Wakefield Harriers

2010 Club News July - September

25th/26th Sep 2010. Bethany Porter Wins Yorkshire Combined Events Championships.
Bethany Porter won the U17 Ladies Heptathlon at the Yorkshire Combined Events Championships at Doncaster with a new PB score of 3675 points, and in the same competition Danielle Anderson also did well to come 5th with 3015 points, in spite of no throws in the javelin. Download Results in Excel.

26th Sep 2010. Good Team Result at Scafell Pike Fell Race.
There was a good team result at the Scafell Pike Fell Race, with the Harriers quartet of Brian Horsfall (13th), Chris Ward (18th), Pete McNamara (19th) & Neil Penn (20th) packing well in the 5 mile race, which included 3000ft of climbing. Download Race Results.

26th Sep 2010. Julie Briscoe Breaks Club Marathon Record Again at Toronto.
After making her marathon debut in May at Edinburgh, Julie Briscoe had her 2nd attempt at the distance at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in Canada, and ran another New Club Record time of 2 hrs 40 mins 45 secs, beating her previous best by nearly a minute. She was chosen to compete for an England team and finished an excellent 39th overall and 11th lady out of nearly 3000 finishers. Race Results.
Her time currently ranks her 10th in this year's UK Womens Marathon Rankings.
Congratulations to Julie for gaining her first international selection.

19th Sep 2010. Several Winners at Yorkshire Vets T&F Championships.
There were several winners from the Harriers at the Yorkshire Vets Track & Field Championships at Cleckheaton, with gold medals being taken home by Richard Higson-Blythe (M35 100m & 200m), Richard Gayle (M40 Hammer), Linda Ridsdale (F60 Hammer) & Les D’Arcy (M85 Shot & Discus). Download Results in Word.

14th/15th Sep 2010. Declan Sheehan Competes for West Yorkshire Schools in Czech Republic. 12-year old Declan Sheehan was part of a young team representing West Yorkshire Schools at the European Kids Athletics Games at Brno in the Czech Republic. He came 4th in the final of the 60m after running 8.24s when winning his heat. He also came 6th= in the High Jump with his clearance of 1.39m, and 6th in the Long Jump with 4.38m, after jumping 4.51m in the qualifying round. Download Meeting Results.

12th Sep 2010. Douglas Bedford Memorial Open Meeting & Club Championships.
The Douglas Bedford Memorial Open Meeting was well attended, and we were pleased to have our international high jump star Martyn Bernard as guest. The meeting also incorporatated the club track & field championships, with some keen competition between club members, and there was a high standard in many of the events.
Amongst many good results grade 1 performances were achieved by Laura Robson (U17W 100m 12.34s), Rebecca Watts (U17W 100m 12.51s) & Ben Holmes (U17M HJ 1.93m), and there were grade 2 performances from Lauren Higson (U13G 100m 13.97s & 200m 28.81s), Feyisayo Olaleru (U13G HJ 1.35m & LJ 4.23m), Roxanne Barraclough (U13G SP 7.51M), Grace Eyles (U17W 300m 41.51s), Bethany Porter (U17W LJ 5.18m), Lucy Holmes (U20W SP 10.91m), Sarah Drake (SW HT 46.54m), Declan Sheehan (U13B 200m 27.36s) & Daniel O'Connor (U17M DT 38.82m). Zoe Kerins was also impressive, winning the U15 100m (13.34s), 200m (27.39s) & 800m (2m 27.37s). Meeting Results.

12th Sep 2010. Two Harriers Complete Nottingham Marathon.
On a busy weekend for the club we also had two distance runners taking part in the Nottingham Marathon. Martin Green made his marathon debut and finished 71st overall, running 3 hrs 13 mins, and Martin Holding managed to complete the course in just over 4 hours, despite suffering from a cold.

12th Sep 2010. Sandal Castle Multi-Terrain Races.
There was a lower turnout than usual from the club at the Sandal Castle Multi-Terrain Races, due to the clash with previous day's Yorkshire Road Relays, and the Douglas Bedford Memorial Open Meeting. Adam Cooper made his once a year race appearance in the 10k, to come home first from the club in 3rd place, and 2nd lady to finish was club newcomer Nicola Steel. In the new 5k race junior runners Libby Greatorex & Rebecca Firth finished 3rd & 4th. 10k Results and 5k Results.

11th Sep 2010. Good Results at Yorkshire County Road Relay Championships.
There were some good results at the Yorkshire County Road Relay Championships, which took place at the Carnegie Campus in Leeds. The Senior/Junior Men had 3 full teams competing, with the 'A' team of Nathan Elliott (21:33), Chris Price (21:18), Dyon Whitely (23:00), Chris Ward (22:55), Adam Davey (23:27) & John Convery (21:41) coming a creditable 8th.
In the U17 ladies relay race the team of Olivia Radcliffe (18:00), Jessica Timmins (17:45) & Louise Hannah Marsh (20:10) finished 2nd, and the U17 mens team of Matthew O'Connor (14:59), Steven Eastwood (15:03) & Jake Worton (14:04) also took silver medals.

The U13 girls team at the Yorkshire Road Relay Championships
In the junior races the club had one team victory from the U15 girls, led home by Stephanie Rodgers in 5th, and supported by Rebecca Firth (8th) & Sophie Woollin (9th). In the U13 girls race Emily Gill (4th), Saskia Lewis (6th) & Bethan Oates (7th) were 2nd team home, and the U15 boys team of Danny Franks (4th), Sam Convery (5th) & Andrew Jones (13th) also finished 2nd team. The team medal haul was completed by the U13 boys team of George Heppinstall (2nd), Benjamin Read (9th) & Jack Boyles (14th) who were 3rd.
Relay Results and Young Athletes Race Results in Excel.

5th Sep 2010. WYT&F League Championships at Cleckheaton.
The fine but windy weather slowed the sprinters, but produced some good jump performances at the WYT&F League Championships at Cleckheaton, with 3 new championship records being set. Amongst the Wakefield athletes there was a treble victory for Lucy Holmes (SW 100m 13.57s, 200m 27.34s & SP 10.94m) and good double wins for Dylan Roberts (U11B LJ 4.00m & SP 7.17m) & Chris Price (SM 800m 2:02.2 & 1500m 4:23.2). In addition there were grade 1 performances from Declan Sheehan (1st U13 80m 10.89s & 2nd LJ 4.70m) and a grade 2 performance from Ben Read (3rd U13 LJ 4.58m).
Results from Cleckheaton :- Mens and Womens.

5th Sep 2010. Julie Briscoe Just Misses Club Record in Bristol Half Marathon.
Julie Briscoe was just 4 seconds away from her club record time in the Bristol Half Marathon, where she finished 5th lady and 67th overall out of a huge field, in the superb times of 1 hr 16 mins 50 secs. This shows she is on form for a good time at the Toronto Marathon on Sept 26th.

5th Sep 2010. Harriers Team Finish 6th in Leeds Country Way Relay.
The club had 2 full teams of 12 participating in the 60 mile Leeds Country Way Relay, with the 'A' team finishing a fine 6th, and the 'B' team a creditable 18th out of the 37 competing teams. Download Full Race Results from Kippax Harriers.

4th Sep 2010. Martyn Bernard Competes for Europe in Continental Cup.

Martyn Bernard was invited to compete for a European team at the inaugural IAAF/VTB Bank Continental Cup at Split, in Croatia, and did exceptionally well to finish 3rd with a jump of 2.25m, helping team Europe to victory. We are hopeful that Martyn will be at the Open Meeting & Club Championships on Sunday to present some of the medals. Results from IAAF.

3rd/4th Sep 2010. Three Harriers Compete in UK Schools Games.
Three Harriers were selected to compete at the Sainsburys UK Schools Games at Gateshead, a multi-sport event for the UK’s elite young athletes of school age. Representing a team from the North-East, Grace Eyles picked up a bronze medal in the girls 4 x 300m relay, Rebecca Watts came 5th in the 100m in 12.81s as well as helping the team to 7th in the 4 x 100m relay, but Ben Holmes had less success, failing to clear a height in the High Jump. Meeting Results.

3rd Sep 2010. Adrian Howden Finishes 14th in World Para Duathlon Championships .
Adrian Howden continues to inspire with his sporting achievements since his accident several years ago, after which he ended up losing the lower part of a leg. In his latest event he finished an excellent 14th overall in the World Para Duathlon Championships at Edinburgh, which consisted of a 5.75k run, a 23.5k cycle, and then another run of 3k. The event also included the British Para Duathlon Championships, and he finished 2nd in this. Adrian plans to compete again in this year's Christmas Handicap, where he is sure to once again embarass some of our able bodies runners !
Race Results.

1st Sep 2010. Harriers at the York Millenium Bridge Races.
At the York Millenium Bridge Races Sam Convery & George Heppinstall finished 2nd & 3rd in U15 2.5 km race, and M45 vet John Convery came 7th in the open 5km race.
Download Race Results in Excel.

30th Aug 2010. Another Club Record from Abigail Roberts at Mansfield.
At the Mansfield Open there were some good performances from young Harriers, including another new club record from Abigail Roberts. She improved her U17 & U15 Pole Vault Club Record with 2.95m, a superb performance which ranks her 3rd in the UK in the U15 age group.
Download Meeting Results in Excel.

29th Aug 2010. U20 Team Finish 2nd in National Junior League Northern Promotion Match.

The National Junior League Team.
The U20 team had a great result at the National Junior League Northern Promotion Match at Wigan, finishing in 2nd place overall, and thus gaining promotion to the Northern Premier League for next season. It was a good all round team performance, with most events being covered, and there were some good individual performances, including grade 2 performance by Nathaniel Davis (2nd 100m 11.1s), Craig Westerman (1st DT 40.65m) & Lucy Holmes (2nd SP 10.92m).
Match Result :- Preston H 550, Wakefield D H & AC 496, Doncaster AC 472, City of York AC 283, Leeds City AC 188. Download Meeting Results.

28th Aug 2010. 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 Gateshead. They all competed with distinction, with the following results :- Caroline Nutt (1st SW PV 3.30m), Grace Eyles (3rd U17W 300m 41.95s), Sally Smith (2nd U17W 1500m 5m 01.93s), Samantha Brook (1st U17W 300m Hurdles 47.78s), Sophie Woollin (4th U15G 800m 2m 30.83s), Matthew O'Connor (4th U17M 1500m SC 5m 09.39s), Thomas Leyshon (1st U17M HJ 1.80m) & Daniel O'Connor (4th U17M SP 11.58m). They helped Yorkshire win the overall title, finishing 1st in three age groups and 2nd to Lancashire in three, and congratulations to our own Fiona Lancaster as team manager. Meeting Results in Excel.

26th Aug 2010. Harriers Teams Win Reindeer Romp Relay Race.
This off-road race series finished with the traditional relay race, with 23 teams of 3 taking part. The Wakefield Harriers mens team of Brian Horsfall, Chris Ward & John Mason were the overall winners, and our ladies team of Julie Greenwood, Annabel Mason & Jasmine Kerry won their category. Results in Excel.
Congratulations to Tony Audsley for organising this popular race series for the past few years, and for raising £500 to donate to Wakefield Hospice this year.

24th Aug 2010. Martyn Bernard Selected for Commonwealth Games in India.
Martyn Bernard has been selected to compete for England in the High Jump at the Commonwealth Games, which take place in New Delhi in India from October 3-14. He won a silver medal at the last games four years ago, so will be one of the favourites in his event, and we wish him well. Former Harrier Laura Whittingham has made great progress this year, and has been selected for the Javelin. Report & Full Team List from England Athletics.

22nd Aug 2010. Paul Lockwood Equals 10k PB at Birchwood 10k.
Paul Lockwood equalled his 10k PB of 32 mins 36 secs when finishing 6th in the Birchwood 10k Road race, to confirm his position at the top of the club rankings. Race Results.

21st/22nd Aug 2010. Laura Robson Finishes 5th at England U15 & U17 Championships.
Several leading U17 Harriers competed at the Aviva England U15 & U17 Championships at Bedford. Laura Robson was our highest placed athlete, finishing an excellent 5th in the U17W 200m final in a new PB of 25.33s, with Rebecca Watts running 25.97s in her heat in that event. Sally Smith came 7th in the U17W 3000m in 10:44.63, and Samantha Brook ran 47.04s in her heat of the U17W 300m Hurdles.
Full Championship Results from England Athletics

21st Aug 2010. New Club Record for Zoe Kerins at Tartan Games at Gateshead.
There were several Harriers competing at the Tartan Games at Gateshead, with some good sprint times recorded. Zoe Kerins ran a New Club U15 Girls 300m Record of 42.8s, and there was also a grade 2 performance from Lauren Higson with 13.8s in the U13G 100m. Meeting Results

19th Aug 2010. Martyn Bernard Finishes 8th at Weltklasse Meeting in Zurich.
Martyn Bernard was invited to compete at the Weltklasse Meeting in Zurich, which is one of the leading meetings in the 'Samsung Diamond League' series. In a world class field he finished 8th with a 2.20m clearance.

18th Aug 2010. Pete McNamara Wins M50 Category again at Yorkshire Vets Grand Prix.
We had a low turnout at the latest race in the Yorkshire Vets Grand Prix series at West Vale, near Stainland, but Pete McNamara had an excellent run to finish 7th overall, and first M50 once again. Race Results.

14th/15th Aug 2010. Good Heptathlon Performance from Dannielle Anderson.
The improving multi-eventer Dannielle Anderson has been the busiest member of Wakefield Harriers this year, with no fewer than 118 performances in the Power of 10 ! Her latest was an excellent 4th place in the under 17 womens heptathlon at the North-West Combined Events Open at Sports City, Manchester, where she achieved 5 individual PBs and also got a big PB points score of 3365. Meeting Results.

10th Aug 2010. More Good Performances at the Trafford Grand Prix.
At the latest Trafford Grand Prix at Stretford we had a good number of athletes competing, with several personal or season's bests recorded. In the BMC Gold Standard 800m races U20 Jack Hallas ran a season's best of 1:52.02, and his dad M50 Vet Paul Hallas equalled his season's 800m best of 2:08.17, a time which ranks him 4th in the UK. In the other events grade 2 performances were recorded by George Heppinstall (U13B 1500m 4:57.21) & Helen Singleton (SW 1500m 4:27.46). Meeting Results.

8th Aug 2010. New League Record for Dylan Roberts at 7th Round of WYT&F League.
The 7th and final round of the West Yorkshire T&F League was held at Thornes Park Stadium in Wakefield. Three league records were broken, including a New U11 Shot Putt League Record of 8.16m from Wakefield's Dylan Roberts. Declan Sheehan was an impressive winner of the U13B 80m in 10.63s, as well as running 13.73s in the 75 Metres Hurdles, Bethany Sharp ran a grade 1 time of 41.23s in a quality U17 300m race, and a grade 2 performance was achieved by George Heppinstall with 2:27.42 in the U13B 800m.
After a late surge Spenborough overtook Wakefield to win overall in the womens competition, but Wakefield had a fairly comfortable win in the mens competition. Grace Eyles was our only individual winner, in the U17W section, beating club mate Bethany Sharp by a single point. The end of season championship will be at Cleckheaton on 5th September.
WYL League Results for 2010.

8th Aug 2010. Julie Briscoe Wins Newark Half Marathon.
Julie Briscoe had another good run, this time in the Newark Half Marathon, where she won the ladies race, and finished 22nd overall in 1 hr 19 mins 55 secs. Download Race Results.

8th Aug 2010. Harriers Compete in Askern 10 Mile Road Race.
There was a good turnout of Wakefield Harriers in the Askern 10 Mile Road Race. Chris Ward was our first runner home in 18th place, in a decent time of 62 mins 05 secs, followed by Martin Green in 31st and Richard West in 38th place, out of 320 finishers. Race Results.

7th Aug 2010. Annabel Mason Wins Silver in Yorkshire Junior Fell Champs.
Annabel Mason travelled to Hellifield, near Skipton in North Yorkshire, to contest the Yorkshire Junior Fell Running Championships, and as last year won the silver medal in the U14 girls race. She completed the 2 mile course, which included 500 ft of climbing, in an impressive 10 mins 53 secs.

4th Aug 2010. Yorkshire Veterans Grand Prix League Race Six.
Once again there was just the club's over 50 stalwarts competing at the latest race in the Yorkshire Vets Grand Prix series at Knavesmire in York. Richard West was our first runner home in 33rd place out of over 200 finishers, and after six races the mens team are lying 6th in the league, with Pete McNamara leading the over 50 category. Race Results.

1st Aug 2010. Third Round of UK Womens League Division 2 at Coventry.
This third & final match in the UK Womens League Division 2 at Coventry was a very close match indeed, with just 7 points covering the 4 clubs between 4th & 7th. But we were the ones who ended up 7th, so didn't quite get the result we needed, and end up dropping a division. We finished 7th in the league, with the same match points as Havering & Mayesbrook, but with fewer individual points. Just 2 more points on the day would have kept us up !
Individually Kelly Johnson scored good points with 2nd in the 800m in 2:12.4 & 2nd in the 'B' 400m in 58.5s, as did Helen Singleton with 3rd in the 1500m in 4:32.7 & winning the 'B' 800m in 2:17.0. Other top 3 'A' string placings were gained by Sarah Boswick (2nd 2000m S/C in 7:38.7s), Caroline Nutt (2nd Pole Vault 3.20m) & Sarah Drake (2nd Hammer 45.08m).
Individual Results from Power of 10.
Although it was a disappointing team result in the end, there was great team spirit that day, and indeed over the entire weekend, where we put out teams in 3 matches. Several girls competed on both days, and some competed in several events each day, and sometimes not in their chosen events, to gain points for the club. With these girls in the team we will be back !
Match Result :- Thames Valley H 207, Victoria Park Glasgow 176, Newham & Essex Beagles AC 162, Medway & Maidstone 148.5, Coventry Godiva 145, Herts Phoenix 142.5, Wakefield D H&AC 141.5, Havering & Mayesbrook 121.5.
Final League Positions :- Newham & Essex Beagles AC 21, Thames Valley H 20, Victoria Park Glasgow 18, Medway & Maidstone 12, Herts Phoenix 11, Havering & Mayesbrook 9 (418 pts), Wakefield D H&AC 9 (399 pts), Coventry Godiva 8.

1st Aug 2010. Young Athletes League Team Finish 7th in Northern Premier Final.

After finishing in 2nd place in their division, the Young Athletes League Team qualified for the Northern Premier Final at Cudworth, and finished a very creditable 7th in a good standard meeting, and were 2nd team from Yorkshire.
It was another good team effort all round, with some outstanding performances, including two new club records. Abigail Roberts improved her U17 & U15 Pole Vault Club Record with 2.91m, and there was a new U13 Boys 75m Hurdles Club Record of 13.51 secs from Declan Sheehan, a big improvement on the old record.
In addition there were grade 1 performances from Rebecca Watts (U17W 100m 12.4s & 200m 25.33s), Laura Robson (U17W 100m 12.4s) & Laura Higson (U13G 75m 10.3s), and grade 2 performances from Feyisayo Olaleru (U13G LJ 4.24m), Bethany Porter (U17W 80mH 12.21s), Bethany Sharp (U17W 300m 42.02s), Declan Sheehan (U13B 200m 27.26s & HJ 1.43m), Daniel O'Connor (U17M DT 38.11s) & Tom Leyshon (U17M HJ 1.80m).
Match Result :- Gateshead H&AC 857, Sale H Manchester 838, Preston H 720, Blackpool Wyre & Fylde 719, Liverpool H&AC 687, Doncaster 670, Wakefield D. H&AC 662.5, City of Sheffield 555.5.
Download Results.

1st Aug 2010. Fast 10 Mile Time by Julie Briscoe at Sale.
Julie Briscoe had her first race since her wonderful run in the Edinburgh Marathon, and showed that she had recovered well. She finished 29th overall and 2nd lady in the Sale 10 Mile Road Race, in a time of 58 mins 29 secs, not far from her club record from 2004. Race Results.

31st Jul 2010. Club Record at Fourth Round of Mens & Womens Northern League Division 1.
At the fourth and final round of the Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 at Sports City in Manchester the combined mens & womens team needed a good result to stay in the divison, and although they did very well to finish 3rd, and just 3 points off 2nd place, it wasn't quite enough. This division was so tight that 3 clubs tied on 3rd place with 13 match points, including Wakefield, but we had the lowest individual points total of those teams, and thus finished 5th overall.
There were however some excellent performances, including a New Club Record of 4 mins 21.7 secs in the 4 x 400m Relay. The team of Marcus Nixey, Craig Simpson, Andrei Pobischan & Nathaniel Davis beat the previous record set 2 years ago by 0.7s, and the same quartet also ran an impressive 43.1s in the 4 x 100m. Andrei was clearly on top form after running a PB of 48.9s in the individual race, as was U17 Rebecca Watts, winning the 100m in 12.5s and the 200m in 25.2s. Richard Gayle & Sarah Drake won the Hammer events with 42.52m & 44.38m respectively, and the girls also won the 4 x 100m in 50.9s. In other events grade 2 performances were recorded by Leanne Barraclough (Javelin 36.75m) & Mark Lindsay (Javelin 52.95m), and multi-eventer Naida Bromley was close with 10.83m in the Shot, one of 5 events she competed in.
There were many other good performances, and this team deserved to stay in division 1!
Match Result :- Blackburn H 368, City of Manchester 323, Wakefield D. H&AC 320, Preston H 303, Blackpool Wyre & Fylde 301, City of York 285. Meeting Results.
There are some photos from the meeting available from Photo Gallery from fryer-foto.

30th Jul 2010. Disappointment for Emily Freeman at European Championships.
There was disappointment for Emily Freeman at the European Championships in Barcelona when she failed to make the final of the 200m. Last year she was the leading European 200m runner, topping the rankings, and being the only European to make the final of the World Championships. This year she has been hampered by a succession of injuries, so never got back to top form, and after qualifying for the semi-final of the 200m with a confident third place finish, she went on run a season's best of 23.21s to finish 5th in her semi, and just fail to qualify for the final by 0.01s!
Emily will then have had further disappointment watching her team mates failing to make the final of the 4 x 100m relay, where she would probably have been asked to run. Nevertheless still a great achievement for Emily, and once again she has been a credit to the club.
Read report of fourth day from UK Athletics.

29th Jul 2010. Results of Third Reindeer Romp Off-Road Race.
There was another good turnout of 107 runners for the third & final race of the Reindeer Romp Series of off-road races. John Mason was again our leading runner, finishing 3rd ahead of Chris Ward in 5th & Dave Brailsford in 17th. Annabelle Mason was the 3rd lady finisher in 19th overall, ahead of Julie Greenwood 33rd & Sharon Sykes 72nd. Download Race Results in Excel.
In the overall standings John Mason won the M45, Mark Whitehouse the M50, Annabel Mason the women's open, and Julie Greenwood the F35 categories. Prizes to be given at the relays on the 26th August. Download Series Winners in Excel.

29th Jul 2010. Martyn Bernard Wins European Bronze Medal in Barcelona.

Martyn Bernard had the most significant success of his career so far by winning a magnificent bronze medal, clearing 2.29m at the first attempt in the High Jump Final of the European Championships in Barcelona. The competition started in atrociously wet conditions, and Martyn gambled correctly by entering the competition at a height later than anyone else, when the weather had improved, but in clearing it he then put himself in the driving seat when only four jumpers went on to clear 2.29m, with him being the only one to clear that height first time. He then had two excruciatingly close failures at a new PB of 2.31m, a height which two Russians cleared, leaving Martyn with the bronze medal to add to his growing collection. A fantastic result, of which the whole club and the City of Wakefield will be proud.
See Martyn in action from BBC Sport , and read report of third day from UK Athletics.

28th Jul 2010. Sixth Round of WYT&F League at Leeds.
Round Six of the West Yorkshire T&F League was held at South Leeds Stadium in Leeds. There weren't too many outstanding performances, but Grace Eyles ran a grade 2 25.80s in the U17W 200m, and Dylan Roberts won the U11 Long Jump with 3.99m. After the first six meetings Wakefield continue to lead overall in both the mens and womens competitions, and Grace Eyles has a clear lead in the individual standings in the U17W section.
WYL League Results for 2010.

27th Jul 2010. Martyn Bernard Reaches the Final at European Championships.
Olympic finallist Martyn Bernard reached the High Jump Final of the European Championships in Barcelona, after clearing 2.26m in the Qualifying Round. He had a failure at 2.19m, plus two at 2.23m, before clearing 2.26m at his second attempt, to qualify in seventh position out of the twelve finalists. The final starts at 5.30pm on Thursday, so we wish him well. Meanwhile Emily Freeman will start her campaign in the 200m on Friday, the first round heats being at 11.20am.
Report of first day from UK Athletics.

27th Jul 2010. More Good Performances at the Trafford Grand Prix.
At the Trafford Grand Prix at Stretford many of our leading athletes were competing, with some good times registered. In the BMC Gold Standard 800m races U20 Sam Bucknall was close to his best with 1:56.03, and Helen Singleton ran 2:11.94. In the other events grade 2 performances were recorded by Marcus Nixey (U20 400m 49.82) & Matthew O'Connor (U17 800m 2:00.36), whilst there were excellent performances by vets Paul Hallas (M50 800m 2:08.17) & John Convery (M45 3000m 9:27.06). Meeting Results.

25th Jul 2010. 4th Victory in Humber Division of the National Junior League.
The club easily won the 4th and final match of the Humber Division of the National Junior League at the Doncaster Keepmoat Stadium, to maintain their 100% record, and win their division. Rebecca Watts won the female Athlete of the Match award with her 25.1s PB in the 200m, and an additional grade 1 performance was recorded by U17 Ben Holmes with 1.93m in the High Jump. Grade 2s were recorded by Nathaniel Davis (200m 22.4s), Jack Hallas (400m 50.4s), Craig Westerman (DT 40.22m) & William Mullroy (HJ 1.90m).
The Northern Promotion match will be held at Robin Park, Wigan on Sunday 29th August.
Match Result :- Wakefield D.H. & AC 462, Doncaster AC 392, Scunthorpe & D.AC 362, Kingston Upon Hull AC 272, Rotherham H. & AC 217, City of Sheffield AC 199.5, Cleethorpes & District AC 71.5. Meeting Results.

24th Jul 2010. Fast 100m Hurdles Time from Zara Hohn at Birmingham.
Zara Hohn ran her fastest legal 100m Hurdles time of the year when winning the McCain EAP Birmingham Games in 13.41s. Andrei Pobischan also ran a fast 49.37s for the 400m.
Meeting Results.

21st Jul 2010. Harriers Team Finish 4th in the Golden Acre Relay.
A team of Wakefield Harriers did very well to come 4th in the Golden Acre Relay. Steven Eastwood, U15 Sam Convery and his dad John came an excellent 4th out of the 80 competing teams, with young Sam getting a special mention on the Abbey Runners website.
Race Results from Abbey Runners.

21st Jul 2010. Good Turnout of Harriers at the Nostell Priory 5 Mile Race.

There was a good turnout of Wakefield Harriers at the Nostell Priory 5 Mile off-road race, with the mens team finishing first. They were led home by Chris Ward in 4th place, just three days after competing in the gruelling Holme Moss Fell Race. Peter McNamara was 5th & David Brailsford 8th to complete the scoring trio. Julie Greenwood was 3rd lady home in 32nd place. Race Results.

18th Jul 2010. Harriers Win 4th Round of Young Athletes League to Finish 2nd.
At the 4th fixture of the Northern Premier East Division of the Young Athletes League, at Woodburn Road Sheffield, the club had another good victory. This consolidates their 2nd place in the division, and qualifies them for the Northern Premier final in September.
It was another good team effort all round, with some outstanding performances, including a New U17 Mens 1500m Steeplechase Club Record of 4 mins 42.6 secs from Matthew O'Connor, in his first attempt at the event! Abigail Roberts equalled her U17 & U15 Pole Vault record with 2.90m, and the U17 Women were not far from the club record in the 4 x 100m Relay with 49.8s.
In addition there were further grade 1 performances from Lauren Higson (U13G 75m 10.3s), Feyisayo Olaleru (U13G LJ 4.40m), Rebecca Watts (U17W 100m 12.5s & 200m 25.3s), Declan Sheehan (U13B 200m 26.7s), Ben Read (U13B 800m 2:22.0s) & Ben Holmes (U17M HJ 1.90m), and grade 2 performances from Lauren Higson (U13G 150m 20.7s), Zoe Kerins (U15G 200m 26.8s), Sophie Woollin (U15G 800m 2:22.2s), Grace Eyles (U17W 100m 12.6s & 200m 25.7s), Samantha Brook (U17W 300mH 46.3s) & Tom Leyshon (U17M HJ 1.80m).
Match Result :- Wakefield D. H&AC 600, City of Sheffield 572, Doncaster 550.
Individual Results from Power of 10.

17th/18th Jul 2010. Zara Hohn Wins England Athletics 100m Hurdles Title.
Zara Hohn boosted her chances of being selected for the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi by winning the first ever England Athletics Senior Championships 100m Hurdles Title, her time being 13.57s, into a headwind. A handful of the club's leading athletes also took part at Gateshead's International Stadium, with Helen Singleton enjoying the most success coming 8th place in the 1500m in 4m 31.05s. Full Championship Results.

13th Jul 2010. Some Good Middle Distance Performances at Stretford.
At the Trafford AC Grand Prix Open meeting at Stretford several club members were competing, with some good times registered. Good PBs were recorded by Andrei Pobischan (400m 49.22s), Chris Price (3000m 8:49.26), U15 Daniel Franks (800m 2:17.01) & U17 Matthew O'Connor (1500m 4:14.52). In the BMC 800m races U20 Sam Bucknall was close to his best with 1:56.48, and U17 Sally Smith ran 4:51.07 in her 1500m. Meeting Results.

11th Jul 2010. Ben Read Equals Club U13 800m Record.
At the Barnsley Young Athletes Open Meeting at Cudworth Ben Read Equalled the Club U13 Boys 800m Record of 2 mins 21.4 secs, the same time as Daniel Franks ran two years ago, and a time that currently ranks Ben 24th in the UK in his age group. Still awaiting full results from this meeting.

11th Jul 2010. Victories for some of our Younger Runners at Eccup.
Several of our younger runners competed at Eccup in the young athletes race alongside the Eccup Ten Mile race at Adel, and won their age group categories. First U17 was Steven Eastwood in 11:14, first U15 was Sam Convery in 11:32, and second U13 George Heppinstall in 12:12. Sarah Bostwick was 10th lady in the main race in 68:20. Race Results from Abbey Runners.

10th Jul 2010. New (Wind Assisted) Club 100m Hurdles Record for Zara Hohn.
Competing at the Meeting Internazionale EAP at Donnas in Italy Zara Hohn came 2nd in her race and ran a New Club 100m Hurdles Record of 13.25s. It was however assisted by a 2.9 m/s wind, so although recorded as her fastest ever time, her 13.37s from 2009 remains the official club record. Race Results. Zara also competed two days later at the Meeting National D1 d'Albertville in France, and came 1st in a time of 13.62s.

10th Jul 2010. Emily Freeman and Martyn Bernard Compete in Aviva British Grand Prix.
Our two European Championship bound athletes Emily Freeman and Martyn Bernard were both invited to compete in the televised Aviva British Grand Prix meeting at Gateshead. Emily Freeman was the first British athlete home in the 200m, in a season's best of 23.34s, whilst Martyn didn't do quite as well as he had hoped, finishing 7th in the High Jump with 2.20m. Report and results from UK Athletics.

9th/10th Jul 2010. English Schools Track & Field Championships.
Several of the club's junior athletes were selected to compete for West Yorkshire & Humberside Schools at the Aviva English Schools Championships at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium. We had no medallists this year, but there were some fine performances, with many athletes making their finals.
The club's highest placed athlete this year was Benjamin Holmes, who came an excellent 5th in the Inter Boys High Jump final with 1.90m. In the Senior Boys Craig Westerman came 10th in the Discus final with 41.91m, Sam Bucknall ran 1m 58.56s in his 800m heat & Marcus Nixey ran 49.91s in his 400m heat.
Our highest placed girl was Rebecca Watts, who came 8th in the Inter Girls 100m final in 12.62s, after running 12.46s in the heats. Also in the Inter Girls Grace Eyles ran 41.59s in her 300m heat, Samantha Brook ran her 300m Hurdles heat in 47.40s & Sally Smith ran 2m 22.79s in her 800m heat. Grace also won a Bronze Medal in the Inter Girls 4 x 100m Final, the the team time being 47.72s. In the Senior Girls Lucy Holmes came 11th in the Shot final with 9.94m.
Results from ESAA

7th July 2010. Fifth Round of WYT&F League at Cleckheaton.
At the fifth round of the West Yorkshire T&F League at Cleckheaton we had five individual winners, with Carter Bowerstead (U11B Shot 5.25m), Benjamin Read (U13B 800m 2m 23.2s), Zoe Kerins (U15G 100m 13.5s), Bethany Sharp (U17W 100m 13.5s) & Dionne Jones (SW 100m 13.1s) all coming first. After the first five meetings Wakefield are leading overall in both the mens and womens competitions, and Grace Eyles is leading the individuals in the U17W section.
WYL League Results for 2010.

6th Jul 2010. Emily Freeman and Martyn Bernard Selected for European Championships.
The club is very proud to have two members selected to compete for the Aviva Great Britain and Northern Ireland team at the SPAR European Championships in Barcelona, from the 27 July to 1 August. After winning the UK High Jump title our Olympic finallist Martyn Bernard has gained selection in that event, and our World Championship 200m finalist Emily Freeman has been chosen for both the 200m and the 4x100m Relay. Our congratulations to them both on their latest international selections. Report and full team list from UK Athletics.

4th Jul 2010. Second Round of UK Womens League Division 2.
At the second match of the UK Women's League Division 2 at Stevenage the depleted team finished a creditable 7th. With one match left this leaves the team in 7th, and needing to beat Medway & Maidstone to stay in the division.
Best individual results were from Caroline Nutt, who came 2nd in the Pole Vault with 3.40m, and Sarah Drake finishing 2nd in the Hammer with 45.53m. Helen Singleton found herself up against quality opposition in the 800m and came 4th in 2m 13.2s, Naida Bromley threw the Shot 11.40m, and Reagan Wright ran a 400m PB of 58.9s.
Match Result :- Newham & Essex Beagles AC 199, Herts Phoenix 187.5, Havering & Mayesbrook 187, Victoria Park Glasgow 166, Thames Valley H 160, Medway & Maidstone 130, Wakefield D H&AC 103.5, Coventry Godiva 85. Meeting Results.

4th Jul 2010. Third Round of Mens & Womens Northern League Division 1.
At the third round of the Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 at Preston the combined mens & womens team came a disappointing 6th. This division is so tight, with just 4 points now separating all 6 clubs, that the result drops them from 2nd position to 6th, with just one match remaining. So a good result in the final fixture is needed to stay in the top division, but it is still possible that we could win it !
With many of the senior women competing in the UK Women's League, several U17 athletes stepped in, and U17 Sally Smith was the club’s only ‘A’ string winner. She had an excellent run to take the 1500m in 4m 47.4s on her senior debut, and good 2nd places were gained by Richard Gale (HT 40.67m) & Will Mulroy (HJ 1.80m).
Match Result :- City of Manchester 385, Preston H 374, Blackpool Wyre & Fylde 360, Blackburn H 345, City of York 324, Wakefield D. H&AC 268. Meeting Results.

4th Jul 2010. Paul Lockwood Finishes 2nd in Jane Tomlinson 10k.
Paul Lockwood continued his fine form with a 2nd place finish in Jane Tomlinson 10k at Leeds, in the good time of 33 mins 21 secs. He was leading for most of the way, until losing the race on the run in, but made a name for himself as the race was televised by Channel 5.

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