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Track & field

Northern Track and Field League Match 4

Jacob HentonHolmfirth Harriers’ athletes were out in force for the final Northern League Division 1 match held at Witton Park, Blackburn. The matches in this division have all been extremely close with only a few points separating teams after 37 events. Currently in 4th place with 10 points, it was essential that Holmfirth beat Lincoln Wellington AC lying 5th with just 1 point less on 9 points if they were to have any chance of staying in Division 1 next season. The showery, blustery conditions meant that times and distances would be of less importance than the points gained from the athletes finishing position in each event. The athletes responded magnificently to the task.

In the Sprint events English Schools champion Jordan Toth was in good form to finish 2nd in the 100m and 200m ‘A’ races with times of 10.9 and 22.2secs respectively. He was joined by Luke Craven in the 100m who finished 4th in the ‘B’ race in 11.7secs. Will Lander gained valuable points in the ‘B’ event with a time of 25.3.secs. Junior George was involved in a very competitive 400m ‘A’ race crossing the line in first place in 49.5secs to pick up maximum points, whilst Jacob Henton was third in the ‘B’ race with 52.8secs.

With Lauren Storr having to withdraw through injury it was Emma Szostak who was willing to shoulder the responsibility of competing in the ‘A’ 100m recording a time of 14.6secs. She was supported by Elizabeth Denny who was making her debut at senior level, crossing the line in 15.7secs before achieving a personal best time of 32.0secs in the ‘B’ 200m. Harriet Roberts had a busy day picking up valuable team points with a 5th place in the ‘A’ 200m and 4th place in the ‘A’400m with times of 29.0secs and 62.5secs respectively. Katie Franklin, a great team player put in a gritty performance to record 71.9secs in the ‘B’ 400m.

Junior GeorgeLuke Craven finished 4th in both the ‘A’ Long Jump and ‘A’ Triple Jump with distances of 12.58m and 5.82m respectively. He was supported by Thomas Traviss-Pollard in the Triple jump and George Price in the Long jump to gain valuable points. In the High Jump Graham Bickerdike teamed up with George Price. Both finished 3rd in their respective events with heights of 1.70m and 1.60m.  Graham was again in action in the highly technical Pole Vault, clearing 3.20m to take 3rd. Peter Franklin, a talented all rounder making his debut for the club in the Pole Vault did incredibly well to clear 2.20m and finish 3rd in the ‘B’ event.

It was great to see Holmfirth’s top female high jumper, Lauren Tyrell competing in her first league match of the season. She soared over 1.65m to win setting a new Club record in the process. Katie Franklin again gave great support to finish 3rd ‘B’ with 1.25m. Competition was tough in the horizontal jumps with Harriet Roberts and Naomi Harvey-Franklin both finishing in 6th place in the ‘A’ Long Jump and ‘A’ Triple jump respectively. Both girls were given good support by Emma Szostak. Multi-Events athlete, Jenny Ibbitson put in a tremendous performance to win the Pole Vault with 2.50m and secure maximum points.

Harriet RobertsIn the Hurdles events Emma Szostac teamed up with Naomi Harvey-Franklin for both the 100m and 400m Hurdles. Emma finshed 4th in both ‘A’ events, her points taking her up to 2nd place in the Top Point Scorers Award, whilst Naomi won the ‘B’ 100m in a new U/17 club record time of 18.9secs and finished 4th in the ‘B’ 400m.  Another talented U/17 George Price also set a new club record with his 19.5secs in the men’s ‘B’110m Hurdles with team mate Graham Bickerdike  crossing the line 4th in the ‘A’ event. Jake Richardson and Peter Franklin gained valuable team points in the men’s 400m Hurdles with Peter dipping under 70secs for the first time with 69.0secs.

The clubs distance athletes were in good form. Mark Buckingham in his first 800m of the season found the going tough finishing 4th in 1min 59.5secs. He was supported by top junior Max Kaye who put in a burst down the finishing straight to win the ‘B’ race in 1min 58.0secs. Max was in action later in the day in the 1500m with veteran Dave Watson, both finishing 4th in their races. Richard Smith was a splendid 2nd in the ‘A’ 3000m Steeplechase in a new personal best time of 10mins 06.8secs, whilst Jake Richarson gave valuable support with his 2rd place in the ‘B’ race. Having warmed up in the 800m, Mark Buckingham ran strongly to finish 2nd in the 5000m Team mate Dave Turnbull ensured good points for the event with his 2nd place in the ‘B’ race.

Emma SzostacThe women’s distance athletes also had a good day. Ruby Sykes stepped up to the 800m to clock 2mins 30.2secs, a new personal best, ably supported by Katie Franklin in the ‘B’ race finishing 3rd in 2mins 38.4secs. Katie Walshaw and Ruby Sykes both had splendid runs to finish 2nd ‘A’ and ‘B’ in the 3000m with times of 10mins 35.2secs and 11mins 53.4secs. Later in the day Katie gritted her teeth in the ‘A’ 1500m to cross the line in 3rd place with 5mins 05.7secs, followed by Claire Leaver finishing 2nd ‘B’ in 5mins 08.3secs.

The club’s throws athletes continue to dominate the top point-scorer board with Graham Bickerdike on 174 points taking 2nd place in both the ‘A’ Discus and Javelin with distances of 33.97m and 51.19m respectively. He also recorded 2nd ‘B’ in the Shot and 4th ‘B’ in the Hammer with Tom Jennings finishing 4th in the ‘B’ events. Tom’s performances in the ‘A’ Hammer and Shot were close to his personal bests adding valuable points to the total score. Jenny Ibbitson and Katie Zientek once again contributed a large proportion of the team points total with their 55 points. Jenny took 2nd in the ‘A’ Hammer with 38.08m, 3rd in the ‘A’ Shot with 9.28m and 5th in the ‘A’ Discus. Katie’s best results came with her 2nd place in the ‘A’ Javelin with 28.71m and her win in the ‘B’ Discus with 24.68.m. She also finished 2nd ‘B’ in the Hammer. Jenny heads the top point scorer board with 125 points with Katie in 3rd place with 74.

Katie ZientekIn the relays at the end of the day’s competition the Holmfirth athletes were up against sprint relay specialists. They all worked hard on their respective legs to gain as many points as possible for the team. The highlight came in the Men’s 4 X 100m when Junior George, Jacob Henton, Luke Craven and Jordan Toth stormed round to set a new club record in 44.2secs to finish 2nd.

The team of officials also worked hard throughout the day, Team Manager Russ Kaye, Timekeepers Adrienne and Alwyn Dewhirst, Track Judge John Buckingham, Field Judges Richard Szostac, Andrew Ibbitson, Lauren Storr, Jonathan Sykes, Russell Bamforth, Jane Kaye all played a valuable part gaining maximum officiating points to add to the total.

After 37 events, Holmfirth were in 3rd place with 360.5points behind City of Manchester on 389 points and Blackburn on 379 points. Lincoln Wellington finished 4th on 351 points. The final League positions were close with City of Manchester winners (20), 2nd Blackurn (17.5), 3rd Preston (14.5), 4th Holmfirth (14), 5th Lincoln Wellington (12), 6th Blackpool (6).

Holmfirth Harriers AC have acquitted themselves well in their first season at this high level. All the athletes, coaches, officials and parental helpers all played a magnificent role in securing their place in Division 1 for the 2012 season.









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Track & Field Review 2009:


40 new Club Records set.
15 County Track & Field medals won
71 athletes competed in Track & Field League matches.
21 club officials and parents officiated at Track & Field League matches.

Track and Field Honours

Yorkshire Track & Field Championships

Gold: Junior George in U/20 Mens 400m
Jordan Toth in U/17 Men 100m
Aaron Kettlewell in U/13 Boys Long Jump
Silver: Lauren Tyrell in U/20 High Jump
Jacob Henton in U/15 Boys 400m
Aaron Kettlewell in U/13 Boys 100m
Bronze: Max Kaye in U/17 Men 1500m

Yorkshire Veterans Track & Field Championships

Gold: Tim Cock in O/65 5000m
Gold:Jacqueline France in O/45 5000m
Gold:Jenny Ibbitson in: Hammer Shot Discus Javelin Triple Jump
Bronze: Robert Ellis in O/45 5000m


West Yorkshire Schools T & F Championships

1st place honours: Junior George in Senior Boys 400m
Jordan Toth in Intermediate Boys 100m
Thomas Traviss-Pollard in Intermediate boys 3000m
2nd place Honours: Jacob Henton in Junior Boys 400m
3rd place Honours: Max Kaye in Intermediate Boys 1500m

Northern Indoors T & F Championships

Gold: Max Kaye in U/17 1500m


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