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Track & field

Northern Track & Field League 2011

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Holmfirth Harriers AC travelled to Blackpool for the opening Northern Track & Field fixture. Having won the play offs last year, Holmfirth were competing in Division 1 for the first time in the Clubs history and faced teams from Blackburn, City of Manchester, Preston, Blackpool Wyre & Fylde and Lincoln Wellington. Competing at this level would be a new experience for the athletes who would have to put in excellent performances to finish in the top three in their events.

The sprinters demonstrated that hard work during the winter months pays off. Jordan Toth (U/20) running into a headwind ran close to his club record in the 100m with a time of 11.00secs before going on to record 22.6secs in the 200m. Junior George made an excellent start to the 2011 season equalling the club record in the 400m with 49.00secs.Will Lander (U/17), competing for the first time at senior level gave strong support in the 200m and 400m along with sprints coach Russell Bamforth who gave vital support in the 100m and relays.

Holmfirth’s talented young distance athletes Max Kaye and Thomas Traviss-Pollard transferred the strength gained during a successful cross country season to perform well against older athletes in the middle distance events. Max was just outside his personal best with 4mins 6.6secs in the ‘A’ 1500m, whilst Thomas took 5 seconds off his previous best in the 800m to cross the line in a time of 2mins 3.5secs. Matthew Pierson faced very tough opposition in the 5000m finishing a fine 3rd in 15minns 0.8secs, only 5secs behind Blackburn’s Ben Fish. Team mate Dave Turnbull’s excellent run gave him 1st ‘B’ and secured maximum points for the club. Richard Smith was the only Harrier to turn out in the 3000mS/C running well to pick up 6 points.

The clubs top thrower, Graham Bickerdike had an extremely busy day. Having recovered from a leg fracture sustained during the winter, Graham’s best performances were his 3rd ‘A’ in both the Javelin and Discus with 47.79m and 31.15m respectively. He was given strong support in the ‘B’ throws events by Club stalwarts John McFadzean and Richard Szostak. The highly specialised technical events were also covered by Graham Bickerdike who took 3rd in both the Pole vault and 110m Hurdles and 5th in the Long Jump. His individual contribution was 39 points over 7 events.  

 The remaining places in the jumps events were filled by non specialists with Will Lander in the long jump, Thomas Traviss-Pollard and Max Kaye in the triple jump. Their creditable performances gained valuable points for the club as the match was developing into a close battle with Blackpool and Lincoln.

The women matched the men in their commitment to the team. Jenny Ibbitson, opened her account by winning the Pole Vault before finishing 4th in the ‘A’ Hammer with 34.94m and 2nd in the‘B’ Javelin with 20.77m. Her individual contribution to the team effort was a massive 31 points over 6 events. Katie Zientek returning to competition after recovering from a back injury gained 2rd place in the ‘B’ Hammer and 4th in the Shot.

It was great to see the clubs top female sprinters in action this weekend. Lauren Storr and Emma Szostak lined up for the first track event of the afternoon. Emma Szostak ran her best 400m Hurdles race to finish 2nd ‘A’ in 73.5secs and Lauren finished 2nd ‘B’ in 72.1secs. Both later ran in the 100m to record 14.9secs and 14.7secs respectively. Zoe Storr and newcomer Katie Franklin both ran strongly in the 400m in 64.7secs and 70.1 secs respectively. Zoe was joined in the 800m by Ciara Penfold who ran a splendid race to finish 3rd ‘B’ in a new personal best time of 2mins 30.2secs.

Holmfirth’s leading endurance athlete, Katie Walshaw showed great determination in winning the ‘A’ 1500m in 4mins 59.4secs, a new PB, whilst team mate Claire Leaver also secured maximum points in the ‘B’ race. Katie was 2nd in the 3000m and was joined by Nicola Brown who finished 1st ‘B’ to gain maximum points for the team.

Laura Bartle took a break from revision to compete in both the Long jump and Triple jump with solid performances of 4.10m and 8.95m respectively. It was the non specialists who took on the responsibility to give vital support in the jumps. Katie Franklin and Jenny Ibbitson teamed up in the high jump and Emma Szostak gave a solid performance in the Triple jump with 8.79m.

The relay events always provide an exciting finish however, both teams struggled as they were up against specialist 100m and 400m sprinters. In the 4 X 100m they were 6th but finished a commendable 3rd in the 4 X 400m. The men finished 4th in the 4 X 100m and 5th in the 4 X 400m.

Finally the club’s officials John McFadzean, Adrienne Dewhirst,  Richard Szostac, Kevin Johns, John Buckingham, and helpers, Jeanette Bartle, Tabor Toth, Andrew Ibbison, Alwyn Dewhirst and Richard Smith ensured the full complement of 30 points could be added to the athlete’s scores to give a final match score of 301points and 5th team place, only 20 points behind 4th place Blackpool. This was a solid team performance at the start of the new season. The team looks forward to the next match to be held in Lincoln where we hope to be able to field our strongest team.








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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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