Wakefield Harriers

2006 Club News July - September

24th September 2006. Steve Tibbs First Vet in Corby 5 Mile Road Race
Steve Tibbs made a trip back to his home county, Northamptonshire, to run the Corby 5. On a rain soaked hilly course, Steve came 5th overall, but managed to take the first Vet40 prize in 30min 33s. Steve’s wife, Denise Tibbs, also ran exceptionally well, getting back to fitness after a 9 month lay off, taking 2nd Vet40 lady prize in 39min 52s.

17th September 2006. September Open Meeting and Club Championships.
There was an excellent turnout of athletes for the September Open Meeting, with visitors from all over the North of England visiting us at Thornes Park. In some events, particularly the men's throwing events the standard was very high, especially the Shot where Rimantas Martisauskas won against top class competition. Jonathan Shearn won all three senior sprint events, and Callum Whitham had a fine U15 sprint double. Leading ladies performers were Grace Eyles with two U13 victories in the jumps, and a welcome return to competition for Rosie Hackney, winning the U15 200m and Long Jump in style. Mikaela Harrison had another fast 300m win, as well as winning the hurdles. The meeting also incorporated the Club Track and Field Championships, which were well supported. List of Club Championships Winners.
Full Meeting Results :- Mens and Womens.

16th September 2006. U15 Boys Team Win Team Race at Yorkshire Road Relays.
The Senior Women's team were severely depleted in the Yorkshire Road Relays at the Don Valley Stadium at Sheffield, but the team of Sarah Beevers, Helen Singleton, Shirley Griffiths and Alice Butler still finished a creditable 4th. We had quite a lot of success in the younger age groups road races, with our U13 girls finishing 2nd team, and the U15 boys team winning their team race. Ben Homer won the race with Dale Worton not far behind in 2nd, and Sam Bucknall completing the team. Results in Excel of all races from Sportsoft

16th September 2006. Emily Freeman Competes for Europe in World Cup Final
Emily was on international duty yet again, this time competing for Team Europe with the rest of the Great Britain 4 x 100m relay team. Unfortunately for Emily and the rest of the team there was a mix up at the second changeover by the officials, which spoilt the race. Full story from UK Athletics.

10th September 2006. New Club 3000m Record for New Member Chloe Patchett.
Within days of joining the club Chloe made her mark by running a New Club U17 3000m Record of 10 min 26.05s in the UK School Games at Glasgow. She is clearly going to be a great asset to the club, and we send her our congratulations.

10th September 2006. Club Members in Action at York Open Meeting.
The club had several club members competing in the Open Medal Meeting at York.
Meeting Results in Excel.

3rd September 2006. Vets Team Finish 9th in Leeds Country Way Relay.
The Mens Vets team lost their vets title in this year's Leeds Country Way Relay, but still did well to finish 9th team overall, and 2nd Vets team. They were well placed after the first 4 legs but couldn't quite maintain it in the later stages.
Download full results from Kippax Harriers. & Photo Gallery from Tony Audsley.

3rd September 2006. Mikaela Harrison Amongst Record Breakers at WYT&F Championships.
There was some good competition at the end of season Championships of the West Yorkshire Track & Field League at Cleckheaton, with four Championship records being set. Mikaela Harrison showed great form by taking a tenth of a second off the U17 300m record with 41.2s, as well as winning the 200m in a fast 26.1s. The club's other winners were Molly Timms (U13G Discus), Lucy Holmes (U15G 200m & Shot), Laura Timms (U15G 800m), Faye Mitchell (U17L Long Jump), Will Rotherford (U11B 75m & Long Jump), Daniel Franks (U11B 600m), Thomas Atkinson (U15B 800m), Ben Homer (U15B 1500m) and Craig Westerman (U15B Discus).
Full Championship Results :- Mens and Womens.

27th August 2006. New Club 800m Record for Charlene Snelgrove at UK Challenge Final .
At the UK Challenge Final at Sports City Manchester Charlene won the 800m with a New Club 800m Record of 2 min 02.89s. In what was her last race of the season she set a great pace with 59.11 at the bell and 90.0 at 600m, and kept her form to the finish. Chris Kirk came third in the Long Jump with 7.24m, and Laura Whittingham was also third, throwing 45.84m in the Javelin. Zara Hohn came 2nd and 5th in the 100mH and 100m respectively.

27th August 2006. Combined Team Finishes 4th in North of England Inter-Club Cup.
The combined men's and women's team came 4th in the North of England Inter-Club Cup Final at Cudworth. The star performance was by Rimantas Martisauskas, who threw a New Club Shot Putt Record of 16.55m, improving his mark he set earlier in the season. In the women's competitions we had victories from Mikaela Harrison in the 400m, Kelly Johnson in the 800m, Caroline Nutt in the Pole Vault, Debbie Collinson in the Shot, and the women's 4 x 400m relay.
Match Result :- Trafford 253, Sale 200, Blackburn 198, Wakefield 182, Boston 168, Chesterfield 154, Blackpool 126, Nestle Rowntrees 73. Download Full Results from NoE website.

24th August 2006. Results of Fourth Reindeer Romp.
In the fourth and final race in this off-road series, held as a 3 x 2-mile relay, the Wakefield vets team of Steve Tibbs, Pete McNamara and Dave Brailsford came 3rd, with the 2nd Harriers team in 5th. Well done to race series organiser Tony Audsley. Results in Excel.

20th August 2006. Emily Freeman Competes for Great Britain in International Match
Emily was on international duty again, competing for Great Britain in the International Match against the USA, Russia and China at Birmingham. She ran in the 200m in a top class field, which included the World Champion Alison Felix. Felix won in a new UK All-Comers record, with Emily finishing 6th in 23.44s. She also ran the second leg in the 4 x 100m relay, where the team came third.

18th August 2006. Zara Hohn Finishes 5th in World Junior Championships.
Zara performed fantastically for the Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland team in the IAAF World Junior Championships in Beijing. In the 100m Hurdles she was third in her semi-final in 13.71s, just outside her personal best, and then in the final ran a New U20 and Senior Club Record of 13.62 seconds, finishing in a marvellous 5th place. This was one of the greatest ever achievements by a club member, and we all send her our congratulations.
Results from IAAF Championships site.

13th August 2006. Emily Freeman Wins Silver Medal with Great Britain in European Champs
Emily ran the third leg for the Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland team in the 4 x 100m relay at the European Championships in Gothenburg. She ran an excellent third leg to help Great Britain to win Silver medals in the event. This was a marvellous achievement for Emily and she even got an interview on BBC Look North ! We all send her our congratulations. See photos of Emily showing off here medal to club members.

13th August 2006. Results of Final WYT&F League Meeting at Cleckheaton.
The final meeting of the West Yorkshire Track & Field League took place at a windy Cleckheaton, with the poor weather and holidays reducing the turnout a little. Will Rotherford won the U11 boys 75m to help him win the overall individual league title, closely followed by Daniel Franks. Wakefield won the team categories in the U11 and U15 age groups, with the boys and men coming 2nd overall. In the U15 girls Lucy Holmes won the 200m and Long Jump to help her win her age group league title. The club won the team categories in the U13, U15 and U17 age groups, ensuring that Wakefield easily won the girls and women's overall competition.
Full Meeting Results :- Mens and Womens. Final League Positions :- Mens and Womens.

12th August 2006. Chris Kirk Wins Long Jump at UK Challenge JumpsFest.
At the UK Challenge JumpsFest at the Northwood Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Chris won the men's Long Jump Elite competition with 7.54m - his second best performance of the season - and swept into the lead in the season's UK Challenge Series. Chris has been consistently around the 7.50m mark this season and currently lies 8th in the UK senior rankings.

12th August 2006. Thomas Atkinson Breaks Club 800m Record Again.
Thomas ran another PB and a New Club U15 800m Record of 2min 04.99s in the British Milers Club Nike Northern Grand Prix Final at Sports City, Manchester. He was one of several club members competing in this high class meeting, with Nathan Elliot running 4min 03.88s in the U20 1500m, and Charlene Snelgrove winning the women's 800m 'A' race in a fast 2min 4.64s. Kelly Johnson came 3rd in the 800m 'B' race in 2min 11.06, and Helen Singleton finished 2nd in the 800m 'C race in 2min 13.69s, whilst Lucy O'Gorman came 7th in the 1500m 'B' race with 4min 38.48s. Full results from BMC

6th August 2006. Thomas Atkinson Finishes 5th in AAAs U15 Championships.
New member Thomas Atkinson ran a PB and New Club U15 800m Record in the AAAs U15 Championships at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. He ran 2min 05.39s to come 5th in the final on 6th August, but ran the even quicker time of 2min 05.16s the previous day in the heats. Our congratulations go to Thomas on this fine achievement.

6th August 2006. Senior Women Finish 5th in 3rd UK Women's League match.
In their final Division 2 match in the UK Women's League at Liverpool the senior team came 5th, a result which leaves them finishing the season in fourth place overall. Although this is a little disappointing after the victory in the first match, it still means that we are ranked 12th overall in the UK, which is still a position of which the club can be proud. In the match itself our best result came in the 800m, where Charlene Snelgrove and Kelly Johnson won the 'A' and 'B' string races in good times. Laura Whittingham came second in the Javelin, with Bethany Staniland winning the 'B' event. Bethany made a huge contribution to the team, with 3 Grade C performances in the throws that netted a total of 23 points, making her the top points scoring athlete in the whole match.
Match Result :- 1 Cardiff AAC 209; 2 City of Glasgow AC 199; 3 Team Southampton 181; 4 Wigan and District 134.5; 5 Wakefield and District Harriers 127.5; 6 Havering Mayesbrook AC 120; 7 Liverpool Harriers 119; 8 Swansea Harriers 118.
Final Positions :- 1 City of Glasgow 21.5; 2 Cardiff AAC 20.5; 3 Wigan and District 13 (435.5); 4 Wakefield and District Harriers 13 (384.5); 5 Team Southampton 12.5; 6 Havering Mayesbrook 12; 7 Swansea 9; Liverpool 6.5. Full Results in pdf from gbrathletics.com

6th August 2006. Combined Team Finish 6th in Final North of England League match.
The combined men's and women's team had a disappointing end to their season, finishing 6th in the fourth and final match in Division 1 of the North of England League, at Manchester. The result leaves them finishing in 4th place, in what ended up being a competitive division. Our sprinters were in good form, with Christina Clubley winning the women's 100m and Ricardo Francis winning the men's 100m and 200m. And they were matched by the Shot putters, with Debbie Collinson and Rimantus Mantisauskas winning their events. Full Results in pdf from NoEAA website
Match Result :- Leeds C 389, Sale 375, Trafford 363, Liverpool Pembroke Sefton 328, Gateshead 322, Wakefield 269.
Final League Positions :- Leeds C 23, Trafford 15, Sale 14, Wakefield 13, Liverpool Pembroke Sefton 10, Gateshead 9.

30th July 2006. Several Harriers Compete for Yorkshire in NoE Inter-Counties.
The club had several athletes competing for Yorkshire in the North of England Inter-Counties Championships at Gateshead. Chris Kirk came second in the Long Jump behind British record holder Chris Tomlinson with 7.26m and Kelly Johnson won the 800m comfortably in 2 min 12.3s. Tracy Hilton was 2nd in the 400m hurdles in 64.84s and Rebecca Birch came 4th in the Discus with 37.23m. In the U15 girls Lucy Holmes was 4th in the 100m in 13.19s, and competed in the 200m leg of the medley relay race.

29th/30th July 2006. Naida Bromley Wins BUSF Combined Events Championships
Competing for her university of Brunel, Naida won the Heptathlon at the British Universities Combined Events Championships at Cardiff, with a score of 4534 points.

29th July 2006. Emily Freeman Selected for GB Team for European Championships
Once again Emily has been selected for the Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland team, this time for the European Championships in Gothenburg from August 7-13th. She is in the squad for the 4 x 100m relay, and we send her our congratulations.

29th July 2006. Laura Whittingham Second in UK Challenge ThrowsFest.
Laura continued her fine form in the festival of throwing events at Birmingham, coming 2nd in the Javelin with an excellent 49.24m. She is now consistently around the 50m mark and currently lies 4th in the UK senior rankings.

28th July 2006. Laura Whittingham and Emily Freeman at Crystal Palace.
Laura and Emily were in action at the televised London Grand Prix meeting at Crystal Palace, and both performed close to their best. Emily came 3rd in the 200m in 23.48s, and Laura finished 4th in the Javelin with 49.80m.

27th July 2006. Results of Third Reindeer Romp.
In the third race in this popular off-road series from the Reindeer Inn at Middlestown, the Wakefield team was led home by Alan Slack in 9th, with over 65 veteran Brian Fozzard finishing 44th, to take the overall race series prize in his category. Results in Excel.

26th July 2006. Results of Sixth WYT&F League Meeting at South Leeds.
The popularity of the West Yorkshire League this season continues, with another large turnout of athletes. Will Rotherford won the U11 boys 80m and leads the league with just one meeting left, whilst in the U15 girls Lucy Holmes had two victories in the 200m and Shot, and now leads her age group. In the overall team positions Wakefield easily lead the women's competition, whilst the men lie second. Full Meeting Results :- Mens and Womens.

23rd July 2006. Young Athletes League Match 4 at Thornes Park.
Still awaiting results.

23rd July 2006. Chris Kirk and Zara Hohn Win Gold in AAA U20 & U23 Championships.
Success continues to come to Zara as she took the AAA U20 100m Hurdles title at Bedford, in the fast time of 13.75s. She actually hit a hurdle in the final, and ran even quicker in the heats, with 13.74s. Her victory confirmed her selection for Beijing, and she has now clearly established herself as the UK’s leading junior sprint hurdler. Ricardo Francis and Nathan Elliot were also competing but failed to make their finals.
In the U23 Championships Chris Kirk was back on form as he won the Long Jump title with a fine leap of 7.41m, whilst Laura Whittingham took bronze in the Javelin with 50.28m, and Lucy O'Gorman finished 5th in the 5000m with 17min 57.3s.

23rd July 2006. Vets Team finish 6th in Yorkshire Vets Road Relays at Esholt.
The team weren't at full strength this year, but the Men's O/40 Vets team acquitted themselves well. They finished in 6th place, with Mark Ridgway having an excellent run, being 4th fastest overall. The O/50 team finished 15th in their race. Mens O/40 results, Mens O/50 results

15th July 2006. Two Club Records in 4th National Junior League Match.
The combined men's and women's junior team again struggled against strong opposition in the 4th round of the National Junior League Northern Premier division at Wrexham. The team finished 8th again, but there were some excellent individual performances, including 2 club records. Rebecca Birch came 3rd in the Discus improving her U20 Club Discus Record with 39.51m, whilst Katie McHale equalled her U17 800m Record with 2m 16.7s. Tiffany Lyons was the club's only winner in the High Jump with a fine 1.66m, and also performing to his usual high standard was Ricardo Francis (100m in 11.4 & 200m in 22.6).
Match Result :- Trafford 518, Gateshead 492.5, Sale 485, Leeds City 443.5, Kingdom Ath 433, Liverpool H 387.5, North Wales 266.5, Wakefield 251. Full Results.

15th/16th July 2006. Medals for Emily Freeman and Laura Whittingham at AAA Championships.
At the AAA Championships and European Trials at Manchester there were some outstanding performances from some of our leading athletes. Emily Freeman finished an outstanding 2nd in the 200m in 23.53 secs behind Joyce Maduaka, and Laura Whittingham was an excellent 3rd in the Javelin with 50.22m, both close to their bests. Charlene Snelgrove was a fine 7th in the 800m final with 2 min 4.80s, but did run her best ever time and New Club 800m Record of 2 min 03.10s in the heats. In the men's competitions Chris Kirk couldn't match the fine form he has shown so far this season, and finished 10th in the Long Jump.

12th July 2006. Results of Fifth WYT&F League Meeting at Cleckheaton.
There was another League record at the 5th league meeting at Cleckheaton. The club's winners on the night were Molly Timms (U13 girls Shot), and Dale Worton (U15 boys 1500m) and Laura Timms (U15 girls 1500m) with good front running victories on the track.
Full Meeting Results :- Mens and Womens.

9th July 2006. Club Win First Round Match in North of England Inter-Club Cup.
The combined men's and women's team coasted into the next round with a comfortable win at Middlesborough.
Match Result :- Wakefield 106, Nestle Rowntrees 95.5, Middlesborough 80.5, Morpeth 79.

7/8th July 2006. Katie McHale Breaks Club Record at English Schools Championships.
At the English Schools T & F Championships at Gateshead several club members were representing West and South Yorkshire, and competed with distinction. There were no medals for club members this year, but Katie McHale narrowly missed making the Intermediate Girls 800m final, and broke the club U17 800m record with 2 min 16.73s. Tiffany Lyons came 11th in the Senior Girls High Jump with 1.63m. Full Results from ESAA website.

7th July 2006. Zara Hohn Breaks Club U20 100m Hurdles Record again in Germany.
Zara performed admirably for the Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland Junior Team at the Mannheim International in Germany, by twice running the qualifying time for the IAAF World Junior Championships to be staged in Beijing later this season. She was second in her heat in a personal best and New U20 and Senior Club Record of 13.70 seconds (wind: +0.6), and then clocked 13.71 in the final (wind: +1.6 m/s) for equal third place.

2nd July 2006. Combined Team Finish 5th in Third North of England League match.
The combined men's and women's team slipped to 5th in the third match in Division 1 of the North of England League at Liverpool, but the result still leaves them in second place in the division. There were many good performances, the best for age being that of U17 Katie McHale, who in winning the 800m 'B' race ran a New Club U17 800m record of 2 min 17.3s. In what was our best event Kelly Johnson won the 'A' race in an excellent 2 min 10.5s.
Our men's 'A' string winners were Rob Lee with 13.12m in the Triple Jump, and Matthew Clay making a surprise appearance with 6.46m in the Long Jump, and there was a very strong showing from the male sprinters and jumpers. Read Darren Thomas's detailed Men's Team Report
Match Result :- Leeds C 369, Trafford 330.5, Sale 318, Liverpool Pembroke Sefton 299, Wakefield 269.5, Gateshead 259. Full Results in pdf from NoEAA website

2nd July 2006. Disappointing Turnout in UK Women's League match.
The senior team had a severe dent in their campaign in the UK Women's League Division 2, finishing 8th in the 2nd match at Swansea. International call ups and injuries depleted the team, leaving them short in many events, but the athletes who made the long journey to South Wales all performed admirably, with many doubling up. Tracey Hilton was our highest finisher with 2nd in the 400m Hurdles.
Match Result :- Glasgow 223, Swansea 178, Cardiff 177, Havering Mayesbrook 158, Southampton 147, Wigan 138, Liverpool 102, Wakefield 81. Full Results in pdf from gbrathletics.com

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