, to improve further their league position and move into 2nd place. Race Results from YVAA

31st May 2003. Excellent times from our 800m girls in BMC races.
Charlene Snelgrove ran a big PB in easily winning the 'B' race at this top quality meeting. Her time of 2m 6.19 is not too far from Alice Beecroft's club record. Helen Singleton also improved ber PB with 2m 12.77, just ahead of Cath Bacon in the 'C' race. Aine Hoban improved her U20 3000m Club Record with 9m 37.2 in the 3000m race, which was won by Yelena Burykina of Russia. BMC Results from Wythenshawe Park

25/26th May 2003. Harriers in action in Inter-Counties Championships, Bedford.
Liverpool John Moores university student Helen Singleton, competing for her University county of Merseyside, finished 5th in the final of the womens 800m in 2m 14.81s.
Competing for Yorkshire, Sarah Beevers finished 5th in the first running of the Womens 1500m Steeplechase in a New Club Record of 5m 18.45s, Kerry Jury finished 8th in the 100m hurdles in 14.26s, and James Davies and Chris Kirk narrowly missed out on the mens 400m and Long Jump finals respectively.

24/25th May 2003. Debbie Collinson & Aine Hoban win Northern U20 Titles at Liverpool.
Debbie Collinson had an excellent double, winning the U20 Ladies Shot and Javelin titles with throws of 11.41m and 36.39m. Aine Hoban came very close to Tracy Johnson's long standing U20 1500m record, winning comfortably in new PB of 4m 37.46s. Silver medals were gained by Sarah Drake in the U20 Hammer and by Laura Whittingham in the U20 Javelin, and Hayley Whyke won bronze in the U20 Discus. Full Results from Liverpool from the NoEAA.

21st May 2003. Third WYTF League Meeting. A good turnout of athletes, in spite of the very bad weather on the night. Results from Wakefield

18th May 2003. Record turnout in Sandal Castle 10K. There were a record 858 finishers in this popular off-road race, won this year by former international fell runner Richard Findlow of Bradford. The club's vets team did well, led home by Mark Ridgway in 6th place, and well backed up by Adam Cooper, returing from injury in 12th, and by Dave Brailsford in 15th. Report and results from the Wakefield Express.,

11th May 2003. Mark Ridgway 3rd again in Yorkshire Vets League Race.
Mark was a little disappointed to finish 3rd again in the 4th league race at York. But with Dave Brailsford in 10th, Richard West 14th and Steve Wilkinson 18th the team won this race, to boost their chances of regaining their team league title.
Race Results from YVAA

10th/11th May 2003. Medals Galore in Yorkshire T&F Championships
17 gold medals for the club, with double golds for Kerry Jury, Naida Bromley and Rosie Hackney. Rosie equals the club U13 girls 80m record.
Report of Harriers highlights, and full results.

8th May 2003. Midweek Distance League April/May Newsletter, containing results of the Walton run, won by Mark Ridgway.

3rd May 2003. Northern Womens League - Jarrow. Good win for the club's 'B' team, easily winning their match.

3rd May 2003. Northern Mens League div 2SE - Cudworth. With many athletes missing the team could only manage 5th in their opening match, but they weren't too far behind the other teams.

30th April 2003. Second WYTF League Meeting. Two more new league records, this time for Marcus Gouldbourne of Pudsey & Bramley in the senior mens shot, bettering Wakefield's Martyn Fletcher's long standing record, and for Andrew Staniland of Leeds in the U17 mens Long Jump. Results from Cleckheaton

27th April 2003. NJL Women Northern Premier Div - Jarrow. Good start for the girls, with 2nd place, just 12 points behind Liverpool. Best Wakefield performances by Chloe Beckett, who in spite of being a first year U17 claims a new club U20 Discus record of 36.34m, and by World Cross country runner Aine Hoban, with a runaway win in the 3000m. Vicky Lambert is the only other 'A' string winner in the Triple Jump.

21st April 2003. Harriers Vets win prizes in French road race.Several of Wakefield's vets distance runners competed with distinction in the St Laurant-du-Var 10km road race near Nice, whilst on a warm weather training holiday on the French Riviera. Mark Ridgway finished 12th overall, and 3rd vet, whilst Adrian Howden was first in the next category.

12th April 2003. Harriers compete in Cannes Open meeting in France.Some of Mick Hewitt's sprint squad were in action in France during their warm weather training camp on the French Riviera. James Davies warmed up for the BUSF championships with a 400m win in 49.25 secs. Results from Cannes.

12th April 2003. First WYTF League Meeting. Two new league records for Alice Simpson of Spenborough in the U15 Girls. Results from York

6th April 2003. Kenyans dominate Wakefield 10K.
In a record field of over a thousand runners, Kenyans took the first 2 places in the mens race. The winner was Julius Kibet in a time of 29.38, from his compatriot Wilson Kogo and a returning to form Andrew Pearson of Longwood. Craig Heppenstall was the first Wakefield runner home in 17th place in a time of 33.47, with veteran Adam Cooper still recording a respectable 34.25 in 21st place, despite struggling with an achilles injury. Adrian Howden in 44th place completed the Wakefield scoring trio, who finished 4th team.
Another Kenyan Catherine Mutwa won the womens race, with Wakefield girls taking 3rd and 4th places. Penny Thackray just held off Angela Dickie by 3 seconds, who ran a new personal best of 35.23. With Sharon Marshal finishing 12th Wakefield won the womens team race.
Race Results from John Schofield's ukresults.net

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