Wakefield Harriers

2009 Club News July - September

26th/27th Sep 2009. Bethany Porter Wins Yorkshire Combined Events Championships.
Bethany Porter led from start to finish in winning the U15 Girls Pentathlon at the Yorkshire Combined Events Championships at Doncaster, with a new PB score of 2753 points which improves her outdoor club record. Bethany got off to a great start, equalling her PB in the 75m hurdles (11.9 sec), and followed this with near PBs in the long jump (4.91) & shot putt (9.95), before setting a new PB in the High Jump (1.37). At the same U15G Pentathlon Danielle Anderson came 7th with a new PB of 1916 points, and in the U17M Octathlon Adam Anderson came 5th with 2034 points. Lynsie Whyke won the ladies Heptathlon from a very small field.
Download Results in Excel.

27th Sep 2009. Paul Lockwood Wins Horsforth 10k Road Race.
Former U17 Yorkshire Cross Country Champion Paul Lockwood made a surprise and very welcome return to competition, impressively winning the undulating Horsforth 10k Road Race in the good time of 34m 18s. Race results

27th Sep 2009. Good Performances at Northern Young Athletes Road Relays.
At the Northern Young Athletes Road Relays at Leeds Carnegie the club had no medal winning teams this year, but there were still some excellent results. With Lauren Proctor absent through illness the U17 Ladies missed out on certain medals, but the team of Sally Smith (11:31), Louisa Long (13:06) & Sarah Franks (13:00) did exceptionally well to come 5th in their 3 x 3.5k race, with Sally running superbly to record the 3rd fastest time of the day. The U15 Girl's team of Olivia Radcliffe (11:56), Libby Greatorex (11:16) & J Rowlands (12:39) came 24th in their race.
The U15 Boys also had an excellent 5th place finish in their 3 x 3k race, the team of Jake Worton (9:35), Daniel Franks (10:03) & Matthew O'Connor (10:08) all running well, with Jake 9th fastest runner of the race. Jack Mitchell's 10.04 time in the incomplete 'B' team was also very creditable. The U13 Boy's team of Sam Convery (11:07), William Ingram (11:43) & Ben Read (11:36) ran solidly to come 8th in their 3 x 3k race, with the 'B' team of G Heppinstall (11:42), A Jones (12:06) & J Boyes (12:37) also doing well to come 16th and the first 'B' team. The U17 Men's trio of Ryan Hartley (11:02), Ashley Raby (11:44) & William Mulroy (12:04) finished 21st team in in their 3 x 3.5k race. Results of all the races from Sportsoft.

26th Sep 2009. Men's Road Relay Team Qualify for National 6-Stage Championships.


Some of the runners who competed at the 6-Stage Road Relays.
For the first time in many years the senior men's road relay team qualified for the National 6-Stage Road Relay Championships, by coming an excellent 20th in a top class field at the Northern 6-Stage Road Relay Championships at Leeds Carnegie. The talented young team of Jack Hallas (18:10), Sam Bucknall (19:06), Tom Coney (20:09), Ben Homer (19:07), Nathan Elliot (19:24) & Chris Price (19:12) all ran solidly throughout, and finished as 4th club from Yorkshire.
The 'B' team of Jonathan Prideaux (21:45), Chris Ward (21:25), Tony White (22:26), Dave Dawson (23:57), Keith Singleton (24:49) & Nathan Bolton (20:23) finished a creditable 70th team, to complete a successful race for the club.
In the women's 4-Stage relay the Wakefield team of Helen Beck (18:58), Kelly Johnson (19:59), Katie McHale (19:40) & Julie Greenwood (19:55) also did well to finish 22nd in their race, and 6th club from Yorkshire, with Helen running outstandingly well as a last minute substitute on leg 1. Men's results and Women's results and download photo gallery of 6-Stage from Richard

20th Sep 2009. Another Outstanding Run from Emily Freeman in China.
Emily Freeman continues to travel round the world producing impressive performances, the latest being a 5th place finish in the 200m in 22.79s in the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix in China, where once again the winner was world 200m champion Alison Felix. Race results

19th/20th Sep 2009. Bethany Porter & Samantha Brook Compete in ESAA Combined Events.
Bethany Porter & Samantha Brook were selected to compete for West Yorkshire Schools in the English Schools AA Combined Events Championships at Bedford, and both girls competed with distinction. Bethany finished an excellent 14th in the Junior Girls Pentathlon with a fine score of 2640 points, which is close to her PB, and as usual her best event was the 75m Hurdles which she ran in 11.91s. Samantha also did very well to finish an excellent 15th in the Intermediate Girls Heptathlon with a new PB score of 4119 points, with her best event being the 200m, which she ran in a PB of 26.34s.

19th Sep 2009. Harriers Fell Runners in Action in Lake District.
Two of the club's small but growing band of fell runners took part in the Three Shires Fell race in the Lake District, a 14 mile race involving 4000 ft of climbing. Neil Penn finished 46th in 2 hrs 21 mins, with Martin Green not far behind in 49th in 2 hrs 22 mins. These were creditable results in a top class field of 279 finishers, especially as they lost 10 minutes in the fog on Pike Blisco!

13th Sep 2009. Dave Dawson Completes Tough Half Ironman Triathlon.
Distance runner Dave Dawson has been branching out into the triathlon, and recently completed the tough Vitruvian event, staged at Rutland Water in Leicestershire, with many internationals as well as club athletes competing. This was a Half Ironman distance event, consisting of a 1.9 Km swim, 85 Km bike ride, and a 21 Km run, and Dave did well to complete the course in 5 hrs 28 minutes. Race Results.

13th Sep 2009. Douglas Bedford Memorial Open Meeting & Club Championships.
The Douglas Bedford Memorial Open Meeting was well attended by young athletes, and we were pleased to have our Deputy Mayor and Mayoress as guests. There was an unfortunate clash with the Yorkshire Road Relays, which greatly reduced the turnout of distance runners, but the throwing and sprint events were of a high standard. The meeting also incorporatated the club track & field championships, with many of the events being keenly contested, and it was the first time that club members themselves operated the electronic timing equipment, so well done to all concerned.
The highlights of the meeting were two new club records. There was a New Club Record of 51.49s for the U15 Girls 4 x 100m Relay by Bethany Porter, Bethany Sharp, Zoe Kerins & Grace Eyles, so congratulations to them for beating the old mark from as long ago as 1980, by the team which included future international Diane Glazebrook. Hannah Yates also got herself in the record books again with a New Club U15 Hammer Record of 33.36m.
Amongst other many good results grade 1 performances were achieved by Beth Thomas (U13G Shot 8.44m) & Bethany Porter (U15G Shot 9.79m), and there were grade 2 performances from Abigail Roberts (U13G LJ 4.22m), Grace Eyles (U15G 200m 26.88s), Bethany Porter (U15G 75mH 12.2s & LJ 4.83m), Samantha Brook (U17W 300mH 46.8s), Darnell Davis (U13B 100m 13.4s), Thomas Leyshon (U17M HJ 1.80m), Craig Westerman (U17M Discus 40.81m) & Anthony Swain (SM Hammer 50.15m). Meeting Results and Photos from Armada Photography.

13th Sep 2009. Harriers Endurance Runners in Action.
On a busy weekend for the club we also had two long distance runners taking part in marathon events. James Morris took a huge chunk off his previous best when completing the Nottingham Marathon in 3 hrs 30 mins, and Rob Parfrey is still proudly wearing his Harriers vest, even though he has moved from Yorkshire, and completed the 'Full Yorkshireman' off-road marathon which included more than 3000 ft of climbing, coming 49th in 4 hrs 28 mins. Download Race Results and See photo of Rob

13th Sep 2009. Good Results at Yorkshire County Road Relay Championships.


Some of the successful young runners at the Yorkshire County Road Relay Championships.
There were some good results at the Yorkshire County Road Relay Championships which took part in and around Don Valley Stadium at Sheffield. The senior ladies team of Sharon Marshall, Shirley Griffiths, Julie Greenwood & Helen Beck came 4th, just one place ahead of the mens team of Chris Price, Martin Green, Tom Coney, Ben Homer, Sam Bucknall & Nathan Elliott who came 5th in their race, the best result by a mens team for many years.
In the junior races there was success for the club, with 2 team victories and 2 individual winners. The U13 girls, led by Stephanie Rodgers in 2nd, finished 6th team, and the U13 boys race was won convincingly by new recruit Sam Convery, who led the team of Benjamin Read (4th), William Ingram (8th) to a clear team victory. Olivia Radcliffe was our first girl home in 4th in the U15 race, with the team finishing 7th. Jake Worton just won the U15 boys race in a sprint finish, and led the team of Danny Franks (5th) & Matthew O'Connor (6th) to team victory. In the U17 ladies relay race the team of Sally Smith, Louisa Long & Louise Whiteley finished 2nd, with Sally running the fastest time of the day. Race Results.

13th Sep 2009. Combined Team Finish 4th in Northern Inter Club Cup Final.
The combined men's and women's team had a satisfactory end to their track and field season by finishing 4th in the Northern Inter Club Cup Final at Trafford. The men weren't at their strongest, and had only one victory with Andrei Pobischan, Alistair Robinson, Gareth Hepworth & Callum Whitham winning the 4 x 400m relay. The women had winners in Mikaela Harrison (400m 59.47s & 400m H 65.27s), Vicki Mills (Pole Vault 2.40m), the 4 x 100m relay team of Lois Brown, Reagan Wright, Mikaela Harrison & Becky Watts, & the 4 x 400m relay team of Lydia Brown, Lois Brown, Reagan Wright & Mikaela Harrison.
Match Result :- Blackburn 191, Kingston-U-Hull 167.5, Scunthorpe 150, Wakefield 143, City of Manchester 130, Bury 88. Download full results.

12th Sep 2009. Emily Freeman Finishes 8th in the IAAF World Athletics Final.
Emily Freeman continued her impressive form when finishing 8th in the IAAF World Athletics Final at Thessalonika in Greece. She ran another world class time of 22.91s in a race won by world 200m champion Alison Felix, just ahead of world 400m champion Sanya Richards, and Emily is now clearly established amongst the world's elite. Race results

6th Sep 2009. Impressive Performances from Emily Freeman and Charlene Thomas in Rieti.
Emily Freeman and Charlene Thomas were in action at the prestigious Rieti meeting in Italy and produced two more outstanding performances against world class opposition. Charlene came 6th in the 1500m in 4m 05.39s, close to her PB and club record, behind Lisa Dobrisky and world champion Maryam Jamal, and ahead of British rival Hannah England. Emily was also in a top class field in the 200m, and came 4th in 22.94s into a 2.0m headwind, behind leading Jamaican and American sprinters. Meeting Results.

6th Sep 2009. New Record for Bethany Thomas at WYT&F League Championships.
In the West Yorkshire T&F League Championships at Cleckheaton Bethany Thomas was the club's star performer, winning the U13G Shot with a new WYT&F League Championships Record of 9.12m, one of four records set that day. Other victories for Wakefield Harriers athletes came from Sam Convery (U13B 800m 2m 31.2s), Bobby Jukes (U13B HJ 1.35m), Matthew O'Connor (U15B 800m 2m 12.0s), Jessica Barker (U11G LJ 3.87m), Olivia Radcliffe (U15G 1500m 5m 06.9s), Bethany Porter (U15G LJ 4.92m), Hannah Yates (U15G DT 28.27m), Lucy Holmes (U17L 100m 13.1s & 200m 27.0s & SP 10.52m), Amy Claxton (SW DT 26.40m) & Fiona Thomas (SW JT 21.20m & SP 10.83m).
Results from Cleckheaton :- Mens and Womens.
At this event the awards for the West Yorkshire T&F League season were presented, and pictured left is Alice Lightfoot, who finished 2nd in the U17W age group. The club's ladies and girls team won this year's title, ahead of Spenborough, and the men and boys finished in 2nd place behind Halifax. The strongest age groups were the U15 girls, where Grace Eyles, Bethany Porter & Bethany Sharp took the first three places, and the U17 women, with Samantha Brook & Alice Lightfoot taking the first two places. For the men Gareth Hepworth was our only prize winner, finishing 3rd overall

6th Sep 2009. Julie Briscoe Returns to Win Sandal Castle 10K Race.
Julie Briscoe made a welcome return from injury to easily win the Sandal Castle multi-terrain 10K Race, and lead the Wakefield Harriers ladies team to victory. She was an impressive 6th overall, beating all the Wakefield men, and was backed up by Helen Beck in 48th (3rd lady) and Katie McHale in 100th (6th lady). Although shown up by Julie, the men did pack well, with the trio of Martin Green in 7th, Pete McNamara 10th and Tom Coney in 11th winning the men's team prize, with Martin and Pete winning the M45 & M50 categories respectively. Race Results


There was an excellent turnout of nearly 40 Wakefield Harriers, and they were joined by their guests from Castres, Wakefield's twin town in France, who came to visit us for the weekend, and also turned out 7 runners of their own.

More Photos from Flaming Photography.

5th/6th Sep 2009. Several Harriers Compete in UK Schools Games.


Becky Watts & Samantha Brook.
Lauren Proctor continued her fine form with another impressive performance at the UK Schools Games at Cardiff, a multi-sport event for the UKs elite young athletes of school age. Representing Yorkshire & Humberside, along with several other Harriers, she finished 2nd in the 1500m in 4m 29.72s, whilst Rebecca Watts came 5th in the 100m in 13.06s (after running 12.87s in her heat), Samantha Brook came 6th in the 300m Hurdles in 46.37s, & William Mulroy came 9th in the High Jump with 1.80m. Marcus Nixey also competed in the 4x400m relay. Meeting Results.

1st Sep 2009. Good Performances at Trafford Grand Prix Races.
There were several club members in action at the Trafford Grand Prix Races at Stretford, including Charlene Thomas who was close to her 800m best time with 2m 02.15s, and Jack Hallas, who showed his versatility by dropping down to 400m, and running an impressive PB of 49.57s. Meeting Results.

31st Aug 2009. Club Record from William Ingram at Trafford U15's Medal Meeting.
There were several young Harriers competing at Trafford AC U15's Medal Meeting at Stretford, and amongst some good performances there was a New U13 Club Javelin Record of 26.83m from William Ingram. Meeting Results.

31st Aug 2009. Emily Freeman and Charlene Thomas Compete in Aviva British Grand Prix.
Our two UK Champions Emily Freeman and Charlene Thomas were invited to compete in the televised Aviva British Grand Prix at Gateshead. Emily was up against world class opposition in both the 100m and 200m, and although the blustery conditions meant all times were slow, she showed that she is now able to compete at the very highest level. In the 100m she came 4th in 11.55s, beating amongst other former world champion Lauryn Williams, and in the 200m she ran even better, coming 2nd in 23.39s behind world champion Alison Felix. Charlene did most of the front running in the wind in the 1500m, and paid the price in the run in, finishing 7th in 4m 16.36s. Meeting Results.

30th Aug 2009. Team Finish 4th in National Junior League Northern Promotion Match.


The National Junior League Team.
The U20 team were below strength for the National Junior League Northern Promotion Match at Wigan and could only manage 4th place overall. There were however some good individual performances, including wins for Rebecca Watts (100m 13.0s), Sally Smith (1500m 4m 57.8s) & Mikaela Harrison (400mH 66.0s). There was also a grade 2 performance by Ben Holmes, who came 2nd in the HJ with 1.83m.
Match Result :- Middlesbrough AC Mandale 552, Preston H 541, Liverpool H & AC 499, Wakefield D H & AC 399, Rotherham H & AC 348, Doncaster AC 219. Meeting Results.

29th Aug 2009. Harriers Compete for Yorkshire in Northern Athletics Inter-Counties.
There were several club members selected to compete for Yorkshire in the Northern Athletics Inter-Counties match at Wigan. They all competed with distinction, with the following results :- Samantha Brook (1st U17W 300m Hurdles 47.66s & 4th 300m 43.37s), Lauren Proctor (1st U17W 1500m 4m 30.17s), Helen Singleton (1st SW 3000m 10m 10.55s), Hannah Yates (1st U15G DT 30.18m), Jack Hallas (1st SM 1500m 3m 58.23s), Chris Price (3rd SM 3000m SC 10m 17.42s), Will Mulroy (3rd U17M HJ 1.80m) & Craig Westerman (3rd U17M DT 39.83m). Meeting Results.

27th Aug 2009. Results of Reindeer Romp Relay Race.
This off-road race series finished with the traditional relay race, with a record 37 teams of 3 taking part. Final team placings were calculated using a scoring system instead of cumulative times.
Leg 1 Results. Leg 2 Results. Leg 3 Results. Team Placings.
Tony says "Many thanks to all of you for making this a record breaking year for the Romp. The support of all clubs is much appreciated & it's great to put on an event that is well liked by all. Hopefully we will have collected about 300 for Wakefield Hospice which makes it even better. Yours in running Tony."

22nd Aug 2009. Aine Hoban Races Over 10k in New Zealand.
Club 10000m record holder on the track, Aine Hoban, had her first road 10k for a couple of years in New Zealand, running 37m 27s in Canterbury.

19th-21st Aug 2009. Emily Freeman Finishes 7th in World Championships 200m Final.


Emily Freeman, 7th in World Championship 200m Final.
Emily had a solid run in her opening round of the 200m at the World Championships in Berlin, finishing 2nd to Veronica Campbell-Brown in 23.10s, and thus qualifying for the semi-final.
In the semi-final she had a marvellous race, running a New Club 200m Record of 22.64s to finish 3rd behind Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie & Veronica Campbell-Brown, and qualify as one of the fastest losers for the final. Semi-Final Results from IAAF. This is a fantastic achievement, reaching a global track final, and is probably the greatest achievement ever by a Wakefield Harrier in the history of the club, so our congratulations to Emily. Her time moves her up to 4th on the UK 200m all-time list. Read the Report on the day from UK Athletics.
In the final itself Emily couldn't quite step up another gear, but still ran very exceptionally well to finish an outstanding 7th in 22.98s, as Alison Felix retained her title in 22.02s ahead of Olympic Champion Veronica Campbell-Brown and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie. Final Results from IAAF. Read the Report on the day from UK Athletics.
Emily also took part in the 4 x 100m relay, but with the other British women not running too well this season the team only qualified for the final as fastest losers. Emily ran well in the final on the 3rd leg, and helped the team finish 6th in 43.16s.

18th Aug 2009. Another Fast 1500m for Jack Hallas in BMC Gold Standard Races.
Jack Hallas was in action once again at the BMC Gold Standard Races at Stretford, and ran a fast 1500m in 3m 52.48s, not too far off his recent PB. Many other Harriers were competing in the supporting races, including father Paul who improved his M50 800m best with 2m 08.16s, just ahead of Helen Singleton (2m 09.69s) and Kelly Johnson (2m 10.28s). Sam Bucknall ran 1m 57.53s in his 800m race, and Lauren Proctor 2m 12.32s in hers. Meeting Results.

18th Aug 2009. Disappointment for Charlene Thomas at World Championships.
UK trials winner Charlene Thomas was competing in the heats of the 1500m at the World Championships in Berlin, and was very unlucky to lose a shoe, after an incident in the race forced her to hurdle over a fallen runner, losing her spike as she did so. Running the remainder of the race minus one shoe she still ran remarkably well, and was in contention, and only just failed to make the next round as a fastest loser. Zola Budd has the British 1500m record for running with no shoes, but Charlene now has the record for running with one shoe, in the remarkable time of 4m 09.91s ! This was a very disappointing way for Charlene to start her international career, and she was running so well that she would surely have progressed to the semi-final at least. Report on the day from UK Athletics.

16th Aug 2009. Matthew O'Connor Finishes 2nd in Scottish U15 800m Championships.
Young Matthew O'Connor competed in the 800m at the Bank of Scotland U17 & U15 Championships at Grangemouth, and came a very creditable 2nd in 2m 10.06s, just half a second behind the winner.

16th Aug 2009. Combined Team Win Northern League Division 2 Promotion Match.
Having won Division 2E of the Northern League the combined men's and women's team competed in the Division 2 Promotion Match at Cleckheaton, to decide who gets promoted to Division 1 of the Northern League. The club had a good turnout of athletes, scoring consistently well throughout, and came home victorious to regain their position in the top flight. Top points scorer was Helen Singleton, with comfortable wins in the 800m (2m 14.6s) & 1500m (4m 49.2s), and our other 'A' string winners were Jack Hallas (1500m in 4m 00.2s), Fiona Thomas (Shot 10.27m) and the 4 x 400m women's relay team of Lois Brown, Faye Mitchell, Kelly Johnson & Reagan Wright with 4m 10.7s. Others with grade 1 or 2 performances for their age were Thomas Atkinson (2nd 800m 1m 55.8s), Anthony Swain (2nd Hammer 51.42m), Thomas Leyshon (3rd HJ 1.85m), William Mulroy (1st 'B' HJ 1.85m), and finally Samantha Brook, who finished 2nd in her race and equalled the U17 Club Record for 400m Hurdles with 65.3s.
Match Result :- 1 Wakefield D.H. & AC 471, 2 Blackpool & Fylde AC 443, 3 Bolton United Harriers 436, 4 West Cheshire AC 412, 5 Middlesboro (Mandale) 404, 6 Rotherham H. & AC 399, 7 Holmfirth Harriers AC 383, 8 City of Sheffield AC 292.
Download Full Results, and Read Men's Team Report from Team Manager Darren Thomas.

15th/16th Aug 2009. Bethany Porter Finishes 12th in England U15 Pentathlon Championships.
Bethany Porter finished an excellent 12th in the England Athletics U15 Pentathlon Championships at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, with a fine score of 2662 points. Her best event was the 75m Hurdles which she ran in 11.9s, and her other results were LJ 4.87m, SP 9.39m, HJ 1.31m & 800m 2m 42.67s. This is the best known club score for these five events, so will be classed as the New Club U15 Outdoor Pentathlon Record of 2662 points, although Grace Eyles has scored 2839 points indoors, which has the 60m Hurdles instead of the 75m Hurdles. Full Results.

15th Aug 2009. Wakefield Harriers to Host the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships.
We are pleased to announce that Wakefield District Harriers have been asked to host the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships, on Saturday 9th January. This is a major event for the club, and we hope it will help to elevate us back to being one of the premier distance running clubs in the county. We need a good turnout of both runners and helpers for this event, so please put the date in your diaries !

14th Aug 2009. Emily Freeman and Charlene Thomas to Compete in World Championships.

Our two UK Champions Emily Freeman and Charlene Thomas are representing the Aviva Great Britain & Northern Ireland Team at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany on 15th-23rd August. Charlene starts her campaign first, in the heats of the 1500m on Tuesday 18th August, and then Emily goes in the 200m heats on Wednesday 19th August, and then hopefully in the 4 x 100m Relay. Our congratulations to them both, and we wish them well.

9th Aug 2009. Samantha Brook & Grace Eyles Win West Yorkshire T&F League Titles.
The club's ladies and girls team won this year's West Yorkshire T&F League, ahead of Spenborough, and the men and boys finished in 2nd place behind Halifax. The strongest age groups were the U15 girls, where Grace Eyles, Bethany Porter & Bethany Sharp took the first three places, and the U17 women, with Samantha Brook & Alice Lightfoot taking the first two places. For the men Gareth Hepworth was our only prize winner, finishing 3rd overall.
Overall Cumulative League Scores :- Mens and Womens.

9th Aug 2009. New Club Record for Bethany Thomas at 7th WYT&F League Meeting.
On an excellent afternoon for athletics there were 3 new league records set at the 7th & final WYT&F League Meeting at Thornes Park Stadium. One of the record breakers was Bethany Thomas, who broke the league record and also threw a New Club U13 Shot Putt Record of 9.67m, beating her previous best by over half a metre. Bethany also won the Discus with a grade 1 throw of 21.22m, and Wakefield's other grade 1 performers were Grace Eyles (U15G 100m 12.79s & 200m 26.28s), Bethany Porter (U15G 75mH 11.93s), Hannah Yates (U15 DT 28.58m), Bethany Porter (U15G SP 9.81m) & Thomas Leyshon (U17M HJ 1.88m). Samantha Brook also had a good afternoon winning three U17L events (100m 12.95s, 300m 42.43s & HJ 1.55m).
Meeting Results from Wakefield :- Mens and Womens.

8/9th Aug 2009. Lauren Proctor Wins England U17 3000m Championships in New Record Time.
Lauren Proctor England U17 3000m Champ.
Lauren with the other 2 Medallists in the England U17 3000m Championships.
Lauren Proctor had probably the best win of her career when she ran away with the England U17 3000m Championship at Bedford. She easily beat the pre-race favourite Emelia Gorecka, and ran a new Championship Best, beating the previous record of Emily Pidgeon. Her time was a New Club U17 3000m Record of 9m 34.89s, and only Aine Hoban in a mixed race has run faster as an U20.
A brilliant performance by Lauren, and congratulations to her and to coach Jack Howey. Matthew O'Connor was also competing in the U15 1500m and finished a creditable 11th in 4m 25.51s.
Full Championship Results from England Athletics

7th Aug 2009. U20 Team to Compete in National Junior League Promotion Match.
After finishing 2nd in the Pennine Division of the National Junior League the U20 team have been invited to compete in the Northern Promotion Match at Robin Park Wigan on Sunday August 30th, to decide who gets promoted into the Northern Premier Division. They will be competing against Middlesborough, Liverpool Harriers, Preston, Doncaster, Rotherham & North Wales.
National Junior League Final Positions.

6th Aug 2009. Combined Team to Compete in Northern League Promotion Match.
Having won Division 2E the combined men's and women's team are to compete in the Division 2 Promotion Match, to decide who gets promoted to Division 1 of the Northern League. This is being held on Sunday August 16th 2009 at Cleckheaton, and the teams competing are:- West Cheshire AC, Blackpool Wyre & Fylde AC, Bolton United Harriers & AC, Holmfirth Harriers & AC, Rotherham Harriers & AC, City of Sheffield AC, Wakefield District Harriers & AC, and Middlesbrough AC (Mandale). Needless to say this is the most important match of the season for the team ! Northern League Final Positions.

4th Aug 2009. Another 1500m PB for Jack Hallas in BMC Gold Standard Races.
Two days after easily winning the 1500m in the Northern League, Jack Hallas moved up a gear at the BMC Gold Standard Races at Stretford. He ran a new 1500m PB of 3m 51.45s, the fastest 1500m time by a Harrier since Darren Spawforth in the mid 1990s. Father Paul had another good 800m for an M50 with 2m 09.49s, and Helen Singleton maintained her good form with 2m 10.52s in her 800m race.

2nd Aug 2009. Another Team Victory in North of England League Division 2E.


Wakefield Harriers, North of England League Division 2E Champions.
In the 4th and final round of the North of England League Division 2E at Middlesbrough the combined team maintained their 100% record with a convincing victory, to win the division comfortably, and secure their place in the play-off final for promotion back to division 1. The men's team were particularly strong, with the highlights being a rare excursion over 400m Hurdles by Olympian Martyn Bernard in an impressive 55.8s, and former English Schools Hammer Champion Anthony Swain returning to league action with 47.30m. Thomas Atkinson also impressed with his 400m win in 49.9s, and he was also part of the 4x400m relay team with Alistair Robinson, Marcus Nixey & Craig Simpson who ran a fast 3m 25.8s. Fiona Thomas was the best of the ladies with her 11.28m Shot victory.
Match Result :- Wakefield 455, Middlesbrough 371, Gateshead 342, Durham City 281, Border 166, Heaton 86. Download Meeting Results.
Final League Positions :- Wakefield 24 (1691), Gateshead 17 (1386), Middlesbrough 17 (1347), Durham City 13 (1289.5), Heaton 7 (749.5), Border 6 (761).

1st Aug 2009. Sam Convery & Annabel Mason Win Silver in Yorkshire Junior Fell Champs.
On a wet and dismal day, new recuit Sam Convery travelled to Hellifield in North Yorkshire to contest the Yorkshire U12 Fell Running Championships. Despite competing in only four fell races ever, Sam took the silver medal, just five seconds behind the winner. Annabel Mason was also competing in the girls U15 event and came 2nd as well, to make it a good double for the club.

1st Aug 2009. Senior Women Finish 7th in UK Women's League Division 3.
In the 3rd and final round of the UK Women's League Division 3 at Wigan the team were once again well below full strength, and finished a disappointing 7th, a result which means they finished 7th overall, and so drop down to the 4th division next season. The girls who were there performed magnificently, with most of them doing 3 events each. We had no individual winners but a grade 2 performance was achieved by Helen Singleton in the 800m with 2m 09.77s, Mikaela Harrison ran a 400m Hurdles PB of 65.6s, and there was a good 2nd place in the 4x400m relay in 3m 57.74s.
Match Result :- Bedford & County 219.5, Wigan & District 195, Havering Mayesbrook 159, Newham & Essex Beagles 156, Medway & Maidstone 143.5, Thames Valley H 141, Wakefield District HAC 119, Belgrave H 90. Full Results.
Final League Positions :- Bedford & County 24 (639.5), Wigan & District 19 (553), Havering Mayesbrook 17 (510), Thames Valley H 14 (493), Newham & Essex Beagles 14 (476.5), Medway & Maidstone 10 (392.5), Wakefield District HAC 7 (360.5), Belgrave H 3 (253).

30th Jul 2009. Another Record Turnout at Third Reindeer Romp Off-Road Race.
This off-road race series continues to grow in popularity, with a record 112 runners for the third and final race in the series. The men's team of Pete McNamara (10th) Chris Ward (12th) & Alan Slack (14th) came 2nd, and the ladies team of Julie Greenwood (39th), Sharon Sykes (68th) & Diane Simmons (97th) finished 3rd. Race Results & Series Winners.
Tony says "Thanks to everyone for a superb record breaking turnout. Unfortunately with the record numbers we hit problems with the results for which I apologise. Hopefully this will all be sorted for the Relays on the 27th. Teams of 3, any format, with 3 mass starts to make things a bit quicker. Hope to start at 7, as the nights will be drawing in."

29th Jul 2009. Emily Freeman and Charlene Thomas Selected for World Championships.

As expected our two UK Champions Emily Freeman and Charlene Thomas have been selected to represent the Aviva Great Britain & Northern Ireland Team at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany on 15th-23rd August. Charlene will compete in the 1500m and Emily in the 200m and the 4 x 100m Relay, so our congratulations to them both. Report from UK Athleticss.

29th Jul 2009. Results of 6th WYT&F League Meeting at South Leeds Stadium.
The wet weather didn't detract from some fine performances at the 6th WYT&F League Meeting at South Leeds Stadium. Wakefield's winners were Beth Porter (U15G Long Jump 4.68m), Samantha Brook (U17L 200m 27.34s & Long Jump 4.68m), Fiona Thomas (SL Shot 11.36m) & Matthew O'Connor (U15B 800m 2m 10.01s), with Grace Eyles also performing well against the top class competition in this age group with her 200m in 26.92s. Sam Convery, who has applied to join the club from Bingley, showed what an asset he will be when winning the U13 Boys 800m in 2m 30.4s. With one meeting remaining the ladies have a narrow lead over Spenborough, and the men lie in 2nd place behind Halifax.
Results from Leeds :- Mens and Womens.

26th Jun 2009. Third Place in 4th Match of Pennine Division of the National Junior League.
In the 4th and final match of the Pennine Division of the National Junior League at Cleckheaton, the combined men's and women's team finished 3rd on the day. This meant they ended up 2nd overall in the division, ahead of Leeds City, which is a great team result. Ben Holmes was the only male winner with his 1.85m High Jump, but there were good points from Craig Westerman in the Shot, Discus & Hammer, and Tom Coney completed a busy weekend with 2nd places in the 800m & 1500m. Mikeala Harrison repeated her previous day's exploits, winning the 400m in 58.8s and 400m Hurdles in 67.0s, and Lucy Holmes won the Shot with 9.25m.
Match Result :- Middlesborough AC 597.5, Leeds City AC 440.5, Wakefield H 439, Bolton U H 296, Kirklees AC 246, Harrogate H 223, Team Tyne & Wear 120, Bingley H 59. Full Results.
Final League Positions :- Middlesborough AC 30 (1966.5), Wakefield H 27 (1730), Leeds City AC 26 (1639.5), Bolton U H 20 (1389), Kirklees AC 17 (1229), Harrogate H 11 (848), Bingley H 8 (626), Team Tyne & Wear 4 (351).

25th Jul 2009. Team Victory in Northern Knockout Cup Round 1.
In the 1st round of the North of England Knockout Cup at Hull the combined men's and women's team were victorious, and so progress through to the next round. Mikeala Harrison showed that she is rounding into form by running two season's bests, winning the 400m in 58.9s and 400m Hurdles in 65.8s. Kelly Johnson won her 800m as expected in 2m 15.5s, and Tom Coney was close to his 800m best with 1m 56.4s. In the throws Richard Gayle was close to his best when winning the Hammer with 43.43m, Debbie Collinson won the Shot with 10.83m, and Chiedu Ufodiama equalled his PB of 11.57m in the Shot.
Match Result :- Wakefield 174, Scunthorpe 168, Lincoln 140, City of York 138, Sheffield 119, Doncaster 107. Download Meeting Results.

24th-25th Jul 2009. Emily Freeman and Charlene Thomas Compete at Crystal Palace.
Our two UK Champions Emily Freeman and Charlene Thomas were both invited to compete at Crystal Palace against some of the world's elite athletes at the Aviva London Grand Prix. Emily took on some of the leading American and Caribbean sprinters in the 200m, and came an excellent 3rd in 23.34s into a headwind. She also competed for the Great Britain team in the 4 x 100m Relay. Charlene wasn't quite able to reproduce her form from the UK Championships, and will have been a little disappointed to come 9th in the 1500m in 4m 12.01s. Jack Hallas was also invited to compete in the U20 3000m, and finished 17th in a new PB of 8m 42.17s. Meeting Results.

20th-24th Jul 2009. Thomas Atkinson & Lauren Proctor Compete for GB Youth Team.
Lauren Proctor
U17 Inter-Counties XC Champion.
Thomas Atkinson
U17 AAA 800m Champion.
Thomas Atkinson and Lauren Proctor had the first international selections of their burgeoning athletics careers, being picked to run for Great Britain at the European Youth Olympic Festival at Tampere in Finland. Thomas won his heat of the 800m in 1 min 56.9 secs to progress to the semi-final, which he also won in 1m 53.97s, and then came an outstanding 4th in a tactical final in 1 min 57.09s.
Lauren's 1500m was a straight final, and in a rough race she came an excellent 8th place in a very creditable time of 4m 28.23s.
Results of the athletics events.

21st Jul 2009. New Club U15 Boys 800m Record from Matthew O'Connor.
At the Trafford Grand Prix Races at Stretford there were some good performances, the highlight being a New U15 Boys 800m Club Record of 2 min 04.35 secs from Matthew O'Connor, beating Thomas Atkinson's record from 2006. Knowing what Thomas has achieved in recent years, this shows the potential from Matthew. Meeting Results.

19th Jul 2009. Another Good Team Win and Promotion Won in Young Athletes League.

In the 5th and final round of the Young Athletes League Northern 1 East Division at Wakefield the club had a resounding team victory, finishing 2nd overall in the division, and thus clinching promotion back into the Northern Premier Division.
Among many fine results, Grade 1 performances were achieved by William Mulroy (U17M High Jump 1.85m), Grace Eyles (U15G 100m 12.64s & 200m 25.97s), Beth Porter (U15G 75mH 12.00s), Hannah Yates (U15G Discus 30.30m) & Bethany Thomas (U13 Shot 8.97m). In addition Grade 2 performances were achieved by Craig Westerman (U17M Discus 39.94m), Daniel O'Connor (U17M Discus 38.62m), Tom Leyshon (U17M High Jump 1.80m), Samantha Brook (U17W 80mH 12.33s & 300mH 46.53s) & Lucy Holmes (U17W Shot 9.62m).
However it was a great team effort, with many athletes competing in unfamiliar events to gain those extra valuable points. This was typified by thrower Craig Westerman, competing in the Steeplechase, and for the first time sporting the new men's team kit for 2010.
So well done to all athletes and managers for ensuring a swift return to the Northern Premier Division.
Match Result :- Wakefield & District HAC 479, Blaydon & Elswick 342, Cleethorpes & District 277, Darlington HAC 51. Download Meeting Results in pdf and Final League Tables.

18th Jul 2009. Middle Distance Runners in Action at BMC Nike Grand Prix.
At the BMC Nike Grand Prix at Solihull there were several of our young middle distance runners competing. Most of the runners were probably a bit tired after the English Schools, so no records or big PBs this time. Meeting Results.

18th Jul 2009. Yorkshire Wolds Half Marathon.
A half dozen hardy distance runners competed in the challenging Yorkshire Wolds Half Marathon, with it's very long hills. Richard West was first runner home in 88 mins 55 secs, finishing 27th out of over 400 runners, with Alex Potter our first lady to finish in 99 mins 28secs, 82nd overall and 5th lady finisher. Download Race Results in Excel.

17th Jul 2009. Zara Hohn Almost Makes the Final at European U23 Championships.
Zara Hohn was selected to compete in the 100m Hurdles for the Great Britain team at the European U23 Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania, and performed with distinction. She came 4th in her 1st round heat in 13.46s, before coming 4th in her semi-final in 13.39s, not far from her best. She just missed a place in the final by 1/100th of a second, but it was still a great performance, and our congratulations to Zara for her latest international selection.
Results from Kaunas and report from UK Athletics

16th Jul 2008. Charlene Thomas is This Week's Athletics Weekly Cover Girl.
Charlene's magnificent win in the UK Trials has made her the UK athlete of the moment, with the picture of her 1500m victory gracing the cover of this week's Athletics Weekly, and with a short feature on her inside. She's achieved this without any help from UK Athletics or a shoe company contract, so it's good to see her finally getting the success she deserves, and she's certainly helped raise the club's profile. Let's hope this is now the start of a long and successful international career.

15th Jul 2009. Five Harriers to Represent Yorkshire and Humberside in the UK Schools Games.
Five of our athletes have been selected to represent Yorkshire and Humberside in the UK Schools Games, which will be held in Wales at the beginning of September. The five are:- Lauren Proctor 1500m, Samantha Brook 300m Hurdles, Rebecca Watts 100m and 4 x 100m relay, William Mulroy High Jump & Marcus Nixey 4 x 400m relay, so our congratulations to them.

11th/12th Jul 2008. Charlene Thomas & Emily Freeman Win UK Championships.
The club had probably it's greatest ever results in the Aviva World Trials & UK Championships at Birmingham, with two championship winners in Charlene Thomas and Emily Freeman, and a bronze medallist in Zara Hohn. They all helped raised the club's national profile, with the Wakefield Harriers name and green and white club vest broadcast to the nation.


Charlene Thomas, UK 1500m Champion.
Charlene Thomas had the greatest win of her career when she convincingly won the UK Championships over 1500m, outsprinting rivals Steph Twell & Hannah England to cross the line in 4m 09.18s. Emily Freeman was simply awesome, completely dominating the 200m and winning by a huge margin in 22.92s, and as Charlene & Emily already have the 'A' qualifying standard they booked their places for the World Championships in Berlin. For Charlene it will be her first full GB international vest, and her joy was evident in the post-race interview. We send them both our congratulations and wish them well in Berlin.
Zara Hohn also did exceptionally well to take bronze in the 100m Hurdles in 13.41s, after running a wind assisted 13.34s in the heats. However she will need to improve further to get the 'A' standard if she is to be selected for Berlin. Martyn Bernard, who is still returning from injury and still doesn't quite have the 'A' standard, will have to prove his fitness soon if he wants to make the team.
Other athletes competing were middle distance runners Kelly Johnson & Helen Singleton, who ran 2m 11.07s & 4m 32.89s in the heats of the 800m & 1500m respectively.
Report of Saturday , report of Sunday and full results from UK Athletics.

10th/11th Jul 2009. Lauren Proctor Wins Silver at English Schools Championships.
Many of the club's junior athletes were selected to compete for West Yorkshire & Humberside in the English Schools Championships at Sheffield, and they came away with one medal and numerous fine performances, with many athletes making their finals.
In the Inter Girls 1500m Lauren Procter came away with an outstanding silver medal in 4m 27.24s, to add to the silver she won earlier in the year in the Cross Country Championships. Also in the inter girls Rebecca Watts came an excellent 5th in the 100m in 12.45s, after running 12.23s in the heats, and Samantha Brook also ran superbly to finish 6th in the 300m Hurdles in 45.28s, not far from the club record. Sally Smith ran 5m 02.33s in her 1500m heat.
In the Junior Girls Grace Eyles was an excellent 5th in the 100m in 12.55s, and helped the 4x100m relay team to a very fast winning time of 48.50s, Hannah Yates threw a good 28.70m to finish 7th in the Discus, & Zoe Kerins ran 26.79s in her 200m heat.
In the Senior Boys there was disappointment for Jack Hallas & Thomas Atkinson, for after winning their 800m heats in 1m 55.14s & 1m 55.44s, they were unable to up their game in the semi-finals, and failed to make the final. Tom Coney ran 1m 58.55s in his 800m heat. In the Inter Boys Will Mulroy jumped a new PB of 1.90m in the High Jump to finish 6th, Craig Westerman was close to his best to come 9th in the Discus with 41.21m, & Marcus Nixey ran 50.63s in his 400m heat, whilst in the Junior Boys Matthew O'Connor ran 4m 23.25s in his 1500m heat.
Results from ESAA

8th Jul 2009. Results of 5th WYT&F League Meeting at Cleckheaton.
On a quiet night for the Wakefield athletes Lucy Holmes and Fiona Thomas were the only winners in the U17 100m & Shot and senior 100m, but there was a grade 2 performance from Bethany Porter in the U15G Shot with 9.49m.
Results from Cleckheaton :- Mens and Womens.

7th Jul 2009. Another New Club U20 800m Record from Jack Hallas.
At the BMC Gold Standard Races at Stretford there were some more outstanding 800m performances from our middle distance runners, with another New U20 800m Club Record of 1 min 50.14 secs from Jack Hallas, beating his best from 10 days ago. There was also a season's best from Nathan Elliot in 1m 56.82s, and a PB from the fast improving Sam Bucknall with 1m 56.84s. Chris Price ran a season's best in the 3000m with 9m 05.07s. Meeting Results.

5th Jul 2009. Another Team Victory in North of England League Division 2E.
In the 3rd round of the North of England League Division 2E at Gateshead the team won their 3rd victory on the trot, to win the division even with one match to go, and secure their place in the play-off final for promotion back to division 1. The club's best events were the men's 1500m, where Nathan Elliot & Sam Bucknall had a convincing double win, and we also had double victories in the men's discus by Chiedo Ufodiama & Darren Thomas, the women's 400m with Reagan Wright & Lydia Brown, the women's hammer by Sarah Drake & Laura Teasdale, the women's javelin by Michelle Lonsdale & Fiona Thomas, and the women's shot from Fiona Thomas & Amy Claxton.
Match Result :- Wakefield 420, Gateshead 390, Middlesbrough 358, Durham City 336, Border 230, Heaton 134. Download Meeting Results.

4th Jul 2009. Senior Women Finish 6th in UK Women's League Division 3 Round 2.
In the 2nd round of the UK Women's League Division 3 at Bedford the team were once again below full strength, but still finished a creditable 6th. Kelly Johnson was the club's only winner with her 800m in 2m 11.69s, and there were 2nd place finishes for Debbie Collinson in the Javelin with 36.48m, and Caroline Nutt in the Pole Vault with 3.20m. There were also heroics from athletes filling in for absent team members, and in particular Sarah Beevers, who had a tough afternoon running the 2000m Steeplechase, 1500m and the 'B' 800m. Fiona Thomas achieved another good performance with her 11.62m Shot. The team now needs to beat Medway & Maidstone by a clear 10 points in the final match to avoid relegation.
Match Result :- Bedford & County 214, Wigan & District 190, Newham & Essex Beagles 181, Thames Valley H 173, Havering Mayesbrook 149, Wakefield District HAC 125, Medway & Maidstone 108, Belgrave H 84. Full results

1st Jul 2009. More Good Performances BMC Regional Races at Leeds.
At the BMC Regional Races at Leeds Carnegie there were some more good middle distance performances, with Sam Bucknall showing improved speed with his 800m PB of 1m 57.8s, and M50 vet Paul Hallas recording an impressive 2m 09.2s, just ahead of Helen Singleton's 2m 11.4s. U15 runners Jack Mitchell & Daniel Franks also recorded 800m PBs. Meeting Results.

1st Jul 2009. Zara Hohn Selected for European U23 Championships.
Zara Hohn has been rewarded for her excellent form this year with selection to compete in the 100m Hurdles for the Great Britain team at the European U23 Championships, which will take place in Kaunas, Lithuania from 16th-19th July. Our congratulations to Zara for her latest international selection. Report from UKA

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