Wakefield Harriers

2012 Club News October - December

31st Dec 2012. UK Senior Rankings for 2012 - Club has 9 top 50 Ranked Athletes.
In the World and UK top 50 rankings, published recently in Athletics Weekly, the club did well to have 9 athletes in the UK top 50. This is an increase of 1 over last year, and we also had 1 athlete ranked in the World's top 50 again.
Emily Freeman didn't compete at all in 2012, and Charlene Thomas also had her season cut short because of injury, and failed to make the world's top 50. But we still had one world ranked athlete once again. Martyn Bernard was 3rd in the UK Rankings in the High Jump with his best of 2.28m, which ranked him equal 26th= in the world!

The club had 6 athletes in the UK Senior Women's Top 50 Rankings :-
Charlene Thomas was 4th in the 1500m (4:07.06), 29th in the 800m (2m 06.50) & 22nd in the 10Km Road (33m 45s);
Zara Hohn was 18th in the 100m Hurdles (13.84) ;
Jenna Wheatman was 23rd in the Hammer (53.35m) ;
Abigail Roberts (U17) was 36th= in the Pole Vault (3.50m) ;
Grace Eyles (U20) was 43rd in the 200m (24.43) ;
Bethany Porter (U20) was 45th in the Heptathlon (3846 pts).

The club had 3 athletes in the UK Senior Men's Top 50 Rankings :-
Martyn Bernard was ranked 3rd in the High Jump (2.28m) ;
Jack Hallas was ranked 48th in the 800m (1:50.30) ;
Chiedu Ufodiama was ranked 48th in the Discus (45.10m).

31st Dec 2012. Annabel Mason is First Lady in Auld Lang Syne Fell Race.


Several Harriers braved the wet and very muddy conditions to compete in the 19th Auld Lang Syne fell race on the Bronte Moors above Haworth. In a quality race won by Olympic Triathlon Bronze Medallist Jonathan Brownlee, 16 year old Annabel Mason produced another amazing performance to finish 11th overall, and easily win the ladies prize, more than a minute ahead of Britain's senior mountain running champion Victoria Wilkinson. She beat her father John by three minutes, and was nearly a minute ahead of Wakefield's first male runner Matthew O'Connor, who had a good run to finish 15th and 2nd in the Junior men's category.
Link to Results & Photos from Woodentops.org.

30th Dec 2012. Club All-Time Road Running Rankings for the Men.
Guy Goodair, a club stalwart who was a former international class race walker as well as being a good road runner, has been up in his loft researching past Wakefield Harriers performances from his old Athletics Weekly collection! He's managed to find performances from the club's golden era of the lates 1960s and early 1970s, when the club had an outstanding group of distance runners. During that period we had a Youths team that won the National Cross Country Championships, two international marathon runners under 2 hrs 18 minutes, and many other runners winning major races in fast times. However there were no 10 km road races in those days, so it is just the 10 mile and marathon rankings that they dominate. Many thanks to Guy for all his efforts, and with his help we've been able to produce a much fuller list of men's road performances. Download club all-time list.

26th Dec 2012. UK Track & Field Junior Age Group Rankings for 2012.
In the UK age group top 20 rankings, published recently in Athletics Weekly, the club has 6 athletes ranked. Congratulations to them all for their excellent performances :-
U13G Emily Tinsley was 4th= in the Pole Vault (2.10m).
U15G Abbey Ward was 5th= in the High Jump (1.65m (i)) ; Alice McCurdie was 19th in the Shot (10.46m).
U17W Abigail Roberts was 5th= in the Pole Vault (3.50m) ; Abbey Ward (U15) was 20th= in the High Jump (1.65m (i)).
U20W Grace Eyles was 12th= in the 200m (24.43s) ; Abigail Roberts (U17) was 15th= in the Pole Vault (3.50m).
U17M William Rotherforth was 11th= in the 200m (22.07s).

18th Dec 2012. Max Rose Wins 2012 Junior Christmas Handicap Road Race.
20 young Harriers turned out for the Junior Christmas Handicap Road Race, with U13 Max Rose winning this year's event, ahead of U13 Liam Grosse and U15 Sophie Morgan. Fastest time was recorded by U15 Edward Dunbavin, ahead of Max Rose & Matthew Hill, and Stephanie Rodgers was the fastest girl. Many thanks to all those who helped out on the night. Download Full Race Results in Excel.

18th Dec 2012. The Club's Allocation of London Marathon Places.
The club's 3 London Marathon places have now been allocated. With several runners having their places already, we only had 3 applicants this year for the club places, so each was given one of the places. So congratulations to Paul Robinson, Sarah Bostwick & Elaine Sutcliffe, and we wish them the best in London in April.

18th Dec 2012. Adrian Howden Wins 2012 Senior Christmas Handicap Road Race.
There was an excellent turnout of 43 runners for the Senior Christmas Handicap Road Race, with several younger members taking part for the first time, and testing themselves against senior opposition over the 4.5 mile course.


This year's clear winner was Wakefield's own 'blade runner' Adrian Howden, picured here receiving his trophy from the club's former Olympic 400m runner Alan Slack. Adrian ran nearly two minutes quicker than he's done before, and embarrassed several of our senior athletes with his performance. For those who don't know Adrian, he was an outstanding runner before his accident several years ago, and keeps himself very fit competing now at a very high level in duathlons and triathlons, and still does the occasional road race.
Behind Adrian there was a real burn-up on the track, with Glen Shelley just outsprinting U17 Faye Beckett for 2nd, and Paul Robinson and Selim Khan taking 4th & 5th places. All of these runners have made big improvements in recent weeks, and were rewarded with fine runs. Chris Price ran well to record the fastest actual time with 24 mins 05 secs, ahead of Chris Ward & U17 William Ingram, and Helen Singleton was the fastest lady this year in 26 mins 08 secs, ahead of Katie McHale & U17 Faye Beckett.
The handicappers did a good job again, with two thirds of the runners racing it out on the track at the end of the 4.5 mile course. Hugh Allen took the award this year for being closest to his expected time, being just one second away, and three quarters of the field were within a minute of their expected times, which led to some close racing on the track at the end.
Download Full Race Results in Excel.

16th Dec 2012. Fast 10k Road Times from Julie Briscoe & Paul Lockwood.
Julie Briscoe had her first 10k race of the year, and ran a fine time of 35 mins 42 secs on the undulating Bolsover course near Chesterfield. She finished 13th overall, and was 1st lady by well over 2 minutes. Race Results. Paul Lockwood found himself with some very high quality competition at the Telford 10k, which was won by international 1500m runner Andy Baddeley. Paul recorded yet another PB as he finished 23rd in 31 mins 27 secs. Race Results.

16th Dec 2012. Annabel Mason Selected for GB U20 Team at Great Edinburgh XC.
After her great performance at the the European Cross Country Championships in Hungary, Annabel Mason has had another call up for the GB U20 team. This latest selection is for the Great Edinburgh Cross Country on the 5th of January, at Holyrood Park, and is scheduled to be televised. Details of teams from UK Athletics

16th Dec 2012. Harriers Competing in the Denby Dale Travellers 6.
There were several Harriers competing in the Denby Dale Travellers 6 Mile Road race, with Pete McNamara being the first club member home in 5th place, and first M50. It was good to see Nick Mannion returning to competition in 18th place, with wife Eileen our first lady in 65th, and 1st in the F45 category. Race Results.

14th Dec 2012.  Thornes Park Stadium Opening Times During the Christmas Period.
The staff of Thornes Park Stadium have advised us of the opening times during the Christmas period :-
Sunday 23rd Dec 2012 - OPEN AS NORMAL
Monday Christmas Eve - CLOSED
Tuesday Christmas Day - CLOSED
Wednesday Boxing Day - CLOSED
Thursday 27th Dec 2012 - LIMITED OPENING - 8.00am - 1.00pm
Friday 28th Dec 2012 - LIMITED OPENING - 8.00am Ė 1.00pm
Saturday 29th Dec 2012 - OPEN AS NORMAL
Sunday 30th Dec 2012 - OPEN AS NORMAL
Monday New Yearís Eve - CLOSED
Tuesday New Yearís Day - CLOSED
Wednesday 2nd Jan 2013 - BACK TO NORMAL
As a result there will be no club night on Tuesday 25th, Thursday 27th or Tuesday 1st Jan.

9th Dec 2012.  2012 Club Cross Country Championships.
The final meeting of the West Yorkshire Cross Country League at Thornes Park incorporated the Club Cross Country Championships. There were some great races between club members, and it was wonderful to see our two senior internationals Charlene Thomas & Julie Briscoe taking part, and taking the first 2 places in the ladies race. Here's Sally Smith fighting to stop Charlene taking her trophy from her!


Many thanks to all the marshals and helpers who made the event possible, and to Simon Lewis & Tracy Mitchell for taking the pictures and doing the presentations. Results and photos of all the medallists.
For the senior runners the race was also the final round of the Club Distance Runners League Championship. Pete McNamara is a clear winner this year, ahead of Chris Ward & Nicola Steel, so congratulations to them.

9th Dec 2012. U17 Ladies are West Yorkshire Cross Country League Champions.
In the overall West Yorkshire Cross Country League team competitions the U17 Ladies dominated their age group, winning all 4 races. The other teams werenít quite as successful this year as they were last year, with the U13 Girls 3rd, U15 Boys 3rd, U15 Girls 4th=, U13 Boys 7th= & the Senior men 8th, in the age groups where we had complete teams in all races.
In the individual league standings Matthew OíConnor was 2nd in the U20 Mens category and Rebecca Firth finished 2nd in the U17 Ladies. Other top ten finishes were achieved by Sally Smith (4th U20W), Ben Read (4th U15B), Lucy Robinson (4th U15G), Helen Beck (5th SW), Faye Beckett (5th U17L), Holly Kitching (7th= U13G), Steve Eastwood (8th U20M), India Elliott (10th U13G), Rachel Firth (10th U17L) & Sharon Sykes (10th F45).
Overall League Results.

9th Dec 2012. Annabel Mason Finishes 5th at European Cross Country Championships.
Annabel Mason was selected to compete for Great Britain's U20 team at the European Cross Country Championships, at Budapest in Hungary. She has amazed us many times already, but she produced maybe her best performance yet as she finished 5th overall, racing in the snow in sub-zero conditions. She was 2nd British runner home, and was just 18 seconds behind winner Amela Terzic from Serbia. Britain's Emelia Gorecka was 2nd, Annabel 5th, Jennifer Walsh 8th and Jessica Judd 13th, as the British team retained their European U20 team title. So Annabel played a major part in the GB U20 team, and as the youngest runner there it was another marvellous achievement, so our congratulations to her once again. Results of all races from Power of 10

9th Dec 2012.  Final West Yorkshire Cross Country League at Wakefield.
The club successfully hosted the 4th and final meeting of the West Yorkshire Cross Country League at Thornes Park, and had some good results. The Senior Women had their best team result of the season, with an excellent 2nd place, and our two senior internationals Charlene Thomas & Julie Briscoe dominated the race for a superb 1-2. U20 Sally Smith had her best race of the season to finish a fine 11th, and Nicky Steel was the final scorer in 48th, on her cross country debut. The Senior Men were a solid 8th, the scorers being U20 Matthew O'Connor 35th, Chris Ward 43rd, U20 Steven Eastwood 59th, Pete McNamara 72nd, Carl Quinn 92nd & U20 Jack Mitchell 99th out of over 200 finishers.
In the younger age groups the U17 Ladies team of Rebecca Firth 2nd, Faye Beckett 3rd & Rachel Firth 13th completed a clean sweep, with another team victory. For the U15 Girls Lucy Robinson was a good 4th, and with Kate Offord 18th & Saskia Lewis 21st the team were 4th. The U15 Boys were also 4th team, led home by Ben Read in 6th, and he was backed up by George Heppinstall in 13th & Samuel Tyson in 15th. The U13 Girls team of Holly Kitching 8th, India Elliott 10th & Rebecca Sheppard 15th were a good 3rd, and in the U13 Boys race Max Rose 18th, Matthew Hill 20th & Liam Grosse 39th were 6th. Where we didn't have complete teams Lucy Kitching was 26th & Leoni Grosse 34th in the U11 Girl's race, and in the U17 Men's race Daniel Franks & William Ingram were 13th & 14th. Results of all Races

8th Dec 2012. New U15 Girls High Jump Record for Abby Ward at Northern Indoor Meeting.
Several Wakefield athletes competed at the 2nd Northern Athletics Indoor Open Meeting at the EIS in Sheffield, with some good performances recorded. The highlight was undoubtedly the New U15 Girls High Jump Record of 1.65m for Abby Ward, beating her previous outdoor record of 1.61m. U15 Emily Tinsley also did well with 1.45m in the same competition. Also recording top grade performances were Vicki Greensmith, with 10.74m in the Shot, and Helen Singleton with a new PB of 9 mins 45.92 secs in the 3000m, the same time as M50 vet Paul Hallas. Results from Power of 10

3rd Dec 2012. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers in December.
Here's the list of 24 young athletes that have been accepted into membership this month by Wakefield Harriers. The Olympics has clearly inspired them, and we have had to close the Junior Jets section to new members, as they're full to capacity! Please welcome them all to the club. List of New Members.

2nd Dec 2012. Pole Vaulters Out in Force at Manchester Indoor Open.
At the City of Manchester Indoor Open Meeting at Sportcity the club's Pole Vaulters were out in force, with no fewer than 6 of them competing. Abigail Roberts was the leading performer with her Grade 2 leap of 3.35m, and Andrew Jones was close to a Grade 2 with his clearance of 3.50m. Results from Power of 10

1st Dec 2012. Fine Run from Julie Greenwood in Percy Pud 10k Road Race.
There was a fine run from Julie Greenwood in the Percy Pud 10k road race, as she improved her 10k PB to 39 mins 36 secs, which moves her up a couple of places in the club all-time list. She finished 127th overall out of the large field of 1700, and was 11th lady and 4th in the F35 category. Results from Power of 10

1st Dec 2012. Harriers Competing at Leeds Young Athletes Indoor Open.
There were several Harriers competing at the Leeds Young Athletes' Indoor Open Meeting, with U15 Emily Tinsley clearing 1.45m in the High Jump, and Alyce McCurdie throwing 8.67m in the U17 Shot producing the leading performances. Results from Power of 10

24th Nov 2012. Annabel Mason Selected for GB in the European Cross Country.
Most of the country's leading distance runners were competing at the McCain UK Cross Challenge races at Sefton Park, Liverpool, which also incorporated the trials for the forthcoming European Cross Country Championships, to be held at Budapest in Hungary on 9th December.
Annabel Mason chose the event for her first serious cross country test of the winter, and ran exceptionally well in the combined U17/U20 Women's race, competing against athletes who were nearly all much older than her. She finished 5th overall and she was less than 20 seconds behind established international U20 stars Emelia Gorecka and Jessica Judd. It was another superb performance from Annabel, which has earned her selection for the GB U20 team, so our congratulations to her once again. Results of all races

24th Nov 2012. U17 Ladies Win Again at West Yorkshire Cross Country League.
After all the recent rain it was a mud bath at the 3rd meeting of the West Yorkshire Cross Country League at Huddersfield, with the tough conditions making it a real test for the runners. However Helen Beck revelled in the mud, and had her best result yet to finish an excellent 11th in the Senior Ladies race. U20 Sally Smith also ran well to come 18th, and with Sharon Sykes 60th & Joanne Biltcliffe 72nd the team finished 7th. U20 Steven Eastwood also had his best Senior race so far, as he finished a fine 36th in the Men's race. He was backed up by Chris Ward 65th, Stephen Tilford 68th, Carl Quinn 76th, Pete McNamara 79th & Tony Smith 121st as the team finished 9th.
The U17 Ladies were team winners once again, with Rebecca Firth 2nd, Faye Beckett 5th & Rachel Firth 9th all running well in the difficult conditions. The U15 Boy's trio of Ben Read 3rd, Harry Mallinson 10th & George Heppinstall 14th also did very well to finish 2nd team. For the U15 Girls Lucy Robinson 6th, Kate Offord 13th & Saskia Lewis 16th were 4th team, and the U13 Girl's team of India Elliott 8th, Holly Kitching 9th & Rebecca Sheppard 19th were also 4th. In the U13 Boy's race Max Rose 26th, Matthew Hill 27th & Liam Grosse 41st were 9th. Where we didn't have complete teams Lucy Kitching was 23rd in the U11 Girl's race, and in the U17 Men's race Daniel Franks & Cameron Dye were 12th & 13th. Results of all Races

19th Nov 2012. Club Distance Runners League Championship.
The Barnsley 10k and the Abbey Dash made up the 14th round of the Club Distance Runners League Championship. Pete McNamara is in the lead, and is favourite for the title if he competes in the final race. Nicky Steel is in 2nd place overall, and can't now be caught for the ladies prize.

18th Nov 2012. Jack Hallas Wins Barnsley 10k Road Race.
Several Harriers competed in the Barnsley 10K Road Race from Royston, with some more great results. Jack Hallas was a clear winner of the race by nearly a minute, in the excellent time of 32:11 on the undulating course. M50 Pete McNamara was 2nd Harrier home in the fine time of 37:07, and Glen Shelley also did well to record 39:40. Julie Greenwood was our first lady in 41:14, and 6th lady overall, and U17 Faye Beckett had an encouraging debut on the roads with her time of 42:19. The evergreen Brian Fozard won the M75 category, running 53:42.
Results from Power of 10

18th Nov 2012. Excellent Performances & PBs Galore at Leeds Abbey Dash 10K.
Many of the club's leading distance runners were competing in the Leeds Abbey Dash 10K Road Race, with some fast times recorded in the near perfect conditions. The club's all-time list for the women has had some major changes, with international 1500m runner Charlene Thomas recording the 2nd best ever road time by a Wakefield Harrier, as she finished 6th lady out of a very high class field in 33:45. Helen Singleton also had an excellent run to finish 10th lady in 35:11, not far off her best, and Helen Beck ran well to finish 3rd counter with a new PB of 39:23. Jasmine Kerry made a big breakthrough in her first serious race of the year with a new PB of 39:41, and she was followed by Nicky Steel with 41:14 & Helen McLeod, who also improved her best significantly with 41:16.
For the men Paul Lockwood came 39th in the top class field, and ran yet another PB, improving his best to 31:29 which moves him up to 7th on the club all-time list. U20 Matthew O'Connor continued his fine form with 34:58, just ahead of M50 Paul Hallas who had another great run with 35:09. Stephen Tilford continued his improvement with a new PB of 35:24, and Joe Schofield recorded an encouraging 36:46 in the first serious race of his comeback. Vets Selim Khan and Paul Robinson also did well to record 39:00 & 39:08, and Peter Gooding ran a New M60 10K Club Record of 41 mins 54 secs, beating Stuarts Anderson's record from 1999.
Note that due to the huge field of over 7000 the chip times for most runners were a few seconds or even minutes faster than their official results, but for club all-time lists & records it is the official race results, i.e. the gun time that counts! See the Club Road Statistics page for the club all-time lists and veteran age group records.
Leading results from Power of 10 and Download Full Results in Excel

17th Nov 2012. Northern Athletics Open Meeting at Sheffield.
At the first of the winter's Northern Athletics Open Meeting at the EIS in Sheffield there were several athletes competing. Results from Power of 10

14th Nov 2012. Harriers Invited Again to Compete in Relay Race in France.

The club have been invited once again to take part in the annual relay race at Wakefield's twin town of Castres in France, on February 3rd next year. This is a fantastic long distance event for senior runners of all abilities, and we usually have several teams competing. Any senior runners interested in taking part please contact Peter Young.

11th Nov 2012. Paul Lockwood Wins Windmill 10K Road Race at Blackpool.
Paul Lockwood is having a rich vein of form at the moment, and recorded his 3rd PB over different distances in the last couple of months. His latest success was at the Windmill 10K at Blackpool, which he won by more than a minute and a half in a new PB of 31 mins 38 secs, a time that moves him up to 8th on the club all-time list for the distance. Race Results

11th Nov 2012. Pete McNamara Wins Yorkshire Vets M50 Grand Prix Title.
At the final round of the Yorkshire Vets Grand Prix series at Spenborough Nicky Steel finished 3rd lady. For the men Pete McNamara finished 12th, Jonathan Prideaux 26th, Mark Whitehouse 47th & Tony Ausley 85th, with Tony finishing 2nd M60 & Pete 3rd M50. In the final tables Pete won the M50 category by a slender margin, with Mark finishing 6th, and Tony 9th in the M60 category. The menís team finished 12th overall. Race Results.

10th Nov 2012. U17 Ladies Win Again at West Yorkshire Cross Country League.
At the 2nd meeting of the West Yorkshire Cross Country League at Nunroyd Park the club had another good day. The Senior Ladies did much better this time, led home by Jenny Latham who had an impressive run to finish 8th in her first outing in the League. U20 Sally Smith ran well to come 18th, and with Helen Beck 26th and Sharon Sykes 99th the team finished 7th. The Senior Men also finished 7th team, and they were once again led home by U20 Matthew O'Connor, who had another excellent run to finish 14th. Chris Price 37th, U20 Iain Little 41st, Chris Ward 49th, U20 Steven Eastwood 54th & Tony Smith 159th were the other 'A' team scorers
The U17 Ladies were team winners once again, with Rebecca Firth 2nd, Faye Beckett 6th & Rachel Firth 11th, and in the U17 Men's race the team of Daniel Franks 18th, William Ingram 23rd & Cameron Dye 31st were 7th. For the U15 Girls Lucy Robinson 3rd, Bethan Oates 7th & Hayley Newbound 21st all did well to finish 3rd team, and the U15 Boy's trio of Ben Read 5th, Harry Mallinson 12th & George Heppinstall 13th went one better to finish an excellent 2nd team in their race. Another fine 2nd place team finish was achieved by the U13 Girl's team of India Elliott 5th, Holly Kitching 6th & Rebecca Sheppard 15th. Where we didn't have complete teams Max Rose did well to come 14th in the U13 Boys, and Lucy Kitching 21st in the U11 Girls. Results of all Races

5th Nov 2012. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers in November.
Here's the list of 44 people that have been accepted into membership this month by Wakefield Harriers. This is the largest number of new members in one month that we can remember, clearly inspired by the London Olympics! Please welcome them all to the club. List of New Members.

4th Nov 2012. Distance Runners Roundup of Leading Results from the Weekend.
At the Tatton Half Marathon at Knutsford in Cheshire Julie Greenwood finished 45th overall and 2nd lady in an excellent new PB of 87 mins 28 secs. Race Results
Several Harriers competed at the Cop Hill Fell Race from Meltham, nr. Huddersfield, which also incorporated the Yorkshire Vets Fell Running Championships. First Harrier home was Paul Minns in 52nd, and Sharon Sykes was first lady in 105th, and first in the F40 category. Race Results

3rd Nov 2012. Senior Ladies 6th at English National Cross Country Relay Championships.
The club had another good turnout of runners at the English National Cross Country Relay Championships at Mansfield, with full teams in most age groups competing against the best cross country runners in the country. The Senior Ladies have done very well in this event in the past, with brilliant 2nd place finishes in 2000 and also in 2004. Julie Briscoe was in both of those great teams (as Julie O'Mara), and was in another great team this year with Helen Singleton & Charlene Thomas, as they finished a superb 6th in their 3 x 3k race, and the 1st team home from Yorkshire and 2nd from the North. This was Charlene's first race for some while, and she recorded the 8th fastest time of the day. The 'B' team of Katie McHale, Claire Sykes & Joanne Biltcliffe also did well to come a creditable 65th out of 102 complete teams.
The Senior Men had a solid performance in their 4 x 5k event, with their 'A' team of Jack Hallas, Chris Price, Chris Woodger & Andy Cartwright finishing 59th, and the 'B' team of Chris Ward, Neil Dutton, Glenn Shelley & Steve Faulkner coming 108th out of the 157 complete teams.
For the younger athletes the best result was from the U17 Ladies trio of Rebecca Firth, Faye Beckett & Stephanie Rodgers, who despite all being at the bottom of the age group were a fine 18th team. Chloe Fitton, Emily Gill & Lucy Robinson all ran well to come 45th for the U15 Girls, with the 'B' team of Olivia Theaker, Sophie Morgan & Laura Sanderson also doing well to come 83rd. For the U13 Girls Holly Kitching, Rebecca Sheppard & India Elliott were 72nd. The U20 Men's team of James Saxton, Steven Eastwood & Jack Mitchell did well to come 38th, and Daniel Franks, Cameron Dye & William Ingram were a good 49th for the U17 Men. The U15 Boy's ran well too, with George Heppinstall, Edward Dunbavin & Ben Read coming 38th.
Results of all races from the English Cross Country Association.

1st Nov 2012. The Club's Allocation of London Marathon Places.
The ballot for the club's allocation of 3 London Marathon places will be a random draw, in two parts. The first draw will be for those runners who had applied for a place themselves, and who had received a rejection slip. If there are still places left, then there will be a second draw for all other runners who hadn't applied themselves. All runners wishing to be considered for a club place must be members of Wakefield District Harriers & AC, and must have paid their England Athletics Registration this year. They must also ensure they have registered by 31st March 2013 for the following 12 months as well, and as the places are club places, we request that the runners who are allocated the club places race in club colours.
Runners with rejection slips please pass on your rejection letter to Chris Ward. All other runners please let Chris know that you want to be included in the ballot for the remaining places. The deadline for entering the draw will be Tuesday 18th December, and the draw will be made that evening, after we have run the Christmas Handicap.

28th Oct 2012. Excellent New 10 Mile Best from Paul Lockwood in Great South Run.
Paul Lockwood made a big improvement to his 10 Mile best when running 51 mins 20 secs in the Bupa Great South Run 10 at Portsmouth. He finished 22nd in a very high quality race that attracted many overseas stars, and his new PB moves him well up in the club all-time list for the distance. Race Results

21st Oct 2012. Good Performances and a New M60 Club Record at Bridlington Half.
Several personal best times were set at the Bridlington Half Marathon, which also incorporated the Yorkshire Vets Half Marathon Championships. There was a New M60 Half Marathon Club Record of 92 mins 47 secs by Peter Gooding, beating Brian Fozard's old mark (set when he was over 65), and this means that Peter now has the club M50, M55 & M60 records for this distance. See the Club Road Statistics page for the club all-time lists and veteran age group records. Nicky Steel & Joanne Biltcliffe improved their positions in the ladies all-time lists with their new PBs of 91:08 & 97:58 respectively, which also gave them prizes in the F35 category, and M40 Paul Robinson also improved his best with a PB of 86:23. It was also the 13th race in this yearís Club Distance Runners League Championship, and Hugh Allen is the current leader, with Joanne Biltcliffe first lady in 2nd place. Race Results.

20th Oct 2012. Cross Country Victories for Annabel Mason & U17 Ladies.
At the first meeting of the West Yorkshire Cross Country League at Wetherby, the club had a good start to the season, with a team victory from the U17 Ladies led home by Annabel Mason.


The Senior Men had a good turnout of 17 runners, and finished an excellent 3rd team. They were led home by first year U20 runner Matthew O'Connor, who had an excellent senior debut to finish 16th. The other scorers in the 'A' team were John Mason 27th, Chris Price 28th, Andrew Cartwright 44th, Chris Ward 50th & Stephen Tilford 61st. U20 Jack Mitchell also had a fine senior team debut in 71st, as he led home the 'B' team. Disappointingly the Ladies didn't complete a team, but Helen Beck in 22nd & Katie McHale in 27th both had fine runs.
Annabel Mason was a runaway winner of the U17 Ladies race, more than a minute and a half clear of the rest of the field, and with Rebecca Firth 4th & Faye Beckett 5th the team were clear winners too. The U15 Boy's team of Ben Read 8th, George Heppinstall 16th & Harry Mallinson 17th were 3rd, and in the U15 Girl's race Lucy Robinson 9th, Saskia Lewis 35th & Sophie Morgan 38th were 6th. Holly Kitching 8th, India Elliott 12th & Rebecca Sheppard 17th were 4th in the U13 Girl's race, and in the U13 Boy's event Max Rose 13th, Matthew Hill 19th & Liam Grosse 30th were also 4th team. We didn't have a complete team in the U17 Mens' race, but Daniel Franks had a good run to finish 14th. Results of all Races

13th/14th Oct 2012. Distance Runners Roundup of Leading Results from the Weekend.
Illness and injury meant we couldnít field a full ladies team at the English National Road Relay Championships, which were held this year at Clumber Park, near Worksop. However Helen Singleton tested herself against some of Englandís finest runners on leg 1, and had an excellent run to finish 9th on that leg, 17th fastest overall, and she was the quickest runner there from Yorkshire.
Stephen Tilford ran a fine new PB of 35 mins 33 secs when finishing 7th at the Wistow 10k, and Glen Shelley also recorded a new PB with 38 mins 54 secs. Our former 400m International Elaine Sutcliffe also competed, running 51:27.
Sharon Sykes ran 3 hrs 56 mins 41 secs at the Liverpool Marathon, to become the 13th female Wakefield Harriers to break the 4 hour barrier.

7th Oct 2012. Distance Runners Roundup of Leading Results from the Weekend.
Our oldest competing runner Brian Fozard had his first road race since turning 75, and set a New Club M75 10k Record of 52 mins 45 secs at the Sutton on the Forest 10k.
At race 9 of the Yorkshire Vets League at West Vale, Pete McNamara had a good run finishing in 6th place and 2nd M50, and he was followed by Paul Robinson in 24th and Mark Whitehouse in 30th. With just one race to go Peter is leading the M50 category, and has a good chance of winning the overall title. Race Results.
At the Chester Marathon James Morris improved his PB to 3 hrs 23:20, finishing 320nd overall out of over 2000 finishers, and at the Cusworth 10k near Doncaster Nicky Steel was 6th lady and 3rd in the F35 category in 41:35.

6th Oct 2012. Two Team Medals at Northern Cross Country Relay Championships.
At the Northern Athletics Cross Country Relay Championships at Sheffield the club put on a good showing in most age groups, and came away with two sets of winners medals. The event also incorporated the Yorkshire Vets Cross Country Relay Championships, and after a close race with Hallamshire & Holmfirth Julie Greenwood, Sarah Bostwick & Julie Briscoe came home winners, with Julie Briscoe recording fastest time of the day. They finished 9th overall in the combined race with the open age group runners, and the club's open team of Helen Beck, Nicky Steel & Katie McHale were 15th overall, and 12th in the open category. The senior men's team of Chris Price, Nathan Elliott, Chris Ward & Andy Cartwright all ran well to finish an excellent 14th, and the 'B' team of Steve Eastwood, Alistair Robinson, Neil Dutton & Steve Faulkner also ran solidly to finish 22nd.
In the younger age groups the best result was from the U17 Ladies team of Faye Beckett, Rachel Firth & Rebecca Firth, who all ran well to win the bronze medals. Daniel Franks, Cameron Dye & William Ingram were 14th in the U17 Men's race, and Edward Dunbavin, George Heppinstall & Ben Read 10th in their U15 Boy's event, whilst Chloe Fitton, Sophie Morgan & Lucy Robinson were 13th in the U15 Girl's race. For the U13 Boys Matthew Hill, Liam Grosse & Max Rose were 8th, and for the U13 Girls Holly Kitching, Rebecca Sheppard & India Elliott also finished 8th. Results from Sportsoft

1st Oct 2012. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers in October.
Here's the list of people that have been accepted into membership this month by Wakefield Harriers. Please welcome them all to the club. List of New Members.

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