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Track & field

Northern Track and Field League 2010

Match 3

Holmfirth Harriers competed on Sunday at Cleckheaton in the 3rd Northern Track & Field Match. Currently in 2rd place, it was essential to win this match if they were to have any chance of winning the overall League title. The dry, blustery conditions meant that times 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 Jordan Toth was in blistering form to win both the 100m and 200m ‘A’ races with times of 11.0 and 22.6secs respectively. His sixteen points moves him into 2nd place in the ‘Top Point Scorers Award’ for 2010. He was joined by Luke Craven in the 100m who won the ‘B’ race in 11.8secs. Jacob Henton gave excellent support in the 200m to finish second ‘B’ in 24.2secs having run in the ‘B’ 400m earlier in the day. Junior George was involved in a very competitive 400m ‘A’ race but was edged out into 3rd as he crossed the line.

With Lauren Storr having to withdraw at the last minute through injury it was Anna Whitwam, the youngest female athlete who was willing to shoulder the responsibility of competing in the ‘A’ 100m against older and stronger athletes. Anna put in a gutsy performance crossing the line in 15.3secs. Laura Bartle, returning to competitive athletics, finished 4th in the ‘B’ race in an identical time. Harriet Roberts had a busy day picking up valuable team points in the 200m and 400m, ably supported by team mates Emma Szostak in the 200m and Cara Penfold in the 400m.

It was the Jumps events that saw the greatest improvement in performances. Following their success in the Junior League, Luke Craven and Stuart Morrison made their debut for the club at senior level. Luke secured Holmfirths first victory in the Triple Jump for 3 years with 13.12m, just 28cm short of the U/17 Club record. Stuart meanwhile picked up valuable points when he secured 3rd place in the ‘B’ event with 11.30m. The pair were in action again in the Long jump, recording 5.86m and 4.98m respectively. It was good to see Liam Holdsworth turning out for the first time this season. Pairing up with decathlete, Graham Bickerdike resulted in maximum points in the Pole Vault with Graham taking the ‘A’ event and Liam setting a new U/20 and Senior men’s club record with 3.00m. Their success continued in the High jump with Graham taking 2nd ‘A’ and Liam winning the ‘B’ event.

There were also improved performances in the Women’s events with Laura Bartle and Anna Whitwam each finishing 2nd in their respective Triple Jump events followed by Sara Griffiths and Jenny Ibbitson picking up 3rd places in the high jump. Earlier in the day Jenny had once again secured maximum points in the Pole Vault.

In the Hurdles events Emma Szostac competed for the first time this season in both the ‘A’ 100m and 400m Hurdles. She finished an excellent 2nd in the 100mH, with Laura Bartle taking 3rd in the ‘B’ race. In the 400m H Emma and Sarah Griffiths finished 4 th ‘A’ and 2nd ‘B’ respectively. Graham Bickerdike ran a splendid 2nd in the men’s 110m Hurdles with Liam Holdsworth and William McFadzean gaining valuable team points in the men’s 400m Hurdles.
The clubs distance athletes were in Sparkling form. Top juniors Max Kaye and Thomas Traviss-Pollard were up against stiff competition in the 800m. Max was using the 800m as a ‘sharpener’ in preparation for the English Schools Championships next week, crossing the line 4th in 2mins 6.06.6secs. Thomas showed a good turn of speed to take 4 seconds of his personal best with 2mins 08.2secs. He was in action later in the day in the 1500m with Matthew Johnson, finishing 4th ‘A’ and 2nd ‘B’ respectively. Ali Hassan took control of the ‘A’ 3000m Steeplechase to win in an excellent time of 9mins 51.9secs, whilst Matthew Dewhirst gave valuable support with his 2rd place in the ‘B’ race. England international Matthew Pierson broke away early in the 5000m to win by a margin of 17 seconds. Team mate Dave Turnbull ensured maximum points for the event in winning the ‘B’ race.

The women’s distance athletes also had a good day. Harriet Roberts stepped up to the 800m for the first time to clock 2mins 32.6secs ably supported by Cara Penfold in the ‘B’ race. Katie Walshaw and Claire Leaver both had splendid runs to win the 3000m gaining full points with times of 10mins 26.3secs and 11mins 04.1secs. Later in the day Katie gritted her teeth in the A 1500m to cross the line in 2rd place with 4mins 59secs, closely followed by Claire finishing in 5mins 03.4secs.

The club’s throws athletes continue to dominate the top point-scorer board with Graham Bickerdike setting a new club record in the Javelin with 56.43m. He also took 2nd place in the Hammer, before going on to record wins in the Discus and Shot events. Andy Storr continues to give good support in the throws with his best results being a win in the ‘B’ Hammer and 3rd place in the Shot.
Jenny Ibbitson and Katie Zientek once again contributed a large proportion of the team points total with their 59 points. Jenny took 2nd in the ‘A’ Discus and Hammer with distances of 29.37m and 36.70m, whilst Katie’s best result came with her 2nd place in the ‘A’ Javelin and Shot with 29.22m and 8.40m, a new personal best. Jenny currently heads the top point scorer board with 110 points followed by Katie with 74.
In 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 team of officials also worked hard throughout the day, Timekeeper Adrienne Dewhirst and Alwyn Dewhirst, Track Judges Russ Kaye and Maxine Szostak, Field Judges John Mc Fadzean, Richard Szostac, Andrew Ibbitson, Maxine and Lauren Storr, all played a valuable part gaining maximum officiating points to add to the total.

After 37 events, Holmfirth were declared the winners with a massive point score of 417 points followed by Bingley with 394 points and Bolton with 334 points. The League positions remain tantalisingly close with Homfirth just 1 point behind Bingley. Victory in the final match would give Holmfirth the League title.





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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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