Wakefield Harriers

2017 Club News April - June

28th Jun 2017. Fourth Round of West Yorkshire T&F League at Wakefield.
Unfortunately, due to the bad weather and the condition of the facilities, the meeting had to be cancelled. Our apologies to all those who travelled to Wakefield, and were disappointed not to be able to compete.

24th/25th Jun 2017. British Masters T&F Championships at Birmingham.
Wakefield Harriers came away with 4 medals at the British Masters T&F Championships at Birmingham. Lynsie Whyke retained her title in the triple jump with 10.34m, and came second in the F35 long jump with a leap of 4.77m. Jennifer Ibbitson finished 2nd in the F60 Pole Vault with 2.30m, and Andrew Cartwright won bronze in the M40 800m in 2m 06.07s. Meeting Results

25th Jun 2017. Pontefract Open Meeting at Wakefield.
There were quite a few Harriers competing at the Pontefract Open Meeting at Thornes Park Stadium. Download the Results in XL.

25th Jun 2017. New Club Record in Bradford Millennium Way Relay.
The Harriers turned out 3 full teams of 10 to compete in the Bradford Millennium Way Relay, a challenging long distance off-road relay of 47 miles, involving 6300 ft of climbing. The Men's team of Adam Peers, Ben Butler, Stewart Knowles, Ross Penny, Craig Heppenstall, Chris Hunter Jeremy Frain, Craig Davidson, Steve Tilford & Chris Ward were the top performers this year, running a new 'club record' of 6 hrs 4 mins 17 secs, with Craig Heppenstall & Chris Hunter running a new 'club record' on leg 3. The Vets team also did well to finish 17th (3rd in category), and the Mixed team 31st (6th in category) out of 55 competing teams.
Download the Results in XL.

24th Jun 2017. Excellent Middle Distance Times in Watford BMC Races.
There were some excellent middle distance times recorded at the BMC Grand Prix at Watford. Charlene Thomas showed improved form as she ran 4m 09.32s, which moved her up to 8th in this year's UK 1500m Rankings. Charlene is now 35 years old, and in the V35 category only Helen Clitheroe & Kelly Holmes have ever run faster. Lucy Robinson made good progress with a 1500m PB of 4m 29.94s, and Ben Read ran 1m 56.13s in his 800m race. Meeting Results

18th Jun 2017. Yorkshire & District League Match 3, Cudworth.
Still awaiting individual results. League website link.
Match Result :- Wakefield District Harriers & AC 561, Cleethorpes & District AC 489, Halifax Harriers 431, Barnsley AC 328.

14th Jun 2017. WYSAA Team List for ESAA Track & Field Championships.
Here is the West Yorkshire Schools AA team list for the English Schools AA Track & Field Championships, to be held at at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham on 7 and 8 July. Congratulations to all those from the Harriers who have been selected. Link to WYSAA page.

12th/13th Jun 2017. Some Good Middle Distance Times in BMC Races.
There were some good middle distance times recorded in BMC races. In the BMC Regional Races at Leeds there were 1500m PBs from Ben Read with 4m 05.65s and Lucy Robinson with 4m 33.66s, and also of note was M40 Andrew Cartwright running his best ever time of 4m 17.30s. Meeting Results
Meanwhile at the Trafford AC Grand Prix at Stretford Matthew O'Connor recorded a PB of 8m 53.73s in the 3000m. Meeting Results

10th Jun 2017. Julie Briscoe Competes for Great Britain in the Mountains.

Julie (4th from left) with the GB team.

Julie Briscoe was selected to compete for Great Britain in the 2017 Trail Running World Championships over 50 Km at Badia-Prataglia in Italy. Unfortunately she was very disappointed to have had to drop out, after going over on her ankle just after the half way point. But nevertheless our congratulations to Julie on her latest international selection.

10th/11th Jun 2017. Northern Athletics Track & Field Championships.
At the Northern Athletics Track & Field Championships at Sportcity in Manchester we only had a few athlete competing this year, and Abby Ward was our only medallist, winning the U20 High Jump with 1.70m.
Other leading performers with a Grade 3 or better were Amanda Shaw (100m heats 12.47s & 200m heats 24.74s), Rachael Shaw (6th 400m 58.44s) & Rachel Crorken (U20 200m heats 25.73s).
Download results from Northern Athletics

10th Jun 2017. Harriers in Action at West Yorkshire Schools Champs.
At the West Yorkshire Schools Athletics Championships at Leeds Carnegie the club had many athletes competing and performing well for their school districts.

Some of the Harriers who competed at the West Yorkshire Schools Champs

There were victories from the following Wakefield Harriers club members :-
Charlotte Sampson (SG 100m 13.90s), Rachel Crorken (SG 400m 56.10s), Emily Tinsley (SG HJ 1.60m), Leonie Ashmeade (IG 100m 12.30s), Gabrielle Dyson (IG PV 2.40m), Tamara Miller (JG 100m 12.89s), Mark Bostock (SB 1500m 4m 03.93s), Miles Sizer (IB 200m 23.67s), Matthew Hill (IB 3000m 9m 38.26s), Aran Thomas (IB DT 43.48m), Kaian Shaw (IB HJ 1.71m), Harry Jackson (IB PV 2.60m) & Thomas Wood (JB 200m 24.16s).
Leonie, Rachel & Aran achieved the ESAA Entry Standard on the day, and so ensured their selection for the English Schools Championships, so our congratulations to them. Rachel’s time of 56.10 seconds is also a New U20 Ladies 400m Club Record, beating the previous best by Sally Smith.
Meeting Results.

7th Jun 2017. Third Round of West Yorkshire T&F League at Cleckheaton.
Amy Hunt was probably our best performer, clearly winning the U13 Long Jump with 4.17m ahead of a huge field of 42 jumpers!
After 3 meetings, Wakefield Harriers have a clear overall lead in the team rankings, and individually George Lowrie is leading the U15 Boy's competition, Aran Thomas the U17 Men's competition & Amy Hunt the U13 Girl's competition.
Results from Cleckheaton :- Mens and Womens.

5th Jun 2017. Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month - Lucy Robinson.

For winning both the 800m and the 1500m at the Yorkshire Championships, in her first year as a Senior, the Club Committee have decided that Lucy Robinson is the Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month. Well done Lucy!

5th Jun 2017. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers in June.
Here's the list of people that have been accepted into membership by Wakefield Harriers at the June Committee Meeting. Please welcome them all to the club.
Download list of New Members.

4th Jun 2017. Don Atack Passes Away.

The club was saddened to hear that Don Atack passed away on Saturday, after a massive stroke. Although most of you will remember him as the friendly chap who collected your training fees on club night, Don was a long time servant of the club on the Committee, and will be greatly missed by everyone at the Harriers. Our thoughts are with wife Jean, daughter Sue and the rest of his family at this very sad time. Don's funeral will be held on Thursday 15th June at 3 pm at Wakefield Crematorium, followed by Sandal Rugby Club.

4th Jun 2017. Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 Match 2.
The team finished 4th in the 2nd match at Ellesmere Port, but there were 'A' string victories from Amanda Shaw (100m 12.7s & 200m 25.1s), Dale Worton (1500m 4m 06.1s), Mikaela Harrison (400mH 64.3s), Chris Harris (TJ 12.58m), and the Women's 4x400m Relay team. There was also a Grade 3 performances from Lucy Holmes (2nd SP 11.19m).
Match Result :- Wigan 427.5, West Cheshire 397, York 364, Wakefield 354, Preston 327, Sheffield 224.5.
Download Match Results

30th May 2017. Yorkshire Vets AA Grand Prix Race 2.
There was a good showing of Harriers at the Yorkshire Vets AA Grand Prix Race 2 at Kirkstall, with the Men's team of Stephen Tilford 7th, Stewart Knowles 11th, Neil Dutton 22nd & Mark Whitehouse 57th finishing 4th team. Nicky Steel finished 8th in the Ladies race. Download Results.

27th/28th May 2017. Weekend Roundup of Leading Results.
Matthew O'Connor ran his first ever Half Marathon, recording an encouraging 1h 21m 21s as he finished in 81st position.
There were some fast middle distance times recorded at the BMC Grand Prix at Stretford. Ben Read had another solid run, recording 1m 55.92s in the 800m, and Lucy Robinson ran a fine new PB of 4m 34.33s in the 1500m. Meeting Results

21st May 2017. Yorkshire & District League Match 2, Grimsby.
The top Harriers performance was from Thomas Wood, was ran a New Club U15 Boys 300m Record of 39.1 seconds.
Match Result :- Cleethorpes & District AC 557.5, Wakefield District Harriers & AC 409, Halifax Harriers 355, Barnsley AC 342.5.
Results in pdf, and from Power of 10.

21st May 2017. Julie Briscoe Wins the Chester Half Marathon.
Julie Briscoe continued her excellent form that she has shown all year by winnig the Essar Chester Half Marathon. She finished 15th overall, and first lady by a margin of over 3 minutes, in the excellent time of 77 minutes 06 seconds, which is a New F40 Club Record. Results Link.

20th May 2017. Charlene Thomas Has Her First Track Race.
Our international 1500m runner Charlene Thomas had her first track race of the year, finishing 7th in 4 mins 14.38 secs at the SoundTrack Meeting at Tübingen in Germany. However her time only ranks her 2nd in the club so far this season, behind US based Amy-Eloise Neale who improved her PB to 4 mins 11.02 secs at the Oregon Twilight Meeting at Eugene, earlier in the month. So Wakefield Harriers currently have 2 runners in the top 10 in the UK 1500m Rankings!

20th May 2017. Club Distance Runners League Race 8.
The Wakefield Park Run was included as the 8th round of the Club Distance Runners League Championship, and there was a good turn out of Harriers. The league is still being led by Ben Butler, but Jeremy Frain moves into 2nd place, and Richard West is now 3rd, with Joanne Biltcliffe the leading lady. Race Results

17th May 2017. Askern 10k Road Race.
The popular Askern 10k road race was sold out early, so not many Harriers got chance to take part this year. However Matthew O'Connor had another fine run to finish 3rd in 33:32, with Stephen Tilford 20th in 36:34. Notable amongst the ladies were Joanne Biltcliffe with 42:29 and Hayley Newbound with 42:56, 10th & 11th respectively in the ladies category. Race Results.
The race was also the 7th round of the Club Distance Runners League Championship, which is being led by Ben Butler, ahead of Joanne Biltcliffe & Martin Holding.

16th May 2017. Some Fast Middle Distance Times at Trafford.
There were some fast middle distance times recorded at the Trafford Grand Prix at Stretford. Recently crowned Yorkshire 800m Champion Ben Read was close to his best, running 1m 54.96s in one of the BMC Gold Standard Races. Also running a Grade 3 or better were Lydia Barker (U15G 800m 2m 21.22s), Suzanne Brooke (U15G 800m 2m 24.35s) and Abbey Brooke (U17W 1500m 4m 43.71s). Meeting Results

14th May 2017. Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon.
Several Harriers competed in the Plusnet Leeds Half Marathon, which had a huge field of neary 7000 runners. Chris Hunter was first home from the club in 82nd place, in 1 hr 25:04, and Nicky Steel was our first lady home in 1 hr 32:33, finishing 14th lady and 3rd in the F40 category. Download Race Results.

13th/14th May 2017. Yorkshire T&F Championships at Cudworth.
Wakefield Harriers had another good showing at the Yorkshire Track & Field Championships at Cudworth, with 39 medals won, including 16 golds, which easily surpassed last year's total. As well as all the medals won, Wakefield had even more honours as Aran Thomas was awarded the 'Frank Gledhill' Award for Yorkshire's best young thrower 2017, and Abbey Brooke was awarded the Cross Country Award for Best Female 2017.
In total there were 16 Yorkshire Gold medals for Ben Read (SM 800m 1m 57.57s), Amanda Shaw (SW 200m 25.38s), Lucy Robinson (SW 800m 2m 15.30s & 1500m 4m 42.57s), Rebecca Tolson (U20W HJ 1.60m), Aran Thomas (U17M SP 12.84m, DT 38.85m & PV 3.20m), Liam Grosse (U17M 1500m S/C), Leonie Ashmeade (U17W 100m 12.42s), Amelia Bunton (U17W 300m 40.88s), Gabrielle Dyson (U17W PV), Thomas Wood (U15B 100m 11.91s & 200m 24.13s), Lydia Barker (U15G 800m 2m 22.29s) & James Simms (U15B 80mH).
11 Silver medals were won by James Saxton (SM 5000m 15m 04.4s), Luke Thackray (SM JT 47.75m), Christopher Price (SM 3000m S/C), Mark Bostock (U20M 3000m), Rachel Crorken (U20W 400m 57.17s), Aderinsola Olaleru (U20W HJ), Aran Thomas (U17M JT 44.52m), Matthew Hill (U17M 3000m 9m 15.52s), Abbey Brooke (U17W 800m 2m 18.43s), Emily Plimmer (U15G 3000m) & Sophie Burrell (13G LJ).
12 Bronze medals were won by Chris Harris (SM TJ), Lucy Holmes (SW LJ & JT), Jennifer Ibbitson (SW PV), Mark Bostock (U20M 1500m), Rebecca Sheppard (U20W 3000m), James Simms (U15B HJ), Tamara Miller (U15G 100m 13.05s & 200m 26.55s), Olivia Roe (U15G DT), Lavinia Gavaghan (U15G 3000m) & James Simms (U15B LJ).
The standard varied enormously between events, so only performances of Grade 3 and above have been included for the medallists. However, from athletes who missed out on medals, there were Grade 2 performances from Amanda Shaw (SW 100m 12.38s) & Lucy Holmes (SW SP 11.88m) and Grade 3 performances from Anthony Swain (SM Hammer 43.41m), Racheal Shaw (SW 400m 58.48s) & Olivia Roe (U15G 100m 13.08s & 200m 26.99s).
Download Meeting Results.

10th May 2017. Second Round of West Yorkshire T&F League at Wakefield.
The beautiful spring weather brought out a huge number of athletes for the second round of the West Yorkshire Track & Field League at Wakefield, and the meeting finished late into the evening. A big thank you to all the officials and helpers who gave up so much of their time.
Wakefield's top performers were Benjamin Shackleton 1st in the U11 Boy's 600m in 1m 52.11s, Aran Thomas 1st in the U17 Men's Shot with 12.41m and Lydia Barker 1st in the U15 Girls 800m with 2m 26.67s.
Results from Wakefield :- Mens and Womens.

8th May 2017. Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month - Amy Hunt.

For twice breaking the Club U13 Girls Pole Vault Record, the Club Committee have decided that Amy Hunt is the Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month. Well done Amy!

8th May 2017. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers in May.
Here's the list of people that have been accepted into membership by Wakefield Harriers at the May Committee Meeting. Please welcome them all to the club.
Download list of New Members.

6th May 2017. Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 Match 1.
The club made an excellent start to their campaign to retain their Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 title, winning the first fixture at York, in what turned out to be a close match.
Among many fine performances there were 'A' string victories from James Saxton (5000m 15m 17.9s), Chris Harris (TJ 12.42m), U17 Leonie Ashmeade (100m 12.2s), Amanda Shaw (200m 25.0s), U17 Abbey Brooke (1500m 4m 52.1s), U20 Emily Tinsley (HJ 1.60m), and the Women's 4x400m Relay team of India Elliott, Abbey Brooke, Racheal Shaw & Amanda Shaw.
There was also a Grade 1 performances from U17 Leonie Ashmeade (1st B 200m 25.5s), Grade 2 performances from Amanda Shaw (1st B 100m 12.4s) & Lucy Holmes (2nd SP 11.57m), and Grade 3 performances from Kieran Thackray (3rd HT 43.56m), Luke Thackray (2nd JT 49.22m), Racheal Shaw (2nd 400m 59.0s), U17 Abbey Brooke (1st B 800m 2m 20.0s) & Mikaela Harrison (2nd 400mH 65.0s).
Match Result :- Wakefield 385, West Cheshire 368, York 363, Wigan 341, Sheffield 316, Preston 288
Download Match Results

3rd May 2017. Good Performances at John Carr 5k.
There were a couple of good performances at the John Carr 5k road race at Esholt. Andrew Cartwright had a good run to finish 9th overall and 1st M40 in 16:49, and M60 Richard West recorded 21:27, just 48 seconds begind the M60 winner. Race Results.

30th Apr 2017. Yorkshire & District League Match 1, Wakefield.
Match Result :- Cleethorpes & District AC 523, Wakefield District Harriers & AC 488, Barnsley AC 369, Halifax Harriers 355. Results in pdf.
League website link.

23rd Apr 2017. Good Sprint Performances from Young Athletes.
There were some good sprint performances from some of our young athletes chasing ESAA qualifying times at the Birchfield Harriers Young Athletes Open Meeting at Birmingham. There were Grade 2 performances from Amelia Bunton (U17W 100m 12.59s), Thomas Wood (U15B 100m 11.78s & 200m 24.12s) & Tamara Miller (U15G 100m 12.89s & 200m 26.35s). Results Link.

23rd Apr 2017. Distance Runners Weekend Roundup of Other Leading Results.
There were two successes from Wakefield Harriers at the Blackpool Road Races. Alex Potter had her first ever road race victory in the Half Marathon, finishing first lady and 46th overall in 1 hr 30 mins 56 secs. In the Marathon Diane Simmons ran a New F55 Club Marathon Record of 4 hrs 18 mins 25 secs, finishing 2nd in her category. Results Link.
Wakefield Harriers men's vets team finished 10th in the first round of the Yorkshire Vets Grand Prix at Honley, with Neil Dutton first Harrier home in 17th place. Results Link.

23rd Apr 2017. Wakefield Harriers Running in the London Marathon.

Three happy Harriers, Rebecca Zserdicky, Darren Hewitt and Louise Taylor

Once again the Wakefield Harriers competing in the Virgin Money London Marathon produced some fine performances. Top performer was Jenny Latham, who just missed the 3 hour mark with her time of 3 hrs 00:47, followed by Louise Taylor who made another big improvement to record 3 hrs 12:17, which moves her up to 5th place in the Ladies club all-time list. Stewart Knowles and Darren Hewitt had good debuts over the distance, with times of 2 hrs 55:10 and 3 hrs 10:15 respectively, and there were also fine runs from M50 Andrew Sykes with 3 hrs 15:33, Rebecca Zserdicky with 3 hrs 36:52, and Martin Rogers with 3 hrs 43:57. London Marathon Results website.

In the London Mini Marathon Abbey & Suzanne Brooke (above) competed for Yorkshire & Humberside, and had great runs. Abbey finished 19th in the U17 Women’s race, and first home for the team, with Suzanne finishing 38th in the U15 race. London Mini Marathon Results.

23rd Apr 2017. First Round of West Yorkshire T&F League at Cleckheaton.
There were some good performances at the first round of the West Yorkshire Track & Field League at Cleckheaton, with the highlight being a New U17 Mens Club Discus Record of 43.64m from Aran Thomas, in his first year in the age group. U11 Benjamin Shackleton had a good win in the 600m in 1m 53.69s, Lydia Barker was also a winner in the U15 Girls 1500m with 5m 13.77s, and new member Miles Sizer had a good U17 sprint double with 11.84s & 24.01s in the 100m & 200m respectively.
Results from Cleckheaton :- Mens and Womens.

17th Apr 2017. Three Wakefield Harriers in AW Cross Country Rankings.
Three Wakefield Harriers appear in this season's Athletics Weekly Cross Country Rankings. Julie Briscoe is ranked 3rd in the Ladies Veteran rankings, Abbey Brooke 12th in the U15 Girls rankings, and US based Amy-Eloise Neale 12th in the Senior Ladies rankings, after a great season in America. She has also recently ran an 800m in 2 mins 07.84 secs, and a 1500m in 4 mins 13.81 secs, which moves her into 2nd place in the club all-time lists.

14th Apr 2017. League Dates for Wakefield Harriers Track & Field Teams.
Here are the dates of the matches for Wakefield Harriers Track & Field teams during the 2017 season :-
The Senior & U20 Men & Women are competing again this year (as reigning champions for the 4th time!) in Division 1 of the Northern League, against City of Sheffield & Dearne AC, City of York AC, Preston Harriers, West Cheshire AC and Wigan & District Harriers & AC. The match dates are Sat 6th May (York), Sun 4th June (Ellesmere Port), Sun 9rd July Wigan) & Sat 5th August (Rotherham). Link to league webpage.
The U17, U15 & U13 athletes are competing in the Premier Division of the Yorkshire & District Athletics League, competing against Barnsley AC, Cleethorpes AC and Halifax Harriers & AC. The match dates are Sun 30th Apr (Wakefield), Sun 21st May (Cleethorpes), Sun 18th Jun (Cudworth) & Sun 16th Jul (Wakefield). Link to league webpage.

9th Apr 2017. John Newsome Memorial Open Meeting.
We had excellent weather for the John Newsome Memorial Open Meeting, with some good performances recorded from the Harriers and our visitors, particularly in the sprint events.
Amy Hunt jumped another New U13 Girls Club Pole Vault Record of 2.60m, beating her new record from the previous week. There was a great 100m sprint race between the Wakefield ladies, which augurs well for the 4 x 100m relay this season. The U17 runners came out on top, with U17 Leonie Ashmeade in 12.40s narrowly beating 1st year U17 Amelia Bunton with 12.46s and Amanda Shaw with 12.55s. Amanda had previously won the senior 200m 24.94s, and Leonie and Amelia were 2nd & 3rd in a top quality U17 200m in 25.28s & 25.36s respectively, both Grade 1 times.

There was also a Grade 2 performance from Thomas Wood (1st U15B 200m 24.19s), and Grade 3 performances from Rachel Crorken (3rd SW 200m 25.51s), Racheal Shaw (4th SW 200m 25.79s), Tamara Miller (2nd U15G 100m 12.92s) & Abbey Brooke (1st U17W 3000m 10m 39.31s).
We also had a good turnout of Junior Jets, with some of them enjoying their first proper competition. Top performers amongst the U11 athletes were Milly Goodison (1st 80m 11.97s, 2nd LJ 3.62m & 2nd SP 5.44m) and Benjamin Shackleton (2nd 600m 1m 51.44s).
Many thanks to all the officials and helpers for all their hard work in making the meeting a success. Meeting Results

3rd Apr 2017. Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month - Matthew O'Connor.

For winning the Club 10k Road Race Championship for the 3rd time, the Club Committee have decided that Matthew O'Connor is the Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month. Well done Matthew!

3rd Apr 2017. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers in April.
Here's the list of people that have been accepted into membership by Wakefield Harriers at the April Committee Meeting. Please welcome them all to the club.
Download list of New Members.

1st/2nd Apr 2017. Track & Field Roundup of Leading Performances.
The Wakefield Harriers sprinters were out in force at some of the early season open meetings, and showing good form.
At the Charnwood AC Open at Loughborough the wind speed was over the limit for most events, but there were still fast times nevertheless from Thomas Wood (U15M 100m 11.73s & 200m 24.13s), Tamara Miller (U15G 100m 12.86s & 200m 26.61s), Olivia Roe (U15G 100m 12.97s & 200m 27.36s), Leonie Ashmeade (U17W 100m 12.13s & 200m 25.41s) and Amelia Bunton (U17W 100m 12.49s & 300m 41.07s). Meeting Results.
The Doncaster Spring Open also produced fast sprint times, from Amanda Shaw (SW 100m 12.44s & 200m 25.17s) & Rachael Shaw (SW 100m 12.83s & 200m 26.09s). Meeting Results.
The Spenborough AC Spring Open at Cleckheaton saw a New U13 Girls Club Pole Vault Record of 2.55m from Amy Hunt, beating Abigail Robert's previous record from 2009. There were also Grade 3 or better performances from Thomas Wood (U15M 100m 12.1s & 200m 24.4s), Leonie Ashmeade (U17W 100m 12.4s & 200m 25.9s), Amelia Bunton (U17W 100m 12.7s & 26.2s), Tamara Miller (U15G 100m 13.0s & 27.4s), Aran Thomas (U17M Shot 12.19m), Lucy Holmes (SW Shot 11.55m) & Luke Thackray (SM Javelin 49.27m). Meeting Results.

2nd Apr 2017. Seven Harriers Complete Manchester Marathon.
Seven Wakefield Harriers completed the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon, and all did very well, with most recording PB times. Katie McHale had her first attempt at the distance, and recorded a very encouraging 3 hrs 19:16, which puts her 9th in the club all-time list. Joanne Biltcliffe also moved up the list with her new PB of 3hrs 26:19, and also recording PBs were Martin Holding with 3 hrs 21:13, Jonathan Stokoe 3 hrs 37:36, Emma Pearson 3 hrs 56:17 & Mandy Geary 4 hrs 19:42. Race Results.

2nd Apr 2017. Matthew O'Connor & Jenny Latham Win Club 10k Championship.

Wakefield Harriers 2017 10k Champions Matthew O'Connor & Jenny Latham

This year's Wakefield Hospice 10k road race once again attracted a good entry of nearly 2000 runners, with some good performances from club members competing in the event. Conditions were good, and several Harriers recorded good PBs on the undulating out and back course along Horbury Road.
Wakefield Harriers had a great showing in the Men's race, and the club easily won the team prize. Although Matthew O'Connor was not quite able to reproduce his outright victory of last year, he still came an excellent 2nd in 33:09, with Ben Butler hot on his heels and pushing him all the way home in 3rd place, in a fine new PB of 33:11. Dale Worton also did well to finish 5th in a PB of 33:34, but possibly the best club performance came from 16 year old Matthew Hill, who finished an excellent 9th in 34:46. Another junior Mark Bostock ran a PB of 36:31, behind Stewart Knowles with 36:03, and other Harriers under 40 minutes were Glenn Shelley with 38:50, Craig Davidson 38:53 & Jeremy Frain 39:36.
Jenny Latham finished 2nd in the Ladies race and 28th overall in 37:22, and Nicky Steel & Louise Tayler were 8th & 9th in 40:49 & 40:59 respectively, to help the Ladies take the team prize as well. Alex Potter was 13th lady in 42:20 & Hayley Newbound 15th in 43:09. Race Results.
The race also incorporated the Club 10k Road Race Championship, and it was the third time that Matthew and Jenny have won the title.
It was also the 6th round of the Club Distance Runners League Championship, which is currently led by Ben Butler, ahead of Richard West and Ian Shipley.

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