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WAKEFIELD DISTRICT HARRIERS & AC

MID-WEEK DISTANCE RUNNING LEAGUE

NEWSLETTER 611st March 2003

Ron Needham 01924 829495†† email: wakefieldharriers@yahoo.co.uk

Again, no real surprises last Thursday as 21 runners turned out over a 3.5 miles course based upon Durkar.Mark Ridgeway produced an excellent run to come home over a minute ahead of Steve Tibbs.With only three events left, Steve is almost home and dry in the first division with a 19 point lead.Whilst Steve Wilkinsonís absence on the night opened up a possible challenge in division two from Peter Young.Division 3 is still wide open, with Richard West mounting a late challenge to Mark Box and Dave Dawson.The Vets table has been adjusted to take into account Mark Ridgewayís vet status (heís convinced me that he does qualify having turned 40 before the current ďseasonĒ began.Even then, Tony Audsley went further ahead this week and now has a fairly commanding 18 points lead.In the ladies race, Denise Green took full advantage of Jane Seniorís inability to take part owing to a viral infection to go 13 points ahead.

Many thanks, once again to Pippa for her valuable help in recording finishers and also to Jane Senior for helping too.

Accounts

We had £148-50 in the kitty.We took £31-50 in entry fees. Prizes cost £11-00, leaving us with a balance of £169-00.

Next Event

Next monthís league event will be held on 27th March and will go from the Unicorn at Carlton.The entry fee will be £1-50, with no food provided.There may be a short off-road section near the start (depends on the light).

 

Result of February meeting (approx 3.5 miles on road)

 

 

Time

Vets position

1

Mark Ridgeway (V40)

18-56

1

2

Steve Tibbs

20-05

 

3

Rob Parfrey

20-46

 

4

Tony White

20-50

 

5

Richard West (V40)

20-57

2

6

Peter Young (V40)

21-42

3

7

Dave Brook

22-28

 

8

Mike Logan (V40)

22-33

4

9

Tony Audsley (V50)

22-40

5

10

Matthew Dodsworth

22-51

 

11

Paul Sanderson (V40)

23-19

6

12

David Dawson

24-03

 

13

Peter Farr (V50)

24-39

7

14

Mark Box (V40)

25-33

8

15

Stuart Anderson (V60)

25-36

9

16

Graham Whitworth (V50)

27-27

10

17

Denise Green (1L)

27-59

 

18

Dot Hand (2L)

29-20

 

19

Brian Cooper (V60)

29-32

11

20

Sue Needham (3L)

33-14

 

21

Val Anderson (4L)

35-55

 

LADIES LEAGUE TABLE

1

D Green

L35

70

2

S Needham

L45

57

3=

J Senior

L35

56

3=

V Anderson

L55

56

5

D Hand

L55

34

6

M Anderson

L

24

7

J Ibbotson

L35

20

8

L Green

L35

10

9

C Simpson

 

08

10

M Kelly

 

07


 

VETS LEAGUE TABLE

1

T Audsley

M50

74

2

S Anderson

M60

66

3

S Wilkinson

M40

57

4

P Farr

M50

56

5

P Young

M40

55

6

M Logan

M40

50

7

R West

M40

44

8

M Domaille

M40

36

9

D Brailsford

M40

35

10

G Whitworth

M50

28

11

A Stainer

M50

26

12=

P Sanderson

M40

20

12=

M Ridgeway

M40

20

14=

A Cooper

M40

19

14=

M Box

M40

19

16

B Cooper

M60

15

17

P McNamara

M40

12

18

K Singleton

M40

06

19

P Walker

M40

03

20

N Devlin

M50

02

 

MENSí LEAGUE TABLEDivision 1

1

S Tibbs

86

2

R Parfrey

67

3

T White

66

4

D Brooke

58

5

M Logan

44

6

A Audsley

38

7

S Anderson

35

8

M Domaille

28

9

C Heppenstall

20

10

D Needham

00

Division 2

1

S Wilkinson

68

2

P Young

61

3=

G Whitworth

54

3=

P Farr

54

5

D Brailsford

38

6

P Sanderson

36

7

A Cooper

20

8

B Horsefall

19

9=

S Butler

00

9=

S Faulkner

00

Division 3

1=

M Box

48

1=

R West

48

3

D Dawson

43

4

P Campbell

34

5

A Stainer

31

6

M Ridgeway

20

7

B Cooper

19

8

P McNamara

16

9

P Croft

10

10=

N Devlin

08

10=

P Walker

08

10=

K Singleton

08

10=

M Dodsworth

08

14

A Gelder

04


 

 

NEXT EVENT

Thursday 27th March

7-00 for a 7-30 start (Ladies will go off at 7-20)

From Unicorn, Carlton

Entry Fee £1-50

NB-there will not be food provided afterwards

 

 

Structure of leagues next season

I was asked on Thursday about promotion and relegation in the menís leagues.Given that we now have regular turn outs of 20 or more, I think itís time for a restructure-especially given the fact that under the current structure it will take someone two full years to make it into division one, no matter how good he is.So, what I plan is to increase the numbers in divisions 1 and 2 to 12.There will still be two up and two down before the adjustment takes place and anyone in divisions 1 and 2 who has not scored at all this season (i.e. have not taken part) will be relegated direct to division 3.As an illustration, Iíve put together the structure if the present positions were to be maintained to the end of the season.

 

ILLUSTRATION FOR DISCUSSION ONLY

 

Division 1††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† Division 2††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Division 3

S Tibbs

P Sanderson

P McNamara

R Parfrey

A Cooper

P Croft

T White

B Horsefall

N Devlin

D Brooke

M Domaille

P Walker

M Logan

C Heppenstall

K Singleton

A Audsley

M Box

M Dodsworth

S Anderson

R West

A Gelder

S Wilkinson

D Dawson

D Needham

P Young

P Campbell

S Butler

G Whitworth

A Stainer

S Faulkner

P Farr

M Ridgeway

 

D Brailsford

B Cooper

 

 

Scoring system:12 points for 1st home in your division, 11 for 2nd, 10 for 3rd, etc.

 

Iím also considering affiliating the league direct to the Northern Counties as The Wakefield & District Distance Running League.This would give liability insurance cover for all participants in all events.At the moment, any non-Harriers member participating is not covered by liability insurance leaving the organiser (i.e. me) at risk if the non member is injured in the event or injures a third party.Any non-Harrier would be taken into membership of the league upon entry at their first event.This may also have the advantage of attracting more participants from other clubs (e.g. Denby Dale, Sheffield City, Leeds City, Ackworth, Rothwell Harriers, etc.).Of course, we would have to be self-financing, but at the moment we are running a balance of £169 and Iím intending to buy the prizes this year from the funds rather than asking the Harriers management committee to pay.Again-only a thought at the moment, but what do you think?


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