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Track & field

YorkshireTrack & Field Championships 2011

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Holmfirth Harriers’ Track and Field stars returned home with 10 medals from the Yorkshire Track and Field Championships held at the Dorothy Hyman Stadium, Barnsley. The event, held over both Saturday and Sunday in cold blustery conditions, is the opening Championship of the summer providing a showcase for the regions top athletes.  

The sprinters were first in action on both days. Junior George opened the medal count with a superb run in the Senior Men’s 400m. He was up against tough opposition but maintained his form well throughout the race to take the silver medal in 49.89secs behind GB International Richard Strachan who finished in 48.74secs. The top sprints performance was in the U/20 age group when Jordan Toth cruised to victory in the 100m heats before setting a blistering pace in the final to win Gold in a new personal best and Club Record time of 10.78secs. Jordan was joined in the 100m by William Lander who ran 12.84secs in his first championship event.

In the U/13 boys George Orton made a good start in the 100m finishing 2nd in his heat to take one of the automatic places in the final. He just missed out on a medal crossing the line in 4th place with13.98secs. It was good to see Eugenie Rufus and Emily Tinsley competing in their first championship events on the track. Both girls performed well with Eugenie recording 13.35secs and 27.71secs respectively in the U/17 women’s 100m and 200m, whilst Emily ran 13.18secs in the U/13 80m sprint. Lauren Storr, returning from injury found it tough in the Senior Women’s 100m Hurdles recording a time of 16.41secs.
In the Long jump events Aaron Kettlewell showed tremendous progress extending his personal best to 5.39m in the U/15 boys Long Jump final to take the Bronze Medal. This was an excellent performance against older boys. U/17 Edward Saxton finished just outside the medals with his 4th place jump of 5.99m, whilst George Orton finished 6th in a very competitive U/13 boys final with 4.50m. 

Max Kaye opened the distance athletes medal haul with a fine bronze in the U/20mens 800m in 2mins 00.77secs on Saturday, but it was to be the final events on Sunday that resulted in an avalanche of medals for the Club. Lucy Byram and Emily Tinsley were in Heat 1 of the U/13 girls 800m. Both girls ran well to finish in 5th and 9th place with times of 2mins 47.59secs and 3mins 01.42secs respectively. In heat 2 Olivia Sykes ran a fine race to win in 2mins 36.95secs. Meanwhile Erica Byram was moving through the field to take one of the fastest loser’s places and join Olivia in the final.

In the final, Olivia tracked the leaders as they ran into a strong head wind, moving into the lead as she approached the bell. She started to wind it up with 300m to go before kicking hard down the finishing straight to win the gold medal in a time of 2mins 33.87secs. Not to be out done, Erica was storming past tiring athletes pushing the Hallamshire, athlete Mary McCarthy into third as she breezed across the line to take the silver medal with a new best of 2mins 36.95secs. These were splendid performances at championship level.

In the U/17 women’s events Ruby Sykes lined up for the 800m heats. Competition was strong and she did well to finish 7th in a time of 2mins 34.36secs. George Orton and Andrew Farquhar were in action in the U/13 boys 800m recording times of 2mins 41.3secs and 2mins 48.41secs respectively.

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In the U/20 men’s 1500m, Max Kaye had another very competitive race against the ‘in form’ Daniel Cheeseman of City of York. He put in another strong performance to take bronze, his second medal of the championship. He was joined on the start line by Jake Richardson who set a new best time of 4mins 59.85secs. Lewis Byram, now running in the U/15, finished a fine 5th in 4mins 45.24secs against older, stronger boys in the1500m, whilst Sophie Spencer ran 5mins 21.86secs in the U/15 girls race.

In the senior women’s events on Saturday, Kath Farquhar and Claire Leaver lined up for the 3000m but couldn’t stay with the early pace and struggling against strong winds, set times of 11mins 07.55secs and 11mins 43.66secs respectively.
Dave Turnbull and Richard Smith both ran well in the Senior men’s 5000m to win their first County Championship medals. Dave took the silver with a time of 15mins 45.22secs, whilst Richard had his best run on the track at this distance to take bronze in a new best time of 16mins 19.39secs. The final distance event of the championship saw Thomas Traviss-Pollard take silver in the U/20Men’s 3000m in a time of 9mins 39.65secs.

These results, 2 golds, 4 silvers and 4 bronze, are the rewards of dedication and hard work put in during the winter months by the Holmfirth Harriers athletes. It maintains the high standards set last year and hopefully will inspire others to compete.








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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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