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Club Events


2010 was a prestigious one for the Club being awarded both the UKA Athletics Club of the Year and the England Athletics Development Club of the Year. This is a fantastic achievement. An organisation based in a small valley in West Yorkshire has beaten off clubs with far more money and resources to win a national award. It is a tribute to all members but particularly the organisers, coaches and spear-carriers who regularly turn up to help at club nights and races Well done and thank you!

The Committee is pleased to report the following performance achievements by the Club’s athletes in 2010/11.


Mark Buckingham became British Elite Duathlon Champion. Mark also won the ITU World Duathlon Elite Championships and silver medal in the 3,000m Steeplechase at the England Athletics Championships.

Congratulations to Seth Waterman who is the U12 National Fell Champion and Junior Uphill Champion. In addition Elphina Waterman is U8 Junior Uphill Champion.

On the road Mark won the England Athletics and Northern Athletics bronze medals at the National/Northern 5k Championships at Blackburn and, together with Dave Turnbull and Matthew Pierson took bronze team medals.


Jordon Toth finished 4th in the English Schools Track & Field Championships100m. Jordon also took silver at the Northern Athletics Indoor Championships and Max Kaye took 4th place.


At the Northern Cross Country Championships our Ladies team (Katie Walshaw, Helen Berry, Kath Farquhar and Claire Leaver) took bronze.


At the Northern Road relays our U13 boys and girls teams took 5th place and at the Northern Cross-Country Relays the U13 boys took 5th place again with the U13 girls placing 6th.


The Committee congratulate the Club’s track and field athletes on promotion to Division 1 of the Northern Track & Field League.

At the Yorkshire Junior Fell Championships Seth Waterman claimed the title of Yorkshire Fell Champion. In the U12’s girls race Erica and Lucy Byram claimed silver and bronze county medals whilst Harmonie and Sunnivah Waterman also took bronze in their age groups.

At the Yorkshire County Road Relays the Club’s ladies A team (Kath Farquhar, Claire Leaver, Helen Berry and Katie Walshaw) won gold. The Men’s team (Dave Watson, Matthew Johnson, Richard Smith, Matthew Pierson, Richard Anderson and Mark Buckingham) not to be outdone also took gold with Mark achieving fastest leg on the day.  Our Juniors took gold in the U11 girls (Olivia Sykes 1st, Erica Byram 2nd and Lucy Byram) as did the U13 boys (Lewis Byram 1st, Seth Waterman, Aaron Kettlewell and Bradley Bedford) with the U15 girls taking silver (Ruby Sykes, Lucy Farquhar and Sophie Spencer). Finally the Ladies B team finished a credible 6th displaying excellent strength in depth and commitment.

The Club’s track and field athletes performed well at the Yorkshire Track & Field Championships with golds to Jordon Toth & Olivia Sykes; silvers to Junior George, Erica Byram, Thomas Traviss-Pollard & Dave Turnbull and bronzes to Aaron Kettlewell, Max Kaye, George Orton and Richard Smith.


In the Yorkshire Cross-Country Championships the U17 team (Max Kaye, Max Lawton & Jake Richardson) took bronze and Aaron Kettlewell took bronze in the U13 boys. The ladies team placed 4th .


Age category gold medals were won in the Yorkshire Vets cross-country relays at F35-44 (Helen Berry, Margaret Sykes & Jacqui Khoueiry); silver in the F45-54 (Julia Sykes, Yvette Arthur and Helen Petitt) and bronze in the M35-39 (Brandon Holroyd, Maz Khoueiry &Jason Kaushall) and M60-69 (Jeff Pierson, Tim Cock & Roger Bradley). In the YVAA championships Rob Kersey came 3rd M55 in the 5-mile event.

The Yorkshire Vets Cross Country Championships were successfully hosted by the Club with special thanks to Rob Kersey. The Club was rewarded by age category wins for Helen Berry and Lesley Ewart with gold team medals in the F35-44, F45-54 and F55+ categories.

At the BMAF road relays the F55+ ladies took bronze with individual silver for Lesley Ewart

In the West Yorks Schools T&F Championships medals were won by Jordon Toth (gold), Max Kaye (gold); Thomas Traviss-Pollard (silver) and Allanah Booth (bronze). Max and Jordon were selected to represent West Yorkshire Schools.

The Club’s ladies team won the West Yorkshire Cross-Country League and, for the first time, the Calderdale Relay.

For some unfathomable reason Mark Buckingham forsook the gales and cold of a West Yorkshire autumn  for Florida where he won the Escape to Miami Triathlon and was awarded a place on British Triathlon's "TriGold" scheme.


Members continue to represent the Club at local and national races. The Committee celebrates anyone who represents the Club in any race but special mention this year goes to Dave Turnbull who placed 42nd in the London Marathon. Elsewhere on the road there were wins for Mark Buckingham and David. Age category wins were recorded by Lesley Ewart, Kathy Farquhar, Jacqui Khoueiry, Rob Kersey, Julia Johnson and Yvette Arthur. The senior mens’ and ladies’ club road championship was won by Brandon Holroyd and Hilary Booth respectively.


On the fells wins were recorded by Jacqui Khoueiry, Katie Walshaw, Tom Brunt, Helen Berry and Lisa Lacon.  There were age category wins for Kathy Farquhar, Andy Hauser, Jean Shotter, Helen Berry, Julia Johnson, Tim Cock, Alistair Rees, David Shepherd & Phil Hobbs. Team prizes were won at the Ian Roberts, Mickleden Straddle, Stanbury Splash, Meltham Cop and Dennis Stitt.               The senior mens’ and ladies’ fell championships were won by John Ewart and Helen Berry respectively.

For the growing and successful Triathlon section at local level Richard Anderson won the Parbold Duathlon and there were age category wins in other races by Kathy Farquhar, Gavin Pilkington and Rachael Mellor.


In Cross Country there were wins for Matthew Pierson and Katie Walshaw.


The Vets section continues to draw a crowd and in the YVAA Grand Prix series there were age category wins for Lesley Ewart, Rob Kersey, Simon Rawnsley, Maggie Sykes, Dave Watson and John Ewart. Overall age category wins were achieved by Margaret Sykes and Lesley Ewart; Rob Kersey was second and Bill Wade 3rd.


The thriving Junior section retained its previous record of success with age category wins by Jimmy Burke, Lewis Byram, Lucy Byram, Erica Byram, Lewis Hodgson, Harmonie Waterman, Callum Durrans, Seth Waterman, Sophie Spencer, George Hobbs, Libby Shepherd, Tiras Waterman, Fiona Archer, Megan Lambe, Olivia Sykes and William England.


The Club continued its regular promotion of local open races. The Ian Roberts Fell race, the Holme Moss Fell Race, the Harden Moss Fell race, the Beaumont Park Junior races, the Holmfirth 15, the Neiley Races, the Dennis Stitt and the Yorkshire Vets trail race all continue to thrive and attract appreciation from competitors. That they do so is wholly due to the largely unseen but very much appreciated hard work of the race organisers, helpers and sponsors and the Committee thanks them all. The Committee is now pleased to welcome the Holme Moss Duathlon to this list and hails its success in its inaugural year.


The Club’s series of Members’ only events continued over the last twelve months. The Tinker Cup was won by John Levick whilst Alistair Langron and Katie Walshaw posted the fastest mens’ and womens’ times respectively. The Senior Point to Point was won by Roger Bradley with Steve Rimmer achieving the fastest mens’ time and Kathy Farquhar, the fastest lady. The Junior Point to Point age category winners were Fiona Archer, Daniel Tinson, Lucy Byram, Joe Williams, Sophie Spencer and Aaron Arthur. The 2011 Club 6 was won by Tracey Durrans with Darren Hanson posting the fastest time. The 2011 Club 5 was won by Neil Midgely with Max Kaye running the fastest time. The 2011 Parlauf was won by Jonathon Sykes and Eve Kluczkowski.


On the social side the Club wishes to thank Ashley Smith and his team who organised the successful Presentation Night. Similarly, thanks go to Kiersti Dickinson for the organisation of the Christmas dinner.


Along with many others the Club mourned the too early passing of Rowena France in October. The Committee was also sad to note the death of friends Jake Harbisher, David Swallow and Joanne Philpott after her brave fight against illness.

The Club was pleased to mark a milestone when Martin Booth and Trevor Ramsden were both honoured for their long service to the Club.   


Tim Cock was elected as a Club Rep to the Yorkshire County Athletic Association.


The Club membership currently stands at just over 660 paid up members. The administration of the membership is a complex job involving processing applications, recording resignations and chasing up non-payers. It has not been helped England Athletics’ computer or that organisation’s ‘shall we / shall we not – oh, now we are not sure’ deliberations to take membership fully on line which has made the Membership Secretary’s job far more complicated than it should be. What makes it even more complicated is the number of so called members who fail to pay their subs on time if at all. Instances of runners who have failed to pay their subs still using the Club’s training facilities as well as claiming membership to enter races at a cheaper rate are an insult to the vast majority who have paid and a pathetic reflection of the values of the individuals concerned. The Club are taking steps to eradicate this but it takes time and effort which could be better spent on other things. The Membership Secretary and those who assist her should not have to stand outside the Clubhouse in the middle of winter trying to identify and challenge non-payers just because some deluded moron thinks they are being clever by joining the runs outside the clubhouse. The Club is not a charity. It provides excellent clean facilities and support to athletes at a cost which has not risen in three years and is more than favourable compared to other Clubs and commercial gyms. Please think about that when the renewal letter arrives.
The Club continues its cyber-journey to infinity and beyond by developing its Facebook and Twitter facilities. These are welcome additions to its strong communications portfolio which includes the website maintained by Dayn Wilkins, Deborah Byram’s excellent regular newsletters and John Ewart telling people off on training nights.


Finally, this report would not be complete without acknowledging the retirement of Ashley Smith from the position of Club President. At times Ashley’s modus operandi has not gone down well with some people but his obvious affection and dedication for all things Holmfirth Harriers is his bedrock. His support and enthusiasm will be a hard act to follow.


John Ritchie
General Secretary





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