Wakefield Harriers

2018 Club News April - June

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.

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.
The 3rd match of the Yorkshire & District League was held at Wakefield, and the young athletes team did well to finish 2nd.
Match Result :- Cleethorpes & District AC 655, Wakefield District Harriers & AC 591, Longwood Harriers 539, Barnsley AC 257. Results in pdf.

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 2018. 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 Women’s 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.

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