Wakefield Harriers

2016 Club News July - September

25th Sep 2016. Northern Athletics Autumn Road Relay Championships.
The club had several teams of young athletes competing at the Northern Athletics Road Relay Championships at Sports City Manchester, and they all did well. Our best performers were the U13 Girls 'A' team of Suzanne Brooke, Lavinia Gavaghan & Emily Plimmer, who all ran strongly to finish an excellent 6th in their race. The 'B' team of Brodie Ashton, Summer Spence & Harriet Metcalfe also did well to come 28th. Suzanne was 12th fastest overall in the U13 age group. Best individual performance came from older sister Abbey, who was 4th fastest overall and the fastest Yorkshire runner in the U15 Girls age group, as she combined with new member Caitlan Wigglesworth & Yasmin Moorehead to finish 10th team. The U17 Mens team of Mark Bostock, Matthew Hill & Liam Grosse were 17th, and the U15 Boys team of Callum Gaunt, Josh Dawson & Bailey Mann finished 27th. The U17 Ladies team were one runner short, but Poppy Thorpe & Holly Kitching ran well. Race Results.

18th Sep 2016. Ivan Stringer Memorial Open Meeting at Cleckheaton.
Several Harriers were competing at the Ivan Stringer Memorial Open Meeting at Cleckheaton. Olivia Roe was in good form, running a PB of 10.2s in the U13G 75m, just 1/10th off the club record, and there was another Grade 1 from U15 Aran Thomas, with 3.40m in the Pole Vault. Rachel Crorken's U17W 200m in in 26.2s was a Grade 3, as was the Javelin throw of 48.22m from Luke Thackray. There were good performances too from M40 vets Anthony Swain with 44.96m in the Hammer, and from the evergreen Stephen Thorpe, who ran 11.8s in the 100m, his best since becoming an M40. Meeting results.

17th/18th Sep 2016. British Masters AF Championships at Birmingham.
The club had two athletes competing at the British Masters AF Championships at Birmingham, and both came away with medals. Andrew Cartwright finished 2nd in the M40 800m in 2m 05.11s, and Lynsie Whyke also picked up a couple of medals, winning the F35 Triple Jump with a leap of 10.20m, and finishing 3rd in the F35 Long Jump with 4.65m. Results from Power of 10

18th Sep 2016. Yorkshire Road Relay Championships at Wakefield.
After an absence of a couple of years, the Yorkshire Road Relay Championships was revived, and was held in glorious sunshine at Thornes Park in Wakefield. It was a successful day for Wakefield Harriers, with the club winning team medals in 4 of the 8 races.

In the relay races the senior men's A team of James Saxton, Matthew O'Connor, Stewart Knowles & Chris Ward won team bronze, after James had got them off to a flying start, running the fastest time of the day. The ladies A team of Hayley Newbound, Nicky Steel, Lucy Robinson & Faye Beckett were 5th, with Faye recording 8th best time of the day. The U17 ladies' team of India Elliott, Poppy Thorpe & Holly Kitching won team bronze, with India 4th fastest overall, whilst the U17 men's team of Mark Bostock, Matthew Hill & Liam Grosse were 4th team, with Mark 4th fastest overall.
In the road races for the younger athletes, Abbey Brooke was a clear winner in the U15 girl's race, and with Caitlan Wiggleworth 11th & Yasmin Moorhead 12th the team won silver, just losing out by one point. The U15 boy's team of Callum Gaunt, Bailey Mann & Daniel Kesete were 7th. In the U13 girl's race Suzanne Brooke 2nd and Emily Plimmer 3rd won individual medals, and with Lavinia Gavaghan 7th the team were clear winners. For the U13 boys Alexander Bostwick finished 16th
Here are the results of all the races :-
Relays :- Junior/Senior Men, Junior/Senior Women, U17 Men, U17 Women,
Races :- U15 Boys, U15 Girls, U13 Boys, U13 Girls.

17th Sep 2016. Yorkshire Vets Cross Country Championships.
Disappointingly we had no teams from Wakefield competing this year, but here are the results of the Yorkshire Vets Cross Country Championships, held at Nunroyd Park.
Men 35-49 results , Men 50-69 results , Women Over 35 & Men Over 70 results.

16th Sep 2016. Our Club President John Newsome Passes Away.

It is with the greatest sadness that we have to report that our long serving Club President John Newsome has passed away, at the age of 74, following a stroke. John was a stalwart of the club, holding many positions over the years, and it is hard to imagine Wakefield Harriers without him.
A formidable marathon runner who during his long and distinguished racing career won many top honours, including the Yorkshire marathon title no fewer than 7 times! He also won the Northern marathon title before gaining his first Great Britain vest in the Ultava International in Czechoslovakia in 1968. He went on to win this race for 4 consecutive years.
Amongst his many titles were 4 Yorkshire 20 Mile championships and the London to Brighton race. He also recorded some excellent long distance times on the track, and his marathon best of 2hrs 16min 7 secs set in Prague in 1970 remains the club record.

13th Sep 2016. Former International Decathlete Bob Walker Passes Away.
The club was saddened to hear that Bob Walker passed away at the weekend. Bob was our oldest international athlete, and our first multi-events international athlete, and still holds the Club Decathlon Record, which has stood since 1963. Bob's funeral is on Monday 26th September, with a service at Wakefield Crematorium at 1.00pm
Read a Tribute to Bob Walker written by Club President John Newsome.

11th Sep 2016. Douglas Bedford Memorial Open Meeting & Club Championships.
As last year, we had excellent weather for the Douglas Bedford Memorial Open Meeting, which also incorporated the Club Track & Field Championships.
Not all events were contested by Wakefield athletes, but those winning club championship titles were as follows :-
U11 Girls :- 80m - Maddy Horton 12.34s, 600m - Ella Antel-Smith 2m 13.51s, LJ - Maddy Horton 3.40m, SP - Milly Goodison 4.76m.
U13 Girls :- 100m - Olivia Roe 13.40s, 200m - Olivia Roe 28.63s, 800m - Suzanne Brooke 2m 34.51s, HJ Amy Hunt - 1.20m, LJ - Erin Hunt 3.82m, SP - Olivia Roe 8.30m.
U15 Girls :- 100m - Amelia Bunton 12.86s, 200m - Amelia Bunton 26.62s, 800m - Abbey Brooke 2m 26.56s, HJ - Mollie Gilbert 1.45m, LJ - Keira Wareing 4.31m, SP - Faye Page 7.54m.
U17 Women :- 100m - Leonie Ashmeade 12.41s, 200m - Leonie Ashmeade 25.74s, 300m - Rachel Crorken 41.25s, 800m - India Elliott 2m 31.29s, 1500m - Abbey Brooke 5m 01.81s, 3000m - Holly Kitching 12m 28.34s, HJ Gabrielle Dyson 1.45m, LJ - Holly Burrell 4.83m, JT - Poppy Thorpe 19.92m, SP - Rachel Crorken 7.93m.
U20 Women :- 400m - India Elliott 66.63s, 800m - Hayley Newbound 2m 33.33s, 1500m - Hayley Newbound 5m 34.82s, LJ - Hayley Newbound 3.98m, DT - Alyce McCurdie 26.38m, HT - Alyce McCurdie 27.11m, JT - Alyce McCurdie 20.25m, SP - Alyce McCurdie 9.51m.
Senior Women :- 3000m - Faye Beckett 10m 37.62s, DT Jennifer Ibbitson 25.85m, HT Jennifer Ibbitson 28.63m, JT - Lucy Holmes 24.95m, SP - Lucy Holmes 10.94m.
U11 Boys :- 80m - Reuben St Ange 12.12s, 600m - Benjamin Shackleton 2m 08.62s, LJ - Reuben St Ange 3.59m, SP - Harrison Veitch 3.99m.
U13 Boys :- 100m - Isaac St Ange 14.00s, 200m - Leo Jones 29.81s, 800m - Luke Bannister 2m 48.42s, HJ - Alfie Edwards 1.35, LJ - Alfie Edwards 4.33m, SP - Michael Flood 7.58m.
U15 Boys :- 100m - Harvey Thorpe 12.79s, 200m - Thomas Wood 25.49s, 800m - Bailey Mann 2m 29.19s, HJ - Aran Thomas 1.55m, LJ - Aran Thomas 5.29m, SP - Aran Thomas 12.03m.
U17 Men :- 100m - Morgan Jasiok 11.98s, 200m - Morgan Jasiok 24.27s, 400m - Miles Sizer 55.60s, 800m - Mark Bostock 2m 06.01s, 1500m - Mark Bostock 4m 32.06s, 3000m - Liam Grosse 10m 27.97s, HJ - Liam Grosse 1.45m, DT - Matthew Hill 15.68m.
U20 Men :- 100m - Alfie West 11.36s, 200m - Alfie West 22.90s, HJ - Bobby Jukes 1.75m.
Senior Men :- 100m - Stephen Thorpe 11.92s, 200m - Benjamin Mitchell 24.17s, 400m - Andrew Cartwright 56.35s, 800m Andrew Cartwright 2m 06.07s, 3000m - Chris Rippon 10m 52.78s, HJ - James Shaw 1.60m, LJ - James Shaw 5.67m, DT - James Shaw 26.15m, HT - Anthony Swain 43.20m, JT - Mark Lindsay 44.58m, SP - James Shaw 9.69m. Meeting Results

11th Sep 2016. Some Good Half Marathon Times at Vale of York.
On a beautiful morning there were some excellent Half Marathon times and lots of PBs achieved at the Vale of York Half Marathon, from Sherburn in Elmet. Race Results. New member Paul Marchant shot straight to the top of this year's club rankings, finishing a superb 4th and first M40 in 72:58. Stephen Tilford improved his PB to 75:22, Stewart Knowles cracked 80 mins for the first time with 78:32, and Ben Butler was next home in 80:20. All the ladies who ran recorded PBs, with Nicky Steel 120th overall and 2nd in the F35 category with 88:02, Joanne Biltcliffe running 96:30, and Rebecca Zserdicky 99:29, to move up the All Time Road Running Rankings.
The race was also the 14th round of the Club Distance Runners League Championship, where Faye Beckett still leads, ahead of Chris Rippon and Hugh Allen.

8th Sep 2016. Some Great Performances from Aran Thomas in Europe.
Aran Thomas has just returned from Europe where he has been representing Kirklees in two championships. On the 3rd of Sep he competed in the 25th Trofeo Citta Di Majano Games in Italy. This was an international competition with teams from across Europe competing. The ages are different to the UK as they are grouped by year of birth, so U15 and U17 compete against one another. Aran competed in the discus throwing the heavier 1.5k and finished with an excellent 4th place with an U17 grade 3 throw of 34.24m. Results Link. Aran then travelled to Brno in the Czech Republic where he competed over two days in the European Youth Games, again competing against the older age groups. Again teams came from across Europe with around 1,500 athletes competing. Aran had some good results with PBs as follows:- JT 6th with 46.11m a grade 1, 60m 7.84s a grade 3 & 300m 40.15s a grade 3. He also competed in the SP 12.71m a grade 1 (4th overall), HJ 1.54m a grade 4, LJ 5.24m (into a 5m/s head wind) a grade 4, and the 4 x 60m relay. Download Results.

8th Sep 2016. Wakefield Harriers Annual General Meeting.
The Wakefield Harriers Annual General Meeting is on Monday 3rd October at 7 pm at Thornes Park Stadium. This is your chance to have your say about the running of the club, and to choose the Committee members for the next 12 months. The club really does need some new people to come forward, to help with the organisation of the club, and the events it puts on.
All nominations for Committee positions should be given to Club Secretary Sally Holmes before the meeting. The AGM is open to all Club Members.

7th Sep 2016. Helpers Required for the September Open Meeting
The club needs helpers for the September Open Meeting on Sunday, to assist the Track and Field Officials. So any parents, friends, or non-competing athletes, who are able to help out on the day, please let John Newsome or Sally Holmes know. And there will be a nice buffet lunch provided for all those officiating!

5th Sep 2016. Athletes of the Month for August - The Senior Track & Field Team.

For winning the Northern Track & Field League for the 4th year in a row, the Senior Track & Field team have been chosen as our Athletes of the Month. Well done team!

5th Sep 2016. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers in September.
Here's the list of people that have been accepted into membership by Wakefield Harriers at the September monthly Committee Meeting. A lot of new members this month, so please welcome them all to the club.
List of New Members.

4th Sep 2016. West Yorkshire Track & Field League Championships.
There wasn't a huge turnout for this year's West Yorkshire Track & Field League Championships at Cleckheaton, but there were a few Wakefield medallists, and a Grade 2 throw of 11.58m in the senior shot from Lucy Holmes, and a Grade 3 jump of 5.35m from Lydia Brooke.
Results from Cleckheaton :- Mens and Womens.

4th Sep 2016. 2016 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. Both teams did well, with the men finishing 8th and the ladies team 26th overall out of the 50 competing teams. The ladies were 3rd in their category, and Nicky Steel and Julie Briscoe took the prize for the fastest ladies pairing on leg 1. Our most successful men's pairing were Craig Heppenstall and Chris Hunter, 3rd fastest on leg 3.
Race Results from Kippax Harriers.

27th Aug 2016. Julie Briscoe 2nd at World Masters Mountain Running Champs.

Julie Briscoe had a great run to finish 2nd for the Great Britain team at the World Masters Mountain Running Championships, at Susa in Italy, as British runners finished in the first three places in the Women's event over 6.55 Km. Julie is pictured on the left with Lou Roberts 1st and Kirsty Hall 3rd. Race Results.

27th/28th Aug 2016. England Athletics U15/U17 Championships.
Several of the club's leading young athletes were competing at the England Athletics U15/U17 Championships at Bedford. In the U17 Women's events Rachel Crorken was 7th in the 300m in 41.45s, after running a PB of 40.84s in the heats, Emily Tinsley came 9th equal in the HJ with a leap of 1.60m, and Leonie Ashmeade came 4th in the semi-final of the 100m in 12.63s. In the U15 Girl's events Abbey Brooke ran 4m 55.87s in the heats of the 1500m and in the U15 Boy's events Aran Thomas was 4th in the Discus with 38.61m and 6th in the PV with 3.31m. Results from Power of 10.

20th/21st Aug 2016. Aran Thomas Wins EA Combined Events Championships.

Aran Thomas competed in the England Athletics Combined Events Championships at Bedford, winning the U15 Octathlon held over two days. The event also included the Northern Counties Combined Events Championships, so he took the Northern Counties title as well as the British one, with a total points tally of 4116, 144 points clear of second place. Aran's performances were 100m 12.48s, HJ 1.56m (PB), 400m 59.02s (PB) & JT 44.04m (PB) on day 1, and 80mH 13.16s (PB), PV 3.11m, DT 40.60m & 1000m 3m 14.7s (PB) on day 2. It was an outstanding achievement, and easily a new club record, so congratulations to Aran.
Download Meeting Results and link to report from England Athletics

19th Aug 2016. David Atkinson Passes Away.
The club was saddened to hear that at the age of 79 David Atkinson passed away last week, after battling cancer. He was a very accomplished runner in his day, and was part of the very strong distance running squad at the club a few decades ago. He also ran for the RAF during his National Service, and for the British Fire Service at national level. He was a long time servant of the club on the Committee, and also served the community for many years as a councillor, culminating in him becoming Mayor of Wakefield in 2003. His funeral will be at Wakefield Cathedral on 30th August at 11:30.

18th Aug 2016. West Yorkshire Cross Country League Dates.
Here are the dates for this year's West Yorkshire Cross Country League :-
2nd October – Wakefield, 30th October – Nunroyd, 20th November - Spenborough, 4th December – Keighley.
The cost is £12 for Senior & U20 runners, and £6 for the younger age groups, for the 4 race series. Entries have to be done by the club, so please see your team manager or coach if you want to take part.
Please note that the first race at Thornes Park incorporates the Club Cross Country Championships, so to compete in that you must enter the League, and there are NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY. Winners in all age groups will receive a trophy, with medals also for the first three home.

13th/14th Aug 2016. 5 Medals at Northern U13/U15/U17 Championships.
At the Northern Athletics U13/U15/U17 Track & Field Championships at Middlesbrough the club had a few athletes competing, and they came away with five medals between them. U15 Aran Thomas bagged three of those medals, coming 2nd in the Discus with a throw of 39.11m, 2nd in the Pole Vault with a leap of 3.35m, 3rd in the Shot with 12.32m, as well as coming 6th in the LJ with 5.59m. Rebecca Sheppard won silver in the U17 Womens 3000m in 10m 54.67s, and U13 Olivia Roe won bronze in the 100m in 13.44s and came 4th in the Shot with 7.68m. Suzanne Brooke also did well to finish 6th in the U13 Girls 800m in 2m 28.27s. Results from Northern Athletics

14th Aug 2016. New Club M65 10 Mile Record for Peter Gooding.
Peter Gooding improved his club M65 record over 10 miles, as he ran 71 mins 54 sec at the Askern 10. Nicky Steel improved her 10 mile PB to 67:55, as she finished 4th lady, ahead of Katie McHale with 70:32. Nicky moves up to 7th in the club all-time list. 2nd claim member Adam Peers finished 3rd overall in 54:38, and M40 Stewart Knowles was just over the hour with 60:06. Race Results.

7th Aug 2016. Northern Athletics U15 & U17 Inter Counties Match

Six U15 & U17 Wakefield Harriers were chosen to compete for Yorkshire in the Northern Athletics Inter Counties match at Hull, and they all competed well, helping the Yorkshire team to victory.
In the U17 Women's events Leonie Ashmeade won the 100m B race in 13.01s, Rachel Crorken won the 300m B race in 42.34s, and Emily Tinsley won the B High Jump with a 1.55m clearance. For the U15 Girls Amelia Bunton came 3rd in the 100m A race in 13.19s & won the 200m B race in 27.16s, and Tamara Miller finished 2nd in the 100m B race in 13.50s. In the U15 Boys Shot Aran Thomas finished 2nd with 13.47m & came 3rd in the Hammer with 29.98m. Meeting Results.

7th Aug 2016. Nicky Steel 3rd Lady in Asda Foundation York 10K
Nicky Steel finished 3rd Lady and 133rd overall in the Asda Foundation York 10K, in a time of 40 mins 20 secs. Race Results.

6th Aug 2016. Wakefield Harriers Win Northern Mens & Womens League Title

Victory in the final match means that Wakefield Harriers have now won the Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 title for the 4th year running. This is a marvellous achievement, so well done to all the athletes who've competed for the team this season, and congratulations to team managers Sally Holmes and Richard Gayle for a job well done.
Final League Positions :- Wakefield Harriers 20, Preston Harriers 18, West Cheshire 14, City of Sheffield 13, Kingston-U-Hull 13, Blackburn 6.

6th Aug 2016. Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 Match 4.
At the 4th and final match of the Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 at Blackburn, the club won the match to clinch the League Title once again. It was great all round team effort, with many athletes competing in several events to score points for the club.
There were individual 'A' string victories from Alfie West (200m 22.4s), Scott Atkinson (400m 51.1s), Chris Harris (TJ 12.90m), Amanda Shaw (200m 24.7s) & Lydia Brooke (LJ 5.51m). Both of the ladies relay teams were victorious, with Racheal Shaw, Faye Mitchell, Lucy Holmes & Amanda Shaw taking the 4 x 100m event in 50.2s, and Holly Kitching, Lucy Robinson, Racheal Shaw & Amanda Shaw easily winning the 4 x 400m relay in 3m 58.9s. The mens 4 x 400m relay team of Dale Worton, Matthew O'Connor, Scott Atkinson & Ben Read also won in 3m 29.2s.
There was also a Grade 1 performances from Amanda Shaw (2nd A 100m 12.2s), Grade 2 performances from Racheal Shaw (1st B 200m 25.4s & 2nd A 400m 57.7s), Jenna Wheatman (2nd Hammer 46.87m) & Lucy Holmes (2nd Shot 11.39m), and Grade 3 performances from U20 Alfie West (2nd 100m 11.3s), Kieran Thackray (2nd A HT 45.99m), Anthony Swain (1st B HT 45.61m), Ethan Plumb (3rd JT 49.80m) & Faye Mitchell (1st B 100m 12.7s).
Download Results in pdf
Match Result :- Wakefield Harriers 412, Preston Harriers 389, West Cheshire 366, Kingston-U-Hull 340, Blackburn 333, City of Sheffield 257.

3rd Aug 2016. ‘Flat Cap 5’ Off-Road Race Results.
Several Harriers competed in the popular ‘Flat Cap 5’ off-road race from Dewsbury. Peter McNamara was first Harrier home, finishing 19th overall and 1st M50, just ahead of Chris Rippon. Jacqui Khoueiry was our first lady home in 39th place, ahead of Hayley Newbound.
Race results from Dewsbury Road Runners.
The race was the 13th round of the Club Distance Runners League Championship, where Faye Beckett still leads and Chris Rippon is now 2nd.

1st Aug 2016. Our Athlete of the Month for July - Charlene Thomas.

For finishing 3rd in the Olympic Trials and gaining the 1500m qualifying time for Rio, although very unluckily too late to be selected for the Games, Charlene Thomas has been chosen as our Athlete of the Month. Well done Charlene!

30th/31st Jul 2016. England Athletics Senior AAA Championships
Four Wakefield Harriers were competing at the CAU Inter-County Championships at Bedford, which incorporated the England Athletics Senior AAA Championships. Amanda Shaw did very well to come 7th in the 200m in 24.91s, after running 24.63s in the heats. Amanda also ran 12.38s & Faye Mitchell 12.83s in the heats of the 100m. Racheal Shaw ran 57.83s in the heats of the 400m, and Mikaela Harrison ran 63.78s in the heats of the 400m Hurdles. Meeting Results.

31st Jul 2016. Fast 10k Time from Faye Beckett
Faye Beckett recorded a fine new PB at the Great Grimsby 10K, finishing 2nd lady and 33rd overall in a time of 37 mins 31 secs. Race Results.

31st Jul 2016. Sixth Round of West Yorkshire T&F League at Wakefield.
The sixth and final round of the West Yorkshire Track & Field League was held at Thornes Park Stadium. Olivia Roe was the leading performer with her Grade 3 time of 12.40s in the 70m Hurdles, and she also won the Discus to help her win the League title in the U13 Girls age group. Aran Thomas ended up a clear League winner in the U15 Boys, and Mark Bostock and Liam Grosse ended up being joint winners in the U17 Mens category, with the same number of points.
Wakefield Harriers were once again overall West Yorkshire T&F League Champions, so well done to all those who took part.
Results and League Tables from WYT&F League website.

30th Jul 2016. Julie Briscoe Gains another England Vest.
Julie Briscoe gained another England vest at the British Athletics Fell Running Championships, which incorporated the Senior Home Country Internationals. She finished 11th in the 7.7Km race from Keswick, which included over 2600 ft of climbing up Skiddaw. On August 27th she will be competing in the World Masters Mountain Running Championships in Italy. Race Results.

23rd Jul 2016. Olivia Roe Close to U13 Girls 70m Hurdles Club Record.
Olivia Roe was very close to the U13 Girls 70m Hurdles Club Record of 12.1 secs, as she recorded 12.17s at the Derbyshire Mini League meeting at Derby. This is the best ever electrical time recorded by a club member. Meeting Results.

20th Jul 2016. Harriers Win Both Team Prizes at Nostell Priory 10k.

Wakefield Harriers were to the fore at the popular Nostell Priory 10k off-road race, with team victories by both the men and women. The men were particularly dominant, with 4 in the first 6, led home by Ben Butler in 2nd, Chris Ward 3rd, Stewart Knowles 4th, and 16-year old Mark Bostock having an excellent run to finish 6th. Faye Beckett ran superbly to win the ladies race, and with Nicky Steel 4th and Joanne Biltcliffe 10th the ladies also took the team prize. Race Results.
The race was also the 12th round of the Club Distance Runners League Championship , where Faye Beckett still leads over Hugh Allen.

19th Jul 2016. Club Online Clothing Store is now Open Again.
The club online clothing store is now open again, where you can buy running gear with the club logo on. Here's the link to Spell Sports. Note that club vests continue to be sold from the Club Cabin at the side of the track.

19th Jul 2016. Excellent 800m Times Recorded at Stretford.
In the warm and still conditions there were some excellent 800m times recorded at the Trafford AC Grand Prix meeting at Stretford. In the BMC Gold Standard Races James Saxton ran a big 800m PB of 1 min 51.51 secs, to move up to 6th on the club all-time list. Meeting Results.
In the supporting races there were also good 800m PBs for Matthew O'Connor with 1m 58.01s and for M40 Andrew Cartwright with 2m 04.91s, whilst U20 Lucy Robinson was close to her best with 2m 14.38s. Meeting Results.

17th Jul 2016. Yorkshire & District League Match 4, Wakefield.
At the fourth and final round of the Yorkshire & District League at Thornes Park Stadium, another good team performance from the young athletes saw them finish 2nd, and thus finish 2nd in the league behind Cleethorpes & District AC.
There were Grade 3 or higher performances from Thomas Wood (U15B 200m 22.4s), Aran Thomas (U15B LJ 5.68m, SP 12.78m & JT 41.28m), Isaac St Ange (U13B 150m 21.2s), Alfie Edwards (U13B LJ 4.42m), Leonie Ashmeade (U17L 100m 12.7s & 200m 26.2s), Emily Tinsley (U17W HJ 1.63m), Amelia Bunton (U15G 100m 12.8s & 200m 26.1s), Mollie Gilbert (U15G HJ 1.50m) and Olivia Roe (U13G 75m 10.4s, 70mH 12.5s & HJ 1.30m).
Match Result :- Cleethorpes & District AC 663, Wakefield District Harriers & AC 591, Halifax Harriers & 404, Skyrac AC 216. Results in pdf.

16th/17th Jul 2016. Abby Ward Comes 7th at European Youth Championships.
Abby Ward was selected to compete for Great Britain at the inaugural European Athletics Youth Championships, which took place at Tbilisi in Georgia. She finished in 7th place with a leap of 1.75m, after clearing 1.78m in the heats. Results page link.

16th Jul 2016. Julie Briscoe Runs for England in Snowdon Race.
Julie Briscoe was selected to run for an England team at the Snowdon International Mountain Race, over about 10 miles and including 3300 ft of climbing. She finished 10th lady in 1hr 29 mins. Race Results.

16th Jul 2016. Charlene Thomas Finally Beats Olympic Qualifying Time.
Charlene Thomas finally beat the Olympic Qualifying Time of 4m 07.0s for the 1500m, as she ran a superb 4m 05.98s to finish 2nd at the KBC Night of Athletics at Heusden-Zolderin Belgium. But sadly this came too late for her to be selected for Rio.

13th Jul 2016. Fifth Round of West Yorkshire T&F League at Cleckheaton.
At the fifth round of the West Yorkshire Track & Field League at Cleckheaton there were some good results. Aran Thomas was back to winning ways with a Grade 1 throw of 43.13m in the U15 Boys Discus, Olivia Roe ran a Grade 2 time of 20.60s in the U13 Girls 150m, and U15 Mollie Gilbert, in her first year in the event, recorded a Grade 2 in the High Jump with 1.55m. Lucy Holmes was the leading senior athlete, winning the Shot with another Grade 2 throw of 11.54m.
After five meetings Wakefield Harriers are still leading the club standings, and individually Aran Thomas is well clear in the U15 Boys, and Liam Grosse now leads the U17 Men ahead of Mark Bostock. Millie Goodison heads the U11 Girls, and Olivia Roe still leads the U13 Girls.
Results and League Tables from WYT&F League website.

10th Jul 2016. Good Results at Asda Foundation Leeds 10K.
Ben Butler continued his good form with a 12th place finish at the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K, recording 34:51. Nicky Steel finished 3rd lady and first F35 in 40:25, and M50 Chris Rippon also had a good run, recording 39:24. Race Results.

9th Jul 2016. Charlene Thomas Just Misses Olympic Qualifying Time Again.
Charlene Thomas made another attempt to get the Olympic Qualifying Time of 4m 07.0s for the 1500m, but once again she just missed out, as she ran 4m 07.48 to finish 2nd at the Guldendensporen Meeting at Kortrijk in Belgium.
Meanwhile at the BMC Grand Prix at Solihull, James Saxton ran a fast 1m 53.41s in the 800m, Dale Worton improved his season's best in the 1500m to 3m 58.90s, and Matthew O'Connor ran a PB of 4m 02.58s. Meeting Results.

8th/9th Jul 2016. English Schools Track & Field Championships.
Eight members of the club were performing for their Schools Counties at the English Schools Championships at Gateshead, and all competed with distinction. Highest placed finisher was Aran Thomas, who came 4th in the JB Discus with a throw of 37.86m. Lucy Robinson finished 11th in the SG 1500m in 4m 42.71s, and Abbey Brooke came 11th in the heats of the JG 1500m in 4m 57.82s. The three sprinters all reached the semi-final stage, with Alfie West finishing 6th in the SB 100m in 11.13s, Leonie Ashmeade 8th in the IG 100m in 12.52s, after running 12.46s in the heats, and Amelia Bunton 5th in the JG 100m in 12.61s. Emily Tinsley finished 15th in the IG High Jump with 1.59m, and Rachel Crorken ran 42.78s in the heats of the IG 300m. Our congratulations to them all.
Results from ESAA website.

5th Jul 2016. Ben Butler and Hayley Newbound Star in Methley 5K Canal Race.
Ben Butler and Hayley Newbound were the club's star performers in the Jane Tomlinson Methley 5K Canal Race, with Ben finishing 2nd overall, and the fast improving Hayley finishing first lady. Race Results.

4th Jul 2016. Our Athletes of the Month for June - Racheal & Amanda Shaw.

For their huge contribution to the Senior Track & Field team, and for winning medals at the Northern Championships, Racheal Shaw & Amanda Shaw have been chosen as our Athletes of the Month. Well done Racheal & Amanda!

4th Jul 2016. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers in July.
Here's the list of people that have been accepted into membership by Wakefield Harriers at the July monthly Committee Meeting. Please welcome them all to the club.
List of New Members.

3rd Jul 2016. Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 Match 3.
At the 3rd match of the Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 at Ellesmere Port the senior track & field team had another good result, finishing 2nd in another close match.
There were individual 'A' string victories from Scott Atkinson (200m 22.6s), Chris Harris (TJ 12.64m), Amanda Shaw (200m 25.0s), Racheal Shaw (400m 56.9s) & Lucy Holmes (SP 11.66m). The mens relay teams were also victorious, with James-Earl McBorrough, Alfie West, Ben Mitchell & Nathaniel Davis taking the 4 x 100m event in 44.3s, and Nathaniel Davis, James Saxton, Scott Atkinson & Ben Read winning the 4 x 400m in 3m 28.8s. The ladies team of Holly Kitching, Hayley Newbound, Racheal Shaw & Amanda Shaw were also well clear in the 4 x 400m relay in 4m 10.8s.
There were also Grade 2 performances from Amanda Shaw (2nd 100m 12.4s) & Jenna Wheatman (2nd HT 47.87m), and Grade 3 performances from Kieran Thackray (3rd HT 45.37s) & Racheal Shaw (1st B 100m 12.7s & 1st B 200m 25.8s).
Match Result :- Preston Harriers 391, Wakefield Harriers 378, West Cheshire 344, Kingston-U-Hull 318, Sheffield & Dearne 316, Blackburn 289.
In what has been a close division once again, after 3 good results the club now tops the league, with just one match to go.
League Standings :- Wakefield Harriers 14 (1139), Preston Harriers 13 (1067), Sheffield & Dearne 12 (1127), Kingston-U-Hull 10 (1030), West Cheshire 10 (1009), Blackburn 4 (875).
Download Match Results

3rd Jul 2016. New Club M65 10 Mile Record for Peter Gooding.
Peter Gooding, who captured most of the M60 road running club records in recent years, claimed his first M65 record, as he ran 72 mins 44 sec at the Eccup 10, near Leeds. Race Results.

1st Jul 2016. Charlene Thomas Just Misses Olympic Qualifying Time.
Charlene Thomas must have been the unluckiest athlete at last week's Olympic Trials, as she finished an excellent 3rd in the 1500m, but as she didn't have the qualifying times for either the European Championships or the Olympic Games she wasn't in the initial team selections for either. But at a meeting in Barcelona in Spain she achieved the time required for the Europeans, as she ran 4m 07.07s, which just missed the Olympic Qualifying Time by 7/100ths of a second! Unfortunately her performance came too late to be selected for Amsterdam.

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