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Track & field

Northern Track & Field League 2010

Top Point Scorers

Current standings after match 2:

Men Position Name   Points
  1 Graham Bickerdike 108
2 Jordan Toth   31
3 Tom Jennings   30
4= Jake Rowlands   18
4= Matthew Pierson 18
6 Junior George   16
7 Dave Turnbull   14
8 Andy Storr   13
9 Ali Magdi   12
10 Matthew Dewhirst 12
Women Position Name     Points
1 Jenny Ibbitson   74
2 Katie Zientek   51
3= Amy Griffiths   24
3= Claire Leaver   24
5 Nicola Brown   20
6 Harriet Roberts   19
7 Lauren Storr   19
8 Emma Szostac   19
9 Katie Walshaw   14
10= Dawn Broom   7
10= Julia Johnson   7

 

Match 2

 

Holmfirth Harriers’ athletes were out in force for the 2nd Northern Track & Field fixture held at Longford Park, Manchester. With Holmfirth in 2 nd place after the opening match it was important to maintain their position in order to reach the play-offs at the end of the season. The weather conditions were ideal; warm, sunny and with just the gentlest of breezes ensuring good performances throughout the day.

Sprinters Lauren Storr and Emma Szostak were first in action in the 400m hurdles recording 72.1secs and 72.8secs respectively. Their best performance, however, came later in the afternoon in the 100m hurdles with Lauren setting a new club record of 15.6secs as both won their races to gain maximum points. Ali Magdi (U/20) made a welcome return to league competition in the men’s 400m hurdles setting new personal best time of 57.6secs, whilst Matthew Dewhirst gave good support in the B race.

Jordan Toth (U/20) won the 100m in 11.2secs before going on to match his 200m record. Team mate Russell Bamforth finished fourth in the ‘B’ 100m. Junior George won the 200m ‘B’ race in 23.1secs and dominated the 400m to win in 50.1secs with Ali Magdi battling for maximum points in the B race. Lauren Storr and Harriet Roberts shouldered the responsibility of running the A races in the 100m and 200m respectively with Anna Whitwam gave vital support in the 200m and relays. Zoe Storr ran a good ‘B’ 400m to finish third in 66.1secs.

Mark Buckingham dominated the middle distance events to win the ‘A’ 800m in 1min 57.5secs followed by victory in the ‘A’ 1500m later in the day in 3mins 57.8secs. Holmfirth’s talented U/17 distance athletes Max Kaye and Thomas Traviss-Pollard performed well against older athletes in the ‘B’ events with Max taking second place in the 800m in a new record time of 1min 58.8secs and Thomas setting a new personal best time of 4mins 16.8secs in the 1500m. Matthew Pierson and Dave Turnbull again took maximum points with wins in the 5000m, recording 15.31.8secs and 15mins 43.6secs respectively. New member Ali Hassan made his debut on the track for Holmfirth in the 3000mS/C. He ran well, showing good technique over the barriers to be edged into second place on the line. Team mate Richard Smith also ran well to win the B event.

Once again the responsibility for the middle distance events fell on the shoulders of Claire Leaver. Claire ran well to finish in 3 rd position in the 800m in 2mins 27.5secs and 4th in a competitive 1500m. She was supported by Amy Griffiths in the ‘B’ 800m and Nicola Brown in the ‘B’ 1500m. Club stalwarts, Katie Walshaw and Dawn Broom again gave the women their maximum point score for the 3000m. Katie set off at a blistering pace to win the ‘A’ race in a new best time of 10mins 26.7secs, whilst Dawn won the ‘B’ event in 11mins 52.8secs.

The clubs top thrower Graham Bickerdike, along with veterans Andy Storr and John McFadzean, had an extremely busy day. Graham won the Javelin, Shot and Discus ‘A’ events, setting a new club record in the Javelin with 54.73m. John did well to take second in the Hammer whilst Andy’s second place in the shot and third place in the Discus and Javelin gained valuable points for the team.

Jenny Ibbitson and Katie Zientek were both in good form gaining 25 points and 24 points respectively in the throws. Jenny’s best performances came in the Discus and Javelin, whilst Katie’s second place in the ‘A’ Javelin and win in the ‘B’ Discus show the benefits of consistent training. Jenny’s win in the Pole vault added a further 9 points to her total.

The highly specialised technical events were also covered by Graham Bickerdike who finished second in the Pole vault and High jump and took third in the 110m Hurdles. The remaining places in the jumps events were filled by non specialists with Mark Buckingham in the high jump and Thomas Traviss-Pollard in the long jump before joining Matthew Dewhirst in the triple jump. Their creditable performances gained valuable points for the club as the match was again developing into a close battle with Bolton and Bingley.

Anna Whitwam took a break from revision to compete in both the Long jump and Triple jump with solid performances of 3.95m and 8.52m respectively. Anna was joined in the Triple jump by Emma Szostak who recorded 8.98m.

The relay events always provide an exciting finish. In both the women’s 4 X 100m and 4 X 400m, Holmfirth finished 4 th whilst the men finished 4 th in the 4 X 100m, but were unable to finish the 4 X 400m as Ali Magdi crashed to the ground with a hamstring pull.

Finally the club’s officials John McFadzean, Kevin Johns, Adrienne Dewhirst, Richard Szostak, John Buckingham and helpers Russell Kaye, Claire Whitwam, Alwyn Dewhirst, Matthew Pierson 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 394points and 2 nd team place, 8 points behind Bingley and just 10 points ahead of Bolton. This was another excellent all round team performance to keep us second place in the overall League standings.

 

Match 1

Holmfirth Harriers’ athletes were out in force for the opening Northern Track & Field fixture. Having reached the play offs for Division 1 for the first time with a combined men and women’s team last year, the club are hoping to build on last years success. Holmfirth start the season in Division 2 West Central, facing teams from Bingley, Bolton, Lancaster Morecambe & Kendal, Rossendale and local rivals Spenborough. This first fixture was held at Spring Hall, Halifax.

The sprinters demonstrated that hard work during the winter months pays off. Jordan Toth (U/20) made a welcome return from injury setting a new club record in the 100m with a time of 10.90secs before going on to equal the 200m record with a time of 22.9secs. Jacob Henton (U/17) competing for the first time at senior level, stormed round the track to break the existing U/17 400m record with a time of 52.5secs, whilst Russell Bamforth gave vital support in the 100m, 400m and relays.

Jake Rowlands dominated the middle distance events to win the ‘A’ 800m in 1min 57.5secs followed by victory in the ‘A’ 1500m later in the day. Holmfirth’s talented U/17 distance athlete Thomas Traviss-Pollard transferred the strength gained during a very successful cross country season to perform well against older athletes in the ‘B’ 1500m taking second place. Matthew Pierson, only 1 week since his London marathon run, set a cracking pace in the 5000m, lapping all but 1 athlete in the field to win in 14mins 58.2secs, whilst Dave Turnbull’s excellent run to take 1 st ‘B’ secured maximum points for the club. With the clubs Steeple chasers either injured or recovering from the marathon it was Mark and Matthew Dewhirst who turned out in the 3000mS/C. Both ran well to pick up 4 points apiece for their efforts.

The clubs top throwers, Graham Bickerdike and Thomas Jennings had an extremely busy day. Graham won 3 of the 4 ‘A’ events in the throws setting club records in the Discuss and shot with 39.12m and 12.68m respectively, whilst Tom gave strong support winning the ‘B’ Hammer and Shot events.

The highly specialised technical events were also covered by Graham Bickerdike who won the Pole vault and took 3 rd in the 110m Hurdles and High jump His individual contribution was 54 points over 7 events. The remaining places in the jumps events were filled by non specialists with Tom Jennings in the high jump and long jump, Thomas Traviss-Pollard in the long jump before joining Matthew Dewhirst in the triple jump. Their creditable performances gained valuable points for the club as the match was developing into a close battle with Bolton and Bingley.

The women matched the men in their commitment to the team. Jenny Ibbitson, despite being hampered with a sore achilles tendon opened her account by winning the Pole Vault before finishing 2 nd in the ‘A’ Discus with 28.90m and ‘B’ Javelin. Her individual contribution to the team effort was a massive 37 points over 6 events. Katie Zientek was also in sparkling form, winning the ‘B’ Discus event with 24.59m and gaining 3 rd place in both the Hammer and Shot.

With the Storr girls being unavailable this weekend, it was great to see the return of Harriet Roberts and Amy Griffiths to team competition in the sprints. Harriet’s best performance was in the 100m ‘A’ against tough opposition. Amy was kept busy throughout the afternoon with her highest point score coming in the 100m and 400m Hurdles events to end with a total of 21 points for the team. Alongside Amy in the hurdles events was newcomer Nicola Brown who clocked 3 rd and 2 nd place in the 100mH and 400mH respectively.

Anna Whitwam took a break from revision to compete in both the Long jump and Triple jump with solid performances of 3.93m and 8.63m respectively.

Once again the responsibility for the middle distance events fell on the shoulders of Claire Leaver. Claire ran well to finish in 3 rd position in the 800m and 4th in a competitive 1500m She was supported by Nicola Brown in the ‘B’ events securing 3 rd place in the 800m with 2mins 44.9secs and 3 rd in the 1500m with 5mins 35.9secs. Club stalwarts, Katie Walshaw and Julia Johnson gave the women their maximum point score for an event in the 3000m. Katie set off at a blistering pace to win the ‘A’ race in a new personal best time of 10mins 26.9secs, whilst Julia won the ‘B’ event in 11mins 50.9secs.

The relay events always provide an exciting finish, especially as only 10 points separated the top three clubs Bingley, Holmfirth and Bolton. In both the women’s 4 X 100m and 4 X 400m, Holmfirth finished 3 rd whilst the men finished 2 nd in the 4 X 100m and 5 th in the 4 X 400m, a good performance as Holmfirth were up against specialist 100m and 400m sprinters.

Finally the club’s officials John McFadzean, Andy Storr, Adrienne Dewhirst, Richard Szostac, Brian Heyward, and helpers Russell Kaye, Jane Kaye, Tim Cock, Richard Griffiths, Jeff Pierson, Debra Booth, Cara Penfold, Alwyn Dewhirst, ensured the full complement of 30 points could be added to the athlete’s scores to give a final match score of 380points and 2 nd team place, only 7 points behind Bingley and just 1 point ahead of Bolton. This was an excellent all round team performance at the start of the new season.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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Track & Field Review 2009:

Headlines:

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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