Wakefield Harriers

2006 Club News April - June

28th June 2006. Good Wakefield Results in Second Reindeer Romp.
In the second race in this off-road series at Middlestown there was another good turnout of runners, and Wakefield finished second again in the team race. Our scoring team was led home by Pete McNamara in 5th, followed by former 400m star Alan Slack, making a rare appearance over the country, then Richard West and Tony Smith. Results in Excel.

26th June 2006. Another International Call for Zara Hohn
Our congratulations go to Zara again, this time for being selected to run the 100m Hurdles for the Norwich Union GB and NI Junior team for the Mannheim International on 7 and 8 July. Report from UK Athletics

24th June 2006. Club Members in Action for North of England Team
Several club members were representing the North of England AA in the Area Match held at Birmingham, and all performed well, close to their personal bests. The athletes were :- Chris Kirk 3rd LJ 7.35m, Kelly Johnson 3rd 800m 2m 09.1s, Zara Hohn 3rd 100mH 13.90s, Sarah Beevers 7th 3000m 10m 27.05s, Alison Hackney 8th 400m 58.05s, Fiona Thomas 6th Shot 10.25m and Laura Whittingham 2nd Jav 43.05m

21st June 2006. Emily Freeman Selected for GB European Cup team
As a result of her superb recent form Emily has been selected for the Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland team, for the Spar European Cup in Malaga on 28 and 29 June 2006. She is in the squad for the 4 x 100m relay, and we send her our congratulations.

21st June 2006. Results of 4th WYT&F League Meeting at Wakefield.
There was a big turnout again amongst the younger athletes, and 2 new league records at the 4th league meeting at Thornes Park. The club's winners were Daniel Franks (U11 boys Long Jump), Dale Warton (U15 boys 800m), Grace Eyles (U13 girls Long Jump), Mikaela Harrison (U17 ladies High Jump), and Fiona Thomas (sen ladies 200m). Wakefield now have a clear lead in the women's overall totals, and lie second in the men's. Full Meeting Results :- Mens and Womens.

18th June 2006. Harriers Vets team finishes 14th in Bradford Millenium Way Relay.
The Vets team were not at their strongest this year and could only finish 14th overall, but they acquitted themselves well in this tough event against strong opposition, and finished 3rd amongst the vets teams. Results from St.Bedes AC.

17th/18th June 2006. Emily Freeman Breaks Club Record in Northern T&F Championships.
Our international sprinter Emily Freeman maintained her best ever form, winning the Northern 200m title at Sports City, Manchester in a new CBP. She ran a New Club 200m Record of 23.25s with a just legal 2.0m/s following wind, a fabulous time which takes her to the top of the UK rankings ! The club had a good championships, with other top athletes winning titles as well. Chris Kirk won the Long Jump with a fine 7.44m, Laura Whittingham took gold in the Javelin with 48.15m, and Zara Hohn was as usual outstanding, winning both the U20 100m in 11.91s, and the 100m Hurdles in 14.00s. There were other outstanding performances from Rimantas Martisaskaus, just beaten into silver medal position in the Shot with 16.09m and Kelly Johnston winning silver in the 800m with 2m 09.76s. The club also won medals from Ricardo Francis, U20 200m bronze in 22.56s and Fiona Thomas, silver in the womens Shot with 10.33m.
Download Full Results in pdf from Sports City from the NoEAA.

14th June 2006. Seven Club Members to Compete in English Schools Championships.
The following seven athletes from the club have been selected to compete for West Yorkshire Schools at the English Schools Championships at Gateshead on 9th and 10th July :- Lucy Holmes, jun girls 100m, Callum Whitham, jun boys 100m, Josh Green, jun boys 80m hurdles, Ben Horner, jun boys 1500m , Chiedu Ufediana, inter boys shot putt, Katie McHale, inter girls 800m & Tiffany Lyons, sen girl high jump. For most of the athletes it is their first appearance at the English Schools Championships, and we congratulate them all and wish them well.

11th June 2006. Third Match in Combined National Junior League.
Despite having home advantage the combined men's and women's junior team were missing several athletes, and struggled against strong opposition in the National Junior League Northern Premier division at Thornes Park Stadium. The team could only finish 8th, but there were some fine individual performances. The club's only winner was Tiffany Lyons, equal 1st in the High Jump with 1.60m, but also performing well were Ricardo Francis (100m in 11.2 & 200m in 22.5), Kate McHale (800m in 2m 20.0s), Rebecca Birch (Hammer 38.76m) and Emma Tate with 2.60m in the Pole Vault, which equalled her own U17 club record.
Match Result :- Gateshead 504, Trafford 494, Kingdom Ath 468, Leeds City 439, Liverpool H 425, Sale 351, North Wales 289, Wakefield 254. Full Results.

10th/11th June 2006. Wakefield International Athletes in Good Form.
Several of Wakefield's International athletes were competing around the country at various meetings. At the televised Norwich Union British Grand Prix at Gateshead Emily Freeman was one of three UK athletes taking on world class runners in the 100m. Although she finished 8th in 11.56s, she in contention all the way and was only 3/100ths behind the leading UK runner. At the Bedford International Games Chris Kirk dominated the long jump with a winning 7.62m jump, very close to his best, whilst Zara Hohn was 5th in the 100mH with 13.95s, and Laura Whittingham came 2nd in the Javelin with 45.46m. At the BMC Nike Grand Prix at Watford Charlene Snelgrove finished 8th in the 800m with 2 min 6.89s.
In the current UK senior mens rankings Chris is 5th, whilst in the womens rankings Emily has her highest ever ranking of 2nd, an outstanding achievement. Aine Hoban is 4th in the 10000m rankings, Zara is 10th in the 100mH, and Charlene just sneaks into the UK top 20 in both the 800m and 1500m. In the field Laura is 8th in the Javelin rankings.

10th June 2006. Club Members Winning 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. Winners from the Harriers were Nathan Elliot (senior boys 1500m 4m 15.1), Cheido Ufodiama (inter boys Shot 13.38m), Calum Whitham (junior boys 200m 25.0), Ben Homer (junior boys 1500m 4m 23.2), Josh Green (junior boys 80m hurdles 12.4), Laura Teasdale (senior girls Pole Vault 2.35m), Lucy Holmes (junior girls 200m 26.9) and Laura Timms (junior girls 800m 2m 29.9).

4th June 2006. Wakefield Win Young Athletes League Match 3.
The Young Athletes team won their 3rd match of the season in a close encounter at Ashton-under-Lyne, to keep their promotion plans on target. There was a fine U17 Shot/Discus double win from Cheido Ufodiama, his Discus throw of 38.68m being very close to the U17 club record, and Mathew Twidale won one of the Athlete of the Match awards with his U17 Javelin win with 50.90m. Dominic Elliot also took one of the awards for his sprinting, and there were many other fine performances that contributed to the team victory.
Match Result :- Wakefield 368, Cleethorpes 365, East Cheshire 354, Tynedale 162.

4th June 2006. Women's Senior Team Win Opening UK Women's League match.
The senior team made a great start to their campaign in the UK Women's League Division 2, winning their opening match at Wigan. Our congratulation should go to new team manager Mark Dales and the girls, and this result should give them the confidence to bounce back into the 1st Division again. Zara Hohn was outstanding, winning her main event and once again breaking her own Club U20 100m Hurdles Record with 13.82 secs, and also setting new PBs in the 100m and 200m. Charlene Snelgrove was very close to the club record in the 1500m, finishing 2nd in 4 min 20.74s, with Helen Singleton winning the 'B' race. Laura Whittingham was 2nd in the Javelin with 45.83m, and Nicola Jackson 2nd in the Hammer with 44.83m. Heptathlete Naida Bromley finished 2nd in the Long Jump and also scored good points in the Hurdles and Javelin, and many other athletes made a great contribution to the team victory.
Match Result :- Wakefield 178.5, Cardiff 167, Glasgow 165.5, Wigan 164, Havering Mayesbrook 154, Southampton 132, Liverpool 131, Swansea 107.

3rd June 2006. Another Good Result in Second North of England League match.
The combined mens and womens team had another fine result in the second match in Division 1 of the North of England League. They finished third at Gateshead, a result that leaves them in a clear second place in the division. The star performance was by Rimantas Martisauskas, who threw a New Club Shot Putt record of 16.54m, finally erasing Martyn Fletcher's mark from 1988. Chris Kirk was also a clear winner of the Long Jump, and U20 athletes Ricardo Francis and Chris Price performed well in the sprints and middle distance. Rob Lee made an enormous contribution, winning the 110mH, and competing in 5 other events, and Michael Beaumont and team captain Darren Thomas also showed great team spirit by competing in several events.
Read Darren's detailed Men's Team Report
For the Women there were good victories for Michelle Lonsdale in the Javelin and Nicky Jackson in the Hammer. U17 athletes Katie McHale and Faye Mitchell performed well against senior opposition, and with this effectively being our 'B' Women's team it was a good all round performance.
Match Result :- Leeds C 429, Gateshead 382.5, Wakefield 341.5, Trafford 308, Liverpool Pembroke Sefton 258, Sale 220. Full Match Results on NoEAA website

31st May 2006. Results of Third WYT&F League Meeting at Wakefield.
There was another good turnout of athletes at the third West Yorkshire T&F meeting at Wakefield. Wakefield's individual winners were Will Rotherford (U11B 100m), Ben Homer (U15B 1500m), Molly Timms (U13G DT), Lucy Holmes (U15G LJ), Mikaela Harrison (U17L SP) and Fiona Thomas (SL 100m). In the overall standings Will leads the U11 Boys, whilst Wakefield lead the overall Women's team, with the Men lying second. Full Meeting Results :- Mens and Womens.

27/28th May 2006. Ben Homer Wins Silver Medal in Northern U15 Championships.
The club had several athletes competing in the NoE AA U17/U15 T&F Championships at South Leeds Stadium, but the club's only medal winner this year was Ben Homer, who took silver in the U15 1500m in 4m 28.25s. Katie McHale finished 7th in the U17 1500m, and Mikaela Harrison was 7th in the U17 300m. Full Results from Leeds from the NoEAA.

28/29th May 2006. Four Harriers Compete for Yorkshire in Inter-Counties Championships.
Four members of the club competed with distinction at the Inter-Counties Championships at Bedford, with three finishing in the medals. Laura Whittingham continued her good form by finishing 2nd in the Javelin with 46.66m, and Kelly Johnson made a major breakthrough at senior level by finishing 3rd in the 800m in 2m 11.7s. Chris Kirk finished 3rd in the Long Jump with 7.42m, whilst Alison Hackney also competed in the 400mH, but was unable to make the final.
Results in Excel from UK Athletics. Mens, Womens

28th May 2006. Good Vets Team Performance in Yorkshire Vets League.
In our home race in this series at Haw Park Woods, near Walton, the team had a good result, finishing 3rd in the team race behind Holmfirth and Bingley. Adam Cooper was first home in 10th, closely followed by Pete McNamara in 11th, with Steve Wilkinson and Tony Smith 24th and 27th. Results from YVAA, and Race Photos from Tony Audsley

25th May 2006. Good Turnout and Fine Runs in First Reindeer Romp.
In the first race in this popular series at Middlestown there was a good turnout of runners, and there were some good performances from our runners. Dave Brailsford lead the club home in 5th, ahead of Pete McNamara and Steve Tibbs, with the team finishing second. Results in Excel.

21st May 2006. New Club 100m Record for Emily Freeman in Loughborough International .
Three of the club’s star athletes were competing for the various representative teams in the Loughborough International Meeting, and all performed with great distinction. Emily Freeman was selected to represent England in the 4 x 100m relay, and she warmed up for that event by competing in the guest 100m race. She won this convincingly in a New Club Record of 11.40s, which means Linda Barratt's hand held mark of 11.5s from 1974 has finally been beaten. It was quicker than the internationals, and also a qualifying mark for this summer’s European Championships in Gothenburg. Zara Hohn was competing for the GB Junior team in the 100mH and finished 5th in 14.25s, whilst Chris Kirk was representing the British Universities team, and finished 2nd in the Long Jump with an outstanding leap of 7.63m, just 1cm off his own club record. Report of meeting from UK Athletics.

21st May 2006. New Club Record for Lauren Brooke in Young Athletes League Meeting.
In the 2nd match of the Northern Division 1E of the Young Athletes League the team had another long trek, this time to Chester-le-Street, and came away with 2nd place. Of the many individual victories, the best were Mathew Twidale's U17 Javelin with 45.35m, Joel Brunt's U17 12.12m TJ, Emily Stephenson's U17 9.59m TJ, Lucy Holmes' U15 26.9 200m, Laura Timm's U15 2:25.8 800m, and Lauren Brooke's New Club U13 1200m Record of 4m 17.2s. There was also Charlotte Bree's U13 13.5 70mH, Lucy Walker's U13 HJ of 1.35m, Hannah Yates' U13 7.08m SP, Sam Dennis' U13 13.6 100m, Jamie Lunt's U13 2:32.7 800m and Dominic Elliot's U13 7.50m SP. These were all grade 3 or higher performances, and Emily and Joel won two of the Athlete of the Match awards.
Match Result :- Spenborough 408, Wakefield 346.5, Barnsley 261.5, Chester-le-Street 246.

13-14th May 2006. Five Winners from the Club in Yorkshire T&F Championships.
Although the overall turnout of athletes in the Yorkshire T&F Championships was disappointing, the club was well represented, and came away with 5 gold medals from Chris Kirk (SM LJ), John Uridge (SM 100m), Chiedu Ufodiama (U17M Shot), Kelly Johnson (SW 800m) and Zara Hohn (SW & U20W 100mH). Although he didn't quite win his event, Rimantas Martisauskas showed us what a talent he is, throwing an outstanding 16.01m in the mens Shot, very close to the club record. Championship Results from NoEAA.

10th May 2006. Results of Second WYTF League Meeting at Cleckheaton.
There was an excellent turnout of athletes and one new league record at the second meeting at Cleckheaton. Wakefield's individual winners were Will Rotherford (U11B LJ), Sophie Ellerker (U13G 80m), Lucy Walker (U13G HJ) and Lucy Holmes (U15G 200m).
Full Meeting Results :- Mens and Womens.

7th May 2006. Second Match in Combined National Junior League.
In the second match of the combined men's and women's National Junior League Northern Premier division at Gateshead the team had a slightly better result, finishing 7th team. It was great to have Zara Hohn back from the USA, as she won the 100mH and also scored well in the 100m & 200m. Ricardo Francis had fine 2nd and 3rd places in the mens 100m & 200m.
Match Result :- Gateshead 526, Trafford 513, Kingdom Ath 483, Liverpool H 465, Sale 428, Leeds City 384, Wakefield 258, North Wales 234. Full Results.

6th May 2006. Excellent Victory in first North of England League match.
The combined mens and womens team had a great start to their campaign in Division 1 of the North of England League, winning the first match at Thornes Park Stadium. Jonathan Shearn had an excellent double victory with fast times of 22.0 and 49.5 in the 200m and 400m, whilst in the womens events there were good A string victories for Kelly Johnson in the 800m in 2:10.8, Julie Briscoe in the 3000m with 10:00.6, and Caroline Nutt in the PV with 3.00m. Also outstanding was Rimantas Martisauskas, who finished second on his debut for the club with a fine 14.09m in the Shot. Read Darren Thomas's excellent Men's Team Report
Match Result :- Wakefield 361, Leeds C 348, Sale 347, Trafford 331, Liverpool Pembroke 324, Gateshead 279. Full Match Results from NoEAA

1st May 2006. Chris Kirk Wins Gold at British Universities Championships.
Chris started his outdoor season with victory in the British Universities Championships at Birmingham, with a winning leap of 7.26m. There were several other club members competing for their universities, with Laura Whittingham just out of the medals with 5th places in both the Javelin and Shot. Results from BUSA.

30th April 2006. Young Athletes Win Opening League Meeting.
In the 1st match of the Northern Division 1E of the Young Athletes League the team made the long trip to Darlington and got their season off to a winning start. There were many individual victories, the best of which were Craig Simpson's U17 200m in 23.4, Mathew Twidale's U17 Javelin with 51.37m, Ben Homer's U15 1500m in 4:29.5, Katie McHale's U17 800m and 1500m in 2:24.4 and 5:04.1 and Lucy Walker's U13 High Jump of 1.34m. Ben won one of the Athlete of the Match awards.
Match Result :- Wakefield 393.5, Darlington 335.5, Blaydon 296.5, Holmfirth 285.5.

30th April 2006. Another Fine Run from Steve Tibbs in Rothwell 10k.
Steve Tibbs continued his good form, finishing 22nd (and 3rd Vet) in 35:03, and backed up by Tony Smith and Dave Dawson the Mens team finished 25th. Race Results from ukresults.net,

29th April 2006. New Club U20 100m Hurdles Record for Zara Hohn in USA.
Zara was competing in the Steve Scott Invitational Meeting at Irvine, Los Angeles California, and won her race, breaking her own Club U20 100m Hurdles Record with 13.85 secs. Our congratulations to her for another outstanding performance. Meeting Results from UC Irvine.

23rd April 2006. First Match in Combined in National Junior League.
In the first match of the combined men's and women's National Junior League Northern Premier division, at Sport City, Manchester the team had a disappointing start, finishing 8th team. Both teams were a bit depleted, but it was a good team effort, with many athletes taking part in several events.
Match Result :- Gateshead 543, Sale 509, Kingdom Ath 483.5, Liverpool H 450, Trafford 379, Leeds City 330.5, North Wales 289, Wakefield 265. Match Results in PDF.

23rd April 2006. Nine Wakefield Harriers Complete the London Marathon.
This year we had 9 athletes taking part in the Flora London Marathon, with Mark Ridgway leading the club home in 427th place out of 33,000 runners. In his first attempt at the challenging distance he ran a very respectable 2 hrs 47 mins 23 sec, which placed him 72nd in his age category. The other Wakefield finishers were Hugh Allen, Paul Croft, Mark Domaille, Jean-Pierre Whitfield, Alex Carr, Stuart Banister, Lee Taylor and Richard Twidale. Race Results from London Marathon website.

22nd April 2006. New records set at first WYTF League Meeting at Wakefield.
There was an excellent turnout of athletes, and 2 new league records were set at the opening WYTF League Meeting. Wakefield winners were William Rotherford (U11 75m), Josh Green (U15 80mH), Darren Thomas (Sen Jav), Sophie Ellerker (U15 80m), Mikaela Harrison (U17 300m), Fiona Thomas (Sen Shot) and Amy Ridsdale (Sen Discus).
Full Results from Wakefield :- Mens and Womens.

16th April 2006. Fine Run from Steve Tibbs in Stanwick 10K.
Steve came 5th out of over 300 runners in the Stanwick 10K road race, in his home county of Northamptonshire, finishing 2nd vet in a time of 35 mins 27 secs.

9th April 2006. Penny Thackray wins Sheffield Lord Mayors 10k.
Penny was first lady home, and 10th overall, in a time of 36 min 21 secs, with Angie Dickie taking the 2nd ladies prize in 37 mins 44secs. Results from race-results.co.uk.

9th April 2006. Mark Ridgway leads team to Victory in Wakefield Hospice 10k.
This annual race round the Merrie City centre proved as popular as ever, and despite the poor weather this year there were around 1200 enthusiastic participants. A resurgent Mark Ridgway showed his younger team mates Nathan Elliot and Chris Price the way home, and the trio finished 8th, 9th and 11th to win the team prize. In addition Mark won the M40 vets category, Nathan was first Junior man, and there was also a good run from Dave Brailsford in 37th, to take the M50 prize. Julie Briscoe had an excellent run, and was clear winner of the Women's race in the superb time of 35 mins 24 secs. Race Results from John Schofield's ukresults.net and some Race Photos from Tony Audsley

8th April 2006. Good Turnout at the Wakefield Spring Open Meeting.
The club successfully hosted its first track and field meeting of the season, and despite the blustery weather there were several fine performances from Wakefield athletes. There were good sprint doubles from Craig Simpson, Mikaela Harrison and Fiona Thomas, and an impressive 200m/400m double from Jonathan Shearn. William Rotherforth also gained two victories in the U11 80m and Long Jump. Leading Results in Excel.

2nd April 2006. Aine Hoban Runs Excellent 10000m PB in California.
Competing in the Stanford Relays meeting in California, former GB Junior cross country international Aine continued her excellent form, getting to within 24 seconds of the UKA Development Standard for Gothenburg with a new 10000 metres PB of 33 mins 44.22 secs.

2nd April 2006. Vets Runners Pack Well in Ackworth Half Marathon.
The club had several veteran runners competing in the Ackworth Half Marathon, with Mark Ridgway making a rare appearance on the reads as part of his preparations for the London Marathon. He finished 36th, and was followed by other veterans Dave Brailsford in 98th, Richard West in 109th, and Paul Croft in 112th, out of over 700 runners. Dave took the M50 prize. Race Results from Sportsoft.

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