Wakefield Harriers

2012 Club News April - June

30th Jun 2012. Harriers Compete for Yorkshire at the Northern U15/U17 Inter Counties.
Six members of the Harriers were selected to compete for Yorkshire at the Northern U15/U17 Inter Counties meeting at Wigan, with some excellent performances recorded. Abigail Roberts equalled her recent U17 Club Pole Vault Record of 3.40m in winning her event, and William Rotherforth was another winner, taking the U17M 100m in 11.50s. Rebecca Firth was 2nd in the U17W 1500m in 4m 50.01s, Zoe Kerins 4th in the U17W 400m in 60.02s, James Furlong 4th in the U17M High Jump with 1.70m, & Alyce McCurdie 4th in the U15G Shot with 10.37m. Meeting Results from Power of 10

30th Jun 2012. Disappointment for Charlene Thomas at European Athletics Championships.
Charlene Thomas competed in the 1500m for Great Britain at the European Athletics Championships at Helsinki in Finland, but there was disappointment for her again. She has not been able to reach top form yet this year, and was not able to progress from her heat and make the final.

28th Jun 2012. Annabel Mason Wins Second Reindeer Romp Off-Road Race.
At the second of the 'Reindeer Romp' series of off-road races, 15 year old Annabel Mason showed what a talent she is by easily beating all the senior runners, coming home well clear of the field in a new ladies course record, to the delight of father John, the race director. M50 Pete McNamara was 2nd Harrier to finish, in 6th place and 1st M50, and Steven Eastwood was first U20 in 8th place out of the field of 114. Download Race Results in Excel

26th Jun 2012. Another Good Run from Peter McNamara at Yorkshire Vets League.
There was another good run from Peter McNamara at the 6th Yorkshire Vets League at Meanwood, where he finished 8th out of over 200 runners, and 2nd M50 once again, and Jonathan Prideaux made a welcome return to competition in 21st place. Race Results.

25th Jun 2012. Charlene Thomas Selected for GB in European Athletics Championships.

Charlene seen winning last year's European Team Championships 1500m.
After the Olympic Trials at the weekend UKA have confirmed the final Aviva Great Britain and Northern Ireland Team selected to compete in Helsinki, Finland at the European Athletics Championships. Charlene Thomas has been selected to compete in the 1500m, which will be some consolation for her after her disappointment in the trials, and will also give her an extra opportunity to get the Olympic ‘A’ standard. The heats of the womens 1500m are on Saturday, with the final on Sunday. Our congratulations to Charlene on her latest international selection. Former Wakefield Harrier Laura Whittingham has also been selected to compete in the Javelin. Report from UK Athletics

24th Jun 2012. Second Match of Northern Premier Division of the National Junior League.
Amongst some fine individual results at the second match of Northern Premier Division of the National Junior League at Gateshead was a New U20 Ladies Club 4 x 400m Record of 4 mins 01.88 secs, by Sophie Woollin, Zoe Kerins, Bethany Sharp & Sally Smith. Also outstanding were Scott Atkinson (1st 400m 49.33s) & U17 William Rotherforth (1st ‘A’ 200m 22.61s), with grade 1 performances, and we also had fine grade 2 performances by Scott Atkinson (1st ‘B’ 200m 22.46s), Laura Robson (2nd 100m 12.42s), Sally Smith (3rd 400m 57.61s) & Abigail Roberts (U17) (1st Pole Vault 3.35m). The team came away with an excellent 5th place against the big city combined teams.
Match Result :- Team Edinburgh 472.5, Sale H 464.5, Gateshead H&AC 424.5, Team Glasgow 371.5, Wakefield DH&AC 369, Kingdom Athletics 368.5, Liverpool H&AC 343, Team Forth Valley 307.5. Meeting Results from Power of 10.

23rd/24th Jun 2012. Wakefield Harriers Competing in the Olympic Trials.
Our international athletes Charlene Thomas and Martyn Bernard were competing at the Aviva Olympic Trials & UK Championships at Birmingham, but both had a disappointing weekend, finishing just out of the medals with 4th place finishes. Martyn's High Jump was well below his best, as he could only manage to clear 2.16m, and in a tactical 1500m final Charlene finished 4th in 4m 23.13s. As they are both still short of achieving the 'A' standard, and others in their events have done so, then Olympic selection is now looking very doubtful. However they still have a good chance of international selection for the European Championships, which start this week. Jack Hallas also competed at the trials, and was 4th in his 800m heat in 1m 51.81s.
Meeting Results from UK Athletics.

20th Jun 2012. Club Record from Ben Read at 4th West Yorkshire League Meeting.
The club hosted the 4th round of the West Yorkshire T&F League at Thornes Park, and for the home supporters U15 Ben Read added some excitement at the end of the meeting, when he elected to run in the U17 800m race, in an attempt to achieve the qualifying time of 2 mins 6.0 secs for the English Schools Championships. With a stirring run he achieved his target, and in the process he also ran a New U15 Club 800m Record of 2 mins 4.30 secs trimming the record set 3 years ago by Matthew O'Connor, by just 5/100ths of a second. Another to achieve a Grade 1 performance was Alyce McCurdie (1st U15G Shot 10.37m), and with a Grade 2 was William Rotherforth (1st U17M 200m 23.04s).
Results from Wakefield :- Mens and Womens.

17th Jun 2012. Julie Briscoe Finishes 3rd in British Masters 5km Road Championships.
Julie Briscoe has had a problem year so far with injuries, but found some decent form to finish 3rd in the British Masters 5km Road Championships at Horwich. She finished 40th overall in the race, and 3rd lady in a 18 mins 11 secs. Race Results.

17th Jun 2012. Club Records for William Rotherforth & Abigail Roberts at 3rd YAL Meeting.
The club successfully hosted the 3rd match of the of the McCain Young Athletes' League Division Northern Premier 1, and there was a great team performance from our young athletes. They came very close to beating the strong squads from Gateshead and Doncaster, but in the end had to settle for 3rd place once again. There were many fine individual performances throughout all age groups and events, the highlights being two new club records for William Rotherforth & Abigail Roberts. William ran a New U17 Club 200m Electrical Record of 22.19 secs, beating the previous record of 22.40 secs set by Scott Atkinson last year, and his time places him 6th in this year’s UK U17 200m rankings. Abigail moved up to 3rd= in this year’s UK U17 Pole Vault rankings when she cleared a New U17 Club Pole Vault Record of 3.40 m, improving on her recent PB. She also equalled Caroline Nutt's U20 outdoor record with this height.
Abby Ward also had a PB clearance of 1.60m, which Equalled the Club U15 High Jump Record, and others to achieve a Grade 1 performance were Aderinsola Olaleru (1st U13G LJ 4.53m) & Alice McCurdie (1st U15G SP 9.97m). Grade 2 performances were also recorded by William Rotherforth (1st U17M 100m 11.26s), Charlotte Simpson (2nd U13G 75m 10.57s), Ben Read (1st U15B 800m 2m 08.82s) & Rebecca Tolson (1st U15B 'B' HJ 1.50m).
Match Result :- Doncaster AC 854.5, Gateshead H 846.5, Wakefield D. H&AC 829.5, Rotherham H 649.5, Kingston-U-Hull 614.5, Blaydon H 403.5. Results from Power of 10.

16th/17th Jun 2012. Jack Hallas Wins England U23 800m Championships.
Three Harriers were competing at the England U20 & U23 Championships at Bedford, which incorporated the trials for the forthcoming World U20 & U23 Championships. Jack Hallas had probably the biggest win of his career so far, when he won the England U23 800m title in 1 min 51.62s, after winning his heat in 1 min 54.49s. Lucy Holmes was just out of the medals with her 4th in the U23 Shot with 11.59m, and Scott Atkinson ran a fast 49.52s in the U20 400m heats, before finishing 7th in his semi-final. Results from Power of 10.

16th Jun 2012. Good Performances at West Yorkshire Schools Athletics Championships.
At the West Yorkshire Schools Athletics Championships at Cleckheaton, the club had many athletes competing with distinction for their school districts. There were no fewer than 23 victories from Wakefield Harriers club members, the club's winners being Jessica Fisher (IG 100m 13.54s), William Rotherforth (IB 200m 22.71s), Grace Eyles (SG 200m 25.98s), Zoe Kerins (IG 300m 43.73s), Ryan Jones (JB 400m 55.25s), Ben Read (JB 800m 2m 06.76s), Sally Smith (SG 800m 2m 22.42s), James Saxton (SB 800m 1m 59.39s), Rebecca Firth (IG 1500m 4m 47.16s), Jessica Eyles (IG 300mH 51.59s), Bethany Sharp (SG 400mH 70.90s), Daniel Franks (IB 1500m S/C 5m 18.50s), Rebecca Tolson (JG HJ 1.48m), Jacob Robertson (JB HJ 1.62m), Abigail Roberts (IG PV 3.20m), George Heppinstall (JB PV 2.75m), Bethany Porter (SG LJ 5.06m), Alice McCurdle (JG SP 9.96m), Hannah Yates (SG DT 29.08m), Connor Field (JB JT 41.55m), Luke Thackray (IB JT 36.07m), Michael Jones (IB HT 39.26m) & Kieran Thackray (SB HT 49.05m). Meeting Results from BSAA.

16th Jun 2012. Club Distance Runners League Championship Race 6.
The Pontefract 5km Park Run was included as the 6th race in this year’s Club Distance Runners League Championship, and league leader Pete McNamara pulled further ahead with his excellent 4th place in 17:56, good running for an M50. Nicky Steel was 1st lady in 23rd place with 20:34, and she moves into 3rd place in the league, behind Chris Ward.

12th Jun 2012. Peter McNamara's Good Form Continues at the Yorkshire Vets League.
There was another fine run From Peter McNamara at the 5th Yorkshire Vets League at Pudsey, where he finished 10th out of over 200 runners, and 2nd in the M50 category. The improving Paul Robinson was 27th, Mark Whitehouse 56th & Tony Audsley 76th, with Tony 2nd in the M60 category. Race Results.

11th Jun 2012. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers in June.
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.

10th Jun 2012. Twenty Harriers Run in Bradford Millennium Way Relay.
The club once again turned out 2 full teams of 10 to compete in the Bradford Millennium Way Relay, a challenging long distance off-road relay of 47 miles, involving 6300 ft of climbing, made even tougher this year by the recent rains that made it muddier than usual. The 'vets' team put in their usual good show, coming 9th overall and 3rd in category, and the ‘mixed’ team did very well to finish 20th out of the 50 competing teams.

Some of the Harriers who competed in the Bradford Millennium Way Relay.
Check race website for results, and see the club's best times over the years in this event.

6th Jun 2012. Zara Hohn Returning to Top Form .
Zara Hohn showed signs of returning to top form with a speedy 100m Hurdles in 13.55 secs at the Lee Valley Sprint Evening Meeting. Although wind assisted it was still an encouraging win for her.

5th Jun 2012. New Club U17 Pole Vault Record for Abigail Roberts.
At the Doncaster Pole Vault Invitational meeting Abigail Roberts jumped a New Club U17 Women's Outdoor Pole Vault Record of 3.30m, beating her previous best of 3.25m that she set indoors over the winter. Results from Power of 10.

4th/5th Jun 2012. Sally Smith Shows Great Speed over the Bank Holiday.
U20 Sally Smith ran 800m in 2m 14.1s at the BMC Regional Races at Durham on the Monday, before running a 400m PB of 57.27s the following day at the Trafford Grand Prix, a grade 1 performance. She is not far off the U20 club records in both these events now.

2nd/3rd Jun 2012. England Closed T&F Championships, including Northern Championships.
Because of the congested track & field fixture list in this Olympic year, is was somewhat controversially decided to incorporate the Northern Track & Field Championships in the England Closed Championships at Birmingham. This no doubt reduced the entry, but we still had several Harriers competing.
Chris Price came 5th in the 3000m Steeplechase in 10m 10.19s, and as first runner from the north claimed his first Northern title. Zara Hohn came 7th in the 100m Hurdles in 14.14s, Lucy Holmes was 7th in the Shot with 10.84m, Richard Gayle 8th in the Hammer with 42.62m, Jenna Wheatman 11th in the Hammer with 48.37m & Chiedu Ufodiama 13th in the Discus with 31.81m. In addition U20 Laura Robson ran a grade 2 12.51s in the heats of the 100m.
Results from Power of 10

2nd/3rd Jun 2012. Distance Runners Roundup of the Weekend's Events.
M40 vet Hugh Allen ran very well in the Stockholm Marathon, recording a new PB of 3 hrs 11 mins to go top of this year's club rankings. Nicky Steel was close to her when finishing 5th lady in the Jane Tomlinson 10k at Hull in 41 mins 31 secs.

2nd Jun 2012. Annabel Mason Wins European Mountain Running Selection Race.
Annabel Mason continued her dominance on the fells in her age group by winning the European Mountain Running selection race at Sedburgh, finishing 50 seconds ahead of the second girl. As a result she will be running as part of the GB squad at Denizil in Turkey in July, so our congratulations to Annabel for her latest international selection. View Race Video.

31st May 2012. Results of First Reindeer Romp Off-Road Race.
There was a good turnout of 132 runners for the first of the Reindeer Romp Series of off-road races, from the Reindeer Inn at Overton. First Harrier home was Chris Ward in 2nd place, and Pete McNamara continued his excellent form to finish 6th, and 1st M50. First lady Jenny Latham was well clear of the other ladies in 16th place overall. Download Race Results in Excel

30th May 2012. Third Round of West Yorkshire T&F League at Cleckheaton.
There weren’t too many Harriers competing, but William Rotherforth was not too far off the U17 league record and his own club record, when he ran 11.26 secs in the U17 100m. After the first 3 meetings Molly Dunbavin is at the head of the U11 Girls table, and Zoe Kerins leads the U17 Women.
Results from Cleckheaton :- Mens and Womens.

29th May 2012. Jack Hallas Runs Excellent New 1500m PB at Trafford.
Jack Hallas had an excellent run at the BMC Gold Standard Races at Stretford, recording a new 1500m PB of 3 mins 47.57 secs, the 3rd best time ever by a Wakefield Harrier. In the other events in the Trafford Grand Prix there was also a grade 1 performance from Ben Read (U15B 1500m 4m 22.86s), and a grade 2 from Rebecca Firth (U17W 1500m 4m 46.40s).

29th May 2012. Peter McNamara's Good Form Continues at the Yorkshire Vets League.
There was another excellent run From Peter McNamara at the 4th Yorkshire Vets League at Bingley, where he improved his highest place finish yet again. He finished 4th out of nearly 200 runners, and once again 1st in the M50 category, with Mark Whitehouse having another solid run to finish 36th. Race Results.

27th May 2012. First Round of UK Womens League Division 3 at Aldershot.
We had a depleted team competing in the first round of UK Womens League Division 3 at Aldershot, but the select squad of Ruth Dales, Sarah Drake, Lucy Holmes, Jennifer Ibbitson, Lynsie Whyke, Reagan Wright & Rita Yates all did very well to make the long trek to Surrey, and complete as many events as they did.
Match Result :- Notts AC 204, Reading AC 195, Aldershot F&D 188.5, Liverpool H 143, Leeds City 124, Brighton & Hove 123.5, Belgrave 121, Wakefield D. H&AC 84.
Results from Power of 10

27th May 2012. Fast 1500m from Charlene Thomas in Holland.
Charlene Thomas had her first outdoor 1500m race of the year at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games at Hengelo in Holland, and came 7th in 4m 07.06 secs, just over a second away from the Olympic ‘A’ qualifying standard. She was ahead of Steph Twell, but behind Hannah England and Laura Weightman, who both beat the ‘A’ standard. So with Lisa Dobrisky also in contention the UK Olympic Trials in June for the women’s 1500m is shaping up to be one of the most competitive of all the events!

26th/27th May 2012. Distance Runners Roundup of the Weekend's Events.
Chris Ward was close to his recent PB when finishing 129th in the BUPA London 10k in 34 mins 41 secs, and U20 Steven Eastwood ran 40 mins in his first completed 10k.
In the very warm conditions Craig Orr did very well indeed to complete the Edinburgh Marathon in 3 hrs 35 mins, and Carl Quinn will have found the conditions hot in the Sheffield Half Marathon, which he completed in 1 hr 26 mins.

26th May 2012. Second Round of Mens & Womens Northern League Division 1.
At the second round of Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 at Hull the club were 4th once again. Conditions were good for the sprinters, and U20 Laura Robson was in scintillating form, winning the 100m in 12.0s, and the 200m in 24.7s. U17 William Rotherforth continued his excellent recent form, and equalled his 100m U17 club record with 11.0 secs, and U20 Scott Atkinson recorded a PB of 22.2s in the 200m as well as a good 49.6s in the 400m, before helping the 4 x 400m team to victory. The warm conditions made it tough for the distance runners, but Chris Price showed a good return to form, narrowly losing the 3000m Steeplechase in 9m 59.8s. In addition, there was a grade 1 performance from Jenna Wheatman (2nd HT 52.02m), and a grade 2 performance from Chiedu Ufodiama (2nd DT 44.00m).
Match Result :- Kingston U Hull 447, City of Manchester 392, Preston Harriers 319, Wakefield Harriers 311, Blackburn Harriers 293, Holmfirth Harriers 291. Meeting Results.

22nd May 2012. Excellent Run From Peter McNamara at the Yorkshire Vets League.
There was an excellent run From Peter McNamara at the 3rd Yorkshire Vets League at Kirkstall, where he had his highest place finish to date, coming 5th out of nearly 300 runners, and 1st in the M50 category. Race Results.

20th May 2012. Two Club Records from William Rotherforth at 2nd YAL Meeting.
At match 2 of the McCain Young Athletes' League Division Northern Premier 1 at Hull there was once again a good showing from the club’s young athletes, and in particular from William Rotherforth, who broke 2 club records on the same day! The prolific young sprinter ran a New U17 Club 100m Record of 11.0 secs, beating the previous record of 11.2 secs held jointly by his father Lindsay since 1978, and by club Vice Chairman Chris Bedford since 1986. He also ran a New U17 Club 200m Record of 22.3 secs, beating the previous record of 22.4 secs held by his father since 1979. William completed an outstanding day by also winning the Triple Jump with another Grade 1 performance of 13.10m.
Other Grade 1 performances were recorded by Aderinsola Olaleru (1st U13G HJ 1.40m & 1st LJ 4.49m) & Alice McCurdie (1st U15G SP 9.91m), and Grade 2 performances were recorded by Ben Read (1st U15B 800m 2m 07.8s), Jacob Robertson (1st U15B HJ 1.68m) & Rebecca Tolson (1st U15B HJ 1.53m).
Match Result :- Gateshead H 881.5, Doncaster AC 826, Wakefield D. H&AC 721.5, Kingston-U-Hull 713, Rotherham H 620, Blaydon H 464. Results from Power of 10.

20th May 2012. Martyn Bernard Jumps Olympic 'B' Standard in Germany.
At the Springer-Meeting at Garbsen in Germany Martyn Bernard showed much improved form, and put himself back into contention for a place on the Olympic team, with a winning leap of 2.28m. This places him 3rd in this year’s UK rankings, and matches the ‘B’ standard for the London Olympics.

19th/20th May 2012. Distance Runners Roundup of the Weekend's Events.
Helen Singleton was invited to compete in the BUPA Great Manchester Run 10K, and finished an excellent 15th in the Elite Women's race in 35 mins 40 secs. She later managed to get herself on TV when she went to meet the legendary Haile Gebreselassie, the popular winner of the men's race.
Annabel Mason represented Yorkshire in the Inter-Counties fell race in the Shining Tor race, and she came first girl and second overall in the Under 16 race.
On the track, at the Loughborough International meeting Jack Hallas was close to his best when finishing 8th in the 800m in 1 min 50.30 secs, just 0.8 seconds off the club record for the distance. At the BMC Nike Grand Prix at Sportcity in Manchester Sally Smith ran a new 800m PB of 2 min 12.22 secs, a grade 1 performance.

16th May 2012. Some Good Times at Askern 10k Road Race.
Conditions were good for the popular Askern 10k road race, and several Harriers recorded good times and personal bests on the fast course. Chris Ward came 13th in a new PB of 34:36, and he was followed home by Pete McNamara 26th in 36:00 and Carl Quinn 47th in 37:43. Pete won the M50 category, and Peter Gooding was just 10 seconds off the club M60 record with his time of 42:50. Jenny Latham was 4th lady and 59th overall in a PB of 38:29, with Nicky Steel 119th in 41:27 & Joanne Biltcliffe 202nd in 44:53 also running PBs.
Race Results from Power of 10.
The race was also the 5th race in this year’s Club Distance Runners League Championship, and after 5 events M50 Pete McNamara is the early leader ahead of Chris Ward.

14th May 2012. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers in May.
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.

12th/13th May 2012. Lots of Medals & New Club Record at Yorkshire T&F Championships.
At the Yorkshire Track & Field Championships at Cudworth the club had its usual good showing, with lots of medals won, and a new club record on the first day. William Rotherforth ran a superb 10.99s in the heats of the U17 mens 100m, assisted by a wind over the allowable limit, but then in the final the wind was against the runners, and he finished 2nd in a New U17 Club 100m Record of 11.22s, beating the previous electrically timed best by John Uridge. His father Lindsay has held the hand timed record for the distance at 11.2 secs since 1978!
There were 9 Yorkshire Gold medals for Helen Singleton (SW 3000m 10m 05.21s), Jenna Wheatman (SW Hammer 50.28m), Lynsie Whyke (SW Triple Jump 9.82m), Scott Atkinson (U20M 400m 49.78s), Bethany Sharp (U20W 400m Hurdles 67.12s), Bethany Porter (U20W Long Jump 5.19m), Hannah Yates (U20W Hammer 29.32m), Ethan Plumb (U17M Discus 33.15m) & William Rotherforth (U17M Triple Jump 13.24m).
12 Silver medals were won by Lucy Holmes (SW Discus 25.05m), Laura Robson (U20W 200m 25.83s), Sally Smith (U20W 400m 57.69s), William Rotherforth (U17M 100m 11.22s & 200m 23.13s), James Saxton (U17M 800m 1m 58.88s), Luke Thackray (U17M Discus 20.17m), Rebecca Firth (U17W 1500m 4m 48.90s), George Heppinstall (U15B Pole Vault 2.50m), Alice McCurdie (U15G Shot 10.28m), Rebecca Tolson (U15G High Jump 1.50m) & Max Rose (U13B 800m 2m 31.73s), and 22 bronze medals were won by Chris Price (SM 3000m S/C 10m 10.04s), Richard Gayle (SM Hammer 42.94m), Reagan Wright (SW 400m 62.66s), Lucy Holmes (SW Shot 11.69m), Jennifer Ibbitson (SW Pole Vault 2.10m), Kieran Thackray (U20M Hammer 44.73m & Shot 9.59m), Bethany Porter (U20W Shot 8.83m & 100m Hurdles 17.80s), Laura Robson (U20W 100m 12.65s), Sally Smith (U20W 800m 2m 13.57s), Rita Yates (U20W High Jump 1.45m), James Furlong (U17M High Jump 1.85m), Ethan Plumb (U17M Javelin 39.48m), Andrew Jones (U17M Pole Vault 3.20m), Michael Jones (U17M Hammer 37.12m), Zoe Kerins (U17W 300m 43.45s), Samantha Lancaster (U17W Hammer 19.33m), Ben Read (U15B 1500m 4m 25.03s), George Heppinstall (U15B Javelin 27.11m), Beth Oates (U15G 800m 2m 31.03s) & Max Rose (U13B 800m 2m 31.73s).
Meeting Results from Power of 10, and Photos from Adam Kerfoot-Roberts.

13th May 2012. Fast Time from Helen Beck in Leeds Half Marathon.
In the Jane Tomlinson Leeds Half Marathon the improving Helen Beck ran a PB of 1 hr 28 mins 21 secs, to finish 6th lady and 107th overall out of the field of over 4500 runners. Helen's time moves her up to 5th on the club's all time list for the distance. Race Results from Power of 10.

12th May 2012. Two Vets Teams Compete in National Masters Road Relays.
Once again the club turned out two full teams for the National Masters Road Relay Championships at Sutton Park, near Birmingham. The M55-64 team of 4 runners finished a very respectable 11th in their race, and the makeshift M35-44 team of 8 runners, which included some M50 runners, finished a creditable 20th. Results from BMAF website.

9th May 2012. Second Round of West Yorkshire T&F League at Wakefield.
We had another very wet round of the West Yorkshire T&F League at Thornes Park, but there was still a good turnout of athletes, and some decent performances in spite of the poor conditions. William Rotherforth was the top performer, winning the U17 200m in a grade 2 time of 22.91s. Results from Wakefield :- Mens and Womens.

4th-7th May 2012. Jack Hallas Wins Silver Medal in the New Olympic Stadium.
Several Wakefield Harriers had the experience of competing at the Olympic Stadium in London, when they were representing their universities and colleges at the BUCS Championships, which was chosen as the first test event for the new stadium. The club's leading performer was Jack Hallas, who had an outstanding run to come 2nd in the 800m in 1m 50.85s, after winning his semi final 1m 51.21s. Zara Hohn, the 100m Hurdles champion of 2010, didn't manage to regain her crown as she failed to start the final, after winning her heat in 14.14s and coming 2nd in her semi-final in 14.09s. Chiedu Ufodiama came 7th in the Discus with a PB of 43.01m, and Lucy Holmes 8th in the Shot with 11.41m.
Charlene Thomas also had her first taste of competition in the Olympic Stadium, competing in the UKA Invitation 800m race, and finished 6th in 2 mins 06.50 secs.
Meeting Results from Power of 10.

6th May 2012. First Round of Young Athletes League Northern Premier 1 Division.
The team had an encouraging start to the season and finished 3rd in the first round of the Young Athletes League Northern Premier 1 Division at Doncaster, with a good all round team showing. There were 1 Grade 1 performances by Ethan Plumb (1st U17M Discus 41.67m) & Aderinsola Olaleru (1st U13G Long Jump 4.67m), and Grade 2 performances were achieved by William Rotherforth (1st U17M 200m 22.9s & 1st Triple Jump 12.79m), Ben Read (1st U15B 800m 2m 08.0s), Alyce McCurdie (2nd U15G Shot 9.43m), Abby Ward (2nd U15G High Jump 'A' 1.50m) & Rebecca Tolson (1st U15G High Jump 'B' 1.50m).
Match Result :- Doncaster AC 821, Gateshead H 788, Wakefield D. H&AC 771, Kingston-U-Hull 687, Rotherham H 601, Blaydon H 360.
Download Meeting Results in pdf.

5th/6th May 2012. Distance Runners Roundup of the Weekend's Events.
Several Harriers ran in the ‘Bluebell Trail’ off- road race, near Halifax, the 4th race in this year’s Club Distance Runners League Championship. Pete McNamara showed he’d recovered well from the previous week’s Three Peaks Race by running strongly to finish 13th overall and 2nd M50. Eileen Mannion made a welcome return to competition to finish as our first lady in 140th place and 4th F45 out of nearly 400 runners. Race Results.
In the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon near Scunthorpe Carl Quinn had a solid run to finish 19th in 84 mins 57 secs.

5th May 2012. First Round of Mens & Womens Northern League Division 1.
At the first round of Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 at Blackburn the club were missing athletes in several events but still managed to finish a creditable 4th. We had 'A' string wins by Mikaela Harrison (400m 58.2s), Sally Smith (800m 2m 19.8s), Mark Lindsay (Javelin 52.58m) & the women's 4 x 400m relay team in 4m 17.6s, and in addition a grade 2 performance from Jenna Wheatman (2nd Hammer 49.59m).
Match Result :- City of Manchester 420, Preston Harriers 386, Blackburn Harriers 357, Wakefield Harriers 332, Kingston U Hull 310, Holmfirth Harriers 252.
Meeting Results from Power of 10.

29th Apr 2012. First Match of Northern Premier Division of the National Junior League.
The U20 team had a disappointing trip to Liverpool, when their match was abandoned after just 3 events because of the bad weather. Meeting Results.

29nd Apr 2012. Two Wakefield Harriers Complete the Manchester Marathon.
Whilst athletics meetings up and down the country were being cancelled or abandoned because of the extreme wet and windy weather, Mark Whitehouse and Selim Khan braved the elements to complete the Manchester Marathon. Under the circumstances their times of 3 hrs 32 mins & 3 hrs 41 mins respectively were very creditable, so congratulations to them both.
Results from Power of 10.

28th Apr 2012. Five Harriers Complete the Gruelling Three Peaks Fell Race.
Five brave Harriers took part in the gruelling 24 mile Three Peaks Fell Race, which includes climbing the famous Yorkshire peaks of Ingleborough, Penyghent & Whernside, and they ran really well in the wet conditions. Chris Ward was our first runner home, coming an excellent 55th overall out of the 641 finishers who beat the cut-off times, in the good time of 3 hrs 41 mins. Chris was followed home by Pete McNamara 199th in 4 hrs 9 mins, Paul Minns 230th in 4 hrs 15, Brian Horsfall 275th in 4 hrs 22 mins & Andrew Sykes 355th in 4 hrs 33 mins.
Results on the Three Peaks website.

22nd Apr 2012. Sheffield 'Festival of Athletics' results.
Several of the club's athletes had their first outing of the season at the Sheffield 'Festival of Athletics', with some good performances recorded. Meeting Results.

20th/22nd Apr 2012. Three Wakefield Harriers in Action in the USA .
Three leading Harriers were in action in the USA over the weekend. Martyn Bernard jumped a season’s best at the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational Meeting at Gainesville in Florida, winning his competition with a jump of 2.20m.
Zara Hohn had her first outdoor competitions of the year in sunny California. At the Bryan Clay Invitational Meeting at Azusa she ran 14.02s for the 100m Hurdles, then the following day she won her 200m race in a windy PB of 25.35s at the Long Beach Invitational Meeting, as well as improving in the 100m Hurdles to 13.84s.
Chiedu Ufodiama was representing Birmingham University at the Cornell Tri-Meet at Ithaca in New York State, and was close to his PB in the Discus with his best throw of 40.59m.

22nd Apr 2012. Wakefield Harriers Competing in the Virgin London Marathon.
The club had a small contingent competing in this year's Virgin London Marathon, amongst the field of over 35,000 runners. First home from the club was James Morris with a PB of 3 hrs 24 mins, and also running a PB time was Martin Holding in 3 hrs 30 mins, with Alex Potter our first lady home in 3 hrs 42 mins. Daniel Benjamin and Robert Hyatt also completed the course, so congratulations to them all. London Marathon Results.

22nd Apr 2012. Annabel Mason Wins the London Mini Marathon U15 Girls Race.
Annabel Mason continued her excellent year with victory in the London Mini Marathon U15 Girls Race. She finally got the measure of the National, Inter-Counties and English Schools Champion Bobby Clay over the 3 miles part of the London Marathon course, and will have been delighted to receive her trophy from Prince Harry. Rebecca Firth also competed and finished a creditable 38th. Race Results.

21st Apr 2012. A Very Wet First Round of West Yorkshire T&F League at York.
A couple of torrential downpours at the first West Yorkshire T&F League Meeting at York put a bit of a dampener on the afternoon, and led to the cancellation of a couple of the field events. There weren't too many Harriers taking part, but there were two excellent performances from U17 athlete William Rotherforth, who won the 200m in a grade 1 time of 22.63s, and the 100m in a grade 2 time of 11.30s. Also having a good afternoon was Declan Sheehan, winning the U15B 100m in 12.61s and the 80m Hurdles in 13.30s, and Zoe Kerins, winning the U17W 100m in 13.60s and the 300m in 43.49s.
Results from York :- Mens and Womens.

15th Apr 2012. Three Harriers Compete for Northern Representative Team in Malta.
Three Harriers were invited to compete for the Northern Counties International Representative Team in Malta. Lucy Holmes won the Shot with 11.55m, and came 2nd in the Javelin with 24.00m & 3rd in the Discus with 27.29m. Bethany Sharp won the 400m Hurdles in 70.23s, and Steven Eastwood came 2nd in the 800m in 2m 06.62s & won the 1500m in 4m 46.71s. Download Results from Northern Athletics.

15th Apr 2012. Team Victories for Mens & Ladies Teams in Wakefield Hospice 10k.
The annual Wakefield Hospice 10k road race once again attracted a large field of well over 1000 runners, with a good turnout of over 35 Wakefield Harriers competing in the event, which incorporated the Club 10k Road Race Championship & also the 3rd round of the Club Distance Runners League Championship. Conditions were good, and several Harriers recorded PBs on the undulating out and back course along Horbury Road, helping the club to team victories for both the Mens & Ladies Teams. Full Race Results
Pre-race favourite Helen Singleton was a clear winner of the ladies race for the 3rd year running, coming 28th overall in 36 mins 19 secs, and with Jenny Latham & Helen Beck both having great runs to finish 3rd & 4th ladies respectively in 39:43 & 39:48, the ladies once again won their team prize. In fact with Katie McHale 5th in 40:05, Sarah Bostwick 6th in 40:25 & Nicky Steel 8th in 41:41 the ladies were completely dominant, with the 'B' team also beating all other teams. With 4 of these girls recording PBs they either enter or move up the club's all-time 10k list. See updated Road Running Statistics page.
We also had good depth in the men's race, and it was Chris Price who regained the Club 10k Trophy that he last won 3 years ago, finishing 7th overall in 34:04. He was followed by Chris Ward, who ran a new PB of 34:42 in 11th place, and with M50 star Paul Hallas 14th in 34:57 the men's team won by a single point from Valley Striders. There were fine runs also from last year's club champion U20 Matthew O'Connor 16th in 35:00, Tom Coney 23rd in 36:13, M50 Pete McNamara 24th in 36:13, Steve Tilford 26th in 36:17 & M50 Mark Whitehouse 53rd in 39:02. In addition Dave Brailsford wasn't far behind, running a New Club M55 10k Record of 39 mins 47 secs, in his first race back after a recent knee operation.

Helen Singleton & Chris Price
Wakefield Harriers 10k Champions for 2012.

7th Apr 2012. Martyn Bernard Opens His Season in Florida, USA.
Our High Jump star Martyn Bernard opened his season at the 'Florida Relays' meeting at Gainesville, Florida in the USA, finishing 5th and jumping 2.15m in his first competition of the year.

7th Apr 2012. Huge Turnout of Athletes at Wakefield Harriers Spring Open Meeting.
There was a huge turnout of 460 athletes for the Wakefield Harriers Spring Open Medals Meeting, with visitors from all over the North of England coming to Thornes Park Stadium, attracted by the wide programme of events and the electrical timing. We had over 200 entries on the day, which made it a busy day for all the officials, so many thanks to all those that helped to make the meeting a success.
There was a high standard in many of the events, especially some of the throws, and amongst several good performances from the Harriers there was a Grade 1 performance from Lucy Holmes, winning the SW Shot with 11.65m. In addition Grade 2 performances were achieved by Jenna Wheatman (SW Hammer 49.59m), Grace Eyles (U20W 200m 25.29s), Abigail Roberts (U17W Pole Vault 3.10m), Alyce McCurdie (U15G Shot 9.19m), & William Rotherforth (U17M 200m 22.94s). Meeting Results

2nd Apr 2012. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers in April.
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.

1st Apr 2012. Harriers Compete at Spenborough Ivan Stringer Memorial Open Meeting.
Several Harriers started their track and field season by competing at Spenborough, in the Ivan Stringer Memorial Open Meeting. There were a few encouraging performances, the best being a grade 2 performance by Alyce McCurdie with 9.29m in the U15 Girls Shot.
Results from Power of 10.

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