Wakefield Harriers

Club News and Results Highlights

These pages last updated - 16th September 2017

16th Sep 2017. Northern Athletics Autumn Road Relay Championships.
The club had an excellent turnout and a good day at the Northern Athletics Road Relay Championships, at Sports City Manchester.
The Senior Men had their best result for many years, with the 'A' team of James Saxton, Paul Marchant, Dale Worton, Mark Bostock, Daniel Franks & Matthew O'Connor finishing 19th (and 3rd Yorkshire club), and so qualifying for the England Championships. James got them off to a great start on leg 1 in 7th place, running one of the fastest times of the day. The 'B' team of Jack Turner, Stewart Knowles, Ross Penny, Benjamin Khan, Stephen Tilford & Christopher Ward were also well up in 66th, and the 'C' team of Jonathan Prideau, Daz Hewitt, Jeremy Frain, Michael Page, Andy Nicholson & David Brooke also did well to finish 106th team out of the 130 competing teams. Men's Results.
The Ladies of Lucy Robinson, Sarah Bostwick, Hayley Newbound & Joanne Biltcliff also did well to finish 24th team. Women's Results.
We also had a great turnout of young athletes competing, and they all did well. In the U17 Ladies race Abbey Brooke, Lucie Hall & Emma Preston finished in a very good 10th place. The U17 Men's team of Matthew Hill, Liam Grosse & Daniel Kesete were 19th, after Matthew got them off to a flying start with 3rd place on leg 1, which turned out to be 4th= fastest of the day. The U15 Boy's team of Bailey Mann, Callum Gaunt & Josh Dawson were 24th, and for the U13 Boy's the 'A' team of Tristan Wright, Euan Gaskin & Daniel George were 18th, with James Mckinlay-Smith & Alexander Bostwick turning out for an incomplete 'B' team. For the U15 Girls the 'A' team of Suzanne Brooke, Lydia Barker & Emily Plimmer were an excellent 9th, and Sophie Hall, Jessika Pearson & Emily Wright also did well to finish 16th for the 'B' team.
Index to Race Results.

10th Sep 2017. West Yorkshire Track & Field League Championships.
The West Yorkshire Track & Field League came to it's conclusion with the Championships at Cleckheaton, and there were some good performances recorded by Wakefield athletes. There were Grade 4 or better performances from Lucy Holmes (1st SW SP 11.34m), Amy Hunt (1st U13G LJ 4.30m & 1st SP 7.64m), Erin Hunt (2nd U13G LJ 4.09m), Isabel McElhatton (3rd U13G SP 6.87m), Olivia Roe (2nd U15G 100m 13.36s & 3rd 200m 27.70s), George Lowrie (1st U15B HJ 1.55m) & Richard Flood (1st U17M 200m 23.92s). Fast improving U20 Mark Bostock ran a fine PB in the Men's 800m in 1m 58.60s, as well as winning the 1500m.
Results from Cleckheaton :- Mens and Womens.

10th Sep 2017. Some Good Half Marathon Times at Vale of York.
There were some good Half Marathon times and several PBs achieved at the Vale of York Half Marathon, from Sherburn in Elmet. Ben Butler went to the top of this year's club rankings, finishing an excellent 11th in a new PB of 77:00. Stewart Knowles & Chris Hunter also had fine runs, finishing 29th & 30th in 79:59 & 81:08 respectively, and new member Ross Penny finished 40th in 81:49, in his first race in Wakefield's colours.
Alex Potter was our first lady home in a time of 92:35, and she was followed by Natalie Duffield-Moore in 96:41 & Joanne Biltcliffe in 97:11. Race Results from Power of 10.
The race was also the 13th round of the Club Distance Runners League Championship, where Richard West leads, ahead of Ian Shipley and Ben Butler, with Joanne Biltcliffe leading the ladies.

4th Sep 2017. Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month - Richard Gayle.


For his huge contribution to the Northern Track & Field League team, leading the team by example, and competing in 25 events over 5 matches, Richard Gayle has been chosen as our Athlete of the Month. Well done Richard!

4th Sep 2017. 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. Quite a few new members this month, so please welcome them all to the club.
List of New Members.

3rd Sep 2017. Harriers Competing in the Inter-League Match.
There was an excellent representation from the Harriers competing for the "Yorkshire & District Young Athletes League" team in the inter-league match against the "North East Youth Development League" at Middlesbrough. Thomas Wood was very close to the U15 Boy's club records at both the 100m and 200m with his excellent times of 11.59s & 23.26s, both Grade 1 performances. Aran Thomas recorded a Grade 1 in the U17M Discus with 42.90m and James Simms also recorded a Grade 1 in the U15B LJ with his winning leap of 5.84m.
There were also Grade 4 or better performances from Richard Flood (2nd U17M 200m 23.90s), Tamara Miller (2nd U15G 100m 13.16s & 4th 200m 27.13s), Olivia Roe (3rd U15G 100m 13.16s & 5th 200m 27.51s), Amy Hunt (4th U13G 75m 10.41s & 3rd LJ 4.51m), Eleanor Rayner (5th U13G 75m 10.413), Samuel Mitchell (2nd U17M 100m 11.67s), Harvey Thorpe (2nd U15B 300m 40.62s), George Lowrie (5th U15B 300m 41.41s), Erin Hunt (5th U13G 800m 2m 39.68s), Matthew Hill (5th U17M 1500m 4m 15.76s), James Simms (3rd U15B HJ 1.55m), Bethany Stringer (2nd U13G HJ 1.35m), Alfie Edwards (3rd U15B LJ 5.52m), Aran Thomas (1st U17M JT 46.95m & 2nd SP 12.12m), Alexander Bostwick (2nd U13B SP 7.39m) & Isabel McElhatton (5th U13G SP 6.94m).
Results from Power of 10

3rd Sep 2017. Wakefield Men Finish 4th in Leeds Country Way Relay.
The club once again 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's 'A' team finishing 4th, the best result from the club for many years. James Saxton & Matthew O'Connor took the prize for the fastest pairing on leg 6, Chris Hunter & Craig Davidson were 2nd fastest on leg 2, Paul Marchant & Ben Butler were 3rd fastest on leg 1, and Chris Ward & Ross Penny were 3rd fastest on leg 5. The 'B' team, a mixture of men and ladies, also did well to finish 24th team overall out of the 55 competing teams.
Race Results from Kippax Harriers.

2nd/3rd Sep 2017. BMAF Multi-Events & Northern Masters Championships.
At the BMAF Decathlon/Heptathlon & Throws Pentathlon Championships, including the North of England Masters Championships at Sheffield, Wakefield Harriers won several titles. Andrew Cartwright won the Northern M35 1500m in 4m 19.20s, and Lynsie Whyke won the F35 Long Jump with 4.74m & Triple Jump with 10.39m. Jennifer Ibbitson won the F60 Throws Pentathlon, and in the individual events won the Shot with 8.74m, Discus with 25.00m & Hammer with 32.76m. Linda Ridsdale won the F65 Throws Pentathlon, and in the individual events won the F65 Discus with 14.95m & Hammer with 23.87m. Meeting Results

26th/27th Aug 2017. Silver & Club Record for Leonie at EA Championships.



Leonie Ashmeade had the best result of her career so far, when she finished 2nd in the U17 100m at the England Athletics U15 & U17 Championships at Bedford, in a time of 12.07s. She was even quicker in her semi-final, which she won in a New Club U17 Women's 100m Record of 11.98s, just beating her previous record by 1/100th of a second.
Aran Thomas finished 10th in the U17M Discus with 42.69m, and also 10th the Shot with 12.27m. Olivia Roe & Tamara Miller ran 13.28s & 13.62s respectively in the heats of the U15G 100m. Meeting Results

26th/27th Aug 2017. Yorkshire County Combined Events Championships.

There was success for some of our young all round athletes at the Yorkshire County Combined Events Championships at Cudworth. George Lowrie won the U15 Boy's Pentathlon with 1921 points, with Alfie Edwards finishing 2nd with 1732 points. In the U13 Girl's Track and Field Triathlon Amy Hunt finished 3rd with 1273 points, with sister Erin 8th with 1045 points. Alexander Bostwick was the winner of the U13 Boy's event. Results Link.

20th Aug 2017. Harriers Win Northern League Division 1 Promotion Match.



After the disappointment of finishing 5th in the Northern Men's & Women's League Division 1, the team had to compete in the Northern League Division 1 Promotion Match, against the winners of the four 2nd divisions, to try and retain their position in Division 1. They won this match at Trafford with a great team performance, that ensures they compete in the top flight again next season. With some leading U17 athletes not available due to the clash with the Northern U17 T&F Championships, and athletes away on holiday, many of those taking part had to compete in several events to secure as many points as possible, so it was a great team effort.
There were 'A' string victories from Nathaniel Davis (100m 11.2s), Amanda Shaw (100m 12.6s & 200m 25.5s), Mikaela Harrison (400mH 67.2s), Sarah Drake (HT 39.49m), Hannah Yates (DT 29.05m), Aderinsola Olaleru (HJ 1.50m) and the Relay team of Amanda Shaw, Racheal Shaw, Mikaela Harrison & Lynsie Whyke who won both the 4x100m & 4x400m events.
Also recording a Grade 3 performance was U17 Miles Sizer with 52.8s in the 400m, and special mention must also be made of Team Manager Richard Gayle, who even though in his 50th year competed in five events. Match Result :- Wakefield 361, Preston 359, Holmfirth 323.5, Middlesborough 257, Leigh 251.5.
Download Match Results

19th/20th Aug 2017. Two Medals at Northern U13/U15/U17 Championships.
At the Northern Athletics U13/U15/U17 Track & Field Championships at Leigh the club had a few athletes competing, and they came away with a couple of medals, and several near misses. Aran Thomas came 2nd in the U17M Discus with a throw of 40.56m, was 4th in the Javelin with 48.38m, and 4th in the Shot with 12.75m. Leonie Ashmeade won bronze in the U17W 100m in 12.33s, and Gabrielle Dyson was another 4th place finisher, with 2.60m in the U17W Pole Vault.
Results from Northern Athletics

15th Aug 2017. Some Quality Middle Distance Times at Trafford.
There were some quality middle distance times recorded at the Trafford Grand Prix at Stretford. U20 Mark Bostock got very close to the 4 minute barrier in the 1500m, when he came 2nd in 4m 00.9s behind former Olympian and veteran world record holder Anthony Whiteman. Our own veteran Andy Cartwright also recorded PB of 4m 13.04s in the same race. Also running a Grade 3 was U15G Emily Plimmer running 2m 22.52s in her 800m. Meeting Results

15th Aug 2017. West Yorkshire Cross Country League Dates.
Here are the dates for this year's West Yorkshire Cross Country League :-
Sat 14th October – Wakefield, Sun 29th October – Nunroyd, Sun 19th November - Spenborough, Sat 9th December – Keighley.
The cost this year is £15 for Senior & U20 runners, and £8 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 in good time if you want to take part. WYL Website Link.
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 Aug 2017. Julie Briscoe Wins the Newark Half Marathon.
Julie Briscoe won her second Half Marathon race of the year, finishing 23rd overall and first lady in the Newark Half Marathon. She won the ladies race by over a mile, in the fine time of 81 minutes 38 seconds. Results from Power of 10.

13th Aug 2017. Douglas Bedford Memorial Open Meeting.
Conditions were good for the Douglas Bedford Memorial Open Meeting, held at a sunny Thornes Park Stadium, and excellent performances were achieved by some of the Harriers. Best of all was another New U13 Girls Club Pole Vault Record of 2.70m by Amy Hunt, beating her previous record set in April. Amy also recorded a Grade 3 in the Long Jump with 4.30m.
There was a Grade 1 performance from Thomas Wood (U15B 100m 11.67s), Grade 2 performances from Amanda Shaw (SW 200m 12.43s), Thomas Wood (U15B 200m 24.02s & LJ 5.69m) & Terrell Williams (U15B 100m 11.94s & 200m 24.29s), and Grade 3 performances from Emily Plimmer (U15G 800m 2m 23.44s) & Amanda Shaw (SW 100m 12.43s).
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 75m 11.32s), Courtney Newsome (2nd 600m 2m 02.17s) and Danny Kerins (1st SP 5.37s).
Many thanks to all the officials and helpers for all their hard work in making the meeting a success. Meeting Results

The meeting also incorporated the Wakefield Harriers Track & Field Club Championships. Not all events were contested by Wakefield athletes, but those winning club championship titles were as follows :-
U11 Girls :- 75m - Milly Goodison, 600m - Courtney Newsome, LJ - Milly Goodison, SP - Tilly Simms.
U13 Girls :- 100m - Ellie Raynor, 200m - Ellie Raynor, 800m - Brodie Ashton, LJ - Amy Hunt, PV - Amy Hunt, SP - Amy Hunt.
U15 Girls :- 100m - Olivia Roe, 200m - Olivia Roe, 800m - Emily Plimmer, HJ - Emily Wright, LJ - Lauren Rayner, PV Gabrielle Dyson, SP - Olivia Roe.
U17 Women :- LJ - Ceris McElhatton, JT - Ceris McElhatton, SP - Faye Page.
U20 Women :- 200m - Hayley Newbound, 800m - Hayley Newbound.
Senior Women :- 100m - Amanda Shaw, 200m - Amanda Shaw, DT Hannah Yates, HT Sarah Drake, JT - Hannah Yates, SP - Hannah Yates.
U11 Boys :- 75m - Kian Slatter, 600m - Toby Del-Grande, LJ - Kian Slatter, SP - Danny Kerins.
U13 Boys :- 100m - Ben Smith, 200m - Ben Smith, LJ - Ben Smith, SP - Alexander Bostwick.
U15 Boys :- 100m - Thomas Wood, 200m - Thomas Wood, 800m - Bailey Mann, HJ - Bailey Mann, LJ - Thomas Wood, SP - Harvey Thorpe.
U17 Men :- 400m - Miles Sizer, 800m - Matthew Hill, 1500m - Matthew Hill, HJ - Jordan Guthrie.
U20 Men :- 100m - Ross Page, 200m - Ross Page, 800m - Mark Bostock, 1500m - Mark Bostock.
Senior Men :- 100m - Adam Murray, 200m - Adam Murray, 400m - Andrew Cartwright, 400m Hurdles - Patrick Thackray 800m Andrew Cartwright, 1500m - Andrew Cartwright, HJ - James Shaw, LJ - James Shaw, PV - Patrick Thackray DT - James Shaw, HT - James Shaw, JT - James Shaw, SP - James Shaw.

7th Aug 2017. Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month - Thomas Wood.



For recently breaking the U15 Boy's 300m Club Record with a time of 39.1 seconds, the Club Committee have decided that Thomas Wood is the Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month. Well done Thomas!

7th Aug 2017. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers in August.
Here's the list of people that have been accepted into membership by Wakefield Harriers at the August Committee Meeting. Please welcome them all to the club.
Download list of New Members.

6th Aug 2017. West Yorkshire T&F League Round 6.
The sixth and final round of the West Yorkshire Track & Field League was held at Thornes Park Stadium. For Amy Hunt there were 2 graded wins with 12.81s in the U13G 70m Hurdles, and 7.11m in the Shot. There were also graded wins for Emily Plimmer in the U15G 1500m in 5m 11.11s, Alfie Edwards with 5.17m in the U15B LJ, and Matthew Hill with 9m 34.93s in the 3000m. In the U11 age group there were wins for Milly Goodison in the Girl's 75m, and Kian Slatter in the Boy's LJ.
Results from Wakefield :- Mens and Womens.
In the final league standings George Lowrie won the U15B category, ahead of Alfie Edwards, and we also had a 1-2 in the U17M category, from Matthew Hill & Aran Thomas. Mark Bostock was 2nd in the U20M age group, and Stephen Thorpe was 2nd senior. For the girls Milly Goodison was the U11G winner, Amy Hunt was the U13G winner and Hayley Newbound was 2nd in the U20 age group.
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.

5th Aug 2017. Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 Match 4.
We were short once again in many of the events in the 4th match of the Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 at Sheffield, but great credit to all the athletes who competed for the club, to help the team finish 4th. All performed valiantly, with many taking part in several events to secure as many points as possible.
There was just one 'A' string victory from Chris Harris in the Triple Jump with 12.77m, and that turned out to be our best event, with Alfie West also winning the 'B' event with 12.18m. Alfie also won the 'B' 100m in 11.57s, and there were other 'B' string victories from U17 Matthew Hill in the 1500m & Rachael Shaw in the 200m.
There were also Grade 3 performances from Scott Atkinson (200m 22.36s), Ben Read (800m 1m 56.2s), James Saxton (5000m 14m 57.90s), Luke Thackray (JT 49.92m), Amanda Shaw (100m 12.61s & 200m 25.26s), Sarah Drake (HT 41.02m) & Lucy Holmes (SP 11.13m).
Match Result :- Sheffield 393, York 360.5, Wigan 359, Wakefield 328.5, West Cheshire 326, Preston 244.
Download Match Results
After this result the team ended up 5th in the division, by the closest of margins, and so have to take part in the playoff match to try and retain their place in Division 1. But nevertheless, well done to all the athletes who've competed for the team this season, and thank you from the club to team managers Sally Holmes and Richard Gayle for a job well done.
Final League Positions :- Wigan 20 (1528.5 pts), City of York 16 (1440.5), City of Sheffield 14 (1317.5), West Cheshire 13.5 (1428), Wakefield Harriers 13.5 (1399.5), Preston Harriers 7 (1208).

2nd Aug 2017. ‘Flat Cap 5’ Off-Road Race Results.
The popular ‘Flat Cap 5’ off-road race from Dewsbury had 13 Wakefield Harriers taking part. The fast improving Benjamin Khan was first Harrier home, finishing an excellent 4th. He was followed by Ian Shipley in 15th, and the first M45, and Peter McNamara in 24th, who was the first M55. Shaun Mollart was another category winner, being the first M50 in 33rd position. Joanne Biltcliffe was our first lady home, finishing 4th lady in 60th place, out of 256 finishers.
Results from Dewsbury Road Runners.
The race was also the 12th round of the Club Distance Runners League Championship, and Richard West now leads, ahead of Ian Shipley.

29th/30th Jul 2017. England Athletics Senior AAA Championships
Just two Wakefield Harriers were competing this year at the CAU Inter-County Championships at Bedford, which incorporated the England Athletics Senior AAA Championships. Amanda Shaw ran 25.45s in the heats of the 200m, and Lucy Robinson ran 4m 41.01s in the final of the 1500m. Meeting Results.

25th Jul 2017. Excellent Times in BMC races at Stretford.
There were some excellent middle distance times recorded at the BMC Grand Prix at Stretford. In the BMC Gold Standard Races Charlene Thomas showed she still has some speed in her legs with a 2m 03.12s 800m, her fastest at the distance for 7 years, and only 1.25 seconds off her club record. Ben Read ran a big PB in the 1500m, breaking 4 minutes for the first time with 3m 59.92s. Meeting Results
In the Grand Prix races Lucy Robinson ran a fine new PB of 2m 11.14s in the 800m.

19th Jul 2017. Harriers Win Both Team Prizes at Nostell Priory 10k.



Wakefield Harriers were once again to the fore at the popular Nostell Priory 10k off-road race, with an excellent turnout of 25 runners, and team victories by both the men and women. Adam Peers had a clear victory in 33:49, and Ben Butler followed him home in 35:25. Also under 40 minutes were Stewart Knowles (5th 36:49), Chris Ward (11th 38:13), Chris Hunter (13th 38:29), Stephen Tilford (14th 38:32) & Craig Davidson (18th 39:33). Alex Potter was our first lady home, finishing 52nd and 4th lady overall in 42:59, and with Hayley Newbound 7th lady in 44:27 and Joanne Biltcliffe 8th in 44:42 the ladies also took the team prize. Race Results.
The race was also the 11th round of the Club Distance Runners League Championship, where Richard West still leads over Ben Butler, with Rosie Boughton first lady.

19th Jul 2017. Fifth Round of West Yorkshire T&F League at Cleckheaton.
There were some good performances at the fifth round of West Yorkshire Track & Field League at Cleckheaton, with Grade 3 or better performances from Amy Hunt (3rd U13G HJ 1.35m & 2nd U13G 150m 21.12s), Emily Plimmer (1st U15G 1500m 5m 00.90s) & Lucy Holmes (1st SW SP 11.36m) Milly Goodison had a clear victory in the U11 Girl's Long Jump with 3.51m, and Andrew Cartwright's 1500m PB of 4m 15.44s at the age of 41 puts him 7th in this year's UK M40 rankings for the distance.
With just one meeting left, Wakefield Harriers have a good overall lead in the team rankings, and individually George Lowrie is leading the U15 Boy's competition, Aran Thomas leads the U17 Men's, just one point ahead of Matthew Hill, and Mark Bostock is just one point off the lead in the U20 Men's competition. For the girls, Milly Goodison is now ahead in the U11 competition & Amy Hunt leads the U13 competition.
Results from Cleckheaton :- Mens and Womens.

16th Jul 2017. Yorkshire & District League Match 4, Wakefield.
Still awaiting individual results. League website link.
Match Result :- Cleethorpes & District AC 615, Wakefield District Harriers & AC 534, Barnsley AC 532, Halifax Harriers 325.

9th Jul 2017. Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 Match 3.
The team was very short in many of the events in the 3rd match of the Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 at Wigan, but the athletes who competed for the club all performed valiantly, with many taking part in several events to secure as many points as possible. There were 'A' string victories from Scott Atkinson (200m 22.2s), Kieran Thackray (HT 44.10m), Alfie West (TJ 12.68m), Emily Tinsley (PV 2.70m) and the Men's 4 x 100m Relay team of Scott Atkinson, Nathaniel Davies, Men Mitchell & Alfie West in 44.9s. There were also Grade 3 performances from U20 India Elliott (800m 2m 16.9s), U20 Emily Tinsley (HJ 1.60m) & Lucy Holmes (SP 10.81m).
Match Result :- Wigan 411, Sheffield 383, York 364, Preston 353, Wakefield 332, West Cheshire 332.
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7th/8th Jul 2017. Harriers Success at English Schools T&F Championships.
Seven members of the club were performing individually for the West Yorkshire Schools team at the English Schools Championships at Birmingham. They all competed with distinction, with three of them making the finals of their events.
Leonie Ashmeade finished 5th in the IG 100m in 12.15s, after winning her heat in 11.99s & running 12.10s in her semi-final. Her heat time is a New Club U17 Women's 100m Record of 11.99s, just beating the previous record of 12.0s that had been held since 1982 by Diane Glazebrook. Rachel Crorken also finished 5th, in the SG 400m in 57.09s, after running 56.71s in the heats. Aran Thomas came 7th in the IB Discus with a throw of 42.23m, not far off his recent club record. Thomas Wood ran a new PB of 23.34s in the IB 200m heats, which is also not far off the club record in that event. Mark Bostock ran 4m 08.09s in the heats of the SB 1500m, Tamara Miller ran 13.14s in the heats of the JG 100m, and Abbey Brooke ran 4m 47.92s in the heats of the IG 1500m. Our congratulations to them all.
Results from ESAA website.

7th Jul 2017. Adam Peers Wins East Leeds 10k Trail Race.
Wakefield Harriers were dominant at the front of the East Leeds 10k trail race at Swillington. Adam Peers won in 33:09, with Ben Butler 4th & Stewart Knowles 5th. Katie Mchale was 41st and 2nd lady home. Race Results.

4th Jul 2017. Ben Butler and Hayley Newbound Star in Methley 5K Canal Race.
As last year, Ben Butler and Hayley Newbound were the club's star performers in the Jane Tomlinson Methley 5K Canal Race. Ben finished 2nd overall in a new PB of 16:28, with Chris Ward 9th in 17:55, Benjamin Khan 16th in 18:32 and the improving Andrew Nicholson also under 20 mins in 19:52. The fast improving Hayley finished 2nd lady in a new PB of 19:59. Race Results.

3rd Jul 2017. Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month - Rachel Crorken.



For breaking the U20 Women's 400m Club Record with a time of 56.10 seconds, the Club Committee have decided that Rachel Crorken is the Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month. Well done Rachel!

3rd Jul 2017. 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 Committee Meeting. Please welcome them all to the club.
Download list of New Members.

2nd Jul 2017. Northern Athletics Inter-Counties Championships.



Several members of Wakefield Harriers were selected to compete for the Yorkshire team in the Northern Athletics Inter-Counties Championships at Hull, and helped Yorkshire to victory. Leonie Ashmeade won the U17W 'A' 100m in 12.53s, Thomas Wood won the U15B 'B' 100m in 11.92s & came 6th in the 'A' 200m in 25.06s, Lydia Barker came 7th in the U15G 'B' 800m in 2m 27.14s, Matthew Hill won the U17M 'B' 3000m in 9m 17.22s, Gabrielle Dyson came 4th in the U17W PV with 2.50m, Aran Thomas came 2nd in the U17M JT with 47.42m & 3rd in the SP with 12.37m, and Olivia Roe and Tamara Miller helped the U15 Girls team win the 4 x 100m Relay. Meeting Results.

1st/2nd Jul 2016. Charlene Thomas 6th at the British Athletics Championships.
Charlene Thomas was our only competitor this year at the British Athletics Championships at Birmingham, which incorporated the Trials for the World Championships in London. After an injury affected build-up she was not at her very best to be able to mount a challenge for victory, but she still had a fine run to finish 6th in the 1500m in 4m 11.25s. Meeting Results.

1st Jul 2017. Eccup 10 Mile Road Race.



We just had a handful of club members competing this year at the Eccup 10 Mile Road race. Paul Lycett was first Harrier home, and Rosie Boughton our first lady. It was also the 10th race in this year’s Club Distance Runners League Championship, and Richard West has now moved into the top position. Race Results.

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
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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.

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