Wakefield Harriers

2013 Club News July - September

28th/29th Sep 2013. Distance Runners Weekend Roundup.
We included another local Parkrun in this year’s Club Distance Runners League Championship, and returned to the popular Pontefract event. U20 Daniel Franks was first Harrier home, finishing the 5 Km race 2nd overall in 17:27, and he was followed by Selim Khan finishing 5th in 18:36, just ahead of Paul Robinson 7th in 18:42. The fast improving Emily Stevenson was 1st lady in 21:14, with Joanne Biltcliffe next in 22:01. Paul Robinson now leads the championship after the first 13 races. Race Results.
A few Harriers competed at the popular Robin Hood Half Marathon in Nottingham, with Glen Shelly recording a PB of 87:14, Helen Beck running 90:03, and Peter Gooding not far off his M60 club record with 93:15. Results from Power of 10.

21st/22nd Sep 2013. Three Harriers Compete in English Schools' Combined Events Champs.
Three Wakefield Harriers were selected to compete for West Yorkshire Schools at the English Schools' Combined Events Championships, which this year were held at Birmingham. Bethany Porter did very well to finish 12th in the U20 Ladies Heptathlon with a PB score of 3876 points, and George Brown finished 25th in the U20 Men’s Decathlon with 4261 points. Patrick Thackray was 26th in the U17 Men's Octathlon with a PB score of 3950 points, and as this is a relatively new event, with no club record listed, we will credit Patrick with the inaugural club record in this event. Results from Power of 10.

22nd Sep 2013. Charlene Thomas Finishes 7th in New York Fifth Avenue Mile.
Charlene Thomas finished off her summer campaign with an excellent performance in the USA, finishing 7th in the New York Fifth Avenue Mile road race, just behind former world 1500m medallist Hannah England. Charlene's time of 4 mins 26.9 secs was a new PB for the distance. Race Results.

22nd Sep 2013. Junior Jets Outdoor Presentations on October 15th.
The Junior Jets Outdoor Presentations will be held on Tuesday October 15th at Thornes Park Stadium, at 6.30pm. All Junior Jets should attend this event, and any former Jets who have now moved up to the U13 age group should also attend to collect their awards.

22nd Sep 2013. Annabel Mason Wins Home International Mountain Running Championships.
Annabel Mason was selected to compete for England once again in the Junior Home International Mountain Running Championships, held at Aberfoyle in Scotland. She won her race by nearly a minute from four times winner Ffion Price, and led the England team to victory.

21st Sep 2013. U13 Boys Team 2nd at Northern Road Relay Championships.
At the Northern Athletics Road Relay Championships at Blackpool the club had a good showing in several age groups.
The best result was from the U13 Boy's team of Matthew Hill, Liam Grosse & Max Rose (pictured left) who won silver medals, with Liam & Matthew being 3rd & 4th fastest overall. Next best was the U17 Ladies trio of Faye Beckett, Rebecca Firth & Lucy Robinson who were an excellent 5th, and 1st team home from Yorkshire, whilst the U17 Men's team of William Ingram, Cameron Dye & Ben Read did well to finish 10th. Bethan Oates, Holly Kitching & Niamh Docherty were 18th in the U15 Girl's race, with Bethan 9th= fastest overall.
The Senior Men's team of James Saxton, Daniel Franks, Nathan Elliott, Neil Dutton, Tom Coney & Chris Ward were 34th out of the large field of 90 teams. Results from Northern Athletics

14th/15th Sep 2013. Club Has Two Medallists at British Masters T&F Championships.
Wakefield Harriers had two athletes competing at the British Masters Track & Field Championships at Birmingham, and they both came away with medals. As she did last year, Jennifer Ibbitson had a great weekend in the W55 category, winning 3 gold medals in the Shot with 10.20m, Weight with 12.00m & Pole Vault with 2.50m. Richard Gayle was 2nd in the M45 Hammer with 41.33m. Results from Power of 10.

15th Sep 2013. Douglas Bedford Memorial Open Meeting & Club Championships.
The blustery weather failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the athletes at the Douglas Bedford Memorial Open Meeting, which also incorporatated the Club Track & Field Championships. There was a good turnout of young athletes, and in particular the U11 age group, which was encouraging.
There were some good results, including grade 1 performances by Jenna Wheatman (1st SW HT 50.59m) & Alyce McCurdie (1st U17W SP 10.07m), and grade 2 performances from Mikaela Harrison (1st SW 200m 25.32s), Lucy Holmes (1st SW SP 11.32m) & Rebecca Tolson (1st U17W HJ 1.63m).
Meeting Results Page, and Results in Power of 10.

14th/15th Sep 2013. Julie Briscoe & Charlene Thomas Feature in Great North Run.
Our two senior distance running internationals Julie Briscoe & Charlene Thomas both featured in the Elite Women's race at the Great North Run, the world's biggest half marathon race from Newcastle to South Shields. In a race of the highest world class, that almost saw Paula Radcliffe's world's best time being broken, Julie finished an excellent 11th and 2nd Briton in the fine time of 74 mins 45 secs, the 2nd fastest time of her career. Race Results.
Charlene got a lot of TV exposure as she was the pacemaker for the first 2 miles, to get the ladies race off to a brisk start. The previous day Charlene competed in the Road Mile race, and finished 9th in 4 mins 43 secs.

14th/15th Sep 2013. Abigail Roberts Equals Club Record at UK Schools Games.
Two of the club's athletes were selected to compete at the Sainsburys UK Schools Games at Sheffield, a multi-sport event for the UK’s elite young athletes of school age. Representing a team from the North-East, Abigail Roberts won the Pole Vault competition, and Equalled The Club Pole Vault Record 3.80m, whilst William Ingram finished 6th on the 1500m S/C in 4m 44.66s. Meeting Results.

9th Sep 2013. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers in September.
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.

8th Sep 2013. Annabel Mason Finishes 4th in World Mountain Running Championships.
Annabel Mason repeated her amazing feat of last year by once again finished an outstanding 4th in the Junior Women’s race at the 29th World Mountain Running Championships in Poland. With her team-mates Georgia Malir and Catriona Graves finishing fifth and sixth respectively in the first race of the day, the team took the junior women’s team title with nine points, ahead of the USA and Russia. Report & picture from Athletics Weekly

8th Sep 2013. New Record for Mikaela Harrison at WYT&F League Championships.
There were some excellent performances at the West Yorkshire T&F League Championships at Cleckheaton, including four new Championship Records. One of these was from Wakefield Harrier Mikaela Harrison, running a New Championship 400m Record of 56.17s, beating former member Janet Wyard's previous record from 1987. From the Harriers there were also grade 2 performances from Lucy Holmes winning the SW Shot with 11.01m, Alyce McCurdie winning the U17W Shot with 9.91m, and James Ammon 2nd in the U17M 100m in 11.33s.
Results from Cleckheaton :- Mens and Womens.

7th Sep 2013. Wakefield Schools Cross Country Dates Announced.
The dates for the Wakefield Schools Cross Country races this autumn are as follows :- Monday 23rd Sep Pontefract Race Course, Wednesday 2nd Oct Outwood Grange, Thursday 10th Oct QEGS & Wednesday 16th Oct Silcoates. All races start at 4-30 pm.

4th Sep 2013. Another New Club 1500m Record from Charlene Thomas.
At the BMC Gold Standard Races at Watford Charlene Thomas improved her PB yet again, winning and running a New Club 1500m Record of 4 mins 03.74 secs. This time her superb performance was in a women only race, so will count as a qualifying ‘A’ standard time for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Scotland. It also places her 2nd in this year’s UK rankings behind Hannah England, and 20th in this year’s world rankings! Meeting Results.

1st Sep 2013. Harriers Have Two Teams Competing in Leeds Country Way Relay.
The club had 2 teams of 12 runners participating in the 64 mile Leeds Country Way Relay, a long distance off-road event where the runners run in pairs, over 6 stages of between 9.7 and 11.8 miles. The mixed team finished a creditable 15th overall, and Nicky Steel and Chris Ward were the fastest mixed pair on leg 5. The vets team were 19th out of the 48 teams who completed the course, and would have placed much higher if it wasn’t for an injury to one of the runners.
Race Results from Kippax Harriers.

1st Sep 2013. Ladies F35 Team Win Yorkshire Vets AA Road Relay Championships.
The Wakefield Harriers over 35 Ladies team retained their Yorkshire Vets AA Road Relay Championships title at Saltaire, after a good race with Holmfirth. Julie Greenwood got the team off to a flying start, coming home 1st on leg 1 in the 3rd best time of the day, Nicky Steel kept the team well in contention with a good 2nd leg, & Julie Briscoe ran the fastest time of the day to bring the team home in 1st place.
There were no Wakefield Harriers mens teams competing this year, due to the clash with the Leeds Country Way Relay, but here are the results for the 8 age category races.
Men O35, Men O40, Men O50, Men O60, Men O70,
Women O35, Women O45, Women O55.

31st Aug 2013. Two Team Victories at Yorkshire Road Relay Championships at Don Valley.
There were some good results at the Yorkshire County Road Relay Championships, which took place at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield, and which may well have been the last chance for the runners to compete on the track before it closes.
The Senior Men had their best result for many years, with the team of Jack Mitchell, James Saxton, Nathan Elliott, Andy Cartwright, Alistair Robinson & Chris Ward finishing an excellent 4th in their 6 x 6km relay, and the Senior Ladies team of Emily Stevenson, Julie Briscoe, Joanne Biltcliffe & Sarah Bostwick did well to finish 6th in their 4 x 3km relay, with Julie being 2nd fastest overall.
The U17 Ladies team of Faye Beckett, Lucy Robinson & Rebecca Firth were clear winners of their 3 x 3km relay, with Faye recording the fastest time of the day, and Lucy & Rebecca being 4th & 6th fastest. The 'B' team of Rachel Firth, Gina Vickers & Sophie Morgan also did well to finish 6th team. The U17 Mens team of Cameron Dye, George Heppinstall & Ben Read were 5th team, with Ben 2nd fastest overall.
In the road races for the younger athletes the U15 Girls team of Bethan Oates 4th, India Elliott 6th & Olivia Theaker 15th won gold medals, and there were good runs from Matthew Hill 2nd & Liam Grosse 5th in the U13 Boys race.
Download Results in Excel.

26th Aug 2013. New Club Outdoor 1000m Record from Charlene Thomas.
Charlene Thomas continued her rich vein of form by running a New Women's Club 1000m Record of 2 mins 42.30 secs, at the Gugl Games at Linz in Austria. She has run quicker indoors, last year in the USA, but this was a good performance finishing 3rd in a quality international field. Meeting Results.

24th/25th Aug 2013. Two Harriers Compete for Yorkshire at Inter Counties Championships.
Mikaela Harrison & Jenna Wheatman were selected to compete for Yorkshire in the CAU Inter Counties Championships at Bedford, helping Yorkshire finish 2nd in the women's competition. Mikaela finished an excellent 3rd in the 400m in 56.41s, after running 56.22s in the heats, and Jenna also did very well, throwing a season's best of 52.66m to finish 6th in the Hammer. Meeting Results.

21st Aug 2013. Thornes Park 5K Challenge Race 3.
Ethiopian Tesfaye Debele dominated the race once again, and so easily won the 3 race series. Steve Wilkinson was first Harrier home in 15th, and Emily Stevenson was our first lady in 20th, and 3rd lady to finish. Race Results.

17th/18th Aug 2013. Three Winners at the Northern U17/U15 T&F Championships.
At the Northern Athletics U17/U15 Track & Field Championships at Liverpool the club had just 3 medallists this year, but they were all gold medallists. Abigail Roberts won the U17 Pole Vault with 3.65m, Abby Ward won the U15 High Jump with 1.55m, and William Ingram won the U17 1500m S/C for the 2nd year in succession, in 4m 54.61s.
Results from Northern Athletics

18th Aug 2013. Paul Lockwood Returns from Injury with a Fast 10k.
Paul Lockwood had his first race of the year after a long spell out of action due to injury, and put in a good performance. He finished 3rd at the Birchwood 10k road race at Warrington, in a time of 32 mins 07 secs, which moves him into 2nd in this year's club rankings, just 2 seconds behind Jack Hallas. Race Results.

17th Aug 2013. Charlene Thomas in Action Again in BMC Grand Prix.
Charlene Thomas was in action again in the final BMC Grand Prix meeting of the season at Stretford, but the conditions were not conducive for good times, as she won the Ladies 1500m in 4m 14.30s. Amongst the other middle distance runners taking part, Sally Smith ran close to a Grade 1 with her 800m time of 2m 11.24s. Meeting Results.

14th Aug 2013. Thornes Park 5K Challenge Race 2.
Ethiopian Tesfaye Debele was the runaway winner once again, and Tony Smith was first Harrier home in 11th, one place ahead of U17 Faye Beckett who was 3rd lady to finish. Race Results.

13th Aug 2013. Annabel Mason Selected to Run for GB in World Mountain Running Champs.
As a result of finishing 2nd in the Trial race, it has been confirmed that Annabel Mason has been selected to run for the Great Britain & NI Junior team in the World Mountain Running Championships, which will be held in Poland on Sunday 8 September. Our congratulations to Annabel on her latest international selection. Report from British Athletics.

11th Aug 2013. Annabel Mason & Julie Briscoe Compete in World Mountain Running Trials.
The club's two reigning National Cross Country Champions Julie Briscoe and Annabel Mason competed in the World Mountain Running Championships Trial Race, at Whinlatter Forest near Keswick in the Lake District. National Vets Cross Country Champion Julie Briscoe was seeking new challenges this year, and in her first year attempting fell running did exceptionally well to finish 5th in the Senior Women's race, just one place away from GB team selection. National U17 Cross Country Champion Annabel Mason, who of course is a fell running specialist, finished an excellent 2nd in the Junior Women’s race, to ensure her place in the team.

10th/11th Aug 2013. Three Medallists at Yorkshire Combined Events Championships.

Four Harriers competed in the Yorkshire Combined Events Championships at Leeds Metropolitan University Carnegie Stadium, and all did well to complete the gruelling two days of competition. Lucy Holmes won the Senior Ladies Heptathlon with 3121 points, and Beth Porter was the winner of the Junior Ladies Heptathlon with 3680 points. George Brown finished 4th in the U20 Men’s Decathlon with a score of 4450 points, and Patrick Thackray finished 3rd in the U17 Men’s Octathlon with 3795 points. Download results in XL.

11th Aug 2013. New M60 Club 10 Mile Record from Peter Gooding at Askern 10.
Several Harriers took part in the Askern 10 Mile Road Race, the 12th round of the Club Distance Runners League Championship. The best performance was from Peter Gooding, who ran a New M60 10 Mile Club Record of 69 mins 48 secs, finishing 2nd M60 and beating his own record that he had set earlier in the year. M45 Paul Robinson was first Harrier home in 70th place in 67:58, and Nicky Steel was our first lady in 110th overall, and 3rd in the F35 category running 71:53. In the Distance League Joanne Biltcliffe is currently in the lead, ahead of Paul Robinson and Dave Brooke. Download Race Results.

7th Aug 2013. Thornes Park 5K Challenge Race 1.
There may not have been a huge turnout of runners for the first of the Thornes Park 5K Challenge series of races, but there certainly was some quality at the sharp end. The race was won by Ethiopian Tesfaye Debele in 15:33, and the ladies winner was of a similar high standard, with Wakefield's Julie Briscoe running 17:43 to finish 3rd overall. M50 Pete McNamara was first male Harrier home in 18:45, finishing 8th. Race Results.
The race was the 10th round of the Club Distance Runners League Championship, and had an encouraging 16 Harriers taking part.

6th Aug 2013. New Club 1500m Record from Charlene Thomas.
Charlene Thomas showed what she maybe could have done at the World Championships if she hadn't been brought down at the Trials, by running a New Women's Club 1500m Record of 4 mins 03.95 secs in a mixed BMC Gold Standard 1500m race at Stretford. This would have been a World Championship 'A' Standard, and places Charlene 2nd in the UK 2013 Women's 1500m Rankings, and also moves her up to 17th in the UK Women's All Time 1500m Rankings. Meeting Results.
As well as Charlene's wonderful run there were some other fine performances in the Trafford Grand Prix, including a PB and Grade 2 1500m time of 4m 32.25s from U20 Sally Smith. Meeting Results.

5th Aug 2013. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers in August.
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 Aug 2013. Club High Jump Record for Abby Ward in Yorkshire & District League.
The club hosted the fourth round of the new Yorkshire & District Track & Field League for young athletes at Thornes Park Stadium, and finished 2nd once again to Cleethorpes & District AC.
The highlight of the meeting was a New Club U15 High Jump Record of 1.68m from Abby Ward, which also breaks the U17 outdoor record of 1.67m set by Judith Payne in 1996, and equals the outright U17 record of 1.68m set indoors by Emily Mason in 2001. This is a superb performance which places Abby 2nd= in the UK 2013 U15 Girls High Jump Rankings.
Match Result :- Cleethorpes & District AC 368, Wakefield District H&AC 336, Halifax H&AC 270, Holmfirth H&AC 264.5. Full Results.

3rd Aug 2013. Annabel Mason Wins Yorkshire U18 Fell Running Title.
Annabel Mason took the U18 Women’s Yorkshire Fell Running title at the Hellifield Gala race. The under 18 race was incorporated with the senior race, and she also beat the Ladies course record, reducing it by 28 seconds. This was particularly pleasing for her, as the injury she has been carrying for the last two months has finally cleared up, and was a good boost to her confidence in the lead up to the trial race for the World Mountain Running Championships next Sunday. Link to Race Results and photos.

3rd Aug 2013. Wakefield Harriers Win Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 Title.

The club successfully hosted the final round of Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 at Thornes Park, and had a resounding victory with a huge points haul. This meant they were able to celebrate winning the league title by 4 clear points, a wonderful result for the club.
Scott Atkinson ran a New U20 Club 200m Record of 21.81 secs, beating Olympian Alan Bell's record of 21.9 secs, which he had held since 1975, and which Scott had equalled last year. The men's 4 x 100m Relay Team was made up entirely of U20 runners, and Scott Atkinson, William Rotherforth, James Ammon & James-Earl McBorough Equalled the U20 Club 4 x 100m Relay Record of 44.07 secs, which has stood since 1994.
As well as the 2 new club records, it was a great all round team performance, with athletes competing well in every single event. Amongst many excellent individual performances there were 'A' string wins by Mikaela Harrison (400m 56.37s & 400mH 63.13s), Sally Smith (800m 2m 09.95s), Jenna Wheatman (Hammer 51.91m), Rebecca Tolson (HJ 1.55m), Scott Atkinson (200m 21.81s), Alistair Robinson (800m 1m 57.86s), Kieran Thackray (Hammer 43.90m), Chiedu Ufodiama (Discus 39.75m), Mark Lindsay (Javelin 51.18m), & Matthew Sherring-Lucas (TJ 12.64m). In addition there was a Grade 1 performance from U17 James Ammon with 11.14s in the non-scoring 100m, and there were Grade 2 performances from Sally Smith (1st B 400m 57.39s), Lucy Holmes (2nd Shot 10.91m) & Vicki Greensmith (1st B Shot 10.64m). And then to round off a memorable afternoon there were exciting victories by both of the 4 x 400m Relay teams.
Match Result :- Wakefield Harriers 449, Kingston-U-Hull 387.5, Preston Harriers 309, Leigh Harriers 296.5, City of Manchester 271, Bolton 201.
Final League Standings :- Wakefield Harriers 21 (1533), City of Manchester 17 (1452), Kingston-U-Hull 17 (1441.5), Preston Harriers 16 (1337), Leigh Harriers 9 (1117), Bolton 5 (1016). Meeting Results.

31st Jul 2013. Sally Smith & Abigail Roberts Compete for England North U20 Team.
Sally Smith and Abigail Roberts were selected to compete for an England North U20 Team at Cardiff, in the Welsh Athletics International Meeting. Sally came an excellent 4th in the 800m in 2 mins 10.30 secs, close to her recent U20 club record, and Abigail also performed well, coming equal 3rd equal in the Pole Vault with 3.72m, again not far from her club record.

31st Jul 2013. ‘Flat Cap 5’ Off-Road Race Results.
Tony Audsley organised another successful ‘Flat Cap 5’ off-road race from Dewsbury, with 116 runners competing. Pete McNamara was first Harrier home, finishing 12th ahead of Selim Khan and Paul Robinson in 16th & 17th. Jacqui Khoueiry was first lady, and Joanne Biltcliffe 3rd lady home in 50th place overall. Race Results.
The race was the 9th round of the Club Distance Runners League Championship

28th Jul 2013. Club Win UK Youth Development U17/U20 League Northern Premier 2.
The club had another good result at the fourth match of the UK Youth Development U17/U20 League Northern Premier 2 Division at Spinkhill, finishing a good 2nd behind host club City of Sheffield. This means they have won this division, and so get promoted to the Northern Premier 1 Division for next season, so congratulations to all the team, and the team managers.
It was a great team effort, and there were good ‘A’ string victories from William Rotherforth (100m 11,52s), Scott Atkinson (200m 22.24s), James Saxton (1500m 4m 13.16s), Kieran Thackray (Hammer 47.59m), Ethan Plumb (Javelin 45.79m), Ben Read (U17 800m 1m 58.90s), George Heppinstall (U17 HJ 1.70m) & Alyce McCurdie (U17 Shot 9.04m & Hammer 23.67m).
Match Result :- City of Sheffield 629.5, Wakefield DH&AC 533, Kingdom Athletics 518.5, Leeds City AC 465, Team South of Humber 338, Team Forth Valley 318.
Final League Positions :- Wakefield DH&AC 21, City of Sheffield 20, Kingdom Athletics 17, Leeds City AC 13, Team South of Humber 8, Team Forth Valley 5.
Results from Power of 10.

27th Jul 2013. Sixth Round of West Yorkshire T&F League at Wakefield.
The good conditions helped the athletes to some good performances at the sixth and final round of the West Yorkshire Track & Field League at Thornes Park, with two league records being broken. The in-form Mikaela Harrison was the club's top performer, with her Grade 1 winning 400m run in 56.03 secs.
Bethany Porter ended up as the overall League Champion in the Junior/Senior Womens Competition, and Jessica Eyles was the U17 Womens winner, so congratulations to them both. Others to win league medals, which will be awarded at the League Championships on Sunday September 8th, are Patrick Thackray (2nd U17 Men), Bailey Mann (3rd U11 Boys), Alexander Rogers (3rd U15 Boys) & Stephen Thorpe (3rd Senior Men). Although this league is primarily a competition for individual athletes, it was still good to see Wakefield Harriers finishing top club overall once again.
Link to all
2013 Results and Cumulative Totals.

25th Jul 2013. Reindeer Romp Race 3 from Overton.
M50 vet Pete McNamara was first Harrier home in 11th place, and U17 Faye Beckett finished first lady one again, in 17th place overall out of 83 finishers. Race Results in XL.

21st Jul 2013. Superb 10k Victory from Julie Briscoe at Harrogate 10k.
For the 2nd year running Wakefield Harriers have supplied the ladies winner at the Harrogate 10k. Last year Charlene Thomas made her debut at the distance at Harrogate, winning easily, and this year it was the turn of Julie Briscoe, who came 10th overall in the superb time of 35 mins 02 secs, nearly 3 minutes clear of the next lady. Race Results.

20th Jul 2013. Several Harriers Compete for Yorkshire at the Northern Inter-Counties.
Five Wakefield Harriers were selected to represent Yorkshire at the Northern U15/U17 Inter-Counties Championships at Hull. Lucy Robinson was 5th in the U17W 1500m in 4m 55.57s, Andrew Jones 4th in the U17M Pole Vault with 3.50m, and Abby Ward 5th in the U17W Pole Vault. Alexander Rogers ran in the U15B 4x100m Relay, and Ben Read in the U17M Medley Relay. Meeting Results.

20th Jul 2013. Scott Atkinson Competes for Great Britain in European Junior Champs.
Scott Atkinson competed for Team GB at the European Junior Championships at Rieti in Italy as part of the 4x400m Relay Team, and with a strong second leg in the semi-final on the Saturday helped them reach the final. Unfortunately Scott didn't get to run in the final itself, but our congratulations nevertheless to Scott on his first international selection. Championship Website.

20th Jul 2013. Abigail Roberts Competes for England Schools in SIAB International.
Abigail Roberts was selected to compete for the England Schools team in the SIAB International, at Dublin in Ireland. She jumped superbly and won her Pole Vault competition, clearing a New Meeting Record of 3.80m, which equalled her club record. Our congratulations to Abigail on her first international selection.
Results from Power of 10.

17th Jul 2013. Nicky Steel First Lady at the Nostell Priory 10k Race.
There was quite a good turnout of Wakefield Harriers for the popular Nostell Priory 10k off-road race, organised by Ackworth Road Runners, and was the 8th round of the Club Distance Runners League Championship. Nicky Steel won the ladies prize and finished 31st overall, just ahead of 2nd claim member Jacqui Khoueiry, and Paul Robinson was first Harrier to finish in 21st position, out of well over 300 runners. Race Results.

16th Jul 2013. More Fast Middle Distance Times at Trafford Grand Prix.
At the latest Trafford Grand Prix at Stretford there were good 800m times from Alistair Robinson and Helen Singleton, recording 1m 56.96s and 2m 14.40s respectively.
Results from Power of 10.

14th Jul 2013. Disappointment for Charlene Thomas at British Championships.
Charlene Thomas has had many successes in her career, but seems to have had more than her fair share of bad luck with injuries and accidents, and disaster struck again at the Sainsbury British Championships at Birmingham, which incorporated the trials for the World Championships in Moscow. Well placed in the leading group in the 1500m final with 500m to go, she was brought crashing down to the track with Laura Weightman, and her World Championship dreams were over. Charlene had earlier won her 1500m heat in 4m 15.37s.
Also competing from the club were Mikaela Harrison (400m heats 56.11s), Sally Smith (800m heats 2m 14.20s) & Grace Eyles (200m heats 27.45s). Meeting Results.

14th Jul 2013. Harriers Competing at Jane Tomlinson's Leeds 10k.
A handful of Harriers competed in Jane Tomlinson's Leeds 10k, and in the hot conditions Nicky Steel did well to finish 12th lady in 41:40, with Helen McLeod recording 43:22. Martin Holding was first Harrier home in 40:49. Results from Power of 10.

8th Jul 2013. Scott Atkinson Selected to Compete for Great Britain.
As a result of his recent achievements and excellent form Scott Atkinson has been chosen to represent Team GB at the European Junior Championships in Rieti, Italy next week, as part of the 4x400m Relay Team. Our congratulation to Scott on his first international selection.

7th Jul 2013. Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 Match 3.
The senior team had another solid result at the third round of Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 at Sportcity in Manchester, finishing 3rd. The host club had many of their British League 'A' team competing, and ran out winners on this occasion, and with just one match remaining they are level with us at the top of the division, 3 points clear of the next team. However for the final round of the league at Wakefield the BAL is on the same day, so Manchester won't have those athletes available, and so we must be favourites now to win the title.
Amongst many good performances there were excellent 'A' string wins by Mikaela Harrison (400m 55.8s), Helen Singleton (800m 2m 13.2s & 1500m 4m 37.9s), Jenna Wheatman (Hammer 50.55m), Scott Atkinson (400m 48.4s) & Mark Lindsay (Javelin 52.51m), and also a Grade 2 performance from Lucy Holmes (3rd Shot 10.82m).
Match Result :- City of Manchester 409, Kingston-U-Hull 380, Wakefield Harriers 349, Preston Harriers 319, Leigh 293, Bolton 276. Meeting Results.

7th Jul 2013. Another New M60 Club Record from Peter Gooding at Eccup 10 Mile.
There were very hot conditions for this year's Eccup 10 Mile Road race, so times were generally much slower than usual. However Peter Gooding was the exception, as he improved on last year and ran a New M60 10 Mile Club Record of 71 mins 30 secs. Helen Beck was our first runner home in 108th overall out of 750 runners, in 70 mins 56 secs. It was also the 7th race in this year’s Club Distance Runners League Championship, and after her PB at Eccup Joanne Biltcliffe takes the lead. Race Results.

6th Jul 2013. Annabel Mason finishes 8th at European Mountain Running Championships.
Annabel Mason was once again selected to compete for the Great Britain Junior Women’s team at the European Mountain Running Championships, which this year were held at Borovets in Bulgaria. A recent injury meant that she wasn’t on her best form to successfully defend the title she won last year, but she still did exceptionally well to finish in 8th place, and 2nd runner home from Great Britain, and helped the Great Britain team finish 2nd, just 2 points behind Russia.
Link to race website

5th/6th Jul 2013. Two Silver Medals from Harriers at English Schools T&F Championships.
Wakefield Harriers were well represented again at the English Schools Track & Field Championships at Birmingham, and they produced some great performances, with 2 silver medals won. Scott Atkinson was close to his recent U20 club record when he came 2nd in the Senior Boys 400m with 47.97s, after running 48.99s in his heat. Abigail Roberts jumped close to her best in the Inter Girls Pole Vault with a superb 3.70m, and it took a championship best performance from the winner to beat her.
Other club members competing for West Yorkshire Schools were Kieran Thackray (11th Senior Boys Hammer 52.06m), William Rotherforth (7th ht Senior Boys 200m in 22.71s), Bethany Sharp (5th ht Senior Girls 400m Hurdles 68.92s), Rebecca Tolson (14th Inter Girls High jump 1.54m), Rebecca Firth (9th ht 1 Inter Girls 1500m 4m 48.96s), Lucy Robinson (9th ht 2 Inter Girls 1500m 4m 51.84s) and Ben Read (6th ht Inter Boys 800m 1m 59.65s).
Results from Power of 10 and ESAA website

3rd Jul 2013. Fifth Round of West Yorkshire T&F League at Cleckheaton.
There were some good competitions at the fifth round of the West Yorkshire Track & Field League at Cleckheaton, including one new league record, but Lucy Holmes was our only top grade performer with her Shot Putt of 10.60m.
With just one meeting to go Bethany Porter is well clear in the Junior/Senior Womens Competition, though three other Harriers also have excellent chances of winning the title in their categories. Jessica Eyles is just 1 point off the lead in the U17 Women, Patrick Thackray just 2 off the lead in the U17 Men, and Alexander Rogers is 3 points off the lead in the U15 Boys. Wakefield Harriers are almost certain to finish top club overall once again.
Link to all 2013 Results and Cumulative Totals.

3rd Jul 2013. Tom Coney finished 2nd in 800m at Inter Services Athletics Championships.
Tom Coney was representing The Army at the Inter Services Athletics Championships, and he was not far off his best when finishing 2nd in the 800m, running the fine time of 1m 56.14 secs.

2nd Jul 2013. Harriers Competing in Jane Tomlinson 5Km Canal Race.
Several Wakefield Harriers competed in the Jane Tomlinson 5Km Canal Race, organised by Rothwell Harriers at Methley. We didn't have the dominance we had last year, but Andrew Cartwright did well to come 3rd. Glenn Shelley was 17th and Selim Khan 20th.

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