Wakefield Harriers

2008 Club News April - June

29th Jun 2008. New Club Record & Olympic Qualifying Height for Martyn Bernard.
Martyn Bernard jumped a new outdoor PB and a New Club High Jump Record of 2.30m in a high-quality high jump meeting in Eberstadt, Germany. He finished joint-first with Cuba’s Victor Moya, and defeated amongst others Olympic Champion Stefan Holm and European champion Andrey Silnov. This excellent performance means that Martyn now has the 'A' Olympic Qualifying mark for Beijing. Report from Athletics Weekly.

29th Jun 2008. Chiedu Ufodiama Awarded Athlete of Match by Colin Jackson.
The club hosted the 3rd match of the Humber Division of the National Junior League at Thornes Park, and finished 3rd overall in the combined men's and women's competitions. Chiedu Ufodiama was awarded the Man of the Match with his good wins in the Discus with 41.14m and Shot with 12.50m, and received his medal from non other than former World Record Holder and Olympic Silver Medallist Colin Jackson. He was there with a BBC film crew who were running a story on a group of Sudanese athletes seeking asylum in the country, and who are competing for Rotherham. They helped Rotherham to victory, but also pushed our own talented middle distance runners Dale Worton, Sam Bucknell and Ben Homer to quick times, and the chance to appear on TV. There were other grade 2 performances from James Mitchell and Andrew Pobischan who both ran the 200m in 22.7s, Reagan Wright (100m in 12.6s and 200m in 25.7s) and Kirby Akindeinde (LJ 5.04m and TJ 10.03m).
Match Result :- Rotherham 459, Kingston U Hull 416, Wakefield 336, Sheffield 270, Scunthorpe 124, Grimsby 88, Hull Achilles 75. Full Results.

Chiedu collecting the Man of the Match award from surprise visitor Colin Jackson.

28th Jun 2008. Another Personal Best for Zara Hohn.
Zara Hohn improved her fastest ever time for the 100m Hurdles yet again when running 13.49s at the MASZ Honved International meeting in Budapest, Hungary. Unfortunately the time was assisted by a 2.3 m/s trailing wind, so once again can't count as a club record, and she also ran a legal 13.70s in the heats.

27th Jun 2008. Another Fast Time for Charlene Thomas in France.
Charlene Thomas was in action in the 1500m at the Metropole Meeting at Lille in France, and ran another fast time of 4m 08.56s when placing 4th in her race. Meeting Results.

26th Jun 2008. Results of Second Reindeer Romp Off-Road Race.
In spite of the appalling weather there was still a good turnout of 60 runners for the second of the Reindeer Romp Series of off-road races, from the Reindeer Inn at Overton. First Harrier home again was Pete McNamara in 8th, ahead of Brian Horsfall and Tony White, with Alex Potter the first Wakefield lady to finish. Race Results

22nd Jun 2008. Club Finishes 3rd in 4th Young Athletes League Match.
In the 4th fixture of the Northern Premier division of the Young Athletes League which the club hosted at Thornes Park, the team were stronger than last time, but once again came 3rd. The U17 men's team were particularly strong, with good wins from Thomas Atkinson (400m 50.9s), Tom Coney (800m 2m 08.3s & 1500m SC 5m 03.7s), Dale Worton (3000m 9m 30.9s), Josh Green (400mH 59.6s), Craig Westerman (Shot 10.41m), William Mulroy (HJ 1.80m) & the 4 x 400m Relay team who just missed the club record.
In addition there were Grade 1 performances from Tom Leyshon (U15B HJ 1.75m), Rebecca Watts (U15G 100m 'A' 12.7s), Grace Eyles (U15G 100m 'B' 12.7s) and Charlotte Bree (U15G 200m 26.6s). We also had Grade 2 performances from Daniel Franks (U13B 800m 2m 27.5s), Lucy Holmes (U17G 200m 26.0s), Rosie Ellis (U17G Discus 27.22m), Beth Porter (U15G 80mH 'A' 12.4s & Shot 8.69m), Sam Brooke U15G 80mH 'B' 12.4s), Grace Eyles (U15G Long Jump 4.84m), Hannah Yates (U15G Discus 23.58m) & Zoe Kerins (U13G 75m 10.6s). Zoe and the other girls in her race ran exceptional times in the 150m, but unfortunately the timekeepers missed the gun and started their watches late, so her 19.2s can't count as a club record !
Match Result :- Leeds City 417, Kingston-Upon-Hull 371, Wakefield 359, Southport Waterloo 338. Download Full Match Results from YAL.

21st/22nd Jun 2008. Lucy O'Gorman Wins English U23 5000m Championships.
At the England U20 and U23 Championships at Bedford Lucy O'Gorman had one of the best results of her career when winning the U23 5000m title in 17m 04.21s. Zara Hohn ran her fastest ever time for the 100m Hurdles when coming 3rd in the final in 13.55s. Unfortunately the time was assisted by a 2.4 m/s trailing wind, so can't count as a club record, but is still a great performance. Zara ran a legal 13.75s in the heats, and also in the heats Jack Hallas ran 1m 55.37s in the U20 800m, Reagen Wright 12.9s in the U20 100m, Nathan Elliot 4m 13.2 in the U23 1500m, and Ricardo Francis 22.93 in the U23 200m. Meeting results from England Athletics.

21st Jun 2008. Emily Freeman Close to Club 100m Record in France.
Emily was selected for the Great Britain and NI team for the European Cup in Annecy, France, and for a warm up won the 'B' 100m race in 11.37s into a headwind, which is just 1/100th of a second her best. Unfortunately an injury niggle meant she couldn't take part in the relay after all. Race Results

18th Jun 2008. New WYT&F League Record for Thomas Leyshon.
At the 4th WYT&F League Meeting at Wakefield Thomas Leyshon broke the league record for the U15 boys High Jump with his leap of 1.73m. In spite of the poor weather there was another league record set in the U15 girls 200m, with Grace Eyles not far off the old record as well. There were good wins for Benjamin Read (U11B 600m 1:55.0), Daniel Franks (U13B 800m 2:26.5), Liam Benson (U15B 800m 2:18.9), Craig Westerman (U17M Shot 10.98m), and for the girls Zoe Kerins (U13G 80m 10.8), Hannah Yates (U15G Discus 20.46m), Lucy Holmes (U17L 200m 26.7), Alice Lightfoot (U17L Discus 16.79m) and Shirley Griffiths (SL 800m 2:23.2).
Results from Wakefield :- Mens and Womens.

15th Jun 2008. Bradford Millenium Way Relay Results.
The club once again had 3 teams competing in the Bradford Millenium Way Relay, with the men's vets team being the first of our teams home. They finished in 12th place overall and 2nd vets team out of the 42 competing teams. Download results in Excel from St. Bedes AC.

14th/15th Jun 2008. Northern Athletics Title for Zara Hohn.
At the Northern Athletics Senior/U20 Champs at Sport City, Manchester, Zara Hohn won the 100m Hurdles in 13.98s, as well as taking silver in the 100m in 12.36s. Kelly Johnson won silver in the senior women's 800m in 2m 11.11s, Craig Simpson won bronze in the U20 400m in a new PB of 49.67s, Jack Hallas bronze in the U20 800m in 1m 56.11s, and Helen Singleton came 3rd in the senior women's 1500m in 4m 34.97s. Full Results

14th Jun 2008. New Club 200m Record & Olympic Qualifying Time from Emily Freeman.
Emily took advantage of the good and legal wind conditions to run a fantastic PB and New Club 200m Record of 22.72 secs, when winning the 200m at the Golden Spike Meeting at Leiden in Holland. This time easily beats the Olympic Qualifying 'A' standard, sweeps her to the top of this year's UK rankings, and moves her up to 6th in the UK all-time rankings. Enjoying the form of her life, she also won the 100m in 11.39s, which is close to her best.

14th Jun 2008. New Club 1500m Record from Charlene Thomas in Morocco.
Charlene gave her Olympic hopes a further boost by running a New Club 1500m Record of 4 mins 07.74 secs when finishing 6th in the International Meeting at the Moroccan capital of Rabat. She is now just a few tenths of a second away from the Olympic Qualifying 'A' standard of 4m 07.0, and in a competitive event her time ranks her 4th in the UK this season. Results from Rabat.

14th Jun 2008. Two New Club Records in West Yorkshire Schools Championships.
At the West Yorkshire Schools Athletics Championships at Thornes Park, the club had many athletes competing for their school's districts with great distinction, and with 2 athletes breaking club records on their way to victory.
Lauren Procter won the Intermediate Girls 1500m in a New Club U17 Record of 4m 33.8s, which was also a new Championship Best performance. Another CBP was set by Thomas Leyshon in winning the Intermediate Boys High Jump with 1.80m (just 1cm short of the club record), whilst Josh Green won the 400m Hurdles in a New Club U17 Record of 58.7s in the same age group.
Other club members did exceptionally well too, with many other victories in most age groups. In the Senior Boys the club's winners were Chris Brennan (100m in 12.0s), Andrew Probischan (400m in 50.7s), Jack Hallas (800m in 1m 55.5s) and Chiedu Ufodiama (Shot with 13.44m and Discus with 40.14m). In the Intermediate Boys age group Tom Atkinson (800m in 1m 57.2s), Dale Worton (1500m in 4m 08.4s), Ben Homer (3000m in 9m 04.0s, with Sam Bucknall 2nd in 9m 20.3s), Nathan Bolton (1500m SC in 4m 59.9s), Will Mulroy (High Jump in 1.80m) and Joe Charlesworth (Javelin with 52.30m) were all victorious.
For the girls, in the Senior Girls age group we had Katie McHale winning the 1500m in 4m 44.5s. In the Junior Girls section Grace Eyles won the Long Jump with 5.16m, and was 2nd in the 200m in 26.2s, and Samantha Brook won the 800m in 2m 23.7s and Sally Smith the 1500m in 4m 53.5s. Results

10th Jun 2008. Emily Freeman Selected for GB European Cup Team.
As a result of her recent excellent form Emily has been selected for the Norwich Union Great Britain and NI team for the European Cup in Annecy, France, later this month. As last year she is in the squad for the 4 x 100m relay, and we send her our congratulations.
Details of GB team from UK Athletics.

8th Jun 2008. Club Enter Barnsley Boundary Relay for the First Time.
A mixed team of runners from the club entered the Barnsley Boundary Relay, a long distance multi-terrain relay race of 10 legs. They finished 9th out of the 16 competing teams. Results from Barnsley AC

8th Jun 2008. New Club 200m Record for Emily Freeman in Germany.
In the women's 200m at Regensburg, Germany, Emily Freeman led home a British 1-2-3 with a superb new PB of 23.01s, which is a New Club 200m Record. This time is just a tantalising 1/100th of a second off the Olympic 'A' qualifying time, which must surely now be within Emily's reach given the right competition. It also places her 2nd in this year's UK rankings, and 20th on the UK all-time list!

8th Jun 2008. Women's Team Finish 5th in UK Women's League.
In the first match of the UK Women's League Division 3 at Stevenage the team was very short of athletes, but still finished a creditable 5th. The club's best event was the 800m, where Kelly Johnson and Helen Singleton won the 'A' and 'B' races in 2m 08.2s and 2m 10.4s respectively. The best individual performance was by Zara Hohn, winning the 100m Hurdles in a fast 13.6s, and Tiffeny Lyons also won the High Jump with 1.60m.
Match Result :- Blackheath & Bromley H&AC 204, Enfield & Haringey AC 170, Thames Valley Harriers 169, Newham & Essex Beagles AC 168.5, Wakefield H 137, Reading AC 130, Herts Phoenix AC 119.5, Wigan & D. Harriers AC 81 Full Results

7th Jun 2008. Combined Team Finish 3rd in North of England League Match 2.
In the second match of the North of England League Division 1 at Blackburn the senior men's and women's teams had a good result to finish 3rd. The best events for the men were the 1500m, where Jack Hallas and U17 Dale Worton won the A & B races in good times of 4m 01.2 & 4m 08.1, and the Javelin, where Mark Lindsay won with 55.33m. Multi-eventers Darren Thomas and Mark Smith also amassed lots of points in several events. For the women U17 Lauren Proctor won the 800m in 2m 14.7s, Fiona Thomas won the Shot with 11.02m and Tiffeny Lyons the High Jump with 1.60m.
Match Result :- Blackburn 446, Bolton 376, Wakefield 371, Trafford 282, Leeds City 280, City of Manchester 227. Download results in pdf

7th Jun 2008. New Club U15 800m Record for Sally Smith.
Competing at Stretford in the BMC PB Classic meeting Sally Smith won her 800m race in a New U15 Club Record of 2 mins 18.9s, beating the previous record that was jointly owned by Vicky Wood and Katie McHale. Download results in Excel

4th Jun 2008. Charlene Thomas Breaks Club 1500m Record.
Charlene Thomas ran away from the field in the women's invitation 1500m at the St Mary's Classic meeting at Twickenham in London, to win in 4m 09.63s. This time is a New Club 1500m Record by 1 1/100th of a second, and ranks her 3rd in the UK this season so far. With the Olympic 'A' standard being 4m 07.00s Charlene is sure to be one of the leading contenders in the GB Olympic Trials. Report from UK Athletics and Download Meeting Results in Excel.

3rd Jun 2008. Martyn Bernard Jumps 2.27m in Sweden.
Martyn Bernard opened his season with a solid start with a 2.27m victory in the High Jump at the Folksam Grand Prix meeting at Malmo in Sweden. This jump puts him 3rd in the UK rankings at this early stage of the season. Meeting Results

1st Jun 2008. Club Finishes 3rd in 3rd Young Athletes League Match.
In the 3rd fixture of the Northern Premier division of the Young Athletes League at the Wirral the team were once again short of athletes in some events, but still came 3rd. Once again our star performer was Zoe Kerins with two outstanding grade 1 performances in the U13 girls events, winning the 75m in 10.3s and the 150m in 20.3s. We also had excellent grade 2 performances from Marcus Nixey who won the U17M 400m in 52.3s, Rosie Ellis winning the U17L Discus with 25.88m, Grace Eyles winning the U15G Long Jump with 4.73m and coming 2nd in the 100m in 13.0s, and Bethany Porter who won the U15G 75m Hurdles in 12.2s and came 2nd in the Shot with 8.62m. The under 17 men also did well to win both their relays.
Match Result :- Sale Harriers 455, Wirral 418, Wakefield 280, West Cheshire 266.
Download Full Match Results from YAL.

1st Jun 2008. A Fast Hurdles Run from Zara Hohn at Bedford.
Zara Hohn finished 2nd in the 100m Hurdles at the Bedford International Games in the fast time of 13.65s, a time which is just 0.03s off her club record, and which currently ranks her 5th in the UK.

1st Jun 2008. 3rd Round of the Yorkshire Vets Grand Prix series.
The club successfully hosted the 3rd round of the Yorkshire Vets Grand Prix series, at Haw Park Woods, near Walton. The scenic course was popular as usual, in spite of the heavy rain, and there were a record 150 runners for this year's race. The Wakefield team of Adam Cooper 11th, Pete McNamara 14th, Keith Singleton 37th and Tony Audsley 42nd came 6th. Results from YVAA

31st May 2008. Another Fast 200m from Emily Freeman in Switzerland.
Emily Freeman easily won her 200m race in 23.27s at the Geneva EAP meeting in Switzerland, a time which is close to her best, and which currently ranks her 3rd in the UK.

31st May 2008. PBs Galore for Middle Distance Runners at Manchester BMC Races.
There were personal bests galore at the BMC Races at Sports City Manchester, where most of the clubs' top middle distance runners were in action. Jack Hallas made a huge step forward with his 800m in 1m 53.06s, as did U17 runner Dale Worton, who broke the 2 mins barrier for the first time with an excellent 1m 57.52s. Thomas Atkinson ran a season's best of 1m 56.79s in his 800m. Kelly Johnson improved her 800m PB with a fine 2m 05.63s, and Lucy O'Gorman and Helen Singleton improved their 1500m bests with 4m 24.07s and 4m 26.68s respectively. Lauren Proctor was very close to her best with her 1500m in 4m 36.48s, as was Chris Price with his 4m 11.45s. Some excellent performances indeed, with most of those runners high up in the UK rankings. Meeting Results from athleticsdata.com

29th May 2008. Fast 1500m from Charlene Thomas in Belgrade.
Charlene Thomas had her first 1500m race of the season at the Artur Takatch Memorial Meeting in Belgrade in Serbia, and showed she will be in contention for a place at Beijing by coming a close 3rd in 4m 11.61s, just behind other Olympic hopefuls Susan Scott and Lisa Dobrinskey. Race Results

29th May 2008. Results of First Reindeer Romp Off-Road Race.
There was a record turnout of runners for the first of Tony Audsley's Reindeer Romp Series of off-road races, from the Reindeer Inn at Overton. First Harrier home was Pete McNamara in 8th, just 2 seconds ahead of Paul Hallas, and with Brian Horsfall making a welcome return as 3rd scorer the men's team finished 3rd. First Wakefield lady to finish was Chloe Patchett, from Alex Potter and Jayne Patchett. Race Results and some pictures.

28th May 2008. Results of 3rd WYT&F League Meeting at Cleckheaton.
At the 3rd meeting of the West Yorkshire League at Cleckheaton there was still a good turnout, in spite of the wet conditions. Wakefield's winners on the night were William Rotherforth in the M13 Long Jump with 4.45m, Craig Westerman in the M15 Shot with 10.83m, Fiona Thomas in the ladies Shot with 11.11m, and Grace Eyles who won the L15 100m in 13.1s, from Rebecca Watts and Bethany Sharp. After the first 3 meetings Wakefield's ladies have a clear lead, whilst in a much tighter men's competition we lie in 2nd place.
Results from Cleckheaton :- Mens and Womens.

25th/26th May 2008. Zara Hohn Finishes 2nd in the Inter Counties Championships.
Two members of Wakefield Harriers were selected to compete for Yorkshire in the CAU Inter Counties Championships at Bedford. Zara Hohn came an excellent 2nd in the 100m Hurdles in 14.00s, which was a good time into a headwind. She also competed in the 100m, and Mikaela Harrison ran in the 400m.

25th May 2008. Team Finish 2nd in National Junior League Match 2.
The club had a good result in the 2nd match of the Humber Division at Scunthorpe, Quibell Park, finishing 2nd overall in the combined men's and women's competitions. Chiedu Ufodiama was a good winner of the Discus and Shot with fine throws of 40.05m & 12.96m respectively, whilst there were other victories in the field from James Mitchell in the High Jump with 1.75m and Chris Brennan in the Long Jump with 5.71m. For the ladies there was a fine win for Katie McHale in the 1500m in 4m 50.0s.
Match Result :- Rotherham 465, Wakefield 405, Kingston U Hull 365, Scunthorpe 290, Sheffield 262, Grimsby 203, Hull Achilles 81. Full Results.

25th May 2008. Great Run from Richard West & Police Colleagues in Edinburgh Marathon.
Richard West had a great run in the Edinburgh Marathon, finishing 75th overall and first M50 runner, in the fine time of 2h 53m 32s, which must be the best ever by an M50 from the club. His West Yorkshire Police colleagues and recent Harriers recruits Carl Quinn and Paul Lycett also ran well to finish 184th in 3h 03m 20s and 199th in 3h 04m 16s respectively, out of the field of nearly 7000. The trio helped West Yorkshire win the National Police Marathon Championships. Results and some pictures.

Paul Lycett, Richard West & Carl Quinn who helped West Yorkshire win the Police National Marathon Championships.

24th/25th May 2008. Thomas Atkinson Breaks Club U17 400m Record in Northern Champs.
At the Northern Athletics U15 & U17 Championships at Robin Park Wigan the club won 2 gold medals. Thomas Atkinson won the U17 men's 800m in 1m 57.0s, and then came 2nd in the 400m in a New Club U17 400m record of 49.96s, improving his best from a couple of weeks ago. Thomas Leyshon won the U15 boy's High Jump with 1.73m, and William Mulroy also took silver in the U17 men's High Jump with a PB of 1.83m. There were also silver medals for Grace Eyles in the U15 girl's Long Jump with 5.02m and Sally Smith in the U15 1500m in a PB of 4m 47.36s.
Download results in pdf

24th May 2008. Another Club Record for Zoe Kerins.
Competing at Grimsby in the Scunthorpe Open Meeting Zoe Kerins won both the 100m and 200m, a good sprint double. Zoe ran both her heat and final of the 200m in 27.1, a New U13 Club Record, and her time in the 100m was 13.0s, just a tenth away from that record. Daniel Franks also won the M13 800m in 2m 29.7s, as well as the 200m in 28.6s. Download results in Excel

21st May 2008. Adrian Howden Back Competing in 5K Races.
Several club runners took part in the John Carr 5K series of races over the last 3 weeks from Esholt, near Bradford. Paul Hallas was the overall winner in the M45 category, with Dave Brailsford winning the M50 age group, but the most outstanding performances were by Adrian Howden, back in competition after 3 years. For those who don't know Adrian, he 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, and only joined the club to run with the Vets in the twilight of his illustrious career. He was very unlucky 3 years ago to be struck by a speeding motorcycle whilst out running, and had many serious injuries, including the loss of the lower part of a leg. Adrian's resolve to run again is an inspiration to us all, and he completed the 3 race series, getting faster with each race, and beating nearly half of the field in the 3rd race!
Results from St Bedes AC.

21st May 2008. Harriers Competing in Askern 10K Road Race.
The club had several runners competing in the popular Askern 10K road race, with Chris Ward running a PB to finish first man home, and Alex Potter also improving her best to be our first lady home. Race Results.

18th May 2008. Emily Freeman Opens Season with Fast 200m at Loughborough.
Emily Freeman got her season off to a flying start with a fast 200m in 23.29s, when competing in the invitation race at the Loughborough International Meeting. This was into a slight headwind, and was close to her PB and club record, so shows she is in great form in Olympic year. Zara Hohn was competing for the England team in the 100m Hurdles, running 14.7s, Charlene Thomas ran as a guest in the 800m in 2m 09.07s, and Lucy O'Gorman ran for Loughborough in the 5000m in 17m 01.59s. Download Results from Loughborough.

18th May 2008. 2 Club Records from Zoe Kerins in 2nd Young Athletes League Match.
In the second fixture of the Northern Premier division of the Young Athletes League at Wavertree, Liverpool the team once again came 4th. However there were 2 outstanding grade 1 performances and club records from Zoe Kerins in the U13 girls events. She won the 75m in 10.1s, a time which equals the club record of Louise Shaw, and she also easily won the 150m in a New Club U13 Record of 19.6 secs, breaking Rosie Hackney's previous best.
We also had fine grade 2 performances from Nathaniel Davis who won the U17M 200m in 23.3s and came 2nd in the 100m in 11.5s, Thomas Leyshon winning the U15B High Jump with 1.67m, Daniel Franks 2nd in the U13B 800m with 2m 27.0s, Lucy Holmes with 42.4s in the U17L 300m, Samantha Brook winning the U15G 800m in 2m 24.0s, Olivia Radcliffe winning the U15G 1500m in 5m 00.5s, Bethany Porter in the U15G 75m Hurdles in 12.3s and Hannah Yates who won the U15G Discus with 22.51m.
Match Result :- Liverpool Harriers 485, Preston 375, Gateshead 372, Wakefield 262.
Download full results in pdf

10th/11th May 2008. Eighteen Golds and Four Club Records in Yorkshire T&F Championships.
The club was once again well represented at the Yorkshire Championships at the Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield, and came away with an even greater number of medals than last year. The club had an excellent haul of 18 gold medals, and with no fewer than 4 new club records being set. Thomas Atkinson easily won the U17 men's 800m in 1m 57.1s, and then broke the U17 400m Club Record with 50.69s when winning silver in that event. Lauren Proctor won silver in the U17 ladies 800m, improving her own Club Record with 2m 12.27s, and also came 2nd in the 1500m, trimming Tracy Johnson's long standing Club Record with 4m 36.4s. Josh Green won the U17 men's 400m Hurdles in a New Club Record of 58.87s, as well as winning the 100m Hurdles in 14.32s and the High Jump with 1.70m.
We had a strong contingent of our Senior Ladies competing, with wins for Zara Hohn (100m Hurdles 14.04s), Charlene Thomas (400m 56.75s), Kelly Johnson (800m 2m 06.51s) and Lucy O'Gorman (3000m 9m 42.87s).
In addition there were gold medals for Ricardo Francis (men's 200m 22.54s), Chris Price (men's 3000m Steeplechase 10m 17.13s), Chiedu Ufodiama (U20M Discus 40.00m), Jack Hallas (U20M 800m 1m 55.27s), Joe Charlesworth (U17M Javelin 52.04m), Dale Worton (U17M 1500m 4m 11.57s), Thomas Leyshon (U15B High Jump 1.76m), Grace Eyles (U15G Long Jump 5.03m), Sally Smith (U15G 1500m 4m 55.99s) and the men's 4x100m relay team with 44.95s.
Download Championship Results from Northern Athletics

7th May 2008. Results of 2nd WYT&F League Meeting at Wakefield.
The warm sunny evening ensured a good turnout for the 2nd WYT&F League Meeting at Thornes Park. Wakefield's men's winners were Benjamin Read (U11 600m 1m 57.0), William Mulroy (U17 HJ 1.80m), and Chris Brennan (Senior 200m 23.6s), whilst for the ladies victories were achieved by Zoe Kerins (U13 80m 10.8s), Grace Eyles (U15 200m 27.0s), Hannah Yates (U15 Shot 8.64m), Lucy Holmes (U17 200m 27.1s and Shot 8.38m), Faye Mitchell (Senior 200m 28.1s) and Dionne Jones (Senior LJ 4.86m).
Results from Wakefield :- Mens and Womens.

4th May 2008. First round of Young Athletes League Northern Premier Division.
In the opening fixture of the Young Athletes League at Wavertree, Liverpool the team were up against strong opposition in the Northern Premier division, and came 4th in a closely fought match. There were excellent grade 1 performances from Zoe Kerins in the U13 girls, winning the 75m in 10.2s and 150m in 20.2s, and from Grace Eyles who won the U15 girls Long Jump with 5.07m. We also had fine grade 2 performances from Marcus Nixey in the U17 mens 400m with 52.4s, Josh Green in the U17 mens 400m Hurdles with 59.1s, Thomas Leyshon in the U15 boys High Jump with 1.70m, Sally Smith in the U15 girls 1500m in 4m 59.7s and Bethany Porter in the U15 girls 75m Hurdles in 12.5s & Shot with 8.48m.
It was a good all round team effort, and special mention must be made of Emily Dent, who competed after having had major surgery on her spine only 5 months ago, an operation that left her in intensive care for 5 days. She hasn't yet resumed full training, but when she heard the team were short of U17 girls she asked Sally what she could do for the team, and competed in the 800m and the 1500m, and scored 6 out of a possible 8 points in the B string.
Match Result :- Liverpool Pembroke 362, Wigan 335, Sheffield 329, Wakefield 320.
Download full results in pdf

3rd/4th May 2008. Two Silver Medals for Zara Hohn in BUSA Championships.
On the first day of the British Universities Championships at Bedford, representing her Sheffield Hallam University, Zara Hohn finished a fine 2nd in the 100m in 12.33s, and then the following day won another silver in her main event the 100m Hurdles in 14.14s. Ruth Dales also made the final on the 100m Hurdles, and Nathan Elliot reached the semi-final of the 1500m. Results from BUSA.

3rd May 2008. First Round of North of England League Division 1.
In the first match of the North of England League Division 1 at Leeds the senior mens and womens teams were a bit below strength, and finished 5th out of the 6 competing clubs. Best performance was a runaway victory from Helen Singleton in the womens 1500m, with an excellent 4m 31.4s, but that was the only 'A' string victory apart from the mens 4x400m relay team, who won their race in 3m 28.4s.
Second places were gained in the mens events by U17 runner Thomas Atkinson in the 400m in 51.6s, U20 runner Jack Hallas in the 1500m in 4m 07.6s, Mark Lindsay with 53.19m in the Javelin, and Darren Thomas with 3.20m in the Pole Vault, this being the best of his six events as he led by example in the captain's role. For the ladies Kelly Johnson was 2nd in the womens 800m in 2m 10.9s, and Caroline Nutt also came 2nd in the Pole Vault with 3.20m. The mens 4x100m relay team and womens 4x400m relay teams also finished 2nd in their races.
Match Result :- Leeds City 389, Blackburn 381, City of Manchester 350, Trafford 336, Wakefield 318.5, Bolton 308.5. Download results in pdf

27th Apr 2008. Another Club Record for Lauren Proctor in National Junior League.
The club had a solid start in their opening match of the Humber Division at the Costello Stadium at Hull, finishing 3rd overall in both the mens and womens competitions.
James Mitchell gave the team a double win in the 100m and 200m, in the excellent times of 11.2 & 22.6, and Chiedu Ufodiama was a good winner of the Discus and Shot with fine throws of 40.63m & 12.97m respectively. Jack Hallas had a clear win in the 1500m in 4m 07.2s.
For the women Katie McHale had two 'A' string victories in the 800m with 2m 20.2s, and 1500m in 4m 47.4, whilst Mikeala Harrison had a narrow win in the 400m with 59.6s. There were many other fine performances, but the highlight was by first year U17 runner Lauren Proctor, who in her debut for the Junior team won the 800m 'B' race in a New Club U17 Ladies 800m Record of 2 mins 15.0 secs. This not only beat Katie McHale's U17 record, but also Helen Singleton's U20 record as well - a fantastic performance !
Match Result :- Rotherham 491, Kingston U Hull 473, Wakefield 423, Sheffield 334, Grimsby 303, Scunthorpe 214, Hull Achilles 103. Match Results.

26th Apr 2008. Thomas Atkinson Competes for Northern U20 Team in Malta.
Thomas Atkinson competed for the Northern Counties International Representative Team in Malta, where he won a silver medal in the 800m, only losing out in the final stage of the race to the Maltese record holder, who was ten years his senior. He also won a gold medal in the 4 x 100m relay after two of the sprinters were unable to race due to slight pulls, and ran a fantastic 3rd leg. Report from Northern Athletics.

20th Apr 2008. New League Record for Grace Eyles in 1st WYT&F League.
In the first WYT&F League Meeting at York, Grace Eyles was the star performer with a New U15 Girls Long Jump League Record of 5.11m, as well as a 2nd place in the 100m. Others to impress were Bethany Porter winning the U15 Girls 75m Hurdles in 12.3s and Lucy Holmes winning the U17 Ladies 300m in 43.7s in the damp conditions.
For the boys we had victories for Daniel Franks in the U13 800m in 2 mins 32.7s, Ethan Plumb in the U13 Discus with 16.09m, and Craig Simpson winning his first 100m race against senior opposition in 11.5s. Results from York :- Mens and Womens.

20th Apr 2008. Excellent Time from Jack Hallas in the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k.
Just a few hours after racing over a Mile, 17 year old Jack Hallas showed his versatility with an excellent run in the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k, finishing 2nd in the outstanding time of 33 mins 08 secs. His father Paul also ran well to finish 11th out of the field of 500 in 36 mins 26 secs, to complete a fine family double. Download Results in pdf.

20th Apr 2008. Harriers Competing in Rothwell 10k Road Race.
Several road runners took part in the Rothwell 10k Road Race, and Jonathan Prideaux made his debut for the club, running the fine time of 35 mins 47 secs for the distance. With Steve Tibbs making a welcome return from injury and Tony Smith as 3rd counter the team finished 9th. Race Results from ukresults.net

19th Apr 2008. Lauren Proctor & Sally Smith Break Club 3000m Records.
Many of the club's middle distance runners were in action at the Sheffield 'Festival of Athletics', with some excellent performances recorded. Star performers were Lauren Proctor, who although narrowly beaten, ran a New Club U17 Ladies 3000m Record of 10 mins 09.0 secs, in her first year in the age group, whilst Sally Smith was equally outstanding in winning the U15 Girls 3000m in a New Club U15 Girls 3000m Record of 10 mins 36.7 secs. Ben Homer won the U17 Men's 3000m in 9-13.7, whilst Katie McHale was 2nd in the U20 Ladies race in 10-29.1. Jack Hallas won the U17 Men's Mile in 4-32.0, with Dale Worton 3rd in 4-40.5. In the field Thomas Leyshon jumped 1.75m to take the U15 Boys High Jump, and clearly has Martyn Bernard's U15 club record of 1.81m in his sights. Download results in Excel.

13th Apr 2008. Excellent turnout at Harriers Spring Open Medals Meeting.
There was an excellent turnout of over 370 athletes for the Spring Open Medals Meeting, with visitors from all over the North of England visiting us at Thornes Park Stadium. It was good to see Zara Hohn using the meeting for her first run of the season outdoors, though she didn't have much opposition in the 200m. There were some good quality throwing competitions, and probably the best Wakefield performances were by Zoe Kerins, with an impressive 100m & 200m sprint double in the U13 Girls, and a 100m, Long Jump & High Jump treble from Grace Eyles in the U15 Girls. Grace was close to the club record with her Long Jump of 5.24m, and Lauren Proctor was also impressive in winning the U17 Ladies 1500m in 4 mins 38.4 secs, also close to the club record.
Full Meeting Results :- Mens and Womens.

13th Apr 2008. Wakefield Harriers Complete the London Marathon.
This year we had a small contingent of athletes taking part in the Flora London Marathon, with several new members taking part for the first time. Sean Stanger was first home from the club in 3 hrs 26 mins, with Alex Potter once again our first lady finisher in 3 hrs 30 mins. Other finishers were Daniel Benjamin, Pat Wood, Chris Sweeting, Sam Sproston and Diane Simmons (pictured below), and our congratulations to them all for completing the course. Race Results from London Marathon website.

Some of the Harriers who completed the London Marathon, proudly showing off their medals.

6th Apr 2008. Wakefield's Ladies team win Silver in the Snow at Northern 6-Stage Road Relays.
The club had a strong Ladies team out for the Northern Road Relay Championships, held in wintry conditions at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire, and in an exciting finish the team of Katie McHale, Shirley Griffiths, Charlene Thomas, Kelly Johnson, Helen Singleton and Julie Briscoe just snatched the silver medals. The team were a fair way down the field after the first 2 legs, but on leg 3 Charlene had a storming run, passing 15 teams to bring the team into 5th place, and medal contention. Helen then passed 2 more teams to leave Julie to chase the 2nd team, and she managed to pass her and win the silver medals by a mere two seconds. Charlene's run was 2nd fastest of the day, whilst Julie and Helen were also amongst the top 10 fastest runners. The Men's team came 40th in the high class 12-Stage field, with Chris Price being the team's fastest runner.
Women's Results and Men's Results from race-results.co.uk.

Wakefield's Ladies team win Silver in the Snow at Northern 6-Stage Road Relays.

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