Wakefield Harriers

2005 Club News April - June

29th June 2005. Jason Richards Selected for the IPC European Championships.
In the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team announced for the IPC European Championships in Finland on August 22-27 Jason Richards has been selected for the 1500m in the T53 category. Our warmest congratulations to Jason for his latest international selection.

26th June 2005. U13 Girls Break Club 4 x 100m Record Again at YA League Meeting.
In the 3rd match of the Northern Premier division of the Young Athletes League at Wakefield the best performance was by the U13 Girls sprint quartet of Emma Simpson, Hannah Plumb, Krystina Jones and Lucy Holmes, who broke the U13 Girls 4 x 100m Club Record with 56.6s. Craig Simpson again won the U15 100m & 200m double. Match result :- Southport Waterloo 430, Kingston-U-Hull 336, Wakefield 325, Liverpool Pembroke & Sefton 305.

26th June 2005. Vets Team finish 7th in Yorkshire Vets Road Relays.
The standard was high again this year, and the Mens O/40 Vets team finished in 7th place, with Adam Cooper being our faster runner. The O/50 team finished 13th.
Mens O/40 results, Mens O/50 results

25th June 2005. Women's Team Finish 7th again in UK Womens League.
Once again the team were without several leading athletes, and with things not going our way in some events we finished 7th again in the second match at Birmingham. Our leading performer was again Aine Hoban, who was narrowly beaten into 2nd place in the 1500m. Helen Singleton ran one of her best times to finish 5th in the 800m, and our other top 5 performers in the 'A' string events were Laura Jarvis (4th HJ), Suzanne Roberts (5th Hammer) and Laura Whittingham (4th Javelin).
Match Result :- Sale 203, Edinburgh Southern 177, Trafford 172, Woodford G & Essex L 170, Birchfield 168, Windsor SEH 145, Wakefield H 107, City of Glasgow 99.
Full Results from Trafford AC.

19th June 2005. Junior Women in Record Breaking Form in National Junior League.
In the third match of the National Junior League Northern Premier division at Sports City, Manchester, the girls had their best team performance this season, and finished third. Zara Hohn broke the 14 seconds barrier for the first time, winning the 100m Hurdles in a New Club U20 Record of 13.91 secs. She also won the 100m in a very fast 11.99s, and the other sprinters were also in great form, the team of Mikaela Harrison, Rachael Shaw, Jessica Wilson and Zara Hohn running a New U20 4 x 100m Relay Club Record of 49.25s. Laura Whittingham won the Javelin and came 2nd in the Shot, and overall it was a fine team performance.
Team result :- Trafford 292, Liverpool H 266, Wakefield 233, Sale 213, Leeds City 202.5, Birchfield 188, Wigan 178.5, Edinburgh Southern 146.
Full Results from the NJL.

19th June 2005. Junior Men finish 2nd in National Junior League.
In their third match at Cleckheaton the Junior Men had by far their best performance of the season to finish an excellent 2nd in the Pennine division. Nathan Elliot was a double winner of the 800m and 1500m, and Robert Lee won the Triple Jump.
Team result :- Trafford 312, Wakefield 240.5, Spenborough 203.5, Bingley 192.5, Harrogate 180, Rowntrees 162.5, Burnley 154, Bolton 15. Full Results from the NJL.

19th June 2005. Harriers Vets team finishes 3rd in Millenium Way Relay.
In the difficult hot and humid conditions the Vets team finished 3rd overall, but they were disappointed to lose the vets prize for the first time to Keighley & Craven. Results from St.Bedes AC.

18th June 2005. Emily Freeman Makes Winning Return in Northern T&F Championships.
After more than a year out through injury it was great to see Emily Freeman, our Commonwealth Games sprinter, back in action. She took the 100m title in 11.71s at the Northern T&F Championships at Sports City, Manchester. We had two other top athletes winning titles, with Suzanne Roberts and Aine Hoban winning the Womens Hammer and 5000m respectively. Our other medallists were Fiona Westwood (2nd LJ) and Laura Whittingham (3rd Shot).
Full Results from Sports City from the NoEAA.

15th June 2005. Harriers in Record Breaking form in WYT&F League.
At the 4th WYT&F League meeting at Thornes Park there were again several Wakefield winners, but star performers were Craig Simpson, who ran a New WYT&F League U15 200m Record of 23.9s, and Lucy Holmes, who ran another U13 Girls 80m Club Record with 10.8s, her 3rd this season ! Both the club's mens and womens teams are still leading the league. Grace Eyles, Mikaela Harrison and Fiona Thomas still lead the U11, U17 and senior women's standings.
Results from Wakefield - Men and Women.

14th June 2005. Team finish 2nd in the 6th Yorkshire Vets League race.
In the 6th race in the league at Starbeck, near Harrogate, the team finished 3rd behind league leaders Knavesmire. Former Olympic 400m runner Alan Slack made his debut in the league, and was our leading runner in 9th place. The other 3 scorers were Steve Wilkinson in 18th, Richard West in 21st and Peter Young in 32nd. The team remain in third place in the league. Results from YVAA.

11/12th June 2005. Naida Bromley finishes third again in AAA U20 Heptathlon.
Naida repeated her bronze medal position of last year, scoring 4,758 points to finish in third place in the AAA U20 Championships at Hexham. Her fine performances in the 7 disciplines were 100mH 15.49s, HJ 1.57m, Shot 11.17m, 200m 25.97s, LJ 5.37m, JT 32.96m, and 800m 2min 31.27s.

11th June 2005. Katie McHale Breaks Club Record in West Yorkshire Schools Championships.
There were many fine performances from club members whilst representing their schools in the West Yorkshire Schools Championships at Thornes Park, but star performer was Katie McHale. She won the Intermediate Girls 800m in a New Club Record of 2 min 17.6s, trimming Tracy Johnson's long standing record. Craig Simpson was a double winner in the Junior Boys 100m & 200m.

5th June 2005. Craig Simpson Breaks Club 400m Record at YA League Meeting.
At the 2nd match of the Northern Premier division of the Young Athletes League, at Liverpool, Craig Simpson ran a new U15 Boys 400m Club Record with 53.8s. He also achieved a grade 1 performance with a fast 23.7 200m. Lucy Holmes' U13 75m & 150m wins in 10.3s and 20.3s were also grade 1 standard, and there were grade 2 performances by Michael Beaumont, winning the U17 400m in 52.7s, Mikaela Harrison (U17 200m in 26.1 & 300m in 42.5s), Katie McHale (U17 1500m in 4m 49.9s) & Jessica Wilson (U15 LJ 5.27m). Against very tough competition from 3 of the north's biggest clubs the team finished 4th.
Match Result :- Liverpool 475, Sale 450, Leeds City 407, Wakefield 224.
Full Results from the YAL

4th June 2005. Club Finish Third Again in North of England League Division 1.
In Division 1 of the North of England League, the combined mens and womens team had another good result, finishing third in the second match at Gateshead. For the Men Mark Keeler won the Shot and came 2nd in the Discus, and we also had 2nd places for John Uridge (100m), Mark Lindsey (Jav) and John Fletcher (LJ). In the Women's events Fiona Thomas was our only winner, in the Shot, and she was backed up by Amy Risdale winning the 'B' event. There were 2nd places for Amy Wilson (100m) and Vikki Mills (PV). It was a solid team performance by the men and women, which now leaves us 2nd in the League.
Team Result :- Gateshead 497, Leeds C 432, Wakefield 393, Bolton 351, Rotherham 335, Sale 299, Blackpool 281. Full Match Results from NoEAA

4th June 2005. Women's Team Finish 7th in first UK Womens League Meeting at Wigan.
Returning to the UK top division for the 3rd time, the team were without several star athletes, but still finished a creditable 7th in their first match at Wigan. It was quite a young team, with several athletes making their debut in the highest level of club competition. Our star performer was Aine Hoban, who was the club's only 'A' event winner. She won the 3000m in a New Club 3000m Record of 9 min 34.27s, trimming Penny Thackray's time by 6 tenths. With Julie O'Mara finishing 2nd in the 'B' race the 3000m turned out to be our best event. Good points were also gained in the 1500m through Lucy O'Gorman and Penny Thackray, and by Zara Hohn winning the 'B' 100mH. The 4 x 100m relay team also did well to finish 2nd, and the whole team performed well.
Match Result :- Sale 196.5, Trafford 170, Windsor SEH 163.5, Birchfield 157.5, Edinburgh Southern 155, Woodford G & Essex L 142, Wakefield H 127, City of Glasgow 119.5.
Full Results from Trafford AC.

29/30th May 2005. Three Harriers Compete for Yorkshire in Inter-Counties Championships.
Suzanne Roberts continued her good form by finishing 2nd in the Hammer with 59.02m at the Inter-Counties Championships at Bedford. U20 Chris Kirk had the longest jump for the Men in the qualifying rounds in the Long Jump, but was unable to record a decent jump in the final. Ruth Dales was also competing for the county in the 100mH, but was unable to reach the final.
Results in Excel from UK Athletics. Mens Results, Womens Results

28/29th May 2005. Zara Hohn wins Northern Junior 100m Hurdles Title.
There were many fine performances in the NoEAA Junior T&F Championships at Cudworth, but the club's only gold medal winner this year was Zara Hohn, who won the U20 100mH title in her first year in the age group, in a fast time of 14.15s. She also took silver in the U20 100m, and there were also medals for Lucy O'Gorman (2nd U20 3000m), Alison Hackney (3rd U20 400mH), Ashley Beckett (3rd U15 JT) and Craig Simpson (2nd U15 200m). Full Results from Cudworth from the NoEAA.

29th May 2005. Good Team Performance in Yorkshire Vets League.
In the home race in this series at Haw Park Woods, near Walton, the team had by far their best result, easily winning the team race. Adam Cooper was first home in 5th, and was followed by Dave Brailsford in 10th, Pete McNamara in 13th, and Keith Singleton running strongly in his first vets league race to finish 15th. The team have now moved up to 4th place in the league. Results from YVAA.

28th May 2005. Another Club Record for Lucy Holmes.
At the Cleethorpes Open Meeting she improved her U13 100m Club Record with 13.2 seconds, her 6th Club Record this season !

25th May 2005. Harriers now well clear after 3rd WYTF League Meeting.
In the 3rd WYTF League meeting at Thornes Park there were again many Wakefield winners, and both the club's mens and womens teams are now leading the league. Richard Higson-Blythe is leading the mens individual standings, and Grace Eyles, Mikaela Harrison and Fiona Thomas are leading the U11, U17 and senior women's standings. Results from Wakefield.

22nd May 2005. 3 New Club Records as Girls finish 5th in National Junior League.
In the second match of the National Junior League Northern Premier division, at Gateshead, the girls team finished fifth, despite a shortage of distance runners, and now lie 5th in the division. Individual 'A' string winners were Zara Hohn in the 100mH and Adele Lassau in the High Jump, and there were 3 new club records. Alison Hackney ran a New U20 400mH Club Record of 64.9s, Emma Tate jumped a New U17 Pole Vault record of 2m 60, and there was a New U20 4 x 100m Relay Club Record of 49.3s for the team of Rachael Shaw, Jessica Wilson, Adele Lassau and Zara Hohn.
Team result :- Trafford 279, Edinburgh Southern 252, Leeds City 228, Sale 224, Wakefield 213, Birchfield 200, Liverpool H 173, Wigan 125. Match Results from the NJL.

22nd May 2005. Junior Men finish 5th in National Junior League.
Although the team was incomplete, in their second match at Burnley they acquitted themselves well to finish 5th team in their division.
Team result :- Trafford 323, Bingley 237, Harrogate 226, Spenborough 217, Wakefield 169, Burnley 156, Rowntrees 144, Bolton 20. Match Results from the NJL.

22nd May 2005. Charlene Snelgrove & Suzanne Roberts on form at Loughborough.
At the Loughborough International Meeting Charlene was representing England, and just a day after breaking the club 800m record, was once again very close to the club 1500m record when finishing 3rd in 4 min 20.8s. Competing for Loughborough Students Suzanne was close to her best in the Hammer with a throw of 60.57m.

22nd May 2005. Team Victory for Men in Sandal Castle 10K.
There were again over 1000 runners in this this popular off-road race, and for the second successive year the club won the mens team race. With a team made up of vets led by Adam Cooper in 12th, and with Dave Brailsford in 22nd and Peter McNamara 33rd they secured team victory again.
Race Results from ukresults.net.

21st May 2005. Charlene Snelgrove Breaks her own Club 800m Record.
In the BMC Nike Grand Prix races at Sports City Manchester, Charlene ran a New Club 800m Record of 2 min 03.29s, trimming her old record by half a second. At the same meeting Penny Thackray and Aine Hoban had solid runs in the 1500m & 5000m respectively.

14-15th May 2005. Ten Winners from Club in Yorkshire T&F Championships.
2002 Commonwealth Games representative Suzanne Roberts was one of ten athletes from the club winning Yorkshire titles in the County Championships at Cudworth. She won the Hammer with a throw of 54.08m, the other gold medallists from the club being Helen Singleon (800m), Penny Thackray (1500m), Ruth Dales (100mH), John Uridge (100m), Zara Hohn (U20 100mH), Alison Hackney (U20 400mH), Lucy O'Gorman (U20 3000m), Craig Simpson (U15 Boys 100m & 200m) & U15 Boys 4x100m relay. In the U13 Girls Lucy Holmes finished 2nd, but in the heats ran a New Club 80m Record of 10.9s.
Championship Results from NoEAA.

10th May 2005. Charlene Snelgrove close to Club 1500m Record.
In the Trafford Grand Prix BMC races at Stretford, Charlene was very close to Shirley Griffiths club record when winning her 1500m race in 4 min 20.6 secs.

8th May 2005. U13 Girls Break Club 4 x 100m Record at YA League Meeting.
In the 1st match of the Northern Premier division of the Young Athletes League at Wakefield the best result was by the U13 Girls team of Emma Simpson, Hannah Plumb, Rebecca Watts and Lucy Holmes, who broke the U13 Girls 4 x 100m Club Record with 57.4s. Craig Simpson & Lucy Holmes won athlete of the month awards for their victories in the U15 Boys 200m and U13 Girls 150m. Match result Chesterfield 397, Nestle 376, Spenboro 374, Wakefield 311. Girls Scores Nestle 188, Chesterfield 180, Wakefield 151, Spenborough 137.

8th May 2005. Team Below Par in Yorkshire Vets League.
In the 4th race in this series at Heslington, near York, the team were below strength. Mark Domaille was again our leading runner in 16th, and with Steve Wilkinson 20th, Richard West 22nd and Mike Logan 52nd the team finished only 6th, but still moved up to 5th place in the league. Results from YVAA.

4th May 2005. Lucy Holmes Equals Club Record at 2nd WYTF League Meeting.
In the 2nd WYTF League Meeting at Cleckheaton there were many Wakefield winners, but best result was from Lucy Holmes, who equalled the U13 Girls 80m Club Record with 11.0s. Other excellent Wakefield performers were Craig Simpson, who was a clear winner of the U15 Boys 200m in a fast 24.6s, and Mikaela Harrison winning the U17 Ladies 200m in 26.6s. Results from Cleckheaton.

1st May 2005. Penny Thackray 3rd in Sheffield Half Marathon.
In this popular race with over 3400 finishers, Penny was third lady home, and 60th overall, in a time of 1hr 21:18. Results from race-results.co.uk.

1st May 2005. Good Third Place in first North of England League match at Manchester.
After last year's promotion to Division 1 of the North of England League, the combined mens and womens team had a good start, finishing third in the first match at Sports City, Manchester. Best track performer for the men was John Uridge with 3rd in the 100m and 200, whilst in the field John Fletcher was 2nd in the Long Jump, and Rob Lee 3rd in the Triple.
For the women Julie O'Mara had a 2nd and 3rd in the 3000m and 1500m, and there were 2nd places for Amy Wilson and Tracy Hilton in the 400m and 400mH. In the field there were also top 3 placings for Jessica Wilson (LJ), Lynsie Whyke (TJ), Laura Jarvis (HJ) and Caroline Nutt (PV). The 4 x 400m Relay team also finished 2nd.
Team Result :- Sale 499, Leeds C 420, Wakefield 377, Bolton 368, Blackpool 349, Gateshead 315, Rotherham 300. Full Match Results from NoEAA

25th April 2005. Adrian Howden Badly Injured in Road Accident.
It is with great sadness that we have to report the serious injury to Adrian Howden, who was struck by a motorcycle whilst out running. Athough he only joined the club to run with the Vets in the twilight of his illustrious career, he was a valued and popular team member. Adrian had been a truly outstanding runner, gaining a GB international vest as a Junior, and winning many Yorkshire titles over the years. He had also been a winner of the Abbey Dash 10k. Adrian's injuries unfortunately mean he won't be able to run again, but all at the club wish him as full a recovery as possible.

24th April 2005. First Match for Junior Men in National Junior League.
The Junior Men's team took part in their first match in the National Junior League Pennine division, at Cleckheaton, and the small team acquitted themselves well, finishing sixth team. Nathan Elliot was the only 'A' string winner in the 1500m, with a fine 2nd place in the 800m as well.
Team result :- Trafford 299, Bingley 245, Harrogate 230.5, Rowntrees 199, Spenborough 195, Wakefield 184.5, Burnley 88, Bolton 19. Match Results.

24th April 2005. Solid Start by the Girls in National Junior League.
In the first match of the National Junior League Northern Premier division, at Leeds, the girls team got their season off to a solid start, finishing fourth team. With several key athletes missing there were no individual 'A' string winners, but it was a good team effort, and the 4 x 100m relay team were close to the club U20 record.
Team result :- Trafford 232, Liverpool H 205, Sale 198, Wakefield 184, Leeds City 180, Birchfield 170, Edinburgh Southern 154, Wigan 152. Match Results.

24th April 2005. Women Win Team Prize in Rothwell 10k.
We had several runners in action in the popular Rothwell 10k, which incorporated the Yorkshire Vets Championships. Just a day after running in the National Road Relays, Sharon Marshall and Shirley Griffiths teamed up with Denise Tibbs to win the Women's team prize. Steve Tibbs continued his return to form, finishing 22nd in 34:38, and backed up by Tony Smith and Keith Singleton the Mens team were 9th. Race Results from ukresults.net, Race Photos from TA Images

23rd April 2005. Women's Team Finish an Excellent 6th in National 6-Stage Road Relays.
The Women's distance running team performed once again at the very highest level, with the team of Angie Dickie, Aine Hoban, Sharon Marshall, Shirley Griffiths, Julie O'Mara and Penny Thackray finishing 6th team in the National 6-Stage Road Relays at Sutton Park. They were also the first team home from the North of England. Aine had an outstanding run on the 2nd leg, bringing the team from 26th to 5th place, and running the 8th fastest time of the day. Results from Sportsoft

17th April 2005. Good Turnout of youngsters and Club Records at the Wakefield Open.
There were several fine performances from Wakefield athletes, but the start performer was Lucy Holmes who ran a New Club U13 200m Record of 28.0s, as well as a best 100m record without wind assistance of 13.6s. There was also some very fast sprinting from Craig Simpson in the U15 Boys 100m & 200m. Results in Word.

17th April 2005. Five Wakefield Harriers Complete the London Marathon.
There was once again a small turnout from the club, with only 5 athletes making the start line. The Wakefield finishers were Mark Domaille and Stuart Banister who both managed to break the 3-hour barrier, Denise Tibbs running a PB, Robert Parfrey and Michael Walsh.
Race Results from London Marathon website.

10th April 2005. Excellent turn out in Wakefield Hospice City 10k.
This race round the Merrie City centre proved even more popular this year, with 1273 enthusiastic participants, and including some top class runners from the Midlands. Young Nathan Elliot in 23rd was the first Wakefield Harrier this year, ahead of Adam Cooper 29th, and Steve Tibbs 43rd. This trio finished 4th in the Men's team race. Aine Hoban and Julie O'Mara were clearly 1st and 2nd in the Women's race, both running fast times under 36 minutes. Race Results from John Schofield's ukresults.net, Race Photos from TA Images

10th April 2005. Strong Team Performance in Yorkshire Vets League.
In another tough race in this series, over a new course at Meltham, Dave Brailsford had one of his best ever runs to finish 6th, and with Mark Domaille again running strongly in 10th, Peter McNamara in 15th and Richard West in 23rd, the team finished 2nd behind a strong team from Pudsey and Bramley. Results from YVAA.

9th April 2005. New records set at first WYTF League Meeting at Wakefield.
There were 3 new league records at this meeting, with Bingley's Matthew Cottam demolishing the long-standing U17 Mens 100m and 200m records. Amongst the best Wakefield performers were double victors Richard Higson-Blythe (SM 100m & 200m), Grace Eyles (U11 75m & 600m), Lucy Holmes (U13 80m & HJ), Mikaela Harrison (U17 100m & 300m) and Katie McHale (U17 800m & 1500m). Results from Thornes Park

3rd April 2005. Lucy Holmes equals the U13 200 metre Club Record.
In the Open Meeting at Hull Lucy equalled the U13 200 metre Club Record of 29.0 secs. Congratulations to her, and let's hope she can make the record her own next time.

3rd April 2005. Double Victory for the Thomas's at Pendle.
Husband & wife combination of Darren & Fiona Thomas both had victories in the senior mens/womens Shot. Darren, with his new rotational technique, putted 10.54m, whilst Fiona won the womens competition with a standing putt of 10.94m. She backed this up with a strong run in the 100m with a 2nd place in 12.7 secs.

2nd April 2005. Women's Team 4th in North of England 6-Stage Road Relays.
Athough not at full strength, the Women's team of Sharon Marshall (18:08), Helen Singleton (18:52), Jasmine Kerry (19:00), Angela Dickie (18:07), Penny Thackray (17:03) and Aine Hoban (16:17) still had a creditable performance to finish 4th team. Still only 12th after the first 4 legs, Penny and Aine almost brought the team into the medals, with Aine on the last leg running the 4th fastest time of the day. Results from Sportsoft

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