Wakefield Harriers

2017 Club News January - March

31st Mar 2017. New Club 5000m Record for Amy-Eloise Neale.
American based club member Amy-Eloise Neale has been producing a superb set of results in the U.S. She has run 4 separate indoor Mile races, with her best time being 4 minutes 34.15 secs, not too far from Charlene Thomas's club record. On 31st March she competed for her university in the 5000m at the Stanford Invitational Meeting at Palo Alto in California, and at her first attempt at the distance won the race in a New Ladies Club 5000m Record of 15 minutes 39.30 seconds, beating Aine Hoban's previous record from 2007. Race Results.

19th Mar 2017. Round Up of Leading Road Running Performances.
Sunday was a busy day for road races, so it's a shame the windy conditions made it difficult to record fast times, but there were still some fine performances.
At the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10k Jennifer Walsh was a clear winner of the ladies prize in 36:28, and Dale Worton had his first race over the distance, finishing 5th in 34:24. Race Results.
At the Thirsk 10 Mile road race Ben Butler continued his fine form, finishing in 16th place with a time of 57:02. Joanne Biltcliffe also recorded a big new PB with 70:19, finishing 17th lady and 181st overall out of 1000 runners. Race Results.
A few Harriers were using the East Hull Harriers 20 Mile Road Race as part of their London Marathon preparations, and had very encouraging runs. First home was M45 Daz Hewitt in 2 hrs 23:56, and Louise Taylor wasn't far behind, finishing 4th lady in 2 hrs 27:02. Race Results.

18th Mar 2017. Ten Harriers at English Schools Cross Country Championships.
Wakefield Harriers had ten runners representing West Yorkshire at the English Schools Cross Country Championships, at the Norfolk County Showground, Norwich, with at least one runner in each of the 6 age groups. Abbey Brooke was first counter for West Yorkshire in the Intermediate Girls race in an excellent 13th place, and Yasmin Moorehead finished 227th in the same race, whilst Matthew Hill was 72nd and 2nd counter in the Intermediate Boys race. India Elliott finished 85th in the Senior Girls race, and Mark Bostock 310th in Senior Boys race. In the Junior Girls event Wakefield Harriers made up half of the team of 8 runners, with Emily Plimmer finishing 90th, Suzie Brooke 100th, Caitlan Wigglesworth 201st & Lavinia Gavaghan 254th. Bailey Mann was 198th in the Junior Boys race, and our congratulations to them all for their county selections.
Race Results from ESAA and from Power of 10

12th Mar 2017. Pontefract AC Indoor Athletics Meeting.
A good number of Wakefield athletes turned out at the Indoor Athletics Meeting organised by Pontefract AC at Thornes Park Stadium. Results from Power of 10

11th/12th Mar 2017. New Club U17 Heptathlon Record for Aran Thomas.
Two of Wakefield's talented all-round athletes competed at the England Athletics U15/U17 Combined Events Championships at Sheffield. In his first season as an U17 Aran Thomas gained PBs in six of his seven events, and won the Northern Counties title, coming 12th overall in the national event. His points total of 4002 was a New Club U17 Heptathlon Record. Aran's results were 60m 7.73s, LJ 5.80m, SP 12.81m, HJ 1.67m, 60mH 9.97s, PV 3.61m & 1000m 3:08.41. For U15 Olivia Roe this was her first multi-events competition, but unfortunately an injury in the High Jump meant she couldn't complete all five events of the Pentathlon. She did however record PBs in the Shot with 8.37m and Long Jump with 4.48m. Results from Power of 10

11th Mar 2017. Julie Briscoe Wins 34 Mile Haworth Hobble Trail Race.

Julie Briscoe continued her excellent form with victory in the 34 mile Haworth Hobble Trail Race, finishing 20th overall in 4 hours 31 minutes, and beating the 2nd lady by 7 minutes. The race incorporated the GB trials for IAU World Trail Running Championships, to be held at Badia-Prataglia in Italy on 10th June, and Julie's victory should ensure her selection for the British team for this event.

11th Mar 2017. Inter County Cross Country Championships.
Two Wakefield Harriers represented Yorkshire at the Inter County Cross Country Championships at Loughborough, and they both did well, to help Yorkshire win the overall team trophy. Yorkshire U15 Champion Abbey Brooke was the county's leading runner in an excellent 9th place in the U15 Girls event, and younger sister Suzanne Brooke finished in 64th place in the U13 Girls event. Yorkshire senior champion Julie Briscoe was unable to compete, as it clashed with the GB trials for IAU World Trail Running Championships, which was her main focus for the winter.
Results from Power of 10

6th Mar 2017. Our Athlete of the Month for February - Jennifer Walsh.

For her outstanding 19th place finish in the Senior race at the English National Cross Country Championships, to complete a fine cross country season, Jennifer Walsh has been chosen as our Athlete of the Month. Well done Jennifer!

6th Mar 2017. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers in March.
Here's the list of people that have been accepted into membership by Wakefield Harriers at the March Committee Meeting. Please welcome them all to the club.
Download list of New Members.

4th Mar 2017. Yorkshire Vets Cross Country Championships.
There was a fine run from Paul Marchant, as he finished 2nd at the Yorkshire Vets Cross Country Championships, held at the Northern Racing College, near Doncaster. He was supported by Neil Dutton in 34th and Mark Whitehouse in 49th as the team finished 6th. We also had Jeremy Frain finishing in 55th, and Joanne Biltcliffe running well to finish 17th in the ladies race.
Men 35-49 results , Men 50-69 results , Women Over 35 & Men Over 70 results.

25th/26th Feb 2017. England Athletics U15/U17/U20 Indoor Championships.
Leonie Ashmeade continued her record breaking form on the first day of the England Athletics U15/U17/U20 Indoor Championships at Sheffield, running a New U20 and U17 Women's Club 60m Record of 7.74 secs in the semi-final, where she finished 3rd. Also in the 60m there were fine performances from U15 sprinters Olivia Roe & Tamara Miller, with new PB times of 8.09s and 8.15s respectively. In the U17 Ladies 300m Amelia Bunton just missed out on a medal, coming 4th in the 300m final in a new PB time of 40.65s, and Rachel Crorken came 3rd in her heat of the U20 Women's 400m in 58.92s. Meanwhile in the field Aran Thomas came an excellent 4th in the U17 Shot with a PB of 13.00m, and 10th in the Pole Vault with 3.45m.
Results from Power of 10.

26th Feb 2017. Distance Runners Weekend Roundup of Leading Results.
Jenny Latham came 40th overall and fifth lady in the 'Snake Lane' 10 Mile road race at Pocklington in 62 mins 16 secs, a time that moves her up to 4th on the club all time list. Results from Power of 10.
Adam Peers had another good half marathon, finishing 3rd at the Oulton Park motor racing circuit, and improving his recent time from Roberttown with the excellent time of 71 mins 55 secs. Meanwhile fiancee Katie McHale finished 91st overall and 2nd lady in 93 mins 14 secs, to complete a nice double. Results from Power of 10.

25th Feb 2017. English National Cross Country Championships.
After the storms during the week, conditions were very wet and extremely muddy in places for the English National Cross Country Championships at Wollaton Park, in Nottingham. There were however some very good performances from the Wakefield Harriers who took part.

In the Senior Women's race Jennifer Walsh (above) finished a superb 19th, out of the field of nearly 800 runners, the highest finishing position by a Wakefield senior for more than 10 years. Julie Briscoe wasn't happy with the conditions, but still ran strongly for 35th place. Our highest finisher on the day was the in form Abbey Brooke, with an excellent 8th in the U15 Girl's race, and we also had Yasmin Moorehead in 182nd & Emma Preston 360th. The only complete team we had was in the U13 Girl's age group, where Emily Plimmer 35th, Suzanne Brooke 59th, Amy Hunt 183rd & Erin Hunt 202nd finished an excellent 15th team, and 2nd team home from Yorkshire. We also had Marcey Bellwood 274th, Lavinia Gavaghan 341st & Harriet Metcalfe 447th competing in that race. Hayley Newbound finished 114th in the U20 Women's race, and in the U17 Women's race India Elliot was 72nd, Holly Kitching 137th & Poppy Thorpe 200th.
For the men Ben Butler was a very good 311th and Jeremy Frain 1235th out of the huge field of nearly 2000 runners, whilst for the U17 Men Matthew Hill was a fine 56th, Mark Bostock 187th & Charles Lea 289th. In the U15 Boy's race Bailey Mann was 182nd & Joshua Dawson 271st, and for the U13 Boys Euan Gaskin was 392nd.
Race Results from English Cross Country Association.

23rd Feb 2017. Thornes Park Stadium Indoor Athletics Meeting.
There was an excellent turnout of young athletes for the Indoor Athletics Meeting at Thornes Park Stadium. Meeting Results.

12th Feb 2017. Distance Runners Weekend Roundup of Leading Results.
Adam Peers had a great run in the tough Liversedge Half Marathon, from Roberttown, finishing 3rd in the excellent time of 72 mins 24 secs. This was good running on a hilly course, and moves Adam up to 19th on the club all time list. Results from Power of 10.
Jenny Latham came 7th overall and first lady in the Valentines Weekend 10K at Lancaster in 38 mins 25 secs. Results from Power of 10.

4th-11th Feb 2017. Charlene Thomas Competes for England in NITRO Series.

Charlene Thomas was invited to compete for the 'England' team in the televised NITRO Athletics Series, which took place in Melbourne in Australia on three separate evenings. This was an experimental series of new versions of athletics events, designed to entertain the public, with teams from Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, England and the 'Bolt All Stars' taking part. Charlene competed in several events, including the 'Elimination Mile' and 'Mixed 2 x 3 Minutes Relay'.

6th Feb 2017. Our Athlete of the Month for January - Leonie Ashmeade.

For running a new Indoor U17 & U20 Club 60m Record of 7.80 secs, Leonie Ashmeade has been chosen as our Athlete of the Month. Well done Leonie!

6th Feb 2017. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers in February.
Here's the list of people that have been accepted into membership by Wakefield Harriers at the February Committee Meeting. Please welcome them all to the club.
Download list of New Members.

5th Feb 2017. Two Medals Won at Northern U13/U15 Indoor Championships.
There were two medals won by young Harriers this year at the Northern Athletics U13/U15 Indoor Championships, at the EIS in Sheffield. Alexander Bostwick won Silver in the U13 Boys Shot with a new PB of 6.78m, and Tamara Miller won Bronze in the U15 Girls 60m in 8.17s, also a PB.
There were also some very good performances from the non-medallists, including a Grade 1 performance from Olivia Roe (U15G 60m SF 8.13s & 6th final 8.22s), and Grade 3s from Eleanor Rayner (U13G 60m SF 8.88s & 200m SF 29.54s) & Thomas Wood (U15B 200m heats 24.52s & SF 24.53s).
Results from Power of 10.

5th Feb 2017. Adam Peers Finishes 2nd at Mickleden Straddle Fell Race.
A small number of Harriers ran in the Mickleden Straddle Fell Race, a tough 14.3 miles fell race from Langsett with 2431ft of ascent. Adam Peers had a great run to finish in 2nd place, and Chris Ward also did well to finish 17th.
Download Race Results.

5th Feb 2017. Lots of Personal Best Times at Dewsbury 10K.
Conditions were excellent for this year's runnning of the Dewsbury 10k Road Race, and although a lot of Harriers ran personal best times, it turns out that this year's race was about 200m over distance. The ladies race was won by Olympic marathoner Alyson Dixon, but Julie Briscoe wasn't too far behind in an excellent 35:09, so probably would have broken her own club F40 record had the race distance been correct. Other Wakefield ladies to break 45 minutes were Louise Taylor, recording an encouraging 41:49 in her first 10k, Joanne Biltcliffe (42:22) & Rebecca Zserdicky (44:59).
For the men Ben Butler was first home in a superb 12th place in a new PB of 33:44, followed by Stephen Tilford (35:11), with Glenn Shelley (39:00), M50 Selim Khan (39:25) & M45 Marwan Khoueiry (39:34) also finishing inside 40 minutes.
Our men won the team race, with the ladies finishing 2nd team. Race Results.
The race was also the 4th round of the 2017 Club Distance Runners League Championship, and Ben Butler moves into the lead, ahead of Martin Holding and Ian Shipley.

4th Feb 2017. Abbey Brooke & Matthew Hill Win WY Schools XC Titles.
Wakefield Harriers had several runners representing their schools districts at the West Yorkshire Schools Cross Country Championships, at Leeds Grammar School. There were some very good performances, with several Harriers being selected to run for West Yorkshire Schools at the forthcoming English Schools Cross Country Championships.
Abbey Brooke continued her fine cross country season, easily winning the Intermediate Girls race, and Matthew Hill also had a great run to win the Intermediate Boys race. For the Junior Girls Wakefield Harriers were prominent, with Emily Plimmer a fine 2nd, Suzie Brooke 4th, Lavinia Gavaghan 5th & Caitlan Wigglesworth 7th. There were also top 10 finishes for India Elliott & Holly Kitching, 8th and 10th respectively in the Senior Girl's race, Mark Bostock (5th Senior Boys), Bailey Mann (5th Junior Boys) & Yasmin Moorehead (8th Intermediate Girls).
There were also races for year 7 pupils, and in the Girls race Erin Hunt was an excellent 2nd, with sister Amy not far behind in 5th. Meeting Results.

3rd Feb 2017. Fast Times in the USA from Amy-Eloise Neale.
USA based Amy-Eloise Neale, a student at the University of Washington who joined the club last year, has been recording some fast times indoors. First in Seattle she ran 1000m in 2 mins 46.82 secs, and then 3000m in 9 mins 17.91 secs, a time that only Charlene Thomas has bettered amongst club members.

2nd Feb 2017. West Yorkshire Track and Field League Dates.
The dates of the 2017 West Yorkshire Track and Field League meetings are as follows :- Sun 23rd April Cleckheaton, Wed 10th May Wakefield, Wed 7th June Cleckheaton, Wed 28th June Wakefield, Wed 19th July Cleckheaton, Sun 6th August Wakefield, Sun 10th September Championships Cleckheaton.
Entry forms are now available from the club cabin.

29th Jan 2017. Sheffield Festival Indoor Open Meeting.
Several Harriers competed at the Sheffield Festival Indoor Open Meeting at the EIS, including some Junior Jets having their first taste of formal competition. There were Grade 3 performances from Amanda Shaw (7.97s SW 100m & 25.50s 200m), Emily Tinsley (U20W HJ 1.60m) & Eleanor Rayner (29.56s U13G 200m), and there was also a good 800m run from U11 Benjamin Shackleton in 2m 42.34s.
Results from Power of 10.

29th Jan 2017. Harriers Have Four Teams Competing at Castres Relay in France.

Wakefield Harriers were once again invited by the city's twin town of Castres in France to take part in their long distance relay race, the 35th edition of 'La Ronde Givree'. We had 4 teams taking part this year, and those who went had another great weekend.
There was a near record 408 teams competing, and the M40 Vets team finished 66th, the M50 team 120th, the Mixed team 122nd, and the M60 team 282nd. Second claim member Treena Johnson had an outstanding run on the tough leg 4, being 46th fastest overall and easily the fastest lady on that leg. All the teams got to go on stage when the race organisers presented Wakefield Harriers with a trophy for supporting the event for the last nine years.
Results from Race Website

28th Jan 2017. Northern Cross Country Championships at Knowsley
At the Northern Cross Country Championships at Knowsley Safari Park we just had a small group of runners competing, but there were some very good performances. Jennifer Walsh showed she is getting back on form by finishing an excellent 8th position in the Senior Women's race. Abbey Brooke was unlucky to just miss out on an individual medal, as she finished a superb 4th in the U15 Girl's race, and she was supported by Yasmin Moorehead in 60th, Caitlan Wigglesworth 94th & Emma Preston 110th, as the team finished 11th. The U13 Girls just missed winning team medals by 2 points, as the team of Emily Plimmer 18th, Lavinia Gavaghan 27th, Suzanne Brooke 34th & Amy Hunt 81st finished an excellent 4th team. We also had Erin Hunt 91st, Marcey Bellwood 116th & Harriet Metcalfe 125th in that race. In the U17 Women's race India Elliot was 39th & Poppy Thorpe 85th, whilst for the U17 Men Matthew Hill was 47th & Mark Bostock 111th. Hayley Newbound finished 48th in the U20 Women's race, in the U15 Boy's race Bailey Mann was 108th & Callum Gaunt 131st, and for the U13 Boys Euan Gaskin was 183rd.
Results from Northern Athletics, and Power of 10.

20th Jan 2017. Another England Call Up for High Jumper Abby Ward.
There has been another England call up for High Jumper Abby Ward, as she has been included in a party of England's leading high jumpers travelling to Hustopece in the Czech republic from the 3rd to the 5th February, for a weekend of dedicated High Jump competition. Report from England Athletics.

14th/15th Jan 2017. Northern Athletics Indoor T&F Championships.
There were some outstanding performances at the Northern Athletics Indoor T&F Championships, at the EIS in Sheffield, including 8 medals and a new club record.

The club's five medallists from day one

Leonie Ashmeade (2nd on left) was in brilliant form, running a New Indoor U17 & U20 Club 60m Record of 7.80s, as she finished 2nd in her event. This broke her own U17 record she set in November, and also the U20 record set by Zara Hohn in 2005. Amelia Bunton was an outstanding winner of the U17W 300m in 40.69s, and Rachel Crorken a clear winner of the U20M 400m in 57.51s, after running 57.28s in the heats. Abbey Brooke also won gold in the U17W 1500m in 4m 50.24s,
Other medals were won by Amanda Shaw (2nd SW 200m 25.35s), India Elliott (2nd U20W 1500m 5m 17.42s), Emily Tinsley (3rd= U20W HJ 1.60m) & Aran Thomas (3rd= U17M PV 3.60m).
In addition there were Grade 2 performances from Leonie Ashmeade (6th U17W 200m 26.08s & 25.77s in heats), and Grade 3 performances from Amanda Shaw (heats SW 60m 7.96s), Lucy Robinson (4th SW 1500m 4m 40.84s) & Aran Thomas (4th U17M SP 12.23m). Ben Read also did well to run 1 min 58.84s in the heats of the senior men's 800m.
Results from Power of 10.

10th Jan 2017. Our Athlete of the Month for December - James Saxton.

For running a new course record at the Christmas Handicap, James Saxton has been chosen as our Athlete of the Month. Well done James!

10th Jan 2017. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers in January.
Here's the list of people that have been accepted into membership by Wakefield Harriers at the January Committee Meeting. Please welcome them all to the club.
Download list of New Members.

7th Jan 2017. Two Winners at Yorkshire Cross Country Championships.

Our two Yorkshire Cross Country Champions, Julie Briscoe & Abbey Brooke.
Pictures from Woodentops.org.uk

There were excellent running conditions for this year's Yorkshire Cross Country Championships at Lightwater Valley, near Ripon, and two Wakefield Harriers took advantage to claim Yorkshire titles. Julie Briscoe looked supreme as she easily won the Senior Ladies race, leading from the beginning and never seriously challenged. In a long and distinguished running career this was her first ever Yorkshire Cross Country title, and at the age of 40 this was a magnificent performance. Equally outstanding was Abbey Brooke, who after biding her time in the early stages, ran out a clear winner of the U15 Girl's race.
In the team stakes there were no team medals this year, but still some solid team performances. Backing up Julie in the Ladies race, Sarah Bostwick & Alex Potter had a good scrap with Sarah coming out on top in the end to finish 53rd, and with Alex 54th & Joanne Biltcliffe 73rd the team finished 8th. Rosie Boughton also did well in her first race from the club to finish 104th. The Senior Men's team of Ben Butler 45th, Chris Ward 76th, Andy Cartwright 78th, Stephen Tilford 91st, Glen Shelley 120th & Ian Shipley 204th also did well to finish 12th club. And not far behind the sixth team scorer were Daz Hewitt 214th, Martin Holding 230th, Richard West 248th, Jeremy Frain 258th & Michael Page 267th. In the U20 races Hayley Newbound also did well to finish 11th.
In the younger age groups our best result was in the U15 Girl's race, where with Abbey Brooke 1st, Yasmin Moorehead 23rd & Emma Preston 31st the team were just out of the medals in 4th. For the U15 Boys Bailey Mann 33rd, Joshua Dawson 54th & Callum Gaunt 55th finished 11th club. In the U17 Girl's race, India Elliott 15th, Holly Kitching 18th & Poppy Thorpe 25th finished 4th team, whilst for the U17 Men Mark Bostock and Matthew Hill finished 21st & 22nd respectively. In the U13 age group Suzanne Brooke had an excellent run to finished 6th, and with Lavinia Gavaghan 28th & Ashton Brodie 56th the girls were 6th club to finish. Marcey Bellwood wasn't too far behind in 62nd, and for the boys Euan Gaskin was 67th & Alexander Bostwick 76th.
Download Results in XL from Northern Athletics.

7th Jan 2017. Charlene Thomas Competes for GB at Edinburgh Cross Country.
Our international 1500m runner Charlene Thomas was selected to compete for a 'Great Britain' team in the televised Great Edinburgh Cross Country Mixed 4 x 1k Relay, in a team that included Laura Muir. She ran strongly on the second 1 Km leg to bring Great Britain in 2nd place, and on the final leg Muir brought the team home for victory. Meeting website.

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