Wakefield Harriers

Club News and Results Highlights

These pages last updated - 15th Jul 2018

15th Jul 2018. Abby Ward 10th in World Junior Championships Final.
Abby Ward was selected to compete for Great Britain in the High Jump at the World Junior Championships in Tampere Finland, and did very well indeed. She equalled her season's best of 1.84m in the qualifying round, to reach the final, and matched that height in coming 10th in the final two days later. Well done Abby! Results Link.

13th/14th Jul 2018. Harriers Success at English Schools T&F Championships.
It was a very successful English Schools Championships at Birmingham for members of Wakefield Harriers, with two silver medals won, and two club records achieved. Aran Thomas managed both, as he came 2nd in the Intermediate Boys Discus with a New Club U17 Men's Record of 50.63m, beating his own record set earlier in the season. Also coming away with a silver medal was Amy Hunt, finishing 2nd in the Junior Girls Pole Vault with a PB clearance of 3.05m. The other club record came from Rachel Crorken, who equalled the U20 Ladies 400m record of 56.10s in the semi-final of the Senior Girls 400m, after running 56.47s in the heats.



In total we had 13 members of the club selected to compete individually for the West Yorkshire Schools team, and Olivia Roe was also selected to compete for Humberside. Amy and Olivia even had the distinction of carrying the flags for their counties!
For the Senior Boys Sam Mitchell ran 23.23s in the heats of the 200m & Mark Bostock ran 4m 01.00s in the 1500m heats. In the Intermediate Boys age group Jack Cherry finished 12th in the Long Jump with 6.11m, Thomas Wood ran 22.45s in the heats of the 200m & Terell Williams ran 11.66s in heats of the 100m. Alfie Edwards was also selected for the Junior Boys Pole Vault bud unfortunately didn't clear his opening height.
Leonie Ashmeade came 6th in the final of the Senior Girls 100m in 12.14s, after winning her heat in 12.17s, whilst for the Intermediate Girls Tamara Miller ran 12.75s in heats of the 100m & Abbey Brooke ran 4m 43.05s in the 1500m heats. Eleanor Rayner ran 12.96s in heats of the Junior Girls 100m.
Results from ESAA website.

8th Jul 2018. Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 Match 3.
There was another great all round effort from the team at the 3rd match of the Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 at York, where the team were victorious once again. Wakefield Harriers now have a 4 point lead at the top of the division, and with just 1 match to go look set to regain the title.
They were helped by double ' A' string victories from Chris Harris (LJ 6.38m & TJ 13.44m), Amanda Shaw (100m 12.5s & 200m 25.5s) and Jennifer Walsh (800m 2m 14.3s & 1500m 4m 50.5s). There were also individual 'A' string victories from Daniel Franks (800m 1m 55.6s), U20 Matthew Hill (5000m 17m 27.0s), U17 Kian Shaw (HJ 1.80m), Lucy Holmes (SP 12.33m), Rebecca Tolson (HJ 1.55m) & Vikki Mills (PV 2.10m).
There were also dominant wins for the Women's 4x100m Relay team of Lucy Holmes, Charlotte Sampson, Racheal Larkin & Amanda Shaw in 50.7s. and from the Women's 4x400m Relay team of Jennifer Walsh, Racheal Larkin, Rachel Crorken & Amanda Shaw in 4m 00.9s.
In addition there were also Grade 3 performances from U20 Rachel Crorken (1st 'B' 200m 25.7s) & Rachel Larkin (2nd 400m 59.5s).
Match Result :- Wakefield 428, York 386, West Cheshire 355, Wigan 334, Preston 327.5, Sheffield 158.
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7th Jul 2018. Northern Athletics U15/U17 Inter Counties Championships.



Several Wakefield Harriers were selected to compete for Yorkshire at the Northern Athletics U15/U17 Inter Counties Championships at Leigh, and helped Yorkshire to a team victory. For the U17 Men Aran Thomas won the Discus with 48.66m & came 2nd in the Shot with a PB of 14.06m, and James Simms cleared 2.60m in the Pole Vault. In the U17 Ladies age group Abbey Brooke ran 4m 52.21s for 1500m and Amy Hunt cleared 2.80m in the Pole Vault. For the U15 Girls Olivia Roe recorded 13.00s for 100m and Eleanor Rayner 26.54s for 200m, whilst for the U15 Boys Alfie Edwards won the Long Jump with a PB of 5.87m & recorded 13.85s for the 80m Hurdles. Results Link.

4th Jul 2018. West Yorkshire T&F League 5th Round at Wakefield.
Wakefield Harriers young athletes were in record breaking form at the 5th round of the West Yorkshire Track & Field League at Wakefield. Ben Smith had 2 clear victories in the U13 age group in the 150m in 20.11s & the Shot with 8.16m, his time in the 150m being a New West Yorkshire T&F League Record. Courtney Newsome was close to the WYL record as she won a quality U11 Girls 600m race, in another New U11 Girls Club 600m Record of 1 min 49.21 secs, her 3rd record this year. From the Harriers there was also a Grade 2 performance from Lucy Holmes (1st SW Shot 11.91m), a Grade 3 performance from Eleanor Rayner (1st U15G 100m 13.03s), and a good win from Cole McAndrew in the U11 Shot with 6.38m.
After 5 rounds and with just 1 round to go, Wakefield Harriers are now back in the lead in the league standings. Individually Ben Smith leads the U13 Boy's age group & Courtney Newsome the U11 Girl's age group.
Results of all the 2018 meetings and cumulative scores

3rd Jul 2018. Harriers to the Fore in Jane Tomlinson Canal Run 5K.
It was an impressive 1-2 for the Harriers at the Jane Tomlinson Appeal Canal Run 5K at Methley, as Ben Bulter and Mark Bostock were the first two home in excellent times of 15:57 & 16:06 respectively. And with the fast improving Benjamin Khan a good 7th in 17:38 the club easily won the team prize. Wakefield ladies also won the team race, with Helen Beck 4th lady and 42nd overall in 20:41, U15 Lydia Barker 5th lady in 20:56 & Hayley Newbound 6th lady in 21:25. Race Results.
It was also the 9th race in this yearís Club Distance Runners League Championship, and Craig Davisdon is in pole position, ahead of Hayley Newbound.

2nd Jul 2018. Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month - Abby Ward.


For being selected to compete for Great Britain at the World Junior Championships in Tampere Finland from 10-15 July. Abby Ward has been chosen as the Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month. Well done Abby!

2nd Jul 2018. 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 into the club. List of New Members.

30th Jun/1st Jul 2018. British Athletics Championships at Birmingham.
Three of the club's leading athletes were competing at the British Athletics Championships at Birmingham, which incorporated the Trials for the European Championships in Berlin. Abby Ward continued her fine form with an excellent 4th in the High Jump, even though she is still only a junior, with a clearance of 1.79m. Amy-Eloise Neale couldn't quite reproduce her form from earlier in the year, and finished 9th in the 5000m in 16m 19.55s, and Lucy Robinson finished 14th in her heat of the 1500m in 4m 32.04s. Meeting Results.

1st Jul 2018. Norton 9 Mile Road Race - Distance League.
We just had a handful of club members competing this year at the Norton 9 Mile Road race, which had been re-arranged to one of the hottest days of the year, after being postponed by snow and ice! Craig Davidson was first Harrier home in a fine 6th place, and Paul Lycett & Richard West put in strong veteran performances, finishing 3rd in M55 category and 2nd in the M60 category respectively. Race Results.

26th Jun 2018. Abby Ward Selected to Compete for Great Britain.


After finishing 2nd at the England Athletics U20 Championships, and achieving the qualifying height with her victory in the Northern Athletics U20 Championships with 1.84m, Abby Ward has been selected to compete for Great Britain at the World Junior Championships in Tampere Finland from 10-15 July. Congratulations Abby! British Athletics team news.

24th Jun 2018. Yorkshire & District League Match 3, Wakefield.
Awaiting results. League website link.

24th Jun 2018. Bradford Millennium Way Relay.
The club turned out 2 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 finished a fine 4th, with Adam Peers & Chris Hunter running a new 'club record' on leg 1 as they finished 2nd. There were also strong performances from Benjamin Khan & Craig Davidson, 3rd fastest on leg 4, and from Chris Ward & Ross Penny, 5th fastest on leg 2. The Mixed team also did well to finish 22nd and 3rd in category out of the 50 competing teams.
Download the Results in XL.

23rd/24th Jun 2017. Weekend Roundup of Leading Results.
There were some good middle distance times recorded at the BMC Grand Prix at Loughborough. Jennifer Walsh continued her comeback with a season's best of 4m 32.49s in the 1500m, and Daniel Franks improved his 800m PB to 1m 56.27s. Meeting Results

16th/17th Jun 2018. Two Silver Medals at England Athletics U20/U23 Champs.
Some of Wakefield's promising junior athletes were competing at the England Athletics U20/U23 Championships at Bedford, and did outstandingly well, coming away with two silver medals. Lucy Robinson had the best result of her career so far, finishing a superb 2nd in the U23W 1500m in a PB of 4m 24.7s, and Abby Ward also won silver in the U20 High Jump with a clearance of 1.79m.
Leonie Ashmeade reached the semi-finals of the U20W 100m, finishing 6th in 12.09s after running a season's best of 12.03s in the heats. U17 Aran Thomas was also in good form, throwing 48.02m with the 1.5Kg Discus in a competion for the U18 Men to try and get the qualifying distance for the European U18 Athletics Championships. Results from Power of 10

16th/17th Jun 2018. Distance Runners Weekend Roundup.
U20 Matthew Hill and M35 Ben Butler had excellent runs in the Barrowford Podium 5k Races near Burnley, recording fine PB times of 15:38 and 15:41 respectively. Race Results.
There were just a handful of Harriers running in the Silkstone Shuffle, which was the 7th round of the Club Distance Runners League Championship. The improving Andrew Nicholson was first home from the club in 20th place, and Hayley Newbound was our first lady in 48th place, and 3rd lady overall. Race Results. The league is still being led by Ross Penny, ahead of Craig Davidson, and Hayley Newbound is currently first lady.

13th Jun 2018. West Yorkshire T&F League 4th Round at Cleckheaton.
At the 4th round of the West Yorkshire Track & Field League at Cleckheaton there was just one Grade 3 performance from Eleanor Rayner (3rd U15G 200m 27.03s), but Zachary Rayner and Ben Shackleton came very close as they had a great scrap in the U13 Boy's 800m, finishing 1st & 2nd respectively in under 2 mins 30 secs. Courtney Newsome was a clear winner of the U11 Girl's 75m.
After 4 rounds Wakefield Harriers are a close 2nd behind Halifax in the league standings, and individually Ben Smith leads the U13 Boy's age group & Courtney Newsome the U11 Girl's age group.
Results of all the 2018 meetings and cumulative scores

12th June 2018. Fast Middle Distance Times in BMC Races.
There were some fast times recorded in the BMC races at Stretford. Lucy Robinson ran a big new PB of 2m 09.01s for 800m, a Grade 1 performance, and Grade 3 performances were recorded by U20 Mark Bostock (800m 1m 57.74s) & U17 Abbey Brooke (1500m 4m 48.29s). Results from Power of 10

9th/10th Jun 2018. Northern Athletics Track & Field Championships.
At the Northern Athletics Track & Field Championships at Sportcity in Manchester Wakefield athletes came away with quite a few medals this year. Abby Ward was our only gold medallist, winning the U20 High Jump with a Championship Best Performance of 1.84m, which was also a World U20 Championship qualifying height. Also up on the rostrum were Amanda Shaw (2nd SW 200m 25.07s), Lucy Robinson (3rd SW 1500m 4m 25.22s), Leonie Ashmeade (3rd U20W 100m 12.31s) & Luke Thackray (3rd SM JT 50.63m).
Other leading performers with a Grade 3 or better were Racheal Larkin (5th SW 400m 58.88s), Lucy Holmes (6th SW SP 12.25m), Amanda Shaw (7th SW 100m, after running 12.50s in the heats), Mark Bostock (6th U20 1500m 3m 38.84s) & Matthew Hill (11th U20 1500m 4m 04.78s). Download Results from Northern Athletics.

9th Jun 2018. Harriers in Action at West Yorkshire Schools Championships.
The club had many athletes competing and performing well for their various school districts at the West Yorkshire Schools Athletics Track & Field Championships at Leeds Carnegie.


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

There were victories from the following Wakefield Harriers club members :-
Sam Mitchell (SB 200m 22.45s), Rachel Crorken (SG 400m 57.21s), Gabrielle Dyson (SG PV 3.10m), Terell Williams (IB 100m 11.29s), Jack Cherry (IB LJ 6.16m), Aran Thomas (IB DT 44.70m), Tamara Miller (IG 100m 12.48s), Abbey Brooke IG 1500m 4m 50.03s), Fraser Stewart-McCarrison (JB 100m 12.02s), Louis Hargreaves (JB 200m 24.69s), Alfie Edwards (JB PV 3.20m) & Amy Hunt (JG PV 2.90m).
Rachel, Aran, Tamara, Alfie & Amy achieved the ESAA Entry Standard on the day, and so should have ensured their selection for the English Schools Championships, as did Thomas Wood who finished 2nd in the IB 200m in 22.55s. Our congratulations to them all.
Meeting Results.

4th Jun 2018. Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month - Chris Harris.


For finally breaking through the 13 metres barrier in the Triple Jump, and for his victories in the Northern League, Chris Harris has been chosen as the Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month. Well done Chris!

4th Jun 2018. 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 monthly Committee Meeting. Please welcome them all into the club. List of New Members.

3rd Jun 2018. Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 Match 2.
There was a great all round effort from the team to win the 2nd match of the Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 at Wakefield. So after the first 2 matches Wakefield now have a 2 point lead at the top of the division.
The middle distance squad in particular were in fine form, winning seven out of the eight 800m & 1500m races. They were helped by the return to the track, after an absence of 4 years, of former English Schools 800m Champion Jennifer Walsh, who easily won the 1500m. She was one of three former English Schools Champions competing for the team, which must be a first for the club, the others being Abby Ward in the High Jump and Lucy Holmes in the Shot.
There were 'A' string victories from James Saxton (800m 1m 55.3s), U20 Mark Bostock (1500m 3m 59.3s), Chris Harris (TJ 13.11m), U20 Leonie Ashmeade (100m 12.4s), Amanda Shaw (200m 25.5s), Jennifer Walsh (1500m 4m 32.9s), Abby Ward (HJ 1.80m), Gabrielle Dyson (PV 3.10m) and the Women's 4x400m Relay team of Lauren Rayner, Racheal Larkin, Jennifer Walsh & Amanda Shaw.
There was also a Grade 1 performance from Lucy Holmes (2nd SP 12.09m), Grade 2 performances from U17 Thomas Wood (4th A 200m 22.9s), U17 Richard Flood (5th A 400m 51.9s) & U17 Jack Cherry (2nd A LJ 6.34m & 1st B TJ 12.64m), and Grade 3 performances from Amanda Shaw (2nd B 100m 12.5s), Lynsie Whyke (2nd TJ 10.62m), U20 Leonie Ashmeade (2nd B 200m 25.7s), U17 Terrell Williams (4th B 400m 52.6s), U17 Kian Shaw (2nd A HJ 1.80m) & U17 Abbey Brooke (1st B 1500m 4m 50.8s).
Match Result :- Wakefield 411, York 385.5, West Cheshire 368.5, Sheffield 362.5, Wigan 322.5, Preston 274.
Download Match Results

26th-28th May 2018. Weekend Roundup of Leading Performances.
Amy-Eloise Neale ran inside the European Championships 5000m qualifying time for the second time in recent weeks, when she recorded 15 mins 29.89 secs at Sacramento in California, USA.
At the BIG Jumps & Throws Fest Open Meeting at Bedford Aran Thomas was close to his recent Club U17 Discus Record with an excellent throw of 49.33m, and Chris Harris jumped 12.61m in the Triple Jump. Meeting Results.
At the Trafford AC Medal Open Meeting at Stretford there were Grade 3 or better performances from Ben Smith (U13B 100m 13.15s & 200m 27.60s), Eleanor Rayner (U15G 100m 12.95s & 200m 26.39s) & Olivia Roe (U15G 100m 13.00s & 200m 26.61s). Meeting Results.
At the BMC Grand Prix at Watford Lucy Robinson was close to a Grade 1 with her fine new PB of 4m 27.77s in the 1500m. Meeting Results.

23rd May 2018. West Yorkshire T&F League 3rd Round at Wakefield.
There was another big turnout of athletes at the 3rd round of the West Yorkshire Track & Field League at Wakefield. From the Harriers there were Grade 3 performances from Abbey Brooke (U17W 1500m 4m 50.98s), Eleanor Rayner (U15G 300m 43.81s) & Emily Plimmer (U15G 1500m 5m 01.90s), and Ben Smith had 2 clear victories in the U13 age group in the 80m (11.10s) & LJ (3.98m).
Results from Wakefield :- Mens and Womens.

19th May 2018. Yorkshire & District League Match 2, Grimsby.
The young athletes team had another good result at the 2nd match of the Yorkshire & District League at Grimsby. They finished 2nd in the match, and the U17 Men's team broke the league record in the 4x100m relay with their time of 46.7s.
There was a Grade 1 performance from Aran Thomas with 46.02m in the U17M Discus, Grade 2 performances from Thomas Wood (U17M 200m 22.9s), Jack Cherry (U17M TJ 12.55m) & Alfie Edwards (U15B LJ 5.57m), and Grade 3 performances from Tamara Miller (U17L 100m 12.7s & 200m 26.1s), Terrell Williams (U17M 200m 23.4s), Aran Thomas (U17M SP 11.94m), Olivia Roe (U15G 100m 13.2s) & Eleanor Rayner (U15G 300m 43.4s).
Match Result :- Cleethorpes & District AC 666, Wakefield District Harriers & AC 593, Longwood Harriers 446, Barnsley AC 308. Results in pdf.
League website link.

16th May 2018. Some Good Times at Askern 10k Road Race.
There were some good times recorded at the fast and popular Askern 10k road race. Ben Butler had another fine run to finish 5th in 33:38, and also under 40 minutes were Ross Penny with 35:54, Craig Davidson with 36:30 and Andrew Nicholson 38:58. The leading ladies were Helen Beck with 41:21 and Hayley Newbound with 42:36, 6th & 9th respectively in the ladies category. Race Results.
The race was also the 7th round of the Club Distance Runners League Championship, which is now being led by Ross Penny.

14th May 2018. Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month - Courtney Newsome.


For twice breaking the Club U11 600m Record in recent weeks, Courtney Newsome has been chosen as the Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month. Well done Courtney!

14th May 2018. 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 monthly Committee Meeting. Please welcome them all into the club. List of New Members.

12th/13th May 2018. Yorkshire T&F Championships at Cudworth.
Wakefield Harriers had a great showing at the Yorkshire Track & Field Championships at Cudworth, with 41 medals won. This included 14 golds medals, of which 4 were won by U17 Aran Thomas in the field events.
In total there were 14 Yorkshire Gold medals for Amanda Shaw (SW 100m 12.22s (w)), Leonie Ashmeade (U20W 100m 12.06s (w) & 200m 25.39s), Abby Ward (U20W HJ 1.80m), Mark Bostock (U20M 1500m 3m 59.09s), Matthew Hill (U20M 3000m 8m 57.69s), Tamara Miller (U17W 100m 12.44s), Thomas Wood (U17M 100m 11.12s (w)), Aran Thomas (U17M SP 13.82m, DT 46.55m, JT 50.72m & PV 3.50m), Alfie Edwards (U15B PV 3.20m) & Amy Hunt (U15G PV 2.90m).
14 Silver medals were won by Daniel Franks (SM 1500m 4m 13.10s), Chris Harris (SM TJ 13.14m), Rebecca Tolson (SW HJ 1.55m), Jennifer Ibbitson (SW PV 2.20m), Rachel Crorken (U20W 400m 57.67s), Gabrielle Dyson (U20W PV 2.80m), Thomas Wood (U17M 200m 22.52s), James Simms (U17M TJ 11.32m), Tamara Miller (U17W 200m 25.60s (w) & 25.39s in heats), Abbey Brooke (U17W 1500m 4m 51.11s), Eleanor Rayner (U15G 100m 12.91s & 200m 26.51s (w)), Erin Hunt (U15G PV 2.50m) & Alfie Edwards (U15B LJ 5.61m).
13 Bronze medals were won by Amanda Shaw (SW 200m 24.97s), Racheal Larkin (SW 400m 59.90s), Lucy Holmes (SW JT 26.07m), Jennifer Ibbitson (SW HT 28.13m), Mark Bostock (U20M 800m 1m 58.4s), Matthew Hill (U20M 1500m 4m 01.65s), Richard Flood (U17M 400m 52.81s), George Lowrie (U17M LJ 5.38m), James Simms (U17M PV 2.90m), Alfie Edwards (U15B 80mH 14.23s), Olivia Roe (U15G 200m 26.55s (w) & DT 19.19m) & Ben Smith (U13B SP 7.56m).
From athletes who missed out on medals, there was a Grade 1 performance from Lucy Holmes (4th SW SP 12.33m), and Grade 3 performances from Terrell Williams (5th U17M 100m 11.42s (w) & 5th 200m 23.14s), Olivia Roe (4th U15G 100m 13.00s & 12.85s in heats), Fraser Stewart-McCarrison (6th U15B 100m 11.95s (w) & heats 200m 24.79s), Emily Plimmer (U15G 800m 2m 25.40s in heats) & Ben Smith (4th U13B 100m 13.25s).
Meeting Results from Power of 10

12th May 2018. Fast Times at BMC Grand Prix.
There were some fast times at the BMC Grand Prix at Sportcity, with James Saxton running 1m 53.21s for 800m, and Lucy Robinson 4m 28.35s for 1500m. Meeting Results from Power of 10

5th May 2018. Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 Match 1.
Several of the team were stranded on the blocked M62, and couldn't make the meeting, so under the circumstances it was a good result to come 3rd in the first match of the Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 at Wigan.
Among many fine performances there were 'A' string victories from Chris Harris (LJ 6.34m & TJ 12.74m), Patrick Thackray (PV 3.00m), Lucy Holmes (SP 11.79m), the Women's 4x100m Relay team of Leonie Ashmeade, Tamara Miller, Amanda Shaw & Racheal Larkin, and the Women's 4x400m Relay team of Racheal Larkin, Amanda Shaw, Holly Kitching & Rachel Crorken.
There were also Grade 1 performances from U17 Thomas Wood (3rd 200m 22.6s) & U20 Leonie Ashmeade (3rd 100m 12.2s), a Grade 2 performance from Amanda Shaw (2nd 200m 25.0s), and Grade 3 performances from James Saxton (2nd 800m 1m 55.2s), U20 Mark Bostock (2nd 1500m 4m 01.2s), Amanda Shaw (1st B 100m 12.6s) & U20 Rachel Crorken (1st B 200m 22.6s). U17 Aran Thomas also did well to come 2nd in the Javelin throwing 46.21m with the senior implement.
Match Result :- Wigan 435, Preston 386, Wakefield 364, West Cheshire 358, York 251, Sheffield 181.
Download Match Results

3rd May 2018. New Club 5000m Record for Amy-Eloise Neale.
American based club member Amy-Eloise Neale has been producing a great set of results in the U.S. She was one of several British athletes competing at the Payton Jordan Invitational, at Palo Alto in California, and in a top quality race she finished 13th, ahead of Emelia Gorecka, and ran a superb New Ladies Club 5000m Record of 15 minutes 24.16 seconds, beating her previous record from last year. Race Results. Her time is also a qualifying time for this year's European Championships, and puts her top of this year's UK 5000m Rankings!
In recent weeks she has also run 2m 09.39s for 800m and 4m 14.39s for 1500m.

2nd May 2018. West Yorkshire T&F League 2nd Round at Cleckheaton.
There was a huge turnout of athletes at the 2nd round of the West Yorkshire Track & Field League at Cleckheaton, which meant the competition didn't finish until nearly 10 pm.
Top performer from the club was Ben Smith, who had 3 victories in the U13 age group in the 80m (10.86s), 150m (20.39s) & Shot (7.86m). Courtney Newsome also had a clear victory in the U11G 75m in 11.27s, and there was also a Grade 3 performance from Emily Plimmer (2nd U15G 800m 2m 24.00s)
Results from Wakefield :- Mens and Womens.

1st May 2018. Thornes Park Stadium & Track Closed on Thursday.
Please note that the Thornes Park Stadium & Track will be closed due to the Local Elections on Thursday 3rd May. The lower car park will also be closed, so there will be no formal club training.

29th Apr 2018. Yorkshire & District League Match 1, Cudworth.
The clubs young athletes had a great result at the 1st match of the Yorkshire & District League at Cudworth, winning the match and breaking several of the league records. The league record breakers were Thomas Wood (U17M 100m 11.1s & 200m 22.7s), Aran Thomas (U17M Discus 50.23m), Jack Cherry (U17M Long Jump 6.42m) & Alfie Edwards (U15B Long Jump 5.73m & Pole Vault 3.20m). That outstanding throw of 50.23m from Aran was a New Club U17 Discus Record, smashing the record he set just 3 weeks previously. He also threw a Grade 1 distance of 13.71m in the Shot.
There were also Grade 2 performances from Jack Cherry (U17M 100m 11.3s) & Frazer Stewart-McCarrison (U15B 100m 11.9s) and Grade 3 performances from Aran Thomas (U17M JT 45.77m), Terrell Williams (U17M 200m 23.2s), Olivia Roe (U15G 100m 13.2s), Eleanor Rayner (U15G 300m 44.3s) & Louis Hargreaves (U15B 100m 12.1s).
Match Result :- Wakefield District Harriers & AC 580, Cleethorpes & District AC 532, Longwood Harriers 394, Barnsley AC 345. Results in pdf.

28th/29th Apr 2018. Round Up of Leading Distance Running Performances.
Two hardy Wakefield Harriers took part in one of the toughest events on the calendar, the Three Peaks Fell Race, a gruelling 23 miles which includes climbing the famous Yorkshire peaks of Ingleborough, Penyghent & Whernside. Jenny Buck ran superbly to finish 24th lady and record 4 hrs 8 mins in the muddy conditions, and M50 Martin Holding aslo did well to get round in 4 hrs 48 mins. Race Results.
Dale Worton finished 6th in the Epilepsy Action Bradford 10K in 34 mins 34 secs.
Chris Ward completed the Big Sur International Marathon in California in 2 hrs 53 minutes, good running on the hilly course.

22nd Apr 2018. Wakefield Harriers Running in the London Marathon.
Conditions were tough for the Wakefield Harriers competing in the Virgin Money London Marathon this year, with it being the warmest London Marathon ever. Understandably times were disappointing, but new member Ryan Williams ran strongly to record 3 hrs 3 mins, and Katie Peers also ran well to record 3 hrs 24 mins. London Marathon Results website.
In the London Mini Marathon Matthew Hill and Abbey Brooke competed for Yorkshire & Humberside, and had great runs. Matthew finished 40th in the U17 Men's 3 Mile race, and Abbey was 39th in the U17 Womenís race over the same distance. London Mini Marathon Results.

14th/15th Apr 2018. Weekend Roundup of Leading Performances.
Charlene Thomas had an excellent run to finish 4th in the Brighton 10k, recording a fine new PB of 33 mins 27 secs. This is not far off Penny Thackray's club record of 33 mins 06 secs set in 2001, and is a New Club F35 Record, beating Julie Briscoe's previous record of 34:19 set in 2014.
At the Sheffield Festival of Athletics there were Grade 2 performances from Leonie Ashmeade (U20W 100m 12.26s & 200m 25.30s) and Grade 3 performances from Amanda Shaw (SW 100m 12.49s & 200m 25.34s) and Racheal Larkin (SW 400m 59.29s). Meeting Results.
Ben Butler continued his fine form on the roads with another 2nd place finish, this time in the Vale of York 10 Mile race, where he recorded a new PB of 56 mins 30 secs. Chris Ward also had a good run to finish 14th in 59:43. Race Results.

14th Apr 2018. First Round of West Yorkshire T&F League at Wakefield.
With some decent weather for a change, there was a good turnout of athletes at the first round of the West Yorkshire Track & Field League at Wakefield.
Star performer from the club was Courtney Newsome, who ran another New U11 Girls Club 600m Record of 1 min 53.08 secs, trimming the record she set just six days previously. She also won the 75m in a speedy 11.22s. There were also Grade 3 performances from Emily Plimmer (1st U15G 1500m 4m 57.82s) & Abbey Brooke (1st U17W 3000m 10m 43.37s), and other good wins from Mark Bostock (Men's 3000m 9m 01.06s), Eleanor Rayner (U15G 100m 13.41s), Ben Smith (U13B 80m 10.80s), Ben Shackleton (U13B 800m 2m 35.49s) & Ellis Walker (U11B LJ 3.61m).
Results from Wakefield :- Mens and Womens.

9th Apr 2018. Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month - India Elliott.


For her fine runs for Yorkshire in the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships, and for West Yorkshire Schools in the English Schools Cross Country Championships, India Elliott has been chosen as the Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month. Well done India!

9th Apr 2018. 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 monthly Committee Meeting. Please welcome them all into the club. List of New Members.

8th Apr 2018. John Newsome Memorial Open Meeting at Wakefield.
There were some excellent performances at the John Newsome Memorial Open Meeting, hosted by the Harriers, including two club records.
Aran Thomas threw a New U17 Men's Club Discus Record of 46.57m, beating his previous record from last year, and there was also a New U11 Girls Club 600m Record of 1 min 53.32 secs from Courtney Newsome, beating Brodie Ashton's previous best from 2015.
There were also Grade 2 performances from Lucy Holmes (1st SW SP 11.46m), Amy Hunt (1st U15G PV 2.90m) & Alfie Edwards (1st U15B LJ 5.67m), and Grade 3 performances from Amanda Shaw (1st SW 100m 12.56s & 1st 200m 25.42s), Luke Thackray (1st SM JT 50.45m), Emily Plimmer (1st U15G 800m 2m 23.30s), Amy Hunt (2nd U15G LJ 4.72m) & Alfie Edwards (1st U15B PV 3.00m).
We also had a good turnout of Junior Jets, with some of them enjoying their first proper competition. As well as her club record in the 600m, Courtney Newsome also same 2nd in the 75m in a fast 11.15s, and other leading performers amongst the U11 athletes were Tilly Simms (2nd SP 5.15m), Alice Roe (1st PV 1.20m), Theo Dudding (1st 600m 2m 01.21s), Cole McAndrew (1st LJ 3.31m) & James Sharp (1st SP 6.58m). Alice is probably our first U11 to compete in the Pole Vault, so she becomes the inaugural club record holder at the event.
Many thanks to all the officials and helpers for all their hard work in making the meeting a success. Meeting Results

8th Apr 2018. Wakefield Ladies Win Team Prize at Manchester Marathon.
There were some great performances by the Wakefield ladies in the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon, which won them the team prize calculated by added up the finishing times of the first three runners home. Julie Briscoe had another outstanding run to finish 3rd lady and 55th overall, out of the huge field of around 10,000 runners. Her time was a New F40 Club Record of 2 hrs 41 mins 36 secs, beating Denise Tibbs previous F40 record from 2005, and a time less than 2 minutes off her PB and outright club record. Rebecca Zserdicky made a huge improvement to finish 53rd lady in 3:17:21, and Alex Potter also improved her PB by several minutes to record 3:20:41, and finish 69th lady. With these chip times Rebecca and Alex move up to 9th and 11th respectively in the club all-time list. For the men Darren Hewitt and Martin Holding ran well to record chip times of 3:18:01 and 3:20:27. Race Results.

7th Apr 2018. Ladies Team Win Yorkshire Road Relay Championships.
The Yorkshire Road Relay Championships was held at a new venue, the Brownlee Centre in north Leeds, and it was a successful event for Wakefield Harriers, with the club winning the Senior Ladies team prize.



In the relay races the Senior Ladies A team of India Elliott, Lucy Robinson, Jenny Buck and Charlene Thomas were dominant, winning easily, and with Charlene, Lucy & Jenny recording the 3 fastest times of the day. After good opening legs from India and Lucy, Jenny hit the front on leg 3, before Charlene set off for a solo run on the final leg, to bring the team home over 2 minutes clear. There was also a good performance from the B team of Julie Greenwood, Helen Beck, Nicky Steel and Eileen Mannion, who finished a very creditable 8th and first of all the B teams. The Senior Men's A team of Mark Bostock, Daniel Franks, Ross Penny & Chris Ward were a fine 8th in their event, whilst the B team of Benjamin Khan, Craig Davidson, Dave Brooke and Alistair Robinson also did well to finish 20th.
In the U17 Men's event we didn't have a complete team, but Matthew Hill won leg 1, and was fastest overall.
In the road races for the younger athletes, Emily Plimmer was an excellent 2nd in the U15 Girl's race, and with Suzanne Brooke 7th & Harriet Metcalfe 12th the team won silver medals. We also had a strong B team, with Lydia Barker 13th, Lauren Rayner 18th & Millie Hinchcliffe 19th. Bailey Mann & Callum Gaunt were 16th and 21st in the U15 boy's race.
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.

2nd Apr 2018. Easter Weekend Roundup of Leading Performances.
Jennifer Walsh made a welcome return to competition, after a long period out with injury, and took part in her first Half Marathon. She finished 9th overall and first lady in the Ackworth Half Marathon in 83 mins 14 secs, a time which puts her 5th on the club all-time list. Ben Butler also had a very good run to finish 2nd overall in 76:20, and as the event incorporated the Yorkshire Vets Championship, Ben is the Yorkshire M35 Champion. Glenn Shelley and Ryan Williams used the race as preparation for the London Marathon and finished together in 88:24. Race Results.
At the Bridlington Easter 5 Mile race on Good Friday Craig Davidson finished 6th in 30:23, and Jacqui Khoueiry was 42nd and 8th lady in 36:20. Race Results.
Conditions were poor for the Doncaster AC Spring Open Meeting, but there were still Grade 3 or better performances from Thomas Wood (U17M 200m 23.43s) and Leonie Ashmeade (U20W 200m 25.90s). Meeting Results.

1st Apr 2018. League Dates for Wakefield Harriers Track & Field Teams.
Here are the dates of the matches for Wakefield Harriers Track & Field teams during the 2018 season :-
The Senior & U20 Men & Women are competing again this year 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 (and venues) are Sat 5th May (Wigan), Sun 3rd June (Wakefield), Sun 4th July (York) & Sat 5th August (Preston). Link to league webpage.
The U17, U15 & U13 athletes are competing in the Premier Division of the Yorkshire & District Athletics League, against Barnsley AC, Cleethorpes AC and Longwood Harriers AC. The match dates (and venues) are Sun 29th April (Cudworth), Sat 19th May (Cleethorpes), Sun 24th June (Wakefield) & Sun 22nd July (Wakefield). Link to league webpage.

25th Mar 2018. Danny Franks & Hayley Newbound Win Club 10k Championship.


Wakefield Harriers 2018 10k Champions Danny Franks & Hayley Newbound

Conditions were excellent for this year's Wakefield Hospice 10k road race, and some fine times and several PBs were recorded by club members on the undulating out and back course along Horbury Road.
Wakefield Harriers had a good showing in the Men's race, and the club easily won the team prize. Danny Franks came an excellent 2nd in 34:43, and he was chased home by U20 Mark Bostock in 3rd place in 34:52, with Ross Penny 7th in 35:40. All three recorded PB times. New members Ian Richardson and Mark Mills were next home from the club finishing 10th and 12th respectively, with times of 36:17 & 36:33, and Benjamin Khan was another recording a good PB in 17th place with 36:54. Other Harriers under 40 minutes were Craig Davidson with 37:29 & Chris Rippon with 39:23. Peter McNamara was 2nd in the M55 category with 40:16.
We only had 3 ladies competing this year, and Hayley Newbound was first Harrier finishing 9th lady in 44:32. Rosie Boughton and Elizabeth Turner were 2nd and 3rd in the Club Championship. Race Results.
The race also incorporated the Club 10k Road Race Championship, and Danny and Hayley are new names added to the list of title winners.
It was also the 5th round of the Club Distance Runners League Championship, which is currently led by Mark Bostock, ahead of Danny Franks and Ross Penny.

24th Mar 2018. English Schools Cross Country Finals.


Wakefield Harriers had five young athletes representing West Yorkshire in the English Schools Cross Country Finals, for school years 5-7, at Prestwold Hall near Loughborough. In the Year 7 Boys race, Danny George and Euan Gaskin had strong runs finishing 58th and 66th. In the Year 6 Boys race, Ben Shackleton finished an excellent 17th, helping the team to first place. Courtney Newsome and Jessica Watson, helped the Year 5 girls team to first place, finishing 63rd & 106th.

24th Mar 2018. Spenborough AC Spring Open Meeting.
At the Spenborough AC Spring Open Meeting at Cleckheaton there were quite a few Harriers competing, and there were Grade 3 or better performances from Alfie Edwards (U15B LJ 5.85m & PV 3.30m), Lucy Holmes (SW Shot 11.70m) & Luke Thackray (SM Javelin 49.71m). Meeting Results.

18th Mar 2018. 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

17th Mar 2018. Seven Harriers at English Schools Cross Country Championships.
Wakefield Harriers had seven runners representing West Yorkshire at the English Schools Cross Country Championships, at Temple Newsam Park near Leeds.
In the Senior Boys race, even though only in the first year in the age group, Matthew Hill had a superb run to finish 19th, and 1st counter for West Yorkshire. Mark Bostock was 5th counter in 213th place. The club also had the 1st counter for West Yorkshire in the Senior Girls race, as India Elliott had a good run to finish 69th. In the Intermediate Girls race Abbey Brooke was 149th and Lucie Hall 253rd, whilst in the Intermediate Boys race Bailey Mann was 181st. Emily Plimmer finished 173rd in the Junior Girls event. Race Results from ESAA

10th/11th Mar 2018. New Club U17 Heptathlon Record for Aran Thomas.
Three of Wakefield's all-round athletes competed at the England Athletics U15/U17 Combined Events Championships at Sheffield, and they all did well, with two of them winning Northern Counties titles.
U17 Aran Thomas gained PBs in four of his seven events, and won the Northern Counties title, coming 12th overall in the national event. His points total of 4074 was a New Club U17 Heptathlon Record, and his individual results were 60m 7.66s, LJ 5.90m, SP 13.53m, HJ 1.59m, 60mH 9.72s, PV 3.86m & 1000m 3:16.00. First year U17 George Lowrie finished a creditable 25th in this competition with 2858 points. The fast improving U15 Alfie Edwards recorded several new PBs on his way to finishing 9th in the Pentathlon competition, and he also won the Northern Counties U15 title with the excellent score of 2009 points. Results from Power of 10

10th/11th Mar 2018. British Masters Track & Field Championships.
At the British Masters Track & Field Championships at Lee Valley Lynsie Whyke came away with two medals, winning the F35 Triple Jump with 10.56m and the Long Jump with 4.78m. Results Link.

10th Mar 2018. Inter Counties Cross Country Championships.
Four Wakefield Harriers represented Yorkshire at the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Loughborough, and they all did very well, helping Yorkshire to second in the overall team trophy.



Matthew Hill continued his fine form to finish 18th and 2nd Yorkshire counter in the U17 Men's race, and help the county finish 2nd in that race. In the U20 Women's race India Elliott was Yorkshire's 4th counter in 63rd position, helping the team to finish 7th. Abbey Brooke was 62nd and 6th Yorkshire runner to finish in the U17 Women's race, and Mark Bostock finished 81st in the U20 Men's race, and 6th runner home for Yorkshire. Results from Power of 10

8th Mar 2018. England Athletics Registration for 2018/2019.
The England Athletics Registration for 2018/2019 is due by 31st March.
The fee is now £15 per year for all competing athletes, and the the club has the task of registering all its athletes, and collecting this fee on behalf of England Athletics. Please complete the EA Registration Form and hand in to the club cabin ASAP. You can collect a form from the cabin, or Download the form from here. Many thanks

5th Mar 2018. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers in March.
Here's the list of people that have been accepted into membership by Wakefield Harriers at the monthly Committee Meeting. List of New Members.

4th Mar 2018. Weekend Roundup of Leading Results.
The winter weather meant that most road races were cancelled, including the Norton 9 which was in the Distance League. However the new 'Big Half Marathon' in London, which included the British Championships, did take place and Julie Briscoe had another good run to record 77 mins 01 secs, finishing 15th lady and first in the F40 category. Ross Penny wasn't too far behind, and recorded a new PB of 77 mins 53 secs. Results Link.
Just a few Harriers took part this year in the Yorkshire Vets Cross Country Championships at Cleckheaton.
Men 35-49 results , Men 50-69 results , Women Over 35 & Men Over 70 results.

24th/25th Feb 2018. England Athletics U15/U17/U20 Indoor Championships.
At the England Athletics U15/U17/U20 Indoor Championships at Sheffield there were some great performances from the Harriers, including two gold medals and a new club record.
Abby Ward won the U20W High Jump with a season's best of 1.79m, and Amy Hunt was victorious in the U15G Pole Vault with 2.81m. Alfie Edwards was unlucky not to come home with a medal, as he finished 4th on count back in the U15B Pole Vault with a new PB of 3.31m, and he also finished 5th in the Long Jump with an excellent new PB and Grade 1 performance of 5.87m. Aran Thomas finished 5th in the U17M Shot with 13.11m, and came 9th in the Pole Vault with 3.80m.
Leonie Ashmeade finished 7th in the U20W 60m final in 7.77s, after running a New U20 60m Club Record of 7.70s in the semi-final. Tamara Miller came 6th in the U17W final in 7.86s and Jack Cherry finished 7th in the U17M Long Jump with 6.31m, both almost Grade 1 performances. Olivia Roe just missed reaching the final of the U15G 60m, but ran an excellent 8.05s for 4th place in her semi-final, a Grade 1 performance.
In addition there were Grade 3 performances from Thomas Wood (heats U17M 60m 7.35s), Fraser Stewart-McCarrison (heats U15B 60m 7.95s), Alfie Edwards (heats U15B 60m 7.98s) and Olivia Roe (U15G 200m 27.12s). Meeting Results.

24th Feb 2018. English National Cross Country Championships.


L to R : U15 girls - Suzie Brooke, Emily Plimmer, Harriet Metcalfe, Millie Hinchcliffe. U17 girls - Abbey Brooke

A few young Harriers made the long trek to London to run in the Saucony English National Cross Country Championships at the famous Parliament Hill Fields venue. Abbey Brooke had a good run to finish 55th in the U17 Women's race, and 4th runner home from Yorkshire. In the U15 Girl's race Emily Plimmer was 67th, Suzie Brooke 214th, Millie Hinchcliffe 334th & Harriet Metcalfe 361st, as the team finished 39th overall and 2nd team from Yorkshire. Results Link.

22nd Feb 2018. Second Thornes Park Stadium Indoor Athletics Meeting.
There was another good turnout of young athletes for the second of the Indoor Athletics Meetings at Thornes Park Stadium. There was also a surprise appearance from former international long jumper JJ Jegede, 4th in the European Championships in 2012, having his first competition of the year. He won of course, but Jack Cherry and Chris Harris weren't too far behind, with both clearing 6.36m. U15 Alfie Edwards also jumped a Grade 3 5.46m, as well as recording a fast 50m time of 6.7s. There were also fast 50m sprint times from Thomas Wood with 6.4s, and Jack Cherry & Chris Harris who both ran 6.5s, but the best sprint performance of the evening came from Leonie Ashmeade, who won the ladies race in 6.7s.
In the younger age groups Courtney Newsome showed an impressive turn of speed, easily winning the U11G 50m with 7.9s, and Daniel Akintolu won the U11B LJ with 3.42m. Milly Goddison won the U13G 50m with 7.7s, as well as recording a Grade 3 in the LJ with 4.22m, and Ben Smith had a very good evening, winning the U13B LJ with 4.06m, and easily winning the 50m in a fast 7.4s. Meeting Results.

17th/18th Feb 2018. Weekend Roundup of Leading Results.
Abby Ward was our only competitor this year at the British Athletics Indoor Championships at Birmingham, and she did well to finish 4th= in the High Jump with a leap of 1.76m. Meeting Results
Dale Worton was runner up in the Wombwell 5 Mile Road Race, in a time of 27:39 Race Results
Chris Ward finished 13th in the Liversedge Half Marathon from Roberttown, in a time of 81:19 Race Results

11th Feb 2018. Julie Briscoe Runs New Club F40 Half Marathon Record.
Julie Briscoe continued her build up for the Manchester Marathon with a fine run in the Barcelona Half Marathon in Spain, recording a New F40 Club Record of 76 mins 21 seconds, breaking her previous record that she set in Chester last year. In a very high quality race she finished 173rd overall out of over 13,000 finishers, and she won the F40 category. Results Link.

11th Feb 2018. Extraordinary General Meeting to he held on Monday 5th March.
This is a reminder that the club, having been informed by Wakefield Council that the cost of hiring Thornes Park Stadium on club nights is to rise significantly, will be holding an Extraordinary General Meeting on Monday 5th March, at 7.00 pm. This is to discuss how to cover this cash shortfall, whether by increasing training fees, or possibly introducing an annual membership fee.
This affects ALL club members, so this is your chance to have your say on the matter. If you wish to express your views then please download the form , and pass onto Andrea in the cabin by Tuesday 20th February.

10th Feb 2018. Good performances from young Pole Vaulters.
Some young pole vaulters from the club competed at the Fox Fundraising Event at Sheffield. Amy and Erin Hunt jumped well, clearing 2.81m & 2.51m respectively, and U15 Alfie Edwards made a big advance to 3.26m, a huge PB and a Grade 2 performance. Meeting Results.

5th Feb 2018. Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month - Amy-Eloise Neale.


For her tremendous run to finish in 4th place for the Great Britain U23 Women's team at the European Cross Country Championships in Slovakia, and her recent 3000m run where she just missed Charlene Thomas' club record, our US based club member Amy-Eloise Neale has been chosen as the Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month. Well done Amy-Eloise!

5th Feb 2018. 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 monthly Committee Meeting. List of New Members.

4th Feb 2018. Mickleden Straddle Fell Race.
A few Harriers ran in the Mickleden Straddle Fell Race, a tough 14.3 miles fell race from Langsett with 2431ft of ascent. Chris Ward did well to finish 10th, and not far behind was new member Ryan Williams in 14th place, and Stephen Tilford in 21st. Jenny Buck was 3rd lady, finishing 29th overall. Download Race Results.

4th Feb 2018. Three Medals at Northern Athletics U13/U15 Indoor Champs.
At the Northern Athletics U13/U15 Indoor Championships, at the EIS in Sheffield, we had three medalists and a few finalists. The Hunt twins Amy and Erin won gold and silver in the U15G Pole Vault with 2.90m & 2.30m respectively, and Alfie Edwards won bronze in the U15B Long Jump with 5.48m. Emily Plimmer finished 5th in the U15G 800m in 2m 27.67s, after winning her heat in 2m 26.93s, and Olivia Roe was 8th final in the U15G 60m in 8.26s, after running 8.21s in the heats. Results from Power of 10.

4th Feb 2018. Successes for the Harriers at Dewsbury 10K.
As usual the club had success at the Dewsbury 10k Road Race, with Charlene Thomas winning the ladies race, and the men winning the team prize. Although Charlene has now retired from international competition, she's clearly still pretty fit as she took the Ladies prize in 34:50, finishing 32nd overall. Julie Greenwood was close to the club F45 record with 41:24 and Rebecca Zserdicky made another big improvement to 42:04. The ladies finished 2nd team.
For the men M40 Paul Marchant was first home in 13th place overall, and 2nd in category in the very good time of 33:36. Ben Butler and Stewart Knowles were not far behind in 16th & 22nd places, with good times of 33:56 & 34:15 respectively, and the trio won the team prize. Behind them there were PBs galore from new member Ian Richardson with 35:49, Ross Penny 35:57, Chris Hunter 36:09 and Craig Davidson 37:04. Benjamin Khan 38:08, Glenn Shelley 39:17 & Marwan Khoueiry 39:18 also finished inside 40 minutes. Race Results.
The race was also the 3rd round of the 2018 Club Distance Runners League Championship, and is currently being led by Matthew Hill, after his two outstanding cross country performances.

3rd Feb 2018. West Yorkshire Schools Cross Country Champs.
At the West Yorkshire Schools Cross Country Championships at Leeds Grammar School Wakefield Harriers had several runners representing their schools districts. There were some great performances, with several Harriers being selected to run for West Yorkshire Schools at the forthcoming English Schools Cross Country Championships at Temple Newsam Park Leeds on 17th March.
The in-form Matthew Hill had another great run to win the Senior Boys race, in his first year in the age group, and Mark Bostock was a fine 4th. In the Senior Girl's race, Becky Sheppard was an excellent 2nd in her first race for some time, and India Elliott was 8th. Emily Plimmer had an excellent win in the Junior Girls race, and Suzanne Brooke also did well to finish 10th. Abbey Brooke was a fine 3rd in the Intermediate Girls race, with Lucie Hall finishing 7th, and Bailey Mann was 6th in the Intermediate Boys race.
In the Year 7 Boys race Daniel George & Evan Gaskin finished 5th & 6th to qualify for the National final at Prestwold Hall Leicestershire on 24 March. Meeting Results.

2nd Feb 2018. West Yorkshire Track and Field League Dates.
The dates of the 2018 West Yorkshire Track and Field League meetings are as follows :- Sat 14th Apr Wakefield, Wed 2nd May Cleckheaton, Wed 23rd May Wakefield, Wed 13th Jun Cleckheaton, Wed 4th Jul Wakefield, Sun 5th Aug Cleckheaton.
Entry forms will be available soon from the club cabin.

28th Jan 2018. Harriers 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 36th edition of 'La Ronde Givree'. This was the 10th time we'd participated in the event, and as a thankyou for supporting the event the team were presented with a trophy. We just had one team taking part this year, and those who went had another great weekend. The Mixed team of Hayley Newbound, Peter Young, Jeremy Frain and Andrew Nicholson finished 142nd out of the large entry of 367 teams.
Results from Race Website

27th Jan 2018. Northern Cross Country Championships at Harewood
There was a new venue for this year's Northern Cross Country Championships, in the grounds of Harewood House near Leeds. The club had a good turnout of younger runners competing, and with some very good performances. Best result came in the U17 Men's race from Matthew Hill, who finished in a superb 4th place. Mark Bostock was a good 36th in the U20 Men's race, and Annabel Mason made a welcome return to competition finishing 64th in the Senior Women's event. Daniel Franks was 114th, Chris Ward 215th & David Brooke 598th in the Senior Men's race.
In the U17 Women's race Abbey Brooke finished 26th, just 2 places ahead of Lucie Hall in 28th, and Emma Preston was 63rd. For the U13 Boys Tristan Wright was 98th, Daniel George 103rd, Euan Gaskin 126th, James McKinlay-Smith 154th & Ben Hall 180th as the team finished 20th team. In the U15 Boy's race Bailey Mann was 87th, Zachary Frankish 123rd, Sam Langley 142nd, Joshua Dawson 155th & Callum Gaunt 167th as the team finished 17th. In the U15 Girl's race Emily Plimmer was 43rd, Suzanne Brooke 61st, Sophie Hall 120th, Millie Hinchcliffe 125th, Jessika Pearson 132nd, Harriet Metcalfe 179th and the team were 10th.
Results from Northern Athletics and from Power of 10.

25th Jan 2018. First Thornes Park Stadium Indoor Athletics Meeting.
There was an excellent turnout of young athletes for the first of the Indoor Athletics Meetings at Thornes Park Stadium. U17 Jack Cherry's Long Jump of 6.24m was a Grade 2 performance. Meeting Results.

24th Jan 2018. Sheffield Indoor Open Meeting.
The club had several athletes competing in the Open Meeting at the Sheffield EIS indoor arena, which incorporated the BMC Sheffield Open Series & also the Run Jump Throw Series. There were Grade 2 performances from Amanda Shaw (SW 200m 25.27s), Lucy Holmes (SW SP 11.73m) & Amy Hunt (U15G PV 2.93m) and Grade 3 performances from James Saxton (SM 800m 1m 55.21s) & Erin Hunt (U15G PV 2.53m). Meeting Results.

14th Jan 2018. Some great Runs at Brass Monkey Half Marathon.
At the popular Brass Monkey Half Marathon organised by Knavesmire Harriers there were some excellent runs from the small contingent of Harriers lucky enough to get a place in the race. In her first race in her new age group Julie Greenwood ran a new F45 Club Record of 1 hr 31:45, Ben Butler ran a big new PB to finish 18th overall in 1 hr 13:42, and move up the club all-time list, and another to make a big advance was Rebecca Zserdicky with 1 hr 34:27. Race Results
If you want to check the age group records and the all-time lists they can be downloaded from Road Running Statistics Page.

13th/14th Jan 2018. 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 3 medals and a new club record. Aran Thomas won two of those medals, winning the U17 Men's Pole Vault with 3.70m and coming 2nd in the Shot with 13.88m, and Mark Bostock finished 2nd in a photo-finish in the U20 Men's 1500m in 4m 09.88s.
Leonie Ashmeade ran a New Indoor U20 Club 60m Record of 7.73s, in the heats, as she finished 5th in the final in 7.76s.
In addition there was a Grade 2 performance from Thomas Wood (6th U17M 60m 7.29s), after running 7.24s in the heats, and Grade 3 performances from Amanda Shaw (SF SW 200m 25.53s) and Tamara Miller (5th U17W 60m 8.01m), after running 7.99s in the heats. Results from Power of 10.

13th Jan 2018. Amy-Eloise Neale Close to Club 3000m Record.
USA based Amy-Eloise Neale was only half a second away from the club 3000m record held by Charlene Thomas, as she recorded an impressive new best time of 9 mins 01.96 secs at Seattle in Washington State.

13th Jan 2018. Extraordinary General Meeting to he held on Monday 5th March.
The club has been informed by Wakefield Council that from 1st April the cost of hiring Thornes Park Stadium on club nights is to rise significantly, leaving the club with a cash shortfall. So we will be holding an Extraordinary General Meeting (venue to be confirmed) on Monday 5th March, at 7.00 pm, to discuss training fees, and the possible introduction of an annual membership fee. This affects ALL club members, so this is your chance to have your say on the matter.
Download Form to express your views

10th Jan 2018. Indoor Open Meetings at Thornes Park Stadium.
The club are hosting a couple of Indoor Athletics Open Meetings at Thornes Park Stadium. These will be on Thursday 25th January & Thursday 22nd February, starting at 6pm with the U11 events. The events are 50m, 50m Hurdles & Long Jump for all age groups (except U11 hurdles). Enter on night at £2.50 per event.

8th Jan 2018. Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month - Mark Bostock.


For an outstanding series of senior races in the West Yorkshire Cross Country League, in only his first year as an U20, and for being selected to run for Yorkshire, Mark Bostock has been chosen as the Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month. Well done Mark!

8th Jan 2018. 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 monthly Committee Meeting.
List of New Members.

6th/7th Jan 2018. Weekend Roundup of Leading Results.
In the BMC races at the Sheffield Indoor Open Meeting James Saxton got his year off to a flying start with an 800m in 1 min 55.01 secs. Meeting Results
At the Sale Harriers Open Series at Sportcity U15 sisters Amy and Erin Hunt cleared 2.65m & 2.20m respectively in the Pole Vault. Meeting Results

6th Jan 2018. Yorkshire Cross Country Championships.
It wasn't a vintage year for the club at the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships, held once again at Lightwater Valley near Ripon, but there were some good individual results. Matthew Hill continued his excellent form with a superb 3rd place in the U17 Men's race, and Mark Bostock had another great run to finish 6th in the U20 Men's race. They both gained selection for the Yorkshire team with these fine runs.
In the team stakes we had just one team winning medals, with the U17 Ladies team of Abbey Brooke 9th, Lucie Hall 13th & Emma Preston 24th taking home bronze medals. The Senior Men's team were not at full strength, but Daniel Franks 40th, Chris Ward 67th, Ross Penny 92nd, Craig Davidson 113rd, Andrew Nicholson 166th & Dave Brooke 211th all ran solidly to finish 12th club, with Darren Hewitt just behind in 213rd. Hayley Newbound had her first outing as a Senior and did well to finish 50th, whilst in the U20 Women's race India Elliott also had a good run to finish 10th.
In the U15 Girl's race Sophie Hall 19th, Emily Plimmer 31st & Jessika Pearson 44th finished 7th club, and for the boys Boys Bailey Mann 22nd, Samuel Langley 37th & Callum Gaunt 60th finished 12th. In the U13 age group Ben Hall 51st, Euan Gaskin 57th & James McKinley-Smith 60th were 12th club in the Boys' race, and Brodie Ashton was 35th in the Girl's race.
Download Results in XL.

3rd Jan 2018. Club Presentation Evening on Friday 12th January.
Remember that the club is holding its Presentation Evening on Friday 12th January. Trophies and medals will be presented to all age groups, from U11 to Seniors, for the Club Track & Field Championship, for the Club Cross Country Championship, and for the Senior Runner's Distance League.
Even if you havenít won a medal or trophy, it would be great to see as many club members there as possible. Tickets only cost £5.50, which includes a buffet, and are available from the club cabin at the side of the track on club nights.

31st Dec 2017. Club has 3 Top 30 Ranked Athletes in UK Senior Rankings.
In the UK top 30 rankings the club had just three athletes in the UK top 30 in 2017, all of them women.
Charlene Thomas was 9th in the 1500m (4m 09.32s) & 14th in the 800m (2m 03.12s).
Amy-Eloise Neale was 11th in the 5000m (15m 39.3s), 12th in the 1500m (4m 11.00s) & 26th in the 3000m (9m 17.79s).
Abby Ward (U20) was 12th= in the High Jump (1.78m).

24th Dec 2017. Julie Briscoe Wins Ward Green 6 Again.
As last year, Julie Briscoe was easily the first lady in the Ward Green 6 at Barnsley, recording an excellent 33 mins 39 secs on the hilly course, and finishing 7th outright. Race results.

19th Dec 2017. Craig Davidson Wins Senior Christmas Handicap Race.
Many of the club's runners had their last race of the year in the Senior Christmas Handicap Road Race, over the traditional 4.5 mile course, twice round the perimeter of the park and with a lap round the running track at the end. For the first time since 1973, when John Newsome won his 2nd successive Christmas Handicap, we had a runner winning the event for the 2nd year in succession. So it was fitting that winner Craig Davidson won the John Newsome Memorial Handicap Trophy, and Craig is pictured below receiving the trophy from the Club Membership Secretary Wendy Newsome. Craig has made huge advances this year, and ran 2 mins 40 secs faster than last year, so is a worthy winner again. Other big advances were made by Rebecca Zserdicky in 2nd, Michael Page in 3rd and Matthew Hill just behind in 4th.



There was a very high standard of runners competing again this year, and we had good running conditions which helped produce some very fast times. Dale Worton recorded the 2nd best ever time on this course with 23:06, and U20 Mark Bostock wasn't far behind with the 4th best time ever of 23:11, on the current course that has been used since 2003. Matthew O'Connor was 3rd fastest with another good time of 23:50, and U17 Matthew Hill also had an outstanding run to record 24:25. Hayley Newbound was the fastest lady in 30:32, just ahead of U17 Lucie Hall with 30:41.
The handicapping worked out well, with three quarters of the runners finishing within a minute of their expected times. Mandy Geary took the award this year for being closest to their expected time, running exactly to the second her time predicted!
Download Race Results in Excel.

19th Dec 2017. The Club's Allocation of London Marathon Places.
The club's London Marathon place has now been allocated, to Glen Shelley. So congratulations to him, and we wish Glen the best in London next April.

17th/18th Dec 2017. Weekend Roundup of Leading Results.
At the North Yorkshire Indoor Open Meeting at Sheffield, Olivia Roe came away with 3 victories in the U15G 60m 8.5s, 200m 28.0s & Shot 8.10m, and Chris Harris was close to his best in the Triple Jump with 12.76m. Meeting Results
At the Sale Harriers Open Series at Sportcity Tamara Miller ran an excellent new PB in the U15G 60m in 8.15s, a Grade 1 performance. Another was a big PB was Amy Hunt with 2.90m in the U15G Pole Vault, whilst sister Erin valted 2.30m. Meeting Results
A few Harriers competed in the tough Travellers 6 Mile Road Race at Denby Dale, and Ben Butler had a great run to finish in 3rd place. Rebecca Zserdicky was our first lady home. Race Results

10th Dec 2017. Amy-Eloise Neale 4th in European Cross Country Champs.
Amy-Eloise Neale has dual citizenship with the USA and Great Britain, but with her parents now living locally near Wakefield, she joined Wakefield Harriers last year, even though she is still studying in America.
As a result of her great form in the US, she was selected to run for the Great Britain U23 Women's team at the European Cross Country Championships in Slovakia. She had a tremendous run to finish in 4th place, and 2nd British runner behind Jessica Judd, and helped Great Britain win the team title ahead of Germany.

9th Dec 2017. Senior Men Win West Yorkshire Cross Country League Title.
After a very close win last year, the Senior Men won the West Yorkshire Cross Country League quite easily this year, after 2 wins and 2 second places. This was a great team result from the entire squad, who ran solidly in all 4 races. They were the only team from the club however to win medals this year.
In the individual league competition, with 3 wins out of the 4 races Ben Shackleton was a clear winner of the U11 Boys age group. Matthew Hill and Paul Marchant were also age group winners, in the U17 Men and Over 40 Men's categories respectively. Individual medals were also won by Dale Worton (2nd Senior Men), Ben Butler (2nd Over 35 Men), Stewart Knowles (3rd Over 40 Men), Mark Bostock (3rd U20 Men) & Lucie Hall (3rd U17 Women).
Final League Tables.

9th Dec 2017. Fourth West Yorkshire Cross Country League Meeting.



The Wakefield Harriers Senior Men's team rounded off the League season in style with a clear team victory, with all six counters finishing in the top 20. After a tentative start on the tough course, and in wintry conditions, Dale Worton and Mark Bostock worked their way impressively through the field, and had a great burn up on the last lap. U20 runner Mark came out on top for the first time to finish a brilliant 5th, just one second ahead of Dale. Meanwhile Ben Butler, Paul Marchant, Daniel Franks and Stewart Knowles were having their own race long battle, packing superbly to finish 17th, 18th, 19th & 20th respectively, and secure the team victory. We also had a good 'B' team of Ross Penny 48th, Liam O'Flaherty 59th, Chris Ward 66th, Andrew Nicholson 93rd, Darren Hewitt 107th & Jeremy Frain 127th. For the Ladies India Elliott was 28th, Hayley Newbound 39th & Rosie Boughton 54th.
In the U17 age group Matthew Hill had another good run to finish 3rd, and Daniel Kesete finished 19th, whilst for the ladies Lucie Hall was 3rd and Emma Preston 11th. In the U15 Girl's race Suzanne Brooke 12th, Sophie Hall 20th & Jessika Pearson 24th finished 4th team, and we also had Marcey Bellwood in 37th place. In the U15 Boy's race Bailey Mann finished 16th, and with Callum Gaunt 23rd, Samuel Langley 24th they finished 6th team. Zachary Frankish was just outside the scoring trio in 25th place.
Brodie Ashton 35th, Ellie Owens 50th & Paige Watson 57th were 11th team in the U13 Girl's race, and Tristan Wright 22nd, Daniel George 24th, Euan Gaskin 41st & Ben Hall 47th were 7th team in the U13 Boy's race.



Ben Shackleton was back to winning ways in the U11 Boy's race, with a clear victory this time, and Bupe Mwaba was 55th. We had five U11 Girls competing (pictured above), with Courtney Newsome 10th, Millie Powell 19th, Jessie Watson 20th, Eve Robinson 38th & Tove Walker 39th and the team finished 4th.
Results Website

4th Dec 2017. Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month - Matthew Hill.


For winning the third of the West Yorkshire Cross Country League races in the U17 Men's age group, and running consistently well throughout the year, Matthew Hill has been chosen as the Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month. Well done Matthew!

4th Dec 2017. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers in December.
Here's the list of people that have been accepted into membership by Wakefield Harriers at the December monthly Committee Meeting.
List of New Members.

2nd Dec 2017. Two Club Records at Sheffield Indoor Open.
There were some fast indoor sprint times at the Northern Athletics Open Meeting at Sheffield, including two club records, and a welcome return to competition in the High Jump from Abby Ward, jumping a season's best of 1.78m. Leonie Ashmeade recorded a Grade 1 performance, when equalling her PB and club U20 record in the 60m, with a time of 7.64s, and Thomas Wood ran a New U15 Club 60m Record of 7.57s, beating Craig Simpson's record from 2005 by 1/100th of a second. There were also Grade 3 performances or better from Amanda Shaw (SW 300m 41.15s) & Olivia Roe (U15G 60m 8.31s). Meeting Results.

2nd Dec 2017. Amy-Eloise Neale Selected for European Cross Country Champs.
Amy-Eloise Neale is a club member studying in the US, and as a result of her great form over there, she has been selected to run for the Great Britain U23 Women's team at the European Cross Country Championships in Samorin, in Slovakia, on Sunday 10 December. So our congratulations to her on her international selection. Report from British Athletics.

26th Nov 2017. Weekend Roundup of Leading Results.
Stewart Knowles confirmed his recent fine form with an excellent 3rd place in the Barnsley 10k, in a time of 34:31, good running on the undulating course. Ross Penny was 20th in 37:47, and Nicky Steel was our first lady in 42:44. Race Results
At the Clowne Half Marathon in Derbyshire Alex Potter had a good run to finish 9th lady in 1 hr 34:02. Race Results

19th Nov 2017. Third West Yorkshire Cross Country League Meeting.



There were victories for the club at the third meeting of the West Yorkshire Cross Country League at Cleckheaton, with the Senior Men winning their race, and Matthew Hill winning the U17 Men's race.
Dale Worton was once again first home for the Men in 6th place, but he was pushed all the way by fast improving U20 Mark Bostock, having his best cross country run to date in a superb 7th. Paul Marchant moved through the field in the later stages with Ben Butler and Stewart Knowles to finish 15th, 16th & 17th respectively, and with Ross Penny completing the team in 42nd place the team were victorious, and extend their lead at the top of the league. We once again had a strong 'B' team of Liam O'Flaherty 53rd, Mark Mills 63rd, Craig Davidson 69th, Glenn Shelley 98th, Andrew Nicholson 108th & Neil Dutton 112th. For the Ladies India Elliott was 35th, and with Sarah Bostwick 39th, Hayley Newbound 45th & Alex Potter 51st the team finished 7th.


In the U17 age group Matthew Hill had a superb run to come through for victory, and Daniel Kesete finished 18th. For the ladies Lucie Hall was 3rd, Emma Preston 13th and Poppy Thorpe 18th as the team finished 3rd. In the U15 Girl's race we had a great squad (pictured above), with the 'A' team of Suzanne Brooke 16th, Jessika Pearson 29th & Hariet Metcalfe 30th finishing 7th, and we also completed a good 'B' team of Lauren Rayner 32nd, Sophie Hall 33rd & Emily Wright 34th. In the U15 Boy's race Bailey Mann finished 12th, and with Samuel Langley 19th & Callum Gaunt 23rd they finished 4th team.
Amy Hunt 27th, Erin Hunt 37th & Paige Watson 59th were 10th team in the U13 Girl's race, and Euan Gaskin 16th, Zachary Rayner 39th & Ben Hall 48th were 8th team in the U13 Boy's race.
After winning the first two races, Ben Shackleton was just edged out in the U11 Boy's race, coming 2nd with the same time as the winner. Alfie Owens finished 70th. The U11 Girls were led home by Courtney Newsome in 8th place, and with Millie Powell in 18th and Jessie Watson 34th the team were 5th. We also completed a 'B' team with Eve Robinson 40th, Tove Walker 47th & Hannah Smith 60th.
Results Website

6th Nov 2017. Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month - Ben Shackleton.


For winning the first two West Yorkshire Cross Country League races in the U11 Boys age group, Ben Shackleton has been chosen as the Wakefield Harriers Athlete of the Month. Well done Ben!

6th Nov 2017. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers in November.
Here's the list of people that have been accepted into membership by Wakefield Harriers at the November monthly Committee Meeting.
List of New Members.

5th Nov 2017. Some Excellent Times at Leeds Abbey Dash 10k.
On a perfect morning for running there were some excellent times at the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash 10K, the highlight being a time of 34 mins 49 secs by Julie Briscoe, just a few seconds off her club F40 record. As usual the standard was high, and in a very large and top quality field Julie finished 19th lady and 1st F40.
In his first 10k road race young Ben Read made a great debut with his time of 32:46, which moves him up to 21st on the club all-time list, one second ahead of Matthew O'Connor, who was just behind him in the race in a new PB. Also moving up the all-time list was top M40 vet Paul Marchant with an excellent 33:13, and there was also a fine new PB from M40 Stewart Knowles with 34:44. Other Wakefield men breaking the 40 minutes barrier were Glenn Shelley with 38:42, M50 Chris Rippon with 38:44 & M45 Marwan Khoueiry with 39:03. All the times quoted are individual 'chip times'. Race Results.

4th Nov 2017. English National Cross Country Relays.
At the English National Cross Country Relay Championships at Mansfield the club had several teams competing, and they all did well. The best result was from the U17 Ladies team of Lucie Hall, Emma Preston & Abbey Brooke who finished 20th team, but the U20 Ladies team of Hayley Newbound, India Elliott & Lucy Robinson weren't far behind with their 21st place finish. The U15 Girls had two complete teams, with Sophie Hall, Lydia Barker & Suzanne Brooke finishing 48th, and Emily Wright, Jessika Pearson & Harriet Metcalfe 90th. For the U17 Men Matthew Hill, Liame Grosse & Daniel Kesete were 59th, and in the U15 Boy's race Bailey Mann, Callum Gaunt & Samuel Langley were 63rd.
In the age groups where we had an incomplete team, Tristan Wright & Euan Gaskin were in 59th place after 2 legs of the U13 Boy's race, and in the Senior Women's event Rosie Boughton & Mandy Geary were in 95th place.
Results of all races from the English Cross Country Association,

29th Oct 2017. Second West Yorkshire Cross Country League Meeting.
There were excellent running conditions for the second meeting of the West Yorkshire Cross Country League at Nunroyd Park near Guiseley, and Wakefield Harriers had another successful day, with U11 Ben Shackleton (pictured below) winning his 2nd consecutive race. There were no team victories this time, but the Senior Men were 2nd once again, and as the winners of the first race could only finish 4th, they now move to the top of the league.


The men were led home again by Dale Worton in 7th, and Paul Marchant moved through the field in the later stages to finish 15th, ahead of Mark Bostock in 20th. Ben Butler, Daniel Franks and Stewart Knowles packed well in 23rd, 24th & 27th to bring the team home in 2nd place, behind City of York. We once again had a strong 'B' team of Ross Penny 62nd, Craig Davidson 66th, Liam O'Flaherty 71st, Chris Ward 72nd, Benjamin Khan 79th & Glenn Shelley in 107th, out of over 200 finishers. For the Ladies Jenny Buck finished 12th, and she was supported by India Elliott in 37th, Hayley Newbound 44th & Sarah Bostwick 46th as the team finished 6th, as in the first meeting.
In the U17 age group Matthew Hill had a great run to finish 2nd, and for the ladies Emma Preston was 9th and Poppy Thorpe 14th. In the U15 Girl's race we had two complete teams, with Suzanne Brooke 14th, Jessika Pearson 22nd & Hariet Metcalfe 27th finishing 5th. The 'B' team of Lauren Rayner 32nd, Emily Wright 43rd & Marcey Bellwood 49th also did well. In the U15 Boy's race Bailey Mann 11th, Samuel Langley 19th & Callum Gaunt 25th finished 6th team.
Amy Hunt 18th, Brodie Ashton 20th & Erin Hunt 30th were 6th team in the U13 Girl's race, and we also completed a 'B' team with Paige Watson 59th, Ellie Owens 65th & Eleanor Rayner 74th. For the U13 boys Tristan Wright had a good run to finish 5th, and with Daniel George 18th & Euan Gaskin 22nd the team did well to finish 4th.
In the U11 age group we had the club's only individual winner of the day, as Ben Shackleton had another great run to come home in 1st place again. Bupe Mwabe was 69th, but disappointingly the boys didn't have a 3rd counter to complete a team.


The U11 Girls (pictured above) were led home again by Courtney Newsome in a fine 4th place, and with Millie Powell in 23rd and Jessie Watson 28th the team were a very good 4th. We also completed a 'B' team with Eve Robinson 42nd, Tove Walker 51st & Hannah Smith 65th.
Results of all races.

21st Oct 2017. Good Showing by Senior as at Northern Cross Country Relays.
The Senior Ladies team of Julie Briscoe, Jenny Buck and Lucy Robinson did very well to finish 8th at the Northern Counties Cross Country Relay Championships at Graves Park, Sheffield. They were less than a minute outside of the medals, and Julie was 8th fastest time overall. India Elliott, Hayley Newbound and Eileen Mannion also ran strongly for the B team in 36th place, out of the 60 teams that started.
The Senior Men's team of Dale Worton, Mark Bostock, Stewart Knowles and Andrew Cartwright also did well to finish 18th, and their B team of Craig Davidson, Chris Hunter, Andy Nicholson & Benjamin Khan were also impressive with their 44th position out of more than 70 teams. Results of all races.

15th Oct 2017. Another Excellent Half Marathon from Julie Briscoe.
Julie Briscoe had another excellent Half Marathon run, finishing 2nd lady in the Manchester event in 78 mins 51 secs.

14th Oct 2017. 2017 Club Cross Country Championships.
The West Yorkshire Cross Country League races at Thornes Park also incorporated the Club Cross Country Championships for 2017. There was a good turnout of Harriers in most age groups, and some good races between club members.
The trophies and medals will be awarded at the Club Presentation Evening on Friday 12th January. Lists of all the medallists.
For the senior runners the race was also the 16th and final round of the Club Distance Runners League Championship. Ben Butler is this year's champion, with Stewart Knowles 2nd for the 2nd year running, and Richard West 3rd. Joanne Biltcliffe was the first lady in 4th place.

14th Oct 2017. First West Yorkshire Cross Country League at Wakefield.



The club successfully hosted the first meeting of the West Yorkshire Cross Country League at Thornes Park, with the event incorporating the 2017 Club Cross Country Championships. As last year we had glorious early autumn sunshine, and it was a great day all round for the club. Many thanks to all the marshals and helpers who made the event possible for the 800 runners who competed.
The Senior Men got the defence of their League Title off to a good start with a superb 2nd place, just being edged out by Leeds City. Dale Worton had his best cross country race for many years with an excellent 6th place, and U20 Mark Bostock was a revelation in his first senior race, running strongly throughout for 12th place. They were well backed up by Adam Peers in 15th, Paul Marchant 23rd, Ben Butler 25th & Stewart Knowles in 27th. We had an excellent turnout of 17 men competing, and the 'B' team of Chris Ward 40th, Andy Cartwright 49th, Glen Shelley 80th, Benjamin Khan 84th, Pete McNamara 99th & Neil Dutton 101st would have been in the top 10 clubs.
The Senior Ladies team also had a good start to their league campaign, with Jenny Buck finishing a fine 9th, and Sarah Bostwick 32nd, India Elliott 39th & Hayley Newbound 41st packing well to finish 6th team. There were also good runs from the 'B' team of Alex Potter 43rd, Joanne Biltcliffe 50th, Holly Kitching 64th & Rosie Boughton 82nd.
Abbey Brooke in her first year in the age group came 2nd in the U17 Ladies race, and with Lucie Hall not far behind in 4th, and Emma Preston in 14th the team were victorious. Matthew Hill also had a great run to finish 2nd in the U17 Men's race, and he was supported by Liam Grosse in 18th and Charles Lea in 22nd as the team finished 3rd.
We also had a team victory in the U15 Girl's race, with good runs from Emily Plimmer 9th, Suzanne Brooke 11th & Sophie Hall in 12th. The 'B' team of Jessika Pearson 24th, Emily Wright 34th & Lauren Rayner 36th also did well. In the U15 Boy's race Bailey Mann 9th, Samuel Langley 19th & Callum Gaunt 25th were a creditable 4th team.
In the U13 age group Amy Hunt 13th, Erin Hunt 21st and Brodie Ashton 33rd were 6th team in the Girl's race, a position matched by the Boy's team of Tristan Wright 6th, Daniel George 15th & James McKinley-Smith 35th. We also had a 'B' team of Euan Gaskin 44th, Ben Hall 45th & Alexander Bostwick 78th.
In the U11 age group we had the club's only individual winner of the day, as Ben Shackleton had a great run to come home in 1st place. Alex Currie was 33rd and Oliver Bostwick 70th as the Boy's team came 8th. The U11 Girls, led home by Courtney Newsome in an excellent 3rd place, did very well to finish 2nd. Millie Powell in 10th and Jessie Watson 22nd were the other team scorers. Race Results.

8th Oct 2017. Weekend Roundup of Leading Results.
Matthew O'Connor finished 5th in his first 10 Mile race at the Plusnet Yorkshire 10 mile race at York, in a time of 57:25. Hayley Newbound was also making her debut at the distance, and finished 15th lady in 70:55. Race Results
In the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon at York we had three runners competing. Daz Hewitt ran 3 hrs 24 mins, Rebecca Zserdicky 3 hrs 48 mins and Mandy Geary 4 hrs 22 mins. Race Results
Meanwhile, over in Austria, Nathan Elliott was taking part in his first ever half marathon, finishing 37th in the Drei-Lander race in 1 hr 22:39.

7th Oct 2017. ERRA National Road Relay Championships.



The Senior Men's team of James Saxton, Paul Marchant, Dale Worton, Stewart Knowles, Mark Bostock & Daniel Franks did very well at the England National Road Relay Championships at Sutton Park, near Birmingham. Competing against all the top clubs in the country, they finished 55th team and were the 4th team home from Yorkshire. Results Link.



In the U17 Ladies race Lucie Hall, Abbey Brooke & Emma Preston also did well to finish 18th, and 2nd team home from Yorkshire. Suzanne Brooke and Lydia Barker also ran in the U15 Girl's race, and were well places in 34th position, but unfortunately we didn't have a complete team. Race Results.

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