2014 Club News June – April

29th Jun 2014. UK Youth Development U17/U20 League Match 3.
At the third match of the Northern Premier 1 Division of the UK Youth Development U17/U20 League at Stretford, we once again failed to send out a complete team, but those athletes who competed did very well indeed, with some excellent performances, and many recording PBs. The highlights were excellent ‘A’ string victories from Scott Atkinson (U20 400m 48.8s), Ben Read (U17 800m 1m 55.5s), Hannah Ukanda (U20 JT 32.21m), Lucy Robinson (U17 800m 4m 45.0s), Alyce McCurdie (U17 SP 11.57m) & Abby Ward (U17 HJ 1.70m). In addition there were some good Grade 3 performance from James Saxton (2nd U20 1500m 3m 59.8s), Hannah Ukanda (2nd U20 SP 9.94m), Lucy Robinson (3rd U17 300m 42.9s) & Bethan Oates (2nd U17 800m 2m 19.1s).
Match Result :- Team Edinburgh 757, Team Glasgow 717, Sale H Manchester 674, City of Sheffield 555, Gateshead H&AC 514, Wakefield DH&AC 267.
Results from Power of 10.

29th Jun 2014. Twenty Harriers Run in Bradford Millennium Way Relay.
The club once again turned out 2 full teams of 10 to compete in the Bradford Millennium Way Relay, a challenging long distance off-road relay of 47 miles, involving 6300 ft of climbing. The men’s team performed well, coming 7th overall after Chris Ward and Stephen Tilford got them off to a flying start by winning leg 1. We once again had a good ladies team, and they did very well to finish in 22nd place overall out the 43 competing teams, and 3rd in category. Helen Beck and Jacqui Khoueiry were fastest ladies on leg 5. Check the race website for results.

27th-29th Jun 2014. Harriers Competing at British Championships.
Four Harriers competed at the British Athletics UK Championships at Birmingham, which incorporated the Trials for the European Championships. Martyn Bernard was our highest placed athlete, finishing 4th in the High Jump with 2.20m. This was well short of the qualifying height of 2.28m, so Martyn will have to be content to just compete in the Commonwealth Games this year. Jennifer Walsh ran well in her first ever track 5000m to finish 11th in 16 mins 24.06 secs, and it was good to see her on TV with a big smile on her face wearing her Harriers vest. Emily Freeman and Jack Hallas were not quite so successful, and failed to progress beyond the heats of the 400m and 800m respectively. Meeting Results.

25th Jun 2014. Club Record from Olivia Roe at West Yorkshire T&F League.
In good conditions there were some excellent performances at the fourth round of West Yorkshire T&F League at Wakefield, including a new U17 Men’s 800m league record from Robert Etherington of Wetherby. Closing in on the U11 Girl’s 75m record is Olivia Roe, who won her race and ran a New Club U11 Girl’s 75m Record of 10.87 secs. It was good to see a good turnout of U11 athletes from the club, and another success from them was the Boy’s Long Jump victory by Joel Moverley with 3.93m.
Results from Wakefield :- Mens and Womens.

22nd Jun 2014. Club Record from Joel Moverley at Wakefield v Pontefract Match.
There were some fine performances from some of the young athletes at the Wakefield v Pontefract friendly match at Thornes Park Stadium, including a New Club U11 Boy’s Long Jump Record of 4.20m from Joel Moverley. U11 Olivia Roe was close to her club 150m record with her excellent time of 22.08s, and there was a Grade 1 performance from Chesachi Okoroafor with 6.14m in the U15 Boy’s Long Jump. There were also Grade 2 performances from Declan Sheehan (U17M 100m 11.34s) & Charlotte Sampson (U15G 100m 12.87s). Meeting Results.

21st/22nd Jun 2014. Jennifer Walsh 4th in 1500m at England U23 Champs.
At the England Athletics U20 & U23 Championships at Bedford the club had several of its leading athletes competing. Jennifer Walsh continued her return to fitness with a fine 4th place in the U23 Women’s 1500m in 4m 22.96s, Scott Atkinson ran 48.75s in the semi-final of the U20 400m, Sally Smith ran 2m 08.93s in her heat of the U23 800m, and James Saxton ran 1m 57.09s in his heat of the U20 800m. Meeting Results.

21st Jun 2014. Ladies F35 Team 2nd at Yorkshire Vets AA Road Relays.

The Wakefield Harriers over 35 Ladies team of Nicky Steel, Julie Greenwood & Julie Briscoe all ran well, but weren’t able to retain their Yorkshire Vets AA Road Relay Championships title at Saltaire, and lost out to a strong team from Holmfirth. The B team of Eileen Mannion, Alice Butler & Nicky Steel (running a 2nd leg!) also did well to finish 6th. For the 3rd year running Julie Briscoe easily ran the fastest time of the day.
Women O35 Results.
There were no Wakefield Harriers mens teams competing this year.

20th Jun 2014. New M60 10km Club Record for Peter Gooding.
At the Summer Solstice 10K at Long Bennington in Lincolnshire, Peter Gooding ran a New M60 10km Club Record of 40 mins 59 secs, knocking nearly a minute off his previous M60 record. Race Results.

19th Jun 2014. Reindeer Romp Race 2 from Overton.
At the 2nd of the Reindeer Romp Race series from Overton several Harriers took part. Pete McNamara was once again first Harrier home in 8th place, and U20 Faye Beckett was just behind him as she finished first lady overall, in 9th place. Race Results in XL.
The race was also the 8th round of the Club Distance Runners League Championship.

16th Jun 2014. Martyn Bernard Selected for Commonwealth Games.
Although not yet back to his best, Martyn Bernard has been selected to compete for Team England in the High Jump at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. This will be Martyn’s third Commonwealth Games, so our congratulations to Martyn on his latest international selection. Report from England Athletics.

14th/15th Jun 2014. Four Medallists at Northern T&F Championships.
Just as last year, Sally Smith had a good weekend at the Northern Track & Field Championships at Sportcity in Manchester, winning the senior 400m title in a new PB of 55.72s, and finishing 2nd in the 800m in another new PB of 2m 08.78s. Other Harriers to win medals were Hannah Ukandu (1st U20W LJ 4.92m), James Saxton (2nd U20M 800m in 1m 57.02s) & William Ingram (2nd U20M 2000mSC 6m 35.79s), and other leading performers with a Grade 3 or better were Jenna Wheatman (4th SW Hammer 49.61m) & Kieran Thackray (7th SM Hammer 45.96m).
Results from Power of 10
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15th Jun 2014. Yorkshire & District League Match 2.
At the 2nd round of the Yorkshire & District League at Cleethorpes there were some good winning performances, of grade 3 or above :- Sam Mattocks (U17 100m 11.4s & 200m 23.3s), Sachin Gosna (U15 HJ 1.65m), Aran Thomas (U13 SP 8.54m), Alyce McCurdie (U17 SP 10.82m), Charlotte Sampson (U15 200m 26.7s) & Molly Dunbavin (U13 150m 21.1s & SP 8.48m).
Match Result :- Cleethorpes 358, Halifax Harriers 319, Wakefield Harriers 239, Skyrac 160. Meeting Results.

14th Jun 2014. European Mountain Running Championships Trials.
At the European Mountain Running Championships Trials at Whinlatter Forest in the Lake District, our two 2013 National Cross Country Champions were both competing. W35 Julie Briscoe finished 11th in the Senior Ladies race, and U17 Annabel Mason was 7th in the Junior Women’s race.
Results from Power of 10
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14th Jun 2014. Club Record for Abby Ward at West Yorkshire Schools Champs.
At the West Yorkshire Schools Athletics Championships at Cleckheaton the club had many athletes competing with distinction for their school districts. The outstanding performance came from Abby Ward, who won the Intermediate Girls High Jump in a New Championship Best Performance, and a New U17 Club Record of 1.74m.
There were victories from the following Wakefield Harriers club members :- Charlotte Sampson (JG 100m 12.78s), Rachel Crorken (JG 200m 27.01s), James Pearce (JB 200m 24.71s), Sophie Woollin (SG 400m 63.94s), Ben Read (IB 800m 1m 56.11s), Daniel Franks (SB 1500m SC 4m 21.80s), Cameron Dye (SB 3000m 10m 05.73s), Deri Olaleru (JG HJ 1.54m), Abby Ward (IG HJ 1.74m), Sachin Gosna (JB HJ 1.78m), George Heppinstall (IB PV 3.50m), Alyce McCurdie (IG SP 11.50m) & Luke Thackray (SB JT 42.16m). Meeting Results.

10th Jun 2014. New 3000m Outdoor Club Record for Jennifer Walsh.
Jennifer Walsh, a former winner of the English Schools 800m and Cross Country Championships who joined the Harriers at the start of the year, claimed her first club record. At the Trafford Grand Prix Meeting at Stretford she ran the 3000m in a mixed race in 9 mins 24.77 secs, beating Aine Hoban’s record set in a mixed race from 2004. Charlene Thomas has run the fastest 3000m by a Wakefield Harrier, but that was set indoors, so Jennifer has the fastest outdoor time by a club member. Helen Singleton ran 9m 50.46s in another 3000m race at the meeting. Meeting Results.

10th Jun 2014. Thornes Park 5Km Challenge Series Race 1.
In the first race of the Thornes Park 5Km Challenge Series there was a good turnout of Wakefield runners, led home by Joe Schofield in 4th, just ahead of M55 Pete McNamara. Helen Beck and Alex Potter were our first two ladies in 13th & 19th places respectively. Race Results.
The race was also the 7th round of the Club Distance Runners League Championship.

7th Jun 2014. Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 Match 2.
The combined Mens & Womens Senior team bounced back from a disappointing first match to record a resounding victory at the second match at Sports City in Manchester, with many athletes rising to the occasion and recording PBs. There were ‘A’ string victories from Helen Singleton (1500m 4m 41.5s), Andrew Jones (PV 3.80m), Hannah Yates (DT 31.90m) & Jenna Wheatman (HT 48.57m). There was also a Grade 1 performance from Sally Smith (2nd 400m 56.5s), Grade 2 performances from U20 James Ammon (4th 100m 11.1s), U17 Ben Read (1st B 800m 1m 57.8s), U17 George Heppinstall (1st B PV 3.80m) & Lucy Holmes (2nd SP 10.77m), and Grade 3 performances from Alistair Robinson (2nd 800m 1m 54.7s), U17 Lucy Robinson (2nd 800m 2m 18.8s & 2nd 3000m 10m 46.4s) Dale Worton (2nd 1500m 3m 54.9s) & Kieran Thackray (2nd HT 45.56m).
Match Result :- Wakefield Harriers 381, City of Manchester 343, Preston Harriers 337, Kingston-U-Hull 332, Blackburn 319, Derby & County 261.
Results from Power of 10.

4th Jun 2014. Third Round of West Yorkshire T&F League at Cleckheaton.
The best performance from the club was a Grade 2 performance from Ben Read, running 4 mins 7.9 secs in the U17 Men’s 1500m.
Results from Cleckheaton :- Mens and Womens.

3rd Jun 2014. Wakefield Schools Track & Field Team.
Here’s the list of athletes selected to compete for the Wakefield Schools Track & Field Team in the forthcoming West Yorkshire Schools Championships at the Princess Mary Stadium, Cleckheaton on Saturday 14th June. Download Team List.

2nd Jun 2014. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers in June.
Here’s the list of people that have been accepted into membership by Wakefield Harriers at the monthly Committee Meeting. Please welcome them all to the club.List of New Members.

1st Jun 2014. UK Youth Development U17/U20 League Match 2.
At the second match of the Northern Premier Division of the UK Youth Development U17/U20 League at Spinkhill, near Sheffield, we once again failed to send out a complete team, but those athletes who competed did very well, with many recording PBs. There were ‘A’ string victories from George Heppinstall (U17 PV 3.75m) & Ethan Plumb (U20 JT 48.35m), and in addition a Grade 3 performance from Bethan Oates (2nd U17 800m 2m 18.87s).
Match Result :- Team Glasgow 741.5, City of Sheffield 718, Team Edinburgh 675, Gateshead H&AC 590.5, Sale H Manchester 506, Wakefield DH&AC 268.
Results from Power of 10.

1st Jun 2014. Our International Athletes Compete at Bedford International Games.
Fast 400m times were recorded at the Bedford International Games by two of the club’s international athletes. Former Olympic 200m runner Emily Freeman ran a season’s best of 54.24s in the Women’s 400m, and Junior International Scott Atkinson ran close to his best with 48.20s in his 400m race. Meanwhile Martyn Bernard equalled his season’s best with 2.22m in the High Jump. Meeting Results.

31st May 2014. Good Middle Distance Performances in BMC Grand Prix.
At the BMC Grand Prix at Sports City Manchester several of the club’s leading middle distance runners were competing. Charlene Thomas won the 1500m in a season’s best of 4m 11.38s, and another to get a Grade 1 performance was Sally Smith, who ran a new PB of 2m 9.0s in winning her 800m race. Jack Hallas recorded a Grade 2 1500m time of 3m 49.68s, as did Helen Singleton with 4m 32.28s in her 1500m race. Alistair Robinson’s 800m PB of 1m 54.9s was a Grade 3. Meeting Results.

25th May 2014. Two Harriers Complete the Edinburgh Marathon.
Martin Holding and Craig Orr both completed the Edinburgh Marathon, and both did well to record PBs of 3 hrs 23 mins & 3 hrs 24 mins respectively. Astonishingly the race organisers have refused to publish the full race results!

24th May 2014. Charlene Thomas Finishes 3rd in Westminster Mile.
Charlene Thomas was invited to compete in the Westminster Mile in London, and finished 3rd in 4 min 39 secs, behind Alison Leonard and Helen Clitheroe.

22nd May 2014. Reindeer Romp Race 1 from Overton.
The popular Reindeer Romp Race series from Overton had a good turnout of 106 runners for the first race, in spite of the rain. Pete McNamara was first Harrier home in 10th place, and U20 Faye Beckett had a good run to finish first lady overall, in 16th place. Race Results in XL.

21st May 2014. Jenny Latham & Ladies Team Win at Askern 10k.
Jenny Latham had the first road race victory of her career at the popular Askern 10k road race, when she came home 16 seconds clear of the next lady in 29th place overall, in the good time of 36:55. Helen Beck & Nicky Steel were 9th & 13th in the ladies race in 40:59 & 41:42 respectively, as the ladies won the team prize. Alex Potter was not far behind with a PB of 41:47, and Joanne Biltcliffe also cracked 45 minutes with 44:55. Chris Ward had a good run to lead the men home in 7th place, in 35:21, and other men to beat the 40 minutes barrier were Tom Potter 38:22, Glen Shelley 38:42, Sean McHale 39:14, Hugh Allen 39:29 & Joe Schofield 39:39. Race Results.
The race was also the 6th round of the Club Distance Runners League Championship, which is currently being led by Helen Beck, with Hugh Allen not far behind.

20th May 2014. Good 1500m Time from Sally Smith.
At the Trafford Grand Prix at Stretford several Harriers were competing. The in-form Sally Smith was close to her 1500m PB as she ran a Grade 2 time of 4 mins 34.18s. Meeting Results.

18th May 2014. Excellent Performances at Loughborough International Meeting.
Scott Atkinson was chosen to represent the GB Junior Team in the 4 x 400m Relay at the Loughborough International Meeting. He also ran in the guest 400m race, and recorded a season’s best of 48.12s. Jack Hallas had his first outing on the track this year, and was close to his best with 3m 48.27s.

17th/18th May 2014. Big Medal Haul at Yorkshire Track & Field Championships.


Two of our Yorkshire Medallists, Lucy Robinson & Ben Read

At the Yorkshire Track & Field Championships at Cudworth the club had a good showing once again, with 34 medals won. The big news was the return to competition, after an absence of nearly 4 years, of former Olympic 200m runner Emily Freeman. She won the Senior Women’s 400m in 55.13s, and not too far behind her was Sally Smith, who also won the 800m in 2m 10.93s.
In total there were 9 Yorkshire Gold medals for Emily Freeman (SW 400m 55.13s – Grade 1), Sally Smith (SW 800m 2m 10.93s – Grade 1), Lucy Robinson (U17W 800m 2m 15.39s – Grade 2), Mollie Dunbavin (U13G Shot 8.18m – Grade 2), George Heppinstall (U17M PV 3.50m – Grade 3), Ethan Plumb (U20M Javelin 50.17m – Grade 3), Alistair Robinson (SM 800m), Dale Worton (SM 5000m) & Andrew Jones (U20M Pole Vault).
15 Silver medals were won by Sally Smith (SW 400m 56.68s – Grade 1), Lucy Holmes (SW Shot 11.20m – Grade 2 & Javelin), Ben Read (U17M 800m 1m 57.26s – Grade 2), Lucy Robinson (U17W 1500m 4m 42.64s – Grade 2), Rebecca Tolson (U17W HJ 1.64m – Grade 2), Aran Thomas (U13B Shot 9.35m – Grade 2), Helen Singleton (SW 800m & 1500m), Kieran Thackray (SM Shot), Hannah Yates (SW Discus), William Ingram (U20M 2000m SC), Edward Dunbavin (U17M PV) & James Shaw (SM TJ & 110m H), and 10 bronze medals were won by Jenna Wheatman (SW Hammer 51.03m – Grade 1), Hannah Ukandu (U20W LJ 5.46m – Grade 3), Patrick Thackray (U20M Javelin & 110m H), Faye Beckett (U20W 1500m & 3000m), Zoe Kerins (U20W 800m), Gareth Hepworth (SM 400m), Chris Price (SM 3000m SC) & Jack Mitchell (U20M 1500m).
In addition, from athletes who missed out on medals, there was a grade 2 performance from Rachel Crorken (7th U15G LJ 4.89m), and further grade 3 performances from Kieran Thackray (4th SM Hammer 44.77m), Hannah Ukandu (4th U20W Shot 10.24m), Ben Read (4th U17M 1500m 4m 16.21s), Beth Oates (4th U17W 800m 2m 19.58s) & Charlotte Sampson (4th U15G 100m 13.03m).
Meeting Results from Power of 10

17th May 2014. Charlene Thomas Opens Her Track Season with 1500m Victory.
Charlene Thomas opened her track season with a 1500m victory at the BMC Grand Prix race at Watford, in 4m 14.08s.

14th May 2014. Second Round of West Yorkshire T&F League at Wakefield.
The nice spring weather encouraged a good turnout of athletes for the second round of West Yorkshire T&F League at Wakefield. There were good wins in the U11 age group from Olivia Roe in the Girl’s 75m in 11.05s, and Michael Flood in the Boy’s Shot with 5.86m. Lucy Holmes threw a Grade 2 distance of 10.58m as she won the Ladies Shot, and Aran Thomas cleared a Grade 3 1.35m in the U13 High Jump.
Results from Wakefield :- Mens and Womens.

13th May 2014. Another International Selection for Scott Atkinson.
Following his fast 400m at the BUCS Championships Scott Atkinson has been chosen to represent the GB Junior Team in the 4 x 400m Relay at the Loughborough International at the weekend, so our congratulations to Scott.

12th May 2014. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers in May.
Here’s the list of people that have been accepted into membership by Wakefield Harriers at the monthly Committee Meeting. Please welcome them all to the club.List of New Members.

11th May 2014. Olivia Roe on form at Doncaster Spring Open Meeting.
At the Doncaster Spring Open Meeting there were a few Wakefield Harriers competing in very blustery and cold conditions. Top performer was Olivia Roe, who came first in the U11 Girls 80m in 11.4 secs and 2nd in the Long Jump with 3.42m.Meeting Results.

11th May 2014. Yorkshire & District League Match 1.
In the first round of the Yorkshire & District League at Wakefield there were some good performances, of grade 3 or above. U17 Alyce McCurdie threw a PB of 11.66m with the 3K Shot, as well as 32.66m with the 3K Hammer. U13 Molly Dunbavin threw 8.36m in the Shot, Harry Mallinson ran 1m 59.15s in the U17 800m, & Aran Thomas threw 8.84m in the U13 shot.
Match Result :- Cleethorpes 348, Wakefield Harriers 307, Halifax Harriers 285, Skyrac 184.
Meeting Results.

11th May 2014. Leeds Half Marathon.
The club had a few runners competing in the Leeds Half Marathon, which was run in blustery conditions. Peter McNamara was first Harrier home in 85:47, and had he been 2 weeks older it would have been a new club M55 record! Helen Beck was 8th lady to finish in 89:22 and Nicky Steel recorded 92:55 to finish 3rd in the F35 category. Second claim member Tom Potter also did well and ran a new PB of 88:24. Race Results.

7th May 2014. Club has 2 Medallists in Yorkshire Vets 5k Championships.
Two Harriers competed in the first race of the John Carr 5k race series at Esholt. The race incorporated the Yorkshire Vets 5k Championships, and they both came away with medals. Andy Cartwright finished 12th overall in 16:24, and 3rd in the M35 category, whilst Julie Greenwood ran 18:58 to finish 2nd in the F40 category.
Race Results.

5th May 2014. Another Gold Medal Haul from Aran Thomas.

U13 Aran Thomas competed at the Trafford Open Medal Meeting and had another ‘Gold Rush’, winning the Discus, Shot and Javelin. His Discus was a grade 1 throw of 29.86m, another PB, and this extends his lead at the top of this year’s National U13 rankings. He also threw the Javelin a grade 2 of 29.31m, and the Shot a grade 2 of 8.87m.
Aran has twice in recent weeks improved the club U13 Javelin Record, which now stands at 31.47m, and is closing in on the excellent Discus record of Charles Handley from 1998.
Meeting Results.

3rd-5th May 2014. Harriers Competing at the BUCS Championships.
Several Wakefield Harriers were representing their universities and colleges at the BUCS Championships at Bedford. Best placed from the club was Chiedu Ufodiama, who finished 4th in the Discus with 42.78m. Lucy Holmes was 7th in the Shot with 11.11m after throwing 11.40m in the heats, and Scott Atkinson was 8th in the 400m final with 49.07s, after running a very fast 48.34s in his semi-final. In the heats Grace Eyles ran 12.81s in the 100m & 27.12s in the 200m, and James Saxton & Chris Woodger ran 1m 58.10s & 1m 59.98s respectively in the 800m. Will Mulroy jumped 1.80m in the heats of the High Jump, and Kieran Thackray threw 9.59m in the Shot & 27.92m in the Discus. Results from Power of 10.

4th May 2014. Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 Match 1.
With the British Universities Championships on the same weekend, the club were short of several athletes at the first round of Northern Mens & Womens League Division 1 at Hull, and could only finish 5th in a very close match. The top performance from the club was a Grade 1 from Jenna Wheatman winning the Hammer with 50.74m, and there were also Grade 3 performances from U17 Rebecca Tolson (1st HJ 1.57m), Ethan Plumb (2nd A Javelin 50.32m) & Mark Lindsay (1st B Javelin 48.10m).
Match Result :- Kingston-U-Hull 347, Derby & County 347, Preston Harriers 346, City of Manchester 317, Wakefield Harriers 276, Blackburn 235.
Individual Results from Power of 10.

4th May 2014. Round Up of Leading Distance Runners Performances.
There were a couple of good performances from the road runners, with Julie Greenwood finishing first lady in the Langtoft 10Km in 40 mins 23 secs, and Alex Potter running 90 mins 17 secs in the North Lincolnshire Half Marathon at Scunthorpe, which moves her up to 11th in the club all-time list.

27th Apr 2014. UK Youth Development U17/U20 League Match 1.
There was a disappointing start for the team at the first match of Northern Premier Division of the UK Youth Development U17/U20 League at Edinburgh’s Meadowbank Stadium, where a depleted team finished 6th against some very strong competition. There were however some fine individual performances, including victories from Ethan Plumb (1st U20 JT 48.22m), George Heppinstall (1st U17 PV 3.40m), Alyce McCurdie (1st U17 SP 10.90M & 1st U17 DT 26.69m) & Rebecca Tolson (1st U17 HJ 1.55m).
Match Result :- Team Edinburgh 750, Team Glasgow 637, City of Sheffield 552, Gateshead H&AC 530, Sale H Manchester 489, Wakefield DH&AC 291.
Results from Power of 10.

26th Apr 2014. Martyn Bernard Jumps Higher in the USA.
Martyn Bernard had his second competition of the year, winning the High Jump at the Spring Invitational Meeting at Clermont in Florida, in the USA, with a clearance of 2.22m.

26th Apr 2014. First Round of West Yorkshire T&F League at Cleckheaton.
The in form Aran Thomas put on another good show in the first round of the West Yorkshire T&F League at Cleckheaton, easily winning the U13 Discus with a Grade 1 throw of 28.79m, which wasn’t too far off the league record, and also winning the Shot with a Grade 2 9.31m. Also shining was Olivia Roe, who was an easy winner of the U11 Girl’s 75m in 11.52s, as well as winning the Shot with 5.14m. Joel Moverley did well to beat the large field of 22 in the U11 Long Jump with 3.50m, and Alistair Robinson wons the men’s 800m in 1m 59.11s.
Results from Cleckheaton :- Mens and Womens.

26th Apr 2014. Senior Runners Distance League Race 5.
The 5th round of the Club Distance Runners League Championship was the Barnsley Park Run, and Neil Dutton was first come in 3rd place, ahead of Tony Smith in 6th and Helen Beck in 7th, who all ran well to break 20 minutes on the hilly course.Race Results.

21st Apr 2014. Another U13 Javelin Club Record from Aran Thomas.
Aran Thomas improved his recent best by a whopping 4m when he threw a New U13 Club Record throw of 31.47m, a Grade 1 performance, at the Trafford Open Medal Meeting. He also won the Shot with an 8.55m throw (Grade 3) and took silver in the Discus with a throw of 24.25m (Grade 2). Meeting Results.

19th Apr 2014. Martyn Bernard Returns to Competition in the USA.
Wakefield’s world class high jumper Martyn Bernard had his first competition for nearly 2 years, after a long spell out with injury. Competing in the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational Meeting at Gainesville in Florida, USA, Martyn won the competition with a clearance of 2.17m.

13th Apr 2014. New U13 Javelin Club Record from Aran Thomas.
Aran Thomas was one of several athletes competing at the Hull AC Open meeting held at the Costello Stadium, and he came away with 1st place in the 400gm Javelin with a New U13 Club Record throw of 27.47m, exceeding the previous best of 26.83m set in 2009 by William Ingram. Aran also came 2nd in the shot missing out on 1st by only 3cm, throwing a 8.53m (AAA Grade 3). Also with a Grade 3 was Ben Read with 52.6s in the U17 Men’s 400m, whilst Jenna Wheatman threw a Grade 2 48.36m in the Senior Women’s Hammer. Meeting Results.
At the Liverpool Throws & Jumps Open Meeting Kieran Thackray threw a Grade 3 42.73m in the Senior Men’s Hammer. Meeting Results.

13th Apr 2014. New Club Record from Julie Briscoe in the London Marathon.
There was a good group of Wakefield Harriers competing in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon, amongst the huge field of over 35,000 runners. The first 6 Harriers home all recorded excellent new PBs, but star performer was Julie Briscoe, who finished 2nd lady and 191st overall in the mass start race in a superb New Club Ladies Marathon Record of 2 hrs 39 mins 48 secs, beating her previous record from Chester in 2013. She was also the third British lady when the elite women are included in the results, so she finished 3rd in the British Marathon Championships. Not too far behind, and first male Harrier to finish in 258th, was Stephen Tilford with 2 hrs 42:39, ahead of Chris Ward in 406th with 2 hrs 46:20. Hugh Allen made a big step forward, just outside 3 hours with 3:02:22, and next up was Nicky Steel with 3:21:17 & Craig Orr with 3:27:03, all running PBs. These are the official gun times. These results have shaken up the Club Road Running Records & Rankings a bit.
Martin Holding recorded 3 hrs 41 & Mark Whitehouse 3 hrs 39 as both did well to complete the course after recent illness and injuries. Our congratulations to them all.London Marathon Results.
In the London Mini Marathon there were two Harriers competing for Yorkshire & Humberside. Annabel Mason finished 23rd in the U17 Women’s race, and Matthew Hill 15th in the U13 Boys race.

7th Apr 2014. New Members Joining Wakefield Harriers in April.
Here’s the list of people that have been accepted into membership by Wakefield Harriers at the monthly Committee Meeting. Please welcome them all to the club.List of New Members.

6th Apr 2014. Harriers Competing in the Manchester Marathon.
A couple of Wakefield Harriers got the spring marathon season underway by competing in the Greater Manchester Marathon, and Tom Potter & Chris Rippon both had good runs, recording 3:18:18 & 3:21:06 (gun times) respectively.

6th Apr 2014. Wakefield Harriers Ladies Dominant in Wakefield Hospice 10k.


Helen Singleton & Jenny Latham on the rostrum

The Wakefield Hospice 10k road race attracted a large entry of over 1500 runners, with a good turnout of Wakefield Harriers competing in the event, which incorporated the Club 10k Road Race Championship & also the 4th round of theClub Distance Runners League Championship. Conditions were quite quite good, although humid, so times weren’t superfast, but several Harriers still managed to record PBs on the undulating out and back course along Horbury Road. Full Race Results
Pre-race favourite Helen Singleton won the ladies race for the 5th year running, coming 10th overall in 36:26. Jenny Latham wasn’t too far behind in 37:08, finishing 2nd lady in 14th overall, and Helen Beck was 4th lady in 40:13, in 47th place. Next lady in 6th was Sarah Bostwick with 41:58, followed by Alex Potter 42:34, Eileen Mannion 43:55 & Joanne Biltcliffe 44:56. The Wakefield ladies dominated the race, and easily won the team prize.
In the men’s race it was U17 William Ingram, running his first ever 10k, who led the Harriers home in 7th place, in a time of 36:03. Next Harrier was Pete McNamara finishing 15th in 37:24, and winning the M50 prize, and he was followed by U20 Cameron Dye 22nd in 38:23. Other Harriers to break the 40 minute barrier were M45 Hugh Allen 38:58 & Glenn Shelley 39:44, and other notable performances were from Jason Richards who won the Wheelchair race, and from 76 year old Brian Fozard recording 54:13 in his first race of the year.

5th Apr 2014. Huge Turnout at Wakefield Harriers Spring Open Meeting.
The Wakefield Harriers Spring Open Meeting had a record entry of 580 athletes, with visitors from all over the North of England coming to Thornes Park Stadium, attracted by the wide programme of events and the electrical timing. We had over 200 entries on the day, which made it another busy day for all the officials, so a big thanks to all those that helped to make the meeting a success. In fact the meeting has now become so popular that the club will probably have to limit the number of entries next year.
There was a high standard in many of the events, especially some of the throws and sprints, and a good turnout from the Junior Jets. Amongst several good performances from the Harriers was an excellent win from Olivia Roe in the U11 Girls 80m in a very fast 11.69s, and a win in the U11 Shot by Lavinia Gavaghan with 4.63m. Other good U11 winners were Ben Chafer, well clear in the 80m with a New Club U11 Boys 80m Record of 11.53s, and Michael Flood winning the Shot with 5.80m.
From the older athletes there were Grade 2 performances from Molly Dunbavin (2nd U13G Shot 8.05m), Lucy Holmes (2nd SW Shot 10.96m) & Jenna Wheatman (3rd SW Hammer 48.43m), and Grade 3 performances from Rebecca Tolson (1st U17W High Jump 1.60m), Lucy Robinson (1st U17W 1500m 4m 52.63s), Hannah Yates (3rd SW Discus 31.97m) Sarah Drake (5th SW Hammer 41.63m), Aran Thomas (1st U13B Shot 8.45m) & Ben Read (1st U17M 800m 2m 00.39s). Meeting Results

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