Wakefield Harriers

2012 Club News January - March

31st Mar 2012. Wakefield's Ladies Team Finish 2nd at Northern 6-Stage Road Relays.

The club had a near full strength Ladies team out for the Northern 6-Stage Road Relay Championships, held at Sefton Park in Liverpool, to try and defend the title they won in such style last year. But with Julie Briscoe still struggling from the hamstring injury that has troubled her all winter, and Sarah Beevers also hampered with a calf injury, the girls couldn't quite repeat their triumph. However the team of Katie McHale, Sarah Beevers, Jenny Latham, Julie Briscoe, Helen Singleton and Charlene Thomas all ran superbly to finish 2nd, and were only 36 seconds behind winners Rotherham Harriers. Our 2009 UK 1500m Champion and Olympic hopeful Charlene Thomas was 2nd fastest overall, with her storming last leg run that brought us from 5th into the medals, and Helen Singleton made up a lot of ground on leg 5, running the 5th fastest time of the day.
The Men's team of Nathan Elliott, Jack Hallas, Pete McNamara, Paul Hallas, Stephen Tilford, Tony White, Hugh Allen, Martin Holding, Mark Whitehouse, Neil Dutton, Chris Ward & Alistair Robinson also did very well to come 34th in the high class 12-Stage field. Jack Hallas was the team's fastest runner on the short stage, and 14th fastest overall, and Nathan Elliott was our fastest long stage runner. Reagan Wright also ran well on the first leg for the Ladies 'B' team.
Download Women's Results and Men's Results and read report from Northern Athletics.

31st Mar 2012. Annabel Mason Wins SIAB Schools' International Cross Country Match.
Annabel Mason was selected to compete for England in the SIAB Schools' International Cross Country Match, which took place in Perth, Scotland, and finally came away with a gold medal at the end of what has been a tremendous cross country season for her. She won the Intermediate Girl's 4000m race by more than half a minute, and led England to a comfortable team victory over Wales, Scotland & Ireland. This means that Annabel has run and won for England at both Fell Running and Cross Country, a fantastic achievement.
Download Race Results.

25th Mar 2012. New M55 Club Record from Richard West in Thirsk 10 Mile Road Race.
At the Thirsk 10 Mile Road race, which incorporated the Yorkshire Vets 10 Mile Championship and also the 2nd race in this year’s Club Distance Runners League Championship, Richard West finished 3rd in the M55 category, in a New M55 10 Mile Club Record of 66 mins 29 secs. M50 vet Pete McNamara also had a good run to finish 7th in his category in 60:59, whilst the first Harrier home in the race was Chris Ward, who finished 17th overall, running close to his best with a time of 59:04. The first 4 male counters of Chris 17th, Pete 31st, Carl Quinn 69th & Mark Whitehouse 71st finished 7th team.
The event also included a wheelchair race, which was won by our own Jason Richards in 45:42, with Steve Williamson 2nd in 47:45. Race Results.

17th/18th Mar 2012. Medals for Jennifer Ibbitson & Linda Risdale at BMAF Indoor Champs.
At the British Masters Athletics Federation Indoor Track and Field & Winter Throws Championships, held at Lee Valley, we had several athletes competing, with two winning five medals between them. Jennifer Ibbitson won gold in the W55 Shot, Hammer & Pole Vault, and Linda Risdale won silver in the W60 Shot & bronze in the Hammer. Indoor Results and Throws Results.

17th/18th Mar 2012. Good Half Marathon Run from Stephen Tilford.
At the South Yorkshire Half Marathon at Wath-on-Dearne Stephen Tilford finished 11th, and ran a good new PB time of 79 mins 34 secs. Race Results from Power of 10.

17th Mar 2012. Ten Harriers Compete at English Schools Cross Country Championships.
Wakefield Harriers were well represented at the English Schools Cross Country Championships at Ilton in Somerset, with ten runners competing for West Yorkshire Schools. Annabel Mason had yet another exceptional run to finish 2nd in the Intermediate Girls race, once more only beaten by the National and Inter-Counties Champion Bobby Clay. That makes 5 silver medals for Annabel this winter! Rebecca Firth was 74th, Faye Beckett 207th & Sophie Woollin 251st in this race, as Wakefield Harriers made up half the West Yorkshire Schools team that finished 16th. Other Harriers competing were Sally Smith 78th Senior Girls, Bethan Oates 213th Junior Girls, Lucy Robinson 270th Junior Girls, Ben Read 182nd Junior Boys, George Heppinstall 202nd Junior Boys & Edward Dunbavin 269th Junior Boys. Our congratulations to them all, and in particular to Annabel, who has been selected to compete for England in the British and Irish Home International XC, taking place in Perth on the 31st of March.
Race Results from ESAA.

10th/11th Mar 2012. Several Harriers Run in Retford Half Marathon.
At the Retford Half Marathon several Harriers were competing, some of them using the race as part of their build up for the forthcoming spring marathons. Julie Greenwood had another fine run to finish 4th lady in 91 mins 53 secs, and to take first prize in the F35 category. Race Results from Power of 10.

10th Mar 2012. Annabel Mason 2nd at Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships.
Originally the club had 5 runners selected to compete for Yorkshire at the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships at Cofton Park, near Birmingham, but in the end just 3 competed. Annabel Mason had another exceptional run to finish 2nd in the U15 Girls race, behind the National Champion Bobby Clay, but once again beating Yorkshire & Northern Champion Bronwen Owen. So that's 4 silver medals for Annabel over the country this winter in the major championships, a superb achievement. William Ingram was 93rd and 6th Yorkshire finisher in the U15 Boys race, and Edward Dunbavin finished 181st and 6th Yorkshire counter in the U13 Boys race.
Race Results from Power of 10, and Photos from Adam Kerfoot.

8th Mar 2012. Club Distance Runners 2011 League Championship Presentation.
It was decided last year to revive the Club Distance Runners League Championship, to try and encourage our new and developing runners to compete in more events, and it was a great success, with 75 Wakefield Harriers competing in one or more of the events. Presentations were made to the winners at the club's 2nd clubhouse, 'The Redoubt', with trophies being presented by our former 400m Olympian Alan Slack, who ended up being a pretty useful distance runner himself!
The winners were :- 1st Chris Ward, 2nd Paul Robinson, 3rd Neil Dutton, 4th Peter McNamara, 5th Richard West, with Joanne Biltcliffe being awarded the trophy for 'Most Improved Runner', and Paul Robinson the trophy for competing in the most events. See Club Distance Runners 2011 League Championship page for all race results and final league table.

Chris Ward and Joanne Biltcliffe receiving their trophies from Alan Slack.

5th Mar 2012. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers.
Here's the list of people that have been accepted into membership by Wakefield Harriers at the monthly Committee Meeting. Please welcome them all to the club. List of New Members.

4th Mar 2012. New Club U17 Pole Vault Record again for Abigail Roberts.
Abigail Roberts was one of a handful of Harriers competing at the Manchester Open at Sports City, and just a week after improving her PB she jumped higher yet again, leaping to a New Club U17 Pole Vault Record of 3.25m. Meeting Results from Power of 10.

4th Mar 2012. Ladies Team Win Team Prize at Dewsbury 10k Road Race.
The Dewsbury 10k Road Race had been postponed from its original date because of snow, and was held a month later in cold and wet conditions, which nevertheless produced some good performances. Helen Singleton had an excellent run, recording 35:38 and finishing 38th overall and 2nd lady out of nearly 600 runners. Julie Greenwood was delighted to break 40 minutes for the first time with her 39:48 in 112th place, to move up several places in the club's All-Time Road Rankings, and with Nicola Steel 208th in 43:49 the ladies won the team prize. For the men Andrew Cartwright had a fine run competing for the first time as a Wakefield Harrier, coming 30th in 34:53, and he was followed by U17 Matthew O'Connor in 37:23. Race Results from Power of 10.
As the date of this race was moved to clash with the Norton 9, the 1st race in this year’s Club Distance Runners League Championship, points will also be awarded for this race.

4th Mar 2012. Good Turnout of Harriers at Norton 9 Mile Race.
There was a good turnout of Harriers taking part at the Norton 9 Mile road race, near Doncaster, the 1st race in this year’s Club Distance Runners League Championship. The fast improving Stephen Tilford had his best run to date to finish 6th in 52:50, and with Chris Ward 14th in 55:12 and Carl Quinn 22nd in 57:35 the men just lost the team race by a single point. Richard West was 2nd M55 in 41st place, and Sarah Bostwick was 3rd lady in 50th, out of over 300 runners. Race Results from Power of 10.

3rd/4th Mar 2012. Yorkshire Vets League Race at Otley.
At the 2nd Yorkshire Vets League race at Otley, Mark Whitehouse and Steve Wilkinson had solid runs to finish in the top 40. Results from Otley.

25th/26th Feb 2012. Bronze Medal for Abigail Roberts at England Indoor Champs.
At the England Athletics U20, U17 and U15 Indoor Championships at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, we just had 3 Harriers competing, but they all performed with distinction. Last year's U15 Champion Abigail Roberts was an excellent 3rd in the U17 Pole Vault, in a New Club U17 Pole Vault Record of 3.20m. Sally Smith was just out of the medals in the U20 800m, when finishing 4th in 2m 17.29s, as was Benjamin Holmes, 4th in the U20 High Jump with 1.95m. Meeting Results from Power of 10.

25th/26th Feb 2012. Harriers Competing at BUCS Indoor Championships at Sheffield.
At the BUCS Indoor Championships at the EIS in Sheffield there were a couple Harriers competing for their universities or colleges. Lucy Holmes finished 6th in the final of the Shot with 11.60m, and in his first race of the year Jack Hallas won his heat of the 1500m in 3m 59.87s, before coming 5th in his semi-final later in the day. Meeting Results from Power of 10.

26th Feb 2012. Distance Runners Roundup of Leading Results.
At the Pocklington 'Snake Lane' 10 Mile road race Alex Potter ran a PB of 72 mins 09 secs to move up a couple of places in the club's All-Time Road Rankings.
At the hilly Huddersfield 10k young Steven Eastwood finished a fine 23rd in 39 mins 34 secs, and Jenny Latham was 61st and 5th lady in 43 mins 20 secs.
Amazingly, the day after finishing 2nd in the National Cross Country Championships, Annabel Mason competed in the Ilkley Moor Fell Race. She won the U16/18 race outright, taking a minute off her own course record, as well as beating the boy's record as well! Report & Results from Ilkley Harriers.

25th Feb 2012. Annabel Mason & U15 Girls Medal at National Cross Country Championships.

The club had just a few runners taking part this year at the English National Cross Country Championships, which were held on the famous hilly course at Parliament Hill Fields in North London. However it was one of the club's most successful days in the event, with the U15 Girl's team coming away with bronze medals in the team event, and Annabel Mason having a truly exceptional run to finish 2nd in the race. Annabel finally got the measure of Bronwen Owen, who won the Yorkshire & Northern titles ahead of her, but was narrowly defeated by Southern Champion Bobby Clay, losing the title by just 3 seconds. The other members of the team, Rebecca Firth (25th), Faye Beckett (81st) & Sophie Woollin (116th) all ran superbly as well to finish 3rd, which is probably the best team result from the club in these championships since the Youths team led by Richard Hollings won gold in 1968.
Other Harriers who did well were Edward Dunbavin (U13B 173rd), Rachel Firth (U15G 121st), Stephanie Rodgers (U15G 138th), Lucy Robinson (U15G 169th), Saskia Lewis (U15G 290th), William Ingram (U15B 87th), Benjamin Read (U15B 164th), George Heppinstall (U15B 192nd), Daniel Franks (U17M 216th) & Jack Mitchell (U17M 291st).
Race Results from English Cross Country Association., and see the girls in action in the film on www.athleticos.org.

23rd Feb 2012. Second Thornes Park Stadium Indoor Athletics Meeting.
There was another good turnout of over 100 young athletes for the second of the Indoor Athletics Meetings at Thornes Park Stadium, with some good performances recorded.
Meeting Results.

19th Feb 2012. Helen Singleton 2nd Lady at Wombwell 5 Mile Road Race.
Helen Singleton had her first race of the year and finished 13th overall and 2nd Lady at the Wombwell 5 Mile Road Race, in the good time of 29 mins 33 secs. 6th Lady and 3rd in the F35 category was Julie Greenwood, running a PB for the distance, as did Joanne Biltcliffe who was more than 2 minutes quicker than in last year's race. Race Results from Power of 10.

19th Feb 2012. Pole Vaulters on Form at Manchester Indoor Open Meeting.
A few Harriers turned out at the latest City of Manchester Indoor Open Meeting at Sport City, with no fewer than 4 pole vaulters taking part, led home by Abigail Roberts equalling her club U17 record of 3.10m once again. Meeting Results from Power of 10.

19th Feb 2012. Silver Medal for John Mason at Yorkshire Vets Cross Country Championships.
At the Yorkshire Vets Cross Country Championships, at the Northern Racing College near Doncaster, there was a good turnout of 14 men from the club. John Mason had an excellent run to finish 8th overall in the race for the 35-49 year olds. He finished 2nd in the M45 category, and was only 4 seconds behind winner Carl Thackery of Hallamshire, the former international star who once finished 3rd in the World Half Marathon Championships. With Paul Robinson 38th, Selim Khan 48th & Tony White 59th the M40-49 team finished 7th. In the M50-69 race Pete McNamara had another fine run to finish 9th, and he was well supported by Mark Whitehouse in 22nd and Richard West in 32nd as the team finished 6th.
Men 35-49 results , Men 50-69 results , Women Over 35 & Men Over 70 results.

14th Feb 2012. Harriers Selected for English Schools Cross Country Championships.
Our congratulations to Sally Smith, Annabel Mason, Rebecca Firth, Sophie Woollin, Faye Beckett, Bethan Oates, Lucy Robinson, Ben Read, George Heppinstall & Edward Dunbavin, who have all been selected to run for West Yorkshire Schools at the English Schools Cross Country Championships at Ilton in Somerset on Saturday 17th March.
WYS teams selected and details of the event.

12th Feb 2012. Good Run from Pete McNamara in First Yorkshire Vets League Race.
Pete McNamara had a good run in the first Yorkshire Vets League race at Horsforth, finishing in 13th place, to lead home a small contingent of the Harriers. Results from Horsforth.

12th Feb 2012. Jenny Latham Finishes 3rd Lady in her First Half Marathon.
Our star triathlete Jenny Latham took part in her first half marathon race, and did very well to finish 3rd lady and 44th overall in 89 minutes 17 secs. This was in the fairly tough Liversedge Half Marathon, from Roberttown, and she was using the race as preparation for a long triathlon event in the summer which finishes with a half marathon run. Results from ukresults.net.

6th Feb 2012. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers.
Here's the list of people that have been accepted into membership by Wakefield Harriers at the monthly Committee Meeting. Please welcome them all to the club. List of New Members.

5th Feb 2012. Wakefield Harriers 'Mixed Team' Win Long Distance Relay in France.

Wakefield Harriers were once again invited by the city's twin town of Castres in France to take part in their long distance relay race, the 30th edition of 'La Ronde Givree'. The name of the race means 'The Frosted Tour', and it certainly lived up to it's name this year, with the event run in sub-zero temperatures, and the final leg competitors running in the snow. We didn't have so many runners competing this year, but the 'mixed team' of Jenny Latham, Matthew Dodsworth, Anna Gaches & Chris Ward all ran exceptionally well to easily win their category, and come 24th overall out of over 300 teams competing. It was particularly pleasing to have new member and outstanding triathlete Jenny Latham competing for the first time in Wakefield colours, and she ran superbly on leg 1 to give the team a flying start. The vets were not at full strength this year, and finished 67th team. Results from Race website

4th Feb 2012. New Club 1000m Record from Charlene Thomas in the USA.
At the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix meeting at Boston in the USA, Charlene Thomas confirmed that she has wintered well by coming 5th in a top class international 1000m race. Her time was a New Club 1000m Record of 2 mins 40.03 secs, a time which places her 5th on the UK all-time indoor list for the distance. Race Results.

4th Feb 2012. West Yorkshire Schools Cross Country Championships.
As usual there was a large contingent of Harriers competing for Wakefield District and for other schools districts in the West Yorkshire Schools Cross Country Championships, which took place at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School and Sports College. Two of the winners came from the Harriers, with Sally Smith taking the Senior Girls race, and Annabel Mason easily winning the Intermediate Girls race. This age group was dominated by Wakefield Harriers, with Rebecca Firth coming 3rd, Sophie Woollin 5th and Faye Beckett 7th. We were also well represented in the Junior Boys race, with Ben Reed 4th, George Heppinstall 5th & Edward Dunbavin 6th. There were also top 8 places from Bethan Oates 5th place in the Junior Girls, and Lucy Robinson 8th in the same race. Results from Hipperholme.

1st Feb 2012. Harriers Selected to Compete for Yorkshire at Inter Counties XC.
As a result of their excellent runs at the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships five Wakefield Harriers have been selected to compete for Yorkshire at the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Birmingham on 10th March. Our congratulations to Annabel Mason & Rebecca Firth (U15 Girls), Sally Smith (U20 Ladies), Edward Dunbavin (U13 Boys) & William Ingram (U15 Boys) on their selection. Download Yorkshire Teams in XL

28th Jan 2012. Silver Medals for U15 Girls at Northern Cross Country Championships.

Annabel Mason and the rest of the U15 Girls with their Silver Medals.
At the Northern Cross Country Championships at Pontefract Park the club had some good results from the younger age groups, the highlight being a set of team silver medals for the U15 Girls, and an individual silver medal from Annabel Mason. Annabel continued her excellent run of form to finish in a clear 2nd place, once again only being beaten by the National U15 Cross Country Champion Bronwen Owen from Scarborough. Rebecca Firth had an excellent run to finish 15th, Sophie Woollin had her best run of the winter to come 33rd, and with Faye Beckett also running to form in 42nd place the team were an excellent 2nd, and must be in contention for medals at next month's National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill Fields in London.
The next best result was from the U17 Men's team of James Saxton 14th, Steven Eastwood 47th, Daniel Franks 73rd & Jack Mitchell 91st, who did well to finish 6th team. The U15 Boys team of Ben Read 59th, George Heppinstall 79th, Cameron Dye 96th & Alex Bawn 115th all ran well to come 12th. In the races where we didn't have complete teams the highlights were from Bethan Oates, who had a fine run to finish 17th in the U13 Girl's race, and from Edward Dunbavin who was 43rd in the U13 Boys.

The Senior Men did well to get 14 runners competing, and the scoring six of John Mason 110th, Chris Ward 188th, Stephen Tilford 198th, Pete McNamara 262nd, Alistair Robinson 363rd & Carl Quinn 374th all ran solidly to finish 23rd team in the large field of nearly 700 top class runners, which was won by the 2011 National Cross Country Champion Steve Vernon of Stockport. Results of all races from Sportsoft, and Video footage from Athleticos.org.

28th Jan 2012. Charlene Thomas Competes in Televised Aviva International in Glasgow.
Our international middle distance runner Charlene Thomas was selected to compete for the Commonwealth team at the televised Aviva International Meeting in Glasgow, in the match between GBR, GER, RUS, USA & a Commonwealth team. After returning from altitude in Kenya with some of the UK endurance squad, she had her first competition of the year, and ran well in the 1500m to come 4th behind World Championship silver medallist Hannah England, who was 2nd.

26th Jan 2012. First Thornes Park Stadium Indoor Athletics Meeting.
There was a very good turnout of young athletes for the first of the Indoor Athletics Meetings at Thornes Park Stadium, with almost 50 U11s taking part. Athletes doing particularly well were Molly Dunbavin, winning the U11 Girls 50m in 8.4s and Long Jump with 3.22m, Charlotte Sampson winning the U13 50m in 7.5s, Lauren Higson winning the U15 50m in 7.3s, & Aiden Pedley the U11 Boys 50m in 8.0s. Meeting Results.

24th Jan 2012. Lucy Holmes Selected to Compete for North of England Team in Malta.
Lucy Holmes has been selected to compete for the North of England in the Malta International Competition in April, for athletes ranked in the top 6 in the North and ranked in the top 12 Power of 10 nationally at their main event.

24th Jan 2012. Jenny Ibbitson, Paul Hallas & Linda Risdale in World Age Group Rankings.
Three of our leading veteran athletes have made the top 30 World Rankings for 2011. Jenny Ibbitson was 6th in the W50 rankings in the Hammer with 43.91m, 7th in the Pole Vault with 2.80m, 25th in the Discus with 30.59m & 27th in the 3 Kg Shot with 11.00m. Paul Hallas finished 15th in the M50 5000m rankings with his time of 16 mins 29 secs, and Linda Risdale was ranked 17th in the W60 Hammer with her throw of 29.82m.
See full rankings from www.mastersathletics.net

22nd Jan 2012. Paul Lockwood 3rd in 'Brass Monkey' Half Marathon at York.
There was a handful of Wakefield Harriers running in the 'Brass Monkey' Half Marathon at York. Paul Lockwood was our first runner home in an excellent 3rd place, in 1 hr 11 mins 31 secs, which in the very windy conditions was a very impressive time indeed, and not far from his best. Full Results from ukresults.net

18th Jan 2012. West Yorkshire Schools Cross Country Championships.
The West Yorkshire Schools Cross Country Championships will be held on Saturday 4th February, at Hipperholme & Lightcliffe HS.,Stoney Lane, Lightcliffe, Halifax, West Yorkshire HX3 8TL. Approximate race times :- SG 1 pm; SB 1.20 pm; JG 1.55 pm; JB 2.20 pm; IG 2.45 pm; IB 3.10 pm. Every competitor will need to report to the Wakefield rep. at least 30 mins prior to their race to collect a number, and would all Harriers bring their Wakefield vests, the same as the Wakefield school vest. Here's the list of runners selected to represent Wakefield Schools, which includes many Wakefield Harriers.

14th/15th Jan 2012. Good Medal Haul at Northern Athletics Indoor T&F Championships.

Medallists Alyce McCurdie, Abigail Roberts and Abbie Ward.
At the Northern Athletics Indoor T&F Championships at the EIS, Sheffield, the club had a good haul of medals again, with Abigail Roberts winning the U17W Pole Vault, and equalling her club record of 3.10m once more. In addition, silver medals were won by Abby Ward (U15G High Jump 1.50m), Alyce McCurdie (U15G Shot 8.75m) & George Heppinstall (U15B Pole Vault 2.30m). Lucy Holmes, who was delighted to hear that she had received a grant from the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund, was on the podium with Jessica Ennis when coming 3rd in the women's shot with 11.35m, and bronze medals were also won by Sally Smith (U20W 800m 2m 22.02s) & Abby Ward (U15G Pole Vault 2.00m). Zoe Kerins just missed a medal by 2 1/100ths of a second in the U17W 300m, when coming 4th in 43.09s after winning her heat in 42.98s, and Matthew O'Connor was just 3 1/100ths away from bronze in the U20M 800m, finishing 4th in 2m 00.43s.
Meeting Results from Power of 10, or Download Results in XL from Northern Athletics.

13th Jan 2012. Former Men's Team Manager & Coach Doctor Colin Bell Passes Away.
The club was saddened to hear that Doctor Colin Bell passed away before Christmas. Dr Bell was a great rugby player before he went into general practice, but he was best known to the Harriers as the father and coach to two of the club's greatest ever athletes, Alan & Roger Bell. Alan Bell still holds the club records at 200m, 300m & 400m, and his greatest triumph was reaching the semi-finals of the 400m at the Moscow Olympics in 1980. Roger Bell also reached international level at 400m Hurdles, and still holds the club records at the event, and also the 110m Hurdles. As well as coaching his sons and some other club athletes, Dr Bell was also the men's athletics team manager during the period of greatest success for the men, when they won the Northern League title in 1977. The club sends its condolences to the Bell family.

12th Jan 2012. Charlene Thomas Selected to Compete at Aviva International in Glasgow.
Our international middle distance runner Charlene Thomas has been selected to compete for a Commonwealth team at the televised Aviva International Match in Glasgow on January 28th. Currently training at altitude in Kenya with some of the UK endurance squad, she returns to compete in the 1500m alongside World Championship silver medallist Hannah England in the match against other international teams.

9th Jan 2012. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers in January.
Here's the list of people that have been accepted into membership by Wakefield Harriers at the monthly Committee Meeting. Please welcome them all to the club. List of New Members.

9th Jan 2012. Paul Hallas, Les D'Arcy & Jenny Ibbitson Top UK Age Group Rankings.
Our U50 star Paul Hallas has finished top of the UK 5000m rankings in his age group, with his PB time of 16 mins 29 secs that he set this year in the Northern League meeting at Hull. He is also ranked 5th in the 800m with 2 mins 10.29 secs, and 6th in the 3000m with 9 mins 31.85 secs. The amazing Les D'Arcy has now moved into the M90 ranks, and not surprisingly the former weight lifter was top of the M90 rankings in the Shot, Discus, Hammer & Javelin. Jenny Ibbitson was top of the W50 rankings in the Pole Vault & Shot, 2nd in the Hammer & 3rd in the Discus. Linda Risdale was not far off the top spot either, finishing 2nd in the W60 Hammer rankings.

8th Jan 2012. Abigail Roberts Equals U17 Pole Vault Club Record Again.
There were several athletes competing at the Manchester Indoor Open Meeting at Sport City, including no fewer than 5 from the club's growing pole vault group. Top performance came from Abigail Roberts, who equalled her own U17 pole vault record of 3.10m. Meeting Results.

7th Jan 2012. Wakefield Harriers Host the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships.
The club successfully hosted the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships at Thornes Park, on a very windy day ! The course had to be changed at the last minute because of storm damage, and the trecherously slippery conditions in the 'Bandstand Hill' area, but the new course proved popular with the runners, and especially with the spectators.

The highlight of the day was the race between the Brownlee brothers in the senior mens' race. The two Triathlon stars and Olympic hopefuls showed that they are truly classy runners in their own right, and dominated the race finishing over a minute clear of the rest of the field, with older brother Alistair winning by just 4 seconds. Wakefield's mens' team of John Mason 53rd, Nathan Elliot 67th, Stephen Tilford 97th, Pete McNamara 115th, Paul Robinson 147th & Steve Faulkner 156th finished 12th team in a top quality field, and in the womens' race Sally Smith had an excellent run to finish 22nd overall and 4th U20 runner. She thus secured selection for the Yorkshire team at the Inter-Counties, along with Annabel Mason, Rebecca Firth, William Ingram & Edward Dunbavin.
In the younger age groups our best results were as expected in the U15 Girls' race, where our girls easily won the team race, and Annabel Mason & Rebecca Firth came home with individual silver and bronze medals. Annabel had a great race against the National U15 Cross Country Champion Bronwen Owen from Scarborough, and was with her most of the way before losing touch in the last kilometre. Rebecca had an excellent run as well in 3rd, and with Faye Beckett having a fine run in 11th the girls were clear winners. The 'B' team of Stephanie Rodgers 16th, Sophie Woollin 19th & Rachel Firth all ran well too, to finish 4th team. The U17 Mens' team of Matthew O'Connor 14th, Steven Eastwood 19th & Daniel Franks 22nd also won team medals, finishing 2nd, and the U15 Boys were 4th, with William Ingram having an outstanding run to finish 4th. He was supported by Sam Convery in 18th & Robert Sanderson in 30th. Edward Dunbavin was also just out of the medals in 4th place after an excellent run in the U13 Boys' race, and the U13 Girls' team of Beth Oates 10th, Olivier Theaker 32nd & Laura Sanderson 34th did well to finish 5th team. Results available from Northern Athletics, and photos available from flamingphotography.co.uk.

2nd Jan 2012. Paul Lockwood Wins Central Lancashire New Year's Half Marathon.
Paul Lockwood got 2012 off to a winning start with an easy victory in the Central Lancashire New Year's Half Marathon at Catforth. He finished well clear of the rest of the field in a time of 71 mins 39 secs, a good time for a solo run, and not far off his PB from 2010 in the Amsterdam Half Marathon.
Results from Power of 10.

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