2008 Club News September – July

28th Sep 2008. Chris Price Wins Pontefract Hospice 10k.

Chris Price comfortably won the Pontefract Prince of Wales Hospice 10k in 33 mins 25 secs, leading home the team who packed 4 in the first 20. Martin Green was 2nd counter in 8th place in 36 mins 09 secs, followed by Neil Penn in 16th and Richard West in 20th.
Download results in Excel

21st Sep 2008. Douglas Bedford Memorial Open Meeting.

The Douglas Bedford Memorial Open Meeting was well attended by young athletes, and we were pleased to have our Olympic Athletes Emily Freeman and Martyn Bernard as guests. They were presented with mementos from the club by the Lady Mayoress in recognition of their outstanding achievments, and they also spent a lot of time signing autographs, and hopefully will have inspired the club’s younger athletes.
Amongst the leading Wakefield performers were Damilola Olaleru (U11G LJ 3.82m & SP 6.20m), Daniel Franks (U13M 800m 2m 28.0), Zoe Kerins (U13G 100m 13.1s & 200m 27.2s), Thomas Leyshon (U15B HJ 1.73m), Dale Worton (U17M 800m 1m 59.3) and Craig Simpson (U20M 100m 11.3s & 200m 22.8s). It was also great to see Anthony Swain, the former English Schools Hammer Champion, making a welcome return to competition after several years, and winning with 48.44m. Download Results in Word

21st Sep 2008. Kirkstall Valley Trail Race.
Several runners took part in the Kirkstall Valley Trail Race, near Leeds. Richard West was our leading runner in 11th place, followed by Carl Quinn in 15th and Tony Smith in 26th.
Race Results from ukresults.net

20th/21st Sep 2008. English Schools Combined Events Championships.
The club had 3 athletes competing in the English Schools Combined Events Championships at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. Josh Green finished 28th in the Intermediate Boys Octathlon with 4207 points, his best event being the 100m Hurdles in 14.34s. In the Junior Girls Pentathlon Grace Eyles came 31st with 2358 points, with her 1.51m High Jump being her best result, whilst not far behind her was Bethany Porter with 2257 points in 36th place with her 13.13s 80m Hurdles her best event. Download Results

20th Sep 2008. New Club Record for Daniel O’Connor.
Daniel O’Connor achieved a New U15 Boys Club Discus Record of 39.17m when winning his event at the Liverpool Throws and Jumps meeting. This beat Richard Atkinson’s long-standing mark from 1989, and our congratulations go to Daniel on his first club record.

13th/14th Sep 2008. Yorkshire Combined Events Championships
The club had a small number of athletes competing in the Yorkshire Combined Events Championships at Cudworth. The leading performances were by Darren Thomas, who came 8th in the Senior Men’s Decathlon with 4166 points and with a Javelin PB of 46.87m, and by Jamie Baxter, who was 3rd in the U17 Men’s Octathlon with 3431 points. Lynsie Whyke won the Senior Women’s title.

14th Sep 2008. Harriers Easily Win Team Race in Mileta 10k.

Martin Green, Paul Hallas and Neil Penn all finished in the top ten, and easily won the team prize in the Mileta 10k at Cleckheaton. The race incorporated the Yorkshire Vet’s Championships, and Paul was first over 45 and Richard West in 12th place was 2nd over 50. Unfortunately Martin did not pre-enter to qualify for the M40 vet’s prize Race Results.

14th Sep 2008. Three Harriers Complete Nottingham Marathon.
Three of our lady vets completed the Nottingham Marathon, with Emma Pearson and Dianne Simmons running together in 4 hrs 19 mins, and Ruth Bailey coming home in 5 hrs 15 mins.

13th Sep 2008. Martin Green has strong run in Penistone 10k.

New member Martin Green first made his mark for the club in the Leeds Country Way Relay, running strongly on the 2nd leg with Brian Horsfall. He also had a solid run in the Penistone 10k, where he finished 9th overall in 37 mins 28 secs on the undulating course, and is pictured right, courtesy of Steve Tibbs. He was also in action the next day helping the club win the team prize in the Mileta 10k.

13th Sep 2008. Club Finish Close 2nd in Northern Inter-Club Plate Final.
In their last match of the season the combined mens and womens team finished a close 2nd in the Northern Inter-Club Plate Final at Sports City Manchester, just losing out by half a point to the City of York. Olympic finalist Martyn Bernard had some end of season fun away from his usual event the High Jump, and had impressive wins in the Long Jump with 6.59m and Triple Jump with 13.71m. Other good men’s victories were achieved by Ricardo Francis (200m 22.84), Thomas Atkinson (800m 1m 55.87s) and the 4x400m Relay team (3m 25.15s). For the women Michaela Harrison (400m 62.23s), Fiona Thomas (Shot 11.43m), Michelle Lonsdale (Javelin 34.96m), Kirby Akindeide (Long Jump 4.84m), the 4x100m Relay team (51.21s) and the 4x400m Relay team (4m 13.05s) were victorious.
Match Result :- City of York 209.5, Wakefield D H&AC 209, Chesterfield 184.5, Lincoln 170, Holmfirth 143.5, Liverpool 143, Bury 136.5, Durham 109.
Download Results from Northern Athletics.

7th Sep 2008. Harriers in Action at the York Open Meeting.
There were a number of Harriers competing at the York Open Meeting, with the leading performances being an U13 800m win from Daniel Franks in 2m 27.2s, and victories in the U13 girls 100m and 200m in 13.9s & 27.8s from Zoe Kerins. Download Results in Excel from York.

7th Sep 2008. Fast 10k Time from Chris Price in BUPA Great Yorkshire Run.
In the BUPA Great Yorkshire 10k Run in Sheffield Chris Price was competing against a top class field, which included several international athletes. He finished in an excellent 21st place in the fast time of 32 mins 45 secs. Sharon Marshall ran 40 mins 52 secs to finish 127th overall in the large field of several thousand. Results from Sheffield.

7th Sep 2008. Adrian Howden Completes Leeds Half Marathon.
The club had several runners competing in the Leeds Half Marathon, and James Wilson was our first runner home. However the most outstanding performance was from Adrian Howden, who ran his longest race to date since losing his leg in a road accident, and completed the course in an impressive 1hr 50 mins, finishing in the top third of the field.Read report & results from the Yorkshire Evening Post.

7th Sep 2008. Harriers Competing in Tough Stainland 7.
We had several runners competing in the tough Stainland 7 road race, which had several severe climbs in it, and Richard West just got the better of Carl Quinn in the closing stages to finish first Harrier home in 12th place. Results from ukresults.net.

31st Aug 2008. Leeds Country Way Relay.
The club had 3 full teams of 12 participating this year, with the vets team finishing 11th overall and retaining their vets trophy. We also had two mixed open teams, with the leading team finishing 2nd in their category. Download Full Race Results from Kippax Harriers, and View Photo Gallery.

31st Aug 2008. New Record for Thomas Leyshon at WYT&F League Championships.
In the West Yorkshire T&F League Championships at Cleckheaton there were two Championship Records broken, and several victories for Wakefield Harriers athletes. It was also the first time when electronic timing was able to be used for the league.
Thomas Leyshon continued his record breaking season, winning with a New U15 Championship High Jump Record of 1.76m. Other boys to win were Benjamin Read (U11B 600m 1m 56.40s), Daniel Franks (U13B 800m 2m 24.56s), Matthew Crawshaw (U17M 400m 55.11s), Gareth Hepworth (SM 1500m 4m 30.42s) & Darren Thomas (SM Javelin 41.45m & Shot 11.60m).
For the girls there were wins for Feyisayo Olaleru (U11G Shot 5.92m), Bethany Thomas (U13G Discus 19.23m), Grace Eyles (U15G 100m 12.68s & 200m 26.44s), Sally Smith (U15G 1500m 5m 00.22s), Bethany Porter (U15G Shot 9.45m), Lucy Holmes (U17L 300m 43.11s), Alice Lightfoot (U17L Discus 19.26m), Kirby Akindeinde (U17L Long Jump 4.88m), Faye Mitchell (SL 100m 13.21s & Long Jump 4.65m) and Fiona Thomas (SL Shot 11.66m & Javelin 22.82m)
Results from Cleckheaton :- Mens and Womens.

31st Aug 2008. Wakefield Hospice Sandal Castle 10k Run.
Unfortunately this event once again clashed with the Leeds Country Way Relay, so numbers participating were down. First Harrier home in 15th place was Adam Cooper, making a rare appearance, followed by another former star Craig Heppenstall, who is hopefully back on the fitness trail. Brian Fozzard was the first in the M70 category. Race Results from ukresults.net

30th/31st Aug 2008. Harriers Compete for Yorkshire and Humberside in UK School Games.


Wakefield Harriers had the largest number of club athletes competing in the UK School Games for the Yorkshire and Humberside Region at Bath, and those who took part all competed with distinction. There were outstanding 3rd places for Thomas Atkinson in the 800m in 1m 57.05s and Josh Green in the 400m Hurdles in 56.39s. Dale Worton came an excellent 4th in the 1500m in a fine new PB of 4m 00.89s, very close to the club U17 record, and Nathan Bolton came 11th in the 1500m Steeplechase in 5m 08.25s. The Y&H 4x400m relay team also had two Wakefield athletes in the team, Josh and Thomas, with Thomas running his first sub 49 split (48.6secs). Lauren Proctor, Jamie Baxter and Marcus Nixey were also chosen but were unable to compete. Results of the Athletics from Bath.

28th Aug 2008. Reindeer Romp Relay Results.
Tony Audlsey once again had a great turnout for his Reindeer Romp Relay, with 26 teams of 3 taking part. Wakefield’s first team of N.Penn (12.29), D.Brailsford (13.37) and M.Green (12.25) came 3rd, and the Wakefield Vet’s team of P.Hallas (12.51), R.West (12.58) and M.Holding (14.00) came 5th. Congratulations to Tony for organising the most successful series to date. Download Results in Word.

26th Aug 2008. Some good performances at the Doncaster AC Open.
There were some notable performances from several Wakefield Harriers at this Bank Holiday meeting. Report from Bryan Murray and Results from Doncaster

23rd Aug 2008. Harriers Compete for Yorkshire in the Northern Inter-Counties Championships.
The club had several athletes chosen to compete for Yorkshire in the Northern Inter-Counties Championships at Hull, and they helped Yorkshire win the match over the other eight counties. For the Senior Men Chris Price won the 3000m Steeplechase in 9m 54.6s, for the U17 Men Thomas Atkinson won the 800m in 1m 59.32s and Dale Worton won the 1500m in 4m 11.49s, and in the U15 Boys High Jump Tom Leyshon came 2nd with 1.75m. In the U15 Girls events Sally Smith came 2nd in the 1500m in 4m 57.50s and Grace Eyles came 3rd in the Long Jump with 4.80m. Download results from Northern Athletics

23rd Aug 2008. ASDA Offer Sporting Chance For SportsAid Athlete Jack Hallas.

Jack Hallas, has been meeting with his local ASDA store to share his stories of achievement, what it is like to be a talented athlete, and what his hopes and dreams are for the future. Jack has been given a helping hand by the supermarket’s Wakefield branch as he attempts to break into the ranks of professional athletics. The Wakefield store will be funding Jack for the next five years. The £500 grant will be used to buy sporting kit and help with any other expenses that occur. “I am overwhelmed by the support I have received from the store so far and I am looking forward for doing my bit for ASDA.” Jack recently took part in a sponsored run on Yorkshire Day where he was raising extra funds for his athletics career, while encouraging young people to improve their fitness at the same time.
Congratulations to Jack on securing this sponsorship from ASDA, and let’s hope it helps him add his name to the list of Wakefield Harriers Olympians in 2012.

23rd Aug 2008. Some good performances at the Tartan Games at Gateshead.
Several Wakefield Harriers made the trip to Gateshead for the “Tartan Games”, and there were some good performances. Zoe Kerins had a good 100m and 200m double win in the U13 Girls in 13.65s and 27.63s, both into a headwind, and Daniel O’Connor in the U15 Boys age group had a busy afternoon in several events, the best results being a win in the Javelin with 41.26m and 2nd in the Discus with 36.23m. Download results

22nd Aug 2008. Disappointment for Emily Freeman in Olympic 4 x 100m Relay.
Emily was chosen once again to run leg 3 in the British 4 x 100m Relay team, and after qualifying comfortably for the final the GB team were definitely medal prospects, especially after the USA team failed to qualify. In the final itself Jeanette Kwakye and Montell Douglas had got GB off to a great start, but a tiring Montell, probably put off by the Jamaicans who had messed up in the next lane, couldn’t get the baton to Emily in time, and so their race was over, and almost certainly a medal lost. It was a disappointing end to what had been a great week for Emily.

20th Aug 2008. Emily Freeman Finishes 7th in Olympic 200m Semi-Final.


Emily finished her individual Olympic adventure in the 200m semi-final, finishing an excellent 7th in her 2nd best ever time of 22.83s, which was into a slight headwind. She had run consistently well in all 3 of her races to prove she is now a world class athlete, and she can use this as a platform to go even better next year in the World Championships. Our congratulations to her for her marvellous achievement. Official result from Beijing.

19th Aug 2008. Martyn Bernard Finishes 9th in the Olympic High Jump Final.


After qualifying with ease for the Olympic High Jump Final with his 2.29m clearance in qualifying, Martyn was disappointed not to jump higher in the final itself. After clearing 2.25m he failed his first attempt at 2.29m, so he elected to take his next jump at 2.32m. This would have been a new PB, and he had 2 good attempts at the height before bowing out of the competition. However he will have been pleased to be there and see teammate Germaine Mason win the silver medal for Great Britain. Martyn ended up finishing 9th, which will go down in the club’s history as the best ever Olympic performance by a Wakefield Harrier, for which he has our congratulations. Official result from Beijing.

19th Aug 2008. Emily Freeman Reaches Olympic 200m Semi-Final.
After running her 1st round heat in an impressive 22.95 secs, Emily returned 5 hours later to the “Bird’s Nest” stadium for the 2nd round. She ran exactly the same time again to come 3rd in her 2nd round heat, and so clinch her place in the Olympic 200m semi-final, a marvellous performance. Official result from Beijing.

17th Aug 2008. Martyn Bernard Reaches Olympic High Jump Final.
In his heat in Beijing Martyn Bernard cleared 2.29m at the 2nd attempt to reach the Olympic High Jump Final, the first time ever a Wakefield Harrier has achieved this feat. We have had 2 semi-finalists in the past in Steve Hollings (1972 3000m Steeplechase) and Alan Bell (1980 400m), but Martyn is our first ever Olympic finalist, and we congratulate him and wish him the best of luck on his big day on Tuesday. All 3 British jumpers made the final 12, which is a great result for Team GB. Official Olympic Result

17th Aug 2008. Combined Team Finish 3rd in North of England Cup 1st Round.
The combined men’s and women’s team finished 3rd in their North of England Cup 1st round match at Cleckheaton. For the men there were wins from Chris Price (3000m Steeplechase 10m 09.2s), Mark Lindsey (Javelin 47.94m) and the 4x400m Relay team in 3m 27.6s. For the women Regan Wright (100m 12.8s), Michelle Lonsdale (Javelin 34.21m) and the 4x400m Relay team in 4m 09.9s were victorious.
Match Result :- Leeds City AC 248, Scunthorpe & D.AC 237, Wakefield D. H. & AC 226, Durham City Harriers AC 204, Cleethorpes & District AC 183, Bradford Airedale AC 59.
Full results from NoEAA.

14th Aug 2008. Overall Winners of Reindeer Romp Off-Road Race Series.
The overall winners of the series were Men : A Ball (Ack) 25pts, M40 K Oates (Dews) 29, M45 P McNamara (Wake) 27, M50 P Williams (k/stone) 24, M55 C Taylor (Ack) 28, M60 J Hawitt (Barn) 30, M65 J Bell (Ack) 27, M70 S Anderson (Wake) 20, M75 K Bingley (Ack) 30
Ladies :- K Ball (Ack) 30, F35 Hazel Pike (Spen) 27, F40 N.Spinks (Spen) 30, F45 J. Carter (Spen) 29, F50 C.Hall (Ack) 30.
Well done to Tony Audsley for running this series again, and the prizes will be given out at the end of season relay on Thurs 28th August.

9th/10th Aug 2008. 3 Medals & 2 Club Records at England Athletics U17 & U15 Champs.
Several of the club’s leading junior athletes were competing in the England Athletics U17 & U15 Championships at the Alexander Stadium at Birmingham, and produced some outstanding performances.
Thomas Atkinson won his first national title, taking the U17 Mens 800m gold medal in a time of 1min 55.65secs, after a storming run to the finish. Read the race report from a proud dad.


Thomas sprinting to victory on the EA U17 800m.

In the week when Martyn Bernard flies out to compete in the Beijing Olympics, he lost his club U15 record when Thomas Leyshon came an outstanding 3rd, jumping a New U15 High Jump Record of 1.85m. He cleared the height at the 2nd attempt, after earlier breaking the record of 1.81m with a clearance of 1.82m at the 3rd attempt. His jump of 1.85m moves him up to 5th in this year’s UK rankings in his age group.
Lauren Proctor was another to win a bronze medal, coming an excellent 3rd in the U17 Women’s 3000m in a New U17 3000m Club Record of 9m 55.51s.
Returing to some good form, Ben Homer came a fine 10th in the U17 Men’s 3000m in 9m 04.39s. Results from England Athletics.

10th Aug 2008. 7th and Final WYT&F League Meeting at Thornes Park.
At the 7th and final meeting in the West Yorkshire Track & Field League at Thornes Park Stadium Wakefield’s girl winners were Kennedy Nuttall (U11G 600m 1m 58.3s), Samantha Lancaster (U13G SP 7.23m), Grace Eyles (U15G 100m 12.8s, 200m 25.9s & High Jump 1.41m), Samantha Brook (U15G 800m 2m 26.3s), Olivia Radcliffe (U15G 1500m 5m 08.3), Hannah Yates (U15G DT 25.32m), Bethany Porter (U15G SP 9.17m), Lucy Holmes (U17L 100m 13.2s & 300m 43.3s) Alice Lightfoot (U17L 18.29m), Faye Mitchell (SL 100m 13.0s), Fiona Thomas (SL Javelin 22.88m) & Dionne Jones (SL LJ 4.78m). Boys winners were James Furlong (U13B HJ 1.35m), Daniel Franks (U13B 800m 2m 26.5s), Dominic Elliot (U15B 100m 12.1s & LJ 5.25m), Will Mulroy (U17M LJ 5.57m) & Sam Bucknall (U17M 800m 2m 12.1s & 1500m 4m 25.7s). Wakefield’s women won the 2008 League easily, whilst the men also ended up with a clear win. Individual winners from the club were Grace Eyles in the U15 Girls and Lucy Holmes in the U17 Ladies categories.
Results from Wakefield :- Mens and Womens.

9th Aug 2008. Another New Club 100m Hurdles Record for Zara Hohn.
Zara Hohn was competing in the UK Challenge Final at Eton and ran her fastest ever legal time. She came a close second in the race, running another New Club 100m Hurdles Record of 13.52 secs. Rachael Shaw also ran 58.87s for the 400m, and Fiona Thomas threw the Shot 10.94m at the same meeting. Meeting report and results from UK Athletics

3rd Aug 2008. Women’s Team Finish 4th in UK Women’s League Division 3.
In the third and final match of the UK Women’s League Division 3 at Wigan the team finished 4th, and also a creditable 4th overall in the league, a result which still ranks us in the top 20 in the UK. Zara Hohn had a good win in her specialist event the 100m Hurdles in 13.88s, as well as finishing 2nd in the 100m in 12.07s, and running a season’s best of 25.64s in the 200m. We again dominated the middle distances races with Helen Singleton winning the 1500m in 4m 29.55s and Kelly Johnson the 800m in 2m 09.31s, with those two also winning the ‘B’ races. The 4 x 400m Relay team also had a good win in 3m 54.42s. Caroline Nutt came 2nd with a season’s best of 3.30m in the Pole Vault, Fiona Thomas was 3rd in the Shot with 11.27m, and Tiffeny Lyons 3rd in the High Jump with 1.55m.
Match Result :- Blackheath & Bromley H&AC 208, Enfield & Haringey AC 176, Thames Valley H 175, Wakefield D H&AC 157, Wigan & D. Harriers AC 153, Newham & Essex Beagles AC 143, Reading AC 103, Herts Phoenix AC 101.
Overall League Positions :- Enfield & Haringey AC 22, Blackheath & Bromley H&AC 21, Thames Valley H 19, Wakefield D H&AC 15, Newham & Essex Beagles AC 11, Wigan & D. Harriers AC 9, Reading AC 7, Herts Phoenix AC 4.
Full Results from UKWAL

3rd Aug 2008. Men’s and Women’s Combined Team Finish 5th in Northern League.
The Men’s and Women’s Combined Team Finish 5th in the final fixture of the Northern League Division 1 at Sports City Manchester, and as a result finish 5th overall in the division. In this tight division the club actually had the 2nd highest number of individual points of the 6 clubs, so to finish 5th and get relegated was very unlucky indeed.
The club’s only ‘A’ string winner was Richard Gayle (Hammer 40.71m), but there were fine 2nd places from Nathan Elliot (800m 1m 58.2s), Dale Worton (1500m in a PB of 4m 03.6s), Chiedu Ufodiama (Discus 35.47m & Shot 11.08m) and the 4 x 400m Relay team of Craig Simpson, Marcus Nixey, Thomas Atkinson and Alistair Robinson who ran aNew Club Record of 3m 22.4s. The women’s team was of course the ‘B’ team, and not at full strength as the ‘A’ team had their UK Women’s League match on the same day.
Match Result :- Trafford 423, Blackburn 383, City of Manchester 345, Bolton 326, Wakefield 290, Leeds City 259.
Overall League Positions :- Blackburn 21 (1584 pts), Leeds City 15 (1318 pts), City of Manchester 13 (1290 pts), Trafford 13 (1256 pts), Wakefield 11 (1341 pts) Bolton 11 (1339 pts). Download results from Northern Athletics

31st Jul 2008. Results of Third Reindeer Romp Off-Road Race.
Once again we had very wet weather but there was still a good turnout of 78 runners for the third and final race of the Reindeer Romp Series of off-road races, from the Reindeer Inn at Overton. First Harrier home was one again Pete McNamara in 13th, ahead of Chris Ward and Tony White, with Alex Potter the first Wakefield lady to finish. Race Results

30th Jul 2008. 6th WYT&F League Meeting at South Leeds Stadium.
At the 6th meeting in the popular series Wakefield’s winners were Grace Eyles (U15G 200m 26.5s & High Jump 1.41m), Olivia Radcliffe (U15G 800m 2m 23.3), Lucy Holmes (U17L Long Jump 4.60m), Faye Mitchell (SL 200m 26.9s), Fiona Thomas (SL Shot 11.03m), Daniel Franks (U13B 800m 2m 22.2s), Liam Benson (U15B 800m 2m 12.7s), Sam Bucknall (U17M 800m 2m 05.8s) and Darren Thomas (SM Shot 10.15m). With just one meeting left Wakefield’s women have an unassailable lead, whilst the men have a narrow lead. Individually Grace Eyles leads the U15 Girls and Lucy Holmes the U17 Ladies categories.
Results from Leeds :- Mens and Womens.

29th Jul 2008. Lauren Proctor Breaks Club U17 3000m Record Again.
At the Trafford Grand Prix meeting at Stretford Lauren Proctor improved her PB, running another New Club U17 3000m Record of 9 min 56.4 secs, when coming 4th in her mixed race, an excellent time that moves her up to 13th in this year’s UK U17 rankings. Other club athletes were also in action, the best result coming from U17 Dale Worton, who won his 800m race in 1m 59.16s. Results in Excel from Stretford.

29th Jul 2008. Martyn Bernard Back on Form at Grand Prix Meeting at Monaco.
After a couple of disappointing results Martyn Bernard bounced back to form with a fine 4th place, jumping 2.28m in the High Jump at the top class Herculis Grand Prix Meeting at Monaco.
Results from Monaco and Report from UK Athletics

27th Jul 2008. Harriers Enjoy James Herriot Country Trail Run .

A group of Harriers enjoyed a day out in The Yorkshire Dales and competed in the James Herriot Country Trail Run from Castle Bolton in Wensleydale. First Harrier home in the 14k run was Dave Brailsford in 12th, followed by Richard West 24th and Tony White 39th.
Results from ukresults.net

27th Jul 2008. Two New Club Records in Final National Junior League Match.
In the 4th and final round of the National Junior League Northern Humber Division at Rotherham the team finished a creditable 3rd, with the highlight being 2 new club records. U17 star Lauren Proctor had a runaway victory in a New Club U20 & U17 800m Record of 2 mins 10.5 secs, and there was another outstanding run from the men’s 4 x 400m Relay Team of Thomas Atkinson, Andrei Probischan, Marcus Nixey and Craig Simpson who won in a New Club U20 Record of 3 mins 26.0 secs, well inside the old figures.
For the men there were individual wins for Thomas Atkinson (400m 51.1s), Dale Worton (800m 2m 02.3s), Jack Hallas (3000m 9m 16.9s), Chiedu Ufodiama (Discus 42.40m), William Mulroy (High Jump 1.75m), Andrei Probischan (Triple Jump 12.68m) and the 4 x 400m Relay Team. Craig Simpson also had an impressive win in the non-scoring 400m in 49.9s. The ladies had victories from Mikaela Harrison (400m 60.1s) and Lauren Proctor.
Match Result :- Rotherham 504, Kingston-U-Hull 466, Wakefield 403, Sheffield 283, Grimsby 267, Scunthorpe 111, Hull Achilles 61.
Download Full Match Results from NJL.

25th Jul 2008. Emily Freeman and Martyn Bernard Compete at Crystal Palace.
Emily Freeman and Martyn Bernard were both invited to compete at Crystal Palace against some of the world’s elite athletes at the Aviva London Grand Prix. Emily took on Alison Felix and other leading American and Caribean sprinters in the 200m, and came a creditable 6th in 23.32s into a headwind. She also competed for the Great Britain team in the 4 x 100m Relay. Martyn had a disappointing competition by his high standards, coming 11th in the High Jump with 2.15m.

20th Jul 2008. Ricardo Francis Breaks 11 seconds for 100m for the first time.
At the Birmingham Games Ricardo Francis dipped inside 11 seconds for 100m for the first time when he twice broke his PB, first running 11.08s and then 10.98s, although they were both wind assisted. He also ran 22.73 secs for 200m.

20th Jul 2008. Club Finishes 3rd in 5th Young Athletes League Match.
In the 5th and final fixture of the Northern Premier division of the Young Athletes League at Blackpool the team once again came 3rd, which means they finish 17th overall out of the 20 teams in the top division. The U17 men’s team were again strong, with good wins from Nathanial Davis (100m 11.2s & 200m 22.9s), Dale Worton (800m 2m 02.2s & 1500m 4m 17.2s), Josh Green (100mH 14.2s & 400mH 59.5s), Craig Westerman (Discus 34.64m & Hammer 31.86m) and William Mulroy (HJ 1.75m).
In addition there were excellent Grade 1 performances from Daniel O’Connor (U15 Discus 37.33m, which is not too far from the club record), Tom Leyshon (U15B HJ 1.80m, just 1cm short of the club record), Grace Eyles (U15G 100m 12.8s), Rebecca Watts (U15G 200m 26.5s) and Zoe Kerins (U13G 75m 10.1s, which equals her club record & 200m 19.8s). Good grade 2 performances were also recorded by Calum Whitham (U17 200m 23.0s), Ben Homer (U17M 3000m 9m 10.0s), Daniel Franks (U13B 800m 2m 26.9s), Michael Callaly (U13B 1500m 5m 00.4s), James Furlong (U13B HJ 1.40m), Grace Eyles (U15G Long Jump 4.84m), Hannah Yates (U15G Discus 24.25m) and Libby Greatorex (U13G 1200m 4m 09.4s).
Match Result :- Blackburn 418, Blackpool 390, Wakefield 344, City of York 304.
Download Full Match Results from YAL.

19th Jul 2008. Martyn Bernard Selected for GB Olympic Team.
Martyn Bernard was finally selected to represent Great Britain in the High Jump at the Beijing Olympics, and joins Emily Freeman in the GB team. Emily and Martyn become only the 4th and 5th Wakefield Harriers in the history of the club to win Olympic selection, after Steve Hollings (1972 3000m Steeplechase), Alan Bell (1980 400m), and Alan Slack (1984 4x400m relay). It is a fantastic achievement for them both, and we all send them our congratulations.
Report and full team list from UK Athletics.

19th Jul 2008. Thomas Atkinson Breaks Club U17 800m Record Again.
At the BMC Nike Grand Prix at Stretford Thomas improved his recent PB, running another New Club U17 800m Record of 1 min 54.05 secs, a fantastic time that moves him up to 2nd in the UK U17 rankings this season. There were other fine 800m runs from Jack Hallas with 1m 53.28s, Dale Worton 1m 58.58s and Kelly Johnson with 2m 06.71s in the women’s races. Helen Singleton ran a new PB of 4m 28.21 in her 1500m, and Chris Price ran 9m 02.17 in the 3000m.
Results from Stretford.

12th/13th Jul 2008. Emily Freeman Wins UK Championships and Olympic Place in 200m.
Emily Freeman had the greatest win of her career when she won the UK Championships over 200m, ahead of World 400m Champion Christine Ohuruogu. Her winning time of 22.92s was again better than the Olympic ‘A’ standard, and sealed her selection for Beijing, for which we all send her our congratulations. Martyn Bernard also had high hopes of Olympic selection, but only came 3rd in the High Jump with 2.23m, and so was not included in the first wave of selections, even though he has the Olympic ‘A’ standard of 2.30m. Our other international athletes performed well, but were not quite good enough for selection. Zara Hohn improved her club record in the heats of the 100m Hurdles with 13.57s, and came 4th in the final in a New Club 100m Hurdles Record of 13.54s, whilst Charlene Thomas will have been disappointed to come 5th in the 1500m, in a time well outside the Olympic ‘A’ standard. Naida Bromley came 10th in the Javelin with 39.95m, and middle distance runners Kelly Johnson, Helen Singleton and Lucy O’Gorman also did well in their races against top quality competition, with Kelly qualifying for the ‘B’ final of the 800m.
Report and Results from UK Athletics.

13th Jul 2008. Daniel Franks Breaks Club U13 800m Record.
At the Barnsley AC Young Athletes Open Meeting at Cudworth there were several club athletes recording fast times, with Daniel Franks running a New Club U13 800m Record of 2 min 21.4 secs. Zoe Kerins and Calum Whitham ran fast times at 100m and 200m, and Nicola Jukes jumped a PB in the High Jump. Results from Barnsley.


Daniel with his trophy from the meeting.

11th/12th Jul 2008. Three Club Records in English Schools Championships.
Many of the club’s junior athletes were selected to compete for West Yorkshire in the English Schools Championships at Gateshead, and although there were no medals this year the athletes excelled themselves with many PBs and three new club records.
In the Junior Boys High Jump Thomas Leyshon came an excellent 4th with 1.81m, a jump which equals the U15 Boys High Jump Record of Martyn Bernard. In the Inter Boys Josh Green finished 8th in the 400m Hurdles in 57.53s, but in the heats he ran aNew Club U17 400m Hurdles Record of 56.09s, a massive improvement on his best. Thomas Atkinson came 7th in the 800m final in 1m 59.13s, and Dale Worton also came 7th in the 1500m final in 4m 07.73s after winning his heat in a new PB of 4m 04.24s. Another 7th place was gained by Joe Charlesworth in the Javelin with a fine 54.07m. Ben Homer came 17th in the 3000m in 9m 09.98s, and Marcus Nixey ran 51.41s in his 400m heat. In the Senior Boys Jack Hallas came an excellent 6th in the 800m in 1m 54.69s, after running an excellent PB of 1m 52.94s in his heat, Chiedu Ufodiama came 10th in the Discus with 37.45m, and James Mitchell ran 11.32s in his 100m heat.
In the Junior Girls age group Sally Smith ran 5m 05.62s in her 1500m heat and Grace Eyles jumped 4.54m in her Long Jump. In the Inter Girls 1500m Lauren Procter came an excellent 5th in 4m 33.13s, after running a New Club U17 1500m Record of 4m 32.74sin the heats, and in the Senior Girls 1500m Katie McHale finished a fine 8th in 4m 41.97s.
Results from ESAA

9th Jul 2008. 5th WYT&F League Meeting at Cleckheaton.
At the 5th WYT&F League Meeting at Cleckheaton on a cold wet night there were still some good performances, the best ones being Zoe Kerins (U13G 80m 11.0), Grace Eyles (U15G 100m 13.3), Olivia Radcliffe (U15G 1500m 5m 02.2), Lucy Holmes(U17L 100m 13.5s & SP 8.39m), Daniel Franks (U13B 800m 2m 25.0) and Ethan Plumb (U13B Discus 20.21m).
Results from Cleckheaton :- Mens and Womens.

6th Jul 2008. Combined Team Finish 4th in North of England League Match 2.
In the third match of the North of England League Division 1 which we hosted at Thornes Park the senior men’s and women’s teams finished 4th in a close fought match. In the men’s events we had ‘A’ string victories from Mark Lindsay in the Javelin with 51.72m and the 4x400m relay team of Andrei Pobischan, Thomas Atkinson, Marcus Nixey & Rob Lee who won in 3m 26.9s. U17 Dale Worton also did well running a new PB of 4m 06.5s in coming 2nd in the 1500m.
For the women U17 Lauren Proctor won the 800m in 2m 15.1s, Fiona Thomas won the Shot with 10.93m and it was good to see Michelle Lonsdale back in action coming 3rd in the Javelin with 31.88m. Kirby Akindeide also got a 3rd place in the triple jump with 10.28m, and Vikki Mills came 2nd in the Pole Vault with 2.50m.
Match Result :- Leeds City 390.5, Blackburn 370, City of Manchester 361, Wakefield 359, Bolton 319.5, Trafford 230. Full Results

5th Jul 2008. Women’s Team Finish 3rd in UK Women’s League.
In the second match of the UK Women’s League Division 3 which the club hosted at Thornes Park the team finished a creditable 3rd in a close fought competition. The match was so close that if Zara Hohn hadn’t been selected to compete in Austria we would have won, but even so it was a good result. We were dominant in the middle distances with Charlene Thomas winning the 3000m in 9m 40.3s, Helen Singleton the 1500m in 4m 30.1s and Kelly Johnson the 800m in 2m 09.5s, all top quality performances. Also performing strongly were Rachael Shaw with 57.8s in the 400m, Naida Bromley with 38.85m in the Javelin, Caroline Nutt with 3.20m in the Pole Vault, Fiona Thomas winning the Shot with 11.25m, and the 4x400m Relay team who completed their race in 3m 57.9s.
Match Result :- Enfield & Haringey AC 183, Thames Valley H 176, Wakefield D H&AC 174, Blackheath & Bromley H&AC 145, Wigan & D. Harriers AC 137, Newham & Essex Beagles AC 131, Reading AC 121, Herts Phoenix AC 98. Full Results

1st Jul 2008. Thomas Atkinson Breaks Club U17 800m Record.
So far this season Thomas’ best performances have been at 400m, but he finally hit his best 800m form with a New Club U17 800m Record of 1 min 54.91 secs at Trafford in the BMC race.

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