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Track & field

Trafford Grand Prix

Six of Holmfirth Harriers leading endurance athletes travelled to Longford Park, Manchester on Tuesday for Trafford AC’s Grand Prix meeting. The high standard of competition and the super fast track meant that all six were chasing personal best performances.

First in action was Matthew Pierson in the 3000m ‘A’ race. Matthew led for the first five laps, but was just short of speed over the last 1000m finishing in 6th place with a time of 8mins 30.67secs to slice six seconds off his personal best. The winner was Matt Clowes of Staffordshire Moorlands in 8mins 24secs.

In the 3000m ‘B’ race Holmfirth’s leading women’s endurance athlete, Katie Walshaw race ran well to bring her personal best time down to 10mins 22.17secs, finishing in 18th place. Claire Leaver recorded a seasons best of 10mins 53.05secsfinishing in 21st place. Later in the evening Claire ran a 2min 31.29secs 800m and Katie lowered her 1500m personal best to 5mins 05secs.

Mark Buckingham lined up in the British Milers Club 1500m ‘A’ race. He let the two leaders open a 10m gap over the first 800m before easing himself back into contention with 500m remaining. However, he lost contact at the bell eventually coming home in 3rd place in a season’s best of 3mins 52.64secs.

In the BMC ‘B’ race, Max Kaye ran well to reduce his personal best to 4mins 05.3secs crossing the line in 18th place. In the second open 1500m race, Thomas Traviss-Pollard also lowered his personal best to 4mins 16.04secs. In the previous race, World 1500m silver medallist Lisa Dobriskey on the comeback trail after injury, ran 4mins 8sec. She was using the race to regain racing fitness for the European Championships to be held in Spain at the end of July.

Two athletes from Holmfirth Harriers travelled to Birmingham to compete in the eightieth English Schools Track & Field Championships held at Alexandria Stadium. Sprinter Jordan Toth and Distance runner Max Kaye had both made it through the qualifying rounds of the County Schools championships. In addition they had to achieve tough qualifying standards in their events before being selected to represent West Yorkshire County Schools.

Jordan Toth was first in action in the Senior Boy’s 100m heats. In Heat 1 Jordan was given 4th place in a photo finish, but with an identical time to the 2nd and 3rd placed athletes of 11.3secs. 5 hours later he was in action again in the semi finals. He blasted out of the blocks but older and stronger athletes had the edge on the day with Jordan finishing 6th in a time of 11.13secs. The final was won by Jordan Arthur of Middlesex in a time of 10.89secs.

Jordan was also selected for the West Yorkshire 4X100m relay heats, the last track event of the day. The four athletes were determined to make it through to the final held on the following day and Jordan’s expertise in the use of blocks made him an obvious choice for leg 1. The baton was brought home in 43.76secs as West Yorkshire finished second in heat 2, the third fastest qualifiers of the day. It was all to do again in the final which marked the highlight of the 2010 championships. Once again Jordan was fast out of the blocks on leg 1and handovers were slick at each change over as West Yorkshire secured the silver medal in 42.71secs.

Max Kaye was in the second heat of the Intermediate boys 1500m. Max set out to track the leaders but the pace was too fast to sustain and he finished in 6th position with a time of 4mins 07.28secs, just outside his personal best. The winner of the heat crossed the line in a blistering 3mins 57.73secs and all qualifiers for the final ran sub 4mins 05secs. The final on Saturday was won by Charlie Grice of Sussex in 3mins 52.25secs.

Both boys have done extremely well this season and have taken huge chunks off their personal best times. It is a huge achievement in itself to compete in the English Schools Championships and this level of performance cannot be achieved without individual dedication and hard work and support from coaches and parents.






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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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