Wakefield Harriers

2005 Club News July - September

18th September 2005. Lucy Holmes Breaks Club Record in Club Championships.
At the successful Open Meeting, incorporating the Wakefield Harriers Club Championships, Lucy continued her record breaking season, this time lowering her U13 Girls 200m Club Record with 27.9s.
Leading results in Excel.

17th September 2005. Women's Team Finish 2nd in Yorkshire Road Relays.
The Senior Women's team were defending their Yorkshire Road Relay title at the Don Valley Stadium at Sheffield, but had to settle this year for 2nd place behind Hallamshire. The team of Penny Thackray, Angie Dickie, Shirley Griffiths and Julie O'Mara started out as favourites, and were leading for most of the way, but were just beaten on the run-in. Penny ran the 2nd fastest time of the day. The Women's 2nd team finished a creditable 5th , and the Senior Men finished 14th, with U20 Chris Price the team's fastest runner. In the younger age groups road races, our U13 girls finished 4th team, and the U15 girls were 8th team.
Results of all races from Sportsoft

11th September 2005. Junior Women finish 6th in NJL National Final.
Our Junior Women's team finished an excellent 6th in the National Junior League National Final at Derby, and finished 2nd club from the north. It was another great team performance by the girls to finish sixth in Great Britain, and it was also a great individual achievement by Zara Hohn, who won the Athletics Weekly Grand Prix for 2005, for the 2nd year in succession, and was also named track athlete of the match. Our 'A' string winners in the match were Zara in the 100mH, Adee Lassu (HJ), and Laura Whittingham with a double victory in the Javelin and Shot. Another outstanding performance was by Mikaela Harrison who came 2nd in the 400m with a New U20 and U17 Club 400m Record of 57.16s.
Team Result :- Blackheath & Bromley 245, Trafford 216, Shaftsbury Barnet 206, Woodford Green & Essex Ladies 197, Havering Mayesbrook 179, Wakefield 176, Liverpool 157, Sale 146.
Full Match Results from the NJL.

4th September 2005. Harriers in Record Form at WYT&F League Championships.
At the WYT&F League Championships at Cleckheaton there were Championship Records for Hannah Yates, with 6.25m in the U11 Shot, and for Lucy Holmes with 4.32m in the U13 Long Jump. Lucy also won the 80m and Grace Eyles the U11 Long Jump, with Fiona Thomas winning 3 senior events. We also had William Rotherford winning the U11 75m, and Richard Higson-Blythe and Jonathan Shearn winning the mens 100m, 200m & 400m.
Results from Cleckheaton :- Men and Women.

4th September 2005. Vets Team win Team prize in Leeds Country Way Relay.
The Mens Vets team had a good result in this year's Leeds Country Way Relay, finishing 8th team overall, and comfortably winning the Vets team prize this year.
Full results from Kippax Harriers. Photo Gallery from Richard West.

3rd/4th September 2005. Mikaela Harrison wins U17 Yorkshire Heptathlon Title.
Better known as a sprinter, Mikaela showed her versatility by winning the U17 Ladies Yorkshire Heptathlon title at Rotherham with 4055 points. Mark Smith and Darren Thomas finished 2nd and 3rd in the Senior Mens competition.

3rd September 2005. Laura Whittingham Smashes Club Javelin Record.
Laura made a major breakthrough at the UK Challenge meeting at Sports City, Manchester, by throwing a marvellous New Club U20 & Senior Javelin Record of 50.57m. She won the competition and moved into the top 5 in the UK Senior rankings with this throw, and 2nd in the U20 rankings. Zara Hohn also performed well against senior opposition, with 2nd in the 100mH in 14.09s, and 7th in the 100m. Report from UK Athletics.

21st August 2005. Emily Freeman Competes against Olympic Champion at Sheffield.
Emily continues to make news towards the end of the season, being invited to run in the 100m at the Norwich Union Grand Prix at Sheffield. She found her self lining up alongside the Olympic Champion and other world stars, and aquitted herself well in finishing 9th. Report from the days events from UK Athletics.

20th August 2005. Zara Hohn tops National Junior League Individual Grand Prix.
Zara's huge contribution to the National Junior League team has meant that she is the top points scorer in the country this season, and is invited to take part in the Athletics Weekly Grand Prix final on 11th September. Our Junior Women's team will be competing there too, after finishing fourth in the Northern Premier division. Details from the NJL.

16th August 2005. Emily Freeman Finishes 8th in World University Games.
Originally just chosen for the 4x100m Relay at the World University Games, at Izmir, Turkey, Emily was finally rewarded with an individual run in the 100m. She reached the final, finishing 8th, after being the fastest qualifier in the semi-finals. Report from the days events from UK Athletics.

14th August 2005. Results of the 7th and Final WYT&F League Meeting.
At the 7th WYT&F League meeting at Cleckheaton the Harriers consolidated their position at the top of the league, winning both mens and womens overall league titles by a clear margin. Grace Eyles was the overall winner of the U11 title, Lucy Holmes was the U13 champion, Mikaela Harrison took the U17 title and Fiona Thomas was Senior Ladies champion.
Results from Cleckheaton :- Men and Women. Final League Positions :- Men and Women.

12th August 2005. Emily Freeman Runs in 4 x 100m Relay for Great Britain.
Emily ran a fine first leg for Great Britain in the 4x100m Relay at the World Athletics Championships at Helsinki, Finland, but unfortunately the GB team didn't make it to the final.
The club has had 3 Olympians in the past, through Steve Hollings (1972 3000m SC), Alan Bell (1980 400m) and Alan Slack (1984 4 x 400m Relay), but this is the first time since the World Championships began in 1983 that the club has had a representative in them. Our congratulations to Emily once again for this fine achievement. Report from the days events from UK Athletics.

7th August 2005. Another Third Place in North of England League Division 1.
The combined mens and womens team had another good all round team performance to finish third again, in the fourth match in Division 1 of the North of England League at Blackpool. Athletes winning their events were Chris Kirk (LJ), Ruth Dales (100mH), Suzanne Roberts (HT), Fiona Thomas (Shot) and Caroline Nutt (PV).
Team Result :- Gateshead 458, Sale 415, Wakefield 369, Leeds C 351, Blackpool 337, Bolton 275, Rotherham 233. Full Match Results from NoEAA
After this result the team have finished 4th overall in the League, an excellent result for the club.
Final League Positions :- Leeds C 23, Sale 21, Gateshead 20, Wakefield 20, Bolton 13, Blackpool 9, Rotherham 6.

31st July 2005. Young Athletes finish 3rd in Final YA League Meeting.
At the 5th and final match of the Northern Premier division of the Young Athletes League at the Wirral, there were some very fast times from our sprinters. Lucy Holmes' U13 75m & 150m runs in 10.2s and 20.3s were grade 1 standard, as was Mikaela Harrison's U17 300m win in 40.6s, very close to the club record. There were also grade 2 performances from Ben Mitchell (U17 100m in 11.6s), Craig Westerman (U13 SP 9.15m), Mikaela Harrison (U17 200m in 25.9s) and Hannah Plumb (U13 150m in 20.7s). Also notable were double victories by Matthew Twidale (U17 HT & JT), Katie McHale (U17 800m & 1500m) and Rosie Hackney (U15 200m & LJ). The team finished 3rd, a result that leaves them 14th overall in the Northern Premier.
Match Result :- Wirral 449, Hallamshire 349, Wakefield 327.5, Wrexham 320.5.
Full Results from the YAL

30th July 2005. Women's Team Finish 7th Overall in UK Women's League Division 1.
Once again the team were without leading athletes, and we finished 7th once more in the third and final match at Manchester. Aine Hoban finished 2nd in the 3000m, Zara Hohn was 3rd in the 100mH, Laura Jarvis was 3rd in the HJ and there was another fine performance by Laura Whittingham, throwing close to her recent club record, and finishing 3rd in the Javelin.
Match Result :- Sale 191, Edinburgh Southern 187, Woodford G & Essex L 178, Windsor SEH 177, Trafford 137, Birchfield 135, Wakefield H 96, City of Glasgow 91.
Final standings :- 1 Sale 24 (594.5); 2 ESH 18 (519); 3 Trafford 17 (480); 4 WG with EL 14 (487.5); 5 WSE&H 14 (487); 6 Birchfield 12 (461.5); 7 Wakefield 6 (330); 8 Glasgow 3 (308.5). Although it is naturally disappointing to have to return to division 2, the girls can still be proud to have finished 7th team in Great Britain. Results from Trafford AC.

28th July 2005. Emily Freeman Selected to run for Great Britain in World Championships.
Emily has gained another international selection, this time being chosen for the 4x100m Relay at the World Athletics Championships, which will take place at Helsinki, Finland, starting on 6th August. Our congratulations to Emily once again on this latest selection. GB Team News from UK Athletics.

27th July 2005. Another Good Harriers Turnout in WYT&F League.
At the 6th WYT&F League meeting at Leeds there was a good turnout from Wakefield Harriers, with several individual winners once again. Grace Eyles was our star of the night, winning all 3 of her U11 events, and extending her lead in the league standings. Results from Leeds :- Men and Women.

24th July 2005. Junior Mens team Win First National Junior League Match.
In their 4th match at Stretford the Junior Men excelled themselves with an outstanding win in the Pennine division, well clear of league leaders and host club Trafford. It was a great all round team effort, and the team victory was helped by double victories from Nathan Elliot and Chris Price in the 1500m, Matthew Twidale and Michael Knighton in the Javelin, and Rob Lee and Mark Leasey in the Triple Jump. It was the team's first win of the season, and lifts them into 2nd place in their division.
Team result :- Wakefield 283, Trafford 253, Spenborough 246, Harrogate 204, Rowntrees 169.5, Bingley 167.5, Burnley 130.5, Bolton 25. Full Results from the NJL.

24th July 2005. Junior Women 5th in National Junior League.
In the 4th match of the National Junior League Northern Premier division at Mansfield, the girls were below strength, and could only manage 5th this time, a result which leaves them 4th in the division. The best results came from the throwers, with Laura Whittingham winning the Javelin and Shot, and Rebecca Burch having a good win in the Discus. We also had a double victory in the High Jump from Adele Lassu and Laura Jarvis.
Team result :- Trafford 240, Edinburgh Southern 214.5, Liverpool H 209, Sale 201, Wakefield 177, Leeds City 164.5, Birchfield 163, Wigan 81. Full Results from the NJL.

23rd July 2005. Laura Whittingham Breaks Club Javelin Record.
The club had four of its leading athletes competing for the North of England in a representative match at Birminham, and Laura Whittingham excelled herself by throwing a New Club U20 & Senior Javelin Record of 45.24m, finishing 2nd in her event. Also competing for the North were Emily Freeman in the 100m, Penny Thackray in the 1500m and Suzanne Roberts in the Hammer.

22nd July 2005. Zara Hohn Competes for Great Britain in European Junior Championships.
Zara made her international debut in the 100m Hurdles at the European Junior Championships, at Kaunas, Lithuania. She was disappointed not to be able to progress beyond the heats, but it was still a great experience for her, and hopefully the first of many international selections. Full Results from European Junior Championships

18th July 2005. Emily Freeman Selected for World University Games.
Our top sprinter has gained her latest international selection, being chosen for the 4x100m Relay at the World University Games, which will take place at Izmir, Turkey, starting on 15th August. Our congratulations to Emily on this latest selection.

17th July 2005. Combined Senior team 2nd in Golden Jubilee Cup Semi-Final.
The combined mens and womens team had a good result in this semi-final match at Stoke, finishing 2nd behind cup holders Birchfield. The men were very depleted, particularly in the distance events, but still managed to gain several 2nd and 3rd places through Mark Keeler, Darren Thomas and Nathan Elliot. The women had more success, with wins for Ruth Dales (100mH), Tracy Hilton (400mH), L Jervis (HJ), Caroline Nutt (PV), and Laura Whittingham (JT).
Team Result :- Birchfield 301, Wakefield 205, Newport 193, Stoke 177, Cannock & Stafford 131, Shrewsbury 93, Deeside 81. Details of Mens performances from Darren Thomas

12th July 2005. Zara Hohn Selected for European Junior T&F Championships.
Zara became Wakefield Harriers' latest international athlete when she gained selection for the 100m Hurdles at the European Junior Championships, which will take place at Kaunas, Lithuania, on 21-24 July. Zara is a fantastically talented athlete, and the club is very proud of her achievement. We wish her well, and hope this will be the start of a long and successful international career. Team news from UK Athletics

9th/10th July 2005. Suzanne Roberts and Emily Freeman in top 5 at AAA Championships.
At the AAA Championships and World Championship Trials at Manchester Suzanne and Emily were both close to their best in finishing 5th in the Hammer and 100m respectively. Emily was even quicker in her semi-final, running 11.60s, which is close to her club record. Chris Kirk, still not back to full fitness, finished 11th in the Long Jump. Full Results from Britishathletics.info.

8/9th July 2005. Craig Simpson Equals Club Record at English Schools Championships.
At the English Schools T & F Championships at Birmingham several club members were representing West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire, and competed with distinction. There were no medals for club members this year, but Craig Simpson finished 6th in the Junior Boys 200m, and equalled the club U15 200m record with 23.2s. Mikaela Harrison was 7th in the Inter Girls 200m, running a PB of 25.19 in the heats, and Naida Bromley finished 5th in the Senior Girls Shot.
Full Results from ESAA website.

6th July 2005. Lucy Holmes Breaks Club Record Again in WYT&F League.
At the 5th WYT&F League meeting at Cleckheaton there were again several Wakefield winners, but star performer was Lucy Holmes, who ran another U13 Girls 80m Club Record with 10.7s, her 4th 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 Cleckheaton :-
Men and Women.

2nd July 2005. Club Finish Third Again in North of England League Division 1.
In a close match in Division 1 of the North of England League, the combined mens and womens team finished third again, in the third match at Gateshead. The Women were particularly strong, winning several events through Kelly Johnson (800m), Tracy Hilton (400mH), Ruth Dales (100mH) Fiona Thomas (Shot) and Ruth Laybourne (LJ). The team now lie 3rd in the League with one match left.
Team Result :- Leeds C 437, Sale 432, Wakefield 385.5, Gateshead 382.5, Bolton 375, Blackpool 357, Rotherham 298. Full Match Results from NoEAA

3rd July 2005. Zara Hohn and Lucy O'Gorman Medal at AAA U20 Championships.
Zara was in scintillating form at the AAA U20 Championships at Bedford, and came a magnificent 2nd in her first year in the age group. She ran a New Club U20 100m Hurdles Record of 13.88s, just outside the qualifying time for the European Juniors. Lucy came an excellent 3rd in the 5000m in 17min 42.7s, whilst Laura Whittingham showed she is over her recent injury problems by throwing a New Club U20 & Senior Javelin Record of 43.11m, finishing 4th.
Report from UK Athletics.

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