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UK Young Athletes League

Holmfirth Harriers hosted the 4 th round match in the McCain UK Young Athletes League held at the new Spring Hall track in Halifax. Hosting an event like this poses many challenges for clubs as they are responsible for securing all key track & field officials, first aid, announcers and caterers in addition to their usual club allocation of officials. It was therefore tremendous to see parents, coaches and the clubs officials pulling together for the benefit of the young athletes involved.


In the U17 men’s distance events Thomas Traviss-Pollard was in action in the 800m along with team mate Max Lawton. Thomas demonstrated his developing speed endurance and racing acumen by taking 12 seconds off his previous best time, crossing the line in 2 nd place with 2mins 11.3secs. Max also set a new best time with a splendid 2mins 23.5secs to win the B race. Max Kaye made his debut in the 3000msetting of at a cracking pace that he found difficult to sustain. Nevertheless he took maximum points with his 9mins 53.3secs effort.


Although specialising in the distance events, all three supported the team by competing in other events with Thomas and Max Lawton finishing 3 rd in the 400m and Long Jump respectively. The throws specialist Edward Childs had a busy day competing in the Discus, Shot and Javelin. His best result was his 3 rd place in the shot recording 8.19m in which he was supported by Max Kaye in the B event.


Anna Whitwam was Holmfirth’s sole representative in the U17 women’s events. Anna, gaining in confidence as the season has progressed scored an excellent 2 nd place in the Triple jump with 9.17m, 3 rd in the Long Jump with 4.17m and 4 th in the 100m with 14.3secs.


The U15 boy’s team were well represented with the Clubs new sprint stars making their mark by winning 4 ‘A’ and 3 ‘B’ events. Luke Craven won the 100m ‘A’ race in 11.90secs, a grade 2 standard, ably supported by James Armitage who won the ‘B’ race in 12.5secs. Jacob Henton stormed round the track to set a new Club record with a time of 54.20secs. This was an excellent grade 1 performance from a rapidly maturing athlete. Both James Armitage and Jacob Henton went on to win the 200m ‘A’ and ‘B’ races with 26.40secs and 24.60secs respectively. Luke Craven and Edward Saxton showed great skill by winning the 80m hurdles races in 13.40secs and 13.50secs. Robert Hinchliffe was the only representative in the distance events finishing 2 nd in the 1500mwith 5mins 42secs, but also scored valuable points in the Shot and Javelin.


Jacob Henton completed a hat trick of individual victories with his 23.08m effort in the Discus supported by James Armitage who won the ‘B’ event with 17.88m. Edward Saxton put his speed to good use in the Long Jump taking 2 nd with a leap of 5.11m and then winning the High Jump with 1.45m.


The U15 girls also showed their versatility by competing in a wide range of events. Georgia Booth’s best performance was her 2 nd place in the 800m before going on to compete in the 100m event were she was joined by Ruby Sykes. Ruby also ran extremely well in the 1500m to finish 2 nd in 5mins 30.1secs with Alannah Booth also taking 2 nd in the ‘B’ 1500m in 5mins 34.4secs.Emma Taylor was the sole jumper recording 2.86m in the Long Jump before going on to run 35.2secs in the 200m and throw 5.39m in the Shot. Also in the Throws events, club stalwart Alex France gained valuable team points with her 3 rd place in the Discus and her efforts in both the Javelin and Shot. Georgia and Alannah Booth were 3 rd in the Discus and Javelin respectively.


In the U13 boy’s events, Yorkshire Champion Aaron Kettlewell put in a splendid performance in the Long Jump with a distance of 4.71m, a grade 1 standard. He was also 2 nd in both the 100m and 200m. Eddie Hinchliffe secured a win in the ‘B’ long Jump with 3.72m. Lewis Byram and Eddie Hinchliffe recorded fine wins in the 1500m with times of 5mins 23.2secs and 5mins 59.2secs respectively. Also in the distance events George Orton and Joe Williams toed the line in the 800m running even paced to finish in 2mins 53.9secs and 3mins 10.1secs. In the 75m hurdles’A’ race George Orton was 2 nd in 15.30secs with Eddie Hinchliffe going on to win the ‘B’ event. Eddie also secured valuable team points with his 2 nd place in the High Jump.


Ellie Folger dominated the U13 girls sprint events with wins in both the 75m and 150m events. Team mate Jessica Hirst’s best result came in the ‘B’150m with 26.1secs before completing the 100m in 12.9secs. In the distance events Shannon Cole took on the responsibility of the ‘A’ 800m recording 3mins 12.5secs with Sophie Williams gaining maximum points in the ‘B’ event. Lucy Farqhuar and Ellie Folger both ran well to win the 1200m events in 4mins 17.23secs and 4mins 19secs respectively. Lucy then went on to gain valuable points in the 70m hurdles and High Jump. Olivia Sykes recorded 2.98m in the Long Jump, whilst Jessica Hirst and Lucy Taylor won the ‘A’ and ‘B’ Shot events with 4.22m and 3.37m.


The day of competition finished with the relay events, always tremendously exciting as matches can be won or lost on their outcome. The highlight was in the U/15 boy’s 4 X 100m where the Holmfirth squad put in a stunning performance to smash the existing record by over 3 seconds to record 49secs. Holmfirth finished the day in 4 th place with 223points.





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